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RAMS WANT FANS TO GUESS THEIR SCHEDULE FOR $100K:If you missed your chance on Warren Buffett’s billion dollar prize for a perfect NCAA tournament bracket, St. Louis Rams are giving you a second chance to win some major cash.The Rams announced Monday that they will give any fan $ 100,000 dollars if they predict their 2014 schedule with 100% percent accuracy. Here is what fans must predict correctly to win: Exact date of the game, each week’s opponent, location, and date of the team’s bye week.If more than one person guesses 100% percent of the schedule correctly, Rams will hold a trivia contest as a tiebreaker."In anticipation of the Rams’ 2014 regular-season schedule release, we are excited to offer fans the unique opportunity to win $100,000," team vice president of marketing Brian Killingsworth said in a statement. "We challenge our fans to accurately predict all 17 weeks of the team’s regular-season schedule and win the cash prize."The NFL schedule is expected to be released sometime next week, according to ESPN.For those who want to try their luck for a 100k, here is the website to sign up stlouisrams.com/guessourgames. The deadline to submit your guess is April 21 at 5:59 p.m. ET. (Photo: stlouisrams.com)

RAMS WANT FANS TO GUESS THEIR SCHEDULE FOR $100K:

If you missed your chance on Warren Buffett’s billion dollar prize for a perfect NCAA tournament bracket, St. Louis Rams are giving you a second chance to win some major cash.

The Rams announced Monday that they will give any fan $ 100,000 dollars if they predict their 2014 schedule with 100% percent accuracy. Here is what fans must predict correctly to win: Exact date of the game, each week’s opponent, location, and date of the team’s bye week.

If more than one person guesses 100% percent of the schedule correctly, Rams will hold a trivia contest as a tiebreaker.

"In anticipation of the Rams’ 2014 regular-season schedule release, we are excited to offer fans the unique opportunity to win $100,000," team vice president of marketing Brian Killingsworth said in a statement. "We challenge our fans to accurately predict all 17 weeks of the team’s regular-season schedule and win the cash prize."

The NFL schedule is expected to be released sometime next week, according to ESPN.

For those who want to try their luck for a 100k, here is the website to sign up stlouisrams.com/guessourgames. The deadline to submit your guess is April 21 at 5:59 p.m. ET. (Photo: stlouisrams.com)

49ERS SIGN BRANDON LLOYD TO A ONE YEAR DEAL:The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday, they have signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one- year contract.Lloyd was originally drafted by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. Lloyd was part of the 49ers from 2003-2005, where he had 1,510 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. Lloyd has played for five other teams over his career, including the New England Patriots who he played for in 2012. As a Patriot, Lloyd set a career high 190 yards receiving in a loss vs the 49ers in 2012. Lloyd did not play in the NFL in 2013.Brandon Lloyd joins the already crowded wide receiver unit of the 49ers which includes Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, Chuck Jacobs, Devon Wylie, DeMarco Sampson and David Reed who are all fighting for a roster spot for next season.( Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

49ERS SIGN BRANDON LLOYD TO A ONE YEAR DEAL:

The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday, they have signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a one- year contract.

Lloyd was originally drafted by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. Lloyd was part of the 49ers from 2003-2005, where he had 1,510 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. 

Lloyd has played for five other teams over his career, including the New England Patriots who he played for in 2012. As a Patriot, Lloyd set a career high 190 yards receiving in a loss vs the 49ers in 2012. Lloyd did not play in the NFL in 2013.

Brandon Lloyd joins the already crowded wide receiver unit of the 49ers which includes Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, Chuck Jacobs, Devon Wylie, DeMarco Sampson and David Reed who are all fighting for a roster spot for next season.( Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

THAT’S WHAT HE SAID!"There’s been no deterioration of his arm strength, there’s been no lack of preparation and effort," Gilbride said. "I think he’s going to be fine as soon as they solidify the offensive line … and as soon as they get somebody that’s going to be productive for them as an outside receiver.”Victor Cruz is terrific, but they need somebody that when they go match up, bump and run (and) go win for them.”- Ex- Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride response to reports that Eli Manning is on the decline.

THAT’S WHAT HE SAID!

"There’s been no deterioration of his arm strength, there’s been no lack of preparation and effort," Gilbride said. "I think he’s going to be fine as soon as they solidify the offensive line … and as soon as they get somebody that’s going to be productive for them as an outside receiver.”Victor Cruz is terrific, but they need somebody that when they go match up, bump and run (and) go win for them.”- Ex- Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride response to reports that Eli Manning is on the decline.

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1983

LIONS WIN DIVISION FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1957, LOSE TO THE 49ERS IN PLAYOFFS:

With a 9-7 record the Lions are able to rise to the top of a weak NFC Central, to claim their first division championship since 1957. In the playoffs the Lions lead the San Francisco 49ers late in the 4th Quarter, until Joe Montana drives the 49ers down the field for a 14-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Solomon to give the 49ers a 24-23 lead. The Lions would have a chance to win the game, as Gary Danielson drove them into field goal range, but Kicker Eddie Murray missed a 44-yard field goal with five seconds remaining.

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1982

LIONS MAKE PLAYOFFS IN STRIKE SHORTENED SEASON, GET CRUSHED BY REDSKINS:

 In a season tainted by a strike that wipes out seven games, and reduces the NFL season to nine games the Lions are among eight teams that qualify for the playoffs in the NFC despite a 4-5 record. As the eighth seed the Lions are matched against the Washington Redskins in the first round. The game ends up not being much of a contest as the eventual Super Bowl Champions slaughter the Lions 31-7.

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1971

CHUCK HUGHES TRAGICALLY DIES ON THE FIELD VS BEARS AFTER HAVING A HEART ATTACK, LIONS GO 7-6-1:

On October 24th the Lions season takes a sudden and tragic turn as Wide Receiver Chuck Hughes suffers a heart attack during a game and dies on the field. The Lions would go on to finish the season with a respectable but disjointing 7-6-1 record.

On October 24, 1971 while playing for the Detroit Lions, he suffered a fatal heart attack during the final minutes of a game against the Chicago Bears at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. He had run a pass route but was not part of the play, an incomplete pass intended for Lions tight end Charlie Sanders. He was jogging back to the huddle when he collapsed on the Bears’ 15-yard line without contact.

 Initially some thought he was faking an injury to stop the clock, but when Bears linebacker Dick Butkus frantically signalled for help on the field, it was obvious that he was in serious trouble, and the game, which the Bears won 28-23, was finished in near silence.

His teammates were informed of his death before leaving the stadium. Hughes, as it turned out, suffered from advanced arteriosclerosis.

The autopsy revealed that his coronary arteries were 75% blocked and that he was killed by a blood clot that completely cut the circulation to his heart muscle. His family had a history of heart problems. Hughes was buried in San Antonio, Texas, and all 40 of his Lions teammates attended his funeral, including head coach Joe Schmidt.

 He is survived by his widow, Sharon Leah, and his son, who was 1 year and 11 months old at the time, Brandon Shane. A $10,000 trust fund was set up for his son Brandon by an insurance company.His widow filed a $21.5 million malpractice lawsuit against Henry Ford Hospital in 1972 for not diagnosing his condition when he was hospitalized after complaining of chest pains. The lawsuit was settled on October 3, 1974 for an undisclosed amount of money.

The Lions retired his number, 85, in his honor, and annually make an award to the most improved player in his name.

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1970

LIONS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1957, LOSE 5-0 TO THE COWBOYS:

With a record of 10-4 the Lions, finished in second place in the NFC Central, and qualified for the playoffs as the NFC’s Wild Card. In their first trip to the postseason since 1957 the Lions are matched up against the Dallas Cowboys. The Lions defense was able to stop and frustrate the Cowboys all game long. However, the Cowboys defense was also able to frustrate the Lions. In the end the Lions would fall 5-0 in the lowest scoring game in NFL Playoff history.

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1963

LIONS LOSE KARROS & HOURNUNG DUE TO GAMBLING SCANDAL, LIONS GO 5-8-1:

 In a scandal that rocks the NFL to its core Lions All-Pro Defensive Tackle Alex Karras is suspended for the entire season along with Packers Running Back Paul Hournung for betting on NFL Games. In Karras’ absence the Lions struggle to finish 5-8-1, and in fourth Place.  

Before his NFL career got under way, Karras signed a contract as a professional wrestler on December 13, 1957, earning$25,000 during the six-month off-season. Eight days later, he officially signed with the Lions, spurning an offer from theCanadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers. On January 7, 1963, Karras’s ownership in Detroit’s Lindell AC Bar became a source of controversy when league officials urged him to sell his financial interests in the place because of reports of gambling and organized crime influence. After first threatening to retire rather than give it up, Karras admitted placing bets on NFL games and was suspended by the league, along with Green Bay Packers' running back Paul Hornung, for one season (1963).

DID YOU KNOW?Derrick Thomas is one of only 25 NFL players to achieve 100 or more sacks, and ranks 5th all-time in Chiefs’ history with 649 career tackles

DID YOU KNOW?

Derrick Thomas is one of only 25 NFL players to achieve 100 or more sacks, and ranks 5th all-time in Chiefs’ history with 649 career tackles

MATT FLYNN RE-SIGNS WITH THE PACKERS:
The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Flynn, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Flynn who helped the Packers stay alive in the NFC North playoff race last year, when he came in for Packers depleted QB roster.  Flynn was signed after Seneca Wallace & Scott Tolzien went down, who were filling in for an injured Aaron Rogers.
Flynn played in five games for the Packers in 2013 and went 2-2-1 in those games. He had 1,146 yards passing, 7 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and completed 61 percent of his passes in those five games.
In 2011, Flynn signed a three year $26 million deal with the Seahawks but failed to beat rookie Russell Wilson in the preseason for the starting spot. He was traded to the Raiders a year later and then in 2013 he was released by the Raiders.

Flynn is expected to compete with Scott Tolzien for the backup role this season. (Photo: Getty Images)

MATT FLYNN RE-SIGNS WITH THE PACKERS:

The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Flynn, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Flynn who helped the Packers stay alive in the NFC North playoff race last year, when he came in for Packers depleted QB roster.  Flynn was signed after Seneca Wallace & Scott Tolzien went down, who were filling in for an injured Aaron Rogers.

Flynn played in five games for the Packers in 2013 and went 2-2-1 in those games. He had 1,146 yards passing, 7 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and completed 61 percent of his passes in those five games.

In 2011, Flynn signed a three year $26 million deal with the Seahawks but failed to beat rookie Russell Wilson in the preseason for the starting spot. He was traded to the Raiders a year later and then in 2013 he was released by the Raiders.

Flynn is expected to compete with Scott Tolzien for the backup role this season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Browns sign FB Chris Pressley:
The Cleveland Browns have signed fullback Chris Pressley, a potential lead blocker to open holes for new running back Ben Tate.
Pressley missed all of last season with Cincinnati because of a knee injury. The 5-foot-10, 249-pounder has made 20 career starts in the NFL for the Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2012, he helped Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis lead the league by converting 14 of 15 times on 3rd-and-1 plays.
The Browns did not have a traditional fullback on their roster last season, using Chris Ogbonnaya and some reserve tight ends.
Cleveland’s offense will have a different look this season under new coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and the Browns need someone to clear a path for Tate, who signed a two-year, $7 million free agent deal with them in March.

Pressley was a teammate of Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas at Wisconsin. (Photo: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Browns sign FB Chris Pressley:

The Cleveland Browns have signed fullback Chris Pressley, a potential lead blocker to open holes for new running back Ben Tate.

Pressley missed all of last season with Cincinnati because of a knee injury. The 5-foot-10, 249-pounder has made 20 career starts in the NFL for the Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2012, he helped Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis lead the league by converting 14 of 15 times on 3rd-and-1 plays.

The Browns did not have a traditional fullback on their roster last season, using Chris Ogbonnaya and some reserve tight ends.

Cleveland’s offense will have a different look this season under new coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and the Browns need someone to clear a path for Tate, who signed a two-year, $7 million free agent deal with them in March.

Pressley was a teammate of Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas at Wisconsin. (Photo: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

49er Culliver pleads not guilty to hit-run charges:
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run charges and felony possession of brass knuckles.
Culliver was arrested on March 28 after San Jose police say he struck a bicyclist, then rammed a witness’ vehicle that was blocking him from leaving until officers arrived. The San Jose Mercury News reports that he entered his plea on Friday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
In 2013, Culliver created controversy by expressing anti-gay sentiments in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. He has since undergone sensitivity training and done outreach work with an organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

His case is among a string of recent legal problems for 49ers players, including the arrest Sunday of linebacker Aldon Smith. (Photo: Associated Press)

49er Culliver pleads not guilty to hit-run charges:

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run charges and felony possession of brass knuckles.

Culliver was arrested on March 28 after San Jose police say he struck a bicyclist, then rammed a witness’ vehicle that was blocking him from leaving until officers arrived. The San Jose Mercury News reports that he entered his plea on Friday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

In 2013, Culliver created controversy by expressing anti-gay sentiments in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. He has since undergone sensitivity training and done outreach work with an organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

His case is among a string of recent legal problems for 49ers players, including the arrest Sunday of linebacker Aldon Smith. (Photo: Associated Press)

TOP 25 HIGHEST PAID ATHLETES IN THE WORLD:Aaron Rodgers ranks as the highest paid football player. He comes in at #4Credit: ESPN

TOP 25 HIGHEST PAID ATHLETES IN THE WORLD:

Aaron Rodgers ranks as the highest paid football player. He comes in at #4

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Merriman suing Nike over ‘Lights Out’ name:
Former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman is suing Nike for trademark infringement and unfair competition over its Lights Out apparel line.
The suit, filed on behalf of Merriman’s Lights Out Holdings LLC, was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday.
According to the suit, after Nike and Merriman unsuccessfully negotiated to create a Lights Out apparel line in 2006 or 2007, the company used the name anyway.
The lawsuit says Merriman acquired the federal trademark rights for Lights Out in 2007.
He was nicknamed “Lights Out” after knocking out opponents in a high school game.
The suit demands an injunction to stop trademark infringement and related unfair business practices, as well as damages to be determined at trial.

Nike didn’t respond to our calls and an email seeking comment. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

Merriman suing Nike over ‘Lights Out’ name:

Former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman is suing Nike for trademark infringement and unfair competition over its Lights Out apparel line.

The suit, filed on behalf of Merriman’s Lights Out Holdings LLC, was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday.

According to the suit, after Nike and Merriman unsuccessfully negotiated to create a Lights Out apparel line in 2006 or 2007, the company used the name anyway.

The lawsuit says Merriman acquired the federal trademark rights for Lights Out in 2007.

He was nicknamed “Lights Out” after knocking out opponents in a high school game.

The suit demands an injunction to stop trademark infringement and related unfair business practices, as well as damages to be determined at trial.

Nike didn’t respond to our calls and an email seeking comment. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

Von Miller says he’s feeling good, hopes to play every game in 2014:
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller says his rehab from a torn ACL is going along well, but that he’s in no hurry to get back on the field.
Miller has shed 20 pounds as he works his way back from his and says his goal is to “play every game” in 2014.
"I’m feeling good, I had a schedule that’s all I can ask for," Miller told ESPN. "I’m not going to rush it, I’ve got good training guys with the Broncos, they’re going to have me back in time ready to go. With today’s medicine and what’s going on now like ACL, it’s really not as serious as it used to be. I’m 100 percent positive I’ll be able to come back not only be the same Von, (but) I got to be better. You come back and be the same guy it’s like you go ‘it’s the same Von again’ and I got to be better."
Miller made the comments Monday night at Sports Authority Field, where he handed out prescription glasses to 104 underprivileged children in his inaugural Von’s Vision charity event.
Miller bulked up to 270 pounds last season, 24 more than when he was the second overall pick out of Texas A&M in 2011.

Miller is hoping to bounce back from a rough season that began with a six-game drug suspension and ended with a blown out knee on Dec. 22. (Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Von Miller says he’s feeling good, hopes to play every game in 2014:

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller says his rehab from a torn ACL is going along well, but that he’s in no hurry to get back on the field.

Miller has shed 20 pounds as he works his way back from his and says his goal is to “play every game” in 2014.

"I’m feeling good, I had a schedule that’s all I can ask for," Miller told ESPN. "I’m not going to rush it, I’ve got good training guys with the Broncos, they’re going to have me back in time ready to go. With today’s medicine and what’s going on now like ACL, it’s really not as serious as it used to be. I’m 100 percent positive I’ll be able to come back not only be the same Von, (but) I got to be better. You come back and be the same guy it’s like you go ‘it’s the same Von again’ and I got to be better."

Miller made the comments Monday night at Sports Authority Field, where he handed out prescription glasses to 104 underprivileged children in his inaugural Von’s Vision charity event.

Miller bulked up to 270 pounds last season, 24 more than when he was the second overall pick out of Texas A&M in 2011.

Miller is hoping to bounce back from a rough season that began with a six-game drug suspension and ended with a blown out knee on Dec. 22. (Photo: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)