New league will go without kickoffs, and NFL will watch closely

The NFL seems to be moving toward eliminating kickoffs, and leading the way will be the new Alliance of American Football.

That upstart league, which will begin play in 10 months, will not have any kickoffs. The biggest obstacle to the NFL’s desire to eliminate kickoffs has been figuring out what to do about onside kicks, and the new league will allow teams to try to keep the ball after scoring by running one offensive play, needing 10 yards to get the ball.

In the 12th, Warren walked pinch-hitter Pedro Alvarez with one out and Santander singled with two out before Gentry came up big after fouling off four two-strike pitches.

The loss left the Yanks 5-5 heading into a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox that begins Tuesday night at Fenway Park. 

Before facing Boston, the Yankees will have a day off, and they need the rest because their bullpen had to eat up 20 2/3 innings in their last three games, 7 2/3 on Sunday.

It’s a sign of solidarity as new coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman attempt to reshape the team’s culture and while Beckham still desires a new contract.

It provides the Giants a chance to look in person at the ankle he shattered last October and shows that Beckham is willing to buy into the new program. The hope is that this leads to more serious contract negotiations in the near future after the Giants left the door open for a trade two weeks ago at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Florida.

Offseason workouts are voluntary under the collective bargaining agreement. Beckham and Olivier Vernon weren’t around for much of the team’s offseason workout program last year. Vernon is also expected to attend this year with the team learning new offensive and defensive schemes under a new coaching staff.

Shurmur said last month he expected Beckham to be in attendance for the team’s offseason program, which starts Monday and officially ends with a mandatory minicamp in mid-June. Beckham has been working out vigorously in Los Angeles most of this offseason.bills_044

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