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Somebody told me … The Killers are coming back to Salt Lake City.

The Las Vegas-based alt-rock band <a href=""></a> announced late Thursday night that their fifth studio album — and first in 5 years — "Wonderful Wonderful" is scheduled for a Sept. 22 release, and that there would be a new run of early 2018 North American tour dates as a result, including a Feb. 6 stop at Salt Lake City's Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Tickets will go on sale to the public Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. via Smith's Tix.

The band released its first single from the album, "The Man," in June and followed with another new track, "Run For Cover," on Thursday night.

The Killers are scheduled to perform on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" from Caesar's Palace on the Las Vegas strip this coming Monday night.

The band first burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their debut album, "Hot Fuss," which went on to multi-platinum success <a href=""></a> on the strength of Grammy-nominated hits "Somebody Told Me," "Mr. Brightside" and "All These Things I've Done."

The Killers have gone on to sell an estimated 22 million records worldwide, making them one of the most commercially successful pop music acts of the 21st century.

Alejandro Villanueva is glad it’s over, this <a href=""></a> whole contract thing. Thursday, the offensive left tackle signed his new deal, worth $24 million over four years. While the money is good, Villanueva, 28, didn’t enjoy all that came with it.

“It’s not a fun process,” Villanueva said Friday after the Steelers’ first morning walk-through of training camp. “Going through a contract is — for some reason, you feel really embarrassed afterwards and all the media attention you get out of it is not fun.”

Presumably, Villanueva is referring to the public spectacle contract negotiations become, with outsiders sometimes wondering how many millions a player really needs. It’s what makes Villanueva’s case so interesting. His contract is below the average salary for starting left tackles.

Villanueva’s career arc also put him in a unique position in negotiations. This former Army Ranger didn’t sign with an NFL team until 2014. He will turn 29 in September, and this might have been his one shot at a large contract. The long-term deal allowed him to avoid playing the upcoming season on the one-year, $615,000 exclusive rights free-agent tender the Steelers offered in the offseason.

“In my football career, I’ve been more focused <a href=""></a> on trying to make the team. I’ve been more focused on becoming a starter. I’ve been more focused on trying to not embarrass myself on national television,” Villanueva said. “My agent kind of focused on the question of what is fair. So, it was a very tough assignment for him.”

Villanueva, who has started the past 31 games at left tackle after joining the team’s practice squad in 2014, said he wasn’t seriously considering holding out. He said he was only seeking a “fair” contract, and he used the word 10 times in his 13-minute media session.

In the offseason, Villanueva made the decision to attend organized team activities (OTAs) and work out at the team facility while negotiations were ongoing. As the process continued, he admitted he didn’t know whether a deal was going to get done — “It was sort of a last-minute thing,” he said — but he planned to attend camp.

Part of the reason, he said, was because there are still a “few things here and there” he can learn about the position. After all, when he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, he had been playing defensive line. Mostly, though, he said being at camp is important in establishing a routine and continuing to build sound communication among the offensive line unit.

“I would say I was not set to hold out, but I was <a href=""> Tim Brown Authentic Jersey</a> not set to wait at my house, either,” he said. “I’m hoping to play football.”

Villanueva was asked whether he compared his new deal to what other starting left tackles make, and, in an impassioned response, he explained why he did not.

“I played in a park in Belgium. That’s where I played football in high school for a year. I really didn’t have a lot of experience. I was a walk-on at West Point. I was last string D-end when I was at Army. Then I played wide receiver and offensive line. Not really had a career that you could say was groomed to be a first-round pick and get a big contract,” he said.

Much of the core that reached back-to-back Super Bowls remains in place. And as practices begin, the Seahawks are tied for the third-best <a href=""></a> odds in Las Vegas to win the Super Bowl at 12-1. With training camp beginning Sunday, here’s a position-by-position review.

The Seahawks open training camp Sunday in Renton preparing for another season in which the expectation remains Super Bowl or bust.

Some of the faces have changed, to be sure, since that triumphant night in New Jersey — a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII — and some of what happened last season was ominously uncharacteristic.

But much of the core that reached back-to-back Super Bowls remains in place. And as practices begin, the Seahawks are tied for the third-best odds in Las Vegas to win the Super Bowl at 12-1, behind New England (3.75-1) and Green Bay (7.5-1).

That’s basically the same place they were in 2013, when the Seahawks entered the year also with the third-best odds behind the Broncos and 49ers, the two teams Seattle beat to win it all.

With camp set to begin, here’s a position-by-position review:


Reason for optimism: Russell Wilson said in the spring he was 100 percent healthy after battling three injuries last season. He also told ESPN he <a href=""></a> has altered his diet and conditioning regimen to get down to about 215 pounds after playing at as much as 225 last season. The team hopes both will allow Wilson’s legs to again be the threat they were from 2012-15.

Cause for concern: Seattle must solidify the backup spot in the preseason, with veteran free agent signee Austin Davis battling second-year man Trevone Boykin. Boykin appears the favorite, but the Seahawks will want to see him up his game in the face of increased competition.

Key stat: 92.6 — Wilson’s passer rating a year ago, a career low and off his career average of 99.6.


Reason for optimism: The Seahawks battled depth issues and injuries throughout the 2016 season, the first full year without Marshawn Lynch. But they signed veteran Eddie Lacy in the spring to add to a now-healthy Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise. And if some wonder how the Seahawks will get enough carries for everyone, the Seahawks counter that they’d rather deal with that issue than worry about not having enough <a href="">Darryl Morris Womens Jersey</a> healthy running backs.

Cause for concern: All eyes will be on Lacy, who has battled weight issues throughout his career and has incentive clauses in his contract designed to keep him under 250 pounds during the season.


The NFL has an over abundance of talent at wide receiver, and every in the league wants to take advantage except for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Not only have the Pittsburgh Steelers been <a href=""></a> incredibly boring during this year’s free agency (something they do every year), but they’re redefining what it means to have a talented group of players.

While the rest of the league consistently looks to the free agent market to scrape up the remaining headlines before training camp, Pittsburgh sits back and forgets that there are still players available. Heck, when names like Vincent Jackson, Stevie Johnson, Eddie Royal and Doral Green-Beckham still available this close to training camp, a full moon must be out.

The Steelers are in a boat no other team is in, though. While the Dallas Cowboys look to replace Lucky Whitehead, and multiple other teams still search for the missing piece in their passing game, Pittsburgh tries to figure out which player who should make the 53-man roster, won’t.

Pittsburgh is in this unique stage where their receiving core has developed into the best in the league. Not only do their starting two, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant, blow almost any other starting core out of the water, but they have two slot guys competing for the job who would easily start on virtually any team in the NFL.

Guys like Sammie Coates, Justin Hunter, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Demarcus Ayers are all competing to stay off a practice squad when on 31 of the 32 teams in the league, they would almost be guaranteed a spot in the top four or five receivers.

Yes, there are teams like the New York Giants, New England Patriots, and Cincinnati Bengals that all have incredible receiving cores. But their practice squad wouldn’t be competing for the third or fourth depth chart spot on teams like the <a href=""></a> Cleveland Browns. Pittsburgh’s would.

That’s what redefined success means. While the rest of the league has their core three or four receivers, Pittsburgh has their core seven or eight.

To top it all off, they have the league’s best wideout in Antonio Brown leading the way. Right from the very top, Pittsburgh reigns supreme. Then, you go through the stages and find yourself at the practice squad, where more than likely, Sammie Coates will headline the team. For someone who would be competing for the backup outside receiver on almost any team, Coates isn’t even valued in Pittsburgh.

Just another example of how the Steelers have somehow turned their receivers into a group far above the rest of the pack.

What makes this so special, is that Pittsburgh has done it through development. Instead of going out and signing big name receivers like other teams, the Steelers have drafted all of their first four receivers and turned them into superstars.

Outside of Hunter and Heyward-Bey, this team doesn’t have wideouts competing for the roster that hasn’t started their career in the Steel City. If Coates wasn’t going to miss the beginning of training camp, they’d likely only have one active receiver come Week 1 who wasn’t a draft pick.

How they’ve done it? No one knows. But somehow, the Steelers have claimed their spot at the top of the wide receiver world.

They definitely haven’t done it like most of the league has, but it doesn’t matter. What the Pittsburgh Steelers have done in a year where <a href="">Heath Miller Authentic Jersey</a> wide receivers are plentiful is unheard of.

The NFL is thriving with wideouts, but in the year of the wideout, the Pittsburgh Steelers have emerged superior.

The NFL season is almost here. The offseason is winding down and players are set to report to training camp this weekend.

The Titans enter the season with lofty <a href=""></a> expectations. Coming off a 9-7 season in which the team tripled its wins from the previous year, the Titans have been a popular choice to win the AFC South division for the first time since 2008.

So how did players spend their offseason leading up to one of the most anticipated seasons in franchise history?

Quarterback Marcus Mariota

The star quarterback and face of the franchise likes to keep a low profile on social media — he doesn't have a Twitter or Instagram account — but it's not like he was completely invisible this offseason.

He returned to his hometown of Honolulu, greeting fans at a local Walmart.

Star Struck w/ #HeismanTrophy winner QB#MarcusMariota in Honolulu at local Walmarts,felt like one big Hawaii family reunion!

— BDM (@BluedoorMkg) July 10, 2017

He was the main guest at the 2017 Tennessean <a href=""></a> Sports Awards, a night honoring the top prep athletes from the Middle Tennessee area.

Hi Marcus ��

— TN Game Time (@TNGameTime) June 6, 2017

And while he said he's never had a sip of alcohol in his life, he did make his way over to Bridgestone Arena with his beer-chugging offensive line for a few Predators games.

Tennessee Titans offensive linemen crushing tallboys to fire up the crowd in Nashville

Go Preds.

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 17, 2017

Offensive lineman Taylor Lewan

Speaking of Mariota's offensive line, the Pro Bowl lineman had a memorable offseason, to say the least.

He was named one of the top 100 players in the league on the annual NFL Top 100 list, checking in at No. 72.

so awesome to be named #NFLTop100 number 72 is great but still not good enough!

— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) May 9, 2017

He got some new ink this summer and posted videos from <a href="">Chris Jones Womens Jersey</a> his tattoo sessions on his Instagram story. While those videos expired, Lewan's tattoo artist posted the final product on his own Instagram account.


The City of Aberdeen has listed for <a href=""></a> sale the former Aberdeen High School on Route 40, as well as the former Aberdeen Moose Lodge on Rogers Street.

The former high school has already attracted interest from regional operators of apartment complexes, senior citizen care facilities, even facilities for the care patients with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease.

The property, at 34 N. Philadelphia Blvd., was listed with MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate, of Lutherville, in early July.

"We've had some good inquiry calls," Tom Fidler, executive vice president and principal of MacKenzie, said Monday.

The city acquired the building, which was constructed in 1908, from Harford County in February for $1. The building was expanded in 1924 so elementary students could attend, too, and it ceased to be used as a school by the 1950s <a href=""></a> when the current Aberdeen High campus was developed off Paradise Road.

Following its use as a school, the Route 40 building was used for assorted community services, including Health Department functions, until it was closed in 2014 after a plumbing leak.


The San Francisco 49ers are making big <a href=""></a> changes to their secondary this year, and expectations are relatively low outside the Bay Area. There is a lot of talent in the mix for the five roles (two corners, two safeties, one nickel), but a lot of inexperience and new roles.

The team is moving Eric Reid from free safety to strong safety and Jimmie Ward from cornerback to free safety. Rashard Robinson is expected to take over one cornerback role, while Keith Reaser, Dontae Johnson, and rookie Ahkello Witherspoon are competing for the other role. K’Waun Williams was brought in to compete with Will Redmond for the nickel back role.

Pro Football Focus is going through each <a href=""></a> position group and ranking out all 32 teams. On Tuesday, they got to secondaries. They ranked the 49ers No. 25. Teams behind them included the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, and Philadelphia Eagles.

PFF had this to say about the 49ers new-look secondary:

Depth is a big question mark all around the secondary. Jaquiski Tartt is the most proven backup, and he is almost exclusively behind Eric Reid. Lorenzo Jerome has stood out as a ball-hawk safety, and stands a decent shot of claiming a role, particularly if he shines on special teams. At safety, the biggest question is how Ward performs switching back to a role he hasn’t played since college.

The 49ers got really young, really quick at cornerback this offseason, releasing Tramaine Brock and making the move with Ward. Ahkello Witherspoon has the length they want in press-favored cornerbacks, but he is still a rookie. Keith Reaser and Dontae Johnson are his competition for a starting job, but I could see an extensive rotation <a href=""> Michael Harris Authentic Jersey</a> through training camp and the preseason. With a new coaching staff in place, I am intrigued to see how quickly some of these younger players claim starting roles, or at least significant roles.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Many, many readers submitted questions concerning various aspects of the Le’Veon Bell situation, with the most <a href=""></a> common being how the franchise tag tender is determined and how many times a team can use the franchise tag on the same player. These first two questions were selected to represent all of those:


Can you explain how the NFL determined that Le’Veon Bell will get paid $12.1 million under the franchise tag, when the highest paid running back is only getting around $8 million this year?

ANSWER: Under prior labor deals, the non-exclusive franchise tag was determined by the average of the five highest-paid players at each position from the prior year. Under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the franchise tender number is based on the five-year average cap percentage at each position. My suggestion is to do what I do, which is to wait for the league to announce the numbers and then just remember them. Trying to do the math yourself is too confusing.


Can the Steelers use the franchise tag on a player for three or more consecutive seasons, and if so, what would Le'Veon Bell's salary be if the tag were used on him in this manner?

ANSWER: Players can be tagged in successive years, but it's expensive. For a player to be tagged in back-to-back years, the team must pay 120 percent of the player's previous salary the second time the tag is used. If it's three-straight years, the team must pay the player 144 percent of his previous salary. So for simple arithmetic purposes, let’s round off Le’Veon Bell’s 2017 salary at $12 million. Tagging him in 2018 would mean the number would be $14.4 million. Tagging him in 2019 would mean $20.74 million.


My fiancé and I will be spending some time in Pittsburgh after our wedding, since it is my hometown. While we're home, we'll be able to go to a Steelers training camp practice. It starts at 2:55 p.m., but would you recommend <a href=""></a> we arrive earlier if it means we have a greater chance of meeting/getting an autograph from players? If so, how much earlier do you think?

ANSWER: I hesitate to give advice on something like this, because I would hate for you to listen to me and then be disappointed if things didn’t work out as you had hoped. Generally, more players sign autographs after practice than before, but there is no way of predicting which players are going to sign on which day, and then whether that will be before or after practice. Personally, I never have understood the autograph phenomenon, and a day at training camp, for me anyway, would be about the chance to watch NFL athletes up close as they ply their trade and compete to earn a roster spot. But that’s just me, and it’s not meant as a criticism of you or anyone else whose day at camp would be made complete by leaving campus with some signatures. What I can tell you is that Coach Mike Tomlin signs autographs every day after practice, and he signs for anyone and everyone who is interested. That is something you can count on.


For my 70th birthday, my wife presented me with a replica No. 70 Steelers jersey with my name on the back. In checking the current roster, I do not see a No. 70, nor do I recall a player who wore that number. Is that number not assigned, or has it been retired?

ANSWER: No. 70 was worn by Ernie Stautner, who played 14 seasons for the Steelers – and only missed one game – from 1950-63. A defensive tackle who was the team’s No. 2 pick in the 1950 NFL Draft, Stautner played his college football at Boston College. In the NFL, he was a voted to nine Pro Bowls and was named a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-1950s team. He was voted either first-team or <a href="">Dwayne Allen Authentic Jersey</a> second-team All-Pro 25 times by the various entities that picked those things back in that era. His jersey was retired by the Steelers in 1964, and he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969. Stautner died in February 2006 at the age of 80.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - As the Denver Broncos <a href=""></a> convened at the UCHealth Training Center here beginning July 26, the same story that dominated the offseason will remain the top headliner.

There is a new head coach (Vance Joseph), a new offensive coordinator (Mike McCoy) and a new defensive coordinator (Joe Woods). But the focus will be on quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch to see which one will open the season when the Broncos host the division-rival Chargers in the second game of a Monday night doubleheader.

Siemian has the advantage in terms of experience, having started 14 games in 2016, but the offense has been tweaked to play more toward Lynch's strengths, and he appeared to gain confidence during offseason work, particularly in his timing with starting wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Joseph has said that he wants consistency from his starting quarterback, and with a veteran team, that is a priority. However, upside has to come into <a href=""></a> consideration, and if Siemian can't break free from Lynch, he could find himself as the No. 2 quarterback by Week 1 behind Lynch, whose first-round pedigree and raw arm strength could give him an advantage despite his scattershot moments.

For the time being at least, Joseph announced Wednesday that Siemian will be the first unit for the opening practice of camp.

On the defensive side, Woods, the defensive backs coach last season, takes over for the departed Wade Phillips and promised only minor changes from the way Phillips ran the defense.

"I don't want to come in and change the fingerprints or the foundation of our defense," Woods said in the offseason. "All I said is, I want to sprinkle a little sugar on it. It's something that will give us a little change-up, make offenses work at the line of scrimmage. That's all we're doing."

Said cornerback Chris Harris Jr., "Our defense, we made little tweaks. We're not as simple as we have been in the past. In the past, we played so <a href="">Jatavis Brown Authentic Jersey</a> much man and just making it so easy for the quarterbacks. So now we're going to sprinkle in (some) different little things and make them think."

NFL training camps are getting underway this week, which means we are getting the last of offseason rankings. The latest comes <a href=""></a> courtesy of MMQB writer Andy Benoit, who ranked the top 400 players across the league.

Benoit’s criteria was, “Does player A do his job better or worse than player B does his job?” He looked at “raw talent, cultivated skill set, and role within his team’s system,” and it was entirely film-based. If two players were too close to call, the tie was broken by which player had the more significant job.

The San Francisco 49ers actually had a sizable crew of players make the list. They had 11 players, which put them ahead of teams like the Cleveland Browns (nine) and the New York Jets (five). I mention those two teams because they are the two teams viewed by many as the 49ers primary competition for the No. 1 overall pick. I don’t think the 49ers will end up with the pick, but there is a lot of media coverage suggesting they will <a href=""></a> be in the mix.

The 49ers on the list included the following (with his comments in quotation marks). The rankings are based on 2016 performance, which is why Bucker, Ward, Armstead, and Dial all have different positions than we will see them in this season.

201 - Joe Staley, LT - “His age (33 at the end of August) is starting to show a bit in pass protection, but Staley is still a savvy veteran who occasionally flashes as a run-blocker.”

220 - DeForest Buckner, 3-4 DE - “Buckner played with better leverage as his rookie season went on. He will likely play five-technique in defensive coordinator Robert Saleh's 4-3, where he'll have to fight more double-team blocks.”

254 - Carlos Hyde, RB - “He's not a pure outside runner, which can be an issue against faster defenses like the Seahawks or Rams. What Hyde does have is good patience and deceptive elusiveness.”

256 - Jimmie Ward, CB - “He has the makeup to <a href="">Shane Ray Kids Jersey</a> be a really sturdy slot corner, but the Niners are moving him to free safety. As an outside corner, Ward had too many subtle mistakes last seasons.”


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