David Ortiz passes Banks, Mathews with 513th home run

Regular Eye on Baseball readers are familiar with minor-league teams and their awesome promotional jerseys. The latest incarnation is probably the best we’ll ever see — at least for Star Wars nerds like myself. It’s a Star Wars theme with Han Solo frozen in carbonite!

STAR WARS NIGHT is finally here!We’re sporting Hans Solo Jerseys& first 1,000 fans get light sabers!pic.twitter.com/nBKgrk5rUz
— Tennessee Smokies (@smokiesbaseball) May 14, 2016

We’ll let the “Hans” thing slide thanks to the strong jersey game. Outstanding work, Tennessee Smokies (Cubs Double-A affiliate) jersey people. I don’t know how this could be topped.
The Titans signed tight end Delanie Walker to an extension on Friday, locking down their reliable tight end on a multi-year contract extension.

The team announced the contract Friday night, and according to a report from NFL Network, the deal is worth $14.7 million over two years with $8.2 million in guarantees.

Walker is perennially one of the more underrated tight ends in the league, having quietly caught an average of 72 passes per year since coming to Tennessee in 2013.

AFC South

I’m tempted to call the Jaguars America’s team, but really they are The American Media’s Team, because my brothers and sisters in the press cannot stop gushing over them. Don’t get me wrong, that defense has to be better now and they will make strides, but I’m just not ready to coronate them yet. This is actually the most intriguing division in the league to me, with every team having a young quarterback who has at least flashed something. You could make the case for any of the four clubs at this point, even the Titans, given the lack of a true bully on this block.

Are the Jags for real?

I actually like the Colts to regain their perch. They’ll score more points with a healthy Andrew Luck and this kid is too smart and too motivated not to have learned a ton by having to sit out most of last year and watch Matt Hasselbeckoperate his offense. The chaos and uncertainty about the future of the coaching staff and front office cast a cloud over 2015, yet still this team had a slim chance to get to the playoffs in Week 17 despite all it endured. They’ll be better for it.

I’m not buying Brock Osweiler as being an upgrade over Brian Hoyer in Houston until I see it. You can mock Hoyer all you want for the playoff meltdown, but I’ll bet you the new quarterback doesn’t sniff Hoyer’s regular season numbers from a year ago even with all the shiny new weapons the Texans have now. The Titans need another year with a draft haul to fill all of the holes they have, though Mariota will soon be the best quarterback in this division. And the Jags will finally get to the .500 mark, but I have the Colts edging them out.

“He was killing people in walk-through,” Arians said, per the Arizona Republic. “I had to slow him down. It’s a walk-through, and he bench-pressed a lineman already.”

Of course, tackling isn’t allowed at rookie minicamp. So, Arians made sure Nkemdiche knew who would be paying any potential fines handed down by the league.

Case Against Blackhawks Prospect Accused of ‘Revenge Porn’ Dropped: Prosecutors

“That’s the kind of stuff that if you permit it to linger, it can,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “I had him in the office and he was disappointed. He thought he could be ready. We’re not comfortable that it’s at 100 percent, so we want to get it 100 percent well and get him back.”

He was “suspended indefinitely” by the Blackhawks last week pending the outcome of the investigation. The team did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

“On Saturday afternoon, March 19, 2016, the Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs learned of a legal proceeding against IceHogs player Garret Ross,” the Blackhawks said in a statement last week. “At that time, we excused Garret from team activities pending our preliminary review of the matter. After further review, we have determined to suspend Garret indefinitely pending the outcome of the legal process. Because this is a pending legal proceeding, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Court records show the charges stemmed from an offense that occurred on Aug. 31, 2015. The new law passed by the Illinois legislature in 2015 makes it a criminal act to share private sexual images without the consent of all parties involved.

Ross was scratched from the Rockford IceHogs’ lineup after news of the allegations broke.

The Chicago Blackhawks will be taking on the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night, but there will be more on the line for the team than just taking two points from one of their former rivals.

If the Blackhawks get at least one point in the standings on Sunday, they will clinch a playoff spot for the eighth consecutive season. One point would put them at 94 on the season, and although the Colorado Avalanche could match that number this season, they would lose a tiebreaker to the Blackhawks based on regulation and overtime wins, a category the Blackhawks hold an insurmountable 42-34 lead in.