JACKSONVILLE http://www.bearscheapstores.com/riley-r … rsey-cheap , Fla. (AP) Leonard Fournette slipped off his sweaty cleats, signed each one and then handed them to a young fan after practice.The youngster carefully walked away with Fournettes gold-colored shoes, making sure not to touch the drying ink. After all, the memorabilia could appreciate in value if the Jacksonville Jaguars running back gets his NFL career turned around.Fournette spoke publicly for the first time in nearly six months Friday, finally addressing the worst season in his 24 years and everything thats happened since. He was injured, suspended and on the bench in crunch time. He was fined, criticized and admittedly not in ideal shape late in the year.The Jaguars voided the remaining guarantees in his rookie contract following his one-game suspension for fighting, and personnel chief Tom Coughlin ripped him for being disrespectful and selfish during the season finale. Adding to the chaos, Fournette was arrested last month for driving with a suspended license.Its a new year, Fournette said following practice. We have a new team. Were focused and we have new players. Its a new year for us, so its a new everything. Its a clean start for a lot of us guys. Were not focused on the past. The pasts the past.Some things I did, whether it was offseason and I admitted to, yeah I was wrong. We moved on. Were in a good place right now.The Jaguars were in a tough spot without Fournette last season, unable to run the ball with any consistency after building the offense around the former LSU star and fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.He finished with 439 yards rushing and five touchdowns in eight games after running for 1 http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.c … rsey-cheap ,040 yards and nine scores as a rookie. Hes missed 11 games in two seasons, including two because of suspensions.Everybody has a bad year, so I dont feel like Ive got to prove myself to no one, Fournette said.The team probably feels otherwise.Jacksonville completely revamped its running backs room around Fournette, firing position coach Tyrone Wheatley and parting ways with backups T.J. Yeldon, Carlos Hyde and Corey Grant.Coach Doug Marrone hired 64-year-old Terry Robiskie, who, like Fournette, was born and raised in New Orleans and attended LSU, as running backs coach. They also added veteran Alfred Blue (another LSU alum) to be Fournettes backup.And even though they signed quarterback and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to upgrade one of the NFLs most anemic offenses, Fournette is still expected to be the centerpiece under new coordinator John DeFilippo.Hes going to be a major reason for where our offense goes, DeFilippo said. Im not going to sugarcoat that. Leonard Fournette needs to be a big part of this offense. The harder he works, which he is right now, I think thats not only going to be good for our offense Connor McGovern Jersey , but good for our team.Fournette said he weighs 226 pounds, down 14 pounds from the end of last season.He spent part of this offseason training in Dallas and then went to Wyoming to work with his college strength and conditioning coach in hopes of getting back to his foundation.I kind of put a lot on myself this offseason, like getting my body right, Fournette said. Just mentally coming back ready to play football. No distractions. Leaving the outside stuff where its at. I think thats one of the biggest things that us players. We face a lot of problems, you know what I mean?We have a lot of issues, and if were not right with ourselves and then we come out on this field, were not going to be right in the game.Getting Fournette back on track is one of Jacksonvilles top priorities. Coaches believe hes got the talent to be one of the best backs in the league a guy whose worn cleats would be a collectors item but they have to keep him healthy, in shape, motivated and focused.Those young guys at that age, I always think they need a little more push, a little bit more guidance, a little bit more leadership, Robiskie said. Leonard is one of those guys.Hes got the ambition. Hes got the heart.I think he wants to win. I dont think he wants to win a game. I think he wants to be a part of something special. I think he wants to win a Super Bowl, and I think the year before last Khari Willis Jersey , that little taste that he had, I think that kind of helped push it a little bit more. Juan Soto is barely old enough to be in college, let alone lighting it up at Yankee Stadium.

The teenage rookie homered twice and drove in four runs, becoming the youngest player in 29 years to go deep in a regular-season game in the Bronx, and the Washington Nationals beat New York 5-4 on Wednesday night.

After getting a game off Tuesday, his first in three-plus weeks as a major leaguer, a refreshed Soto showed exactly why he was rated one of baseballs best prospects.

Ill start off by saying, Soto is really good. Hows that? Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. He understands the game. He understands good at-bats.

With family from New York in the crowd of 45,030, the 19-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic lofted a three-run homer into the left-field corner off Sonny Gray in the fourth inning to give Washington shut out in its previous two games a 4-3 lead.

Soto then launched a titanic shot in the seventh against Chasen Shreve (2-1), putting the Nationals back in front 5-4.

Projected at 436 feet, the drive soared to the back of a standing-room terrace above and beyond the Yankees bullpen in right-center. It also ended a 23-inning scoreless streak for New York relievers and made Soto (19 years, 231 days old) the youngest player in Nationals history to have a multihomer game.

Strong kid, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. was 19 years Josh Allen Jersey , 190 days old when he homered (also twice) for Seattle at old Yankee Stadium on May 30, 1989. Andruw Jones was 19 as well when he hit two home runs there for Atlanta in Game 1 of the 1996 World Series.

It feels pretty good. Two good outfielders, Soto said. I like that.

Called up from Double-A Harrisburg on May 20, Soto is batting .344 with five homers and 12 RBIs.

He has power. Super young. Good hitter, Shreve said. I didnt do my job. We lost the game because of it.

New York got a long home run from its own impressive rookie, 21-year-old Gleyber Torres, to tie it at 4 in the fifth. Greg Bird also hit a solo homer and Giancarlo Stanton had three hits for the Yankees, including an RBI single.

Adam Eaton and Matt Adams had three hits apiece for the Nationals, who made five outs on the bases but still won to split the two-game interleague series between World Series contenders. The teams meet again next Monday in Washington to complete a May 15 matchup suspended with the score tied 3-all in the sixth inning and to make up a May 16 rainout.

Justin Miller (4-0) struck out four in 1 2/3 innings on his 31st birthday.

Pretty nice, Miller said. I guess Im just in the weeds I keep snaking wins.

Sammy Solis knocked down Brett Gardners comebacker with a runner on third for the final out of the seventh. Ryan Madson pitched out of trouble in the eighth and Sean Doolittle worked a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.

New York lost for only the fifth time in its last 23 home games.

Nationals rookie Erick Fedde allowed four runs and six hits in five innings. Pitching in place of injured ace Stephen Strasburg, the right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse before the game to make his fifth major league start and second this season.

AGE IS ONLY A NUMBER

Soto became the youngest big leaguer with a multihomer game in the regular season since Jones against Cincinnati in August 1996 and the youngest player with four RBIs since Hall of Famer Robin Yount was 19 for Milwaukee in 1975. Its unbelievable, honestly, Fedde said. Special kid and Im excited to play with him hopefully for the next couple of years.

TRAINERS ROOM

Nationals: As expected, Bryce Harper was back in the lineup after leaving Tuesday nights loss in the eighth inning when he was hit by a pitch for the second time. The slugger was plunked on the right elbow and left foot but said afterward he was fine and there were no ill feelings at all. Washington pitchers made no apparent attempt to retaliate Wednesday. Harper went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) was the DH again after going hitless Tuesday in his season debut. Hes ready to play Jawaan Taylor Jersey , so were going to play him. Nice to have that bat in the lineup, Martinez said. Murphy went 0 for 3 with a walk. Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation) is working out back home, Martinez said.

Yankees: Slumping catcher Gary Sanchez sat out for the second consecutive game, with backup Austin Romine catching Gray as usual. After a three-day breather, Sanchez will be back in the lineup Thursday, Boone said.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Following a day off, Washington resumes its AL East road trip in Toronto with LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-2, 2.65 ERA) pitching Friday night against RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.33).

Yankees: Still looking for his first major league win, rookie right-hander Domingo German (0-4, 5.32 ERA) starts Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against Tampa Bay. LHP Blake Snell (8-3, 2.30) goes for the Rays.