Month: October 2017

Anquan Boldin considering return, Bills tell agent OK to shop him

Retired wide receiver Anquan Boldin has expressed interest in playing again and the Buffalo Bills have given his agent permission to explore trades with other teams.

Boldin, 37, has spent parts of the past two years on Capitol Hill fighting for criminal justice reform. He has teamed with current Philadelphia Eagle Malcolm Jenkins in trips to Washington to speak with members of Congress, to push a social media campaign for the Clean Slate Act and to help organize a players coalition of approximately 40 players who perform community work on a grassroots level.

This was not a rematch of Super Bowl 51, both teams insisted before Sunday night’s Patriots-Falcons game.

“Given the sensitivity of this matter, confidentiality of the program and Randy’s privacy, I am unable to comment,” Moskowitz said. “However, I will confirm Randy has every intention of getting back on the football field.”

Despite the high price tag and the fact that Aston Martin is only making 12 cars, executives at the British company feel that signing Brady was a good move.

“This car touches people through a voice in Tom that they understand,” Reichman said. “He speaks English in an American’s English, and he’s telling the world why he loves our product. It’s as simple as that.”

Brady’s deal does not include a car, so he’d have to buy one himself.

Smith is the Jaguars’ leading tackler (58) this season and has two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the season opener, is now the Jaguars’ top priority. Wideout Marqise Lee and cornerback Aaron Colvin also are 2014 draft picks whose contracts expire after the 2017 season.

Ranking the NFL’s 10 best defenses, and outlook for rest of 2017

In the NFL, defense is harder to predict than offense. Teams will spend years accumulating defensive talent, and it’s hard to tell when that talent will jell and combine into a top defensive unit. Many NFL observers predicted before the season that the Jacksonville Jaguars’ young talent would finally mature into a stellar defensive unit. But many NFL observers also predicted the same thing about the Atlanta Falcons’ young talent.
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DeMaurice Smith, the players’ association chief, was uncharacteristically quiet during the session, having found a way to move forward on this issue with Goodell after a private meeting at Dulles International Airport on Oct. 3. In a similar sort of way, the players concluded that Goodell seemed to be speaking for himself more than for many owners and even the league — something that stunned them because, after all, some players privately view the commissioner as Chad Williams Jersey the puppet of ruthless billionaire owners. There was sincerity on both sides, 49ers CEO Jed York says.

NBC had to change its camera angles for the Sunday Night Football broadcast because the fog was too heavy for viewers at home to see the action on the field. Sarkisian’s point of view from the booth may be a problem in these conditions.

The Ravens (3-4), who rank last in passing in the NFL, are hoping to offset the loss of Wallace by welcoming back Jeremy Maclin and Breshad Perriman. Maclin (shoulder) has missed the past two games, and Perriman (concussion) was sidelined last Sunday.
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The Bears’ offense ran 37 plays against Carolina in Week 7. Thirty-seven. That’s the lowest total the NFL has seen since Seattle ran 37 plays against the Giants in Week 9 back in 2010. The Chicago offense is now averaging 59.9 plays (29th) and 1.7 touchdowns (22nd) per game. Chicago has called pass on 52 percent of its snaps, which is higher than only Jacksonville (50 percent).

Pittsburgh’s struggles are another strong point to support the argument the 2017 AFC playoff race is the Chiefs and then everyone else.

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The one thing that didn’t change, however, was the result.

This time Mack came off the ball a couple of steps up the field and then feigned as if he was going to try to make an inside move on Stephenson. When Stephenson stepped down hard inside, Mack stepped right back outside and swiped Stephenson’s hands to keep them off him.

Bowman fills a need for the Raiders at middle linebacker with rookie fifth-round draft pick Marquel Lee out with an ankle injury and the team using a pair of undrafted rookies in Nicholas Morrow, who played at Division III Greenville College last year, and Xavier Woodson-Luster, an Arkansas State product, in Lee’s place.

Sam Bradford, the replacement Minnesota traded first- and fourth-round picks for, is also out for an undetermined amount of time since no one’s really quite sure what’s going Reid Boucher Jersey on with his surgically repaired knee.

The Cowboys needed a rebound game in their NFC Championship rematch against the Packers on Sunday.

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Dallas took a 21-12 lead into the half, but the Packers surged back in the second half, dropping the Cowboys to 2-3.
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It was the type of classic Packers-Cowboys games that have become a recent tradition between these two teams. There were four fourth quarter lead changes, not to mention the thrilling last-minute win.

Dak Prescott got things moving in the fourth quarter, leading a drive that took almost nine minutes off the clock. It looked like Green Bay stuffed Elliott on a fourth-and-1 attempt, but that was overturned on review. The drive continued, and Prescott got into the end zone on an 11-yard run to take a 31-28 lead with just over a minute remaining.

The Texans are hoping to get Kevin Johnson back after this week’s bye. The 2015 first-round pick sprained his MCL in Week 3, but coach Bill O’Brien said the cornerback is close to returning to practice. The Texans have had success with veterans Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson in Johnson’s absence, but his return could allow Houston to move Jackson around in the secondary. — Sarah Barshop

The news of Andrew Luck being shut down from practice for at least the rest of week due to soreness in his right shoulder was a big surprise, but the quarterback wasn’t going to play against Jacksonville anyway. The Colts will have to change their running back rotation now that Robert Turbin is out with an elbow injury. Turbin, who was injured in Monday’s loss at Tennessee, has been the team’s primary third-down running back. The Colts will use starter Frank Gore and rookie Marlon Mack on third down, depending on the situation. — Mike Wells

Mitchell got a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer, turning a third-and-8 into a 49-yard swing.

“The video shows what it shows. I wasn’t trying to take Alex Smith’s knees out,” said Mitchell, whose Steelers won 19-13. “I went up to him and told him that…It’s just one of those things you don’t want to see in the football game.”

Chiefs QB Alex Smith, normally calm and collected on the field, admitted that he got fired up over the low hit to the knees he received from Steelers safety Mike Mitchell.
“I mean, when you get hit in the back of your knee like that, I didn’t understand how that happened,” Smith said. “Certainly guys falling, rushing the quarterback, I get it when it’s happening from the front and guys are trying hard. That one to me just seemed so weird to get hit that low coming from behind.”

Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last six games against the Chiefs, including a win in the postseason last year, per the OddsShark NFL Database.

On Thursday night, two 4-1 SU teams collide as the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Carolina Panthers (-3). Carolina holds the ATS edge this season at 3-1-1 ATS to Philadelphia’s 3-2 ATS. The Eagles are 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games against teams with winning records.

Week 6 wraps up with the New York Giants at Denver (-11.5) on Sunday Night Football and Indianapolis at Tennessee on Monday Night Football. The Giants are still looking for their first win of the season at 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS.sabres_005

Golden Tate made 3 Saints defenders look silly, then flipped into the end zone

Golden Tate is a slippery wide receiver, and it didn’t take him long to make the New Orleans Saints secondary look silly in Week 6.
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Entering Week 6, there was confusion as to how touches would shake out in the San Francisco backfield. The results suggest Carlos Hyde remains the clear lead back. Hyde out-snapped Matt Breida 54 to 17, out-carried him 13 to four and out-targeted him six to two. Even including the Week 5 bump in the road, Hyde has played 167 more snaps than Breida and is significantly ahead in both carries and receptions.
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Hyde is averaging 4.2 yards per carry (1.8 after contact) to Breida’s 4.1 (1.3), is averaging 5.1 yards per target to Breida’s 3.6 and has caught 82 percent of his targets to Breida’s 56 percent. Frankly, it’s hard to find a single category in which the rookie has out-performed Hyde this season. Expect the contract-year vet to continue leading this backfield. He’s a solid RB2 play.

The Minnesota Vikings quarterback can’t blame his offensive line for this one, though. He showed zero urgency and sat back in the end zone for way too long. He was a sitting duck for Floyd, who had to take a long route to get to the quarterback.

It’s important to get rid of the ball quickly when you’re backed up. Instead, Bradford held the ball for more than five seconds, which is never a good idea, even if you’re at midfield.

Bradford started the season with three touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 143 passer rating in Week 1. It looks like he may have some rust to shake off before he’s back to that player again.

Mara said the owners expect more of the same from the White House.

Dislocated ankle, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Fractured tibia, he continued. Players in white uniforms and green swarmed Hayward, offering encouragement as he was carted off the floor.
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In 2014, Paul George suffered a gruesome compound fracture that sent shockwaves throughout the NBA. This was on that level. A backdoor cut, a lob, a play Hayward has run hundreds of times. On this one he found himself sandwiched between LeBron James and Jae Crowder. His leg pinned underneath him, his ankle snapping from the weight. On the court, players knew it instantly. James prayed, Dwyane Wade took a knee and Celtics players huddled together on the other end of the floor.

Kaepernick may not have the goods on the owners, at least to the extent that will satisfy the arbitrator who will hear his case. But the excuses being cited by NFL insiders and mouthpieces for his treatment — and the role played by President Trump and his White House — speak volumes.

I don’t have any reaction to that, Mara said. We’re all aware that that’s going to continue. We just can’t allow ourselves to get baited by that. We’re going to do what we think is best.
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Said Goodell: We have about six or seven players that are involved in this protest at this point. This is something that what we’ve [sought] to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is that they’re protesting and try to address that matter.

How to keep your fantasy baseball league interesting all season

Did you do well in fantasy baseball this past season? For 10 to 12 percent of you, that answer is yes, but for many others, you failed to finish first and may have even checked out early. Many players turned their fantasy attention to the NFL or simply forgot about baseball after the All-Star break passed.

Perhaps this doesn’t bother you. I’m in two leagues here at ESPN, and in both of them, much of the so-called pennant race drama was simply non-existent. It was tough for everyone to stay motivated until Game 162 finished for every team.

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This added, recent pressure on managers to win more as the playoffs expand is a bad trend, especially as the two greatest postseasons of the game’s most successful GM, Theo Epstein, were highlighted by an impossible comeback with the 2004 Red Sox, and living on the edge every day during last year’s playoffs, in which rallying from a 3-1 series deficit was required to finally deliver the Cubs a championship.

Baker is just the latest example of the front office crushing its own, for it should be remembered that had the Yankees finished off the Red Sox up three games to none in 2004, the same scenario that is surrounding Baker was expected to play itself out in Boston. Terry Francona, who in the years since has proved himself a Hall of Fame manager, was likely going to be fired in Boston. Imagine that.

Kevin Love: News of position shift was given by LeBron, not coach

Kevin Love said he learned he would be moving from starting power forward to starting center in the Cavaliers’ lineup during a casual conversation with LeBron James, before head coach Tyronn Lue formally introduced the change to him and the team.

“I guess it wasn’t really presented in the first place,” Love said in an interview with ESPN before Tuesday’s 108-94 preseason loss to the Chicago Bulls. “I knew there was a possibility that I may or may not be playing more of the 5.”

“But a funny thing happened the third day of practice,” Love explained. “I had asked about a certain play on the defensive end and whether it was the different coverages on the 4 or 5 man, and ‘Bron kind of stopped me and goes, ‘You know you’re gonna be starting at the 5, right?’

“So I kind of looked at him and didn’t really fully understand that was going to be the case. Not that I would have trained or done anything different. I just would have started wrapping my head around it more. So that’s when I kind of knew that was coming into play, and I slowly and surely started to pick it up.”

Barring disaster, Milwaukee is a playoff lock. Put the Bucks in a higher tier at your own risk.

It’s jarring, even for newcomers, how different this roster looks. Hayward has admitted how instrumental Thomas was in recruiting him to Boston in July, and Hayward looked forward to playing alongside him. The Celtics practically underwent a second makeover between the time Hayward agreed on July 4 and the time Irving was officially traded just before Labor Day.

“It’s one of those things that it’s definitely tough for everyone around here, and I felt that,” said Aron Baynes, who signed as a free agent in July. “But that’s the business side of things, unfortunately. That’s the league. It comes down to the business side of things a lot of the time. You gotta try to do what you can. It’s one of those things where you make the most of what you got, and I think we got a great team here. I’m really excited to be a part of it.”ravens_008

How top UK prospects compare athletically to past NBA players

Braylon Edwards Youth Jersey A huge contingent of NBA talent evaluators assembled in Lexington, Kentucky, for John Calipari’s annual Kentucky pro day, now in its fourth year.

Schatz: Roethlisberger is surrounded by the most talent, which is why there are more questions about his struggles than the others. He has a solid offensive line, and maybe the best wide receiver and best (healthy) running back in the game. Palmer’s and Manning’s performances are less concerning only because they are less surprising; both look very similar to a year ago. Rivers is fine, still easily above average according to Football Outsiders metrics.

An early injury forced Terrance West out of the Ravens lineup in Week 5, leading to more work for Buck Allen. But Collins also saw 12 carries, totaling 55 yards. He’s averaging a ridiculous 7.1 yards per carry this season, and while that won’t keep up, he could be in line for an expanded workload if West’s injury costs him time. Collins is a worthwhile add in 12-team or larger leagues.
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The logo will begin appearing on Knicks jerseys for Friday night’s preseason game against the Washington Wizards, and the Knicks will immediately sell the jerseys with the patches on them inside the arena. As with all teams, jerseys bought outside team stores will not have the corporate logo.

O’Connor was asked if the franchise considered forgoing a sponsorship deal to leave the Knicks jersey as-is. (Nearly all NBA jerseys already have a Nike emblem this season.)

Not really, O’Connor said. … This is a trend that’s happening more extensively globally throughout a lot of different professional sports. This is a relatively small step for the NBA, relative to what’s happening elsewhere in professional sports. We think it’s a good one.

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