Month: December 2017

DePodesta goes into his first NFL trade deadline as the Browns Chief Strategy Officer with few assets to deal.

So if you’ve missed what is shaping up to be another typical Belichick season in Foxborough, here’s why the Patriots look like the Patriots once again.
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While that’s cherry-picking, it’s a showcase of the drastic improvement the club has made since its disappointing start. The uprising has started in the secondary, where Malcolm Butler, Stephon Gilmore, and Devin McCourty have returned to form. Better-than-expected contributions from players like Johnson Bademosi and Jonathan Jones have helped an overtaxed group snap back into form; after allowing 325 passing yards per game in their first six games, the Patriots have given up 205 per contest in their last five.

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Which RBs can be trusted to remain in the spotlight going forward? Matt Bowen breaks down the tape to find the fantasy answers to Week 14’s big questions.

Raiders receiver Amari Cooper injured his left ankle when another player rolled up the back of his leg during the second quarter of Sunday’s 26-15 loss to the Chiefs.

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Jets quarterback Josh McCown has a broken left hand and will have further tests to determine whether or not his season is over.
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Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald is now third all-time in receiving yards. He caught five passes for 44 yards on Sunday in a 12-7 win over the Titans to pass Randy Moss.

Week 12 in the NFL goes back to being a full 16-game schedule with no teams on bye.

It starts with a feast of Thanksgiving contests that figure to be close. It ends Sunday and Monday with several lopsided matchups on paper. There are big point spreads to match, including four teams favored by double digits.

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I don’t think people understand how big a challenge that is working your way through that, said Lynch, who himself played quarterback in a West Coast-style system at Stanford University for two years before converting to safety. We knew that wasn’t going to be perfect this year.

The Cowboys tried their best to load up and stop Melvin Gordon and the Chargers’ running game after getting gashed by Atlanta and Philadelphia the past two weeks. The results were just as disastrous, as LA had no problems spreading the ball out and throwing all over the field for several chunk gains.

The Steelers did not elaborate on what exactly Shazier’s surgery entailed nor what his prognosis is.

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Kenny Vaccaro, S, New Orleans Saints: Vaccaro exited Thursday’s game against the Falcons and did not return because of a groin injury. His availability for Week 15 remains in question.

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The Eagles securing the NFC’s No. 1 seed even without Carson Wentz?

The Jaguars winning out? NFL Nation reporters make their predictions for the stretch run.

Matt Bowen, NFL writer: New Orleans Saints. Yes, the offense needs a healthy Alvin Kamara on the field. His versatile skill set and explosive big-play ability stands out, and he changes the Saints’ game plan. But I’m also looking at the balanced offense this season under Sean Payton and the proven ability of Drew Brees to make plays in critical moments. Plus, with an aggressive defense under Dennis Allen, the Saints can bring pressure and challenge routes at the cornerback position. This is a physical team with the leadership to make a run in January.

Stanton would take a cut in take-home pay for his games in the Bronx. While Florida has no state income tax, New York State has an 8.82 percent top rate on income and New York City a 3.876 percent top rate.

Here’s the hitch: According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are going to move Minor back to the rotation (they’re also going to give Matt Bush a shot at starting in spring training). While they are still very thin in the rotation, the bullpen was also a big disappointment as the Rangers lost 10 games they led after seven innings and finished 28th in the majors with a 4.76 bullpen ERA.

With his four-pitch repertoire and starter’s pedigree, I can see why the Rangers would try this. Two concerns: (1) Will his shoulder hold up with more innings? (2) With the Braves, he had some issues with home runs, and that was pitching in the National League in a pitcher’s park and before the home run explosion of 2016-17. I’d be a little worried about what might happen in Rangers Ballpark. Minor’s fastball sat 94-95 in relief, a big spike over the 90-91 he threw as a starter. I like him better out of the bullpen at this stage in his career, but that can always be a backup plan. If he stays healthy, this could work out nicely for the Rangers. — Schoenfield

We’re excited for the opportunity for him to come in now and really build on something rather than have to start from almost scratch.

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He’s a proven coach, athletic director Rick Hart said. Twice he’s been asked to kind of turn around programs much like Chad was asked to do here.

Wedgewood and Crawford were locked in a scoreless duel when John Hayden made a nice pass to set up Wingels’ one-timer 7:36 into the third period. Wingels also scored a tying short-handed goal in the third during Chicago’s overtime win Friday night.

You get an opportunity in the third period to make a difference, every shift, whether it’s create energy, drawing a penalty or scoring a big goal, Wingels said. Recently, our line’s been able to do that.

Every night there’s someone else stepping up at the right time, Perron said.

The win came one night after the expansion Golden Knights rallied on Erik Haula’s tying goal with 40 seconds left and Smith’s shootout winner.

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I have always thought of him as a hardworking, two-way hockey player, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of Fast, who has scored six goals in eight games. He is definitely one of our guys that plays the right way in all situations. He’s a real good example, he never gives up on a play, he will put his body on the line to get the job done. I am hoping that’s going to also rub off on a couple of other guys.

The Sharks broke the game open with two goals in the second. Vlasic beat Anderson from the point just seconds after a San Jose power play ended early in the period for his third of the season.

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Pavelski and Hertl scored on power plays in the third. Couture assisted on both goals to give him 401 career points.

It’s nice to hit a milestone like that, he said. I’ve played with some very good players on the power play over the years.

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USC QB Sam Darnold says he’s not ducking the Browns in NFL Draft

The redshirt sophomore has two more years of eligibility. This season, he has passed for 3,462 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while leading USC to a 10-2 record.
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Darnold and the Trojans will try and put an exclamation point on their season before the bowl games start when they take on Stanford in the Pac-12 title game Friday.

If it bothered the owners, their dissatisfaction never went beyond an anonymous grumble here and there, and most of them, publicly, still gave Goodell a vote of confidence when asked, even during the Rice situation in 2014.

Jones was among the owners voicing support for Goodell in the fall of 2014. He’s not been so supportive since the league started investigating the prodigious running back from the Cowboys, handing down a six-game suspension before the season started.

Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu’s contract with the Falcons is not set to expire until 2021, which is bad news for NFL teams hoping to add a quarterback via free agency in 2018.
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In recent days, McCown, beset by a spate of injuries in recent years, spoke of how badly he wanted to play 16 games for the first time in his 14-year career. Maybe that’s why he was so emotional at the podium.

“It’s been the best (season) because of the guys, not the numbers,” he said. “It’s been the best because of the good men in that locker room. I’m just so proud to be part of it. If I can finish, I’d love to finish. We’ll see what the tests say.”

Much of that revenue comes from a $238 million taxpayer-funded arena, the KFC Yum Center, which opened downtown in 2010 and has become a heavy burden on taxpayers. The lease was negotiated by Jurich and the arena authority. Under the terms, taxpayer contributions make up 75 percent of the arena’s operating income while Louisville gets to keep most of the revenue — an arrangement that “blew our mind,” says state auditor Mike Harmon, whose office examined the arena’s finances. “It was like, ‘This is ridiculous.’ It’s like co-signing the loan for a friend’s home and then having to pay three-fourths of the mortgage.”

The Giants have had a rough year both on and off the field, especially with their cornerbacks.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended after leaving the Giants’ team facility, and then Janoris Jenkins violated team rules and was suspended indefinitely. Now, Eli Apple reportedly threatened to leave the team after his teammates and coaches ripped into his lack of effort.

Coach Ben McAdoo held a “brutally honest” meeting Nov. 15 after a 31-21 loss to the previously winless 49ers, where McAdoo called out his players on film for a lack of effort.

As it turns out, according to a report from the New York Post, Apple did not handle the film session well as he was critiqued more “vociferously” than any other player. As a result, Apple threatened to walk out of the team facility two separate times before talking to McAdoo, who convinced him to stay. chargers_005

Astros’ Gene Dias wins Fishel award for MLB public relations

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In a statement, NFLRA executive vice president Scott Green said: We appreciate the league expressing its concerns to all clubs about abusive actions, both verbal and physical, toward officials. We would expect that any future actions will be met with appropriate and severe punishment.

NFL officials have ejected three players for making contact with them this season. One, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, was suspended for it.

On the same night the LA Clippers will welcome back one starter, another starter re-exits the lineup due to injury.

Power forward Danilo Gallinari, who missed 13 games with a glute injury and returned to action this past Wednesday, will miss Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors due to what coach Doc Rivers says is a new glute injury suffered in Gallinari’s second game back Saturday against the Washington Wizards.

He’s out for probably a good couple of games, said Rivers, who is already without opening night starters power forward Blake Griffin due to a left MCL sprain and point guard Patrick Beverley, who is out for the season after undergoing right knee surgery.
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Daniel Faalele, at 6-8, 395 pounds, to play football for Gophers

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While the Land of 10,000 Lakes will be far from his original home, Faalele will be joined by IMG Academy teammates Curtis Dunlap Jr., an ESPN 300 offensive lineman who also committed to Minnesota on Saturday, and quarterback Zack Annexstad, who committed as a preferred walk-on.
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Faalele’s commitment gives Minnesota four four-star recruits, which is the most in one class for the Gophers since ESPN started its rankings in 2006.

James Ramsey, who was president of both the university and the foundation, resigned last year amid allegations that he mismanaged endowment funds. Ramsey and Jurich had a close working relationship: Ramsey, in secret, approved additional compensation that earned Jurich an average of $2.77 million annually over the past seven years and approved several real estate transactions that benefited the athletic department. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Jurich’s perks included tax gross-ups — meaning the university paid some of his taxes — membership in three country clubs and premium seats at the Kentucky Derby.

During the final minutes of the Minnesota Vikings’ 33-16 win over the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 29, defensive end Everson Griffen suffered a foot injury that forced him to miss the Washington game two weeks later.

Griffen revealed Monday that he’s battling plantar fasciitis, a condition that triggers pain on the bottom of the heel and is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch of the foot.

The injury hasn’t Authentic Ray Allen Jersey caused Griffen to slow down. He returned to action in Week 11 against the Rams and has registered three sacks total since the injury — two against Detroit and one against Carolina. He currently ranks third in the NFL with 13.0 sacks through the first 14 weeks of the season, which is a career high for the eighth-year defensive end.