Month: June 2017

Head2Head: Packers will have to prayagain to contain Julio Jones

The Packers had the NFLs second-worst pass defense during the 2016 season.

They will have their hands full Sunday (3:05 p.m. ET, Fox) against a potent Falcons passing attack led by quarterback Matt Ryan.

Getting pressure on Ryan up front will be key, but the Packers maligned secondary must find some way to contain Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones.

Fox directors caught a nice sideline shot of Romo wearing his Cowboys cap and headset, with a worried, out-of-focus Dak Prescott in the background. I also liked the shot of the nervous Cowboys assistant literally chewing his fingernails on the sidelines as the Packers threatened to turn the game into a blowout.

As if on cue, Prescott and the Cowboys stormed back to tie the game at 31-31 before Rodgers drove a stake through the heart of Cowboy Nation.

As my colleague David Steele writes, Rodgers’ 36 yard strike to Jared Cook will go down with some of the great receptions in NFL playoff history, along with Dwight Clark’s The Catch and David Tyree’s helmet grab.

But lets not ignore the reality. Here is a man who has been accused of assaulting at least two women and spitting on another. He was ordered to pay $12.4 million to victims of a shooting that he precipitated in 2007.

The Bengalslocker room fractured in 2010, with Carson Palmer refusing to return. Jones started a fight with a bodyguard that December, was arrested the following offseason and arrested again the one after that. So in 2013, the Bengals gave him a three-year contract extension. Then he was arrested again.sharks_346

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Williams is another big add as a veteran guard brought in this February

Cleveland’s additions of Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and others doesn’t go pound-for-pound with the Warriors bringing in Durant, but these players do make a noticeable impact from a year ago. Korver gives James an additional shooter, which can be deadly off the bench. Korver isn’t going to carry the Cavs to victory on a given night, but he can make timely 3-pointers, which he proved in the series against the Hawks when he made 11 threes in four games.

Williams is another big add as a veteran guard brought in this February. The Cavs were in desperate need of someone to take control of the bench when Kyrie Irving sat, and Williams is that.
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We have grown closer and closer as the year’s gone on and as the playoffs have started, and he’s — we’re always encouraging each other, Durant said. So it feels good to win one with him. And for him to play so well throughout the whole series, it’s — it feels great. A lot of people have been doubting him and been hoping that he fails and hoping that I fail, hoping that we fail as a group. And the one thing that it was a constant with us was the joy that we have for the game of basketball. I learned, I got a lot from him from that. He enjoys playing basketball.

It says a lot that, here as his first season with Golden State closes, Durant says that he learned to enjoy basketball again from Curry. Draw your own conclusions, but it sure sounds like Durant wasn’t particularly happy by the end of his Thunder tenure.

Again, it is not as though the league’s observer class went easy on Durant this year. The media were certainly no softer on him than at any time he’d been in OKC. He noticed.

J.R. Smith denies tweeting ‘Cavs in 7’ after Game 3 loss, claims he was hacked

The Warriors took Game 3 right out of the Cavs’ hands with a fourth-quarter comeback — and took a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals. After Golden State’s win Wednesday night, an obvious question popped up: Can the Warriors sweep through the entire playoffs?
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Well, unless you’re J.R. Smith. We should all know by now ol’ J.R. operates a little differently than the rest of us.

The tweet was then deleted only minutes later, but it had already received more than 20,000 retweets. Smith claimed his account was hacked.

I got out of the shower and my phone was buzzing. I did not tweet that, Smith said. I’m smarter than that.
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Lowdown: This was Michael Jordan’s path to that first NBA championship, and it took three physical battles against the Pistons to get there. Jordan staked Chicago to a 2-1 lead in 1989 after a 46-point performance in Game 3, but Isiah Thomas closed the series with a 33-point effort in Game 6. The Pistons needed seven games the next season before Jordan finally took the torch in 1991 with a sweep. Thomas and several Pistons players walked off the court before time expired.

Lowdown: This was the best NFL rivalry in the 1970s, and with good reason. This trio followed the crown-jewel game of the rivalry with the Immaculate Reception,which was in the 1972 AFC divisional playoffs. The winner of this game won the Super Bowl each of those three seasons. Pittsburgh won at Oakland in the 1974 championship game behind Franco Harris’ two TDs in a 21-point fourth quarter. The Steelers won again in 1975 in a wild fourth quarter in which 23 points were scored and time expired on the Raiders’ last-ditch drive. Ken Stabler threw two TDs in the third installment in 1976, a game in which the Raiders coasted to victory at home.

Cole has been open in the past about disappointment with his contract

Obviously, some of the targets are the ones you’ve been hearing could be on the move since December: Gerrit Cole and Jose Quintana.

Cole has been open in the past about disappointment with his contract, and is having a less-than-great season for a less-than-great Pirates team. While Cole has had injury problems in the past — and has started 30 games or more only once in five big-league seasons — maybe he’s not the route to go. But you can’t deny Cole’s stuff is enticing to any franchise.

Quintana is the other name that’s on the market, and given the White Sox’s seeming astronomical price for him in the offseason, it will be interesting to see how Chicago approaches any kind of deal this season. He’s also been largely inconsistent this season, giving up seven and eight runs in two of his past three starts.

Both options seem OK on paper and in reputation, but if the Astros really want to go for the kill-shot, they should look at Justin Verlander.

The 2017 season already is shaping up differently on defense with coordinator Sean McDermott leaving Wednesday to become Buffalos new head coach. The Charlotte Observer reported that assistant head coach/secondary Steve Wilks will be promoted to replace McDermott.

Coleman believes such on-staff continuity and the close relationship that McDermott and WIlks shared will help make transition easier.

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He understands our system very well,Coleman said of Wilks. He has a very keen sense of his players. He understands each and every guy. Hes not going to coach you the same way because youre not always going to learn the same way. Hes going to be able to figure out what we do to excel and use our strengths to the best of our ability.

Ability that could once again be realized this season as a new Super Bowl loser has to deal with the postgame aftereffects.jays_1242_a91c95971f231d3a-180x180

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Chargers’ 5 best coaching candidates to replace Mike McCoy

The Chargers might have a new home when they take the field again in 2017. They definitely will have a new coach.

San Diego fired Mike McCoy on Sunday after his fourth full season. Although the team went to the playoffs with a 9-7 record in his first season, it was 18-29 with no berths since 2013.

Authentic Mens Willie Horton Jersey Matt Patricia, Patriots defensive coordinator: New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can be attached to almost every head-coaching vacancy because of his experience in that position, but Patricia is developing his own buzz. Half grizzly man, half rocket scientist, he’s a full-on defensive genius worthy of an opportunity soon. Inheriting a group led by Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and Jason Verrett, he can make the Chargers downright dominant on that side of the ball.

Allison was on the Packers’ practice squad until his promotion to the active roster Oct. 24. He had 12 receptions for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season. He caught just one pass for 8 yards in the wild-card win over the Giants, but the Packers are expecting him to see significant time Sunday with Jordy Nelson likely out with fractured ribs.
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You can visit Smith’s Twitter timeline for the entire rant experience, accompanied by a few GIFs, but for the sake of clarity, his tweets have been compiled below.

We all have had to grow up in different times in our lives, he said. I think it’s time for him to do that. He’s been here for three years now. He’s a little bit of a lightning rod because of what he does on the football field, but the things he does off the football field, he has to be responsible for those things. We’ll talk through it and I believe I know he’s a smart guy. I believe he understands he has a responsibility being one of the faces of this franchise. I think he’ll accept that responsibility.

Odell Beckham Jr. makes triumphant return to Miami

Odell Beckham Jr. is back in Miami, four weeks after his infamous and highly criticized boat party.
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Following Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Orlando, the 24-year-old flew to Miami with Von Miller, according to TMZ Sports.

The two NFL stars partied and danced the night away at LIV, alongside hip hop group Migos.

However, King who now hosts a radio show on ESPN 950 in Richmond, Va. hopes people who find themselves in similar abusive relationships can his book to help them through difficult times.

‘I think this story has, from the people in it, something for everybody,’ King said. ‘In terms of somebody might take away hope, someone might take away, ‘Hey I’m not going to get down. I’m going to get back up.”

That philosophy has already worked for one person.

Moseley joined the Generals in 1995 amid an ongoing divorce and with his travel business failing. He met his now-wife during his time with the Generals, which gave him the ‘confidence to not be afraid to tackle just about anything.’ He is now director of franchise sales and part owner of the Five Guys restaurant chain.

And, like his friend Jamie, he said his time with the Generals was invaluable for more than just football.

Game Kids Tony Romo Jersey ‘I think it’s important for people to understand that no matter how bad things may look in your life, there’s always something better around the corner,’ Moseley said. ‘That’s what I think this was.’

No MRI, no regrets for Mets’ Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard attacks hitters like he attacks life, with abandon and intensity. A player like that isn’t one to regret his decisions.

So the Mets right-hander doesn’t regret a decision earlier this year that may have cost him his season.

Awesome to see such kindness in a world that the media portrays so much hate in, Hamilton posted. Share freely in hopes that her kindness spreads.
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The woman, 26-year-old Casey Spelman, said she was in town visiting friends when they decided to catch a Cubs game last Saturday. When she saw the man struggling to get a cab, it was natural for her to want to help him out.

I didn’t really think much of it at the time, Spelman told ABC 7 Chicago. It was after a Cubs game and it was still pretty crowded. I thought, ‘Man, it’s going to take him a while.’

Since both Hamilton and Spelman happen to be from Indianapolis, the post showed up on her Facebook newsfeed. According to Spelman, she just wants to find out the name of the stranger she helped.
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I don’t know if he knows how this went viral, or if he has Facebook even, she said. I just think he’d like to know.

He’s still in the minor leagues with the Chicago White Sox. He could do a back flip, and he was so happy he wanted to flip. So we’re like, Do it do it do it! And Kenny Williams and the Chicago White Sox were so upset that we egged him on, but he did the flip in Studio 42 right after he was drafted.

Jets’ Darrelle Revis charged with felony assault in Pittsburgh altercation

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is facing five charges, including two counts of felony aggravated assault, stemming from his alleged role in an altercation that left a pair of Pittsburgh men unconscious last weekend.

Pittsburgh police on Thursday announced the pending charges against Revis, who is accused of fighting with two men when they approached the NFL star on the street and began filming him with a cell phone early Sunday, police said. The department’s online docket later showed Revis has been charged.

Romo in many ways is a tease to teams in need of a top starting quarterback. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler. Through his last full season in 2014, when he led the NFL in passer rating, he was considered a top 10 quarterback. He led the Cowboys to a 12-4 record and the NFC East title in that season, along with a wild-card playoff victory over Detroit.

But he took the Cowboys to the playoffs only four times over his 14-year career — he never reached the NFC title game — and his 2-4 postseason mark is not exactly a Manning-like record of elevating his team in the biggest games.

More damaging to Romo’s resume, though, is his injury history.

Here’s a reminder to general managers of what’s on that medical chart: a back injury that forced him to miss the 2013 season finale, a loss to Philadelphia that knocked Dallas out of a playoff spot, and required surgery; a broken collarbone that sidelined him for 12 games in 2015, a 4-12 disaster for Dallas; and a fractured back suffered this past preseason. As a result, Romo made only four starts over the last two seasons.avalanche-028_5d1c8da06af7b7dc-180x180

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On comeback trail, Vince Young applies to trademark ‘Make Vince Great Again’

As for linebackers, the free agency group is not as deep, with Dont’a Hightower being the only big name assuming he is not franchised. The second best available might be Nick Perry of the Packers. If the 49ers want to upgrade their defensive line, they could make a play for veteran end Calais Campbell of the Cardinals.

While winning the free agency championship does not often lead to a Super Bowl championship, such a victory for the 49ers at least would return them to some respectability. It also would put on display a commitment to winning, which the fan base has not seen for a few years.

The 49ers have the cash to pull it off, but until they commit to some players, nobody is going to believe that a turnaround will happen.

Vince Young won a national championship at Texas and was a two-time Pro Bowler in the NFL.

He was once considered great and hopes to be once more.

Young, 33, submitted an application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday requesting to trademark the phrase, Make Vince Great Again.

Young has been out of football since a failed tryout with the Browns in 2014. He spent 2013 training camp with the Packers and has not played in an NFL game since 2011 while with the Eagles.
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MLB scores: Red Sox bats bail out Chris Sale’s poor start in Chicago return

Chris Sale’s return to Chicago wasn’t what the ex-White Sox ace was hoping for, but at least it was better than former teammate Jose Quintana, Tuesday’s opposing starter.
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The expected pitchers’ duel between southpaws turned into a shootout early after Quintana was crushed for seven runs on 10 hits in just 2 2/3 innings of work.

Dodgers (33-20) at Cardinals (24-25), 8:15 p.m. ET — One of the hottest teams in baseball, Los Angeles will send Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-5, 4.28 ERA) to the mound to attempt to sweep the Cardinals and earn their seventh straight win and build on their half-game lead in the NL West. Carlos Martinez (3-4, 3.32 ERA) will look to stay hot for the Red Birds.

UPDATE: Strickland went with the I wanted to come inside defense after the game. Obviously I’ve left the ball over the plate a couple of times to him and he’s taken advantage of that, so just just mostly go inside and, obviously, I got it in a little too far. Strickland also said that the playoff homers Harper hit off him in 2014 were the past and not connected to Monday.

Harper, for his part, is thinking that Strickland maybe hasn’t put the past behind him.

Youth Paul George Jersey I don’t want to go on a baseball field and fight somebody, he told reporters (per MASN.com’s Mark Zuckerman). Especially when it’s somebody that’s in the past. It’s so in the past that it’s not even relevant anymore. They won the World Series that year. I don’t even think he should be thinking about what happened in the first round. He should be thinking about wearing that ring home every single night. I don’t know why he did it or what he did it for, but I guess it happens.