Month: October 2017

Kobe Bryant Says He Would Kneel for the National Anthem

Kobe Bryant said in a Wednesday appearance on The Hollywood Reporter锟斤拷s Awards Chatter podcast that he would take a knee during the national anthem before NBA games were he still an active player.
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Bryant is set to have both his Lakers jerseys (Nos. 8 and 24) retired on Dec. 18.

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The voice on the other line said that he was with the New York Giants and that he wanted DeRose to join the team. The professor thought it was a prank call, another one of the teachers screwing with him, and nearly hung up. Then the caller got irritated and told him that this was serious, that he needed an answer, and that he needed one immediately. DeRose responded that he was in the middle of mid-terms and wasn锟斤拷t sure if he锟斤拷d be able to leave. Then the salary was mentioned. DeRose doesn锟斤拷t recall the exact figure but it was enough for him to say:

Cowboys DL Randy Gregory expected to apply for reinstatement in offseason

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, who has missed all but two games since the end of the 2015 season due to substance abuse-related suspensions, is expected to wait until this offseason to apply for reinstatement.

But hold on to your hats, because the Chiefs weren’t done. They released Spiller again. The C.J. Spiller saga in Kansas City is far from over, because last Monday, they signed him yet again, according to the Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor. One week later, they cut him again, per Paylor.

Charcandrick West went down with a head injury in the Chiefs’ loss to the Steelers last Sunday. West is in the concussion protocol, and the Chiefs need a short-term solution to complement Kareem Hunt and Akeem Hunt until West can return. Spiller’s release suggests that West may be healthy enough to get back on the field this week.

In his first public comments about the incident since that video was released, Bennett said the officer who detained him was not the one he was seen speaking with later. Bennett said he doesn’t feel a need to respond to those who don’t believe him “because nobody can be in my position.”

“Obviously, at the end of the thing, I’m talking to officers who weren’t a part of it. I got taken to another officer, and that’s the one I ended up talking to towards the end,” Bennett said. “So like I said, I don’t hate anybody or have a problem with any police officers. Just that what happened to me is a certain situation.

A top NFL official said he expects Colin Kaepernick will be invited to a meeting next week between the league and players to talk about social activism.

In a conference call Wednesday with reporters, NFL executive vice president of communications Joe Lockhart said the league will meet again with players next week, and he expects the former 49ers quarterback will be invited.

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The Browns’ rookie defensive end has been placed in concussion protocol after he reported to Cleveland’s facility Tuesday with concussion-like symptoms, the team announced.

The team is scheduled to depart Thursday for London, and coach Hue Jackson said at a news conference there is still a possibility Garrett will make the trip.
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It was the final question raised by a group of 11 NFL team owners as they mingled inside the sixth-floor conference room at the league’s Park Avenue headquarters in New York City, minutes before they were to meet with a group of 12 players, one former player and three union leaders on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 17. The day already had been stressful, and the meeting hadn’t even started.

How Chiefs vs. Texans became the biggest must-watch game so far this season

The flex scheduling window for Sunday Night Football began this week, but NBC couldn’t have asked for a better matchup than what was already on the schedule. When the Kansas City Chiefs travel to face the Houston Texans on Sunday night, it will be a meeting of the only undefeated team in the NFL and another that is just 2-2, but somehow riding even more momentum.
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But that doesn’t mean the Texans shouldn’t be really excited about what they’ve seen so far. Just last week, Watson tied a rookie record for touchdowns in a game and led the Texans to a franchise-record 57 points in a blowout win over the Titans.

Two years ago, the Chiefs bounced the Texans from the playoffs with a resounding 30-0 defeat helped by four interceptions from Brian Hoyer. Last year, the team that has started nine quarterbacks since 2014 finished No. 29 in total offense with Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage struggling to do much of anything.

The Raiders family expresses our deepest concern for everyone affected by the North Bay fires, said President Marc Badain. The Raiders Evan Gattis Womens Jersey have held training camp in Napa for the past 22 seasons and have formed a strong bond with communities in Napa and Sonoma counties. The Silver and Black ask the entire Raider Nation to help spread the word on how everyone can assist the region in its recovery.

But that same 21-year-old kid who gutted out that final play against Cleveland almost eight years ago has done a lot of growing up, and with it has come its fair share of adulation and accomplishment. He’s thrown for extravagant touchdown totals and gaudy amounts of yardage, and those helped net him that aforementioned contract. The 2016 season is quite literally distilled into one now infamous meme because of Stafford’s record-setting eight come-from-behind victories: That’s a nice lead you have there. It’d be a shame if someone made a comeback.

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The Raiders seemed to have picked up where they left off in 2016 when they stormed out of the gate with a 2-0 SU and ATS record.

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who thought Beathard was going to be anywhere near an NFL franchise quarterback during his collegiate career at Iowa. Even as he compiled a 21-7 record as the Hawkeyes’ starter, he averaged just 148 yards per game as a senior.

Since Sept. 25 of last year, Kansas City is 0-3 SU and ATS against Pittsburgh and 16-2 SU and 14-4 ATS against all other opponents. Kansas City was the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL before suffering its loss on Sunday.

While the Chiefs may not be able to solve the Steelers, they haven’t had much trouble solving the Raiders in recent years. Kansas City is 11-3 SU and ATS in its last 14 road games against Oakland per the OddsShark NFL Database.

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This year, Harris only has two tackles, but his presence is starting to be felt. Yes, the last game I though he was disruptive, high energy, head coach Adam Gase said of Harris’ development early this season. He was flying around the field. That was what we’ve been expecting. You can throw the stats out the window. That doesn’t mean anything to me. When the quarterback feels you and he’s getting rid of the ball because he feels like you’re creating pressure on the side of the ball you’re rushing from or in the run game, if you’re doing your job, which our defense has been the majority of the time, where everybody is playing team defense, that’s why the run game has changed.

Best NFL DFS matchups for Week 7

The highlight matchup this week is certainly the Super Bowl LI rematch between the Falcons and Patriots. Some of the league’s best offensive players will be in that one, but what if you’re playing a contest that does not include Sunday night’s game?

Sunday’s total is set at 46.5 points at online sports betting sites. The OVER is 11-1 in Green Bay’s last 12 games.

Keenum has performed well in back-up duties for the Vikings, but he shouldn’t be expected to win a shootout against one of the best quarterbacks in the game this week. If Minnesota hopes to be successful on Sunday, it will need to have a strong day on defense against this potent Packers offense.

It’s too early to know for sure whether Oakland made the wrong move, especially because quarterback Derek Carr hasn’t been healthy. But the two insiders picking Kansas City to win at Oakland on a short week think the Raiders are paying a price for the change.

The Colts beat San Francisco in overtime last Sunday. Indianapolis is 0-5 SU and ATS in its last five games coming off a win.

Tennessee’s season got off to a promising 2-1 SU and ATS start before hitting a massive road block in Houston in Week 4. The Titans lost to the Texans 57-14, and lost quarterback Marcus Mariota to a hamstring injury in the process.

In his 37-game career with the Jaguars, Myers missed a total of 27 kicks: 12 PATs and 15 field goals. Two of those misses came in a 16-13 overtime loss to Indianapolis in 2015. Myers missed a 53-yarder in regulation and a 48-yarder in overtime.

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Best and worst wide receiver matchups for fantasy football Week 7

By utilizing our play-by-play data, we’re now able to identify where each wide receiver and cornerback lines up on each play. By tracking matchups between the two positions, including potential shadow situations, we can offer the best projections, rankings and fantasy advice each week this NFL season.

According to a source of ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the NFL’s investigation had enormous showings on inconsistencies at Elliott’s appeal.
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Jordan Howard racked up a ridiculous 36 carries for 167 yards against Baltimore in Week 6, adding one catch for 9 yards in the game. Howard is now fourth in the NFL with 118 carries and is averaging a solid, albeit unspectacular, 4.2 yards per carry. Howard has unsurprisingly been terrific after initial contact (2.14 average) but has done little as a receiver (11 receptions, 59 yards). Howard’s massive workload in a run-heavy offense keeps him in the back-end RB1 discussion, and he’s more of a solid RB1 option in non-PPR.

That’s an elite play by an allegedly elite quarterback.

Name me another quarterback in the NFL who can make that play happen? I’ll wait.

Late Thursday night, Elliott’s attorneys filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Texas to vacate whatever suspension results from the appeal process. The lawsuit’s main contention is that there was a league-orchestrated conspiracy . . . to hide critical information.

Authentic Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey The lawsuit hinges on testimony from Elliott’s appeal hearing that revealed the NFL director of investigations, Kia Roberts, concluded that the accuser was not credible in her allegations of abuse and recommended no suspension for Elliott. That was not was not included the league’s investigative report. Further, Roberts was barred by Lisa Friel, Special Counsel for Investigations for the NFL, from the meeting with Roger Goodell where they arrived at the decision to suspend Elliott.

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NEW YORK — NFL owners ended two days of meetings here Wednesday without enacting a measure that would require players to stand for the national anthem before games.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and some of the owners reiterated after the meeting that the league believes its players should stand for the anthem. But the owners did not implement a rule change mandating that.

It was a plea to make America great again. It was a not-so-subtle reminder that no matter how rich, successful, talented or accomplished a black person in America may be …
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We find ourselves in the midst of an unprecedented time of athlete activism as the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) releases its 2017 NFL Racial and Gender Report Card. As I wrote in my ESPN column on the activism in the NFL and across the sports world, I found Sept. 24 to be the most important sports day since Muhammad Ali declared he would not fight in the Vietnam War.

Ryan Jensen Authentic Jersey The release of the NFL Report Card also comes shortly after the announcement that Colin Kaepernick had broken his silence and was taking legal action against what he claims is collusion among NFL owners to prevent him from getting another job in the league because of his activism. I agree with many others that there is no doubt that Kaepernick deserves to be playing.

Joe Girardi on future as Yankees manager: ‘Whatever their decision is, I’ll live with it’

De’Anthony Thomas Game Jersey Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he is prepared to face his employment fate following the end of the team’s season.

Girardi, whose four-year, $16 million contract is up at the end of the year, looked like a good bet to return until his decision-making was a main factor in his club’s blowing a five-run lead in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians.

Girardi spoke to the team’s beat writers prior to the Yankees’ 1-0 win in Game 3.

These two deals were microcosms of what seems to always be the case of what we see around the deadline, which is that teams are just more aggressive when it comes to adding pitching. The question here when you look at what Martinez did for the Diamondbacks: Are we getting the trade deadline wrong?

Granted, what Martinez did was so off the charts, no team can reasonably expect his kind of impact from a deadline deal. Martinez hit 29 homers and posted a ridiculous 1.107 OPS in 62 games for the Diamondbacks, posting 2.6 WAR after the trade. Still, he had an OPS over 1.000 for Detroit too, and in hindsight, it’s amazing that teams weren’t blowing up Detroit GM Al Avila’s phone.

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the Warriors paid him no mind.

The Cavs could aim for better offense-defense balance by reverting to the Love-Thompson pairing once Isaiah Thomas replaces Derrick Rose — a shooting upgrade at point guard that might allow for a shooting downgrade up front. Thompson’s grimy defense doesn’t have quite as much value against opposing second units, anyway.

But that pairing flamed out in the Finals. Thompson was a disaster; on defense, the Warriors paid him no mind.

Oklahoma City could pivot the other way, and slide Patterson to center if Adams has trouble scampering around against Golden State’s offense. That would blow the lane wide-open for Westbrook’s rampaging drives, and allow the Thunder to use Roberson, the only non-shooter left, as a screen-and-dive guy — an important tactic if the Warriors stash Curry on him. Anthony’s bully-ball post game gives the Thunder access to Cleveland’s old caveman plan: slow the game, hunt mismatches, and go to work.

You can wait for your second shooting guard and do pretty well this late, as the likes of Rodney Hood and JJ Redick should set career highs in scoring opportunity and production.

Evan Turner and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist won’t excite you on draft night, but both blend strong rebounding rates and enough minutes each night to drive high-floor outcomes.

John Collins and Trevor Booker are awesome twilight-round buys for points leagues, as both are poised to possibly lead their respective teams in rebounding chances and raw rebounding volume.

Sticking with Atlanta, Kent Bazemore is much more interesting this year than last now that he costs nearly nothing in drafts and could complement Schroder on a needy Atlanta offense.tigers_053-115x115

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