Monthly Archives: June 2017

Kirk Cousins gives Redskins millions of reasons to doubt him

Timing is everything. Time is money. Unfortunately, neither fourth dimensional clich?? worked in Kirk Cousins’ favor to end the 2016 season.

It’s now 2017, and instead of another shot at the playoffs, free agency is the next big thing for the Redskins quarterback. He has provided little late evidence to guarantee a lucrative long-term contract to stay in Washington.

There was plenty in confidence in Cousins when he lit up the Packers in Week 11. He had his best game of this season against the team he couldn’t help Washington beat in last season’s wild-card round.

At the time, the Redskins were 6-3-1, on track to join the Cowboys and Giants as NFC East playoff teams. After that 375-yard, 3-TD performance in a 42-24 victory, Washington finished 2-4 to free-fall out of the wild card.

The first reports that coach Rex Ryan would potentially be fired in-season surfaced shortly before a Week 11 game against Pittsburgh. Such missives quoting anonymous sources continued until Ryan was dismissed five days before the team’s season finale against the Jets.

Felton said the reports, and their timing, served to undermine the team it’self. Felton said players would receive notifications on their phones positing Ryans imminent demise while trying to psychologically prepare for kickoff.

Literally the last weeks before every single game, it was, Yeah, Rex might get fired after this game,Felton said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. That’s tough and frustrating.vikings_115

NBA playoffs 2017: LeBron James complains about reporter’s question after Game 3

LeBron James’ whine game was strong after the Cavaliers’ stunning Game 3 loss to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night.
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James was none too pleased about a question by Cleveland radio personality/TV reporter Kenny Roda, who was trying to figure out why King James managed just 11 points overall and none in the fourth quarter. James tried to make it seem as though Roda is out to get him.
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Jackson is the perfect fit on the wing next to Devin Booker. He’s a tremendous athlete and can create with the ball in his hands, as well as an elite competitor that will give the team some edge. His ability to defend on the perimeter will also give the Suns a different element that is currently not on their roster.

The Kings need a point guard of the future, and Fox is the top one on my board at this stage of the draft. He’d be a strong fit next to Buddy Hield, as the former Oklahoma star could provide the necessary floor spacing next to Fox as he works out his shot and gets stronger. Fox would also be a nice addition in terms of character to an organization that has seemingly begun to value it highly over the last five months.

Smith would give the Magic something they haven’t had in a long time: a lead guard who can score at all three levels as well as distribute. Elfrid Payton has shown himself to be an NBA-caliber player, but it’s a position the Magic could stand to improve upon, as Frank Vogel and company look to buoy the offense of a team that struggled at times to score last year.

D’Angelo Russell’s Twitter habits don’t dictate how he feels about Lonzo Ball

We’ve entered into a situation where drama has been stirred up over something inconsequential, so of course it happened in Los Angeles.

Vonn Bell Mens Jersey Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, drew a fair amount of attention from the Twittersphere after liking a tweet from user @Beck_Jordan11 saying there is no way in hell the team should select UCLA star Lonzo Ball at No. 2 in this year’s NBA Draft. As expected, Russell unliked the tweet once it started floating around the internet, but screenshots never die.

The prospect of a new state-of-the-art NBA arena would allow us greater latitude to influence our game schedule, particularly as it relates to weekend games that are so important to our fans. We also want to offer our fans premium experiences in terms of technology, club spaces and other amenities; that’s easier to realize in a new arena.

Dan Hampton Womens Jersey This new arena would be 100 percent privately funded. No public dollars would be used for this project.

The Clippers have shared Staples Center with the Lakers and NHL’s Kings since 1999 and have a lease with the arena that runs through 2024.

Ballmer said Staples Center will remain the team’s home court until at least June 2024.

When the Clippers do move, their new stadium will be adjacent to the NFL stadium owned by Rams owner Stan Kroenke. That stadium will be used by the Rams and Chargers beginning in 2020 and will be on a 298-acre plot of land owned by Kroenke.

During the upcoming planning process, the Clippers and the City of Inglewood will work diligently together to evaluate this project in great detail, Ballmer stated. Regardless of where the Clippers take the court after 2024, I remain committed to helping the great city of Los Angeles and its citizens thrive. We look forward to sharing our progress as we continue along our journey to deliver championship results for our fans and the entire Los Angeles region.

Bell dinged his groin but didn’t tell anyone.

‘I’ve been trying to micromanage it throughout the whole thing,’ Bell said. ‘Just keeping it to myself, not trying to scare anybody and things like that. Today, it just kind of broke the camel’s back.’

But Bell would not quite say that this was an ongoing issue for him. Asked when he first started dealing with the problem, Bell gave a sort of shrug. ‘I mean, I am not sure,’ he said. ‘I can’t put a date on it. I just felt like I don’t know. I can’t really put a date on it.’

So, somewhere along the line heading into Sunday’s game, Bell dinged his groin but didn’t tell anyone. He tried to play through it, and he deserves credit for that. Bell left the game and was listed as questionable to return. That almost always means the player in question is not going to return. But Bell came back in the middle of the second quarter, had his number called for a draw play, gained a mere 2 yards, and then decided he could do no more.

And this won’t be the first time the Texans have been involved in an underwhelming quarterback matchup. T.J. Yates was forced to start five games as a rookie because of injuries to Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart. With a season rating of 80.7, he faced fellow rookie Andy Dalton, who had an 80.4 QB rating, as the Texans rolled to a 31-10 win.

Osweiler started 14 games this season and has the lowest regular-season rating (72.2) of any regular starter since Matt Hasselbeck’s 73.2 in 2010 for the Seahawks. Seattle was just 7-9 that season, but won the NFC West and then beat the Saints in the opening round of the playoffs.

When the Broncos won the Super Bowl last season, they did so with Peyton Manning starting in the playoffs despite a career-low regular-season rating of 67.9. Manning was marginally better in the playoffs (75.4), but the Broncos rode their defense to a championship.

That’s the situation Osweiler is in again this season as Houston (9-7) had the NFLs best defense in the regular season.avalanche_184

Deshaun Watson still an option for Browns despite skipping Senior Bowl

The Cleveland Browns will soon be on the clock with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but they didn’t get off to a great start with one of their top targets.

Deshaun Watson, who helped Clemson defeat mighty Alabama in the college football national championship game, finished just short of Lamar Jackson in Heisman Trophy voting he should have won and a number of NFL teams are interested in his services.
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Unfortunately for Cleveland, Watson decided to skip the Senior Bowl and an opportunity to be coached by the Browns’ staff all week. The Senior Bowl is slated for Saturday, Jan. 28 at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

Gano’s three missed kicks stand out amongst his career stats. He missed just six all of last season and had only five misses this year heading into Sunday.

Kids Steven Stamkos Jersey I did not tell Coach Caldwell that,Allen told a pool reporter (via Pro Football Talks Mike Florio, a colleague of Tafoyas at NBC). Im not aware that any on-field game official told Coach Caldwell that.

Allen continued, First of all, thats not my coverage, because my responsibility obviously is in the backfield with the quarterback. There were covering officials there who did not rule that there was a facemask on the play. They did rule defensive pass interference, but every play is subject to review by the league.

Allens explanation falls short of satisfactory. As PFT points out, facemask penalties are not among those reviewable during a game; they can be reviewed later at the league office.

Plus, whether or not someone made an admission to Caldwell, Richardson clearly committed a facemask violation. Really, as NBCs broadcasting team of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth pointed out, offsetting penalties should have been called one on Richardson and the one that was called on Wilson and the down should have been replayed.

Jadeveon Clowney’s acrobatic interception leads to Texans touchdown

The Texans had the NFL’s No. 1 defense this season despite not having three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt for most of it.

Jadeveon Clowney has picked up the slack and helped the Texans score the first touchdown of Saturday’s wild-card game against the Raiders at NRG Stadium.
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Clowney’s athletic interception of Raiders quarterback Connor Cook set the Texans up at Raiders’ 4-yard line midway through the first quarter.

Lamar Miller scored from 4 yards out on the very next play to give Houston a 10-0 lead with 6:16 remaining in the first quarter.

Cook is the first rookie quarterback to make his first NFL start in a playoff game and he and the Raiders are in a big hole early. The Raiders had just 13 yards of total offense and one first down through their first three possessions.

There was Dan DeArmas, who punted for more than 10,000 yards for the Maryland Terrapins from 1988-91. There was running back Eric Bates, who finished first in West Virginia high school history with 5,447 career rushing yards upon his graduation in 1987. Then there was quarterback Mark Ryhanych, a former high school teammate of Jamie’s who went 24-1 as a starter for the Generals and threw for 3,097 yards and 39 touchdowns in their ’96 championship season.

‘The only team that could beat us was ourselves, if we didn’t execute,’ King said of that team. ‘It really is a credit to the players we had, their expertise, and they got it done.’

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Blame Diamondbacks for John McCain’s weird questions to James Comey

Arizona Sen. John McCain was part of the Senate Intelligence Committee that heard testimony Thursday from former FBI director James Comey.

When it was McCain’s turn to ask Comey questions about the investigation into whether Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, McCain’s questions were perplexing, to say the least. Many people watching wondered if the 80-year-old Senator was in full possession of his faculties.

Well, he had a reason for it. He was up late Wednesday watching the Diamondbacks’ 7-4 victory over the Padres.

I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people’s heads, McCain said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. Maybe going forward, I shouldn’t stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games.

I can’t say he was not disrespectful, Farrell told reporters Thursday. Obviously, it was an emotional conversation. There will be follow-up, yeah.

Michael Pineda bounced back to earn his seventh win of the season for the Yankees Thursday with seven stellar innings as New York increased their AL East lead to three games over Boston.
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Chris Iannetta drove in a career-high seven runs with a home run and a pair of doubles as the Diamondbacks improved the best home record in the major leagues to 24-8.

Elite Mens Chase Budinger Jersey On the pitching side, Astros starter Lance McCullers took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, finishing with two hits and eight strikeouts in a win over the Royals. Since the start of last season, McCullers has a 2.99 ERA, good for best in the AL over the span.

NFL Combine 2017: Past participants recount crazy interview process

Andrew Whitworth should consider himself fortunate.

Alex Marvez conducted the above interviews on Sirius XM NFL Radio. Alex can be heard from 7-10 p.m. ET Tuesday and 8-11 a.m. ET Wednesday through Friday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Friday that if proposed laws that are “discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law (in Texas), that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events.”

Those comments didn’t sit well with Abbott, a Republican.

“For some low-level NFL adviser to come out and say that they are going to micromanage and try to dictate to the state of Texas what types of policies we’re going to pass in our state, that’s unacceptable,” Abbott told Beck.

“We don’t care what the NFL thinks and certainly what their political policies are because they are not a political arm of the state of Texas or the United States of America,” Abbott added. “They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”

“Darrelle Revis absolutely, categorically and positively did not knock out anyone, did not conspire with anyone to commit an assault, did not say ‘shut up before I knock your a— out next’ and surely did not ‘rob’ another of a cell phone,” attorneys Robert DelGreco Jr. and Mark Fiorilli said in statement, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“The voice and admissions made on the video are not that of Darrelle Revis. We have no doubt but that further investigation relative to the clothing and voice verification will corroborate the above assertions.”

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Goodell did get testy but said he understands why Patriots fans were upset.

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Authentic Dede Westbrook Jersey “It gives me the opportunity to right those wrongs that people could potentially have and it gives me the opportunity to interact with the fan, good bad or indifferent. And they get a hands-on conversation with the athlete as opposed to having to go through some third-party organization.”
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“I have two. A lady told me that because she heard my story, she went in and got checked [for breast cancer] and they found a lump, and they caught it early, and otherwise she wouldn’t have gone in. Another lady I had a conversation with, it sounded as if she wanted to give up, or her fight was getting tough for her, so I helped her get through a rough time.

“Anything that involves saving a life, or touching a life man, is amazing to me. Just, anywhere. It’s beautiful man. I’ve gotten to a point now where I kind of expect [to be contacted on these issues], and I want it. Because for those who don’t have people to reach out to, I want to be that person they reach out to and ultimately I can help them.”

“Kickers, they have more time than the guys that are actually on offense or defense…They always have extra time, so they wouldn’t have a playbook, so everybody else would be in their playbook and stuff like that. Well they would be doing other things, and I just formulated my opinion like, ‘Hey, I don’t like those guys.’ And I didn’t.”

“It’s not awkward at all for me. We have a job to do. There was a violation. We applied a process and discipline and we came to a conclusion that was supported by the facts and the courts. … This is just about taking care of business and upholding the integrity of our teams.”

As the questions continued, Goodell did get testy but said he understands why Patriots fans were upset. He has “no doubt” Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who admitted to having a strained relationship with his once-close friend, would invite him back to Foxborough.

Tom Brady should thank Raiders, ‘tuck rule’ for his success, Tim Brown says

The 2001 AFC divisional playoff game between the Raiders and Patriots was a springboard for Tom Brady’s successful tenure in the NFL. Also known as the tuck rule game, the now-defunct rule is still a sore subject for fans in Oakland.

Though Mitchell is a quality run-stuffer who does a good job covering his area, he has never been an elite inside pass rusher. San Francisco is moving to a 4-3 front next season, so they need sturdy guys to control the defensive line.
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The 6-3, 310-pound Mitchell has 207 tackles with 5 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble in his career. He had just 18 tackles last season while missing seven games because of a calf injury.

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The Super Bowl 51 broadcast will be aired nationally on FOX. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call the action from the broadcast booth, while Erin Andrews and Chris Myers will serve as field reporters.

As for the Westwood One radio broadcast, Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason will call the action from the booth, while Tony Boselli and James Lofton will serve as field reporters.