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.

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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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“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.

Aston Martin releasing ‘Tom Brady’ version of Vanquish S

New England lost one of its top corners hours after it signed Gilmore. Ryan’s departure should make it easier for the Pats to keep restricted free agent Malcolm Butler. Tennessee desperately needed this kind of corner and got a good value on Ryan.

San Francisco needed receivers of any kind after it moved on from Torrey Smith. Garcon is on the other side of 30, but he’s a solid route-runner and blocker with good hands who’ll be a good No. 2 glue guy for whoever the 49ers anoint as their true go-to, big-play guy outside.

Tom Brady has agreed to an endorsement deal with Aston Martin that will have him driving around in a DB 11 that is worth some $211,995.

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Aston Martin will also be releasing Brady’s own exclusive line of Vanquish S models that the New England Patriot customized for himself. Only 12 of those will be made and sold.

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Bartolo Colon running out of time to right himself in Atlanta

The Braves went into full #Barves mode Tuesday night. The infield forgot how to catch and throw the ball. Even starting pitcher Bartolo Colon caught the bug. Then he threw it away.

After the meltdown was over, the Bravos had allowed nine runs in one inning to the Angels and Colon looked more and more like a pumpkin. Not talking about his physique, either.

It looked as though midnight was fast approaching on his career.

The 44-year-old Colon committed two of Atlanta’s six misplays in the field in that disastrous third inning. They were a big reason why he retired just one of the 12 batters he faced in the frame before being lifted.
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Reds (19-20) at Cubs (20-19) A three-game sweep over a division rival would be a fine way for the Cubs to keep digging out of their early-season mediocrity. Chicago lost seven of nine games before taking the last two against Cincinnati at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester (1-2) takes the bump for the Cubbies, while Amir Garrett (3-2) gets the call for Cincy.

Bautista flipped his bat, much to the distaste of the Braves on the field. Benches cleared, mean things were said, fingers were pointed. Everyone went back to the dugout and almost everyone goes home happy.

Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018 and keep everything that made it more fun

Everyone complains about the Pro Bowl being boring and meaningless, but it was actually kind of good this past season. Now the NFL wants to build on that momentum for next year. The NFL announced Wednesday that for the second consecutive year, the Pro Bowl will be held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

More importantly, the NFL is keeping everything that made it fun in 2017, like the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown and the return to a traditional AFC vs. NFC format.

The 2018 Pro Bowl will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET, and it will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. For the first time ever, the game will also be simulcast on network television on ABC.

Last year’s game was better than usual, thanks in part to a wild finish. Kirk Cousins threw an interception to Aqib Talib, and then Cousins ran Talib down and tackled him. The pick ended a promising drive for the NFC, and the AFC was able to kneel it out and take the 20-13 victory.

We also got to enjoy some big play celebrations along the way, although Michael Bennett held back on this one because “three pumps gets you a fine.”

Despite all his hard work, his Seahawks teams barely got a taste of professional success. They made only one playoff appearance in his 11-year career — a 1999 defeat in an NFC Wild Card game. Seattle never won more than nine games during his tenure in the league.

Kennedy was a giant, the face of a franchise that struggled for relevancy through the first 25 years of its existence. His ability to change the game from the interior of the line set a standard players like Michael Bennett are trying to live up to today. Alongside Steve Largent, he was the most identifiable player to don the pale green and blue until athletes like Shaun Alexander, Marshawn Lynch, and Richard Sherman came around.

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MLB needs harsher suspensions for pitches thrown at batters’ heads

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Well, baseball has a problem with pitchers throwing fastballs at batters’ heads. You know the most recent visible incident, the catalyst for this column and others like it across the country — Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes threw a 90-mph fastball behind the head of Orioles superstar Manny Machado on Sunday.

I don’t really care about the lead-up to that pitch. For the purposes of what we’re going to talk about here, it doesn’t matter.
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It’s appropriate that Dickey shares the number with Berra, because he preceded him as the Yankees’ great catcher, ending his career as Berra’s player-manager in 1946. It’s easy to underrate Dickey — like many of Jeter’s best teammates — because he played on seven World Series winners with teammates such as Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio. He also was at a Yankees position where Berra, Thurman Munson (No. 15), Jorge Posada (No. 20) and Elston Howard (No. 32) all got their numbers retired as well. On this list, however, this is Dickey’s rightful place.

Newton started both games.

He started them even though, while the Panthers had said they had found no damage in his shoulder from Week 14, they in fact had seen the tear.
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Fine. Lie to us. The public is used to it, and it expects nothing more from this league. But the Panthers likely didn’t lie to Newton — they just let him play hurt in borderline-meaningless games.

Also remember this: It had been recommended (at least it was here) that it was already time to sit him down for the season, because his health was in danger from the NFL continuing to refuse to call obvious illegal hits on him.

That was a season-long problem, again, starting with that Thursday night opener — and continuing in the very next game after his injury, in Washington on Monday night, when he not only didn’t draw a flag for a late helmet-to-helmet hit, but was penalized himself for taunting. Once again, a national audience saw a league operating with two sets of rules, for Newton and for every other marquee quarterback.

There are certainly some (hits) that are deserving (of ejections), Berry told CBS Sports. But there are also some where the receiver is up in the air and the defensive player doesn’t launch, but he’s also changing his vertical plane. Where do you gauge hitting that person? That’s a tough thing to do instantaneously.

Athletically, I don’t even know if they’re capable of doing that at the college level. Even the NFL guys can’t pull that off, either.

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