Browse Month: November 2017

Carson Wentz, Tyreek Hill would make fine ‘Madden’ upgrades

Carson Wentz, Tyreek Hill would make fine ‘Madden’ upgrades

The first EA Major of the 2018 season happened this weekend in Burbank, California, and congratulations to Michael Skimbo who bested Raidel “Joke” Brito in the finals to take home the belt. Well, the belt I kept trying to steal as host of the “Player’s Lounge” on the EA stream. It had been a few years since I was this immersed in the championship run and I’m more impressed at ever at the level of play by all of the competitors. It was cool to see some familiar faces, along with a new crop of gamers who are going to take this sport to the next level.

Skimbo is closing in on Eric “Problem” Wright for the title of best Madden player on the planet.

I think the ‘Hawks will keep winning. As for the Eagles, well they are looking great. But at the same time, that Jason Peters injury is going to loom large. Jordan Hicks’ season-ender doesn’t help, either. The Eagles might very well capture the top seed in the playoffs. And many strides will be made for a championship run — but not until next year.

“I practiced some and never got it, but my grandpa called one day and said, ‘Your cousin Drew has learned it, can you do it yet?’ ” Goedert recalled. “I said, ‘Oh, yeah, I learned it, too,’ even though I really hadn’t. Well, then, I had to learn it.”

He learned it alright, well enough to ride one with a 6-foot seat, so tall Goedert had to mount it from the side of Phillips’ pickup truck. And it’s not something he left behind in childhood; he rode it as recently as the summer of 2016 at the Lake City Fourth of July parade, a 20-minute ride from Britton down Highway 10.

“If I called him right now and asked him to do another parade, he’d do it in a second,” said Goedert’s mother, Mary.
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NFL draft scouting: Pro teams have eyes on Notre Dame vs. Miami showdown

A number of Top 25 teams clash with each other this weekend, making for an exciting weekend of college football. NFL teams are flocking to these games to evaluate a number of draft prospects.

A look at what teams will be where this weekend in college football:

Among those with conflicts are Warriors co-managing partner Peter Guber and assistant GM Kirk Lacob — who are both a part of Liquid’s parent company, aXiomatic — and Warriors and Cloud9 minority owner Chamath Palihapitiya.

“Well, (Seguin’s) a shooter, I’m a passer and (Shore) has good legs, so it kind of gives us all three dynamics and we did a good job of using each other,” he said.

Ben Bishop made 29 saves for Dallas on his 31st birthday, allowing only a power-play goal by Brendan Gallagher at 12:04 of the second.

“I definitely haven’t won here before,” said Turner, who played in four previous games in Miami — all losses. “Maybe it’s the weather.”

Victor Oladipo scored 15, Darren Collison had 12 points and 10 assists and Thaddeus Young added 12 for Indiana. The Pacers outscored Miami 69-40 in the game’s final 25 minutes and shot 60 percent for the game.

“Derek Carr is a bible-thumper to the fullest. And so he was basically trying to force the players to read the bible before the game, and do all this stuff and they were like, ‘No, that’s you.’ And so he was so upset about it, when the whole offensive line said they were going to kneel, he was like, ‘No, you’re not kneeling. This is America, you’re going to stand for the flag.’ And they got in a fight in the locker room, so when they came out to play, they basically had a plan.”

Grimes alleges the fight happened before the game against the Redskins (which was on a Sunday, not Monday as she says), and Carr got sacked a season-high four times in that game. He has been sacked only six times in the seven other games this season.nike_patriots_2110

Cam Newton Jersey skipped his mandatory press conference altogether.

Mike Mulvihill, a Fox Sports vice president, told SBJ that the problem isn’t that there is too much NFL on TV, but that there is too much football all the way around — including college.

“The rise in football availability is pretty dramatic,” Mulvihill said. “This is what drives fragmentation in every area of television. … You can argue whether there’s greater or lesser interest in the game of football than there was ten years ago. But clearly, whatever that interest is, it’s being spread out over quite a few more windows than it was ten years ago.”

For his part, Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports, worried that there is football fatigue by every Sunday of the week and noted that the biggest ratings fall is among viewers aged 18 to 34 years.

“Cam didn’t intend to be discourteous toward any specific media member,” the team said, via NFL.com. “In his mind, after answering questions for nine minutes, he had fulfilled his obligations.”
But because it’s Newton and because Newton has a bad history with press conferences, this will almost definitely create noise. After losing Super Bowl 50 to the Broncos, Newton walked out of his press conference after just a couple minutes. And earlier this season, Newton made a sexist comment to Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue.

“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like that,” Newton said after being asked about route running. “It’s funny.”

Newton later apologized. Last week, Cam Newton Jersey skipped his mandatory press conference altogether.

It’s been a turbulent season for the Panthers, who are 4-3 after a loss to the Bears in which they scored three points while the Bears defense scored 14 points off two costly Panthers’ turnovers. Newton hasn’t been at his best after working his back from a shoulder injury this offseason. He’s thrown more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (9) and has generated an 80.9 passer rating. Still, Newton and the Panthers are only half a game back of the Saints in the NFC South.

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49ers’ Marquise Goodwin pays tribute to wife’s strength after loss of son

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin paid tribute to his wife, Morgan, after a heartbreaking 48 hours in the couple’s lives.

“So that’s what’s so cool about the situation is, my wife, how supportive she is and how encouraging she is, all these great things that she does for me to help me go out there and play the way that I did. I think it speaks more about her character than mine because here she is, she could be holding me back, she could make me feel guilty about having to go and play football, which is just a game, in the grand scheme of things, and what we dealt with was a real-life situation, a death. Not only a death but a death to our infant child. So, situations like that, you only make it through that with your faith in God.”

John Wall had 31 points and 11 assists, and Bradley Beal added 22 points for the Wizards.

The Hornets battled back behind the gritty play of Walker. He made a driving layup with 17 seconds left and then added two free throws with 2 seconds remaining to tie it.

Howard blocked Beal’s baseline jumper at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.

Charlotte carried the momentum into the extra period with Walker knocking down a leaning 3-pointer from the top of the key after a scramble for a loose ball. Lamb followed with a block and a coast-to-coast layup for a 5-point lead.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added a driving layup and Lamb buried a jumper from just beyond the foul line to push the lead to six with 1:24 remaining. But the big basket came when Lamb shot an air-ball on a 3-pointer and Howard grabbed the ball out of the air and laid it in to beat the shot clock.broncos_097-500x500

He has an 11.75 postseason ERA, allowing runs in six of seven appearances.

With “AC/DC” dominating a game, the Raiders might find it harder to break up the connection between Cooper and quarterback Derek Carr. But then again, Cooper’s value on the open market won’t get higher given their schedule, which sets him up for more struggles. At the same time, Oakland’s pass defense remains in shambles despite the edge presence of Khalil Mack. Pierre-Paul playing off the All-Pro in the Raiders’ hybrid scheme would make both players more dangerous.

The city needs them, in other words. “From where they’re at, as these new leaders of our community, they have this platform, they have this way to reach out to every corner of the valley,” Anthony says. “Half of them look like they can’t party in the city yet. Now they’re going to try to unite everybody. It’s a big step for these guys. But the way they’ve presented themselves, the medium they have, I think they can handle it.”

“They were all crappy pitches, not where I wanted them,” he said. “I need to do better. I need to pick up this team. I need to carry my weight.”

“When you’re a back-end reliever,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, “unless you’re extraordinarily dominant, you’re only talked about when you suffer, when you struggle. So for him, he can handle it mentally. He can handle it physically.”

The Browns and 49ers also lost Sunday to remain winless; the Vikings had some fun in England; Saints running back Mark Ingram and Colts receiver Kamar Aiken were disappointed in their respective performance; and Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence had an interesting way to describe the Dallas defense.

The over/under closed at 46.5 in this one, with the bad weather causing it to drop from 50 earlier in the week. If you bet the under, however, it didn’t matter what number you got.flames_079

Judge denies request for injunction by Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott lost an attempt to block his six-game suspension Monday when U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied a request for a preliminary injunction after hearing arguments from the NFL and NFLPA.

Judge Failla, in her ruling, stayed the decision for 24 hours to afford parties the opportunity to consider appellate options.

With the ruling in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Elliott’s six-game suspension would again be in effect and he would be ineligible to play until the Cowboys’ game against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 17.

“I can give you 27 innings,” Kershaw said. “I’ll be ready to go, whatever they need.” Bob Catalde, McDavid’s billet dad for three years while he played in Erie: “Oh yeah, it was hard to get him up in the mornings. When he lived with us, he lived in the finished basement. Usually, I made breakfast, and when Connor walked upstairs, it was very clear he had just crawled out of bed. If you asked him a question, he’d usually respond with one or two words.”

Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball for the Astros in the first World Series Game 7 ever at Dodger Stadium and the first since 1931 between teams that won 100 games during the regular season.

A player often receive a signing bonus when he agrees to a contract. The signing bonus is a large payment, often a percentage of the total contract value. For accounting purposes, the maximum amount that counts on the cap in a given season is one-fifth of the bonus, so it allows teams to prorate the costs and lessen the salary cap impact of a contract. These bonuses can be as large as $30 million for a superstar quarterback and around $10 million for a decent starter at other positions.canadiens_402_dc0e4496f1e6c64e-180x180

The Cowboys need a top corner, and the Patriots need a versatile piece to get after the quarterback.

Butler had a well-timed showcase against the Falcons in Week 7 with Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe not healthy enough to play. Meanwhile, Irving has come back red-hot from his suspension, recording three sacks in his first two games of the season.

If the Patriots plan to move on from the 27-year-old Super Bowl hero, they should do it now with a calculated gamble on a 24-year-old with an off-field history. Both players can help contenders immediately in different ways.

That’s the message Robone gave a group of players who surprised him at the trauma ICU at Sunrise Hospital last Wednesday. Largely thanks to his younger brother Anthony, a 25-year-old firefighter and paramedic who also attended the concert, Nick, 28, survived a bullet wound to his left chest. He was discharged hours before the home opener, but faces a long recovery from a bruised lung.

Finally getting steady minutes now that he’s on his second team, Olynyk is impressively averaging at least one block, steal and 3-pointer per night to go with 10.6 points and seven rebounds. This diverse slash seems sustainable and could quietly earn him a top-20 fantasy finish at the position (currently 16th on the Player Rater).

New Browns CEO Joe Banner jumped at the chance to trade him two games into his second year. The Colts wanted Richardson to replace injured starter Vick Ballard, but he averaged only 3.1 yards per carry over the next two seasons before they parted ways. His last regular-season game appearance came in 2014. The Browns used the draft pick as part of the deal to trade up and draft quarterback Johnny Manziel in 2014. That selection didn’t work out, but the Browns had still managed to parlay a punchless running back into a valuable pick.canadiens_294_e971e2a2645b57f9-180x180

There’s not much unsustainable about what the Jaguars have done so far on the field.

Germany has become the latest country to be hit by the growing anti-semitic football problem after stickers of Anne Frank wearing a Schalke shirt were handed out.

The Sun showed images of the German-born Jew kitted out in the white and blue jersey of the Gelsenkirchen-based club as vile German football fans took inspiration from Lazio’s ultras division following last week’s much-criticised anti-Jewish stance.

It is unknown just which rival football supporters are behind this latest attack, but it is certain that Germany’s authorities – both football and police – will investigate the incident as soon as possible.

Despite snippets from Frank’s diary being ready out at matches across Serie A, the club stating its desire to send fans to Auschwitz to educate them over the issue and Lazio’s players wearing t-shirts with “No to anti-semitism” on them, some Italian football fans continued to defy the authorities.

Lazio supporters sung “Me ne frego” – “I don’t care” – a well fascist song and made Nazi salutes just hours after their side’s match with Bologna.

Stewart’s counterclaim states that the Liability Policy includes a segment titled “Commercial General Coverage Part” with a primary-layer coverage of $1 million “per occurrence” for claims covered under it. That, according to Stewart’s counterclaim, provides coverage for, among other things, “Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability” and “Participant Legal Liability – Motorsports.”

They’re not an average unit relying on ridiculous performances in the red zone or on third down. The Jags have recovered six of 11 fumbles on defense, essentially league average.

The Basics: A quirky bar with games throughout (there’s a row of arcade games and ping pong tables) complete with board games and a comic book collection as well. So if you need something to take your mind off baseball afterward, you’ve certainly got plenty of options. blues-022

Browns tried to trade for AJ McCarron but didn’t call it in on time

Nor is he Jimmy Garoppolo, who was traded to the 49ers by the Patriots on Monday night, and a player the Browns reportedly didn’t want to overpay for earlier in the year. But he is a veteran with some starting experience. McCarron played in seven games for the Bengals in 2015 and finished with 854 yards, six touchdowns, and two picks.

Jackson and McCarron have an existing relationship, and McCarron should be familiar with the Browns’ offensive scheme. Jackson was McCarron’s offensive coordinator in Cincinnati in 2014 and 2015 before being hired as the Browns’ head coach.

DeShone Kizer won the starting job in Cleveland this preseason, but costly red-zone turnovers have landed him on the bench twice in a three-game span. Jackson has tried both Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler in the starting role, but neither has been able to pry it away from Kizer permanently.

According to Schefter, the Bengals notified the league of the proposed trade at 3:55 p.m. ET, and the Browns notified the league shortly after 4 p.m. ET. Because the Browns were late, the league denied the trade. Cleveland protested with the league asking that the trade be approved. The NFL rejected the Browns’ protest.

The proposed compensation for McCarron would have been a second- and third-round pick in 2018, a source confirmed to Schefter. The Cincinnati Enquirer first reported the compensation.

McCarron has been the subject of trade rumors since the 2016 offseason after he filled in for an injured Andy Dalton and almost led the Bengals to their first playoff win under coach Marvin Lewis. McCarron completed 66.4 percent of his passes in seven appearances during the 2015 regular season, throwing for six touchdowns and two interceptions. In his lone playoff start, he completed 23-of-41 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett self-reported a concussion saying, “I can’t play around with my brain.”blues-014

Jerrell Freeman gets 10-game ban for second PED suspension

Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman has been suspended without pay for the next 10 games for a second violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Freeman, 31, played four seasons in Indianapolis before he signed a three-year deal with Chicago in 2016. Freeman is under contract through 2018 and scheduled to earn $3.5 million, but he is out of guaranteed money.

According to coach Barry Trotz, the bar for Ovechkin is most always set at 50, while the man himself knows all he needs is the chance to reach those loft expectations.

”I’m a goal-scorer, and my job is to score goals,” Ovechkin said before the season started. ”The more goals, more points I’m gonna get is gonna be much better.”

Just five games into the 2017-18 season, Ovechkin is almost 20% of the way to that goal, having begun the season with a goal bonanza, racking up an NHL-leading nine goals and 10 points. He earned First Star of the Week honors after scoring three goals on opening night for the Caps and the following four-goal performance in their second game, making him the fourth player in league history to open the season with back-to-back hat tricks. Singular tallies came against Pittsburgh and New Jersey, again putting Ovechkin in the history books alongside Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux and Patrick Marleau as the only players to score nine times in the first five games of a season.

“The way he’s able to create space for himself, to jump in holes and his release is second to none,” Capitals forward T.J. Oshie told the Washington Post. “Am I surprised on O’s production? I don’t think so. Am I impressed? Very.”
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