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I don’t care. I just want to be with the team, he said. I don’t care where I play. I can play anywhere. I just have to be ready to play anywhere.
Lovullo watched Souza often when the Arizona manager was Boston’s bench coach.
He was still a young player that was finding his way, but he seemed to improve every time we saw him, Lovullo said. The athletic ability, the ability to hit for power, the defensive ability — it was obvious to the opposing dugout that he was an exciting player.
Ohio State, which hasn’t lost a conference game to anyone other than Penn State, has a bit of a tougher road ahead. The Buckeyes will have to bounce back quickly from their embarrassingly one-sided loss to the Nittany Lions on Thursday because they’ve got arch-rival Michigan in Ann Arbor on Sunday. After hosting Rutgers two days later, they’ll wrap up the regular season with a tricky Friday night tilt at Indiana.
Even if Chris Holtmann’s surprising Buckeyes are able to win out, it might only be good enough for a share of the Big Ten crown.
It’s been a long journey to this point, and it’ll still be a long journey until hopefully we get what we need to get done in Indianapolis, Luck said. The rehab has been hard at times. The one thing I know in my heart is that I am getting better, and I’m feeling great. I’m extremely optimistic. It’s been fun to see myself improve, so really I couldn’t be more excited for this offseason and for our new coach — everything that’s happening — and where the direction of the team is going.
Luck has spent the past few weeks in Southern California working with throwing experts. He said he has started throwing but didn’t specify what kind of ball he’s throwing.
Hunziker lost a ski on his third run, for a score of 46.40, and will not medal with a best score of 66.20. McEachran was next, and he posted a score of 32.60, finishing in fourth, just outside the podium, with plenty of athletes to go. Dahl went next, and posted a score of 41.80, with a best of 76.40 will also finish outside of the top three. Elias Ambuehl will be just behind him after posting a 73.20 in his third run.
James Woods posted a 90.00 in his third run, which wasn’t enough to move him up, because he had a 91.00.
Unfortunately for the United States, Gus Kenworthy couldn’t put it together in three runs, posting a best of 35.00, putting him in 11th place.
The names of plays have rarely been trademarked, though Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Franco Harris owns the phrase Franco’s Immaculate Reception, the moniker for his famous catch in Pittsburgh’s 1972 AFC divisional playoff win over the Oakland Raiders.
The Philly Special was called for a critical Eagles touchdown on fourth-and-goal late in the second quarter of the Super Bowl. On the play, running back Corey Clement took the ball on a direct snap, then pitched the ball to tight end Trey Burton, who threw it to quarterback Nick Foles in the end zone. The Eagles went on to beat the New England Patriots 41-33.
The United States never had a chance to be good in these Olympics. It’s no fun to get destroyed by Russia, but the NHL’s personnel decisions made it inevitable.
The Olympic Athletes from Russia destroyed the American men’s hockey team in Group B play at the Winter Olympics on Saturday morning.
The score was 4-0, which accurately reflected how bad the Americans looked, if you were able to keep your attention fixed on the game for more than a few minutes. Team USA’s far from out of the tournament, but what the Russians did to it on Saturday reinforces the point that the U.S. probably isn’t going far in this event.
Motte now makes his home in the Memphis area, home of the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate. Should the Cardinals ask Motte to begin the season with Memphis, he would do so.
In nine seasons Motte owns a 27-15 record with 60 saves and a 3.30 ERA.
St. Louis issued Motte jersey No. 30, the same number he wore during his first tenure with the club.
The opportunity to put this uniform back on again is pretty awesome, Motte said.
The Bubba Watson experience, which we’ve now watched for a decade, is one that comes with so much baggage. He’s a popular foil, has often been a jerk, and is easy to crack on from a distance on social media (I’m as guilty of this as anyone). The critiques of Bubba have often been deserved, and in response to some sort of objectionable or intemperate Bubba being Bubba moment.
These are the actions of a player who is signaling his unhappiness with the team. This information getting out publicly could be a signal that the team is preparing to move on rather than franchise-tag him again at the price of $14.57 million. A veteran writer like Bouchette does not suggest Bell might not be back with the Steelers in 2018 without having reason to do so.
Todd Bowles has to get his next hire right: For all the credit Bowles received for leading a flawed Jets team to a second straight 5-11 season, he is at fault for his offensive coordinator hires. Firing John Morton only one season after Chan Gailey “retired” and other offensive assistants were fired is an admission of failure.
As if making his first appearance in a regular-season game in almost a year weren’t inspirational enough, J.J. Watt has become the face of Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery, with an online fundraising effort that has now topped $31 million. The Texans honored first responders before the game, then introduced the defensive starters with, you guessed it, Watt entering last. The response was deafening.
However, shortly before halftime, Watt headed to the locker room with a dislocated finger. He described it after the game as the bone having “busted through the skin. Nothing bad, just tape it up.” He later returned.
Sunday night’s game promises a little more competitive matchup than last week’s New England-Atlanta affair, with 5-2 Pittsburgh playing Detroit, trying to end a two-game losing streak and make noise in the NFC North. The Steelers have been a soap opera this season — imagine how much Coach Mike Tomlin loves that.
Wide receiver Martavis Bryant will not play after a week in which he repeated a trade request on social media, a decision that ended with him on the scout team pretending to be a Lions receiver for the defense during practice. “He just has to earn his way back,” fellow wide receiver Antonio Brown said. “Obviously, we need him. We know what he’s capable of. We’re going to need him down the stretch. He made a mistake, and he’ll learn from it.”
The Rockets are really good when they’re rolling, but it’d be a historic upset if they’d knock off the Warriors.
MacMahon: Fiction. The Warriors might be the best collection of talent in basketball history, and all the pieces fit together. Now, if LeBron decides to head to Houston next season …
Flacco threw three touchdowns against a San Francisco defense that had not allowed more than two passing touchdowns a game all season. He followed up in the second half by completing 9 of 13 passes for 95 yards, but the Ravens didn’t score another offensive touchdown and had to rely on a goal-line stand in the final minutes to win, 34-31.
“We could hear some USA chants as it started, which is fantastic. Could also hear some negativity being yelled during the anthem. Semantics there, right? What’s disrespectful to the anthem? Yelling things during it or standing at attention with arms locked, facing the flag? That’s for you to decide.”
On Friday, the Seattle Seahawks announced that they would channel their protest into the Seahawks Players Equality and Justice for All Action Fund, which players said would support education and leadership programs addressing equality and justice.
There would be no obvious in-house candidate to succeed Goodell and to turn to an outsider at this point would be extremely risky, said that person, who described Goodell as remaining stoic during the latest crisis while trying to boost the morale of those in the league office and refraining from pushing the owners — his bosses — too hard at this point to complete the extension sooner rather than later.
Not sure I can say the same for Blake Bortles. Still, if the much-maligned passer plays at or near the level he did in the Divisional Round, Jacksonville wins. (And we’ll all be in awe of a potential Bortles- Nick Foles Super Bowl.) Matt Patricia’s Patriots defense has been performing at such a high level for three months that this is where Doug Marrone and staff must be careful — as in, the Jags should run the ball 30 times. Part of staying on the ground could mean Bortles takes off whenever appropriate.
With Minnesota leading 121-118, Karl-Anthony Towns’ bad pass out of bounds gave the Clippers the ball.
Representatives for Ezekiel Elliott have made clear their intention to fight the six-game suspension the NFL dealt to the Dallas Cowboys running back on Friday after a lengthy investigation concluded the 22-year-old violated the league’s personal conduct policy when he allegedly “engaged in physical violence” against an ex-girlfriend last summer.
“Mr. Elliott and his team of representatives are extremely disappointed with the NFL’s decision,” Elliott’s attorneys Frank Salzano and Scott Rosenblum wrote in a statement (via ESPN’s Adam Schefter). “The NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it ‘cherry picks’ so-called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence.”
Alonso spent Tuesday with a trip into the heart of NASCAR country, as he made a stop at the NASCAR preseason media days in Charlotte, North Carolina. NASCAR owns IMSA, the sanctioning body of the Rolex 24, and the two-time Formula One champion relished the chance to meet seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.
One of those calls was a 3-pointer by Lou Williams in the left corner that got waved off when Montrezl Harrell was whistled for an offensive foul with the game tied 106-all.
“That hurt,” Griffin said.
But they lost it in a wild scramble on the floor before Griffin regained it only to get called for a double dribble.
“He was brought in as an agent of change,” said one person familiar with the league’s inner workings. “He has a young family. I don’t think he was prepared to commit four or five more years to doing this.”
Goodell wrote in a memo to teams’ chief executives and club presidents that Lockhart had informed him and Tod Leiweke, the NFL’s chief operating officer, of his intention to step aside.
Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points and Jeff Teague added 30 to help them hang on for a 126-118 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night that snapped the Wolves’ four-game road skid.
Without injured Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford, the Timberwolves overcame 56 percent shooting by the Clippers and made 33 of 39 free throws — led by Teague’s 16 of 17 — to win for the seventh time in nine games.
“They are playing as well as anybody in the league, so to come in here and get a win, we did do a lot of good things,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We got great contributions from everybody.”
49ers: The deals with Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley give the new decision-making regime of General Manager John Lynch and Coach Kyle Shanahan a couple prospective placeholders at quarterback.
Jaguars: The Jaguars spent big money to bolster their defense. Sound familiar? At some point, it has to work. Doesn’t it? Thursday’s deals with defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback A.J. Bouye and safety Barry Church come on the heels of last year’s signing of defensive end Malik Jackson. The Jaguars also have added plenty of young talent on defense through the draft. Maybe, just maybe, it all will come together at some point.
In November, Schnatter sparked outrage by blaming sagging sales at Papa John’s — a top NFL sponsor and advertiser — on the league’s “poor leadership” in response to the demonstrations during the national anthem.
He said the practice of players kneeling during the anthem to raise awareness of police brutality and social injustice hurt the NFL’s TV ratings, which in turn hurt sales of his pizza, which is advertised heavily during games.
“We do not want these individuals or groups to buy our pizza,” he said.
Ritchie, who told the Wall Street Journal that he was poised to eventually replace Schnatter when he was named company president in 2015, joined Papa John’s in 1996, making $6 an hour as a customer service representative, the company said.
He declined to specifically say whether the NFL controversy played a role in the timing of the transition, but told the Journal that “all of the PR things have been quite a distraction.”
Tom Brady refuses to show his injured right hand, even as he arrived Sunday to Gillette Stadium ahead of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sunday’s point total was Florida State’s lowest output since a 73-49 loss to UConn on Dec. 11, 2015. And as unlikely as it seemed that the Seminoles would get their ninth win in program history over a top-five team by scoring just 50 points, it happened.
Louisville and Notre Dame join unbeaten UConn and Mississippi State as No. 1 seeds in Charlie Creme’s latest 64-team projection. Florida State, which handed the Cardinals their first loss Sunday, move up to a No. 2.
The NCAA committee revealed its top 16 last week. And though only four days have passed, a lot can change in the bracket when multiple top-10 teams lose in a weekend. So why are the Cardinals still on the top line? Charlie Creme explains.
Patriots linebacker James Harrison has seen it all in his 15 years in the NFL and he is the last person to take the rookie lightly.
It’s another monster that we’ve got to try to contain, Harrison told reporters Friday, via ESPN.
While Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles might not be as bad as many make him out to be, the true threat on the Jaguars’ offense is Fournette. He has rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns during his rookie season, and has eclipsed 100 yards rushing six times including in the divisional round against the Steelers.
Bortles is much more effective when he has time to throw and when the Jaguars are able to run play-action. If Fournette is running well, the play-action passing game is even more effective. The Patriots will focus first on shutting down Fournette on offense first. That’s what Bill Belichick does on a week-in, week-out basis. He tries to take the opponent’s best weapon out of the picture.
Jack Del Rio could soon have a new job on the east coast.
The former Raiders coach is a leading candidate to become the Giants’ defensive coordinator under Pat Shurmur, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources.
UPDATE FRIDAY 7:30 A.M.: The Rams’ and Saints’ chances of clinching playoff berths in Week 14 evaporated with Atlanta’s win over New Orleans on Thursday night. Now neither can clinch a spot this weekend.
Buccaneers: Will be eliminated with a loss/tie against the Lions, or after four other combinations of results. Click here to see all of them.
Redskins: Will be eliminated with a loss to the Chargers plus one of a sizable number of other combinations. Click here to see all of them. In essence, Washington cannot afford another loss.
But, as anyone familiar with buying tickets to sought-after events knows, that’s as good as it’s going to get.
While prices will spike regardless of the matchup, if the Vikings beat the Eagles in the NFC championship game, the gap between face value and what the tickets sell for on the secondary market will widen significantly. That’s because with a win on Sunday, the Vikings would become the first team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl in its home stadium, and Minnesota fans will clamor to get into U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, February 4.
Should the Vikings get there, ticket prices could skyrocket by as much as four, five or six times their printed price. Or more, according to the report.
The Jets and Giants didn’t make the NFL playoffs this year, but they’re still being handed Ls.
If you’re a fan of either New York football team, you have plenty of reasons to be disappointed in your terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad seasons. Now, chances are you’ve heard both the Patriots and the Eagles are advancing to Super Bowl 52 and have to try really hard to not vomit at that thought, too.
As a highly coveted unrestricted free agent last March, Campbell had a tough decision to make between his hometown Denver Broncos and Jacksonville, a lot closer to his college stomping grounds at Miami.
The Jaguars, with plenty of money under the cap to spend, got the deal done, signing Campbell to a four-year, $60 million contract with $30 million guaranteed. He joined the team at the same time as former Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye and former Cowboys safety Barry Church to round out a budding elite defense built mostly over the previous three drafts.
The Broncos (5-11) fell well short of the playoffs, while Campbell helped the Jaguars go from worst (3-13) to first (10-6) in the AFC South before their postseason run ended in the conference championship game.
The NFL is waiving such discipline after a weekend in which Commissioner Roger Goodell, owners of teams, players and others reacted forcefully to comments made Friday by President Trump, who said at a campaign rally in Alabama that owners should fire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem as a means of protest.
We also believe our players have a right to express themselves, Lockhart said.
Lockhart called Sunday an important day for the league and, we think, a good one. He said the conversations involving the league office, owners, players and the NFL Players Association demonstrated the ability of everyone in the sport to work cooperatively in a crisis.