Month: December 2016

Sanchez never made it to Los Angeles with the rest of Cheizaw

Sanchez never made it to Los Angeles with the rest of Cheizaw, though. He was arrested and convicted of armed robbery. The conviction was later overturned, but then that decision was reversed by a higher court. Sanchez served five years. Sanchez said he’s thankful Kobe supported him by paying for his lawyer and paying for another friend to travel to Philadelphia to testify in court as a character witness. And that he doesn’t hold it against him, that Kobe did not testify on Sanchez’s behalf. One, the people managing his career didn’t want him besmirching his appeal. This was 1998. Back when athletes didn’t make political statements or say anything that might offend the silent majority. They didn’t talk about things like race or class or violence or crime. If you wanted to be a crossover star, you needed to leave Philly behind. Limited Mens Taylor Mays Jersey And two, the NBA and its corporate sponsors were growing increasingly uncomfortable […]

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Murray will finish outside the top 25 in scoring at the position

J.J. Nelson, WR, Cardinals: For the third time in the past four weeks, Nelson scored double-digit fantasy points, his 19 on Saturday matching his season high (Week 8) and falling just one shy of his career high (20, 2015 Week 11). That gave him 55 fantasy points since (and including) Week 13, second-most among wide receivers behind only Jordy Nelson’s 72. J.J. Nelson was owned in only 10.48 percent and started in 2.08 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 16. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Authentic Mens Kellen Clemens Jersey Titans: Though a right ankle injury ended his day with roughly one minute remaining in the third quarter, Mariota’s performance up to that point fell far short of being useful in fantasy leagues. He scored only seven fantasy points, giving him a third consecutive week in single digits, the first time in his career he has done Kids Jonathan Broxton Jersey that. Fortunately, fewer than one-third of Mariota’s owners in ESPN […]

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Aaron Hernandez identified by witness as triggerman in 2012 double murder

A man who survived a drive-by shooting in 2012 in Boston has identified former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez as the shooter, according to the Associated Press. Raychides Sanches was asked by prosecutors on Tuesday to describe the scene in Suffolk Superior Court, where Sanches said Hernandez was the shooter, and reportedly nodded in his direction. He has looked more dynamic than ever, and the fact that he isn’t on the roster is startling. LB Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys Five Cowboys players made the roster as starters, so it’s hard to be too upset about snubs, but Lee might legitimately be the best player on that team. The Cowboys were the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff spot, and they own just two losses on the season. Lee has been a big part of that success. For how much credit Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott get on offense, Lee has been better on defense. Lee […]

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Fantasy Fallout: Adrian Peterson is back, but he’s got nothin’ on Kenneth Farrow

What a story it would be: Adrian Peterson, one of the NFL’s all-time great running backs, makes an unlikely return from a knee injury in Week 15 — and leads your team to a fantasy championship. Unfortunately, that scenario seems a little far-fetched even in a fantasy world. Yes, Peterson declared Friday that he is “ready to roll” and plans to return for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. And ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reported that one of Peterson’s teammates said he “looks like Adrian” in practice. But expectations have to be low for a guy who has not played since Week 2 and who was averaging only 1.6 yards per carry at the time for a rushing offense that ranks last in the NFL with 73.4 yards per game. ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling said that if Peterson does in fact play this week, the Vikings will likely work him in slowly. He could play more in […]

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Alabama hires Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator

Saban announced on Friday that Steve Sarkisian will serve as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He’ll replace the outgoing OC, Lane Kiffin, who was hired as Florida Atlantic’s head coach earlier this week. Sarkisian had served as an analyst for Alabama this season after being fired by USC at midseason in 2015. Alabama will have its leading passer (Jalen Hurts, a true freshman) and leading rusher (Damien Harris, sophomore) returning in 2017, as well as star WR Calvin Ridley (a sophomore). WR ArDarius Stewart, a redshirt junior, has not announced his intentions for 2017, but even if he decides to apply for early draft eligiblity, Sarkisian will inherit a young offense loaded with potential. Making an in-house hire to replace Kiffin should provide some welcome offensive stability for those players. In a preview video released Friday, Fisher — who was fired Monday after five dangerously mediocre seasons with the team — pulled no punches when asked why […]

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Charles Woodson changed the way the NFL thinks about defensive backs

It was over and Charles Woodson was ready to ride the game bus for the final time. He exited Arrowhead Stadium and found his family, chatted with them, gave hearty hugs, took warm pictures and then turned and looked for his final Oakland Raiders ride. It was over and on this final day, everything that he had routinely done for nearly two decades in professional football became moments to instantly memorialize. OK, got to the stadium … completed warm-ups … absorbed everything at halftime … played the rest of the game … shook hands … surveyed the crowd … All of it a snapshot, yet a blur for Charles Woodson. Washington: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA Washington’s run to the playoffs has been done with a defense that ranks near the bottom of the league against the run. Clark, who can play over the nose, is a powerhouse against the run. Houston Texans: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State It seems […]

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Robertson left the Yankees after a 39-save season in 2014

He was solid in 2008, but he tore his ulnar collateral ligament in August, necessitating Tommy John surgery that sidelined him the rest of the season (they finished one game out of the wild card, losing on the season’s final day) and almost all of 2009. The Mets then made a deal with the Red Sox, netting back 2 minor leaguers. Wagner pitched 17 games with the Mets and Red Sox but did not have a save in the final year of his contract. When considering Papelbon’s performance strictly on the field, it’s hard to deny he was a successful signing for the Phillies, even though he never pitched a postseason inning with the club. The question is how successful he was when you consider that he signed the largest free-agent contract for a reliever at the time of his deal. Among relievers to pitch at least 150 innings from 2012-2016, the time Papelbon was pitching on his free agent […]

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Jeff Fisher says it was ‘hilarious’ when he couldn’t find his challenge flag

Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher couldn’t find his challenge flag in the third quarter of a 26-10 loss against the New England Patriots in Week 13. However, he eventually found the flag and won the challenge. Fisher explained why he couldn’t locate his flag. He explained that it was “hilarious,” via NESN.com. Johnson, who retired earlier this season after eight games with the Tennessee Titans, continued his tradition of taking children on a huge shopping spree. At Smith’s annual Christmas event, the children were given $200 Target gift cards while Papa John’s donated a pre-shopping pizza party for the children. Each child also received a gift bag, a Holiday Helpers T-shirt, and items from Target and the Ravens. A reminder, though: Even if Smith likes to play Santa Claus, he does not want St. Nick coming to his house. Last year, Smith asked for “a healthy Achilles” for Christmas, and he got his wish. The 37-year-old returned to […]

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the Raiders and Chiefs have played each other 25 times in the regular season in December or January

See what the latest playoff picture looks like and simulate your own playoff scenarios. Since 1973, the Raiders and Chiefs have played each other 25 times in the regular season in December or January. Only in that 1995 game has the division title been the prize. The rivalry lived on not only by some notable games between the teams, but through the stories of Bell and others involved. The Chiefs and Raiders over the years have asked former players to speak to the current team before games, and that helps keep the history alive. “We always have old players come in and talk to us and tell us how violent the games used to be and how physical they used to be,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. “That’s really the main thing that sticks out — how violent and physical the games were. They would always talk about that.” The last time Philip Rivers played in North Carolina was in […]

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‘Thursday Night Football’ rights in 2016 could be split among as many as 3 TV networks

The NFL is shopping the rights to Thursday Night Football and could split them up between two, or even three, television networks in 2016, according to John Ourand of SportsBusinessDaily. What is known for sure is that at least eight of the Thursday games have to be televised exclusively on NFL Network. As long as eight regular season games are televised exclusively on NFL Network, it is able to keep its affiliate rate for distributors above $1 and avoid a significant drop-off. But with the possibility of 17 Thursday Night Football games in 2016, that leaves nine games to be purchased by television networks and a looming bidding war between CBS, NBC and Fox. According to Ourand, the NFL is considering splitting its remaining nine television broadcasts up into three-game deals each for CBS, NBC and Fox. Ourand said cable networks like ESPN and Turner Sports have bowed out due to the smaller packages and one-year deals that the NFL […]

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