Cardinals’ David Johnson reportedly will have wrist surgery, miss 2-3 months

The Cardinals got the news they had feared about David Johnson’s dislocated wrist. The running back will have surgery this week and miss two to three months, ESPN reported Tuesday.

1. His full name is Sergio Alejandro Dipp Walther. He was born in Mexicali, Mexico, in 1988 and attended university in Monterrey, where he studied communications.

2. He began working in media in 2009 while he was still in university, and he joined ESPN Deportes in 2013. He covered the London Olympics in 2012 and the Packers-Steelers Super Bowl in 2011.

3. He was a football player himself. In Mexico. He was listed as a defensive lineman.

4. He covers the other football, too; the world’s football. One of his biggest coups as a reporter was getting an in-depth story with Mexican soccer star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in Germany. If you want to hear Dipp do work in his native language, check out this clip:

Coach Bruce Arians had hinted at that outcome and timeline Monday as the team awaited a second opinion, and another look merely ended up confirming the initial diagnosis. Johnson is headed to injured reserve with the hope that he’ll be able to return later this season, ESPN said.

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New company will let sports fans rent jerseys of their favorite teams for monthly fee

Sports fans may soon have access to all different kinds of jerseys in a way that’s never been possible before.

A new company called Rep The Squad will give fans the chance to rent a different jersey each week for a monthly subscription.

“When Rickey burst on the scene, it was just another indication to all of us baseball players — and there were a plethora of us around at that time — that thought, ‘Wow, Rickey’s there. We can do it too’,” said Roberts, who went to Skyline High. “Rickey was what we all dreamed of being someday.”

McGill, 24, has a court appearance scheduled for Oct. 24. The Browns were not aware McGill had been charged before they claimed him.

McGill spent the past two seasons with Indianapolis after entering the NFL in 2015 with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. The former NC State player appeared in 25 games with the Colts, recording 17 tackles and five sacks.

The Charlotte Observer reported McGill was spotted by a law enforcement official with “a small amount” of marijuana in Charlotte on Saturday.

The teams in this tier are also imperfect. They’ve got one unit that has No.-1-in-the-league upside and one that might do well to finish around the league average. As that Bucs team showed us, though, that might be enough to do the job.

Joyner: The Jaguars face Houston, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and the Rams in four of their first six games. Blake Bortles could implode in all four of those tough matchups, but all it will take is one abysmal performance for Jacksonville to put an end to the Bortles era.raptors_140

Bill Belichick has some very good advice about training camp

Training camps are underway around the NFL, and it’s everybody’s first true football fix since the Super Bowl in February. While it feels like a monumental milestone, Bill Belichick wants to remind you that what you’re seeing now doesn’t mean as much as you might think it does.

On Friday, Belichick — who is usually short-winded with his answers (except when it involves actual football) — delivered a long speech on why the early parts of camp don’t really matter.

Kaepernick has said that he won’t continue his national anthem protest this year. And he’s working with a trainer to make sure he’s in game shape. He has more experience and has achieved more in this league than quarterbacks like Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer, and Nick Foles, who are all on rosters right now.

The fear of fan backlash is a flimsy excuse. Kaepernick’s officially licensed merchandise sales demonstrate that he has plenty of fan support.

The most common working theory for Kaepernick’s continued unemployment is that he’s being blackballed by owners who fear a negative fan response to his national anthem protests. Giants owner John Mara, who was slow to cut kicker Josh Brown despite a known history of domestic violence, claimed there was an outpouring of fan anger about last year’s national anthem protests like he had never seen.

“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara said, via the MMQB. “If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot.”
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Amar’e Stoudemire says he’d ‘shower across the street’ if he had a gay teammate

Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire may receive some backlash for the homophobic comments he made Tuesday.

The 34-year-old, who is playing professional basketball in Israel, was asked by Walla Sport whether he would have a problem with a gay teammate.

“I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner,” Stoudemire said.

“And I’m going to drive [and] take a different route to the gym.”

When asked by a reporter whether he really meant what he said, Stoudemire replied, “There’s always a truth within a joke.”

Celtics: Given this accepted trade, it’s clear the asset-rich Celtics just decided to not go after Cousins. They could have easily topped this offer. Some fans in Boston will not be pleased by that, but the opportunity cost going after Cousins at the expense of another star is real for them. Also, the fit with Al Horford raises more questions than the one with Davis. Overall, that one makes sense.

Warriors: It wouldn’t surprise to see the Warriors be aggressive on the buyout market for a big man. It was likely something they were going to look into anyway, but a potential first-round date against Cousins and Davis could raise some eyebrows for them matchup-wise, even if it’s still probably not enough to get the job done.

Rodriguez, 31, was the EuroLeague MVP in 2014 and helped Real Madrid win the EuroLeague title in 2015. He also has been a staple on the Spanish national team, which won bronze at the Rio Olympics.

He came back stateside in 2016-17, averaging 7.8 points and 5.1 assists for the 76ers. saints_015-223x223

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra remembers the practice well.

“That’s what we need him to do,” star guard Isaiah Thomas said. “He’s a hell of a player. Even the stat sheet doesn’t explain how good of a player he is sometimes where he’s not scoring or rebounding, he’s doing a lot of things to help out everybody else on this team whether he helps on defense, whether that be making the right play on offense, he’s a complete basketball player. When he plays like he did tonight, especially in the second half, nine times out of 10 we usually win those games.”

If Horford had his faults during the regular season, he is playing past them now. He is one of the few players on the Celtics’ roster with extensive playoff experience; he reached the conference finals two years ago and was part of a Hawks team that beat the Celtics last year to advance to the second round.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra remembers the practice well. It was after a loss against the Bucks on Jan. 13, dropping Miami to at 11-30 overall, and the team had four days before its game versus the surging Rockets.

Sputtering a bit down the stretch, San Antonio lost four out of its last five, including three straight. It seems like age is finally going to take its toll on this team every year, yet every year the Spurs are contenders.

Kawhi Leonard took another step toward stardom this season by averaging 25.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. LaMarcus Aldridge (17.3 ppg) struggled at times, but he is rounding back into form at the right time.

The Grizzlies have not fared any better as of late. They enter the playoffs having lost five of six. The three-headed attack of Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol lost its bite a bit this season. Memphis, however, is very deep.
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NFL is all set to ease up on celebration penalties, but still no twerking

The NFL is going to ease up on celebration penalties … finally. Roger Goodell released a letter that announced group celebrations, going to the ground, using the ball as a prop, etc., will now be allowed.

But they’re not going to completely surrender their reputation as the No Fun League. Anything with a little too much sexiness is still going to be verboten, stuff like twerking, hip thrusting, crotch grabbing, etc. Also banned still is anything involving a player mimicking a weapon (no bow-and-arrow shoots) or “prolonged” celebrations (gotta keep that clock moving). According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, dunking on the goal post is still a penalty as well.

Gronkowski is also known for his bro personality off the field: He has his own party cruise, he chugged beers “for the fans” at the Patriots’ victory parade, and he loves the number 69.

But on the field, he’s different. Last September, head coach Bill Belichick told MMQB that his tight end “is a versatile athlete, but he’s also a versatile guy mentally.

“He can handle a lot of different assignments. Some guys can’t. Either they mentally can’t do it, or it’s just too much and their game slows down. They don’t play to the same skill set you see athletically because they’re thinking too much. That’s not the case with Rob.”

He already registered 405 catches for 6,095 yards and 69 touchdowns in his career and has proved to be one of the best tight ends in the league. The only question surrounding him is if he can stay healthy.yankees_1262_259d48285ca0447b-180x180

Kuchar spun his tee shot on the par-3 16th directly into the cup.

Matt Kuchar made the first hole-in-one of the Masters on Sunday evening, shortly after 5 p.m. ET. Kuchar’s ace came on the par-3 16th hole Augusta National Golf Club.

CBS’ Verne Lundquist said it was the 18th ace in Masters history. The 16th hole is playing at 170 yards this week. It’s been among the easier holes on the course, with 40 birdies made there in competition so far. But nobody had aced it — or any other hole on the course — until Kuchar knocked his tee shot in on Sunday.

Kudos to these two fans who brought it to the seventh inning of Friday night’s Twins vs. White Sox game and kept us on the edge of our seats.

In the video, the guy on the right had the clear advantage: He finished his beverage first, and he had a lighter touch on each of his flips. Better technique and fundamentals are usually key.

But, man, the guy on the left just steamrolled him in the greatest comeback since J.K. Rowling’s perfect response to someone telling her they want to burn her books. And he did it with one eye on his opponent!

After flip cup, they kept their antics going into the bottom of the eighth. In addition to that, a simulcast of the television coverage will always be available at NBC Sports Live, though it may require login credentials from a cable or satellite provider. Either way, you’re totally covered trying to watch the races in the United States.
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NFL odds and lines, Week 12: Titans vs. Raiders 2017

Despite sitting with 4-6 records, the Raiders and Titans are still in the thick of the AFC playoff race. Both teams are one game back in the wild card chase and the winner on Sunday could be tied for the No. 6 seed. The oddsmakers give Oakland a slight edge with the Raiders a 1.5-point favorite in the opening line, according to OddsShark.com.

Our experts at SBNation.com have a 4-2 split going in favor of the Texans, with Ryan Van Bibber and Stephen White rolling deep with Jacksonville. At ESPN.com, only Mike DItka believes the Jaguars will win out of the network’s 13-man panel.

Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News is a believer in Houston, while five of the eight men of CBSSports.com have Jacksonville covering the 10.5-point spread, but only Ryan Wilson has it winning.

The good news is that Adrian Peterson is going to play in this one. The bad news is that Christian Ponder is going to play too, so is Scott Tolzien, the Packers backup quarterback. Adrian Peterson almost single-handedly beat the Packers last season, rushing for a 199 yards and one touchdown (plus a receiving touchdown) in a Week 17 win.

Green Bay is the better team, quarterbacks being a push in this case. But are you really confident enough in the Packers without Aaron Rodgers to win by five points?

Quarterback issues remain a common problem in Cleveland, but the Browns failed on Sunday largely because they couldn’t win the turnover battle. The depth of the team needs to be overhauled, and it’s something that will happen slowly over time. Blocked punts for touchdowns and fumbles are products of a team that needs more experience, as it’s often easy to overlook how young this team is.
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Davis made an impact right away as a safety

Darron Lee, LB (RS sophomore): Lee exploded onto the scene in 2014 to become Ohio State’s most consistent playmaker on defense. Lee is in the Ryan Shazier/Shaq Thompson mold, one who can excel in multiple areas from the linebacker position. He excels in coverage and rushing the passer, and is solid against the run. If Lee builds on his 2014 campaign, he will be one of the most feared linebackers in the country and a first-round selection if he decides to leave Columbus.

Brad Craddock, K (senior): The senior kicker from Australia won the Groza Award last year and has made tremendous growth after struggling with short kicks and extra points his first year. He worked with Matt Stover, which is where his growth started, and now he might be Maryland’s best player.

Sean Davis, CB (senior): Great athlete from a small DC high school. Davis made an impact right away as a safety, starting a few games as a true freshman and then holding down a starting job ever since. He switched to cornerback midway through last year and thrived, and he helps make one of the best secondaries in the conference. Physical player with good instincts.

Martellus Bennett, CHI
As originally pointed out by @RMSummerlin, Bennett’s production relies heavily on the first three weeks of the season. Since leaving the Dallas Cowboys in 2012, 32 percent of Bennett’s fantasy points have been scored between Weeks 1-3. If that weren’t enough, an astonishing 10 of his 12 touchdowns (83 percent!!!) the past three years have also been scored during the first three weeks of the season. In other words, cash in and sell high before he becomes just another bust.

Julius Thomas, JAX
The Jacksonville Jaguars big free agency addition has gotten off to an inauspicious start. Thomas suffered a fracture to the back of his hand, and will miss the rest of the preseason. He was already worth a downgrade based on his new team, but missing the preseason does not help him establish chemistry with Blake Bortles. He is still likely to put up solid numbers, but do not expect anything near what we saw with Peyton Manning.

Bills GM Doug Whaley says he had no idea Rex Ryan was in danger of losing job

It looks like Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley will keep his job with the organization, but his press conference Monday sent a message that he isn’t very tuned in to the team’s decision-making process.

“I wasn’t privy to any part of Rex Ryan being fired until I was told by [Bills owner] Terry Pegula,” Whaley told reporters. “We usually have those discussions at the year-end evaluation along with all the players, all our staff, all my staff. I wasn’t privy to that conversation so I can’t answer that.”

SB Nation’s Thomas George reported that Rex Ryan asked ownership that, if the plan was to fire him, to do it as soon as possible rather than wait until after the season. But the ownership’s choice to make that decision while leaving the team’s general manager entirely in the dark seems baffling.

Peterson is due to receive a $6 million roster bonus in March and receive an $11.75 million base salary in 2017. The Vikings have until Feb. 5 to decide if they will pick up his 2017 salary or avoid the $18 million cap hit.

“I’ve been taking in a lot here the past couple weeks, and just the fans here,” Peterson said, via Vikings.com. “I’ve been here for 10 years, and we have a great team. We have some great things going on in Minnesota. I would love to continue to be a part of that.

“I’m going into this thinking about my guys and wanting to be back with my guys. [I realize] that at the end of the day, it is a business, so I always just let the chips fall where they may. But I would love to finish my career here and try to help bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota.”

Peterson was the No. 7 overall selection in the 2007 NFL draft and has 11,747 career rushing yards with the Vikings along with 97 rushing touchdowns. With 253 more rushing yards, he would become the 16th player in NFL history to reach 12,000 yards and he needs three more rushing touchdowns to become the ninth player to reach 100.