Newton said all the right things, and they appeared heart-felt.

One: Why’d it take him 30 hours to apologize—and, to a lesser degree, why didn’t he include the reporter in his apology? The fact that he took 30 hours to say he was sorry is concerning. Did it take him longer than a day to realize he was wrong? Or did he know he was wrong and simply took time to do something well thought-out? Two: It makes no sense right now to say, Great apology. We’re all good. This is now a wait-and-see thing, But it’s his actions now that will speak for him.

We can’t take steps backwards as we prepare collectively and obviously with him in terms of his physical health, he said.

Brown has been out since Week 15 when he suffered a partially torn calf muscle against the Patriots.

As for the Bortles, Jaguars brass ultimately faces a tougher decision on what is an even costlier enigma under center.

There is no question Bortles made marked improvement in his fourth NFL campaign, especially when it comes to avoiding turnovers. Is that enough on its own to collect the $19.1 million salary he’s set to earn next season? Not when Bortles followed his erratic December by gaining more yards rushing (88) than passing (87) in his first career playoff game.

Brady, Belichick and Kraft have raised expectations and possibilities so high that virtually no other team in the Super Bowl era could truly comprehend what it’s like to be them. Brady and Belichick weren’t only pushing the boundaries of what a team could accomplish. They also were challenging basic understandings of how a group of high achievers escape the usual pulls of ego and pride. For 17 years, the Patriots have withstood everything the NFL and opponents could throw their way, knowing that if they were united, nobody could touch them. Now they’re threatening to come undone the only way possible: from within.

NFL Media reported earlier this week Gruden already has plans to hire Rams quarterbacks coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator, Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther for the same role in Oakland, and Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator.

Gruden was traded to the Buccaneers and won the Super Bowl in his first season, beating the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. Gruden spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was fired following the 2008 season after a 9-7 season. He compiled a 57-55 record in Tampa and has worked for ESPN since 2009. patriots_109_d4eb85f127580337-180x180

Travis Kelce ruled out of Chiefs’ game vs. Titans with a concussion

Travis Kelce left the Chiefs’ game against the Titans after taking a hit to the head on a second down late in the first half. Kelce was wobbly getting up and had to be held up by some of his teammates.

Demetrius Harris will be getting more time as Kelce is evaluated, and played in 16 games this season. He had 18 receptions for 224 yards and a touchdown on the season.

Quarterback Blake Bortles has been good on the ground for the Jaguars last week and through the first half this Sunday against the Steelers, but Jacksonville will be glad to have Fournette back.

Funny word choice, there. As a senior at Minnesota State, Thielen began paying weekly visits to sports psychologist Cindra Kamphoff, who eventually led him to the concept of flow state: essentially, the elusive feeling of peak mental and physical performance. Kamphoff asked Thielen to picture himself in flow. What does that look like? How does it feel? Then she had him pick a name for when he reaches that point. Some clients call this “killer instinct” or “unstoppable,” Kamphoff explains. Others might see themselves as an animal, like a shark. Thielen settled on another creature.

Burns has since had trouble sleeping. He prays for his teammate, thanks God for Thomas’s track scholarship to Miami and questions whether he even wants Jordan—a linebacker, like Shazier—to play football. Rallying around Shazier has been easy. Reconciling what happened to him has been infinitely more complex.

Darnold joined USC as a four-star recruit. He sat out the 2015 season as a redshirt freshman and started 2016 as a backup before taking over for Max Browne after the Trojans started off 1-2. From there, Darnold had an explosive sophomore year, throwing for 3,086 yards, 31 touchdowns, and just nine interceptions. He rallied the Trojans to a 10-3 finish and a huge Rose Bowl win over Penn State.

After that breakout season, Darnold went into 2017 as a Heisman contender with tons of hype. He took a slight step back, throwing 13 interceptions in 14 games as USC couldn’t make the College Football Playoff, but the Trojans still won the Pac-12 championship. Darnold’s college career ended on a sour note, getting swallowed up by the Ohio State defense in a 24-7 Cotton Bowl loss.

Watching Altuve at bat is like watching a gymnast spinning and dismounting off the uneven bars and sticking the landing, or in this case, squaring up the baseball. It’s a symphony of precision and violent speed.patriots_093_d3ab648e5c36960a-180x180

NFL playoffs 2018: Conference championship odds, point spreads

Underdogs are either 7-1 or 6-2 against the point spread in the 2018 NFL playoffs, depending on what spread bettors got in the Saints-Vikings game. The Patriots were the only favorite to cover handily. They routed the Titans in the AFC divisional round Saturday as a 14-point favorite.

Even though the weather in Philadelphia is expected to be excellent for the game (partly cloudy, high of 53 degrees, temps in the 40s during the game), the over-under is low at 38. The Falcons and Eagles combined for 25 points in their game, while the Saints and Vikings combined for 53 in Minnesota’s domed stadium.

After taking a hard fourth-quarter sack Sunday, Newton was helped to his feet but dropped to turf before reaching the sideline.

Newton missed only one offensive play after he was evaluated in the medical tent on the Panthers sideline and cleared to play.

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Sports become meaningful only when there is a bond between team and town that fortifies both. That bond for Altuve intensified on Sept. 1, the first day the Astros returned home after Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas. The greatest rainfall event in the history of the mainland U.S. dumped up to 60 inches over a four-day period, could end up costing close to $200 billion in damage and displaced more than 30,000 people from their homes, many of which were destroyed. About 10,000 of the displaced wound up downtown at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which was pressed into duty as a shelter. It is just two blocks from Minute Maid Park, the Astros’ home field.

With no game that day, Altuve, along with 15 teammates and staff members, visited the makeshift shelter. He wore a black T-shirt and gray pants. He had already pledged $30,000 to recovery efforts, and arranged for $25,000 worth of shoes from one of his sponsors to reach families in need.

Hurricane Harvey was nature’s cruel roulette wheel. Winning or losing was a matter of luck. Its torrents of rain and winds up to 130 mph spared some homes, such as the Altuves’, and ruined others. Moving among the unluckiest at the shelter and hearing their stories, as well as seeing information tables with signs taped to walls such as missing persons and free legal advice, Altuve felt a sense of purpose he hadn’t before, and this from a 27-year-old man who had fought his whole professional life to prove himself worthy.

I think I have two or three more good years in me, said Bryant, a father of seven who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. The way I’ve been performing this year, I think it’s a good sign of that as well.

And as big as the Hollywood sign north of the Los Angeles Coliseum, where Bryant’s latest heroics transpired.


NFL playoffs: Probabilities to win each divisional-round game on road to Super Bowl 52

The 2018 NFL playoffs got off to a wild start when the Tennessee Titans upset the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday to kick off wild-card weekend. The Atlanta Falcons then upset the L.A. Rams at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, even though AccuScore predicted that to be the tightest game of wild-card weekend.

A pair of handoffs to Kamara had the Saints in the end zone as the Saints took a 31-19 lead with 5:08 remaining.

Even though his son Lonzo was still six weeks away from being drafted, LaVar Ball wasted no time staking his claim as the NBA’s biggest disruptor. The outspoken entrepreneur and trainer made headlines for outlandish comments all year long, including: the “Stay in Yo Lane” controversy with a female media member, his spat with the president over China, and his plans for his own minor league to compete with the NCAA. However, the biggest power move from the head of Big Baller Brand came during the playoffs, when Ball unveiled his son’s “ZO2 Prime” signature sneakers, an independently created and marketed shoe that was sold online for $495.

Predictably, the “ZO2 Prime” prompted a swift backlash, given that it cost more than the signature sneakers for LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry combined. Skeptics rushed to question whether Ball could turn a profit on the venture, and critics wondered whether Lonzo would have been better served by signing a seven-figure guaranteed contract with a sneaker powerhouse like Nike or Adidas. Was Ball helping, hurting or exploiting his son? Ball doubled down, of course, earning respect and praise from some athletes who admired his outside-the-box thinking and self-empowered focus.

Local Kansas City news affiliate KMBC 9 was not ready for that, however, and instead ran the following, which read, “CHIEFS KINGDOM CELEBRATES WIN”:

“It’s not arguing,” Minkah Sr. corrects her with a grin. “It’s intense fellowship.”

But first: that ring. If Fitzpatrick gets his second in three years, if he leads Alabama to another national title, if he helps Saban tie Bear Bryant as the most decorated college football coach in history, with a sixth? Harris laughs. “If we win,” he says, “Minkah will give everybody hugs, he’ll be smiling—but as soon as he gets out of that locker room, he’ll be watching film, trying to find out what he did wrong.”

The play would be reviewed, but it was a clear fumble that was recovered by the Falcons. It was a poor decision by the punt returner, who could have simply called for a fair catch and stepped up to the football.

On the following play, Mohamed Sanu was attempting to catch a pass in the end zone and took a hit to the head. The Eagles were penalized on the play, giving the Falcons a first-and-goal from the 9-yard line.

The rest of the drive wasn’t pretty, but the Falcons ended it with a flip/skyhook/dump touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Devonta Freeman:

The score gave the Falcons a 10-6 lead.

What does it all meanI think six or eight of those men have a chance to be excellent general managers.

And this will be a plum job, a great job. In the last four decades, there have been three Giants’ general managers. George Young lorded over two Super Bowl winners, as did Jerry Reese. Accorsi presided over a consistent winner and an NFC champion. The GM will have the resources to succeed. That’s why so many men will be aggressively pursuing this job.

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Olson championed states’ rights in arguing for a result that would allow New Jersey—and the states poised to join them—to implement their own law irrespective of the federal government’s existing statute. While sports betting is the issue at hand, it could apply to other issues as well.

On the opposing side, the leagues, for whom cost is certainly no object, brought in the best in Paul Clement.; rather the law merely provides a regulatory framework for states and individuals alike. Clement brought up several cases and situations in which Congress had similarly restricted state behavior.

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The team was playing its fourth game of the season at West Clermont Middle School when parents of the opposing team noticed what was on the jerseys.

The Kings Rec Basketball 7-12 team wore jerseys with the nickname “Wet Dream Team” on the front, and on the back of the jerseys, players had offensive terms such as “Knee Grow” and “Coon”.

A representative from the West Clermont team spoke with officials before the start of the second quarter and the game was called, according to Chris Mayhew of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Seahawks Healthier Than Rams Right Excluding players already placed on the injured reserve, the Seattle roster looks fairly healthy despite the short week of preparation for a Thursday night game.There’s no need to be afraid of making a mistake, everybody makes mistakes.Devonta went to Miami Central High School West Little River, .Slaughter is one of 10 St.Although he would fill a need as he is a pass-rushing presence on the inside of the line, I ‘t see the Redskins biting at the $17 million per year price tag that he should command on the open market.NFL offenses attack this to death until can prove worthy off- looks.

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Coutinho spent five years at Anfield, having joined the club from Inter Milan in 2013. His time at the Merseyside club saw him develop into one of the most fearsome attackers in England, and his departure will certainly leave the Reds with work to do in terms of finding a replacement.

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It’s unlikely Washington would have had interest him.Archer was chosen the fifth round of the 2006 draft by the Indians.

When former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo approached co-owner John Mara about a quarterback evaluation plan a few weeks back, Mara’s main criticism of the idea was McAdoo’s insistence on starting Eli Manning but benching him at the half.

If Mara had intervened, he said Monday, he would have asked McAdoo to make the cutoff less rigid. In Mara’s optimistic mind, Manning would have played well enough to make it impossible to sit him. After all, the goal was to win games.

A more free-flowing approach may have saved the Giants from the outpouring of fan vitriol, but now leaves them where they ended up this week—reportedly reversing the decision to bench Manning. While Mara insisted that interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo would have control over who starts under center for the team’s remaining four games, the cannon fire backlash on talk radio and social media over the past few days has all but ensured that fan security blanket Eli Manning will play out the string this season while rookie Davis Webb holds over into 2018 as a mystery for the team’s incoming general manager.

I was against benching Manning initially, in part because it demonstrated a lack of situational awareness by McAdoo and invited unnecessary heat onto an organization that didn’t realize how much equity it had lost to the fan base. But after the Band-Aid was pulled and the wound was displayed for all to see, smashing it back on with no adhesive seems like one of the worst, kowtowing decisions the franchise could make right now. Here’s why:

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But 2017, Jenkins has a $7 million cap hit and he’s nearing 30, while Cooks is just 23 and might have the best football of his career ahead of him.Please Note: All auctions are conducted U.S Funds.Panthers 19.However, speed is back vogue as Crennel tries for head-coaching success the NFL his second go-around.He made a lot of plays and was the impact player for the Rams.Can you imagine if two straight seasons ended on failed two-point conversions?

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For the first time since 2003, the Bengals next season will have a head coach not named Marvin Lewis.

The 59-year-old has decided to step down from the position after the 2017 season and move on to other opportunities, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday.

How will Cincinnati officials attempt to replace the coach who had the second-longest tenure in the NFL behind Bill Belichick, following a second straight season without an AFC playoff berth?

Guenther, 46, has been Lewis’ right-hand man in terms of scheming one of the toughest, most consistent units when it’s healthy. He’s about due for his chance to run an entire team, and his promotion is the most likely outcome for an organization not known for doing anything radical. That said, Guenther can do a fine job and keep up the strengths of the team while they try to find better offensive solutions.

How hard would the Bengals go after the former Broncos head coach for his second chance away from Belichick? That’s the bigger question here, as McDaniels, still only 41 and a Canton, Ohio, native, would be exactly what Cincinnati needs to wake up its offense and catch up with the rest of the AFC powers who are pulling away from them — led by the rival Steelers. McDaniels has gotten the better of Mike Tomlin’s staff too many times for the Bengals to ignore.

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He’ll be asked to do plenty of that against Clemson and whoever Alabama would play if it wins.

It’s certainly true that the excitement level and the intensity of the games take a big step up when the schedule moves from preseason to regular season. Well, there’s another quantum leap come playoff time, even for teams such as New England, which are used to postseason pressure. But the Patriots never get caught up in the happy-to-be-there mentality that can creep in for others.

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I’m going to continue to do everything in my power to get the best coaches and staff in place to make this city proud, Pace said Monday in his press conference. I understand the results on the field are also a result of me and I have to do a better job.

And if he can make some plays in short-area, underneath coverage as a pass defender an area where he’s good, not great it may make the difference against the versatile Clemson passing attack.

Bills fans were so enthused that they began flooding Dalton’s foundation, the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation, with donations.

According to Dalton, most of the donation amounts were $17, which represents the 17 seasons the Bills have not been to the playoffs.

We’re appreciative of that. Obviously they’re helping out a good cause. It’s been pretty fun to see the reaction we’ve gotten, Dalton said.astros_034

49ers GM wants to sign Jimmy Garoppolo for ‘long, long time’

49ers GM John Lynch sounds like he’s already made up his mind about the team’s plans for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo

“Look, we want Jimmy to be a Niner for a long, long time,” Lynch said. “That process is going to take place here. We’re eager to get that done, to have the opportunity. But I think one thing that we really believe is that those things should take place between us and his representatives and not occur and transpire in the public.

“And that’s the way we’re going to treat that. But you guys have our assurances and, the fans, too, that we’d like nothing more than to make him a Niner for long, long time.”

Garoppolo’s outstanding play for the 49ers undoubtedly earned him millions of extra dollars on his next contract, be it with the 49ers or another team. The 26-year-old QB, acquired from the Patriots on Oct. 31 for a second-round pick in 2018, averaged 308 yards in those five starts, with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Going back to his two starts for the Patriots during Tom Brady’s suspension in 2016, he is 7-0 as a starting NFL quarterback.

Lewis, who will coach his 16th season with the Bengals in 2018, is the winningest coach in Bengals history with 125 career victories, which ranks 26th all-time in NFL history and fourth among active coaches.

“For me, that time is now. For 15 years I’ve been able to play quarterback in the NFL, and it’s been the most incredible experience in my life. There wasn’t one second that I took for granted or failed to appreciate what a tremendous privilege it is.”

The Bengals selected Palmer first overall in the 2003 NFL Draft after he’d won the Heisman Trophy at USC. Palmer then spent eight seasons with the Bengals before a short stint with the Raiders. In 2013, Palmer moved to Arizona to play his final five seasons with the Cardinals.