Bengals are a mess again, so no wonder A.J. Green snapped

Contrary to popular belief, A.J. Green did not wait until Jalen Ramsey’s shove in Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon to go off the deep end. He’s known for a while that what passes for a hot streak in Cincinnati is crumbling underneath him, and now he can’t do anything about it except to rage at the heavens … and at Ramsey’s neck and head.

Two weeks into the season, it was just Green’s words. Now it’s his probably suspendable act. Put together, they state the obvious the Bengals have one of the NFL’s most electric players, and they’re draining the life out of him.

The team on Monday drew nearly a thousand spectators as they held a groundbreaking ceremony on the Strip to kick off the construction of their new 65,000-seat domed stadium.

Among those in attendance were NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL owners Robert Kraft, Stan Kroenke and Dean Spanos. A number of former Raiders players, including Howie Long, Fred Biletnikoff, Jim Plunkett, Tom Flores and Cliff Branch, also made an appearance.

The event, which kicked off at 5 p.m. PT, also featured a tribute to the 58 victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting and recognized Las Vegas law enforcement and first responders for their efforts.

“It will be seen around the world as a reflection of the spirit of Las Vegas: a resilient city on the rise,” Goodell said, via NFL Media. “This is a very significant day in the franchise’s storied history and a tangible symbol of the team’s future in Las Vegas.”nike_patriots_4198

Seahawks vs. Cardinals: How to watch, live stream ‘Thursday Night Football’

“Thursday Night Football” in Week 10 is a chance for the Seahawks, 5-3 and coming off a frustrating loss at home, to keep pace with the Rams in the NFC West. Even on the road in a division tilt against the Cardinals, Seattle is favored by a touchdown for Thursday night’s game against Arizona.

Waiters followed with an air ball, but with help from a Hassan Whiteside tip-in with 1:10 remaining, the Heat stopped the Celtics’ win streak and maybe gave themselves a springboard win.

The Celtics, meanwhile, were reminded what losing feels like for the first time in 35 days.

“And you know what, to be dead honest with you, I think we exhaled, and it’s hard to recover from that. It will be a lesson that hopefully we all learned andprevent it from happening in the future.’’

NBC’s Sunday Night Football ratings have been going down each of the last two years and Michaels noted that himself. He said he doesn’t think the programming is in trouble, though.

“It’s number one and it’s getting bashed because the ratings are down,” Michaels said. “Two or three years ago, the ratings were so spectacular that there had to be a little bit of a diminishment at some point.”

The NFL has had advertisers complain in recent months about the coverage of the protest citing that it is hurting their business. Most notably Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter came out and said his business was losing money due to the diminishing popularity of the league.
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Jets’ Jeremy Kerley suspended four games without pay

Jeremy Kerley will be out for Week 10 just as he expected.

The Jets wide receiver has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy, the team announced Monday.

Kerley won’t be eligible to play again until the team’s Dec. 17 game against the Saints. As the team’s No. 3 receiver, his absence is a huge blow to the Jets’ offense.

Kerley, who turns 29 on Wednesday, was selected by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and returned to New York on a one-year deal in September after being released by the 49ers. He has 22 receptions for 217 yards with a touchdown and also returned 16 punts over the first eight games this season.

The Jets are scheduled to visit the Buccaneers at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

While the Wall Street Journal reports the six owners on the compensation committee, which is chaired by the Falcons’ Arthur Blank, said the special session on Dec. 13 had already been planned, ESPN.com reports the meeting was called in response to Jones’ request.

At the Dec. 13 session, the committee intends “to continue to work diligently to fulfill its mandate” to extend Goodell’s contract, a measure unanimously approved by NFL ownership in May, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Jones’ letter, meanwhile, the Cowboys owner wrote the “severe threats of retaliation” against him that “demonstrate the dysfunction of the current process.” Some owners have discussed stripping Jones’ ownership of his team.
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The craziness of Martinsville Speedway is just what NASCAR wanted.

The quotes are accurate, as heard among the showers of boos directed at Hamlin (a Virginia native!) and cheers toward Elliott after a final nine laps of madness that made sitting through the cold and overcast day worth it for the fans.

No driver should fear any penalties, as Elliott wrecked Hamlin on the cool-down lap. NASCAR wants chaos. It wants fans to gravitate toward the young drivers such as Elliott.

Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 8 a.m. for the London game, 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games, 2:30 p.m. ET for the late games and 7 p.m. ET for the Sunday night game.

I suspect this would have probably been an even more exciting fly out if it hadn’t been hit by Chase Headley, who, stats suggest, isn’t allowed to hit the juiced baseballs. Every time Headley bats, umps swap out all the balls with pre-2015 balls. Because of that, we didn’t assume a home run.

I think if I were advising Cam Newton, I’d tell him one thing: Answering questions you might think are beneath you twice a week for a total of 25 minutes is a very small price to pay to stay out of controversy. Be benign. Be fairly nice. Be there.

I think Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe should take a bow for this story on three cornerstone Patriots from the Robert Kraft season-ticket days of a half-century ago. Their later lives were badly tarnished by the effects of playing the game. “If you didn’t play hurt in those days, you weren’t a man,” said cornerback Daryl Johnson.

Rather, why would Tavares want to stay with the Islanders? Security is a lure, and if the Islanders are going to lock Tavares in, they need to make some assurances about their future. flames_018

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has been fickle about Hyde’s usage and whether he’s a good fit in the rushing attack.

At the same time, Shanahan and the team’s free-agency courting of Pryor indicates he’s still a good fit for another part of the offense.

He has spent most summers there since, skating in an annual charity game with local firefighters, many of whom Engelland would bring coffee and groceries to their union hall downtown. He and Melissa built a house on a half-acre, enrolled their oldest son in preschool, entrenched themselves among the 2 million-plus locals who call Las Vegas home. “It’s a big city,” he says, “but a very small community. If you don’t know someone, your best friend knows that person.”

When Phil Kessel got over the initial shock of being diagnosed with cancer and had surgery, he asked doctors, ”When can I play?”

When Jason Blake was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, he had the choice of taking a chemotherapy pill or having a bone marrow transplant that would cause him to miss a full season. He chose the pill and got back on the ice.

After his cancer diagnosis last month, New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle quickly turned his attention to playing hockey again. He will join a group of NHL players who played with cancer or after beating the disease, including Kessel, Blake, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux.

For example, Sabonis is currently 12th in the league with 18.2 rebounding chances per game. Keep an eye on his rate once Turner returns to gauge his real value. Meanwhile, the Knicks’ Enes Kanter is feasting on 20.7 such opportunities per game, fifth in the league and a measure of his promise as a top-60 prospect for the remainder of the season.canadiens_1405_2abb29f5736eb652-180x180

I know all my players by name now.

There’s now little doubt that the expansion draft set up the Golden Knights rather well, which is what a $500 million expansion fee and the necessity to attract fans in an emerging market will get you. Most teams protected seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, which allowed the Knights to compile a collection of quality defensemen and goaltenders and a few proven scorers buoyed by a group of players seeking the chance to show they are, too.

It was over when QB Wilton Speight went down with a back injury at Purdue. A week later, the Wolverines lost to Michigan State. Two weeks after that, they were blown out at Penn State. Now, they sit fourth in the Big Ten East.

I worry that this willingness to settle lowers his floor, as I’m not sold on him being an above-average marksman. That’s a major problem for a player who has yet to show much versatility in terms of rebounds or assists. He isn’t all that expensive tonight, so I expect your eye might naturally settle on him. Don’t make that mistake!

THE FINAL SAY: Ball flirted with triple-double numbers again, but his impact on this game was not what it has been in others.

The rookie has to keep taking — and has to start making — the perimeter shots opposing defenses are giving him. Until he can make 3s consistently, the Lakers will continue to go through roller-coaster stretches like they did Friday night when they went up 17 only to fall behind by double-digits in the fourth.

Pause. Slight chuckle, looking at the Chiefs’ front. “They don’t pressure here, do they? First time all game?” Carr calling signals from the shotgun. Safeties very wide, outside each hashmark. “It’s man-to-man. Two high guys [safeties].”canadiens_292_5233b912462bc83f-180x180

Zach Miller injury update: Bears TE’s artery stabilized

Vascular surgeons have stabilized the torn artery in Bears tight end Zach Miller’s left leg and he has a good pulse, but he’ll remain in New Orleans for some time because of the nature of the injury, Bears coach John Fox said Monday.

According to ESPN, which cited an unidentified source, doctors found that Miller’s popliteal artery was “shredded from above the knee joint to below the knee.” Earlier in the day, ESPN cited unidentified league and Bears sources in reporting that surgeons had been working to save Miller’s leg during emergency surgery late Sunday, although it’s unclear whether amputation was considered.

The Bears announced that team medical personnel would stay with Miller in New Orleans.

A player listed in the “starter” column is the most valuable tight end on his team in terms of fantasy value.

A player listed under “handcuff” should see increased fantasy value if the starter becomes injured or sees his role diminish.

The “value” column reflects the likely upside that player would have in standard leagues if he becomes a starter: TE1 (top 10), TE2 (11-20), flex (21-30), bench (worth adding to your bench as a flier), waivers (not worth adding as a free agent).

Jakob Silfverberg tied it with just under five minutes remaining in the third period for Anaheim. Ondrej Kase and Derek Grant scored in the first period.

“Obviously coming in were playing a team with a lot of speed up front,” Silfverberg said. “We got off to a good start, but we had a rough second period. We kept pushing and came back in the third. To see (Miller) come back and push as hard as he did was a big bonus for this group.”

Jeff Skinner, Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk scored to rally the Hurricanes from a 2-0 deficit in the opening period. Scott Darling stopped 22 shots.
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Dolphins coach Adam Gase says offense ‘can’t get any worse,’ expects Cutler back Nov. 5

In the aftermath of the Miami Dolphins’ 40-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night — the team’s worst shutout loss in 20 seasons — head coach Adam Gase had strong words for the offense.

“We’re the worst offense in football. It’s hard to go lower than that,” Gase said at his Friday news conference, and the numbers back him up. The Dolphins (4-3) rank last in the NFL with 252.4 yards per game.

Gase also said quarterback Jay Cutler will start Miami’s next game against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 5, and said Cutler “could have played” on Thursday.

It’s not clear what caused Lane to fail his physical. He began Sunday’s game against Houston as Seattle’s nickelback but was replaced by Justin Coleman after playing six snaps. Asked Monday about that move, coach Pete Carroll said Lane suffered a thigh bruise.

Lane had returned for Sunday’s game after missing two games and most of a third with a groin injury. He was listed as questionable heading into the Houston game because of that groin injury and also because of a more recent finger injury.

With Lane reverting back to Seattle and the team adding Brown, the Seahawks are one over the 53-man roster limit and might have to do more salary-cap maneuvering. The Seahawks on Tuesday reworked quarterback Russell Wilson’s contract to free up $4.17 million in cap space, a source confirmed to ESPN. That gave Seattle enough room to absorb Brown’s contract, which included a little less than $5 million for the remainder of 2017. But that was with the remainder of Lane’s salary — a little over $2 million — coming off Seattle’s books.
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BVB Star Christian Pulisic Repsonds in an Epic Way to Kid’s Heartwarming Puerto Rico Gesture

Christian Pulisic has responded in amazing fashion to a young fan who chose to raffle off his signed Borussia Dortmund shirt to help raise money for the victims of Puerto Rico.

The 19-year-old said in the clip on ussoccer.com: “I just want to say, I think it’s really amazing what you’re doing, giving up something that means a lot to you. Thank you very much for what you’re doing, I hope it’s going to help the people ofn Puerto Rico.”

Amazingly, Alex has already helped to raise over $3000 for UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fun as a result of his raffling off efforts.

Ahead of of the Milan Derby on Sunday evening, Icardi revealed to the Chinese press at Inter’s Suning training centre of his desire to reach 100 goals and more while playing for the Nerazzurri.

“I want to reach 100 goals in an Inter jersey, even if becoming the club’s all-time top scorer would be frankly difficult to achieve,” the Argentine forward told the press, as quoted in Football Italia.

Icardi is on-track for another double figures in goals this season, hopefully breaking his 100-goal record with the form his side are in.

“I want to reach 100 goals in an Inter jersey, even if becoming the club’s all-time top scorer would be frankly difficult to achieve,” the Argentine forward told the press, as quoted in Football Italia.

Later in the game, Suh jumped offside and shoved Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett, who had replaced Flacco, after the quarterback had already handed off the ball. After Mallett got in Suh’s face, Suh grabbed Mallett’s throat with his left hand and pushed him away.
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The Eagles had the best group touchdown celebration in the NFL this week

The Philadelphia Eagles played a complete game on Sunday in their 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Even the touchdown celebrations were top notch!

“The fact that he’s not definitely out, that’s obviously good news,” said Koetter, adding that Winston won’t attempt to throw until later in the week, if he throws at all.

The team will make a decision to determine if he can play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills later this week. The issue is more about pain tolerance than anything. Koetter said there is no risk of further injury.

“The way I understand it, he will be cleared medically to play,” Koetter said. “I know Jameis can handle a lot of pain — that’s not gonna be an issue — I think it’s going to be more of, ‘Does Jameis feel like he can play at the level he needs to play at?’ Obviously, the No. 1 thing in all of this is Jameis’ long-term health. That has to be the No. 1 thing.”

When the Panthers brought Peppers back, they were hopeful he would be able to fill a ‘veteran depth’ role on the defensive line while the young guys got the chance to have break out seasons. Instead, it is Peppers who is having another break out season and is reminding Panthers that this new guy in town might just be the same guy they drafted in 2002. I’d say the Panthers made a good decision to bring him back, wouldn’t you?

He’s second on the Bears in rushing yards (181), and he’s second on the team in receiving yards (150). He leads the Bears in both targets (29), and in receptions (24). He’s eighth in the league, and first among all rookies, in catches. Cohen is also Chicago’s primary punt returner.

He’s been used in the slot, on the wing, split out wide, and at running back. He’s the most electric playmaker that the Bears have had since Devin Hester.

Despite falling into the fourth round of this year’s draft, Lawson has easily been one of the best defensive rookies across the NFL.lakers_018