The Houston Texans are 3-2 with Deshaun Watson as their starter, with those losses by one score each to the defending champion Patriots and 5-1 Chiefs. He’s on pace to set a new rookie passing touchdowns record. The former Clemson star has a real shot at Rookie of the Year, the only QB who can say that.
And college football fans are taking a victory lap about all of it. Search Twitter every time he scores, and you’ll find someone who’s not even a Clemson fan bragging about knowing all along. I mean, Dabo Swinney called him Michael Jordan before the draft, which is a step beyond the usual expression of confidence in a former player, even for Dabo.
Heading into the Titans’ Week 5 matchup against the Miami Dolphins, Mariota was limited in practice for the entire week. But Murlarkey decided to keep Mariota on the sidelines. Cassel was named the starter, and the Titans signed Brandon Weeden to serve as the backup. Miami won 16-10, and Cassel threw for 141 yards and a touchdown — and he was sacked six times.
Both sacks that came from Penn’s side of the field were on blitzes. At least part of the blame for that falls on quarterback EJ Manuel for not adjusting protections. But the fans don’t see that. They only see Penn letting a man go by him unblocked.
The outrage wasn’t limited to social media. A few fans waited outside the player parking and heckled Penn as he came out to his car after the game, yelling profanities which included misplaced aggression over the 2-year, $21 million extension he signed early this season.
Barkley, he says, is a different runner. But he sees some similarities, and that’s certainly high praise. Bell, coincidentally, is coming off his own big weekend with 179 rushing yards and a touchdown in the Steelers’ win over the Chiefs.
The refs blew it on Sunday when they missed a clear fumble by Rams wide receiver Robert Woods. The Jaguars recovered, but the play was blown dead.
Both the NFL and NFLPA argued before the three-judge panel in New Orleans. The NFL is asking the court to throw out the stay that’s put Elliott’s suspension on hold. There will be no decision Monday, but one is expected soon:
Zeke Elliott hearing is over. There will not be a ruling today although both sides agreed to an expedited decision.
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On Sunday, he used a karate chop to force a fumble against the Rams.
If that looks familiar, your memory is good! Thomas did the exact same thing against the exact same team three years ago.
Thomas’ season ended early last year due to a broken leg, but it’s good to see him come back and be the same player we’ve enjoyed over the years.
What she told police: In the police report, the alleged victim said Elliott threw her against a wall at his apartment after she returned from a night out and told her she was lucky that he has not killed her yet.
In her written statement, Elliott’s accuser said he choked her, smacked her face, and called her his puppy dog. She said he also apologized and called it tough love, but said it wouldn’t happen again.
With Adam Benigni accepting the role as co-anchor of Daybreak on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) effective at the start of 2018, the focus shifts to the future of sportscaster Jonah Javad.
Javad has been doing Benigni’s duties as sports director for several months and is assumed to have the job permanently if he wants it.
The key words are if he wants it.
In a Twitter message exchange, Javad wouldn’t directly answer if he wants it or if he has an out-of-town job offer.
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Even if Javad has an offer to consider, it would seem to be unlikely that he would leave during the upcoming November sweeps or any time soon.
Some people in local television who didn’t initially plan to make Buffalo their last career stop have stayed here after having a relationship with someone here. Javad has been dating WIVB-TV anchor Nalina Shapiro for more than a year. It isn’t a secret, but I generally include such personal information only when it is relevant to what people see on TV or to broadcaster’s careers.
Michal Rozsival Kids Jersey Asked if his personal life is in the equation as he considers his options as some people suspect it might, Javad responded: My personal life is not relevant to this decision. My family and friends support me no matter what.
ESPN’s Doris Burke will work a full season as a national television analyst. Her first regular season assignment comes Friday with the Warriors-Pelicans at 9:30 p.m. ET. She’ll work alongside gamecaller Ryan Ruocco and reporter Israel Gutierrez.
The boards at T-Mobile Arena were wiped of advertising; instead, the words #VegasStrong were printed around the rink. Many billboards leading into the resort city have been painted black with similar messages. The Knights and their opponents, the Arizona Coyotes, both wore decals honoring victims.
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Knights staffers had conducted a run-through of the pregame ceremonies on Monday, and according to Vegas coach Gerard Gallant, even that got emotional.
Brandon Saad also scored for Chicago (3-0-1), which was coming off an overtime loss Monday night in Toronto.
Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal (1-3-0) when he picked off a Ryan Hartman pass in the Blackhawks zone, wheeled and scored on a wrist shot inside the near post 1:15 into the game.
Patrick Sharp intercepted a Jordie Benn clearing attempt and fed DeBrincat for a one-timer goal at 17:53. Only 19 seconds later, Saad got this fifth goal of the season on a tap-in while finishing a three-man rush with Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik.
Milano scored midway through the third period before Jeff Skinner tied it late in regulation with Carolina’s net empty. Sergei Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie, made 37 saves for Columbus.
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I mean, sure. It’s the East. The capped-out Pistons couldn’t solve the structural problems that ruined what was supposed to be a rising team. They are Team Funhouse Mirror: they play offense the way Stan Van Gundy forces his opponents to play offense — tons of midrange jumpers, zippo shots at the rim, and the 3-point volume of a Sam Mitchell team stuck in 2005.
Two weeks earlier, the Dodgers and their manager, Don Mattingly, agreed to part ways after five seasons and three straight first-place finishes. Mattingly was old school, the front office was new school, and it was time to move on. They had a few candidates for the job, but Gabe Kapler, their director of player development, was considered the front-runner.
When three managerial openings were filled by white males on a single day, Oct. 29, leaving only the one vacancy at Dodger Stadium and no African-American managers anywhere else, it was hard not to draw conclusions. But then the Washington Nationals decided to go with Dusty Baker after their deal with Bud Black fell through. And Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi talked with Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto about the candidate who lost out to Scott Servais for the manager job there: Dave Roberts.
“Jerry had great things to say about Dave,” Zaidi says. “But it was a lot more than his recommendation. We were looking for someone who could fit into our culture, who could manage a game and a clubhouse, who could keep an open mind and think on his feet.”
“I was a little nervous,” Roberts says. “I mean, I’m being interviewed to be the manager of the Dodgers. Tricia told me, ‘Just be yourself. You’ll be fine.'”
He can hound the best opposing wing, and kick Wiggins and Towns in the ass when they get lazy. Those two will improve with reps; Thibodeau will bellow until they do.
Butler became a well-rounded star on offense last season, and Towns has the potential to be the most versatile scoring big man ever — and the second, after Dirk Nowitzki, to join the exalted 50-40-90 club. You don’t want your monster big hanging around the perimeter too much, but Towns’ willingness to float there — and yield the interior to Butler and Wiggins — will help Thibodeau mesh ill-fitting personnel.
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The Dodgers have been winning because of time-honored fundamentals, hard work and a team-first mentality, but also because of a cutting edge emphasis on analytics, video study and clubhouse dynamics — a blend of the old school with the new age. They’re not afraid to look to the fresh faces at the top of the order — Chris Taylor, Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger — and they appreciate the value of veterans such as Justin Turner, Chase Utley, Adrian Gonzalez and Rich Hill.
Bridging the generation gap is a 45-year-old father of two who is married to his high school sweetheart, a history major at the alma mater of Jackie Robinson, a small but speedy outfielder who came up memorably big for another storied franchise 13 years ago, a part-time vintner (Red Stitch Wines) and full-time inspiration, as well as the first minority (Japanese-African-American) manager for the team that fielded the first black player exactly 70 years ago. Yeah, all the same guy.
Zach Mays hit a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter as Cornell scored 17 unanswered points to come from behind to beat Harvard 17-14 on Saturday, breaking an 11-year losing streak against The Crimson.
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Mays split the uprights with 9:58 left in the game. The Big Red forced Harvard to punt and on Harvard’s next series Dylan Otolski picked off a Jake Smith pass in the final seconds.
Chris Walker led Cornell (1-3, 1-1 Ivy League), rushing for 93 yards and catching six passes for 57 yards.
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Cornell limited Harvard (2-2, 1-1) to 223 total yards, the fewest the Big Red defense has allowed since 2009.
Smith threw for 161 yards and one score for Harvard (2-2, 1-1).
Dawkins is accused with Gatto, Code and Sood of arranging for payments of $250,000 to three high school players to sign with Adidas-sponsored schools. Federal authorities say he is what’s known in the industry as a runner — he allegedly befriended top college recruits and NBA prospects in hopes of becoming their manager and influencing their choices when it came time for them to pick financial advisers, shoe companies and agents.
While Dawkins largely worked behind the scenes, he was influential enough that he was at the center of a federal lawsuit between LeBron James’ former financial adviser and one of the NBA’s top agents. Dawkins had relationships with a handful of NBA draft picks, including Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton, Toronto Raptors wing K.J. McDaniels and Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin, among others.
The new-look Jacksonville Jaguars just might be for real.
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Jacksonville (3-2) beat the Steelers for the first time in a decade by relying heavily on the NFL’s top-ranked pass defense. The Jaguars picked Roethlisberger off five times in all and sacked him twice. Rookie Leonard Fournette ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns for the Jaguars, who are over .500 after five games for the first time since 2010 and have already matched their victory total from 2016.
Hard for any player to be more consistent as far as reaching the end zone than Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette. He has scored at least one touchdown every week and had a career-best performance against Pittsburgh on Sunday: 181 yards and two TDs rushing. According to the NFL, Fournette is only the fifth rookie in NFL history to score a TD in each of his team’s first five games of a season.
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The defense has sprung further leaks because of injuries, but Dallas is sharing in that misery. This playoff rematch should resemble the playoff scoring outburst we saw in January, only with the Packers being more explosive this time with Jordy Nelson. Dak Prescott again will play well to keep up, but he can’t make up for the issues on other side of the ball.
Both teams can thank rookie first-round QBs for their good starts. The Chiefs are undefeated because Alex Smith is dealing at a whole new level, pushed by Patrick Mahomes. The Texans finally have a legitimate athletic passer of their own in Deshaun Watson. It should be a fast-paced game full of big plays, so it comes down which team has the trusted pass rush to take advantage of the other’s shoddy pass protection. Advantage J.J Watt and Jadeveon Clowney over Justin Houston.
What has gone right: By winning their first three games, the Falcons have so far avoided the hangover that frequently affects the Super Bowl loser from the previous season. Devonta Freeman is justifying the contract that makes him the NFL’s highest-paid running back, extending his league-best streak of scoring at least one rushing touchdown to eight games dating to the 2016 postseason.
What has gone wrong: Injuries have hit the Falcons early with wide receivers Julio Jones (hip) and Mo Sanu (hamstring) forced out of last Sunday’s loss to Buffalo. Outside linebacker Vic Beasley (the NFL’s reigning sack leader), safety Ricardo Allen and right tackle Ryan Schraeder were all out against the Bills, as well.
What’s next: The Week 5 bye comes at a good time for a roster that needs to heal with a three-game road stretch coming that includes games at New England (Oct. 22) and Carolina (Nov. 5).
To the commissioner’s suggestion that the protests should end, Smith said, My only response was, ‘I don’t have the power to tell our players what to do.’ … At the end of the day, this is a group of players who are exercising their freedom. There is no room for me to snap my fingers and tell our players, ‘It’s time for you to give up a freedom.’ Just the idea offends me. It’s almost as if the players are being asked, ‘What’s it going to take for you to stop asking to be free or to be treated like an American?’
I remember having to go back to 2011 to find a film where people really scored on [Alabama’s defense]. It was Georgia Southern, running the option, and I went and showed the film [to the players]. … I said, ‘Hey, listen, I know everyone’s saying they’re an NFL team and they can’t be scored on, and things of this nature, but I’m going to show you [an FCS] team and this is what they did to them.’
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Alabama long-snapper Carson Tinker: That whole week, we didn’t have a quarterback on scout team. … It might have been a receiver, like Christion Jones. We said, ‘Hey, just scramble. Don’t even worry about throwing the ball.’
The theme all week was, ‘Survive assaults.’ We knew Johnny was going to make plays, we just had to make sure we kept our composure.
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Texas A&M associate athletic director for football Justin Moore: That might have been the first time we had been to a 100,000-seat stadium. This is the SEC. This is what we signed up for, right?