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Gareon Conley will not be indicted for sexual assault allegations

Aug
01

Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley will not face sexual assault charges for an alleged incident that occurred days before the 2017 NFL Draft. On Monday, a grand jury completed its investigation and decided against an indictment, according to FOX 8’s Ed Gallek.

Conley was accused of sexual assault following a situation at a Cleveland hotel. Conley claimed he was never alone with the accuser and said, via his attorney, Kevin Spellacy, that a consensual sexual event had taken place. Conley’s attorney said that this event was not intercourse.

Coach Harbaugh stressed that Joe Flacco is not expected to miss any action in the regular season because of the back. Just a week of rest.

Flacco played in all 16 of the Ravens’ games in 2016, leading them to an 8-8 record. He threw for over 4,300 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions on the season. Flacco’s missed just six games in his career. A knee injury during the 2015 season ended his perfect streak of 137 career starts.

The Ravens have two other quarterbacks on the roster in Ryan Mallett and Dustin Vaughan. Even with the most optimistic estimates for Flacco’s recovery, the Ravens still may be forced to add another passer just to have a third quarterback for the early part of training camp.

The Ravens begin camp on Thursday, where head coach John Harbaugh will speak to the media after practice.
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Game Womens Luca Sbisa Jersey The news comes just a day after the team learned running back Kenneth Dixon would miss the season after having knee surgery. Earlier this offseason, the team also lost tight end Dennis Pitta (who was later released) to a hip injury and Tavon Young to a knee injury for the season.

Buccaneers to appear on the 2017 season of ‘Hard Knocks’

May
02

Authentic Kids Laquon Treadwell Jersey The Buccaneers announced on Wednesday they would be HBO’s Hard Knocks team for the 2017 season. The show will begin on August 8, and conclude on September 5, according to the team.

GM Jason Licht and head coach Dirk Koetter will be on hand for the announcement.

Nickerson wraps up well and finishes his tackles, making the most of every opportunity. He’s not afraid of contact and puts his body on the line to make plays.

Nickerson doesn’t have ideal size, even for a player limited to an inside linebacker role. At 6’0 and 232 pounds, he’ll be smaller than several NFL running backs. What’s worse — he’ll be slower than them, too. His 4.78 second 40-yard dash time was below average in this year’s crop of linebackers.
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Bigger blockers can swallow him up, and smaller tailbacks can simply run away from him. He doesn’t offer much in coverage, but could turn into an average defender over the middle with some more work. However, he’s 23, and after playing football his whole life, the flawed prospect scouts saw at the Combine and on his Illinois tape may be the best player he can be.

Nickerson may not be destined to be the All-Pro his father was, but he’s a sturdy player who has never failed to contribute throughout his football career. As an undrafted player, Nickerson is a long shot to make the roster, but at least he’ll get an opportunity.

On paper, Lee looked like a great player coming out of Ohio State in the makings of former teammate, Ryan Shazier. But in 2016, the rookie looked raw, struggling to make plays in coverage. He still has potential, but Lee will need to develop if he’s going to be an effective player. He made only nine starts last season and had a limited impact for a bad Jets team.

Ryan Fitzpatrick still believes in himself, even if most don’t

Oct
23

For the first time all season, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t start for the New York Jets. He was sidelined in favor of Geno Smith after a poor outing on Monday Night Football in Week 6 led to Smith getting the starting nod against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7. But Fitzpatrick got another opportunity to step in for the Jets after Smith left the game with a knee injury.

The Jets were 1-5 with Kyle Long Jersey Fitzpatrick as the starter. He leads the NFL in interceptions. Still, Fitzpatrick said he thinks he should be the starter going forward.

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On Sunday, Fitzpatrick took care of the football against the Ravens, completing 9 of 14 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. He committed no turnovers.

“I try to be a professional Lamarr Houston Jersey and do my job every day,” Fitzpatrick said.

The Jets went into the Week 7 matchup against the Ravens with a 1-5 record, and New York desperately needed a win. Fitzpatrick said this game felt different for the Jets.

“This was the first time, where the offense and defense were feeding off each other … I think today was a good indication, good showing, that we’re not done yet,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick had no ill feelings toward Smith despite the fact that Fitzpatrick was demoted from the starting role this week.

Atlanta had a shot with a last-second field goal attempt to pull off the win, but Matt Bryant just barely missed the 57-yard attempt. Atlanta was able to get into field goal range despite what appeared to be another blown pass interference call on a ball intended for Julio Jones.

On the first possession of overtime, the Falcons were stopped on fourth-and-1, turning the ball over on downs. The Chargers started with good field position, and were able to get into field goal range. Josh Lambo nailed the 42-yarder, securing the win for the Chargers.
Last week, the Chargers were able to defeat the Broncos, who had looked like one of the best teams all season up until that point. Then, there was Sunday afternoon, when the Chargers were able to come back and defeat the Falcons.

The Chargers improve to 3-4 and establish a two-game winning streak, while the Falcons hold their lead in the NFC South despite falling to 4-3.

Calderon led the dinos with 16 points and 7 assists

Oct
19

That was the dagger. The final score was Indiana 110, New York 98. The only blight on Dunleavy’s evening was that he blew a couple shots down the stretch that would have given him a new career-high, including a three-point airball with under a minute to go. Fun fact: Two of Dunleavy’s 36-point this have come against the Knicks. Fun fact 2: ‘s coaching resume now includes two which his team gave up a Christian Yount Jersey career-high to Dunleavy Jr. and lost because of it. Final warning: I really, really think we need to send the authorities to Dunleavy’s house and have them check his basement for body snatcher pods. And fast. This kid is good. Really good. Every time I watch play, I find myself chanting M-V-P! Even when he’s sticking his boot the butt of hometown Bulls, which is exactly what he did last night by scoring 37 points and dropping 13 dimes the Hornets’ 108 win. But it was more than just the numbers; delivered the game-breakers, too. He dropped a three-pointer Cody Kessler Jersey with 2 left the fourth quarter to tie the game at 96-all. Then, on his team’s next possession, he hit Chandler with alley-oop pass to give the Hornets their first lead since half-time. Take me to bed or lose me forever,. Whoa. Sorry. ‘t know where that came from. Anyway, Bonzi wells hit a couple free throws and dunked one home to finish Chicago off. The Bulls got 31 out of wee little and 23 points and 12 rebounds from Drew Gooden’s beard. The Genuine Draft Yeah, Right Moment of the Night: Duhon didn’t make the trip to New Orleans due to flu-like symptons. Uh huh. Calm down there, T.J. Ronnie Price, whom you ‘t know as Utah’s backup point guard, led a 24 fourth quarter run that led the Jazz to a 96 win over the still Bosh-less Raptors. But his biggest contribution might have been some killer D on T.J. Ford, who apparently didn’t like it. Ford was upset after getting called for offensive foul the fourth, he charged referee F. Rush and got himself ejected. ‘Cause, see, they still ‘t allow that. Kyle Korver capped off this Night of the Living Roleplayers for the Jazz by scoring 17 off the bench.

Calderon led the dinos with 16 points and 7 assists. These teams suck, Part 1. Charlotte versus Memphis. Way to jumpstart heart. About the only thing even vaguely interesting about this one – which the Grizzlies won 98, by the way – was that arose from his sarcophagus to score a -high 17 points for the Bobcats, which I presume is all-time NBA record for a dead. Sad fact: Even during a blowout his team’s favor, Kwame Brown played only two minutes and 27 seconds. He grabbed one rebound. Meanwhile, Cardinal added to his growing consonant collection by getting yet another DNP-CD. These teams suck, Part 2. The L.A. Clippers versus Minnesota. It’s like a dark shadow has passed over eyes, and all I have for the sport of basketball is being drained from me. Need…to end this…quickly. Timberwolves 99, Clippers 90. Al…double-double…of 22 points and 14 rewhatevers. Maggette scored some points and, uh, rhymes with spaghetti. Must stop now. Random, useless statistic: Minnesota improved to 4 when scoring less than 100 points.

If we assume that a healthy Nerlens Noel goes first or second historically thin draft, he lost somewhere between $4 million and $5 million over the next three years-all because he vaporized his knee February while playing amateur basketball as a nominally unpaid intern at Kentucky. Today, Spain played Italy the semifinal of the Confederations Cup. It was a great game, likely the best of the tournament, because for the first time years, Spain looked vulnerable. Italy countered Spain’s dominance possession by countering quickly when they won the ball, attacking through wing play or….

I’m hoping it’s Tech, but that’s just me.

Oct
16

I’m hoping it’s Tech, but that’s just me. There are some issues there. BIGGEST WEAKNESS Widespread doom and gloom was predicted for last year’s offensive line, which consisted of two returning John-Michael Liles Jersey starters and three freshmen – yet under the direction of new OL coach Searels, they allowed only 15 sacks and paved the way for a thousand-yard rushing from true freshman Knowshon Moreno. when this year’s line had to replace two starters, including 2nd-team All-SEC center Velasco, I was like, Pffft, whatever, we’re gonna be fine. But then left tackle Trinton Sturdivant tore every ligament his knee fall practice, including several that were previously unknown to medical science, and I officially started to worry. Knowshon’s still going to get his yards – as fellow tailback, most likely – but without Sturdivant to protect Matt Stafford’s blind side, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to keep Staff’s jersey as clean as it was last year.

Stafford is actually a better scrambler Jordan Staal Jersey than he’s ever gotten credit for, but the pundits seem to have pegged 2008 as the he breaks out as a passer and starts adding zeroes onto the end of the NFL paycheck he’ll start receiving sometime the next few years, and it’s going to be hard for him to meet those expectations if he’s busy being chased all over the southeastern United States by the Kirston Pittmans and Norwoods of the world. DISEMBOWELING My immediate instinct – as is that of most fans at this point, I’m sure – is to lay into Urban Meyer, he of the third-person references and the ongoing pouting over ‘s end-zone celebration Jacksonville last year. But I’ve probably done that to death, howsabout I piss Spurrier’s for a little while.

After years of being the Great Satan to Bulldog fans everywhere, the Ol’ Ballcoach fell off our hate-dar a little bit by moving to Columbia, South, after the end of the 2004, but whatever humility he gained through a self-imposed exile to college-football Siberia was gone by Week Two of last. After beating Athens – his first such victory three tries at South, and the Gamecocks’ first win over the Dawgs since 2001 – Spurrier decided the time was right to pop off about how overrated was, given that the Dawgs had at that point lost five straight SEC East games. What, his hubris, evidently forgot was that South ‘s talent level leaves him considerably more vulnerable to karmic bitch-slaps than he ever was at, and not only did his own then-sixth-ranked Gamecocks proceed to lose to Vanderbilt at home, that loss kicked off a five-game -ending face plant that left the ‘Cocks 6 and dateless for bowl. Those Homecoming losses to Vandy sure are a bitch, ain’t they, ? Toward the end of that spirit-crushing streak you could start to Spurrier’s face that little twinge of regret over paths not taken, wondering if he might have been better off spurning the Gamecocks entirely four years ago and simply taking up golf full-time; few things would please me more than for a relentless ass-whupping this year to be the loss that sends him over the edge. The thing is, South could actually be pretty good this year, assuming that any of their QBs manage to excavate their heads from their respective rectums, but if there’s any justice that won’t happen until long after the Dawgs meet the ‘Cocks Columbia on 13. When I was working at The Red & Black during and senior years at UGA, we’d have unofficial contest the newsroom after each year’s -South game to who could come up with the most offensive headline for the game recap – trust me, Dawgs Spank Cocks was nowhere near the worst of what we came up with – and for the sake of the fresh-faced, idealistic young reporters now following our footsteps at the R&B and carrying on our proud tradition of giving ‘s journalism school a bad name, I want the Dawgs to pound the ‘Cocks unmercifully this year.

MLB roundup: Strasburg’s return short-lived; Giants’ struggles continue

Sep
08

The Washington Nationals have many of the elements of a championship team in place and might represent the greatest challenge to the Chicago Cubs among the National League teams, but now they must move ahead without Stephen Strasburg, who had to leave Wednesday’s game.

The Nationals are hoping his injury is something minor.

But Wilson Ramos was more stark in his assessment, as mentioned by Jorge Castillo in this tweet:

Tebow, who hasn’t played organized baseball since his junior year at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in 2005, has been working out with former big league catcher Chad Moeller in Scottsdale, Arizona, since Memorial Day. Tebow spent almost two hours last week at the Southern California’s Dedeaux Field running a 60-yard dash, shagging fly balls, throwing from the outfield and taking swings against former major league pitchers David Aardsma and Chad Smith in his audition for clubs.

For one, they would surely be closer than 2.5 games back in the wild-card race and 4.5 games back in the division, where they currently stand. They would truly control their own destiny — and, by the way, they would probably feel like a team of destiny, too.

The Yankees’ schedule is unforgiving over these last 24 games, besides the seven home and away matchups with Tampa. They have three games against the first-place Dodgers to begin next week, but their other 14 games include seven home and away games against Boston, four at Toronto and three at home against Baltimore. Those happen to be the three teams ahead of them in the AL East. All the experts, with their fancy math equations, would probably still not give the Yankees much of a shot, but, boy, could they make it interesting — and maybe even make the playoffs.

Tebow is not a baseball deal, no matter how often Alderson insisted it was on a conference call with reporters. This is a Bill Veeck move, not a George Steinbrenner move. The Mets are coming off a trip to the World Series, and they are feeling good about their prospects of another trip to the postseason, and so maybe they wanted to spend an off day flexing their marketing muscles by signing a 6-foot-3, 260-pound hulk who can crush fastballs thrown at batting-practice speed.

Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada set to start Saturday vs. Oakland

Sep
02

OAKLAND, Calif. — Boston’s next big thing has arrived.

Yoan Moncada, a 21-year-old infielder who was ranked No. 5 in ESPN Insider Keith Law’s midseason top 50 prospects list, joined the Red Sox on Friday night for the start of a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. He was not in the lineup but entered as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“[I] fully expect him to be in the lineup [Saturday],” manager John Farrell said before Friday’s game.

Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said he has heard Moncada being compared to the Texas Rangers’ Carlos Beltran.

“I’m not using that comparison myself,” Dombrowski said. “I’m just telling you what other people have told me.

“Beltran is a switch-hitter, very good athlete, could run, could play defense, could drive the ball. … You’re talking about a guy who has a chance to go into the Hall of Fame. I don’t want to put that on anybody’s shoulders.”

Dombrowski and Farrell believe Moncada has the skills and temperament to make an impact on the postseason race.

Said Farrell: “He wouldn’t be here if we didn’t feel like he could step in and contribute.”

Trout, who said he was fine hours before Friday night’s 11-8 loss to the Seattle Mariners, crashed his Mercedes into the back of a stationary car on a Los Angeles freeway, where traffic had come to a stop due to a backup from another accident. Trout’s car was left disabled, and occupants of other vehicles involved had to be taken to the hospital.

Trout said he had left a dinner with teammates following Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. He said it was the first car accident he’s ever been involved in.

He declined to go into specifics of the accident but said he was lucky it wasn’t more serious.

Trout said he hasn’t seen a doctor in the aftermath and woke up the next morning without any lingering pain from the crash.

MLB Rumor Central: Could Brewers revisit interest in Yasiel Puig this offseason?

Could the Milwaukee Brewers revisit their interest in Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig in the upcoming offseason?

It’s possible, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

Puig was placed on revocable waivers last month. At least one team claimed him. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Friday, citing sources, that the team was the Brewers, who made a “legitimate attempt to complete a deal” for Puig. Nightengale reports the Dodgers and Brewers couldn’t come to an agreement.

Rosenthal adds that Ryan Braun, who’s reportedly drawn interest from the Dodgers, was part of the talks and the Dodgers “only intended to trade Puig in (a) package for a better player.”

stephen strasburg throws pen session monday

Aug
29

PHILADELPHIA — Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session at Citizens Bank Park prior to Monday night’s game against the Phillies, one week after he was placed on the disabled list with soreness in his right elbow.

Every player is different. Hamilton requires his own special considerations, and to be fair, the Rangers aren’t the only team in baseball that had an interest in giving Gomez a shot once the Houston Astros dumped him. If there’s one thing Carlos Gomez isn’t short on, it’s energy, which a roster can lack around this time in the year. Yet it’s hard to see Gomez’s promise. Every single indicator is down on his skills.

On the simplest possible level, Gomez does fit. The Rangers lost Shin-Soo Choo to injury, and just a few years ago, Gomez was genuinely one of the best all-around players in the game. He’s still just 30, so it’s reasonable to believe he’s not washed up. The Rangers paid virtually no acquisition price, and there’s also no long-term commitment. They’re taking a shot on a player who seems to be liked by his teammates.

But it’s impossible to get around the numbers. In fact, those numbers almost couldn’t be any more negative.

To whatever extent you want to believe in the upside — the Rangers had to see something — it’s balanced out by the fact that the Astros, a division rival fighting for a playoff spot, gave up on Gomez. Whatever the Rangers see, the Astros didn’t. And given what they had paid in trading for Gomez, the Astros had something to lose. They were invested in getting Gomez right. They couldn’t, and the plot below is fairly damning. Let’s dig in.

First, let’s set the stage for Kansas City: Beat the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, and the Royals are three games behind Baltimore for the second wild-card spot and just four games behind Boston for the first one. Lose, and not only do those numbers move to four games and six games, respectively, but the Royals fall behind three other teams in the wild-card race. A team in seventh place in the standings instead of tied for fourth, with 42 games left in the season, has entered the perilous it’s not the distance, it’s the traffic phase of chasing. It’s clearly not a win-or-go-home situation, but it’s a very important game for the defending World Series champions. In such a situation, no chances to win the game should be squandered.

In the top of the second inning of a scoreless game, Salvador Perez got the visitors on the scoreboard with a lead-off solo home run, followed by a single by Alex Gordon and a walk to Alcides Escobar. That brought Raul Mondesi to the plate, who perhaps is best known for making his major league debut during the 2015 World Series. Yost predictably ordered Mondesi to bunt, and he did, successfully advancing Gordon and Escobar.

What we learned Thursday: Matt Moore nearly makes no-hit history

Aug
26

As we focus on the playoff races, note that you can always get FiveThirtyEight.com’s updated playoff odds report here.

1. I’d say Matt Moore comes up big. As Vin Scully said entering the bottom of the ninth, “Those are the numbers — not the heartbeats.” In his fifth start for the Giants, with his team having dropped the first two games of the series to its hated rival and having lost four in a row and eight of 10 and gone a wretched 25 of 36 since the All-Star break, Moore hadn’t allowed a hit. He was trying to become the first Giants pitcher to no-hit the Dodgers since Rube Marquard in 1915. Heck, they weren’t even the Dodgers then. They were the Brooklyn Robins.

2. Mad Max, home warrior. The Orioles had taken the first three games of the four-game home-and-home set, but the Nationals salvaged a little Beltway pride behind Max Scherzer’s gem. He fanned 10 with no walks while allowing just two hits in eight innings. It was his fifth game of the season with at least 10 K’s and no walks. Only Clayton Kershaw has more, with six. In fact, the only other pitchers with six such starts in a season are Curt Schilling in 2002 and Randy Johnson in 2004. When Scherzer is on, he’s as good as anybody. With a big stretch run and the major league lead in strikeouts, don’t forget about him in the Cy Young race.

Even so, raise your hand right now if you don’t think Bryant can be a 30-home run player for at least the next decade and a half. Anybody?

Even that might be selling him short. Bryant has already gone deep 33 times this year as a player who is just scratching the surface of his talent at age 24.

“He’s really developing,” teammate Ben Zobrist said. “It’s hard to pick up the growth when you’re with someone every day, but it’s palpable with him. It’s like right in front of your eyes. You can see him burgeoning into a superstar.”

The result has been shorter slumps and longer hot streaks — the sign of any great player, according to Zobrist. Bryant’s in the middle of a hot one now, as he is hitting .372 in August with a .439 on-base percentage, seven home runs and 18 RBIs. It has vaulted him to the top of the MVP race, and through this point in his career, Bryant holds his own against Hall of Famers — not just MVPs.

Daniels can take a chance on adding a player such as Gomez to a team in the middle of a playoff run because he has built the roster with leaders such as Adrian Beltre, Ian Desmond and Cole Hamels, who control the clubhouse.

“It seems like we can accept everybody with open arms, and we’ve proved it time and time again,” said first baseman Mitch Moreland, who is in his seventh season with Rangers.

“It starts with our front office and coaching staff and trickles down to the players and the whole environment we have set around here that allows everyone to thrive whatever your past may be.”

“You can’t run scared from talented players,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “He’s an energy guy. He’s going to excite you. He pushes the envelope, which I don’t mind. We have some guys who do that already.”