01 Oct 2016 00:10:46 -0400
Sixers rookie Ben Simmons has fracture in foot
Philadelphia 76ers rookie forward Ben Simmons has a fracture in his right foot.
Bob Cooney of the Daily News reported the injury first, and shortly afterwards the team announced it as “a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot.”
This is definitely some dark news just days into the team’s training camp.
Simmons was selected No. 1 overall this year and came into the Association as one of the most hyped players since LeBron James.
The rookie entered camp with some significant weight and strength gains after bulking up to the tune of 33 pounds this summer, working out with James and Dwyane Wade.
Coming out of LSU, Simmons had averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists last year.
There is no timetable for his recovery at this juncture.
The Sixers just announced further medical evaluation and treatment options are being considered before a timetable on Ben Simmons is issued.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) September 30, 2016
30 Sep 2016 15:56:10 -0400
Olympic wrestler turned ISIS recruit killed in U.S. drone strike
Chamsulvara Chamsulvaraev won the European wrestling championship in 2010. A couple years later, he joined ISIS. This month, he was killed in a United States drone strike in Iraq.
Chamsulvaraev, 32, was from Dagestan, Russia, a Muslim region of the country on the Caspian Sea near the borders of Georgia and Azerbaijan. The wrestler joined ISIS recently, and his main job was to recruit young girls to be suicide bombers.
The 32-year-old is suspected of recruiting Diana Ramazanova, a pregnant teenager who last year blew herself up in Istanbul. Ramazanova was one of many girls he recruited. Once he joined ISIS, he reportedly focused on recruiting girls from the Caucasus region of the former USSR near where he is from.
Earlier this month, Chamsulvaraev was killed when a car was struck by a U.S. drone near Mosul, a city in Northern Iraq, according to reports out of Russia. Previously, Chamsulvaraev had been in Saudi Arabia and Syria.
Before joining ISIS, Chamsulvaraev was a world-renown wrestler. After swit
30 Sep 2016 15:36:48 -0400
Report: Jamaal Charles to play Sunday against Steelers
After sitting out the first three weeks of the season recovering from ACL surgery, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is set to make his 2016 debut.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Charles will suit up and play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, despite head coach Andy Reid listing the back as “questionable” for the upcoming game.
This is exciting news, not only for Charles, the Chiefs and their fans, but also for fantasy football owners who drafted the dynamic back. That said, we should all temper our expectations for the game in Pittsburgh.
The Chiefs have been awfully careful bringing Charles back from his injury. They aren’t suddenly going to throw caution to the wind now that he will be active. It also helps that Spencer Ware has been doing his best impersonation of Charles the first three weeks of the season.
It might be a few weeks before Charles takes on his normal workload. Until then, we will be watching his return with great anticipation to see what kin...
30 Sep 2016 15:11:00 -0400
Dez Bryant says he will not play Sunday against 49ers
Dez Bryant will not suit up for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday when they take on the San Francisco 49ers as he recovers from a knee injury.
Dez Bryant says Cowboys will play it safe Sunday at San Francisco with him. He won't play vs. 49ers.
— Brandon George (@DMN_George) September 30, 2016
This news comes just a few hours after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wouldn’t rule his receiver out, saying it was a matter of whether or not Bryant could play through the pain (more on that here).
Bryant has a hairline fracture in his knee. Despite assurances from team doctors that he is not in danger of further injuring the knee, taking the prudent approach seems wise in this case. Bryant missed a large portion of last year with a foot injury and then was not as dangerous when he did come back too soon.
Additionally, the Cowboys shouldn’t feel too threatened without Bryant in the lineup this weekend. The 49ers aren’t exactly frightening anyone these days. Despite shutting the Los Angeles Rams o...
30 Sep 2016 14:57:34 -0400
Bill O’Brien officially rules J.J. Watt out for season
After a setback involving his back landed J.J. Watt on injured reserve, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has confirmed the defensive end will be out the rest of the season.
Bill O'Brien makes it official, rules out JJ Watt for rest of season after Thursday's back surgery. https://t.co/JVX6c8A8U3
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2016
Watt underwent surgery in July to repair a herniated disc in his back. A month later, O’Brien was talking about missing his top defender for perhaps the first two weeks of the season. Being the workout warrior and football fanatic he is, he came back quickly and started in Week 1 for the Texans.
By the time Week 3 rolled around and the Texans were getting manhandled by the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football, it was clear something was not right with Watt physically.
Clearly, he came back too soon. At this point, we’re just crossing our fingers and saying a prayer that the NFL’s best overall player did not do himself...
30 Sep 2016 14:29:13 -0400
Report: Eric Decker out Sunday with partial tear in rotator cuff
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker will be out this week with a rotator cuff injury, the team announced:
Bowles: WR Eric Decker has a partial tear in his rotator cuff. He's OUT for #SEAvsNYJ and will be week-to-week going forward.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 30, 2016
Decker is the Jets’ leading receiver in both yardage and touchdowns. His big play ability will be missed if he has to miss any significant time. He’s been continuing where he left off from a productive 2015 campaign with 194 yards and two touchdowns through the first three games.
A shoulder injury doesn’t sound like something that would be a big issue for a receiver, but the limited motion affects things like blocking and lifting his arm to catch passes. Because the tear is just partial, it shouldn’t be too limiting after he takes some time to let it heal up. But it could mean that he would need an offseason surgery to fix it.
Decker’s value in the offense makes this a bit of a loss, but the Jets sho...
30 Sep 2016 14:19:33 -0400
Report: Browns planning to part ways with Josh Gordon
The Cleveland Browns are moving on from Josh Gordon.
A source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano that the team intends to part ways with the troubled wide receiver.
Coach Hue Jackson said Friday that the team was going to “move on” from Gordon, though Graziano's source says Jackson was speaking of putting questions about Gordon behind the Browns and focusing on the players currently with the team. It does appear, however, that Gordon’s days with the franchise are indeed numbered.
“Today is really the last JG comment I want to make about that,” Jackson said. “I think what’s best for our football team is we move forward and we move on. He’s not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we’ll move forward. We’ll move on.”
It was announced Thursday that Gordon is entering rehab. It’s no surprise, given his history, that the team will simply elect to give him a fresh start elsewhere.
30 Sep 2016 14:14:25 -0400
Noah skips dinner at West Point because he's anti-war
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah chose not to attend a team dinner with US Army cadets and a retired colonel on Thursday night because he is against the idea of war.
Noah told reporters on Friday that he received permission from head coach Jeff Hornacek to skip the event.
“It’s hard for me a little bit – I have a lot of respect for the kids here fighting — but it’s hard for me to understand why we go to war and why kids have to kill kids all around the world,” Noah said, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. “I have mixed feelings about being here. I’m very proud of this country. I love America. I don’t understand kids killing kids around the world.”
This is the third consecutive year that the Knicks are holding training camp at West Point, where the United States Military Academy is based. Noah insists his decision to pass on the dinner was not a form of protest.
“It’s not my way of saying anything – I was not comfortable,” he said.
Hornacek said skipping the dinner is Noah
30 Sep 2016 14:08:03 -0400
Giants could use wide receiver at safety against Vikings
The Giants are hurting in the secondary. It’s getting so bad that wide receiver Dwayne Harris might have to play safety.
Harris and practice-squad players Darius Powe and Geremy Davis practiced at the position Thursday, according to NJ.com, with Darian Thompson (foot) and Nat Berhe (concussion) sitting out.
Thompson is expected to miss Monday night’s game at Minnesota. Berhe and cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) and Eli Apple (hamstring) also could be out. Both missed practice Thursday.
Landon Collins and Andrew Adams were the Giants’ only two healthy safeties Thursday.
If he’s pressed into duty at safety, Harris’ training consists of four defensive snaps in middle school and his tackling duties on special teams.
Odell Beckham Jr. has more recent experience at safety. He played there a little at the Pro Bowl. While it’s unlikely Beckham will be hitting ball carriers (or another kicking net) on Monday night, Giants coach Ben McAdoo told the New York Post “never say never.”
30 Sep 2016 13:17:53 -0400
Ryan Tannehill does not mince words regarding offense
The Miami Dolphins were awful on Thursday night, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill is well aware of it.
The team gained just 222 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals and failed to score after an opening drive touchdown.
“One of the worst performances I’ve seen from our offense in a long time,” Tannehill assessed, via Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk. “We have to get it fixed soon and by soon, I mean Monday. It’s gone on too long. There’s no more excuses, no more waiting, it’s got to be important to everyone who steps on that field and we have to get it fixed right now.”
Maybe Tannehill is part of the problem. One of his former teammates has bluntly assessed him during the offseason, and if this is really what he is, the Dolphins have to be wondering if this is really a long-term solution. His inconsistency is getting maddening, and the Dolphins are stuck in neutral because of it.
30 Sep 2016 12:32:30 -0400
Russell Wilson on playing Sunday against Jets: ‘No doubt’
Russell Wilson insists he'll play in Sunday's game against the New York Jets despite suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee during last Sunday's win over the San Francisco 49ers.
“No doubt,” Wilson told reporters Thursday, via Pro Football Talk. “No doubt.”
The already banged-up Seattle Seahawks signal-caller suffered the knee injury when he was taken down by 49ers linebacker Eli Harold. Considering how it looked live, it’s surprising Wilson didn’t suffer a more serious injury.
Eli Harold's sack on Russell Wilson. #SFvsSEA https://t.co/hRODW8LGqw
— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) September 25, 2016
The Seahawks’ company line all week was Wilson would play. Considering he was a full participant in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday lends credence to the notion he’ll be good to go come Sunday.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said this week he “would be surprised” if Wilson didn’t play. And Wilson earlier this week also proclaimed he has no concerns about his knee.
30 Sep 2016 11:41:56 -0400
Report: Tyson Fury failed drug test, will be stripped of title belts
Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury reportedly failed a Sept. 22 drug test and is set to be stripped of his world title belts, per Dan Rafael of ESPN.com.
Fury “was notified that he failed a VADA-conducted test for cocaine in a random urine sample collected on Sept. 22, multiple sources with knowledge of the test results told ESPN.com.”
The results for PEDs aren’t yet in, but the cocaine found in his urine will likely lead to Fury losing his world title belts, per Rafael.
Fury had pulled himself out of a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko last week because his promoter said he was “medically unfit” to fight.
“Tyson has, this week, been declared medically unfit to fight. Medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring. Tyson will now immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery,” a statement read, per the Daily Mail.
Known for his religi...
30 Sep 2016 11:41:30 -0400
Report: Bill O’Brien taking over play-calling duties for Texans
Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is taking play-calling duties away from offensive coordinator George Godsey and will be calling plays himself going forward.
According to sources #Texans coach Bill O'Brien is now calling the plays, taking those duties away from offensive coordinator George Godsey
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 30, 2016
After being shut out, 27-0, against the New England Patriots in Week 3, and given the early season struggles of Brock Osweiler, this makes sense to a certain degree.
Houston’s offense has been a disappointing mess.
Despite running a scheme that relies on plenty of short throws, Osweiler has completed less than 60 percent of his passes, is averaging a paltry 232 yards per game and has thrown three touchdowns compared to four interceptions.
Running back Lamar Miller has been getting the touches he desired, averaging nearly 25 rushing attempts per game heading into Week 4. Unfortunately, all those touches have yet to result in a...
29 Sep 2016 20:26:38 -0400
Kevin Garnett offered coaching position with the Cavaliers
This was bound to happen. Most didn’t think it would be a week into his retirement, but former NBA player Kevin Garnett already has a standing offer to become an assistant coach in the Association.
That offer comes from none other than Tyronn Lue and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I talked to him (Garnett) about it,” Lue said on Thursday, via ESPN. “I know his wife is pushing for it a lot. Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he’s not ready yet. He goes back — ‘I might do it’ — but he’s back and forth. We’ll see. But I’d definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach.”
As the report notes, Cleveland has a full coaching staff as it prepares to defend its title from a season ago. This doesn’t mean Garnett can’t be brought on in an unofficial capacity.
Garnett, a 15-time All-Star, retired from the NBA and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the age of 40 last week.
If he decides to go through with it and take th
29 Sep 2016 19:00:10 -0400
Dwight Gooden on Tim Tebow: I would’ve eaten him alive
Long before he got involved in the unfortunate underbelly of drug use, former Major League pitcher Dwight Gooden was once considered a phenom in New York.
He won 17 games as a rookie for the Mets back in 1984 before earning the National League Cy Young the following season. Then, in 1986, Doc played a huge role in the team’s surprise World Series title.
While he did have a few more solid seasons at Shea, Gooden’s career took a turn due to drug addiction.
Even then, he seems to be an authority on what it takes to make it in the big leagues as a player. It’s in this that the now 51-year-old former pitcher has some pretty strong things to say about Tim Tebow’s transition to baseball.
When speaking with Dr. K at Miami Mike’s Sports Zone in New Jersey Wednesday night, Gooden did praise Tebow for knocking a homer in his first at-bat as a member of the Mets’ instructional league team.
“Amazing. Only downside to that — it’s downhill from there,” Gooden said. “You don’t get any better