11 Dec 2017 00:43:33 -0500
Top takeaways from Sunday's Week 14 action
Drama came to define what we saw around the NFL world as the final quarter of the season kicked off Sunday. From the Cleveland Browns blowing their first real chance at a win this year to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers coming through big time, we witnessed some tremendous games.Blizzard-like conditions in Western New York couldn’t stop the Bills from remaining alive in the AFC Playoff race. And in sunny Southern California, two surprise playoff contenders did their best to keep up their strong performances. Meanwhile, a top MVP candidate fell victim to this season’s widespread injury bug.These are among the top takeaways from Sunday’s Week 14 NFL action.White Christmas in Buffalo The scene at New Era Park in Western New York Sunday afternoon was seemingly out of this world. Snow everywhere to be found. Lake effect snow. Lights on at the stadium in the middle of the day. It really was something to behold.But for the Bills, it was all about winning a game to remain alive in the AFC Playoff race. Tyrod Tay
10 Dec 2017 21:49:16 -0500
Jack Morris, Alan Trammell voted into Baseball Hall Of Fame
Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were both elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame today, as announced on the MLB Network. The two longtime Tigers greats were voted in via the HOF’s Modern Baseball Era Committee, who weighed the cases of Morris, Trammell and eight others who weren’t originally selected in the traditional writers’ vote. (MLB.com’s Barry M. Bloom has the details on the Modern Era Committee’s composition and process.)Both Morris and Trammell went the full 15 years on the Baseball Writers’ Association Of America ballot without getting the necessary 75% of the vote necessary for election. Still, both players (as well as the others on the Modern Era Committee’s ballot) had their share of supporters who felt that the duo was long overdue to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.Morris won 254 games over his 18-year career, with 14 of those seasons coming in Detroit. While advanced metrics weren’t always keen on Morris’ work, he was a prototypical old-school workhorse, tossing complete games in 175 of his 527
10 Dec 2017 18:56:47 -0500
Dirk Koetter responds to report that he has not supported Jameis Winston
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, and head coach Dirk Koetter could be on the hot seat because of it. But if his response to a report about his relationship with Jameis Winston is any indication, Koetter is not going to be begging to keep his job.On Sunday morning, a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network claimed Koetter and Winston have not been seeing eye-to-eye. More specifically, Winston was supposedly upset with Koetter for not defending him publicly when the quarterback was battling through a shoulder injury.Following the loss to Detroit, Koetter was asked how he could have handled Winston’s injury better. If the report about Winston’s frustration is accurate, Jameis probably feels that his shoulder injury is one of the reasons he has had a down season and would have liked to see Koetter do a better job of conveying that. However, Winston also struggled in 2016, and Koetter took some of his frustrations about that
10 Dec 2017 17:39:25 -0500
Derek Carr takes full blame for weak Raiders performance
The Oakland Raiders did not show up in their big divisional showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and quarterback Derek Carr accepted all the blame for it.Carr went 24-for-41 for 211 yards, throwing for a touchdown and throwing a pair of interceptions. It was not a good performance, and he didn’t hide afterward, telling fans not to blame anyone but him for the 26-15 defeat. Carr doesn’t deserve every bit of blame for the bad performance, but he knows it starts and ends with the quarterback. He was not good on Sunday, and his performance will give his critics plenty of ammunition going forward.
10 Dec 2017 17:23:37 -0500
DeMarcus Lawrence blasts referees after Cowboys win
DeMarcus Lawrence was not happy with the officials on Sunday even though his Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 30-10.After the game, the Cowboys defensive lineman ripped the officials. He specifically complained about offensive lineman not getting called for holding against Dallas’ defensive line. Lawrence punctuated his complaint in the strongest way possible, ending with a “f— the refs.” Lawrence has 13.5 sacks this season, but he’s gone three of his last four games without a sack, including Sunday. Perhaps he’ll be fined for his comments, but the upside is he might start getting more favorable calls from the officials.
10 Dec 2017 16:58:53 -0500
Cardinals, Luke Gregerson reportedly agreed to two-year deal
The St Louis Cardinals went into the Winter Meetings looking to add new pieces to their team, and they got off to a good start on Sunday.The Cardinals and reliever Luke Gregerson agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Gregerson, 33, has spent the past three seasons with the Houston Astros. He was shaky during the regular season and had a 4.57 ERA and 1.34 WHIP — by far the worst stats of his career. He still had strong strikeout numbers with 70 in 61 innings. He was really ruined by home runs as he surrendered 13 last season, compared to just 10 total over the previous two seasons.Gregerson did not allow a run in five postseason appearances.
10 Dec 2017 16:51:38 -0500
LeSean McCoy wins game with dash through snow in OT
Buffalo Bills fans who braved the elements got a nice payoff in the final minutes of overtime. Running back LeSean McCoy sprinted through the snow for a 21-yard touchdown, securing an overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The game got to overtime because of a controversial penalty and a brilliant kick from Colts’ kicker Adam Vinatieri.McCoy finished the day with 158 yards rushing on 32 carries. The win moved the Bills to 7-6, keeping them in range for a Wild Card spot in the AFC.
10 Dec 2017 16:42:21 -0500
Seahawks' Malik McDowell arrested for disorderly conduct
Seattle Seahawks rookie second-round pick Malik McDowell has not taken to the field this season due to a concussion and other injuries he suffered during an ATV accident.Luckily for McDowell, he didn’t suffer any injuries during what was reportedly a scary scene at a club in Atlanta.According to TMZ Sports, McDowell was arrested for disorderly conduct after refusing to leave SL Lounge in Georgia Sunday morning.“Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Malik McDowell was arrested this weekend after he allegedly flipped out at a club over money he thought he was owed,” the report noted. “The arresting officer says she had to almost tase and pepper spray McDowell when he refused to comply with her orders, but adds she ultimately didn’t use either.”Apparently, McDowell also used his time to pour out a couple bottles of liquor at the club. The report notes that the former Michigan State defensive lineman was seen shouting at the head of security over $600 he believed was owed to him.He was booked for disorderly conduct a
10 Dec 2017 16:35:25 -0500
LaVar Ball draws massive crowd at BBB pop-up shop in NYC
Big Baller Brand aficionados in New York City showed plenty of love for LaVar Ball on Sunday.Ball set up a pop-up shop at Sneaker Pawn, and fans showed up in a big way to buy Big Baller Brand merchandise. The Big Baller Brand ZO2 Prime Remix sneakers retail for $495, but the high price tag didn’t dissuade fans from showing up to buy them.Check out the long line fans waited in to purchase BBB gear: On top of that, Ball received quite the welcome upon arriving to the big event. Most importantly, though, this enthusiastic man showed up to support Ball. After watching the video clip, we’ve come to the conclusion that he’s one of Ball’s biggest fans. Ball’s popularity appears to be growing with each passing week.
10 Dec 2017 16:23:28 -0500
Cubs reportedly agree to two-year deal with Brandon Morrow
The Chicago Cubs appear to be getting some much needed help for their bullpen.The Cubs and reliever Brandon Morrow have agreed on a two-year deal with an option, according to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported the deal was expected to be worth $10-11 million per season.Morrow, 33, spent most of his career as a starter and never really was able to put it together, aside from his strong 2012 season in Toronto. He pitched as a reliever for the Padres in 2016 and then was stellar out of the bullpen last season for the Dodgers, his first full season as a reliever.Morrow pitched 43.2 innings last season and did not give up a home run in the regular season. He was 6-0 with two saves, 10 holds, a 2.06 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. He was so good and so reliable that the Dodgers used him in all but one of their postseason games. It wasn’t until Game 5 of the World Series, where pitching for the fifth game in a row, that he finally had a bad outing.The addition of Morrow helps ease the impending loss of Wade
10 Dec 2017 16:17:29 -0500
WATCH: Adam Vinatieri nails clutch FG after refs screw Colts on 2-point try
A crazy sequence of events occurred late in the fourth quarter during the craziest game of Week 14. The Indianapolis Colts had just scored their first touchdown of the game when Jacoby Brissett found Jack Doyle in the back right corner of the end zone for six points. #Coltspic.twitter.com/wTuXY5KkXd— NFL (@NFL) December 10, 2017 With just over a minute left in this blizzard of a game, and really with nothing to lose already having nine losses, Colts coach Chuck Pagano called for a two-point conversion to win it outright. The Colts converted.Only, after a very long delay, officials ruled that Indy illegally used a pick play to spring their receiver open. It was a horrible call, because the block occurred as the team was running play-action, and it occurred within one yard of the line of scrimmage. So, with the penalty, the Colts would have either had to try a 12-yard two-point conversion or a 43-yard extra point. Neither option being very ideal, the Colts opted to put the game in the capable hands — or in this
10 Dec 2017 15:54:52 -0500
Yankees to officially announce Stanton trade on Monday
The MLB Winter Meetings will get off to a rip-roaring start in Orlando on Monday with the New York Yankees set to officially announce the acquisition of reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins. This has long been expected. On Saturday, reports noted that the Yankees had indeed picked up Stanton from the Marlins for Starlin Castro and two prospects. The inevitability of the deal came to fruition later Saturday afternoon when reigning AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge welcomed Stanton to New York with this tweet.The two will now form one of the most-potent power duos in the history of Major League Baseball, having combined for 111 homers last season.
10 Dec 2017 15:34:30 -0500
Kelvin Benjamin leaves game after apparently re-injuring knee
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin started Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts after missing the previous two with a knee injury, and it appears he may have suffered a setback.Early in the fourth quarter, Benjamin came up lame on a play and tried to limp to the sideline. He eventually collapsed onto the field, which was covered in snow from a blizzard, and needed two trainers to help him off. While he was removed from the injury report this week, you have to wonder how healthy Benjamin is. He has a history of knee problems, and reports have indicated the latest is at least somewhat serious. If Benjamin’s knee continues to bother him, the Bills may have to think about shutting him down for the remainder of the season.
10 Dec 2017 15:28:49 -0500
Shohei Ohtani signing made Angels GM fall out of his chair
The Los Angeles Angels had no real inkling that Shohei Ohtani was going to pick them in free agency.In fact, Angels general manager Billy Eppler was so shocked to learn that Ohtani had chosen the Angels, he literally missed his chair when trying to sit down after taking the call from Ohtani’s agents.“I whiffed on the chair and fell all the way to the ground,” Eppler said, via Jeff Miller of the Orange County Register. “I was just stunned. It was a pretty remarkable moment. … There’s so much adrenaline pumping. I didn’t even feel it.”The Angels pulled out all the stops to try to bring Ohtani to Anaheim, but it sounds like they weren’t getting their hopes up. Now that they’ve got him, they can really start to look ahead and dream of what he can do for them.
10 Dec 2017 15:28:25 -0500
Chargers fans pay for plane banner trolling owner Spanos
Those attending the Washington Redskins vs. Los Angeles Chargers game on Sunday were treated to a plane comparing Los Angeles owner Dean Spanos to a not so beloved Christmas character. Clearly, the fans in San Diego are still salty. Really, it’s hard to blame them. The Spanos family didn’t seem to have much loyalty towards the city its team called home for more than 50 years. Now, while the Chargers have fielded a competitive team, they’ve been unable to fill the small StubHub Center, with many of the fans in attendance cheering for the opposing teams.Los Angeles’ next home game will come in Week 17 against the Oakland Raiders. That game will fall on New Year’s Eve. We certainly won’t be surprised if another holiday-related banner is flying over the home stadium on that day.