21 Oct 2016 16:55:28 -0400
WNBA admits referees messed up pivotal Game 5 call
It hurts losing a game. It really hurts when you lose a championship. Especially when it feels like the referees took a chance away from you.
Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve was incensed when her team lost to the Los Angeles Sparks because the referees didn’t review a shot clock violation that they blatantly missed.
According to the WNBA itself, Reeve does have a point. The league released a statement Friday admitted the call was botched and that the refs were wrong.
Here is the statement from the league:
“After reviewing postgame video, we have determined that Nneka Ogwumike’s shot with 1:14 remaining in regulation time should not have counted due to a shot-clock violation, and that the referees improperly failed to review the play under the instant replay rules.”
View the play in question here.
The half-baked admittance that they screwed this up doesn’t do too much to help the Lynx. The WNBA can’t walk back the result of the game and they can’t replay it, so what is the league
21 Oct 2016 16:38:18 -0400
Odell Beckham Jr. hit with another expensive fine
The NFL has a special place in its heart for Odell Beckham Jr., who was hit once again with a stiff penalty that will cost him some serious cash.
Per Pro Football Talk, Beckham Jr. was fined $24,309 for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from his post-touchdown celebration against the Baltimore Ravens. The foul in this case? That Beckham Jr. took his helmet off after his game-clinching score.
It’s getting to the point now where if the NFL doesn’t fine Beckham Jr. after a game, then something must be wrong.
The emotional receiver has now been fined on multiple occasions this year, including a fine for a touchdown dance, a dirty hit and for taunting. We passed along information a few weeks back that the young man could be subject to suspension if he incurs any more serious personal foul penalties as well.
Clearly, keeping his emotions in check is a challenge. Heck, even Eli Manning is growing weary of his receiver’s antics.
Hopefully the talented wideout does learn to follow the NF...
21 Oct 2016 16:20:18 -0400
Jamaal Charles has swelling in knee, listed as questionable
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is having a heck of a time making a healthy return to the game.
Entering Week 7, Charles is questionable to play against the New Orleans Saints. Charles reportedly has some swelling in his knee, per Chiefs beat reporter, B.J. Kissel. Charles showed up on the team’s Friday injury report after being “limited” in practice.
Unfortunately, this is one of the many setbacks Charles has experienced since he tore his ACL early last season. Charles returned to limited action in Week 4 when he rushed for seven yards on two carries.
And, in Week 6, Charles had 11 total touches and scored one rushing touchdown. If he sits out in Week 7, he will miss an enticing matchup against a Saints defense that has surrendered 11 rushing scores.
This would once again leave Spencer Ware in charge. Should Charles suit up, he would most assuredly be on a limited snap count.
At this point, we are left to wonder if Charles will ever be fully healthy enough to as...
21 Oct 2016 15:56:52 -0400
Report: Ozzie Guillen wants to return to managing in Korea
Ozzie Guillen wants back into the managing game, but his next potential landing spot isn’t where you’d probably expect.
Guillen, 52, who guided the Chicago White Sox to a World Series championship in 2005, has been out of baseball since getting axed in 2012 after one season with the Miami Marlins. The boisterous manager has stayed relatively quiet since the firing, only recently agreeing to manage the La Guaira Sharks of the Venezuelan Winter League in 2016-17. Now, Guillen is reportedly hunting for a full-time job.
SBS News reports Guillen is interested in managing in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). Guillen was reportedly given the idea by former White Sox coach Lee Man-Soo, who worked with him in the early-to-mid-2000s. Guillen would be the second foreign manager in KBO history, following Jerry Royster, who managed in the league from 2007 to 2010.
Managing in Korea would continue the bizarre trajectory of Guillen’s managerial career. He managed the White Sox from 2004 to 2011, making t
21 Oct 2016 15:20:54 -0400
LeSean McCoy practices Friday, will be game time decision
LeSean McCoy’s status for Sunday might not be as cut and dried as we thought.
McCoy surprised everyone by participating in Friday’s practice, and coach Rex Ryan asserted that his running back will be a game time decision on Sunday.
Rex: "McCoy will be a game time decision."Shady: "I was very limited today. We'll see how it feels Sunday. Just trying to be smart." pic.twitter.com/yHWnJaRYsy
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 21, 2016
Rex Ryan: "Shady wants to play ... We're not ruling Shady out."
— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) October 21, 2016
McCoy suffered a hamstring problem in practice on Wednesday and his status for the weekend immediately looked in doubt. Initial reports indicated the potential for a rather lengthy absence. The Bills, however, seem to have a different idea, and McCoy’s status bears watching come Sunday.
21 Oct 2016 14:50:10 -0400
Report: Giants done with Josh Brown, receive roster exemption
The New York Giants are reportedly cutting ties with kicker Josh Brown, who was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
This was the only logical move the Giants had left to make after recent news broke that indicted Brown as a wife abuser.
And thankfully, due to the exemption to their roster, the Giants won’t have to cut another man’s job to keep Brown on the books this year. After the 2016 season is finished, the Giants will only be on the hook for $250,000 in dead cap, which won’t make a big difference with the rising cap.
Up next in this saga will be the NFL’s response.
The league is opening up its investigation of Brown again after concluding earlier this year that there was not enough evidence to deem him a first-time domestic violence offender.
The league has admitted, however, that it did know enough to have helped hotel security move Brown’s ex-wife, Molly, and their children into new accommodations this past January at the Pro Bowl. Brown...
21 Oct 2016 14:25:48 -0400
Report: Andrew Luck has power to demand Colts changes
The Indianapolis Colts sit as one of the NFL’s biggest punchlines at 2-4 and dead last in the AFC South, the NFL’s biggest divisional punchline.
Many problems persist throughout the organization, though the most obvious simply comes from a terrible job of roster building. According to sources that spoke with Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, quarterback Andrew Luck has the power to demand changes in various areas, from coaching approach to roster building.
The question is whether he will:
“From what I know of Andrew from the times I’ve talked to him, I’m not sure that’s in his personality, but it will be interesting to see,” one source said. “Certainly, he has that kind of power within the team if he wanted to use it.”
As the report notes, the coaching staff has tried to build a run-first team, but leans on the pass when games get close. Given the miserable job the current staff has done when it comes to surrounding Luck with talent, it’s not hard to see why.
With the Colts heading
21 Oct 2016 12:52:48 -0400
Report: Packers worried about Jordy Nelson after slow start
Jordy Nelson had yet another uninspiring performance in the Green Bay Packers’ win over the Chicago Bears Thursday night, and the team is reportedly starting to get concerned about the star wideout.
A Packers source told Jason Cole of Bleacher Report that Nelson is having a difficult time regaining his explosiveness after he missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL. The source said there is “growing concern” about Nelson in part because the Packers will have to rely on the running game going forward with Eddie Lacy and James Starks out.
Nelson is clearly not the same player he was in 2014, when he caught 98 passes for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was by far Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target that season, and it seemed like the two were hooking up for a 60-yard touchdown on a weekly basis. On Thursday night, Nelson caught just one pass for nine yards.
At 31, Nelson is not exactly young anymore. It’s certainly possible that it is taking him a while to regain his strength and confidence to make cuts, but
21 Oct 2016 12:39:17 -0400
Rosenhaus: McCoy a game-time decision against Dolphins
News broke Thursday that the Buffalo Bills would be without running back LeSean McCoy, not only for the upcoming game against the Miami Dolphins but perhaps even longer. Not so fast, says agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Speaking on WQAM radio in Miami (h/t Pro Football Talk), Rosenhaus said McCoy will be a game-time decision.
It’s worth pointing out that McCoy was out on the practice field on Friday.
LeSean McCoy is dressed and present for Bills practice Friday. https://t.co/sWrEqhFWNf pic.twitter.com/JxbMOSWNf7
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) October 21, 2016
McCoy tweaked his hamstring Wednesday. The Bills said afterwards that it wasn’t known exactly how bad the injury was. Then Thursday, he missed practice and ESPN’s Josina Anderson said he would be out at least one week, if not longer.
The Bills would obviously love to have McCoy in the game against the Dolphins. He’s the league’s second-best rusher so far, tallying 587 yards and six touchdowns on the ground in six games.
If he cannot ...
21 Oct 2016 12:10:13 -0400
Brown was fired from offseason real estate job, but not NFL job
The whole NFL community is trying to figure out where it stands on domestic violence in a classic NFL way: by weighing on-field value and public-relations value and generally disregarding any moral considerations.
The New York Giants are the latest team to prove themselves hypocritical, with the revelation Thursday that the team knew Josh Brown had abused his wife in 2015 and signed the punter to a two-year contract anyway.
But though Brown’s transgressions were apparently not serious enough to prevent him from playing for the Giants, they were enough to get him fired from his offseason job, as an intern at the Bellevue, Washington office of JLL, a real-estate company. Via the Seattle Times:
JLL, a global firm with local offices in Seattle and Bellevue, would say only that Brown won’t be back next off-season, according to a spokesman.
JLL would not say whether that was because of the new documents showing Brown admitting to domestic violence in an incident last year. But it appears to be a sudd
21 Oct 2016 11:36:36 -0400
Braves' Marksberry has woken up from medically induced coma
A procedure like a colonoscopy is supposed to be simple and relatively safe.
For Matt Marksberry, it was anything but, as the Braves pitcher ended up having to be put in a medically induced coma due to complications during the procedure. Luckily, he has now been woken up from the aforementioned coma. What exactly happened to the 26-year-old-pitcher? How did it get to this point?
Marksberry had been complaining about stomach pains for about a week and a colonoscopy was scheduled to find out the source of the problem. During the procedure Marksberry had a seizure and suffered a collapsed lung. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marksberry has begun to wake up and has had an endotracheal tube removed in anticipation.
The Ohio native tweeted out a cryptic tweet before the procedure on Tuesday, leaving many worried.
I don't want to sound selfish but I really could use some prayers for my health right now. Non baseball related. Thank you guys
— Matt Marksberry (@SirLEFTYDuro) October 17, 201
21 Oct 2016 11:35:46 -0400
Aaron Rodgers rocks ‘Big Lebowski’ sweater at presser
Aaron Rodgers was just coming off leading the Green Bay Packers to a convincing 26-10 victory Thursday night over the Chicago Bears when he dazzled onlookers with a fantastic homage to a movie character known simply as “The Dude.”
That’s right, Rodgers stepped to the podium rocking the cardigan sported by “The Dude” in the Coen brothers classic film, “The Big Lebowski.”
Un. Be. Lieve. A. Ble. pic.twitter.com/E7CWKPs1Hr
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) October 21, 2016
What? No White Russian? Come on, man. That would have, like, totally completed the picture, man. Either way, The Dude abides. Perhaps with some scotch.
Odds are Rodgers hopped into his car after the presser and relaxed to the soothing sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
No Eagles, of course.
Aaron Rodgers on throwing it 56 times: "It's probably closer to how we're going to have... https://t.co/BpTz87TXg1 pic.twitter.com/3GSOfVG4Ov
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 21, 2016
It goes without saying the cardig
20 Oct 2016 23:32:53 -0400
Candace Parker dedicates WNBA championship to Pat Summitt
The Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday won their third WNBA championship, and it was a special one for Candace Parker.
Parker was named Finals MVP after leading the Sparks to a 77-76 victory with 28 points in the series clinching game over the Lynx. When asked by ESPN's Holly Rowe what winning the championship meant to her, Parker emotionally replied, “This is for Pat.”
Prior to being selected No. 1 overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft, Parker played collegiate basketball at Tennessee under legendary head coach Pat Summitt, who passed away earlier this year after a battle with early onset dementia. Summitt is the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history (men or women) with 1,098 victories. She led teams to eight NCAA championships and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.
Summitt is surely looking down on Parker with a smile on her face at what Parker was able to accomplish on Thursday.
20 Oct 2016 14:22:38 -0400
Former Virginia football player alleges hazing, abuse of players
Anyone who has ever played sports at a competitive level is likely to have run in to team “traditions” and bonding moments. However, few have run in to flat-out hazing and abuse.
Yet, that is exactly what one former Virginia Cavaliers football player is alleging in a federal lawsuit against the school.
The player, Aidan Howard, left the program this summer after alleged mental abuse over his learning disability and an injury sustained during a hazing incident. Howard allegedly suffered a broken eye socket during one hazing ritual.
Alleged in the suit are things like these:
“fostered a culture of bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination.” Howard, a freshman wide receiver, claimed he witnessed other football players coerce first-year teammates into “conduct which imitated and mimicked sexual acts,” and that players were forced to participate in fights and wrestling matches while naked or partially naked, “an act referred to at UVA as ‘ramming.'”
Howard has since transferred fro
20 Oct 2016 14:19:34 -0400
Joe Flacco misses second straight practice
Joe Flacco missed practice Thursday with a shoulder injury, according to Pro Football Talk.
It was the second straight day Flacco missed practice, which means Ryan Mallett better make sure his alarm clock is in proper working order.
Flacco suffered a minor shoulder injury during Sunday’s loss to the Giants. He wasn’t even aware of any injury until after the game. An MRI revealed it.
“It’s nothing to worry about,” Flacco told the team’s website Wednesday.
The Ravens actually have a lot to worry about after losing three straight and falling to 3-3.
They play on the road against the Jets Sunday. The Jets might be 1-5 and turning to Geno Smith as their quarterback, but they’ve played four of their last five games on the road. The one home game was against the Seahawks and all five of those games have come against teams with winning records. So the Jets could be better than most 1-5 teams, for what that’s worth.
Flacco has thrown just five touchdown passes this season and is averaging six ya