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Le’Veon Bell suspended 4 games for missed drug test, per report

Oct
28

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for missing a drug test, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. There was talk of a missed or failed drug test in June, but Bell denied those rumors the same day.

It looks like there was some truth to them and Bell will be suspended for the second time in his professional career. Bell was suspended for the first three games of the 2015 season due to a marijuana-related arrest. That suspension was eventually reduced to two games following an appeal from Bell.

“Just call me Denny!” he demanded. From Authentic Richard Sherman Jersey that day forward I did.

However, he was disappointing in the limited Authentic Russell Wilson Jersey action he saw in 2014 after returning from his suspension in late November. He topped 100 yards receiving just once, and averaged 60.6 receiving yards per game in five games.

Still, Gordon is immensely talented and the Browns could surely use his help at wide receiver, especially after Travis Benjamin signed with the San Diego Chargers during free agency. He would be a huge upgrade for the team’s offense, which struggled mightily last year, ranking 30th in points scored and 25th in yards gained.

However, it is unknown whether they would even be willing to have him back on the roster. Speaking at his introductory news conference in January, new head coach Hue Jackson was non-committal about his plans for Gordon.

“What I’m anxious to do is evaluate him just like we’re going to evaluate every player on our roster and see if they are the right fit for the Cleveland Browns,” said Jackson. “That’s what we have to do with every player, whether that’s Josh Gordon to whoever the last guy is on the roster.”

If he does return to the Browns, he will be under contract for $1.068 million and can become a restricted free agent after the 2016 season. And if he does return to the Browns, he will likely have Robert Griffin III throwing him the football. The Browns signed Griffin in free agency and his contract looks like the Browns expect him to be able to play.

Gordon also took to Twitter to say that it would be “nice” to reunite with his former Baylor teammate.

Gordon was taken in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft by the Browns. In 35 career games, the 25-year-old has 161 receptions for 2,754 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.

If Gordon returns in Week 5, it will be a high-profile game. The Browns are set to play the New England Patriots, when Tom Brady is also expected to return from his four-game suspension.

Doug Baldwin’s dad, a police officer, has influenced son’s off-field initiative

Oct
26

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin was a senior in high school when police pulled him over one day near his home in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

“They thought my car Aqib Talib Jersey was stolen, told me to get out of the car, lay on the ground,” Baldwin said. “They searched the car, did whatever while I was on the ground, and then they stood me up, said they thought that the car was stolen, and it was a misunderstanding, that they were wrong or whatever, and then they let me go.”

Baldwin, the son of a police officer, had Bennie Fowler Jersey done nothing wrong, but he knew how to react and was prepared for the situation.

Doug Baldwin Sr. served 35 years in the Pensacola Police Department and later worked for the Department of Homeland Security. He is well aware of how confrontations with police can go wrong and had laid out a specific plan for his sons to follow whenever they were approached by law enforcement.

“Regardless of what the situation may be when he’s stopped, whether he feels like he is right or wrong, compliance is the key,” Baldwin Sr. said. “Always comply with what the officer tells you to do. Make sure that your compliance is visible, and articulate it to the point where there’s no doubt that you’re doing anything other than being compliant and that you’re able to come home the next day or that day or that night and be able to tell me the circumstances so we can go from there. … You never know what information that officer has at the time or doesn’t have.”

The AFC South is still terrible. Every team in the division ranks 20th or lower in the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, and all four teams average fewer than 7.5 wins in our 50,000 simulations this week. The AFC South champion now goes 8-8 or worse in 40 percent of simulations and has a losing record 9.1 percent of the time. An AFC South team wins the Super Bowl in just 1.3 percent of simulations, which gives the entire division worse Super Bowl odds than 13 different teams.

The NFL has an incredible amount of control over how it disciplines player conduct. The league went to the mat with Tom Brady over deflated footballs, spending nearly $20 million in legal fees, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. The league fines players tens of thousands for celebrating with “prolonged gyrations” or wearing cleats too colorful to fit within the rulebook.

Discipline is one thing. But actual investigations?

Le’Veon Bell suspension reduced from 4 games to 3

Oct
25

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will serve a reduced suspension of three games after an appeal to the NFL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Bell was originally suspended four games for missed drug tests, but told the media that he planned to appeal and that he did not plan to miss any games.

In a tweet following the Cedric Thornton Jersey reduction of his suspension, which has since been deleted, Bell apologized to Steelers fans and said that he has never purposely missed a drug test and he hasn’t smoked marijuana since 2014.

Saints coach Sean Payton did not have Charles Haley Jersey an update on Rankins immediately following practice.

“You never want to see a player go down, but hopefully the news is good,” Peyton said.

Rankins has had a strong training camp and appeared to be living up to the expectations New Orleans had for the 12th overall pick out of Louisville. He was one of the most coveted interior defensive linemen in the draft, and was an exciting addition to a Saints defense that ranked 31st in the league in passing and rushing yards allowed per game last season.

New Orleans sacked opposing quarterbacks 31 times in 2015, tying them for 25th in the league. Earlier this summer, the Saints also lost pass rusher Hau’oli Kikaha to a torn ACL.

“In April, they tried to test me on a Saturday morning at 5:37 a.m. and I ended up missing the test,” Bell said on the video. “I was sleeping and that’s on me. I can’t sit here and blame anyone else for missing my tests.”

Adam Vinatieri breaks record for consecutive field goals made

Oct
23

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has had a long, productive career, and now he owns the all-time record for consecutive field goals made with 43. He knocked a 28-yarder through Ka’Deem Carey Jersey against the Tennessee Titans Sunday to tie the record at 42, and broke the record with a 33-yard field goal later in the game.

The team would later announce that Norman in fact suffered a concussion, and was out for the rest of the game:

#Redskins CB Josh Norman Kevin White Jersey has been diagnosed with a concussion, OUT for the remainder of #WASvsDET.

— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) October 23, 2016
Jones came down with the 52-yard catch despite defensive pass interference against Norman.

Washington’s star cornerback walked off the field with the training staff.

A little later in the game Washington lost its other starting cornerback, Bashaud Breeland, with an ankle injury. He’s questionable to return.

“I feel for [Smith]. He’s been waiting his turn,” Fitzpatrick said.

The extent of Smith’s injury is unknown, but he is set to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage.

“I don’t think [the knee] will be anything too significant, but we’ll see,” Smith said after the game.

Bowles said after the game that it’s too early to tell which quarterback will be starting next week against the Cleveland Browns, but Fitzpatrick may have boosted the team’s confidence in him with today’s performance.

Fitzpatrick did clarify that his teammates never stopped believing in him.

The NBA Closer is written by McHale, who has a bit ‘o the Irish him

Oct
19

The NBA Closer is written by McHale, who has a bit ‘o the Irish him. Although a few testy Irishmen told him this weekend that the name McHale is actually Scottish. But Brian Hartline Jersey hey, everybody’s Irish on St. ‘s day, right? When he isn’t walking the streets of Chicago his brand new green tuxedo, he can be found eating Lucky Charms at That’s why the Celtics were after Cassell’s Lucky Charms. I imagine this is what the NBA Finals would look like this if the West wasn’t crazy good and the Spurs weren’t old. San Antonio must have sipped down some Metamucil before the game though, because they dropped a 28 first quarter bomb on the Celtics and eventually pushed their lead to 22. But the Celtics had that whole Luck of the Irish thing going on, and they came storming back behind ‘s 22 points. added 21 points and 8 rebounds, but more importantly, he put the clamps on, who scored only 10 points. All that Cameron Erving Jersey said, the real Leprechaun of the night was Cassell, who scored 17 points and used his big balls to hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 48 seconds left. And that, friends, is the veteran clutchtasticness the C’s were hoping for. Speaking of veteran clutchtasticness, the Spurs almost used theirs to pull this one out after Kick ‘Em While They’re Down Bowen stole inbounds pass from with two ticks left on the clock, but Big Shot forgot to call time-out and then bonked a three-point attempt. Game over: Boston 93, Spurs 91.

Fun fact: The Spurs’ Ime Udoka was back after missing a couple with tarsal tunnel syndrome his right ankle. Hey Ime, if you keep doing that I think you’re gonna go blind. Um, a little help here, guys. Not only was gobbling up the middle like some kind of mutant Pacman, it was raining threes last night – 14 of them to be exact – as the Magic put the Cavaliers over their knee for a 104 win. LeBron tried to stave off ‘s three-pronged attack by scoring seven of his team’s first nine points of the fourth, but, he needed to use a defibrillator on some of his teammates. I thought that blockbuster trade was supposed to bring some relief. But, right now, Wally Szczerbiak only he was as good as Larry Hughes, and as for…did somebody replace Big with one of those Inflatable Defenders? had 2 points, 4 rebounds, and a blocked shot 23 minutes, and I’m half-convinced those things happened by accident. Little did we all know that Delonte West would end up being the steal that trade. Rashard added 21 points and 5 three-pointers to the Magic cause, and Hedo The Other Turkish Assassin Turkoglu had 18 points and 7 boards. Okay, okay. I’m done mocking him. For now. Actually typing these words out feels very wrong, but I can’t deny it any longer: Dunleavy Jr. is having a. He’s averaging 18 PPG, 5 RPG, and 3 APG.

He’s shooting 47 percent from the field, 40 from three-point range, and 83 on the line. He’s scored 20 or more points 23 times. He’s scored 30 or more points eight times, including five times the last 13. He’s tied his career-high of 36 points four times, the last of which came last night versus the Knicks. And Dunleavy did it. He scored 16 points the first quarter to help Indiana take a 38 lead. He scored nine the final 2 of the third quarter as the Pacers pushed their lead to 98. And he still wasn’t finished! With 4 to go the fourth and the Pacers holding off a Knick rally, Dunleavy – I swear to God this is true – pulled off by driving through traffic, wrapping the ball behind his back, and throwing up a left-handed floater from the baseline that gave the Pacers a 102 lead.

Menu For the second straight Olympics

Oct
16

Menu For the second straight Olympics, USA and Spain meet the men’s basketball gold medal game. Prior to the start of the 2012 London Olympics, prognosticators predicted the United States Jeff Skinner Jersey and Spain would battle for the gold medal men’s basketball. Those predictions turned out to be correct as the teams meet the gold medal game on. Spain reached the gold medal game with a 67 win over Russia. The win avenged Spains’ 77 loss to Russia earlier the Olympics. Pau Gasol once again led the way for Spain, scoring 16 points. The game with the United States be a rematch of the 2008 Olympic gold medal game, which team USA won 118. ‘s game is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET and be broadcast live on NBC. The game also be available via a live online stream at.

Menu At least two people Jiri Tlusty Jersey reportedly were injured a home explosion St. late Thursday night. The explosion occurred near the Mississippi River a neighborhood north of downtown, according to Fox 2 Now. The explosion destroyed one house and set two others on fire, a fire department official told the St. -Post Dispatch. The Post-Dispatch reports that two people rescued from the blast were hospitalized and were critical condition. At least 85 firefighters responded to the scene from St. and other fire departments. Rubble covered the street front of the houses lining the block, burying at least one car. Neighbor Smith told the Post-Dispatch that she was walking about a block away when she heard the explosion. When I walked up that way, I saw the front door the middle of the street and the roof gone, Smith said. You could hear someone screaming ‘Get me out of this basement!’ St. Fire Capt. Garon Mosby told the newspaper the cause of the explosion has not been determined. He said no odor of natural gas was detected. Bomb and arson investigators were at the scene, according to the Post-Dispatch.

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At long last, we’ve reached the start of college football and the end of our sojourn through the top 25. Thanks a ton to all our 25 writers for helping us get ready for the new. Our final preview is brought to you by Doug Gillett of Hey Jenny Slater. Do enjoy. By the way, the above picture comes courtesy of a reader email letting us know that Matthew Stafford is a fixture on the freshman sorority introduction party-scene. If I were a fan this would make me feel better about his maturity the pocket. ‘s making solid decisions off the field. Also, how years of income would you give up to be Matthew Stafford Athens for a month? Post the analysis the comments. I’m going with two years. Minimum. BIGGEST STRENGTH The vast majority of the attention given to the offseason has focused on our offense – specifically a public-intoxication offense, a drunk-driving offense, assault offense, and several others. But defense is what’s driven the Dawgs all throughout Richt’s tenure, and it’s what’s going to drive us this year. Our defense returns all but two players; we bring back our entire starting linebacking corps and three of four D-linemen, and the one we lose the secondary, free safety Kelin, is replaced by a sophomore who actually finished the ’07 with more tackles than had despite having only two actual starts. fact, Jones and WLB Rennie Curran were responsible for the team’s practices being moved to sparsely inhabited Ware County the spring, as the speed with which they hurled themselves at ball carriers caused regular sonic booms that were deemed intolerable by Athens residents living near campus. Last year we only returned three defensive starters, yet still managed a top-20 finish total D, holding opponents to average of 323 yards per game; this year I ‘t think the fans or coaches are going to be satisfied unless we hold at least one team to negative net yardage.

It’s plexiglass right behind it

Oct
10

KANSAS CITY — Jones exited Thursday’s to the Royals the top of the third inning after running into the center-field wall at Kauffman Stadium and suffering some concussion-like symptoms. His vision was a little , Orioles manager Showalter Richard Sherman Jersey said. … Most of it was whiplash. I ‘t think there’s any head trauma concussion-wise. Dr. Meister take a look at him Texas tomorrow, and we’ll see where we are with it.

Any time says anything is bothering him, you better multiply it times two, because he’s a tough nut. Jones had X-rays done on both wrists, which came back negative, and had some neck stiffness. He said following the game that he’s hoping to be back the lineup Friday against the Rangers. That’s one of , said Jones, who was trying to make a play for Zobrist ‘s first-inning double. I ‘t come out of the game much, especially once the game starts. I just wasn’t me.

And hopefully I feel a lot Robert Turbin Jersey better tomorrow. Jones’ injury was a scary one as he violently crashed into the wall and lay on the warning track for several minutes as head athletic trainer Bancells and Showalter rushed out. Left fielder Steve Pearce was also right there and said it was a scary moment. It didn’t sound comfortable. Let’s put it that way, Pearce said. He hit that thing pretty good, especially since it was a run and he gave that last effort full extension to try to get that ball.

Then after it went past, he couldn’t slow down. It went . It was a thud. Bancells put Jones through some on-field tests, but he remained the game to finish the inning. Most of it he took putting his wrists up there on this structure that they let them put up there they can sell more signage. You go figure. It’s plexiglass right behind it. It’s like running into plexiglass, Showalter said of the Royals’ outfield wall. Of course, you’ve got metal Houston. You’ve heard me go on and on about it, and this is a great example of it. I know why they do it, they can sell more signage to pay more contracts. I got it. But the safety issue there, I’m not happy about it. Jones, the Orioles’ team leader, entered Thursday batting .280 with 24 homers and 66 RBIs. He missed time earlier this season with a left ankle sprain and a sore right shoulder.

After Blue Jays crush Cole Hamels, it’s up to Yu Darvish to resurrect Rangers

Oct
06

Cole Hamels, so good for so much of the season, never gave the Texas Rangers a chance to win Game 1 of the ALDS.

He stunk Thursday at Globe Life Park.

“I’ve thrown that Barry Bonds Jersey pitch a lot this year. Haven’t really got hurt by it,” Porcello said. “Got hurt by it there. You can spin it however you want to spin it. I threw the pitches that I thought were going to be the best pitches to throw, and they hit three balls out of the ballpark.

“Hopefully we win the next Bruce Bochy Jersey three games, but if I get an opportunity in the fifth game, I’ll rectify the mistakes I made.”

Darvish is fairly low-key in the clubhouse when reporters are around, unless he’s joking with fellow starting pitcher Martin Perez. He uses an interpreter at all of his news conferences, but his sense of humor still comes out on occasion.

On the mound, he’s stoic and efficient. Still, he understands the turning point of an inning, a game or a season. At those times, he has been known to punctuate an inning-ending strikeout with a fist pump and a primal scream.

Anyway, Francona laid out his postseason in the fifth inning when he brought in Andrew Miller, maybe the second-best reliever in baseball this season behind Zach Britton. He’s going to ride his bullpen, and he’s going to Miller — the lone lefty in his bullpen — for stints longer than one inning.

He pulled Trevor Bauer after 4 2/3 innings, with two outs and nobody on and the Indians up 4-3. He wasn’t worried about Bauer getting a win. He was worried about the Indians getting the win. Miller gave up a double to Brock Holt and walked Mookie Betts but struck out David Ortiz with his patented nasty slider to escape that inning.

Miller retired the next five batters with ease, throwing a season-high 40 pitches in the process. It was the first time Miller entered in the fifth since 2013, before he established himself as one of the most dominant lefties out there. He pitched in three innings as a reliever for the first time since 2011. In the regular season, you ask less of your relievers in order to conserve them over the course of the long season; in the playoffs, you should ask more of your best ones. That’s what Francona did in Game 1 and what Buck Showalter failed to do in the wild-card game.

2. Francona goes all-in on relief pitch counts. After Holt homered off Bryan Shaw in the eighth to make it a 5-4 game, Francona would go to his closer, Cody Allen, who hadn’t recorded a five-out save all year (although had recorded five or more outs four times). Allen gave up a double to Ortiz, retired Hanley Ramirez on a hard grounder and then fanned Xander Bogaerts on a great battle — after a first-pitch fastball, Allen threw Bogaerts six curveballs in a row, finally getting Bogaerts to chase one.

Allen had another tough battle in the ninth after Andrew Benintendi (future star, this kid) singled with two outs. He threw Dustin Pedroia eight pitches, getting him on a 3-2 curveball in the dirt. Pedroia checked his swing and argued with first-base umpire Phil Cuzzi, but the replay seemed to indicate he went past the gray area, and on the TBS broadcast, Cal Ripken thought it was a swing. Good enough for me. And after the game, Pedroia acknowledged that he went around.