Mar

03

Italian skiers take to the slopes with a smoldering lava bomb

Do you like skiing? What about lava? Okay, so maybe just one of those things. If you’re in the small venn diagram of people who like skiing and the danger of being incinerated by molten rock then head over to Italy’s Mount Etna! On that play, Martinez did his best to clear Indiana’s line and block the kick. It was close, but officials ruled that he landed on someone —- a 15-yard (or half-the-distance) penalty and an automatic first down. It didn’t technically matter whether Martinez landed on a teammate or an opponent. Either constitutes leaping. If the rule changes, it won’t matter whether defenders get clear of other players. […]

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Feb

24

Philip Rivers regrets ‘not winning it all’ in San Diego

Philip Rivers spoke at the San Diego Hall of Champions dinner Tuesday night for the first time as the quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers. At the dinner to honor teammate Nick Hardwick, an emotional Rivers said he was disappointed he couldn’t bring a championship to San Diego before the team moved to L.A. Bell missed most of the Steelers’ loss to the New England Patriots due to a groin injury. The dual-threat back told NFL Network earlier this month that he had been dealing with the injury before the AFC Championship game. “People don’t understand I was kind of fighting that through the playoffs,” Bell said. “I really hurt […]

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Jan

13

Every 2015 NFL training camp fight ranked from best to the Jets

Training camp always has its fair share of scuffles, but Geno Smith’s broken jaw and high-profile players like Cam Newton and Dez Bryant getting in scraps with teammates has cast fights on the practice field into the spotlight and the NFL wants players to chill out a bit. In a memo sent to all 32 NFL teams on Friday, the league’s executive vice president of football operations, Troy Vincent, warned players that fights aren’t a good idea. “As professionals, no matter how emotional the game becomes, there is nothing that should resort to fighting,” Vincent wrote. “Coaches are encouraged to emphasize to players, coaches, and other club personnel who are […]

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Nov

22

Jim and I agree that someone on the Cincinnati Bengals will step up to fill the void created by A.J. Green’s torn hamstring

Obviously, Jim and I agree that someone on the Cincinnati Bengals will step up to fill the void created by A.J. Green’s torn hamstring. I’m betting on LaFell, since he’s been the second-best wide receiver on the Bengals this season. Among that group, LaFell ranks second on his team in both targets (55) and yards per catch (12.7), with Tashaun Gipson Authentic Jersey only Green ahead of him. With Green sidelined, expect LaFell’s target frequency to increase and a with a game versus the Baltimore Ravens on the horizon, that’s great news. The Ravens allow the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, so look for LaFell to […]

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Nov

17

The difference in Davis from 2015 to 2016

What got lost in the move remains in the jar; that’s the 2015 production that Davis couldn’t match. What he replaced it with is in the glass, on the right. We’re talking about 20 plate appearances that shifted from positive outcomes to negative, fewer than one bad outcome per week. The overwhelming majority of his nearly 700 plate appearances stayed the same. Davis was much more patient. He swung about five fewer times per 100 pitches seen, a patience that showed up both at pitches in the strike zone and out of the strike zone. He went from the top 40 percent of free-swingers, in 2015, to the bottom 20 […]

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Nov

14

It’s what coach Jay Wright relied on as he rolled out his undersized frontcourt of 6-9 Darryl Reynolds

The Boilermakers made their run as expected at home, pulling within one point six different times in the last 12 minutes, including three times in the game’s final minute. Each time, Villanova had an answer. That, folks, is championship mettle. It’s what coach Jay Wright relied on as he rolled out his undersized frontcourt of 6-9 Darryl Reynolds and 6-7 Eric Paschall to contend with Purdue’s tandem of Hass and the 6-9 Caleb Swanigan. It’s why the Wildcats didn’t have Matt Elam Youth Jersey a turnover in the game’s final four minutes, with Purdue pulling within one possession. It’s how sophomore guard Jalen Brunson, who hadn’t attempted a free throw […]

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Nov

04

Ravens have Antonio Brown’s number, and amazingly, it’s 1 (TD)

The Baltimore Ravens have dominated their rivalry with the Pittsburgh Steelers in recent years because they’ve been able to do something that the rest of the NFL has struggled with — keep wide receiver Antonio Brown out of the end zone. Every day before practice he went through receiving drills in individual warm-ups, growing his route tree and building on a childhood of playing dodgeball and “razzle dazzle” catch in his backyard. It paid off. When he graduated, he was Clinton’s all-time leading receiver. “He did just a great job of running patterns,” Camp said. “He’s got a knack for getting open and the biggest thing, I think, is just […]

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