|12.05.13 at 8:09 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Texans at Jaguars, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Louisville at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Knicks at Nets, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Heat at Bulls, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: West Virginia at Missouri, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: TCU at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: LIU-Brooklyn at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Providence at Rhode Island, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Mississippi at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at Georgetown, 9 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Knicks and Nets, New York’s two underachieving NBA teams, meet up Thursday night in Brooklyn with a combined record of 8-26, and Knicks star Carmelo Anthony says it’s “a big game for us.”
The Knicks, losers of nine straight, head into the game with a 3-13 record, tied with the Bucks for fewest wins in the NBA.
“We are the laughingstock of the league,” Anthony said. “I mean, it’s nothing to hide. We are. … Do I like being laughed at? Hell, no. I don’t like that feeling.”
J.R. Smith backed his teammate, while noting that the New York-Brooklyn rivalry, hyped up before the season, has lost much of its luster due to the teams’ performance.
“Right now we do [stink]. I think everybody in this gym would agree,” Smith said. “There’s so much animosity between the two teams, but our record, for the team we have, isn’t really doing any justice. Right now we have to put the rivalry on hold and focus on each individual team as opposed to focusing on, “We don’t like them and they don’t like us.’ ”
Jason Kidd, the Nets coach who played for the Knicks last season, analyzed the matchup by saying, “We both stink.”
Responded Knicks coach Mike Woodson: “I somewhat agree, we do stink. … But [expletive], I can’t worry about Jason. I’ve got to worry about the New York Knicks. … I’m not going to throw in the towel.”
Said Anthony: “We do [stink]. He wasn’t lying about that. I mean, we do. For us, we’ve just got to figure it out and try to turn it around. Why not start [Thursday]?”
• Meanwhile, Lawrence Frank, demoted from top Nets assistant to glorified scout by Kidd, is not going away quietly. According to a report out of New York, Frank is hiring a high-powered attorney, apparently to negotiate a buyout from the team.
Kidd downplayed the fallout, saying: “It’s part of the job. He’s working. He’s giving his reports. … So, do I miss him? No. He’s doing his job and what I’ve asked him to do.”
Byron Scott, who coached Kidd with the Nets in the early 2000s with Frank as an assistant, knows both men well and said he isn’t shocked that the partnership did not last, as they are two “very strong-willed people who don’t back down.”
“It does surprise me a little that it happened so quickly,” Scott told the New York Post. “But it’s safe to say that I’m not [surprised] it happened at all because of the personalities involved.”
According to a report from Deadline.com, Heat star LeBron James will star in a movie with comedian Kevin Hart.
The movie, called “Ballers,” is about a man (Hart) who lives in the shadow of his brother (James), an NBA superstar, but gets a chance to prove himself at a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami.
The report indicates that James has been looking to star in a feature movie for a couple of years, and he’ll get his chance when the movie starts filming next summer.
Hart, who at 5-foot-3 is almost 1½ feet shorter than James, is a veteran of the celebrity game at All-Star Weekend.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 5, 1982, in a 6-4 victory over the Flyers, which Bruins player recorded a hat for the second consecutive day?
|12.04.13 at 11:53 am ET|
The NFL announced Wednesday that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been fined $100,000 for interfering with a play in Thursday’s loss to the Ravens, and the league is considering a forfeiture or modification of draft picks as well.
Tomlin stood at the edge of the field on the white sideline stripe — well past where coaches are supposed to be — and had his back to Jacoby Jones‘ kick return as Tomlin watched it on the scoreboard at the far end of the stadium. When he realized the Baltimore speedster was getting close to him, Tomlin initially stepped on the field before jumping back. By that time, Jones angled toward the middle of the field, apparently to avoid a collision, and was tackled.
Tomlin, a member of the league’s competition committee, called his actions “embarrassing, inexcusable, illegal, a blunder” in a Tuesday press conference but insisted that he did not intentionally try to create a distraction.
“I understand with my position comes the charge of preserving and protecting the integrity of the game of football, and I think probably my biggest error on Thursday night is not realizing that play jeopardized the integrity of the game from a perception standpoint,” Tomlin said.
The league also noted Wednesday that a 15-yard penalty should have been called on Tomlin. No flag was thrown on the play.
|12.04.13 at 8:10 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Spurs at Timberwolves, 9:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Boston College at Purdue, 9 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Maryland at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Northwestern at N.C. State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at Temple, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Pennsylvania at Villanova, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: North Carolina at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Miami at Nebraska, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Flyers at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Everton at Manchester United, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Fans in the Big Apple have to hope the Yankees’ deal with Jacoby Ellsbury works out better than the most recent New York team’s acquisition of a Boston star.
Paul Pierce (who is out 2-4 weeks with a broken hand) and Kevin Garnett have not had the impact on the Nets the team expected. But much of the blame has to be placed on coach Jason Kidd — or whomever decided it would be a good idea to hire a just-retired player with no coaching experience.
Kidd, who last week embarrassed himself and the organization by spilling a drink on the court to get a timeout and then lying about it, demoted top assistant coach Lawrence Frank on Tuesday due to a “difference in philosophies,” as the struggling Nets continue to underachieve.
Frank has been assigned to doing “daily reports” and won’t be on the bench anymore, despite being in the first year of a six-year deal worth a reported $6 million.
“This is my decision,” Kidd said before Tuesday night’s 111-87 loss to the Nuggets that dropped Brooklyn to 5-13. “It’s what I had to do. It’s about basketball.”
According the New York Daily News, the team wanted Frank to offer more guidance, but the onetime Nets head coach (2004-08) became frustrated and complained about Kidd to others in the league. Frank, who was head coach of the Pistons the past two seasons and is a former Celtics assistant, is known as a defensive specialist, but Brooklyn’s defense has been poor this season.
Swingman Joe Johnson said he could see that the relationship was rocky.
“Guys do notice it. I know I surely noticed it. Something just wasn’t quite right,” Johnson said. “But that has nothing to do with how we played [Tuesday]. That was just a carbon copy of our season, to be honest with you.”
• The Newtown High School football team’s inspirational season ended Tuesday with a two-point loss to Ridgefield in the Connecticut state quarterfinals.
With the number 26 on their helmets in tribute to the students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School who were gunned down last December, the Newtown players rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit and had a chance to tie the game with 16 seconds remaining, but their two-point conversion failed.
“I love our town. I love our team, I love our fans,” junior wideout Julian Dunn said after the 33-31 setback (via the New York Daily News). “We couldn’t ask for better help keeping everything positive.”
The Nighthawks had advanced to the playoffs after going 12-0 in the regular season.
• On the heels of the incredible ending to Saturday’s Auburn-Alabama game, Real Clear Sports has a list of the best finishes in college football history.
Saturday’s shocker is the new No. 1, moving the Cal-Stanford band game to second. Boise State’s Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma — featuring a hook-and-lateral and a Statue of Liberty play by victorious Boise State — is No. 3. Boston College’s Miracle in Miami is fourth.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 4, 1988, which Patriots player recorded his 500th career reception during a 13-7 victory over the Seahawks?
|12.03.13 at 12:49 pm ET|
Revolution defender Kevin Alston was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year on Monday after playing this season despite being diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, a rare but treatable form of leukemia, back in April.
The 25-year-old Alston started the first four games of the 2013 season before he left New England’s game against Dallas on March 30 feeling sick. After multiple medical tests, it was revealed that Alston had been diagnosed with cancer.
Alston was placed on the disabled list on April 8 and immediately began treatment. Alston returned to the pitch July 27 and proceeded to play in five of New England’s final 14 games, including the last three games. Alston’s presence out on the field was huge down the stretch, as he helped New England advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Alston handily won the vote over Philadelphia’s Conor Casey, Seattle’s Lamar Neagle and Portland’s Donovan Ricketts, receiving 99.8 percent of the vote from players, team officials and media members.
New England is coming off of a bounce-back campaign in 2013, as the Revolution finished third in the Eastern Conference with 51 points.
The Revolution also announced that tickets are on sale for the 2014 season, including four- or six-game holiday gift packs, which also give purchasers exclusive pre-sale opportunities for Gillette Stadium concerts and special events.
|12.03.13 at 8:07 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bucks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Indiana at Syracuse, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Illinois at Georgia Tech, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Penn State at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan at Duke, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Iowa, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida State at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Utah at Boise State, 10:05 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Stars at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: West Ham at Crystal Palace, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• An Alabama fan was killed Saturday night in Hoover, Ala., because she was not upset enough about the team’s shocking loss to rival Auburn, the victim’s sister said.
Adrian Laroze Briskey was charged Monday with murder in the death of Michelle Shepherd following a party for about two dozen Alabama fans to watch the game. After Auburn returned a missed field goal 109 yards with no time left on the clock for the victory, Briskey, 28, allegedly became enraged when Shepherd and others joked about the loss.
“She said we weren’t real Alabama fans because it didn’t bother us that they lost,” said the victim’s sister, Nekesa Shepherd. “And then she started shooting.”
Michelle Shepherd, a 36-year-old mother of three, was shot to death in the parking lot of an apartment complex in suburban Birmingham. The women apparently did not know each other before the party, having been invited by a mutual friend.
Briskey had been drinking during the party and “went crazy” afterward, Nekesa Shepherd said.
“It was over a football game,” Shepherd said. “I’m never going to forget it because she died in my arms.”
• The NFL on Monday acknowledged that officials erred in Sunday night’s game between the Giants and Washington when the head linesman signaled for the chains to move when there was not a first down on Washington’s final drive.
“Obviously they made a mistake and you live with it,” Washington coach Mike Shanahan said after speaking with Dean Blandino, who oversees the league’s officiating.
Washington was driving in an attempt to score the game-tying touchdown when Pierre Garcon caught a pass on second-and-5 and was stopped just before the first-down marker. Referee Jeff Triplette signaled third down, but the head linesman motioned for the crew to move the chains as the teams hurried to the line of scrimmage.
After an incomplete pass on the next play, Washington was surprised to learn it was fourth down.
“In this situation where there is obvious confusion as to the status of the down, that play should have been stopped prior to third down and the correct down communicated to both clubs,” Blandino said in a statement. “This should have occurred regardless of the fact that Washington had no timeouts and it was inside two minutes.”
Washington, which complained that the ruling affected its play-calling, completed a 6-yard pass on the next play, but Garcon fumbled, and New York secured the ball and the win.
• The high school football team from Newtown, Conn., will not play on the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at an elementary school in town, as the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference approved the school’s request to reschedule the Class LL title game to the day before the Dec. 14 anniversary if the team gets that far.
Newtown High, which dedicated its season to the 26 victims of the shooting, is 12-0 and plays Tuesday night in the quarterfinals. The semifinals are Saturday, and the state finals are Dec. 13-14.
“The football committee did feel that due to the sensitivity surrounding the Newtown events … if the school reached the finals it’s appropriate not to ask them to play on that anniversary date,” CIAC spokesman Joel Cookson said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 3, 1962, the Bruins sent Andre Pronovost to the Red Wings for which undersized but feisty center?
|12.02.13 at 11:35 am ET|
When the NFL comes out with a decision regarding Mike Tomlin’s disciple for his antics in the Steelers’ 22-20 loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night, it’s expected that his pockets will be significantly lighter.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Tomlin could, at the least, be issued a hefty fine by the league. Schefter wrote that in addition to a possible six-figure fine, the Steelers also could lose a draft pick.
During Thursday’s game with Pittsburgh trailing 13-7, Baltimore kickoff returner Jacoby Jones raced up the sideline, seemingly destined for the end zone. Replays showed Tomlin, who stood perilously close to the field to begin with, step with his right foot onto the field before immediately jumping back off. Jones was tackled, and the question of whether Tomlin intended to disrupt Jones came into play. The officials did not issue Tomlin a flag.
The NFL is expected to reach a decision this week, but Schefter reported that a suspension for Tomlin is unlikely.
The last case of a coach interfering with a player occurred in 2010 when Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi was caught on video tripping a gunner on the Dolphins punt return team. The NFL fined the Jets $100,000 while the team fined Alosi $25,000 and suspended him for the remainder of the season.
• A battle between NFC East cellar-dwellers featured a controversial ending on the final drive of the Giants’ 24-17 win over the Redskins Sunday.
With less than two minutes remaining in the game, and Washington down seven with the ball on its own 41-yard line facing a second-and-5, Robert Griffin III completed a pass to Pierre Garcon close to the first-down marker. The Redskins, without any timeouts, went into a no-huddle offense as it appeared the officials had given Washington a fresh set of downs, with the chains moving. But after an incompletion, the refs revealed that instead of second-and-10, it would be fourth-and-1. The Redskins completed a pass but fumbled, and New York went on to win.
“I said I wanted a measurement,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. “And [the official] said, ‘You don’t have to, it’s a first down.’ ”
|12.02.13 at 7:50 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Saints at Seahawks, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Flyers at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Magic at Wizards, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Florida at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Auburn at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Mercer at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
• A man in his 20s died outside Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium during Sunday’s game against the Chiefs and Broncos, and police said the incident was being treated as a homicide.
A police spokesman said the man was found inside another person’s vehicle, and a physical confrontation followed. The man was found lying unconscious on the pavement and was treated by paramedics before being taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Talking to several witnesses that were out here in the parking lots, there was an individual who came back to his vehicle, saw someone inside the vehicle that did not belong,” police spokesman Darin Snapp said. “A struggle ensued between the two. That’s when the individual [who had been inside the vehicle] collapsed. … We don’t know if the person had a health condition, had a heart attack. We don’t know. We’re going to investigate this as a homicide until we hear differently. Right now it’s a suspicious death, but we are going to investigate it as a homicide.”
Snapp said three people were taken to police headquarters for questioning as persons of interest.
The incident happened exactly one year after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide in the parking lot of the team’s practice facility.
• Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith seems to get in a beef with an opposing cornerback every week — including Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib two weeks ago. Most recently, he picked a fight with a defender who doesn’t even play anymore.
“A guy that I think, and I take pride in, I destroyed his career, is Fred Smoot,” Smith said last week of the former Washington defensive back. “Coming out of Mississippi, he was considered a really good cornerback, and thought he was. And then after coming in Bank of America Stadium, things just went downhill from there.”
Smoot responded Sunday, saying: “Me and him hate each other. If I run into Steve Smith in a Giant [supermarket] right now, I’ll fight Steve Smith in a Giant right now. I don’t give a — I don’t care.”
Added Smoot: “I think he’s a bully. Actually, I think he’s a weak bully at that. And I’ll be honest with that. I don’t care about saying that. He’s Steve Incognito to me. I call him Steve ‘Pinocchio’ Smith, ’cause he’s a liar. He went on national TV and lied. He’s a liar. And I like to keep it real and I like to be honest. This guy wants to sit here and say he ruined my career, and I played you two to three times after that, and you did nothing. I played you actually 10 times before that, as a Redskin, and you’re going to talk about the one time that you actually got me.”
• The Knicks lost their ninth straight game Sunday, dropping a 103-99 decision to the Pelicans at Madison Square Garden, and Carmelo Anthony is running out of answers.
“We just can’t seem to get it together,” the Knicks star said. “We can’t seem to figure it out.”
New York has lost seven straight at home, a franchise record.
“I think we’re playing to lose rather than playing to win right now,” Anthony said. “When you lose games the way we’ve been losing them at home, on the road, you start thinking a lot. You start playing a little tense, you start playing on your heels.”
Added coach Mike Woodson: “I thought coming down the stretch, we played on our heels. The [eight-game losing streak] we were looking at here was staring at us in the face, [and] instead of relaxing and just playing, we just didn’t make one play.”
The team has had two closed-door meetings in the past three weeks, but Anthony said the Knicks still are “searching who we are as a team. and who we’re going to be as a team.”
Said Anthony: “Anytime you’re fighting an uphill battle, you feel like you’re in a dark place. But we can’t go to that place. I’ve never been to that place. I don’t plan on getting to that place.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 2, 1961, goaltender Gerry Cheevers played his first NHL game, but it wasn’t for the Bruins. With which team did Cheevers start his Hall of Fame career?
|11.27.13 at 2:34 pm ET|
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, in his first remarks to the media since his season-ending 65-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, expressed regret about the suspension and his adamant prior claims (after getting a 50-game suspension for a positive PED test overturned in 2012) that he had never used performance enhancing drugs. But he declined to go into any further detail about his past behavior, instead suggesting that it was his responsibility to earn back the faith of those whom he had disappointed.
“Obviously I’ve been through a lot and as I expressed in my statement (released by Major League Baseball at the time his suspension was announced) that I felt was pretty lengthy and specific, I got into a lot of details at that point. I’m not really going to go into any further details,” Braun told reporters in Milwaukee. “I’m deeply remorseful about what happened. I wish I had the ability to go back and change things and do things a lot differently, but unfortunately I can’t do that. All I can do is move on and try to do everything in my power to earn back peoples’ trust and respect and support. I don’t anticipate being able to earn back everybody’s support, but I certainly intend to do everything in my power to do that and I won’t stop trying.”
Asked about his press conference professing his innocence in the face of his suspension for steroid use in 2012 — a suspension that was overturned on procedural grounds based on the chain-of-custody followed by the delivery of the sample that was tested — Braun suggested that his stance that day was “a mistake.” Read the rest of this entry »
|11.27.13 at 7:59 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NHL: Flyers at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Knicks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Minnesota at Chaminade, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arkansas vs. Gonzaga, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Drexel vs. Arizona, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Louis vs. Old Dominion, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California vs. Dayton, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alabama vs. Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wisconsin vs. West Virginia, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Syracuse vs. Baylor, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulsa vs. Indiana State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: TCU vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 2 a.m. Thursday (CBSSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester United at Bayer Leverkusen, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Alex Rodriguez, apparently not content with being out of the headlines for a couple of days, filed an amended lawsuit against Major League Baseball and Bud Selig on Tuesday, and took more shots at the commissioner for his decision to pass on testifying at the player’s hearing to appeal his 211-game suspension.
“Mr. Selig chose to hide in his office in Milwaukee rather than come testify at the grievance hearing in New York. In Mr. Selig’s world, apparently the ‘buck’ does not stop with Bud,” the lawsuit reads. “Mr. Selig lacked the courage of his convictions to explain under oath the reasons for the suspension and the conduct of his investigators. His silence on these issues speaks volumes and leads to only one logical conclusion — his actions, and those of the MLB personnel he controls, were aimed at destroying the reputation, career and business prospects of Alex Rodriguez.”
As part of the 33-page filing, Rodriguez’s lawyers included a photo of Selig next to a fan wearing a shirt with “A-ROID’” printed on it.
“Sadly, this cowardly stance by Mr. Selig is consistent with his past and highly inappropriate conduct in posing, smilingly, with a young fan wearing a T-shirt with a derogatory message directed at Mr. Rodriguez,” the complain reads. “One cannot imagine the commissioner of any other professional sport — or indeed the CEO of any business — doing something similar with respect to one of his or her players or employees.”
Rodriguez’s lawyers are trying to get the suit back in New York state court, where it originally was filed. MLB had it moved to federal court and plans to ask for it to be dismissed.
Sitton was asked whether he thought the Lions — Green Bay’s opponent on Thanksgiving — would take a penalty in exchange for a hard hit on the Packers quarterback.
“Absolutely,” Sitton said. “I don’t think there’s any question about that. They go after quarterbacks. Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time, that’s what they do, that’s who they are. They’re a bunch of dirtbags, or scumbags. I mean, that’s how they play.”
Two years ago on Thanksgiving, Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was ejected and later suspended two games for stomping on the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Sitton, who has been with Green Bay since 2008, put the blame for the Lions’ bad behavior on the coaching staff.
“It starts with their frickin’ coach,” he said. “Starts with the head coach. [Jim] Schwartz, he’s a [expletive], too, I wouldn’t want to play for him. … Starts with him, their D-coordinator and their D-line coach. They’re all just scumbags, and so are the D-line.”
• The Ravens mixed in the wildcat offense in Sunday’s win over the Jets, but it didn’t set well with the team’s regular quarterback. Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco was not pleased with the insertion of Tyrod Taylor behind center so that Baltimore could improve its running attack against the Jets.
“I don’t like that stuff,” Flacco said Tuesday. “I think it makes you look like a high school offense. That’s just my opinion.”
Added Flacco: I don’t care how we use it in the game, I’m just not a huge fan of it. I’m the quarterback. I want to be behind the line of scrimmage, I want to be taking the snaps. That’s really the only thing. I don’t necessarily take it personally. I just think it makes us look like not an NFL team.”
Flacco said he would rather see his team perfect its regular offense than go to trickery, which includes him sometimes lining up at wide receiver as a decoy.
“I’m all for us doing things to get better, but we’re not going to be good if we just can’t get good at the basics of what we do 90 percent of the time,” he said. “We have to be good at those things or we’re not going to be good no matter what. I just want to make sure that we’re focusing on getting good at those things.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 27, 1950, the Red Sox signed which future Hall of Famer from the Indians?
|11.26.13 at 8:03 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Ducks at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Western Michigan at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arkansas vs. Minnesota, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Chaminade vs. Gonzaga, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Monmouth at Penn State, 6 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. Old Dominion, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Longwood at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Texas vs. DePaul, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Evansville at Indiana, 8 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Saint Louis vs. Wisconsin, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. Stanford, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Baylor vs. Dayton, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: BYU vs. Wichita State, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois at UNLV, 10:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Chelsea at Basel, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The 10-1 Seahawks continue to roll in the NFC, led by a stellar defense, but there could be a crack in the armor. Two Seattle cornerbacks reportedly are facing suspensions for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs on a team with a recent history of such problems.
Brandon Browner, who was suspended for the final four games of last season, is said to be facing a one-year suspension this time around, indicative of a Stage 3 offense. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Browner already had his appeal hearing on the matter, although the player and his agent are denying it.
Tweeted Browner: “I’m not facing suspension for PEDs, it’s sad that the NFL is reporting this.”
Browner, recovering from a groin injury, was not expected to be healthy enough to play until mid-December. The former Canadian Football League star who was a Pro Bowl player in 2011 already had been losing playing time to Walter Thurmond III.
Meanwhile, it was reported Sunday that Thurmond is facing a four-game suspension for a similar offense. The Seahawks are said to be considering bringing back Antoine Winfield, whom they signed in the offseason but later released.
The Seahawks have had five players suspended since 2010, not including cornerback Richard Sherman, who won his appeal after allegedly testing positive for Adderall in 2012.
• The ex-Marine who tried to save a woman who jumped about 50 feet from the third deck to a concourse at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum after Sunday’s Raiders game is resisting being called a hero.
Donnie Navidad, a 61-year-old government worker and Raiders season ticket-holder, attempted to break the fall of the woman, who remained in extremely critical condition a day after the incident. Navidad was released from the hospital Sunday night.
“I don’t know who she was,” Navidad told the Contra Costa Times. “I just happened to be there. … I’m just an average government worker trying to survive in the world. I just did what I did.”
Navidad said he plans to return to the stadium for the Raiders’ final two home games in December. And he’d react the same way if faced with a similar situation.
“Had I not taken any actions and she hit the pavement, that there alone would have been etched in my mind until the day I die, knowing that I could have done something,” he said. “That would have left an impact you’d never forget.”
• Kobe Bryant isn’t playing now, but when he does return, it will be in a Lakers uniform. And he doesn’t want to play anywhere else.
Bryant, recovering from surgery on his torn right Achilles tendon, signed a two-year contract extension Monday. Although he’s taking a pay cut from his $30.45 million salary this season, he’s still making a reported $48.5 million over the two years.
Bryant, 35, tweeted a picture of his signature on the contract with the hashtag “Laker4Life.”
While there were some who questioned the decision to allocate so much money to an aging superstar considering there will be some prime free agents available next offseason, the team voiced its satisfaction with the deal.
“This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “We’ve said all along that our priority and hope was to have Kobe finish his career as a Laker, and this should ensure that that happens.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 26, 1962, the Red Sox traded reigning American League batting champion Pete Runnels to the Houston Colt .45′s for which player?
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