|11.11.13 at 1:41 pm ET|
Sunday was a bad day to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Jay Cutler, Jake Locker and Seneca Wallace all were forced out of their games early, while Peyton Manning also re-aggravated his ankle injury.
Cutler left with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Chicago’s 21-19 loss to the Lions. His status for the game was in question to begin with as he missed the Bears’ 27-20 win over the Packers the previous week. Josh McCown replaced Cutler and led Chicago on a touchdown-scoring drive. However, the two-point conversion failed and the Bears came up just short.
Locker, who was enjoying a breakout season for the Titans, might be lost for the season with a Lisfranc injury suffered in Tennessee’s 29-27 loss to the Jaguars. NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported that the Titans believe the third-year pro’s season could be over. Locker already missed two games this season with a hip injury.
Wallace, filling in for the injured Aaron Rodgers, played only one series of Green Bay’s 27-13 loss to Philadelphia, as a groin injury forced him out. Wallace replaced Rodgers last week when the Packers’ franchise quarterback went down with a fractured collarbone at the start of the team’s 27-20 loss to Chicago. Scott Tolzien replaced Wallace at quarterback, and will start next week vs. the Giants, according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
• The 49ers showed Aldon Smith tough love by suspending him for over a month due to his substance abuse problems.
When Smith finally made it back on the field Sunday, after missing the past five games, San Francisco continued that tough love in the team’s 10-9 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Smith sat out the entire first quarter and totaled just 12 snaps in the entire game, despite being healthy. Smith voiced his displeasure with the decision to limit his snaps, saying he was “not really” OK with his role, but also added: “The season is long, so we’ll see how it goes. I don’t really call those shots. I just put my clothes on, put my cleats on and play.”
|11.11.13 at 11:20 am ET|
The Braves announced on Monday plans to leave Turner Field and move to a stadium more accessible to the larger contingency of their ticket-holders in 2017.
Team executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller said the team opted to relocate the stadium to Cobb Country rather than renew its lease with Atlanta Fulton County Recreational Authority, which expires in 2016. The new stadium will seat 42,000 and cost $672 million.
Atlanta’s Twitter account tweeted: We have secured a large tract of property at this location & will work to build a world-class ballpark for our fans. #braves.
The Braves have called Turner Field their home since 1997. Structurally, Turner Field is still intact and generally regarded as one of the better stadiums in baseball. However, the move is designed to appeal to Atlanta’s core ticket-holders, many who reside in Cobb County.
|11.11.13 at 7:53 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Dolphins at Buccaneers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Jazz, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Lightning at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Kent State at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UMKC at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Colorado State at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: BYU at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Western Kentucky at Wichita State, 1 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN2)
College basketball: Akron at Saint Mary’s, 3 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN2)
College basketball: New Mexico State at Hawaii, 5 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Broncos won their first game without coach John Fox, who is recovering from heart surgery, but it ended with a scare.
Peyton Manning re-injured his right ankle while being hit by Corey Liuget in the closing minutes of Sunday’s 28-20 victory over the Chargers in San Diego. Although he remained in the game, Manning limped out of the stadium and said he would have tests to determine the extent of the injury.
“Pretty sore,” Manning said of the ankle, which has been a source of trouble for him for a month. “They kind of got me twice in that lower area. I felt better coming into the game after the bye week, but pretty sore. I’ll get an MRI [Monday], so I’ll know a little more then.”
Manning, who threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, originally injured the ankle last month and aggravated it the following week. He said he’s likely to suit up for Sunday night’s matchup with the undefeated Chiefs.
“I certainly plan on it, yeah,” he said. “I had [an MRI] a couple of weeks ago. I took a couple of hits today, so just kind of an update to see what it says. I’m hoping for no change.”
• A Chargers tailgater received a ticket for throwing a football in the parking lot at Qualcomm Stadium before a game last month.
Jesse Unger, 27, was approached by police and handed a citation, and while he says the officers told him it was for $60, he discovered online that it actually was $280.
Unger took the matter to court last week, and the judge agreed with Unger that it was ridiculous. He suspended the fine after Unger pleaded guilty to “throwing the football.”
“I couldn’t believe that I was going to admit to something that has no business being considered a crime,” he said.
Then, according to Unger, the judge complained about the Chargers’ lack of production in the running game.
The San Diego Union-Tribune investigated and determined that three other NFL venues have a similar police: Tennessee’s LP Field, Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.
• The Knicks were routed by the Spurs on Sunday, 120-89, but owner James Dolan remains confident in his team. Either that, or he’s setting up coach Mike Woodson to take the fall.
While performing with his band, JD & The Straight Shot, at the Cutting Room in Manhattan, Dolan reportedly said of Wednesdays game against the Hawks: “We’re going to win the next game. That’s a guarantee.”
This came after fans started a brief “Fire Woodson” chant during Sunday’s game.
Said Woodson when asked about the fans’ reaction: “I don’t worry about that stuff. I’ve got to coach them.”
Woodson did acknowledge that his team played like one with no pride.
“No, not at all,” he said. “It’s something we’ll address [Monday] at the practice facility. It’s my job to push them through it and get them over the hump.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 11, 1999, which Red Sox skipper was named American League Manager of the Year?
|11.10.13 at 4:58 pm ET|
Embattled Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito said that the language he used with teammate Jonathan Martin was simply the way the two communicated, and said the locker-room environment in Miami is a place where threats and racial slurs were commonplace between friends and teammates.
At the same time, speaking with Fox Sports on Sunday, Incognito said he can understand why some people are upset about the language that has surfaced in the text messages and voicemails Incognito left for Martin.
“When words are put in a context, I understand why a lot of eyebrows get raised,” Incognito said in an interview that aired Sunday. “But people don’t know how Jon and I communicate to one another. For instance, a week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me on my phone, ‘I will murder your whole F’ing family.’
“Now, do I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit. He texted me that. I didn’t think he was going to kill my family. I knew that was coming from a brother. I knew it was coming from a friend. I knew it was coming from a teammate.”
The league continues to investigate the situation involving Incognito and Martin — Martin left the team recently because of alleged harassment and misconduct, much of which reportedly came from Incognito, who used a racial epithet to describe Martin. Incognito has been suspended as a result.
“I’m not a racist, and to judge me by that one word is wrong,” Incognito said. “In no way, shape or form is it ever acceptable for me to use that word, even if it’s friend-to-friend on a voicemail.
“It’s thrown around a lot. It’s a word that I’ve heard Jon use a lot. It’s not saying it’s right that I did it and used it in a voicemail. But it’s a lot of colorful words that are being thrown around in a locker room that we don’t use in everyday life.”
|11.08.13 at 10:13 am ET|
The Panthers on Friday fired coach Kevin Dineen and the rest of the coaching staff following Thursday night’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins at TD Garden, the team announced.
The team also announced that Peter Horachek will be summoned from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio to serve as interim coach along with John Madden and Brian Skrudland.
The Panthers have gone seven games without a win and are 3-9-4 on the season.
Dineen was in his third season at the help of the Panthers. He led Florida to a 38-26-18 record in 2011-12, winning the Southeast Division before getting bounced by the Devils in the first round of the playoffs. The Panthers dipped to 15-27-6 in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
Florida is under new ownership this year, and minority owner Doug Cifu was in on a meeting with Dineen after Tuesday’s overtime loss to the Oilers along with general manager Dale Tallon, hockey operations director Mike Dixon and assistant general manager Mike Santos.
“The truth of the matter is we have new ownership here,” Dineen told the Miami Herald after that meeting. “When you’re spending whatever the figure is on something and you’re in a personnel based business, you’re evaluating everything on every single day at every level. Whether it’s management side, the players’ side, the coaches’ side. Those meetings are happening every day right now.”
|11.08.13 at 8:10 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Magic, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Knicks at Bobcats, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Kings at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Louisville at UConn, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Air Force at New Mexico, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Boston College at Providence, 6 p.m. (FS1; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Army vs, Air Force, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Citadel at Virginia Military, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn vs. Maryland, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Davidson at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s vs. Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Georgetown vs. Oregon, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Florida Gulf Coast at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: USC at Utah State, 9:05 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Boston College at Boston University, 7:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Minnesota at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• With Dolphins players defending suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito and questioning Jonathan Martin for accusations of mistreatment while appearing to be good friends with his teammate, Martin’s new lawyer released a statement Thursday night claiming that his client was physically attacked and suffered daily verbal abuse from Incognito and others, including one teammate who made vulgar comments about Martin’s sister.
“Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing,” said David Cornwell, a veteran sports labor attorney who also is representing Alex Rodriguez in his suspension appeal vs. Major League Baseball. “For the entire season and a half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment. This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying. Despite these efforts, the taunting continued. … Eventually, Jonathan made a difficult choice. Despite his love for football, Jonathan left the Dolphins. Jonathan looks forward to getting back to playing football. In the meantime, he will cooperate fully with the NFL investigation.”
Giants safety Antrel Rolle‘s opinion was a common one throughout the league.
“Is Incognito wrong? Absolutely. He’s 100 percent wrong,” Rolle said. “No individual should have to go through that, especially in their workplace. But at the same time, Jonathan Martin is a 6-4, 320-pound man. I mean, at some point and time you need to stand your ground as an individual. Am I saying go attack, go fight him? No. I think we all understand we can stand our ground without anything being physical.”
Responded Cornwell: “Jonathan Martin’s toughness is not at issue. The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates.”
Meanwhile, Incognito, who is expected to file a grievance against the Dolphins for losing his game check (worth $235,000), apparently hasn’t only been harassing Martin the last couple of years.
According to a report from a Miami television station, the troubled veteran was accused of sexually harassing a volunteer at a charity golf tournament last year. The volunteer told police that several people saw the incident and did not stop Incognito, although other people apologized for him afterward.
• Jets running back Mike Goodson was indicted on two weapons charges Thursday in New Jersey, related to his arrest in May when he was found by police stopped in his car in the middle lane of Interstate 80.
Goodson, who was suspended for the first four games of the season and then suffered a season-ending knee injury in his second game back, was hit with a second-degree charge of unlawful possession of a handgun and a fourth-degree charge of prohibited weapons and devices. He also has outstanding charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
“Nothing surprising,” said Goodson’s lawyer, Tony Fusco Jr. “We had been waiting for it, at least now we start the formal procedure to get this guy exonerated.”
• Carl Pelini, who resigned as Florida Atlantic University football coach last week after allegedly admitting to using marijuana and cocaine, now says he wants his job back and claims he never acknowledged using drugs. Pelini says he was forced to resign after being confronted about his alleged transgressions.
“I denied using illegal drugs three times,” Pelini wrote in a letter to FAU officials Thursday.
Pelini, 5-15 in two seasons with the team, had a contract that specified he could be subject to firing if he used drugs. The school released two sworn affidavits — one from an assistant coach — claiming to have evidence that Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis (who also resigned) did just that.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 8, 2000, which player was named the 16th captain in Bruins history only to be traded one year later
|11.07.13 at 11:07 am ET|
The Revolution’s incredible late-season run has finally come to a close, as New England was eliminated by Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference semifinals after losing 4-3 on aggregate goals over a span of two games.
SKC’s Claudio Bieler scored the series-deciding goal in the 113th minute. The teams played a mandatory 30-minute overtime as they were even in goals for the series through regulation.
New England led the series 2-1 after its first game on Saturday at Gillette Stadium before losing 3-1 at Sporting Park in Kansas City on Wednesday.
The defeat was the Revolution’s first loss since Sept. 14, as New England was on a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2).
Kansas City dominated in the first half, with an 11-2 lead in shots over the first 45 minutes of play. Kansas City’s constant pressure on New England finally manifested into a goal in the 41st minute, as defender Aurelien Collin put the ball past goalie Matt Reis, tying the series at 2-2.
Entering the second half, Reis gave the Revolution new life after robbing SKC’s Dom Dwyer of a goal on two occasions in the 55th minute. Reis’ clutch play seemed to energize his team, as New England began to generate more offense as the second half wore on. New England finally broke through in the 70th minute, as Dimitry Imbongo received a pass from Kelyn Rowe and proceeded to bury it into the net.
The advantage would not last, as SKC’s Seth Sinovic scored just nine minutes later to once again tie the series at three apiece. It was Sinovic’s first goal in almost a year, as the Kansas City native had not scored since last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals.
With the victory, SKC advances to the Eastern Conference championship, where it will face off against Houston.
Despite the disappointing finish, 2013 was a huge bounce-back season for the Revolution, as they made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
|11.07.13 at 9:19 am ET|
The Cubs’ search for a new manager appears to finally be over, as the team reportedly is prepared to hire Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, a source close to the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The hiring is expected to be announced Thursday.
Renteria, 51, has served as a member of the San Diego coaching staff for six years and has been bench coach since 2011. Renteria also managed Mexico during the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Renteria will be tasked with leading a team that finished last in the NL Central for the first time in seven years in 2013 under the watch of former manager Dale Sveum.
The Cubs decided to move on and look for a new manager after many of the team’s young franchise players did not show much progression during Sveum’s two year-tenure at Wrigley. With players such as Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, both under 25 years old, already integral pieces to Chicago’s lineup, as well as prospects such as Jorge Solder, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez on the way up to the majors, the Cubs are hoping that Renteria will be able to take this inexperienced team and morph it into a contender in the coming seasons.
Renteria’s hiring will cap off a long managerial search for the Cubs. Chicago had originally targeted Yankees manager and Illinois native Joe Girardi but were turned down after Girardi signed a four-year contract with the Yankees on Oct. 10.
Chicago also interviewed former Mariners manager Eric Wedge, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, former Indians manager Manny Acta, former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch and Brad Ausmus, who was hired by the Tigers on Sunday.
The Cubs also were said to be interested in interviewing Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, but Boston reportedly would not allow Chicago to contact Lovullo, citing a deal made during Theo Epstein‘s departure from the Red Sox that states that the Cubs cannot hire any Boston employees over a three-year period.
|11.07.13 at 8:13 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Rangers at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NFL: Redskins at Vikings, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Clippers at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: Oklahoma at Baylor, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
College fotoball: Troy at Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Oregon at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS playoffs: Galaxy at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS playoffs: Sounders at Timbers, 11 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Swansea City at Kuban, noon (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Sheriff at Tottenham, 3 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Dolphins players rallied around suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito on Wednesday and questioned Jonathan Martin, who left the team after allegedly being harassed.
“I don’t know why he’s doing this,” offensive tackle Tyson Clabo said of Martin, who reportedly checked into a hospital. “And the only person who knows why, his name is Jonathan Martin.”
Dolphins players insisted Martin and Incognito were friends and that there was no indication Martin, a second-year player from Stanford, felt threatened by the veteran with a long history of behavioral issues.
“It’s tough for me, because you can’t help a situation that you didn’t know existed — that no one on this team knew existed,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “We have a bunch of good guys in this locker room. To be put in a situation where everyone’s attacking the locker room saying it’s such a bad place, such a bad culture, no leadership to stand up and stop the situation — no one knew there was a situation to be stopped.”
Added Tannehill: “If you had asked Jon Martin a week before who his best friend on the team was, he would have said Richie Incognito. The first guy to stand up for Jonathan when anything went down on the field, any kind of tussle, Richie was the first guy there. When they wanted to hang out outside of football, who was together? Richie and Jonathan.”
Incognito left a voicemail for Martin in the offseason that included racially offensive language and physical threats. Guard John Jerry indicated it was taken out of context and overblown.
“I would have just laughed it off,” Jerry said. “I know the type of person he is, and I know he doesn’t mean it that way. Everybody’s got friends that when you’re out, they say those type of things. It’s never made a big deal.”
Added Tannehill: “Does he like to give guys a hard time? Yes. Does he like to pester guys and have fun? Yes. But he brought a lot of laughter to this locker room, he brought a lot of cohesiveness to this locker room and he was the best teammate that I could ask for.”
• Former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice gave his first television interview since losing his job after video surfaced of him abusing players, and he insists that he’s a changed man.
“I won’t be perfect moving forward, but I’ve changed,” he told ABC’s “20/20″ in an interview that’s set to air Friday night. “Having that taken away, your dream job … and having it done in such a visible way … and hurting the people closest to me … it changes a person.”
Added Rice: “That was a hard lesson learned, that’s for sure. There is going to be a different message. There is going to be a different coach Rice.”
Rice, 44, was seen on the video swearing at players, pushing them and throwing balls at their heads.
“My first reaction when I saw the tape was one of embarrassment, of shock, of sadness,” Rice said.
He said he’s reached out to apologize to his former players.
“You know, whether it was texting, whether it was calling, whether it was handwritten letters, whether it’s email, they don’t deserve this, and especially the first year’s team,” he said. “Even though we were out-manned every single night, they really, really fought hard for me … and they’re almost embarrassed about that fact now. They’re embarrassed about being a Rutgers basketball player.”
However, some former players and their families aren’t in a forgiving mood.
Said forward Wally Judge: “I won’t be tuning in.”
• The Providence College basketball team, set to open its season Friday night at home against Boston College, will be without highly regarded freshmen Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock after they were suspended indefinitely from game action for “not upholding their responsibilities at student-athletes.”
“We hold our student-athletes to very high standards,” coach Ed Cooley said in a statement. “We are disappointed in some of the choices that Brandon and Rodney have made.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 7, 1950, which Red Sox player beat out Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford to be named American League Rookie of the Year?
|11.06.13 at 9:07 am ET|
When the Bears’ Shea McClellin sacked Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter of Chicago’s 27-20 win at Lambeau Field, Rodgers jogged to the sideline, seemingly unfazed by the hit. However, the hit resulted in a fracture of his left, and non-throwing, collarbone, and now Green Bay must persevere without its leader.
Rodgers revealed on his weekly radio spot with ESPN Milwaukee that there’s no timetable for his return at the moment.
“I do have a fractured collarbone. That’s a significant injury,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “We’ll know more about the severity and the timetable later this week.”
The injury occurred on the Packers’ first series of the game, with Green Bay driving. The drive stalled when McClellin sacked Rodgers to force a fourth down. McClellin wrapped up Rodgers and tossed him to the ground, landing on top of him and crushing the left side of Rodgers’ body.
In his six years as Green Bay’s starting quarterback, Rodgers has never missed consecutive weeks with an injury.
The 2011 Super Bowl winner has churned out another productive season thus far, tossing for 2,218 yards, with a 66.9 completion percentage, and 15 touchdowns along with four interceptions.
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