|NFL roundup: Discipline expected for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin; Giants-Redskins ends in controversy||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.’ ”
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees, Orioles managers have angry confrontation||09.10.13 at 8:03 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Mexico at United States, 7:40 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who famously went on a hypocritical, holier-than-thou rant against Ryan Dempster after the Red Sox pitcher hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch last month, continued his crusade against the American League East on Monday, sparking a confrontation with Orioles manager Buck Showalter during the teams’ game in Baltimore.
In the first inning, Girardi walked to the end of his dugout and started yelling at O’s third-base coach Bobby Dickerson, accusing him of stealing signs. That didn’t sit well with Showalter, who stormed out of his dugout after the frame, angrily yelling and gesturing at his counterpart. Girardi left his dugout as well, as did the players, before the umpires interceded and issued warnings to both teams.
“He was yelling at the third-base coach,” Showalter said. “Somebody’s wearing black and orange, I’m not going to let that happen.”
Girardi would only say: “It was something that I saw. I’m going to leave it at that.”
Showalter and Dickerson strongly denied any sign-stealing. Dickerson said Girardi yelled at him, “I know what you’re doing.”
“I’m a grown man. I don’t see why he was yelling at me,” Dickerson said. “I just said, ‘You don’t know anything. You don’t even know me to be yelling at me.’ I’m just trying to do my job over there and nobody’s going to yell at me for nothing.”
The O’s won the game, 4-2, putting another dent in New York’s chances to earn a postseason berth. The Yankees trail the Rays by three games for the second wild card, with the Orioles and Indians in their way as well.
• Talk after the 49ers’ 34-28 victory over the Packers on Sunday centered on Clay Matthews‘ late hit on Colin Kaepernick and the way the officials handled it.
After Matthews dove and collided with Kaepernick out of bounds on a run in the second quarter, San Francisco lineman Joe Staley got in Matthews’ face and the two had an angry exchange, with Matthews appearing to be more aggressive, punching and smacking Staley. The officials gave Staley an unsportsmanlike penalty that matched the one on Matthews for the hit, and they negated the play entirely.
The NFL on Monday announced that it was handled incorrectly, that Staley should not have been penalized and the run should have stood.
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh, meanwhile, voiced his disappointment with Matthews, who had said before the game that Green Bay would target the scrambling Kaepernick.
“Like I said last week, usually a man will tell you his bad intentions if you just listen,” Harbaugh said. “That certainly was a cheap shot, launching, clotheslining to the neck-head area. Bad play.”
Harbaugh also took a shot at Matthews for slapping Staley.
“If you’re going to go to the face, come with knuckles, not an open slap,” the coach said. “I think if that young man works very hard on being a tough guy, he’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”
Responded Packers coach Mike McCarthy: “Clay Matthews is not a dirty player, by no means. I addressed Harbaugh’s comments in the team meeting, and as always, we’ll stay above it.”
• The U.S. men’s national soccer team plays Mexico on Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio, in a World Cup qualifying match, and U.S. defender Matt Besler will miss the match after receiving a controversial yellow card in Friday’s loss to Costa Rica.
Costa Rican winger Joel Campbell walked behind Besler, bumped into him and flopped to the ground, claiming to be injured. Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez, who was not near the play as the ball was up the field, jogged over and gave Besler a yellow card after communicating with his linesman. Because it’s Besler’s second yellow in World Cup qualifying play, he has to sit out a game.
Tweeted Besler: It’s difficult putting into words the feeling, but watching the video confirms what I already knew. … I’m extremely disappointed this is the reason I won’t get a chance to represent my country in another Mexico match, with a chance to qualify.”
The United States sits in second place in the final CONCACAF qualifying round, one point behind Costa Rica. The top three teams earn automatic berths in the World Cup, while the fourth-place finisher faces New Zealand for another spot.
The incident can be seen at the 5:40 mark.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 10, 1999, Pedro Martinez pitched perhaps his best game ever — a one-hitter with 17 strikeouts and no walks at Yankee Stadium, leading the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory. Which Yankee had the lone hit, a home run in the second inning?
|49ers QB Alex Smith: ‘I feel like the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion’||11.30.12 at 1:14 pm ET|
Alex Smith is baffled by the fact that he lost the starting job as 49ers quarterback to Colin Kaepernick.
Smith, who was NFC Offensive Player of the Week just one month ago, is medically cleared after suffering a concussion Nov. 11 against the Rams, but he won’t be playing for the second Sunday in a row when the 49ers and Rams square off.
Coach Jim Harbaugh has again named Kaepernick the starter this week.
“I feel like the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion,” Smith said.
Smith ranks fifth in the NFL with a passer rating of 104.1 and leads the league with a 70.0 completion percentage.
“You kind of state your case with your play and I felt like I’ve done that,” Smith said. “It’s tough. It stings the most just because I really felt there was something special going on here and you sacrifice and invest so much time. I felt like I was playing good football. I have no idea what’s going to happen from here. All I can do now is just prepare and get ready.”
Since replacing Smith, Kaepernick has completed 48-of-74 passes for 680 yards and three touchdowns with one interception, and he’s been sacked six times. He led the 49ers past the Saints and Bears.
Harbaugh says he’ll keep his mind open going forward about whether to use Kaepernick or Smith.
“Alex is a class act all the way,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll prepare as if he is the starter. And that’s what we would expect. And be ready to go in and play and contribute to this football team. We’ve got two quarterbacks that we feel great about as the starting quarterback. Anything’s a possibility. I would assume nothing or rule out anything.”
|Report: 49ers QB Alex Smith out for Monday night Bears-49ers game||11.19.12 at 10:43 am ET|
Quarterback Alex Smith will not start for the 49ers on Monday night against the Bears because he was not given clearance from a neurologist after suffering a concussion last week, according to an ESPN report.
If the report proves true, Colin Kaepernick will make his first start in Smith’s place.
Smith had been practicing last week and reports indicated he was on track to start the game.
The Monday night matchup is a backup showdown, as the Bears already ruled out starting quarterback Jay Cutler last week. Jason Campbell will start in his place.
|Backup quarterback showdown possible for Monday night Bears-49ers game||11.16.12 at 1:41 pm ET|
When the Bears and 49ers play Monday night, it might be a matchup of backup quarterbacks as both Bears QB Jay Cutler and 49ers QB Alex Smith deal with post-concussion issues from hits received in their last game.
Jason Campbell would replace Cutler if it turns out he is not ready. Colin Kaepernick would start in place of Smith.
Bears coach Lovie Smith said Cutler continues to improve, but it’s not clear if he’ll be ready to go against the 49ers. Smith added that Cutler could play even if he doesn’t practice.
Meanwhile, the NFL has fined Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cutler during the first half of Sunday night’s game.
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