|NFL roundup: Dolphins OL Richie Incognito, Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon suspended; Eagles QB Nick Foles ties record||11.04.13 at 12:11 pm ET|
The Dolphins suspended Richie Incognito indefinitely on Sunday for his alleged harassment of Miami offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the team early last week for emotional reasons.
Incognito’s suspension, for conduct detrimental to the team, ame three days after the Dolphins’ 22-20 overtime win over the Bengals. During that time, specifics of the bullying of Martin became apparent.
EPSN’s Adam Schefter revealed that a message left on Martin’s phone by Incognito served as the main piece of evidence for his suspension. Incognito also reportedly asked Martin to fund a trip to Las Vegas with teammates. Martin did not go, but he paid $15,000 toward the trip. A lunchroom incident reportedly set off Martin and led to his absence.
Miami selected Martin in the second round of the 2012 draft. The left tackle started all 16 games last season and the team’s first seven games this year.
Incognito joined the Dolphins in 2010, and is a member of Miami’s six-player leadership council. Controversy has followed Incognito in his nine-year NFL career. Last year, a Sporting News player poll had Incognito as the second-dirtiest player in the NFL. In 2009, Incognito and then-Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo got into a verbal confrontation on the sideline, and St. Louis waived him a few days later. He missed the entire 2004 college season at Nebraska for off-field issues.
• Apparently, Justin Blackmon did not learn his lesson.
Just one month after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, Blackmon was suspended again on Sunday, this time for at least the duration of season. He’s eligible to file for reinstatement prior to the start of next season.
|NFL roundup: Eagles QB Michael Vick, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III injured; Lions WR Calvin Johnson nearly sets record||10.28.13 at 11:44 am ET|
Michael Vick found himself in a position that’s becoming increasingly familiar midway through the Eagles’ loss to the Giants on Sunday: seated on the bench with an injury.
Vick exited in the second quarter of the 15-7 loss with a hamstring injury.
After the game, Vick explained that he felt a “pop” in his left hamstring, which he originally injured in Philadelphia’s first matchup with the Giants in Week 5. That injury forced him to miss Week 6 and 7.
It’s unclear exactly when the aggravation occurred, although Vick looked hampered from the opening drive.
Backup quarterback Matt Barkley entered the game with 2:24 remaining and Philadelphia trailing 12-0. Vick left throwing the ball 6-for-9 for 30 yards and one interception, which came on the team’s first drive.
Vick started Sunday in place of the injured Nick Foles, who had replaced Vick the last two weeks. In six games, Vick has thrown for 1,215 yards, a 54.6 completion percentage, five touchdowns and three interceptions, and run for 308 yards on 34 attempts.
• After tearing his right ACL last season, Robert Griffin III appears to have dodged a bullet, as he said after Sunday’s game that the left knee injury that forced him out of the Redskins’ 45-21 loss to the Broncos is not serious.
With less than five minutes left in the game, Griffin was driven to the ground by defensive tackle Terrance Knighton while attempting a pass, and Knighton landed on Griffin’s knee.
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets fan who hit female Patriots fan ID’d as ex-con who killed man||10.22.13 at 8:07 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Predators at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Wizards at Pistons, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Jazz at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Barcelona at AC Milan, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Jets fan who was caught on videotape punching a female Patriots fan in the face was identified as an ex-con from New York named Kurt Paschke.
The New York Daily News reported that Paschke, 38, served three years in prison in the 1990s for fatally stabbing another man in 1992 outside a pizza parlor. Both Paschke and the victim were 17 at the time.
An unidentified relative of stabbing victim Henri Ferrer told the paper that Paschke’s father is a Long Island-area policeman.
“He’s dangerous and he thinks he’s untouchable because he’s the son of a police officer,” the relative said. “He got away with murder.”
Added Ferrer’s father: “Anybody else would probably get arrested for that fight [at the Jets game]. As far as I’m concerned, he should spend quite a few years in jail. That’s what he deserves.”
In the video that made the rounds on the Internet Monday, Paschke is seen punching a woman the Daily News identified as Boston-area resident Jaclyn Nugent.
Paschke’s mother claims her son, who has Jets season tickets, was protecting her during the fight at MetLife Stadium. She blamed the Patriots fans for antagonizing them throughout the game and starting the brawl.
“He’s the victim, really,” Colleen Paschke said. “He was just concerned for his mother and himself.”
• A Forbes magazine poll of 1,100 people 13 and older determined that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick remains the most disliked NFL player, while Patriots QB Tom Brady checks in at No. 8.
Vick, who was released from prison four years ago after serving 19 months for his role in a dog-fighting ring, was named by 53 percent of respondents to finish 5 percentage points ahead of Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o, the Heisman Trophy runner-up from Notre Dame who was involved in a bizarre story involving a fictitious girlfriend. Next on the list is oft-penalized Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at 43 percent.
The rest of the top 10 consists of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (40 percent), injured Jets QB Mark Sanchez (40), Bears QB Jay Cutler (33), Cowboys QB Tony Romo (32), Brady (25), Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (24) and Lions running back Reggie Bush (22).
• New 76ers coach Brett Brown said Monday that he doubts first-round draft pick Nerlens Noel will play at all this season. Noel, who hails from Everett, tore his ACL during his lone season at Kentucky. Four months later, he was drafted sixth overall by Philadelphia, which apparently is willing to be patient.
“I doubt, everybody doubts that he’s going to play this year,” Brown said. “We don’t want to waste this year. I think from a skill perspective, it’s an opportunity for us to break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero.”
Noel’s agent, Andy Miller, insisted Noel’s plans are undetermined for this season.
“There have been no decisions made at this time,” Miller said. “He has been doing his rehab vigorously.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 22, 1975, the Red Sox lost Game 7 of the 1975 World Series to the Reds, 4-3 [Editor's note: corrected score]. Which rookie pitcher surrendered the game-winning run in the top of the ninth?
|NFL roundup: Josh Freeman to Vikings; Matt Schaub benched by Texans||10.07.13 at 2:11 pm ET|
Josh Freeman finally received the fresh start he desired.
After a disappointing 7-9 record last year, and an 0-4 start to this season, Freeman is out of Tampa Bay, as the Vikings agreed to sign the free agent quarterback to a one-year, $3 million contract Sunday night.
Freeman narrowed his list of teams to Minnesota, Buffalo and San Francisco, according to CBSSports.com, but ultimately chose Minnesota.
The Buccaneers released Freeman, who was in the middle of his fifth season with the team, on Thursday, a week after benching him for rookie Mike Glennon.
Turmoil between Freeman, and the organization, and particularly coach Greg Schiano, set in early this season.
The Freeman-Schiano feud began when Freeman, a team captain for three straight years, was not voted one in 2013. Rumors swirled that Schiano rigged the vote so that Freeman would not be captain, a rumor that Schiano vehemently denied. Then, one day after Freeman was declared inactive for Tampa Bay’s Week 4 loss against the Cardinals, ESPN reported that Freeman entered the NFL’s drug program as a Stage 1 participant.
Off-field issues aside, Freeman’s fledgling play on the field played a large role in his demise with the Bucs.
In three starts this season, Freeman completed just 45.7 percent of his passes, for 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. In his previous four years as Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback, Freeman never reached the playoffs and posted a 24-33 record.
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Suspended Ryan Braun calls Brewers fans to apologize||09.06.13 at 8:07 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Dodgers at Reds, 7:05 p.m. (MLB)
College football: Wake Forest at Boston College, 8 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
College football: Central Florida at Florida International, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Costa Rica vs. United States, 10 p.m. (BelN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, England vs. Moldova, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Colombia vs. Ecuador, 4:20 p.m. (BelN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Paraguay vs. Bolivia, 6:25 p.m. (BelN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Mexico vs. Honduras, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Tulsa Shock, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 12:30 p.m. (CBS)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, knows he has a long way to go to win back the fans. So, he’s going one at a time.
Braun, who issued a statement last month but has not made a public apology in person, has been calling season ticket-holders to ask for their forgiveness.
Pat Guenther, owner of Kelly’s Bleachers sports bar and a 20-year season ticket-holder, received one of the calls and said he could tell from the voice it was Braun and not someone playing a joke.
Recalled Guenther in an interview with Milwaukee’s CBS-58 News: “He said, ‘I messed up,’ in a nutshell, ‘I messed up. I just want to reach out and say I’m sorry.’
“I cut him off right there. I said, ‘You know, Ryan, I think you’re an amazing athlete and this speaks volumes to your character to reach out to a small business owner like myself and let us know that you are going to do better.’ ”
Added Guenther: “He was very humble on the phone. He wanted to reach out, and for him to do this is an act of kindness. He wants the people of Wisconsin to support the Brewers and him.”
Not everyone is ready to give Braun another chance. On Thursday, the restaurant group SURG announced it is ending its business relationship with the player, with plans to close the Milwaukee restaurant that once included his name.
Guenther is more forgiving of Braun.
“Who hasn’t made a mistake?” he said. “People move forward. I think that’s what Ryan is trying to do. He’s moving forward. He has no other option. Be better, help his ball club win games and win the hearts of Brewers fans like he has for many, many years.”
• The Bruins are still hurting from their six-game loss to the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals, but at least they made it that far. The Penguins, expected to win the Eastern Conference, are still in shock months after being swept by the Bruins.
“It stung,” captain Sidney Crosby said, via ESPN.com. “It was one of those ones that definitely took a while to wear off. Looking back, probably right until Chicago won, it was pretty tough to go a day without it crossing your mind when you’re seeing the finals going on. I didn’t watch a game until Game 6. I tried not to think about it too much, but it did pass through my mind. I think until I started working out and started to get ready for this year, it was tough to turn the page there.”
Added Crosby: “Ultimately in the playoffs, we didn’t get those big plays against Boston and they did a better job of that,. I look at myself in the mirror for that, having those opportunities and having [Tuukka] Rask make those big saves, you want those chances back and you want to put them in. But you have to make sure you learn from it.”
Evgeni Malkin, who signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension in the offseason, had no explanation for Pittsburgh’s scoring drought in the series.
“I agree with Sid. It’s tougher loss for my career, too,” he said. “Four games and we score just two goals. I think we have best offensive line in NHL last year but we score just two goals. I don’t know if it’s bad luck or Boston played very well. But I just try to not remember that again, just look forward, look positive and look new season.”
• Eagles receiver Riley Cooper, who took a leave of absence during training camp after video surfaced of him using a racial slur at a concert, got into a fight with hotheaded teammate Cary Williams at practice Thursday, but Cooper said it was not related to last month’s controversy.
Cooper was being defended aggressively by Williams during a drill when the two hit the ground together. Cooper pushed Williams as they got up, and the two traded shoves and grabs before teammates attempted to restrain an angry Williams as Cooper walked away.
“Being super competitive, going for the ball,” Cooper explained. “We had a tangle-up at the ball, we both went to the ground. There was a lot of contact at the top of the route. It was nothing.”
Williams, who got into a fight with the Patriots when the teams practiced together last month prior to their preseason game and was kicked out of that practice, declined to comment.
Quarterback Michael Vick was one of the players who stepped in to try to calm Williams on Thursday, but the DB was not very receptive.
Said Vick: “Our maturity level has to be on a whole different plane. Regardless of who the catalyst was for the whole fight, that doesn’t matter. We have to be men. We’re not guys who are out on the street, fighting one another. We’re teammates. It’s game week. We don’t have time for that. I don’t. It’s a distraction.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 6, 1964, the Red Sox gave up on which locally born pitcher who would go on to become a three-time All-Star, selling him the Pirates?
|NFL roundup: Broncos’ Von Miller accepts 6-game suspension; Michael Vick named Eagles starter||08.20.13 at 5:48 pm ET|
Broncos linebacker Von Miller will serve a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, although he says he did not fail a drug test.
“Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules,” Miller said in a statement, adding: “I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself. I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others. I will not make the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future. During my time off the field, I will work tirelessly and focus exclusively on remaining in peak shape. I look forward to contributing immediately upon my return to the field and bringing a championship back to the people of Denver.”
The league reportedly wanted a longer suspension but agreed to six games. Miller would be eligible to return for the Oct. 20 game against the Colts in Indianapolis. The Broncos visit the Patriots on Nov. 24.
Miller, selected second overall in the 2011 draft, was the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and runner-up for 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Before the announcement was made Tuesday, the Broncos signed 35-year-old free agent linebacker Paris Lenon on Tuesday. Lennon played last season for the Cardinals, making 103 tackles.
• Michael Vick has been chosen as the starting quarterback for Chip Kelly’s offense in Philadelphia Tuesday, ending a long and heavily speculated competition with Nick Foles for the job.
“I think we all learned from this group that we’ve got two guys, maybe even three guys who can play in this league,” Kelly said. “It was a healthy competition. I think they both made each other better. … Mike is ahead, but Nick made it very tough on him.”
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez’ cousin, Yuri Sucart, reportedly considers lawsuit against player||03.12.13 at 8:02 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Bobcats, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Hawks at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Northeast final, Mount St. Mary’s vs. LIU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big East first round, South Florida vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Horizon final, Wright State vs. Valparaiso, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Summit final, North Dakota State vs. South Dakota State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big East first round, DePaul vs. Rutgers, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
World Baseball Classic: Netherlands vs. Japan, 6 a.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Italy vs. Dominican Republic, 1 p.m. (MLB Network, ESPN2)
World Baseball Classic: Puerto Rico vs. United States 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Alex Rodriguez‘ troubling offseason continues with a report that his cousin, Yuri Sucart, whom A-Rod claimed provided him with performance-enhancing drugs, is considering filing a $5 million lawsuit against the injured Yankees slugger after Rodriguez turned down a settlement proposal.
“I know there’s a lot of friction. I know that [Sucart’s] name got caught in the crossfire of all the allegations involving all the performance-enhancing drugs,” Miami attorney John Ruiz told the Daily News. “I’ve been consulted about it. But obviously because there’s an attorney/client relationship, I can’t really divulge details.”
When Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he had used steroids in the past, he claimed Sucart — who had run errands for A-Rod for 15 years — encouraged him and helped administer the drugs. The Yankees then banned Sucart from the team’s facilities.
Added Ruiz: “I know he was working for [Rodriguez] for quite some time. There is information that he has — I guess, only he knows. The public doesn’t know. I’m not at liberty to discuss it as of this point in time.”
♦ Michael Vick‘s book-signing tour was canceled after threats were made against the Eagles quarterback and store employees due to Vick’s participation in a dog-fighting ring. Vick was to appear at Barnes & Noble stores in Atlanta, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to sign copies of his autobiography, “Finally Free.”
“While we stand by Michael Vick’s right to free speech and the retailers’ right to free commerce, we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm’s way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick’s book-signing appearances.” Worthy Publishing president Byron Williamson told PhillyMag.com. “We’ve been assured these threats of violence, which have been reported to the police, are being taken very seriously by local authorities.”
Vick, who last month agreed to a restructured three-year deal to remain with the Eagles, served 18 months in federal prison for his role running the dog-fighting ring. The former Falcons No. 1 overall pick signed with Philadelphia in 2009 after missing two seasons while serving out his sentence. He has since worked with the The Humane Society of the United States to speak out against animal cruelty.
♦ Clippers center DeAndre Jordan‘s alley-oop dunk Sunday night has made him an Internet sensation. It’s also given some publicity to Pistons guard Brandon Knight, who was posterized on the play. At Yahoo! Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski examines our “backward culture” that has made Knight the punch line for challenging an opponent eight inches taller and 80 pounds heavier.
At least Knight is keeping his sense of humor. Tweeted Knight after the game: It wasn’t in the scouting reports that the clippers threw lobs lol
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 12, 1985, Larry Bird scored a team-record 60 points in a 126-11 victory over the Hawks in New Orleans. Whose record did he break?
|Update: Michael Vick agrees to 1-year deal with Eagles||02.11.13 at 12:07 pm ET|
Michael Vick has agreed to a restructured one-year contract to remain with the Eagles, the team announced Monday. It replaces the remaining portion of the six-year, $100 million deal Vick signed in 2011 and makes him eligible for free agency after next season. Under reported terms of the new deal, Vick could make as much as $10 million in 2013.
There had been widespread speculation that the oft-injured quarterback would depart Philadelphia this offseason, following a 2012 campaign in which the 32-year-old started the first nine games before suffering a concussion. Prior to the injury, there were calls for him to be replaced by rookie Nick Foles as the team struggled to a 3-6 mark. Vick, who started the season finale after Foles broke his right hand, completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 2,362 yards and 12 touchdowns vs. 10 interceptions while rushing 62 times for 332 yards in 10 games.
The Eagles faced a deadline last Wednesday in which they had to pay Vick a $3 million bonus if he remained on the roster. He was due to make $15.5 million in 2013.
New Eagles coach Chip Kelly is expected to install an uptempo offense that could be a better fit for Vick.
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Manti Te’o grants televised interview to Katie Couric||01.21.13 at 7:49 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Jets at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Red Wings at Blue Jackets, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Pacers at Grizzlies, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Nets at Knicks, 3:30 pm. (NBATV)
NBA: Spurs at 76ers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Bulls, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Syracuse, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Baylor, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgetown at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Bethune-Cookman at Savannah State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Southern at Alabama A&M, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at Oklahoma, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te’o will give his first on-camera interview since the dead girlfriend story broke when he and his parents sit down with Katie Couric for an talk that will air on her syndicated show Thursday. Te’o spoke to ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap on Friday, but he would not consent to having the interview videotaped.
The Notre Dame linebacker has claimed he was the victim of a hoax when he had a relationship with a woman named Lennay Kekua who he never met and supposedly died from leukemia. He told ESPN that the man behind the hoax, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, reached out to him and apologized.
Meanwhile, Tuiasosopo and his cohorts apparently were still toying with Te’o the night before the national championship game, when they sent Te’o a photo from Notre Dame’s hotel lobby and called him to say they were there waiting to see him. A Notre Dame fan told ESPN that she took the photo of the lobby and sent it to someone claiming to be the sister of Kekua upon a request.
♦ There was speculation earlier this month that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick might be a target of the Jets this offseason, as coach Rex Ryan has expressed his appreciation for Vick’s ability. However, an ESPN report Sunday indicated Vick — should be be released by Philadelphia — is not likely to consider New York.
First off, the Jets would have trouble clearing enough money to pay him. Second, the Jets hired former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to serve in the same role, and Morninweg and Vick apparently did not see eye-to-eye in Philadelphia.
The Jets appear to be stuck with Mark Sanchez, who threw 18 interceptions in 2012 and counts for $12.8 million against the salary cap.
♦ Amherst Regional High School dismissed an assistant basketball coach following an incident last week in which he allegedly told a player to intentionally run into the opposing coach during a game.
Junior Tyrell Jackson was suspended for twice ramming into South Hadley coach Jeff Guiel while heading up the court. Jackson and five teammates told the Springfield Republican that Eric Wheeler requested it because he was upset that Guiel was stepping outside the coach’s box. The players were split about whether Amherst coach Jim Matuszko was aware of the plan, although Jackson had no doubt.
“[Matusko] definitely knew that I was going to do it when I went in,” Jackson said. “As I went in, Wheeler said, ‘Take him out,’ and Matuszko heard [but] didn’t say anything.”
Matuszko denied any involvement, insisting: “If one of our coaches did say that, I certainly didn’t know about.”
After Jackson ran into Guiel a second time just before halftime, the situation escalated, with the coaches sharing angry words and the players coming close to fighting. The referees discussed the incident but did not call anything.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 21, 1954, the NBA All-Star Game went to overtime for the first time. Which Celtic scored 10 points in the extra session and was named MVP after leading the East to a 98-93 victory?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets reportedly will try to trade Mark Sanchez, might have interest in Michael Vick||12.20.12 at 7:55 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Thunder at Timberwolves, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Heat at Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Elon at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College football: Poinsettia Bowl, BYU vs. San Diego State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Jets appear ready to start over at quarterback. According to the New York Daily News, the team will look to trade Mark Sanchez after the season — although it likely will be difficult to find a team willing to pay Sanchez the $8.25 million he’s owed. Sanchez, in his fourth season in New York after being drafted fifth overall, has been benched in favor of Greg McElroy for Sunday’s game against the Chargers following his disastrous five-turnover performance in this past Sunday’s 14-10 loss to the Titans that ended the Jets’ playoff hopes.
“I’m not going to make excuses,” Sanchez said after Wednesday’s practice. “At the end of the day, no matter what kind of situation that you’re in, the quarterback has the ball and it’s my job to make good decisions with the football regardless of the personnel situation. … I’m not going to go there. Is every interception the quarterback’s fault? Of course not. But they’re attributed to the quarterback. It goes as my stat. You live with that. You own up to your side of the mistakes and you move on.”
The Daily News also reports that Michael Vick, who is expected to be released by the Eagles when the season ends, would be amenable to joining the Jets, and that Rex Ryan has always admired the speedy QB.
“[Ryan] loves him,” a team official told the paper.
Vick lost his starting job in Philadelphia after receiving a concussion this season.
♦ Suspended ESPN “First Take” panelist Rob Parker apologized for racially inflammatory remarks he made last week about Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Parker, himself African-American, questioned whether Griffin was “a brother or a cornball brother” and brought up the fact that the player has a white fiancee and is rumored to be a Republican.
Wrote Parker on Wednesday:
“I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. I believe the intended topic is a worthy one. Robert’s thoughts about being an African-American quarterback and the impact of his phenomenal success have been discussed in other media outlets, as well as among sports fans, particularly those in the African-American community. The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take, and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one.”
Added Parker: “I’ve contacted his agent with hopes of apologizing to Robert directly. As I reflect on this and move forward, I will take the time to consider how I can continue to tackle difficult, important topics in a much more thoughtful manner.”
♦ Isiah Thomas, fired by Florida International University in March after going 26-65 in three seasons as coach, will make his debut as an analyst on NBA TV on Friday. Thomas is slated to make several appearances a month and write for NBA.com.
His first appearance comes as a lead-in to the game between the Bulls and Knicks, the last NBA team Thomas worked for.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 20, 1964, the Patriots ended their season with a 24-14 loss to the Bills. Despite failing to score in the game, which Patriots player finished the season with an AFL record 155 points?
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