23 Oct 2017 19:33:12 -0400
Chiefs release C.J. Spiller for 4th time in 2017
C.J. Spiller played for the Kansas City Chiefs this past Thursday, toting the rock two times for no yards. On Monday, the running back was released. The big deal here isn’t that Spiller was released, however.It’s that this was the fourth time Spiller has been signed and released by the Chiefs this year!He’s been playing a valuable role for the Chiefs this year, even though he only has the two carries. Any time they need someone to hop onto the roster for a few days, he’s the guy they’re calling. Given the way these things work, we won’t be surprised if Spiller ends up getting another call before the season is up.Spiller has 3,451 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight NFL seasons. His best year came in 2012 as a member of the Buffalo Bills, which was the only season he ever eclipsed 1,000 yards. His best days are clearly well in the rear-view mirror, but he’s still able to make himself valuable, albeit in a slightly different way than most players.
23 Oct 2017 15:27:14 -0400
Report: Suns send Eric Bledsoe home, trade viewed as likely
Eric Bledsoe’s days with the Phoenix Suns appear to be nearing an end.ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported Monday that the Suns guard was sent home after Monday’s shootaround and ruled out of the team’s game, with rival executives believing that it’s only a matter of time before Bledsoe is traded. Bledsoe’s suspicious tweet on Sunday put the wheels in motion, and it’s likely that it was a reason for Bledsoe being sent home. With the Suns in full rebuilding mode, it’s a question of when, not if Bledsoe is dealt.
23 Oct 2017 14:42:47 -0400
Steelers reportedly have no plans to trade, discipline Bryant
Martavis Bryant may be intent on doing everything in his power to force his way out of Pittsburgh, but that doesn’t mean he is going to be successful.Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers have no intention of trading Bryant before the Oct. 31 trade deadline. They also aren’t expected to discipline the receiver for not showing up for a mandatory team meeting on Monday.After Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Bryant made some comments on Instagram criticizing rookie teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster and indicating he wants the Steelers to trade him. Veteran offensive lineman Ramon Foster said Monday that he wishes Bryant showed up to work so he could explain himself.“I just wish he were here to answer his own questions,” Foster said.. “I’m over that. I don’t know what happened. I think he called in sick today. I don’t know. I just wish he were here to answer his own questions. You can’t throw that stuff out there on social media land and expect no forest fires behind it.“He can
23 Oct 2017 17:24:04 -0400
Joe Thomas says he will consider NFL future in offseason
Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas has admitted that his NFL future is something he’ll have to think about — but it won’t happen until the offseason.Thomas said Monday that recovering from his torn triceps is his first priority, and he’ll think about 2018 once the offseason begins and he has time to think it over. Thomas’s 2017 season is over, the first time in his NFL career he’ll deal with an injury. He probably won’t want to go out like that, though he does turn 33 in December.
23 Oct 2017 15:13:31 -0400
Dwyane Wade volunteers to come off bench for Cavs
Dwyane Wade’s brief stint as the starting shooting guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers appears to be over.Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said on Monday that Wade will be replaced by J.R. Smith in the starting lineup after Wade approached Lue and said that he would like to come off the bench, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. The 12-time All-Star Wade averaged just 5.7 points on 28 percent shooting in three games as a starter and recently admitted that he was struggling to find his place with the team. While that’s not entirely surprising for Wade, an aging guard who operates primarily from the midrange, given that he was playing next to ball dominators like LeBron James, Kevin Love and Derrick Rose, a bench role should indeed be much better suited for him on this team.Smith, who was never pleased about being benched in the first place, will return to the starting unit to improve the defense and three-point shooting. Meanwhile, Wade can be the go-to scorer and creator for the second unit. Wade’s veteran savvy and synergy w
23 Oct 2017 13:00:35 -0400
Fifteen biggest surprises so far in 2017-18 NBA season
One week into the 2017-18 season, NBA viewers have already seen several unexpected developments. Try as we might, not everything can be predicted. A handful of games can offer immediate lessons about the league.Rather than express disappointment in the changes, we’re embracing the surprises — no matter if something was likely a one-game aberration or an indication of a trend.Phoenix fired its coachIn normal-life terms, this is like getting invited to a party and told to leave after enjoying a single bite of an appetizer. Things looked fine, then suddenly it’s time to head out. Such is life for Earl Watson, who coached a grand total of three games this season. Phoenix also dismissed three assistant coaches — Nate Bjorkgren, Jason Fraser and Mehmet Okur. The Suns have an extremely young roster and weren’t expected to compete this season, so this decision isn’t going to affect the team’s ceiling. But why didn’t this happen earlier? Phoenix only had six months between games. Or, did it really need to happen now?E
23 Oct 2017 12:23:00 -0400
Vikings don’t want Bridgewater playing on London field?
Teddy Bridgewater is getting closer to making his first appearance in an NFL regular season game since 2015, but concerns about the next surface the Minnesota Vikings have to play on could be one of the reasons the team is taking it slow with the quarterback.According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Vikings have not entertained the idea of Bridgewater playing in Week 8 because their game is in London. The soccer stadiums overseas that host NFL games are known for having softer and more slippery field conditions, and Minnesota does not want to take any chances by having Bridgewater play on that.Bridgewater just returned to practice last week and the Vikings have a bye in Week 9, so they probably would have held him out even if they were not playing in London. While the 24-year-old has been cleared by doctors, he still needs to get up to game speed. Case Keenum has also played well enough to help Minnesota win its last three games, so there’s no need to rush Bridgewater.Assuming Bridgewater does not su
23 Oct 2017 12:04:38 -0400
Mixon: ‘I can do way more’ than Le’Veon Bell with more touches
Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Joe Mixon bemoaned his lack of touches during Sunday’s 29-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, suggesting he could have outplayed Le’Veon Bell with an increased workload.The Bengals, not surprisingly, went away from the running game as the Steelers opened up on a 20-14 lead with six more points in the third quarter. After Mixon carried the ball seven times in the first half for 48 yards, he didn’t see another touch in the entire second half. And he wasn’t happy about it.“It’s frustrating. I feel like I’m seeing [Le’Veon Bell] got the ball 35 times, and I got it seven in the first half and then don’t touch the ball again,” Mixon said, via ESPN. “[Jeremy] Hill only got one touch in the second half. It’s frustrating to us running backs. We feel like we’re in the room and we feel like we’re part of the offense. If it worked in the first half, why not do it in the second?”While it is not surprising — although arguably not demonstrative of a “team-first” mentality — for Mixon t
23 Oct 2017 12:00:31 -0400
Top World Series storylines
The 2017 World Series is set. For the first time since 1970, the Fall Classic will match up two teams that won 100 or more games. In the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, we have a true clash of the champions.What are the main storylines to follow as we get ready for the series?Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander are both looking to reverse some negative history. One team’s lead-off man is coming in red-hot. The other’s is coming in ice-cold. Los Angeles enters with a question mark around its starting shortstop. Houston, conversely, enters with questions around most of its pitching.As if that wasn’t enough, both Dodgers and Astros need to overcome a recent trend to win.These are the main storylines to follow in the 2017 World Series.Clayton Kershaw on the biggest stageKershaw’s 2017 postseason has been more than good enough. His 3.63 ERA is far from great, but the Dodgers are 3-0 in his starts and he sports a personal 2-0 record. Now, he’s pitching in a spot he’s never pitched before — the World Series
23 Oct 2017 17:04:36 -0400
Urban Meyer has the highest praise for Saquon Barkley
Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are getting set to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions, who have the most dynamic running back in the nation at their disposal, Saquon Barkley.An X-factor if there ever was one, Barkley is undoubtedly atop the Heisman hopeful list heading into Week 9. He has tallied 1,221 all-purpose yards from scrimmage through Saturday, rushing for 757 yards, receiving 32 passes for 448 yards and even throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass on a trick play (watch).Looking ahead at the challenge of trying to stop this young man, Meyer uttered the biggest possible compliment about Barkley. The words, “in maybe my career” are pretty astounding. We’re not arguing this point whatsoever, because Barkley is a rare bird, indeed. There have only ever been a handful of players who can consistently do things like this while going full speed.Meyer has been around some pretty elite talent during his three decades of coaching at the collegiate level, so this comment cannot be taken lightly. Meyer’s word
23 Oct 2017 16:16:52 -0400
Report: Darnold 'unlikely to leave' USC after 2017 season
The 2017 season hasn’t been the launchpad Sam Darnold hoped it might be as it pertains to taking that next step and becoming an NFL quarterback. As such, it’s being reported the USC quarterback is “unlikely to leave” school after this season. While stats don’t tell the whole story all the time, Darnold’s stats have been pretty awful this year, especially as it concerns turnovers. He’s only hitting 63.5 percent of his passes, averaging eight yards per attempt and has 17 touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions. He’s thrown at least one interception in every game this year minus one and has also turned the ball over five times on fumbles.To say Darnold has taken a step backwards in terms of draft hype would be an understatement of excessive proportions.He’s been rumored to have interest in staying in school another year, anyway. At this point, staying in school appears to be the only smart move. If he were to come out, there’s a chance teams could take a gamble with him late in the first round, but those turnove
23 Oct 2017 16:13:30 -0400
Janet Jackson reportedly not banned from performing at Super Bowl
Justin Timberlake confirmed on Sunday that he will be headlining the halftime show at Super Bowl LII, which of course sent Twitter into a frenzy with people calling for Janet Jackson to join him. If that’s what J.T. wants, he is apparently free to extend the invite.The belief has existed for years that Jackson was banned from ever performing at an NFL event again because of the infamous incident in which her breast was intentionally exposed during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVIII in 2004. However, a representative from the NFL told TMZ “there is no ban” when asked about Jackson.“We are not going to comment on any speculation regarding potential guests,” a league spokesperson said. “There may be no guests. Along with Pepsi, we’re excited to have Justin Timberlake.”After the performance that coined the phrase “wardrobe malfunction,” Timberlake went on to become one of the most successful artists in the music industry. Jackson, on the other hand, was supposedly pressured to bow out of the Grammy Awards the
23 Oct 2017 14:37:48 -0400
TY Hilton apologizes to Colts’ offensive line for criticism
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton apologized Monday after publicly criticizing the offensive line following his team’s 27-0 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.Hilton threw the offensive line under the bus following the team’s defeat, but he was remorseful on Monday, offering a public apology and pledging to speak to each offensive lineman in private as well. The offensive line may have had their share of issues, but the Colts are a mess in pretty much every department, and their bad play can’t be pinned all on one unit. Hilton was wrong to go off and right to apologize.
23 Oct 2017 14:35:56 -0400
DeShone Kizer was partying with Kenny Britt Friday night?
There’s been a big ado about DeShone Kizer’s off-field antics leading up to Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. Prior to being benched for his third consecutive start, reports surfaced that the rookie was out partying Friday night. It’s something head coach Hue Jackson hit on following the team’s most-recent loss.Now, more information is coming out regarding the incident in question. It’s being reported by a local CBS affiliate in Cleveland that Kizer was actually out partying with veteran receiver Kenny Britt.This most definitely isn’t a good sign for Kizer, Britt and the Browns as a whole. At 0-7 on the season, the team is a complete dumpster fire. Britt, who was Cleveland’s biggest off-season acquisition, has fallen out of favor big time here. Needless to say, this most-recent incident isn’t going to paint him in the greatest of lights.Remember, Britt and fellow wide receiver Corey Coleman were sent home prior to Week 6’s game for missing curfew (more on that here).Britt signed a four-year, $32.5 m
23 Oct 2017 12:12:32 -0400
Report: Nationals to interview Dave Martinez for manager job
The Washington Nationals are scrambling to find a replacement for Dusty Baker, and have turned to a longtime major league coach as a possibility.The Nationals will reportedly speak with Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez about their vacancy, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post. Martinez has been Joe Maddon’s right hand man since 2008, when he joined his staff with the Tampa Bay Rays. He moved to Chicago with Maddon in 2015. Even before then, he was mentioned as a managerial candidate pretty much every offseason, but has never actually landed a job. Perhaps the Nationals could change that, particularly with one of their main candidates now off the board.