21 Dec 2014 02:44:52 -0500
Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win
The San Francisco 49ers threw away a 28-7 halftime lead on Saturday night at Levi’s Stadium, losing 38-35 to the San Diego Chargers.
Even though Frank Gore rushed for 158 yards and the team totaled 355 yards, the 49ers dropped their fourth consecutive contest, falling to 7-8 on the season.
The game began on a promising note, as Gore broke off a 52-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the night. San Francisco had a chance to go up 14-0 early in the first, but Bruce Miller fumbled the ball away on the 5-yard line. Early in the second quarter, Bruce Ellington grabbed an eight-yard touchdown catch, as the 49ers opened up a 14-0 lead.
With just over 10 minutes to go in the second quarter, Antonie Bethea jumped the route on Rivers’ pass and hauled in a pick-six to hand the 49ers a 21-0 edge. For Bethea, the touchdown was his first nine-year career.
The Chargers finally got on the board thanks to a 15-yard touch down pass from Rivers to Eddie Royal with five minutes left in the hal...
21 Dec 2014 02:31:02 -0500
Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors
Robin Lopez responded to rumors that Khloe Kardashian might have interest in him with some fantastic sarcasm. There have not been any reports that Lopez and Kardashian are dating, but a gossip item said the reality TV personality has interest in the Trail Blazers center. Here is the item from the New York Daily News...Read More
21 Dec 2014 00:15:55 -0500
Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs
Jermaine O’Neal looked like he was hanging up the sneakers at the beginning of the 2014-15 season. But the chance to join a loaded Dallas Mavericks team could convince the big man to make a comeback.
O’Neal is “highly intrigued” about the possibility of signing with the Mavericks after the team acquired point guard Rajon Rondo in a trade with the Boston Celtics on Thursday night, sources told ESPN.com on Saturday.
Dallas has a need for a player like O’Neal after shipping center Brandan Wright to Boston in the Rondo deal. Wright had been playing well in a backup role to starter Tyson Chandler, averaging 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while playing 18.7 minutes per game.
O’Neal is expected to make a decision by early 2015 about whether he’ll play this season but now could decide sooner, according to ESPN. The network reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers also are interested in signing the 36-year-old.
If O’Neal does deci
20 Dec 2014 23:47:37 -0500
Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins
According to Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, it looks like quarterback Robert Griffin III will remain in Washington for the 2015 season, as reported by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
RG3, who has often been the center of criticism by Gruden, looks like he won’t be in need of finding a new team come 2015. Reportedly, Gruden doesn’t care who the Redskins quarterback is as long as it’s “someone who can handle the system."
Also according to Rapoport, the team’s owner Daniel Snyder is determined not to start all over with the quarterback position.
From the sidelines, this doesn’t exactly look like a solid plan moving into 2015 recognizing that Griffin has struggled tremendously in so many areas. Griffin has been the butt of criticism by analysts as well, picking on the fact he blatantly misses open wide receivers, and overall has looked like a lost child.
With only one more game left to prove himself, RG3 has a mountain of work to do this offseason to see if he can even find the hint
20 Dec 2014 22:43:26 -0500
Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss
If you’re a low-tier college basketball team hoping to beat an established, premier program, travel to Michigan for a game.
This afternoon, a couple weeks after NJIT defeated the then-No. 17 Wolverines, No. 25 Michigan State (8-4) fell to Texas Southern (2-8), 71-64. According to noted college basketball expert Ken Pomeroy, this was a bigger upset than NJIT’s victory against Michigan.
Spartans’ coach Tom Izzo says it’s a “coaching loss.”
Tom Izzo takes the blame, says he didn’t work the guys as hard as he should have before the game. “That was a coaching loss.”
— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 21, 2014
MSU did practice Thursday and Friday, for the record, but Izzo says: “It was just kind of a sissy practice.”
— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 21, 2014
Tom Izzo: “I’m gonna find out what the NCAA will legally allow me to practice tomorrow, and I’m gonna probably exceed it.” #goodquote
— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 21, 2014
Good luck t
20 Dec 2014 22:08:09 -0500
Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade
The Brooklyn Nets have admitted their efforts to become a contender did not work out as planned, and now they are trying to rebuild and trade away some of their pieces. The Nets reportedly have made Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams available for trade, and Williams sounds like one of the players who...Read More
20 Dec 2014 21:34:42 -0500
Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?
Hell has frozen over. One of the UFC’s most outspoken critics has reportedly signed a new deal to return to the octagon. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson is returning to the UFC.
20 Dec 2014 20:34:26 -0500
WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win
The Washington Redskins may have knocked the Philadelphia Eagles out of the playoffs following a surprising 27-24 victory at FedEx Field on Saturday night.
For former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, this game represented a bit of revenge. He put up 126 yards on four receptions, including two 50-yard catches from embattled starting quarterback Robert Griffin III.
And Jackson wasn’t afraid to let everyone know about his feelings following the win.
It sure looked like he was kicking an Eagle right there. Yes DeSean, we know exactly what you were doing.
Photo: USA Today
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20 Dec 2014 18:44:08 -0500
Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL
According to Michael Vick, Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL
Jameis Winston is eligible to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, and according to a report from October, Florida State’s star quarterback will make the jump to the NFL after this season. Of course, there’s always the possibility that Winston decides to come back for his redshirt junior year, but it appears that he will play on Sundays in 2015.
One person who is excited for Winston’s tenure in the NFL is New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick. According to the former Virginia Tech signal caller, Winston is the future of the league.
“But I do know one thing: He may make some poor decisions, but he gets on that football field and he plays his ass off. Yeah, he can mature. He’ll mature. I see him maturing as time goes on. Like, this year hasn’t been as bad of a year as the first year was for Jameis. I think the kid will continue to improve. I think he’s the future of the NFL.”
Vick did add the caveat that he thin...
20 Dec 2014 16:23:08 -0500
Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015
Despite a ton of rumors suggesting otherwise, it appears that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has informed the three potentially interested teams that there will be no NFL team moving to Los Angeles next season.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Goodell told the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams that there will not be an NFL team in LA in 2015.
The Chargers decided not to opt out of their lease with Qualcomm Stadium earlier this week, which indicates that owner Dean Spanos is attempting to get something done with the southernmost California city.
Meanwhile, the Rams and Raiders have leases that expire with their current stadiums following this season. Both have been mentioned as possible relocation options and seemed to make sense considering the built-in fan base each team has from their time in Southern California.
It has been since 1995, when both the Rams and Raiders departed Los Angeles, that the world’s second-largest media market has fielded an NFL team.
It will als
20 Dec 2014 14:22:33 -0500
Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach
It’s readily apparent that Jim Harbaugh’s days are numbered with the San Francisco 49ers. The embattled head coach will likely clear out his office late this month and not look back.
This has been reported time and time again throughout what is becoming a highly dramatic and highly publicized situation in Santa Clara.
Once Harbaugh does depart, the focus then turns to who San Francisco chooses to right what seems to be a sinking ship.
According to ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen, the type of coach San Francisco is looking as a potential replacement for Harbaugh is two-fold.
A young coach with an offensive mind (h/t Pro Football Talk).
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio suggests one specific name, Josh McDaniels, could be an option. And while that does make some sense, it’s important to note that McDaniels last coaching gig with the Denver Broncos didn’t go too swimmingly. He appeared to be completely over his head at times, which prompted him to be fired a little more than midway through his second
20 Dec 2014 12:50:31 -0500
Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt
New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is among the most underrated players in the National Football League. He also seems to feel a bit disrespected.
J.J. Watt, he’s got a few more sacks than me, but it’s the same type of disruption,” Richardson told ESPN earlier in the week. “He’s a little more active, I’ll give you that, but we have the same type of determination, same heart, same skills. He scores touchdowns, I score touchdowns.
That might sound a bit outrageous, but Richardson is on to something here. There is little doubt that Watt is the best defensive player in the NFL. Heck, he may be the best pure football player in the league.
There is, however, an argument that can be made that statistics are overrated. And for his part, Richardson grades out as one of the best all-around players in the NFL according to official Pro Football Focus metrics.
In terms of statistics, he has put up 60 tackles, 6.5 sacks and a forced fumble through 14 games. He’s also one of the primar
20 Dec 2014 12:03:31 -0500
Kendrick Perkins: Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston
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Kendrick Perkins said last month that he believed Rajon Rondo should re-sign with the Boston Celtics.
But after Rondo was dealt Thursday to the Dallas Mavericks, Perkins said leaving Boston was his former teammate’s desire all along.
“He wanted out, but he would never say that though,” Perkins told Yahoo! Sports on Friday.
As Perkins — who was traded from the Celtics to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2011 — saw it, the relationship between Rondo and the C’s had reached the end of the line.
“Going to nice weather, a contender,” Perkins said. “Hopefully, he will do what he got to do in terms of his contract extension. It’s a great opportunity. I’m happy for him. I’m not happy he is in the West, but I’m happy for him. His time was probably up in Boston. He did his due.
“He was cool, happy. He was excited. He’s going to a contender. He’s 29 (years old), so rebuilding is out of the question now.”
Perkins won’t have to wait lo
20 Dec 2014 11:20:21 -0500
Report: Jim Harbaugh being encouraged to take Michigan job
Jim Harbaugh is torn over his coaching future and undecided whether to take the Michigan job or remain in the NFL. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Harbaugh wants to stay in the NFL, where he has been since taking over the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. However, his family and friends are encouraging him to...Read More
19 Dec 2014 19:02:40 -0500
Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason
Each offseason the amount of teams that need quarterbacks always outnumbers the amount of quarterbacks available through either the draft, or the death pit that is free agency at the position.
So a risk needs to be taken on an established arm who’s fallen out of favor. In some instances the quarterback in question has legitimately regressed, and in others he’s become a poor fit for his current head coach or offensive coordinator.
That’s where the risk lies with any trade for a player who will instantly become the centerpiece of your offense. It’s balanced by acquiring a known product, and a quarterback who’s had past success at the highest level.
Three quarterbacks who could be on the trade block this offseason fit that description. Let’s explore the likelihood of a scenery change for Colin Kaepernick, Jay Cutler, and Robert Griffin III.
Colin Kaepernick has regressed as a passer this season, often spraying throws and unnecessarily forcing balls into tight wind...