23 Oct 2014 23:49:16 -0400
C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances
In less than a week, college football’s playoff selection committee will release its first rankings. Mississippi State and Ole Miss will be near the top, barring slip ups this weekend. So will Florida State, who doesn’t play again until after the initial rankings are released. Among the schools not likely to be particularly high is...Read More
23 Oct 2014 23:14:05 -0400
Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny
Russell Wilson on Thursday had the first time to respond to report from Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman that further perpetuated the suspicion that at least one of the reasons the Seattle Seahawks had no choice but to deal Percy Harvin was a perceived rift between the fiery wide receiver and the third-year signal-caller. “Percy and...Read More
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23 Oct 2014 21:59:26 -0400
Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches
DeMarco Murray is having one hell of a season right now with the Dallas Cowboys. If he keeps pace, there’s potential for him to break the single-season NFL record for the most touches and rushing yards. The star running back is getting a lot of touches per game, but he hasn’t slowed down one bit. Murray is currently getting about 30 touches per game, way up from when he was averaging 17 a game before the season began. With his injury history in the past, the Cowboys have thought out about decreasing amount of touches Murray gets.
“Well there’s no doubt we look at it and there’s no doubt we’d like to get that cut back,” COO Stephen Jones told Adam Schein of SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio on Thursday. “We’ve got to get our hands around having the ball 30 minutes versus having the ball 33, 34, 35, in some cases 36 minutes, even though you are giving Joe Randle and [Lance] Dunbar some carries when you keep the ball that long. We need to even do it a little more. “But we’re certainly aware of it. We
23 Oct 2014 20:57:52 -0400
Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash is expected to be ruled out for the 2014-15 NBA season because of recurring nerve damage in his back, reports Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report. Nash, 40, expected this season, his 19th, to be his final one. But he has not announced his retirement. The two-time league MVP is in the final year of a three-year, $28 million deal with the Lakers that will pay him $9.7 million this year. Nash has played in just 65 games over two seasons with the Lakers, including just 15 last season. Last week, Nash injured his back carrying bags. Nash ranks first in league history in free-throw percentage (90.4), and third with 10,335 assists. The post Report: Steve Nash to miss season with back issues appeared first on Sports Glory.
23 Oct 2014 20:24:50 -0400
Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?
It’s no secret that the SMU Mustangs are interested in convincing former Texas coach Mack Brown to come out of retirement and take over the reigns of the program, but Dallas Morning News columnist Bill Nichols dropped a bombshell this morning when he stated in his column that SMU officials are willing to offer Brown an eight-year, $32 million contract. Nichols claimed that SMU is aggressively pursuing Brown due in part to the success of Larry Brown, another veteran coach who has a national championship under his belt, in turning around the men’s basketball program. The story got even stranger when FOX Sports college football columnist Bruce Feldman tweeted out a potential reason for the Mustangs’ strong interest in Brown:
One reason #SMU political ppl are intrigued by Mack Brown is if school has a shot to make a jump in possible Big12 expansion. — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 23, 2014
Not surprisingly, all this news surrounding Brown and SMU has resulted in varying rea...
23 Oct 2014 19:15:36 -0400
Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'
You could say Jeremy Kerley was in a charitable mood after landing a lucrative contract extension. Very, very charitable. “Yeah, man, I’m going to buy Bentleys for everybody,” Kerley joked, via NJ.com. The Jets’ fourth-year wide receiver on Tuesday signed a four-year deal worth up to $16 million, with $5.4 million guaranteed. A fleet of Bentleys is likely out of the question, but Kerley figures to throw some coin around. “Can’t die with it, so spend it,” he said. Kerley, a former fifth-round pick, has proven to be a reliable slot wideout, leading Gang Green in receiving yards in 2013. The Jets opted to lock him before he hit free agency, much to the delight of the 25-year-old. “It feels good,” he said. “It was just good for me and my family, so we got that out of the way. Now it’s just time to go play. It’s been back and forth (on contract negotiations with the Jets) for a little while, but I’m glad that it got done at the time that it got done. It feels good to be here for hopefully
23 Oct 2014 18:29:26 -0400
Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’
When Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss made her first comments in reaction to the scathing “ESPN The Magazine” piece by Henry Abbott regarding her team’s veteran superstar, she didn’t merely defend Kobe Bryant, she went on an aggressive offensive. Unlike others who chose to directly criticize Abbott and the magazine over the content of...Read More
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23 Oct 2014 17:30:22 -0400
NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs
You may have noticed, in recent weeks, that the National Football League has been airing spots for Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation via its “No More” campaign PSAs. In the spots, stars like Hargitay, Amy Poehler, Andre Braugher and Ice-T call for an end to domestic violence. The message is very simple, and the ads gain an added poignancy airing during NFL games at this time. This weekend, you will continue to see those spots, but now with participation from various NFL stars. Beginning this Thursday, players like Eli Manning and Mark Terlich, as well as former player Troy Vincent, will debut their own “No More” sports. Starting with tonight’s Denver-San Diego game on CBS and NFL Network, you’ll see spots directed in New York, California and Texas featuring those areas’ NFL stars. You’re starting to see the fruits of what is a very much needed strategy from the NFL. Given all of the acts of domestic violence that we’ve seen and heard of from their athle
23 Oct 2014 16:52:52 -0400
Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway
In the land of police blurbs, this might very well come close to taking the cake. The Denver Broncos released safety John Boyett on Thursday after he was arrested for assaulting a a cab driver. The former practice squad player apparently head-butted and punched a taxi driver in a bit of drunken rage early Wednesday morning. He then stole a shovel from a construction site and tried to hide himself from the police in mulch. This is not a fake story. And according to the police in Greenwood Village, this actually happened (via Denver Post).
John Boyett, a now-ex-member of the Broncos’ practice squad, was arrested early Wednesday in Greenwood Village after police say he drunkenly head-butted and punched a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site then tried to hide from officers by covering himself in mulch, court records show.
Once apprehended by the authorities, Boyett told them to call his boss (John Elway).
Boyett, 24, told arresting officers to “contact his boss ‘John Elway'” before
23 Oct 2014 15:57:38 -0400
Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day
Former NFL quarterback Kevin Kolb was forced to end his playing career before he reached his 30s because of head injuries. Kolb suffered four concussions that we know about. The first came in 2010 when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles and the last in a 2013 preseason game with the Buffalo Bills. The 29-year-old...Read More
23 Oct 2014 15:05:36 -0400
Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB
Peter King’s website has handled its first major talent controversy with a fairly lengthy suspension. King announced Thursday via Twitter that MMQB writer Robert Klemko would be suspended for four weeks.
A statement: In light of an incident in Chicago on Saturday, SI and http://t.co/Gy6pgD0hHK have suspended Robert Klemko for four weeks.>>>> — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) October 23, 2014
Klemko2: The decision is based on our internal review, including talks with Robert, who has been cooperative and remorseful throughout. — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) October 23, 2014
The incident in question was originally reported by CBS Chicago:
A writer for Sports Illustrated has been charged with hitting a cab driver in Chicago early Saturday morning. Chicago Police say 27-year-old Robert Klemko is charged with misdemeanor battery and criminal trespass after a fight with a cab driver. Police say Klemko got into a verbal altercation with the driver, hit him and took off in his cab around 12:55 a.m. Sat
23 Oct 2014 13:50:22 -0400
Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here
New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick has some experience with facing a crossroads in his NFL Career. He was once cast-off as nothing more than a thug off the field and a bad teammate in the locker room. He has grown from that experience and matured a great deal in recent seasons. The veteran can offer some guidance to new teammate Percy Harvin, who was traded to the Jets last week. But Vick had one interesting term to desribe Harvin. A word that we don’t see thrown around a lot when it comes to NFL players (via New York Post).
He won’t be a monster here,” Vick told The Post. “He won’t be a monster here. I can assure all the fans of that … That won’t take place here.
Is Vick admitting to personal knowledge that Harvin caused issues at his previous two stops? That’s question this one scribe would have pushed his way during this interview. Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith expanded on Vick’s point.
I know it won’t be a problem with Percy being here while he’s here,” Smith said.
23 Oct 2014 13:15:25 -0400
Robert Griffin III 'guaranteed' to be back in Week 11
Redskins HC Jay Gruden mentioned during an interview with SiriusXM Radio Wednesday that QB Robert Griffin III is “guaranteed” to be back for the team’s Week 11 match up against the Buccaneers. “I would think — I would guarantee Tampa, most likely, unless something happens between now and then,” Gruden said, via the Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “You’ve got a good bye week, you’ve got a couple weeks to make sure it’s ready. Obviously Robert is a quick healer. He works extremely hard in the training room. So the process could be sped up a little bit depending on how he feels.” There was some talk that RGIII could still play against the Cowboys this weekend, but Dianna Marie Russini reported Tuesday that there was no chance of Griffin playing on Monday. This, of course, means that Colt McCoy is expected to start against Dallas. Gruden mentions that even if Griffin were to be healthy, it’s been a while since he last took a meaningful rep. “You know, it’s a very difficu
23 Oct 2014 12:01:27 -0400
Urlacher: Cutler paid like elite QB, hasn’t produced like one
Brian Urlacher was teammates with Jay Cutler for four years. That’s long enough for the former Chicago Bears linebacker to draw the conclusion that Cutler is really only elite in one category at the moment — salary. Cutler, who signed a seven-year, $126 million contract this past offseason that included $54 million guaranteed, is certainly...Read More
23 Oct 2014 11:12:15 -0400
Hoyer doesn’t think about getting benched for Manziel
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is confident in his game, even after Sunday’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and believes the coaches are committed to him. “I don’t even think about it to be honest with you,” Hoyer said of getting benched for Johnny Manziel, via ESPNCleveland.com. “I know what goes into my preparation. I know that talking to my coaches, that’s the farthest thing on my mind. Yeah, I don’t doubt that (Pettine) has my back. I also know that if you have one bad game, I think that people are just going to be calling for your job already. That’s just the way it goes. But I know within this building I feel more than comfortable.” Hoyer had only one bad game and the Browns (3-3) are only 1.5 games behind the AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens. “Three weeks ago everyone was saying Tom Brady was done with,” Hoyer said. “He’s the greatest quarterback of all time. He had one bad game, and people are throwing him under the bus. “I think when you see that even the g