Whether quarterback Andrew Luck actually throws behind them remains to be seen, but the Colts at least like the progress they’ve made putting together a new offensive line.
There just needs to be a mental toughness and a leadership with guys who are all in and can mentally and physically do it play in and play out, coach Frank Reich said. Those guys have proven that over their career and they’re stepping up in their leadership role and really setting the tone for us, not only as an offensive line, but really as an offense in general.
The Colts also used one of their second-rounders on guard Braden Smith, adding another high pick to the mix. It’s a promising start, and if their quarterback actually ever throws again, they should be improved.
Flacco said it was unfortunate if people think he’s holding a grudge about the team’s decision to draft Jackson and that all has been well with the rookie since they started working together. Flacco said he’s welcomed Jackson with open arms and we’re all helping each other all the time because everyone’s focus is on putting the best team on the field come the regular season.
There’s been talk of a package of plays for Jackson that would get him on the field while Flacco remains the starter. The veteran said on Thursday that he’s OK with that if it helps the team win while adding that he thinks the best way to do that involves having him under center.
Flacco also fielded questions about what the future holds for him and acknowledged the obvious by saying that drafting Jackson represents part of the team’s plans. He said he didn’t know what that plan entails, but that he’s worried about right now because nothing can be promised beyond that.
But conversely, if you believe the fourth straight Cleveland-against-Golden State NBA Finals seems somewhat new and different, you also can’t be faulted. Never in the NBA, NFL, MLB or NHL have the same two teams slugged it out in the championship round four straight years. So that’s new.
The Packers personnel department saw a series of changes to kick off the offseason after Ted Thompson stepped down as General Manager.
Thompson moved to a senior advisor role with Brian Gutekunst getting bumped up from director of player personnel to the G.M. job. Longtime personnel execs Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith moved to new jobs in Cleveland and the Packers announced the new structure of their front office on Friday.
Hamilton, which played most of its starters, had seven turnovers in the first half — two interceptions, three fumbles and two on downs.
Obviously you can’t turn the ball over like that and ever have a chance to win a game, Jones said. But he (Manziel) did some good things. He’s got a good game presence about him. He knew what was going on … he wasn’t rattled, he wasn’t flustered. Obviously he scrambled around and made a couple of plays. I think he’s going to get better and better every time he plays.
Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, entered the game late in the first half and played much of the third quarter. The 25-year-old was solid on his final possession, engineering a 12-play, 62-yard drive that took 7:27 off the clock but also included the intentional grounding penalty.
They finally gave me the clear to start back working out normal and going back into the meetings and stuff, Gathers said. For the most part, I was excited after getting cleared, but the people above had bigger expectations for me rather than me coming in and practicing and getting back on the field.
Really they didn’t tell me anything. But I could just tell by the drift of the season and the drift of the coaching staff that I probably wasn’t going to play last year anyway. I just look forward to getting back on the field this year.
Gathers is confident he could have helped last season. He’s more confident he will help this season with Witten and Hanna gone. He is competing with Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin, Schultz and undrafted rookie David Wells likely for three roster spots.
Gathers has worked hard on his blocking, seeking to become an all-around tight end.
It was agonizing [not playing last season], because I felt like I had finally got into a rhythm of what I wanted to do, and I think they saw that, Gathers said. It was tough to deal with, especially because in some of the games I felt like we needed a scoring punch and I felt like that was what I brought to the table. But playing for the Cowboys is bigger than being able to score touchdowns. You have to block and everything else.
The Los Angeles Rams will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football from Mexico City on Nov. 19, the Rams announced Wednesday, one day before the NFL unveils the rest of the 2018 regular-season schedule.
Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN from Estadio Azteca for what will be the NFL’s second Monday Night Football game in Mexico City, two years after the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans did the same.
I think that would just create this unique dynamic. If you remember last year when our Drew Pearson stood up to announce our second-round pick in Philadelphia, and it created such a stir in the auditorium there. I think that’s something everybody looked to and said,’That’s actually the kind of atmosphere that you want at one of these events.’ So by having all the teams represented down right in front of the stage, I think we’ve just created some really interesting atmosphere.
Fortunately, although the benches and bullpens emptied, there were no punches, so it did not cause any fighting. On the contrary, the retaliation started the brawl.
In the seventh inning, the second time Austin came to bat following the play at second, Joe Kelly plunked him. I do not believe that the entire Red Sox team or coaching staff is to blame, however, because Austin had been at the plate once already after the incident, and it was the same score, so I doubt there was any sort of conspiracy to hit him. Kelly likely acted on his own.
Granted, the Sox did join the brawl when Austin understandably charged the mound, but that was because they had to protect their teammate, regardless of what he did.
Although Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin was fined for jawing with Red Sox coaches, Kelly and Austin were the only players suspended, marking them the culprits of the brawl. However, hatred clouds misunderstanding, and there are cloudy skies whenever the Yankees and Red Sox face off. Although both organizations have shown class since their respective inceptions, and I am not one to condone violence in baseball, I can say that I will enjoy the rebirth of a legendary rivalry that has been around longer than I have.
Katelynn Flaherty had 26 points with four 3-pointers and six assists and No. 16 Michigan beat short-handed Michigan State 74-48 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game skid in the series.
The 26-point margin of victory was Michigan’s largest in the series, topping 16 on Jan. 18, 1998.
Jason led a historic turnaround during his first season and would guide our team to two playoff appearances. He also played a meaningful role in helping to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee. We thank him for all of his contributions and wish him the best.
Horst then released a letter to fans, in which he said the decision to fire Kidd was made with the unanimous support of ownership.
Michigan State turned the ball over 25 times. It was the third straight game in which the Spartans gave it away more than 20 times and still won by double digits.
Michigan State out-rebounded Illinois 37-15. The Illini didn’t record their first rebound until nearly 10 minutes into the game.
That was a war out there, Izzo said. We had the most turnovers in a decade and our best field goal percentage in a long time. I know it doesn’t add up, but somehow it did for us tonight.
Winthrop led 34-33 at the half. The Eagles went on an 11-0 run to build a 50-39 lead. It was 58-47 after Winthrop made 10 of its first 17 field goals of the second half and the Eagles led by 20 with 6:49 to go following a 12-0 run.
Ethan Kay scored 15 points on five 3-pointers and Davon Bell added 15 points, on 11-of-12 shooting at the foul line, with eight assists for Presbyterian (8-13, 1-7). Reggie Dillard had 13 points, Romeo Crouch 11.
I’m just very proud of him, coach Brett Brown said.
76ers: McConnell was coming off a career-high 18 points Monday against Toronto. … JJ Redick, who injured his left leg Monday against Toronto, did not play.
Maryland has hired Matt Canada as its offensive coordinator, the school announced Tuesday.
Canada finalized the agreement Tuesday and was on Maryland’s campus to meet with the team. He signed a three-year contract with the school.
LSU parted ways with Canada earlier this month after he spent just one season as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator despite receiving a three-year contract that paid him $1.5 million per year. Canada and LSU reached a separation agreement that will pay him $1.7 million.
We have a special team, Akele told the Providence (R.I.) Journal. I keep believing in myself, believing in the team and keep fighting.
Terrell added, We’ve got a lot of guys that can come off the bench and do a lot of great things.
From 2007 to 2016, the NFL had what it called its International Series. Now it’s split into two branches: the NFL London Games and the NFL Mexico Games, which began last season.
The other finalists announced Monday were Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin and Iowa State linebacker and quarterback Joel Lanning.
The award will be presented Saturday at Lone Star College in Houston. This is the second year the Lombardi finalists have included players from all positions. Previously, it went to the nation’s best lineman and linebacker.
Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen won the Lombardi Award last season.
In retrospect, I feel bad for him.”
I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head who won the 1945 World Series, but I could tell you that a goat got kicked out of it. I couldn’t tell you who the best pitcher in baseball was in 1956, but I could tell you who threw a perfect game in that year’s World Series. I don’t remember who hit the most home runs in 1990, but I do remember that the Mariners’ No. 2 and 3 hitters — both of them named Griffey — hit back-to-back dingers one day that year. Most of us remember these things like we remember our first phone number.
Throw in the fact that Green’s hometown is Houston, and this is simply poetic.
Mande said a Jags official told him Bortles is aware of the jokes about him.
The Jaguars have had a great sense of humor about it, Mande said, and the team invited Mande and Jacinto to last week’s game against the Bills. Jacinto — decked out in Jaguars gear — got into character by bouncing around the sideline.
(Jacinto) was running around like a dumbass, Mande said. It was cool seeing how many people at the game recognized (Jacinto), because his optimism is very representative of their fanbase.
Said Averion: With him, you can tell him something and you’ll never know if you pissed him off. So Coach Saban had his hands full at first. He’s a great amateur psychologist, but he’s never had a kid like him. He’s never had a quarterback that is so mellow. Sometimes people think he’s acting like he’s cool. He’s just a laid-back dude.
As Averion explains, it was hard to pry words out of Hurts when he was young. When he got braces, he became self-conscious about the way it caused him to mumble. The braces and the mumble are long gone, but it’s rare to hear him speak above a whisper.
But it was still super fun to watch. The Hawks were up on the Suns by 12 points with five minutes to go and had a 101-96 lead with 42 seconds left on the clock.
I don’t remember scoring any points or getting any rebounds. I certainly would not pass the ball. So I’ve got no idea, Popovich said.
Well played, Pop. Pat Riley is up next on the list with 1,210 wins. Popovich will need 35 more to pass him and move to fourth all-time. But, much like tonight, I’m sure it won’t matter for him.
When you’d turn on the game and geek out over the jerseys — the Red Wings wearing that giant D on the front — and the aesthetics, like hockey fans cramming the rooftops across from the stadium? Remember when even the hokey stuff was charming, like Ryne Sandberg singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game with Stan Mikita?
Also: scoring! The Blackhawks built a 3-1 lead by the end of the first period, and the Red Wings roared back with five straight goals to build a 6-3 lead by 3:24 of the third. OK, maybe too much scoring, as the game was basically done after that, but scoring nonetheless.
This story appears to corroborate an anecdote Griffin mentioned in an exclusive interview with Fear the Sword last April.
He doesn’t like to push the ball, it’s just not his nature. He’s gotten by in the halfcourt his whole life because his handle is so good, he never felt the urgency to press the ball, whereas most guys develop their game as to what they need to do to succeed. Ky never had to do that. So when you’re explaining to him why it’s important to push the pace and I think he was reluctant to do that, because, well, ‘because I can get mine regardless’. Well, it’s not necessarily about you. So I think where he’s grown and evolved is he’s starting to figure that out.
The Chargers go three-and-out on their second possession of the game. Kansas avoids a disaster on the punt as the ball bounces off a blocker and is free. But, the Chiefs recover it and they’ll start their drive at their 6.
Alex Smith throws an incomplete pass and the Chiefs follow with two short runs as they go three-and-out on their opening drive.
The Chargers pick up a pair of first downs but their drive stalls when Philip Rivers is sacked on third down. They punt and Kansas City will take over at its 18.
We’re underway in Kansas City. The Chiefs win the toss and defer. The Chargers will start the game’s opening drive on their 25 following a touchback.
The Chiefs and Chargers have both announced their inactives.