Monthly Archives: February 2017

Cedric Benson couldn’t say the alphabet for a field sobriety test ‘because he played 8 years in the NFL’

Former NFL running back Cedric Benson was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence last week in Austin, Texas, and the field sobriety tests didn’t go well. Benson was asked to recite the alphabet, and he told the arresting officer he cannot remember the alphabet as a result of playing football.

Benson was observed going 42 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. He made an improper turn and changed lanes without signaling, and then he was pulled over in a 7-11 parking lot.

He did not follow instructions to remain in his car, and instead tried to walk inside the convenience store. The arrest affidavit described Benson as “talkative, uncooperative [and] cocky,” and said he had glassy eyes, was swaying, and smelled of alcohol.

Manziel impressed when given his first significant playing time, relieving a struggling Hoyer and immediately driving the Browns downfield for their only touchdown against the Bills, a 10-yard keeper. The rookie attempted just eight passes, but the performance was impressive enough that Pettine acknowledged after the game that the staff would consider turning to Manziel full time.

Pettine ultimately decided to stick with Hoyer against the Colts, a decision that backfired with the loss.

A change at quarterback is rare for a team in the heart of a division race in December, but Hoyer’s recent struggles leave the Browns with little choice. In his last four starts, Hoyer has thrown eight interceptions to just one touchdown and completed a paltry 50 percent of his passes. Cleveland has lost three of those four games, going from first to worst in the AFC North.7

Josh Doctson doing football drills

Elite Youth Teemu Selanne Jersey In a late January update on wide receiver Josh Doctson¡¯s recovery from an Achilles injury, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that the 2016 first-round pick had ¡°not really¡± made significant progress and that February would be an important month for him on the rehab front.

Elite Darwin Barney Jersey It looks like there have been some positive steps on that front. Doctson posted a Snapchat video of himself, via Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post, going through football drills at the team¡¯s headquarters on Friday.

None of that means the Giants can or should yet trust Beckham to be what the club needs to him to be starting next summer. When the Giants parted ways with Victor Cruz, Beckham became the proven elder statesman of the team¡¯s wide receiver unit. He will retain that role even if the Giants acquire a veteran during free agency, as that person will be a newcomer to the roster and the team¡¯s offense.

How will Beckham respond to these duties? Will he mature, both as a player and as a person, like the Giants need him to before next winter? Can he stop generating headlines for reasons that have nothing to do with making spectacular catches or finding end zones during games? The Giants must have answers to such questions before they can sign Beckham past 2018.

New York will possess plenty of salary cap space to retain Beckham throughout the bulk of his best playing days when the time to truly begin contract talks arrives. For now, Beckham must show he can help get the best out of quarterback Eli Manning during the twilight of Manning¡¯s Hall-of-Fame career. If Beckham fails to do that, the Giants may need to make a difficult decision next winter.

Sources: Lakers send Lou Williams to Rockets for Corey Brewer, pick

Elite Mens Marcus Mariota Jersey The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade sixth man Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets in exchange for swingman Corey Brewer and an unprotected first-round pick, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

The addition of Williams brings additional scoring to the Rockets’ bench, something general manager Daryl Morey said he was hoping to accomplish by Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.

The move comes on the heels of the Lakers’ naming Hall of Famer Magic Johnson their new president of basketball operations, firing longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak and removing Jim Buss as executive vice president of basketball operations. There has been some question surrounding the Lakers’ decision-making process in advance of Thursday’s deadline, and sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that Johnson did the deal directly with Houston.

“If I was making shots, I would probably still be here, you never know,” he said. “I love Houston, I don’t want to leave, but I have no choice. I hope my shot starts falling with the Lakers.”

Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey Brewer is under contract for next season at about $7.6 million. Asked about being part of Johnson’s first Lakers deal, Brewer replied, “He’s a great guy, it’s his first trade. I guess he likes me, so we’ll be good to go.”

Yesterday was Presidents’ Day, and Grant Brisbee marked the occasion by coming up with the five most presidential names in baseball history.
Geovany Soto and Giovanni Soto are both on the White Sox right now, and it was inevitable that someone would get the bright idea to have them form a battery. It finally happened on Monday.

Deondre Francois threw a football over this massive Florida State fraternity house

Elite Youth Mike Nugent Jersey You knew Deondre Francois had an arm, but on a Saturday afternoon for the boys, he proved just how much of a cannon he¡¯s got:

Clearing this house is not a small feat. The PIKE house at FSU is absolutely huge. Here¡¯s a look at it from a bird’s¡¯-eye view (with the approximate spot and trajectory of Francois¡¯ toss highlighted):

Terrance Williams Authentic Jersey “Of all the things the team has done for me, and they have done so many wonderful things for me, but when they came over to salute me … that was unbelievable,” Strader said.

“This is the first time, to be honest with you, that for four hours I didn’t feel like I was sick at all,” Strader said after the game. “Maybe it was the adrenaline high, but I really, really feel great right now.” This is her moment, essentially, and she’s a great enough singer to sear herself into a billion minds with a great rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” like Whitney Houston once did.

And if you’re looking to bet on the ever-popular over/under of the Super Bowl national anthem: Go over. We have ample evidence Menzel’s version will not be short.

You can watch the entire sequence below, via the guys over at Russian Machine Never Breaks, including a brief clip of Strader speaking on his absence.

What a wonderful tribute by the Stars, and a glorious finish by Jamie Benn. The hockey world is glad to have you back, Dave.¡¢

The veteran Ladd was the most sought-after forward on the trade market last year, and he looked to give the Blackhawks an excellent chance at winning back-to-back championships.

Feb. 25, 2015: Los Angeles Kings acquire defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Carolina Hurricanes for a first-round draft pick and prospect Roland McKeown.

Gordon would lift weights while the pitcher pedaled an exercise bicycle nearby

Gordon ventured into the weight room here Thursday and couldn’t help but think about Fernandez, who would taunt Gordon good-naturedly about his strength. In past years, Gordon would lift weights while the pitcher pedaled an exercise bicycle nearby, teasing the spindly Gordon that he would never get strong enough to hit home runs. “I’m going to hit a home run when it counts,” Gordon retorted.

On Sept. 26, Gordon hit a home run with his first swing on the day after Fernandez’s death, and wept as he circled the bases. On Friday, he spoke in a low tone about his deceased friend. “He made a mistake and it cost him his life,” Gordon said. “That should be more than enough; he’s not here anymore.

The other day, Gordon recalled, someone told him that Fernandez would want the Marlins to move on without him. “That’s a lie,” Gordon said. “Because he would be like, ‘Dude, wait on me. Y’all leavin’ me. I’m supposed to be here.’ He wouldn’t want us to keep going without him, because that’s not the guy he was. He wanted to be part of something special. He wanted to be part of this locker room.”

“The way things are feeling now, the way the body feels, I’m feeling great,” said Harvey at a community appearance last week. “I’ve got some warmth back and no more tingling. The ball is coming out really good right now, especially for December.” As for deGrom, he recently told reporters that the post-surgical pain he felt whenever he snapped his fingers has disappeared. “It feels like nothing happened,” he said. Even Alderson is on the hype train: “Going into next season,” the Mets GM said recently, “I look at it as we’re eight or nine deep.”

Over the next couple of weeks, with opposing teams seemingly copying Maddon’s blueprint, Harper saw barely anything to hit. In the eight games following the Cubs series, he drew another 15 free passes, giving him an unreal total of 28 walks over a 12-game stretch. It got so bad that practically the only pitches Harper got to hit during the entire month weren’t even real ones.

his wife and the couple’s two sons are also very happy living in Green Bay year-round.

Elite Mens Sheldon Rankins Jersey The Saints likely won’t be using the franchise tag on anyone, but they will have a big decision to make on free-agent defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who could command a sizable long-term deal on the open market after rehabbing his career over the past two years. Fairley, who struggled with injuries, inconsistency and weight issues early in his career with the Lions, had to settle for one-year “prove it” deals as a free agent in both 2015 (with the Rams) and 2016 (with New Orleans). But the 29-year-old delivered with a career-high 6.5 sacks for the Saints, who could earn a slight hometown discount because Fairley liked playing close to his family in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama.

Nelson, who is one of only eight players who remain with the Packers from the Super Bowl XLV-winning team of 2010, said he, his wife and the couple’s two sons are also very happy living in Green Bay year-round.

“I have two years left on my deal,” Nelson said of the four-year, $39.05 million extension he signed before the 2014 season, which included an $11.5 million signing bonus. “It’d be great to finish that out and then see where the body is at, to be honest with you.

Mens Cody Parkey Jersey “I’m going to take it year-by-year, because it’s 100 percent on how the body feels. We love it up here, my son loves his school, everything’s been perfect. As long as the body can handle it and [the Packers] want me, I’ll play. But as soon as one or the other gives in, then I’ll be more than willing to walk away and move back on the farm and kind of disappear from earth.”

Editor’s note: Jason Wilde covers the Green Bay Packers for ESPN Wisconsin.

Ryan Anderson cut his thumb while pushing down the garbage at his home on Sunday and is questionable Wednesday at home against Miami

Must have been quite a moment for Isaiah Thomas to get that text from Tom Brady suggesting that it’s Thomas’ turn “next” to taste a championship. The reality, though, is that the law of averages has to be against the Celtics when you consider all the winning that has been happening in Boston in the new millennium. The Patriots’ Super Bowl comeback accounted for the 10th championship — TENTH! — snagged by Boston-area franchises in North America’s recognized Big Four major sports leagues since 2001. Thomas, though, just keeps doing his thing. The Celts’ little big man is averaging a league-best 10.7 points per game in fourth quarters this season; Kobe Bryant’s 9.5 PPG in fourth quarters in the 2005-06 season was the previous NBA high over the past 20 seasons.

Houston Rockets: Ryan Anderson cut his thumb while pushing down the garbage at his home on Sunday and is questionable Wednesday at home against Miami. After struggling in back-to-back games last week and scoring a total of six points, he bounced back with 14 points against Charlotte and 16 against Phoenix. If he cannot play against the Heat, energetic second-year forward Sam Dekker will likely see a bump in playing time.
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Indiana Pacers: Paul George averaged a career-high 2.6 3-point shots per game last season and is approaching that against this season with 2.3 per game. After making two of three attempts from long range on Saturday, George has now gone 23 consecutive games with at least one made 3.

Cousins kept his cool Sunday when struck by Buddy Hield in the groin in the second quarter as the Pelicans guard was running around Cousins’ screen, an incident for which the rookie was ejected.
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“I can’t be myself,” Cousins said. “Me playing the way I play is what makes me the player I am. I’m trying to find a way to do what these guys are asking me to do. Obviously what I’ve been doing is not acceptable. It’s not easy, but I’m trying to find a way.”

The Blue Jackets and Rangers are both likely to be playoff teams

The Blue Jackets appeared to be on their way to a Presidents’ Trophy when they didn’t lose a single game in the month of December, producing an incredible 16-0 SU run. Columbus has crashed back down to earth since then, going just 5-7 over their last 12 games before the All-Star break.
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The team will try to get back on track defensively on Tuesday after allowing 14 goals over its last three games. Columbus is 2-11 in its last 13 road games against Metropolitan Division foes.

Columbus comes out of the All-Star break with the third best record in the NHL at 32-12-4, but a top three spot in the division isn’t even a sure thing this season playing in the super-deep Metropolitan Division.

The Blue Jackets and Rangers are both likely to be playoff teams, and games like this one will go a long way in determining how they are seeded down the stretch.

Limited Womens Nino Niederreiter Jersey Fans rarely notice these moves, and for good reason. They go down at noon, in the middle of the work-week, and they rarely involve notable players.

Ah, future considerations. The loose interpretation for those deals is ¡°Hey, take this player for free right now so we can make room for a big move soon.¡±

Minnesota now has 47 players under contract, three shy of the 50-contract maximum. A player-for-player swap for Hagel wouldn¡¯t accomplish that kind of space-clearing, so they just dropped him on Ottawa¡¯s doorstep and left.

The Wild still have just $3.635 million in cap space at the deadline. This deal does nothing to fix that. But it¡¯s another tiny move indicating the trade train is leaving the St. Paul station.

Patriots Super Bowl parade 2017: Map, route, and road closures for celebration in Boston

At this point, the city of Boston should have parade planning down to an exact science, seeing as they’ve already thrown nine championship celebrations since 2000.

Number 10 will take place Tuesday as the New England Patriots will pile into the duck boats for another tour around town with the Lombardi Trophy.

The route this year will take Brady and Co. from Boylston St. to city hall with the festivities kicking off at 11 a.m. ET.

The city of Boston released a map for the parade, with streets marked in black closed off.

The parade starts on Boylston Street, which will be closed. It will then go past Boston Common, then to Tremont Street before it ends city hall.

For full details of the route and road closures, visit the city’s website.

The Patriots are celebrating their fifth Super Bowl title after completing the largest comeback in NFL history, defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, despite trailing by 25 in the third quarter.

The game set 24 records and tied seven others as Tom Brady picked up his fourth Super Bowl MVP trophy.

Boston has been celebrating championships with duck boat parades since 2002 — the year New England won its first Super Bowl — and it has since become part of the city’s lore. The Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Red Sox have all used the duck boats to celebrate.

The question isn’t simply what the steps to success are but whether Cousins and the Kings actually succeed together

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IT’S AN AFTERNOON in early 2014, midway through the season, and Mike Malone, first-year coach of the Kings, is conducting a particularly brutal practice. Malone was hired by the Kings the previous June, and Cousins has experienced practices like this before. “Mike has his days,” Cousins says. “You’ve seen him on the sidelines, veins popping out of his head … overly frustrated, mad at the world. This was one of those days.”

Cousins is having one of those days too, dead tired from what seems to have been an almost intentionally sadistic practice. And when Malone yells at the team to line up to run sprints, Cousins turns defiant: “F— this, man. I’m not running!”

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As a kid who wanted to emulate Hall of Famer Walter Payton, running back LaDainian Tomlinson never imagined being a part of the conversation over the best runners in NFL history.

But on Saturday, Tomlinson joined the likes of Payton, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith when he was selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

And Robert Alford’s 82-yard interception return for a touchdown was pivotal. However, the Falcons didn’t keep the heat on in the second half, and Brady routinely found room in the fourth quarter to erase a 25-point lead.

Jones’ $1.2 billion stadium, dubbed “Jerry World,” set the standard for stadiums to follow it in New Jersey, the Bay Area, Minneapolis, Atlanta and eventually Los Angeles. He brokered TV and marketing deals that have helped turn the league into a $13 billion-a-year business, all the while keeping a steady — and for many, entertaining — presence in front of the TV cameras.

“I never thought this was possible, because first of all, right off the bat, I was just trying to breathe and survive, seriously,” Jones said. “Of course, the NFL, we had very contentious times early and, of course, competing [with other teams], but the respect I had for the people that had gone before me in the NFL kept me from thinking I could walk with them.”

Jones’ Cowboys have won three Super Bowls in his tenure, and he has been a driving force in the league’s marketing efforts and growth since he purchased the team in 1989.