President Donald Trump bashes ‘weak and out of control’ NFL

Trump has been a frequent and vocal critic of the NFL since assuming office, beginning with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his call for players to be suspended or fired for protesting. His comments sparked a league-wide protest earlier this season in which NFL executives joined their players by kneeling or locking arms.

Since then, Trump has also taken shots at the owners and commissioner Roger Goodell for not taking action against those who choose to take a stand.

Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars, ankle, 4:25 p.m. ET: Fournette remains a fixture on the injury report, but this marks the second consecutive week that he has been a full participant in practice each day. His removal from the pregame injury report again indicates that he is expected to play as the Jags host the Seahawks.

Bilal Powell, New York Jets, hamstring, 4:05 p.m. ET: Unlike Forte — who bears the questionable tag — Powell has been cleared from the injury report in advance of Sunday’s game in Denver. The hamstring issue could not have been particularly serious, given that he was a full participant in practice throughout the week.

An Army investigation into 2014 rape allegations against Black Knights quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw “were unfounded and the case was closed,” according to a statement released by the United States Military Academy on Saturday.

“The Army takes all allegations of sexual assault seriously, and every allegation of sexual assault is thoroughly investigated,” the statement said. “The Army and The US Military Academy are aware that sexual assault allegations from a single incident were made against Cadet Bradshaw in 2014 and that the allegations were thoroughly investigated by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. The investigation concluded that the allegations against Cadet Bradshaw were unfounded and the case was closed.”

Lewis told The Daily Beast that the two met in 2014. She left West Point in February 2015.
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Garoppolo didn’t have the arm strength to match Derek Carr Jersey during practices

“Guys are just scoring at will against us. Our defense is pretty bad right now. So that’s the number one thing,” James said after the Knicks put four players in double figures, led by Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 34 points and Kristaps Porzingis’ 32.
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New York, which came into the game averaging just 4.5 fast-break points per game, outscored the Cavs 13-4 in transition. The Knicks also torched Cleveland from outside, hitting 13-for-28 (46.4 percent) DeMarcus Cousins Womens Jersey from beyond the arc.

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“I think we have more of the right people in the program than we’ve ever had. I’m hoping from a chemistry and culture standpoint, that’s going to allow us to push through and hopefully be playing at our highest level when we get to March.”

Tate’s numbers in the Wildcats’ first three games of October: 46 carries for 694 yards (15.1 yards per carry); a 76% completion rate, 468 yards, four touchdowns and an interception through the air.

Garoppolo didn’t have the arm strength to match Derek Carr during practices, but he had enough juice to drive the ball through the wind. And his release? It’s quick. He can get the ball out with speed. Pair that with his ability to see the field, and he had a great week in front of pro personnel. Find the window, move the safety and then deliver a strike.

He was a full participant Wednesday and Friday but saw limited reps on Thursday. Both Forte and Bilal Powell were active last week, but Forte continues to edge out Powell in total touches. As long as both are healthy, the committee Damontre Moore Authentic Jersey is likely to continue.

Darren Helm scored into an empty Coyotes net at 18:34.

Heisman Trophy candidate Barkley returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and also had a 36-yard scoring run at Ohio State. The latter score was the only time he was able to break free in the ground game, as he netted eight yards on his 20 other carries.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio doesn’t want to get into a shootout with a team averaging 39.8 points a game. Holding onto the ball, literally, will be a key factor. The Spartans have fumbled 22 times and been fortunate to lose only 10. Penn State has forced 14 fumbles and recovered 11.

Alexander Radulov scored 2:28 into overtime and the Stars defeated the Canucks 2-1 on Monday night.

Ben Bishop made 38 saves and Tyler Seguin had a second-period goal for Dallas, which improved to 13-0-1 against Vancouver in their last 14 meetings.

The Stars are 3-1 on a five-game road trip that concludes Thursday in Winnipeg. Radulov has three goals and six points in his last three games.

“He’s a wild-card player,” Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He’s going to do things on the ice that are creative and you are going to have to live with it, but he competes on the puck and that’s a big part of it. He’s a very competitive player and I think he elevates the rest of our competitiveness.”

Sam Gagner scored a power-play goal in the third for the Canucks, who had won four straight.patriots_123

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“There’s no doubt in my mind, if the league thinks he was a really good safety, just wait until you see his versatility and what he can do as a linebacker,” Saleh said, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He’s going to be unbelievable.”

Reid might have to play at an “unbelievable” level if he wants to ensure he’ll remain with the 49ers after this season. The fifth-year veteran asked general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan if the move to linebacker would guarantee him Bay Area employment in 2018.

88.7 percent. FPI might be singing a different tune if the Chiefs lose a third straight game in Week 8 to the Broncos, but for now, the Chiefs are an overwhelming favorite to win the AFC West. Despite the recent losses, they still have the second-most points per game and third-best point differential.

94.8 percent. The Steelers already are 3-0 in division play and the only team with a winning record in the AFC North. FPI gives them nearly a 95 percent chance of winning back-to-back division titles for the first time since 2007-08.

The Giants head into their bye week with the NFL’s third-worst record. Only the winless Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers have fared worse, and this Giants team entered the season with lofty expectations after finishing 11-5 last season while ending a five-year playoff drought.

What happened: Peters tore his right ACL and MCL when a Washington defender was blocked into the side of his leg during last Monday night’s game.

Potential return? Peters will be pushing to return by the start of training camp in 2018. Peters has two years remaining on his contract, but at age 36, he must decide whether he wants to continue playing or end what could very well be a career that lands him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Chiefs QB Alex Smith upset over low, late hit to knees vs. Steelers

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith usually keeps his temper in check but had some pointed words for Mike Mitchell after the Pittsburgh Steelers safety dived into the back of his knees following a third-quarter pass in Sunday’s game.

“Certainly when I got fired up, I thought [the hit] was pretty late,” said Smith, who screamed something at Mitchell after the hit. “I mean, when you get hit in the back of your knee like that, I didn’t understand how that happened. Certainly guys falling, rushing the quarterback, I get it when it’s happening from the front and guys are trying hard. That one to me just seemed so weird to get hit that low coming from behind.”

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Competitions started but they were very amateur, with friends of friends doing the judging. My goal initially was to make it more professional.

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Having grown rapidly since it was founded in 2009, the IPSF is now made up of 25 national federations, including Spain, Japan and Mexico, and is due to welcome new members from the US and China next year.

In 2012, it hosted the first World Pole Sports Championship, which launched to coincide the with London 2012 Olympic Games.

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It’s hard work to make adjustments to the game and having injuries and things like that.

The matchup that matters most: Quintana (and the lefty relievers) versus Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. Quintana held lefties to a .584 OPS compared to .732 versus righties. As mentioned here before, Harper had a sizable platoon split this season, with a much worse strikeout-to-walk ratio against southpaws. Yet in the eighth inning of Game 2, Joe Maddon let Carl Edwards Jr. face Harper (who represented the tying run) instead of bringing in Mike Montgomery. Boom. Game tied. With three lefties in the pen — Montgomery, Brian Duensing and Justin Wilson — Harper shouldn’t see a right-hander in a tight game unless it’s closer Wade Davis.

The prediction: The Nationals hit a lot better at home this season (.287/.352/.471 versus .245/.312/.428), so that may favor the Cubs. Quintana has been very good of late, with a 45-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his final six starts. Scherzer’s health is a wild card, but it seems he may have to pitch a gem. Here’s saying he does. Nationals win 4-2.

There’s not many LeBrons out here, guys that don’t get injured. There’s not many Russells [Russell Westbrook], but even Russell’s gotten injured. There’s not many guys like that. I think Derrick has done a great job of fighting through injuries and coming back and fighting through injuries and coming back and it takes a strong mental guy to be able to do that. I fought through a lot myself.”

Keep an eye on Mack, who had by far his best pro game in Week 5. He rushed for 91 yards on nine attempts, including a nifty 35-yard run and a touchdown. He’s clearly the Colts’ most explosive back, and while Frank Gore is the unquestioned starter, Indy might have found something in Mack with his Week 5 usage. The hope is that can serve as a springboard game, making Mack a savvy add and stash.ravens_136

The 0-4 Chargers and Giants play each other in Week 5.

Defensive back Lamarcus Joyner missed Sunday’s game against the Cowboys because of a hamstring injury and remains “week-to-week,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. McVay added that Joyner has made “a lot of good progress,” and it looks like he at least has a chance of being available against the Seahawks. Joyner, the NFL’s third-highest-graded safety by Pro Football Focus, acts as both a free safety and a slot corner for the Rams. If he can’t go, Cody Davis will get the reps at free safety and Nickell Robey-Coleman will see time at slot corner. — Alden Gonzalez

The other winless teams — the 49ers and Browns — have winnable games. So which team will get its first victory?

Bowen: I’ll take the Giants to get their first win of the season at home against the Chargers. Los Angeles can’t run the ball, and it can’t stop the run. That’s a bad combination at any level of the game. Maybe this is the week the Giants establish some sense of tempo with the ground game and get an explosive play over the top from Odell Beckham Jr. to pull away from the Chargers late.

Clay: It feels sacrilegious to go against the Chargers, but I actually expect both the Giants and Browns to notch their first wins this weekend. The Chargers-Giants game should be a tight one and can certainly go either way, but the Browns should get a boost with Myles Garrett, Danny Shelton and Jamie Collins potentially back in the lineup. I have them knocking off the overachieving Jets 22-20 in the Dawg Pound.kings_1703779

Panthers’ Cam Newton listed as questionable for season opener

Cam Newton remains on the mend.

The Panthers quarterback is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report ahead of the regular-season opener Sunday against the 49ers, but coach Ron Rivera still expects his starter to be under center.

“As far as injuries go, Eric Berry looks like he has an Achilles tendon potential tear,” Reid said (via the team’s website). “We’ll find out more after his MRI and that whole deal.”If Berry’s Achilles is torn it will end his season, marking another bump in the road for the talented defender who all but shut down Rob Gronkowski Thursday.

He’ll undergo an MRI on Friday, the team said.

Berry, the highest-paid safety in the league this season, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Dec. 8, 2014, but returned to make the Pro Bowl in 2015. He then built on that season by earning his fifth Pro Bowl appearance in 2016 after finishing with four interceptions and two touchdowns.

Though Berry has never had more than 92 tackles in a season, he has been a star contributor at all levels of the defense over his six-year career.

“When an assistant coach becomes a head coach, it’s different,” Hurney told co-host Gil Brandt and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio during Panthers training camp. “I’ve heard a lot of guys say, ‘Man, when can I get back just to coaching ball?’

“It’s the same as a general manager. It’s not fantasy football. You’re not just picking guys. You have so many other things to address. There’s a lot of balls in the air at once.”nike_cardinals_1604

The 49ers have won five Super Bowls, though the last championship was in 1994.

This projection has the Saints going 7-1 at home, with the only home defeat coming against the Patriots. While Drew Brees landed solidly in Tier 1, some voters thought there were signs he was slipping physically and could fall off. The assumption here is that Brees will continue to do what he did last season, which was give New Orleans a chance to win in spite of a defense that is striving for subpar after a run of historically bad.

Vegas has set the Redskins’ win total at 7.5. I’ve got them beating that with Kirk Cousins leading shootout victories over the Raiders (home) and Chargers (road). I didn’t go into this exercise thinking the Eagles would sweep the Redskins after going 0-4 against them over the past two seasons, but it worked out that way when picking games week by week.

The 49ers have won five Super Bowls, though the last championship was in 1994. It’s a historically great franchise that has fallen on tough times. The team is hoping that this is the season that starts a turnaround under its fourth new head coach in as many seasons, Kyle Shanahan, and general manager John Lynch.

Jump on board with the Seahawks and you’ll join one of the liveliest fan bases in the country. They call themselves the 12th Man, and they’re loud. Like, really loud. It makes playing at CenturyLink Field a real challenge for opponents.

The Bears have more former players in the Hall of Fame than any other team, with 33, and they also have the most wins in NFL history with 744. But the Bears have just one Super Bowl win, back in 1985. After a 3-13 season last year, that’s not likely to change in the immediate future.
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The Peoria Rivermen released their promotions schedule Monday for the 2017-18 SPHL season.

The team’s plan includes special themed jerseys, indoor fireworks, wiener dog races, an appearance by a Chicago Blackhawks legend, giveaway items, special guests and more.

Both the red and white jerseys have the same white, red, light blue and navy piping on the sleeves, while the white jerseys, which will be worn at home for the first half of the season, have red trim on the shoulders.
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