Month: February 2017

Mike Gundy says the 2015 season’s Ole Miss-Oklahoma State Sugar Bowl wasn’t a ‘level playing field’

The 2015 season’s Sugar Bowl was a romp. Ole Miss and Oklahoma State met in New Orleans, and the Rebels put an utter demolition on the Cowboys. The final score was 48-20, and it was only that close because the Pokes managed a few touchdowns in garbage time. They were down 41-6 at one point.

But now Ole Miss is in a great deal of NCAA trouble, facing 21 compliance allegations, including more than a dozen at the most serious level. An NCAA doomsday could be coming. Ole Miss isn’t contesting several of the allegations.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has seized the moment to wonder about what could’ve been 14 months ago.

“We’ll never know what we could have done in the Sugar Bowl if it was a level playing field,” Gundy now says, according to the Tulsa World’s Bill Haisten. “That is the truth. I’m not sure we would have won the Sugar Bowl, but we’ll never know.”

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Despite a string of success that includes three straight NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance, reports have indicated that Harbaugh could be coaching his final year with the 49ers amidst conflict with players and management. In regards to the Raiders, Jason La Confora of CBS reported that Oakland is the favorite to attempt a trade for Harbaugh and mentioned the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets as other teams potentially interested in a trade.

For Woodson, his rationale for wanting Harbaugh at Michigan remains unclear. It could be because he doesn’t want to deal with Harbaugh, or it could be because Woodson is 38 and doesn’t see a future with the Raiders beyond this year. In the event that his NFL career is winding down, it makes sense that he might have a deeper allegiance to the Wolverines rather than the team that drafted him out of Michigan.

Woodson played for the Wolverines from 1995-97 and won the Heisman Trophy in his final year. He was selected by the Raiders with the No. 4 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft and played for the team until 2005 when he joined the Green Bay Packers via free agency in 2006.5

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Report: Giants agree to new deal with Zak DeOssie

The Giants have reached a deal to bring back veteran long snapper Zak DeOssie, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday.

DeOssie would have been a free agent had he not signed before the start of the new league year on March 9. A two-time Pro Bowler, DeOssie has spent his entire 10-year career with the Giants and has only missed four games during that time, all in 2015 due to a wrist injury.

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Robinette caught just 35 passes his senior season but they covered 959 yards for an NCAA-best 27.4-yard average , and he had six touchdown receptions. Over his four seasons for the Falcons, he caught 120 passes for 2,697 yards and 18 touchdowns.

A former high school quarterback, he also threw six passes, completing three ¨C all for touchdowns.

He knows he could have gone to another school and put up bigger numbers like Clemson¡¯s Mike Williams or Western Michigan¡¯s Corey Davis. But he said he¡¯s never once regretted choosing Air Force, not even when he caught just 16 passes his freshman year.

¡±I knew I was in the right place despite the stats,¡± said Robinette, who sports an Air Force lightning bolt tattoo on his left bicep. ¡±I¡¯ve never been huge on stats. I just like to play.¡±

Thomas said he wanted to get his coach to New Orleans

Stevens has said he’ll be willing to draw up a play if he’s asked but he’ll otherwise stay out of the players’ way during Sunday’s game. His most difficult task might simply be making sure Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is happy with his playing time in a reserve role.
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“When it gets time, I’m going to give him that look I try to give him when we’re on the bench in [TD] Garden,” Thomas joked to reporters at All-Star availability Saturday. “Hopefully, he gives me a few minutes to put on a show for the fans.”

Even when the idea of Stevens coaching the East stars seemed unlikely, Thomas said he wanted to get his coach to New Orleans — and for more than just the selfish reason of being able to lobby for more playing time. Thomas recognizes the significance of having Stevens and his staff in New Orleans.

“It’s very special. It says a lot about the direction our organization is going in,” Thomas said. “I’m just happy for that coaching staff because they deserve it and they work hard.”

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Super Bowl 2016: Richard Sherman is playing despite impending birth of son

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The impending birth of his son won’t keep Richard Sherman out of the world championship game. “I am playing in the Super Bowl,” the star Seattle Seahawks cornerback texted Peter King on Sunday.

Sherman and his girlfriend, Ashley Moss, have been on baby watch for the last week. She could give birth at any time, but Sherman’s jokingly expressed optimism that his son will wait until after the big game to arrive.

The Seahawks seem to feed off the “have fun” mantra. Perhaps no coach allows his players to be themselves to the extent that Carroll has, and the product of that individualism is perhaps the most tightly-knit team in the NFL.

A player told NFL.com’s Albert Breer that the speech was “same ‘ol Pete.” In this case, “same ‘ol” was a term of endearment. It has to be, when your team is one win away from its second straight Lombardi Trophy.

Ryan Spooner also scored for the Bruins, who remain unbeaten since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves as the Bruins became the fourth team out of 20 to win in their first game back from the bye.

“Obviously it’s been well documented that teams coming out of the break haven’t been winning, so it was good to get this one,” said defenseman Torey Krug, who set up the winning goal.

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Marlins third baseman Martin Prado had heard some of the details about the toxicology from a friend before it became public

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Stanton said the details in the report “didn’t matter to me. We all have our life choices, and mistakes. … That’s irrelevant. If you know him, it’s not a big deal. It’s an accident, and it happens. In terms of how I feel about him, it doesn’t change a dang thing. Zero.”

Marlins third baseman Martin Prado had heard some of the details about the toxicology from a friend before it became public. “We all make mistakes; nobody’s perfect,” Prado said. “For me, it’s always going to be a good Jose. It doesn’t matter if who says something, or some [information] came out, something didn’t come out.

“Everybody will always remember him as a hard worker and a guy who was always laughing. Every time he was between those [foul] lines, he always gave everything he had. Even if he had a bad day, the next time he dealt. It’s hard to do that in baseball. And he did a lot of amazing stuff for the city, for the Cuban community, for the Latino community.”

Prado continued: “I’m hoping that as time goes by, people forget about that little thing — that little bad thing — and let that legacy flow. Because he was a legacy for the city of Miami. … I have made mistakes in my life, and that kid made mistakes. I don’t see why I don’t forgive; I like to forgive. And I hope people forgive.”

It was such a trying year that in September, when reports surfaced that Harper had been dealing with an undisclosed injury for much of the year, it was hard not to buy in. Impossible, even. After all, it’s one thing to become a little itchy at the plate. But it’s quite another when, at the ripe old age of 23, your power suddenly goes poof.

“Obviously there was an issue,” agent Scott Boras says. “Lots of great athletes play through things, and Bryce Harper is no different. That’s what he chose for his team. I just let the statistics do the talking.”

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This is a sneaky possibility for Peterson if he decides to test the market

Authentic Womens Patrick Patterson Jersey The 49ers don’t lack for free agents, but it’s hard to see any of them being worth using the tag to keep. They re-signed tight end Vance McDonald and linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong before the end of the season, but after that, the best free agent on the list is probably Glenn Dorsey. The defensive lineman is a good player when healthy, but Dorsey hasn’t been healthy consistently in a while. There are players worth keeping but none at the price that would come with the tag.

Running back situation: C.J. Anderson is coming off a knee injury. Devontae Booker ran for 612 yards last season, but the Broncos could be looking for a back who can remove pressure from their dicey quarterback situation.

Could it work? This is a sneaky possibility for Peterson if he decides to test the market. There’s still an elite defense that carried the Broncos to a championship a season ago, and John Elway has shown he’ll be bold if he thinks a veteran can help put the Broncos over the top. Denver is often mentioned as a landing spot for Romo, but Peterson could make sense here, too, particularly if the Broncos sell him on the idea he might be able to get them back to the Super Bowl.
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Running back situation: The Patriots have used a committee of LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis and James White, but Blount is a free agent at age 30. White starred in the Super Bowl, but probably isn’t the kind of back who could carry the ball 300 times as Blount did.

Melvin Ingram has 18.5 sacks over the past two seasons and will be one of the most productive edge rushers available if he hits free agency. However, the Chargers might not be willing to commit financially to the South Carolina product long term, particularly as the team transitions to a different scheme under new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

Carmelo Anthony led New York in scoring with 25 points against the Spurs.

James Harden is up to nine 40-point games this season after Saturday night’s dismantling of the Suns, tying him for the league lead with Russell Westbrook.? Harden also comfortably remains on course to record the first double-digit assists per game season in Rockets history, easily trumping the 9.4 APG recorded by John Lucas in 1977-78. The consolation for Luke: At least he has a wonderful seat to see Harden at work in his first season back with the team as director of basketball operations. The Rockets, meanwhile, are quietly 7-1 this season on the second night of a back-to-back on the road, second in the league only to San Antonio’s 8-0 mark.

Orlando Magic: Serge Ibaka will be a free agent this summer and he’s one of the most prominent names being mentioned leading up to the trade deadline. Ibaka’s numbers have been solid in his first season in Orlando (15.1 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.6 BPG, 1.5 3PG) but any team that trades for him may be getting him only as a short-term rental, which may limit his suitors. Stein gets to the heart of it, writing, “Can the Magic get a first-round pick for Ibaka from a team seeking a playoff-tested vet to add to its frontcourt rotation?” That’s something to watch closely during the next week-and-a-half.
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Beating one of the best teams in the NBA allowed the players — for a few hours — to escape the negative stigma associated with the franchise over the past week.
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“We had a big, negative cloud above us for a while now, and we was letting that get to us,” Courtney Lee said. “Some guys can say they don’t pay attention to all this stuff. But at some point, you get tired of it. And so for us to come out and get a win against the Spurs is huge — maybe what we need to turn this thing around.”

Sunday’s win left the Knicks 3.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It also left the players feeling upbeat about making a playoff run after the All-Star break.

Brad Marchand won¡¯t be disciplined by NHL for slew foot on Lightning player

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Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand tested the patience of the NHL Department of Player Safety again on Tuesday, but not to the breaking point.

Late last week, Marchand escaped a suspension for slew footing Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. The NHL DPS called it a ¡°dangerous trip¡± and handed him a $10,000 fine.

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Marchand went on to play in the NHL All-Star Game over the weekend. On Tuesday, Marchand pulled an eerily similar move on Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.

Sportsnet reporter Elliott Friedman said on Wednesday the DPS would not bring down any punishment on Marchand.

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In an ironic twist of fate, Stralman was penalized for tripping Bruins winger David Pastrnak just moments later. Marchand was not penalized for his play on Stralman, however.

Stralman seemed to imply to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times that he wasn¡¯t happy with the play.

When asked if he thought Marchand should have been called for a penalty, Stralman said, “I can’t say. There’s contact and I fall. I can’t say if he did anything or not, but I’m not the puck holder. I’m out in the neutral zone, and I get hit from behind. That’s all I got to say.”

In addition to his fine last week, Marchand has been fined for roughing in the past. The DPS mentioned his exhaustive slew-footing history when they suspended him in 2015, 11 months after the last time Marchand was suspended for slew-footing.

Kyle Shanahan is the new head coach of the 49ers and fixing that offense is a tall task

It’s official. Former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

Shanahan was the mastermind behind the dynamic 2016 Falcons offense that got the team to an 11-5 finish, a first-round playoff bye, and the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers. The offense was extraordinary against Green Bay, outscoring the high-powered Packers offense 44-21 to advance to Super Bowl LI.

His masterful performance at age 39 was capped Sunday when he won his fourth Super Bowl MVP Award. Brady threw for a Super Bowl record 466 yards while leading the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit in a thrilling 34-28 overtime victory.

Brady will be the oldest quarterback in the league next fall, but has no intention of hanging up his cleats. News broke before the big game that New England executives would be working to extend the veteran’s contract for up to five more seasons. That would push the two-time NFL MVP up to his age-44 season and make third-year passer Jimmy Garoppolo — who went 2-0 with a 113.3 passer rating in Brady’s absence in 2016 — a tradeable asset.

Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, will have to endure another season where her husband is forced to work weekends. On the bright side, at least she’ll have more opportunities to take frenzied selfies of her celebrations at Pats games.

McDaniels adds the wrinkle of the direct snap to White

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With Martellus Bennett (Y) kicking out on defensive end Vic Beasley (E) and wide receiver Chris Hogan (Z) digging out the strongside linebacker, the Patriots can wash-out the strong side of the formation as the center, David Andrews, chips off the inside double-team to pick up linebacker Deion Jones.

However, McDaniels adds the wrinkle of the direct snap to White. For starters, it allows White to hit the line quicker, but this is where Brady also simulates the poor snap over his head. Why? To draw the eyes of the second-level defenders (linebacker and strong safety) before White drops his pads and follows the double-team block of Cannon and Mason. Get small in the hole and find some daylight as the strong safety, Keanu Neal, gets caught up in the mess of bodies.

Put the ball across the goal line and cut the lead to 28-20.

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He averaged 43.8 points over the final four of those games, a stretch that included yet another half-court shot in Orlando and culminated in a 46-point (including 12 mostly impossible 3-pointers) performance in Oklahoma City. That game ended with an iconic game winner, casually slung from a spot parallel to the lip of the Thunder logo at half court.