Vontaze Burfict facing suspension for helmet-to-helmet hit on Antonio Brown, per report

Vontaze Burfict’s decision to level Antonio Brown with a helmet-to-helmet hit in the closing minutes of Bengals vs. Steelers could have repercussions beyond costing Cincinnati a chance to advance in the NFL playoffs.

Burfict is facing a suspension for the hit, which would be levied at the beginning of the 2016 season. The Bengals linebacker could face a multi-game suspension, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Brown sustained a concussion as a result of the hit, which occurred when he was trying to pull the Steelers within field goal range in the fourth quarter.

A defenseless Brown was open in the middle of the field after stretching to attempt to catch a high pass. Burfict arrived late to not only lay a hit on Brown, but he also led with his head.

McCarron is poised to start Saturday’s playoff game against the Steelers as Dalton isn’t quite ready, however. Against the Steelers, McCarron completed 22 of 32 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked three times, and the Steelers easily won the game, 33-20.
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There is no next time after this game though, so McCarron will have to play smart, mistake-free football and hopefully he will get more from his running game than the 56 combined yards from Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard that he got the first time he played the Steelers.

Game Youth D. J. Swearinger Jersey Fortunately, Hoyer, the player who has looked the best at the position for Houston this season, is healthy again heading into the playoffs. Hoyer ranks 18th in the league in quarterback rating with 91.4 for the season. He and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins combine for a deadly combination. Hopkins has caught 111 passes for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns this year.

Reggie Wayne retires from the NFL, per report

The countdown clock for Reggie Wayne’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is ticking. Wayne intends to announce his retirement, according to Mike Chappell of CBS 4 in Indianapolis. That ends a 14-year NFL career spent entirely with the Indianapolis Colts.

The 36-year-old spent two weeks in training camp with the New England Patriots — a jarring sight for fans of both the Colts and Patriots — but he and the team agreed to leave him off the 53-man roster.

With his retirement, Wayne steps down from his position as the active career leader in both receptions (1,070) and yards (14,345). Fellow Hurricane Andre Johnson inherits the lead in both categories.

It was a great first half for Brady and the Patriots. Brady threw for over 150 yards and a touchdown with no picks and was not sacked in the opening half, and he also ran for 10 yards and a touchdown. Brady’s first touchdown was an 8-yard strike to Rob Gronkowski early in the first quarter.

Elite Mens Lance Alworth Jersey Brady had his rushing touchdown late in the second quarter, while the Chiefs only managed a pair of field goals from Cairo Santos going into the second half. The play above was ruled not a touchdown upon review, despite many thinking Brady was in. On the very next play, Brady carried a QB sneak and scored from one yard out.

Authentic Mens Tennessee Titans Jersey The Patriots kept up the pressure in the third quarter, when Brady hit Gronkowski for his second touchdown pass of the day. Kansas City did finally find the end zone when Smith hit Albert Wilson for a 10-yard touchdown pass to make it a one-score game. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, their defense simply could not reliably stop Brady and the Patriots, and within five minutes they put up six more points with two field goals from Stephen Gostkowski.

New England was able to kill plenty of clock and the Chiefs’ lack of offensive spark prevented them from mounting any kind of comeback late in the fourth. The Chiefs did have a good drive at the end, but they took too long to get to the line of scrimmage and even went back to the huddle multiple times. They found the end zone again but they had killed so much of the clock that the Patriots easily took the win.

The Patriots advance to the AFC Championship, where they will face either the Denver Broncos or the Pittsburgh Steelers, who play each other on Sunday afternoon.

No surprise John Schuerholz, Bud Selig put in Hall of Fame

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As expected, John Schuerholz and Bud Selig are the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, as the 16-person Today’s Game Era committee, focusing on players and contributors from 1988 on, elected the longtime executive of the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves and the former commissioner and Milwaukee Brewers owner. Managers Lou Piniella and Davey Johnson were shut out along with former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and players Mark McGwire, Will Clark, Albert Belle, Orel Hershiser and Will Clark.

Former commissioner Bud Selig, who implemented interleague play and the wild card, and John Schuerholz, who won 14 straight division titles as GM of the Braves, were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Today’s Game Era committee.

It’s not surprising that no players were elected. In recent years, the various incarnations of the Veterans Committee have been stingy, electing just two post-1950 players since 2000 — Bill Mazeroski in 2001 and Ron Santo in 2012. That trend continued in this election and the five-player group wasn’t especially strong. Remember as well that there are seven Hall of Fame players on the committee; those guys like being part of a small club. Plus, you need 12 votes to get elected, the same 75 percentage as the BBWAA requires. That’s a tough road to climb.

So the Dodgers appear to be intent on getting that number closer to $235 million for 2017, where the tax would be far less penalizing, and then ultimately moving it closer to $200 million in ensuing seasons.

So what kind of wiggle room does that leave them to fashion a better right-handed hitting club for 2017? Plenty, actually, since their current roster commitments for 2017 are around $150 million (not including the pending deal for free agent Rich Hill), with a touch more added once all of their arbitration cases are settled and contracts to players under control are finalized.

Doug Padilla: It remains uncertain if the Chicago White Sox will make a deal at the winter meetings, but even if they don’t, the front office of Rick Hahn and Kenny Williams will be mighty busy. Sale is the big trade prize, but other White Sox stars such as Jose Abreu and Jose Quintana could get plenty of attention as well. The White Sox know how to work the winter meetings, proving to be one of the biggest buyers two years ago. Now it looks like their turn to sell big.
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Marvin Lewis reaches out to Hue Jackson to offer support

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he offered some encouragement to Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson after Cleveland dropped its 12th game of the season.

Jackson, the Bengals former offensive coordinator, was emotional after Cleveland lost to the New York Giants 27-13.

As he spoke at the podium after the Browns endured their 12th loss in 12 games, coach Hue Jackson turned emotional before composing himself and said going winless is “the hardest thing ever.”
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“Being 0-12 is probably … the hardest thing ever,” Jackson said Sunday.

Jackson and Lewis are very close and have maintained regular contact in the form of texts or phone calls since Jackson left Cincinnati to take the Browns job, except during weeks they play each other. Lewis made sure to give Jackson a call after hearing about the press conference.

“I was told about it and just reached out and encouraged him,” Lewis said.

The two likely won’t be talking much next week when the Bengals travel to Cleveland to face the Browns for the second time. Cincinnati’s last win this season came against the Browns in October.

And then came the hateful Twitter messages from people telling him to “do your time and quit being a criminal,” Allen recalled.

Allen tried not to panic but admits he was devastated. The whole ordeal felt like a “gut kick,” he said. His stomach was uneasy. He didn’t know what to say. Eventually, he prayed for guidance.

Hollis Thompson Authentic Jersey “That’s what makes it so difficult — to question my character,” Allen, 34, told ESPN.

The man who pleaded guilty to federal fraud, conspiracy and money laundering charges is Will D. Allen, the 2001 first-round pick of the New York Giants who also played for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. The non-criminal Allen was drafted in the fourth round in 2004 by the Tampa Bay Bucs and also played for the Dallas Cowboys and — most recently — the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2013 to ’15.

Drake’s fake beef with the Warriors is the most Drake thing

You may be shocked to hear this, but Drake made the Raptors’ annual Drake Night all about Drake. It’s in the name, after all — can you blame him?

Durant and Drake may be friends on other nights, but not on Drake night. He doesn’t even give a damn about Drake night, you hear him?

Other Warriors piled on Dennis Rodman Authentic Womens Jersey after the game.

“He’s been talking junk for a couple of weeks now, talking about how they were going to beat us and that it’s ‘Drake Night,’” Draymond Green told the San Francisco Chronicle. “He may be a little disappointed.”

Thibs: We gotta straighten it out and straighten it out fast. … The commitment to improve and to learn, that has to change.

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Andrew Wiggins, the team’s star small forward, has his own theory behind Minnesota’s third-quarter woes. To Wiggins, the team is just getting too comfortable.

“I feel like we get too cool. Like we come out too cool, we see the score, we see we’re up, so we think we have a cushion,” Wiggins said, via Jace Frederick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “But any good team is going to make that run in the third. We can either make that run and push the lead to 20 and make the game over, or they can make that run.”

Ricky Rubio, Minnesota’s veteran point guard, knows the team’s roster Derrick Rose Authentic Womens Jersey has enough talent. For Rubio, however, the lack of improvement is a major concern.

“I’ve been here five years, and this is my sixth, and this is the best team I’ve ever been around, and I get mad thinking that we’re wasting time,” Rubio said. “We’re not learning. It’s time to change it.”

The third-quarter struggles are bizarre when considering Thibodeau’s efficient coaching history. He’s won nearly 64 percent of his career games, which ranks 16th all-time and one spot ahead of Pat Riley. In 2014-15, his last season with the Chicago Bulls, the team ranked fourth in the NBA in third-quarter net rating, according to NBA.com.

Drew Brees passes Dan Marino to claim No. 3 spot on all-time passing yardage list

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has reached yet another significant career milestone. The 37-year-old passed Dan Marino on the all-time passing yards list on Sunday against the New York Giants. Brees entered Week 2 needing 36 yards to pass Marino’s mark of 61,361 yards.

Brees and the Saints got Lance Alworth Jersey out to a slow start against the New York Giants, with Brees needing four drives to actually reach 36 yards, but he did it. The pass that put him over was an 8-yard pass to tight end Coby Fleener.

The Browns announced McCown’s return to the game was questionable with the shoulder injury, but McCown jogged back out of the locker room and when the Browns came up on offense, he resumed play. The injury to his left shoulder is his non-throwing shoulder.

McCown is the second starter for Cleveland this season, as Robert Griffin III was awarded the starting role in the preseason. But Griffin was hurt in the team’s opener and McCown, a starter last season, was given the job. McCown was playing well when he went down with the injury, completing 5 of 7 passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to first-round pick Corey Coleman.

Kessler, 23, was a third-round pick in this year’s draft and is the only other quarterback on the roster. Kessler may not be ready to play at all, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Kessler is “not close to being ready to play” earlier in the week.

Sam Shields: When Sam Bradford Malcom Floyd Jersey makes his Vikings debut Sunday night, he’ll face a Packers defense that’s missing its No. 1 cornerback. Shields was ruled out with a concussion after being listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report. The blow came on a seemingly routine play against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week and is the fifth documented concussion Shields has suffered in his career. With him out of the lineup, the Packers will be forced to rely on three second-year players at corner: Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and LaDarius LaDarius Gunter.

Can you beat the Crowd’s Line?

Menu With three offensive stars on the mend, the Pittsburgh Steelers limp into AFC Divisional Round matchup with the top-seeded Broncos. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. EST on at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. Quarterback Roethlisberger, receiver Brown, and running back all played a starring role Pittsburgh’s epic 34 comeback win Week 15 — but all three could miss this showdown. Roethlisberger and Brown’s losses would be felt greatest; they teamed up for 189 yards and two touchdowns against the NFL’s top secondary. That secondary is far healthier for this playoff rematch. So too is Peyton Manning, who sat on the sidelines as Osweiler led his team through their regular- meeting Pittsburgh. Here are three keys to advancing for the Steelers and Broncos: Can you beat the Crowd’s Line? Submit your final score prediction below. Good luck! STEELERS: 1. Stack the middle of the field on pass defense Manning no longer has the arm strength to stretch the field. Pittsburgh’s Robert Horry Jersey cornerbacks should play shallow and the linebackers should get deep coverage to crowd passing lanes underneath. Taking away passing game from 20 yards, it would force Manning to try to beat the Steelers deep, something he won’t be able to do on a consistent basis.

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General Muntadher fled after two close colleagues were killed after they were summoned to the ministry

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General Muntadher fled after two close colleagues were killed after they were summoned to the ministry, their bodies found on a rubbish tip. He got out of Iraq and went to Jordan. less than a month, he says, Steele contacted him. Steele was anxious to meet and suggested he come to the luxury Sheraton hotel Amman where Steele was staying. They met the lobby at 8pm and Steele kept him talking for nearly two hours. According to General Muntadher: He wanted to know specifically: did I have any information about him, James Steele? Did I have evidence against him? Photographs, documents: things which proved he committed things Iraq; things he was worried I might reveal. This was the purpose of his visit. Steele, the, remains enigma. He left Iraq 2005 and has since pursued energy interests, joining the group of companies of Texas oilman Mosbacher. Until now he has stayed where he likes to be – far from the media spotlight. Were it not for Manning’s leaking of millions of US military logs to Wikileaks, which lifted the lid on alleged abuses by the US Iraq, there he well have remained. Footage and images of him are rare. One video clip just 12 seconds features the hour- TV investigation into his work. It captures Steele, then a 58-year-old veteran Iraq, hesitating, looking uncomfortable when he spots a passing camera. He draws back from the lens, watching warily out of the side of his eye and then pulls himself out of sight.

While also won two championships with the Yankees, he said his Mike Richter Jersey years with the A’s make up a significant part of his legacy. I won three World Series here. I played eight years here, nine when I came back, something like that, he said. I hit more home runs here than I hit. I probably accomplished more here…. I ‘t like to compare them, but if I had to say who would it be, I’d probably say the A’s. was the American League and World Series MVP 1973, a year which he tallied 32 home runs and 117 RBIs. He noted that impeccable chemistry is what set the A’s of the early ’70s apart. We were good because we played together throughout the Minor Leagues, and everybody knew where the other guy was going to be, he said. I remember looking to right and Bando was there, look to left it was Rudi, and Catfish and Rollie and Campy. When you went to war every day, when you went on the field every day, you knew you had a chance to win. speculated that those A’s could have won even more titles had the team not been broken up after ’74. I probably think we could have won five or six if we’d have stayed together 10 years, he said. Of course, what injuries would do — we didn’t have injuries. threw out a ceremonial first pitch Saturday night along with Gene Tenace and Fingers, the MVPs of the 1972 and ’74 World Series teams, respectively. enough, said, the current A’s could win a title of their own. They’ll get a diploma here a year or two if they stay healthy — they’ll get their doctorate and win a championship, he said. They’ve got enough pitching there, and I think their front office knows what to do. Leibowitz is associate reporter for. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

Menu Chris hit a three-run to lead the Astros over the Texas Rangers 6 the Alamodome

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Every Arizona starter but center fielder A.J. Pollock Adrian Clayborn Jersey had a hit off Lohse, who lasted 3 3 innings and surrendered more hits than he recorded outs. He was charged with seven earned runs and saw his rise to 6 after 11 starts as the Brewers fell to 16, matching a club record for losses through 50. Even D-backs starter Hellickson connected against Lohse for a pair of singles, one a go-ahead, three-run second inning. After scoring nine total runs being swept by the Cardinals St. earlier the week, Arizona has scored 14 runs winning the first two of the current series Milwaukee.

Today was, Brewers manager Counsell said. We needed a big performance today. We’d lost six a row we needed a big performance and we didn’t get it. He struggled. It’s concerning. Goldy loves Milwaukee: Goldschmidt’s two home runs marked the sixth time his career he has homered more than once a game. It also added to Goldschmidt’s prodigious numbers at Miller Park. He entered the game with a.476 batting average at Miller Park, the most among players with 40 or more plate appearances. I think he has success everywhere, to be honest, D-backs manager Chip Hale said.

But this is a good place to hit. Good background. Ball seems to carry well. Guys are comfortable hitting here. Another loss for Brewers: Besides losing the game, the Brewers lost another player to injury. Left fielder Khris said he suffered a torn meniscus while striking out the first inning and would undergo surgery on Tuesday, putting him line to become the seventh of Milwaukee’s eight Opening Day position players to a game this. Hellickson hitting stride: After a tough start to the, Hellickson has put together three straight solid starts. On Saturday he allowed two runs over six innings, and he has a 2 record and a 3 over his last three outings. I’m feeling good, Hellickson said. The first handful of starts, I’d fall behind the count and have to throw a fastball and I couldn’t command my offspeed early. I’ve been working on that hard -between starts.

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Tough rehab had J.J. Watt worried about playing football again

HOUSTON — Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said there was a point during the offseason when he didn’t know whether he’d ever play football again.

After the Texans’ 30-0 loss in the wild-card round of the playoffs to the Kansas City Chiefs, Watt had major surgery in Philadelphia in January. Watt said he had five muscles repaired and both of his lower abs had to be reattached. He also had to have his abductors (one right and two left) reattached.

As he lay for 10 straight days in a Philadelphia hotel room, Watt said he was overwhelmed with the rehab process and his inability to even walk or get out of bed.

And even though he underwent back surgery just before the start of training camp, Watt said there was no doubt in his mind that he would be ready to play in the regular-season opener against the Chicago Bears.

“No, there was never a doubt,” Watt said. “Those guys were awesome in helping me and also awesome in being willing to have an aggressive approach. After a surgery, the rehab can go one of many ways, and these guys were willing to accept my aggressive style, and we did it in a smart fashion, but we did it in a way that we knew that this really wasn’t going to be an issue.”

Watt has not missed a game in his five-year NFL career, playing in 85 consecutive games, including the playoffs.

Watt has not missed a game in his five-year NFL career, playing in 85 consecutive games, including playoffs. Watt has played in 89.9 percent of the Texans’ defensive snaps since he was drafted in 2011, which is the highest percentage among all defensive linemen, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Since 2012, Watt has played in 92.8 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.

And so, though Watt said the coaching staff might be cautious and put some limitations on what he can do or how long he can play, he plans to fight to play as much as he has in the past.

“I’m sure that they are going to try to put some limitations on me and we are going to have that conversation here as the week goes on,” Watt said. “The way that I felt in the last two practices, I don’t feel it’s necessary. My body feels great. My conditioning level feels great.”

Watt said this has been a tough offseason after going through two surgeries and two rehabs, but it has changed his perspective to not take his health for granted.

“It definitely gives you a new outlook, kind of a fresh approach,” Watt said. “You see things from a different light when you’re going through stuff like that and you go through the ups and downs.

“There have been some days where it has sucked, where it absolutely sucked, but I really enjoyed the adversity that we faced and I enjoyed having to overcome those things and challenges that I really haven’t had before. I hope to never have an offseason like this again. But I definitely learned and grew from it.”

“When I was in Philadelphia after the first surgery, there were some days there where I really questioned whether or not I’d ever be able to play again,” Watt said. “Just some of the stuff we were dealing with from a rehab standpoint. And just the way that the recovery was going early on.”