Like it or not, Ravens earned right to be in sole possession of first in AFC North

The Baltimore Ravens took sole possession of first place in the AFC North, and some will want to put an asterisk next to their name.

The Ravens sit atop the division, but they did so by crushing the winless Cleveland Browns 28-7 on Thursday night. Baltimore is the only team in the AFC North with a winning record, but its win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday came with Ben Roethlisberger at less than full strength.

It’s time to hold off on the “but …”

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw Marshawn Lynch Authentic Jersey three touchdown passes against the Browns but was intercepted twice. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
The Ravens (5-4) did what they had to do to turn around their season. Sure, Baltimore might not look like a playoff team in all phases of its game. The Ravens, though, might be the best team in a bad AFC North.

“What we are is what we are,” wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said. “We have to accept that, and we have to keep working hard. What are we? 5-4. We could be 4-5 or we could be 0-9. You have to appreciate where you are and not take anything for granted.”

Two reporters in Boston, Tom Curran of CSN New England and Steve Burton of WBZ-TV, tweeted Tuesday morning that Belichick wrote a letter to Trump and that the words Trump read aloud were his words.

As for Brady, his wife Gisele Bundchen implied to Michael Bennett Authentic Jersey a fan that neither she nor Brady would vote for Trump. Asked on Instagram if it is true that the pair supported the Republican candidate, Bundchen – who rarely responds to Instagram comments – replied with an emphatic, “NO!”

While Brady told radio station WEEI early Monday morning that he hadn’t voted yet, he did vote later, submitting an absentee ballot in Brookline, Mass., where he lives.

Sherman subsequently dove at the ball and took out the legs of kicker Dan Carpenter, which should have been called unnecessary roughness. Many called it a dirty play, saying Sherman wasn’t going for the ball.

Well, he responded on Tuesday morning with one simple picture that sums up his defense of the play.

The ball wasn’t thrown in his direction, nor was it going to be with Taylor rolling away from the play. Sherman recognized the opportunity to take out one of Taylor’s targets and used it to his advantage – legally.

Rick Hahn: Chris Sale’s past rifts with front office will play ‘zero’ role in trade considerations

As the White Sox gauge the trade market for Chris Sale, their decision to pursue a deal or stand pat will be rooted in baseball concerns rather than any lingering animosity from past confrontations with the team’s ace.

Sale’s ongoing differences with the Chicago front office came to the fore in July when he sliced up the team’s throwback uniforms rather than wear them in a game. He received a five-game suspension for insubordination and destroying team equipment.

But White Sox general A’Shawn Robinson Authentic Womens Jersey manager Rick Hahn told on Tuesday that past rifts will play no part in the team’s offseason deliberations.

“What am I supposed to say?” Young said, incredulously. “It’s not my fault?”

Are the hot starts from the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott and the Raiders’ Derek Carr sustainable? Here’s what to make of eight QB surprises headed into the second half.
After all, Young believed like an article of faith that a quarterback was only as great as his willingness to be weighed down. To account for the chaos of 21 bodies flying around on each play and unfailingly rise above, to be superhuman and immortal and, not for nothing, make it look easy. But Walsh was telling Young that he was wrong.

“There’s such a thing as being over-accountable,” Walsh Ameer Abdullah Authentic Womens Jersey said. It was conflicting and counterintuitive, but it made sense. Young needed to learn the hardest lesson for any good quarterback striving to be great: He needed to learn how to let go.

That’s what made his comments over the summer so interesting. Ryan — coming off the worst season of his career with the Atlanta Falcons — told my colleague David Fleming that his new “thing” was to “see spots” rather than “worry so much about where defenders should be or where they’re supposed to be or all those kinds of things.”

Nobody can imagine how risky, if not impossible, that task is to execute: to take all of the pressure of being a quarterback in the NFL, of replacing a future Hall of Famer, of trying to live up to the expectations of yourself and everyone else, to throw the ball to a guy you can’t see.

Wade said he still keeps an eye on how the Heat are doing

“I think I’ll definitely be appreciative of the moment,” he said. “I think it’s going to be cool just to see familiar faces. I think it’s going to be cool to see love and support and [people] just being thankful for what you did. Unless you’re just cold-blooded, everybody’s going to feel something with that. At the same time, it’s not like my retirement ceremony where I can get a chance to get real emotional. I’m trying to come in there and beat Ahtyba Rubin Jersey their butt. And they’re going to try and beat our butt, so we got to get to the competitive part of the game as well.”

“After the fight in the ring, Manny told me that the Senate will be in recess for eight weeks between the middle of March and the middle of May,” Arum said. “I don’t think for a Mayweather fight that Manny would want to train like he did for Vargas by training in the Philippines and coming over [to the United States] two weeks in front of the fight.

“It’s not the worst-case scenario for him to maybe train Anthony McCoy Jersey for two weeks in the Philippines and then come here and do the last week six weeks during that recess. But he’s definitely fighting in the spring, so I have to plan for dates.

“Manny volunteered the information to me about the schedule. It has to do with the schedule, regardless of whether he is fighting Mayweather or somebody else.”

While Arum does not know for sure if Mayweather will return, the promoter said Haymon told him recently that he probably would.

Arum said he and Haymon spoke a few months ago when he was negotiating for Pacquiao to fight Adrien Broner, the former four-division titleholder and a Haymon client.

Ultimately, Broner did not agree to the money and Vargas got the fight with Pacquiao instead, but Arum said during that conversation he asked Haymon if he thought Mayweather would come back and “he told me he thought the chances were better than not that he would come back.”

If Mayweather does come back, there really is only one fight that makes sense — and a lot of dollars — to do it for.

How Trent Williams’ suspension changes the NFL playoff picture for Washington

Washington’s left tackle Trent Williams is suspended for four games due to violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The suspension stems from a missed drug test, according to the Washington Post.

“We met with Trent today to discuss this unfortunate news,” Washington said in Aaron Williams Authentic Womens Jersey a statement. “Per the terms of the Policy, Trent will be permitted to participate in team meetings and workout at the [team] facilities throughout this time. Our focus will now turn to the Minnesota Vikings after our bye this upcoming weekend. Any questions related to this matter should be directed to the NFL or NFLPA.”

Ty Nsekhe is behind Williams on the depth chart. For now, he’ll take over the left tackle job.

Washington isn’t the only team with offensive line questions. They’re not even the only playoff hopeful in the NFC with problems on the offensive line. Both Minnesota and Seattle have suffered lately through terrible offensive line play, with the Vikings losing their last two and the Seahawks with a tie and a loss.

Following Washington’s matchup against the Cardinals, Williams will be able to return to the field on Dec. 5.

Williams was suspended four games in 2011 after Adolphus Washington Authentic Womens Jersey testing positive for marijuana.

So what’s the problem? Maybe the problem is Darrell Bevell, the offensive coordinator. Field Gulls dives deeper into the struggles he’s had without the combination of Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson on the field at the same time. Maybe he should be the next offensive coordinator to get fired. Another issue might be Christine Michael forced into a full-time role, something that’s not a fit for his skill set.

The was good news this week for the Seahawks offense: Marshawn Lynch was back! The retired running back Marshawn visited the locker room. How’s he been? “Smooth.” Perhaps the moral support of having him in the locker room for a day will be enough.

Padres first baseman outfielder Wil Myers appeared his 15th game

On Sunday, Padres first baseman outfielder Wil Myers appeared his 15th game since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 4. After missing 98 with two separate stints on the disabled list, the second coming when he had surgery to remove a bone spur his left wrist, it took a while for Myers to find his swing. After getting three hits his first 18 at-bats with eight strikeouts, Myers is hitting.306 with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs his last 36 at-bats, including Sunday when he went 1-for-4 with a walk a over the Rockies. I feel good. The biggest thing is doing it day and day out. I feel I’ll have a good D’Qwell Jackson Authentic Womens Jersey game and then a bad game, Myers said. … I really like where I’m at right now as opposed to a week and a half ago. I feel I’m where I need to be. It’s having confidence knowing every single at-bat I’m going to do something. Myers had two hits, including a home run, Friday night and added two more hits Saturday night against the Rockies. He’s hitting.259 since coming off the disabled list. He’s been more selective at times, too.

He took three walks a game against the D-backs on Wednesday. He’s been more selective at times, too. He took three walks a game against the D-backs on Wednesday. The thing I like the best is putting together good at-bats, I’ve worked walks, I’ve had some five- or six-pitch at-bats, Myers said. Overall, Myers is hitting.272.465 line with eight home runs and 27 RBIs and 13 doubles. I think we’ve seen the same Wil we saw and May. He has the ability to be a game-changing player. Since he’s been back from the injury, he’s gained more confidence through the at-bats, said Padres hitting coach Mark Kotsay. I think he’s just feeling more comfortable overall. I think he’s done great job of settling.

GONE are the days when you draw hearts the Darius Butler Authentic Womens Jersey sand for the photo album. And is the era of titillating a flurry of social media fans with topless shenanigans. Indeed, Myleene Klass has now jumped aboard the striptease fun for her 70-strong Insta army. The former Hear’Say singer uploaded the attention-seeking snap during her new year travels, protecting her modesty by clutching a hat over her bust. Posing against the backdrop of paradise, the 36-year-old puckered up a semi-pout to stand doe-eyed just bejewelled bikini bottoms. Alongside the pic, she wrote G’bye paradise – although we feel a simple wave to the shore would’ve been substantial. However, My owes a large chunk of her fame to the fact that she looks decent a bikini and has stuck on her body what 50 per cent of the population have on theirs. The Norfolk native took part the sixth series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! which her notoriety turned stratospheric for simply owning a white two-piece. Proposals even flooded from Playboy, with the mum-of-two rumoured to have received several million quid offers. But Myleene chose to keep it Klassy, and just court social media likes instead.
19-year-old Kendall Jenner looked a nipple-tastic vision as she confidently strutted her stuff during the Givenchy Menswear 2016 show. Sporting a pink sheer 1920s-inspired creation by Italian designer Riccardo Tisci, it hugged the Keeping Up With The Kardashian ‘s slender frame and left very little to the imagination. Also ramping up the fierce factor on the catwalk was supermodel Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk and Secret’s model Candice Swanepoel. Ken is joined the French capitial by proud mum Jenner, 59, who is town with her PDA-loving boyfriend Gamble, 35. The show follow the inspirational 65-year-old as she transitions from a man formerly known as Bruce, into a woman.

Josh McCown back as Browns starter after five weeks out

Quarterback Josh McCown will lead the Browns’ offense Sunday when Cleveland hosts the New York Jets, the team announced Friday.

McCown’s return to the starting lineup comes Eddie Lack Jersey five weeks after he suffered a broken left collarbone against the Baltimore Ravens in his only game so far this season.

He was medically cleared Wednesday and practiced fully for the first time since the injury. He had been doing limited work in practice the previous two weeks.

Quarterback Cody Kessler will not be available Sunday, as he remains in the concussion protocol. The other quarterbacks on the roster are rookies Kevin Hogan and Joe Callahan.

In other injury news, wide receiver Corey Coleman Elias Lindholm Jersey will miss his sixth straight game as he recovers from a broken hand. Cornerback Joe Haden is questionable versus the Jets with a groin injury.

Over the course of ESPN’s four-month inquiry, the inference from the evidence was clear: The vast majority of the key stakeholders — operators, bettors, broadcasters, advertisers and sports leagues — are positioning themselves for Adam Silver’s “inevitable” arrival of expanded legalized sports betting. Indeed, in 2013, the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball filed a crystal ball-worthy document in the New Jersey litigation and argued that they “have an essential interest in how their games are perceived and the degree to which their sporting events become betting events.”

Certain law enforcement officials are on board, too.

“The current U.S. approach to sports betting is not working,” wrote a five-person panel of former federal and state law enforcement officers in a 15-page report released by the American Gaming Association last month. “An open, transparent, regulated sports betting market boosts law enforcement oversight.”

Experts almost unanimously agree that legalized sports betting in the U.S. is “inevitable.” In Part 1 of Chalk’s series, we examine how we might get there and what the market could look like.

If sports betting is legalized in the U.S., recreational bettors will have far more options, like gambling hedge funds. But they will also have increased competition. And not only from humans.

The United Kingdom, home to one of the most mature legal sports betting markets in the world, took steps over the past decade to combat socially irresponsible gambling advertising. Betting and gaming companies in the U.K. have been permitted to advertise across all media since 2007, under strict guidelines monitored by the Advertising Standards Authority. The regulations require that advertisements for gambling must not “portray, condone or encourage behaviour that is socially irresponsible or could lead to financial, social or emotional harm.” Ads likely to appeal to anyone under 18 or that link gambling to “seduction, sexual success or enhanced attractiveness” also are prohibited.

NFC South teams hoping to see defensive improvements during training camp

The Carolina Panthers ran away with the NFC South a year ago. Even coming off an extremely successful season that culminated in a Super Bowl appearance, there are still areas of concern. Without Josh Norman, the secondary includes three rookie cornerbacks competing during training camp for playing time.

In Atlanta, the biggest question is on the other side of the ball — will Matt Ryan and the offense be able to perfect their communication during Falcons camp to take a step forward this season?

One of the main storylines Tom Jackson Authentic Womens Jersey for Bucs fans will be whether rookie cornerback Vernon Hargreaves will earn a starting role in Tampa Bay’s defense. Hargreaves got some work in the nickel as well as outside during OTAs and minicamp and will compete for playing time with experienced veterans Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks. The team also brought in veteran cornerback Brent Grimes, a four-time Pro Bowler, after he was waived by the Dolphins.

Quarterback Jameis Winston had a Trevor Siemian Authentic Womens Jersey strong rookie campaign, but the team wants to see him continue to develop in his second year. The good news is that Winston has a lot of offensive help. Doug Martin and Charles Sims are still around to keep things going on the ground. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a solid receiving tight end, and Winston has two quality receivers to work with in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. The battle for the third spot on the receivers depth chart will be an important one for the Bucs — perhaps this could be a breakout season for Kenny Bell.

General manager John Elway didn’t succumb to Brock Osweiler’s contract demands — he signed with the Texans and appears to be on acrimonious terms with the organization — but he did wind up giving in to Von Miller. The ferocious outside linebacker signed a six-year, $114.5 million deal, including $70 million guaranteed, with the Broncos, ensuring that the team will be led by its defense once again.

The need to re-sign Miller was likely magnified by their losses of defensive lineman Malik Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan. Denver has two starting spots to fill at linebacker this training camp, and will likely try to find ways for its dominant pass-rush to cover up any warts.

Monitoring Jamaal Charles’ progress as he battles back from a torn ACL will probably be the dominant storyline this training camp for the Chiefs. Charles wrecked his ACL in mid-October, meaning he’s roughly nine months removed from the gruesome injury. Though the timeline for recovery for knee injuries gets shorter every year, the Chiefs will have to keep an eye on his workload.

The biggest personnel hole on the Chiefs is in the secondary, where they’ll aim to replace cornerback Sean Smith, who signed with the Raiders in free agency. Sophomore Marcus Peters emerged as the unequivocal No. 1 corner with his eight interceptions last season, but the Chiefs will have to find someone to complement him. The most probable candidates are Phillip Gaines and third-round pick KeiVarae Russell.

Eric Berry got stuck the franchise tag and no long-term deal. He will not report for the start of camp, so that’s a situation to keep an eye on. They’ll look to build off the momentum from their 2015 campaign, where they won their final 11 contests and routed the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs.

With the emergence of Derek Carr and Amari Cooper last year, the Raiders sought to shore up their defense this offseason. Oakland brought in Malcolm Smith, Bruce Irvin and Reggie Nelson to join a unit that surrendered the 11th-most points in the league last season. They’ll join star linebacker Khalil Mack, who recorded a whopping 15 sacks in his sophomore campaign.

Marvin Harrison Pro Football Hall of Fame speech: Colts legend says thanks

Marvin Harrison is one of the most enigmatic players in recent memory and has never been much of a talker, which is why his Hall of Fame speech was one of the most anticipated of the evening.

“You don’t have to be so quiet,” Harrison opened, and the crowd responded with applause

“I’ve broken a lot of records, I’ve held a lot of records, but records were made to be broken,” Harrison said. “But my current Hall of Famers sitting to my left and right — I’m not going to break the record to have the shortest speech in Hall of Fame history.”

“The @Colts have the best fans in the game.”

Marvin Harrison remembers his time in Indy.

For Tony Dungy, what he taught them was bigger than football.

Alongside Peyton Manning, Harrison was a primary part of Sean Lee Jersey the one of the most potent offenses of its time. He reeled in 95 receptions during the Colts’ Super Bowl season in 2006 and retired just two years later.

Ever since he walked away from the field, Harrison’s legacy has been complicated by a couple of gun-related incidents. Off-field matters aren’t supposed to influence Hall of Fame voters, though Harrison wasn’t elected until his third year of eligibility.

On the field, Harrison’s legacy remains. He still owns the single-season record for receptions, which Terrance Williams Jersey he set in 2002 with 143 catches. In 13 years with the Colts, Harrison caught 1,102 passes for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. He was named to eight Pro Bowls and six All-Pro teams.

Evans, 32, was a fourth-round draft pick by New Orleans in 2006 and became a fixture in the Saints offensive line from day one. A six-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro selection, he started all 153 regular season games he played in for the Saints. One of the key pillars on their 2009 Super Bowl championship team, Evans is widely considered to be among the greatest players in franchise history.

However, age and injuries have taken a toll on Evans. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last season, limiting him to a career-low 11 games. Although he’s clearly in decline and has shown inconsistency in recent years, Evans still has probably one or two solid seasons left as a capable starter and certainly has a lot to give as a mentor for younger players in the locker room, including the Seahawks’ first-round pick this year, right guard Germain Ifedi.

The Rams are so pleased with Jared Goff’s progress they’re making him the third-string QB

Thursday’s fourth and final preseason game was another bad outing for the first overall pick in the draft, but don’t worry, says QB expert Jeff Fisher, he’s definitely better than he was when he got there.

This is an @AP_NFL picture of #Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane sitting in protest during the national anthem tonight

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2016
People took note of Kaepernick remaining seated during the anthem before the 49ers faced the Packers in Week 3 of the preseason. Kaepernick said he is choosing to remain seated until things change.

Carroll added that he hadn’t talked to Lane about Jeremy Kerley Jersey the protest before the game, but he made sure to check on him before his postgame presser.

“He was very composed and poised about it,” Carroll said. “We support our guys.”

Sanchez didn’t play at all in the Broncos’ final two preseason games. In the crucial third game, Trevor Siemian handled the first half and rookie Paxton Lynch was in there for the second half. Lynch played all of the fourth game with Siemian prepping to start Week 1 of the regular season.

Sanchez, a seven-year veteran, went 20 of 30 for 219 yards and one touchdown as well as three turnovers (two fumbles, one interception) in game action this summer. He was sacked three times in the Broncos’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Aug. 20, which was his last appearance with the team.

This is the latest setback for Sanchez, who’s never been able to protect the football during his NFL career. He’s thrown 86 touchdowns and 84 interceptions in 75 games.

The New York Jets drafted Sanchez, 29, with the No. 5 overall pick Jeremy Ross Jersey in the 2009 NFL Draft and immediately named him their starting quarterback. While his regular season numbers were abysmal — 12 touchdowns and 20 picks — he took the Jets to the AFC Championship that season. New York also qualified for the AFC Championship with Sanchez under center the following year.

But ever since the 2010 campaign, it’s been all downhill for the former USC standout. He went 14-17 in his final two seasons as the Jets’ starting quarterback before missing all of 2013 with a shoulder injury. The Eagles scooped up Sanchez on a one-year deal in 2014 before re-signing him to a two-year contract. He posted an 86.6 QB rating in Philadelphia, throwing for 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 13 games.

The Broncos have named Siemian the starting quarterback for now, though his inexperience may force a change down the line. Neither Siemian nor Lynch has lit it up this preseason, but both possess a higher ceiling than Sanchez. Not many teams have use for a QB who can’t stop turning the ball over.

“Philadelphia is a passionate football town and will serve as a tremendous backdrop for the Draft and provide a great atmosphere for our fans and incoming players,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a release. “[Eagles owner] Jeffrey Lurie has been a strong advocate and supporter of the draft on behalf of the City of Philadelphia throughout the entire selection process.”

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.