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He coached at Stanford and with the Vikings and Cardinals

Gordon was originally suspended for the entire 2014 campaign following a failed drug test, but his penalty was later reduced to 10 games after the NFL revised its substance abuse regulations. He was also suspended by the Browns for the season finale in 2014 after he was late for a pregame walk-through.

The troubled wideout has a history of drug Antti Raanta Jersey problems. He received a two-game suspension in 2013 for a failed drug test, and was let go from the Baylor football team in 2011 after he tested positive for marijuana while in school.

When Gordon has been on the field, he’s one of the league’s most electrifying playmakers. In 2013 he led the NFL with a franchise-record 1,646 receiving yards despite playing in only 14 games, and caught nine touchdown passes. That year, he also set the Browns’ single-game record for receiving yards (261) and tied the single-game mark for receptions (14).

I had never heard a man talk so fast and say so much that was worth absorbing. I had never heard one speak with more conviction or authority.

I had never heard of a 3-8 coach being Brian Leetch Jersey named the Big Ten Coach of the Year, like Denny. I wanted to know how he did it. I had come to Northwestern to see how a paltry record translated into a king’s reward.

Northwestern was 1-31-1 in recent games before Denny arrived. It was iconic Michigan coach Bo Schembechler who told me this about Denny in ’83: “This Dennis Green, now, he won three games with that team last year and two in the conference and I’m telling ya, that was a hell of a coaching job. Very deserving. I honestly don’t know how he did it. He’s a helluva tough coach. I imagine he’s going places.”

Yes, with a work ethic that was supreme and with a map that kept him on the high road.

Denny died last Thursday. He was 67.

He sure went places. He coached at Stanford and with the Vikings and Cardinals, all as the head guy. He knocked down barriers with that big, confident voice and with that toughness he learned by losing his father at age 11 and his mother at age 13. He grew up faster than most -??- he was forced to –?? and his hometown of Harrisburg, Pa., was the perfect training ground for learning how to roll up his sleeves and put one innovative foot in front of the other.

When he became Vikings coach in 1992, he told everyone there was a new sheriff in town. His 1997 biography was titled No Room for Crybabies. He once told me about becoming the new head coach of an NFL team:

“So, you get in there and you work. And you work some more. You plan your work and you work your plan. And you get people who complement you and you get tough players as much as talented players. And you know what? The first time and every time you play against the guy that you replaced or the guy they thought about hiring instead of you, you had better whip his ass. You know what I mean?”

NFL learning domestic violence punishment is hard when you can’t investigate

Kicker Josh Brown has been released by the New York Giants, but the NFL’s issues when it comes to handling cases of domestic violence are far from over.

The complications seem clear for the NFL, which was hoping for a fresh start with a revised conduct policy following the Ray Rice fiasco. For one, the league is not in a position to fully investigate allegations of domestic violence and is completely reliant on facts to become known — such as Brown’s journal, in this instance. Second, the league is DeMarcus Ware Jersey realizing these cases have too many mitigating circumstances to stick to the firm six-game minimum penalty standard.

A police report is like a snapshot of a moment. You can’t take it as the complete truth because it simply states what’s known at a specific moment. There were a lot of red flags that deserved a follow-up from the NFL regarding the initial police report Molly Brown filed, but it’s clear the league can only do so much.

And that’s how Molly Brown’s understandable Demaryius Thomas Jersey refusal to meet with NFL investigators became a mitigating factor in an abuse case.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

The Rams won three straight games earlier this season, giving Keenum six wins over his previous eight games as the Rams’ starter, though he hardly ever shined. Keenum played very well in Weeks 5 and 6, completing 76.2 percent of his passes and throwing for 592 yards. But the Rams lost both times, and Keenum didn’t take advantage of late drives that would’ve tied or won games.

“We wouldn’t scale anything back, we wouldn’t change a thing,” he added. “He’s got that good of a feel for what we’re doing.”

But Fisher is clearly more comfortable with Keenum’s feel for the offense. Otherwise, there’s little sense in not starting Goff now, especially coming out of the bye week, with the Rams playing four opponents — the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and New Orleans Saints — that are a combined 8-18.

“I’m confident in myself and confident in what I can do,” Goff said. “I feel like if my number is called, I’ll be ready. But it’s not up to me to decide when my time is. That’s what Coach Fisher and all the other coaches get paid for, to make those decisions. But yeah, I’m confident in what I can do, and I’m confident that I’ll be ready.”

“I feel back to normal.”

That would be good news for the Redskins as they prepare to play the Cincinnati Bengals in London on Sunday. Reed is among a handful of key players with an injury question. Corner Josh Norman was limited in practice because of his concussion. Like Reed, he must be cleared by an independent doctor before the Redskins depart Thursday night.

“Every day is different for these guys with concussions,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “The goal is to work them a little more every day, and if they handle it, then there’s a chance he’s cleared. If symptoms return, there’s a chance he won’t.”

It was recovered by linebacker DeAndre Levy

BOSTON — When the Yankees come to Fenway for a big three-game series on Friday, Dustin Pedroia will be eligible to be activated from the disabled list. If it doesn’t happen Friday, it could happen Saturday or. Or the team could still go with a more conservative path and wait until after the All-Star break. that Friday is the first day, it’ll probably be day-to-day, our decision-making, as we get past Friday, said Red Sox manager Farrell. The work continues Emmitt Smith Jersey to increase — the volume, the intensity, all baseball-related stuff. Pedey has responded each day physically well from that. He’s going to be on the field when he’s first ready, without any undue risk. Pedroia is on the mend from a right hamstring injury. What I ‘t want to say is that it’s going to be Friday and then, all of a sudden, for a reason or another, said Farrell. The best way to describe it is he’s going to be on the field as soon as he’s ready. Browne is a reporter for. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

NASHVILLE — The Detroit Lions scored 14 points the Ezekiel Elliott Jersey final 18 seconds of the fourth quarter to send its game against the Tennessee Titans into overtime, but fell short the extra frame, 44. With Lions quarterback Stafford on the sidelines nursing a leg injury, backup Hill engineered two scoring drives the final 1 to lead the team to improbable comeback. Hill threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to with 18 seconds remaining, and Detroit followed it up by recovering the onside kick. Two plays later, Hill connected with on a 46-yard desperation heave, tying the game at 4The comeback seemed unlikely after Detroit abandoned its pass-first philosophy for a second consecutive week. Detroit attempted the new-look offense against the San 49ers last week, but was unable to successfully move the ball on the. The Lions started running back Leshoure on, and Detroit’s second-year player was effective. Leshoure had 26 carries for 100 yards and one touchdown the loss. He is the first Lions running back to rush for over 100 yards his debut since Sims ran for 153 yards against the Los Rams 1980. However, Detroit was burned twice on special teams, while Titans receiver Nate Washington caught a 71-yard touchdown pass over Lions cornerback, giving his team a 34 lead late the fourth quarter. addition, Lions tight end Pettigrew was stripped by Tennessee’s Alterraun Verner late the fourth quarter, and he returned it 72 yards for a touchdown, giving Tennessee a 41 lead. HIGHLIGHTS — After running a balanced attacked the first half, Detroit remembered it was a pass-first team the third quarter. Lions quarterback Stafford completed 4-of-6 passes – three to for 55 yards – and running back Leshoure capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, narrowing Detroit’s deficit to 20. — Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas missed two field goals against Detroit. –Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley recovered Titans quarterback Locker’s fumble the first quarter. — Tennessee faced 3rd-and-5 on Detroit’s 13-yard line when quarterback Locker attempted a pass to receiver Kenny the first quarter. Lions cornerback Chris battled for position against, and broke up the pass. The Titans settled for Rob Bironas’ 31-yard field goal. also caused Titans receiver Kendall Wright to fumble the fourth quarter.

It was recovered by linebacker DeAndre Levy. LOWLIGHTS — Detroit’s special teams unit gave up two touchdowns on. Titans cornerback Campbell returned a punt 65-yards for a touchdown after a cross-field lateral, while Darius Reynaud returned a kickoff 105 yards. — Locker threw a pass to tight end Jared Cook and Lions safety struggled coverage. Cook threw off him and scored on a 61-yard touchdown reception. — Lions LB Tulloch was flagged for unsportmanlike conduct, but it is hard to blame him for defending himself. Tennessee faced 1st-and-10 on Detroit’s 40-yard line when Titans guard dove at Tulloch’s legs toward the end of the play. Tulloch shoved and was penalized. OTHER KEYS — Lions kicker Hanson was forced to punt after sustained a calf injury the second quarter. It marks the fifth time Hanson has punted his career. Hanson’s last punt was against San on October 5. His other punts occurred 1995 and 1998. — Lions rookie receiver Ryan Broyles hit the field with around eight minutes remaining the third quarter. ISSUE OF THE WEEK REVISITED We said Detroit’s biggest issue was getting through the trap game against Tennessee. The Titans were 0, and had not played well two previous games, but still had plenty of weapons. Detroit trailed Tennessee, 20, at halftime, and had a much tougher evening than envisioned. POSTGAME QUESTION Do you like Detroit’s attempt at achieving a balance offense? Should Detroit return to its pass-first roots? How concerned are you about Detroit’s secondary? Was this just one bad game for Detroit’s special teams unit or sign of things to come?

Robert Griffin III will miss ‘extended period of time’ with left shoulder injury

Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a shoulder injury that will cause him to miss an “extended period of time,” the team announced Monday. The Browns placed Griffin on injured reserve, meaning he will be out for at least eight games. The earliest he can return to the field is Week 10 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Griffin is not expected to undergo surgery, but he will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks.

“This is a tough loss because Pat O’Donnell Jersey everyone has seen how invested he has been in this team and his dedication to the work needed to improve his craft,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said.

Fitzgerald, 33, has been one of the most productive receivers in the league since the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. He’s caught at least 90 catches on six occasions and has led the league in touchdown receptions twice. In fact, Fitzgerald is just two touchdowns shy of becoming the 10th receiver Pernell McPhee Jersey of all time to reach the 100-touchdown catch plateau.

In addition to his regular season dominance, Fitzgerald has been a force in the playoffs. In the 2008 NFC Championship, he became the first player in history to catch three touchdown passes in the first half of in a conference championship game. Last season, he defeated the Green Bay Packers all by himself in the Divisional round, catching a 75-yard pass to open up overtime and scoring the game-winning touchdown two plays later.

After seeing his production decline from 2011-14 — Fitzgerald caught 63 passes in ’14, his lowest total since his rookie campaign — he experienced a renaissance last season once he moved into the slot on a more regular basis. The nine-time Pro Bowler reeled in 109 catches in 2015 and found the end zone nine times as well.

If Fitzgerald is planning to walk away after this season, the Cardinals’ Super Bowl quest becomes more urgent. At 36 years old, Carson Palmer remains one of the best quarterbacks in the game, but his time left under center may be limited as well.

It seems like now or never if the Cardinals want to bring a Super Bowl home to the desert.

United skipper Wayne Rooney has defended the Holland international

Memphis, who cost United £25m last, has been included the Red Devils’ starting XI for their Under-21 clash against Norwich – which kicks off at 7pm. Gaal’s decision to demote his fellow countryman comes 24 hours after United’s 1 draw with Chelsea. The Dutch international, who has struggled his debut England, came on as a second-half substitue for Jesse Lingard. But had absolute shocker the three minutes he was Isaiah Crowell Jersey on the pitch. I ‘t think we can stand here and blame Memphis Wayne Rooney In the final minute of the game, he gave away the ball cheaply with a poor pass which led to Diego Costa snatching equaliser for the Blues. Shortly after the final whistle, angry fans slammed the 21-year-old for his fatal error. But United skipper Wayne Rooney has defended the Holland international and has told supporters to get off his back. Memphis is a fantastic player and that happens, we all give bad passes away, said Rooney. A lot of things happened from when you give the ball away to when they’ve scored the goal, I ‘t think we can stand here and blame Memphis. I think Jim Brown Jersey we’re all disappointed and I think there were other things which happened and why they’ve scored. The game was broken up a bit, we gave too free-kicks away and then we couldn’t get up the pitch.

Endpiece The minister should learn to stand by his own comments Roy Hattersley Monday 4 December 2000 The Guardian Blunkett has developed the bad habit of first saying what is right and true and then either apologising for it or insisting that he has been misunderstood, misinterpreted or simply misquoted. Guardian readers not need to be reminded of the no selection by examination or interview promise or the way which it has been broken. But they not recall the subsequently retracted suggestion that public schools should no longer be allowed to masquerade as charities and, consequence – a retraction that amounted to a tax concession. A few weeks after he had changed his mind about subsidising Eton and, Mr Blunkett let it be known that he had not been party to the decision to re-appoint Woodhead as chief inspector of schools. When journalists pronounced him innocent of responsibility for that catastrophe he was more angry than grateful. A year ago he was one of the four local MPs who – anticipating the club’s directors by several months – called for the resignation or dismissal of, the manager of Sheffield Wednesday football club. My prediction that he would adjust his position a week proved wrong. The adjustment came four days. his recantations have become almost instantaneous. His criticism of what he called the Who Wants to be a ? society was clarified within hours of it being made. Yet no sensible person doubts that what he called the culture of materialism has encouraged the violence that scars parts of this country. The clarification circulated on Mr Blunkett’s behalf by the Department for Education and Employment contained the clear implication that critics of WWTBAM? – among whom, the secretary of state was anxious to explain, he did not number – are against both pleasure and prosperity. The notion that dislike of a television quiz show is proof of misanthropy does not bear much scrutiny. Nor does the allegation that distaste for giveaway TV programmes confirms a reluctance to see the nation grow steadily better off. A continual increase national income is much to be desired – more for the poor to live on and more for the to pay taxes as their contribution to improvements public services.

The objection to WWTBAM? – which Mr Blunkett came tantalisingly close to articulating – is the implied answer to the question that it poses. The assumption of the programme is that we all want the elusive million. Not even – at least where money was concerned the sternest moralist English history – disapproved of high earnings. His guiding principle, a life rarely lived much above subsistence level, was: Earn all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can. I do not pretend that I have the moral courage to live according to that stern injunction. But at least I realise that St Martin’s mistake was giving the beggar only half his cloak. Unfortunately this is not the message that we receive from most of the media – WWTBAM? included. It would be bad enough if we were simply encouraged to worship wealth but ostentatious extravagance is treated as if it were a virtue and the confirmation of distinction. Elton, whose flower comes to £293, sells a waistcoat marked down from £40 to £2 and, because he gives the proceeds to Aids foundation, is feted as a national benefactor. Beckham announces that when he gets bored he goes out and buys watches or motor cars or gets tattooed. What do they do when they get bored Peckham? Believers the if you’ve got it, flaunt it theory of success argue that they have earned their money, paid their taxes and are, consequence, free to spend what they like how they like. a decent society there is no freedom to behave a way that damages the interests of the community as a whole. This is not idea that can be dismissed as utopian socialism. It is pure Mill. And the glorification of conspicuous consumption does produce what Mr Blunkett rightly condemned as the WWTBAM? society. The obsession with disposable income and portable property is bound to infect the disadvantaged and the dispossessed youths who can only acquire the trappings of affluence by stealing cars and selling drugs. Pop singers and footballers are part of society too. They cannot abdicate responsibility for their influence upon it. two cheers for Mr Blunkett for saying that the cult of materialism has much to answer for – even though he is denied the final hurrah because he thought, or was told, that it was expedient to make a tactical withdrawal from the truth. Until more people say out loud what I give him credit for thinking, the tragedies of a divided society grow and multiply.

LeBron and his handlers are attempting to hijack the American sporting public’s attention

LeBron to announce which club he sign for live television show LeBron has the basketball world at his feet as he ponders which club to join. Photograph: Nathaniel S. Butler NBAE Getty Images It is one of Pekka Rinne Jersey sport’s biggest showpiece occasions, setting the pulses of American fans racing as weeks of speculation and excitement build to one grand finale. But unlike everywhere else around the globe, it is not this week’s climax of football’s World Cup that has aroused such sporting passions the US. Instead, a multimillionaire basketball star LeBron has held the country suspense with his prevarication over which team he sign for next. Tomorrow is deadline day for the sport’s free agents. And, as befitting a prima donna superstar with the world at his feet, King, as he is known, announce his decision during hour-long address to the nation on live television tomorrow night. In football terms, it is the equivalent of Wayne Rooney or Gerrard bumping News at Ten from the schedule to announce a move. The showbiz ending to one of the most hyped sporting stories of the summer, three months before the begins, befits ‘s status as the biggest name, and most prized catch, the game. Having spent seven years with his hometown Roman Josi Jersey Cavaliers,, 25, has been looking further afield for elusive first championship. His travels around the country to the New Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Los Clippers, all clubs with money to burn, have been dissected by a voracious sports press. The saga also provides proof, if any were needed, that not even the World Cup – despite a brief dalliance – can break the US public’s affair with the Big Four of American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey. The day after the US were beaten by Ghana the second round South Africa, the front page of the New Post carried a picture of a prostrate player above the headline: This sport is stupid anyway.

Analysts say, who has appeared on the cover of GQ and Vogue, has gained maximum publicity from the drama. LeBron and his handlers are attempting to hijack the American sporting public’s attention, said Karen Crouse, a sports columnist for the New Times. I’m not sure LeBron realises the backlash he’s creating with his behaviour. He always has been seen as one of the more grounded superstars, but most people I talk to are put off by LeBron’s diva-ish behaviour, batting his eyelashes at different teams and expecting the whole country to swoon. Whatever he decides, could become the wealthiest sportsman on the planet. One estimate, reported by Forbes magazine, suggested he could earn $1bn earnings and endorsements with the New Knicks, dwarfing the $43m he is said to have earned last year., though, be glad when the circus finally ends. Among my circle, it’s seen as excessive, and we just want him to shut up and sign with someone already, said Crouse. This article was amended on 8 July 2010. The original referred to defending champions Los Lakers. This has been corrected.

Menu Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned avalanche of State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Bowl rout. Mariota and the second-seeded Ducks scored six straight times they touched the ball the second half, with five of the touchdowns covering at least 21 yards and the last four coming after State turnovers. the matchup of Heisman Trophy winners, Jameis matched Mariota’s numbers, but the Seminoles were no match for the Ducks. The Pac-12 champions play the winner of the Sugar Bowl semifinal between Alabama and Ohio State on. 12 Arlington, Texas. It’s incredible. I’m proud of these guys right here, Mariota said. We’ve got one more to take care of. Third-seeded State’s winning streak ends at 29. ‘s first loss as a college starter, maybe his last game college, he threw for 348 yards and turned the ball over twice. No Heisman jinx for Mariota. He was mostly brilliant again.

there is some diminishing reason to expect it

If that happens this — and with second the league minutes, there is some diminishing reason to expect it — it won’t be because the Pistons are thin the backcourt until Meeks returns that already has to provide some backup minutes at two positions. And before you stretch out too much on a team thirsty for offense, you might like to him a little less thirsty for his own. He’s at 35 percent from the field, 21 Zach Miller Jersey percent on 3-pointers, yet the only Pistons attempting more field goals per 36 or per 48 minutes are and Drummond. the end, I think you’ll prove correct, that already has been a value find and be a very good player.

If that’s the case, with two players capable of playing multiple positions, the Pistons find ample ways to make it work. Q: — , via Twitter A: Sure. Do you want the twins reunited? That would be a separate question for Pistons brass Antonio Gates Jersey to consider. But yes, Marcus ‘ brother would fit just fine here. Any trade for him likely would have to involve someone on the salary level of Meeks, Ilyasova or Jennings. The Pistons are over the salary cap and a dollar-for-dollar trading situation because of it, but could take back that much extra salary trade under Collective Bargaining Agreement rules.

Markieff also would address the one position where the Pistons have the least long-term stability, power forward, with Ilyasova here one beyond this year and Tolliver on expiring contract. Q: — Andrae, via Twitter A: I where you’re going with it, a couple rangy guys who could fill a bench power forward role at cap-friendly cost.

Problem is, to pick up Jones, you have to cut someone. The Pistons have 15 roster spots: Their nine current rotation players; almost $15 million worth of injured guards Jennings and Meeks; , Bullock, Spencer Dinwiddie and Darrun Hilliard. They’re not cutting any of those guys to get a budget third power forward, unless some unexpected dynamo becomes mysteriously available. and Dinwiddie are the third center and point guard, respectively. The Pistons just picked up Bullock’s option for next , which isn’t to say they wouldn’t move him, only that doing for extra power forward when they are thin on the perimeter just swaps one depth problem for another. Hilliard is a second-round rookie who has yet to appear his first NBA game.