Monthly Archives: October 2017

Report: Steelers WR Martavis Bryant requests trade from team

Just when you thought the Pittsburgh Steelers could possibly have a drama-free week heading into a Week 7 game against the AFC North rival Bengals, reports surface Martavis Bryant has requested a trade from the team.

There seems to be a lot more to this story here, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for more on this story as it unfolds…

Week 6 gave us the Saints’ first game this season without Adrian Peterson on the active roster. The results were extremely positive. Mark Ingram totaled 150 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season on 30 touches. Rookie Alvin Kamara delivered 87 yards on 14 touches. During the five weeks the Saints have been active, Ingram sits 10th and Kamara is 16th at running back in fantasy points. And that was with Peterson soaking up seven touches per game during four of those games. Ingram and Kamara are seeing a ton of work in a high-volume, high-scoring offense, and both should be in weekly lineups.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: As anticipated, he tore up the Buccaneers’ slot cornerbacks on Sunday, turning 11 targets into 10 catches and 27.8 PPR fantasy points. Remarkably, Fitzgerald was started in just 87.0 percent of ESPN leagues, which didn’t even earn him a place as one of the 10 most started at his position.

Imagine how Greg felt when he saw how the first two-point conversion happened. This wasn’t a straight-up run or pass with the offense staying on the field. No, Browns coach Bill Belichick was too crafty for anything that straightforward. He sent his kicking unit out, seemingly to take the single point and move on. And then the kicker had to watch as Tom Tupa stole one of his brief moments in the sun.

Chiefs cover point spread and total against Washington on otherwise-meaningless fumble return on the last play of the game

One of the funniest things that’s happened in the NFL all season:

This is the second-best sports beat of the last few years, in my opinion. The only one I’ve liked nearly as much was this thing the Grizzlies did to the Knicks last season:

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints: As expected, he had a difficult time separating from Lions cornerback Darius Slay, turning his six targets into a mere 4.1 PPR and 1.1 non-PPR fantasy points. It was the second-worst performance in any of Thomas’ 20 career games to date, trailing only the 4.0 and 0.0 he scored in 2016 Week 10 and falling shy of the 8.2 and 4.2 he scored in 2016 Week 13. What did those two previous games have in common? Well, the former occurred in a game against the Broncos’ stingy cornerbacks, and the latter was also against Slay and the Lions, illustrating Thomas’ difficulty with tougher individual matchups. Fortunately, Thomas now gets an extremely favorable matchup against the Packers in Week 7, so write this one off as an aberration.

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The Pro Bowl cornerback met with Giants coach Ben McAdoo early Tuesday. He is expected to be on the field Wednesday when his teammates return to practice.

Rodgers-Cromartie was told Oct. 10 he would be benched against the Broncos because of his actions in preceding days. He had left a recovery session early Oct. 6, then thrown his helmet and walked off the field in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
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Rodgers-Cromartie later walked out of a meeting Wednesday, which prompted an indefinite suspension from the Giants. He was placed on a reserve/suspended list.

To create room on the roster, the Giants waived injured cornerback Michael Hunter, who suffered a hamstring injury against the Broncos.

The Giants (1-5) host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday before their bye week.

Could pole dancing become an Olympics sport? It’s not as far-fetched as you might think…

That’s because pole dancing – or pole, as the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) prefers – has been recognised by an international sporting body for the first time.

Burke will serve as an analyst for ESPN regular-season NBA telecasts as well as the NBA playoffs, making her the first woman at the national level to be assigned a full season rotation of games as an NBA game analyst. Over the last couple of years Burke has worked selected NBA games as a color commentator but now gets cemented as a regular. Burke said she will keep her role as lead ESPN NBA sideline reporter for the NBA Conference Finals and NBA Finals.

The Cowboys particularly needed the win after the 4-1 Eagles locked up yet another victory on Sunday against the Cardinals. Now Dallas sits at 2-3.

What does an en banc hearing mean? If it’s granted, an en banc hearing will put this motion in front of all of the court’s judges as opposed to a small panel. If that Arrelious Benn Jersey happens, Elliott can continue to play until Johnny Gaudreau Jersey the court has a decision.

What led up to this? The NFL issued Elliott the six-game suspension after a year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations raised against him in July 2016 by a former girlfriend. Elliott denies the allegations. The NFL’s investigators determined that there was credible evidence that Elliott was physically violent toward the woman on three occasions. The six-game suspension is the NFL’s baseline number for a first-time domestic violence offenders.

Elliott appealed the ruling, and the NFL’s arbitrator, Harold Henderson, upheld the suspension. The NFLPA and Elliott’s attorney’s filed a lawsuit against the NFL in a Texas district court before Henderson’s ruling was announced.

the Chargers beat the Raiders by only one point last week,

Goodell has tried to mollify the players by visiting Philadelphia, Miami and other cities to speak to them and witness their work in the community.

But with the president continuing to harangue the N.F.L. on Twitter, and fans increasingly upset about the league’s handling of the issue, including in Jacksonville, where a fan paid to have a plane fly over the Jaguars’ stadium carrying a message calling for a boycott of the team and the N.F.L., the owners continue to fret over the protests and how they will affect the league’s brand when television ratings have started to slip.
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Tom Wilson Game Jersey The league also continues to grapple with Kaepernick, who filed a grievance accusing the owners of colluding to keep him from joining a team. Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013, has remained unsigned since leaving the team in March.

FPI is … kind of in on the Chargers? It has them as the 17th-best team in the NFL going forward, sandwiched right between the Texans and the Raiders. Not bad for a 2-4 squad. The scores of their games show why. Their four losses were a three-point loss at the Broncos, a two-point loss to the Dolphins, 14-point loss to the Chiefs and a two-point loss to the Eagles. They were all close aside from the game against the best team in football.

Granted, the Chargers beat the Raiders by only one point last week, but it isn’t picking Los Angeles to win the Super Bowl here. It’s just saying the Chargers are OK, and about the same as the Broncos. All that being said, the Chargers’ rush defense has been a hindrance, ranking 31st in expected points added per game this year, which isn’t ideal against a Broncos team that is better attacking on the ground than through the air.

If the Chargers beat the Broncos, they would have a 17 percent chance to reach the postseason, which at least isn’t nothing.

Roark versus Cubs lefty power bats Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber.

Say Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber isn’t quite on Wednesday night in the deciding ALDS Game 5 versus the New York Yankees. He gives up a couple runs to the Yankees in the first inning, gets a couple hard outs in the second, allows a solo shot in the third, and then allows another run in in the fourth — say a double, then a popout, then another double, and then a walk to the No. 9 hitter. There are two on, one out, Brett Gardner and then Aaron Judge coming up, and Cleveland is leading 5-4. Say, furthermore, that before the game Cleveland’s brain trust discussed exactly this scenario, and mapped out its plan to get 17 more outs. What would that plan look like?

But maybe Carlos Carrasco, the Game 3 starter, comes out of the bullpen for a couple innings and 30 pitches. Maybe Danny Salazar does, but will he be recovered from throwing 42 pitches on Monday? Or maybe Allen comes out for the seventh inning — could he throw 45 pitches without collapsing? Could Miller throw, say, 60, and take the ball all the way into the eighth?

What happened? Whether he possessed the measurable and skill set that would lead to NFL success is debatable, but there’s no arguing that Manziel did himself in with the Browns because of his reckless off-field lifestyle and actions. He’s currently out of the NFL at age 24.

The matchup that matters most: Roark versus Cubs lefty power bats Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber. Roark has your typical five-pitch arsenal with a four-seamer, two-seamer, plus a slider, curve and changeup. He does, however, have a significant platoon split:

The stakes: The rainout gave Nationals manager Dusty Baker the option to start Stephen Strasburg in Game 4 on regular rest — except Strasburg threw a bullpen session earlier in the day in anticipation of starting on Thursday. This is your life, Nationals fans. ravens_120

LaMarcus Aldridge Jersey, a shade in the conference finals, will look more like himself with Leonard and Tony Parker Jersey feeding him.

Nope. They humiliated Golden State in the season opener, won 61 games, advanced to the conference finals, and played the Warriors to a hilt across four matchups until Zaza Pachulia stepped under Kawhi Leonard’s foot. A fierce pride roils beneath San Antonio’s staid public persona. They believed they could beat the Warriors last season. They will not accept Golden State’s inevitability now.

The Spurs still sport the league’s best defensive wing tandem. LaMarcus Aldridge, a shade in the conference finals, will look more like himself with Leonard and Tony Parker feeding him. San Antonio’s size has occasionally troubled the Warriors, though Golden State’s speed and 3-point shooting would win out over a long series.

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That alone will put you ahead of most people these days.

Between work, school, kids and other daily commitments in our busy lives, the reality is many people are going into fantasy drafts simply hoping for the best, relying on the default fantasy rankings … no plan in sight. In other words, pretty much the opposite of what Steve Kerr Ian Kinsler Womens Jersey or Gregg Popovich would do.

If you want any chance of building a championship-caliber roster and challenging for your league title, you need to be better than that.

LeBron always belongs here. He just needs some luck, and likely a Golden Quintin Demps Jersey State injury, to have a realistic shot at toppling the Warriors four times in seven tries.

Even if it’s not Murray, there are other possibilities. The Nuggets have five other first-round picks, all 22 or younger, in Juancho Hernangomez, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Lyles, Malik Beasley and Tyler Lydon, giving them plenty of options to throw at the dartboard. After all, it’s not always the prospect you expect to develop that does. Four years ago, if you had to guess which other Warriors player would turn into an All-Star, the house money probably would have been on Harrison Barnes, not Green. That Barnes developed into a useful starter gives hope for Denver, as well, as it’s not necessarily star or bust for the young horses in the stable.

Powell made field goals from 25 and 52 yards to give the lead back to the Cougars.

Falk threw a 10-yard TD pass to Renard Bell on Washington State’s first series of the second half for a 20-10 lead. Powell added a 47-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.

Falk’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Johnson-Mack opened the fourth quarter on the first play after the Cougars intercepted Burmeister. Powell added his final field goal with 1:41 left.
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Ducks coach Willie Taggart said he hugged Burmeister after the game, telling him he still believed in him.

Georgia ran through and over Vanderbilt, piling up 423 yards. Sony Michel added 150 yards and a TD, while Elijah Holyfield scored his first career TD on a 15-yard run.

Kevin Kiermaier Authentic Jersey Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-3) lost its third straight to wrap up the toughest four-game stretch in school history against the Commodores’ fourth consecutive ranked opponent.

Injuries kept linebacker Reggie Carter and tackle Trenton Thompson at home for a Georgia defense that came in second in the nation giving up just 9.2 points a game. Starting linebacker Natrez Patrick stayed home after being arrested Thursday night on charges including possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Carter is Patrick’s backup, so Juwan Taylor started for Patrick.

Coach Kirby Smart started freshman Jake Fromm again at quarterback, then the Bulldogs stuck to the ground. Chubb finished off the opening drive with a 33-yard run that put Georgia ahead to stay. Fromm also tossed a 5-yard TD pass to D’Andre Swift in the second quarter, and Chubb added a 14-yard run late in the first half for a 21-0 lead.

The Bulldogs stretched their scoreless streak to seven quarters and nearly had an eighth before Vanderbilt went 75 yards, with Ralph Webb capping the drive with a 1-yard TD run just before halftime. Those were the first points allowed by Georgia since a field goal by Mississippi State on Sept. 23.

There’s a lot that can be going through a guy’s mind, Nelson said of Adams.

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Adams said he remembered everything about Trevathan’s hit.

I had a brief moment where I was a little loopy out there and didn’t really remember things until I got into the hospital and things started coming back to me, and I felt good, Adams said. No headaches or anything throughout the week and I obviously felt like I was able to come out and perform at a high level.

Adams said Trevathan apologized and the two exchanged text messages last week. I wouldn’t say he’s a dirty player at all, Adams said. Over the week you hear a lot about different people’s inputs. It’s definitely unnecessary. You don’t want those type of hits in the game. He’s not that type of guy. It was a mistake and I guess that’s why they allowed him to appeal.
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Roethlisberger is the first Steeler since Mark Malone in 1987 to throw five picks in a game. Roethlisberger threw multiple pick-sixes for the first time in his career since 2006. Scott Tolzien of the Colts is the only other NFL quarterback to throw two pick-sixes this year.

The last NFL quarterback to throw at least five picks and zero touchdowns was Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 3 of 2016.

The 35-year-old said it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact problem with the Steelers’ offense, which is averaging 19.8 points per game despite loads of firepower.

Roethlisberger (33-of-55, 312 yards) said he needs to improve everywhere, but he points out he’s had bad stretches of play before and bounced back.

Alex Smith, with his legs, keeps Chiefs unbeaten with win over Redskins

Alex Smith threw for 293 yards Monday, but it was with his legs he really hurt the Redskins.

Smith ran for 56 yards and scrambled out of the pocket in the final minute to find Albert Wilson up the sideline for a 37-yard gain to set up Harrison Butker’s 43-yard field goal to lift the Chiefs to a 29-20 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. Butker, a rookie from Georgia Tech signed off the Panthers practice squad earlier in the week, was playing in his first NFL game and came through in the clutch after missing a field goal attempt before halftime.

The Chiefs (4-0) remain the NFL’s only undefeated team and have the league’s most balanced offense. While Smith was getting it done through the air, rookie running back Kareem Hunt ran for 101 yards on 21 carries.

Carolina’s Cam Newton has led 13 game-winning drives over his seven-year career, including last week’s 33-30 victory in New England. Newton said his mindset during those drives is simply to “keep the ball moving forward” and “do your damn job.”

“You never know what’s going to happen until you get a completion,” Newton said Wednesday. “That my mentality, just try to throw as many completions as possible, through the game as well. But in that situation, it’s no different.”

While Caldwell would much rather be leading by three touchdowns heading into the final minutes of a game, he said that’s not a realistic expectation – especially against another 3-1 team like the Panthers.redskins_031

Alabama was 9-0 with its sights set on a second consecutive national title after a tooth-and-nail battle with LSU.

Mens Jordan Berry Jersey The Giants had several notable names miss practice Wednesday, but defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is the most curious. He played all 64 snaps last week in Tampa, and somewhere along the line, he injured his shoulder. His status is now in doubt for this week’s game against the Chargers. To make matters even more troubling is that his defensive end partner Olivier Vernon (ankle) appears to be a long shot to play after aggravating his injury against the Bucs. The Giants could be down a pass-rusher or two. — Jordan Raanan

Thanks to an AJ McCarron-to-T.J. Yeldon screen pass with 51 seconds remaining, the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide escaped with a 21-17 win, and the path to another ring was clear. Their next opponent, SEC newcomer Texas A&M, was just another inevitable win on the way to SEC and BCS championships.

Mens Forrest Lamp Jersey Alabama defensive end Damion Square: I can remember being on the bus after a hard-fought LSU game in Baton Rouge and getting on the bus and saying, ‘Man, this don’t stop. We have A&M next week.’ And the guys didn’t know. They were like, ‘A&M? We’re gonna beat them. Our heartache is over,’ because LSU was always the team we had to worry about in the SEC.

Alabama middle linebacker Nico Johnson: You get a new team in the SEC, of course in your head you’re like, ‘Nah, they’re not ready for this SEC play, this speed.’ … We weren’t practicing our best, we weren’t preparing our best, and Coach [Nick] Saban and Coach [Kirby] Smart had been preaching all week long that we needed to practice better.