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Antonio Brown vowed to deliver "the best season" of his career after the wide receiver learned he would be suspended for the first eight games of the 2020 NFL season.
The 32-year-old finally discovered his fate Friday as the league suspended the seven-time Pro Bowler for half of the 2020 regular season due to "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy." Brown had been the subject of an NFL investigation following accusations of sexual misconduct and an incident in January where the receiver pleaded no contest to burglary and battery charges.
He has remained unsigned since last September, when he was cut by the Patriots after just one game having previously been released by the Raiders, for whom he never played a down before being let go amid a slew of off-field incidents.
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Despite announcing his retirement earlier in the month, and at various points in the offseason, Brown said on Instagram he expects to play in 2020.
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I look forward to new beginnings. I want to be the best version of myself on and off the field, and I will do my best to be a great teammate. I appreciate the NFL giving me the opportunity to continue to work on myself and improve. I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity to pla[......]
Veteran safety Earl Thomas was reportedly sent home from Ravens practice on Friday following a heated confrontation with teammate and fellow safety Chuck Clark.
According to ESPN, the fight stemmed from a missed assignment by Thomas and carried over to the sideline, where teammates and coaches needed to restrain the two players; Thomas, who reportedly raised his fists in the altercation, did not appear at Saturday's practice, though Clark was present.
Thomas posted a video of the incident on his Instagram account Saturday afternoon.
"Being sent home sucks," Thomas wrote. "I can’t take the reps I need to keep momentum going. But I can reflect on things and keep working my plan to help the team win. This has been one of of my best camps crazy a situation like this can [throw] dirt on it."
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Being sent home sucks I can’t take the reps I need to keep momentum going .. but I can reflect on things and keep working my plan to help the team win... This has been one of of my best camps crazy a situation like this can through dirt on it.. Here is the clip that started the fight .. A mental error on my part .. A Busted coverage that I tried to explain calmly meet with built up aggression turned into me getting into with a teammate .. Since we didn’t keep it in house and I’m getting text[......]
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The New York Jets placed running back Le'Veon Bell on injured reserve Tuesday because of a hamstring problem he picked up during Week 1 action.
Bell, a two-time first-team All-Pro, is eligible to return in three weeks.
He recorded just 14 yards on six carries in a 27-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the Jets' season opener.
Rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims (hamstring) and linebacker Blake Cashman (groin) have also been placed on IR.
We've signed RB Kalen Ballage to the active roster.
Additionally, we've placed RB Le'Veon Bell, WR Denzel Mims and LB Blake Cashman on IR.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 15, 2020
The Jets signed running back Kalen Ballage in a corresponding transaction, though Frank Gore is likely to get the bulk of the workload in the coming weeks.
Gore and the Jets face his former team, the San Francisco 49ers, on Sunday in their home opener at MetLife Stadium.
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A family reunion will take place when Pittsburgh hosts Houston on CBS as all three Watt brothers will be on the same field. This marks the second occasion since 1930 that a trio of brothers have played against each other.
T.J. and Derek Watt will take the field for the Steelers (2-0) who are looking like their Super Bowl winning team of years past that relied on one of the best defenses and play from Ben Roethlisberger. No player has more than T.J. Watt's 2.5 sacks on a Pittsburgh defense that ranks second in the NFL with 10 sacks. Roethlisberger's surgically-repaired elbow looks just fine as the 17-year NFL veteran connected on three passes of over 20 yards last week, including an 84-yard bomb to rookie Chase Claypool.
J.J. Watt twice sacked an elusive Lamar Jackson last week in Houston's 33-16 loss to Baltimore in Week 2. Deshaun Watson has been doing everything in his power to get the Texans their first win but has been sacked eight times, tied for worst in the league. Despite trading away DeAndre Hopkins wh[......]
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Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a horrific ankle injury on Sunday vs. the Giants.
Midway through the third quarter, Prescott kept the ball on a designed quarterback run when he was tackled and suffered a gruesome injury on the tackle.
WARNING: Videos are extremely graphic.
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Is that a cramp for Dak Prescott? Oh no... #Cowboys pic.twitter.com/KxUkAQUOKQ
— Todd Littles (@Hot_Toddy_GGSN) October 11, 2020
Hope Dak Prescott is ok. Obviously this doesn’t look good.
— Jordan Dajani (@JordanDajani) October 11, 2020
Prayers up to Dak Prescott. A what a gruesome injury 😳 😔 @OnTapNFL pic.twitter.com/tYOzAp5qoZ
— the Sports ON Tap (@thesportsontap) October 11, 2020
Prescott's ankle was placed in an aircast and he was carted off, clearly overcome with emotion.
Dak Prescott in tears as he's being carted off the field. pic.twitter.com/cmTfuHm3BX
— ESPN (@espn) October 11, 2020
Dak Prescott was extremely emotional as he was leaving the field pic.twitt[......]
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Dwayne Haskins. Kyle Allen. Alex Smith. … Taylor Heinicke?
The Washington Football Team QB carousel was among the most intriguing stories in football this year, and that has followed them into the NFL playoffs. Heinicke, the latest backup, is starting in place of an injured Alex Smith (calf) in Washington's matchup vs. the Buccaneers during wild-card weekend.
Though, Heinicke's name is probably more recognizable than that of Rams quarterback John Wolford — the journeyman backup has more experience than his West Coast counterpart. Heinicke has appeared in NFL games with three different franchises, taken snaps in practice for at least four, and even spent a spell in the XFL.
Here's what you need to know about the quarterback who's hoping to push Washington to its first playoff victory in 15 years:
Who is Tyler Heinicke?
Heinicke — pronounced high-nah-key — is a product of Old Dominion University, where he was a four-year starter as the Monarchs' QB. In those four ye[......]
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There's no real timeout when you're T.O.
Urban legend says Terrell Owens is still in his driveway doing crunches in front of members of the media. The truth is, though, Owens is probably home, sipping some wine and enjoying life as an all-time NFL great.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver left behind a storied, entertaining and controversial career in 2012, last taking a regular-season snap with the Bengals in 2010. After a short wait to get into Canton, Owens is attempting to make the most of his post-career life, with several business ventures up and in the works.
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Where is Terrell Owens now?
After one-year stints with the Bills and Bengals to end his career, Owens floated in free agency, retired in 2013 and eventually was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018. He would reject the Hall of Fame invite, choosing to host his own celebration instead. He remains the only player ever to reject an invite to Canton.
Recently, Owens hosted a weekly football podcast alongside fellow former NFL player Matthew Hatchette titled "Getcha Popcorn Ready." Owens also had[......]
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says star Derrick Rose has been participating in non-contact drills in practice as he tries to work his way back from his second major knee injury.
Thibodeau also told reporters at practice Wednesday that the former MVP point guard will not play again this season, something the organization has said several times since he went down.
Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee at Portland in November and was ruled out for the remainder of the season by the Bulls. He sat out last year while recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Eliminated from Playoffs
Detroit - The Pistons picked up Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, but still managed to underperform and miss the postseason. Their struggles cost new coach Maurice Cheeks his job early in the year.
Boston - Rebuilding has started for the Celtics, and they have the record to prove it. Rajon Rondo has returned and looked healthy, but this team is really gearing up for the NBA draft.
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Orlando - Expected to be one of the teams in the lottery, the Magic have maintained that role. Rookie Victor Oladipo has played well, and the Magic have other young talent in Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris.
Philadelphia - The Sixers have found ways to become historically bad, losing a record-tying 26 consecutive games. While Michael Carter-Williams shows promise, they just don't have an NBA team.
Milwaukee - Well, the Sixers served as one of the NBA's laughing stock and the Bucks sit below them. That says something about this group. With Larry Sanders dealing with a host of issues, the Bucks have lost a franchise-worst 63 games and figured to finish the year with a few more.
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Minnesota - Kevin Love's frustration has topped headlines all year, and his Wolves have failed to make the playoffs yet again. There was hope this could be the[......]
Lance Stephenson's flopping abilities have been on full display during the Eastern Conference finals.
On Wednesday night, he was at it again, except with much more bad acting, the type you would find in a poorly made horror movie.
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Here's the thing. As bad as that flop was, he had to do it.
Why? Because LeBron James had five fouls and the Pacers were in an elimination game. Lance needed to do whatever it took to get the best player on the planet off the court.
Plus, Lance wasn't called for the foul. But then again, he can expect a phone call from the commissioner's office Thursday.
The air conditioning in San Antonio's AT&T Center went out, LeBron James sat down with cramps and the Twitter slander amped up.
Among those pointing out that the Spurs also had to contend with the heat was Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings.
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Oh so the AC is the problem. The Spurs was playing also. Just saying
— BRANDON JENNINGS (@BrandonJennings) June 6, 2014
Easy to say he was not talking about James, but James was the only topic after this game. The impact on Miami without James was obvious, as San Antonio went off on a 31-9 run to close their 110-95 win.
Jennings was not close to being the only person to make similar statements about James on Twitter. In fact, I'm sure the critiques got much worse. Still, James has a history with cramps, he weighs 260 pounds and plays at a high speed.
Jennings, who is out of the playoffs this year, found it easy to comment from the outside looking in, similar to most on social media in the aftermath of James shutting it down.
In June 2010, the Pacers selected Fresno State's Paul George with the 10th pick of the NBA Draft, hoping he would capitalize on his potential, upside and limitless talent.
But the 2010-11 season was not a great one for the team. Indiana finished 37-45 and fired head coach Jim O'Brien following a 17-27 start to the season.
On Saturday a Twitter user asked George about what his favorite moment from his rookie year was, and the superstar responded with a rather interesting answer.
Firing Obrien and starting in playoffs RT @ballsohardmj: @Paul_George24 Best memory as a rook?
— Paul George (@Paul_George24) July 26, 2014
His answer does have some merit. Frank Vogel replaced O'Brien, and the first-time head coach led the team to a 20-18 record to end the season and a berth in the playoffs.
With Vogel as head coach, the Pacers are 167-100, have made back-to-back Eastern Conference finals and had the Eastern Conference's best record in 2013-14.
Also under Vogel, George has become a bona fide superstar and one of the best players in the NBA, although George's minutes per game stayed roughly the same in '10-11 after Vogel replaced O'Brien.
That being said, seeing a person lose his job is a favorite moment?
Not exactly something you would expect to hear from a guy like Paul George.
Did talking about Kevin Love get Flip Saunders censored by the NBA? That depends on who you ask.
The Timberwolves president/coach told reporters on Tuesday he wasn’t at liberty to talk about the Cavaliers forward who came over in a trade from Minnesota this summer.
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At least one league official is denying that report.
“Per league official, Flip Saunders was not asked to refrain from speaking about Kevin Love,” Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted on Tuesday night.
Earlier this week, Saunders told reporters he didn’t expect Love to get a warm welcome from fans in Minnesota.
“Minnesota people are pretty loyal,” Saunders said. “When you turn on Minnesota, they don’t forgive you.”
The Cavaliers and Timberwolves met for the first time on Tuesday night, a game in which Cleveland won, 125-104.
Cleveland will travel to Minnesota on Jan. 31.
Kyrie Irving hasn't been here before, but he's certainly doing a good job of covering it up. In his maiden voyage to the postseason, the fourth-year Cavaliers point guard is off to a blistering start, pouring in 56 points through two games.
Tuesday night, Irving's 26 points helped steer the Cavs to a 2-0 series lead with a 99-91 victory against the Celtics, who have been a formidable opponent for a Cleveland team that's making its first playoff appearance since 2010.
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It's quite a way to introduce yourself to the playoffs, and Irving's game is built to score in bunches with shifty handles, uncanny finishing ability and a smooth jumper. But what puts the 23-year-old in a unique category is his rise-to-the-occasion demeanor on the floor.
There's a difference between a player who is capable of making an off-balance 3-pointer and a player who is willing to take such a shot at the buzzer after going the length of the floor in just under six seconds. Irving is the latter.
"It's a treat to have a guy like that who can score with the best of them," co-star LeBron James told reporters Tuesday night. "He's very poised for a young guy in this type of environment. It's great to have him out there."
The arrival of the four-time MVP this season took the spotlight off of him, but Irving's skill set coupled with his lead-rol[......]
Lil B is at it again.
The rapper is warning LeBron James and other members of the Cavs after their celebrations Tuesday night.
Sending a warning to lebron James Kyrie jr smith and iman shumpert yall stealing swag Lil B cooking dance what yall doing #warned - Lil B
— Lil B From The Pack (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) May 27, 2015
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If you haven't been following along, the rapper known also known as Based God has placed a curse on a couple of NBA players. His first victim was Kevin Durant, and his latest victim is Rockets star James Harden.
Harden's Rockets are down in their series to the Warriors 3-1, and some point to the Based God's curse as the reason why. Lil B will be attending Game 5 and claims he'll be behind the Houston bench.
Lil B is upset with James, Irving, Smith, and Shumpert for the same reason he's upset with Harden. The Cavs players celebrated their victory Tuesday night and, in an Instagram video, appeared to be doing Lil B's cooking dance. Lil B doesn't like people taking his dance. Although, he appeared to be fine with it earlier in the day.
Shouts out to lebron James and the cavs doing the Lil b cooking dance on they instagram and doing the Lil B woo woo keep it real - Lil B
— Lil B From The Pack (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) May 27, 2015
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Sixers statistician Harvey Pollack died Tuesday at age 93, the organization announced.
“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the passing of a true NBA legend, Harvey Pollack,” Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil said in a statement. “He may never have laced up his sneakers, but few have done more to advance the game, in the NBA or Philadelphia basketball, than Harvey."
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An employee with the NBA since the league started in 1946, Pollack was a part of some of the most memorable NBA performances. In fact, it was Pollack who scribed out the “100" sign that Wilt Chamberlain was photographed with after his record-setting performance.
"He did what he loved until the end, and shared that love of statistics and basketball with his family, who we remember at this difficult time," O’Neil said. "We count ourselves incredibly lucky to have had his wealth of knowledge, indomitable spirit, passionate drive and love for our sport with us here in Philadelphia and with the Sixers for so many years. He will be missed while his legacy will endure.”
Pollack in 2002 won the John Bunn Award, a lifetime achievement honor handed out by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and is credited with beginning the league's official tracking of offensive and defensive rebounds, steal[......]