Super Bowl 2020: Richard Sherman slams NFL 'hypocrisy' amid CBA talks

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    Richard Sherman accused the NFL and team owners of putting a "price tag" on player safety in pushing for a 17-game regular season.

    Plans to expand the schedule have proved an obstacle in ongoing negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement.

    The existing deal expires at the end of next season and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has insisted player welfare continues to be a priority amid "incredibly productive dialogue" with the NFL Players Association.

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    Sherman, an NFLPA vice president, remains unconvinced, believing talks will drag on unless the league backs down.

    "I don't think it's something the players are interested in, honestly," the San Francisco 49ers cornerback said ahead of his team's Super Bowl 54 matchup Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

    "If that's the point they're negotiating on, I think these negotiations are going to go a lot longer than anticipated," Sherman added.

    Team considering Colin Kaepernick projected to lose '20% of their season ticket holders'

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    Former NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart shared a column on CNN titled, "Now is the moment to sign Colin Kaepernick."

    Lockhart was the primary spokesperson for the league during Colin Kaepernick's protest, which started in 2016 and heated up in 2017 (Lockhart would leave the NFL in 2018). In his column, he shared what many already knew, which is that Kaepernick wasn't signed because he was viewed as "controversial."

    From Lockhart:

    No teams wanted to sign a player — even one as talented as Kaepernick — whom they saw as controversial, and, therefore, bad for business. …

    What didn't happen in this time of progress was a new te夜网论坛am for Colin Kaepernick. He worked out with several, but no one wanted to sign someone with his obvious talents, even if the consensus was that he'd be a high-quality backup. And football insiders were clear he had more talent than many of the backups in the league. Kaepernick was not blocked because the league wanted to punish him for setting off the protests. In fact, just the opposite is true. The commissioner and several other league executives spent a lot of effort prodding and pushing owners to sign him.

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    Despite Lockhart claiming Kaepernick "worked out with several" teams, there's been nothing to support that. In fact, the t[......]

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    Classic film 'Brian's Song' now serves as fitting eulogy to both Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers

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    During the course of the 74-minute run time of “Brian’s Song,” the 1971 television movie based on the friendship between young Chicago Bears running backs Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo, the director managed to find ample time to feature game footage of Sayers slashing through a variety of NFL defenses.

    Sayers’ majesty as a runner is not the point of the film. Aired by ABC just seven years after passage of the Civil Rights Act, it primarily is about how two young athletes came to be so close despite competing for the same job and coming from such different backgrounds. Sayers, who was black, and Piccolo, who was white, were the first NFL players from different races to be paired as roommates.

    Including all those Sayers runs was an ideal choice by director Buzz Kulik, who won a Director’s Guild award for his work. Because there might never have been a more beautiful piece of action put on film than Sayers on the move with a football in his hand, sometimes gripped more casually than a coach would prefer but most often beyond the reach of defenders who could not anticipate his invention.

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    Cowboys QB depth chart: Ben DiNucci, Garrett Gilbert are Dallas' remaining backups to Andy Dalton

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    No team really wants the names below the first spot on its quarterback depth to matter in an NFL season. The Cowboys were no exception, but injuries to Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton have made backup quarterbacks the story of the season for the Cowboys.

    Prescott (ankle) had his season ended in Week 5. Dalton (concussion) took a late hit in Week 7 and isn't a sure thing to play immediately going forward. That leaves rookie Ben DiNucci and journeyman Garrett Gilbert as the remaining Cowboys' QB depth. In a brutal NFC East, Dallas would have a chance to compete with competent quarterback play, but that seems like a lot to ask for at this point.

    Here's a look at what Dallas is working with at QB, along with what you should know about DiNucci, Gilbert and even the Cowboys' emergency quarterback, Blake Bell.

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    The following is the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback depth chart entering Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season, with Dak Prescott already out for the year with an ankle dislocation and fracture. 

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    Bill Belichick hands Jets second L of the week, says resigning from New York a 'great' career moment

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    Bill Belichick is an eight-time Super Bowl champion, but leaving the Jets might taste sweeter than any champagne.

    Less than 24 hours after downing the Jets and handing them their ninth loss of the season, the Patriots head coach handed the Jets yet another loss, clowning them, telling WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria" on Tuesday that the moment he resigned from the Jets is one of the "great moments" of his career.

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    "One 夜网论坛of the — not only most defining — but one of the great moments of my career," Belichick said. "That combined with Robert [Kraft] giving me the opportunity to come here, I couldn't have asked for anything more.

    "So, that wasn’t a good situation for me, and I didn’t want to be part of it, so I wasn’t."

    Belichick has maintained that he was uncomfortable with both of the prospective Jets owners, Woody Johnson or Charles Dolan, after the death of longtime owner Leon Hess and his uncertainty surrounding the ownership situation played a big part in resigning from his post, quitting as coach just minutes before he was scheduled to be formally introduced as[......]

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    Philip Rivers was so excited after winning first game as a high school coach

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    Although he’s celebrated for 17 years of uttering "dadgummit" and trash-talking in the NFL, former quarterback Philip Rivers spoke ecstatically after earning his first win as a high school coach.

    Rivers retired from the league last season, and moved to Fairhope, Ala., to begin his coaching journey at St. Michael Catholic High School. The former Chargers and Colts quarterback recently guided the Cardinals to a 49-0 opening victory over McIntosh in his debut.

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    Scoring 27 points in the first quarter, St. Michael Catholic completely dominated. By the start of the second half, both teams agreed to cut the half into two six-minute quarters with a running clock. Once time ran out and the team rejoiced in celebration, Rivers dwelled in nostalgia and the emotion behind this accomplishment.

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    What's the difference between the Clippers and 76ers? 45 points, of course

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    LOS ANGELES — The Clippers expected they'd be better once Chris Paul returned to the lineup. They just probably couldn't have imagined how much.

    Blake Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists Sunday night as Los Angeles stormed out to a 31-point lead in the first quarter with its All-Star point guard back on the court and pummeled the Philadelphia 76ers 123-78.

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    "It felt great just to play. You never know what it's going to be like until you actually get out there and compete," Paul said. "A lot of things go through your mind out there, especially when you come back because you want to make sure you're not too tired and not trying too hard. But at the same time, we've been playing extremely well and I didn't want to break up our rhythm."

    Jamal Crawford scored 21 for the defending Pacific Division champions, who were 12-6 while Paul was sidelined with a right shoulder he separated Jan. 3 at Dallas. The seven-time All-Star point guard showed no signs of rust, getting seven points and eight assists in 23 minutes.

    "He set the tone," Crawford said. "The energy from when he was introduced, to the level of play that he brings, it makes everybody better."

    DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds and 10 points, helping Los Angeles increase its division lead over idle Phoenix to four games.

    The 45-point margin of victory was the largest for the Clippers' franchise. The p[......]

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    Lorde experiences a Bulls game for the first time, tweets her thoughts

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    Singer Lorde is a very interesting character, and she stayed true to that description while live-tweeting her first experience at a Chicago Bulls game on Monday night. 

    The 17-year-old vocalist hails from New Zealand, where professional basketball isn't exactly the most mainstream of sports.

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    She somehow perfectly combined fascination and apathy into a few brief anecdotes that described what it's like to observe something you've never seen before.

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    NBA Draft: First impressions show why Cavaliers liked Andrew Wiggins

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    Andrew Wiggins is big on firsts. After being the first overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, he became a hit in his first appearance as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    "I want to come in and create an impact off the bat, offensively and defensively," Wiggins said Friday in Cleveland. "Be a good teammate, be a good part of the organization. I want to be on the All-Defensive team, be Rookie of the Year, make the All-Star team."

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    Count new Cavs coach David Blatt as his No. 1 believer. There's a major renovation project under way in Cleveland, and Wiggins and Blatt are the keystones.

    At 19, Wiggins can well feel free to share his confidence with the Cavaliers. He could be their most important player since LeBron James. His foundation is a year of proving himself at Kansas and the mentorship of his father, former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins.

    The son now sets course to atone for the mistakes of the father. Wiggins said seeing his son begin with the Cavs "gives me closure, and I'm ready to let go of some of the things when I left the league."

    Mitchell Wiggins' career ended in a blur of cocaine abuse and s夜网论坛uspensions.

    Sidestepping temptation, Cavaliers GM David Griffin said he listened to a slew of trade offers for the No. 1 pick before settling on Wiggins hours before making the selection.

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    2014-15 NBA schedule: LeBron in Miami for Christmas?

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    We received another clue Tuesday that LeBron James will be in South Florida on Christmas Day.

    ESPN.com's Marc Stein was told that James and the Cavaliers will visit the Heat on Dec. 25. The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reported a week and a half ago that such a matchup was likely. We'll know for sure Wednesday evening when the NBA announces the full 2014-15 schedule.

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    The Christmas party won't be James' first meeting against his latest old team. The Cavs and Heat are scheduled to play an exhibition game in Brazil on Oct .12.

    Now that we're reasonably certain of LeBron's holiday plans, we can turn our attention to other anticipated matchups:

    The rest of the Christmas quintupleheader: If the Heat are hosting LeBron, then obviously we can't have a Spurs-Heat NBA Finals rematch. Maybe Spurs-Thunder? Rematch of the Western Conference finals? Rivalries are a good option in general: Celtics-Lakers, Knicks-Nets, Knicks-Bulls, Mavs-Rockets (Chandler Parsons drama as a bonus), Clippers-Warriors (Stein notes the Los Angeles Times reported that those two will be on the Dec. 25 slate).

    Kevin Love's return to Minnesota: Love eventually will be traded to the Cavaliers, which means Wolves fans will have one chance to boo him out of Target Center.

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    Kemba Walker is the man with the killer step back

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — We’ve all seen Kemba Walker’s game-winning shot.

    His team depending on him, the raucous crowd chanting for victory. The ball in his hands and just seconds left on the clock in an isolation situation on the right side of the arc. A hesitation dribble with his right hand and a pull back to his left. His right shoulder down, a hard dribble to his left to commit his defender to the drive. Then, a fadeaway step-back jumper at the top of the key to win it.

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    Only this time, Walker wasn’t at Madison Square Garden.

    Wednesday night, Walker saved the Hornets’ re-introduction to the city of Charlotte by earning a win over the Bucks with the same type of shot he hit against Pitt in the Big East Tournament in 2011.

    The road to the opening victory wasn’t easy. Milwaukee dominated most of the game, at one point stretching its lead to 24 points. The Bucks played solid defense, doubling Charlotte big man Al Jefferson all game, switching on screens and frustrating the Hornets' penetrators.

    It was the first professional game for this year’s No. 2 overall draft pick, Jabari Parker, but the return to North Carolina for the Duke product was hardly the story line of the evening. The Bucks’ Khris Middleton had 17 points and Brandon Knight finished with 22. The one thing Charlotte was[......]

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    Kevin Garnett call Nuggets ‘quitters’

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    The lowly Nuggets handed the even more lowly Timberwolves a 100-85 loss Wednesday, but that didn’t stop Kevin Garnett from ripping into the Denver organization. 

    Before firing Brian Shaw on Tuesday, the Nuggets had lost 19 of their previous 21 games. Since his firing, Denver has won two straight. However, Garnett stood on his soapbox for Shaw.

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    “They quit on Brian Shaw,” Garnett said, via the Star Tribune. “I thought夜网论坛 they’d quit again. Quitters are quitters. That was my take on it.”

    Shaw clearly has a lot of support from players around the league, given the reaction from Pacers forward David West, who shared his displeasure with the firing Tuesday.

    But if you’re the Nuggets front office, you can handle a few complaints if the team keeps winning games.

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    James Worthy says Kristaps Porzingis is mix of Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki

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    Knicks fans weren't excited at the NBA Draft when Kristaps Porzingis' name was called, but one NBA Hall of Famer sees something special.

    James Worthy, a broadcaster for the Lakers, gave high praise to Porzingis before Monday's summer league game between Los Angeles and New York. 

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    “He’s a freak of nature," he said, via the New York Post. "He’s a combination of Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant. It’s a good pick for the Knicks."

    Porzingis had a solid debut Satur夜网论坛day when he finished with 12 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in 18 minutes of action.

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    Lamar Odom improved enough to have visitors in L.A. hospital

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    Former NBA player Lamar Odom, 35, has improved enough after an apparent drug overdose that he is being allowed to have visitors in the hospital, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

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    Longtime friend and Lakers forward Metta World Peace planned to visit his former teammate on the team's off day Wednesday.

    World Peace, also 35, has been friends with Odom since they were children in New York, and the two were teammates with the Lakers from 2009–2011.

    Odom has been in the hospital in Los Angeles, recovering and undergoing physical therapy since being transferred from Las Vegas, where he was rushed to emergency last month after being found unconscious at a brothel.

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    Mark Cuban on Chris Broussard's reporting: 'My sources say he's an idiot'

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    The Mavericks and Clippers faced each other Wedne夜网论坛sday night and the central focus was all about the DeAndre Jordan saga that happened during the offseason.

    Dallas' outspoken owner Mark Cuban, while fielding questions, was asked about ESPN reporter Chris Broussard's report that Cuban was "driving around downtown Houston begging ([through] texts) Jordan's family [for] address to DeAndre's home."

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    Cuban answered that question by saying of Broussard, "My sources say he's an idiot."

    Broussard's report caught a lot of attention at the time because of how absurd it was. He later apologized and said his report was inaccurate, but only after Cuban humiliated him on Twitter.

    "That's is the dumbest s— I've ever heard. If you had any ethics [you] would [message] me and I will give [you] his address," Cuban tweeted at the time. "How about this. You post any proof I was calling[......]

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    Byron Scott shocked, others saddened by Kobe Bryant's retirement

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    Though it's been whispered for months, Kobe Bryant’s retirement announcement Sunday seemed to come out of nowhere, even shocking his own coach. 

    Lakers coach Byron Scott said he was shocked when Bryant told him Saturday night he would be hanging up his sneakers following the 2015-16 season. 

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    "Sad. We talked about it last night. I told him it kind of shocked me when he told me," Scott said, via CBS Sports. "I think he still loves this game. He still has a passion for it. He's still a competitive young man."

    Shortly after the announcement, reactions came pouring in from around the NBA, including NBA commissioner Adam Silver. 

    Former Lakers teammate Rick Fox was a夜网论坛mong the first former players to react: 

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