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Giants running back Saquon Barkley looked pretty good during limited practice work this week, but the team isn't ready to put him on the field as he's been ruled out of New York's Week 5 game against the Vikings.
RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), LB Alec Ogletree (hamstring), LB Tae Davis (concussion) are ruled OUT for #MINvsNYG
LB Lorenzo Carter (neck) is questionable pic.twitter.com/yreAEYdnqn
— New York Giants (@Giants) October 4, 2019
Coach Pat Shurmur told reporters earlier this week that Barkley "felt good" in his recovery from an ankle sprain as he worked with New York's training staff. He held off on ruling him out for Sunday but made the decision Friday.
The running back reportedly told people he can beat his initial four- to eight-week timetable for recovery, according to NFL Network, which cited unidentified sources. The Giants staff, however, is taking a cautious approach in easing Barkley back into practice.
Barkley injured his ankle in the second quarter of the Giants' Week 3 win over the Buccaneers and had to be helped to the locker room.[......]
Colin Kaepernick has been back in the NFL news cycle lately as fans and analysts continue to make the case for the quarterback to rejoin the league.
Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since 2017 when he became a free agent the year after starting his protest against police brutality and racial inequality in the United States. While most teams have remained silent as to why they won't sign Kap, a Redskins executive recently explained why Washington hasn't considered the quarterback.
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He would have made some sense as a free agent acquisition in 2018 following Alex Smith's injury. Washington eventually signed Josh Johnson, a similarly mobile quarterback, to start three games that season. However, the Redskins never considered Kap a true option, but they did discuss the possibility of signing him.
Doug Williams, the former Redskins quarterback who has been a part of the team's front office since 2014, explained in an interview with "The Dan Patrick Show" why the team didn't want to sign Kaepernick.
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"I think what happened here, we're in a heavily, heavily military area," Williams said. "And I think the guy that sits on Pennsylvania Avenue — 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — made suc[......]
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Imagine this: You've been asleep for the past year or two, and when you wake up, you just absolutely have to turn on a Giants game. It'd be totally fair for your first question to be, "Why did Eli Manning change his number?"
We're here to inform you that the Eli Manning lookalike playing quarterback for the Giants is not, in fact, Eli Manning. That's Daniel Jones, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and Manning's heir to the quarterback position for the Giants. Yes, they look eerily similar and possess the same mannerisms. And yes, they throw a few too many silly interceptions. But they've had photos taken together, confirming they are not in fact the same individual.
What New York fans should be hoping is that Jones' early season statistical success relative to Manning can lead to a similar jewelry output of the two Super Bowl rings Manning brought to the Giants.
This is a photo of Giants QBs Eli Manning and Daniel Jones.
No, it is not photoshopped. (H/T @DanielleParhiz) pic.twitter.com/UdiMGaoq3p
— FOX Sport[......]
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One year after having no preseason, the NFL will kick off a three-game version on August 5.
The NFL elected to cancel the preseason last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant two things. For players, it meant that they could not prove themselves on the field as they looked to challenge for back-end roster spots. That certainly hurt the players on the bubble of 53-man rosters, but expanded practice squads gave them a chance to make teams.
For fans, it meant another five-week layoff from the NFL, something that was particularly hard to stomach given the sports hiatus that occurred during the early stages of the pandemic.
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But now, the preseason is back, albeit a condensed version of the preseason. The league has added a 17th game to the rotation this year which has resulted in the preseason being trimmed to three games for all but two teams. The only teams that will play four times are the Steelers and the Cowboys, who will square off in the Hall of Fame Game to start the preseason on Aug. 5.
Below is the full schedule for every week of the 2021 NFL preseason, as well as how to watch each game.
When does 2021 NFL preseason start and end?
Start date: Thursday, Aug. 5End date: Sunday, Aug. 29
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The 49ers surprised the football world Sunday morning by rendering rookie running back Trey Sermon inactive for their season opener against the Lions.
Sermon was San Francisco's third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He was listed as the top backup to Raheem Mostert on the team's depth chart entering the Week 1 clash with Detroit. He was expected to form a solid one-two punch with Mostert after logging 16 carries for 63 yards during the preseason.
Instead, Sermon will find himself on the bench.
Why is Sermon not playing against the Lions? There's apparently a simple reason for Kyle Shanahan's decision.
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Why is Trey Sermon inactive for the 49ers in Week 1?
Sermon is a healthy scratch for the 49ers. He's not dealing with an injury and didn't suffer any last-minute COVID-related setbacks. So, it was a coach's decision to keep Sermon on the bench.
It appears that the decision was related to Sermon's special teams role — or lack thereof. Keiana Martin of 4[......]
Are you in need in an automobile upgrade and have $100,000 lying around? Then you may be interested in this 1963 purple Chevrolet Impala previously owned by Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.
Given to him as a Christmas gift from his wife Vanessa in 2006, this convertible lowrider was built by West Coast Customs, and is available for purchase on eBay.
So far, only three people have made offers for the vehicle, all of which have been declined by Exclusive Motorcars, the company handling the sale.
Holidays at the Bryant household sure seem like a lot of fun.
BOISE, Idaho — Pierre Jackson set an NBA Development League record when he scored 58 points in Idaho's 136-122 victory over the Texas Legends on Tuesday night.
Jackson was 24 for 33 from the field, including a 7-for-13 performance from 3-point range. He also had eight assists and six rebounds.
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The previous scoring record of 53 points was set by Morris Almond in 2008 and matched by Will Conroy in 2009.
It was Jackson's seventh game this season with 40 or more points. He is averaging an NBADL-best 30.2 points.
Alex Len and Hassan Whiteside turned Monday's Suns-Heat from basketball game into a wrestling match.
The two had been trading bumps all night, but late in the third quarter they tried to go at each other something fierce.
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On a dunk by Whiteside, Len's arm came down and through to the Heat forward's face. That set off Whiteside, whose arms got tangled up around Len's head.
Len then pushed Whiteside away, prompting an attempt at a wrestling-style takedown by Miami's budding star.
After review, both were ejected.
As the NBA’s playoffs are in full gear, those teams who long ago abandoned postseason dreams have only the future to look forward to. SN’s Sean Deveney has been looking at the state of those teams and how their offseasons will shape up.
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The core of the Pacers’ assets looks familiar and probably will remain so next season. Paul George’s attempted comeback from a broken leg was valiant but not enough, so the hope remains that he gets fully healthy and returns to earning the four years, $75 million he is slated to be paid. George Hill, too, is locked in, at two years and $16 million, and he played very well (16.1 points, 5.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds) once he got through his own set of injuries. Questions remain about whether George and Hill, whose breakout coincided with his All-Star teammate's absence, can mesh.
The Pacers also have swingman C.J. Miles (three years, $13.5 million) signed long-term, and forward Solomon Hill is still on his rookie contract. Beyond those guys, there are decisions to make. Center Roy Hibbert ($15.5 million) and forward David West ($12.6 million) are in the final year of their contracts, and neither is expected to opt out. Backup guard Rodney Stuckey (12.6 points a game on 39.0 percent 3-point shooting), was instrumental in keeping the Pacers in the playoff mix until the final day of the season, but he is a free[......]
Ty Lawson will get the chance to rectify his checkered past with a new team.
The Nuggets dealt the troubled point guard to the Rockets on Sunday for what amounts to a truckload of spare parts, according to Yahoo Sports. The report said Denver acquired forwards Kostas Papanikolaou and Joey Dorsey, guards Pablo Prigioni and Nick Johnson, and a protected 2016 first-round pick in return.
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The Rockets also obtained a 2017 second-round draft pick in the deal.
Lawson, 27, was arrested twice in the last six months on DUI charges. He entered a month-long treatment program for alcohol abuse last week in an attempt to change his off-court career trajectory.
Lawson, the No. 18 overall pick by the Nuggets in the 2009 NBA Draft, averaged 15.9 points and 9.6 assists — third-best in the league — in 2014-15.
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After missing the last two games with a bruised left shin, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is probable to return Saturday against the Nuggets, according to ESPN.com.
Curry, who made it through Saturday morning shootaround without any setbacks, said the pain still hasn't gone away.
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"It's just like swelling and stuff that moves around, and you feel it pretty much everywhere, so the impact is on my shin," Curry said. "But I've learned over the past 48 hours where the impact is, it can radiate all over."
It appears Golden State (30-2) will get Curry and his 30.5 points per game back Saturday, but he could still suffer a late setback like he did Friday in Houston when he planned on playing until he got to the arena.
"It got better in Houston," he said. "I went out and tried to test it before the game and got some shots up. I felt it pretty much on every move."
If Curry does indeed suit up against Denver, he will have a juicy matchup against a team struggling to defend the perimeter.
The Spurs are finally taking care of Manu Ginobili.
While Ginobili announced more than a week ago he would return for his 15th NBA season, the specifics of the veteran shooting guard's new contract were just revealed Thursday evening: a one-year, $14 million deal to stay in a Spurs uniform, according to The Vertical.
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It may sound like a no-brainer for Ginobili to remain in San Antonio, but a lucrative offer from the Sixers forced the Spurs to significantly raise their final figure. ESPN reported Philadelphia offered a two-year deal in the neighborhood of $30 million (with Year 2 partially guaranteed). The Vertical noted the Spurs' initial offer was around $3 million.
Ginobili leaving, at this point in his career, to join one of the worst teams in the league sounds crazy on its face, but Sixers coach Brett Brown worked on the Spurs staff under Gregg Popovich from 2002-13 and has a strong rapport with Ginobili. Even the most loyal stars have to consider that kind of chasm between offers — just ask Dwyane Wade. We are left to imagine what it would have been like to watch Ginobili and Ben Simmons trade crazy lefty bounce passes all over the floor.
Really, Ginobili earned this deal. The $14 million he will make next season will be the second-highest salary of his career (behind $14.1 million in 2012-13), and it won't be a far cry from what he made the past three seasons[......]
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Mike Krzyzewski has been fortunate enough to work with several NBA stars both at Duke and while coaching the U.S. national team. He feels one player he has coached "sometimes gets a bad rap."
DeMarcus Cousins was a part of Coach K's gold medal-winning U.S. teams at the 2014 World Championships and the Rio Olympics this past summer. Krzyzewski feels like Cousins is a bit misunderstood.
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"For (Cousins) to come back (to the team) and still want it, it said a lot about how much he wanted to do it," Krzyzewski said on Kentucky coach John Calipari's podcast, via ESPN. "He came through for us big time. He's tough as hell. He is so damn talented. I don't think he has a position. You can't call him a 5 or a 4. Just call him a great player."
Cousins, who has said he wants to play again in the 2020 Olympics, has been a constant name in the rumor mill in recent seasons. He made headlines this week after getting into a heated verbal confrontation with a Sacramento Bee columnist in the Kings' locker room, only fueling more trade speculation.
Playing in Sacramento, where he started his career after being selected fifth overall in 2010, Cousins has neve[......]
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The Celtics lost small forward Gordon Hayward to a broken left hand in their game vs. the Spurs on Saturday, and he is expected to miss about six weeks.
#NEBHInjuryReport Gordon Hayward underwent successful surgery today to repair a fourth metacarpal fracture in his left hand. The injury occurred during Saturday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.⁰
He is expected to return to play in approximately 6 weeks.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 12, 2019
Hayward was injured late in the first half in San Antonio. He collided with Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge while trying to guard a driving Dejounte Murray.
Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Hayward will be examined by a specialist on Monday. If surgery is needed, Bartelstein added, it will be peformed the same day.
Hayward, 29, came into the night averaging 20.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists in his first seven games this season.
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This is Hayward's second major injury in a two-year span. He dislocated his left ankle and fractured his left tibia early in his Celtics debut in 2017.[......]
NBA Golden State Warriors Basketball Attention all 76ers fans: If you're sitting around and constructing fake Ben Simmons trades, you may want to cross one landing spot off the list.With the start of training camp fast approaching, the Warriors appear to be content with their current roster and are highly unlikely to pursue a blockbuster trade, whether for Simmons or another veteran player. The Athletic's Anthony Slater reported this week that there has never been a "realistic" offer from Philadelphia, and Golden State owner Joe Lacob doesn't want to trade second-year center James Wiseman or rookie forward Jonathan Kuminga. MORE: Can Warriors balance win-now approach with desire for sustained success?From Slater: [Lacob] envisions Wiseman and Kuminga as supplementary, cheaper rotation pieces around an expensive core during their first NBA contract and the franchise's superstar successors by the time they hit their second NBA contracts, ushering in the Warriors' next era. ... Lacob has called Kuminga and Wiseman (and Jordan Poole and Moses Moody) the organization's "bridge" to the future and he doesn't seem intent on burning it, even for a mid-tier star like Simmons who immediately upgrades the team, but is already on his second contr[......]
Jon Lester can't make a normal throw to first base no matter how hard he tries.Fortunately, the ball actually made it to first this time, but only after the Cubs' pitcher resorted to throwing his whole glove. It looks like the ball got stuck in there somehow, so we'll just say Lester was thinking quick. MORE: Cubs fan chugs | Cubs make Wrigley less friendly | x Star WarsEither way, it's hilarious. And it looks like he got the out! Let's just be glad it didn't turn out as bad as this pickoff toss.JON LESTER PICKOFF ALERT🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/UbE3CwI2oa— Matt (@MattWheeler53) April 14, 2015[......]