Terrance Williams issues statement explaining auto accident

Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams was arrested for public intoxication and leaving the scene of an accident. Williams has now supplied his side of the story that, as told by the authorities, involved Williams allegedly wrecking his Lamborghini into a light pole.

Williams will face league scrutiny under the substance-abuse policy for the alcohol-related arrest. He’ll need to achieve full vindication in order to avoid placement in the drug-testing program or any type of discipline.

Toughest tests: The road schedule is brutal. Tennessee, Kansas City, Atlanta and Carolina all made the playoffs last year. Baltimore lost four road games last season, and that included a 44-7 loss at Jacksonville. Joe Flacco’s home-and-road splits were almost identical last season, but he will need to be better if they want to go .500 in these games.

Biggest breaks: Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Buffalo are the only teams coming to M&T Bank Stadium that had winning records last season. The game against the Bills should be interesting given last year’s AFC wild-card race. The Ravens faced three AFC North opponents in the first four weeks last year but didn’t take advantage of winning two of those three games.

The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on Austin’s first homer of the day, a 440-foot blast to left that followed Aaron Hicks’ leadoff walk.

The next inning, Austin hit another two-run homer to make it a 6-0 game after Hicks tripled in a run, this one a 405-footer to dead center.

A few days ago, Austin was slumping and seemed to be a good bet to be optioned to Triple-A when Greg Bird comes off the disabled list in a week or so.

A mini hot streak later, Austin could be safe and fellow platoon first baseman Neil Walker appears to be in danger of being designated for assignment (and then probably traded).

Austin is 6 for 10 with three homers in his last three games and now is hitting.264 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 91 at-bats compared to Walker’s.211 with no homers and 11 RBIs in 109 at-bats. ravens_085

If it happens, Bellemare knows where he wants to celebrate with his teammates.

“The whole roster is full of guys whose teams said ‘We don’t want you’ or ‘We want other players more,'” says enforcer Ryan Reaves, who joined the Knights at the deadline from Pittsburgh. “It’s a bunch of guys who are hungry. And they all can play.”

WHEN THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS opened the season at 200-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup (the longest in the NHL), few people blinked. After all, of the 64 expansion teams in the four major U.S. sports leagues since 1960, none had debuted with a winning season — until now.

The Knights quickly differentiated themselves with their balance; they regularly roll out four lines, with no regard for matchups. Consider: Karlsson led Vegas forwards in time on ice (18:43 per game) in the regular season, but that ranked just 55th among forwards across the NHL. Reilly Smith was the shift leader at 22.2 per game, ranking just 120th leaguewide.

“Well, we really didn’t have a choice,” McPhee says. “We don’t have the elite players that other teams have. We thought that perhaps if our third and fourth lines were better than other clubs’ third and fourth lines, that could be a way to even things out.”

The loudest cheers, however, come from moments of catharsis. At every home game, the team has honored someone who was at Mandalay Bay that night — both the visiting and home benches give emphatic stick taps for victims and first responders. In March, the team retired the No. 58, hanging a banner from the rafters. And after the season they just had, it doesn’t feel like such a long shot that the Knights will soon have a chance to raise another banner.

“Vegas,” he says with a smile.

Bellemare says the lights of the strip are separate from the lives of his teammates. “Our life out here, it’s separate from what you think of when you think of Vegas.” Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire
WHEN BELLEMARE FIRST planned a trip to Vegas five years ago, he couldn’t have imagined his life now. He and almost all of the players bought or rented homes in Summerlin, a community on the edge of Red Rock Canyon that is dotted by cul-de-sacs, with a Whole Foods and an Apple store. “We can go to the Strip whenever we want,” Bellemare says. “But our whole life out here, it’s separate from what you think of when you think of Vegas.”

Dorsey is the Browns’ ninth general manager since 1999.

Dorsey has worked in NFL player personnel for 26 years and has helped his teams to 19 playoff berths, 11 divisional titles, three conference championships and two Super Bowl wins.

“Football is what I know, it is what I love, it is what I have worked my whole career at and I thrive on every element that goes into building a winning football team,” Dorsey said in a statement. “I have spent a majority of my football life with two franchises that also have storied history and I think I have a feel for the mentality of the fans in Cleveland and what it would mean to recreate the success this franchise once had.

Okafor appeared in just two games before the 76ers granted his wish to be traded, while Stauskas scored four points in six games with Philadelphia.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who was knocked from Sunday’s 43-35 win over the Rams, is lost for the season with a torn left ACL, coach Doug Pederson told reporters Monday.

Originally, Pederson didn’t comment after the game on multiple reports that said Wentz tore his ACL. However, after Wentz had an MRI exam Monday, the news was confirmed.

The Eagles (11-2) now turn to the sixth-year veteran Foles, who helped rally them to Sunday’s NFC East-clinching victory after Wentz left the game.

“I hate it for Carson Wentz; I hate it for the career and the season he’s been having,” Pederson said Monday (via NFL.com). “But at the same time it’s been the next man up mentality and that’s how we approach it this week.”

Moore had to start against the Ravens in Week 8 and the Dolphins got shut out for the second time

Week 10 in the NFL, with some big point spreads and a few favorites rallying to escape upsets, was relatively easy to predict. Picks get harder in Week 11, though, as six of the 14 matchups feature big playoff implications.

Triumph: Case Keenum has turned this season into a win for the Vikings. He has taken just one sack in his past six games and has posted the league’s best Total QBR (94) against the blitz this season. He ranks second in overall QBR this season, behind the injured Deshaun Watson.

Triumph: The Saints have won eight straight games on the back of 15 rushing touchdowns in that span. Even if the Saints had failed to come back on Sunday, this season would have been a success. But overcoming a 15-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to beat Washington has turned this year into something special for New Orleans.

Earlier this season, Miami looked significantly improved against the run from last year and competent against the pass despite issues in the secondary. That improvement was a major factor in its 4-2 start while the offense was still trying to find an identity with Cutler as its fill-in quarterback.

The turning point, weirdly, was in the Dolphins’ last win, when Cutler was knocked out with an injury to his ribs against the Jets and Matt Moore had to rally the team to a home victory in Week 7. For much of that 31-28 escape, the Jets’ offense could pretty much do whatever it wanted.

Then Moore had to start against the Ravens in Week 8 and the Dolphins got shut out for the second time — but also gave up 40 points in the process, getting gashed by running back Alex Collins. Then Cutler returned to light up the Raiders, only to see Oakland’s inconsistent offense become an explosive unit again and wake up Marshawn Lynch in the process.nike_steelers_721

Why NFL trade deadline does not produce NBA-, MLB-like blockbuster deals

Every year as the NFL trade deadline nears, we speculate about player trades. And every year, the trade deadline comes and goes with almost no action.

The Dodgers hadn’t lost a game this year when they led by four runs. But Kershaw’s bedeviling postseason past came back to haunt him at the worst time.

Kershaw was pulled after a pair of two-out walks in the bottom of the fifth. And with the crowd sensing something big, the 5-foot-6 Altuve connected off Kenta Maeda for a home run that made it 7-all.

“At that point, I talked to him before getting the at-bat: `This is your moment,” Correa said. “And he didn’t let me down. He hit a homer and got us going.”

About 10 Texans players, including wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, left the team facility Friday following a comment by team owner Bob McNair that compared NFL players to “inmates,” a source told ESPN.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green took exception with Houston Texans owner Bob McNair’s description of NFL players as “inmates” and said he wouldn’t personally play for someone who views him as an inmate.

Garoppolo starts with the front-side read in his drop. That will keep the Dolphins free safety (orange circle) to the hash mark while Bennett (yellow circle) stems up the field on the seam route. By the time Garoppolo flips his hips, moves his eyes to the back side and sets his platform to throw, the safety is stuck on the wrong side of the field. Great footwork, eyes and mechanics from Garoppolo to deliver a good ball to Bennett for the score.

Garoppolo doesn’t have elite arm strength, but that is often overrated at the position. Instead, we have to focus on the production and ability to create windows on throws down the field to the inside seam or the deep out cuts. In Weeks 1 and 2, Garoppolo was 4-of-7 for 113 yards and two touchdowns on throws that traveled more than 20 yards in the air. And if you study those plays, it starts with his vision.

Smith then connected with West again, this time on a 4-yard TD pass to put the Chiefs up 23-7 at halftime.

The Chiefs led 3-0 early after a 35-yard field goal by Harrison Butker on their first drive. Watt was injured on the play before the field goal and fell to the ground while being blocked. Watt remained on his hands and knees for a couple of minutes while trainers checked on him.

They flipped him onto his back and were looking at his left leg. He was then helped to his feet and looked to be in a lot of pain and didn’t appear to be able to put any weight on the leg as he was helped off the field by two Texans officials. He remained on the sideline under a tent for a few minutes before being taken to the locker room on a cart and then taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Butker added another field goal early in the second quarter to make it 6-0.

Ironically, Pence’s antics run counter to his message of “unity.” They instead continue to drive the wedge Trump — and, by extension, Pence — used to fuel his 2016 election with attacks on Kaepernick. The duo’s desire to fortify its political base amid dwindling public support has made the NFL — a vulnerable entity in its own right with a sizeable conservative fan base dismayed by the anthem’s politicizing — a convenient target once again.

And before labeling me a member of the “liberal media” for this opinion, I’m a registered Republican. I don’t like kneeling during the anthem.

But I also recognize Pence’s real motivation for doing what he did: buttressing Trump’s plea that fans walk out of NFL games and stop watching the product in response to the anthem flap that had largely died down until rekindling from the president.x (10)

Jerry Jones reportedly ‘impeding’ work on Roger Goodell’s contract extension

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is “impeding” negotiations on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s proposed contract extension, according to ESPN.

Goodell’s current contract expires in 2019, and the NFL’s compensation committee is working on a five-year extension through 2024. But despite not being a member of the six-person committee, Jones has become involved in negotiations, to the point that ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported one source said, “If it weren’t for Jerry’s involvement, Goodell’s extension by now could be done.”

Smith is under contract with Kansas City through 2018. The 12-year veteran is scheduled to earn $10.8 million in base salary this season and $14.5 million next season in addition to a $2 million bonus should he still be on the roster on the third day of the league year in March.

The writing was on the wall for the Chiefs to move on from Smith when they selected quarterback former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the No. 10 overall pick in this year’s draft after sending the No. 27 pick in the first round, a third-round pick and their 2018 first-round selection to move up the list.

Smith, 33, threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 42-27 victory over the Patriots in last week’s season opener. Smith was again efficient Sunday against the Eagles, going 21 of 28 for 251 yards and a touchdown in a 27-20 win.

The Lions kicker made all three of his extra points, but he’s on this list because of his outrageously dramatic field goal that couldn’t have been closer.

Bell was more involved in Week 2 against the Vikings than he was the week before against the Browns. That’s a silver lining here. He’s getting back to his rightful place as one of the centerpieces in Pittsburgh’s offense after missing camp and the preseason.

However, 27 carries for just 87 yards leaves a little to be desired. That’s 3.2 yards per carry, which is also his average through two games, and well off his career mark of 4.4 YPC. This week, he gets the Bears defense, which isn’t as easy to run against as you might think. The entire Steelers offense has been grinding it out in low gear to start the season, so it’s not just Bell. Big plays will come. Bell is sure of it.

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Aaron Donald to be on ‘pitch count’ in first game back, Rams say

Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who ended his holdout last weekend, is expected to play Sunday against the Redskins, but he won’t be an every-down player.

“It’s more of a pitch count I think,” Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips told reporters Thursday (via Pro Football Talk). “But it’s a number of plays and we’ll see how he is. He looked to be in good shape. You know, football shape and shape are two different things because you’re carrying a lot more weight with pads on and so forth. But he doesn’t seem to be bothered too much by the reps we’re giving him in practice. It’s not wearing him out, so we’ll make sure in the ball game that we watch him.”

So what does Oakland do, run it with Beast Mode like Seattle should have done? Nope. They actually went the Seahawks route, and Derek Carr was heard audibiling the play by yelling out “Seattle.”

So was this intentional? Calling a “Seattle” audible with Lynch in the backfield on the goal line, switching to a pass play? It’s hard to know for sure, but if it is the case, then this was an excellent call.

And as you see in the clip, passing instead of running worked out well as it resulted in a touchdown for Oakland.
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