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Look at this perfect Chiefs punt

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The Chiefs pulled off the most perfect punt against the Steelers on Sunday. Dustin Colquitt hit a 43-yarder, which bounced inside the Steelers’ 1-yard line.

That sets Elliott up to serve his six-game suspension after the Cowboys’ Week 6 bye. The NFL announced that Elliott’s suspension will begin immediately, but Elliott and the NFLPA will likely file a temporary restraining order motion in New York:
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It is entirely possible that, just like before Week 1, Elliott gets a preliminary injunction AGAIN, and this again gets put on hold.

But now Butt is taking his last name to another level. At least according to this graphic, Butt really got the NFL to rename the tight end position. It is now officially the tight butt position. What powerful flex this is. Has quarterback been renamed quarterbrady? I don’t think so.

In all honesty, this is just a harmless typo. But it’s the best butt typo we’ve seen. I hope Jake End has a fruitful career as a tight butt.

Elliott also told the woman that she couldn’t come to his birthday party and she replied, that’s worst decision you made in your life. I’m going to ruin you life now, per the same documents.

The athleticism of the spike would have been amazing. This is a full extension toe-touching thing, but who cares about the jump when you have a ball bouncing into a player’s butt.

Mike Williams made his NFL debut in Week 6. The seventh-overall pick in April’s draft was limited — as expected — to 11 snaps and caught his lone target for 15 yards. Williams was on the field for 17 percent of the offensive snaps, including 19 percent of the pass plays.

Surviving the next 11 weeks will be difficult for those teams trying to stay where they are or move up.

I ran into him: The 49ers were left apoplectic after a hugely contentious offensive pass interference call went against them as they were attempting to drive for a potential winning field goal in a 26-24 loss to the Redskins. And Washington linebacker Zach Brown indicated the call was incorrect with a frank admission. I ran into him [49ers receiver Pierre Garcon], Brown said. But I was protecting myself too. And when he threw the flag, I was like, ‘Good flag, ref.’

Kearse slams BS call: Another controversial call came as Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was ruled to have fumbled the ball out of the end zone before crossing the goal line in New York’s 24-17 loss to the Patriots. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse did not hold back afterward, saying: When you look at the replay, I thought it was a BS call. However, Seferian-Jenkins was more diplomatic. I let my team down in that situation, he said. Next time I have to have better ball security.

Kids Peyton Manning Jersey NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, team owners and other NFL executives will meet with executives from the NFL Players Association, as well as current and former players at the Conrad Hotel in Manhattan.
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I anticipate a very productive presentation of things we can do to work together. Beyond that I don’t anticipate anything else, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Monday during a media conference call.

The only consistency with ESPN’s NBA Countdown pregame show is change. The pregame show has historically undergone musical chairs with staffers. This offseason was relatively stable. Michelle Beadle returns as a host, joined by analyst Paul Pierce (now fulltime), Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Tracy McGrady.

He’s definitely added a different element both for right-handed and left-handed pitching.

Lastly, while I’m generally not a fan of forced trading, the truth is that in most leagues, getting some managers to even respond to emails suggesting the smallest germ of a deal is often a Herculean task. So, how about holding a dispersal draft every 3-4 weeks, where all teams are allowed to protect five players? Then, going from worst to first in the standings, each team must claim a player off of any other roster, no questions asked. No team can lose more than one player in this process. It’s a way to help the have nots keep up with the haves, at least a little bit and can also provide a new layer of interactivity and strategy during the season.
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Meanwhile, the Dodgers landed Darvish very near the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of July. The prospects going to Texas were more alluring: Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy and Brendon Davis. Calhoun went on to hit .310/.345/.566 for Texas’ Triple-A affiliate and finished the season in the major leagues.

Girardi referred to owner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman, while acknowledging that there are a lot people unhappy with him after he failed to challenge the sixth-inning Lonnie Chisenhall foul tip — a strike three that was ruled a hit batter — and a few questionable pitching changes, including lifting a cruising CC Sabathia at 77 pitches in the same frame.

Carlos Beltran is batting .370 (10-for-27) with a home run and four RBI for his career against Porcello. Jose Altuve is 2-for-9 with a home run and two RBI, and Josh Reddick (3-for-10) has a solo home run vs. Porcello.

Charlie Morton will make his second career postseason start with hopes of duplicating his Sept. 29 performance against Boston, which was his final start of the regular season.

Limited Clinton McDonald Jersey The right-hander limited the Red Sox to two runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts in a 5 1/3-inning victory at Fenway Park.

Morton went 14-7 with a 3.62 ERA in the regular season. He is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in two career starts against Boston.

I pretty much had to rely on everything the Dodgers had taught me

The East is so pathetic, Charlotte should survive Nicolas Batum missing eight weeks — about 20 games. If the timetable extends into the 12-week range, they might be in trouble.

Before Batum’s injury, a lot of insiders argued Charlotte deserved a promotion out of this tier. They outscored opponents last season, killed it when healthy, and gakked away a crazy number of close games. I’ve seen internal team projection systems predicting Charlotte would win 48-plus games, and snag a top-four seed.

And because Dave was also an option quarterback, a point guard and an outfielder in San Diego’s very competitive sports environment, he had to choose a sport after college. Even though the Air Force Academy recruited him to be their QB, baseball won out. He opted to go to UCLA as a recruited walk-on despite other scholarship offers.

“I often think of how that one epiphany led me to where I am today,” a fully dried Roberts is now saying in his office. “I go to UCLA because Jackie Robinson went there. I end up playing for the Dodgers, the team that opened the door not only to him and other African-Americans, but to Japanese players, as well. I learn how to steal bases from Maury Wills, and now I’m wearing his No. 30, talking baseball with Sandy Koufax and trying to bring the first World Series trophy to Dodger Stadium since 1988.

After three years as a starter at UCLA, he ended his career as the school’s all-time leader in stolen bases and signed with the Tigers, who drafted him in the less-than-glamorous 28th round after his senior year. They sent him to Jamestown to play for Anderson. “That was my first year as a manager,” says Anderson, who’s now an infield instructor in the Orioles’ system. “.

Utah Jazz F Thabo Sefolosha rescues woman on Provo River trip

Thabo Sefolosha had a memorable summer — and not just because of his new two-year deal with the Utah Jazz.

Sefolosha, when asked by reporters after the team’s Friday morning practice, revealed that he saved a woman last month from drowning while he and his family were on a rafting trip down the Provo River.

Farrell ran onto the field in the second inning Monday as Dustin Pedroia argued with plate umpire Mark Wegner about a called third strike with the bases loaded and the Red Sox trailing 2-1. Pedroia appeared to contest that Houston Astros starter Charlie Morton’s pitch was inside.

As Farrell got in between Pedroia and Wegner, he shouted a few words at the umpire, who booted the manager from the game. Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina took the reins in Farrell’s absence.

The pitch to Pedroia appeared to be in the same location as a called third strike to Jackie Bradley Jr. one batter earlier.
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Wegner ranks among the most hitter-friendly umpires in terms of called strikes, according to ESPN Stats & Information, with a tendency to call pitches on the inside corner as balls more often than most umps.
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Farrell was ejected twice during the regular season, the last coming on July 22 against the Los Angeles Angels. This was the 19th ejection of his career.

Horford played a noteworthy role in convincing Gordon Hayward to sign in Boston this past summer. Horford flew to Boston to be part of the early July recruiting process, had breakfast with the Haywards, then tagged along for the pitch that included a stop at Fenway Park.

Brodie has 2 goals, 2 assists in Flames’ 6-3 win over Jets

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Defenseman T.J. Brodie had two goals and two assists and the Calgary Flames scored the final five goals to beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 on Saturday night in their home opener.

Johnny Gaudreau scored the go-ahead goal and had three assists for Calgary, down 3-1 after the first period. Brodie and Gaudreau each tied career highs with four-point games. The Flames broke out after falling 3-0 at Edmonton on Wednesday night in their opener.

I think that was big for us to get some confidence and get some chemistry going as a group, Brodie said. It was a good step forward from the start of the game to the end of the game. We came together and started making some plays.

Authentic Nickell Robey-Coleman Jersey Saban came into the news conference in a predictably feisty mood after Alabama needed to recover an onside kickoff late in the fourth quarter to seal its 27-19 win over the Aggies at Kyle Field. The Crimson Tide led 24-3 early in the third quarter, seemingly on their way to another blowout victory over an SEC opponent after winning their first two league games by a combined score of 125-3.

But Texas A&M fought back, led by freshman quarterback Kellen Mond and a defense that forced Alabama’s first turnover since Nov. 24, 2016 against Auburn, a streak of 36 quarters. The inability to put away the Aggies, Saban said, was a disappointment, a word he used more than a half-dozen times in his opening remarks to media.

Saban got especially animated when he was asked a question about his offense failing to get a first down on three of its first four possessions, the lone exception being a 75-yard touchdown run by Damien Harris.

I’m asking them, ‘Are you going to listen to me or are you going to listen to these guys about how good you are?’ Just like your question right now, Saban said. We get stopped three out of four times, like that’s a bad thing. We’re not going to beat everybody 66-3.

Odell Beckham Jr. to get second opinion before surgery decision

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a fractured left ankle during Sunday’s 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, according to the team.
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A source told ESPN that Beckham will get a second opinion before deciding on surgery to repair the injury. It is the same ankle that Beckham injured during the preseason.

Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Newton made a mistake” with his conduct toward Rodrigue. That evening, Newton released a video on social media apologizing for what he called extremely degrading and disrespectful” comments. He did not mention Rodrigue by name in the video.

Rivera said Friday that Newton’s apology was something that needed to be said” and that he hoped everyone could move forward from here.

Asked what the past week was like, Newton said, it’s irrelevant.”

We’re moving forward and just getting ready for Thursday now,” he said of a primetime home game against Philadelphia, which, like Carolina, is 4-1. At the end of the day, you still have to be a professional about certain things. With me and the preparation, it couldn’t stop.

Limited Kids Stephen Hauschka Jersey So I couldn’t feel sorry for myself knowing that certain things took place that was out of my control. But at the end of the day, you live and you learn.”

Rodrigue did not attend Sunday’s game. Charlotte Observer executive sports editor Mike Persinger said she is taking some time off.”

The stifling defense that Ryan was supposed to bring to Buffalo arrived one regime later.

Literally the only coach in the NFL who would have thought to drag Jay Cutler out of the broadcast booth to fill a sudden quarterback need was Miami’s Adam Gase, who had some modest degree of success with Cutler in Chicago two years ago and figured he knew the offense, so why not. Here were are a month later, and the Dolphins have scored a combined six points in two games against the Saints and Jets, and we’re dealing with the whole, Does Cutler even care? meme again. Matt Moore could have done this for literally one-sixth the price. But if the Dolphins had enough confidence in Moore, they wouldn’t have thrown $10 million at Cutler to pry him away from Fox. Gase is a confident coach, correctly pointing out that his 2016 Dolphins’ start was worse and they still made the playoffs. So maybe this comes around. But from here, it’s hard to feel confident about that.

No team in the NFL has permitted fewer points than the Bills’ 54. The ability to keep opponents under wraps has enabled Buffalo to stick with a low-risk game plan that uses the running game as well as Tyrod Taylor’s ability to make plays with his arm and feet.

Taylor is averaging only 186 yards per game in the air, but owns the seventh-best passer rating in the NFL at 100.7 and has thrown five touchdown passes against one interception in 99 attempts. Add in the presence of LeSean McCoy, who despite modest numbers can take over any game, and you have an offense that plays complementary football.

They’ve been productive on third down, Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said. Tyrod Taylor is doing a fine job. He’s able to scramble and get the ball downfield. He delivers the ball on time. LeSean McCoy is such a good runner. They have good, sound people.

Del Rio is expecting another hard-fought game.

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Several other owners echoed Kraft’s concerns that the president found a way to endanger the sport’s popularity with a divisive, politically charged issue. This could kill football and end our business, an owner said.

The session was off to an ugly start. A few owners believed the players were delivering union talking points. Players saw something more monumental: The owners found themselves in a position of weakness; their worry about the impact on their business had become a crisis, and they needed the players to help them. For the first time, the owners are afraid of the players, Smith later said. It has less to do with money and it has more to do with control. The owners are used to being in control — and they aren’t on this. They know it. They hate it.

I think our confidence level can be higher, Flacco said. The way we’ve played the past couple of weeks can definitely creep in and hurt that. We got to do the best we can that we believe in who we are as players and who we are as a football team, so we can go out there and play free. Once Sunday comes around, the team that usually wins is the team that can go out there and let it loose and we have to do a better job of doing that.

The Ravens have also been shut out in the first half the past two weeks, so there is a sense of urgency to start the game more effectively against the Raiders. They will face a big challenge trying to contain Oakland defensive ends Khalil Mack and Mario Edwards Jr., who have combined for seven sacks.

Defensively, the Ravens have allowed 339 yards on the ground in the past two games with nose tackle Brandon Williams out of the lineup with a foot injury. Williams was still unable to practice this week.
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His absence could create an opportunity for Lynch to finally have a big game. He is ranked 33rd in the NFL with 151 yards on 45 carries with a touchdown.

Best Week 5 NFL Eliminator picks

Welcome to Week 5 of the 2017 Eliminator Challenge. To determine the best picks each week, I lean heavily upon ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). For more on how FPI is calculated, click here and here. I also look at the pick percentages for each NFL team on the ESPN Eliminator Challenge page to see which teams the majority of fans are picking.

The past two weeks saw over 62 percent of entries get knocked out, and this week will not be any easier. Four of FPI’s five worst teams in the NFL play against each other, and that doesn’t even include the contest between the winless Chargers and Giants. Only four teams have over a 70 percent chance to win, according to FPI, which is the second fewest in any remaining week this season, trailing only Week 9. And for the first time since Week 1, no team is at least an 80 percent favorite.

What has gone right: Two of Arizona’s oldest players — quarterback Carson Palmer (37) and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (34) — are successfully fighting Father Time. The duo combined for the game-winning touchdown pass in last Sunday’s 18-15 overtime win over San Francisco.

What has gone wrong: Arizona’s offensive attack suffered a huge blow when running back David Johnson was lost until late in the season with a dislocated wrist. Injuries also have decimated the offensive line, which has led to Palmer getting sacked a league-high 17 Nate Allen Womens Jersey times.

What’s next: The Cardinals have won both their games in overtime against Authentic Tom Rathman Jersey opponents (San Francisco and Indianapolis) that are a combined 1-7. A ton of improvement is needed prior to a pivotal three-game stretch against NFC West foes, starting in Week 7 against Los Angeles.