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    SANTA CLARA (CBS SF/AP) — It’s been a season of rough starts for both the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers, but now they’re riding waves of momentum as they prepare to meet in Minneapolis Sunday. Both have responded with back-to-back wins to get into the thick of the NFC playoff race after getting back to .500 headed into Sunday’s showdown. It’s a game that could play a key part in determining a wild-card spot. READ MORE: New COVID Variant 'Omicron' Identified; Dow Stocks Tumble More Than 900 Points“I think they’ve been battling back this season, just like we have,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Two teams that are probably playing their better ball of the year right now.” San Francisco (5-5) had lost five of six games before the recent turnaround that featured convincing wins over the Rams and Jacksonville. Minnesota (5-5) had lost back-to-back nail-biters to Dallas and Baltimore before responding with wins over the Chargers and Green Bay. “Winning these games now definitely gives you a ton of confidence, a ton of momentum going into the...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski and Giants running back Saquon Barkley are back in the lineup for Monday night’s game between New York and Tampa Bay. Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas and Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting also are active. The Buccaneers are missing defensive tackle Vita Vea (knee) and wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle). Gronkowski had missed five of the previous six games with back and rib injuries while Barkley missed the past four games with a sprained ankle. Thomas returned to practice this week after a stint on injured reserve. Murphy-Bunting had been sidelined since Week 1 with an elbow injury. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard, fullback Cullen Gillaspia, defensive back Nate Ebner, linebackers Oshane Ximines and Lorenzo Carter, offensive lineman Wes Martin and tight end Kaden Smith are inactive for New York. Quarterback Kyle Trask, safety Andrew Adams, long snapper Carson Tinker and guard Nick Leverett joined Vea and Brown as Tampa’s inactives. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/nfl and https://apnews.com/hub/pro-32 and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may...
    By the time Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy and his players spoke to the media Monday at Halas Hall, they had only about 72 hours to prepare for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions. The quick turnaround demanded they move on quickly from Sunday’s brutal 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Here are three things we heard from Nagy and players as they regrouped. 1. The Bears are evaluating Justin Fields’ pain and movement as they decide whether he can play Thursday. Nagy didn’t provide an update on the injured ribs Fields suffered in the third quarter Sunday, though multiple reports — including an Instagram video of Fields — said initial tests showed his ribs are bruised but not broken. Nagy said Fields needs to undergo more tests. Fields also reportedly had his spleen checked out, but Nagy said the injury is only to Fields’ ribs. As they consider which quarterback will start in Detroit, Nagy said the Bears will have to evaluate Fields’ pain level and weigh that against the desire to further Fields’ growth...
    The season is still in its early stages, but if we wanted to have a conversation about who the NBA’s MVP is, we would start with Steph Curry. But one could make the argument that there’s another Warrior that has been just as valuable to Golden State’s incredible, put-the-league-on-notice start: Draymond Green. If Curry is the MVP, Green is the Defensive Player of the Year, and Tuesday’s blowout win over the Brooklyn Nets was his best defensive performance to date. The game in Brooklyn swung as so many Warriors games have over the years — this year proving to be no exception. The Warriors blew the doors of the Nets in the third quarter. Curry and the Warriors’ offense deserves incessant praise for the Dubs’ third-quarter surges, including Tuesday, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr would be the first to tell you that the Dubs’ big quarters stem from success on the defensive end. Which means they stem from Green. Related Articles Warriors’ Klay Thompson cleared for next step in rehab...
    Defensive stars Jordan Davis, Will Anderson and Kayvon Thibodeaux are among the best players in college football, but do they have a chance to win the Heisman Trophy? In 1980, Hugh Green had a theory. The Pitt defensive end was a force upon himself entering his senior season, with a resume that included being a two-time All-American, and he had already been named to the Panthers’ all-time team. Add in a ridiculous 337 tackles and 36 sacks, and he was the kind of strictly defensive player that could do what none more and non since have been able to accomplish: win the Heisman Trophy. But the way that Green saw it, if he couldn’t win, he was at least part of a shift in the narrative. Five of the top six players in the previous year’s Heisman voting were gone, and with Green and Los Angeles duo of safeties in Ronnie Lott (USC) and Kenny Easley (UCLA), there were too many established defensive stars to ignore. “We had positioned ourselves defensively that if I didn’t win the Heisman someone else...
    US ends travel ban, Astroworld investigation, LA vaccine mandate: 5 things to know Monday SpaceX and NASA delayed 4 astronauts returning from ISS, but the rescheduled flight is 12 hours quicker - meaning less time wearing diapers designed to cope with a leaky toilet © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The Titans stormed over the Rams on Sunday night despite gaining just 194 yards of offense, which makes it clear that their defensive effort was a good one and defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons was right in the thick of things. Simmons sacked Matthew Stafford three times and often looked unblockable by members of the Rams offensive line. Another pressure led to Stafford throwing an interception and the overall performance was reminiscent of the ones Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has turned in on his way to winning defensive player of the year. After the game, safety Kevin Byard said that kind of play is what they expect from Simmons. “That’s what we expect from Jeff. The same thing Jeff expects...
    Pamela Anderson and Ex Tommy Lee Reunite at Son Brandon’s Fashion Event 6 Holidays Purchases That You Should Only Make at Costco SAN FRANCISCO -- Steph Curry's logo 3-pointers. Klay Thompson's unfathomable hot streaks. Draymond Green's borderline telepathic passing and anticipation. For the better half of the past decade, the Golden State Warriors have been the embodiment of modern basketball offense. Fast. Precise. Accurate. Deadly. © Provided by CBS Sports The graceful beauty of that offense, particularly after Kevin Durant joined the fray, made it easy to overlook the rugged, disciplined effort taking place on the other end of the floor. During the Warriors' three title runs in 2015, 2017 and 2018, their postseason rankings in defensive efficiency were first, second and first, respectively. The two times they didn't win the championship during their stretch of five straight NBA Finals appearances, they finished the playoffs seventh and 11th defensively. With that corporate knowledge safely secured in their collective hippocampus, it's easy to see why defense has remained the top priority for the Warriors, who own the NBA's stingiest defensive...
    MARTIN KEOWN was unlike any of his team-mates in his Arsenal playing days. He confessed: “I never went out drinking. I must have been quite different but I was brought up with the attitude that I wasn’t going to waste money or energy doing that.” 3Tony Adams and Martin Keown winning the 2002 Premier League titleCredit: Getty 3Gabriel and Ben White are forming a new partnership at ArsenalCredit: AFP Keown, 55, was a part of the famous Gunners side of the 90s where alcohol consumption was not just the culture, but the law, headed up by his centre back partner Tony Adams. Off the pitch then, Keown and Adams weren’t arm-in-arm sinking pints until dawn before and after games, but on it they were one of the Premier League’s most formidable duos. Together they won Prem title and FA Cup Doubles in 1998 and 2002, taking on Manchester United in their pomp. And since Sol Campbell partnered Kolo Toure in the 2004 Invincibles campaign, no Arsenal centre back combination has come close to leading the club back to the title....
    Pregnant Whitney Port Is Trying to Listen to Her Body After Miscarriages Is life insurance worth it? © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was brought up in trade talks just before the deadline earlier this week. But no deal materialized for the veteran defender and he’ll remain with Philadelphia. Though Cox recently criticized Philadelphia’s new defensive scheme under coordinator Jonathan Gannon, Cox said during a Friday press conference that he’s happy to continue his tenure with the Eagles. “The bottom line is they wanted me here and I wanted to be here,” Cox said, via Reuben Frank of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com. “And at the end of the day I’m still an Eagle and I’m ready to go play on Sunday.” Cox is in his 10th season with the Eagles, who drafted him with the 12th overall pick back in 2012. He’s been selected to the Pro Bowl for six consecutive seasons. In eight games, Cox has 12 total tackles with one tackle for loss, a sack, four...
    This is the best war movie of all time, according to data 6 Tips for Preserving Retirement Funds as You Close In on Kicking Back Things are spinning at a number of schools, including in Fort Worth after the end of Gary Patterson’s tenure. Following a 31–12 loss to Kansas State on Saturday, Gary Patterson’s career at TCU concluded with a whimper. It became increasingly clear as the season went on that a tenure that began in 1998, as defensive coordinator featuring innovative schemes that vaulted the Horned Frogs into legitimate national title contention, needed to end. Patterson met with administrators, including athletic director Jeremiah Donati, on Sunday. A source tells Sports Illustrated that part of the plan to transition him into retirement at the end of the season was to throw a parade and have “Gary Patterson Day” surrounding the final home game against Kansas on Nov. 20. The message was not well received by Patterson, and he instead stepped down, effective immediately, by Sunday evening. © Provided by Sports Illustrated Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports The notion...
    Tanya Snyder, the co-CEO of the Washington Football Team and the wife of club owner Dan Snyder, is reportedly denying that her franchise leaked the infamous Jon Gruden emails that led to his resignation as Las Vegas Raiders head coach earlier this month.  Tanya made her remarks to other team owners at the league meetings in New York this week, four sources told the Washington Post. A spokesman for Dan Snyder did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation, and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to comment. McCarthy has continued to deny that the leaked emails came from the NFL. Gruden's racist, homophobic, and misogynistic messages were included among 650,000 emails in the NFL's 10-month probe into hostile workplace and sexual harassment allegations against the Washington Football Team (WFT). As a result of the investigation that ended in July, the club was fined $10 million and Dan agreed to cede day-to-day control of the franchise to Tanya. The 58-year-old Gruden resigned earlier this month after the emails he sent to then-WFT president Bruce Allen between 2011 and 2018 surfaced in...
    THOUSAND OAKS — Aaron Donald is ready for a big day when the Rams play the Lions on Sunday. He has been limbering up his thumbs all week. The Rams defensive tackle tapped out texts to Lions quarterback Jared Goff, joking about what he’s going to do to his former teammate when they meet for the first time in something other than a no-touch practice setting. “I told him, ‘Get ready!’ I told him I’m going to come after him. He knows what it is,” Donald said with a smile after the Rams’ practice Thursday. “I’m going to go out there and try and fly around and try to make my plays. Hopefully I get to him a couple of times. “He said something funny back, but that’s between me and him.” When he isn’t kidding with Goff, Donald has been dialing up FaceTime conversations with Lions defensive end Michael Brockers, the other old Rams teammate returning to L.A. “We talk every week. We’ve got a real brotherhood,” Donald said of the conversations that include...
    After 20 years in New England where Tom Brady did everything by the book, the future Hall-of-Famer quickly morphed into an open book when he arrived in Tampa Bay 19 months ago. Joining Peyton Manning and Eli Manning on their ESPN Monday Night Football broadcast, Brady used his candor to take an unwarranted swipe at defensive players, a goof Fox Sports host Skip Bayless blasted Tuesday morning. “My message to Tom right here, right now is No, no, no no no, NOO! WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!” Bayless ranted to his First Take co-host Shannon Sharpe. During the Manningcast, Brady thumbed his nose at defensive football players, blasting their film room presence while comparing them to “dogs chasing cars.” “Why would you suddenly let your hair down so to speak and let your guard down so to speak and blurt out a SHOCKING shot at all defensive players,” Bayless said after letting out a big sigh. “He went – as they say – he kept it 100, and all of a sudden he’s got 99 more problems.” “If I play defense...
    Getty The Denver Broncos lost more than a game against the Las Vegas Raiders, October 17, as they also saw another valued defensive starter lost for the season due to injury. It wasn’t bad enough that the Denver Broncos laid an egg in a pivotal matchup against hated divisional rivals, the Las Vegas Raiders, on October 17, or bad enough that a star player was inherently unhappy with the team’s performance, but now comes news that yet another defensive starter is lost for the season. ALL the latest Broncos news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Broncos newsletter here!       Inside linebacker Alexander Johnson now joins fellow starting inside linebacker Josey Jewell on the IR, as he suffered a torn pectoral in the loss to the Raiders. Ironically, it’s the same injury that knocked out Jewell for the season after he tore his pec muscle in a Week 2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, September 19.Is This the end?The Broncos and both inside linebackers are going to have interesting scenarios, in the spring of 2022, as...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have been left short-handed in defence for this weekend's trip to Leicester - and the stats say it could lead to disaster. Harry Maguire is still recovering from his calf injury, continuing his rehabilitation during the international break. 3 3Man Utd will be without Varane and Maguire for Saturday's Prem clash with LeicesterCredit: PA And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was dealt another frustrating blow as Raphael Varane limped off during France's Nations League final win over Spain with a groin injury. Maguire recently revealed he will be 'back soon' but Varane is out for at least a couple of weeks. That means Solskjaer will most likely turn to Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly this weekend. And their record playing together leaves a lot to be desired. Since Maguire's £85million move from Leicester in 2019, Lindelof and Bailly have joined forces 18 times. In those games, United have averaged 1.39 goals conceded per game - far more than with Maguire in the team. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogFOOTIE LIVE Lampard leads Newcastle manager list EXCLUSIVE, Sterling deal snubLive BlogUNITED...
    LEICESTER CITY'S FA Cup hero Timothy Castagne is wanted by Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan, according to reports. The 25-year-old Belgium international helped Brendan Rodgers' Foxes beat Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley in May and is a wanted man. 2Castagne started Leicester's most recent Prem match - a 2-2 draw away at Crystal PalaceCredit: Getty 2He was forced to wear a face protector in the early weeks of the season after suffering a career-threatening injury at Euro 2020Credit: Reuters Right-back Castagne previously shone in Italy during three seasons and 96 appearances for Atalanta. And according to outlet La Derniere Heure, a return to the country could be on the cards. Ailing Serie A giants Juventus have now reportedly put the defender high on their wish list after conceding ten goals in seven games, and already trail league leaders Napoli by ten points. Third-placed reigning champions Inter are also said to be keen on Ardennes-born Castagne, who began his career with Genk. He played 99 times for the Belgian club before joining Atalanta for a...
    25 TV characters we love to hate The Bidens, Trumps, Obamas and More: The Wealthiest Presidential Families Linebacker Jaylon Smith, one of the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive captains in Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers, will officially be off the roster by the end of Wednesday. Even in a cold-blooded, bottom-line NFL, that’s an eyebrow-raiser. In the small picture of 2021, Dallas is paying attention to a larger window of the coming offseason. And with Smith’s release, the franchise safeguarded some vital salary-cap flexibility in 2022. That’s the takeaway from this move, which the team announced late Tuesday night. It was somewhat of a surprise, given that Smith has long been a sentimental favorite of team owner Jerry Jones, who as recently as last November was insisting that the drafting of the injured Notre Dame star in 2016 and then eventual 2019 contract extension was a “home run” for the franchise. But dollars and sense (yes, sense, not cents) are taking a more prominent seat at the table for a talented Dallas roster. That means Jerry’s affinity for some players...
    (CBS) – A new book is causing shockwaves through the NFL with a behind-the-scenes look at the New England Patriots’ dynasty. Within the pages of It’s Better To Be Feared: The New England Patriots Dynasty And The Pursuit Of Greatness, author Seth Wickersham shares the story of a heated exchange between then-New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini and Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick. An excerpt from Wickersham’s book details the event which took place at dinner during the league’s 2008 meetings. READ MORE: Details Of Deteriorating Relationship Between Tom Brady, Bill Belichick Emerge In Excerpts From Seth Wickersham’s Patriots Book“At the 2008 league meetings, Belichick and then-New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini nearly had a fistfight. After a dinner for head coaches, Julie Mangini, wife of Eric, bumped into Belichick and said hi, trying to ease tension after the post-Spygate fallout. Belichick blew her off, and when she told Eric what had happened, he charged across the room and needed to be held back by other coaches from swinging at Belichick. ‘Hey Bill, F– you!’ Mangini yelled.” Going...
    (CBS) – A new book is causing shockwaves through the NFL with a behind-the-scenes look at the New England Patriots’ dynasty. Within the pages of It’s Better To Be Feared: The New England Patriots Dynasty And The Pursuit Of Greatness, author Seth Wickersham shares the story of a heated exchange between then-New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini and Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick. An excerpt from Wickersham’s book details the event which took place at dinner during the league’s 2008 meetings. READ MORE: Details Of Deteriorating Relationship Between Tom Brady, Bill Belichick Emerge In Excerpts From Seth Wickersham’s Patriots Book“At the 2008 league meetings, Belichick and then-New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini nearly had a fistfight. After a dinner for head coaches, Julie Mangini, wife of Eric, bumped into Belichick and said hi, trying to ease tension after the post-Spygate fallout. Belichick blew her off, and when she told Eric what had happened, he charged across the room and needed to be held back by other coaches from swinging at Belichick. ‘Hey Bill, F– you!’ Mangini yelled.” Going...
    ON Tuesday night in Paris, it was all about Lionel Messi. Of course it was. After 672 goals for Barcelona, a first one for Paris St Germain, and a classic Messi show-stopper to settle a Champions League match against Manchester City, their fellow filthy-rich arrivistes. 4Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe all played in PSG's win over Man CityCredit: AFP 4PSG flexed their muscles as they beat Man City 2-0 in a heavyweight showdownCredit: Getty But Paris St Germain are not favourites to lift the European Cup in St Petersburg next May merely because of their little old GOAT - nor even his fellow Galacticos, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. Behind those three amigos, Pep Guardiola’s men found a serious-minded midfield and defence, as well as a goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was England’s heartbreaker and the Player of the Tournament at the Euros. Mauricio Pochettino still has much work to do to meld PSG into a formidable team unit - City were the better team for long stages of their 2-0 defeat at Parc des Princes. But the former Tottenham boss...
    Despite what appears to be significant ideological differences, there has been begrudging mutual respect in evidence between Fox News White House reporter Peter Doocy and Press Secretary Jen Psaki. The nuances of their working relationship were in evidence Monday morning, as Doocy pushed back on an assessment made by Fox & Friends co-host Will Cain after he insulted Psaki’s reply to Doocy last week. At issue? The ongoing crisis at the US Southern border and the sharp spike in undocumented migrants under President Joe Biden. His administration appears to have been caught flat-footed on the profoundly partisan issue, which has been a lead story for Fox & Friends for the vast majority of shows since Biden took office. Peter Doocy researched if Biden had ever visited the southern border and found no such evidence, which he asked Psaki about last week. He described the back and forth: “So I asked her on Friday why he has never been. And she kind of shot it back to me, answering a question with a question, why or what do you want him to...
    Stars With Successful Alcohol Brands: Cameron Diaz, Drake, More Stocks post weekly decline as investors await Fed policy meeting Notre Dame has so many questions after two games, it is hard to pinpoint which one is the most important against Purdue on Saturday (2:30 ET; NBC). Can the No. 12 Irish defense put together a full 60-minute effort? Can the usually-reliable Notre Dame offensive line re-earn that description? How often will the Irish rotate quarterbacks? © Provided by NBC Sports Somewhere in those three major issues lies the result of Notre Dame’s 2021. A continually erratic defense should at least ensure dramatic Saturdays, though if the offensive line does not find its footing, those fireworks could become increasingly one-sided. If it does return to form, then the rotation of graduate transfer quarterback Jack Coan with freshman dual-threat quarterback Tyler Buchner could truly wreak havoc on opposing defenses. The question is not if the Irish defense can play well, but for how much of a game? Notre Dame held Florida State to 86 first-quarter yards in the opener, notable when...
    For the first time in quite a while, Ohio State failed to carry the water for the Big Ten. The Buckeyes were favored by nearly two touchdowns, but couldn’t muster a 2nd half comeback in the first home game with fans in over 600 days… and there’s plenty of blame to go around. Early struggles on offense and reoccurring issues on defense ultimately led to the first regular season loss of the Ryan Day era.  The day appeared bleak for the Big Ten after Ohio State’s early loss, however it began to brighten up with Iowa and Michigan defeating a pair of Power Five foes. It was especially impressive how Iowa was able to dominate their in-state rival, the 9th ranked Iowa State Cyclones, in classic fashion. Michigan’s victory over an injured Washington Huskies didn’t have quite the same impact, but beating a team that was just ranked in the top 25 is far better than the alternative. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Ohio State’s Issues If there had been just one problem for OSU, it would be easy...
    Former Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall recently joined CBS4 sports anchor Michael Spencer on Xfinity Monday Live. DENVER (CBS4)– Brandon Marshall, who was a starter on the Broncos Super Bowl 50 defense which finished the season ranked first in the NFL, sees similarities between the 2021 defense and his former team. “They can be just as good. Will they be just as good, that’s another conversation, but they can be. They have the talent. You look at it on paper, from top to bottom, they can be easily the best defense in the league in my opinion,” said Marshall. (credit: CBS) Marshall said while he expects the Broncos to have a good year, he expects the Raiders to also make some noise in the AFC West. “I’m putting the Raiders second,” said Marshall when asked about his AFC West rankings. “I’ll put Broncos three and Chargers four. I have to give the Raiders number two because they played well last year, and to me their biggest addition was Gus Bradley as the defensive coordinator. They have a premier defensive coordinator in...
    Breaking the record as the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player, here’s how T.J. Watt stacks up against the top ten highest-paid defensive players. September 9 didn’t just kick off the NFL season — it also kicked off T.J. Watt’s future in Pittsburgh with a landmark contract extension. 3. Leonard Williams, New York Giants DECash Earned in 2021: $26,000,000   2. Jonathan Allen, Washington Football Team DTCash Earned in 2021: $31,142,235   1. T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers We don’t have the specific details, but Watt’s deal does make him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, per Rapoport. Watt technically doesn’t make the 2021 list because he only earns $10 million this season, but next season, he’ll take home $28 million. Already, the NFL’s arguably best linebacker gets $80 million guaranteed upon signing the contract, a hefty investment from a team who hopes invoke the Steel Curtain spirit. Next: NFL fans freak out after Steelers finally pay TJ Watt what he’s worth
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Tom Brady has been in the NFL for 22 years. He’s played in 10 of the last 20 Super Bowls. Let me say that again: He’s played in 10 of the last 20 Super Bowls. And he’s won seven of them. The man has more NFL experience than anyone could ever imagine. And along the way, he’s observed some things. It was tremendously interesting, then, to hear an uncut, honest Brady discuss what he identifies as a major problem in the sport of football. The area that bugs him the most may be surprising to some. In a sitdown “player chat” alongside Mike Evans, Rob Gronkwoski and Lavonte David, Brady lamented how rules that penalize defensive players for big hits have hurt the game significantly. The origin of the video is hard to track down, but Twitter user “Mcgeezy813” shared the clip on social media. @TomBrady was spittin all the facts! pic.twitter.com/WKJBLgAQYz — Back2Back Bay (@Mcgeezy813) September 2, 2021 Here’s what Brady said: I think the one thing about football that’s changed over...
    Sept. 11 victims families push U.S. watchdog to investigate FBIs lost evidence Did 9/11 permanently change life in the US? More Americans think so more than ever before. Throughout this week, we're working our way through a series here at CBSSports.com wherein our staff members are taking a look at each of the various Super Bowl favorites, and laying out three reasons why they can win the Super Bowl at the end of this season.  © Provided by CBS Sports Jan 20, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee (89) catches a pass for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter of the NFC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Already this week, Patrik Walker has laid out the case for the Cowboys, Cody Benjamin has put forth the case for the 49ers, and Josh Edwards has dug into the Browns. Elsewhere on the site today, you'll find Tyler Sullivan exploring why the Buccaneers will repeat as champs, Chris Trapasso going in on the Bills, and Bryan DeArdo looking into the...
    CHRISTMAS VALLEY (CBS13) — High winds Wednesday continued to push the Caldor Fire through the Tahoe basin. Cal Fire said crews made progress on containment lines but communities were still at risk. At this point, they said the best form of attack is defense. READ MORE: Natomas Unified Taking Steps To Fire Teacher With Antifa Flag In Classroom Fire crews maintained a back burn fire in Christmas Valley off of South Upper Truckee Road, with the intention that it will burn back into the main fire and provide some protection for homes not only in Christmas Valley but Meyers and South Lake Tahoe. So far it’s been a successful battle in Christmas Valley to beat the fire back. No structures have been lost after the head of the fire burned through But the fight is not over yet because more fire is following. READ MORE: Lake Tahoe Casino Hotels, Heavenly Ski Resort Helping Caldor Crews “Today, we’re doing a backburn from Echo Summit down here to Meyers,” said Chris Burns, a Truckee hotshot. Burns is one of the hotshots doing...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Former Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall joined CBS4 sports anchor Michael Spencer on Xfinity Monday Live this week. Marshall, who was a starter on the Broncos Super Bowl 50 defense which finished the season ranked first in the NFL, sees similarities between the 2021 defense and his former team. “They can be just as good. Will they be just as good, that’s another conversation, but they can be. They have the talent. You look at it on paper, from top to bottom, they can be easily the best defense in the league in my opinion,” said Marshall. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Drones, Sonar Used In Search For Missing 28-Year-Old Camper From Broomfield At Two Buttes State Wildlife Area Marshall said while he expects the Broncos to have a good year, he expects the Raiders to also make some noise in the AFC West. READ MORE: STAR Program In Denver Expands To Respond To Calls Seven Days A Week “I’m putting the Raiders second,” said Marshall when asked about his AFC West rankings. “I’ll put Broncos three and Chargers four....
    SANTA CLARA — Leave it to an opponent to clearly define the 49ers’ greatest asset. Two premium quarterbacks? Hold off on that, although that value can’t be understated. “The 49ers’ strength is their front,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley said Sunday of the 49ers’ defensive line. Maybe he only meant it’s the strength of their defense. Staley was complimentary of the 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance, too, after practicing against them Thursday and Friday before Sunday’s preseason game. But the defensive front led the 49ers to the Super Bowl two seasons ago, and, it could be their key back to SoFi Stadium for Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13. Arik Armstead and D.J. Jones were their only would-be starters to play and subsequently rattle the Chargers in Sunday’s 15-10 win at SoFi. Lance’s two touchdowns seized a spotlight that really should be shared with the defensive line. “The whole game, whoever was in there, I think we were coming off the ball off hard and what I saw was that they were affecting the...
    INGLEWOOD — Kyle Shanahan wouldn’t crown a starting quarterback after Sunday’s preseason win, even though Jimmy Garoppolo still looks entrenched over Trey Lance. Here are the studs and duds we’ll crown from the 49ers’ 15-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers: STUDS 1. QUARTERBACK TREY LANCE With the help of receivers’ drops, the rookie was a dud through three series (2-of-7, 0.0 passer rating). Then came his renaissance just before halftime: a 41-yard pass to (who else?) Trent Sherfield, a touchdown pass to birthday boy Mohamed Sanu (age: 31), and, in the grand finale, a bullet to Travis Benjamin for the go-ahead points to cap Lance’s sixth series. 2. DEFENSIVE TACKLE ZACH KERR It’s not so much about batting down a pass or slicing into the backfield as it is complementing a defensive-line rotation with his veteran smarts, which could be in more demand after Maurice Hurst’s ankle injury. Zach Kerr slants/penetrates. Darrion Daniels knocks his block back. RB has nowhere to go! #49ers #stoptherun pic.twitter.com/AZtjPwsPpV — DLineVids (@dlinevids1) August 23, 2021 ...
    If something is constant in the Los Angeles Dodgers, that is the change. It is difficult to see the same alignments two days in a row, or at least similar ones. Dave Roberts exploits versatility to the limit, but how far does it contribute or subtract? I wrote this work in February 2020 and takes as a reference numbers from the last season of 162 games played. Evaluate its validity. “Would you like a super neurosurgeon to do a simple routine operation on your heart? Untrue? In my opinion, this is one of the issues that most affects Dave Roberts’ management style for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Using their great surgeons in various functions, which can make them good at everything, but hardly excellent. And if they do, it could even go further than having stability as to where to put the scalpel! The constant rotations of defensive positions and the change of offensive role undoubtedly limit the growth and adjustment of the offensive function. It is not the same to go first, where you have to consume pitches,...
    SANTA CLARA — The first 49ers-issued depth chart is out, and as unofficial as they’re supposed to be, there aren’t many surprises. Jimmy Garoppolo remains the first-string quarterback, which makes sense because, beside his past seasons, he’s taken every first-team snap in training camp except one, which was a designed run by rookie Trey Lance, the QB2. Nate Sudfeld and Josh Rosen are listed as third-team equals, for now. Perhaps the only eye-opening item is that starting wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk is also listed as the first-string punt returner, a role he wants but one that coaches will debate on whether to expose him to injury at that hazardous job. Here is how the depth chart looks, players listed in descending order (as compiled by the 49ers’ public relations staff): QUARTERBACK  Jimmy Garoppolo, Trey Lance, Nate Sudfeld, Josh Rosen RUNNING BACK Raheem Mostert, Trey Sermon, Wayne Gallman Jr., JaMycal Hasty, Elijah Mitchell FULLBACK Kyle Juszczyk, Josh Hokit TIGHT END George Kittle, Ross Dwelley, Charlie Woerner, MyCole Pruitt, Jordan Matthews, Joshua...
    By Yirsandy Rodríguez With the tying run 90 feet from the plate and two outs at the end of the eleventh inning, José Altuve attempted a “suicidal” squeeze play this Friday like Andrelton Simmons did to give the Twins the fifth run during the seventh inning in the Thursday night. However, the surprise touch was masterfully fielded barehanded near the box by Miguel Sanó —who had been moved to third before the inning began—, and his defensive jewel completing the classic out on the ‘5-3’ route to him. gave the Minnesota Twins a 5-4 success (47-63) this Friday at Minute Maid Park. “Our players were terrific,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli told MLB. “We are playing against one of the best teams in baseball, they are a well-oiled machine. We came here and we pitched and we made plays and we went out and beat them for a couple of nights. I am proud of the way we play. It’s fun to play baseball like that. “ In a match between right-handers Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.65) and Bailey Ober (1-1, 4.94),...
    Mookie betts he has won the golden glove five times. He’s capable of the best plays at his right fielder position and has been consistent since taking over that field for the Boston Red Sox. Already playing with Dodgers We will always remember the plays of October 2020 that, in the opinion of many, greatly changed the course of the playoffs. So it’s no surprise that the best defensive play is scheduled for two consecutive nights. Only he didn’t make it by patrolling the gardens. What if you read that right? Well yes, you read that right. The two plays have come from defending second base for the blue team. Related jobs: It was the fifth inning of the night game on Tuesday, August 3. The excellent command of pitching from the two corners of the ring was being the protagonist so far. Then Michael Brantley hit a line that threatened to go to left field with impunity but Mookie betts prevented it. The player of the Dodgers be launched headlong to get the air hit and impede the runner...
    Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference Tuesday, announcing he is "sick" of people's "judgmental" attitude toward those who, after months of vaccines being available, for free, and within five miles of the vast majority of Americans (and even available in-home for some,) have chosen to not get vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus that's killed 629,927 Americans so far. "We obviously have some people that are not vaccinated that have been admitted to hospitals. Are you going to sit there, are you going to sit there, and are you going to sit there and criticize, or we going to try to treat and try to help the folks? You know, I'm just sick of this judge – I'm sick of the judgment, the judgmental stuff on some of this stuff, nobody's trying to, to, to get ill here, okay?" DeSantis complained. Just 49.1% of Florida adults are fully vaccinated. Florida is currently the "epicenter" of the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis' state continues to break daily records for number of people hospitalized for coronavirus, and now "leads the nation in...
    HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s voice is unmistakable when he gets fired up during practice. He has had some competition this year during the first week of training camp at the team’s headquarters. Boisterous first-year defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is making his presence known, stirring up a unit that certainly needed a jolt after last year’s disastrous campaign. “Gus is a high-energy coach,” Gruden said “He’s upbeat, positive, philosophical, fun to be around, he makes you laugh — but he also pushes you.” And that’s a good thing, considering Las Vegas allowed the third-most points in the NFL last season, produced the third-fewest sacks and turnovers, and ranked 30th in third-down defense. It also ranked dead last with its fourth-down defense. Bradley replaces Paul Guenther, whose defensive units allowed an average of more than 6,000 yards per season under his watch. Since 2018, the Raiders allowed a league second-worst 6.05 yards per play. It’s safe to say there isn’t any other direction for the Raiders’ stop unit to go other than up, and Bradley has...
    The representatives of the baseball team of the Dominican Republic in the Olympic Games, Julio Rodriguez Y Gustavo Nunez, were the protagonists of a spectacular clash in a defensive play at dawn on Friday in the 1-0 victory of the Quisqueyans over Mexico. During the third inning of the match, second baseman Gustavo Nunez and the right fielder Julio Rodriguez, unfortunately they were the protagonists of a spectacular defensive clash in the territory of the right-hand field, after a fly by Issac Rodríguez, who, although Julio ended up keeping the ball in his glove, the game was delayed for several seconds as a result of the unexpected event. Fortunately, both players were quickly treated by the medical staff of both the baseball team of the Dominican Republic, as well as the first emergency corps of the Tokyo Olympics, prompting the pleasant choice that both players could finish the episode. After completing your defensive activities, Gustavo Nunez was the most affected, who was seen to complain and later be substituted from the meeting in turn of Yefry Perez, without so far...
    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs could have stood pat after their second consecutive AFC championship, trusting in the fact that Patrick Mahomes would be their quarterback, Andy Reid their coach, and they would remain contenders for the foreseeable future. Instead, they tore most of their roster down to the studs and painstakingly pieced it back together. They should have an entirely different offensive line from the mismatched bunch of backups that was manhandled by the Buccaneers in a Super Bowl fiasco. They should have a vastly improved defensive line, which should in turn help their dire performance in the red zone. And they have added speed to an already quick roster across the board. “We have a lot of new faces,” Reid acknowledged at the conclusion of the offseason program. “I like the attitude of the guys. They’ve come in ready to work. … They’ve got a good mindset. As coaches, we appreciate that.” Reid also appreciates the aggressive moves that general manager Brett Veach made in free agency and the draft. The overhaul began and ended with...
    Getty P.J. Tucker #17 of the Milwaukee Bucks comes out during player introductions against the Atlanta Hawks in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals at State Farm Arena on June 29, 2021. With only five players contractually guaranteed to return next season, the Miami Heat need to make a lot big moves and tough decisions in order to rebuild this summer. Without any picks in this year’s NBA draft, the Heat can restructure by signing a player in free agency, which starts on August 6, or by working out a sign-and-trade deal, the latter of which NBA insiders told Bleacher Report is expected to be an extremely popular route for team’s facing “limited financial wiggle room” this summer. While Miami has sizable cap space to play with this offseason, the Milwaukee Bucks are “depleted of most meaningful draft capital after splurging for Jrue Holiday last summer,” Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale wrote. “And they flexed smart cap creativity in their deadline to acquire P.J. Tucker.” The latest Heat news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Heat...
    ARSENAL fans are despairing - and the season hasn't even started yet. The Gunners are playing a pre-season friendly at Hibernian tonight - but got off to a shocker. 5Eddie Nketiah found himself one-on-one with the Hibernian keeper 5The Gunners striker gets ready to fire an effort at goal 5But incredibly Nketiah dragged his effort wide of the post Tough miss by Eddie Nketiah in Arsenals first friendly of the season. pic.twitter.com/F97lmXQAXU— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 13, 2021 First, on five minutes, Eddie Nketiah was the benficiary of some shocking Hibs defending and found ghimself one-on-one with the keeper. But somehow the 22-year-old strike managed to place an effort the wrong side of the post. And it was Hibs who took the lead 20 minutes in - with a goal young keeper Arthur Okonkwo will have nightmares about. The 19-year-old was making his debut for Arsenal - but completely fluffed his kick out from Sead Kolasinac's back-pass. Martin Boyle benefitted from Okonkwo's air-shot to tap into an empty goal. Unsurprisingly, Arsenal fans were not impressed, with many writing 'we're back'...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Dolphins legend and Hall of Famer Jason Taylor is returning to the CBS4 broadcast booth as an analyst for Dolphins preseason broadcasts. He’ll be joined in 2021 by Steve Goldstein, who will call play-by-play and former linebacker/defensive end Kim Bokamper, who will continue to serve as the sideline reporter. Taylor is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, becoming just the second Dolphins defensive player (Nick Buoniconti) to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He finished his career with 139.5 sacks, which was sixth-most in NFL history at the time of his retirement following the 2011 season. Taylor’s nine defensive touchdowns are the most in NFL history by a defensive lineman or linebacker. He was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2007 and earned three first-team All-Pro selections (2000, 2002 and 2006) and six Pro Bowl nods (2000, 2002, 2004-07). READ MORE: U.S. To Assist In Investigation Into Haitian President Jovenel Moïses Assassination It will be Taylor’s second season on the preseason television crew after he joined the broadcast team in...
    Getty Marcus Peters jumps in front of a pass in Texas in 2020. The Baltimore Ravens have a pair of defensive players who have opened eyes in circles the last few years, and while those guys are elite on one side of the ball, they might also be the best of the best in the league as a whole. Duos have become a thing of the past in the NFL, with players changing zip codes constantly, but there are a few folks in the league that have played well with each other and have staying power with their teams. Such players deserve credit for being a solid duo. The latest Ravens news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Ravens newsletter here! Join Heavy on Ravens! Looking ahead to 2021, NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks took a look at identifying some of these duos, and the Ravens had one of the top ones on the list in the league in the form of cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. The duo placed third on the list....
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    Teamsters aims to step up efforts to unionize Amazon workers S&P 500 Rises for a Third Day and Nasdaq Sets Record © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib has received widespread support after coming out as gay earlier this week — including some from the President of the United States. Now another NFL owner has added his name to the long list. “I commend Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib for his courage and world leadership,” Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted on Wednesday afternoon. “Love, tolerance, and open mindedness must lead the way in the 21st Century! #ChangingTheWorld!” Several of Nassib’s teammates, commissioner Roger Goodell, Raiders owner Mark Davis, and head coach Jon Gruden have also expressed their support. Nassib’s jersey became the best-seller across the Fanatics platforms this week. And the NFL has matched the defensive end’s $100,000 donation to the Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention in LGBTQ youth. Jim Irsay: I commend Carl Nassib for his courage and world leadership...
    HARRY MAGUIRE has defended England’s defensive march to the Euro 2020 knockout stage – claiming they are playing the football needed to win tournaments. The Three Lions topped Group D on the back of two 1-0 wins and a goalless draw with Scotland, leading to concerns about whether they have the firepower to go far this summer. 2Harry Maguire defended England's defensive approach at Euro 2020Credit: Getty But Maguire, who made his return in the win over Czech Republic after six weeks out with an ankle injury, says worried fans and pundits need to understand England are playing the long game to success rather simply being entertainers. The Manchester United star said: “I know everyone wants to play well and create numerous chances but teams are well drilled and organised. “Tournament football is about big moments in big games and not giving the opponents big moments to score from. At the moment we are doing that well. “It’s not all perfect, we can improve but you can’t argue with seven points from three games. “It’s great from the lads in...
    Demand for Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib's replica jersey has soared in the days since he became the first active league player to come out as gay. Fanatics, a sports apparel website and NFL partner, announced that Nassib's No. 94 was its top-selling replica jersey across Monday and Tuesday in the hours after Nassib came out on Instagram. Specific sales figures were not revealed, but prices for Nassib replica jerseys range between around $120 and $370 on the Fanatics website.  In addition to fan support, Nassib and transgender Japanese soccer player Kumi Yokoyama both got a shoutout from President Joe Biden on Tuesday. Demand for Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib's replica jersey has soared in the days since he became the first active league player to come out as gay Fanatics, a sports apparel website and NFL partner, announced that Nassib's No. 94 was its top-selling replica jersey across Monday and Tuesday in the hours after Nassib came out on Instagram. Specific sales figures were not revealed, but prices for Nassib replica jerseys range...
    Bijan Robinson, Texas Longhorns. (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Look for the Texas football team to be so much better under new head coach Steve Sarkisian. While the Texas football program will probably not be contending for a College Football Playoff berth this season, the Longhorns will be making great strides under their new head coach Steve Sarkisian. After spending the last two seasons coordinating the Alabama Crimson Tide’s offense, Sarkisian plans to make the most of his last chance as a Power Five head coach down in Texas. By year two in Austin, he could have the Longhorns contending for a playoff berth coming out of the Big 12. For now, it is all about getting the most out of the high-end talent he inherited from Tom Herman. Here are two potential breakout stars on the Texas roster that are ready for the national stage.Bijan Robinson can be the biggest breakout star for Texas footballBijan Robinson will help usher in a new offensive era of Texas footballWith longtime starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger having turned pro, this means a...
    NFL star Carl Nassib has become the first professional player to come out as gay. Nassib, a defensive end with the Las Vegas Raiders, made the announcement on Instagram on Monday. 'What's up people, I'm Carl Nassib, and I'm at my house here in Westchester, Pennsylvania,' he said. 'I just want to take a quick moment to say I'm gay. 'I've been meaning to do this for a while now but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest.  Carl Nassib made the announcement on Instagram on Monday Nassib, pictured playing for the Raiders against the Denver Broncos in November, has become the first professional football player to come out as gay The 28-year-old is seen in September 2019, when he played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He signed with the Las Vegas Raiders in March 2020 He said he felt he had 'the best family, friends, and job a guy could ask for'. He said he was a private person, who was not doing it for attention or publicity.  'I just think that...