Garoppolo leads 49ers to 26-16 win over Texans

Jimmy Garoppolo threw for a career-high 334 yards and a touchdown to help the San Francisco 49ers to their second straight win, 26-16, over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

The Rams suffered several injury scares in their Week 14 game, though none of them came close to Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz potentially tearing his ACL on a negated touchdown run.

Trumaine Johnson, who is on his second consecutive franchise tag, ended the game in concussion protocol, which means the Rams could be without their top two cornerbacks heading into a road game against the division-rival Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth injured his ankle in the second quarter, but he returned in the second half. Right tackle Rob Havenstein injured his ankle in the fourth quarter and didn’t come back, prompting Darrell Williams to enter the game. Williams was immediately beaten by defensive end Chris Long on an eventual strip sack of Jared Goff. McVay did not have an update on Havenstein.

“I was upfront and honest with Eli,” McAdoo told reporters Friday, via ESPN. “I don’t have any regrets there.”

However, McAdoo’s assertion he is “on the same page” as Mara – a phrase he repeated three times during Friday’s press conference – doesn’t seem to hold up. McAdoo said Tuesday the plan was to start Manning in Sunday’s matchup with the Raiders and replace him with Geno Smith for the second half; Mara said Wednesday that the plan was to start Manning and keep him in the game “if he’s playing well in the first half, we’re winning the game, it looks like we’ve got a chance, the offense is clicking.”
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Tarasenko nets 2, gets in rare fight as Blues top Oilers 8-3

Vladimir Tarasenko dropped his gloves and inspired his teammates.

On a night when he had two goals and two assists , Tarasenko got in a rare fight Tuesday during the St. Louis Blues’ 8-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

“Our offense line has been banged up here of late,” Lynch said. “I don’t want it to sound like, ‘We’re willing to send C. J. Beathard out there to get beat up,’ but we feel like that’s going to settle down.”

“We lost Pierre Garcon (to a season-ending disc injury) and we’re playing frankly a lot of young guys,” Lynch said. “Marquise Goodwin, who’s been a number three guy, he’s our number one right now. That’s a little bit of a struggle.”

Well, at least until midway through the second quarter. That’s when Burfict got ejected for touching an official following a play that ended out of bounds.

Burfict, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness two snaps earlier, sauntered off the field showing no signs of remorse for letting down his teammates while making the Johnny Manziel “money” gesture to fans at Nissan Stadium.

We’re back for the second half in Seattle. The Seahawks will start the period’s opening drive at their 28.

Meanwhile, it’s another week and another court hearing … and likely another starting assignment for Elliott in Atlanta on Sunday.

But at some point, the time could come for Elliott to sit out several weeks. At this point, even though they’re prepared to play without their star running back, the Cowboys have to hope it’s not until the start of the 2018 season.nike_steelers_3266

Manfred said stripping the Braves of the 13 players was not sufficient punishment

He said “additional sanctions are warranted to penalize the club for the violations committed by its employees.”

Therefore, the Braves will be prohibited from signing any international player for more than $10,000 during the 2019-20 signing period. Also, the team’s international signing bonus pool for the 2020-21 signing period will be reduced by 50 percent.

Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State — Chubb was a one-man wrecking crew in N.C. State’s 17-14 win at Boston College. The 6-4, 275-pound senior had eight tackles with 2 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble. He continues to assert himself as the top defensive draft prospect.

Cam Newton with another big play for Carolina. This time, he keeps the ball on a zone-read play and runs for 69 yards, moving the Panthers to the Miami 18.

Touchdown, Miami. Kenyan Drake accelerates through the line of scrimmage and makes a Carolina defender miss in the secondary on his way to a 66-yard touchdown run. The Dolphins now trail 31-14 with 5:47 to play in the third quarter.

On the bright side in the AFC, Brady is playing as well as ever. But with Brady at age 40, nobody knows how long he can continue executing at such a high level before his career goes into decline.

The Saints survive here, thanks to playing the doormat Buccaneers in Week 17 while the Falcons and Panthers play each other. Atlanta will make familiar noise with a 6-1 finish, including big wins over both rivals. Carolina’s offensive inconsistency will lead to a couple clunkers like the Bears game in Week 7.

In the end, with the NFC North and NFC West both looking less certain to punch two tickets to the playoffs, the opportunity is there for all three NFC South teams to crash the party, with a chance for all three to play in the divisional round.nike_steelers_722

It looked like nothing could top the bad beat in Cleveland, until the ending of this game happened.

The third-year NHLer scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season, one at even strength and one with the extra skater, in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. As long as Donskoi remains fixed on a scoring line with Logan Couture and continues to skate with the secondary, if not the primary, power play, the 25-year-old boasts sufficient upside to justify rostering in deeper fantasy leagues.

With three minutes left, Matt Moore connected with Kenny Stills on a 61-yard touchdown to tie the game at 20. At that point, those on the under were hoping for a field goal to make it a 23-20 final. That scenario looked as though it had played out perfectly, as Patrick Murray’s 35-yard field goal with four seconds left indeed put Tampa Bay up by three.

The Sierra-Leonean rookie only ran for 42 yards on eight carries but he broke off a 24-yard run embarrassing the Washington defense in the process.

But wait…there was more. Kamara then caught six passes for 74 yards and most importantly, the game tying touchdown (as he juggled the ball) before also running in the two point conversion to help the Saints overcome a 15-point deficit. From there the Saints took the game into overtime and finalized a 34-31 victory.

“Third downs, we’re going to show it from the conventional camera because that’s the most important down in football,” Gaudelli said, via Pro Football Talk. “Once we’re inside the red zone we’re going to show it from the conventional camera. We want to try to be smart about it and not just say, ‘Here’s SkyCam come hell or high water.’ It’s, ‘Here’s SkyCam in the most advantageous places.'”
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Jamie Dixon’s TCU squad could end the season as Bill Self’s greatest threat in the league.

The NIT champions finished 12-21 the year before Dixon arrived and 24-15 in his first season, which ended with an 88-56 victory over Georgia Tech in the NIT championship.

This is a team that beat Kansas in the Big 12 tournament. A seven-game losing streak at the end of conference play ruined TCU’s NCAA tournament chances. But the Horned Frogs lost four of those games by five points or less.

If you are light on blueliners and looking for a buy-low option, Boychuk may be a good choice. He has only two points in 11 games thus far, but the Islanders have an offensively gifted team, which should provide the former Boston Bruins defenseman with opportunities to pick up assists. Boychuk has been reliable over his time with the Islanders, scoring between 23 and 35 points each year since being traded to New York.

Sometimes, what appear to be minor deals end up making a big difference. Van Noy, a second-round pick in 2014, had largely disappointed the Lions. But the Patriots saw a role for him in their scheme. He is tied for the team lead with 3.5 sacks this season. He also has been credited with 55 tackles, second on the team.

The defense and the running game have been great for the Jaguars, but the elephant in the room has been the play of Blake Bortles. He has a Total QBR below 50, and he’s one of four qualified quarterbacks completing fewer than 60 percent of his passes.

The Lions have lost three straight games and four of their past five, so there’s plenty to be concerned about in Detroit right now. Matthew Stafford’s performance against the blitz is among the top worries. He has a league-worst 19 Total QBR against the blitz.
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Emotions ran high as the arena counted down the final minutes before the first puck dropped.

In September, Graham told ESPN.com he returned to Kansas and rejected a chance to turn pro because he wanted to finish his senior season and bounce back from the “B-minus” season he had in 2016-17.

If 13.4 PPG, 4.1 APG, 1.5 SPG, 38.8 percent from the 3-point line and 79.3 percent from the charity stripe is a B-minus season, then the rest of the Big 12 should fear what’s ahead with Graham replacing Wooden Award winner Frank Mason as KU’s catalyst.

Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins (13.8 percent): Starting tight end Jordan Reed left the team’s Week 8 game because of injury, opening the door to the possibility of Davis stepping in again to fill his role. Davis remains a plus athlete for the position and a player who, when called upon, has been a reliable piece of the offense. He has four games with 50 or more receiving yards already this season and should crack our top 12 tight end ranks for Week 9 if Reed sits.

There were video tributes from players around the league, and another from famous musicians, to declare themselves on Vegas’s team.

The Astros wanted desperately to wrap up their first title in franchise history amid a sea of orange here in Houston. Saturday’s 6-2 loss eliminated that possibility. But they return to Los Angeles needing only one victory with a fresh Justin Verlander on tap Tuesday night. Verlander threw only 79 pitches at Chavez Ravine last week, and Hinch resisted the temptation to use him for an inning or two of relief between starts over the weekend.

The question is, who will Hinch go to in the late innings if Verlander is unable to crank it up and go the distance? Hinch went to Chris Devenski for the save Sunday night, and that didn’t work out so well when a Yasiel Puig homer and a Chris Taylor RBI single turned a 12-9 Houston lead into a 12-12 tie in the ninth.
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Former Rutgers coach Kevin Bannon charged with stealing from parks system

A former Rutgers University men’s basketball coach diverted thousands of dollars of public money from a New Jersey park system to a nonprofit he controlled and gave him and his family benefits including free concert tickets, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.

Kevin Bannon’s attorney, John Furlong, said he’s “supremely confident” he will prevail at trial after he was charged with receiving unauthorized benefits for himself and others while leading the Mercer County Park Commission

The NFL wants to enforce Elliott’s suspension this season and confirm Goodell’s authority to issue punishment based on “conduct detrimental” to the league as mandated in Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch informed Giles that he will be removed from the closer role after another dismal performance Saturday night in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers that evened the series at two games apiece.

“He wasn’t surprised,” Hinch said Sunday before Game 5 at Minute Maid Park. “He understands, and he wants to be there for his teammates.”

World Series baseballs are slicker than the ones used during the regular season, members of the Dodgers and Astros said in a Sports Illustrated report published Sunday.
Giles has made seven appearances in the postseason and has allowed at least one run in six of them. He has faced 40 batters and given up 12 hits — including three home runs — and six walks. Giles’ postseason ERA is 11.74.

The World Series has been particularly rough for Giles. In Game 2, he gave up a 10th-inning leadoff homer to Yasiel Puig before allowing a two-out walk to Logan Forsythe and an RBI single to Kike Hernandez. In Game 4, he entered with the score tied in the ninth inning, faced three batters and didn’t record an out.

“I didn’t do my job, plain and simple,” Giles said. “I let the team down.”blues-011

Napoli Star Lorenzo Insigne Admits He Nearly Quit Football After Scouts Told Him He Wouldn’t Make It

Insigne told UEFA.com that he considered ditching his aspirations because of his height, at one point, but underwent a successful trial at Napoli that changed his mind.

Napoli have a perfect record in the Italian top flight so far this season, and are soon to come up against Manchester City in the Champions League.

“We mustn’t step on to the field afraid to face them,” the forward added, referring to Pep Guardiola’s side. “They have great champions, but if we play as a team, we can cause them problems. We must have faith, because we’ve got the quality.”

In a game at Dodger Stadium last month, San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence carried some ashes of a deceased Dodgers fan with him in a necklace that he wore on the field.

According to a documentary commissioned by UNINTERRUPTED, the Dodgers turned down a request to spread some of the ashes of Henry Janiszewski, who died in 2010, at the ballpark. Filmmaker Matt Liston of the digital series “Mr. Impossible” said he contacted Pence, who agreed to help Janiszewski’s daughter.

Hunter Pence wore a necklace containing the ashes of a deceased Dodgers fan, after L.A. declined to let the man’s daughter spread his ashes at Dodger Stadium. Uninterrupted
Melissa Janiszewski had already spread some of her father’s ashes at several other places he revered around the world, but she wanted to bring them to one final place, where she said she spent many evenings of her childhood enjoying baseball with her father.

“For a Neapolitan, wearing the Napoli jersey, it’s not something that happens every day. I hope that other young Neapolitans can, like me, make these childhood dreams come true.”
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You need explosive plays and you need to work the ball down the field and have a chance to score quickly.

Wolves: Minnesota’s last victory over San Antonio came April 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves have lost 12 straight to the Spurs and eight straight in San Antonio. . After being one of the league’s youngest teams the past few seasons, Minnesota has only one rookie on its roster this season, 7-foot center Justin Patton. . Patton missed the season opener while recovering from surgery on his left foot.

Spurs: San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said there is no timetable for Leonard’s return from right quadriceps tendinopathy. . Parker plans on returning in mid-November from left quadriceps tendon surgery. . San Antonio swept all four games against Minnesota last season, winning by an average of 9.0 points. . San Antonio is coming off back-to-back, 60-win seasons, the first time in franchise history they have achieved that feat. . The Spurs have won 128 regular-season games since Aldridge joined the team, which is the best two-year span in the franchise’s history. The second-best mark came the two years prior to Aldridge’s arrival, when the team won 122 games.

After a 20-yard pass play to Berrian, Griese went over the middle to Muhammad, who scooted across the formation from left to right, hit the sideline, and found a burst at age 34 to bolt in for the touchdown.

We missed our onside kick, but actually stuffed the Vikings on three run plays, and took back over at the 19 after another punt. Now it was time for something new. Hester was on the field.

“For me, as a quarterback, I’d love to see him out there every play,” Griese said after the game. “It’s hard in this league as an offense to go 10, 12, 15 plays and score a touchdown.”lakers_016

NFL odds 2017, Week 7: Betting lines, trends, and analysis for the week’s top games

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-0 straight up and 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four games against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers hope to extend that winning streak and solidify their spot atop the AFC North division with a win over the Bengals this Sunday.

The offensive line has been completely inept. And things looked especially grim with Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall both landing on injured reserve after Week 5.

So far, the change is working. New York kicked off Sunday night’s matchup with Denver with a 13-play, 69-yard field goal drive. It was the first time this season the Broncos defense allowed a score on an opponent’s opening possession.

Who is Mike Sullivan? Sullivan is in his second season as the Giants’ offensive coordinator. It’s his second stint in New York, where he previously was the wide receivers coach and then the quarterbacks coach from 2004 through 2011.

The Vikings were a disaster along the offensive line in 2016, and that showed in the limitations the offense had. Bradford had no time to really do anything longer than a checkdown, and the running game was among the most atrocious the Vikings have fielded since the advent of the 16-game schedule. I know that other new faces have contributed to that, such as Remmers at right tackle and rookie Pat Elflein at center.

Rich Hill at Pats Pulpit decided to rank each newcomer in New England. It’s no surprise that wide receiver Brandin Cooks came out on top:

Cooks has been an every-down player on offense and ranks 11th in the league with 294 receiving yards. His two receiving touchdowns are tied for sixth most in the league. His average receptions of 22.6 leads the league. He’s already contributing at a high level and he’s only going to get better.falcons_021