A man who was left blind in one eye — at least temporarily — and may ultimately lose the eye after a foul ball struck him in the face at Wrigley Field this summer has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball, alleging that they have failed to install enough safety netting to protect him and other fans.

At a Monday news conference 60-year-old John “Jay” Loos said he has undergone three surgeries to repair his severely damaged left eye and the five bones in his face shattered by the foul ball that struck him as he sat down the first-base line during a game between the Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 29.

One more: In Game 4 of the other ALDS, Astros DH Carlos Beltran doubled off Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel to drive in a crucial insurance run in the ninth inning. Kimbrel is one of the best relievers ever, but at that moment he was probably compromised. Beltran hit Kimbrel’s 38th pitch of the game, his 23rd of that inning, and his eighth of that at-bat. The wear of the previous 37 seemed to show: Kimbrel’s first five fastballs of the night were 99, 101, 101, 100 and 100; his final five were 98, 97, 98, 97, 98. Still hard to hit!

Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (47.5 percent): Peterson, traded to the Cardinals on Tuesday, gets the chance to show one more time whether he still has the goods to be a starting running back in this league. The opportunity is there, as Arizona’s run game has been a none factor since David Johnson’s injury. While Peterson has minimal passing game impact, he seems likely to get 12-15 carries per game right away. In a non-PPR league, especially one with 12 or more teams, he’s an add for an owner with limited options. Is there upside? Much of the recent empirical evidence says no (since the start of last season, he has 153 yards on 64 carries, 2.39 yards per carry), but this presents a chance for AD to get on track.ravens_005

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Paul Richardson scored the game-winning touchdown for the Seahawks against the 49ers on Sunday — but the touchdown isn’t the most impressive part. It was what Richardson went through prior to making the play.

Richardson suffered a compound fracture of his right ring finger on Seattle’s opening drive of the game. His teammate Doug Baldwin told ESPN the graphic specifics.

“I don’t know if I’m allowed to tell you guys this but he dislocated his finger,” Baldwin said. “It came out of his skin and he’s sitting there bleeding, his bone is out of the skin. He goes into the locker room, sews it up and tapes it up, comes back out and scores the game-winning touchdown.”

The Texans enter this game with just a 2-6 SU and ATS record in their last eight road games per the OddsShark NFL Database.

Cincinnati was the only team in action last week that failed to record a point, getting shut out 20-0 at home against the Baltimore Ravens. The defense did an excellent job of limiting the Ravens to just 20 points on Andy Dalton’s five-turnover day. The Bengals had strung together five Alcides Escobar Jersey straight winning seasons from 2011 to 2015, but last year that streak came to an end with a 6-9-1 SU campaign. Cincinnati Frank White Womens Jersey is 3-6-1 SU and 4-6 ATS over its last 10 games.

Thursday night’s total is set at 38 points. The UNDER is 4-0 in the last four games between these two teams.

Houston and Cincinnati both put together two of the worst home performances of Week 1. Since 2007, only nine of the 83 teams that have started the season off 0-2 SU have gone on to make the postseason. Just four days removed from their dud games on Sunday, the Texans and Bengals will try to avoid this unenviable position.

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Mitchell, a fourth-round pick from Georgia in last year’s NFL Draft, caught six passes for 70 yards. Four of his catches went for first downs, including a 12-yard catch on third-and-11 at the Falcons 26-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. Mitchell’s catch kept New England’s drive alive and the Patriots scored two plays later with an 8-yard pass to Danny Amendola to cut Atlanta’s lead to 28-20.

Just as Chris Hogan did in the AFC championship game with a franchise-record 180 receiving yards, Brady continues to make stars out of players who aren’t household names. White and Mitchell are just the latest.

There are anywhere between 64 and 96 quarterback jobs in the NFL every year, depending on how many teams carry a third quarterback, for whatever reason. Backups get signed for all sorts of reasons, and at all ages. Cook was 23 in that Raiders playoff game, Moore 32 with the Dolphins.

Don’t assume, with all of that, Young has no place in the NFL, even with all the rust he has to scrape off. Or with the very short stays he had in Philadelphia, Green Bay and Cleveland (each stay shorter than the last) from 2011 to ‘14.

Or, most important, with the ugly way his time with the Titans ended in 2010 … after a 30-17 record, a playoff trip and two Pro Bowls in 4 1/2 seasons.

Worth noting, as always: The league kept trusting Jeff Fisher, Young’s coach, right up until last year, when the Rams finally made him pay for his chronic mediocrity and poor judgment.

For Young, if the league lets bygones be bygones all these years later, all he has to do is prove he can help a team as a player. If not, there’s nothing he can do in workouts that will get him a ticket back.texans_134

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When Mixon punched Amanda Molitor in 2014, he broke her jaw and left her with facial fractures. Mixon was charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced to one year in jail, which was deferred, as well as 100 hours of community service and cognitive behavior counseling. He was also suspended by Oklahoma for a full season.

The conversation surrounding cases like Mixon’s is always difficult. You can’t avoid the stark reality of what he did, especially because it was captured on video. But the NFL is a business, and it is possible for teams to talk themselves into taking a chance on Mixon as he falls on draft day.

“I really think without the incident he’s a top-five pick,” one NFC executive told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Bob McGinn. “He’s probably going to go late first to mid-second. This guy’s just too talented.”

McGinn spoke to several executives around the NFL who have evaluated Mixon, and perspectives vary.

Oh, and there’s one brother of an NFL Pro Bowler, too

(Thanks to NFL.com for its list of college football players with former NFL player fathers.)

LB Hardy Nickerson Jr., Illinois: Nickerson Jr. began his career at Cal, where he played for three seasons and accounted for 246 total tackles. After his junior season, he transferred to Illinois to play under his father, Nickerson Sr., whom Lovie Smith hired last spring. He also played for his father during his last two years of high school. Nickerson enjoyed a 16-year career in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Green Bay Packers. He made it on five Pro Bowl rosters.

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Samaje Perine was one of college football’s most consistent, efficient running backs over the last three seasons.

Perine’s Oklahoma Sooners evolved on offense during his time in Norman, shifting away from the run game even as they added talent to their backfield (he’s one of two OU backs we rank in this draft’s top eight runners). Perine’s overall numbers shrunk because of that, but he was still a 1,000-yard rusher every year.

He had lots of great games, and one stood out above the rest.

In the Dwane Casey era, Toronto has surrendered first-round Game 1s to the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers and now the Bucks. The Raptors are 1-2 in those series after dropping the first game, falling to the Nets in seven before getting swept by the Wizards in 2015.

Toronto made it to the conference finals last season despite dropping the opening game to Indiana.

It’s hard to put a finger on why the Raptors continue to lose their opening games. Toronto has held home-court in Game 1 of the first round in each of the last four years, yet they continue to blow that advantage. The staples of that roster — Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Patterson and Jonas Valanciunas — have remained in tact, but the supporting cast has improved over the years.

It’s an inexcusable instance that has plagued an otherwise successful Raptors team in recent seasons — one expected to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

Lowry scored just four points on two-of-11 shooting in the Raptors’ Game 1 loss on Saturday. Those shooting woes aren’t unique to this season.
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This race is anyone’s game. Orlando’s victory over Philadelphia was not good for its tanking chances. The Knicks rested several players against Portland to ensure a road loss.

Who has the tougher schedule? The Magic have five games remaining against teams competing for playoff position. The Kings have two such games, the 76ers have five, and the Knicks have six and have reduced Carmelo Anthony’s minutes.

What’s at stake? Nothing but higher odds at landing a draft pick. Philadelphia has the option to swap first-round picks with the Kings.

From Cam Newton to Luke Kuechly to “Riverboat Ron,” there’s so much to like about the Panthers, except for one person. That and more in Matt Ufford’s Fumblr.
To be fair, Griffin has put himself under the microscope given the endless sponsorships and documentaries, but does that really justify all the stupidity and hand-wringing that’s come out over the past week?

Now we’re pretending that he’s a selfish diva because he said that he was trying to throw the ball out of the back of the end-zone on a game ending interception. Saying that he “didn’t want to take a sack” is throwing his line under the bus? The bell sounds and we’re drooling all over ourselves, eager to spit out a reference to the time when Jimmy Clausen told Jon Gruden, “Yeah, I changed the route but he didn’t see it. I didn’t give him a clear enough signal.” Somehow that was a QB blaming his WR? We’re really comparing Jimmy Clausen to Robert Griffin III?
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Rodgers isn’t the only quarterback injury in the NFC North, but just as he exits another one enters. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler practiced on Thursday and will start against the Lions on Sunday. Cutler ended up missing almost two full games with his groin injury. Cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) practiced in full and will also start against Detroit

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has been dealing with back problems since the offseason and may need to have season-ending back surgery to repair an issue with a disc in his back. Already ruled out for Week 10, Foster is trying to do everything he can to return to the field in 2013, although pushing himself for an early return likely won’t do much to change the end result for the 2-6 Houston Texans. Despite his injuries, Foster has played in every game in 2013 and has 542 yards rushing and a touchdown on 121 carries.

A torn labrum suffered by Buccaneers running back Doug Martin in Week 7 officially ended his 2013 season three weeks later, as the team moved the second-year player to injured reserve. Winless through the first half of their season, the Buccaneers elected to have Martin undergo surgery on his labrum rather than risk further damage. A Pro Bowl back in his rookie season in 2012, Martin finishes the year with 456 yards rushing and a touchdown on 127 carries.

Losing Geno Atkins changes how the Bengals defense operates and hurts the team’s pass rush. He will miss the remainder of the 2013 season with an ACL tear and contributed six sacks in nine games. Wallace Gilberry and Carlos Dunlap have the ability to pressure Flacco, but lacking pressure up the middle opens opportunities for Ray Rice — provided he can capitalize.
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The Washington Huskies needed just four days to find their new basketball head coach. The Huskies will hire Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins in hopes of putting the disappointing Lorenzo Romar era in its rear view.

CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein and ESPN’s Jeff Goodman helped break the news on Twitter Sunday morning. The deal is reportedly a six-year pact.

Pulling Hopkins from the ACC will give Washington a respected and revered assistant at the helm. The former Orange guard had been with the program as a coach since 1996 and earned the title of Head Coach-Designate last summer. He’d served as the team’s interim head coach during Jim Boeheim’s NCAA-mandated suspension last season and has long been considered Syracuse’s top pick to replace Boeheim once the surefire Hall of Famer retires.

Like Franklin and Muschamp before him, Hopkins had a clear path to a desirable, major-conference head coaching position. And like that pair, he chose immediate gratification when a similar opportunity unveiled itself on an expedited timeline. The only loser here is Syracuse, which now has to regroup and assess its plans for 2018 and beyond. While that seems simple enough — luring a new and successful head coach to a prestigious ACC program like the Orange’s seems like an easy sell — just remember. Texas looked like it was making a can’t-miss hire when it brought Strong to town in 2014.

“I’m sympathetic to fans who turn out — whether they buy tickets to games or watching games on television and don’t see their favorite player on the floor,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said, according to USA Today, before conceding it’s not his place to dole out a team’s minutes.

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The legal backlash, meanwhile, is just beginning. Elijah is one of three named plaintiffs in Ward’s lawsuit, which the lawyer has moved from Florida to Washington state. Ward claims more than a thousand potential clients have inquired about joining the suit. It alleges that Valve “knowingly allowed, supported, facilitated and/or sponsored illegal gambling.” Valve is seeking arbitration instead of a trial, a move Ward says he’ll resist.

Ward has also filed a suit in Miami on behalf of 44 plaintiffs that accuses Martin and CSGO Lotto of engaging in “deceptive trade practices.” Martin’s lawyer is seeking to get the case dismissed. He’s also trying to fend off a Federal Trade Commission inquiry into whether the YouTube star violated a law that bars celebrities from shielding their ownership in products they pitch.

A spokesman for the FTC said the agency does not comment on active investigations.

In a video message to his viewers last summer, Martin seemed contrite, saying, “I do feel like I owe you guys an apology. … I truly, honestly hope you guys give me an opportunity to get your trust back.” But the video was taken down shortly after it was posted. His lawyer said Martin would have no further comment. Cassell, who offered his own apology on Twitter, did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Allen had 8.5 tackles for loss in his final five games. He’s a true game-wrecker, with 15 QB hurries and 10.5 sacks. Allen’s excellent combination of quickness and power makes him one of the best interior pass-rushers we’ve studied in this draft class. He constantly pushes the pocket and brings tremendous experience to the table, with 56 games played.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson doesn’t know how he feels about a return to the team that drafted him. In an interview with ESPN, Peterson said he was “still uneasy” about going back to the Vikings after his 2014 suspension, especially considering his feeling that the organization stood idly when it had the power to stick up for him.

“There were people (in the organization) that Mike Morgan Authentic Womens Jersey I trusted, who knew exactly what was said, that weren’t heard from.” in the decision-making process. “They weren’t able to do anything about it,” he said via Vikings reporter Bob Goessling.

After the Vikings worked jointly with the NFL to put him on the commissioner’s exempt list stemming from a Nov. 4 no contest plea to charges of reckless injury to his 4-year-old son, Peterson said he felt “ambushed” after the decision to suspend him for all but one game in the 2014 season. The former All-Pro finished with just 21 carries and one start while watching his team struggle and miss the playoffs with a 6-9 record.

But it was something that came up later in the press conference that raised an eyebrow. Someone asked Baalke about the team’s offensive struggles last season, and specifically about Greg Roman, the former offensive coordinator.

Flustered, Baalke went back to the line he’d been dropping all morning, the one about Nick Vannett Authentic Womens Jersey not wanting to look backward.

Dysfunctional leadership has been a theme for the 49ers since the beginning of the 2014 season when rumors of friction between former head coach Harbaugh and Baalke and team president Jed York first surfaced. Harbaugh was in the news last week too. In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Michigan’s new football coach said, “I didn’t leave the 49ers. The 49ers hierarchy left me.”

Reports last week said that the 49ers were set to hire Gase, but the two sides couldn’t come to terms on who would get the defensive coordinator job. A report from the San Jose Mercury News said that the deal fell apart when Gase rebuffed his would-be bosses’ suggestion to make Jim Tomsula defensive coordinator. Gase reportedly wanted to keep Vic Fangio or hire Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph for the job.

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