Nobody sustains a 1.0 percent interception rate, not even your Tom Bradys and Alex Smiths of the world, so there was little reason to think Cousins would continue to post a rate in that ballpark. Cousins was always going to regress, but the question was whether it would be to the mean or to his former, borderline-unplayable self.

The third was a holding call against cornerback DeShawn Shead on a third down in the third quarter.

“They’re going to come back and apologize the next day,” Sherman said. “We probably lead the league in NFL apologies the next day. ‘Oh, that was a pick route. That was a pick route. It should have been called. It should have been called. Yeah, it might have Knile Davis Authentic Womens Jersey cost you the game, but so what?’ It’s too late now.”

During the loss, the Seahawks were whistled for 11 penalties, while the Saints were flagged twice. A penalty margin of nine or more has occurred in just 2.4 percent of all games since 2012, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information.

Sherman suggested that the NFL targets the Seahawks specifically to keep games close.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” Sherman Larry Johnson Authentic Womens Jersey said. “They’ve always spoken for themselves. And I heard you ask Pete [Carroll], is it just our aggressive style of play? But we’re always at the bottom of the league in defensive holding or illegal contact or PI. We’re usually one of the least penalized in that regard, but we’re still one of the highest-penalized teams, and our opponents aren’t penalized at all.

“So it’s just funny. You just go out there and keep playing. I’m sure it’s some way the league has of evening out everything. We have a really good team, so I guess you’ve got to do something.”

Clearly, the Seahawks are aware of the numbers. Since the start of 2013, they’ve been called for 128 more penalties than their opponents, the highest margin in the league. No other team is higher than plus-93, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

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Guess we’ll just how valuable that home-ice advantage is for the Detroit Red. The Pittsburgh Penguins prevented a Cup celebration on their own ice with a 2 victory Game 6 on Tuesday night at Mellon Arena. The series is tied at 3 — but it’s going to feel like eternity until Friday night’s Game 7. Before Tuesday’s game, there were a number of fans who wouldn’t have minded seeing the Red celebrate a championship at Arena — even if it meant a loss Game 6. You know who you are. Those same fans might not be feeling the same way Wednesday morning. Because a Motown celebration is anything but a foregone conclusion at this point. HERO Kennedy have scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, but goaltender – Fleury had the kind of performance the Penguins absolutely had to have. Fleury stopped 25 shots, including 13 the third period and one final push the final 2 minutes of play, to stave off elimination. GOAT The Red ‘ Hossa seems to be trying to do too much. As a result, he’s not doing nearly enough. 18 of action, he only had one shot, which matched his one giveaway. He be feeling the pressure of not performing against his former team. At least he won’t hear any boos Game 7 at Arena. KEY PLAY Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk sent a pass by Pittsburgh defenseman Hal Gill to a wide-open Dan Cleary with 1 left the game. But Cleary was unable to beat Fleury on the breakaway, and that turned out to be Detroit’s best chance to force overtime. One more game remains. One more win is required. One Cup champion. Anything can happen a Game 7, and that’s exactly the kind of unpredictability the Red tend to avoid. They thrive on controlling the puck, dictating tempo and forcing you out of your game. But the Penguins managed to take the Red completely out of their game Pittsburgh. The Red were unable to sustain any kind of offensive pressure until late the third period, and by then it was too late. it’s up to them to reverse course and carry on the home cooking each team already has served. Three wins at Arena for the Red. Three wins at Mellon Arena for the Penguins.

But all bets are off Friday night. There are no guarantees with a Game 7. And the Red know it. But they’ll gladly take a few extra nights their own beds, some more practices on their home ice and a touch of karma from the ghosts of Red legends past who linger at The. That’s one of the reasons why you want to finish high your own conference: To get that home-ice advantage, Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. we have it Game 7. A raucous crowd now awaits both teams. The Detroit fans have grown increasingly vocal throughout the playoffs as they become more aware of what’s on the line and the stakes are raised. it be equal parts anxiety and excitement. As if Ladarius Green Authentic Womens Jersey Game 7 of the Cup finals needed any more drama. There be a lot of emotions from both teams, and we’ve got to try to keep check as much as you can, Red winger Darren Helm said. Things are going to happen Game 7. Anything can happen, but we’ve got to be as ready as we can. The Red must be happy to escape hostile Mellon Arena and its weird white-out crowd. White usually is associated with surrender, but the Penguins showed plenty of fight Game 6. Odds are they have one more round left them, and that makes them a dangerous team. Game 7 is one more challenge the Red have to overcome. Both teams already have Game 7 wins under their belts this postseason. Detroit the second round against Anaheim, Pittsburgh the second round against Washington. The Penguins’ Game 7 victory came on the road, but the edge remains with the Red. With or without home-ice advantage, Detroit remains the team with more talent, depth and experience. We’re confident going back to our home building and playing front of our fans, Lidstrom said. It be a fun game going back for Game 7. Whatever happens Friday night, it won’t be forgotten anytime Hockeytown. Win, and it validates a hockey dynasty and kicks off the kind of party a city like Detroit desperately could use. Lose, and it’s nothing but a long of disappointment. It almost makes last year’s title run seem like ancient history. Ultimately, all Red fans could have Landry Jones Authentic Womens Jersey lived with the team clinching its 12th Cup championship Pittsburgh. After all, that was good enough for their 11th title. they’re left hoping for delayed gratification.

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Romo’s backup, Kellen Moore, broke his ankle at the end of practice on Aug. 2. A mild case of panic ensued. Dallas saw last season destroyed by a lack of capable backups, and now, still unsure about Prescott, they searched for a capable veteran. Fortunately for the Cowboys, the Rams had released their former starting quarterback, Nick Foles, just five days earlier. Even better, Foles’ agent also represented Alec Martinez Authentic Jersey Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, among others in the organization.

New England Patriots: The Bills are so banged up on offense right now, and while you may not remember the spanking Rex Ryan gave the Patriots in Anze Kopitar Authentic Jersey Week 4, I can assure you Bill Belichick does. This could get ugly for the Bills, which means it could be beautiful for owners of the Patriots’ defense.

Others receiving votes: Opposing defenses have scored at least six points against the Browns in six of seven games this season, so even with a leaky secondary and the potential return of Josh McCown, I like the Jets as a streamer this week. … Thursday night road teams have generally been pretty ugly and I could see that trend continuing with a struggling Blake Bortles. The opposing defense has scored at least seven points against the Jags in four of the past five games, making the Titans worthy of streaming consideration. … The Vikings looked human last week and certainly their offense is not explosive. You may think I am crazy here, but the Bears D/ST has at least seven points in every home game this season and should be passable as a streamer this week against Minnesota.

Seattle Seahawks: You’ve heard me talk about the struggles of Seattle’s pass defense this season, and defenses facing the Saints at home this season have combined for minus-four points. Just be careful here.

Philadelphia Eagles: They are traveling to face the Cowboys, who are coming off the bye and lead the league in time of possession. Between Dak Prescott, a heavy run game and great offensive line, the Cowboys just don’t give a lot of opportunities to opposing defenses. No team allows fewer fantasy points to opposing defenses than the Cowboys.

Consider that Miller is 31 years old, has been in the big leagues 11 seasons. Consider he is the X factor of this World Series. Consider that he was unable to put it together as a starting pitcher, or in his words, was a constant “trade piece” with no security, and is playing for his sixth team — with the stuff Cubs manager Joe Maddon referred to as “that slurve-slider-curvy thing he has.” He lasted 21 games over parts of two seasons with the Tigers before being traded to Florida in 2007 in the Miguel Cabrera-Dontrelle Willis deal.

“He’s looking in the right place at the right time. His feet then ‘marry’ his eyes. Because his eyes are in the right place, his feet tend to follow. … His ball isn’t almost accurate – it’s precise. The ball finishes on the face mask. That tells me that he’s also seeing with eyes the speed, the spacing of the receivers next to the DBs and the splits of the zones. He’s seeing clear pictures, so he’s making precise throws.”

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Do the Steelers get a pass from the league and the media because they’re liked so much? One NFL executive agrees with the sentiment that the league lets the Steelers get away with things other teams would not get away with. Dan Rooney was the one Authentic Nick Vannett Jersey who famously greeted Roger Goodell with the news that he’d been made commissioner, thanks in large part to backing from the Steelers owner.

Still, Goodell’s hammer has whacked plenty of Steelers over the years. Just ask James Harrison. That this is even an issue speaks to just how inconsistent the league’s policies are when it comes to player and team discipline.

If the Steelers are so beloved, maybe Authentic Patrick Kerney Jersey Le’Veon Bell really will get his suspension overturned. Speaking of, Bell reportedly missed those drug tests because he changed his phone number. Maybe that’s why he’s confident he’ll win his appeal. I wouldn’t be so sure, though.

Just one year and quite a bit of drama later, Galette was released by New Orleans. When he was released, he reacted by lashing out at the Saints via his girlfriend’s Twitter account. There were also domestic violence allegations against him, and the league issued a two-game suspension to Galette, which he served last season while on injured reserve.

Galette released a video via his Twitter account and, in the accompanying tweet, expressed frustration with the situation.

Haven’t felt so good best shape of my life and this happens to me now Idk what else to so when does da rain stop pic.twitter.com/OEvHa6gDnV

— Junior Galette (@JovaisG) July 25, 2016
On Tuesday, coach Jay Gruden told ESPN 950 in Richmond that the injury happened when Galette “was doing some standard get-offs I guess and popped the other [Achilles].”

Still, Gruden believes Galette can make a full recovery:

“I’m sure Junior will bounce back. It’s going to be hard on him this year, but he’ll bounce back in a big way.”

Washington needed help with its pass rush, which is why the team took a chance on Galette despite what happened in New Orleans. The pass rush was middling last season, coming in at 24th in Football Outsiders’ defensive line rankings.

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Roger Goodell wants to interview Clay Matthews, James Harrison, Mike Neal and Julius Peppers, the other three players named in the Al Jazeera report about professional athletes getting PEDs from a guy at a clinic in Indiana. It’s the one that Peyton Manning got ensnared in last year, and has since cleared his name. But there’s a catch. If those players don’t interview with Goodell before Aug. 25, they’ll be suspended until they do starting Aug. 26.

The commissioner is using his unlimited Bob Lilly Jersey powers of player discipline, citing the old “conduct detrimental” clause rolled into Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement.

As a rookie, Green-Beckham paired with No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota and finished the 2015 season with 32 receptions for 549 yards and four touchdowns. While he looked to be a promising young piece for the Titans to groom, Green-Beckham fell out of favor with Mike Mularkey and the Titans head coach publicly questioned the receiver’s work ethic.

“That’s spending extra time when Brandon Carr Jersey nobody is watching,” Mularkey told ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky. “That’s doing things when nobody is watching. That’s in the classroom. I think it’s just putting the work in without being directed by anybody. Doing it yourself.”

If Green-Beckham puts in that extra work, it won’t be with the Titans. The 6’5 red zone target is headed to Philadelphia where he’ll join a young receiver corps that features Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews and Rueben Randle.

The trade helps bolster the Titans’ offensive line by adding Kelly, a former fifth-round pick with 30 NFL games and 15 starts under his belt, but hurts a position group that the team was already lacking at. The Titans added Andre Johnson earlier in the offseason, but the 35-year-old receiver is not the player he once was and is part of an underwhelming group of receivers led by Rishard Matthews, Tajae Sharpe and Kendall Wright.

But the priority for the Titans has been obvious this offseason. The team already upgraded its offensive line, adding Jack Conklin in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and completely overhauled its backfield with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. With Kelly added to the mix, it’s even more obvious that the Titans intend to run the ball, run the ball and run the ball some more.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is fighting the good fight when it comes to the NFL’s ban on teams posting video or GIF highlights on social media. According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, Jones made an impassioned argument against the mandate at the owners’ meetings last week, saying clubs should be able to do what they want with their own highlights.

New England Patriots Jermon Bushrod Jersey president Jonathan Kraft, who co-chairs the NFL’s digital media committee, reportedly got into a heated exchange with Jones. At one point, he even walked out of the room.

The Browns were already using Hogan prior to Kessler’s injury, though. The 6’3, 217-pound rookie came in for rushing packages and racked up 37 yards on his first three carries before he was asked to take over passing duties for the rest of the game.

Hogan’s holding his own. He scored Jerrell Freeman Jersey a touchdown to keep the Browns’ hopes alive, a 28-yard rushing touchdown that’s the longest rushing touchdown by a quarterback in the NFL this season.

Cleveland has yet to find a win in the Hue Jackson era, and has struggled with some serious bad luck with injuries.

Terrelle Pryor has been the Browns’ emergency quarterback in the past, but was questionable after suffering a hamstring injury. While he is active and caught a pass early Sunday, it’d be a full-blown disaster if Pryor was forced into action against the Bengals.

It’s a big win for the Chargers, and San Diego overcame some offensive mistakes to make it happen. Rivers threw one interception, which was returned by Falcons rookie Deion Jones to San Diego’s 10-yard line and set the Falcons up for a field goal. A strip sack by Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley was recovered by Adrian Clayborn, and he rolled into the end zone for a touchdown.

This was far from the first exciting finish the Chargers have had this season. Early on, the games weren’t finishing in their favor. In their first three losses of the season, the Chargers held leads in the last five minutes, only to blow them all. In a Week 5 loss to the Oakland Raiders, they had a chance to tie the game with a field goal but botched the snap to clinch the three-point loss.

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DETROIT — The wheels on the Detroit Lions bus are coming off. The Minnesota Vikings have surged out front, 25, after outscoring the Lions 10 the third quarter. Minnesota drove 78 yards for a touchdown on their opening possession of the half. The Lions appeared to come up with a stop following a Jones sack, but rookie cornerback Quandre Diggs was flagged for a hold the secondary. Three plays later, quarterback Bridgewater connected with Stefon Diggs for a 36-yard touchdown after the rookie receiver burned cornerback Rashean Mathis on a double move. After the Lions went three-and-out, the Vikings struck again. Running back Peterson bounced outside for a 75-yard gain, only to be tracked down from behind by Ansah. The Lions were able to limit Minnesota to a field-goal on the drive. After Andrew Hawkins Jersey another wasted offensive series for the Lions, the Vikings are on the move again. They’ll open the final quarter up eight with a second-and-goal from the 4-yard line. LIVE: Scoring summary Vikings 25, Lions 17 : Vikings offense keeps chugging away. Walsh kicks his fourth field goal of the game, this time from 35 yards, to cap a 61-yard drive that took five plays and lasted 2. Big play was Peterson’s 75-yard run up the right sideline. Vikings 22, Lions 17 : much for the Lions’ great start. Vikings go 78 yards eight plays and 4 to score on a 36-yard pass from Bridgewater to Stefon Diggs. To say he was wide open wouldn’t adequately describe that play. Diggs was eight yards behind Rashean Mathis when he made a fantastic diving catch.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Brewer, third from left, scoops up a loose ball against Nuggets forwards Faried and Chandler as Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov backs up the play during the first quarter of basketball game, Friday, Nov. 15. Chandler made pivotal shots down the stretch for the Nuggets – and bailed him out when he made a key. Chandler scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer and three free throws late the game, and the Nuggets held off the Minnesota Timberwolves 117 Friday night for their third straight win. helped the Nuggets keep the ball away from the Timberwolves the waning seconds by rebounding Chandler’s missed free throw. I was happy when he got it. I just knew that last free throw good, Chandler said. Minnesota got within 115 on a 3-pointer by with 18 seconds remaining. Rubio then fouled Chandler with 15 seconds left. He made the first of two free throws, and swooped from outside the key to grab the rebound for the Nuggets. was fouled and Andy Lee Jersey made one of two at the line to rebuild ‘s lead to four points. The Timberwolves’ final shot the last seconds was blocked by Faried. Timberwolves coach Adelman complained that left the 3-point line, where he was positioned, before Chandler took the free throw. It makes no sense why the league allows that to happen, Adelman said. It’s the only shot basketball you can’t box out on. You can’t box him out. He’s at the 3-point line. They let him run there, there’s a wrestling match there. It’s just one of those things you have to deal with, but for all the stuff we change, we never look at that situation. Somebody lose a big game the playoffs and they’ll change something. said the Timberwolves gave him a clear shot at the rebound by failing to cut him off. We found a way to get extra possessions, said. We talk about those things practice, and blocking out on our side. They didn’t do it. They kind of had their hands on their knees and I just kind of snuck there just case. Faried added 16 points and 10 rebounds for, and Ty Lawson had 14 points and 10 assists. Lawson left with 32 seconds remaining when Brewer inadvertently hit him the right eye with his hand as he was defending the guard on a drive into the lane. The Nuggets said Lawson had a cornea abrasion and was probable for Saturday night’s game at Houston. I should be ready. It looked a lot worse than it was, said Lawson, whose eye was almost swollen shut after the game. led the Timberwolves with 28 points and, who missed Wednesday’s game against because of illness, added 27. A little bit unlucky, said. It was our defense all game. Our rotations weren’t there. We needed to help the helper, ball screen rotations, they were off all night but we were still right there at the end. We feel as if we can get a lot better with this team. It’s still mid-November and we’re going to get a lot better. Trailing by four at the half, the Nuggets opened the third with 11 run, fueled by Jordan Hamilton’s 3-pointer. They carried 86 lead into the fourth and stretched their advantage to 105 with 5 left when had a 3-pointer and Faried jammed home a successive possessions. The Timberwolves led 60 at halftime after trailing by as many as 14 points. NOTES: Timberwolves C Turiaf has missed eight games since he hurt his right elbow. There’s no timetable for his return…. The Nuggets were playing the front end of a back to back. They play at Houston on Saturday…. The Nuggets are 14 against the Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center since 2005 season.

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Menu Memphis, TN – James Harden had 32 points, including a tying layup late regulation, and the Rockets scored eight of their 13 points overtime at the foul line to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 117 on Friday night. Smith had 21 points and eight rebounds his Rockets debut after being signed earlier the day and Elias Lindholm Jersey Harden added 10 assists. It feels great to play for the Rockets, Smith said. It’s a big opportunity for me. I have newfound brothers this locker room. Harden’s layup with 15 seconds remaining regulation tied the score and came after had made two go-ahead 3-pointers for the Grizzlies. took a half-game lead over Memphis the Southwest Division, handing the Grizzlies their first four-game losing streak more than a year. Corey Brewer added 13 points for, Trevor Ariza scored 15 with 10 rebounds and Patrick had 12 points the win.

Marc Gasol scored 29 points to lead Memphis and Beno Udrih had 17 off the bench. Zach remained out for the Grizzlies while returned to score 10 points 26 minutes. Good game, exciting game, said Grizzlies coach Joerger. didn’t execute defensively well enough. ‘s first go-ahead 3 capped a 13 run that turned a 10-point Eric Staal Jersey Grizzlies deficit with 4 2 minutes left into a one-point lead with 1 remaining. After Smith’s layup at the other end gave the lead back, buried a 3 from several feet behind the line. But Harden beat Tayshaun Prince on a driving layup to tie the score with 15 ticks remaining and lost control of the ball at the other end after stepping on Harden’s foot driving through the lane.

A replay review determined the ball went out of bounds off Dwight, giving the Grizzlies the ball with 0 seconds left. Gasol got a good look off the inbounds pass, but missed off the rim from behind the foul line. then scored the first five points overtime on ‘s foul shots and Ariza’s 3 and never trailed. The Rockets announced earlier Friday that they signed Smith, who was released by the Detroit Pistons on Monday less than two years into a four-year, $54 million contract. Smith was reunited with, a close friend and former AAU teammate. He checked for the first time after picked up his second foul just 2 into the game and scored four points the first quarter, including two on a baseline dunk. But Gasol scored 11 points the quarter and Memphis led 31 going into the second. The spread remained seven at halftime, with the Grizzlies leading 57 despite Harden’s 14 points for. Gasol scored 13 points to keep the Grizzlies on top the third quarter, when shot 63 percent to pull within 81 going into the fourth. Game Notes The Grizzlies hadn’t lost four a row since a five-game slide from Dec. 11, 2013… Smith averaged 13 points for the Pistons this… The Rockets remain on the road to play San Antonio on Sunday… The Grizzlies play Miami on Saturday.

Wiltjer 2. Gonzaga – Different year, same Gonzaga? Maybe, but we’re not betting on it. This team–even more than the 2013 squad that earned a No. 1 seed and the ’06 version that was a blown lead away from a shot at the Final Four–this team has the look of a national title contender. The ‘Zags are as deep and talented as anyone the country who doesn’t play its home games at Rupp Arena. They’ve got a great player forward Wiltjer, who averages 16 points per game on 53% shooting and awesome 47% shooting from deep.. They’ve got a great point guard Pangos, who averages 11 points and 5 assists per game. And they’ve got skilled big men 7 Przemek Karnowski and freshman Domantas Sabonis, son of Basketball Hall of Famer Arvydas, who may end up being the best player on this roster a few years. And ‘t forget senior guard Jr., who has been through the wars and can get hot at any time. KEY STATS: 10th Points 6th Assists 1st Field Goal Percentage 15. North State – This isn’t your typical No. 15 seed. The Bison knocked off No. 5 Oklahoma last year’s Round of 64, and return leading scorer, a 6 senior guard who rips the nets for 18 points per game. NDSU is 12 its last 15 games and gutted out a 57 win over rival South State the Summit League championship. This team wins with defense, allowing just 61 points per game. KEY STATS: 53rd Points Allowed 60th Defensive Rebounding 247th Points per game PREDICTION: With a different matchup, this North State team could be a real threat to win a Round of 64 game. But not against the ‘Zags. They’re too big, too deep, and too good. Gonzaga moves on here, then beats Davidson and matches up with Iowa State the Sweet 16. And ‘t give us that the Zags never win the tournament junk. This team is good enough to beat anybody. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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His secret gets blown by his eight year- old . The pair appear on Mulhern’s Big ‘s Little and the former footballer, 36, is left red faced when his lad blabs. Also on the show Heartbeat and Emmerdale actress Penrose, 44, can’t hide her blushes when her , aged six, reveals she sneaks wine into hotels bags. And former rugby league star Offiah’s , aged eight, tells how his dad keeps a bowl by his bed to wee at night. The show airs tomorrow on ITV at 8pm. Related articles.

New police would Paul Richardson Jersey not confirm reports that officer who ‘stood by’ as the assault took place was under investigation A road rage attack by bikers that left a New motorist injured was witnessed by at least one undercover police officer riding with them who did not intervene and then waited three days before reporting his presence, it was claimed on Saturday. Alexian was the driver of a black Range Rover that was pursued and attacked by a number of motorcyclists last weekend, after he bumped one of them with his vehicle and then ran over another, leaving the critically injured.

The chase was captured on another Percy Harvin Jersey biker’s helmet-mounted camera. New police said on Saturday that two suspects the attack on had turned themselves , but would not confirm reports that the NYPD’s internal affairs division was investigating an officer who allegedly joined the chase but stood by as the assault took place. Anonymous law enforcement sources told the New Post, however, that the officer has been placed on limited duty and had surrendered his gun and police badge while the unit looked into his story. , who was driving with his wife and two-year-old daughter, was dragged from the vehicle and attacked, leaving him with a slashed face and other injuries. It does not appear got involved the scene.

He didn’t want to blow his cover, the source said, adding that the officer had hired a lawyer to represent him. The New Daily News reported on Saturday that at least two undercover detectives were riding with the gang. Much of the pursuit, along the Hudson Parkway Upper Manhattan, was captured by another biker’s helmet-cam, but the video cuts out shortly after the Range Rover comes to a stop with flat tyres and two riders are seen smashing the vehicle’s windows with their helmets. NYPD spokesman said on Saturday that Sims, 35, of Brooklyn, turned himself on Friday and was charged with gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon, among other offences. Reginald , 38, also of Brooklyn, also surrendered on Friday and charges were pending, the spokesman said. Christopher , 28, of Passaic, New Jersey, was charged earlier the week with reckless driving, for allegedly slowing his motorcycle front of ‘s vehicle, causing it to be bumped. The family of Mieses, the rider run over by , 33, as he sped away from a group of bikers that surrounded his car, said he remained hospital critical condition.

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Something about Progressive Field brings out the best in the Cleveland Indians, even if the place is empty enough to hear the hecklers on a lot of weekday summer nights. The Tribe finished tied with Texas for best home record in the American League this year at 53-28, even while ranking 28th in the majors in attendance. Only the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays, teams in a perpetual state of bad-ballpark limbo, fared worse at the gate.

“Yeah, you know, Rich Hill Juan Marichal Jersey was kind of the inspiration for that, I guess,” Kershaw said of his new teammate who arrived at the start of August. “I don’t know, it just looked kind of fun. I used to do that in high school. I used to pitch that way a little bit.”

But this does not seem to be about throwing back the clock. Kershaw, who faces the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, sounded as if he was interested in messing with the minds of opposing hitters. Or perhaps, messing Madison Bumgarner Jersey with their minds even more than he already does.

“I think it’s a different look,” Kershaw said after his final regular-season start at San Francisco. “Scouts are having to write it down, so it’s good.”

Porcello left pitches up in the strike zone that have been down all season. He lasted 4? innings, his shortest outing since July 29, 2015. He gave up three home runs, more than he allowed in any start since Aug. 3 at Seattle, and although they were all solo shots, the fact that they were bunched together in a four-batter span of the third inning whipped a raucous crowd into a frenzy and blunted any momentum the Red Sox could generate.

“That’s never how you want to start a playoff series off,” Porcello said after a taut 5-4 loss. “I’ll go back and look at it, kind of recap what happened and what the situations were and why that happened and come up with a better game plan.”

It wasn’t supposed to go like this. Porcello, in the midst of a dream season in which he went 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA and took the lead in the race for the AL Cy Young Award, was supposed to carve up the Indians’ lineup. In every way possible, his matchup with Cleveland’s default Game 1 starter Trevor Bauer should have been a mismatch.

But Bauer actually recorded one more out than Porcello. And because the Indians carried a 5-3 lead through five innings, they were able to unleash their greatest strength: a shutdown bullpen. Between them, high-leverage specialist Andrew Miller and closer Cody Allen threw 80 pitches (40 apiece) and recorded 11 outs.

This whole thing could have been easier if only the Red Sox hadn’t lost six of their past seven games and squandered home-field advantage in the division series. They responded by drawing confidence from how well they played on the road after the All-Star break, when they pulled away from the pack to win the AL East.

But the littlest things can turn a short series. The team that wins Game 1 has gone on to win 84 of 120 best-of-5 series in baseball history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. So, it helps to play in front of a friendly crowd in a ballpark as friendly as Fenway, where Porcello went 13-1 in 16 starts.

Still, everything was lined up for the Red Sox to take Game 1, beginning with their starter.

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