Ducks fly together, and so do the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. On Tuesday, the Wings announced one of many themed nights scheduled for their upcoming season, and jerseys from Disney’s famous hockey movie that spawned an actual NHL team are one of them.
These jerseys, nearly identical to the movie jersey with a replica of their mascot, Slappy, instead of the famous duck, will be worn on Dec. 22 against the Toledo Walleye.
Coach Jack Del Rio typically keeps to his policy of not commenting on injuries and the Raiders are not required to file an injury report with the league until Wednesday.
— Quarterback Derek Carr had his jersey No. 4 retired Saturday night at halftime of Fresno State’s 66-0 home win win over Incarnate Word.
“I can’t tell you how much this means to me,” Carr said during a halftime ceremony. “I dreamed of this moment as a little boy, and now it’s finally happened.”
Carr holds 27 school passing records as well as 21 record in the Mountain West Conference.
But, he said, he was “very logical about it all.” Even with his rather limited knowledge of NFL football, he knew punters were drafted rarely, and that the entire league might have four or five job openings a year. He prepared himself for a handful of workouts and perhaps a few tryouts. There was no major draft party.
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Lanny McDonald Limited Jersey Marrone was so discouraged after the Bucs game that he declared the first-string spot open. As of Tuesday morning, Marrone hadn’t publicly named a starter against Carolina or how snaps between Henne and Borthes would be split. The Jaguars are sensitive enough about the topic that Bortles and Henne were made off-limits to the media heading into the game.
Henne could find himself playing again in the regular season for the first time since he was benched for Bortles. But while his misfires this preseason aren’t nearly as egregious, Henne has not done anything dynamic enough to convince Jags management that sticking with Bortles through his struggles and hoping he works through them isn’t their best option.
Kansas City traded Nick Foles to Philadelphia and now is looking at Tyler Bray behind Alex Smith on the depth chart. It would be weird to see Smith and Kaepernick reunited with re-reversed roles away from the Niners, but that’s why it also makes some sense.
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From the top, there are many teams that don’t need Kaepernick because they already have good money invested in a top-flight starters and viable No. 2 options. Then there are those owners who don’t want Kaepernick representing their organizations, period. Then there are those franchises in big markets that don’t want the media attention, and others in smaller markets that don’t want to rattle a fan base with Kaepernick’s political leanings.
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Burfict will appeal the suspension, according to the report. The hearing is scheduled for next week, and Burfict will lose $882,353 in base salary should the NFL uphold the suspension.
Bengals’ LB Vontaze Burfict is appealing his five-game suspension, per sources. Hearing will be next week.
Wick had relocated with the team, leaving his longtime San Diego home to move to Mission Viejo in mid-July. The Chargers began training camp on July 30 and wrapped up camp on Wednesday.
A San Diego native, Wick had been the team’s equipment manager since 2000 and was named the NFL’s equipment manager of the year in 2009.
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News of his dismissal was not well-received by media members and former players.
It was a bit of a surprise how much loathing there is out there for Watt, but it is out there. There was a headline from Pro Football Talk: J.J. Watt has a logo now, because that guy could use some attention. On an episode of Dan Le Batard’s ESPN radio show, co-host Stugotz suggested Watt is a phony and a fraud for tweeting during NBA games that he’d prefer to spending his time working to improve himself as an athlete to the level of Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry as opposed to sitting and watching them play hoops. J.J. Watt will take any opportunity to make a story about himself, Stugotz said. Get over yourself, man. Then there was the occasion when Watt posted a text from his brother, T.J., about how 3 of the past 4 years you have been THE most dominant defensive player in the world! Like, who does that? You want to see my employee evaluation file from 2016? No, of course you don’t.
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Right now, although Hayward and the Celtics have agreed to a four-year max deal worth $128 million, Boston can’t sign him outright. Even after renouncing their free agents (they’ve done that) and trading away some smaller, more expendable pieces, it seems like they must part with one key bench player. It sounds like that will be Jae Crowder, per ESPN, but Marcus Smart or Avery Bradley could still be in play. Only then will the Celtics have the cap space to ink Hayward to the deal they’ve agreed upon.
Reid made headlines last season when he knelt with then-teammate Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem in protest of perceived racial oppression in this country, but he said in April he would stand this season since the protest’s goal of creating a national dialogue had been accomplished.
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Limited Mens Chris Godwin Jersey Reid stuck by his decision to stand during the national anthem this season in the wake of the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va. earlier in August. But after talking with Kaepernick, Reid decided to reverse his course in hopes of seeing change.
Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush continued his excellent preseason by going 8 for 9 for 92 yards and two touchdowns, including a 19-yard third-quarter touchdown to fellow rookie Noah Brown, a seventh-round pick from Ohio State. Rush’s second TD went to undrafted rookie Lance Lenoir, who caught four passes for 51 yards on the night.
Packers running back Jamaal Williams, a fourth-round pick from BYU, had just 12 yards on seven carries, but fellow rookie running back Aaron Jones fared much better in Green Bay’s win. The fifth-round pick from UTEP ran for 14 yards on three carries and had four catches for 11 yards and a second-quarter touchdown reception from Hundley.
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June Jones is a head coach once again.
The well-traveled Jones will take charge of the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the team announced Thursday. He was appointed to the position by the man he replaces, Kent Austin, who also serves as the team’s vice president of football operations.
Bortles, who the Jaguars selected with the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, struggled during training camp and through his first two preseason games this year. Marrone said about a week ago that Bortles would have to compete with Chad Henne for the starting job.
Henne got the starting nod Thursday night against the Panthers, and the third preseason game of the year is generally thought of as the “dress rehearsal” for the season. Henne’s outing was unimpressive — in five series in the first half, he went 8 of 14 for 73 yards.
Over seven series in the second half, Bortles went 12 of 16 for 125 yards and one touchdown.
Bortles had something of a breakout season in 2015, but came crashing back to earth last year. He’s started 45 regular-season games in a row for Jacksonville.
While Bortles gets the call for Week 1, nobody will be shocked if he’s pulled in short order. Marrone obviously isn’t enthralled with him as his starter.
Dallas assumed Crawford would turn into an elite pass rusher when it rushed into this contract, which looks to have been a mistake. Crawford at signing tracked with a group of players earning around $5 million a season, and that’s where he still is. He needs to be more productive to make up the large gap between his salary and productivity.
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We have another two-part podcast for you on the two biggest offseason stories in the NBA.
First: Paul George leaves Indiana and is traded to Oklahoma City. How are Pacers fans feeling about the breakup? We chatted with SBNation.com’s Whitney Medworth and Indy Cornrows writer Caitlin Cooper about George’s reputation locally and the meager return Kevin Pritchard received for him.
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Mikkel Boedker Limited Jersey You can follow Whitney on Twitter at @its_whitney and Caitlin at @C2_Cooper. They also have some … ahem … interesting peanut butter opinions.
Then, we dialed up Friend Of The Pod Michael Pina of Vice Sports to take a deeper look at the Celtics’ coup of landing Gordon Hayward. How much better does this make Boston? Who has to go to create salary-cap space to get Hayward his max contract? Does this vindicate Danny Ainge?
Dirk isn’t leaving Dallas — the belief is that he will sign a new two-year deal with the Mavericks to finish out his contract. He’s still a strong supplemental scorer and a locker room legend. Thank goodness the Mavericks won’t let some team Ewing On The Sonics or Hakeem On The Raptors him.
Wyoming’s finest was a revelation for the Heat as he remade his body and found scoring and playmaking touch that hadn’t been evident in his previous NBA stops. Defense is Johnson’s bread and butter, but he can shoot and slash too and he’s one of the better big man passers available this summer. Miami appears to be aiming toward a more star-level forward with eyes on Hayward and Griffin; that could lead another team to poaching Johnson early in free agency. If not, the Heat will be glad to give him a salary boost to stick around.
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The Los Angeles Clippers and head coach Doc Rivers mutually agreed to let Rivers step down from his front office duties with the organization, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Rivers is still the head coach, and Lawrence Frank is now in charge of basketball operations.
Rivers was the Clippers president of basketball operations and head coach since 2013. Even though he will not work in the front office any longer, Wojnarowski reported that Rivers will still have a strong voice in team and organizational decisions.
The Clippers promoted Frank, a former head coach with the Nets and Detroit Pistons, a year ago to handle day-to-day operations in the front office. Rivers and Frank will now have to report to owner Steve Ballmer.
I’m not sure a rookie class picture will ever top this group of legends gathering in front of a brick wall looking like they’re about to play the meanest game of pickup ever.
Authentic Lawrence Taylor Jersey That’s Kobe Bryant with the ball, and Stephon Marbury with his arms folded. Marcus Camby is towering over Marbury to his left, and crouching below is Ray Allen. Antoine Walker is on the outer right, Kerry Kittles is below Steve Nash, Shareef Abdur-Rahim is to Kobe’s right, and John Wallace, Jermaine O’Neal and Walter McCarty round out the featured members of the ’96 draft class.
They have several stars in the primes of their careers, and have been one of the Western Conference’s best teams for a while. But they’ve never gotten to the Finals, and with the Warriors and Spurs still the class of the league, it’s honestly hard to imagine them getting there. They’re probably not going to get past their historically brilliant counterparts by continuing to bank on retreads and guys Rivers once saw have a good game.
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After a two-month stretch where Kristaps Porzingis wanted absolutely nothing to do with the New York Knicks, the franchise centerpiece told NBA.com’s Shaun Powell he wants to come back, win games, and focus on a place he calls home.
Authentic Mens Graham Knott Jersey So far it’s been tough in New York, but my journey is only beginning and I hope to stay there my whole career, so as a city we can have some fun and win some games and do something big, he said in Johannesburg, South Africa during his prep for the NBA’s Africa Game on Sunday.
Porzingis’ commitment to the Knicks seemed to waver after Phil Jackson’s exit tour included ushering a frustrating midseason shift to the Triangle Offense, publicly bashing Carmelo Anthony, and eventually fielding trade calls on the 7’3 Latvian shooter. Porzingis even skipped out on his end-of-the-year exit interview with Jackson and spent much of the summer overseas, reportedly ignoring Knicks officials’ attempts to get in contact with him.
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There’s a perfect storm of circumstances brewing between Boston’s current place in the NBA hierarchy, its absurd treasure trove of assets, the Cavaliers’ dysfunction, and the threat of James bolting for nothing next summer.
It’s compelling stuff just in seeing what’s NOT there in the data, and suggests that player’s overall performance doesn’t necessarily improve in a contract year. I want to keep reading on this topic to look for more definitive stuff, as I’ve always thought the contract year a very real occurrence.
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Mike Glennon is penciled in as the Bears’ starter this season — rookie Mitchell Trubisky even said so after the Bears’ 24-17 loss to the Broncos on Thursday, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. But 2017’s No. 2 pick made a strong case on Thursday for head coach John Fox to keep his options open.
Now he’ll miss the entire 2017 season. With Week 1 looming, the Dolphins had an urgent decision to make at the quarterback position. They answered that question by signing Jay Cutler to a one-year, $10 million deal even before a decision had been made about surgery for Tannehill.
Tannehill finished the 2016 season with 2,995 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions and led the Dolphins to an 8-5 record in his 13 starts.
The Broncos are going to need to find a way to get their players reps while also keeping them healthy. The team has been plagued by injuries this offseason, and just weeks away from the start of the regular season is no time to lose your most valuable guys. Just in the week leading up to this contest, two DEs were carted off the field, Jared Crick (back) and Derek Wolfe (ankle), and rookie WR Carlos Henderson will undergo thumb surgery.
With a new head coach in Kyle Shanahan and a new starting QB in Brian Hoyer, the Niners’ offense has been a bit of a question mark heading into the season. The team’s veteran running backs Tim Hightower and Carlos Hyde are leading the rush game, and bringing some of the young guys up to par.
Far back on the depth chart is undrafted free agent Matt Breida. The rookie led the way in his first NFL preseason game, with the most forced missed tackles (6) on rush attempts in Week 1, per Pro Football Focus. Breida has earned additional reps with the ones and twos as he becomes a bit more battle-tested.
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On the final day of Raiders training camp, Marshawn Lynch stepped behind the podium to speak to the media for just the second time since joining the team last April.
The timing of his media appearance is just days after he stirred up some controversy by sitting down during the playing of the National Anthem prior to the team’s preseason opener in Arizona. So, naturally, the question was going to come up to see if he would have anything to say about it. And, as you might expect, Marshawn juked a couple of questions about it.
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He’s on a backside cutoff block. He’s supposed to block the linebacker, but the 49ers defensive lineman is moving with their pressure. Mitch ends up on the nose tackle. Most tackles would try to gain position by swinging their hips around. Not Mitch. His hand placement is impeccable, and he’s running his feet. Notice where he resets his hips just a bit and runs the defender through the whistle for the first disrespectful block of the 2017 NFL season.
Earlier in August, I wrote about Lacy’s potential fit in Seattle, mostly under the belief that his top-tier talent was still there if he could avoid injuries and stay in shape. Obviously we shouldn’t read too much into preseason performances, but the Lacy we’re seeing right now just isn’t good enough, and a far cry from the player I thought would show up.
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Next week is the third preseason game, the unofficial dress rehearsal for most teams. It’s going to be a real make-or-break moment for Lacy, because the Seahawks have too many moving parts and roles to figure out in their backfield. They can’t be wasting time on Lacy if he doesn’t have much to offer anymore.