Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia sex assault allegations: What we know

On Wednesday night, it was discovered that Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia and his friend and former college teammate, Greg Dietich, were indicted, but never prosecuted, for assaulting a college student during a 1996 trip to South Padre Island. 

In 2015, Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler, the No. 3 overall pick, suffered a torn ACL during rookie minicamp after signing a rookie participation agreement but not a contract. Four days later, the Jaguars signed Fowler the same fully guaranteed contract he otherwise would have received.

Fowler’s subsequent first two seasons after recovery have been a major disappointment in terms of production, and the team did not exercise his fifth-year option earlier this month.

One of the factors at play in rookie minicamp is the deceivingly high level of intensity, which is not always the case in veteran minicamps.

Warner later tweeted, I simply mentioned that I had thrown a text to a coaching friend — saying I think I could give him one more year if he needed me! This was not ‘I’m dead set on making a comeback’ just friends having a [conversation]!!

Fair enough and Warner expressed similar sentiments on Monday when pressed on if he would really consider a comeback at the age of 38.

In my limited interactions with Witten, he was always gracious and accommodating, even if the Cowboys had just lost or were in the midst of one of their numerous controversies.

In an era shared with Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Rob Gronkowski, Witten was never the game’s best tight end, but he was probably the toughest. A broken jaw suffered in his rookie season cost him the only game of his 15-year career. His signature play occurred in 2007, when he rumbled for most of a 53-yard reception in Philadelphia without his helmet, which was knocked off during the course of the play, before being tackled.
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Why NFL coaches keep fighting in-game video access

This is a story about traditionalists fighting back against technology. And winning!

For much of this decade, the NFL has pushed for video access on sidelines during games. It seemed logical. Coaches and players spend hours every week studying video. They still call it film or tape, of course. By any name, it is an essential part of reviewing the previous game and preparing for the next. Why not have it available in real time, to help with in-game adjustments or on-the-fly matchup evaluations

And so he takes the mound as a curiosity. He’s a 23-year-old trying to tackle two full-time jobs in a new country with a different baseball culture and a tendency to dismiss first and assess later. It would have been fascinating enough without the bad spring, but it’s worth remembering he couldn’t hit in spring training. On the first pitch of his first at-bat Thursday afternoon, with his parents in the stands and his heart rate up, he pulled a semi-sharp single into right field. It wasn’t epic by any means, but it was a start. Now comes another one.

The Phillies (1-2) play their first two series on the road, though Monday’s game at the Mets has been postponed due to snow.

Philadelphia will play its home opener against the Miami Marlins.

[Continuity] builds up trust, Roberts said. You start to learn what guys can and can’t do. In spring training, I can trust that the players and coaches know what they have to do to get ready for a major league season. And in the day-to-day practices of the regular season, guys know the strengths and weaknesses of the other teams. The continuity that we’ve had here the last couple of years is really instrumental.

Another thing that characterizes the Dodgers is the unique makeup of the clubhouse. From the irrepressible Yasiel Puig from Cuba, to so-everyman-he’s-kind-of-fascinating Midwesterner Rich Hill, the Dodgers have personalities of all types and from all corners of the globe. Eight different nations are represented in the L.A. clubhouse, the most in baseball.patriots_143

The Patriots have embraced the identity of a power-rushing team.

Their No. 10 ground attack against the Jaguars’ No. 21 run defense is the key to opening up everything else in the offense. Even though Rex Burkhead is expected to return, Dion Lewis should keep dominating touches. Because of Lewis’ much-improved work between the tackles and still-dynamic ability as an outlet receiver in open field, he keeps the Patriots at their most unpredictable and versatile.

The Jaguars have been much better in stopping the run since they acquired tackle Marcell Dareus at midseason. He’ll be in there for base 4-3 sets. If the Patriots go two-back with fullback James Develin as a lead blocker for Lewis, it will help, but that would also limit the number of receiving options.

Expect New England to be patient about establishing power, because Brady will need it to keep the “Sacksonville” pass rush at bay early and wear it down late. Balance is critical for Brady to hit on any big pass plays.

The Christian Hackenberg experiment continues to go poorly. Hackenberg started for the Jets against the Lions, with the hope being that he could manage to start and put some throws together, maybe put a little heat on Josh McCown, maybe give Jets fans some hope.
is fault, and that’s why Hackenberg is being pulled from the game at the break.

Todd Bowles told CBS Hackenberg is done for the night. On Hack’s performance: “We’re not giving him a chance. We have to block for him.”

The Packers are going to want to let Bennett, who is a strong run blocker as well, diversify their formations. But they’re also going to want to use him as a short-yardage red-zone weapon. Good luck covering him with a linebacker like that.

“They don’t have to do it here in front of the flag,” Rose said. “It’s just the wrong place to do it. .?.?. There’s five people in our section in my row that we have tickets together, my family. Two of them didn’t come today. And the tickets are going to waste. They didn’t want somebody else to have it. They wanted that seat to be empty. I respect that.”
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Miller’s assist extended his points streak to five games. …

A career-long backup until then, Hoyer had played well to start that season. The following year, the Browns drafted Johnny Manziel; Hoyer held him off until December, when they lost two straight after reaching 7-4 in his comeback season. Hoyer is now on his fourth team since then, including Houston, where he hit his low point when he threw four interceptions in a shutout playoff loss to the Chiefs in the 2015 season.

Rangers C Mika Zibanejad missed his fifth consecutive game due to a concussion and has skated on his own three of the previous four days. However, he has not been cleared for practice yet. … New York scratched D Steven Kampfer. … The Rangers are 14-5-3 over the last 22 games against the Devils, dating back to March 19, 2013. … It was the 10th time the Rangers’ Kevin Hayes and the Devils’ Jimmy Hayes played against each in the NHL. Kevin Hayes has won eight of the 10 meetings against his brother. … Devils scratched D Dalton Prout, D Steven Santini and F Drew Stafford.

“I don’t have anything to say about any of the appeal or anything about that issue, today,” Jones said via the team’s website. “But certainly I’ll be visiting with you guys about it in the future. Right now, today, is just not the time for me to talk about it.”

Marcus Mariota suffered a knee injury on the second drive of the game of the Tennessee Titans’ 12-7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The injury limited his mobility but he was able to finish the game.

It was another rough note in a rocky third season for Mariota. After the game, Mariota said he was fine and did not have a visible limp or wrapping on his knee.

Mariota finished the day 16-of-31 for 159 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. He has a career-high 14 interceptions this season.ny_rangers_043

Wildfires cause Rams to make contingency practice plans

The Rams expect to practice Thursday at their Thousand Oaks, Calif., facility but are making contingency plans if wildfires in the Los Angeles area severely affect air quality as they prepare for a crucial NFC game Sunday against the Eagles at the L.A. Coliseum, the Los Angeles Times reported.

McVay said that if fires spread and affect air quality at USC, too, then the Rams would look for another practice facility. Still, he said he wasn’t concerned that a break in routine, if necessary, would affect preparation for the NFC-leading Eagles, pointing out that his players successfully handled a trip to London to play the Jaguars.

“They just kind of adjust and adapt, and I think we’ve become a more mature team as the season has progressed,” he said.

The Rams (9-3) face the Eagles (10-2) at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday with homefield advantage through the NFC playoffs possibly at stake.

Time.com noted that, “The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was unable to find an NFL suitor this year after launching a national protest against racism and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. Yet the protest grew this year, as hundreds of NFL players kneeled during the anthem in the wake of criticism from President Trump.”

The magazine chose an ecelectic group of finalists for the honor, awarded annually by Time since 1927. There are controversial politicians (President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un), Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller, and an entire social trend (The #MeToo movement).
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He would have likely signed a deal in excess of nine figures had he waited until his 25th birthday.

“You look at the hand motions, the mouthing off. бн Listen, he’s not Johnny Manziel, but that failure (of Manziel in the NFL) will make you caution this,” the GM told Sporting News, speaking on the condition of anonymity. (NFL GMs are not allowed to comment publicly on current college players.) “There aren’t as many red flags there (as there were with Manziel), but (Mayfield) is not showing what you want from a quarterback in the NFL, someone you theoretically build your franchise around. Things like this past Saturday, yeah, it’s going to hurt him come the draft.”

Jones’ intransigence, which has included the threat of a lawsuit against owners and the league, is seen as his response to Goodell suspending Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Jones has been adamant that Elliott did not deserve a ban. Elliott dropped his appeal Wednesday and will begin serving the suspension in Week 12.

The Pittsburgh Pirates ($2.27 million), Miami Marlins ($1.74 million) and Seattle Mariners ($1.57 million) are the only other clubs with available bonus pools of more than $1 million.

Under the terms of the new system, the Fighters will receive a $20 million payment for posting Ohtani, even though his signing bonus will fall well short of that amount.

Ohtani, who underwent surgery on his right ankle in October, is 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in five seasons with the Fighters. He has a .286/.358/.500 slash line with 48 homers and 166 RBIs over 403 games during that span.

But he has consistently expressed a desire to test himself against top competition regardless of the financial ramifications.
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NFL Week 10 Best Bets: Zeke’s absence won’t matter, Juju to get behind the wheel

It may look like there is not much in the way of intrigue on the Week 10 NFL schedule.

But there are still a number of matchups with playoff implications on Sunday’s slate, which will provide some evidence as to whether the Cowboys can stay in the hunt without Ezekiel Elliott.

The Jaguars haven’t adopted the hashtag Sacksonville for nothing. Jacksonville leads the league with 35 sacks this year. Behind them are the Panthers, Cowboys and the team they play on Sunday — the Chargers, who have 26. Philip Rivers and Blake Bortles figure to be hitting the turf a lot this weekend.

After his record-breaking touchdown against the Lions, Steelers wideout Juju Smith-Schuster celebrated by wrapping a chain around a bike on the sideline having seen his stolen earlier that week. Now a fully licensed driver, would it really be a shock to see Smith-Schuster break out a driving-themed celebration should he get in the end zone against the Colts?

Of course, the Texans went another route, signing, then releasing Matt McGloin, then signing Josh Johnson.

Geragos told the “Reasonable Doubt” podcast this week that he thinks that makes Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL even stronger.

“I have to say I just thought it was a no-brainer that somebody would do the right thing and sign him and the fact that they haven’t, thank you very much,” Geragos said on the podcast (h/t to ProFootballTalk). “They’ve just made the case even stronger.”

Recall earlier in the week that Texans coach Bill O’Brien noted the team had considered Kaepernick, but seemed to dismiss the notion of signing him by saying he’s “a good football player, hasn’t played football in a while.” Then the team signed Johnson, who hasn’t thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2011

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