Jones apologized and said the man in the video is “not who I am.”

Hours later, a video from 2013 surfaced that showed Jones making a racially insensitive remark, joking about an engaged man being in the company of a “black girl.” According to The Blast, which released the video, the engaged man was white and asked Jones if the Cowboys owner would tape a message to the man’s fiancée. Jones apologized and said the man in the video is “not who I am.”

With Hurricane Irma ravaging the Southeast in Week 1, opening week ratings for “Countdown” dropped 33 percent. The show has gained back ground but remains in a big hole. Many fans still seem turned off by NFL player protests during the national anthem as well as the apparent blackballing of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. President Donald Trump also has urged his followers to boycott the NFL until the league forces players to stand during the anthem.

The punishments were ultimately restored upon NFL appeals to higher courts, which loathe getting involved with labor disputes unless a determination of extreme bias toward an employee by management/ownership is too great to ignore.

Elliott stopped his legal fight last week and must now sit for the next four games as the Cowboys (5-4) fight to stay in the playoff race.

Goodell successfully insisted upon keeping his “judge-juror-jailer” juice during CBA negotiations with the NFL Players Association in 2011. Jones, though, could potentially lean on a new commissioner to lessen such omnipotent jurisdiction and tweak Article 46 in exchange for an NFLPA concession during the next labor negotiations. The current CBA expires after the 2020 season.

New England cruised to a 33-8 win over the Raiders in Mexico while the Vikings pulled away from the Rams for a 24-7 victory in a matchup of 7-2 teams at U.S. Bank Stadium. jets_029

Cowboys’ young defense needs to keep balling out to save season

The Cowboys’ biggest concern going into the 2017 season was whether they had enough defense to go as far as their offense wanted to take them.

It was the first game in World Series history with three three-run homers (two by Astros, one by Dodgers).

The Astros became the first team in postseason history with three game-tying home runs in a game.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch echoed Bregman’s Game 2 comparison.

The teams meet Saturday at South Bend, Ind., both coming off impressive victories.

While TCU struggled on offense against the Cyclones, especially in the red zone in the second half, it played well enough on defense to beat any of the opponents on the four-game final stretch of the regular season.

That stretch begins Saturday when the Horned Frogs (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) host Texas (4-4, 3-2) at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.

An appearance in the Big 12 title game is still in the offing for TCU, which would be a big step up for a team that was 6-7 in 2016 and picked in the preseason to finish fifth in the league.

Entering play on Saturday, TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Iowa State are tied atop the Big 12 standings. It’s a sprint to the finish, and the first two to the tape get to go to the Big 12 championship game in Arlington, Texas.
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Javad gave a non-denial denial when asked specifically if he was offered a job out of town.

“I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions. I want to apologize to the organization and my sole focus is on getting the help that I need with the support of my family and medical professionals.”

“I think again the important aspect of it is us having a unified effort. We don’t want to be divided anymore. We don’t want to continue with this divisive rhetoric, we don’t want to engage with this divisive rhetoric. We want to start showing our players, the NFL itself, the NFL community that we can be collectively united to seek the changes that we want to see, which are beneficial to the entirety of society. So I thought it was important that we didn’t do this as individuals but we did it as a collective group.”

I’m not at liberty to say anything further than what I’ve told you, he wrote.

Goodell and Smith were in the same room for hours Tuesday, the commissioner having conveyed a sufficiently open league mind on the topic du jour and Smith having positioned his union as a consolidating force for getting and holding the attention of the league and its owners in a way players might find productive. It was more than symbolic, one source said, that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was not among the 11 owners in attendance at the midtown morning meeting, as his recent comments on the issue of anthem demonstrations have been viewed by people on both sides as raising the noise level and making it harder to do the actual work at hand.

The best outcome, a source familiar with the content of the meeting said, would be to give players a reason NOT to kneel.steelers_034

Unsigned K Josh Brown suspended six more games by NFL

Unsigned former Giants kicker Josh Brown has been suspended an additional six games for domestic violence accusations, the NFL announced Friday afternoon.

Brown served a one-game suspension to begin the 2016 season after reports surfaced of the May 2015 incident involving his then-wife. He ultimately was released by the Giants last October after documents related to the case were made public. Brown consistently described the incident as “a moment” but also eventually admitted to physically, verbally and emotionally abusing Molly Brown, who has since divorced him.

Owens’ dance partner will be Cheryl Burke, who recently announced she would be returning to the show this season after taking a hiatus last season.

“If I can handle Bill Parcells then I can handle Cheryl,” Owens said of his former coach with the Cowboys. “But it’s going to be challenge. Yesterday we got our first start at trying to learn some steps, so that’s the challenge.”

Owens spent 15 years in the NFL before last playing with the Bengals in 2010. He was signed to the Seahawks practice squad in 2012, but was released that same year.

It’s unclear if Owens will incorporate any of his famous touchdown dances into his routines.

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Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell shocks Steve Harvey with answer on ‘Family Feud’

This certainly wasn’t the answer Steve Harvey was expecting.

While appearing on an NFL-themed episode of Family Feud this week, Le’Veon Bell was asked the following question: “We asked 100 married men. You’re home alone. The doorbell rings. It’s a naked lady. What do you do?”

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back immediately told Harvey he would, “get her number.”

The answer gave everyone a good laugh, including Harvey, who teased Bell before revealing that “get her number” was not on the board.

Holiday is now being paid as a borderline top-10 level point guard, though, and it’s hard to say he’s hit that mark yet in his current city. But as one of the youngest unrestricted free agents in this class, it’s possible there’s still more upside than meets the eye as he grows with this core. With his ability to not only play off the ball on offense due to his shooting ability, but also on the ball in the pick-and-roll, he’s a good player to have surrounding Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

His wide range of skills makes him a compatible fit in any scenario if the team has to change course next summer when Cousins becomes a free agent. That makes him an easily tradeable piece if necessary.

Simply put, Holiday had the Pelicans over a barrel. If they lost him, they weren’t going to have the resources to go out and acquire another guard at his level. This was about as good a deal as the Pelicans could have hoped for going into the process, even at the cost it took.
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Richardson wasn’t the only one to comment on the Jets’ leadership and locker room Tuesday

This one is awesome. He bobbles the snap, has to look down to pick the ball up, and throws a strike with a man putting him off balance.

A tight split by the receiver to the bottom of the screen means space to work back to the sideline after the play-action fake. The corner, No. 23, is in a zone turn, meaning he’s facing inside and to the QB, so he’s going to have a tough time covering that route. He has to either roll over the top and lose track of the receiver or hit the brakes and swing open his right leg to drive on the route. Either way it’s tough, and this route is almost designed to get open vs. this cornerback technique. Rosen also puts it in a great spot.

This one shows more of an off balance throw on the run, because Rosen realizes he’s being chased from the backside. He’s a little high, but it’s still a really good throw.

“From that moment, all I saw was this guy is committed to being a better person and a better teammate,” Marshall told reporters about Richardson’s behavior after serving his latest suspension. “He has been getting better every single day. Has it been perfect? No. But he’s light years from where he was last year. I commend him for that.”

Richardson wasn’t the only one to comment on the Jets’ leadership and locker room Tuesday. Former quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick discussed his displeasure with the way the team handled its passers last fall.

#Bucs backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on losing his job with Jets: “it’s a game of musical chairs and they pulled the chair out from under me.”
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St. Jude patient Kate Foster to announce the Chicago Bears Round 2 pick

During last years draft, the Cleveland Browns selected St. Jude patient and cancer survivor Shon Coleman with the No. 76 overall pick. A year later, the NFL is giving another St. Jude patient the chance to walk across the draft stage. Gymnast and Illinois native Kate Foster will be announcing the second-round selection (No. 36 overall) for her favorite team, the Chicago Bears, during the 2017 NFL Draft.

Foster had been a competitive gymnast since she was 8 years old and didnt let her cancer diagnosis in 2010 keep her from what she loved. After undergoing the initial treatments for acute myeloid leukemia, which included chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, she ended up losing her left leg due to complications.
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The Browns felt they needed to make an upgrade at the tight end position, so they decided to trade back into the first round to select Njoku with the No. 29 pick. He is one of the best prospects in this years draft class and a solid pass-catching tight end.

Releasing Barnidge doesnt affect the Browns much because Njoku can come in and handle the pass-catching responsibilities Barnidge once held. The 31-year-old tight end was a Pro Bowler in 2015 when he caught 79 catches for 1,043 yards, but his production dipped last year.

Limited Womens Nick Foles Jersey Barnidge can still be a productive player for whatever team signs him next. He racked up 55 receptions for 612 yards and two touchdowns in 2016 with the Browns rotating cast of quarterbacks. Hes also a good blocking tight end.

In eight seasons, Barnidge caught 178 passes for 2,258 yards and 14 touchdowns. If youre a team looking for a reliable target, you must sign him.

Roddy White is 34. His knees are starting to give him more trouble

Impressive metrics. It’s easy to see why some fantasy and draft writers are still in his corner.

Roddy White is 34. His knees are starting to give him more trouble. He needed one knee drained prior to minicamp, and he said there’s a possibility that it’ll need to be drained again during the season. Read his comments about the situation and tell me you don’t come away at least mildly concerned.

Surely you recall Julio Jones’ injury issues as well. I’m not promoting any sense of the “injury prone” notion, but I’m telling you Hankerson could explode if either White or Jones misses time.

Matt Ryan attempted 628 passes in 2014, second most in the NFL. The Falcons offense has proven itself capable of producing two players in the WR1 to WR2 range. Hankerson does not cost you anything at this point. Keep him on your radar in all formats.

He returned for the last four games of the season, but the results were mixed. He started three of of those contests, and the Raiders handed it off to him more than 20 times in two of them. He only averaged more than 3.7 yards per carry once during that time span, however. If you didn’t actually watch the games, you might figure he was just a one-hit wonder who caught the Chiefs slipping. I would beg to differ.

Murray was still playing well and still flashed. It just wasn’t quite as flashy as what he did in the Chiefs game. I think Murray’s impressive combination of size (6’3 and 230 pounds) and freakish athleticism will allow him to take over as the undisputed starting running back for the Raiders this year.

Can you imagine trying to tackle a dude that big who clocked a sub-4.4 40-yard dash at his pro day? Hey man, good luck with that. Add in the fact that the Raiders’ offensive line should build off their play last year and be a solid unit, and Oakland may actually be able to grind the shit out of people with its ground game this year. Don’t forget that new head coach Jack Del Rio is an old-school guy who loves to run the ball. I think the sky is the limit for Murray.

Packers vs. Lions live stream: How to watch ‘Sunday Night Football’ online

The final game of the regular season is one of the most important yet. The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions meet up with the NFC North title on the line, in the season finale of Sunday Night Football. As always, the game is on NBC and can be streamed online at NBC Sports Live.

This is ostensibly a “win or go home” game, but the Lions and Packers will both be watching Washington closely earlier in the day. Washington (8-6-1) controls its playoff destiny and will clinch the No. 6 seed if it beats the New York Giants, meaning that the loser of this game is sitting at home next week.

However, if Washington loses, then both NFC North teams are in the playoffs and this game will just determine seeding. There’s also a wacky scenario where the Lions and Packers tie, and both get in regardless of what Washington does, which would certainly be a unique outcome.

But that doesn’t mean that Sunday Night Football no longer bears consequences for the two teams. The winner will be the NFC North champion and host of a playoff game, while the loser will land the No. 6 seed.

Green Bay earned a spot in the playoffs thanks to a timely winning streak that came after a 4-6 start. Following a fourth consecutive loss, Aaron Rodgers told reporters that he thought the Packers could finish the season without any more losses.

“I feel like we can run the table, I really do,” Rodgers said, via ESPN. “The offense is starting to click a little bit more; we’ve just got to put together a game where we’re more consistent from the first snap to the last. We’ve been, I think, getting closer to that. We’ve really been clicking, at times, in the last few games.”

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I wasn’t surprised. I find that sometimes, that’s the role I play in people’s lives. They like the advice. They like the column or the podcast or the Sunday show. But sometimes they just want someone to talk to — someone who understands what they are going through. And so, from Sunday night through Tuesday, my inbox exploded, my phone lit up, my Twitter was going nuts.
“My heart hurts.”

If I am being honest, I had some of the same sort of feelings. Been a rough month for me, both personally and professionally, with a variety of things going on in my life. So I understood and appreciated as the messages rolled in.

They were all different, yet they were basically all the same; talking about their pain, their hurt, their disappointment.

They were all the same … except one.

Brian Kenny’s note was different.

LeGarrette Blount, Patriots: You know that old adage that you can’t trust New England running backs? Well, with at least 18 carries in six of his past seven games, it would certainly appear you can trust Blount. As we’ve said all year, you can run on Denver, as the Broncos have allowed at least 110 rushing yards in five of the past seven.

On the road in Denver, it’s always dangerous to try to predict what the Patriots will do, but for the majority of the season, they have given Blount lots of run. He has 10 games with at least 18 carries and has 13 touchdowns in those games. The Broncos are 27th against the run but first against the pass the past four weeks, so yeah, Blount is a RB1 for me this week, even in a tough road game.