How the Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees injuries will shake up the NFL

The injuries to the Steelers and Saints franchise quarterbacks have dramatically transformed the AFC and NFC playoff pictures When Jon Gruden was still an ESPN broadcaster and not a sentient meme, he would attend team practices across the league. He did so with the sole focus of studying how different teams prepared and developed their quarterbacks. Before a Colts Monday night game, Gruden was struck by how then-Indianapolis quarterback and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning took each snap in practice. Curious, Gruden sidled up to the offensive coordinator Tom Moore and asked him why the Colts didnt rotate the snaps to prepare Mannings backup, as is custom. Fellas, if 18 goes down, were fucked, Moore replied. And we dont …

‘Some days I hate the NBA’: Kevin Durant reflects on relationship with basketball

Kevin Durant, one of the NBAs best and most polarizing players has spoken about his ambivalent feelings towards the league Kevin Durant, one of the NBAs best and most polarizing players has spoken about his ambivalent feelings towards the league. The 30-year-old left the Golden State Warriors this summer after his attempts to lead them to a third successive NBA title Durant told the Journal. People making videos in front of my house and burning my jerseys and calling me all types of crazy names. He also says he was frozen out by Thunder staff members after leaving the team. I eventually wanted to come back to that city and be part of that community and organization, but I dont …

The Dolphins are built to lose. And it looks like their players hate it

Miami are taking a leaf from the Cleveland Browns playbook and are building for the future. But some of their players are understandably annoyed Week one of Miamis 2019 Tankapalooza was either a rousing success or an epic fail, depending on your perspective. The Dolphins were hammered by the Baltimore Ravens 59-10 in their season opener. It is hard to be this bad. The Ravens racked up 643 total yards, with the Dolphins gifting 64 of them on nine penalties. In a two-decade franchise run of stanky football, this was the stankiest. Some of the problems can be excused: nearly two-thirds of the Dolphins roster is made up of new players, and they have a fresh-faced coaching staff. Brian Flores …

Antonio Brown set for New England Patriots debut despite rape lawsuit

The four-time All-Pro wide receiver is eligible to play Sunday when the Patriots visit the Dolphins despite this weeks civil suit alleging rape and sexual assault Antonio Brown is eligible to play Sunday when the New England Patriots visit the Miami Dolphins. Brown, the inked a reported one-year, $15m deal that includes a $9m signing bonus and a $20m team option for 2020. After bailing on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2018 regular-season finale and sitting out Week 1 this year, Brown could pay for the first time since 23 December if he faces the Dolphins. Belichick downplayed Browns past, responding to a question about Brown being a disruption with a name from the past that worked out pretty well. …

Is MLS blessed with brilliant attackers … or are its defenders just terrible?

Goals are up this season in MLS and players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic are thriving. But are they just feasting on easy pickings? Zlatan Ibrahimovics 50th game in Major League Soccer came earlier this month. The LA Galaxy suffered Original Article : HERE ;

Lutz’s monster field goal sends Saints to last-gasp win over Texans

Wil Lutz made a 58-yard field goal as time expired in a game that had three scoring plays in the final minute Drew Brees and Wil Lutz supplied the accuracy and poise New Orleans needed to overcome another officiating gaffe and their defenses late collapse. Lutz made a 58-yard field goal as time expired, and the Saints beat the Houston Texans 30-28 on Monday night in a game that had three scoring plays in the final minute. That ones got to be a top-one moment for me, Lutz said, adding that as much as he tries to treat each kick the same. I got to be honest. That one felt a little different. New Orleans had lost their previous five …

Raiders reportedly suspend Antonio Brown after ‘screaming match’ with GM

The increasingly fractious relationship between the Raiders and their star wide receiver has reportedly led to an altercation at team practice The increasingly fractious relationship between the Oakland Raiders and their star wide receiver Antonio Brown has reportedly led to an altercation between the player and the teams general manager. According to the NFL Networks Ian Rapoport, Brown became involved in a screaming match with Raiders GM Mike Mayock in front of the rest of the team. Although the argument did not become physical, Brown is reported to have threatened to hit Mayock before saying fine me for that. Rapoport says Mayock was unhappy that Brown Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) Antonio Brown posts his displeasure with fines from pic.twitter.com/0OMhdwFu7K The Raiders …

Bianca Andreescu stuns Serena Williams to win US Open final

Bianca Andreescu has become Canadas first grand slam champion of the open era, beating Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 It was as if Serena Williams was playing herself, the 17-year-old prodigy of 1999, when she won the first of her 23 grand slam titles, the first of six in front of her own fans except the mirror answered back on Saturday night when the remarkable Bianca Andreescu, 19, won the title, beating her in straight sets. It was her first slam final, the first time in four attempts shed gone past the second round, and she became the first Canadian to win a major when, after an hour and 40 minutes that seemed much longer, she brought the drama to a …

Serena Williams out to overcome 2018 US Open meltdown against Andreescu

One year on from her career low point against Naomi Osaka the former champion takes on yet another prodigy in Bianca Andreescu Not since Muhammad Ali roamed boxing in the 60s and 70s has there been an individual sporting psychodrama to equal that generated by Serena Williams. Three weeks short of her 38th birthday (which she does not celebrate because of her Jehovahs Witness faith), Williams is hurled into another anniversary she cannot avoid when she revisits the scene of probably her most anguished experience. It is a year since the great American left Arthur Ashe Stadium in tears, a broken champion who could do little but surrender to her own frailties and the Elina Svitolina in straight sets on …

Green Bay Packers smother Chicago Bears to take victory in NFL season opener

The Packers used the Bears usual trademark, a staunch defense, and just enough from Aaron Rodgers on to kick off the NFLs 100th season with a 10-3 victory The Packers used the Bears usual trademark, a staunch defense, and just enough from Aaron Rodgers on Thursday night to kick off the NFLs 100th season with a 10-3 victory over their archrivals. A lack of action in the preseason clearly damaged both offenses, and Rodgers at times looked uncomfortable in the attack designed by new coach Matt LaFleur. But he is a two-time league MVP, and he hit Jimmy Graham in the second quarter for the only touchdown of the game. From there, it was an aggressive defense that would have …

Fiba World Cup: USA stroll past Japan with Antetokounmpo lying in wait

Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, Kemba Walker added 15 and Team USA finally got to enjoy an easy night, rolling past Japan 98-45 in the Group E finale Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, Kemba Walker added 15 and Team USA finally got to enjoy an easy night, rolling past Japan 98-45 in the Group E finale at the Fiba World Cup. The US are accustomed to blowout wins, particularly when they have NBA players, hadnt enjoyed one yet in six games against international competition this summer. The biggest victory margin before Thursday was 21 in the World Cup opener against the Czech Republic, and the US came into the group finale with a plus-59 scoring differential in four exhibitions and …

Bianca Andreescu sees a remarkable vision come true at US Open | Tumaini Carayol

The Canadian teenager capped a meteoric rise this year with victory over Serena Williams in the final at Flushing Meadows Before every tournament she plays and every move she makes, Bianca Andreescu sits down, closes her eyes and visualises exactly how the results will end in her favour. It has become one of the keys to her success, something she never fails to mention as people continue their attempts to make sense of one of the most astonishing breakthroughs in recent years, which culminated in the 19-year-olds 6-3, 7-5 win finished it as the US Open champion. But one year before her victory, Andreescu had not even broken into the top 100. Ranked well outside the top 200, she lost …

Should athletes at the 2020 Olympics take political stances? | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

What love-it-or-leave-it patriots angry with athletes who protest dont understand is we arent insulting the country, but focusing attention on those who dont live up to its promises Teddy Roosevelt referred to the office of presidency as a bully pulpit, a perfect platform to preach opinions to sway the public. At that time, bully meant wonderful, though todays popular meaning of the word (to intimidate and coerce) applies even more. The president can use his office to say whatever he wants, whether truthful or not, and suddenly manipulate the opinions of millions of uncritical people. In doing so, he can encourage and even mobilize hatred and violence, discrimination, and policies directly contrary to the US Constitution. Those who disagree with …

Serena Williams overwhelms Elina Svitolina to reach 10th US Open final

The 23-time major champion is back in the US Open final after a one-sided win over Elina Svitolina on Thursday night in New York A spectacular sunset settled over Manhattan as Serena Williams, reluctant to embrace the evening of her own glowing career, blazed again to reach the final of the US Open, where psychic bruises from her meltdown in losing to Naomi Osaka a year ago have just about healed. She beat the fifth seed Elina Svitolina, 6-3, 6-1, to get there, and there was palpable relief in her voice when she said courtside, There were long games in the first set. Shes such a good player, two semis in a row. This is the biggest stadium for tennis …

Mexico hand sluggish USA heavy defeat in friendly

Mexico mauled the United States 3-0 in a friendly on Friday night for their biggest victory margin over their rivals in a decade Javier Hernndez scored after US newcomer Sergio Dest was nutmegged in the 21st minute, rick Gutirrez and Uriel Antuna added late goals and Mexico mauled the United States 3-0 in a friendly on Friday night for their biggest victory margin over their rivals in a decade. Mexico took total control of the match after an even first 20 minutes. Gutirrez scored the second goal in the 78th, a minute after entering, following a poor clearance by US goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Antuna, another late substitute, added an 82nd-minute goal on a counterattack. The Americans lost to Mexico by …

US Open title defence ends as Djokovic departs to boos after retiring hurt

The Serbians title defence came to a halt when he retired from his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka due to a shoulder injury Novak Djokovic was cruelly booed off the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium after a sore left shoulder forced his stunning retirement from Sunday nights fourth-round match with Stan Wawrinka at the US Open. The top seed and defending champion was trailing 6-4, 7-5, 2-1 after being comprehensively outplayed by the 23rd-seeded Wawrinka when he informed his opponent then chair umpire Nico Helwerth he could no longer continue, prompting a cascade of jeers from the nearly full 23,771-seat arena and leaving the world No 1 to raise a thumbs-up to the gallery as he hauled his equipment bags …