NFL 2013: Arians looks to reverse Cards fortunes

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He has an “accountability sheet” that lists players who made mistakes or otherwise ran afoul of the coach and shows it to the entire team. No one, not even star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, is exempt. Still, rebuilding is no easy task, especially in the tough NFC West. Here are five issues facing the Cardinals: 1. CAN PALMER BE A WINNER?

NFL to study hits to knees

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Taking those kinds of hits out of the game, Clark said, would put defensive backs at a disadvantage and may even compromise their safety. Currently, hits to the head and neck of defenseless players are banned. But two direct hits to the knee in preseason games that injured Miami tight end Dustin Keller (by Texans rookie D.J. Swearinger ) and Minnesota defensive tackle Kevin Williams (on a low block by49ers guard Joe Looney ) have drawn complaints from some players. [+] Enlarge Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports Houston rookie D.J. Swearinger’s tackle left Miami tight end Dustin Keller with three torn knee ligaments and a dislocated kneecap. Keller is out for the season with several torn ligaments.

NFL 2013: Munchak, revamped Titans eager to end playoff drought, bounce back from 6-10 season

Sun., Oct. 13, 2013 7:30PM – 10:30PM CDT Cowboys vs Redskins In an NFC East battle, the Cowboys take on the Redskins at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Sun., Oct. 20, 2013 12:00PM – 3:00PM CDT Cowboys at Eagles The Cowboys head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Sun., Oct. 27, 2013 12:00PM – 3:00PM CDT Cowboys at Lions The Cowboys close out their road trip against the Lions in Detroit. Sun., Nov.

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It was Hanks at free safety, Tim McDonald at strong safety, Eric Davis at one corner and Deion Sanders at the other. In 1994, Sanders wasDefensive Player of the Year, and he is in the Hall of Fame, secure as the best corner ever, while McDonald and Hanks combined for 10 Pro Bowls. Hanks was always thinking ahead, and when the late Bill Walsh told him to consider taking a position in the NFL offices, the lover of the West Coast moved to New York. He understands that players today are asked to do more than players in his era. They must constantly adapt to an ever-shifting football landscape, not to mention the demands off the field have increased. There was no Twitter when Hanks played. But Hanks still has a job to do, and he does it even if it means frustrating players. Hanks recently was approached at a game by Cincinnati’s BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

About 10 million people play Madden each year. The annual Madden Bowl, in which real NFL players battle each other for virtual football supremacy, has become a Super Bowl weekend staple. The annual game cover has a earned a Sports Illustrated-esque jinx reputation, thanks to injuries, poor play or other maladies that have plagued Michael Vick , Shaun Alexander, Daunte Culpepper and other past cover Cheap NFL Jerseys For Sale boys (Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson got the nod on the latest game, and retired great Barry Sanders covers the 25th anniversary edition ). EA turned to fan voting for the cover three years ago. Over 40 million of them voted this year. The all-encompassing experience can include drafting and trading players before picking up the game console to play.

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That doesn’t cut it in the NFL, and Adams’ patience may be up with Munchak if the coach doesn’t deliver a playoff berth in his third season. Injuries, including to Jake Locker, led to a miserable 6-10 record in 2012. Munchak and general manager Ruston Webster promised to revamp the roster and remake the Titans into a physical team. This roster could have as many as 25 new players. The biggest makeover came on the offensive line with veteran left guard Andy Levitre and center Rob Turner. The Titans also drafted right guard Chance Warmack at No. 10 overall bringing his winning experience from national champion Alabama.

NFL notes: Texans get key running back Foster back

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At 37, Feely is 10 years older than Carpenter. Carpenter made 22 of 27 field-goal tries last season. Feely made 25 of 28. Elsewhere Texans defensive end Antonio Smith was suspended by the NFL for the teams regular-season opener and its last two exhibition games for hitting Miami guard Richie Incognito with the Dolphins players helmet. Smith ripped the helmet off Incognitos head, then hit him on the shoulder with it Saturday night in the teams exhibition game. The Ravens acquired running back Delone Carter from the Colts for wide receiver and kick returner David Reed. Carter is a stocky power back who has 499 career rushing yards and five touchdowns on 133 carries. Reed has only five career catches for 66 yards since being drafted in the fifth round out of Utah in 2010. He led the NFL with a 29.3 kickoff return average as a rookie.

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Mobile quarterbacks such as Washington Redskins play-caller Robert Griffin III, who underwent reconstructive knee surgery in the offseason, face a greater risk of injury. (Steve Helber / Associated Press / August 6, 2013) Also August 20, 2013, 4:54 p.m. Quarterbacks are the most protected players in the NFL . The league revolves around them. Running backs are the least protected players. Even helmet-to-helmet hits are legal against them.

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But in the United States, the NFL is the crown jewel. Fox ( FOXA ) and CBS ( CBS , Fortune 500 ) have agreements to air games locally. Comcast’s ( CMCSA ) NBC has the rights to Sunday night games while ESPN airs “Monday Night Football.” DirecTV ( DTV , Fortune 500 ) currently has the exclusive broadcast rights for a package that lets fans watch any NFL game they want on Sundays. That’s part of a contract that lasts for two more seasons (including this year’s, which starts in a couple weeks). More than 2 million DirecTV customers subscribed to its NFL Sunday Ticket package last season. One potential hangup: The satellite provider is likely losing money on its NFL deal. DirecTV pays the NFL $1 billion a year for the package, and subscribers pay between $200 and $300. That’s why DirecTV’s NFL deal appears to be more about adding subscribers than financial gains. Google+ Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes.

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Bergstein was a friend of his former girlfriend, and Rogowski testified that he acted out of misplaced anger against his ex. Rogowski was denied parole in 2011 and will not be eligible for parole again until 2018. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and two others were charged with murder in 2000 after a fight in a popular Atlanta bar district left two men dead on the street. The murder charges against Lewis were dropped after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice and testified against his friends; they were later acquitted. Lewis announced his retirement before helping the Ravens win the Super Bowl in February 2013.

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Much of the talk centered on YouTube possibly buying rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket package owned through 2014 by DirecTV. But that is unlikely to happen, media sources tell The Post. Theyre trying to gin up potential bidders; the cable guys have already circled [Sunday Ticket] the last two times, one network source said. Theyve gotten to the place where its not worth it to buy it exclusively. ESPN President John Skipper, speaking at his networks media day after the news report on AllThingsD broke the NFL-Google chat, seemed to smell a rat. Sports leagues wouldnt put major events online only, Skipper said.

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That enticing possibility for football fans could become a possibility as the leagues Sunday Ticket deal with DirectTV is set to expire after the 2014 season. Google CEO Larry Page and YouTube exec Robert Kyncl met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday to discuss the rights to the countrys most popular sport, according to the tech website AllThingsD.com. The Sunday Ticket, which broadcasts all the NFL games not available in your area, has had an exclusive deal with DirectTV since the two sides agreed to an extension in 2009. The satellite provider paid $4 billion for those rights through 2014. A source told the website that meeting was just one of many the NFL was taking on their annual trip through Silicon Valley.

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Google has been holding talks with the National Football League, raising speculation that the internet monolith is seeking new inroads into television. With Google sitting on a cash pile of $48 billion, the league’s Sunday Ticket package is easily within its budget. The contract is currently held by DirecTV, but it expires at the end of the 2014 season. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) RELATED QUOTES DTV 57.54 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Google has been holding talks with the National Football League, raising speculation that the Internet monolith is seeking new inroads into television. Other tech companies like Apple are reportedly in talks with cable providers to boost access to blockbuster television shows through their devices. With Google sitting on a cash pile of $48 billion, the league’s Sunday Ticket package is easily within its reach.

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31, and will cost him more than $800,000 of the nearly $2.3 million he’s scheduled to make this season. He’ll be allowed at the team facility, but not at practice during the suspension. He can return to the field Oct. 14, the day after Denver’s home game against Jacksonville, and will be eligible for an Oct. 20 contest at the Indianapolis Colts . — Michael Vick took a pay cut and had to compete for his job when he returned to the Philadelphia Eagles . Part of the choice had to do with the up-tempo offense mapped out by new Coach Chip Kelly .

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Let’s examine. Dolphins’ Starting RB: Lamar Miller vs. Daniel Thomas In the weeks leading up to the start of training camps across the NFL, Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller was often mentioned as a potential breakout player, and it was assumed that he’d be the bell-cow back in South Beach in 2013. Well, through three preseason games, Miller has found himself locked in a battle for the starting job with Daniel Thomas, with Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman calling the competition ” neck and neck .” Miller hasn’t helped himself with lackluster performances in game action. He lost a fumble against Dallas in the Hall of Fame game and has been nondescript in the two games that followed. Thomas, meanwhile, has looked sharp, particularly in last weekend’s 24-17 loss against Houston, carrying four times for 25 yards. Thomas is a former second-round pick (2011) who has yet to live up to expectations, and earlier in the offseason, it was clear read more that the Dolphins wanted Miller to be “The Guy.” Clearly meaning that it’s still Miller’s job to lose.

That’s what the nfl.com has done, and the Cowboys are well represented. Three Cowboys – Dez Bryant on offense and DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee on defense – are among the first-team projections by Elliot Harrison, analyst for nfl.com and the NFL Network. Here’s what Harrison had to say about the three Dallas players projected to be All-Pro. Dez Bryant: He was a beast over the last seven games of 2012, averaging more than 110 yards and scoring three more TDs than any other receiver. With the iffy running attack, look for huge production. DeMarcus Ware: Expect a healthier Ware to have a better 2013. Granted, he probably won’t approach 20 sacks. But Iwouldexpect around 14, plus a solid season against the run.

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As you recall, Bostic hit San Diego Chargers receiver Mike Willie with the top of his helmet to dislodge a potential completed pass. In live action, the hit looked like countless others we’ve witnessed in football and seen celebrated on highlight shows and by NFL Films. But the NFL found Bostic in violation of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 (b2), which bars a player from “lowering the head and making forcible contact with the top/crown or forehead/’hairline’ parts of the helmet against any part of the defenseless player’s body.” AP Photo/Scott Boehm Leading with his shoulder would have made this Jon Bostic hit legal, an NFL executive said. Because the ruling doesn’t pass our amateur smell test, I thought it was fair to relay a response from the NFL’s vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino. In this NFL Network appearance , Blandino was asked what Bostic should have done differently to ensure it was a legal hit under NFL rules. Here is what Blandino said: “The Bostic hit is illegal because he used the crown of his helmet to deliver a forcible blow to the body of the receiver. For this hit to be legal, he has to get the helmet to the side and use the shoulder to deliver the blow, or hit the receiver with his head up. Those are the two techniques that we are trying to get back in the game. So using the crown to deliver the blow to the body, that is a foul when you’re talking about a hit on a defenseless player.” As we discussed earlier, the NFL is moving away, with all available speed, from anything resembling contact with or to the head.

Fantasy football 2013 draft preview: Minnesota Vikings team report

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Prior to last year, his career high for yards in a season was 1,760, set in 2008. That also marked the only time he ran for more than 1,400 yards in a season. Peterson’s greatness is that at a position of ultimate attrition, he remains remarkably consistent. Having said that, Peterson doesn’t need 350-plus touches to be the best back in the land. He has earned his spot at the top of the draft board, and no one is going to lose a league by drafting him. Unlike last year, though, he may not have the opportunity to win leagues singlehandedly. Schedule analysis Stats via FFToday.com Thanks to the turbulent nature of the NFL, it’s hard to predict preseason strength of schedule based on last season’s results. However, we can say with as much certainty as we can have in the preseason that the Vikings will face one of the toughest slates this season. We already know the NFC North is likely to be one of the league’s strongest divisions.

Ex-Marine’s Pick-Up Football Nearly Derails NCAA Dream

‘The University of Miami has informed football player Dyron Dye that he will no longer be a member of the Miami football program,” a statement from Miami said. ”Given the totality of the circumstances and unresolved issues regarding the NCAA investigation, the University has decided to move ahead.” Darren Heitner, Dye’s attorney, told the Associated Press that the decision does not affect Dye’s tuition aid. In the NCAA’s notice of allegations against the Miami program, Dye and two other recruits were provided lodging and meals by former Miami assistants Aubrey Hill and Clint Hurtt that would be in violation of NCAA rules. Dye is also one of 38 who allegedly partied at former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro’s house against NCAA rules. Dye met with the NCAA three times during the NCAA’s investigation of the Miami football program.

Football donuts? Only at Tim Hortons

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The bakery cafe chain’s Game Day Donuts are back in restaurants and ready to be the sweetest treat at football fanatics’ tailgates this season. The custom created Vanilla Dip donuts are adorned with sprinkles in team colors for high school, college and professional teams. New in 2013 is the limited edition Football Donuta football shaped donut dipped in chocolate fondant and finished with white frosting as football laces. “We are proud to call a number of collegiate and professional sport programs our partners,” said Mike Meilleur, executive vice president, Tim Hortons U.S. “Our Game Day Donut collection gives our guests, many of whom are avid sports fans, the chance to enjoy a delicious donut with a great cup of coffee and cheer on their local team.” In addition to the Game Day Donut collection, Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop offers its guestsespecially familiesgreat tailgate essentials like the Take Ten boxed coffee or hot chocolate to-go, Timbits and other assorted baked goods. Game Day Donuts retail for regular donut price per market and are available in half-dozen or dozen quantities. Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is the official coffee of select NCAA and NFL teams and the official coffee served at a number of collegiate and professional sports venues, including the Ohio State University Athletics, Michigan State Athletics, University of Michigan Athletics, as well as the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions. Suggested by the author

Former Marine faces fight to fulfill football dream

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Recalled record-breaking pass catcher David Ball: “Whenever they would chirp, the only thing I would say back to them was, ‘I don’t even know who you are. You’re not even on my scouting report. We don’t even have a scouting report. We worry about us, and we beat you. That’s how it works.'” The response is illuminating not because it reveals what type of offense Kelly will run as first-year coach of the Philadelphia Eagles the league’s biggest mystery heading into the 2013 season but the attitude Kelly has instilled in his players since he was offensive coordinator at New Hampshire from 1999-2006. “We didn’t even notice [defensive players] until we were in the end zone to us, they were simply something in our way,” said Ball, who caught 58 touchdown passes, shattering the NCAA Division I-AA career record of 50 held by future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. Ball was briefly with the Eagles this summer, helping fill out the depth chart at receiver after Jeremy Maclin ‘s season-ending knee injury. “We didn’t know their names, we didn’t know their number,” Ball continued. “The only thing we cared about was what the play was, what our signal was, and executing it.

Afghan fans abuzz over return of international football

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20; Lunt then returned, replaced by Chelf two weeks later. I don’t think this portends anything for OSU’s continued competition. What about the fact that Chelf ended last year as the starter? It’s something to consider, but experience didn’t matter a hair in last year’s competition, of course. Instead of focusing on the past, let’s consider what each brings to the table in 2013: Chelf is a pocket passer, one who can stand and deliver to OSU’s terrific receiver corps, while Walsh is the more agile, dual-threat, well-rounded option. In a sense, OSU could use both quarterbacks though that’s not in the cards, barring injury. If Chelf gets the nod, OSU will average more than 40 points per game and finish in the top 10 nationally in total, passing and scoring offense. On the other hand, if Walsh gets the nod, OSU will average more than 40 points per game and finish in the top 10 nationally in total, passing and scoring offense. Pick your poison.

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“I’m sure Afghanistan are going to score a dozen goals and win. We have a strong team. I have bought 10 tickets and I also have Afghanistan flags to wave. I’m very excited.” Tickets cost between 100 and 300 Afghanis ($2 and $5) for the game, which will be played on an artificial pitch at the 6,000-seater ground. The FIFA-sanctioned match is being promoted as an international friendly, but cross-border tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan are likely to boost patriotic fervour on both sides. Afghans and Pakistanis blame each other for violence plaguing both countries, with many in Afghanistan convinced that Pakistan is still pulling the strings behind a 12-year Taliban insurgency. Pakistan was one of only three countries that recognised the 1996-2001 Taliban regime in Kabul until the hardline Islamists were defeated by a US-led invasion for sheltering Al-Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks. “I am sure Afghanistan will win, and hope this victory will be a response to Pakistan’s interference in Afghanistan,” said Mohammad Ali, 20, as he picked up two $5 tickets. “I’m going with all my friends to this match to support our team.

Dyron Dye off of Miami football roster

While the Ragin’ Cajuns’ have some issues with the kicking game, that shouldn’t prevent this team from winning eight or nine games during the regular season. USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 48. San Diego State: SDS’s schedule should prevent another season with nine wins, but the Aztecs are easily one of the top three teams in the Mountain West Conference and a threat to Fresno State in the West Division. Games against Ohio State, Oregon State, Fresno State and Boise State should end in defeat, but the majority of the Mountain West lacks SDSU’s talent, experience and solid coaching. USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 47. Mississippi: Ole Miss returns 18 starters, the most in the SEC, and reeled in one of the nation’s best recruiting classes on national signing day. Will it be enough to join Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU in the race for the SEC West Division championship? It would not be wise to doubt coach Hugh Freeze, but the Rebels might need another year (and another recruiting class) before challenging for the SEC championship. USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 46. Ball State: The Cardinals have gone 15-10 under coach Pete Lembo, winning nine games and reaching a bowl in 2012 The offense, led by quarterback Keith Wenning, should be one of the MAC’s three best. To beat Northern Illinois and Toledo, the Cardinals must improve defensively. Danny Wild, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 45.

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Alas, Stanford will rely upon running backs Anthony Wilkerson and Tyler Gaffney for a close victory. A strong running attack will open up the play action pass for Hogan. In particular, tight end Luke Kaumatule could have a big day. UCLA is one year away from potentially being on the same level as the Cardinal. Stanford 28, UCLA 24 QB Marcus Mariota is one of the best dual-threat QBs in the nation. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The atmosphere at Autzen Stadium in Eugene is unlike any in the country. Couple that with the breakneck speed of Oregon’s highly potent offense, and life is made extremely difficult for opponents. It might be too much to ask of UCLA’s young team to get a victory against the Ducks on the road.

Virginia realignment could shake up high school football playoffs

Woodward/The Washington Post – After claiming three consecutive state championships in AA Division 4, Briar Woods will face a challenging road to a four-peat with the implementation of Virginias new playoff structure. By Brandon Parker, E-mail the writer Charlie Pierce and the Briar Woods football team had been preparing for this season for years. The Falcons competed in the Class AA ranks, but with the Ashburn schools high-end enrollment of about 1,750 students and its team in the midst of a three-year run as Division 4 football state champs, Pierce made sure to schedule preseason games against some of Northern Virginias top AAA teams. Whatever changes were ahead as the Virginia High School League debated realignment in recent years, the Falcons would be prepared to face them. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) – M.J.

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Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who is set to break Gerd Mueller’s goal-scoring record, has said he will retire from international football after next year’s World Cup. Caption BERLIN – Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who is set to break Gerd Mueller’s goal-scoring record, has said he will retire from international football after next year’s World Cup. “I assume that is what will happen with regards to the national team,” he told German magazine Kicker when asked if he would retire after the Brazil 2014 World Cup. The 35-year-old Lazio star has made 128 appearances for Germany and scored 67 goals — just one short of Germany’s record scorer Mueller. The ex-Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich forward has claimed 14 of those goals at three World Cups, leaving him just one behind the competition record of 15 held by Brazil’s Ronaldo. Klose could finish the 2014 World Cup with two personal records, but said his priority is winning the world title with the German team. “The title with the team Cheap Jerseys China has top priority,” he said. “If I can win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that would be the greatest for me. Everything else would be secondary.” Klose, who is now in the final year of his Lazio contract, has said he could be prepared to return to the Bundesliga next summer.

College football countdown | No. 20: Oklahoma State

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“Man, it was like intramurals for us. There were guys out there anywhere from 18 to 40-something years old,” Rhodes told the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal . “The games were spread out. We once went six weeks between games.” Rhodes told the newspaper he even sent video of his games to coaches, which helped the 6-foot-3, 240-pound athlete land the walk-on opportunity. Chris Massaro, the athletic director at Middle Tennessee State University, tweeted that he and Dr.

Northwestern returns 15 starters from a squad that finished 10-3 last season with a win over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl. Mississippi State, if you didn’t know, is a team from the vaunted Southeastern Conference. Pat Fitzgerald, entering his eighth season at Northwestern, may be the best coach in the Big Ten and top 10 in the country. He’s gone 50-39 in Evanston, Ill., while doing everything clean and right. He’s reinvented a football program that went winless in the seasons of 1955, ’78, ’80, ’81 and 1989. Gary Barnett got the Purple back to Pasadena back in 1995, but Fitzgerald has been working on a more sustained excellence. Northwestern also lost that Rose Bowl, to USC, and it’s become a cornerstone of Coach Fitz’s motivational arsenal. Interestingly, Northwestern opens the season at California, the team it defeated in the 1949 Rose Bowl.

Fantasy Football 2013: Playmakers Destined for Breakout Seasons

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He seems like he is in Year 4 or 5 instead of going into Year 2, and he didn’t play a whole bunch in Year 1. He is still working, he is learning from one of the best [Fitzgerald] and we expect Mike to have a big year. That is enough to sway just about any skeptic who fears Floyd due to his history of off-field issues, which include alcohol arrests that Sando describes in further detail in his report. The NFC West is littered with fierce defenses in the 49ers, Seahawks and Rams, but with injuries to Michael Crabtree and Percy Harvin , it’s arguable that the Cardinals have the most dangerous receiving corps. Between Fitzgerald, Floyd and Andre Roberts, there are a lot of targets at Palmer’s disposal, but Floyd’s ability to win 50-50 battles with his 6’2″, 220-pound body in Arians’ vertical-based passing offense is an undeniably great fit. Floyd ended his rookie campaign in 2012 with a bang, catching eight passes for 166 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco. It appears he’s building off that, and in lining up at “two or three” different positions, his role should only continue increasing in Arizona’s attack. Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns Video Credit: NFL Network Reps are invaluable for a raw player like Cameron, and those should only increase based on his breakout performance in the Browns’ win over the Lions on Thursday night.

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“They’ll give us feedback like, ‘absolutely,’ ‘absolutely not,’ or, ‘we need more information,'” said Williams. The first challenge is identifying potential prospects who boast the necessary academic credentials. The second is convincing them to come. Pat Fitzgerald is adored at Northwestern, where he led the Wildcats to their first bowl win since 1949. Gray Quetti/Cal Sport Media Recruiting When Cutcliffe first started visiting high schools for Duke, he encountered coaches who would say: “‘I’ve got a guy that would be good for you at Duke.’ What he meant was, he wasn’t good enough to play at another BCS-conference school, but he’s good enough to play at Duke. Well, I wanted to talk about another [more talented] kid, but it was like we couldn’t touch him.” THAMEL: Cutcliffe discusses Duke’s football progress The pervading assumption has long been that no player would voluntarily choose a doormat like Duke or Vanderbilt over a more established football power, despite the chance to earn a more prestigious degree. Vanderbilt defensive lineman and Marietta, Ga., native Kyle Woestmann, a top 50 prospect at his position in 2010, committed to the Commodores despite offers from Georgia, South Carolina and Clemson, among others.

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The defense is obviously a concern from front to back, though the nice depth at end and solid secondary are two very positive signs. Overall, this is a fairly raw team with the ability to really develop during the course of the year; unfortunately, K-State may very well be eliminated from the Big 12 race by the midway point. I still think this is a nine-win team, even if those nine wins include only one or two “marquee victories” for example, the Wildcats might go 2-3 against Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma. That’d be pretty impressive, actually. Given all that the Wildcats have on the field, in reserve and on the sideline, I’d be surprised by anything less than 8-4. This is when the program really excels: K-State loves coming in under the radar. This is still a very dangerous team. Dream season: Kansas State doesn’t go 11-1 but 12-0, earning a spot in the national championship game. Nightmare season: The Wildcats’ lack of experience leads to quite a downturn: KSU goes from 11-2 to 6-6 heading into the postseason.

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McMichael started playing at the same age as the boys on the Chicagoland league’s heavyweight teams. Back then, a finite number of jerseys often forced coaches to cut players. Today teams struggle to meet the minimum threshold of players. Kids, as usual, suffer most from adult bickering. One sees a parallel between McMichael’s post-football activities in the wrestling ring and in the courtroom. The wrestling crowd cheers a punch at air as though the fist has connected with the villain’s face. Not all is what it seems.

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Don’t sleep on Newton the passer either. He was ranked just 13th in the NFL in passing yards and 19th in touchdown passes in 2012, but he caught fire in the second half of the season. In his last seven games, he threw 11 touchdown passes and only two picks. Those aren’t Rodgers-like numbers, but when you combine the rushing prowess, Newton is a steal as a second-tier quarterback. Matthew Stafford ,Detroit Lions Leon Halip/Getty Images Last season was a definite downer for Matthew Stafford, but he is still a decent option at quarterback. If you commit to taking the best running backs and wide receivers available for the first four or five picks, there is no reason Stafford should hurt your team week after week. Many people are down on him because he seemed to regress as a player last year, but if we put our fantasy football hats on, we have to realize he threw for 4,967 yards last season. Oddly enough, he found the end zone just 20 times as a passer.

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When its appropriate, we will defer to the people who have experience with this. Were bringing something new to the party. Were not going to be passive players in this, Simmons added. Were really going to be a part of this thing. KISS will perform the halftime show for the leagues championship game, ArenaBowl XXVI, in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday. And though its members did not commit to playing regularly at LA KISS games, Stanley said he planned to attend home games with his family as a point of pride. USA TODAY artists conception of potential LA Kiss uniforms.

College football countdown | No. 24: Kansas State

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Chris Vasseur is Walsh’s new defensive coordinator, while Steve Lo is the new offensive coordinator. Jeff Thomas (Serra 2007) is coaching linebackers for the Padres, while Lyndon McGee continues on as defensive backs coach. Ron Ortiz (Serra ’91) is wide receivers/special teams coach. Walsh’s brother, Nick Walsh, is defensive line coach. Knights bound for Texas No local football team travels farther than Menlo School-Atherton for a game. The Knights venture to San Angelo, Texas to take on Central in a nonleague game Sept. 7. “Scotts Valley was scheduled to play them, but they couldn’t travel,” Knights coach Mark Newton said. “Louie Walters, Scotts Valley’s coach, contacted me and asked if we wanted to go.” Newton contacted the Menlo administration and got approval.

Fantasy Football Rankings: Complete QB Tier Rankings for 2013

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The teams could play in consecutive weekends (regular season, Big Ten title game). It can happen only this year before the schools move into the same division. “I like our football team,” Hoke said. “I usually don’t say that.” But he just did. Top 25 so far: 25. Oklahoma; 24. Wisconsin ; 23. Fresno State; 22. UCLA; 21.

College football countdown, No. 13: Michigan takes a no-nonsense approach

With his reputation having taken a beating at Real Madrid, will Mourinho put the eye-poking and theatrics aside to focus on silverware? MANUEL PELLEGRINI (Manchester City): Manchester City have a lot to shout about despite surrendering their title to United last season. Manuel Pellegrini , who replaced the troubled Roberto Mancini , is a coach who with his non-nonsense attitude and icy stare will look to bring order to the side. The Chilean will add his own stamp to City’s attacking brand of football with a number of shrewd buys. Expect a podium finish. GERARDO ‘TATA’ MARTINO (Barcelona): With veiled statements that he made his entry into the club thanks to the hand Messi played, Gerardo Martino didn’t get off to the best starts to his Barca career in terms of PR exercises. But La Liga is no PR exercise.

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Therefore, fantasy owners should jump on players under his command, including Trent Richardson and Jordan Cameron. But on draft day, be wary of Richardson; he was banged up all of last season and struggled with a mere 3.6 yards per carry. He is the only running back who will be picked in Round 1 that posted a sub-4.0 average. That makes him a risk at his draft position, which is just after the middle of the first round on average thus far. This is a big year for Richardson, but not necessarily because he will be great. Owners will find out if he’s a broken-down disappointment like the Saints’ Mark Ingram, or a burgeoning fantasy star. He looked too much like the former through one year. Schedule analysis Stats via FFToday.com The Browns have the misfortune of having to face all of the AFC North’s rugged defenses; at least the other three teams get a break with the Browns’ defense twice a year.

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“We ask (FIFA) for a red card, because the yellow card has been raised now for a long time,” PFA chief Jibril al-Rujub told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. “We are clinging to the red card to take away the Israeli occupation’s legitimacy and we will not accept any compromise,” Rujub said. Rujub said Israel had denied representatives of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), which includes 12 Arab national football associations, permits to enter the occupied Palestinian territories to play in the WAFF Under-17’s Championship, that was due to begin Thursday. Three managers of the Jordanian football union, two UAE representatives and 13 managers and players from Iraq were refused entry, he said. Rujub told AFP that WAFF was contacting FIFA and the European football federation UEFA, to which Israel also belongs, to “put pressure on Israel to issue the necessary permits” for the tournament to go ahead. Israel was due to supply permits for all the teams by August 10.

NFL Will Implement GPS Technology

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I can see the GPS systems being useful for things like preventing Reggie Bush from getting lost on his way to the endzone or trying to calculate the unused space in Michael Strahans mouthguard, but Im always wary when it comes to 1984 type situations unless there planning on using drones to eliminate WRs who dog it back to the huddle. In the first place if your a North-South runningback your basically a human GPS already. In the second hand, the logical next step is to put GPS units in tickets and I dont want NFL security to come down to the lower bowl and kick me out of a seat I snuck into fair and square. Dont get me wrong Id love to see the data on how much faster stadium lines move now that girls arent allowed to bring pantyshields or diaphrams into games anymore, but something tells me Bustle.com is already one step ahead of me on that one though. Im actually more in favor of the NFL using the GPS systems of the field to keep a eye on players who are known to lack homing discipline and find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time all the time. Setting up hotspots for stripclubs or hoodie stores in any given NFL city would trigger a alarm back at the League office so that you can tell which players are being distractions. You can also keep data like how often your QBs taking the OLine guys out for steaks verse lounging in Mexico with some girl he met. Theres big money invested in the players who are technically products, and you know every Fortune 500 company puts tracking devices on there shipments, theyd be dumb not to.

Former NFL player describes the pressure to use human growth hormone

14 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs NFL, union plan to use ex-players as HGH guinea pigs Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports 7:53 p.m. EDT August 14, 2013 Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference at the NFL’s spring meetings in Boston in May. (Photo: Elise Amendola, AP) Story Highlights The NFL and players union plan to give ex-players HGH and incorporate their HGH levels into a study By measuring the levels of HGH in ex-players receiving HGH and a placebo, the league and union hope to determine a threshold for catching cheaters It’s unclear whether any former players have agreed to take part in the experiment SHARE 179 CONNECT 144 TWEET 14 COMMENTEMAILMORE MANKATO, Minn. Dozens of former NFL players will be administered human growth hormone as the NFL and its players union try to determine the impact of use on players’ HGH levels, three people with knowledge of the plan told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the study has not been announced publicly. The tentative plan is for roughly 100 former players to participate in the study, with two-thirds receiving HGH and the other third receiving a placebo. Their HGH levels will be measured before and after the trial. It’s part of the scientific design of the population study that will include blood draws from all current players to determine the so-called decision limit i.e.

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The former Miami Hurricanes standout has been one of the games best over the last 10 seasons. In 2012, Johnson totaled 112 receptions for 1,598 yards and four touchdowns. Back in April, 10 years after selecting Johnson, the Texans once again opted for a wideout in the first round. They tabbed Clemsons DeAndre Hopkins with the 27th overall pick. So far so good for Hopkins, who caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback T.J. Yates last Friday versus the Minnesota Vikings.

Citing “three people with knowledge of the plan,” the report says that HGH levels will be measured before and after the study. The initial story says that it is not certain if any former players had yet to agree to the study or how the HGH would be administered. However, as has been widely reported in recent weeks, as the league and NFLPA work to come up with an agreed-upon plan for blood testing, questions have arisen about the need to have a baseline that deems what a “normal” level is in a player. In a subsequent USA Today report, former NFL defensive back Solomon Wilcots was quoted as saying that hed volunteer “in a heartbeat” if asked to participate in the study while former tight end Shannon Sharpe appeared more hesitant. “Hey, I’m not just going to be somebody’s guinea pig just to prove a point to see what’s going on,” he told USA Today. “If I talk to enough people to get enough reassurances that everything is going to be OK, then no problem. Then I’m happy to help. “Do you mean I’m going to go from a size 13 shoe since I was 13 years old and all of a sudden I’m walking around with a size 16? If you give somebody human growth hormone, what does that consist of?

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NFL.com’s Kimberly Jones said New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith told her his right ankle is not bothering him at all. Coach Rex Ryan told Jones he would have liked if one of his quarterbacks had separated himself at this point but that simply has not happened. NFL Network’s Sean O’Hara said Smith is a rookie and interceptions are going to happen, noting how Broncos QB Peyton Manning tossed three in the first half against the Falcons last season along with how Saints QB Drew Brees threw five picks in a game — also against the Falcons . Can Kaepernick do it again? When asked if San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be able to replicate his success from 2012, O’Hara said he will because of the 49ers ‘ run game. O’Hara noted the Niners averaged more than 5 yards per rush last season.

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He told The Detroit News that a few of his meals during the trip consisted of frogs and rats. [My teammates] thought the Amazon was nuts, eating frogs and rats and piranha and stuff like that, Levy said. OK, but remember when it was casually mentioned you were eating rats? Theres a little jungle rodent we had to catch with a spear. There we have it. DeAndre Levy has no qualms with eating a few rats when hes vacationing out in the jungle. The good news is he wasnt compelled to Vine dinner. This wasnt the first trip into the wilderness for Levy, and it wont be his last. He plans to take on Mount Kilimanjaro next according to The Detroit News .

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It was a train wreck. “I was one of those guys who said, ‘No way. Nobody’s doing it.’ And then I just remember playing against some guys who will remain nameless, and I remember going, ‘This is a joke.’ Because I remember working my tail off, harder than I ever did before. My energy wasn’t as high. My strength which I thought was high wasn’t. And I remember sitting there going, ‘I am running uphill in a snowstorm with no shoes.’ That’s what I felt like. “I remember when certain guys got off of it because they got nabbed, or the league started cracking down they were a complete different person.

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The NFL is also looking into other possible violators. Stephen Bowen might find himself another casualty of the ruling. According to the McCarthy e-mail, a player would need to provide a medical reason why his custom facemask was a necessity. Because I want to look awesome doesnt count. Brian Orakpo, who originally wore a bane mask with the Tennessee Titans says hes working on an appeal. Custom facemasks have become all the rage in the NFL, a trend that began in popularity when Justin Tuck of the New York Giants debuted what has become known as the Bane facemask.

NFL preseason 2013 schedule: Colts vs. Bills live stream and TV start time

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But a slow start followed by a season-ending pectoral tear hurt his draft stock immensely, and he smartly decided to come back for his senior season. Jeffcoat is out to prove that he can stay healthy for an entire season, according to Tayler Gasper of Orangebloods.com, and I think he’ll use his outstanding balance and quickness to project as both a 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB. Bleacher Report’s own Dan Hope has a great scouting report on Jeffcoat, which you can read here . De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images De’Anthony Thomas is the most explosive player in college football, but what are his NFL prospects like? That is a question that will be answered this fall when Thomas takes over the feature-back role at Oregon. With Chip Kelly gone, some have to wonder whether the offense will be the same high-octane machine that it was during his tenure as head coach. Thomas’ size is his biggest question mark. At 5’9″, his height is less of an issue than his weight, which was listed at 176 pounds last season.

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As for the Colts, SB Nation reports that this team is “in good shape” heading into the 2013-14 season. They are led by rising star QB Andrew Luck who helped guide the team back to the playoffs last season with an overall record of 11-5. They went on to lose in the wild card game to the Baltimore Ravens 24-9, with the Ravens going on to win the Super Bowl. However, expectations will be high for this team to improve upon last season’s success. Among the few issues they may need to work on are seeing their younger wide receivers step up including Griff Whalen. Whalen may seem some playing time today, although Luck probably won’t be in to throw to him as much as a regular season game. Luck would love to play the whole game though as he told the media, “Absolutely. Love to play a lot, need to play a lot, need to keep getting better.” Today’s Colts vs.

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The 49ers lost receiver Michael Crabtree for most of the season with a torn Achilles. That’s a big blow, considering how much Colin Kaepernick relied on him last season. The Seahawks had the biggest offseason acquisition in receiver Percy Harvin, but a hip injury has sidelined the former Vikings star. The Seahawks will have to make do without him. And the Broncos lost center Dan Koppen for the season with a torn ACL. Although center isn’t a glamor position, he’s the first guy to touch the ball on every play and a vital traffic cop for the offensive line. All three teams have big hurdles to overcome.

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Former Seahawk Mike Tice had the only winning Pick Six ticket Thursday at Del Mar, worth $100,796.20. Well done! Vince Bruun (@vincebemerald) August 9, 2013 “I’m a horse guy. Belmont and Saratoga started, and throughout my football life, I’ve never been able to play them because I’ve always been in training camp,” Tice told ESPNChicago.com. Oh, and the winning horse in Race 4 was named Tebowing. This sure beats a previous way Tice found to earn some extra scratch.

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 7 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs NFL outlaws customized face masks AP 5:16 p.m. EDT August 10, 2013 Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis (98) walks across the field to head to his workout area during training camp at Anderson University. Mathis’ customized face mask has been outlawed by the NFL. (Photo: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights The only exception the league makes for the use of customized face masks is for medical reasons SHARE 84 CONNECT 26 TWEET 7 COMMENTEMAILMORE ANDERSON, Ind.

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Steelers WR Plaxico Burress (80) has 553 career catches but may not reach 554 after tearing a rotator cuff in camp.

Spencer hopes to be ready by Week 1. Gus Ruelas, AP Broncos C Dan Koppen (67) won’t be snapping to Peyton Manning this year after suffering a torn ACL in camp. Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports As Texans S Ed Reed continues recovering from hip surgery, he can do little more than offer teammates like Andre Johnson, right, encouragement. Pat Sullivan, AP No more bike riding for Packers WR Jordy Nelson this summer. Coach Mike McCarthy announced Aug. 6 that knee surgery ended Nelson’s training camp, but the team hopes to have him back by Week 1. Morry Gash, AP But Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has far more to worry about than Nelson’s injury in light of the ACL tear suffered by LT Bryan Bulaga (75). Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon can only watch after requiring recent surgery on his groin. He won’t be playing much football this summer considering he’ll also start the season with a four-game suspension. Phil Sears, USA TODAY Sports Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been relegated to signing autographs at camp after offseason surgeries on his back and forearm. Stew Milne, USA TODAY Sports Joe Morgan (13) was trying to lock up the Saints’ No. 3 wideout job before tearing an ACL in an intrasquad scrimmage. Brian Blanco, AP June back surgery will keep Giants star DE Jason Pierre-Paul watching from the sideline for the foreseeable future. John Munson, The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports Jets WR Santonio Holmes didn’t get hurt in training camp, but he’s spent all his time in Cortland, N.Y., on the PUP list while rehabbing from a Lisfranc injury sustained last season. Richard Barnes, USA TODAY Sports WR Jeremy Maclin may have worn his Eagles uniform for the last time after tearing an ACL in camp. He is scheduled to be a free agent in 2014. Matt Smith, AP Eagles WR Arrelious Benn tore his left ACL on Aug. 6, a development that likely solidifies embattled teammate Riley Cooper’s roster spot. Howard Smith, USA TODAY Sports After tearing multiple knee ligaments last December, Steelers TE Heath Miller isn’t ready to go back into uniform. Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports Chargers WR Danario Alexander, who’s had five surgeries on his left knee, tore his right ACL on Aug. 6. Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports Even though WR Michael Crabtree tore an Achilles’ tendon in May, the 49ers are hoping he can help lead them to another Super Bowl. But he won’t be appearing in training camp. Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports 49ers all-pro ILB Patrick Willis is dealing with a relatively minor wrist fracture in camp — not great but better than tearing an anterior cruciate ligament like CB Chris Culliver (29) did. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports The Seahawks had similar plans for WR Percy Harvin, but hip surgery now has his 2013 season very much in doubt. Ted S.

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Manuel, who made his debut in Week 1 of the preseason by going 16-of-21 for 107 yards and a touchdown while adding another 28 yards on the ground. Watch the youngsters on both sides carefully on Friday. They could have more of an impact on the upcoming season than most think. Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams David Welker/Getty Images A day after the Vikings and Bills do battle, the Packers will visit another team on the rise in the St. Louis Rams. The Packers are always worth watching thanks to a guy named Aaron Rodgers , but what is going on behind him in the backfield may be even more interesting in the preseason. Rookies Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin are currently engaged in a battle for the right to be named No. 1 on the depth chart. After Franklin recorded just 14 yards on six carries and Lacy sat out due to a hamstring issue in Week 1, things are about to get serious for both on Saturday. Neither have a firm grip on the starting role, and that is going to have to change. For St. Louis, the matchup with the Packers is an opportunity to show they belong.

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Linsley is strong, but not overpowering, and athletic, but not overly explosive he rarely stands out, but usually gets the job done. ILB Curtis Grant (6-2, 241, 4.59)* While Shazier receives most of the credit (and deservedly so), Grant is poised for a breakout season in 2013 and could emerge as one of the top linebackers in the Big Ten. A former five star high school recruit, his production hasn’t matched the hype yet, but the coaches have been pleased with his progress and he should start next to Shazier as the Buckeyes starting middle linebacker in the fall. FS CJ Barnett (6-0, 203, 4.52) After a promising sophomore season, Barnett struggled to take the next step in his development as a junior in 2012 and had a very average year on tape. He is a fast, aggressive downhill striker who isn’t shy about attacking the ballcarrier, totaling 140 tackles over his Ohio State career. Barnett shows good timing in coverage to make plays on the ball, but too often is a step late in coverage, losing sight of his man and giving up big plays.

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He’s pretty sore this morning. The fact that he’s sorer than he was yesterday makes us decide to make sure there’s nothing else going on.” Minnesota fell to the Houston Texans 27-13 in Friday’s preseason opener. Floyd fell awkwardly while being blocked in the first half and left the game. He had a pass deflection and a tackle for loss. —The Chicago Bears placed cornerback Kelvin Hayden on injured reserve and signed long snapper Brandon Hartson to a three-year contract. Hayden is lost for the season because of a torn hamstring. He will undergo surgery to repair the damage, the team announced. The eight-year veteran had signed a one-year contract with the Bears during the offseason. Hayden was used primarily as the Bears’ nickel back last year.

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Luke McCown took the bulk of the snaps for New Orleans, completing 18-of-28 throws for 216 yards. He also tossed a pair of 2-yard third-quarter touchdowns to Parker, who had four catches for 43 yards and put the Saints ahead for good with his second score of the evening. Andy Reid made his coaching debut for the Chiefs after spending 14 largely successful seasons in Philadelphia, and looks to improve on the team’s abysmal 2-14 record in 2012. Alex Smith, who came over in an offseason trade with San Francisco, was excellent on his only drive. He went 7-for-8 and threw for 68 yards, including a 13-yard throw on 3rd-and-6 that set up a 1-yard TD run for Jamaal Charles. Final Score: Carolina 24, Chicago 17 Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Cam Newton threw a touchdown pass on Carolina’s second possession and the Panthers upended the Chicago Bears, 24-17, in the preseason opener for both teams. Cornerback Josh Norman had a pair of interceptions, one on Chicago’s first offensive play and the other a 60-yard return for a TD in the third quarter. Newton, who played the first three series, completed 3-of-6 passes for 16 yards. That included a 3-yard score to Brandon LaFell.

Brian Banks makes NFL debut; dream comes true with preseason play

After a decade away from the game, he was finally playing NFL football. Banks said, “I was amped up the entire time, all the way until they said the game was over. I’m still amped up, going around, shaking everyone’s hand.” Forget about the few tackles he made, Banks’ real story lies in what it took for him to get to the game. In 2002, Banks was a star high school player with a full ride to University of Southern California, but when a fellow student accused him of rape, Banks was tried and sentenced to five years in prison. Then, nine years later, his accuser — caught on a hidden camera — admitted it was all a lie. Banks said, “People see me as something I’m not.” In May of last year, Banks was exonerated. Banks has said of his release, “It was bittersweet, so I was so happy to hear those words, but I’m still left with that question of ‘why’.” This offseason he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons. Banks knows he has an uphill climb ahead of him.

Football fans in travel costs plea to clubs

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The group has written to the chief executives of all Premier League clubs and given details of a survey showing how much fans pay. Football fans who travel to games face a ‘spiralling cost’ of getting to matches, the CBT says. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport The survey showed that 23% of fans spend more on travel than they do on a match ticket, with supporters travelling by train spending the most, followed by passenger-less car drivers. The CBT suggests the Premier League and the Association of Train Operating Companies should introduce a specific football supporters’ railcard or a “one-two ticket”, which would give access to local public transport using a match ticket. More top news

New football facility a huge hit at Arizona

The good news was that plans to build the LSFF were already underway, so he knew a new era was just around the corner. And the result is spectacular, a state-of-the-art facility that puts Arizona on level ground with some of the top programs in the country. The facility isn’t quite on par with the Nike-backed complex at Oregon, but then no other place is. “I don’t think you have to have the best, but you have to have a facility that shows a commitment to football, that it’s not a casual sport type of thing,” Rodriguez said. “Maybe somebody has a bigger weight room or more bells and whistles, but it’s obvious that football is very, very important when you walk into this building. They couldn’t have said that if you walked into the other facilities. That was just reality.

Former college football star who died in woods had brain disease

Two men have held the post in the past 65 years. “We appreciate all that Frank has done for Michigan football for the past 33 years, athletic director Dave Brandon said in a released statement. Frank has dedicated his Saturday afternoons to telling the story of Michigan football through the radio to our fans. His voice has become synonymous with some of the great calls in the history of our football program. We look forward to enjoying one more season of Frank being the voice of Michigan football before he begins his well-deserved retirement. We thank Frank for all the years of talent, travel and support of Michigan athletics. We look forward to celebrating his contribution to our football program as the 2013 season unfolds. Beckmann was not quoted in the release, and he did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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In five games, he led the Wolverines to three wins and a pair of losses. Entering last season, Gardner had only attempted 33 passes in a Michigan jersey. In 2012, the quarterback completed 75-of-126 attempts (59.5 percent) for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was picked off five times throughout the year but was still good more often than not. Now that Robinson is gonecurrently on the roster for the Jacksonville Jaguarsthe team is Gardners to lead.

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Finnerty’s brain was studied at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, which said Thursday the severity of CTE was moderate and it’s “highly unlikely” the disease alone led to his death. “CTE possibly affected his judgment, insight and behavior, but there are other factors, including the use of medications prescribed by his doctor, that most likely contributed to the circumstances surrounding his death,” the center said in a statement on behalf of the Finnerty family. “Unfortunately because of the complexity of his medications and medical status, it is impossible to determine the specific combination of factors that led to his tragic death. ” Kent County Chief Medical Examiner Stephen Cohle said Finnerty, 30, became incapacitated before inhaling his vomit in Lake County 65 miles north of Grand Rapids. Though relatives reported the former Grand Valley State University quarterback had a number of alcoholic drinks the day he died, Cohle said his blood-alcohol level was “negligible” and didn’t contribute to Finnerty’s incapacitation. The report said it’s likely Finnerty had anxiety, disorientation and paranoia from being alone in the woods while waiting for in-laws to pick him up. Cohle said the pain medication was prescribed to Finnerty for back injuries likely sustained during his football career.

UCLA football is faced with expected and unexpected at training camp

Both keepers are reasonably valued and make an enticing case for the No. 1 spot in this years Fantasy Football game. However, whereas Mignolet will undoubtedly start for Brendan Rodgers, Jaaskelainen may not hold onto his shirt for the whole campaign, after West Ham signed Real Betis goalkeeper Adrian (3.5). Along with Jaaskelainen, a number of economical shot-stoppers shone for mid-table clubs. Ben Foster (4.5) delivered the goods at West Brom as it enjoyed a surprisingly positive campaign, while Brad Guzan (4.5) collected points in a tough year at Aston Villa. Both are decent options, but without the goals of Romelu Lukaku West Brom could struggle this year, while Villa is still an uncertain package. Over at Swansea, regular Michel Vorm (4.5) has seen his place come under threat thanks to the masterful work of Gerhard Tremmel (4.0) in the Swans Capital One Cup-winning campaign, and he may not be as much of a bargain as he looks. You do need to consider a second goalkeeper and this will come down to personal preference. You may want to use Hart as your week-in week-out goalkeeper with someone like Vito Mannone (4.0) as backup, or to utilize two mid-range options like Asmir Begovic (5.0) and Artur Boruc (4.0).

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However, as tough as it was, it wasn’t close to the 49-26 beating Baylor administered in the Bridgepoint Holiday Bowl in December. On the ride from San Diego to San Bernardino on Tuesday, Coach Jim Mora said, “I was thinking there was no way I could have felt worse than I did leaving San Diego last year.” UCLA finished the 2012 season with a 9-5 record and won the Pac-12 South Division, but lost its last three games. “Some may say we had a good season, but that wasn’t the way we wanted to finish,” quarterback Brett Hundley said. “We did a couple things, but not everything. We have to have higher expectations for ourselves. No one is going to think of us as national champion contenders, so we have to think of ourselves that way.” Hundley is the centerpiece to how much the UCLA program grew in a year. The Bruins have entered camp with a starting quarterback, a rarity in the last decade. That was one of many unknowns a year ago.

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A never-ending array of minutiae falls into the recruiting staffs laps, and its their job to keep the operation running efficiently. There are things that this office has to coordinate so the coaches can use it as a central warehouse. … Theres natural coordination that occurs that we do in this office, Jones told ESPN.com in an interview shortly before national signing day. And it’s that logistical management that is truly helping UGA’s coaches. Its not fair for a coach to know as hes checking off boxes on our 2013 class where every 2014 prospect in his area is, so thats where they tie us in,” Jones said.