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Google and NFL meet; Sunday Ticket up for grabs?

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.

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