Ryan Tannehill still Miami Dolphins starting quarterback

September 24, 2014 – 12:06 am by Ryan Phillips
    Ryan Tannehill

On Tuesday, the Miami Dolphins all but announced that Ryan Tannehill will be their starter in Week 4. Tannehill took all of the first-team reps in Tuesday’s practice, and while the coaching staff has yet to publicly endorse him and back him long-term, it appears he will be the guy this week.

The Dolphins made Tannehill the No. 8 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and he has been the team’s starting quarterback ever since. While he has been underwhelming in his first two seasons, Tannehill appears more confident in the pocket this season. But his on-field results haven’t improved.

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San Diego Chargers: Danny Woodhead officially out for the year

September 22, 2014 – 5:46 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Danny Woodhead injury

The San Diego Chargers’ worst fears were confirmed on Monday as running back Danny Woodhead is officially out for the year after suffering a leg injury against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Woodhead will have surgery to repair his fractured right fibula and ankle and will be placed in injured reserve this week.

The 30-year-old was carted off the field during the Chargers’ 22-10 win in Buffalo on Sunday. His ankle bent awkwardly underneath him as he was tackled on his first carry of the game. It looked bad immediately and despite his small stature (5-8, 200 pounds) Woodhead is a tough dude who wouldn’t have allowed himself to be carted off unless something was seriously wrong.

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Stephen Tulloch Suffers a Very Detroit Lions Injury

September 22, 2014 – 12:50 am by Hickey
    Stephen Tulloch

Only in the twisted universe of Detroit Lionsdom could the most-played highlight from a win over their biggest division rival be… what you are about to witness.

Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch decided to celebrate a big sack by mimicking Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ “Discount Double Check” move, which is quite a funny thing to do — until you fail to stick the landing and crumble to the ground after blowing out your knee. Tulloch had to head to the locker room and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines in street clothes.

Video of the injury follows.

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Florida State: Jameis Winston will not play against Clemson

September 19, 2014 – 10:32 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jameis Winston

On Friday night, Florida State officials announced that quarterback Jameis Winston will not play at all against No. 22 Clemson on Saturday night. The No. 1 Seminoles had originally suspended the redshirt sophomore for the first half of their showdown with the Tigers, but likely caved after virtually everyone ripped that suspension as far too lenient.

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Giancarlo Stanton’s season done; should he be MVP?

September 18, 2014 – 1:26 am by Hickey
    Giancarlo Stanton

It comes as no surprise to anyone who saw him hit the deck after gruesomely getting beaned in the face in Milwaukee, but slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been shut down for the rest of the season by the Miami Marlins. The only question remaining is whether he deserves to be voted National League MVP, which is always an interesting debate when it comes to players on a team that isn’t a serious playoff contender.

Stanton certainly has the stats to be near the top of everyone’s ballot.

He leads the league with 37 home runs, and barring a late charge from Anthony Rizzo in the final two weeks, he will remain atop that list. Stanton also has a league-high OPS of .950 and is behind only Adrian Gonzalez with 105 RBIs. And if we’re looking at nerd stats, Stanton’s Wins Above Replacement of 6.1 is the second-best total in the NL according to Fangraphs’ calculations. He’s certainly reminiscent of 1987 Andre Dawson — his team may not be there, but the numbers are.

So, which other players are deserving of consideration?

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Sponsors concerned about NFL’s handling of off-field issues

September 16, 2014 – 5:26 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Roger Goodell

On Tuesday several major NFL sponsors expressed their disapproval of how the league is handling off-field issues involving its players. Anheuser-Busch is the biggest name to publicly condemn the league, but none of the NFL’s top sponsors have taken the step of pulling advertising yet.

Anheuser-Busch said it has spoken with the NFL about its handling of recent incidents that have fans in an uproar. Those include the investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence situation and the Minnesota Vikings’ decision to allow Adrian Peterson to play despite child abuse allegations.

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Chicago Bears teach a valuable gambling lesson

September 16, 2014 – 12:16 am by Hickey


“Never bet against your own team” is one of those adages you always hear, somewhere along the lines of “Never play in traffic,” “never stick a knife down your toaster” and “never get involved in a land war in Asia.”

And yet…I just couldn’t help myself.

In my lifetime of watching the Chicago Bears, I had never witnessed the team win a game in San Francisco. Hell, I’ve never even seen them compete in a game out there. Candlestick Park was home to most of my worst sports memories, from the demise of the 1989 Cubs to a cornucopia of ugly Bears losses. Heading into Sunday night, the Bears had lost eight straight in San Francisco. Only one of those games was decided by less than 17 points, with scores like 41-0, 52-14, 44-15, 49-7 and 32-7 being the norm.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II: Live Blog

September 13, 2014 – 5:00 am by Ryan Phillips
    Mayweather Maidana 2

Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather will square off with Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana for the second time this year. The bout will be for Mayweather’s WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring welterweight titles, and his WBC light middleweight title. Their last fight was a close, back-and-forth affair and the rematch should be just as exciting.

As always with big fights, we will be live-blogging all the action for you, starting at 8:45 ET. Come join us as we breakdown the fight and see if Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) can be the first man to defeat Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs).

Live Blog Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II: Live Blog

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