Watch: Donald Penn gets out of his car, confronts heckling fans after Raiders loss

Nobody in Raider Nation is happy right now. Nobody on the Raiders team is happy right now. Judging by some of the reactions on twitter throughout the game to a couple of the sacks given up by the Raiders, a lot of outrage is being directed at Donald Penn.

Sherman, speaking to reporters Tuesday after owners, players and league and union representatives met in New York, was asked specifically if he thinks, as Kaepernick claims in a recently filed grievance, that the league and owners colluded to keep him from being signed.

“I think they had a point to make and they made it,’’ Sherman said (via the Seattle Times). “You can see what it is. They have agreed not to give him a job, and it is what it is.’’

The league, owners and players are trying to find common ground on how to highlight social issues in the wake of kneeling protests during the national anthem that have rocked the NFL this season, in part because of comments by President Donald Trump.

When Tennessee exited the tunnel to begin the second half, backup quarterback Matt Cassel started for the rest of the game. And Mariota stood on the sidelines. After the game, head coach Mike Mularkey told Jim Wyatt of titansonline.com that Mariota wanted to see if he could still play with the injury. However, Murlarkey didn’t decided not to play him.

“He came out, warmed up, and I said to him: ‘I’d like to be smart about it. There’s a lot of football still to go. We have 12 games to go, so let’s be smart about it,” Mularkey said.
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It took 25 seconds for the Jags-Rams game to live up to its (very real) hype

The Jaguars and Rams have actually been exciting this season. They’re facing off in Week 6, and the start of the game was the perfect summation of how fun they’ve been to watch this season.

This is the bone that human biology throws to parents. Oh, is every day with a young child the hardest thing you’ve ever experienced? FINE, bathe in the warmth of infinite love. And all of us stupid parents are like, Oh, yeah, that’s good. This is worth surrendering my house to childproofing measures and chiming plastic bullshit.

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Bell’s celebration — literally the same move linebacker Ken Norton Jr. used to pull out in the ‘90s — was flagged, presumably, because he used the goalpost as a pro. It forced the Steelers’ ensuing kickoff back 15 yards, but it didn’t wind up hurting Pittsburgh. The Chiefs went three-and-out on the following drive.

What it means for Le’Veon Bell: Bell, surprisingly, is the first Steeler to draw an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for a touchdown celebration. Pittsburgh will likely take a loss of field position in exchange for Bell’s productive day in Kansas City — he’s in line for his best performance of 2017.

With Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris and Sterling Shepard out of the lineup, Evan Engram predictably handled a career-high target share in Week 6. Granted, Engram won’t come close to 37 percent most weeks, but his raw total (seven) is about what we can expect going forward. The rookie currently sits fifth among tight ends in fantasy points, and he is all but guaranteed a massive role moving forward. He should be locked into lineups every week, including Sunday’s tough matchup with Seattle.

Gains in streaming audience offer hope for flagging NFL ratings

Ratings for the NFL this year haven’t exactly rebounded from last season’s 8% dip through the first several weeks of the season.

While the audience size has continued on a downward trend, there has been one bright spot: Streaming. While it makes up less than 5% of the audience for NFL games, the number of people streaming games has seen a roughly 25% gain over the same time period last season, according to information provided to USA TODAY Sports by NBC, Fox, CBS and ESPN.

Look, we all want the players to stand, but as far as I’m concerned, because they want to stand as opposed to me having to tell them that, John Mara, a co-owner of the Giants, said. Mara said there was some conversation about changing league rules, which say players should stand for the anthem, but he said the policy is not going to change.
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Authentic Mens Matt Prater Jersey Mara was one of about a half-dozen owners who spoke to reporters after the meetings ended. Mara, the Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the San Francisco 49ers co-owner Jed York said the owners were trying to move past the controversy, which has prompted fans to turn in season tickets, burn football jerseys and fly a plane over a stadium with a banner calling for a boycott of the N.F.L.

The owners said that while they knew some fans were unhappy with the protests — which began more than a year ago as a way to highlight issues affecting black Americans — it was important for them to listen to their players and the reasons they have been protesting.

Twins bringing Paul Molitor back on new 3-year deal after historic turnaround

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The Minnesota Twins are bringing back Paul Molitor as manager after he led a historic turnaround.

The Twins announced Monday that Molitor is getting a new three-year deal that keeps him under contract through 2020. They went 85-77 this season, becoming the first team to make the playoffs after losing at least 100 games the previous year. They lost to the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game last week.

Elite Mens Doug Williams Jersey Molitor spent the entire season in the final year of his initial three-year contract signed in 2014. New executives Derek Falvey and Thad Levine never addressed the manager’s future during the season, which saw a 26-game improvement from 2016. That led to some uncertainty about whether they would retain a manager they inherited when they took over.

In his previous outing, he struck out a career-high 15 over seven scoreless innings in his final regular-season start against Toronto.

Carrasco matched Tanaka into the sixth.

The 18-game winner gave up three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Also helped by two double plays, he struck out seven and was lifted with the bases loaded.

Miller retired Starlin Castro on a popup to end the inning.

That’s two of the better starting performers you’re going to see, Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Bird joined Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger as the only left-handed hitters to homer off Miller this season. Just threw the wrong pitch in the wrong spot, Miller said. It stinks. I mean, I’m the guy who lost the game.

Utah should suffocate opponents with a top-five defense.

Teams are going to duck under every screen for Ricky Rubio, and strangle the lane when both Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors are on the floor. The Jazz have scored well with the twin towers, but Hayward has almost always been there as a fail-safe. Utah finagled its way to 12th in points per possession last season; it’s easy to see the Jazz falling toward 20th.

But they can run out at least 11 legit rotation players. They have enough tweener forward types to pull Favors early, shift into small-ball mode, and reinsert him for Gobert as their backup center.

(Good luck generating a corner 3 against them.) Gobert barricades the rim with a sneering arrogance. He scares people. The Jazz are deep, and they play hard every night. Even vanilla teams can win a lot of regular-season games that way.

Starting to believe me about the center thing? Joel Embiid’s ceiling is as impressive as his social media traffic, but there is clearly great injury and availability risk present.

This is the format where Dwight Howard is still special, especially now that he’s in a familiar scheme that could inspire a revival campaign.

The name that really demands exposition from this tier is Julius Randle. A legitimate breakout candidate now that Brook Lopez will finally afford him some floor spacing, Randle was 17th in the NBA last season with 15.6 rebounding chances per game and ninth among forwards in points created from assists.tigers_047-115x115

Wizards’ Sheldon Mac expected to miss season after Achilles surgery

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Washington Wizards swingman Sheldon Mac is expected to be out for the season after having surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon.

The team said the operation was Monday.

Mac should be sidelined about six to eight months.
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The Wizards play their season opener against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 18. The regular season ends April 11.

As a rookie last season, Mac averaged 3.0 points and 1.1 rebounds while appearing in 30 games for the Wizards.

In one of my leagues, a new manager came in and dominated the early part of the draft, and just when I thought he might start filling the rest of his roster with conservative, safe players, he boldly selected Thomas. Talk about an awesome move! (Nice job, Seth; you can play in my league any time.) Bottom line, here, is Thomas is expected to miss about half the season recovering from a hip injury, with talk of a January return, and taking him is a gamble, because in some leagues you can’t stash him without it taking up a roster spot. But in keeper leagues or in drafts where you’ve crushed the early rounds and can afford to wait for Thomas, he could very well be your ticket to winning it all this season if he comes back and plays like the Thomas of old. I’m going into drafts with this as my mindset.

Hayward continued to gush about Horford’s on-court skills and said he’s eager to share the floor with him. While Boston added two All-Stars this summer in Hayward and Kyrie Irving, there are many in the Boston organization who believe Horford is maybe the most important piece to Boston’s success.

Irving is Boston’s best offensive weapon (and Thomas showed last season how important it is to have someone like that), Hayward is Boston’s best all-around player, and Horford is the key to making it all work.

Georgia LB Natrez Patrick arrested on marijuana-related charges

Braylon Edwards Authentic Jersey Georgia starting linebacker Natrez Patrick was arrested on misdemeanor marijuana-related charges by police in Athens, Georgia, late Thursday night.

Game Womens Dont’a Hightower Jersey Patrick, a junior from Atlanta, was charged with misdemeanor possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and prohibited stopping, standing or parking. He was released on $1,500 bond early Friday morning, according to Athens-Clarke County Jail records.

He did not travel with the fifth-ranked Bulldogs for Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt. Juwan Taylor replaced Patrick in the starting lineup.

Patrick was also arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges with former teammate Chauncey Rivers as a freshman in 2015. He was suspended one game for that incident and might now be subject to a four-game suspension under Georgia Athletic Association policies.

Patrick had started every game for the Bulldogs this season and entered Saturday tied for third on the team with 17 total tackles.

Auburn’s defense has become its signature unit this season, and Davis’ resurgence is helping to propel the Tigers. A freshman All-America selection in 2015, Davis is once again showing high-level skills in the secondary, recording seven pass breakups and an interception in the first six games. He’s an excellent open-field tackler — all 16 of his tackles are solo stops — and gives coordinator Kevin Steele confidence against top opposing receivers.

Manning, in only a Peyton Manning way, closed the ceremony with a touching message.

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Peyton Manning spent most of his 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts throwing countless touchdown passes, breaking records, winning MVP awards and leading the franchise to the Super Bowl XLI title.

The franchise that made him the No. 1 overall pick in 1998 unveiled a statue of the future first-ballot Hall of Famer in front of Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In May 2016, local Indianapolis artist Ryan Feeney started the process of building the Manning statue, which depicts the quarterback standing on his toes ready to rifle one of his 539 touchdown passes while with the Colts. Feeney put the final touches on the statue Saturday morning.

I came here almost 20 years ago to play quarterback and to try and win a lot of football games, he told the crowd during the halftime ceremony. I thank God every day that I’m an Indianapolis Colt.

In many ways, the mistake-prone game became a sideshow for what happened around it.

While many showed up to thank Manning, who played his final home game in Indy on Jan. 8, 2011, most didn’t anticipate becoming part of another political statement.

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Some reports indicated Pence’s walkout was planned.

Bell went in motion to the right side.

Running back Matt Forte (turf toe), who missed last week’s game, is in danger of missing Sunday’s matchup against the Browns. There’s no reason to rush him back. Bilal Powell and rookie Eli McGuire combined for 256 rushing yards and two touchdowns last week. The Jets lose a bigger, more physical back with Forte, but they gain speed with Powell and McGuire. — Rich Cimini

On third-and-goal, McCarron scrambled for 13 seconds and headed for the end zone, where he was met by cornerback Dustin Harris, setting up fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

Will Johnson: That was real tension on the sidelines … we’ve come this close to a monumental win and now it could get taken away. Energy and elation left the A&M sidelines after those two bombs and now reality was setting in. The defense is on the field, so Johnny’s not the one that can bail you out now, it has to be somebody else.

McCarron took the snap. Cooper ran high and Bell ran underneath. A&M cornerback Deshazor Everett jumped in front of Bell — avoiding the rub by Cooper — and intercepted McCarron with 1:36 left.

In Cook’s place, running back Latavius Murray will inherit the bulk of the workload. Murray is coming off ankle surgery during the offseason that still has him feeling less than 100 percent.

To be honest, I think I’m still getting to that point, said Murray, 27, who spent the previous three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. It’s not going to quite feel the same for awhile. I knew that dealing with my previous ankle procedure.

For me, it’s being well enough to be out there and being able to help the team be successful. … I feel good enough to be out there, and I’m confident in myself that I can play at a high level.
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The key this week is seeing how Beckwith fares against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The Bucs will likely be without starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (hamstring) and weakside linebacker Lavonte David (ankle), as neither have practiced this week or last. They’ll be replaced again by Kendell Beckwith and Adarius Glanton. Defensive coordinator Mike Smith raved about Beckwith’s performance against the Giants. He didn’t blink. He was very impressive, Smith said. Safety Keith Tandy has not practiced this week because of a hip injury. Safety T.J. Ward (hip) returned to practice. If neither Tandy nor Ward can go Thursday, the Bucs would be forced to rely on rookie Justin Evans, who has yet to make an NFL start and played only minimal snaps on defense prior to last week. — Jenna Laine

Obviously, I wish we would’ve won more games and it had gone better, McCown said after practice Wednesday. But I think we learned from it and they’re in the process of trying to build their own thing there.
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Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was asked after Wednesday’s practice if he’s afraid this could be a trap game for the Jets, although it’s hard to label it that since it is virtually a pick’em in Las Vegas.

Nah, I’m not afraid, are you? Wilkerson asked reporters. Nah, nobody is afraid. We’re going to execute and do our job. We don’t care about their record.

The Jets’ defense, led by rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, and defensive end Kony Ealy, has been on fire their last two games, allowing only two touchdowns, including one on the last play of the Miami game that didn’t affect the outcome. It also has three interceptions and four sacks in that stretch.
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And the running game came alive last week for a season-high 256 yards behind career days from Bilal Powell (163 yards, touchdown) and rookie Elijah McGuire (93 yards, TD). With Matt Forte again questionable to play because of turf toe, the running game will likely lean heavily on these two again.