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Warren Sapp arrested for solicitation, assault following Super Bowl

One of the NFL Network’s analysts has gotten into some hot water. Hall of Famer Warren Sapp was arrested Monday morning for soliciting a prostitute and for assault, according to Deadspin. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Sapp had been arrested.

A sergeant with the Phoenix Police Department told Deadspin that Sapp was Tani Tupou Authentic Womens Jersey arrested for allegedly assaulting two women at a downtown hotel after an argument about money. The police picked up Sapp at the hotel early Monday morning and charged him with the two misdemeanors.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, the NFL Network suspended Sapp indefinitely without pay. An NFL Network spokesperson stated that the suspension is pending the outcome of the ongoing police investigation. Sapp has also been removed from the network’s talent page. Deitsch later reported that his contract with the network has been terminated.

Via the Arizona Republic:

“He told her several times that she needed to leave but she was irate,” the report said. “At one point, she used Warren’s phone to call security to his room.”

The arm injury looked gruesome, yet may not have been the worst injury he suffered on the play. Lane Thomas Rawls Authentic Womens Jersey also hurt his knee and could be out through training camp and into the early part of 2015. That would leave Seattle vulnerable at the cornerback position.

Both players’ futures with the team remain cloudy as the NFL Combine gets underway, but general manager Trent Baalke has indicated he would like both to return. Gore will play next season at age 32, so it’s difficult to envision him warranting a large contract similar to that of a feature back.

As for Crabtree, Tomsula said he “absolutely” wanted his wideout back in Santa Clara next season.

Biggest Week 12 questions, stats and predictions

Taking a spin around the NFL to get you ready for Week 12:

The big questions

Which team will make a Ibraheim Campbell Womens Jersey move in the AFC West?

The Chiefs’ offense needs a lift as well. Kansas City is averaging 16.0 points in its past three games.

The Broncos go into this game as 3.5-point favorites.

Can the Baltimore Ravens finish strong?

At 5-5, the Ravens are only a half-game out of first place in the Isaiah Crowell Womens Jersey AFC North. But according to Football Outsiders, they have the most difficult remaining schedule in the NFL.

Our weekly ESPN Insider cheat sheet provides a rundown of the greatest hits from all of our Insider fantasy football content. In this file, you’ll find answers to the top questions of the week, along with injury updates, matchup advantages and wild-card plays from Eric Karabell, Tristan H. Cockcroft, Scott Kacsmar, Mike Clay and Al Zeidenfeld. It’s all the best tips, distilled into one handy file.

“Anything you want him to do, Bruce can do it.”

Smith, who had an interception, was given 11 tackles by PFF, four against the run, and had an interception for a grade of 79.5.

“The play of the game to me, it wasn’t an offensive play, it was the third-down run that Malcolm chased the guy down and tackled him short of the [first-down marker],” Carr said.

“Watch him on that play — he almost gets thrown because he’s trying to get off the block and he almost, he could have easily quit, could have easily been blocked, but he kept fighting. Malcolm made the play of the day right there. I think that’s the play of the game that goes unseen and unheard, but that was the play.”

DeMarco Murray might get the $8 million he wants

DeMarco Murray is making his decision soon, and some team is probably going to overpay. Reports say he wants $8 million per season, and with the way running back contracts are going thus far into free agency, he might just get it. That’s a lot of money for a running back coming off the first full 16-game season of his career and a workload of 450 touches in the regular season alone.

Running backs have made a surprising Amari Cooper Authentic Jersey amount of money so far in free agency.

Look at the evidence in 28 career games from Thanksgiving week through the end of the season, which equates to 32.1 percent of his career starts since entering the league in 2011:

Newton has a record Andre Holmes Authentic Jersey of 22-6. He is 27-31-1 in all other games.

Newton has a completion percentage of 60.8, compared to a career percentage of 59.2.

Newton has thrown 48 touchdown passes to only 12 interceptions. That’s 37.5 percent of his career TD passes and 16.9 percent of his interceptions.

Newton has averaged 49.9 yards rushing a game compared to 39.9 for his career. He’s scored 18 rushing touchdowns, 38.3 of his total.

The Panthers (4-6) need Newton to continue this trend if they are to continue a push to get into the playoff picture, beginning with Sunday’s game at Oakland (8-2).

At his current rate, he’s headed for the worst season of his career in several key statistics.

Obviously, it’s a more talented group of running backs on the market in 2015. Gore can be productive in an offense that doesn’t need to grind for 30 carries a game, and he has Boom Herron to spell him. Ingram is just coming into his own and is only 25. Those deals make some sense.

J.J. Watt credits trainer for recognizing staph infection during injury-filled 2015 season

Add a staph infection to the long list of ailments that Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt suffered — and played through — during the 2015 season.

Watt, in a post for The Players’ Tribune, credits a Texans trainer for looking at “some weird bumps on my knee” and recognizing the infection. He said he was later told by a team doctor that, if it had gone undiagnosed, he could have lost Marqise Lee Authentic Jersey his leg.

During that 2015 season, Watt said he also suffered a broken hand, two torn abs, three torn adductor muscles and a herniated disc on two occasions. He didn’t miss a game.

“That was my 2015 season. Believe it or not, the scariest was probably the staph infection,” Watt wrote.

Schaaf is scheduled to present the deal to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in a closed-door session. It would then go to the Oakland City Council on Nov. 29, if it passes.

Davis reaffirmed to ESPN in October that he plans to play the next two seasons at the Oakland Coliseum, even if the team gets the green light from the NFL to move to Las Vegas.

“We want to bring a Super Bowl championship back to the Bay Area,” Davis said at the time.

Davis and the Raiders have the financing plan in place for a $1.9 billion stadium to be built in Las Vegas after the Nevada state legislature approved a tax plan in October to raise $750 million toward the project. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval then signed the Marqueston Huff Authentic Jersey bill, clearing the way for the stadium, which would also be used by UNLV’s football team.

Davis has denied speculation that supporting the Las Vegas plan was a way to force Oakland to build a new stadium.

“I made a commitment to the governor of Nevada,” he said in October. “I’ve never used another city as leverage.”

Relocation needs the blessing of three-fourths of NFL team owners, who historically have shunned Las Vegas because of its legalized sports betting.

Drew Stanton, now with the Arizona Cardinals, was a member of the 0-16 Lions in 2008

To Stanton, the worst part came as the season ended.

“We were at Green Bay to end the year and we lost, and that point you’re going to live in infamy as the worst team ever,” Stanton said.

Both players were rookies who did not play a Nick Foligno Authentic Jersey lot. Stanton played in three games; Avril started four.

“Honestly, I wasn’t paying attention to the record,” Avril said. “I was more so trying not to be the reason why you’re losing and trying to make a name for myself. So there wasn’t any pressure for me, but a lot of guys did start quitting.

Flacco has always downplayed the need to be that way. In 2013, Flacco poked fun at Lewis’ passionate pregame speeches.

“I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn’t even make sense,” Flacco said. “He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time.”

On Thursday, Lewis said Flacco isolates himself on the bench after a big play or bad play. He says he believes more emotional players like Steve Smith need to coax Flacco.

“It’s different personalities that can make him rally,” Lewis Rene Bourque Authentic Jersey said, “because that’s the only thing that can bring him out of that.”

The Ravens (5-4), who lead the AFC North, play Sunday at the Dallas Cowboys (8-1).

Really, it’s not a moment I want to remember or care to see again. I’ve never seen the play. Football is a tough game, so players are always going to get hurt while playing the game. That’s one of the hazards of the job. Believe me; I’ve seen a lot worse hits on film than the one on Joe, though. Everyone who thinks they know me wants to talk about that Monday Night Football game. First of all, like I said, I have never watched the play, don’t won’t to watch it, and I never will watch it. I saw it in person. I don’t want to see it again.

Source: Josh Reddick, Astros agree on 4-year, $52 million deal

The Houston Astros and free-agent outfielder Josh Reddick have agreed on a four-year, $52 million contract, a source close to the situation told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The agreement, which is subject to a physical, was first reported by Yahoo! Sports and confirmed by ESPN.

In 155 combined games between the Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Dodgers, Reddick hit .281 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 37 RBIs, while also providing steady defense in right field.

This was McCann’s third season in New York after signing an $85 million, five-year deal as a free agent. The Yankees had a $15 million option for 2019 with no buyout.

“I wanted to catch every day,” he said. “I feel like I still have a lot of good years left.”

McCann likes what he sees in the Astros, praising “a lot of great young pieces.”

“I wanted to be a part of it,” he said.

The 21-year-old Abreu was a combined 3-8 with Brett Favre Authentic Womens Jersey a 3.72 ERA for two teams in Class A. The 20-year-old Guzman was a combined 3-4 with a 4.05 ERA with two rookie-level teams.

The Yankees signed McCann in the winter prior to the 2014 season, with a full no-trade clause. McCann is entering the fourth year of the contract.

The deal includes a vesting option that, in theory, he will now have a better chance of achieving. If McCann has a total of 1,000 plate appearances combined in 2017-18 and he plays 90 games at catcher in 2018, while avoiding the disabled list, he would add another $15 million for 2019.

With the Yankees, it would seem unlikely Brian Robison Authentic Womens Jersey he would reach those goals, unless Sanchez underperformed or were injured. With McCann gone, the Yankees have catchers Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka as possible backups to Sanchez on the 40-man roster.

Robert Quinn rejoins Rams after being discharged from hospital

Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn watched practice in sweatpants and a beanie late Tuesday afternoon, one day after being in the hospital with a non-football-related illness.

Quinn was discharged early on Tuesday Cordy Glenn Authentic Jersey and was at the team facility for morning meetings. Rams coach Jeff Fisher didn’t provide specifics on Quinn’s condition, but said they “got good results back” and that he will be “day-to-day” with regard to playing in Sunday’s home game against the Miami Dolphins.

Bobby Johnson made a pivotal catch for the New York Giants in 1986, when they trailed the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter of Week 12. Quarterback Phil Simms found Johnson on fourth-and-17, putting the Giants within range for Raul Allegre’s game-winning 33-yard field goal.

The 22-20 victory propelled the Giants Corey Graham Authentic Jersey into the postseason and, eventually, to their Super Bowl XXI win over John Elway and the Denver Broncos.

Johnson, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Kansas, recorded 81 catches and 15 touchdowns his first two seasons in New York.

“Bobby was the mystery guy for a long time,” said Bill Parcells, who coached the Giants from 1983 to 1990. “No one really knew about him.”

Johnson might have appeared mysterious on the surface, but, in reality, he was hiding something from his teammates: He was addicted to crack cocaine.

The day’s first meal has proved a crucial building block in what’s become a tight bond between Giants QB Eli Manning and young center Weston Richburg.

“It was just a social gathering one night,” Johnson said of his first encounter with the drug, sometime in the middle of the 1986 season. “We were at my place. Somebody said, ‘Try this.’ I had never tried it before. I thought my will was strong enough just to try it that one time and continue on with my life. But no. That one hit changed my life forever.”

The more Johnson began using, the more he struggled to honor his commitment to football. He began arriving late to meetings and practices and almost missed kickoff for the Giants NFC Championship Game against the Washington Redskins.

Johnson’s erratic behavior was overlooked when the team shared the joy of winning Super Bowl XXI, and of receiving the championship rings.

He tried to explain an 0-10 season.

Former Saints DE Will Smith killed in New Orleans shooting

Authorities in New Orleans have confirmed that former Saints defensive end Will Smith was killed in a shooting in the city’s Garden District late Saturday.

At a press conference on Sunday, New Orleans police said that Smith was driving an SUV when he was struck from behind by an Hummer H2. Smith and Nikola Mirotic Authentic Jersey the driver of the H2 reportedly exchanged words before the H2 driver allegedly pulled a gun and shot Smith multiple times and his wife once in the leg. Smith’s wife was treated for not life-threatening injuries.

Smith had three children.

With those facts in mind, it’s easy to see why DePodesta and his staff would choose to bypass free agency. But unlike in MLB, where contracts are guaranteed, bad deals don’t hamper NFL teams for years on end. Oftentimes, players can be cut on a whim.

Where can analytics be applied?
History shows certain types of advanced Pau Gasol Authentic Jersey statistical analysis can be useful when it comes to constructing an NFL roster. Bill Belichick, for example, is believed to employ those kinds of models in his draft strategy, which relies heavily on trading down for additional draft picks. Given how unpredictable the draft is, the thinking goes, “The more picks you have, the better chance you have at hitting on a successful one.”

DePodesta will be put to the test later this month in the NFL Draft. The Browns hold the No. 2 overall pick in a draft that’s believed to be thin at the top. To make matters even more interesting, Cleveland let six of its college scouts go just last week. Beane, whose conflict with A’s scouts was profiled in depth in Moneyball, believes analytics are an extremely valuable complement to the traditional “eye test.” But that methodology may prove to be dubious in professional football where advanced metrics are arguably years behind their baseball equivalents.

There’s a place for analytics in the NFL, but it remains to be seen how much can be applied or even how much the Browns will use them. What’s clear is that every move DePodesta makes will be heavily scrutinized.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Will and his wife Racquel, but more importantly with their children, William, Wynter and Lisa who are suffering and just starting to realize and deal with an unimaginable loss,” Saints owner Tom Benson and his wife Gayle said in a statement. “We are devastated and saddened by Will’s tragic and preventable death due to a senseless act that will leave a lasting scar on our community forever. Will was more than an exceptional football player he was a father, a husband, a son, a brother and teammate to so many and an inspiration to countless more. He will be greatly missed by all those he touched and impacted both on and off the football field and his legacy will continue to shine. The Saints family is hurting and devastated as it has lost a member too young and too soon.”

Cornerback Aqib Talib appears to be shooting a basketball that was captured midair in the video

“At one point in time, I kind of planned on joining the military if football didn’t work out,” Celek said. “But I ended up getting a scholarship to Michigan State, so I went in that direction. But I’ve always had an interest in it.”

When Celek was younger, he Everson Griffen Authentic Jersey said his initial interest was in joining the Air Force and becoming a fighter pilot, but he said motion sickness is an issue for him, which ended that possibility. Even after playing at Michigan State, it was possible Celek would need to find a career outside of football as he joined the 49ers as an undrafted free agent.

Miller was behind the camera. Cornerback Aqib Talib appears to be shooting a basketball that was captured midair in the video — Miller called it “movie magic.”

“As a competitor, you see that and you’re like, ‘OK, this year has to be different,’” said Saints receiver Brandin Cooks, who acknowledged that Fran Tarkenton Authentic Jersey history has been a point of emphasis this week. “That’s what we’re all saying as players and coaches. And that’s how we’re working.”

“The wins are great,” cornerback Delvin Breaux said of the Saints’ four wins over the past five games. “But we have to continue to keep stacking ’em.”

In a sense, that mindset is Brees’ way of trying to buck the historic trend.

As offensive tackle Zach Strief explained, there is a human-nature tendency to relax a bit once you’ve fought your way out of the cellar and into contention. The Saints have learned, time and again, that they can’t afford to do that.

“Obviously, look, we’re aware that our record after battling back to .500 with a rough early season is not good. So we need to change that. That’s something I think everyone is aware of,” Strief said. “And we’ve talked about that a lot more than we’ve talked about the standings as a defense or an offense. … It’s having this human response of exhaling and, ‘OK, we’re good now,’ and that’s just not the case. We have to put another one together.

“Changing that streak for us is important.”

Through the first five innings on, the Kansas City Royals couldn’t get a hit.

Through the first five innings on, the Kansas City Royals couldn’t get a hit. During the final four innings, they just couldn’t get a hit when it mattered. The Royals’ struggles with runners scoring position continued, and it led to another loss. The Pittsburgh Pirates finished off a sweep with a 3 win on. Kansas City went 2 for 12 with runners scoring position to cap a series which they had four hits 29 such situations. We’re not getting it done, Royals manager Ned Yost said. Make up all the excuses you want. We’ve just got to get hits with Orlando Cepeda Jersey runners scoring position.

I’m done with making excuses. It’s a hard game – there’s nothing easy about it. They drive runs. They’re just not doing it right now. McCutchen homered and drove three runs and A.J. Burnett won his fifth consecutive start for Pittsburgh, which finished their first sweep of team more than a decade. and Alicedes Escobar each had two hits for the Royals, who have lost four a row and six of eight. Burnett had a no-hitter through 5-3 innings until singled with one out the sixth. He did not allow a baserunner until Eric Hosmer drew a two-out walk the fourth or a run until Escobar’s two-out RBI double the seventh. But despite 10 baserunners over the final five innings, the Royals managed only two runs. scored when Hosmer hit into a fielder’s choice the eighth. Kansas City left two men on at the end of each of the final three innings. Those are opportunities when we crawl back, we need to get big hits, outfielder Maier said.

We had chances there.. That’s a Ricky Romero Jersey time that we needed to capitalize and get those big knocks. Obviously, that’s the key to this game. That’s how you win and lose. And we weren’t able to do it this weekend. McCutchen hit RBI double the first inning and hit a two-run the third, giving the Pirates enough offense to win their fourth a row despite having only three hits from all their other players. The fact that McCutchen was the one who hurt us, that’s the fact I’m very concerned about, Kansas City catcher Brayan Pena said. McCutchen has feasted on left-handers, improving his average to.463 against them after two hits his first two at bats against Chen. This was the 50th interleague series the Pirates had played since taking three a row from the Indians on 15, 200Since May 25, the Pirates have the best record the majors at 1This weekend was outstanding, Burnett said. We are playing good ball now and we are hitting on a couple of cylinders and it’s fun to watch. Burnett was charged with two runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts 7-3 innings. Pittsburgh has won his past seven starts. Burnett had a streak of 20 consecutive innings without earned run at PNC Park snapped the seventh. He is 4 with a 1 at home this season. He had good tempo and good rhythm today on a hot day, and he was really efficient with things, Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. It was a very, very solid performance all across the board for A.J. today. Tony Watson came on with runners at first and third and one out the eighth, allowing to score on a Hosmer fielder’s choice. Juan walked the bases loaded but struck out Maier for the final out of the eighth. With closer Joel Hanrahan unavailable because he had appeared the past three, Grilli worked around trouble the ninth for his fourth career save and first of the season. With two on and no outs, Grilli stuck out and Giavotella to end the game. McCutchen entered the game with 15 hits his past 27 at-bats against left-handers. Despite going hitless over the first two of the series, he made it 17 for 29 over the course of the first three innings. I hadn’t been feeling that great the past few days, but after a few times out the cage, I was able to put a show forth today, McCutchen said. His first-inning double to right drove Presley, who led off the inning with a single. With on and two outs the third, McCutchen lifted a 1 pitch from Chen into the left-field bleachers for his 11th of the season. He’s leading everybody hitting left-handers, Yost said. We really tried, even the first inning, we didn’t want to throw him a strike. Chen allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts five innings. He came into the game with five wins his past six starts but fell to 0 his career at PNC Park. The Royals have lost 24 of their past 33 against NL teams. NOTES: Four of the first six Royals to reach base the game stole a base. Opponents have been successful 23 consecutive stolen base attempts against the Pirates.. The Royals’ next three are the only ones at home over a 12-game interleague stretch that began Pittsburgh. The Brewers play at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday-Thursday.