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Another NFL player is retiring early

LOADHOLT HANGS IT UP: Phil Loadholt is expected to announce his retirement today. The Vikings right tackle is hanging it up at 30. Injuries took a pretty heavy toll on his last two seasons, including a torn Achilles that put him on the shelf for all of 2015.

TRAINING CAMP TIME! Football is back, in practice form. Camps are starting up around the NFL this week. Here’s the schedule.

J.J. WATT PROMISES TO BE BACK SOON: He wrote a note to fans this weekend and posted it on Twitter, promising to be on the field again soon.

MVP ODDS: Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Authentic Thomas Rawls Jersey Cam Newton are the three favorites to win the MVP award this year. Russell Wilson and Tom Brady rounded out the top five list, all QBs.

“I’ve got some news to share with you guys,” Jennings says, smiling. “Football is over. I’m done. No more big hits. No more, ‘Touchdown, Greg Jennings.'”

Jennings clarified that while he is done playing Authentic Tony McDaniel Jersey football, he may not be done with football entirely.

“At least within the lines of a football field, I’m done, and I’m excited to be done,” Jennings said.

Jennings, 32, was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent his first seven years with the Packers and enjoyed success catching passes from Aaron Rodgers. Jennings’ career peak was between 2007-10, when he averaged 69 catches, 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns per season.

In 2013, Jennings signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Vikings, but his production quickly declined. He had 59 catches for 742 yards and six touchdowns in 2014, but Minnesota decided to save the cap hit and released him. Jennings joined the Dolphins on a two-year deal worth $8 million, but he did even less, recording just 19 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins wasted little time cutting Jennings in the offseason.

The decline in productivity and the fact that he remained a free agent since being cut by the Dolphins surely contributed to Jennings’ decision to retire, and he seems pleased with the choice.

CINCY CUTS MAYS: Bengals cut safety Taylor Mays with training camp days away. The Bengals won’t have Mays back for a second tour of duty after the team surprisingly cut him over the weekend. That leaves the team with multiple vacant roster spots entering next week when training camp opens.

Dolphins coach, players react to Arian Foster’s retirement

Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase received a text from Arian Foster at 5:30 a.m. on Monday.

At that time of day, Gase had a feeling the news wasn’t good.

Foster explained to Gase that he was retiring from the NFL after eight seasons. The former Pro Bowl running back was struggling with a pair of injuries to his groin and hamstring that were not healing like he expected. Foster rushed for just 5 yards on three carries Sunday in a win over the Buffalo Bills and made up his mind after the game.

“I was hoping I was wrong,” said Gase, who Bradley Roby Jersey added he was caught off guard. “But he did a lot of good things in a short period of time for us. I know the injuries were really frustrating for him.”

In hindsight, Bryant said not playing against the Packers was “an outstanding decision.” He also said he feels as good as he felt heading into the season opener.

Last season Bryant returned to the lineup after missing five games because of a broken right foot, but he was not the same player before the Cowboys shut him down for the final two games of a forgettable 4-12 season. Bryant had just one 100-yard game and never had more than five Brandon Marshall Jersey catches in a game.

“It’s something minor,” Bryant said of the tibial plateau fracture. “This is nothing compared to the foot. You know, see me, I’m not a good exaggerator. I say what I mean. I mean what I say. It was minor. I feel good. Just can’t wait to get back out there.”

Bryant suffered the injury on the second play from scrimmage Sept. 25 against the Chicago Bears. He missed six snaps before returning and finished the game with three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown.

After the game, the Cowboys believed Bryant suffered some kind of fracture but wanted an MRI to confirm the initial diagnosis. Bryant essentially went missing for two days before finally getting the exam. While he did not fear his season was over at the time, “I just hated the fact that why it had to happen, especially when I was feeling that good,” Bryant said.

So how long ago does Sept. 25 seem?

The Rams sent an assortment of high-round draft picks to the Tennessee Titans in order to move up 14 spots and select Goff out of Cal.

But he struggled in the preseason, completing only 45 percent of his passes while committing four turnovers, and he never really challenged Keenum for the starting job. Goff was inactive for the Monday Night Football opener against the San Francisco 49ers, slotted behind Sean Mannion as the third-string quarterback, then served as the backup over the next six weeks.

Five quarterbacks selected after Goff have already started NFL games, a list highlighted by Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles (second overall) and Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys (135th).

The ‘easiest job in America’ is being a Dallas Cowboys running back

The “easiest job In America” — Ezekiel Elliott is looking forward to running behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.

CLOWNEY VS. THE PRESS: Houston Texans step in after reporter attacks Jadeveon Clowney. The No. 1 pick from 2014 may be under scrutiny, but that doesn’t mean you can take a cheap shot at the man and expect his team to lie down and take it.

With deepest regrets I want to apologize to the @BuffaloBills organization, my fans, my family and the entire NFL football community for the incident that led to me missing 4 games for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. I will not #makeexcuses for the events in question and will allow the process to proceed as is required by the @NFL; however, please know and understand I am Cole Beasley Jersey committed to the game and am more committed to my #Billsorganization and fans. This temporary setback will only fuel my desire and commitment to bring #Buffalochampionships and the #SuperBowl. I ask at this time that you continue to #believe in me and I will continue to invest all that I have to bring honor and respect to the organization and my fans and ultimately bring #Buffalomafia what it deserves – a #SuperBowl! Thank you for continuing to support me – I will rise above this setback, as with every challenge brings an opportunity for growth and supreme #success!

His absence creates another area of concern for a Dak Prescott Jersey Bills team that has already lost several key players to injury. Rookie Shaq Lawson is expected to miss at least the first month of the season as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Outside linebacker I.K. Enempkali suffered a season-ending ACL tear in preseason action against the Colts and rookie inside linebacker Reggie Ragland will miss the entire season with a knee injury.

The Bills also open the season with a tough four-game slate against the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots.

This is the second suspension Dareus has faced for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. In 2015, he served a one-game suspension for a violation after signing a six-year contract extension for more than $96 million.

Dareus started all 15 games he was eligible to play in last season, finishing 2015 with 51 tackles and two sacks.

Corbin Bryant is the next man up at nose tackle, according to the Bills’ depth chart. Bryant finished the 2015 season with 45 tackles. He played in all 16 games for Buffalo last year, with 10 starts.

The Chargers proved they’re the NFL’s most dramatic team with an overtime win over the Falcons

It was a wild finish in Atlanta, as the San Diego Chargers tied things up 30-30 late in the game against the Falcons, then came out on top in overtime, 33-30.

The Chargers pressured Matt Ryan consistently, led by rookie defensive end Joey Bosa, who had two sacks. San Diego managed to limit Ryan to just 273 passing yards and one touchdown, including overtime. It was well below Ryan’s average of 329.5 passing yards per game so far this season, which is good for first in the NFL.

The Falcons tried to establish Leonard Floyd Jersey the running game to keep Bosa and the Chargers at bay, and had some success against San Diego on the ground. Running back Tevin Coleman had 64 rushing yards, including a 30-yard touchdown, before leaving the game with a hamstring injury. Devonta Freeman added 58 yards on 15 carries.

A fourth quarter interception by Marquess Wilson Jersey Ryan, immediately after he set a new NFL record for consecutive games with 200-plus passing yards, swung the late-game momentum in the Chargers’ favor. The Falcons’ defense was unable to stop the Chargers as they marched down the field and got into field goal range to tie it up 30-30 with 18 seconds remaining in the game.

“The biggest thing in this game in order to last is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said. “Because when the owner stops believing in you, and the GM stops believing in you, and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself.”

Fitzpatrick took over as the starter last season after Smith suffered a broken jaw from being punched by then-teammate IK Enemkpali in the locker room. He retained the starting job this season, but he hasn’t lived up to expectations.

Against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, Fitzpatrick threw six interceptions and managed to add a fumble. The following week, Fitzpatrick added three more interceptions and another fumble to his stat line. So far on the season, Fitzpatrick has personally turned the ball over 16 times.

That led to Jets head coach Todd Bowles’ decision to name Smith the starter heading into Week 7.

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said “I probably played better as an underdog, pissed off. Going forward, yeah, I’ll be pissed off.”

Toronto Blue Jays throws his bat up the air

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TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 14: Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws his bat up the air after he hits a three-run home run the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14 Toronto, Canada. understands the emotions behind Bautista’s bat flip. Tom Szczerbowski Getty Images No matter where you stand on Bautista’s bat flip — whether you think it was warranted or unwarranted — there’s no denying there was a ton of emotion the Toronto Blue Jays’ slugger’s homer. It is for that reason that MLB Players Association executive director thinks that the blast was enjoyable. There’s a way to do it and as I told, that situation at that time even as a fan, it was an exciting time, told Sportsnet. That’s not a disrespect to the pitcher — that’s not a spot that he wants to be either — but oftentimes over the course of a six-month and 162 folks think guys are going through the motions. The truth is it’s there and guys do the best they can to control it, and there are times when it comes out and when it does I think it’s great. The home run gave the Jays the lead against the Texas Rangers the lead the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS. Sam Dyson, the pitcher on the receiving end of the homer, didn’t approve of the bat flip. After the game, he told reporters, He’s doing stuff that kids do whiffle ball and backyard baseball. It shouldn’t be done. The Blue Jays went on the win the game, and the series, to advance to the ALCS.

Menu The New Mets ace Matt on Friday said he was agreeable to skipping ‘s scheduled start against the Colorado Rockie

Menu The New Mets ace Matt on Friday said he was agreeable to skipping ‘s scheduled start against the Colorado Rockies. The innings are adding up — we have kind of been discussing that the whole time, said Friday. I told them I was completely on Noah Hanifin Jersey board with whatever they wanted to do. I just kind of preferred it would be sooner rather than later. Reliever Logan Verrett, called up from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier in the week, take the place of, who is 36 innings shy of reaching the 190-inning limit mandated by the team. Mets manager Terry Collins said he expects it to be the only start the rest of the way. The 26-year-old is scheduled to return to the rotation for next Friday’s home game against the Boston Red Sox.

The Mets have said all along that they plan to have and rookie Syndergaard skip starts to help keep their innings down and ensure their availability down the stretch. New also is expected to go to a six-man rotation once rookie left-hander Steven Matz comes off the 15-day disabled list. Matz had a rehab start at Class A St. Lucie on Friday night, allowing one run on four hits over 2 3 innings while throwing 25 of 41 pitches for strikes.

Menu Philadelphia, – While most of the favorites are well established as the pushes past the midway point, the week-to-week shuffling among the nation’s elite is sure to continue down the stretch, even if the very top of this list remains unchanged this week. 1. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State — Despite another outstanding performance from Mariota, Prescott retains the top spot as the No. 1 Bulldogs enjoyed a much-deserved bye week. Prescott – who has 1 passing yards, 576 Riley Nash Jersey rushing yards and 22 touchdowns – have plenty of opportunities to pad his stats the coming weeks with lesser matchups against Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee- ahead, but whether or not he can win the award come down to a pair of road tests November at Alabama and Ole, as well as a potential SEC Championship Game. 2. Mariota, QB, Oregon — What more can be said about Mariota’s than I haven’t already tried to explain weeks past? He’s been absolutely brilliant and continued to dazzle Oregon’s 45 trouncing of Washington with 336 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-33 passing. The signal caller has tossed at least one touchdown each of his 33 as a. This he’s completing greater than 70 percent of his passes, piled up more than 2 total yards and 25 touchdowns, and perhaps most impressively has yet to throw interception 188 attempts. The only thing separating him from Prescott at this point is the one loss on his resume. 3. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska — It’s been a while since Abdullah put together a signature performance – the Cornhuskers were off last week and he amassed only 45 yards against a stout Michigan State defense on Oct. 4 – but he made his presence felt Nebraska’s return to the field. a strong 38 road victory over, Abdullah was the catalyst, turning 23 carries into 146 yards while plunging into the end zone a career-best four times. Abdullah, who has already tallied 1 rushing yards, has been a touchdown machine with a career-high 16 scores, including one every game and 12 the last four contests. With Gurley’s status for the rest of the year doubt, it’s a clear two-horse race between Abdullah and as the nation’s top rusher. 4. Amari, WR, Alabama — After off game Alabama’s nail-biting win at Arkansas on Oct. 11, and the rest of the squad got back on track a huge way over the weekend with a 59 drudging of Texas A&M. The Tide beat the Aggies at their own game, outgaining them by astounding 602 margin, and was a big reason for it, hauling eight receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns, scoring for the first time since finding the end zone three times versus on Sept. 20. Despite the improved play of Sims and a dynamic rushing attack led by T.J. Yeldon and, is still the premiere playmaker on a team that has a great to win the SEC despite early- loss. 5. Jameis, QB, State — Controversy continues to swirl around regards to his off-the-field persona, but it’s hard to dispute the production he’s put out on game day. a marquee battle of unbeatens against Notre Dame, State came out on top with a 31 victory thanks no small part to ‘s performance.

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Menu With a 5 victory over arch-rival Canada enemy territory, the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team now enters the quarterfinal round as one of the top seeds and a legitimate medal threat — as as it can keep the momentum going. USA Hockey has come a way,said Kane. Coming , we were probably considered underdogs, but we’re a good team over Shaun Alexander Jersey there and we’ve got some decent players who fit right into their roles. The running joke here Vancouver was that no matter how poorly the Canadian athletes fare, no matter how glitches there were with the cauldron, the buses or the venues, these Olympics would be a success as as Canada’s men’s hockey team won gold on home soil.

But at this point, the Vancouver are peril – at least the eyes of Canadians. It isn’t just that Canada lost to their American counterparts, failing to protect their home rink front of their home fans, but by , Team Canada is now forced to play a qualification game on Tuesday afternoon. Sure, they’ll probably win that one with ease, but the daunting task of winning four six days against three of the top six clubs this tournament is one they would rather not face. They have no choice now. It is probably not where we wanted to come , but that is where we are now,Sidney Crosby said.

When you get to this point the Sidney Rice Jersey tournament, it is not going to be easy and the fact we have to play extra game isn’t a terrible thing and we be ready for it. They brought out the big guns out at Canada Hockey Place – Gretzky, Joe Sakic, Brendan Shanahan and 1 Olympic athletes vying for a coveted seat the building. Those lucky enough to score a prized spot were treated to three periods of back and forth hockey that define what the sport and this tournament are about — aggressive, fast and physical hockey. And as the Canadians mounted one final charge, starting with a Crosby goal with 3 remaining, you could feel entire nation and their emotional and pyschological well being resting on the sticks of the players.

But it all ended when local hero, Vancouver Canuck and U.S. team member Kesler, put home empty net goal with 45 seconds remaining. It was a goal that may land him on a cereal box the U.S. but won’t get him a cab the Olympic city anytime . The fireworks started early this thriller when Brian Rafalski scored the game’s first goal just 41 seconds , as his shot deflected off of Crosby’s stick and behind Brodeur, silencing a crowd at near-bedlam noise levels. He then made it 2 when a usually reliable Martin Brodeur took a golf-like swing at airborne puck that came right out onto the defenseman’s stick, with Jamie Langenbrunner’s screen paving the way for eventual goal.

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School’s out at U-M, and we’re the midst of , this week’s list includes lots of outdoor local festivals and events. Check out what’s coming up. AFC Arbor’s inaugural game. This new local minor league soccer team is a founding member of the new Great Lakes Premier David Pastrnak Jersey League. 1 the team’s first game, a non-league match against the Michigan Premier Soccer league premier division club, San Marino. Friday at 7 p.m. on Pioneer High School’s Hollway Field, at 601 W. Stadium Blvd. Arbor. Admission costs $8 . For more information, visit . Outdoor events. On Saturday, check out the 8th Annual Farm Festival, which has a tractor and engine show, a toy show, a large flea market, a petting farm, kids’ pedal pull, tractor pull, trade show, live auction, and more. Lunch available, plus a bake sale. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Arbor-Saline Rd. Arbor. Free admission, but donations are accepted. On Ypsilanti, the 36th Annual Show ‘n’ Shine Car Show showcase dozens of slick street rods, sleek muscle cars, and elegant antique autos. Also, muffler rapping contests, which parked street rodders stomp on the gas to see whose engine is most Dennis Seidenberg Jersey deafening. Games, prizes, a DJ, food vendors, and a swap meet. No boom boxes or alcohol. . , 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Riverside Park Ypsilanti. $2 admission; $20 to show a car. Finally, is also when the 5th Annual Water Hill Music Fest takes place. This neighborhood music festival, which draws thousands of visitors, features performances by more than 100 local musicians on front porches the Water Hill neighborhood, called because of its water-themed street names.
This year’s musicians include The Chenille Sisters and veteran local singer-songwriter Siegel, as well as amateur family bands and musicians. The lineup also includes the alt-country rock band Corndaddy, the Tree Town Community Chorus, the husband-and-wife acoustic folk-rock duo the Understorey, the rootsy rock and roll band ‘s Big Radio, the 10-piece big band Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings, the swing septet Fumbling Tumbleweeds, the jazz-blues quartet Night Shift, the Celtic roots band Nutshell, the 60s girl group-inspired band She-Bop & the Riff Raff, the big band Accidentally Hip, 10-year-old fiddler Kerns, the multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter and electronic musician Beanstalk , the indie soul-pop band Kim & the Siblings, the jazz-blues band Ukulele Slim & the Career Criminals, and others. Updated schedule of performance times and locations available at . Programs available on the day of the event from volunteers on foot. from 2 p.m. Arbor’s Water Hill neighborhood, north of , bounded by , Sunset, and the train tracks. Free. Jeremy Kittel Band plays the Kerrytown Concert House Benefit.

Local fiddle virtuoso and Grammy nominee Kittel leads his ensemble eclectic mix of jazz, bluegrass, and traditional American, Scottish, and music. With mandolinist Joshua Pinkham, cellist Smith, and hammered dulcimer player Simon Chrisman. Note: The 4 performance is followed by a meet-and-greet, with pizza and remarks by Kittel. Saturday at 4 & 8 p.m. at KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Arbor. Tickets cost $25 , and reservations are recommended. Visit or call . 37th Annual Burns Park Run. Around 1 people ages 5 attend this popular family affair. This year’s event offers 5K and 10K chip-timed races and a 5K walk along beautiful tree-lined streets, as well as a half-mile kid-popular fun run around the park. Medals for overall male and female winners both races, male and female masters, male and female grand masters, male and female top 3 per age group, all finishers grades K-12 and the fun run, and the top 5 adult walkers. Proceeds benefit Burns Park PTO programs. at 8 a.m. , 8 a.m. , and 10 a.m. , Burns Park, 1414 Wells Arbor. Registration costs $22 for the 5K and 10K events advance at by 1 . Star Wars Fan Day at Arbor District Library. The public’s invited to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character for afternoon of snacks, crafts, and other activities. the fourth be with you. from 2 p.m. the downtown library’s multipurpose room , 343 S. Fifth Ave. Arbor. Free.