NFL 2019 predictions: our writers call the winners, losers and also-rans

The NFLs 100th season kicks off Thursday night. Will the Patriots repeat? Will the Raiders implode? And what can Patrick Mahomes do for an encore? This will be the year of … Nicky Bandini hating on pass interference. Making PI calls (or non-calls) reviewable is one of those decisions that makes sense on paper but subjecting this area of the game to greater scrutiny will a bit like VAR in soccer make us realize everything we dont like about the rules as they are currently written. Gabriel Baumgaertner Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. The second-year passer will finish in the top five of MVP voting and instantly become the best quarterback in franchise history once New York fans realize that shocking …

Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott signs $90m extension to become NFL’s richest back

The Dallas Cowboys and Elliott have agreed on a $90m, six-year contract extension that will make him the NFLs highest-paid running back The Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott have agreed on a $90m, six-year contract extension that will make him the NFLs highest-paid running back and suspended for six games over domestic violence allegations in 2017, Elliott still had the best per-game rushing average. But the off-field issues were part of the backdrop as the stalemate dragged on, although owner and general manager Jerry Jones said more than once he didnt consider Elliotts issues a factor as it related to a new contract. Jones jokingly said Zeke who? in response to a question from a reporter after a second straight …

Taylor Townsend aiming to go all the way and finally fulfil promise

American Taylor Townsend is aiming to go all the way at the US Open after reaching the fourth round where she will face Bianca Andreescu Taylor Townsend may be the most articulate player in tennis, certainly a poetic one, and she made the most eloquent statement about her rise from the depths by beating the Romanian Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 6-2, to join a bunch of interesting young Americans in the fourth round. I wouldnt change anything, said the world No 116, because I appreciate so much where I am, because I know where I came from. And I think its easy for people to forget where they came from. I remember when I was grinding quallies at 25s [$25,000 tournaments], …

Simone Biles sticks triple double en route to sixth US gymnastics title

The Olympic champion reaffirmed her greatness with a boundary pushing triple-twisting, double-flip en route to her sixth US womens gymnastics title Simone Biles messed around and got a triple-double. And just about everything else too on her way to a sixth US womens gymnastics title. The Olympic champion began her preparation for the 2020 Games by drilling her boundary pushing triple-twisting, double-flip (aka the triple-double) at the end of her first tumbling run on floor exercise Sunday night, the exclamation point of another dazzling performance that showcased just how wide the gulf between Biles and the rest of the world has become. NBC Sports (@NBCSports) Forget the gold medals, GIVE THIS WOMAN A CROWN Original Article : HERE ; The …

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez stunned in pro debut

The double Olympic gold medalist was knocked down seconds into the first round and lost his professional debut to Denvers Adan Gonzales on Saturday Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez was knocked down seconds into the first round and lost his professional debut to Adan Gonzales on Saturday night. Ramirez suffered a stunning split-decision defeat at the Liacouras Center on the North Philadelphia campus of Temple University, a crushing start for one of boxings prized prospects. Gonzales won 40-35 and 39-36 on two scorecards and one judge scored the bout 38-37 for Ramirez. The 25-year-old Ramirez won gold in two weight classes fighting for Cuba in the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Games. He defected from Cuba last year …

US Olympic medalist faces discipline for taking knee after winning Pan-Am gold

Race Imboden could face sanctions for taking a knee during the medal ceremony at the Pan-Am Games, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee said United States gold medal winning fencer Race Imboden will face possible sanctions for taking a knee during the medal ceremony at the Pan-Am Games, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) said on Saturday. Part of the United States gold medal winning squad in the team foil event, Imboden dropped to one knee during Fridays awards ceremony as the US flag was raised in a political protest. Imboden, a Tampa native and 2016 Olympic team event bronze medalist, later explained his actions on Twitter. Race Imboden and Miles Chamley-Watson took a knee during the anthem …

‘Denied work for 889 days’: Colin Kaepernick says he’s set on NFL return

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is not ready to give up on an NFL career, saying hes still ready after two full seasons on the sidelines Colin Kaepernick last played in Week 17 of the 2016 season, but the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is not ready to give up on an NFL career. In a post from his Twitter account on Wednesday, Kaepernick wrote: 5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready. Kaepernick, 31, shared a corresponding video in which he says hes been denied work for 889 days. He shows off a football-ready physique and appears to be closer to his playing weight listed by the 49ers at 230lbs than he was in the middle …

The NFL’s plan for an 18-game season: when ego and greed collide

The league expects to make $25bn a year by 2027. And its plans to get there show little regard for players, fans or broadcasters Even in the deeply cynical world of pro football, the NFLs latest plot to expand to an 18-game schedule rings as a blatant cash grab at the expense of its fans, broadcast partners and the health of its players. The recent proposal is as brazen as it is foolish. In short: the league has pitched an idea to host an 18-game season but limit the number of individual games each player can play to 16. Yes. You read that right. The league wants to hold a competitive, multi-billion-dollar competition that would see its best, most marketable …

Miami Marlins apologise for blaming rival Rays for death of Steve Irwin

The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV presenter Steve Irwin The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV presenter Steve Irwin. Floridas two Major League Baseball teams have just finished a two-game series, which was swept by the Rays. The teams Twitter accounts had been engaged in a back-and-forth during the series, until the Marlins decided to change the subject from baseball to Australian conservationists. yOURE LITERALLY THE ANIMAL THAT KILLED STEVE IRWIN LOG OFF, read a statement on the Marlins Twitter account on Sunday. Irwin was …

‘We’re going backwards’: Eric Reid will kneel for anthem in upcoming NFL season

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, the first player to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick, said he will continue to protest during the national anthem in an interview published on Sunday. I havent seen that happen. At a time when the President of the United States Taking a knee: two years on, where does the NFL stand? video explainer In May 2018, Reid filed a collusion grievance against the NFL alleging he had been kept out of the league due to his political stance. He eventually signed for the Panthers in September after the season had started. Kaepernick, however, remains without a team, and some believe he would be too much of a distraction for any team that signed him. However, Reid …

Fifa looks to fast-track expansion of Womens World Cup to 32 teams

Fifa wants its ruling council to fast-track expansion of the next Womens World Cup to 32 teams Fifa wants its ruling council to fast-track expansion of the next Womens World Cup to 32 teams. In a document seen by the Associated Press, Fifa asked council members Friday to approve adding eight more teams within days and without a formal meeting. Agreement would include urgently rebooting the ongoing bid contest to host the 2023 tournament. Fifa believes the 2019 World Cup, won by the United States in France this month, showed a bigger tournament is commercially possible, and would speed development of the womens game. Fifa President Gianni Infantino set the 32-team target in Paris on 5 July, and proposed doubling …

The knockout stages of a World Cup are a whole different kind of pressure | Hope Solo

Everything goes up a few more notches in the knockout stages, where a potential quarter-final between France and the US could be one of the most epic matches in the history of womens football As a player, I loved the pressure of the big time moments that occur during the World Cups knockout rounds. You feel more butterflies, a bit more stress and a little bit more excitement. Training sessions are more intense. Everything goes up a few more notches. You think you have given it your all during the group-stage games but then you learn that theres another level to reach for in the knockout stages. You know that if you lose, you go home. The intensity goes up …

Colorado police looking for man in brawl at baseball game involving 7-year-olds

Colorado authorities say they are investigating a fist fight between adults over a teenage umpires calls during a youth baseball game in Lakewood Colorado authorities say they are investigating a fist fight between adults over a teenage umpires calls during a youth baseball game involving 7-year-olds. Video shot by spectators shows men exchanging punches on the field in suburban Denver. Lakewood police spokesman John Romero said police want help identifying a man shown punching the side of another mans head, knocking him to the ground. Police posted the video Tuesday pic.twitter.com/ieenhwCrbU Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

‘Big Basta Big Apple’: Mathieu Bastareaud comes to New York

The giant French centre will play Major League Rugby next year and Samu Manoa, for one, is readying a very warm welcome Mathieu Bastareaud arrives at the hotel on Lexington and 57th with a stiff neck, but its not something to worry the French selectors. In Manhattan for the first time, he has simply spent most of his time looking up at buildings even bigger than he is. This is maybe the city that is the most attractive in the world, says a man who started his career in Paris and has spent the last eight years in the Mediterranean port of Toulon. I know from the TV shows, CSI and Friends and things like that! I was very excited …

St Louis Blues silence Boston Bruins in Game 7 to win first Stanley Cup title

The Blues captured the first championship in the teams 52-year history with a 4-1 victory over the Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final Ryan OReilly scored for the fourth straight game and rookie Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday night to lead the St Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and their first NHL championship. Alex Pietrangelo added a goal and an assist and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford also scored for St Louis. The Blues woke up on New Years morning with the worst record in the league but won 30 of their final 49 regular-season games and soared through the playoffs to …

If you’re not nervous at a World Cup, you don’t care enough to win | Hope Solo

The pressure of a major tournament can be difficult to deal with and not a lot of players have the ability to deal with that day in and day out Before every World Cup game I played in, I felt good during the warm up. I was ready to play and wanted to play. But then we have to go to the locker room and wait for 20 minutes to come back out. Thats when the nerves start to build up. You walk out the tunnel. You line up for the national anthems. The camera is in your face. You become part of the pomp and circumstance and then the nerves start to kick in. Really kick in. You can …