Woman accused of stalking Cam Newton is asked to leave practice

Panthers coach Ron Rivera addressed Cam Newton laughing at and making light of a female reporter’s question, saying Thursday that the quarterback “made a mistake.”

Cam Newton’s comments to a female reporter have cost him a sponsorship, as Dannon, maker of the Oikos yogurt brand, said in a statement that it will “no longer work with him.”

The incident occurred Wednesday, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday, “I know there was something there, but that’s about it. I have no knowledge of that.”

Of course, the reason wasn’t as obvious as “down goes Carr, taking his team with him.” The Raiders weren’t lighting up the Broncos as it was; they managed seven points before Carr was helped off (and eventually into the locker room) with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter. They broke down in plenty of other areas against a team they have to get past just to get out of their own division.

They couldn’t run the ball. Amari Cooper and Jared Cook dropped crucial throws. Michael Crabtree’s absence was glaring. Marquette King pulled a double-bonehead move on a poorly planned fake punt Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal and a dumb personal foul. Trying to block Von Miller looked comical at times.

A lot of that is just a function of playing the Broncos’ defense — but a lot of that has hounded the Raiders throughout an uneven start, too. They looked jet-lagged, or whatever else makes Cheap Jerseys Sale one lethargic in front of crowds 3,000 miles from home, against Washington last Sunday night. In their 2-0 start, they averaged 35.5 points and 384.5 yards; in their two losses since, those averages are 10.0 and 191.

Derek Carr injury gives Raiders flashback to their worst fear

The Raiders lived through their worst nightmare about nine months ago. They didn’t need to relive it Sunday in Denver, but they did. Derek Carr was lying on the turf, twisted in pain, and it looked ominous.

So are NFL team owners seeing these types of scenes and saying, “enough” to player protests? These men didn’t become billionaires without a keen business sense. They can certainly read the polls that show more than half of fans oppose anthem protests.

Polls taken this week, by CBS, Fox and the Remington Research Group, show anywhere from 52 to 64 percent of those surveyed oppose protests during the national anthem. The Remington poll found 51 percent of respondents say they are watching less football this year, and when asked the reason, 69 percent responded, “Players using the NFL as a stage for their political views.”

It’s premature to draw a conclusion that TV ratings have declined this year because of protests, but they are down about 10 percent through the season’s first three weeks, according to Nielsen.

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It’s premature to draw a conclusion that TV ratings have declined this year because of protests, but they are down about 10 percent through the season’s first three weeks, according to Nielsen.

Giants won’t punish Odell Beckham Jr. on field for touchdown celebration

Odell Beckham Jr. won’t be punished on the field for his crude touchdown dance last week, NFL Network reported.

The Giants won’t bench Beckham or lessen his reps after he simulated peeing like a dog in last week’s loss to the Eagles.

Team co-owner John Mara said he was “very unhappy” with Beckham and that he would be dealt with internally. Beckham had already been fined by the NFL for the celebration, and apparently Mara talking to him was enough to set him straight.

Beckham’s touchdown celebration was in respond to President Donald Trump comments that those who kneel for the national anthem are “sons of bitch” and should be “fired.”

Again, reading a lot into a small sample of games is dangerous. But it’s impossible not to wonder why, for one, Watson was even there for the Texans to trade up to get on draft day. For another … well, Savage started that opener, although throwing a rookie out for his debut with his anchor left tackle, Duane Brown, still holding out would have been risky.

For yet another: Why did O’Brien roll the dice so much with the Brian Hoyers, Ryan Malletts, Ryan Fitzpatricks and Brock Osweilers of the world? It’s more complicated Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys than Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men that, of course, and general manager Rick Smith is on the spot for that, too.

But there’s a difference between re-molding somebody else’s work and sculpting one’s own original. Watson is O’Brien’s first original, and he’s the real thing, exactly what so many expected coming out of school, with all the traits the NFL desires in future franchise foundations.

Panthers fill void by signing safety Jairus Byrd

The Carolina Panthers signed three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd on Tuesday with starter Kurt Coleman set to miss multiple games with a sprained knee.

Byrd was a three-time Pro Bowl selection early in his career with the Buffalo Bills. He signed a blockbuster six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints in 2014 worth up to $54 million.

But Byrd suffered a major knee injury during practice four games into the 2014 season and never totally returned to form. Scheduled to make $7.8 million in salary and bonuses this season, he was released in March and remained unsigned until Tuesday.

“I’m tired of the cameras in my face all the time,” Villanueva said after a 29-6 win Sunday (via USA Today). “It’s crazy. It’s sad, because we had the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game and everybody is focused on the pregame procedures.”

Villanueva served three tours in Afghanistan and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor, so it’s no surprise he has become the poster boy for those upset with players demonstrating during the anthem. However, Villanueva has no interest in playing that role.

“To use me as a tool to push an agenda and push message is completely unacceptable,” he said. “I respect every single player in the NFL. Every single citizen has their rights. I am not into the Cheap Barcelona Jerseys politics of the game. I’m just a football player.”

Villanueva said last week he felt “embarrassed” about being the Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China lone Steeler on the field in Week 3 at Chicago and that “this national anthem ordeal has sort of been out of control.”

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Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall on the NFL’s best defense: “We’re gonna shut down everybody we play, I promise you. We just have a different tenacity about us this year, a different mindset. A lot of guys came back stronger and more focused. We’re just more aggressive, more confident.”

With the win, the Packers (3-1) now hold the lead in the all-time series for the first time since 1933. The NFL’s oldest rivalry was in a deadlock after 96 years and 194 games with each team winning 94 times and six ties. They were also separated by just four points entering Thursday’s game with the Packers scoring 3,335 points against the Bears, who had 3,331 against Green Bay.

Green Bay gained 23 games on Chicago over the last 25 years, thanks to stability at quarterback with Hall of Famer Brett Favre and Rodgers, who is now 16-4 as a starter against the Bears.

The Packers are still the overwhelming favorite to win the NFC North and will hope to Cheap Jerseys From China Free Shipping get healthy over the next 11 games before they play the Cowboys on Oct. 8. They have the best quarterback Cheap Jerseys From China in the division with Rodgers, who finished Thursday’s game 18 of 26 through the air for 179 yards and four touchdowns.

Glennon went 21 of 33 for 216 yards with a touchdown, two interceptions and two lost fumbles as Bears fans are clamoring for rookie Mitchell Trubisky to get his first NFL start. It just might happen when the Bears (1-3) face the Vikings on Oct. 9.

LeBron James was at the Lakers-Sixers Summer League game

The Lakers had another Summer League game Wednesday night, playing the Philadelphia 76ers, and they had a special guest in the stands Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.

None of your young players emerged as a franchise pillar or star last season. Does that make your job tougher, from a player-personnel standpoint?
First off, there are very few guys who shine after one or 2 seasons. Only the elite guys do. But I kind of like it this way. We’re built like you learn from your mistakes. When you’re not a superstar, you have a chip on your shoulder because it makes them hungrier to get better.

So I kind of like the progression. I like slow progression. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Mikhail Prokhorov has told us ‘patience, patience.’ I have the same message. We’re gonna be patient with them. They made some progress, but now to make that next step is harder. I’m looking two, three, sometimes development is four years down the road. That’s when hopefully we’ll see these guys, really. You’ll be talking about ‘man, that guy’s a heckuva player.’

You finished with the NBA’s worst record last season. What kind of progress did you see as a team internally that people on the outside may have missed?
I thought we improved defensively when we put Rondae in the starting lineup and we inserted Caris obviously Bojan [Bogdanovic] was traded. So all of the sudden we go from 30th defensive team to, after the All-Star game we were eighth in defensive efficiency. So I was proud of that. It’s not like the coaches did anything, but Caris and Rondae being a part of that defensive improvement I think is very important.

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Nick Young, Warriors reportedly agree on 1-year, $5.2 million deal

The Golden State Warriors and free agent swingman Nick Young have agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.2 million, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal adds more depth to the defending champions, who already re-signed the core pieces to their title-winning team this summer.

Young, known best by his nickname Swaggy P, averaged 13.2 points on 40-percent three-point shooting for the Los Angeles Lakers last season. He projects to fit well alongside a cast of selfless, personable Warriors players who thrive on court spacing and hitting three-pointers.

So why talk about it now? It’s happening when it’s happening because that’s what feels right, Bird says. So even though I understand there are people who think I should have done it sooner, it wasn’t right for me at the time. I have to be true to that. It’s my journey.
Talk about a power couple in sports! Bird recently won Olympic gold in Rio with the U.S. women’s basketball team (her fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal), and Rapinoe is part of the defending World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team. Both of them are two of the biggest names in their sport in the United States.

It is interesting what Bird said about people already knowing. Frankly, I was surprised to see she wasn’t publicly out already. Still, her story and being out will help countless people continue their journey to self-acceptance, and it’s wonderful to see her take this step.

Head over to ESPNW for the full article and interview with Bird, in which she talks about almost coming out a year about, but says she chickened out.

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NBA Summer League schedule 2017: Times, TV channels, and live stream for Thursday in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Summer League’s single elimination tournament continues on Thursday with eight more games on the slate. Eight teams that had byes in the first round will all play as the home team in Round 2. The winners from each of Wednesday’s Round 1 advanced to face a team with a bye.

Waiters had reportedly been deciding between the Heat, the New York Knicks, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Last season, Waiters averaged 15.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting, bouncing back from two subpar seasons with the Cavaliers and the Thunder.

Now, the Heat will have retained almost all of the roster that went 30-11 in the season’s second half, reversing their 11-30 first half record. While Miami probably isn’t a 55-win team the rate they were winning at during the final 41 games they are still led by one of the league’s sharpest coaches and surrounded by a lovable mismatch of talents that worked beautifully during February and March last year.

It’s a little strange that Waiters fits into that group, given how much his career had turned into a punchline for Twitter users. But the Heat have found ways to use him effectively, and that shouldn’t change for a player who’s still just 25 years old.

A former employee of the Atlanta Hawks is suing the basketball organization and another employee for treating entertainers and politicians visiting the Hawks differently based on race, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

Samuel Hayes, a former Security Operations Manager for the club, claims in the suit that there were different sets of security protocol for black and non-black entertainers who visited Philips Arena. Hayes said the protocol, when enforced differently, was to the detriment of black entertainers. Hayes also claimed he was fired because of his race.

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