Girlfriend of Cowboys DT David Irving retracts domestic violence allegations

Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is reportedly being investigated by police for domestic violence, according to the Dallas Morning News.

An officer with the Frisco (Texas) Police Department told the paper a woman identifying herself as Irving’s girlfriend called twice Sunday afternoon and evening to complain about Irving’s actions. According to the News, Irving faces charges of assault with bodily injury, assault by impeding breath and unlawful restraint.

On April 22, the father of my child and my current boyfriend had a vocal argument that spilled out into our front yard. My neighbor’s were concerned and called 911. I was very upset and made some allegations that were false at the time due to our vocal argument and my emotional state. I had no intentions of getting David into trouble, I was just very emotional and upset. I would like to be clear, although our relationship is not perfect, we love one another and David did not put his hands on me at anytime. I am deeply sorry this has caused both of us so much unwanted and undue attention. David is a great father and our focus is working on our relationship and raising our beautiful daughter. I would urge the media to please refrain from spreading this false story.

Despite missing the first four games of the 2017 season to a suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy, and then sitting out the final four games with concussion issues, Irving still recorded seven sacks on the year.

The 24-year-old Irving will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season.

“I get a lot of Jewish things,” Rosen told NFL Media. “My nose, particularly. I get, like, ‘Stay the f— down, you Jewish bastard … I’m gonna break your f— nose, you Jew.'”

Still Rosen, who went to Catholic school and now considers himself agnostic, says he likes it when people try to get in his head.

“I like away games more than home games,” Rosen said. “I like silencing crowds; that’s a big thing. One of my best games was at Arizona my freshman year. It was ‘College GameDay’ and they had a ton of banners; they had my face on the queen from ‘Frozen’. They had, ‘Josh Rosen’s Bar Mitzvah Wasn’t Even Lit.’

“When people really get into me, it gets my competitive juices flowing. I love seeing heartbroken fans. Some stadiums, the fans are really close to you, and they’ll call you names: ‘Rosen, go back to your hot tub.’ And when you beat them and get to turn around and wave? It’s the best.”
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Dolphins have discussed extending Cameron Wake’s contract

Defensive end Cameron Wake turned 36 in January, but it doesn’t look like the Dolphins are ready to start thinking about life without him in the lineup.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins have had internal discussions about extending Wake’s deal through the 2019 season. Those internal discussions have not progressed to negotiations with Wake at this point.

What I hadn’t realized is that Basketball-Reference also averages team and opponent possessions to calculate offensive and defensive ratings. While I understand the logic that large differences between two teams’ possessions in a single game are probably just random noise owing to those uncounted team rebounds, over time it is possible for teams to build up a surplus of extra possessions by effectively managing 2-for-1 opportunities. So I think the Hollinger model is a little better at capturing offensive and defensive performance.

The inevitable follow-up here is why, in a world in which play-by-play data allows us to track the actual number of possessions, we’re bothering to estimate them at all. Actual possession data is available on CleaningTheGlass.com, which also excludes garbage time and end-of-quarter heaves. The challenge is comparing those numbers historically to teams before the advent of play-by-play data. I like that historical perspective, which is why I continue to use the estimates. Your mileage, as always, may vary.

Last May, Thompson lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line and hit Boone’s car. Thomspon said he lost control when his cell phone fell to the floorboard and he tried to retrieve it.

Boone spent nine days in the hospital, after suffering a broken hip, hand and rib injuries. Boone played for the Montreal Alouettes in 2015, but hasn’t played since the injury.

The lawsuit says Boone is seeking more than $25,000 in punitive and compensatory damages.

Cesar Hernandez (B), 25 percent, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins (RHP Trevor Richards): The Phillies have a lot of movable parts, though Hernandez has been the regular at second to open the season. Check to make sure he’s in the lineup; if he is, Hernandez will likely be leading off. He already has two steals and could add to that, since Marlins Park lends itself to small ball.buccaneers_098

Jabrill Peppers got the Browns off to a fast start on Monday with an impressive 31-yard punt return following the Giants’ first drive of the game.

After the Browns defense forced a rare three-and-out, Giants punter Brad Wing got off an impressive 52-yard punt that looked like it was going to pin the Browns deep in their own territory. Only that didn’t happen, because after Peppers caught the punt, the Giants couldn’t catch him.

Just think how terrible the Green Bay offense would be with Brett Hundley at QB if Coach Mike McCarthy had not invested all that time in Hundley’s development, as he testily reminded everyone he’d done while bristling at questions about the lack of consideration given by the Packers to signing Colin Kaepernick.

Which was the worst of Coach Sean McDermott’s moves: benching Tyrod Taylor in favor of Nathan Peterman; allowing Peterman to stay in the game long enough to throw five interceptions; or saying that he didn’t regret the switch? They’re all terrible. McDermott let down a team that had — and has — a chance to reach the playoffs with an ill-advised decision that wasn’t fair to either quarterback.

Blaine Gabbert is not the answer at QB, as if there was any doubt about that. Gabbert actually played reasonably well in the loss to the Texans. But when a team eagerly awaits the return of Drew Stanton, that tells you all that you need to know.

Centralizing replay and bringing the surface tablets to the sidelines so the official can see it, all that has sped up what we consider down time — time that’s not, we don’t believe, attractive to our fans. We’re happy with it. It’s only six weeks. We’ve got a long way to go. But we’re continuing to see what we can do to keep pushing that because we believe that’s good for the [fan] experience.”

Beckham’s contract … New York Giants co-owner John Mara said Wednesday, as owners left the meeting, that Beckham’s injury should not affect negotiations on a potential long-term contract. The Giants have Beckham under contract through next season after exercising the fifth-year option in his original rookie deal.

I saw him in the hospital last week. He’s in a good place, I think, and I think he’ll come back stronger than ever. … I don’t think it will have any effect because I think he’s going to make a full recovery.”chargers_078

Dion Lewis among top fantasy football free-agent finds for Week 8

We’re past the halfway point of the fantasy football regular season (the default setting on ESPN Fantasy is for the playoffs to be conducted Weeks 14-17 of the NFL regular season), with yet another typically fast season cruising by. How’s your squad holding up so far?

Rookie left tackle Garret Bolles and new right guard Ronald Leary have been solid, helping elite center Matt Paradis. But the Broncos’ mix at both left guard and right tackle have been awful, the latter further hampered by injuries to Menelik Watson and Donald Stephenson. Players such as Allen Barbre shouldn’t be starting on any line. That also hurts Denver’s continuity and any chance for cohesiveness.

Chuck Pagano’s team has avoided the ignominy surrounding the 49ers and Browns by winning two of its first seven games, doing so specifically by beating those two teams by three points each. The Colts have lost their other five games by a combined 109 points. Football Outsiders believes that the Colts — not their winless brethren — are the worst team in football on a play-by-play basis.

The biggest problem for the Colts, of course, is that their franchise quarterback hasn’t thrown a pass since New Year’s Day. Andrew Luck underwent shoulder surgery in January and was supposed to return in July. Things changed. Luck’s return kept getting pushed back further and further, and it quickly became clear the organization had no idea when he would be back. The team took him off the physically unable to perform list, implying that they believed he would be back before Week 7, but Luck didn’t make his way back into practice until before Week 5. Shortly after, he stopped throwing because of soreness in his shoulder, and now there’s no timetable for Luck’s return.chargers_016

New coach Sean McDermott has not wasted time maximizing their defensive potential.

New coach Sean McDermott has not wasted time maximizing their defensive potential. And keeping the offense as simple as possible with Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and Charles Clay has worked because they haven’t needed to do too much (yet).

Carson Wentz may get some help from a strong running game after all, as the combination of LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood look ideal. The Eagles will need to hold up somehow defensively as long as Fletcher Cox and Ronald Darby are out.

A defense led by Devin McCourty and Dont’a Hightower shouldn’t be that lost under Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick. But this problem is going on four weeks. This would not be close to a .500 team without Brady.

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are forming their special tag team again, but it’s hard to make up for a limited, reeling defense that saw Sean Lee miss another game. The Cowboys are not a lock to repeat in the NFC East.

New coach Sean McDermott has not wasted time maximizing their defensive potential. And keeping the offense as simple as possible with Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and Charles Clay has worked because they haven’t needed to do too much (yet).

Carson Wentz may get some help from a strong running game after all, as the combination of LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood look ideal. The Eagles will need to hold up somehow defensively as long as Fletcher Cox and Ronald Darby are out.browns_032

J.J. Watt goes to locker room with injured finger vs. Jaguars

The Houston Texans got J.J. Watt back Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars after he missed most of 2016 due to a back injury, but the defensive end suffered a hand injury in his first game back and was taken to the locker room.

Shortly after leaving, the Texans announced Watt was probable to return and he did make his return to the field in the third quarter.

After the game he brushed off the injury, even if it sounds pretty sounds.

But open heart surgery may mean the end of his NFL career.

The serious condition was found by a Saints doctor who performed a physical on Dorenbos. Saints coach Sean Payton said that the diagnosis “basically saved his life.”

However, he was released by the team Saturday and Payton said the team is working to rescind the trade due to the pre-existing condition which has prevented him from suiting up for the team.

Dorenbos was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Eagles, but he grabbed headlines last year when his abilities as a magician earned him a third place finish on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Hopefully he makes a full recovery and gets back to blowing Jon Gruden’s mind with magic.bears_019-223x223

Thursday night games will feature teams wearing solid-colored “Color Rush” uniforms.

The looming weakness now was a strength as recently as 2015: the offensive line, which has shed starting guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang along with interior lineman JC Tretter, who started seven games at center last season. If the line comes together, this Packers team might be as loaded as any since the 15-1 squad of 2011.

When Nike took over the NFL’s uniform contract in 2012, the Packers were one of several teams that opted to stick with the old Reebok fabric and tailoring template (which is easy to spot — just look for the mesh fabric), and they’ve continued to stick with it this season. They’ve basically bypassed the Flywire era by standing still.

There should be some concern about the lack of resources poured into a frequently frustrating offensive line, but few teams have as much top-level talent on offense and defense as the Giants. If everyone stays healthy and tackles Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart improve, Big Blue could be an absolute juggernaut.

Finally: Want to go to the head of the line when boarding an Alaska Airlines flightLast year, the airline extended that privilege to anyone wearing a Russell Wilson jersey, and it has renewed the promotion for 2017. No word on whether fans in the old Flywire jerseys have to wait a bit longer.

As has been the case the past two seasons, Thursday night games will feature teams wearing solid-colored “Color Rush” uniforms. Although the specific color matchups haven’t been announced, you can see this season’s Thursday night schedule here. (As an aside, at least one team wanted to amend the league’s bylaws so it could opt out of the Color Rush program, but the proposal was later withdrawn.)raptors_138

Have Jets found secret to selling NFL tickets to millennials?

The Jets have have missed the NFL Playoffs six straight seasons and unfortunately play in the same AFC East division as the Super Bowl champion Patriots. But the club has come up with an ticket idea adventurous enough to appeal to millennials: the new Jets Boarding Pass season ticket plan.

“We’ve been in contact with Colin’s representatives, and we’ve let them know that we’re there and ready to help with whatever they’d like — whether it’s just some guidance on P.R. or whatever,” Winston said. “I know they’ve chosen to lay low, and I respect that. Every player has to make a decision on how they want the union’s help, and I completely understand that, and that’s fine.

“The union’s always stood ready to help him in any way that we need to. We will continue to monitor that situation, we’ll continue to do anything that we can to make sure that he has another opportunity to play. At the end of the day, that’s really it. We’re not going to force ourselves on a player. He’s calling the shots, he wants what he wants, and I respect that, and that’s what we’ll do.”

Winston added that while the veteran is still a free agent for reasons understood by many, it certainly seems like Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL owners.

“You definitely get that feeling — obviously, that’s very hard to prove and it’s very hard to show,” Winston said. “But, at the same time, for Christ’s sakes, you have an owner out there publicly saying, ‘I’m polling fans to decide whether I should have this guy on my team or not.’ It’s obvious that owners are scared of it, are worried about it.
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Phil Simms holding a boombox is every dad trying to be cool

The NFL on CBS crew came across a dance crew in Times Square, and it was just how you’d expect it to be — awkward.

As of Thursday morning, a quick Google search will show you that Brady, not Woody Johnson, owns the Jets.

The Jets aren’t alone. Basically, Brady’s beat almost every team more often than not — the Denver Broncos are the only team with a winning record against him.

The Buffalo Bills have been even worse against Brady than the Jets, with just three wins in 29 games against the quarterback. He has 66 touchdowns against Buffalo — his highest total against any team — but Google lists the Pegulas as the owners of the Bills.

It also says Arthur Blank is the owner of the Atlanta Falcons even though … well, you know.

Sorry, Jets, that’s just a tough break.

In the big picture, the Browns ended up with six draft picks, two of those being first-rounders. Whiffing on both is one of the many reasons why Cleveland is still drafting in the top five three years later.

Jets: There couldn’t be just one “biggest loser” in this draft, because the Jets really gave the Browns a run for their money. Of the 12 draft picks, only two of them are still on the roster — Pryor and sixth-rounder Quincy Enunwa. Second-round TE Jace Amaro did nothing, and neither of the other WR picks (Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans) amounted to anything. With a complete waste of resources up and down the board, this draft was a fitting end to the Rex Ryan/John Idzik regime.

Colts: They traded their 2014 first-rounder the previous year for Trent Richardson. Whoops.
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Thunder’s Taj Gibson drains 61-foot football throw at halftime buzzer

Taj Gibson chucked the ball like a quarterback, and sunk it through the net in the closing seconds of the half in the Thunder’s Thursday night matchup against the Trail Blazers.

That shot gave the Thunder a three-point advantage heading into the break.

Gibson was acquired by Oklahoma City along with Doug McDermott in the final hours of the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 23, in a deal that sent Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow to the Bulls.

OKC didn’t trade for him with the assumption he’d drain shots from deep, especially that deep, but teammate Russell Westbrook will take all the scoring help he can get. It was just the fourth 3-point make of Gibson’s career in 35 attempts.

Back in Milwaukee for draft night three months later, the front-office staff had zeroed in on Antetokounmpo as their best-case scenario with the 15th pick. The mock drafts would call that a stretch. Sporting News had Antetokounmpo going 19th, as did Sports Illustrated. One ESPN mock draft had him slipping to 26th.

Hammond had no doubts. “We were sitting with the 15th pick,” he said. “How do you get value at 15? He was our guy. If there were risks, we felt he was worth it.”

This season, Morris has 200 assists to just 35 turnovers. That’s an outrageous near-6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, which is even crazier when you also consider that he’s responsible not just for creating for his teammates, but also being the driving shot creator behind an Iowa State team that is peaking at the right time after winning the Big 12 Tournament.saints_022-223x223