Gary Andersen out as football coach at Oregon State


Gary Andersen is out as the football coach at Oregon State, effective immediately.

The university announced Monday that the parties have mutually parted ways and agreed to release each other from the remaining contractual obligations. Andersen was under contract through the 2021 season.

“I felt like I had heatstroke just from being inside the race car for 200 laps with the crush panels knocked out of it,” said Busch. “Overall, it was just the hottest I’ve been in the car. … I didn’t feel sick from the CO or anything like that. I just felt heatstroke.”

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver finished 29th, but he still has a 12-point cushion from the current cutoff with two races remaining in the quarterfinal round of 12 as he vies to be among the eight drivers in the semifinal round. “Obviously, it was my bad, trying to get too much, too early in the race,” Busch said about his accident. “I got out too high out of the groove and got myself in the fence. … I threw it away.”

The crash Sunday was a little different than Busch’s crash Friday because he wasn’t running as close to the wall when he got sucked around. On Sunday, he was trying to NBA Jerseys Cheap go a little bit closer to the wall on each lap to gain more speed. He wrecked again later Cheap Jerseys Online in the race in the same fashion.

“I was just kind of inching it up and inching it up — apparently an inch a lap is too much,” Busch said. “I ended up getting too high and just got crossed up instantly. As soon as I turned up into the corner, it was sideways.”

What late fire sale? More like on fire, amiright?


Fresh off dusting Denver at home, Buffalo doused Atlanta in its own house. The Bills also were one play away from beating a third current 3-1 team, the Panthers. Rookie coach Sean McDermott’s defense has allowed only one passing TD through four games. The ground-and-pound offense has made big plays when needed.

There’s an overall physicality to love about this team, just as New England is wilting a bit. The evidence there is to think the Bills will remain a factor in the AFC playoff race, if not make the Patriots a sweat more than false threats from Rex Ryan did.

The Packers rallied to overcome what would have been a devastating loss to the desperate Bengals, while the Bears are riding the high of knocking off Big Ben and the Steelers. Aaron Rodgers won’t let that happen in his house, and Green Bay can get away with its weak secondary against Chicago’s wideouts — and eventually force Mike Glennon into a big mistake.

Wait, isn’t this just a convenient preseason game between L.A. and Oxnard? Nope. Now Cheap Jerseys Outlet Shop it’s the NFC West-leading upstarts against the NFC East reigning champions. Welcome Cheap Jerseys Mall Jared Goff to the realm of viable starting quarterbacks. He will get more help from Todd Gurley, but he’s still not a better second-year passer than Dak Prescott. The Rams also will get battered by Ezekiel Elliott in the power running game and ripped by Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley in coverage. Long week vs. short week makes it close, but not enough for the Rams.

The sad history of Cleveland Browns season openers


The Browns did, in fact, drop another season opener, again at home, and again to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was not a completely depressing affair, but it started with a prompt 3-and-out and blocked punt for a Steelers touchdown.

The Cleveland Browns open their 2017 season on Sunday at home against their rival from another, more competitive era, the Pittsburgh Steelers. If history is our guide, it will not go well for Hue Jackson’s group, which returns home for the Week 1 opener after three straight years starting the season on the road. Getting back home, however, should not matter much.

Thanks to Watt, Luke Kuechly and Khalil Mack over the past five seasons, Miller hasn’t been able to add this distinction to his Super Bowl MVP 50 honor. But you can bet he’s ready to find another gear under new defensive-minded coach Vance Jospeh, and 2017 should resemble his awesome, breakout 2012 season.

Bell, because of injury and suspension, has not to been able to duplicate the terrific 2014 season he had as a 22-year-old, second-year player. He’s still only 25, younger than David Johnson, and he’s out looking for bigger money after signing his franchise tag tender. He can both shoot toward 2,300 yards from scrimmage and set a career-high with high double-digit TDs, thanks to have more scoring opportunities in an even more explosive Pittsburgh offense.

Brady, like Belichick, hasn’t been in the mix for his biggest possible award since he won it in both 2007 and 2010. That needs to be corrected, stat. With what he can do to lead the Patriots Cheap Quality Soccer Jerseys to a Cheap Pirates Jerseys sixth ring at age 40, Brady will become the NFL’s oldest most valuable player, displacing 37-year-olds Rich Gannon (2002) and Peyton Manning (2013).

Maybe the biggest surprise for the Falcons in the season-opening win over the Bears was the offense going 1 for 3 in the red zone.


The biggest surprise in the Packers’ opener was that Aaron Rodgers’ career-long interception free streak ended at 251 regular-season attempts when Seahawks DT Nazair Jones picked him off. “I was just glad it wasn’t a pick-6,” said Rodgers, who has only one of those in his career. “I think I’ve got a pretty good streak going right now. And it would have been rough to give up a pick-6 to a lineman who outran me over a 60-yard path, especially since I feel like I’ve been working on my conditioning and my running.” Although the interception stood, the return for a touchdown was called back because of a penalty.

One opportunity was squandered due to a holding penalty. The red zone was such a preseason emphasis with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, and Matt Ryan had his full complement of weapons. “It’s Week 1. We’ve got a lot of things we can improve upon,” Ryan said.

“Well, that was about whether or not the player had misrepresented to the commissioner,” Jones said. “We’ve got rules that say if you don’t tell the truth to the commissioner then you can get sanctioned.

“Everybody else is. Everybody who has ever made a decision in law is. So why should it surprise us that when we adjudicate or the equivalent of adjudicate over a privilege that we’ve gotten in our relationship with players and we don’t do it in a fair way. Why should it surprise anybody if we got slapped? It doesn’t surprise me. You have to be fair.”

Jones said everybody associated with the team was, “lifted by that decision. And it was a good one.”

Jones knows the Cowboys are a different team with Elliott than Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale without him. He’s just glad he likely doesn’t have to see his team without Elliott this season.

“We’d miss Zeke if we don’t have him,” Jones said. “That’s all I can say. It’s Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping inspirational for this team to know we have the chance to have him all year.”

With protests raging, NBC will televise national anthem before Patriots-Chiefs opener


The eyes of the sports TV world Thursday will be on NBC as the network televises the 2017 NFL regular-season opener between the Patriots and Chiefs. With the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest still raging, the network will televise the playing of the national anthem at Gillette Stadium.

NFL broadcast partners typically do not show the playing of the national anthem except before the Super Bowl, opening night or other special games; they are usually in commercial due to time constraints.

But the question of which players will be standing and which will be kneeling before this season’s opener — and the rest of the regular season — is taking on added importance.

Elliott had to work for his yards after the crowd cheered loudly when he was introduced and kept up the “Zeke” calls while he made his trademark feed-me gesture after first downs. His biggest play was a 30-yard catch-and-run, easily the most open field he saw against one of the league’s best run defenses a year ago.

“I think every person (who is) a part of the Cowboys was lifted by that decision,” owner Jerry Jones said of Friday’s court ruling. “Although he was playing in this game no matter what, the idea that we could have him for an extended period of time was certainly inspirational.”

The Giants had a nearly 10-minute drive to start the second half but settled for Aldrick Rosas’ 25-yard field goal after a second-down sack of Manning, Dallas’ third of the game and the first of Charles Tapper’s career. DeMarcus Lawrence had two sacks for Dallas.

Anthony Brown all but sealed the win for the Cowboys when he was the Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale first to Cheap Jerseys Borntrade get his hands on a throw from Manning and won a tug-of-war with Roger Lewis Jr. for the interception midway through the fourth quarter.

he will be spelled by veterans Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller.


Impact rookie: Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs — The Chiefs didn’t expect Hunt to be their starting running back this year, but that’s the role he now has after a season-ending injury to Spencer Ware. Hunt, a third-round pick from Toledo, will be the feature back in the offense, though he will be spelled by veterans Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller.

Coach on the hot seat: None — The Broncos and Chargers have first-year coaches in Vance Joseph and Anthony Lynn, respectively. Andy Reid is coming off a division title for the Chiefs and Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was given a four-year contract extension earlier this year.

Ali’s collective in LA is one on a growing list of national organizations and organizers willing to boycott the NFL this season. Since August, groups blacking out the league have called for NFL policy reform to create a football environment in the NFL where players aren’t punished for protest.

An NFL spokesperson said last month that the league was looking to set Cheap Jerseys Basketball up meetings with activist groups that have organized protests, but there is no record yet of meetings taking place. While Kaepernick remains unsigned for reasons seemingly unrelated to football, activists and organizers have insisted for weeks that what’s happening is bigger than just one player.

“This is going to continue. We are in this for the long haul,” Ali said. “Even if that means getting arrested every week. We will do whatever is necessary until we get justice. Getting arrested Cheap High Quality Jerseys every Sunday is nothing compared to being murdered by rogue police officers.”

The Eagles head into the regular-season opener at Washington without any big health concerns.


Free safety Jimmie Ward’s status for Sunday is “still fluid,” according to general manager John Lynch. Ward suffered a hamstring injury on the first day of training camp and did not appear in any preseason games. If he can’t go, the 49ers will have to choose between Jaquiski Tartt, who many believe is a better fit at strong safety, or undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome.

The Eagles head into the regular-season opener at Washington without any big health concerns. Backup quarterback Nick Foles dealt with elbow inflammation for a good portion of the summer but practiced Wednesday and said he’s good to go. Defensive end Brandon Graham (triceps) and linebacker Jordan Hicks (quad) also practiced in full.

Safety Mike Mitchell wants to play on an injured hamstring but has been cautious to avoid re-aggravation over the last month. Mitchell is almost healed and has practiced the past two days, so if he participates in Thursday’s session, he will be set to play. The Steelers signed Cheap Jerseys Basketball veteran J.J. Wilcox as insurance. Otherwise, the roster is in good health.

AT THE MIDWAY point of last season, Giants do-everything defensive back Landon Collins was the most do-everything-est player in the NFL. After eight games, he was the only player in the league to lead his team in tackles, interceptions and sacks. The second-year safety from Alabama finished 2016 as the Giants’ top tackler (125 total stops, most in franchise history for Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys a defensive back) and placed third in the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year balloting. Now the 23-year-old breakout star isn’t afraid to let the world know that he should have won DPOY honors, that the Giants are Super Bowl contenders and why the NFL is easier than Alabama — all while managing to get in a few more digs at Dak Prescott. Yes, even in interviews, Collins does it all.

he is asked to compare himself and his game to another point guard.


His passes tend to find open teammates rather than him threading the needle to someone where it looked like there was no space. But given how much work it takes to stop Smith from scoring, there’s will always be open teammates when the ball’s in his hands.

“He’s aggressive without being out of control,” Carlisle says. “He’s got vision, he sees people, he delivers the ball on time and on target, and he’s going to get the ball in the basket.”

Smith must improve defensively, a side of the ball that was mostly ignored during his one year at NC State. But he talks about it openly, calling his work on that end a process while describing the methods that he’s hoping to perfect. Everything the Mavericks know about Smith — and everything that Smith has shown himself so far — points to him being a player who will take those challenges in stride.

After Smith scores 16 points and the dagger three in his third summer league game, he is asked to compare himself and his game to another point guard. At first, he demurs, not wanting to play that game.

EuroCup, a 24-team, second-tier continental league run by the same folks who run EuroLeague, did create a two-week break in late November to ostensibly allow players to represent their nations in FIBA qualifying. FIBA’s February games fall within EuroCup’s typical break between the Round of 16 and the playoffs, so there may be no problems with representatives from EuroCup clubs participating.

But the players in EuroCup are not remotely the best players in the world. The 2017 EuroCup MVP was Alexey Shved, who had a rather inglorious four-year NBA career. If those are the best players participating in crucial international qualifiers, that’s a problem. It undercuts FIBA’s very Cheap Qld Basketball Jerseys reason for switching to this qualifying system.

So, sure: Per FIBA’s grand scheme, the nation of Slovenia gets to host Cheap Personalized Jerseys the Spanish national team in November. But which Spanish players will they actually see?

They’re a team that barely snuck into the playoffs last season after earning the No. 5 seed in 2016.


This trade currently fails, but if the Celtics renounce their free agents and don’t sign anyone into their cap space (so, Hayward), then they would have the cap space to take Love straight up. They could even throw a smaller asset or two (say, a late first rounder) towards New York and/or Cleveland to sweeten the deal.

However, there’s two clear reasons why Boston wouldn’t do this. First, they’re dealing directly with a competitor. Why allow Cleveland to make a move that the Cavaliers believe will make them better? Second, for all of the cap space and other assets that general manager Danny Ainge has acquired, it would be wild to cash them in on Kevin Love when the team wouldn’t do it on Paul George or Jimmy Butler.

What about Portland? They’re a team that barely snuck into the playoffs last season after earning the No. 5 seed in 2016. They’ve been rumored to be interested in acquire a star player, and Love is still incredibly good. Here’s one idea.

There’s no chance he’d score 18 a night as a Cav, or sniff an All-Star nod. But he’d be on screens across the world in May and June, and he just might get to hoist a trophy in front of the Q.

Perhaps more importantly, LeBron has the standing to help Rose reset his goals. No one in the league is more successful on and off the court than LeBron. He speaks with authority. Plus, when he’s on the court, Rose isn’t going to be able to take over the offense. LeBron doesn’t let that happen. (Ask Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters.)

Is Rose ready to sacrifice his personal numbers and his narrow potential Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys for a return to stardom — potential he likely believes to be greater than what we believe it Cheap Liverpool Jerseys to be — to find a new brand of success? We’ll see.

The Lakers and Bulls are both reportedly knocking on Rose’s door. Neither will pay much either, making this largely a decision about role.

Irving’s desire to move out from under James’ shadow isn’t new.


Had the Cavaliers done that, they could have quelled Irving’s desires to move on from the organization or been proactive in finding him another home. Now, they’re stuck Cheap Jonathan Toews Jerseys looking for suitors for Irving and trying to find something close to an equal return.

Plus, Irving’s desire to move out from under James’ shadow isn’t new. He reportedly thought about requesting a trade after the Cavs won the NBA Finals last year. The Cavaliers failed to keep tabs on that situation, and they’re paying for it now.

Such are the perils of organizational dysfunction. The Cavaliers went into this offseason with no stability. They had no general manager during the NBA draft and the crucial parts of NBA free agency. Their best player remains coy on his commitment beyond next season and, now, their most explosive offensive weapon wants out. Now they’re scrambling to pick up the pieces.

Meanwhile, any Cavaliers trade probably needs to involve a third team or Kevin Love. In other words, this is going to be a wildly difficult quest in any case.

But the first step in finding a new home for Melo is getting Cheap Kids NHL Jerseys past the no-trade. So maybe there’s a chance.

Reminder: NBA free agent signing tracker and NBA free agent and trade rumor tracker.

The Nuggets won the Paul Millsap sweepstakes, giving the big man three years and $90 million. That means that Danilo Gallinari is assuredly gone — the Clippers look like the best guess for him — and Kenneth Faried is likely trade bait. What about free agent Mason Plumlee, for whom Denver just gave up a first-round pick and Jusuf Nurkic? Good question!

Millsap to the Denver means that the Timberwolves’ hunt for a power forward went a different direction, and that direction is familiarity: Minnesota signed Taj Gibson to a lucrative two-year deal, reuniting him with Tom Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler.