2017 ESPN college football midseason All-America team


The college football season has reached halftime, but before you break for the bathroom or the beer line, check out the players who have most stood out during the first six games.

Introducing ESPN’s midseason All-America team, which features some familiar faces from the preseason squad, as well as several new ones. The incredible depth at linebacker required a 3-4 defensive alignment, which, not surprisingly, is the favored look of several elite units around college football.

His absence means Miami must rely more heavily on sophomore Travis Homer, junior Trayone Gray and possibly true freshman Robert Burns. Richt also said it was possible true freshman Deejay Dallas would also get some reps at running back.

Richt said he does not need to have a special message to address his team with Walton now out.

“The team understands it’s football, it’s physical and guys get hurt,” Richt said. “I don’t think there will need to be any kind of explanation. It won’t be shocking to them that something like that happened. They knew that Mark was hurt.”

Only three running backs have carries this season for the Cheap NFL Jerseys China Hurricanes: Walton got the bulk of them, with with 56. Homer is next with 25, while Gray only has MLB Jerseys Cheap four. Quarterback Malik Rosier is second on the team with 37 carries, so he may also take on a greater role in the run game.

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.”

Hill accounts for 5 TDs, unbeaten Columbia tops Marist 41-17


Anders Hill threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, and Columbia rolled to a 41-17 win over Marist on Saturday for its best start in 21 years.

Hill was 23 of 33 for 350 yards and did all his scoring damage in the first half when the Lions (4-0), who won their first six games in 1996, opened a 38-0 lead. The win was Columbia’s largest since beating Princeton 42-14 in 2010.

Lanning completed 2 of 3 passes for 25 yards and carried Cheap Jerseys the ball nine times for 35 yards in Iowa State’s 38-31 win. He also threw a key block that allowed David Montgomery to spring loose for a 46-yard reception off a screen play, in which Montgomery reversed field.

On defense, Lanning had eight tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

“It was fun,” Lanning said. “Coming into an atmosphere like this, you can’t Hockey Jerseys Cheap ask for anything better, especially playing both ways. … I can’t say enough about my teammates and what they did to help me out. It was a lot of stuff going on for me. I didn’t have my best game defensively, but we got the win.”

Lanning played quarterback last season before transitioning to inside linebacker during the offseason after Park won the job.

Entering Saturday’s game, he was second in the Big 12 with 46 tackles.

As he continues to tinker with his team’s lineup — the Demers acquisition was the 17th personnel addition the Coyotes made this offseason — Chayka realizes that a GM’s job doesn’t cease once the season begins. Even on this night, a meaningless preseason game, he continued to analyze Arizona’s every move and figure out ways the players could improve.

“I think you always try to find something to work on. The reality is a lot of times the end result might work out, but the process isn’t what you’d like it to be,” Chayka said. “Sometimes that’s hockey. Sometimes guys make the wrong play, but they’re skilled enough to get away with it.”

NFL Week 4 in five tweets


Week 4 of the NFL season arrives with the Chiefs and Falcons as the lone unbeatens remaining.

But there are five, count ’em, winless teams after three weeks — the Bengals, Browns, Chargers, Giants and 49ers — so there’s that.

There are some interesting matchups, team and individuals, those Cheap Jerseys Shop looking to break in, break through or merely bounce back.

The Panthers’ controversial 24-20 victory in 2013 left the Patriots upset over a no-call on what appeared to be pass interference in the end zone with three seconds remaining. The way the Panthers offense has played so far, it’s unlikely Sunday’s game comes down to the final play.

Trevathan apologized after the game and said he would reach out to Adams.

“Hopefully they see it wasn’t intentional. I was just trying to make a play,” Trevathan told reporters. “My main concern is he’s OK. You never wish that on nobody.”

But that probably won’t help him avoid NFL discipline as the league already is investigating the devastating blow, according to NFL Network.

The networks did not show instances of NFL fans booing or screaming at Cheap Jerseys Team protesting players. When ESPN showed the live playing of the anthem before the Cowboys’ 28-17 win over the Cardinals on MNF last week, play-by-play announcer Sean McDonagh noted fans were booing, but ESPN didn’t show them. Said McDonagh: “God Bless America.”

But with the league seemingly trying to put protests during the national anthem in the rear-view mirror, ESPN will return to its normal coverage strategy this week.

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).

Fournette has been slowed this summer by a nagging foot injury


Peterson threw down the gauntlet leading up to the game by saying, “Going back to Minnesota, playing the Vikings? Yeah, I want to stick it to them.”

Saints coach Sean Payton likely was not pleased with Peterson’s challenge issued to a Vikings defense that ranked third in the league last season. And how much of an opportunity will Peterson actually have to “stick it” to the Vikings when, at 32, he’s probably the Saints’ third best back behind Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara? This is hardly the first time Peterson has made inflammatory — or shall we say stupid — comments.

Peterson last year talked about how bored he was in Vikings OTAs and training camp after he had played only one game in 2015 due to the repercussions from child abuse charges. And he added that he could retire from his then-$12 million job due to this imposition of having to sit in meetings and attend practices.

Reuben Foster, LB, 49ers: Following a season-ending shoulder injury to Malcolm Smith, Foster was thrust into a starting role and made the most of it during the preseason. Foster was viewed as one of the most complete defensive players in the 2017 draft class after recording 115 tackles, with 13 for loss and five sacks, last season for Alabama. The 49ers offense will struggle this year, meaning Foster will have plenty of time to rack up the numbers that could earn him Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars: The Jaguars are relying on him to be their workhorse back to take some pressure off beleaguered quarterback Blake Bortles. Fournette should get plenty of carries, assuming his foot injury doesn’t linger.

Myles Garrett, DE, Browns: As the top pick in the draft, Garrett will be in the spotlight all season long. He’s had an impressive summer and will look to continue that during Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys the regular season Cheap Nike Eagles Jerseys as the Browns try to climb out of the cellar in the AFC North.

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.

Peterson was adamant that there was nothing simmering between him and his new coach


Martellus Bennett, Michael’s brother, stood at the far end of the Packers bench with his right fist in the air, while Ha Ha Clinton-Dix helped hold the giant flag at midfield. Bennett said earlier this week that he wasn’t sure whether he would make any kind of protest during the national anthem after news of Michael’s incident with police became public.

“That’s a sign of unity with my brother. That’s something I’ve done in the past, when I was with the Patriots last year,” Martellus said after game. “For me it’s a sign of unity to let the world know that I see what’s going on and it’s not going unnoticed. I’m doing what I can to help too, just letting people know that hey, I’m behind you, I’m behind my brother. There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world and the community and that I do support and I am working things to make it better. Not much more than that, just a statement to say, hey I’m with you.”

Payton, meanwhile, said he didn’t recall any sort of heated exchange with Peterson on the sideline and credited him for being into the game.

“Listen, I’ll tell you if we were in a heated exchange,” Payton said. “… None that I can recall, and I am being honest.”

Peterson was adamant that there was nothing simmering between him and his new coach, who was seen turning around and replying to the seven-time Pro Bowl running back before continuing to walk down the sideline.

Imagine the reaction if white stars like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots, or Alex Smith and Travis Kelce of the Chiefs, support Kaepernick in front of millions Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom of TV viewers. Although Kaepernick is still out of a job, his movement has been picking up steam.

A dozen members of the Browns, including one white player, knelt during the national Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys anthem prior to an exhibition against the Giants last month. Unlike last season, more white players, such as Chris Long of the Eagles and Justin Britt of the Seahawks, have been supporting black teammates who choose to protest.