- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie6 days ago
The Arizona desert turned up a UFO crash in 1953, purple alien eggs just last year and Lord knows what else in the 60 years between. It’s only natural the Phoenix Suns add another wrinkle to their own weird science experiment, turning a two-headed snake into a three-headed monster in the backcourt.Fri, Oct 317:00 PM PDTSan Antonio at PhoenixPreview Game
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie10 days ago
Never quite reaching the NBA mountaintop, the Utah Jazz last season completed their long descent back down the Wasatch Range to the Salt Lake Valley, submitting their worst record since the franchise’s infancy.
The Stockton, Malone and Sloan salad days behind them, the Jazz skied the peaks and valleys of NBA mediocrity until plowing into the base lodge and warming their feet as last season went up in flames. Soon enough, Dante Exum’s athleticism and Rodney Hood’s efficiency had joined them après draft.
Sans last year’s lottery pick point guard, Trey Burke, who broke his finger in the preseason, Utah started 0-8 and lost 14 of their first 15 games with the immortal John Lucas III and Jamaal Tinsley at the helm. Upon Burke’s return, the Jazz played above .500 (25-22) for a lengthy stretch — no small feat in the Western Conference — before driving a tank to a 4-21 finish and the No. 5 overall pick this past June.
The winter cost coach Ty Corbin his job after 3 1/2 unproductive seasons succeeding Jerry Sloan, whose career casts a mythical monster-shaped shadow some still see in the Great Salt Lake.
Something's afoot here. Somehow, someway, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack got their cleats stuck together on a fourth-quarter passing play.
Thankfully, offensive linemen Jared Veldheer and Bobby Massie were on their toes, and helped the two foes get untangled.
Even weirder: While there was a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty called on Palmer's third-and-5 attempt, Mack was not the guilty party. Linebacker Sio Moore earned the flag, and the Cardinals killed another three and a half minutes off the clock in their 24-13 victory.
You could say the play gave Arizona a leg up on the win. OK, we'll stop now.
Adding to the hijinks of Sunday's game, the Cardinals' Darnell Dockett, who is out for the season with a knee injury, rubbed the loss in the faces of Raiders fans:
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Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice could be reinstated by the NFL within a month, CBSSports.com reported on Sunday.
While Rice remains indefinitely suspended for punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator last February, the league has set a hearing date for the former All-Pro back's appeal, according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora. A decision on Rice's future could reportedly come in mid-November.
The NFL initially suspended Rice for two games prior to TMZ releasing video of his domestic abuse. Rice's legal team allegedly contends he deserves a suspension no longer than the new NFL policy of six games for first-time offenders because commissioner Roger Goodell was made aware of what was on the video .
The hearing will be conducted by former U.S. District Court Judge Barbara S. Jones and is expected to be completed before erstwhile FBI director Robert Mueller completes his independent investigation into the incident on behalf of the NFL, according to La Canfora.Sun, Nov 25:30 PM PSTBaltimore at PittsburghPreview Game
Tony Romo did what Bud Selig probably would have liked to do when Alex Rodriguez violated Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy last year, nearly trampling the Yankees third baseman prior to Sunday's game between the Cowboys and Giants.
The former Texas Rangers star has played in either Arlington or New York since 2001 — except for this year's season-long suspension — so it's only natural he took in the game between Dallas and New York.
So, Rodriguez found his way to the tunnel at A&T Stadium before the game. Apparently, A-Rod was lost in thought — as he's been known to be — as the entire Cowboys team stampeded onto the field, nearly running the embattled slugger over. For his sake, Rodriguez should be glad Romo was at the start of the line, since DeMarco Murray probably would have stiff-armed him on his way to another 100-yard game.
There's struggling, and then there's what the Cincinnati Bengals offense did on Sunday afternoon.
Quarterback Andy Dalton and Co. went three-and-out on their first eight drives and totaled just 135 yards on 54 yards — an average of just 2.5 yards — in a 27-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. After starting the season 3-0, the Bengals haven't won in a month, going 0-2-1 after a bye in Week 4.
After totaling 513 yards of offense in last week's 37-37 tie against the Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati managed just 27 first-half yards, the league's lowest total over the first two quarters in more than a year.
Dalton finished 18-for-38 for 126 yards, although he managed not to throw an interception. Meanwhile, Bengals fantasy stud running back Giovani Bernard managed only 16 total yards on nine touches.
All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green missed his second straight game with a toe injury. Encouraging medical reports indicated he could return for next week's game against the Baltimore Ravens, per NFL.com.Sun, Nov 210:00 AM PSTJacksonville at CincinnatiPreview Game
In the final seconds of the St. Louis Rams' 28-26 upset victory, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll ran panicking onto the field, presumably wondering why the officiating crew didn't call for a review of his defense's apparent fumble recovery in the final minute. After all, he had a legitimate gripe.
In a wild finish, the Rams converted an incredibly gutsy fake punt from their own 18-yard line with less than three minutes remaining. Three plays later, Tre Mason rushed for a first down that seemed to seal the deal, since the Seahawks had no timeouts remaining, but Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith stripped the St. Louis running back from behind, and the Seahawks appeared to recover the fumble in Rams territory.
Except, referee Brad Allen ruled it St. Louis ball, and Rams quarterback Austin Davis kneeled on a two-point victory that dropped the defending Super Bowl champions to 3-3 on the season. The play was eligible for review, but the replay official opted not to buzz down to the field, sending Carroll into a tizzy.
With the Buffalo Bills missing both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in the running game, rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins saved the day, capping his second 100-yard receiving game with a game-winning catch.
His team trailing 16-10 with seconds remaining, Bills quarterback Kyle Orton rifled a 2-yard pass to Watkins for the game-winner in a 17-16 victory against the reeling Minnesota Vikings. Watkins scored both of Buffalo's touchodwns, also hauling in a 26-yard score early in the second quarter. The Bills improved to 4-3.
Watkins finished with 122 yards on nine catches. He broke the century plateau for the first time since Week 2, becoming the first Bills rookie to record a pair of 100-yard receiving games in a season since Lee Evans in 2004. Watkins' two touchdowns on Sunday matched his total through the first six games of the season.
Trade rumors began swirling this weekend around running back C.J. Spiller, the impending free agent whose touches have been limited behind Buffalo Bills teammate Fred Jackson. So, when Jackson suffered a groin injury late in the first quarter, Spiller finally got his chance to showcase his explosive skills.
Less than a quarter later, though, Spiller suffered a game-ending — and possibly worse — upper-body injury. Both Buffalo ball-carriers were visibly shaken as they were carted off the Ralph Wilson Stadium field. The Bills trailed the Vikings 3-0 after Jackson's injury and 10-7 following Spiller's departure.
On a third-and-1 with two minutes left in the first quarter, Jackson went down and was ruled out for the game soon afterwards. He entered the game leading the Bills in carries (68) and yards (234). Jackson will undergo an MRI on Monday for what appears to be "a serious" hamstring injury, per Ian Rapoport.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie13 days ago
For Milwaukee's sake, let's hope the latest Bucks news isn't a sign their mercurial center's fall from NBA grace hasn't reached its nadir: Larry Sanders is out for the remainder of the preseason.
After what the team described as "a minor outpatient surgical procedure," Sanders will not participate in the final three games of exhibtion over the next six days, starting Friday night in Minnesota. The 6-foot-11 center sat out Tuesday's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers with what the team termed an illness.