Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 12 hrs ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – T.J. Yeldon found himself in an odd spot leading up to his first day of training camp.
He was summoned to the quarterbacks room.
New Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson brought the rookie into the passers' meetings and had him sit through strategy lessons next to Blake Bortles, Chad Henne, Jeff Tuel and Stephen Morris.
"He was making calls like we were," Henne said.
Olson quizzed Yeldon toward the end of one session and the entire room was impressed how well the Alabama product picked up the offense.
"Extremely rare," Henne said. "He's a guy who understands where to be, where to go, who to key."
How'd he get this way? Well, this is what Yeldon said Monday about how he has spent his time since the college playoff semifinal game: "Ever since I was done with football, since we lost our last game against Ohio State, I've just been football, working out and training." He went on to say, "It's been constantly football every day."
And from the way he's spending his meeting time, Yeldon is already well on his way.
Jon Richter, son of Rams great Les Richter, defends Hall of Fame policy amid Junior Seau controversyEric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago
A lot of people got upset last week about a report that Junior Seau's family would not be able to speak at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Aug. 8.
Jon Richter is not among those incensed. And his opinion counts more than most.
The Hall's policy has been in place since 2010, and it calls for a video presentation for inductees who are enshrined posthumously, rather than speeches. It "provides for an expanded presenting video [longer than the videos of living inductees]," the Hall said in a statement last Friday, "followed by the traditional unveiling of the bronzed bust and no additional comments made from the podium."
The first inductee under the new policy was Jon Richter's father, Les. He was one of the best linebackers in the long history of the Rams organization, and later went on to serve as head of operations for NASCAR. The eight-time Pro Bowler and U.S. Army veteran died in 2010 and became a part of the 2011 class.
"However, the Seau family does not want this issue to become a distraction to Junior's accomplishments and legacy or those of the other inductees."
Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago
For many weeks, the deflate-gate controversy lingered in the realm of the meaningless and minor: the amount of air pressure in footballs. This week, however, the topic became relevant to all of us.
The charge that Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone, and the New England Patriots quarterback's Facebook response to that charge on Wednesday, caused deflate-gate to veer into issues of workplace privacy. Brady's argument in defense of "my rights as a private citizen" goes to the heart of a problematic place in American society: whether your phone is really private.
The harsh truth: your personal phone is not always private.
If a company is involved in a legal case, personal phones and devices can be inspected as part of an investigation.
"Many, many people in business don't seem to realize their phone they take pictures with on vacation – that can be reviewed in the event of litigation," said Michael Overly, a partner at Foley and Lardner in Los Angeles, who has testified before Congress on privacy issues.
Eric Adelson at Shutdown Corner 21 days ago
Greg Hardy's suspension was reduced on Friday from 10 games to four, which would mean both he and Tom Brady will begin their seasons by sitting out for the same amount of time.
This feels like a tremendous injustice, for obvious reasons. Brady's "crime" was largely victimless, hurting only a few peoples' feelings, and it didn't affect the outcome of the game in question. Hardy, if the allegations against him are true, could have killed someone.
Yet it's important to look at a longer-term perspective of the Hardy situation. Less than a year ago, when he was an employee of the Carolina Panthers, Hardy was found guilty by a North Carolina judge of assaulting his then girlfriend Nicole Holder. She had accused him of flinging her from a bed, throwing her in a bathtub, tossing her down on a futon full of assault rifles, and threatening to kill her. Despite the judge's decision, Hardy played in the Panthers' 2014 season opener in Tampa.
After a year of enhanced attention to domestic violence, fewer are turning away.
Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 22 days ago
Jeff Plush became a victim of his own dream come true.
On Sunday, before the start of the Women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan, the National Women's Soccer League commissioner dropped off his two daughters in Chicago's Lincoln Park so they could find a place to watch the match while he parked. The problem was there were so many people there that he couldn't find a spot for his car.
By the time he arrived at the viewing party, Carli Lloyd had already scored two goals. He missed a chunk of the history he hoped his NWSL players playing for the U.S. would create.
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"It was very frustrating," Plush said by phone on Wednesday. "I'm going to have to admit it to Carli when I see her."
Plush said "north of a dozen" potential ownership groups have called in the last several days. That's somewhat remarkable considering the NWSL only has nine teams.
Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 24 days ago
He took the most iconic photo of one of the most memorable goals in World Cup soccer history, and he had no idea until after the match was over.
Perhaps you've seen the shot of the shot by now: Japan goalie Ayumi Kaihori lying on her back, watching helplessly as Carli Lloyd's bomb from midfield bounces off the post and into the net for the third goal in her historic hat trick in Sunday's World Cup final. It's an incredible photo: the ball in the middle, framed by the net, with Kaihori down and American players and fans in the distance watching the moment unfold. One instant tells the story of the play and the entire day.
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He knew when Lloyd put her foot into that shot at the 16-minute mark that he witnessed a big moment, but he had no idea what his own foot had produced.
Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 26 days ago
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – She knew.
Carli Lloyd laid a cleat into a ball at midfield only 16 minutes into Sunday's World Cup final, and she knew where it would end up when she saw the shot in flight.
"I kinda did, yeah," the United States star midfielder said.
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The laser from 54 yards out arced high into the smoky air here in B.C. Place, glanced off the outstretched glove of Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori and bounced off the post and into the net behind her. Lloyd had just authored one of the most memorable goals in American soccer history. It was the third goal of the first hat trick ever scored in a World Cup final, delivered in less time than it took most fans to walk from FanHQ to the stadium earlier in the day.
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Now the world knows, too.
Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 26 days ago
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The history of soccer in America will not be written without this name: Carli Lloyd.
The United States star midfielder scored three times in the first half to vault the Americans to their third Women's World Cup title on Sunday with a 5-2 victory over Japan at B.C. Place. Lloyd scored from close, she scored from far and she scored a place in U.S. sports lore for a team that came together beautifully to vanquish all comers and now will stand aside the 1999 team as most cherished ever by a still-growing soccer nation.
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The theme of the team has been "She believes" and Lloyd made everyone believe within the first five minutes of the match, redirecting a shot from Megan Rapinoe at three minutes and then knocking in a second goal two minutes later.
Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 27 days ago
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – This time is different.
That's the vow from the United States women's national team, four years after World Cup heartbreak in Germany.
"This team is different," Abby Wambach said on Friday. "There's an air of confidence."
There is an air of confidence, yes. It's palpable. The team is beaming, having to rein itself in from the anticipation of potentially overshadowing the 2011 World Cup loss and standing beside the "99ers" who won it all 16 years ago. This American side knows it is good enough to win, good enough to be a champion.
"What's important," she said, "is to score first."
Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 28 days ago
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Kelley O'Hara has gone through what could be called The Abby Wambach Bench Experience.
The two sit at the end of the bench together during matches – the joke is they are cordoned off down there because they're both so vociferous – and it got so tense during the United States' semifinal victory over Germany that Wambach grabbed O'Hara's arm. Very tightly.
"Abby," O'Hara said, "do not injure me."
It hasn't been the easiest of Women's World Cups for Wambach, who arrived as the biggest name on the team (save perhaps Alex Morgan) and was relegated to the bench as the offense found its rhythm. She doesn't mind the lack of playing time so much as having to watch the fate of her biggest soccer dream playing out right in front of her. On Friday, she called her spectator role "nerve-wracking" and "brutal."
"It has taken years off my life," Wambach said to chuckles from the press.
It has been a lesson to her – to her teammates and to young soccer players – on how to step back with grace and leadership.
In a way, she has responded to those moments more off the field than on it.