Kristian Dyer at FC Yahoo 5 days ago
Fanendo Adi’s third season in Major League Soccer could be his last.
The Portland Timbers forward has generated interest from two European clubs – Crystal Palace in the Premier League and St. Etienne in France's Ligue 1 – league sources have told Yahoo Sports.
Adi, who helped Portland win its first MLS Cup last December, also has a potential suitor in Shanghai Shenhua from the Chinese Super League, which began a spending free in the winter transfer window that included the signing of Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins.
He has made 65 appearances in MLS and scored 31 goals.
Kristian Dyer at FC Yahoo 6 days ago
Francesco Totti reportedly has had interest in continuing his legendary career in Major League Soccer, but two MLS teams have already rebuffed the Italian midfielder's overtures.
The AS Roma and Italy legend has been offered to the New York Red Bulls and one other Eastern Conference club, but both teams have declined to pursue the 39-year-old Totti, Yahoo Sports has learned. Totti, who has made 58 international appearances for the Azzurri, has also been linked with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.
Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 3 mths ago
It is the dream of every NFL fan to see the greatest teams of all time pitted against each other to see who is the greatest team of all time. It is "Field of Dreams" type of stuff, played out on the gridiron.
Are the 1985 Chicago Bears the greatest team ever? The 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins? Or one of those Dallas Cowboys teams from the 1990s? This very conversation is currently going on around water coolers and barber shops throughout the country.
Wonder no more football fan, because the people at PredictionMachine.com have done all the legwork for you to determine the greatest Super Bowl winner in history. The site simulated matchups between the 49 teams that have lifted the Lombardi Trophy – only winners of the Super Bowl need apply – to see who is the best Super Bowl champion of all-time. The site’s analytics used “strength of schedule adjusted statistics ” to rank the teams, then simulated the games.
The results are a surprise and site’s winner isn’t one of the teams usually mentioned in the greatest ever argument.
The rest of the results provide plenty of conversation fodder as well.
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Thankfully, Golden Tate did not black out for this proposal, as he helped a couple get engaged last Sunday before the Detroit Lions played the San Francisco 49ers.
Too bad the Pro Bowl receiver can't remember his own proposal.
In September, Tate proposed to girlfriend Elise Pollard by the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. He had checked off all the boxes leading up to the big day, from asking his future father-in-law's permission to personally designing the ring and planning out every detail for the big moment. His future wife is from San Diego and the Lions were playing at the Chargers in this season's opener, so he decided the day before the game was the perfect time to get engaged.
So the day before the game against the Chargers, Tate told Pollard that he missed the beach and wanted to see it again. In the weeks leading up to this big moment, she had been putting an all-out blitz on her boyfriend to ask for her hand in marriage. He already had a game plan that had been installed weeks before. But when the whistle blew, it was time to go with the flow.
“She said yes which is all that matters.”
But now Tate has gone from popping questions to playing Cupid.
The most outspoken, outlandish head coach in the NFL is claiming that he has found religion. That's right, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan is saying he has learned the error of his ways and will no longer be the larger-than-life buffoon of years past.
Ryan, who spent six years as head coach of the New York Jets, is known for being outlandish and preposterous. He has cried in front of his team, had to defend himself from an alleged foot fetish video that went public and has been known to dress like his brother, former NFL defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. But it is the over-the-top bravado and all the self-created hype that has drawn Rex Ryan criticism in recent years.
Including the nearly annual tradition of guaranteeing that his team will be playoff-bound. This includes this past offseason where Rex guaranteed that the Bills would make the playoffs in his first-year as their head coach.
All of which led Rex on Wednesday to talk about easing off all the hyperbole and bluster-filled mumbo jumbo.
It is a rare note of humility from Ryan, who, at 7-8, is ensured of a fifth straight non-winning season as a head coach.
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It's before daybreak and former NFL safety Reggie Smith has his playbook in his hands.
There are no Xs and Os, no exotic blitzes or complex coverage schemes. Instead, Smith has the plan for the several dozen employees he supervises at Fanatics.com. He is just one of many former NFL players transitioning from the playing field to the board rooms of corporate America.
After four years in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, the team that made him a third-round pick in 2008, Smith was cut by the Carolina Panthers in 2011. He was then cut by the Oakland Raiders the following season. Having been cut late in training camp in consecutive years, he realized that his playing days might be coming to a close.
Needing about 30 credits to complete his degree at Oklahoma, Smith went back to school, taking courses online while he continued to train in case the NFL called again. It took a year for him to earn his degree in multidisciplinary studies, which he says set him up for the real world. During that time, he learned about the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) offering internships to help train athletes for life after football.
Shutdown Corner has learned that the league sent out a memo to all 32 teams on Tuesday, hoping to avoid the violent contact that led to Beckham receiving a one-game suspension for his actions, targeting Norman on a helmet-to-helmet hit.
NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent sent out the following memo:
As part of our responsibility to protect the integrity of the game, please be reminded that no foreign objects unrelated to the uniform or playing equipment are permitted on the playing field and sidelines on game day (which includes the pre-game period, during the game, and postgame on the field).
Please advise players and personnel that they will be subject to discipline for any violations of the policy set forth above.
A league source told Yahoo! Sports that the league could also look into player conduct this offseason with an eye towards interaction during pre-game to limit incidents like this from happening in the future. The idea, the source said, would be to limit players communicating with each other to keep tempers from boiling over.
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Kristian Dyer at FC Yahoo 4 mths ago
Mike Magee remains one of the most interesting names in the Major League Soccer free-agent market. The veteran forward is just two years removed from scoring 21 goals and winning the league's Most Valuable Player award.
Yahoo Sports has learned that four MLS teams – Chicago Fire, Los Angeles Galaxy, Sporting Kansas City and Vancouver Whitecaps – have emerged as favorites to sign the 31-year-old Magee.
The Whitecaps might be an interesting fit – at the right price. The team is built on mid-tier players and balance, and Magee's position versatility could blend in well with what head coach Carl Robinson is building in Vancouver.
Magee also would work well in Kansas City. Sporting has already added midfielder Justin Mapp as the first-ever free-agent signing in MLS history, but a deal with Magee would be the club's second and final signing, per league rules.
That could well leave the Fire the team to beat.
The Galaxy appear to be the least likely team to land Magee, given their current constraints under the salary cap. Magee helped L.A. win the MLS Cup in 2011 but was traded to Chicago for Robbie Rogers in May 2013.
Kristian Dyer at FC Yahoo 4 mths ago
New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga has turned down offers on a new contract to clear the way for a move out of Major League Soccer, likely to Europe, multiple sources have told Yahoo Sports.
The 20-year-old defender has declined from the Red Bulls "significant pay-raise offers that would have multiplied his current contract," according to a source.
The Supporters' Shield winners recently exercised an option on Miazga for the 2016 season, which is the final year of his deal with the league. After the season, he would be able to leave on a free transfer.
A FourFourTwo report linked Miazga with Chelsea, Leicester City and Stoke City. A source confirmed that Miazga, a Polish-American who holds a European Union passport, has "three Premier League teams trailing him."
Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 5 mths ago
This might be the last NFL season for the Pittsburgh Steelers' Michael Vick, a quarterback who revolutionized his position. Vick is looking to making a mark off the field as well.
Vick was at the center of a dogfighting scandal in 2007. Prison time at Leavenworth Penitentiary threatened to derail his promising career, yet he continues to move forward and make a difference in the community. Yahoo Sports has learned that on Tuesday, Vick will introduce legislation at the Pennsylvania state house in Harrisburg on behalf of animals.
It is officially known as "PA House Bill 1516" but has been nicknamed the "Pets in Cars" bill. This piece of legislation allows law enforcement to step in and remove an animal left in a vehicle, specifically when the weather outside might threaten its life. If officers were needed to step in and rescue the animal, the bill provides that they cannot be threatened with litigation for any necessary damages to remove the animal from the vehicle.
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