Kristian Dyer

  • Jets center Nick Mangold helps police arrest five car burglars

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    Last weekend, Mangold was awakened in his north Jersey home about 10 minutes from the team's training facility when his car alarm went off. After finding his garage door open, Mangold then phoned the police with the information about the break-in.

     

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    Kristian R. Dyer writes for Metro New York and is a contributor to Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KristianRDyer. Email him at kristianrdyer@yahoo.com

     

  • Victor Cruz not happy the Jaguars were 'gunning' for Odell Beckham

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Odell Beckham Jr. has gotten a lot of attention since last season ended, but New York Giants teammate Victor Cruz says Beckham was the center of some unfair attention from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night. 

    Last year's NFL offensive rookie of the year has already made quite a name for himself in just one season. That includes landing the cover of this year's "Madden" video game, which was released Tuesday. But that stir might be making him a marked man on the field, including by defensive backs looking to grab a headline by blowing him up on a play.

    Cruz, who missed this past weekend's game with a calf injury, saw that happening in the first half against the Jaguars.

    "I was a little unhappy last week, I felt like some of those defensive backs were kind of gunning for him, and it was sad to see that go down because I couldn’t help him," Cruz said Tuesday. "I couldn’t go out there on the field and run routes with him. I couldn’t help him get some of the pressure off of him and things like that."

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  • Jets rookie Leonard Williams finally gets driver's license at age 21

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 9 days ago

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – For most NFL players there isn't anything as emotional or worrisome as their debut in the league.

    However, sitting down for his driver's exam last month was far more gut-wrenching for New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams, the sixth pick of this year's draft.

    Williams turned 21 in June, young by NFL standards but surely old enough to drive an automobile. But yet Williams never got his license, as he got around campus at USC without a car. But now in New Jersey with the Jets, he was forced to sit behind the wheel and prove that not only can he turn a right tackle, he can make a K-Turn as well.

    “I got the driver's license, I went to Florida and visited when we had the break,” Williams told Shutdown Corner this week: “It was pretty easy actually.”

    He took the exam between the end of minicamp and the start of training camp late last month. Looking back on it, the process was easy and studying the manual wasn't that hard.

    “Or maybe Uber,” Williams said.

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  • Red Bulls choose grit over glamour as new blueprint for success

    Kristian Dyer at FC Yahoo 20 days ago

    HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls beat New York City FC 2-0 on Sunday, marking the third time this season that big brother beat its little-brother expansion team. What this latest result in the Hudson Derby confirmed is that, even in these days of high-profile contracts and marquee names, the way to success in Major League Soccer lies in a blueprint, not in star power.

    The two teams are headed in opposite directions with vastly differing approaches to building a team. NYCFC has come into MLS this year full of bluster and billions of dollars at their disposal, claiming to be New York City's team with a roster filled with some of the most recognizable names in the sport. But results haven't followed the bravado, even with the mid-summer additions of Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, as City has only one win in three of its last four games and currently sits four points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

    "We're not done!" he yelled. "We're not done yet!"fc

  • Bills head coach Rex Ryan munches on dog treats for charity event

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 23 days ago

    In appearance on Thursday in support of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and their "Dog Biscuit Challenge," Ryan agreed to eat dog delicacies. So Ryan, who has frequently filtered food references into his press conference as well as talking about his lap-band surgery, ate a dog biscuit as part of the challenge.

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    And not just one dog biscuit — Ryan reached his hand into the bag and got another canine treat.

    “Never realized there are five calories in these bad boys, and when I open them up I'm like these are a little small," Ryan said. "So here we go — I have no idea the flavor."

    So with two doggy biscuits down, Ryan then fed one to the dog of Bills owner Terry Pegula, but the dog spit out the treat. Perhaps the pooch shouldn't have watched the cut-ups of the Bills offense last year before eating.

    That would make anyone, dog or human, likely to spit up.

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  • Source: Aron Johannsson exploring move to Major League Soccer

    Kristian Dyer at FC Yahoo 29 days ago

    Aron Johannsson, one of the top forwards of the United States men's national team, is interested in exploring options within Major League Soccer, Yahoo Sports has learned.

    According to a league source, Johannsson would be open to a switch from the Eredivisie in the Netherlands to MLS. The AZ Alkmaar striker has been offered to several MLS clubs and is "eager to come to the league," the source said.

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    Last month, Johannsson told "ESPN Soccer Today" that he wants to join MLS "at the peak of my career," but that could mean sooner rather than later. The 24-year-old is looking for a salary between $2 million to $2.5 million per year, according to the source.

  • Redskins say 7.8 billion people, more than are on Earth, follow them

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    It's a small world, after all. And apparently all of them are fans of the Washington Redskins. All 7.8 billion of them.

    The Redskins put out a report this week, analyzing their reach and the impact of their training camp coverage from 2014. In the report, the Redskins claim a media reach last year of “7,845,460,401 unique visitors of print/online coverage of the 2014 Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp from July 24-Aug. 12.” That comes via the D.C. Sports Bog at the Washington Post. 

    For those not good with math or an understanding of the Internet, that means that over 7.8 billion people, each one of them unique, followed Redskins training camp in some capacity . Again, the report is claiming 7.8 billion people, each one of them different, in some way, shape or form, followed the team last summer.

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  • U.S. Soccer should give Bob Bradley second chance as USMNT head coach

    Kristian Dyer at FC Yahoo 1 mth ago

    Four years ago this week, Jurgen Klinsmann took over as United States men's national team head coach after the Americans lost to Mexico in the Gold Cup final. Bob Bradley was let go in large part because that defeat to Mexico meant the U.S. wouldn't be heading to the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.

    Now, with the national team needing to win a one-game playoff in October to ensure qualification for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, Klinsmann surely must be on the hot seat and held to the same standard as Bradley. Lose and Klinsmann's tenure with the USMNT should be over. Kaput.

    Except that it won't play out that way. After Saturday's penalty-shootout defeat to Panama in the Gold Cup third-place game, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said Klinsmann won't lose his job, even if the team doesn't qualify for the Confederations Cup.

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    Meanwhile, Bradley is working miracles in Norway with provincial club Stabaek.

  • Former NFL star says Comic-Con better than playing in a playoff game

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    National television. Packed stadiums. A week worth of hype. Simply put, it doesn't get much bigger than the NFL playoffs.

    Unless it's Comic-Con.

    Wait, what?

    Ahman Green, the all-time leading rusher in Green Bay Packers history, has played in some pretty big games during his NFL career. For four straight seasons with Green Bay from 2001-04, Green's Packers teams made the playoffs each year and hosted their share of games at legendary Lambeau Field. But for a self-proclaimed comic book geek, going to a convention center with wall-to-wall super heroes beats out playoff football.

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    Yup, a 12-year NFL veteran says that his love for comic books - “I'm a big-time obsessive Batman fan” - trumps the goosebumps of the playoffs. Damon Amendolara of CBS Sports Radio asked Green whether the playoffs or Comic-Con in San Diego was more exciting.

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  • Chad Johnson's daughter is a young track phenom

    Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Cha'iel Johnson has some pretty good athletic bloodlines.

    Johnson, the daughter former NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Johnson, recently won a gold medal as a 10-year old at the AAU National Championships. Cha'iel finished with a time of 2:30.02 in the 800 meters, a blistering pace. At the finish line, the runner in second place wasn't in view; she won the race by more than six seconds.

    Cha'iel's star has been rising quickly on the junior track scene. Take a look at Cha'iel Johnson from this race in 2014 running away from the field (h/t to TMZ Sports):

    That's domination. It also leads to the question of if Chad, a six-time Pro Bowl selection who routinely blew by opponents on the football field, is the fastest Johnson in his own family? Maybe yes, maybe no.

    Chad was clocked running a 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds but it would be fascinating to see him go against his daughter at a similar distance. Can his sprinting style be adaptable for distance?

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