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  • Rich Gannon blasts Oakland Raiders' 'commitment to mediocrity'

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    To say Rich Gannon isn’t happy with the Oakland Raiders would be a massive understatement.

    Gannon – who won the NFL MVP award in 2002 while leading the Raiders to a Super Bowl appearance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – took his radio show Wednesday on Sirius XM NFL Radio to blast the Raiders organization and their “commitment to mediocrity” after the firing of Dennis Allen as head coach Monday night.

    “You’re not winning because you have players and coaches and people in the building that have become comfortable with the process of losing,” Gannon said, via CSNBayArea.com. “It’s okay to lose out there, it’s okay. It’s not a big deal. In other places, it’s simply not tolerated. And when it gets to the point where they don’t tolerate it anymore, it’s unacceptable, and we run people out of the building who haven’t figured that out…and then bring in players who care, and players who work and players who aren’t going to tolerate that, then you’ll get the results you so long desire.

    “But they don’t know how to do it and it drives me crazy.”

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  • Rory McIlroy named PGA Tour Player of Year

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    How good was Rory McIlroy’s year? He was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year for the second time in three years Wednesday, and he called into the teleconference while standing on the 18 th tee at St. Andrews. 

    After a summer that included two majors and a World Golf Championships title, McIlroy was the no-brainer choice for the Tour’s top honor, which is voted on by the circuit’s members.

    “They’re the guys that you’re trying to beat week-in, week-out, and the other guys see you put the hard work in, and to know that they appreciate what you’ve put into it and how well that you’re played, it’s a great honor,” said McIlroy, who is playing in this week’s Dunhill Links Championship on the European Tour. “Hopefully I can win it for many more years to come.”

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  • WATCH: Hunter Pence continues streak of terrific speeches

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    Bruce Bochy spun a story in the interview room here at PNC Park, one about Madison Bumgarner that ardent Giants fans already knew.

    It involved a start at Triple-A Fresno, a disagreement with an umpire, an ejection – and a baseball angrily thrown from the dugout to, maybe, someone’s windshield. Nobody can say for sure. Nobody saw the ball land.

    That’s when Bochy knew the Giants had something special in this teenage kid. That’s how he knew he selected the right man to fight for their postseason lives.

    Sure enough, Bumgarner stood guard at a 45-degree angle on the rubber Wednesday night, smothering the Pittsburgh Pirates with his syrupy delivery and 100-proof stuff while throwing a four-hitter and striking out 10 in an overwhelming, 8-0 victory at PNC Park.

    Then came the postgame scene, and the four-can salute, and Hunter Pence waiting for the cameras and teammates to be arranged just so before launching into a very brief, much more all-audience friendly speech.

    “Great work tonight, job well done,” he said to a group of teammates. “Will we get to play a playoff game at home again?”

    “YES! YES! YES!”

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  • Fantasy Football Live: Should you sit Jamaal Charles against San Francisco?

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    Fantasy Football Live: With a difficult matchup on the road against the Niners, Takeo Spikes thinks Jamaal Charles might be better served on your bench.

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  • Packers CEO hoping NFL investigation is over by owners' meetings

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    Packers' CEO Mark Murphy released a statement on Robert Mueller's investigation of the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case, saying that he hoped it would be finished by the owners' meeting next week. ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio says it would be helpful if the investigation's findings were known by the time of the owners' meetings, but there is no way of knowing when Mueller's efforts will conclude.

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  • Jets could contend in AFC East if it weren't for Geno Smith

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    The Jets are in a tough spot with their second-year quarterback Geno Smith, especially since they have an established veteran on the sidelines in Michael Vick. Hines Ward thinks the team is good enough to contend in the AFC East, but they need a signal-caller who can keep defenses from packing the box to stop the run.

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  • Ravens secondary can't hang with Colts receiving corps

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    The 3-1 Ravens travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts, who have won two straight after losing a pair of games to open their season. In a matchup of potential playoff contenders, Hines Ward says Indianapolis' receiving duo of Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton give them the edge over an outmanned Baltimore secondary.

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  • Hines Ward: Bengals will become top AFC team with win over Patriots

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    The Bengals can put themselves on the national map when they face the Patriots this week on Sunday Night Football. Hines Ward says Cincinnati can assert itself as the top team in the AFC with a win, while ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio compares the game to a rather famous Bears-Cowboys matchup from 1985..

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  • United States must revolutionize captain selection for Ryder Cup

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    Somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, Ted Bishop gathered with a group of PGA of America executives to talk about the 2016 Ryder Cup.

    Less than 24 hours after the U.S. team’s eighth defeat in its last 10 tries at the biennial matches, Bishop knows there will be more discussions in the coming weeks, but following the 16 1/2 to 11 1/2  rout at Gleneagles the captivity of the transatlantic chartered flight seemed as good a time as any to start looking for answers.

    “We had philosophical conversations on the plane home yesterday, ‘Where do we go next?’” said Bishop, the PGA of America’s president who was back at work at his Legends Golf Club in Indiana on Tuesday morning. “We understand what we have to do and we are not on a serious timeline. We are going to take some time and figure out the best way going forward.”

    The good news for Bishop and the PGA is they have time on their side, unlike in 2012 when the association was in the process of selecting Tom Watson as this year’s captain during the build up to the matches at Medinah.

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