Boxing faceoffs are all about mind games. Fighters try to look intimidating, they talk trash, and they get up in each other’s grills all in the name of mind games. Swedish professional boxer Mikaela Laurén took the theatrics to a whole other place during a press conference on Monday when she stood toe-to-toe with undefeated champion Cecilia Braekhus. As cameras clicked away, Lauren approached Braekhus, stared deeply into her eyes and planted a kiss on her lips.
10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears snapped a 10-game road losing streak to upset the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 in overtime Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium. 1. For a couple of kids raised in Baltimore who grew up in a city where guys like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were larger-than-life icons, faces of a franchise for more than a decade, it had to be a thrill to return to Charm City for the first time as NFL players and have a chance to compete. Adrian Amos and Kyle Fuller have both been seeking a bit of redemption too whether they want to admit it or not. Amos was effectively demoted after two years as a starter when the club bucked up for journeyman Quintin Demps in free agency and then used a fourth-round draft pick on Alabama’s Eddie Jackson.
The 49ers released veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman on Friday. It was a surprising move, because teams don’t often release three-time All-Pro players on the right side of 30 very often, but the move was actually exceedingly nice to Bowman, and something we don’t see often in the NFL. “NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. There were reports last week that the 49ers were trying to find a trade partner for Bowman, and on Sunday morning it emerged that the team actually had a deal in place with the Saints on the trade — but ultimately decided to cut their veteran instead.
The Redskins got some bad news on the injury front on Monday. But there certainly was some good news. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland took what appeared to be a nasty hit to his left knee in the third quarter against the 49ers. He was down on the turf in pain for a couple of minutes before leaving the game. After the game, Jay Gruden said that the initial examination was that it was an MCL injury and that an MRI would be performed. The MRI results are back and the injury is not as serious as it first appeared. Gruden said it was a sprain and that it was possible that he would be ready to play against the Eagles on Monday night thanks to his properties that resemble those of a certain animated character.
An intriguing detail on Jerry West saying farewell to Golden State emerged this week. The former Warriors front office executive left for the L.A. Clippers over the offseason partly because of a pay cut, according to longtime NBA reporter Jack McCallum. Trimming the compensation of West may sound somewhat silly to some NBA fans since the Lakers legend followed his Hall of Fame playing career with a legendary arc as an executive — including helping the Warriors set up a team that won two of the last three NBA titles. However, McCallum reported as much in his new book Golden Days: West’s Lakers, Steph’s Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball (which will be released Oct.
Mike Pouncey remained in the concussion protocol Monday — no surprise, considering he suffered his latest injury some 24 hours prior. Adam Gase had no further update on his injured Pro Bowl center. “I saw him in the building,” Gase said. “I didn’t say anything to him. We were all running around this morning. We’ll see. He’s in the protocol. I kind of wait until somebody tells me different.” Jake Brendel would presumably start Sunday against the Jets if Pouncey cannot go. Pouncey has not played a full season since 2012. As for receiver DeVante Parker, the Dolphins have no indication yet if his injured ankle will be healthy enough to play Sunday. But based on Parker’s Willis Reed-like return for
The New Orleans Saints followed the same protocol on Sunday for the national anthem that the team agreed to do before the Miami game in London, kneeling in protest of racial inequality before the anthem and then standing during the anthem itself. Fans in the Superdome began booing while the players knelt before the anthem, and then the stadium's announcer asked for a moment of silence in tribute to Marcus McNeil, the New Orleans policeman who was shot and killed early Friday morning. Sean Payton indicated Monday that the Saints did not realize there would be a moment of silence and the decision to take a knee was a continuation of the team's decision in London, not connected to the tribute
On Saturday in the Cotton Bowl, Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger hit his head on a tackle near the sidelines against the Oklahoma Sooners, remaining motionless for some time before undergoing concussion protocol and returning to the game after five plays. “I wasn't ever confused where I was at all,” Ehlinger said after the game. “It was a hard hit. My head hit the ground pretty hard. And they were just taking precaution. I told them immediately I could go back in. I felt fine. They just took me into the tent to make sure everything was okay, go through the protocol and send me back out there.” On Monday, head coach Tom Herman confirmed that there weren’t any lingering effects from the