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.
Tom Brady was apparently furious on more than one occasion during the Patriots’ 24-17 win over the Jets in Week 6. During the first half when Brady and the Patriots fell into a 14-0 hole, the CBS broadcast caught a particularly unhappy Brady. You don’t have to be a talented lip reader to see Brady’s language wasn’t safe for the broadcast. “He gets mad — he’s in the game,” Rob Gronkowski said when asked about Brady’s emotions in a postgame press conference. “It gets you fired up, and sometimes you’re scared that you got him fired up. You don’t know. But you just go out there, you know he’s in the mood once the offense picked up. He’s our leader. It definitely goes through him.” After Brady’s outburst,
A flurry of upsets caused a shakeup in the latest Associated Press poll as Alabama solidified its control of the top spot and Penn State moved up to No. 2. The Crimson Tide received all 61 first-place votes for the first time this season while the Nittany Lions reached their highest ranking since also being ranked second on Oct. 31, 1999. Four of last week's Top 10 teams lost to cause the upheaval. Second-ranked Clemson, fifth-ranked Washington, No. 8 Washington State and No. 10 Auburn all dropped their contests with only Clemson (No. 7) remaining in the Top 10. Washington slipped to No. 12 after a damaging loss to Arizona State, Washington State fell to 15th after being routed by California
Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller picked off 49ers QB C.J. Beathard’s pass with three seconds left to seal today’s 26-24 win over San Francisco. Fuller’s teammates celebrated in a way that has to be a first. They arrested him! NFL players are really making the most out of the newly relaxed celebration rules.
CBS Sports gave about as much praise as an 0-6 team can get to the 49ers this week during their Week 6 report card for teams across the NFL. Writer John Breech of CBS Sports gave the 49ers a B-minus for their 26-24 loss to the Redskins Sunday, then gave them a compliment on their ability to stay close during losses. "The 49ers might just be the best 0-6 team in NFL history," wrote Breech. "Of the 49ers' six losses this season, five of them have come by three points or less, including Sunday's loss in Washington. The 49ers kept this close despite the fact that they benched their starting quarterback (Brian Hoyer) in the middle of the first half and threw a rookie in the game (C.J. Beathard). Beathard
John Keim ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and other media outlets since 1994 Authored or co-authored three books on the Redskins and one on the Cleveland Browns Follow on Twitter ASHBURN, Virginia -- Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson continues to make big plays. Eventually he might make history, too. Through five games Thompson is on pace to do something only three other running backs have done in NFL history: Carry the ball 100 times and surpass 1,000 yards receiving. San Diego’s Lionel James (1985), San Francisco’s Roger Craig (1985) and St. Louis’ Marshall Faulk (1999) accomplished the feat, according to ESPN Stats & Information. In 1966,
Otto Porter is now a $100 million man. The 24-year-old forward signed a four-year, $106 million contract with the Washington Wizards in July. One reason why the Wizards had no issue making Porter a max-contract player? His 3-point shooting prowess. Porter shot 43.4% from deep last season, which ranked fifth-best in the NBA. His lethal long-range effectiveness helped him post a sterling 60.8% adjusted field goal percentage, the best mark in the league among non-centers. Porter hasn't always been an expert NBA marksman. During his rookie season, he shot a dreadful 19% from deep. He improved significantly during his second season, shooting 33.7% from 3-point range, but that was still below league
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