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RG3 has a question for Chiefs fans who booed moment of silence originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Prior to the start of the NFL season opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans on Thursday, both teams took to midfield at Arrowhead Stadium to lock arms with one another for a moment silence dedicated to the ongoing fight for equality in America. A moment meant to bring everyone together, some fans in the capacity-limited crowd in Kansas City showed they apparently weren't fans of unity. A smattering of boos could be heard during the silence.
Between navigating the country's worst pandemic in a century — not to mention a burgeoning social justice moment among its players — it would not be an understatement to say the past seven months have been a trying grind for the NFL and its teams. For months, it felt like the regular season would never come, as offseason practices and preseason games got canceled and everyone pondered how the NFL — with so many players and coaches who could potentially be at risk — could possibly pull off the testing and contact tracing necessary for games to be responsibly played without a concentrated bubble.
It was getting on to midnight when Serena Williams slung her big red racket bag over her shoulder and walked off the Arthur Ashe Stadium court Thursday night, another Grand Slam ending having gone all wrong. The protocols have worked superbly, but they couldn't change the ending for Williams, the sport's greatest champion. It was the first semifinal ever contested between mothers, the second match of a remarkable night of women's tennis, coming after Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady put on a shotmaking show in the opening match.
Cam Newton is more than a football player. The New England Patriots starting quarterback has dropped several videos across various social media platforms displaying his work ethic and mindset. It's an impressive skill that the quarterback possesses that makes him seem like the superhero character that he mimics in his famous touchdown celebration.
Phillies pitcher out with freak pants-related injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia As if another late-game collapse wasn't bad enough for the Phillies on Thursday night, now one of their best starting pitchers has a health issue that has forced the team to alter its pitching schedule. Moments after the Phillies' awful 7-6 loss to the Miami Marlins, manager Joe Girardi announced that Zack Wheeler would not make his scheduled start Saturday night against Miami. Wheeler suffered some type of an injury to his right middle finger.
The Broncos are scrambling for a replacement for Von Miller, and at least one of their options has told them “No, thanks.” According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former Rams and Packers linebacker Clay Matthews sent word to the Broncos he was not going to play. There was a report of interest from the Seahawks in early August, otherwise things have been quiet in terms of Matthews actually playing again.
There was plenty of hype about what first-round running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire would do as a member of the Chiefs Offense. Edwards-Helaire ran 25 times for 138 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' 34-20 win over the Texans to show that one of the league's most potent offense has a dangerous new weapon at its disposal. Edwards-Helaire said he was “kind of just floating” after a scintillating debut performance that left quarterback Patrick Mahomes impressed with what he saw.
NASCAR announced Thursday that Mike Wallace has been suspended indefinitely and must attend sensitivity training after violating Sections 12.1; 12.8; 12.8.1.e of the rule book. According to the rulebook, a violation of section 12.8.1.e is any “Public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person's race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.” NASCAR did not state Wallace's action that violated the rule.
What you may not have noticed is that the Raptors' unique defense is consistently exploiting a blind spot of NBA officiating: the defensive three-second violation. As NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh laid out in his latest column, defensive three seconds is one of the most overlooked calls in the NBA -- especially at the end of games. According to The Pudding's examination of the league's Last Two Minute reports, there were 141 defensive three-second violations in the last two minutes of close games between 2015 and 2018, and only one was called.
One came late in regulation, when Jayson Tatum drove and passed… directly to Toronto coach Nick Nurse, who was standing near Celtics center Daniel Theis in the corner. Nurse was hunched over and touching the out-of-bounds lines – maybe even crossing them at one point. Tatum, via Darren Hartwell of NBC Sports Boston: “That was my fault.
It wasn't exactly what he was hoping for, but Phil Mickelson still views his opening round of the new PGA Tour season as a step in the right direction. Mickelson is one of a handful of players in the field for the Safeway Open who will also make the trek across the country for next week's U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Making his first PGA Tour start since The Northern Trust, Lefty got off to a slow start and didn't make a single birdie over his first nine holes.
The entire Dallas Stars bench was yelling out to Joe Pavelski about what to do with the puck after a broken play in front of them only seconds into overtime. Pavelski delivered, with a cross-ice pass to a breaking Alexander Radulov, who scored 31 seconds into overtime on a wrister from the middle of the right circle for a 3-2 victory Thursday night that gave the Stars a 2-1 series lead over the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference final. Radulov's third career overtime goal was his second this postseason, and the only shot in the extra time.
The NBA is reportedly investigating whether Rockets forward Danuel House let a female coronavirus tester into his hotel room. Both House and Tyson Chandler missed Houston's Game 3 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday for what were called “personal reasons.” A female entered the Rockets' team hotel on Monday night, passing multiple security checkpoints before being flagged for her entry, sources said.
Talib reveals why he turned down Belichick's offer to rejoin Patriots originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Aqib Talib has officially retired from the NFL, even though the New England Patriots were interested in bringing him back to Foxboro for the 2020 NFL season. Talib was acquired by the Patriots in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2012 season, and he played in New England through the 2013 campaign before signing with the Denver Broncos in free agency. The veteran cornerback played with the Los Angeles Rams over the last two seasons, and on Wednesday he announced his retirement.
Cam'Ron Harris ran for 134 yards and scored twice to lead Miami to a 31-14 season-opening win over UAB Thursday night. Harris' second touchdown from 4 yards late in the third period gave Miami a 24-14 lead after the Blazers of Conference USA got within three on Spencer Brown's 6-yard run. Houston graduate transfer D'Eriq King threw for a touchdown and scored one for Miami, which became the first school from a Power 5 conference to begin the game-depleted 2020 season.
Brady and Gronk take 'friendship test' in goofy new video originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have unmatched chemistry off the field as well as on it. The duo spent eight years as teammates on the New England Patriots, and now they're spending time together down in Florida on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In a humorous video posted by the Buccaneers Twitter account on Thursday, Brady and Gronk showed their connection extends beyond the gridiron.
Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt has revealed he saw Michael Schumacher last week and says the seven-time Formula One world champion is fighting to overcome the devastating injuries that have kept him out of public view for almost seven years. Following a skiing accident on the French Alps in December 2013, Schumacher's condition has been kept a closely guarded secret from those outside his Lake Geneva home. FIA president Todt, 74, is among just a handful of visitors to see the 51-year-old.
Since becoming Clemson's defensive coordinator in 2012, there's been plenty of interest in Venables as a head coaching candidate. But he's often been hesitant to reciprocate interest, as the interviews have often conflicted with Clemson's ACC title runs and preparation for the College Football Playoff. But there's been a shift in Venables' perspective, according to a person familiar with his thinking.
For two years LeBron James has been telling us how much he loves playing with Rajon Rondo because of the way the guard sees and thinks about the game. James spoke extensively about the difficulty of making adjustments quickly, during a game, rather than waiting until the next day to dissect what happened. “It's easy to be, like let's say a Monday morning quarterback,” James said.
Running back Phillip Lindsay (DEN): The Broncos get a home tilt this week against the Titans, who had 23.7 percent of the targets against them last season go to running backs. That was good for the fifth-highest rate in the league. Tennessee allowed 8.25 targets per game to opposing running backs while the team's secondary largely shut down receivers and limited tight ends.