Torrey Craig (Denver Nuggets) with a dunk vs the LA Clippers, 09/13/2020
It's forbidden — and expensive — for coaches to use cell phones during games. Raiders coach Jon Gruden, however, won't be making an involuntary contribution to the charity of the NFL's choice for using a cell phone while leaving the field after the first half of Sunday's game at Carolina. According to the NFL, Gruden was conducting a two-question interview with the sideline reporter.
Kyrie Irving's Celtics low point wasn't his disgraceful capitulation vs. Milwaukee in last year's conference semifinals, because by then we already knew they were cooked and he was gone. Down two with a couple of seconds left, Gordon Hayward found Jayson Tatum curling off a pick and the second-year man missed a contested baseline fallaway at the buzzer. A pouting Irving immediately rushed Hayward, arms outstretched in the universal symbol of, "You A-hole!" Irving wanted the ball inbounded to Al Horford before coming his way.
The first weekend of the NFL was marked by widespread social justice activism as a lack of fan interest led to a near-record ratings collapse. More than four years after Colin Kaepernick became better known for bending his knee than his elbow, players across the league knelt, linked arms, or remained in their locker rooms during the national anthem. In other instances, whole teams remained in the locker room until after Star-Spangled Banner and Lift Every Voice and Sing, sometimes referred to as the black anthem.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow tends to make headlines with whatever he does after standing as the draft's top pick and performing well enough over the summer to earn the starting job right out of the gates. Case in point, Burrow rocking a smooth fit as he entered Paul Brown Stadium for his first NFL start. Fittingly, the look featured smooth implementation of purple and yellow for LSU just a few hours after the LSU Tigers themselves released an amazing hype video about Burrow's first NFL start.
Alexander Zverev said it was too soon to look for the positives in his U.S. Open campaign as the devastated German struggled to come to terms with Sunday's five-set defeat to Dominic Thiem in the Flushing Meadows final. After winning the opening two sets in his first Grand Slam final, the 23-year-old looked set for victory until second seed Thiem fought back, taking the title in a tiebreak as an exhausted Zverev struggled through a thigh cramp that neutralized his powerful serve. The fifth seed said the turning point in the four-hour thriller came when Thiem broke his serve for the first time in the third set, a break which reversed the momentum of the match.
For the first time since 2013, the Seattle Seahawks have claimed a 1-0 start to the season with a road opener to kick off the year. Seattle traveled south to Atlanta and torched the Dirty Birds to the tune of 38-25 in front of a raucous crowd of artificially generated fan noise. The game was never really as close as the final score might have indicated, as the Falcons earned a few garbage scores late with the Seahawks shifting into cruise control.
Adrian Peterson was arguably the Detroit Lions' best player Sunday, rushing for 93 yards on 14 carries in his team debut. But the future Hall of Famer was critical of his play after the game, saying he missed opportunities on two runs that ended up costing the Lions in their 27-23 loss to the Chicago Bears. "The third-and-1, I didn't capitalize on," Peterson said.
Especially when DeAndre Hopkins plays like he did Sunday. Hopkins, who the Arizona Cardinals stole in a deal that sent David Johnson to Houston, had an enormous game in a 24-20 upset win over the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. Hopkins' big run and catch to the 1-yard line set up Kenyan Drake's go-ahead touchdown with 5:03 left.
The Big Ten presidents were presented a comprehensive plan Sunday to conduct a fall football season, but a final decision is still to come. A person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the full Council of Presidents and Chancellors heard from all the subcommittees of the conference's Return to Competition Task Force over 2 1/2 hours. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Big Ten was not making its return to competition plans public.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (18 percent rostered) Remember how Philip Rivers loved to throw to Austin Ekeler and the other running backs when he was the Chargers starting quarterback? Guess what happened in his first start as Indianapolis' new QB. Marlon Mack looked like he was on his way to a big day before sadly left with an injury, and to the dismay of all of Jonathan Taylor's fantasy managers, Nyheim Hines showed out: 7 rushes, 28 yards, 1 TD; 8 targets, 8 catches, 45 yards, 1 TD, which resulted in an unexpected 23.30 fantasy points.
It was the worst game of Carson Wentz's career, and the most confounding thing about it was that the things he struggled with are the same things he's been promising to clean up for a while. The Eagles blew a 17-point lead on opening day against a division rival that won three games last year and Wentz was in the middle of the historic collapse.
Week 1 did not go well for just about anyone in a Cleveland Browns uniform. The Baltimore Ravens blasted the overmatched, underprepared visitors from Cleveland Many Browns had bad games, too many to mention. But none are more important to the team's fate than Baker Mayfield, and the young quarterback had an awful Week 1.
Full Florida Man? Twitter reacts to Brady's outfit for Bucs debut originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't bringing back their awesome orange creamsicle uniforms this season -- but that didn't stop Tom Brady from rocking some throwback-themed merch. The former New England Patriots quarterback strode into New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome ahead of his Tampa Bay debut against the New Orleans Saints rocking a custom orange shirt and a pair of shades to complete his "cool Florida Man" look.
Mookie Betts' two-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth inning, Chris Taylor added a three-run shot, and the Dodgers defeated Houston 8-1 on Sunday night with angry Los Angeles fans letting the Astros have it again. The Dodgers took three of four in this shortened season from the team that beat them in the 2017 World Series, after which the Astros' cheating scandal was revealed. Even with fans banned because of the coronavrius pandemic, they made their feelings known.
Houston was listless and seemingly disinterested for more than three quarters of Game 4 against the Lakers Thursday, only making things respectable with a too-little-too-late fourth-quarter run. After that stinker of a game, there was yelling in the Houston locker room, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic. “There was audible shouting in the postgame locker room…I'm told Rockets players were holding each other accountable to bring better body language, bring better effort on the floor.”
Kurt Warner said something interesting about Matthew Stafford last week that resonated Sunday: That he's one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL, but hasn't been able to get over the hump because the Lions organization has asked far too much of him far too long. Stafford had a better game than the numbers indicate, completing 24 of 42 passes for 297 yards. Stafford made one mistake late, trying to squeeze a ball into double coverage to Marvin Jones.
Forsberg: Why Hayward's availability is key vs. Heat originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Gordon Hayward engaged in “a couple of non-contact, very light drills” during the team's workout Sunday and, while Stevens didn't have a firm timeline on when Hayward might return to game action, he reaffirmed that he expects Hayward to be available during the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat. Since I've seen him last, it's good progress, but I haven't seen him for two-and-a-half, three weeks,” said Stevens. Other than that, I know he feels better.
William Rondo, who is the brother of Lakers guard Rajon Rondo and is in the NBA bubble coordinating barbershop services, caught Russell Westbrook's attention. It's too early to tell, but the Houston Rockets' unorthodox approach could be on that list. The Rockets' offseason is full of as many big decisions as any in the NBA, as the organization wrestles with personnel, coaching and philosophical questions that need answers.
Editor's note: This letter to the editor was written by Jeff Shaw, West Chatham, for the Cape Cod Times, which is part of the USA Today Network. It brings up an interesting and worthy topic. What's right?
The Washington Football Team held on for a wild, hard fought 27-17 win against Philadelphia on Sunday, and new head coach Ron Rivera cemented his stature as the leader of a new era of Burgundy and Gold football. Plenty of reasons why Washington won, but more than anything, Rivera's message to never quit seemed the overwhelming reason his team stayed in the game despite an early deficit and rolled off 27 unanswered points to get the win. Dominant D-line - Washington's defensive line is the strength of the team, and they certainly showed up on Sunday.