Giants, Jets, Eagles players (including Malcolm Jenkins) meet with NFL owners about anthem

A gathering of players and owners in New York. NEW YORK — The NFL fall owners meeting is underway, Tuesday and Wednesday in lower Manhattan, and part of the meeting this year involves players sitting down with team owners to discuss the recent, league-wide national anthem protests. Players and owners hope to find a common message on social and racial justice issues this week, which is the reason they are sitting down together. Among the players meeting with owners Tuesday: Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis, Jets left tackle Kelvin Beachum, Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, and Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long. Jets ownership is not represented at… Read More

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QMJHL suspends Cataractes’ Charlie Roy 15 games for sucker punch

The QMJHL has suspended Shawinigan Cataractes defenceman Charlie Roy 15 games for a sucker punch to Victoriaville Tigres winger Maxime Comtois, an Anaheim Ducks prospect. The incident occurred on Oct. 14 late in the second period in a game Shawinigan won 4-2. After a skirmish along the boards in the Shawinigan end, Comtois was knocked to the ice and his helmet was dislodged. When Comtois tried to push Roy off of him, Roy wound up and punched him in the face. The blow caused Comtois’s head to hit the ice, reportedly causing a concussion. (The video of the incident can be seen here.) Roy received a fighting major and game… Read More

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The Hotline’s Pac-12 midseason all-conference teams: Love, Rosen, Burnett, Vea and Mata’afa lead the way

Why pick one midseason all-conference team when you can pick two? Actually, I didn’t intend to select two at the outset of my research into the best of the Pac-12 at the midway point. But there were so many deserving players, especially at tailback and defensive line — oh, and quarterback — that I added the second team. And not 22-player teams, either. To account for the prevalence of 3-4 schemes and nickel packages, I selected four linebackers and five defensive backs for each team. Also: Two all-purpose players and two teams of specialists. In all: 56 players. Quick word on the quarterbacks … You could make a sound case… Read More

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The fantasy football fallout from Aaron Rodgers’ injury, Adrian Peterson’s breakout and more

Another week, another major injury that knocks out one of the NFL’s brightest stars and alters the fantasy landscape. Last Sunday, it was Odell Beckham Jr. (plus J.J. Watt, but that’s less relevant for fantasy) going out for the season, and this Sunday saw none other than Aaron Rodgers go down. Early in a game against the Vikings, Rodgers broke his collarbone, and he could be out for the rest of the regular season, almost certainly so for the fantasy season. His understudy, Brett Hundley, looked shaky, throwing three picks while completing 18 of 33 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown and a 39.6 rating, but he has looked good… Read More

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10 things to know as the NBA season gets underway

Happy New Year, NBA. The 72nd regular season starts Tuesday night, when Boston heads to Cleveland and Houston goes to Golden State. Fans in Cleveland will boo Kyrie Irving, fans in Oakland will cheer the Warriors’ latest championship banner and the march toward April will finally be underway. The offseason was loaded with changes. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George went to Oklahoma City, Gordon Hayward and Irving went to Boston, Isaiah Thomas got sent to Cleveland, Jimmy Butler is now in Minnesota and Paul Millsap calls Denver home. That’s seven All-Stars who moved, a record for an NBA offseason. Every coach who started last season will start this season. That’s… Read More

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