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Former NFL DL Greg Hardy to face Joe Hawkins in first amateur fight on Nov. 4

Former NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy has booked his first amateur fight in mixed martial arts for Nov. 4 in south Florida.

For what it’s worth, UFC president Dana White told TMZ last year that Hardy would need to “win some serious fights” before the UFC considered him. The UFC typically doesn’t sign athletes with little to no background but has made several high-profile exceptions.

In an interview with MMAFighting.com in 2016, Hardy said, “I have a lot of different issues that I’m definitely working through and working on. I would say [training MMA] helps me channel everything. It helps me just come back down to earth, be humble, because these are machines that I see every day. I get choked out, punched in the face and laid out on the mat daily, and that’s not something that a guy my size and my stature with my history has ever come across.”

Hardy had six sacks in 12 games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. He was a Pro Bowl selection for the Carolina Panthers in 2013, when he registered a career-best 15 sacks.

McElwain says receiver Tyrie Cleveland, left tackle Martez Ivey, receiver Kadarius Toney, safety Chauncey Gardner and defensive end Jabari Zuniga are “very limited” in practice this week.

“I’m sure there’s not a coach in America who hasn’t been through something like this or will go through something like this,” McElwain said. “At the same time, the guys that are here, they play really hard and they’ve been playing hard. That’s all good and dandy, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to win. We’ve got to come out with getting better with those guys this week and then put the plan together moving forward.”

Florida already has several players out for the season, including quarterback Luke Del Rio (broken collarbone), safety Marcell Harris (torn Achilles tendon) and receiver James Robinson (unknown heart condition).sabres_010

Case Keenum replaces Sam Bradford vs. Bears

Limited Kids Jared Goff Jersey The Minnesota Vikings were excited to have Sam Bradford back at the helm after a knee injury cost him three games, but a return in Week 5 may have been premature. The veteran quarterback struggled and was eventually replaced by Case Keenum just before halftime in a Monday Night Football matchup against the Chicago Bears.

Thanks to the performance of the Vikings defense, and a strip sack by Danielle Hunter, Minnesota still had a 3-2 lead when Keenum took over. But Bradford finished the half with just 36 passing yards and a noticeable limp.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: For the fourth consecutive week, Brate caught a touchdown pass and scored at least 13.3 fantasy points, his 19.6 PPR points second-best among tight ends through the Sunday 4 p.m. ET game block. Through Jameis Winston missed much of the game with a shoulder injury, Brate succeeded just the same with Ryan Fitzpatrick passing him the football, and in fact the two connected for the first touchdown in NFL history from a quarterback and receiver who both hailed from Harvard. Brate was started in 54.5 percent of ESPN leagues, a significant increase from his 37.5 percent rate in Week 5.

The Los Angeles Chargers have won their first game of the season! For Chargers fans, it’s a win that’s long overdue, with no-one expecting the Chargers to go 0-4. Unfortunately, it looks like the Chargers marketing team weren’t expecting it to take so long for the Chargers to get their first win of the season either:

Limited Brandon Bollig Jersey Expires 9/25. From the looks of things, the Chargers marketing department had this graphic made (presumably) at the start of the season ready to roll out once the Chargers won a game. As sad as it is that the Chargers are a measly 1-4, it’s pretty hilarious that they couldn’t even win a game before a coupon expired.

Cleveland Twitter is celebrating like the Browns just got their first lead of the season (they have not).

Identifying the best, most important games of NFL Week 7

Damarious Randall Authentic Jersey What are the five must-watch NFL games this week? ESPN’s matchup quality metric, which utilizes ESPN’s Football Power Index to rank games on a 1-100 scale based on the quality of teams and projected closeness of the final score, tells us the top games of Week 7.
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This gave the NFL an overall B. The NFL’s score for race was 90.7 percent, which is below the 91.1 percent score in 2016. The score for gender was 74 percent, a decrease from 2016’s 76 percent score. The overall grade for the NFL decreased from 83.6 percent in 2016 to 82.4 percent in 2017. However, it should be noted that the decreases were largely a result of a new grading scale that better represented America’s changing demographics.

In this year’s NFL RGRC, the increase of women in management positions in the league office in 2017 reached a milestone. Previously, they held 31.6 percent of the positions. In 2017, the percentage increased to 35.4 percent, which is the highest in the report’s history. The number of people of color at or above the vice president level in the league office continued to increase as well. In 2015, there were 21 people of color at or above the VP level. In 2016, there were 24 and in 2017, that number jumped to 31 people of color. Similarly, the number of women at or above the VP level increased from 35 to 45 in 2017.

But a player who staged a lone protest against racial mistreatment is a distraction 鈥?in a league that, as the grievance observes, is 70% African American?

The reference plainly includes Pence’s transparently ostentatious walkout from a game between the Indianapolis Colts and 49ers at which several players declined to stand.

Game 3 of the best-of-five matchup is Monday at Chase Field.

Arizona actually has six homers in the series to just one by the Dodgers, who scored eight runs in Game 2 with only one extra-base hit.

These games are dogfights, so it’s going to take a team effort and a collective unit, Barnes said. We’ve been doing this all year.

Arizona ace Zack Greinke will attempt to save the season when he faces his former teammates with the Dodgers, who counter with late-season acquisition Yu Darvish.

Greinke is probably the Diamondbacks’ best chance to stop the Dodgers from scoring their way out of every problem.
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Brady recently talked about how he tries to land a certain way to protect his right throwing shoulder.
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We’ll get to the ballpark (on Monday), get the weather forecast, meet with the umpires, we’ll do the whole weather thing here, Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. Not much we can do about it other than sit and wait and watch.

Rick Porcello will be tasked with trying to save the Red Sox’s season and send the series to Houston.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner had an abysmal follow-up season, establishing a career-high in losses while going 11-17 with a 4.65 ERA.

Porcello is 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in three career regular-season starts against Houston. He faced them in a relief role in Game 1 on Thursday, tossing a scoreless inning.

It’s always a different animal in the postseason, so it was good to get out there and get an inning of work, Porcello said.

I knew that it’s more important to go get the money quicker than everybody else.

The matchup that matters most: Yankees pitchers versus Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Aside from Lindor’s grand slam off Green, the two switch-hitters haven’t done much in the series. Lindor is 1-for-11 and Ramirez is 2-for-13 with two singles — an infield hit and a slow grounder through the infield. With Edwin Encarnacion likely out again with his sprained right ankle, the Indians need those two to do some damage.

The prediction: Severino bounces back from his wild-card debacle with five strong innings. Aaron Judge (0-for-10 with eight strikeouts and four walks) blasts a long one off Bauer. We go five. Yankees win 5-3.

“Johnny Football” was a brilliant college quarterback who became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy while at Texas A&M.

Absolutely. As with the previous example of 3-point percentage, the key question to ask here is how different is a team’s performance during preseason from what we previously expected from them. I’ve found some predictive value to exceeding or underperforming preseason over/under lines, on the order of about three wins per season above or below those lines at the extremes.

So I knew where to concentrate. So everybody else was trying to figure out how many partners there are going to be or how to do this deal — because all you can borrow on a basketball team is $250 million — and I knew what I had to do. That’s why I was able to do it so quick. I went and put my money together first because I knew the team was going to be worth this much, and it wasn’t about what I made.cubs_2244

Nuggets will retire Fat Lever’s number in December ceremony

The Denver Nuggets will retire the number of point guard Lafayette Fat Lever in a December ceremony as the team commemorates 50 years of basketball in the city.

Lever suited up for the Nuggets from 1984-90 and shined in coach Doug Moe’s high-octane offense, averaging 17 points and 7.5 assists. The team made the postseason in each of Lever’s six seasons, including the Western Conference final in `84-85.
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The 57-year-old Lever will have his No. 12 hoisted to the Pepsi Center rafters on Dec. 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

He becomes the sixth Nuggets player to have his number retired, joining Byron Beck (40), David Thompson (33), Dan Issel (44), Alex English (2) and Dikembe Mutombo (55). In addition, Moe and his 432 career victories were honored with a banner.

I’ve tried to outsmart this points-scoring format before and have been humbled. It’s wise to follow the scoring rules in this case. In a points-driven competition, let’s instead covet volume over specialization or diversity of production.

Join me as I break down draft tiers for the looming season, position by position, in order to offer an overhead view of the marketplace in points leagues.

Kai Forbath Elite Jersey If the last section is distinguished in an important shift in shooting guard value, this one represents an important investment tier for small and power forwards. The offensive potential at small forward really dips after this tier, so there is increased risk in fading the position past this point.

Vice President Mike Pence leaves Colts game after players ‘disrespect’ flag

Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to attend the Colts’ home game against the 49ers Sunday, but left because players protested during the national anthem.

Pence tweeted his decision, saying he would not dignify any event that disrespects the flag.

Pence previously tweeted a picture of himself at the game and said he was excited to watch the ceremony honoring Peyton Manning, who had a statue unveiled outside Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday.

Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders, knee, 4:05 p.m. ET: This feels so familiar. Cooper is limited Wednesday, fully practices Thursday and Friday and is off the game status injury report. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Sources confirmed to ESPN that Taylor, a starter in the Vols’ first five games, was involved in an altercation on the practice field last week with freshman offensive lineman Trey Smith, who required stitches. Smith is not expected to miss any playing time.

The news of Taylor’s suspension was first reported by Volquest.com, which reported that Taylor kicked Smith in the face.
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Taylor was already suspended for the first half of Saturday’s game against South Carolina after being ejected for fighting in the second half against Georgia. Junior Kyle Phillips is slated to start in Taylor’s place.
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The Vols (3-2) were off last week but suffered a 41-0 loss to Georgia two weeks ago. It was Tennessee’s most lopsided loss in Neyland Stadium history.

Shanahan said the decision to go with Breida more in the second half was simply a matter of leaning on the player who is producing.

Mariano Rivera Jersey That wasn’t injury-related, Hyde said. That was just the coach’s call. … I mean, I don’t like it, but my boy Matt, he’s a good back, so he did a good job of going in there and making plays and stuff. It’s good that he got a taste of some action, so hopefully he can build on it and move forward from there.

We go with the hot hand, and we felt like Breida was the hot hand at the time, Shanahan said. It was just trying to go with the hot hand.

Hyde finished with 11 yards on eight carries and 7 yards on one catch, while Breida had 10 carries for 49 yards and three catches for 22 yards.

It was a lesson learned for me this whole week,” Newton said after he threw three touchdown passes in a 27-24 victory. My sarcasm trying to give somebody kind of a compliment turned in ways I never would have even imagined.”

On Wednesday, Newton made light of Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue when she asked a question about receiver Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes and whether Newton got enjoyment out of that.

Authentic Travis Zajac Jersey Newton laughed and responded, It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like … it’s funny.

That started a firestorm around Newton that led Dannon Oikos Yogurt, one of the many companies the 2015 NFL MVP represents in commercials, to announce that it no longer would work with Newton and that his commercials would be pulled.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing a source, reported Sunday that Dannon would replace Newton with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.

Can receiver Davante Adams actually play a little more than a week after he got drilled in the head by Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan?

Things appear to be going in that direction. Adams was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, a sign that he has progressed through most of the concussion protocol. Also, running back Ty Montgomery practiced Wednesday on a limited basis with a large protective covering on his broken ribs, something he would almost certainly have to wear if he were to play Sunday at Dallas. — Rob Demovsky

Bowen: Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers. Gordon is averaging 3.1 yards per carry and has rushed for just 168 yards through four games with only two touchdowns on the ground. Last week, he was shut down by the Eagles (22 yards on 10 carries) and now he gets a Giants unit that ranks eighth against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 20.6 fantasy points per game. Tough matchup for a player who is also playing through a knee injury.
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Authentic Kids Mitchell Trubisky Jersey Clay: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles. Jeffery’s career in Philly is off to a pretty good start, but he has run 86 percent of his pass routes on the perimeter. This week, that means near-exclusive shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson. Arguably the game’s best cover corner, Peterson has shadowed Marvin Jones Jr., T.Y. Hilton, Dez Bryant and Pierre Garcon during Arizona’s first four games. Expect him to chase Jeffery all over the field this weekend, which means Jeffery should be downgraded significantly.

Foxworth: A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green has scored a touchdown in each of his past two games. But this week he and Andy Dalton will face the Bills, who have allowed only one passing touchdown this season.

NFL reduces Danny Trevathan’s suspension to one game for helmet-to-helmet hit

Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan will miss just one game.

The NFL reduced Trevathan’s suspension from two games to one game, stemming from a helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers receiver during last Thursday’s game in Everson Griffen Jersey Green Bay.

On Tuesday “The Herd” host called Philadelphia the “dumbest Ndamukong Suh Youth Jersey sports city in America.”

“I want to talk about the city of Philadelphia for three minutes — which has to be the dumbest sports city in America because they ran Andy Reid out of town. This is amazing. Andy Reid’s won 60 percent of his NFL games with average to below average quarterbacks. Nobody’s done that in twenty years. He got to five NFC championships and a Super Bowl with a quarterback that with an 85 passer rating in his career and a 59 percent completion ratio, Donovan McNabb. Nobody does that.”

“Maybe Philly fans are so dopey, they jut don’t like the word ‘Reid,’ they don’t like to read, I don’t know what it is. But you cheered Michael Irvin’s career-ending injury. I can’t trust a fanbase that has a courtroom and a jail under their stadium. Do you get and appreciate how good Francona, Jay Wright and Reid are? He’s doing what nobody can do in football: Win with quarterbacks people don’t want.”