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2017 AL Wild Card Game: Yankees using Hicks in center to control Twins’ run game

2017 AL Wild Card Game: Yankees using Hicks in center to control Twins’ run game

Ads keep our content free for all to enjoy so please turn off any ad blockers to keep watching. This video is not available on your platform. The decision to play Hicks over Ellsbury is indeed based on defense, which might seem weird considering Ellsbury has a reputation for being a strong defensive center fielder. The single biggest difference between Hicks and Ellsbury defensively is their arms. Had the Yankees put Ellsbury in center field for the Wild Card Game, the Twins would've celebrated. They'd be looking to take that extra base on every ball hit to center field because his arm is a non-factor, and in a game of this magnitude, those extra 90 feet could be the difference between going home and going to the ALDS. The Twins will have to think twice every time they make that big turn around second or third base.
Lions owner Martha Ford asks players not to kneel during anthem

Lions owner Martha Ford asks players not to kneel during anthem

Demonstrations during the national anthem took center stage around the NFL last week after President Donald Trump made negative comments about the individuals choosing to kneel. This week, Lions owner Martha Ford asked her team to remain standing during the anthem before a matchup against the Vikings, according to The Detroit Free Press. The report stated that days before Sunday's game, Ford and the team talked about doing something other than kneeling during the anthem. “As a team, we came together, talked to Mrs. Ford, the owners, and we understand the issues for the most part, generally," Lions running back Ameer Abdullah said. "Me personally, I definitely want to be an aid in growing the social awareness in this country, that it is a race problem in this country. "We do dance around the topic a lot and Mrs. Ford has come forward and said that as long a we compromise as a team and unify and make a unified demonstration, she’ll back us financially. So I’m definitely going to hold her to her word." Ford joined the players on the field with linked arms last week, but she did not appear on the sideline Sunday in Minnesota.
ICYMI in NFL Week 4: Belichick’s Patriots have bad D, 2 Ls

ICYMI in NFL Week 4: Belichick’s Patriots have bad D, 2 Ls

Coach Bill Belichick's reigning Super Bowl champions looked surprisingly vulnerable on that side of the ball yet again in a 33-30 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Only the Indianapolis Colts are worse. New England has permitted each of the four starting QBs it's faced to throw for at least 300 yards. And get this: The Patriots are 2-2, tied in the AFC East with the New York Jets, of all teams, and trailing the Buffalo Bills, of all teams. Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore were supposed to give New England a terrific secondary. They even made Carolina QB Cam Newton look like a star again. He hadn't managed to top 200 yards passing in a game this season until racking up 316 plus three TDs while going 22 for 29 against New England. Lynch then sat during "The Star-Spangled Banner," the only player on either team at that game who didn't stand. In a 57-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans, Watson became the first rookie since Fran Tarkenton in 1961 — that's 56 years ago! "I know me," the running back said, "and it makes me want to play even harder to get the win."
After Anthem Protests, N.F.L. Plots a Careful Path Forward

After Anthem Protests, N.F.L. Plots a Careful Path Forward

As they do so, they are weighing the players’ desire to rebuff criticism from President Trump and to kneel or lock arms during the national anthem to raise awareness of social injustice, while accommodating fans who would prefer football to just be about football. At least one team, the Denver Broncos, announced its players would stand during the anthem while several players on other teams expressed the desire to kneel or said they were discussing what to do. The meeting this week at league headquarters included Commissioner Roger Goodell, several prominent owners and about a half-dozen players. The issue has pushed the N.F.L. The Steelers are still dealing with the fallout from their decision to stay indoors when the anthem was played last weekend; the starting quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, later said he regretted not appearing on the sideline for the anthem. game, reportedly will allow fans to receive refunds if they cite the anthem protests as a reason. Still, the league wants the focus to remain on the field, something President Trump is eager to exploit. Baldwin said they have had brief conversations this week in the locker room but have yet to discuss the matter as a team.
McAdoo says post-play penalties are a “poor reflection on me”

McAdoo says post-play penalties are a “poor reflection on me”

Well, at least he’s not blaming Eli this week. Pre-snap and post-[whistle] penalties, we have to clean up and that’s a part of it. Once in Week Two (Evan Engram) and again in Week Three. “We have a plan for it,” McAdoo said. It’s clear that McAdoo didn’t do nearly enough to address the issue after Engram drew a flag for a vulgar celebration in Week Two — an infraction that, when coupled with a kickoff that went out of bounds, gave the Lions the ball on the New York 45. While McAdoo surely had plenty of other issues to deal with in the aftermath of that Week Two loss, he should have made it clear to the team after Engram’s penalty that there will be no more celebration penalties.
ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ will break with tradition and air the national anthem tonight

ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ will break with tradition and air the national anthem tonight

. The network's airing of the national anthem before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals comes amid a prominent protest movement of kneeling during the anthem, which saw more than 200 players participate on Sunday. The movement has received repeated condemnation from President Trump, who in turn has faced backlash from NFL owners, athletes, and celebrities. ESPN will also re-air the NFL's unity-promoting ad "Inside These Lines," which first aired during Super Bowl LI. While The Wrap speculates that televising the anthem could capitalize on ratings intrigue in the wake of a national news story, "Monday Night Football" and NFL broadcasts at large have seen a big decline in ratings. In week two, "Monday Night Football" ratings dropped 14% in live and same-day average viewers compared to the same week in 2016, according to UBS. Overall, the league saw a 12% drop in ratings in week one and a 15% drop in week two, according to Nielsen. And the protest controversy sparked by Trump this weekend hasn't exactly been a ratings boon for all NFL games.
Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski say they’re ready to go for Patriots

Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski say they’re ready to go for Patriots

. “Am I good to go? “I feel really good. “Good. It felt good,” Gronkowski said. The 31-year-old has been a limited participant in practice this week and is listed as questionable for the game. “I feel good now,” Amendola said.
Roger Goodell’s NFL extension is reportedly ‘getting papered right now’

Roger Goodell’s NFL extension is reportedly ‘getting papered right now’

. This video may have expired or is otherwise not available. Ads keep our content free for all to enjoy so please turn off any ad blockers to keep watching. This video is not available on your platform. With his current contract expiring in 2019, Goodell's extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now,' according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Owner Jerry Jones was reportedly spearheading a small-scale owners' mutiny against Goodell, wanting a pay cut for the commissioner, but he ultimately failed in that request.

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