David Johnson Reportedly to Have Surgery on Wrist Injury, to Miss 2-3 Months. Arizona Cardinals superstar running back David Johnson is undergoing surgery on his wrist this week and is expected to be sidelined for two to three months, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. "But it's not the end of the world. We've got quality guys on our team, and it's an opportunity for somebody to step up. The Cardinals are placing Johnson on injured reserve, per Schefter, with the hope he'll be able to return to action in 2017. Johnson, 25, injured his wrist in the third quarter of the team's 35-23 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Ford Field. That may have worsened the injury, according to McManaman. He was one of the most dynamic players in football last season, rushing for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns while adding 80 receptions for 879 yards and another four scores. He accounted for 36.1 percent of Arizona's yards last year and 41.7 percent of its offensive touchdowns. Suffice to say, the Cardinals built their attack around Johnson coming into the season, and losing him for such a significant chunk of the campaign will make it difficult for them to earn a postseason berth.
Doctors warned Didier the stress of football was not good for his health, so it was days after LSU beat Wyoming 20-14 on Jan. 1, 1968, in the Sugar Bowl, that Didier went from part-time baseball scout to full-time baseball executive, becoming the scouting director for the expansion Montreal Expos, the first of three expansion teams he helped create. The Dodgers would go on to win the World Series, 4-1. He originally left the Expos and joined the Dodgers as a scout in 1976. After that year, the late Walter O'Malley, wanting to help his friend Danny Kaye, who was heading a group that was awarded the expansion Seattle Mariners, asked Didier to become the Mariners' scouting director with the promise he would have a job with the Dodgers any time he wanted. It was with the Mariners that Didier initially came across Gibson. Ten years later, having taken up the O'Malley family on the promise he could always come back to the Dodgers, Didier was a big league scout for the team and pushed general manager Fred Claire to sign Gibson as a free agent. "I told Fred we had a [struggling] club," Didier would recall, "and 'If we get this guy, that'll change. This guy wants to play, and he wants to win.'" In the spring of 1971 he became infatuated with a high school shortstop/third baseman/pitcher who caught a handful of games for Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, Calif. "He is an All-Star catcher in the making," Didier wrote in the report he turned in for Gary Carter, whom he selected in the third round of the 1972 MLB Draft. In watching the game, however, Didier became fixated on the team's center fielder, who had a bad left knee because of a high school football injury that scared most scouts away.
The reeling Los Angeles Dodgers gifted the Colorado Rockies a four-game sweep to keep them three games up on the Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers in the race for the second wild-card berth. On the other hand, the Cardinals are getting ample help in the NL Central race. "I'm open for suggestions," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts informed reporters Sunday after an 8-1 loss to the Rockies. "All of a sudden, in this series, we chose not to hit," Maddon said during his postgame media session. Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda visited the LA clubhouse Sunday looking to cheer folks up. "As far as looking back at two weeks and you win one game, I think that seeps in," Roberts said. Here is what folks were writing after the first Sunday of the NFL season: Danny Heifetz, The Ringer: "The Rams opened the Sean McVay era about as well as possible on Sunday with a 46–9 thrashing of the Colts, the most points the franchise has scored since 2014. Peter King, SI.com: "The top pick in most fantasy drafts (I guess) after his 2,118-all-purpose-yard, 20-touchdown year in 2016, (Cardinals running back David) Johnson damaged his wrist at Detroit, and though X-rays were negative, Chris Mortensen reported that the Cardinals back could miss significant time. Arians is going to have to get imaginative with his game plans now, if Johnson misses a few games." Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zach Davies, after sweeping the Cubs in Chicago.
Titans can't keep up with Raiders in 26-16 opening loss. They lost an onside kick to open the season, missed tackles on both defense and special teams, untimely penalties and settled for two field goals instead of touchdowns. "Very disappointing," Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker said. "We could have had at the ball at the 50-yard line with a pretty potent offense if we execute the onside kick," Mularkey said. "They got it," Mularkey said. The Titans led the NFL in scoring touchdowns inside opponents' 20 at a rate of 72 percent. The second time, Pro Bowl running back DeMarco Murray, who led the AFC with 1,287 yards rushing last season, was stopped for a 1-yard loss on third-and-2 at the Oakland 7 in the third quarter. The Tennessee defense ranked second against the run last season, but the Titans could not stop Marshawn Lynch and the Raiders in the fourth quarter. Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan said they know they need to finish drives in the end zone. Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo insisted he was disappointed, but not worried with all the playmakers on the roster.
Oklahoma soccer: Sooners end two game skid, pick up 2-1 win against Illinois. The Sooners outshot Illinois eight to four in the first 45 minutes, and overall 12-10 in the game. Scoring began in the 24th minute when O'Donnell scored her first career goal with a header that reached the back of the net. Following last week's results, it was crucial for the Sooners to get on the board first. "Yes, two heartbreaking 1-0 defeats on the road, but when you attend the University of Oklahoma there is a responsibility to win." The first half ended with O'Donnell and Dao each recording two shots on goal. This was Dao's second goal of the season, both being the game winners for that game. "The product in the second half compared to the first half dropped a bit," Potter said. The Sooners will be back in action next Friday as they travel to the west coast for three of their next four match ups. "Our trainer does a good job of helping us recover and stay on top of our training throughout the week."
OU Football: Corso selects Ohio State over Oklahoma, but why Oklahoma fans likely aren’t sweating his pick
OU Football: Corso selects Ohio State over Oklahoma, but why Oklahoma fans likely aren't sweating his pick. COLUMBUS, Ohio – ESPN’s College GameDay panelists were unanimous in selecting Ohio State to beat Oklahoma in Saturday’s showdown at the Horseshoe. Lee Corso – as his tradition for the past 22 years – donned the headgear of his selection. After two other analysts selected Ohio State, Corso put on the headgear of Brutus Buckeye. Desmond Howard and guest picker Eddie George also picked the Buckeyes to win at home. Howard: “I think they are going to play an exceptional game against Baker Mayfield. I’m going Ohio State because of that defense.” George: “I truly believe Ohio State will win today because of their defensive line.” Corso has now selected Ohio State 25 times (the second-highest total of any headgear) while now choosing against Oklahoma for a record 16th time. A good sign for OU fans, however – the Sooners are 11-4 when Corso picks against them. The Sooners are a road underdog for the third time since GameDay was present, but have won the past two games – at Baylor (2015) and at Oklahoma State (2010).
The Sooners drove 92 yards in just four plays to take a 17-13 lead over Ohio State with 2:17 left in the third quarter. After stopping Ohio State on fourth down, OU moved 64 yards to extend the lead. Ohio State scored on its first two series of the second half to take a 13-10 lead with 8:10 left in the third quarter. Oklahoma answered Ohio State's touchdown on its opening series of the second half with one of its own, getting a 36-yard pass from Mayfield to Dimitri Flowers to tie the score at 10 with 10:50 to go in the third quarter. A big kickoff return to open the second half had staked Ohio State to a 10-3 lead. The Buckeyes recovered a fumbled lateral early in the second quarter and moved 43 yards, settling for a 23-yard Nuernberger field goal to go ahead 3-0 with 11:11 left in the first half. Oklahoma moved the ball well in the first half, but had only the one field goal to show for it. The Sooners drove to the Ohio State 36 before missing on a fourth-and-4 pass on its opening series of the game. Oklahoma outgained OSU 222-92 in the first half, but the Buckeyes didn't commit a turnover in the first half. 2 Ohio State
Ex-Notre Dame Football Player Says School Hid MRI Results From Him, Which Led To A Chronic Spinal Injury
Last Friday, former Notre Dame linebacker Douglas Randolph filed a lawsuit against Notre Dame, Brian Kelly, head Notre Dame football trainer Rob Hunt, and a handful of doctors, alleging that the Notre Dame football and training staff deliberately concealed a serious spinal injury from him, which he played with and eventually saddled him with a chronic injury after he was declared medically ineligible. The Indianapolis Star first reported on the lawsuit, and a copy of the complaint can be found below. Randolph played two seasons with the Fighting Irish, most of it on special teams. He says that he started to feel numb in his extremities after taking a hit in practice in September 2015, but that Hunt shrugged it off, sending him back into drills after a two-minute break. However, according to the suit, Randolph never got to see the results from the MRI and Notre Dame withheld the news that he’d suffered what should have been a potentially career-ending injury. He played with the aid of an anti-inflammatory drug for a month, although he quickly stopped after side effects such as “irritability, difficulty focusing, and difficulty sleeping, as well as extreme bouts of aggressive behavior” forced him to stop. Randolph says he went completely numb in all four extremities during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl game against Ohio State, but coaches and trainers forced him to keep playing. He was allowed to keep his scholarship but wouldn’t be permitted to play football anymore. Randolph visited a neurologist, who reviewed his previous scans and concluded that “based upon those scans ... he should not have been cleared for play following his September MRI.” Randolph was advised “never to play football again.” He says that his life is a painful struggle now as a result of the injury. He did not specify an amount, but he requested compensation for future medical bills and “mental anguish and emotional distress.” According to St. Joseph County Circuit Court records, subpoenas went out to the defendants on Tuesday.