Jets' O-line faces challenge of trying to slow Raiders' Mack. "There's a lot of challenges with him," Jets offensive coordinator John Morton acknowledged Thursday. He can rush the passer, stop the run. Shell will likely see lots of Mack on Sunday in Oakland, which should be quite the test for the young right tackle who's expected to make his fifth NFL start. "It's not just about the tackles," Morton said. "I personally think he's probably the best defensive player in the league right now," Williams said. We just have to do our jobs and make sure we're aware of where he is and try to slow him down a little bit for us to make some plays." New York gave up just one sack last week in the season-opening loss at Buffalo , but the Jets couldn't get the run game going. We've got to block our guys and make it possible so the other guys can make plays. If the guys aren't getting any yards, we're not doing our job.
Craig Carton resigns from WFAN show amid Ponzi scheme charges. Acerbic radio sports host Craig Carton resigned Wednesday from WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” morning show days after he was arrested and charged with running a ticket-sale Ponzi scheme. “For 10 years I’ve had the great privilege of showing up to work every day at my dream job,” Carton said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build. “WFAN has accepted Craig Carton’s resignation,” CBS Radio said in a statement. “We appreciate all of his contributions over the last decade and wish him and his family well during this next phase.” The statement said the station will begin a search for Carton’s replacement immediately. Federal authorities arrested Carton last week, saying in papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court that he tried to raise millions of dollars in 2016 to pay gambling debts to casinos and others. Authorities said Carton falsely told investors that he and others could score big profits by selling large blocks of tickets to acts including Katy Perry, Adele, Justin Bieber and Barbra Streisand. Carton, 48, of Manhattan, remains free on $500,000 bail. Carton hosted the morning show for a decade with former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason.
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).