Cam Newton: ‘Should [Colin Kaepernick] be on a roster, in my opinion? Absolutely, there’s no question about it’
Cam Newton: ‘Should [Colin Kaepernick] be on a roster, in my opinion? The San Francisco 49ers welcome the Carolina Panthers to town later this week, and that means it is time for media availability. And it is no surprise he got a question about former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Newton said that he thinks Kaepernick is better than some of the starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Newton joins Aaron Rodgers in offering comments in support of Kaepernick. The NFL season gets underway on Thursday with the New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. There are people who will disagree with Newton, but given some of the quarterbacks starting this weekend across the NFL, his comments are not all that far-fetched. Scott Tolzien vs. Jared Goff official now. Bortles vs. Savage already confirmed. And we're very close to Nathan Peterman vs. Josh McCown.
OSU football notebook: Freshman running back Chuba Hubbard still in Cowboys' plans this season. Freshman Chuba Hubbard was the only Oklahoma State running back on the depth chart in uniform who did not play against Tulsa last Thursday. Prior to the start of the season, OSU coach Mike Gundy indicated that Hubbard, who was plucked from Alberta, Canada, as part of the 2017 recruiting class, would avoid the scout team designation and make appearances in games this season because of his development after arriving in August. On Monday, Gundy said that Hubbard could still play and avoid a redshirt this season even though he’s behind true freshman J.D. King and redshirt freshmen Ja’Ron Wilson and LD Brown. “Chuba could still play,” he said. We have a fairly mature team. “I thought our young guys played well,” said senior safety Tre Flowers. They showed composure, made some plays and did a good job.” Gundy, pleased with the cornerbacks’ ability to limit big gains overall, said Baker “is going to play” because of his improved health. 22 West Virginia lost to No.
New York Giants Week 1 Preview: Dallas Cowboys. With just one week until the New York Giants open up their 2017 campaign, we preview their Week 1 opponent. This year will mark the fifth time in the last six years that the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys have met in Week 1. Let’s take a look at how the Giants fared last season and their additions and losses in the offseason: Last Year: The New York Giants went 11-5, finishing second in the NFC East. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall vs. the very much remodeled Cowboys secondary Big Blue added Marshall to an already skilled WR corps. Dallas lost four key contributors from their 2016 secondary. Keys to the Game: The Dallas Cowboys are already going to be without defensive ends Randy Gregory and David Irving in Week 1 against the Giants due to their suspensions. This could fare well for the Giants offensive line, giving time for Eli Manning to throw and for New York to run the ball effectively. Dallas could also be without stud running back Ezekiel Elliott, who faces investigation for domestic violence allegations. This could give a plethora of opportunities for Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon to get plenty of sacks as the Cowboys will try to be pass-heavy and rely on the intuition of second-year QB Dak Prescott.
Who won Jets-Seahawks Sheldon Richardson trade? | Mailbag. Among the topics discussed this week is, of course, the Jets trading defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to the Seahawks for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round draft pick. Richardson (No. Ideally, Milliner and Richardson would've become stars for the Jets, but getting a pick for Richardson is at least some consolation. We'll see what the pick becomes. No wonder the Jets are in such a bad place right now. They recently claimed him off waivers. It's more likely the Jets win six to eight games than Darnold, Allen, and Rosen all staying in school. The Jets probably will have a high draft pick, and probably will have a nice group of quarterbacks available to draft.
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Sooners Celebrate 2017 at Championship Banquet. OU set an NCAA record team score of 198.375 during the Super Six Finals, as five Sooners combined for 12 All-America honors. The Sooners posted a 33-0 record, the first undefeated season in program history, and secured an unprecedented sixth-straight Big 12 title and an eighth consecutive NCAA Regional crown. Capps not only excelled on the competition floor, but earned a 4.0 in the classroom and was named an NCAA Acaemic All-American. Maggie Nichols was awarded the Kelly Garrison Award, given to the most valuable athlete on the competition floor. Catour competed in every meet and hit 100 percent of her routines on both balance beam and bars, receiving high scores of 9.925 on bars and 9.95 on beam. Lehrmann was named a National Champion on bars with a 9.95, earning her All-American status. Showers suffered a season-ended injury in preseason, but made it her mission to contribute in ways other than on the competition equipment. McKenzie Wofford (bars), Nichols (VT, BB, UB, FX), Capps (beam), Lehrmann (bars) each received a 10.0 Award, given to all athletes who score at least one perfect 10 during the season. Most Outstanding Athlete: Chayse Capps Kelly Garrison Award (MVP): Maggie Nichols OU Commitment Award: Stefani Catour NCAA Tournament MVP: Nicole Lehrmann Bonomo Spirit Award: Bre Showers 10.0 Award: Chayse Capps, Nicole Lehrmann, Maggie Nichols, McKenzie Wofford Most Consistent Gymnast: Stefani Catour, Brenna Dowell, AJ Jackson, Charity Jones
Angels leap into playoff race with deals for Upton, Phillips. The Angels acquired outfielder Justin Upton from Detroit and infielder Brandon Phillips from Atlanta on Thursday, adding two veterans with seven combined All-Star selections to their lineup. Los Angeles addressed the two biggest problem areas in their lineup with fairly low-risk moves that could lead to big rewards. Los Angeles trails Minnesota (70-63) in the race for the second AL wild card spot, and the Yankees (71-62) are just 2 1/2 games ahead. The Angels have showed remarkable resilience and grit while going 20-11 since July 28, leading Eppler and owner Arte Moreno to decide to go wholeheartedly after the club’s second playoff appearance since 2009. After staying fairly inactive at the non-waiver trade deadline, the Angels swooped into the market on the final day for trades to be consummated in order for the players to be eligible for the postseason. The Angels were eager to add a middle-of-the-order hitter to a lineup sitting 12th in the league in runs (584) and 15th in OPS (.713) ”What I’m excited about is being back into playoff contention and trying to help the Angels get to where they want to go,” Upton said. ”I think I can be a piece that helps that.” Left field has been a problematic spot for the Angels for several years, with oft-injured Josh Hamilton leading a long list of players who couldn’t produce at the position. ”The dream is to get a (World Series) ring, and that’s what I have a chance of really doing right now,” Phillips said. ”I hope that I can help the team out.” — More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Jerry Jones called Dez Bryant and donated $1 million to Harvey relief during Cowboys telethon. The Dallas Cowboys were still at AT&T Stadium on Thursday night even though their preseason game against the Houston Texans was canceled, and they were there for a good cause. As the Texans went home to Houston to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, the Cowboys donated apparel and took phone calls during a telethon to raise money for the Salvation Army to help people affected by Harvey. The telethon streamed live on social media from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT, per USA TODAY Sports. Update: One of the callers was Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant answered. Jones proceeded to place a donation for $1 million. Bryant called it a “blessing.” Those who called 844-790-5687 during that time could have had the chance to speak with Dak Prescott, Bryant, other players, coaches, executives, ownership or even former Cowboys. Before they got on the phones, the Cowboys helped deliver about 30,000 pieces of team apparel. Texans GM Rick Smith said of the Cowboys efforts via USA TODAY Sports: “I can’t say enough about how cooperative, how impressed I’ve just been with the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization,” Texans general manger Rick Smith said Wednesday, after the teams chose to cancel their game so Houston’s players could return home. “The way that they have cooperated with us and helped us — I can’t extend more gratitude to the Joneses and the Cowboys organization and how much we appreciate that.” Additionally, the Texans’ J.J. Watt raised more than $10 million for Harvey relief.