Brett Favre on Aaron Rodgers: “Why stop at 40?”. “Obviously, Aaron has carried the team for a long time; that’s not going to change,” Favre said. As good as he is, I would’ve thought they would’ve won more than one by now. But I don’t know if he can do anything else other than what he’s done up to this point. It always seems like one piece of the puzzle is missing. “You don’t know what that is until you get it, like a Reggie White. You go, ‘Oh, that’s what we needed.’ It remains to be seen what that is, whether it’s a draft pick, a free agent, letting someone go, a coaching change — I don’t know.” And while Rodgers has mused about playing until he’s 40, Favre recalled playing until he was 41 and thinks Rodgers is able to go past that. That’s big. The less you’re hit — Tom Brady‘s a different player, but they protect him well enough. I would think that barring any injury — and he knows how to protect himself — six or seven years from now is a long time to think that far down the road, but there’s no reason to think he couldn’t play and play at a high level until — I’m not going to say 43, 44, it’s up to the individual — and I don’t see any decline in his game unless he doesn’t want to play anymore.” Rodgers has also made it clear he wants to stay with the Packers, which would keep him from the unseemly Jets-Vikings years that Favre put every through.
Training Camp Storylines: Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Storylines: Pittsburgh Steelers 0:59 Loading x player version 2.5.8 playback state -1 Training Camp Storylines: Pittsburgh Steelers 0:59 Start video Large play-pause toggle Share Play pause 00:00 00:00 Closed captions Settings Volume ChromeCast Fullscreen X Twitter Facebook / Small (320x180) Medium (480x270) Large (640x360) Learn More This video is not available. x This video is not available. This video may have expired or is otherwise not available. x This video is geo-restricted. 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. x When the Steelers face the Giants on Friday night their preseason opener, they'll do so without one of their best players. Running back Le'Veon Bell, who still hasn't signed his one-year, $12.1 million franchise tender, hasn't shown up for training camp, and it's unclear when he'll join his teammates. It hurts him because he's not working with his teammates, he's not getting the conditioning work that he's going to need to have a great 2017 season. And he's not working with his teammates to get acclimated to the offense -- every year it's different."
x This video is not available. x This video is geo-restricted. 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. x Wisconsin will be playing the 2017 season without one of its best defensive players. The school announced Thursday that linebacker Jack Cichy suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2017 season. Cichy was poised to have a big season: Cichy finished the 2016 season with 60 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. Cichy still finished the 2016 season as an honorable mention on the All-Big Ten team despite being limited to seven games. Wisconsin has depth at middle linebacker: If there's any silver lining to this loss for Wisconsin it's that, if the Badgers have to suffer an injury to a key player at any position, middle linebacker is probably the place they can most afford it. Including Cichy, the top four middle linebackers on Wisconsin's depth chart have 51 starts between them.
Important Mayweather-McGregor decisions on gloves, officials coming at next NSAC meeting. Next week’s meeting of the Nevada Athletic Commission is shaping up to be a very important one for Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather took to social media recently to request eight-ounce gloves for the bout, as opposed to the 10-ounce gloves that the Nevada commission typically mandates for any bout heavier than 147 pounds. His reasoning was simple, Mayweather (via Instagram): “Whatever advantage McGregor needs to feel more comfortable in the ring, I’m willing to accommodate,” Mayweather wrote. “Let’s give the boxing and MMA fans what they want to see.” But according to Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Bob Bennett, that would require special permission from the commission, which the commission would likely give only if a compelling case could be made for the change in protocol. “We will have one hearing on the gloves,” Bennett wrote, with a decision to follow at the same meeting. The commission will also be selecting officials for the bout at the same meeting, and that decision could get contentious as well. “I think we’re going to have a hard time finding a fair referee and a fair set of judges,” Kavanagh said in an interview with ESPN.com last month. “It will be very difficult for a 50- to 60-year-old boxing referee to not go into this bout a little bit biased.” The NSAC will consider all those arguments at the Aug. 16 meeting, Bennett said, and a final decision on officials will be made at that time. It may prove to be an important one, especially with McGregor competing in his first professional boxing match – and against a legendary fighter who’s been accused by former opponents of stretching the boundaries of the rules.
2017 PGA Championship leaderboard: Scores, Round 1 coverage, golf highlights. PGA Championship Round 1 recap PGA Championship Round 1 recap 1:15 Loading x player version 2.5.8 playback state -1 PGA Championship Round 1 recap 1:15 Start video Large play-pause toggle Share X Twitter Facebook / Small (320x180) Medium (480x270) Large (640x360) Learn More This video is not available. This video is not available on your platform. This video is not available for this device, browser, or operating system. x Good conditions did not make Quail Hollow play any easier, as the regular PGA Tour stop showed some teeth during the first round of the 2017 PGA Championship. The "Green Mile" -- holes 16, 17 and 18 -- all played nearly a half-stroke over par on average and players all over the leaderboard were left grinding after posting big numbers on a day when the average score for the field was just shy of 75. Still in search of his first major win, Fowler fell way back early with a triple-bogey on the 5th hole only to battle back with four birdies in his next nine holes, finishing the day just two strokes off the lead. Grayson Murray (-3): The Raleigh, North Carolina, native had never played Quail Hollow prior to this week and told reporters it might have given him an advantage after firing a 68 in his opening round. Stroud was supposed to be home this week but a win last week in Reno at the Barracuda Championship -- his first PGA Tour victory -- got him into the field. After going par-par-par on that stretch of the course, Points showcased his Quail Hollow experience on the greens with a sharp putting performance and finished with two birdies and six pars on the final eight holes.
PGA Championship 2017: Stars start slow but remain in contention at Quail Hollow. PGA Championship Round 1 recap PGA Championship Round 1 recap 1:15 Loading x player version 2.5.8 playback state -1 PGA Championship Round 1 recap 1:15 Start video Large play-pause toggle Share Play pause 00:00 00:00 Closed captions Settings Volume ChromeCast Fullscreen X Twitter Facebook / Small (320x180) Medium (480x270) Large (640x360) Learn More This video is not available. x Casual golf fans might not recognize the two golfers atop of the 99th PGA Championship leaderboard. However, despite their co-lead, there are some monster names sitting one, two, three and even five strokes back. And somebody from the names that are within striking distance should probably make a move on Friday to solidify himself as the favorite. Consider McIlroy's history at this course: In his two wins and playoff loss, he has not been closer than five strokes back of the lead after the first round. If we do that, it will be a good week." 1 Dustin Johnson was a bit of an afterthought coming into the week. If I'm five back at the start of the day, I've got to be less than five back after Friday to really feel like I can play the way this golf course needs to be played and still be able to win." That's the goal for everybody on this list as the field tees it up for a maybe unexpectedly tough course in Round 2.
Cowboys camp: DeMarcus Lawrence is shaping up as the biggest X-factor in Dallas. Training Camp Storylines: Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Storylines: Dallas Cowboys 0:41 Loading x player version 2.5.8 playback state -1 Training Camp Storylines: Dallas Cowboys 0:41 Start video Large play-pause toggle Share Play pause 00:00 00:00 Closed captions Settings Volume ChromeCast Fullscreen X Twitter Facebook / Small (320x180) Medium (480x270) Large (640x360) Learn More This video is not available. Ads keep our content free for all to enjoy so please turn off any ad blockers to keep watching. And as much as Prescott and Bryant and Elliott -- the new triplets of this offense -- get talked about, few players on this roster are more important than defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, far and away the club's most talented edge force and someone who may have to post double-digit sack totals if the Cowboys are going to reach the playoffs for consecutive seasons for just the third time in the last 20-plus years. There is not one Cowboys player on this 90-man roster who has notched even 15 career NFL sacks, and they've already lost defensive end Tyrone Crawford, whose modest 12.5 career sacks in 61 games is tops among any end on the Dallas roster, indefinitely to an ankle injury (team officials believe he'll be back for Week 1). "But it's a team sport and you've got three phases of football -- offense, defense and special teams -- and you need to win two of those three to win a game. "That's what we're working on, to get back to two years ago. As to the pass-rushing resumes of the other Cowboys atop the team's depth chart along the front seven, well, have a look for yourself (from top to bottom on depth chart at each position): Left Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence: 32 games, nine sacks Defensive Tackle Right Defensive End Strong Side Linebacker Middle Linebacker Weak Side Linebacker Things look bleak, but there are some other potential bright spots. "It's our job to get sacks and that's what we've got to do," Collins told me. This defense may go as he goes, and this season may go as the defense goes, and the need for more bodies around the opposing quarterback is lost on no one in this training camp.
When fans can expect to see Willie Calhoun with Rangers; Joe West suspension ‘completely without cause’
When fans can expect to see Willie Calhoun with Rangers; Joe West suspension 'completely without cause'. Gerry Fraley, Rangers beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team in a live chat Thursday. Here are some highlights. Gerry Fraley: Joe Maddon has popularized the use of multi-position players. That is more effective in the NL, with its exciting double-switches, but can be useful in the AL. A good defensive first baseman, and that includes the arm, is invaluable. Is he a player who could make the jump next season? Unlike Puckett, Calhoun is limited in the field and should be a DH. Have to break that logjam. You can complain about how Joe West runs a game, but no one has ever questioned his integrity.