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Anquan Boldin signs 1-year deal with Lions

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Anquan Boldin, the 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year honoree, is joining the Detroit Lions. The veteran receiver agreed to a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

On Tuesday evening, Boldin made it official on Twitter:

This coming season, I am excited to announce that I have chosen to play for the @Lions and reunite with Coach Caldwell for another run.

— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) July 26, 2016
The @Lions are a great young team that I hope Authentic Mark Glowinski Jersey I can help lead back to the playoffs with a goal of a championship for my new fans in Detroit.

Allen missed the track season that followed his injury. He called it a “learning experience,” but he’s worked his way back to full strength.

Allen won the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.03 seconds Authentic Marshawn Lynch Jersey at the Trial. That’s 0.11 seconds behind London 2012’s gold-medal time, 12.92, posted by American Aries Merritt. He’ll have a legitimate chance to win in Rio.

Another football benefit: he’s used to playing in front of massive audiences. The Rose Bowl held more than 90,000 people that day. Swelling crowds are not new for him.

“In football, in Autzen, you have 60,000 fans, and then track, there’s only 20,000. So it kind of feels like a little bit less pressure, less stick. Some of the track athletes might be a little bit nervous and in awe of the fans and the atmosphere, but I’ve been used to it,” Allen said. “I’ve been playing in it for the last couple years, so I can kind of manage it pretty well. I’m real comfortable.”

He won’t be the first football player to take the Olympic stage. There’s a long history there, dating as far back as Jim Thorpe’s pentathlon and decathlon golds in 1912. Herschel Walker participated in bobsledding in 1992’s Winter Games, and former Cal and NFL running back Jahvid Best will run track this year for Saint Lucia.

Allen’s ready for what comes next — and also to be a regular person.
His next few weeks will be a whirlwind. Allen travels to Houston on Aug. 2, then flies overnight to Brazil and arrives in Rio on the morning of Aug. 4, the day before the Olympic opening ceremony.

While there are concerns about the wide receiver corps, the response by the Titans was to improve the offensive line with the additions of Ben Jones and Jack Conklin, and bolster the running game with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. The receiver doubts stand, but the improved ground attack should absolutely take the pressure off Mariota to make plays.

It’s tough to see improvements to a rushing attack in practice and it’ll take preseason to get the first true glance at the new powerful tandem behind Mariota, but fans can look forward to seeing the second-year quarterback try to take more control of the Tennessee offense that now features Rishard Matthews.

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Jared Goff takes first-team snaps, but Rams not making QB change

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, confined to a backup role since being drafted first overall earlier this year, took first-team snaps on Wednesday and said he feels “tremendously more comfortable than I’ve ever felt.”

“I feel confident that if my number’s called, I’ll be ready to go,” Goff told reporters from the team facility in Thousand Oaks, California, after Spencer Drango Jersey the Rams’ only official practice of their bye week. “Just waiting for that time.”

Goff’s work with the first team isn’t a surprise and isn’t necessarily telling. Fisher said Monday that the bye week would allow all Rams rookies to get more practice time, especially Goff, who has been working mostly with the scout team since the start of the regular season.

“It’s part of the process; it’s part of what’s going on,” Goff, a couple of weeks removed from his 22nd birthday, said of sitting. “I’m not going Stephen Paea Jersey to sit here and complain or gripe. I’m going to support Case and continue to get ready and be ready.”

According to NFL disciplinary officer Todd Jones and a statement the league put out after issuing a one-game suspension to Brown in August, the NFL didn’t have enough evidence to suspend Brown for six games. Witnesses didn’t cooperate and police departments wouldn’t speak to the league.

To be clear: While the NFL’s 2014 code of conduct policy calls for a six-game minimum suspension in cases of domestic violence, it also stipulates that aggravating and mitigating factors be taken into account. In Brown’s case, the league felt there were far too many to hand out six games.

On the other hand, the NFC East has been outstanding this year. Defense has improved in Washington, New York, and especially Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Dallas has the best offense in the league thanks to great performances from two rookies, quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Every team in the NFC East has a winning record right now, and all four teams are also above-average in DVOA. This week, we end up with every NFC East team finishing 8-8 or better in 42.5 percent of simulations. The entire division has a winning record in 12.2 percent of simulations, roughly a 1-in-8 chance.

And yet … the NFC East may not be the best division in the game. The AFC West has three teams with winning records and the underrated 3-4 San Diego Chargers. AFC West teams also get easier schedules than their NFC East counterparts, which mean there are even better odds of the whole division finishing with a winning record. The AFC West has every team at 8-8 or better in 47.8 percent of simulations, and every team has a winning record in 14.7 percent of simulations.

Once again, we’re doing our weekly run through the playoff odds for all 32 teams in the NFL. For a full explanation on how we calculate each team’s playoff odds, see the bottom of the article.

“Sometimes that mitigation may not be a fact; it may be the lack of a fact,” Jones said in an interview after the one-game suspension was announced.

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NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl Legends captains

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Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis, All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl XXXV MVP Ray Lewis, and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and All-Pro defensive back Charles Woodson will serve as 2017 Pro Bowl Legends Captains, it was announced today during ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast.

Gonzalez, who starred for the Atlanta Falcons and Tyrunn Walker Jersey Kansas City Chiefs during his 17 NFL seasons, stands as the NFL’s all-time leader in receiving yards (15,127), receptions (1,325), and touchdowns (111) by a tight end. The All-Pro tight end’s 14 Pro Bowl appearances are tied for the most all time. He ranks as the Pro Bowl all-time leader in receptions (42) and touchdowns (6).

Following last week’s preseason matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, head coach Hue Jackson was noncommittal about Mingo’s future with the team.

“Obviously, I want to see more out of all Wallace Gilberry Jersey of our players because we’re still evaluating our football team as we put it together so that we can have the best players possible on this football team,” Jackson said.

The Browns have not fared particularly well in the first round over the past several years.

It’s the second trade for New England in as many days, as the team opted to trade center Bryan Stork to Washington Wednesday. During the offseason, the team facilitated a trade that sent outside linebacker Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper. Cooper was the seventh overall pick, selected immediately after Mingo in the 2013 draft.

In three seasons with the Browns, Mingo has 108 tackles, seven sacks and one interception. Mingo was initially expected to rush the passer, but former Browns head coach Mike Pettine eventually switched him to more of a coverage role in 2015.

According to Ian Rapoport, Mingo will join the Patriots in Charlotte, N.C., where New England is preparing to take on the Panthers. With Jones in Arizona, Rob Ninkovich currently sidelined with a torn triceps and Jabaal Sheard dealing with a sprained MCL, Mingo provides some necessary depth in New England, and can perhaps get a fresh start with the Patriots.

The Browns, meanwhile, keep stockpiling draft picks. Along with the fifth-round selection they’re receiving in the Mingo trade, Cleveland also has additional first-round, second-round and seventh-round picks in next year’s draft.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” structure. Each conference will be led by two Legends Captains — one offensive and one defensive. Bettis (offense) and Lewis (defense) will lead the AFC, while Gonzalez (offense) and Woodson (defense) will lead the NFC. During Pro Bowl Week, the four Legends Captains will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players, coach practices, and be present on the sidelines on gameday.

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Bills fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman after 0-2 start

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A day after a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets on Thursday night, the Buffalo Bills fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Assistant head coach and running backs coach Anthony Lynn will reportedly fill the position for the Bills.

Roman, 44, was Stevie Johnson Jersey in his second season in Buffalo and previously held the same position for four years with the San Francisco 49ers. A once-coveted offensive coordinator, the Bills reportedly had interest in Roman as a head coaching candidate before hiring Rex Ryan.

Though the offense floundered in Week 1, the Bills scored 31 points Thursday — including two touchdowns on long passes to Marquise Goodwin and Greg Salas. Given that they also led the league in rushing last season under Roman, the Travis Benjamin Jersey move to replace him Friday with assistant Anthony Lynn seemed a bit perplexing.

Williams was a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida State. After spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, Williams returned to make his NFL debut as a starter for the Saints in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders.

Shortly after he was carted off the field, the Saints announced that he was being evaluated in the locker room for a concussion. It was later said on the FOX broadcast that Williams lost consciousness on the field, but moving his finger and toes. He is currently being treated at a New York hospital where his spine is being evaluated.

After the game Thursday, the offense didn’t appear to be on Ryan’s radar. When asked whether he was concerned with how the unit has performed, Ryan said ” I think our defense played so poorly that I couldn’t tell you about that.”

The decision is particularly odd for the Bills after the team did well offensively against the highly regarded Jets defense. In Week 1, the Buffalo offense managed just 160 total yards of offense against the Baltimore Ravens, but rebounded to rack up 393 yards against the Jets. It was Buffalo’s poor performance on defense, allowing 493 yards to the New York offense, that cost the team the game.

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Votto made that a fleeting memory by lining ‘s 1 pitch into center field

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At this time of year, the best way to suggest who to buy and who to sell is by discussing players the context of their Average Draft Position. With that mind, here are some players who jumped out at me as I looked at the most recent ADPs from our friends at. BUY Javier Vazquez, SP, Braves — Perhaps Shabazz Muhammad Jersey favorite sleeper at pitcher, there is no way Vazquez should be on the board at pick 140, his current ADP. People are drafting him there based on last year’s stats, ignoring that he’s moving to a better pitcher’s park and gets to face the pitcher scrubby pinch hitter every ninth batter rather than a DH. Factor that Vazquez has been durable and dependable for years now and he’s a great buy anywhere near his current ADP. Harang, SP, Reds — Harang was terrific 2006 and 2007, posting at least 230 IP, 216 Ks, and 16 wins each. Yet people are shying away from him this year based on last year’s stats, leaving him on the board until pick 157. That’s a mistake. Harang’s 2008 was the outlier, not the prior years. Go get him. Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies — What’s the difference between Tulo and Dodgers shortstop Furcal? Both had injury-riddled 2008s, yet Furcal Thaddeus Young Jersey seems to have been given a, whereas fantasy owners are punishing Tulowitzki. I ‘t see how Furcal is four rounds better than Tulo. If forced to choose between the two, I suppose I’d prefer Furcal and the steals that he brings to the table, but Tulo is younger, yet to enter his prime, and probably a safer bet to stay healthy. Tulo’s a bargain at 104. HOLD Johan, SP, Mets — Personally, I wouldn’t draft any pitcher at 19 overall. But despite a recent scare about elbow pain, it seems like is going to be. If the injury scare makes him fall into the fourth round of a standard mixed league, that’s when I’d take the plunge. If you like him before that, then take note of his declining strikeout rate.

This number is a little more scary when you remember that moved to the NL last year and thus should have seen a K spike, considering how often opposing pitchers strike out. SELL Rodriguez, RP, Mets — It’s never a good idea to pay for saves, as they are fickle. Also consider that K- is coming off a 62-save that he won’t come close to duplicating, that he just got a big payday, that J.J. Putz was elite closer not long ago and that Rodriguez just moved into the bright lights of New York. Then let someone draft him at 76 overall. I much prefer, Robinson Cano or Joey Votto. Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros — It’s not that I ‘t like Berkman; I do. It’s just that I ‘t want him for second-round pick, which is where he’s currently getting drafted. He’s not unlikely to duplicate his ridiculous first half from last, nor he steal 18 bags again. At age 33, his stats start declining, the same way that NFL running backs start declining as they approach age 30. I expect Berkman to be at or under his counting stats for 2007, which means you can do better with your second-round pick. Pass on Berkman and take Evan Longoria. Ryan, 1B, Phillies — It’s not that I ‘t want 45 HRs and 140 RBI. It’s that I ‘t want to use a late first round or early second round selection on a guy who is going to hit about.255 over 550 at bats. You can’t hit much better than this when you’re striking out 200 times a year. Avoiding bad batting average is especially important keeper leagues, where some owners rebuild at midseason and thus make it easier to make up counting stats like homers and RBI. This also often happens non-keeper leagues where weak owners pack it after. Give me Teixeira or B.J. Upton instead.

Taking a into the at-bat, Votto made that a fleeting memory by lining ‘s 1 pitch into center field for the game-winner. blew it open with a bases-loaded single that added two more runs, as nine men batted the bottom of the eighth. Everybody makes this big deal about Opening Day. the standings, it could be the least important day of the year, said. But it’s awesome to get that win and get the momentum going the right way. Especially coming back, the way we won was great. I think it shows everyone we’re capable of coming back and stealing a game from guys. Cozart had all three of his hits vs. Hellickson, while the rest of the Reds’ lineup went hitless vs. the Phillies’ starter. But the could not maintain that success the late innings, while the Reds’ three scoreless innings of relief made it possible for Cincinnati to battle back and win. It was embarrassing, Hernandez said after loading the bases to start the eighth. I wasn’t able to throw anything over the plate, quality pitches. It’s unfortunate. MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Big day for Cozart: his first regular- game since blowing out his right knee on 10, also vs. the Phillies, Cozart came back strong fashion with three hits. After his leadoff double the first, he scored unearned run when first baseman Ryan dropped a throw from shortstop Freddy Galvis on Suarez’s grounder.

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They are basically the Tea Party of NFL fan bases

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I mean, he did kill two people. He’s the worst under SOME metric. 7) Greggggggwade Jaugaileymularkiams. Want to something even scarier than the Bills’ recent run of head coaches? Go look up the Bills’ list of recent offensive coordinators. It’s like the leaderboard at a terrible PGA event. 8) Kristol 9). $8 million for five. Nix is a fucking genius. Emails from Bills fans: : We had a fan drown at a game last year. : You know the Buffalo Bills suck when the owner chooses to live Wilson Chandler Jersey Detroit instead of Buffalo. : During one trip home 2009, the literal top story on the local news was that some local dudes had scraped together enough money to put FIRE JAURON on a billboard on the Thruway right next to Stadium. The news station sent out a reporter to interview them, and they said, Well, somebody had to do something. This was treated as a very serious matter. Then, a few weeks later, the team did actually fire Jauron., the system works! : If I Anthony Brown Jersey was to write this email weeks ago, I would’ve told you I was looking forward to this, simply on account of there being changes that it’s practically a new team. Maybe they would show signs of, right? Then the front office failed to sign our one consistently talented defensive player Jairus Byrd, and then released after he only played the first five last thanks to a serious knee injury. Oh, and we gave him a four-year, $20 million contract 2012 after he was only making $1 million a year with the Pats the year before. The on top is that one of our most talented lineman, Hairston, has already made the PUP list. And Tuel. : When the Bills start winning, I actually get more pessimistic about their chances. Started the 4? Welcome to finishing 5. : They haven’t even had a winning record since I was sixth grade, and even then they were a 9 team that blew Week 17 against the Steelers’ back-ups. : I used to live Rochester, NY. On gamedays I would go to the local sports bar and watch the days. At said bar there was more than one person wearing a Moorman jersey. Fast forward to 2012 when the Bills cut Moorman and Bills fan friends were contemplating renouncing the team because of such affront to as true a as anyone since. : We get 3 Super Bowls a year: the game vs. New England, the game at New England, and the NFL draft. We usually lose all three. : CJ Spiller had one of the best seasons among RBs the NFL, was yards per with Adrian Peterson, but our coach was too much of a idiot to actually ever use him properly. Instead, they’d rely on the Red Zone, or they’d sit Spiller on 3rd &10 because he’s ‘winded’ that Fitzpatrick could overthrow TJ by about 15 yards for the game- interception. : The three stock video sequences for every home game commercial break are, have been, and always be: Buffalo wings, Falls, and actual buffalo. Also, the State of New had to ensure the newly renovated stadium was named after the current, living owner to help keep him from moving the team. : I was Charlotte December 2007, and the Bills were taking on the Browns. With a 7 record the Bills could boost their playoff chances with a win. With a tightly contested first half I was on the edge of seat, and as I went to take a piss I noticed a a Bills starter jacket. I was glad there was a fellow Bills fan at the bar for once! I went to give him a high five and buy him a beer, but was chided by the seated next to him. I then saw the fan the jacket had Down Syndrome, and had been brought to the bar with the rest of his group home. The Bills would go on to lose 8 a blizzard. : If you’ve ever been to a Bills’ game you’d know that it is the drunkest place on Earth. The fans there are barely capable of forming sentences and if you walk out of the stadium without being within five feet of you’ve accomplished something. : Whenever a new Stadium proposal comes up, fans bitch about wanting to continue playing the cold. Yet, by November, when the Bills are either around.500 or totally fucked, the get blacked out because NO ONE WILL FUCKING GO. : and Marv Levy have cancer. does not, per his antebellum- deal with Satan. : For the first time since 1985, the Bills were finally horrendous enough to warrant a franchise-changing draft pick 2002. They used that pick on the shitacular OT, who noted assclown loved because the pre-draft interview, he had trouble fitting through the door jam BECAUSE HE WAS SO GODDAMN FAT. I gets pulled out to sea and raped to death by a pack of mermen. : I cannot stress enough how much the average Buffalo Bills fan LOATHES the idiot sect of Bills fans known as the Bills mafia They are the loud minority who make us all look bad. They are basically the Tea Party of NFL fan bases.

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Menu Khalil has done just about everything the Oakland Raiders have asked of him his rookie

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Menu Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine rebounds and added 17 points and 13 rebounds to carry No. 5 Gonzaga past pesky San 71 on Saturday, snapping a three-year losing streak at War Memorial Gymnasium. The Bulldogs’ frontline tandem bullied and bruised their way to a fast start and furious finish. Olynyk finished 13 for 17 from the floor and went 7 of 15 as both keyed an 11 run the final minutes that put the Zags ahead for good. Dickerson scored 15 points and Cody Doolin added 14 to Andrej Sekera Jersey help the Dons rally back after trailing by 15 the first half. Unlike the last three years when USF stunned Gonzaga at home, the Bulldogs regrouped and showed why they’re ranked high.
Today marks seven years since Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli nuclear whistleblower, was released from Ashkelon prison to face the assembled world’s media, having served his full sentence of 18 years for revealing the truth of ‘s clandestine nuclear weapons programme. Since his release he has faced no further charges regarding any secrets he is still supposed to have, yet it is for this reason he is not allowed to leave and suffers daily restrictions on his freedom of movement, speech and association. It is Cam Ward Jersey time the British government called for these cruel restrictions to be withdrawn so he can leave immediately, as he wishes.

Menu NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with six of their 10 draft picks, including Heisman Trophy winner Derrick. The Titans announced the deals Monday, the day their rookie class reported for work for the first time. Those agreeing to terms include two of their three selections the second round with defensive lineman of Penn State and from Alabama, the 45th pick overall. Tennessee also agreed to terms with both fifth-round selections wide receiver Tajae Sharpe of Massachusetts and cornerback LeShaun Sims of Southern Utah and both seventh-round picks linebacker Aaron and Southern Mississippi cornerback Kalan Reed. That leaves only four draft picks still unsigned, including the eighth pick overall offensive tackle Jack Conklin. The Titans’ rookie minicamp starts Friday.

Menu Khalil has done just about everything the Oakland Raiders have asked of him his rookie. He has solidified the run defense with his ability to fight off blocks and get into the backfield, pressured quarterbacks consistently as a pass rusher and forced offenses to alter their game plans. The only thing lacking so far from is something he was supposed to get frequently: a quarterback sack. Through seven, is still seeking his first sack despite being compared to pass rushing specialist Von Miller when he was drafted fifth overall. It’s something that’s kind of sitting on mind, said. All teammates talk about it. It come soon enough but even then I’m working hard to get there. has come awfully close, especially recent weeks. He has been credited with 15 quarterback hurries and hits the past three, according to Pro Football Focus, and his 22 pressures for the are the most for any player without a sack. The consistent pressure is bound to lead to sacks soon enough. They come, defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said. Keep pressuring the heck out of them, making sure everybody knows who you are and where is 52 and that stuff happen. As as he’s around the ball, we’re happy. While has lacked sacks, he has not lacked praise. Opposing quarterbacks and Hoyer singled him out after the past two for his stellar play. Seattle quarterback Russell called him a spectacular player who was playing like the defensive rookie of the year heading into Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. He jumps off the film, Seattle coach said. Every one of our coaches, when they break up and start looking at the Raiders and taking seriously what they’re doing well, everybody comes back talking about him. He’s almost unblockable and he’s got a great motor. He’s fast, he’s tough, he’s instinctive. We think he’s obvious factor. played down the wide-spread praise he has received recent weeks, saying it means nothing until the Raiders have more success on the field. It’s gratifying a personal aspect but you want to go out and win the game, he said. It can mean something once you stamp a win. But we’re still working on that win. All you see out there is hunger for a win. has been dominant against the run, where he is the biggest reason for a dramatic turnaround recent weeks by the Raiders. Oakland has allowed just 2 yards per carry October, second to Denver for the NFL lead. is tied with Tampa Bay’s Lavonte David for the NFL lead with 8 2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage against the run, including 5 2 the past two weeks. He’s going to be measured whether or not he sacks the quarterback, but I would just say that it’s been a time since I’ve seen somebody do that the run game, interim coach Tony Sparano said. What he did the run game to opponent, this guy Khalil has just really dominated. NOTES: CB Carlos Rogers did not practice for a second straight day with a knee injury and his status is unknown for Sun day….

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The Tigers are on the verge of elimination after suffering a 6 defeat

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FINAL: A’S 6, TIGERS 3 Game. Set. Match. The Tigers are on the verge of elimination after suffering a 6 defeat. With the loss, the Tigers now trail the A’s, 2, the best-of-five series. interesting twist, both benches and bullpens cleared the ninth inning after it appeared Martinez took exception to some words said by A’s closer Balfour. There was a bit of a skirmish at the mound, but no punches were thrown. After two minutes of pushing and shoving, players returned to their respective dugouts and warning were issued to both benches. Martinez resumed his at-bat and flew out to right. When he circled back to the mound, Moss, Vogt and plate-umpire Darling all jumped between him and Balfour.

EIGHTH INNING: A’S 6, TIGERS 3 The Tigers Michael Bowie Jersey are down to their final three outs after they fail to trim the A’s lead the eighth. Torii a one-out walk, but Cabrera popped out on the first pitch and Fielder lined out to short. Detroit’s offense has now plated runs just two of 26 combined innings this series, totaling six runs. That’s just not going to get the job done. SEVENTH INNING: A’S 6, TIGERS 3 Another scoreless frame for the Tigers, who are down to their final six outs. Including today, they’ve scored three or fewer runs seven consecutive playoff . More concerning: Detroit has scored just 12 runs their last 62 postseason innings. SIXTH INNING: A’S 6, TIGERS 3 With the heart of the Tigers’ lineup due up, decided to go to his bullpen — and it paid off. Despite throwing only 73 pitches, Parker was lifted favor of Otero, who worked a inning.

He gave up a soft single to Fielder, but O’Brien Schofield Jersey induced a 3 double play to end the inning. Both starters are officially done before the sixth inning. Who woulda thunk it? Sanchez could only go 4 3 innings — his shortest start since June 15. Only nine more outs for the Tigers. Can they score at least three runs to try and force extra innings? What do you think? FIFTH INNING: A’S 6, TIGERS 3 Just like that, the A’s retake the lead after Sanchez allowed a pair of homers the fifth, including a two-run shot off the bat of Smith, which forced Sanchez’s early exit. It was a bizarre start for Sanchez, who gave up three homers, including a quiet solo shot from Moss. The last time Sanchez gave up more than one a game? Sept. 9. The last time he gave up three?

July 28 — his Tigers debut. FOURTH INNING: A’S 3, TIGERS 3 A big fourth inning as both teams break out their big-boy bats and plate a handful of runs. More importantly, the Tigers finally scored a run to snap their streak of scoreless innings at 20 when Martinez scored from second with a double to right field. The Tigers added two more off the bat of Peralta, who laced a single to shallow left to tie the game at 3-all. If you were wondering why Peralta got the start left field today, there’s your explanation.

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The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey program was featured

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The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey program was featured this weekend’s National Hockey League Entry Draft as forward Schempp was chosen the sixth round on Saturday as the 155th overall pick by the New York Islanders. Schempp, who tallied 10 goals and 25 points 43 contests as a freshman the 2013 campaign, became the first Bulldog skater to be drafted since former standout Chris Kelly Jersey defenseman Zach Redmond was chosen the seventh round 2008. He represents the 28th individual Bulldog Hockey history to ever be picked by NHL squad. The 6 Schempp was among seven individuals chosen by the Islanders this year’s draft. The 52nd annual NHL Entry Draft was held Philadelphia on Friday and Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center with players born between Jan. 1, and Sept. 15, eligible for selection along with undrafted, non-North American players born 1993.

Schempp is now among only four Ferris State players to be selected the last 15 years, joining past draftees Derek MacIntyre , Chris Zarb and Redmond . Redmond spent four seasons with the Bulldogs and has played 18 career NHL contests with the Winnipeg Jets over the past two seasons. Ferris State had a school-record six selections apiece both the 1987 and 1991 NHL Entry Drafts. A total of 11 former Ferris State players have went on to play the NHL, including two-time Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Chris Kunitz, wing , defenseman Mike Colman, defenseman , defenseman Dave Karpa, defenseman Gruden, defenseman Roach, forward Collins, forward Rallo and defenseman Chad Billins along with Redmond. This past , 2013, four different Bulldogs played the NHL as Kunitz, Billins, Rallo and Redmond all spent time on hockey’s biggest stage.

In his initial campaign at Ferris State this past , Schempp claimed All- Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie honors, becoming FSU’s first-ever player to earn freshman recognition the league. He also was a WCHA Rookie of the Week and placed fifth overall among first-year scorers the conference with 18 points league action. He also ranked among the top 40 freshmen nationally scoring. As a freshman, Schempp placed tied for fourth on the squad scoring and posted a +10 plus minus efficiency rating with 88 total shots. He had three power-play goals, a game-winner and 12 blocks his initial . Prior to David Krejci Jersey his Bulldog arrival, Schempp began his playing career with the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors for three seasons from 2008.

He then played for the Traverse City North Stars of the North American Hockey League for 59 games 2011 before spending the 2012 with the United States Hockey League’s Sioux Falls Stampede. During the 2013 campaign, Schempp helped Ferris State win the WCHA Regular- Championship the Bulldogs’ debut . FSU also the WCHA Final Five Championship game and came within a single victory of reaching the NCAA Frozen Four for the second time three years. Along the way, Ferris State set a school-record with a nation-leading 16-game unbeaten streak that stretched from late October to early and the Bulldogs’ 29 total wins led the country and ranked as the second-best seasonal school history. The Bulldogs were ranked as high as second the nation during the regular- and finished sixth the final rankings. Ferris State was the lone team from the state of Michigan to reach the NCAA and one of only two schools from the WCHA along with Minnesota State. The Bulldogs led the WCHA race for the McNaughton Cup from wire-to-wire and became only the third program ever to win both the former CCHA along with the WCHA. The Bulldogs open defense of their WCHA Regular- Championship as they begin the 2014 campaign early October. The home opener is set for Saturday, Oct. 4, when FSU hosts the University of Michigan Big Rapids.

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