TGS Offseason Preview: San Francisco 49ers

Between now and the start of the new league year in March, TGS is providing brief summaries looking ahead at the offseason from the perspective of each NFL team. In this edition, we look at the San Francisco 49ers. 2016 record: 2-14 — 4th place, NFC West What’s new? The man pictured above (John Lynch) is rather suddenly their general manager, with Kyle Shanahan serving as the...
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Tom Brady Wants To Know If He Should Revive This Absurd High School Haircut

Tom Brady has taken some dangerous risks this offseason, and now he’s threatening to make another one. The Patriots quarterback, who recently sent New England fans into a panic by apparently hurting his left shoulder while flying off a ski jump, took to social media Tuesday to suggest a bold hairstyle change. First of all: We’re not totally convinced this photo, which supposedly...
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Bastian Schweinsteiger helped depressed referee who attempted suicide

Referees get a lot of verbal abuse from everyone in sports. Players, fans and the media will hammer a referee when they make a bad call and will call them anything and everything under the sun. We’ve all done it and have said “you suck” to a referee who made a bad call that negatively affected our team. But this shows us that referees are human and sometimes can lead to some...
Via The Comeback
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Vikings decline Peterson's 2017 option, making him free agent

The Minnesota Vikings announced on Tuesday that they will not exercise the 2017 option on Adrian Peterson’s contract, meaning the veteran running back is set to become a free agent.While Peterson will likely get an opportunity to test the market, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman did not rule out the possibility of the 31-year-old remaining with the team.“Adrian is an important...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Cleveland Writer Suggests Browns Consider Trading No. 1 Pick For Jimmy Garoppolo

The New England Patriots could ask the Cleveland Browns for the No. 12 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft in a trade for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo … or perhaps they could aim even higher? The Browns own the No. 1 and No. 12 overall picks, and some, including NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, have suggested that Cleveland consider trading the latter pick for Garoppolo, who might...
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Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins star at Mardi Gras parade (pics/vid)

Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins looked to be enjoying themselves Tuesday morning as the New Orleans Pelicans teammates served a honorary grand marshals for the Zulu parade during Mardi Gras. The Pelicans took to Twitter to showcase the superstars’ important role. Additional photos have been surfacing on social media highlighting the two Pelicans’ stars soaking up the Mardi...
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On Emotional Roller Coasters And Being A Cleveland Cavaliers Fan In 2017

It’s tough being a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. If LeBron James decides today drink a few glasses of moscato in his driveway, gets sick, and Kyrie Irving doesn’t get a triple double in his absence, then we’re trash.  Kevin Love is injured. Iman Shumpert may be on the chopping block. J.R. Smith apparently doesn’t really drink Henny.  And I’m constantly confronted with sports...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
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Richard Sherman is living in his own world of alternative facts

Richard Sherman shot to prominence as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and ranting at Michael Crabtree after the 2014 NFC Championship Game. Sherman became a media darling and national celebrity overnight for calling Crabtree a “sorry receiver.” Sherman’s rant was dissected, and re-dissected, and re-re-dissected over and over again and produced a gaggle of heavy thinkpieces...
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This is Us isn’t perfect, but gets these five things right

NBC’s new hit drama This is Us has struck a chord with many people, including me. It’s far from a perfect show (*cough* Toby *cough*), and can occasionally drown itself in its own syrupy sweetness or one-note portrayal of characters. But sometimes, you need a bit of treacle in your life and to not think too hard about character motivations. This is Us fills that need. So let’s...
Via The Comeback
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Box Score 2/28: Fat Tuesday means athletes on floats.

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome to the YB Box Score, what we're reading between chapters of our new Baseball Prospectus Annual.Happy birthday today to Aldo & Mario Andretti, Brian Billick, J. T. Snow, Eric Lindros, Jamaal Tinsley and Tayshaun Prince. On this date in 1960 the U.S. men's hockey...
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Panthers’ Ron Rivera on immigration: ‘We can’t block people out’

One thing Panthers head coach Ron Rivera made clear in September was how politics and football do not mix.However, according to Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer, Rivera being one of just three Latino head coaches, felt he had to speak out against President Donald Trump’s immigration policy. Specifically, his “pledge to make Mexico pay for the wall he wants to build along...
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Geno Smith isn’t giving up on a starting job

Geno Smith has started just one game in the last two seasons, but he still believes that he can be a productive 16-game starting quarterback in the NFL.Smith missed the 2015 season because of the broken jaw he suffered in an infamous locker room fight. Ryan Fitzpatrick took the starting job and nearly led the Jets to the playoffs.In 2016, Smith tore his ACL in his only start and...
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Jim Harbaugh concerned over reported White House plan to defund LSC

Jim Harbaugh has never shied away from utilizing his bully pulpit as Michigan Wolverines head football coach to express opinions related to matters outside of football. But Harbaugh on Tuesday morning threw himself into a highly charged political debate by tweeting his concerns over the White House’s reported plan to defund the LSC. The LSC, or Legal Services Corporation, provides...
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Nationals sign Joe Blanton to one-year deal

The Washington Nationals continue to add names to their roster with the newest addition being pitcher Joe Blanton, who was signed to a one-year deal.According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the 12-year veteran was in Washington Tuesday presumably taking his physical for the team.Blanton has made his way across Major League Baseball landing on six teams including the Oakland...
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Max Fried and the Braves’ Risk Tolerance

Max Fried is a dude again. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that it is so. Being a dude in baseball is much preferable to being a just a guy. After a lengthy rehab from Tommy John surgery and a shaky return, Fried finished the 2016 minor-league season by striking out 44 against seven walks in 25 innings over his final four starts. He touched 97 mph and the knee-melting...
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The first-ever all-female golf announce team to call Symetra Tour on Facebook

You may not be aware of the Symetra Tour, the developmental tour for the LPGA. Players from all over the world play on the Symetra Tour for the opportunity to be promoted to the LPGA Tour. A major reason you may not be aware of the Symetra Tour is the fact that it doesn’t have a television contract. While the LPGA is shown regularly on Golf Channel, the Symetra Tour isn’t televised...
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Report: Free agent wide receivers want to play with Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz got off to a strong start in his rookie season with the Philadelphia Eagles last year before struggling a bit down the stretch, but his nine interceptions over the last seven games of the season apparently did not discourage some players around the NFL.After speaking with league insiders, ESPN’s Tim McManus came away with the impression that several free agent wide...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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TGS Offseason Preview: Los Angeles Rams

Between now and the start of the new league year in March, TGS is providing brief summaries looking ahead at the offseason from the perspective of each NFL team. In this edition, we look at the Los Angeles Rams. 2016 record: 4-12 — 3rd place, NFC West What’s new? Top 2016 pick Jared Goff is finally the starting quarterback. Oh and they have a new head coach. He’s like 12 years...
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Michael Kopech on Heat, Momentum, and Health

Michael Kopech’s fastball sits in the upper 90s and has reportedly been clocked at 105 mph. With that kind of electricity, he has one of the highest upsides of any pitching prospect in the game. Part of the package Chicago received from Boston in the Chris Sale deal, he’s a big part of the White Sox’ future. He obviously needs to stay healthy, and continue to grow his game...
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NFL has plans to put microchips in footballs in 2017

The NFL has big plans for new technology in 2017, starting with planting microchips in every football.This move isn’t to help referees or measure the air in footballs, though. Rather, it is a way for the NFL to accumulate more next-gen stats it has never had access to in the past.Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith broke down the new tech:The league already puts chips on...
Via The Sports Daily
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Bill Polian wouldn't put Terrell Owens or Randy Moss in Hall Of Fame

Bill Polian apparently isn’t a fan of wide receivers with big egos, even if they’re two of the best ever at their position.The former Indianapolis Colts general manager and Pro Football Hall of Famer spoke recently with Talk of Fame Network’s Clark Judge and was asked to settle a debate: Would he give his Hall of Fame vote to Randy Moss or Terrell Owens?It’s a valid question...
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Draymond Green: 76ers are going to be ‘really, really, really good’

Despite missing Joel Embiid, who has been their best player this season, the Philadelphia 76ers competed at a high level against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. The impressive performance did not go unnoticed by the defending Western Conference champions.After Golden State’s 119-108 win, several Warriors players in addition to coach Steve Kerr rushed to heap praise on...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Top eight storylines for NFL Scouting Combine

It’s the week of the NFL Scouting Combine. An annual event that started without much fanfare some 35 years ago has now turned into a media sensation. Two different major outlets, ESPN and NFL Network, cover the event. It’s the biggest date on the NFL off-season calendar outside of the draft itself. It draws ratings unlike anything before it.There’s a simple reason for this...
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A San Diego storm has turned Petco Park into a lake

As someone that lives in the San Diego area, I can tell you that’s it’s been raining a crapload over the last two days. And this photo provided by San Diego’s Fox 5 can prove that it’s been quite the storm: That’s Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. What’s usually a gorgeous ballpark is gloomy and underwater.Padres spokeswoman Shana Wilson told Fox 5 that the field’s...
Via The Comeback
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WATCH: Dwight Howard ejected for hanging on rim

There’s no love lost when the Celtics and Hawks square off on the court, and Monday night’s game was physical from the get-go.Things picked up in the third quarter, when Al Horford grabbed Dwight Howard’s arm and was whistled for a foul. Howard really didn’t like it, so he shoved Horford, and was hit with a technical. Then, later in the quarter, Howard hauled in an offensive...
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It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

As the corner turns to March, the spring picks up pace and the sounds of the national pastime begin ringing out again. The waning days of February also bring to a close yet another Black History Month and the reminders and reminiscing the month brings of the works of many great African-Americans throughout the nation’s history. It is at the intersection of these two institutions...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

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