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Robert Griffin III Exits with Dislocated Ankle

Robert Griffin III Exits with Dislocated Ankle

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) — The Washington Redskins (1-1) dominated Jacksonville, 41-10 on Sunday, but did it without starting quarterback Robert Griffin III. The third-year signal caller was carted off the field after suffering a dislocated ankle in the first quarter.

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins played admirably in relief, throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Jaguars (0-2).

Griffin is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, but could miss the remainder of the season.

“I’m just trying to stay in a good place,” said Griffin. “Our spirits are high. We’re always thinking positive. We’ll see what happens tomorrow and whatever information comes out, we’ll know what the timetable is from there.”

This marks the second time in his career that Griffin faces a potential season-ending injury. In 2012, Griffin suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, forcing him to miss the final four games of the regular season. 

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Team USA Rolls to FIBA World Cup Gold

Team USA Rolls to FIBA World Cup Gold

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MADRID) — Team USA dominated from the start and repeated as World Champion for the first time, defeating Serbia 129-92 in the FIBA World Cup gold medal game on Sunday.

Kyrie Irving was named Tournament MVP and scored 26 points in the final contest. Irving made all six of his three-point attempts, while the team went 15-for-30 from distance.

“Obviously we didn’t have a very close game all tournament, but for that to happen we had to play hard for 40 minutes and not relax and not give any inch while we were out there,” guard Stephen Curry said.

In total, the U.S. shot 58-percent from the floor in another blowout. The Americans dominated the tournament, posting an average margin of victory of 32.5 points per game. What made the performance more impressive is that it came without the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, or Kevin Durant. James Harden added 23 points for Team USA as eight different players scored in double figures.

Team USA has now won 63 consecutive games and qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

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Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(JOLIET, Ill.) — Brad Keselowski passed between both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson to seize the lead with 19 laps to go, winning the MyAFIBStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. The win kept Keselowski atop the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings after the first race and guarantees his advancement into the next round.

“Man, the next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun, knowing we don’t have to worry too much and we are going to move up,” said Keselowski. 

A late crash forced one more restart, but the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion easily pulled away from the field with six laps remaining. It was Keselowski’s second-straight trip to victory lane, and his series-leading fifth win of the season.

Jeff Gordon finished second while Kyle Larson took third. The new playoff format in NASCAR will eliminate four drivers every three races during the 10-race Chase. Drivers are able to earn a pass into the next round with a win in the individual event.

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Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(JOLIET, Ill.) — Brad Keselowski passed between both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson to seize the lead with 19 laps to go, winning the MyAFIBStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. The win kept Keselowski atop the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings after the first race and guarantees his advancement into the next round.

“Man, the next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun, knowing we don’t have to worry too much and we are going to move up,” said Keselowski. 

A late crash forced one more restart, but the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion easily pulled away from the field with six laps remaining. It was Keselowski’s second-straight trip to victory lane, and his series-leading fifth win of the season.

Jeff Gordon finished second while Kyle Larson took third. The new playoff format in NASCAR will eliminate four drivers every three races during the 10-race Chase. Drivers are able to earn a pass into the next round with a win in the individual event.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Chicago Bears 28 (1-1) – San Francisco 49ers 20 (1-1)

Buffalo Bills 29 (2-0) – Miami Dolphins 10 (1-1)

Washington Redskins 41 (1-1) Jacksonville Jaguars 10 (0-2)

Dallas Cowboys 26 (1-1) – Tennessee Titans 10 (1-1)

Arizona Cardinals 25 (2-0) – New York Giants 14 (0-2)

New England Patriots 30 (1-1) – Minnesota Vikings 7 (1-1)

Cleveland Browns 26 (1-1) – New Orleans Saints 24 (0-2)

Cincinnati Bengals 24 (2-0) – Atlanta Falcons 10 (1-1) 

Carolina Panthers 24 (2-0) – Detroit Lions 7 (1-1)

San Diego Chargers 30 (1-1) – Seattle Seahawks 21 (1-1) 

Houston Texans 30 (2-0) – Oakland Raiders 14 (0-2)

St. Louis Rams 19 (1-1) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (0-2) 

Denver Broncos 24 (2-0) – Kansas City Chiefs 17 (0-2)

Green Bay Packers 31 (1-1) – New York Jets 24 (1-1)

MLB: Washington Nationals 3 (85-63) – New York Mets 0 (72-78)

Miami Marlins 5 (72-76) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (69-80)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (79-70) – Chicago Cubs 3 (65-84)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (78-72) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (71-79)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (72-78) – Toronto Blue Jays 5 (77-71)

Detroit Tigers 6 (83-66) – Cleveland Indians 4 (76-72)

Minnesota Twins 6 (63-86) – Chicago White Sox 4 (68-81)

St. Louis Cardinals 4 (83-67) – Colorado Rockies 1 (59-90) 

Texas Rangers 10 (57-92) – Atlanta Braves 3 (75-74)

Boston Red Sox 8 (66-84) – Kansas City Royals 4 (81-67)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (85-64) – San Francisco Giants 2 (82-67)

Houston Astros 6 (66-83) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (93-56)

Arizona Diamondbacks 8 (61-88) – San Diego Padres 6 (68-80)

Oakland Athletics 4 (83-66) – Seattle Mariners 0 (80-68)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (89-60) – New York Yankees 2 (76-72)

NASCAR: Brad Keselowski won at Chicagoland Speedway in the first race of the Chase.

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Billy Horschel Wins FedExCup

Billy Horschel Wins FedExCup

ThinkStock(ATLANTA) — Billy Horschel won his second consecutive FedExCup Playoffs event, the TOUR Championship, to take home the title and $10 million bonus at East Lake on Sunday.

Horschel shot a 2-under 68 and finished 11 under to hold off Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk by three shots.

“It’s surreal, it really is,” Horschel said.  “It hits me a little bit, but it still doesn’t hit me.  I woke up this morning and I just had this sense of calm over me, which is a little unusual.”

“Just kept playing solid.  The back-nine could of been a little cleaner, but it was good enough to get the job done,” Horschel continued.

Horschel is expecting a baby any day and his wife watched from home as he drilled his tee shot onto the green for a two-putt par to finish at 11-under 269.

“Hopefully, she’s not going into labor right now,” Horschel said.

McIlroy struggled on Sunday, but looks forward to playing at the Ryder Cup.

“I just got really frustrated and just couldn’t muster the energy to try and get something going again,” McIlroy said.

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Ray Rice to Appeal Suspension

Ray Rice to Appeal Suspension

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension for his domestic violence case and then released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely after TMZ Sports released a video tape of him hitting his wife in an Atlantic City, New Jersey elevator in February.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he did not get the suspension right and later instituted a six-game suspsension and a lifetime ban for a seond domestic violence offense.

Rice must file the appeal by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Hundley Goes Down But Neuheisal Steps Up to Lead (12) UCLA to Win

Hundley Goes Down But Neuheisal Steps Up to Lead (12) UCLA to Win

Football Texture/iStock Photo(ARLINGTON, Texas) –When star quarterback Brett Hundley left the game in the first quarter with a injured left elbow it was easy to think UCLA was in trouble. But backup Jerry Neuheisal put all doubts to rest by completing 23 of 30 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including the eventual game-winner with three minutes to play, as the No. 12 Bruins nip Texas 20-17 Saturday.

With UCLA down by four with just over three minutes to play, Neuheisal, who is the son of former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisal, completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Payton to seal the win.

“My first thought was excitement for Jerry Neuheisel. This kid is everything that’s right about college football and about UCLA,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said. “I just thought, `Wow. You couldn’t write a better script than this right here. His dad was a great player here. For him to come to Texas and bringing his team from behind to get a win. It’s incredible. It’s awesome.”

Tyrone Swoopes completed 24 of 34 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns for Texas (1-2).

Paul Perkins rushed for 126 yards to help UCLA improve to 3-0 as it heads into conference play.

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(4) Oklahoma’s Defense Dominates in 34-10 Throttling of Tennessee

(4) Oklahoma’s Defense Dominates in 34-10 Throttling of Tennessee

JP Wilson/Replay Photos via Getty Images (NORMAN, Okla.) — Oklahoma’s defense created three turnovers and held Tennessee to 313 total yards to lead the No. 11 Sooners past the Volunteers 34-10 Saturday night.

Oklahoma is now 3-0 as it heads into Big 12 play.

“I don’t feel that we’ve done much yet,” Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. “I’ve got all the respect in the world for Tennessee. I’m just saying it’s only three games. We’ve got a long year. We’ve got to keep getting better.”

Oklahoma jumped out to an early 13-0 lead before Tennessee scored on a Justin Worley 40-yard touchdown pass to Josh Smith. But Keith Ford ran in an 11-yard touchdown at the end of the second quarter to give the Sooners a 20-7 lead at halftime.

Cornerback Julian Wilson essentially sealed the game for Oklahoma in the fourth quarter when he intercepted a Worley pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown.

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight accounted for two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing, while completing 20 of 33 passes for 308 yards.

Worley completed 21 of 40 passes for 201 yards, but threw two interceptions and fumbled once for Tennessee (2-1) in the loss.

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Golson Accounts for 3 TDs as (11) Notre Dame Thumps Purdue

Golson Accounts for 3 TDs as (11) Notre Dame Thumps Purdue

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Everett Golson threw two touchdowns and ran for another to lead (11) Notre Dame past Purdue 30-14 Saturday.

The 6-foot-1, 200 pound senior quarterback accounted for at least three touchdowns for the third-straight game, and scored on a 15-yard dash at the end of the second quarter to erase the Fighting Irish’s first deficit of the season, and give them the lead heading into halftime.

“He just understands the game,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said of Golson. “The game is slower for him than it was when he was here in his first year. The game has slowed down. He sees the field better. He can see it better. He’s not there yet. We missed some things tonight that would have changed the complexion of the game.”

Notre Dame (3-0) would outscore Purdue (1-2) 13-0 in the second half, giving the Irish its seventh-straight victory over the Boilermakers.

The two teams, which have played each other every year since 1946, will now take a five year break before resuming their rivalry in 2020.

The Fighting Irish have won their first three games of the season for the second time in three years — they last did that in 1987 when they did it in four-straight seasons.

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Greg Norman Injured in Chainsaw Incident

Greg Norman Injured in Chainsaw Incident

ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Professional golfer Greg Norman was rushed to the hospital on Saturday after being injured by a chainsaw. The news came via a post to his Instagram account that showed the 59-year-old in a hospital bed.

“Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected,” the post said, accompanying the photo. “I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand.”

Norman has previously posted pictures of him using a chainsaw to trim trees on his property. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian native is recovering in a U.S. hospital.

Affectionately called “the Shark”, Norman owns 20 PGA Tour victories, including a pair of majors.

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Mayweather Stays Perfect, Beats Maidana Again

Mayweather Stays Perfect, Beats Maidana Again

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — In a rematch of one of the toughest fights in his professional career, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. controlled from the opening bell, beating Marcos Maidana in a unanimous decision on Saturday to retain his welterweight and junior middleweight world titles. Mayweather had previously defeated Maidana by majority decision in May.

Mayweather was able to avoid the heavy hands of Maidana this time around, winning the fight 116-111, 116-111, and 115-112, upping his unblemished record to an impressive 47-0 (26 KOs). 

“I think the difference was I didn’t stay on the ropes and I did a lot of movement and turning,” Mayweather said. “I felt sharper in the first fight. My rhythm was a little off. I gave myself a C, C-minus. I thought I could have done a lot better. I got hit with some shots I shouldn’t have.”

Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) did pin the champion against the ropes in the fifth round, connecting on a couple of right hands before Mayweather escaped. Following a clinch in the eighth round, Mayweather jumped back and complained to referee Kenny Bayless, later saying that Maidana bit three of his fingers on his left hand.

The bite didn’t hurt the pound-for-pound king, at least not on the stat sheet. Mayweather connected on 51 percent of his punches, landing 166 of the 326 punches thrown. After the fight, Mayweather said he has not ruled out a potential “superfight” with Manny Pacquiao. 

“I’m gonna go and talk to my team and see what the future holds,” Mayweather said. “I don’t know who I’m fighting in May but I expect to fight in May. Manny Pacquiao needs to focus on the guy in front of him. Once he gets past him, he can look to the future. If the Pacquiao fight presents itself let’s make it happen.”

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Boston College Knocks Off (9) USC

Boston College Knocks Off (9) USC

Football Texture/iStockphoto(CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.) — An emotional night for Boston College ended with a historic upset over No. 9 USC on Saturday night. The Eagles honored former lacrosse player Welles Crowther, who passed away in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, by wearing red bandanas and toppling the Trojans, 37-31, at home.

“The red bandanna game meant a lot. We talked a lot about Welles Crowther; we talked a lot about who he was and what it takes to be a BC man,” said head coach Steve Addazio. “Our guys dug deep on this. This was a great win.”

The Trojans (2-1) jumped out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter and eventually led 17-6 just one minute into the second. However, the Eagles (2-1) scored the next 24 points, pounding out multiple big plays on the ground. Sherman Alston’s 54-yard run late in the half gave Boston College a 20-17 halftime advantage.

Senior quarterback Tyler Murphy rushed for 191 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth that sealed the deal. In total, Boston College rushed for 452 yards against the Trojans. It was the first time since 2002, and the fifth time overall, that the Eagles beat a top-10 opponent while being unranked themselves.

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White Sox Sweep Twins on Viciedo Walk-Off

White Sox Sweep Twins on Viciedo Walk-Off

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — A less than impressive season for Chicago saw a bright spot on Saturday. The White Sox swept a doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins at home, winning Game 1, 5-1, before a walk-off homer in Game 2 notched a 7-6 victory.

Jose Quintana paced the White Sox (68-80) in the opener with 13 strikeouts while Alexei Ramirez homered in the third to open the scoring. His 15th long ball of the year gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the third inning before the team tacked on three more in the eighth. Meanwhile, Quintana (8-10) walked just two batters in seven innings of work.

The nightcap was a little more stressful for the White Sox as Minnesota (62-86) opened up a 4-0 lead in the first inning. After Trevoe Plouffe’s RBI single started the scoring, Oswaldo Arcia slammed a three-run shot off Logan Darnell.

Chicago did battle back though, Avisail Garcia’s three-run blast in the bottom of the first made it a one run game before rookie Jose Abreu tied things up with his 34th homer of the year. The White Sox rallied again in the seventh, tying the game on a Conor Gillaspie single, before the Twins took the lead in the ninth.

Kurt Suzuki doubled off Jake Petricka to give Minnesota a 6-5 lead, and seemingly the win. However, Abreu worked a 15-pitch walk from closer Glen Perkins, starting a rally. Pinch runner Jordan Danks was retired on a fielder’s choice from Garcia, but Dayan Vicideo launched a walk-off, two-run homer to left for the victory.

Chicago has now won four straight games for just the second time all season, the first since May 4-7.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAAF: (2) Oregon 48 (3-0) – Wyoming 13 (2-1)

(3) Alabama 52 (3-0) – Southern Miss 12 (1-2)

(4) Oklahoma 34 (3-0) – Tennessee 10 (2-1)

(24) South Carolina 38 (2-1) – (6) Georgia 35 (1-1)

(7) Texas A&M 38 (3-0) – Rice 10 (0-2)

Boston College 37 (2-1) – (9) USC 31 (2-1)

(10) LSU 31 (3-0) – UL Monroe 0 (2-1)

(11) Notre Dame 30 (3-0) – Purdue 14 (1-2)

(12) UCLA 20 (3-0) – Texas 17 (2-1)

(14) Ole Miss 56 (3-0) – LA-Lafayette 15 (1-2)

(15) Stanford 35 (2-1) – Army 0 (1-1)

(16) Arizona State 38 (3-0) – Colorado 24 (1-2)

East Carolina 28 (2-1) – (17) Virginia Tech 21 (2-1)

(20) Missouri 28 (3-0) – UCF 10 (0-2)

Virginia 23 (2-1) – (21) Louisville 21 (2-1)

(22) Ohio State 66 (2-1) – Kent State 0 (0-3)

MLB: New York Yankees 3 (76-71) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (88-60)

Chicago White Sox 5 (67-80) – Minnesota Twins 1 (62-85)

Chicago White Sox 7 (68-80) – Minnesota Twins 6 (62-86)

Texas Rangers 3 (56-92) – Atlanta Braves 2 (75-73)

Toronto Blue Jays 6 (77-70) – Tampa Bay Rays 3 (71-78)

Philadelphia Phillies 2 (69-79) – Miami Marlins 1 (71-76)

Kansas City Royals 7 (81-66) – Boston Red Sox 1 (65-84)

Cincinnati Reds 5 (71-78) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (77-72)

Chicago Cubs 6 (65-83) – Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (78-70)

Washington Nationals 10 (84-63) – New York Mets 3 (72-77)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (82-67) – Colorado Rockies 4 (59-89)

Detroit Tigers 5 (82-66) – Cleveland Indians 4 (76-71)

Arizona Diamondbacks 10 (60-88) – San Diego Padres 4 (68-79)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (93-55) – Houston Astros 2 (65-83)

Oakland Athletics 3 (82-66) – Seattle Mariners 2 (80-67) 10 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 17 (84-64) – San Francisco Giants 0 (82-66) 

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick wins the NASCAR Nationwide Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicago

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Lucas Oil 225

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East Carolina Upsets (17) Virginia Tech, 28-21

East Carolina Upsets (17) Virginia Tech, 28-21

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — Coming off a thrilling win over Ohio State last weekend, 17th ranked Virginia Tech suffered an equally devastating loss on Saturday after they were upset by East Carolina, 28-21.

With the win, the Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak to ranked opponents. It was their first victory over a ranked team since 2009 when they beat then-No. 18 Houston.

East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden was arguably the player of the game as he completed 23 out of 47 passes for 427 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Carden’s 427 passing yards were the third-most ever allowed by Virginia Tech in a single game.

The biggest play of the game happened with just 16 seconds left in the contest when Carden ran in the game-winning touchdown on the one-yard line to seal with win.

East Carolina wide receiver also had a big game. He finished the day with six catches for 224 yards. Oddly enough, he didn’t catch a touchdown pass in the game.

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Rams Reward Defensive End Robert Quinn with Four-Year Extension

Rams Reward Defensive End Robert Quinn with Four-Year Extension

National Football League(NEW YORK) — Recognizing he’s one of hte best defensive lineman in the NFL, the St. Louis Rams have rewarded defensive end Robert Quinn with a four-year extension.

ESPN is reporting Quinn’s new deal is worth $66.575 million with $41.2 million guaranteed. Quinn’s new deal will keep him under contract with St. Louis through the 2019 season. His new will began at the start of 2016.

“My family and I are excited about this opportunity,” Quinn told the team’s official website. “I would like to thank (owner) Mr. (Stan) Kroenke, the organization, my teammates, coaches, and the St. Louis Rams fans for their support. St. Louis has become home for my family and I, and we look forward to being here for the long term.”

Now in his fourth season in the NFL, Quinn has established himself as one of the premier pass rushers in the league.

The 24-year-old Quinn recorded 19.0 sacks last season, which was the second-most in the NFL. He also had 10.5 sacks in 2012.

With Quinn locked up, the Rams have one of the best defensive lines in the league. Along with Quinn they also have Chris Long, Michael Brockers, and rookie Aaron Donald.

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49ers Ready to Host Bears

49ers Ready to Host Bears

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The San Francisco 49ers are looking to improve to 2-0 on Sunday when they will have their season opener at the new $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium against the Chicago Bears.

San Francisco is coming off a 28-17 win over the Cowboys and Chicago has not won in the bay area in almost three decades.

“I think everyone’s focused on Chicago,” 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepnerick said when asked about the pressure of getting a win in their first home game.  “I don’t think we’re worried about having our first game here, we’re worried about trying to get this win.”

The last time the Bears won in the Bay Area was in 1985 when they went on to win the Super Bowl.

“Scheme wise, they’re just extremely sound, they know exactly what they want to do,” Bears quarterback Jay Culter said of the 49ers defense.  “They’re going to bring pressure; they’ve got very talented guys.”

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Saints Prepare for Browns

Saints Prepare for Browns

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Saints will travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns on Sunday.

New Orleans is looking to avoid their first 0-2 start since the 2007 season and the Browns come into the losing their last eight in a row.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 29 for 42 with 333 yard with a touchdown and an interception in the 37-34 loss to Atlanta last week.

“We don’t feel like it’s doomsday, but there is a sense of urgency to get better,” Brees said this week.

“Biggest thing on the road is communication,” Brees continued.  “I feel like we’ve got a pretty good system when it comes to that, but it’s always a challenge.”

Cleveland last won their home opener in 2004 and quarterback Brian Hoyer knows the Saints defense will be tough to beat.

“For me, I try to get rid of the ball relatively quick,” Hoyer said of the Saints defense.  “I think it has to do with your preparation and knowing what the defense is trying to do. Against a team that is coached by Rob Ryan, sometimes that’s hard because he can try to confuse you, so you really have to be on top of your game preparation and see as many looks as you can and then try to take that to the field.”

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Hawks GM Danny Ferry Takes Leave of Absence

Hawks GM Danny Ferry Takes Leave of Absence

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Hawks general manager, Danny Ferry, took an indefinite leave of absence Friday.

Ferry recently came under fire for his racial comments about current Miami Heat forward Luol Deng.

Ferry made the comments during a conference call with the Hawks ownership group in June. The Hawks were interested in signing Deng, and Ferry was reading off a scouting report written by somebody else.

Ferry released a statement regarding the situation:

“No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng.

“Luol is a good man who I have known for many years and he has done a tremendous amount of good for his country and around the world.  I apologize to Luol and I apologize to all that I have offended. As I have said, while these were not my words, I deeply regret repeating them.  Almost all the background information I provided during the lengthy presentation regarding Luol was positive and my personal and professional recommendation during the call was very much in favor of adding Luol to our team but I never should have uttered those offensive remarks and for that I apologize.”

There was pressure for Ferry to be fired, but Hawks CEO Steve Koonin refused, instead asking for Ferry to take a leave of absence.

“My hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing,” Koonin said in a statement.
                                                                                                                                       

Ferry also stated he plans to undergo sensitivity training.

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