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Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Expectations have not been met this far for the New York Jets and their fans. After a surprising 8-8 season in 2013, hopes were high entering 2014.

This season the team is 1-5, currently on a five game losing streak. As the team prepares to face their division rival New England Patriots, Geno Smith spoke with the New England media via conference call. 

When asked about his roller coaster play, Smith did not shoulder all of the blame but pointed the finger at the media.

"For me, it hasn’t been," Smith said, according to a transcript of the call. "I think, obviously, with everything that goes on with the media, a lot of things are, I would say, miscommunicated, and then it just gets misprinted and then misunderstood.

"I don’t have any quarrels with anything. The main thing is that we just have to find a way to get a win. The hardest part about it all is losing. With the effort, the time that we put in, the preparation that we put in throughout the week, coming up with game plans -- we always have a really good game plan going in -- and then obviously we haven’t executed as well as we’d like. Those things are tougher than I guess what can be said and what is portrayed out there in the media." 

Smith can point fingers, but the stats do not lie: In six games this season, Smith has six touchdowns, seven interceptions and completed 57% of his passes.

 

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49ers Defeat Rams 31-17

49ers Defeat Rams 31-17

NFL via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) -- The Rams came out fast taking a a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but the 49ers dominated the other three quarters to win 31-17.

Colin Kaepernick took San Francisco on his shoulders and threw three touchdowns to push the 49ers record to 4-2.  Midway through the second quarter, Brandon Lloyd burned Janoris Jenkins in man coverage and Kaepernick threw it to him in stride. Lloyd outran Jenkins for an 80-yard touchdown that narrowed St. Louis's lead to 14-10. 

"We had Brandon Lloyd on a double move," Kaepernick said. "We liked the matchup. He did an amazing job."

Kaepernick and the 49ers came out in the second half on a mission.  The 49ers marched 80 yards down the field on a twelve-play drive that was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown grab by Anquan Boldin from Kaepernick. 

"Our receivers did a great job today," Kaepernick said. "Our offensive line did a great job, protecting us and giving us time."

The Rams were again held without a sack.  What was hyped in the offseason as one of the best four-man defensive fronts in the NFL has continued to struggle to generate a pass rush. 

The 49ers will now travel to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday night.

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Winston Under Investigation for Autograph Signings

Winston Under Investigation for Autograph Signings

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Florida State University compliance department is investigating how an authentication site received more than 340 items reportedly signed by quarterback Jameis Winston. 

Head coach Jimbo Fisher apporached Winston after the team's 38-20 win at Syracuse and asked if the quarterback was paid for his signatures. Winston reportedly denied that he received any money and his head coach expressed no concern in a postgame press conference.

Of the items that have been authenticated, many include the Florida State logo. According to reports, 75 mini helmets, over 50 jerseys and more than 76 Florida State logo footballs are among the pieces of memorabilia listed for sale.

The website, James Spence Authentication, also received over 500 items signed by University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley. The school suspended Gurley indefinitely as it conducts its own investigation.

Winston is already facing a disciplinary hearing from the university regarding his alleged 2012 sexual assault case. The second-ranked Seminoles host fifth-ranked Notre Dame this weekend in a battle of unbeaten teams.

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ALCS Game 3 Postponed Due to Rain

ALCS Game 3 Postponed Due to Rain

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Game Three of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) was postponed Monday night due to rain in Kansas City. The Royals currently lead the Baltimore Orioles two games to none in the best-of-seven series.

The game was rescheduled for Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. Jeremy Guthrie will get the start for Kansas City while Baltimore will send Wei-Yin Chen to the hill. Major League Baseball Senior Vice President Peter Woodfork said the decision was made, in part, with the players and fans in mind.

"We want a game we know we can get through nine innings, hopefully play dry baseball, not risk player safety or uncomfortable fans," noted Woodfork.

This change in schedule also shifts Game 4 to Wednesday and Game 5, if necessary, to Thursday. The final two games of the series, if needed, will be played in Baltimore on Friday (Game 6) and Saturday (Game 7).

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: ALCS: Kansas City Royals - Baltimore Orioles (Royals lead series, 2-0) Postponed

NFL: San Francisco 49ers 31 (4-2) - St. Louis Rams 17 (1-4)

NHL: Anaheim Ducks 5 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (0-3-0, 0 points)

Colorado Avalanche 2 (1-2-0, 2 points) - Boston Bruins 1 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Ottawa Senators 1 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Florida Panthers 0 (0-2-1, 0 points)

Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (2-0-1, 5 points) - Montreal Canadiens 1 (3-1-0, 6 points)

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Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle Apologizes for Calling Out Chandler Parsons

Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle Apologizes for Calling Out Chandler Parsons

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- A couple of days after criticizing newly-signed forward Chandler Parsons for his weight and conditioning, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has apologized for his comments.

"An increase of 18 to 20 pounds is just too much," Carlisle said Friday night. "We talked about it today. We talk about it a lot. He'll get there, but he looked tired out there and a little heavy-legged, and the extra 7 or 8 pounds aren't helping."

Carlisle realized he was wrong to publicly criticize Parsons, and promptly apologized.

"It was unfair and inappropriate to single out Chandler Parsons after the game Friday night," Carlisle wrote in a statement issued Sunday afternoon. "I have apologized to him and the entire team for this error in judgment. Not only is Chandler Parsons one of our best players, he is also one of our hardest working players and the kind of high-character person we strive to bring to our city and franchise."

Parsons, who signed a three-year deal with the Mavericks this past summer worth $46 million, says he has moved on from the incident.

"It just shows what kind of guy he is," Parsons said of Carlisle's apology. "We're in this together. Everybody makes mistakes, and he came to me as a man. We have a great relationship. It's in the past, and we're going to move forward. It's over with."

Last season with the Houston Rockets, Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.

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Pistons’ Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Out with Sprained Knee

Pistons’ Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Out with Sprained Knee

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suffered a sprain in his left knee during the team's preseason game against the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

After Caldwell-Pope fell underneath Washington's basket, he needed assistance getting back to the locker room.

"We'll re-evaluate it going forward," Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We'll get him an MRI and we'll go from there [to] see what's going on. ...You go through these things, everybody goes through them."

After averaging 5.9 points per game last season as a rookie, Caldwell-Pope was averaging 16.7 points in the Piston's first three preseason games.

Caldwell-Pope was the eighth overall selection by the Pistons back in 2013 out of Georgia. He was primed to see an expanded role behind Jodie Meeks in the guard rotation.

It is unknown just how long he'll be out of action as the Pistons begin their regular season on Oct. 29.

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Wild Reward Defenseman Jonas Brodin with Contract Extension

Wild Reward Defenseman Jonas Brodin with Contract Extension

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(ST. PAUL, Minn.) -- Only in his second full season in the NHL, the Minnesota Wild have already determined they want defenseman Jonas Brodin around for the long-term as they've given him a new contract.

Still just 21 years old, Brodin and the Wild have agreed on a six-year extension worth $25 million. Brodin's new deal will keep him under contract through the 2020-2021 season.

“We are very excited to get Jonas Brodin signed through the 2020-21 season,” said Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher. “He is one of the premier young defensemen in the NHL and has played a huge role on our team since entering the league as a 19-year-old. We’re confident that his game will continue to evolve in all areas and he will be a valuable part of our core for years to come.”

Brodin has performed very well for the Wild since his rookie season. Through 126 games, Brodin has 10 goals, 21 assists and a plus-8 rating.

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NFL Teams Suffer Big Injuries in Week 6

NFL Teams Suffer Big Injuries in Week 6

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL teams suffered several notable injuries in Week Six to key members of their team that will likely affect their seasons going forward.

The New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-22 but the victory came at a price.  After the game it was believed that running back Stevan Ridley suffered a torn ACL. In addition NFL Insider Ian Rappaport reports that linebacker Jerod Mayo has a "significant" knee injury. Furthermore, CSN New England's Tom Curran reports that quarterback Tom Brady suffered a "significant" ankle injury before the game against the Bills, but played through it.

The New York Jets lost to the Broncos but also lost starting cornerback Dee Milliner in what initial reports are claiming is a torn Achilles. Additionally, it is believed that starting guard Brian Winters tore an ACL. In the same game, Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan was helped off the field after suffering a knee injury. 

The Cleveland Browns have lost starting center Alex Mack to a broken leg. 

The New York Giants star wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee. 

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Giants Suffer Big Blow in Loss to Eagles

Giants Suffer Big Blow in Loss to Eagles

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants were shut out by the Philadelphia Eagles 27-0 during Sunday night's football game.

That wasn't the worst news as wide receiver Victor Cruz suffered a knee injury on a non-contact play in the third quarter. Cruz immediately grabbed his knee and could be seen fighting off tears.

It is believed that Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee. 

Quarterback Eli Manning was harrassed all night by the Eagles defense, and was sacked six times.  The Giants could not find a rhythm all night as they could only muster 253 yards of total offense.

The Eagles soared as Nick Foles completed two touchdown passes, both to his tight ends; James Casey and Zach Ertz.  Philadelphia also ran over the Giants as LeSean McCoy rushed for 149 yards on 22 carries.

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Flacco Feasts on Bucs Secondary

Flacco Feasts on Bucs Secondary

Rob Carr/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, FL) -- Joe Flacco tossed five touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the Baltimore Ravens went on to win 48-17.

Flacco threw four of his touchdowns in the first quarter, putting up a lead that would prove too much for the Bucs to remain competitive. 

"It was very enjoyable. You don't get those too often in this league. ... It was pretty crazy," Flacco said. "It happened so quickly. It was such an awkward situation, but it was definitely fun for us."

On the receiving end of those passes were Torrey Smith, who caught the first two, Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro and Steve Smith.

Baltimore returns home to host the Atlanta Falcons next week.

 

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Wong Blasts Cardinals Past Giants

Wong Blasts Cardinals Past Giants

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) -- Kolten Wong has tied up the NLCS at a game apiece with a ninth inning walk-off solo home run.

The Cardinals second baseman took a Sergio Romo pitch deep to right field in the bottom of the ninth, giving St. Louis a 5-4 victory over San Francisco.

"I didn't know if it was going out or not," Wong said to ESPN after the game. "When it finally went out, all emotion came out."

Not all news was good for the Cardinals. All-Star catcher Yadier Molina left the game in the sixth inning with what is described as a strained oblique. Manager Mike Matheny said Molina was undergoing further tests but that the injury, "didn't look real good."

The series resumes Tuesday night in San Francisco as John Lackey takes the hill for the Cardinals. For San Francisco, Tim Hudson will get the nod.

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: NLCS: St. Louis Cardinals 5 - San Francisco Giants 4 (Series Tied, 1-1)

NFL: Dallas Cowboys 30 (5-1) - Seattle Seahawks 23 (3-2)

Green Bay Packers 27 (4-2) - Miami Dolphins 24 (2-3)

Denver Broncos 31 (4-1) - New York Jets 17 (1-5)

Cleveland Browns 31 (3-2) - Pittsburgh Steelers 10 (3-3)

Cincinnati Bengals 27 (3-1-1) - Carolina Panthers 27 (3-2-1) - Tie in Overtime

New England Patriots 37 (4-2) - Buffalo Bills 22 (3-3)

Detroit Lions 17 (4-2) - Minnesota Vikings 3 (2-4)

Baltimore Ravens 48 (4-2) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (1-5)

San Diego Chargers 31 (5-1) - Oakland Raiders 28 (0-5)

Arizona Cardinals 30 (4-1) - Washington Redskins 20 (1-5)

Chicago Bears 27 (3-3) - Atlanta Falcons 13 (2-4)

Tennessee Titans 16 (2-4) - Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (0-6)

Philadelphia Eagles 27 (5-1) - New York Giants 0 (3-3)

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 6 (1-2-0, 2 pts) - New York Rangers 3 (1-2-0, 2pts)

Los Angeles Kings 4 (1-1-1, 3pts) - Winnipeg Jets 1 (1-2-0, 2pts)

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Cowboys Quiet 12th Man, Beat Seahawks, 30-23

Cowboys Quiet 12th Man, Beat Seahawks, 30-23

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Dallas Cowboys (5-1) knocked off the defending champion Seattle Seahawks (3-2) in front of the 12th man in Seattle on Sunday.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray's 15-yard rushing touchdown with 3:16 left in the fourth quarter gave his team a 26-23 lead and Dan Bailey's field goal late pushed the lead to seven, which set the stage for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson's last throw intended for Luke Wilson was picked off by Rolando McClain to put the Cowboys' win in the books.

Tony Romo passed for 250 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and Murray rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

The Cowboys defense held Wilson and the Seahawks offense to 80 rushing yards, 126 passing yards, and a Wilson rushing touchdown.

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Kevin Durant Out 6-8 Weeks with Jones Fracture in Foot

Kevin Durant Out 6-8 Weeks with Jones Fracture in Foot

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant will be out six to eight weeks with a Jones fracture in his foot, the team announced on Sunday.

Durant noticed the pain in his foot and notified the team after practice on Saturday.

There is no official timetable for the reigning MVP, but general manager Sam Presti said that he will do his best to improve the team while Durant is sidelined.

"In regard to replacing a player like Kevin Durant, you don't replace Kevin Durant. It's not going to be one person. It's going to be a collective mindset," Presti said. "We know we're a better basketball team with Kevin Durant on the floor. But we can have some influence on how good we are in the meantime. We're certainly not going to be looking at the calendar waiting for him to get back. I don't think he'd want us to do that."

Presti said that it's a good thing that Durant let the team know now instead of starting the regular season with the fracture.

"Because it's a stress injury, it happened over time," Presti said. "The fact that Kevin mentioned it when he did is a real fortunate piece of this because if he had continued to play on it, it would continue to get worse. So that it was identified when it was identified, and that the pain, or achiness, was enough to mention it, is a positive."

Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 81 games last season and has played the most minutes in the league since 2007.

"Coming in to this season having not played USA Basketball, reflecting on that decision now, I think clearly, probably helped him a great deal, just the amount of stress he was able to avoid at that point in time," Presti said. "I think that brought him back in to camp in a good spot."

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(5) Baylor Scores 24 Straight in Fourth to Rally Past (9) TCU, 61-58

(5) Baylor Scores 24 Straight in Fourth to Rally Past (9) TCU, 61-58

iStockphoto(WACO, Texas) -- Fifth-ranked Baylor scored 24-straight points, erasing a 21 point deficit with 11:38 left to play, to beat ninth-ranked TCU, 61-58 Saturday.

After Baylor tied the game on Bryce Petty's 25-yard touchdown pass to Corey Coleman, TCU had a chance to win. The Horned Frogs (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) drove it to the Bears 45 but turned it over on downs after failing to convert a fourth-and-three. Baylor then marched down the field before Chris Callahan delivered the game-winning 28-yard field goal with time expiring.

"I just knew, looking at guys' faces, that we were going to come back in that game," Petty said. "With our offense and the way that we play defense, 21 points isn't a big deal for us."

Petty finishes the game completing 28 of 55 passes for a career-high 510 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.

Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) has now won 13-straight home games.

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Kevin Harvick Wins at Charlotte – Post Race Fight Ensues

Kevin Harvick Wins at Charlotte – Post Race Fight Ensues

Jamie Squire/ Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Kevin Harvick won the second race in the Sprint Cup Contender round at Charlotte Motor Speedway, guaranteeing himself a spot in the Eliminator round.

While Harvick was the winner, former champion Brad Keselowski's championship hopes took a huge blow.  Keselowski traded paint with Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin under a late yellow flag and the dust up spilled into the pits. 

After the race, Hamlin threw a towel at Keselowski.  Kenseth, however took things to a personal level.  In between the racer's trailers Kenseth charged after Keselowski and put him in a headlock.  The two racers traded fists until officials and crew members could restrain the two. 

"The race is over -- come back to pit road," Kenseth said of Keselowski "If you want to talk about it like a man, go do that. But if you want to wreck somebody on the racetrack with people standing around, that's just inexcusable."

Hamlin shared a similar sentiment, calling Keselowski desperate to save his title hopes and claiming "He's just out of control."

Keselowski saw things differently, stating that the other two were the instigators.

"I figured, if we're going to play car wars under yellow and after the race, I'll join, too," Keselowski said. "Those guys can dish it out, but they can't take it. I gave it back to them, and now they want to fight."

The final race of the Contender round wraps up next week at Talledega. 

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Bumgarner Dominant as Giants Take Game 1

Bumgarner Dominant as Giants Take Game 1

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) -- The Giants have struck first, taking game one from the Cardinals with a 3-0 victory in St. Louis. 

Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings allowing four hits while fanning seven.  

Bumgarner continues to stymie opposing lineups as he set a major league postseason record with 26 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings on the road.

His start wasn't without a little controversy. In the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on second and third Tony Cruz at the plate for the Cardinals, Bumgarner stepped off the mound after being in the set position. Cruz and the Cardinals screamed for a balk but no call came. With the next pitch, Bumgarner struck Cruz out.

Travis Ishikawa and Brandon Belt each had and RBI for the Giants. Gregor Blanco drove in Hunter Pence on a throwing error from Matt Carpenter in the top of the second.

Game 2 starts Sunday as Jake Peavy will take the rubber for the Giants facing off against Lance Lynn for the Cardinals. 

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Kansas City Tops Baltimore 6-4

Kansas City Tops Baltimore 6-4

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(BALTIMORE, MD) -- The Kansas City Royals put the Baltimore Orioles behind the eight ball with a 6-4 victory in Camden Yards.

Following the trend of his teammates late inning heroics, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar broke a 4-4 tie when he hit a double to drive in pinch runner Terrance Gore from second.  Escobar would soon score when Lorenzo Cain singled to left.

With a 6-4 lead, closer Greg Holland once again took to the mound to seal away a victory. 

Mike Moustakas continued his playoff tear as he hit another home run, his fourth of the postseason, and as many in the last five games. 

Yordano Ventura went 5 2/3 innings for the Royals allowing four earned runs on five hits.  Orioles pitcher Bud Norris was knocked out after only 4 1/3 innings after allowing four earned runs on nine hits.

The Royals now take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS as they head home for game 3 Tuesday. Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for the Royals in Kansas City, while Wei-Yin Chen gets the nod for the Orioles.

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Mississippi State Hammers Auburn 38-23

Mississippi State Hammers Auburn 38-23

iStockphoto(STARKSVILLE, MI) -- The Mississippi State Bulldogs continue to lead thier charge towards the college football playoffs after defeating Auburn with a convincing 38-23 victory.

Quarterback Dak Prescott continued to carry the Bulldogs on his shoulders rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 246 yards and one touchdown pass. 

Auburn quickly fell behind commiting several turnovers early on. After the first quarter the Tigers were trailing by 21 points. They would mount a rally, pulling withing eight points in the third quarter, but Mississippi State continued to pound away and eventually sealed the victory.

After the victory Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen was beaming.  While holding his daughter, Breelyn, he stated "Every time we needed to make a play, a guy stepped up and made a play. We always wondered how to take the next step in this league ... that's it." 

 

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