New England-Seattle..Final heavy practice day leading to Sunday’s game…Key matchups in the game will be fascinating.
- Seahawks…Legion of Doom defense-Can S-Kam Chancellor cover TE-Rob Gronkowski..Does CB-Richard Sherman lineup against Julian Edelman…Can the pass rush of DEs-Cliff Avil-Michael Bennett beat the Patriots OTs…Seahawks defense given up just 6-touchdowns in last 8-games.
- Patriots…Will Bill Belicheck spy LB-Rob Ninkovich to stop the Seattle read-option QB-Russell Wilson…Will the Patriots commit extra people in the box to put a fence around Marshawn Lynch…Will CBs-Darrelle Revis-Brandon Browner hold up in single coverage against the Seahawks speed WRs.
- Seahawks..Will Russell Wilson move the pocket to find open zones in Patriot defense….Can Marshawn Lynch get to the second level running the football.
- Patriots..Will Tom Brady go no huddle-put WRs in motion to wear out Seattle defense…Will Brady get ball out of pocket before Seahawks pass rushers get him.
- Marshawn Lynch…Speaks to media for first time…not interested in answering any questions..I feel comfortable with my family and friends-not media..doesn’t care about media..you report stories you want to report..sticking microphones-cameras in my face…gave shoutout to his family, Oakland, and Real Africans..
- NFL..League office puts out memo that refs have right to step into line of scrimmage-delay snap-identify ineligible OL if Patriots change formations.
- NFL..Says it will be another 3-weeks before finalizing probe of “Deflate Gate”.
- NFL..Surprise HGH testing yesterday of Seahawks players-S-Earl Thomas critical of league for testing this week.
- Ticket Brokers..Say prices for tickets have skyrocketed-cheapest tickets now on Stub-Hub (8,000).
- Hall of Fame…Committee meets to vote on ballot..Junior Seau-called most ‘passionate player’ ever saw by Bill Belicheck-likely lst round nominee…Legendary Chargers coach Don Coryell not likely to be voted in.
- NFL..Injury report for 2014-Concussions decrease from 261-to-202…Helmet to Helmet Concussions down 43% over 2-years…MCL-Knee injuries increase 136-138…Racial slur penalties decrease 29-to-6.
- Aaron Hernandez…Murder Trial opens in Boston..Opening statements..Prosecution says ex-Patriot orchestrated gangland execution-6-shots killed Odin Lloyd in gang retaliation incident…Hernandez DNA on marijuana joint found next to body…Hernandez shoe print found next to body…Defense says no weapon-no witnesses.
- San Diego..Mayor Kevin Faulconer to name Task Force Committee today to study Stadium feasibility-cost in Gaslamp District and Petco Park.
- Chargers..Hire Mike Nolan-Atlanta-as LB coach..Had been Def Coor-Falcons.
- Rams..Interview Frank Cignetti-QB coach for vacant Off Coor job.
- 49ers..Hire Tom Gamble-Eagles for front office job…Legendary coach Dick Vermeil rips Niners poor management for running off coach Jim Harbaugh.
- Jets..Hire Jimmie Johnson-TE-Viking…Daylon McCurtcheon-DB-Arizona
- Cleveland..WR-Josh Gibson writes letter of apology for positive alcohol test that could lead to another suspension…says he had 4-drinks on cross-country flight..did not know that alcohol ban included off season…violated probation again..facing 3rd NFL suspension.
- Bears..K-Jay Feeley says team lacks leadership from QB-Jay Cutler..said Coach Marc Trestman could not communicate with players.
- Arizona..RB-Jon Dwyer sentenced 18-months probation-domestic abuse cases-released by Cardinals last fall-after arrests.
- Padres…Assistant GM-Omar Minaya leaves organization to go to work for MLB Union Chief Tony Clark.
- Phillies..Sign FA-P-Chad Billingsley-Dodgers-has missed 2-years with elbow surgeries.
- Braves..Sign FA-P-Eric Stults-Padres…went (8-17) last year.
- Blue Jays..Sign FA-IF-C-Ramon Santiago-Reds.
- Red Sox..Sign FA-1B-Brian LeHair-ex Cub-played in Japan.
- Blue Jays..Sign FA-P-Ron Belesario-ex White Sox-Dodgers.
- Lakers-W-Chicago (123-118) 2OT…Jordan Hill (26P-12R)..Wayne Ellington (23P)…Lakers snap 9-game losing streak..Jumped to 13P lead in lst half..watched Bulls score 9-points in final (:83) regulation force overtimes…Lakers scored 50-baskets-26FT.
- Clippers-at-New Orleans..LA (32-14) tonight
- Atlanta-Portland…Hawks have won 17-row…(38-8) on season.
- Cavaliers-Sacramento…Cavs have won 8-row.
- Golden State-Utah…Warriors (36-7).
- Lakers..GM Mitch Kupchack says he does not believe Kobe Bryant is considering retirement.
- Houston..Rockets center Dwight Howard-injury plagued season-has developed fluid on the knee.
- USD-W-Santa Clara..Toreros (11-11) won 2-in a row including huge upset win over BYU…
- SDSU-Utah State..Saturday-Aztecs (16-5)..State (6-2) conference.
- Wyoming-Nevada..Cowboys (17-4)…Wyoming (6-2) conference.
- Colorado State-Fresno..Rams (18-3)..CSU (5-3) league.
- New Mexico-San Jose State..Lobos (13-7) and (5-3) league.
- American Hockey League..Comes to San Diego..Anaheim Ducks announce AHL team moves here from Norfolk…Ari Segal-named President of Team…Bob Ferguson-General Manager..Ducks say they will renovate dressing rooms and buy new boards and Plexiglas…Average AHL attendance is 5,877.
- Ducks-L-San Jose (6-3)…Sharks explode 5G in 2nd period..snap Anaheim won 6–win streak…Ducks still (32-11-6).
- Kings-at-Boston..Saturday night.
- Australian Open..Andy Murray wins trash-talking-taunting match with Tomas Berdych to advance to finals against Novak Djokovic….Serena Williams-Maria Sharapova advance to finals…Sharapova has lost 15-matches in row to Williams.
- Phoenix Open..Tiger Woods terrible start in 2015 debut..2-bogeys-double bogey first 4-holes..finished with (73)…9-strokes back…Ryan Palmer (64)..Keegan Bradley-Bubba Watson (65)….Zach Johnson (66)…Phil Mickleson (69)
- Dubai Classic..Bern Wiesberger (64) leads….Rory McIlroy (66) in opening round.
- NASCAR…Hendrick Motorsports hires Chase Elliott-Xfinity Champion-19Y to replace Jeff Gordon for 2016-season when he retires.