- Chargers…Back on the practice field today, preparing for the challenge of a spread-no huddle attack the NY Jets will present…Bolts likely having to prepare for both QBs-Geno Smith, the struggling 2nd year starter as well as 34Y-Michael Vick-though coach Rex Ryan says he is staying with Smith despite 7-turnovers in 4-games….Bolts have had a history of problems with mobile quarterbacks putting up big yardage plays…Jets may try to pound ball with RBs-Chris Ivory-Chris Johnson….NY Daily News reporting Jets had players-only meeting “Mutiny at Meadowlands” over QB’s poor play….Medical update coming on CB-Shareece Wright sprained knee also.
- Chargers…NFL Stat package…4-game statistics very impressive…..San Diego 5th-Passing (282YPG)….Philip Rivers (114QBR)….70% completions…(9TD-1Int)…WRs (12YPC)….Bolts 14-for-14 scoring in Red Zone….San Diego has 54-Plays of Plus 10Y already….17-Plays of Plus 20-most in NFL.
- Jets… Offense has 8-Turnovers this season… Geno Smith (75QBR)….RB’s (5.0YPC)….WR’s (11YPC)…Jets making plays down field but turning ball over…Defensive front exceptional led by Sheldon Richardson-Mo Wilkerson-LBs….Secondary though under seige…Have had to go against Cutler-Stafford-Rivers..still to come Petyon Manning-Tom Brady in 5-week span.
- Raiders..Name Tony Sporano-interim head coach replacing Dennis Allen (8-28)..Sporano was (29-32) as head coach Miami.
- NEngland..Tom Brady-staff meeting…OL problems overwhelming QB…9-sacks-22-hits-59% completions-78QBR.
- Carolina ..Ron Rivera under fire for not allowing Cam Newton run ball more…(4R-14Y-2G)…In 3-prior years-Newton had 28TDs running ball.
- Arizona..Release-LB-Vic Butler.
- Miami..Sign FA-RB-LaMichael James-49ers
- Carolina..Sign FA-RB-Chris Ogbonnaya-Cleveland
- Vikings..Sign FA-QB-Chandler Harnish-Colts
- Jets..Sign FA-WR-Chris Owasu-Tampa Bay…WR-TJ Grahame-Bills.
- Rams… C-Scott Wells-hospitalized with tick bite-infection-temperature 104-degrees in ICU.
- Falcons..IR-OC-Joe Hawley…IR-OT-Lamar Holmes…8W-IR-S-William Moore.
- FCC…Votes unanimously terminate NFL Blackout rule-not serving public interest forcing them to buy tickets.
- NFL… Agrees to hire Independent Arbitrator to hear Ray Rice-indefinite suspension…Under consideration Shyam Das (RBraun case)… Frederic Horowitz (A-Rod case).
- NFL… LA-Lawyer Gloria Allred rips NFL-had evidence of NFL player involved in September 20th rape-still letting him play without ever holding hearing.
- AEG… Anschutz Entertainment Group asks LA City Council 6-month extension-continue to seek out team interested in moving into Farmers’ Field project.
- San Diego State…Freshman QB-Nick Bawden takes all the snaps with the first team…Replaces injured Quinn Kaehler…Aztecs play at Fresno State on Friday…Bawden took majority of snaps in spring ball while Kaehler was rehabbing from elbow surgery.
- Padres…Reports teams calling interested in pitching ace Andrew Cashner-turned down contract extension offer in season….Braves might be willing to offer power hitting OF-Jason Heyward in swap.
- Padres..P-Casey Kelly-coming off 2-years of elbow rehab-but still having setbacks-receive Platelet Plasma injection to help healing.
- Padres..By finishing (77-85)…Will draft 13-36-50 next June in first year player draft.
- Dodgers..P-Hyun Jin-Ryu scheduled for simulated game pitching workout today 45-pitches to determine (shoulder) if he should go on NLDS-playoff roster.
- Angels..P-Matt Shoemakers-30-pitch bullpen session (oblique)-went well..might get start in ALDS.
- AL-Wildcard game…Royals-W-Athletics (9-8)..”Smallball beat Moneyball”….Royals fans waited 29-years to get a playoff game-they waited 5-more hours to see a win..Sal Perez game winning single down 3rd base line capped amazing KC comeback…Royals trailed 7-3-erupted to tie game twice-finally win it…KCity stole 7-bases in game against Derek Norris…used singles-walks-sacrifice flies to climb back into game…Brandon Moss hit HR-lst inning..crushed massive 3R-HR (432′) to dead center in 6th inning-gives A’s big lead…Royals manager Ned Yost yanked starter James Shields in 6th..inserted rookie Ace Ventura-season long starter-out of bullpen-got bombed..Royals bullpen gave up 5-runs in inning-nearly cost them the game…A’s ace Jon Lester ran out of gas in 7th-leading to Royals comeback..Royals move on to face Angels now in Anaheim end of the week.
- NL-Wildcard game…Pirates-host-Giants…Edinson Volquez (13W) with 1.70-ERA in September against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner (18W).
- AL-Divisional playoffs start Thursday…Orioles-Tigers
- NL-Divisional playoffs start Friday…Dodgers-Cardinals.
- Yankees…Alex Rodriguez rejects request go to Winter Ball to test hip-get ready for spring training….Joe Girardi hints club might want A-Rod to platoon DH-1B..allow team to keep Chase Headley.
- Boston…Asks rookie Cuban OF-Rusney Castillo to go to Arizona Fall League…hit (.333) final 2-weeks in Boston after callup from minors
- Boston..P-Clay Bucholz undergoes knee surgery.
- Yankees..DH-Carlos Beltran undergoes bone spur surgery elbow.
- Tigers..OF-Raji Davis may miss ALDS playoffs with groin.
- Twins..3B-Trevor Plouffe undergoes surgery-fractured arm.
- Seattle..Releases OF-Corey Hart-injured most of the year.
- Twins..Beginning managerial search-interested in Ozzie Guillen-Paul Molitor-Doug Mantkiewicz.
- Diamondbacks…Want to interview Jose Oquendo-Cardinals…may interview AAA-manager Phil Nevin-Reno Aces.
- George “Shotgun” Shuba…OF-passes away at 89..played with Jackie Robinson in Montreal and Brooklyn for 8-years.
- Lakers..Open training camp with healthy 36Y-Kobe Bryant…G-Steve Nash…and newcomers Carlos Boozer-Jeremy Lin and lst round pick Juilus Randle.
- Clippers..Open workouts with 7’1-C-Stephen Hawes coming on board to provide strong bench depth.
- NYKnicks..Open camp with Coach Derek Fisher spending entire lst day teaching defense-not triangle offense..Camp being held at West Point.
- Ducks..LW-Dany Heatley goes down with groin injury.
- Devils..Release-D-Tomas Kaberle and F-Ruslan Fedetenko.
- Toronto..Bad day of injuries…F-David Booth-fractured foot..F-Dave Clarkson-fractured orbital bone..D-Henrik Tallender-separated shoulder.
- Olympics… Michael Phelps-arrested again in Baltimore..Swimmer charged with (.17) DUI..doing 84-in-45 zone in tunnel.
- NASCAR… Grieving driver Tony Stewart wants to meet with family of Sprint Cub driver Kevin Ward.