Father of Giants’ Geno Smith says he received death threat after Eli Manning benched

“I feel bad for Geno, too,” offensive lineman Justin Pugh said earlier this week. “He didn’t ask to get put in the situation, and a lot of disrespect and hate were thrown his way, and it’s just uncalled for. I get everyone wants to support Eli, but by supporting one man to put another man down is just not the way to do it.

Two plays later, Siemian hit Thomas for the 20-yard score, giving Denver its first double-digit lead since Oct. 1 against Oakland, the date of their last victory.

McManus missed from 29 yards in the second quarter but his 53-yarder just before halftime gave the Broncos a 13-0 lead heading into the locker room.

In the third quarter, running back C.J. Anderson thought he had a 14-yard touchdown catch but he was ruled him out an inch shy of the goal line. After he failed to punch it in twice, fullback Andy Janovich bullied his way into the end zone for a 20-0 lead.

Jets running back Elijah McGuire (ankle) and long snapper Thomas Hennessy (head) were knocked out of the game in the first half. McCown briefly left in the second quarter after he was sandwiched by Aqib Talib and Jamal Carter — before being hammered by Ray in the third quarter.

Elliott spoke to the media after the 2nd Circuit granted him a stay for Week 9.

“This is my name and my reputation,” Elliott said, via ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “That’s something I have to live with beyond football, so every day is worth fighting.”

Their son Mark, a former pro baseball player, was paid an average of $133,545 to work as senior associate athletic director for development. To circumvent Louisville’s nepotism policy, most of that salary was paid by the Louisville Foundation. ny_rangers_006

Conference powers Lightning, Blues set to tangle

The Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning and West-best St. Louis Blues meet on Tuesday night at Scottrade Center to start what both coaches know will be a challenging week for their respective teams.

Cooper and the Lightning players have not forgotten the team’s last road game, a 3-2 loss at Boston on Nov. 29.

“If there was one lesson we had to learn, we learned that in Boston,” Cooper told the newspaper. “Our guys will tell you that (game) was men among boys and we were definitely not the men in that game, so we know we have a long way to go.”

Steven Stamkos told the Tampa Bay Times games like the one against the Bruins serve as a reminder of what the Lightning need to do to be successful.

“When you’re winning, a lot of stuff gets swept under the rug,” he said. “It’s nice to get that friendly reminder sometimes that it’s tough to win in this league every night and there are some really good teams out there. You get humbled like that, it makes you hungrier the next game.”

With Blake Griffin, Patrick Beverley and Danilo Gallinari sidelined by injuries, playing hard has to be the Los Angeles Clippers’ calling card.

Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points and the Clippers rallied over the final 3:21 to beat Toronto 96-91 on Monday night, snapping the Raptors’ six-game winning streak.

“We scrapped, we played hard, we got the loose balls, we got the 50-50 game, we took charges, we created turnovers, got baskets,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “That’s who we have to be right now, and our guys have bought into it.”

Harrell gave Los Angeles a scare when he went down near the baseline early in the fourth. Eventually, he got up and stayed in the game.

Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Raptors, who led by 13 points in the first half. Serge Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan each scored 17 points.

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It’s not all that surprising Detroit faltered at this stage of this season.

Michael Bennett not winning Walter Payton Man of the Year — After his actions late in the loss, Seahawks defensive end isn’t going to win the award which in part “recognize players’ outstanding contributions to the game.” With the Jaguars in victory formation, Bennett rolled onto a Jaguars lineman’s leg, igniting a skirmish between the two sides. Bennett’s teammate Sheldon Richardson was ejected for throwing a punch and Bennett was flagged for unnecessary roughness, although he is likely to be fined this week for the play.

He made a hard right turn and was on Kizer before Kizer could set his feet and throw the football downfield. Ngakoue made contact with Kizer just as he released the ball and the ensuing, off-balance throw was also, predictably, off-target.

McDowell, 22, was arrested early Sunday morning after a dispute at an Atlanta-area nightclub.

It had to play nine of 11 games on the road, then came back to Michigan to face two powerhouses, Golden State and Boston, looking to avenge home losses to the Pistons.

“When everybody was talking how great we were at 10-3, I kept saying things can change quickly in this league. And they can, and they have on us right now,” Van Gundy said. “But they can change quickly back the other way, too. So generally what I’m trying to do is tell them the truth but also trying to provide a little bit of balance.

“When everybody else is kissing their butt and telling them they’re the greatest thing in the world, I’m trying to bring them back. When everybody is telling them they (stink), I’m trying to bring them up.”canadiens_015_6b1c810006e65364-140x140

Towns scores 28, Timberwolves hold off Mavericks 97-92

Towns went down hard and was favoring his right leg before coming out with 3:04 remaining. He was checked by team trainers and returned later.

“It don’t matter,” Towns said. “I’ll see you guys on Tuesday. The streak continues.”

Not much happened to close out the quarter, but the Ravens broke out this nifty sack dance after Terrell Suggs dropped Savage.

As if the Ravens’ offense didn’t have enough problems, left tackle Ronnie Stanley went down with an injury.

Baltimore got into enemy territory with an important third-down conversion, as Mike Wallace took a short slant 24 yards. However, they went backwards with a pair of bad plays and the crowd started booing as they punted from midfield.

Goodell, several team owners, NFL Players Association officials and 13 current players gathered for talks at league headquarters. The parties put out a joint statement claiming the conversations “focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities.”

The immense expectations heaped on the Timberwolves with the addition of star Jimmy Butler to center Karl-Anthony Towns have led to some disappointment despite Minnesota sitting at 16-11 and fourth in the Western Conference.

After alternating wins and losses over 12 games, the Timberwolves were pleased simply to come away with a victory against the last-place Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night, 97-92.

“The best part is we found a way to win, so we’ll take the positives as they are,” Towns said.

Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau echoed the Towns’ remarks, saying, “Just win.”mariners_004

Mirotic scores 19 off the bench to lead Bulls past Knicks

To this point, everything has gone according to plan in Rodgers’ recovery from surgery on Oct. 19, when he had screws and plates implanted to stabilize his right clavicle. Rodgers said he hoped to come back this season but only if the tests showed the bone had healed.

He returned to practice on Dec. 2, the day he turned 34. Even before that, however, he was throwing. The first time he did so in public was before the Nov. 26 game at Pittsburgh, where he was seen throwing passes 50-plus yards in the air. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews even joked that Rodgers looked so good during the rehab process that the Packers shouldn’t have put him on injured reserve.

In the third quarter, the Nets took a seven-point lead on Tyler Zeller’s layup, but Dragic sealed a 10-2 run to give Miami a 60-59 lead and the Heat took a 75-72 advantage into the final period.

“Had a cool 15yr run!! Traveled the world met alota cool people, some will be brothers for the rest of my life!” he wrote, later adding, “Love me or HATE ME, I DID IT MY WAY!!”

Trail Blazers: Lillard notched his 10th 30-point performance of the season. … The Blazers made their initial 23 free throws before a miss and wound up 23 of 25 from the line. … Portland led 28-27 after the first but gave up a 15-4 burst in the second.royals_039

Three takeaways from Bills’ surprising win over Chiefs

Alex Smith was in the conversation for NFL MVP earlier this season. The Chiefs quarterback was outplayed Sunday by Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor.

The Bills quarterback was 19 of 29 for 183 yards and a touchdown to help Buffalo snap a three-game losing streak with a 16-10 win at Arrowhead Stadium. Taylor, who was benched in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman last week, also ran for 27 yards on nine carries.

“Closing games out on the road is always difficult,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “It’s especially difficult with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday” on the other team.

J.J. Redick, who had 28 points, hit a tough 22-foot jumper that briefly cut the Sixers’ deficit to five with four minutes left, but Holiday again responded with a 3, and his final 3 a couple possessions later gave the Pelicans’ an 11-point lead with 2:54 to go.

Already without 6-foot-9 starting forward Robert Covington, the Sixers scratched 7-foot center Joel Embiid minutes before the game because of back stiffness.

The Bears’ medical staff and athletic trainers responded immediately and a decision had to be made on which hospital Miller would go to. Miller expressed appreciation for assistant athletic trainer Sid Dreyer, who took control of the situation and made the decision, which could have meant the difference between saving his leg due to timing.

“The Level I trauma center that I was at was actually four or five minutes from the stadium,” Miller said. “By the time we make that trip to the other one, they diagnose me, I would have had to go back to the Level I trauma that I already went to, so Sid’s my hero. He saved my leg.”

Brown has an appreciation for North Texas’ offense. The Mean Green are 18th in the nation in total offense, passing for 291 yards per game and rushing for 176.

Mean Green quarterback Mason Fine has thrown for 3,749 yards and 28 touchdowns in helping the team average 35.9 points per game.
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Sunday night’s total is set at 47 points

Philadelphia keeps rolling and has iron grip on the top spot in the standings after dominating the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Not only do the 9-1 Eagles still have the best record in the NFL, but they also pretty much ended the race for the NFC East title. The Cowboys fell to 5-5, four games out of first.

21 Tech on 7.He didn’t graduate to full- ball until his fourth year as a pro and he didn’t truly break out until his fifth.I want you to know that I read each and every message and I’m thankful for them all.listed his as a nine-year-old that Montana could meet the league’s minimum age requirement.A company begin with a prototype that the athlete wear-tests, the athlete then gives his feedback on improvements that can be made, along with things they particularly like and dislike.He deserves another shot somewhere else, a fresh start and a chance to make things work.’s Lance Zierlein opined, With elite power and unusual closing speed for a big , Billings has a chance to become something we rarely see — a playmaking nose tackle with the ability to dominate at the point of attack.allowed two runs and seven hits six innings.

After losing Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor to season ending injuries, it was a strong showing for the Seahawks defense, but one that came against one of the league’s worst teams. Facing the first place Eagles this Sunday will be a much more difficult task. The Seahawks are 8-3 SU and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a home underdog.

The UNDER is 13-5 in Seattle’s last 18 games played in December.

This game will be an interesting test for both of these teams. Philadelphia hasn’t dealt with many hostile road environments over its current dominant run, and the Seahawks need to get their new-look defense some trial under fire. Seattle needs this win a lot more than Philadelphia does and should be fighting tooth and claw to get it on Sunday night.
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Matthew Stafford leaves game vs. Ravens with apparent hand injury

The Detroit Lions are likely to lose ground in the NFC playoff race after falling behind by 17 points late in a showdown with the Ravens. What’s worse is that they may be without the engine of their offense for an extended period after losing Matthew Stafford to a hand injury.

The Miami Dolphins are having an easy time with the Denver Broncos at home.

After a Julius Thomas touchdown made it a 9-3 game, he celebrated by riding the football like it was a horse:

Coming into Sunday’s game, Thomas had 34 catches for 342 yards and two touchdowns.

Thomas’ celebration is likely a jab at his former team. Thomas played the first four seasons of his career with the Broncos, being selected to Pro Bowls in 2013 and 2014, where he had 24 touchdowns in those two seasons combined.

He hasn’t been the prolific tight end he was there, but it’s a funny jab he took on Sunday.

The New England Patriots happily obliged with a 33-8 whacking.dodgers_046

Red-hot MacKinnon, Avalanche host Stars

Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon is firing on all cylinders as the Avalanche return home to face the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

“I have never really thought about that either, but I wouldn’t see why that wouldn’t be — I mean, everyone has the opportunity to go to another team or get traded, or cut, or released,” Brady said. “I have played with so many great players that that has happened to, several times, and coaches too. Player movement is not new to anyone.

“You try and play well and try and add value to the team and you try and be a great player, and if you’re not a great player for the team you are on then you try and be a great player for the other team that you are on … I just try and do the job the best I possibly can. Show up every day with a good positive attitude, try and lead the team and we try and win games. I have been very fortunate to be part of a great organization that focuses on those things too.”

James went to the locker room with the laceration to his face in the third after he appeared to take an elbow from Tyler Zeller in the lane. While James was off the floor, the Nets extended their lead to six on a 3-pointer by Allen Crabbe.

But shortly after James returned with some stiches and puffiness around his mouth, Cleveland went on an 8-0 run and headed to the fourth quarter tied at 77-all.

The Kings (12-7-2) dropped a 4-2 decision to the host Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night, Los Angeles’ fifth loss in six games. Goaltender Jonathan Quick (9-7-1, 2.47 GAA, .926 save percentage) delivered his worst performance of the season, surrendering three goals on nine shots in 11:22 of play.

Trevor Lewis, who registered his sixth goal in the loss to Vegas, refused to pin the loss solely on the goalie.nike_bears-405