Archive for July, 2014

Bears sign offensive tackle Dennis Roland (The Associated Press)

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears signed former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Dennis Roland to a one-year contract Thursday.

Commonwealth Games Best of Day 8

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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Take a look at some of the finer moments from Day 8 of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where Canada won five more gold medals.



Source: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/commonwealthgames/photos/commonwealth-games-best-of-day-8-1.2724440?cmp=rss

Lions coach Jim Caldwell leading team in a new way (The Associated Press)

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell took players - by position group - out to dinner during the offseason and allowed them to pick their favorite restaurants in the Motor City. Caldwell asked each player what their favorite books and movies were along with other questions, probing for details about them as people. ''The more you know about them, the better you can serve them,'' Caldwell said in an interview with The Associated Press after Thursday's practice. ''I've always believed coaching is a service business.'' Jim Schwartz never seemed to say anything like that during his five years with the Lions.

NFL roundup: Apologetic Rice calls actions ‘inexcusable’ (The SportsXchange)

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
A contrite Ray Rice apologized publicly to his wife, his 2-year-old daughter, his mother and children wearing No. 27 Baltimore Ravens jerseys in his first public comments since the NFL suspended him two games for a domestic violence incident in February. "My actions that night were totally inexcusable," Rice said Thursday. Rice said the most difficult punishment he'll deal with is knowing daughter, Rayven, will first hear not of his football achievements but what happened with his then-fiancee Janay Palmer at an Atlantic City casino. ---Running back David Wilson's future with the New York Giants and in football is in doubt.

Derrick Brooks set standard for NFL linebackers (The Associated Press)

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Eighteen years later and now headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Derrick Brooks laughs at the memory of sitting in a hotel room the morning of a game early in his career. He was turning on a TV and being riled by a national commentator who not only forecast another loss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but jokingly referred to the struggling team as the ''Yucks.'' The young, undersized linebacker who would go on to become the heartbeat of a Super Bowl champion turned to roommate Warren Sapp, another second-year pro embracing the challenge of transforming one of the worst franchises in pro sports history into a title contender, and the two of them locked angry eyes. Along with hard-hitting safety John Lynch, they formed the cornerstone of a dominant defense that keyed a Super Bowl run in 2002 and ranked among the best in the NFL for more than a decade. He had his quiet way of challenging us,'' the 2002 NFL defensive player of the year added.

Commonwealth Games Day 8 recap show

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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Watch the best action from Day 8 of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.



Source: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/commonwealthgames/news/commonwealth-games-day-8-recap-show-1.2722653?cmp=rss

Floyd, Joseph forming fast bond with Vikings (The Associated Press)

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Everywhere Linval Joseph goes, Sharrif Floyd is right there with him. They are the Minnesota Vikings' twin tackles, 620 pounds worth of humanity that represent a new day for the team's defense and a new hope that the struggles of last year will soon be forgotten.

Rookie DE’s injury means more shuffling for Dallas (The Associated Press)

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Rookie pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence's broken foot didn't send the Dallas Cowboys scrambling because they're already in rebuilding mode with their defensive line. Lawrence was drafted early in the second round after the Cowboys triggered a revamping of their defensive front by releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware in March. ''I think you're always looking, but I still like some of the guys we have,'' defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. Before drafting him, the Cowboys signed three free agents in defensive tackles Henry Melton and Terrell McClain and end Jeremy Mincey.

Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry retires (The Associated Press)

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry has decided to retire from the NFL, coach Mike Smith said on Thursday. Smith met with Jerry, a former starter and first-round draft pick, after lunch, but the coach declined to tell reporters a reason why the player suddenly retired. He's laid it on the line every time he's come out, but it was his decision, and I really don't want to get into any more details than that.'' The Falcons opened training camp last Friday with Jerry listed third on the depth chart at defensive end in coordinator Mike Nolan's 3-4 front. Altanta re-signed Jerry to a new contract in March, not long after defensive tackles Jonathan Babineaux and Corey Peters agreed on new deals.

What a catch: Packers’ Lacy preps for 3-down duty (The Associated Press)

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Eddie Lacy caught the ball and held on tight. Not even Packers teammate Jordy Nelson could pry it loose after trying to sneak up from behind to force a fumble. ''The goal is just to be as good offensively as we can be, and if that's being able to add another option for the quarterback, that's what we have to do,'' Lacy said Thursday after practice. The 5-foot-11, 230-pound Lacy pounded away at defenses for a franchise rookie record 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns on 284 carries.