Archive for December, 2018

Senators cap dismal 2018 with late loss to Blue Jackets

Monday, December 31st, 2018
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Zach Werenski broke a tie late in the game with the second of his two goals, Sergei Bobrovsky had 22 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the struggling Ottawa Senators 6-3 on Monday night.

AP source: Jaguars fire Wheatley, 3 more assistants

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Leonard Fournette's season-long struggles proved costly for his position coach. The Jacksonville Jaguars fired running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley and three more assistants Monday night, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity and said offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, secondary coach Perry Fewell and defensive line coach Marion Hobby also were let go one day after the season finale.

Ravens’ Weddle set to share $1M bonus with team

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Safety Eric Weddle has plenty of reason to celebrate after the Baltimore Ravens qualified for the NFL postseason on Sunday. For making the Pro Bowl and playoffs in the same season, Weddle has finally earned the seven-figure incentive that has been part of his contract for three seasons in Baltimore. The 12-year veteran, who earlier found more value in making the playoffs than earning the extra cash, said after Sunday's 26-24 nail-biting victory over the Cleveland Browns: "I've been thinking about it all week that if it happened, I'm going to do something nice for all my teammates and my coaches because I'm nothing without my team.

Jets, Browns have interest in Jim Caldwell

Monday, December 31st, 2018

The Jets plan to interview former Colts and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports. Caldwell, 63, has interviewed with the Packers already. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Browns also have interest in talking to Caldwell.

Winning Nations League can be launching pad for Euros: Kane

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Harry Kane believes if England can lift the inaugural Nations League later this year in Portugal it will instil the confidence required to add the European Championship title in 2020. The 25-year-old England captain told The Daily Telegraph inflicting Spain's first competitive home defeat in 15 years and avenging their defeat in the World Cup semi-finals by Croatia in the Nations League group stage had maintained the momentum. Kane, who finished top scorer in Russia with six goals to win the Golden Boot, said should England win their first continental trophy since the 1966 World Cup it will give them the ideal launching pad for further success.

NFL Power Rankings: Steelers won’t have an easy time fixing their mess before next season

Monday, December 31st, 2018

After a season in which the Pittsburgh Steelers began as a potential Super Bowl contender, started 7-2-1 and somehow managed to miss the playoffs, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a positive vibe. “I don’t think our window is closed,” Roethlisberger said. The Steelers, who have trademarked locker room drama the past couple years, had star receiver Antonio Brown get in a heated argument with Roethlisberger in a Wednesday morning walkthrough, then basically go AWOL the rest of the week and show up Sunday looking to play.

49ers report card: Grades for offense, defense in disappointing 2018 season

Monday, December 31st, 2018

The NFL's two worst teams with returning coaching staffs get the invites every year to coach in the top college all-star game. "I've coached it twice," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday. "I think we should have won seven, so I'm down about that," Shanahan said.

Broncos also request interview with Zac Taylor

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor was expected to be a popular interview candidate this offseason, having spent the past two seasons working under Sean McVay. The Broncos are the latest team to request permission to talk to Taylor, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports. The Bengals and Cardinals also want to talk to Taylor about their openings.

Garoppolo’s injury doomed 49ers season from start

Monday, December 31st, 2018

All the optimism the San Francisco 49ers had coming into the season crumpled less than a month into the campaign when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo blew out his knee. Talk of a playoff run and a return to the upper echelon of the NFC was put on hold for yet another year as the 49ers were headed to a fourth straight losing season instead. Despite the injuries to Garoppolo and projected starting running back Jerick McKinnon, coach Kyle Shanahan said he believed the Niners should have done better than finish 4-12, a drop of two wins from his first season in San Francisco.

Eagles fans start ‘Let’s go Bears’ chant during Sunday’s game against Redskins

Monday, December 31st, 2018

"Thank u, next." -Philadelphia Eagles and fans, probably. Entering Sunday, the Eagles were on the outside looking in at the NFC Playoffs with an 8-7 record. In order to clinch a playoff berth, the Eagles needed a win over the Redskins and for the Bears to defeat the 8-6-1 Vikings.