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Sunday, 12:50 p.m.: Sean Payton is a pretty decent football coach. The Saints agree. From Jay Glazer:
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 15, 2019
Since taking over as the Saints' head coach in 2006, Payton's won the NFC South five times, including each of the past two seasons. He's the winningest head coach in Saints franchise history, posting 119 W's during that stretch. Oh, and he won a Super Bowl in 2009. Decent. -- Hunter
Saturday, 5:52 p.m.: Simon Despres got tossed from his SHL debut for headbutting an opponent. -- Taylor
MIKITA HAD CTE
Saturday, 2:04 p.m.: A study was done on NHL Hall of Famer Stan Mikita's brain which shows the Blackhawks legend had CTE at his time of death. While the NHL has taken steps, using concussion spotters to have players checked after certain hits in game, they allow cases like Dustin Byfuglien's last year (part of my coverage from the Penguins' win in the 'Peg) to happen. Gary Bettman has continued to take the stance that repeated blows to the head don't increase the likelihood of CTE. -- Sunday
LAINE TO SWITZERLAND
Saturday, 12:59 p.m.: Jets restricted free agent forward Patrik Laine is heading to Switzerland while his contract situation remains unresolved. -- Taylor
Patrik Laine is heading to Switzerland. Going to train with SC Bern for a while. https://t.co/grKI3X8KWZ
— Sami Hoffrén (@shoffren) September 14, 2019
OBJ VS. WILLIAMS
Saturday, 2:03 a.m.: The indirect exchange between Odell Beckham Jr. and Gregg Williams has been the NFL's most entertaining element all week. -- DK
Friday, 11:20 p.m.: Gerrit Cole, yet another of Neal Huntington's awful trades, struck out 11 Royals tonight in Houston. That's his sixth consecutive start of 10-plus strikeouts, and he's won 16 consecutive starts going back to May. Imagine what the Pirates could have culled for a talent of that scope with a competent GM. -- DK
Gerrit Cole has now struck out 10+ batters in 6 consecutive starts.
Others to do that:
Chris Sale (2x)
Pedro Martinez (3x)
Randy Johnson (5x)
Nolan Ryan (2x)
Max Scherzer https://t.co/wBw4H8YxyU
— Max's Sporting Studio (@MaxSportsStudio) September 14, 2019
Friday, 11:15 p.m.: Auston Meadows has 30 home runs. Which is five more than Chris Archer's given up, if you're still scoring that particular race. -- DK
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 14, 2019
Friday, 11:10 p.m.: Yes, please. -- DK
History never looked so good.
Introducing the new Heritage Blue jersey!
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) September 14, 2019
MAYZA'S AWFUL INJURY
Friday 10:25 p.m.: The Blue Jays' Tim Mayza dropped to his knees in immediate recognition he'd just blown out his elbow on a wild pitch tonight against the visiting Yankees. He was then moved to tears. I write this a lot, but a pitcher's arm injury is just so, so hard to watch. They have everything one second, and it's all gone the next. -- DK
Jays pitcher Tim Mayza immediately drops to his knees after throwing a wild pitch because of pain in his arm
You never like to see things like this in sports 😔🙏 pic.twitter.com/99foKsUNrw
— Kyle ⚾️ (@KyleNYY) September 14, 2019
Friday, 7:10 p.m.: The Maple Leafs signed Mitch Marner to a six-year contract extension with an average annual value of $10,893,000. -- Taylor
NFL INACTIVE ON AB
Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Antonio Brown won't be placed on the commissioner's exempt list because no criminal charges have been filed against him in the recent rape accusations. That means he'll be eligible to play for the Patriots this weekend. -- DK
Friday, 5:07 p.m.: Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore opened up about his battle with testicular cancer. -- Taylor
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) September 13, 2019
KESLER, EAVES OUT
Friday, 4:07 p.m.: Ducks forwards Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves will not play this season. -- Taylor
NEWS: Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray confirmed today both Patrick Eaves and Ryan Kesler will miss the entirety of the 2019-20 season. pic.twitter.com/Ut29xH8ZfF
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) September 13, 2019
Friday, 1 p.m.: The Stars' 2014 first-round pick, Julius Honka, has requested a trade. -- Taylor
Per @MikeHeika in DAL, Jim Nill informs media that Julius Honka has asked for a trade
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 13, 2019
BELL'S SHOULDER DINGED
Thursday, 8:10 p.m.: Le'Veon Bell gave the Jets a scare on Thursday, as well, showing some wear and tear from playing every snap and touching the ball 23 times in the team's loss to the Bills last Sunday. Bell underwent an MRI on his shoulder. But the tests revealed no damage.
According to the New York Post, sources say Bell should be good to play Monday night against the Browns. -- Lolley
DARNOLD HAS MONO
Thursday, 11:29 a.m.: The Browns will get a break on Monday night. Jets quarterback Sam Darnold won't play in the game because ... he's got mononucleosis. In fact, Darnold might miss the next few weeks.
With Darnold out, Trevor Siemien will get the start against Cleveland. -- Lolley
VOICES OF SERVICE
Thursday, 8 a.m.: Capitals' anthem singer Caleb Green made it to the America's Got Talent finals with his a capella group Voices of Service. The group is comprised of four veterans who aim to use music as a way to provide support to other veterans who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Here is their performance in the semifinal round. Green is the man on the far left. -- Taylor
DOBBS GETS BRAIN PRAISE
Wednesday, 5:03 p.m.: Josh Dobbs has a new teammate in Gardner Minshew, the current Jaguars starter after Nick Foles' season-ending injury, and the QB thinks mighty highly of the former Steelers backup's brain. He joked at a press conference about having a communications degree, downplaying the significance of it compared to Dobbs' aerospace engineering degree, and laughed about belonging in the media room more than the quarterbacks room. -- Sunday
Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew, who scored a 42 on the Wonderlic, says he doesn’t consider himself in the same league as new backup Josh Dobbs, who graduated from Tennessee with a degree in aerospace engineering. So where does he belong? pic.twitter.com/SULlOTcYyE
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) September 11, 2019
HENRY DOWN INDEFINITELY
Wednesday, 4:47 p.m.: Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has had a rough go of things in his young NFL career. At 24-years-old, he's been dealt with a lacerated kidney, a torn ACL and now a tibia plateau fracture in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively. Dude's got great hands, but he can't catch a break. There's no timetable for his return, but it's not being ruled out for him to play again this season. -- Sunday
'AN' OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.: Ohio State has lost its attempt to trademark the word "the," which ... honestly ... we all kind of saw coming. At this point, the Buckeyes will have to continue to settle for being just one of the universities in the state of Ohio. -- Sunday
BREAKING: The US Patent & Trademark Office has denied Ohio State's desire to trademark "THE."
THIS, is not a surprise.
— Christopher Gabriel (@CGProgram) September 11, 2019
HILL OUT 4-6
Wednesday, 11:28 a.m.: Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will miss 4 to 6 weeks with the rib injury he suffered in Sunday's win at Jacksonville. According to NFL.com, the Chiefs likely will avoid placing Hill on injured reserve with the injury. That would cause him to miss at least half the season. -- Lolley
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