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PAYTON EXTENSION 

Sunday, 12:50 p.m.: Sean Payton is a pretty decent football coach. The Saints agree. From Jay Glazer:

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 

DESPRES HEADBUTT 

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

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

GERRIT'S GENIUS

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

YOU BETCHA

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

YES, PLEASE

Friday, 11:10 p.m.: Yes, please. -- DK

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

MARNER'S DEAL

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

THEODORE'S FIGHT

Friday, 5:07 p.m.: Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore opened up about his battle with testicular cancer. -- Taylor

KESLER, EAVES OUT

Friday, 4:07 p.m.: Ducks forwards Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves will not play this season. -- Taylor

HONKA TRADE?

Friday, 1 p.m.: The Stars' 2014 first-round pick, Julius Honka, has requested a trade. -- Taylor

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

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

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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