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Plea deal might be back in '15 Decatur killing case

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 12 říj 2017 03:24

DECATUR – A plea bargain for one of the men charged with the robbery and murder of a Decatur woman might be on again.
The lawyer representing Shaitan L. Cook Jr., 18, appeared in a Macon County Circuit Court pre-trial hearing Wednesday and asked for more time to discuss a potential plea deal. Cook is being held in the Macon County Jail.
Defense attorney Philip Tibbs told Judge Thomas E. Griffith that a previous potential deal – that would have seen Cook serve 20 years – was still on the table from the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. In a court hearing Aug. 14, Cook appeared to reject the deal and had said in court he had tried to do his own deal involving pleading to a charge of armed robbery “although I didn't commit murder or robbery,” he told the court.
But without the plea deal, prosecutors had warned he could be looking at a maximum sentence of 100 years if convicted. Tibbs said Wednesday that if Cook decides to change his mind the earlier “offer is still a valid offer to my client.”
Griffith agreed to set the case back for another pretrial hearing Nov. 20.
Cook has so far pleaded not guilty to the robbery and murder of Cesley Taylor, 21, on Sept. 7, 2015. She died from multiple gunshot wounds in her apartment and a roommate, Britney Wilson, was also shot multiple times but survived.
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In Season for Youth, Cowboys Must Make Tough Choice on Jaylo

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 12 říj 2017 04:15

The Dallas Cowboys are in the position they are on defense, losing consecutive games by allowing a combined 70 points to the Rams and Packers at home, for a ton of reasons. If Aaron Rodgers is still in your nightmares this morning, the horrifying image of Davante Adams stretching over Jourdan Lewis to win the game is probably at the forefront of your blame on Dallas’ young defense. In a season that was going to be all about the youth Rod Marinelli has on his side of the ball though, an unexpected hindering force has been 2016 second round pick Jaylon Smith.
An amazing story of perseverance and medical achievement, Jaylon Smith isn’t just not helping the Cowboys at MIKE linebacker right now – he is hurting this defense with the amount of snaps he’s seeing despite ineffectiveness against the run and pass.
The reason the Cowboys lack any depth on defense is largely due to the risks they’ve taken in the draft to quickly fix weaknesses at all three levels here. The Jaylon Smith pick itself remains a risk that’s yet to pay off, as he is unfortunately a fraction of the player he was at Notre Dame.
When Smith starred for the Fighting Irish, scouts everywhere could watch his tape and agree on the 6’2″, 233-pound beast’s status as a top-10 prospect. This was thanks to his constant presence defending the run from sideline to sideline, dropping well against the pass, and pressuring the quarterback from the edge.
With a needed bye week prior to their week seven game at the 49ers, the Cowboys should be in position to make the right decision and start a healthy Sean Lee alongside Anthony Hitchens moving forward. Appearing in his first game of the season on Sunday, Hitchens saw 50 snaps while Jaylon played just 33.
If grading each and every play in which this Cowboys defense lined up against Aaron Rodgers, CB Jourdan Lewis and the likes of his teammates in the secondary, such as safeties Xavier Woods, Byron Jones, and Chidobe Awuzie; actually inspire hope that this unit could come together sooner rather than later.
When objectively watching Jaylon Smith, with the liability he’s created on nearly every down by failing to play through contact and hold the point of attack, the Cowboys are seeing a player that is costing them yards – and games.
Lack of continuity at the linebacker position does nothing to support an already weak defensive line in Dallas, as the strength of this front four is being lessened by these LBs. Especially with David Irving back in the mix, the Cowboys’ interior push at DT and overall ability to play the run up front should be their strength in the front seven.
In Season For Youth, Cowboys Must Make Tough Decision On Jaylon Smith
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Why isn't Taco Charlton making a big impact in his rookie se

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 12 říj 2017 04:56

Kristi Scales, the sideline reporter for the Dallas Cowboys radio network, answered your questions about the team during a live chat recently. Here are some highlights.
Question: Why isn't Taco Charlton seeing the field? The young man has been invisible.
Scales: Taco Charlton has three tackles through five games. He's seeing the field as part of a rotation, he's just not making an impact. Entering Sunday's game, he was on the field for 36% of defensive snaps through the first three weeks.
In the box score from Sunday's loss to the Packers, he was not cred with a tackle (the statistic could change when we get results of coaches' film). Even if he gets an assist, it's still a very slow start for a 1st round pick through the first five games of a season.
The team knew they would have to patient with him and develop him, but you need a bigger impact from a 1st-rounder, especially when the biggest question mark for your defense over the past few years has been pass rush.
He's not seeing as much of the field as other rookies in his draft class because he hasn't earned the playing time. It's very simple. Both head coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli have been blunt when asked about Taco's production. They say they need to see more from him. To which Cowboys Nation adds an "Amen". He needs to show the coaches more to earn additional snaps in the rotation on game day.
Question: In your mind what is the No. 1 concern for this team right now?
Scales: The defense needs takeaways! Three takeaways in five games is not cutting it. So far, there are two interceptions (one each by Anthony Brown & Jourdan Lewis) and one fumble recovery (Maliek Collins). The Cowboys' offense has scored following each of those takeaways (two TDs, one FG), so that's an average of 5.7 points-per-takeaway.
Opponents have five takeaways (four INT, one fumble recovery and two of those interceptions have been returned for touchdowns (Aqib Talib @ Den, Damarious Randall vs GB). Overall, opponents have 30 points following Cowboys' turnovers, so that's an average of six points-per-turnover.
Ask any NFL coach and they'll tell you the statistic that is the biggest indicator of whether a team wins or loses is the turnover ratio. The Cowboys are losing the turnover battle because their defense isn't making enough 'catalytic' plays for takeaways.
Question: Where do you think a Irving-Lawrence duo ranks among the NFC's best pass rushing duo?
Scales: Irving has not shown enough consistency yet (unless he's playing the Packers) to put a Lawrence-Irving "duo" among other established duos in the NFL. When Irving is "on", he's terrific. He can really disrupt the offense. But he needs to do so on a consistent basis. That's not a slam, just a fact. He's got the physical talent and size to be a dominating player, now he needs time and experience and consistency to reach his potential. He's also a fun, engaging young man with a bright future if he can stay the course.
On Cowboys' dead money after release of Nolan Carroll:
Scales: Nolan Carroll will count $2 million in dead money versus the Cowboys' 2017 salary cap when he's released which raises the total amount of dead money to $23.048m this season (source:
Carroll is the 5th highest hit on the list behind Tony Romo (10.6m), Cedric Thornton (3.5m), Brandon Carr (2.717m), and Doug Free (2.5m).
Those five former Cowboys also add up to 13.41% of the current 2017 Cowboys' cap.
The total of $23.048 million is high, especially when compared to other teams in the NFC East.
The Eagles are the next-highest in dead money at $17.33 million thanks to a couple of ex-Eagles QBs at the top of their list (Chase Daniel $ 6.1 million, Sam Bradford $ 5.5 million). The Redskins have $10.3 million in dead money this season, and the Giants only $4.07 million.
Question: Do you think Chidobe Awuzie can excel as a safety if Dallas wants Jourdan Lewis to play CB?
Scales: Chido Awuzie practiced at safety leading into the Green Bay game and, before re-aggravating a hamstring injury, was rotating into the game at safety...especially with Kavon Frazier inactive. Awuzie was the primary backup at safety last Sunday, and playing in the sub-packages.
Lewis will continue to play cornerback; the coaches love what he can do in the slot so he'll continue to get tons of playing time. With the impending release of Nolan Carroll, will that mean that Awuzie has to get some practice reps during the week at cornerback so that he can be a backup at both CB and S?
Wherever he plays, the question about Awuzie through the first 5 weeks of the season is his availability. He can't stay healthy enough to get through a game. He's already missed two games and parts of two others. Also, injuries are keeping him from practice and that's good for a rookie's development.
Question: How big a loss is losing Charles Tapper? How much do you think this injury sets his career back?
Scales: Charles Tapper has played two games in his first two NFL season, so his career has definitely suffered setbacks because of injuries. In 2016, his rookie season was derailed because of back injury which landed him on Injured Reserve. He was inactive the first three games of 2016 before going on I.R.
This year, it's a broken foot that once again lands him on the injury list. He played the 2017 season opener and recorded one sack and 1 tackle in just 11 snaps. He notched two tackles at Denver in Week 2, but was inactive the next two games. Then he suffers the fracture in his foot during practice.
As for how big a loss is Tapper? It's never good to take a pass rusher out of the rotation, but it's hard to miss what you haven't really least for the early part of his career.
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Area standouts: Homecoming good for Gardner, Osage City voll

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 12 říj 2017 07:12

Despite injury-plagued season, Indians complete undefeated Flint Hills League championship with sweep of Central Heights
Leaving Burlingame was not an easy decision for Chelsi Gardner for a number of reasons.
For starters, it was the school that gave Gardner her first volleyball head coaching gig, turning the program over to her in 2009. In seven years, she turned the program into a consistent winner, compiling a 143-89 record and guiding the Bearcats to the 2012 Lyon County League title.
With a dearth of young talent on hand and on the way, Burlingame volleyball is in a good spot.
But home, in Gardner’s mind, was a better spot and when the Osage City job came open last spring she jumped at the chance to coach her alma mater.
“It’s a position I’ve wanted for a while — it’s my home town. It’s where I grew up. It’s where my husband and our family lives,” said Gardner, a 2004 Indian graduate. “My daughter is just starting kindergarten and it was a really good time to move over here.
“I know there’s a lot of talent (at Burlingame) and there are some eighth-graders coming up who are really talented. Burlingame took me in as a rookie and I built something proud of there. It was difficult to leave and I had multiple opportunities to leave but it just didn’t feel right. But when I was offered the position at Osage, it was something I couldn’t pass up.”
Gardner’s first season at Osage City hasn’t exactly been a smooth one with injuries and defections keeping her lineup in nearly constant flux since the first month of the season. But she’s managed to push all the right buttons so far and with Tuesday night’s 25-13, 25-9 and 25-20, 25-10 sweep of Central Heights, the Indians capped a 14-0 run through the Flint Hills League.
The league title was the first since 2010, the same year Osage City also captured the Class 3A state championship.
“Coming in as the new kid, I wasn’t sure how we’d do,” Gardner said. “After working with the girls and being around them, I knew they were talented and super athletic. But I’d also been around 1A kids for the last eight years. I knew our league was solid, but being knew I wasn’t sure where my kids were. I knew we were good and I was confident and excited to see where they’d take us.”
Only three of the Indians’ 14 league matches went to a third game with the narrowest win coming against West Franklin when Osage City dropped the first game 27-25 before winning the next two 25-14, 25-22. Lyndon and Northern Heights each also took a game from the Indians.
All three of those matches came when Osage City’s roster was in a state of flux. A month into the season, Gardner lost both of her setters in an eight-hour span when returning starter Aliks Serna left the team and junior Claire Crawford went down in practice with an ankle injury.
Crawford missed a week and a half with her injury and while she was out senior middle hitter Whitney Carnell was in a car accident and suffered a concussion which knocked her out for a month. Both are back now, but two weeks ago leading hitter Britney Wilkins suffered a severe ankle sprain which will keep her sidelined until sub-state.
“The adversity these girls have overcome really speaks volume about them,” said Gardner, also noting senior Jasmine Stevens has played the entire season with a bulging disk in her back. “I have been blessed this year not only with really good athletes, but really great kids who have bought into what we’re trying to do. They’ve stepped up to any challenge they’ve had and just taken it and gotten stronger and grown, used it to make themselves better.”
At 22-8 overall, Osage City enters Saturday’s league tournament on a roll, having won nine straight matches and 12 of its last 13. Maintaining that momentum will be key as the Indians face a loaded Class 3A sub-state in two weeks, one that contains defending 3A state champion Silver Lake and a St. Marys team which swept the Indians earlier this year.
“They’re tickled and I’m excited for them,” Gardner said about the undefeated league title. “But at the same time, they’re not satisfied. I’ve talked to them a lot about how that since I met them in May, these last three weeks are what we’ve been working toward. We’ve done some great things this year, but we still have some things we want to accomplish and we have to stay hungry and go after it with everything we’ve got.”
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Davante Adams remembers everything from Danny Trevathan hit

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 12 říj 2017 08:04

Davante Adams was one of the heroes in the Green Bay Packers 35-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, catching two touchdown passes including the game-winner. But what's amazing is how he was able to play after he suffered a huge helmet-to-helmet hit from Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan over a week ago.
After the game against the Cowboys, Adams spoke to the media about the hit and he said he remembers everything about it.
"I had a brief moment where I was a little loopy out there and didn't really remember things until I got into the hospital and things started coming back to me, and I felt good," Adams said per Rob Demovsky of "No headaches or anything throughout the week and I obviously felt like I was able to come out and perform at a high level."
Adams then went on to say that Trevathan apologized and the two talked via text messages last week. He also believes the Bears linebacker shouldn't be considered a dirty player but he also said the hit was not needed.
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"I wouldn't say he's a dirty player at all," Adams said to Demovsky. "Over the week you hear a lot about different people's inputs. It's definitely unnecessary. You don't want those type of hits in the game. He's not that type of guy. It was a mistake and I guess that's why they allowed him to appeal."
Trevathan was originally suspended for two games, but he was able to get it down to one as he won his appeal. Trevathan did not get fined for the hit.
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Sundays to turn into extended tryouts for 0-5 49ers

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 12 říj 2017 08:43

SANTA CLARA — Two undeniable truths shape the 49ers’ Week 6 matchup in Washington: The team is 0-5 and is set to play Kirk Cousins, the quarterback most connected to the rebuilding efforts under way in the South Bay.
Cousins is set to be a free agent after this season. He’s excited about it, too. The Niners will be flush with cap space, and Kyle Shanahan and his father, Mike, were responsible for drafting Cousins out of Michigan State in 2012.
Since his team is winless — instead of, say, 4-1, which isn’t inconceivable when you consider four losses were by three points or fewer — Shanahan can use this year to better evaluate what he’s got on the roster and how he can better position it for the future.
“You’re always carrying two thoughts,” the first-year head coach said Wednesday. “You always want to win right now, but you don’t want to do it at the expense of hurting yourself over time.”
It’s amazing the kind of perspective being under a six-year contract can give an NFL coach. Shanahan was intent on making the most of being 0-5, because it allows him a chance to find out what kind of talent he has on his roster.
“A lot of people can fool you when you’re 5-0. Everybody’s happy, everybody’s perfect. It’s very easy to do everything,” Shanahan said. “When you’re 0-5, a lot of true colors come out with people, and you get to find out the guys you want to go to war with and the guys who are going to be a part of turning this thing around.”
When the 2017 season is done — for the 49ers that will be about 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 — Shanahan and general manager John Lynch will have options. Because of their cap space, they could find a franchise quarterback in free agency, and because of their record, an exciting prospect should be available.
“That’s one of the reasons that we were so excited to come here,” Shanahan said, referencing how the team is positioned for the future.
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Bobby Wagner, Germain Ifedi show support for ESPN's Jemele H

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 13 říj 2017 02:46

ESPN made a controversial decision on Monday to suspend one of their main talents, Jemele Hill for two weeks and at least, two Seattle Seahawks aren't down with the decision.
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Linebacker Bobby Wagner and offensive tackle Germain Ifedi both flashed their support for Hill in different ways on Tuesday. For Ifedi, it was a direct approach.
Meanwhile, Wagner was a bit more stealthy electing to retweet this offering from rapper J.Cole.
Wagner also supported Hill through her first controversy when she called out President Donald Trump. After Trump fired a shot at NFL players who kneel during the anthem using curse words, the NFL's most proficient tackler tweeted this.
Hill was suspended on Monday due to violating her network's social media policy for a second time, in regards to wading into political matters. The first was the aforementioned mini-feud with Pres. Trump. On Sunday, she mentioned that the only way for fans to truly voice their displeasure against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, whose organizations both instated anthem policies that require their players to stand, would be to boycott.
ESPN seemingly determined those tweets to be a call to action not sports commentary and suspended one half of their"The Six" anchors.
Count Wagner and Ifedi among those who don't think she did anything wrong.
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Příspěvekod Angel92 » 13 říj 2017 03:29

By the time the first half was over, the No. 1 overall pick had taken NY quarterback Josh McCown down twice. But the true test comes Sunday in East Rutherford against the Patriots, a team that handed Bowles and Co. a 41-3 shellacking on Christmas Eve last season at Gillette Stadium.
The Jets have done that the past three weeks, rolling to a dominant victory against Miami and then pulling off close wins against Jacksonville and Cleveland. "They're always good at game planning and preparing for you and what you do and what you do best, and so it'll be a fun challenge". They have played the teams on the schedule and beaten three of them.
Add an 0-2 start to the season and it was easy to associate "tanking" with how the Jets were building for the future. New England has split its last four road games at the Jets, with the two losses coming in overtime and the average margin of victory less than four points.
"You've got to be impressed with what the Jets have done", he said. "It'll be tough this week".
That said, if the two are healthy enough to play, the Jets need them to produce. "We've just got to come out and work on us and play hard and go into the game and try and compete and win". "They're taking a lot of doubles up for everybody else, but there are certain schemes that require different things, and they are doing those different things. It's just the belief and the confidence and the unity was there, and you could feel it", defensive lineman Leonard Williams said on a conference call. Multiple team members have said the lack of sacks is not a concern, but Wilkerson and Williams are simply too good to have that zero on the back of their cards. "All of that is going to start with me". Brady completed 30 of 40 passes for 303 yards, 1 touchdown, and an interception although they were narrowly outgained 402-409, had less 1 down conversions 23-26, but did outrush Tampa Bay 113-90. "And we have to get the penalties down, which keeps hampering us every week, which has to change".
Our Free NFL Prediction: The Patriots defense is still a mess, allowing 47 points in their last 2 games which is 10 points more than the Jets have allowed in their last 2 games.
The Patriots know that their third win of the season didn't earn them much in the way of style points. "It's early in the week, so we'll see how they progress".
"Look, the refs are trying to do the best they can do".
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Don Mancini Breaks Down that Crazy ‘Cult of Chucky’ Ending

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 13 říj 2017 04:42

Spoiler Warning: This article is about the end of Cult of Chucky, so as you might have guessed, there are spoilers all the way through the end of Cult of Chucky.
In the league of horror’s iconic slasher villains, Chucky has endured as a true one-of-a-kind. While the killer doll’s fellow slash MVPs have been rebooted and remade and back again, the Child’s Play franchise has stayed the course with creator Don Mancini behind every script and original actor Brad Dourif voicing the maniacal Good Guy Doll in every film. The trick? Chucky has stayed alive through constant evolution. Be it the setting, the tone, or even the subgenre he’s playing in, Mancini has reinvented what it means to be a part of the franchise with each new movie, adopting an “anything goes” mentality that has fuelled one of the most consistently entertaining, enjoyable, and downright weird horror series of all time.
With Cult of Chucky, the seventh Chucky film to date, Mancini takes things in an even stranger and bolder direction than ever before, especially in the film’s wild third act. Cult of Chucky brings together all the key players from Chucky movies past — Alex Vincent‘s Andy Barclay, Jennifer Tilly‘s Tiffany Valentine, and Fiona Dourif‘s Nica Pierce — under the roof of an insane asylum where Chucky picks off his imprisoned prey and battles his old foes. Well, that’s three Chuckys to be exact. Mancini uses the insane asylum setting to mess with the audience’s head and make a “mind fuck” Chucky movie that keeps the audience guessing what’s real and who’s sane until the big reveal — Nica’s not crazy, there are three different Chuckys on the loose, terrorizing the patients en masse and when they finally meet, it’s an all-time franchise moment.
In anticipation of the film’s release, I recently hopped on the phone with Mancini (read Part 1 of the interview here) and the writer-director explained that the mult-Chucky showdown has been on his mind for a while.
But just because he had the idea for a long time, doesn’t mean it was easy to pull off. As Mancini explained, coordinating three Chuchy puppets on set was a bit of a nightmare — especially because he was still fine-tuning the script while after the start of production.
But because Mancini was still nailing down the scene, they had to flip the script on how they usually film the puppetry sequences, with Mancini himself providing the temporary voice tracks.
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What You Might've Missed: Key blocks on big drive

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 13 říj 2017 07:33

GREEN BAY – A game-winning drive like the one the Packers put together in Dallas doesn’t happen without a lot of clean execution.
That means it’s not just the four players who touched the ball on the drive – QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Davante Adams, TE Martellus Bennett and RB Aaron Jones – who made it work.
Their teammates threw a number of key blocks along the way, and that’s what this edition of WYMM will cover, along with a couple of other worthwhile snaps from earlier in the game, just for good measure.
But first, from the final drive …
Play No. 1: First-and-10 from the Green Bay 25, fourth quarter, 1:13 left
Result: 14-yard completion to Adams
With the rookie Jones next to him in the backfield, you can see Rodgers before the snap communicate Jones’ assignment on blitz pickup, and Jones similarly points at Cowboys S Byron Jones (31) coming off the edge. Green Bay’s Jones does exactly what’s needed, running interference to keep Dallas’ Jones out of Rodgers’ face and create a clear throwing lane for the back-shoulder toss to Adams.
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Eric Reid: 49ers have Jed York’s support to protest during a

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 13 říj 2017 08:36

In contrast to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has said he will bench players who don’t stand during the national anthem, 49ers CEO Jed York has given his players his support.
That’s according to 49ers safety Eric Reid, who recently had a conversation with York.
Reid said that York has “expressed very clearly that he wants to support us. That he’s not going to force us to do anything. Speaking for our team, that’s what he’s told me explicitly.”
In the latest twist involving the NFL and players who are protesting social injustice by kneeling during the anthem, Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a memo to 32 teams Tuesday in which he encouraged players to stand. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also has requested that his players stand.
“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game,” Goodell wrote. “We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.”
Goodell said the NFL also plans to review the issue during next week’s fall league meeting in New York. At those meetings, it’s believed the NFL will discuss a rule change in which it requires to players to stand for the anthem.
On Wednesday, the NFL and NFL Players Association released a joint statement noting “there has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem.”
After President Trump’s harsh criticism of protesting NFL players Sept. 22, the majority of NFL teams issued statements in response and their players locked arms in shows of unity two days later. Owners such as Jones, Jacksonville’s Shad Khan, Washington’s Daniel Snyder, who donated to Trump’s campaign, locked arms with players.
On Wednesday, Reid was asked if he expected the shift in tone from the NFL on the anthem controversy.
“I was hoping that it wouldn’t, but I did sense that,” Reid said. “They said it was going to be a one-week thing when they did it. I expected it.”
Last year, York matched Colin Kaepernick’s $1 million donation to underserved communities shortly after his landmark anthem protest became public. Last month, York was the third owner to issue a statement in response to Trump, terming his comments “callous and offensive.”
Injury report: Reid (knee) and inside linebacker Reuben Foster (ankle) returned to team drills, although they were limited and head coach Kyle Shanahan has yet to commit to them playing Sunday at Washington.
Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (back) did not practice and eight other players were limited: linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong (shoulder), safety Adrian Colbert (hamstring), defensive tackle D.J. Jones (back), tight end George Kittle (chest), defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (knee), safety Jimmie Ward (shoulder), linebacker Dekoda Watson (groin) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion).
Eric Branch is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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Meet Roger Goodell's Secret Twitter Defender

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 14 říj 2017 02:23

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has had one consistent defender in his corner—at least on Twitter. But now even that has disappeared.
Goodell has come under harsh criticism in recent months over his handling of professional football players kneeling during the national anthem, as well as falling TV ratings and the league’s legal dispute with Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
One Twitter user, under the account name @forargument, often came to Goodell’s defense on the social media site. It turns out the user was actually his wife Jane Skinner Goodell, the Wall Street Journal uncovered and later confirmed.
Since the social media unmasking, however, the account has been taken down.
Jane Skinner Goodell provided a statement to the WSJ on Thursday, explaining her actions were silly, but done out of frustration and love.
“As a former media member, I’m always bothered when the coverage doesn’t provide a complete and accurate picture of a story,” Goodell said in a written statement sent to WSJ. “I’m also a wife and a mom. I have always passionately defended the hard-working guy I love—and I always will. I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!”
Earlier this week, Goodell sent a letter to every NFL team calling for an end to the controversy over football players kneeling during the national anthem. He said the act is threatening to erode the “unifying power” of the game.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last year in an action intended to draw attention to police violence against black Americans. The NFL protest has escalated this season with players across the league choosing to kneel before or during the anthem.
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Film Room: Javon Hargrave Effective Against The Run Despite

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 14 říj 2017 03:38

Who wants to hear about the performance of a nose tackle in the run game on a day on which the Pittsburgh Steelers defense allowed the Jaguars to rush for over 200 yards? Well, hopefully there are at least a few, because today I want to take a look at some of the work that Javon Hargrave did on Sunday.
What struck me when looking at the stat sheet after the game is that the second-year nose tackle was credited with no fewer than 10 tackles. While the majority of them were assists, it shows how active he was against the run—which was aided by the fact that the team actually stayed in the 3-4 front quite a bit.
Hargrave was credit with a number of run stops, including one early in the game, about five minutes into the second quarter. With the Jaguars facing a second and seven, the Steelers countered a 21 look with their 3-4 over front, the nose tackle tilted over the left shoulder of the center.
The line tried to stretch right, but Hargrave was too quick for the left guard, first cutting off the cutback lane, then chasing down Leonard Fournette for no gain when he had nowhere else to go
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In the galleries: Ghostly presences at the Joan Hisaoka Heal

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 14 říj 2017 07:09

The exhibition “Apparitions,” at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, takes its title from Craig Cahoon’s wispy abstraction in watery silver paint on Mylar. His “Apparition” is barely there, yet gains power from the effort needed to apprehend it. The piece, hushed and beguiling, is typical of this elegant show.
“Apparitions” is 80-year-old curator Elise Wiarda’s farewell, after 17 years, to the healing center associated with the Hisaoka gallery. Before that, she worked at the now-defunct Fendrick Gallery. Wiarda enlisted 15 friends, including such eminent local artists as Joe White, Sam Gilliam and Kitty Klaidman.
Not all of the art is ghostly, but most of it features spare gestures and subdued palettes. The most colorful piece is White’s “Gulf island (Canada),” a large landscape painted entirely in white and shades of light and grayish blue. Gilliam, known as a grand-scale colorist, offers a minimalist miniature that’s all white resin and blond wood. It’s as quiet as Klaidman’s topographic abstraction, whose worn hues suggest earth and erosion.
There’s an Asian feel to works on paper such as Margot Neuhaus’s “Line #2” and Daniel Brush’s “Komachi.” The former uses light gray watercolor to trace part of a swoop made by ripping the sheet. The latter (whose title is a Japanese term for a beautiful woman) appears to be a single brushstroke but is actually hundreds of contiguous black lines. Each one is painstakingly drawn and utterly solid, but their overall effect is ephemeral.
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Alejandro Villanueva Wants To Stop Comparing This Year’s O-L

Příspěvekod Angel92 » 14 říj 2017 08:47

There have been mixed opinions to date about the performance of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line through five games. While Pro Football Focus ranked them ninth in the league as recently as earlier this week, others have been far harsher in their evaluation.
Yet one constant has been there, and that is that they are certainly not playing up to the level to which they were able to ascend by the end of the 2016 regular season, a run that they carried into a postseason run that saw them fall a game short of reaching the Super Bowl for the first time since 2010.
Among those who have identified the discrepancy between the unit’s performance to date in 2017 in comparison to last year is, in fact, one of their own, left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who was fairly critical, and self-critical, in speaking to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN yesterday.
“Maybe we are making the mistake that we are comparing ourselves too much to last year, and this year is a completely different year”, he told the reporter. Fowler wrote in his more-than-140-character Tweet that Villanueva told him the offensive line has not played well enough, and that he has played poorly.
While his roughest game of the season came during a time in which he was battling an illness, he has not played particularly well overall in any of his five games, even if he has in isolation made some impressive blocks.
He has, overall, but on an ascending trajectory, once again, which has been the case in each of his first three seasons, almost as though he has had to relearn things every year before he was able to feel fully comfortable in reacting more and thinking less, which has allowed him to be more proactive and aggressive.
While David DeCastro has put together some quality games on the season to date—in particular in week four against the Ravens, in which he was the focal point of quite a bit of the Steelers’ success on the ground—he played particularly poorly on Sunday, getting beaten repeatedly in pass protection, which including a called hold that wiped out a late touchdown that would have made it a one-possession game.
Ramon Foster, as is often the case, has been the most consistent performer along the offensive line, while Maurkice Pouncey has been fairly stable, though prone to misses here and there. Marcus Gilbert being sidelined for three-plus games has not helped matters.
But this is not an unfamiliar story, and the unit was able to turn it up and lead the offensive in the second half of the 2016 season. The talent is already there, and the coaching is in place, as are the past results. They can get better—they have already been better—but they have work to do to get back to where they were.
And perhaps that starts with forgetting about who they were last year and focusing on who they need to be this year.
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