Oregon WR and Olympic hurdler Devon Allen wants gold in Rio and a Super Bowl later

The last time Devon Allen competed on one of the biggest stages in sports, his night ended quickly.

This was New Year’s Day 2015. The freshman Authentic Germain Ifedi Jersey who’d had seven college touchdowns and a 110-yard performance against Michigan State was standing in a Pasadena end zone. He was ready to receive the opening kickoff in the College Football Playoff’s first-ever semifinal.

Allen shook one tackler, but a Seminole spun him down at Oregon’s 20-yard line. The Rose Bowl was underway.

But something was amiss. He lumbered Authentic J’Marcus Webb Jersey toward the Oregon sideline. He’d never join Marcus Mariota and the Ducks’ offense on that field.

“Everybody’s gonna run fast, but I think just competing well is gonna get you the gold, Allen said, “hopefully, with one of those fast times that we all strive for.”

The Ducks start fall camp on Aug. 8. Allen expects to get back to Oregon on Aug. 22. He’s got a football game on Sept. 3.
Allen plans to take a few days off once he arrives home. He and his family have worked out a plan for Allen to get in 10 practices and play at least by Oregon’s second game of the year, Sept. 10 against Virginia, though Allen might be able to get back for the Ducks’ opener against UC Davis a week before that.

“I think it’ll be a quick turnaround,” he said.

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has opted to check himself into a treatment facility and will not attend training camp, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder. Gregory had been issued a four-game suspension to start the season, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Gregory had another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy and would be facing a longer suspension.

The Cowboys selected Gregory in the second round of the 2015 draft. Gregory was widely considered to have first-round talent, but failed drug tests at the Combine caused his draft stock to fall.

“You can think about that, but it’s really just about competing and playing against yourself,” Allen said. “It doesn’t matter. If anybody runs 14-flat, as long as you get first place, you’re gonna get the gold.”

Oregon head football coach Mark Helfrich has thrown enthusiastic support behind Allen.

Tom Brady is 39 now, but he hasn’t showed signs of slowing down

Tom Brady turned 39 on Wednesday, and following the retirements of Peyton Manning and Matt Hasselbeck, the New England Patriots quarterback is the oldest passer in the NFL.

In fact, the only players older than Brady Josh Gordon Jersey are a few kickers and punters. But in his 16-year NFL career, Brady has shown no signs of declining and there hasn’t been much reason to believe he won’t be at the top of his game when he returns from a four-game suspension.

Everyone slows down eventually, but Josh McCown Jersey just because Brady is just shy of 40 now doesn’t mean he’s done. A few quarterbacks have found success in the last year of their 30s, although it’s a small group.

The 46-year-old passer said he’d love to be the Dallas Cowboys’ backup quarterback so as long as the team could guarantee no 300-pound defenders are going to run into him.

“You know what? Being around, walking in this Hall and stuff, it kind of gives you a little bit of an itch,” Favre told NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “The only problem is I can’t get hit. Can they promise I won’t get hit?”

Nate Burleson was quick to remind Favre of the prowess of the Cowboys offensive line, but it wasn’t quite convincing enough for the old gunslinger.

“Well, I mean, that’s good. But I need a little more … security.”

I, too, would like to play quarterback for the Cowboys if they could please promise that I won’t be hit. As would Tony Romo, who fractured his collarbone twice behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL in 2015. With pass rushers like Fletcher Cox in the NFC East, there’s plenty of reason why watching from the couch is the better idea.

Did Adele get offered the Super Bowl halftime show or not? Adele said she turned down the opportunity to perform at 2017’s Super Bowl halftime show, but the NFL and halftime show sponsor Pepsi are denying that an official offer was ever put on the table.

Philadelphia’s success still hinges on Sam Bradford. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Bradford spent the offseason getting healthy and he’s really ready to compete this year. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

The Cowboys might be good again, with or without Tony Romo

THE ZEKE & DAK SHOW: Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott stole the show. Even with the Romo injury scare, there was plenty for Cowboys fans to like about this game.

HOSTAGE SITUATION IN VEGAS: Las Vegas stadium investors want $750 million in public money for the Raiders, or Taylor Decker Jersey else. Las Vegas is fairly new to the business of being a potential host for professional football, but the group that’s trying to bring the Raiders there is already employing a good old-fashioned NFL shakedown.

Mark Davis files trademark for Las Vegas Raiders. Gotta cover all the bases, right?

First Raiders Las Vegas Theo Riddick Jersey stadium renderings have very familiar look about them. Great moments in recycled blueprints.

ROGER’S INNER CIRCLE: Roger Goodell is getting his very own committee. The “chairman’s committee” is a group of owners who will apparently serve as advisors for Goodell. It’s the same group of owners who are usually advising him anyway, staunch Goodell allies like Rooney, Mara, McNair, Hunt and Kraft.

BRADY’S BACK: Friday’s preseason game is probably the last time you’ll see Tom Brady until October. Brady is expected to make his preseason debut against the Panthers on Friday.

Newton was taken to the airport in an ambulance but flew back to Houston with the Texans after the game.

Newton lay on the ground for an extended period while being checked out by the medical team and was seen pounding his right fist on the field. He had air casts put on both legs.

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Tackle Chris Clark replaced Newton. Clark filled in at left tackle for Houston while Duane Brown was on the physically unable to perform list to start the season.

“I know how hard he’s worked, how much he’s put into this game,” Brown said of Newton. “And then battling through injuries quite a bit. I know how that feels. I went through something similar to that last year, and my heart hurts for him and I’m praying for a speedy recovery for him.”

Newton did not play in the Texans’ Week 6 victory over the Indianapolis Colts because of an ankle injury. He also missed all of training camp with a hamstring injury, but he returned to play in the Texans’ season opener against the Chicago Bears.

“It’s tough to have anybody go down,” Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork said. “Just losing a starter, a key guy to our offense and to our team, it’s a bummer. I haven’t gotten a chance to see him.”

Ritchie later made similar remarks to the Guardian interview

However, apparently made no mention of this, telling the officials his interview that Bobby Massie Jersey he opened fire after Crawford made aggressive move. He added a written narrative that the 22-year-old had turned towards us aggressive manner with the rifle hand. By the time Darkow filed his own written narrative, 10 days after his interview, he described Crawford’s final action differently. Darkow said only that it was a quick movement, and did not repeat his Brian Hoyer Jersey earlier remarks that Crawford appeared to be trying to retreat. Darkow has always said that the shooting was justified. Sherrod speaks out against the officer that shot her. The inconsistencies emerged after Crawford’s mother told the Guardian the police were trying to cover their after discovering Crawford was holding a piece of store merchandise and speaking on his phone, rather than threatening shoppers. But it’s not working, because we’ve seen the video, we’ve read the report – it doesn’t match, said Sherrod. The investigation file offers the first indication of why Crawford was engrossed his phone conversation. the girlfriend the store with him, said that Leecee, the mother of Crawford’s two sons, had previously tried to call both of them several times, and was unhappy that Crawford was out with another woman. It also casts new light on the changing story of Ritchie, the customer who called 911 to report Crawford was pointing his gun and posing a threat. Ritchie said he was prompted to act when Crawford passed them the hardware section about 100 yards to the left of the corner where he stood until being shot. Ritchie and his wife, claimed afterwards that Crawford was causing panic among fellow shoppers. Yet only one of seven other customers interviewed by Ohio’s bureau of criminal investigation recalled seeing Crawford. The customer, Brewer, told investigators that he was not alarmed and presumed the 22-year-old was a Walmart employee taking a gun on sale at the store to a storeroom.

The open of firearms is legal Ohio. Photo released by the Ohio attorney general’s office shows the opened box of the BB rifle that Crawford III picked up. Photograph: Ohio bureau of criminal investigation Ritchie stated repeatedly on his 911 call that Crawford was pointing the gun at people, including two children particular. This was relayed to the officers on the ground, and before shooting Crawford, called back to the 911 dispatcher to confirm the gun was being pointed at people. a written statement to Beavercreek police the following day, Ritchie repeated again that Crawford was pointing the gun at people as they walked by. Yet Ritchie later explained that the with the gun wasn’t actually pointing the gun at the family, according to a report of his interview with state investigators, but swinging the gun around and flashing the muzzle at children. Ritchie later made similar remarks to the Guardian interview. Later still, the surveillance footage showed Crawford occasionally swinging the gun at his side and pointing it at a shelf, but not the direction of anyone. Ritchie gave a similar account to investigators, adding that Crawford was acting very shady. She said the couple trailed Crawford, adding that her husband was a former marine and knew how to maintain a safe distance. According to his official service record, Ritchie was a marine for seven weeks 2008. He told the Guardian he was discharged after chiefs declared him a fraudulent enlistment for not disclosing a medical condition. He maintains that he did disclose it but paperwork was not submitted. He claimed to investigators that he actually served for a longer period but his record was shortened retrospectively. Ritchie, who used a Walmart scooter due to a leg injury, said she travelled around warning shoppers about Crawford. None interviewed by investigators recounted this. Surveillance footage showed Crawford continued to look straight ahead. Yet Ritchie, who had been standing to his left, said that despite what the video camera was showing, they maintained eye contact with Crawford. After police told customers to evacuate, she left the scooter and ran. She later stopped cooperating with the investigators. The documents disclosed how Walmart staff might have made contact with Crawford before the 911 call was made, order to advise him about potential misunderstandings. Only one of 27 employees working at the time told interviewers that he noticed Crawford and the air rifle. The employee, Corey, said he saw Crawford swaying what looks like a full-powered weapon. While he considered it not be real, he believed that it could cause potential panic, according to his interview report. radioed a colleague and asked her to tell assistant manager, to have Crawford leave the store. told investigators that she looked for Crawford but could not find him, and then heard gunshots. estimated that the shots were fired about 10 minutes after his radioed message. This would mean that he made his request for managers to talk to Crawford about five minutes before Ritchie called 911. The documents also disclosed that one of the first police officers to arrive at the Walmart following the shooting was ‘s father, who serves alongside his the Beavercreek force. said his interview that he believed his ‘s actions had been line with the department’s policies and procedures.

His fastball averaged at least 94 mph every during that stretch

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers’ search for one more relief option led them Thursday to former Mets closer Bobby Parnell, who agreed to terms on a Minor League deal Kevin Garnett Jersey with a non-roster invite to big league camp. Parnell, a 31-year-old right-hander, is expected to compete for one of two open spots Detroit’s bullpen. If he can recapture the form that earned him 22 saves 2013 before undergoing Tommy surgery the following year, he’ll have a good opportunity. The Tigers had relative success two years ago on a low-risk deal with a reliever his second back from elbow surgery. Joba Chamberlain became the Tigers’ setup 2014, two years after his surgery, and played underrated role Detroit’s fourth consecutive division title. Parnell had a longer stretch of success, racking up three seasons of 60-plus appearances a four-year span, before his Kevin Martin Jersey elbow gave out. He pitched 301 3 innings over 292 Major League appearances from 2009 through 2013, posting a 3 ERA and 3 while averaging 8 strikeouts per nine innings and a 2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

His fastball averaged at least 94 mph every during that stretch, according to. With surgery 2014, not only was Parnell’s career stalled, his bullpen spot was open for others to take. He returned last to make 30 appearances the rest of the year, but gave up 17 earned runs on 30 hits over 24 innings with more walks than strikeouts. Opponents hit Parnell’s fastball for a.349 on the, according to STATS, and he struggled to get swings and misses. Within those struggles, however, came a slow improvement his fastball, from 92 mph to 96 mph, according to. The Tigers had been eyeing free-agent relievers since the holidays, hoping to find bargains close to Spring Training. With the 40- roster full, however, Detroit did not want to give a guaranteed Major League contract and have to give up a prospect to make room. With Spring Training workouts beginning across the Majors this weekend, the lingering relief market began to move recent days. The Tigers worked out another former Major League pitcher Thursday, bringing former Astros starter Lucas Harrell to throw on the back fields at Tigertown. However, Parnell’s deal could conclude the Tigers’ non-roster invites.

Menu SANTA, Calif. — Once Rodgers and Co. warmed up the second half, the Green Bay Packers kept their unbeaten start rolling. Rodgers passed for 224 yards and a touchdown, ran 17 yards to set up a key second-half score, and the Packers beat the hapless San 49ers 17 on for their first 4 start four years. Rodgers caught a 9-yard touchdown pass on the game’s opening drive before Rodgers got his team going the second half after a slow start to snap a four-game streak to San, which included a pair of playoff defeats. Clay Matthews added his own flair to this one. When he sacked Colin Kaepernick the third quarter, he kissed his right biceps Kaepernick-style to punctuate the play — one of Green Bay’s six sacks. While methodical with nothing fancy, Green Bay seemed unfazed with a short week and trip West after beating Kansas City last Monday night. This is the team’s first 4 start since winning the initial 13 2011. The Packers certainly their trip to ‘s Stadium be the first of two this. The Super Bowl comes to the second-year, $1 billion Bay Area venue four months for its 50th year celebration. Kaepernick threw his fifth interception two and the 49ers have been limited to 28 total points over three while giving up 107 points. The quarterback, sacked six times, was booed the fourth quarter along with rookie punter Bradley Pinion. The Packers capitalized shortly after San ‘s Bush was stuffed for no gain trying to go up the middle on third-and-11 a play call that was immediately scrutinized. On the ensuing drive, James Jones caught a 38-yard pass on the left sideline by barely staying bounds. Rodgers then scrambled 17 yards to set up Kuhn’s 1-yard scoring burst. Green Bay made just enough plays.

Brandon Phillips’ defense is overlooked no more

CINCINNATI — Brandon Phillips’ defense is overlooked no more. Phillips, the Reds second baseman, was named a recipient of a National League Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence on Wednesday. I’m surprised about things that have happened career, and this is one of them, Phillips said on a conference call with reporters. Being one of the best defensive second basemen the Leagues is a blessing. I work hard at it. For the second consecutive, Phillips led NL second basemen fielding percentage. He committed seven errors over Alonzo Gee Jersey 706 total chances. However, this is the 27-year-old’s first Gold Glove. both 2006 and ’07, the D-backs’ Orlando was the winner. Although he considers a friend, the slight angered Phillips. To tell you the truth, when I didn’t win it last year, it really hurt me a little bit, Phillips said. Then after that, I was like, ‘If I win one, I win one. If I don’t, it wouldn’t really bother me.’ But it’s different when you win one now. it Arron Afflalo Jersey feels great to finally get recognized and win the award. I think a lot of people are starting to recognize what type of player that I am. I play defense first before anything. Defense wins. It’s just a beautiful thing to finally win this award. I hope there are more to come. Displaying the fielding intangibles that often don’t appear statistics — range, athleticism — Phillips often executed some spectacular plays and made it easier for him to be noticed by the league’s managers and coaches that vote for the award.

Phillips was also a steady hand the field for a Reds team that ranked 14th out of 16 NL teams fielding percentage. From 10-July 8, Phillips held a 78-game errorless streak that was the second longest streak among second basemen this behind the 82-game streak by Pittsburgh’s Sanchez. I talked to him and boy, I’ve never heard a happier voice life, Reds manager Baker said. It was like he couldn’t believe it.

I couldn’t believe that he couldn’t believe it, because this has worked hard. He never sits down. He’s always working taking balls off the bat. He’s catching popups over his head, which I’ve never seen anyone do at practice. He practices like he plays, and it’s paid off. Last week, Phillips received Handbook’s Fielding Bible Award as the best defensive second basemen the Leagues. its Best Tools issue, Baseball rated Phillips the second-best NL second baseman — behind, a three-time Gold Glover that missed most of the past ‘s final two months with an injury. Phillips is the first Reds player to win a Rawlings Gold Glove since second baseman Pokey Reese 2000. That first Gold Glove is the hardest one, Baker said. I told him you just have to keep working and see how more you can get. As a hitter, Phillips batted.261 with 21 home runs, 78 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He missed the final 17 of the with a broken right index finger. Wednesday’s announcement is the latest personal triumph for Phillips, who came to Cincinnati an 2006 trade from the Indians after his status as a prospect faded. The deal only cost the Reds a Minor League pitcher named Jeff Stevens. his first with the Reds, Phillips led the team hits and multi-hit and became a breakout star. a superb all-around 2007, he committed just eight errors and had a.990 fielding percentage. Offensively, he joined Alfonso Soriano as the only two second basemen history that produced at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. February, Phillips signed a four-year, $27 million contract with a $12 million club option for 2012. This is more important than 30. Defense wins, Phillips said. A lot of players out there can do the 30 or 40 or be the MVP and never win the Gold Glove. I really think was the best thing that ever happened to me. I really take pride defense. It’s passion and I love doing it. is a reporter for. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

It’s a pretty special feeling.

ANAHEIM — Trout’s first appearance on a League All- ballot is going pretty much the way you would expect it to: swimmingly. When the first American League update was released on Monday, Trout led all outfielders and ranked third total fan votes with 1,676. Only reigning Triple Crown winner Cabrera and Yankees second Mike Glennon Jersey baseman Robinson Cano had more. It’s pretty cool, Trout said. That’s awesome, to be up there with all the top guys.

It’s a pretty special feeling. Trout spent the first month of his historic rookie the Minors and Mike James Jersey didn’t appear on last year’s ballot, but was nonetheless selected as a reserve by his peers and became the 20th player to become All- before his 21st birthday. After a slow start to 2013, Trout scorched through, posting a 1 OPS while belting eight homers and four triples, putting his slash line at a more typical.294.545 for the. Albert Pujols and Hamilton are struggling, and need a voting push if they to be the starting lineup at Citi Field. Pujols, a nine-time All- who has missed the last two Midsummer Classics, ranks fourth voting among first basemen, trailing the Orioles’, the Tigers’ Fielder and the Red Sox’s Napoli. Hamilton, who has started each of the last five All- Games for the, ranks 10th among outfielders — more than 300 votes shy of Torii Hunter third place.

Trumbo leads the Angels homers and RBIs, but he’ll have a hard time making it into the lineup as the designated hitter. Red Sox slugger Ortiz leads that group with 1,283 votes, while Trumbo is about 700 votes behind, fourth place. Fans can cast their votes for starters at and all 30 club sites — online or via your mobile device — using the 2013 All- Game ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 11 p.m. ET. Fans submit 25 online ballots during the voting period, but can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have account, visit and register accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free one. Fans can also once again participate the Home Run Derby Fan Poll, where they’ll have the opportunity to select three players each league who they would most like to participate the Home Run Derby. The 2013 Home Run Derby — part of All- Workout Day — be broadcast live on, HD, Deportes and Radio the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 15. The 2013 American League and National League All- teams be unveiled on, July 7, on the 2013 MLB All- Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world then be able to select the final player on each team via the All- Game Final Vote sponsored by on. The final phase of All- Game voting again have fans participating the official voting for the Ted All- Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by. During the Midsummer Classic, fans vote exclusively online at via the 2013 All- Game MVP Vote, and their voice represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Trophy. The 84th All- Game, played at Citi Field on July 16, be televised nationally by Sports, Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. provide extensive online coverage of the All- Week festivities, while Radio and Radio Deportes provide national radio coverage of the All- Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM also also provide comprehensive All- Week coverage. For more information, please visit.

It should have been two free throws for Drummond and Pistons’ ball

You are correct your interpretation of the last-two-minute rule. As to why the foul question was not called intentional and off the ball, I couldn’t tell you. I thought it was both. did the . It its last-two-minutes officiating report, the reviewer Justin Britt Jersey noted the foul against Westbrook was called incorrectly. The notation read: Westbrook is correctly called for a foul on Drummond but away-from-the-play foul should be called. It should have been two free throws for Drummond and Pistons’ ball. there were two goofs on the play.

Westbrook didn’t have the proper awareness of the clock and foul situations. important, neither did K.J. Wright Jersey the officials. If Gundy did anything wrong, it wasn’t raising Cain about the clear officiating error. Q: Who do you think the Pistons match up better against a possible seven-game playoff series, the Cavaliers or the Toronto Raptors? And even if the Pistons do finish eighth place, there have been three cases where eighth seed defeated a one seed since the went to its best-of-seven opening-round playoff format 2003. there is historical evidence that opening-round upsets can and do happen the . I think the Pistons have a puncher’s against both. … But of the two, I think they might stand the better against the Cavaliers. What’s your take? Thank you, . Respectfully — AtomicAsphalt Q:. — A: , AA. AA, .

I lumped your related questions together because it’s clear that we’re only talking about a two-team debate the first round, and Toronto. There is no realistic possibility of another team crashing the top two the East and extremely little probability that the Pistons move any higher than the seventh seed. If the Pistons win the first round, I’d like them best against Boston of the potential second-round opponents. But that’s a bit far down the road. It’s easy to overthink this stuff sometimes. The Cavaliers haven’t been the same team since they fired Blatt.

They botched his entire situation, from hiring him when he shouldn’t have been, to firing him when he shouldn’t have been. The Cavs also went to the Finals with pretty much the same cast last year. Toronto got swept the first round by Washington. The Cavs have LeBron , Kyrie Irving, and a good cast of supporting characters. Toronto has a good cast and two All-Star guards whose names many general sports fans who ‘t follow the closely wouldn’t remember. Readers here know we’re talking Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but folks who tune into the only after college basketball ends only had four playoff losses a year ago to commit those names to memory. Both teams favor a relatively grinding pace. Both allow fewer than 99 points per game. Gundy might not like pace statistics, but the Cavaliers and Raptors rank 28th and 29th, respectively, number of possessions per game. Call it pace, call it what you want, it’s the real, measurable number of possessions a team averages over a regular season. When postseason grinds into non-transition zones with even fewer possessions, it absolutely favors the more defense-oriented team accustomed to playing that way. Both are efficient offensive teams.