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“He was showing everybody that he’s one of the best pitchers in the National League, and the big leagues in general.”. Phillips went toward Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, who was running from first.

Ramos stopped and Phillips threw to first for an out. Perhaps thinking he had been called out for running out of the baseline, Ramos remained stalled momentarily, and Votto threw down to second where Ramos was tagged to complete the double play.

It was Cueto’s fifth career shutout and 11th complete game. “Command with action. He was retired in his final two trips as the Reds improved to 5-0 against the Nationals this season.

Cueto (6-5), one of five Final Vote candidates for the National League All-Star team, struck out a season-high 11 batters, while walking one in a match-up against Nationals All-Star Max Scherzer.

Following a lead-off triple by shortstop Ian Desmond in the fifth, Cueto fanned five straight Nationals, including Bryce Harper. Votto followed with a double of the wall in right-center and the Reds led 1-0. Washington CF Denard Span, who left Monday’s game due to back spasms, was not in the starting lineup Tuesday. That’s really what we needed, was a shutdown game by our ace.”

He made a pretty strong case for it on Tuesday night.

Right fielder Jay Bruce had two hits and second baseman Brandon Phillips scored twice.

“I would love to pitch in the All-Star game, I want to do it,” Cueto said through an interpreter. He threw 122 pitches.

Votto drove in three runs as he doubled, homered and singled his first three times up. They hit them far.”

With runners on first and second, first baseman Clint Robinson grounded to Phillips. He retired 15 in a row to end the game.

“I think he was making a statement on the field,” catcher Brayan Pena said. He is day-to-day.

Washington’s base running cost it a scoring chance in the fourth.

Scherzer had allowed two runs or less in each of his last four starts, a stretch that included a one-hitter followed by a no-hitter.

Scherzer (9-7) endured his shortest outing of the season — allowing five runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings — one day after being named to the All-Star team.

“Never felt like I was able to get into rhythm,” Scherzer said. “It’s an All-Star Game in Cincinnati, with my fans in my house with my team.”

Votto made it 3-0 when he lined a Scherzer fastball into the Nationals bullpen in the third.

“He left some balls in the middle of the plate,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “He has had his nights a lot lately, but tonight wasn’t.”

He struck again in the fifth when his single scored center fielder Billy Hamilton. The Reds announced they will call up LHP David Holmberg from Triple-A Louisville to start Thursday at Miami in place of RHP Josh Smith, who was optioned to Double-A Pensacola on Monday. One out later, Bruce tripled to right-center to make it 2-0.

“That was just A-grade stuff,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Reds’ Cueto shuts out Nationals

WASHINGTON – Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto admits he wants to be chosen for next week’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

Cueto threw a two-hit shutout, Joey Votto finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, and the Reds continued their mastery of the Washington Nationals with a 5-0 win.

Taylor Jordan pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

The Reds jumped on Scherzer early.

Phillips led off the game with a single and scampered to second on an error. Two batters later the Reds took a 5-0 lead, and Scherzer was done for the night.

NOTES: Cincinnati RHP Michael Lorenzen (3-3, 3.58 ERA) opposes LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 4.16 ERA) in the series finale Wednesday night. … Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar, who left Monday’s game because of left hamstring tightness, also sat out Tuesday. … They hit them hard. He underwent an MRI exam, but the results weren’t immediately announced and Span intends to see a specialist. “I made mistakes. … All the deceptive hesitations, quick pitches, and still quality strikes

Doing The 92 – Visiting The Stadiums Of The English Football League

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On a couple of occasions this saw us head to The Valley, so called because it sits in a valley and you actually enter the ground at the top of the stands and walk down.

Leeds Utd (Elland Road) – Leeds Utd are part of a group of teams probably best known overseas. The match sticks in my memory for a couple of reasons. The reason for this is the club only came in to being in it’s current form in 2004 after Wimbledon moved out of London. At first they played at the National Hockey Stadium (and I did watch a game there) but moved to their purpose built home in 2007. As with Charlton, on a few occasions there were Boxing Day matches against QPR so we walked over and took in the game.

MK Dons (stadium:MK) – Milton Keynes Dons are actually the closest team to where I grew up, but I have only ever visited their stadium as an away fan. I have been back since for a typical mid-week cup match under the floodlights with a great atmosphere and where the photo above was taken.

Middlesbrough (The Riverside) – Another team from the North East that I was able to visit when I was studying in that region. The original date of the game was cancelled at late notice due to excessive snow but a few days later was able to head to the Riverside and tick this off my list.

Reading (Madejski Stadium) – Reading moved to the Madejski Stadium in 1998 after over a hundred years at their previous ground of Elm Park, a ground I actually managed to visit on the final ever competitive match there. Huddersfield Town (John Smith’s Stadium) – My wife is originally from Huddersfield and her parents still live nearby. The financial benefits are huge and this league can often be extremely close from top to bottom, often giving more exciting games.. Despite a tough last ten years where at times it looked like they may go out of business, in the past they were one of the biggest clubs in Europe and their home, Elland Road well known. This was a ground I had regularly driven past when my wife was a student in Leeds but it wasn’t until 2010 that I went to a game there. Less so for the result but more for the fact I had had a foot operation that day, and couldn’t fit a shoe on. I did have to warn them the game isn’t always that exciting. My only visit was just before Christmas 1998 and I remember a great atmosphere at this ground that is a little out of place in League One today!

Burnley (Turf Moor) – I visited Burnley’s Turf Moor a few years ago for an FA Cup match against Arsenal. I had to walk across the massive gravel car park with just a sock on, only for my Dad to realise he had left his wallet in the car. I also remember it being awful to get away from in the car, something friends tell me hasn’t changed!

Wolverhampton Wanderers (Molineux) – Wolves are a team who have had a spectacular fall from grace having been in the Premier League only a couple of years ago. The ground has been designed with growth and promotion in mind and the top tier is still unfinished although this will be done in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup as it will host some games.

Charlton Athletic (The Valley) – One tradition in English Football is the Boxing Day match. Generally the fixture planners are quite kind and try to minimise travel the day after Christmas but for Norwich City, this often still means a trip to London. It is therefore probably not a surprise that I have been to this ground, if anything it is probably a surprise I haven’t been more often (although we did go regularly to the cinema next door)! The ground is shared with the Huddersfield Giants rugby league team and so far has had at least three different names as sponsors come and go but it is a ground I am sure I will visit again many times, especially as my son grows.

QPR (Loftus Road) – Queen’s Park Rangers home ground of Loftus Road is a dying breed of “traditional” grounds, settled in and amonsy the local terraced houses and was a ground not too far from where my grandparents lived. On paper a game in League One between Leeds and MK Dons didn’t seem to be the greatest game to take our Canadian family to, however it turned in to a cracker, with goals, fights and red cards. For much of my child hood my grandparents lived in London so it became our tradition to head to the Norwich game before heading to my grandparents for dinner. Firstly have a text conversation with my brother as he also held a separate one with his girlfriend who was also at the game, albeit supporting Burnley and also how the ground is strange in the sense that 3 sides are nice and modern, yet the away end where I was sat seemed old and unloved.

The second tier of the English Football League is full of teams who have previously made it to the top table of the Premier League or hope to soon. I have only been to the Madejski once and it sticks in my mind

Eyewitnesses Describe Chaos When 2 Ferguson Police Officers Were Shot Video

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Team descends on this home, tearing apart the roof, looking for the suspect who shot two police officers. Two officers suddenly ambushed in the middle of what was a peaceful protest. Gunshots and screens, protesters and police running for cover. David? Alex Perez tonight. Shots fired at their station. You could see that the police didn’t know what was going on. Officer down. Thank you.

. One in the face, the other in the shoulder. Just because they were police officers. Demonstrators had gathered. Investigators taking away this car and questioning three people. And Alex is with us now from Ferguson. ABC’s Alex Perez is in Ferguson tonight. President Obama tonight saying violence against police is unacceptable, after authorities say the officers were shot just because they were police officers. Tonight, a manhunt still under way as we’ve watched the S.W.A.T. Everyone was confused last night. It came just hours after the Ferguson police chief announced he is resigning. Reporter: Officers scrambling for cover and rushing to help two officers who were shot. Down. Here’s what they heard. It was just shots going everywhere, you know, you can hear the little — that’s all we was hearing. A S.W.A.T. Transcript for Eyewitnesses Describe Chaos When 2 Ferguson Police Officers Were Shot

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with the all-out manhunt for the gunmen who opened fire on police officers overnight in Ferguson, Missouri. There’s a $13,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case. Reporter: Tonight, in Ferguson, a manhunt. Authorities bracing for possibly another night of protests. These police officers were standing there and they were shot. It was panic. We didn’t know what was Goin on. Seeking cover behind a brick wall. Both officers have been released from the hospital and they are at home recovkov covering tonight. Oh, my god. The night began with the resignation with Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson. Teams sweep through neighborhoods all day. He got hit! Got an officer. By 8:00, demonstrators gathering outside the Ferguson police station, and inning not just a new chief, but a whole new police department. Their he mets nearby, covered in blood. Police barricading themselves behind cars. And how are the officers doing tonight? Reporter: Well, David, their injuries were not life threatening. Police calling it an ambush. This, after chaos overnight. Images of one of the officers down. And at midnight, just after the ot prests were winding down, gun fire

NFL execs weigh in: Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck rule QB roost

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Last year, Cook showed some of his warts in Eugene, throwing two picks as State was held to three points in the second half after taking a 24-18 lead into the break. They’re gonna throw the hell out of the ball. Is he a guy that just has talent and traits, or is he that and just inexperienced with a lot of room to grow?” LSU always brings athletes, so this will be one of the first tapes the scouts pull on Redmond. 2 quarterback this week. … In that regard, keep an eye on rookie tight end Maxx Williams.

3) O’Brien’s quarterback savvy. That’s a high standard to uphold. Afterward, he said Manning looked “immobile” and “flinches under pocket pressure.” That exec cited “a bad underthrow and off-target interception” and “inaccuracy on intermediate and deep passes.” Another exec, this one from an AFC team, countered that by saying that “you’re aware the zip and velocity isn’t there, but he’s a very, very cerebral quarterback. He takes time, surveys the defense before the snap, he knows where he’s going and he makes very fast decisions accurately. Louis, he had a tendency to stare down the rush. They’ll give up points, and because of that, they’re gonna throw it even more.”


At the end of this process, one of the shot-callers who voted called me back. He’s such a competitor — no one like him — and he’s got the proven track record. “He’s very athletic and highly competitive — that stands out on tape,” said an AFC area scout assigned to Mississippi State.

NFL Media’s Albert Breer touches on multiple topics in his robust Inside the NFL Notebook, including (click on each link to go directly to the topic):

The real root of RGIII’s downfall.

Two intriguing college prospects to scout on Saturday.

Why Peyton Manning’s stock is rapidly declining.

And much more, beginning with a fascinating exercise on the NFL’s most critical position. Its brilliance was in the abstract.

“We were at midfield, and we had a pass called, and Pittsburgh brought a secondary blitz,” Clements explained. Again, if Brady had initially won his appeal, that would have been about his innocence — and his case would’ve been singular. Word got back to owner Daniel Snyder. Snyder stuck by his young quarterback after that, but over time, got the same assessment Shanahan initially gave him from others, like Jay Gruden and Scot McCloughan, and it became harder and harder to fight the idea that Griffin was just an incredibly raw prospect. The commissioner went on record on ESPN radio floating an idea that a number of owners have bandied about in the past: establishing a discipline officer or panel, with a designee to hear appeals. LSU, 9:15 p.m. … But the expectation is that both Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan will take another step forward, and the brass was impressed with the work of rookie Carl Davis over the summer, leading to cautious optimism the Ravens could be better there than they were last year. “He has great arm talent, great accuracy, and the thing that gives him an advantage is his movement in the pocket, his ability to extend plays. …

Tom Clements can’t come up with one play to define Aaron Rodgers, but he can think of two.

Both came during the fourth quarter of the Green Bay Packers’ 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. They knew it’d be good for all of them. On Saturday, the Spartans’ fifth-year senior gets his first big test and big stage of the season, with MSU hosting Oregon. Which is why weeks like this one are important for guys like Cook.

2) Mississippi State CB Will Redmond (vs. We’re not out there booting all the time, but if people don’t hold on the run, we’re gonna boot, and Peyton has done it at practice. Many folks look at Robert Griffin III’s ACL tear in January of 2013 as the turning point for his career with the Washington Redskins. He’s had to learn some new stuff, and that’s good for everybody.”

Between the scheme change, the breaks that Kubiak has afforded vets (read: less reps) and the run-game emphasis day-to-day over the last six months, it’s been an offseason of transition for one of the sport’s all-time greats. He has NFL starting ability, but he’s not a franchise-type quarterback. Those who were there actually believe the wheels started spinning off three weeks earlier. In the past, putting that kind of burden on the quarterback has been tough for the Giants.

Two college players to watch Saturday College Football 24/7 Hot Topics:

1) Michigan State QB Connor Cook (vs. Fourteen players received votes. But when they’re back, they’re gonna be extremely hard to defend. The other thing, too, and this becomes a factor with quarterbacks, their defense isn’t very good. And his personality, too — he’s selfless and that’s required to be a good leader. The first one didn’t necessarily look, to the naked eye, like a great quarterback play. 1.

NFC exec on Rodgers: “The thing about him that I see is he’s extremely accurate — and I mean, extremely accurate — and he’s mobile, can make every throw and he’s extremely smart. “He’s a good athlete with length, speed and ball skills,” a second AFC college scouting director said. And though they have a new coordinator, players have noted there’s plenty of carryover going from one zone-run scheme (under Gary Kubiak in 2014) to another (under Marc Trestman this year). Detroit had always been willing to take risks, but that April, the Lions pushed it to the limit, drafting Nick Fairley, Titus Young and Mikel Leshoure with their first three picks. He’d voted for Luck, but was hedging after watching an off-balance throw Rodgers made to Nelson in the preseason.

He ended up sticking with Luck. Also, he’s got very good competitiveness. It’s worth monitoring whether the problem resurfaces early in the season.

2) Expectations are high for the Lions’ young players, and internally, the brass is attributing lessons learned from the 2011 draft. I asked that they not base their answers on past history, or where the players will be in 2018 or ’19. “Good man-cover ability, too.” And because he’s unproven to this point, there’s a wide range of where things could go for Redmond — it’s possible he sneaks into the bottom half of the first round, or slips deep into Day 3. I just think he’s poised for a big year, that he’s part of a modern-day ‘Triplets’ with (Antonio) Brown and Bell, and now with Bryant when he comes back. “We always start with protecting and enforcing the CBA,” Bengals tackle and NFLPA president Eric Winston said, via text. “He has excellent height, weight, he’s athletic with good arm strength,” one AFC college scouting director said. “But he struggles to read defenses and his football instincts are average. Snaps where Tigers junior Travin Dural matches up with Redmond will be of particular interest to evaluators.

Extra point

One byproduct of the project I embarked on at the top of this notebook was seeing how Peyton Manning’s stock has fallen in the eyes of NFL evaluators — to the point where 19 of the 28 power brokers on my panel left Manning out of the top five completely, and only two voters placed him higher than fourth.

And it’s not just the way last season ended, but how the preseason went this summer.

One rival AFC pro director who studied him the last few weeks said he looked “limited” and saw his arm strength as “significantly diminished.” And he added, “They don’t do as much from the shotgun (under Gary Kubiak) as they did in the past, and he lacks the mobility to take the majority of his snaps from underneath the center. And after all that, Griffin blew out his knee, had a rough 2013 season to follow, and Shanahan was fired. Why? The team votes …” Another AFC personnel exec was more positive, saying, “He has size and a great arm, a good brain, and plays in a pro-style offense.” Add it up, and you see some of the disagreement that will likely continue on the top QB prospects through the fall. I set the number at five, because I think the word “elite” gets thrown around too liberally, and I wanted to reward those who truly are. ET, ABC): Most clubs see next year’s quarterback class as bursting with potential, with four guys out front now: Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, Ohio State’s Cardale Jones, Cal’s Jared Goff and Cook. He plays within his limitations, he has a quick release and he has weapons.”

In June, Kubiak explained to me, on the offense’s fit, “I keep going back to being with (Joe) Flacco last year. Going by what I’ve seen the last 15, 16 years, I don’t think he’ll lose that all at once.”

AFC exec on Roethlisberger: “(Martavis) Bryant is down — that’s a loss. The only issue is him getting hurt — he takes a pounding. “And we needed it.”

On the first throw, Rodgers gamed the Steelers with his mental capacity. And when you observe him in football situations, he looks like a competitor, he appears to be a guy that loves the game. “The Berman decision is a win for all players because it does those stated things and makes it harder for the NFL to violate the CBA next time.” Seahawks star corner Richard Sherman added, again via text, “It’s substantial enough (of a win) to get the owners openly talking about changing the discipline system.” Roger Goodell, too. Just ask his play caller.

“He can do everything,” Clements said. … And beyond that, he’s so intelligent. Expect that one to gain steam in the coming months. Here’s the rundown:

1) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: 122 points (18 first-place votes)

2) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: 93 points (7 first-place votes)

3) Tom Brady, New England Patriots: 78 points (2 first-place votes)

4) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: 42 points (1 first-place vote)

5) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: 18 points

6) Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: 16 points

7) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: 13 points

8) Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers: 10 points

T-9) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: 8 points

T-9) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: 8 points

11) Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: 5 points

12) Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens: 4 points

13) Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings: 2 points

14) Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals: 1 point

After tallying up the results, I circled back to get reasoning on the four quarterbacks who received first-place votes from rival execs who ranked them No. What people in the building see from those two is an ability to view the game through the quarterback’s eyes, prepare a passer for every circumstance and guide improvement in understanding situational football better. I thought this line from new Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (to ESPN’s Rich Cimini) was fascinating, given what we’ve all seen from Texans coach Bill O’Brien on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”: “I probably learned more about football last year than I had the rest of my career in a single season in terms of being able to see the game from a different angle.” The 32-year-old explained that, in 2014, he learned to play within himself better, rather than trying to win the game by himself. Exacerbating the problem: The fact that, despite RGIII’s stated desire to become a better pocket passer (Gruden’s harped several times to me how much Griffin needs “reps”), the progress just hasn’t come. … Colt McCoy will be the No. … … The Redskins are trying to figure out what happened now. He actually gets mad at me when I give the boot reps to a younger quarterback, he looks at it like, ‘Hey, what about me?’ I think he’s been very challenged. The Giants’ offensive line issues and defensive deficiencies (especially with Jason Pierre-Paul out) could put added pressure on Manning and the passing game to carry a lot of Sundays. In fact, to some degree, Griffin actually has regressed as a pocket quarterback. that he wasn’t near the point he needed to be to play the position that way. Joe’s very athletic, and I think we booted 26 or 27 times in 16 games. One of the main problems the Rams had with him at the end was his eye level — after all his injuries in St. So with all of that in place, the good-or-great pendulum in Baltimore is likely to swing on the offensive skill positions. … ET, ESPN): Redmond’s case is a weird one — he sat out his first college season and part of his second for accepting impermissible benefits, and has been part of a rotation since. He elevates the personnel around him, makes them better, from the line on down. He understands the system, has great recall, always makes the quick decision to get us into what’s appropriate. “Because they’ve run a heavy rotation in the past, he hasn’t been a full-time starter, he hasn’t played a lot of football in general. Internally, Baltimore is ecstatic about its offensive line, which returns intact from the year prior for the first time — and this is hard to believe, for such a stable organization — in franchise history. … His anticipation, his accuracy has never dropped off, even when there’s not a lot of talent around him. (He’s older, but) he never had a rocket arm anyway. Since it went to federal court, it became about the process, and that’s where it became about all players. He’s the complete package.”

The last game Clements coached in before that started to become apparent to everyone was the 2008 Pro Bowl. You see this with Brady, too — he throws it 30 times, six or seven dudes are gonna get the ball.”

NFC exec on Brady: “I think he’s coming back with a chip on his shoulder, like he did after they lost a couple games early last year. … And that’s a big reason why, as I see it, that when I asked players at camps where they all stood on this, 100 percent of them supported Brady — even those who were convinced he was guilty. The plan, from there, is to let Griffin try and earn his way back up the depth chart.

2) Ravens’ edge. And I think what I’d based it on is, of all these guys, I sure don’t want to be playing against him. The current assistant head coach in Green Bay said it stuck out to the Packers staff there that, as they went through practices, their backup back home had all the ability the quarterbacks invited to Hawaii did.

In the time since, he’s proven to have all anyone would ever want at the position.

Four downs

1) Where the wheels came off the bus for RGIII. I said this during our coverage of the Tom Brady verdict: The fact that this went as far as it did does a service to other players. He has the ability to make every throw, and he can extend plays with his feet. And I limited the panel to general managers, vice presidents, directors of player personnel and pro scouting directors — in other words, guys who need to know the players in question to do their jobs properly.

Rodgers was the runaway winner. They also do too much boot and move the pocket too much for (him).”

I had an NFC exec go back and look at all of Manning’s snaps from August. And it’s concerning he wasn’t named a captain. And in the midst of it all, he took a $4 million pay cut — a pay cut that was negotiated, sources say, after Denver asked him to swallow a substantially bigger one, which didn’t exactly make the situation any more comfortable.

The last time a team Manning quarterbacked failed to get to double-digit wins was in 2001, and 10 of the last 11 groups he piloted got to at least 12 victories. “We’d studied it, and he made the adjustment quickly, hit Jordy (Nelson) on a crossing route, Jordy has room and gets inside the 5, and we score.”

That converted a third-and-10, picked up 38 yards, helped push the Packer lead to 28-17, and stemmed the tide of a furious Steeler rally.

The other play, which came on the Packers’ next drive and on another third-and-10, is the one everyone remembers: The bullet Rodgers shot past the fingertips of Ike Taylor and into the waiting arms of Greg Jennings to convert another 31 yards and set up a field goal to create the last piece of separation Green Bay needed.

“Probably the best throw I’ve ever seen a quarterback make,” Clements said. He’s so smart, so accurate, so competitive, such a fast decision maker, and I know it’s generic to say a lot of this, but he really is a 10 out of 10 in a lot of categories.”

AFC exec on Luck: “He’s the prototypical NFL pocket-passing quarterback who adds the physical skill you ideally want with the mental ability and intelligence it takes to play at a high level. And just the same, there’s a reason why Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett — quarterbacks who’ve played for O’Brien before — chose to sign deals with the Texans in March. He’s tough and can cover man-to-man — now we have to see if he can put it all together. When asked about the impact of the Brady win, the NFL declined comment.

Three checkdowns

1) Sam Bradford looked fantastic in the Philadelphia Eagles’ third preseason game — showing the kind of natural passing ability that made him the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Shanahan explained to Snyder that making Griffin a pro-style passer would be a four-to-five-year process. … Baltimore’s been a popular pick to get back to the Super Bowl, and the best reason why that’s a valid thought is right around the ball, on both lines of scrimmage. But it’ll take a few more hits before we know where he truly stands coming off consecutive ACL surgeries. And while hearing that is certainly good news for the Jets, it might be better news for the Texans as they move forward with O’Brien and offensive coordinator George Godsey. Fair to say he’ll need some help getting back there this time around — something the Broncos actions over the last six months affirm on several fronts — and Kubiak’s pulling every lever he can to give it to him.

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. But it wasn’t easy to go against the other No. He’s by himself. Subbing for an injured Griffin, Kirk Cousins threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns against Cleveland in December 2012, with Mike and Kyle Shanahan rearranging the offense from the Baylor-styled attack they’d built for RGIII into their more traditional scheme. And not having (Le’Veon) Bell hurts. All three of those guys are gone, and their class’ legacy is the franchise’s new emphasis on intelligence and health in its picks, something Detroit believes will pay off now.

3) Eli Manning just became the ninth member of the $20 million club, and chances are, he’ll have to earn his money in 2015. On the second, he shredded them with his physical ability.

And he’s even better now than he was then.

Which is why, when you ask those who know — those who are paid to know — there’s an overwhelming consensus on who is the best player at the game’s most important position.


At the end of August, I posed this question to a large number of NFL decision makers:

Who will be the top five quarterbacks in football at the end of this season?

The purpose was to get a gauge on where the position is going this fall. Indeed, Fitzpatrick posted the best quarterback rating (95.3) and TD-to-INT ratio (17:8) of his career in his single season in Houston. So, no, the Texans might not have the answer at quarterback yet, but every indication so far is they have a good understanding of what they’re looking for and, thus, a roadmap to get there.

4) The Brady impact. Baltimore won’t benefit from the same continuity on the defensive line, not with foundation piece Haloti Ngata out the door. … 12, in large part because there’s almost nothing the Packers quarterback doesn’t do well. But NFL evaluators see a world of talent in the senior as he settles into a much more prominent role. The Packers quarterback was first on 18 of 28 ballots, ranked top-three on all but three of them and was the only player to appear on everyone’s list. The staff explained to Griffin and Co. Oregon, 8 p.m. Coaches there then remember Griffin’s camp making noise after Cousins’ breakout performance that RGIII wanted to be deployed more like Cousins was — and less as a read-option quarterback

Vidal vs. Buckley in Fort Worth This Weekend

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and Gore Vidal clash in 1968 on national television.

Here is something you shouldread before heading to one of the Moderns screenings of the film. Buckley, Jr. Buckley, Jr., both high intellectuals with aheyday in the 1960s, went on national primetime TV in 1968 to debate theGOP verses Democratic campaigns, and in the wake of sickening violence against anti-war protesters at the Democratic national convention in Chicago, theyended up nearly at blows. Throughout thisweekend, as part of its ongoing film series Magnolia at the Modern, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will screen the newly released Best of Enemies, a documentaryabout a truly strange and watershed moment in TV history, which arguably planted the seeds of our current, toxic news cycle.

Gore Vidal and William F. Vidal accusedBuckley of being a crypto Nazi and Buckley, at a loss, stuck back by calling Vidal a queer and threatening to punch him.

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Why is everyone saying Luis Suarez cheated?

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That is highly unlikely to happen. More likely, he will be fined a crapload of money and suspended from all FIFA play for some length of time.

. For example, Suarez will miss at least the remainder of the tournament, because the penalty for an ejection for a goal-stopping handball is automatically TWO matches (if Uruguay loses the next round, Suarez will have to sit out Uruguay’s next international match). FIFA’s disciplinary rules call out special penalties for a handball that prevents a goal.

The FIFA disciplinary committee can levy additional penalties for Suarez’ act, and I believe those penalties will be forthcoming if Ghana seeks them. In theory, Suarez could be banned for life for what he has done. “Cheating” is not the right word for what Suarez did, but it is an egregious act of foul play

Iniesta: played on the winning side in four UEFA Champions League finals, scored the winner in a world cup final and has won two Euro’s?

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Stadiums of the Premier League – 2010 – 2011

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The stadium has a capacity of 28,383 fans. The former name of the stadium was the JJB Stadium, named after sports retailer JJB Sports, which is also owned by David Whelan. The stadium has a capacity of 48,000 seats, with two rings around the ground and a third ring on the two main stands. Molineux has a capacity of 28,525 people.

Liverpool FC – Anfield

Anfield, located at Anfield Road, is the stadium of Liverpool FC. The stadium has a capacity of 24,600 spectators and is located near the river Thames.

Chelsea FC – Stamford Bridge

Stamford Bridge Stadium in London has a capacity of 42,055 spectators. James’ Park

St James’ Park is the home of Newcastle United and is an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 52,387. St James’ Park is the sixth largest soccer stadium in the United Kingdom.

Aston Villa FC – Villa Park

The stadium, with the official name Aston Lower Grounds, opened in 1897. At an altitude of 551 feet it is the highest ground among all 92 Premier League and Football League clubs.

Tottenham Hotspur – White Hart Lane

White Hart Lane was built in 1899 in the Tottenham-area in London and is the stadium of Tottenham Hotspur. This ground is named after the neighborhood where it is located. The stadium has 28,723 seats and was opened in 1997, replacing Burnden Park, the former stadium of the club.

. The stadium has undergone many changes and presently it has an all-seated capacity of 40,157.

Sunderland AFC – Stadium of Light

The Stadium of Light is the home ground of Sunderland AFC. Villa Park has 43,300 seats, but there are plans to expand the stadium to 51,000 seats in the near future.

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West Bromwhich Albion FC – The Hawthorns

The Hawthorns has a capacity of 28,003 people, all seated, and it has been the home ground of West Bromwich Albion since 1900. For that reason the players of Fulham are also called The Cottagers. The stadium has a capacity of 45,362 seats.

Manchester City – City of Manchester Stadium

The City of Manchester Stadium is the home ground of Manchester City. since 1892 and just two miles away from the Liverpool city centre. The stadium is since 1910 the home of Manchester United and with a capacity of 76,000 people it is one of the biggest stadiums in the United Kingdom. West Ham United – Boleyn Ground

The Boleyn Ground, built in 1904, is the home ground of West Ham United, but most fans know it as Upton Park due to its location in Upton Park in London. The stadium has a total capacity of 35,303 all seated.

Wigan Athletic – DW Stadium

The DW Stadium is the stadium for Wigan Athletic, who is sharing the ground with the Wigan Warriors, a rugby team. Since 1892 Anfield is the home of the club. Below you will find an overview of the stadiums of the teams in the Premier League in the 2010-2011 season.

Stoke City FC – Britannia Stadium

Britannia Stadium is since 1997 home of Stoke City Football Club. The stadium opened in 1997, replacing the Roker Park Stadium. A remarkable fact about this stadium is that Sir Stanley Matthews’s ashes were buried beneath the centre circle of the pitch following his death in February 2000. The DW Stadium has a capacity of 24.826 supporters.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Molineux Stadium

Molineux Stadium has been home to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC since 1889 and has a long history. The stadium is named after its sponsor DW-Fitness.Com Sports, whose director David Whelan owns Wigan Athletic as well as the Wigan Warriors. Ewood Park has a capacity of 31,367 spectators.

Blackpool – Bloomfield Road

Bloomfield Road is the football stadium of newly promoted Blackpool FC. The Reebok Stadium was named after sponsor Reebok. Before the new Wembley and the Emirates Stadiums were opened, it was the largest stadium in London. It was built in 1901 and was named after the road on which the stadium’s main entrance used to stand. The capacity of Stamford Bridge will increase in the coming years to about 55,000.

Arsenal FC – Emirates Stadium

The Emirates Stadium was opened on 22 July 2006 and is the new stadium of football club Arsenal FC. Bloomfield Road’s capacity is 12,555 all-seated, but when the redevelopment of the stadium is complete, the new capacity will be 17,625.

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Newcastle United – St. The stadium is located right in the centre of Newcastle and its white roof s visible across the city. The nickname of Old Trafford is Theatre of Dreams.

On 14 August 2010 Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester will be the first teams to kick off the Premier League season 2010 – 2011. Only Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford, Emirates Stadium and St James’ Park have a greater capacity.

Fulham FC – Craven Cottage

Craven Cottage is the home ground of Fulham FC. After various renovations, White hart Lane is now an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 36,310.

Everton FC – Goodison Park

The stadium has been home to Everton F.C. The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 spectators, making it the third largest stadium in England.

Bolton Wanderers FC – Reebok Stadium

The Reebok Stadium is the home of English football club Bolton Wanderers. With 49,000 sats, the Stadium of Light is the fifth largest stadium in England. Though both Anfield and Stamford Bridge have been built earlier (in 1884 and 1877), Liverpool and Chelsea moved into those grounds later, respectively in 1892 and 1905. The stadium was built for the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and the city of Manchester invested 90 million pounds in the stadium.

Manchester United – Old Trafford

Old Trafford is named after the area in Manchester it is located in. In the early fifties, it was one of the first stadiums in England that had artifical light installed, so that soccer could be played at night. Stanley Matthews is considered to be one of the greatest English players ever.

Birmingham City – St Andrew’s

St Andrews was constructed and opened in 1906 and has a capacity of 30, 079 spectators. There are plans for a new City of Birmingham Stadium for the club with 55,000 seats, but city council as well as club are seeking sources of funding for this project.

Blackburn Rovers FC – Ewood Park

Ewood Park is Blackburn Rovers FC’s stadium and the oldest football stadium of Premier League club

Manchester United: Martial can be a ‘game-changer’ for MUFC, says Saha

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United have to have tactics where they make sure Rooney is not alone.

Anthony Martial in pictures.


When you have two or three players around who are capable of doing something special there is less pressure.

That was the case when I came to United. If there was a point in the game when people were focusing on them then I could do my stuff. We know he can score goals. I had Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy. I think that is something United are missing now.

There are some really good players at United like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin but they are not the Giggs or a Scholes type. Before there was nobody to offer you something a bit different, something off the cuff.

But Anthony can be a game changer. His fitness is not in question. The problem right now is that you have a side based around Wayne Rooney, says Saha.

There is too much pressure on him and that brings less flexibility to his game.

Louis Saha fears United have become too easy to read but believes that the Reds shock signing of the summer Anthony Martial can be the game changer Louis van Gaals side lacks.

Old Traffords former French hitman insists that Wayne Rooney will benefit from the precocious teenagers impact.

There has been enormous pressure on the United captain this season having been handed the job of being the Reds 30-goal-a-season front man.

He broke his duck with a hat-trick against Club Brugge in Belgium but goes into Saturdays heavyweight bout with Liverpool still seeking his first Premier League goal of the campaign.

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Despite Rooney, at nearly 29 and in sight of breaking Uniteds club goalscoring record, Saha says the 19-year-old 36m youngster from Monaco is just what the England striker needs at Old Trafford.

Wayne still has the quality. United have been too rigid. Stop Cristiano and you then had to stop Van Nistelrooy!

Saha scored in Van Nistelrooy's absence against Wigan in the 2006 League Cup finall

It is more easy now for an opponent to put together a tactic to contain United.

“I was under no pressure because not everything was on my shoulder. Stop Scholes and you had to stop Cristiano Ronaldo. Stop Rooney and you have a chance.

I am more confident now that they have Anthony Martial in the side. They gave me freedom when I went on the field because if you stop Giggs you then had to stop Scholes. I think there is more balance now that Anthony is at the club. It is slower and more predictable but with Martial in there you are going to have an outlet that opponents wont be able to read so easily.

Steven Gerrard wanted chance to be player-coach at Liverpool

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4. Liverpool replaced coaches Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh in the summer, so they were looking for a new No. I miss that.

“I miss the build-up, competing with better players, I miss being Steven Gerrard, Liverpool captain and walking out in front of my people with that pressure and trying to get a result for them.

“Maybe that was selfish of me, but I had gone a long time playing every single game. “When I switch on the TV and see the stadiums, with 50, 60, 70,000 people — the aggression, the intensity, the tension. 4. I might be contradicting myself here, but what would have kept me at Liverpool into this season was the chance of shadowing Brendan Rodgers and his staff as well as playing.”

Steven Gerrard takes a stroll with Jo Ankier on Venice Beach and reveals his hatred of road rage and his love of beaches, basketball — and “Baywatch”!

Steven Gerrard admits he misses the Premier League and says he might have stayed in England’s top flight with Liverpool if he’d been given the chance to learn the ropes of management at Anfield.

“I was surprised a role wasn’t mentioned when chief executive Ian Ayre sat down with my agent but maybe it might happen one day,” Gerrard said. 2, No. I would have been tailor-made to fill one of these roles, as well as making myself available as a squad player.”

Steven Gerrard is playing for the LA Galaxy, but he says he had more to offer at Liverpool.

As for leaving the Premier League for MLS, Gerrard said the fresh challenge has been amazing, but there’s still a sense of regret about leaving the club where he’d played his entire career.. I would ask myself, ‘Why are you putting yourself through this?’ But the contrast is when you beat one of the top sides, the texts are flying in on your phone and you are on top of the world. 3 or No. “I’d have stayed on as a squad player if I’d had the chance to learn more about management or coaching. In an interview in the Daily Mail,the longtime Liverpool captain, who now plays for the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer, spoke candidly about his new life in the United States and what could have been if he remained at Anfield and took on more of a role as a squad player and assistant coach.

Gerrard said he would have been perfect to replace Colin Pascoe or Mike Marsh following their departures from the club.

“I could have been a good squad player, a good sub, as well as getting management experience that money can’t buy. I left with all the doors still open, but yes, I could still have been at Liverpool now.

“Yeah, I do miss it. I struggled to get my head around it.

“I’d like nothing better than being 25 again and with 10 years ahead of me in the Premier League, playing for Liverpool, but I’ve had my time.”

“I don’t know if I am going to be good enough to be a manager, or a No. Those ideas were only mentioned to me after I had announced I was leaving.”

The former Red believes he still had the ability to compete at the highest level, but that physically he couldn’t play every game, even though he didn’t enjoy sitting on the sidelines and not knowing if he’d be a starter from game to game.

“Yes, I felt like s— some days because we lost. 2, No. I miss everything about it,” Gerrard said in regard to the Premier League. 3 or No. I am jealous.

“I didn’t enjoy when Liverpool were in the Champions League, the idea that I might have to miss matches. 1, No