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Stefon Diggs' biggest play ever keeps Vikings on path toward Super Bowl

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    On opening night in U.S. Bank Stadium back in September, Stefon Diggs made big, explosive plays to help the Vikings beat the Saints. He didn't have the most impressive numbers — those belonged to Adam Thielen, on his way to the best season of his career. But Diggs broke the game open, because that has always been his greatest skill.

    Everything he did that Monday night, and every game since then, and every one before that, going back to Pop Warner ball, was eclipsed Sunday night, 18 weeks after the season opener, in the same building, against the same Saints.

    Explosive plays? The one he pulled off to beat the Saints 29-24 and carry the Vikings to within a game of their first Super Bowl since 1977 instantly joined the most unforgettable ones in NFL history — and as a byproduct sent onlookers scrambling to an alternative to the most fitting, but already taken, nickname … the Immaculate Reception.

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    Eagles White House visit: NFL's anthem policy, Trump's words stir the pot

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    The Super Bowl-champion Eagles' visit to the White House on Tuesday won’t be a complete, definitive referendum on how the NFL and its players 夜网论坛will react to president Donald Trump’s latest public insult. But it will be the biggest barometer so far, and it will add more to the blueprint of current athlete activism.

    This will be the second chance for a Super Bowl champ to make the traditional visit since Trump took office, and compared to the atmosphere in the wake of the NFL’s new policy restricting protests, last year’s appearance by the Patriots looks like a Fourth of July parade. Five of the reported 31 players who were absent last year specifically skipped it in protest of Trump; that included then-Patriot and current Eagle Chris Long.

    Even before last week, at least four players from the Eagles championship team — Long, Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Brandon Graham — had made it clear they were not going to go, specifically because of Trump, either partly or fully because of his constant demeaning and belittling of players (starting with calling them "sons of bitches" at a September rally) who were protesting during the national anthem.

    Then came Trump’s remarks the morning after the NFL's new anthem policy was announced last Wednesday: "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be pl[......]

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    Ex-NFL DE accused of brutally assaulting wife, sister

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    Former Bengals defensive end Jonathan Fanene is facing eight felony and five misdemeanor charges in American Samoa after he allegedly assaulted his wife and sister with a pipe, golf club and broom handle, among other items.

    According to court documents reviewed by the Associated Press, the incident occurred May 26 when Fanene was accused of having an extramarital affair on a recent trip to Hawaii. Fanene’s wife said in a criminal complaint that Fanene allegedly "flew into a rage and proceed to assault his sister with his hands” before asking his 9-year-old son to grab "the bat.”

    Instead, the son came back with a pipe, golf club and broom handle. The son is quoted in court documents: "He beat th夜网论坛em as hard as he can. ... My mom told him to stop, in a crying way.”

    “At one point during the course of the physical onslaught, she got up on the couch to distance herself from him, but he assaulted her with the pipe,” the affidavit says, adding Fanene's wife was able to remove the pipe and stick from her husband, but “he grabbed a commercial grade extension cord, wound it around his hand, and proceed to whip her and her sister-in-law with it.”

    The affidavit included descriptions of additional incidents as far back as 2009, includin[......]

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    Broncos sign former Lions running back Theo Riddick

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    Theo Riddick is heading to Denver.

    The Broncos announced they signed the running back Sunday, one week after the Lions released him.

    According to KUSA-TV, which cited an unidentified league source, Riddick is slated to make $2.5 million with $1 million guaranteed from a one-year deal. He could make $3.3 million with incentives.

    To make room for Riddick, the Broncos placed defensive lineman Billy Wynn on injured reserve.

    After Detroit cut Riddick, he met with the Saints along with the Broncos and decided between the two teams.

    Riddick is expected to ease the workload for Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman in his new role. Coach Vic Fangio said the team plans to hit the ground running with him when he joins the squad.

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    Bears, Mitchell Trubisky post embarrassing first-half numbers against Eagles

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    The chatter around the Bears' offensive struggles this season was amplified during the first 30 minutes of their Week 9 game against the Eagles on Sunday.

    Chicago entered the game ranked 29th in total offense and 29th in passing yards per game. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's QBR of 35.8 was better than that of only Josh Allen and Sam Darnold compared to other NFL starting quarterbacks.

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    Even for those poor standards, the Bears' first-half output in Chicago was embarrassing.

    Check out the numbers:

      First downs: 2Total plays: 20Total yards: 9Yards per play: .4Passing yards: 1Yards per pass: 0.1Sacks taken: 3 (for 23 yards)Rushing yards: 8Possession: 9:15 (20:45 for Philly)

      IYER: How the Bears can solve Trubisky problem

      As for Trubisky, the starting quarterback entered the locker room with the following stat line: 6-of-13 passing, 24 yards, 1.8 yards per completion, 53.0 passer rating.

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    Steelers waive Kameron Kelly after alleged jukebox dispute, police confrontation, arrest at Pittsburgh bar

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    Steelers defensive back Kameron Kelly was cut by the team after reportedly being arrested early Friday at a Pittsburgh bar, according to media reports.

    Kelly, who signed with the Steelers in April after playing in the Alliance of American Football, faces two counts of terroristic threats and one count of resisting arrest, according to court documents obtained by KDKA.

    Police officers were called to Mario's South Side Saloon after Kelly refused to leave. Kelly allegedly threatened to "knock out" an employee because the bar's jukebox didn't play his requested song. Outside the bar, the officer on scene said he accidentally stepped on a woman's foot, and Kelly responded aggr夜网论坛essively, saying it was "his girl."

    The 23-year-old allegedly threatened the officer and continued to resist arrest. The officer then punched Kelly in the face multiple times to "gain control" of the situation, according to court paperwork, and Kelly was arrested. He was treated at a local hospital before being taken to Allegheny County Jail.

    The Steelers waived Kelly on Friday afternoon and promoted practice squ[......]

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    Who is Isaiah Simmons & what is his position? Five fast facts about Clemson's do-it-all 2020 NFL Draft superstar

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    Is Isaiah Simmons the top linebacker prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft? Or is he the best safety prospect in the class?

    Who cares?

    The former Clemson defensive superstar will be going high in the first round to make more big plays all over the field for his new team. For those NFL teams who don't feel comfortable to take Simmons because they don't know what position he should play for them, consider it their loss.

    Sporting News talked to Simmons before the draft as part of his partnership with Oikos Triple Zero and its new "Flex your Cry-ceps" ad. In conjunction with the campaign, Simmons will be among several top draftees attending a virtual after party DJ'ed by Shaquille O'Neal on Instagram Live at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday night.

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    "As an athlete, everybody's locked into everyone's physical strength, but as I've been going through this process and preparing for this moment, I've really thought about the emotional strength as well," Simmons said. "it really hit home for me. It's the 'Cry-ceps' — you can't do better than that."

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    Why is Johnny Manziel in Fan Controlled Football league?

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    Johnny Manziel is playing football again, but don't call it a comeback.

    The controversial quarterback will be playing in a new football league called Fan Controlled Football. And yes, that's exactly what it sounds like. Fans control essentially every aspect of the league from drafting the players to calling the plays. It's like a mix of fantasy football and Madden franchise mode.

    While the league isn't filled with household names, one player stands out from the rest: Johnny Manziel.

    MORE: Everything to know about Fan Controlled Football league

    It's somewhat surprising to see Manziel back playing football. After a short stint in the Alliance of American Football league, the former Heisman trophy winner appeared to be done with football. The XFL didn't want to sign him, and Manziel wasn't interested in playing in the league under The Rock's management.

    "I'm retired, dude," Manziel told TMZ Sports last year. "Listen, anything The Rock touches is gonna be gold as always. But, I think football is a little bit behind me."

    But Manziel came out of "retirement" to play in the Fan Controlled Football league. Why? We'll get into that below.

    Why Johnny Manziel is playing in Fan Controlled Football league

    Manziel signed with the league at the end of December, saying he was excited about what they had to offer.

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    The Jets measured up Zach Wilson by asking a linebacker to give him a hug

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    The Jets are already embracing their next franchise quarterback — figuratively and literally.

    BYU passer Zach Wilson was selected No. 2 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, becoming New York's next best hope at solving its long-standing quarterback conundrum. Wilson, though, wasn't without his warts entering the draft.

    MORE: Full list of Jets' 2021 draft picks

    Wilson's height and weight had become a conversation point before the draft. Though his measurables were about average (6-2, 214 pounds), his slender build gave some analysts and evaluators cause for pause.

    Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reports that the Jets had a solution to figure out just how big Wilson was: At BYU's pro day, the Jets asked 49ers linebacker and BYU alum Fred Warner to give Zach Wilson a hug so the Jets could get a better idea of just how big the quarterback was and how he measured up.

    Breer reports:

    Warner was there to support Wilson and the rest of the Cougars trying to make their case to all the NFL teams there that day. He also served as a human measuring stick.

     

    Hey Fred, can you go give Zach a hug real quick?

     

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