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Packers’ season on brink after another loss in Seattle

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Another game in Seattle, another potentially season-wrecking loss.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

There won’t be any catchy name for this one like the 2012 Fail Mary or the 2014 NFC Championship Game collapse.

But had the Green Bay Packers won, it might have become known as “The Robert Tonyan Game.” Or “The Kyler Fackrell Show.”

And they would have been the most unlikely heroes in recent Packers history.10

Instead, Tonyan’s 54-yard touchdown catch on his first NFL reception and Fackrell’s three-sack game will be nothing more than a one-off (or in this case, two-off) bright spot in a game — and season — that was just another wasted opportunity.

If the Packers end up missing the playoffs, they might view Thursday’s 27-24 loss to the Seahawks as one of the reasons. Green Bay entered the game with a 43 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to ESPN’s FPI. At 4-5-1 with six games to play, that dropped to 31 percent. Considering the Packers play at Minnesota a week from Sunday night, they’re streaking toward postseason elimination.

When asked after the game if there’s still hope left for this season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, after some prompting, said:

“What am I supposed to say? Of course there’s hope,” he said. “Of course we believe in each other. It’s going to take one galvanizing moment. Whether that’s a speech or at practice or something happens in the game, something’s got to get this thing going. I thought we had moments tonight where that was the way we were going.”

Sure, the Packers could lose at Minnesota but still win their final five games to finish at 9-6-1. The most difficult game in that final quintet is at Chicago in Week 15. But their margin for error is now next to nothing. And, as coach Mike McCarthy always says, you can’t talk about the playoffs until you get to 10 wins.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Think the Packers didn’t sense what was at stake on Thursday?

Roll back the video on Rodgers after he was sacked on third down midway through the fourth quarter. Visibly upset after suffering a fifth sack, Rodgers surely sensed the field goal the Packers settled for with 8 minutes, 23 seconds left in the game that gave them a 24-20 lead — after Rodgers hit Davante Adams for a 57-yard bomb — wasn’t going to be enough.

Mexico must shake off delays, off-pitch issues and focus on Argentina

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For any potential incoming Mexico manager combing through the domestic press and taking the temperature of the game in the North American country over recent weeks, the overall conclusion wouldn’t be particularly positive.

Last week, the government’s watchdog agency on monopolies began a formal investigation into Liga MX’s transfer practices. That comes on top of the government tax authority’s ongoing investigation into players signing “double contracts” with clubs.

Then there appears to be a kind of lingering hangover from the World Cup. The team has operated in a bunker-like menality during the subsequent international breaks with little access given to the traveling press.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap10

And there are suspicions that at least part of the reason why Javier Hernandez, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno haven’t been called into the squad since Russia is because of friction over how the national team operates.

“Those that don’t come will have their reasons,” said defender Edson Alvarez in a news conference on Wednesday ahead of the first of two friendlies against Argentina. “They are people that maybe have had a long run [in the national team]. When they were starting I’m sure they didn’t want to miss a call-up.”

Even the news of the cancelation of next Monday’s NFL game at Estadio Azteca due to the abysmal pitch conditions reflected badly on Mexican football, given that Club America and Cruz Azul — two of Mexico’s top clubs — will be playing potentially championship-defining matches on it in a couple of weeks.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

On top of that have come problems in Cordoba this week. Players endured nightmare journeys due to the poor weather and the team’s training session on Tuesday took place in a local indoor gym because the bus carrying the team’s equipment had broken down on route from Buenos Aires.

That wasn’t actually the federation’s fault, but still, the reports go out into the public and the actual details can get lost.

Finally, the search for a new head coach rumbles on. Quique Sanchez Flores is the latest to apparently turn down the possibility and Gerardo “Tata” Martino remains the frontrunner.

Larry Fitzgerald moves into second on all-time receiving-yards list

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Fitzgerald, the Arizona Cardinals’ star wide receiver, passed Terrell Owens for second on the NFL’s all-time receiving-yardage list Sunday with a 15-yard catch late in t̄he fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs.

He now has 15,952 yards and counting in 15 seasons. Only Jerry Rice sits ahead of Fitzgerald with 22,895 yards.

Owens, who’s a close friend of Fitzgerald’s, is now third with 15,934.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“His friendship and my relationship with him is invaluable to me,” Fitzgerald said. “Means a great deal to me and to be mentioned in the same breath with him, it means a lot to me. It’s frustrating that it comes in another loss.”

Arizona lost to Kansas City 26-14 to fall to 2-7.9
Fitzgerald’s first catch of the game came early in the third quarter, a 5-yard play that moved him to 15,907 yards — 28 from passing Owens. Fitzgerald added 13 yards with 10:08 left in the third. A 4-yard catch with 1:11 left in the third moved Fitzgerald within 11 to pass Owens.

The play that moved Fitzgerald into second came on a first-and-10 from the 50 with 4:01 left in the game and Arizona trailing 26-14.

He finished with six catches for 50 yards.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“I’m not really thinking about it now,” Fitzgerald said. “This is something I’ll think about when I’m done playing. I can look back and reflect on it at a later time but today is not the day. It’s nice to be able to do that and to be able to do that with the same team, to have so many wonderful teammates that continue to fight regardless of our record.”

His teammates, however, continued their admiration for Fitzgerald’s career.

“It’s really cool to play with a legend like that,” quarterback Josh Rosen said. “I’m really happy for him. We All know how hard he works. Really happy for him.”

Wide receiver J.J. Nelson, who has played with Fitzgerald since 2015, said he doesn’t need to wait to appreciate what Fitzgerald has accomplished. He can do it now, watching him every day, rather than wait for 10, 20, 30 years to see him go into the Hall of Fame or put is career into perspective.

Joe Horn thanks Michael Thomas for cellphone celebration, buys his jersey

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Joe Horn said he was watching Sunday’s game when New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas channeled the most memorable moment of Horn’s career: pulling a cellphone from the bottom of the goalpost to celebrate a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

When asked for his reaction, Horn responded with a Muhammad Ali quote.

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life,” Horn said. “That’s what I want to say.”

Horn and Thomas don’t know each other well. Horn said Thomas didn’t tell him the celebration was coming. But he said it “absolutely” meant a lot to him, and he called Thomas “my hero.”10

Horn said he texted Thomas and “thanked him for doing what most athletes in his position would never do.”
Horn, a Saints Hall of Famer who caught 50 touchdown passes for the franchise from 2000-06, will forever be remembered for his controversial 2003 touchdown celebration, which resulted in a $30,000 fine in an era when receivers such as Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Horn were regularly coming up with elaborate celebrations. The penalty was harsher because it was Horn’s second offense of the season, and the NFL reportedly considered suspending him.

Thomas was penalized for using a prop in his celebration, too, and he should also expect a fine, though likely a more lenient one as a first offense.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Horn was criticized by his own coach and general manager for being selfish at the time. Likewise, Saints coach Sean Payton didn’t give his approval to Thomas’ celebration, saying he wasn’t “fired up” by it, though he was quick to praise Thomas for how well he played. Thomas had 12 catches for 211 yards in the Saints’ 45-35 win.

When asked if he thinks he was more praised or criticized for his original celebration, Horn said, “I was criticized more for it because back when I did it, that was nothing that was expected. But I was more loved for it from the people who loved me and cared about me, my teammates.”

Carmelo Anthony: Perception of Knicks hurt team in free agency

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Carmelo Anthony believes the perception of the Knicks during his tenure with the club had a negative effect on its chances to land a top free agent.

“I think just the business. Everything that was going on. The perception of New York Knicks … not basketball but the organization,” Anthony said Thursday when asked what kept the Knicks from landing a top free agent when he was there.

“I think it probably scared a lot of people away. Scared some people away. Not knowing the nuances and the ins and outs of kind of what was going on, who is in charge, who is not. So it was more than just basketball when it came to people making those decisions,” he said.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

During Anthony’s six-plus seasons in New York, he played under four different team presidents/general managers and four different full-time head coaches.10

After team president Phil Jackson signed Anthony to a max contract in the summer of 2014, the Knicks had a chance to add a significant free agent in the summer of 2015 and the summer of 2016.

But New York couldn’t get a top-tier free agent to sign in either year. In the summer of 2016, the Knicks didn’t get a meeting with free agent Kevin Durant, and signed Joakim Noah to a four-year, $72 million contract after trading for Derrick Rose, his teammate with the Bulls.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

During Rose and Noah’s first season in New York, the relationship between Anthony and Jackson publicly deteriorated, leading to a negative perception of the club among some NBA players. Anthony was traded to Oklahoma City prior to the 2017-18 season by president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry.

Mills believes the perception of the Knicks has changed recently. The club plans to pursue a top free agent in the 2019 offseason. Anthony, in Brooklyn on Thursday to practice with the Houston Rockets ahead of Friday’s meeting with the Nets, was complimentary of first-year Knicks head coach David Fizdale.

“I think we all have to start from somewhere. And I think what Coach David is doing over there, he’s getting it right as far as mindset goes,” Anthony said. “The talent will come, but I think the mindset of how he approaches the game trickles down to the organization, how serious he takes the game, his approach to the game. You could just tell by the energy he brings.”

Golden Tate departs as one of best receivers in Lions’ history

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But more than anything, Golden Tate played with a passion the Detroit Lions needed. It was similar to the guy he replaced in 2014, Nate Burleson. They both played with the same sort of swagger, the same intensity and confidence.

And for four-plus seasons in Detroit, Tate was that for the Lions.

Every year, the Lions knew what to expect from him. At least 90 catches, close to, if not more than, 1,000 yards. A guy who would play every week and turn small catches into big gains. A guy who would play with a different level of emotion than some of his teammates.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

In a little over four years, Tate made a massive impact on the franchise. He’ll leave seventh in team history in receiving yards (4,741), fifth in receptions (416) and 15th in receiving touchdowns (22), and he was the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions per game with 5.9 — half a reception more per game than his running mate in the Lions’ receiving corps his first two years with the club, Calvin Johnson.10

Beyond his on-field work, Tate was lauded off the field in Detroit. He was one of the more active Lions players in the community, working with local veterans on a yearly basis. He was also one of the more well-liked Lions players because his personality oozed out of his uniform and into the fan base.

They could see the passion he brought, that he was an emotional player who sometimes would get carried away — he’d even admit that. But it was that passion that endeared him to Detroit and part of why the move to trade him was so surprising.

That was the case for Tate after his arrival in Detroit during the offseason of 2014, the first big splash of former coach Jim Caldwell’s tenure. He would frequently tell the story about how he flew into Detroit during a snowstorm and ended up signing the deal before he left. It’s a story that brought him more fans in a city where he played so well. Nine of the top 10 receiving games of his career were in Detroit. He made his only Pro Bowl with the Lions.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

And he proved to be worth every dollar of his contract — one that will now play out in Philadelphia.

Jets quiet at deadline, refuse to sacrifice future for present

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They protected their future assets — and they’ll need plenty to repair this roster — but you have to believe coach Todd Bowles would have appreciated some reinforcements. He’s concerned about now, not the future, because his job is to win games. He has lost 27 of his past 40, so, yeah, there might be a sense of urgency, but he doesn’t have the final say on trades. That belongs to general manager Mike Maccagnan.nfl cheap jerseys nike

So the Jets (3-5), losers of two straight, will have to live with their underwhelming pass rush and beaten-up group of receivers. A segment of the fan base might be upset, wishing their team had done something. Anything.

Frankly, I don’t blame the Jets for not pulling the trigger on Fowler. It didn’t make sense to pay a premium for a two-month rental. They’ve liked Fowler since 2015, when he came out of Florida, but the price was steep. The Los Angeles Rams gave up a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-rounder for the free agent-to-be, who underachieved through most of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Rams are a Super Bowl contender; the Jets are not. They can wait until March, when they probably will try to overpay him as a free agent.8

Cooper would’ve made sense because he’s only 24 and under contract in 2019, but no team was crazy enough to meet the Oakland Raiders’ demand of a first-round pick. Oh, wait, the Dallas Cowboys did just that. The Jets would’ve been nuts to give up that much, considering their first-round pick might be in the top 10 — again.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Golden Tate? He’s 32 years old and headed to free agency, so he wasn’t a good fit for the Jets. The Philadelphia Eagles, trying to defend their Super Bowl title, sent a third-round pick to the Detroit Lions for Tate.

Demaryius Thomas? At 6-foot-3 with a wide catch radius, he would have helped rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who is being forced to make too many tight-window throws. Thomas is 30 years old, but he’s signed through 2019 — a non-guaranteed $14 million. Pricey, but he might have been worth a test drive. He wound up going to the Houston Texans, who gave up a fourth-round pick as part of their swap with the Denver Broncos.

Manchester City have edge over Liverpool, Chelsea due to squad – Fernandinho

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Manchester City’s depth of talent could give them the edge in the Premier League title race, according to midfielder Fernandinho.

Last season, City finished as champions on 100 points — 19 clear of nearest challengers Manchester United. However, with just two points separating the top themselves, Liverpool and Chelsea after 10 matches, many are predicting a much tighter race this time around.

And Fernandinho said Monday’s 1-0 win at Tottenham demonstrated the depth of City’s squad, and the Brazilian believes it could prove crucial over the busy Christmas period.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“Chelsea and Liverpool are very good teams,” the 33-year-old told ESPN Brasil, when asked if he expected a stronger challenge this time around. “Without doubt they are candidates, who are fighting for the title.

“Our aim is to fight with them, if they are still at the top of the table in March or April. We know that the period we have coming up: November, December is really important for the squad.10

“Our squad could make the difference. Everybody knows the games over Christmas are difficult, with the rhythm dropping, players tiring, It is a time when a lot of teams drop points.

“We are very focused. We know how things work in the Premier League and today [against Tottenham] was a demonstration of that.”nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Despite being lauded for their attacking intent under Guardiola, City’s defence has been key to their unbeaten start to the campaign with the Wembley shutout their sixth consecutive Premier League clean sheet.

And Fernandinho said that, given the conditions of the pitch — which had been used for an NFL match between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars just two days earlier — the way they played was far less important than leaving the stadium with three points.

“The result today was much more important that the team’s performance,” Fernandinho said. “We scored a really early goal after a good piece of individual skill by [Raheem] Sterling which was finished really well — and this made everything so much easier for us because, for both teams, it was very difficult to create any kind of opening.

“After the goal, we defended well, created lots of chances. I think this win was extremely important for us to stay at the top of the table.”

Wilfried Zaha received racist abuse, death threats after Crystal Palace’s draw with Arsenal

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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has said he received racist abuse and death threats after winning a late penalty against Arsenal in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.

Zaha was tripped in the box by Granit Xhaka, who was deputising at left-back, which allowed Palace to level the match in the 83rd minute, ending Arsenal’s 11-game winning streak.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

After the game, Zaha was accused of diving on social media, and responded to the “hate” he has been receiving with a message on Instagram.9

“For all the people taking it one step further and being racist and wishing death on my family, I wish you and your families the best too,” Zaha wrote. “My life is still very good despite your hate.”

Xhaka himself acknowledged after the game that he had made contact with Zaha.

“I think it’s a clear penalty because I touched his knee,” Xhaka said.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Meanwhile, Palace boss Roy Hodgson has said Zaha has the club’s full backing in the wake of the abuse.

“As far as Wilf is concerned, the club will do everything they can to support him in this way,” Hodgson said. “I don’t think there are many people out there expect perhaps the odd Twitter troll who knows no better who believes that racially abusing people or threatening people is the right way to go.

“Of course all our sympathy is with our player and the club will do everything we can to show him that support and help him get through the situation.”

Rajon Rondo’s bid for a tie fails as Lakers fall to Spurs

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However, San Antonio’s defense didn’t bite, and LeBron James was unable to knock down a contested, overtime-forcing 3-pointer for the second time in a week against the Spurs. San Antonio won another nail-biter over the Lakers 110-106 on Saturday at AT&T Center.

After the Lakers (2-4) had their two-game win streak snapped, Rondo and the Lakers explained what happened when they were down three with a chance to cut the lead to one and foul or tie the game.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“We didn’t have any more timeouts,” Rondo said. “You know, I thought I could probably suck somebody in [on the Spurs’ defense off the Lakers’ 3-point shooters], but they did a great job of staying home. The layup would have gotten us one point closer. We’d still have to foul, but we didn’t have any timeouts, so maybe … I just made a split decision, and we didn’t get what we wanted.”

The Lakers thought they let one get away in San Antonio after leading by 11 with 2:32 remaining in the third quarter. They fell behind by eight with 1:34 left in the fourth but scored seven straight points.10

After DeMar DeRozan (30 points) scored to push the San Antonio lead to 108-105, James hit a wide-open cutting Rondo. Rondo, who had just returned from a three-game suspension for his role in a fight with Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets a week ago Saturday, then opted to turn down a layup. As he went to pull the basketball out of the paint, he nearly lost the ball before passing it to Josh Hart. Hart, covered by DeRozan, immediately fed James, who missed a contested 3.

Hart was able to draw a foul while crashing the glass, and he made the first free throw before saying he intentionally missed the second.

James took an inadvertent elbow from Pau Gasol to the neck as they went for the rebound. Gasol got the rebound and was fouled before making both free throws to seal the game.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

James, who poured in 35 points and 11 rebounds, saw what Rondo was trying to do.

“I was looking for a 3 and then ‘Do opened up wide-open, and I put the ball in his hands to make a play,” James said. “And sometimes when you drive it, you kind of mess with the defense, and they start to shrink in, and you’re able to get a 3, and that’s what ‘Do was thinking, trying to get Josh Hart one. But they stayed home and got it back to me, and I took one that missed.”