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FANTASY PLAYS: QB as deep as ever in standard leagues

No debate that the most important position in the NFL is quarterback. But in fantasy, there may be as much depth at the position as there ever has been. Sure, we’d all like Green Bay superstar Aaron Rodgers to start for our teams, but that privilege may not be worth a third- or fourth-round pick […]

FANTASY PLAYS: RB position in fantasy all about workload

With many NFL teams using a running back by committee approach, the “bell cow” back who carries the ball 20 times per game has become a hot commodity in fantasy football. According to consensus draft rankings in point-per-reception (PPR) scoring formats, 10 of the first 15 players taken in typical drafts are running backs. If […]

Mariota looks sharp for Titans; Packers’ Adams goes deep

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Marcus Mariota looked sharp orchestrating yet another new offensive system for the Tennessee Titans. Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams needed just one series to show he was in midseason form. They had impressive preseason debuts before the Packers pulled away in a matchup of the backups for a 31-17 […]

Several games see players demonstrate during national anthem

Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games Thursday night. In Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder. Jenkins had stopped his demonstration last December. Defensive end Michael Bennett walked […]

Brewers fall, drop two of three to Padres

MILWAUKEE — Hunter Renfroe hit a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning, his fourth straight game with a home run, and the San Diego Padres rallied for an 8-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. The Padres trailed 4-2 entering the ninth, but rallied against Brewers relievers Corey Knebel and Joakim Soria. Knebel […]

Column: NCAA needs real reform, not quick repair job

The latest move by the NCAA to give athletes a few more rights highlights shows at least one thing about the people in charge of the cartel that runs college sports. They can move quickly when their golden goose is threatened. That became clear this week when the NCAA adopted new rules hurriedly put forward […]

MLB’s inclusion efforts must now overcome offensive tweets

Major League Baseball has made an effort to grow the sport among African-Americans, and there are finally some small signs of progress. Meanwhile, ballparks from coast to coast host nights celebrating the LGBT community, another example of baseball’s attempts to promote diversity. Right now, all of that is being overshadowed after the discovery of some […]

Vikings Nick Easton’s neck injury likely ends season

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings lost a key member of their offensive line Thursday when left guard Nick Easton was placed on injured reserve because of a bulging disc in his neck. Coach Mike Zimmer made the announcement at a news conference. Easton hadn’t practiced since Aug. 3 because of the injury. He […]

Three HRs in first lift Brewers past Padres

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Welcome to the big leagues, Brett Kennedy. Jesus Aguilar, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames hit consecutive first-inning homers to spoil Kennedy’s San Diego debut and propel the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-4 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night. Kennedy, who was 10-0 in 16 starts at Triple-A El Paso before being […]

Former Vikings QB Bridgewater excited, grateful to play in a game again

Teddy Bridgewater can’t help but smile these days. Even through the sweat and exhaustion that mark the blazing hot days of training camp, the New York Jets quarterback still appreciates the little things about being a professional football player. Because he almost wasn’t anymore. “I get excited every day I get to get my ankles […]

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