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Citrus Bowl score, highlights: Derrius Guice just as nice for LSU in dominant win


No , no problem.

So much has been made over Fournette deciding against playing in ‘s bowl game over the nia is excited about his move to Reading.Virginia and he is confident he can impress during his loan spell in the Championship.”The manager and I spoke before, he trusts in me and he convinced me to come here. I can’t wait to get started,” Virginia slast few weeks that many people overlooked the fact that LSU has another really good running back on its roster that’s done just fine filling in for a banged-up Fournette all season long. , who led the Tigers in rushing this season, had another big game in LSU’s 29-9 win over in the Citrus Bowl on Saturday.

Guice finished with 138 yards rushing, 11 yards receiving and two total touchdowns. His biggest play came in the third quarter when Guice broke free for a 70-yard touchdown run to let Louisville know that it wouldn’t be working its way into the game any time soon.

As impressive as that touchdown run was, however, it was Louisvilnaldo was unimpressed by a cheeky dig from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk last night.The Dutchman, at the Ballon d’Or gala, was asked about Ronaldo’s absence and replied: “Was he a rival?”Upon learning of the joke, Katia Aveiro took to social medle’s kicker who felt Guice’s biggest impact.

You see, Guice also returns kicks for LSU — he finished with 81 yards on three returns — and he returned one for 50 yards before Louisville’s selflessly sacrificed life and limb to try and stop him.

It worked, but at what cost?

Guice wasn’t the only Tiger to dominate Lottacking midfielder Dowell, 21, go out on loan again. Huddersfield and Wigan vying for his signature.Sheffield United are also keen on the Everton youngster returning to Bramall Lane but are understood to be lining up other deals before making a deciuisville in the game. The entire LSU defense made life hell for the Louisville offensive line, and Heisman Trophy winner in particular. Jackson finished the day completing only 10 of his 27 passes for 153 yards and no touchdowns. Jackson wasn’t able to do anything with his legs, either, finishing with 33 yards on 26 carries with a fumble lost.

Jackson was sacked eight times on the day, including three times by and twice by . Key’s second sack of the game gave him 12 on the year, which is a new LSU record for sacks in a season.

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Marshall RB Butler dismissed after allegedly beating same-sex couple


running back Steward Butler was arrested by Huntington police and charged with two counts of battery after allegedly beating two homosexual men last month, . He has since been dismissed from the Thundering Herd football program.

Butler turned himself into authorities on Wednesday morning but offered no comment to the media. The charges are both misdemeanors, but the case has been turned over the FBI for a review of any possible civil rights violations.

Shortly after news of the arrest broke, Marshall athly are interested in Gianluca Busio.Busio, 17, is a winger and USA U17 international.Burleson told TMW: “He’s a great talent. He is a player who can play safely in Europe.“He has great technique, he is a smart player, a box to box and he works hard. has been recalled from his loan spell at Championship side Stoke City, and will now join Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag in a similar deal.Duffy has made nine appearances for the Potters in all competitions since moving to the bet365 Stadium in etic director Mike Hamrick announced that Butler has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities. By Wednesday afternoon, Hamrick announced his dismissal. 

“Coach [Doc] Holliday and I have decided to rinho expects Eden Hazard to leave after the Europa League final.Mourinho, who managed Hazard during his second spell at Stamford Bridge, expects the 90 minutes in Azerbaijan to be the attacker’s last for the south west London side. “It looks like itdismiss Steward Butler from our program in light of additional information regarding his charges,” Hamrick wrote on his official Twitter account.

According to the Herald-Dispatch, Butler allegedly struck both victims in the face with a closed fist after witnessing the two men kiss at 5th Avenue and 9th Street in Huntington on April 5. Before the alleged punches, according to the criminal complaints, Butler also “.” 

Per Huntington police, one of the victims captured the attack on video.

Marshall president Gary White released a lengthy statement regarding the charges and Butler’s future with the school.

“The entire university community is shocked and disappointed to learn the details surrounding the alleged actions that led to Mr. Butler’s arrest this morning,” White said. “The type of violent, bigoted behavior reported to have been perpetrated by this student is not tolerated at Marshall University. Period. This is an extremely serious matter.

“We will allow the legal process to run its course and will act swiftly and appropriately within our Student Conduct System and according to the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities as more details become clear.”

Butler was Marshall’s second-leading rusher last season with 798 yards and seven touchdowns on 107 carries.

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Virginia Tech AD did not want Thursday night home game in ’13


When the ACC released its 2013 football schedule on Monday, there was one notable absence from the collection of nationally televised Thursday night games. For the first time in more than a decade, Virginia Tech will not host a Thursday night game in Lane Stadium.

Many fans voiced their displeasure on Monday, aihave closed their respective investigations into the alleged racial abuse of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.Rudiger told Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta he was subjected to racist chants during a 2-0 win over Spurs at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Dming most of their blame at the ACC league office. But Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver told The Washington Post that .

“I know this sounds crazy, but I was just trying to say ‘thank you’ to our fans who over the last [19] years . . . helped make Virginia Tech a desirable candidate for Thursday nights year in and year out,” . “And, you know, because of the travel situation and kids getting to school on Friday and parents or aduanuary.Lampard has a £150million war-chest and is now free to strengthen his side after the club’s landmark legal victory with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The manager wants to see his youngsters respond in the right way, if and when he bringslts getting back to work, some can make it happen and some can’t.

“A consideration for our fans once in a great many of years, I thought was very appropriate.”

According to The Post, Weaver explained that Hokies coach Frank Beamer was also “.”

Virginia Tech will play an away game on Thursday night in 2013, in Atlanta to face Coastal Division rival Georgia Tech.

Virginia Tech hosted a Thursday night game against Florida State in 2012 after kicking off the season on a Monday night against Georgia Tech. For fans who struggle with being able to attend games with weeknight kickoffs, 2012 was short two home Saturday games. Taking a year off from weeknight games, in Weaver’s mind, repays those lost Saturday games to season-ticket holders.

The logic of giving fans more football on Saturdays makes sense, but there is something odd about Lane Stadium not hosting a Thursday night game. Virginia Tech first hosted West Virginia on a Thursday night on Sept. 22, 1994. The Hokies’ move from the Big East to the ACC did not stop the streak of memorable weeknight games.

In the current streak of Thursday night games — which dates to the 2002 season — the own in their FA Cup fourth round replay.However, Klopp admitted it will probably be a different looking side for the trip to Chelsea in the fifth round of the competition.He said, “I was very pleased with the performance and the result especially. WeHokies posted a 8-3 record. Since that streak will come to an end in 2013, we will leave you with some fond memories of “Enter Sandman” at night in Lane Stadium. 

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No. 11 Louisville Cardinals at Syracuse Orange: Preview, prediction, TV info


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Saturday, noon ET (ABC)

Louisville by 3

The Cards seem to be playing everyone close (except Temple), so there is a very good chance the Orange stay in this one until the end. 

QB . His star is steadily rising. Bridgewater started the season as the front-runner an Henderson has stepped out of the shadow of former captain Steven Gerrard. Henderson inherited the armband in 2015 and was captain in last season’s Champions League triumph.Aldridge told the Irish Independent : “Plenty of Liverpool fans rushed to jfor Big East offensive player ofves Mount will be able to deal with increased scrutiny after starting the season in fine form and earning an England call-up.He said, “We’re delighted for Mason, it is great recognition.”He had it (a call-up) at Derby but missed out with injury. He w the year — hardware he’s likely running away with — and he’s progressed into the Heisman discussion. His last four outings have been nothing short of legendary: 1,300 yards (325 per game), 10 touchdowns and just one interception. WR . Prolific quarterback gets all the pub, but he has two pretty good receivers in Lemon and . Lemon has come on of late, after an injury caused him to have a slow start. Lemon has scored a touchdown in each of the last three games, and he’s averaging better than six catches for 100 yards in that span.

RBs and/or Jeremy Wright. Louisville’s two-headed monster at running back had a solid outing last week against an over-matched Temple defense, and they’ll face a defense Saturday that’s giving up better than 160 rushing yards per game on average. If the Orange put all their attention on Bridgewater, either or both of the Cardinals running backs can ntus on Sunday.The two Portuguese will meet at the Olimpico.Fonseca said, “I don’t know what I’ll say to him, but I hope he’s angry after the game.“Juve are a great team, the best in Italy together with Inter, so it’ll be a tough game. Zaniolo wimake them pay. QB Nassib. With all eyes focused on Bridgewater, Nassib may come in and light up the Cardinals’ defense. Nassib, who ranks 11th nationally in yards per game, has proven that he can lead his team back from almost any deficit in 2012. Syracuse figures to be playing from behind Saturday, so Nassib should have plenty of chances to show off his arm.

It’s not basketball, but the Carrier Dome will be rocking as one of the nation’s last undefeated teams comes to Syracuse. No excuse not to be there if you fancy yourself a Syracuse fan, especially since it’s senior day as well.

31. In their three road games, the Cardinals have fallen behind their opponents — Florida International, Southern Mississippi and Pittsburgh — by a combined 52-43 in the first half. The Cardinals, though, have owned the third quarter, outscoring the opposition by a combined 31-0 in those three games.

463.8. The Orange lead the Big East in total offense, racking up 463.8 yards per game. If they want to pull the upset Saturday, they’ll need all those yards — and some points.

Emotion. Syracuse will be hyped — playing a ranked, undefeated opponent on senior day — and Louisville has the propensity to play a little flat on the road. The Cardinals are the better team, but if they fail to match the Orange’s intensity they could be in for a world of hurt.

Louisville 31, Syracuse 30

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Big East: NFL Draft prospect watch — Week 9


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Here is the latest on the conference’s top players who are projected to go from playing on Saturdays to starring on Sundays.

With a stellar senior season, Nassib has moved up the draft charts more than any player in the conference. Though the Orange trailed 23-3 at halftime last Saturday at South Florida, Nassib didn’t panic. He responded with four second-half touchdowns, the last a game-winning, 1-yard pass to with three seconds left. Syracuse remained in contention for a bowl spot with the 37-36 victory. Nassib has a strong arm, goes through his progressions well and can run when needed. In a 42-41 opening-week loss to Northwestern, Nassib tied a for completions with 45 and set the conference all-time mark in attempts with 66. He also set a school record with 482 passing yards. On the season, the Orange quarterback ranks in the top 15 in FBS in total offense (326.5 yards per game).

203 of 310 (65.4 percent), 17 TDs, 8 INTs, 2,487 passing yards. INT.

Nassib is No. 90 overall, and the 10th-highest quarterback in .

ght-back Soares declared his intent to leave Saints at the expiration of his contract this summer.Asked whether he had spoken to Cedric about the defender’s future, Hasenhuttl replied: “At the moment no, because we have other problems.”I think every

Syracuse has a critical conference matchup on the road against Cincinnati. The Bearcats rank sixth in the Big East in total defense and last in the conference in pass defense (256.4 yards per game).

Greene is the leader of a stingy unit that might have been considered the top defense in the nation after Notre Dame before last week’s surprising loss to Kent State. The Scarlet Knights still rank sixth in FBS in run defense (88.5 yards per game) and seventh in scoring defense (14.25 ppg). It couldn’t be ac the USA’s clash with Cuba on Friday.The winger has had to bide his time on the Chelsea bench in recent weeks, but the 21-year-old says he is feeling in peak condition to play.”I feel the best I ever have. I feel very confident in my game. I’m not gocomplished without the ubiquitous outside linebacker. Greene quickly converges on running backs, sideline-to-sideline, is a menacing blitzer up the middle and looks more like a safety when dropping into pass coverage. In a 23-15 win over Syracuse on Oct. 13, Greene forced three fumbles, recorded 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks and intercepted a pass against the Orange. The senior has completely recovered from a he suffered in a 2011 Pinstripe Bowl win over Iowa State.

74 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 5 FFs, 4 PBUs.

Greene is ranked No. 63 overall and is the sixth-ranked outside linebacker in .

The Scarlet Knights have a bye before facing Army on Nov. 10. The Black Knights’ unorthodox rushing attack leads FBS in rushing yards per game (383.13).

The Panthers’ senior running back looked like  in Saturday’s 47-17 win over Temple. Slowed by a prolonged recovery from a serious knee injury, Graham regained his explosiveness and made cuts sharply in the dominating victory. Graham finished with 180 all-purpose yards. Greene’s half brother ranked in the top five in FBS in rushing yards when he tore a ligament in his knee last October against Connecticut. 

 630 rushing yards on 134 carries (4.70 yards per carry), 22 receptions for 244 yards, 9 TDs. 

Graham is ranked No. 169 overall and the No. 14-ranked RB in . Graham’s injury may have caused the relatively low projection.

The Panthers travel to South Bend to face a Notre Dame defense that’s ranked in the top 15 nationally in four statistical categories. The Irish are ranked ninth in run defense (95.25) yards per game.

The Bearcats’ running game hasn’t skipped a beat after the departure of 2011 Big East Offensive Player of the Year Isaiah Pead to the . Winn opened the season with a against Pittsburgh. In last Friday’s showdown at Louisville, Winn put Cincinnati in position for an upset but the Bearcat defense couldn’t hold up in a 34-31 loss in overtime. The physical senior back rushed for 125 yards on 26 carries. Winn excels at sticking his foot in they came from behind to beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu in their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash.Isco had given the hosts the lead but Gabriel Jesus and a Kevin De Bruyne penalty, before Sergio Ramos’ late red card, ensured the Premier Le ground when making a cut and heading straight down the field. He’s also tough to bring down when running between the tackles.

746 rushing yards on 123 carries (6.06 yards per carry), 106.5 rushing yards per game, 4 TDs, five catches for 15 receiving yards.

Winn is ranked No. 601 overall and is the No. 47-ranked RB in .

Winn faces a Syracuse defense that gave up 388 yards on the ground last week against South Florida. In the Orange’s previous three games, though, Doug Marrone’s defense allowed just 75 rushing yards per game.

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Preview: Liberty Flames at Wake Forest Demon Deacons


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: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3)

: No line

: It’s a chance to see Turner Gill’s debut as Liberty coach. Or you can get the Labor Day cookout started a little early instead.  

: Kevin Fogg set a Big South record last season with a 33.5 yard average on kickoff returns.  He was one of two players in the FBS or FCS to have three kickoff return TDs last year. : WR had 833 yards receiving and also passed for 106. He was the only FBS player to reach the 800/100 club last season and the first ACC player since Anquan Boldin in 2002.  

: RB Sirchauncey Holloway has rushed for 1,103 yards and 21 TDs. With last year’s leading rusher, Aldreakis schamps has told Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea in January.The veteran striker, despite his limited playing time at club level this season, has proved crucial in Euros qualifying for France.Indeed, Deschamps acknowledges Giroud is a first-choice – bAllen, suspended for the first game, Holloway will get the ball early and often against the Deacons. : DT Nikita Whitlock has 24.5 tackles-for-loss in the last two years — more than one a game.   

BBang is Arsenal’s designated penalty-taker after he passed on the responsibility to Nicolas Pepe against Aston Villa.Pepe converted the spot-kick to level the scores and grab his first goal for the club.Aubameyang eventually capped of Arsenal’s comeba&T Field is worth a trip. The renovations that were completed five years ago make it a modern but cozy venue. The crowd is a little laid back, even for big games.

14.7. Pz.The Brazilian, signed from Chelsea on transfer deadline day, made his first start for the club in Saturday’s win over Burnley.Sokratis said: “When [David] came we spoke a lot that we will have moments when we struggle, but we have to struggle all tlayers who will dress for Liberty’s opener accounted for 14.7 percent of the team’s offensive yards last season.

5. Under coach Jim Grobe, Wake is 5-0 against FCS opponents. “We try to get our players to realize that anybody we’re playing is capable of beating us,” he said.

Wake’s rebuilt line holding up and giving QB a chance to run the offense. The Demon Deacons struggled to get the offense on track in the preseason scrimmages.  

Wake Forest 21, Liberty 10

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Say goodbye to the BCS, at least the name


CHICAGO – As playoff talk continues to grow, be glad that at least the name “BCS” is all but dead.

’s 14-year old postseason label will go away when the new playoff structure is determined, according to a source intimately involved in the process. While that move was largely expected at some point, the commissioners have been busy first determining the playoff structure itself.

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One source indicated that the old name couldn’t be attached to a playoff thas announced the launch of legal proceedings against the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for seeking an early termination of their long-term partnership, reports /Adidas’ RFEF contract is worth a reported €18 million (US$20.4 million) a year andat will “eventually” be bigger than the Final Four and second only to the in terms of this nation’s sporting events. The term “BCS” simply had too much of a negative connotation. The commissioners couldn’t afford for the controversies attached to the “Bowl Championship Series” to accompany major college football’s first playoff.

Former SEC commissioner Roy Kramer is largely credited for organizing the BCS in 1998. Since then, it has seemingly had as much criticism as praise. Adding to the frustration is that there was no single person or committee who seemed to be in charge until the commissioners renewed TV contracts every couple of years.

“There really is no entity,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told earlier this year. “There is no BCS. There is a mark [logo]. There is a series of contracts. That’s all it is.”

The new name has yet to be determined as conference commissioners meet here on Wednesday for the latest round of playoff talks. If and when a formal four-team playoff is put in place, the championship game, ghton defender Leon Balogun.The African side are involved in a friendly against Zimbabwe, which will be a good chance for Balogun to get 90 minutes under his belt.Balogun had a stop start season with the Seagulls, with his last game coming in the FA at le Juan Sebastian Sforza.Sforza is known to Barca captain Lionel Messi, who also came through the junior system at Newell’s, and is being lined up for Barca B.Now 18, Sforza captained Pablo Aimar’s Argentina U17 team and is regarded highly across Southast, would be staged as a Super Bowl-like event. A staff of at least five people would be required year-round to run the playoff. Currently, executive director Bill Hancock and a couple of administrative assistants are the only full-time employees.

The commissioners meet here Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. A series of playoff models could come out of that meeting that would be forwarded to the BCS presidential oversight committee for review June 26 in Washington, D.C.

The commissioners are expected to forward recommendations of some form of a four-team playoff. Less likely, a plus-one, two teams playing for the national championship after all the bowls are played. 

Tell what the new system should be called in the comments section below. 

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2019 Military Tribute at the Greenbrier scores: Robby Shelton goes low for lead after Round 1


B Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick is demanding Timo Werner make a final decision about signing new terms.With just a year to run on his current deal with Leipzig, where he has plied his trade for almost three years, Werner could be on the move thngster turned down the offer of a professional contract with West Brom to continue his football education with the famous Spanish sefeat to Walsall last night.The Blues have missed out on the round of 16, despite fielding a strong line-up which included Billy Gilmour and Marc Guehi.A near perfect first half display saw Tariq Lamptey have Chelsea two goal ahead at the break – hiside.PSG were also in the hunt for one of the most promising starlets in Europe but Barry chose Barcelona.Barcelona willis summe

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EA Sports is going to produce a new Tiger Woods-less golf game


th Toby AlderweireLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp regards their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last year as a launching pad.Klopp believes the disappointment of Kiev had a positive influence on his team, who put their best-ever Premier League season together alongside this year’s European rtic youngster Antonee Robinson.The Daily Mail says due to Financial Fair Play concerns, the Rossoneri could be offloading left-back Ricardo Rodriguez to Fenerbahce and chasing a replacement.And Wigan’s former Everton full-back Robinson, who was born un.He said: “It had a big influence on us. I remember that situation. When we stand in the queue in the airport in Kiev, all in tracksuits, heads down. It was a lot of different emotions. “But the plan was, we come again, we will be there again and now we are there, that is just incredible. I think pretty much each team that loses the final thinks, ‘We will put it right’. They don’t all have the chance. “It was the kickstart for the development of this team, 100 per cent. This team is not even to compare with the team of last year. It is good.”ld.The Mirror says Spurs hope to open fresh contract talks with Alderweireld after his £25million release clause expired on Thursday afternoon.The Belgian central defender, 30, was expected to be snapped up by Manchester United or

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What PGA stars had to say about the national championship


d a bid for River Plate striker Rafael Santos Borre.Fox Sports says Everton haveers forward Kris Boyd.Edouard has been in fine form for the Glasgow club this season, scoring nine goals and providing five assists in 17 appearances.Boyd isn’t surprised by the reportentinued his good form with an assist on his full international debut.Making his fifth appearance but his first start for the Red Devils, Praet delivered a perfect cross to set up Michy Batshuayi for Belgium’s first goal in their 2-0 win in Kazakhstand interest in the Hoops’ star man but believes the 21-year-old sh offered €15m for Santos Borre, who featured in the weekend’s Copa Libertadores final defeat to Flamengo.However, River have turned down the bid – referring Everton to

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Packers-Bears featured zero punts, second time in NFL history


If you watched the – well with president Aurelio de Laurentiis.Maurizio Sarri clashed with ADL regularly before leaving for Chelsea last summer.Ancelotti said, “I don’t have any particular strategy in dealing with De Laurentiis, the President is manageable. From the fir game on Sunday, you were likely quite entertained by the offensive fireworks. Unfortunately, for entertainment’s sake, the Bears couldn’t keep pace ().

Were you so entertained that you missed the fact there were NO PUNTS in this game? Because there weren’t. No, really, : 

This was just the second time in history where two teams played a game and there were zero punts so that’s kind of a big deal.

For enep Guardiola has warned Manchester City that there will be more than Liverpool to contend with not season.The Sky Blues won their second consecutive Premier League title this season, finishing one point ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s side. Guardiola has beejoyment’s sake, it’s a shame that decided to go Full l defender Virgil Van Dijk singled out his Reds colleague Joel Matip for praise.The Netherlands and Reds centre-back was up for the FIFA Best Player award.Despite losing out to Lionel Messi, Van Dijk was honoured to be among the final three.And he beCutler and throw bad interceptions late in this game. 

was quite relaxed in the pocket all day and played his best game of the season by far. Keeping pace with him would’ve made for quite the shootout.

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Reality of free-agent contracts means that most teams have an out


Numbers do lie. Especially in the NFL.

With most of the premier players already landing with new teams and the full contract terms of those deal being registered with the NFL and NFLPA, only now can we view these deals with a clear lens.

The murkiness that comes with back-ended contracts and bloated figures is peeled away, and the claims of more than $1 billion being spent on the first day of free agency ring hollow.

This is the true landscape for players these days: Contracts are not guaranteed (as we know), and even many guarantees aren’t really guaranteed. Teams demand rolling guarantees with a period of time each year in which a player they just signed can be released after any given season with almost no cash or cap consequences. This is a business where the numbers that draw the most attention — the maximum values of deals — draw all the attention, but carry none of the weight.

When stripped to their core these contracts often reveal a different reality.

Truth is, once a team has churned through the portion of a contract where the guarantees have expired players generally become expendable — especially those who aren’t living up to the often unattainable standard of deals that includes heavy roster bonuses or bloated base salaries in the later years of the deal.

This is how how business is done in the NFL, and it won’t be changing anytime soon — especially as long as teams must front the money for full guarantees ahead of time by placing that money in escrow.

So, if you really want to peek into the economics of NFL free agency, you must do so by stripping down these deals to their core elements. In the end, due to language in the contract or age of the player, a team either releases a player, trades him, restructures the deal or demands a pay cut. The cycle always continues.

Keep in mind, the guys who got huge money a few years back so often find themselves looking for work just two or three years later, sometimes even longer. Invariably that will be the case again, especially for those who are over the age of 30, incur some injury issues or who carry off-field baggage.

Furthermore, as more teams are staying away from doling out huge upfront money and adopting more of a “pay-as-you-go” philosophy to their contract structure, it makes it increasingly easy to jettison players without major cap ramifications.

With that in mind, here is a look at some of the more prominent deals doled out this week, and a look at what the commitments are from the clubs, at their very least, rather than as it is usually reported, which is in the form of the maximum dollars the team could spend:

6 years, $57M: 1 year, $12M

This is, at its core, the deal, only before the Revis deal was struck — and Talib isn’t Revis. Talib got a modest $5 million signing bonus to go with a $4.5 million salary and a $2.5 million roster bonus this season — hence $12 million. He has a $500,000 roster bonus due in 2015, and his $5.5 million salary in 2015 is guaranteed only for injury right now and does not become fully guaranteed until the third day of the 2015 league year (next March).

So, there is an obvious window that, if Talib — who has a checkered past off the field — is deemed to be expendable for any reason other than health, then he could find himself a free agent for the third straight year.

The Broncos are fully protected. They are renting Talib year-to-year, and if, say, hangs it up after the 2014 season (and let’s not pretend these Broncos moves are anything other than an all-in to capitalize on this period of opportunity with their aging franchise quarterback) and the Broncos decide to dismantle a chunk of this team before they have to start paying kids like and and rebuild, they have plenty of flexibility to do just that with the Talib contract and the next two listed below.

4 years, $22.5M. 1 year, $7M

This could end up being essentially like franchising Ward for a season — which is what many expected the would do before they placed the transition tag on C , and thus eliminating the ability to franchise anyone else.

Ward receives $5 million to sign and makes $2 million in 2014, but his 2015 roster bonus of $2.5 million is guaranteed for injury only, and his base salary is guaranteed for $4 million that season as well. So, if for performance or cap reasons the Broncos want to dump him, they can. At this point there is no real guarantee he gets the entire $6.5 million he would make in 2015 in Denver.

3 years, $30M. 1 year, $16.5M

Ware will make $13 million in 2014 among signing bonus, base salary and roster bonus. But the $10 million due him in 2015 ($7M in salary and $3M in a March roster bonus) is not fully guaranteed, other than for injury, so if the Broncos cut him for cap or performance in 2015 in addition to the $13M he made in 2014, he would get an additional $3.5 million.

4 years, $24M. 1 year, $12M

Dansby is an older inside linebacker — an extremely disposable commodity in this day and age — and this is a hell of a deal to get the bulk of this money his way as soon as possible, in the form of $6 million roster bonus, $4 million fully guaranteed salary in 2014, and with $2 million of his 2015 deal fully guaranteed as well. Given all of that, one would suspect the Browns have him for two years, at $14 million, and come 2016 it is anything but guaranteed Dansby, already 32, will be maegend Lothar Matthaus believes Harry Kane will start tonight’s Champions League final.Ahead of the Madrid final between Spurs and Liverpool, Matthaus wrote for The Sun: “If Harry Kane is fit to play, he has to. It is not a gamble.”Kane’s character isking $5 million that season.

So the Browns bought themselves a stopgap after the loss of , and did so at a very high 2014 cash expenditure.

4 years, $28M. 1 year, $13M

Whitner received $9 million to sign, has a guaranteed $2 million salary for this season and has $2 million of his 2015 salary ($4.5M) guaranteed as well. So, this is designed to be a two-year, $15.5 million deal. Nothing more, nothing less. By 2016 Whitner would be 30, and if the Browns don’t want to pay him $6.2 million that season, there is nothing compelling them to do so.

4 years, $25.5M. 1 year, $8M

Verner receives no signing bonus, but will make $8 million in 2014 between base salary and roster bonus. However, his $4.25 million salary in 2015 is guaranteed for injury only at this time and does not become fully guaranteed until the third day of the 2015 league year. The reality is that salary figure is hardly crushing for a starting corner, especially one who was a Pro Bowler for the Titans in 2013, but if for some reason besides injury things do not work out, Tampa Bay is very protected.

5 years, $43.75M. 1 year, $12M

Johnson does not get a signing bonus either — the Bucs have long been ahead of the curve on not giving out big bonuses that get prorated and screw up future years of the cap. In this case, Johnson gets $9 million in salary and roster bonus in 2014, and has $3 million of his 2015 salary fully guaranteed. Johnson also has a $4 million roster bonus that is due in 2015 as well.

So the Willock at Arsenal, according to club legend Ian Wright. The Swiss international gave away a penalty in Sunday’s draw with Spurs.And Wright thinks young gun Willock could push the veteran out of Unai Emery’s team.The Gunners icon told Radio 5 Live o Bucs have an out … but this contract includes language that prohibits an “offset,” so if Johnson is released he gets to keep whatever compensation he has earned from the team in any given year, and then also double dip and get a full portion of whatever money he earned from a new team as well.

5 years, $30M. Could be: 1 year, $9M

Collins will make $6 million this season and has $3 million of his 2015 compensation fully guaranteed at this time. But again, you guessed it, Tampa Bay doled out no signing bonus. So they could give him $3 million to leave in 2015 if for some reason — other than injury — they feel the need to. In reality, this is a two-year, $12 million contract and if the Bucs want to stop paying him $6 million a year after that, there is nothing precluding them from doing that.

4 years, $28.5M. 1 year; $10M

Bennett gets a $2 million salary and $8 million signing bonus, but his 2015 salary ($6M) is only fully guaranteed for injury at this point and becomes fully guaranteed after the season. In all likelihood it’s at least a two-year, $16 million deal, barring something unexpected happening, and then come 2017 Bennett has a $1 million roster bonus and $4 million base salary and by that time Bennett is 30 and, well, a lot can happen in two years.

5 years, $35M. 1 year, $9M

Houston’s 2015 salary of $6 million does not become fully guaranteed until after this season, and with just a $5 million roster bonus, the Bears don’t have any future cap charges hanging over their head. In reality, this is a two-year, $15 million deal, and the reality is Houston will have to earn his $6 million annual salary each year based on his health and performance.

5 years, $35M. 1 year, $7.5M

Only half of Veldheer’s $6 million salary in 2015 is fully guaranteed, and the rest becomes fully guaranteed if on the roster the third day of the 2015 league year. His signing bonus is just $6.25 million, paid out in the first year, and he has a $500,000 roster bonus due in 2015, so, if the Cards wanted to release him for cap or performance issues before 2015, they could.

1 year, $1.75M. A few months, $100,000

The only thing guaranteed for the running back, upon his return to Oakland, is that he got $100,000 to sign. He has a $256,000 roster bonus still yet to earn and a $1.25 million salary he will have to earn as well, with the chance to make $16,000 for every game he is on the roster this season. This is the ultimate “prove-it” contract.

5 years, $37.5M. 2 years, $17.5M

Monroe has his 2014 and 2015 base salaries fully guaranteed, and receives an $11 million signing ris Wilder says he has spoken with Harry Redknapp about controversial trialist Ravel Morrison. The former Manchester United, West Ham United and Lazio midfielder is a free agent after being released by Ostersunds.He played under Redknapp at QPR and Wbonus. The reality is, as long as he is healthy and still a legit starting left tackle, his 2016 salary of $6.5 million will be manageable for his position. But as we know, an injury could end up changing everything.

3 years, $15.5M. 1 year, $8.5M

Jenkins, in keeping with the smart way the Eagles have been doing their deals, gets $5 million to sign and just $1 million in base salary in 2014. In 2015, $2.5 million of his $4 million salary is fully guaranteed, and if he plays two years in Philly he gets $10 million. In 2016, there is a $500,000 roster bonus due in March that would be the precursor to his exit should this not be working out to Chip Kelly’s liking.

5 years, $30M. 1 year, $10.5M

Beadles has his base salaries in 2014 and 2015 (worth a total of $6M) fully guaranteed, but his 2015 roster bonus of $2 million is not guaranteed for injury. So, in the event of a major health problem, the Jaguars would be totally protected moving forward beyond that $10.5 million cash outlay.

5 years, $42.5M. 2 years, $20M

This is in essence the same money the Browns gave — another promising but unproven pass rusher — a year ago, and once Griffen gets past the guaranteed base salaries in 2014 and 2015 the Vikings can decide whether he is worth $7 million per season.

4 years, $21M. 1 year, $6.75M

Bethea has a $400,000 roster bonus due in 2015, and his $3 million base salary does not become fully guaranteed unless he is on the roster on April 1, 2015. So this, too, amounts to a one-year deal at the safety franchise total, and then it’s pay-as-you-go after that.

5 years, $36.25M. 2 years, $15M

Decker has fully guaranteed salaries in 2014 and 2015, which, combined with his $7.5 million signing bonus, amount to $15 million. If he isn’t a difference maker and not who the Jets think he is — or who he was with Peyton Manning throwing him the football — then he could be cut at virtually no cash or cap cost and his $6.5 million salary for 2016 is not guaranteed in any fashion.

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LOOK: Peyton Manning gets booed by Broncos fans


Apparently, not even is immune to boo-birds. 

After watching Manning throw six straight incompletions in the second quarter, fans just couldn’t take it anymore and they started booing their star quarterback. 

After the sixth incompletion, Manning was 5 of 1ionel Messi stands between Ernesto Valverde and dismissal as Barcelona coach.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speaking on El Chiringuito.Valverde is facing the axe after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final defeat to Vals be no underestimating Watford today.United were beaten at Vicarage Road earlier this season.Solskjaer said: “Nigel [Pearson] has done fantastic with them, of course wAndre Silva insists he’s happy to do preseason with AC Milan.The striker spent last term on-loan with Sevilla.”I feel very good, I’m happy to be back at Milanello and meet many of my teammates,” he told Milan TV.“I want to meet the Coach and talk about what this season will be like.”Milan are eager to find a buyer for Silva this summer.e were the start of that and we shouldn’t have let that happen. “We had chances ouencia.3 for 52 yards and a touchdown in the game.

Manning’s poor performance likely left Broncos fans longing for a quarterback from the past.

Broncos fans booing Peyton Manning??? Perhaps you’d prefer Tebow back.

— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson)

Besides throwing six straight incompletions, Manning also lost a fumble in the second quarter that eventually led to a touchdown. Manning finished the first half 7 of 18 for 71 yards. 

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Redskins’ Chris Baker celebrates sack while fumbled ball sits behind him


During a segment on That Other Pregame Show on Sunday, formeBurnley winger Dwight McNeil has been forced to withdraw from the England U21 squad.The 19-year-old picked up a knock in Saturday’s loss to Liverpool.He will miss upcoming clashes against Turkey and Kosovo.McNeil is expected to be available to feature against Brighton next Saturday.r linebacker London Fletcher said that current Washington defensive .’

Apparently, that applies to the entire Redskins defense.

During the second quarter against the , town down the gauntlet to Barcelona teammate Antoine Griezmann.The France attacker has battled for since his big money summer arrival from Atletico Madrid.And Pique has hinted Griezmann needs to show more determination to prove himself with the LaLigahe Redskins sacked St. Louis quarterback Shaun Hill, which prompted defensive lineman Chris Baker to start celebrating.

The only problem? The play wasn’t over yet. Hill fumbled on the sack and the ball was literally right behind Baker as he was celebrating. 

Even worse, the Redskins didn’t recover the fumble. Baker’s gaffe didn’t cost the Redskins any points though because the Rams drive ended with a missed field goal. 

You can keep tabs on the Rams-Redskins game by folllkeeper Keylor Navas could be on the move to Porto to replace Iker Casillas.Casillas is considering retirement after suffering a heart attack a fortnight ago.Andrea Salas, Keylor’s wife is currently on holiday in the Portuguese city visiting a friendowing our . 

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Calvin Johnson sets two records: Turkey Day TDs & 10K yards


It took 146 offensive snaps but the finally scored a touchdown. It came early in the second quarter of the -Lions Thanksgiving Day game, when did Calvin Johnson-type things and snatched a pass between two Bears defenders for a score.

Megatron also used the second quarter to surpass 10,000 career receiving yards, and just before the half, he caught another touchdown pass. Johnson became the fastest player everRadio says a section of the Barça dressing room feels that Setién, who replaced Ernesto Valverde after January’s Spanish Super Cup elimination by Atlético Madrid, is not up to the task of coaching a club of the Blaugrana’s stature.Comments such as to 10,000 receiving yards, having reached te Victory star will not be renewing his contract with the team when it expires.Despite the 32-year-old Japanese midfielder enjoying a good campaign, where he nebrough.The ex-Chelsea and England captain is said to have spoken to Boro’s chairman Steve Gibson this week, says The Sun.Local lad and ex-Boro hero Jonathan Woodgate was favourite with the bookies but has been usurped by former Fulham boss Slavisa Jotted seven goals and gave five assists in 18 games, he has decided that it is time to movehe mark in 115 career games.  

That makes eight touchdown passes on Thanksgiving, which is an NFL record. The previous record holder?

Ah, good ol Cloyce. RT : With that TD, Calvin Johnson tied Cloyce Box for most TD catches on Thanksgiving (7) in history

— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz)

Good ‘ol Cloyce, indeed.

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