VITALS THE LINE: Giants by 3 TV: Ch 5 (Kenny Albert, Brian Baldinger), RADIO: WFAN-660 AM (Bob Papa, Dick Lynch, Dave Jennings) Nationwide on Westwood One (Harry Kalas, Trev Alberts) FORECAST: Sunny and nice, with highs in the upper 60s and light winds. INJURY IMPACT The Giants got a break when DT Barry Cofield's groin injury wasn't serious enough to sideline him. LBs Brandon Short did not make trip but Carlos Emmons returned. CB Sam Madison, DE Osi Umenyiora and DE Michael Strahan remain sidelined. Titans TE Ben Troupe fractured his ankle last week and is gone for the season. DE Travis LeBoy will miss a second straight game with a concussion. CB Reynaldo Hill returns from an ankle injury. Rookie Cortland Finnegan filled in well for him. FEATURE MATCHUPS RB Tiki Barber vs. LBs Peter Sirmon and Keith Bulluck: Think Tiki is going to get the ball this week? When he does, he'll be meeting up against one of the league's better run-stopping OLBs in Bulluck, especially … [Read more...] about PLAYBOOK. Giants at Titans at LP Field, 4 p.m.
NASHVILLE - During the dog days of training camp, when today's season opener against the Titans seemed like just a rumor, the Jets' dogged new coach gave his tired team a speech that was groundbreaking - in more ways than one. Trying to illustrate the benefits of hard work, Eric Mangini showed video of an avalanche, from the early, ice-building stages to the ultimate breaking point. His message: This team can be the avalanche, an unstoppable force, if we continue to pile up the ice. "He was saying we don't know when it's going to happen, but it's such a great feeling when it does come tumbling down," Laveranues Coles said. "He said he's been around to see it happen, being in New England. "The system has been proven to work. Now, basically, that's what we're looking for - the avalanche." Starting today, the wait begins to build. So does the weight. For the sixth time in 13 years, the Jets are embarking on a new coaching era. This time, they've entrusted their future to a … [Read more...] about PLAYBOOK. JETS AT TITANS at LP Field, 1 p.m. Mangini pep talk has 2006 Jets saying…LET’S ROCK !
Joe Torre doesn't hold many closed-door meetings beyond the Yankees' normal pre-series scouting get-togethers. But he gathered the troops before last night's series finale to let them know he hasn't been happy with their recent form in the field and he thinks too many players are pressing while trying to compensate for all of their injured teammates. "Just that we haven't done a good job, some of it may come from the fact that knowing we're shorthanded, the game is speeding up while it should be slowing down," Torre said. "Everyone is trying to do too much and when you do that you really get in the way of what you're capable of doing. "It's nothing secret, just basically, it wasn't a negative thing, but it was 'everybody can't do a little extra, but everyone can do what they can do.' We come here to compete every day and whoever the players are on the field has nothing to do with the confidence level, we just have to play our game. "If this refers to one guy in here, that's … [Read more...] about FIELDING WOES IRK JOE
VITALS THE LINE: Seahawks by 31/2 TV: Ch 5 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman) RADIO: WFAN-660 AM (Joel Meyers, John Riggins) FORECAST: Intermittent clouds, high of 46 INJURY IMPACT Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander (32-195 vs. Carolina last year) has been cleared to play after missing most of last week's game with a concussion. WRs Darrell Jackson (knee) and Bobby Engram (back) missed some practice and the Panthers will surely test them by getting physical. The Panthers won't change their running game with DeShaun Foster (broken ankle) out for Nick Goings. DE Julius Peppers is questionable with a shoulder injury and is expected to play but he has missed two straight practices. FB Brad Hoover and C Jeff Mitchell have ankle injuries. FEATURE MATCHUP WR Steve Smith vs. CBs Andre Dyson and Marcus Trufant: Can anyone stop Smith? Offensive coordinator Dan Henning keeps exploiting matchups each week and if form holds, they will try to get him on LCB Dyson. Will the Seahawks shadow him … [Read more...] about PANTHERS AT SEAHAWKS. Qwest Field 6:30 p.m.
The Mets are loaded with young pitching and have a chance to contend this year. Just ask them. It’s our job to separate spin from reality, to step back to a critical distance and determine if the hype will translate into a better year for a team that hasn’t finished over .500 since 2008. We can begin by telling you that the good vibes are real, and emanating from new places. 2015 BASEBALL PREVIEW: NL EAST | NL CENTRAL | NL WEST | AL EAST | AL CENTRAL | AL WEST The smart people in the Mets front office and field staff knew what they had, from 2011 to 2014, and no one was predicting success. With payroll slashed, prospects unready and fringy players populating the locker room, all but the most delusional team officials knew during spring training to expect more bad days than good. This year, the vibe around Port St. Lucie is different. Instead of muttering about money or talent level, Mets people are now whispering … [Read more...] about Yes, Mets fans … you can believe! 2015 club takes the field behind one of the best rotations in the National League
VITALS THE LINE: Bears by 3 TV: Ch. 5 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman) RADIO: WFAN-660 AM (Joel Meyers, Jack Ham) FORECAST: Cloudy, high of 42 degrees. INJURY IMPACT Playmaking safety Mike Brown returns to Bears after a five-week layoff with a calf injury. FEATURE MATCHUP WR Muhsin Muhammad vs. CB Ken Lucas: Muhammad is facing his former team and while he should give the Panthers more concern than a lackadaisical Plaxico Burress did, Carolina knows that if it shuts Muhammad down, it will turn the Bears into a one-dimensional punching bag. Look for the Panthers' secondary, which has been playing extremely well, to come out with a bracketing scheme that will begin with Lucas getting physical at the line. Taking away Rex Grossman's first (and sometimes only) option will throw off his timing and expose him to Carolina's pass-rushing DEs. Then look for the DBs to try to read Grossman's eyes and jump routes. LT Travelle Wharton vs. DE Alex Brown: Wharton was responsible for … [Read more...] about PANTHERS AT BEARS. Soldier Field, 4:30 p.m.
Five Girl Scouts who made a Lego device that automatically turns pages of books wowed President Obama Monday at the White House's annual Science Fair. The 6-year old "Super-Girls," wearing capes over their uniforms, were the youngest of 35 winners showing inventions at the fair, in its fifth year. Their contraption aims to help paralyzed or arthritic patients read books. The President asked the girls, from Tulsa, Okla., if the page-turner could slow down or speed up. No, said the inventors. "It's a prototype,” one explained. The remark amused Obama, who asked how the group thought of the idea. "We had a brainstorming session," a girl replied. "Have you ever had a brainstorming session yourself?" one of the inventors asked the President. "I have had a brainstorming session, but I didn't come up with anything this good," Obama said. "So you guys are already … [Read more...] about Girl Scouts impress Obama with Lego device meant to help paralyzed, arthritic patients read books
The Yankees come into the 2015 season with many questions about health (Masahiro Tananka and CC Sabathia) and age (Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira). To find some answers, we asked the AL East managers for their take on the Yankee position players. FIRST BASE: Mark Teixeira “He’s a dangerous player. Health is the big question, whether they can keep him on the field long enough. Especially in Yankee Stadium, you always have that fear that he can take you deep and burn you. He’s also a good defender. He takes away hits and saves runs — as long as he’s on the field.” — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons SECOND BASE: Stephen Drew “Comeback player. I’ve known Stephen for a long time and I anticipate he’ll be a lot more productive than he was. He will solidify himself again as a dependable everyday player.” — Rays manager Kevin Cash SHORTSTOP: Didi … [Read more...] about Yankees Scouting Report: A position-by-position breakdown by big-league managers
For the first time in nearly a decade, expectations are running sky high for the Mets. And why shouldn’t they be for a team with a surplus of pitchers that should lead the way back to promienence. To get an insider’s take, we asked NL scouts and various TV analysts what they thought of the Mets’ lineup. STARTING ROTATION Bartolo Colon (2014 stats: 15-13, 4.09 ERA) “He wins. He just locates his fastball and wins. Eventually he’ll start to age and it will catch up with him, but I haven’t seen it yet.” — AL East scout Matt Harvey (No 2014 stats, injured) “I did not face him much before, but he doesn’t look like he’s been away. He’s locating, he’s throwing hard, he’s back to where I remember him.” — Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton Jacob deGrom (9-6, 2.69) “He has such great stuff, good confidence and his fastball is really, … [Read more...] about Scouting the Mets: A position-by-position breakdown from players, scouts and TV analysts
One of the NFL draft’s top prospects must prove that he’s past an off-field issue that’s returned to haunt him. And no, we’re not talking about Jameis Winston. In an interview with NFL.com, Nebraska linebacker Randy Gregory said he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, a revelation that very well could move the talented pass-rusher down to slide down draft boards in five weeks. Gregory insisted that he’s “not some dumb jock pothead,” although he understands that not everyone will believe that. “I knew what I had coming up (the Combine), and I still made that mistake,” he told NFL.com. “That was dumb. “I want people to understand I’m not some dumb jock pothead,” he added. “I’m not. I’m intelligent. I love the people who help me, I love my family, I love my support group. I love football. I love winning. And I don’t want to be labeled as some … [Read more...] about Ex-Nebraska DE Randy Gregory says he tested positive for pot at NFL scouting combine