Month: December 2014

Texas A&M staff member throws punches at West Virginia players (Video) (Yahoo Sports)

After the Liberty Bowl, Texas A&M staff member Michael Richardson should be without a job. During the first half, Richardson, a student assistant, threw multiple cheap shots toward West Virginia players. First he threw an elbow at WVU running back Andrew Buie after he was pushed out of bounds. Then, later in the half, he threw a blatant punch at the head of cornerback Daryl Worley, who was backpedaling out of bounds. Richardson played linebacker for the Aggies in 2012, but broke his neck during a game and has been a student assistant ever since. A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was made…

Malik Zaire will start at QB for Notre Dame vs. LSU, not Everett Golson (Yahoo Sports)

In a surprising move, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told reporters Monday that Malik Zaire will start at quarterback in the Music City Bowl, replacing Everett Golson. Malik Zaire will start against LSU in the Music City Bowl. — Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) December 29, 2014 Kelly said that Zaire’s understanding of the offense has increased with “game plan reps” over the past month. — Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) December 29, 2014 It will be the first career start for Zaire, who replaced a struggling Golson in the regular season finale at USC, a 49-14 loss. Kelly said that Golson will…

Ndamukong Suh suspended one game for Aaron Rodgers leg stomp (Yahoo Sports)

The NFL has suspended Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for a game for stepping on the calf and ankle of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. Ndamukong Suh is being suspended for Sunday’s game against Dallas, per @mortreport . When he appeals, hearing officer will be Ted Cottrell. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 29, 2014 [ Join FanDuel’s $1.75M Wild Card fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 14,530 teams paid ] The play looked accidental at first — until Suh stepped on Rodgers’ injured leg a second time. Rodgers retaliated with a push to Suh and a…

Tom Coughlin survives again, told by Giants he will return (Yahoo Sports)

Most times, if you miss the playoffs five times in a six-year span, you’re not surviving as an NFL head coach. But when that one playoff trip resulted in your second Super Bowl title, you’ve built up enough goodwill to survive. Tom Coughlin will be back for a 12th season with the New York Giants. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and others reported that Coughlin was assured he’ll stay, which isn’t a surprise considering all recent reports out of New York indicated Coughlin was safe. Even though the Giants had a 6-10 season, Coughlin’s worst since he went 6-10 in his…

LeBron James on his Cavaliers: ‘We’re not a very good team’ (Yahoo Sports)

We’re at a point where comparisons to the 2010-11 Miami Heat are laughable. Those Heat had their issues. They started Mike Bibby in postseason games. Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Erick Dampier, and Jamaal Magloire all had to man the middle. The superstar triptych of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh seemed afraid to step on each others’ toes. By the time spring rolled around, however, they still had that superstar triptych. They mustered a top five finish on both ends of the floor, and after an embarrassing Eastern Conference final Game 1 blowout the team won four straight gritty games against…

Bears’ Clausen (concussion) out in Week 17; Cutler starting again (Yahoo Sports)

The Chicago Bears appear to be going back to Jay Cutler at quarterback. Not by choice. Jimmy Clausen, who replaced Cutler in Week 16 amid a disastrous season, suffered a concussion and has been ruled out six days prior to playing the Minnesota Vikings. #Bears QB Jimmy Clausen will not play in Sunday’s season finale in Minnesota after suffering a concussion in yesterday’s loss to Lions. — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 22, 2014 [ Join FanDuel.com’s $2.5M Week 17 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 21,840 teams paid ] The Cutler news comes via a report from NFL Network’s Ian…

Johnny Manziel sounds ready to commit to being better in 2015 (Yahoo Sports)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel wouldn’t be the first NFL rookie to learn that to make it as a professional, it takes a little more effort than you’re used to. Manziel isn’t the typical rookie in that he has already become the NFL’s next villain to many folks, but he’s going through the normal growing pains. He struggled in his first start. In his second start, on Sunday at the Carolina Panthers, he wasn’t off to a great start before he was knocked out of the game with a hamstring injury . According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s story from…