Monday, June 18, 2018
Sports

Broncos: Newton hits weren't dirty

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Nasty, hard-hitting, wicked. Sure. But dirty? No way, say the Broncos.

"I just don't think that's what we are," linebacker Todd Davis said. "We're not malicious. We don't intentionally go to hurt anybody. We just play hard. We play physical."

About those helmet-to-helmet hits on Cam Newton, then …

"Just because we hit Cam in the head a couple of times, that doesn't make us dirty," insisted linebacker Brandon Marshall, who had one of four helmet-to-helmet hits on Carolina's big quarterback in the Broncos' 21-20 win on Thursday.

The brutality of the game sparked debates over league safety, sideline concussion protocol and the ability of the MVP to survive, much less thrive, as a read-option quarterback. And, yes, whether Denver's devastating defense crossed the line from dominant to dirty.

Though no hits resulted in penalty yardage, and Newton never got checked for a concussion during the game, Marshall said he expected a hefty fine today. So did safety Darian Stewart, whose helmet-to-helmet hit left Newton motionless.

The other head hits came from Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and cornerback Bradley Roby.

Marshall said what he considers a dirty play is "stepping on somebody's ankle at the bottom of a pile, twisting somebody around, something like that. We just play hard. We hit hard. We play fast. … It's the speed of the game. We're a malicious group, but we're not dirty."

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak also dismissed the notion of his defense being dirty, saying, "We play hard. We're going to continue to play hard."

Kubiak called Newton the league's best player and said when he leaves the pocket, "you better tackle him like a (running) back."

Also, Denver's police chief says he has talked to Marshall about the player's decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial oppression and police brutality. Robert White says he met Tuesday with Marshall after being approached by Broncos management. The chief says he will offer Marshall the chance to ride along with police and watch "shoot, don't shoot" training. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, one of Marshall's college teammates at Nevada, started the trend of protesting the anthem in the preseason. Marshall did so before Thursday's game.

Goff watch: Without quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, the Rams were shut down and shut out in Monday's 28-0 loss at San Francisco. Case Keenum was 17 for 35 for 130 yards and two interceptions (and of course no touchdowns) as the Rams were held to 185 total yards. Goff was made inactive for the game and is No. 3 on the depth chart, behind Keenum and Sean Mannion. Whether that will change Sunday, when the Rams host Seattle in their first game in Los Angeles since 1994, is an open question. "(Goff wants) to play, and I want him to play," coach Jeff Fisher told the Los Angeles Times last week. "We're not there yet."

Cowboys: Suspended defensive end Randy Gregory is back with the team but owner/general manager Jerry Jones gave no indication when or if the second-year player will play. Jones said Gregory, serving a four-game suspension for violating substance-abuse policy, returned after spending time in a rehab facility.

Dolphins: They signed former Chargers linebacker Donald Butler after a tryout, the Miami Herald reported. Former Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk also tried out but wasn't signed.

Jaguars: Running back Chris Ivory was released from the hospital but his availability for next week's game at San Diego was in question. He was hospitalized Sunday with a "general medical issue" and missed the opener against Green Bay.

Packers: Left tackle David Bakhtiari signed a contract extension, worth up to $51.67 million over four years, the Associated Press reported.

Saints: They released running back C.J. Spiller just one year and one game into a four-year, $16 million deal. Spiller was a healthy scratch Sunday.

Comments
As USF-Yuengling bond grows, is SECís alcohol stance slowly shifting?

As USF-Yuengling bond grows, is SECís alcohol stance slowly shifting?

USF's expanded partnership with Yuengling — including naming rights to the Sun Dome — is only the latest part in an evolving relationship between college sports and alcohol, as my colleague, Joey Knight, wrote on the front page ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning re-signs goaltender Eddie Pasquale to two-way deal

Lightning re-signs goaltender Eddie Pasquale to two-way deal

The Lightning re-signed goaltender Eddie Pasquale to a one-year, two-way contract general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.Pasquale, 27, split this past season between the Syracuse Crunch and Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League. He...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

The Rays lose three of four games in New York as Rick Stroud says they fail to figure out the Yankees' pitching. With Christian Arroyo injured, they activate Adeiny Hechavarria — one of the stars of Sunday's win — from the disabled list a...
Updated: 2 hours ago
A sports story that we all can love

A sports story that we all can love

When we think of sports — hard-nosed, competitive sports — what words immediately come to mind? Tenacity. Grit. Guts. Perseverance. Courage. Intensity. Determination. You get the idea. Sports are usually cutthroat, give no quarter, sho...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

NEW YORK — The Adeiny Hechavarria situation is going to be interesting for the Rays. The veteran seemed destined to be traded or even released as he completed his recovery from a hamstring strain rather than play again for the Rays after last ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Marc Topkinís takeaways from Sundayís Rays-Yankees game

Marc Topkinís takeaways from Sundayís Rays-Yankees game

The Rays remain committed to using an "opener" three times in five game stretches, but that seems to tax the bullpen too much. Wilmer Font showed Sunday that he should be able to handle starting, at least until Chris Archer returns.It was only one wi...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Sports on TV/radio for Monday, June 18

TODAYBaseballYankees at Nationals7 p.m.MLBRays at Astros8 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMMarlins at Giants10 p.m.FSFDiamondbacks at Angels10 p.m.ESPNCollege baseball, World SeriesOregon State vs. Washington2 p.m.ESPNNorth Carolina vs. Mississippi State7 p.m.ESPN...
Published: 06/17/18
Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

NEW YORK ó The Adeiny Hechavarria situation is going to be interesting for the Rays.The veteran seemed destined to be traded or even released as he completed his recovery from a hamstring strain rather than play again for the Rays after last weekís p...
Published: 06/17/18

Marc Topkinís takeaways from Sundayís Rays-Yankees game

The Rays remain committed to using an "opener" three times in five game stretches, but that seems to tax the bullpen too much. Wilmer Font showed Sunday that he should be able to handle starting, at least until Chris Archer returns.e_SClBIt was only ...
Published: 06/17/18
Rays leave New York with a smile after beating Yankees 3-1

Rays leave New York with a smile after beating Yankees 3-1

NEW YORK ó You had seen this game before.So had the radio guys, the coaches, the manager, the players and, certainly, the bosses.The Rays grab an early lead over the Yankees. They look like they are headed to a rare win in the Bronx. And then when th...
Published: 06/17/18