Sunday, December 17, 2017
Sports

Coach's 'cart' comment draws fire

Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray used some language hinting that he wanted his players to injure opponents, the Tennessean reported.

The Nashville newspaper reported Thursday that Gray told his defenders not to fear fines, saying, "You have to say, 'This is my territory between the numbers, and if you throw the football you better bring the Gator truck.' " The Gator truck is used to cart injured players off the field.

ESPN reported that the NFL was reviewing the comments and that Gray apologized, saying, "This is football, but my choice of words under the circumstances was probably bad."

BRONCOS: The league added three games to linebacker D.J. Williams' suspension. Williams was punished for violating the substance abuse policy after his conviction in August of driving while impaired. He'll be eligible to return in mid November.

BROWNS: Rookie running back Trent Richardson missed practice to be with his girlfriend during the birth of his third child.

JAGUARS: Receiver/return specialist Micheal Spurlock signed after spending the early part of the season with the Chargers. He's best known for breaking the Bucs' 22-year streak without a kickoff return for a touchdown when he brought one back in 2007 against Atlanta.

RAMS: Receiver Danny Amendola will miss up to six weeks with a separated joint near his collarbone, ESPN reported.

FINES: Linebackers Chad Greenway of Minnesota and Brandon Spikes of New England were fined $21,000 each by the league for unnecessary roughness in games last weekend. Other notable fines: Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams ($15,750 for roughing the passer) and Cardinals kicker and former Jesuit High standout Jay Feely ($7,875 for a hit late and in the back on a kickoff return).

JURISPRUDENCE: Las Vegas police say former running back Larry Johnson was in jail after his arrest in a felony domestic violence case involving an ex-girlfriend at a Las Vegas resort. Johnson, 32, spent most of his career with the Chiefs and played last season for the Dolphins.

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Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

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Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Avalanche

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Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

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Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

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Published: 12/16/17
Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

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Published: 12/16/17

Sports in brief

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Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

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Published: 12/16/17

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

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Published: 12/16/17

Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: Florida State at Texas12:30 p.m.FS1Women: Georgia Tech at Georgia1 p.m.SECStony Brook at Providence2:30 p.m.FS1North Carolina at Tennessee3 p.m.ESPNSavannah State at Baylor3 p.m.Fox SunWomen: USF at Florida International...
Published: 12/16/17