Sunday, December 17, 2017

Giants: No hazing Amukamara

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — They understand the public's concern over what might be seen as a hazing incident involving Prince Amukamara, but several Giants players say that throwing the second-year cornerback into a tub of ice water was a football tradition and not bullying.

Amukamara and Jason Pierre-Paul, a Pro Bowl defensive end and former USF star who threw him into the metal ice tub, said Monday that they're friends and there was nothing personal involved. Neither would say what triggered the obscenity-laced incident. Most players on the Super Bowl champion seemed more concerned that punter Steve Weatherford posted the video, and that it might give youngsters the idea that bullying and hazing are okay.

"First of all, absolutely none of us condone bullying," defensive captain Justin Tuck said. "We've heard that. … With that said, we just got to do a better job of being conscious of how that looks and how people can perceive it."

Pierre-Paul indicated his days of throwing players into tubs might be over. "I feel like me and Prince, we're cool," Pierre-Paul said.

Dolphins tab Tannehill

DAVIE — New coach Joe Philbin named Ryan Tannehill as Miami's starting quarterback, meaning the Dolphins will have a rookie QB start an opener for the first time.

Not even Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino or Bob Griese started the first game of their rookie seasons.

"We like the way he handles himself," coach Joe Philbin said of Tannehill, the No. 8 overall draft pick in April. "He's relatively mature. We like his poise."

Tannehill beat out Matt Moore, who started the final 12 games of 2011.

HALI SUSPENDED: Pro Bowl linebacker Tamba Hali will miss the Sept. 9 opener against Atlanta after being suspended without pay for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Hali will be fined an additional game check and be eligible to return in Week 2.

LONDON GAMES: The Jaguars will play an annual game in London for four years starting in 2013, the Associated Press reported. AP said an announcement is scheduled today. The Rams were scheduled to play in London in 2013 and '14, but they pulled out last week.

SEAU AUTOPSY: No alcohol or illegal drugs were found in Junior Seau's system when he shot and killed himself at his home in May, the San Diego County medical examiner's office said upon releasing autopsy results.

EX-BUC RUUD DEALT: The Saints acquired former Bucs linebacker Barrett Ruud from the Seahawks for an undisclosed draft choice.

EAGLES 27, PATRIOTS 17: Quarterback Michael Vick left after a hit in the first quarter but X-rays on his ribs showed no breaks.

BILLS: In a surprise move, one-time star pass-rusher Shawne Merriman was released. The team will save a portion of his $4 million salary.

COLTS: Receiver Austin Collie could return this week after being diagnosed with a concussion.

COWBOYS: Receiver Dez Bryant had patellar tendinitis in his right knee after being hurt during a joint practice with the Chargers. The Cowboys said the MRI exam "revealed no tear to a ligament or tendon." Bryant will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

RAMS: The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, which operates the Edward Jones Dome, submitted a revised renovation plan that it believes will put the 17-year-old stadium among the top tier. The stadium lease lets the franchise leave after the 2014 season if the facility is not deemed among the league's top 25 percent.

REDSKINS: Coach Mike Shanahan said neither linebacker Brian Orakpo (left shoulder) nor safety Brandon Meriweather (left knee) will require surgery, but said both will sit out the final two games of the preseason.

TITANS: Coach Mike Munchak said Jake Locker is the starting quarterback over veteran Matt Hasselbeck.



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New England 1 1 0 .500 24 33

N.Y. Jets 0 2 0 .000 9 43

Buffalo 0 2 0 .000 20 43

Miami 0 2 0 .000 2443

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Jacksonville 2 0 0 1.000 59 55

Houston 2 0 0 1.000 46 22

Indianapolis 1 1 0 .500 62 29

Tennessee 1 1 0 .500 47 34

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Cincinnati 2 0 0 1.000 41 25

Cleveland 2 0 0 1.000 54 27

Baltimore 1 1 0 .500 43 44

Pittsburgh 1 1 0 .500 49 48

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San Diego 2 0 0 1.000 49 33

Denver 1 1 0 .500 41 33

Kansas City 1 1 0 .500 44 48

Oakland 0 2 0 .000 27 34


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Philadelphia 2 0 0 1.000 51 40

Dallas 1 1 0 .500 23 28

Washington 1 1 0 .500 38 39

N.Y. Giants 1 1 0 .500 57 35

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Tampa Bay 1 1 0 .500 27 37

Carolina 1 1 0 .500 36 43

New Orleans 1 2 0 .333 47 44

Atlanta0 2 0 .000 36 55

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Detroit 1 1 0 .500 44 31

Minnesota 1 1 0 .500 42 31

Chicago 1 1 0 .500 36 62

Green Bay0 2 0 .000 23 56

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Seattle2 0 0 1.000 57 27

San Francisco 1 1 0 .500 26 26

St. Louis 1 1 0 .500 34 55

Arizona 1 2 0 .333 58 71


Philadelphia 27, New England 17

Late Sunday

Pittsburgh 26, Indianapolis 24


Green Bay at Cincinnati, 7

Jacksonville at Baltimore, 7:30

Arizona at Tennessee, 8


New England at Tampa Bay, 7:30

Philadelphia at Cleveland, 7:30

Atlanta at Miami, 7:30

San Diego at Minnesota, 8

Seattle at Kansas City, 8

Chicago at N.Y. Giants,


Indianapolis at Washington, 4

Detroit at Oakland, 7

Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7

Houston at New Orleans, 8

St. Louis at Dallas, 8


San Francisco at Denver, 4

Carolina at N.Y. Jets, 8

Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Warren Sapp pointed to the sky. And then he dropped Kurt Warner to the ground.The Bucs had just intercepted Warner for the fourth time. Sapp’s block cleared the way for Derrick Brooks to cross the goal line and clinch the win.Before Tampa Bay p...
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Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
Published: 12/16/17
Updated: 12/17/17

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Avalanche

Could tell just how much Ryan Callahan meant in the Lightning dressing room by hearing teammates talk about his latest injury. Steven Stamkos said he was "sick to my stomach." Brayden Point called him a "heart and soul player." Teammates all saw how ...
Published: 12/16/17
Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

The good news for the Lightning is that GM Steve Yzerman is hopeful RW Ryan Callahan will be ready to go in 3-4 weeks when his upper body injury is re-evaluated. The hard part, however, is finding someone to replace the veteran wing. "I don’t know if...
Published: 12/16/17
Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Thunder 111-96 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 ...
Published: 12/16/17
Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

BOSTON — Mats Zuccarello scored a power-play goal 1:56 into overtime to lift the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Saturday. Michael Grabner and J.T. Miller also scored for the Rangers, who won for the ninth time in 13 games (9-3-1) overall...
Published: 12/16/17

Sports in brief

MLBTRADE SENDS KEMP BACK TO L.A.OF Matt Kemp was reacquired by the Dodgers on Saturday as part of a five-player trade with the Braves. The Dodgers sent 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash to Atla...
Published: 12/16/17
Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

LAS VEGAS — Cedrick Wilson caught 10 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown, safety Kekaula Kaniho returned an interception 53 yards for a score and No. 25 Boise State beat Oregon 38-28 in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Brett Rypien threw for 362 yard...
Published: 12/16/17

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

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
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