Friday, June 22, 2018
Sports

Top NFL official defends Lions' face-mask flag

DETROIT — The NFL's top official defended the face-mask call against the Lions that led to Packers beating them with a Hail Mary touchdown pass Thursday night.

Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard pass to tight end Richard Rodgers on the final play to give the Packers a 27-23 win one play after Lions defensive end Devin Taylor was called for a face-mask penalty against the quarterback on a third-and-10 play. The penalty gave Green Bay an automatic first down.

Taylor said he didn't believe he grabbed the face mask. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino defended the penalty on Twitter right after the game, saying an official "is going to make that call almost every time."

LIONS DIDN'T EXPECT THE EXPECTED: The biggest question about the Lions' defense on the Hail Mary play — the longest such winning scoring pass in NFL history — was why wasn't 6-foot-5 receiver Calvin Johnson on the field to help knock the ball down?

Coach Jim Caldwell said the Lions opted not to use Johnson as a deep safety on the play because they were concerned about Green Bay running a lateral like the one that resulted in the face mask penalty on the previous play .

"In that situation we have a couple different things that we do," Caldwell said. "That was one where you're kind of looking for more of that pass back and forth kind of thing because of the range. … We had plenty of guys back there. … We just didn't make the play. They did."

REPORT: TWO PACKERS MISSED CURFEW: Packers running backs Eddie Lacy and Alonzo Harris missed curfew in Detroit on Wednesday, which resulted in a roster shakeup for the Lions game, reports said. Lacy played just 19 snaps after rushing for at least 100 yards in each of the previous two games. He did not take the field until the final moments of the first quarter and rushed five times for 4 yards. Harris, an undrafted free agent from Louisiana-Lafayette, was released a few hours before kickoff. Coach Mike McCarthy on Friday said discipline was handled internally and a demotion for Lacy was the outcome.

FINES ROUNDUP: 49ers defensive end Quinton Dial was fined $17,363 for his hit on Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer on Sunday. … Broncos linebacker Von Miller was docked $8,681 for his hit on Patriots QB Tom Brady on Sunday.

Falcons: Wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester was moved to the active roster for Sunday's game against the Bucs. He hasn't played this season because of a turf toe injury. Ruled out for the game were kicker Matt Bryant (right quadriceps) and tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring).

Jets: Cornerback Darrelle Revis (concussion) was listed as out for Sunday against the Giants.

Patriots: Tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Receiver Julian Edelman (left foot) is out for the third game in a row.

Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger is expected to start Sunday against the Colts. Tight end Heath Miller (ribs) is questionable.

Comments
Florida eliminates Texas Tech at College World Series, faces Arkansas for title-round spot

Florida eliminates Texas Tech at College World Series, faces Arkansas for title-round spot

OMAHA, Neb. — JJ Schwarz hit a two-run homer and Florida built enough cushion to survive Texas Tech's six-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings to eliminate the Red Raiders from the College World Series with a 9-6 win Thursday night....
Updated: 7 hours ago
Kevin Knox to Knicks makes NBA history locally

Kevin Knox to Knicks makes NBA history locally

More than a year ago, Kevin Knox stepped across the stage at the Straz Center to receive his high school diploma.On Thursday, the former Tampa Catholic star was on basketball's biggest stage as he fulfilled his lifelong goal of making the NBA.Knox wa...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Missed time a good mental reset for Raysí Matt Duffy

Missed time a good mental reset for Raysí Matt Duffy

ST. PETERSBURG — Missing all of 2017 might have been the absolute worst thing for Matt Duffy.Frustratingly idled as he eventually recovered and rehabbed from ongoing left heel issues, he couldn't play the game he loved, couldn't show the Rays o...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Sports on TV/radio for Friday, June 22

TODAYBaseballYankees at Rays7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMDodgers at Mets7 p.m.MLBMarlins at Rockies8:30 p.m.FSFCFLWinnipeg at Montreal7 p.m.ESPN2College baseball, World SeriesMississippi State vs. Oregon State3 p.m.ESPNArkansas vs. Florida8 p.m.ESPNHorsesRoy...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Timeline of investigations, suspensions and allegations involving Jameis Winston

Timeline of investigations, suspensions and allegations involving Jameis Winston

The NFL will suspend Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston three games without pay to start the regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The suspension could be increased if he fails to meet certain undisclosed requirements expect...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Jameis Winston suspension means Bucs will turn to Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB

Jameis Winston suspension means Bucs will turn to Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB

TAMPA — The news of Jameis Winston's suspension to start this season likely means the Bucs will have veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick stepping in at quarterback for the first three games of the regular season.Fitzpatrick took over as the starter for th...
Updated: 8 hours ago
2018-19 schedule unveiled: Lightning opens with five straight at home

2018-19 schedule unveiled: Lightning opens with five straight at home

NHL schedules all balance out at the end, but the Lightning will open 2018-19 with five straight home games and end the season with its last four on the road.The Lightning released its schedule Thursday evening for the upcoming season, with all sorts...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Without a first-rounder, Lightning still could have busy draft weekend

Without a first-rounder, Lightning still could have busy draft weekend

The Lightning doesn't have a first-round pick in this weekend's draft, but that's not to say the weekend couldn't be busy for general manager Steve Yzerman and his front office.The Lightning sent its top draft pick to the Rangers in February as part ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Next move is simple for the Bucs: Get rid of Jameis Winston

Next move is simple for the Bucs: Get rid of Jameis Winston

Trade him. Waive him. Cut him.Whatever.Just get rid of him.Jameis Winston should never play another game for the Tampa Bay Bucs.Plain and simple, he's a bad guy and the Bucs should have nothing more to do with him.He already will miss the first three...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rays journal: Jake Bauers proves heís up to speed on bases

Rays journal: Jake Bauers proves heís up to speed on bases

ST. PETERSBURG – Rookie 1B Jake Bauers has impressed at the plate and in the field since his June 7 promotion.Also, with his hustling on the bases."I knew he played hard; everybody said that at every level,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "I di...
Updated: 10 hours ago