Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday said the team was aware of the video of the incident

Floyd’s first court appearance is scheduled on Feb. 24 for a pretrial hearing. He does not have to be present.

This is Floyd’s second DUI arrest. While at Notre Dame, he had a BAC of .19 when he was arrested on campus in 2011.

Police have released video of the most recent incident, which shows that Floyd’s eyes were closed, his head was back and his mouth was open when an officer approached his Cadillac Escalade at approximately 2:48 a.m. on Dec. 12. After the officer knocked on the window with his flashlight in an attempt to awaken Floyd, the officer pounded on the window with his fist and Floyd awoke with surprise.

“I thought it was nice that he did that, although I couldn’t read it myself because he’s already had me blocked on Twitter,” Moore told ESPN 710’s Freddie & Fitz, laughing.

“I heard from the Seahawks, too, that he wants to come in and apologize. And I honestly don’t feel like he needs to do that, but it’s really nice that he wants to come and do that.”

While Moore said he doesn’t need a further apology, he said he still felt the interaction rubbed him the wrong way.

“The part that bothered me the most is feeling that he’s so high and mighty and powerful that he can do whatever he wants, and that includes telling the offensive coordinator what plays to run and it also includes telling me or a reporter that he can have a credential removed,” Moore said. “And so it’s just kind of a feeling as holier than thou that it came across as.”
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Jim Kelly Mens Jersey Sherman might not have felt holier than thou on Thursday night, but he did yell at Bevell and head coach Pete Carroll after the Seahawks decided to pass the ball from the Rams’ 1-yard line. Sherman had to be calmed down by teammates.

Carroll and Sherman met for an hour to clear the air last Friday.

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NFL picks and predictions, Rams vs. Seahawks 2015: Experts unanimously taking Seattle

The Seattle Seahawks have clinched a spot in the postseason, and though the NFC West title belongs to the Arizona Cardinals, the difference between the fifth and sixth seed in the conference can be huge. The Seahawks currently hold the tiebreaker over the Minnesota Vikings and occupy the fifth seed, but a loss could let Minnesota grab that spot.

If the Vikings happen to win out and the Green Bay Packers falter, then Minnesota could also take the NFC North. If the Packers end up with the same record as the Seahawks, Green Bay holds the tiebreaker due to a Week 2 win. Seattle can only be the fifth or sixth seed since they can’t win their division, but the higher seed is their goal.
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The Packers are riding a winning streak of their own, scoring victories in their last three games. But those wins came against the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders, none of which are playoff teams. The Packers have also struggled at times this season, losing four of five games before the winning streak.

Limited Womens Roberto Luongo Jersey Still, Green Bay is 10-4 and has clinched a spot in the postseason, while the Cardinals have also secured the NFC West title. But seeding is still a big factor, and the Packers have not secured the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings lurking at just one game back. The Packers will play a home game against Minnesota in the season finale in Week 17. That matchup could end up deciding the division.

The Packers could help their cause with a road win over the Cardinals, but most experts are leaning toward the home team. Over at CBS Sports, the panel is unanimously picking Arizona to win. At ESPN, there are a few takers for Green Bay, with 10 of the 13 experts picking the Cardinals. Here at SB Nation, it’s a similar spread. The only one who doesn’t think Arizona has this one in the bag is Joel Thorman.

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The Phillies wisely continue to stick with short-term commitments in filling out their 2017 roster

The Phillies wisely continue to stick with short-term commitments in filling out their 2017 roster, picking up right-hander Clay Buchholz from the Red Sox in exchange for cab fare and a fringe prospect well outside of their organizational top-10. For Boston, this is mostly about clearing money, as well as closing the book on one of their most talented and frustrating pitchers of the last 15 years.
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Kids Dave Robinson Jersey I suppose the trade of Buchholz will reduce the incidence of baseball-related anxiety in New England by 30 percent, as the gap between his ability and his performance could be utterly maddening.

Simply put, Arizona’s front office was not remotely up to the challenges a modern front office deals with. Just stuffing an old player and an old manager into a front office and letting them throw some money around is, as plans go, a thoroughly archaic concept.

Horse-drawn carriages were once an efficient method of transportation, too, but in 2016 they’re more for romantic sojourns in Central Park, not for competing with tractor-trailers for shipping goods.

To get where they’re going, Arizona first needed to figure out where they actually are. And that’s what they did, snagging one of the top GM candidates in Mike Hazen from the Red Sox. They also brought in Amiel Sawdaye (also from Boston) and Jared Porter from the Cubs to fill out the front office. Good moves, but their work is now just starting.

These decisions need to be made one way or another, and frequently these will make up the turning points that decide if your team will someday become the 2016 Cubs or the 2016 Padres.

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Browns two games from a winless season after loss to Bills

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Each week, the Cleveland Browns talk with pride about not quitting and playing hard.

Yet they lose.

And they lose without being that competitive. As ridiculous as it sounds, this is a team that is every bit as bad as its 0-14 record — and Sunday’s 33-13 loss to the Bills only affirmed it.

Yet the Bills controlled the game, and there are numbers upon numbers to illustrate the Browns’ struggles:

Ninety yards of offense in the first half.

A defense that gave up touchdown drives of 91, 74, 75 and 75 yards.
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Dropped passes by Isaiah Crowell and Terrelle Pryor.

A defense that has not given up less than 24 points in a game this season.

Brock Osweiler was benched by the Texans midway through the second quarter, after which his replacement, Tom Savage, guided Houston to victory over the Jaguars.

Backup Tom Savage stepped in to deliver the best performance from a Texans QB this season, leading Houston to a 21-20 victory over Jacksonville.
Fourteen games into Osweiler’s first season as the franchise quarterback, coach Bill O’Brien had seen enough. Osweiler threw two interceptions from his own 25-yard line in the second quarter that handed the Jaguars 10 points.

They were his 15th and 16th interceptions of the season. One of the league’s biggest free-agent disappointments of 2016, Osweiler has led a Texans offense that entered the game averaging just 17.6 points per game — 3.6 points per game fewer than the Brian Hoyer-led offense of 2015.

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Carroll was asked later in the day if he viewed Sherman’s actions as insubordination

“I think if we weren’t able to come back from that, I think so,” he said. “I think it would depend. It would depend on how the meeting went. The meeting went very well, and it was very clear.
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“That doesn’t mean that it was OK. That doesn’t mean that it wasn’t something that needed to be addressed. He was the only guy that was in my office this morning. So we went right after it. I was going to make my decision on how to move forward based on what happened and how we communicated. And I feel very good about it.”

After Thursday’s game, Sherman referenced the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLIX loss to the New England Patriots in 2015 when Russell Wilson was intercepted on a pass from the 1-yard line.

Tom Brady is 2-7 at Denver in his career, including January’s AFC title game loss.

Oct. 28, 2001: Broncos 31, Patriots 20 — In his first season as a starter after replacing the injured Drew Bledsoe, Brady had thrown 162 passes without an interception before throwing four of them. Up to that point, Brady had the best interception-free streak to start a career.
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Nov. 3, 2003: Patriots 30, Broncos 26 — One of the most exciting regular-season games in Bill Belichick’s tenure (2000-present); Brady threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to David Givens with 30 seconds left for the Monday night win. Belichick’s decision to call for an intentional safety late in the game was especially shrewd.

Oct. 16, 2005: Broncos 28, Patriots 20 — Quarterback Jake Plummer led the Broncos to a 28-3 lead midway through the third quarter and the Patriots’ late comeback fell short. Brady finished 24-of-46 for 299 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions.

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The new CBA could help Utah there, too

Utah may well do nothing for the time being. It can hoard that $13 million in case a trade pops up. Hill may rebuff extension offers pending Hayward’s choice. Utah wants to see how Favors’ knee recovers before lavishing him with an extension, and Favors might prefer to wait until his own free agency in 2018.

If Utah extends anyone this season, the bet here is on Hill. Dennis Lindsay, the team’s GM, drafted Hill in San Antonio, and Utah has no ready replacement for him. If both Hill and Hayward sign on long-term, I’d expect the Jazz to gauge the trade market for Favors in the summer and lean on stretchier power forwards. (They’d also have to identify a new backup center, since Favors effectively plays that role when healthy. Jeff Withey has been solid in Favors’ absence.)
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They have extra first-round picks coming from Golden State (2017) and Oklahoma City (probably 2018), and when they’re not chasing point guards, the Jazz generally draft well. Those picks could morph into trade chips.
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Hell, they could even use the long-forgotten Alec Burks, out after ankle surgery. When healthy, he injects some north-south speed that can puncture defenses when the whir of cuts and screens gets Utah nowhere. The Jazz are hopeful Burks could be back in January, and that they’ll have a chance to see their full team well before the trade deadline, sources say.

With paydays for everyone else looming, Burks, making eight figures annually through 2018-19, has always seemed a likely salary-dump candidate. Utah just can’t afford to keep everyone. Slough Burks, and Utah is still looking at a $140 million-plus payroll in 2018-19 if it retains Favors, Gobert, Hood, Hayward, and Hill — not to mention Exum, up for an extension after this season. Even glitzy teams blanch at rocketing $20 million over the luxury tax.

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MLB Rumor Central: Rockies targeting Mike Dunn, Brad Ziegler?

Mike Dunn was the setup man for former Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who is now the Rockies’ bench coach. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
Dec 11, 2016

The Colorado Rockies, in search of bullpen help, are targeting free-agent relievers Mike Dunn and Brad Ziegler, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

Rumor CentralDunn, a left-hander, spent the last six years with the Miami Marlins. The 31-year-old was a setup man for former Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who will be the Rockies’ bench coach under Bud Black.

In 51 games this year, Dunn posted a 3.40 ERA and 38 strikeouts across 42 1/3 innings.

The Rockies are familiar with Ziegler; the right-handed sidearmer spent six seasons with Arizona Diamondbacks, an NL West foe of Colorado, prior to being dealt to the Boston Red Sox in July.
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Ziegler had a combined 2.25 ERA, 22 saves and eight holds in 69 games with the Red Sox and D-backs this year. The 37-year-old struck out 58 batters over 68 innings.
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The third guy the Nats gave up isn’t too shabby either. That’d be Reynaldo Lopez, a 22-year-old Dominican flamethrower who brings high-90s cheese and fanned more batters in his big league debut (nine Ks in 4.2 innings pitched) than any pitcher in Nationals history not named Stephen Strasburg.

Who knows? Maybe none of these prospects pan out. After all, they are just prospects. Giolito is a Tommy John survivor who didn’t look ready for prime time last season, when he flashed iffy control and decreased velocity on his way to a 6.75 ERA in six appearances after getting called up. Dunning hasn’t pitched above low-A ball yet. And Lopez’s WHIP (1.57) was almost as high as Clayton Kershaw’s ERA.
If that happens, Bryce Harper won’t be the only one saying, “Wow…”

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Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney gives thumbs-up for status Sunday vs. Colts

Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said he will play in Sunday’s AFC South showdown against the Colts.

Clowney, who has been dealing with a wrist and elbow injury, did not travel to Green Bay this past Sunday to face the Packers. Clowney said it was “very difficult” to miss that game.

“I want to be out there to help my team,” Clowney said. “But I felt like if I was out there, I wouldn’t help them as much as I could have, so I didn’t think it was a good idea for me to play.”
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Seventeen of the league’s 32 teams are between 40 percent and 60 percent. Sportsbooks would love to have every team’s results closer to a 50/50 proposition. They’ve done that in league-wide wagering as favorites/underdogs are 89-89-10 ATS through 13 weeks against the Consensus Closing Lines (that doesn’t include the four games that have closed pick ’em). Home/road teams are also 89-89-10 ATS (and doesn’t include the three neutral-site games in London and one in Mexico City). Overs lead unders 98-93-1 (51.3 percent).

These two teams will tangle in a huge matchup Thursday, and the division looks like it will swing with the result. With a win, the Raiders have an 84 percent chance to win the division (27 percent with a loss), according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. If the Chiefs win, they’re at 65 percent to win the division, but only 11 percent with a loss.
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Alabama has been the favorite all season. After a dominating SEC championship game victory against Florida, it’s no surprise that the Crimson Tide went from 5-7 to 4-9 to win the title.

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J.J. Watt leaves Chiefs game with groin injury

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt left Saturday’s Wild Card game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a groin injury. Watt exited the game early in the third quarter and was trying to get loose on the sideline, stretching his legs and holding his hand, which he broke late in the regular season.

After returning to the game for a handful of snaps, Watt went down and had to be attended to by the medical staff on the field. He stayed down for some time and then was escorted off the field, with his head hung low. He was walking around gingerly on the sideline. The Texans announced his return as questionable with a groin injury.

Alex Smith, on the other hand, had himself a typically efficient postseason performance, completing 17 of 22 passes for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Smith, who became the first Chiefs quarterback to win a playoff game since Joe Montana did it in 1994, had previously thrown 9 touchdowns and no picks in his postseason career (the most touchdown passes without an interception in postseason history to start a career, per ESPN Stats and Info). Smith also owns the NFL record for most postseason passes without a pick — 119 — but of course, that streak ended when he was picked in the 1st quarter.

After it was all said and done, Pittsburgh will move on to face the Broncos in Denver, while the Chiefs head to New England to play the Patriots next week.

Spencer Ware was a bruiser for the Chiefs in the second half, and helped Kansas City wear down the Texans as the game closed out. He rushed 16 times on the day for 67 yards and a touchdown, and had one of the plays of the day when he absolutely trucked Quintin Demps in the open field.
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He’s not Jamaal Charles, obviously, but he runs with a ferocious brand of physicality and it’s helped Kansas City get past the loss of their best offensive player down the stretch run of the season. He came up big again in their first playoff game.
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After Vontaze Burfict intercepted Landry Jones on the Steelers’ next offensive play, it looked like it was in the bag for Cincy. But boy oh boy, it was not.

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2016 NFL playoff schedule and bracket: Cardinals advance to NFC Championship after OT thriller

Elite Youth Ray Rice Jersey The Arizona Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers in one of the wildest playoff games ever to advance to the NFC Championship, 26-20. The game featured an Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary to send the game to overtime, but the Cardinals punched right back with big plays by Larry Fitzgerald to win.

Earlier in the day, the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs to advance to their fifth straight AFC Championship game for a chance to go to a second straight Super Bowl. The Chiefs scored a touchdown late to make the score look closer than the game itself, 27-20. With Julian Edelman back, the Patriots’ offense looked like its old self.

Needless to say, Washington went three-and-out on that drive after the big loss on third down. I’m not sure anybody paid it a second thought since the announcers never bothered to show just how open Jackson was on that play almost right from the snap. I get on bad announcers a lot these days, and after seeing Jackson streaking down the field all by himself on the all-22, I just can’t understand why they wouldn’t have let the home audience see that in real time. Even on the TV copy, if you know that both safeties bit on the play-action fake, you can tell that Jackson is going to be wide open. But somehow it kind of slipped under the radar and the game just went on.

On paper you might not even know whether Peppers was on the field for that play. But the film gives you the truth plus all the context in the world. It’s hard not to wonder if that game has a different ending if Washington gets out to a 12-0 lead on the strength of Kirk “YOU LIKE THAT?!” Cousins hitting DJax deep for a touchdown. Hell, maybe folks would have even forgive Jackson for that earlier mistake on the touchdown that wasn’t.

Peppers’ pressure made sure that non of that ever happened and the Packers were able to bounce back from their poor start to win and advance to the next round.

Limited Dwayne Harris Jersey Even if they failed on third down, they could’ve at least cut the Chiefs’ lead to 10 right before halftime. That could’ve been huge seeing as how the Texans were getting the ball to start the second half. The one thing he could not do in that situation was throw it to the other team.

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