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NFL quality of play isn’t worse in 2017, but Colin Kaepernick might make it better

Does the NFL have a quality-of-play problem? Over the first two weeks of the season, it’s fair to say that the league hasn’t exactly delivered much in the way of exciting action. After a thrilling season opener between the Chiefs and Patriots, national contests such as Seahawks-Packers, Giants-Cowboys and Texans-Bengals have been marred by dismal offensive line play. We’ve had eight games decided by more than 20 points through two weeks, double last year’s total, and that’s without getting to the Lions and Giants on Monday Night Football. I have…

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Mexico City earthquake: Force India driver Sergio Perez donates to fund

Sergio Perez has signed to drive for Force India again next season Force India driver Sergio Perez has donated three million pesos (£124,500) to victims of the earthquake in his native Mexico. Tuesday’s earthquake killed more than 200 people, toppled many buildings in Mexico City and caused major damage in neighbouring states. The Mexican GP is set to take place in the capital from 27-29 October. “I’m deeply concerned for what my country is living,” said Perez, 27. “It’s time to be united.” In a post on social media, Perez…

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Watson and Hunt steal the show in Week 2 with electrifying TD runs – NFL Nation

Here’s a closer look at how some of the top rookies fared in Week 2: THURSDAY Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson Draft round: 1 Statistics: 15-of-24, 125 yards; five carries, 67 yards, one TD Analysis: Watson provided the most exciting play, and the only touchdown, of the Texans’ 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals — on a scramble up the middle and then down the right sideline for a 49-yard touchdown. Watson showed some improvement from his Week 1 performance but acknowledged after the game that he still has a…

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Pan Pacific Open second-round results Wednesday

TOKYO — Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova used a strong serve to help overpower Magda Linette of Poland 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday to advance to the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals. After coasting through the first set, the Czech player broke her opponent with a backhand to the corner in the sixth game before serving out to win in just over an hour at Ariake Colloseum. Pliskova, who had eight aces against Linette, will face either seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber or Daria Kasatkina in the quarterfinals. “My serve was working well, and my shots…

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What does taking offers for QB Alex Smith mean for Kansas City Chiefs – Kansas City Chiefs Blog

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The only mystery this year when the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes II was “when” he would be installed as their starting quarterback. It certainly wasn’t a matter of “if.” That time could be next season. The Chiefs may listen to trade offers for their current starter, Alex Smith, at the end of this season. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the Chiefs and their quarterback situation: What does the Smith trade talk mean for the rest of this season?…

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Khalid Latif: Pakistan batsman banned for five years after spot-fixing inquiry

Khalid Latif has played five one-day internationals and 13 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan. Pakistan batsman Khalid Latif has been banned from cricket for five years for his part in a spot-fixing ring. A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tribunal handed down the punishment after finding Latif guilty of all charges at a hearing on Wednesday, The PCB has been conducting a long-running investigation into corruption in the Twenty20 Pakistan Super League. Latif, 31, has played five one-day internationals and 13 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan. He was fined one million Pakistan rupees…

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Carson Wentz on an Andrew Luck pace (and that’s not good) – Philadelphia Eagles Blog

PHILADELPHIA — Here are three big takeaways from Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs as the Philadelphia Eagles begin preparations for their home opener against the New York Giants: Carson Wentz was let down on several fronts Normally it’s not a bad thing to be compared to Andrew Luck. But in this case, it is. As CSN Philly points out, Wentz is second all time in pass attempts by a quarterback in his first 18 games (692), just one shy of Luck. It’s one thing to empower a young,…

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New York Giants standing behind struggling left tackle Ereck Flowers – New York Giants Blog

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It was all there again for a national audience to see. New York Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers continued to struggle with his pass protection, a problem that has plagued him since he came into the league in 2015. Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah exposed the third-year tackle in Monday night’s 24-10 victory over the Giants. Ansah had three sacks of Eli Manning in the game after finishing with two sacks all of last season. That hasn’t changed the Giants’ sales pitch on Flowers, which…

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Lawrence Timmons of the Miami Dolphins suspended indefinitely

The Miami Dolphins suspended starting outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday. Timmons went AWOL from the team unexpectedly this past weekend and did not play in Sunday’s 19-17 road victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. Timmons signed a two-year, $10 million contract in March, but he has not played a regular-season game. Lawrence Timmons has been suspended after disappearing during the team’s trip to Los Angeles. Who will replace him? Dolphins LB Lawrence Timmons is scheduled to meet with doctors, sources said, one day after he was…

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String of donuts a reminder that Boston Red Sox have issues – Boston Red Sox Blog

BALTIMORE — The Boston Red Sox got issues. And one of them is how badly they need offense. A day after erupting for 10 runs against the Baltimore Orioles — including a bat-around fifth inning that erased a 6-1 deficit — Boston’s bats went back into hibernation in a 1-0 extra-innings win over Baltimore on Tuesday. Even though they did enough to win, finally putting a run across in the top of the 11th, the string of 10 consecutive bagels that the Sox hung on the Camden Yards jumbotron prior…

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