Barnwell: How Jon Gruden’s roster-building left the Raiders in terrible

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As you've surely heard by now, the Las Vegas Raiders and Jon Gruden parted ways on Monday. It goes without saying that the emails uncovered as part of the NFL's investigation into Daniel Snyder and the Washington Football Team were abhorrent and unbecoming of a leader. My colleagues have addressed Gruden's resignation, and what's now…

Floyd Mayweather is the latest celebrity whose vaccine stance we

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Please go awayPhoto: Getty ImagesFloyd Mayweather has decided to weigh in on the Kyrie vaccine situation and, in a move that shocked absolutely no one, not only supported Irving’s stance but actually went so far as to say that Kyrie was “leading a revolution.”In a video posted on Twitter, the retired pro boxer read a…

Week 6 takeaways and big questions: Ravens and Rams roll,

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Oct 18, 2021NFL NationESPN Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season featured a Bills-Titans battle with seven lead changes, but Derrick Henry's 143 yards and three TDs were a key to victory. There was also a statement win from the Ravens, who blew out the Chargers in a highly anticipated AFC matchup. The Rams and…

The agony of the feet: Why turf toe is such

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SEATED ON A cart, headed back to the Carolina locker room, a teary-eyed Donte Jackson rehearses what he wants to say to his big toe. Two weeks earlier, in Week 3 of the 2020 season, while leaping to defend a deep ball against the Chargers, the Panthers cornerback suffered one of the most dreaded and…

Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux is more than the next potential No

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KAYVON THIBODEAUX SAT in Mario Cristobal's office on a recruiting visit, searching for answers.As the No. 1 prospect in the country, he was trying to wade through the thousands of text messages and recruiting pitches from coaches hoping to persuade him to attend their schools.But Thibodeaux was tired of coaches telling him how they could…

‘I’m not a guy that needs the hype’: How 5-star

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ALL SUMMER LONG, Patrick Baldwin Jr. had been impressing his new University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers teammates. He easily shot deep 3-pointers, put the ball between his legs in midair and dunked in workouts for the Horizon League school where his father, Patrick Baldwin Sr., is head coach.For all of Baldwin Jr.'s talent, however, Vin Baker…

Houston Texans owner Cal McNair is the latest disgrace in

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Cal McNair, national embarrassment.Photo: Getty ImagesI’m starting to sense a pattern here.The Washington Football Team is not the only embarrassing franchise in the NFL. For at least the last five years, the Houston Texans have systematically ruined a promising young team through mismanagement, power grabs, and scandal — the most recent of which features team…

Glanville: As a Black broadcaster, how would I respond to

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The news cycle has moved on, and the three teams advancing to the championship series and an impending Game 5 between the Dodgers and Giants should be the most important stories in Major League Baseball's postseason. But over the past several days, I have found myself balancing my passion and my profession, sorting out the…

Rams’ McVay regrets how Goff trade unfolded

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Oct 18, 2021Lindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketballTHOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Nearly nine months after the Los Angeles Rams agreed to trade Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions, and with a pending reunion at SoFi Stadium…

I’ve had it with relievers

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Relief pitchers. Who needs them?Photo: Getty ImagesMaybe I’ve rebelled against getting older as long as I can, and I’m coming to accept the hair growing out of my ears combined with the opinions that something in a modern sport isn’t as good as I remember. It’s weird, because I don’t remember having any attachment to…