Todd Gurley Says NFL ‘Needs to Stop’ Playing Games in London

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley criticized the NFL‘s annual initiative to play games in London when asked about the series Friday. Prior to L.A.’s Week 7 game against the Arizona Cardinals in London, Gurley blasted the idea of playing games overseas, according to ESPN.com’s Alden Gonzalez: “Terrible. They need to stop this, all this stuff. This London, this Mexico City stuff, it needs to stop.” Gurley did praise the experience of playing in London, but he said he feels as though it can be an inconvenience for those involved: “It’s cool playing over there, don’t get me…

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Jameis Winston to Start vs. Bills Despite Shoulder Injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said Friday that quarterback Jameis Winston will start Sunday against the Buffalo Billsdespite a shoulder injury, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Winston left last week’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. Although Winston didn’t throw during Thursday’s practice, he told reporters he intended to play, per NFL.com’s Marc Sessler: “My thought process is to play. … I’m ready. When it’s time to let me go, I’m ready.” The 23-year-old signal-caller is 2-3 this season with 1,259 passing yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions while…

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Lonzo Ball, Lakers Learn Harsh Reality That Success Doesn’t Come Overnight

It was a cruel twist of fate that the unveiling of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ rebuilt roster, its mega-hyped Lonzo Ball era, had to come when it did. As L.A.’s two NBA teams warmed up two hours before the game, the Staples Center Jumbotron was beaming images from Chicago of the city’s baseball team, the Dodgers, capturing its first National League pennant since 1988. They played “I Love L.A.” before tipoff, but it sounded off, like it was being broadcast through a series of rusty tin cans connected by string. While the inexperienced Lakers were…

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Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala Available to Play vs. Pelicans Despite Injuries

ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes reported that both forward Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala are expected to play Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Warriors later confirmed that Green and Iguodala will be available to play despite dealing with knee and back strains, respectively. Iguodala missed the Warriors’ season-opening 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets Tuesday due to a back ailment. Green played in the first three quarters before a left knee injury knocked him out for the fourth quarter. On Wednesday, Iguodala remarked that the back issue he picked up during a workout was more significant than he…

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Watch: Jones calls out Morris, U.S. Soccer in 15-minute rant

LA Galaxy and former U.S. men’s national team midfielder Jermaine Jones took to Instagram Live to give his thoughts on U.S. soccer after the Stars and Stripes failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, covering a wide array of topics in his 15-minute live stream regarding the future of the program. Jones, who has 69 caps for the U.S., offers his impression of young American players and their objectives, and the role Major League Soccer plays in the big picture of success in soccer for the nation. Jones praises Christian Pulisic for choosing to go the “hard…

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Cubs to start Quintana in Game 1 of NLCS

After a long trip west and much thought on the matter, the Chicago Cubs have finally decided on their Game 1 starter. Chicago will start left-hander Jose Quintana in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night at Chavez Ravine. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will oppose Quintana in a matchup of All-Star southpaws. The remainder of Chicago’s NLCS rotation has not been announced. Quintana gets the Game 1 nod despite having worked two-thirds of an inning in relief during Thursday’s wild Game 5 in Washington. His brief bullpen appearance – only…

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CJ McCollum Suspended 1 Game for Leaving Bench in Altercation vs. Suns

The NBA announced Saturday it suspended Portland Trail Blazersshooting guard CJ McCollum one game without pay for leaving the bench area during an altercation in Wednesday’s 113-104 preseason win over the Phoenix Suns, according to ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The official release, which USA Today‘s Sam Amick relayed, noted the incident occurred with 9:33 remaining in the fourth quarter of the exhibition tilt at Talking Stick Resort Arena. While McCollum didn’t get involved in the altercation himself, he strayed onto the floor in an attempt to corral big man Caleb Swanigan, who got in a tussle with…

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Kawhi Leonard Not Expected to Play in Spurs’ Season Opener Due to Quad Injury

San Antonio Spurs superstar forward Kawhi Leonard is reportedly expected to miss the team’s 2017-18 regular-season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves at AT&T Center on Wednesday because of a quad injury, according to the San Antonio Express-News‘ Jeff McDonald. “He won’t be available,” head coach Gregg Popovich told McDonald on Friday. “I don’t gauge it,” Popovich added. “He’s still rehabbing, and when he’s ready, he’ll be ready. I try not to qualify it.” Leonard steadily developed into one of the league’s best players after the Spurs acquired him in a 2011 draft-night trade with the Indiana Pacers. He…

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NBA Introducing Fantasy Scoring System for 2017-18 Season

The National Basketball Association is reportedly looking to simplify the fantasy basketball experience. On Thursday, Kieran Darcy of ESPN.com reported the NBA has adopted an official fantasy scoring system as the 2017-18 campaign approaches. The six-category system awards one point for a point, 1.2 points for a rebound, 1.5 points for an assist, three points for a steal, three points for a block and minus-one for a turnover. “We’ve seen all the data that shows how engaged fantasy players are, and how much live basketball they watch,” NBA associate vice president of fantasy sports…

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Lonzo Ball Will Not Play vs. Nuggets in Preseason Due to Ankle Injury

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball will sit out Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Denver Nuggets with a mild ankle sprain, according to ESPN.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk. The Lakers previously announced that Ball did not practice Tuesday and would be re-evaluated prior to tipoff. Ball commands a spotlight larger than any other rookie in at least the last decade. Part of that is a result of his impressive freshman season with the UCLA Bruins in which he averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 assists a game. His father LaVar Ball and the Big Baller Brand, though, have done…

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