The other big vote in Scotland - While Scotland decides its future on Thursday, the R&A will announce whether it will admit female members for the first time. Trott ready to resume England career - Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott believes he is ready to resume his England career, 10 months after he quit the Ashes tour. Hutton signs three-year Villa deal - Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton signs a three-year contract, seven months after being told he had no future at the club. Program that accepted Rice rare in domestic cases (Yahoo Sports) - The offender-rehabilitation program former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice entered after knocking his fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator is rarely used in domestic assault cases - but whether that means he got special treatment depends who you ask. Only 70 of the more than 15,000 domestic violence assault cases adjudicated from 2010 to 2013 in New Jersey's Superior Court were admitted into the pretrial intervention program, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. Video released by TMZ Sports last week shows Rice punching Janay Rice, at the time his fiancee and now his wife, in the face and knocking her unconscious Feb. 15 at Revel Casino Hotel. Advocates for victims of domestic violence have accused investigators of being too lenient on Rice, and lawmakers have called for a review. Hazard set to sign new Chelsea deal - Chelsea forward Eden Hazard could sign a new long-term contract within a month, manager Jose Mourinho reveals. RFL drops Hardaker investigation - The Rugby Football League will take no action against Leeds' Zak Hardaker over claims he used homophobic language. Hardaker investigation dropped - The Rugby Football League will take no action against Leeds' Zak Hardaker over claims he used homophobic language. Halfpenny's Toulon deal in jeopardy - Injured Clarke out of Pakistan ODIs - Australia will be without captain Michael Clarke for their three one-day internationals against Pakistan in the UAE. Irish trainer Brady dies aged 75 - Popular Irish jump racing trainer Oliver Brady dies at the age of 75 following a long battle with cancer.

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Ranking the 0-2 teams in terms of most likely to make the playoffs [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 4:54 pm]
It's an NFL blogging rite of passage. After two weeks, we must look forward and make grand judgments based on what we've seen for one-eighth of the season. Granted, history backs us up quite a bit that starting 0-2 is, well, not likely to portend good things. Since the 2007 season, there have been 59 teams that started 0-2 — and a mere four made the postseason. The Carolina Panthers did it last year, winning the NFC South. Before that, it had been since 2008 that another 0-2 team made it, when two did. Of course, it's not necessarily a death knell, either. After all, the 2007 New York Giants started 0-2 and won the Super Bowl over the 18-0 (to that point) New England Patriots. So we'll put on our positive faces and try our best to make a case, in descending order, for each of the seven 0-2 squads. But we'll be honest: If more than two make it to the postseason, it would be a stunner. 1. New Orleans Saints — We're still believers. They've lost two games by a combined five points on the road, with both losses happening on the final drive. That last part isn't any consolation prize that makes us feel better, but the Saints did suffer three of their five losses last season by one score. And all five losses were on the road, as the team went 8-0 at the Superdome. With eight games left at home, we like those odds. Still, the sight of blown coverages, missed tackles and terrible angles to the ball defensively are a bit unnerving, far more so than any fabricated or imagined tension between Sean Payton and Rob Ryan. Those guys are fiery enough to argue over what temperature a steak should be cooked, so pass on that narrative. Instead focus on a multifaceted offense that's just starting to crank and a defense that should find its bearings with better pressure and a more disciplined approach. 2. Indianapolis Colts — They benefit from the fact that the AFC South remains a work in progress, at best. The Houston Texans might be 2-0, but they had that same record last season

Following DUI arrest, Miami QB Kevin Olsen no longer enrolled at school [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 4:54 pm]
A day after being arrested for DUI and possession of a fake or stolen driver’s license, Miami quarterback Kevin Olsen is no longer with the Hurricanes program. The Miami athletic department announced the news in a short press release Tuesday afternoon. “Kevin Olsen is no longer a student at the University of Miami. We wish him the very best in the future,” the statement read. Olsen, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman, was arrested and booked after 4 a.m. Monday morning after South Miami Police were called to investigate an incident at a home. According to a police report, police encountered Olsen when he drove up to the home and asked what was going on. At that point, an officer observed that Olsen had “bloodshot watery eyes and an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath as he spoke in a slurred speech.” Olsen then failed a field sobriety test because he was unable to maintain his balance. He blew a .04 on a Breathalyzer test and was also in possession of five different IDs from four different states. Miami head coach Al Golden expressed disappointment on Monday. “What’s of paramount concern right now is just his well-being, helping him through this,” Golden said. “I just want to make sure that he’s getting the help that he needs and that he’s safe – his well-being is what we’re thinking about.” Olsen, former four-star recruit, never saw the field for the Hurricanes. He was suspended for the first game of this season after he reportedly failed a drug test. Though he briefly took first-team reps during spring practice, the suspension allowed freshman Brad Kaaya and Kansas transfer Jake Heaps to pass Olsen on the depth chart. Coming off a win over Arkansas State, the Hurricanes are 2-1 this season. Golden’s squad will travel to Lincoln for a Saturday night matchup with Nebraska this weekend. For more Miami news, visit CaneSport.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or fol

Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione says OU wouldn't have recruited Dorial Green-Beckham now [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 4:49 pm]
When Oklahoma announced it was adding Dorial Green-Beckham to its roster, just three months after Missouri had kicked him of its squad for multiple run-ins with the law, it raised some eyebrows. The final straw for Missouri was a police report that said Green-Beckham had forced his way into his girlfriend’s home and pushed her roommate down four stairs. The report also said Green-Beckham dragged his girlfriend out of the apartment by her neck. No charges were ever filed because the roommate feared backlash and the girlfriend was uncooperative. But it was enough for Missouri to cut ties. It wasn’t, however, a deal breaker for Oklahoma at the time, but in light of the situation involving former NFL running back Ray Rice and his domestic abuse issues, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione told Sports illustrated that his university probably would not have allowed Green-Beckham to join its roster if he had tried to transfer now. “If someone presented a case like that now, I think you would be fair to say that he probably wouldn’t be at Oklahoma,” Castiglione said. “Just because of the attention and the cases now in the public consciousness, the university would have been unlikely to take on a situation like that.” Castiglione also noted that the school does not regret adding Green-Beckham to its roster, so not sure how much those comments to Sports Illustrated are worth at this point. I mean, this is a school that tried to get Green-Beckman immediate eligibility from the NCAA by claiming that he was unfairly released from Missouri since he was never charged with a crime. And while that incident is the one that’s highlighted, it’s important to note that Green-Beckham had two prior run-ins with the law because of drug possession. So, it’s not like Castiglione is sticking up for a model citizen that made one mistake. There’s a pattern of bad behavior that was ignored by Oklahoma, which claimed Green-Beckham needed a second chance. Actually, this

Marcus Mariota holds as the betting Heisman favorite through three games [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 4:43 pm]
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is still at the top of the Heisman odds, but there are a couple of new faces right behind him. According to the Bovada sportsbook, Mariota remains the Heisman favorite at odds of 11/2 through the first three weeks of the season. Georgia RB Todd Gurley is second at 7/1 while Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill is third at 15/2. Florida State QB Jameis Winston is still fourth, but he's now tied with another QB. Notre Dame's Everett Golson has moved from 16/1 to tie Winston at 10/1. (Winston was previously 8/1.) Through the first three games of the year, Golson is 62-96 passing for 780 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.He also has four rushing touchdowns. BYU's dual-threat QB Taysom Hill started the season off the board and he's now tied for the ninth-highest favorite at 20/1. He's tied with Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, the RB who had the miraculous run-after-catch for Nebraska to beat McNeese State. Here's how the entire top 10 looks. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota 11/2Georgia RB Todd Gurley 7/1Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill 15/2Florida State QB Jameis Winston 10/1Notre Dame QB Everett Golson 10/1Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight 12/1Baylor QB Bryce Petty 14/1 (missed game against Northwestern State)Auburn QB Nick Marshall 16/1Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah 20/1BYU QB Taysom Hill 20/1 The odds for champions of the first College Football Playoff are largely unchanged from last week. Florida State is the top favorite at 5/1 and the Noles are followed by Alabama, Oregon and Oklahoma. USC, which was 12/1 to win the national title after beating Stanford in week two is now listed at 40/1 and the 17th favorite. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

UFC champ Jose Aldo: 'I am the best in the world' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 4:06 pm]
Rankings are always contentious to discuss. Everyone's got a different set, and sometimes the most dubious ones (*cough* the UFC's "official" rankings *cough*) actually end up influencing important decisions. Long-time featherweight world champ Jose Aldo is never shy about expressing his opinions and recently said that, regardless of what rankings say, he believes he's the best fighter in the world. "If you talk about skills, I feel that I'm the best in the world. but it doesn't mean that I think that I'm invincible and I'm still working to keep being a champion," he said. The Brazilian went on to say that he feels he still has a lot of room for improvement. "Scarface" may have the confidence of a champion, but he still has the hunger and drive of a contender. "If I'm the number one or I'm not, this is up to the fans and the media, though I have my opinion," he said. "The important thing is that I'm still evolving as a fighter and I have a lot to improve." Who do you think the top fighter, pound for pound, in MMA is? Let us know in the comments section! Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter    

Team USA Women's Basketball defeats Canada in exhibition game [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 3:54 pm]
Team USA defeated Canada 76-51 Monday night in its first exhibition game of the pre-world championship circuit. Leading by 4 at the half, the U.S. scored 13 points to open the third quarter. Veterans Sue Bird and Lindsay Whalen sparked the go-ahead run, and Tina Charles contributed 7 points. Newcomers Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims showed that they're ready to contribute in Turkey, if they make the final cut. Sims hit a 3 at the third-quarter buzzer, giving the U.S. the 57-41 advantage. "I thought the young guys, when they came in, gave us a lot of energy. They really changed the tempo of the game and we were able to extend our defense a little bit," coach Geno Auriemma told ESPN. .@Lucky_Lefty0 & @SkyDigg4 celebrate after their first USA Team exhibition victory! (Photo via David Dow.) pic.twitter.com/UAiaZA66TI— Tulsa Shock (@TulsaShock) September 16, 2014 The game was a good chemistry test for the team, as the women only started playing together last week. Some of the stars, including Diana Taurasi, missed the training camp and last night's game because of the WNBA Finals. As they return, Sims and Diggins could be left off the final roster for Turkey. But first, they'll have another chance to prove their worth. "We'll find out more when we get to France and when we play three games in three days. The competition will be pretty good," Auriemma said. The team now heads to France for a pre-worlds tournament against much tougher competition, facing Australia, China, and France. Australia won the gold medal in 2006; the U.S. won in 2010. "We're still a work in progress but we're going in the right direction," said WNBA MVP Maya Moore, who had six steals. "We have all the parts and are learning to play together." Team USA will be look for its ninth World Championship title in Istanbul starting Sept. 27. 

Wake Forest Photoshops a recruit onto a People Magazine cover with Kim Kardashian (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 3:37 pm]
Recruiting is weird. Coaches will go to extreme lengths to land a top prospect, and a recent trend shows programs photoshopping recruits onto magazine covers. Most of the time, the player will be superimposed onto a cover of a sports magazine like Sports Illustrated with a headline about the player leading a program to prominence. Wake Forest took a different approach with three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel. pic.twitter.com/2UlHagXJlW— Kengera Daniel (@WYWH_Daniel22) September 16, 2014 Yup. This is weird. That’s Daniel on a fake cover of People Magazine with Kim Kardashian being touted as “pop culture’s newest power couple.” They even have a “KimGera” nickname like Kardashian does with her husband Kanye West (KimYe). The cover also touts the ACC as the “real power conference.” Also, don’t miss the program-building feature with Dave Clawson! This is even weirder than Tennessee Beyoncé cover for Shy Tuttle from last month. they snapped with this pic.twitter.com/dSCeiTInho— Shy Tuttle (@KingTut_90) August 26, 2014 Daniel, the 16th-best weakside defensive end in the 2015 class, also has offers from schools like Alabama, Florida State, Michigan and Tennessee, so he’d be a great pull if Wake Forest was able to land a commitment. And if Wake does get Daniel’s signature, the Kardashian cover will undoubtedly be the reason why. For more Wake Forest news, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

An adorable older woman hustled to take Derek Jeter's picture on Monday [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 3:20 pm]
Derek Jeter is mired in an 0-for-24 slump, which led to him being left out of the Yankees lineup and on the bench in Monday night's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. That was bad news for Tampa Bay area residents who had bought tickets for one last look to see the outgoing star play, but good news for those photographers without fancy zoom lenses. Namely one adorable older woman, who had her heart set on snapping a photo of Jeter and only had to stroll down to the end of her section as he sat on the bench in the bottom of the second inning.  The enterprising photographer showed a lot of hustle in achieving her goal, too. As you can see in the video, it was a tricky proposition, even though Jeter's range in the dugout was even more limited than his range at short. For one, she had to get Jeter's attention as he leaned against the dugout rail. For another, she had Tropicana Field security attempting to move her from blocking the view of others. (C'mon security guy, give her some time to compose the shot!) It's unclear whether this woman got the picture she was looking for, but these two screenshots would seem to indicate Jeter cooperated and that she was happy with the results of her efforts.  Awwwww. Feeling the warm fuzzies rigiht now. Much Re2pect to both parties for the cutest thing we'll see all day.   h/t: Business Insider - - - - - - - Kevin Kaduk is a writer for

An adorable older woman hustled to take Derek Jeter's picture on Monday night [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 3:20 pm]
Derek Jeter is mired in an 0-for-24 slump, which led to him being left out of the Yankees lineup and on the bench in Monday night's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. That was bad news for Tampa Bay area residents who had bought tickets for one last look to see the outgoing star play, but good news for those photographers without fancy zoom lenses. Namely one adorable older woman, who had her heart set on snapping a photo of Jeter and only had to stroll down to the end of her section as he sat on the bench in the bottom of the second inning.  The enterprising photographer showed a lot of hustle in achieving her goal, too. As you can see in the video, it was a tricky proposition, even though Jeter's range in the dugout was even more limited than his range at short. For one, she had to get Jeter's attention as he leaned against the dugout rail. For another, she had Tropicana Field security attempting to move her from blocking the view of others. (C'mon security guy, give her some time to compose the shot!) It's unclear whether this woman got the picture she was looking for, but these two screenshots would seem to indicate Jeter cooperated and that she was happy with the results of her efforts.  Awwwww. Feeling the warm fuzzies rigiht now. Much Re2pect to both parties for the cutest thing we'll see all day.   h/t: Business Insider - - - - - - - Kevin Kaduk is a writer for

Longwood player arrested for punching his dance-off opponent [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 3:20 pm]
The arrest of a basketball player from Division I newcomer Longwood University wouldn't normally make headlines nationally. What makes Shaquille Johnson's legal trouble more noteworthy is what led up to it. Johnson, an Auburn transfer, was charged with felony malicious wounding after an August 31 altercation that started because of a dance-off, of all things. Farmville Police Chief Doug Mooney told the Longwood Rotunda that Johnson was unhappy with the outcome of his dance-off against Hampton Sydney College student Aaron Doman and allegedly struck Doman in the mouth hard enough to knock out several of his teeth and send him to the hospital. While it's hard not to chuckle at the idea of felony charges stemming from a one-on-one dance competition at a party, the incident is likely no laughing matter for Johnson. The onetime highly regarded prospect is still trying to resurrect his basketball career after off-the-court troubles derailed it.  Former Auburn coach Tony Barbee dismissed Johnson in July 2013 after Auburn police charged him with second degree possession of marijuana following a traffic stop. Barbee's comments afterward suggested this was not Johnson's first offense during his year-long stint with the Tigers. "We hold our student-athletes to a high standard at Auburn University in the way that they conduct themselves off the court,” Barbee said in a news release. “I am very disappointed in Shaq’s choices and actions, and they won’t be tolerated. This decision is not one that I take lightly, but it is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete." Johnson spent a year at Northwest Florida State College following his dismissal at Auburn before enrolling at Longwood this year. Judging from the statement Longwood Athletics gave the Rotunda, it appears Johnson will still be playing for the Lancers this season despite his latest arrest. “Shaquille is in school now and going about his business as a Longwood student and student-athle

Alistair Overeem wants to get back into UFC cage soon [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 2:56 pm]
Alistair Overeem may have just gotten knocked out, but he wants to fight again as soon as possible. Overeem was knocked out by Ben Rothwell Sep. 5 but maintains that he was somehow not badly hurt enough to warrant taking time off. "[I’d like to fight] as soon as possible, because I was not out," he said in a recent interview. "I was not sleeping. I was just dazed, and Ben capitalized. So I guess if it’s up to me, not too far away." Whether or not his eyes closed, the loss was the third TKO or KO in Overeem's last four fights, and the ninth TKO or KO loss of the big man's career. Overeem has taken a great deal of punishment over the course of his long MMA and kickboxing career. He's also losing much more than he's winning, of late. It would seem that the Dutchman should at least consider a break in action, if not more, at this point. Of course, the heart of a fighter doesn't give out easily, and it often overrides the mind. As such, the 34 year-old veteran of over fifty pro MMA fights and many more kickboxing ones, wants to fight on and do so again this year At least he's showing some uncharacteristic public humility after his last loss. "Don’t underestimate Ben," he said of his last opponent, Rothwell. "This guy’s 280 pounds, he can take a punch and he hits like a truck. It is the UFC, everybody is there to win." Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley says he is better than Jadeveon Clowney [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 2:53 pm]
Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley saw plenty of No. 1 overall NFL pick Jadeveon Clowney when Clowney was suiting up for South Carolina, Clemson’s biggest rival. Beasley, a fifth-year senior who is also considered to be a highly regarded NFL prospect, doesn’t mind comparing himself to Clowney either. “I feel like I’m the better player,” Beasley told Sports Illustrated. Through two games for the Tigers this season, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beasley has registered three tackles for loss and two sacks. That’s a solid start following an All-American 2013 campaign where he racked up 44 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 13 sacks compared to 28 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and three sacks from Clowney. With 23 career sacks, Beasley is just one sack behind Clowney’s career total of 24. He could surpass Clowney this weekend when the Tigers take on top-ranked Florida State. Beasley feels like he has one thing that separates him from the rest. “I feel like I’ve got the best first step in college football,” Beasley said. Clowney, now with the Houston Texans, is known for a fantastic first step too, but at 266 pounds, he is a different kind of end compared to the 235-pound Beasley. Beasley is a speed rusher, while Clowney is known for his rare combination of speed and power. Beasley could have left school early like Clowney to enter the NFL. He said the NFL Draft Advisory Committee gave him a second-round grade, but he opted to return to school to get his degree. Beasley will find his way onto an NFL roster next year, where he may continue to be compared alongside Clowney for years to come. It remains to be seen who will have the better career. For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Red Wings prospect Brandon Robinson not seriously hurt after head-first collision into boards (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 2:44 pm]
Eight NHL teams are currently in Traverse City, Michigan for the annual prospect tournament in the days before the opening of full training camps. On Monday night, the Detroit Red Wings kids beats the Minnesota Wild kids 5-1 to advance to the third place game; but the victory was overshadowed by a scary incident to Detroit forward Brandon Robinson.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Hockey: It's time to join a league today! ] Early in the third period, Robinson attempted to win possession of a loose puck behind the Wild net. When he tried to hit Minnesota defenseman Christian Folin, his momentum took him head first into the end boards where he would lay motionless for nearly ten minutes: From Brendan Savage of MLive.com, who was in Traverse City: One of the doctors who attended to Robinson told MLive Robinson was moving before he was wheeled off the ice and was taken to Munson Medical Center, where he'll likely undergo X-rays and an MRI to check for a cervical spinal fracture. The doctor said Robinson knew he went into the boards awkwardly and began experiencing neck pain immediately. Despite the scary scene, there’s good news to come out of this. According to Savage, Robinson, a free agent tournament invitee, didn’t break or fracture any bones and was seen wearing a back brace Tuesday morning. Doctors have said that he can return to the ice when he feels ready. Said Robinson after seeing video of the scary play, "It looks a lot worse than it actually is. I don't remember it fully. It was a quick play. It happens. It's hockey." - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy

Former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir unsure of future [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 2:40 pm]
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir is one of the most accomplished big men in MMA history, but after four straight losses, he isn't sure when or if he'll return to competition. “I really don’t know. I’m kind of just taking time off and weighing that out,” Mir said in a recent interview. “That’s a decision that me and my family are still trying to – we haven’t come to a conclusive idea yet.” Mir has not won a bout since December, 2011, when he submitted fellow all-time great Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira with a shoulder lock. Mir's professional career spans thirteen years, at this point, and all but two of his 25 fights have taken place inside the UFC. The Las Vegas fighter has, almost exclusively, fought against the best of the best for his entire career. For example, his last four fights and losses came against former champs Josh Barnett, Junior Dos Santos as well as number one contender Daniel Cormier and former K-1 and Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem. Even though the 35 year-old hasn't had his mind on competing since losing to Overeem last February, he says that he's been making trips to New Mexico to help out his Jackson/Winkeljohn teammates out. “I’ve actually been down there even though I haven’t got a fight anytime in the forseeable future," he went on. "When [Travis Browne] was fighting Werdum, I was trying to mimic him as much as possible.” Do you want to see Mir fight again, or are you happy to see him ride off into the desert sunset? Let us know in the comments section. Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

Vikings message board shuts down, disgusted by both team and fans [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 2:19 pm]
When you've lost the fans, you've lost. And by that standard, the Minnesota Vikings are in trouble. VikingsMessageBoard.com, a longtime board devoted to discussion of the Minnesota Vikings, has shut down forever because of its owners' disgust with the burgeoning Adrian Peterson scandal. And oh, are there plenty of people to be disgusted at. Sure, there's Peterson himself, indicted on charges of child abuse. But the proprietors of the message board also offered the following note, via SB Nation: Vikings Message Board has been shut down permanently. It will not return. There are two primary reasons. 1. The Vikings' cowardly decision to reinstate a child abuser and think that an apology will make this blow over. We will not stand for this arrogance and we will no longer be the home of any support of the Vikings. We stand for those who cannot defend themselves. 2. We will not give a voice to thugs who think child abuse is "cultural" or worse, openly advocate child abuse as a reasonable method of punishment. This ends here. Yes, a few board members have ruined it for everyone. Congratulations, [jerks]. So there you go. This is why the Internet can't have nice things, and this is why the NFL and its teams are fumbling these current controversies so badly. There are plenty of reasonable NFL fans disgusted with every angle of this story, and now, they've got one less outlet for their views. Yahoo Sports' comments remain open below, and we are certain that you will offer insightful, measured responses to both this and the Adrian Peterson story as a whole. ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Facebook or on Twitter. Follow @jaybusbee

Blue Jackets GM blasts Ryan Johansen, agent for contract demands [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 2:00 pm]
Ryan Johansen is not a holdout. His rights as a restricted free agent are miniscule, but one of them is that he doesn’t have to report to camp without a contract. If the Columbus Blue Jackets want him there, they need to sign him. That said, every action has a reaction. The Blue Jackets are coming off the most successful season in franchise history, and Johansen was at the heart of that effort. Optimism reigns. Things are trending up. For him not to be at camp or with the Jackets to start the season doesn’t seem to be in keeping with that vibe. Which is what GM Jarmo Kekalainen said on Monday, in no uncertain terms, about his free-agent center and agent Kurt Overhardt. "Our success is going to come from being a team, not a bunch of individuals or stars, or whatever. We’re not a star-studded team. To me it’s huge that you go through training camp together and get ready,” he told the Columbus Dispatch. "When training camp starts, that’s it," Kekalainen said. "After that, it’s guys who are there on tryouts or guys who are under contract. That’s it. That will be the only focus." According to Portzline, the Jackets have offered somewhere around $3-3.5 million to Johansen in a two- or three-year bridge contract, which is akin to what Matt Duchene made with the Colorado Avalanche before breaking the bank. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Hockey: It's time to join a league today! ] The problem is that Overhardt wants the bank broken now, asking for around $6.5 million. Which is why Kekalainen got a little snarky about that demand. "We like the guy a lot. He is a big part of our future. But this shouldn't be about a setting a new standard (for a player coming out of his entry-level contract), or an agent breaking records,” Kekalainen said. Daannnnnnng. So this standoff doesn’t appear to be ending any time soon. We’ve yet to hear the rejoinder from Overhardt. Wonder if it’ll include the words “offer” and “sheet.”

Law firm that says it represents Arkansas State player wants crosses back on helmets [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 1:49 pm]
A law firm wants cross decals back on Arkansas State's helmets. Red Wolves players had a cross decal on the back of their helmets for the first two games of the season. The cross had the initials of DT Markel Owens and manager Barry Weyer on each side after Owens was shot and killed in an attempted robbery in January and Weyer died in a car crash in June. However, the school removed the crosses after a complaint following the team's game against Tennessee on September 6. Now, a firm which says it represents an unidentified player who fears punishment, is wanting the crosses back on the helmets. The Liberty Institute wants the crosses back on the helmets by Wednesday. “ASU’s actions in defacing the students’ memorial stickers to remove their religious viewpoint is illegal viewpoint discrimination against the students’ free speech,” Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute told Fox News. But as we said when the school first announced the stickers were being removed from the helmets, this isn't simply a players' rights issue. Since Arkansas State is a public university, the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution is applicable here. It's what the university cited after it had removed the stickers based off the counsel of its lawyers. If the stickers were undoubtedly constitutional, the university would not have taken the action it did after receiving the complaint. The school should never have used a religious symbol in the first place as a memorial helmet decal. The debate is the same whether it's a cross, six-point star or a Tao symbol. A publicly-funded university can't give off the impression that it is promoting one belief system or another, even if a religious endorsement is clearly not the football team's intent. And the cross's presence is now causing legal wrangling that wouldn't have existed if the decal was a circle or square with the two sets of initials. Common sense and constitutional awareness should have prevai

Why wouldn't Klay Thompson's agent dub his client 'the top two-way, two-guard in basketball'? [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 1:43 pm]
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant have carried the NBA's top two-way, two-guard torch for 30 years, but Klay Thompson's agent believes his client just staked claim to the top of that mountain, and that might be more of a commentary on the league's shooting guards than an inflammatory statement. Duffy, who just so happens not to represent any other contenders for this title, told USA Today's Sam Amick that Thompson isn't just better than Bryant, but everybody else that plays the position. "I don't want (Los Angeles Lakers star) Kobe Bryant to go crazy, but there's some uncertainty as to who he is right now (because of injuries that limited him to six games last season)," Duffy told USA TODAY Sports. "But I think Klay Thompson right now is the top two-way, two-guard in basketball. I think when you look at his body of work, when you look at what he accomplished guarding point guards on a regular basis (last season), I think it's pretty clear." As long as we're basing Bryant's current abilities on six games worth of production last season, then an awful lot of shooting guards can claim they're better than the five-time champ at this point. Kobe may be 36 years old, no longer elite defensively and coming off two major injuries, but he's still Kobe Bryant — 15-time All-NBA and 12-time All-Defensive selection — so any time somebody knocks him down a peg, it will raise eyebrows, especially when that someone hasn't even made his first All-Star Game yet. But this isn't just somebody saying this; it's Thompson's agent, and did we mention the 24-year-old is entering the final year of his rookie contract? Duffy's currently demanding a max contract from the Golden State Warriors, whether in the form of an extension by Oct. 31 or as a restricted free agent come next summer, so it behooves him to label his client as the NBA's top two-way performer at his position. If Thompson's USA Basketball teammates DeMar DeRozan and James Harden — the latter of whom actually dubbed himsel

West Virginia CB Daryl Worley suspended indefinitely [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 1:14 pm]
West Virginia sophomore CB Daryl Worley has been suspended indefinitely. The school announced his suspension Monday evening. Worley has been an important player for the West Virginia defense through the first three games of the season. He has 17 tackles, third-best on the team, and has two interceptions. One was Saturday against Maryland and the other came in the first game of the season against Alabama. His suspension comes at an inopportune time for the Mountaineers as well. They host Oklahoma and QB Trevor Knight on Saturday. According to WVSports.com, Ishmael Banks could start in Worley's place. Banks was suspended for the first three games of the season. In August, coach Dana Holgorsen said Banks had an academic issue but that the suspension was team imposed. Worley was a three-star recruit in the class of 2013 according to Rivals. He played in 11 games last season as a freshman and had 45 tackles and an interception. For more West Virginia news, visit WVSports.com. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Tom Brady deliberately remaining quiet on NFL's many current crises [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: September 16, 2014, 12:55 pm]
The NFL is in real trouble right now, and it's going to take inspiring leadership, thoughtful solutions, and calm voices to help the league through these treacherous waters. Just don't look to Tom Brady to provide any of that. Brady, speaking in his weekly radio interview on WEEI, has made it clear that he has no interest in speaking out about the cases involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson or the NFL's new domestic abuse policy. "I try to stay in my lane. All of those things, none of it’s really my business or my control," Brady said, according to the Providence Journal. "I’ve just been focusing on the games and what I can do better. The things that are taking place on other teams or league-wide decisions, those are a different pay grade than me." When pressed on the issue, noting that he does have a voice that carries some weight, Brady took the classic "can't someone else handle it?" approach: "I certainly have a lot of personal feelings toward all those things, but it’s just, there’s nothing I can do," he said. "If I make a comment about it, there’s nothing I can do to make a difference. The owners of the league, the commissioner of the league, the teams themselves, the players that are involved, they’re the ones that are speaking on it. It’s not really my responsibility to speak out about those things, because there are a lot of other people doing the talking." It's disappointing, but it's not an unexpected stance from a superstar. The nation's fan base is broad; no sense offending any segment of it by taking a stand, right? Michael Jordan may or may not have said "Republicans buy sneakers too" when asked why he didn't endorse a political candidate, but his public actions certainly bore that sentiment out. Tiger Woods has done everything he can throughout his two-decade career to embody an edge-free milquetoast social perspective. In a fragmented, partisan climate, where even expressing an opinion can enrage a chunk of the fan base, keeping silen





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