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Giants Kicker Josh Brown admits in e-mails to abusing ex-wife



Fact is, the NFL has security officials and investigators to gather information on player indiscretions.

Fact is, someone named Inspector Clouseau is NOT in charge.

Fact is, sometimes it just seems like it.

For the second time in two years, the NFL’s ability to investigate alleged player wrongdoing appears flawed, bumbling, and amateurish.

The league once again has left itself in a position of being accused of pulling its punches in the battle against domestic violence — as it was in the Ray Rice affair — with the release of documents by the Kings County Sheriff in Washington that shows Giants’ kicker Josh Brown admitted to physically and emotionally abusing his ex-wife on multiple occasions.

Brown’s admissions come from letters, e-mails, and his journal entries, turned over to police by Molly Brown after her ex-husband was arrested in May 2015 and charged with domestic violence assault.

The NFL’s domestic violence policy establishes a six-game baseline for first offences but allows for aggravating circumstances that can make the suspension longer. After a league investigation into the single 2015 incident, Brown was suspended just one game.

The Giants shrugged off any further issues. They resigned Brown as a free agent with owner John Mara noting the team “did do some due diligence.” But when investigators didn’t get cooperation from Brown’s ex-wife, or police, they simply closed the case instead of digging deeper with any persistence.

As a result, just as in the Rice case, the team, the league, and commisioner Roger Goodell, are again blind-sided by information they didn’t find, but should have known about — that Brown’s assaults are serial in nature.

In the police documents, Brown admitted he “had been a liar for most of my life.” He claimed a porn addiction and being abusive to women, after being molested as a young boy.

“I objectified women and never really worried about the pain and hurt I caused them,” Brown wrote in an e-mail.

Molly Brown told police he had been violent with her on more than 20 occasions. In a letter to friends in 2014, Brown admitted having an overwhelming sense of entitlement: That he viewed himself as God and viewed Molly as his slave.

In both the Rice and Brown cases the NFL knew more detailed information existed. They just didn’t uncover it before administering punishment. And, just as with Rice, this could get messy. The only thing missing in this case is a Rice-type video but the optics, otherwise, are just as discomfiting.

The Giants said Thursday they hadn’t seen Brown’s journal entries, e-mails and other evidence. That could provide — as in the Rice situation — a legal opening to re-address Browns’ suspension and status.

The team released a statement late Thursday saying Brown wouldn’t join the team for their game in London, England.

“In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington … we think it makes sense to review this newly-disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London,” said the statement.

“The Giants do not condone or excuse any form of domestic violence. Josh has acknowledged he has issues in his life and has been working on these issues through therapy…

“We remain supportive of Josh and his efforts,” concluded the statement.

The NFL on the other hand said: “In light of the release of these documents we will thoroughly review the additional information and determine next steps in the context of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. We will not be making any comments on potential discipline until that time.”


Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano on the only way to stop Falcons’ receiver Julio Jones: “I’m heading to church right after this,” Pagano told a press conference. “To be able to stop Julio, we’re going to have to do some serious praying.”


Bills’ coach Rex Ryan remained “hopeful” Thursday that running back LeSean McCoy will play Sunday.

But after being unable to finish practice Wednesday with “tightness” in his hamstring, he didn’t even show up Thursday and ESPN was reporting McCoy will miss this week, perhaps more.

Mike Gillislee will start if the league’s second-leading rusher is unavailable.

On a happier note, linebacker and first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson could make his debut, Ryan hinted. Lawson has been out after having preseason shoulder surgery.

Lorenzo Alexander, leads the league with eight sacks, but Ryan said Lawson might see snaps as a situational pass-rusher. “We’ll see,” Ryan said, “… if he’s ready to roll and we feel great about it and he feels great about it, the doctors feel great about it, then let’s let it rip.”


An NFL investigation found Richie Incognito and two Miami team-mates bullied Jonathan Martin in 2013.

Sunday, Incognito — who served an eight-game suspension — returns to Miami as a member of the Bills.

Incognito told Miami reporters he’s still close to several Dolphins players. As for making amends with Martin, who retired last year?

“Zero conversation with Jonathan Martin,” Incognito said. “He has reached out and tried to speak a few times, but I have nothing to say.”

Hmmmm! “Nothing to say,” eh! Too bad he didn’t think of that concept in 2013. Might’ve avoided a lot of this unpleasantness.


If Sam Bradford needs to find vindication by beating his former team this weekend, he’s not showing it.

Traded by the Eagles, and replaced at quarterback by Carson Wentz, Bradford has found success with the 5-0 Vikings.

And, Bradford tells reporters, if he has anything to prove it’s to his current team-mates, not the Eagles.

“I think I owe it to all the guys in the locker room to not try to do anything special,” Bradford said. “I think when you get caught up in everything that’s going on outside the building … I think that’s when games can go wrong.”


Cardinals’ QB Carson Palmer babied a tight hamstring Thursday, working on the sideline with a trainer, and without a helmet … Odell Beckham (hip) remains day to day, missing a second day of practice. That could turn out to be a big miss for the Giants with the Rams’ secondary likely without top cornerback Trumaine Johnson … Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) and cornerback Joe Haden (groin) sat out of their second straight practice … “It’s nothing to worry about,” said Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco, of a sore shoulder that left him absent for a second day of practice … According to ESPN Stats and Information, only 8.8% of Cleveland QB Cody Kessler’s passes have been off target, best in the league among qualified QBs.

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Up and Coming Sports Stars to Look Out for in 2020



Every year, a raft of exciting new players come onto the scene across all of the major US sports. With the MLS season getting underway and the NFL and MLB drafts not too far away, now is a great time to look at the young sports stars that could have a very bright future ahead of them, and the ones that are already proving they are destined for greatness.

Theo Bair (MLS)

This MLS season is looking like it could be one of the best yet, with David Beckham’s Inter Miami team adding some extra dazzle to the league. Whilst Beckham might be able to attract a lot of new players to his MLS team, there are a lot of young stars on their way through such as Theo Bair at Vancouver Whitecaps. Bair has already made an impact on the first team and after impressing at under-20 and under-23 level for the national team, he has made two appearances for the senior team, well before his 21st birthday. This year could see Bair make a real name for himself in the MLS.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (MLB)

Montreal-born Vladimir Guerrero Jr has one MLB season under his belt but it looks like the best is still yet to come from him at the Blue Jays. He was heavily backed to take the league by storm but he failed to live up to the hype that surrounded him. Without the pressure of being the top-ranked prospect, this season could see Guerrero play with some weight lifted off his shoulders. He has been working very hard on his fitness over the offseason, something that his manager Montoyo has been quick to comment upon.

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Connor McDavid (NHL)

McDavid has already established him as a top hockey player but at 23, he has the potential to go on to do so much more. The player was born in Ontario and was the first overall draft pick, showing how much expectation was already on him at that stage but he has gone on to prove that he is one of the best players in the NHL. McDavid could go on to be one the NHL’s best-ever hockey players and this season could be the year that he shows the world, not just the NHL.

Chuba Hubbard (College Football)

The Oklahoma State Cowboys running back has been making the headlines for several years now. He continues to improve and grab more attention for his impressive stats and performances. He was close to being a sprinter and nearly made the Canadian Olympic team before switching over to football. He is passing up the 2020 NFL draft to play his senior season at Cowboys. He should give them a good chance of winning the College Football Championship, though they’re trailing at the seventh spot in the latest American football odds at +2400.00, with Clemson as the current betting favorites.

2020 will definitely be a very exciting time with some of these young stars looking to breakthrough in their respective sports and show the world what they are capable of.

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Bob Baffert is back at the Kentucky Derby – and looking to break the Curse of Apollo



Bob Baffert is back at the Kentucky Derby with early favourite Justify after watching the race from his sofa in Southern California last year.

The Hall of Fame trainer’s ability to produce Derby contenders year after year is an enviable feat and why his absence a year ago stood out. It was just his second since 2009 and occurred because his lone candidate got hurt.

Baffert will saddle Justify and 30-to-1 shot Solomini in Saturday’s Derby.

Justify is one of the greenest colts Baffert has brought to Churchill Downs. He’s won all three of his starts by a combined 19 lengths. If Justify wins, he’d be the first to do so since Apollo in 1882 without racing as a two-year-old.

“The thing about the Kentucky Derby, you have to have the right horse. It just happens. You can’t force it,” Baffert said. “All of a sudden, you have good horses and you’re there. So I’ve been really fortunate to have some really good horses.”

Baffert’s four victories are tied for second-most in Derby history. He’s finished second three times, too, including in 2012 with Bodemeister, also the last time he had two starters in the same year.

Like Justify, Bodemeister didn’t race as a two-year-old. He set a blistering pace and led the Derby until the final 150 yards when I’ll Have Another overtook him to win by 1 1/2 lengths.

Magnum Moon, the 6-to-1 third choice, also is unbeaten and didn’t run as a two-year-old.

“It’s going to happen,” Baffert said, referring to the curse being broken. “Whether it happens this year or whatever, but it will happen because Bodemeister almost got away with it. But I don’t really worry about that.”

Baffert almost had a third starter this year until McKinzie developed a hind-end issue that knocked him off the Derby trail.

“When McKinzie got hurt, I wanted to throw up,” he said. “I really think McKinzie would probably be second choice here. We’d really have a 1-2 here.”

Justify cleared the biggest pre-Derby hurdle by drawing the No. 7 post. Jockey Mike Smith can use the colt’s early speed to position him well for the long run to the chaotic first turn. Solomini ended up in the No. 17 post; no horse has ever won from there.

Baffert turned 65 in January, making him eligible for Medicare and retirement at most other jobs. However, he entertains no such thoughts.

“I work hard at it. I just don’t give up,” the white-haired trainer said. “I’m constantly meeting people. They’re sending me horses. If you don’t have success, you’re not going to get those opportunities.”

After a successful run in the quarter horse ranks, Baffert switched to thoroughbreds. He started with one horse.

“After 25 years, I’m finally getting horses that I don’t have to buy,” he said. “The big guys are sending me horses.”

None was bigger than American Pharoah in 2015. The colt swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

Baffert has compared Justify to American Pharoah, citing the colt’s imposing physical presence and big stride. Still, Justify has yet to encounter the kind of traffic the Derby’s 20-horse stampede creates and the talent as he’ll run against on Saturday.

“I’d rather have a really talented horse than one who’s seasoned and just on par with the rest of them,” Baffert said.

Early on, Baffert knew Justify had the goods.

“The first time I worked him at Santa Anita, I knew he was a really good horse,” he said. “The track was really deep that morning, and he went around there effortlessly. His first race, he ran incredibly and showed how special he was.”

That kind of intuition is what separates Baffert from his rivals, fellow Hall of Famer trainer D. Wayne Lukas said.

“Bob’s got a great feel for it,” he said.

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Matthews ready to return to Maple Leafs lineup after missing a month



NASHVILLE — The hurtin’ tune that Auston Matthews has been singing for the past four weeks finally can be put in the remainder bin in Music City.

The Maple Leafs’ top centre on Wednesday declared himself set to return to the lineup after recovering from a right shoulder injury.

Wonderful timing, of course, considering the Leafs will take on the No. 1 club in the National Hockey League, the Nashville Predators, on Thursday night.

“In my mind, I think I’m ready to go and taking it as I’m getting ready to play (Thursday),” Matthews said after resuming his normal role, between William Nylander and Zach Hyman, during practice at Bridgestone Arena.

“It felt good, nice to get in all the reps and everything. (Wednesday) was a good step forward in that process, going through the line rushes.”

It seemed probable that the Leafs also will have defenceman Nikita Zaitsev, who missed the past five games as he recovered from an illness, against Nashville. Zaitsev was paired with Jake Gardiner, his regular partner, at practice.

For Matthews, it has been 10 games as a spectator with his latest injury, his third of the 2017-18 regular season after he missed four games in November with a back issue and then sat for six in December because of a concussion.

Thursday will mark four weeks since Matthews was hurt when he was sandwiched by the New York Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck and Adam Pelech in a game at the Air Canada Centre.

A major bonus for Matthews in his recovery has been the fact he has been able to skate though much of his recuperation. That was not the case when he was out with his previous two injuries.

It’s worth noting that Matthews scored two goals versus the Montreal Canadiens upon returning on Nov. 18 from his back injury; in his first two games upon coming back from a concussion, he scored a goal in each.

Mike Babcock said a final decision on the participation of Matthews and Zaitsev against the Predators would be made on Thursday morning, but the Leafs coach was talking as though it would be a rubber stamp.

“This is going to be the best opportunity for (Matthews) because he has been able to skate and compete,” Babcock said. “The other times he was not able to do anything.

“To get him back … it’s still going to be going way faster than he has been practising, so there is going to be an adjustment period, but he’s a good player and he will figure it out.”

Defenceman Morgan Rielly didn’t think Matthews will take long to find his footing. Rielly missed six games in late January/early February with an arm injury, so knows what Matthews could be feeling.

“You’re nervous and you just want to get back into it,” Rielly said. “You play your first shift a bit hesitant, but after that it’s important you get back to yourself.

“It’s never easy, but Auston is one of those guys that I will imagine it won’t take long for him to get back into a rhythm.”

And there’s the trickle-down effect through the forward lines with Matthews in uniform.

“Guys are used to playing with certain players and when everyone is healthy, I think you get better chemistry throughout the entire lineup,” centre Nazem Kadri said. “Certain guys don’t have to play with different guys constantly and it’s just more of a set group, so I think it’s going to help us.”

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