Jets look lost in embarrassing Patriots defeat

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Well, at least the Jets can’t lose next week. The Jets fell to 0-3 on Sunday with a 30-14 loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Now, they get a bye next week to try to get healthy. No team has ever needed the early bye as bad as these Jets. They did not look like they belonged on the same field as the Patriots for much of the game Sunday. The final score was deceiving, failing to indicate how lopsided this game actually was. Tom Brady…

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Keanu Neal flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct while writhing in pain

This was another embarrassing moment for NFL referees. When Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal went down with an injury late in the second quarter Sunday in Indianapolis, he threw his helmet as he was on the ground in pain. Rather than realizing Neal was clearly just showing frustration over being hurt, the officials decided to flag Neal for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play. Neal had to be carted off the field. He was diagnosed with an Achilles injury and was ruled out for the rest of he game. The 24-year-old…

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Antonio Brown dropped from O.J. Simpson’s fantasy football team

The Patriots aren’t the only ones who have cut Antonio Brown. On Sunday, O.J. Simpson revealed he had dropped the embattled wide receiver from his fantasy roster, shortly after Brown declared he was done with the NFL and went scorched earth on Robert Kraft and Ben Roethlisberger in a series of since-deleted tweets. “My phone started ringing early this morning, fellow fantasy players called me and said, ‘Have you been watching what Antonio Brown is saying this morning?’” Simpson told his 909,000 Twitter followers in a video. Simpson, the Hall…

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CC Sabathia’s curtain call includes preparing for unfamiliar role

As the Yankees honored CC Sabathia with a pregame ceremony on Sunday, the left-hander was preparing for a new role with the team. Sabathia is scheduled to make his first regular-season relief appearance Tuesday in Tampa Bay, with the team — and Sabathia — looking to see if he can transition to pitching out of the bullpen in the postseason. “I’m excited and nervous,” Sabathia said before the Yankees hosted the Blue Jays for their final regular-season home game. “I don’t know what to expect. It’s the first time I’m…

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Bill Belichick gives reporter death stare over Antonio Brown question

Bill Belichick still has no patience for Antonio Brown questions. Two days after storming out of a press conference after being peppered with queries about Brown — who was released by the Patriots hours later — Belichick stared down veteran broadcaster Dana Jacobson after she asked about Brown during a CBS television interview before Sunday’s Patriots-Jets game. “I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask, what was the final straw with Antonio Brown?” Jacobson asked. “We’re focused on the Jets today,” Belichick replied. Jacobson said “Thank you, coach.” Belichick…

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Browns vs. Rams: Cleveland will finally show it rocks

If you look back at the first two games for the Rams and the Browns, you will find they faced somewhat similar opponents. Los Angeles beat a below-average Carolina team that evidently has a banged-up quarterback, then beat a Saints team that lost quarterback Drew Brees during the game. Cleveland lost its home opener to a Tennessee team that also appears to be below average, then trounced a Jets team that was down to its third quarterback and was fleeced of its defensive stars. The point is, I believe these…

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Antonio Brown blasts Robert Kraft, Ben Roethlisberger in tweetstorm

After Antonio Brown declared Sunday morning he’d no longer play in the NFL, he took aim at Robert Kraft and Ben Roethlisberger in a series of since-deleted tweets. First Brown posted a photo of himself high-fiving a woman, writing “Kraft got caught in the parlor AB speculations fired different strokes different folks clearly.” ESPN reports the woman in the photo appears to be Britney Taylor, Brown’s former trainer who accused him of rape in a civil lawsuit. Twitter Kraft was charged in February with soliciting a prostitute at a Florida…

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XFL doesn’t want Antonio Brown either

The XFL is saying “thanks, but no thanks,” to free agent Antonio Brown. After Brown announced Sunday that he is done with the NFL, an XFL representative told Pro Football Talk that there is no current intrigue regarding the embattled wide receiver. The seven-time Pro Bowler was cut from the Patriots on Friday, 11 days after signing with the team. Brown is accused of sexual assault by Britney Taylor in a civil lawsuit. A second woman also came forward and accused Brown of sexual misconduct. She later claimed the 31-year-old…

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Concussions put Redskins tight end Jordan Reed’s career in jeopardy

Jordan Reed’s latest concussion might end his career. According to ESPN, the Washington Redskins tight end may not be able to return to the NFL after suffering a concussion during the team’s third preseason game on Aug. 22, with people within the organization concerned Reed’s career could be over. Reed, who’s in his seventh season in the NFL after being selected in the third round of the 2013 draft, has suffered multiple concussions throughout his career, though the exact number isn’t clear. Jordan Reed receives a helmet-to-helmet hit from the…

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Patriots’ James White out vs. Jets due to expected child birth

The Patriots will have one fewer offensive weapon against the Jets. Running back James White will miss Sunday’s game because his wife is expected to give birth, according to ESPN. White, 27, plays a key role in the Patriots’ offense as a reliable pass-catching back for Tom Brady. Through two games, White has eight catches for 75 yards and a touchdown along with seven rushes for 36 yards. Last season, White posted career-highs with 87 catches, 751 yards receiving and seven touchdowns along with 94 rushes for 425 yards and…

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