http://www.knockouts2sleep.com The Oakland Raiders have named rookie Derek Carr their starting quarterback, the team’s 18th different starting signal caller since 2003.
Carr will get the nod over veteran Matt Schaub, who is playing his first season in Oakland after spending the past seven seasons starting for the Houston Texans.
"Not indictment on Matt Schaub, Derek Carr is mature behind years," coach Dennis Allen said after Monday’s practice. "We feel very comfortable with him helping us win football games. … Derek is the starting quarterback."
Carr, a second-round pick from Fresno State, completed of 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns, including two one-play touchdown passes in a 41-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason finale for both”Derek has grown leaps and bounds,” Allen said. “He is ready to accept the challenge.”
Both quarterbacks have been banged up this preseason, with Carr suffering a concussion and a rib injury in one game and Schaub dealing with what the team has called a minor elbow issue.
Allen has said he wanted to wait to see how Schaub felt Monday before naming a starting a quarterback.
"Matt is disappointed but he has handled it like a pro," Allen said.
Schaub last played in the team’s third preseason game where he went 13-for-27 and threw for 110 yards in a 31-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Schaub will be Carr’s backup with Matt McGloin serving as the team’s third-string quarterback. McGloin threw eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in seven games last season for the Raiders.
Carr is slated to be the only rookie quarterback to start Week 1. The Raiders open the season Sunday at the New York Jets.
http://www.knockouts2sleep.com Renan Barao faints cutting weight and is out of the fight. Bantamweight challenger Renan Barao has withdrawn from a scheduled championship rematch against T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 177 on Saturday night after experiencing medical issues during a weight cut on Friday.
Promotional newcomer Joe Soto (15-2) has agreed to replace Barao and will now fight Dillashaw (10-2) for the UFC 135-pound title. The bout will still headline the pay-per-view event, which takes place at Sleep Train Arena. UFC officials confirmed the switch to ESPN.
Barao (32-2), who relinquished the belt to Dillashaw following a TKO loss in May, was ruled physically unable to compete after he grew ill during his cut and was taken to the hospital.
"He was cutting weight and he fainted," UFC president Dana White said. "They got freaked out and they did the right thing. They called an ambulance to come get him.
"You’ve got enough money to get a real nutritionist in there to watch what you’re eating. Guys have to start doing this the right way or don’t cut weight. Move up to 145 (pounds). But it’s part of the sport, things like this are going to happen."
According to sources, a catchweight bout was not considered due to safety concerns for the Brazilian fighter.
Soto, a former Bellator MMA 145-pound champion, was scheduled to make his UFC debut against Anthony Birchak on the UFC 177 preliminary card. The bout between Soto and Birchak was the only other bantamweight fight scheduled on the event.
The 27-year-old will enter the championship bout on a six-fight win streak. He has recorded 13 finishes in his career, including five knockouts.
Dillashaw’s head trainer, Duane Ludwig, told ESPN.com shortly before Friday’s weigh-in he was in the midst of gathering film on Soto to prepare for the late switch.
Dillashaw won the title at UFC 173 in Las Vegas as a heavy underdog. He dropped Barao with a right hand in the first round and nearly submitted him via rear-naked choke shortly after. He finished the championship bout in the fifth round.
I came back from vacation because I am furious. Furious about how the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is being reported and how various people are reacting to it. So let’s run it down. Mr. Brown is a victim, shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who up until August 9th had a very good record.
Now, some suspect Wilson of murder and a grand jury is hearing the case. Also, Attorney General Eric Holder went to Ferguson Missouri today to meet with FBI agents and state authorities who are conducting separate investigations. Good. The feds should look into this case. And their investigation should be transparent. That is Americans should get hard information as it comes out.
Which brings us to this video of Mr. Brown stealing from a convenience store and pushing the clerk around — agitators call the release of the video a smear against Michael Brown and his family further inflaming the situation. But facts are not smears. And this goes to Mr. Brown’s state of mind on the day he was killed. Americans have a right to know what happened leading up to the shooting.
You don’t suppress an important piece of information in a case like this when only one side of the story is being reported by the media which is generally terrified of any racial situation.
Then there is the looting, disgraceful. And one guy even has a gun, all right, shoots the lock off the door while his cohorts break in and steal the merchandise. It doesn’t get any lower than this. The people rioting and looting in Ferguson are dishonoring the memory of Michael Brown and his grieving family. They are insulting them. Again, flat out disgraceful.
THE FACTOR has been investigating those arrested. On Monday night, 78 people were taken into custody and we believe about 30 of them have criminal records. Only four, four out of the 78 are from Ferguson — many of the others are trouble makers who just streamed into town.
But the liberal media will never report that. Nor will they report the true picture of criminal justice in the U.S.A. Instead, NBC News pays Al Sharpton to deliver garbage like this.
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SHARPTON: A young man 18 years old shot down in the streets unarmed and rather than you address it, you tried to smear the young man, rather than uphold the principles of justice and dignity. I want you to know these parents are not going to cry alone. They’re not going to stand alone. They’re not going to fight alone. We have had enough.
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O’REILLY: Enough of what, Al? Enough of what? Police efficiency? In 2012, the last stats available from the FBI there were about 12 million arrests in the U.S.A. That averages out to 34,000 arrests per day. In 99.9 percent of those cases, the perpetrator was not killed by police. In fact, just over 400 fatal police shootings a year are recorded in this country, according to the FBI.
So let me restate — 12 million arrests a year, 400 fatal shootings, many of them justified. And Al Sharpton has the nerve to insult the American police community, men and women risking their lives to protect us. This charlatan has the gall to do that and NBC News is paying him.
My god — why is that acceptable?
Also on MSNBC another agitator said this:
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BERNARD: There is a war on black boys in this country. In my opinion there is a war on African-American men. It is an absolutely deplorable situation that the United States, which is supposed to be the greatest nation on earth, sits back and allows black boys to be murdered.
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O’REILLY: Black boys being murdered in the context of Ferguson. Are you kidding me? The truth is that 91 percent of black homicide victims are killed by other blacks — 91 percent. Yet, that woman tries to mislead folks by accusing American law enforcement of shooting down young black men in the streets.
It’s beyond belief — what is going on in this story is beyond belief. Yet these people get away with it and in certain places they are even respected. Incredibly Al Sharpton is going to speak at the funeral of Michael Brown on Monday morning.
The NFL suspended Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for the first two games of the season after he delivered another helmet-to-helmet hit. Meriweather was flagged for a personal foul for his hit on Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith in the second quarter of Saturday’s 23-17 preseason loss, continuing a career-long pattern of getting in trouble for his tackles. Meriweather was suspended for two games last season but after he won an appeal it was reduced to one game.
The NFL has fined Meriweather five times for illegal hits to defenseless players over his career, including a $42,000 fine for a hit on Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy last season.
After a hit on Chicago wide receiver Brandon Marshall last October, the NFL suspended Meriweather for the first time.
He will not be allowed at the team’s facility or have any contact with team personnel from Sept. 1 until Sept. 15. Meriweather has three days to appeal the decision. In a statement, the NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said, “Meriweather delivered a forceful blow to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver with no attempt to wrap up or make a conventional tackle of this player.”
After the game, Meriweather said he did not think it was a helmet-to-helmet hit.
"No, I don’t. But at the same time, I’m not the one who wrote the book on penalties," he said. "I tried to aim at his numbers. I kind of seen the pass go, and I went in and aimed low, and I hit him with my shoulder. I did everything my coaches taught me to do, and I got the flag.
"I’m trying to do what the NFL asked me after going through the offseason, and working on the things I need to work on, and the first chance I get, it seems like I failed."
Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg said it seems odd Meriweather got the same penalty that Ravens running back Ray Rice received.
Ferguson Police shooting that is now calling for demilitarization of the Police. How soon we forget the events at Sandy Hook and the Boston Bombings. Share if you agree. Better to save it then not. The bombers in Boston would have never been found if not for this equipment.
LeBron James made his first (semi-)public appearance in the Cleveland area since he announced he was coming home to play for the Cavaliers. He, his two sons — LeBron Jr. and Bryce — and some friends, including former teammates at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, attended the closed practice and watched the final two-thirds from the side.Afterward, there were the usual greetings and photos, with coach Mike Pettine saying he gets a father-of-the-year nomination because James agreed to take a photo with the coach’s daughter Megan. Special-teams coach Chris Tabor also got a photo with his daughter Paityn and called it a “neat deal” to have James, whom he called “very humble,” especially for his achievements.
Safety Donte Whitner and cornerback Joe Haden greeted James, and rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert ran back onto the field to say hello after initially going toward the locker room.
James strolled into the locker room after practice, saying “I’ll see y’all tomorrow” as he walked — a reference to Friday’s welcome-home party at the University of Akron’s football stadium, a short drive from his present and childhood homes. He greeted players inside, then spent time chatting with Johnny Manziel on the field.
Whitner acknowledged that there was a buzz and plenty of chatter when James arrived, calling it a natural reaction.
"When you have one of the biggest athletes in the world at your practice, there has to be a lot of buzz," he said. "A lot of guys had never met LeBron before. It’s exciting. I think it’s pretty cool."Pettine said James "had reached out" about visiting the team and that "it was something we had been looking forward to."
"I do know that I’m going to be father of the year now," Pettine said. "My daughter got a picture with LeBron. She could care less about a picture with me."
Pettine now has met Jim Brown and James in the same week. “That’s two things off the bucket list,” he said.
Said Tabor: “I saw him, and I said, ‘Wow, that’s LeBron James.’ That’s as neat as it gets. It really is.”
James, who was an all-state wide receiver in high school, is a big fan of the game.
"He just asked how camp was going," Pettine said. "You could tell he’s into it and loves football. He said he’ll be at the games when it’s warm and when it’s cold he’ll be watching from his basement."
The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring David Price in a blockbuster three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners.
Price acknowledged the deal Thursday on his official Twitter account, sending out his thanks to Tampa fans.Detroit sent center fielder Austin Jackson to Seattle. Tampa Bay received left-hander Drew Smyly from the Tigers and infielder Nick Franklin from the Mariners.
The Rays also received infield prospect Willy Adames from the Tigers.The deal was completed just ahead of Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline for non-waiver trades.
Jackson was pulled from Detroit’s game Thursday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox and was seen hugging several teammates before exiting into the clubhouse. Smyly started the game but lasted just five innings, allowing four runs and 11 hits.
Price, the AL Cy Young winner in 2012, joins a Tigers rotation that already features Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello. Detroit entered Thursday’s game with a five-game lead atop the AL Central standings.
Price is eligible to become a free agent after the 2015 season and could serve as a short-term replacement in Detroit for Scherzer, the 2013 Cy Young winner who will hit free agency this winter after declining the Tigers’ reported six-year, $144 million offer.
But at least for the remainder of the 2014 season, the Tigers will have a star-studded rotation to rival that of the Oakland Athletics, who acquired Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox in Thursday’s other major trade. Detroit and Oakland have played each other in each of the last two postseasons, with the Tigers winning both matchups.
Price’s departure became a clear possibility when the Rays fell way behind in the AL East race earlier this season. Tampa Bay has played much better over the last month and entered Thursday only 5 ½ games behind a wild card — but the Rays decided to deal their ace anyway.
Tampa Bay signed Price to a $14 million deal for this season, avoiding arbitration.
http://www.knockouts2sleep.comhttp://www.knockouts2sleep.com The Boston Red Sox traded ace pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics not with an eye to the distant future, but to next season, acquiring slugger Yoenis Cespedes. The Red Sox also will also get Oakland’s competitive balance draft pick while the Athletics received cash considerations in the trade, which bolsters Boston’s historically weak outfield defense.
The deal, which took place hours before baseball’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline Thursday, marks the end of Lester’s storied stint with the Red Sox, who won two World Series championships with the left-hander in their rotation.
The Red Sox made another multiplayer deal later Thursday, sending veteran starter John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Allen Craig and right-hander Joe Kelly.
Lester, who is scheduled to become a free agent after this season, had publicly stated his desire to remain with the Red Sox. But contract negotiations stalled this past offseason, when Lester reportedly turned down Boston’s four-year, $70 million offer.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, a teammate of Lester’s since 2006, tweeted farewell to the ace pitcher on Thursday morning.
http://www.knockouts2sleep.com Jason Kidd will be the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks if the Brooklyn Nets agree to the Bucks’ terms of a 2015 second-round draft pick in exchange for Kidd, a source with direct knowledge told ESPN on Sunday. The source said the Bucks offered a second-round pick, but the Nets wanted a 2015 first-round pick in exchange, a negotiating chip the Bucks originally dismissed.
"If the Nets agree then there will be a deal, if they don’t then [the Bucks] are comfortable moving on and there will be nothing further to talk about," said the source. "The only thing (the Bucks) would give them is a second-round pick. They want a first. In the next 24 hours, there will either be a deal or there won’t be a deal."
The source said the Bucks only talked to Kidd about being the coach, not any kind of administrative position running basketball operations. The source said the negotiation was supposed to be between the owners, not involving any basketball personnel, before the story was leaked out by the New York Post. But the source said the negotiations are now being handled by Bucks general manager John Hammond and Nets GM Billy King.
The source said Hammond and high-ranking Bucks officials David Morway and Dave Babcock are all safe and that their jobs are not in jeopardy if Kidd is hired as coach. The source said current Bucks coach Larry Drew has not talked to ownership during this process.
"If Jason accepts then they will work it out [with Drew]," said the source. "If the deal doesn’t happen, then there will be an issue with Larry."
A league source told ESPNNewYork.com Saturday that Lionel Hollins has already emerged as “a very serious candidate” to become head coach of the Nets in the event Kidd does end up in Milwaukee.
"In a lot of ways he makes the most sense," a league source said of Hollins. "He represents stability, and stability is very important right now. He rules with an iron fist and gets a lot out of his players, so he’d be very high on the list right now, and likely the leader."
Sources said Bucks co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens met with Kidd on Friday in New York City after asking for and receiving permission to talk to Kidd a few days before last Thursday’s NBA draft.
Lasry was familiar with Kidd and had a previous relationship but Edens did not. The source said Kidd told the owners that he would like to have the job. The source said Kidd was intrigued by coaching a young, rebuilding team that just added the No. 2 pick in the draft in Duke’s Jabari Parker and was looking for the challenge.
The source said the ownership wanted Kidd because he was able to handle a number of egos on the Nets in his first head coaching stint and guide them into the playoffs.
The ownership view of Kidd is that he was a great player, a good young coach and somebody who could be a good disciplinarian, the source said. The ownership saw someone who handled a lot of pressure in Brooklyn, held the team together and was one of the best teams in the East.
A champagne bottle exploded in Brad Keselowski’s right hand Saturday night after he hit it against a podium in victory lane while celebrating his win in the Quaker State 400, sending him bolting to the infield care center to receive four stitches in his right hand.
Keselowski, who won his second race of the season, later returned to the winner’s circle to complete his media obligations with a bandage on his hand. But he needed a fresh firesuit to do it — one without any blood on it.
NASCAR said the cut was between the 2012 Sprint Cup champion’s pinky finger and ring finger.
Pirates acquired RHP Ernesto Frieri from the Angels in exchange for RHP Jason Grilli.
Both hurlers began the season as the closer for their respective squads, and each lost their role recently due to ineffectiveness. Frieri will work in a setup capacity with the Pirates, but with Mark Melancon locking down the ninth inning and Tony Watson excelling in the eighth, it’s unlikely that Frieri sees any save chances in the immediate future.