The Ravens led by Lamar Jackson put a beat down on the Patriots last night with a convincing 37-20 win. Jackson is the most versatile quarterback in the league who might finally get his recognition. He was the last pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. On top of that they tried to convince him to become a running back. Maybe they thought he wasn’t smart enough. I certainly thought he was smart enough and that he had the leadership to lead an NFL team. I also thought he should have been the number one pick. Thumbs up to the Ravens for seeing the superstar talent in this young man.
Steve Silverman While it has been an up-and-down year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the field, their pass-catching threats have consistently been, well, threats in the fantasy football world. Wide receivers Desean Jackson and Mike Evans rank in the top 20 among wide receivers in fantasy points per game with Evans averaging 11.7 and Jackson averaging 11.2. Second year tight end O.J. Howard has also emerged, currently ranking fifth among tight ends this season. With the Bucs set to take on the lowly Giants this week, Howard looks like a nice option at the tight end spot for your daily fantasy lineups. Quarterbacks 1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams, FD Proj. – 29.3 points This is a huge game between two of the best teams in the league, and the backstory changed dramatically Tuesday when the game was moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles because of problems with the field. Mahomes has been a machine this season, showing off his big arm and his propensity to make game-changing plays. He has a 31-7 TD-interception ratio, and he gets a chance to show the Rams exactly what he can do. 2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles – 28.3 points The Saints continue to roll, and it looks like Brees as has a great chance to win the MVP award this season because of his remarkable numbers. Brees is completing 77.3 percent of his passes with a 21-1 TD-interception ratio. In addition to those totals, Brees is playing with remarkable skill and he appears to be in peak form. 3. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs – 27.2 points. The Rams are probably thrilled about getting this home game after preparing for a trip south of the border. Goff should be able to have a strong performance against a Kansas City defense that has been generous throughout the season. 4. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints – 26.5 points The Eagles have not played like a Super Bowl team to this point in the season, but they are still in a position where they can turn things around. That needs to start this weekend and they need to play their best game against the hottest team in the league. This would be an ideal spot for Wentz to show off all his skills and light a fire under his own team. 5. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos – 25.4 points The Chargers continue to stay on track for a playoff spot and they have been consistent as they chase the first-place Chiefs. While Los Angeles struggled in Week 10 against the Raiders, they won the game by two touchdowns. Rivers is a relentless leader and we see him throwing three TD passes against the overmatched Broncos. Running backs 1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs – 23.8 points If anyone is going to take the MVP award from Brees or Mahomes, it’s likely to be Gurley. He already has 988 rushing yards and he has pounded the ball into the end zone 13 times. He is also a stellar receiver with 402 receiving yards and four more TDs. He is licking his chops to get a chance to compete against the generous Kansas City defense. 2. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Bucs – 23.0 points The Giants won a Monday night game against San Francisco, and they gave the team a little hope that it could play respectably in the second half of the season. That may be too optimistic, but there’s no reason that Barkley and the Giants can’t take charge against a poor Tampa Bay team. Barkley’s combination of speed and power could allow him to dominate against the Bucs. 3. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams – 21.3 points The presence of Gurley should bring out the best in the competitive Hunt, who doesn’t want to be thought of as the second-best running back on the field. Hunt has game-breaking speed, and he can dominate as a runner or a receiver. He already has 13 touchdowns – seven as a runner and six more as a receiver. 4. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos – 20.3 points It’s hard to find a player more valuable to his team than Gordon is to the Chargers. He has explosive speed and he runs with power, and his dependability makes life much easier for Philip Rivers. The quarterback has often had to carry the Chargers throughout his tenure with the team, but that is not the case this year. 5. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions – 19.7 points What Gordon does for Rivers is what McCaffrey does for Cam Newton. He has improved dramatically this season, showing the ground game to match the big-play receiving ability he demonstrated a year ago. McCaffrey has 579 rushing yards and 439 receiving yards and he has a chance to get even more productive in the second half of the year. Wide receivers 1. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles – 16.8 points The Eagles need to be primed to play their best game if they are going to beat the Saints, but don’t think for a second that they can stop Thomas from making big plays. In addition to his athletic ability, Thomas is one of the game’s best pattern runners and he has excellent hands. Thomas has caught 78 passes for 950 yards and seven TDs. 2. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans at Washington Redskins – 15.9 points It’s one of the great thrills to watch Hopkins go after the football. He has wonderful leaping ability and long arms, and he also has the kind of hands that allow him to make the most difficult catches under the most challenging circumstances. 3. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Bucs – 15.5 points From this corner, it seems like ODB is all about making highlight-film plays and not necessarily doing every little thing that helps the Giants win. If Beckham has been on your fantasy team the last couple of years, you probably agree. However, you are going to keep him on your team because he can be dominant when he is on his game, and there’s no reason that will not be the case against the Tampa Bay. 4. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams – 14.4 points The Rams have been quite vulnerable on defense the last two weeks, and that means an explosive receiver like Hill should be able to exploit this unit. Hill is one of the fastest players in the game and he should be able to find some open spaces in the Los Angeles secondary. 5. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs – 13.6 points The Rams suffered a huge blow with the season-ending injury suffered by wideout Cooper Kupp, and it could keep them from meeting all their goals. Cooks and Robert Woods must step up their games, and look for Cooks to be the more productive of the two against the Chiefs. Tight ends 1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams – 11.3 points There has been an unofficial changing of the guard at the tight end position this season because Rob Gronkowski has been hurt recently and unable to play as consistently as Kelce. Look for Kelce to have a huge game against the Rams. 2. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints – 10.9 points The Saints have been rolling and their defense has been playing well, but that area is where they are most vulnerable. Ertz has more talent than the Saints defensive backfield, and he should have a huge game here. 3. Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks – 8.7 points This may have been the game that Graham has been waiting for since the start of the season. He should be getting ready for some peak appearances and he would love to do it against his former team. Graham has caught 33-439-2, and he will build on those figures against Seattle. 4. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Bucs at N.Y. Giants – 7.9 points The Bucs are coming off a horrific game against the Redskins in which they were held to a field goal. They had more than 500 yards of offense the previous week, and look for Howard to put his imprint on this game with at least one TD catch. 5. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins vs. Houston Texans– 7.8 points Reed should be able to get open in this game and while the Texans have the more athletic team, the Redskins have the size advantage. Reed is Washington’s leading receiver, and he should be able to get into the end zone against Houston.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the fastest teams in hockey. The Los Angeles Kings do not. And when the Leafs hit the Staples Center ice in full flight, the Kings were caught a bit flat-footed. Nazem Kadri scored two power-play goals and John Tavares had a goal and two assists in the Maple Leafs’ 5-1 victory Tuesday night. Morgan Rielly and Andreas Johnsson also scored in the Leafs’ fourth win in five games overall and their seventh win in eight road games this season. Frederik Andersen made 22 saves as Toronto’s burgeoning powerhouse swept its two-game season series with NHL-worst Los Angeles by a combined 9-2. “We were moving our feet from the start,” said Toronto’s Mitch Marner, who had two assists despite needing a few stitches after Alex Iafallo’s stick hit him in the mouth in the second period. “We drew penalties with our speed. That’s something we haven’t done (much) this year. Our whole team came out ready to play, and we made it hard on their (defense).” Toronto opened a three-game California road swing with another dominant performance, leading 2-0 just 6:12 in and getting 11 shots on net before Los Angeles got its first. The Maple Leafs scored three power-play goals and continued their impressive start to the season despite the continued absence of holdout William Nylander and star Auston Matthews, who missed his seventh straight game with a shoulder injury. Kadri said the Leafs dominated “by being fast. I think that’s the identity of our team, and we wanted to use it to our advantage.” Tavares scored a goal in his third consecutive game, connecting on the power play in the first period for his 11th goal of the season. The star forward already has 22 points in 18 games during his debut season with his hometown team. “(Tavares) has been great,” said Rielly, who leads all NHL defensemen with 23 points after getting a goal and an assist. “We’re 18 games in, and he’s been outstanding. He’s been a leader. He’s been a 200-foot player. He’s been putting the puck in the net.” Adrian Kempe scored for the Kings, who have lost three straight while scoring just two combined goals since winning their debut under interim coach Willie Desjardins last week. The NHL’s lowest-scoring team went 3-4-0 on a seven-game homestand. “We’ve got to pull our stuff together here quickly and win some games,” Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar said. “We’ve been talking for a while now. If we don’t get our minds to it and actually get it done on the ice, it doesn’t mean anything.” Johnsson’s goal early in the second period put Toronto up 4-1 and chased Peter Budaj, who stopped 15 shots. He was replaced by Cal Petersen, who stopped 15 shots in his NHL debut. The Kings are down to their top two AHL goalies after Jack Campbell joined Jonathan Quick on injured reserve this week with torn meniscuses in their knees. “I was a little surprised” to get put in the game, Petersen said. “I didn’t hear the coach right away. It was an exciting moment, and I got to face a shot right away, which helped. I was just trying not to make it bigger than it is.” But even LA’s normally sturdy penalty-killing units struggled against Toronto, giving up multiple power-play goals for only the second time this season. Kempe ended his 12-game goalless streak with a first-period deflection, but Rielly put Toronto up 3-1 early in the second after two Leafs converged on Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and forced a turnover. Johnsson then scored after four Kings stood and watched while Travis Dermott skated the puck from the point to the net for a pass. Kadri connected again late in the second period for his fourth goal in four games and his seventh in nine games. NOTES: Dermott scored his first point since Toronto’s season opener. … Kings D Dion Phaneuf took the shot that Kempe deflected for a goal, allowing the former Toronto defenseman to score his first point in 17 games this season. … Kempe scored just his second goal in his last 50 games. … The 24-year-old Petersen, who once started 90 consecutive games for Notre Dame, is the 71st goalie in Kings franchise history and the 13th to make his first appearance for the club in relief. UP NEXT Maple Leafs: At San Jose on Thursday. Kings: At Chicago on Friday. (© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The much-anticipated matchup next Monday night that was supposed to take place in Mexico City between one of the two best teams in the NFL, the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs, has been moved to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions. Players of Lobos BUAP warm up prior to their match against Cruz Azul at Azteca Stadium on Nov. 10, 2018, in Mexico City. (Getty Images) The game, scheduled to be played at Azteca Stadium, was moved to L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the league announced Tuesday. “The decision is based on the determination – in consultation with the NFLPA and following a meeting and field inspection this afternoon by NFL and club field experts as well as local and independent outside experts – that the playing field at Estadio Azteca does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency and will not meet those standards by next Monday,” the NFL said in a statement. According to CBS Sports, the field was badly damaged during a large concert on Nov. 7 hosted by the Mexican television network Telehit. “The combination of a difficult rainy season and a heavy multi-event calendar of events at the stadium, have resulted in significant damage to the field that presents unnecessary risks to player safety and makes it unsuitable to host an NFL game,” NFL Executive Vice President of International Mark Waller said in a statement. Azteca stadium has a hybrid surface made up of both grass and synthetic materials, according to reporter Peter King. In a tweet, the Rams said they would provide details soon regarding ticketing information for Monday’s game. Meanwhile, the NFL said it will announce reimbursement details “in the days ahead” for those who have tickets for the Mexico City game. The last NFL game played at Azteca Stadium was in November of last season, when the New England Patriots defeated the Oakland Raiders 33-8.
By Steve Silverman The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints continue to win and pick up the bona fides that could turn either one of those teams into the NFC Super Bowl representative. The AFC appears to be much more wide open, and while the Kansas City Chiefs continue to roll, their questionable defense could lead to heartbreak in the postseason. Meanwhile, the Chargers and Steelers continue to stack wins, and both appear to be getting better as the season reaches a critical stage. Steelers 52, Panthers 21 Pittsburgh Steelers: A-. Remember when the Steelers stumbled in the first month of the season. That’s a distant memory, because Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown are on a major roll. The Steelers laid 52 points on a very good Carolina team, and they have overcome the disappointment of not having Le’Veon Bell. Carolina Panther: D-. The Panthers were rolling as they went to Pittsburgh Thursday night, and they got off to a good start by scoring the first touchdown of the night. However, the story went sour right after that, and the Panthers defense was eviscerated. Head coach Ron Rivera must figure this out quickly. Bears 34, Lions 22 Chicago Bears: A-. It’s one thing to beat the Jets and Bills in back-to-back weeks, it’s quite another to take apart a division rival. Matt Nagy’s team continues to get better every week. The first-place Bears may not get a lot of recognition, but they are a very solid team. Detroit Lions: D. The Lions have been unable to right themselves this season. They have dropped three games in a row, and while they appeared to have the talent to challenge for the division title, they now appear to be a last-place team. Rookie head coach Matt Patricia’s forte may be defense, but the Lions are brutal in that area, as they gave up four first-half touchdowns to the Bears. Drew Brees (Photo Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Saints 51, Bengals 14 New Orleans Saints: A. We rarely give out the best grade, but the Saints have moved to the top of the NFL class, and there may not be any slowing them down. This was a game that had letdown written all over it, but the Saints showed off their skill, toughness and desire to punish an opponent. Cincinnati Bengals: C-. The Bengals made noises at the start of the year that this would not be the same old kitty cats. They have forgotten those early-season performances, as they were run over by the Saints. As usual, there is no leadership on this team from the coaching staff or the team’s best players. Browns 28, Falcons 16 Cleveland Browns: B+. The Browns have had a lot of close calls that have ended up in disappointing fashion this season, and that’s one of the reasons they fired head coach Hue Jackson. Gregg Williams inspired his team to deliver a physical whipping to a more talented team, and Baker Mayfield is proving to be a competitive leader. Atlanta Falcons: C-. The Falcons appeared to be in good shape in this game, as they took a three-game winning streak to Cleveland. Instead, the Browns took it to the Falcons, and Atlanta had little fight against Cleveland. That’s a sad statement. Colts 29, Jaguars 26 Indianapolis Colts: B+. It is clear the Colts are a much more talented team than they were last year, because Andrew Luck has returned to the lineup. But there’s another aspect to this team that has allowed them to approach the .500 mark at 4-5. They have shown toughness and competitiveness that the team never displayed in 2017. Jacksonville Jaguars: C-. Last year’s memory of getting to the AFC Championship Game is becoming more distant every week. Their once-powerful defense is unable to hold its ground, and Blake Bortles is not the kind of quarterback who can win when things don’t go well from the beginning of the game. Head coach Doug Marrone has no answers. Tyreek Hill (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Chiefs 26, Cardinals 14 Kansas City Chiefs: B. The Chiefs are an offensive juggernaut, but they were held in check throughout much of the game by the struggling visitors. Head coach Andy Reid knows his team can’t dominate every week, but he hopes the team can turn it on next week against the high-powered Rams. Arizona Cardinals: B-. The Cardinals lost another game, but they went into Arrowhead and refused to roll over for the Chiefs. Arizona was quite competitive and limited Kansas City star quarterback Patrick Mahomes to 249 yards. That’s an achievement for a team that has not done many things right this season. Bills 41, Jets 10 Buffalo Bills: B+. This has been a brutal season for the Bills, but they have played respectable defense throughout. The Bills got a wonderful effort from quarterback Matt Barkley (232 yards, two TD passes), and that was more than enough to propel them to victory over the Jets. New York Jets: D-. The Jets should have been able to compete against another troubled AFC East team, but they were unprepared. Head coach Todd Bowles has a boatload of injuries to contend with, but that’s not supposed to be an excuse in the NFL. Stream your local games LIVE on CBS All Access across devices. Start your free trial now! Redskins 16, Buccaneers 3 Washington Redskins: B. The Redskins may not be a fancy team, but they have a two-game lead in the NFC East and they play a physical and hard-hitting style. That was more than good enough for them to shut down the Bucs. But head coach Jay Gruden knows the team may have issues against faster and more athletic teams down the stretch. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C-. The Bucs have been a high-scoring team throughout much of the season, but they are struggling at this point. It seems that both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston have lost their effectiveness, and head coach Dirk Koetter may not be stalking the sidelines for much longer. Marcus Mariota (Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Titans 34, Patriots 10 Tennessee Titans: A-. Something very powerful is going on with the Titans, who beat the Dallas Cowboys on the road last Monday night and built off that performance against the Patriots. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 228 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and his teammates were much quicker and more aggressive than the Pats. New England Patriots: C-. The Patriots regularly look ordinary or below average when they lose, and that was the case against the Titans. They were not as athletic, quick or as driven as their hosts, and they were not in this game after the second quarter. Chargers 20, Raiders 6 Los Angeles Chargers: B. The Chargers appear to be growing into a mature team. They figured out a way to win fairly easily, even though they did not play an impressive game against a substandard opponent. Instead of blowing away the Raiders with big plays, the Chargers got the job done with defense, preventing the Raiders from finding the end zone. Oakland Raiders: C-. The Raiders pulled out a fake punt on their first possession, and that helped them put an early three points on the board. Give Jon Gruden credit for taking advantage of the Chargers’ below-average special teams. Unfortunately, they had little else to offer and were beaten by two touchdowns. Packers 31, Dolphins 12 Green Bay Packers: B. The Packers are usually dependent on quarterback Aaron Rodgers to win. That was not the case this week, as the defense and running game keyed the victory. Aaron Jones had 145 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and the Packers took the heat off of their longtime signal caller. Miami Dolphins: C. The Dolphins deserve credit for how hard they played against a desperate opponent; there was no backing down. However, the skill level is limited, and the Dolphins just can’t make enough plays to beat a good opponent on the road. This is an ordinary team, destined to finish at .500. Tyler Higbee (Photo Credit: John McCoy/Getty Images) Rams 36, Seahawks 31 Los Angeles Rams: B. The wildfires in their home area certainly created a distraction for the team, but they found a way to win the game. Still, opponents have solved the Los Angeles defense two weeks in a row, and this appears to be a big issue for head coach Sean McVay. Seattle Seahawks: B+. The Seahawks didn’t win, but they exchanged power punches with the explosive Rams on their home turf, and that was impressive. Russell Wilson had the ball in his hands as the game ended, and the Seahawks had a chance to win the game. While the Seahawks fell short, this team has far more fight than most anticipated at the start of the season. Cowboys 27, Eagles 20 Dallas Cowboys: A-. The Cowboys bounced back from their sleepwalking Monday night appearance against the Titans and won on the road against their hated rival. The Cowboys were led by running back Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 151 yards, and a defense that prevented the Eagles from scoring the tying touchdown on their final possession. Philadelphia Eagles: B-. The Eagles responded to every Cowboys thrust, but they could not find a way to win at home. That’s not how to get back to the playoffs, and this could end up as a very disappointing post-Super Bowl season. Giants, 49ers Monday night. Bye week: Broncos, Ravens, Texans, Vikings
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Ryan Mayer The sound crews working NFL games have brought us plenty of joy over the years by capturing some of the words that quarterbacks use to change plays at the line of scrimmage. From Peyton Manning’s “Omaha” to Aaron Rodgers using “New York Bozo”, audible calls have been getting picked up on for years around the league. After Sunday, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is the talk of the Internet for one of the calls he made in the team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. On the Rams first drive of the game, Goff shouted out “Halle Berry” at the line of scrimmage on a 1st & 10 from their own 34. The call was picked up loud and clear on the field microphones. Goff using @halleberry as an audible in the #Seahawks #Rams game is incredible (SOUND ON) pic.twitter.com/IPo5I7Qf65 — The Rush (@therushyahoo) November 11, 2018 Now, the call itself would have amused NFL Twitter enough, but the actress added more fun when she quote tweeted the above video asking the QB what the call was about. Hold up. @JaredGoff16 @RamsNFL – What is a “Halle Berry”?? https://t.co/nQyaWHQRrn — Halle Berry (@halleberry) November 11, 2018 After the Rams topped the Seahawks 36-31, Goff decided to make sure that the actress knew where the play call stands in his heart. It’s my favorite play ever https://t.co/YLWi7c3DNE — Jared Goff (@JaredGoff16) November 12, 2018 Goff’s response then got plenty of reaction from the rest of the Twitter universe. — Andrew Whitworth (@awhitworth77) November 12, 2018 Shooters shoot lol pic.twitter.com/QMgCNYhn2Y — Damien Woody (@damienwoody) November 12, 2018 That's my QB pic.twitter.com/K55eFQce54 — Lakisha Jackson (@LakishaJackson) November 12, 2018 Goff and the Rams have a history of fun audible calls , but this one clearly got the most reaction. The bottom line? Jared Goff won the Internet on Sunday.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic got an unwelcome surprise when the lights in their New York hotel rooms all turned on at 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Turns out, they didn’t need a full night of sleep — or even All-Star Aaron Gordon — to romp over the New York Knicks. Terrence Ross scored 22 points, Vucevic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Magic cruised past the New York Knicks 115-89 on Sunday night. “We wanted to come out knocking from the beginning, and I think that is how we started the game,” Vucevic said. “We took the lead early and we never let them back in the game.” Orlando’s Jonathon Simmons dribbles past the Knicks’ Damyean Dotson during second quarter at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) Orlando struggled to start the season, losing six of its first eight. But the Magic shook off a bizarre and restless night to thump the Knicks, even thriving with Gordon on the bench because of a sprained left ankle. Harlem native Mo Bamba played his first NBA game at Madison Square Garden and had 15 points and eight rebounds. Evan Fournier added 12 points for the Magic, who have won two straight and four of five. The Magic made a season-high 17 3-pointers off 42 attempts. “Coach (Pat) Riley always says it’s a make or miss league, and the night where you shoot the ball like that, everything else is going to go your way,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said. Orlando reeled off 10 straight points to start the game, capped by Vucevic’s turnaround jumper that led the Knicks to call a timeout with 7:27 left in the first quarter. Enes Kanter notched his fifth straight double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. He put New York on the board with a tip-in layup, ending a string of eight straight misses to make it 10-2, but it was just too late. New York hit just 5 of 23 from the field in the opening period and missed each of their seven 3-point attempts. “We always seem to have a quarter where nothing’s clicking for us. We didn’t see the ball go in,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. The Magic closed the first quarter out on a 20-8 run, highlighted by Jerian Grant’s 3 with 0.7 seconds left to lead 30-10. Orlando never looked back, leading by 34 points during the fourth quarter. Kevin Knox had 17 points for the Knicks, who’ve lost two straight and four of five. Mitchell Robinson set a Knicks rookie record with nine blocks, two below the franchise record. “I can thank coach. He put me in a position to get those blocks,” Robinson said. New York was held to 33 percent from the field and made just 4 of 27 from deep. TIP-INS Magic : Gordon got injured in the second half of Friday night’s victory over Washington. Jerrell Martin started at power forward in his place. … Orlando’s previous high mark behind the 3-point line was 16, Oct. 20 at Philadelphia. … The 26-point margin was Orlando’s largest in a victory at Madison Square Garden in team history. Knicks : The last NBA rookie to post at least nine blocks in a game was Nerlens Noel against Indiana on Feb. 20, 2015. … New York tied a franchise-best record with 15 blocks. … Kanter is the first Knicks to post five straight double-doubles in as many games coming off the bench, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. DRESS TO IMPRESS New York unveiled its City Edition Uniform for Sunday night’s game which featured a blue and orange trim throughout the jersey and shorts, similar to the set the team wore during the 2015-16 season, paying homage to the 1952-61 Knicks uniform. UP NEXT Magic : Visit the Washington Wizards on Monday night. Knicks : Visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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ANAHEIM (AP) — Rookie Francisco Arcia had a homer and six RBIs, giving him a major league-record 10 RBIs in two career games, and the Los Angeles Angels rolled to an 11-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night. Arcia made his major league debut Thursday against the White Sox and hit his first career home run while driving in four runs. After not playing Friday, he topped that Saturday with a third-inning homer and run-scoring doubles in the second and fifth innings. The previous record for RBIs in two career games was nine by Joe Cunningham of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954. Cunningham was also the only player to have at least four RBIs in each of his first two career games until Arcia did it as well. Arcia is the first Angels rookie with at least six RBIs in a game since Adam Kennedy had eight in 2000. Mike Trout also homered for the Angels, delivering his 29th of the season off Felix Hernandez in the first inning. Arcia and Ian Kinsler each had three hits for the Angels. Nelson Cruz hit two home runs for the Mariners, his third multi-homer game this season and the 26th of his career. His 49 career home runs against the Angels are tied for second most with Rafael Palmeiro. Alex Rodriguez hit 70 against the Angels. The Mariners are 3-4 since the All-Star break and have lost eight times in their last 11 games, with three of those defeats coming against the Angels. Seattle’s Guillermo Heredia hit a home run in the eighth inning, his fourth. Arcia had just 25 minor league home runs over 12 seasons in the Yankees, Marlins and Angels organizations. He became the first Angels player to hit home runs in his first two career games. Angels starter Jamie Barria (6-7), who had lost six consecutive decisions, gave up two runs on five hits over six innings to earn his first win since June 1. The rookie opened the season 5-1 before losing six times over his next seven starts. Hernandez (8-9) gave up seven runs on six hits with two walks over 2 2/3 innings and has lost both of his starts since coming off the disabled list because of lower back stiffness. Hernandez has given up 11 runs on 11 hits over 7 2/3 innings in his last two outings. The Angels have won four consecutive games for the first time since winning six in a row from June 3-9. (@Copyright 2018. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Angels Sink The Mariners, 11-5
ATLANTA (AP) — Yasiel Puig homered and drove in three runs following his return from the disabled list, Alex Wood pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings to win his sixth straight decision and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the struggling Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Saturday night. Reinstated after missing 15 games with a right oblique strain, Puig made it 1-0 with a sacrifice fly in the second off Max Fried and pushed the lead to 3-0 in the sixth with his 12th homer , a towering shot off Luke Jackson that bounced off the third-level scoreboard facade in left field. Wood (7-5) allowed one hit and four walks with five strikeouts. His performance followed Rich Hill’s seven scoreless innings Thursday and Clayton Kershaw’s one run allowed in 7 2/3 innings Friday against an Atlanta offense that led the NL for most of the first half of the season. The Braves, second in the NL East, have lost four straight and 13 of 18 mostly because their bats have been quieted. They’ve averaged 2.2 runs over their last 13 defeats and have dropped to fifth in NL runs scored. Johan Camargo accounted for Atlanta’s offense with a homer off Caleb Ferguson in the seventh. Puig hit the Dodgers’ 143rd homer, tops in the NL for the West Division leaders. Wood stranded a runner in scoring position in the first and second as he improved to 6-0 with a 2.61 ERA in his last seven starts since he lost at home to the Braves on June 9. He didn’t get a chance to face Tyler Flowers with two runners on in the sixth. Flowers began the game with seven hits and eight RBIs in 11 career at-bats against Wood, so Dodgers manager Dave Roberts brought in J.T. Chargois. Flowers struck out. Los Angeles led 1-0 in the second when Enrique Hernandez singled and scored on Puig’s sacrifice fly. They went up 5-1 in the ninth on RBI singles by Chris Taylor and Manny Machado. Fried (1-4) allowed one run, two hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five innings. He was reinstated from the disabled list after missing 14 games with a left middle finger blister. TRAINER’S ROOM Braves manager Brian Snitker said 2B Ozzie Albies was held out of the lineup on a scheduled night off to rest his right hamstring. Injured last week at Washington, Albies missed four games. He returned Thursday and went 1-for-8 with four strikeouts over the next two games. He singled as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, and Snitker plans to have him back in the lineup Sunday. The 21-year-old Albies, an All-Star in his first full seasons in the majors, is one of two NL players with 20 homers and 10 stolen bases. TRANSACTIONS The Dodgers optioned OF Alex Verdugo to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Puig on the roster. … The Braves optioned OF Preston Tucker to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for Fried. UP NEXT Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (8-2, 2.43 ERA) allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings of his last start, a no-decision that the Dodgers won last Monday at Philadelphia. Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (9-5, 3.41 ERA) gave up one run and four hits in six innings of his last start, a victory last Monday at Miami. He had lost each of his previous three starts, posting a 9.75 ERA in 12 innings. (@Copyright 2018. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Dodgers Topple The Braves, 5-1
Speaking publicly Saturday for the first time since the domestic violence charges against him were dropped, LB Reuben Foster said his time away from the 49ers made him appreciate football “a lot better” and realize how easily it could be taken from him.
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Foster: Difficult offseason a ‘learning experience’
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman didn’t want to talk about the specifics of why he got suspended for four games for a banned substance but said his priority is to make sure it never happens again.
Edelman: Make sure ban ‘never happens again’
Steelers veteran guard Ramon Foster was carted off the practice field after suffering an apparent knee injury on the third play of 11-man work.
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Cam Newton has completed 58.5 percent of his passes since the Panthers made him the first pick of the 2011 draft. New offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s goal is to raise that to 65 to 70 percent of his attempts.
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Cam seeks the precision to set completion high
The Jets moved quickly to work out free agents Alfred Morris and Orleans Darkwa after RB Elijah McGuire suffered a fractured foot and may need surgery.
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Jets work out Morris, Darkwa after McGuire injury