Eli Manning settles memorabilia fraud lawsuit, Giants emphasize it doesn’t support claims

The lawsuit between Eli Manning and a group of memorabilia collectors who claim the Giants quarterback defrauded them is over before it can reach the stage at which a jury would rule on whether or not Manning did in fact defraud the collectors.

That’s because Manning and the Giants and the other parties involved have agreed to a settlement with Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown. Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown have resolved all claims in their pending litigation against the New York Giants, Eli Manning, John Mara, William Heller, Joseph Skiba, Edward Skiba and Steiner Sports, in accordance with a confidential settlement agreement reached today, the Giants said in a statement, via Pro Football Talk. The compromise agreement, entered into by all parties, should not be viewed as supporting any allegations, claims or defenses.

But oftentimes a settlement is just that: a payment designed to eliminate the hassle of the trail. The Giants also may have felt that a jury would end up siding with the common man in this case, rather than the superstar quarterback and NFL team loaded with money, regardless of the outcome.

Ennis, who admitted hitting Foster with a hanger, also said she called 911 three times as another revenge tactic.

“I wanted to be extra. I wanted him to go down. I was pissed,” she said.

Ennis, who began crying on the stand, said she also wanted money from of Foster after the breakup, going as far as fleeing to Louisiana with some of Foster’s money and jewelry.

“It was all a money scheme. I didn’t want to get this far in the news. It was about money,” she said.

According to her testimony, this isn’t the first time she accused a boyfriend of assaulting her. In November 2011 she accused a partner of assault after he ended their relationship, which resulted in her going to jail. The charges of aggravated assault were eventually dropped.

Ennis accused Foster of assaulting her Feb. 11 by dragging her by her hair and also punching her, among other things, during the incident. Ennis’ injuries included a ruptured eardrum, according to the DA’s initial report.ravens_127

Willie Snead tries out for Ravens

Willie Snead visited the Ravens last week, and apparently they wanted to see more of the receiver.

Snead, a restricted free agent, tried out for Baltimore on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

The Saints tendered Snead, but they used the lowest tender so they will get no compensation should they decide against matching a deal with Ravens or anyone else.

Snead, 25, served a three-game suspension to open last season and caught only eight passes for 92 yards in 11 games. He made 141 catches for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015-16.

Hitter ratings account for the opposing starting pitcher’s history (three years’ worth), as well as ballpark factors. “LH” and “RH” ratings account only for left- and right-handed batters, respectively.

Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. For example, a 10 is a must-start rating, while a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.

Singletary compiled a record of 18-22 during his time as head coach of the 49ers, before being fired during the 2010 season.

The draft’s move to Dallas follows the success the NFL saw in Philadelphia last year, when a new attendance record was set.

“Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said upon the announcement. “This new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further.”

There are two full months between the NFL Combine and the NFL Draft, and that schedule void is filled with the beginning of the league year in March, which in turn marks the official beginning of free agency.flames_003

Center is stacked tonight, and Drummond falls in a salary range where he’s tough to justify.

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors used a spirited first-quarter start against the LA Clippers to get back on the winning track, ultimately earning a 134-127 victory Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

“It was a good step in the right direction,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I think we did a lot of good things, but you can tell, it’s not like we’re going to wave a magic wand and be on top of our game again. But I liked our start. We got off to a better start.”

He’s also facing Boston, the league’s No. 1 team in defensive efficiency. Drummond has held his own against the Celtics this season, averaging 16 points and 18.5 rebounds in two previous games, but those were pre-trade games and his production has taken a small hit since the arrival of Blake Griffin.

“We definitely have good players all around our lineup … we like our team, we like the chemistry here,” Marchessault said before the game. “Stuff can happen and you don’t necessarily expect it. A lot of things can happen and it’s out of your control, it’s part of the game. At the end of the day you gotta trust your organization.”

Duvernay-Tardif will head back home after the Winter Games and spend most of his time hitting the books and studying for his final med school exam in May to determine if he becomes a licensed M.D.

Lost the game for us tonight, stupid decision and makes no sense. You make the decision to give us the best chance to win. But u don’t play your best cornerback. Fuck the Politics..

Though Browner seemed vocal about the decision, it was less about the Patriots inner circle and more about his friend and former teammate not getting the playing time he thought he deserved, based on the number of Instagram posts he dedicated to Butler:

Browner played one season, in 2014, with the New England Patriots. They defeated Browner’s former team, the Seattle Seahawks, in the Super Bowl. Malcolm Butler secured the victory thanks to a game-saving interception of a Russell Wilson pass at the 1-yard line:

Most of the players on the winning team in Super Bowl 52 will make a $112,000 lump sum for their participation. Most of the losers will make $56,000, an even 50 percent of the winners’ shares. There’s more than a Lombardi Trophy at stake.
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Should it stay or should it go? Ranking the best deep fly outs of the playoffs

Used to be somebody’d hit a deep fly ball and you’d get to hoping and rooting and trying to will that ball over the fence, the announcer’s call getting progressively more excited, the first wave of premature cheerers overwhelmed by the more prudent, wait-and-see cheerers. It was five seconds of drama, with you in full suspense until the ball came down from the sky and back into the camera shot and safely on the other side of the wall. A home run!

I love that Fox super-super-slo-mo replay of the pitches on their way to home plate—so agonizingly slow that you can see the tumble of the curve, the stitches of the ball.

While Miller isn’t yet “out of the woods,” Fox said the 33-year-old veteran from Nebraska is in good spirits and has good circulation in his lower leg.

Despite making a one-handed grab in the end zone on the play, Miller’s touchdown was taken away following a replay review and the Bears lost to the Saints.

Such polls are conducted quarterly by the association, according to the NCAA, but the latest information reflects growing public negativity after the uncovering by the FBI of alleged widespread criminal activity in college basketball.

Ten people, including four assistant coaches at Power 5 schools, were arrested on Sept. 26 and charged with fraud and corruption for their role in attempting to use illegal payments, according to federal investigators, to steer NBA-bound prospects toward sports agents, financial advisers and apparel companies.

Emmert, speaking Monday at the fall meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, said the revelations create doubt around two key notions at the heart of the NCAA mission.

“What kind of business are we in?” he asked, “and how do we govern?
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NFL Week 8 Local Headlines: Like riding a bike for Juju as Thielen borrows from FIFA

Week 8 of the NFL season had something for everyone.
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Frantic finishes, blowouts, defensive struggles, record-breaking touchdowns, Sunday’s slate featured a little bit of everything.

Rookies continued to come of Francisco Lindor Womens Jersey age, and the likes of the Patriots, Steelers and Seahawks again demonstrated to their doubters that they remain firm contenders to go deep into the postseason.

Griffin started the season in 2014, but a shoulder injury cost him five games; he was later benched. Entering training camp in 2015, he was named the starter but suffered a head injury, and Gruden turned to Kirk Cousins. Griffin never played another snap for Washington and was cut after that season.

“He’s a warrior, he’s a two-time Super Bowl champion, and we’re really glad to have him,” Roseman said of Blount, adding that the Eagles are “really counting on LeGarrette going forward.”

“This is no reflection of any of those running backs. This is a good opportunity for the Philadelphia Eagles, and our job is to add good players who fit what we do, and we feel like Jay Ajayi did that.”

By acquiring Ajayi, the Eagles address both an immediate and longer-term need. Cordrea Tankersley Jersey The ground game hasn’t exactly been a problem — Philly ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (129) — but second-year back Wendell Smallwood has been too inconsistent to be relied upon to share the load with Blount.

Capela is besting the likes of Rudy Gobert and Joel Embiid in fantasy production, thanks to awesome rebounding efficiency and what could be the league’s best pick-and-roll collective with James Harden and Chris Paul in the fold.

Michael Bennett: Not worried about others’ opinions of Las Vegas incident

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett says he isn’t bothered by people who call him a liar and dispute his accounts of his August incident with police in Las Vegas.

“I expect he will be invited. We look forward to him joining the conversation,” Lockhart said (via the Boston Globe).

However, Lockhart noted it’s up to the players whether or not to invite Kaepernick. It seems a given Kaepernick would earn an invitation, given his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem last season prompted scores of other players to follow his lead.

But since then he’s been suspended three times, including the one-year suspension, and played in only 14 games. He has 20 tackles and one sack.

Afterward? New England quarterback Tom Brady couldn’t resist a little reference to his team’s consecutive victories over Atlanta following a dominating 23-7 performance Sunday.

His so-called Tom Brady Times on Instagram has a cartoon version of Brady having won a pair of tic-tac-toe games against a red-and-white clad falcon and posing the question: “Best three out of five?”

The Chiefs cut C.J. Spiller as they trimmed the roster down to 53 players back in September, and the move surprised a lot of people. It was even more surprising the following Sunday when Kansas City re-signed Spiller to the active roster.

The 2016 second-round draft pick suffered his fourth shoulder dislocation against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and was placed on injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday. The injury will require more surgery.49ers_217_ff569ddcf9cf30b8-150x150

Lambo made 52 of 64 field goal attempts and 70 of 78 PATs in two seasons with San Diego.

There still isn’t much hope for a playoff push this season, but the team has compiled a respectable 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS record since that opening Sunday blowout. Jacoby Brissett hasn’t been sensational in the starting role under center, but he has at least been capable unlike Scott Tolzien was in his one start.

The Jaguars opted to keep Myers over fan favorite Josh Scobee, who also is the team’s all-time leading scorer (1,022), because of his strong leg. He had a rough season as a rookie in 2015. He missed seven PATs but only four field goals. He missed only three PATs but seven field goals in 2016.

Over parts of three seasons, Myers made only 10 of 19 field goal attempts of 50 or more yards (52.6 percent), which is well below the league average of 61.6 percent since he entered the league.

Lambo made 52 of 64 field goal attempts and 70 of 78 PATs in two seasons with San Diego. The Chargers surprisingly cut him in favor of undrafted rookie Younghoe Koo before the season began.

Intake counselor: So she didn’t call police because of something that had occurred when you guys went to the afterparty. She called the police because of what had happened before, right?

Sam Bradford tried to return from injury last week against the Chicago Bears, but his injured knee rendered him ineffective and unable to move from the pocket. Case Keenum was strong in relief, leading Minnesota to three scoring drives en route to a 20-17 road win over the Chicago Bears.

Keenum could be under center again Sunday for the Vikings, who are 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS so far this season. Minnesota is 8-2 SU and ATS in its last 10 home games when coming off of a loss in its most recent game at home.avalanche-025_8a427f9aa0d6a8ce-180x180

Opponents feasted on Jokic at the rim.

I am weirdly confident in the Nuggets, despite their glut of power forwards and embarrassing defense — second worst in the league last season. The first problem compounds the second. Denver will have to shoehorn the undersized (Will Barton) and oversized/slow (Juancho Hernangomez) into wing minutes behind Wilson Chandler. Teensy lineups featuring Barton, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray hemorrhaged points, per NBA.com.

He has lost weight, and has the smart feet to put of up more of a fight. Paul Millsap has been one of the league’s 10 or so best defenders over the past half-decade. Young guys pick up the nuances. For an awful defense, Denver bizarrely allowed the right sorts of shots; long 2-pointers comprised about 20 percent of opponent attempts, the highest such share in the league, per research from Ben Falk at Cleaning the Glass. They yielded relatively few 3s.

Of course, the other benefit to building up the bench with young talent is it gives you options to explore trading for potentially attainable star players. Everyone talks about how Boston is loaded in young assets to acquire another star, and yet Denver’s treasure chest isn’t far off. In addition to the young collection of talent, the Nuggets own all of their first-round picks moving forward. If they decide to fast-track contention, they have a variety of pieces that could be attractive in a bid to land Mike Conley, Kyle Lowry, Bradley Beal, CJ McCollum or someone of that caliber.
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NFL Insiders predict: Week 5 upsets, flops, surprise contenders, more

Mike Clay, NFL writer: Seahawks over Rams. This one feels dirty, but the Rams are favored by roughly a field goal. Yes, Los Angeles has been super impressive thus far, but the schedule — Colts, Redskins, 49ers and Cowboys — has been a walk in the park compared to what’s on tap. Seattle enters this game one game behind the Rams, but its two losses were on the road in Green Bay and Tennessee. I expect the Rams to return to Earth and for Russell Wilson and Seattle’s stellar defense to take back control of the NFC West this weekend.

Domonique Foxworth, The Undefeated senior writer: Carolina over Detroit. These are pretty evenly matched teams. They both have good defenses and an inconsistent offense. But the potential for Carolina’s offense is higher than Detroit’s. If Cam Newton and the Panthers can repeat last week’s production, they’ll win another tight road game.

It certainly was a significant play and they made a great play and we have to give them credit, Garrett said, reluctantly answering the question the first time it was asked at his Wednesday press conference.

The Dallas media persisted and Garrett politely obliged.

We had them in a good situation and they made a really good play, Garrett said. Unfortunately, it put them in a situation where they could kick a game-winning field goal with very little time on the clock.

One more Dallas media member had the gumption to press the question and this time Garrett skipped a reply and moved on to another subject.

When Packers coach Mike McCarthy was asked about the January game and returning to Arlington, McCarthy slyly interpreted the question as being about AT&T Stadium itself.nike_chargers_197

Rams vs. 49ers odds 2017: San Francisco set as home underdog for TNF matchup

Over their last 22 games, the San Francisco 49ers are 3-19 straight up and 6-15-1 against the spread. That stretch includes a 3-0 SU and ATS record against the Los Angeles Rams and an 0-19 SU and 3-15-1 ATS record against the rest of the NFL. The 49ers will try to pick up another win over the Rams this Thursday night.

San Francisco is a 2-point home underdog at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In their last nine home games against the Rams, the 49ers are 7-1-1 SU.

Kyle Shanahan was brought in for his brilliance as an offensive Justin Hunter Jersey coordinator, but that brilliance hasn’t translated into any offense for San Francisco just yet. The 49ers haven’t scored a touchdown in their first two games, averaging a paltry 232.5 Mark Scheifele Womens Jersey total yards per game and six points per game.

The Lions are 4-3 SU and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against NFC East opponents per the OddsShark NFL Database. All four of those wins came at home, however; Detroit is 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS in its last four road games against NFC East foes.

New York opened its season with a dud of a performance last Sunday night, losing to the Dallas Cowboys 19-3 as 6-point road underdogs. With that loss, the Giants fell to 2-5 SU in their last seven night games.

The Giants went on an impressive 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS run late last season, but are now just 1-3 SU and ATS over their last four games. The return home might help as New York is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in its last six games at MetLife Stadium.

Monday night’s total is set at 43.5 points. The UNDER is 8-2 in New York’s last 10 games and 9-3 in Detroit’s last 12.

The Giants and the Lions both advanced to the postseason with a wild card berth last year. Both teams figure to be in the hunt for these spots again this year, and this early-season meeting could play a role in how things shake out down the stretch.