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Anquan Boldin leaves Bills, plans to retire

Anquan Boldin’s 14-year NFL career is somewhat suddenly coming to an end. According to a report by ESPN’s Jim Trotter on Sunday, the veteran wide receiver has left the Buffalo Bills and informed them of his plans to retire. BREAKING: Anquan Boldin left the Bills today and has informed them he is retiring, ESPN has…Read More

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Tom Herman not exactly raving about Texas’ quarterbacks

Tom Herman

Tom Herman doesn’t exactly seem thrilled about his quarterback situation entering his first season at Texas.

Herman has yet to officially announce a starting QB for the Longhorns’ first game of the season, which will be Sept. 2 against Maryland. However, he says that Shane Buechele will be the team’s starter for that game.

And though Herman seems to be confident that Texas will be a winner this season, he does not believe that will be because they are led by a dynamic, standout quarterback.

“We’re not dynamic there. We’re not Vince Young. We’re not Braxton Miller. But we’re good enough to win with,” Herman said after a scrimmage on Saturday, via the Dallas Morning News.

Though the quarterback play and offense is leaving some questions, Herman seems excited about the Longhorns’ defense.

“We’re going to win with great defense,” Herman said of Texas entering the season.

The Longhorns are looking to turn things around in their first season under Herman. They had three losing seasons in a row under Charlie Strong and are looking to rebound following consecutive 5-7 runs. Maybe it will be the team’s defense, not offense, that helps get them over .500.

Anquan Boldin leaves Bills, plans to retire

Anquan Boldin’s 14-year NFL career is somewhat suddenly coming to an end.

According to a report by ESPN’s Jim Trotter on Sunday, the veteran wide receiver has left the Buffalo Bills and informed them of his plans to retire.

Boldin also released this statement on his decision to retire:

The 36-year-old Boldin had just signed with the Bills on a one-year, $2.75 million deal earlier this month. For what it’s worth, he had been grappling with the question of retirement for several months and did not get his wish this offseason to play closer to home. Rest assured though, Boldin can now look back on a fruitful career that netted him three Pro Bowl selections, a Super Bowl ring, and the respect of countless opposing secondaries.

Reporter who broke Paul George-Lakers tampering story tweets insult at Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

As if the Los Angeles Lakers being accused of tampering with Paul George wasn’t strange enough, now the story has taken a rather bizarre turn.

Veteran NBA writer Peter Vecsey, who was the first one to break the news that the Indiana Pacers were filing tampering charges against the Lakers, tweeted an insult at Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson on Sunday in response to a six-year old tweet that Johnson had sent about him.

To be fair, Vecsey sent the tweet well after breaking the story, presumably after it was brought to his attention by another Twitter user. But it’s still a pretty bad look for a journalist, especially in the interest of seeming unbiased. Vecsey’s hostility towards Johnson also appears to date back several years.

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Todd Bowles blames O-line for Christian Hackenberg’s poor preseason outing

Todd Bowles

Jets head coach Todd Bowles doesn’t think quarterback Christian Hackenberg is at fault for the hard-boiled egg he laid in Saturday’s preseason game.

Speaking with reporters after the 16-6 loss to the Detroit Lions, Bowles blamed the offensive line for Hackenburg’s poor performance.

“They really didn’t give him a chance,” Bowles said, per Eric Allen of the team website. “They had a lot of pressure on him and he couldn’t get a couple balls off. I don’t think anybody can have a chance when we’re blocking like that.”

Hackenberg was nothing short of horrendous in his debut as a starter on Saturday, completing just 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards and getting sacked twice. The second-year signal caller had otherwise been making encouraging progress this offseason however, so maybe that explains Bowles’ continued patience with Hackenberg despite his struggles so far in the preseason.

H/T Rotoworld

Justin Verlander sends tweet implying baseballs are juiced

Justin Verlander

Offense is up throughout Major League Baseball in 2017, and while lots of theories have been offered, one seems to come up more than others.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander wasn’t afraid to say it on Sunday, either. After ESPN’s Buster Olney shared a statistic about how baseball has more 20 home run hitters in 2017 than it did in all of 2014, Verlander shared his theory — the baseballs are juiced.

Verlander is not the first to raise such concerns. Several pitchers have felt that blisters are more common, and FiveThirtyEight has deduced that the baseballs are the most likely cause for the offensive boom. MLB has floated changes to the baseballs, but announced nothing prior to the season, meaning that if this is indeed the case, they did it as quietly as possible.

Hassan Whiteside says a Dwyane Wade return to Miami would be ‘great’

Hassan Whiteside

Hassan Whiteside is here for Dwyane Wade’s storybook ending.

Speaking at a fundraiser for his Whiteside Foundation on Saturday, the Miami Heat center was asked about the possibility of Wade returning to the team.

“It’d be great,” replied Whiteside, per Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. “It’s a three-time NBA champion coming back, coming in and really helping a team out. It would be great.”

Wade, the Heat’s all-time leading scorer and the greatest player in franchise history in the eyes of most, left Miami last summer after spending the first 13 seasons of his career there. But his time with the Chicago Bulls hasn’t quite worked out as he would’ve liked, and now Wade is expected to be bought out.

Whiteside, who played with Wade for two seasons, definitely isn’t the only one on the Heat who wants him back. Thus, a happily ever after in Miami might not be as far-fetched for the 12-time All-Star as it seemed at this time last year.

Charlotte Flair says Ric is ‘getting better’ after surgery

Ric Flair

The news on Ric Flair from those close to him continues to paint a picture of cautious optimism.

Flair’s daughter Charlotte posted an update Sunday, stating that while the wrestling legend is “not out of the woods just yet,” he is “getting better” as he recovers from surgery.

Last we heard, Flair is awake and communicating after surgery to address what sounded like a serious health issue. All the signs seem to be good for the moment.

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