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Eric Bledsoe raises suspicion with tweet

Eric Bledsoe raised suspicion about his desire to remain with the Phoenix Suns after sending a curious tweet on Sunday afternoon.

Bledsoe’s tweet said “I Dont wanna be here.”

That was Bledsoe’s first tweet of the day, so there was no other context to it, and there’s no way to know whether he was talking about his playing career with the Suns.

What we do know is that the Suns slipped to 0-3 this season after being hammered by the Clippers on Saturday night. Bledsoe had just four points in 24 minutes in the game.

Bledsoe was mentioned in trade rumors over the summer. He also has expressed frustration over being with a losing team. If he is looking for a trade, tweets like that certainly won’t help Phoenix’s leverage in talks.

TY Hilton calls out Colts’ offensive line after Week 7 loss

TY Hilton

Nearly everything went wrong for the Indianapolis Colts in their 27-0 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had no problem calling out a particular group of teammates following the rough day.

While speaking with reporters, Hilton said poor offensive line play has been the issue for the Colts.

It’s hard to argue with Hilton, especially after the Jaguars sacked Jacoby Brissett a whopping 10 times. Jacksonville has one of the best defenses in football and leads the NFL in sacks, which is why they’ve already embraced their new creative nickname. Still, there’s no excuse for allowing your quarterback to be sacked 10 times in one game.

Hilton should probably leave it to the fans and analysts to call out Indy’s offensive line publicly. Criticisms like that are almost always more productive behind closed doors, and there are plenty of things Hilton can improve upon himself. It takes an entire team effort — or lack thereof — to lose a game 27-0.

Hue Jackson critical after DeShone Kizer stayed out late Friday

DeShone Kizer

Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson got a rather unpleasant surprise in his postgame news conference after a local news station got video of quarterback DeShone Kizer out drinking until 1 a.m. early Saturday.

Jackson was only made aware of video of Kizer at a bar in the early hours of Saturday morning from a question in the press conference — and he did not seem happy to learn about it.

Kizer tried to defend himself when asked about the video after the game.

Perception means a lot for quarterbacks, who are viewed as team leaders expected to set an example. Kizer being out late at a bar a 36 hours before his winless team plays a game is a pretty bad look, even if he wasn’t actually doing anything wrong. It doesn’t appear to have factored into his benching — Jackson didn’t even seem aware of it until after the game was over — but it certainly may have some negative implications for him going forward.

Vontaze Burfict kicks Steelers FB Roosevelt Nix in face

Vontaze Burfict kick

Vontaze Burfict wasted no time committing a dirty play against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

Just two plays into Sunday’s game between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, the Bengals linebacker was seen kicking Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix in the helmet after a play.

Burfict has earned a reputation for being a dirty player throughout his career, especially when playing the Steelers. He was suspended three games to start the season because of a hit he committed in the preseason this year. He’s been fined in the past for stepping on an opponent.

Burfict was also suspended to start last season for some dirty hits against the Steelers in the playoffs. The real surprise would have come if Burfict made it through the game without a dirty play.

Homecoming queen kicks game-winning field goal in Texas high school game

Claire Jeffress field goal

Last week she was named homecoming queen. This week she kicked the game-winning field goal for her high school’s football team. Claire Jeffress is definitely winning.

Jeffress is a senior at Glenda Dawson High School in Pearland, Texas, and she is the kicker on the school’s football team. Dawson was playing their rival, Pearland, on Friday night, and involved in a tie game late in the fourth quarter. They started their drive at their 28-yard line with just over four minutes left in the game and drove far enough to set up a 30-yard attempt for Jeffress with 1:08 remaining.

Jeffress, who has a range of 33 yards on her field goals, lined up for her attempt and barely squeaked her kick over the crossbar to give Dawson a 38-35 lead over Pearland.

Dawson hung on for the 38-35 win and improved to 5-1 on the season.

“Claire is something – she just doesn’t get rattled,” Dawson head coach Eric Wells told the Houston Chronicle. “There wasn’t even a question that she was going to kick it.

“Homecoming queen knocks it through, Dawson wins. You have to love that.”

Jeffress accounted for eight points in the game, as she also booted through all five extra points. She seemed pretty nonchalant about her accomplishment.

“My team had faith in me, and they were going to block for me, and the snap and the hold were going to be good, so I just had to do my job.”

This story is awesome and actually not as rare as you might think. Six years ago, a high schooler in Michigan kicked a game-winning field goal the same night she was named homecoming queen. There was also a female quarterback in Florida who was named homecoming queen in 2012. Jeffress happily is joining the group.

Mitchell Trubisky leads Bears to win despite completing just four passes

Mitchell Trubisky

Mitchell Trubisky on Sunday won his second consecutive game as the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears, but you would never know it by looking at his stat line.

Trubisky completed just four passes — that’s right, four — in Chicago’s 17-3 win over the Carolina Panthers. The rookie completed 4-of-7 passes for 107 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. The Bears managed to win in rather convincing fashion despite their offense not finding the end zone.

Chicago can thank Cam Newton, who played a terrible game and threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Bears safety Eddie Jackson scored the game’s only two touchdowns with a fumble recovery in the first quarter and interception in the second.

But back to Trubisky. The former North Carolina star has obviously done enough to win, but that isn’t saying much. Last week, he completed just 8-of-16 passes for 113 yards, one touchdown and no picks in a 27-24 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.

All rookie quarterbacks experience growing pains, so the Bears are fortunate to have won their last two games even while Trubisky deals with his. But with an upcoming schedule that includes the Saints, Packers, Lions and Eagles, the formula Chicago has been using the past two weeks may not hold up much longer. Trubisky is going to have to make some plays.

Carson Palmer to miss eight weeks with broken arm

Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will miss much of the remainder of the season after breaking his arm in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced that Palmer’s broken arm will require surgery, and he will miss at least eight weeks recovering.

It’s the worst possible news for Arizona, who are already a modest 3-4 and don’t look like contenders. It also may have serious repercussions on Palmer’s NFL future, given the fact that the 37-year-old has flirted with retirement in past offseasons.

Michigan photographer on crutches but OK after getting injured during game

Karan Higdon

A Michigan student photographer says she is on crutches but doing OK after being injured in Saturday evening’s Wolverines-Nittany Lions game.

Samii Stoloff, who is a junior at Michigan and works as a freelance photographer for Big Ten Network, was injured after being hit near the end zone on one of the Wolverines’ touchdowns in the second quarter at Penn State.

Karan Higdon ran to the pylon for a touchdown but was pushed by a Penn State defender towards where the photographers were lining the field. Stoloff was hurt in the collision and taken off the field on a stretcher. She later said she was doing fine.

She also got these photos before being hurt.

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Red Sox confirm Alex Cora as new manager

Alex Cora

The Boston Red Sox have confirmed that Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora will be their new manager.

Cora will join the Red Sox after the Astros have completed their playoff run, but the Red Sox confirmed the hiring in a statement released Sunday.

The hiring comes as no surprise, as it had been widely reported that the two sides already had a deal in place. The biggest obstacle was working around Houston’s playoff schedule. Cora had his pick of jobs, but given the backing at his disposal in Boston — plus a team already contending — the Red Sox were likely an obvious choice.

Carson Palmer will not return after injuring left arm

Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will not return to Sunday’s game after suffering a left arm injury.

Palmer had been under constant pressure from the Los Angeles Rams for much of the first half, and appeared to injure his arm on a second quarter interception. He was taken to the locker room and, while details were vague, the Cardinals announced he would not return.

Palmer was replaced by backup Drew Stanton. Arizona was down 23-0 at halftime, so there may simply not have been any need or desire to throw Palmer back out there with the game looking like a certain loss for the Cardinals.

There has been some talk that Palmer is playing his final NFL season. If this injury is severe, that could certainly impact that decision.

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