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Jimbo Fisher tries to explain Texas A&M’s issues

Jul 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher addresses the media and answers questions during SEC football media day at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Jimbo Fisher is Texas A&M’s $9 million man, but he’s not coaching like it this year.

The Aggies lost 42-24 to Mississippi State on Saturday to fall to 3-2 on the season. A&M also lost at home to Appalachian State 17-14 in their second game.

The Aggies’ offense has struggled all season. But Fisher doesn’t think his scheme is the problem. Rather, he believes they have an execution problem.

Fisher has been harping on the execution theme. He also mentioned it earlier in the week.

Execution was a problem. The Aggies threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles. You’re not going to win many conference games turning the ball over four times.

Texas A&M faces Alabama next week, which is likely to make them .500 at 3-3. Max Johnson has a hand injury too, which means they may be going back to Haynes King at quarterback. Things are not looking so hot for Jimbo and his boys.

LSU shares update on status of Sevyn Banks

LSU shared an update Saturday night on the status of Sevyn Banks, who was carted off the field after the opening play in LSU’s 21-17 win at Auburn.

Banks hurt his head while making the tackle on the opening kickoff.

The senior cornerback was placed on a stretcher and carted off the field.

Not only did Banks not return to the game due to his injury, but he was actually ejected for targeting.

The Tigers fell behind 17-0 in the second quarter but rallied with 21 unanswered points to win the game.

LSU issued a statement about Banks after the victory.

“Sevyn Banks was taken to a local hospital following an injury on the first play of tonight’s game,” the statement began. “After a series of tests, he was alert and mobile. He has been cleared to leave the hospital and will return to the stadium under the care of team doctors.”

Banks, a transfer from Ohio State, was seen walking and in a neck brace after the win.

Dwight Howard issues message for NBA teams

Jan 15, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) arrives at Toyota Center before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard remains 0-for-30 with NBA teams this offseason, but he is not quitting just yet.

The eight-time All-Star center Howard took to Instagram on Saturday with a message for the entire league. Howard posted a video of himself vigorously riding a stationary bike and put in the overlay caption “when you’re in the best shape of your life but still a free agent.”

“It’s okay because I BELIEVE in me,” Howard wrote in his post caption. “#trusttheprocess #motivation”

Howard, who will turn 37 in December, had fairly gracefully transitioned into a full-time bench role in recent seasons. He averaged 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game for the Los Angeles Lakers last year (all career-lows) but was still efficient and unselfish with the touches he did get.

But Howard gained a reputation in past years as a bad teammate and has had six separate one-year stints with all different teams (the Lakers twice) since 2016. The payoff may not be worth it anymore to give Howard an NBA roster spot. But rest assured, you will still be seeing him on TV regardless.

NFL gives real kick in nuts to Sterling Shepard after season-ending injury

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard on the field for warm ups before the Giants face the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

The NFL is adding insult to literal injury for Sterling Shepard.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Saturday that the New York Giants receiver Shepard was fined $10,069 for coming off the bench following a hit on quarterback Daniel Jones during Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants would go on to lose 23-16. More devastating for Shephard is that he suffered a season-ending ACL tear on the final offensive possession for his team (video here).

Of course, the NFL has to enforce rules uniformly, no matter the individual circumstances. But that comes as little solace to Shepard, who is now set to miss the rest of the 2022 season after already having his 2021 campaign cut short by an Achilles tear (which he also suffered in another loss to Dallas).

Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to be like 1 Hall of Famer in retirement

Oct 23, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) warms up before the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo has become one of the most well known players in the NBA. He’s made six All-Star teams and won two MVP awards and a championship.

The Greek Freak has worked extremely hard to become as good as he is, which has led to tons of recognition among basketball fans. But Antetokounmpo hopes that will all go away once he retires.

Antetokounmpo spoke with SiriusXM NBA Radio’s Frank Isola and Brian Scalabrine and talked about his retirement goal.

“When I retire from this game, I want to disappear,” Antetokounmpo confessed. “I want to go somewhere where they’re not going to know me.”

Antetounmpo then shared how he took a trip to Sweden and nobody recognized him. The 27-year-old enjoyed blending in and not being recognized.

“I want to be like Tim Duncan. Where the hell is Tim Duncan? I want to play the game … and then you forget about me. You don’t talk about me,” Antetokounmpo said of his retirement desire.

Duncan was always a humble, low-profile player even while he was with the Spurs. Social media wasn’t a big thing for most of his playing career, and he has avoided it in retirement. But the 46-year-old Hall of Fame forward did coach the Spurs in 2019 and 2020, so he has been around in the game of basketball.

Giannis is just too fun, too friendly, and too beloved to disappear like Duncan. Maybe he’ll go retire in Scandinavia, because in America, nobody will forget him.

Nestor Cortes goes viral for ridiculous pitching motion against Orioles

Nestor Cortes has been an ace for the New York Yankees this season, and his unpredictability is part of the reason why.

Cortes enjoys toying with hitters by sometimes using different pitching motions in his windup prior to delivery. One particular windup he did on a 0-2 pitch to Ryan Mountcastle in the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 8-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday drew attention.

Take a look at what Cortes did:

On this overlay created by the Pitching Ninja, you can see how the extended motion differed from Cortes’ usual motion.

Points to Cortes for his creativity.

The 27-year-old put together his best start of the season. He went 7.1 innings allowing one hit and two walks while striking out 12. Cortes is 12-4 with a 2.44 ERA this year.

Video: Liberty WR Jaivian Lofton makes ridiculous touchdown catch

Liberty wide receiver Jaivian Lofton made an absolutely ridiculous catch on Saturday.

The Flames beat Old Dominion 38-24. Lofton only had 2 catches in the win, but one of his catches really stood out.

Take a look at this 34-yard touchdown catch made by Lofton in the end zone. He snatched the ball out of the air with one hand, reaching across his body with the hand and going backhand style.

That was amazing. When players make 1-handed grabs, usually they’re reaching towards the side of the body their hand is on, or reaching up in the air. He reached over doing the reverse motion!

Liberty also rushed for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Flames are now 4-1 with a loss to Wake Forest. They should be tested later in the season when they face BYU and Arkansas in consecutive games.

Ryan Day apologizes to Greg Schiano after heated altercation

Ryan Day apologized to Greg Schiano after Ohio State’s 49-10 win over Rutgers Saturday for a heated altercation they had in the fourth quarter.

The Buckeyes had a 4th-and-2 at their 39 while leading 49-10 with around nine minutes left in the game. Punter Jesse Mirco was set to boot the ball but saw a big opening down the side of the field and made a break for it. He rushed for 22 yards to get the first down, but he received a hard hit from Aron Cruikshank out of bounds. Cruikshank was ejected for the hit.

After the 4th-down punt conversion, plus the late hit, Schiano ran across the field to separate his players from the Buckeyes. Schiano and Day got heated, with both coaches pointing fingers.

Though the coaches were heated at the time, things calmed down by the end of the game. The two shook hands, and you could hear Day apologize to Schiano.

“I apologize for that,” Day could be heard saying.

Day said after the game that he had “no hard feelings” over what transpired.

Day also confirmed that the punter acted on his own and a fake was not called.

Day’s Buckeyes are now 5-0, while Schiano’s Scarlet Knights are 3-2.

Nick Saban provides injury update on Bryce Young

Sep 17, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) prior to the game against Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Saban provided an injury update on Bryce Young after the quarterback got hurt in Alabama’s 49-26 win over Arkansas on Saturday.

Young was scrambling while under pressure during the second quarter against the Razorbacks. He tried to throw the ball away as he was going to the ground, which led him to injure his shoulder (video here).

Young stayed in the game for one more play and threw an incompletion. He then exited the game and received medical attention. Backup quarterback Jalen Milroe replaced Young in the game.

After the game, Saban said that Young was day-to-day with a sprained AC joint.

Saban did not seem to be too concerned about Young’s long-term status.

Young was 7/13 for 173 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception prior to getting hurt. The junior quarterback is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Milroe rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown in place of Young.

Myles Garrett fined for roughing Mitch Trubisky

Myles Garrett was fined for a tackle he made on Mitch Trubisky in Week 3, the NFL announced on Saturday.

The league fined Garrett $15,914 for roughing Trubisky. He received the fine even though he was not called for an infraction during the game.

Steelers Depot was able to track down the play. The fine came because Garrett broke the rule about roughing the passer that has to do with body weight in tackles. Garrett smothered Trubisky and landed on top of the Steelers quarterback after making his hit.

The Browns won the game 29-17. Garrett was credited with two tackles and that one QB hit.

Garrett’s fine comes during a rough week. The Browns defensive end was injured when he crashed his Porsche on Monday. Garrett did not join his Cleveland teammates on their trip to Atlanta. He was ruled out for Week 4 due to a shoulder injury sustained in the crash.