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Ryan Day apologizes to Greg Schiano after heated altercation

Greg Schiano points at Ryan Day

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.

Antonio Brown accused of exposing himself to woman in hotel pool in Dubai

Antonio Brown smiles

Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown is accused of committing some gross behavior while on a trip to the United Arab Emirates during the spring.

The New York Post on Saturday published a story in which they made numerous accusations about inappropriate behavior Brown committed during the trip. Their story includes screenshots from videos they observed to write their story.

According to the story, Brown pulled out his penis in front of a blond woman and other hotel guests while he was in a swimming pool at a luxury hotel in Dubai on May 14. Brown also allegedly shoved his bare butt in the woman’s face a few times — all in front of other hotel guests who were at the pool.

Brown reportedly had just met the woman. She exited the pool and apparently complained about the incident. Brown reportedly was asked to leave the hotel.

The former NFL wide receiver was in Dubai to perform during Floyd Mayweather’s ring entrance for a boxing exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

In addition to his antics in the pool, Brown reportedly violated dress code customs by showing off his bare chest, and by allegedly smoking marijuana in his room.

In 2019, the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver faced allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior from two different women. One of the women accused Brown of sexually assaulting her in one incident, and exposing himself to her in another incident.

Brown has not played in the NFL since his infamous undressing incident last season with the Buccaneers. He is trying to have a career as a rapper now.

Report: Ime Udoka used ‘crude language’ with Celtics worker

Ime Udoka looking on

Dec 25, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka looks on during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A new report published on Friday shared information about the big rule Ime Udoka violated that led to his suspension from the Boston Celtics.

Last week, we learned that Udoka was having an “improper intimate but consensual relationship” with a female staff member of the Celtics. The team suspended Udoka for the entire 2022-2023 season and named Joe Mazzulla as their interim head coach.

The Celtics hired an independent law firm to investigate the matter. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the firm’s investigation found that Udoka “used crude language in his dialogue with a female subordinate prior to the start of an improper workplace relationship with the woman.”

The use of crude language with the woman prior to their relationship apparently was a significant factor in the length of his suspension.

The power dynamic for the improper relationship was the big rule violation cited by the law firm in their report, which apparently was completed last week.

Udoka, 45, is set to receive a pay cut while he is suspended. He reportedly is unlikely to get his job as head coach of the Celtics back when his suspension ends.

A former NBA player, Udoka led the Celtics to the NBA Finals last season in his first year on the job.

Tua Tagovailoa’s trainer offers health update

Tua Tagovailoa ready to throw

Sep 11, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) watches prior throwing the football during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa left Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals on a stretcher after he suffered a head injury, but fortunately there have been some positive health updates since.

Tagovailoa’s longtime personal trainer Nick Hicks said in a tweet on Friday morning that the former Alabama star is “doing well.” Tagovailoa underwent X-rays that came back negative and had no internal bleeding. He is scheduled to have an MRI and get a second opinion.

That meshes with what USA Today’s Josina Anderson reported, which is that all initial scans were negative. Anderson adds that Tagovailoa traveled back to Miami with the team, though he was wearing a neck brace.

Tagovailoa was taken to the hospital after his head bounced off the turf on a hit in the second quarter. He showed a fencing reaction, which is typically indicative of a concussion.

While any obvious head injury is a concern, many people believe Tagovailoa suffered two in less than a week. He also left his team’s game against the Buffalo Bills last weekend after hitting his head on the turf. He was very wobbly when he got to his feet but cleared to return. Tagovailoa cleared concussion protocol and the Dolphins said his balance issues were the result of a back injury.

The Dolphins have faced a great deal of backlash in the wake of Thursday night’s frightening scene. Head coach Mike McDaniel defended the team’s handling of Tagovailoa after the game.

NFL, Dolphins blasted for clearing Tua Tagovailoa to play in Week 4

Players huddle around Tua Tagovailoa

The NFL and Miami Dolphins were blasted on Thursday night over what has transpired with Tua Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa was taken to the hospital after being concussed during Thursday night’s game between his Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals. Tagovailoa showed a fencing reaction after hitting his head on the turf, which was scary to many watching.

The problem is that this concussion is not an independent matter.

The Dolphins and the league were already facing an investigation over what transpired four days earlier.

Tagovailoa exited his team’s win over the Buffalo Bills in the second quarter after being sacked and hitting his head. Though Tagovailoa appeared to exhibit some concussion symptoms, the quarterback was cleared to return to the game. The medical exams determined Tagovailoa’s reaction was due to a back injury he had sustained earlier in the game.

At the time, there were people questioning how Tagovailoa was cleared to return to the game despite appearing to show concussion symptoms. The NFLPA is investigating the matter.

Not only was Tagovailoa cleared to play in the second half of Week 3, but he was also cleared to play four days later in “Thursday Night Football.”

Chris Nowinski, a neuroscientist, railed against the NFL and Dolphins prior to the game for clearing Tagovailoa to play in Week 4.

Nowinski foresaw the problems.

Many other powerful voices from former players and media members similarly ripped the league and Dolphins.

Tua Tagovailoa taken to hospital after suffering concussion

Tua Tagovailoa on a stretcher

Tua Tagovailoa was taken to a hospital after suffering a concussion during Thursday night’s game between his Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Tagovailoa was trying to escape pressure on a 2nd-and-7 in the second quarter with his team down 7-6. He got sacked by Josh Tupou, who slammed the quarterback down. Tagovailoa’s head hit the turf hard.

Tagovailoa immediately showed a fencing response where his arms and hands curled up around his chest. That is a clear concussion signal.

The quarterback was placed on a stretcher and taken away to the the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in an ambulance.

The Dolphins said Tagovailoa was out with neck and head injuries.

The third-year quarterback was 8/14 for 110 yards with an interception prior to exiting.

This was the second time in under a week that Tagovailoa dealt with an injury following a sack. The young quarterback was examined for a possible concussion in Week 3 but returned to the game for the second half. Four days later, he was playing against the Bengals and suffered a head and neck injury.

Report: Mac Jones delivers surprising message to Patriots teammates

Mac Jones warms up before a game

Sep 18, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mac Jones has not practiced this week after he suffered an ankle injury in the New England Patriots’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but the quarterback has apparently not ruled out playing against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Mike Giardi of NFL Network reported on Thursday that Jones was at the Patriots’ facility helping the team prepare to face Green Bay. While he was not on the practice field, Jones is operating as if he will play Sunday and has told teammates not to count him out.

Given all we know about the injury, it would be a shock if Jones did not miss at least one game.

Tests on Monday revealed that Jones has a severe high ankle sprain. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the injury is one that would result in surgery for many people, but Jones and the Patriots are still discussing options. A high ankle sprain is typically a multi-week injury for NFL players.

The Patriots are notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to injury updates. Bill Belichick stuck to his usual script when asked about Jones’ status on Wednesday. Most people assume veteran Brian Hoyer will start against the Packers, but New England will probably wait until the last second to announce a decision.

Son of Roger Maris has interesting comment about home run record

Aaron Judge looking on

Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) goes to the dugout between innings against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Judge on Wednesday night tied Roger Maris’ American League record by hitting his 61st home run of the season. The New York Yankees star has seven games remaining to claim the record as his own, but he has virtually no chance of matching Barry Bonds with 73 homers. As far as Maris’ son is concerned, that does not matter.

Roger Maris Jr. said on Wednesday that he would consider Judge the single-season home run champion if Judge gets to 62. Like many others, Maris believes that the records set by Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa deserve asterisks.

McGwire hit 70 home runs in 1998, which is second all time. Sosa hit 66 that season in a battle that took place at the height of the steroid era. Maris Jr. believes that his father is still the real home run king, which is an opinion shared by a lot of people. Judge has now joined his fellow Yankees legend.

One of Maris’ other sons shared his thoughts on Judge’s home run chase earlier in the season.

Video shows how close Blue Jays fans were to catching Aaron Judge home run ball

Blue Jays fans reach for Aaron Judge ball

Aaron Judge on Wednesday tied Roger Maris’ American League record by hitting his 61st home run of the season. The homer came with a runner on in the top of the 7th inning to give his New York Yankees a 5-3 lead against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Judge hit an absolute rope to left field that went just below the stands at Rogers Centre.

The home run ball had the potential to be worth a lot of money. But the two Blue Jays fans sitting where the ball went weren’t able to reach down far enough to catch it.

Since the fans were unable to make the catch, the ball went into the Jays’ bullpen. Their bullpen coach Matt Buschmann is the person who ended up with it. Buschmann turned the ball over to the Yankees and Judge.

Russell Wilson has great response to Eli Manning joke

Russell Wilson with headphones on

Aug 13, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) before the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Manning’s somewhat controversial shot at Russell Wilson attracted the Denver Broncos quarterback’s attention, and he offered his response on Wednesday.

On Monday’s ManningCast, Eli Manning joked that the Broncos “should’ve paid that punter $235 million instead of Russell” in response to Denver’s struggles on offense so far in 2022. On Wednesday, Wilson was asked how he felt about the remark, and he had a great comeback.

“You talking about Chad Powers? I’m 3-0 against Chad Powers,” Wilson remarked.

Wilson is referencing a recent viral video in which Manning donned a disguise and tried out for Penn State’s football team under the alias Chad Powers. Wilson’s memory is a good one, as he is indeed 3-0 head-to-head in his NFL career against Manning.

Wilson added that the joke was “part of the game” and “guys having fun,” which is essentially what Manning said about it as well. The Broncos quarterback clearly wasn’t dwelling on it.

Wilson has a lot more to deal with than a crack by an ex-quarterback. He has shown he is paying attention to criticism, but that is an example of something much more relevant to his play.