NFL teams can only hold so many padded practices during the season, per the collective bargaining agreement, and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said the Raiders used theirs last this week. A main reason: Derrick Henry, the Titans running back that Guenther’s defense will be trying to bring down Sunday. “You have to make sure that you’re tackling and doing those things in practice,” Guenther said, “because he is a good back. He’s a big, hard-running guy.” Indeed, Henry is big - at 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds - and hard to stop. In his last three games, all Titans wins, Henry has rushed for 496 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per carry. It makes for a matchup Sunday in Oakland of two physical rushing offenses featuring lead backs who played at Alabama. Henry, the fourth-year back who won a Heisman Trophy with the Crimson Tide in 2015, ranks third in the league in rushing with 1,140 yards this season. Josh Jacobs, the rookie first-round pick of the … [Read more...] about Raiders brace for Titans running game, led by ‘machine’ Derrick Henry
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Dan Woike asked NBA players to tell us about the best game in their basketball career. This week: Dwight HowardMarch 21, 2018: Charlotte 111, Brooklyn 10532 points, 30 reboundsAn All-Star eight times, an All-NBA center eight times, a three-time defensive player of the year, Dwight Howard is now an energy-bringing rim protector coming off the Lakers bench, trying to salvage his Hall of Fame career. While his best days were as a young center with springs in the backs of his legs, it wasn’t that long ago when he turned a game that defines dominance for a center. Thirty points and 30 rebounds in the same game has only happened 155 times (the majority belonging to Wilt Chamberlain), and late in 2018, Dwight Howard grabbed a piece of history. Advertisement “I don’t think I’ve (had my best game ever) yet. Until now? It was probably the game where I had 32 points and 30 rebounds. It was against the Brooklyn Nets. I wasn’t thinking about it. Once you start … [Read more...] about Best Game Ever: Dwight Howard’s 30-30 game for Hornets against Nets in 2018
Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal less than two minutes into the third period and the Washington Capitals beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in a physical battle Friday night.Travis Boyd and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for Washington. Braden Holtby had 24 saves.Ryan Getzlaf and Adam Henrique scored for Anaheim. Ryan Miller had 33 saves.The game comes two weeks after the Capitals’ Garnet Hathaway was given a three-game suspension for spitting on the Ducks’ Erik Gudbranson after the players paired off late in Washington’s 5-2 home victory. Advertisement Gudbranson and Hathaway squared off twice Friday, with the first confrontation in the second period stopped immediately by referees. They matched up again with 16:54 remaining in the game, with Gudbranson dragging Hathaway to the ice before referees intervened.The second confrontation between Gudbranson and Hathaway came shortly after Vrana put the Capitals ahead for good, giving Washington its sixth consecutive victory and … [Read more...] about Ducks let Capitals slip in away at the end in physical game
close Video 'Game of Thrones' fans' petition for final season do-over hits milestone Following the penultimate episode of the massively popular HBO series 'Game of Thrones,' a Change.org petition has surfaced urging the network to 'remake 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 with competent writers.' The petition has already gained more than 350,000 signatures from disgruntled viewers who were upset with Daenerys Targaryen's big twist in the penultimate episode, where the mother of dragons burned Kings Landing to the ground. Daenerys Targaryen’s siege on King’s Landing left "Game of Thrones" fans horrified as she burned innocent civilians alive. The fierce leader, played by Emilia Clarke, took her quest for power to disturbing heights – literally in this case, from atop her dragon. Many fans felt the descent into bloodlust was a bolt from the blue and claimed show bosses didn’t pave the way for a switch of such magnitude. 'GAME OF THRONES' FANS FURIOUS … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners explain Daenerys’ downward spiral in final season
For the second time in three years, the SEC has a legitimate chance to get two teams in the college football playoff. Alabama and Georgia both made the playoff in 2017, and ultimately met in the national championship game. The SEC will also get two teams in the playoff this year if Georgia beats LSU in the SEC championship game Saturday. But, can the Bulldogs pull it off? (RELATED: SEC Week 12 Preview And Predictions: The End Of An Era)Now, I haven’t been high on Georgia this year. I’ve picked against them three times in our weekly picks, and have been wrong all three times. The Bulldogs are admittedly tough to watch. They don’t score a lot, and quarterback Jake Fromm has struggled to find a rhythm with his young receivers. However, Georgia still finished the regular season 11-1 thanks to a dynamic running game and a suffocating defense. That defense is about to face its toughest test of the season when presumptive Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow leads his dynamic … [Read more...] about SEC Championship Game Preview And Prediction: Can The League Get Two In The Playoff?