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UConn women’s basketball freshman Azzi Fudd partners with Chipotle in name, image and likeness deal
09/28/2021 1:07pm

UConn womens basketball freshman guard Azzi Fudd has partnered with Chipotle as one of the companys first college athlete ambassadors, joining Georgia softball star Jaiden Fields.

Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones wins WNBA MVP as Brionna Jones, Curt Miller take home Most Improved Player, Coach of the Year
09/28/2021 9:23am

Jonquel Jones was named WNBA MVP on Tuesday after catapulting the No. 1 Connecticut Sun to a 26-6 regular-season record, No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs and championship favorites heading into the postseason.

NFL power rankings, Week 3: Rams and Bills enter top tier, Ravens hold steady and AFC West continues to impress
09/28/2021 6:00am

Despite losing this weekend, the Buccaneers and Chiefs remain the teams to beat while the Ravens remain at No. 6 after eking out a win over the winless Lions.

Udoka misses Celtics media day recovering from COVID-19, to be ready for camp
09/27/2021 7:14pm

Celtics coach Ime Udoka will have to wait one more day to get together with his new team. He tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19 this month and was in his last day of isolation when the team convened for media day Monday. Udoka, who is vaccinated, will be able to preside over the first day of training camp Tuesday.

Everything you need to know about the Connecticut Sun’s semifinal series against the Chicago Sky in the WNBA playoffs
09/27/2021 6:14pm

Having secured the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and a double-bye through to the WNBA semifinals, the time has come for the Connecticut Sun, eyeing the franchises first title, to show what theyre made of in Game 1 Tuesday night.

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Dak Prescott, Sam Darnold to Face Off in Potential Comeback Player of the Year Battle
09/28/2021 11:57am

Prescott, Darnold to Face Off in Potential Comeback Player of the Year Battle originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonThe 2021 NFL season is finally in full swing, as contenders start to separate themselves from pretenders entering Week 4. The Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers are hoping to cement themselves in the contender category when they face off at AT&T Stadium this Sunday.Dallas, at 2-1, leads the NFC East after consecutive convincing wins over the Los Angeles Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles. Carolina, at 3-0, is undefeated through three weeks for the first time since 2015.But the bigger story is the quarterback battle between the Cowboys Dak Prescott and the Panthers Sam Darnold.Prescott is less than a year removed from a gruesome ankle injury suffered last October. Through three games, he has six touchdowns, two interceptions and 878 passing yards with a career-best 77.8 completion percentage.Darnold was cast off by the New York Jets of all teams following three rocky seasons to start his career. Hes been a steady signal-caller so far in Carolina, with six total touchdowns three rushing and just one interception.Prescott and Darnolds strong play to start the 2021 season has them among the early favorites to win Comeback Player of the Year. Quarterbacks often win this award after major injuries or changing teams, and both of these players fit the bill. Alex Smith injury, Ryan Tannehill team change and Andrew Luck injury have won it the last three years, respectively.Sundays Cowboys-Panthers game could go a long way to determining who wins Comeback Player of the Year. While its still extremely early in the season especially since theres now an extra game voters will remember if Prescott or Darnold significantly outplays the other in a head-to-head matchup.

NFL Schedule Week 4: Game Times, How to Watch on TV and More
09/08/2021 1:38pm

The NFL is entering the second month of the 2021 season, and the first full day of action in October features one of the most anticipated matchups in recent history.Tom Brady will be returning to his old home of Gillette Stadium to take on his former coach, Bill Belichick, and former team, the New England Patriots. This matchup has been circled since the NFL schedule was released, and fans will be treated to Bradys homecoming under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football.For the fourth straight week, all 32 teams will be in action for Week 4 of the NFL season with two more weeks before teams begin going on byes.Heres a breakdown of the matchups to keep an eye on in Week 4.Thursday Night Football: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati BengalsThe last two No. 1 overall draft picks will square off for the first time in Cincinnati on Thursday.Trevor Lawrence was the undisputed top prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft and was selected with the first pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. It has been a rough start for Lawrence and new head coach Urban Meyer, as the Jags are 0-3 to start the season with three double-digit losses.In Cincy, Joe Burrow and Co. have gotten off to a strong start. The No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft returned from a knee injury and has led the Bengals to a 2-1 record with wins over the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers.Find all NFL Week 3 results here.NFL Week 4 Sunday Afternoon MatchupsThe fourth Sunday of the NFL season begins with nine 1 p.m. ET kickoffs.The New Orleans Saints will return to Caesars Superdome for the first time this season to host the New York Giants. They played their first home game of the season in Jacksonville due to Hurricane Ida and crushed the Green Bay Packers in a Week 1 rout.The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles will look to snap their respective two-game losing streaks when they square off at Lincoln Financial Field. Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields will aim for his first win as a starter when his team hosts the Detroit Lions, who are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens that ended with a record-breaking field goal from Justin Tucker. In Dallas, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys will welcome the undefeated Carolina Panthers to Dallas.After the wave of nine 1 p.m. ET kickoffs, four more games will take place in the later afternoon slate.There are two showdowns between teams in the dominant NFC West. It will be a battle of unbeatens in L.A. when the Los Angeles Rams take on the Arizona Cardinals. Across the state, the San Francisco 49ers will welcome the reeling Seattle Seahawks.Another undefeated team will be in action when the Denver Broncos host the Ravens. The final matchup in the 4 p.m. ET window pins two historic franchises when the Steelers head to Lambeau Field to battle the Packers.Sunday Night Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England PatriotsTom Brady. Bill Belichick. Two GOATs that spent 20 years together will face off for the first time on Sunday Night Football.Bradys Bucs come to Foxboro as the defending Super Bowl champions. They brought back all 22 starters from their title-winning team, including another ex-Patriot in Rob Gronkowski. After beginning the season 2-0, the team was dealt its first loss of the season in Week 3 against the Rams.Belichicks squad has had a rough go of it to begin the 2021 season. The Patriots fumbled away their season opener against the Miami Dolphins before bouncing back with a 25-6 win over the dismal New York Jets. They returned to Foxboro in Week 3 and rookie QB Mac Jones threw the first three interceptions of his NFL career in a 28-13 loss to the Saints.Sundays primetime matchup could be the final time Brady plays in Foxboro, though there are no signs that the QB is slowing down.Monday Night Football: Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles ChargersThe AFC West was just as stellar as the NFC West in September, and two of the top teams in the division are facing off in L.A. on Monday Night Football.Derek Carr and the undefeated Las Vegas Raiders began their season with a thrilling overtime victory over the Ravens on Monday Night Football. They have since beaten the Steelers and Dolphins to get to 3-0, giving them a share of the division lead with the Broncos.Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers are coming off one of the most impressive wins in the young 2021 NFL season, beating Patrick Mahomes and the defending AFC champion Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. A win could be crucial for the Chargers to keep up in a loaded AFC West.Check out the full 2021 Week 4 NFL schedule in the table above. Watch all Week 4 games online at FuboTV free trial here.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Watch NBC's Epic Promo for Tom Brady Vs. Patriots Game Featuring Adele
09/28/2021 10:26am

Watch NBCs Epic Promo for Tom Brady vs. Pats Game Featuring Adele originally appeared on NBC Sports BostonTom Bradys historic return to Gillette Stadium to play against his former team, the New England Patriots, is not just another game.Need an exampleCheck out this NBC promo for the upcoming Sunday Night Football matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Patriots, featuring Adeles hit song, Hello.Emotions will be running high when Brady comes back to the place he spent the first 20 years of his legendary NFL career and won six Super Bowl titles.Brady reveals what he expects from Patriots fans in return to Gillette StadiumEven though Patriots fans want to see their team bounce back from a tough Week 3 loss and beat Bradys Bucs, you can bet the 44-year-old quarterback will receive a very warm reception from those in attendance.Kickoff is scheduled 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC, with coverage beginning at 6:30p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston with Pregame Live.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Eli Manning Flips Double Bird on Live TV During Eagles-Cowboys
09/28/2021 12:09am

The Dallas Cowboys werent the only ones to havefun with somebirds on Monday Night Football.Giants legend Eli Manning, who had his ownfair share of battles in the City of Brotherly Love, showedall of America his two middle fingers on ESPNs alternate ManningCastof the Eagles-Cowboys game.While discussing his experience playing in Lincoln Financial Field with former Eagle Chris Long, Manning explained how 9-year-old kids would flip him off while he played in Philly. So Manning got a little bit of revenge of his own.So you go to Philly andyoure getting the double-bird right away from a 9-year-old kid. I would give the bird. I dont know.Can you do that Manning said on the broadcast. See if you can blur that out, rightESPNs ManningCast continues to captivate audiences early in the football season and it remains to be seen how the network will respond to Mannings viral moment. To be fair, Manning apologized immediately after the commercial break.Hopefully, Eli and Peyton can continue to make things interesting, especially considering the lack of competition in the Cowboys 41-21 drubbing of the Eagles in primetime.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

NFL Rookie QB Rankings: Trey Lance Rises as Others Struggle
09/27/2021 2:52pm

Where Lance sits in rookie QB rankings after others struggle originally appeared on NBC Sports BayareaThis just in: playing quarterback in the NFL is hard.It was a brutal Sunday for the 2021 QB class as Mac Jones, Zach Wilson and Trevor Lawrence threw seven interceptions combined and were sacked 10 times. Justin Fields, meanwhile, was sacked nine times and threw for just 68 yards.Down in Santa Clara, Trey Lance got three more snaps and found the end zone again as he works to earn more playing time for the 49ers.After a horrific Sunday, here is where the five first-round rookies stand, and yes, someone has to be No. 1.RELATED: Schrocks observations: Did Jimmy Gs blunder open door for Lance5. Zach WilsonStats: 55.2 percent completion rate, 628 yards, two touchdown passes, seven interceptionsWilsons early-season struggles are 100 percent on the Jets organization. When the Jets drafted Wilson at No. 2 overall and deemed him ready to be the Day 1 starter, they did so believing they had the infrastructure around the BYU product to guide him through the rigors of a 17-game rookie season.So far, that has not been the case.Through three games, Wilson has been hit 25 times, sacked 15 times, hurried 14 times and pressured a total of 33 times. His 27 percent pressure rate is the second-most for any quarterback who has started all three games. Six of Wilsons seven interceptions and 11 of the QB hits have come against just a four-man rush.The Jets are pitiful. They are averaging just 6.7 points per game and allowing five sacks per contest.Wilson already is starting to develop bad habits. Hes holding onto the ball too long, throwing off his back foot and panicking early on in the play. All of that is a product of the Jets horrid offensive line and a skill group that has a case of the drops and cant gain yards on the ground.Its been all bad for Zach Wilson, but its not all his fault.4. Trey LanceStats: 1-for-1, 5 yards, one touchdown four rushes, 3 yards, one touchdownThis is as high as I can put Lance with just seven snaps under his belt.On Sunday, Lance entered on fourth-and-goal right before the half and took a designed QB run behind Trent Williams for a 1-yard score. He also was used as a decoy as the 49ers had the rookie in the shotgun but motioned fullback Kyle Juszczyk under center for a sneak. Lance also threw an incomplete pass to Brandon Aiyuk in the end zone, but the Green Bay Packers were flagged for defensive holding.I expect Lance to start getting more snaps, but for now, he cant be any higher than four.3. Justin FieldsStats: 40.0 percent completion rate, 138 yards, one interception 14 rushes, 46 yards, one touchdownJustin Fields was given absolutely no chance to succeed in his first career NFL start on Sunday in Cleveland. When the dust settled, Fields threw for just 68 yards, 1 net passing yard and was sacked nine times.There were a few reads Fields missed and he has to get quicker, especially behind that putrid offensive line.But one would have expected Matt Nagy to know the Bears would struggle to block Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney coming in, and therefore have a game plan to help his rookie quarterback out. We thought wed see Fields on the move with bootlegs, play-action and moving pockets.But there was virtually none of that.Fields showed his inexperience, but the Bears have to put him in a position to succeed.Not even that was in the game plan Sunday.2. Trevor LawrenceStats: 54.2 percent completion rate, 669 yards, five touchdown passes and seven interceptionsLike Wilson and Fields, Lawrence also has turn styles blocking for him, especially at the tackle position. The No. 1 overall pick now has thrown at least two interceptions in each of his first three games, joining Peyton Manning, Troy Aikman, Jim Zorn and Blake Bortles as the only quarterbacks to do since the 1970 merger.Despite the seven interceptions, Lawrence continues to take chances down the field. He entered Sundays game with the fourth-best average depth of target in the NFL.Urban Meyer has failed Lawrence early on, so the struggles shouldnt come as a surprise. But Lawrence makes a few throws every game that remind you of the elite talent he has. The Jags just have to help him out.1. Mac JonesStats: 67.5 percent completion rate, two touchdowns and three interceptionsIt was a rough Week 3 for Jones, who had been steady in his first two NFL starts. The Saints made life miserable for Jones on Sunday, as the rookie threw three interceptions, was sacked twice and hit 11 times.On throws past 20 yards, Jones was 1-for-12 with an interception. On throws that were at least 15 yards down the field, Jones was 3-for-19 with a touchdown and two interceptions.The numbers are awful. But the Patriots scheme did Jones no favors as their inability to run the ball constantly put the rookie behind the sticks and Jones was under fire all game without Trent Brown on the offensive line.Jones interceptions werent all on him, though. One bounced off the hands of tight end Jonnu Smith, one occurred when Jones was hit as he was throwing and the third was a product of a miscommunication between Jones and Nelson Agholor.Jones has to read defenses quicker, especially without Brown protecting him. But the Patriots also have to find ways to scheme their receivers open and get yards after the catch.Jones is still on top through three weeks, but he is just a point guard right now. One that needs some help.Download and follow the 49ers Talk Podcast

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