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The link between Dolphins’ success and Gesicki involvement. And what Waddle noticed on Tua
09/16/2021 4:13pm

Only three NFL tight ends produced more receiving yards than Mike Gesicki last season. And so when Gesicki played only 21 of Miamis 54 snaps and didnt catch a single Click to Continue

Gonzalo Higuain returns as red-hot Inter Miami faces New York Red Bulls at home Friday
09/16/2021 4:18pm

Phil Neville was thrilled by Christian Makouns game-winning stoppage-time goal Tuesday but the Inter Miami coach would prefer less dramatic victories, beginning Friday night at home against the New York Click to Continue

Former Heat forward Kasib Powell named head coach of team’s G League affiliate
09/16/2021 3:20pm

A familiar face will lead the Miami Heats G League affiliate this season. The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced that Kasib Powell has been promoted from assistant coach to head coach Click to Continue

Dolphins’ opportunistic defense seeks rare success against Josh Allen, Bills offense
09/16/2021 2:23pm

Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard was asked Wednesday about his looming matchup with Buffalo Bills star receiver Stefon Diggs and offered a candid answer. He rattled off a list of the Click to Continue

Miguel Rojas’ contract for 2022 close to being guaranteed. But what about beyond that?
09/16/2021 11:01am

Miguel Rojas has made it clear time and time again: He wants to finish his playing career with the Miami Marlins. The 32-year-old shortstop and father of two has evolved Click to Continue


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Bills, Dolphins Agree: Their Recent History Doesn't Matter
09/16/2021 8:09pm

Dan Marino was 28 when the Buffalo Bills last were in the throes of enjoying such a one-sided series against the Miami Dolphins.It was a while ago: Marino, the Hall of Fame quarterback for Miami, turned 60 this week.The Bills beat the Dolphins six straight times during that run from 1987 through 1989, a streak theyll try to match on Sunday when the AFC East rivals face off. Miami has had almost no answers for Buffalo in the teams last five meetings, with the Bills scoring at least 31 points in each of them including 56 in a most lopsided regular-season finale last winter.It begs the question of whether Buffalo simply has Miamis number right now.I respect where youre coming from with that, but nah, Bills coach Sean McDermott said. Nah.There was a consistency in the themes coming from the respective team camps this week when players and coaches were asked about the Bills 56-26 win back in January, the second-biggest margin of victory Buffalo has ever enjoyed against the Dolphins. Last year was last year, this year is this year, that team was different, this team is different.It didnt go so well, Dolphins coach Brian Flores said, offering an early front-runner in the race for understatement of the year.Division games always matter there are only six of them and this one looms perhaps a bit larger than most, particularly with this only being Week 2. The Dolphins were the only AFC East team to win last week, meaning they can move two games clear of Buffalo in the standings if they finally find a way to solve the Bills hex over them.Its not a grudge match or nothing like that, Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins said. Yeah, its a division game so its important, and its the most important game of the year because its the next one. But were just going to have to prepare well. You cant think about anything else except the task at hand.Its human nature to think that the Dolphins who endured that season-ending loss in western New York last January will want to avenge it on Sunday. But Bills quarterback Josh Allen said his team is in a similar position, not wanting to get off to an 0-2 start.In short, both teams might have a little extra incentive.Theyre 1-0 and were 0-1, Allen said. Weve got to focus on going into a hostile environment and trying to execute.HOME OPENERSThe Dolphins even aided by the South Florida heat and humidity have lost 12 of their last 18 home openers. Theyre 0-2 in home debuts under Flores, falling 31-28 to Buffalo last season and 59-10 to Baltimore in 2019.The Bills are trying to win a third consecutive road opener. It would be their longest such streak since four straight from 1991 through 1994.FLEA FLUNKERSBills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll called a pair of flea flickers against Pittsburgh last weekend.Neither worked.Buffalo was forced to punt in the first half when Allen overthrew Stefon Diggs on the first trickery try, and the other came on fourth-and-1 in the second half when running back Matt Breida was tackled for a 7-yard loss.When you run gadgets and they dont work, no bueno, right Daboll said.JOINED AT THE HIPDolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa who dealt with a serious hip injury in college and has been dogged by questions about durability since has spoken to Washington quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick this week, now that his former Miami teammate is going through a hip issue of his own.Fitzpatricks hip was partially dislocated in Washingtons season opener and he will miss a significant number of weeks.Fitz is going through what hes going through. I wish him the best, Tagovailoa said. I think this is something that hell get through. Knowing the kind of person that Fitz is, hell get through this.UNDER PRESSUREA major area that needed cleanup by the Bills this week was the play of the offensive line. Even after returning all five starters from last seasons team that won the AFC East, the Bills allowed three sacks and were called for holding six times two of those were declined in Week 1.McDermott said it was concerning. Center Mitch Morse indicated it was a wake-up call.I think its a great gut-check, right Morse said. Very frustrating, but we also know this is a great opportunity to learn quite a bit.RESPECTDolphins CB Xavien Howard, who had the forced fumble and recovery that sealed Miamis Week 1 win over New England, had high praise this week for Bills CB TreDavious White.Both are among the NFLs best at that position.Hes a baller, Howard said. He tackles well. He plays the ball. He does a lot of great things well. Hes also quick. Just watching his game I try to watch a lot of guys game, especially when Im playing against them. Each corner, I try to learn from and try to see what they do well.AP Sports Writer John Wawrow in Orchard Park, New York contributed to this report.More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/APNFL

Who Are The Fastest Players In The NFL?
09/16/2021 3:16pm

Who are the fastest players in the NFL originally appeared on NBC Sports ChicagoWant to see these NFL players run into the end zone Want to see them do it againBlink and you might miss some of these speedy skill position players do their best impressions of SpongeBob as the Quickster.The NFL is filled with some of the strongest and fastest humans on Earth, but this group of players manages to leave its opposition in the dust. So which player gets to take the title of fastest player in the NFLNFLs Next Gen Stats offer an answer. They have been tracking ball carrier speed since 2016 and can determine a players top speed with possession. Using their data, here are the fastest players in the league.Who is the fastest player in the NFL for 2021Here are the NFLs fastest ball carriers in the 2021 regular season so far via Next Gen Stats:Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos RB: 21.52 mphSammy Watkins, Baltimore Ravens WR: 21.05 mphDevin Duvernay, Baltimore Ravens WR: 21.01 mphKhalil Herbert, Chicago Bears RB: 20.88 mphDavid Montgomery, Chicago Bears RB: 20.80 mphJoe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals RB: 20.66 mphBrandin Cooks, Houston Texans WR: 20.62 mphHenry Ruggs, Las Vegas Raiders WR: 20.62 mphIsaiah McKenzie, Buffalo Bills WR: 20.52 mphAnthony Schwartz, Cleveland Browns WR: 20.43 mphGordon set the top mark with a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that put a nail in the New York Giants coffin. Cornerback Adoree Jackson nearly caught him at the goal line, but Gordon still blazed his way into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season.The play was also the longest rush in the NFL in Week 1, beating out Montgomerys 41-yard run against the Los Angeles Rams that came in at No. 5 on the list.The second-, third- and fourth-fastest times from Week 1 all came from different play situations. Watkins play came on a reception, Duvernays came on a punt return and Herberts came on a kickoff return.Who was the fastest NFL player in 2020With just a one-week sample size for 2021, the 2020 data offers a more comprehensive glimpse at the fastest players in the league.Here were the NFLs fastest ball carriers for the 2020 regular season via Next Gen Stats:Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers RB: 23.09 mph Week 2Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers RB: 22.73 mph Week 1Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals RB: 22.11 mph Week 6Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts RB: 22.05 mph Week 17Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs WR: 21.91 mph Week 14Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts RB: 21.85 mph Week 13Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders WR: 21.72 mph Week 17Trevon Diggs, Dallas Cowboys CB: 21.72 mph Week 8Michael Davis, Los Angeles Changers CB: 21.68 mph Week 4D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks WR: 21.66 mph Week 7Mosterts top two plays came in consecutive weeks to start out the 2020 season.First came a Week 1 reception against the Arizona Cardinals where he topped out at 22.73 mph for the 49ers first touchdown of the season.The next week, Mostert wasted no time and went even faster.He took the first play from scrimmage to the house, blowing past the New York Jets defense up the right sideline for an 80-yard score.The turf that Mostert shredded on his way to a touchdown turned into a major detriment for the 49ers. Mostert and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo missed multiple weeks with injuries sustained against the Jets in their Week 2 game at MetLife Stadium, while defensive ends Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas suffered season-ending injuries. The 49ers were in East Rutherford, N.J., again the following week to take on the Giants and they once again endured a major injury, this time to tight end Jordan Reed. The injuries continued in a Week 4 Thursday Night Football contest between the Broncos and Jets, and Mostert had seen enough.Mosterts injury woes continued in 2021, as the running back suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 49ers win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.After Mostert, the next-fastest player was Kenyan Drake, who eclipsed 22 mph on a 69-yard touchdown run against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6 of last season.Two prominent receivers also made the top 10 list for 2020. Hill put up his fastest play of the season in Week 14 with a 44-yard touchdown reception in Miami, while Metcalf came in at No. 10 with his 6-yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Cardinals. It was not the most impressive play he made with his wheels in that game, though:Metcalf has also put his speed to the test on the track. He participated in the USA Track and Field Golden Games in May and posted a 10.36-second time in the mens 100m. For context, that time was faster than 15 Olympians from the 100m heats at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Two more players featured in the top 10 from 2020 are cornerbacks. Davis posted his top speed on a 78-yard pick-six, while Diggs came on an interception in the end zone.Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, former Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller and Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown were among the players who just missed the cut for the top 10.Who is the fastest NFL player of all timeNext Gen Stats were not around in the days of Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson or even Chris Johnson. John Ross has the fastest 40-yard dash time in NFL combine history, but that only marks players speeds before they enter the league and electronic timers were introduced in 1999.Theres no empirical way to determine the fastest players prior to 2016, but what we can determine is the fastest ball carrier of the Next Gen Stats era. That distinction belongs to Hill, who got up to 23.24 mph on a kickoff return against the Houston Texans. Hill and Mostert are the only players to exceed 23 mph with the football in their hands since Next Gen Stats started tracking speed.Cheetah reached the end zone on his record-setting play, but what could have been a 105-yard touchdown was brought back because of a penalty in a crucial spot in the game.Hill has made a habit of breezing past defenders during his six NFL seasons, but he has set loftier goals for showcasing his speed. The Chiefs receiver has talked trash to the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt, and the two have even brought up the idea of racing each other.Bolts fastest recorded speed on the track was 27.78 mph during the 100m at the 2009 IAAF World Championships, so its possible Hill could be on the receiving end of a peace sign taunt from Bolt if the two ever went toe-to-toe.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

In-Season Debut of ‘Hard Knocks' to Feature Indianapolis Colts
09/16/2021 2:26pm

In-Season Debut of Hard Knocks to Feature Indianapolis Colts originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonThe series Hard Knocks soon will make its regular season debut.It was announced during halftime of Thursday Night Football that the NFL Films and HBO series, which for the last 20 years has offered a behind-the-scenes look at a team during preseason, will have an in-season edition covering the Indianapolis Colts beginning on Nov. 17.There is added intrigue surrounding the Colts as quarterback Carson Wentz looks to revive his career after being acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason.The Colts announced Thursdays news with a tweet saying The Horseshoe is coming to HardKnocks.NFL Films official Twitter account tweeted a hype video for the planned Hard Knocks announcement earlier in the day, ending with the message Find out where its headed next, and when.Hard Knocks first aired in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens, then followed the Dallas Cowboys in 2002 before a five-year hiatus. The series returned in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs and has run annually ever since. The Cowboys were again featured on the show in 2021, their record third appearance.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Not Lot of Spread for Texas Tech Going Into Game Against FIU
09/16/2021 1:56pm

There are a few simple explanations about why Texas Tech hasnt really spread the ball around that much on offense. Erik Ezukanma makes things look so easy with all those big plays while leading the nation in receiving. Tahj Brooks has more than 100 yards rushing in both games with four touchdowns when he wasnt even expected to be the teams top running back. Plus, the Red Raiders 2-0 just havent run a whole lot of plays. When you only snap it 48 times and 52 times thats not very many plays, especially when youre running the ball with Tahj as well as were running it right now, coach Matt Wells said. Id rather be known as a team that does something really good. And right now were getting it to Erik and hes making plays. So teams need to stop that.Florida International 1-1 faces that task Saturday night in the final non-conference game for the Red Raiders, who held on for a 28-22 win over Stephen F. Austin in their home opener last week.Ezukanma has 13 catches for 323 yards, with six plays of at least 30 yards three of those are at least 50. His 161.5 yards per game are more than twice that of the Big 12s second-leading receiver. Thats a guy that youve got to make sure that somehow, some way youve got somebody on him, FIU coach Butch Davis said. And the thing that makes it very, very difficult is that they do have a very good, physical, strong, powerful running back.The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Brooks has stepped up with junior SaRodorick Thompson, the Red Raiders top rusher that past two seasons, recovering from shoulder surgery. Wells said last week that Thompson was cleared for contact, but gave no new updates going into the third game. The coach had said after Thompsons surgery in April that the projected recovery time would be the first three weeks of the season. Dvonte Price has 276 yards rushing and three TDs for FIU, but fumbled twice in their overtime loss at home to Texas State. He turned the ball over on third-and-goal from the 2, and fumbled at the end of a 15-yard run to start the fourth quarter. Both times he had both hands over the ball and somebody came from the side and punched it out, Davis said. He was trying to protect the ball.The Panthers, who didnt force any turnovers, had a third fumble when quarterback Max Bortenschlager was sacked and lost the ball on their possession to start overtime. TEXAS TWO-STEPSThe 329 receiving yards by Ezukanma, who broke his arm at the end of spring drills, are the most in the first two games of a season for the Red Raiders since 2011. Brooks 237 yards on the ground are the most this early since they moved to a spread offense in 2000.NO P5 BOOST The Panthers won their last game against a Power Five opponent, but have lost eight of nine games overall since that win over instate foe Miami in November 2019. They lost their final two games in 2019, and went 0-5 in a pandemic-shortened 2020 schedule. Their only win since was 48-10 over lower-division Long Island in this years opener. HOME SWEET HOMEThe Red Raiders have won their last 13 non-conference home games, and 38 of 39 since 2002. The only loss in that span was to Arkansas in 2014.ACTIVE TACKLERTexas Tech super senior linebacker Colin Schooler is the national active leader for tackles 375 and tackles for loss 51. Schooler was a three-year starter at Arizona, but went to Tech as a graduate transfer just before last season after the Pac-12 initially opted against playing in 2020 because of the pandemic before a late fall start. FIRST FOR BUTCHDavis has never before faced a Big 12 opponent in his 168 games over 15 seasons as a college head coach: at Miami 1995-2000, North Carolina 2007-10 or FIU since 2017. This trip takes him back to Texas, where he was an assistant for the NFLs Dallas Cowboys from 1989-94, and part of two Super Bowl championships.More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/APTop25. Sign up for the APs college football newsletter: https://apnews.com/cfbtop25

USWNT Players Association Calls USSF's Identical Deals Proposal a ‘PR Stunt'
09/16/2021 1:21pm

The United States Womens National Team Players Association called out the U.S. Soccer Federations offer for identical contracts for mens and womens players on Wednesday as a PR stunt.The USSF announced its proposal on Tuesday with the hopes of getting USMNT and USWNT players under the same collective bargaining agreement.The USSF later countered the USWNTPAs statement, saying that its proposal was real, authentic and in good faith.Disputes between the USWNT and USSF are not new. The USWNT sued the federation in 2019 for gender discrimination in pay and playing conditions. The lawsuit was later dismissed and the USWNT has since appealed.USWNT star forward Alex Morgan said she is cautiously optimistic about negotiations with the USSF.We still need to chat about the statement given by U.S. Soccer, but any commitment to equal pay publicly is good, Morgan said Wednesday. However, we need to look line by line at what theyre actually providing, because if you have equal, but its not even what we got before, or to the value that we are, then we still consider that to be not good enough.She continued to say that the USWNT does not want to enter 2022 without a deal in place.We dont want to start the new year without a new CBA in effect, so thats the No. 1 priority of our PA, of our legal team, she said. Looking at the USSF statements, its difficult to say, we want to feel encouraged and we want to be optimistic, but we have seen a lot of statements before.The USWNTs agreement expires at the end of 2021, while the USMNT has been under the rules of a deal that expired in 2018.The 24 teams that participated in the 2019 Womens World Cup shared a prize pool of $30 million. By comparison, the 32 mens teams that participated in the 2018 World Cup split a prize pool of $400 million, with the title-winning France team bringing home $38 million h/t Goal.com. Fans chanted equal pay as the USWNT won the 2019 Womens World Cup.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

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