Thursday, March 22, 2018

Report: Tramon Williams to sign two-year contract with Packers

Tramon Williams was a member of the Packers from 2007-2014

Tramon Williams is back with the Green Bay Packers. According to former Green Bay Packers wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst James Jones, the Packers will sign Williams to a two-year contract. The exact details of the contract have yet to be released, but it's likely he will finish his career with the Packers.
Williams started his career with the Houston Texas in 2006 but he did not see any playing time. He joined the Packers in 2007 and was on the roster for eight seasons. During his time with the Packers, Williams recorded 114 passes defended and 28 interceptions. His best season came in 2010 as he posted 20 passes defended and six interceptions. He reached the Pro Bowl that season and helped the Packers win the Super Bowl.
From 2015-2016, Williams played for the Browns and did not have the same success. In 22 games with the Browns, the Louisiana Tech alum recorded 14 passes defended and two interceptions. He was cut from the Browns back in February 2017. Williams then signed with the Arizona Cardinals and had one of his better seasons, recording two interceptions and 10 pass breakups. Since 2006, Williams has recorded eight seasons with at least 10 interceptions and pass breakups, and that ties him for the most for any NFL player during that span.
This was a much-needed move for the Packers since they have yet to sign a veteran free-agent cornerback. During the course of free-agency, the Packers have targeted Trumaine Johnson, talked to Bashaud Breeland and even tried to sign Kyle Fuller away from the Chicago Bears. But Johnson ended up signing with the New York Jets, Breeland is dealing with a serious injury and the Bears matched the Packers' offer for Fuller.
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Last week, the Packers traded Damarious Randall to the Cleveland Browns and Morgan Burnett signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. That left Quinten Rollins and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as the most experienced defensive backs on the roster. Williams, 35, is not the same player he was before leaving the Packers, but he's very consistent who doesn't make a lot of mistakes. Also, Williams will be a strong mentor for Kevin King who the Packers drafted in the second round last year. But even with the addition of Williams, it would not be a surprise if the Packers sign another cornerback this offseason. And it's also clear the Packers will draft a cornerback in the early rounds of the draft.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Eli Manning unequivocal in plan to play in 2018 - ESPN

Eli Manning unequivocal in plan to play in 2018 - ESPN

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eli Manning is facing plenty of unknowns about his future. Whether he is going to retire is not among them. Despite his future with the New York Giants potentially being in limbo, Manning intends to be on some team's roster in 2018. Editor's Picks Geno Smith has uninspiring performance in place of Eli Manning There was a new look to the Giants offense, but pretty much the same old results as Geno Smith did little to light a spark against the Raiders. Rivers passes benched Eli on touchdown list With a third-quarter strike against the Browns, Philip Rivers recorded his 335th career touchdown pass, pushing him past the Giants' Eli Manning for seventh all time. Sources: Giants may fire McAdoo by Monday Giants coach Ben McAdoo could be fired in the 24 hours after Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, league sources told ESPN. "I plan on playing next season," Manning said twice Sunday after the Giants' 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders. The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback will turn 37 next month and saw his streak of 210 consecutive regular-season starts end Sunday, when he was replaced by Geno Smith. Smith threw for 212 yards with a touchdown in the loss, while Manning spent the afternoon on the sideline, helping his teammates when possible. He spent most of the afternoon alongside rookie Davis Webb analyzing the Giants' play calls. Losing his starting role apparently hasn't swayed Manning's desire to play, even if he says he has not fully contemplated his future. "No, there is no point," Manning said. "I can't control what is going to happen. Just finish out this season in whatever capacity they need me to do and go from there." Several factors could play heavily into Manning's future. The Giants are going to be selecting near the top of the 2018 draft and could take a quarterback. One of USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen will likely be within their reach, if those players declare for the draft. Manning has a no-trade clause that puts the cards in his hands about where he could land. He could force the Giants into a decision by March 18, when he is due a $5 million roster bonus. It's not out of the question that Manning still could return to the Giants despite the events of this week. Manning said he is "not mad at anybody" after a tumultuous week that saw him lose his starting job and get emotional while speaking about it at his locker. A lot will likely change with the Giants before Manning's future can take shape. General manager Jerry Reese's job status is believed to be in jeopardy, and coach Ben McAdoo could be fired as early as Monday. "I don't want that. I don't want anybody to get fired," Manning said. "When a coach gets fired, it's usually because the team, the players and myself haven't performed up to our duties. I don't want to see that. So I hope there is no truth to it." In the meantime, Manning is the backup to Smith and a mentor to Webb. He is trying to be the best teammate possible under the circumstances. "I knew once it got to [Sunday], I'd be a good teammate," Manning said. "I'd support all the guys, be ready to play if I was called upon, support Geno, support the offensive guys, do what I had to do if I saw something that I would need to tell them. "When I look back at the amount of people that reached out to me this week, the importance of being a good teammate hit home. All the old teammates that have reached out to me, called me, I appreciate their support, I appreciate the things they say, and it has kind of helped me get through these past couple days, these tough days. It kind of reminded me I need to be a good teammate to everybody here and do my part."

Sunday, December 3, 2017

UAAP: Ateneo dethrones La Salle to claim UAAP crown

UAAP: Ateneo dethrones La Salle to claim UAAP crown
The victorious Ateneo Blue Eagles pose for a group photo as they celebrate their latest UAAP men's basketball championship. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) For the second consecutive game, it looked as though Ateneo de Manila University was about to waste a double-digit advantage against De La Salle University in the UAAP Season 80 finals.
This time around, however, the Blue Eagles proved to have enough in the tank to battle past the Green Archers and emerge as the champions of the men's basketball tournament.
In a remarkably well-fought game that featured seven deadlocks and seven lead changes, the Blue Eagles fended off the Green Archers, 88-86, in the do-or-die Game 3 of the best-of-three finals to dethrone their rivals and annex the UAAP crown.
It was Ateneo's first UAAP title since Season 75, when they won the last of five consecutive championships.
A sellout crowd of 22,012 fans watched at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday as the Blue Eagles surged to an early 10-point lead at the end of the first frame, only for the Green Arches to claw their way back again as they did in Game 2 of the series. By the end of the third period, the two squads were back to square one as they were knotted up at 66-all.
There, the execution and hard work that abandoned the Blue Eagles in their Game 2 meltdown came to their rescue. Offensive rebounds by Thirdy Ravena and Chibueze Ikeh led to booming triples by Matt Nieto and Anton Asistio, respectively.
Those three-point bombs touched off a 14-2 run that turned a slim 68-66 deficit into a 10-point lead, 80-70, with just 4:06 to play as the Blue Eagles appeared ready to run away with the crown.
Yet as they did in Game 2, La Salle showed that they had no intention of relinquishing the crown that easily. A triple by Aljun Melecio touched off a 10-2 run for the defending champions, with reigning MVP Ben Mbala coming through with a three-point play, and Andrei Caracut knocking down the triple that made it a two-point game, 82-80, with still 48.9 seconds left to play.
There was no panic shown by Ateneo, however. Out of a timeout, they put the ball in the hands of Ravena, who ran a picture-perfect pick-and-roll with Isaac Go. The big man, as he has time and again this season, found himself open from beyond the arc. And just as he did against Far Eastern University in the Final 4, Go did not hesitate in letting it fly.
His shot hit nothing but net, giving the Blue Eagles an 85-80 cushion with 24.7 seconds left to play.
Out of a timeout, La Salle tried to go to Mbala but the Cameroonian star lost the ball, and Ateneo's Ikeh forced a jump ball with the possession heading to the Blue Eagles. That led to a split at the line for Asistio that made it 86-80, and La Salle halved that lead when Melecio drilled a triple with 5.6 seconds to go.
But Matt Nieto coolly knocked down a pair of clutch free throws with 4.3 seconds left, and while Andrei Caracut's triple at the buzzer counted, it had no impact on the final score as the Blue Eagles celebrated at the Big Dome.
Ravena finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals, en route to winning Finals MVP honors – an award that his celebrated older brother, Kiefer, never won in his own stellar collegiate career.
Nieto, Ateneo's hard-working point guard, had 14 points, while Ikeh tallied 12 points and 13 rebounds and heard the Ateneo gallery chant his name at the end of the contest. Asistio contributed 11 points, while Go scored seven points – including the dagger – in just 12 minutes off action.
Mbala, the two-time MVP, had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Green Archers, while Melecio finished with 16 points. Ricci Rivero, one of the heroes in La Salle's Game 2 win, had 14 points, and Caracut finished with 13 markers.
However, outside of Mbala, the Green Archers struggled with their shooting. As a team, La Salle shot 40.51% from the field, but they allowed the Blue Eagles to convert 42.67% of their own shots. They also failed to find their mark from beyond the arc, making only eight of 33 three-pointers.
La Salle worked their way back in the game in the second quarter due to their hard work on the glass, and indeed they finished with 30 second-chance points. However, they were beaten to the ball by Ateneo in crucial possessions in the fourth frame, allowing the Blue Eagles to build a cushion that was safe even against the explosive Green Archers.
This was Ateneo's ninth UAAP crown overall, and first since 2012.
The scores:
ATENEO 88 — Ravena 17, Ma. Nieto 14, Ikeh 12, Asistio 11, Tolentino 9, Go 7, Verano 6, Mendoza 5, Black 4, Mamuyac 3, Mi. Nieto 0.
LA SALLE 86 — Mbala 19, Melecio 16, R. Rivero 14, Caracut 13, Santillan 11, Tratter 4, Go 3, Montalbo 3, P. Rivero 2, Tero 1, Baltazar 0.
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Liverpool warned Mohamed Salah will not be at Anfield for long

Former Tottenham strker Mido believes Liverpool will struggle to keep hold of Mohamed Salah - because he will join Real Madrid.
The Egyptian winger is the Premier League's leading goalscorer after bagging another brace against Southampton on Saturday.
Salah only arrived at Anfield in the summer but countryman Mido believes he may not be at Anfield for long, reports the Liverpool Echo.
In a series of tweets, Mido congratulated Salah on his latest performance.

No other player in Liverpool history has more at this stage of their Anfield career.
Salah signed a five-year deal with the Reds back in June.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Neymar 'Welcome at Real Madrid,' Says Brazil Team-Mate Casemiro

Neymar 'Welcome at Real Madrid,' Says Brazil Team-Mate Casemiro
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 31: Neymar Jr of PSG during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and RSC Anderlecht at Parc des Princes on October 31, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has said his Brazil team-mate Neymar will "always be welcome" at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He added he hopes Neymar will one day join him at Real amid ongoing rumours that the £200 million superstar is unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain, per Sport: "Neymar is a crack. He knows what he's doing, he's a great player and he will always be welcome at Real Madrid. I hope he comes, but he's happy at his club."
Neymar, 25, only joined PSG from Real's rivals Barcelona in the summer, but there have been numerous recent reports indicating he is unsettled at the Parc des Princes.
Joaquim Piera of Sport recently explained Neymar is "not comfortable" at PSG, lacks motivation for Ligue 1 due to its uncompetitive nature and lacks belief in manager Unai Emery.
Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Casemiro celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs UD Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS        (Photo
The former Santos man recently denied the claims in a tearful press conference following Brazil's friendly defeat of Japan.
He hit back at the accusations, including his apparent rift with Emery and team-mate Edinson Cavani, per Reuters:
"I don't like whispers and stories so it's better that you hear it from the horses mouth. I don't have any problems at PSG, the only thing that bothers me is the pressure from the media. I‘m a guy who likes to win, I like winning titles and that's why I came to PSG.
"I‘m very happy, I‘m motivated. They are inventing stories which aren't true, I don't have any problems with Edinson Cavani or with my coach. I came to help and to be happy, I didn't come to upset anyone or cause trouble."
Casemiro is not the first Real star to say Neymar would be welcome at the Bernabeu. 
Los Blancos and Spain skipper Sergio Ramos recently said he would like Neymar at Real as he is one of the best players in the world, per Cadena Ser's El Larguero programme (via Sky Sports News).
And there is little doubt Neymar would be a stunning addition to the current Real squad, not least as he could potentially be the perfect successor to 32-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Iker Casillas' beautiful tweet to Gianluigi Buffon after seeing his heartbreaking interview

Gianluigi Buffon’s last match in football was supposed to be the World Cup final in Russia with the legendary goalkeeper lifting the trophy before retiring.
But that won’t be the case after Italy failed to even qualify for next summer’s tournament after losing 1-0 during a two-legged play-off with Sweden.
It means we will have a World Cup without Italy and, ultimately, without Buffon.
With the 39-year-old already suggesting that this current season will be his last, many football fans already knew that if Italy failed to get the better of Sweden, Buffon would be announcing his retirement.
And that’s exactly what happened just moments after the referee blew the final whistle at the San Siro, confirming Italy would miss their first World Cup since 1958.
During a pitch-side interview with Italian TV, Buffon couldn’t hold back the tears as he confirmed his retirement.
"I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football,” an emotional Buffon said.
“We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There's regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.
“I’m leaving an Italy side that will know how to speak for itself. Hugs to everyone, especially those I've shared this wonderful journey with.”
Seeing Buffon in tears like this has devastated many football fans.
But it’s not just football fans that were moved by Buffon’s tears, it seems.
That’s because a fellow legendary goalkeeper took to Twitter to show the Italian some support on Monday night. That man was Iker Casillas.
Spain v Italy - UEFA EURO 2012 Final

Iker Casillas' tweet to Buffon

The Spaniard wrote a message of support that translates roughly as: “I don’t like to see you like this. I see you how many other still see you: a legend. I’m proud to know you and proud to have faced you many times. You can still delight us in friendly football!”
Take a look:
Beautiful. Just beautiful. From one goalkeeping legend to another.
Incidentally, it was Casillas’ Spanish side that topped the World Cup qualifying group meaning Italy had to drop into the playoffs. However, they were fully expected to beat Sweden during the two-legs but failed to score over the course of 180 minutes.
As a result, we will never see Buffon play for his country ever again after earning 175 caps for the Azzurri.

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LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Players Released, Flying Home from China

LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Players Released, Flying Home from China
LiAngelo Ball (third from left)
LiAngelo Ball (third from left)Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images
UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who were arrested in China on charges of shoplifting, have been allowed to return to the United States on Tuesday.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott released a statement Tuesday, confirming the players are on a flight back to Los Angeles, via Tyson Alger of The Oregonian:
Mark Dreyer of reported that all charges were dropped against the trio and that they were not officially deported from the country.
James T. Areddy of the Wall Street Journal first reported the news of the players' exit from China. President Donald Trump had said he was working with Chinese president Xi Jinping on having the players returned to the United States.

Trump discussed the matter with Xi during his two-day trip to Beijing, which came as part of a 12-day tour of Asia. A U.S. official told David Nakamura and Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post that Xi promised the players would be treated "fairly and expeditiously."
Ball, Riley and Hill are accused of attempting to steal sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near their team hotel in Hangzhou. UCLA was in China for an exhibition matchup against Georgia Tech. The players were held in the hotel and not allowed to travel back to the United States with the team.
"I'm going to wait until I get more intel on what's going on," LaVar Ball said following his son's arrest, per Arash Markazi of "He'll be fine. Everyone's making it a big deal. It ain't that big a deal."
LiAngelo Ball is the brother of former UCLA point guard and current Los Angeles Laker Lonzo Ball. Lonzo told reporters LaVar called him and asked him to not worry too much about the situation.
"My dad did call me but didn't leave me much information," Lonzo Ball said. "He just said, 'Be ready to play. We are handling it out here,' so that's a good sign."