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September 24, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
MY QUESTION to Chip Kelly had a few people chuckling yesterday. I wanted to know if Sunday's victory over Washington was Nick Foles' best NFL game thus far. Kelly was quick to reference the seven-touchdown-pass afternoon in Oakland, last Nov. 3. That drew the chuckles. Sure, statistically, that day will probably always be Foles' career performance. Not what I meant, though, and Kelly understood. Oakland was a pitch-and-catch blowout. It required a good arm and clear-eyed decision-making, but really, Foles barely broke a sweat.
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September 24, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
NBA COMMISSIONER Adam Silver has read the writing on the wall. In reaction to NFL counterpart Roger Goodell's months of fumbling the issue of domestic violence and the extremely negative response the NFL has received, Silver is making plans for the NBA to come up with concrete policies to confront possible situations. In a conversation yesterday with ESPN writer Ian Begley, Silver said The Association is going to take a fresh look at its domestic-violence policies. Begley tweeted that Silver said the NBA takes lessons "from other leagues' experiences.
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September 22, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
How do you stop Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice? That's not a new NFL question, but it has taken on a significantly different meaning in the last couple of weeks. It is one embattled commissioner Roger Goodell believes he is in the process of addressing, but time will tell if that's the case. To be fair, it's not just them. That disgraced duo has grabbed the majority of the unwanted headlines, but a growing list of other NFL players - Carolina's Greg Hardy, Arizona's Jonathan Dwyer, and San Francisco's Ray McDonald - also have been charged with behaving badly.
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September 16, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
INDIANAPOLIS - It's Eagles and Colts on "Monday Night Football. " Are you ready for some football? Is it even OK to watch the games now? Does patronizing the NFL feed the problem; and, is there really an epidemic? How do you define epidemic? Is it realistic or fair to expect a sliver of the populace, no matter how privileged and sheltered, to collect differently from the rest of the populace? Perhaps it is an epidemic when we can't remember which star "whooped" his preschooler, which one slugged his fiancée and which one tossed his girlfriend around until she begged him to kill her. So, now, should we feel guilty for enjoying the competition?
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September 15, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Based on the last several days, the NFL's inactives on Sunday will include Self Control, Moral Clarity, and Common Sense. As weeks go, the NFL just had a doozy. In substance and appearance, it might have been the worst in the league's history. TMZ obtained and released the security video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in an Atlantic City casino elevator, knocking out his wife, Janay, with a left hook. With that, the outrage that already had been simmering over NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's meek two-game suspension of Rice finally reached a bubbling boil.
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September 13, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
If Ray Rice never plays football again, nothing will have changed. If Roger Goodell is fired as commissioner of the NFL, nothing will have changed. If the league issues a dozen new rules and related penalties pertaining to the abuse of women by men, nothing will have changed. That's the first thing that has to be understood about the whole fallout from the sad saga of Rice and his wife, Janay. Everything is for show. Everything is for appearances. Nothing is about real change.
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September 12, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles cornerback Cary Williams said the league "dropped the ball" on its discipline of Ray Rice "from the beginning" while voicing his displeasure with the way the league has handled the suspension of his former Ravens teammate. "When they didn't ask for the tape and they didn't see that part of the video, obviously they dropped the ball with that situation," Williams said. ". . . But I know that Ray Rice made a mistake, and I know him as a man and a teammate and a friend - and what he showed in that tape was not him. " Williams played with Rice from 2009 to 2012.
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September 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
An attempt by seven former NFL players to block the league's proposed settlement over concussion-related health problems met with tough questions Wednesday from a federal appeals court panel. Lawyers for the group - which includes former Eagles wide receiver Sean Morey and safety Sean Considine - challenged the fairness of the agreement, alleging that many former players had had their rights "bargained away. " But the three-justice panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit appeared focused on a more basic question: Did it have the right to intervene in the ongoing settlement proceedings or would doing so leapfrog a process already established by the federal judge handling the case for airing complaints?
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September 12, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
If the Associated Press story that surfaced Wednesday is verified, there is only one thing left for NFL owners to say to their handpicked commissioner: Roger, over and out. There's no way Roger Goodell should be able to survive this because incompetent liars do not make good leaders, and the AP report depicts the NFL commissioner as both without saying it. Goodell was adamant during an interview on CBS This Morning that no one in the NFL...
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September 12, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
On Tuesday afternoon, Dan Connor had just walked out from a linebackers and special-teams meeting. Nothing new about that. Connor had been in so many of them during six years in the NFL and for four years before that at Penn State, where he remains the all-time leading tackler. But this time, Connor, 28, was running the meeting as first-year linebackers coach at West Chester University. Connor figures he prepared for about an hour on what he wanted to cover as the Rams installed some new looks.
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