Your guide to Monday’s LDS games: Can Red Sox, Yankees and D-backs extend their postseasons?

Is Columbus Day one of those official holidays in which you don’t have to go to work? If you’re a baseball fan, it doesn’t matter: You’re finding a way to skip work or leave early. Quadruple-header, baby!

The big story of the 2017 postseason has been the dismal starting pitching, at least until Sunday night’s duel between Masahiro Tanaka and Carlos Carrasco. Through 12 games, eight of the 24 starting pitchers failed to finish even three innings and half failed to go at least five. It’s not just that managers are going quickly to the bullpens; starting pitchers have combined for a 5.68 ERA. What will we see Monday?

Lewis set passing records for yardage and touchdowns while at Duke.

Saberhagen and Gagne were among those who helped others staying for the event evacuate their rooms, including at a second hotel to which some were sent after the initial evacuation.

“Eric was yelling, ‘Get up, get up,’ knocking at every door, and when I opened the door, smoke billowed in and I could see areas on fire,” Saberhagen said. “There was a telephone pole on fire, the grounds were on fire, ashes were flying all over the place, and what really scared me was that there was a gas station across the street.”

The wildfires have left at least 10 people dead and 100 others injured, and have destroyed 1,500 residences and buildings. As of late Monday night, firefighters were battling 17 fires across the state, according to authorities.

“I feel terrible for the people who lost loved ones or lost property,” Saberhagen said. “That’s what you think of after something like this. We’re all tired, but we got out with our lives.”
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Melvin Gordon Jersey senses ‘tension’ between Chargers, Raiders based on crowds

He isn’t sure exactly how long it will take for Los Angeles to truly feel like home for the Chargers.

However, Melvin Gordon does know he never again wants to experience the way his team started the season in its new surroundings.
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It sucks being 0-4 and walking around the facility and everyone’s swagger is just not the same, Gordon told co-host Gil Brandt and me Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. We wanted some change, so we knew we had to go in there and find a way.

The Chargers did just that with last Sunday’s 27-22 road upset of the Giants. And they leaned most heavily on Gordon to carry the offensive load.

Another Newton interception led to another touchdown pass from Wentz to Ertz, this time from 17 yards out. Newton was picked off for a third time, but Rodney McLeod’s interception was negated by an Eagles pass interference penalty. The 40-yard penalty moved the Panthers to the Eagles 25-yard line to set up Graham Gano’s 20-yard field goal.
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The third-year running back responded with his best game of the season, reaching triple digits on the ground for the first time in 2017 with 105 yards on 20 carries. Gordon was equally effective as a receiver with a team-high six catches for 58 yards, including two that went for touchdowns.

It just wasn’t the O-line. I think everyone played a part, said Gordon, who was named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts. Everyone was just calmed down and focusing on their assignments, and they definitely helped open up some things for me.

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Goodwin entered the game with nine catches, 127 yards and no touchdowns on 19 targets. Goodwin is averaging a solid 7.0 targets per game during the four games he has played in full this season, but the 49ers’ offense has scored seven touchdowns in five games (five of which came in one game). The combination of leaguewide byes and a very nice schedule (the Josh Norman-less Redskins, Cowboys, Eagles and Cardinals) sets Goodwin up with some flex appeal over the next month or so.

The Chiefs have been missing two starters in their defensive backfield, safety Eric Berry and cornerback Steven Nelson, for most of the season, so their secondary depth has been tested. That will continue to be the case as both players are on injured reserve. Berry is done for the season and Nelson can’t return until November at the earliest. The Chiefs have survived without both players, but they have and will continue to miss Berry’s playmaking ability and Nelson’s steady down-to-down presence. — Adam Teicher

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Vikings’ Sam Bradford Jersey knee injury update: ‘I feel much better on it’

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While there is still doubt as to whether Vikings’ Sam Bradford will play in Monday’s game against the Bears, one thing that’s certain is the quarterback’s knee is feeling better.

Bradford returned to practice for the first time in two weeks on Thursday as a limited participant and told reporters on Friday that he felt good after that practice.

Being able to go out there and practice yesterday was obviously a step in the right direction, Bradford said, according to ESPN.com. I think being able to go out there again today and see what it feels like, be able to make it through today and through tomorrow, that’s obviously key for me.

Michael Neuwirth, a spokesperson for Dannon, said in a statement Thursday that the brand was shocked and disheartened by Newton’s remark and said it would no longer work with the 2015 NFL MVP.

Neuwirth confirmed that the company would continue to keep Newton under contract, but has started the process of pulling existing advertising that includes Newton.

No player signed more endorsement deals this year than Prescott.

He has deals with Beats By Dre, Tostitos tortilla chips, Campbell’s Chunky Soup, Pepsi, 7-Eleven, New Era Caps, AT&T and the company owned DirecTV, signed a new autograph deal with Panini and a private air travel deal with Nicholas Air.

Industry sources say his sponsorships will likely pay him about $3 million a year, which is more than five times what the Cowboys will pay him this year ($540,000).
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Things have not yet clicked for the former Redskins receiver, but he expects it will get going soon with his young quarterback.

The 30-year-old Jackson caught two passes for 20 yards in the win, but has just nine catches for 143 yards and a touchdown in three games so far this season. Jackson currently has 100 fewer receiving yards through three games than he did with the Redskins last season. He signed a three-year, $33.5 million deal in the offseason.

“[It’s] definitely hard, feeling like being a veteran in this league 10 years. … But I’m not gonna abort ship,” Jackson said. “I’ll stay on course, stay on plan. Eventually it will come together. We just gotta continue to go out there and keep beating, beating away and [doing] the things you need to do to get better.”

Things have not yet clicked for the former Redskins receiver, but he expects it will get going soon with his young quarterback.

“He’s not afraid to lose. Like really good basketball players who wants the ball in their hand at the end of the game, he’s a guy that wants it and he will do everything he can to try to get that ball into the end zone.

“The other thing is teammates, without question, respond to him because of the way he approaches it – ‘Hey, we’re going to get this thing done.’ They all feel that; it’s kind of a trickle-down effect.”

Stafford, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, set a single-season record last year by leading eight winning drives in the fourth quarter as the Lions went 9-7 and made the playoffs.

Kingsbury: “[The two throws] were as perfect as you could get.”

The Crimson Tide weren’t done, however. McCarron found Cooper for a 54-yard touchdown on the next drive to close to within 29-24, and the defense finally began to corral Manziel. By the time McCarron found Kenny Bell for a 54-yard gain to the Aggies’ 6, there were just more than four minutes to go and only 18 feet separating Alabama from taking the lead.
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Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he has spoken with cornerback Marcus Peters about his apparent use of profanity directed to a fan during Monday night’s game against Washington at Arrowhead Stadium.

Start: The number of times that the player’s point total in a given week was worthy of having had him active in an ESPN standard PPR league.

Stud: The number of times the player’s point total ranked among the top at his position.

Stiff: The number of times the player’s point total ranked among the worst at his position, making almost any waiver-wire option a smarter choice.
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Sat: The number of times the player missed a game. Players are not charged Stiff points for sitting out, nor does it impact their overall consistency rating (CR), but it hurts their overall start percentage (Start%).

Players must have at least a 20 percent start percentage (Start%) in either standard PPR or non-PPR scoring, or must rank among the top 20 quarterbacks, tight ends or kickers, top 50 running backs or wide receivers, or top 40 defensive linemen, linebackers or defensive backs, in terms of total fantasy points at their position from 2015-17, for inclusion in the chart. All defense/special teams are included, regardless of whether they met those minimums.

Before giving his answer, however, Newton said, It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like that. It’s funny.

But we’ve got a plan in place to where we want him to start getting him reps and then, in time as we can get him incorporated back into team work and all that, we’ll get him back on the field.

Sam Bradford Jersey injury update: Vikings QB won’t play against Bucs

Markus Wheaton Mens Jersey Sam Bradford has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, and concerns about his knee injury have called into question his availability in the coming weeks.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Friday afternoon that Bradford is out, leaving Case Keenum to start a second consecutive game for Minnesota.

Multiple outlets reported Bradford was en route to get a second opinion on his left knee from Dr. James Andrews, who has previously operated on the QB’s knee and shoulder.

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Keenum was 20 of 37 passing for 167 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Minnesota’s Week 2 loss to the Steelers. Kyle Sloter will back him up Sunday.

Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: He just continues to rewrite the record books, posting 25.3 PPR fantasy points on Sunday, his third consecutive week with at least 25. He joined Marcus Allen (1982 Weeks 1-3) as the only two players (at any position) since at least 1950 to score at least that many in each of their first three NFL games, and Hunt’s 96.8 total PPR fantasy points and 87.8 non-PPR fantasy points are second most behind only Billy Sims’ 98.2 and 92.2 (1980 Weeks 1-3) through the first three games of an NFL career. Hunt was started in 98.6 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 3, and continued to cement his status as an every-week, front-of-the-RB1-class weekly fantasy play.

Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars: Congratulations if you were one of the fantasy managers who constituted the 0.03 percent of ESPN leagues in which Lewis was active in Week 3. He managed career bests with 24.2 non-PPR and 28.2 PPR fantasy points, and both of those were the second most by any tight end in a game in London, trailing only Rob Gronkowski’s 26.6 and 34.6 in 2012 Week 8.

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Despite the fact that the Saints are 0-2, the NFC South is still looking like a pretty tough division. The Falcons look like they’ve avoided a Super Bowl hangover, and the Panthers seem to have shaken off theirs, which afflicted them all last season.

The Buccaneers are also undefeated, but with just one win after their Week 1 game against the Dolphins was pushed back because of Hurricane Irma. And the Saints haven’t won a September game since the 2014 season. They may be destined for another 7-9 finish.

I won’t belabor this, because I went into detail about it above. But the NFC West looks pretty bad — bad enough that whatever team wins it could do it with a sub-.500 record, just like 2010.

Russell Wilson’s doing his best, but the offensive line is atrocious. Even Seattle’s talent on defense isn’t enough to overcome the weaknesses on the other side of the ball.

And speaking of San Francisco, they’re lingering at the bottom of this division with no wins so far. Few people had high expectations for the 49ers this season, as they go through the rebuilding process with a rookie head coach, Kyle Shanahan, and general manager, John Lynch.
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Shanahan coaxed an MVP performance out of Matt Ryan in 2016, but Brian Hoyer … well, he’s not Matt Ryan. Hoyer has thrown for 262 total yards over two games and has no touchdowns against two interceptions. He’s also taken six sacks so far, which isn’t helping.

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Tom Brady talked the refs out of an offensive pass interference call on a Patriots touchdown

When Tom Brady hit Chris Hogan in the Saints end zone for a 13-yard touchdown, a flag on the turf seemed to suggest the play was coming back after offensive pass interference.

That’s when Brady went into litigation mode.

Not everything is Dak’s fault. Sure, he has missed some throws in both games this season. He hasn’t looked as sharp as he did last season. He doesn’t have the same connection yet. However, he is also playing two of the better defenses in football.

The entire team is to blame for the Cowboys’ disastrous loss to the Broncos this past Sunday. Aside from DeMarcus Lawrence, can you name somebody that didn’t have a bad outing? Even he was called for a 15-yard penalty that resulted in a four-point, and momentum, swing. Dak’s first interception should have been caught by Dez. He was playing the best secondary in the National Football League that also happens to have some guy named Von Miller. Oh yeah, and the Broncos completely shut down any life in the run game. Let’s not even get into the defense’s performance.

The Broncos have a history of making opposing quarterbacks look awful. Sure, some things have changed and Wade Phillips is in Los Angeles now, but Von Miller, Aqib Talib, and Chris Harris are who make the Broncos defense what it is. The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala writes on just how dominant the Broncos are against opposing quarterbacks. Here’s just one example from last season:

The dance was fine. Engram should’ve just ended his celebration a second earlier. It will likely earn him a fine from the NFL too. Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers got a $12,154 fine for twerking in the end zone last year, so Engram can probably expect a similar penalty.

The penalty pushed the Giants’ kickoff back 15 yards and after it went out of bounds, the Lions were set up near midfield.

Keep the celebrations coming, NFL players. Just don’t pick up penalties.jets_018

the Bucs could possibly face Case Keenum Jersey and a deliberately conservative Minnesota offense on Sunday.

The Bucs have ceded the second-lowest touchdown (per drive) rate to passers since the second half of last season along with the highest interception rate in the league over this sample. -J.M.

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Limited Womens Ramon Foster Jersey To that end, and in an effort to leave no stone unturned in our quest for as many fantasy football titles as possible, we’re going to see what information can be gleaned from the collective fandom of the football-watching public.

Taking a look at the top-30 offensive players in terms of jersey sales over the past week, courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods, we find a pair of Cowboys in the top-five overall (Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott) for the second straight week. Let’s face it. Whatever your personal rooting interest may be in the team, Cowboys fans are as loyal as they get — and widespread to boot. The guys with the star on their helmets are always going to overvalued in the eyes of their admirers.

Chris Ivory Youth Jersey But beyond that, you can actually intuit a lot about what actually took place on the field in Week 2. Case in point, Jameis Winston rose a whopping 58 spots from the end of Week 1, all the way up to No. 22 on the list. What changed in a week? Well, the Buccaneers were at home, so the huge uptick in the popularity of his 3 makes a lot of sense. Of course, the fact Tampa Bay won easily over Chicago was also likely to inspire the hometown fans to make some of these purchases.