Drew Brees passes Peyton Manning as NFL’s all-time passing leader

Drew Brees became the NFL’s all-time passing leader on Monday night, and he did it in spectacular fashion.

Brees broke Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940 career passing yards with a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Tre’Quan Smith in the second quarter of a 43-19 rout over the Washington Redskins.nike nfl jerseys cheap

Better yet, the New Orleans Saints’ 39-year-old quarterback had one of the best performances of his 18-year career, completing 26 of 29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns. His completion percentage of 89.7 was a career best. And he did it in front of both the home crowd in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and a Monday Night Football audience.9

“It played out even greater than I ever could’ve imagined,” said Brees, who added he had tried to rehearse the moment in his mind during the week — but still got caught up in the emotion when the NFL stopped the game as planned to recognize his achievement. Brees hugged teammates on the field and pointed and blew kisses to the fans. Then he handed the ball to Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker on the sideline and shared hugs and kisses with his wife, Brittany, his four children and coach Sean Payton, among others.nike nfl jerseys for cheap

“There’s so many people that are responsible and had a hand in that,” Brees told ESPN’s Lisa Salters after the game when asked what the record means to him. “The two people that are most responsible for my football career, early on, my mom and my grandpa, are up in heaven.

“There were a lot of people I wanted to prove right tonight, but none more so than them. I know they are watching down on me.”

Brees, who was mic’d up for the game, was captured on the sideline telling his kids right after the play, “You can accomplish anything in life you’re willing to work for, right?”

Raiders CB Gareon Conley may lose spot in starting lineup

And while Conley has been relatively healthy — he came back earlier than expected from a strained hip suffered in the first practice of training camp — and has been a mainstay on defense this season, his snap total dropped off dramatically last weekend. And with Daryl Worley returning from an NFL-mandated four-game suspension last week, Conley is in jeopardy of losing his starting gig at right cornerback.nike replica nfl jerseys

Besides, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said Tuesday that Conley is “basically a rookie player” and a “work in progress” for a defense still trying to find its identity heading into this weekend’s game in London against the Seattle Seahawks.

“He is learning a lot of things,” Guenther said of Conley. “Unfortunately, he gives up the one play off the goal line and we are in a pretty good call to stop it.”1

Late in the third quarter of Sunday’s 26-10 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers, one snap after Derek Carr’s end zone interception, the Raiders had the hosts on their own 4-yard line. But Chargers receiver Tyrell Williams blew by Conley down the left sideline and Philip Rivers hit him in stride for a 48-yard gain.

“I don’t want to give (Conley) too much right now,” Guenther added. “If we can give him little by little by little, just like a normal rookie player, that’s how I’m viewing Gareon. He really only played one-and-a-half games last year and he sat out pretty much through the offseason. It’s no different than a young player. He’s a work in progress.“replica nike nfl jerseys

After playing 57 defensive snaps (90 percent) in the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams and then tying for the defensive lead with 64 snaps (97 percent) in Denver in Week 2, Conley played 31 snaps (70 percent) at Miami and 55 (68 percent) against the Browns.

But against the Chargers, Conley had just 12 snaps (19 percent), behind fellow corners Worley (49 snaps), Rashaan Melvin (40 snaps), Leon Hall (39 snaps) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (19 snaps).

“Worley played good,” Gruden said Monday, when asked if Conley’s lack of playing time was related more to his struggles or to Worley playing well.

“Worley is a good player. Gareon had a couple of struggles … (and we’re) trying to find a right mix, trying to find a right mix at a lot of positions. Daryl Worley is a good player. I think he was second on our team in tackles. He earned a right to be out there.”

Rockies confident Coors Field will be an NLDS equalizer

The Colorado Rockies might be the one team down 2-0 in a best-of-five series that still can feel confident about forcing a Game 5 simply because their next two games against the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series are at Coors Field.

The Rockies return to Denver for Game 3 on Sunday after a weeklong road odyssey in which they scored a total of six runs in four games — all must-win-type affairs. They won one of them, putting themselves in a hole.

“They’ve got a good pitching staff, but it is a little surprising that we haven’t generated more offense,” Rockies manager Bud Black said after the 4-0 loss in Game 2 on Friday.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The Rockies had the highest OPS in the majors at home — even higher than those high-scoring American League teams that employ a designated hitter — but ranked 27th in the majors and 14th in the National League on the road. What’s not surprising is they’re licking their chops for Game 3 and potentially Game 4 at Coors.6

“We have a lot of confidence moving forward, especially at home where we’re all very comfortable hitting and pitching,” second baseman DJ LeMahieu said.

Therein lies the irony of the Rockies under Black, known as a pitching guru. For years, the focus always has been about figuring out how to pitch at Coors Field. The Rockies did that in 2018, at least to a certain extent. They had their lowest team ERA at home since 2013. Several young starters, especially scheduled Game 4 starter Kyle Freeland, were excellent at Coors Field. And, of course, so were their hitters. But not on the road, where not one Rockies slugger produced an OPS over .800. Five reached that figure at home.

“We’re probably putting a little pressure on ourselves, but I know we’re excited to get home and play Sunday,” LeMahieu said.

In a telling time frame, before scoring just six runs in their past four games on the road, the Rockies put up 36 runs in their previous four home wins.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“The story of the series so far is how we’ve pitched,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Of course, credit goes to Milwaukee’s pitchers, but Colorado has made it easy on them at the plate. It doesn’t help that the Rockies admittedly look like they’re pressing.

Red Sox have power arms in bullpen, but need to find right mix

It’s a best-of-three American League Division Series now for the Boston Red Sox, and they’re going to have steal a game in enemy territory or see their 108-win season end with a first-round exit and hear 50,000 Yankees fans singing “New York, New York” to Aaron Judge’s boombox.

To avoid that heartache, the much-maligned Boston bullpen will have to deliver some big outs, for as much as manager Alex Cora would like to ride his starting rotation, this is postseason baseball 2018 and that means plenty of relievers pitching plenty of key innings.

Cora already has turned to his bullpen for some heavy workloads in the first two games. Chris Sale went 5⅓ innings in the first game, and Cora used five relievers to get the final 11 outs, including a two-out appearance from starter Rick Porcello. After David Price sucked the life out of Fenway Park in Game 2, the bullpen had to throw 7⅓ innings. Overall, the pen threw 89 pitches in Game 1 and 123 pitches in Game 2.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

That certainly wasn’t the preferred plan heading into the series.5

“We work differently than other teams,” Cora had said prior to the first game. “We relied on our starters throughout the season. They carry us. We felt that on a nightly basis they were going to give us a chance to win — either five innings, six innings, whatever. They were very consistent about it.”

The bullpen finished ninth in the majors with a 3.72 ERA but struggled the final two months, as its ERA rose to 4.34 ERA, 20th in the majors. Matt Barnes, who had emerged as the team’s top setup reliever, pitched sparingly over the final month with inflammation in his hip, although he is back now. The depth was affected, however, when Steven Wright reinjured his knee prior to Game 1 and was later removed from the roster, replaced by Heath Hembree. Wright had pitched his way into a key role with a strong September, when he allowed two runs in 13⅔ innings.

One thing Cora isn’t concerned about — at least not yet — is a fatigue factor for his relievers.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“We’ve been taking care of them for the last month. That was the luxury of having a big lead in the division. So their workload the last month has been very, very low,” he said prior to Game 2. “You have studies and you talk to people and all this cool stuff that they do upstairs. And we feel that right now they are ready to go. If they have to pitch like Brandon Morrow last year in the World Series [when Morrow pitched in all seven games], they’re all-in, they’ll pitch five games.”

Ryan Brasier and Brandon Workman appeared in both of the first two games. After wobbling with his command in a 15-pitch outing in Game 1, Brasier was sharper in Game 2, striking out the side in his one inning. That included a pumped-up whiff of Gary Sanchez, as Brasier had motioned to Sanchez to get back in the batter’s box after the Yankees catcher had stepped out before three straight pitches.

Wonderkids Okello, Poloto cut from Uganda squad

Uganda head coach Sebastien Desabre has dropped KCCA FC duo Allan Okello and Julius Poloto from the Cranes squad set to face Lesotho in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier later this week.

Okello, one of Uganda’s most promising attacking midfielders, was cut on Monday and will play no part in the upcoming double-header as the Cranes look to boost their hopes of reaching a second consecutive AFCON.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The Cranes, who lead Group L, will host second-placed Lesotho on October 13 at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole before the return late in Maseru three days later.

“We have trimmed the team to the final 24 after three days of testing,” Desabre told KweséESPN. “We shall embark on residential training as the professional players also start arriving [on Monday].8

Uncapped Okello, who helped KCCA FC reach the group stage of the CAF Champions League, is not downhearted after his omission.

“Although I have not made it to the final squad, this will encourage me to keep working hard,” Okello told KweséESPN. “Calling me up for the first time has motivated me.”

Milton Karisa, who joined Moroccan Premier League side Mouloudia Club D’Oujda last month, and Tout Puissant Mazembe new boy Benson Joseph Ochaya have been included.

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How the ESPN Fantasy Soccer tier system works

Each week, you’ll select a Tier 1 and Tier 2 forward; a Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 midfielder; and a Tier 1 and Tier 2 defender, in addition to your goalkeeper. The best players available obviously will be in Tier 1. Tiers 2 and 3 will feature less heralded players, mostly from teams that are not championship contenders, testing your knowledge of the entire league.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Makes sense, right? But remember, you’ll want to pick a new team of players every week — taking advantage of lopsided-looking matchups, for instance. When Manchester City plays Huddersfield Town, for example, you’ll probably want to stock up on City players.

But it’ll also be important to take a close look at the tiers each week, because there will be changes. Players could move up or down a tier, depending on their current form. Fulham midfielder Jean Michael Seri might have been a Tier 3 midfielder at the start of the season, since he plays for a newly promoted side. But Seri already has a goal and an assist, and is sixth in the league in passes completed, so he’s a Tier 2 midfielder this week.5

Players could change positions, too. West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic had generally played as a midfielder prior to last season, but he then was shifted to center forward over the course of the campaign. He’s playing at center forward again this season, so he’s a Tier 2 forward this week, rather than being listed among the midfielders.

As you’ll see, the tiers aren’t exhaustive — there are nine Tier 1 forwards available for selection in the Premier League this week, for instance. There will be more players available in the lower tiers, but not that many more. We want to give you plenty of options, but not overwhelm you.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

And some players will be added or dropped from the game altogether due to injury, form, etc. Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be out for at least a couple more months, but once he’s back, you can bet he’ll be a Tier 1 midfielder every week for the rest of the season, as long as he’s healthy.

So, don’t forget to check your team, and the list of players in each tier, before every round of games begins. Because the tiers can be adjusted any given week, and that could really impact your results. Your team from the previous week will roll over automatically, but if one of your players changes tiers or drops out of the game altogether, you’ll be left with a blank spot and earn no points at that position.

Fans in China use ‘polite booing’ for Sixers’ JJ Redick

Chinese fans booed Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard JJ Redick every time he touched the ball during Friday’s preseason game at Mercedes-Benz Arena, harboring hard feelings for a racist slur he used several months ago.

However, many fans applauded Redick’s marksmanship as he scored 28 points on 10-of-10 shooting in the 76ers’ 120-114 win over the Dallas Mavericks.nfl cheap nike jerseys

“It was the most polite booing that I’ve ever received in my life,” Redick said. “I mean, they booed and they cheered. It was like, ‘We’re mad at you, but we appreciate the way you shoot a basketball.'”

Redick was one of several NBA players to record a video wishing fans a happy Chinese New Year in February for Tencent, a Chinese media company and partner of ESPN. Redick stumbled over his words in the video, and it sounded like he used an offensive term in reference to Chinese people.6

Redick apologized in February, explaining that he was “tongue tied,” and reiterated his remorse Friday, praising China’s culture and energy. He said he expected to be booed and that Chinese fans are entitled to do so.

“The whole thing, it was a very unfortunate situation,” Redick said. “I’m just deeply, deeply remorseful for offending so many people.”

Redick, who is coming off the bench to make room for Markelle Fultz in the 76ers’ starting lineup, said the booing did not provide him any additional motivation. He was simply in a spectacular shooting rhythm, his lone miss not counting because he intentionally launched a halfcourt heave after the buzzer at the end of the third quarter.cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

“I did take an extra dribble on purpose even though it was a preseason game, because I wanted a 10-for-10 night,” said Redick, who was 7-of-7 from 3-point range.

Kyrie Irving says he became sold on Celtics: ‘I believe in the franchise’

Kyrie Irving made a splash Thursday night at the Boston Celtics’ annual Fan Appreciation Night by announcing his intention to re-sign with them after season’s end.

On Friday, he explained his decision further — casting light on the turnaround from his perceived indecision about whether to stay in Boston.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

“I’m happy here,” Irving said. “Every single day is at an all-time competitive high. What more can you ask for from an organization than taking a chance as far as getting me out of Cleveland? Really taking a chance regardless of whether I signed back or not.

“They had the same attitude. They just wanted to show me what being a Celtic is about, and that I was going to come around, and I absolutely did. I believe in it. I believe in the franchise.”

Irving initially had planned to opt out of the final year of his current five-year deal at the end of the season and was reportedly keen in the past on the allure of the New York Knicks.5

Irving told reporters Friday he had been indecisive at the end of last season, coming off knee issues after his first season in Boston.

“I needed just some time to kind of be back in Boston and feel great about different things I wanted to explore in my career,” Irving said.

He added he enjoyed “having an environment where I’m challenged on a physical level as well as mental.”

The tradition and history of the franchise also appealed to Irving, who revealed he dreams of putting his No. 11 in the rafters one day.

“Obviously, a lot of great players have come before me, but to grow my name in Boston Celtics tradition and history is something I’m glad I can do, and I plan on,” Irving said.

Irving caught the front office off guard by telling them he intended to re-sign, as Boston and Irving’s camp had not had conversations recently about his contract.nfl cheap nike jerseys

“Me asking the Celtics if they would have me back, that was the first question,” Irving said. “I just wanted to make sure. And then at that point, it was an easy decision.”

Added Irving: “Honestly, it just was like, ‘Man, I do not want to move again.’ I do not want to uproot my family and just be dealing with anything new again. No disrespect to other organizations, but here is perfect for me.”

Heat pushing Wolves to accept revised offer for Jimmy Butler

Minnesota’s preferences in a Miami deal have included center Bam Adebayo, guard Josh Richardson and a protected 2019 first-round pick, league sources said. A trade could take on a larger construction to include more players, league sources said.

In any Butler deal, Minnesota has wanted to unload center Gorgui Dieng and the $48 million left on his contract.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Timberwolves executives told other interested teams in the past 24 hours that they didn’t have any offers that met the franchise’s criteria to honor Butler’s trade request and planned to hold on to him until a deal met their requirements, league sources said. Miami is one of the preferred destinations of Butler’s, league sources said. He has told the Wolves that he’ll leave the team in July free agency, and has expressed interest in several teams with max salary space, including the LA Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.6

Houston has also been aggressive in attempting to trade for Butler, sources said. Like Miami, Houston doesn’t have the salary-cap space to sign Butler in the summer and needs to acquire him now to obtain his Bird rights to retain him on a new deal in July.

When the Timberwolves return from a West Coast preseason road trip early Thursday morning, president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau is expected to push for Butler to return to practice and start preparations for the regular season, league sources said.

Butler could return as soon as next week, but hasn’t made a decision and is still rehabbing his surgically repaired right wrist, league sources said.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Butler, 29, has expressed no intentions of missing regular-season games if he’s healthy to play, league sources said.

So far, Minnesota has allowed Butler to stay away in the preseason; presumably as the team works to find a trade for him. As the Wolves traveled, Butler has been working out at the team’s facility and has been in regular contact with teammates.

Jason Collins looks to future as Lakers celebrate their first Pride Night

As he proudly celebrated the Los Angeles Lakers’ first Pride Night when he was honored by the organization Thursday, Collins said he has been in contact with and supports other athletes who have yet to come out.

“Definitely hoped that there would be more players who would step up because I know I’m not alone,” Collins said before the Lakers played the Kings at Staples Center in a preseason game. “I’m in contact with some people who are in professional sports in the big four and aren’t ready to publicly come forward yet. My job with the NBA now is to try to create an environment that makes them feel comfortable to step forward and also to tell our allies that we need them to step forward as well.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Collins, who is a Global Ambassador and diversity advocate for the NBA, returned to the site where he played his first game as an openly gay male athlete after he signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and faced the Lakers on Feb. 23, 2014.

Minnesota United FC midfielder Collin Martin is currently the only openly gay professional male athlete in North America after he became the second openly gay player in Major League Soccer history, following Robbie Rogers of the LA Galaxy.5

Collins praised the NBA as “the best overall with regards to being an ally” as the Lakers hosted members and supporters from the LGBTQ community and celebrated diversity, inclusion and unity. Lakers CEO Jeanie Buss showed her support by wearing a Lakers Pride Night shirt and also dyeing her hair.

Collins, though, hopes gay male athletes can come forward and receive the same reaction that many WNBA players have.

“To have it like in the WNBA, where a player like a Sue Bird can step forward, and everyone is like, ‘Great, go win that championship,'” Collins said. “And that’s exactly what she just did. Or what happened with Elena Delle Donne right before the Rio Olympics, same type thing and everyone’s like, ‘Great, nike nfl jerseys cheap china now go win a gold medal.’

“So when we’re at that day with male athletes who choose to step forward and share their true self with the world, it’s like, ‘Great, now go win a championship.’ And so we have some work to do, because throughout male professional sports, at least in North America in the top five leagues, we only have one currently out male player, and that’s in the MLS.”