Dan Campbell has taken lessons from Giants days with him

newsday.com - Dec 9, 2015

Dan Campbell is just starting his career as a head coach in the NFL. But his first taste of the league came when he was a tight end for the Giants.

dan campbell "Certainly both of those guys have had an influence of a little bit of who I am and how I coach, Jason, as a player when I was there, was one of the smartest players I was ever around and Sean Payton was one of the smartest coaches I had ever been around. Certainly I have taken some of that with me and some of the things that they do."

NHL ‘even better’ than Ehlers dreamed

winnipegsun.com - Dec 9, 2015

Winnipeg Jets rookie Nikolaj Ehlers yesterday found himself on Team Denmark's preliminary roster for the World Junior Hockey Championship.

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Flyers confident heading into tough back-to-back

philly.com - Dec 9, 2015

The Flyers believe if they continue to play the way they did Tuesday night, they're going to win most of their games.

Ian Laperriere "It's been a while, so I'm looking forward to it,"

Fluker: body ‘burning' post-concussion

sandiegouniontribune.com - Dec 9, 2015

D.J. Fluker said his recent concussion was the worst of his career, and scary.

Flyers' Gudas ready to return; Mason struggling

philly.com - Dec 9, 2015

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reflects on decision to not sign with Orioles in 2007

baltimoresun.com - Dec 9, 2015

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said it was “definitely a consideration” to sign with the Orioles when they drafted him in the 41st round of the 2007 baseball draft. “I had gotten calls in the first and second and third round, and the Orioles wanted to take me then,” Wilson said on...

russell wilson "I had gotten calls in the first and second and third round, and the Orioles wanted to take me then,"
russell wilson "I contemplated it or whatever, and I just told them I wanted to play two sports, so that was kind of my decision to go play at [North Carolina State], and obviously growing up near Baltimore, I’ve got a lot of family there in the Maryland area and D.C."

LeSean McCoy on not shaking Chip Kelly's hand, Kelly vs. Rex Ryan, and his time in Philadelphia

philly.com - Dec 9, 2015

LeSean McCoy does not feel the need to shake Chip Kelly’s hand on Sunday. Kelly told Buffalo media that he wanted to shake McCoy’s hand on Sunday when the Eagles play the Buffalo Bills.

lesean mccoy "He knows that ain’t going to happen, I know that’s not going to happen. We’re not going to shake no hands."
lesean mccoy "For what? We’ve got nothing to shake hands for, Some of the dudes, players there, I’ll shake their hands. Probably going to talk to [Jeffrey] Lurie a little bit. A couple different coaches. A lot of players over there I’m still tight with. I’m going to give Duce [Staley] a big hug. But that’s pretty much it. …What are [Kelly and McCoy] shaking hands for? We don’t have that type of relationship. I have nothing negative to say about him. I’m not going into an argument or fight with me. I just don’t think we need to shake hands."
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Peyton Manning throws, goes through drills for Broncos

denverpost.com - Dec 9, 2015

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning took his first significant steps toward returning to the practice field Wednesday morning, throwing inside for a half hour and performing drill work.

peyton manning "The idea is for it to help toward the healing process, But there's no guarantee whatsoever. So, all the other questions and speculation, I don't have anything for you on that. ... It's an individual thing."

Penguins to fill Dupuis’ void by committee

triblive.com - Dec 9, 2015

DENVER — Winger David Perron intends to tell Pascal Dupuis what he means to him, thank him for all he’s done, some day soon. Perron ...

Matt Cullen "It's a huge hole, He brings so much speed and energy. He's a perfect penalty killer. Someone's going to have to step in."
Sidney Crosby "You don't necessarily know that at the time, but I think looking back on all the times we have played together, to get that opportunity, yeah, I think it was nice and probably fitting."

Jason Hatcher's status unclear despite good news following MRI exam

washingtonpost.com - Dec 9, 2015

The defensive lineman received good news following an exam on his shoulder, but running back Chris Thompson did not.

jason hatcher "You’ve just got to be careful with it because it’s a serious matter when you’ve got nerves, [It] can shut my arm down for life, and I’m not trying to go through that. At the same time, we’re in a crunch situation where everybody got to be on the field. I’m going to be smart about it and listen to the trainers. If I’ve got enough strength, and I can protect myself and play even half as good I’ve been playing, then I’ll be out there."
jason hatcher "It kind of sucks for me trying to get this nerve issue right, I’ve got a short week with that so hopefully God come in and make a miracle. We’ll see."

Updated first round mock draft: 9th December

blog.seattlepi.com - Dec 9, 2015

#1 Cleveland Browns — Joey Bosa (DE, Ohio State) There’s no can’t-miss prospect at #1, certainly not at quarterback. It’s impossible to project what the Browns do here. Do they simply take a new QB? Or does a perennially bad franchise just go for the best player? #2 Tennessee Titans — Jaylon Smith (LB, Notre […]

Kings make a statement in Columbus

latimes.com - Dec 9, 2015

There are often four or five identifiable games that help shape the narrative of a hockey season. Tuesday night's game seemed to be one of those for the Kings, at least upon further review, after they had some time to mull their impressive come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory against the Columbus...

Anze Kopitar "It would have been easy to say, ‘Oh it was the third game in four nights,’ We had a bunch of excuses laid out for us on the table. Last night, it seemed we weren’t going to take no for an answer."

Former Lions DT Nick Fairley still has weight issue in St. Louis but this time in a good way

mlive.com - Dec 9, 2015

Fairley says he weights 281 pounds these days after hitting as much as 320 in Detroit.

nick fairley "My eating habits now, it's not even a diet, just ... changed my way of eating and have been able to stick to it and I'm sticking to it,"
nick fairley "It's doing me real well."
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Holtby, Grubauer to split next two games in Florida

washingtonpost.com - Dec 9, 2015

Philipp Grubauer hasn't played in three weeks.

Game Day: Canucks seek to start streak against ‘explosive’ Rangers

vancouversun.com - Dec 9, 2015

It has been quite some time since we were able to put the words winning streak and the Vancouver Canucks together.

Bucs Hit Play-Calling Groove in Red Zone

buccaneers.com - Dec 9, 2015

Wednesday notes: How has the Bucs' offense shrugged off its problems inside the 20? Dirk Koetter and Jameis Winston have found the team's red zone identity…Plus a new MIKE starter and more.

Seattle Sidelines: Seahawks as Muhammad Ali, and Bevell not going to BYU

heraldnet.com - Dec 9, 2015

Richard Sherman was in a talkative mood Wednesday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, and he was asked what kind of boxer the Seahawks...

richard sherman "Because even when you though Ali was down and out, you thought he was washed up, you thought he was done, he'd come back and knock somebody out that you didn't expect him to knock out and then get the belt right back, Man, every time you think he's washed up he comes back, and he never really stopped being confident the entire time. Ali."
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Lions' Ameer Abdullah, Isa Abdul-Quddus blast 'ignorant' Donald Trump

mlive.com - Dec 9, 2015

ALLEN PARK -- Donald Trump has said he'd like to block all Muslims from entering this country. He has said he would like to register all Muslims who are already in it. That would affect two Detroit Lions starters. Safety...

isa abdul-quddus "That's the scary part, I just pray that Americans have a better mindset than to think all Muslims are evil. Because, you know, there's a lot of Muslims doing great things out there, and a lot of Muslims doing great things for America. It's tough to see that, because we're all getting alienated when just a small percentage of people are doing bad (things)."
isa abdul-quddus "This is a tough thing to deal with -- just being alienated, There's a lot of people that is struggling with this. I can say it's easier for me, because I'm of African-American descent. But someone who is of Middle Eastern descent, being Muslim, now people are a little more nervous (around them) because they feel like those guys are doing the dirt -- when in reality, it's just a group of evil people. It's tough."

Steelers’ Brown fined for goal-post celebration

triblive.com - Dec 9, 2015

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown said he has gotten positive feedback about his end zone celebration following his punt return touchdown against the Colts Sunday. ...

antonio brown "Obviously, my teammates provided some great blocks on that play, It's a fun part of the game. Anytime you can make a splash play or provide great field position for the offense, it's always helpful to win the game."

Elvis Dumervil says Ravens have 'been taken advantage of' by officials this season

baltimoresun.com - Dec 9, 2015

Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil has emerged as a leader this year for the Ravens, and said what many people inside the locker room and who follow the team are probably thinking about the team's rotten spell of luck in close games this year. Dumervil said the injuries that have forced reserves...

elvis dumervil "I will say one thing — it’s the referees, for sure, This has been one of the most bizarre seasons that I’ve seen. For us to not get no holding calls, there’s a lot of things that I’ve felt like we’ve been taken advantage of, for sure."
elvis dumervil "I don’t have no reason, It’s just not going our way this year."
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