Getty Images The Athletic's Kalyn Kahler reported last week that NFL general counsel Jeff Pash wrote in an Oct. 20 memo to club owners, presidents, general managers and attorneys that the NFLPA filed a grievance alleging that teams and the league colluded to prevent fully guaranteed contracts from being offered to players . The basis for the NFLPA's claim is "the fact that no other quarterback or high-profile player has signed a fully guaranteed contract after Browns ' quarterback Deshaun Watson signed his contract last March." The NFLPA contends that fully guaranteed contracts would become the norm for the NFL 's top players because of the Watson deal. The memo alleges that prior to, during and after an Aug. 9 ownership meeting in which the owners met to approve the Denver Broncos sale, there have been discussions among owners, league and teams executives about agreeing not to sign veteran players to lucrative fully guaranteed contracts. Pash added that the NFLPA … [Read more...] about Agent’s Take: Has the NFL been colluding against fully guaranteed contracts? Or is it just an illusion?
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Getty Images Aaron Judge is coming off a historic season and is now a free agent. We can skip the rest of what could be a meaty introduction and just get right to the point here: Let's make the hypothetical case for the Mets to sign Aaron Judge, just like we did with the Giants and the Dodgers . To be clear before proceeding, I don't necessarily, personally, believe everything said below. I'm putting myself in the mindset of "here's why the Mets should sign Judge" and going all out in making the argument. The power Remember that last series against the Braves in Atlanta where the Mets could have put the NL East away and instead were swept? One of the easier observations between the two teams was the Mets needing to string together a bunch of hits to score runs while the Braves just slugged. In this era where the pitchers are so much better than they ever have been, the key to the best offenses moving through the playoffs is being able to put one over the fence. … [Read more...] about Aaron Judge free agency: The Mets’ case to sign away the Yankees slugger
Getty Images The World Cup kicked off on Nov. 20 and culminates with the final on Dec. 18 as fans of the beautiful game get to experience what will be 64 incredibly entertaining matches. For those not traveling to Qatar, what better way to watch it than in 4K? Every single World Cup match will be streamed live in 4K on fuboTV (Try for free). In order to access the content, you will need to be subscribed to the service, have a fast enough internet (around 40 megabytes per second), and you'll also need a compatible TV and streaming device. Here's what to know and the schedule -- and while you're at it, sign up for our new newsletter covering the beautiful game in all its glory, including daily updates about the World Cup, here . Golazo Starting XI Newsletter Get Your Daily World Cup Fix Your ultimate guide to the Beautiful Game as our experts take you beyond the pitch and around the globe with news that matters. I agree to receive the "Golazo Starting … [Read more...] about World Cup 2022: Live stream, how to watch in 4K, schedule, start times, TV channel as USA advance to knockouts
Getty Images Reigning FIFA World Cup holders France finished top of Group D in Qatar despite a 1-0 loss to Tunisia on Wednesday which saw Antoine Griezmann's late effort ruled out via VAR. Didier Deschamps rotated much of his starting XI and will have been disappointed with the drop-off in performance with Les Bleus second best to the Eagles of Carthage for most of the game. Wahbi Khazri's goal at Education City Stadium on the day marked the first competitive defeat for France since the UEFA Nations League against Croatia back in June. A third conceded goal from three matches brought the French run of 13 major tournament matches unbeaten to an end. Golazo Starting XI Newsletter Get Your Daily World Cup Fix Your ultimate guide to the Beautiful Game as our experts take you beyond the pitch and around the globe with news that matters. I agree to receive the "Golazo Starting XI Newsletter" and marketing communications, updates, special offers (including … [Read more...] about Reigning FIFA World Cup champs France top group, but doubts remain with need to revive chemistry for knockouts
Getty Images The World Cup in Qatar officially kicked off on Sunday, Nov. 20 and it concludes on Saturday, Dec. 10. Click here for the full daily match schedule and make sure to print out your wall chart . For the first time in the history of the event, the games will take place during the winter months, interrupting the club soccer season schedule. It is the last time we will see this format with 32 teams in the field before it expands to 48 in time for 2026 when the United States, Mexico and Canada host. Speaking of the United States, the Americans made their long-awaited return to the world's biggest stage with a draw against Wales after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. This is the 11th World Cup appearance for a United States team that has reached the World Cup in eight out of the past nine editions. Gregg Berhalter's USMNT finished third out of eight teams in Concacaf's qualifying group, behind Mexico and Canada. And while we have you here, … [Read more...] about World Cup group standings, bracket 2022, tiebreakers: Qualified team rankings, schedule, FIFA World Cup table
Getty Images We're reaching the business end of the World Cup group stage with groups A, B, C and D done and dusted with groups E and F on the docket for Thursday. So far, France, Australia, Portugal, England, Senegal, United States, Netherlands, Argentina, Poland, and Brazil have booked their passage to the round of 16. Five more will join them on the final matchday of each group. Qatar have also joined South Africa as the only World Cup hosts to ever fail to make it out of the group stage. Let's take a look at who can join them in the last 16 and what their path is to get there. Looking at tiebreakers, the start is simple with the team that has the most points advancing. If two teams are level on points then it will go to their overall goal difference. If they still can't be split, next up the team that has scored the most goals will be the side to advance. The rules will then be reapplied with only the head-to-head match between the two teams that are tied. So the point total … [Read more...] about FIFA World Cup 2022: Scenarios, standings, points tiebreakers as Mexico eliminated on goal differential
Getty Images From Missouri to Germany and now England, Josh Sargent has had a unique path as an American soccer player at the young age of 22. But now, out of the spotlight after two relegations, a transfer to a new team and multiple injuries, Sargent is thriving at Norwich City , pushing for both a return to the Premier League and a trip to the World Cup in Qatar that didn't seem likely earlier this year. After joining the Canaries in August 2021, Sargent struggled to settle into the Premier League, but it's easy to see why looking at things. Not only did Sargent see manager Daniel Farke fired and replaced by Dean Smith, but he also was played out of position as more of a defensive winger, and he picked up quite a few injuries. When healthy, he also had to split time with Adam Idah and Teemu Pukki in a single-striker system. But Dean Smith has changed that, and Sargent is thriving in the Championship this season. Sargent's eight goals have him competing for the Golden … [Read more...] about FIFA World Cup 2022: USMNT’s Josh Sargent is thriving at Norwich City, and could be the striker America needs
Getty Images The United States men's national team remain alive in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar as they look ahead to Saturday's huge round of 16 game against the Netherlands . The winners advance to the last eight with either Argentina or Australia in line as the opponent. Beating the Dutch is easier said than done. While it might not be the classic Dutch squad we all know and love from years past with the likes of Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder, this is still a young, competent team with quality. They are led by Virgil van Dijk , Frenkie de Jong and 23-year-old sensation Cody Gakpo. But we are at the stage of the tournament where after 270 minutes, injuries begin to pile up, especially with a World Cup happening in the middle of the European club season. Gregg Berhalter has major injury concerns heading into this game with more information expected Thursday and Friday. Golazo Starting XI Newsletter Get Your Daily World Cup Fix … [Read more...] about USA World Cup injuries: Who will USMNT turn to if Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Josh Sargent can’t play?
Getty Images Brittney Griner, an eight-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, was found guilty of drug charges in Russia and sentenced to nine and a half years in prison in August. The United States government is trying to bring her home and made a "substantial" offer months ago, but U.S. officials say Russia has yet to give a "serious" response. The Phoenix Mercury center has been in Russian custody since being detained on Feb. 17 at Sheremetyevo International Airport, when the Russian Federal Customs Service found vape cartridges containing the marijuana concentrate hashish oil in her luggage. Griner's trial began on July 1, more than 130 days after her detainment, and she was sentenced a month later. Griner's appeal to shorten her sentence was denied in October. She was moved from a detention center to a penal colony in the Mordovia region mid-November. The U.S. Government officials have yet to give details on what they've offered … [Read more...] about Brittney Griner situation explained: WNBA All-Star remains detained at Russian penal colony near Mordovia