Are the 2019 Warriors turning into the 1989 Lakers?

In 1989, the Los Angeles Lakers were looking to be the first team to win three straight NBA titles since the Celtics did it in the 1960s. After having the best record in Western Conference, and working their way to the NBA Finals, Los Angeles seemed poised to three-peat, but for that to happen, the Lakers needed to beat the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons, a team Los Angeles beat in a tight, seven-game series in the 1988 NBA Finals.

However, on their way to trying to win three straight NBA titles, the 1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers ran into some problems. Before Game 1 of the 1989 NBA Finals, Byron Scott injured his hamstring in practice, which forced him to miss the series. Also, in Game 2, the regular season MVP, Magic Johnson would injure his hamstring, which caused him to miss the rest of the series. Those injuries were a big reason why the Pistons swept the Lakers in the 1989 NBA Finals.

Thirty years later we could be seeing a similar script with the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are trying to three-peat, and after losing Game 3 123-109, the Raptors lead the NBA Finals 2-1.

Golden State is without Kevin Durant, who has not played in the NBA FInals and has been ruled out of Game 4 after injuring his calf in Western Conference semifinals against Houston, and they were without Klay Thompson in Game 3. Good thing for the Warriors, Thompson is expected to return in Game 4. How healthy Thompson will be is uncertain. Kevon Looney, who has contributed off the Warriors’ bench, could miss the rest of the series with a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture. Also, star C DeMarcus Cousins recently returned from a quad injury,  and while he was effective in Game 2, he was not very good in Game 3 and looked very sluggish.

The Warriors are breaking down right in front of our eyes.

Golden State has played a lot of basketball in the last five seasons. The Warriors have been to the NBA Finals five straight years. Before the 1989 Finals, the Lakers had played in three out the last four NBA Finals. 1989 made it four out of five NBA Finals appearances for Los Angeles.

While the Lakers were able to make it back to the NBA Finals in 1991(lost to Bulls in five), the Lakers’ Dynasty was pretty much done after 1989.

Could the Warriors suffer a similar fate? Durant and Thompson can become free agents in the summer. Thompson is probably going to return, but Durant’s return is still up in the air at this point.

Anything can happen, but as the Finals continue on, it is becoming evident that the 2019 Warriors could end up like the 1989 Lakers.

 

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Wentz, Eagles agree on four-year contract extension

The Philadelphia Eagles and QB Carson Wentz have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension through the 2024 season, the team announced today.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles are giving Carson Wentz a four-year, $128 million contract extension that include guarantees over $107 million, per source. Wentz’s total deal is now six years for $154 million, per source.

 Originally selected by Philadelphia with the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, Wentz has completed 923 of 1,448 attempts (63.7%) for 10,152 yards, 70 touchdowns, 28 interceptions and a 92.5 passer rating in 40 career games. Since his record-breaking season in 2017, Wentz ranks third in the NFL in passing touchdowns per game (2.3), trailing onlyPatrick Mahomes (3.1) and Andrew Luck (2.4), and fifth in passer rating (102.0), behind Mahomes (111.7), Drew Brees (109.5), Deshaun Watson(103.1) and Russell Wilson (102.1) (min. 500 attempts).

Last season, Wentz ranked third in the NFL with a franchise-record 69.6% completion percentage and finished seventh with a career-high 102.2 passer rating (min. 250 attempts). The 26-year-old also became just the third quarterback in NFL history to register a 100-plus passer rating in two of their first three seasons, joining Jared Goff (2017-18) and Russell Wilson (2012-13).

 In 2017, Wentz led the Super Bowl LII-winning Eagles to an 11-2 record in games that he started and established a single-season team record with 33 passing touchdowns, breaking the previous mark of 32 set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen in 1961. Wentz ranked first in the NFL in passing touchdowns per game (2.5), second in passing touchdowns, trailing only Russell Wilson (34), and fourth in passer rating (101.9) (min. 250 attempts). He collected second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors and finished third in MVP voting, behind Tom Brady and Todd Gurley II.

 

Davis: ‘It was always a goal of mine to bring a world title fight back to my city of Baltimore’

Two-time super featherweight champion and Baltimore-native Gervonta “Tank” Davis will defend his WBA title in a championship homecoming against mandatory challenger Ricardo “Cientifíco” Núñez Saturday, July 27 live on SHOWTIME from Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature the youngest reigning American world champion in Davis, as he becomes the first world champion from Baltimore to make a homecoming defense in nearly 80 years.

Davis (21-0, 20 KOs) became the youngest reigning American world champion in 2017 when he delivered a star-making performance on SHOWTIME by knocking out Jose Pedraza for the IBF 130-pound title at just 22 years old. Now, he makes his return to his hometown to fight for the first time as a world champion.

The 24-year-old became the youngest two-time world champion in April 2018 when he knocked out Jesus Andres Cuellar in the third round of their WBA Super Featherweight Championship bout. Most recently he knocked out former world champion Hugo Ruiz in the first round of his first SHOWTIME main event in February. Davis, who owns knockouts in all five of his world championship fights, is the first Baltimore native to defend in his hometown since Harry Jeffra defended the featherweight world title in 1940.

“It was always a goal of mine to bring a world title fight back to my city of Baltimore,” said Davis, who has not fought in Baltimore since his fourth pro fight. “I’m excited and grateful to my team for helping make this happen on Saturday, July 27. Tickets will go fast, so don’t wait on buying them! I can’t wait to put on a great show and to see all my supporters in Baltimore help me make it a night to remember at Royal Farms Arena.”

The hard-hitting Panamanian Núñez (21-2, 19 KOs) will be making his U.S. debut on July 27 as he seeks to take advantage of his first world title opportunity. The 25-year-old is on a 10-fight winning streak in which he has scored nine knockout victories. After his opponent was forced to withdraw from a scheduled March 2 bout on SHOWTIME, Núñez scored a first-round knockout of Eduardo Pacheco in April to make it three consecutive knockouts heading into this championship bout.

 

Kownacki-Arreola, Browne-Pascal, Berto-Cruz set for August 3 in Brooklyn

Undefeated Polish star and Brooklyn-native Adam Kownacki will look to thrill in front of a hometown crowd when he steps into the ring against veteran former title challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola for a 12-round heavyweight showdown that headlines FOX PBC Fight Night on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, August 3 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

The broadcast starts at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features former world champion Andre Berto taking on Miguel Cruz in a 10-round welterweight clash and unbeaten interim WBA Light Heavyweight Champion “Sir” Marcus Browne battling former world champion Jean Pascal in a 12-round bout.

The heavyweight division is red hot and Kownacki is a top rising challenger who will look to continue his ascent up the rankings with a win over the all-action veteran Arreola. This will be Kownacki’s ninth fight at Barclays Center, and his first as the headlining attraction.

Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs) is noted for his tenacity and has been progressing towards a world title shot with knockouts in five of his last six fights. The 30-year-old, who was born in Lomza, Poland and moved to Brooklyn when he was seven, was an accomplished amateur in New York City before turning pro. He scored an impressive unanimous decision victory over former world champion Charles Martin last year and is coming off of a devastating knockout victory against Gerald Washington in January on FOX. His last three fights and six of his last seven have taken place at Barclays Center, where he has routinely brought out the area’s passionate Polish sports fans.

Arreola (38-5-1, 33 KOs), a veteran of the heavyweight division, has contended for the world title three times, most recently against WBC champion Deontay Wilder in 2016. Since losing to Wilder, the 38-year-old Arreola from Los Angeles, California has put together back-to-back victories, including a stoppage of then unbeaten Jean Pierre Augustin on a PBC on FOX Sports pay-per-view undercard in March.

Berto (32-5, 24 KOs) has fought some of the top welterweight champions of this generation, including Floyd Mayweather. The 35-year-old won a welterweight world title with TKO victory over Miguel Angel Rodriguez in 2008 and successfully defended it five times before losing it to Victor Ortiz in 2011. He later avenged that loss to Ortiz with a knockout victory in 2016 on FOX. A native of Winter Haven Florida, Berto is coming off a split decision victory over former welterweight champion Devon Alexander in his last fight in August on FOX.

Cruz (18-1, 12 KOs) is among a group of promising welterweights prepared to burst onto the scene in one of the most talent-rich division in boxing. The 28-year-old from Lake Mary, Florida will be stepping up a level with his bout against Berto. He scored a TKO victory over Luis Eduardo Florez in his last fight in January to bounce back from a decision loss to Josesito Lopez on FOX in April 2018.

“I’m excited for all my Boricuas and NYC fight fans to come out and show love in August 3,” Cruz said. “I want to thank everyone who made this opportunity possible, and I’m definitely going to make the most if it. This is a different era in boxing and I’m here to prove it to the world and to Andre Berto. Don’t miss this night of boxing.”

The 28-year-old Browne (23-0, 16 KOs) won the interim title with a rousing unanimous decision victory over former two-division champion Badou Jack in January. A 2012 U.S. Olympian from Staten Island, Browne has fought at Barclays Center 12 times in his career as he made his steady climb up the light heavyweight ranks. Pascal will be the second straight former world champion that he has faced.

Pascal (33-6-1, 20 KOs) has been in the ring with the top fighters of his era during his brilliant career, including Bernard Hopkins, Sergey Kovalev, Carl Froch, Lucian Bute and Chad Dawson. The 36-year-old, who was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and now lives in Laval, Quebec, Canada, won the light heavyweight world title with a unanimous decision over Adrian Diaconu in 2009. He is coming off a loss to Dmitry Bivol in his last fight after putting together back-to-back TKO victories over Ahmed Elbiali and Steve Bosse.

Photo: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

Hooker-Ramirez lightweight unification set for July 27

Maurice Hooker and Jose Ramirez will clash in a World Super-Lightweight unification clash on Saturday July 27 at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

WBO champion Hooker (26-0-3 17 KOs) fights in his home state for the first time as a World champion having won the title in stunning fashion in Oklahoma in November, getting off the canvas to KO Alex Saucedo in his backyard, the widely outpointing Mikkel LesPierre in his first defense in Verona, New York in March.

WBC ruler Ramirez (24-0 16 KOs) puts his belt on the line for the third time having landed the vacant strap in March 2018 against Amir Imam in New York. The 2012 Olympian handed a first defeat to Antonio Orozco in his first defense at home in September at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California, and then edged a majority decision against Jose Zepeda in February in the same venue.

“First of all I want to thank my promoters Matchroom Boxing and Roc Nation for getting me this opportunity,” said Hooker. “I’m proud to display my skills on DAZN – the best boxing platform out there. I’d also like to thank my team who are with me every step of the way. I want to show the world that I’m the best in the 140 lb. division. My dream is to become the undisputed champion in my weight class. This unification fight with Jose Ramirez is a major step towards that goal.

“Training camp for Team Mighty Mo Hooker is well underway and I’ll be at my absolute best on July 27 to take the green belt from Ramirez. It will be a thrill to do this in front of my home crowd and I’m looking forward to the energy they’ll bring to the ring. I am a dream killer, and Ramirez will be my next victim coming July 27.”

“I am ready for my opportunity to unify the titles,” said Ramirez. “To get the opportunity to be a unified champion is a blessing for me. I’m thankful to Bob Arum and Top Rank for believing in me to go out there and get the job done. I’m going to push myself hard to make the team proud.”

“This is a fight I wanted. I told my manager, Rick Mirigian, that I wanted to fight Maurice Hooker. I know this fight can take my career to the next level. I want to continue making statements at 140 pounds. I want to make it easier for people to decide who the best 140-pounder truly is.

“I’m treating this fight the same as when I won the title in New York City against Amir Imam. He was the taller fighter, the bigger fighter. It’s sometimes easier fighting someone in his backyard because it takes away some of my responsibilities behind the scenes. As the underdog, I have everything to win. It’s not just about defending my title but unifying the division as well. I’m ready to prove myself and show everyone what Jose Ramirez is all about. I can’t wait to bring Hooker’s title back with me to California.”

“I’m delighted to announce this excellent unification match-up between two great champions in Maurice Hooker and Jose Ramirez,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “These are the fights that boxing needs and the styles will gel into a real fight of the year contender. Both champions believe they have the edge in this fight, tune in July 27 on DAZN to find out comes out on top.”

“This looks like a terrific battle, and I’m predicting that our guy, Jose Ramirez, will emerge as the unified champion,” said Top Rank’s Bob Arum.

“This is a big fight for Maurice and our team,” said Roc Nation’s Dino Duva. We have been looking forward to it since he became a champion – a title unification match in his hometown, doesn’t get any better for a fighter and his team. Mighty Mo will seize this opportunity to win over the hearts of the great Mexican boxing fans. A victory over a fantastic champion like Jose Ramirez will catapult Mighty Mo into superstar pound for pound status! Big thank you and congrats to DAZN and Matchroom Boxing for stepping up and putting this unification match together. Additional thanks to Top Rank, Ramirez promoter for making it work. This is what great boxing is about.”

Wentz discusses the bible scripture that helps him get through the tough times

For Eagles QB Carson Wentz, the past two seasons have been challenging. In 2017, he was having an MVP caliber year before tearing his ACL late in the season, and in 2018, Wentz went down with a back injury that caused him to miss the last three games of the regular season, and the playoffs. The adversity continued for Wentz in the offseason as a report surfaced that questioned Wentz as a leader.

However, through it all, Wentz used his faith to help him through the tough times, and more specifically, he used a particular scripture from the bible.

“I have Proverbs 3:5-6 on my bicep, and it says, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight,'” Wentz said on Friday before his 2nd annual AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game. “For me, that comes to life, a lot more in certain, different circumstances.

“Going through injuries the last past few years, that really hits me hard and saying, ‘This life isn’t mine, it’s borrowed. I’m just surrendering control to him, and it’s cool to have a couple others on my body but to just have those reminders for me to realize it’s not about me, it’s about living for Christ first. It’s definitely challenging, but the word just always comes to life to me at different times.”

Wentz has a lot to prove, and with the talent that he has around him, and the ability he has shown in first three years of his career, don’t be surprised if he has a big year in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 NFL Preseason Dates, Times announced

Games in Canada and Hawaii, along with the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, highlight the 2019 preseason schedule, announced today by the NFL.

In a rematch of Super Bowl II, the Oakland Raiders will play the Green Bay Packers at IG Field in Winnipeg, Canada, on August 22. The Raiders, who also play the Chicago Bears in London October 6 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, will become the first NFL team to play in three nations during the same season.The defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams will meet the Dallas Cowboys at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 17.

Two weeks earlier, on Thursday, August 1, the Denver Broncos meet the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game, kicking off a weekend of celebrations that include the enshrinements of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, former Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, and former Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Televised live at 8:00 PM ET on NBC, the NFL/Hall of Fame Game is the first of eight national preseason telecasts carried by NFL broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC.NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live or re-aired broadcasts of all 65 games.The 2019 preseason schedule was announced April 9 without dates and times, which now have been confirmed.

The complete 2019 NFL preseason schedule is listed below:

2019 NFL PRESEASON SCHEDULE
(Games grouped by start times and listed alphabetically by home team)

 

NFL/Hall of Fame Game – August 1

DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
+Thursday Aug. 1 Atlanta Falcons vs Denver Broncos 8:00pm 8:00pm NBC
 

Week 1 – August 8-10

DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET  
Thursday Aug. 8 Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 8 New York Jets at New York Giants 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 8 New England Patriots at Detroit Lions 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Houston Texans at Green Bay Packers 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona Cardinals 7:00pm 10:00pm
Thursday Aug. 8 Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks 7:00pm 10:00pm
Friday Aug. 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30pm 7:30pm
Friday Aug. 9 Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints 7:00pm 8:00pm
Saturday Aug. 10 Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs 7:00pm 8:00pm
Saturday Aug. 10 Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders 5:00pm 8:00pm
Saturday Aug. 10 Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers 6:00pm 9:00pm
Week 2 – August 15-19

DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thursday Aug. 15 Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 15 New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 15 Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 15 Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 15 Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals 5:00pm 8:00pm ESPN
Friday Aug. 16 Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers 7:00pm 7:00pm
Friday Aug. 16 Chicago Bears at New York Giants 7:30pm 7:30pm
Friday Aug. 16 Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm 7:30pm
Saturday Aug. 17 Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts 4:00pm 4:00pm
Saturday Aug. 17 New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans 6:00pm 7:00pm
Saturday Aug. 17 Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30pm 7:30pm
Saturday Aug. 17 Detroit Lions at Houston Texans 7:00pm 8:00pm
*Saturday Aug. 17 Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Rams 4:00pm 10:00pm  
Sunday Aug. 18 New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers 1:00pm 4:00pm CBS
Sunday Aug. 18 Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings 7:00pm 8:00pm FOX
Monday Aug. 19 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos 6:00pm 8:00pm ESPN
Week 3 – August 22-25

DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thursday Aug. 22 New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 22 Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 22 Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 22 Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 22 Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins 8:00pm 8:00pm FOX
#Thursday Aug. 22 Green Bay Packers vs Oakland Raiders 7:00pm 8:00pm  
Friday Aug. 23 Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm 7:30pm
Friday Aug. 23 Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions 8:00pm 8:00pm CBS
Saturday Aug. 24 Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings 12:00pm 1:00pm
Saturday Aug. 24 Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys 6:00pm 7:00pm
Saturday Aug. 24 Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts 7:00pm 7:00pm
Saturday Aug. 24 New Orleans Saints at New York Jets 7:30pm 7:30pm
Saturday Aug. 24 San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs 7:00pm 8:00pm
Saturday Aug. 24 Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Rams 6:00pm 9:00pm
Saturday Aug. 24 Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers 7:00pm 10:00pm
Sunday Aug. 25 Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans 7:00pm 8:00pm NBC
     
Week 4 – August 29

DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET  
Thursday Aug. 29 Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets 7:00pm 7:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 29 New York Giants at New England Patriots 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins 7:30pm 7:30pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Tennessee Titans at Chicago Bears 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints 7:00pm 8:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos 7:00pm 9:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers 7:00pm 10:00pm
Thursday Aug. 29 Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks 7:00pm 10:00pm

 

+–Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium; Canton, Ohio     *–Aloha Stadium; Honolulu, Hawaii     #–IG Field; Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)

2019 AFC EAST TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
BUFFALO BILLS ET NAT. TV MIAMI DOLPHINS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 8 Indianapolis Colts 7:00pm Aug. 8 Atlanta Falcons 7:30pm
Aug. 16 at Carolina Panthers 7:00pm Aug. 16 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm
Aug. 23 at Detroit Lions 8:00pm CBS Aug. 22 Jacksonville Jaguars 8:00pm FOX
Aug. 29 Minnesota Vikings 7:00pm Aug. 29 at New Orleans Saints 8:00pm
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS ET NAT. TV NEW YORK JETS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 8 at Detroit Lions 7:30pm Aug. 8 at New York Giants 7:00pm
Aug. 17 at Tennessee Titans 7:00pm Aug. 15 at Atlanta Falcons 7:30pm
Aug. 22 Carolina Panthers 7:30pm Aug. 24 New Orleans Saints 7:30pm
Aug. 29 New York Giants 7:30pm Aug. 29 Philadelphia Eagles 7:00pm

 

2019 AFC NORTH TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
BALTIMORE RAVENS ET NAT. TV CINCINNATI BENGALS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 8 Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30pm Aug. 10 at Kansas City Chiefs 8:00pm
Aug. 15 Green Bay Packers 7:30pm Aug. 15 at Washington Redskins 7:30pm
Aug. 22 at Philadelphia Eagles 7:30pm Aug. 22 New York Giants 7:00pm
Aug. 29 at Washington Redskins 7:30pm Aug. 29 Indianapolis Colts 7:00pm
               
       
CLEVELAND BROWNS ET NAT. TV PITTSBURGH STEELERS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 8 Washington Redskins 7:30pm Aug. 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm
Aug. 17 at Indianapolis Colts 4:00pm Aug. 17 Kansas City Chiefs 7:30pm
Aug. 23 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm Aug. 25 at Tennessee Titans 8:00pm NBC
Aug. 29 Detroit Lions 7:30pm Aug. 29 at Carolina Panthers 7:00pm

 

2019 AFC SOUTH TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
HOUSTON TEXANS CT NAT. TV INDIANAPOLIS COLTS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 8 at Green Bay Packers 7:00pm Aug. 8 at Buffalo Bills 7:00pm
Aug. 17 Detroit Lions 7:00pm Aug. 17 Cleveland Browns 4:00pm
Aug. 24 at Dallas Cowboys 6:00pm Aug. 24 Chicago Bears 7:00pm
Aug. 29 Los Angeles Rams 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00pm
     
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS ET NAT. TV TENNESSEE TITANS CT NAT. TV
Aug. 8 at Baltimore Ravens 7:30pm Aug. 8 at Philadelphia Eagles 6:30pm
Aug. 15 Philadelphia Eagles 7:00pm Aug. 17 New England Patriots 6:00pm
Aug. 22 at Miami Dolphins 8:00pm FOX Aug. 25 Pittsburgh Steelers 7:00pm NBC
Aug. 29 Atlanta Falcons 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Chicago Bears 7:00pm

 

2019 AFC WEST TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
DENVER BRONCOS MT NAT. TV KANSAS CITY CHIEFS CT NAT. TV
Aug. 1 vs. Atlanta Falcons+ 6:00pm NBC Aug. 10 Cincinnati Bengals 7:00pm
Aug. 8 at Seattle Seahawks 8:00pm Aug. 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers 6:30pm
Aug. 19 San Francisco 49ers 6:00pm ESPN Aug. 24 San Francisco 49ers 7:00pm
Aug. 24 at Los Angeles Rams 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Green Bay Packers 7:00pm
Aug. 29 Arizona Cardinals 7:00pm            
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS PT NAT. TV OAKLAND RAIDERS PT NAT. TV
Aug. 8 at Arizona Cardinals 7:00pm Aug. 10 at Los Angeles Rams 5:00pm
Aug. 18 New Orleans Saints 1:00pm CBS Aug. 15 Arizona Cardinals 5:00pm ESPN
Aug. 24 Seattle Seahawks 7:00pm Aug. 22 vs. Green Bay Packers# 6:00pm
Aug. 29 at San Francisco 49ers 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Seattle Seahawks 7:00pm

 

2019 NFC EAST TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
DALLAS COWBOYS CT NAT. TV NEW YORK GIANTS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 10 at San Francisco 49ers 8:00pm Aug. 8 New York Jets 7:00pm
Aug. 17 vs. Los Angeles Rams* 9:00pm Aug. 16 Chicago Bears 7:30pm
Aug. 24 Houston Texans 6:00pm Aug. 22 at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00pm
Aug. 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:00pm Aug. 29 at New England Patriots 7:30pm
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES ET NAT. TV WASHINGTON REDSKINS ET NAT. TV
Aug. 8 Tennessee Titans 7:30pm Aug. 8 at Cleveland Browns 7:30pm
Aug. 15 at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:00pm Aug. 15 Cincinnati Bengals 7:30pm
Aug. 22 Baltimore Ravens 7:30pm Aug. 22 at Atlanta Falcons 7:30pm
Aug. 29 at New York Jets 7:00pm Aug. 29 Baltimore Ravens 7:30pm

 

2019 NFC NORTH TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
CHICAGO BEARS CT NAT. TV DETROIT LIONS ET NAT. TV
 Aug. 8 Carolina Panthers 7:00pm  Aug. 8 New England Patriots 7:30pm
Aug. 16 at New York Giants 6:30pm Aug. 17 at Houston Texans 8:00pm
 Aug.24 at Indianapolis Colts 6:00pm Aug. 23 Buffalo Bills 8:00pm CBS
Aug. 29 Tennessee Titans 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Cleveland Browns 7:30pm
     
GREEN BAY PACKERS CT NAT. TV MINNESOTA VIKINGS CT NAT. TV
 Aug. 8 Houston Texans 7:00pm  Aug. 9 at New Orleans Saints 7:00pm
Aug. 15 at Baltimore Ravens 6:30pm Aug. 18 Seattle Seahawks 7:00pm FOX
Aug. 22 vs. Oakland Raiders# 8:00pm Aug. 24 Arizona Cardinals 12:00pm
Aug. 29 Kansas City Chiefs 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Buffalo Bills 6:00pm

 

2019 NFC SOUTH TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
ATLANTA FALCONS ET NAT. TV CAROLINA PANTHERS ET NAT. TV
 Aug. 1 vs. Denver Broncos+ 8:00pm NBC  Aug. 8 at Chicago Bears 8:00pm
 Aug. 8 at Miami Dolphins 7:30pm Aug. 16 Buffalo Bills 7:00pm
Aug. 15 New York Jets 7:30pm Aug. 22 at New England Patriots 7:30pm
Aug. 22 Washington Redskins 7:30pm Aug. 29 Pittsburgh Steelers 7:00pm
Aug. 29 at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:00pm            
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS CT NAT. TV TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS ET NAT. TV
 Aug. 9 Minnesota Vikings 7:00pm  Aug. 9 at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30pm
Aug. 18 at Los Angeles Chargers 3:00pm CBS Aug. 16 Miami Dolphins 7:30pm
Aug. 24 at New York Jets 6:30pm Aug. 23 Cleveland Browns 7:30pm
Aug. 29 Miami Dolphins 7:00pm Aug. 29 at Dallas Cowboys 8:00pm

 

2019 NFC WEST TEAM SCHEDULES
(All times local by market of team, ex. BAL, ET; DEN, MT)
ARIZONA CARDINALS MST NAT. TV LOS ANGELES RAMS PT NAT. TV
 Aug. 8 Los Angeles Chargers 7:00pm Aug. 10 at Oakland Raiders 5:00pm
Aug. 15 Oakland Raiders 5:00pm ESPN Aug. 17 vs. Dallas Cowboys* 7:00pm
Aug. 24 at Minnesota Vikings 10:00am Aug. 24 Denver Broncos 6:00pm
Aug. 29 at Denver Broncos 6:00pm Aug. 29 at Houston Texans 5:00pm
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS PT NAT. TV SEATTLE SEAHAWKS PT NAT. TV
Aug. 10 Dallas Cowboys 6:00pm Aug. 8 Denver Broncos 7:00pm
Aug. 19 at Denver Broncos 5:00pm ESPN Aug. 18 at Minnesota Vikings 5:00pm FOX
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Jags’ Marqise Lee: ‘Nick Foles is a great quarterback’

The quarterback position has been a problem area for the Jaguars for the last few years, and though their former QB Blake Bortles was able to lead the Jaguars to the AFC title game in 2017, everybody knew that Jacksonville needed more from their offense.

In 2018, the lack of production from the offense was glaring, especially at the quarterback position. Bortles is out, and enter Nick Foles, who won a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles two years ago.

One guy who is excited about Foles being in Jacksonville is WR Marqise Lee, who purchased a Jugs machine to better prepare for the 2019 season.

“I’ve been paying attention a lot. Nick Foles is a great quarterback,” Lee said about Foles on Tuesday. “I don’t think I have to get in too much rhythm honestly. I have been on the jugs machine most of the time. I have bought one in every house that I have, no lie. As far as putting the ball in the vicinity – which I know he can do – I’ll be fine…

“Nelson Agholor(Eagles WR) has been with Nick Foles, so I got the opportunity to always talk to him about it. [Agholor] always speaks highly of him, so I already knew coming in that we wouldn’t have a problem. On top of that, when he did come in, just the mindset that he has as a vet, just how much he pushes to stay on top of everything, it was just a lot different.”

Lee is coming off a torn ACL in 2018, but he expects to be good to go in 2019.

“Rehab is great. I am doing very well,” Lee said. “I am on schedule, a little bit ahead. But I’m surely taking my time. I have no worries.”

If Foles plays like the guy we saw in the latter part of the 2017 season, Jacksonville should be excited. He played like an elite level QB during the playoffs that season, and if he can be that guy, and the defense can return to that 2017 form, Jacksonville should rebound nicely in 2019.

Jaguars sign DE Datone Jones

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed seventh-year veteran DE Datone Jones, the club announced today. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars waived rookie DL Shane Bowman.

Jones, 6-4, 285, has played in 67 career games during stints with Green Bay, Minnesota, Detroit, San Francisco and Dallas. He was originally drafted in the first round (26th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Packers, where he spent four seasons and competed in at least 13 games in each year. He tallied a career-high in tackles (27) during his second season in Green Bay in 2014, while combining for 9.0 sacks during his four-year stint with the team.

The Compton, Calif. native played in three games with the 49ers and four games with Dallas during the 2017 season, totaling 15 total tackles, before playing in one contest for the Cowboys in 2018.

Jones competed collegiately at UCLA, where he completed his career with 51 games played and 148 tackles (90 solo), 36.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks.

Jones attended Compton (Calif.) High School, where he also competed in basketball and track and field. Through his travel leagues, he played against NBA players such as Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson and James Harden, while playing with DeMar DeRozan at Compton.

Lopez-Nakatani set for July 19

Teofimo Lopez is one win away from a shot at fulfilling his world title destiny. Standing in his way is fellow unbeaten Masayoshi Nakatani, who is intent on spoiling his plans.

Lopez and Nakatani will lock horns in a 12-round IBF lightweight world title eliminator Friday, July 19 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The Lopez-Nakatani winner will be the mandatory challenger for the victor of the June 28 ESPN-televised bout between IBF champion Richard Commey and Ray Beltran.

In the highly anticipated chief support bout — also a battle of unbeatens — Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev will take on Puerto Rican puncher Subriel Matias in a 12-round IBF junior welterweight world title eliminator for the belt currently held by Josh Taylor.

Lopez-Nakatani and Dadashev-Matias will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+, the leading multi-sport streaming service, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The combatants in this special doubleheader have a combined 57-0 record with 47 knockouts.

The undercard, including the 10-round super featherweight contest between the unbeaten Erick De Leon and former world champion Jason Sosa, will stream on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets for this world championship event priced at $100, $75, $50 and $25 (not including applicable fees) go on sale Friday, June 7 at 10 a.m. ET and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or in person at the MGM National Harbor.

“I’m excited to come back, especially for my first headlining bout, one of many to come,” Lopez said. “After Nakatani, you will see me face the winner of Richard Commey and Ray Beltran. If you think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t. My goal is to be a worldwide star, and Nakatani is not going to stop me. Expect another badass knockout, and rest assured, I have something special planned for the celebration. For this fight, we’re doing a nine-week training camp, and I am going to be in the best shape of my career.

“The Takeover is coming July 19 to MGM National Harbor!”

“This fight is just a stop on the way to becoming world champion,” Nakatani said. “I hope all boxing fans in Japan and around the world will enjoy what I bring to the table.”

Lopez (13-0, 11 KOs), ranked No. 4 by the IBF, was born in Brooklyn, raised in Florida, and represented his parents’ native Honduras at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 21-year-old’s rise up the professional ranks has been meteoric, as he made his debut on a Manny Pacquiao undercard in November 2016 and was the consensus 2018 Prospect of the Year. In 2019, he’s graduated to contender status. He knocked out former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno in seven brutal rounds Feb. 2 in Frisco, Texas. Lopez returned April 20 as the pay-per-view co-feature to the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan bout at Madison Square Garden. He thrilled the hometown fans, knocking out two-time European lightweight champion Edis Tatli in five rounds.

Nakatani (18-0, 12 KOs), from Osaka, Japan, is ranked No. 3 by the IBF and has gone the 12-round distance five times. He has held the OBPF lightweight title since 2014 and has made 11 successful defenses of that belt. Nakatani has won four in a row via knockout, and against Lopez, he will be making his first ring appearance outside of Japan.

Dadashev (13-0, 11 KOs) is a three-year pro who has made a seamless transition to the pro game. A former amateur standout for his native Russia, he won a reported 281 bouts in the unpaid ranks before turning pro under the guidance of famed manager Egis Klimas. Dadashev holds victories over former world champions Antonio DeMarco and Darleys Perez and has won nine of his last ten by knockout. He made his 2019 debut March 23 in Costa Mesa, California, knocking out Ricky Sismundo in four rounds. Matias (13-0, 13 KOs), a southpaw from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, has blown through his competition with ease, as seven of his fights have ended in the first or second round. He made his American debut last October in New Orleans, blowing away former two-division world title challenger Fernando Saucedo in one round.

“It doesn’t matter who I fight or where I fight. I am looking forward to the opportunity in front of me,” Dadashev said. “Matias is a dangerous fighter, but I am ready for whatever he brings. I have fought every kind of style as an amateur and a professional, and all of my experiences have led me to this fight.”

Sosa (22-3-4, 15 KOs), from Camden, New Jersey, upset Javier Fortuna in June 2016 to win the WBA world super featherweight title. He made one successful title before relinquishing his belt to pound-for-pound great Vasiliy Lomachenko. Sosa has won a pair of fights since a controversial decision loss to Yuriorkis Gamboa and knows that a win over De Leon (19-0-1, 11 KOs) will move him closer to another crack at the brass ring.

De Leon, a Detroit product, was a top U.S. amateur who won three consecutive National Golden Gloves championships (2009-11). He turned away Adrian Yung via unanimous decision last July in New Orleans, winning despite injuring his right shoulder in the opening round. De Leon returned to action March 23 in Costa Mesa, California, knocking out Jose Luis Gallegos in seven rounds.