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‘That’s a foolish statement’: Ravens players react to recent criticism of quarterback Lamar Jackson

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‘That’s A Foolish Statement’: Ravens Players React To Recent Criticism Of Quarterback Lamar Jackson

Ravens players once again are being asked to defend quarterback Lamar Jackson after criticism from national media. This time, it’s from an anonymous NFL defensive coordinator.

In an article in The Athletic ranking quarterbacks into tiers based on a poll of 50 NFL coaches and executives, the defensive coordinator said he didn’t think the Ravens could win if Jackson is forced to throw and that Jackson will never be a top-tier quarterback.

“If he had to pass to win the game, they ain’t winning the game,” the defensive coordinator said. “He’s so unique as an athlete and he’s really a good football player, but I don’t [care] if he wins the league MVP 12 times, I don’t think he’ll ever be a 1 as a quarterback. He’ll be a 1 as a football player, but not as a quarterback. So many games come down to two-minute, and that is why they have a hard time advancing even when they are good on defense. Playoffs are tight. You have to be able to throw the ball, and he is just so inconsistent throwing the ball. It is hit or miss.”

Tight end Mark Andrews, Jackson’s top pass-catcher, was blunt in his response.

“We’ll see whoever that was, for sure, mmm hmm,” Andrews said succinctly.

It’s not the first time Jackson has been criticized since the Ravens took the Heisman Trophy winner in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft out of Louisville. He’s been called a running back, and pundits talk about his accuracy. This offseason, his contract negotiations — and value — have been a further point of critique.

In the article in The Athletic, Jackson was ranked 10th and in the second tier of quarterbacks. He was the third-best quarterback in the AFC North, ranking below the Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow (sixth) and the Cleveland Browns’ Deshaun Watson (ninth).

Jackson’s teammates don’t agree.

“That’s a foolish statement,” veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell said Tuesday. “If you win 12 MVPs, you’re the best quarterback of all time. Certain people always have their opinions and you really can’t care about what other people think. Everything Lamar does, if he goes out there and wins the Super Bowl three years in a row, people are still going to be critics.”

ESPN insider Louis Riddick said on “Get Up” Tuesday morning that “this doesn’t seem cowardly, it is cowardly. This doesn’t seem personal, it is personal.”

In a similar exercise, ESPN surveyed more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players to rank the top 10 players at 11 different positions, and Jackson, the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player, ranked outside the top 10 quarterbacks.

“Hard to stay healthy when you run that much; he’s actually gotten a lot better as a passer,” one NFL offensive coach said. “But if you play that way [with a run-heavy attack] and it’s a close game and you’re down, it’s really hard to win, because you’re asked to do what you only minor in, not major in, and that’s passing the ball when they know you are gonna pass it.”

Opinions on Jackson in The Athletic’s poll varied. As many voters had Jackson in Tier 1 (eight) as Tier 3. Other coaches quoted in the article also commented on Jackson’s passing ability holding him back from top-tier status. An anonymous offensive coach wants to see him improve his ability to identify coverages.

In his four NFL seasons, Jackson has completed 64.1% of his passes for 9,967 yards with 84 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while rushing for 3,673 yards and 21 scores. He is 37-12 in the regular season as a starter but is 1-3 in the playoffs.

“One thing I know is that when you’re doing stuff that’s different than what everyone else does and you’re great at it, people don’t like that,” linebacker Patrick Queen said Tuesday. “Lamar going to keep being Lamar and wherever that gets him which I know is going to be high places, great places, hats off to him. Haters going to be haters.”

Jackson, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, is in Owings Mills and is expected to take the field Wednesday for the first day of training camp. He and general manager Eric DeCosta are expected to continue discussions about a contract extension throughout camp.

His teammates are glad to have him in the building.

“Let the haters talk,” Campbell said.




NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte talks about a surprising health battle

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Nascar Champion Bobby Labonte Talks About A Surprising Health Battle

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Bobby Labonte drove the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac to the pinnacle of NASCAR in 2000, winning the Winston Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing.

While he was able to compete against dozens of other drivers for 21 wins in his NASCAR Cup career and another 10 in his NASCAR Xfinity Series career, Labonte revealed in a segment on FOX that he was battling issues. surprising health.


Bobby Labonte poses with the Winston Cup trophy after winning the title for Joe Gibbs Racing. Driving the Interstate Batteries Pontiac, Labonte won four Cup races en route to the title.
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He said that in 2019 he started feeling unwell and went to a doctor to get checked out. He said the doctor told him about a spot on his kidney and it was something to watch out for. He said two years later the lump on his kidney had “tripled in size” and doctors recommended surgery to remove it.

Labonte, who is now a NASCAR analyst for FOX Sports, said he received a call from the doctor who removed the mass, Mohamad Allaf, MD, director of the urology department at Johns Hopkins in Maryland, and was told that everything had gone well. with the surgery but that the mass was cancerous and the cancer “very aggressive”.


Bobby Labonte Waves To The Crowd Before The Srx Qualifying Race At Sharon Speedway On July 23, 2022 In Hartford, Ohio.

Bobby Labonte waves to the crowd before the SRX qualifying race at Sharon Speedway on July 23, 2022 in Hartford, Ohio.
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“A lot of emotions came over me at that point because I was relieved but also, wow, it’s crazy because a third of patients who are diagnosed with this don’t make it,” did he declare. “Usually I’m not one to share and you won’t know much about me, but it didn’t take long for me to figure out if we could help one person, just help one person, man. … There are a ton of cancers that can be treated for sure and this was one if you caught it early like we did, we were lucky enough to be able to deal with it.

Labonte has resumed running since the mace was removed.

He has evolved between the SMART Modified Tour and the Superstar Racing Experience since leaving the NASCAR Cup circuit.

Bobby Labonte Sits In His Car During Practice For The Camping World Superstar Racing Experience Event At South Boston Speedway On June 25, 2022, In South Boston, Virginia.

Bobby Labonte sits in his car during practice for the Camping World Superstar Racing Experience event at South Boston Speedway on June 25, 2022, in South Boston, Virginia.
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He last raced on the Cup circuit in 2016.


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Watch – “I Just Swallowed a Bee”: Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

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Watch – “I Just Swallowed A Bee”: Doug Ford, Premier Of Ontario

Ontario Premier Doug Ford was buzzing with laughter after accidentally swallowing a bee during a news conference on Friday.

Ford was in Dundalk, Ont., answering a reporter’s health care question when the insect, which had been buzzing around his mouth for a few moments, suddenly flew straight into his mouth.


“My God, I just swallowed a bee,” Ford said after a coughing fit.

The prime minister drank some water, then joked, “I’m fine. It’s here buzzing right now.

“It’s going to be replayed over and over again,” Ford said with a smile as reporters could be heard laughing in the background.

Ford then noted that the bee was “stuck” in his throat.

After taking a few moments to collect himself in apparent unease, Ford said with a laugh that the bee came down “straight through the hatch”.

In light of the health care press conference topic, Ford cracked another joke with a smile, saying, “I’m going to rush to the hospital to get this bee out of here.”

Ford was elected premier in 2018 on an “anti-elite” platform after defeating the far-left provincial Liberal government, Breitbart News reported at the time. However, Ford’s government has come under fire during the pandemic after enacting some of the toughest coronavirus restrictions among Canadian provinces.

In June, Ford’s Progressive Conservative Party won another majority in re-election, securing itself as premier for at least the next four years.

Doug Ford is the brother of controversial but popular former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who infamously came to international attention in 2013 after he was caught smoking crack while still in office.

You can follow Ethan Letkeman on Twitter at @EthanLetkeman.

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Burglars repeatedly target Lee’s sandwiches in SF’s net, causing hundreds of damage each time

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Burglars Repeatedly Target Lee'S Sandwiches In Sf'S Net, Causing Hundreds Of Damage Each Time

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — An Asian-owned sandwich shop in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood is under siege as burglars have targeted the business at least twice a week for the past few months.

Things got so bad at Lee’s Sandwiches that every front window was covered with plywood.

Inside, merchandise has been removed from shelves for safekeeping.

The executive director of the Tenderloin Merchants Association says burglars stole hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise with each break-in and caused significant property damage.

He says it happens so often that traders have stopped calling the police.

Other Asian Tenderloin businesses were also affected.

EXCLUSIVE: Fed up with repeat burglaries and crimes, Bay Area laundromat owners leave California

“Right now the feeling in the community is that the Asian community is an easy target because it’s safe to steal, because you’re not going to get hurt and you’re not going to get caught,” said said Rene Colorado with the Net Traders Association.

Rene Colorado says burglars also get it when the association’s Community Ambassadors patrol the neighborhood.

Burglaries are timed before Ambassadors start their shift.

These ambassadors recently started wearing body armor after one was held at gunpoint.

The group is now asking Mayor London Breed for more funding to expand the program and appealing for the support of Supervisor Dean Preston.

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Chicago White Sox spend 3 games above .500 for first time since April 17 after sweeping Detroit Tigers – The Denver Post

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Chicago White Sox Spend 3 Games Above .500 For First Time Since April 17 After Sweeping Detroit Tigers – The Denver Post

The Chicago White Sox were in third place in American League Central when they started a 19-game streak against teams under .500 on July 26 in Colorado.

The Sox trailed the then-division leaders Minnesota Twins by four games and were 48-48.

The string ended on Sunday, and although they didn’t take full advantage of the tear, the Sox are tied for second in Central with the Twins – 2½ games behind the first-place Cleveland Guardians – after having defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-3 in front of 32,154 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Sox completed a three-game sweep over the Tigers and are three games above .500 (59-56) for the first time since going 6-3 on April 17.

“It was a good sweep for us,” Sox starter Lance Lynn said. “We’ve got to start winning games, we’ve got to start winning playoffs, and then we can sweep the team, especially with the (Houston Astros) team coming in. Hopefully we can keep riding high .

“We have a good team coming in this week, so we have to keep playing good baseball.”

The Sox went 11-8 against the Colorado Rockies (1-1), Oakland Athletics (2-1), Kansas City Royals (3-4), Texas Rangers (2-2) and Tigers (3-0). With Sunday’s win, the Sox swept a home streak for the first time this season.

“We got results for our efforts,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said of the series. “There are times when it’s frustrating because the ball was hit hard, but we hung on. We’re sticking to it very well. Hopefully we’ll be rewarded.

There were a few injury-related hurdles during the 19-game streak. The Sox lost shortstop Tim Anderson for about six weeks with a sagittal tape tear on his left middle finger and played the last two games of the Tigers series without center fielder Luis Robert, who left Friday’s game. with a sprained left wrist.

“He’s improved,” La Russa said of Robert. “And we just have to wait until Monday to see. He feels better. He did more work with it. If not (Monday), it should be shortly after.

AJ Pollock, slotted into the top spot with Anderson out and playing center field with Robert sidelined, started the offense with a solo homer in the third to cut the deficit to 2-1.

“You look at his credentials,” La Russa said of Pollock. “He’s a quality big league hitter and defenseman. He saw the need when Tim was gone. If he were to hit second, third or fourth, he would do that too.

Pollock doubled in the lead of the fifth and scored the equalizer on a brace from Eloy Jiménez. José Abreu singled out, giving the Sox runners into the turns with one out.

Tigers starter Tyler Alexander appeared to come out of the inning when Andrew Vaughn hit an undershot grounder. Vaughn threw away his helmet after crossing first base, thinking the Tigers had completed a late-inning double play.

“I was running as fast as I could,” Vaughn said. “I was just trying to beat him and I didn’t think I did.”

But Kody Clemens didn’t hold Willi Castro’s pitch first. Jiménez scored on the play, putting the Sox ahead 3-2.

Vaughn added a solo home run as part of a two-run eighth.

Along with the timely offense, the Sox got solid pitching from Lynn, Jimmy Lambert, Jake Diekman and Kendall Graveman.

Lynn allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in six innings.

“We won the match, so that’s all that matters,” he said.

He kept his focus on the attack.

“The offense continues to do its thing,” Lynn said. “Starting to put some things together, especially with runners in scoring position, and getting that big hit. It’s part of the concert. We just have to keep going and hopefully make a run at it.

“We have a tough opponent this week. It’s a playoff team and we just have to go out there and keep putting on quality sticks and making quality pitches and see what happens.

Vaughn referred to starting pitcher Johnny Cueto “we have to show the fire we have – if we have it,” Kansas City said Wednesday while assessing the weekend for the Sox.

“Johnny said it best: ‘I want more fire,’” Vaughn said. “We had a fire. It was good.”


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Japan rebounds in economic growth as coronavirus fears fade

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TOKYO — The restaurants are full. Shopping centers are teeming. People travel. And Japan’s economy has started to grow again as consumers, weary of more than two years of the pandemic, have moved away from the precautions that have kept coronavirus infections among the lowest levels of any wealthy country.

Lockdowns in China, soaring inflation and brutally high energy prices failed to curb Japan’s economic expansion as domestic consumption of goods and services soared in the second quarter of the year. The country’s economy, the third-largest after the United States and China, grew at an annualized rate of 2.2% during that period, government data showed Monday.

The second quarter result follows 0% growth – revised from an initial reading of a 1% decline – in the first three months of the year, when consumers retreated to their homes in the face of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

After that first Omicron wave dried up, domestic shoppers and travelers returned to the streets. The number of cases then quickly returned to record highs for Japan, but this time the public – highly vaccinated and tired of restraint – reacted with less fear, said Izumi Devalier, head of Japan’s economy at Bank of America.

“After the Omicron wave ended, we had a really nice increase in mobility, a lot of catch-up spending in categories like dining and travel,” she said.

The new growth report indicates that the Japanese economy could finally get back on track after more than two years of yo-yoing between growth and contraction. Yet the country remains an economic “lag” compared to other wealthy countries, Ms Devalier said, adding that consumers, especially the elderly, “are still sensitive to the risks of Covid”.

As this sensitivity has slowly diminished over time, she said, “we’ve had this very gradual recovery and normalization since Covid.”

The second-quarter growth came despite headwinds, especially for Japan’s small and medium-sized businesses. Covid lockdowns in China have made it difficult for retailers to stock in-demand products like air conditioners, and for manufacturers to source some critical components for their products.

A weak yen and higher inflation also weighed on businesses. Over the past year, the Japanese currency has lost more than 20% of its value against the dollar. While this has been good for exporters – whose products have become cheaper for overseas customers – it has driven up the prices of imports, which have already become more expensive due to shortages and supply chain disruptions. caused by the pandemic and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

While inflation in Japan – at around 2% in June – is still well below that of many other countries, it has forced some companies to raise prices dramatically for the first time in years, which could dampen demand. consumers accustomed to paying the same amounts year after year.

Japan faces other challenges, both at home and abroad. Small and medium-sized businesses in particular are likely to struggle as pandemic subsidies come to an end and foot traffic to their businesses remains below pre-pandemic levels.

Additionally, geopolitical tensions are creating greater uncertainty for Japan’s key industries. Friction between the United States and China over President Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this month has raised concerns among Japanese policymakers about possible trade disruptions. Taiwan is Japan’s fourth-largest trading partner and a key producer of semiconductors, essential components for Japan’s major automotive and electronics industries.

As for Japan’s overall economic outlook, “in the short term the momentum is quite good, but beyond that we’re actually quite cautious,” Devalier said.

At home, she expects consumption to slow as people adjust to the new normal of living with the pandemic and their enthusiasm to spend wanes. Wage growth, which has been stagnant for years, is below inflation, which should affect spending. And, she said, “for manufacturing and exports, we expect slower momentum reflecting the fact that we expect weaker global growth.”

Even under ideal conditions, Japan’s domestic consumption is at least a year away from returning to pre-pandemic levels, said Shinichiro Kobayashi, senior economist at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting.

“Next year we should be in a situation where there is no need to worry about Covid infections and there are no restrictions on economic activity,” he said.

By then, he said, Japan will most likely have eased restrictions on tourism and business travel from overseas, which has further weighed on its economic performance.

But with Omicron cases continuing to rise, a full return to normal life this year is “impossible”, he said.


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Erik ten Hag orders Manchester United stars to undergo extra training after Brentford humiliation as ex-Chelsea star admits he mocked Christian Eriksen’s decision

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Erik Ten Hag Orders Manchester United Stars To Undergo Extra Training After Brentford Humiliation As Ex-Chelsea Star Admits He Mocked Christian Eriksen'S Decision

Manchester United players had their day off canceled by Erik ten Hag following a humiliating loss to Brentford.

The Dutchman was furious with his side’s performance in the 4-0 loss which left the Red Devils bottom of the Premier League table after two games.


Ten Hag called his players for extra training

It was a nerve-wracking experience for the Man United players, who reportedly felt the ex-Ajax boss’ wrath in the dressing room at half-time in the defeat.

Ten Hag and scores of stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes have been criticized for the result as a former top club’s decline continues.

But, in an attempt to immediately right the wrongs of Saturday night, their new manager halted plans for a Sunday off and called in his stars for extra practice, according to the Times.

Although the club would have returned to Manchester late last night, Ten Hag was back in his office early this morning before his players arrived.

But former Premier League striker Tony Cascarino believes Ten Hag’s decision to change his goal kicking style during the Brentford game was inane.

He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “I get frustrated when I hear about a certain style of play because if the team you’re playing against is good at stopping you, don’t try to stop it.

No Man United Player Came Out Of The Game Well And Their Day Off Was Canceled


No Man United player came out of the game well and their day off was canceled

“Man City can do it and Liverpool can do it, because their players are much more capable. Alisson sometimes, with me as a Liverpool fan, my heart is in my hands thinking, ‘wow, what the hell? what are you trying to do there?’

“But there are very few teams in the world that can play that way and get away with it. Barcelona could and have done for years, the Real Madrid midfielder can have the ball in almost any position because they are all so experienced and so good with the ball.

“The counter-argument to that, if you’re supposed to do that, and that’s the idea, you just keep doing it, well, why in the second half did they throw the long ball almost every time.

“If you’re supposed to play this way, why did you take a different attitude in the second half? If you’re supposed to play that way, you stick with that idea, but they can’t, they’ll be beaten badly every week if that’s the case.

Not only that, Cascarino revealed he was laughing at a role switch for summer signing Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen Played Different Roles In His Two Games For Man United


Eriksen played different roles in his two games for Man United

The Dane, who arrived on a free transfer after six months with United winners Brentford, played a false nine role in the opening weekend defeat to Brighton before playing as a deep midfielder against his former club.

Eriksen then erred for the second goal as part of his goal kick tactic.

And Cascarino, when asked what he thought of the role change, replied: “Well, I laughed.

“He went from centre-forward last week to starting midfield this week. He’s the coach for me.

Eriksen Made A Mistake In The Build-Up To Brentford's Second Goal


Eriksen made a mistake in the build-up to Brentford’s second goal

“I watched Eriksen for 10 years, I saw him against the Republic of Ireland in an international match and he ruined us.

“I watched him for Brentford, Tottenham and other clubs and thought ‘what is his best position?’ It’s like a midfielder who takes the ball and he’s always looking for space.

“You can sometimes play him deeper because he can pick up the ball and use it, but I prefer him to create and shake things up in the forward areas.”

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