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be like when the Cubs win it all, I see a mass

in Freiwillige Challenges 18.04.2019 06:49
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- LeSean McCoy was healthy enough to at least watch part of practice from the sideline Thursday, though its unclear whether the Buffalo Bills top offensive threat can play at Miami on Sunday.A person with direct knowledge of McCoys hamstring injury told The Associated Press the Bills running back is a game-time decision. The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not revealed their plans regarding McCoys playing status.Coach Rex Ryan used the word hopeful in providing an update a day after McCoy left practice complaining of tightness in one of his hamstrings. Ryan declined to go into detail when asked about the severity of the injury except to say it wasnt full blown.He also said he didnt know whether McCoy injured the same left hamstring that hampered his production last season, his first in Buffalo.I know it scares every Buffalo Bills fan because right away we go back to last year, Ryan said. Hopefully, its not to that extent. I dont believe it is.The injury McCoy sustained in training camp last year led to him gaining 145 yards in three games before sitting out the next two. The NFLs 2013 yards-rushing leader then missed the final two games of the season due to a knee injury and finished with 895 yards rushing.Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn wants to be cautious with McCoys injury after what happened last year.I dont want him playing 85 percent, re-injuring the hamstring and then this thing lingers all year, Lynn said. I want him on the field and ready to go. I want him to be LeSean.McCoy was not present for the start of practice Thursday, but was spotted wearing a blue hoodie and carrying a football making his way to the locker room once the session ended.Ryan had encouraging news in saying he expects rookie linebacker Shaq Lawson to play against Miami (2-4). Lawson is Buffalos first-round draft pick who has been out since May when he had surgery to repair a right shoulder injury that nagged him at Clemson.McCoys injury, however, presents a potential big blow to the Bills (4-2), who have leaned heavily on the running back in building a four-game winning streak -- the teams longest in eight years.McCoy has combined for 470 yards rushing and six touchdowns (including one receiving) in the past four games alone, and Buffalo now leads the NFL with 998 yards rushing.If McCoy cant play, backup Mike Gillislee would likely start. The third-year player spelled McCoy in a mop-up role in last weekends 45-16 rout of San Francisco and scored a 44-yard touchdown run.The Bills other running backs are sparingly used veteran Reggie Bush and rookie fifth-round pick Jonathan Williams.Buffalos offense could be further depleted with receiver Robert Woods missing his second consecutive practice because of an injury to his lower right leg. Woods had his right foot in a protective boot on Wednesday, and said he aggravated a pre-existing injury against the Niners. With starting receiver Sammy Watkins out (left foot), Woods leads Buffalo with 25 catches and 240 yards, and also has scored once.On the bright side, tight end Charles Clay returned to practice after missing Wednesdays session with an ankle injury.As for Lawson, Ryan said hes impressed with what hes seen from the pass-rushing specialist in two practices.Yeah, he looks pretty darn good out there. Hes flying around. He looks like the guy that we drafted, Ryan said of the player Buffalo selected 19th overall. Theres a reason we took him in the first round, and hes showing that on the practice field.The Bills would have to make a roster move to activate Lawson off the physically unable to perform list.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/AP-NFL Scarpe Asics Saldi . -- Peyton Manning will have all of his wide receivers available for the first time in a month when the Denver Broncos begin their playoff run Jan. Scarpe Asics Uomo Scontate . Vaives lawyer Trevor Whiffen claims the former 50-goal man wasnt provided with a copy of the claim beforehand and that he would not have agreed to the allegations made against the NHL had he been asked to review its contents. http://www.asicsscontate.it/ . PETERSBURG, Fla. Scarpe Asics In Offerta . Miikka Kiprusoff had just announced his retirement after a decade-long run in Calgary and it would be up to Berra and Ramo to fill the void. Scarpe Asics Scontate . -- If Henry Burris has his way, he will be the starting quarterback to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats back to the Grey Cup next year. Ive?waited my whole life for a Chicago Cubs World Series win. (Lets be honest, with the exception of a few Guinness World Record holders, who hasnt?)?Ive?dreamed about what it would be like to see them win it all.?On Monday, the team made a move that brings a championship that much closer to the north side of Chicago, sending four players, including top prospect Gleyber Torres, to the Yankees in exchange for closer Aroldis Chapman.Chapman is a superstar who fills an immediate need for the first-place Cubs, who are ranked 14th in baseball in bullpen ERA (3.83) and 22nd in save percentage (65.5 percent) this season. He could very well?be the final piece needed to end the longest championship drought in major pro sports history. You can understand why so many Cubs fans rejoiced at the news.But not all of Chicago was celebrating. Many, like me, dreaded the deal going through. Yes, Chapman is the man with the 105 mph fastball. Hes also the man who missed the first 30 games of the season after being suspended under MLBs domestic violence policy. Hes the man who denied choking his girlfriend in October, but did admit to shooting eight bullets into his garage while the mother of his child hid in the bushes, terrified.No charges were?filed?against Chapman -- the?Davie (Florida) Police Department cited?conflicting stories and a lack of cooperation from witnesses -- but MLB investigated, too,?and?commissioner?Rob Manfred?found?Chapmans behavior to be inappropriate under the negotiated policy, particularly his use of a firearm and the impact of that behavior on his partner.After serving his suspension, Chapman described the night with the gun and the 911 call and the alleged choking as nothing serious. I didnt do anything, he said. People are thinking that its something serious; I have not put my hands on anyone, didnt put anyone in danger. Since I didnt do anything like that, Im not thinking about it. If I didnt do anything, why should I think about it? That is in the past.An alleged assault, a terrified loved one and a confirmed eight bullets shot in a garage, one of which flew through a window into an open field. Not serious? Not dangerous? Its a troubling denial of culpability.Now, just nine months after the incident in question, and two months after Chapmans flippant remarks, a new fan base is being asked to embrace him, to give him a second chance.Some fans may never be comfortable with an athlete accused or convicted of abuse being afforded the privilege of representing a team and a city in professional?sports, but?many would accept giving an athlete a second chance if they felt certain that something had been learned and changes had been made. Not all athletes are going to be good guys,?but people shouldnt have to feel guilty about their fandom as an accepted cost of doing business.Ive written before about?why many domestic violence experts believe one -and -done isnt the best policy, and I agree. Players like?Chhapman should not be banned from the league forever, but discipline is necessary, and it must not be for the sake of PR.dddddddddddd It must be meted out with the end goal of changing behavior.Those experts say the most important factor in avoiding recidivism is the offenders willingness to acknowledge guilt and take accountability for his or her actions. Baseball is on the right track, putting in place a domestic violence policy that includes education and prevention programs. The next step would be to ensure that these elements of the policy are made clear to fans, so?theyre able to see that real efforts are being made to stop the cycle of violence.For now, Chicago fans will get no real assurance that Chapman has learned or changed, other than a brief statement released?on Monday.?After acknowledging Octobers incident in a statement saying, I?regret that I did not exercise better judgment and for that I am truly sorry, Chapman declared, Out of respect for my family, I will not comment any further on this matter.?Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts?said, My?family, this team and Major League?Baseball take?the issue of domestic violence very seriously.Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein went one step further in acknowledging what comes next for Chapman. [Acquiring Chapman] doesnt mean were turning our back on the importance of character at all, Epstein told the media on Monday. I think because weve emphasized character and building this core that we have, we have a tremendously strong clubhouse culture. We have great character down there. We think that it will help Aroldis as he moves forward.So troubled Cubs fans are left hoping Epstein is right, hoping that Chapman arrives a changed man and thrives in the Chicago clubhouse. Well get no further comment on the matter from Chapman, himself. Just blazing fastballs. Fastballs that will assuredly help the team I love. Fastballs that could be the difference come October.Whenever I picture what it will be like when the Cubs win it all, I see a mass of humans of all shapes and sizes and ages hugging in the Wrigley Field bleachers and grandstands. I see fans crying over Ronnie and Ernie, grandpas and grandmas and everyone else who didnt make it quite long enough. I see bleacher bums and ball hawks refusing to leave the park or the bar or the street until the last song has been sung, the last champagne bottle popped, the last memory made.When the Chapman deal was finalized, my daydreaming got an edit. Now, I have to picture Chapman pitching the final out of the World Series. The guys Ive come to love -- Rizzo, Bryant, Fowler, Ross, Arrieta -- piling on Chapman on the mound. Chapman on the front page of every newspaper in the country. Chapman, the lasting image of the victory. Chapman, the hero.Its not the picture I always dreamed of. ' ' '

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