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Brett Favre warns Bruce Arians over Tom Brady mishandling

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Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians surprised a lot of people with his stark criticism of Tom Brady after the Buccaneers’ opening week loss to New Orleans. One of those people was Brett Favre, and the Hall of Fame quarterback believes it was a mistake by Arians.

“I think the last person you want to call out after the first game of the year is Tom Brady,” Favre said Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Now, maybe they had a mutual truce going into the game, going into the season, ‘Hey, I’m going to be hard on you. I want the guys to know we’re going to treat you the same even though technically I’m not, so are you OK with it?’ If they have that truce, great. If not, I think you are barking up the wrong tree.’’

Arians knocked Brady for a “miscommunication” with Mike Evans on one interception, a critique he later walked back and placed on Evans instead. Arians called Brady’s second interception, which resulted in a pick-six, a “bad decision.”

Not only were the criticisms harsh, especially after just one game, they were also noteworthy considering Brady’s lone former NFL head coach, Bill Belichick, never publicly bashed Brady in similar fashion.

“Dissension could easily enter quickly,’’ Favre said. “Maybe the Saints didn’t do anything that they were not ready for other than, ‘We didn’t protect very well,’ [and] Tom gets hit a couple of times, you get a little jittery, it happens. First half of the Super Bowl against the Falcons he was getting nailed [and] played lackluster at best.

“They went in, had a ‘Come to Jesus’ at halftime, they don’t even come close to touching him in the second half, and he’s flawless. So they clean up the protection, the timing, the chemistry will come. Will it come overnight? I highly doubt it, but it will come pretty quickly though and they very easily could be 4-1 after five weeks.”

In the meantime, Arians could have a mess on his hands. Tampa Bay hosts the Panthers on Sunday to try to even their record on the season. Favre expects to see improvement from Brady as he grows more comfortable with his new team and a new system.

“Tom’s performance was not what we’ve come to expect from him, but I’ll say this, it wasn’t far off,” Favre said. “The first drive, I think most people said, ‘Well, he hasn’t missed a beat. That’s typical Tom.’ I was a little bit surprised at how he started. I was not surprised with how the rest of the game unfolded. New team. He’s been in a familiar environment forever and then all of a sudden not only is he with a new team, football itself is totally different right now. No preseason.

“Yeah, we saw, we heard where he was getting some kind of workout in, whether it be virtual or in the parking lot. But, look, it’s not even close to the equivalent of real bullets. And they protected OK. Tom, you know, if you protect him he’s gonna pick you apart, I don’t care if it is new receivers or not.”

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Leicester flop to Lewandowski’s replacement? Hoffenheim hotshot Kramaric earning rave reviews

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Leicester flop to Lewandowski's replacement? Hoffenheim hotshot Kramaric earning rave reviews

Andrej Kramaric set himself a goal before the 2020-21 season started.

Despite missing much of last season through injury, the 29-year-old striker scored 12 times in 19 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim – a tally that was topped up by four goals on the final day of the season against Borussia Dortmund.

“Many strikers can’t match that goal ratio. And my stats can get even better if I play every game,” Kramaric told Sport Bild. “I’m happy that I’m no longer injured.

“I’d like to score 17 goals, just like I did two years ago. I really want it to be a great season, and I will give everything to achieve this.

“But I also have to say in the last four years I missed our pre-season preparations, either due to injuries or because I played at the European Championship or the World Cup, but I still scored a lot of goals.”

Kramaric’s injury-free off-season has paid dividends already, and after just two Bundesliga games he is more than a quarter of the way to his goal target.

The Croatia international has long since recovered from a disappointing spell in the Premier League, where he bagged just four goals in 20 games after becoming Leicester City’s then-record signing at £9 million ($11.5m) in January 2015.

The Foxes loaned him out to Hoffenheim 12 months later before eventually selling him to the German club, where Kramaric has flourished, scoring at least 12 goals in each of his full seasons in Sinsheim.

This term, he has seven goals in all competitions already, netting a hat-trick on the opening weekend against Koln before scoring twice in the DFB-Pokal and then bagging two more in last weekend’s shock 4-1 win over Bayern Munich, which ended the European champions’ run of 32 games without defeat.

Kramaric’s first goal against Bayern was a brilliantly taken effort where he controlled the ball expertly while holding off Joshua Kimmich before finding the net with an instinctive finish.

At Hoffenheim, he has found the killer instinct he lacked at Leicester and is already the club’s record goalscorer despite only joining in 2016.

Before travelling to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Bayern head coach Hansi Flick singled out Kramaric as the main danger, calling him “one of the best strikers in the Bundesliga”.

“He’s a player you have to watch out for because he has a lot of qualities in the last third and in the box, but who is also able to outplay someone with his dribbling and movement,” he added.

After the 4-1 demolition, even more people started talking about Kramaric’s qualities, with Germany legend Lothar Matthaus believing the forward has the ability to line out for the Champions League winners.

“Hansi Flick’s praise a few days ago was no accident,” Matthaus told Sky Germany. “Kramaric has already scored five goals after two match days and has also scored twice in the cup.

“He is a player who, in my opinion, definitely has the potential for Bayern Munich.”

Robert Lewandowski has been crowned the Bundesliga’s top scorer in five of the last seven seasons and, after Timo Werner’s move to Chelsea, it looked as if only Dortmund wonderkid Erling Haaland would challenge the Pole for the title this season.

However, a new contender has emerged, and if Kramaric can stay fit he could be the player to end Lewandowski’s dominance in the race for the Torjagerkanone.

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The last two runners-up to Lewandowski no longer play in Germany (Werner and Paco Alcacer), while 2016-17 winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now at Arsenal.

Lewandowski cannot be prised away from Munich, but his nearest competitors have a history of attracting attention from bigger teams, and Kramaric admitted in January that he would be tempted by a bigger side.

“I play in a big league, and I’m very satisfied at Hoffenheim, even though it’s not the biggest club in the world,” he admitted. 

“Every footballer wants to play for one of the biggest clubs, that’s clear, but I have no pressure to leave.

“I have proven what I can do and reached a certain status over the last few years. But I want more – with Hoffenheim as well as Croatia.

“If I get the chance to accomplish more, I will take it.”

Kramaric has already taken the chances that have come his way on the pitch this season, and when he inevitably smashes his personal goal for the season, the former Leicester flop will definitely have plenty of clubs lining up to offer him another shot at the big time.

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Toto Wolff Admits Lewis Hamilton Contract Talks May Not Happen For a Long Time

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Lewis Hamilton is en route to his 7th title this season. The Briton was an arm’s length away from equalling one of Michael Schumacher’s most elusive records in the sport before a technicality robbed him of the opportunity. Lewis Hamilton isn’t a name anymore, it is F1’s universal face.

The Mercedes man will look forward to securing his claim to the Drivers’ Championship title at the Middle East triple-header. To bring up the drama, the Silver Arrows and Lewis will keep the contract talks silent till then.

However, that does not stop the likes of Eddie Jordan from speculating about the same.

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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes spice it up with contract drama

The possibility of Lewis Hamilton leaving Mercedes to join Red Bull is out of the question. Mercedes are apt at dramatizing contract extensions and they aim for the same this time. They will look to drag it out to the last race of the triple-header at Abu Dhabi. However, the eventual result will be the same, an extension for Hamilton.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 5, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reacts after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Mercedes have purposely built an air of ambiguity on the topic to keep the fans interested. Recently, on being suggested by a journalist, on extending Lewis’ contract at Hamilton’s mother’s house, the Team Principal showed no sign of denial. Toto Wolff said, “Can happen. We have already done this in the past.” 

That gives you the gist of it. The team just wants to keep the pressure going until the championship is safely home. “I think it’s just about: We want to somehow get this championship dry and do a good job.

“This schedule of three races and a weekend break simply never allows us to put ourselves together properly.”

Mercedes are on their way to win this season. However, there is always room for the unexpected. Although Red Bull is far behind, you never know what sorcery turns the tables.

READ MORE- Michael Schumacher Had “That Little Bit Extra” Compared to Lewis Hamilton : Fernando Alonso

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Yankees able to bail out the bullpen — this time: Sherman

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Yankees able to bail out the bullpen — this time: Sherman

Game 2 started in September and ended in October. It had a rain delay both without and with actual rain. It was filled with walks and runs, yet basically crawled to a major league record for a nine inning game of 4 hours and 50 minutes.

The Yankees only won this game and clinched this series against the Indians because the length, discipline and power of their offense overcame the shoddy work of their bullpen.

The final was 10-9, the Yankees scoring two in the ninth on ninth-place hitter Gary Sanchez’s sacrifice fly and leadoff man DJ LeMahieu’s two-out, two-strike RBI single. The Yankees scored 22 runs in two games against the team that led the AL in ERA to eliminate the Indians.

Now, they move on to face the Rays, whose pitching is more formidable because there is so much of it. Tampa Bay, for example, had 12 relievers earn a save during the regular season and then Peter Fairbanks recorded one in Game 1 of the wild-card series against Toronto. Yep, he was the 13th Ray this year to do that.

What the Yanks would have done for a Fairbanks on Wednesday? Their three main relievers — Chad Green, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman — all stumbled and Aaron Boone ignored Adam Ottavino at a key moment because the Yankee manager lost faith in the righty last postseason and has not regained it yet for this one.

And, remember, the best-of-five Division Series begins Monday in San Diego and there are no off-days in the neutral site. So having faith in a lot of relievers is going to be vital. And after a season of going through a lot of Jonathan Holders and Nick Nelsons and Brooks Kriskes, Boone never really found a guy to replace Ottavino or Tommy Kahnle, who was lost when he needed Tommy John surgery.

Gary Sanchez talks with Zack Britton as both head to the dugout at the end of the sixth inning in the Yankees' 10-9 series-clinching win over the Indians.
Gary Sanchez talks with Zack Britton as both head to the dugout at the end of the sixth inning in the Yankees’ 10-9 series-clinching win over the Indians.Corey Sipkin

A key sequence of Wednesday night’s Game 2 came down to Boone summoning a righty reliever to face a righty hitter who really struggles against righty pitching. When the Yankees signed Ottavino for three years at $27 million after the 2018 season that pretty much was his calling card; that he could use his slider to obliterate righties.

Except at this vital moment, Boone picked the inexperienced Jonathan Loaisiga to try to retire Jordan Luplow with a two-run lead and two outs in the seventh inning.

The Yankees needed to go to their bullpen early because Masahiro Tanaka had his shortest outing in nine postseason starts. He failed to retire a batter in the fifth. Perhaps two rain delays totaling an hour, 27 minutes impacted the righty. The first one came before the first pitch when there was no rain, then the game began and it almost immediately poured, forcing Tanaka to start and stop.

His early departure initiated a failed chain of relief that would cost the Yankees. Green inherited two Tanaka runners in the fifth and allowed a two-run Jose Ramirez double that tied the score. Protecting an 8-6 lead in the seventh, Britton got two outs before walking Carlos Santana and Franmil Reyes consecutively.

Indians manager Sandy Alomar Jr. called on Luplow to hit for the lefty Josh Naylor. Luplow hit .128 vs. righties this year and .194 for his career. But Boone never even warmed Ottavino, who pitched so poorly against the Twins and Astros in last year’s playoffs and was hardly overpowering during this abbreviated season.

Instead, Loaisiga entered and gave up a tying two-run double to the wall in center. He made bad worse in the eighth when he walked the first two men he faced. Boone turned to Chapman to try to strike his way out of this problem. But Cesar Hernandez parachuted a single to left that brought in the go-ahead run.

But Gio Urshela, who had a grand slam earlier, made a brilliant play to initiate a double play that helped get Chapman out of further trouble. He also had a two-strike single in the Yankee ninth and this attack, which beat up the AL’s best starter in Shane Bieber in Game 1 and perhaps the best reliever James Karinchak in Game 2, then inflicted the first blown save this season on Brad Hand in the ninth.

The offense was overwhelming, enough to help protect a short bullpen in this series. The Yanks will need more and better relief moving forward.

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