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Is a Seat at Richard Petty Motorsports on the Horizon for Daniel Suarez After GBR Exit?

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Is a Seat at Richard Petty Motorsports on the Horizon for Daniel Suarez After GBR Exit?

Just nine months since he joined the team, Daniel Suarez is set to leave Gaunt Brothers Racing (GBR). The NASCAR Cup Series team announced on Tuesday that they have parted ways with Suarez for the 2021 season.

The announcement comes just as Suarez’s name continues to be linked with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) as a replacement for Bubba Wallace. The move now seems a lot more likely. Suarez will take the No. 43 car at Richard Petty Motorsports, if the deal comes through.

Gaunt Brothers Racing is in its first full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series and does not have a charter yet. “The entire team is very appreciative of the effort Daniel has put forth.

“He has helped build the foundation we need for next season as well as 2022 when the NextGen car arrives,” Marty Gaunt, President and CEO of Gaunt Brothers Racing said in a statement.

Sep 12, 2020; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez (96) races NASCAR Cup Series driver Chris Buescher (17) during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports | Credit: Reuters

Suarez spoke fondly of his time with the team as well.

“I have given 100 percent of myself to this team since day one. And I will continue to give 100 percent until the last lap at Phoenix. My goal has always been to win races and championships, and that will never change,” Suarez said in a statement.

Suarez’s potential move to Richard Petty Motorsports gathers pace

Leading NASCAR reporter David Smith recently spoke about Suarez’s potential move to RPM in a bid to explain why the move could do the 28-year-old some good.

“While this isn’t the caliber of Joe Gibbs Racing or Stewart Haas, the teams Suarez is familiar with, this does represent a small upgrade. And could be the way he gets his Cup Series career back on track,” Smith expressed.

READ MORE- Why Daniel Suarez Could Be a Strong Contender to Replace Bubba Wallace at Richard Petty Motorsports

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Nebraska wanted football back, and the Big Ten gave it to them with brutal schedule

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Nebraska wanted football back, and the Big Ten gave it to them with brutal schedule

Be careful what you wish for, Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers got what they wanted — and more — on Saturday when the Big Ten released its 2020 schedule, seemingly finalizing its commitment to play a delayed, truncated season. The week-by-week schedule offered several interesting matchups and insights, including this: Nebraska’s schedule is one of the hardest in the conference, if not the country.

Here’s a week-by-week look at the Huskers’ schedule:

— at Ohio State (Oct. 24)
— vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 31)
— at Northwestern (Nov. 7)
— vs. Penn State (Nov. 14)
— vs. Illinois (Nov. 21)
— at Iowa (Nov. 28)
— at Purdue (Dec. 5)
— vs. Minnesota (Dec. 12)
— Championship Week (Dec. 19)

MORE: What to know about Big Ten football schedule start date

So Nebraska not only opens the season at Ohio State, but also faces Wisconsin and Penn State in Weeks 2 and 4. Those teams are considered the best in their respective divisions, and the Huskers get them all in the first month of the season.

So why did the Cornhuskers get the toughest cross-division draw of any Big Ten West team and play Wisconsin in Week 2? No one can say for sure, but the prevailing theory on social media is the Big Ten is punishing the team for its vocal dissent before and after the conference’s decision to postpone the season. The school was one of the most vocal opponents of postponing the season.

Moreover, Huskers coach Scott Frost said the school would look at “other options” to play a 2020 season if the Big Ten opted not to play. That prompted a response from Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren, who said Nebraska could not do so and still be considered a member of the conference. (This is a good time to remind you that Warren did not make a unilateral decision; conference presidents and chancellors voted, 11-3, to postpone the season. Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio State were the dissenters).

Even once the school begrudgingly accepted the decision, a handful of Nebraska parents threatened to sue the Big Ten to release documents relating to its decision to postpone the season. Several players did sue the Big Ten over its lack of communication. So, no love lost between the Huskers and the Big Ten, clearly.

Regardless, Saturday’s schedule prompted quite the response on Twitter, with many wondering aloud whether the Big Ten was sending a message to the outspoken team:

MORE: Nebraska’s commitment to remaining in Big Ten was only wise choice available

Warning: Foul language used.

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Jets’ Sam Darnold must overcome daunting 49ers burden

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A tug of war over Sam Darnold has already begun to rage:

He has a dearth of weapons, no No. 1 receiver, no Le’Veon Bell or running game, an overhauled offensive line, and a head coach who has reminded no one, except for Christopher Johnson apparently, of Bill Walsh.

On the other side of the rope:

No excuses. It’s Darnold’s third year. Thankfully, no mononucleosis. No one is asking him to be Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson. But look what Kyler Murray did at the start of his second season in Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense.

For the first two seasons of his career, Darnold has enjoyed a sweet, innocent honeymoon.

The honeymoon isn’t over.

Very few of them last forever.

Ask any QB of the NYJ who followed Joe Namath.

There is a daunting burden, starting on Sunday at 1 p.m. at MetLifeless Stadium, that Sam Darnold will now be asked to bear:

Pull your own weight, and simultaneously pull the weight of the franchise along with it, as much as you possibly can.

If you possibly can.

Without breaking your back.

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The worst fear of all Jets fans:

The poor kid will be Samstrung by all that swirls around him.

Darnold needed more playmakers and protectors even before Week 1. He needs considerably more help from coach Adam Gase. But fair or not, he was the Chosen One, third pick of the 2018 draft, ahead of Josh Allen, ahead of Jackson, to make everyone around him better to some degree at some point in his career.

There is no better time or place than now.

With players around him who desperately need their quarterback to make them better and lead them.

An absolutely sterling quarterback.

An extraordinary Sam.

Those were the owner’s words about his franchise quarterback.

Given the circumstances, given the supporting cast, no one should be expecting an absolutely sterling extraordinary Sam.

It doesn’t mean Darnold can’t get off the canvas and give the Jets a puncher’s chance against the 49ers. Who will have Nick Bosa breathing down his neck. Who won’t have Richard Sherman shadowing one of his receivers. None of whom are named Keyshawn Johnson or Wayne Chrebet. Or even Jamison Crowder.

Welcome to Sammy and the Miracles.

Sam Darnold and the Replacement Jets.

Darnold threw 13 touchdown passes against four interceptions over the second half of the 2019 season. He improved his completion percentage from 57.7 to 61.9. . He should be expected to reach 65 percent this season.

Gase has to get his quarterback in an early rhythm, because Week 1 Darnold looked alarmingly harried and unnerved, unable to get his footwork right and slow the game down in his head and be the fearless, swaggering field general.

A damning comparison: Jimmy Garoppolo’s completion percentage last season was 69.1 percent on his way to the Super Bowl.

He has started 27 games. Darnold (11-16) has started 27 games.

Week 1 overreaction is a rite of the waning days of summer. The immediate gratification that Chiefs fans (Mahomes), Ravens fans (Jackson) and Texans fans (Deshaun Watson) have celebrated makes you forget that it wasn’t until his fourth-year Super Bowl run that Eli Manning was wholeheartedly embraced by Giants fans.

If he fails to progress, if Gase fails to develop him, and GM Joe Douglas is armed with a top-five pick and the draft capital to make a run at, oh, Trevor Lawrence, all bets on Darnold’s Jets future will be off. Not to mention Gase’s.

But that’s for tomorrow. Today is for still believing that Darnold is made of the right stuff, and is the symbol of hope that Jets fans have been clinging to since the day he showed up, and laughed off a pick-six on his first NFL throw and whipped the Lions at Ford Field.

Here’s what you like: The kid looks in the mirror. Doesn’t throw anyone under the bus. Same guy, every day. Teammates believe in him. Patience is a virtue sometimes with 23-year-old franchise quarterbacks. Though try telling that to his fan base, 52 years after Broadway Joe.

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NFL Browns’ star Odell Beckham addresses sex, poop rumor

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Odell Beckham Jr. is pooped from all the rumors, but this one left him in tears.

While the Cleveland Browns wide receiver is no stranger to being in the news for non-football reasons, the most recent snafu involving Beckham was a new one. He started trending on Twitter earlier this month after the “Thots Next Door” podcast alleged a bizarre sexual preference of his involving poop.

“Out of every rumor, situation, all the bulls–t I’ve dealt with in my career, this was the funniest s–t,” the 27-year-old Beckham told Maverick Carter in an interview for Uninterrupted.

Beckham said he woke up to a text from a friend who had sent him the video of the allegation.

“It was like seven in the morning when I was going to take my [COVID-19] test and I watched it and I called him back in tears crying,” Beckham said. “I have never, ever, in my life heard this one. I couldn’t even believe it.

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“I was on the field and they were like, ‘Don’t tell me it’s true, man. Don’t tell me you like to get s–tted on.’ I was like,’ Dog, I’ve never heard this in my life.’ Out of all the rumors, I never could have imagined this is even real.”

The former Giant — who consistently is the subject of trade rumors — said over the course of his career he has learned how to deal with rumors or critiques.

“I feel like I was always trying to come to my own defense,” Beckham said. “I just realized it was a lose-lose-lose situation to speak on something… It got to the point where, what am I going to say? It’s not going to matter. If I don’t say something, it probably means it’s true because I didn’t defend myself. If I defend myself, then I’m probably trying to hide the truth.”

Beckham said he’s also feeling more settled in his life, living in Cleveland with girlfriend Lauren Wood.

“It’s been very special,” he said. “This is the first time I’ve ever been with somebody, like, living with somebody and just with somebody, with somebody. I love her to death and it’s just been great.

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