INDIANAPOLIS - John Fox met with the media Thursday morning at the NFL Combine and it wasn't long before the conversation inevitably turned to Tim Tebow. I asked if the management of Tebowmania and the attendant conversation around him ever becomes exhausting. "I think it's a great story," Fox said."I think he's a kid that ought to be celebrated. In today's society, in sport, I don't care what facet of it, these type of guys don't come along very often so I think it's kinda neat."All that said,Fox is very much in the expectation-management business when it comes to Tebow. He made a point of that Thursday, saying,"I think the reality is Tim's a very good competitor, a very good player. Led us to the playoffs. He's a young player at a position that takes some time. If you look through history, there's a lot of great quarterbacks that took some time. We're in the middle of that process. The type of young man he is, he's gonna do everything in his power to get better every day and we'll see where that brings us."Earlier this week, Brady Quinn's candid comments on Tebow kicked up a duststorm. Asked about that, Fox said, "Sometimes things get lost in translation. I know their relationship is very close, they have a lot of respect for each other, they're very good teammates to each other ... I kind of know what I know."Did the comments hurt Quinn's standing with the team?"We still like Brady Quinn," Fox answered.
NEW YORK -- Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.
The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.
Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was fifth.
BOSTON -- The Bruins’ season has gone in extreme swings both up and down thus far through the first couple of months, and that was the case as they lost their third game in a row to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
The Bruins couldn’t only scratch for one goal despite outshooting the Maple Leafs by a 32-20 margin, and fell by a disappointing 4-1 score to the young and talented Toronto club at TD Garden.
The Bruins never enjoyed a lead in the game against the Leafs, and were flirting with danger after failing to score in the first period despite out-shooting Toronto by an 11-2 margin in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Instead it was a David Pastrnak neutral zone turnover in the second period that was picked off by William Nylander, and ended with Auston Matthews firing a rocket over Tuukka Rask for his 12th goal of the season.
Toronto extended the lead with five minutes to go in the period when Zach Hyman tipped a wobbly Jake Gardiner point shot past Rask, and made it three games in a row that the Bruins have dug themselves a considerable hole. Brad Marchand got one goal back at the end of the second period on a nice hustle play as he sealed off Frederik Anderson’s clearing attempt and then stuffed the puck past the Leafs goalie on a second chance bid.
That’s the way the score remained until the third period when the Bruins couldn’t convert on a couple of offensive chances -- included a bang-bang shorthanded bid for Austin Czarnik in front of the net -- and then James van Riemsdyk scored in front as a Toronto power play expired. That was the backbreaker for a Black and Gold bunch that continues to scrap for goals, and has now scored two goals or less in 20 of their 20 games this season.
Connor Brown added an empty netter in the final two minutes of the game to truly put it out of reach for the Bruins.