Reed blames media for over-hyping Flacco comments

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Reed blames media for over-hyping Flacco comments

FOXBORO -- Joe Flacco didn't seem too rattled about safety Ed Reed's comments that Flacco seemed rattled by the Houston Texans defense last Sunday.

Reed got a chance to explain himself in a conference call on Thursday. And while he didn't necessarily deny making the statement, he did say that he criticized more than Flacco after watching the game film.

"It's about the Ravens and New England playing football," said Reed. "All that other stuff is to the side, man. That was about the last game. It's irrelevant to what we're doing right now. Getting ready for the Patriots.

"What was said was something I said about the whole team. It wasn't just Joe being criticized about how we play. We were critical of ourselves in that game. And that's every teammate of mine, talking about the game that we watched on film. We weren't satisfied with our effort."

When asked again about his comments directed towards Flacco, Reed blamed the media, saying there was more to be reported than just criticism of Flacco's game.

"Joe's been here a long time," said Reed. "I've been here with Joe since he's got here. I know Joe is a smart quarterback. He's our quarterback, regardless of anything.

"We talked a little bit, but it's no different than the talks we've had over the weeks, man. So, I didn't have to say much, he didn't have to say much. We all know the goal. He really just came to me as a leader on the team, and was like, 'Bro, you know the media's going to run with it.' And sure enough, ya'll are running with it.

"We're good about it," added Reed. "We're past it. We're focused on the game at task right now."

WNBA: Ogwumike helps Sparks win sixth straight, beat Sun 87-79

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WNBA: Ogwumike helps Sparks win sixth straight, beat Sun 87-79

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Nneka Ogwumike scored 17 of her 21 points in the first half to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Connecticut Sun 87-79 on Tuesday night.

Candace Parker added 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for the Sparks (10-3), who have won six straight.

Los Angeles led by six at the half thanks to Ogwumike, who made her first eight shots. The Sparks scored 16 of the first 20 points in the second half to open up a double-digit lead. Riquna Williams, who is filling in for injured guard Essence Carson, spearheaded that burst and finished the game with 13 points.

The Sun (6-7) were down by 19 and got to 68-61 early in the fourth, but could get no closer as Los Angeles scored the next eight points..

Jasmine Thomas led Connecticut with 19 points. Jonquel Jones added 13 points and 17 rebounds.