Falcons’ Quinn wants to see Julio Jones get more targets

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is hoping to get the ball into the hands of his offensive weapon more often.

Quinn provided a direct response when asked if he’s happy with how wide receiver Julio Jones has been used through the team’s first five games of the season.

“No, and the reason I say that is that he’s such a factor,” Quinn said, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN. “We’ve got to get more possessions, more time, more plays. And I think that’s more a byproduct of getting Julio the ball more. It’s not where he needs the ball more. We need more plays so he can get the ball more.”

Jones currently ranks 40th in targets, 33rd in receptions, and 18th in receiving yards across the NFL this season. He's yet to score a touchdown on the campaign.

Quinn says the Falcons don’t want to force the ball to Jones, but he’s one of the few receivers in the league who allows teams to take a few more gambles.

“He’s 100 percent our guy. But wherever the coverage takes you, there’s time where, ‘No, you can’t do that.’ They’re going to say, ‘He’s not going to beat us on this play.’ And so then, that might not be the time to do it.

“But there’s times that it is, even if he’s got two (defenders) on him,” said Quinn.

The Falcons’ red-zone efficiency has dropped from 64.56 percent in 2016 to 60 percent through the first six weeks of the season, according to TeamRankings.com. A large reason for that could be the fact that six other Falcons pass-catchers have received as many, or more, red-zone targets than Jones’ two.

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Curry OK with trading MVP votes for championships, but wants both

Championships are won through the sacrifices of star players, and no team exemplifies that quite like the Golden State Warriors.

It starts at the top. Stephen Curry was a two-time MVP heading into a free-agency recruitment meeting with Kevin Durant in 2016. Curry chose to share the throne with Durant, fully knowing that the 2014 MVP would steal some of the spotlight, but ultimately help his team.

Curry subsequently slipped from being the first unanimous MVP to finishing a distant sixth despite the Warriors finishing with the most victories for a third straight season.

The ends ultimately justified the means. Curry won his second title, and while he would like to have both MVP consideration and championships, he would much rather have the latter.

“Everybody wants to be in that conversation, wants to get votes and be recognized for having the best year individually,” Curry explained to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

"But when I won my first two, that wasn't what I was playing for. I don't have that perspective – oh, I need to go play for an MVP. Really, when Tuesday happens, my mentality is to help my team win games, be aggressive, play my best basketball, and usually that means good things will happen individually and as a team.

“If I have to trade off a couple MVP votes for a championship, so be it. But hopefully I can be in the conversation for both.”

MVP honors are generally awarded to the best player on the best team, so that should at least get Curry into the conversation. However, the presence of Durant does complicate things in terms of splitting the vote, especially since he's also arguably the better all-around player.

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Nelly Rape Accuser Wants To Drop Case, Refuses To Testify

The saga of Nelly being accused of rape took a dramatic turn. The accuse now refuses to testify and wants the case dropped. 

However, she isn’t saying that she wasn’t raped.

Reports TMZ:

The woman’s attorney, Karen Koehler, says her client has told the Auburn PD in Washington State, and the King County D.A. to “put a halt to the criminal investigation of [Nelly]. She will not testify further in a criminal proceeding against him.”

ZKoehler says the young woman feels the system has failed her and she can’t stand up to a celebrity. “Who will believe her. People are saying horrible things already. She cannot handle this. She is about to break.”

The woman accused Nelly of rape last Saturday morning.

The St. Louis rapper was never charged and maintained his innocence, saying that the woman’s claims are bogus.

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Wade wants to build relationship with J.R. Smith after claiming starting spot

Dwyane Wade doesn’t want any problems with J.R. Smith.

A 12-time All-Star, Wade was named the Cleveland Cavaliers' starting shooting guard after signing with them a few weeks ago, relegating Smith to the bench.

Wade doesn’t have an existing relationship with the man whose spot he claimed, but looks to foster a positive one.

“My biggest thing with me and J.R. is building a relationship,” Wade said Friday at shootaround, as quoted by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “We know each other in passing as competitors, we haven’t known each other as teammates. So my job is to build the best relationship and show him I know what he brings to the game, he knows what I bring to the game.”

Wade, who completed a buyout from the Chicago Bulls late last month, sympathizes with Smith, who served as Cleveland's primary starting two-guard since a 2015 trade to the team and was "absolutely" frustrated about the demotion.

The 2013 Sixth Man of the Year admitted he was upset because head coach Tyronn Lue originally told him Wade would be “great for the second unit,” before announcing otherwise Monday.

“I know it was tough. I understood that,” Wade said. “When I got here I understood it would be tough either way it goes – if it’s me or him, it’s going to be tough.

“But at the end of the day, I knew when I was coming in, that I was coming here to be a part of this team and whatever choice that coach made – and it’s throughout the year, it’s not just now – that if we’re really about winning the championship, we’ll figure out a way to build with it.”

Wade hopes that once Smith gets to know him and they become comfortable with each other, they can work together to help lead the Cavaliers to their fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

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Charlamagne Gives Louisiana Sheriff "Donkey Of The Day" After Saying He Wants Good Prisoners To Stay Jailed For Their Free Labor!

Charlamagne awards the “Donkey Of The Day” to Louisiana Sheriff Steve Prator. A sheriff in Louisiana has been railing against the state’s new prisoner release program, saying many of those “good” inmates need to stay behind bars for the free labor they provide. Prator went on to say that the state is “risking our safety for bragging rights and to save money.” Posted By Persist

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Sean “Diddy” Combs Wants To Own The NFL?

Sean “Diddy” Combs has amassed quite a bit of wealth as a record label owner and all around savvy business mogul. Could ownership of the NFL or another league be next on the horizon for the Bad Boy honcho? According to some recent tweets, it’s certainly on his mind.

On Tuesday (Oct. 10), Combs quoted “Facts” in response to a tweet from political commentator and educator Keith Boykin the day prior that read, “Black players are 70% of the NFL. We have the power to defend Colin Kaepernick and Jemele Hill from the forces that would silence them.”

Given the tension around Colin Kaepernick’s bold stance and how it inspired sports players to join in a silent, peaceful protest of racial inequality and injustice across the nation, Combs’ reaction to Boykin’s tweet started a chain reaction of thoughts.

“I did have a dream to own a NFL team but now my dream is to own our own league!” Combs added. He continued with, “A league where you can be yourself. Have a retirement plan.”

Diddy ended off the tweets with, “SELL ME THE NFL NOW!!!!”

Given Combs’ wealth and connections, is this such a far-fetched dream?

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Myles Garrett wants ‘a fat guy’s touchdown’ in debut Sunday

Myles Garrett wants to make an impact in his NFL debut this weekend.

The Cleveland Browns' first overall pick had to sit out the first month of the season with an ankle sprain. He said Friday that he would like to notch a sack against the New York Jets this week, which he considers the highest of honors as a defensive lineman.

“I’d love to,” Garrett said about scoring a sack Sunday, according to Mark Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “It’s special. It’s like a fat guy’s touchdown. But whatever I can do to affect the game and just be a helping hand for this defense, if we can just help get a win on this field, I’ll do whatever I can, whatever that takes.”

Garrett says he's been warned by teammates not to try to do too much in his first game, and admits that he's a little nervous about meeting high expectations out of the gate, especially without being fully healed from his injury.

“Am I peak? No,” admitted Garrett. “But it’s good enough for me. I can move, I can run, I can bend, and if I can do that, I can be out there and I can make a difference.”

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Kenyon Martin: Lin ‘has the right to rock any hairstyle he wants’

Kenyon Martin wanted to set the record straight as to his stance on Jeremy Lin wearing dreadlocks, a hairstyle rooted in black cultural traditions.

Martin said that he was simply joking, that Lin could wear whatever hair he wanted, and that he never meant to give any commentary on race.

“This was never meant to be racial. It was thought of as what would’ve been done in our locker room,” Martin told Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated. “It would’ve been jokes. We would’ve been making jokes.

“It’s far from racist. I guess saying ‘Wanting to be black’ made it racial. But I despise people that look down because of race. It was meant to be a Ha-Ha-Ha moment. If you watch, I was laughing in the statements. It got taken too far. I wanted to clear the air.

“He has the right to rock any hairstyle he wants. It got out of control. It wasn’t meant to be anything more than banter. Jeremy is an athlete and I would hope he understood that this was in fun and not to offend and as long as he’s not offended that’s all that matters. I wish him well.”

Martin initially said that Lin shouldn’t have been wearing dreadlocks by reminding Lin that he was of Asian descent. Lin responded that he was doing it out of respect for black culture, and also pointed out that Martin did something similar by wearing a tattoo with Chinese characters.

This exchange between these former and present Nets players spawned a conversation over cultural appropriation. Given the unfortunate nature of the internet, this eventually led some to leave inflammatory and racist comments on Martin’s social media pages. Lin, and now Martin, have denounced those comments.

“People were sending messages to my son. Like, no. Say whatever to me and about me. I have thick skin. I know what my intentions were,” Martin said. “But then those are the things that are coming across. You n—– this. Your n—– that.”

“I’d hope that a lot of Asian fans don’t go on his page and say racist things to him,” Lin urged. “I think that’s not the right way to go about it.”

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Google Wants You To Ask More Of Your Phone With The Pixel 2

With both Apple and Samsung showing cellphone enthusiasts what they have to offer in terms of new phones, it’s now Google’s turn. Today (Oct. 4), the brand unveiled what might be the iPhone killer with the Pixel 2.

At their big announcement event, Google pulled the lid off the second generation of their acclaimed smartphone. They also introduced a bevy of new products of such as Google Pixel BudsGoogle Home MiniHome MaxGoogle PixelbookGoogle Clips and Google Daydream View.

The focus is all on the phone of course and the Pixel 2 offers potential owners a lot of cool new features. As we previous reported the Pixel 2 will come in two offerings, the Pixel 2, XL version. The Pixel 2 will remain identical identical to it’s predecessor and 2 XL will be upgrading 5.5-inch display up to a 6-inch display the almost covers the entire phone.The Pixel 2’s screen will remain at 5-inches like the previous model.

The Pixel 2 will also be utilizing “Active Edge,” which will allow users to squeeze the phone’s sides to trigger actions like activating Google Assistant or silencing the phone.

Pixel 2 will utilize Active Edge

Now for the main reason why everyone really buys these phones, the camera. Google’s VP of product management, Mario Queiroz says his team has “reimagined smartphone photography” with the Pixel 2.

DXO was given the phone for early testing and the camera scored a record-breaking 98 with the iPhone 8 Plus coming in second with 94. So what puts the Pixel 2’s camera above the iPhone 8’s? Well both cameras will have a 12.2-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization.

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Highest rated camera ever!

That’s not all either, the Pixel 2’s camera uses a “dual-pixel sensor” which will allow for faster autofocus and offer a portrait mode without the use of a second camera. Google also says the new mode will also work on objects as well as people and will also be featured in the 8-megapixel front facing camera.

Take that Apple!

Google will also be introducing their own version of iPhone’s Live Photos called Motion Photos. Another cool feature that Google will offer Pixel 2 owners is the ability to store their photos and videos in original quality to Google Photos forever free of charge. So running out of space on your phone is an issue you should never have to worry about.

The Pixel camera will also be getting support for augmented reality for  features such as AR stickers. You will be able to add 3D characters and emojis that move to your photos and videos. Google’s phone will be the first use Google Lens, users can get information on things like books and landmarks just by point the lens at them. You will also be able to scan email addresses and WI-FI passwrods and the phone will automatically put the information to use.

Thats pretty dope.

The Pixel 2 will come in three colors white, black and “kinda blue” and will cost $ 649 for the 64GB model and $ 749 for 128GB model. The Pixel 2 XL will come in just two colors white and black, the 64 GB model will start at $ 849 and the 128GB model will start $ 949. Slightly cheaper than the competition but for what they are offering completely worth it.

Another cool perk that Google will be throwing in is a free Home Mini for anyone who orders their phone before October 19. The Pixel will ship begining October 17 and is now available for pre-order so head to over to Google for information. and full specs on the phone.

The Pixel 2 is looking like an awesome alternative to both the Galaxy and the iPhone if you are looking to go against the grain.

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Report: Stanton wants out if Marlins rebuild

Giancarlo Stanton's sensational season has overshadowed the murky future of the Miami Marlins – the debt-riddled franchise set to be sold to a group helmed by Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman – but the 27-year-old reportedly won't sit idly by if his team's new owners opt for a full-on rebuild.

Having never made the playoffs – or even played on a winning team – in eight seasons with the Marlins, Stanton is ready to go if the Marlins’ new baseball operations department decides to dismantle the current roster and plan for the future, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

“I don’t want to rebuild,” Stanton said Friday following his club’s 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves. “I’ve lost for seven years.”

It’s unlikely, though, that the losing stops anytime soon. Saddled with $ 400 million in debt, the Marlins’ new owners probably aren’t inclined to dish out big money on marquee free agents in the near future, and the financial quagmire they inherited may necessitate a rebuild, frankly, as Sherman and his partners can alleviate their financial burden by unloading some future liabilities.

“I’m sick of the negativity,” Stanton admitted. “Anything positive I’ve done, there’s still negativity. I’m doing this … but the owner’s doing that. I’m doing this, but the team’s doing that.”

If the Marlins opt for that route, Stanton – who has yet to meet with Jeter and Sherman – has no immediate recourse other than requesting a trade (he can’t opt out of his 13-year, $ 325-million contract until after the 2020 campaign). There will be plenty of suitors, no doubt, should the time come, as a host of teams reportedly expressed interest in Stanton both before and after this year’s non-waiver trade deadline, including the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, and Philadelphia Phillies.

To his credit, Stanton has done wonders for his trade value this year. Heading into the penultimate game of the season, the four-time All-Star leads the majors with 59 homers – he’s the first player to hit that many since 2001 – and boasts a career-best 7.0 WAR and 1.014 OPS (167 OPS+) in 157 contests.

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