Ex-Cardinal Luck sets rookie record in win


Ex-Cardinal Luck sets rookie record in win

Andrew Luck was expected to do big things when the Colts took him first overall in Aprils draft.He isnt making them wait long for it to happen. Luck threw for a NFL rookie record 433 yards and led the Colts to a 23-20 win over the Dolphins that leaves Indianapolis with a 5-3 record at the midway point of Lucks first season. Luck threw a pair of touchdowns, one to Reggie Wayne in the first half and a highlight reeler to T.Y. Hilton for 36 yards in the second half. Hilton and Donnie Avery both went north of 100 yards on the day and Lucks offense converted 13-of-19 third downs to keep moving the ball down the field.The Colts did all that on the day that coach Chuck Pagano returned to Lucas Oil Stadium to watch the game and address the team. We dont know what he said, but we can guess what he might say now that it is in the books.It could feature Yeah with a word that rhymes with Luck, but definitely isnt Luck, directly before it. Referee Tony Corrente uttered just that word on an inadvertently open microphone during the fourth quarter, prompting an apology from the announcers. Watching Luck on Sunday was worthy of the occasional expletive, though.

Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach


Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach

Chili Davis spent the first seven years of his big league career with the Giants where he made two All-Star teams and hit 101 home runs. 

Fast forward 37 years from his debut in 1981, and Davis may now be the one teaching Giants how to hit balls over the wall in 2018. The Giants met with Davis Thursday about becoming the team's new hitting coach, according to The Mercury News

The only problem is, there is no open vacancy on the Giants' coaching staff. 

Current hitting coach Hensley Meulens is a candidate for the Tigers' head coaching vacancy, but reports surfaced Thursday that former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will take that role. Meulens could become a candidate to manage another team or take a different spot on the Giants' staff. 

The Giants' offense sputtered in 2017. Overall, the offense ranked 23rd in batting average (.249), 29th in runs scored (639) and last in home runs (128). By comparison, the Pirates were the next worst team at hitting home runs in 2017 and still launched 23 more long balls than the Giants. 

Over his 19-year career, Davis hit 350 home runs. He has spent the last three years as the Red Sox's hitting instructor. 

Inactives: Raiders without two inside linebackers, Bowman suiting up


Inactives: Raiders without two inside linebackers, Bowman suiting up

The Raiders are aiming to snap a four-game losing streak as they take on the first-place Chiefs Thursday night under the lights in Oakland. And they will be thin in the middle of their defense. 

Cory James and Marquel Lee are both inactive, but a well-known new face is ready to go.

Oakland will turn to veteran NaVorro Bowman, along with two undrafted rookies, Woodson Luster and Nicholas Morrow, to man the middle. 

The following players have been ruled out tonight vs. the Chiefs: 

Cornerback Gareon Conley

Quarterback Connor Cook

Linebacker Cory James

Linebacker Marquel Lee

Tackle Marshall Newhouse

Defensive End Jihad Ward

Tackle Jylan Ware