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Report: ESPN's Gruden will return to coach Raiders

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Report: ESPN's Gruden will return to coach Raiders

Jon Gruden will leave the ESPN booth to return as coach of the Oakland Raiders, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

The Raiders fired coach Jack Del Rio on Sunday after they finished a 6-10 season with a 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Gruden, 54. the analyst on ESPN's "Monday Night Football", was traded by the Raiders to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2001 season and beat Oakland for the Super Bowl title the following season. He was fired by the Bucs after the 2008 season and has been in the broadcast booth since then. 

Gruden was 38-26 with two playoff appearances in four years in Oakland. His last game for the Raiders was the famous "Snow Game" loss to the Patriots in the AFC Divisional Playoff in January 2002. He was 57-55 with three playoff appearances in seven seasons in Tampa Bay. 

John Middlekauff, who covers the Raiders for TheAthletic.com, reported he was told by a Raiders assistant coach that there's a 99-percent chance Gruden takes over for Del Rio. 

The Raiders have agreed to leave Oakland and move to Las Vegas as soon as the 2019 season and are scheduled to open a new stadium in Las Vegas in the 2020 season.


 

James Harrison on Tom Brady: 'I wanted to hate him... he's the ultimate teammate'

James Harrison on Tom Brady: 'I wanted to hate him... he's the ultimate teammate'

James Harrison didn't spend much time as a member of the Patriots, but during his brief tenure in New England he became a fan of Tom Brady.

Harrison, who spent 14 years with the Steelers before joining the Pats at the end of the 2017 season, talked about Brady on FOX Sports' "Undisputed." The five-time Pro Bowler admitted he wanted to hate Brady, but the Patriots QB was "the ultimate teammate and person."

"I wanted to hate this dude," Harrison said. "The whole time I'm playing in Pittsburgh I'm like, I hate Brady. Everyone's like 'oh he's such a great guy, he's such a nice guy.' We got LeGarrette [Blount] and I'm like 'what's up with Tom Brady?' He's like 'oh man he's such a great guy' and I'm like "stop lying to me."

Harrison, Skip Bayless, and Shannon Sharpe went on to talk about the TB12 Method and why Brady was so successful vs the Steelers.

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Dolphins anthem punishment would include suspensions

Dolphins anthem punishment would include suspensions

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week.

The “Proper Anthem Conduct” section is just one sentence in a nine-page discipline document provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the policy who insisted on anonymity because the document is not public. It classifies anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club,” all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.

Miami’s anthem policy comes after the NFL decided in May that teams would be fined if players didn’t stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” while on the field. The league left it up to teams on how to punish players. None of the team policies have been made public.

The NFL rule forbids players from sitting or taking a knee if they are on the field or sidelines during the national anthem, but allows them to stay in the locker room if they wish. The new league rules were challenged this month in a grievance by the players union.

Patriots safety Devin McCourty was among several NFL players who criticized the new policy when it was revealed in May. 

The NFL declined to comment. Team officials had no immediate comment.
 

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