Florida State's Thompson out for rest of season

Florida State's Thompson out for rest of season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State senior running back Chris Thompson is out for the rest of the season after injuring his left knee in the Seminoles' win at Miami on Saturday.

It's the second straight season the 5-foot-8, 187-pound speedster has suffered a season-ending injury, this one a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He suffered two broken vertebrae in the fifth game of the 2011 season and worked strenuously to get back for this season.

``A very big blow to us,'' coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday. ``He may be our most dynamic offensive player.''

Thompson was well on his way to becoming the 11th-ranked Seminoles' first 1,000-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn did it for a third consecutive season in 1996. Thompson finished the season with 687 yards rushing, averaging 7.5 yards a carry, and was the team's third leading receiver with 21 catches for another 248 yards. He has 1,735 career yards rushing.

``It's tough to see,'' Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel said. ``He was having a fabulous season.''

Thompson was also on his way to another huge game when he sustained the injury early in the second quarter. He already had 47 yards rushing and had two receptions for another 47 yards, including a 32-yard gain on the play he was injured.

Although no decision has been made yet on when Thompson will have surgery, Fisher said he was confident his star tailback would rehabilitate fully and be able to resume his career, perhaps at Florida State. Fisher said the school will look into asking the NCAA to grant Thompson a redshirt season since he was injured on his first carry of last year's game at Wake Forest, the fifth game of the year.

It was the third significant personnel loss for the Seminoles this year. Their most heralded defensive player and top pass rusher, Brandon Jenkins, suffered a broken foot in the first game that ended his season. A month before the season began, starting cornerback and punt return specialist Greg Reid was dismissed by Fisher for violating team policy.

Thompson was part of Florida State's all-senior backfield that included fullback Lonnie Pryor and Manuel.

``I was just hoping he'd get up,'' Manuel said.

James Wilder Jr., will start in Thompson's place on Saturday against Duke (6-2, 3-1) with Devonta Freeman sharing playing time at tailback. The two sophomores have combined to rush for 656 yards and 10 touchdowns this season while Pryor has run for 169 yards and six scores.

``You have to move on,'' Fisher said Monday. ``This game is very unforgiving.''

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Rockets will finally trade Carmelo Anthony to Bulls, where they plan to cut him, per reports

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Rockets will finally trade Carmelo Anthony to Bulls, where they plan to cut him, per reports

The Houston Rockets will trade Carmelo Anthony to the Chicago Bulls, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Anthony, a six-time All-NBA selection and 10-time All-Star, has not played for the Rockets since Nov. 8. Discontent between the two-sides in his first season with the team prevented Anthony from being a piece in a championship contending team. 

However, his tenure on the Bulls will be short lived. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago will move on from one of the best scorers from the 2000s. Wojnarowski also later reported that the Bulls will cut Anthony.

Upon him getting cut by the Bulls, Anthony will become a free agent (again) if he clears waivers. Chicago at 11-38 is a team that appears to be tanking for the 2019 NBA Draft and look to be moving assets to prepare for a push this summer.

Before the Rockets refusal to play Anthony, he averaged 13.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting and 32.8 percent from deep in 10 games.

If Anthony is willing to take a pay cut, another playoff team could be looking to bolster their depth.


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Redskins TE Vernon Davis helps send grieving family to Super Bowl LII


Redskins TE Vernon Davis helps send grieving family to Super Bowl LII

Vernon Davis is a charitable guy, and it's one of the reasons he's the Washington Redskins Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. 

His latest gesture is an attempt to bring a little joy to a grieving family after they recently lost their 17-year-old son, who Davis had previously met. The Redskins veteran tight end met the Howey family and their son, Ryan, who was a huge Washington fan and was going through treatment for brain cancer, according to the team.

Sadly not long after Ryan and his family met Davis, he passed away.

"It broke my heart," Davis told TMZ in a video, adding that about a year ago, Ryan was "totally fine" and going to Redskins games. "It was unfortunate he had to deal with that."

And Davis wanted to do what he could for the Howey family and "bring some joy to their spirit," so he gave them two tickets to Super Bowl LIII, and, with the help of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, he was able to get them a third so Ryan's parents and sister could all attend the game together. Davis said is also paying for their flights to Atlanta and hotel as well.

He said after he heard Ryan passed away, he reached out via FaceTime to the Howey family, and, of course, they didn't know what to expect from such a call. And after he told them what he wanted to do, he told TMZ they were crying "tears of joy."

"It was just on my heart," Davis said in his interview with TMZ. "They were the first ones I could think of when it comes to just making them happy, just bringing some joy in their life after all they've had to deal with their son. I just put myself in that situation, you know? I'm just having some compassion here, and I would want the same thing."

The New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Feb. 3.