Attitude and Peak Performance – Part 1

Many people wrongly assume that if they have the skills required to do the job, their attitude makes little or no difference. I look at someone with great ability and a bad attitude the same way I look at a Ferrari without any gas; it may look great and be full of potential, but without gas, it is not going anywhere. Attitude is what fuels peak performance in all fields.

The skills you possess, whether it is athletic ability, a medical degree, or a Ph.D., are just your ticket into the arena. What keeps you in the arena and determines how successful you will absolutely become in that arena is your productivity, and that is determined by your attitude.

The NFL Draft starts today and despite the NFL has gotten much better at evaluating more than just the physical side of players, there is still a lot of room for improvement. I say this because when I ask a coach or other team representative about a player, the first thing out of their mouth is still always about their physical ability. For example, if it is a quarterback they will say something like "he can make all the throws." My first thought is, that tells me nothing about his likelihood of success and is near the minimum of my expectations. I want a guy who will not be satisfied with anything less than a championship.

In the 1980's Delta airlines had one of the worst slogans ever in my humble opinion: "Delta gets you there." That expressed an attitude of "We just do the minimum." Would Delta be in business if they did not get you there? That's like Nike having the slogan 'We have shoes you can wear.' Instead Nike went with "Just Do It" and that attitude of accomplishing things inspired the company to greater heights.

There's a saying most football coaches know that illustrates the importance of attitude: "He looks like Tarzan, but plays like Jane." Many athletes look assuming getting off the bus, but have poor attitudes that keep them from fulfilling their potential. The same is true of people who look good on paper. I always say 'Credentials do not produce things, people and their actions do.'

I want to work with people who have their greatest accomplishments in their future, not their past. I do not want people who can show me what they have done, I want people who can not wait to show me (and the world) what they can do.

Who do you think will be more successful, the person who when approached with an idea immediately lists all the reasons it will not work, or the person who starts suggesting ways to make it happen? Almost everything that makes our lives easier are things that at first glance people said would never be possible.

A bad attitude can poison the entire well, so do not fall for impressive credentials or striking physical stature alone. Take the person with desire over credentials or physical stature every-time. If you work at it you may even find the rarest of individuals, those who have desire along with credentials and physical prowess as well.

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Derwin James has shown flashes of his enormous potential – Los Angeles Chargers Blog

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Derwin James‘ eyes locked onto Philip Rivers as the veteran quarterback homed in on his target.

During a two-minute drill against the first-team offense at Los Angeles Chargers minicamp earlier this month, James read Rivers and stepped in front of a pass intended for Keenan Allen for an interception in the end zone.

“My eyes were on the quarterback, and I just saw where he was looking,” James said. “I dropped into my zone, and I was where I was supposed to be and made the play.”

Those kind of instincts are a prime example of what Chargers defensive coaches expected when the team selected the Florida State product No. 17 overall in this year’s draft.

Chargers defensive backs coach Ron Milus said everyone in the building was excited when it appeared that a top-10 prospect like James would still be available when the team was on the clock.

“Obviously he has the physical traits — his size and speed,” Milus said of James. “But I think the biggest thing that really sold me is that this is a man’s man. He’s a professional and you can sense that when you talk to him.”

Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley also remarked that while James is not one of the leaders of the defense as a rookie, he does have charismatic qualities that come through on the field.

“You’re starting to see him more and more [assert himself],” Bradley said. “… [Now] you’ll hear him talk like ‘Hey, it’s third down and this is what we need to do.’ So you’re starting to see him and hear him a little more as time goes on. I think as he gets a better feel for things those qualities will show even more.”

While James performed with confidence and flashed playmaking ability during offseason work, Chargers defensive co-captain Melvin Ingram said the Florida State product has a long way to go before he develops into one of the top performers on defense.

“No, I wouldn’t say as a leader,” Ingram said. “He’s out there doing what he’s supposed to do and making plays, but you don’t come in and do a three-day minicamp and some OTAs and become a leader. That’s not how it works. You’ve got to put your time in the right way.”

James is an alpha dog and has probably been the best player on his team since high school, but there’s always an adjustment when it comes to playing in the NFL.

“For the most part, he’s had an outstanding spring,” Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said. “We’ve put a lot on his plate. He’s taken more reps of any DB on the team right now, and I think in the situations we’ve put him in he’s handled very well.”

Helping James grow on and off the field has been a veteran defensive backs group led by Jahleel Addae, Casey Hayward and Adrian Phillips. In fact, he’s already part of the family according to Hayward’s Instagram account.

Addae is paying it forward. Veteran safety Eric Weddle did something similar for Addae when he signed as an undrafted rookie out of Central Michigan in 2013. Now Addae has taken James under his wing.

Addae serves as James’ film study buddy in the meeting room and his sounding board when the Florida State product has questions on the field.

“He sits right behind me in the meeting room, and he’s always helping me, always telling me ways I can get better,” James said of Addae. “He’s a great help.

“He doesn’t have to do that. It’s not like college, where you’re supposed to look out [for people]. So for him to be able to do that, I respect him a lot for it.”

Addae offered some simple advice to James: Be yourself.

“I told him just to play ball,” Addae said. “There are a lot of expectations coming in as a first-rounder, but he has every tool in his toolbox to be a great safety.

“He can cover. He’s rangy. He’s fast, he’s explosive, and he’s smart. He’s picking up the defense both at free and strong [safety], and he’s making plays in the first few practices we’ve had. His future is bright.”

James mostly worked with the second-team defense at strong safety in practices open to reporters during offseason work. But he also started at strong safety when the Chargers went to their dime package (six defensive backs) for obvious passing situations.

“We’re trying to get him to see what he does well, what his skill set is like,” Bradley said. “What I love about him, even though he might be burdened mentally, it doesn’t slow his game speed down. He still plays fast.”

The Chargers used at least five defensive backs on 434 snaps last season, according to ESPN Stats & Information, so James likely will work his way onto the field.

He looks forward to growing as a player on a talented defense that includes Ingram, Joey Bosa, Jason Verrett, Brandon Mebane, Denzel Perryman, Hayward and Addae. He has already made an impression on them.

“Watching him move around and the type of body he has, I think he’s a really rangy, long athlete,” Bosa said. “And the way he covers ground is impressive to me.”

But the rookie knows he has work to do. He has no plans to travel to exotic locales during the break before training camp, choosing to stay in town to acclimate to his new home in Southern California. He’s training to be part of that skilled Chargers’ defense.

“It’s a great group,” James said. “I just feel like it makes me step my game up to another level playing with guys like that. You know they’re going to give it their all and make plays, so it makes it easier for me coming in here to do my job and contribute to the team.”

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Jiu Jitsu Gi Tournaments In 2011

The beginning of this year is marked by Jiu Jitsu Gi tournaments. This year the World Professional Jiu Jitsu Cup will be held in 2011 in Abu Dhabi. It is the third annual largest Jiu Jitsu event in the world. The prize money is from a combined fund that is an amount of one million US dollars. The theme of Jiu Jitsu in 2011 is- one world, one fight. The discipline of the game is grappling. The concept of the game came into existence in 2009. The event has come up with a new set of rankings in accordance with the weight sections.

The ranks of the athletes in Jiu Jitsu in 2011 will depend on the positions they achieved in the various events in the year 2009. A straight entry into the quarter finals will be given to those who occupied the first 4 positions in the 2009 cup. The entrance into the round of eight will be given to those who achieved the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th positions. At the end of each season, the athletes will get more points in the ranking on submission. The athlete in the 1st position will get an extra 5000 points, the one in the 2nd position will get 3000 points and the 3rd one will get 2000 points.

In, Jiu Jitsu in 2011, the athlete will be able to defend his / her title on the basis of tryouts. In this case, the champion will have to defend himself / herself from the athlete who has attained the first rank. The Trial rankings are- in the trial category: 20 points will fetch you the first rank, 10 points will give you the second rank and 4 point will get you the third rank. In the weights category: 10points for the first rank, 5 points for the second rank and 2 points for the third. In the absolute category you will get: 1st rank if you get 40 points, 2nd rank if you get 20 points and 3rd rank if you get 8 points.

The format of Jiu Jitsu in 2011 and the prize of the Jiu Jitsu Gi divisions are as follows- in the men's brown / black belt in the absolute category will win $ 30,000 for the 1st rank; $ 3,000 for the 2nd rank and $ 1,500 to the 3rd rank. In the weights category it is $ 8,000 to the one who comes 1st, $ 3,000 to the 2nd and $ 1,500 to the 3rd. In the female section, in the purple, brown or black belt there is no contest in the absolute level, there is place for only weights. They get $ 4,000; $ 2,000 and $ 500 to the first, second and third rank respectively. In the white and blue belts female category, the first and second ranks get $ 3,000 and 1,500 respectively.

Again in the men's brown / black belt in the absolute category $ 15,000; $ 1,500 and $ 750 are given to the 1st three positions respectively. In the weights category, they give $ 4,000; $ 1,500 and $ 750 to the first, second and two winners of the third position. In the men's purple belt category there is no third place and the first two positions get $ 2,500 and 1,000 respectively. Similar in the men's blue belt, the first and second positions get $ 1,500 and $ 750 respectively. The competition dates are 8th- 9th and 14th-16th April 2011. The teams in Jiu Jitsu in 2011 are categorized as: 3stars- Korea, China, Jordan and Bahrain; 4stars- New Zealand, Poland and South Africa and finally the 5stars- Brazil, Canada, USA, Australia, Portugal, Sweden, Japan and United Kingdom.

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NHL Realignment Explained

During the 2012-13 regular season of yesteryear, the NHL and the NHLPA agreed to a restructuring of the league's divisions. The new NHL Realignment is a drastic departure from the old system of 6 divisions split equally into 2 conferences. When the 2013-14 NHL regular season begins there will be 4 divisions. In the East – 2 divisions of 8 teams. In the West – 2 divisions of 7.

The NHL is a 30 team league. Realignment divides the unevenly, breaking a fourteen year span of 15 teams in the East and 15 in the West. Splitting the conferences up into two groups of 15 does not make sense anymore from a geographical standpoint because the east side of North America is home to more teams than the west side. In the old system, some NHL clubs in the Eastern Time Zone were forced to exist in the Western Conference, creating an impartial travel schedule for players and inefficient travel costs for owners.

With NHL Realignment in place, Eastern Time Zone teams the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets enjoy a refreshing escape from demanding Western Conference travel. In the previous system the Wings and Jackets were forced to fly all over southern America, the Midwest, and the west side of North America through the course of an NHL season. Teams only slightly more east on the map were afforded the luxury of playing in the Eastern Conference, where they avoided such rigorous routes to their next game destinations, aside from a few road trips.

In 2011, the Eastern Time Zoned Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg, creating a serious schedule anomaly. The Winnipeg Jets operate out of the Central Time Zone. With the CST Winnipeg Jets playing in the Eastern Conference and the EDT Red Wings and Blue Jackets playing in the West, the schedule needed to be fixed.

The new divisional format was supposed to be in place last season but the NHLPA voted against Realignment back in 2012-13. Perhaps the pending NHL Lockout prevented the PA from taking a stance on major changes to the game, at the time. With the Lockout in the rear view mirror, Realignment was finally approved last March.

NHL Realignment – The New Divisions

Western Conference – Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks – Calgary Flames – Edmonton Oilers – Los Angeles Kings – Phoenix Coyotes – San Jose Sharks – Vancouver Canucks

Western Conference – Central Division

Chicago Blackhawks – Colorado Avalanche – Dallas Stars – Minnesota Wild – Nashville Predators – St. Petersburg Louis Blues – Winnipeg Jets

Eastern Conference – Metropolitan Division

Carolina Hurricanes – Columbus Blue Jackets – New Jersey Devils – New York Islanders – New York Rangers – Philadelphia Flyers – Pittsburgh Penguins – Washington Capitals

Eastern Conference – Atlantic Division

Boston Bruins – Buffalo Sabers – Detroit Red Wings – Florida Panthers – Montreal Canadiens – Ottawa Senators – Tampa Bay Lightning – Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Realignment Playoff Structure:

From now on, the playoffs is no longer a free for all fight for a spot within the top 8 of the conference. Just like the good old days, NHL clubs will battle division rivals in the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs under the new NHL Realignment system. The Conference Finals will feature the surviving team from, let's say, the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, and the remaining team from the East's Metropolitan Division.

Where NHL Realignment differs from the division structure in the early nineties, is the introduction of a Wild Card. The last time the NHL utilized the go-through-your-division-first structure was 1992-93. Back in 93 'and for years before, the top four records in each of the league's 4 divisions made the playoffs. Through two rounds, one of those four teams would be left standing, crowned division champion, and advance to the Conference Final to play the winner of the conference's other division.

This time around, the top 3 from each of the league's four divisions will be guaranteed a birth in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Rather than allow the top 4 from each division, NHL Realignment reserves the final two playoff spots in each conference to the two best records, not including teams which place top 3 in their division. Therefore, if the 4th and 5th place team in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division finish the season with more points than the 4th place team in the Eastern Conference's Metropolitan Division – they both make the playoffs, and the Metro is only represented by 3 teams.

Because you can not have a play format with 5 playoff teams from one division and 3 from the other, the Wild Card teams are subject to crossing over. When the Stanley Cup playoffs begin, the best overall record in the Eastern Conference plays the Wild Card team with fewer points, regardless of the division that team plays in.

4 divisions. 2 per conference. Top 3 teams from each division clinch a play spot. 2 best records from each conference, not top 3 in their division qualify as Wild Card teams. Best record in the conference plays lower seeded Wild Card team. * Wild Card teams may be subject to crossing over to neighboring division in the playoffs.

Let's say the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Metro Division and finish with the most total points in the East. And the Toronto Maple Leafs finish 5th in the Atlantic, however, they end the season with more points than the 4th place team in the Metro. Assuming the above mentioned scenario occurs, the Toronto Maple Leafs will enter the Stanley Cup playoffs as the lowest seeded Wild Card team, thus, they will crossover and compete against the best record in the East, a member of the Metropolitan. It's NHL Realignment's way of including the best teams make the playoffs.

It is also very possible for the Wild Card to not interfere. There are two divisions within a conference, therefore, that conference will have two 4th place teams. If both 4th place teams possess the best records outside of each division's top 3, they both make the playoffs. If the best team record in the conference belong to the 1st place team in the division that houses the lower of the two 4th place teams – all is normal and the Wild Card is non functioning – or functioning, but not altering traditional playoff format.

If the NHL is to crown division champions once again, like the old days, then there exists a possibility for a team from Division A to become champion of Division B. If the Toronto Maple Leafs begin the playoffs inside the Metropolitan Division playoff bracket because of their status as a Wild Card team, they will remain in that bracket through the first 2 rounds of playoffs. This creates the possibility for two teams from the same division to meet in the conference finals.

The biggest flaw of NHL Realignment – if the two best teams in one conference play in the same division, they will likely do battle in the 2nd round of the plays, as opposed to, possibly meeting in the Conference Finals under the old system. This may very well happen this season in the West, between the Chicago Blackhawks and St.. Louis Blues.

NHL Realignment was only agreed upon for a three year period. After three years there will be a realignment reevaluation with the potential for two expansion teams to join the National Hockey League.

Sal Ientile, Editor of The Hockey Daily
Twitter: @TheHockeyDaily

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Figure Skating Careers

Can figure skating be anything other than a young kid's sport? What practitioners are available through figure skating? Are there lasting benefits? I'd like to weigh in on these issues since figure skating has been a huge part of my life for the last 25 years.

The Cliff Notes version of my path through skating goes something like this: Fell into the sport on accident while trying to play hockey; spent several years in recreational skating while doing a thousand other activities; other activities slowly got the boot as skating took center stage; by the time I was in middle school I found success in skating (it was anything but a straight line!); I had the privilege of representing the US at many international competitions over 10 years including the 2003 World Championships; and currently I am coaching full-time. As you can see, I have been fortunate to experience many of the different stages that skating can offer.

David McCullough said, "Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love." Sometimes that is why I have chosen to stay in this sport for my career. Or maybe it is because it is so complex that I never could master it and I was NEVER bored of it. My dad tells people that he thinks I chose skating because it is the hardest thing that I've ever done. That is so true!

So how does one get into coaching? As early as possible, start volunteering in your local basic skills program to learn teaching skills and PATIENCE. More importantly, it should be lots of fun. I HIGHLY recommended that you pass your Senior tests in the discipline that you want to teach. Many rinks and ice shows will not hire you without this credential. Down the road find a coaching mentor (s) who will let you apprentice with them. This will typically include standing in on lessons that the mentor teachers, keeping a journal, and some one-on-one mentoring time. The Professional Skaters Association (PSA) has a great Apprenticing program which is a must do. Around the time of the mentoring, you will also need to complete the PSA's Basic Accreditation Examination. Many rinks require this credential before allowing coaches to teach at the facility. Pursue PSA ratings exams as early as possible and work towards a Master Rating. The majority of top coaches have followed this path. Becoming a great coach has everything to do with from what you can learn. Be willing to travel to PSA educational events and visit top coaches at their home rinks. Try to visit a major training center with top coaches if at all possible. You can learn a great deal by being around others who are pushing the envelope.

If you have aspirations of becoming a choreographer, get as much practice creating programs as possible. Put your own competition or show numbers together. Help friends and younger skaters with their programs. The education for this skill is much less formal and more organic. Take lots of off ice dance classes like ballet, jazz, and modern dance. The more exposure you get to different dance forms, the better choreographer you will become! Get as many influences as you can by attending stage dance and theater productions. It is important to realize that only a handful of people can make a living through skating choreography alone. You will likely need to teach another skating discipline so prepare yourself for that fact.

If not coaching, then what? With well-rounded skating skills you can be hired by a touring ice show like Disney on Ice, Holiday on Ice, or cruise ships. If this sounds interesting to you, learn basic pair skating skills to help make yourself more marketable. It is a challenge to make a full time income coaching figure skating in most areas of the country. It is a good thing that skaters tend to be resourceful people! Plenty of other jobs can be combined with coaching. For example, one coach where I work produces corporate ice shows.Others get involved with music editing, outfit design, or coach part-time while having another career. There are numerous options if one is committed.

Involvement as a volunteer is a very rewarding option for skaters. There is a great need for trained technical specialists since most competitions are using the International Judging System. Becoming a specialist, a judge, an official, or club volunteer are all ways to stay involved. I have been a member of the Athlete's Advisory Committee through US Figure Skating for many years now. This committee of athletes plays a huge role in the governance of our sport and makes up 20% of all members on US Figure Skating committees. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Skating can give one much more than a way to make a living. I feel like I can accomplish anything now and that nothing that I can come across in life will be harder than what I've already done in skating. Something very special happens when skaters force their comfort zones to grow each day rather than living life "comfortable". Character is the return on an investment in figure skating.

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Top 5 Hockey Movies of All Time

There are many sports movies out there, but I enjoy hockey movies way more. Growing up I watched hockey movies and wanted to play hockey. Hockey movies practically got me into hockey. So you can say i'm a huge hockey movie fan. I'm going to list the top hockey movies that I believe are the best. Even though there are a lot of hockey movies, I'm going to list my top 5.

5.) Goon

This movie was hysterical. It's about a bouncer who becomes a fighter in a semi-pro hockey league. He goes to a local amateur hockey game with one of his friends, who is his own hockey talk show. He ends up fighting one of the hockey players and beats him up. Its talk on camera and teams start calling him an asking him to be part of their team. He's never played hockey before so he can not skate, but he sure can whoop some a **.

4.) Mystery Alaska

This is also another funny flick, with some good one-liners. The movie is about a town in Alaska, where their amateur hockey team accepts a challenge to play against the New York Rangers. The town is pretty much in disturbance and do not like each other. So they have to put their problems to the side and get along because the event will be nationally televised.

3.) Slapshot 1

This is definite knee slapper. This, in my opinion, is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. The movie is about a team who has a very poor reputation and very poor attendance rate. The team raises money by doing cheesy public activities, like modeling, as seen in the movie. If the mill in their town shuts down, then the team will fold. The main character knows the team is going to fail and that it could be his final hockey season. So, he tries to get his team more interested in the game so the team can get sold. He wants to keep the "goon" part of hockey in their team and entertain fans as much as they can. They recruit the "Hanson Brothers" who just cause chaos every game. A must see flick, even if you do not like hockey.

2.) Miracle

Definitely a classic movie. This movies about the 1980 Olympic hockey game between USA vs Russia. This is considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history. This movie shows how everything led up to the big game and how harsh the coach of USA was on his players, but it definitely showed results. Miracle and my number one movie are a tie for first.

1.) The Mighty Ducks

These are the movies that got me into hockey. The movie is about a hot shot lawyer, who is haunted by his game winning shootout goal that he did not score in the championship and they lost. After being arrested for drunk driving, the court orders him to coach a peewee team, who needs major major improvements. He accepts the job and takes the team to the championship. In the championship game, he has to coach against his old coach, who he played for when he lost the game.

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University of Florida (UF) Gators Football Players Taken in the 2010 NFL Draft – 9 Selected

There were nine players from the University of Florida (UF) Gators football program taken in the 2010 NFL Draft that was held in April. The nine men that were led by Florida head coach Urban Meyer before entering the NFL in 2010 are:

  • Joe Haden (cornerback) – number 7 overall selection in the first round by the Cleveland Browns
  • Maurkice Pouncey (center) – first round choice by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 18th overall pick
  • Tim Tebow (quarterback) – Denver Broncos first round pick up with the 25th pick of the draft
  • Jermaine Cunningham (defensive end) -selected by the New England Patriots in the second round as the 53rd overall player taken
  • Carlos Dunlap (defensive end) – taken in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 54th overall pick
  • Brandon Spikes (linebacker) – New England Patriots choice with the 62nd overall pick occurring in the second round
  • Major Wright (safety) – chosen by the Chicago Bears with the 75th overall choice in the third round
  • Aaron Hernandez (tight end) – selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round as the 113th overall player taken
  • Riley Cooper (wide receiver) – Philadelphia Eagles choice in the fifth round as the 159th overall selection

With nine selections the University of Florida Gators had more players from their school taken in the 2010 NFL Draft that any other college. The next closest figure was seven players taken from a single school and that mark was hit by the University of Alabama, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Southern California in a three way tie for second place. After the University of Florida and the University of Alabama the Southeastern Conference (SEC) college with the third most players taken in the 2010 NFL Draft was the LSU Tigers with six.

To break it down by round selected the UF football program had:

  • Three first round picks (Haden, Pouncey, and Tebow)
  • Three second round selections (Cunningham, Dunlap, and Spikes)
  • One third round player taken (Wright)
  • One fourth round selection (Hernandez)
  • One fifth round pick (Cooper)

In total five defensive players and four offensive players were selected to seven different National Football League (NFL) teams. Three Gators football players ended up on the same team with the New England Patriots. Defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, linebacker Brandon Spikes, and tight end Aaron Hernandez are all slated to be reunited as teammates for the Boston, Massachusetts area based Patriots team.

There is no doubt that Florida head coach Urban Meyer will be tracking the professional football careers of all of his former players. It is widely understood that both Meyer and UF fans in general will be paying particularly close attention to how quarterback Tim Tebow does at the next level.

Source by Kim Patel


Nigel Bradham, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker, suspended one game

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended for the first game of the 2018 NFL season, he said Friday on Twitter.

Bradham apologized for the suspension, which he said stemmed from a 2016 incident in Miami.

Bradham was charged with aggravated assault after he turned himself in to Miami police in July 2016 after an incident at the Hilton Bentley Miami/South Beach.

Bradham was in a group of customers at the hotel and began to complain to a hotel worker about the speed of service. The incident “escalated,” according to the police report, “when the defendant, without provocation, struck the victim in the nose with a closed fist, causing the victim to fall to the ground.” The victim suffered a broken nose, contusions and a cut lip.

Bradham accepted a deferred prosecution program last July, and the case was closed in January.

“We have been in contact with Nigel and the NFL regarding his suspension. We respect the league’s decision on this matter and we are disappointed that Nigel put himself in this position,” the Eagles said in a statement. “Nigel has taken responsibility and expressed to us through his words and actions that he has learned from his mistake. We will continue to be supportive of him throughout this process.”

The Eagles re-signed Bradham to a five-year contract in March. The deal is worth $40 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Bradham had 88 tackles (five for loss) with a sack and eight passes defended in 2017 for Philadelphia.

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Uber driver says she is glad to see NFL disciplined Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston

TAMPA, Fla. — The Uber driver who accused Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston of assaulting her has released a statement through her attorney John Clune, acknowledging the league’s work in its seven-month investigation that ultimately resulted in a three-game suspension for Winston.

“I am glad to see the NFL discipline Jameis Winston. I do appreciate his apology, even if it needs some work,” she said Friday.

“I would like to publicly acknowledge the NFL Investigators, particularly Lisa Friel and John Iannarelli, for their kind, professional and thorough investigation.

“My experience should highlight the importance of believing women when they have the courage to come forward about sexual assault. Perhaps that night could have been prevented if others had been believed before me.

“Mr. Winston once said, ‘Girls should be silent, polite, and gentle.’ I disagree.


Clune also revealed that Winston’s former Florida State teammate, Ronald Darby, who came to Winston’s defense when the allegations first surfaced in November 2017, told the league something different than what he tweeted when he claimed he was in the vehicle with Winston at the time of the incident.

“We understand that Ron Darby’s statement to the league was that he no longer recalled the Uber ride in question and that his text messages show that he was still outside the International club as Winston was finishing the ride,” Clune said.

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Indianapolis Colts RB Robert Turbin suspended four games for PED violation

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts running back Robert Turbin has been suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs, he announced via Twitter on Friday.

Turbin will be suspended for four games, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. He will be eligible to return for the Week 5 game at New England on Oct. 4.

“A urine sample I provided to the NFL has resulted in a positive test of a banned substance under league policy with regards to Performance Enhancing Substances. It absolutely kills me that I allowed this to happen,” Turbin wrote on Twitter. “It has always been a priority in my life to display a high level of leadership both on and off the field. I strive to be a person that people can look up to and strive to exemplify the definition of hard work.

“Unfortunately, I have made a mistake. A mistake that will not only have personal consequences, but will affect the Colts organization, an organization that I am extremely appreciative to be a part of. For that, I am truly sorry.”

Turbin, who is entering his eighth season, spent the majority of the offseason program working with the first unit after the Colts decided not to re-sign veteran Frank Gore last winter and with Marlon Mack out with a shoulder injury.

Turbin played only six games last season because of an elbow injury.

The Colts, under new coach Frank Reich, will rely on Mack and rookies Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins during Turbin’s suspension. They also have Christine Michael and Josh Ferguson on the roster.

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