The Canadian Press
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants are Joe Judge’s team, entirely.That’s all anyone needs to know as the rebuilding Giants head into their bye week after 10 games.Forget a 3-7 record. Don’t bother mentioning they are riding a two-game winning streak and somehow have a chance to win the pitiful NFC East. This is a tough, hard-working team that is invested in their 38-year-old rookie coach’s demand to focus on the little things, improve every week, and put the team first.It’s seems everyone is all in. If you’re not, there’s a price to pay.Take a look at the recent days and weeks.Offensive line coach Marc Colombo was upset after Judge told him earlier this week he was hiring veteran coach Dave DeGuglielmo as a consultant to help the line and other parts of the team.To an outsider, it seemed a odd decision. The young line probably has progressed more than any unit on the team. After a slow start, the offence has produced six 100-yard rushing performances in the past seven games.A former Pro Bowler and assistant coach with Dallas, Colombo voiced his displeasure. He was fired on Wednesday after less than a year on the job and replaced by DeGuglielmo.Earlier this month, veteran receiver Golden Tate complained to a national TV audience after catching a touchdown pass in a Monday night game against Tampa Bay. He wanted more passes thrown his way. He was benched the next game.First-round draft pick Andrew Thomas, the fourth selection overall this year, showed up five minutes late for a meeting the night before a home game with Washington last month. The left tackle didn’t start the next day and ended up splitting snaps with fellow rookie Matt Peart.Judge doesn’t hesitate to give his players second chances. Colombo wasn’t as lucky. The message is clear: Don’t mess with Joe Judge.His actions bring back memories of former Giants coaches Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin. Their word was law. Players understood it and played hard because their jobs were on the line.It worked, too. Parcells and Coughlin each produced two Super Bowl champions for the Giants.It’s too early to compare Judge to either man. He needs to prove himself. However, he seems to be accomplishing half the job. Judge is the man in charge and the players recognize it.The main question is, can Judge take the next step?Ben McAdoo was hired in 2016 and led the team to the first playoff berth since the 2011 championship season. He was gone before the end of the next year.The Giants will have to beat teams outside their division to get to the playoffs this year. Dallas is their only NFC East opponent left, and that’s the season finale. New York is at Cincinnati (2-6-1), at Seattle (6-3), home against the Cardinals (6-3) and Browns (6-3), and away at Baltimore (6-3) before the Cowboys (2-7).“We want our guys to be successful on the field, but it matters to us how we’re successful,” Judge said earlier this week. “We want to play with the right attitude. We want to play a tough brand of football. We want to run the ball, stop the run, cover kicks. We want to go out there and be able to play in tough elements and be successful.”We’re not going to be a team that makes excuses or comes back and says we had them, but this happened instead. That’s not the way we’re made up, that’s not what we’re going to do.”Judge believes the Giants are getting closer to being what he envisions, so he is reinforcing the need for the basics. Unlike most NFL coaches, he is not hesitant to have tackling drills. He stresses proper techniques, preparation, and being upfront with his players.Some weeks players will have bigger roles. Some weeks they will be asked to do less. Everyone will contribute in some way every week.Veteran inside linebacker Blake Martinez also knows there is another side to Judge, who was mentored by Nick Saban of Alabama and Bill Belichick of the Patriots. Judge has three Super Bowl rings from his eight years in New England as an assistant coach and special teams co-ordinator.“As you get to see him outside the meeting rooms and things like that, he’s able to connect to anybody,” Martinez said. “He wants to know everything about you, and I think that’s been an awesome aspect of him as a head coach. You’re not scared to talk to him, as he’s always got a joke or two to mess with you about. It’s been fun.”Coming out of the bye, the Giants need to keep running the ball, which they have done despite losing Saquon Barkley to a torn ACL in Week 2. They also need quarterback Daniel Jones to limit his turnovers. He has had none in the last two games after 13 in the first eight.The defence under Patrick Graham has been the big surprise, using a multitude of formations. It has only been blown out in one game. The big weakness has been finding a cornerback to play opposite outstanding free agent signing James Bradberry.Judge cares deeply about his guys. When Logan Ryan’s wife had an ectopic pregnancy and needed emergency surgery in the early morning hours after the Bucs game, Judge told the veteran if he needed to be with his wife, just go.“He’s more of a players’ guy than he might want to come off as,” Ryan said earlier this year. “I think he can relate to the player, and he does a good job of connecting to you and your family.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTom Canavan, The Associated Press
Fuller makes history as first woman to appear in Power 5 football game – TSN
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller became the first woman to participate in a Power Five conference football game when she kicked off to start the second half against Missouri on Saturday.
Fuller kicked off the turf with a holder rather than using a tee, and she sent a low kick to the 35-yard line where it was pounced on by Missouri’s Mason Pack. Fuller didn’t get any opportunities in the first half as the Tigers opened a 21-0 lead over the Commodores.
Fuller, a senior goalkeeper on the Vanderbilt soccer team, joined the football team this week after helping the Commodores win the Southeastern Conference Tournament last weekend. COVID-19 protocols and restrictions left Vandy football coach Derek Mason with a limited number of specialists available against Missouri. Mason reached out to soccer coach Darren Ambrose for some help.
Fuller agreed to give football a try and practiced with the winless Commodores before making the trip to Missouri. She wore “Play Like A Girl” on the back of her helmet.
No woman had appeared in an SEC football game or for any Power Five team. Liz Heaston became the first woman to score with two extra points for Willamette in NAIA on Oct. 18, 1997.
Katie Hnida was the first woman to score at the Football Bowl Subdivision level with two extra points for New Mexico on Aug. 30, 2003.
April Goss was the second with an extra point for Kent State in 2015. Tonya Butler was the first woman to kick a field goal in an NCAA game for Division II West Alabama on Sept. 13, 2003.
“Let’s make history,” she wrote Friday on Twitter with a photo of herself wearing a football jersey with a soccer ball between her feet while holding a football in her hands.
Heavy blows, heavier breathing: Tyson, Jones Jr. exhibition ends in 8-round draw – CBC.ca
Mike Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime Saturday night during the 54-year-old boxing icon’s return to the ring for a lively exhibition bout with 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr.
Both fighters had impressive moments during a fight that was unofficially ruled a draw by the WBC judges at ringside. Tyson and Jones fought eight two-minute rounds, and both emerged smiling and apparently healthy from a highly unusual event at Staples Center.
“This is better than fighting for championships,” Tyson said of the heavyweight exhibition, which raised money for various charities. “We’re humanitarians now. We can do something good for the world. We’ve got to do this again.”
The former heavyweight champion of the world’s return to the ring after a 15-year absence attracted international attention, and Iron Mike did his best to show the form that made him a legend to a generation of boxing fans. Tyson tagged Jones with body shots and a handful of head punches during a bout that was required to be a fairly safe glorious sparring session by the California State Athletic Commission.
“The body shots definitely took a toll,” said Jones, the former four-division world champion widely considered the most skilled boxer of his generation. “It’s something to take the punches that Mike throws. I’m cool with a draw. Maybe we can do it again.”
Jones walked to the ring with gloves and trunks honouring Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, while Tyson wore his signature all-black trunks. After the traditional pre-fight pomp and an introduction by Michael Buffer, the 50-something champions both came out throwing punches that evoked echoes of their glorious primes.
They also tied up frequently on the inside, and their occasionally laboured breathing could be heard on the microphones in the empty arena.
Hip hop performances also featured in empty arena
Hip hop star Snoop Dogg’s witty television commentary was among the loudest noises inside Staples, and he had a handful of zingers. “This is like two of my uncles fighting at the barbecue,” he exclaimed.
Tyson and Jones were the headliners in the most improbable pay-per-view boxing event in years, engineered by social networking app Triller and featuring fights interspersed with hip hop performances in an empty arena.
The event was derided as an anti-sporting spectacle by some critics, yet both Tyson and Jones appeared to handle themselves capably and safely. Fans were clearly enamoured, with the show getting enormous traction on social media.
“I hit you with some good shots, and you took it,” Tyson said. “I respect that.”
In the co-main event, YouTube star Jake Paul knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson, stopped in the second round of Robinson’s pro boxing debut. Paul, in his second pro fight, recorded three knockdowns against Robinson, the three-time NBA Slam Dunk contest champion, before an overhand right put Robinson flat on his face and apparently unconscious.
Two legends of the game 👏 <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TysonJones?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#TysonJones</a> <a href=”https://t.co/4HnO61bzKe”>pic.twitter.com/4HnO61bzKe</a>
Tyson who posted a 50-6 career record with two no-contests, won his first heavyweight championship belt in 1986, and he was the undisputed world champion from 1987-90. He spent three years in prison after he was convicted of rape in 1992; upon his release, he regained pieces of the heavyweight crown in 1996.
Tyson retired from boxing in 2005, saying he longer had “the fighting guts or the heart” after he quit in a dismal loss to journeyman Peter McBride. Finally free of his sport’s relentless pressure, Tyson gradually straightened out his life, kicking a self-described drug addiction and eventually succeeding in acting, stage performance, charity work and even marijuana cultivation while settling into comfortable family life in Las Vegas with his third wife and their children.
The idea of a boxing comeback seemed preposterous, but Tyson started toward this unlikely fight when he started doing 15 daily minutes on a treadmill a few years ago at his wife’s urging in a bid to lose 100 pounds. The workouts soon became multi-hour affairs encompassing biking, running and finally punching as he regained a measure of his athletic prime through discipline and a vegan diet.
Tyson posted a video of himself hitting pads on social media early in the coronavirus pandemic, and the overwhelming public response led to several lucrative offers for a ring comeback. With the chance to make money for himself and for charity, Tyson eventually agreed — but he had to find an opponent.
Jones first entered the spotlight when he won a silver medal as a light middleweight in the 1988 Sumnmer Olympics in Seoul. He went on to hold the world middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight championships during a career that saw him start 49-1 before he ended up at 66-9.
Jones fought steadily into his late 40s, but thought he was done with the sport after winning his last bout in 2018. He couldn’t resist the chance to take on Tyson after the greats never met during their first professional careers because Tyson was a heavyweight and Jones mostly was a light heavyweight (178 pounds).
Tyson and Jones negotiated with the California commission over the limitations of their bout, eventually arriving at eight two-minute rounds of hard sparring with only ceremonial judging and no official winner. The WBC still stepped in to award a ceremonial “Frontline Battle Belt” to both fighters.
Reaction Recap: Mike Tyson–Roy Jones Jr. bout finishes as a draw – Sportsnet.ca
In what was ultimately a sporting event as bizarre as the year it capped off, boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. returned to the ring in a battle of 50-year-old former champions Saturday night.
After eight two-minute rounds at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, and some impressive displays from both veteran fighters, the bout was ruled a draw by the WBC’s unofficial judges, Christy Martin, Vinny Pazienza and Chad Dawson.
“This is better than fighting for championships,” Tyson said after the heavyweight tilt, the goal of which was to raise money for charity. “We’re humanitarians now. We can do something good for the world. We’ve got to do this again.”
While Jones’ return to the ring was his first since 2018, it was Tyson’s first time back in 15 years. But the man who established himself as one of the most dominant heavyweights in the game back in his prime showed glimpses of the form that made him an undisputed champion decades ago.
“The body shots definitely took a toll,” said Jones post-fight about Tyson’s attack. “It’s something to take the punches that Mike throws. I’m cool with a draw. Maybe we can do it again.”
While the event divided boxing fans between those who saw it as little more than a spectacle and others who were more than willing to indulge for a chance to see two of the sport’s best make their return, chatter about the card on social media — from YouTuber Jake Paul’s knockout win over former NBA guard Nate Robinson to Tyson and Jones’ main-event meeting — made clear the undeniable interest in the event regardless.
The spectacle certainly didn’t disappoint, either, with California legend Snoop Dogg emerging as one of the true winners on the night, his commentary throughout — not short on witty one-liners — drawing rave reviews from the social media crowd.
By the night’s end, the meeting of the two former champs under the lights finished amicably.
“I hit you with some good shots, and you took it,” Tyson told Jones post-fight. “I respect that.”
Re-live all the action below via the Twitterverse’s round-by-round reaction to the fight, from the opening bell to the last:
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) November 29, 2020
First Half (Rounds 1-4)
Imagine if they were in their prime. Thank you mike and Roy we needed this. 1 for the culture. And I ain’t complaining.
— Baron Davis (@BaronDavis) November 29, 2020
Snoop “do he really wanna frustrate mike?”
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) November 29, 2020
Second Half (Rounds 4-8)
Think Roy Jones really thought this was an exhibition and Tyson’s fighting for his life #tysonvsjones
— Billy Q (@BillyQMMA) November 29, 2020
— With files from The Associated Press
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