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Former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer retires after 15 seasons

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 9:52 PM


            CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 19: Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals calls a play at the line of scrimage while playing the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 19: Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals calls a play at the line of scrimage while playing the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is retiring after 15 NFL seasons.

Palmer, who turned 38 last week, made the announcement in an open letter released Tuesday by the Cardinals. Palmer missed the last nine games of what would be his final season with a broken left arm.

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He called his long professional career “the most incredible experience of my life.”

The statement came one day after Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced his retirement. Arians and Palmer spent the last five seasons together.

Palmer was a Heisman Trophy winner at USC and the No. 1-overall pick by Cincinnati in 2002. He threw for 46,247 yards, 11th-most in NFL history, in a career with the Bengals, Oakland and Arizona.

“When I entered the league, I was a 23-year-old kid,” Palmer wrote. “I’m leaving a 38-year-old husband and father of four with memories and experiences that I will treasure for the rest of my life. And like most things in life, it feels like it all passed in a blink of an eye.”

Acquired by the Cardinals for only a sixth-round pick and a swap of seventh-rounders, Palmer had some of his greatest success in Arizona.

In 2015, he set single-season franchise records for yards passing (4,671) and touchdowns (35) while leading the Cardinals to a 13-3 record, second-best in the NFC. He won his only playoff game that season, in overtime over Green Bay.

Palmer was 46-51 in seven seasons with the Bengals, leading them to the playoffs in 2005 and 2009.

Palmer twice came back from significant knee injuries, one of which came in a playoff game in 2005 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“My family and I are beyond grateful for everything the game has given us as well as the love and support we’ve felt from fans everywhere we’ve been. That’s been especially true in Arizona, where we never expected to end up but wound up being such a special place for us.”

Offshore betting sites already releasing Week 1 SEC lines

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 9:37 AM

As usual, the SEC is participating in some pretty big games during 2018’s opening weekend. But if it feels like it might be a little too early for betting sites to be releasing lines for those games, you’d be sorely mistaken.

Yes, even though we’re not even two weeks removed from the 2017 national championship game, at least one betting site — 5Dimes, according to BrianEdwardsSports.com — has early lines out for several Week 1 games, including the biggest games on the SEC slate. Those games include:

Alabama (-30) vs. Louisville

Auburn (-4) vs. Washington

West Virginia (-8) vs. Tennessee

Texas Tech (pick) vs. Ole Miss

Miami (-1) vs. LSU

With the exception of Alabama’s tilt against Louisville, it is looking like a pretty competitive weekend of opening games for the nation’s best conference.

Former Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro receives award from Gainesville Police for breaking up assualt

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Eddy Pineiro may no longer be with the Gators, but he is still a great representation of the school and program.

The former Florida kicker tweeted out that he had received a Police Service Award from the Gainesville Police Department for breaking up an assault between a male and female.

The award states the following, laying out what Pineiro and his father did to prevent the situation.

“On October 15th 2017 at 2:21 AM, dispatch advised a male was chasing a female in the area of 1700 SW 37th Street. The investigation concluded that the female was being a victim of dating violence by her boyfriend. She was thrown to the ground, violently punched and choked. Her screams to anyone to help awoke Eddy Pineiro Jr.. Eddy looked outside and witnessed the violent crime. Without visitation, he yelled to his father, who was visiting from Miami, and told him he was going to help her. They both ran down three flights of stairs and across the propert to intervene. As they were approaching, the female was able to escape the grasp of her attacker and flee. The suspect gave chase and was able to catch her. At the this same time, Eddy Pineiro Jr. caught up and was able to grab the attacker off of the victim. This gave the victim a chance to leave the area without further violence to her. Due to Eddy Pineiro Jr. and Eddy Pineiro Sr.’s selfless acts and extreme bravery, the victim was saved from possible severe injuries or even death. Eddy Pineiro Jr. continued to help with the case and as a result, the suspect is serving jail time for his actions. They are both hereby awarded the Police Service Award.

Pineiro decided to enter the draft after Florida’s season.

Chip Kelly adds former player to UCLA coaching staff

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

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Ramsen Golpashin, a former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman under Chip Kelly, has reportedly joined his former coach’s staff at UCLA.

Golpashin didn’t make much noise as a lineman for Oregon from 2007-11. His senior year, which saw Oregon win the Rose Bowl over Wisconsin, was cut short due to a knee injury just two weeks into the season.

The former Ducks’ lineman spent last season on the Cal coaching staff.

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LOOK: Louisville fans melt down after near-epic collapse against BC

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

The Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball program was living on high as they road an 18-point lead into the final 2:32 of action on Sunday against Boston College but the next two minutes and change left the fan base aghast.

Louisville went on to win the game 77-69, but that final score doesn’t exactly lend itself to exactly how stressful the ending was. Boston College went on a barrage and cut the lead to two points when Jordan Chatman hit a three for the Eagles to make it 71-69 with 28.7 seconds to play.

And Twitter was going crazy the entire time.

Louisville improved to 15-4 on the season and are in second place in the ACC by themselves with a 5-1 record in conference play. Only Virginia (6-0) is in front of the Cardinals.

However, there’s still a general sense of confusion over this team’s identity. Louisville hasn’t yet defeated a team that is currently ranked as of Sunday, but all four of their losses have come to teams that were in the AP Top 25 on Sunday (Purdue, Seton Hall, Kentucky and Clemson).

They’ll be tested each of the next two Wednesday with road trips to No. 25 Miami and No. 2 Virginia on the schedule. But if they play like they did for those two minutes on Sunday, they’ll get run out of the building in those games.