Bradley Wiggins Confirms Retirement After 20-Year Career, 5 Olympic Gold Medals, Historical Tour De France Win

Sir Bradley Wiggins retires from the world of professional cycling after an impressive 20-year career filled with awards, accolades and historical victories. The 36-year-old Olympic gold medalist confirmed his retirement decision on Instagram Wednesday with a photo that speaks volumes about his accomplishments over the past two decades. “Wiggo” used the photo caption’s caption to reflect on his career, the fulfillment of his childhood dream and express his gratitude for the amazing people that have been part of his personal and professional journeys over the years. I have been lucky enough to live a dream and fulfil my childhood aspiration of making a living and a career out of the sport I fell in love with at the age of 12. I’ve met my idols and ridden with and alongside the best for 20 years. I have worked with the world’s best coaches and managers who I will always be grateful to for their support. What will stick with me forever is the support and love from the public though thick and thin, all as a result of riding a pushbike for a living. 2012 blew my mind and was a gas. Cycling has given me everything and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wonderful wife Cath and our amazing kids. 2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, “feet on the ground, head in the clouds” kids from Kilburn don’t win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances’! They do now. A photo posted by Sir Wiggo (@bradwiggins) on Dec 28, 2016 at 6:45am PST As mentioned in his emotionally-stirring statement, Bradley Wiggins’ journey towards making history as a professional cyclist started at a very young age. 12-year-old “Wiggo” entered his very first race in the West London Challenge back in 1992. During a November 2012 interview with The Guardian, Wiggins claimed that he knew at that young age that he would undoubtedly become a successful cyclist. When his art teacher asked him what he was going to do after leaving school, he told her that he was “going to be Olympic champion” and “wear the yellow jersey in the Tour.” How did his teacher respond to his statement? Bradley stated that she laughed and then asked him what was he really going to do. Wiggins apparently did not allow his art teacher’s laughter to hold him back from turning that childhood pipe dream into a reality. Nearly 6 years later at the age of 18, according to Daily Mail, Bradley Wiggins won his first senior medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Junior World Championships 1998. Bradley Wiggins #Richmond2015 #UCI2015 pic.twitter.com/5jFT8wXPmj — Gregmom (@javigoros61) September 18, 2015 Bradley walked away from the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as a first-time medalist, earning the silver medal in team pursuit. That was apparently just a starting point for Wiggins when it came to Olympic medals. From the first medal he won in Sydney to his fifth trip to the Olympic Games at Rio in 2016, Bradley Wiggins earned a total of 8 Olympic medals – 2 Bronze, 1 Silver and 5 Gold. Wiggins openly discussed the down’s of his career along with the up’s in his interview with The Guardian – including the grim reality that he faced in his personal life even after becoming the first British athlete to win 3 Olympic medals in nearly 40 years while still in his mid-20s. Bradley admits that he thought he would become an overnight millionaire after winning the Olympics, but was faced to realize the hard truth of “scraping the barrel” financially. His wife Catherine becoming pregnant with their first child served as a major wake-up call for Bradley, helping him to straighten out his priorities in life to focus on what really mattered the most. Great to see Bradley Wiggins on the start line with his kids, Ben & Bella, ready to do a lap of London circuit! pic.twitter.com/Eu8n7o7yWG — Tour of Britain ???????? (@TourofBritain) September 11, 2016 He stated that the tattooed B’s on his thumbs served as reminders of his two kids Ben and Bella – a reminder that would help him to stay focused during time trials. Wiggins claimed that he would stare at his thumbs to remind himself of why he was doing it in the first place. “When I’m on the start line of an Olympic final, I look at them and think, ‘You know what?’ This ain’t life or death. So all I can do is try and do my best. Nobody’s going to shoot me if I don’t win. And at that moment I go, ‘Let’s do it!’” Bradley often refers to 2012 as a “golden year” for him and his professional career. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the year was when he made history. Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France. Just a few days later, Wiggins won the individual time trial gold at the London Olympics essentially in front of his hometown crowd. So Sir Bradley Wiggins retires. Throwback to my time in Paris 2012 for the Tour de France Finale and Bradley Wiggins made history. ???????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/p3x5NSHNRx — Come-on-you-Reds (@dqaddoura) December 28, 2016 Even with that type of monumental accomplishment up his sleeve, Wiggins still maintained a very humble perspective when it came to his Tour de France win. According to Wiggins, he found it hard to be the winner of the Tour “and everything that goes with it” – especially after the scandals surrounding Lance Armstrong. “I wanted to be the winner for the challenge of what the sporting event is about and how hard you can train to do that, and I never wanted all the stuff that went with it.” As mentioned in his retirement statement on Instagram, Bradley Wiggins claims that he could not have done any of it without the support of his wife and kids. ‘My kids need their dad’: Sir Bradley Wiggins on life after his history-making Olympics https://t.co/ietTTuJ3ag pic.twitter.com/qzeB8bzThv — MummyPages Ireland (@MummyPages) August 14, 2016 Since the days of his professional cycling career are behind him, “Sir Wiggo” can continue focusing on spending plenty of quality time with his family instead of his racing bicycle. However, the inspirational impact Wiggins made within the sport has built a legacy for Wiggins that will last for many years to come. [Featured Image by Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo]

Bradley Wiggins Confirms Retirement After 20-Year Career, 5 Olympic Gold Medals, Historical Tour De France Win

Sir Bradley Wiggins retires from the world of professional cycling after an impressive 20-year career filled with awards, accolades and historical victories. The 36-year-old Olympic gold medalist confirmed his retirement decision on Instagram Wednesday with a photo that speaks volumes about his accomplishments over the past two decades. “Wiggo” used the photo caption’s caption to reflect on his career, the fulfillment of his childhood dream and express his gratitude for the amazing people that have been part of his personal and professional journeys over the years. I have been lucky enough to live a dream and fulfil my childhood aspiration of making a living and a career out of the sport I fell in love with at the age of 12. I’ve met my idols and ridden with and alongside the best for 20 years. I have worked with the world’s best coaches and managers who I will always be grateful to for their support. What will stick with me forever is the support and love from the public though thick and thin, all as a result of riding a pushbike for a living. 2012 blew my mind and was a gas. Cycling has given me everything and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wonderful wife Cath and our amazing kids. 2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards, “feet on the ground, head in the clouds” kids from Kilburn don’t win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances’! They do now. A photo posted by Sir Wiggo (@bradwiggins) on Dec 28, 2016 at 6:45am PST As mentioned in his emotionally-stirring statement, Bradley Wiggins’ journey towards making history as a professional cyclist started at a very young age. 12-year-old “Wiggo” entered his very first race in the West London Challenge back in 1992. During a November 2012 interview with The Guardian, Wiggins claimed that he knew at that young age that he would undoubtedly become a successful cyclist. When his art teacher asked him what he was going to do after leaving school, he told her that he was “going to be Olympic champion” and “wear the yellow jersey in the Tour.” How did his teacher respond to his statement? Bradley stated that she laughed and then asked him what was he really going to do. Wiggins apparently did not allow his art teacher’s laughter to hold him back from turning that childhood pipe dream into a reality. Nearly 6 years later at the age of 18, according to Daily Mail, Bradley Wiggins won his first senior medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Junior World Championships 1998. Bradley Wiggins #Richmond2015 #UCI2015 pic.twitter.com/5jFT8wXPmj — Gregmom (@javigoros61) September 18, 2015 Bradley walked away from the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as a first-time medalist, earning the silver medal in team pursuit. That was apparently just a starting point for Wiggins when it came to Olympic medals. From the first medal he won in Sydney to his fifth trip to the Olympic Games at Rio in 2016, Bradley Wiggins earned a total of 8 Olympic medals – 2 Bronze, 1 Silver and 5 Gold. Wiggins openly discussed the down’s of his career along with the up’s in his interview with The Guardian – including the grim reality that he faced in his personal life even after becoming the first British athlete to win 3 Olympic medals in nearly 40 years while still in his mid-20s. Bradley admits that he thought he would become an overnight millionaire after winning the Olympics, but was faced to realize the hard truth of “scraping the barrel” financially. His wife Catherine becoming pregnant with their first child served as a major wake-up call for Bradley, helping him to straighten out his priorities in life to focus on what really mattered the most. Great to see Bradley Wiggins on the start line with his kids, Ben & Bella, ready to do a lap of London circuit! pic.twitter.com/Eu8n7o7yWG — Tour of Britain ???????? (@TourofBritain) September 11, 2016 He stated that the tattooed B’s on his thumbs served as reminders of his two kids Ben and Bella – a reminder that would help him to stay focused during time trials. Wiggins claimed that he would stare at his thumbs to remind himself of why he was doing it in the first place. “When I’m on the start line of an Olympic final, I look at them and think, ‘You know what?’ This ain’t life or death. So all I can do is try and do my best. Nobody’s going to shoot me if I don’t win. And at that moment I go, ‘Let’s do it!’” Bradley often refers to 2012 as a “golden year” for him and his professional career. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the year was when he made history. Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France. Just a few days later, Wiggins won the individual time trial gold at the London Olympics essentially in front of his hometown crowd. So Sir Bradley Wiggins retires. Throwback to my time in Paris 2012 for the Tour de France Finale and Bradley Wiggins made history. ???????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/p3x5NSHNRx — Come-on-you-Reds (@dqaddoura) December 28, 2016 Even with that type of monumental accomplishment up his sleeve, Wiggins still maintained a very humble perspective when it came to his Tour de France win. According to Wiggins, he found it hard to be the winner of the Tour “and everything that goes with it” – especially after the scandals surrounding Lance Armstrong. “I wanted to be the winner for the challenge of what the sporting event is about and how hard you can train to do that, and I never wanted all the stuff that went with it.” As mentioned in his retirement statement on Instagram, Bradley Wiggins claims that he could not have done any of it without the support of his wife and kids. ‘My kids need their dad’: Sir Bradley Wiggins on life after his history-making Olympics https://t.co/ietTTuJ3ag pic.twitter.com/qzeB8bzThv — MummyPages Ireland (@MummyPages) August 14, 2016 Since the days of his professional cycling career are behind him, “Sir Wiggo” can continue focusing on spending plenty of quality time with his family instead of his racing bicycle. However, the inspirational impact Wiggins made within the sport has built a legacy for Wiggins that will last for many years to come. [Featured Image by Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo]

Johnny Manziel Enjoyed His Florida Vacation; But Is NFL In Future Plans?

The college football world began its drastic strip of old-time football and its tactics with Johnny Manziel leading Texas A&M to a massive upset over the Alabama Crimson Tide on November 10, 2012. Manziel, who would later win the Heisman Trophy as a red-shirt freshman (first freshman in history), helped set the blueprint on how to defeat Nick Saban’s powerhouse Alabama team; utilizing spread-offense principles with a mobile quarterback who can throw. The sky appeared to not be the limit for Manziel, as he finished his 2013 season with 4800 yards total offense and 46 touchdowns. A first round draft selection in the 2014 NFL Draft was all but certified, and that thinking came true for Manziel as he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 22nd pick in the first round. But tough times laid ahead for Manziel, as he struggled in his first season with the Browns. Although he only played in five games and started two, he completed 18-35 (51.4 percent), 175 yards passing and zero touchdowns to two interceptions. Manziel’s struggles would spill over into his second and final season with the Browns, in which he performed better on the field (57.8 percent passing, 1500 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions), but his partying habits and lack of preparation would become a concern for the Browns organization. In March of 2016, Manziel was released and he did not play a down in the NFL this season. Johnny Manziel [Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images] But Manziel’s partying ways haven’t slowed down, which makes many wonder does he have the itch to play in the NFL this season. Below, is a video of Manziel’s Snapchat chronicles not too long ago from his vacation to Florida. In the video, Manziel is drinking with friends, partying and smoking a cigarette (not harmless, but doesn’t help). On the flip side, this video isn’t harmful per se. Manziel is fresh from his 24th birthday and he may choose to behave how he pleases. But, it could be seen as interesting that he would document his vacation with the same vices that helped end his career. Not too long ago, an article published by CBS Sports cited a quote from not only a friend of Manziel’s, but of Manziel himself stating that he is aware he hit rock bottom, but he knows he can’t end his football career like this. “He knows he’s hit rock bottom and he’s giving himself a year to get sober and get ready for football. He wants to play again,” the Manziel pal told the Post. “He really wants to turn things around and make people proud of him again. It’s not going to end this way.” That last sentence echoed what Manziel himself said on July 19. In a video that was posted to Instagram, Johnny Football said his career wasn’t going to end “like this.” “You all write about a day in my life and what goes on,” Manziel said. “Here it is, no secrets, no hiding, I’m not what you read about. I’ll be back. In time. It can’t end like this. It won’t.” Johnny Manziel (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) With the release of the video, is harmless drinking enough to keep potential NFL suitors at bay? It’s a strong likelihood that it will. To consider that the Cleveland Browns released Manziel based on his lack of commitment to being an NFL quarterback traced back to his habits of late night partying, drinking and social media behavior. Not to mention not being the most prepared player to start with in his beginning stages of the NFL. So whether or not Manziel is taking his potential comeback attempt seriously will remain a topic that will be debated. But, it shouldn’t surprise Manziel if teams will keep passing on him until he shows he’s changing, more than he says he wants to change. [Featured image by Don Wright/AP Photo]

NBA Trade Rumors: Should The Cleveland Cavaliers Keep Their Roster Intact?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the reigning NBA Champions after dethroning the Golden State Warriors in a historic NBA Finals match-up this past summer. Of course, the Cavaliers overcame a 3-1 deficit to remove the Warriors as America’s team. The Cavaliers 2017 NBA season is off to a hot start, with the Cavaliers 24-7 record good for first place so far in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers main nucleus consist of their “big three”; LeBron James. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The trio are all averaging at least 21.7 points per game, which is the first time they have accomplished this scoring feat in their three seasons together. Kyrie Irving [Image by Andy Lyons/Getty Images] The trio were also mainly responsible for the Cavaliers win over the Warriors on Christmas Day, in which all three combined for 76 points. But, there has been setbacks for the Cavaliers roster in terms of health. Sharp shooter J.R. Smith is expected to miss at least 12-14 weeks, Chris “Birdman” Anderson is out for the season and Mo Williams is out indefinitely. Should the Cavaliers explore a trade offer to add depth to their roster? Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today thinks it couldn’t hurt, especially down the stretch run. For at least the next two months, the Cavs have 12 active players. That might not be a problem short term — the Cavs beat the Bucks on a back-to-back without Kevin Love for both games and without Smith for six quarters. Andersen wasn’t playing much, and Williams has been inactive all season. But long term, the lack of bodies could take its toll, and that’s the concern for the Cavs. Holding off the Toronto Raptors, who are 1 1/2 games behind for the top spot in the East, just got more difficult. The Cavs don’t want a situation where they drop further than a 2 seed. Winning one series on the road is one thing. Winning three series on the road is another LeBron James [Image by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images]. Conventional wisdom in the professional leagues state that the teams that remain the healthiest through the regular season and the playoff run possess the best chances of winning a title. It could explain how the Cavaliers were able to defeat the Warriors in this past NBA Finals; the Warriors were hampered by Steph Curry’s lingering knee injury and Andrew Bogut’s injury to his knee, as well. But, as Zillgitt explained, if the Cavaliers don’t have health and depth in the playoffs, it will be hard for them to repeat. Zillgitt also believes that a valuable back-up point guard or a wing who can defend the perimeter could be targets the Cavaliers could go for as the trade deadline slowly approaches. What do they need? A backup point guard or a perimeter player who can generate offense and a perimeter defender. The Cavs need offensive help when LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are not in the game, but they are 15th in defensive efficiency (104.5 points per 100 possessions). The point guard/offensive player is a need now but won’t be as big of a factor come playoff time when rotations shrink and James and Irving play more minutes. A wing defender will be more important in April, May and June. Although the Cavaliers appear to have continued to roll on without three key players, depth and health will be a big factor in whether or not the Cavaliers will have enough to win the NBA title once more. Yes, another win over the Warriors says a lot; especially after the acquisition of Kevin Durant. But, December and June are obviously two different months and much can happen in between that time span. Whether or not the Cavaliers will make the trade, remains to be seen. But, if more Cavaliers players begin to have injuries, no one should be surprised if a trade happens. [Featured Image by Jason Miller/Getty Images]

Simone Biles Slams Body Shamers: 'I'm Comfortable In My Skin'

Simone Biles has made a name for herself as an American gymnast, rising to compete in the 2016 Olympics and earning the gold medals to prove her hard work has paid off, but, even becoming a cherished American athlete hasn’t spared Biles the harsh criticism so freely shared by the online community. Opening up about attracting her own gathering of haters and critics, Simone is sharing just how cyber bullying has affected her life and what she has to say to those who would seek to knock her down with a bombardment of body shaming insults. Simone Biles Fires Back At Her Haters With A Positive Message Simone Biles shares a picture of herself vacationing in Belize. [Image by Simone Biles/Instagram.] Ms. Biles recently shared an image with her Instagram followers in which she’s seen wearing a white bathing suit with black shorts covering the bottom half of the one-piece swimwear outfit, reports People. Simone is smiling, happy to share the picture with her followers, which she took time away from her Belize vacation to post. The Olympic gold medal winner captioned the image with “living in bathing suits,” implying that most of her vacation was spent on the beaches. That picture drew harsh criticism from cyber bullies, many of whom commented on Biles’ muscular physique and criticized Simone for her general appearance. One such critic told Biles that she was ugly, suggesting that the user, herself, was more attractive. Not one to let body shaming bring her down, Simone chose to respond to her haters with a more positive message. Instead of launching a counter attack against the internet trolls, Ms. Biles, instead, let her critics know that she wasn’t affected by their spiteful words. “You all can judge my body all you want, but at the end of the day it’s MY body,” Simone wrote in a tweet. “I love it and I’m comfortable in my skin.” It wasn’t long, before Biles received the love and support from her massive fanbase and her positivity seemed to sway even her most devoted haters. Simone even received a follow up message from that user, who called her ugly in the previous post. “I know what I did wasn’t right,” the commenter later wrote on Simone’s posting. “Clearly I was jealous of her. I mean can you blame me? She is beautiful. I wish my life was like hers. But I don’t think it’s right for all of you to talk about [me]. Yes I deserved [it], but we all do stupid things.” Simone Biles Scores The Female Athlete Of The Year Award Simone Biles was named the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year. [Image by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images.] While Simone does have a few haters trying to bring her down, it’s probably difficult to tarnish her self-esteem, when Ms. Biles is earning awards just for doing what she most loves. Chicago Tribune reports that, even after her Olympic wins, Simone is once again being honored, but, this time, as Female Athlete of the Year. For Biles, the events to have earned her the newest honor are “kind of a blur,” but, for her fans, every moment is marked by Biles’ hard work and exemplary performances. In earning the title of Female Athlete of the Year, Biles earned 31 out of a total possible 59 votes, surpassing U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, tennis pro Serena Williams, and NCAA women’s basketball Player of the Year Breanna Stewart. Simone Biles is in good company. The honor of being named the Female Athlete of the Year has previously gone to four other female gymnasts: Olga Korbut (1972), Nadia Comaneci (1976), Mary Lou Retton (1984), and Gabby Douglas (2012). Simone recently shared that she may be taking a break from gymnastics, though her plans for the future are uncertain. As the new year approaches, Biles plans to sit down and plot out her new goals, though she feels confident she would like to do something new. “I miss training with the girls and having a good time,” Biles said. “Whenever I go to the gym to visit them and I see them, I do not miss this part at all right now.” [Featured Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant Defend Ronda Rousey

LeBron James is rallying to the defense of battered UFC fighter Ronda Rousey. Just hours after the former champ’s Las Vegas comeback fight against Amanda Nunes ended in a 48-second knockout for her, the four-time and defending NBA champion reflected on how cruel and heartless the world of sports can sometimes be. “In sports, in general, they build you up as high as they can, put you on the highest mountain in the world, just to tear you down,” he said. “That’s coming from somebody who has experienced it. And that’s exactly what she’s going through right now. That’s a fact.” Indeed, the backlash against James was swift and severe when he left his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to join up with Dywane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, where they won two titles and appeared in four straight NBA Finals. “I know exactly how she feels because I was that athlete,” he added. “I went through that.” James has since left Miami and returned to the Cavs, leading the team in storybook fashion to the city’s first championship in any major sport in over five decades last season. As for Rousey, no one’s sure what comes next for her. Ronda Rousey absorbs punishment against Amanda Nunes. [Image by Christian Petersen/Getty Images] After blazing to a 12-0 career start, she has now lost her last two matches and looked overwhelmed and unmotivated in doing so. The 29-year-old former champ released a statement to ESPN on Saturday, insisting she will “need to take some time to reflect and think about the future.” Rousey went on to thank her many fans for their years of support, including during some of her most difficult moments like those that are now playing out. “Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me,” she added. As she walked from the Octagon late Friday night, following her latest and perhaps most stunning defeat, Rousey said nothing as she seemingly stared into space. Later, James likened her odyssey to that of his own during at least part of his time in South Beach. LeBron James is the Cavs’ unquestioned leader. [Image by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images] There, the Heat became perceived as the league’s biggest villains, especially James, and many fans openly rejoiced when the upset-driven Dallas Mavericks convincingly knocked them off in the first of their four straight Finals appearances. Since those trying times, James has bounced back to win three of the last five NBA titles and has largely regained all his vast popularity. Just, last season he mesmerized the entire sports world when he led the Cavs back from a 3-1 Finals deficit against league MVP Steph Curry and the then defending champion and record-setting Golden State Warriors for their aforementioned crown. Rousey can only hope for such an ultimate victory. “You don’t know her mindset,” said James. “You don’t know the drive, is the drive still there? You don’t know. But you can tell that it’s built and built and built and built and built, they always make the teardown story more important than how long it took for her to actually get to the mountaintop.” If nothing else, Rousey appears to have the support of a growing number of big-time athletes that also includes the likes of retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. The L.A. Lakers legend recently took to Twitter to encourage fans to continue to salute Rousey based on all she’s done for the upstart sport in now growing it into a multi-billion empire. “Instead of clapping for [her] defeat, give her a standing O for putting the sport on the map,” he posted along with the hashtags #pioneer #muse.” Bryant later challenged the media to be more understanding of the “psychological and physical behavior of athletes.” [Featured Image by Christian Petersen/Getty Images]

NFL Standings: New England Clinches No. 1 Seed; Belichick Showing His Genius

When the New England Patriots signed former free agent wide receiver Michael Floyd to the roster on December 15, 2016, not too many questioned New England coach Bill Belichick’s decision making. Many times, they never question it. Michael Floyd was released by the Arizona Cardinals following a DUI arrest December 14 and obviously New England acted quickly. Floyd’s addition was evident today, January 1, 2017, as the New England Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 35-14. Floyd was on the field for 50 snaps, made three receptions and caught one touchdown, ending the day with 36 total yards. New England also locked up a number one seed in this seasons NFL playoffs. New England, a member of the AFC, has locked up its sixth number one seed since the NFL began seeding in 1990. All six seeds have come under Bill Belichick. Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Belichick is quick to give a troubled player a second chance, but also quick to release one, too. For someone such as Floyd, hard work will have to be a variable for Floyd to stay around. From this article via ESPN, it appears Floyd not only isn’t worried about 2017, but he’s not worried about anything unless it concerns learning the New England playbook. This is why some in the Patriots’ organization were so excited when Floyd unexpectedly became available in mid-December, as it was a position of need, and Floyd was probably going to be on their free-agent target list after the season anyway, even given a legal situation with the DUI arrest. So the Patriots’ thinking essentially was, “Why not start the process now?” When I asked Floyd a few days ago whether he’d thought about a potential return with the Patriots in 2017, he smiled and said he was so committed to learning the playbook that he didn’t have time to think about anything else. He’s been living in a hotel nearby Gillette Stadium, and he said that if he’s not there, he’s at the stadium. His hard work showed on Sunday. Bill Belichick [Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images] This is perhaps what makes Bill Belichick the revered coach he is to the NFL. For New England, Belichick has won with a variety of players, coaches and with different offensive and defensive philosophies. Belichick’s forward thinking has made the NFL have to play catch up with not only the New England Patriots, but to his coaching standards. New England will enter this years playoff as a favorite to win the AFC. Also, it must be noted that New England is performing this seasons feat without the assistance of Rob Gronkowski, who is on injured reserve for the rest of the season with a back injury. In this article on the Boston Herald, writer Karen Guregian writes on how the Patriots offensive playmakers have stepped up in Gronk’s abscence And that’s translated on the field. Brady’s cast includes a trio of receivers (Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell) that have combined for nearly 2,000 yards, a pair of running backs in James White (530) and Dion Lewis (90) who have combined for 600 more receiving yards, and a tight end (Bennett) who is closing in on 700 yards. And that doesn’t even take into account 1,000-yard rusher LeGarrette Blount, who has 17 touchdowns, and Mr. Clutch Danny Amendola (24 catches, 243 yards), who’s currently hurt but has been a key contributor on third down and will be a go-to guy for Brady again if he returns. With a 14-2 record, Bill Belichick has made sure New England has stayed on the right path to be comfortable in the playoffs. New England’s perhaps biggest test could be from the Kansas City Chiefs or the Pittsburgh Steelers. But if you look at Bellichick’s track record and New England’s success, it will be hard to overrule New England as title favorites. The New England Patriots, along with the Kansas City Chiefs will have a first round bye. New England will face the winner of the Oakland Raiders/ Houston Texans match-up, while Kansas City will face the winner of the Miami Dolphins/Pittsburgh Steelers match-up. [Featured image by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images]

EPL leaders Leicester City held by West Brom

Dialling up the mischief, Ranieri went so far as to suggest that Leicester, still at the summit of the Premier League by two points, were not even among the top three title contenders.After Salomon Rondon put West Brom ahead, Leicester hit back through Danny Drinkwater and Andy King, only for Gardner to earn the visitors a point by arcing a free-kick into the top-left corner in the 50th minute.As I mentioned earlier Ulloa scored the victor on Saturday an 89 minute victor for a player who has spent most of the season on the bench.”Of course the players were not so happy, but I told my players that we are alive and we made a fantastic performance”. You want to see the underdog do well. They scored first, and we slowly got better.

McGregor vs Diaz PPV Order Main Event Fight MMA

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz just couldn’t help interrupt the other during an interview on “FOX Sports Live” Thursday night.”I feel like this is a really tough fight for me, but what else am I supposed to be doing here?” Weight should never be an issue.Neither champion needed to take the fights they’re facing, but neither betrays any sign of worry about stepping into the MGM Grand Garden Arena cage.

Alan Shearer picks his FA Cup winners

And Hiddink insists the FA Cup and the Champions League are his main priority for the remainder of the campaign.Referee Andre Marriner recovered several coins from close to where the goalscorer, young French forward David Faupala, had been celebrating with his teammates after making it 1-1 shortly before half-time.A Chelsea spokesman said: “We condemn such idiotic and risky behaviour. We will support any police prosecution if we can identify, along with the police, the individuals responsible for their behaviour today”, he said. “We played against a very good team and that’s why they won”.They will still fancy their chances in the second leg of their Champions League tie against PSG with the climax to come at Stamford Bridge to come. “We played two rounds before this and won 3-0 at Norwich City and 4-0 at Aston Villa with strong teams”.