FLM All 32: Team-by-team NFL notes
AFC East Buffalo Bills: Rookie quarterback Josh Allen led his team to a victory for the first time in his career on Sunday. The Bills were a 17-point underdog. But there was no chest thumping from Allen after the game. He was 15-of-22 passing for 196 yards and a touchdown but was far from content. "There's still a lot of plays I'd like to have back from that game, a lot to learn from, a lot to improve on," Allen said. And he refused to call a much-discussed leap over linebacker Anthony Barr anything special. "There was a guy (Barr) maybe 3 yards in front of the sticks and I knew we needed a first down there and I think we went on to score on that drive. Obviously, it was a big play, but it was just another first down."
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said on Monday his new team has a long way to go before they can dethrone the reigning champion Golden State Warriors but added that he will be excited to get started when training camp kicks off this week. Donning the iconic gold and purple Lakers jersey, the 33-year-old told reporters that just because he has been to eight consecutive NBA Finals does not mean his squad was destined to represent the Western Conference in the Finals this year.
Former Sabres, Canadiens captain Gionta retires
Veteran winger Brian Gionta hung up his skates Monday after 16 seasons and more than 1,000 games in the NHL. Gionta, 39, announced his retirement at Buffalo's KeyBank Center. The Rochester, N.Y., native said he is moving into an unspecified role on the development staff of the Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans.
From streets to the spotlight, Obada 'over the moon' after dream NFL debut
Britain's Efe Obada only began playing American football four years ago after a traumatic childhood during which he was abandoned and homeless, but he defied the odds yet again with a dream NFL debut. Nigerian-born Obada, a defensive end with the Carolina Panthers, earned an interception and a key sack in his team's victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday to add yet another chapter to what was already a Hollywood-worthy story.
WADA didn't put money above clean sport on Russia, says the chief
World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie has said he is deeply offended by charges that WADA put money above clean sport when it reinstated Russia's anti-doping agency, a move which he said was aimed only at achieving Russian compliance. WADA incurred the wrath of athletes and other anti-doping bodies when it lifted the ban on Russia's RUSADA, subject to conditions, on Thursday.
NBA - Raptors' Leonard focused on this season, not future
Kawhi Leonard said on Monday he is excited to join the Toronto Raptors but the team's prized offseason acquisition failed to shed any light on whether he plans to stay long-term with the NBA's sole Canadian franchise. Leonard, speaking publicly for the first time since he was acquired by Toronto in July as part of a blockbuster deal with the San Antonio Spurs, is expected by many experts to leave the team next offseason as a free agent.
Hall of Fame WR McDonald dies at 84
Hall of Fame wide receiver Tommy McDonald, star of the Philadelphia Eagles' 1960 NFL championship team, died Monday. He was 84. Drafted in the third round from Oklahoma in 1957, McDonald led the NFL in touchdown receptions in 1958 with nine, and in 1961 he led the league in touchdowns (13) and receiving yards (1,144).
Tiger's back on the prowl with Ryder Cup in his sights
The spiraling interest in the Ryder Cup means the biennial golf showpiece hardly needs hyping up but the stunning return to form of Tiger Woods, culminating in his first tournament victory for five years on Sunday, has undoubtedly added some extra French frisson to the event starting in Paris on Friday. Europe's top player Justin Rose finished in a share of fourth at the PGA Tour Championship to scoop the $10 million FedEx prize but all eyes were on Woods, who has overcome four back surgeries and very public personal drama to return to the top of the game.
Koepka headlines nominees for PGA Tour Player of the Year
Brooks Koepka, who won the PGA Championship and U.S. Open this year, was nominated for the PGA Tour Player of the Year award on Monday along with Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Francesco Molinari. The 28-year-old Koepka, who in June became the first U.S. Open champion in 29 years to retain his title and held off Tiger Woods in August to claim the PGA, will be a strong contender to win his first Player of the Year award.
Weary Team USA arrives in Paris
A weary Team USA arrived in France on Monday afternoon in advance of this week's Ryder Cup, with captain Jim Furyk promptly giving his players the rest of the day off. The team boarded a charter flight to France following Sunday's final round in Atlanta, where all the players except for Jordan Spieth had competed in their fourth playoff event in a five-week period.
(With inputs from Reuters)