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Fantasy football positional rankings for Week 5


Editor’s note: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back frequently.

Mike Tomlin wants clarity on unsportsmanlike conduct penalties


PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown’s two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for dancing in the end zone have grabbed Mike Tomlin’s interest.

The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach would like to know what is acceptable for NFL players, including his top receiver.

“We have to get some clarity in terms of what’s legal and what’s not,” said Tomlin

Tom Brady returns to work after Deflategate suspension: ‘Great to be back’


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In his first public comments since his return from a four-game NFL suspension, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady confirmed his presence at Gillette Stadium on Monday while looking ahead to his first regular-season action Sunday at the Cleveland Browns.

Troy Aikman helps Texas teen score homecoming date


NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman had a hand in scoring 174 touchdowns for the Dallas Cowboys, but his latest exploit involved simply scoring a date for a high school sophomore.

Aikman was Cistercian College Prep sophomore Jack Corrigan’s secret weapon in asking fellow North Texas resident Cayli Lucia to the homecoming dance in September. Corrigan’s mom told FOX4 she knew where to find Aikman and hand delivered a letter from Corrigan asking for Aikman’s help. The former star quarterback and current broadcaster surprisingly agreed.

With the plan in motion, Corrigan needed to make sure of one more thing: Would Lucia know who Aikman is?

So Corrigan made a set of Cowboys flash cards for the teen, telling her to study the set for a to-be-revealed reason. At the end of the week, Corrigan and Aikman drove to Lucia’s school and asked the front desk to call the teen to the principal’s office.

“And I looked up and I said, ‘Oh no, am I in trouble?’” Lucia told FOX4.

But instead of finding she was being reprimanded, Lucia found Aikman and Corrigan holding a poster that read: “Cayli, Please say YES because Jack is AIK’AN to take you to HOCO!”

Lucia said “Yes.”

“I opened the door and here he is with this giant flag of a poster asking me to homecoming,” Lucia said. “And of course I was excited. I already couldn’t speak, and then I turned slightly to my left – there’s Troy Aikman! Oh my gosh, I lost it.”



Pens, Caps, Lightning and Panthers make East crowded at top


The gang’s almost entirely back for the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals, Steven Stamkos re-upped with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the retooled Florida Panthers look ready for their close up.

Get ready for a competitive race among those four teams in the Eastern Conference. Throw a healthy Carey Price back in net for the Montreal Canadiens and they could challenge, too, especially if defenseman Shea Weber fits well after a stunning summer trade from Nashville for P.K. Subban.

Of course, it starts and ends with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins.

“They’re the Stanley Cup champs, they’re the No. 1,” Capitals right winger Justin Williams said. “They’re the team to beat until somebody knocks them off.”

Pittsburgh was the best team in the playoffs last spring, going through the New York Rangers, Capitals, Lightning and San Jose Sharks to win the fourth Cup in franchise history. Washington was the best team in the regular season, 11 points ahead of the next-closest team, and is again the Metropolitan Division favorite.

Here are some things to watch in the East:


Don’t look now but two of the best young defensemen in hockey are playing in Florida: Aaron Ekblad for the Panthers and Victor Hedman for the Lightning. The Panthers have Finnish standout Aleksander Barkov and a real chance to win the Atlantic Division. Florida also added defensemen Keith Yandle and Jason Demers as part of its makeover and could take the next step after a surprise playoff appearance.

“Some of the guys we signed in the offseason gave us some more speed, a little more offense,” president of hockey operations Dale Tallon said. “We’ve had two winning seasons in a row and we’ve made the playoffs and I think the fact that we got beat in the first round will be a motivating factor.”


Alex Ovechkin led the NHL with 50 goals last season and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down at age 31. He and the Capitals still haven’t won the Cup, and with several key players set to be free agents, this could be their best and last chance.

Washington isn’t just Ovechkin, as Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Braden Holtby and all-star centers Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom are all at the top of their games. More regular-season dominance should follow, but the playoffs are always the question.


After missing most of last season with a knee injury, a healthy Price is a welcome sight for the Canadiens. Price looked back to his old self winning the World Cup of Hockey with Canada, which general manager Marc Bergevin said “puts everyone’s mind at ease, even our fans.” The 2015 Hart, Vezina and Pearson winner is good enough to carry the Canadiens to the playoffs on his shoulders.


The Islanders got deeper by adding wingers Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera and P.A. Parenteau and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. The Rangers got younger by signing college free agent Jimmy Vesey and trading for Mika Zibanejad. John Tavares and the Islanders are looking to build off their longest playoff run in 23 years in their second season in Brooklyn. Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers are trying to stay at the top because the elite goalie isn’t getting any younger.


Top pick Auston Matthews is immediately the face of the Toronto Maple Leafs under coach Mike Babcock. It’ll be a while before Toronto is a playoff contender, but Matthews at 18 was a man among men playing professionally in Switzerland and looked comfortable against elite competition at the World Cup at 19.

“He’s shown that he’s going to be responsible on both sides of the puck, has a great sense of how to use his body on the ice,” said Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan, who had Matthews for Team North America at the World Cup. “He’s a big man that protects pucks well. He’s able to use speed when he needs it.”



How to bet Kansas City-Pittsburgh


ESPN Chalk’s Vegas experts are here to provide analysis and best bets for all Week 4 games, including the Kansas City-Pittsburgh matchup.

Note: All odds courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Friday morning.

Home page for all Week 4 games

Kansas City Chiefs-Pittsburgh Steelers
Spread: Opened Pittsburgh -5.5; now Pittsburgh -5
Total: Opened 47.5; now 47
PickCenter public consensus pick: 60 percent Pittsburgh



FANTASY PLAYS: First bye week means replacement challenges


Fantasy football players must now deal with an added challenge: the bye weeks. That means replacing top players in your lineups, starting with those from Seattle and Green Bay, where the Packers looked better on offense last week.

There are always quality options if you worked waivers cleverly and were fortunate enough to avoid many significant injuries.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown switched cleats after ref’s warning


PITTSBURGH — The NFL was ready to sideline Antonio Brown for the second half of Sunday’s 34-3 loss to Philadelphia if he didn’t take off his baby-blue cleats emblazoned with the faces of his children, the Steelers receiver confirmed on his weekly radio show on WDVE.

Le’Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams may play together


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense is in the laboratory, cooking up ways to use running backs Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams together.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger acknowledged the possibility of Williams and Bell in the same backfield for Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Browns OL Alvin Bailey arrested on suspicion of OVI


Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Alvin Bailey was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of drunk driving.

Bailey failed a field sobriety test with a reading of .145, well over the legal limit in Ohio of .08, according to court documents online from the city of North Royalton, Ohio.

The Browns released a statement from vice president of football operations Sashi Brown that read: “We are aware of the incident and have spoken to Alvin to express our displeasure and extreme disappointment. This is a matter that must be taken very seriously and we will comment further at the appropriate time.”

The NFL is aware of the incident. Bailey is subject to discipline under the personal conduct policy and perhaps under the substance abuse policy as well because the police report stated that marijuana was found in the car.

New Browns right guard Alvin Bailey was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of operating a vehicle after being spotted speeding in a lifted pickup truck. Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire
Bailey told police he was drinking on the team plane back from South Florida after the loss to the Dolphins, but the Browns and the NFL do not allow alcohol on the plane. A player who drinks on the team plane would be subject to team discipline. The team landed at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, and the arrest took place at 1 a.m.

Bailey started at right guard for the first time Sunday. He replaced John Greco, who had moved to center after the injury to Cam Erving. Bailey signed with the Browns in March.

Bailey was spotted speeding in a lifted pickup truck just before 1 a.m., according to the Royalton Post, quoting a police report. The Post stated that Bailey drove to a picnic area, got out of his car, ignored commands to return to his car and instead bent under the tailgate. He stood up and was surprised to see police, the Post reported.

According to the Post, Bailey said he had been drinking at a local business and on the team plane. The police report stated that officers found what was believed to be marijuana inside the center console and in an unlocked lock box.

The documents state that Bailey was going 50 mph in a 35 zone. He will be charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, speeding and driving an unsafe vehicle (cracked windshield). He is also charged with misdemeanor drug charges of fleeing form the police, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse.

A court appearance is set for Bailey on all charges at 9 a.m. Thursday.