Harbaugh: NFL rumors are lies
livonia, mich.» Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh told his players that rumors about his potential return to the NFL were nothing more than “lies made up by our enemies.”
“The team got all riled up,” senior defensive lineman Ryan Glasgow said Tuesday night at the team’s annual banquet. “We don’t want any enemies infiltrating the fortress. We knew. Based on how much coach Harbaugh loves the program and loves Michigan, you know he’s not leaving anytime soon, if ever.”
Speculation about Harbaugh returning to the NFL started after the Rams fired Jeff Fisher on Monday.
Ravens release Hester
B owings mills, md.» Kick returner Devin Hester has been cut by the Ravens after the four-time Pro Bowl star struggled in his first season with the team.
Signed as a free agent following offseason toe surgery, Hester returned only 25 punts and fumbled four times.
The 34-year-old Hester often let the ball drop instead of making a fair catch. After he failed to field a punt early in Monday night’s game against New England, the ball was downed at the 1-yard line and the Patriots got a safety on the next play.
He averaged 7.2 yards per punt return, taking only two more than 20 yards. He averaged 24.5 yards per kickoff return but fumbled once.
Sherman trashes TNF
B renton, wash.» Count Richard Sherman among the NFL players who are not fans of having to play on Thursday nights.
Sherman expressed his displeasure with the weeknight games, calling them an “absolute poopfest.”
Each week, Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman releases his power rankings for 5A and 4A boys and girls basketball. (Records through Monday) 5A BOYS 1. ThunderRidge (4-0) 2. George Washington (5-0) 3. Grandview (4-0) 4. Cherokee Trail (4-0) 5. Rock Canyon (7-1) 6. Eaglecrest (2-1) 7. Lakewood (4-1) 8. Denver East (7-0) 9. Overland (1-1) 10. Smoky Hill (4-1) 4A BOYS 1. Pueblo West (3-0) 2. Valor Christian (3-1) 3. Sand Creek (5-1) 4. Holy Family (3-1) 5. Golden (5-1) 6. Sierra (3-1) 7. Mead (3-1) you did it again, but they’ve been doing it all season. We’re the last ones to get the middle finger,” Sherman said.
Sherman has been vocal in his belief that scheduling Thursday night games clashes with the NFL’s call for improved player safety.
“It’s hypocritical, as I’ve stated before. They make this huge stance about player safety and then they put the players in tremendous danger,” he said.
Sherman estimated that he would be probably around 50 or 60 percent of normal for Thursday’s game against the Rams, with the Seahawks having played on the road at Green Bay on Sunday.
Cowboys activate RB
B frisco, texas» The Cowboys activated running back Darren McFadden from the non-football injury list and waived rookie Darius Jackson, a sixth-round pick.
McFadden was the team’s leading rusher last season but broke his elbow in a household accident during the offseason. That was after the Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick. Elliott is now the NFL’s leading rusher.
The Ravens said former tight end Konrad Reuland has died at the age of 29 following a brain aneurysm. … Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is being placed on season-ending injured reserve because of a hip injury that limited him to five games this year. … The Cardinals signed former University of Arizona standout linebacker Scooby Wright. … The Bills placed safety James Ihedigbo on season-ending injured reserve (ankle). … The 49ers placed center Daniel Kilgore on season-ending injured reserve (knee). … The Bengals released Mike Nugent, who had missed more attempts than anyone in the NFL this season. 8. D’Evelyn (5-1) 9. Denver South (4-2) 10. Green Mountain (5-0) 5A GIRLS 1. Grandview (3-0) 2. Ralston Valley (3-1) 3. Cherry Creek (2-1) 4. Highlands Ranch (4-1) 5. Horizon (4-0) 6. Lakewood (5-2) 7. Fairview (4-1) 8. Arapahoe (3-2) 9. Monarch (5-2) 10. Regis Jesuit (3-2) 4A GIRLS 1. Pueblo South (5-0) 2. Valor Christian (2-2) 3. Evergreen (5-0) 4. Mullen (2-2) 5. Golden (4-1) 6. Holy Family (2-2) 7. D’Evelyn (6-1) 8. Mesa Ridge (4-1) 9. Windsor (3-0) 10. Pueblo East (3-0)