Har­baugh: NFL ru­mors are lies

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.”

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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)

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