An ex-Steelers quarterback is on fire with his new team this preseason. Roquan Smith’s dream seems to have died for Pittsburgh fans. The Ravens just can’t lose in August. And Pittsburgh has two champions in some very unique sports.
All that in Monday’s “First Call”.
And the beat continues
Baltimore Ravens’ uncanny preseason win streak continues. They won their 22nd straight preseason game on Sunday night, squeezing by the Arizona Cardinals, 24-17.
Isaiah probably had eight catches and 100 yards for the Ravens.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 22, 2022
Meanwhile, during Sunday night’s Ravens-Cardinals pregame show, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson has offered more money than the Cardinals have agreed to pay quarterback Kyler Murray.
Murray’s new money average at his five-year extension is $46.1 million. Cleveland quarterback Deshaun Watson’s deal will pay out $46 million a year over five years, all of which is fully guaranteed.
Jackson has said he wants a new contract before the regular season starts.
For the second time in as many preseason attempts, former Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs starred for the Cleveland Browns.
In Game 1 last week, Dobbs was 10 of 13 for 108 yards and a touchdown as the Browns defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-13.
On Sunday, he was 14 out of 20 for 141 yards through the air. Dobbs picked up 47 yards rushing and also scored a touchdown with his feet.
He got 36 yards when his shirt was torn apart.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 21, 2022
However, the Eagles won the game 21-20. Another former Steeler, wide receiver Deon Cain, was a big reason why.
Deon Cain: “This is mine.” @cainera1_
— NFL (@NFL) August 21, 2022
Cain made a total of five catches for 66 yards for Philadelphia.
So much for the Steelers’ dream of acquiring Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith in a trade.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, it looks like Smith will suspend his contractual concerns and play for the Bears this season.
Roquan Smith, in his first comments today: “It’s my last year of my deal, and I’m just going to take it, go with it, bet on myself like I always have. The negotiations are now over. It’s more that I’m focused on the season, going out, being the best bear I can be…”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 20, 2022
Also from Chicago, rookie safety Jaquan Brisker underwent surgery on a wanderer’s thumb. The club is not ruling out the Gateway graduate for week 1.
#bears Impressive safety for beginners Jaquan Brisker recently underwent surgery to repair a thumb injury, a source said. It’s now fixed and Brisker has a real chance of being ready for week 1.
Brisker stood out early in the camp but has been sidelined in recent days.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 20, 2022
Brisker was a first-team All-Big Ten at Penn State last year.
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The New York Yankees won for the third time in their last 12 games on Sunday. They defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.
In the fifth inning, things picked up steam. That’s when Yankees star slugger Aaron Judge was hit by a pitch from Toronto starter Alek Manoah.
The pitch didn’t seem intentional, especially based on Manoah’s reaction. But the two exchanged glances and Judge barked some words as he made his way to first base. Just then, former pirate Gerrit Cole came onto the field and pretended to fight Manoah.
The banks started to empty. But then Cole was stopped by Yankees coaches, and the situation died down.
After the match, Manoah insisted he wasn’t trying to hit Judge. Then he called Cole for acting like a fake tough guy.
“If Gerrit wants to do something, he can walk past the Audi sign next time.” — Alek Manoah on Gerrit Cole’s reaction to Aaron Judge being hit by a pitch. pic.twitter.com/Mn0TKYo8No
— Tim and friends (@timandfriends) August 21, 2022
“I told him, ‘I’m not trying to do that.'” Manoah said of Judge. “I think he understood that. And I think if Gerrit wants to do something, he can walk past Audi’s sign next time.”
Manoah was referring to the luxury car brand’s logo sprayed on the grass at the Yankee Stadium dugout.
As for Cole, he just said he kind of had a short fuse and didn’t like that Yankees hitters were kind of “dusted off” lately.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 21, 2022
“It’s the heat of the moment. Nobody likes to be beaten,” Judge said. “Everyone watches the game, everyone participates. It doesn’t matter who gets hit, everyone will make an exception. Dugout had a few things to say and then you move on.”
With the loss, Toronto dropped to eight games from the American League East-leading Yankees. The Jays are on par with the Tampa Bay Rays for second place.
The Pittsburgh Pucas hurling team is national champion.
They won the US Gaelic Athletic Association (junior C) title in Chicago this weekend. They defeated Portland, Maine (39-16) on Friday, Naperville, Illinois, on Saturday (25-7) and a team from Charlotte in the final, 34-4, on Sunday.
The Pittsburgh Banshees (women’s Gaelic soccer) also won their tournament crown (junior B) in Chicago on Sunday.
They defeated the Fog City Harps (San Francisco), 8:8-1:7, to claim the title.
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