James Harrison says he’s grown since 2008 domestic abuse arrest

James Harrison believes he has grown since being arrested in 2008, according to Scott Brown of ESPN. Harrison, who recently signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was arrested for hitting his girlfriend and charged with simple assault and criminal mischief. Both charges were misdemeanors and were eventually dropped.

“It was something that happened, an unfortunate situation, and right or wrong everybody makes mistakes,” Harrison said following his first practice since re-signing with the Steelers on Tuesday. “I learned from it and grew from it and I’m where I’m at now.”
Before the Steelers brought Harrison back into the fold, head coach Mike Tomlin sat down and talked with Harrison on the current state of the league. The NFL has recently been rocked by scandals involving domestic violence, most notably cases including Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald.

Dallas hosts New Orleans this Sunday night at 8:30pm at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The Dallas Cowboys tied the biggest comeback in team history last Sunday on the road against the St. Louis Rams. After falling down 21-0 in the game, Dallas surged back to eventually win 34-31 and improve to 2-1 SU and ATS on the season.

Tony Romo has thrown just one interception since throwing three in Dallas’ season opener against San Francisco. The Cowboys are 3-1 ATS in their last four games as a home underdog.

The total for this Sunday night’s game is set at 53 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The OVER is 3-0 in the last three games between these two teams.

New Orleans is like night and day at home and on the road. The Saints have proven time and time again that they can’t be trusted on the road, and considering that Dallas has an offense good enough to shoot out with New Orleans, the Cowboys look like the pick at +3 at home.4

Claudio Pizarro didn’t participate in the game, but he is a god and should be revered as such.

Sandoval’s desire to control his weight seems earnest. But there are about 95 million reasons to be skeptical. His weight has fluctuated wildly since his big league debut with the San Francisco Giants in 2008, and he admitted to ESPN.com in December that he let himself go after signing a five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox following the 2014 season.

Even team officials are only cautiously optimistic that the fitter, trimmer Sandoval is here to stay. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski says Sandoval “deserves tremendous credit for what he’s done” but has not yet declared him the Opening Day third baseman, even though utility man Brock Holt is the only viable in-house alternative.

It’s up to Sandoval, then, to convince everyone he can keep the weight off this time.

“I have to prove everything, especially when you’re coming from an off year after the injuries,” Sandoval said. “You have to prove a lot of things to the fans, to the team, to your teammates, to the sport.”

Claudio Pizarro didn’t participate in the game, but he is a god and should be revered as such. It’s my belief that his presence on that team alone was the reason that Bayern advanced.

2012/2013, FC Bayern 0-2 Arsenal FC (agg: 3-3, Bayern win on away goals). The away goals. Always the away goals. Nothing props up a moral victory loftier than losing on away goals.

“Hitting is the funnest part of baseball. That was probably the first time in Bryce’s life where, for an entire series, he didn’t get the opportunity to hit, where he didn’t get the opportunity to compete. Some people look at it and say it was the greatest strategy of all time. Other people think it’s crap because you’re not competing. All I know is, when you take the bat out of somebody’s hand — especially somebody that’s as competitive as Bryce is — it’s bound to have some kind of effect.”

Texas might be even richer in talent than you’d thought.

One of the nation’s three top-tier recruiting states, along with Florida and California, Texas dwarfed the other two in surprise first-round draftees over the past decade. Even without the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Texas had as many as Florida and one fewer than California. Add in DFW’s six, and it’s a blowout.

Texas A&M leads the way with four of the players in the state, while Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas each have three.

California could make up ground in this draft, perhaps thanks to Washington corner Marcus Peters.

Georgia, another top-five recruiting state overall and one with 10 players on this map, could add Clemson’s Vic Beasley, Kentucky’s Bud Dupree and Florida State’s Cameron Irving in this draft.

Like Wisconsin, successes in the Carolinas have largely come at the local schools. Eight of the nine surprise first rounders went to college at in-state schools, with future Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (UAB) the lone exception. North Carolina leads the way in the area, with four in-state representatives.

Hoyer had a strong start to the 2014 season in leading the Browns to a 7-4 record, but really struggled down the stretch. He threw nine interceptions and completed less than 50 percent of his passes in his final five games as Cleveland finished with a losing record (7-9) for the seventh straight year.

Even with his solid numbers over the first few months, Hoyer finished the season among the league’s worst signal callers, and his stats were eerily similar to McCown’s. His passer rating (76.5) ranked just ahead of the former Bucs quarterback, while his completion percentage (55.3 percent) was slightly lower.

Whether McCown represents an upgrade over Hoyer is unclear, but what is certain is that the Browns once again are searching for a quarterback to lead the team in 2015.