Falcons To Put RB Freeman On IR – The Atlanta Falcons will place two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman on injured reserve with a groin injury, ESPN has confirmed Tuesday. The news was first reported by Fox Sports. The Falcons are expected to announce the roster move at some point Tuesday afternoon. Freeman played in just two of the first six games while slowed by knee, foot and groin injuries. He injured his right knee in a season-opening loss at Philadelphia and missed three games. Then in a Week 5 loss at Pittsburgh, Freeman suffered the foot and groin injuries. Coach Dan Quinn initially said the latest injuries were not expected to be long-term. There is no indication whether Freeman could potentially return from IR later this season.
Seahawks, Trailblazers Owner Paul Allen Dies Of Cancer At 65 – To most people around the world, Paul Allen was the co-founder of software giant Microsoft. To sports fans, he was a benevolent owner of three professional sports franchises in the Pacific Northwest – the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and as a part-owner of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC. Allen died Monday of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which he announced had resurfaced two weeks ago after being successfully treated in 2009. He was 65. Allen’s interest in pro sports ownership began in 1988 after he and Microsoft partner Bill Gates took the company public and became billionaires. He purchased the Trail Blazers in 1988 from California real estate developer Larry Weinberg for $70 million. Under his ownership, the Blazers made the playoffs 23 times and reached the NBA Finals twice (1990, 1992). He was also instrumental in keeping the NFL in Seattle when he purchased the Seahawks in 1996 as its former owner was threatening to move the team to Southern California. Allen also had a stake in pro soccer in his hometown of Seattle. His Vulcan Sports and Entertainment company is a part-owner of the Sounders, who were established in 2009 and share the same home stadium with the Seahawks, CenturyLink Field. The Sounders won the 2016 MLS Cup and were finalists in 2017.
- San Francisco 49ers 30 – Green Bay Packers 33
Highlights: Mason Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to cap an 81-yard drive set up by Kevin King‘s interception with 1:07 left, and the Packers outlasted the San Francisco 49ers for a 33-30 win on Monday night. The final drive was extended after 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was flagged for illegal contact on third-and-15 that wiped out a sack of Aaron Rodgers with 43 seconds left. Rodgers rushed up the middle for a 21-yard gain on the next play. The two-time NFL MVP completed two more passes for 19 yards to set up Crosby’s game-winner for Green Bay (3-2-1). The veteran kicker was perfect a week after missing four field goals in a loss at Detroit. Rodgers threw for 425 yards and two scores, both to Adams. The second came with 1:55 left from 16 yards to tie the score at 30. C.J. Beathard passed for 245 yards and two long touchdowns to speedy receiver Marquise Goodwin for the 49ers (1-5). Rodgers was 25 of 46. Adams had 10 catches for 132 yards, one of three Packers receivers to go over 100 yards. The Packers scored 10 points in the final 2 minutes, capped by Crosby’s fourth field goal of the night.
National League Championship Series:
- Milwaukee Brewers 4 – Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (MIL leads seried 2-1_
Highlights: The Brewers’ Jhoulys Chacin combined with four relievers on a five-hitter and Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer in a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday that gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead in the NL Championship Series. Los Angeles loaded the bases against Jeremy Jeffress in the ninth inning, but the struggling closer shut the door. He struck out Yasmani Grandal and pinch-hitter Brian Dozier to complete Milwaukee’s third shutout in six playoff games this year. Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, with Rich Hill starting for Los Angeles against fellow lefty Gio Gonzalez. Ryan Braun had an early RBI double off rookie Walker Buehler, who struck out eight in seven innings. Travis Shaw tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the sixth. Arcia connected for his third postseason homer in the seventh, his second in two games.
Turner, Pacers Reach 4-Year, $72M Deal – Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract extension, league sources told ESPN. The deal could rise to $80 million if Turner meets a series of incentive clauses, sources said. Turner, 22, has developed into a cornerstone of the Pacers’ future along with All-Star guard Victor Oladipo. Turner has averaged 12.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his three seasons as a starter with Indiana. His ability to step out and shoot the 3-pointer makes him an even more dangerous weapon in the modern NBA game.
Knicks Won’t Extend Porzingis Deal Before Season – The New York Knicks decided against signing Kristaps Porzingis to a rookie extension prior to Monday’s deadline, a move that will give New York an extra $10 million in cap space in the summer of 2019 and will make Porzingis a restricted free agent in the offseason. By waiting until the summer to negotiate an extension with Porzingis, who is currently rehabbing from ACL surgery, New York is closer to having enough cap space for a max player.
The Chicago Bulls released their roster for the season that begins Thursday in Philadelphia, and guard Ryan Arcidiacono has made it for now. The Bulls converted the contract of guard Tyler Ulis, whom they claimed off waivers Sunday, to a two-way contract. That means Ulis, a Marian Catholic alumnus, will split time between the Bulls and the Windy City Bulls of the G League.