An ex-Steelers quarterback is on fire with his new team this preseason. The Roquan Smith dream seems to have died for Pittsburgh fans. The Ravens just can’t lose in August. And Pittsburgh has two champions in a pair of very unique sports.
All that in Monday’s “First Call.”
And the beat goes on
The uncanny Baltimore Ravens preseason winning streak continues. They won their 22nd preseason game in a row Sunday night, squeezing by the Arizona Cardinals, 24-17.
Isaiah Likely 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 of reported that Baltimore has offered quarterback Lamar Jackson more money than the Cardinals have agreed to pay to quarterback Kyler Murray.
Murray’s new-money average on his five-year extension is $46.1 million. Cleveland quarterback Deshaun Watson’s deal pays out $46 million per year over five years, all of which is fully guaranteed.
Jackson has said he wants a new contract before the regular season begins.
For the second time in as many preseason tries, former Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs shined for the Cleveland Browns.
In Game 1 last week, Dobbs was 10 of 13 for 108 yards and a touchdown as the Browns beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-13.
On Sunday, he was 14 of 20 for 141 yards through the air. Dobbs picked up 47 yards rushing and scored a touchdown with his feet as well.
He got 36 yards as his shirt was being torn apart.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 21, 2022
The Eagles won the game 21-20, though. Another former Steeler, wide receiver Deon Cain, was a big reason why.
Deon Cain: “This is mine.” @cainera1_
— NFL (@NFL) August 21, 2022
Cain totaled five catches for 66 yards for Philadelphia.
So much for the dream of the Steelers acquiring Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith in a trade.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it looks like Smith is going to shelve his contractual concerns and will play through this season for the Bears.
Roquan Smith, in his first comments today: “It’s my last year of my deal, and I’m just gonna take it, run with it, bet on myself like I’ve always done. The negotiations are over right now. It’s more so I’m focused on the season, going out there, being the best Bear I can be…” https://t.co/j9DBPp5Xa1
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 20, 2022
Also from Chicago, rookie safety Jaquan Brisker underwent surgery for a bum thumb. The club isn’t ruling the Gateway graduate out for Week 1.
#Bears impressive rookie safety Jaquan Brisker recently underwent surgery to repair a thumb injuey, source said. It’s been fixed now and Brisker has a real chance to be ready for Week 1.
Brisker stood out early in camp, but has been sidelined the last few days.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 20, 2022
Brisker was a first-team All-Big Ten last year at Penn Sttate.
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The New York Yankees won for just the third time in their last 12 games on Sunday. They beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2.
Things got heated during the fifth inning. That’s when Yankees star slugger Aaron Judge got hit by a pitch from Toronto starter Alek Manoah.
The pitch didn’t appear intentional, especially based on Manoah’s reaction. But the two exchanged a glance, and Judge barked out some words as he made his way to first base. That’s when former Pirate Gerrit Cole came onto the field acting like he wanted to fight Manoah.
The benches started to empty. But that’s when Cole was restrained by Yankees coaches, and the situation died down.
After the game, Manoah insisted that he wasn’t trying to hit Judge. Then he called out 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 the Audi sign next time.”
Manoah was referencing the luxury car brand logo sprayed on the grass by the dugout at Yankee Stadium.
As for Cole, he simply said he was having a short fuse kind of day and didn’t like the fact that Yankees hitters had been “dusted” quite a bit lately.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 21, 2022
“It’s the heat of the moment. Nobody likes to get hit,” Judge said. “Everybody’s watching the game, everybody’s into it. No matter who gets hit, everybody’s going to take exception to it. Dugout had a couple of things to say and then you move on.”
The loss dropped Toronto to eight games back of the American League East-leading Yankees. The Jays are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for second place.
The Pittsburgh Pucas hurling team is a national champion.
They won the U.S. Gaelic Athletic Association (junior C) title in Chicago this weekend. They beat Portland, Maine, (39-16) on Friday, Naperville, Ill., on Saturday (25-7) and a team from Charlotte in the finals, 34-4, on Sunday.
The Pittsburgh Banshees (women’s Gaelic football) also won their tournament crown (junior B) in Chicago on Sunday.
They beat the Fog City Harps (San Francisco), 8:8-1:7, to claim the title.
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