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New York Giants Looking for Answers After First Loss

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The New York Giants looked like they were having flashbacks to their recent seasons past as they lost a close game yesterday for their first of the season. The Washington Redskins played a full 60 minutes and the Giants forgot they had to keep playing throughout the game to get a win against a tough opponent.

There are certain areas that the Giants need to improve on that hurt them yesterday when they had the lead. One of those areas is ball security and that is one of Coach McAdoo’s main focuses. His talk of “protecting the Duke” which is the nick name for the ball is something the Giants must work on.

This was a big test for the Giants and they responded poorly because of all the distractions from the game. The matchup between Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman was the spotlight of this game and I think it was also a distraction to the Giants.

Individual matchups are great to watch, but the game needed to be played with the entire team’s attention on scoring touchdowns. The Giants were doing that in the first half and seemed to have the game in their control. They lost control of the game when the defense started to get gashed giving up passes for big yards and touchdowns.

Silly mistakes and turnovers cost the Giants a 3-0 start on their season and now they are in an uphill battle. The beginning of the season sets the trend for the rest of the season and this is not the time for the Giants to get cold. The Giants will need to bounce back and win their next game in order to keep a winning attitude in the locker room.

Emotions ran high yesterday during and after the Giants gave up the lead and eventually the game, but now they have to use that experience to drive them in their next game. Every game has meaning for the Giants because they know their season can go south in a hurry.

The game was a tale of two halves for the Giants and the first half belonged to them. Eli Manning had a good first half and had control of the game. He was getting it done through the air as he would hit Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Victor Cruz for big plays.

Shepard would be the recipient of the only receiving touchdown from Manning. The Giants were doing well in the red zone in the first half of the game, but that would be the end of it. Aside from the rushing touchdowns and the passing touchdown in the first half, the Giants would have to settle for field goals for the rest of the game.

Right before the second half started and when it did start that is when the Giants started to collapse. DeSean Jackson caught a 44 yard touchdown with just under 4 minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Giants could not drive the ball down the field and they had plenty of time to do so.

Early in the third quarter the Kirk Cousins completed a pass to Jamison Crowder for a 55 yard touchdown to take the lead. After that both teams would trade field goals and the Redskins would carry their 2 point lead to a victory.

The Giants played a great game, but they need be better on defense and not get the same type of penalties that they did. After the Giants can figure out how to control time of possession for both halves of the game and score they will be able to win tight games.

The Philadelphia Eagles are a team that the Giants need to beat, because they are at the top of the NFC East while the Giants are tied for second with the Cowboys. They will get their first shot at the Eagles in week 8 and by then the Giants should have their mistakes worked out.

Blest Eshareturi is a contributor to Sports Rants. Writer for the MLB, NBA, and NFL sections. Teams that are followed are the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and the Miami Heat. New York City native with a passion for sports.

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Raiders’ Antonio Brown Threatens ESPN’s Ryan Clark

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown doesn’t appreciate the constant comments made by former Steelers teammate and current ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, and is threatening to handle it physically should he sees him.

Brown made his threat public, directed towards Clark on Twitter.

Brown is no stranger to making threats, and stirring up drama, especially on social media, and FOX Sports host Skip Bayless added his own hot take to the fire.

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Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Not Facing Child Abuse Charges

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Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, or his fiancee will not face charges, as the Johnson County (Kansas) District Attorney’s office has declined charges against the pair, according to ESPN.

However, there is a wrinkle as District Attorney Stephen M. Howe said that although he believes that a crime occurred, the evidence in the case doesn’t clearly establish who committed the crime.

Back on March 14th, Overland Park, Kansas officers were called to Hill’s home to investigate an alleged battery in which a juvenile was a victim, police reports indicated.

While Hill was not listed in the report, his fiancee Crystal Espinal was listed under “others involved.”

The Kansas Department of Children and Families has been investigating the alleged battery.

“This office has reviewed all the evidence compiled by these agencies and has declined to file charges against Tyreek Hill and Crystal Espinal,” Howe said on Wednesday during a news conference.

“We are deeply troubled by this situation and are concerned about the health and welfare of the child in question. We believe a crime has occurred. However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.”

This wasn’t the first incident involving the Hill residence as officers were called to the home on March 5th to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect.

In that situation, Hill was named on the police report, but the Overland Park police closed the case three days later when prosecution was declined.

Hill could still face discipline from the NFL, such as a fine and/or suspension.

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Broncos’ Von Miller Avoids Charges for Bloody Shark Photo on Instagram

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Denver Broncos superstar linebacker Von Miller will not face charges for catching and posing with a bloody hammerhead shark back in 2018, according to documents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (h/t Deadspin).

Miller came under fire for a controversial photo posted on his Instagram story last year showing him with the bloody shark.

According to Florida Law, catching and releasing in this particular scenario would be fine, as long as the shark was “immediately returned to the water free, alive, and unharmed.”

Per TMZ Sports, Miller and the group pushed the shark back overboard after catching it, and the compilation of Miller’s Instagram story shows that process as well as the shark swimming away.

Despite that, and as Deadspin’s story points out, the picture doesn’t exactly 100% convince that the shark was “unharmed”.

According to USA Today, the boat Miller was on was called ‘Spellbound’ and the owner and operator of the boat were not as fortunate as Miller in regards to the investigation.

“Owner and operator were charged under the Magnuson-Stevens Act for fishing for sharks without the proper permit and for failure to release a shark in the manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. A $2,000 NOVA was issued.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission classifies hammerhead sharks as a Group 3 shark, and harvesting them in state waters can be met with a second degree misdemeanor.

In the state of Florida, second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail, as determined by a judge.

Miller defended himself following the post, claiming that the shark didn’t die; “Everybody knows that I hunt and fish. It’s what I do” Miller said (h/t ESPN).

“But I also believe in conservation. I’m not just out there going crazy. We followed the rules. I did everything I was supposed to do.”

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