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Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell overtakes Eagles Carson Wentz in final week of Fans NFL Pro Bowl voting

 

Le'veon Bell catching ball over shoulder, 2013 photo By Commonist,I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following license Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Pittsburgh Steelers running back LE’VEON BELL received 855,539 total fan votes to lead all NFL players in balloting for the 2018 Pro Bowl, as announced on NFL Network. Fan voting ended on Thursday, December 14.

New England quarterback TOM BRADY (833,481 votes) ranked second overall, while Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN (832,446 votes), Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ (829,174 votes) and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES (743,355 votes) rounded out the top five.
The 2018 Pro Bowl rosters will be revealed exclusively on Tuesday, December 19 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches cast their votes on Friday, December 15.
The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.
The 2018 Pro Bowl, which kicks off at a new start time of 3:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 28, will be televised live from Camping World Stadium on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC.
Tickets to the game start at $45 and are on sale now at ProBowl.com. Last year’s sold-out event – the Pro Bowl’s first time in Orlando – featured a capacity crowd of more than 60,000. Fans may visit ProBowl.com for additional information on Pro Bowl Week, which features a variety of free, family-friendly events in Orlando.
The Pro Bowl is an all-inclusive event for fans on gameday. Working with KultureCity, Camping World Stadium’s sensory-inclusive partner, the NFL will offer families who attend the 2018 Pro Bowl support, including sensory accessibility resources and two dedicated sensory rooms located in the stadium on gameday to enable them to enjoy the game with more confidence and comfort.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

RB

Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh 855,539

QB

Tom Brady New England 833,481

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 832,446

QB

Carson Wentz Philadelphia 829,174

QB

Drew Brees New Orleans 743,355

RB

Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 693,697

QB

Russell Wilson Seattle 651,592

QB

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 571,656

TE

Rob Gronkowski New England 551,058

RB

Leonard Fournette Jacksonville 544,068

 

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

AFC

NFC

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Tom Brady New England 833,481

QB

Carson Wentz Philadelphia 829,174

RB

Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh 855,539

RB

Todd Gurley LA Rams 693,697

FB

Tommy Bohanon Jacksonville 139,297

FB

Kyle Juszczyk San Francisco 361,196

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 832,446

WR

Julio Jones Atlanta 541,571

TE

Rob Gronkowski New England 551,058

TE

Zach Ertz Philadelphia 486,011

T

Alejandro Villanueva Pittsburgh 208,033

T

Tyron Smith Dallas 211,690

G

David DeCastro Pittsburgh 253,504

G

Zack Martin Dallas 220,566

C

Maurkice Pouncey Pittsburgh 242,409

C

Travis Frederick Dallas 246,225

DE

Joey Bosa LA Chargers 406,873

DE

Everson Griffen Minnesota 305,291

DT

Geno Atkins Cincinnati 289,919

DT

Aaron Donald LA Rams 314,522

OLB

Von Miller Denver 248,278

OLB

Chandler Jones Arizona 171,825

ILB

Ryan Shazier Pittsburgh 223,092

ILB

Luke Kuechly Carolina 288,830

CB

A.J. Bouye Jacksonville 319,638

CB

Xavier Rhodes Minnesota 222,137

SS

Micah Hyde Buffalo 128,993

SS

Kam Chancellor Seattle 149,793

FS

Kevin Byard Tennessee 157,036

FS

Earl Thomas Seattle 139,203

K

Stephen Gostkowski New England 153,573

K

Greg Zuerlein LA Rams 170,738

P

Marquette King Oakland 156,548

P

Johnny Hekker LA Rams 90,152

RS

Tyreek Hill Kansas City 149,530

RS

Pharoh Cooper LA Rams 116,091

ST

Tyler Matakevich Pittsburgh 91,497

ST

Budda Baker Arizona 96,595

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

Expectations for Week 15 in the NFL

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 15

STELLAR STEELER: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN has 9,886 receiving yards in his eight-year NFL career.

Brown, who will play in his 115th career game on Sunday against New England, can tie CALVIN JOHNSON (115) for the fewest games to reach 10,000 receiving yards in NFL history.

The players to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM FEWEST GAMES TO 10,000 REC. YARDS
Calvin Johnson Detroit 115
Torry Holt St. Louis 116
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 120
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 121
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 122
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 114*
*Has 9,886 career receiving yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brown, who leads the NFL with 1,509 receiving yards and ties for second with nine touchdown receptions, can become the first player in NFL history with at least 1,600 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in three different seasons, breaking a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON. Brown also accomplished the feat in 2014 and 2015.

With a touchdown catch on Sunday, Brown will record his fourth consecutive season with at least 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH and RANDY MOSS for the third-longest streak in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

MOST CONSECUTIVE 1,200 REC. YARD & 10 TD SEASONS  
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 1989-1995 7  
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 1999-2003 5  
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 1963-1966 4  
Randy Moss Minnesota 1998-2001 4  
         
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2014-2016 3*  
*Has 1,509 rec. yards and nine TD catches through Week 14
^Pro Football Hall of Famer  

– NFL –

CATCH ME IF YOU CAM: Carolina’s CAM NEWTON leads all NFL quarterbacks with 585 rushing yards this season.

Newton, who plays against Green Bay on Sunday, can tie MICHAEL VICK (four) for the most seasons with at least 600 rushing yards by a quarterback in NFL history. Newton also accomplished the feat in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The quarterbacks with the most seasons of at least 600 rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS WITH 600+ RUSH YARDS
Michael Vick Atlanta, Philadelphia 4
Cam Newton Carolina 3*
Randall Cunningham Philadelphia 3
*Has 585 rushing yards through Week 14

– NFL –

PULVERIZING PEPPERS: Carolina defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS has 9.5 sacks this season and is closing in on his 10th career season with at least 10 sacks.

Peppers can join Pro Football Hall of Famers BRUCE SMITH (13), REGGIE WHITE (12) and KEVIN GREENE (10) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 10 seasons with 10+ sacks.

The players with the most seasons with at least 10 sacks in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS WITH 10+ SACKS
Bruce Smith^ Buffalo, Washington 13
Reggie White^ Philadelphia, Green Bay 12
Kevin Greene^ LA Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina, San Francisco 10
     
Julius Peppers Carolina, Chicago, Green Bay 9*
*Has 9.5 sacks through Week 14
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

WONDERFUL WILSON: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON ranks second in the NFL with 29 touchdown passes and is second among NFL quarterbacks with 482 rushing yards.

Wilson, who plays against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, can become the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in multiple seasons, having also accomplished the feat in 2015. RANDALL CUNNINGHAM and CAM NEWTON are the only other quarterbacks to reach the marks in a single season.

The players with at least 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TD PASSES RUSH YARDS  
Cam Newton Carolina 2015 35 636  
Russell Wilson Seattle 2015 34 553  
Randall Cunningham Philadelphia 1990 30 942  
           
Russell Wilson* Seattle 2017 29 482  
*Through Week 14

– NFL –

BURSTING ON THE SCENE: New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS, who had 92 receptions as a rookie last year, ranks second in the NFC with 85 catches this season.

Thomas, who faces the New York Jets this week, needs five receptions to join ODELL BECKHAM, JR. as the only players in NFL history to have at least 90 catches in each of their first two NFL seasons. Beckham (2014-16) reached 90+ receptions in each of his first three NFL seasons.

– NFL –

CONSISTENT COLT: Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE has 941 scrimmage yards this season and has recorded at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his past 11 seasons.

With 59 yards against Denver on Thursday Night Football, Gore will join Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH as the only players in NFL history to record at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in 12 consecutive seasons. Smith accomplished the feat in 13 consecutive seasons from 1990-2002.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS CONSEC. SEASONS WITH 1,000+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas 1990-2002 13
Frank Gore San Francisco, Indianapolis 2006-2016 11*
Marshall Faulk^ Indianapolis, St. Louis 1994-2004 11
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 1986-1996 11
*Active streak  
^Pro Football Hall of Fame

– NFL –

BREES FOR 70K: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES ranks third in NFL history with 69,680 career passing yards.

Brees, who plays against the New York Jets on Sunday, needs 320 yards to join Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838 passing yards) and PEYTON MANNING (71,940) as the only players in NFL history with at least 70,000 career passing yards.

The players with 70,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER PASS YARDS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 71,940
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 71,838
     
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 69,680*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brees, who will be playing in his 247th career game, would reach the milestone in the fewest games played.

The players to reach 70,000 career passing yards in the fewest games played:

PLAYER TEAM(S) GAMES TO 70,000 CAREER PASS YARDS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 258
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 293
     
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 246*
*Has 69,680 career passing yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NHL announces Goo Goo Dolls to perform at 2018 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Citi Field featuring Rangers-Sabres

Goo Goo Dolls in 2013 concert in Norfolk, Nebraska By Fr. Jeff Lorig, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Grammy-nominated Band to Take the Stage During 1st intermission of Jan. 1 New York Rangers-Buffalo Sabres Outdoor Game; Game to be Broadcast Live on NBC, Sportsnet & TVA Sports on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. ET

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (Dec. 20, 2017) – Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls will perform at the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® New Year’s Day outdoor game between the New York Rangers® and Buffalo Sabres® at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the National Hockey League announced today. The game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 1.

 

A portion of the first intermission presented by Ticketmaster featuring Goo Goo Dolls will be televised. Formed in Buffalo and longtime Sabresfans, the Goo Goo Dolls have sold more than 10 million albums since the band’s inception in 1986. The band has had an unprecedented string of 14 number one songs and top ten multi-format hit singles including “Name,” “Slide,” “Black Balloon,” “Broadway,” “Here Is Gone,” “Big Machine,” “Sympathy,” “Stay With You,” “Let Love In,” “Before It’s Too Late,” “Jim’s Theme” (Treasure Planet),” and “Better Days.” The single, “Iris,” spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and held the number one position for 17 consecutive weeks. Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Iris” at number 39 on its list of 100 greatest pop songs.

 

The band has toured the globe countless times; performed in front of millions of fans; received numerous awards, including four Grammy Award nominations; recorded and released 10 studio albums, a compilation, a live DVD and two volumes of their greatest hits; and has appeared and performed on nearly every influential late-night talk show over the course of their career.

 

Additional performers for the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be announced in the coming days.

 

A limited number of tickets are available to the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® via Ticketmaster.com, the official ticketing partner of the NHL®. Fans can purchase tickets safely and securely on Ticketmaster and the NHL Ticket Exchange.

 

The Rangers will face the Sabres in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on New Year’s Day at Citi Field, continuing the tradition the League established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year. This year’s edition marks the 10-year anniversary of the first NHL Winter Classic® in Buffalo. Fans can join the conversation on social media by including the hashtag NHL #WinterClassic at @NHL, @NYRangers and @BuffaloSabres.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Nirva Milord | NHL Public Relations; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 


2018 NHL All-Star balloting shows McDavid, Ovechkin, Stamkos, Subban leading fan votes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (Dec. 20, 2017) – For the third straight week, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban and Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid sit atop the leaderboard in the 2018 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™. The four top vote-getters by division – regardless of position – will be named All-Stars and captains for the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Tampa on Sunday, Jan. 28 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

 

The ballot page at NHL.com/vote includes a leaderboard of the top vote-getters, which will be updated every Wednesday. See below for the top vote-getters by division through three weeks.

 

Atlantic Division

1. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

2. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

3. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

4. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

5. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

 

Central Division

1. P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators

2. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues

3. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

4. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

5. Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

 

Metropolitan Division

1. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

3. John Tavares, New York Islanders

4. Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins

5. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

 

Pacific Division

1. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

2. Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

3. James Neal, Vegas Golden Knights

4. Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights

5. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

 

About the 2018 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™

Fans can vote online at NHL.com/vote and via the NHL App for one player from each division, without regard to position. Voters are permitted to select as few as one player and a maximum of four players per ballot. The maximum number of ballots cast per 24-hour period for each fan is 10. Voting concludes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 1. Fans also can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar. For more information on the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend, visit NHL.com/fans/all-star.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

Coach’s Challenge Tracker; 121 challenges overall

An overview of challenges through games played Dec. 22

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

121 Coach’s Challenges | 77 upheld | 44 overturned

· 76 for goalie interference | 47 upheld | 29 overturned (24 to “no goal” / 5 to “goal”)

· 10 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 9 upheld | 1 overturned

· 25 for offside | 12 upheld | 13 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 10 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 9 upheld | 1 overturned (all to “no goal”)

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION   METROPOLITAN DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Boston 5 3 Carolina 3 1
Buffalo 1 6 Columbus 1 3
Detroit 7 4 New Jersey   4
Florida 5 5 NY Islanders 4 1
Montreal 2 4 NY Rangers 5 4
Ottawa 5 3 Philadelphia 5 3
Toronto 1 8 Pittsburgh 2 6
Tampa Bay 3 4 Washington 2 3

 

CENTRAL DIVISION   PACIFIC DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Chicago 3 2 Anaheim 3 3
Colorado 5 6 Arizona 3  
Dallas 3 4 Calgary 2 3
Minnesota 5 7 Edmonton   1
Nashville 1 5 Los Angeles 5 5
St. Louis 3 3 San Jose 5 5
Winnipeg 5 3 Vancouver 2 6
      Vegas 5 6

*Requested column does not include challenges initiated by Situation Room

 

SITUATION ROOM INITIATED CHALLENGES – 20

In the final minute of play in the third period and at any point in overtime (regular season and playoffs), Hockey Operations initiates the review of any scenario that would otherwise be subject to a Coach’s Challenge. This process has been initiated for the following teams:

 

Atlantic: Boston (2), Buffalo, Detroit

Metropolitan: Carolina (2), Montreal, NY Islanders (2), NY Rangers, Washington

Central: Dallas, Nashville, Winnipeg

Pacific: Anaheim, Arizona (2), Calgary, San Jose, Vancouver

 

OVERTURNED

Teams to either have their goal taken down or counted based on a challenge of any sort.

 

Call changed from “goal” to “no goal” – 39
Atlantic: Boston, Buffalo (2), Detroit, Florida, Montreal (3), Ottawa (2), Tampa Bay, Toronto

Metropolitan: Columbus, Philadelphia (2), Pittsburgh, Washington

Central: Colorado (4), Dallas, Minnesota (3), Winnipeg (3)

Pacific: Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles (3), San Jose (3), Vancouver, Vegas

 

Call changed from “no goal” to “goal” – 5

Atlantic: Boston, Detroit, Florida

Metropolitan: Philadelphia

Central:

Pacific: Calgary

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

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