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Rams GM says Stetson Bennett needed ‘a break from the game’ during rookie season


While Matthew Stafford was and remains entrenched as the Los Angeles Rams’ starting quarterback, the team last year used a fourth-round draft pick on two-time College Football Playoff national championship-winning quarterback Stetson Bennett.

The former Georgia Bulldogs star was expected to be Stafford’s backup during his rookie season and the foreseeable future. But Bennett was missing in action during the majority of his rookie campaign, leaving observers with more questions than answers. 

He sat out of the season opener with a shoulder injury. A few days later, he landed on the non-football injury list. At the time, the Rams were tight-lipped about the decision to change Bennett’s roster status.


Stetson Bennett looks to throw

Quarterback Stetson Bennett of the Los Angeles Rams warms up before a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High Aug. 26, 2023, in Denver, Colo. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

“There are certain things that I think are a little bit bigger and more important, and out of respect for the particulars and the specifics, [I] want to be able to keep it in-house,” Rams coach Sean McVay in September when asked about Bennett.

Bennett is now back with the team, and he appears to be on the path to competing for the backup role. The Rams signed veteran signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo in March, but he will miss the first two games of the season. The 32-year-old was suspended for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.


This week, Rams general manager Les Snead finally offered some insight into what transpired with the quarterback last season. Snead suggested Bennett was burned out after back-to-back college football titles.

Stetson Bennett throws

Stetson Bennett of the Los Angeles Rams warms up prior to a preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium Aug. 19, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif.  (Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

“I know this: Last year was very beneficial for him. I think he took advantage of that year away from the game,” Snead told Alabama’s News 19.

“You know what, he’s an exhausted human being based on everything he had done to walk on, to go to (junior college), to come back, to turn down small schools, say ‘I’m going to try to do this Georgia thing.’ To win a job, then to win the thing, and then to determine, ‘I’m going to come back.’ And when you come back, it’s really win it again, or you failed. And that does take a toll on a human being. So, I was jacked for Stetson to be able to take that moment and breathe a little bit.”

Snead said the Rams’ Super Bowl appearances in 2018 and 2021 helped everyone in the franchise realize the mental and physical strain of competing at a championship level.

“We had gone through it the year before where we had won a Super Bowl, and it really started when we lost our first one. But we were an exhausted building, so there was an element of understanding the toll it takes … to do your part,” Snead said.

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Quarterback Stetson Bennett of Georgia speaks to the media during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium March 3, 2023, in Indianapolis.  (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Snead said the team was supportive of Bennett’s decision to take a step back.

“The responsibility of the QB, and for our sake, we saw what taking a break, giving some guys a break from the game to get refreshed. I call it to get bored and fall back in love with the game you grew up playing in the backyard,” Snead said.


Bennett was at the Rams’ training complex last month for the start of the team’s offseason program. He was also present for practice this week. McVay was complimentary of the second-year quarterback.

“He’s done a great job,” McVay said Tuesday. “He’s got a good look in his eye. I really appreciate the way that he’s come to work. He’s been really attentive in the meetings. I think [quarterbacks coach] Dave Ragone has done a great job with the quarterbacks as a whole. His command, his ability to communicate, and Stetson’s had a couple good days. And it’s been good having him out here.”

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Ryan Garcia threatens to quit boxing in since-deleted posts after test results come back positive for PEDs


Embattled boxer Ryan Garcia’s drug test samples collected before his fight against Devin Haney returned two positive tests for banned performance-enhancing drugs, according to boxing writer Dan Rafael. 

“Ryan Garcia’s B sample results were returned Thursday a.m., 1 day after being opened,” Rafael tweeted. “I have the lab reports & the B samples, as expected, matched A samples – both are positive for the banned PED Ostarine related to VADA tests the day before & after Haney fight.”

Garcia caught wind of the results and, as he’s done many times in the past, took to social media, though the posts have since been deleted. 


Ryan Garcia vs Oscar Duarte

Ryan Garcia faces Oscar Duarte during their welterweight fight at Toyota Center Dec. 2, 2023, in Houston.  (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

“Let’s go we positive,” he tweeted, per MMA Mania. “Positive vibes bruh. Yess so happy. I F—ING LOVE STEROIDS. I don’t care I’ll never make money again with boxing. Your loss not mine for setting me up lol joke’s on y’all. I will swallow all steroids.”

Garcia’s lawyers released a statement to Fox News Digital after his posts to social media disappeared. The lawyers say Garcia submitted hair to be tested, and it showed he never ingested Ostarine “over a period of time.”

“Ryan Garcia is committed to clean and fair competition and has never intentionally used any banned substance,” the statement said. “Soon after being notified of his positive test, Ryan voluntarily had his hair collected and shipped to Dr. Pascal Kintz, the foremost expert in toxicology and hair sample analysis. 

“The results of Ryan’s hair sample came back negative. This is consistent with contamination and demonstrably proves that Ryan had not ingested Ostarine over a period of time – the only way he would have had any advantage whatsoever in the ring. 


“Ryan has voluntarily submitted to tests throughout his career, which have always shown negative results. He also tested negative multiple times leading up to the fight against Haney. All of those factors, combined with his ultra-low levels from samples taken on April 19 and 20 (in the billionth of a gram range), point to Ryan being a victim of supplement contamination and never receiving any performance-enhancing benefit from the microscopic amounts in his system. 

“We are certain that one of the natural supplements Ryan was using in the lead-up to the fight will prove to be contaminated and are in the process of testing the supplements to determine the exact source.”

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Ryan Garcia during a weigh-in at Barclays Center April 19, 2024, in New York City.  (Cris Esqueda/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

Ostarine is considered a SARM, a selective androgen receptor modulator, and it has been on the Anti-Doping Agency’s banned substance list since 2008. 

Garcia shocked many when he upset Haney in their bout, mainly due to questionable social media posts leading up to the fight that led many to believe he wasn’t taking it seriously. However, an investigation by the New York State Athletic Commission continues after an A sample from the drug test showed positive signs of the banned substance.  

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Ryan Garcia faces Oscar Duarte during their welterweight fight at Toyota Center Dec. 2, 2023, in Houston.  (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)


Drama ensued before the fight because Garcia was three pounds overweight during the final weigh-ins. The WBC super lightweight championship belt was supposed to be on the line for the fight, but Garcia’s weight meant there would be no title at stake.

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Patrick Mahomes says he takes ‘some of the credit’ for Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce romance


Travis Kelce seemed to take his shot with Taylor Swift over the summer when he made a bracelet for her while attending one of her Eras Tour shows.

Shortly after, the two began hanging out, and Swift started attending Kansas City Chiefs games.

The two hid their relationship at the time, but when Swift first got to a game, the two were officially dating.

One of Kelce’s teammates says the two wouldn’t be an item without him.


Travis Kelce leans in to kiss Taylor Swift at Kansas City Chiefs game

Kelce and Swift embrace (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

“I like to take some of the credit. I was the one who invited Travis to his first Taylor concert,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said on Thursday’s “The Pat McAfee Show.”

“He was sitting in my suite, so I feel like I was the matchmaker,” he added. “I had some input in there as well. I was like, ‘Dude, just go for it, just go for it.’ And you know Travis, man, he does it. He’s a great dude, and I’m glad it’s all worked out for the best.”

That night, Kelce was initially snubbed by Swift.

“I was disappointed that she doesn’t talk before or after her shows because she has to save her voice for the 44 songs that she sings,” Kelce explained on the July 26 episode of his “New Heights” podcast with his brother, NFL legend Jason Kelce.

“So, I was a little butthurt I didn’t get to hand her one of the bracelets I made for her.”

Kelce explained the trend of wearing and exchanging friendship bracelets at Swift’s concerts and noted he had planned to give one with his phone number to the singer-songwriter.

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce hugging after the Super Bowl.

Kelce says feeling the support from Swift has been an “amazing experience.” (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


Kelce’s public confession got Swift’s attention, and the two began dating, publicly debuting their new relationship at the Sept. 24 Chiefs game.

“This all started when Travis very adorably put me on blast on his podcast, which I thought was metal as hell,” Swift told Time magazine.

“We started hanging out right after that,” she added. “So, we actually had a significant amount of time that no one knew, which I’m grateful for, because we got to get to know each other. By the time I went to that first game, we were a couple. I think some people think that they saw our first date at that game? We would never be psychotic enough to hard-launch a first date.”

Swift was on hand for 13 Chiefs games last season, including the entire postseason and the Super Bowl victory, when she flew to Las Vegas from Tokyo following a show. Swift was often seen sitting with Mahomes’ wife, Brittany, and Kelce’s mom, Donna.

Taylor Swift wore her signature red lips and a matching coat in Green Bay Wisconsin

Taylor laughed alongside Brittany from the comfort of a luxury box. (Todd Rosenberg)


Kelce, in return, has attended plenty of Eras Tour shows around the globe.

Fox News’ Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.

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Three-time major winner admits to missing LIV golfers after PGA Championship, calls for solution between tours


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It looks like Phil Mickelson can now say, “I told you so.” 

The LIV Golf pro presented an interesting dilemma on social media earlier this month in a since-deleted post on X when he questioned what the future of golf might look like if some of the best players in the game weren’t allowed to compete at the majors. 

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Padraig Harrington walks across the 15th hole during the third round of the Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 11.  (Alex Slitz/Getty Images)

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington seems to agree in a way. 


Following the thrill of last week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, Harrington told Golf Channel on Wednesday that he missed playing with some players that qualified for the major, despite having moved on to the rival, Saudi-backed tour. 

“I realized last week, God, we missed Bryson [DeChambeau]. Like Bryson was box office last week and really, really helped that tournament… It was fantastic, interesting, exciting watching.”

“Yeah, we do miss those guys,” he continued. “As I’ve said before, it’s hard to believe we miss Patrick Reed. That’s just the way it is.”

Drawing from his experience playing on the European Tour, Harrington suggested the feelings towards LIV could be similar to what players at the time might have felt about having two “strong” circuits. 

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Padraig Harrington, left, and Jon Rahm walk off the sixth tee during a practice round prior to the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 14. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)


“We didn’t realize at the time that the two tours being strong — I felt, in hindsight, looks like it was a great thing,” he said. 

Harrington went on to say that a solution between the two tours and LIV might be the only path forward. 

“Rivalries are a good thing in sport, it’s always been helpful. But we do need a solution, I will say that. That’s the one thing. Every day for the last two years I’ve had an opinion and all I’ve found is wow, it just keeps moving and changing because the scene changes. I think everybody in golf wants a solution,” he said.

“All I know is, the two probably biggest things, we can’t let LIV poach the best players off the PGA Tour for nothing, and we also miss the players who have gone to LIV.”

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after a birdie on the 18th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


Earlier this month, in response to a post on X that pointed to a recent example of LIV players earning more from prize purses but not receiving any world ranking points, Mickelson fired back in a since-deleted post about what the future of golf might look like if no player from the LIV tour were able to compete at the majors.

“Maybe some LIV players won’t be missed. But what if NONE of the LIV players played? Would they be missed? What about next year when more great players join? Or the following year? At some point they will care and will have to answer to sponsors and television,” Mickelson wrote, via The Associated Press.  

He ended the post with the acronym “FAAFO,” which stands for “F— around and find out.” 

LIV first filed with the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) board in July 2022, but the bid was rejected in October of last year. CEO and commissioner Greg Norman abandoned that effort shortly after, which led him to publicly question the “accuracy, credibility and integrity of the OWGR rankings” system.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Former ESPN employee blasts Harrison Butker’s ‘garbage’ speech: ‘Go f— yourself’


The critics of Harrison Butker’s commencement speech at Benedictine College are continuing to fire.

The Kansas City Chiefs‘ kicker has come under fire after making specific references to female graduates embracing their “vocation” as a “homemaker” and President Biden’s stance on abortion as a Catholic. 

He also made references to the LGBTQ community as it relates to Pride month, while adding, “Things like abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, as well as a growing support for the degenerate cultural values and media all stem from pervasiveness of disorder.”

The latest media personality to rip Butker is former ESPN host Michelle Beadle.


Michelle Beadle

Michelle Beadle attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at the Shrine Auditorium Dec. 9, 2017, in Los Angeles.   (Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Beadle, now a part of the San Antonio Spurs’ broadcast team, said on her podcast with Peter Rosenberg, “Over The Top,” that Butker losing his job would be “absolutely asinine,” and the “beauty of the system” is Butker can share his thoughts and everyone is able to have an opinion.

However, she added that “everything [Butker] said was garbage,” adding he disguised “hateful thoughts and feelings and bigotry” as a faith-based belief.

“I think when you hide hateful thoughts and feelings and bigotry behind the ‘cloak of religion,’ I tend to roll my eyes and stop listening,” Beadle said

Harrison Butker celebrates

Placekicker Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates kicking a field goal in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium Nov. 26, 2023, in Las Vegas. (Candice Ward/Getty Images)


“But I think the fact that there were women in that audience that were not OK — I mean, granted, there were some that clearly were — but there were also some that weren’t who have come out since and been like, ‘What the hell, dude?’” Beadle added. 

“We just worked our asses off for years, and you’re gonna come in here and tell us, ‘That’s all cute and stuff, but what you’re really gonna wanna do is get married and have babies. Then you’ll feel important. Like, go f— yourself. And, by the way, it’s also my freedom of speech to say, ‘Go f— yourself, Harrison Butker.’ That’s my freedom! I can do that! I’m not gonna lose my job, and he should also have the right.”

Her co-host, Rosenberg, added Butker “basically called gay people evil,” which is “enough that I wouldn’t want you on my team.” He also later joked that just because former punter Pat McAfee is a “talented dude” doesn’t mean other kickers need to make headlines.

“Shut the f— up, kicker. Go kick the ball. You’re not even part of the team, dude,” Rosenberg said.

Harrison Butker warms up

Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up prior to the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Perry Knotts/Getty Images)


Butker’s jersey sales have since skyrocketed on NFL Shop, while many in the media remain split about the speech.

Butker played in his third Super Bowl this year with Kansas City, helping them go back-to-back in February.

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FIH Pro League 2023-24: India men, women lose to Belgium in European leg


Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams lost to host nation Belgium in the European leg of the FIH Pro League 2023-24 season in Antwerp on Thursday.

Harmanpreet Singh-led men’s team, who defeated Argentina in a shootout on Wednesday, lost 1-4 to Olympic champion Belgium. For the Red Lions, Alexander Hendrickx had a brace while skipper Felix Denayer and Cedric Charlier also chipped in with a strike each. For the Men in Blue. Abhishek scored a consolation goal five minutes from the final hooter.

Indian men’s team will look to do better than its bronze medal from Tokyo 2020 when it competes in Paris Olympics this year

India is placed third with 17 points from 10 games while Belgium is seventh with six points in six games in the men’s standings. The two teams meet in the reverse fixture on Saturday.

India 1-4 Belgium Highlights, FIH Pro League: Men in Blue suffer defeat, Abhishek scores consolation goal

Earlier in the day, Salima Tete-led women’s team went down 0-2 to the host.

The women’s team, then led by goalkeeper Savita Punia, failed to qualify for Paris Olympics after finishing fourth in the qualifiers in Ranchi in January and a month later, head coach Janneke Schopman resigned from her post.

Harendra Singh is on his first assignment as the new head coach and this was a second straight loss for the women’s team after the 0-5 defeat against Argentina in its opening match.

In the women’s standings, India is sixth with eight points in 10 games while Belgium is seventh with six points in six games. Indian women also play the host in the reverse fixture on Saturday.


Belgium 4 (Denayer 22’; Hendrickx 34’, 60’; Charlier 49’) bt India 1 (Abhishek 55’)


Belgium 2 (T’ Serstevens 34’; Dewaet 36’) bt India 0

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LB Mark Iheanachor Could Be Working On Commitment Duo


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Rivals Camp Series Indianapolis: Commitment Predictions For Top Campers


INDIANAPOLIS — The final regional stop of the Rivals Camp Series is in the books and many top uncommitted prospects were in attendance.

Rivals national recruiting analyst Greg Smith looks at five prospects who attended the camp and made predictions about where the prospects could end up.

Chauncey Gooden

Chauncey Gooden

Gooden had a strong day at guard Sunday in Indianapolis. The four-star prospect has official visits coming up to Clemson, Colorado, Purdue, USF and Auburn. Clemson and Colorado look to be ahead of the pack right now. Their consistent communication and the relationships they have established are the reasons why. Gooden hopes to make his decision in July coming out official visit season.

Prediction: Clemson


LeBron Hill

LeBron Hill

After seeing Hill at three different events this summer I’ve seen enough to say that it’s just a matter of time before his recruitment goes to another level. He’s not a burner but at 6-foot-5, 180-pounds he’s a great route runner. He also uses his body well to shield defenders to make contested catches.

As of right now, Purdue and Louisville are on the schedule to receive official visits. So it makes sense to go with a prediction to one of those schools. The safe pick is Purdue right now. However, Miami and Kentucky are in position to get an official visit from the Indiana native.

I’m going to pick an upset here and say Kentucky lands the talented pass catcher.

Prediction: Kentucky


Drayden Pavey

Drayden Pavey

The defensive lineman from Ohio has four official visits lined up for June. He’ll be at Purdue on June 7, Wisconsin on June 14, a midweek visit to NC State on June 18 and then a visit to Indiana on June 21 concludes his visits. Heading into the visits I think the Badgers lead and could be an interesting landing spot for him.

Prediction: Wisconsin


Max Robinson

Max Robinson

Robinson could be on the rise in the next rankings update. He’s a quick guard that will continue to add size going into college. He’s hearing from several big name programs right now. However, at this point, Oklahoma and Arkansas are the clear cut top two for him. PJ Fleck’s Minnesota program could work into that group but are running third. A lot of programs are trying to get him on campus right now including Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU and Ohio State.

His recruitment could take an upswing that changes all this but I’ve got the Razorbacks out ahead now.

Prediction: Arkansas


Jussiah Williams-West

Jussiah Williams-West

Williams-West is one of the more intriguing defensive backs in the Midwest right now for 2025. He’s done well on the camp circuit this offseason. He’s a long and lean defensive back that can probably plan any secondary position in college.

It could be decision time soon for him. He wants to make a commitment sometime in June. Minnesota, Louisville and Kentucky are battling it out for his pledge. He didn’t want to give too much away in Indianapolis saying each has a chance to land his commitment.

Prediction: Louisville

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Saudi Pro League: 10-man Al Nassr draws against Al Riyadh after late equaliser, Ronaldo misses big chances


Al Nassr drew against Al Riyadh 2-2 in the Saudi Pro League match at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium on Friday after a late equaliser scored by Al-Nemer.

Nassr dominated early on and Otavio scored an early opener in the 15th minute after his shot is deflected into the net by Andre Gray.

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Riyadh equalised 11 minutes later after it caught Nassr off-guard on the counter as Gray took a touch and finished it into an empty net with off his line.

In the first additional minute of stoppage time, Mohammed Al-Aqel scored a stunning volley to pull Riyadh ahead right before halftime.

In the 63rd minute, Nassr went down to ten-men after Aymeric Laporte was sent off due to a punch on Aqel’s arm after a duel.

Riyadh would have been safe from relegation with a win but it was denied by a stoppage time leveller by Al-Nemer. In the seventh minute of additional time, Nemer scored his first senior goal following a header by Alamri which was saved by the keeper but he failed to hold the ball.

Cristiano Ronaldo had a plethora of chances to score and break the record for most goals in a Saudi Pro League season (34), but he missed all of them in a poor fashion.

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RCS Indianapolis: RBs TEs vs. LBs


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