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Ben McAdoo put his quarterback on blast following the New York Giants‘ lackluster performance against the Detroit Lions on Monday, but Eli Manning doesn’t appear too fazed.

McAdoo called Manning out directly for what he labeled “sloppy quarterback play,” stemming from a delay of game penalty taken on fourth-and-goal in the third quarter of Monday’s contest. The two-time Super Bowl champion joined WFAN 660 on Tuesday and addressed the comments made by McAdoo during his post-game press conference the night before, according to Tom Rock of Newsday Sports.

“I know Coach McAdoo knows I can handle it … You can’t be sensitive in this business,” Manning said.

Manning also owned the fact that his team has come under heavy fire for its performance so far this season, expressing an understanding for the disappointment radiating from its fan base.

“Hey, you lose games, only score 10 points, you deserve some criticism,” Manning said.

The next opportunity for the Giants to right the ship will come when the team travels to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 24.

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Kris Letang is a star defenseman, but some tweaks to his game could make him a superstar.

The oft-injured Pittsburgh Penguins blue-liner is an elite puck mover, but his knack of running the risky play comes a little too often, says coach Mike Sullivan.

“We would like him to recognize those situations when he might have to use the glass and make a simple play and not put himself in vulnerable situations,” Sullivan told Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He’s a courageous kid. He’s brave. That’s part of what makes him as good as he is. And there’s going to be opportunities where he’s going to have to take hits for us to make plays. We don’t want him to change that aspect of his game.”

In other words, sometimes it’s better for Letang to make the more calculated decision, to chip-and-chase, rather than making a sacrificial play. Minimizing his contact with opponents would be an added bonus as well, after Letang was limited to 41 games last season.

Neck surgery then sidelined Letang for the Penguins’ entire Stanley Cup run.

“We’re trying to help him recognize those situations,” Sullivan added. “I hope, with the amount of time he missed last year and watching the playoffs from the press box, spending some time with (coach) Sergei Gonchar in the press box, that it gives him a whole different vantage point as far as how he sees the game.

“I hope that experience serves him well. I think it will. We’ve talked about it, and we’ll continue to talk about it. Obviously we want to keep him on the ice as often as we can.”

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Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson will undergo wrist surgery this week that will likely sideline him for two-to-three months, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports, citing sources.

Head coach Bruce Arians revealed Monday that Johnson suffered a dislocated wrist in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.

The Cardinals will place the rusher on injured reserve, Schefter reports, which guarantees he would miss eight weeks. A two-to-three-month timeline puts December or January as the likely point of Johnson’s return.

It’s a devastating blow for a Cardinals team hoping to rebound from a disappointing 7-8-1 finish a year ago. Johnson is an invaluable piece of Arizona’s offense. He tallied 1,239 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground in 2016 and was the team’s second-leading receiver with 80 receptions for 1,023 yards and another six scores.

“It’s always a huge blow to lose a top player,” Arians said Monday, before Johnson received a second opinion. “But it’s not the end of the world. It’s an opportunity for someone to step up. David Johnson became David Johnson because of somebody’s injury.”

Kerwynn Williams carried the ball five times in Johnson’s place for 10 yards and a score Sunday. The Cardinals also have Andre Ellington and Elijhaa Penny at the position, while Arians hinted the team might also bring back veteran Chris Johnson.

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll backed his star defender Michael Bennett on Wednesday, after he alleged police in Las Vegas racially profiled and threatened to kill him in an incident Aug. 27.

“Michael Bennett unfortunately experienced a horrendous incident on August 27,” Carroll said in a statement posted online. “We are thankful he is safe, and we take this opportunity to say that we stand in support of him and anyone facing inequalities.

“What happened to Michael is a classic illustration of the reality of inequality demonstrated daily.”

Bennett revealed Wednesday morning he was viciously pinned to the ground and handcuffed by police after a series of gun shots went off near the area he was located. Bennett was in Las Vegas to take in the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

A video of the encounter obtained by TMZ showed Bennett pleading with one officer while another officer stood on a balcony above holding what appeared to be a handgun.

“I wasn’t doing nothing, man!” Bennett is heard shouting in the video “… I was here with my friends! They told us to get out, everybody ran!”

Carroll said he hopes the incident inspires everyone to stand for change when inequalities are brought to light.

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It’s no secret that Jimmy Butler and Fred Hoiberg didn’t always see eye-to-eye during their two seasons together with the Chicago Bulls.

The new Minnesota Timberwolves swingman shed some light on his relationship with his former coach, admitting that their differing personalities led Butler to become frustrated during his time in the Windy City.

“I’m confrontational. I feed off of confrontation. It makes me go,” Butler told Michael Pina of Vice Sports. “Not everybody’s like that. (Fred Hoiberg) is not that coach, and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are different coaching styles and people are gonna say – which is what they did say – ‘It’s gonna be Jimmy’s team or it’s gonna be Fred’s team.’ Two total opposite ends of the spectrum. They’re either gonna try to win it now or they’re gonna go young. And you see which way they went with it. Completely fine. Yo, it’s y’all’s business. It’s y’all’s organization. It’s cool. And now I’m in Minnesota and couldn’t be happier.”

Butler’s relationship with Hoiberg got off to a rocky start when the three-time All-Star called out his coach for the former’s laid-back attitude following a blowout defeat to the New York Knicks. Their relationship didn’t improve much thereafter, as Butler appeared to call off Hoiberg’s timeout request during a game in January.

It seems unlikely that Butler will endure the same problems in Minnesota now that the 27-year-old has been reunited with former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

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In his first meeting with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, new head coach Travis Green didn’t sugarcoat his feelings about the twins’ play last season.

“In our first meeting with Travis Green, he told us we were not good enough last year,” Daniel told Sportsnet 650 on Monday. “We use that, we like that. He’s honest with you. He’s going to keep us accountable.”

Last season, Daniel tallied 15 goals and 44 points in 82 games – his lowest point total in a full season since he posted 31 (with 14 goals) in 31 games during 2002-03. That was the twins’ third season in the league.

Meanwhile, Henrik was a bit better, finishing the 2017 season with 50 points in all 82 games. That tied his 2014 production – when he played just 70 games. Still, 50 points is his lowest total in an 82-game season since 2003-04 (42 points).

Green’s comments suggest there will be pressure on Daniel and Henrik to step up this season. Daniel says that every season, the twins approach training camp feeling that nothing is guaranteed.

“For me and Henrik, we always come in every year not expecting to make the lineup,” he said. “We have to work hard in training camp. We have to come into camp in good shape. We have to be really good in the preseason games. That’s always been our mindset.

“That needs to be the mindset for the young players too.”

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Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale isn’t just “sticking to sports” in light of the recent events in Charlottesville, Va.

According to TNT’s David Aldridge, Fizdale is speaking out against the presence of two statues in his city – those of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis and Confederate army general Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was one of the first members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Both monuments were in their namesake parks in Memphis until they were renamed in 2013, but the statues still remain, something the Grizzlies head coach wants to have a hand in changing.

“My agenda is simple – I want those things out of our city, out of public view,” Fizdale said Saturday, according to Aldridge.

“I’m not even saying tear them up and melt them down. Put them in their proper context in history. Their proper context is in a civil rights museum, where you could put them in context and talk about how awful they were. I just feel our citizens should not have to see that involuntarily.”

Though Tennessee’s ‘Heritage Protection Act’ outlines that no statues or monuments erected on public property in honor of a military conflict may be removed or altered, the Memphis City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to approve the removal of the statues.

No one from the Grizzlies’ camp has asked Fizdale to stay out of it, so he’s continuing his pursuit.

“I think they support me for the most part,” he said. “Obviously, it’s edgy. It makes people uncomfortable. But that’s good. I want people to be uncomfortable. Our owner (Robert Pera), the owner of FedEx, our white owners of all the companies in the city, they’re the ones who have to step up and clean this out of our city.

“Money talks. What says more than people stepping up and saying ‘we’re not going to have this in our city?’ People have stepped up and bought tickets and supported them. I’m asking them to support us.”