Which NFL teams will attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout?

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The NFL will hold a private workout for Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta on Saturday and every NFL team has been invited to attend. Here are the teams that we know will be in attendance to scout the veteran QB who hasn’t seen any game action since 2016.

Atlanta Falcons

Falcons coach Dan Quinn was careful to note that the Falcons had nothing to do with setting up the workout and compared it to the Colts having nothing to do with setting up the annual Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He also said during a Wednesday press conference that he was sure someone would be on hand because scouts love workouts.

– Josh Alper

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys are expected, however, to attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout Saturday, according to a source.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett wouldn’t confirm the team’s attendance in Atlanta for the free agent’s workout during his Wednesday morning press conference.

“I’m not really in-tuned to that situation very much,” Garrett said. “We have personnel people who evaluate all guys who have an opportunity to hopefully help our team.”

– Charean Williams

Detroit Lions

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions coach Matt Patricia said the team would be at Saturday’s workout for Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta.

Of course, if the Lions were truly interested in Kaepernick and not just in being part of a league-orchestrated PR stunt and/or CYA campaign, they could have worked him out any time during the last three seasons when he was unemployed.

In the present moment, the Lions have questions about Matthew Stafford‘s back injury, which kept him out of last week’s loss to the Bears. They have Stafford and David Blough under contract for 2020.

– Darin Gantt

Miami Dolphins

Head coach Brian Flores said the team is still finalizing who will be in attendance and didn’t speculate on the chances that the team could move to add Kaepernick to the roster.

“We like our quarterback situation right now,” Flores said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “We’re going to do our due diligence. I would say anytime we could add a good player, we try to do that. We want to do that. But there’s a lot of moving parts to that.”

Kaepernick ruffled some feathers in Miami in the past by making comments supporting Fidel Castro and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was questioned as part of the quarterback’s collusion grievance.

– Alper

Denver Broncos

According to Mike Klis of KUSA, Broncos General Manager John Elway said the team will send a scout to Saturday’s workout for the unemployed quarterback in Atlanta.

Colin had his chance here,” Elway said in 2018. “We offered him a contract. He didn’t take it. So, as I said it in my deposition, I don’t know if I’ll be legally able to say this, but he’s had his chance to be here. He passed it.”

That said, Elway sending a scout to Saturday’s PR stunt/CYA exercise should make clear the perfunctory nature of the event — despite the fact that finding a quarterback has been a perpetual item on Elway’s to-do list for years now.

– Alper

New York Giants

Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media reports that the Giants will send a representative to Atlanta to scout the former 49ers starter.

Giants owner John Mara previously has said he thought Kaepernick still could play despite having not played since 2016. Kaepernick opted out of his contract in March 2017.

“I think he still has some good football left in him,” Mara said in August 2017. “I agree with that. But obviously there are other issues that go along with him. Is he willing to sit as a backup behind a starter? What’s that going to do with your locker room, with your quarterback room, your offensive room? I believe he’ll be back in the league at some point this year with a team.”

– Williams

New England Patriots

A representative from the Patriots will attend Kaepernick’s workout on Saturday in Atlanta, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports.

The Patriots would seem to be a very unlikely team to sign Kaepernick, and quarterback isn’t a need, although we never know for sure what Patriots coach Bill Belichick will do.

Although the workout is drawing scouts from many teams who plan to see what Kaepernick can do, there is little reason to believe most of those teams are actually interested. The Patriots seem like a team that will have a scout in attendance, but will not give Kaepernick serious consideration.

– Michael David Smith

Washington Redskins

Add Washington to the list of teams that will send a representative to watch Colin Kaepernick’s workout Saturday, JP Finlay of NBCSportsWashington.com reports.

“Our situation is full at this juncture right now because of the two veteran quarterbacks we have along with Dwayne,” Washington interim coach Bill Callahan said Wednesday. “We have three on our roster where generally a lot of teams just carry two on their roster. We’re really carrying one extra quarterback than most teams normally carry.”

Callahan added that he wishes “the best” for Kaepernick.

– Williams

Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals will have a representative on hand for Colin Kaepernick’s workout in Atlanta on Saturday, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com.

Exactly whom that representative will be is unclear, but the Cardinals will at least be one of the teams on hand for the hastily thrown together exhibition.

While Kyler Murray is firmly in place as Arizona’s starting quarterback for the foreseeable future, the Cardinals could theoretically envision Kaepernick as a backup option beyond the 2019 season.

– Curtis Crabtree

San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick’s former team hasn’t shown any interest in bringing him back over the last few years, but they are expected to send a representative to the quarterback’s workout in Atlanta on Saturday.

The NFL arranged the workout and an interview for Kaepernick on a day when most teams are preparing to play their Week 11 games. The 49ers will be home to face the Cardinals and Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com reports that they will send someone to the workout.

“I don’t know at all the schedule for our personnel guys during the season . . . But, yeah, they’re all over the place. But we got guys all over,” Shanahan said. “I’m sure if somebody could be there, it wouldn’t be too tough.”

– Alper

Cleveland Browns

The Browns will send a scout to Colin Kaepernick’s workout Saturday, owner Dee Haslam said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.

The Browns have a history of giving players second chances regardless the reason, with Kareem Hunt the latest. The running back made his 2019 debut Sunday.

– Williams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets

The NFL arranged a workout for quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta on Saturday and announced on Thursday that 11 teams have committed to attending.

Nine of those teams — Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, Washington and the Giants — have already announced those plans or had those plans reported by media members. The league also announced that the Buccaneers and Jets will be represented in Atlanta.

 

Teams we know will not be in attendance:

Carolina Panthers

According to Joe Person of TheAthletic.com, the Panthers aren’t planning to send anyone to the workout in Atlanta.

With Cam Newton on injured reserve, the Panthers are rolling with Kyle Allen and Will Grier, before they make a longer-term decision on Newton.

Thiem beats Djokovic to advance at ATP Finals

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LONDON — Dominic Thiem became the first player to advance from the group stage at the ATP Finals after outlasting five-time champion Novak Djokovic 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (5) in a seesaw crowd pleaser on Tuesday.

That leaves Djokovic facing a winner-takes-all match against Roger Federer – in a highly anticipated rematch of this year’s epic Wimbledon final – to decide who will join Thiem in the semifinals.

Federer beat Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (2), 6-3 earlier, which means he and Djokovic both have a 1-1 record before playing each other in their last round-robin match on Thursday.

Thiem improved to 2-0 after beating Federer on Sunday, while Berrettini was eliminated after a second straight loss.

The Djokovic-Federer rematch was always going to be the highlight of the group stage at the season-ending tournament – where they have 11 titles between them – but now becomes even more of a blockbuster with a semifinal spot directly at stake.

Federer also has the added incentive of avenging that Wimbledon defeat, when the Swiss star missed two match points before losing 13-12 (3) in the deciding set.

“Actually, it’s good for me to play him again, and maybe that all helps to get a chance to get him back,” Federer said. “Maybe it took me a few days, couple weeks at most, to get over the Wimbledon loss. . We’ll find out, but I think it’s all flushed away from my side. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.”

Federer has failed to reach the semifinals only once in his previous 16 appearances at the ATP Finals, in 2008, while Djokovic is trying to equal the Swiss star’s record of six titles.

Thiem, for his part, has now beaten Djokovic in four of their last five meetings – although the previous three wins came on clay, his favorite surface.

In the best match of the tournament so far, Djokovic needed to play near flawless tennis in the first set – making just two unforced errors – to hold off the Austrian.

At 65 minutes, the first set alone was longer than Djokovic’s entire straight-sets win over Berrettini on Sunday.

But Thiem’s aggressive shot-making started paying dividends after that, as he broke Djokovic to take a 2-0 lead in the second set and then again to start the third.

However, Djokovic fought back to level at 3-3 and then thought he had earned a match point when Thiem served at 5-4. With the score at 30-30, Thiem’s forehand was initially called wide – before a Hawk-Eye review showed that it had clipped the line.

Thiem held and then broke Djokovic at love – only for the Serb to break right back when the Austrian served for the match.

Djokovic led 3-0 and 4-1 in the tiebreaker before Thiem won five straight points and then converted his second match point when his opponent hit a forehand into the net.

The two-time French Open runner-up, who finished with 50 winners and 44 unforced errors in a match that lasted 2 hours, 47 minutes, fell onto his back on the court before Djokovic gave him a thumbs-up as they shook hands at the net.

The early match wasn’t nearly as dramatic.

Federer earned the only break point of the first set at 6-5, but Berrettini saved it with a forehand volley. In the tiebreaker, the Italian double-faulted to hand Federer a 5-2 lead and netted a forehand return on set point.

Federer broke Berrettini to open the second set, but had to overcome a slight wobble at 4-3. Federer trailed 15-40 in that game and had to save three break points in total before holding with an ace.

He broke again to seal the win when Berrettini netted a forehand.

On Wednesday, Rafael Nadal faces Daniil Medvedev in a rematch of this year’s U.S. Open final, before defending champion Alexander Zverev plays Stefanos Tsitsipas in the late match.

Much-admired Tour de France cyclist Poulidor dies at age 83

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BRUSSELS — Raymond Poulidor, known as the “eternal runner-up” behind five-time Tour de France winners Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx, has died. He was 83 years old.

Arguably France’s most popular cyclist, Poulidor secured a record eight podium finishes at cycling’s showpiece event during his career but never won it, and never wore the race leader’s famed yellow jersey.

Tour de France organizers confirmed Poulidor’s death on Wednesday after Tour director Christian Prudhomme spoke with his family.

Poulidor had been hospitalized last month after a bout of fatigue he suffered this summer during the Tour, where he worked every year as an ambassador for the yellow jersey’s sponsor. Quite ironically, considering he never got to wear it during his racing career, he wore a yellow shirt every day for this activity during the grueling stage race.

Poulidor, who took part in 14 Tours from 1962-76, finished in second place three times and was third five times. The fact he never quite got the better of the elegant but tough Anquetil made him a firm favorite with fans.

The son of sharecroppers, Poulidor’s popularity was unmatched despite never winning the Tour.

Nicknamed “Poupou” by his adoring fans, Poulidor was a loveable and down to earth competitor. He kept the same warmth and approachability after his career ended, always up for a chat with his admirers and ready to sign autographs or pose for pictures.

Poulidor turned professional in 1960 and achieved much success with the French Mercier team before he retired in 1977, a year after he finished third in his final Tour de France behind Lucien Van Impe and Joop Zoetemelk at the age of 40.

Poulidor’s career appeared somewhat cursed by ill fate, since it came during an era of greatness in cycling and wedged him between incredibly strong riders Anquetil and Merckx, who both won a record five Tours.

Despite falling short at the Tour, he was more than merely a second fiddle. He was an all-rounder graced by great climbing skills and posted prestigious wins at the Milan-San Remo and Walloon Arrow classics, the Spanish Vuelta – his only Grand Tour win – and the Paris-Nice stage race.

His rivalry with Anquetil in the 1960’s dominated the sporting agenda, splitting France into two camps, and his Tour ambitions were later frustrated by Merckx’s sheer dominance.

It did not prevent him from taking the spotlight and making headlines. In 1962, he made his Tour debut with a broken finger and put on a great show in the Alps to win a daunting stage featuring five climbs with a commanding three-minute lead.

Two years later, Poulidor started the `64 Tour with the favorite’s tag on his back, having won the Vuelta earlier that year. After dropping Anquetil during a Pyrenean stage, he reached the top of the port d’Envalira climb with a three-minute lead over his nemesis. But Anquetil rode at breakneck speed in the descent to catch up with his rival, before Poulidor hit the tarmac in the fog and eventually lost two minutes.

At the `68 Tour, he was involved in a serious crash after a motorbike knocked him over and fell on top of him.

“I was unlucky, but the bike brought me more than it cost me,” Poulidor once said, reflecting on his mishap with typical wry humor.