From Comcast SportsNet Monday, September 12, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Colts say vice chairman Bill Polian spent Saturday watching quarterback Andrew Luck lead Stanford to a win at Duke.
His presence led to speculation that the Colts are already looking at next year's NFL draft after losing Peyton Manning, who is out while he recovers from neck surgery. Indianapolis opened the season with veteran Kerry Collins and was blown out by Houston, 34-7.
There may have been other reasons Polian was on the road Saturday. His son, Brian, is Stanford's assistant special teams coordinator and the family's home is in Charlotte, N.C.
The Colts have scouted top college quarterbacks before. They brought in Andrew Dalton and Colin Kaepernick for workouts this spring. Both were taken in the second round of the draft, before Manning had neck surgery in May.
Bill Polian isn't making the Colts' day-to-day personnel decisions. Chris Polian, the Colts' general manager, took over those duties during the offseason.
A night more than a decade in the making is finally here. The Sacramento Kings open their brand new, state of the art Golden 1 Center Thursday evening when they host the San Antonio Spurs in their home opener.
Fresh off a 113-94 win over the Phoenix Suns, DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and the 2016-17 Kings roster look to make it two in a row against one of the best the league has to offer.
Tim Duncan is gone, retiring this summer after 19 seasons in the NBA. But the Spurs come in loaded with talent and primed for another long playoff run.
Sacramento showed a new offensive and defensive scheme against the Suns. It’s a work in progress, but their opening night results showed promise.
Spurs by 8.5
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 1-0, first place in the Pacific
Spurs: 1-0, first place in the Southwest
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Rudy Gay vs. Kawhi Leonard -- Leonard has turned into the game’s best two-way player. He’s a perfect fit in Gregg Popovich’s offensive system and he is a one man wrecking crew on the defensive side of the ball. Gay is coming off an impressive opener where he scored 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting. He also came away with four blocks in 33 minutes. Sacramento needs another big game from Gay if they hope to stun the Spurs.
Kings: G Darren Collison (league suspension) out.
Spurs: G Danny Green (strained quad) out.
The Spurs swept the Kings 3-0 in the season series last year and have now won six straight against Sacramento. San Antonio leads the Kings 112-55 all-time and 84-39 during the Sacramento-era.
“I think the biggest difference is everybody is part of the offense. Obviously we have our guys can go get buckets, but when everybody has the freedom to attack and be aggressive and know that there’s time when we get ours, but for the most part, they need to be aggressive too.” -Rudy Gay
SARASOTA, Fla. – Raiders special teams standout Taiwan Jones watched Wednesday’s practice from the bleachers. On Thursday, he got back on the field.
Jones was limited in a practice conducted at the IMG Academy, a sign that he’s close to full health after missing a game with a knee injury.
The Raiders were without their best cover men in Jacksonville, with Jones and Brynden Trawick sidelined with injury. It’s possible that both are back to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Trawick has been limited in practice this week. So were rehabbing offensive linemen Menelik Watson (calf) and Vadal Alexander (ankle). The Raiders hope to have one or both of them available in Tampa Bay. Austin Howard has started the last two games at right tackle.
The Raiders brought Mario Edwards Jr. out to Florida, though he hasn’t been formally cleared to practice.
Tampa Bay is still working without running back Doug Martin, who has been sidelined with a hamstring strain.
Raiders participation report
Did not practice: DT Stacy McGee (knee)
Limited participation: RB Taiwan Jones (knee), Vadal Alexander (ankle), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder) OT Menelik Watson (calf), WR Andre Holmes (hip)
Buccaneers participation report
Did not practice: RB Doug Martin (hamstring)
Limited participation: DE Robert Ayers (ankle), C Joe Hawley (ankle), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), DL Gerald McCoy (calf)