Randy Moss wants back into the NFL

505539.jpg

Randy Moss wants back into the NFL

From Comcast SportsNet
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Randy Moss once said, "I play when I want to play." Six months after retiring, the veteran NFL wide receiver wants to play again. Moss announced on a webchat Monday -- his 35th birthday -- that he's planning a comeback. His agent, Joel Segal, wouldn't go into his client's available options. "Randy and I have discussed it," Segal said of Moss coming out of retirement. "He still has his fire and he's looking forward to playing football. He's excited." Moss posted on his Twitter page: "Now back to biz!! There's good an bad an u have to b ready for both! its in gods hand now." Moss retired last August, compiling 14,858 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns in 13 seasons. He last played in 2010, getting traded by the New England Patriots to the Minnesota Vikings before finishing the season with Tennessee. That year he had career lows of 28 catches for 393 yards. Moss' 23 TD catches in 2007 that helped the Patriots reach the Super Bowl are a single-season NFL record. His 10 seasons of at least 1,000 yards are second only to Jerry Rice's 14. He's tied with Terrell Owens for second on the career TD receptions list, well behind Rice's 197. There were questions when Moss retired whether it would last. Then came Monday's announcement. "It didn't surprise me when he retired, and it doesn't surprise me he wants to come back," said Bob Pruett, Moss' college coach at Marshall. "I think he can be a great player for whoever picks him up." It's now up to NFL teams to decide whether they want to take a chance on the six-time Pro Bowler. Former Patriots teammate Tom Brady has said he'd like to throw to Moss again. A prospective employer would not only get one of the top deep threats in NFL history, but one with a history of controversy. While with the Vikings, Moss bumped a traffic cop in downtown Minneapolis, squirted a referee with a water bottle during a game, left the field early in a game against Washington and berated a caterer at team headquarters. Trouble off the field in high school prevented Moss from attending Notre Dame or Florida State. He landed with father-figure Pruett at Marshall, where he scored 54 touchdowns in two seasons. "Randy's a team guy," Pruett said. "Sometimes he wears his emotions on his sleeve. He's also a great player." Moss' personal assistant, Donnie Jones, said Moss is "ready to rock n' roll."

GM details Rockets' strategy for beating Warriors, winning NBA title

GM details Rockets' strategy for beating Warriors, winning NBA title

Coming off a disappointing 41-41 2015-16 season, Rockets GM Daryl Morey retooled his roster with one goal in mind for the 2016-17 campaign: put up as many 3-pointers as possible.

Offseason acquisitions Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson have fit in perfectly, and with them, the Rockets are averaging a league-high 40.3 3-point attempts per game. The next closest team, Cleveland, is averaging 33.8 3-point attempts per game. The Warriors, who lead the NBA in scoring, are only averaging 31.8 3-point attempts per game.

For Morey, the high volume of long-distance shots is all part of his plan to detrone the Warriors as Western Conference champs.

"We want to win the title, and obviously, that's probably going through the Warriors at some point. We absolutely figured the only way we're going to beat them is with a barrage of 3-pointers. And it's probably going to be a 124-120 affair if we're going to get past them," Morey said on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Friday.

In the first meeting this season between the two teams on Dec. 1, 2016, Houston went 14-of-44 from behind the 3-point line in a 132-127 double-overtime win in Oakland.

When they met again in Houston on Jan. 20, Houston made just 7-of-35 3-pointers as the Warriors ran away with a 125-108 victory.

The Rockets will get two more chances in the regular season to test their strategy.

If there's any team best equipped to defuse the Rockets' plan, it's the Warriors, who lead the NBA in holding opponents to 32.6 percent shooting from 3-point distance.

The Warriors have eliminated the Rockets from the postseason each of the last two seasons. Currently, the Warriors hold the top spot in the West, while the Rockets are sitting in the third spot in the conference. If they stay where they are in the standings, the earliest they could meet would be the Western Conference Finals.

 

Notes: A's OF Smolinski sidelined by sore right shoulder

Notes: A's OF Smolinski sidelined by sore right shoulder

MESA, Ariz. — Outfielder Jake Smolinski is dealing with a right shoulder issue that’s keeping him out of games right now.

A’s manager Bob Melvin is hopeful Smolinski might be able to serve as designated hitter soon, but he's having trouble throwing. The issue was bothering Smolinski when he reported to camp.

“It may take a little time,” Melvin said Sunday morning.

Depending on how long Smolinski is sidelined, it could impact his bid to make the club as a fifth outfielder. Khris Davis, Rajai Davis and Matt Joyce are projected as the starting trio, left to right, with Mark Canha likely to platoon with Joyce in right.

**

Melvin finds his catching depth thinning out a bit. Matt McBride isn’t able to get behind the plate because of a sore lat muscle, and non-roster catcher Ryan Lavarnway will be leaving soon to join Team Israel for the World Baseball Classic.

That means Sean Murphy, a third-round draft choice last June, will see plenty of time in early exhibitions. Melvin has spoken highly of the strong-armed Murphy so far.

“We’re a little short, so Mr. Murphy is going to get some opportunities for a younger guy,” Melvin said. “It’s a nice little showcase with him to back up some of these games.”

**

Ryon Healy will draw his first start of the spring, playing first base, Monday against the Giants in Scottsdale. He’s been nursing a sore quadriceps but ran Sunday and is cleared for Monday.