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NFL's Rex Ryan blasts O's over opener

The Jets learned their season schedule, but Rex Ryan seemed more fired up about the slate of the defending Super Bowl champs on Thursday. [The Ravens] can't open the season at home because the Orioles play a game on September 5, when the season opener is scheduled to be played, and the two teams share a parking lot. While there was talk of the Orioles potentially moving their game to another time, Ryan proposed something more ridiculous -- moving it's location -- during a rant against the Baltimore baseball team. "Well who really cares, you've got 81 at home, maybe you could have done the right thing and given one up and then played 82 on the road and then 80 at home," he said. "I really don't think people are going to care about that game." (New York Daily News) Comment

Rodgers on Jennings: 'Who?'

Aaron Rodgers brought the funny Thursday night to the second annual Wisconsin Sports Awards. Called to the stage of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee to accept the Inspirational Player of the Year award for teammate James Jones, Rodgers was asked about the future of the team at receiver now that Greg Jennings has left for the Minnesota Vikings. "Who?" replied Rodgers. The crowd reacted with 'oooh' when Rodgers replied, "must be some Vikings fans in here." People got it and booed on cue. ... Later in the awards show, after Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun collected his Professional Athlete of the Year award, Rodgers tried to claim it for himself. "They said I couldn't win this award two years in a row," Rodgers stammered. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) Comment

Isles' surprise MVP candidate

It's not often the Islanders and Hart Trophy are mentioned in the same sentence, but, in the eyes of some, it may be time to consider John Tavares, who on Thursday night scored two goals and added an assist over the Maple Leafs. ... [Tavares] has the Islanders inching closer to sealing up their own playoff destiny as the victory gives them 51 points on the season and puts them just two points back of the fifth place Leafs. Tavares, meanwhile, now has 45 points on the season including 26 goals. That's good enough to put him third in the league for goals and ninth in points. With how low the expectations were for the Islanders, making the playoffs should give Tavares' case for the Hart Trophy a significant boost. (Pro Hockey Talk) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Members of the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings play a little soccer outside their locker room before their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Staples Center on Thursday night in Los Angeles. (Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)

Must-See Video

The Orioles just keep getting it done late. With the score all tied up in the bottom of the 10th inning, Baltimore's Matt Wieters belted a grand slam off Rays pitchers Brandon Gomes to give the O's a dramatic, walk-off 10-6 victory over Tampa Bay.

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