November 14, 2013
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NFL bursting Kaepernick's bubble

On the face of things, San Francisco appeared to be a safe Super Bowl bet. However, the 49ers have struggled in three matchups against premier teams, scoring a grand total of 19 points over three losses to the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers -- leading to questions about the effectiveness of their Colin Kaepernick-led attack. ... Defensive coordinators have adjusted to [Kaepernick's] game. Kaepernick lit up the field as a first-time starter in the second half last season, but he certainly has not provided a worthy encore in 2013. Most of his struggles can be attributed to defensive coordinators tailoring their game plans to neutralize his strengths and take advantage of the deficiencies noticed through intense film study over the offseason. They've essentially forced the third-year pro out of his comfort zone. ( Comment

Boras mocks the Mets

In the eyes of Sandy Alderson, the Mets' reputation has headed in the right direction this offseason. The Mets GM said he felt that teams and agents saw the franchise as having a little more credibility. Well, except, it seems with the highest-profile player agent out there. After the third day of the GM meetings, Scott Boras chided the Mets, a big market team, for limiting their payroll. ... "The Mets are like NASA," Boras said. "They have big rockets, a lot of platforms and very few astronauts. Astronauts are hard to find. They've got one guy with the 'Wright' stuff, that's for sure. And they've got a lot of 'Arm'-strongs, too. But they're certainly a club that I'm sure that's in pursuit of a higher level of talent." Alderson, when asked about the comment, chuckled and then disagreed. (New York Daily News) Comment

Attorney on Winston felony: 'The case was closed'

To this point of the season, FSU quarterback Jameis Winston's star had only been on the rise -- until now. [Winston] is being investigated in a sexual-battery case filed with Tallahassee police in December 2012. No charges have been filed against Winston, and the investigation remains active. An attorney representing Winston denied the allegation. The complaint was filed Dec. 7, 2012, according to TPD reports. ... Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen confirmed he is representing Winston. "This case has been going on for over a year. The case was basically closed and we're not sure why it's opened up," Jansen said. "We've been cooperating with the law enforcement agencies and we're hoping to get a quick resolution in favor of Mr. Winston." (Tallahassee Democrat) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Mexico's Oribe Peralta collides with New Zealand's Jake Butler and goalkeeper Glenn Moss while pursuing a cross in the box. El Tri dominated the Kiwis 5-1 in a World Cup qualifying playoff. (Christian Palma/AP)

Must-See Video

Several BCS hopefuls face de facto elimination games in Week 12. Andy Staples previews the matchups.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Don Shula
  • 1943 -- Chicago Bears quarterback Sid Luckman becomes the first player to toss seven touchdowns in a game, helping the Bears pummel the New York Giants 56-7.
  • 1970 -- A plane carrying 75 people, including 36 Marshall football players crashes in West Virginia, killing all aboard.
  • 1993 -- Don Shula passes George Halas for most all-time wins with a 19-14 victory over the Eagles, Shula's 325th win.

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