Mike Mayock’s Debut Draft Class Is Already Transforming The Raiders (The Ringer) From Josh Jacobs to Maxx Crosby, nearly all of Oakland’s rookies are producing. The youngsters have helped propel the team to a 6-4 record, and now Jon Gruden’s squad is the most surprising playoff contender of the year.
Google To Restrict Political Ad Targeting On Its Platforms (Wall Street Journal) Advertisers will no longer be able to target political ads based on users’ interests inferred from browsing or search history.
The Complicated Business Of Helmet Safety (SI) With attention and money increasingly directed toward player safety, SI surveyed equipment insiders and medical outsiders about the growing helmet industry.
Fact-checking The Fifth Democratic Presidential Debate (Washington Post) Bernie Sanders exaggerated the U.S. homelessness crisis. Andrew Yang’s surprising statistic on paid family leave was spot on.
Bill Belichick Dismisses Antonio Brown Question, Quotes Dwight Eisenhower In Wide-ranging Press Conference (CBS Sports) “Preparation is important for the war, and once the battle starts, you can just throw it all out the window – you play the war, fight the battle. That’s what we do.”
Charles Schwab In Talks To Buy TD Ameritrade, Deal Could Be Announced As Early As Today, Source Says (CNBC) A deal between Schwab and TD Ameritrade would consolidate an industry that has been going through massive disruption. In recent months, all of the major brokerages have announced plans to go to zero commissions.
Unsportsmanlike Penalties Are Still College Football’s Calling Card (538) This season, there have been 188 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, an average of 0.73 per game at the Power Five level. That’s tied for the highest mark through 10 games of any season since at least 2008.
Utah Stepmom Was Topless In Front Of Stepkids Inside Home, Now Facing Charges, Authorities Say (Fox News) If convicted, the woman could be forced to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Here’s The $20 Million Question Hanging Over USC’s New Athletic Director (Yahoo! Sports) Athletic director Mike Bohn has been on the job at USC for less than two weeks, and he’ll watch the Trojans’ final regular season football game against rival UCLA on Saturday.
Uber Embraces Videotaping Rides, Raising Privacy Concerns (New York Times) The company says it is increasing the recording of rides to settle disputes between drivers and passengers and to improve safety.
Jessica Mendoza’s Dual Roles With ESPN And The Mets, And The Dodgers’ Restrictions On Her Access, Have Led To Quite The Debate (Awful Announcing) With Alex Rodriguez leaving his Yankees’ advisor role and David Ross leaving his ESPN job to manage the Cubs, Jessica Mendoza is even more at the center of the team employee/broadcaster debate.
Disney Says It Doesn’t Need Data To Make Great Shows (Recode) Netflix relied heavily on data to make programming decisions. Disney’s been in the business long enough, it doesn’t have to.
A Conversation With Charles Davis (The Big Lead) FOX Sports’ Charles Davis talks about what he learned from letting his ego get in the way of his NFL career, studying history, dealing with social media, growing up as an only child, his views on the business, interests in teaching classes, best novels ever, and more.
AFI Fest Film Review: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ (Variety) Clint Eastwood goes after two of the most powerful forces in contemporary America — the FBI and the media — in this true story of a hero falsely accused of being a terrorist.