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Buccaneers’ Tom Brady downplays flirtation with Raiders: ‘I chose the right place for me’

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady spoke to the media for the first time since returning from his excused absence, and while touching on the rumors surrounding that brief period, he also discussed the rumors about playing for a different team.
Most recently, it was UFC president Dana White saying that he nearly executed a plan in 2020 to bring Brady and one of his favorite targets, tight end Rob Gronkowski, to the Las Vegas Raiders before it was nixed by then-Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.
Brady, though, was very candid when bringing up these rumors, saying Tampa Bay was the only place he wanted to go after his long tenure with the New England Patriots.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady talks to offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich during an NFL football training camp practice Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Teams with new coaches or new quarterbacks could limit their playbooks early in the season because they missed valuable practice time in the offseason due to the coronavirus shutdown. Even Tom Brady has found it challenging to learn a new system.
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“I read all these different stories about all these difference places I was supposed to go or could have gone. I was only going to go to one place, which was here,” he told reporters after the Bucs’ loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. “I think this whole organization knows that and all the conversations we’ve had over a period of time, I chose the right place for me.”
Brady added that owner Joel Glazer, GM Jason Licht and his head coaches, Bruce Arians and now Todd Bowles, have all done great effort to “make the relationship work.”
“It’s been an amazing relationship and I appreciate everyone for allowing me to come down here and experience this part of my football life, which I look back and probably been incomplete if I had not had it,” Brady said.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) signals at the line of scrimmage against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans.
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Other than the Raiders, the NFL found that the Miami Dolphins was another potential destination for Brady until former head coach Brian Flores filed a lawsuit against the team. Investigation found that the Dolphins spoke to Brady four different times when they shouldn’t have, as they wanted him to play in Miami and even become a minority owner in the franchise.
On his 11-day absence, Brady said “it’s all personal” as to why he stepped away from the game.
“You know everyone’s got different situations they’re dealing with, so we all have very unique challenges to our life,” he said. “I’m 45 years old, man, there’s a lot of s— going on. Just got to figure out life the best you can. It’s a continuous process.”
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But Brady says that his focus hasn’t taken a toll as he heads into his 23rd NFL season.
He played in the final preseason game against the Colts, his only action in a game prior to the start of the regular season, where he connected on six of his eight passes for 44 yards.
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Brady and the Bucs will kick off their regular season against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football on Sept. 11.
Scott Thompson is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.

Washington Commanders’ Brian Robinson ‘in good spirits’ while recovering from attempted robbery shooting

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Washington Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson was shot in an attempted robbery or carjacking in Washington, D.C., the team announced on Sunday.
“We have been made aware that Brian Robinson, Jr. was the victim of an attempted robbery or carjacking in Washington, D.C,” the team wrote in an official statement. “He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is currently being treated at the hospital, where Team officials are on-site with him. We ask that you please respect Brian's privacy at this time.”
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said on Twitter that he also spoke with Robinson.
“He is in good spirits and wanted me to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers & support,” Rivera said on Twitter. “He wants his teammates to know he appreciates them all for reaching out and he loves them all & will be back soon doing what he does best.”
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Brian Robinson Jr. of the Washington Commanders is shown during the NFLPA Rookie Premiere on May 21, 2022, in Los Angeles.
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The shooting reportedly happened at the 1000 block of H St., and according to the Washington Times, police are looking for two suspects who fled the scene. A firearm was also recovered at the scene.
Robinson, a third-round pick out of Alabama in this year's NFL Draft, has been performing well at training camp for his new team behind running backs Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic.
In his first preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, he had 26 yards on six carries with a touchdown while also catching both of his targets for 15 yards. Given that he didn't play in the last preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, it was assumed that Robinson had already made enough of an impression to make the team.
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Robinson, who had a breakout year for Alabama during their national title run this past season, was taken by Washington in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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Georgia Bulldogs' Christopher Smith (29) trips Alabama Crimson Tide running back Brian Robinson Jr. (4) during the NCAA National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 10, 2022.
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In his fifth-year senior year, Robinson rushed for 1,343 yards with 16 total touchdowns. He was an integral piece of a dominant Crimson Tide offense that made it to the national championship game but fell to the Georgia Bulldogs back in February.
Scott Thompson is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.

Colin Kaepernick, girlfriend Nessa Diab welcome first baby

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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and girlfriend, Nessa Diab, welcomed their first baby.
Diab made the announcement via Instagram on Sunday afternoon.
“I thought long and hard about sharing our life changing news today,” Diab wrote in the caption. “I decided to do so because today is the first day in a few weeks where I stepped out for work with a new life title – MOM!

Colin Kaepernick's girlfriend posted about the birth of their first child on Instagram.
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“Colin and I welcomed our amazing baby to the world a few weeks ago and we are over the moon with our growing family.”
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Niab, a radio host and MTV host, called Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, “the most amazing dad” and said she is “grateful that he is by our side for every moment of this journey.”

Nessa Diab and Colin Kaepernick attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019, in New York City.
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Kaepernick worked out for the Las Vegas Raiders back in May, but nothing came of the workout despite reports that Las Vegas was impressed with Kaepernick’s arm strength and conditioning. If anything, it was a positive sign that Kaepernick might be getting calls from other teams.
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On the other hand, former NFL star Warren Sapp said he heard it was “one of the worst workouts ever.”

Colin Kaepernick participates in a throwing exhibition during half time of the Michigan spring football game at Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Kaepernick’s agent, Jeff Nalley, told Pro Football Talk that Sapp’s statement just wasn’t true.
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Colin Kaepernick and Nessa Diab attend the Netflix Limited Series “Colin in Black and White” Premiere at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on October 28, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.
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“I guess Warren didn’t talk to the general manager or the head coach,” Nalley told the football website. “I spoke to the GM several times, and he said they all thought Kap was in great shape and threw the ball really well and encouraged any team to call him about the workout, and he would tell them the same. I’m surprised Warren would say that, because it’s not true, and you would think he would want Kap on a team.”
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Kaepernick has remained unsigned since his polarizing protest where he kneeled during the national anthem during NFL games.
Scott Thompson is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.

Astros’ Yordan Alvarez hospitalized with shortness of breath against Braves; fireworks ‘made it worse’

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Houston Astros star Yordan Alvarez exited Houston's game Friday in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves after experiencing shortness of breath and was taken to an Atlanta hospital.
Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters after the game that the Braves' in-game fireworks made Alvarez’s condition worse.

Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros looks to make a play on a single hit by Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park Aug. 19, 2022, in Atlanta.
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“He’s being analyzed by the doctors,” Baker said Friday night. “They said all his vitals are good. He’s feeling normal, but he still has to see our doctor.
“He was just, he had shortness of breath, and then when they shot the fireworks off, the smoke kind of made it worse.
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“I’m glad we got him out when we did because I looked up and he was in the dugout, and it was kind of a scary moment because it could be anything. But they said he’s doing fine at the moment.”

Houston Astros left fielder Yordan Alvarez during a game against the Chicago White Sox Aug. 18, 2022, at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.
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Alvarez was able to exit the game on his own, and Baker told reporters no one in the dugout had any idea Alvarez was experiencing symptoms during the game.
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“We didn’t see anything,” Baker said. “I just looked up in the dugout and he was there. After that, we had to take it into emergency action to find out what’s wrong, and then the emergency crew came over and took him to the hospital.”

Houston Astros left fielder Yordan Alvarez doubles to right field to drive in a run in the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox Aug. 18, 2022, at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.
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Alvarez is having a big year for Houston, hitting .295 with 31 home runs and 77 RBIs as the Astros sit at 77-44, the best record in the American League.
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“He’s a big, big part of this team,” Baker said. “He’s our big boy in the middle, so we’re not thinking about losing him. We’re thinking about getting him back, and hopefully he’ll be all right tomorrow.”
The Astros signed Alvarez to a six-year contract extension worth a reported $115 million in June.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.

Premium NFL wide receivers can be inexpensive, despite what agent tells ESPN

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ESPN’s Dan Graziano this week traced an exploding market for the top-paid NFL wide receivers. Equally fascinating is the flip side of that story.
The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t traded for a receiver since 2003, haven’t drafted one in the first round since 2006, and haven’t overpaid one in forever. Instead, in 11 of the past 15 years, they’ve taken a second- or third-round WR.

George Pickens #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a catch for a 26-yard touchdown reception as Coby Bryant #8 of the Seattle Seahawks defends in the first quarter during a preseason game at Acrisure Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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This year’s bargain is George Pickens, the league-wide rookie sensation of training camp, chosen 52nd overall in the second round. Pickens combines with Chase Claypool (second round, 2020) and Diontae Johnson (third round, 2019) to give the Steelers a top-5 threesome. They fill out their WR room with fourth-round rookie Calvin Austin III and inexpensive veterans Gunner Olszewski and Miles Boykin. Aggregate cap charge for all six: $15 million.
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Pittsburgh avoids the risky $20 million-plus receiver with this philosophy: Wide-open college offenses are producing NFL-ready receivers at a staggering rate. Nothing is more cost-efficient than starters playing on rookie contracts. Keep drafting them, keep churning, don’t fall in love with them. Outstanding quality at great prices is available every draft in Rounds 2 and 3.
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What NFL clubs agree? Indianapolis QB Matt Ryan is growing comfortable with three second-round receivers: Parris Campbell (2019), Michael Pittman Jr. (2020) and Alec Pierce (2022). Aggregate cap charge for the Colts’ WR room: $9.4 million.

Rashod Bateman #12 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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After trading Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Baltimore heard the pundits’ cries to sign a veteran receiver. GM Eric DeCosta declined, bringing to camp a dozen receivers, all of them age 25 or younger. The group is led by Rashod Bateman (first round, 2021), Devin Duvernay (second round, 2020) and James Proche II (sixth round, 2020). Aggregate cap charge for the Ravens’ WR room: $6 million.
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Similarly, Kansas City GM Brett Veach had decisions to make after refusing Tyreek Hill’s $30 million-per-year demand and trading him to Miami for five draft choices. Veach used one of the Dolphins’ picks on starting CB Trent McDuffie. He used another on WR Skyy Moore, who joins holdover Mecole Hardman and free agents Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Juju Smith-Schuster in a rebuilt WR room that costs only $15.4 million against the cap.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling #11, JuJu Smith-Schuster #9, and Patrick Mahomes #15 look on against the Chicago Bears during the first half of the preseason game at Soldier Field on August 13, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Green Bay, notorious for not having drafted a first-round receiver since 2002, is sifting among nine receivers whose aggregate cap charge is $16 million. Chicago and Atlanta, both rebuilding, will each keep their WR cap expenses under $10 million.
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Police body camera footage shows Marcell Ozuna’s DUI arrest

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Atlanta Braves outfielder and designated hitter Marcell Ozuna was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain his lane of travel early Friday morning.
He was booked at Gwinnett County Jail and released on bond.

Marcell Ozuna #20 of the Atlanta Braves in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
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On Friday, the Norcross Police Department released body camera footage of the arrest, in which Ozuna was pulled over for speeding and failing to maintain his lane.
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In the video, Ozuna can be heard telling the officer that he is “Ozuna from the Braves” as he hands the officer his driver's license and MLB ID card.
After exiting his vehicle, Ozuna tells the officer that he is fine to drive and was celebrating after the Braves won a game.
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After initially telling the officer that he hadn’t been drinking, Ozuna admits that he had “three, four” beers and that he was good to drive as he was headed to an after-party.
Ozuna refused a breathalyzer test and was placed in handcuffs.
On Friday, Ozuna was not in the lineup for the Braves against the Houston Astros and briefly spoke to reporters before the game without taking any questions.
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“I disappointed my team,” he said. “I disappointed my family. I don’t have anything to say more. It’s a legal matter.”

Ozuna's DUI arrest was the second legal trouble he's faced in recent years.
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Ozuna is in the second year of a four-year, $65 million contract with the Braves and is hitting .214 with 46 RBIs and 20 home runs in 107 games.
“The Atlanta Braves are aware of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest this morning and are still gathering all the facts pertaining to the incident,” the team said in a statement. “Our organization takes these matters very seriously, and (we) are obviously disappointed by the situation. As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment until the process is complete.”
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It’s the second time in the past 15 months Ozuna has found himself in trouble with the law. Ozuna was arrested on charges of battery and aggravated assault by strangulation in May 2021 after police officers said they saw him choking his wife. Those charges were later reduced to misdemeanor family violence.

Marcell Ozuna #20 and William Contreras #24 of the Atlanta Braves look on from the dugout during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Truist Park on August 19, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Ozuna was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service, take an anger management course and complete a 24-week family violence intervention program.
He returned to the Braves in March after being placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball and retroactively suspended 20 games in November.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.