Cole Hamels is now a very, very, very rich man


Cole Hamels is now a very, very, very rich man

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a 144 million, six-year contract that prevents the 2008 World Series MVP from becoming a free agent after the season. The deal includes a club vesting option for 2019 and a limited no-trade provision, the team announced Wednesday in a statement. A news conference is scheduled for noon before the game against Milwaukee. It's the largest contract signed by a Philadelphia athlete and second-highest for a pitcher behind the 161 million deal the New York Yankees gave CC Sabathia in December 2008. The deal was originally reported by The 28-year-old Hamels becomes the third Phillies starter making 20 million per season, joining Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. A three-time All-Star, Hamels passed up an opportunity to possibly get more money on the open market to stay with the team that drafted him in 2002. The lanky lefty is 11-4 with a 3.23 ERA this season. He's 85-58 with a 3.38 ERA in seven years in Philadelphia. Hamels has never won more than 15 games in a season, and his 2.79 ERA in 2011 was the only time he was under 3.06. Hamels reached the majors in 2006 after battling injuries in the minors. He went 15-5 with a 3.39 ERA in his first full season in 2007, establishing himself as the team's ace and helping the Phillies win the first of five consecutive NL East titles. He was the team's ace in 08 when he went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five postseason starts. Hamels was MVP of the NLCS against Los Angeles and helped the Phillies beat Tampa Bay in five games for their second World Series title in franchise history. Hamels struggled in 2009. He was just 10-11 with a 4.32 ERA that year, and pitched poorly in the postseason as the Phillies tried for a repeat. Hamels was passed over for veteran Pedro Martinez to start Game 2 of the World Series at hostile Yankee Stadium. Hamels then blew a 3-0 lead in a pivotal loss in Game 3, and New York took the series in six games. Following the additions of Halladay and Lee, Hamels went from ace to No. 3 starter. He began 2011 as the No. 4 starter behind Halladay, Lee and Roy Oswalt. There's no doubt that Hamels is the team's best pitcher this season -- and now richest, too. Halladay is 4-5 and Lee is 1-6.

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Ravens vs. Jaguars Week 3 Report Card: Offense

Ravens vs. Jaguars Week 3 Report Card: Offense

It's time to hand out the report cards after the Ravens' 19-17 win at Jacksonville that gives the Ravens just the third 3-0 start in franchise history.

We begin with the offense, which managed just one touchdown and ranks 25th overall.



Joe Flacco carved up the Jaguars early, completing 21 straight passes at one point. A lot were high-percentage throws, but Flacco was smart enough to take what was there against a soft zone that gave a lot of room underneath.

In the second half, though, Flacco got badly out of rhythm, with several overthrows. He threw one interception where it was clear he and Dennis Pitta were not on the same page, and another when his arm was hit as he threw. Flacco did show some mobility on that surgically-repaired knee, running for a 7-yard score.

He finished 29-for-40 for 214 yards.


The running game continues to be one of the major issues of the young season.

Terrance West (10 carries, 45 yards) did manage a 15-yard run, the Ravens longest of the season, but Justin Forsett (7-20) showed no burst or elusiveness. Forsett caught six passes but totaled just 12 yards. First-down runs are leaving Ravens in second-and-long way too often. Buck Allen has been a healthy scratch in all three games. Is he worth a look at this point? Injured rookie Kenneth Dixon should be back soon and might provide a jolt, too.

Something needs to change.


The Ravens again couldn't establish a running game. Joe Flacco was sacked twice and hit four times, and pressure against Rick Wagner caused Flacco's arm to be hit on one throw that was intercepted.

Ronnie Stanley, who was called for two penalties, was beaten outside a few times. Marshal Yanda was flagged again.

That's officially three penalties this year on the Pro Bowl guard; he had four all of last season.


Dennis Pitta was again a key part of the offense, with six catches for 42 yards, but he and Flacco had some mixed signals on one interception; Pitta broke inside and Flacco's throw went outside. Crockett Gillmore played 30 snaps and was not targeted as a receiver.

For all the talk of Marc Trestman's offense embracing and highlighting the tight ends, Gillmore and No. 3 tight end Maxx Williams have been nonfactors so far.


Steve Smith found some room underneath and finished with eight catches for 87 yards, including a huge fourth-down conversion that kept the Ravens go-ahead drive alive in the fourth quarter.

Mike Wallace (3-34) couldn't haul in a potential touchdown catch, and Breshad Perriman dropped two passes in his hands. The Ravens tried both Wallace (5 yards) and Perriman (2 yards) as rushers on jet sweeps with middling results.

It was clear the Ravens were trying to get some spark for the running game, but that didn't really work, either.

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Jamison Crowder drops Giants special-teamer with obscene juke

Jamison Crowder drops Giants special-teamer with obscene juke

In a game as wild as Sunday's Redskins-Giants affair, where there was more storylines than Game of Thrones, some fantastic plays are forgotten. That's why this blog exists: To remind you of the fact that Jamison Crowder floored Dwayne Harris with one of the silliest jukes you'll ever see, in a move that should have Harris seriously considering retirement.

During the contest's second quarter, Crowder received a bouncing punt deep in his own territory. As the ball was hopping toward him, the second-year receiver was waving his arms in a "don't pick it up" motion, but eventually, he decided to.

Harris is wishing he hadn't.

After shimmying out of one New York tackle attempt, Crowder and Harris met on the sideline. It was here where No. 80 head-faked to the left then exploded to the right, and where Harris went flying into another dimension:

That right there is the Crowder Washington's front office was hoping they were getting as a punt returner coming out of Duke, and it was the first real flash from him in football's third phase. Harris, though, will remember the highlight as the sequence in which he realized the sport just isn't for him.