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Related TopicsCleveland BrownsJosh GordonJosh Gordon Reinstatement In a week and season where seemingly nothing has gone right for the Cleveland Browns, perhaps something finally has. NFL.com along with several other national outlets have now confirmed that highly talented but highly troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon is set to be reinstated on a conditional basis by the NFL, the league announced Wednesday.In a press release just sent out moment ago, the NFL stated, “Effective immediately, Gordon may join the Browns to attend meetings, engage in conditioning work and individual workouts. Subject to compliance with clinical and other requirements, he will be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list and be permitted to practice with the team beginning on Monday, November 20. Beginning Monday, November 27, Gordon will be eligible at the team’s discretion to return to active status or to remain on the Commissioner’s Exempt list for an additional week before returning to active status.”Stay tuned, in the ever dramatic constantly changing world of the Cleveland Browns, who knows what is coming next. Now the countless debates will begin, is he worth the risk? Sound off in the comment section below and let us know how you feel.Browns GM Sashi Brown released the following comments about the situation with Gordon in a release put out by the Browns.“We’ve been informed of the league’s decision to reinstate Josh. The personal well-being of all our players is of the utmost importance to us. We respect and commend Josh for taking the steps necessary to have the opportunity to return to the league. Josh will be in our building in the coming days and we look forward to having him back and sitting with him to discuss his future on our team.” Vince McKee
KEYWORDS Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger Cornerback Mike Hilton and safety Terrell Edmunds also picked off passes, receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (nine catches, 116 yards) and tight end Vance McDonald (four catches, 112 yards, one touchdown) topped 100 yards, and wideouts Antonio Brown and Ryan Switzer also caught scoring passes.The Buccaneers (2-1) received a mixed dosage of “FitzMagic” even though the 35-year-old veteran topped 400 passing yards for an NFL-record third consecutive game. Fitzpatrick, who completed 30 of 50 passes for 411 yards and three touchdowns, had a hand in three of the team’s four first-half turnovers while digging a 20-point halftime deficit.However, he resumed his success with fourth-quarter touchdown passes to receivers Chris Godwin and Mike Evans (six catches, 137 yards), the latter a 24-yarder that pulled Tampa Bay within 30-27 with 5:43 remaining.Pittsburgh was able to hold on via the ground game as James Conner rushed for 49 of his 61 yards over the final 5:43. The Buccaneers were forced to punt on their lone possession during that span.Roethlisberger passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns and the defense intercepted Fitzpatrick three times as the Steelers built a 30-10 halftime edge.The Buccaneers struck first on Fitzpatrick’s 4-yard pass to tight end Cameron Brate midway through the first quarter before Pittsburgh scored the next 23 points.McDonald tossed Tampa Bay safety Chris Conte aside en route to a 75-yard touchdown catch with 5:48 left in the opening quarter. Chris Boswell kicked a 38-yard field goal to give the Steelers a 9-7 edge with 12:14 left in the half.Two plays after Hilton recovered a fumble, Roethlisberger connected with Brown on a 27-yard scoring pass with 10:33 remaining until halftime. Dupree intercepted Fitzpatrick at the Buccaneers 10-yard line and returned it for a touchdown to make it 23-7 with 2:50 left in the second quarter.Roethlisberger tossed a 1-yard scoring pass to Switzer with six seconds to go to make it 30-10.Tampa Bay’s Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 28-yard field goal midway through the third quarter, and the Buccaneers cut their deficit to 30-20 on Fitzpatrick’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Godwin with 11:06 left in the game.Fitzpatrick has started the first three games in place of starter Jameis Winston, who is eligible to return to the team Tuesday after serving a three-game suspension for inappropriately touching a female Uber driver. TAMPA, FLORIDA – Ben Roethlisberger completed 30 of 38 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers collected their first victory of the season, 30-27 over the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.Linebacker Bud Dupree returned an interception for a touchdown as the Steelers (1-1-1) picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick three times. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws a pass against the Buccaneers in the first half on Monday in Tampa, Florida. RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
Philadelphia-based Nerd Street Gamers has partnered with architectural design firm Populous.As part of the deal, Populous will act as the architect of Nerd Street Gamers’ upcoming Localhost venues across the United States.Image credit: Nerd Street GamersRELATED: Nerd Street Gamers to produce Philadelphia Fusion’s homestand weekendsPopulous has worked on esports facilities such as the Esports Stadium Arlington and Philadelphia Fusion’s Fusion Arena in recent times. Nerd Street Gamers plans to build over 100 Localhost facilities in the next five years and Populous will be involved in designing each of them.John Fazio, Founder and CEO of Nerd Street Gamers, discussed the deal in a release: “Populous has the vision the industry needs to create exciting, world-class experiences for players and spectators. We’re incredibly excited to unleash the incredible talent of this team of artists as they help create inclusive spaces for the esports community.”RELATED: Nerd Street Gamers joins forces with Rothman Orthopaedic InstituteNerd Street Gamers raised $12 million (£9.8 million) in its Series A funding round, as announced in October last year. Led by retail chain Five Below, Localhost facilities will be built and connected to its stores. Later that year, the company partnered with We Are Nations to launch retail spaces inside of its venues.Brian Mirakian, Senior Principal of Populous, added: “Esports and the gaming culture is growing exponentially and the industry needs purpose-built venues that match the passion and commitment of its fans and players. We’re eager to usher in a new era of esports with Nerd Street Gamers, one that builds transformative entertainment experiences that engage and excite gamers across the country.”Esports Insider says: Nerd Street Gamers has made huge strides in the past year or so and, as we always say, it’s evidently not slowing down in the near future. It has titanic plans when it comes to its Localhost initiative and having Populous on board in an instrumental role is a great move.Subscribe to ESI on YouTube
Rassie Erasmus has insisted he will never tolerate racism within his squad after a clip on social media appeared to show black Springbok Makazole Mapimpi frozen out by white team-mates.The Bok coach said those who rushed to condemn his side on Twitter had misunderstood a “standing joke” within the squad that saw the starting XV and matchday replacements split into different groups.The clip was posted after the Springboks’ 49-3 World Cup thrashing of Italy in Shizuoka on Friday, with Mapimpi, who started against the Azzurri, walking away from a group of white replacement players.But Mapimpi himself insisted he was doing so because he was not a member of “the bomb squad”, the name given to South Africa’s matchday replacements at this tournament, with the wing saying: “There is nothing wrong. We are one.”ALSO READ: It wasn’t racism at all, says Mapimpi, about ‘whites-only’ Springbok hugErasmus addressed the issue Sunday after naming his side to play Canada in South Africa’s final Pool B match, saying he was bothered by some people’s “negative” interpretation of the clip.“Everybody who has been part of a touring side or a Springbok side knows that in a squad of 31, there are guys who make the (matchday) 23 and the eight guys outside the 23 are called the ‘dirt-trackers’,” Erasmus explained.“Then you get the starting XV and then you get the reserves.He said the reserves had been dubbed “the bomb squad” because they either have to fix things on the pitch or “it’s a false alarm and they are not even going onto the park.”“It’s a kind of standing joke in the team,” said the coach.Erasmus said it was “so sad” the clip had been misinterpreted and stressed: “I would not as a head coach allow anything like that in the team.”Rugby union in South Africa has traditionally been a sport of the white Afrikaner community and making the game more representative has been a thorny issue in the post-apartheid era.The Springboks have seen legal action launched against lock Eben Etzebeth over allegations of racial abuse and assault, which he denies.Erasmus said he had a “really united” and “close-knit” squad, with players of “different languages and cultures.”“We are really representing a country that has a lot of problems but I think this team is representing this country with a lot of pride,” said Erasmus.For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.