Sean McVay can’t believe how many injuries Rams have already suffered

For the most part, the Rams have been one of the healthiest teams in the NFL since 2017. Sure, they’ve suffered their share of key injuries over the years, but not to the extent that many other teams have.

Things have been very different this season, and it’s only Week 3. Logan Bruss, Tremayne Anchrum Jr., Troy Hill, Daniel Hardy and Kyren Williams are among the players who have already landed on injured reserve for varying times.

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Heading into Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, the outlook is even worse. Cobie Durant and David Long Jr. have been ruled out after suffering injuries in the last week. Brian Allen and Van Jefferson, though not on injured reserve, will miss another game on Sunday, too. Jordan Fuller is also questionable.

The Rams have made a ton of roster moves in response to these injuries (and a suspension), which has Sean McVay absolutely baffled. He can’t remember a time that the Rams have dealt with this much roster shuffling other than games when players missed due to COVID.

“I don’t know if we’ve ever quite experienced some of these injuries and situations – ever. And especially this early,” he said. “It almost feels like COVID-esque type of things. It’s never gonna be an excuse for us. We’ve got to have guys ready to go, ready to be able to step up. It doesn’t seem like too long ago where I was addressing the team before we played these guys Monday night and Reggie Scott comes in and says, ‘You’re losing two key, critical starters’ where we had already lost a handful of guys because they ended up popping a positive COVID. It feels similar to that situation with some of the things that have come up, none of which are an excuse for us not to be ready to go. But whether it’s Takk, whether it’s Kendall, Malcolm, and some of the DBs, there’s a lot of moving parts. I can’t remember a time other than when they had to move the game to Tuesday when we were playing Seattle that we’ve ever had this much going on. Especially before we’ve even played our third game. I mean, holy heck.”

That last sentence says it all.

The Rams will be down three of their top four cornerbacks, their starting center, their No. 3 receiver, their No. 2 tight end and their second-string right guard. That’s not ideal with a divisional opponent coming up.

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Below Deck Med alums Malia White and Katie Flood are ‘Maids of Dishonor’

Malia and Katie pose on Below Deck Med.
Malia and Katie met on Below Deck Med Season 6. Pic credit: @katiefloody/Instagram

Below Deck Mediterranean pals Malia White and Katie Flood are “Maids of Dishonor” as they continue to work together after Season 6 wrapped.

Fans of Below Deck Med know that the Season 6 crew, minus Lexi Wilson, became very close.

While Mzi “Zee” Dempers and Courtney Veale reunited on-screen for Season 7, Katie and Malia have been working together for months.

Malia and Katie frequently highlight their friendship and working relationship via social media.

This week they did it again but with a bit of a twist.

Katie and Malia celebrate one of their friend’s upcoming wedding, and they have an important part in it.

Malia White and Katie Flood are ‘Maids of Dishonor’

Taking to their Instagram Stories this week, Malia and Katie spilled they were having the time of their lives honoring their friend. They also shared that they are happy to be called “Maids of Dishonor” as part of the bridal party.

Malia got the ball rolling with a photo announcing her and Katie’s new title. Malia rocked a short black minidress in the image, while Katie opted for green cargo-like pants and a black top. They were both wearing a sash with “Maids of Dishonor” written across it.

Another picture was a Malia selfie, where she had sunglasses on and once again proudly showcased her bridal party title. The final image was of Katie and Malia with the bride-to-be.

Malai and Katie IG photos.
Pic credit: @katiefloody/Instagram and @maliakpwhite/Instagram

In more pictures from their weekend, Katie shared a group shot. Katie also gave the bride to be her own moment.

Malia then shared a photo of her dancing with her friend, the woman of the hour, the bachelorette.

Katie and Malia share photos from bachelorette weekend.
Pic credit: @katiefloody/Instagram and @maliakpwhite/Instagram

Below Deck Med alums Katie Flood and Malia White have good times together

The weekend fun didn’t stop there as the group took the festivities out for a night on the town. Katie and Malia took the opportunity to let Below Deck Mediterranean fans know they have the best time hanging together.

In one photo, Malia’s taking a selfie of them with a sticker for her podcast, Total Ship Show, front and center on her photo. Another one had them drinking wine, with Malia giving a shoutout to the restaurant Oasi La Pizza in Italy.

The final image was a solo shot of Katie taken by Malia, who once again gave props to their favorite restaurant.

Malia and Katie hang together in Italy.
Pic credit: @katiefloody/Instagram and @maliakpwhite/Instagram

There’s no question that Malia White and Katie Flood became good friends while filming Below Deck Mediterranean Season 6.

Do you miss seeing them on the hit-yachting show?

Below Deck Mediterranean airs Mondays at 8/7c on Bravo with early access on Peacock.

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Halftime reactions | Iowa football leads Rutgers, 17-3, at SHI Stadium in New Jersey

The Hawkeyes scored two defensive touchdowns in the first half. Defensive backs Cooper DeJean and Kaevon Merriweather recorded the TDs.


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Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean runs the ball back for a pick-six during a football game between Iowa and Rutgers at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The Hawkeyes lead the Rutgers 17-3 at halftime.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Thanks to two defensive touchdowns, the Iowa football team leads Rutgers, 17-3, at SHI Stadium. Defensive back Cooper DeJean scored Iowa’s first TD of the day on a 45-yard pick six with just over five minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Strong safety Kaevon Merriweather scored the Hawkeyes’ second defensive touchdown of the day with 8:28 remaining in the opening half. Defensive back Sebastian Castro forced a fumble and Merriweather returned it 30 yards to the end zone.

The Hawkeyes’ third score came from kicker Drew Stevens, who converted on a 25-yard field goal attempt with 25 seconds left in the second quarter.

Iowa’s offense gained 155 yards in the first half. Quarterback Spencer Petras completed seven of his 10 pass attempts for 98 yards. True freshman running back Kaleb Johnson gained 53 yards on nine rushes. Petras, RB Leshon Williams, FB Monte Pottebaum, RB Gavin Williams are responsible for the other four yards Iowa gained on the ground — Leshon Williams and Pottebaum gained 15 yards, but Petras and Gavin Williams lost a combined 11 yards.

The Hawkeyes’ defense held the Scarlet Knights to 150 yards and one field goal in the first half, even with starting cornerback Terry Roberts on the sideline in street clothes and unavailable to play. The Hawkeyes did, however, get LB Jestin Jacobs back from a “soft tissue injury.” The junior missed Iowa’s last two games after he was hurt in the Hawkeyes’ 7-3 win over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in Week 1.

Iowa’s best offense is its defense

Through 3.5 weeks of the 2022 season, it’s safe to say Iowa’s top scoring option isn’t quarterback Spencer Petras, tight end Sam LaPorta, or running back Gavin Williams. At this point, the Hawkeyes’ defense is more of a threat to score.

As things stand at halftime, Iowa’s defense has picked up 75 yards and scored two touchdowns. Defensive back Cooper DeJean scored once on a 45-yard pick six and strong safety Kaevon Merriweather scooped a fumble forced by DB Sebastian Castro and ran into the end zone from 30 yards out.

To Iowa’s credit, it did put together one scoring drive at the end of the half. Outside of Johnson’s few bursts in the first half, which have been revelations for the Hawkeyes, and Stevens’ field goal, the Hawkeyes have failed to generate anything significant on offense.

If the Hawkeyes win this game, it’ll likely be because their defense scores again or holds Rutgers to fewer than 17 points. I’ll call it now, Iowa’s offense isn’t going to score a touchdown.

I don’t suspect a quarterback change will be coming for Iowa in the third quarter either. Petras has completed 70 percent of his passes and backup Alex Padilla never loosened his arm or even took the Hawkeyes’ typical backup-QB red baseball cap off.

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J.D. Vance, Tim Ryan hit campaign trail as Ohio’s U.S. Senate race heats up

LOVELAND, Ohio – Tim Ryan and J.D. Vance both told their supporters on Saturday that they’re leading in the polls for Ohio’s U.S. Senate race.

But they also said they’re not taking anything for granted.

“This race is going to come down to thousands of votes,” Ryan, a Youngstown-area congressman, told an afternoon crowd at an Ohio Democratic Party event in Columbus. “And I have so much faith in you. We have a choice to make.”

Vance sent the same message.

“The numbers have us in the lead,” Vance said at a local Republican Party event in the Cincinnati area. “I don’t trust those numbers if they had us behind or ahead. But let’s be honest, you’d rather be ahead. We’re going to win this race if we do the work.”

Ryan and Vance are hitting the trail with fewer than 50 days to go until the Nov. 8 election. Although Republicans have dominated in Ohio in recent elections, the Senate race has been closer than expected, in part because of Vance’s fundraising woes that prevented him from airing TV ads through the summer.

But thanks to nearly $30 million from a national Republican group tied to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Vance is airing ads and is on equal footing with Ryan when it comes to ads through Election Day. Polls, which have a recent track record of undermeasuring Republican support in Ohio, functionally show a tie race, with Vance leading some and Ryan others.

On Saturday morning, the author and investor spoke in deep-red Clermont County, outside Cincinnati. He addressed a crowd of a few hundred people who drank coffee, munched on pancakes and listened to other Republicans running for statewide office speak. The event is an annual one in the Cincinnati area, and it is a major one on the local political calendar.

Vance, in classic political terms, is trying to make the race a referendum on the policies of Democratic President Joe Biden, who has a low approval rating in Ohio. The race, Vance said, is about high inflation, rising crime levels, border security and a political left that “has gone crazy in this country.”

He also said Ryan, who has geared his campaign commercials toward center-right voters, is not the political moderate he portrays himself to be.

“Let people know that the problems in this country are caused by bad leadership, and to fix those problems, we need better leaders,” Vance told the crowd. “And that’s all this race is about.”

Also among the speakers at the event were Justice Pat DeWine, Pat Fischer and Sharon Kennedy, the three Republican Ohio Supreme Court candidates running to remain on the court. And during his speech, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted gave a pep talk to Republicans while touting the string of splashy economic development projects Gov. Mike DeWine has announced recently, including General Motors’ Friday announcement that it would spend $800 million to upgrade its Toledo transmission plant to make electric-vehicle drive systems.

“Ohio is on the rise,” Husted said.

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J.D. Vance speaks on Saturday to Clermont County Republicans. (Andrew J. Tobias,

The event’s emcee, Union Township Trustee Michael Logue, said in an interview the event sold 425 tickets in just a couple months.

“That tells me that members, the Americans that are in our cities, our townships, our jurisdictions, they’re energized to be able to impact and change the direction of what’s going on in the country right now,” Logue said. “What you see right now is madness.

“Unfortunately, the administration that’s currently in office has lived up to every expectation that we talked about two years ago. We’ve got increased taxes on everyone. We’ve got higher inflation. And we’ve got issues at the border.”

Greg Simpson, a local representative on the Ohio Republican Party Central Committee, said in an interview he feels good about DeWine’s re-election chances.

But with Vance, he said that he sees cause for concern.

Simpson said he recently visited Delaware County, a suburban, traditionally Republican county near Columbus that has trended Democratic in recent year.

“When I was up in Delaware County, a couple of women told me they were strong Republicans, and they don’t like the Supreme Court stepping in and telling them what they can do and can’t do. What’s next, you know?” Simpson said.

Simpson also said he still would like to see Vance campaign more actively, a common complaint about Vance from local Republican leaders over the summer.

“I think he can win, but I think he’s gotta be more aggressive in his approach and how he’s campaigning,” Simpson said.

Rather than a referendum on Biden, Ryan is trying to make voters view the race as a choice between him and Vance. He’s cast Vance as a far-right extremist, tying him to Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who endorsed Vance during the primary election and campaigned with him.

On Saturday afternoon, Ryan told around 50 supporters who met him for a canvassing event in a leafy neighborhood in suburban Columbus that he was in the lead, but the race is close.

“We’re really at a critical stage in the history of this country. We saw what happened in Youngstown a couple days ago with the rally,” Ryan said, referencing ex-President Donald Trump’s rally last weekend, where organizers played a song strikingly similar to a song associated with QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory movement, days after Trump shared a photoshopped image of himself wearing a “Q” pin on his social media platform. “We see how extreme people are getting.”

Asked later whether he was painting Trump voters as extreme as he also sought their vote, Ryan told reporters that many aren’t.

“There’s a lot of Trump voters who aren’t extreme, who voted for Trump because of China, because of trade, because of economic policies. We want those people to know they absolutely have a soft landing in our campaign,” he said. “…But when you start getting into the conspiracies and tinfoil hat stuff, I think that’s dangerous. When you are blatantly saying an election was stolen, you are undermining our democracy.”

At the canvassing event, Ryan was joined by Paul Simon, the legendary folk singer. Simon was in Ohio to appear at some functions for Ryan, including a Friday fundraiser in Youngstown, and that included an impromptu front-yard performance of “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” with a borrowed guitar.

Simon said in an interview he was connected to Ryan through a friend, Wynton Marsalis, a jazz trumpeter.

“I would not venture my political opinion about Ohio politics, cities, counties, towns,” Simon said. “I’m not well-informed enough about that.

“But I am concerned and informed about how our future senator here thinks about some of the larger issues in the country. So I’m here with the added pleasure of just being able to meet people in the street.”

Tina Maharath, a Democratic state senator who represents Gahanna, said she regularly hears about inflation and abortion rights from voters as she has campaigned for re-election.

Maharath said Ryan has needed to mend fences with Asian-Americans and progressives over an anti-China ad that ran earlier this year. But, she said, the Democratic base will turn out for Ryan, and said he’s polling well in her district, which Hillary Clinton won it by 2 points in 2016, and President Joe Biden won by 8 points in 2020.

“They love Tim Ryan,” Maharath said.

Asked about DeWine’s re-election chances, Maharath said women voters she talks to, including abortion-rights supporters, still reference “Wine with DeWine,” the term that emerged to describe DeWine’s daily statewide afternoon news briefings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, she said Nan Whaley, the Democrat who’s challenging DeWine, still is struggling to get her name out there.

“We are in a state senate district that did see Mike DeWine on TV every single day for I want to say like a year and a half because of the global pandemic,” Maharath said. “But they don’t see Nan Whaley on TV.”

During a speech later at the Ohio Democratic Party event in Columbus, Whaley excoriated DeWine, saying DeWine, who opposes abortion, will criminalize the practice following the November election.

Speaking with reporters afterwards, Whaley said DeWine over time showed he wouldn’t “stand up to radicals” in the state legislature on issues like abortion, gun control and gerrymandering.

“On abortion, we see just how extreme he is,” Whaley said. “He’s waited his entire life to be as aggressive as possible to take away a women’s right to her health care decisions. And I think Ohio voters are seeing that every day. We’re definitely feeling that on the ground.”

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5 burnings questions for Rams at Cardinals in Week 3

Cards Wire: If the Cardinals are anything near what they were in the second half last week, they will be very hard to beat. They had the running game going, the passing game going and the defense was making stops.

Against an ailing L.A. secondary, I think the Cardinals can build on last week’s game. The pass protection has been good, so if they don’t turn the ball over and if the defense can make a couple of stops, this will be a great game.

I’ve got the Cardinals stealing a win with the Rams banged up, 27-24.

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Below Deck Down Under beauty Aesha Scott in skimpy bikini soaks up ‘last rays of summer’

Below Deck Med alum Aesha Scott and her signature smile.
Aesha looks fabulous as she gears up to say good-bye to summer. Pic credit: @aesha_jean/Instagram

Below Deck Down Under beauty Aesha Scott isn’t quite ready to say goodbye to summer as she soaks up some sun in a tiny bikini before the cold weather sets in.

Aesha has been having the time of her life this summer traveling around the United States.

The brunette beauty even caught up with some of her good pals from the Below Deck family.

First, she reunited with her Below Deck Mediterranean Season 4 pal, Anastasia Surmava in New York City.

Most recently, Aesha had a mini Below Deck Down Under reunion with one of her favorite Season 1 co-stars.

Throughout all her travels and reunions, Aesha has brought her fashion A-game since she doesn’t have to sport her yachtie uniform.

This week was no exception, as she used social media to give one last shout-out to warmer weather.

Aesha Scott in skimpy bikini soaks up ‘last rays of summer’

Taking to Instagram, Aesha shared a selfie of her lounging by a pool. Sitting on a yellow and white beach towel, Aesha took the picture from up above.

With sunglasses on her face, Aesha rocked a multi-colored strappy bikini that showed off her taut tummy and glowing tan. Only part of her face was featured due to the angle of the photo.

“Trying to soak up the very last rays of summer! It’s already started to turn windy and cold up here in the mountains. Luckily I only have a couple more months and then I’ll be escaping to NZ to hit summer down there 😆☀️,” was the caption on her post.

Aesha also tagged the swimsuit brand Bydee to reveal that’s where she got her stunning bikini.

Before she heads back to New Zealand for the summer season there, Aesha will be making another pit stop in New York City. She will join several Below Deck stars at BravoConn 2022 in October.

Below Deck Med alum Aesha Scott calls Bydee brand her favorite

If Aesha’s swimsuit looks familiar, that’s because she has sported it before on social media. The brunette beauty did a mirror fashion show, rocking a couple of different bikinis from the Bydee brand.

In another post, Aesha revealed that Bydee is her favorite. This time Aesha was wearing a bright orange and yellow swimsuit, while her “my sissy boo Chief Stew!” wore the one featured in Aesha’s IG post above.

Whether she’s entertaining viewers on Below Deck Down Under or via social media, Aesha Scott’s fashion sense is always on point.

As for her future on Below Deck Down Under, well, Season 2 has been filmed, and Aesha’s back as chief stew. However, one of her favorite co-stars has traded in Below Deck Down Under for Below Deck Med Season 8.

Below Deck Down Under airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Bravo. Season 1 is streaming on Peacock.

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