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Bengals Bites (7/16) - Accepting Awards

Devon Still accepted an ESPY award last night for his daughter Leah. Plaxio Burress responds to Nick Saban's comments about losing to Ohio State.

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Cincinnati Bengals' Devon Still accepts ESPY for daughter Leah - NFL - SI.com
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYS on behalf of his daughter, Leah, Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Five-year-old Leah, who has shown bravery in her battle with cancer and was released from the hospital last month, wasn’t cleared by doctors to make the trip to Los Angeles to accept her award, but her father took her place at the podium Wednesday night.

Top training camp battles for the 2015 Cincinnati Bengals | isportsweb
For many, training camp resembles the start of a new season and a new beginning. Anticipation and excitement surrounds NFL cities as they all hope their team is the next Super Bowl winner. Fans come to watch newly drafted rookies, excited at the possibilities and potential these players bring. While training camp for the Cincinnati Bengals doesn’t begin until July 27th, its time to start highlighting some of the teams top story lines heading into this years camp. Training camp serves many different purposes for teammates and new signed members. While camp is used to build chemistry amongst players, it’s also a time where teammates must compete against each other for roster spots and starting roles. For the Bengals, this summer holds a few position battles that should shake up the teams starting lineup. Here is a look at some of the Bengals top position battles heading into this years training camp.

Bengals, Reds, LeBron react to Devon Still's ESPY speech
Devon Still captivated America with his moving, deeply personal acceptance speech of the Jimmy V. Perseverance ESPY Award on behalf of his daughter Leah, Wednesday night, in which he profusely thanked the Cincinnati Bengals organization.

Best of the Best: The case for Joe Flacco | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Joe Flacco -- where to start? First of all, he's not Kyle Boller. Seriously, though, the fortunes of the Ravens franchise changed in 2008 when the Ravens, after a bit of draft-day gymnastics that included two first-round trades, ended up at No. 18 and selected tall, strong-armed Flacco out of the University of Delaware.

Browns mailbag: Have the Browns done enough to improve their run defense?
Though we’re still more than two weeks away from the start of training camp, we’re not going anywhere for a long while. An extensive vacation that included stops in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Boston is officially in the past and archived on various social media websites. Let’s get right to a list of questions that didn’t take any sort of break while we were gone.

Why the Pittsburgh Steelers should run the ball more in 2015 - Pittsburgh Steelers Blog - ESPN
You’ve heard about the 30-30 club. Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell could redefine it. 30-20. Less than 30 sacks for Roethlisberger, more than 20 carries a game for Bell. These are modest goals that can vault the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense from a high-yardage attack to possibly the league’s most potent one.

Plaxico Burress Blasts Nick Saban, His College Coach
Alabama lost to Ohio State 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl, and at SEC Media Days yesterday Nick Saban advanced a bizarre theory to explain that loss. He says that team chemistry was harmed by players learning about their NFL Draft grade in the days leading up to the game, and that somehow hurt preparation.

Floyd Mayweather Beaten, Taunted By Woman
The ESPY Awards–a celebration of ESPN’s ability to celebrate celebrities—are being handed out tonight as ESPN takes advantage of the lull in the U.S. sports schedule. We’ve already had one memorable moment, even though the official ceremony has yet to begin. On the red carpet, MMA star Ronda Rousey was given her “Best Fighter” ESPY, a category that included Rousey, Floyd Mayweather, Donald Cerrone, Terence Crawford and Gennady Golovkin. (Although apparently voting is still live? We’re not sure how Rousey already got her award.)