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Chiefs sign C.J. Spiller again after releasing him twice earlier this week

Spiller was with Kansas City during training camp and the preseason, but was cut earlier this week when the team trimmed down its roster. He was brought back when cornerback Steven Nelson was placed on injured reserve, but was then cut again hours before Thursday’s kickoff.

Spiller is due a salary of $900,000 this season, but there’s a catch. If he was on the team’s roster for Week 1 then that salary becomes guaranteed. Since he wasn’t on the team when they faced the Patriots, that salary is no longer owed to him, unless he ends up playing the rest of the season.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports there’s “real doubt” whether Beckham will play. The three-time Pro Bowler is officially listed as questionable on the team’s injury report and is expected to be a game-time decision.

Beckham injured his ankle in the Giants’ second preseason game against the Browns when cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun hit him just above the right knee as Beckham landed from a leaping attempt to catch a high pass from quarterback Eli Manning. He has not practiced since suffering the injury, though he was seen doing straight-line running while working with a trainer Wednesday and Thursday.

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Bears waive Jeremy Langford after claiming Taquan Mizzell

The Bears waived former starting running back Jeremy Langford, the team announced on Sunday.

Langford’s roster spot went to undrafted running back Taquan Mizzell, who the team claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens.

As Matt Forte’s primary backup in 2015, Langford — selected in the fourth round that year out of Michigan State — rushed for 537 yards and six touchdowns. Langford became only one of three Bears players in franchise history with 100 receiving yards, one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown in a single game.

When No. 11 Michigan and No. 17 Florida take the field for their opener in North Texas on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC), they’ll be dressed well for a high school rave.

Michigan is designated as the away team for this neutral-site game and required to wear a “light” color, which this certainly is, even if it’s not the usual road white.

The first problem, of course, is that Campbell has never played or coached at Ohio State. “Did I say ‘at’ Ohio State? I meant ‘NEAR’ Ohio State,” said Pollard, adding, “Oops, fake news, eh?”

The second, bigger problem is that Ohio State is not in Michigan and does not have the word “Michigan” in its official or unofficial name. “Turns out it’s really difficult to not use the word ‘Iowa’ when you’re Iowa State University.”

Things took a bizarre turn when Campbell proposed new Cyclone uniforms for the ‘Team Out East’ game that don’t include the word ‘Iowa’.
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Skip Bayless: NFL, Roger Goodell making Ezekiel Elliott ‘face of domestic violence’

Roger Goodell was blasted for dropping the ball on the Ray Rice domestic violence case in 2014. But if the NFL Commissioner went easy on the Ravens running back then, he’s going overboard with his six-game suspension of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott now, says FS1’s Skip Bayless.

“We’re going to show everyone that we’re going to take the hottest young Dallas Cowboy, the young star who’s risen all the way up to No. 2 on the list of merchandise sales to Tom Brady, and we’re going to take him down for six games just to show the world how serious we are about domestic violence.”

“I had hoped to keep family matters private, but at this time I have to get the facts out,” Brock said in the statement. “I have never put my hands on the mother of my children, as what has been publicly reported. The information in the police report is untrue.

“I stayed in an unhealthy relationship for the sake of my children, which was not in my best interest. As the case I was involved in has been dismissed, I am eager to move forward and focus on sharing custody of my two children and ensuring a stable environment for them.”

Brock, a two-year starter for San Francisco, concluded by saying he looks forward to continuing his football career. Reports Wednesday indicated a handful of teams had expressed interest in signing him, but coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers weren’t one of them.

The No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 draft came in as the potential savior with his impressive physical skills, but he quickly proved he was skittish under pressure — 40 sacks for 293 yards lost in going 4-10 as a rookie. He didn’t use much of his athleticism and kept getting worse, winning only one of his 12 final starts for the team. He’s now a below-average backup in Arizona.dolphins_075

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top receiver DeAndre Hopkins held out for one full day during training camp

Brown’s current deal averages $8.9 million per year, which ranks him just No. 17 in the league for left tackles. Brown is one of the most reliable players on the Texans’ offense. He’s by far the best player on the line that will have to protect either Tom Savage or rookie Deshaun Watson. But since he’s under contract, the Texans don’t have to back down. They probably won’t, either.

Last year, top receiver DeAndre Hopkins held out for one full day during training camp. He still doesn’t have an extension from the Texans and is set to hit free agency after the season.

So what if Brown’s holdout continues to the regular season? Let’s go to Matt Weston of Battle Red Blog for a breakdown of what it might look like for the Texans:

Without Duane Brown, the Texans’ options are either to move Chris Clark to left tackle and start Breno Giacomini or David Quessenberry at right tackle, or see if Julie’n Davenport can bound from the Patriot League to the National Football League in one summer. All of these options are horrifying.

Ouch. It’s more likely that Brown will make his way back to the team before the season begins. But if he doesn’t, that could be ugly for Houston.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald skipped voluntary OTAs, but did show up for minicamp. He didn’t show up for training camp Friday, though, officially beginning a holdout.

Manning also looked old last season, and Father Time is undefeated. If he can’t play at the level he used to just a few years ago, how high is this team’s ceiling? If he’s nearing the end, how long is their contention window really open? Those are the million-dollar questions facing McAdoo and Reese, both in the present and future.
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Heat’s Josh Richardson blocks Richard Jefferson into oblivion

e’re currently wondering if Heat forward Josh Richardson has ever heard the phrase, “Respect your elders.”

It’s a fair question to ask, considering Richardson blocked Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson into oblivion on Saturday night.

Equally impressive was the hustle Richardson demonstrated to get to that loose ball: He jumped over Jefferson’s limp, rejected corpse.

Poor Jefferson. He was sure he had the easy basket, when out of nowhere comes Richardson to emphatically deny the bucket.

Well, Richardson has the advantage — he is 13 years Jefferson’s junior. Maybe Jefferson’s ring was weighing him down?

In any case, the Heat are taking the Cavaliers to the woodshed, and they led as much 30 in the third quarter of their Saturday showdown.

To do so, he must cash in on the vast potential he’s shown so early in his career. In 2013, he was plucked by the Bucks out of the obscurity of the Greek A2 league, a second-tier league that one scout termed, “the equivalent of Single-A baseball.” There was an air of over-hype around Antetokounmpo from the beginning—there wasn’t even agreement on how to spell his name, which showed up frequently as, “Adetokunbo”—as hazy reports of a point guard with Kevin Durant size trickled in from overseas.

For most, Antetokounmpo was too much a mystery, far more legend than reality. He would be a long-term project, scouts said, and it was assumed he would spend some time playing in Spain (he signed a contract with Zaragoza of the Spanish ACB League) before he made the jump to the NBA. One writer for a national website led off a story with the sentence, “Meet Giannis Adetokunbo, the next big European bust in this year’s NBA draft.”

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Nick Young once tweeted his hate for Golden State fans

What a difference a year makes. During the 2016 NBA Playoffs, Nick Young tweeted his hate for Golden State fans.

If the Boston Celtics’ assembling of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett introduced the term “Big Three” to everyday NBA conversation, the Miami Heat popularized the term unlike any team before or after. Search the phrase “Big Three NBA” on Google Trends and the results shows the use of the term peaked in July 2010, when Wade, James and Bosh signed with Miami.

Oscar Robertson was the original Russell Westbrook, averaging a triple-double in his second year in the NBA. The Bucks averaged 62 wins in the regular season in the four years he spent in Milwaukee, where he played alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob Dandridge to win the 1971 NBA championship. Abdul-Jabbar, who needs no introduction, averaged 31.7 points and 16.0 rebounds per game that season, while Dandridge chipped in 18.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Oscar Robertson averaged a cool 19.4 points, 8.2 assists and 5.7 rebounds in the regular season.

The 2002 Kings nearly toppled the might Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, before losing Game 7, in a season when Sacramento boasted both the league’s fastest and most-efficient offense. Chris Webber averaged 24.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and more than one steal and one block per game, while Mike Bibby ran the offense and Peja Stojakovic averaged 21.2 points as a lethal three-point threat. With a pair of good outside shooters spacing the floor for Webber, the Kings’ threesome would fit nicely and play a very entertaining brand of basketball.browns_003

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Jacksonville only won three games in 2016

The last time the Jaguars had a winning season was in 2007. That year, the team leaned on the combination of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew to rush for the second-most yards in the league. Quarterback David Garrard wasn’t asked to do much and the Jaguars finished No. 27 in pass attempts.

Replicating that blueprint is a good way to hide Bortles’ propensity for providing blooper reels with content.

Jacksonville only won three games in 2016, but don’t blame the defense for that. Only five teams allowed fewer yards than the Jaguars, and that’s despite the fact that the team was near the bottom of the NFL in time of possession and turnovers.

At times, symptoms of concussions don’t show for days. I once had a teammate who felt super dehydrated after a game. He drank liquids for a few days. Went into the facility on Wednesday, still didn’t feel right. They ran him through tests and he passed all of them, but he still felt off. Ended up skipping the game on Sunday because the team and player both decided it was best to be cautious. I’ve also had a teammate not show any symptoms of a concussion, nothing at all, until Tuesday night. So the symptoms of concussions vary for everyone. That’s one reason it’s tough to catch and document all of them.

We have seen players retire early for concerns over CTE and current players get brain scans to determine the possible damage before moving forward into the next season. When a player enters the NFL now, there is no excuse to not be educated on head trauma. The effects of CTE will always haunt the NFL. We’ve made progress, but there’s more work to do.yankees_808_024d9f1b3cd66ab8-180x180

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Isaiah Thomas made every 3-point shot he took without a tooth

Isaiah Thomas shot poorly from three-point range in the Boston Celtics’ first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls. He only hit nine out of 45 attempts.

That was because he had a full set of teeth.

There were several problems with Houston’s three-point shooting in these four games: This is all eye test. I’ll pull some numbers on this depending on what I see in game one, but expect San Antonio to feed LaMarcus Aldridge against Ryan Anderson.

Aldridge is the biggest guy in this series (miss you, Boban) and Anderson isn’t much of a banger who has a career-long reputation for suspect defense.

The Spurs went to Aldridge against Anderson in the post each time they had two big men on the court. The double bigs forced Capela or Nene on to Gasol or Lee and left Anderson to deal with Aldridge.

It will be interesting to watch the teams tinker with matchups as Dewayne Dedmon was a non-factor in the first three games of the series and received limited minutes in game four. Nene is coming off a wildly spectacular playoff run, but the pressure will be on him as Capela can’t contain these Spurs bigs. They exploit his inexperience and often get him up in the air. The Rockets shouldn’t want this match up as badly as the Spurs do want it, but there’s limited versatility for the Rockets.

So it’s a change, it’s definitely a change. We’ll see how it goes.”

Larry Bird, who has never been shy to express his feelings, responded flippantly.

“Well, he don’t make the decisions around here. I’m not going to get in a battle with Paul George on where he wants to play. He’s a basketball player. He can play any position you put him out there.”
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Gary Barnidge released by Browns 1 day after they draft TE David Njoku

After trading up to select tight end David Njoku on day one of the 2017 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns decided to cut ties with veteran Gary Barnidge.

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Hyperbole aside, Blount could probably muster quality performances for another season or two. He hasnt garnered much interest on the open market, so the Giants should be able to land him at a team-friendly price.

And the Giants need help on the ground. Rashad Jennings, the teams leading rusher last year, only managed 593 yards and three touchdowns last season. The Giants moved on from him, and hes still on the market.

Shane Vereen, the teams highest-paid running back, played in just five games last year for the Giants, contributing 158 yards and one touchdown. Hes still rehabbing a tricep that he tore not once, but twice.
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New York has been linked to Christian McCaffrey, but its unlikely the Stanford product will be available when the Giants pick at No. 23. Blount isnt a long-term answer for the Giants at running back, but he could be a cost-effective stopgap to balance out the offense.

Jimmy Butler gets painful high-five déjà vu from his extremely amped Bulls teammate

When it comes to high fives, Jimmy Butler has both good and bad experiences. A good experience would be trolling the other team at the free-throw line with Rajon Rondo whenever they miss. A bad experience would be, well, whenever Bobby Portis gets too excited. If you recall last year, Portis got really intense during a Bulls-Lakers game and gave Butler a much-too-intense high-five. You can see Butler reacting in slight pain here:

That’s why this Purdue fake flea-flicker — which happened in Saturday’s spring game and thus doesn’t actually count for anything — is so delightfully mean.

When the running back, Tario Fuller, takes a handoff out of the pistol formation and turns back to his quarterback, a pitch is supposed to be coming. The back fakes that pitch, confounding the linebackers on the play. They have no chance, and he runs right through them. It’s so rude to do this to your own teammates, especially in a spring game where defensive packages are probably quite vanilla.

I have no clue if Purdue will run this play in actual football games. That the Boilermakers were willing to put it on television during their spring game doesn’t encourage me, but anything’s possible. New head coach Jeff Brohm coaches a fun brand of offense, so it makes sense that the Boilers will be fun soon, too.

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