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Both Peron and Jinnies are classically trained dancers with years of experience, but Jinnies said this particular set of auditions was especially rigorous.

Le’Veon Bell’s growing frustration with the Steelers spilled over to social media Thursday, weeks after singing Pittsburgh’s praises, in light of being franchise tagged for the second straight season.

“It’s so hard to be a hero in a city that paints youu [sic] out to be the villain,” the running back tweeted to his 1.49 million followers.

Bell, 26, yearns for a long-term deal with the team that drafted him in 2013. Seeking in the neighborhood of $14.5 million per season, the Pro Bowler will be eligible for free agency next year if he and the Steelers fail to reach an agreement.

The frustration seems to be more with the reaction he is getting from fans than the pace of any negotiations he is having with the team.

Rodriguez came to the Bronx following an MVP season in Texas and after a trade with Boston fell through. He agreed to move to third base, and with Jeter at short, the Yankees won a title in 2009.

The guards led the Knicks to the 1972-73 NBA title in Monroe’s first full season in New York. The Knicks haven’t won a championship since.

“I’ve choreographed for girls who danced on pro teams, I’ve danced with girls on various pro teams, so I thought: ‘Why not me? Why can’t I do this?’”

Peron then showed up for auditions, where he “danced his heart out,” he said.

“This one was about three weeks long and we had a bunch of rehearsals in between and an extensive interview process, but it was really humbling and amazing to be invited every time you came back,” he said. “High emotions, but it was worth it.”

Team captain Emily Leibert said the “intelligent” and “eloquent” men are the perfect fit to break barriers in the testosterone-laden NFL.

“They really just fit the bill to be a Los Angeles Ram cheerleader,” she said. “They are more than qualified to be ambassadors out in the community. They bring so much energy and there’s something so magnetic about their performance. You really can’t take your eyes off them.”jets_142

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The same can’t be said about cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

If Drew Brees gets hurt, the New Orleans Saints are toast. But the loss of a particular defensive player would be nearly as devastating to New Orleans.

No, it isn’t Cameron Jordan. While he’s a fantastic defensive end, the Saints have some youngsters who could soften the blow if he went down.

Reddick: The amount of people at that parade was insane. You come around every corner and there are thousands and thousands — not just standing on the streets, but in parking garages and parking lots. The spaces they were able to find to come out and celebrate was impressive. When you come around every corner in a two-hour parade and see a flock of people just cheering, it makes you feel good inside.

It’s almost like a storybook ending that the Astros won the World Series. You can go back and make a documentary on a team that’s slowly transitioning into a championship team and they come out and do really well. Then all of a sudden — boom — disaster hits. We bring a little normalcy back through baseball, and all of a sudden we’re in the playoffs making that historic run. It felt good for us as players, and it had to feel good for the people in that community who had lost so much just to come out and put it behind them for 3-4 hours.

I had missed this story by Evan Grossman of the New York Daily News on the number of lawsuits former college players have filed against the NCAA. You need to read the lead anecdote. It’s powerful, and it’s similar to some of the stories told by NFL players.

The main point is that these issues continue to grow, and they aren’t going away any time soon.

As a professional ballplayer, in small samples, he has been very good. In 1915, for instance, he led the Red Sox in home runs, despite batting just 103 times. He had more than half the league-leading home run total that year! In his career, he has homered about seven times more frequently than the average AL hitter, and he has doubled and tripled more frequently than the average hitter. By our calculations, he has been about 50 percent more valuable as a hitter than the average American Leaguer, which is about as good during that stretch as Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins and George Sisler — all of them Hale Orb Flatteners. Babe, as a hitter, might well turn out to be a HOFer, too.

Harry Hooper believes he should be a hitter, and so do many of Babe’s teammates. Hooper knows a lot about baseball, and his expertise carries a lot of weight.patriots_083

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Washington announces Alex Smith trade

It seems like months ago that the Chiefs traded Alex Smith to Washington. The teams agreed to the trade on January 30, with the Chiefs getting cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick, but it didn’t become official until now.

Washington announced the transaction, with Smith holding an introductory press conference tomorrow at the team training complex.

Kilgore joins Josh Sitton on a revamped Dolphins line, and gives them some stability after Pouncey refused their generous offer of a pay cut.

The time arguably is right for more football, not during football season but during the seasons when football isn’t normally played. With The Spring League in place and the XFL returning in 2020 and the Alliance of American Football announced for 2019, there will be plenty of options, soon.

The question is this: Will there be plenty of fans?

The Alliance of American Football specifically will posture itself as a complement to the NFL. We want the players to do well, AAF co-founder Bill Polian said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Every Alliance contract is going to carry with it an ‘out’ for any player who has an opportunity at any time to go to the NFL. We recognize we’re not in competition with the NFL. We hope what we do augments what the NFL is doing.

Ebron’s $8.25 million salary would have been guaranteed in a little under an hour, so they parted ways with the former 10th overall pick (who went right before Taylor Lewan, Odell Beckham Jr., and Aaron Donald).

Ebron was productive last year, with 53 catches for 574 yards and four touchdowns. But they didn’t think he was worth the money, so he heads to the market.

The rule that says a fumble into the end zone and out of bounds goes to the defense on the 20-yard line seems illogical. But it’s not going anywhere.

Among the many rules changes the league will consider at next week’s owners’ meeting, there’s nothing about the fumble touchback rule, which many fans have advocated changing so that the ball goes back to the offense at the spot where the ball was fumbled.

Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay said the play doesn’t happen often and the rule doesn’t need to be changed.

Tre Boston is set for unrestricted free agency while fellow starter Jahleel Addae remains under contract in Los Angeles.49ers_121

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Rangers visit Lightning, face familar faces

TAMPA — The New York Rangers hit the road on Thursday to visit Rangers South, also known as the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The meeting at Amalie Arena features a matchup between the two teams that made the biggest deal at the trade deadline on Feb. 26

Tampa Bay acquired defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller from the Rangers in exchange for Vladislav Namestnikov, two prospects and two picks.

The deal brought the number of former Rangers on the Lightning roster to five with Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman, Dan Girardi, Miller and McDonagh. The five players combined to play 2,277 combined games in a Rangers sweater.

While Callahan, Stralman and Girardi, who signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay this summer after being bought out by the Rangers, have all faced their former team before, Thursday’s meeting will be the first for Miller, who has two goals and five points in four games with Tampa Bay since the trade.

But the Rangers’ blue line could get a boost with the possible return of Kevin Shattenkirk, who has been out since Jan. 22 after surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Shattenkirk took part in the team’s morning skate on Tuesday and is expected to join the team for the two-game trip through Florida, though no time table for his return has been established.

“Obviously we’re looking at the next couple weeks here,” New York head coach Alain Vigneault told the New York Post. “Won’t be a lot of practice time, but he is coming along real well, he’s been skating for a long time, his rehab is right where he is supposed to be.”

“I’ve gotten frustrated just for the fact that it feels like I always got to be the fall guy and every other guy has been deserving,” Lillard told ESPN.com. “In the past, the thing has been, ‘All right, my team has been 10 games under .500 or not in the playoffs,’ but every year we’ve found a way to be in the postseason, and this year I think we’re in much better position than we have been in the past two seasons that I didn’t make it.

“I think I’ve gotten over the emotional part of it the last few times that I didn’t make it. Now I’m kind of like expecting it to go that way, but I feel like I should be there.”packers_003

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New Mexico’s starting five was recruited from Sudan, Arkansas, North Carolina, Illinois and California.

They’re obsessing more about the suspension cloud hanging over Ezekiel Elliott and Jerry Jones and the anthem than Dak Prescott and defending their NFC East title in Dallas. The good news: The 3-3 Cowboys will play five of their last nine games at home, and the 3-3 Redskins will be asking Kirk Cousins to carry them behind an injury-ravaged offensive line Sunday night at FedEx Field. The bad news: Four of the Boys’ final nine games are against the Chiefs, Seahawks and Eagles (twice).

They had been pulling their hair out in Pittsburgh, even though the 5-2 Steelers should win the division in their sleep, with Ben Roethlisberger musing again about retirement and Antonio Brown throwing a sideline hissy fit and Martavis Bryant, suspended Sunday against the Lions, proving he hasn’t learned a thing from his 2016 season drug suspension.

The Packers also were left seething about a head shot by Panthers LB Thomas Harris after an interception in the third quarter that knocked WR Davante Adams out of the game with a concussion.

Hardy easily could be ranked No. 1 on this list, and perhaps he should be given the details surrounding the domestic violence incident that led to a 10-game suspension in 2015. Hardy then made several inappropriate comments and was a distraction while playing for the Cowboys. He showed no contrition in an interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter that offseason.

A side note: Turner’s son, Nolan, is a freshman on Clemson’s national title team, coached by Dabo Swinney — his dad’s roomie at Alabama.

Time for colleges and TV to thank taxpayers “for making this game possible.”

Tuesday on ESPNU, taxpayer-funded New Mexico played 942 miles away at taxpayer-funded Boise State.

BSU’s had two from California, one each from Colorado, Texas and Australia.

As long as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has thrown his hat into the sports radio ring, why not use his double-muscle to right some sports wrongs?

For starters, the Mets’ “Winter Special” is a “No Fees” tickets purchase come-on. Imagine that — the price of the ticket is the price of tickets! More evidence that these tack-on fees are what they stink like: unrestricted scams.

Cousins would reportedly welcome a reunion with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. The first-time head coach was Cousins’ offensive coordinator with the Redskins during his first two NFL seasons.
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Los Angeles Chargers: See above, but for Phillip Rivers instead of Eli Manning.

The Eagles’ rushing attack will try to fare better than the Saints’ vaunted one, which was held to 80 yards on 24 carries against the Vikings in the divisional round. They’re better off sticking with their base one-back, three-wide receiver, one-tight end set instead of trying two-tight to run the ball. When the Vikings go into nickel to counter, they take out a pretty good run defender in weakside linebacker Ben Gedeon.

The Lakers had been winless in games without Lonzo Ball this season until their past two outings, both of which saw monster games from Clarkson (available in 51.9 percent of leagues). He has averaged 31.0 points, 8.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds in those two games — unsustainable numbers, but perhaps ones that suggest that he should have a larger role even when Ball (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) are available.

Jordan has been ruled out of Monday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves; his fifth missed game in a row. As mentioned above, Harrell and Johnson are worth considering for streaming/DFS purposes in his absence.

The Memphis Grizzlies are wracked with injuries. JaMychal Green (ankle) is listed as out for Monday, and Jarell Martin (left hand) is listed as questionable. James Ennis III (calf) and Chandler Parsons (calf) are still out, and Dillon Brooks (illness) is listed as questionable.

New York Giants: If the Giants continue to bottom out, they may decide it’s time to move on and rebuild around a new quarterback, while trying to salvage trade value out of a franchise stalwart who’s been there since the 2004 draft. If their season goes really south, they could even be in line to pick a new franchise quarterback at the top of the draft.

That has made it imperative that Nesta Silvera from nearby Plantation American Heritage signs in February. Silvera has been a long-time Miami commitment but is taking other visits and has chosen to make his official announcement on Feb. 7. Miami also has hosted ESPN 300 defensive end Andrew Chatfield and four-star end Dennis Briggs and has interest in ESPN 300 tackle Keondre Coburn, a Texas commit. — Adelsonchargers_034

Belichick urges Patriots to be on time despite weather

With the Northeast bracing to be bombarded with snow, the government in Massachusetts asked people to stay off the roads. Many schools and business closed in advance.

The New England Patriots are not one of those holed up to wait out the storm.

Like I saw that on ESPN. I knew not to come late, he said of the coverage in 2009. I found a couple nice places that are about 15 or 20 minutes away my rookie year and I was like ‘Nah, I’ll do the three minutes away.’ I think guys know that. You see it. You see that around the league when you’re in college. Your season is usually over by now except for a couple teams so you’re following that. Everyone follows the NFL when you play in college so guys know. You know here is the one place where no matter what time of the year it is, if it’s not going well you’ll get fired. Like I always say, the goal every day is not to get fired. So guys know that.

The best part of this story is none of the major outlets — Boston Globe, Boston Herald, ESPN, WEEI — even quote Belichick talking about his rigid attitude toward weather excuses. They don’t need to. The message is so ingrained in the Patriot Way that players know exactly what the coach thinks without a word being spoken.

The 24-year-old ran two red lights before being pulled over and was eventually booked on the following nine charges, which include two felonies.

The arresting officer detailed in the arrest report how Anderson verbally threatened the officer’s wife while in the back of his cruiser. (Warning: Arrest report contains vulgar language)

He continued [to] make other verbal threats towards my family, officer Jonathan B. Hennessy wrote. Based on his statements it was clear that he intended to sexually assault my wife. He also began to brag about how much money he has and how all I was doing was trying to do is ‘ruin his fun.’

Friday marked Anderson’s second arrest in nine months. He was booked in May after pushing a police officer during a dispute at a music festival in Miami.

Anderson had a breakout season on the field for New York in 2017 catching 63 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns.patriots_003_0a18f6101cdee080-180x180

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He has something to say to his opponent on every play and is always on the hunt for the opportunity to make an impact.

The Atlanta Falcons traveled across the country to Los Angeles last week where they pulled off a road upset of the NFC West champions to advance to the Divisional Round with a 26-13 win.

On paper, it shouldn’t have been that easy for the Falcons. The team’s good, but not great; its defense held the Rams to just 13 points after LA averaged nearly 30 points in the regular season. And Atlanta managed 26 points — a number it hadn’t reached since November.

NFL TV rights deals expire in 2022, and 2021 for ESPN, and though more and more viewers are foregoing cable to watch games on apps or stream them online, Crupi doesn’t think it’s likely that a platform like Facebook or Google will swoop in and take the place of a network. “The NFL wants to be on all platforms, but not at the expense of television,” he says. “They understand that there isn’t a delivery system that is comparable to TV. Streaming still isn’t scaling it. I don’t think for a second that the league would ever want to risk having the primary source of delivery be an unproven platform.”

Early in the game against the Bills, he forced a punt when he belted Zay Jones out of bounds before the receiver could reach the ball across the line of scrimmage.

That play came not long after Ramsey broke up a pass to Kelvin Benjamin in the end zone that came with an offensive pass interference penalty to push Buffalo back. Benjamin spent most of his game lined up across from Ramsey and finished with one reception for nine yards.

Johnson’s MJ93-90 Foundation educates children on the importance of capitalizing on their talents and abilities with mentorship, educational programming and encouragement to have a vision for success.

Two years ago, Michael started a program encouraging kids and the Cincinnati Police Department to strengthen their relationship in the community. This year’s program includes a community service component where kids and officers volunteer together. The kids engage in a question and answer session with officers to discuss any concerns they have about law enforcement and the current climate in America.
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Carolina Panthers sale: Is NASCAR mogul Bruton Smith the leading candidate?

bengals_007Jerry Richardson’s surprise announcement Sunday that he will sell the Carolina Panthers after this season has led to widespread speculation about the team’s possible new ownership.

Among the most intriguing prospects: NASCAR mogul Bruton Smith, who has expressed interest in the past in buying the team if the opportunity arose.

Lissemore, 29, missed five games last year and could need a solid camp to make the team.Meanwhile, hormone-crazed Alan Holt pursues some sex for …– With those three out, it becomes, almost by default, more about the moment.Competitiveness often gets talked about abstract ways.They bring them into their culture and surround them with players who want to forgive them.This is a step backwards for Chinese innovations.His two-way play was exemplary and reminded many of the player who had been all-around force for the Avalanche recent years.A better argument is that Sweeney and team president, Cam , need to approach this deadline just as they said they would, with a focus on the present and the future.

Davis delivered the block against Adams during an interception return in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 31-24 win on Sunday. Adams left the game and is in the concussion protocol.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Jon Runyan issued the suspension via a letter addressed to Davis, citing violation of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 (b) (1) which prohibits unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture by “forcibly hitting the defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm or shoulder, even if the initial contact is lower than the player’s neck.”

Runyan continued: “During an interception return, you took a path toward your opponent who was pursuing the play and delivered a violent and unnecessary blindside block to his head and neck area. You have been previously fined for violations of safety-related rules. Your actions yesterday warrant an escalation of discipline, not only because they were flagrant, but also because of your status as a repeat offender.”

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Seahawks’ Quinton Jefferson tries to confront fan in stands after ejection

Asked if he felt it was right to attempt to go into the stands, Jefferson responded: “I don’t know. Was it the right call for him to throw beer on me? I’m just wondering if it was the right call for him to throw a beer on me. Just saying.”

One coaching decision can be the difference in a game, one game can be the difference in a season – if TEN doesn’t make playoffs, on sides kick to open the season is gonna haunt and if BUF doesn’t make playoffs decision to bench Taylor is gonna haunt.

Taylor Lewan, OT, Tennessee Titans: Star left tackle Lewan left the field and was escorted back to the locker room during the second quarter. He was declared questionable to return because of a back injury. He was replaced in the lineup by Dennis Kelly. He was later downgraded to out. Lewan is slated to undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson really likes Todd Gurley.

As the Eagles prepare to face the Rams on Sunday in Los Angeles, Pederson said the 6-1 227-pound Gurley runs with power but has the same kind of patience that has made Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell successful.

Gurley has 939 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in a bounce-back year after he ran for 885 yards last season. He was the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2015, when he ran for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns.
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