Month: April 2017

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He’s an OG, having given buckets to Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James alike. Johnson’s a bona fide hooper. That’s why Lillard showed love on Saturday night, and that’s why his young Jazz teammates are blessed to have him.

It was only right for Lillard to pay his respects to a predecessor by turning the game ball over to a player who had put the time in. Just like it was only right for us to show him some love with this post.

We aren’t all that far removed from a time when landing a blue-chip basketball recruit came hand-in-hand with a three- or four-year pass to watch the young man develop and hopefully put himself in a position to become a pro. As such, program stability was much easier to attain. Land one or two great recruiting classes, be a national title contender for six or seven years. The struggle for success in college hoops had little to do with deciphering the formula.

Following approval by team owners last month, the NFL’s officiating chief also will now be responsible for overseeing instant replay challenges and the final call about whether a play stands. Green doesn’t anticipate that being a radical change from the previous system where the referee would head to a sideline booth and review the play before making his own decision.

Listen, we know it’s tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage, and Vines of dudes getting hit in the beans every day. Trying to find all of it while on your way to work or sitting at your desk just isn’t easy. It’s OK, though. We’re going to do the heavy lifting for you each morning and find the things you need to see from within the SB Nation baseball network, as well as from elsewhere. Please hold your applause until the end, or at least until after you subscribe to the newsletter.

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Categories: New York Jets


Mannings emails surfaced this week, bringing up the case from 2014.

Jamal Crawford Mens Jersey The lawsuit claims that Barry Barone, who has been the teams dry cleaner since 1982, used his store to beat up jerseys and other items for locker room manager Ed Wagner Jr. so they would look authentic.

According to the New York Posts original report on the lawsuit, a helmet in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton that was supposedly worn by Manning in Super Bowl XLII against the Patriots is one of the dozens of fake items.

Other fake items include several Manning jerseys, as well as a pair of 2012 Super Bowl helmets. One of the incidents came in 2005, when Manning allegedly asked Skiba for an old beat-up game helmet, signed it, and then put it on the market as a helmet from his rookie season.
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And as for those aforementionedrelatively lean years… in Dan Rooneys 30 years as chairman, the Steelers lost 10 or more games three times. The last time was 2003.

Coming of age around and within a team that was a long-standing laughingstock, Dan Rooney spent the prime of his life building and maintaining a franchise thats among the best not just in his sport, but in all sports.

The national average for yards per play is around 5.8, and despite a shuffled two-deep, SDSU allowed greater than that just twice all year.

The list of play-makers is long, as is Longs résumé. But I have a couple of potential concerns. If the unit does end up regressing, Im guessing its because of defensive end depth or cornerback play.

Marshawn Lynch agrees to terms with Oakland Raiders

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The rumors that have circled about Marshawn Lynch going to the Raiders are close to coming true.

As first reported by Michael Silver, Lynch and Raiders have agreed to terms on a deal that would put the Seahawks running back back in the NFL and with the Raiders so long as a deal with Seattle can be completed. Silver explained later Friday on NFL Network no deal is in place. Both sides still have to cross these t’s and dot those i’s.

Luck missed two games after he was injured, but returned for four games before a lacerated kidney caused him to miss the rest of the 2015 season. He orginally rehabbed his shoulder, but after Luck aggravated the injury in Week 2 of the 2016 season, having surgery became the most reasonable option.

My practice schedule was different and altered 鈥?that made things a little bit more difficult from a preparation standpoint, Luck said of playing through the injury last year. There were a couple of times during the year where I would get hit in an awkward position, in an awkward way. It wouldn’t feel great and it would be a taxing effort to get ready for the next week.
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Luck is expected to miss most of the two-month programs for players during the offseason, although it’s unclear when he will be completely healed.

For now, quarterback Scott Tolzien will get the bulk of the practice reps until Luck can return.

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander apparently isn’t worried he might be tipping his pitches.

The right-hander tweeted “working on my tipping” Monday with a GIF of himself drinking a beer in a pool.

Verlander matched a career high by allowing nine runs Saturday in the Indians’ 13-6 win over the Tigers. He gave up 11 hits in four-plus innings, including home runs by Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall. The 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP also gave up nine runs against the Chicago White Sox on April 6, 2008, and versus Texas on May 25, 2014.

Manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander and catcher James McCann changed their signals throughout the game as a precaution against signs being stolen.
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It was also Pittsburgh Penguins wing Jake Guentzel, now with all of three NHL postseason games on his, scoring his second game-winning goal in the series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

You know what else is good to have this time of year? High-end skill.

Jeff Driskel Kids Jersey But those who have been around it all before will tell you that this is exactly the time experience pays off. Early on when the crushing blow of losing a double-overtime game or trailing in a series happens, maybe that low can sink a team never gone through it.

The thought is that teams like the Capitals, Blackhawks and Sharks, who haven gotten off to the starts they want, are the best equipped to handle the hard times.

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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Categories: Houston Texans


The Zags’ performance this year has been slightly better and a good deal more consistent.

One thing not on this list is “experience,” or “motivation,” or “intangibles.” The Tar Heels do have loads of Final Four seasoning, having been here last year with a core that’s mostly unchanged. They do have a coach, Roy Williams, who’s been in nine Final Fours now and won all the marbles twice. But Gonzaga’s been deep into tournaments plenty of times, too, and Mark Few’s been in high-stakes March games 18 seasons in a row. Everyone wants this badly. Nobody will be overwhelmed.

Kendrys Morales Game Jersey Despite Las Vegas’s two-point preference for UNC, Gonzaga should be considered the favorite. The Zags’ performance this year has been slightly better and a good deal more consistent. But North Carolina has so much talent, and basketball’s such a fickle game, that the Tar Heels will have every chance.
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But the burning hatred that seethes inside Jose Mourinho suggests that there is space for something odd to happen, and the first 20 minutes of the FA Cup quarter-final, in which they weren’t too terrible, suggested that United may have a plan. Tottenham, meanwhile, have consecutive home games against Watford and Bournemouth бн

бн and it’s at this point that our vision of the future starts to creak under the weight of all the competing possibilities. What if Spurs win the FA Cup semi-final? Will that scramble Chelsea’s minds? When does Harry Kane come back, and in what state? And what if Chelsea pick up an injury? And this, and that, and Spurs gonna Spurs, and so on.

Why North Carolina’s good enough to make another run next season

More than its now six national championships, the hallmark of North Carolina’s basketball excellence has been its consistent contention. The Tar Heels have missed the NCAA tournament just three times since 1974, and they’ve finished ranked in the vast majority of those seasons. They’ve been kings of the hill more than almost everybody, but titles aren’t the only standard of greatness. After all, even Michael Jordan only won one national title in Chapel Hill.

Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is innovative as they come so I believe he will find a role for McCaffrey in their offense this season. I believe McCaffrey can be a lead back in the NFL and that he can push C.J. Anderson for the starting gig. Keep in mind Anderson has been inconsistent and injury prone during his career and 2016 fourth-round pick Devontae Booker struggled last season. So the addition of McCaffrey could add a much needed spark to the Broncos offense.

McCaffrey’s versatility allows him to be on the field at the same time as, say, Anderson or Booker. He can line up in the slot and run crisp routes and give the Broncos a true slot weapon. That is something they have lacked for the past few years.
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Add in his contributions in the return game and the Broncos are filling three needs with one selection.

He’ll be an instant fan favorite and hopefully an instant impact player for the Broncos on offense.

Analysis: My big issue with this pick is that we’ve yet to see an offensive tackle get taken in this mock draft, so the Broncos have their pick.

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Ravens vs. Bears 2017 final score: Chicago manages conditions at home to win, 23-20

It took over five hours and overtime to determine a winner, but the mud-caked Chicago Bears managed to withstand a late charge from the Baltimore Ravens and win in overtime, 23-20.

Sunday’s game became a battle of which team could better manage the weather conditions. The first quarter was affected by the incoming storm, but even after the delay, winds inside Soldier Field died down and picked up in cycles, unpredictably altering how the teams could run their offense.
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The Jets will have company for the No. 6 seed in the AFC. The winner of the game between the Dolphins and Chargers will be tied with the Jets, and the Ravens could also draw even with a win against the Chicago Bears.
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The NFC North and NFC East will both have tight races for the division crowd, and the lead could change hands in both after the Week 11 games. With a win over the Redskins, the Philadelphia Eagles have taken over first place in the NFC East as the Cowboys were on a bye week.

This was the kind of game the Cardinals had hoped would be the norm when they traded for Palmer in the offseason. The veteran quarterback has struggled for much of the season, often finding opponents before teammates resulting in far too many turnovers — but on Sunday he was almost perfect. If this can continue the Cardinals will be on track for a playoff push.

Running back Bobby Rainey was the biggest surprise of the week. The second-year running back totaled more yards on Sunday than he did over the span of his career, and the Atlanta Falcons had to way of stopping him.