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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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.

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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.

Uffsides NFL Week 12 preview: Panthers vs. Dolphins

After back-to-back wins over the Niners and Patriots, the Panthers are the new media darlings of the NFC, but a trip to Miami may be tougher than it looks — the Dolphins have won two of three since the Richie Incognito scandal blew up, and their defense is formidable. Matt Ufford and the Uffsides crew preview Week 12’s games and make their picks.

New England Patriots – Kyle Van Noy, Linebacker, BYU: Kyle Van Noy has dropped off a bit since his incredible bowl game to end his junior season. What remains intriguing about Van Noy is his ability to fit into a few different defensive alignments. Bill Belichick will certainly value Van Noy’s versatility and could use some extra depth at linebacker given Jamie Collins’ struggles this season.

The Browns tried to have Armanti Edwards run a read option play on Sunday and it did not go so well. With a little less than seven minutes left in the first quarter, Armanti faked the handoff to one running back, pulled it and ran wide to his left.

But when confronted with a host of Bengals defenders, he appeared to lose his nerve. Rather than pitch it to the other running back along side him or lower his head and take what he could get, Edwards decided a quick back peddle was in order to try to lessen the force of the hit he was about to take. It was frigging hilarious! I kinda wonder if Edwards had to change his game pants at halftime. After a gain of zero on second-and-5, I doubt we will see that play again from the Browns, at least not with Edwards running.

New Orleans Saints – Kony Ealy, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Missouri: Michael Sam has stolen the headlines at Missouri, but Kony Ealy has more potential at the next level. Ealy is as strong as an ox but is comfortable moving around in space. Don’t be surprised if NFL teams want to experiment with Ealy at outside linebacker in pre-draft workouts. He would fit in nicely with New Orleans.

The Bengals had a chance to just about lock up the North when they went to Baltimore this weekend.

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The Patriots were also off during Week 10, and at 7-2 they hold a two-game advantage over the Jets. With New England and New York already playing their two games this season — they split them, with each team defending its home field — it’s going to be tough for Rex Ryan’s boys to catch Tom Brady. The Colts looked awful against St. Louis, but with the Titans and Texans both losing, Indy remains two games up in the South. Indianapolis can take a big step towards clinching the division on Thursday night as they travel to Tennessee.

The Bengals had a chance to just about lock up the North when they went to Baltimore this weekend. Unfortunately for Andy Dalton and Co., a last-minute drive to force overtime was for naught as Justin Tucker drilled a long field goal to give the Ravens their fourth win of the season. Cincinnati still leads Baltimore and Cleveland by 1.5 games.

As for the wild card, it looks to be a foregone conclusion that either the Chiefs or Broncos will lock up the No. 5 seed barring a complete collapse. The final spot is up for grabs, though, with Miami a half-game back and four others just one back of the Jets. Other than the race to land the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage, this looks to be the biggest storyline in the AFC.

Authentic Alfred Blue Jersey The good news for Buffalo is that E.J. Manuel should be coming back this week. He’s the rookie quarterback the Bills were hoping to develop in 2017, but Manuel’s knee injury derailed those plans. They turned to another rookie in Jeff Tuel, and the results weren’t pretty. The Bills were actually leading the Chiefs at halftime thanks to a resurgent defense, but Tuel threw a back-breaking 100-yard pick-six that turned the game around.

Manuel is still a raw talent, but he’s the best option the Bills offense has. Poor quarterback play has squandered an excellent effort by the defense, leading to a 3-6 record.

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Turns out that it’s less psychically debilitating to be yelled at by Greg Schiano than it is to answer 10,000 questions about Richie Incognito. The Bucs finally ran across a team suffering a bigger existential crisis than their own, and the Fighting Schianos notched their first win. They’re also down to their last tailback, but if Mike Glennon continues to progress and Gerald McCoy continues to dominate … could the Bucs get to three wins this season? Dare to dream.

Manning stayed in the game, but was limping around and talking with trainers in between plays. Brock Osweiler did some warming up on the sidelines, but that was all. It’s worth noting that Manning has been on the injury report in recent weeks with an ankle issue, though he was never in danger of missing a game.

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A narrow home win over the reeling Raiders isn’t the stuff of ticker-tape parades, but everyone in the NFC East can at least break out some party poppers as the Cowboys fall back to the pack. The East’s Quest For 8-8 should be an interesting if aesthetically unappealing watch down the stretch. The Giants can at least boast the division’s least-worst secondary, and Andre Brown’s welcome return provides a handy blunt object for an offense that has regressed to Paleolithic levels of efficiency.

West Virginia played hero ball for the final 38 seconds against Gonzaga and lost

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Jevon Carter hoisted up a pair of contested threes for West Virginia with time on his side, and wasted a second offensive rebound as he failed to shake free of Gonzaga’s perimeter defense for a third attempt. With time set to expire he instead threw the ball to an unprepared Daxter Miles, who missed badly, giving the Bulldogs a 61-58 win to advance to the Elite Eight.

Carter dribbled out most of the final 37.9 seconds left in this game on his own without finding an open look or creating for a teammate. He’s just a college kid giving all he can to pull off the upset, but it came back to bite him.

Patton, 26, set career highs last season with 37 catches and 408 yards, playing 68 percent of the offensive snaps for the 49ers. He became expendable when they re-signed Jeremy Kerley and added Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin.

This was the Jets’ first addition at wide receiver. Previously, they released Brandon Marshall, their leading receiver in each of the last two seasons.

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Patton, a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2013, will be reunited with his first position coach, John Morton, the Jets’ new offensive coordinator.

Patton, who started 14 games for San Francisco in 2016, drew praise from the Niners coaching staff for his blocking ability in the run game.