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Bradley Chubb still hopes to crash the top-five party

Before the Colts traded down from the third overall pick in the draft, some thought they would target defensive end Bradley Chubb. Even with an emerging belief that there will be a run on quarterbacks, Chubb still could end up being a top-five pick.

Chubb’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, tells PFT that the former North Carolina State pass rusher will meet with five teams between Sunday night and Monday morning, in advance of his Pro Day workout in Raleigh. All of the teams with whom Chubb will be meeting currently pick within the top seven of the first round.

But Cousins was firm that he wouldn’t sign until he met the coaches and staff—he did not know offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, and didn’t know quarterback coach Kevin Stefanski well. The Jets were two (thanks to Jeremy Bates, and, presumably, a higher offer), Arizona three.

McCartney and Cousins had several conversations about all of the teams. But one point McCartney wanted Cousins to realize about the two teams was this: The Vikings were closer to winning right now, with a talented young base, and the kind of team that could win when Cousins didn’t play his best. The Jets didn’t have as good a supporting cast, and so Cousins might have to be more of a team-carrier there. And in New York, there wouldn’t be the kind of patience there’d be in Minnesota if Cousins struggled. McCartney did say last week that Cousins didn’t take the biggest deal, so that infers the Jets offered more money than the Vikings. In fact, the Broncos felt sure the Jets would be the highest bidders of the four teams.

Another factor to consider in the coming years is how expansion could help Ovechkin. Bobby Orr and Gretzky benefited from expansion. In Orr’s first seven seasons, the NHL went from six teams to 12, to 14, to 16, constantly spreading out the talent. The NHL went from 17 teams to 21 teams for Gretzky’s rookie season.

Expansion generally spreads out the talent pool, thus weakening certain teams — although the Vegas Golden Knights are on their way to winning the Pacific division crown in their inaugural campaign. With expansion to Seattle potentially on the way, this could further thin the waters.

“I wanted the invite to the camp with a chance to make the roster,” Acuna said. “I got it, and now it’s time for me to take advantage. I want to be on the opening day roster in Atlanta. I know I have work to do, and that’s why I’m early.”patriots_050

It’s not that the Browns didn’t get good players.

They did. But they were supposed to get good players with those picks. Does the “Moneyball” approach to football say that it doesn’t pay to get a quarterback?

The anthem for the 1 p.m. games was shown by CBS, but not by Fox, which reverted to the usual practice of selling that time to advertisers on the regional broadcasts. The anthem is typically only shown on telecasts on the Thursday night kickoff game and before the Super Bowl.

“As is standard procedure, regionalized coverage of NFL games airing on Fox this Sunday will not show the national anthem live; however, our cameras are always rolling and we will document the response of players and coaches on the field,” Fox said in a statement.

President Trump had tweeted at NFL players about the anthem, writing Saturday night: “Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!”

Riveron and replay … When NFL owners voted in March to ratify centralized replay — meaning that rulings on instant replay reviews would be made from the league office, with the referee on the field merely consulting — they did so with the belief that Dean Blandino would be overseeing the new system as head of the NFL’s officiating department.

Although defense across the board is a huge need, the Sooners also needed to secure a future replacement for unanimous All-American left tackle Orlando Brown, who left early for the NFL draft. OU did just that in signing Brey Walker from its own backyard. The product of Moore, Oklahoma, just a few miles from Norman, is the No. 5 tackle recruit in the country. At 6-foot-7, 330 pounds, he already has the frame to become OU’s next big-time blindside protector. — Jake Trotterchargers_043

Ben Roethlisberger chucks a lateral to Le’Veon Bell for a last-ditch effort TD

The Steelers kept staying within arm’s reach of the Jaguars on Sunday up until the end. Ben Roethlisberger’s pitch to Le’Veon Bell for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter was one of the more impressive touchdowns.

The relegation round is not televised.The thumb injury likely cost him any chance of winning the starting middle linebacker spot that opened up due to McClain’s latest suspension, but Gachkar could still be ready for Week 1 and significant snaps during the .When the bills were introduced last – they later died at the end of the legislative term – ‘s involvement led to speculation that the incentive could help a number of his proposed projects, from the redevelopment of the former J.L.

At times, there is slippage, but that’s where you have to continue to work to develop those habits.” ENSURING EXTRA SLEEP: Listening to the experts and their players, the has gone to great lengths to lessen the wear and tear of travelling by making some alterations to the marathon-like 82-game .Tye has bulk and a strong pair of hands which makes him a nice target for Manning near the line of scrimmage.

6. Although few of the league’s top decision makers spend the entire four days at the showcase, many trickled in to see their own teams compete and keep an eye on the rest of the talent pool. There are still a lot of teams figuring out how to use open roster spots for the duration of the season, making the opportunity to see every G-League team over the course of a few days especially valuable. As of early Friday, Fourteen of 30 teams still had an open roster spot, and 10-day contracts became available on Jan. 5. It’s a real opportunity to audition.

3. I think the one byproduct of the Browns dropping the ball on the McCarron deal is that the reputation of the Cleveland front office is now surfacing. Teams do not like trading with the Browns. They feel Cleveland’s asking price, or the selling price, is too much of a moving target.

While it may take Iupati a bit longer to develop into a front line player, he could have a and productive career once he settles .Darkest time.The addition of Merrifield meant a demotion for infielder Colon, who was batting .250 with two extra-base hits 16 .But they claim the title as the worst team of the cap that wasn’t actively trying to be bad.

Which is the best team no one is talking about?

Big baller of the night: Brandon Ingram rebounded from his nine-point, two-rebound game against Toronto with 16 points Saturday. He was much more aggressive and continues to show spurts where he can be an effective scorer who is difficult to guard.

The matchup: Rubio was his crafty self with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. But Ball’s opponent didn’t go for a triple-double like Lowry did the night before, and Rubio certainly is capable of doing that.

“He’s a tough, blue-collar kid. He’ll fit this town very well.”

The Panthers would have had to make a decision on a long-term deal after the season for Benjamin. In May, Carolina exercised the fifth-year option in Benjamin’s rookie contract, which will pay him $8.5 million in 2018. That amount is currently guaranteed for injury and will become fully guaranteed if he remains on the Bills’ roster in March.

“Once we obtain this contract, we can renegotiate at any point to extend him, if we choose to do so,” Beane said.

When grading Garoppolo on his ability throw the ball with anticipation, you will find a lot of positives on the tape — especially in the quick game. On throws under 10 yards, Garoppolo went 25-of-32 for 243 yards (78.1 completion percentage) versus Arizona and Miami.

After averaging just 12 snaps per game through the first three weeks, Breida is now getting on the field for 31 percent of the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive plays since the start of Week 4. He’s a proficient pass-catcher and is a safe bet for a few targets each game, which makes him a capable bye-week replacement in the PPR format.nike_patriots-020

The Wolverines return two stars in senior guard Katelynn Flaherty Jersey and junior center Hallie Thome

Twenty-five years ago, Lourdes was the first baseman on the greatest team most baseball fans don’t know about — the 1992 Cuban Olympic team. How good were the Womens Colton Schmidt Jersey Cubans? “I would guess that most of us would have made the major leagues,” Lourdes says. “At least five or six would’ve made the Hall of Fame. Remember — we did win 100 straight international games without a loss.”
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There are four teams that can all look back and wonder how things might have been different had they drafted Watson when they had the chance last spring. All of them would be better off, but only one team wouldve been elevated to a real Super Bowl threat with Watson.

The Wolverines return two stars in senior guard Katelynn Flaherty and junior center Hallie Thome, and they are Jim Otto Youth jersey picked to finish third in the Big Ten. The Wolverines were one of four Big Ten teams — with Indiana, Iowa and Penn State — in the 2017 WNIT.

Four others — Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue and Michigan State — reached the NCAA tournament. The Terps and the Buckeyes were the last two standing before being ousted in the Sweet 16.

Instead of the reduced game plan we are accustomed to seeing when a No. 2 quarterback takes the ball, the Patriots continued to run their scheme with Garoppolo in the game. Think of the quick passing game, play-action, the short-to-intermediate route tree and the core concepts that create space for wide receivers. And that continued in Week 2 versus the Dolphins, a game in which Garoppolo threw three touchdown passes in the first half.

Joe Girardis Yankees averaged 91 wins in his 10 seasons as manager, and they got to within one win of the World Series in a rebuilding year this year, and he was fired Thursday.

NFL finds no wrongdoing by Patriots in Tom Brady concussion probe

The NFL has found no evidence that the Patriots violated the league’s concussion protocol regarding any potential head injury to Tom Brady last season, a league spokesman said Wednesday.

The probe was initiated after Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, said during an interview on “CBS This Morning” in May that the quarterback had suffered a concussion during the 2016 season.

Jackson could not indicate whether Garrett’s availability for Sunday’s home opener against the Steelers would be affected, though Garrett was listed as limited on the team’s injury report.

“We’ll see,” Jackson added. “I don’t want to make medical decisions. I’m not very good at them. We’ll see where we are as we move through the week.”

Garrett is set to undergo a series of tests on his ankle, but a source close to the situation told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Garrett may be sidelined for multiple weeks.

Garrett, 21, had previously been hampered by an ankle sprain during his final season at Texas A&M last year and dealt with a minor foot issue in minicamp earlier this summer, but the injuries are not suspected to be related.

Most franchises in need of general managers hire outside consulting firms for recommendations. Detroit and the New York Jets went one step further, leaning heavily on two former GMs (Ernie Accorsi and Charley Casserly, respectively) before filling their positions with Bob Quinn and Mike Maccagnan — neither of whom had held the position before.nike_steelers_3681

They’re supposed to have three stripes on each sleeve

Thomas and Wilson are irreplaceable, so the Seahawks are building around them. They added depth up front by trading for Sheldon Richardson, who will take over after top selection Malik McDowell suffered what appears to be a career-threatening injury over the summer. General manager John Schneider finally invested in his offensive line, locking up Justin Britt and signing Luke Joeckel to play guard on a one-year deal. Left tackle is still a problem with George Fant’s torn ACL — Rees Odhiambo is the replacement — but if the stars stay healthy, everyone knows the Seahawks are going to be in the discussion come January.

Then there’s this: For the past eight seasons, the Niners’ sleeve stripes have been in this weird limbo. They’re supposed to have three stripes on each sleeve, but most players have had just one full stripe and one or two partial stripes. This year, they’re giving up on the triple-stripe idea and giving everyone two full stripes, which are thicker than the ones used in the past. It’s an odd solution, given that other teams are able to have three full stripes, but at least it’s an improvement (further info can be found in this statement from Roger Hacker, the team’s director of corporate communications).

Kevin Seifert, national NFL writer: Bears over Falcons. Yep, going there. I’m falling for all of the Falcons’ “hangover” storylines. Relatedly, I think the Bears will be much more competent than conventional wisdom suggests. They have a decent chance to control the ball against the Falcons’ defense and limit QB Matt Ryan’s opportunities.

Sometimes Brady eats meat if it’s lean or fish if it’s salmon.

Tom Brady, as far as we can tell, eats basically only lentils and does shots of wheatgrass (not a bean) if he’s feeling frisky. Guy Fieri definitely eats lentils, and all beans, but his beans are probably usually doused in barbecue sauce. Whatever, still counts.

Tom Brady eats lettuce, for sure. He probably eats it on purpose. As in, like, a salad. Guy Fieri seems most likely to eat lettuce on a burger by accident. Still — a leaf is a leaf.

Tom Brady usually doesn’t eat tomatoes, but his chef says that they “trickle in occasionally.” Guy Fieri definitely eats tomatoes, probably mostly as ketchup.

Sometimes Brady eats meat if it’s lean or fish if it’s salmon. Guy Fieri lives in a meat house, sleeps in a meat bed, and brushes his teeth with hot dogs. So yes, this is an area of overlap. Just not when it comes to the fatty stuff.

The Vikings were so convinced they had the tools to be a Super Bowl contender in 2016 that the team traded away a first-round pick to get Sam Bradford when Teddy Bridgewater went down with a knee injury. The team’s offense struggled anyway, but that was mostly the fault of an offensive line that couldn’t create space or protect Bradford.

The offensive line still looks like a big question mark for the Vikings, and it will again have to be on the team’s defense to lead the way in 2017. That’s a similar narrative to the one the Jets had before their collapse in 2016 and the Broncos had before going from Super Bowl champion to 9-7. Riding a good defense doesn’t work as often as you’d think.

Mesmerizing GIFs show NBA stars transforming from rookies to veterans

Today’s NBA veterans have changed a lot since their rookie seasons.

Just check out these amazing GIFs, created by, that show the facial transformations of NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Chris “Birdman” Andersen.

It’s safe to say that Durant has changed the least, while Chris “The Birdman” Andersen has changed the most.

Fox really seems to have turned the corner from a knee injury suffered earlier in the season. He put in his best performances of the campaign during the SEC Tournament, and has tossed up over 17 points per game over his last six contests.

Fox will need to keep improving his strength physically in order to deal with the grind of long seasons, but he affects the game in so many ways on both ends of the floor that it’s difficult to see him not translating in some capacity. If he irons out the jump shot, he could end up being a top-10 point guard at the next level.

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen more of the razor’s edge that Monk lives on as a prospect due to his singular nature of his prospectdom. Monk at this stage is essentially just a scorer, albeit an elite one.

Neither of those mean anything if Thomas doesn’t know what to do with it, of course, which brings us to the final point..

Thomas’ attitude isn’t something we can measure as easily as his scoring ability or the impact his teammates have on his success, but it explains how he’s been able to sustain this historic run. Earlier in the season Thomas told Mass Live that his teammates count on him to carry them in the fourth quarter, and he can “just go out there without a care in the world.” The latter is somewhat reflective in his quarter-by-quarter scoring breakdown.steelers_125

Thomas had gotten a foot caught up with Wizards center Marcin Gortat and hit the floor face first.

“I’m not dealing with that,” Morris said. “I said what I had to say to him. It is what it is. Hard foul.”

Earlier, Thomas had gotten a foot caught up with Wizards center Marcin Gortat and hit the floor face first. Thomas then whacked his head on the nose of Porter with 7:47 to play in the third quarter and, finally, it felt like we had a real Celtics-Wizards series on our hands: There was blood. Porter returned once the bleeding stopped, but before he did, Thomas and Morris each were hit with technical fouls for being too aggressively chatty with each other during the ensuing timeout.

Now, that’s more like it. There has not been much defense played in this series through two games, but we should still get the kind of rough-and-tumble Celtics-Wizards shenanigans that this series was billed to be. And with the Wizards heading back to Washington in a near-desperate situation in Game 3, we could see more.

“We’re not playing tough enough,” Morris said. “We had the advantage late in the game, and all we had to do was play tough. We didn’t have to make shots, we didn’t have to get stops, we just had to play tough.”

Hey, that might mean more blood.

Now we’re talking. This is what an intriguing first-round matchup looks like. Two explosive teams with championship aspirations will clash earlier than they probably would have hoped, but the winner of this series can make a big run.

Russell Westbrook entered the record book with his legendary season. Not only did he pass Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a season, but he also averaged a triple-double (31.6 ppg., 10.7 rpg., 10.4 apg.). He needs help from Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter to win this series, though.

James Harden is ready to lead Houston past his former team after averaging 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game. The Rockets were just 4-5 in their last nine games, but they have an explosive backcourt and a number of versatile bodies in the paint.falcons_098