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Gronk couldn’t last 5 minutes before twerking on ‘Celebrity Family Feud’

Rob Gronkowski immediately started talking about his dance moves on Celebrity Family Feud without much prompting. This was an invitation for Steve Harvey to call Gronk out.
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Landon Turner, G (senior): Turner takes the title of the ACC’s best interior blocker. He’s a strong blocker in the phone booth and will fit right in on an NFL team that runs a power line. He’s not going to be a guard who will get out in the move and pick defenders off in the open field, but he shouldn’t be expected to. If he can turn up his aggression a little bit this season, a spot in the top 100 picks in the draft should be attainable.

Quinshad Davis, WR (senior): Davis was expected to be a sensation a year go, but he had merely a decent season with 41 receptions for 470 yards and six touchdowns. Davis can extend to get some bad passes, which is a necessity playing for the Tar Heels. Although Davis may not profile as a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in the NFL, he has good size and good enough hands.
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Deon Bush, S (senior): As is the case with any of Miami’s draft-eligible players for 2016, a lot can change between now and next April. But of said group, Bush is the player I feel will end up with the highest draft grade by the conclusion of next season. His size, speed and ball-hawking nature should lead to a second- or third-round selection in 2016. With a big season, he could even end up among the first 32 players picked. (More on Bush here.)

Tracy Howard, CB (senior): Tracy Howard has all the tools to be a big-time college cover corner and a high draft pick. But his film needs to match his talent. Additionally, it will help his cause if UM moves him around some this year and lets him cover on the outside and the slot. (More on Howard here.)

Marc Stein makes his picks for the NBA All-Star starters

Game DeVante Parker Jersey When it comes to admiring the staggering numbers that Russell Westbrook and James Harden are putting up nightly, Kyle Lowry is like the rest of us. He too is in awe of the “ridiculous numbers” and admits it has been “unbelievable to watch.”

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He thinks deeply about what it takes — what it means — to be a great quarterback. For years, when he discussed his craft, it was fascinating as he delved into the magnitude of responsibility on each play. But it was also a little sad. You could feel the pressure building inside him as he spoke, almost making the game a little more complicated than it needed to be — the curse of the over-invested.

“Most importantly, foreign players must have the willingness to blend in and be part of [everything],” Shao said. “Many teams now value this quality given Marbury’s story. Some players are willing to do everything to help their teams win while others — who have no intention to stay long in China — just focus on racking up stats for themselves so they can get another job later elsewhere.”

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, the franchise’s most high-profile player over the past two years, will be released. He will be 33 years old in March, his production dropped significantly and he’s due to make a non-guaranteed $7.5 million in 2017. He was also a distraction in the locker room. His boisterous style chafed teammates, creating factions. For the sake of team chemistry, it’s probably best to move on from Marshall and lean on the team’s young receivers. — Rich Cimini

Then-Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford tweeted: ¡°He got a black squeeze!¡±

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The Sacramento Kings rookie center Hassan Whiteside tweeted: ¡°Dirk got himself a black girl hahaha.¡±

Then-Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford tweeted: ¡°He got a black squeeze!¡±

WNBA star Candace Parker used the line ¡°jungle fever¡± on Twitter and wrote ¡°love it¡± after they smooched.

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¡°Honestly, this is the first I am seeing a lot of these tweets,¡± said Nowitzki, when shown the list of tweets that night at the 2011 ESPYS. ¡°That was a crazy time for me with the championship and The ESPYS and I¡¯m glad I got to spend it with Jessica.¡±

Hood will miss at least one game, but he is not expected to be out an extended period of time.

The severity of Hood’s injury was first reported by the Salt Lake Tribune.

“It’s unfortunate, for sure, and unlucky,” Jazz forward Gordon Hayward said Saturday night. “Hopefully, he has a speedy recovery. He’s a big piece of what we do. It sucks to see anybody go down.”

Hood, a third-year guard out of Duke, had 14 points before leaving the game. He is averaging 14.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists this season.

McDermott has discussed with the Bills the staff he would like to put together

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The Kansas City Chiefs were 7-1 against opponents that finished the 2016 season in the top 10 in scoring. And they didn’t collect those seven wins by employing a ball-control offense aimed at keeping the ball away from their high-scoring opponents.

They won most of those games by outscoring their opponents: 33 and 37 points against the Chargers, 26 against the Raiders, 27 against the Saints, 30 against the Colts and 29 against the Falcons. Only in a 21-13 win over the Raiders did the Chiefs fail to surpass their season scoring average of 24.3 points.

The Chiefs might be wise to remember that as they prepare for Sunday’s divisional round playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium. The Steelers are yet another opponent that finished in the top 10 in scoring, in their case tied for 10th at 24.9 points per game. Pittsburgh, in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell, has a collection of skill players that most other teams can only envy.
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Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott is meeting with Buffalo Bills ownership for a second time concerning the team’s coaching vacancy.

Bills owner Terry Pegula and his wife, co-owner Kim Pegula, tapped Bills general manager Doug Whaley to lead the coaching search after Rex Ryan was fired Dec. 27. Whaley, who will enter his fifth season as Bills general manager in 2017, said he was part of a “committee approach” that included team president Russ Brandon when Ryan was hired in 2015.

McDermott has discussed with the Bills the staff he would like to put together, and former San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy is a candidate for offensive coordinator if McDermott gets the job in Buffalo, the sources said. McCoy was the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012 before becoming the Chargers’ head coach in 2013.

Horford is shooting 34.2 percent beyond the 3-point arc this season

The immediate nature of DFS has become a crucial additive to working the waiver wire and free agency in season-long play, while the knowledge base from mature samples in traditional fantasy helps us deftly survey the daily landscape. In the end, we’re simply chasing big box scores in both formats.

Matchup ratings are based upon a scale from 1 (poor matchup) to 10 (excellent matchup). These are calculated using a formula that evaluates the team’s year-to-date and past 10 games’ statistics, their opponents’ numbers in those categories and their performance in home/road games depending on where the game is to be played. The column to the left lists the team’s total number of games scheduled as well as home games, and lists the overall rating from 1-10 for that team’s weekly schedule.
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“I feel like he’s thinking two, three steps ahead of us, of all of us,” Horford said. “It’s one of those things that he sees things on the floor that we’re probably not even acknowledging and he just tries to exploit weaknesses. I remember last year going against [Boston] in the playoffs, we always had a hard time because he knew how to pick at us and find ways to get good shots.”
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Horford is shooting 34.2 percent beyond the 3-point arc this season. He has made 39 3-pointers through 26 games and is averaging a career-high 4.4 attempts per game. More than a quarter of his career 3-point attempts have come this season, his first in Boston, and Stevens has encouraged Horford to keep shooting them.

“I think it’s two things. One of them is I’ve put in the work shooting those 3s and getting comfortable with that shot,” Horford said. “But the other is really Coach allowing me and giving me the confidence to go out there and do it. Coach Stevens has done that and I’m going out there and if I’m getting good looks, I’m taking them.”

The Pelicans have won four straight

Friday provided 10 games the night before New Year¡¯s Eve. If you were out celebrating, as most were, here¡¯s what else you missed in NBA land:

When New Orleans dropped its first eight games and got off to a 2-10 start, the Pelicans plummeted down the Western Conference standings. But Jrue Holiday had more pressing matters to deal with, like doctors discovering his pregnant wife had a brain tumor.

Since 2007, the Patriots have hosted 12 playoff games, while going on the road just twice.

New England¡¯s 14-2 record is even more impressive considering it came with Brady forced to serve a four-game suspension at the beginning of the year due to DeflateGate. The Patriots went 2-0 with backup Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback, and 1-1 with third-string Jacoby Brissett after Garoppolo suffered an injury.
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In Brady¡¯s return, he¡¯s been nothing short of fantastic for the Patriots. In 12 starts, Brady racked up over 3,500 yards with 28 touchdowns and two interceptions ¡ª setting the record for touchdown to interception ratio ¡ª and putting himself in legitimate contention for the NFL MVP award.

Limited Youth Ray Bourque Jersey It wasn¡¯t all Brady for the Patriots, though. No team has allowed fewer points, and New England is also in the top 10 in rushing yards and touchdowns.

The Patriots has proven year in and year out that it¡¯s a dangerous playoff contender, and the team¡¯s path to another Super Bowl goes through Gillette Stadium.

Patriots vs. Jets 2015 live stream: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

The NFL postseason doesn’t officially begin until the second weekend in January. But for the New York Jets, it starts Sunday.

Kurt Coleman Authentic Jersey The 9-6 Jets are currently on the outside of the playoff picture, thanks to losing out on a tiebreaker with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall says he knows this week’s tilt against the New England Patriots will be arguably the biggest game he’s ever played.

“Yes. Absolutely,” Marshall said Tuesday, via the New York Daily News. “It¡¯s because it¡¯s the next one. Obviously it¡¯s the next one and we understand the implications attached to it. So yeah, the next couple will be the biggest games of my career.”

Marshall has never been the playoffs in his 10-year NFL career, despite being one of the league’s most productive wide receivers at times. This season, he’s recorded 1,261 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. Marshall and Eric Decker have combined for 21 touchdown catches this year, which is more than any other Jets receiving duo in history.

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I don’t believe that the Cardinals, or most teams for that matter, have a guy waiting in the wings with the kind of overall skills that Mathieu possesses, which are necessary to try to duplicate his role in the defense.

Bortles played the worst game of his career against the Texans

“He believed in me, drafted me, as well as Dave and [owner] Shad [Khan], but Gus was a big part of that,” Bortles said. “He’s helped me mentally, physically, football, non-football, so any time that happens everybody feels responsible. I know I certainly do. It’s kind of a results-driven business [and] when things don’t go your way somebody’s got to take the fall and it’s usually the leader.

“It’s sad to see that happen. I wish I — and wish we — could have done more to save his job.”

Elite Kids Mitchell Schwartz Jersey Bortles played the worst game of his career against the Texans. He completed just 12 of 28 passes for 92 yards with an interception. His passer rating of 36.6 and passing yards were career lows and he was just 2-for-9 for 17 yards and an interception in the fourth quarter.

As Prescott hands off to Elliott, the quartet of Smith, Leary, Martin and Free battle in breathtaking symmetry, executing a series of nasty, relentless blocks. Smith rocks Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen and lifts him onto one leg. Free, meanwhile, mauls end Danielle Hunter and drives him halfway into the defensive backfield in a way that suggests this is personal.

Joseph, the nose tackle, manages to penetrate to the 44-yard line, but it’s not enough. Elliott makes his critical cut to the right, near the 43, and blows by in a flash, just out of Joseph’s reach.

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Falcons get Devonta Freeman in running rhythm at perfect time

Devonta Freeman wasn’t going down. No chance.

The Atlanta Falcons running back took a second-quarter handoff from Matt Ryan, shrugged off a weak, one-arm tackle attempt by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aaron Lynch, lowered his shoulder to barrel over safety Jaquiski Tartt, then didn’t even flinch as cornerback Rashard Robinson twisted his face mask. It was all part of Freeman’s remarkable 9-yard touchdown run that was an immediate response to his first fumble of the season — right at the goal line — on the preceding drive.
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Devin Taylor Authentic Jersey And Succop was short from 53 yards on the final play of regulation — but it was washed away by Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s timeout. Given a second chance, Succop found the range and lifted the Titans to a 19-17 win that improved their record to 8-6.

“I felt like I hit the first one good, and when it came up short, there was a second in my mind where I wasn’t sure if I could even reach from there,” said Succop, who played for the Chiefs from 2009 to 2013. “So on the second one, I kind of just had to throw technique out the window a little bit and really go after it and hit it as hard as I could.”

During the timeout, Succop said he re-tied the shoe on his plant foot to prepare to go at the kick extra hard.

But earlier in the fourth quarter, Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey had his offense try for a two-point conversion after Derrick Henry’s second touchdown with 3:12 remaining, rather than having Succop attempt the extra point. The Chiefs covered a play that had Marcus Mariota looking to the right flat, and he wound up with a short incompletion.

Tennessee got the ball down 17-16 and moved 40 yards in 1:07 to set up Succop’s heroics.

Reflecting on the 53-yard field goal, Succop said that if given 10 chances at the kick, “I don’t know if I could make one.”

He did, though.

Russell Wilson has a Super Bowl win to his credit and has the Seattle Seahawks in perennial contention

Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson fractured his left foot for the third time since 2015 and is out indefinitely, coach John Fox announced Friday.

“They’re still evaluating if he needs surgery,” Fox said. “It is the same basic injury [he’s suffered before]. They don’t know the exact extent, but it is re-broken and they’re still evaluating.”

Russell Wilson has a Super Bowl win to his credit and has the Seattle Seahawks in perennial contention. Andrew Luck, the No. 1 pick in 2012, can be there, provided injury and ineffectiveness around him in Indianapolis don’t take their toll.

On Sunday night at AT&T Stadium, when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two more quarterbacks with the chance to be heirs to the current 30-somethings will play against each other — Dak Prescott and Jameis Winston.
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J.J. Jansen Game Jersey Winston, the No. 1 overall pick last year out of Florida State, has 8-5 Tampa Bay on a five-game winning streak and in playoff contention. Prescott has helped the Cowboys to an 11-2 record, tied with Brady’s New England Patriots for the NFL’s best.

Despite one more year of NFL experience, Winston is a year younger than the 23-year-old Prescott.

A few years ago, they met at the Manning Passing Academy.

“I like his game. He’s a great leader,” Prescott said of Winston. “It showed in college, to go undefeated and win the national championship as a freshman, you’re doing something right.”

Winston has more touchdown passes in 13 games (23) than he did last season (22). He is completing 61.7 percent of his passes, compared to just 58.3 percent a year ago. After throwing eight interceptions in the first four games this season, he has just four in the past nine games.

Most importantly, Winston has the Buccaneers in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

“At any position, but especially at the quarterback position, experience is still the best teacher,” Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said.