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Cleveland Browns: Death, taxes and the Browns cycling through quarterbacks.

Second-round pick DeShone Kizer has already lost his hold on the starting job. Passing on Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson and others the past two years will put pressure on the Browns to use their inevitably high pick to draft one of the marquee college prospects. If they do, they’ll add to the 28 starters used since the Browns were reborn in 1999.

New York Jets: Josh McCown has the Jets in far better shape than anyone could have dreamed. But if former Jet Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the definition of a stopgap QB, then McCown is. He’s been effective, maybe too effective — it seemed certain the Jets would have a shot at one of the top college quarterbacks, but after an anti-tanking start, they may have to trade up. The Jets remain in search of a legitimate long-term answer.

Seattle’s defense entered Super Bowl 49 ranked first in the NFL in yards allowed (267.1 per game), points (15.9 per game) and pass defense (185.6 per game). The greatest strength of Seattle’s dominant squad, the “Legion of Boom,” featured three Pro Bowl-caliber players in Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. How did Brady fare against that?

He set a Super Bowl record with 37 completions and tossed four touchdown passes to four different receivers (accounting for all of New England’s touchdowns). He also came through in the clutch: After the Seahawks got a 10-point lead in the third quarter, he completed 15 of 19 passes for 138 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the 28-24 win.

Maybe so. But Pearl understands that the rest is all but impossible to ignore. Like that limp of his, there are subtle reminders of the quandary in which the program finds itself, such as Wiley’s presence on the scout team rather than in the starting five.

Last week, the NCAA ruled that Wiley wouldn’t be eligible to play this season. Pearl says he’s still holding on to hope of an appeal, and he hasn’t given up on Purifoy, either, whose eligibility remains in limbo.chargers_011

Tom Brady injury update: Patriots QB reportedly received stitches for injury, still ‘zinging it’

Reviews of Tom Brady’s performance during his limited practice Friday may assuage concerns about the quarterback’s throwing hand ahead of the Patriots’ AFC championship game against the Jaguars on Sunday.

While Brady was as mum as possible about the injury after Friday’s practice, his teammates said he looked just fine.

Conrad Burry of Sportslogos.net, who has a strong track record of ferreting out NBA uniform information before it’s officially announced, reported on Monday that he had confirmed the leaks as legitimate.

The Celtics own an offensive rating of 108.1 when Irving is on the floor. That number plummets to a team-worst 97.5 when he’s off the court.

Irving was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star starter pool Thursday, finishing as the top vote-getter among East guards. Through 43 appearances this season, Irving is averaging 24.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds over 32.7 minutes per game.

Hunt, named PFWA Rookie of the Year on Thursday, took an afternoon to enjoy his memorable rookie season. Hunt spent Friday signing cards at a Panini America event at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. It’s quite a whirlwind for the rookie considering where he started in training camp. Hunt was just trying to find a niche behind starter Spencer Ware.

I didn’t want there to be any drop-off on the offense, Hunt said. I knew what I could do, and I just wanted to go out there and make plays.

Hunt helped Kansas City finish 10-6 in the regular season. The Chiefs lost a 22-21 heartbreaker to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC wild-card game on Jan. 6. Now, the Chiefs have a quarterback dilemma with Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes II. Hunt said that’s a situation where there’s no choice but to be prepared for anything and added that Smith was a huge help in his rookie season.

Alex is just such a great leader and he definitely knows about everything about the offense, Hunt said. He knows he is, and when he goes out there he’s tough. I know Alex is a winner, and I love having guys like that on our team. patriots_123_a393b79d8269114e-180x180

Who had the best sneakers of Week 8 in the NBA?

Down 20-19 with eight seconds to go, the Bills left Norwood with a game-winning, 47-yard field goal attempt. He missed. And Al Michaels’ famous “No good … wide right” call became synonymous with blown opportunities in Buffalo.

Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions, neck, (Q), 1:00 p.m. ET: After sitting out the Week 13 game, Abdullah comes into Sunday’s contest again listed as questionable. Last week Abdullah managed just one limited practice on Friday before being listed as questionable. He was a practice participant all three days this week, though, albeit on a limited basis. His outlook is better for this week than last, but his status still bears monitoring prior to kickoff.

Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants, illness, (Q), 1:00 p.m. ET: Darkwa was added to the injury report Thursday due to illness. The positive is that he returned to Friday’s practice for limited participation. Despite the questionable tag, he is expected to be available to play.

Roger Goodell has signed a contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL, ProFootballTalk reported Wednesday, citing a memo sent to owners.

According to the report there was reportedly a “nearly unanimous consensus” among owners to re-sign Goodell.

In May 2017, the consensus was unanimous, but in recent weeks Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly has been trying to keep Goodell from being re-signed.

Terms of the new five-year deal weren’t made public, but multiple reports say Goodell could make up to $200 million, the vast majority though being “tied to meeting financial targets and other incentives,” or even more.

NFL commissioner Goodell’s new 5-year contract worth up to $200 mln, but nearly 90 percent of compensation tied to meeting financial targets and other incentives.orioles_052

The Vikings keep rolling through a favorable schedule to build their NFC North cred.

Who will be the Ravens, Dolphins or Cardinals of this matchup as the team that fails to show up in old England? Like you needed to ask; we had you at Browns.

As far as the MVP talk goes, did you talk to him before the season started about all the attention coming his way?

Look, we’re human, so it’s hard to not hear [the chatter]. We can all see or read or hear everybody. It’s just way too early. That’s all I can tell him: It’s too early. It’s not about how the rabbit starts the race — it’s how you finish the race. No one will remember how you started it. Everybody will remember how you finish.

Before the season started, Neal’s future in Vegas was fairly obvious: He has an expiring contract, meaning he would be a coveted asset before the trade deadline. Moving him for a draft pick or two would be on-brand for an expansion team, especially one whose owner, Bill Foley, has repeated several times that making the playoffs by year three is the plan.

Why is Stanford still alive when the Trojans aren’t? Well, the Cardinal, on life support, didn’t lose by five touchdowns at Notre Dame.

This went badly in a hurry for the Cardinals, who have three times allowed more than 500 yards of offense in defeat since a basketball scandal rocked their athletic department. Is there a relation? Probably not, but there has to be some explanation for it, right?

Just when you thought the Aggies had turned a corner, they lost at home by three touchdowns to Mississippi State. If A&M doesn’t respond quickly, the situation might yet get ugly in College Station.ducks-100

Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke says he stands behind coach Sean Miller in regards to FBI probe

Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke told ESPN that he stands behind head men’s basketball coach Sean Miller after Wildcats assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson was one of four high-major assistant coaches arrested as part of an FBI probe into corruption within college basketball.

Miller declined to comment to ESPN.

“Anytime your program and the university were called into question, that’s hard,” Heeke added. “Sean has been terrific to work with, he has been incredibly forthcoming and forthright with all the things we wanted to do. He and I have continual, open conversations so I feel really good.”

“I know we’ve been diligent from a compliance perspective and that Sean certainly is,” he added. “I have all the confidence in the world that we’ve done the right things and people knew what’s right and what’s wrong.”

The Knicks had taken their biggest lead of the game, 69-46, on Courtney Lee’s layup with 10:38 left in the third quarter. However, the Nuggets responded by scoring the next 13 points to ignite a 27-2 run and they took their first lead, 73-71, on Wilson Chandler’s free throws with 4:42 left in the third quarter. The Knicks committed 10 turnovers during that six-minute stretch.

“We had a lot of turnovers. It was one of the worst quarters we’ve ever had,” Porzingis said. “But, we are going to learn from this game.”

The game was tied 77-77 when Doug McDermott’s 3-pointer put the Knicks back in front for good with 1:09 left in the third.

New York led 84-81 going into the final quarter. Will Barton brought the Nuggets to within one, 89-88, with 9:50 left in the game.raiders_077-223x223

Josh McCown is the latest quarterback to carve up Patriots’ terrible defense

Another team turning heads is the Los Angeles Rams, climbing fast up the ranks after a road win over the Cowboys. Sean McVay has emerged as a Coach of the Year contender after getting LA to 3-1 in his first season.

CBS Sports has the Bills as the eighth-best team heading into Week 5. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, and the Denver Broncos are all in the top 10 as well.

The Rams are No. 9 on Yahoo Sports’ power rankings, and the Philadelphia Eagles climbed to No. 6. Unfortunately for the New England Patriots, they lost to the Carolina Panthers in Week 4, causing them to slip out of the top 10. But the Broncos are finally in the top 5.

So far, 2017 has been another great year for Brady, even though the 3-2 Patriots are off to an uncharacteristically slow start. He orchestrated the biggest comeback victory in Super Bowl LI, broke plenty of Super Bowl records, and recently won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the 28th time — which is the most in league history.

The Kansas City Chiefs lost their first game, in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But Kansas City wasn’t the only team that suffered a huge lost. The Green Bay Packers fell to the Minnesota Vikings, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone — which could potentially end his season.

Reid’s delightful new name for his kicking specialist is a play off Butker’s Twitter handle, @ButtKicker87. The Georgia Tech product, who took over for an injured Cairo Santos, had only 9,800 followers as of publication time, but expect that number to grow after Reid’s post-Monday Night Football name-drop. Butker’s popularity soared early on Tuesday morning — at least in the Chiefs’ locker room.
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The Dodger Way, quoting from William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.”

Here’s how attainable the eighth seed in the East is: About two weeks ago, the entire Sixers team invited Charles Barkley to dinner at Brett Brown’s house. Barkley addressed the players, and told them that as a Sixers alum, he would be rooting for them, according to sources who were there. How nice! Barkley followed up by declaring he would mock them every Thursday on TNT if they missed the playoffs. Everyone roared.

The next night, the crowd of 19,859, as well as the people in the press box and both dugouts, sat mesmerized as Hill skillfully worked his way through the Pirate order. He lost a perfect game on an error in the ninth, but he still had a no-hitter as the 0-0 game went into extra innings. Roberts decided to leave him in because his pitch count was still low and a fairy tale was within reach.

But then Josh Harrison led off the 10th with a home run just over the leaping Granderson in left. Everyone in the park was still in a state of disbelief as Hill walked off the field and into the dugout. There was Roberts waiting for him at the bottom of the steps, to tell him how proud he was of him.

“That’s my job,” he said later. “To be there for them.”

The next afternoon, on getaway day, the Dodgers beat the Pirates 5-2. Granderson got things started with a solo blast beyond right field that plopped into the Allegheny, downriver from the Clemente Bridge. It seemed kind of fitting since Granderson was the 2016 winner of baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award.

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. — The Dodger Way, quoting from William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.”tigers_054-115x115

Seahawks visit L.A. to face suddenly explosive Rams

Pete Carroll will lead the Seattle Seahawks onto the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turf to play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Back when Carroll was at the University of Southern California, his teams filled the historic stadium with a brand of football that was as entertaining as it was successful.

And one of the teams in Sunday’s game arrives with a similar reputation, but can it really be the Rams?

To the players’ credit, they’ve made a handful of plays, new Rams coach Sean McVay said.

Make that a fistful at least. The Rams (3-1) look nothing like last year’s team that was built around a running game stuck in the mud and a defense that bent and broke.

Instead, quarterback Jared Goff has shed a shaky rookie season and is directing a multi-pronged attack that has collected an NFL-high 142 points.

So excuse the Seahawks (2-2) if they don’t recognize this revitalized L.A. unit. The Rams split their two games with the Seahawks last year, but they didn’t score a touchdown in either game.

Chicago’s defense has offered reason for hope in an otherwise ugly start to the season. The Bears are No. 8 in the NFL in total defense with 306.3 yards allowed per game.

However, that defense will be short-handed as linebacker Danny Trevathan serves a one-game suspension for his hit on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams in Week 4. Trevathan initially was suspended two games for the helmet-to-helmet hit before the league cut the penalty.

Both teams have three takeaways this season. The Bears have 10 giveaways — tied for most in the NFL with Cleveland — compared with four by the Vikings.

This marks the 113th meeting with the Vikings leading the series 58-52-2. The Bears have won eight of the last nine meetings at Soldier Field.
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Matt Ryan has three incredible streaks going at the same time

Matt Ryan’s numbers don’t exactly jump off the page at you thus far in 2017. With Monday Night Football still to go, he’s 7th in yardage, 2nd in yards per attempt, and tied for 14th with two touchdown passes. He’s been capable, efficient, and generally terrific, but he hasn’t been making his fantasy owners jump up and down or anything.

Nuts to that, of course, because the Falcons are 2-0 and Ryan’s Mike Mitchell Womens Jersey care with the football is a big part of the reason why. It’s worth noting today that Ryan has not one, not two, but three impressive streaks going simultaneously. Here they are, in no particular order.

“I could pull up my Twitter right now and there Sam Huff Jersey would be a fat comment in there somewhere,” he says. “Like I could tweet, ‘Today is a beautiful day!’ and someone would be like, ‘Oh yeah? You fat.’ I sit there and wonder: ‘What do you get out of that?'”
Lacy notes that he hates that his weight, and his subsequent weigh-ins for $55,000 bonuses, had to go public. He also acknowledges the “China food” meme:

“People are always tweeting at me stuff like: ‘I’m about to go get China food, shout out to Eddie,'” Lacy says. “Or, ‘Hey, Eddie, this China food is why you weigh 260 pounds.’ You want to say, ‘Dawg, that was five years ago. How is something that happened [then] still relevant?’ But nobody cares. The negativity is always there, whether you’re doing good or you’re going through a funk.”
Lacy has supposedly made the weight that the Seahawks want him to be at, but the production was nowhere near what they thought a slimmer Lacy would be at: Five carries for three yards against the Packers, and a healthy scratch in Week 2.

That’s most likely what his focus, and the focus of football fans, will be on at the moment: Not the numbers on the scale, but the numbers on the box score. If he doesn’t get the latter up, Lacy may not remain in Seattle for much longer.

Fox Sports president defends hiring Michael Vick as NFL analyst

Many people didn’t want to see Michael Vick return to the football field, and many still don’t want to hear him talk about football.

Despite receiving backlash and boycott threats for hiring the retired quarterback, Fox Sports president Eric Shanks believes the decision to hire Vick was justified.

If granted, the temporary restraining order, or preliminary injunction, would put on hold Elliott’s suspension, set at six games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Elliott and the players union are accusing the league of conspiring by hiding critical information regarding the circumstances around his suspension for domestic violence.

Elliott was accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, but was not charged with a crime.

NFL lead investigator Kia Roberts, who interviewed Thompson, testified in Elliott’s appeals hearing and recommended the player not be suspended. Roberts doubted Thompson’s credibility, but the league did not include the investigator’s findings in its final report and suspension letter.

Also, Lisa Friel, another NFL investigator, reportedly barred Roberts from attending a meeting with Goodell, where Friel recommended the six-game suspension.

I’ll say this: Agholor’s Week 1 could prove to be one of the best games of his season, as he set a career high in yards (86) and scored a touchdown. Let’s not overlook that 58 of those yards came on an incredible Carson Wentz play. So here’s the actionable: Torrey Smith is rostered in more than 25 percent of leagues. I’d say Agholor deserves to be the second-most popular Eagles wide receiver. Agholor has value in 14-team or larger leagues for now. He is a former first-round pick who had a strong spring and summer. Perhaps he’ll make the leap in Year 3 in the NFL.steelers_012