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Jaguars work out Kellen Clemens, Austin Davis

The Jaguars have only two quarterbacks on the roster, and starter Blake Bortles is recovering from wrist surgery. Thus, Jacksonville needs another arm to go with Bortles and Cody Kessler.

Jacksonville worked out veteran quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Austin Davis, Field Yates on ESPN reports.

Clemens spent the past four seasons with the Chargers. In 12 seasons, he has played 64 games and started 21. Clemens, 34, has an 8-13 record with a 54.9 completion percentage, 4,053 yards with 16 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

Criticism of James was further fueled by a Miami “welcome rally” the following day at the team’s arena featuring cheerleaders, a brass band, plumes of white smoke, and LeBron inciting the capacity crowd by promising them “not two, not three, not four, not five, not six not seven [championships] …”

The stop in Tennessee is a bit of a homecoming chance for Matthews, who played his college football at Vanderbilt in Nashville.

A former second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, Matthews spent last year with the Buffalo Bills after a trade last August. Matthews played in 10 games with seven starts and caught 25 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown. It was a down year for Matthews after posting at least 67 catches and over 800 yards in each of his three years in Philadelphia.

NFL free agency in 2018 did not need to officially start in order for the biggest moves to unofficially happen.

So which teams have made great signings and trades so far? Which players made out like bandits with their contracts? Although everybody is trying be a “winner,” history proves an open market is bound to create some “losers,” too.

McCallum played six seasons with the Raiders (1986, 1990-94), splitting carries with Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, while early on also fulfilling his commitment to the U.S. Naval Academy. His playing career ended in gruesome fashion: In the 1994 season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, he suffered a dislocated knee, resulting in three torn ligaments and severe nerve and artery damage.

McCallum moved to Nevada shortly after his injury and now lives with his wife, Yvonne, and their four daughters in Henderson, a Las Vegas suburb. He loves the city. “Everyone’s looking to be friends,” he said. He also loves the Raiders, and, for years, envisioned bringing his new home and his former team together, but kept running into the same line of resistance.
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We’ve had our fair chances to put it away, but we can’t find a way to do it.

The Eagles got into the end zone first with a 34-yard Foles pass to Jeffery. But kicker Jake Elliott shanked the extra-point attempt.

Then Stephen Gostkowski missed a 26-yard chip shot of a field goal attempt for the Patriots.

And then Gostkowski missed an extra point of his own.

The Eagles also missed two different two-point attempts, from Foles to Jeffery early in the game and one after Ertz’s fourth-quarter score to take the lead back. Those could have sunk them, but they still managed to pull off the win.

Harmon led the Patriots in picks this season with four. But he had perhaps the best of his career on Sunday, with a little help from Alshon Jeffery.

That shit was some power trip shit, feel me? Like to prove a point. They felt like they had the quarterback to do it with. We don’t need you as a cornerback. Man, you play every game of the season but the Super Bowl. I can’t rock with that. That was a bullshit-ass call. That was a bullshit-ass decision. That was a power trip.

You divide the locker room when you do that. Motherfuckers find out [when] a nigga ain’t playing before the game. You divide the locker room. Cats says they rocking with Malcolm and cats say they rocking with the coach’s decision.

Congratulations to the eagles, but that shit was weak. They deserve that for not playing him.

Thursday marked the ninth time this season that the Wings have lost 3-2 and the 31st time in 60 games that they’ve put the puck in the net less than three times.

Included in that group of setbacks was a 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes when Carolina last visited Detroit on Jan. 20, and Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg recognizes his team’s Achilles heel.

Goals, Zetterberg said. That’s basically what it is. I think we’re going into the tough areas. We’re going there for the rebounds.

We said before, an individual can make a difference, but a team makes a miracle, Pederson told his team.

After Pederson delivered his a team makes a miracle line, his players couldn’t hold back the cheers.

God damn, we made a miracle, dawg, one Eagles player yelled.
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A first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014, Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury during Week 13 of the 2017 season.

Here’s a timeline centered on the injury and recovery efforts of the middle linebacker. (Updated through his Feb. 6 standing ovation at a Penguins game.)

Still, Kraft wasn’t just good — he was lucky.

Coach Doug Pederson echoed those thoughts when not answering a question about whether Foles and Wentz would openly compete for the top job in training camp. That would have been unthinkable query when Foles took over after Wentz, then a strong regular-season MVP candidate, went down against the Rams in December.

But remember how Foles’ counterpart Sunday, Tom Brady, never looked back after replacing Drew Bledsoe 16 seasons ago. It’s a little different this time, with Foles as the seasoned passer and Wentz as the rising youngster, but it’s just as fascinating.

But that’s where the relationship between Patricia and Quinn comes into play. Even if Quinn lets go of some talent in the name of salary cap space, which is projected to be a healthy $44.7 million for Detroit in 2018, Patricia won’t blink. We know that because of his track record with the Patriots in dealing with the departures of Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones, among others.

Change does not intimidate a coach who spent his early career with a team many call a chameleon because of its ability to morph when necessary. The Patriots with Patricia and Belichick were known for week-to-week changes in defensive schemes.

So Patricia possesses the smarts, the personality and the preparation habits needed to succeed as a head coach. And, Quinn claims, he brings the Lions the correct level of leadership, too.

“When we launched the search for our next head coach, I wanted to find a leader that could take us to the next level, and I am confident we have found that in Matt Patricia,” Quinn said. “He has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career, and he’s ready for the responsibility and its challenges.”nike-youth-cardinals-018

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