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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

The Florida Keys experienced massive flooding from Hurricane Wilma in 2005

Meanwhile, on a sad note, longtime Chargers equipment manager Bob Wick was fired toward the end of the preseason. He had been working on the team’s uniforms and equipment for 38 years.

The Florida Keys experienced massive flooding from Hurricane Wilma in 2005, which was a Category 3 storm. The last Category 5 storm to make landfall in the Florida Keys was the Labor Day hurricane of 1935.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Jose has formed over the open Atlantic, following closely behind Irma, the NHC said Tuesday. Jose could become a Category 2 hurricane as it brushes the northeastern-most Caribbean islands at the end of the week. However, Jose poses no threat to the U.S. or Puerto Rico as of Tuesday.

The NHC warned that residents in the Leeward Islands, already expected to face Irma, “should monitor the track” of Jose.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is considering filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. for allegedly using excessive force on him as they investigated an incident at a casino last month.

Hendriks received the A’s nomination for the Roberto Clemente award Tuesday, an honor given to the player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

The idea is similar to the models that make Rent The Runway and Le Tote work for everyday and special occasion clothing, Watkins explained — and especially similar to the brands’ monthly subscription service. Rep The Squad worked with Richard Sherman as a brand ambassador and the company is backed by investors that include Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate and Russell Okung.
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Browns schedule 2017: Cleveland faces AFC North gauntlet in first four weeks

There’s nowhere to go but up for the Cleveland Browns.

How far is questionable. Cleveland is coming off a 1-15 year in Hue Jackson’s first season as head coach. Can the Browns somehow have a .500 or better record in September and December? That was the key to a 10-6 season in 2007. Cleveland will know if that’s even remotely possible after an early-season AFC North round robin.

The Giants defense showed improvement last season, but the ground game was putrid and that resulted in mistakes by Eli Manning. If the G-Men can find a running game and the defense continues to make strides, they might score double digits in the win category. If the ground game is still nonexistent, the 9-7 prediction might be optimistic.

But for Russell, that’s not much redundant at all. Because neither he nor Lin is a pure point guard, he foresees a versatile, ball-sharing backcourt.

“I think it’s a go,” Russell told Sporting News last week at Gatorade’s Athlete of the Year event. “We just go. Whoever gets the ball, let’s run. I complement his game, he complements my game. He’s not a point guard, he’s not a shooting guard. I’m not a point guard, I’m not a shooting guard. I think we’re just basketball players trying to make the best of it.”

Russell averaged 15.6 points (on 40.2 percent shooting) and 4.8 assists last season for the Lakers, but was deemed expendable by the Lakers once it was clear the team would draft point guard Lonzo Ball. He had a rocky two seasons in Los Angeles, but says he bears no ill feelings toward his former team.

“It’s past,” Russell said. “I learned a lot and now I am moving on to a new opportunity. The situation is, you’re with one team and you go to another team and it is completely different. Brooklyn has been open arms from Day One for me, so I am looking forward to it.”
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NFL teams have the upper hand with player holdouts this year

Holdouts are always a big story during training camp. Star players, dissatisfied with their contracts, will sit out to try to force their team’s hand, and fans are pretty split on the approach. Some people think it’s selfish for a player to hold out. But staying home is often the best way for a player to light a fire under a team to get a new deal done.

The real fun begins when those three light beers you drank, for a mere $32, are done filtering through your kidneys. After waiting in line 20 minutes to pee, splashing through the puddle of urine and whatever filth is oozing out of the one overflowing toilet (have you ever pooped at a stadium when it wasn’t an emergency?) and sauntering up to the urinal, you get the privilege of standing next to that guy who wants to talk to you while your frightened, enlarged prostate is making the whole process that much more difficult.

While you’re standing in filth waiting to relieve yourself, you will miss a pick-six, a circus catch, or whatever the one absolute can’t-miss highlight it is that this game will feature. Not to worry — you can catch the replay on TV when you get home.

You could’ve seen that highlight in real time had you opted to save the money and watch the game from the comfort of your own home (where I’m assuming nobody pees on the floor). And you’d have an extra $400-$500 to bet on the games, which is not a huge waste of money, nope. — Ryan Van Bibber

Which game would you pick? We asked Twitter and here’s what they said.
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