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The biggest area where it’s been visible to coaches has been in Mahomes’ ability to recognize what the defense is throwing at him.

red_wings_011Henry, the second-year running back out of Alabama, had his coming-out game against the Chiefs and seems ready to take over as the No. 1 rusher for the Titans, which would mean DeMarco Murray’s time in Tennessee could be coming to an end this offseason. Henry is fresh off of a career-high performance, claiming 156 yards rushing on 23 carries with one touchdown — in addition to two receptions for 35 yards. It’s clear that Tennessee’s success on offense is directly related to the success of Mariota and Henry.

If a certain coach (looking at you, Jon Gruden) leaves ESPN to join the Raiders, perhaps there’s an immediate spot for Arians to fill in.

Whether he does or not, if somebody picks Arians up for TV, they’ll be getting a good one. It’s safe to say by his reaction in telling his players he was done — he puts everything he has into what he does.

Mahomes getting in his work, too. Of all the rookie quarterbacks, things seem to be quietest around Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. That makes sense since his chances of starting were probably bleakest of the four guys who were drafted in the first 50 picks. Coming from Texas Tech, his learning curve was steep, for sure, but he also landed with a playoff team that had a veteran going into his fifth year as starter there. And nothing has changed there, of course. Alex Smith will be Andy Reid’s starter next Thursday in Foxboro. But that doesn’t mean progress hasn’t come.

As one coach explained it to me, Mahomes would break the huddle in May and just see 11 defenders. At this point, in late August, he’s identifying the front, and the number of defensive backs and linebackers and defensive linemen on the field, while also taking steps in making protection calls.

Mike Shanahan had a great theory on this—he wanted to draft Russell Wilson [in 2012], because if something happened to Robert [Griffin], the transition would be clean and easy. So Kaepernick almost has to be in a place where they’ll build a system for him, and teams don’t do that for backups. That’s why his name never even came up here.”

NFL explains Kelvin Benjamin TD catch reversal in Bills-Patriots game

Those who don’t like the NFL’s interpretations of its rules on how to complete a catch are not happy about this one.

Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin appeared to complete a beautiful, 4-yard touchdown catch just before halftime of Buffalo’s 37-16 loss in New England on Sunday. The call on the field of a TD, however, was reversed upon replay review and ruled an incomplete pass.

NFL vice president of officiating Al Riveron ruled that when Benjamin gained control of the football, his left foot was not touching the ground.

CW: I think we looked at the angle where we had a foot drag early before he had control, and then we looked at when he had control and then we went back again to look at the feet. It was determined clearly that he was not able to get his second foot down after he had control.

Belichick was reportedly the main person behind the change, and although Belichick declined to address the matter on Monday in his weekly interview on WEEI, Brady offered insight into his relationship with Guerrero.

“I don’t have any comment on that other than to say Alex, it’s been well-documented, has been a huge part of what I do, and I’m so fortunate to have him not only as a friend, but with everything that we’ve been able to do together,” Brady told WEEI.

Brady added that Guerrero “has been a huge, huge reason” why he’s still playing at age 40.

Tension between Belichick and Guerrero date back to 2015, when reports said the Patriots’ medical and training staff were concerned Guerrero’s alternative treatments clashed with the team’s methods. According to the Globe, Belichick indicated to the training staff that his “hands were tied” because of Brady’s elite status on the team.

It’s already been entire year..Gwynn was playing a baseball video game with his kid.I have no problem reaching out to him.If we ‘t, I got to keep pitching.
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Dorial Green-Beckham arrested on DWI charge in Missouri

Free-agent wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested on Saturday in Missouri and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to the Missouri state highway patrol.

According to police, Green-Beckham was arrested in Greene County shortly before 3 a.m. CT. In addition to DWI, he was charged with failure to display valid plates and a window tint violation.

Green-Beckham, a 2015 second-round pick by the Tennessee Titans, was released by the Eagles after one season in July. Philadelphia acquired him from Tennessee in August 2016.

The 6-foot-5, 237-pound Green-Beckham finished 2016 with 36 catches for 392 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles.

Green-Beckham was not signed by another team after being released by Philadelphia, and he did not play in the NFL during the 2017 season.

It’s not that the NFL, with less than two months to play, is hard to predict now — it’s just that there are a lot of teams winning that we’re not used to see rolling over the competition so frequently. Teams like the Saints.

Expectations have been low at the time but he has paid big dividends.It was back and forth during the second set, but the Aggies secured the final point of the match with a final decision of 4.

The Bears were poised to take their game against the Lions to overtime. Mitchell Trubisky led the Bears on a touchdown drive to tie things up, and the Lions answered with a field goal. Trubisky got the Bears in field goal range, but Connor Barth’s kick went wide right, and the Bears lost 27-24.

The Ravens’ defense pulled off their second shutout of the season, handing the Packers a 23-0 loss in Lambeau Field. It happened exactly 11 years to the day after Green Bay’s last shutout loss at home.nike_redskins_2313

Washington has had multiple opportunities this season to leapfrog the Cowboys in the division and have failed at every turn.

DeMarcus Lawrence might be the Defensive Player of the Year — Lawrence had two sacks to increase his season total to an NFL-best 13 1/2. He was the catalyst for the Cowboys defensive front and has been the one constant this season. Even without defensive leader Sean Lee, the Cowboys defense dominated Washington’s beat-up offensive line. Lawrence was dinged up after David Irving’s huge hit on Cousins knocked the quarterback back into Lawrence.

On the other hand, Fox experienced an advertising windfall when MLB’s Astros-Dodgers World Series, and the Yankees-Astros American League Championship Series, both reached seven games. MLB TV networks typically budget for a five-game series, said a source. The ad dollars collected from six and seven game series is gravy.

Fox is far from the only sports TV network dealing with business challenges in the depressed sports TV environment. ESPN just laid off 150 staffers during the holiday season. Over two years, ESPN has pink-slipped 550 employees both in front of and behind the camera.

Browns coach Hue Jackson believes his team’s best chance to get its first win is for to force the ball into Brett Hundley’s hand. Despite not having Rodgers, the Packers have stayed alive in the playoff hunt because of their running game. The Browns defense will get back defensive tackle Danny Shelton and safety Jabrill Peppers from injury.

Pittsburgh is coming off a 40-17 thrashing of the Titans last Thursday. Things could be worse for the Packers on Sunday night. Green Bay was shut out at home for the first time since 2006 with last Sunday’s 23-0 loss to the Ravens.

The Packers are scoring 14 points fewer per game since losing Aaron Rodgers with a broken collarbone on Oct. 10. Coach Mike McCarthy will have to get creative against Pittsburgh’s second-ranked scoring defense.
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The Browns are coming off a bye, and the Lions played Monday night

The Chargers have seen Philip Rivers start for them in 194 consecutive games, but he’ll need to clear concussion protocol so they don’t need to turn to Kellen Clemens.

The Bengals will have A.J. Green in the lineup, and he along with Joe Mixon and Tyler Kroft in the passing game can make things interesting against a Titans defense that struggles in that area. But in the end, Marcus Mariota will outplay Andy Dalton with better support from his running game. Tennessee avoids another potential AFC North trap with a strong fourth quarter.

The Browns are coming off a bye, and the Lions played Monday night. But that combination won’t help Cleveland as the Browns make the short, Big Ten-like trek from Ohio to Michigan. Matthew Stafford is hot again and can dismantle the Browns’ pass defense. The Lions’ strong pass rush and secondary will do the rest against DeShone Kizer.

Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Woods was not a part of the Rams’ final offensive possession, as he had suffered a shoulder injury, and had been brought to the locker room. Woods was still being checked out during Sean McVay’s post-game press conference, so details were sparse at that time.

On Monday, McVay revealed that while the injury is not too serious, he will be out “a couple weeks,” per ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez.

Ben McAdoo is likely a dead man walking as the Giants head coach. Sunday’s halftime speech, or lack thereof, didn’t help as the Giants were throttled by the Rams to fall to 1-7 on the season.

While McAdoo had a hard time finding any words, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton probably needs a history refresher following his odd choice of words. The Texans are still weighing their quarterback options after rookie Deshaun Watson was lost for the season last week. 11

Colts release CB Vontae Davis

Vontae Davis’ time in Indianapolis has come to an end.

The Colts on Thursday announced they have released the veteran cornerback after nearly six seasons with the team.

I’m thankful for the youth movement in the NHL. The idea that some of the best players in the game are still just starting out makes this one of the most exciting times to be a hockey fan. To think that we’re going to be treated to another 15-20 years of watching Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid, Clayton Keller, Zach Werenski, Patrik Laine, Filip Forsberg, Nikita Kucherov and others tear up the ice is thrilling.

As an American, I’m even more excited about how many young stars are coming out of U.S. hockey programs. Who knows what the future holds as far as the NHL and participation in the Olympics, but if NHL players ever return to Olympic competition, there’s reason to think Team USA could finally win another gold medal. Imagine putting Matthews, Keller, Werenski, Phil Kessel, Cam Atkinson, Seth Jones, Johnny Gaudreau and Patrick Kane together. I’m thankful that the game of hockey is alive and growing — especially at the youth level — in markets such as St. Louis, Arizona, Los Angeles, Tampa and now Las Vegas.

Although there is no immediate timetable for his return, Beverley is expected to miss a significant amount of time, league sources said.

Beverley had missed five straight games with a sore right knee before returning to play 22 minutes in the Clippers’ 107-85 loss to the New York Knicks on Monday.

The Clippers, at 5-11 this season, have lost nine straight games and play the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

Beverley has averaged 12.9 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds for the Clippers this season, his first with the club after being acquired during the summer in the multiplayer trade that sent star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.
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Joe Flacco’s late slide is another example of one of the most dangerous plays in football

By rule, he should have. Alonso didn’t avoid the contact, connected with Flacco and delivered a hellacious blow that knocked the quarterback out of the game. He received a deserved penalty by the letter of the law.

First, it was an offensive pass interference on Alshon Jeffery. Then, a block in the back on Zach Ertz. Then, a holding on Lane Johnson. And finally 12 men in the huddle. Just like that, the Eagles were left with this:

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported the injury, and Hooker confirmed the bad news via Twitter: “Was a fun year while it lasted. Enjoyed every moment of it. … PS: I WILL BE BACK!!!!”

But the Jaguars aren’t just on pace to lead the NFL — they’re sacking quarterbacks at a faster pace than any team in NFL history. The season record belongs to the 1984 Chicago Bears, which brought down opposing quarterbacks 72 times during a 10-6 season that ended in the NFC Championship.

The second-year quarterback diced up Washington on Monday Night Football en route to a 34-24 victory.

Wentz finished the game with 268 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception, but his strong performance was even more impressive considering it was bogged down by an awful start.

He completed just three of his first eight passes for 30 yards, struggling well into the second quarter. The rough beginning of the game included an awful interception on Philadelphia’s opening drive, which featured a first-and-33 situation that he turned into an arm punt.

But when he got going, Washington had no answers and Wentz led two touchdown drives just before halftime and another to open the second half to give Philadelphia a commanding lead.
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Chris Jones’ big man interception set up the Chiefs’ even more impressive TD

The Chiefs’ efforts to move to 2-0 on the season got some unexpected help from defensive end Chris Jones.

Jones was able to pick off a Carson Wentz pass that was tipped. It fell like a gift out of the sky right into has hands:

“As his designated Hearing Officer in this matter, my responsibility is to determine whether the Commissioner’s decision on discipline of Mr. Elliott is arbitrary and capricious, meaning was it made on unreasonable grounds or without any proper consideration of circumstances,” Henderson said, via Adam Schefter. “It is not the responsibility, nor within the authority of, the Hearing Officer to conduct a de novo review of the case and second guess his decision.”

A foundation of Elliott’s appeal was to call his accuser’s credibility into question, according to Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The woman’s false statement to police about the events of the night of July 22, 2016, as well as her request that her friend lie to police on her behalf will surely be a part of it.

The information Hill obtained was part of the league’s 160-page report detailing the findings of the investigation. According to those documents, Lisa Friel, the NFL’s lead investigator, and Kia Roberts, the league’s director of investigations, both had concerns about Elliott’s accuser’s credibility.

A transcript of the appeal hearing obtained by the Dallas Morning News reveals that Elliott’s representatives did attack that point doggedly. Attorneys representing Elliott and the NFLPA identified what they identified as several flaws in the investigative approach, like Roger Goodell Rod Woodson Womens Jersey not meeting with either Elliott or his accuser and not making the C. J. Prosise Jersey accuser available to testify under oath at the appeal.

Wizards won’t last long without solving 3-point problem

The Wizards know well what their problem is when it comes to defending the Celtics, who have now scored 252 points in two playoff games against Washington. They knew it before Game 1. They knew it before Game 2 and they know it now that we’re heading into a Game 3.

Eastern Conference scout: “No one wants to say this, but in a lot of ways, they were a better team last year. They won five more games this season, that’s not a giant leap ahead, year-over-year. Especially because the East was worse this season — you had six teams that won 48 games (or more) last year. They played slower this season, they were a little more of a half-court team. I think the offense is good, but they still don’t have the pick-and-pop big man they need for how the offense is set up. The bench isn’t great, either. That’s the roster, that’s not Brad.

“So I think maybe the expectations are too high just because they got the first seed, and again, that is not something that is Brad’s fault. What would bother me, though, is they went and got (Al) Horford, and I don’t think they necessarily got better. He is not a big enough part of the offense. And Brad has not gotten them to defend the way they did last year where they were so good at forcing turnovers and converting on the other end. They overachieved on defense last year, and you’d expect them to come back to reality a little. But they’re only a so-so defensive team now. I think on that, you point to the coaching.”

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She reads line by line then throws it on the coffee table.

We sit in her office on a warm day in April as she sneaks Coke from a mini-fridge behind a door. She swears she’s kicking the habit because “sweetener causes dementia.”

Schakowsky plops back on the couch in the middle of the decadent room and looks over a Super Bowl response letter the NFL sent her and three other House members after the reps inquired about a federal lawsuit which alleged that teams facilitated prescription painkiller abuse in locker rooms. The league stated that it had been compliant with federal drug law.

It’s apparent between sips that she’s getting more and more incensed.

“When you get a 15-page letter,” she scoffs. “You touched a nerve.”

She reads line by line then throws it on the coffee table.

“If they think that by writing a long letter with footnotes means we’re going away, that’s absolutely not true,” she said. “There’s a lot of room for us to continue to press and press.”

Schakowsky is a relatively short woman. If she said she’s over five feet tall, you’d probably debate her on it. Often seen in lime-green blazers or pink accoutrements on The Hill, she’s lively and energetic for a woman over 70-years old.