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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.

The Packers led off the round when they took Kevin King

While his talent is undeniable, questions about his NFL career persist. The defensive lineman has arthritis in his shoulders, a condition neither Allen nor his doctors are particularly concerned about affecting his career.

The previous 16 teams who passed up on Allen could live to regret passing up the former Alabama standout in due time; it’s not often you hear someone described as “what would happen if Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett and Buccaneers three technique Gerald McCoy had a baby.”

Allen has the talent and wherewithal to start from day one. No matter where he lands in Washington’s rotation, he’ll carry himself well. Allen’s leadership was well documented at Alabama, and he’s been an ambassador for the program even after playing his final snap for Nick Saban.

The Packers led off the round when they took Kevin King, the cornerback from Washington. The Browns finally got their quarterback, taking DeShone Kizer from Notre Dame with the 52nd pick.

The third round featured a full 43 picks, compared to just 32 spots for the previous two rounds. That’s because teams have compensatory picks starting in the third round. These are the picks tacked onto the end of each round as a compensation for the free agents they lost the year before.

The draft wraps up April 29 with the final four rounds, officially concluding when the Denver Broncos name 2017’s Mr. Irrelevant with the 253rd pick of the event.

You can follow all the action, pick by pick, with our handy post here. We’ll update it throughout Saturday’s final rounds.

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Here’s how LeBron James’ beef with Lance Stephenson began

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers will meet in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, which means one thing and one thing only:

LeBron James vs. Lance Stephenson: The Next Chapter.

It wasn’t too long ago that the Cavaliers actually worked Stephenson out as a prospect to join the team midseason. James had no qualms with the team potentially signing a past enemy.

“I got a history with Lance, too, obviously,” he said, according to ESPN. “I just want to win, man. That’s all that matters to me. I got no personal problems with nobody.”

“C.J. took it upon himself,” George said during his post-game press conference. “I’m confident in all my guys taking shots, that’s not the issue. But in that situation like that, I’ve gotta get that.”

George gave the ball up after LeBron James came with a double team at the top of the three-point line.

But there were at least four seconds remaining after he made that pass. He even ran at Miles calling for the ball, but Miles dribbled in the opposite direction before pump-faking and missing a look at a game-winning buzzer beater.

PG said he spoke to Miles and told him he needs to take that last shot, according to Scott Sargent at Waiting For Next Year. George gave the ball up to get it back.

“I was asking for it,” George said. “I was trying to give it up to force them to scramble to the open man so I could get it back. At that time, it’s not enough seconds on the clock for them to try to double team again.”
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20 things you may have forgotten from Tiger Woods’ iconic 1997 Masters win

I was in elementary school when Tiger Woods won the Masters in 1997. It was the moment I became hooked on golf. Tiger was a bad ass, which was a weird thing to say about a golfer when you’re a young kid. He was just as cool as other sports heroes like Tory Aikman and Emmitt Smith. He had a style that I didn’t think was allowed in golf. As a result of those four days in Augusta in 1997, I’ve played the game ever since. Each day I become more and more addicted to it and that’s all due to that first Masters win for Tiger. And if you ask many of the guys on Tour today, they will tell a similar story.

Ohio State’s offense was good at getting the ball to hybrid back Samuel, who had 194 total touches for 1,636 yards and 15 TDs. It was less effective at involving receivers, and four of Noah Brown’s seven TDs came in a single game against Oklahoma.

Indiana put three different receivers over the 90-target mark while still feeding lead back Devine Redding. The smaller program didn’t have a better offense than Ohio State’s group of blue-chips, but it did get a lot of actors involved.

Wilson’s 2008 Sooners were an example of how this can play out with a more talented cast. Their two main backs, Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray, each went for over 1,000 rushing yards while four different receivers caught at least 40 balls and had more than 680 receiving yards.

Wilson balances the run and the pass from the same formation.

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Breaking down the Carolina Panthers defense

The Carolina Panthers are riding a four-game win streak and have quietly become one of the best teams in the NFL. This week, they’ll face off against a red-hot 49ers team, themselves winners of their last five.

It’s a strength-on-strength bout between two physical, punch-you-in-the-mouth run teams with young, electric and mobile quarterbacks and elite front sevens on defense. The Niners, for their part, aren’t really surprising anyone with their dominance, but the Panthers’ recent run hasn’t really had much attention.

The Panthers’ defense, in particular, has been one of the league’s best by any measure. Carolina, on the year, is giving up 13.2 points per game, second only in the NFL to the Kansas City Chiefs. They are one of three teams to have held opponents to an average of less than 300 yards per game thus far this season (299.9). They are ninth in the NFL in opponent yards per play (5.0), have forced 12 fumbles (10th in NFL), have 23 sacks, (T-13th in the NFL) and have 12 interceptions (T-third in NFL). Carolina holds opposing teams to an average of 79.1 yards rushing per game (second in NFL) and 3.7 yards per rush (T-sixth in NFL), and have only given up two rushing touchdowns on the year (T-second).

Tanking For Teddy, Bad for Boyd, or any other cute phrase that endorses going in the tank. I’m not going to apologize for wanting my football team to win. Ever. I’m never going to want them to go 1-15, or 2-14, and secure the first pick in the draft. Ever. I wait far too long for football season to get here, and I don’t want to watch 15 shit bombs with my father. Granted, he’s a funny and sarcastic dude when the Vikes play like crap, but we have a lot more fun when they’re winning. I’ll take as many wins as I can, and let the chips fall where they may. Why? because no one really knows how good Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd, or anyone else is going to be.1