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Love shot just 1-for-12 on Tuesday, and the Cavs shot only 40.5 percent as a team.

Giannis Antetokounmpo solves a lot of problems, and if he takes another mini-leap, the Bucks could exceed expectations. Parker’s eventual return will beef up their depth, and give Milwaukee a little more data on how all the pieces fit; Parker and Middleton logged just six minutes together last season. Parker has defended so far with a poisonous combination of cluelessness and hyperactivity. It was not surprising that Milwaukee fared better without him.

Extension talks for Parker will likely go to the Oct. 16 wire, and any deal would nudge the Bucks close to next season’s tax. They have discussed dumping John Henson and Teletovic, but teams are squeezing hard, sources say.

Cleveland is going through an adjustment period as it tries to fit three new players into its starting lineup — Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder — on top of the position shift for Love. Another new addition, Isaiah Thomas, is recovering from a torn labrum in his right hip and will need to be worked back into the mix when he returns in late December.

“We’re going to get better as the season goes along, of course,” Lue said after the loss to Chicago dropped his team to 0-4 in the preseason. “But we will be better than we were tonight, for sure.”

“Didn’t make much of it at all,” Love said. “Preseason. A lot of bad stuff out there. It looked ugly, but we’re fine. … We’ll look at some stuff, clean it up. As long as we play hard, good things will happen.”ravens_009

A.J. Green made a spectacular catch over three Texans defensive backs

The Bengals-Texans Thursday Night Football matchup started off awfully slow but picked up thanks to a pair of plays — one a spectacular A.J. Green catch.

After Jadeveon Clowney made a great play on a John Ross fumble, Andy Dalton dropped in a perfect pass to Green for a 50-yard completion with three Texans defensive backs in the vicinity.

The Bengals failed to score in Week 1, but because of Green’s catch, they were able to tie the game at 3-3. If he keeps making plays like that, he and the Bengals can expect to score many more points this season.

Mazzant ruled that the injunction would stand, and now the NFL and Elliot await a decision from the appellate court. In the NFL’s motion, they’ve challenged Mazzant’s jurisdiction because the case was filed before the NFL appeal was settled. The league’s attorneys are also relying on labor case law that grants deference to labor arbitrators in these matters.

Even with the appeal finalized, it’s hard to say. Elliott’s appeal started on Tuesday, August 29, and it wrapped up on Thursday, August 31. There was no timeline for Henderson to issue his decision, but he handed it down on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The NFLPA and Elliott’s attorneys have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Texas to vacate any suspension that may be handed down after the appeals process, citing “the most fundamentally unfair arbitral processes conceivable.”nike_cardinals_301

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Saturday no decision has been made yet on Romo’s future with the team.

Romo’s contract would currently cost the Cowboys a $24.7 million cap hit this year. If they designate him a post-June 1 cut, the team would save $14 million in cap space in 2017 with Romo counting $10.7 million against the cap this year and $8.9 million in 2018.

Releasing Romo would open things up for McCown to join the team. The Cowboys would be McCown’s 10th team since getting drafted by the Cardinals in the 2002 NFL Draft. He has Texas roots, growing up in the East Texas town of Jacksonville and spending three seasons at SMU in Dallas before finishing his college career at Sam Houston State in Huntsville.

McCown will be 38 on July 4, about three weeks before the Cowboys open training camp. He appeared in just five games last year because of a shoulder injury, and threw for 1,100 yards, with six touchdowns and six interceptions. He’s been a journeyman backup for most of his career, which would make him a good fit behind Prescott, who was the NFL’s surprise rookie of the year last season.

The Jets cornerback is facing multiple charges following an altercation that left a pair of Pittsburgh men unconscious last weekend.

Revis was charged Thursday with two counts of felony aggravated assault, single counts each of robbery and conspiracy, both felonies, and making terroristic threats, a misdemeanor. He did not speak with media who had assembled Friday evening in front of the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts building.

The alleged incident occurred at 2:43 a.m. Sunday when 22-year-old Dallas Cousins recognized Revis, a Pittsburgh native who played collegiately at Pitt. The man pulled out a cell phone to film his interaction with Revis.
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Both Browns and Patriots blew it with lack of Jimmy Garoppolo trade on draft day

I always laugh when grades are issued immediately following NFL Drafts. The reality is draft selections can’t be truly evaluated until two or three years down the road.

Many draft analysts have given Cleveland an “A” for last week’s draft selections. Sorry, I’m not buying into the Browns hype.

Yes, the Browns added some likely starters and potentially strong contributors in their three first-rounders, Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku. But what about the franchise quarterback the team has lacked for decades? It’s a stretch to believe DeShone Kizer, who the Browns picked No. 52 overall, will be an elite passer.

Some thought Davis would last on the board a little longer, but Tennessee, which desperately needed a complete No. 1 receiver for Marcus Mariota, didn’t waste time and picked him with its higher of two first-round picks. The Titans ranked 25th in passing yards last season, with tight end Delanie Walker and wide receiver Rishard Matthews tying for a team-high 65 receptions. Although that duo combined for 16 touchdowns, neither hit 1,000 receiving yards.

So there’s a big production void for Davis as the league’s No. 3 rushing team tries to open up more with Mariota and become a little more balanced. Breaking 1,000 yards with eight or so scores would be similar to Allen’s rookie numbers, but Davis would likely need to do much more to trump Watson and the top backs. If healthy, he can’t be ruled out from doing so.
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Giants’ Brandon Marshall intends to retire in two years

The clock is officially ticking for Brandon Marshall.

The Giants wide receiver on Saturday revealed he intends to play just two more years before retiring from football.

“It’s two years,” Marshall said at the Health and Fitness Expo at MetLife Stadium, via NJ.com. “I just decided that last week. Two years, get my Super Bowl, have a little bit more fun, and then change the world in the mental health space.”

Still, Charles holds no ill will against the Chiefs, despite signing with division rival Denver on Tuesday.

“I won’t be against Kansas City,” he said. “That sounds crazy, man. I would never be against Kansas City, because at the end of the day, they gave me my chance here. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to show them what I can do. Right here was my first opportunity, my first dream to play in the NFL and everything started here. I wish I could have finished out, but God had a different plan for me, and I’m just excited for the next chapter.”

“I definitely think we have a team that’s going to be in position to win a Super Bowl,” Marshall said. “It’s extremely hard to win a Super Bowl. I’ve been in the league for 12 seasons now on some really good football teams, some really great organizations, and I haven’t been to the playoffs. That tells you how hard it is to make the Super Bowl. So I don’t throw that around lightly.”

Marshall, 33, had his best season in 2015 during his first year with the Jets, with 109 catches for 1,502 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdown receptions. He then logged 59 catches, the lowest since his rookie season, for 788 yards and three scores last season. Still, the 11-year veteran’s 168 receptions were 63 more than any other Jets receiver over that span.

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Jamal Adams won 2 NFL draft bets on himself for at least $40 thousand and a vacation

Jamal Adams NFL dreams coming true is only the first of the notable milestones that the New York Jets safety grabbed last night.

The second has to do with a bet he made with friend and fellow draft eligible DB, Jalen Tabor.

Kids Frank Clark Jersey Wilson and Tabor made a wager back in high school that whoever went first in the NFL Draft would earn an all-expenses-paid vacation on the others dime.

Cousins signed the franchise tag with Washington for a second consecutive year this offseason. The team placed the exclusive tag on Cousins in February, meaning hell earn nearly $24 million in 2017.

The Washington Posts Mike Jones reports that nothing has changed with regards to Cousins.

Kids Dwight Clark Jersey It was believed that Cousins would be staying in Washington, but with Cleveland in hot pursuit during the draft, things could be changing here in late April.

Later in the evening, Cleveland.coms Mary Kay Cabot gave Browns GM Sashi Browns opinion on the matter. Or lack thereof.

As for the #NFLNetwork report that the #Browns tried to trade for Kirk Cousins, Sashi Browns said,bad reporting

The Browns had one of the worst quarterback situations in the NFL during the 2016 season, with Cody Kessler, Josh McCown, and Robert Griffin III all getting starts at the position. Charlie Whitehurst, Kevin Hogan, and Terrelle Pryor all also took snaps for the Browns.

Paul tried getting his teammates involved from there.

Chicago is hurting at tight end, literally, as top receiving option Zach Miller is coming off a Lisfranc injury to his right foot. He also turns 33 in October. The Bears need to find their next Martellus Bennett, a well-rounded tight end for the long term.

Ashland’s Adam Shaheen might be in play at No. 36, but No. 67 makes more sense to go after that player. That’s also the Day 2 wheelhouse of Michigan’s Jake Butt, who’s a bit of a combination of the best attributes of Miller and Bennett.

I don’t know about the Wizards. I don’t know about the Hawks. I truly believe Washington’s better, but that West Coast trip seemed to mess them up just a bit. Atlanta is so hot and cold, and almost certainly not healthy. John Wall and Bradley Beal feel a little magical right now, so let’s ride with Wizards in 7.

Jazz vs. Clippers is going to be brutal. Utah’s defense is spectacular, but Chris Paul is a genius who tortures big men on the pick and roll. The Jazz move the ball so well but lack release-valve isolation scorers (Joe Johnson excepted). DeAndre Jordan isn’t as stout defensively as Rudy Gobert, but he gets the job done. This series should go all seven. L.A.’s playoff experience matters and should win the day.

Paul tried getting his teammates involved from there. He drove and kicked it out to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who missed. Paul then created for Jamal Crawford, who missed his three as well. Paul tried again to use his teammates and passed it to Griffin for a wide-open three. He also missed.

So with the Clippers down two with 18 seconds left, Paul took matters into his own hands again. He dribbled, dribbled, dribbled, looked for an open teammate, and then dribbled around again until he was able to get into the paint and hit a floating, off-balance bank shot to tie the game.
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Tom Brady is missing Super Bowl LI jersey: A complete timeline

Tom Brady is jersey, the one he wore during the New England Patriots historic comeback and overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, had been missing since shortly after the game ended. On Monday, the NFL announced the jersey had been found through the cooperation of the league is security team and the FBI.

The Michigan third-year head coach has had some strong opinions and reactions in the past. After the Wolverines lost to Ohio State, Harbaugh was critical of the referees, both during and after the game.

Harbaugh was also caught on camera screaming YOU F***ERS during a game lat October against Wisconsin.

He also has had some hot takes regarding milk — specifically, skim milk. He went on the Dan Patrick Show last September and made it very clear that he doesn’t drink that candy-ass milk.

In April 2016, the Michigan head coach made an appearance on HBO is Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. There, he revealed that his affinity for milk — whole milk, to be specific — began when he heard that drinking milk builds strong bones. So in the third grade, he got a job at his elementary school distributing milk to the students. Here is an excerpt from Harbaugh is conversation about the job to Real Sports’ Andrea Kremer.

The pay was a free milk every day, plus the ability to drink the milk of the kids who weren’t there or who didn’t want their milk.

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Rubio was jacking his midranger, and driving to the rim with a little more authority

Let’s hop around the league for some of the NBA’s best, brightest and worst:

Well, that was fun. Before leaving Thursday’s game with an injury, Ricky Rubio had hit double digits in scoring in five of Minnesota’s previous six games while dishing 13 assists per game in that stretch. Rubio was playing with flair again after a moribund few weeks where it appeared he let his shaky shooting — and perhaps uncertain future in Minnesota — sap the zest from his game.

Rubio was jacking his midranger, and driving to the rim with a little more authority — at least by his standards. He flashed some dribbling derring-do, and launched Kevin Love-level outlet passes:

This sounds hokey, but Rubio represents something larger than himself. He was a source of mystery and anticipation, and then of joy when he finally arrived here. He plays with such smiley exuberance. He cares about his teammates. He is happy in their success.

He is historically bad at the most basic and selfish basketball act, but otherworldly brilliant at dozens of tiny selfless things that make his teammates better — passing a half-second early so that someone has more space to shoot, spotting a cutter on time, or taking an extra dribble into the lane to shift the defense the one last step that makes all the difference.

He is a vessel for our belief in a certain basketball magic: that a connector can lift his team to a higher place by empowering everyone around him — by effectively spreading joy. Maybe that sharing carries a multiplier effect more powerful than the drag of Rubio’s horrid shooting.

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LeSean McCoy avoids criminal charges for night club brawl

Two months after Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was reportedly involved in an incident that ended with two off-duty police officers being hospitalized, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced no criminal charges will be filed because of “insufficient evidence.”

Williams was criticized by the head of Philadelphia’s police union for “overthinking” the case and taking too much time.

Gordon initially applied for reinstatement in February, and could have been reinstated within 60 days of his application had this test not come up dirty. Goodell was not required to make a decision in that time frame, according to initial Fox Sports report.

When previously talking about the issue of reinstatement, Goodell said that the whole process was designed around making sure the things that led to the suspension don’t continue to happen. This is obviously a huge roadblock on that front, though he can again apply for reinstatement on Aug. 1.

Gordon was originally suspended last February for “at least a full calendar year” for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. Gordon was suspended after testing positive for alcohol after entering the league’s substance abuse program following a guilty plea for a DUI charge. He was suspended for the full 2014 season following a failed drug test the previous year, but it was reduced to 10 games when the league revised its substance abuse policy.

“Wow. Wow. If you had done anymore, you would’ve knocked me out for sure,” Glenn said, via CBS Sports. “I would take a practice punch, but I’m sure you’d knock me out in one second.”

Glenn is also prone to some of the endearing verbal missteps that plague other members of his family as well. In a January Buffalo News profile, he couldn’t pronounce the name of Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk, a player he says he’s often compared to.

“Kyle Zu … Baltimore Ravens fullback,” Glenn said. “J or Z. Something crazy. Zu-check or something. A lot of people have been comparing me to him. I heard that’s not a bad thing, that’s what they’re saying.”

Interestingly enough, Glenn says he isn’t receiving any draft advice from his older brothers.

“Not much,” Glenn told Evans in an interview for CBS Sports. “They had to go through the process, so they’re making me go through the process.”