Month: January 2017

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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The victim stated Kromer also told him if he reported him to the police he would kill his family.

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The victim stated Kromer also told him if he reported him to the police he would kill his family.

A source who spoke with Alex Marvez of FOX Sports defended Kromer, saying that the coach was being threatened and had trouble seeing the victims.

Thomas’ deal is nearly identical to the deal signed by Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who was in a similar situation as a franchise-tagged player with the deadline approaching. Bryant signed a five-year deal worth $70 million with $45 million guaranteed. The timing and similarity of the deals is interesting, given that the NFL Players Association threatened a collusion charge against both teams regarding the pair of receivers, but the Broncos thoroughly denied the claim.
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“The suggestion that our club may have colluded with another team about a negotiation is completely false and without any merit,” the team said. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also said there was no collusion between the two teams.

Despite rocky stints with the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints after his time in Oakland, Stabler is considered one of the best players to have never made the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After retiring from football, Stabler had a long career as a broadcaster, working as a color commentator on NFL games for CBS, then in a radio booth for Alabama football.

Former NBA players Carlos Boozer, Jimmer Fredette and J.J. Hickson are playing in the CBA this season

Word of Marbury’s larger-than-life success abroad quickly spread among American players, and dozens of them have followed him to China. Former NBA players Carlos Boozer, Jimmer Fredette and J.J. Hickson are playing in the CBA this season.

CBA teams haven’t been shy about luring foreign players with fat paychecks. While accurate salary figures are difficult to obtain, anecdotal evidence suggests Americans often can earn more in China than in any other league, aside from the NBA. The average salary of foreigners is reportedly climbing upward of $500,000, and $1 million deals are now common. Former Washington Wizards big man Andray Blatche reportedly earns $2.5 million per season on his current deal with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.
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Stephon Marbury is surrounded by fans and photographers after helping the Beijing Ducks win the 2014 Chinese Basketball Association championship.

It’s not NBA money for the most part, but it’s definitely an attractive payday for a league that plays a 38-game regular season over the course of five months.

I had to sacrifice my game for the better good of the team, which is fine with me. It’s a maturity. It shows a guy that understands that you’re not needed to score and need to play defense and change the pace. For me, it’s a simple maturation of being able to go out there and not worry about anything but winning and helping my country get a gold medal.
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Eagles still keeping DeMarco Murray under tight wraps, Tim Tebow plays peacekeeper

DeMarco Murray might miss a second preseason game on Saturday, and although he says he’s ready to go, people are getting a little worried about the Eagles’ new featured running back.

According to NFL Media’s Conor Orr, Murray had his usual low-speed, low-workload practice as the Eagles practiced with the Ravens Wednesday, even though offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur had said he wouldn’t be limited. Murray is coming off a 392-carry season with the Cowboys, well above the 370 threshold that historically caused future problems for running backs.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly has talked about Murray’s workload issues, but the running back doesn’t know if that’s why he has been limited in training camp.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal at all,” he said. “(Kelly) is doing what is best for the team and I’m all for it. It feels like certain days there might not be as much work but I’m for it. They know what is best for the team.”

Murray said that he “feels great,” and would like to get hit a few times in the preseason just to get used to the feel again.

While Murray was taking it easy, another Eagles back, Kenjon Barner, had the cut of the day:

Game Kids Weston Richburg Jersey Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks went into the season hoping to return to the Super Bowl for the third time in four years. But in the end, they had too many obstacles to overcome to make a run.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs went from starting the season 1-3 and 3-5 to putting together an impressive five-game win streak that nearly culminated in a playoff berth.

Tennessee Titans: It’s going to be hard to forget the Christmas Eve debacle in Jacksonville, which caused the Titans to lose control of the division title after they’d done such good work to have a chance at it.

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We all saw how the Patriots used Shane Vereen for years

Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs — A couple of our rankings have Maclin in the top 15, but only one of us has him outside of the top 23. Maclin’s ADP is WR29 right now, which would be a steal. Yes, we all know how much trouble the Chiefs had with their receivers scoring the ball last year, but Maclin is much more talented than Dwayne Bowe. He should be a popular red zone target with coach Andy Reid, all while getting some production between the 20s.

Eric Decker, New York Jets — We have him at WR28 compared to WR44 on the ADP. Most people don’t like the Jets offense, but they have a great offensive line and Decker is going to have some big games this year.

Andre Johnson, Indianapolis Colts — This one is a little tough for me to write because I have AJ as WR18, which is the highest among our writers. Presumably, there is some concern about receiver T.Y. Hilton taking away his targets and maybe Johnson’s age is a factor. For me, the Colts are going to score a ton, be pass-happy and they play in a dome. We have him as WR26 compared to the ADP sitting at WR18.

Still, he’s had more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage in five of the last six years, supplementing occasionally modest rushing totals with regularly strong receiving. With the Buffalo quarterback situation — the triumvirate of EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor is horrifying — a running back who can catch checkdown passes could be crucial. Jackson will still be relevant even with LeSean McCoy in the fold.

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We all saw how the Patriots used Shane Vereen for years. He was on the field regularly as a “running back,” even if all he was doing was catching passes. Danny Woodhead, Darren Sproles. We all know the type.

There¡¯s no longer any question about who¡¯s in charge of the Jacksonville Jaguars

Limited Womens Phil Esposito Jersey When the team sent out a notice Wednesday morning that Thursday¡¯s 10 a.m. ET scheduled news conference would begin at 9:55 a.m. it was a clear indication that Tom Coughlin sits atop the mountain. That¡¯s classic Coughlin, who firmly believes that if you¡¯re not five minutes early, you are, in fact, late.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan hired Coughlin earlier this week to be the team¡¯s executive vice president for football operations. Though the team said general manager Dave Caldwell would now report to Coughlin, it was unclear just how much power Coughlin would wield.

Now know it¡¯s similar to what Coughlin had during his eight seasons with the franchise from 1995-2002, which means things are going to be a lot different around EverBank Field.

Tom Coughlin is back in charge in Jacksonville, and Jaguars players must adjust.

Antonio Brown – The NFL’s leading receiver from last season is going to have to shoulder even more of the load in this game with Bell and Bryant on the sideline. Brown is one of the most consistent wideouts in the league — he’s riding an NFL-record streak of 33 games with at least five catches and 50 receiving yards — and probably needs to have a big game on Thursday night if the Steelers are going to upset the Patriots.

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This is the second football league to spring up recently. In December, the NFL notified its 32 teams of a spring development league that will operate in April 2017 and will work with NFL veterans who do not have contracts.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers are in a similar position, playing in tough divisions with clear front-runners, and owning a couple quality wins alongside rough losses. The two will meet under the bright lights of Monday Night Football to try and make life even tougher for each other to wrap up Week 5.
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The Steelers lost to the New England Patriots to start the season, but quickly picked up wins over the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams. Even with Ben Roethlisberger out due to injury, there was some reason for optimism for the Steelers. Unfortunately, a lot of that optimism faded as they gave the Baltimore Ravens their first win of the season in Week 4.

Manning turned to Shane Vereen as his main target until Beckham returned with 45 seconds to go. Vereen got the Giants to the 20, and Beckham drew a pass interference call at the 12 on the next play.
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The Giants should have put the game away at the end of the first half, but they followed up a San Francisco mistake with a bigger one of their own. With 1:11 left in the half, the 49ers had second-and-1 at the Giants 4-yard line. Instead of giving Hyde a shot to pick up the yard and score a touchdown, San Francisco ran a rollout pass that Kaepernick had to throw away and then kicked a chip-shot field goal. As much trouble as the Niners are having scoring, they needed to take a shot at the end zone.

Sure enough, the Giants drove right down the field, and with 11 seconds left, Manning had time for one shot at the end zone. At worst, it was an easy field goal that could have made it 16-6 at the half. Instead, Manning tried to force a pass to Beckham and Tramaine Brock picked it off to keep the Niners within a touchdown.

Perry Riley Jr. was signed off the street and settled things down

Although the NFL clearly had no interest in Wake, he wasn¡¯t ready to give up on the NFL. At his core, Wake believed he could still achieve all his football goals. But a detour was necessary. During better times in high school and college, Wake thought about the Canadian Football League as much as he thought about traveling to Mars. After all, he was a prep standout.
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In college football, it doesn¡¯t get much bigger than Penn State. The CFL? That was a different world. That league was for guys who weren¡¯t good enough to make it at the game¡¯s highest level. Wake never looked at himself as one of those guys. Still, with no other options, Wake headed north. In an effort to jump-start his career in 2007, he signed with the BC Lions of Vancouver, British Columbia. Wake wasn¡¯t where he wanted to be. But he had what he needed: A starting point for where he hoped to go. Wake¡¯s talent took care of the rest.
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So much promise and then ¡­ poof. And yet, the Raiders were a league-wide feel-good story that became a cautionary tale with a league-high seven Pro Bowl selections. The tone was set in the season opener, when second-year coach Jack Del Rio laid it all on the line by going for it on a do-or-die two-point conversion for a road victory over the New Orleans Saints. The Raiders converted.

And there was no looking back, with Carr passing for a franchise-record 513 yards with four TDs and no interceptions in a road overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, All-Pro Khalil Mack went on an eight-game sack streak, and the Raiders had their first winning season since 2002. Then Carr was taken down by the Colts’ Trent Cole and the thrill was gone, even as the future looks bright.

Biggest draft need: A thumping but athletic middle/inside linebacker. After Ben Heeney struggled early and then went on injured reserve and rookie Cory James was miscast, Perry Riley Jr. was signed off the street and settled things down. Still, the Raiders need someone who can solidify the middle of their defense for the long haul. Can they find one in the 20s in the first round of the draft?

Donatas Motiejunas, Pelicans expected to agree to a 1-year minimum deal

The New Orleans Pelicans and big man Donatas Motiejunas have agreed to terms on a one-year deal at the veteran¡¯s minimum, the team announced on its Twitter account on Tuesday. The signing was initially reported by ESPN¡¯s Marc Stein. The Pelicans cut Reggie Williams on Sunday to clear a roster spot.

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free agent forward/center Donatas Motiejunas.

The Royals immediately announced after the season that they would have to cut payroll. Last year, the team spent a franchise record $144 million, only to finish at .500 and 2017 shows they have a lot in financial commitments. Dayton Moore says the team has been living beyond their means, and the Wade Davis trade may have been the first indication he plans on austerity measures.
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The Royals have been almost completely inactive this off-season other than the Davis trade, although Dayton Moore insists he is still working to build a contender in 2017. The Royals still face holes in the starting rotation, at designated hitter, possibly at second base, and they could use more bullpen depth. Will the Royals fill those moves by adding to payroll or will they go cheap and paper over those holes?
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With the core of the team together for one more year, it would seem this is a foolish time to get frugal on payroll. And if the team does want to cut payroll, a complete firesale and rebuild would maximize the ability to build the next great Royals team. Trying to thread the needle seems to be the worst of both worlds.

The Miami defense was able to limit the Ravens and keep the Dolphins in the game

The team’s young players were able to see the field a bit more against the Ravens and while the present might be bleak, the future is at least bright. Miami has 31 players at or under the age of 25 on the roster and some of the success they had against Baltimore was in large part to those players.

The Miami defense was able to limit the Ravens and keep the Dolphins in the game; they could do the same against the Giants, but will need to rely on the offense to find the end zone for the win.

The Giants have won the last four of five meetings with the Dolphins, and lead the overall series 5-2. The last time these two teams met in Florida was in 1996 when the Giants won 17-7. Quarterback Dave Brown threw for 169 yards and a touchdown in the outing.

The defense consistently stood up the Broncos. Denver settled for four field goals, three of which came after it entered the red zone, and one after making its way to Oakland’s 2-yard line. Repeatedly, the Raiders front seven made things miserable for the Broncos. With first-and-goal from the Raiders’ 4-yard line, running back Ronnie Hillman was stuffed for minus-1 and minus-6 yards, bring up an ill-fated third-down heave to Emmanuel Sanders.

Why this defense hasn’t showed up every week is hard to say. The Raiders were giving up 26.2 points per game entering Week 14, the sixth-worst average in the league. They’ve given up at least 30 points in five games this season.

The Raiders’ total performance was impressive, however. The Raiders had 127 yards of offense and still won. That number is even more impressive when one considers that they also won after giving up 493 yards to the Ravens earlier this season.

It’s impossible to say when the Raiders’ offense and defense will finally get on the same page. When it does, however, the Raiders may finally be a serious contender out of the AFC West.

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