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It’s possible that Jason Castro isn’t Joey Votto now and that Ervin Santana’s ERA will creep above 1.00 at some point

The Cavaliers struggled heavily in stretches during the second half of the season, and their problems were directly related to bad defense. Last season, Cleveland’s defense was No. 10 in the league, and it obviously was good enough for them to win the NBA finals even after falling down 3-1. We know their defense with this personnel has been good in the past, but whether it can get back to championship level, we aren’t sure. On Saturday, it certainly wasn’t.

Cleveland nearly pulled away in the second half, taking an eight point lead into the fourth quarter, but Stephenson wouldn’t let it happen. He ended up with 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including some classic Lance shots. Since joining the team late in the season, it feels like Stephenson has returned so quickly to being a decent basketball player, something he wasn’t able to accomplish anywhere outside of Indiana. Who knows what it is, but it happens.

It’s possible that Jason Castro isn’t Joey Votto now and that Ervin Santana’s ERA will creep above 1.00 at some point, so I’m not sure if they’re likely to keep contending in 2017. If that’s the case, they’ll need both Sano and Buxton to help them feel good about the future. More than almost any other pair of young players on a rebuilding team, the two have the potential to make their team feel great about the future. They just need to play well. Simple!

The situations are different, of course. We already know Sano can demolish baseballs, and that he’s capable of being a perennial All-Star, if not a 500-homer threat. The question is if he can hit enough to allow the Twins to ignore his defensive shortcomings. When Miguel Cabrera gets into the Hall of Fame, you’re not going to hear a lot of “Yeah, but his defense” grumbling. It’s unfair to compare anyone to Cabrera, but that gives you a pretty good idea of Sano’s potential, as well as what he’ll need to come close to if his lack of a true position is never resolved.nike_jaguars_659

Colts QB Andrew Luck comes clean about injured shoulder

Andrew Luck had surgery on his shoulder this offseason, and he admitted his problems stemmed from his injury during Week 3 of the 2015 season.

Limited Mens Chandler Catanzaro Jersey Luck had not been open to discussing the injury to his throwing shoulder before, but Monday he decided to talk about why he waited to long to have the surgery.

This wasn’t an off-the-cuff thing. I put a lot of thought, effort and plan in moving forward after the season — talked to a lot of people and got quality information, Luck said, via Honestly, it wasn’t too hard of a decision. It felt right.

Seattle radio host Dave Mahler said he received a text from Lynch’s agent, saying there is no deal. Lynch also tweeted, saying when the business is finalized, he would let people know.

Silver believes the deal will eventually get done once the Raiders figure out the parameters of the contract and consummate a trade with the Seahawks. Lynch will likely have to redo his contract, which would currently pay him $9 million this year.
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Speculation now turns to what the Raiders might be willing to offer in a trade for the former Cal player, with the NFL Draft two weeks away. This was really a two-person race for me and I want to make special note of Erik Spoelstra. Think about how far hes come in his nine years on the job. From Pat Riley protege, to two-time champ who was at the forefront of the pace-and-space smallball revolution, to being acknowledged as a Jedi Master of the highest order.

Spoelstras work over the second half of the season, in conjunction with the entire Miami Heat infrastructure, has been one of the few truly surprising events of the season. That kind of performance typically results in an Auerbach trophy and I dont have any objections if that winds up being the will of the voters.

Like marathon participants, the Falcons should have run the ball.

Mahomes, the son of former MLB pitcher Patrick Mahomes, has always been an intriguing athlete. He turned down a spot in the MLB Draft to honor his commitment to the Red Raiders’ football team; his recent rise has proven that to be the right decision. He earned a starting role as a true freshman in 2014 when then-incumbent starter Davis Webb — a fellow likely draftee in this spring — went down with injury.

Begay offered a hint about what Woods might do once his playing career is over — beyond owning a restaurant, designing golf courses, and other business ventures.

“I don’t think that would be the worst thing in the world,” Begay said about the possibility that his former Stanford teammate could end up in the broadcast booth. “We certainly would love to have him at NBC/Golf Channel.”

With the Patriots coming off of the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, a man at the marathon decided to motivate runners by holding up the scoreboard when the Patriots were down 25 to the Falcons:

The Boston Marathon is today, where many people will run the 26.2-mile course starting in Hopkinton, Mass. through downtown Boston.

Philadelphia is 7-11 in that span, despite playing without Embiid and partially without Jahlil Okafor.

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Game Gary Harris Jersey Don’t let this pre-Mania pessimism drown out any fun that you’ll have, though. There are still some excellent matches on this card tailor-made for you. There’s the culmination of the Kevin Owens — Chris Jericho feud and the Cruiserweight Championship match between Neville and Austin Aries, who, despite being as smug as ever, is getting white-hot baby-faced reactions from crowds. Bray Wyatt versus Randy Orton could finally be Wyatt’s time to break out as the bone-chilling character we know he can be. Even this trio of matches have different objectives, though, they’re more suited for the dedicated viewer.

Plus, there’s still NXT Takeover the night before, and both shows after Mania to look forward to.

For now, try to enjoy WrestleMania 33. Don’t have many expectations that things will turn out to your liking. We can celebrate at SummerSlam in August when our favorites finally get the limelight they deserve.

“I think that that environment hardened Dario,” Brown says. “Those extra few years let him continue to play against adults, let him continue to play against a physical league. And I think that that did set that table a little bit cleaner when he came into the NBA.”

In the 18 games since Ilyasova’s trade, Saric leads his team in both scoring (19.4 points) and rebounding (7.8 boards). Saric leads all rookies in scoring since the All-Star break and is second in rebounding behind New York’s Willy Hernangomez.

Philadelphia is 7-11 in that span, despite playing without Embiid and partially without Jahlil Okafor.

“It’s just a progressive sort of rhythm beat to his mind and his confidence, and his disposition, his poise,” Brown says. “I think there’s a calmness and a confidence that he plays with as this season has unfolded.”

I picked the Brewers to finish ahead of the Cardinals

It appears as if the gambling community isn’t so sure about those scrappy, small-market teams. It also appears as if they use science, too, which makes this trickier.

I picked the Brewers to finish ahead of the Cardinals, so that should be my pick right? Not really. I did that because I knew that every baseball season has one screwy finish, so I just threw a dart and picked a screwy finish. Doesn’t mean that I actually believe it.

And I’m not going to pick either the Rays or A’s. Too much can go wrong. Too much of what goes right can be traded in July. The Cubs and Dodgers are tempting, but they’re also really, really good.

Reds. Final answer. They have a pitcher in the rotation right now whose name is Rookie Davis, and that is just way too on the nose. A 71-91 season or better seems like a huge stretch, even with the contributions of Joey Votto. I’m going Reds, under.

The Amazing Race is one of the best-dang reality TV shows in history. It combines all my loves: Couples fighting, travel problems, lost passports, divorced couples thinking they can re-ignite the spark of passion by putting themselves in an entirely too stressful situation that will never help their relationship and oh god they’re screaming again and lol these people need to eat 12 pounds of caviar on a rickety boat in the middle of the Caspian Sea.

This is where I, Pat Iversen, am at. And that’s why you get this article of multiple personalities instead of one long diatribe putting the league on blast.

For months, I was ready to write that article. And then the news came down on Monday and I felt … all of the above.

Cowboys did Tony Romo a big favor by releasing him

The Dallas Cowboys did Tony Romo one last favor when they finally decided to release him on Tuesday.

Because Romo was cut as opposed to being placed on the league’s reserve/retired list, he was not forced to pay back $5 million in bonus money that he already received.
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“A billion dollars, it has to be there,” LaVar Ball told USA Today in March. “That’s our number, a billion, straight out of the gate. And you don’t even have to give it to me all up front. Give us $100 mil over 10 years.”

But if the Balls were hoping to reach that type of deal with Nike, it appears they’ll have to look elsewhere.

LaVar Ball is known for his outlandish claims, but a $1 billion deal isn’t realistic at this point for Lonzo and his brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo. The latter two have yet to prove they can perform successfully at the collegiate level, let alone the NBA.

LeBron James signed a $1 billion lifetime deal with Nike a couple of years ago, so it’s not like the company is completely opposed to opening up its checkbook when it counts. But it remains to be seen if Lonzo or his brothers will ever become good enough to earn that type of payday.

Game Mens Xavien Howard Jersey There’s a chance the elder Ball’s request actually does net them $1 billion, so you can’t knock him for trying — but we’ll see if Knight’s comments coax him to lowering his asking price. The Cleveland Browns lost two big pieces on their offensive line last year in free agency: right tackle Mitchell Schwartz and center Alex Mack. But they still had all-world left tackle Joe Thomas and left guard Joel Bitonio.

Is Oregon a threat to flip 4-star DB Isaiah Bolden from Florida State?

The recent NFA 7v7 Southeast Regional tournament at IMG Academy was the best I have seen FSU commitment Isaiah Bolden look. Ever.

The Saints don鈥檛 have a lot of punishers on their defense, so Barnett could instill an element of fear in opposing offenses. Barnett also has awareness that surpass his years as an edge setter, and isn鈥檛 afraid to pursue the play. He鈥檚 a quality player against both the run and pass, per Pro Football Focus his play against the run is among the best in this class. Where he can struggle is pre-snap. Barnett can sometimes get overzealous, and he jumps offsides often to compensate for a slow burst off of the ball. Good coaching can fix this, and the Saints just reupholstered their entire defensive staff.
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James McCann Mens Jersey Another knock on Barnett is his arc to the quarterback, but this can be remedied as well and, even if it remains, the Saints鈥?internal line of Rankins and Fairley complement that style well. All-in-all, Barnett directly addresses a need that the Saints have had for several years, and he would be a fine piece to the defensive line puzzle that New Orleans worked on by adding Sheldon Rankins and Nick Fairley in 2017.

Analysis: While you could make a case for cornerback Marlon Humphrey or wide receiver John Ross or Mike Williams, Barnett is the right pick. While Drew Brees is around, the Saints need to acquire sure thing players who can make an immediate impact. Starting three seasons at Tennessee, Barnett is ready for the NFL and in the right situation should contend for Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Saints are that right situation.

New NFL rule will prevent teams from burning clock with repeated intentional penalties

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A new rule will ensure NFL teams cannot commit multiple intentional fouls on the same play in order to run out the clock. As a result, teams hoping to burn valuable seconds by intentionally holding defenders — a move made famous by John Harbaugh’s Ravens in recent years — won’t have the same latitude late in games.

The latest reform is a small change that addresses a problem NFL teams haven’t yet run across, but it should help clarify what will and won’t fly late in games. Adding this rule ensures no team will have a shot at a fourth-quarter comeback erased thanks to loophole-exploiting intentional holding penalties.

Authentic Bishop Sankey Jersey Radar as of 2 p.m. ET continue to show a severe storm moving through downtown Chicago with tornado warning just off to the south and southeast of the city. Another round of strong storms will come in behind this line of storms. These storms could also produce strong damaging winds, frequent lightning and the potential of tornadoes.

NFL suspended the play on the field between the Chicago Bears and the visiting Baltimore Ravens. With the next line of storms coming in right behind the current storms, it would be wise for the NFL to wait these storms out before letting fans back into their seats.

Candle’s first season in charge was a success by any definition, except the one that matters the most. Toledo improved dramatically on offense, producing a 4,100-yard passer, a nearly 1,500-yard rusher, a nearly 1,300-yard receiver, and a No. 16 Off. S&P+ ranking. This allowed the Rockets to overcome defensive regression and rank 34th in overall S&P+, one spot ahead of the WMU that finished 13-1 and went to the Cotton Bowl.

While re-signing Brisiel and Winston might not have been the right specific moves, investing those dollars in higher-caliber replacements would likely yield bigger results for Ben Tate/Dennis Johnson/A Guy Who Can Walk And Chew Gum.

It was business as usual for the Seahawks this week as they hit the road and beat up on the Falcons in Atlanta.

White missed the past threeweeks due to a hamstring injury, and this follows a high ankle sprain that he had played through earlier in the season. He was back on the practice field this week, although doing limited work, and is questionable for today’s matchup with Seattle. With Julio Jones already out for the season, the slumping Falcons could badly use White on the field this afternoon, and he will be a game-time decision.

One of the hottest teams in the league, the Saints ran into a speed bump in last week’s 26-20 loss to the Jets. Drew Brees was humming as usual, but threw two costly interceptions. On the defensive side, the Saints were worn down by New York’s running game, surrendering 198 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Despite the loss, the Saints are still 6-2 and first place in the NFC South, but the Carolina Panthers are nipping at their heels. A home win here will be important to keep pace with the Seahawks and 49ers for NFC playoff seeding.

A win over the has legitimized Carolina, now it’s a question of whether they can keep it up. A look back at that game and the rest of Sunday’s NFL action.

It was business as usual for the Seahawks this week as they hit the road and NFC South beat up on the Falcons in Atlanta. With a 9-1 record, they’re 1.5 games up on New Orleans for the No. 1 seed. San Francisco 49ers Given how well the Seahawks play at CenturyLink Field, getting home-field advantage would be huge for Pete Carroll’s bunch in January.

Maybe Chip Kelly put it there, in the midst of his own psychedelic exploration of Philadelphia. However it happened doesn’t matter. Foles is quarterbacking the Eagles and making things happen.


Redskins vs. Eagles 2017 odds: Eagles favored at home.

Everything is falling into place for the Eagles, and that extends beyond facing the Green Bay Packers without Aaron Rodgers. Chip Kelly’s offense is still relevant despite struggles in October, while it became clear that Nick Foles is simply the right player to run this system. He takes care of the football, knows how to use the team’s weapons and is backed up by an excellent running game. Those factors are the reason this team could easily seize the lead in the NFC East.

There’s no mystery why the Packers didn’t win on Sunday — they don’t have their franchise quarterback. This team isn’t constructed to be able to limp along without Rodgers under center, few are. However, the front office didn’t do enough to ensure there was adequate support at the position behind Rodgers.

The Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins in an important NFC East showdown in Week 11. Vegas is predicting a close match–according to Oddsshark, the Eagles are favored by just three points over the Redskins.
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Elite Mens Patric Hornqvist Jersey The Eagles got back to .500 after crushing the Green Bay Packers, 27-13. They were 1.5 point favorites and had no problem covering the spread after Aaron Rodgers went down in Week 10. Philadelphia is now 5-5 and tied with the Dallas Cowboys for first place. They are also 5-5 against the spread. It’s all but certain that they will stick with Nick Foles for the playoff race after another fine performance.

The Redskins blew a double-digit lead to the Minnesota Vikings and lost, 34-27. They entered the game as one-point favorites and failed to cover by losing. Washington falls to 3-6 in the standings and 3-6 against the spread. Despite the poor record, they’re still in the divisional race and will pick up an important tiebreaker if they beat the Eagles.