After his first preseason game for the Golden Stars, Lawson asked the team’s translator a question.

Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan debate which playoff teams are in the biggest amount of trouble, what the solution is to the postseason player safety issue and Snoop Dogg’s hockey tutorials. Plus, CSN Washington’s Alan May and “Catfish Guy” Jacob Waddell.

John Elway had to throw away any thoughts of taking a passer when the draft’s best (and can’t-miss) edge rusher fell right into his lap at No. 5. Miller celebrated as much as Chubb did with this selection, as the All-Pro now has a tag-team partner to wreak havoc on quarterbacks and revive a sagging pass rush. The backbone of the Broncos’ defense is still standing tall.

The Bills gifted the Bucs two second-rounders for a mild five-pick climb up the board, and Tampa Bay still ended up with a stud at No. 12 in Washington’s Vita Vea, the best defensive tackle in the draft. Tampa Bay has remade its interior front around Gerald McCoy, and Vea should get plenty of chances to eat space right next to him. The Bucs wisely are trying to copy the Eagles inside and outside.

It was surprising when Reed, fresh off being the heart of soul of the Miami Hurricanes’ defense, had to wait so long to hear his name called in the draft, eventually by the Ravens. But Baltimore, where he was paired with Ray Lewis in the middle of the field for many seasons, turned out to be ideal spot for Reed’s range and elite ball-hawking skills. He is one of the smartest, most instinctual defenders in NFL history.

Polamalu’s career is a lesson to those who have so much trouble thinking about safety tweeners early in the draft. Polamalu was equal parts linebacker and cornerback, so in essence, the Steelers got three players for one in this hard-hitting free/strong hybrid.

He was as nasty on the field as he was nice off the field. Polamalu’s energy and effort provided the backbone of Pittsburgh’s defense for many seasons. There were several good defenders drafted in ’03, including Kevin Williams, Terrell Suggs and Nnamdi Asmougha. Polamalu trumps them all.

Not far away from Mount Tai, Lawson began his long, humble climb back to the NBA, and he quickly began to realize all the things he’d taken for granted.canucks_660

NFL Draft 2018: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State tied for most picks through three rounds

Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State are tied for the most NFL Draft picks through three rounds. The Crimson Tide, Bulldogs and Buckeyes all have five picks apiece.

USC and LSU round out the top five with four picks apiece heading into the third day of the 2018 NFL Draft on Sunday.

A basket by Derrick Rose got Minnesota within 14 later in the fourth when Houston went on a 10-4 run to push the lead to 108-88 with less than five minutes to go.

The Wolves got consecutive 3s by Jamal Crawford and Wiggins to cut the lead after that, but the Rockets scored the next five points to end that run and cruise to the victory.

The Rockets opened the second half with a 10-2 run to erase a halftime deficit and take a 65-61 lead with about nine minutes left in the third. Paul, who finished with 12 points and nine assists, had four points in that stretch and Harden and P.J. Tucker added 3-pointers.

Minnesota scored the next five points to go back on top, but Harden scored five quick points after that to leave the Rockets ahead 70-66. Harden, who had just five points at halftime, hit a 3 before throwing down a one-handed dunk over Taj Gibson that prompted Minnesota Thibodeau to call a timeout.

Bryant was cut by Dallas in mid-April after spending his entire eight-season career with the team. The Cowboys saved over $8 million in salary cap space by releasing him, according to multiple reports.

Bryant was selected to the Pro Bowl three times with the Cowboys and led the NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns in 2014. Last season, Bryant registered 838 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that the team was not interested in bringing Bryant back.

Bucks: F John Henson missed his third straight game with back soreness. … Scored 15 points in first quarter. It was low for a quarter in the series, excluding the Game 1 overtime period (eight points).

Celtics: Finished with 18 turnovers. … Outscored the Bucks 32-28 in the paint.

“It’s win or go home, so I mean you can’t leave nothing on the line. That’s pretty much how you play this whole playoffs — you leave it all out there. Tonight we had too many lapses where we just didn’t want it as bad as they did.” — Middleton

The Celtics went without a field goal from Rozier’s 3-pointer with 9:14 left in the third until Jaylen Brown hit from beyond the arc with 4:26 to go in the period.

It allowed Milwaukee to go on a 12-2 run, trimming Boston’s lead to 58-52.dolphins_083

Denico Autry will sign with the Colts

The Colts have been fairly quiet over the last few days, but they landed their first free agent of the offseason on Wednesday.

It’s the first visit for Richardson, one of the rare top free agents who didn’t have a deal in place before free agency opened.

The Arizona Cardinals traded veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer to the Denver Broncos for a 2018 sixth-round draft pick, the team announced Friday.?

Veldheer appeared in 13 games for Arizona in 2017 and registered 53 starts in his four seasons with the Cardinals.

Wondermentalist, Assembly Rooms Fresh from Radio 4’s Saturday Live’s solo outing Wondermentalist at Assembly is a strong work that embodies the spirit of theatre.I think that it is best to nip this the right off the bat.Especially at such a age.

Let’s face it, McGloin very likely isn’t going to be back with the Raiders next. To have not only a leader, but a player who can jump and at the very least know his assignments is worth a roster position.Seumalo didn’t play at center because for the second straight, Kelce didn’t a single snap.Material items such as cars and jewelry had become the couple’s obsession.

Thus far, no member of the Arizona Cardinals has followed Kaepernick’s lead.Owner of a self-named 24-hour cable network.Told he didn’t sound very excited, Aho said it again, I’m excited.I’m still not over it.

Murray visited the Lions, but they signed veteran running back LeGarrette Blount on Friday. He also had a trip to Seattle last week.

The Titans released Murray to save $6.5 million in cap space. He led the league in rushing with 1,845 yards in 2014 with the Cowboys, but Murray has only one 1,000-yard season since.

He rushed for 659 yards and six touchdowns last season, his second with the Titans.

And not after averaging just seven minutes, 1 rebound and 2 points per game, all career lows.You sit down after the birthday party ends and her friends have gone home and it’s quiet and you think about what you just saw and heard for the past few hours., I get you want to put the ball into your best players’ hands, but it’s looking like last year’s offense and the predictability is through the roof.I’d rather whiff on a potential franchise QB than settle for above-average non-QB.

Missing in the reports are key details like signing bonus, guarantee at signing, and cash flow in the early years of the deal. Without that information, it’s impossible to properly assess the contract.49ers_120

Indianapolis, meanwhile, picks up some additional ammo for a rebuild as it moves behind a potential quarterback derby.

Had they signed Johnson or Butler, it would have required the Packers to make another drastic move similar to the release of wide receiver Jordy Nelson, which cleared $10.25 million in cap space. They decided instead to sign Fuller to such a modest deal that it didn’t even take a day for the Bears to match it.

One agent with a cornerback in the market predicted the deal would be three years, $30 million with a $25 million signing bonus. That would mean the first-year salary cap number would be around $10 million.

One of the cornerbacks in whom the Packers had expressed interest, Indianapolis’ Rashaad Melvin, was set to sign Friday with the Oakland Raiders.

Some of the cornerbacks that remain on the market are Buffalo’s E.J. Gaines, Cincinnati’s Adam “Pacman” Jones and the New York Giants’ Ross Cockrell. But the Packers’ best option right now is probably to re-sign veteran Davon House and perhaps bring back former starter Tramon Williams.

The Packers have long admired the 26-year-old Fuller, but his career with the Bears has been rocky and it’s unclear if they only turned to him after finding themselves priced out everywhere else.

With the move, the Jets leapfrog both the Denver Broncos (No. 5) and the Cleveland Browns’ second pick (No. 4), potentially positioning themselves to take one of the quarterbacks in consideration for the top picks: USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen or Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.

The division-rival Buffalo Bills also loomed as a team with the potential to move up the draft board after jumping to the No. 12 overall pick in an earlier trade with the Cincinnati Bengals, though Bills general manager Brandon Beane said the team was not necessarily planning to do so.

Earlier this week the Jets agreed to re-sign Josh McCown and also signed Teddy Bridgewater after losing out on Kirk Cousins. But both passers are on one-year deals.patriots_081

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“On the ice you can see he’s so dominant,” Jost said of MacKinnon. “He is a man among boys out there, and he is always someone we can rely on.”

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar was happy to pick up a point in Chicago but disappointed with several lapses in concentration that ended up costing his team in its second straight overtime loss. He knows the Blue Jackets will come out firing.

“That’s a hard-working hockey team. They’re a desperate hockey team,” Bednar said of the Blue Jackets. “They’re in the exact same position as we are. They’re fighting for their playoff lives.

Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Reinhart and Zemgus Girgensons also scored for Buffalo, while Chad Johnson stopped 38 shots in extending the Maple Leafs’ skid to 0-2-2.

Though the Sabres remain at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, they improved to 7-5-2 in their last 14 games. It’s a three-week stretch during which Buffalo has defeated each of the division’s three top teams, including Boston twice.

There was excitement in Cleveland for the pieces the Cavs got in the Irving trade. But as the season has unfolded, second-guessing has been developing. James himself was publicly supportive, but it is no secret within the organization that he was against trading Irving after the demand (and well before the now-famous Arthur tweet).

Of course, it has been reported that Irving wanted to be traded in the first place becapackers_002use the Cavaliers had attempted to move the former Duke guard to Phoenix in a deal that would have sent Paul George and Eric Bledsoe to Cleveland. Irving believed James was behind the trade proposal and started looking into his options because of the apparent slight.

The report saying James did not want Irving to be traded comes on the heels of growing discontent in the Cavaliers locker room. Cleveland has lost four games in a row and eight of their last 10.

Not a lot of players are happy with the way things are unfolding on the court or in the locker room and James is among those individuals. Meanwhile, Irving’s new team in Boston is leading the Eastern Conference and the only team with a better record in basketball is the Warriors.

In his first five years, Keenum played on below-average Texans and Rams teams. Now he’s leading a Super Bowl contender.

Keenum will face off against Rams quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1-overall pick in the 2016 draft who replaced him as the Rams starter in November 2016, after Keenum went 4-5 to begin the year. The Rams lost their remaining seven games after the change to Goff.

Keenum is 5-2 in his seven starts for the Vikings, has thrown 11 TDs, five INTs, has a rating of 92.6 and has been a big part of the Vikings’ five-game win streak. Why make a change now?

Even if it doesn’t happen this week for the Jags, they’ve strongly positioned themselves for a postseason berth. And the vibe in Jacksonville is much different than it’s been in recent years, with the stern Marrone even having unwittingly started a bologna craze when he recently told reporters his favorite meal is a bologna and cheese sandwich.

Since those comments, which were published first on ESPN.com, the thing has gone viral, with a meat company sending a few hundred logs of bologna to Marrone, who kept six of the 3 ?-pound logs and donated the rest to Feeding Northeast Florida, which supplies local food banks.

And now, the Jaguars are selling a “Marroney Bologna’’ sandwich for $6 at their stadium during home games with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Jaguars Foundation.

At 9:10 comes a brief rehearsal, he finishes his iced coffee at 9:33 and goes on Instagram Live for four minutes to promote his show and complain about Alabama getting into the College Football Playoff, which is announced at that moment.

Is hated the right word here? Williams, the player for whom New Orleans mortgaged an entire draft, was never fully understood in the NFL. Critics always wondered how much he cared. Williams became most closely associated with marijuana use after he failed three drug tests and was suspended for the 2004 season. Williams returned to the league and finished with 10,009 rushing yards. Still, if you’re a Saints fan …

But wait. A flag. Rams defensive back Trumaine Johnson, college man — Texas A&M — stood over Jeffery apparently trash-talking him, dialogue that continued, facemask-to-facemask, after Jeffery rose. Taunting penalty; first down, Eagles.

On that needlessly, mindlessly extended possession, the Eagles scored a TD to take a 31-28 lead in what would conclude a 43-35 Philadelphia win.

Afterward, Johnson claimed he and Jeffery were just engaged in “football talk,” thus the flag was unwarranted. But the official who stood right next to them clearly heard/felt otherwise.nike-youth-cardinals-064

Zach Miller injury update: Bears TE walking without crutches

bengals_006Zach Miller has taken an encouraging step in his rehabilitation — literally.

The Bears tight end on Sunday shared a video on his Instagram account that showed him walking without crutches while his left knee remained in a brace.

Miller underwent emergency vascular surgery Oct. 29 in New Orleans to repair a torn popliteal artery in his dislocated left knee after he was carted off the field in the Bears’ Week 8 loss to the Saints. Doctors were able to stabilize his injury after a successful surgery after surgeons reportedly fought to save his leg from amputation during the procedure. He was released from the New Orleans hospital on Nov. 6 and transported back to Chicago.

Take televised , when the lights are on, he says.Didn’t happen.Hitz and the KM staff emphasized the importance of having entire team throughout the individual state tournament.Nill’s been open about his search for a heavier body on the blueline, but said it was unlikely something materializes free agency or via trade.A Patriots loss would be one of the most stunning upsets recent NFL history.Cowell has some hilarious present ideas invited Dermot back on to the show this time round Dermot was heard telling the crowd at the time: can’t choose between her acts.

On Saturday, ‘s camp be followed by a back to school giveaway at Memorial Park .It merely astonishes me, Hurston once said.I think he had back, shoulder, all sorts of stuff going on with him.Deflect By Ribeiro.There were also plenty of injuries, which left room for some players to stake a claim on playing time next year.

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Arians said Monday that Drew Stanton will get the start under center next Sunday against the Giants.

“Drew gives us the best chance to win,” Arians told reporters Monday.

Gabbert completed only 16 of 41 passes for 189 yards in a 20-15 loss to the Redskins Sunday. He also threw an interception and lost a fumble. The team has now gone two games without a touchdown.

Arians said he had the change of heart after reviewing game film.

“It is no fault of Blaine,” Arians said.

Stanton and Gabbert have split quarterback duties following the season-ending injury to Carson Palmer in Week 7. Stanton relieved Palmer and started the next two games, but has not played since suffering a knee injury against the Seahawks Nov. 9. He threw for 474 yards in his two starts, totaling three TDs and one interception.

NFL issues memo warning teams of ‘significant’ punishment for abuse of officials

The NFL warned its teams Monday that it will begin levying “significant discipline” to anyone engaging in offensive conduct or contact against game officials, responding to a series of incidents that had grown increasingly worrisome to the NFL Referees Association.

MUCH OF THE athletic department’s finances was shrouded in secrecy, hidden from the Louisville Athletic Association and the board of trustees. Two former trustees told Outside the Lines that they were unaware of large real estate transactions involving the athletic department and the Louisville Foundation, the school’s endowment, which raises money for education and research.

Dawn Heinecken, a professor who sits on the athletic association board, says the board learned about the Adidas deal “after it was announced publicly. That was the first I heard about it.”

Odom, a Mizzou alum, is in his second season as head coach. The Tigers (7-5), lost five straight games this season before closing out their regular season slate with six straight wins.

“I am excited for the future of this program, as we have made positive steps over the course of the last two years,” Odom said in a statement provided by Missouri. “I am so appreciative of my team and staff; they continually work together to make Mizzou Football a great representative of our University.

The university said that the original financial details in the contract remain which has three years left on his original five-year deal that pays him a guaranteed salary of $2.35 million.
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Jones hasn’t just gotten cold feet since casting that ballot.

That’s why it’s in the best interest of Goodell, Jones and other NFL owners to resolve this matter as quickly as possible. The league faces enough outside challenges to its mainstream popularity without the possibility of imploding from within.

They’re more frozen than those of the 1967 Cowboys that played in the Ice Bowl.

Jones has publicly claimed his beef is the way Goodell would be compensated. Jones wants Goodell to receive more of an incentive-based contract than the one currently being crafted by the league’s six-owner compensation committee.

It’s obvious, though, that Jones’ concerns about NFL operations under Goodell run much deeper than that.

Who saw this coming before the season, the Rams doing a 180 from the end of the Jeff Fisher regime, the Vikings cruising without their starting quarterback? What the Vikings should worry about, though, is how last week Case Keenum went from unstoppable to a nightmare and back over the course of that game in Washington. The Rams, who had four takeaways and three sacks in Houston last week, can take advantage.

Since this is the most unpredictable NFL season in a while, bet on this ending up as the most entertaining game of the holiday. Yes, the odds are long. The Giants managed to not wow anybody even while beating the Chiefs last week. Washington’s collapse in the final minutes in New Orleans made their fans (again) question their will to live. Signs are growing that a national audience will be witnessing a lot of empty seats at FedEx Field. Of the two teams that can’t be trusted, the Giants can’t be trusted more.nike_redskins_120

For the game, the Jets had converted the majority (9-of-17) of their third downs.

The San Diego State Aztecs began selling single-game home tickets today, which is a sign that college basketball will soon be upon us. On November 2nd, SDSU will play their lone exhibition game against UC San Diego. The Aztecs open up their official slate eight days later against San Diego Christian.

The Aztecs will be entering the 2017-’18 season having been picked to finish second in the preseason Mountain West Conference media poll. Nevada, who won the conference last year, were awarded with 19 first-place votes and 257 overall points. San Diego State finished with two first-place votes and 229 overall points, just ahead of Boise State, who also received two first-place votes and 211 points.

“That’s why guys are so passionate about coming together and making a difference and making a stand, and doing everything they can in terms of making a difference for social injustice because no matter what, before we had all of this money, and after we’re dead and gone, our skin is still black, we’ll still be looked at a certain way, and all we want is equality for everyone. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, and it’s just great to have a guy like Doug continuing that fight, and continuing to take it beyond what others have done.”

New England’s inability to get its offense off the field fueled New York’s early dominance. The Jets came into Sunday’s game ranked 23rd in the league in third-down conversions (36.8 percent). On their very first drive, they converted third-and-8, third-and-10, third-and-6, and third-and-goal from the 1-yard line. One three-and-out later, a third-and-5 conversion led to their second touchdown drive of the game.
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