Mitchell got a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer, turning a third-and-8 into a 49-yard swing.

“The video shows what it shows. I wasn’t trying to take Alex Smith’s knees out,” said Mitchell, whose Steelers won 19-13. “I went up to him and told him that…It’s just one of those things you don’t want to see in the football game.”

Chiefs QB Alex Smith, normally calm and collected on the field, admitted that he got fired up over the low hit to the knees he received from Steelers safety Mike Mitchell.
“I mean, when you get hit in the back of your knee like that, I didn’t understand how that happened,” Smith said. “Certainly guys falling, rushing the quarterback, I get it when it’s happening from the front and guys are trying hard. That one to me just seemed so weird to get hit that low coming from behind.”

Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last six games against the Chiefs, including a win in the postseason last year, per the OddsShark NFL Database.

On Thursday night, two 4-1 SU teams collide as the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Carolina Panthers (-3). Carolina holds the ATS edge this season at 3-1-1 ATS to Philadelphia’s 3-2 ATS. The Eagles are 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games against teams with winning records.

Week 6 wraps up with the New York Giants at Denver (-11.5) on Sunday Night Football and Indianapolis at Tennessee on Monday Night Football. The Giants are still looking for their first win of the season at 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS.sabres_005

Golden Tate made 3 Saints defenders look silly, then flipped into the end zone

Golden Tate is a slippery wide receiver, and it didn’t take him long to make the New Orleans Saints secondary look silly in Week 6.
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Entering Week 6, there was confusion as to how touches would shake out in the San Francisco backfield. The results suggest Carlos Hyde remains the clear lead back. Hyde out-snapped Matt Breida 54 to 17, out-carried him 13 to four and out-targeted him six to two. Even including the Week 5 bump in the road, Hyde has played 167 more snaps than Breida and is significantly ahead in both carries and receptions.
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Hyde is averaging 4.2 yards per carry (1.8 after contact) to Breida’s 4.1 (1.3), is averaging 5.1 yards per target to Breida’s 3.6 and has caught 82 percent of his targets to Breida’s 56 percent. Frankly, it’s hard to find a single category in which the rookie has out-performed Hyde this season. Expect the contract-year vet to continue leading this backfield. He’s a solid RB2 play.

The Minnesota Vikings quarterback can’t blame his offensive line for this one, though. He showed zero urgency and sat back in the end zone for way too long. He was a sitting duck for Floyd, who had to take a long route to get to the quarterback.

It’s important to get rid of the ball quickly when you’re backed up. Instead, Bradford held the ball for more than five seconds, which is never a good idea, even if you’re at midfield.

Bradford started the season with three touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 143 passer rating in Week 1. It looks like he may have some rust to shake off before he’s back to that player again.

Mara said the owners expect more of the same from the White House.

Dislocated ankle, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Fractured tibia, he continued. Players in white uniforms and green swarmed Hayward, offering encouragement as he was carted off the floor.
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In 2014, Paul George suffered a gruesome compound fracture that sent shockwaves throughout the NBA. This was on that level. A backdoor cut, a lob, a play Hayward has run hundreds of times. On this one he found himself sandwiched between LeBron James and Jae Crowder. His leg pinned underneath him, his ankle snapping from the weight. On the court, players knew it instantly. James prayed, Dwyane Wade took a knee and Celtics players huddled together on the other end of the floor.

Kaepernick may not have the goods on the owners, at least to the extent that will satisfy the arbitrator who will hear his case. But the excuses being cited by NFL insiders and mouthpieces for his treatment — and the role played by President Trump and his White House — speak volumes.

I don’t have any reaction to that, Mara said. We’re all aware that that’s going to continue. We just can’t allow ourselves to get baited by that. We’re going to do what we think is best.
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Said Goodell: We have about six or seven players that are involved in this protest at this point. This is something that what we’ve [sought] to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is that they’re protesting and try to address that matter.

How to keep your fantasy baseball league interesting all season

Did you do well in fantasy baseball this past season? For 10 to 12 percent of you, that answer is yes, but for many others, you failed to finish first and may have even checked out early. Many players turned their fantasy attention to the NFL or simply forgot about baseball after the All-Star break passed.

Perhaps this doesn’t bother you. I’m in two leagues here at ESPN, and in both of them, much of the so-called pennant race drama was simply non-existent. It was tough for everyone to stay motivated until Game 162 finished for every team.

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This added, recent pressure on managers to win more as the playoffs expand is a bad trend, especially as the two greatest postseasons of the game’s most successful GM, Theo Epstein, were highlighted by an impossible comeback with the 2004 Red Sox, and living on the edge every day during last year’s playoffs, in which rallying from a 3-1 series deficit was required to finally deliver the Cubs a championship.

Baker is just the latest example of the front office crushing its own, for it should be remembered that had the Yankees finished off the Red Sox up three games to none in 2004, the same scenario that is surrounding Baker was expected to play itself out in Boston. Terry Francona, who in the years since has proved himself a Hall of Fame manager, was likely going to be fired in Boston. Imagine that.

Kevin Love: News of position shift was given by LeBron, not coach

Kevin Love said he learned he would be moving from starting power forward to starting center in the Cavaliers’ lineup during a casual conversation with LeBron James, before head coach Tyronn Lue formally introduced the change to him and the team.

“I guess it wasn’t really presented in the first place,” Love said in an interview with ESPN before Tuesday’s 108-94 preseason loss to the Chicago Bulls. “I knew there was a possibility that I may or may not be playing more of the 5.”

“But a funny thing happened the third day of practice,” Love explained. “I had asked about a certain play on the defensive end and whether it was the different coverages on the 4 or 5 man, and ‘Bron kind of stopped me and goes, ‘You know you’re gonna be starting at the 5, right?’

“So I kind of looked at him and didn’t really fully understand that was going to be the case. Not that I would have trained or done anything different. I just would have started wrapping my head around it more. So that’s when I kind of knew that was coming into play, and I slowly and surely started to pick it up.”

Barring disaster, Milwaukee is a playoff lock. Put the Bucks in a higher tier at your own risk.

It’s jarring, even for newcomers, how different this roster looks. Hayward has admitted how instrumental Thomas was in recruiting him to Boston in July, and Hayward looked forward to playing alongside him. The Celtics practically underwent a second makeover between the time Hayward agreed on July 4 and the time Irving was officially traded just before Labor Day.

“It’s one of those things that it’s definitely tough for everyone around here, and I felt that,” said Aron Baynes, who signed as a free agent in July. “But that’s the business side of things, unfortunately. That’s the league. It comes down to the business side of things a lot of the time. You gotta try to do what you can. It’s one of those things where you make the most of what you got, and I think we got a great team here. I’m really excited to be a part of it.”ravens_008

How top UK prospects compare athletically to past NBA players

Braylon Edwards Youth Jersey A huge contingent of NBA talent evaluators assembled in Lexington, Kentucky, for John Calipari’s annual Kentucky pro day, now in its fourth year.

Schatz: Roethlisberger is surrounded by the most talent, which is why there are more questions about his struggles than the others. He has a solid offensive line, and maybe the best wide receiver and best (healthy) running back in the game. Palmer’s and Manning’s performances are less concerning only because they are less surprising; both look very similar to a year ago. Rivers is fine, still easily above average according to Football Outsiders metrics.

An early injury forced Terrance West out of the Ravens lineup in Week 5, leading to more work for Buck Allen. But Collins also saw 12 carries, totaling 55 yards. He’s averaging a ridiculous 7.1 yards per carry this season, and while that won’t keep up, he could be in line for an expanded workload if West’s injury costs him time. Collins is a worthwhile add in 12-team or larger leagues.
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The logo will begin appearing on Knicks jerseys for Friday night’s preseason game against the Washington Wizards, and the Knicks will immediately sell the jerseys with the patches on them inside the arena. As with all teams, jerseys bought outside team stores will not have the corporate logo.

O’Connor was asked if the franchise considered forgoing a sponsorship deal to leave the Knicks jersey as-is. (Nearly all NBA jerseys already have a Nike emblem this season.)

Not really, O’Connor said. … This is a trend that’s happening more extensively globally throughout a lot of different professional sports. This is a relatively small step for the NBA, relative to what’s happening elsewhere in professional sports. We think it’s a good one.

Squarespace, which was founded in 2003, is based in New York and hit $100 million in revenue in 2015. It has raised nearly $80 million from investors in the past seven years.

He’s been previously hampered by a sprained shoulder.

The speedy Tate had TD runs of 58, 28, 47 and 75 yards. He also threw for 142 yards, including a 13-yard TD pass to Shun Brown, as the Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) won at Folsom Field for a third straight time on a night when both offenses combined for 1,118 total yards.
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Tate was hardly touched all night — if at all. Asked if he was tackled, he grinned and responded: A couple of times.

Once in the game — and back to 100 percent — Tate quickly made up for lost time by breaking the record by a QB on his final run of the evening — a 31-yard scamper that also sealed the win. The mark was held by Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, who gained 321 yards rushing on Nov. 26, 2013.

But Bryant was the star of the night. He had 10 catches for 182 yards on the season coming into Saturday, but the potential he has shown in those spurts was entirely on display against the Bears. Bryant was targeted 11 times and five of his receptions went for first downs.
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Hopefully, this is a confidence builder and booster for him and hopefully we can keep building, Petersen said.

No play was better than Bryant wrestling a touchdown away from California defensive back Josh Drayden in the first quarter to give the Huskies an early 7-0 lead. It was a risky throw by Browning, but Bryant had enough control of the ball when he hit the turf that officials awarded a touchdown.

But, Stenhouse was busted for speeding on a late pit stop and had to restart 20th. He had to scramble in the closing laps to finish 13th.

We thought if we could be 15th to 10th it would be a good day for us, he said. It would be nice to run top-10 all race here, but we struggled up and down.

LUG NUT CONTROVERSY: Johnson was fourth when he headed to pit road under a Lap 280 caution. When crew chief Chad Knaus noticed a missing lug nut, Johnson slowed his exit from the pit box.

Beckham was the fourth Giants wide receiver injured against the Chargers.

Elite Youth Russell Okung Jersey Brandon Marshall was carted off in the second quarter with an ankle injury just moments after Sterling Shepard limped off the field with an ankle injury. Both Marshall and Shepard were ruled out for the second half. Dwayne Harris left on a cart early in the third quarter with a fractured foot. Harris is out for the season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Roger Lewis was the only wide receiver available by the time the Giants were trying to mount a comeback in the final minutes. Engram was forced to play wide receiver.

Yeah, I mean, it significantly altered the game, Giants coach Ben McAdoo said. We had one receiver left at the end of the ballgame.

Wilson then threw an interception to Rams rookie John Johnson, who returned it 69 yards . The Rams led 10-0 on Greg Zuerlein’s ensuing field goal, but the Seahawks mounted a 15-play drive culminating in Graham’s short TD catch 1:55 before halftime.

Authentic Prince Amukamara Jersey The normally reliable Zuerlein missed a 36-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Thomas barely stopped the Rams’ impressive opening drive when he chopped the ball out of Gurley’s hand while the running back stretched toward the pylon. On video review, officials ruled Gurley had fumbled for a touchback an instant before stepping out of bounds.

Thomas made an incredibly similar play against the St. Louis Rams in 2014, chopping the ball out of Benny Cunningham’s hand at the goal line.

The AFC South has been downright wild through four games.

Tough to rank real high in confidence when the guy who’s starting your next game has never played an NFL game and started only 13 in college. Mitchell Trubisky could be the next Dak Prescott or the next DeShone Kizer (more on that in a second) or something in between. There’s no way to know. What the Bears do know is that Mike Glennon’s eight turnovers in four games were unsustainable and used up any reserve of confidence they might have had when they signed him a month and a half before drafting Trubisky No. 2 overall. Next man up, as they say.

What is one undeniable fact we absolutely know about that division so far?

Bowen: We know that Deshaun Watson should have been the starter from Day 1 in Houston. His dynamic ability makes this Texans offense tough to prep for and he is displaying those same high-level intangibles that we saw during his title run at Clemson: leadership, toughness and the ability to make plays in critical game situations. Yes, Watson has made some rookie mistakes, but there is no denying the energy he brings to the field in Houston.

Clay: The only thing we know for sure is that Deshaun Watson has changed the game. The Titans looked like pretty good bets to take the division during the offseason, but Watson’s back-to-back impressive performances have the team right back in the thick of things. Granted, Houston has offensive line concerns, but the defense is loaded and Watson has plenty of offensive weapons at his disposal. The Jaguars’ defense is terrific, but quarterback woes for them and the Colts figure to cost both a shot at the divisional crown.

Mitchell Trubisky’s promotion in Chicago brings to three the number of 2017 draft picks scheduled to start at quarterback in Week 5.

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Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes II, who was the second quarterback and the 10th overall player taken in this year’s draft, is not among them. That’s in part because the Chiefs planned to develop him in a backup role all along, but it’s also because incumbent Alex Smith has been brilliant, leading the league in passer rating (124.2) and ranking third in yards per attempt (8.8) for the NFL’s only undefeated team. Smith’s contract makes it easy for the Chiefs to move on after this season, especially if they think Mahomes is ready. But in the meantime, Smith is playing so well that Kansas City’s confidence in its quarterback situation has skyrocketed since the preseason. The Chiefs have a guy with whom they believe they can win now, and they have the guy they like for the future.

The Eagles improved to 3-1 after a 26-24 road victory over the Los Angeles Chargers last week and the Cardinals evened their record at 2-2 after an 18-15 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Philadelphia did an admirable job of establishing the run against the Chargers with LeGarrette Blount carrying 16 times for 136 yards.

The Eagles were able to control the clock in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter on their way to a two-point win.

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