Month: February 2018

Only the Eagles could’ve got the short end of the stick by a rule that turns athletic plays into non-touchdowns.

The catch rule could’ve done that and been cast into the spotlight negatively Sunday. The NFL was fortunate that it wasn’t.
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It was a great game for the running back who finished with 100 receiving yards on four receptions. No play was bigger than his catch on an absolute dime from Nick Foles in the back of the end zone in the third quarter.

Left foot down. Right foot down. Touchdown.

But a closer look raised a question about when exactly Clement gained Donnel Pumphrey Authentic Jersey control of the football.

The Blue Jackets are hovering around the playoff line. They were tied for the second wild-card spot in the East with the New York Islanders entering play Saturday. A cluster of division opponents are fighting it out.

Not only are the Blue Jackets struggling with consistency, but captain Nick Foligno and defenseman Markus Hannikainen went on the injured list this week. Replacing them are defenseman Taylor Chorney, brought in off waivers from the Washington Capitals, and Nathan Gerbe, a forward with some NHL experience who was called up from Cleveland of the American Hockey League.
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Let’s be clear: the Patriots were not screwed. They couldn’t be.

The Eagles made a pair of athletic plays that would be considered a catch without question in any world except the one the NFL has built. It’s a problem that hasn’t gone unnoticed by commissioner Roger Goodell who plans to lead a deconstruction and rebuild of the catch rule this offseason.

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock acknowledged his team didn’t play very well Thursday night, and his players know things could become much more difficult if they have to deal with another injury absence for Auston Matthews.
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Tyler Bozak scored the shootout winner in the first round and Toronto squeezed out a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders after Matthews left the game. He tipped in Jake Gardiner’s shot to tie it 3-all with 3:29 remaining in the third period, but exited with 1:06 to go in regulation favoring his right shoulder after being sandwiched by Adam Pelech and Cal Clutterbuck.

Alexandar Georgiev to make NHL debut for Rangers versus Canadiens

Alexandar Georgiev is set to make his NHL debut for the New York Rangers when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
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The 22-year-old Russian was 12-11-2 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .908 save-percentage in 31 games with Hartford of the AHL before being called up by the Rangers on Feb. 10.
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I thought we were really good in the first quarter, and then we got ourselves back into it in the third, but we had one stretch where we had three wide-open 3s in about 30 seconds — (Reggie) Bullock had two on one possession — and we couldn’t knock any of them down, Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. Those are the stretches that kill comebacks.

Youth Terence Garvin Jersey Celtics: Boston’s bench outscored Detroit’s 65-21. … Tatum was 4 of 4 from the field in the first half. … Stevens said Baynes has not been ruled out for Saturday night’s game at New York.

Pistons: Andre Drummond had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Detroit shot 10 of 33 from 3-point range.

The team announced Wednesday that Jackson was entering the next stage of his rehab and has been cleared to begin light running, shooting and continued ankle-strengthening exercises.

The Pistons’ medical staff will monitor his progress throughout the week.

Jackson was hurt Dec. 26 against the Indiana Pacers.

Detroit hosts the Boston Celtics on Friday night in its first game since the All-Star break. The Pistons are 1? games behind the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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We have that and more in Friday’s NBA newsletter.

The Denver Nuggets beat the good Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, with Nikola Jokic picking up a triple-double in an absurd 14 minutes, 33 seconds (the fastest ever) and finishing with a rare 30-15-15 game. (He actually had 30-15-17.) The highlights are incredible.
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LeBron and Kevin Durant riding around Akron with Cari Champion, talking about being introduced to basketball, the All-Star Game, and, uh, the president. That strain of conversation begins with this legendary exchange:
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Zach Harper with the worst contracts from the 2016 spending spree. That the Timofey Mozgov deal isn’t in the top five tells you everything you need to know about this list.

Klay Thompson does not sound like someone who wants to leave Golden State as a free agent in 2019.
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All-Star Weekend officially tips off with the Celebrity Game on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET Friday. The slightly more watchable Rising Stars Challenge is at 9 p.m. on TNT. The better stuff starts Saturday. Here’s the full schedule.

If a team like the Browns, Broncos, Cardinals, or Jaguars decides to give McCarron a chance, another team could find itself out of the Cousins sweepstakes before he’s even signed. It would lead them to Darryl Strawberry Jersey sign one of the other quarterbacks on the market like Tyrod Taylor, who is not a free agent yet but will likely be soon.

In the grand scheme of things, this perhaps doesn’t matter 锟斤拷 but it’s going to get guys on rosters faster than they might have been otherwise. It could also force teams to make some ill-advised decisions and make them overpay for lesser talent.

McCarron’s situation is pretty similar to that of Mike Glennon’s last year. Glennon had a limited sample size, but he was able to land $18.5 million guaranteed after also not having an NFL start for two years. He 锟斤拷 like McCarron is today 锟斤拷 was 27 years old.

Osweiler spent four seasons with the Broncos after being the team’s second-round pick in the 2012 draft.

“He’s been in the system for a while,” Gruden said, via “You can see him do some things. We’re not appointing anybody a starting quarterback now. I’m not saying Colt is the heir apparent and he’ll start tomorrow. I just know Colt has been in the building, and I have total faith that if he was given an opportunity, he’d be ready to produce. That’s how I feel about Colt. We’re not going to give him the keys right now. We’re still trying to work things out with the other quarterback, and hopefully things will work out. But I know Colt is ready to play.”

Asked how many NFL players currently smoke pot, Britton estimates “it’s over 50 percent and it could be as high as 75 percent.” A sports agent who asked to remain anonymous says, “The number is rumored to be as high as 80 percent.”

There’s a growing movement among former and current NFL players calling for the league to lift its ban on marijuana. As the pro-football season wraps up Week 2, 18 athletes are sidelined for unspecified substance-abuse violations, which, says sports agent Brian Fettner, who represents a roster of NFL players, “is almost always marijuana.”

Dr. Sue Sisley, M.D., the lead investigator on an FDA-approved cannabis trial study, recounts a recent example of an NFL patient suffering from a rotator-cuff tear that she wound up treating. “Nothing gave him relief — including opioids,” she says. “He was on the bench because he was nonfunctional on the field. Side effects from the medicine had him so sedated that it was literally dangerous for him to play. He was frustrated and lost his position and lost credibility. He tried cannabis and actually got back in the game. He is currently playing now. That is a common scenario.”

He was re-signed just before the season after 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch injured his right shoulder in preseason.

Osweiler started seven games for an injured Peyton Manning in 2015, performed well and then left via free agency for Houston, but he’s become damaged goods and hasn’t been the same since.

After he threw 15 TDs and 16 INTs as the Texans’ starter in 2016, he was traded to the Browns, who released him during the preseason.

Many focus on Lewis’ disappointing playoff record, but the fact is, he’s made a moribund franchise competitive. The Bengals have won four division titles during his tenure and are only two seasons removed from making five straight playoff appearances (from 2011 to 2015) while playing in the rough-and-tumble AFC North. Sure, they’ve been one-and-done in those appearances, but you have to be in the tournament to win the ‘ship. That’s why Lewis’ ability to make postseason tournaments shouldn’t be taken lightly, particularly at a time when eight new teams made the playoffs after missing out last

Duke inched up a spot to No. 4, while Kansas jumped five spots to No. 5 after winning at West Virginia.

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Kentucky (14-5, 4-3 SEC) started the year at No. 5 and remained in the top 10 until Christmas Day, but the Wildcats have lost three of five overall and are 0-2 against ranked teams this year.

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Cousins, franchise-tagged for almost $24 million this year, almost certainly won’t be tagged again next year for $30 mil. He’ll be expensive enough as it is, if the Redskins decide to do a long-term deal. If not, another team will 鈥?maybe Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers.
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Stafford already has had one big deal with the Lions and may land a second. But if this marriage ends after nine seasons, teams will be tripping over themselves to sign Stafford, who throws for 4,000 yards each year and will have just turned 30.

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Long Island’s Villante makes UFC debut five years after spurned in NFL Draft

Five years ago this weekend was supposed to be the most exciting time of the Long Island native’s life. Villante was a Division I-AA All-American linebacker at Hofstra and after a pro day workout where he ran a 4.59 40-yeard dash, showcased a 34.5-inch vertical leap and benched 225 pounds 30 times, his agent was convinced he would be taken in the first four rounds of in the NFL Draft.
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Villante is one of the toughest guys I’ve been around, said DeVito, who Aaron Donald Jersey played at Hofstra rival Maine. I remember how much guys feared him on the football field at Hofstra. I can’t imagine having to square off and fight him.

Along with football, Villante also wrestled in high school and college, so the transition to MMA didn’t come out of nowhere. Two years into his pro career, after competing for small New Jersey promotion Ring of Combat, he was signed by Strikeforce, where he went 3-2. Strikeforce has since been bought and absorbed into the UFC.

Whenever you start this, you don’t do it to have a couple fights in Atlantic City for a small company, Villante said. You do it to be the best and the best fighters are in the UFC.

For starters, the Los Angeles Rams will be the subject of HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer, the NFL announced Wednesday morning at its meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., as they make the move to Southern California.

The hour-long series kicks off its 11th season Aug. 9 and airs each subsequent Tuesday, with a Sept. 6 finale. HBO will have easy fodder in the Rams’ unsettled quarterback situation; Jeff Fisher has journeyman Case Keenum penciled in to the No. 1 spot.

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I think the first step to even being able to even have a conversation is to make sure that Colin Kaepernick gets an opportunity to play in the NFL, Bennett told reporters Wednesday after attending the Tuesday meetings in New York, via Pro Football Talk.

NFL ratings are starting to improve despite distractions

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NFL ratings won’t necessarily spend the whole season on their knees.
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This year’s football season got off to a disastrous start by any measure, but a close look at the numbers shows that viewership has improved with each successive week 锟斤拷 to where it is down 7.2 percent through Week 5, a crunching of Nielsen numbers by The Post reveals.

That’s an improvement after weeks 1 and 2, when cumulative viewership was down 12.3 and 11.5 percent, respective, from last year, as games faced disruptions from hurricanes as well as mounting distractions from the spectacle of players kneeling in protest during the National Anthem.

Last weekend, meanwhile, was noteworthy for Vice President Mike Pence’s quick exit from the Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game in protest of pregame kneeling by some of its players.

That said, viewership comparisons will get tougher in the second half of the season.

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Immediately after Election Day, starting with Week 10, football fans refocused on the NFL and viewership gained 7 percentage points.

Specifically, as calculated by MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson, the NFL’s 12 percent ratings decline through Week 9 improved to a Al Davis Jersey 5 percent decline post-election.

Percy Harvin Jersey At least 24 players kneeling this weekend at NFL stadiums that are now having a very hard time filling up. The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!, the president wrote on Twitter.

It was his 23rd tweet about the NFL since September, Axios reported.

Then, about 15 minutes later, he tweeted about first lady Melania Trump’s advice to him when he was considering entering the race.

The Texans’ J.J. Watt has gone four straight games without a sack, dating to last season.

Giants and Beckham. … If it had been a normal NFL Sunday followed by a normal NFL week, the behavior by wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during the New York Giants’ loss at Philadelphia would have been the major topic of discussion. Beckham played brilliantly, with two fourth-quarter touchdown catches. But he followed one of them by being penalized for a celebration in which he crawled along the turf like a dog, then lifted his leg.

He has never gone five straight games without a sack, as pointed out by Gil Brandt. …

Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals: Lewis signed a two-year contract to stay in Cincinnati through the 2019 season. “My job is to win a World Championship. We have a talented roster full of veteran leaders and emerging young stars, and I am committed to making the necessary improvements to put this team in the best position to win,” Lewis said in a statement. Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is joining Lewis’ staff as DC and Frank Pollack is the team’s new offensive line coach.

Vance Joseph, Denver Broncos: Broncos general manager John Elway announced Monday that Joseph will remain the team’s coach following a dismal season that left the team outside the postseason for the second straight year.

The big news Thursday was Jay Cutler making his Dolphins debut out of coming out of retirement, and while the stats don’t reflect it, the former Bears quarterback looked sharp.

Each week, national NFL writer Mark Maske will provide his ranking of the league’s 32 teams. This week, the New Orleans Saints left no doubt that they’re a contender after destroying the Bills in Buffalo, 47-10, on the strength of six total rushing touchdowns and dual 100-yard performances from running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. The Saints creep up on the Eagles and Patriots, who remain atop the list in the top two spots. The Rams and Steelers, each winners on Sunday, round out the top five, while the Vikings, Jaguars, Panthers, Titans and Chiefs finish off the top 10.

The Falcons and Steelers don’t play often, but when they do, the game almost always turns into a classic.

Since 1996, the teams have met a total of six times with all six games being decided by one score and three of those games going into overtime. This game would also be a highlight reel waiting to happen thanks to the presence of Julio Jones and Antonio Brown.
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As if that wouldn’t be incentive enough, the Vikings would also get a chance to avenge a 16-6 loss to the Steelers in Super Bowl IX. I feel like Bud Grant’s still bitter about that loss. The Vikings would also get to a chance to end their 0-4 run in the Super Bowl and they’d get to do it all in a home game. So what happens when you exorcise that many demons? I’ll let this guy tell you.

We never had a cross word. It was a great time. I can’t speak to whether I feel revitalized. I take every on-air relationship on its own. Working as many events as I do, whether it be the NFL, or college basketball, or the PGA Tour and the Masters, I work with a lot of different partners, said Nantz. In the span of 33 years now at CBS, I’ve worked with a lot of different, great analysts. I’ve been fortunate in my football life to have been the beneficiary of that. So I’m going to take my time with Tony and just have that as a stand-alone event. It’s been special. It’s been great to see the reaction Tony has gotten from Day One. To see the reaction that all of us have gotten as a team. We’re energized as a unit. Tony has made us all better. I think it’s the start of a very long run.

It was a big decision for Romo to leave America’s Team after 14 years and at a time when older QBs such as Brady and Drew Brees are still at the top of their games. Football players are creatures of habit. Even Nantz wasn’t sure how Romo would adjust to being in the broadcast booth and production meetings rather than on the sidelines and in locker rooms.

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