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Jimmy Butler ruled out Monday with knee injury

The Timberwolves will be without guards Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford on Monday when they travel to play the Clippers.

It brings some comfort to Cozart knowing that Simmons, the best defensive shortstop of his generation, is right by his side as a security blanket.

Myers hit a career-high 30 homers last year, but he also struck out 180 times and batted .229 after the All-Star break. He went home to Charlotte, North Carolina, in October, worked with a personal trainer, loaded up on protein shakes and increased his weight from 201 pounds to a bulked-up 226.

“I’m tired of being tall and skinny,” Myers said. “I wanted to be tall and big.”

Elfrid Payton led the Magic with 22 points and six rebounds. Evan Fournier added 19 points, and Aaron Gordon poured in 11 points with 13 rebounds. The Magic have now won two of their last three games (Celtics and Timberwolves) and lost by just one point to the Cavaliers in between.

While other losing teams like the Kings have essentially given up on the season, Orlando (14-32) has decided to fight despite owning the league’s third-worst record.

The Celtics, now losers of three straight, still hold a two-game lead over the Raptors for top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo has played like an All-Star all season, and he continued his run of good form by scoring 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, four rebounds and three steals in a 94-86 win over the Spurs. Oladipo, averaging over 24 points per game this season, has been a steal for the Pacers.

Lillard is currently averaging 25.0 points, four rebounds and six assists per game. He also has the Trail Blazers (23-21) in playoff contention.

This year’s All-Star Game takes place next month, and starters will be announced Thursday night. Coaches then select the reserves Tuesday. More disappointment could be ahead for Lillard, who currently ranks behind even Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball in the voting.indians_005

What time does the Super Bowl end, for those who just want to see ‘This Is Us’ after the game ends

The Philadelphia Eagles are the champions following a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. And now that means we’re almost ready to find out how Jack Pearson dies on This Is Us. The expected start time for the show is 10:45 p.m. ET.

If you’re interested in taking the next step toward seeing just how and when Jack Pearson dies, you can skip the Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl that precedes it and tune in to NBC at approximately 10 p.m. ET. That allows for about three hours and 30 minutes of broadcast time and will ensure you don’t miss a minute of Emmy nominee Chrissy Metz’s powerful journey. In the last 11 years — but excluding last year’s overtime Super Bowl — the big game has typically ended its broadcast at 10:07 p.m.

Everyone loved this one. That’s why the Eagles won Celebration of the Year for it at Saturday’s NFL Honors awards show.

We thought the Eagles might top all of this in the Super Bowl, but no such luck. But they did get to hoist the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in team history, which probably makes up for it.

Penn State didn’t actually do anything wrong here. But if a question that faces you in life is, Should a little FCS program try to dunk on a historic, national blue-blood on Twitter for claiming one of its players? the answer must always be, Yes.

“He’s an awesome player and somebody who you have to be ready to play,” Long said. “He’s so unique. In my opinion, I’m not an expert historian, but you’d have to really sell me on there being a better tight end that ever played.”

Instead, Brady will have the biggest mismatch-maker in the NFL at his disposal now that Gronkowski has been cleared. He is the Patriots’ leading receiver this season with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season.

Josh McDaniels took one last trick from Bill Belichick, and snubbed the Indianapolis Colts after initially accepting their head coaching job. He’s been a great student to Belichick, really.

The Colts now get to frantically search for a new head coach just a couple of weeks before the NFL Combine takes place, and the NFL draft happens in late April. It’s not an ideal situation for them, but apparently Robert Kraft did just enough to keep his offensive coordinator (and stick it to the Colts for Deflategate).

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.

Patriots LB James Harrison posts photo of assault rifle, causing backlash

James Harrison is drawing some unwanted attention ahead of New England’s big game.

The Patriots linebacker on Wednesday posted a photo on Instagram of a custom AK-47-style gun that later caused a bit of backlash.

That new Deebo Draco, Harrison wrote as he described the gun, which displays his No. 92 and his Deebo nickname.

Strunk stated that we did discuss extending [Mularkey’s] future with our team over the past week, but in those discussions about the direction of the team, it became evident that we saw different paths to achieve greater success.

It’s fair to wonder if those different paths were rooted in the future of an offense that flatlined for much of this season before finally coming to life in Tennessee’s wild-card win over the Chiefs.

While Mularkey’s Exotic Smashmouth offered moments of great potential in 2016, the attack devolved into an identity-free mess this past autumn and gave the team no shot to compete in Saturday night’s divisional-round thrashing by the Patriots.

The video features Michael Strahan’s extreme elation on the set of Fox NFL Sunday as he watched Stefon Diggs’ unlikely game-winning touchdown.

Miami coach Jim Larranaga and his staff spent recent practices pushing his players to whip the ball around the perimeter, keep things moving and set up each other for good looks.

The results looked pretty good.

Bruce Brown Jr. scored 19 points and No. 25 Miami shot 58 percent to hold off North Carolina State 86-81 on Sunday, turning in its best offensive output since November.


His screen is nothing but text messages and missed calls from his assistants.

Ryan Tannehill spent some time with Gruden at his quarterbacks camp before he was drafted in 2012, but that doesn’t mean Gruden knew how to say his name correctly. It’s pronounced Tann-uh-hill. But Gruden called him Tanny-hill. Close enough.

He also had a boatload of oddly specific and sometimes nonsensical nicknames for players — enough that we’re pretty sure he just came up with things to call them because he forgot their names.

He called current Falcons defensive end and former Buccaneers first-round pick Adrian Clayborn “Light Switch,” which Gruden said was “because he can go from 0 to 80 in a hurry.”

In high school in Wisconsin, I remember a teammate getting hurt in practice, and laying on the field in the middle of a team drill. The whole practice stopped. Everyone wanted to see how the injured guy was doing. When that happens in high school, when someone is hurt seriously, sometimes the practice just ends. But my first year at the University of Wisconsin, I remember a guy going down in practice, and he was in pain laying there on the field, and everybody stopped to look. After a couple of seconds, one of the coaches hollered:

Why am I getting emails from the Cardinals that you traded them our entire starting rotation?!? reads one. Another: Jerry, we can’t acquire literally every pick in the Rule 5 draft. Dipoto licks his chapped lips, gets out of bed, and pulls the curtains slightly aside. It’s blindingly bright outside. I think we need a new sixth outfielder, he absently thinks to himself. His phone starts buzzing.?

Gabriel Baumgaertner: The Winter Meetings didn’t even begin and Jerry Dipoto already traded for Dee Gordon and switched him to a new position. As long as Dipoto is running the Mariners, they’ll always be busy in December.

“Electrifying,” said New England safety Duron Harmon. “We were excited to see him, because it’s letting us know he’s making progress, and that’s what we’ve been praying for.”

And the crowd? Harmon: “It’s the stadium where, as a kid, you dream about playing big games on the road, and having everybody in the stadium against you. That’s the kind of game you want to play in and dream to play in.”

Novak returned and hurt himself more leading to Kaser getting a shot that he surprisingly nailed.

The 35-year-old tight end defines reliability and was Dak Prescott’s favorite safety valve Thursday with seven receptions for 44 yards. He already entered the game as the all-time leader in receptions on Thanksgiving and added the receiving yards record to his career résumé too.

Instead of trying a 33-yard field goal with emergency backup Drew Kaser, the Chargers went for a long fourth down and turned the ball over on downs deep in the red zone. Why the Chargers weren’t confident in Kaser wasn’t hard to figure out.

While several young Jaguars stars of last have faded, linebacker Telvin Smith has continued to shine bright on NFL Sundays.More importantly, however, Krejci’s goal marked his 500th career NHL point.Since his arrival, one of the refrains from president of hockey operations Burke is that the Calgary Flames need to get bigger.But no there was no issue over a jersey number.Are there areas that we can be better?In 1994, he turned that job over to Reggie Lemelin and became the ambassador of hockey representing the Flyers.Yes, you wanted to continue to hit as much as possible, but you had to find a way to keep their tight-end contribution to a minimum.

And yet, despite all that, the Chargers may be the AFC’s most interesting team.

In Week 11, they were the only club to step up in a suddenly rudder-less AFC West. A recharged Philip Rivers has cut down on turnovers to give the team a solid offensive foundation. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram lead a ferocious pass rush that’s getting sacks approximately once every 12 dropbacks. Despite a losing record, the Chargers — losers of four games by three points or fewer — have the talent to take any team to the limit.

Jay Wahlbrink, Cincinnati, OH JAY: You’ve got picks there Core and Shaw.Through the first three , has resembled his old self; the elite pass rusher who compiled 40 sacks from 2012 and has forced NFL-leading 17 fumbles since 2013.His first big league start was a one-inning disaster, with two walks, a hit batter and four passed balls leading to three runs.During his 11 years Atlanta, worked with his own catcher.

The Eagles securing the NFC’s No. 1 seed even without Carson Wentz?

The Jaguars winning out? NFL Nation reporters make their predictions for the stretch run.

Matt Bowen, NFL writer: New Orleans Saints. Yes, the offense needs a healthy Alvin Kamara on the field. His versatile skill set and explosive big-play ability stands out, and he changes the Saints’ game plan. But I’m also looking at the balanced offense this season under Sean Payton and the proven ability of Drew Brees to make plays in critical moments. Plus, with an aggressive defense under Dennis Allen, the Saints can bring pressure and challenge routes at the cornerback position. This is a physical team with the leadership to make a run in January.

Stanton would take a cut in take-home pay for his games in the Bronx. While Florida has no state income tax, New York State has an 8.82 percent top rate on income and New York City a 3.876 percent top rate.

Here’s the hitch: According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are going to move Minor back to the rotation (they’re also going to give Matt Bush a shot at starting in spring training). While they are still very thin in the rotation, the bullpen was also a big disappointment as the Rangers lost 10 games they led after seven innings and finished 28th in the majors with a 4.76 bullpen ERA.

With his four-pitch repertoire and starter’s pedigree, I can see why the Rangers would try this. Two concerns: (1) Will his shoulder hold up with more innings? (2) With the Braves, he had some issues with home runs, and that was pitching in the National League in a pitcher’s park and before the home run explosion of 2016-17. I’d be a little worried about what might happen in Rangers Ballpark. Minor’s fastball sat 94-95 in relief, a big spike over the 90-91 he threw as a starter. I like him better out of the bullpen at this stage in his career, but that can always be a backup plan. If he stays healthy, this could work out nicely for the Rangers. — Schoenfield

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In recent days, McCown, beset by a spate of injuries in recent years, spoke of how badly he wanted to play 16 games for the first time in his 14-year career. Maybe that’s why he was so emotional at the podium.

“It’s been the best (season) because of the guys, not the numbers,” he said. “It’s been the best because of the good men in that locker room. I’m just so proud to be part of it. If I can finish, I’d love to finish. We’ll see what the tests say.”

Much of that revenue comes from a $238 million taxpayer-funded arena, the KFC Yum Center, which opened downtown in 2010 and has become a heavy burden on taxpayers. The lease was negotiated by Jurich and the arena authority. Under the terms, taxpayer contributions make up 75 percent of the arena’s operating income while Louisville gets to keep most of the revenue — an arrangement that “blew our mind,” says state auditor Mike Harmon, whose office examined the arena’s finances. “It was like, ‘This is ridiculous.’ It’s like co-signing the loan for a friend’s home and then having to pay three-fourths of the mortgage.”

The Giants have had a rough year both on and off the field, especially with their cornerbacks.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended after leaving the Giants’ team facility, and then Janoris Jenkins violated team rules and was suspended indefinitely. Now, Eli Apple reportedly threatened to leave the team after his teammates and coaches ripped into his lack of effort.

Coach Ben McAdoo held a “brutally honest” meeting Nov. 15 after a 31-21 loss to the previously winless 49ers, where McAdoo called out his players on film for a lack of effort.

As it turns out, according to a report from the New York Post, Apple did not handle the film session well as he was critiqued more “vociferously” than any other player. As a result, Apple threatened to walk out of the team facility two separate times before talking to McAdoo, who convinced him to stay. chargers_005

All things considered, this is where both teams probably should have expected to be.

Gryba, defenseman for the Edmonton Oilers: I love doing pork ribs. Cooking rubs is probably my favorite thing in the world to do. I go the 3-2-1 method. First, I coat the ribs in Dijon mustard. Then I put a seasoning, a dry rub on them, and put them on the smoker at 155 degrees for three hours. Every half hour, I spray them with apple juice, which keeps the moisture in. Then I take them off the smoker and wrap them in tinfoil. Inside the tinfoil is apple juice and vodka, which also helps keep the moisture in. Then I turn it up to 225, and put them back on for two hours. After two hours, I take the tinfoil off but keep them on the smoker for another hour.

Getting Montgomery in the same formations as Jonescreate confusion for opponents and also give Hundley another reliable outlet receiver.

Hundley has proved capable of running when things break down, a la Rodgers, but it wouldn’t hurt to get him more comfortable with a few designed runs to play off the backfield threats of Jones and Montgomery. Hundley has the potential to execute run-pass options — it’s just a matter of calling them more often.

Their front matches up well with the Seahawks’ offensive line. Also, this is the week for the long-awaited Julio Jones explosion, exposing the Richard Sherman-less hosts right away. Matt Ryan out-duels Russell Wilson in a second straight home shocker.

The Chargers have now lost three times on the final play of the game, including last week in Jacksonville. They also were unsure about having Philip Rivers, who went into concussion protocol after the game. The Bills don’t seem capable of being as bad as they looked against the Saints, except they looked just as bad against the Jets the week before. It didn’t happen this way, but the Bills should have thought about getting Tyrod Taylor more help instead of benching him.

All things considered, this is where both teams probably should have expected to be. steelers_119

Russell Wilson on pace to break unusual NFL record

If it seems as if Russell Wilson has been doing it all for the Seahawks on offense this year, it’s because he has. The quarterback is not only third in the NFL in passing with 2,543 yards, he also leads the team in rushing yards (290).

So having accounted for 82.1 percent of the team’s total yards from scrimmage this season, Wilson is on pace to break a long-standing NFL record held by бн Jon Kitna.

I’m thankful for the joy that hockey brings me, when I play and I skate. I’m very thankful for the friendships I have. I don’t know if I really have any friendships that aren’t because of hockey. Basically, everywhere I’ve been, and everyone I’ve met, it’s because I was there for hockey, or because they’ve been teammates in the past. I have pretty much everything to thank hockey for.

The former home of the Atlanta Falcons and the SEC Championship, is scheduled to be imploded Monday morning.

It will take only 12 seconds for the 4,800 pounds of explosives and six miles of detonating cord to bring the structure down, according to WSB-TV.

Evan Engram shockingly managed only one catch for 9 yards despite six targets against the Chiefs on Sunday. Engram now has 40 yards on 15 targets during his past two games, though he did enter Sunday with touchdowns in four straight games. Despite the “slump,” Engram should remain locked into fantasy lineups. He has now seen at least seven targets during seven of his 10 games this season.

He has been on the field for 80 percent of the offensive snaps, including 84 percent of the pass plays and is handling a 20 percent target share (7.4 per game). Engram is a top-five option against Washington on Thanksgiving.