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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 ESPN.com. “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 season.nike-youth-cardinals-043

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.

Last year, NFL viewers were distracted by a different type of hurricane 锟斤拷 the bluster of presidential debates 锟斤拷 which stole away eyeballs.

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

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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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Franchise quarterbacks still matter.

If the Patriots beat the Jaguars on Sunday, this will be the 14th time in 15 years that the AFC team in the Super Bowl will be quarterbacked by Brady, Roethlisberger or Peyton Manning.
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The last 14 Super Bowl-winning teams have been quarterbacked by Brady four times; Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning twice each; and Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and Joe Flacco once apiece.

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With the increase of three, four and even five wide receiver sets, the ability to drop into coverage is crucial for linebackers in the modern NFL. Lacking that ability significantly hurts a linebacker’s ability to play every down, which is why Foster’s Alabama teammate in 2015, Reggie Ragland, fell to the second round in the 2016 draft despite being an excellent run defender. Foster is plenty capable in coverage, with the potential to become a very good coverage linebacker. That gives him extra value and appeal.

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When we come back, our mentality is to turn it up even more than we already have, Jenkins said. It’s not about how you start. It’s about how you finish. Real ball is played in November and December. We look at our schedule moving forward and we’ve got some really good teams and some games that obviously are very important for the long haul. .?.?. We come back [after the bye] against Dallas on the road in Devin Funchess Youth jersey the division. We don’t have much time to look too far ahead because we’re back at it.

In that grind-it-out tilt, Bortles became just the third starting signal-caller to win a playoff contest with more rushing (88) than passing yards (87), joining Michael Vick and Bob Griese along the way.

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This might be the best year, God, in the last 20 years, said Arians, who will not be traveling to Mobile for the first time in nearly 30 years. That little thing that’s going to be the difference, to go try to find that out this year would have been intriguing. Who processes information the best? Who’s got the most grit?
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He’s even considering a job in television to remain part of the game, but while Arians will miss the annual trip to Alabama, he’s also enjoying his free time and has been golfing regularly in Arizona.

I think that was one of the best defensive halves I’ve been a part of, fifth-year senior Devon Hall said. That was fun. I’m not going to lie. That was fun.

Coach Tony Bennett agreed, calling it some of the best defense we’ve played.

I thought they were just so active with their hands, Bennett said, and everything was contested.

The Blue Devils forced 21 turnovers in Tuesday night’s 84-70 victory over the Demon Deacons.

By their own high standards, this counts as an off night for an offense that is the nation’s second-most efficient in the Pomeroy rankings. And they were outrebounded 37-31 by a Wake Forest team with two 7-footers in the rotation.

It didn’t really matter with the defense playing like this.

We just decided it wasn’t going to be an easy night for the other side when it very well could have been after getting down in the first half. Again, nothing but a lot of respect and a lot of credit to our guys for their makeup and fortitude.

Seeing Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia and company dissect Wentz’s skills would have been as entertaining as anything in this game. Dealing with what the Eagles Authentic Mike Green Jersey still bring won’t be easy, but Wentz’s injury robbed this Super Bowl of that chess match.

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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.