Browse Month: February 2018

Berube makes 42 saves, Blackhawks beat Sharks 3-1

San Jose outshot Chicago 15-11 in the scoreless first. Pavelski fired a shot off the right post 6:20 in, and Mikkel Boedker was stopped by Berube from the slot with just over 5 minutes left in the period.
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The Sharks had only one brief power play Friday and have gone eight games and 19 chances without converting a man advantage. … Rutta hadn’t played since Feb. 6. He missed seven games with an undisclosed injury and sat out a game before being hurt. … Linesman Steve Miller was hit in the mid-section by a puck 4:51 into the third and crumpled to the ice. After being tended to by Blackhawks trainer Mike Gapski, Miller remained in the game.

Iverson faced Popovich’s team in the playoffs once, in his first year in Denver. The Nuggets won the first game of that 2007 first-round series but San Antonio won the next five on the way to its fourth NBA title.

Beneath this friendly rivalry between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie are raw emotions. Kraft twice -鈥?for Patriots ownership in 1994 and in the 2005 Super Bowl -鈥?has beaten Lurie when it mattered most. Here in Super Bowl 52 they clash in another all-or-nothing scrap Chris Archer Jersey that will generate more ownership joy and scars.

Kraft already thrives in both worlds.

He knows he is the envy of other NFL owners. He has five Super Bowl trophies and is reaching for a sixth. Fewer than a third of the current owners have one. Kraft thinks Spygate and Deflategate and other Patriots league issues were the result of this envy and of ownership mudslinging. Kraft has built a thick core. He will keep making room on his mantle for Lombardi trophies while they have at it. He will smile in their face while boldly kicking in their teeth.

The Patriots and Eagles gave us the 2nd highest-scoring Super Bowl ever

It was huge day Blake Wheeler Jersey of offense in Minnesota with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles combining for a few Super Bowl records. The 74 total points scored in Philadelphia’s 41-33 win was one point away from tying the record for most points scored.
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The record for points in a Super Bowl was set 23 years ago by the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers. The Steve Young-led 49ers came out on top with a 49-26 win and the combined 75 points was the only time two teams combined for more than 70 points for more than two decades.

Right now, YouTube TV is restricted to certain markets, so users outside those areas aren’t able to sign up. The good news is that every eligible market has the local NBC affiliate. Check your availability here.

And since this is a Google joint, the only way to watch on your computer is through the Chrome browser (Firefox fans will have to grin and bear it), though it’s also available on Chromecast, Android TV, and the mobile app.

With a dream that became a reality like that, the tweet didn’t just go viral, but had ideas for future dreams that they might have.

There’s no margin for error in the NFL and a high risk of either committing a penalty or forcing a throw off a bad read. So their RPOs are designed to be quick and generally only include hitch routes, slants, and outside runs.

They take longer to develop than RPO routes in the NFL, but that’s another benefit of linemen getting 3 yards of downfield real estate.
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One of the most popular and devastating RPOs is the glance route off a downhill run. Alabama blew the title game open against Georgia by punishing late safeties with it.

Backside routes attached to runs are generally the missing ingredient to a complete RPO attack.

To go from a little-known school in western Massachusetts to a head coaching job in the NFL takes a tremendous amount of hard work, and any failures Patricia has in Detroit won’t be from a lack of effort.

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Michigan State pulled off the biggest comeback in Big Ten history Saturday afternoon, erasing a 27-point deficit to pull off a 65-60 road win over Northwestern.

The comeback also ranks as the fifth-largest in Division-I history.
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Northwestern rolled out to a 43-16 lead in the first half and carried a seemingly insurmountable 49-27 lead over the second-ranked Spartans into the locker room at halftime. The second 20 minutes were a complete role reversal. Michigan State held their hosts to just 3-of-26 from the field and only 11 total points. Those 11 points tied the season-low for points in a half by a Division-I team this season.

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Ingram is still learning how to be the primary scoring option for the Lakers, but he’s shooting an improved 46 percent from the field while averaging 16.2 points per game. He hasn’t become exactly what the Lakers hoped for to this point, but the potential is there.

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Smith is the future of the Mavericks, and that future is high flying. He’s taken the reins for the Mavericks so far this season and, while he’s still learning, he’s already showing us the special things he can do with his athleticism.

They chased Curry around the top of the key into the corner and didn’t give him an inch of room past their 14 feet worth of wingspan or so. Curry tried to turn his body in every way possible to find any room to launch. He couldn’t, and deterred to DeMar DeRozan, who was useless as well.
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I’ve worked on it a lot. I’ve really spent a lot of time working on it, watching a lot of film, looking at data.

The unmistakable truth regarding plate races is a driver can do everything correctly and still be victimized by the big one, the multi-car accidents that are a staple anytime a lap is turned on NASCAR’s two plate tracks. That these wrecks can strike any time and don’t discriminate in who they collect only furthers the perception that winning at Daytona and Talladega is about happenstance above else.

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Victor Oladipo is an All-Star for the Pacers and rightfully so, but Sabonis isn’t getting enough credit for the Pacers’ turnaround. His steady efficiency of 12.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists keep Joe Carter Authentic Jersey the Pacers on balance.

The Raiders defense didn’t completely shut down the Titans, but they did come up with big plays in key situations.

While clinging to a 13-10 lead to start the second half, it wouldn’t have been a shock to see the Raiders give up a few big drives, which would have turned the game into a shootout, but that’s not what happened.
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On six offensive possessions in the second half, the Titans only got inside the red zone one time, and even then, the Raider still came up big. The biggest play of the game might have been a third-and-2 play the Titans ran from Oakland’s 7-yard line. On the play, DeMarco Murray got stuffed for a one-yard loss by rookie Nicholas Morrow.

At this time last year, Morrow, who was an undrafted free agent, was playing football for D-III Greenville University. The linebacker’s story is almost as wild as Tavecchio’s.

Two available CBS TV analysts I’d like to be seated between during Super Bowl LII: Trent Green and James Lofton. Hey, easy on the crab dip!

If Giancarlo Stannton receives a $50,000 bonus from the Yankees for making the All-Star team, I’ll help him out. He’ll give me $10,000 and I’ll spend a few hours a day banging his name into the online ballot box. That would remove all doubt and we’d both make out.

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This is only the beginning, Gurley told reporters after last week’s 35-30 upset win over the Cowboys. We’ve been here last year at 3-1 and then we only won one game after that. So, we have to keep that in mind as well and we definitely have to keep moving forward and get better every week. Don’t get complacent.

Sunday provides a perfect litmus test as to just how different the Rams are from a year ago as they host the Seahawks.

I know this isn’t the most popular answer, but Lewis is the best man for the job, and the Bengals wouldn’t find anyone better equipped to handle the challenges of building a champion in Cincinnati. That’s right — I’m saying the man that many Bengals fans want to run out the door is best suited to lead the franchise back to prominence, because he’s done it before.

Remember, Lewis is the winningest coach in franchise history, with a 125-112-3 record (.527 winning percentage) plus Authentic Karl Mecklenburg Jersey seven playoff appearances on his resume. In the 35 seasons before his arrival, the Bengals only won 42.6 percent of their games and made the playoffs just seven times.

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Todd Haley’s departure from the Steelers came as no surprise, but the writing was on the wall for some time.

During a radio appearance with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith at Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, running back Le’Veon Bell revealed that the former offensive coordinator didn’t always see eye to eye with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
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I feel like it was a lot of third downs Todd would maybe call something that Ben didn’t like, Bell said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. There’s certain plays that Ben didn’t like. As a player, you’ve always got plays that you like, plays you dislike. It would be a big situation, and Todd would call a play that Ben don’t necessarily like, and he tried to go out there and just execute it because the play is called.

Randy’s only kind of going to give Ben what he wants, you know, make him comfortable, Bell said. Because third downs, that’s the biggest thing, that was our Achilles heel was third downs and red zone.

The Steelers finished the regular season 13-3 before their hopes of winning a seventh Super Bowl were halted one game into the playoffs, though they opened at 8-1 odds Monday behind the Patriots and Eagles to win the championship next season.

As if an extra obstacle had to be put in their path, Philly had to beat the defending champions and the defining dynasty of this generation, the Patriots, on Sunday night in Minneapolis to do it. And one more wall to scale: They did Ben Bishop Jersey it with their backup quarterback, Nick Foles, instead of the second-year sensation they lost to a knee injury with a month remaining in the regular season, Carson Wentz.

Wentz was a serious NFL MVP candidate when he went down. Tom Brady won the award instead. Foles, though, has a trophy Brady couldn’t get, couldn’t add to the five he already possessed.

Limited Womens DeShawn Shead Jersey In years to come, that may be remembered as strongly as the fact the Eagles took their name off a short list they despised being on, the list of teams that have never won a Super Bowl. It was no small feat proving that Brady was not invincible, that beating him in the ultimate game was not the sole province of Eli Manning, and that even an MVP season at age 40 and an eighth trip to the Super Bowl in an unprecedented career wasn’t guaranteed to have a happy ending.

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Vikings bring back defensive coordinator George Edwards for 2018

A source close to the Vikings tells Sporting News that the team has renewed defensive coordinator George Edwards’ contract for 2018.

Edwards’ previous deal expired after the 2017 season, but the Vikings made an easy decision to retain him after he guided the NFL’s No. 1 defense during a run to the NFC Championship game. Terms of the new contract were not immediately available.

This is not like some of these other “oops” moments from coaches who’ve taken jobs and then decided they’d made a mistake, for whatever reason.

Billy Donovan took the Orlando Magic job in June 2007 after he’d won consecutive NCAA championships at Florida and the Magic decided to dump a truckload of money on him: five years, $27.5 million. They’d fired Brian Hill on May 24. They announced Donovan as his replacement on June 3. He made an impulsive decision, motivated by money and proximity and the fact he’d be starting over with the Gators after losing the five starters who’d delivered him two titles. So he made a considered decision to renege.

The Cardinals also have officially hired Kirby Wilson as their new running backs coach, a source told Sporting News. News of Arizona’s interest in Wilson was first reported by Sporting News.

But here’s the final lesson for the rest of the NFL: Youovercome key injuries if you stay positive … and if you have quality depth for the next-man-up mantra to succeed.

Such depth often comes in the form of late-round draft picks, under-the-radar free-agent signings and undrafted free agents who fit in well. A good example is 2016 fifth-rounder Halapoulivaati Vaitai.

Big V had a few rough starts after replacing Peters at the critical left tackle spot, but he got better as the season progressed — credit to him and the coaches who worked with him. He did not allow a sack against Vikings Pro Bowler Everson Griffen or the Patriots pass-rushers who had been so effective in wins over Tennessee and Jacksonville.
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EJ Manuel was the first quarterback taken in the 2013 Draft and the only one in the first round.

That’s right: To be fair, Manuel went 25-6 at Florida State and won a bowl game in each of his four years there.

19. Paul DePodesta, chief strategy officer, Browns (NR): The former Mets personnel executive and baseball GM (a fictionalized version of whom was played by Jonah Hill in the “Moneyball” movie) tries to bring analytics to football with the league’s worst franchise — and the rest of the NFL will be watching. It also sounds like a good plot for “Moneyball 2,” actually.

Forgive my amateur sense of good Super Bowl TV pregame storytelling, but what a tale this would have made for NBC.

So many significant pieces were in place, right there in Minneapolis. Cris Collinsworth, who will call the game on NBC, was on that Bengals team. Esiason is there to be the analyst on on the radio version. Theirs is a shared bizarre experience worth a half hour show.

Additonally, Solomon Wilcots, a CBS analyst, was a Cincy starting defensive back. They were all easily accessible.

Taylor was heavily involved with the starters during the Titans’ dress rehearsal against the Bears. He received two carries totaling 7 yards and was the intended recipient of a reverse from Derrick Henry, but Henry got bills_005tackled before he could make the pitch to Taylor sweeping around in the other direction.

Taylor also helped the Titans convert a third-and-31 (!!!) by catching a seam route, breaking three tackles at once, then dragging a couple more defenders for more yards at the end of the play.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Christian Hackenberg looked not good for the Jets, serving up two pick-sixes to the Giants before giving way to Bryce Petty, who tossed two TDs. It was also a rough night for the Broncos, who saw Paxton Lynch (shoulder), Demaryius Thomas (groin), Zach Kerr (knee) and safety Will Parks (hip) leave the game against the Packers with injuries.

Dolphins (4-5): Miami gets mentioned solely because of its record in what’s shaping up to be a soft AFC wild-card bubble.

The Dolphins have lost three straight, two of them on the road by a combined score of 85-21. Miami also has the following teams remaining on its schedule: Patriots (twice), Bills (twice) and Chiefs. The outlook is bleak.

Raiders (4-5): Oakland also has a difficult slate remaining, starting with Sunday’s game against the Patriots in Mexico City and continuing with the Chiefs, Cowboys and Eagles down the line.

Ravens (4-5): Baltimore has lost 3 of 4, but the Ravens’ late bye week will have them rested up for a schedule that isn’t exactly taxing: Packers sans Aaron Rodgers, Texans, Lions, Steelers, Browns, Colts, Bengals.

Remember how Roethlisberger was carted off in the wild 2016 first-round game against Cincinnati with a shoulder injury and returned to lead the team to a victory, helped mightily by the Bengals’ discombobulation? Roethlisberger couldn’t even throw the ball down the field but managed to Willis Reed the Steelers to a win. This year, he’s healthy and has dangerous weapons.

His replacement, Tom Savage, has completed 82 of 149 passes (55 percent) for 869 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a 71.7 passer rating during his career. Any playoff hopes the Texans had went out the window as soon as Watson was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Miami was the second-worst rushing team in the league before trading away Jay Ajayi to the Eagles. More indicative of its lackluster playoff chances: Miami’s gamble on Jay Cutler hasn’t worked out. His passer rating in a clean pocket is average (98.2) and becomes worse than average under pressure (63.6). He is ranked 26th out of 33 passers per ESPN’s QBR rating, which does not build confidence the Dolphins can outperform their projected win total of 7.2.

I can’t take it anymore. I don’t really know. I can’t pinpoint why right now. Part of it is the handling of the [Kirk] Cousins situation. I mean, I think he’s good enough to keep around, when you look around the league and see what you could have otherwise. I think he’s way, way, way better than many other options. And it just seems like if we’re not going to [keep him], then what’s this all about?

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Perhaps Kelly will resurface in the NFL at some point.

He is friendly with Bill Belichick and there was speculation he might have been a candidate to replace Josh McDaniels as the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator if McDaniels had moved on to a head coaching role.

But, then again, the Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly interviewed Kelly before promoting Doug Marrone to be their full-time head coach, removing his interim tag, and they didn’t hire Kelly as their head coach or even as Marrone’s offensive coordinator. There was speculation about the Atlanta Falcons possibly hiring Kelly as their offensive coordinator upon Kyle Shanahan’s post-Super-Bowl departure to be Kelly’s successor with the 49ers. But the Falcons went with Steve Sarkisian.

He added later: “We know how important this is to our sponsors, our partners, our licensees. It’s important to us, also. We all share that.”

The league’s game operations manual, sent by the league to teams, requires that players be on the sideline for the anthem and says they should stand for it. It leaves open the possibility of league-imposed discipline for a failure to be on the sideline for the anthem. There is no violation and no potential discipline mentioned for a failure to stand for the anthem.

Minnesota’s second killer gaffe came with the Vikings down 14-7 late in the second quarter and driving. Eleven plays into a six-plus-minute march, Keenum turned the ball over on a vicious strip-sack by rookie pass-rusher Derek Barnett to set up Philly’s second touchdown. Fourteen Eagles points off two turnovers amounted to total disaster for a Vikings team that never recovered.

Motoring a Philly ground game that piled up 110 yards at 3.7 yards per rush, LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi authored a handful of key gallops, highlighted by Blount ripping through Minnesota’s front-seven for an 11-yard touchdown that put Philly up 14-7. Blount’s 10 rushing touchdowns in the playoffs since 2013 are four more than any other player and more than Eric Dickerson (4), Walter Payton (2), Jim Brown (1), and Barry Sanders (1) put up in the postseason combined.cowboys_068

Two teams promoted their own offensive coordinators: the New York Giants with Ben McAdoo and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Dirk Koetter.

Three hired someone else’s offensive coordinator: the Cleveland Browns with Cincinnati’s Hue Jackson, the Dolphins with Chicago’s Adam Gase and the Philadelphia Eagles with Kansas City’s Doug Pederson. The 49ers hired Chip Kelly, the offensive-minded head coach fired by the Eagles. The Tennessee Titans made their former offensive assistant turned interim coach, Mike Mularkey, their full-time coach.

This time, facing a tough third-and-17, USC opts to run the ball in effort to not lose any extra yards before they punt. Foster spots something he must have recognized from film study, because he quickly swaps position with his fellow linebacker before charging down to the line of scrimmage. Foster bursts through the line of scrimmage, forcing the pulling right guard to try to pick him up. The guard does his best to run Foster past the back, but Foster works around the guard and grabs on to the back, making the tackle for a loss.

The Titans’ schedule isn’t all that much harder. After Thursday night’s game in Pittsburgh, Tennessee gets a four-game stretch featuring the Colts, Texans, Cardinals and 49ers. At this point it’s safe to say that the Jacksonville-Tennessee division loser will claim one of the AFC’s wild-card spots, leaving the Bills and just about everyone else in the AFC to battle for the last one.

Frankly, the only team that we can probably eliminate from the AFC playoff race is winless Cleveland. Everyone else is within 2 1/2 games of the Bills, currently holding down the final wild-card spot. But these three are closest.

The Washington Redskins have the 17th overall pick, and nine other picks — a second-round selection, (49th) a third (81st), two fourth-rounders (114, 123), one fifth (154), two sixth-rounders (201, 209) and two seventh-round picks (220, 235).

How should the Redskins use those picks? Do they have to go defense? Should they add another running back, or a quarterback for the future? We hash it all out here in our final draft debate. Master, if you’re sitting there at 17, what’s your call?cowboys_030

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