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DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers.

This has been brewing over the past few years, as it seems Manning has made the conscious decision to avoid getting hit at all costs. Maybe it was a general business decision, sage advice passed down from Big Bro Peyton as a way for an immobile man to extend a career. Or maybe Eli just lost faith in his physical ability to avoid pressure or hang in the pocket and absorb a blow. Either way, the result has been multiple instances per game in which he hurls the ball into the ground, or curls up into the fetal position as pass rushers approach.

DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers. Their backups outscored Toronto’s reserves 50-17, led by Harrell and Lou Williams, who also had 17 points.

“Our second group tries to bring a lot of energy and play as hard as we can,” Harrell said. “We know we’re going to make some mistakes, we know we have some younger guys who aren’t accustomed to playing this amount of minutes. Everyone has that next man up mentality.”

Buffalo had a good game plan in place and the team’s only touchdown of the game was a result of rolling Taylor to his left before hitting rookie receiver Zay Jones in the end zone.

“No, there isn’t anything I would do differently,” Jeter said after the trade became official on Monday.

During a half-hour conference call, Jeter tried to explain his thinking for trading Stanton, who controlled the process because he is owed $295 million over the next 10 years and could veto any trade. Jeter said Stanton made it clear that he did not want to be part of rebuild, so it was best for the organization to move on.panthers_030

The Saints are the big surprise in the lead entering Week 11.

The run defense numbers still look bad, but that’s because of major damage done earlier in the season, mostly from the games against the Titans, Jets and Rams. Things have dramatically changed with the simple acquisition of tackle Marcell Dareus in a trade with Buffalo. Jacksonville gave up 139 yards per game rushing on average before he arrived for Week 9. Since then, it’s been 116 total allowed in two games.

Dareus provided a big boost and more refreshment to the interior rotation to play better off ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue. The depth is improved, providing more help for the second level to clean up. Going position-by-position, it’s now hard to find a real hole in Jacksonvile’s defense.

Even now, he says his longtime preference for Nike on the court also went into his decision to pick Kentucky over rival Louisville. Fox signed with Nike this spring, becoming the first rookie to finalize a traditional deal. According to industry sources, Fox’s deal is for five years, worth roughly $2 million per year.

They’re the hottest team in the league but are up only a half-game on the Panthers thanks to their win in Carolina in Week 3. The Falcons, still far from hungover as the reigning NFC champions, are only two games behind.

The three South rivals all enjoyed blowout wins against other playoff contenders in Week 10, with an average margin of victory of 27 points. That sets up for an epic finish to the division race, even with New Orleans sitting pretty. Neither Carolina nor Atlanta, the previous two division champs who went all the way to the Super Bowl, can be ruled out.

However, despite the previous bluster between the two players — or more accurately between Fox and Ball’s father — Fox has chosen to downplay any comparisons between his traditional role at Nike and Ball’s unique route, signing with a family brand where his 16-year-old brother already has a signature shoe.nike_steelers_2237

This season he primarily has worn a combination of the two most recent Kobe AD models

The 13 players keep their bonuses from the Braves, must obtain new representatives and will be free to negotiate as free agents with other teams from Dec. 5 through Jan. 15.

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU — Guice ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries as LSU rolled to a 33-10 win over Arkansas. The 5-11, 212-pound junior is on the cusp of eclipsing 1,000 yards for the second straight year and will likely follow former LSU running back Leonard Fournette to the NFL next spring.

Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa — Jackson might be the top cornerback in the draft and is the front-runner for the Jim Thorpe Award. The 6-1, 192-pound junior was the only reason the Hawkeyes scored in the blowout loss in Madison. Jackson had a pair of pick-sixes to account for both of Iowa’s touchdowns and added a forced fumble. He now has a nation-leading seven interceptions, five of which have come in the last two weeks.

It’s a stark difference from this point of the season two years ago, when the NFC fielded only five clubs above .500 while the AFC had six. Add the total of seven winning AFC teams through Week 10 last year, and the conference overall is experiencing its worst three-year stretch since the NFL adopted an eight-division format in 2002.

Now in Sacramento — one of four NBA teams with purple in their color palette — Fox plans to wear several models of Bryant’s signature Nike line, which frequently were made available in the Lakers’ particular shade of purple. This season he primarily has worn a combination of the two most recent Kobe AD models, but his brother is already hunting down rare older Kobe colorways in Kings hues, as Fox is looking to once again turn heads with his footwear.nike_steelers_2107

Judge denies request for injunction by Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott lost an attempt to block his six-game suspension Monday when U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied a request for a preliminary injunction after hearing arguments from the NFL and NFLPA.

Judge Failla, in her ruling, stayed the decision for 24 hours to afford parties the opportunity to consider appellate options.

With the ruling in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Elliott’s six-game suspension would again be in effect and he would be ineligible to play until the Cowboys’ game against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 17.

“I can give you 27 innings,” Kershaw said. “I’ll be ready to go, whatever they need.” Bob Catalde, McDavid’s billet dad for three years while he played in Erie: “Oh yeah, it was hard to get him up in the mornings. When he lived with us, he lived in the finished basement. Usually, I made breakfast, and when Connor walked upstairs, it was very clear he had just crawled out of bed. If you asked him a question, he’d usually respond with one or two words.”

Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball for the Astros in the first World Series Game 7 ever at Dodger Stadium and the first since 1931 between teams that won 100 games during the regular season.

A player often receive a signing bonus when he agrees to a contract. The signing bonus is a large payment, often a percentage of the total contract value. For accounting purposes, the maximum amount that counts on the cap in a given season is one-fifth of the bonus, so it allows teams to prorate the costs and lessen the salary cap impact of a contract. These bonuses can be as large as $30 million for a superstar quarterback and around $10 million for a decent starter at other positions.canadiens_402_dc0e4496f1e6c64e-180x180

The Cowboys need a top corner, and the Patriots need a versatile piece to get after the quarterback.

Butler had a well-timed showcase against the Falcons in Week 7 with Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe not healthy enough to play. Meanwhile, Irving has come back red-hot from his suspension, recording three sacks in his first two games of the season.

If the Patriots plan to move on from the 27-year-old Super Bowl hero, they should do it now with a calculated gamble on a 24-year-old with an off-field history. Both players can help contenders immediately in different ways.

That’s the message Robone gave a group of players who surprised him at the trauma ICU at Sunrise Hospital last Wednesday. Largely thanks to his younger brother Anthony, a 25-year-old firefighter and paramedic who also attended the concert, Nick, 28, survived a bullet wound to his left chest. He was discharged hours before the home opener, but faces a long recovery from a bruised lung.

Finally getting steady minutes now that he’s on his second team, Olynyk is impressively averaging at least one block, steal and 3-pointer per night to go with 10.6 points and seven rebounds. This diverse slash seems sustainable and could quietly earn him a top-20 fantasy finish at the position (currently 16th on the Player Rater).

New Browns CEO Joe Banner jumped at the chance to trade him two games into his second year. The Colts wanted Richardson to replace injured starter Vick Ballard, but he averaged only 3.1 yards per carry over the next two seasons before they parted ways. His last regular-season game appearance came in 2014. The Browns used the draft pick as part of the deal to trade up and draft quarterback Johnny Manziel in 2014. That selection didn’t work out, but the Browns had still managed to parlay a punchless running back into a valuable pick.canadiens_294_e971e2a2645b57f9-180x180