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Cowboys just got handed their 16th suspension in 4 seasons

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Damontre Moore was suspended two games Friday for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Considering Moore is on his fifth NFL roster since 2015 and has 10 career sacks, it’s far from a back-breaking punishment for Dallas.

It’s also not much of a surprise to the Cowboys, who signed the defensive end despite knowledge that punishment could be on the way after he was arrested and charged with DWI in December during his time with the Seattle Seahawks. According to Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk, the Cowboys have been happy with Moore since signing him in March and knew the suspension was coming.

“I believe that I will be hopefully not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest-paid, period.”

Beckham will make $1.8 million this season and nearly $8.5 million next season. By average yearly salary, Derek Carr solidified his status as the NFL’s highest-paid player and will make $25 million in 2017. Antonio Brown is currently the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver and will make $17 million this season.

For reference, Brown’s $17 million is the 23rd-highest salary in the NFL for the upcoming season. Franchise quarterback money isn’t typically passed out to wide receivers. Beckham’s teammate Eli Manning is set to make $21 million this year as the 10th highest-paid player in the NFL.

Beckham’s become one of the biggest stars the game has to offer and is undoubtedly one of its best wide receivers. But becoming the game’s highest-paid player in a league that puts quarterbacks a few tiers above everybody else makes his goal quite lofty.patriots_119-180x180

Courtney Lee slams huge dunk vs. 76ers — on his own teammate

Who needs the triangle when you have hops?

Knicks guard Courtney Lee cares not for your silly triangle; he showed Friday that by putting back a massive dunk off a Derrick Rose miss in the second quarter against the 76ers.

Lee doesn’t care for triangles, or even his own teammates, apparently: He dunked on Kyle O’Quinn! He’s a center!

O’Quinn didn’t seem to care, as he casually skipped away from the dunk after it happened. Lee has played well for New York as of late, a good thing considering he’s in Year 1 of a four-year contract with the Knicks.

Despite the sudden rush of entertainment, the Knicks squandered a six-point lead and ended the half on the wrong side of a 63-53 score.

Last year, after watching Antetokounmpo notch a triple-double, Durant (then with the Thunder) noted to reporters that, “Giannis, once he starts to knock down that jumper consistently, he’s going to be a problem. I hope he doesn’t get it any time soon. He’s already a problem now, but once he starts knocking that jumper down, it’s going to be amazing to watch.”

That caused Antetokounmpo to perk up. He has studied Durant’s game closely. “When I watch KD,” Antetokounmpo said, “I think that’s what I want to play like. I want to be myself, but I love the way he plays.”

The midrange jumper is one of Durant’s best weapons. Bucks guard Jason Terry, who has played with the likes of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Dirk Nowitzki and James Harden over his 18-year career, said the prospect of playing with Antetokounmpo this season was enough for him to put off retirement and sign with Milwaukee.
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Wizards must match Nets’ max offer to keep Otto Porter Jr.

The Nets and restricted free agent Otto Porter Jr. agreed to a four-year offer sheet Tuesday worth $106 million, according to The Vertical.

The Wizards will now have a chance to match Brooklyn’s offer. They have until Saturday night to complete the qualifying offer and have every intention to do so.

ESPN reports that the Pelicans and free-agent guard have agreed on a five-year, $126 million contract, according to Holiday’s agent, Jason Glushon. The two sides met Friday night and agreed to the deal.

According to ESPN, the deal is loaded with incentives, and could be worth up to $150 million, with a fifth-year player option.

The 27-year-old Holiday averaged 15.4 points and 7.3 assists per game last season, and his work on the defensive end is often overlooked.

Holiday drew support from around the league and the New Orleans community last season when his wife underwent a health crisis. Holiday missed the first 12 games last season to care for his wife, Lauren, and their newborn daughter. Lauren Holiday, a member of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, had surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.

We have all sorts of ideas about bench-clearing brawls, and so often we tend to discuss the issue in terms of tradition. We’re beginning to talk much more about how those traditions might just be a bit outdated.

“The debate between ‘purists’ and ‘analytical’-minded folks is an example of the middle ground between generations, and can be an example of a shift in ideas of manhood between the old-school traditionalists and the newer, inclusive and learning generation,” Perera said.

Laura has her own take on men’s inclinations and observes that we participate in perpetuating these ideas about what players should do on the field. We’re so invested in the idea that perhaps we’ve missed the expiration date on those hyper-masculine reflexes in baseball.browns_021

Texans’ only chance at greatness is Deshaun Watson becoming a franchise QB

The Houston Texans have been essentially the same team for a few years now: an elite defense, a strong running game, intriguing weapons on offense, and unspeakably bad quarterback play. For three years in a row, they went 9-7. They won the AFC South the past two years and bowed out in the playoffs each time.

At least 2016 was a little different — they won a playoff game and gave the New England Patriots a decent fight in the Divisional round — but the ending was the same. This is a good team, but it doesn’t quite have the horses to keep up with Super Bowl contenders.

The turnaround time for players between a Sunday game and Thursday Night Football is a challenge. The NFL’s competition committee recommended this rule change to make it easier for players to recover over that short span before a Thursday night game.

Still, it’s unlikely to have a significant impact. If the NFL really wanted to make the game safer, it’d get rid of Thursday Night Football and give players some more time to recover the week before.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin supported the rule change at the last owners meeting.

“So obviously we want to have clarity in terms of the victor, but if we can reduce that amount of time and get out of the stadium, and doing so with fewer snaps, I think that is beneficial to both teams, regardless of outcome.”

However, ESPN research projected that shorter overtime would only cut down on the number of plays by .06 percent next season.yankees_1204_c81beb5c51200f31-180x180

Teddy Bridgewater might not get a 5th year with the Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are unlikely to pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewaters fifth-year option by the May 2 deadline, according to ESPNs Adam Schefter.

The current CBA provides for four-year rookie contracts for first-round picks, with a fifth-year option that can be exercised by teams. That option guarantees the players entire salary in the event that injury keeps him off the field in that fifth season. Thats the sticking point for the Vikings with Bridgewater.

Jihad Ward Youth Jersey Looking ahead to the 2017 NFL draft, Im joined as always by co-host Matthew Fairburn, Buffalo Bills beat writer for the Syracuse Post-Standard. This week we take a deep dive into the top quarterbacks in the draft and find out how we differ on Clemsons Deshaun Watson and where he should be ranked. We also ponder whether or not the Cleveland Browns should be considering North Carolinas Mitchell Trubisky with the first overall pick.

We also detail what teams could be in the market for a quarterback in the draft. *cue clickbait* Some of them may surprise you and blow your head off.

If all of that doesnt entice you to listen, we talked so long we split this weeks podcast into two episodes. In part two, we answer your draft questions where the topics include potential draft trades, Reuben Fosters teetering draft stock, how an average offensive line group changes their value, why cheesesteaks are a bad idea, and much more.

Keenan Robinson Youth Jersey On Tuesday, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times obtained video of the incident. Baker reported that Brantleys attorneys said the video shows the alleged victim walking away from Brantley.

Wade Baldwin IV hit a buzzer-beater that should be memorable even though it didn’t affect the game.

The spread for the Knicks-Grizzlies game on Friday night was 12.5 points, with Memphis favored to win at home. The game played out more or less along that line, and the Grizzlies got the chance to dribble out the clock with a 10-point lead in the final seconds. Because you’re reading this paragraph, you know where this is going.

Memphis rookie Wade Baldwin IV was the man dribbling out the game. He finished up a brief conversation with a referee while the clock will still running, then nonchalantly launched up a three-pointer with a second left. It went in, extending the Grizzlies’ lead from 10 to 13 and, thus, covering the 12.5-point spread. For gamblers, it mattered.

“We have the opportunity — I talked to Zamir White, and Trevor [Lawrence], of course Trevor’s already committed there,” Thomas recently told SB Nation. “Me and Zamir talked how we could have one of the best classes to ever go there, top three players in the country, [could] have a very special class going there.”

White is currently the No. 1 RB in the country and the nation’s No. 4 player. He’s not committed at the moment.

It’s still early in the cycle, but Clemson’s got an average 247Sports star rating of 95.09 with its seven current verbal commitments. If that number held to signing day, you could easily make the argument that this would be one of the best recruiting classes ever.
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NFL free agents 2017: Current top 100 players available in free agency

Thursday, March 9, 4 p.m. ET. Mark it on your calendar. Call in sick to work. Make plans to be on your phone or in front of a computer hitting refresh on your browser because that day is when the opening bell rings on NFL free agency for 2017.

There’s no shortage of optimism for NFL fans in the spring, and nothing says hope springs eternal like a brand new free agent acquisition. The player your team just signed is totally going to be the difference this year; you just know it!

All we’re saying here is not to let the excitement of being an armchair general manager cloud your grip on reality.

To further dampen your enthusiasm, we should make one important note about this list. Many of these names, especially the players near the top, will not actually make it to the open market. Good teams don’t make a habit of letting their best players slip away. Players will get the franchise tag or sign a new deal outright before the tampering window opens on March 7.

The Bulls are pulling off the terrible three-point shooting trifecta — they make the fewest threes (6.8), take the fewest (21.1), and shoot the lowest percentage (32.3 percent). Not every team needs to be the Warriors or the Cavaliers with their three-point shooting, but the Bulls are so bad behind the arc that there’s simply no room for Wade or Jimmy Butler to operate.

(Then again, it says something that the league’s top two teams also top the league in three-point shooting, doesn’t it?)

Chicago’s offense is 24th-best in the league, and you can mostly thank Butler’s individual excellence for it not being even worse. When the Bulls hired Fred Hoiberg two seasons ago, they brought him in knowing his success at Iowa State came from pace-and-space offenses — and then they’ve forced him to coach personnel that doesn’t fit his schemes at all.

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Based on his first bullpen session of the spring, there was optimism for the former.

Wacha’s new strength was apparent in the trust the 6-foot-6 righty had in his slightly thicker legs, Matheny said. The manager could see it, too, in the fluidity with which Wacha delivered his fastball from a shoulder injured badly enough six months earlier that it sent ripples of concern through the organization.

“He looked, to me, as right as I’ve seen him in a long time,” Matheny said earlier this week.

Wacha’s was a talent seemingly so profound that only an injury could have derailed it, but, as happens too often in this game, an injury did. Like another towering right-handed pitcher, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brandon McCarthy, Wacha is dealing with a recurring stress fracture of the scapula. It’s unclear why Wacha and McCarthy share the unusual injury, though their length is suspected. McCarthy is 6-7.

Are the Cubs positioned to repeat, or is another contender ready to steal the crown? We examine where MLB’s elite stand heading into 2017.
“A lot of guys in here maybe had to think of how they were going to navigate it, because it was something we had never done,” Allen said. “But as you get into it, you just listen to your body. For me personally, everything went well. I’m right on schedule, like any other year.”

After pushing themselves to the limit in the postseason, the Indians could be susceptible to the same workload-related impact that has hindered other playoff clubs in recent years. Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom suffered through injury-riddled seasons after pitching the New York Mets to the 2015 World Series, and Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Barry Zito all endured significant ERA spikes following the San Francisco Giants’ 2012 title run.

Matt Hasselbeck leaves Jaguars game with injury, Charlie Whitehurst in

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck left the team’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with an injury Sunday. Hasselbeck was sacked three times in the game and stayed down after a big run when he was shoved out of bounds. He landed on his arm and was clearly frustrated and in pain on the sideline.

Hasselbeck gave way to backup Charlie Whitehurst for the second time on Sunday. He also left earlier in the game after a big hit that left him on the field to be examined by the medical staff. He returned shortly after and played into the fourth quarter, which is when the latest injury occurred.

Hasselbeck completed 18 of 35 passes for 252 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions when he left the game with the injury. He started Sunday in place of Andrew Luck, who is out with an injury. It’s unclear when Luck will return and it’s not guaranteed he will be back for Week 15, so if Hasselbeck’s injury is serious, this could be huge for the Colts.

Indianapolis is 6-6 on the season and tied for first place in the AFC South. But at the time of Hasselbeck’s injury, time was running out and they were well behind the Jaguars on the scoreboard.

We didn’t even dress our seven most important players, including quarterback Alex Smith. Coach Reid tried his best to limit players with injuries and who had logged a ton of reps. He made this decision because we needed some guys to recover, we were playing very well, we were a veteran team with no bye week.

It almost paid off. We went to Indianapolis, were up 38-10 in the third quarter, and lost 45-44. We entered the game as healthy as we had been in weeks, and as the game went on, guys kept going down. Taking out the loss, it was the right decision to rest starters.

Recent history also shows that resting starters in Week 17 does work. In 2009, the Colts were 14-0, up against the Jets in Week 16 and took their starters out in the third quarter. Then in Week 17, they BS’d around and lost as well. They ended up in the Super Bowl against the Saints, who eventually won the game.

Justin Gilbert reportedly told Browns coaches he wouldn’t return to Sunday’s game

Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert told coaches that he would not return to the game on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Lauren Brill of WEWS ABC in Cleveland. Gilbert, a 2014 first-round pick, has found himself completely out of the picture in the secondary almost immediately into his second season.

Gilbert has since refuted the report, saying Game Kids Joe Pavelski Jersey he never refused to go into the game on defense, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Chicago Bears: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
What Chicago needs on defense are a few reliable and consistent players, especially in the front seven. Ragland is a machine at inside linebacker. He always seems to be around the ball and is a sure tackler. He’s every Kids Chuck Foreman Jersey bit the player as C.J. Mosley was when the Ravens took him in the first round in 2014.

Chiefs safety Eric Berry knew how to best explain it.

“One of the greatest players of all time who was artistic in the secondary,” Berry said of Woodson. “He changed the game. He is one of those rare players who could do it all back there. He could cover at corner and roam at safety. He could shut down a great receiver and he could tackle a great running back. He could play the nickel back. He could blitz and bring down your quarterback. He made coaches a lot more open to using defensive backs in a variety of roles. He changed the way defensive coaches think nowadays. He opened the door for all of us in that way.”

“Additionally, I would like to thank Ruston Webster for all of his efforts with our franchise, as he is a man of great character and integrity and someone for whom we have tremendous respect,” said owner Amy Adams Strunk in a statement. “Our mission is to become one of the elite franchises in the National Football League, and we have fallen short of this goal in recent years.”