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He tricked Courtney Lee into passing up a game-tying triple

I’ve been railing about this for seven years now. I need some help, people. The rulebook is crystal clear on this: Teams should be assessed a technical whenever a head coach or assistant ventures onto the court beyond prescribed boundaries. Head coaches are allowed to stroll along the sideline toward half court to yell out plays, provided they retreat in a timely fashion. They are not allowed to step five feet onto the court during their meanderings. They are not allowed to randomly be outside the coach’s box to scream, clap, flap their wings, or whatever other histrionics they might use to distract opposing players.

Assistants have to stay on the bench, period. They can yelp and clap from their seats when opposing shooters set up shop nearby, but it’s sort of embarrassing to watch grown men in expensive suits turn into crazy youth sports parents.

What Sidney Lowe, the Wiz assistant, did Thursday night in the closing moments of Washington’s win in New York was blatantly illegal in the moment. He stood on the court right next to a referee who decided to just ignore him. He tricked Courtney Lee into passing up a game-tying triple. That’s not even the referee’s fault. The NBA long ago decided to punt this rule. Usually, it doesn’t matter; Erik Spoelstra does no damage while he ambles up the floor alongside his point guard during a typical half-court possession.

But occasionally you get something like this — or Jason Kidd (intentionally) slamming into Mike Woodson in crunch time, or Stephen Jackson getting whistled for an unfair technical in the Western Conference finals for daring to yell back at the Thunder coaches and bench players taunting him. The NBA is great at ignoring rules until they come into the play at the end of close games, and then apologizing the next day. This one is simple, and it’s on the books already: Get the coaches off the court.

Redman was five years old when his uncle Todd McNair was drafted in the eighth-round of the 1989 draft

Game Youth Steve Carlton Jersey Redman was five years old when his uncle Todd McNair was drafted in the eighth-round of the 1989 draft. McNair ended up playing six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, with a brief interruption to play for the Houston Oilers from 1994-1995. The same year McNair was drafted, Redman joined a pee wee team. “I wanted to be like him. That’s what I wanted to do,” he said.

By high school, it was clear that Redman had prodigious talent as a player at Paulsboro High School, the New Jersey school famous for its wrestling team’s 37-year conference unbeaten streak and its football team’s state record for consecutive football victories. McNair took Redman under his wing, taking him to Cleveland Browns practices where he was the running backs coach. “I was literally on the field watching the practice,” Redman recalled. Memories like that solidified his NFL dreams.

No, London doesn’t want the Jaguars. London wants the NFL. I met multiple UK Jags fans — as in, European persons electing to wear Jacksonville Jaguars apparel of their own free will — and none of them want the Jags in London full time. What all UK and European NFL fans want is more NFL and more quality. Literally every single ticket holder I spoke with said they were excited about the option of having between three and five games a year, but the prospect of season tickets, potential bad seasons and a fixed home team did not appeal to them.

Game Youth Whitney Mercilus Jersey The same thing has been happening in England for the last 30-odd years: There are scores of young British fans who jumped on the Patriots and Seahawks bandwagons, much to the dismay of parents whose first memory of the NFL was Dan Marino’s Dolphins or the Washington teams of the Joe Gibbs era. (Consequently, the NFL didn’t receive TV coverage in the UK during the 1970s, which means Her Majesty’s Kingdom is virtually free of bandwagon Steelers fans. THAT’S a foreign social policy worth striving towards).

American athletes more qualified to speak about playing in China than Akognon

Limited Buffalo Bills Jersey “It’s always hard to leave my little girl,” said Williams, who is now a scout for the Brooklyn Nets. “[Until] last year, I had been away from her eight months every year of her life. At that point, we’re trying to do what’s best for our little girl and make sure that she’s financially stable when she gets older.”

That’s why the CBA presented a better opportunity for Williams than returning to the Euroleague, where he had played for French club Chalon-Sur-Saone in 2012-13.
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“The money was good, and it was half the time,” Williams said. “So I was able to get back to my daughter a lot faster than if I was playing in the NBA or Europe. That was my main thing, to be able to make money and still have time to be with her.”

“There’s such a thing as being over-accountable,” Walsh said. It was conflicting and counterintuitive, but it made sense. Young needed to learn the hardest lesson for any good quarterback striving to be great: He needed to learn how to let go.

OK, SO WHAT does that have to do with Matt Ryan? Well, Ryan said something over the summer that, on the surface, sounded ridiculous. Back then, of course, nobody knew that his play would be off the charts this year, that he would become a favorite to win MVP, that he would end his slide toward becoming his generation’s Norm Snead. Ryan has always been hyperaware of expectations and transparent about his desire to live up to them.

That’s what made his comments over the summer so interesting. Ryan — coming off the worst season of his career with the Atlanta Falcons — told my colleague David Fleming that his new “thing” was to “see spots” rather than “worry so much about where defenders should be or where they’re supposed to be or all those kinds of things.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers began the day with a 76 percent chance to win

Signed by the Seattle Seahawks just before the playoffs, return specialist Devin Hester said Saturday’s divisional-round loss to the Atlanta Falcons would be his last game.

If so, the 34-year-old went out in style.

D.J. Humphries Elite Jersey Hester returned five kickoffs for 194 yards, including a 78-yarder, in Seattle’s 36-20 loss. His most dynamic play was an 80-yard punt return, but it was called back by a holding penalty.

“We were prepared for it, and he still made some terrific plays,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said.

But if the situation at quarterback doesn’t improve, Houston won’t be able to take the next step in 2017. The Texans have handicapped themselves with Osweiler’s contract and have little flexibility at the position. What they might do to address the position — whether through the draft, in free agency or via a trade — is uncertain.

But what became even more apparent Saturday in New England is that while the defense is an elite unit, it cannot continue making up for its inefficiencies at quarterback and on offense overall.

“You can’t have the offense where it’s at in this league and expect to win a championship,” O’Brien said. “So we’ve got to figure it out [and] we’ve got to improve.”
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The Pittsburgh Steelers began the day with a 76 percent chance to win, according to our Football Power Index, but it didn’t take long for them to increase that percentage significantly. Thanks to a pair of 50-yard touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown, the Steelers had a 92 percent chance to win midway through the first quarter, and that percentage never dipped below 89 percent the rest of the game. Each of those touchdowns increased the Steelers’ chance to win by 6 percentage points, and they were the two biggest WPA plays of the game.

For Indianapolis, Andrew Luck is expected to play at least a series

Cam Newton completed 5 of 10 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown, which was a good sign for the Panthers. He also hit Ted Ginn Jr. for a 38-yard reception, which is big as the Panthers are looking for him to stretch the field this season. Kelvin Benjamin had three receptions for 36 yards. The biggest thing for the Bills was the aforementioned quarterback battle, which seemingly went well all things considered. Matt Simms nearly led a comeback drive in the closing seconds for Buffalo, but he was intercepted.

Unfortunately, that one miss was his first interception in a Titans uniform, when he was picked off by Justin Durant. That drive led to an Atlanta Falcons field goal. The ensuing Titans possession was even worse — Mariota had the ball knocked out of his hands, and the Falcons managed to recover it and take it in for a touchdown, putting them up, 17-0.

So yeah, Mariota did struggle, but he also finished with a decent stat line and a quarterback rating of 76.0. His backup, Zach Mettenberger, came in and played well for the most part. Mettenberger completed 8 of 10 passes for 129 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

For Indianapolis, Andrew Luck is expected to play at least a series. You can also expect the other starters to play, as head coach Chuck Pagano said that those who are healthy will get at least some playing time. That means we’ll get to see Luck throwing to Andre Johnson, and handing the ball off to running back Frank Gore.

Sunday’s game gets underway nice and early, at 1 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast nationally on the NFL Network. Folks watching in Indianapolis can do so on WXIN-FOX 59, and in Philadelphia on WCAU-NBC 10, according to 506sports.com.

Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota could be looking at breakout seasons in 2016

So while Joseph was impressive in his first swing at the Broncos job, Kubiak was a former Broncos quarterback and assistant coach. He had also been Elway’s roommate and is one of Elway’s closest friends. You know the rest: Elway called Kubiak, Kubiak took the job, the Broncos won a Super Bowl.

Gerald McCoy Game Jersey Still, Joseph had made an impression that lasted. Shanahan is a Broncos’ legacy and many believed the team preferred him, but with the Falcons in the playoffs, the Broncos did not want to wait around for Shanahan to finish his season.

The Broncos were intrigued by Shanahan’s high-scoring offense — the Falcons led the league in scoring at 33.8 points per game, the only team to average more than 30 this season — and have a need in that department.

Bridgewater and Carr are also projected to improve with projected passer ratings of 91.5 and 80.3, respectively.

Much of the expected improvements of the three has to do with the addition of offensive talent around them. Bridgewater will have Adrian Peterson behind him for the first time and has a new deep threat with Mike Wallace. The Jaguars added Julius Thomas and T.J. Yeldon to help Bortles, and Carr now has Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to throw to.
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Big things could be on the way for teams with second-year quarterbacks, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans should probably buckle up and prepare for the speed bumps that come with a rookie taking the reins.

But if trends continue, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota could be looking at breakout seasons in 2016.

Steelers vs. Chargers 2015, ‘Monday Night Football’ preview: Mike Vick tries to keep Pittsburgh afloat

Game Bryan Anger Jersey With the Cincinnati Bengals racing out to a 4-0 lead, the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have much room for error in the AFC North, particularly after an ugly overtime loss to Baltimore last week dropped them to 2-2. Pittsburgh’s offense was underwhelming with Michael Vick under center, which is cause for concern for a team that needs to stay within striking distance until Ben Roethlisberger can return from a knee injury.

On Monday night against a San Diego team in danger of falling out of its own divisional race, Vick will need to improve. Vick was an efficient 19-of-26 passing with a touchdown and a few key plays on the ground against the Ravens, but he threw for just 124 yards and failed to convert on a couple of key fourth-down conversions at the end of the game.

Another major factor is that the Steelers are still without Ben Roethlisberger, who suffered a knee injury in Week 3. With the star quarterback on the bench, Pittsburgh has turned to former NFL star Mike Vick to lead the way for the Steelers offense. While Vick has managed to avoid mistakes, the team’s usually explosive offense has been held in check.
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The Chargers headed in the other direction by bouncing back from a pair of losses with a Week 4 win against the Cleveland Browns, thanks to a prolific passing performance from Philip Rivers. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback racked up 358 passing yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions to help the Chargers to a 30-27 win.

Seven experts at CBS Sports believe the Chargers will keep things going in the right direction, and only Jason La Canfora is taking the Steelers to win. Things are much closer at ESPN, where seven experts are taking the Chargers and six are going with the Steelers.

Prescott said he will treat a playoff game the same way he treated a regular-season game

¡°I feel like pressure comes from what you put on yourself,¡± Prescott said. ¡°I have great teammates, great coaches that allow me to just go out there and be myself and play the game of football that I love, and have fun while doing it. So no matter what the game¡¯s for, what the game means, they¡¯ll be around me and allow me to do that.¡±

Even as the fourth overall, pick Elliott over-delivered as a rookie. As a fourth-round pick, Prescott has wildly exceeded expectations.

They haven¡¯t played a playoff game yet, but they know playoff success matters more than what they accomplished in the regular season.

The Cowboys won at Lambeau Field against the Packers with Prescott throwing three touchdown passes and Elliott rushing for 157 yards. They won at Heinz Field against Pittsburgh with Prescott outdueling two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger and Elliott running for 114 yards and scoring three touchdowns. They won against another Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Baltimore¡¯s Joe Flacco, with Prescott throwing three more touchdowns and Elliott rushing for 97 yards.

Authentic Youth Michael Mauti Jersey I’ve always said that NFL seasons are fragile, but playoff games are even more fragile when we think about all the factors that can send you into the offseason.
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We lost a game to New Orleans on wild-card weekend during my rookie year with the Rams. We were defending champs — The Greatest Show on Turf. We made a late run in that game, closed the gap. But our inability to win on defense and special teams? That was it. Ballgame.

This isn’t a seven-game series in which a team can slip up and come back the next night fresh. Nah. In the NFL, you get one chance to win. That’s it.

As a player, when you are done and into retirement, you don’t think back on regular-season games. At least I don’t. It’s the playoff games, the big stage when everyone is watching. These games are different; they are unique. They are fast, physical, tense and filled with nervous energy. Win or lose, these are the ones that stick with you.

ESPN.com NFL analyst Matt Bowen played seven seasons as a defensive back in the NFL.

Blackhawks vs. Blues 2017 live stream: How to watch Winter Classic at Busch Stadium online

Rain almost threatened the NHL¡¯s premier New Year¡¯s event, but Mother Nature has decided to stay her hand.

The NHL announced on Monday morning that the 2017 Winter Classic at Busch Stadium in St. Louis would start, as scheduled, at 1 p.m. ET. Hockey players are creatures of habit, so the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks are likely thrilled that their pre-game routines will go unaltered.

Limited Mens Sam Reinhart Jersey The Royals have been touting a ¡°rotating designated hitter¡± for several years now, but still signed Kendrys Morales two years ago. Now, their financial situation may force them to fully commit to the idea.

With so many potential designated hitters on the free agent market, it seems like a buyer¡¯s market. The Royals could potentially find a slugger like Chris Carter, Pedro Alvarez, or Brandon Moss for a reasonable contract. But if they are strict about payroll limitations, they may have no choice but to rotate the position.

We reached out to SB Nation¡¯s Winnipeg Jets affiliate – Arctic Ice Hockey – for more on Burmistrov, and it appears the move to the KHL was a pivatol moment in Burmistrov¡¯s career. Unfortunately, not for good reasons:

Before he left for the KHL he was a strong defensive player who could get a stop and start the breakout, [though his] offensive play always left something to be desired.
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Since his return, he’s had less success in the D zone and the offensive play has been bad. There appears to be no concept of a simple play. Many offensive opportunities are flubbed with unnecessary high risk moves and over-handling of the puck. He’ll wait too long, miss the opportunity for a pass the literally skate himself into the corner and lose the puck.

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.