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NFL linebacker Thomas Howard died on Monday after being involved in a multi-car accident.

Thomas Howard, a linebacker who played for the Raiders, Bengals and Falcons, was killed in a car accident on Monday, according to a report from KRON 4. Howard was 30 years old.

Howard spent parts of eight seasons in the NFL, including five with the Oakland Raiders. He signed with Atlanta this offseason and was released by the team earlier this month.

The official rule states: A team may not commit multiple fouls during the same down in an attempt to manipulate the game clock. The penalty for a violation is 15 yards. The game clock will also be reset to where it had been prior to the previous snap.

While that won’t stop a move like Harbaugh’s intentional holding outright, it will prevent that loophole from being exploited in the future.

The rule needed 24 votes — or 75 percent approval from the league’s owners — and passed. It wasn’t the only new policy to make its way through the legislative process and into the 2017 rulebook.

While Matt Schaub’s disastrous penchant for throwing touchdowns to the other team has headlined the Texans’ lost season, Schaub has been far from the Texans’ only downfall. The good news in Houston is that Keenum is showing some promise (so stop yanking him after a tough half, OK?), strong performers like Watt and Kareem Jackson are in their prime and the return of players like Manning and Cushing will help to alleviate some trouble spots for 2017.

The team won’t be without holes, but they’ll almost certainly enjoy a high selection in the 2017 draft to fill at least one of them. And if a different coach is helping to guide that selection … for many Texans fans, that might be the best news of all.flyers_1352412

Seattle hasn’t fielded a particularly strong passing game this season

Limited Youth Prince Fielder Jersey This is especially true of sports, which is at bottom a thing about becoming bigger than ourselves — through the feelings we get from watching or attending or playing or talking about or even thinking about and reading about these games, and from the greater and harder to name feeling of un-forgetting that we get from doing all that together, as part of a community, however variously or vaguely defined. If you’re unable to access those bigger things where sports are concerned, you’re… well, you’re welcome to do whatever you want, even if that’s using sports fandom as a bucket for toting around your sloshing biases and anxieties and workaday rages.

I’ve only the heard the same eight or so minutes of Damon Bruce’s radio show on San Francisco’s KNBR that everyone else has, and they are eight truly and heroically shitty minutes of radio.

Bruce — in the service (if that’s the word) of defending Richie Incognito, sport’s most-parsed pig-eyed sociopath — burps up nearly 10 minutes of hoary room-temp chunks of Pussification Panic, with the twist that he’s not whinging about how everyone’s a total gaylord these days, but shouting about how annoying women are, and holding up sports as a safe space for men to be incoherent and angry and small and not think.

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Seattle has tougher matchups in the coming weeks, but the Seahawks face Atlanta and then the Minnesota Vikings before a bye week, so they’ll be well rested for them.

Trent Richardson injury: Colts RB cleared to play vs. Rams

Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson is expected to play on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, according to a report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Jaromir Jagr Game Jersey Richardson missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury, but was a full participant on Friday and was listed as questionable and a game-time decision for Sunday’s game. The Colts have used a combination of Richardson and Donald Brown for the running game and along with quarterback Andrew Luck have helped lead the team to a 6-2 record and the lead in the AFC South.
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The second-year running back was traded to the Colts after the first two games of the season but has struggled to really get going in Indianapolis. Richardson is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry this season and has not eclipsed more than 60 yards rushing in a game since joining the Colts. For the season, the young running back has 353 yards on 114 carries and two touchdowns.

Tate caught this 6-yard touchdown from Russell Wilson with :08 seconds left before the half in Atlanta against the Falcons. It gave the Seahawks a 23-3 lead on the road but also reminds fans that “the guy that caught the controversial game-winner against the Packers on Monday night last year” is also really, really good at catching footballs.

Bernard actually picked up eight yards on the previous play and he’s shown a tenacity to escape tackles. And his most recent run before that gained 16. However, the Ravens were defensively balanced on those runs.

The Bengals will look to bounce back from back-to-back overtime losses when they host the Cleveland Browns before a Week 12 bye. The Ravens will travel to face the Chicago Bears as they look to climb back to .500.

Mariners option Daniel Vogelbach; Danny Valencia to be everyday 1B

The Seattle Mariners have optioned first baseman Daniel Vogelbach to Triple-A Tacoma, meaning Danny Valencia will be the everyday first baseman when the regular season begins.

Kendall Fuller Kids Jersey The former Patriots tight end inked a three-year, $21 million deal with the Packers Friday, causing quite a stir. Bennett seems excitied to join the Packers nation and has decided to have Green Bay fans vote on his new jersey number.

With the @packers being owned by the people I think it’s only right that the people pick my new jersey # 80, 84, 85 or 86? New # who dis?

Luis Scola Youth Jersey It remains to be seen if the Packers will let the fans pick Bennett’s number, but it’s a fun idea to entertain for now.

Bennett was with the Patriots for one season this past year, but it was enough to earn him a Super Bowl ring. Previously, he spent three years with the Bears, one with the Giants and four years with the Cowboys.

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The ACC was broken last week.

The ACC can’t go the college football route and claim that their teams were disinterested or didn’t have anything to play for.

Gilmore gives New England options at both corners, with Malcolm Butler in line for an expensive extension as a restricted free agent and Logan Ryan already unrestricted. If they stand pat, it would be quite a strong duo of Butler shutting down and Gilmore making big plays on the ball.

In all, that is eight losses for the conference in five days, five of them coming against worse seeds (Kansas State was below Virginia Tech on the seed list), five coming by double-digits, and none of them coming in one-possession games.

There is really no defense here. The ACC can’t go the college football route and claim that their teams were disinterested or didn’t have anything to play for. This is the NCAA tournament, not a meaningless bowl game. This is what you spend the whole year building towards, and what ultimately makes or breaks your season.

The ACC was broken last week.

But before anyone dances too feverishly on the grave of the conference, they would be wise to remember the lessons of 2011.

Bessick rocked the Night of the Ballin Dead Adidas Crazy 8s, the Crazy 8s were the first signature line of Kobe Bryant, and this colorway was a special release for Halloween back in 2015. Bessick, a 6’9 mountain of a man, was a more gentle giant postgame as the senior had played his final game for the Gaels and his eyes reflected his sorrows. When asked about his colorful sneakers, Bessick perked up momentarily like a kid whose mom told him we are getting ice cream after losing a youth league basketball game.17

Florida has 73 points, five behind Toronto, which is in the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

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Jaromir Jagr had two assists and passed Hall of Famer Gordie Howe for the most points after turning 40 with 269 (104 goals, 165 assists).

Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and assist and Jussi Jokinen also scored for Florida. James Reimer made 29 saves for the Panthers. Reimer made his seventh straight start with Roberto Luongo out because of a lower-body injury.

Patrick Marleau Jersey “They jumped on us. We weren’t ready for it and it was tough for Reimer,” Jagr said.

Florida has 73 points, five behind Toronto, which is in the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers also trail the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay, both with 77 points.

Tortorella initially sent out Sam Gagner to take it, but the officials ruled that he was not on the ice at the time of the penalty. Dubinsky took it, beating Schneider high to the left corner with a move similar to the one by Sedlak.

“It doesn’t matter who is out there for me. I have to find a way to make a save,” Schneider said. “It doesn’t matter if it Mario Lemieux or Wayne Gretzky. it’s to me to come up with a save against whoever is out there.”

The Devils dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen. … The Blue Jackets, who first made the playoffs in 2009, won the season series 3-1. … Anderson returned to the ice in the second period and quickly had an end-to-end rush. … Bobrovsky has won seven straight. … Columbus has never won a playoff series. … The Devils have faced three penalty shots in the past two games, the first time that has happened to an NHL team since the New York Americans in December 1934.

Mike Shanahan wants helmet-to-helmet hit rules for kickoffs

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Shanahan’s opinion on the subject was likely swayed by watching Washington safety Reed Doughty, who plays special teams, get knocked out of the game against the Chicago Bears last Sunday on a helmet-to-helmet hit. Doughty was standing still waiting for the onside kick, when Chicago’s Sherrick McManis drilled him into the turf with their helmets meeting.

Vick may be approaching 100 percent, but even if he isn’t full healthy by kickoff he is expected to be the Eagles’ starting quarterback Sunday against the New York Giants. Nick Foles struggled mightily last weekend against the Dallas Cowboys before being knocked out of the game with a concussion. As a result, he’ll have to go through the NFL’s concussion protocol with a final determination of whether he can play likely to come at the end of the week.

The Eagles have managed to avoid a true quarterback controversy. Foles played well in Week 6, sparking some to wonder whether he should take over as the team’s permanent starter. His shaky performance against the Cowboys and subsequent injury should give Vick a chance to lock up the starting job for good if he can perform well against what has been a bad Giants secondary this season.

The Eagles are no doubt looking forward to an offensive spark, after managing just three points and 278 total yards against the Cowboys with Foles under center before giving way to rookie Matt Barkley in the fourth quarter.

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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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