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J.J. Watt is doing what he can to give back to Houston after it was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.

The Texans defensive end is in Dallas with the rest of the team ahead of Thursday’s preseason game against the Cowboys, but he posted a video saying he was starting a fundraiser to aid in disaster relief for Houston.
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Arizona will likely look for a quarterback this upcoming offseason, but if they don’t use their first-rounder on one, look for them to continue their defensive rebuild. After adding Budda Baker and Haason Reddick in 2016, the defensive line is next.

Cam Jordan is an awesome pass rusher, but the Saints have taken too long getting him a capable pass-rushing partner. Wilkins is a high-level talent who might rise to a top-10 pick, and he would give this team an instant starter opposite Jordan.
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Presentation is largely the same, with the exception of team intros and pregame stadium exterior shots. The intros are authentic to each team so credit is due for getting those right as fans will immediately identify them. The commentary of Brandin Gaudin and Charles Davis has built off last year’s strong start. Updates to the commentary will again be made throughout the year.

Ezekiel Elliott suspension: Appeals hearing for Cowboys RB to enter second day

Ezekiel Elliott’s appeals hearing of his six-game suspension ended Tuesday without a resolution and will continue into a second day of proceedings.

According to NFL Media, there is no end in sight for the hearing at NFL headquarters in New York.
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Elliott, who rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns as a rookie, is appealing his suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The suspension stems from him allegedly committing domestic violence against former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.

He and I just have had that. We’ve worked together since — this is our ninth year on the same team and talking about the same offense. We’re so in sync.

According to Brady, he will have to find a different way to get the ball down the field, but he isn’t short of talent. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is healthy thus far this season, and he also has a legion of receivers in Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, Brandin Cooks and Malcolm Mitchell.

Either way, Brady understands losing Edelman is a tough pill to swallow, both on the field and off.
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You hate to see guys get injured, Brady said. You hate to see guys that you’ve had so much experience with get injured. I think just because there is so much dependability and trust. You’ve been through these things. You know what you can count on. I think it was pretty tough. That was a tough night for me the other night and it still is.

Saints’ Adrian Peterson: ‘Felt good to get hit’ in preseason debut

Adrian Peterson is feeling like his old self.

The Saints running back made his preseason debut Saturday against the Texans, playing into the second quarter of New Orleans’ 13-0 win in his first exhibition game since 2011.

Dustin Johnson, who also started the day tied for the lead, shot a 3-under 67 to get to 9 under. He finished Round 3 with four birdies and one bogey. Johnson, still ranked No. 1 in the world, has just one top 10 since injuring himself before the Masters.

Jon Rahm, Paul Casey, Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed are all tied for third at 7 under. Casey, who often contends but has struggled to get over the hump and win, provided some insight into what he thinks it will take for him to win more often.

“Get rid of Jordan (Spieth) and Dustin (Johnson) from the top of the leaderboards,” Casey said, via pgatour.com.

While it appears Spieth is destined for his fourth win of the season, he still faces a tough challenge with so many big names lurking behind him.

There are a few unwritten rules about running backs once they pass a certain age. The Jets pretty much broke all of those rules when they not only signed Forte to a $4 million-per-year contract but inexplicably guaranteed the first two seasons. Forte averaged just 3.7 yards per carry in his first year with the Jets.seahawks_128

Jonathon Simmons, Magic agree to a 3-year deal, per report

Game Womens Bruce Ellington Jersey Jonathon Simmons and the Orlando Magic have agreed to a three-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal is worth $18 million, with just $1 million guaranteed in the final year, per Wojnarowski.

The Jazz will likely sign Sefolosha with some of their remaining cap space that arrived once Hayward departed for Boston. He’ll provide insurance on the wing behind Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles, and could swing up to power forward in small lineups, especially if the Jazz elect to release Boris Diaw.

The 33-year-old Sefolosha averaged 7.2 points per game in just under 26 minutes for the Hawks last season. He is a shaky perimeter shooter, but makes up for it with terrific cutting and lockdown defense. However, he lost minutes late in the year as rookie Taurean Prince emerged, so he may already be on the decline.

Sefolosha and new Jazz coach Quin Snyder have a connection from their time when Snyder was an assistant in Atlanta.

Marquese Chriss is standing in the hallway between the floor and a makeshift Summer League locker room in the cozy Cox Pavilion, which seats just 2,500 people. This isn’t the same lanky rookie who entered the league a year ago.

The 20-year-old power forward, drafted No. 8 last season, has put on 15 to 20 pounds of muscle during the offseason. McDonough and Watson agree: Phoenix wants to define Chriss’s muscle. He’s still growing into his body, all while battling much more experienced NBA big men on a nightly basis as a rookie starter.
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That trial by fire was fine with McDonough, who sees Chriss as one of the more unique players in the NBA. Chriss averaged just under a block and a steal in about 21 minutes a game last season, but he also shot 32 percent from three-point range. Throw in his alley-oop finishing ability, and the Suns hope they have a young guy who can play above the rim on both ends while simultaneously stretching the floor to three-point range.

He’s going to be perfect on the floor and off

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Kristian: Whitney had been legit campaigning to draft C.J. Miles since before we started the Expansion Draft. That didn’t stop 10 picks in.

Finally, I gave in, and in truth, we found our starting three. Miles is exactly what I wanted when I said we needed a wing who could play defense, hit threes, run in transition and didn’t have an injury history or off-court troubles. Besides, we could use Fournier’s offense with the second unit, anyway.

In all reality, Miles is that dude. He’s going to be perfect on the floor and off. Knock down three-point shooter. Can play any position on the court. Remember when he played power forward for Paul George? Team first, will do anything to win kind of guy.

Let’s face it. Some of the best food you’ll find in this country is in New York. It’s called the melting pot for a reason: You get food from everywhere on Earth here. How many Clevelanders have salivated over a plate of braised oxtails that’s been slow-cooked for 12 hours, served with rice and peas, mac and cheese, cabbage, plantains, and sorrel?

Jason Pierre-Paul Authentic Jersey They probably don’t understand the gratification that comes with lifting your aluminum tray — one side much heavier than the other — knowing full well your server has blessed you with a copious helping of this sacred dish. With this trade, at the low cost of a 32-year-old LeBron James, Dan Gilbert can bring real happiness to a community that’s been deprived of good food for centuries.

Timberwolves fans are either loving or hating their new jerseys

Limited Youth Sean Lee Jersey The Minnesota Timberwolves have unveiled new home and road jerseys that are drastically different from their previous iterations, part of their New Era, New Look theme that has also presented the Timberwolves with a new, circular logo.

I personally think they look more like a soccer uniform than a basketball jersey. The team definitely needed a change, and I do like the white and navy versions. However, we’ll see about the other ones — especially that awful green alternate, if it ends up being real. Maybe it’ll look better in real life, but I’m not optimistic so far.

The NBA is doing its part to reduce the number of games, too. This NBA season will begin about a week earlier than last year, in mid-October. The league is taking aggressive measures to cut back on back-to-backs and is attempting to eliminate situations where a team must play a nationally televised game on the second night of two consecutive games.

However, the new schedule clearly comes with expectations from the NBA that a team’s star players will suit up during important games. It’s not clear how the NBA hopes to implement the rule — it seems likely that teams that want to rest players could make up an injury or attribute the rest to an ailment that a player would otherwise have played through. But because it’s a two-way street and the NBA has done its part to eliminate difficult scheduling quirks, teams may be inclined to do the same.

There is an expectation among partners that teams are going to act in appropriate ways, (and) find, as I said, that right balance between resting on one hand and obligations to fans and partners on the other, Silver said in an April press conference.
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This season will determine whether this is the right balance.

Roberto Aguayo cut by Buccaneers following rough preseason game

Roberto Aguayo’s rough rookie season convinced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that a kicker competition in 2017 would be a good idea. After Aguayo’s struggles Friday night in a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Bucs have cut him.

The second-year kicker had three chances to impress against Cincinnati, but he missed an extra point early in the game and a 47-yard field goal attempt with one minute left in the fourth quarter. His only make was a 20-yard chip shot in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, his competition did well with his only opportunity. In the third quarter, Nick Folk nailed a 45-yard field goal.

Aguayo entered the game ahead of Folk on the team’s depth chart, but clearly his performance cause the team to make the decision to cut him.

Glennon completed 2-of-8 passes for 20 yards and threw one interception, which was returned for a touchdown by Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. It was Glennon’s second pass of the game.

It was not a great start for the offense. And it wasn’t all Glennon’s fault, either. Chicago’s line play was atrocious. Cody Whitehair snapped this ball way — WAY — over Glennon’s head, and all we can do is shake our heads at how everything else unfolded:

The Falcons offense came out against the Dolphins firing on all cylinders, getting on the board early with a Devonta Freeman touchdown. Later in the game, though, the Falcons’ defensive backups looked totally outmatched:

First, Jalen Collins, who started the Super Bowl for Atlanta last season after starting cornerback Desmond Trufant went on injured reserve, gets burned to a crisp. Then Marcelis Branch, who’s fighting for a spot on the free safety depth chart, can’t keep track of Damore’ea Stringfellow to bring him down. It’s a 99-yard score. And it wasn’t the only long one of the night.redskins_103_0fcebec1621a3e75-180x180

Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin defiant in wake of NHL’s Olympics decision: ‘I don’t care, I just go’

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That the NHL won’t grant them passage for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang was received as a personal affront to players. Some responded Tuesday: Try to stop us.

Nothing like a good, old-fashioned goalie duel in the playoffs. In Montreal’s Carey Price and New York’s Henrik Lundqvist, this series boasts two of the NHL’s most battle-tested postseason netminders. Lundqvist’s 55 playoff wins are most among active goalies while Price’s 23 are good for ninth.

The Rangers also are armed with the NHL’s fourth-highest scoring offense, but Shea Weber and Co. pose a number of fascinating matchup quandaries.

This is the Zdeno Chara Bowl. The Bruins’ hulking defenseman quietly turned in a strong age-40 season, serving as the veteran fulcrum of an otherwise inexperienced blue line. It will be Chara’s 12th and potentially final playoff run. That it begins against the franchise where he cut his teeth with seems fitting.

Those are the marquee events in the annual All-Star weekend competition, of course, but there were no surprises in those two events this year.

Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers won the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater competition with a record time of 13.02, defeating Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche in head-to-head competition.

The White Sox might be years away from contending

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My thoughts on the 10th anniversary of 756 are these: Holy crap, 756 home runs are a lot of home runs.

This is obvious, I’m absolutely clear on that, but it’s also something we take for granted. Because when you bring up the record in polite company, there will be instant opinions:

The White Sox might be years away from contending, but when I wrote about the Astros back in 2014, I looked at the struggling teams with top-five farm systems and how they fared in subsequent years.

We’re dealing with a small sample — just 15 teams. But in the last decade, there have been 15 teams who placed in the top five of a Baseball America farm-system ranking, and only one of them didn’t make the playoffs within four seasons. The one that didn’t made it in the fifth season. Only three of the 15 weren’t over .500 four seasons later.

That isn’t to say that a prospect ranking is something that guarantees success. But it’s the sign of an organization that’s doing something right, and an organization that does something right is more likely to do several things right. The White Sox targeted the best prospects in baseball, and they nabbed them in an era when teams are extremely reticent to trade them. That’s evidence that the White Sox front office possess a level of craftiness and skullduggery that will serve them well.

The Mariners are losing Felix Hernandez in the middle of their Wild Card push

The Mariners’ Felix Hernandez has been on the DL for almost a week now, since August 2, but the team announced Tuesday that King Felix will now be out for an extended period with shoulder bursitis.
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The injury, which is the same thing that caused him to miss time earlier this season, could keep him out as long as 3-4 weeks and into September.

Willie Calhoun, currently batting .304 for Oklahoma City with 23 homers this year, is a future second baseman for Los Angeles. The Dodgers have that position settled for now so there’s not a great shot he gets called up this year, but the 22-year-old will be in the majors soon enough based on his performance.

Should the Orioles go through with a trade this afternoon, they are also hoping for a top, top guy in return, which could stall some of the ongoing talks depending on who exactly they’re requesting.

The Astros have the 10th-ranked prospect in the minors right now in outfielder Kyle Tucker, and even if they want to hold on to him, they can also offer up the 40th-ranked prospect in Forrest Whitley or the 46th-ranked guy in Franklin Perez — both right-handed pitchers.

Both of the other teams in the conversation right now have similarly ranked guys to enter into negotiations, but those three are the trio that the Orioles could seemingly go after should the Astros be the winner for Britton.

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