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Make that four field goals for New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

For both the Titans and Jaguars, 2017 has been a special, long-awaited season. With identical 6-3 records entering Week 11, both look good enough to end two of the AFC’s longest playoff droughts.

Tennessee’s last postseason trip was in 2008; Jacksonville last qualified in ’07. At this point, however, settling for a wild card isn’t an acceptable goal for either team. Both want to win the AFC South and be guaranteed a home game in January, which in turn would provide a greater chance of also winning a playoff game.

Neither has to worry about Houston or Indianapolis, the two teams that split the last eight division titles. The Titans have held the division lead because of their 37-16 beatdown of the Jaguars in Jacksonville in Week. 2. The teams will play each other again, in Nashville, in Week 17.

Make that four field goals for New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski. His 29-yarder was the shortest of the game. 33-8 Patriots

It obviously was too little, too late, but Oakland finally found the end zone with about 12 minutes to play when Derek Carr hit Amari Cooper for a 9-yard touchdown pass. The Raiders then converted a two-point conversion when Carr connected with Michael Crabtree in the end zone. Some garbage time fantasy points, anybody? 30-8, Patriots

Stephen Gostkowski’s third field goal of the game, a 40-yarder, was just as easy as his previous two. 30-0, Patriots

New England was ready for Oakland’s rush attempt on 4th-and-1, and fullback Jamize Olawale was stuffed for no gain. Patrick Chung was credited for the tackle, but a host of Patriots combined to stop the Raiders for the turnover.nike_steelers_719

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Bruins top Devils behind Khudobin, McAvoy

Charlie McCoy scored in the 11th round of the shootout to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

Hanzal has one goal and two assists in 17 games this season.

“I feel for Marty,” Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock told NHL.com. “This is the third or fourth time just as he gets up to speed and starts to really look good, (and) there is an injury. You feel for a guy like that. He wants to do well and it just seems that in the game he has the most impact, he gets hurt.”

The Stars moved to 11-9-1 on the year after Tuesday’s win but are 3-7-1 on the road.

Hitchcock said he believes his team will get better from its middling start.

“I see a team forging an identity,” Hitchcock told the Dallas News. “It’s a process. I’m really enjoying the process, because I’m seeing a team emerge. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be very challenging, and we’ve got a long way to go.”

Giants coach Ben McAdoo on the loss to the previously winless 49ers: “The thing that was disappointing that showed up on film is the desire to finish on a consistent basis. There were plays we were capable of making and the desire to finish wasn’t consistent… We’re disappointed, but determined. We’re all in this thing together as coaches, as players, and I’m not here to throw anyone under the bus today, whether it’s a coach, whether it’s a player.”

Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn on his six sacks in Sunday’s 27-7 win over the Cowboys: “I’m no Everson Griffen or somebody like that, my pass rush isn’t as good as (his). But I play the same way every game. It lucked out for me today. I only have one move and it works.”

Danny Green followed that by hitting consecutive 3-pointers to stretch the lead to 90-79 with 3 minutes remaining.

Reserve forward John Collins led Atlanta with 21 points and Taurean Prince added 18. Former Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon had 11 points, including nine in the opening quarter.
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Lindor hit a splitter out of the strike zone low and away.

Did we think it was gone? The fans behind home plate don’t react. Lindor pauses to admire his shot. The pitcher turns to watch it. The Yankees relievers hop up on a bench to try to see at the 19-second mark.

The announcer didn’t buy it for a second.

At the moment of contact he’s reaching for it and looks almost to be swinging with one hand. He’s not Aaron Judge, but a 5-foot-11 shortstop who hit 21 total home runs across parts of five minor league seasons. And the ball he hit went all of 349 feet to the power alley, according to Statcast.

The Dolphins traded Ajayi because they believe that his most productive games are behind him, fearing that knee issues stemming from a significant 2011 surgery are finally catching up to him, team sources told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.

“I’m not concerned about any reports other than the ones given to us,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said when asked about Ajayi’s knee issues, saying the team was comfortable in making the trade based on the results of the running back’s physical.

There was no conflict or controversy that led to Ajayi’s trade, sources told Darlington, but Ajayi did express some frustration about his lack of touches in the red zone.

Ajayi reacted to the trade in an Instagram post Tuesday morning. Even that suggestion from Emmert, ultimately determined by the NBA Players Association and NBA owners, met resistance Monday from Knight Commission panelist David Robinson. Robinson, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame selected to serve on the Commission on College Basketball, spoke passionately about the need for young athletes to spend time on college campuses.
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Chargers’ Travis Benjamin’s punt return could be worst in history

Most importantly, while there’s some palpable excitement in Lakerland, Thursday was a reminder that this project is going to take a while. The Lakers are a team in transition, and their roster could look completely different by next October. It’s hard to be patient with a No. 2 pick as flashy as Ball, but the Chateau Marmont wasn’t built in a day. (Heck, it took Shaq and Kobe four years to win a title together.)

Ball’s potential isn’t any lower because of an uneventful opening night. The Lakers, however, have a long way to go before it’s fair to consistently expect much more than what they showed Thursday night.

Yu Darvish says he didn’t think it was necessary to meet with Yuli Gurriel after the Astros first baseman’s racially insensitive gesture toward the Dodgers pitcher.
After hitting a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish in Game 3 in Houston, cameras caught Gurriel using his fingers to slant his eyes in a gesture that is considered offensive to people of Asian descent; Darvish is of Japanese and Iranian descent.

Gurriel later issued an apology. MLB suspended him five regular-season games without pay, beginning next year, and it will cost him about $320,000.

During pregame introductions, the first since the World Series shifted from Minute Maid Park to Dodger Stadium, the boos were noticeably louder for Gurriel than for any other Astros player.

Sheldon Richardson shed the oft-frustrating Xavier Su’a-Filo and made a relatively easy play in the backfield, stopping the Texans after 2 yards, at which point Houston punted..chargers_007

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Super Sleeper: Is Dallas Goedert NFL’s next matchup nightmare?

In a few months, Dallas Goedert’s face will be everywhere as one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft. For now, though, it’s just on a South Dakota State football promotional billboard along I-29 in the equally sleepy state of South Dakota.

Almost everything about Goedert’s path to becoming a dominant player at SDSU has been unorthodox, unique, and very much his own. Top draft prospects typically come from an athletic background of intense competition and highly specialized training.

Last season, Rams quarterbacks were sacked 49 times, second-most in the league, with Goff sacked 26 times in seven games. Through seven games this season, Goff has been sacked 10 times, tied for fourth-least. The line has also helped open things up for Gurley, who is averaging a career-high 89.6 yards per game after putting up 55.3 per game in 2016. It’s no coincidence Los Angeles is atop the NFC West with a strong chance to make some postseason noise.

But maybe you noticed something about the three teams he’s faced: Tennessee, Kansas City and Cleveland. All three of them have something in common. They’re all extremely bad at pass defense. In fact, the trio is allowing a 7.4 percent touchdown rate to opposing receivers which is way, way above the league average of 4.6. Combined, the trio has allowed an average of 9.6 touchdowns to wideouts on the season, compared to the league average of 5.8. Told you they were bad.

And look, I’m probably the biggest Gronk fan not from the New England area. I marked a number of years ago when he said he was honored to be part of my MUT team. Ertz isn’t far behind. It’s becoming undeniable at this point.tigers_052-115x115

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Pete Prisco’s NFL Week 8 Picks: Dolphins edge Ravens, Falcons’ offense gets rolling

There were three teams shut out last week, four other teams failed to reach double-digit scoring and another team won with 12 points.
That set off the cry this week that the league stinks and there isn’t enough scoring. Wasn’t it just a year ago that we had all the complaining that there was too much scoring, that the league is set up for the offense?

The truth is the offensive play has been off because line play hasn’t been good, there aren’t enough good quarterbacks and there just isn’t enough time to practice anymore in pads.
The defensive players, meanwhile, are faster and more athletic.

The thing is, you don’t want to see the Seahawks (4-2) in the playoffs. And if the playoffs started today (they don’t — I double-checked), the Eagles could be lined up to host Seattle in the Divisional Round.

Any time a player explodes for a career-best game as Amari Cooper did last week, it’s wise to shop that player for potentially massive returns on the fantasy trade market. After struggling mightily for over a month with a total of 8.4 combined standard points in five games, Cooper dropped a 33-point outing against the Chiefs last Thursday, setting career highs in targets (19) and receiving yards (210) adding two touchdowns along the way. That game alone accounts for 61 percent of his season total in standard scoring, so clearly the man has reached his ceiling.

Cooper likely won’t have a game like that again this season, and some of his success can be attributed to the fact that it was an extremely favorable matchup against a vulnerable Kansas City pass defense. The Chiefs were already allowing the seventh-most yards per game to wideouts (176) and more touchdowns to receivers (10) heading into Week 7 than any other team in the NFL. It was a perfect storm for Cooper to post a peak fantasy performance that not many saw coming.tigers_054-115x115

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Jordan Howard among Week 8 fantasy trade targets

Howard hasn’t scored in three weeks now, so it’s a clear buy-low scenario. He has three favorable matchups over the next month, too. Howard faces a Saints defense that is one of just five in the league to allow 4.7 yards per carry or more to opposing running backs this year; a Packers defense that’s already surrendered eight total touchdowns to running backs (one of them being Howard in Week 4); and a Lions defense that was gashed by the Saints backfield in Week 6 for 237 yards and two touchdowns.

Look, I can’t even have a soda while watching a movie in the theater if it’s going to go longer than an hour-thirty. This dude never missed a play — not for a bathroom break, not after somebody stepped on his foot, not even to check his Twitter mentions. Nothing took him out of the game. Ever. He just kept playing for a team that — and I’m trying to be kind — sort of struggled.

Scouts project Goedert as a second-day pick in the draft (Rounds 2-3), possibly the first taken at his position. They see the speed, quickness and balance of a big-play threat, and size that will make him a mismatch for smaller defensive backs. Meanwhile, his blocking has developed enough to be placed in the asset category. Among his competition to be the draft?????????s top tight end are a pair of seniors in Penn State?????????s Mike Gesicki and Wisconsin?????????s Troy Fumagalli. Underclassmen who could further deepen the tight end field include Oklahoma?????????s Mark Andrews and South Carolina?????????s Hayden Hurst, if they choose to file for early entry into the draft.

The idea to trim Thursday Night Football from 18 games a season to only eight was first reported by Sports Business Journal and was part of a plan to reverse the ratings crash that also includes pulling games played in the U.K. back to 1 PM eastern time (6PM London time).
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