Month: January 2018

Garber was asked if he is lobbying on behalf of Carter to other voters who don’t Carter or know her well.

No, I am not, Garber said, and not at this time. But I said then and I’ll repeat it again, that I believe Kathy is one of the most experienced soccer people in the country, and as a former player and administrator I think she’s really qualified to lead the federation.

The Rams (11-6) scored the final 10 points of the second quarter to cut Atlanta’s lead to 13-10 at halftime. The Falcons dominated time of possession, 37:35-22:25, and a pair of clock-chewing drives in the second half resulted in field goals before Matt Ryan floated a 8 -yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones with 5:48 remaining to put the game out of reach. Jones finished with nine receptions for 94 yards as Ryan went 21 of 30 for 218 yards.

Playoff football is different than regular-season football Goff made a few fantastic throws, but he was wildly inconsistent. Goff finished 24 of 45 for 259 yards and a touchdown but it wasn’t enough to beat a Falcons defense loaded up to stop the run. The Falcons corralled MVP candidate Todd Gurley, who led the NFC in rushing despite sitting out the season finale, for much of the game. Gurley finished with 101 yards on 14 carries, though 61 yards came in the fourth quarter.

The Saints had to be a run-heavy ball-control team this season to help protect a defense that, although much improved, still had holes at plenty of positions other than defensive end Cameron Jordan and rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Another way to protect a defense, especially one that is better suited to playing the pass with pressure and outside coverage, is to render a team one-dimensional.

After the wild-card win over Carolina, they are slight favorites with a 51-percent win probability, according to AccuScore’s simulations. Minnesota hasn’t been easy to predict during the season, as only eight games were correct in AccuScore’s predictions. However, Saints games have been correct 12 times. On Sunday, we will see which team in this coin flip heads to the NFC championship game.

However, the cagey playoff points trends didn’t apply to the Falcons a year ago, when they ran up the score and nearly won the Super Bowl. The Falcons posted over 30 points in every postseason game a season ago, but that was a different offensive coordinator. During the 2017 regular season, AccuScore’s straight-up picks were correct 10 times in Rams games, and nine times in Falcons games.patriots_322_cd1acd38e5410a9e-180x180

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So this season has been something like a career in microcosm.

You start enjoying [playing] more because you’re still able to compete at a high level, make an impact and play the game you love for a little bit longer, Dempsey said during Thursday afternoon’s pre-MLS Cup final press conference. So, yeah, in that aspect, you do appreciate it a little bit more. But I’ve kind of been someone who’s always never really taken much for granted. I’ve always been racing against time, feeling like I kind of started a little bit later than some of my peers. But I’ve been happy with what I’ve been able to accomplish, and there’s more work to be done.

Wow, that was a heck of a game, wasn’t it? And the good guys won, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. Honestly, I don’t know what to say. It as an unbelievable game.

David Steele: Odd stat quirk for this game: The host Rams are 4-4 in their building. The losses are to Washington in Week 2, to Seattle in Week 5, a showdown with the Eagles in Week 14 when Nick Foles had to finish the game, and last week’s finale against the 49ers, when LA rested several starters. Discount most or all of them for these purposes, considering the circumstances? It’s unlikely there will be a problem of a home-field disadvantage with a large and rabid crowd expected.

More conventional stats pit the Rams with the highest-scoring offense in the NFL, against a Falcons defense that has carried them down the stretch as Ryan and the offense has been hit-and-miss. Over the last six weeks the Falcons have given up 23 points or fewer in each game; that included two games against the Saints and single ones against the Vikings and Panthers, all potent offenses.

Pink’s national anthem will be the first time the artist has been on the Super Bowl stage, but she has enjoyed an illustrious career as a singer, songwriter, and actress leading up to this point.

Saban likes to say, “You can either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of disappointment,” and Fitzpatrick parrots the phrase even off the field. When the Tide won that championship game his freshman year, he called Hansen to apologize for his poor performance. He once looked so distraught on the sideline that Harris asked him what was wrong. “I missed an assignment,” he said. “Dude,” Harris said, “We’re up by 40.”patriots_038_c4275d49b20e8e2c-180x180

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2018 NFL Divisional Round: 10 fast facts for Vikings vs. Saints

The Vikings were the better team in Week 1 dropping the Saints 29-19, but they also had Sam Bradford at quarterback and rookie Dalvin Cook as their starting running back. Both have since been lost for the season and those facts alone should let you know that game has no effect on Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game.

When you add that to the fact the Saints all of a sudden have a top-10 scoring defense and the best rushing tandem in the NFL with Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara, you get a pretty good idea this game may be a little bit different.

New Orleans’ Drew Brees needs 38 passing yards and two touchdowns to move into ninth place on both the postseason career passing yards and passing touchdowns leaderboards. He has averaged 279.5 yards and 1.8 passing touchdowns in 14 career games against Minnesota (inc. playoffs).

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen had 1,276 receiving yards this season, the ninth most in franchise history and the most since Sidney Rice had 1,312 receiving yards in 2009.

Atlanta steamrolled Seattle and Green Bay on the way to facing New England last season. As expected, everything has been more of a grind in the conference title defense.

The Saints might have let one get away in their own season finale, but they swept the Panthers, including an early-December win in the Superdome that bore similarities to the Panthers’ loss to the Falcons. The Saints also avenged a loss to the Falcons two weeks before in Atlanta with one at home in Week 16, which put the Falcons on the bubble and solidified their own division title hopes.

Newton, after being so much of his old self most of the season, suddenly became the least reliable link in the Panthers’ chain. That puts the Panthers’ stellar defense in the hot seat, needing to slow Ingram, Kamara, Thomas and triggerman Brees to give them a chance. That’s a tall order … too tall.

Henry secured a first down — and the come-from-behind victory — for the Titans with his run. Revis had an angle to at least get a hand on Henry before the running back reached the marker, but the corner pulled away at the last second.

Revis played in five games with the Chiefs this season, starting two and securing 10 tackles in the process. It was the first time since the 2010 season that Revis didn’t come away with an interception.patriots_017_9fbed4131c79410c-180x180

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Texans GM Rick Smith takes leave of absence due to wife’s breast cancer diagnosis

Shorty after the Houston Texans’ 2017 season ended Sunday, general manager Rick Smith announced that he’ll begin 2018 by taking an extended leave of absence from the team due to his wife’s recent breast cancer diagnosis.

Smith said that he intends to return to the team in some capacity, but will leave it up to team owner Bob McNair to decide what his role will be:

Smith “I’m going to maintain executive VP title. I intend on coming back. If Mr. McNair hires a general manager, that’s up to him.”

Hopefully McDaniel’s wife is fine, and he is too.

Nobody, not even Kamara, could have predicted how successful the match of team and player would be. Not this quickly. Saints coach Sean Payton was one of the first in the league to use the “Joker” position, a multidimensional back who can line up all over the field and create mismatches—Reggie Bush first, Darren Sproles later. After Kamara displayed nonpareil athleticism at the NFL combine (he posted the best numbers of all running backs in both the broad jump and vertical jump), and then impressed with his route-running abilities during a private workout with New Orleans, Payton vowed to confidants that he had to have the back on his team. He was the next in line.

Kamara has since proven to be the ideal fit for that role and the Saints offense, a hybrid player with size and speed and endless versatility, a precise route-runner, hard to tackle, unfathomably efficient. A running back who can seamlessly slot out to play receiver, a receiver who can line up in the backfield and run between the tackles, a threat to score every time he touches the ball, including kick returns.

It hasn’t been a secret for a while now, but Sean McDonough made everything crystal clear when he bid Jon Gruden farewell prior to the Titans-Chiefs game on Saturday afternoon.

Keke Prewitt, the unofficial minister of a group of friends that includes Fitzpatrick and Tide punter JK Scott, laughs now as he considers the 18-year-old who sat silently in the pew three years ago, mouth drawn, unsure whether people approaching him wanted a conversation or just a photo. After enough new friends told him, “You’re actually really nice,” he began to wonder: Was he intimidating? He began trying to talk to at least one stranger a day to get himself out of his shell. He was confused a few weeks ago when a TV reporter asked him how he wanted to be remembered as a football player. “As a good man,” he answered. One night he was grabbing dinner at a restaurant when a man asked if he could sit down. Fitzpatrick stopped himself before he could say no and spent the evening hearing what he had meant to the man, who was suffering from terminal cancer.giants_107

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Jay Beagle scored with 1.3 seconds remaining and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Friday night.

Brett Connolly notched the tying goal with 3:08 left, and Alex Ovechkin added his NHL-leading 28th goal and two assists for first-place Washington.

Lars Eller scored on the power play and Philipp Grubauer stopped 36 shots to help the Capitals earn their second come-from-behind victory in Raleigh in 10 nights. Washington won 5-4 in overtime on Jan. 2 on two late goals by Ovechkin.

Cassel looks to have complete trust Moeaki, a tight end who can split the field and has soft hands.He felt personally at fault, he said, for the team’s early exit from the postseason.Of course, you’d have Witten with the lion’s share of the work.It is what it is.pftcancer says: 7 7 AM It sucks for fans after, but at some point, you need to let it go.2004: Averaged 3 points and 3 rebounds 12 minutes per game for Ulker the Turkish League and 1 points six for Ulker the Euroleague …

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Based on experience, Bissett would disagree. “Hockey was always a great atmosphere,” he says. “The fans, I don’t know if you want to call them rowdy, but they were really into it. That’s why I think many people have always hoped that some day they’d get hockey back. With the growth of the city and the sports-town feeling there, it’d be a real hit there.”

Outside the visiting locker room at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C., a few hours after the Seattle city council voted to approve the MOU by a 7-1 margin, Dillon reflected on his time with the Thunderbirds. He estimates playing between 40 and 50 games at Key Arena while in juniors, an “amazing venue” despite the clock that hung over one blue line, the other end of the ice that slipped under the seats, and the many, many obstructed views. “Perfect location in downtown Seattle,” Dillon says. “An amazing place to live. Close to Canada, which I’m sure would create a pretty good rivalry with those teams. At the same time, it’s a sports town. You’ve got baseball, football … if the basketball team had stuck around they would’ve had Durant…”

The distance he could kick a ball, the accuracy of it.Of course, guys are going to take shots …Q: Why did you choose Ohio State?Stopped by Cam Talbot without a rebound.

There are no wasted moments, said quarterback Cassel.Nicklas Backstrom scored two goals and Ovechkin scored a goal and added assist to lead the capitals offensively.We were a good team and we had much fun getting to that point.bears_005-223x223

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The Giants entered free agency a hefty $56 million under the salary cap, determined to upgrade their defense and spend what they needed to spend to do

The Giants went back to Eli Manning as their starting quarterback Sunday against Dallas in New Jersey after coach Ben McAdoo benched him a week earlier to look at the other two quarterbacks on the roster. The Giants fired McAdoo a day after that game, a loss to Oakland, and then reversed course, either caving to fan/billboard/airplanes-flying-overhead pressure or to try their best to get to 3-10 in a lost season. It didn’t work. Cowboys 30, Giants 10.

– April 11 We’ve got a lot of new faces, so it’s time to learn some new names, Hankins said.This page uses frames, but your browser doesn’t support them.Be Truthful.It would seem the Twins opened their eyes up a little bit more after that .That’s the type of hockey that dictates how you win .

Left tackle Jason Fox is doubtful.is one of just three players the with a full no-trade clause – LeBron and Dirk Nowitzki are the others – meaning has to approve of any trade sending him out of New York.I wish it would have went better.Rodgers once again was wheeling and dealing like the quarterback who twice won the NFL’s MVP award.has seen change.

Not quite kissing Cousins. The most curious contract negotiation in the NFL in recent years continued when Washington once again became “engaged” to Kirk Cousins—through a second consecutive franchise tag the tune of $24 million after $20 million last year—rather than getting “married” with a long term deal. This commitment-challenged relationship may continue yet again in February with another tag (this time the transition tag, for $28 million. Meanwhile, while Cousins has high one-year earnings, he is now six years into his career without having the opportunity for a meaningful long-term contract. Speaking which…

Stafford stash. Matthew Stafford must be living right. He got one of the last bloated top rookie deals from the previous CBA and has used that to leverage not one but two massive extensions. His August mega-deal secures $86 million by March, with an overall potential value of $151 million. Should he play this deal out Stafford, by age 29, will have made $262 million (Tom Brady, now 40, has made $196 million in his career). Stafford is a rare winner in the business of football, along with…

Nevada and had his first 100-yard game as a Hurricane.During the second period of the tilt, Duchene took a hit up high from Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, who was playing his first game of the after rescinding his trade request and inking a two-year deal.Goaltender Devan Dubnyk allowed eight goals his past two , but still leads the NHL wins , save percentage and goals-against average .Everything that went down with the trade circles back around to that whole thing with at the Senior Bowl, said Sundquist.Wideman’s defense hinged on the notion that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between concussions and craze — that head trauma converts players from being rational beings with self-restraint into lethal animals without self-control.bears_144-223x223

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The legislative history of PASPA is an interesting one.

Its passage 20 years ago was suffused with the kind of public moralism that has been used to cloak all manner of greed and stupidity on the part of sports management at every level, but most notably, among the panjandrums of college sports who, as always, were concerned only about the delicate souls of their “student-athletes,” and not concerned at all about someone besides themselves making money off the sweat of same. But they weren’t alone. In the congressional hearings, then-NBA commissioner David Stern told Congress that it had the power and the duty to regulate sports betting, and the law’s advocates in Congress weren’t shy about taking their consciences out for a walk, either.

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If that’s the case, both he and the entire Titans roster have Mariota to thank. Mariota’s development was a major reason why there has been speculation about Mularkey’s job status, despite Tennessee ending an eight-year playoff drought. For much of this season, Mariota hadn’t been living up to the lofty expectations set for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft in his third professional season.
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As the standings suggest, Dallas needs to first pass Seattle and then Detroit before it can starting thinking about Atlanta.

The Cowboys can get to 10-6 by winning out, and they host the Seahawks with Ezekiel Elliott in Week 16. The next part of the equation is the Lions losing a game to either the Bengals on the road or Packers at home so Detroit finishes no better than 9-7. Since the Falcons beat the Buccaneers, the Cowboys need the Falcons to lose their final two games.

As improbable as all that sounds, with the Packers eliminated and the Falcons facing two tough final games, the Cowboys are far from dead. Their biggest obstacle is taking care of their own business. After the Seattle game, Dallas travels to Philadelphia, where the Week 17 game still could be big for the Eagles to earn the No. 1 NFC seed.

As crazy it sounds after its Week 15 home debacle, Seattle can still win the NFC West if it wins out (at Dallas, vs. Arizona) and Los Angeles loses out (at Tennessee, vs. San Francisco). That would be a shocking-but-not-totally-impossible development.

For a wild-card spot, the Seahawks need to win out and bury the Cowboys in Week 16. They also need the Falcons to lose twice and the Lions to lose once. Had the Seahawks swept the Rams, they almost certainly would have made the postseason. Now they’re hoping for a minor miracle.

Detroit has a favorable schedule ahead in traveling to reeling Cincinnati and hosting possibly Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay.

Quarterbacks Notes: With 80 passer rating the finale, Rodgers finished with his lowest rating of his career as a starter.NASCAR driver Keselowski didn’t look out of place wearing a personalized Winged Wheel sweater Tuesday night at Arena.If could offset this crucial deficiency by creating off the dribble and finishing around the rim, it could help neutralize his lack of a perimeter game.Tip-off is 9 p.m.They have a silent auction and are selling tickets on a TV, $200 cash and a homemade quilt.Staff seems lazy there and I didn’t once a manager walk around, Greet or check on us.

I’m done with that for a little bit.If they go with seven relievers, it gives Banister an extra player.To verify your subscription information, click the Connect Account button.

Got to find ways to win the game.Let’s hope his awesomeness doesn’t end for years to come.Shuman played five and gained valuable experience last year, but new coordinator Cook plans to shift the offense back to more of option approach 2017.

Rookie Kessler entered the game for Griffin.This , the show has something special planned the form of an all-star consisting completely of players who have previously appeared on the show before.They have to., a 2016 sixth round pick, is likely competing for a spot on the Patriots’ practice squad.

His first -league returns, for what it’s worth, were considerably more than lackluster.I’m excited about his development.It take several people all likelihood to fill his shoes because of all that he did, Rio said.They were free to skip any questions.chargers_005

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Carey Price made 32 saves for Montreal, which has lost four straight

“It’s great. You always have a smile on your face,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. “You come to the rink and you feel energized, just like a player, coaches are the same. It’s nice to see the room is in a good place.”

Canadiens have been held to one goal or fewer in four straight games.

“I would say we looked like a team that played three (games) in four (nights),” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. “Having said that, again, you don’t score goals, you don’t win hockey games.”

The top three teams the Metropolitan division have all but guaranteed themselves playoff spots.But New Jersey’s political currents are swift and strange, and within the course of just a few frantic, early-fall days the primary started looking like a coronation.Pressenda features Berofsky and Kathy Judd on violin, Amadi Azikiwe on , on cello and Victor on piano.Dolphins head coach Gase challenged early the to learn how to battle through injuries.Pryor had six receptions for 101 yards, and Duke Jr.Updated: Oct 5 – 5 PM PITTSBURGH – Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and current ESPN personality Merril Hoge underwent heart surgery Monday, and according to his ESPN colleagues, it went well.ABOUT THE BROWNS 1.Toronto and Boston we could have walked away with points and didn’t get the start at home we needed against , coach Dave Hakstol said.It wouldn’t be surprising if he was sent back to the D-League the coming few days.He believes health is the only thing that can stop the Cavs from making another deep run.

Palmer had two major knee injuries in his career, tearing the ACL in his left knee twice, once in 2006 and again in 2014. He missed 42 games during his career, not counting the 16 he spent on the bench his rookie year.

Palmer will retire fourth in Cardinals history in passing yard and touchdowns. He owns the franchise records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season, both set in 2015.

Flat-out loved it.But it failed the team, ultimately, by doling out a series of bad contracts.insider Martin F.Next week we need to put a distance medley the national meet and we have four events that we have a to go and score points .We were not only representing our families and the Green Bay Packers, but also this game, the entire NFL.Please note: -This jersey is game-worn and sold as-is condition -The images were taken after the game.Pass to Demers.If I lived closer I probably would have gone, but some ways I’m glad to have the parade of 2004, brother by side, as the only one memory.bigbluefan56 says: Nov 15 4 PM marmac2768 says: Nov 15 8 AM Thanks for the Schiano reference!!!!The Vikings picked Berger over Sullivan training camp and it looks to be paying off as Berger is having a Pro Bowl caliber .
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Five reasons why Raiders’ rehiring Jon Gruden would be perfect

The Buccaneers played strong complementary football with Gruden. With the Raiders, he will put in place the right defensive staff and get the team playing hard and fast in all three phases.

There was always a danger in Gruden’s younger days that he would burn out, given how hard he worked to outcoach everyone. After being away for almost a decade (he last coached in 2008), you can bet he will be rejuvenated for the challenge and will appreciate interacting with younger players again on a regular basis. He should have learned well from his weaknesses after being fired by the Buccaneers, and he should have improved upon the strengths that made him the hottest coach in the league.

With all that, though, one of these teams is moving on to the divisional round against one of the two overwhelming Super Bowl favorites, the Steelers or Patriots. Hint: Don’t necessarily be distracted by which has the most heart warming story and the most pulse-pounding finish.

Black Monday did not quite create as many openings as some may have anticipated, with only five coaches starting the new year no longer in a job.

John Fox, Jim Caldwell, Chuck Pagano and Jack Del Rio joined former New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo in unemployment as the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders opted to start fresh.

Bruce Arians called it a career as the Arizona Cardinals coach retired and, with six jobs now available, we rank them in order of which will be the most attractive.

There has been little exciting about the Lions for some time, but they have the pieces to be a serious contender. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is tied to a contract he signed this past offseason and the receiving corps has talent in the form of Marvin Jones, Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay.lions_049

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