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Elite Jason Chimera Jersey NFL owners expressed their belief that players should stand for the national anthem in meetings Wednesday but focused on how the league can address the concerns of players who are protesting during it, commissioner Roger Goodell said.
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This is just a bad ass play from Rivers. The Raiders get pressure, and Rivers makes a move and completes the pass.

But this play highlights the biggest issue Oakland has in their pass defense. According to Football Outsiders DVOA, the Raiders are 31st in the NFL against an opponent’s No. 1 wide receiver.

Here’s one example of two in the Ravens game where Mike Wallace outruns the Oakland secondary for a big gain. It’s nothing special from the offense. The Raiders’ cornerback and safety just aren’t good enough here. I have no idea what the safety is looking Jari Kurri Womens Jersey at. He’s got the deep middle of the field and allows Wallace to run right by him.
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The Raiders are 30th covering running backs in the NFL. Here they are against Washington on Monday Night Football. This is early in the game. It’s third-and-6. The Raiders bring pressure and forget to cover the running back. No bueno.

This Thursday the Raiders play the Chiefs, who have feasted in the past on the screen game against the Raiders. I would know. We scored on three of them in the first half at Oakland in 2013, plus another long touchdown catch for Jamaal Charles. If the Raiders want to win on Thursday, they better find a way to clean this up.

Dewayne Dedmon followed a miss by Schroder for a layup to put Atlanta up 113-111 with 58 seconds left.

I don’t think it’s too big for him, Shanahan said. I think he’s used to having it and I think he’s just going to go about it like he’s gone about every other day throughout his career.

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I’ve seen him in Europe doing his thing for Italy, and he did it tonight, said Schroder, who led the Hawks with seven assists. I was excited when I heard he’s here. It’s just great to have somebody like that coming off the bench and looking for his shots.

Smith, the first Dallas rookie to start an opener since 34-year-old teammate Devin Harris in 2004, scored his first NBA points on an alley-oop dunk to open the Dallas scoring and finished with 16 points and a game-high 10 assists.

Nowitzki scored 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting, and the surest sign yet that he’s putting the franchise in younger hands came late. The 7-footer who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011 sat during the back-and-forth final minutes.
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Dewayne Dedmon followed a miss by Schroder for a layup to put Atlanta up 113-111 with 58 seconds left. Taurean Prince rebounded a missed 3 from Belinelli with the shot clock off and made both free throws for a four-point lead.

Brian Hoyer’s day ended in Week 6 after only a little more than a quarter against Washington.

Avril has been sidelined since suffering a neck/spine injury in Week 4. He’ll have to miss at least eight weeks while on injured reserve, and it’s possible that he will miss the remainder of the season. Carroll has said that Avril’s injury could be a long-term issue, and when asked last week if it could sideline him for the rest of the season, the coach didn’t rule out that possibility.

On Monday, Bryant told media that he did not request a trade and that he has talked to Steelers coaches only about getting better.

Multiple Steelers have tried to encourage Bryant early this week, according to sources, citing his crucial role in the offense and how it’s too early to be frustrated.

Roethlisberger said Bryant’s improved blocking and inspired play in Kansas City, where he caught two passes for 27 yards on 33 snaps, were positive signs. Also, the Steelers can call more red zone plays designed to go to Bryant.

Brian Hoyer’s day ended in Week 6 after only a little more than a quarter against Washington. In the middle of the second quarter, the San Francisco 49ers turned over the reins to rookie third-round pick C.J. Beathard and gave extra snaps to rookie running back Matt Breida who entered the game with the rookie quarterback.

The rookie entered the game Sunday with a 14-0 deficit at FedEx Field, which may hold some sentimental value to Beathard. His grandfather, Bobby Beathard, was the general manager in Washington for 12 seasons, including the team’s Super Bowl-winning seasons in 1982 and 1987.

During the 2016 season, eight games aired only on NFL Network, with two games aired on Saturday, and two on Sunday. The games that appeared on CBS and NBC were streamed on Twitter — and we can likely expect the same treatment with Amazon. The schedule for 2017 is not available yet, but will come out later this month.

Did you know the adorable new Porg from ‘Star Wars’ has extremely reasonable sports takes?

On Monday night during the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we met a Porg, Chewbacca’s adorable, screaming co-pilot. It turns out the Porg has really reasonable and well thought out sports takes — who knew?
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Derek Carr, QB, Raiders: Like Montgomery, Carr wasn’t a player from whom fantasy owners had high expectations on Sunday, as he was started in just 27.8 percent of ESPN leagues in his first game back from a back injury. Those who did start Carr, however, got only 6.84 fantasy points from him, his seventh-worst individual score in 52 career NFL starts. Getting a game under his belt could be a good thing, as could be another week to get back to full strength. He’ll face a tougher matchup in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs, though.

The family told Griff they were going to a food show, judging by the start of this video — which is one heck of a way to trick your kid. Nobody that age wants to go to a food show. Then things get amazing when Griff gets surprised with a ticket and a jersey to see Gurley in action.
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But they’re in L.A. he says with a smile, thinking it’s all a joke — before it’s revealed the Rams are in Jacksonville and they have tickets to watch them play. Not just tickets, but box seats. Griff can’t keep it together, because this was the best surprise.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: That’s three consecutive games with at least 20 fantasy points for Cousins, whose 27.80 on Sunday represented the seventh-best total in any of his 51 career NFL games. Though he didn’t exactly carve up a San Francisco 49ers defense that was missing key linebackers, he did score his first rushing touchdown of the season, after having totaled nine in the previous two seasons combined. Cousins was started in 60.4 percent of ESPN leagues, seventh highest among quarterbacks.

The key words are if he wants it.

With Adam Benigni accepting the role as co-anchor of Daybreak on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) effective at the start of 2018, the focus shifts to the future of sportscaster Jonah Javad.

Javad has been doing Benigni’s duties as sports director for several months and is assumed to have the job permanently if he wants it.

Womens Anders Nilsson Jersey In a Twitter message exchange, Javad wouldn’t directly answer if he wants it or if he has an out-of-town job offer.

The NFL through Week 6 continued to close the deficit of TV viewers compared with last season — albeit at a numbingly slow pace.

Through Week 6, the NFL’s 37 national telecasts averaged 15.3 million viewers, according to data compiled by Sports Media Watch, which is down 7.2 percent from the average 16.5 million viewers through the same week a season ago.

This year’s viewership numbers do not include the latest Monday Night Football telecast, which were not available at press time.

TV viewership of NFL games was down 12.3 percent after Week 1 and had narrowed the gap to 7.3 percent after Week 5.

Kids Eric Fisher Jersey As we said last week, everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military. In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change.

Now the good rating news: Star teams remain a huge draw for the league in the NBA Finals. Despite a five-game series, Warriors-Cavs II averaged 20.4 million viewers on ABC, up one percent in viewership from 2016’s seven-game finals between the same teams. It was the most-watched NBA Finals since Bulls-Jazz in 1998 (29.0 million) and the third year in a row that viewership has hit a post-Jordan high.

Let’s assume for the purpose of this exercise that they renounce their rights to McDermott to create cap space.

Authentic Womens Nico Siragusa Jersey The head-to-head format makes fantasy baseball a lot more like fantasy football, where you only have to have to outperform one other manager each week in order to get that elusive W. That said, there’s enough luck involved in the game without having to add in the potential for an player to have the second-highest score each week, yet be 0-10 and essentially out of the running by June. A team that’s last in your league in overall points likely has no chance at ever truly competing on the regular with the top teams. That said, if you throw out schedules and simply award a win to the top six scores each week in a 12-team league, it’s a lot easier for a struggling manager to see light at the end of the tunnel if he only has to reach as high as No. 6 overall to achieve future success.

If the Giants were below average in offensive efficiency before, what are they going to do now without (at least) receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall? It could get ugly for New York — heck, it already is.

It’s worth noting here that FPI does have its limitations, and one of those limitations is that it does not explicitly adjust for injuries to non-quarterbacks. Presumably, the Giants’ offense will be worse in the coming weeks, and the model will notice and adjust accordingly. But at the moment, it probably is slightly overrating Big Blue’s prospects in this game because it doesn’t know about the loss of Beckham.

Womens Ra’Shede Hageman Jersey Of course, Beckham’s injury and the Giants’ offensive line woes have overshadowed the fact that, quietly, their defense has performed below expectation, too. All of FPI’s optimism about the Giants stemmed from a belief that their defense would be excellent, but so far, it, like the offense, has been below average in terms of efficiency. FPI hasn’t given up on the defense yet — it still thinks the unit will be 2.2 points better per game than average — but it’s been disappointed so far.

The Hornets are solid.

Their defense should improve. Charlotte slipped to 14th in points allowed per possession, unthinkable for a Steve Clifford team, and conceded more 3s than anyone. Expect a more conservative scheme, where help defenders don’t creep so far into the paint.

They were a playoff lock before Batum’s injury, and should still ease in if he returns on time. They dutifully execute Clifford’s schemes. They just don’t have the dynamism or upside of the teams above them.

“And all of it had come out of that Al Campanis book that Tommy Lasorda preached from. Not only how to play — how you had to take on 3-0, how you had to lay down a bunt — but also how to dress for BP and how to represent the team.

“My main job with Dave was to turn him into a major league outfielder. He didn’t need much help on offense, but he couldn’t throw very well, so we spent a lot of that summer long-tossing.

“Even then, he had great people skills. The other players gravitated toward him. There was one time, though, that I had to fine him. I caught him eating on the bench during a game. That was not the the Dodger Way. I felt bad about it, though. ‘Dave,’ I told him, ‘the other guys look up to you. You have to set an example.'”

It was in those early years in the Tigers’ farm system that Roberts acquired the nickname Doc. The reason had nothing to do with his mental acumen, though he did have that. It was just an offshoot of his initials: DR. And that led to Hit Doctor, which was shortened to Doc.tigers_050-115x115

Hayward ran down all the different players Boston had acquired this season and expressed excitement.

There are questions, of course. The starting lineup will be light on 3-point shooting, assuming Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters and James Johnson can’t repeat career seasons. Reintegrating Justise Winslow’s busted jumper will be a challenge, though he fits nicely as a backup power forward alongside Kelly Olynyk.

But Miami goes 10-deep in proven rotation guys before you even count Bam Adebayo and Jordan Mickey. Erik Spoelstra will have them well-prepared, and leverage the math; only two teams allowed fewer corner 3s last season. That isn’t an accident. Miami’s conditioning is different than everyone else’s. Depth, coaching and effort win a lot of regular-season games.

Whether you’re a fan of Ball and his family or not, know this: If you draft him, you’re a fan. He is being compared to a young Jason Kidd because of his special passing ability and his knack for making everyone around him better. I don’t like buying into hype, but I have to admit it’d be fun to have Ball this Miguel Cabrera Womens Jersey season and ride the wave Authentic Jalen Collins Jersey to see where he can take my team. Taking Ball likely means passing on players such as Jrue Holiday and D’Angelo Russell, two other point guards with a similar ADP, so that’s something to consider. It’s also further evidence of the depth at point guard this season.

Make no mistake, Hayward is just as excited to play alongside Irving. The two gushed about each other during their dual introduction in early September. That dual news conference happened, in part, because all of Boston’s summer activity never afforded the team a chance to formally introduce Hayward before that.

During that conference,Irving, smiling next to him, leaned in with a proclamation.

Lightning forward J.T. Brown raises fist during national anthem

Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown raised his right fist during the playing of the national anthem before the team’s first road game of the season.

Delino DeShields Elite Jersey Brown, who was scratched for Tampa Bay’s season-opening win against Florida, remained standing throughout the anthem Saturday night. Brown, one of approximately 30 black players in the NHL, used the same protest before a preseason game against the Panthers last month.

Brown, 27, said in his statement that the racist remarks and death threats he has received on Twitter from people who disapprove of his method of protest prove why this topic must be talked about.

If they bounce back, the Sooners could become one of the more puzzling teams for the playoff selection committee. Oklahoma owns maybe the most impressive nonconference victory of any team in the country, having convincingly defeated ninth-ranked Ohio State 31-16 Week 2 in Columbus. Yet the 38-31 home loss to Iowa State won’t compare favorably to other one-loss contenders. It’s now the seventh year in a row that Oklahoma has dropped at least one game as a double-digit favorite.

This is still Oklahoma, Mayfield said. We’re still a top-15 team. And I guarantee you we’ll be on top toward the end.

To get there, the Sooners first will have to get past this weekend’s Red River Showdown, which will feature a pair of quarterbacks from the Austin area in Mayfield and Texas freshman Sam Ehlinger.
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Asked what he knew about Ehlinger, Mayfield sneaked in a jab while smiling: He went to Westlake, and he’s never beaten Lake Travis, Mayfield’s alma mater.

Lake Travis has a 10-game winning streak over Westlake. The high school rivals will meet Friday, the night before Oklahoma takes on Texas.

Rodgers lifts Packers over Cowboys 35-31 in another thriller

Aaron Rodgers threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 11 seconds remaining, lifting Green Bay over the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 Sunday in another thriller nine months after the Packers’ divisional playoff win on the same field.

Luck’s Colts? They just got a new general manager, coach Chuck Pagano is on borrowed time and the odds are great that everything will be torn down and rebuilt starting next season. They made the playoffs his first three seasons; now, they’re well on their way to missing them for the third straight year.

Manning was 27 and eight years away from his lost season following neck surgery. Luck is 28.

Authentic Womens Dwayne Allen Jersey It’s not the end for Luck; it should be a new beginning. He should have a long career ahead of him, with a franchise that has done this before 鈥?a period being honored and cherished this weekend, one that still has a chance to be repeated.

That’s the best-case scenario, and it’s pretty good.
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The worst-case scenario for the Colts, their franchise quarterback, his beaten-up body, his hefty contract and the mess of a team surrounding him 鈥?it’s not nearly as good.

I don’t think that should necessarily be a defining thing. With Eli, though, it is, and I think his passing numbers were good enough.

I’ll likely vote for Eli, just probably not on the first ballot. He’s going to be a real interesting guy to discuss. He’s got two Super Bowl rings and he’s got three or years where he just wasn’t very good. That’s going be the thing.