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We should be lasered in on the Jahlil Okafor trade saga. Or the Sixers’ big win Saturday night over Miami to bring the Heat’s thoroughly unforeseen 13-game unbeaten run ?to a halt. But you know us. It’s always going to be tough for us to get through one of these comments without dissecting the Joel Embiid latest. And it comes from our pal Adam Reisinger, who reminds us that the fewest games total ever registered by a Rookie of the Year ?is Patrick Ewing’s 50 games in 1985-86. Embiid, who’s ailing anew, has played 31 games to date. The Sixers have 26 games left on their schedule after the All-Star break, but realistically only 21 of those will be available to Embiid when you factor in Philly’s five remaining back-to-backs. Gonna be close!
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Memphis Grizzlies: Veteran power forward Brandan Wright has been a welcome addition to the Grizzlies’ rotation, providing scoring, rebounding and shot-blocking off the bench since returning from an ankle injury. Now 29, Wright never turned into the player that some hoped he’d be when the Warriors traded fan favorite Jason Richardson to acquire him on draft day in 2007, but if he gets close to 20 minutes a night he’s someone to consider streaming into your lineup if/when you’re looking for blocks.

Miami Heat: According to Stein, the Heat are one of a handful of teams to have shown interest in acquiring Serge Ibaka from Orlando. Miami has a -2.2 PER at power forward this season, per 82games.com, and Ibaka would provide a second frontcourt shot-blocker alongside Hassan Whiteside, which would certainly make for entertaining defense.

Knicks fans peppered the arena on Friday with chants of “We want Oakley” and “Free Charles Oakley.” Dolan said that the organization ejected Oakley because he was being verbally abusive to security. Oakley was charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault for striking Madison Square Garden security and one misdemeanor charge of trespassing.

Hockey players prepare for ¡®Beauty and the Beast¡¯ night by dancing to the theme song

Hockey players, surprise, are still quite graceful on ice when not playing their sport. We learned that lesson when four players from the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL recreated the iconic Mean Girls Christmas dance.

We have more evidence of hockey player dancing shenanigans thanks to the Toledo Walleyes, also of the ECHL. On Wednesday, in preparation for the team¡¯s Beauty and the Beast night, goaltender Jeff Lerg and teammate Jean-Paul LaFontaine skated to the title song from the Disney classic.

Yes, it¡¯s as delightful as it sounds.

Today’s #WalleyeWednesday featured a dance between @Ah_LaFontaine12 and @jlerg1, set to ‘Tale as Old as Time’ from ‘Beauty & the Beast.’

Honestly they could give Emma Watson and Dan Stevens a run for their money in the live-action Disney remake due out next month. Well done, Jeff and Jean-Paul.

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Tom Brady told Gisele ‘too bad, babe’ when she wanted him to retire after Super Bowl 51

Leading up to the Super Bowl, you could throw down a prop bet on whether Tom Brady would retire after the game. On Monday, the Patriots quarterback told the world that was a sucker’s bet.

“If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today,” Brady told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “She told me that last night three times. And I said, ‘Too bad, babe. I’m having too much fun right now.’ You know, I feel like I can still do it, and if you love what you do and you’re capable of doing it, then, I mean, I’d be so bored if I wasn’t going out there, knowing that I could still do it. So, I’m going to work hard to be ready to go and I still plan on playing for a long time.”

Brady’s 2016 season was one of his finest. He finished second in the league’s MVP voting despite missing the first four games of the year thanks to a dubious suspension handed down by the league. When he returned, he led New England to a 11-1 regular season campaign while setting an NFL record for best touchdown-to-interception ratio for a season (28:2).

“Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House,” McCourty told TIME Monday. “With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.”

Hightower’s reasoning is apparently much less politically motivated and he also didn’t go in 2014 when Barack Obama was in office.

Patriots running back James White and defensive end Rob Ninkovich both said they haven’t decided yet if they’ll make the trip.

Super Bowl 2017 halftime show: TV schedule and performers

The best part of Super Bowl LI¡¯s halftime show? There will be absolutely zero Coldplay involved.
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Sunday¡¯s extravaganza will eschew the typical tradition of rolling out a trio acts, instead focusing on a singular performer and her sidekick. LI¡¯s headliner? Lady Gaga.

The Fame Monster artist was originally rumored to be flying solo, one year after Beyonce, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars choked the field at Levi¡¯s Stadium and two since Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, and Missy Elliott teamed up for an eclectic performance that catapulted Left Shark into the public consciousness. Instead, she¡¯ll team up with San Francisco¡¯s favorite nonagenarian ¡ª the legendary Tony Bennett ¡ª who will contribute a brief video introduction to help kick off the event.

Lady Gaga, never one to avoid spectacle, will have to step up her game Sunday. She¡¯ll be the focus of more than 72,000 live fans and hundreds of millions more across the globe on television. The Grammy-winning chanteuse has some grand plans in store for her performance; reports swirled midway through January she wanted to find a way to sing from the retractable roof of NRG Stadium.

Earlier this week on Mix 104.1¡¯s Karson & Kennedy, the 30-year-old singer revealed that the idea came from her sister, who said ¡°I know, let¡¯s suspend you in the air!¡± However, Lady Gaga stopped short of confirming whether she would open the show on the roof.

Instead, the Patriots got the ball back with 3:30 remaining. They needed only 2:30 to drive 91 yards for a touchdown and game-tying two-point conversion against the Falcons’ exhausted defense.
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That’s just one of many hotspots where the Falcons are vulnerable to criticism. They led by 25 points in the third quarter and by 19 points with less than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and they lost. It was an epic, historic collapse that will never be forgotten.

She was a Peyton Manning fan and something of a Tom Brady hater

Game Youth Toronto Blue Jays Jersey Jerod Cherry was attending a religious youth conference in 2008 when he ran into a staffer who had a thought about the three Super Bowl titles he won with the New England Patriots. The gathered teens had fallen $20,000 short of their fundraising goal for building an orphanage overseas, and the staffer, Courtney Cherest, wondered whether Cherry might be in the mood to cover the difference.

Cherest was joking, kind of. She was a Peyton Manning fan and something of a Tom Brady hater, and when Cherry walked by her during a break, she asked, “Hey, man, are you going to give up one of those rings?”

This is the Super Bowl matchup that the 2016 season deserves. The New England Patriots, a team loved by New Englanders for their sheer dominance and hated by nearly everyone else for their alleged cheating ways and seasons ravaged by scandal ¡ª vs. the Atlanta Falcons, an underdog team that has bulldozed its way through some of the NFL¡¯s best to be in the Super Bowl for only the second time in franchise history. The politics etched into this are too epic to ignore. If the saying is true, ¡°politics is a sport,¡± then given the disparaging comments Trump made about Lewis ¡ª the stage has been set for Super Bowl LI: ¡°Donald Trump and friends¡± vs. ¡°John Lewis and the family.¡±

It¡¯s easy to see this one as ¡°good¡± vs. ¡°evil,¡± but the breakdown is more nuanced.

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the guy who almost ran the table all the way to Houston or a rookie running back?

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Our NFL Insiders predict winners for next year’s end-of-season awards, including MVP, top rookie and more. This year’s awards will be announced Saturday during NFL Honors, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

Brandon Bollig Authentic Jersey Matt Bowen, NFL writer: I have to think it’s Aaron Rodgers in 2017. Even after the early-season narrative that Rodgers and the Packers needed changes made on offense, the Green Bay quarterback finished the year with 4,428 yards passing, 40 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. During that late-season run to get into the playoffs, Rodgers was the best player on the field. If Green Bay can stay healthy at wide receiver next season and add more talent at running back, Rodgers should be a favorite to win the MVP award.

The top MVP contenders are about to face off in Houston, but this season featured brilliant performances throughout the league. Our panel of experts make their picks for this year’s major awards.

An MVP will be crowned Saturday. Will it be a Super Bowl quarterback, the guy who almost ran the table all the way to Houston or a rookie running back? Here are cases for the top four guys.

John Clayton, senior NFL writer: I’m going a little bit differently than everyone else: Things could break right for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to be MVP. He should get back suspended wide receiver Martavis Bryant, which should boost his yards per attempt. Antonio Brown will be in a contract year and should put up big numbers. Plus, the Steelers play one of the easiest schedules in football, and that could help Big Ben’s numbers.

Clutch coaching rankings: Barnwell stacks up the final four

Much of the praise or criticism of NFL coaches relates to play-calling and game management. But arguably a coach’s most important job is to manage people. Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Mike McCarthy and Dan Quinn each have a different leadership technique.

It’s extremely difficult to judge coaches. The majority of a coach’s work takes place off screen, away from the public view, and in many cases before a football is even snapped in anger. The one tangible thing we get to judge with coaches is their decision-making during those moments when the camera zooms in as they read their call sheets and the announcers hush and wait to agree with whatever they decide to do.

Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady are four of the NFL’s best quarterbacks right now, but is this the best crew to ever play on conference championship weekend?

The most concerning Quinn decision in recent memory came last season. Down 17-13 to the 49ers and facing a fourth-and-1 on the San Francisco 4-yard line with three minutes to go, Quinn bizarrely chose to kick a field goal and try to regain possession instead of attempting to convert for a first down against one of the league’s worst defenses. His Falcons never got the ball back and lost.

Quinn suggested after the game that he thought his defense was capable of forcing a three-and-out to return the ball to his offense, but even if he had the ’85 Bears, the numbers were strongly in favor of going for it. NumberFire suggested Quinn’s decision reduced Atlanta’s win expectancy by 37.3 percent even after the field goal was made, dropping them from a 50.7 percent favorite to a 13.4 percent underdog.

New study says the Dallas Cowboys have the NFL’s best fans

Youth Lance McCullers Jersey A lot of teams (read: all of them) claim to have the best fans in the NFL. “Best” being a superlative, we know that this can’t actually be true, so to get to the bottom of the lies, Emory University studied fan behavior (using math!) to determine which NFL teams actually had the most engaged and passionate fans.

Emory used 15 years worth of data on attendance, prices and revenues and compared it to team performance, median incomes and other normalizing factors. You can read Emory’s full methodology here. The most important thing is the conclusion: The Dallas Cowboys have the best fans in football.

Behind the Cowboys were a few usual suspects. In order, the New England Patriots, New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens have the long history, large followings and recent success that ought to create passionate fan bases. The first real surprise is perhaps the New York Jets having the fifth-best fan base despite their recent struggles. History is kinder to them, however, and certainly being in the New York City market helps.

Washington owner Dan Snyder mounted a stalwart defense of the name, vowing to never change it. He may have to strongly reconsider that position now. He could face pressure from the NFL’s 31 other franchises, who may also take a financial hit due to the league’s revenue sharing system.

Elite Brian Urlacher Jersey According to the Washington Post, Washington’s lawyers assessed the team’s value at $2.4 billion in August 2014, with $214 million tied to brand management.

Snyder could still appeal to a higher court. Given his proclivity to fight, this seems like a likely outcome. Washington may still have a chance to win its trademark back, too. Washington lost its trademark in a 1999 decision, only to win it back in District Court.

The Blackhorse team has already moved past that step, however, so there’s no question that it has scored a significant victory.

The Bulls keep burning their own hands, though

The leadership of Dwyane Wade, who finished with 17 points in Tuesday night’s loss to the Mavericks, hasn’t been enough to help the Bulls overcome their inconsistencies this season.

Authentic Youth Karl Mecklenburg Jersey “If I had that [answer], I wouldn’t be here,” Wade said. “I’d be a very rich man. If I could tell teams what they need to do, I’d just be traveling the world telling people what they need to do, getting paid a lot of money.”

Putting aside for a moment that Wade signed a two-year deal worth almost $50 million over the summer and has earned over $150 million in his playing career, the future Hall of Famer’s answer is similar to that of many others within the organization. While he remains outwardly confident that his teammates will turn things around, the results from the first half of the season tell a different story.

He said that while the fan behavior in China can be crazy, it’s still a far cry from the fervor exhibited by basketball die-hards in Europe. And that might be a good thing.

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“It’s night and day between Europe and China,” Akognon said. “China is like the NBA. People come to watch the game and get a little bit rowdy. But in Europe, it is really their lives.”

“It lets you know how LeBron and Kobe feel all the time,” Akognon said. “You get a taste of the type of life they have, which is very stressful if that happens all the time.”

Playoff loss ends Chiefs’ season on a sour note

Season summary: A year after the Chiefs broke an eight-game playoff losing streak, they cleared another franchise barrier in 2016 by winning their first AFC West championship since 2010. The road was often difficult for the Chiefs, who started the season 2-2 with an often unproductive offense and hit bottom with a 43-14 loss to the Steelers in Week 4.

But, as coach Andy Reid’s teams often do, the Chiefs found themselves after their early season bye and finished by winning 10 of their last 12 games to end the regular season at 12-4. The Chiefs swept their AFC West rivals for the first time since 1995, and the two wins against the Raiders, who also finished 12-4, were crucial because they determined the division winner.
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J’Marcus Webb Mens Jersey While Dolphins S Louis Delmas and Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin suffered major knee injuries in Wednesday’s joint workout, another Panthers receiver got off a little easier. According to the team website, rookie Devin Funchess “tweaked” a hamstring and is expected to miss a few days of practice.

Funchess was a second-round pick out of Michigan, where he battled injuries for much of his three-year career. In his final season, he caught three touchdown passes in the first half of the Wolverines’ revenge win over Appalachian State, and only scored once more all year.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera was happy with the effort that starting C Ryan Kalil and RG Trai Turner showed in their drills against Miami’s new star, DT Ndamukong Suh.