After three seasons of excessive turnovers (63) and an 11-34 starting record with Bortles, it wouldn’t have come as a shock if new Jaguars football czar Tom Coughlin sought a different franchise quarterback. Bortles’ standing came into further question when Clemson’s Deshaun Watson took a pre-draft visit to Florida’s First Coast. But rather than Coughlin choosing Watson as his replacement, Bortles was given a boost in the backfield when Jacksonville selected LSU’s Leonard Fournette at No. 4. Now complemented by a bell-cow running back the Jaguars have lacked since Maurice Jones-Drew’s heyday, Bortles has no excuses if improvement isn’t shown in 2017.
Jay Cutler’s debut as part of Fox’s NFL broadcast team with play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and analyst Charles Davis will come at the network’s first chance to break the former NFL quarterback into his new media role.
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Burkhardt, speaking on Mad Dog Sports Radio on Friday hours after Fox announced Cutler would be joining the broadcast team, said the first game the new trio will work is the Bears-Titans game in Week 3 of the 2017 NFL preseason.
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The broadcast of the game, a 1 p.m. ET kickoff on Sunday, Aug. 27, is the network’s first national TV slot of the year. It’s the first leg of a Fox doubleheader, ahead of the Bengals-Redskins game at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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Before Howard joined Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, he had dreams of following in Cam Newton’s footsteps at Auburn, despite the fact that the rest of his family rooted for Alabama.
When Auburn won the national championship and the newspaper clipping came out … he hung it on his door,Howard’s mother, Lamesa Howard, said. And so we had to walk by it all the time and look at those Auburn pictures hanging up there.
He was motivated by the play of Newton who once inspired a Superman celebration by Howard. But the welcoming environment of Alabama convinced him that Tuscaloosa was the place for him.
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The Rockets’ offer applies to hot dogs and nachos, as well as soft drinks from 6:30 p.m. ET to tip-off at 8:10 p.m. ET. It also applies to beers, which is a great promotional value for the fans — because who the hell turns down anything for a dollar, let alone beer — but has a history of being an awful idea in hindsight.
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In Game 1 of this series, on 14th year in the league, LeBron looked as good as ever. He dropped 35 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists with a smile on his face the entire time. Kyrie Irving also helped out scoring 24 points and dishing out 10 assists. LeBron James played 41 minutes in Game 1 which would be concerning, but the Cavaliers had an entire week of rest before starting Round 2. While some teams may view it as rust, the Cavaliers see it as an opportunity.
He was visibly uncomfortable backing the ball into the paint, and in his pursuit to establish position, had the ball knocked out of his hands a number of times.
His shots were often spent fading from the hoop, and he failed to establish any sort of rhythm. That led him to pass up a number of shots he usually takes, which made the Rockets’ job that much easier.
(note Aldridge’s inability to keep Harden in front of him on the other end)
Houston spent the night helping on both Leonard and Aldridge while abandoning the Spurs’ weak shooters. It worked, and Houston consistently turned strong defensive possessions into easy fastbreaks going the other way.
This week’s winner is the Phoenix Suns. That’s great, but … also a little boring. So, by the power vested in me by SB Nation, we’re going to have a mega trade at the top of the draft.
The Phoenix Suns send the No. 1 pick to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Jimmy Butler. The Suns can include either Brandon Knight or Tyson Chandler to make the salaries match. Fans of both teams will probably hate it. That’s how you know it’s a good trade.
Minnesota Duluth sophomore defenseman Neal Pionk has officially signed with the New York Rangers, ending his collegiate eligibility.
Pionk was one of the top free agents available in the NCAA this past season. After Minnesota Duluth’s run to the national title game, Pionk announced that he would be turning pro this summer. He fielded multiple offers with Chicago and Los Angeles reportedly making his cut as finalists along with the Rangers.
We ranked Pionk as the 38th-best NHL prospect in the NCAA this past season, writing:
In his sophomore season, the Duluth-area native has developed into the top defenseman for the Bulldogs, who have spent much of the season as one of the top teams in the country.
Pionk is a very good two-way defenseman thanks to his excellent skating ability and agility. He moves the puck up the ice reliably thanks to an ability to spin his way out of traffic and is an excellent outlet passer. His quickness also gives him the confidence to hold the line in the offensive zone, rather than giving up ice to give himself more cushion defensively.
He’s just an okay defender one-on-one against the rush, but has an above average amount of toughness and physicality for a guy that will classify as a smaller defenseman at the next level.
Terms of Pionk’s contract were not disclosed. His contract will begin with the 2017-2018 season. The moves signaled a complete departure from the successful smash-mouth style that got the Pacers so far. That’s Bird prerogative and it’s fair to wonder if that style had run its course. The problem is that the Pacers didn’t do much else to help George accomplish this team-wide transition. They signed an aging Monta Ellis, Chase Budinger, and Jordan Hill, none of which moved the needle. Only Ellis remains, and he was benched earlier this season.
The New England Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl in the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era. Outside of their football success, the pair have recently been under a microscope for their involvement with President Donald Trump, along with owner Robert Kraft.
Many athletes across sports have been outspoken against Trump. Since the Patriots won the Super Bowl and will be visiting the White House, some players have spoken out and said that they won’t be attending because of Trump.
Here is a complete timeline of Patriots players saying that they won’t attend the White House celebration.
The Giants, Eli Manning, team equipment manager Joe Skiba, Steiner Sports, and others, including team co-owner and CEO John Mara, are being sued for the allegedly fake memorabilia.
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The lawsuit claims that Barry Barone, who has been the team’s dry cleaner since 1982, used his store to beat up jerseys and other items for locker room manager Ed Wagner Jr. so they would look authentic.
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McKinley can make an impact from either side of the defensive set, where he uses a strong upper body to blast blockers’ hands away. He fights off linemen well and continually churns toward the ball, even if that gets unorthodox at times.
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That leaves him at pick No. 53 with options. He could take a wide receiver, running back, or a cornerback. Or, he could double down at pass rusher.
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More than just high picks, most of these players have turned out to be good ones. Hood didn’t get a second Steelers contract and has been a journeyman for a few years, but he’s had a decent NFL run. Smith was great for a time, before non-football problems derailed his career. Richardson’s made a Pro Bowl. Ealy was a key player on a Super Bowl participant two seasons ago. Ray just had eight sacks as an NFL sophomore.
Mizzou’s got work to do to get back to where it was as a college football team near the end of Gary Pinkel’s tenure in Columbia. But #DLINEZOU is very much a thing, and the program and its fans should feel proud of that. It’s hard to churn out this many quality defensive linemen with such consistency over so many years.
Myles Garrett was drafted first overall by the Browns to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Cleveland plays the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, and Myles Garrett said hes coming after Ben Roethlisberger.
Later, it was revealed that Foster tested positive for a diluted sample at the combine. He told Ian Rapoport that the failed test was because of food poisoning that sent him to the doctor with cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea.
I couldnt eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade, Foster told Rapoport. Then a few coaches said something about me being too light. And Im a coach-pleaser. I dont care what everybody thinks, but I care what coaches think.
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He added, So I drank and ate as much as I could without throwing up. Then I went in there, drinking and drinking water, trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick and trying to keep my weight up and took the test.
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Foster will be a great addition to a 49ers defense that struggled mightily during the 2016 season. So if youre a college offensive lineman looking to translate your skills to the NFL, or a scout grading college offensive lineman, what are the positives and negatives in a players game that translate to the NFL? Can some flaws be fixed with coaching and limited practice time?
Speaking of, Jeff Teague got stuck guarding James twice with no help. Naturally, LeBron scored both times. C’mon, Indiana.
Halftime: It’s a 66-59 lead for Cleveland, and Indiana’s defense simply can’t slow down LeBron James. There’s really only one player who can guard James effectively, and the Pacers also need Paul George to average 30 points all series to have a chance. That pulls him in two directions, and is really too much to ask even for a player that good.
James has 14 points and eight assists at the break. George leads Indiana with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting and four assists in 20 minutes, but he’ll have to guard James more in the second half if Indiana has any hopes of containing him.
We know they can, and after erasing a 3-1 deficit last finals, it’s hard to doubt them. So when we throw out a couple questions about whether this team is conference championship material — forget whether they can battle Golden State, because they almost assuredly cannot — take that seriously. People aren’t doubting Cleveland just to doubt Cleveland. We’re questioning them because they have given us so many reasons we can’t ignore them anymore.
But given his limited starting experience in college, its by no means a hometown lock, as the Browns easily could prefer a value at another position. If Trubisky is gone but the Browns still want a QB, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson would be the pick.
So this is technically a thing that happens on Monday, but if you live in Massachusetts, Patriots Day is a holiday and makes for a long weekend, so we’re going to count it. Watching people run the marathon and help each other cross the finish line is a great way to restore some of your faith in humanity which, to be honest, we could all probably use right now.
The hiring of Tomlin in 2007 was groundbreaking — he was only 35, a coordinator for only one year, and the Steelers fellow franchises were still trying to formulate policies and strategies for hiring coaches of color.
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Milwaukee is only up 1-0, and this still feels like Torontos best team since they emerged four years ago. Adding players like Serge Ibaka and Tucker give the Raptors an edge they havent had in recent years, and thats important. Kyle Lowry is incredibly good, even if he hasnt always played like it in the postseason. If he can get going, and DeMar DeRozan can play better, then the Raptors likely have the highest non-Cavaliers ceiling in the conference.
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But its Antetokounmpo in the middle making it all happen, and he owned Game 1. Thats Torontos biggest problem, and why Milwaukee absolutely has a chance.
Jets cornerback Nick Marshall has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Marshall, who played quarterback at Auburn before converting to defense in the NFL, had just five tackles in eight games played for the Jets last season. He had 13 tackles in 13 games with the Jaguars in 2015.
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Despite the suspension, Marshall will be eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
Marshall is now the third Jets player to be suspended already this offseason. He joined tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (two games for a DUI) and wide receiver Jalin Marshall (four games for PEDs).
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