Vikings’ Brian Robison expects to retire after 2018 season

Brian Robison is ready to call it a career.

The Vikings defensive back is contemplating his retirement and expecting to hang his helmet after the 2018 season when he contract is up.

Now, obviously, you want to switch the narrative, McCourty said. So for me, it was simple. I don’t believe in excluding other people.

McCourty revealed he knew right away he would not go, clarifying because it was something I thought about before we even won the game.

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Anyone who covers the league must have at least a passing knowledge of metrics and their applications, because thats how the game is played. The mid-range game isnt dated because of an aesthetic decree. It lost to math, and to ignore that is to reveal yourself as a troglodyte.

NBA draft 2017: Who’s in, who’s out, and who’s on the fence

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The college basketball season is over. Now it’s time for players across the country to decide if they should turn pro or return to school.

The top players from across the country have already started declaring for the 2017 NBA draft. Washington’s Markelle Fultz and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball lead the way. The freshman point guards are expected to be in contention for the No. 1 pick when the draft rolls around in June.

The decision isn’t so clear-cut for all college hoopers. Some, like Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo, have declared for the draft but did so without an agent. That affords the kids an opportunity to return to school if they don’t like their standing in the draft.

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Here’s a list of who’s in and who’s out of the 2017 NBA draft so far: The Suns also have a 19.9-percent chance to land the No. 1 overall pick in the lottery.

“Obviously the record [24-58] is a little bit disappointing, given the expectations we started the year with,” McDonough told the Arizona Republic last week. “Recently we’ve been encouraged with the progress with some of the young players. Since the All-Star break, some of the guys who weren’t getting an opportunity to play much, if at all, got that opportunity and really made the most of it. I think that bodes well for the future.

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The only player in NBA history to average a triple-double throughout an entire season is Oscar Robertson. This year, Russell Westbrook became the second. We followed along all season as Westbrook made history.

“Yeah, he could do it. He could do it,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan told the Norman Transcript on Nov. 28. “I’m not gonna say he is or isn’t because I think the more important thing is Russell is winning, but he’s a guy that has great impact on generating assists. He has a great impact on rebounding the basketball, and he can score. So, there’s certainly a possibility that can happen.”

Jordan Spieth dropped a shot on the par-3 16th hole, three-putting after leaving his tee shot a bit short. He’s knotted with Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia at 4-under, all two strokes back of Charley Hoffman.

Jordan Spieth’s been the story of the day. Spieth started the day at even par, and he’s sitting at 4-under for the tournament through 14 holes. He trails exactly one player in the tournament: Charley Hoffman, at 6-under. It’s more or less a certainty at this stage that Spieth will be in serious contention on Sunday at Augusta, as usual.

Oh we got something cooking now. Sergio Garcia has birdied to get to 5-under, Jordan Spieth is also in red numbers and charging. Rickie Fowler for a brief moment led the whole thing by himself, but Charley Hoffman got his nose back out in front.


Mike Brey simply does not let the Irish fall too far

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In the tournament, the Zags have had a somewhat fortunate path. They played a fun but athletically challenged eighth seed, Northwestern, in the second round and won by six. Their Elite Eight game was against a No. 11 seed, Xavier, that was missing its top two point guards from the start of the season and had few functional scorers. Its national semifinal win came against No. 7 South Carolina. The Gamecocks were offensively challenged, though their defense was a top-two unit nationally.

Mike Brey simply does not let the Irish fall too far. Point guard Matt Farrell and All-ACC performer Bonzie Colson are back to lead yet another Notre Dame team that will be right there in the top third of the ACC.
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Replacing first-team All-American Josh Hart and March Madness icon Kris Jenkins is no easy task, but Jay Wright should be able to do the job relatively smoothly. After all, the man does everything relatively smoothly. Jalen Brunson, Phil Booth, Donte DiVincenzo, and Mikal Bridges should all return to form a core that is once again the best in the Big East.

Curry is averaging 25 points per game one season after averaging 30.

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Stephen Curry doesn’t feel he’s having a down season despite seeing a taper in production from last year.

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“Just five fewer points a game. Who cares?” You still have to nail a lot of other steps, though. Caragher didn’t, so now it’s Brennan’s turn.

Nobody else is P.J. Fleck, but SJSU is hoping Brennan’s Fleck-like enthusiasm provides a shot in the arm. Basically any article about Brennan uses the word “energy” approximately 4,000 times. (Here’s an example.)

The 44-year-old former UCLA receiver is regarded as an enthusiastic recruiter, and he has California ties and SJSU-specific experience. He was Dick Tomey’s recruiting coordinator, eventually working his way to offensive co-coordinator in 2009. When Mike Macintyre took over, he remained on as receivers coach before taking the same job at Oregon State.

North Carolina, leading by three in the final seconds, forced a stop against Gonzaga and set up a breakaway dunk by star small forward Justin Jackson. That gave the Heels a five-point lead in the final 10 seconds, effectively sealing the game.

Fournette is a can’t-miss prospect that gives this offense another weapon

Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden will miss the rest of the 2017 season after being placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Hayden suffered a groin injury during last Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans, and will go on the mend until 2017 as a result.

Hayden has an extensive medical history, including a life-threatening injury during his senior season at Houston that put his heart in peril. Hayden rebounded, and was considered one of the top prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft. More injuries kept him out of offseason workouts, however, and he was unable to make as big an impact during his eight appearances this season as he and many Raiders fans had hoped.

Pass rusher may be a bigger need, by taking a guy like Taco Charlton or Derek Barnett here is too much of a reach. You can argue offensive tackle is a big need here, but none of this year鈥檚 tackle prospects are worth a top-10 pick.

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Authentic Kids Joe Schobert Jersey Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard are just role players. Cincinnati needs a true game-changer at this position, and Fournette fits the bill.

Analysis: This is what you have to weigh with this choice. Do players like defensive end Derek Barnett or wide receiver Corey Davis and Mike Williams make as big of an impact on the team as Fournette? The easy answer is no. The Bengals should be able to find a second wide receiver to pair with A.J. Green some time later in the draft, and there could be a pass rusher like Derek Rivers of Youngstown State in the second round. There won鈥檛 be a runner of Fournette鈥檚 caliber at any other point in the draft, and to get him with the ninth pick is a smart choice.

A sprained MCL could keep Mike Iupati from playing in Week 12.

The San Francisco 49ers could be without left guard Mike Iupati when the team faces the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.

Losing Iupati is a major blow to a team coming off back-to-back losses. They have a relatively easy two-game streak against the St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins before a vital meeting with the Seattle Seahawks. The organization will hope Iupati is at full strength for the Week 14 game.

Browner suffered the injury in a Week 10 game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Seahawks announced he would be inactive against the Minnesota Vikings, but didn’t have any further injury updates until he underwent an MRI.

The injury will hurt a secondary entering a four-game stretch featuring the Saints, 49ers, Giants and Cardinals. Each team has big play potential using several wide receivers capable of catching deep passes. Few teams are better prepared to handle an injury at cornerback than Seattle. The Seahawks will transition to Walter Thurmond, who has played very well in a rotational role after starting two games early this season.

The Texans’ fall-off from fourth in Passing Defense DVOA in 2017 to 25th in 2017 has been the single biggest factor in their demise, even moreso than Schaub getting the pick six named after him. The fourth key insight that those red numbers should get across. Johnathan Joseph has struggled somewhat from a Relative Coverage standpoint, but his Corner Rating (another composite that factors in quarterback rating allowed, Yards Per Attempt allowed and PFF’s ‘eyeball rating’ of coverage) puts him in a better light. He’s given up a ton of yardage, but since he’s so frequently asked to cover the opponent’s No. 1 wideout, he deserves to get graded on a curve. Fellow corner Kareem Jackson has also held up well, continuing a strong career that got off to such a shaky start in 2010.

This feels right at an event hosted by Rob Gronkowski.

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The Chargers could really use this win to propel them toward a wild card spot. The problem is the defense can’t stop anybody, let alone Manning and his plethora of weapons. It is going to be hard for San Diego to keep Denver under 40 points in this game, putting a ton of pressure on Rivers. Granted, the Broncos secondary might be the worst in football and the front seven is nothing special either, but 40 points is asking a ton.
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On top of the Gronk-tinis, the impressive open bar offers several types of wine, beer, and mixed drinks. Aren’t we supposed to do football drills after this? Not important. Keep drinking. I see women polish off four or five Gronk-tinis. There is also a room with a huge spread of catered food, all of it with reasonable calorie counts (for the ladies), but most of the women appear to be sticking to the alcohol. This feels right at an event hosted by Rob Gronkowski.

We have practiced now. We are prepared. He warns us that a dance-off with Gronk and his brother Gordy could happen. He tells (warns?) us to work on our dance skills in case we get into a “Gronk sandwich.” The women can barely contain their excitement at the thought of this. “If Gronk had the ball, do you think you could tackle him? If you had the ball, would you want Gronk to tackle you?” Help me.

During training camp when Terrelle Pryor opted to don the number 2, it immediately brought up some bad memories of the last player to wear that number for the Raiders – JaMarcus Russell. Now his name is uttered again for more than just his number.

The initial thought when Pryor chose to go with his former college number was that if anyone could take the stink off that number, it was Pryor. He has all the work ethic Russell never had and as far as playing style, the two couldn’t be more different.

The Cowboys receiver has been fighting through a back injury for most of the season.

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Want proof the NFL’s prime time scheduling is out of wack? This is the second Buccaneers game in prime time in three weeks. The Vikings have been in prime time for three games, or they will be after Thursday this week.

Maybe we shouldn’t complain. These two teams have the most interesting narrative of any franchise in the NFL right now, and that includes one team with the owner facing Federal fraud indictment (the Browns) and another with an owner who lost a civil suit for racketeering (the Vikings). They ought to just eschew the actual football here. Replace it with Greg Schiano and Jeff Ireland bare-knuckle boxing match while Richie Incognito screams epithets at them and threatens to defecate in various orifices. Because Florida.

We’re also likely to hear Jon Gruden’s take on hazing and locker room hijinks, which could be funny, but will probably wind up being weirdly salient most.

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The Cowboys will need Bryant, with Miles Austin doubtful with a hamstring injury after not practicing at all during the week. Austin has played sporadically this season and has been severely limited in his effectiveness, with rookie Terrence Williams proving to be a viable option opposite Bryant in Austin’s absence.

Bryant has 51 catches for 705 yards and eight touchdowns on the season, but has just nine catches total the past two weeks combined.

Rob Manfred: WBC success will make it easier to attract more players

LOS ANGELES — Even before the United States took the field to face Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic championship on Wednesday night, Rob Manfred was confident that this sometimes troubled tournament had been a smashing success.

And after what Manfred calls the watershed achievement of the 2017 edition, the Major League Baseball commissioner sees a promising future for the WBC.

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Because obviously, the players want to go.”

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The bottom line, Fehr said, is the next two Olympics are a great opportunity for hockey.

We do want to grow the game internationally, and I think the NHL shares that view, Fehr said. I think they believe as we do that we have some advantages and we have an opportunity; and when you’re doing that, you have to take advantage of opportunities when they come your way.

Having two Olympic Games in Asia within a span of five years is not your ordinary kettle of fish. I don’t know if it’s unique, but I can’t think of anything else which is close to it in terms of the potential exposure it would give.”