Jets pick Chad Hansen piled up college numbers, and did it with flair

Late in the first half of a game against Texas last fall, the Cal receiver and 2017 NFL draft prospect beat his man to the corner of the end zone. It was one of his two touchdowns and one of 12 catches for 196 yards against the Longhorns. (Hansen had 92 catches and 1,249 yards for the season, both Pac-12 leading totals.) Upon hauling the ball in, Hansen inverted the Longhorns Hook ‘Em hand gesture. The Bears held on to win at home a couple of hours later, aided by some odd officiating.
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If the Colts had drafted Andrew Luck and asked him to run the inverted veer option, he probably wouldn’t have had much success. If the Falcons of the early 2000s had asked Michael Vick to be a statue, he wouldn’t have been good or fun. NFL teams have been tailoring offenses around quarterbacks for generations now.

It’s probably been a slower adaptation for QBs of pass-first spread offenses. Offenses of the past have been run-heavy, with lots of linemen and few receivers. But evidence has mounted in recent years that NFL teams don’t mind investing in quarterbacks from different backgrounds, and now Mahomes will get his chance.

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The Nashville Predators are 8-2 straight up in their last 10 games at home

By the strictest letter of the law, yes, this could warrant a suspension. Clearly, though, any subjective look at the situation should give the offending players pardon from NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

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The Nashville Predators are 8-2 straight up in their last 10 games at home, including a perfect 3-0 home record this postseason. The Predators can take a commanding 3-1 series lead with a win over the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night at home.

Nashville is a -165 betting favorite to win Game 4 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Blues will try to even up the series at 2-2 as +145 underdogs.

The Predators were the most dominant team in the first round of the NHL postseason, sweeping the heavily favored Chicago Blackhawks while outscoring them 13-3.

The second round hasn’t been quite as easy for Nashville, but the team has controlled the tempo throughout most of the series and holds a 2-1 lead after splitting on the road and taking care of business with a 3-1 win in Game 3. The Predators outshot St. Louis, 34-23, in the win.
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With their win in Game 3, the Predators moved to 4-0 SU and against the spread in their last four home games against the Blues per the OddsShark NHL Database.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is mean mugging Toronto after a classicly Giannis first half

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a first half against the Raptors in Game 4 that was quintessentially Giannis. We shouldn’t always be so surprised about it, because his ability to make impossible-seeming plays look easy shows up just about every game, but here we are yet again.

And here, a fast break dunk. What I enjoy most about this dunk is how you can watch DeMar DeRozan playing defense, wondering if he’ll be able to contest the shot a little, and then realizing he’s not even going to have a chance to be in the play. That’s how long Antetokounmpo is.

That rolling average Corsi is courtesy of Corsica, by the way, and is adjusted for score, zone, and venue.

So it doesn’t look like Zaitsev was steadily improving last season. In fact, he got worse. At this point, arguments about adjusting to the North American game are not only speculative, but actually run counter to the evidence we have.

Finally, I reject the argument that the Leafs are at a point where they can overpay players on long-term deals. Quite frankly, there is a pretty decent argument to be made that Zaitsev is overpaid now, let alone in years 3 and 4 of his contract, when the likes of Nylander, Marner, and Matthews will already be finished their ELCs. For a guy who has yet to put up the possession numbers of a 3-4 D-man, this is quite a bit of money.

With the Thunder trailing by two on the final possession, Westbrook drained a 35-foot three-point to give OKC the win. He finished with 50 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists on the night — his third 50-point triple-double of the season.

Westbrook’s season ended in the first round against the Rockets in five games. Somehow after 87 games, it felt like we still needed more Russell Westbrook in our lives. Who knows what we will see from Westbrook next season but we’ll always have the Russ Revenge Tour in our hearts.
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NFL Draft 2017: Myles Garrett told by Browns he’ll be No. 1 pick

A few hours before the draft, Bus Cook, the agent for defensive end Myles Garrett, said he did not know if the Cleveland Browns would make Garrett the draft’s No. 1 pick. The Browns have since told Garrett that they’ll pick him first overall.

According to Philly.com, the museum steps were the decided centerpiece given their significance to the city.

Standing on those steps and seeing that this is such a heroic moment, this is a culmination for these [draft picks], we set out on, Could we create a theater? Could we build a theater here?’ Peter OReilly, the NFLs senior vice president of events, said.

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He’s a sloppy player who needs to refine his game now that he’ll be facing a higher caliber of linemen in the NFL. His speed rush is powerful enough to be successful in spurts, but a stronger punch or a more-developed spin move would do wonders for his all-around quarterback attack. If he’s headed to a primary role at linebacker, he’s going to need to become a viable threat in coverage, which will take some work.

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Kiper has Jonathan Allen going to Jacksonville in the first

Piper has the 49ers selecting Solomon Thomas with the second overall pick. Thomas is a relentless pass rusher with speed and power. Drafting quarterback Patrick Mahomes II in the second round is a great idea because he has a huge arm and can make plays with his legs. Quincy Wilson is a physical cornerback who can line up against bigger receivers.

The Bears have a lot of needs, and Kiper addressed three of them with these picks. Jamal Adams would be an instant upgrade for Chicago at safety, and defensive end DeMarcus Walker has the versatility to be an impact player right away. Cornerback Damontae Kazee is a bit of a surprise in the third round, and he may be a reach there.

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Also, I was strongly considering Dalvin Tomlinson even before Johnathan Hankins signed with the Colts. Both Jay Bromley and Robert Thomas are free agents after the 2017 season and Jerry Reese has historically prioritized drafting a defensive tackle a year ahead of time, usually in the second round.

Game Youth Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey You can’t put an asterisk beside sacks, but context is key. I might be a little jaded by the fact that McDowell, whose breakdown I just finished, didn’t have nearly the amount of opportunities to rush an offensive tackle one-on-one as McKinley did, and thus didn’t have the sack numbers. However, I don’t think there is any question that McDowell will be the better edge rusher in the NFL, barring injury.

Tony Romos retirement cost the Texans the chance to play the Patriots in season opener

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The NFL released its schedule for the 2017 season on Thursday evening, and apparently the Houston Texans missed out on playing the Patriots in the NFL Kickoff Game — all thanks to Tony Romo.
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This offseason, the Texans and Broncos were the frontrunners to land Romo after he lost his job to Dak Prescott. Instead, he opted to retire and join CBS in the broadcast booth.

On Good Morning Football Friday, NFL Senior Director of Broadcasting Mike North indicated that the Texans would have been favored to open against the Patriots, had Romo joined them.

No. 1 picks between 1947 and 1958 were won via lottery. Yep, the NFL used to do that, but only for the first pick. The Colts won one of those in 1955, but theyd had the NFLs second-worst record anyway.The Colts took No. 1 picks from the Saints in 1967 and Falcons in 1990 via trades. (The Colts also immediately traded away 1983 No. 1 pick John Elway.)

The Browns pick first in 2017, their only top picks since their back-to-back combo of Tim Couch and Courtney Brown at the turn of the millennium. They have a chance to totally dominate this draft, if they dont Browns it up, and are expected to pick Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett at the top, along with a QB at some point.

Luke Joeckel, Ereck Flowers, and Greg Robinson were all highly regarded draft prospects, and all three have struggled so far in the NFL. Watching their college film, its clear that they are athletic and talented, and have the potential to be excellent pros. Joeckel and Robinson played in college offenses that barely resembled anything that exists in the NFL. I could hardly find any clips to make comparisons. Flowers played in a pro-style offense, so its even more disappointing that he hasnt made the transition well.

70 years later, Jackie Robinson continues to inspire

Jackie Robinson Day is also the final day of the inaugural Trailblazer Series. The Trailblazer Series is the first ever program hosted by Major League Baseball to celebrate and promote girls baseball. In a time when girls are often shunted into softball once baseball becomes competitive, it’s significant that MLB is promoting baseball as an option for young girls. Some 100 girls from 20 states and Canada were invited for three days of lectures, interaction with coaches and players in women’s baseball, and of course, actual baseball. And to play with only girls, when many of the participants have no choice but to play with boys at home, is a huge thing. The girls will also participate in Jackie Robinson Day festivities at Dodger Stadium to close out their weekend.

Anthony holds a no-trade clause, but many believe he will explore trade options this summer and could have played his last game as a Knick on Wednesday.

It hasn’t been pretty so far, but Dolan has committed to seeing the final years of the Zen Master’s deal through. Now, Jackson has two more summers to bring a winning team back to Madison Square Garden.

Jackson signed a five-year deal as team president in 2014. He and the Knicks each reserved the right to go a different direction after three seasons, as to avoid working through a potential lockout.

But amid the circus show that was the Knicks’ 2016-17 season, team owner James Dolan appeared on The Michael Kay Show on Feb. 10 for a radio interview, where he said he would honor Jackson’s contract “all the way to the end.”

The Knicks are 80-166 in Jackson’s full three seasons at the helm, including a 17-65 record in 2014-15 that was the worst mark in team history.
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Marc Gasol was spectacular against the Spurs, but he can’t do it alone

Memphis was at another disadvantage after losing Chandler Parsons, who signed a four-year, $94 million deal over the summer, to a season-ending torn meniscus.

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The Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers played a heck of an opening playoff game for a first-round matchup between the No. 1 and No. 8 seeds.

Many had the Warriors sweeping.

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum had them reconsidering, at least for a half.
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With virtually no scoring options on the inside for either team, both pushed the tempo as expected. The Blazers watched an unprecedented 48-point first half from their backcourt alone, as McCollum scored at will off the drive as well as back out to the three-point line.

Lillard matched his play, including a prayer from just inside the logo at halfcourt to head to halftime tied. The Aztecs were as aggressive as Air Force and prevented big plays almost as well as Boise State. Thats a devastating combination.

Its even more devastating when you realize that the Aztecs were young. The secondary lost contributors throughout the season and had to rely on youngsters like safety Parker Baldwin and cornerback Ron Smith. The linebacking corps had its own shuffling; six players averaged at least one tackle per game, but only two played in all 14 games. Sophomore Ronley Lakalaka put in major minutes.

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.