The 76ers are one win away from tying their win total from the previous two seasons combined.

For Fultz, the ideal NBA situation would be to sign with a team on the rise that doesn’t have much competition at point guard and can throw the maximum possible amount of money at him.

The 76ers are one win away from tying their win total from the previous two seasons combined. With the dynamic yet oft-injured Joel Embiid, Philly has a building block for the foreseeable future. The 76ers still haven’t seen No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons touch the floor, and the Colangelos only have $35 million in guaranteed contracts for next season. This is a perfect match.

The advantage of pace for a team like Ohio State: Forcing your less-talented opponent to out-execute you as many times as possible.
When you combine that with spread spacing, you raise the stakes for every outcome and can double down every time you out-execute the defense.

This is particularly relevant along the line, where a team like Ohio State should have the kind of athlete most teams can’t find, although this is frustrated by the difficulty in evaluating high school OL.

Just imagine that executed for a blue-chip Buckeye WR, with future NFL linemen advancing into open grass to lead block, and you can see why this would be a nice complement to the existing Meyer offense. Ohio State does have screens, but they’ve never been as devastating as Wilson’s. Meyer prefers to use the QB option game, rather than screens or play-action, as a constraint (a play that prevents the defense from loading up to stop the offense’s basics).

The Salt Lake City Screaming Eagles asked, and fans said no.

An indoor football team in Salt Lake City called the Screaming Eagles posed a controversial question to its fans yesterday: Should the team sign former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy? The fans responded, and the answer was no.

Crowdsourcing personnel decisions is a slippery slope in general, but at least in this case a small majority of Screaming Eagles fans opted to pass on Hardy.
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It’s somewhat fitting that it took so much to end such a long streak.

The Red Wings’ streak lasted from 1991-2017. Along the way, Detroit visited the Stanley Cup Finals six times and paraded through downtown Detroit with the most hallowed trophy in sports four times. Those 25 years of success turned the Red Wings into one of the most iconic franchises in American pro sports, let alone hockey.
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But the fall from grace was inevitable for a while now, as aging veterans like Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg, and Pavel Datsyuk all retired or saw significant decline in their play. The Red Wings relied on savvy drafting to keep the streak alive, but the prospect pool has dried up as their Eastern Conference rivals leapt ahead.

A rebuild is past due, but 25 years is a heck of an accomplishment. The streak’s end finishes off a truly transitional year for the franchise. The Red Wings are moving out of Joe Louis Arena after the season, and long-time owner Mike Ilitch passed away earlier this year.

Detroit has issues on defense and gets one figured out in the first round.

As is often the case, the Detroit Lions have few needs on offense. On defense, however, you can find several holes on a team that failed to generate an outside pass rush in 2016. Detroit also needs to draft at least one starting-caliber linebacker this year and bringing in DJ Hayden shouldn’t be all the team does at cornerback.

For Jeremy Reisman of Pride of Detroit, he has a chance in the first round to figure out one of those needs.

Reisman: The board couldn’t have fallen much better for the Detroit Lions. Detroit needs serious help on defense and the last five picks were all offensive skill players. The Lions are left with their choice of several players worthy of the 21st-overall pick: Haason Reddick, Taco Charlton, Zach Cunningham, or Takkarist McKinley.
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While Reddick and Cunningham fill a more pressing need at linebacker, I ended up picking Charlton for one simple reason: He is the best defensive player on the board right now.

They could also get more out of four-star class of 2015 guard Kenny Williams, who was efficient off the bench before a knee injury ended his season in February. They should also get more throughout next season from rising junior forward Luke Maye, who went from steady bench piece to Carolina folk hero during the tournament regional final.
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When you’re North Carolina, you’re able to build up impressive depth over years and years. The Heels will lose several of their best players, but the cupboard is stocked well. The talent they’ll add next year won’t have to carry the load for this team to be a high tournament seed and threaten to make yet another run in March.

I’ll miss leaping when it’s gone, but it’s probably time.

At their best, sports treat us to stunning displays of ability and moments that give us a chance to laugh. Sports are entertainment, and attempts at the leaping kick block have a high chance to be entertaining, whether for the reason the defense intends or something else.
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“The jump-over rule on the field goal concerns me,” NFLPA president Eric Winston recently told Pro Football Talk. “I would say that there’s a chance for a big injury on that play. Just for the jumper getting his legs caught up and landing on his head and for the offensive linemen in between the ‘A’ and ‘B’ gaps.

“If that guy gets his legs hit and falls on someone’s leg, those are big injuries. Those aren’t sprained-ankle sort of injuries.”

If the 49ers do elect to take a quarterback in the first round, the frontrunner is North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, despite the fact that he had just 13 starts in his college career.

“Of course the more games that are out there, the more coaches like because there’s more to study, but that’s not [Trubisky’s] fault,” Shanahan said. “He can only control what he can control and in the opportunities that he got, he played at a really high level. That’s why he’s in this discussion.”

There are rumors that Kirk Cousins could be the eventual quarterback of the 49ers and Shanahan was even asked about Johnny Manziel, whom he worked with during his 2017 season as the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns.

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Stephen Ross addresses media on Dolphins bullying allegations

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross addressed the media in a press conference prior to Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He elaborated on the bullying scandal his team is embroiled in, as well as offering more information on the team’s plans moving forward. Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald collected much of the press conference on Twitter.

The organization is currently being examined by the NFL to see if there are any other improprieties that are causing hostility in the workplace. Ross plans to meet with Jonathan Martin this week to understand his side of the events that led him to leave the team. Ross chose to avoid any definitive judgement on offensive guard Richie Incognito, saying he wanted to “wait to hear all the facts.”

Ross said there would be no “racial slurs of bullying” in his workplace moving forward. To achieve his goal he is putting together an independent team charged with creating a new code of conduct policy that would be developed “for the 21st century.” This group includes Tony Dungy, Don Shula, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor and Curtis Martin — three prior members of the Dolphins’ organization with Dungy and Martin serving as outside advisers.

Incognito held his first interview with Jay Glazer for Fox Sports on Sunday in which the offensive guard said his interactions with Martin “came from a place of love.” There has been no official statement from Martin at this time outside of releases by his lawyers to clear up what they allege to be misconceptions about their client.


NFL picks and predictions, Week 11: Chargers vs. Dolphins 2017

The Miami Dolphins host the San Diego Chargers in Week 11, and most people expect the Chargers to get a win on the road.

Limited Mens Stanley Havili Jersey This game has AFC playoff implications as both teams struggle to get back into the playoff picture. The Chargers fell to 4-5 after losing to the Denver Broncos. They are well behind the Broncos and Chiefs in the division and will need to improve on their 2-4 conference record if they want to stay in the wild card race. The Dolphins are in free fall — after a 3-0 start, they lost five of their last six games and are still embroiled in the ongoing hazing scandal. Things hit a new low when they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and dropped to 4-5. They are one game behind the Jets in the AFC East.

The Chargers are nearly unanimous picks to win. Five out of six experts on SB Nation picked San Diego, with Matt Ufford being the only contrarian. Over at ESPN, seven out of eight panelists are going with the Chargers, and eight of nine analysts at CBS Sports are also picking San Diego to win.
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Jay Cutler might be back this week. It doesn’t matter. The Bears have Josh McCown, a quarterbacking vessel controlled by Marc Trestman. His mind beam levitated Chicago past the Packers last week. Sure, Aaron Rodgers was out of the game, but this still happened in Green Bay. Pretty impressive, no? Leave the Xs and Os aside for a minute. Tiny men with giant brains usually triumph over brutes, in the comic books anyway. That doesn’t bode well for Lions, even with juggernauts on the defensive line.

Former Baylor LB Myke Chatman arrested on rape charges

A day after former Baylor tight end Tre’Von Armstead was arrested on a charge of rape, a second former Bears player was taken into custody.
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Former Baylor linebacker Shamycheal Myke Chatman was arrested by U.S. Marshals near Houston and charged with rape Thursday. The arrests are in connection with a 2013 sexual assault of a female student who alleges the two followed her home after she became intoxicated at a party and gang-raped her, according to the Dallas Morning News.
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Mike Klis of KUSA 9 News in Denver reported Thursday evening that, Industry sources believe Chargers may have tampered with Russell Okung, who was not supposed to negotiate till 2 p.m. Thursday.

Okung played in Denver last year.

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In 2015, the league cited the Chiefs with tampering in the recruitment of free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Kansas City was forced to forfeit a third-round draft pick in 2016, a sixth-round pick in 2017, and both coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey were fined.

Carolina got Julius Peppers and re-signed both Charles Johnson and Mario Addison

Game Mens Tyler Lockett Jersey Mayock created another new category to house players who are talented enough to be ranked in the top five at their respective positions, but carry some sort of extenuating circumstance into the draft.

For Adoree’ Jackson, it is the ankle injury he suffered during the Rose Bowl. Curtis Samuel is blazing fast and elusive, but not a prototypical NFL running back. Jones just tore his Achilles, and Butt is recovering from a torn ACL. Mixon, of course, was not invited to the combine due to the off-the-field incident. All are talented, but each carries some element of risk.

Schweinsteiger can succeed in this spot. He is reasonably creative and technically sound. He can probably adapt his game to play more through balls, especially at MLS level where the defenses aren’t quite as difficult to pass through as they are when you are playing for Manchester United or Bayern Munich.

But if that is what the Fire wanted … why not just sign a true No. 10? You know, someone who is a natural at the position, and who has a demonstrated history of creative passing from an advanced position? Schweinsteiger is intelligent and talented enough to adapt to any position, but signing him to use him in one he hasn’t played before is strange.

With Martellus Bennett gone, New England gets its in-line/receiving insurance for Rob Gronkowski with an ideal, versatile player. Allen was expendable for Indianapolis after its breakout player at the position, Jack Doyle, was re-signed.

Game Mens Willie Stargell Jersey Carolina got Julius Peppers and re-signed both Charles Johnson and Mario Addison, making the disappointing second-rounder expendable. This is a mild swap of draft position in the second and third rounds, with New England betting it can more tap into Ealy is pass-rush potential.

Dolphins’ Mike Pouncey served grand jury subpoena as part of Aaron Hernandez investigation

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey was served with a grand jury subpoena by the state of Massachusetts following his team’s 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, according to Pete Thamel and Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated.

The subpoena was issued as part of the investigation into Aaron Hernandez and his potential involvement in interstate gun trafficking. The fact that Pouncey was served papers does not mean that he is being charged with a crime, just that he is viewed as a witness who could strengthen authorities’ case against Hernandez.

Hernandez was indicted on murder charges in August in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Pouncey and Hernandez played with one another at the University of Florda. He was also seen wearing a “Free Hernandez” hat back in mid-July.

Pouncey and the Dolphins both declined comment on the incident on Sunday, and Pouncey traveled home with the team.

At this point, Jacksonville is looking for small things they can build on moving forward. The 2017 season is lost, but head coach Gus Bradley should be happy with the lift in his offensive line play against the 49ers. For the first game this season, the Jaguars didn’t surrender a sack and while that doesn’t seem like much, it’s a building block. If the offensive line can continue to grow, a new quarterback will have a chance with two good receivers in Cecil Shorts III and Justin Blackmon.

Despite their minus-13 goal differential — a respectable mark for a relegation battler — they’re six points from safety and appear to have fewer good players than the teams above them. What once looked like a wide-open relegation race is slowly becoming a dull one.18

Packers vs. Vikings 2016 odds: Packers huge favorites on the road

The Green Bay Packers enter Sunday’s game as big favorites over the Minnesota Vikings. According to betting website OddsShark, the Packers are favored by 11 points.

Authentic Womens Benny Cunningham Jersey Green Bay is back in first place in the NFC North after a convincing 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns. The Packers were favored by 7.5 points and easily covered the spread. They are 4-2 in the standings and have gone 4-2 against the spread this season. Their receiver corps took a hit with Randall Cobb suffering a fractured leg, although James Jones hopes to be back this week.

The Vikings dropped to 1-5 after one of the worst offensive performances in years. Josh Freeman was a disaster in his Minnesota debut, completing just 20-of-53 passes as the Vikings fell to the New York Giants, 23-7. They were 4-point underdogs and never came close to beating that line. Minnesota is now 2-4 against the spread.
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Just as experience doesn’t automatically equal quality, size doesn’t equal decent run defense. At least, that’s what BGSU hopes. Konowalski and Jones are listed at 235 pounds or fewer, while Schwieterman is listed at 265. BGSU’s biggest tackle (Izaah Lunsford) and biggest end (Terrance Bush) are both gone.

The Falcons need some new meat, in other words. Senior Shannon Smith (6’0, 294) will be given the chance to step in, but if coordinator Perry Eliano finds he needs more heft, he might have to turn to someone like three-star freshman Caylon May (6’2, 290).

The linebacking corps is a mixed bag. Trenton Greene was easily the Falcons’ most disruptive LB, and he’s gone, but among juniors Brandon Harris and Dorian Hendrix and seniors Nate Locke and Nilijah Ballew, it seems a couple havoc guys could emerge. Depth is a total question mark, though.

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