Mora did say Manning wanted him at the October ceremony

Mora was the first coach Manning ever had in the NFL, but had a falling out with owner Jim Irsay and then-team president Bill Polian. Because of that fractured relationship, Mora said Wednesday he would rather avoid any awkward situation that could detract from the ceremony to honor Manning.

I would love to come back there, but because of the way I left the Colts, my relationship with Polian, I don’t know. I just wouldn’t feel that I would feel comfortable being there, Mora told the Query & Schultz show on Indianapolis radio station WNDE.

Mora did say Manning wanted him at the October ceremony, but the former coach declined.

I think I would just feel a little bit awkward there, Mora added. It was a big part of my career. I coached some really good players there. I loved the organization. I loved the city. It was a great city.
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The Rams didn’t do much right last year, except for special teams. Jeff Fisher’s interim replacement 鈥?special teams coach John Fassel 鈥?was an easy choice because of this. You wouldn’t have known how good their special teams unit was because of how boring the offense was, which ultimately made things tougher on their defense.
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But Johnny Hekker and company held their own. Hekker led the league in yards per punt, and had the second-most fair catches with 40. Greg Zuerlein also had the second-highest field goal percentage of his career at 86.4 percent. Long snapper Jake McQuaide was named to the Pro Bowl.

In 2017, it’ll be either the shifty Tavon Austin (who was second in the league in punt return yards) or Pharoh Cooper returning kicks, but they Rams can’t go wrong either way.

Former Cal star, NBA veteran Darrall Imhoff dies at 78

Former NBA player and Cal Bears star Darrall Imhoff died Friday of a heart attack in Bend, Ore. He was 78.

After his retirement from the NBA, Imhoff did radio commentary for the Trail Blazers, who announced the news of his death on Saturday.

Kaelin, 58, is a Milwaukee native and was home for the July 4 holiday. He told the Associated Press his brother, Bob, bought the raffle tickets for their group, which will split $12,411 before taxes.

“My brother said it’s a great thing that the Brewers do for charity,” Kaelin said. “I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ He’s a very lucky guy.”

The Brewers hold a 50/50 raffle at every home game, with the Brewers Community Foundation, an organization that supports more than 200 local nonprofits in the area of health, education, recreation and basic needs, also receiving half of the money from tickets sold.

“Bob took the ticket and started reading each number,” Kaelin added. “He said, ‘You guys, you won’t believe this. We have the first six numbers. If the next one is a six, we’re the winners.’”

Why he’s here: Correa is tied for fourth in the majors in WAR at 3.4 (by Baseball-Reference’s formula) and the biggest question for this rising star isn’t really when he’ll make his All-Star debut but how many All-Star Games he’ll play in by the end of his career. He’s comfortably ahead of the voting for the starting AL shortstop nod, by the way.

Why he’s here: You’re forgiven if you didn’t anticipate Smoak’s breakout season at 30 years old in his eighth big-league season. Nobody did. But Smoak has been brilliant, already matching his career-best with 20 homers and far exceeding his career bests in average, on-base percentage, OPS and pretty much everything else.browns_035

NBA Draft picks 2017: Complete list of results for Rounds 1-2

Alex Boone Youth Jersey Searching for 2017 NBA Draft picks and results without all that annoying analysis? You’ve come to the right place.

Below are the draft picks for Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2017 NBA Draft with results featuring pick number, team, player and position, minus the analysis and draft grades. Of course, if you would like our NBA experts to tell you how smart (or stupid) your team’s picks were, we’ll have you covered with our pick-by-pick analysis for each round, and Draft Grades to determine the winners and losers.

Regardless of who wins the series this year, the SEC is guaranteed to win its 12th baseball national championship, which is second among all conferences. The Pac-12 is by far the national leader with 28 national titles, with UCLA last claiming a championship in 2013. The Big 12 is third with nine national championships, with Texas in 2005 as the conference’s last winner. Vanderbilt was the last SEC team to win a national title when the Commodores won it all in 2014.
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The franchise that elevated Doug Williams on Tuesday, though, isn’t any NFL franchise. Too bad for those fans, for that franchise 鈥?and for Williams.

When Washington made official what had been speculated for at least the last two months, it unleashed mixed emotions in many observers. Williams is a hero, he’s paid his dues, and he’s taking on a position that still has obstacles for African-Americans to attain it, as there were at quarterback back when he broke the seal on winning the Super Bowl nearly three decades ago.

It’s the one move Washington could have made to satisfy the masses still furious over the way Scot McCloughan was shoved overboard back in March and smeared on the way down. Whether Williams becomes the next front-office genius or a high-profile bust, his hiring puts a little more shine on the team, president Bruce Allen and owner Dan Snyder.

SN exclusive: Ray Lewis joining Fox, FS1 as NFL TV analyst

Ray Lewis and Fox Sports confirmed Sporting News’ exclusive story that the two-time Super Bowl champion is joining Fox and FS1 as an NFL analyst.
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Something to which Hill takes exception is when people say Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is a check-down quarterback. Hill said Smith has a much stronger arm than people give him credit and Kansas City’s ability to stretch the field could surprise some this season.

People are going to realize that this year, Hill said. Everybody’s going to eat. It’s not just one guy. We’ve got multiple weapons on this offense and everybody can make plays.

While the Chiefs selected former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Hill said the Chiefs are still Smith’s team.

We all know Pat Mahomes can throw the ball a very far distance, Hill said. He’s going to be good when his number’s called. But right now, we all ride with Alex. He’s the big dog and the leader of the offense and this team.

Armstead’s injury was the second major blow suffered by the Saints’ offensive line this offseason, with center Max Unger needing foot surgery that is expected to sideline him for at least the start of training camp. Strief said the absence of both does create a leadership void that he is trying to fill along with new right guard Larry Warford, who left Detroit for a four-year, $34 million contract.

Youth Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey I have to take some of that responsibility, said Strief, who joined the Saints as a seventh-round pick from Northwestern in 2006. And with Larry, we’ve got another guy who’s been around. He’s a great worker and someone for those (younger) guys to look up to.

MLB trade rumors: Mets willing to deal stars as season falls apart

Is your team in search of a quality outfielder or a decent late-inning arm? Well if they are then look no further than the New York Mets because the team is reportedly selling on several of their best assets as their season falls apart.
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The disappointing Mets (31-41) entered Friday’s game 12 games behind the NL East-leading leading Nationals and 14 1/2 games behind the Rockies for the second wild card. The results? A pending fire sale.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Mets are looking to sell on several big names other than Yoenis Cespedes before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Notably absent from the list as well is Matt Harvey, who is under contract until 2018, but has been a disappointment on and off the field this year.
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For now the names the Mets are shopping are Curtis Granderson (.225, 9 HR), Jay Bruce (.269, 19 HR), Asdrubal Cabrera (.244, 6 HR) and Addison Reed (2.72 ERA, 11 saves).

This group will be the biggest obstacle for what Shanahan wants to accomplish offensively in Year 1, but it’s bound to be improved from last season. Left tackle Joe Staley is near the end of the line. He turns 33 in August but is getting a chance to rebound from his pass protection struggles. Right guard Josh Garnett, a 2016 first-rounder, is the top rebuilding block.

As for the rest, former Ravens starter Jeremy Zuttah (31 in June) adds some respectability and stability. He or Daniel Kilgore, their best lineman from last season, will start at center, with the other kicking to left guard to replace ineffective Zane Beadles. Although third-year man Trent Brown has some upside at right tackle, the 49ers will try to bring out his youthful best in a competition with former Seahawk Garry Gilliam. It was more duct tape than overhaul around Garnett, so offensive line remains a major work in progress.

Most teams would be lost and clueless to adjust without that kind of game-changer.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Blount go back to pounding away in the AFC championship game, with Lewis in the change-of-pace role. It wouldn’t be shocking if somehow White stays on the field for an extended period, either.

The Patriots will enjoy figuring out to keep whoever they play the Steelers or the Chiefs guessing which back will be deployed, how, where and when. It gets even more complicated as Edelman and Bennett occupy short-to-intermediate attention, too.

With Gronkowski, everyone knew what was coming, and he still wasn’t stopped often. There went the behemoth rumbling downfield, using his bruising-but-athletic body to outrun and out-muscle you at the same time.

Most teams would be lost and clueless to adjust without that kind of game-changer. The Patriots aren’t most teams. They simply spread out what they had with Gronk.

Blount is the big, cruising bruiser when needed. A healthy Lewis gives them little and fast to drive linebackers and safeties crazy in coverage. White has that knack to slip free in the red zone, ala Gronk working to get open.

Are there better players in the NFL That’s an almost impossible assessment to make. There might be a strong safety or right guard who performs his duties closer to perfection. But no one made a greater difference in how the 2016 regular season played out than Elliott.

You may not think a running back should be named MVP, but you have to admit it would be cool to hand the trophy to a dude named Ezekiel.sharks_454

NBA Finals 2017: Cavs coach Tyronn Lue says Warriors ‘best he’s ever seen’

Tyronn Lue was at the helm of the Cavaliers when they fought back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors in last year’s NBA Finals.

He was in his first full season as the Cavaliers coach as the Cavs split with the new-look Warriors, who added Kevin Durant in the offseason. The series split included a 126-91 loss to the Warriors at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.

Sources: As teams become aware Phil Jackson isn’t ruling out possibility of trading Kristaps Porzingis, frenzy of interest is growing today.

Jackson has also said recently Porzingis is not ready to be the team’s leader, and the two have yet to define a role for Porzingis, who averaged 4.8 3-point attempts per game this season. Jackson would like to see him play in the post more often.

Porzingis, 21, is owed just $10.2 million over the next two years, per terms of his contract.
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Limited Youth Michael Jordan Jersey Porzingis is currently in Europe with the Latvian national team preparing for this summer’s European championships, a move he did not discuss with the Knicks. While the team cannot prohibit a player from competing in international competition, Porzingis had respected the Knicks’ wishes and not played for the Latvian team the past two summers.

With Jackson eyeing Lauri Markkanen, a 7-foot Finn with a similar game to Porzingis’, it appears the Latvian’s days in New York could be numbered.

NBA Finals 2017: Scuffle breaks out as LeBron James approaches tunnel after Game 2

Fans in Oakland showed more fight than the Cavs did in the second half of NBA Finals Game 2 against the Warriors. And it all happened right in front of LeBron James.

From the video below, it looks as though a spectator maybe was trying to engage Cavs backup forward Derrick Williams (EDIT: The incident started before Williams approached). LeBron and J.R. Smith rolled up on the scene just as things got really heated.

Smith executed his best boxout in a long time as he tried to steer James away from the action.

Tani Tupou Elite Jersey James and Smith got to the locker room unharmed. Now they’ll focus on trying to counterpunch the Warriors, who lead the best-of-seven series two games to none. Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland.

Kyrie re-tied his left shoe and remains in the game but is moving gingerly. Looks like his left ankle was the issue.
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LeBron drops a nice bounce pass in transition to Kyrie, who gets a layup to fall as he steps on Rozier’s foot. Kyrie remains down on the ground after the play.

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The Celtics announce that Jae Crowder suffered a strained left thigh and is availabe to return.

So what can we draw from Ball’s comments? He could see Russell as someone who doesn’t compete with him, but the more likely scenario is he’s echoing comments he heard from the front office. He had met with team president Magic Johnson, coach Luke Walton and general manager Rob Pelinka and the impression he came away with was that they’re still looking for a leader.

It’s also important to keep in mind Russell recently liked an anti-Lonzo Ball tweet. The harmless action could mean nothing, but we can’t discount it entirely.

the Steelers have fallen hard in the previous three meetings.

Tomlin, however, has proved he’s not a cheerleader, but rather a button-pushing master motivator. It takes a certain brand of fearlessness and brashness for a team to take down Belichick’s with so much at stake. Many Patriots opponents show early signs of intimidation and never have a chance.

Tomlin is taking a little from John Harbaugh and Rex Ryan two guys who have had some limited-but-key success against the Patriots and taking it to the next level.

The two times Tomlin’s Steelers have made it to the Super Bowl in his previous nine seasons, it didn’t require going through New England. It also has been a dozen years since, pre-Tomlin, the Patriots faced the Steelers in the playoffs.

But since that point, New England has gone 6-2 in the series, and one of those losses came without Tom Brady. With Tomlin at the helm, the Steelers have fallen hard in the previous three meetings.

Baalke, his choices and the rift between him and ex-coach Jim Harbaugh that couldn’t be healed made the move inevitable.

Once again, though, owner and CEO Jed Yorks fingerprints are all over this crime scene and, again, hes not going to fire himself.

Both got and deserved the credit for the sudden success the 49ers had from 2011-13, when they went to three straight NFC championship games and that narrow Super Bowl XLVII loss to the Ravens. Feud with Harbaugh or not, hiring him was one of the most inspired coaching moves this decade, if not the most inspired.

Pushing him out, of course, has been one of the worst in hindsight, and it looked that way in real time, too. But the personnel and coaching decisions since then were just as devastating.
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Official gets Super Bowl nod after Travis Kelce said he shouldn’t work at Foot Locker

Carl Cheffers, the referee Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce deemed as unfit to work at Foot Locker, is part of the officiating crew assigned to Super Bowl LI, according to ESPN.com.

Andrew Cashner Authentic Jersey Kelce was highly critical of the officials following a 18-16 loss to the Steelers on Sunday. Specifically, he ripped into Cheffers for calling a holding penalty on Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher, negating a successful two-point conversion that would have tied the game at 18-18 with under three minutes remaining.

It hurts. You fight all year, you fight all game, for it to end like that, for the ref to take it ot of our hands, that hurts, Kelce told reporters after the season-ending loss. You try to play this game with integrity and to the end of the whistle. When the refs wants to take over the game and make it their own platform, there’s nothing you can do about it.

He signed for a few of the guys he knew and I asked him for an autograph and he looked me in the eyes and said NO. I get it if you gotta go or can’t do it at the time but at least say sorry kid I can’t do it right now. I wanted to box him. Now that I’m in the league I know that there is a time and a place for everything and you can’t get to everyone but he was just RUDE.
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You will never be able to sign or take a pictures with everyone but there is a way to say no, and Theisman’s way was RUDE! Anyways that’s my story for the day. I have no beef with Theisman. He helped me with how I try to interact with fans.

While Smith may not have beef with Theisman, he clearly remembers the negative encounter from all those years ago.

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