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NBA trade rumors: Jazz could move SG Rodney Hood at deadline

With the emergence of Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz have found their future. With Rudy Gobert inside and Mitchell manning the back-court, Utah has a duo that could lead the team for years to come.

Where does that leave Rodney Hood, though? Apparently on the trade block.

According to multiple sources, there is a growing feeling around the league that Utah is looking to move the former 23rd overall pick.

Basically anything outside of that is where Adebayo still has room to grow. He’s finished 63.9 percent of his shots in the restricted area this season off of a steady diet of layups and dunks, but he offers little value outside of the paint. His post-ups in particular have been problematic for the Heat, as he has scored a miserable 22 points on 29 post-up possessions.

It isn’t a large sample size, but Adebayo hasn’t looked comfortable scoring on face-ups and with his back to the basket on those limited possessions. His mind seems to be moving quicker than his feet, and he isn’t comfortable yet finishing plays with floaters and hook shots.

Harden is expected to be limited to 20-25 minutes Thursday. The Rockets then play the Warriors on Saturday in a matchup between the best two teams in the Western Conference.

Head-to-head Each Category allows you to select “X” number of statistical categories. Team totals are accumulated and a win, loss or tie is credited in each category based on the matchup results (i.e. 6-3-1 in a 10 category league). If the league creator sets Home Team wins as a tiebreaker, the home team will win every tied category.

Head-to-head Most Categories allows you to set “X” number of statistical categories. For each scoring period (usually Monday through Sunday) team totals are accumulated in each of the categories. At the end the scoring period the winner is determined by which team wins the most number of categories. The end result is a win (1-0-0), loss (0-1-0) or tie (0-0-1). These results correspond directly to each team’s overall record.
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Motuapuaka was one of the stars at the NFLPA game.

WR Nelson Agholor vs. Vikings CB Terence Newman: Agholor was a big-play and red-zone scoring machine for Carson Wentz. But after one good first game with Foles against the Giants, he’s been a non-factor, save for his inside rushing play against the Falcons.

Despite a great matchup in the divisional round, Agholor got only three targets — catching them all for 21 yards. Agholor, 24, has speed, quickness and youth advantages over Newman, 39. They are similar in size, but Agholor is a little bigger. The Eagles will not win unless Agholor is involved a lot more all over the field in the passing game.

In London, before the start of the day’s first NFL game, Ravens Coach John Harbaugh joined his players, linking arms, and Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis took a knee. Jaguars owner Shahid Khan locked arms with his players and the Jaguars’ coaches. Khan, who donated to Trump’s inaugural committee, was the second owner to participate in events related to anthem protests. Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam stood on field and locked arms with players, military personnel and first responders in Week 1 of the 2017 season. More joined as the day went on.

James Looney, DT, California — He was able to collapse the pocket and capped his career with 9 1/2 sacks as a senior.

Andrew Motuapuaka, LB, Virginia Tech — Following a highly productive career for the Hokies, he had a great week in Pasadena. The 6 feet, 236-pound New Zealand native has good vision and ball skills. He was able to recognize plays, resulting in tipped passes at the line, and is a sure tackler in the open field.

Also on Thursday, Ryan Mallett was outplayed in what could be an important race to be Baltimore’s backup QB, Tyrod Taylor endured a horrible first-half performance and Blake Bortles got booed after another terrible outing that could put him on the hot seat before the season even begins. You can read about those performances plus even more on the day’s action in Thursday’s roundup.chargers_042

Eagles sign WR Alshon Jeffery to 4-year extension

“Alshon has been a tremendous addition to this organization on and off the field,” the Eagles said in a statement. “We place a priority on making sure we are able to build the team around quality players like Alshon who embrace this team and this city the way he has. We are excited about his future here.”

Chris Hogan, New England Patriots, shoulder, (Q), Monday night: This is the first time in over a month that Hogan has not been ruled out in advance of the game … and it appears that he has a legitimate chance to take the field Monday night in Miami. Hogan took a brutal hit to his right shoulder back in October and has not practiced until this week. He has now missed five games while rehabbing in the background. This week he returned to practice and said he felt like a kid going back to school. More importantly, he was able to get through consecutive practices three days in a row, all as a limited participant.

Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick left Thursday’s 38-14 win over the Redskins with a back injury that will force him to miss additional time.

According to NFL Media, a Friday MRI revealed two transverse process fractures in his back. He is expected to miss at least one game.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Scandrick initially suffered the injury on the third play of the game but played through the pain until late in the fourth quarter.

Scandrick had the bones fractured in his back on the third play. He played until late in fourth quarter before being removed. Wasnt diagnosed until today, per source

Scandrick’s injury is similar to those dealt with by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr earlier this season and former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in 2016.

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Mullen is focused on the task at hand — getting his team ready for the Minutemen.

In terms of giving legitimate on-field help to Newton, their $60 million franchise cornerstone, the Panthers seem to still be making it up as they go along. They act as if they’re allergic to keeping receivers around, no matter their productivity, potential, age, contract or overall value. Steve Smith got the boot long ago. Ted Ginn Jr. left after last season. Greg Olsen wrestled with them for a new contract before getting just a tweaked one.

Olsen missed the first half of the season with a broken foot. When he returns, Benjamin won’t be there. Olsen, Ginn and Benjamin were their three leading receivers last season.

Heed scored a tiebreaking goal on the power play early in the third period and assisted on Joe Pavelski’s second-period goal to lead the Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night in Marleau’s first game as a visitor in San Jose.

“I feel comfortable out there,” said Heed, who has six points in nine games. “It feels better and better every game. I play with great players out there who make good plays for me. It’s great playing with them.”

Heed scored on a slap shot from just above the faceoff circle with 15:49 to play to give the Sharks their 10th straight win over Toronto. Joel Ward added an empty-net goal for San Jose.

This time it came with Marleau in a Maple Leafs sweater as he returned to the arena he called home for his first 19 seasons in the NHL. Marleau left as a free agent this summer to sign an $18.75 million, three-year contract with Toronto but was welcomed back warmly by a fan base that still adores him.

But there’s been a lot of speculation about Mullen’s future since Florida fired Jim McElwain on Sunday.

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Offenses for Raiders, Bills alive, well

One team is 3-4 and the other is 4-2, which is what one might have expected for Sunday’s matchup between the Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y.

But few would have expected Buffalo to sport the winning record and be in playoff position in late October. Even fewer would have forecast Oakland to be sitting a game under .500 and celebrating the end of a four-game losing streak with last week’s wild 31-30 victory over Kansas City.

TMR: There were some “expert” leagues while I was trying to establish myself and there have been some nice big-money wins before I got to ESPN (I don’t really play for money these days), including one that helped me buy my first wife an engagement ring, but probably the best feeling was winning the “ESPN War Room” league that we play here internally. Many of the faces you watch every day (Trey, Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen, Field Yates, Stephania Bell and so on), along with NFL producers and former NFL players.

Coming off a Monday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles (6-1) that crippled their offensive line and likely killed their chances to win the NFC East, the Redskins (3-3) host the Dallas Cowboys (3-3) in the first of their 2017 matchups.

Alonso’s hit on Flacco drew outrage from the Ravens as well as an unsportsmanlike penalty. Ravens coach John Harbaugh came onto the field to yell at Alonso in a game that featured several fights the rest of the way.

Flacco was ruled out for the game during halftime. It is the first reported concussion in Flacco’s 10-year career.

“Joe had a concussion and a cut ear,” Harbaugh said. “They were stitching that [ear] up without any anesthesia, so he’s a tough dude. That’s as much as I know about it.”

When asked postgame whether he thought he’d be suspended, Alonso said: “That’s out of my hands, man. … It’s a bang-bang play, and I hope he’s all right. I truly do.”nike_texans_1841

Dolphins offensive line coach resigns after video of him snorting powdery white substance surfaces

A video surfaced on Facebook Sunday night that appears to show Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting a powdery white substance before meetings. On Monday, Foerster resigned.

The Dolphins were reported to have been investigating the video last night and were able to conclude that Foerster was in the video, and in the wrong.

Foerster released a statement, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

The Packers were 6.5-point favorites over the Saints last week in an early line available at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. When the Westgate reposted the line Sunday night, after Aaron Rodgers’ injury, New Orleans was a 3.5-point favorite.

When Rodgers plays, the Packers are the one team in the NFC with a quarterback great enough for the team to contend without much help from the defense and/or conventional running game. With Rodgers out, we stacked all 16 NFC teams into one of four groupings in what was already looking like a pretty wide-open conference.

“This is as open as I can remember it in a lot of years, because it is hard to say who the top one or two teams are in the conference,” an evaluator said. “Usually, you would put the Packers and someone else — Seattle, maybe — that you feel strongly about. You just don’t feel as strongly about those teams this year.”

We start with the leading contenders, including three that have been to the Super Bowl recently with many of the same key players in place, including quarterbacks who have shown they can win playoff games with sufficient support. Every one of these teams is flawed enough to trade places with teams below them, which is why this NFC race will be a difficult one to handicap.
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He starred at Oklahoma State after a minor-league baseball career.

So swinging early in counts became the stathead ideal — or, at least, batter temperament lost its ideological associations. The Astros, considered by many to be the most “analytical” team, saw the third-fewest pitches per plate appearance this year. “If [an opposing] pitcher throws 70, 80, 90 pitches, who cares? We don’t,” said Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier in 2015, after the patient Rays suddenly flipped to the aggressive Rays. “Hit pitches that you’re supposed to hit. Hit fastballs early in the count, no matter if he’s thrown five pitches this inning and you’re the third hitter. If you make an out and the pitcher throws seven pitches, so what.”

The result was that we lost something to count, and the middle of games lost just that little bit of nuance.

At age 28, Weeden became the oldest player ever selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

What happened? Weeden had a few bright spots in Cleveland but is remembered more for horrific moments that personified the franchise’s futility, like getting trapped under the American Flag during the pregame warm-up of his NFL debut (he proceeded to post a 5.1 quarterback rating in that loss to Philadelphia) and a backhanded interception he threw against Detroit. Weeden was recently signed by Tennessee following a hamstring injury to Marcus Mariota and could become a free agent again once the Titans’ starting QB is healthy enough to play again.

As has been referenced already in this piece, the Cardinals have significant struggles running the ball. As a result, no quarterback has thrown the ball more this season than Carson Palmer, who is on pace for 726.4 attempts this season. That bodes well for Brown, who has chewed up 37 targets over the past four weeks. Volume makes him a weekly flex consideration in deeper leagues.ravens_098

Devoted fans took to social media Tuesday to show their appreciation.

Or so it would appear at first glance. But it turns out that there’s also a lot of churn in the world of NFL uniforms this season because most teams are upgrading to a new Nike tailoring template. You’ll be hearing a lot about how the new template is lighter and tighter, how it has fewer seams and so on. But from a visual standpoint, the most obvious changes — and they’re almost all for the better — can be seen around the jersey collars.

Shanahan would only confirm quarterback Brian Hoyer and left tackle Joe Staley are starting, and “everyone else, we’ll find out on Sunday.

The family went on: “Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this legendary dining institution. We are especially thankful to the late Mike Garcia for the opportunity he gave our family 20 years ago. By-Th’-Bucket over the past 60 years of operation has served millions of guests and has created countless memories and for that we will be forever grateful.”

Devoted fans took to social media Tuesday to show their appreciation.

“Thanks for the years of great clams and catfish!” a diner named Robyn K posted on Yelp. “Even after moving to Morgan Hill I found myself coming back up here for good fish. Another institution gone. … Good luck to the Furiosis in their future endeavors.”magic_024

If you could attend 1 NFL game in 2017, which one would you pick?

The NFL season is closer than ever. Training camp started for most teams this week, with the rest to follow in the coming days. That got us thinking — if you could attend only one regular-season game this year, which would it be?

However, no matter his performance, his time with the Bills is almost certainly coming to a close in 2017. The team had little choice but to decline the option that would have paid a player with 430 receiving yards last season a base salary more than $6 million higher than Antonio Brown’s.

Watkins’ history in Buffalo will make anything less than a jaw-dropping year a disappointment
Moving up to No. 4 to select Watkins didn’t just cost Buffalo two first-round picks; it also cost the team a shot at drafting a pair of franchise receivers. The Bills shipped away the No. 9 pick in 2014 and the No. 19 pick in 2015 — along with a 2015 fourth-rounder — for the privilege of drafting the Clemson wideout. Here’s how his career has stacked up against the other 11 receivers drafted in the first two rounds that year:

That’s a long list of players who have outperformed the top WR selected, headlined by Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr., who both look like franchise cornerstones through their first three seasons. Two productive players taken at the end of the second round, Allen Robinson and Jarvis Landry, underscore just how deep the 2014 draft was at the position and how excessive it was for the Bills to trade up.patriots_121-180x180

Chandler Parsons is the most beautiful man in the NBA … according to Tinder

Leave it to Reddit to settle a hair salon argument.

Apparently, Chandler Parsons is the best looking player in the NBA.

Reddit user Aesthetikal recently did a bit of a social experiment that led to this conclusion, creating profiles on the popular dating app Tinder for several players. Listing only their heights (no names) and posting pictures of them in street clothes, Aesthetikal tracked who got the most interactions in 24 hours.

Parsons prevailed in a landslide with 127 interactions ahead of Kevin Love (96) and J.J. Redick (95) who rounded out the top three.

Ultimately, though, this trade comes down to New Orleans going from the middle of the road with seemingly few avenues for tangible improvement to something totally different with a lot of upside. Even if the Pelicans end up losing Cousins in two summers, the fact that they went for it is something they will certainly be able to stomach — and something that their fans should appreciate regardless of result.

And heck, even if it goes totally wrong this spring, it’s hard to see them not getting similar value on the market if they would decide to move him on again in the summer. It’s a calculated risk that is well worth taking for the organization. We’ll see now if it pays off.

Bulls: Chicago will likely never see the first-round pick it acquired when the Bulls decided to trade Luol Deng to the Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum, that first, and two second-rounders. For a team that needs to continue stockpiling young talent, that’s a loss.
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