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NFL investigating Jarvis Landry, has video of alleged domestic incident, report says

The NFL is investigating Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry over an alleged domestic incident involving his girlfriend and has video of the purported incident as part of the probe, a South Florida radio talk-show host reported Wednesday.

“The matter remains under review,” the league says, according to WINZ’s Andy Slater.

The report also stated that a decision to move the game to Week 11 or to a neutral site will likely be decided Wednesday.

Both the Eagles and Steelers are on the road Sunday, which means the game previously scheduled to take place in Miami could relocate to one of their stadiums.

Irma is a potentially catastrophic hurricane with sustained winds of 185 mph. Evacuation orders for the Florida Keys will go into effect on Wednesday and Miami could soon follow.

Storms have forced the Dolphins to change game dates on two other occasions. The Dolphins moved a game against the Titans from Sunday to Saturday in 2004 because of a storm, and Hurricane Wilma forced the team to reschedule a 2005 game against the Chiefs from Sunday to Friday.

Something else Savage and Dominik would have done differently: Having a trusted ex-general manager on staff to offer advice, especially on handling job responsibilities outside the realm of personnel decisions. Those range from media duties, monitoring staff members, remaining in lockstep with the head coach and appraising ownership of any developments, which can become especially challenging in an absentee situation.cubs_2244

Ben Roethlisberger trailed only Brady and Rodgers in QB Tiers voting.

His Steelers will face both of those unanimous Tier 1 QBs in Pittsburgh this season (the Steelers are the only team outside the NFC South scheduled to face both Rodgers and Brady this season).

You are Devin Wade, an aspiring quarterback who has all the tools to be good at football but has gone through some unfortunate life events. The story follows you and your longtime best friend Colt Cruise as you both try to make the NFL despite what everyone thinks and says about you.

In this story mode, you can make certain decisions that affect your player’s draft grade throughout the whole story — it reminds me of the story mode in Injustice 2 when you have to pick a fighter for a certain level. It’s damn near identical. You have a limited amount of time to make each decision, so choose wisely.

The Browns aren’t the easiest team to root for, but being a Cleveland fan builds character. Browns fans have weathered a lifetime of disappointments, from former owner Art Modell moving the team to Baltimore in 1995, to some crushing moments that are so iconic and devastating that they’re simply known as “The Drive,” and “The Fumble.”

It’s the Three Bs on offense that Steelers fans get excited about — quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell, and wide receiver Antonio Brown, who’s always good for an entertaining celebration dance.

People seem to either love or hate J.J. Watt, but if you’re one of the former, that’s a pretty good reason to like the Texans. Watt has been named the Defensive Player of the Year three times over his five seasons in the league, and he’ll be back on the field this year after missing most of last season with a back injury.

The Colts mascot is amazing. He’s a horse, and his name is Blue, and he sure does know how to get in opponents’ heads.steelers_129

Lions DE Kerry Hyder out for season with torn Achilles

Lions defensive end Kerry Hyder will miss the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles after he suffered the injury in Sunday’s game against the Colts.

Hyder, a breakout star who led the Lions last season with eight sacks, was pressuring Indy quarterback Scott Tolzien in the first quarter when he slipped and hit the ground, immediately clutching his lower left leg.

Trainers attended to him for several minutes before he left the field on a cart.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell would not disclose that Hyder suffered a torn Achilles after the game, though the severity of the injury was later confirmed Monday.

“It’s significant. The doctors, that’s the initial impression,” Caldwell said, via ESPN. “When we have something certain, we’ll release it. But I’ll tell you it’s significant.”

It’s tough to find many wins for the Bears, who are definitely in rebuilding mode. It’s looking they’ll go with Glennon at quarterback, but he not believed to be the future for the Bears. Even an optimistic Bears fan might put the over/under for wins at four. The Bears are probably looking at a 3-13 season and another top-five draft pick next year as they build toward the future.

“Hard Knocks” director Matt Dissinger explained to ESPN how they handle it from the filming perspective.

“We try to maintain a respectful distance when doing it. It’s terrible. And it’s also terrible afterwards when you [say], ‘Uh, can I ask you a few questions?’ But it’s part of camp, it’s part of the reality of the NFL. … We work really hard to get the audience invested in these guys and to really show a well-rounded portrait of who they are.”
The “Hard Knocks” episode featuring Aguayo’s release airs Tueday night at 10:00 p.m. and will be on HBO Go later.

Hassan Whiteside game-winner, James Johnson dunk help Heat preserve No. 8 seed

Whiteside’s offensive rebound was Miami’s third of the possession, and the center’s hustle willed the Heat (36-38) to a much-needed victory with just eight games remaining in the regular season. The gap between the Heat and Pistons (34-41) is now 2 1/2 games, though the Bulls (35-39) trail by just one. The Pistons are suffering through what is now five-game losing streak.

Though it was Whiteside who made the clutch tip-in, he may not have had the most memorable play of the game. Earlier in the fourth quarter, James Johnson launched toward the rim, and through Marcus Morris’ chest, for an emphatic slam and a foul.

Cousins’ agent Jarinn Akana told ESPN that the Kings had recently re-emphasized their commitment to Cousins, something that Vlade Divac had done publicly on multiple occasions. To end up trading him for a deal that was this light of a return? And to do it to an All-Star on All-Star Sunday just minutes after the game ended when the player talked all weekend about how happy he was that he didn’t have to answer questions about trades? Yeah, you better believe people around the NBA won’t forget that.

There is no fathomable reason to understand why the Kings decided to make this move now. Even if you have the most unsatisfactory opinion of Cousins, if this was the best offer on the table, the prudent option was to wait, either until Thursday’s trade deadline to see if offers improved or the offseason. This trade reeks of a panic move when panic was the last thing necessary due to Cousins’ contract situation.

The Kings traded one of the 15 best players in the NBA before they needed to, for a weaker return than any superstar has gotten in a decade, and made themselves look bad in the process. This is the kind of decision that can set an organization back for years, especially if it continues to scout poorly in the NBA Draft. steelers_124

NBA playoff predictions: Picking winners in Western Conference first round

The 2016-17 NBA regular season ended Wednesday night, and we have playoff predictions for each Western Conference series.

Golden State once again enters the playoffs as the favorite to reach the Finals, but there are a host of teams ready to unseat the Western kings.

Spurs big man and second-leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge made just 2 of 7 shots and looked sluggish on defense as San Antonio benched its starters for most of the fourth quarter. Aldridge was a dismal minus-31 in the first half and was even worst in the second as he finished a minus-36 in 25 minutes.

Irving and James combined for the type of dunk that’s usually reserved for the fourth quarter of blowouts, not the opening minutes of the first quarter in Game 1.

Jazz (51-31) at Warriors (67-15), 10:30 p.m. ET — After topping the Clippers in seven games of the opening series of the playoffs, the Jazz stay in California to face the Warriors in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals. Utah is the only team to beat the Warriors in the last seven weeks (20 games).

In addition to his 35 points, James added 10 rebounds and four assists in the win, showing no rust after a long layoff since the Cavs swept the Pacers on April 23 in the opening series. James will be on record watch for Game 2 Wednesday. He needs 25 points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762 points) for second place on the league’s postseason scoring list and two 3-pointers to join Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Manu Ginobili as the only players to connect on 300 postseason 3-pointers. falcons_061

Tony Romo will try to qualify for 2017 U.S. Open

Now that Tony Romo has retired from football, he has quite a bit more time to work on his other sport.

The former Cowboys quarterback, long renowned for his golfing skill, will attempt to qualify for the 2017 U.S. Open. Former ESPN reporter Ed Werder tweeted Wednesday that Romo is entered in the local qualifier in Aledo, Texas, which will be held May 8, and Romo is listed in the USGA’s database of entrants.

This is not the first time Romo has attempted to play his way into the U.S. Open. He tried in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and actually advanced to sectional qualifying in 2010 but had to withdraw because weather delays created a conflict with Cowboys practices.

Charles, 30, was released by the Chiefs in February after another injury-plauged season. His productivity had decreased over the last two years, largely because of the torn ACL he suffered in October 2015. He didn’t seem to fully recover from the injury, and didn’t take the field until Week 5 of the 2016 season.

He played in only three games until he suffered a setback in his knee that required surgery on his meniscus. Once again, Charles missed the end of the season.

Carolina did a little finer later on Day 2 with two values at positions of need with Western Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Moton and Texas A&M defensive end Daeshon Hall. But the second-round selection of a player much like first-rounder Christian McCaffrey was a bit curious.

Sure the Panthers wanted a running back and more overall speed and quickness for their offense, but they got that in spades with McCaffrey. A more reliable wideout with a specific role would have been better, and a team that didn’t already have a rookie like him would have suited Samuel.cubs_2244

Harry Giles’ preseason injury contributed to Duke’s identity struggles, but Luke Kennard’s emergence has saved the Blue Devils’ season

Notre Dame is also playing impressive ball after making a run to the Elite Eight the last two seasons. At 23-8 (12-6 ACC), Mike Brey has the firepower to make waves again this year. This might be the best defensive team the Irish have put together under Brey, and the offense has still ranked among the top 20 in efficiency all season.

After starting as the top-ranked team in the preseason, the Duke Blue Devils find themselves in something of a funk right now. Though they’ve lost just eight games — including the season finale in Chapel Hill — seven of those have come in conference play. Grayson Allen has had an up and down year, fading from last season’s more consistently great play. When he’s on, he’s on; but he’s had some bad nights over the last month, averaging just 6.8 points per game in his last five, which is well below his 14.5 season average.

Harry Giles’ preseason injury contributed to Duke’s identity struggles, but Luke Kennard’s emergence has saved the Blue Devils’ season. Kennard is one of the country’s most efficient scorers, and he’s been the team’s lone constant amid an otherwise dervish of a season.

Cleveland entered free agency with more than $105 million to spend this offseason, and has already added Kenny Britt to revamp the league’s 30th-ranked passing offense. The Browns could bring in Cutler to serve the role the since-released Josh McCown held the past two seasons. With all signs pointing toward the Browns selecting a young, developmental passer through the draft, the former Bear could be the next in a long line of seat warmers to patiently wait for Cleveland to dismantle its latest first-round QB.

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Better chance Bills keep Tyrod Taylor than release him

The Buffalo Bills’ decision on Tyrod Taylor’s future sits less than three weeks away. The Bills brass will have to choose whether to pick up the $27 million option bonus by March 11 or cut ties with the quarterback.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that it appears there is a better chance the Bills keep the quarterback than release him.

He added: “I love Cincinnati and I want to be there. I’m pretty positive that things will work out in a way that I’ll be there again, but I want to take advantage of the opportunity of being free and listen to what other people have to say. I think that’s the right way to do it.”

The notoriously thrifty Bengals could already be losing Kevin Zeitler in free agency, so it would be in their best interest to lock up the 35-year-old to a career-ending deal. Whitworth has been one of the league’s premier tackles for some time, but has been getting the fair amount of praise only recently. His three Pro Bowls were in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

While Whitworth mentioned staying put, there’s a chance he would entertain a contender. His team’s former defensive coordinator, Mike Zimmer, is a few good offensive linemen away from winning the NFC North with the Vikings.

Back in 2015, the club drafted offensive tackles in the first and second round and took a guard in 2016. Only one of them, Cedric Ogbuehi, has been a major contributor so far. If the plan was drafting Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher with the intention of one day replacing Whitworth, then Cincinnati might feel differently than the fans who don’t want to see a stellar offensive lineman leave the building.

Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona – Copa Del Rey Quarter-final: First LegReal Sociedad v FC Barcelona

Iniesta was weird because this was his type of game. This is where he usually is at his best. In these games where Barcelona need someone to be the release valve from the opponent’s pressure. To beat two defenders with a feint and a turn, to relax the midfield and run circles around his counterparts — the juniors who wish to be him eventually. They needed Iniesta to be the building block for their attack and the lifeboat for their defenders, and he just wasn’t there.

Well, he was there, but not Iniesta as we’ve known him for a very long time. This was the half-fit version and old version. The one ravaged by injuries. The one that is painfully making his way to the fringes. This was a very declined Iniesta.

At his best, Iniesta is a great representation of what Barcelona does. The game flows through him. He exists in an almost supernatural dimension where he can hypnotize opponents with one- and two-touch passing, beat defenders by using their own momentum against them, and see the entire field. Even behind him. In those moments, he’s omnipresent.

And not only dogs, but the best dogs, dogs that dog eugenics have deemed the most pure. The best comparison I can make is that it’s like that first really cold beer on a Friday afternoon at 4:30 after a long week. Or that bubbly happiness you get when you haven’t had a crush for a while and then go to a party and unexpectedly hit it off with someone. It is at once relief, comfort, and pure delight.

As for the portrait of me, his pièce de résistance, Rubenstein said, “Well, my work yesterday was geared at drumming up something abstract, as a sort of combination of Picasso, with some elements of Monet sprinkled in there, in an effort to provide you with your greatest V-Day in the history of your life. I don’t provide my art for just any occasion, only for the moments that truly call for it.”