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It’s now on them to prove the same cliche doesn’t apply to the team itself.

Thanks to an unusual gift bestowed upon coach Doug Marrone, the Jaguars are full of bologna off the field.

Marrone kept his bologna log for future use in fried sandwiches on white bread topped the way he likes it, with American cheese and spicy mustard. The rest of the food was donated to local food banks.

Taylor is once again the Bills starter and Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said Taylor presents a challenge.

“Anytime you have a quarterback who can extend plays and make plays and do the things he does it makes it really difficult because it stresses the defense,” Sutton said. “There’s the play and then there’s the play within the play. Sometimes he makes that play within the play pretty effective. A lot of times when he takes off scrambling, he scrambles more than any quarterback in our league, he’s a dangerous guy.”

The Chargers are not going to get caught in this trap, not if they know what’s good for them (they’re a game out of first place in the AFC West) or have long memories (they lost to the 0-14 Browns last season). The Chargers are the only division team playing well and reasonably smart … that is, nobody is either chain-grabbing nor getting their chains grabbed. In the Chargers’ run of five wins in seven games, Philip Rivers has 14 touchdown passes and three interceptions. In a stunning acknowledgement of the passing of an era, none of the touchdowns has gone to Antonio Gates.eagles_078_fbc7c8b629990744-180x180

Arena debacle, team’s lack of direction factors in John Tavares’ decision about his future

Where will John Tavares be playing next season?

Greg Wyshynski: I think John Tavares will be playing for another NHL team next season, one with a Stanley Cup in reach, some intrinsic “thing” that entices Tavares out of his comfort zone and, above all else, an arena.

Meanwhile, Garoppolo repeatedly emphasized his excitement to finally have a chance to start. While he said he never reached a breaking point with the Patriots, he did say that he was thrilled to get the call that he had been traded on Monday night.

“I’m eager to get out there and show what I can do on Sundays,” Garoppolo said. “This league, it’s tough, it really is, so when you get your opportunities, you have to take advantage of them because you don’t know when you’re going to get another.”

He’s still a young coach. In fact, he’s the fourth youngest in the FBS at age 37. And suddenly, Campbell is the hottest name in the profession. Just 20 games in at Iowa State, he’s fending off speculation that he’ll jump at the first lucrative offer to leave Ames.

There is now undeniable pressure on new athletic director Scott Stricklin to make the right decision once and for all, to get Florida back in the business of not just winning championships, but putting a team on the field that can actually find the end zone. Perhaps that is why Florida made the first move, to jump ahead of everyone else that is certain to be looking for a change at the top.

It also could help facing an elite scoring offense, as Brissett could be compelled to compile soft stats in “garbage time” facing Deshaun Watson’s epic onslaught of production. –McCormick
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Bears tight end Zach Miller suffered a horrific knee injury on Sunday, dislocating his left knee.

There were reports he was in danger of losing his leg, but Bears Dion Waiters Jersey coach John Fox provided an update Monday and is optimistic Miller will keep his leg.
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With less than five minutes left in the game, the Cowboys led 26-13, as bettors on the under just needed to avoid two late scores. After Dallas’ Anthony Brown Jamie Langenbrunner USA Youth jersey was called for a questionable pass interference on fourth down, the Redskins took advantage on the next play when Kirk Cousins hooked up with Josh Doctson for a one-yard touchdown.

After the Cowboys were almost able to run out the clock, Washington got the ball back down 26-19 with 54 seconds left. On the second play of the drive, Cousins was picked off by Byron Jones, who returned it 21 yards for a touchdown that sent the total over with just 21 seconds remaining.

“Because of the way Detroit’s making a comeback,” Mick says. “We want to be a beacon,” Linda says. “We want people to come to Detroit. We don’t want people to be afraid.” At least Gary Bettman agrees; during a pregame press conference, the NHL commissioner peered into his crystal ball and foresaw “league events” in Detroit’s future, once the district is “finished.”

Cooper would give the Giants a much-needed top wideout with Odell Beckham Jr. injured, and it would give them some leverage later with Beckham in deciding how much they want to pay the talented-but-mercurial wideout with some durability concerns. Cooper also would stay in the same Packers-tinged passing offense going to Manning and Ben McAdoo. Best case, Cooper and Beckham team up as a dynamic duo for a long time.

They all signed a jersey and told Nick they would see him soon at the new practice facility, which doubles as UNLV’s home rink.

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.
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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.

Cutler could be the latest quarterback to have his dream of a late-career comeback ruined by the Rube Goldberg machine of despair called the Browns. The franchise is currently deciding whether it should cut or trade Osweiler and is also on the precipice of losing dynamic wideout Terrelle Pryor.10