I knew that it’s more important to go get the money quicker than everybody else.

The matchup that matters most: Yankees pitchers versus Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Aside from Lindor’s grand slam off Green, the two switch-hitters haven’t done much in the series. Lindor is 1-for-11 and Ramirez is 2-for-13 with two singles — an infield hit and a slow grounder through the infield. With Edwin Encarnacion likely out again with his sprained right ankle, the Indians need those two to do some damage.

The prediction: Severino bounces back from his wild-card debacle with five strong innings. Aaron Judge (0-for-10 with eight strikeouts and four walks) blasts a long one off Bauer. We go five. Yankees win 5-3.

“Johnny Football” was a brilliant college quarterback who became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy while at Texas A&M.

Absolutely. As with the previous example of 3-point percentage, the key question to ask here is how different is a team’s performance during preseason from what we previously expected from them. I’ve found some predictive value to exceeding or underperforming preseason over/under lines, on the order of about three wins per season above or below those lines at the extremes.

So I knew where to concentrate. So everybody else was trying to figure out how many partners there are going to be or how to do this deal — because all you can borrow on a basketball team is $250 million — and I knew what I had to do. That’s why I was able to do it so quick. I went and put my money together first because I knew the team was going to be worth this much, and it wasn’t about what I made.cubs_2244

Nuggets will retire Fat Lever’s number in December ceremony

The Denver Nuggets will retire the number of point guard Lafayette Fat Lever in a December ceremony as the team commemorates 50 years of basketball in the city.

Lever suited up for the Nuggets from 1984-90 and shined in coach Doug Moe’s high-octane offense, averaging 17 points and 7.5 assists. The team made the postseason in each of Lever’s six seasons, including the Western Conference final in `84-85.
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The 57-year-old Lever will have his No. 12 hoisted to the Pepsi Center rafters on Dec. 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

He becomes the sixth Nuggets player to have his number retired, joining Byron Beck (40), David Thompson (33), Dan Issel (44), Alex English (2) and Dikembe Mutombo (55). In addition, Moe and his 432 career victories were honored with a banner.

I’ve tried to outsmart this points-scoring format before and have been humbled. It’s wise to follow the scoring rules in this case. In a points-driven competition, let’s instead covet volume over specialization or diversity of production.

Join me as I break down draft tiers for the looming season, position by position, in order to offer an overhead view of the marketplace in points leagues.

Kai Forbath Elite Jersey If the last section is distinguished in an important shift in shooting guard value, this one represents an important investment tier for small and power forwards. The offensive potential at small forward really dips after this tier, so there is increased risk in fading the position past this point.

Vice President Mike Pence leaves Colts game after players ‘disrespect’ flag

Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to attend the Colts’ home game against the 49ers Sunday, but left because players protested during the national anthem.

Pence tweeted his decision, saying he would not dignify any event that disrespects the flag.

Pence previously tweeted a picture of himself at the game and said he was excited to watch the ceremony honoring Peyton Manning, who had a statue unveiled outside Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday.

Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders, knee, 4:05 p.m. ET: This feels so familiar. Cooper is limited Wednesday, fully practices Thursday and Friday and is off the game status injury report. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Sources confirmed to ESPN that Taylor, a starter in the Vols’ first five games, was involved in an altercation on the practice field last week with freshman offensive lineman Trey Smith, who required stitches. Smith is not expected to miss any playing time.

The news of Taylor’s suspension was first reported by Volquest.com, which reported that Taylor kicked Smith in the face.
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Taylor was already suspended for the first half of Saturday’s game against South Carolina after being ejected for fighting in the second half against Georgia. Junior Kyle Phillips is slated to start in Taylor’s place.
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The Vols (3-2) were off last week but suffered a 41-0 loss to Georgia two weeks ago. It was Tennessee’s most lopsided loss in Neyland Stadium history.

Shanahan said the decision to go with Breida more in the second half was simply a matter of leaning on the player who is producing.

Mariano Rivera Jersey That wasn’t injury-related, Hyde said. That was just the coach’s call. … I mean, I don’t like it, but my boy Matt, he’s a good back, so he did a good job of going in there and making plays and stuff. It’s good that he got a taste of some action, so hopefully he can build on it and move forward from there.

We go with the hot hand, and we felt like Breida was the hot hand at the time, Shanahan said. It was just trying to go with the hot hand.

Hyde finished with 11 yards on eight carries and 7 yards on one catch, while Breida had 10 carries for 49 yards and three catches for 22 yards.

It was a lesson learned for me this whole week,” Newton said after he threw three touchdown passes in a 27-24 victory. My sarcasm trying to give somebody kind of a compliment turned in ways I never would have even imagined.”

On Wednesday, Newton made light of Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue when she asked a question about receiver Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes and whether Newton got enjoyment out of that.

Authentic Travis Zajac Jersey Newton laughed and responded, It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like … it’s funny.

That started a firestorm around Newton that led Dannon Oikos Yogurt, one of the many companies the 2015 NFL MVP represents in commercials, to announce that it no longer would work with Newton and that his commercials would be pulled.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing a source, reported Sunday that Dannon would replace Newton with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.

Sigsbee zings Garrett about the room temperature.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski was a surprise addition to the injury report Wednesday (questionable/thigh), and his impact on the Patriots’ offense is obvious. He has come back strong after injuring his groin against the Saints in Week 2 by playing every offensive snap but one the past two games. He was even on the field for one defensive snap to defend a Hail Mary attempt. Gronkowski didn’t mention the injury in his meeting with reporters Tuesday afternoon. He hadn’t been listed on the injury report Monday or Tuesday, and the Patriots haven’t had a traditional practice this week, holding only walk-through-type sessions. — Mike Reiss

“I didn’t think that AC unit was ever going to come back on,” Sigsbee jokes. “I didn’t know if we were trying to save money after a rough day yesterday.”

More bets come rapidly, including a $550 wager on the New York Jets +3 in the second half against Jacksonville, along with New York Islanders preseason action.

Sarcastic cheers are released when Sigsbee’s $1,495 bet on under 24 in the second half of the Titans-Texans game is accepted by CG Technology. Garrett updates the running tally, telling everyone they are down more than $7,000.

College football Saturdays, when there are often 50-plus games, are much busier for the syndicate than an NFL Sunday. This week, they were down as much as $37,000 heading into the last college football kickoffs of the day and ended up down only $13,000. “It was a great comeback,” Sigsbee says.

Can receiver Davante Adams actually play a little more than a week after he got drilled in the head by Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan?

Things appear to be going in that direction. Adams was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, a sign that he has progressed through most of the concussion protocol. Also, running back Ty Montgomery practiced Wednesday on a limited basis with a large protective covering on his broken ribs, something he would almost certainly have to wear if he were to play Sunday at Dallas. — Rob Demovsky

Bowen: Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers. Gordon is averaging 3.1 yards per carry and has rushed for just 168 yards through four games with only two touchdowns on the ground. Last week, he was shut down by the Eagles (22 yards on 10 carries) and now he gets a Giants unit that ranks eighth against opposing running backs, giving up an average of 20.6 fantasy points per game. Tough matchup for a player who is also playing through a knee injury.
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Authentic Kids Mitchell Trubisky Jersey Clay: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles. Jeffery’s career in Philly is off to a pretty good start, but he has run 86 percent of his pass routes on the perimeter. This week, that means near-exclusive shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson. Arguably the game’s best cover corner, Peterson has shadowed Marvin Jones Jr., T.Y. Hilton, Dez Bryant and Pierre Garcon during Arizona’s first four games. Expect him to chase Jeffery all over the field this weekend, which means Jeffery should be downgraded significantly.

Foxworth: A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green has scored a touchdown in each of his past two games. But this week he and Andy Dalton will face the Bills, who have allowed only one passing touchdown this season.

NFL reduces Danny Trevathan’s suspension to one game for helmet-to-helmet hit

Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan will miss just one game.

The NFL reduced Trevathan’s suspension from two games to one game, stemming from a helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers receiver during last Thursday’s game in Everson Griffen Jersey Green Bay.

On Tuesday “The Herd” host called Philadelphia the “dumbest Ndamukong Suh Youth Jersey sports city in America.”

“I want to talk about the city of Philadelphia for three minutes — which has to be the dumbest sports city in America because they ran Andy Reid out of town. This is amazing. Andy Reid’s won 60 percent of his NFL games with average to below average quarterbacks. Nobody’s done that in twenty years. He got to five NFC championships and a Super Bowl with a quarterback that with an 85 passer rating in his career and a 59 percent completion ratio, Donovan McNabb. Nobody does that.”

“Maybe Philly fans are so dopey, they jut don’t like the word ‘Reid,’ they don’t like to read, I don’t know what it is. But you cheered Michael Irvin’s career-ending injury. I can’t trust a fanbase that has a courtroom and a jail under their stadium. Do you get and appreciate how good Francona, Jay Wright and Reid are? He’s doing what nobody can do in football: Win with quarterbacks people don’t want.”

5 best NFL coaching reunions to watch in Week 2

Game Youth Matt Bosher Jersey Old friends become new foes each NFL week. It is a natural evolution of the league. But Week 2 offers a handful of fresh, extreme relationship makeovers, a few tests of wits and camaraderie in fiercely competitive tangles that will produce the best and the worst of all involved.

I expect a few of these winners to unabashedly gloat.

And some of these losers to suffer painful meltdowns.

In an ego-driven, macho-laden, status-centered league, little is more paramount than beating old friends or the agonizing embarrassment of losing to them.

Nearly, by any means necessary.

Authentic Dustin Byfuglien Jersey How about former Carolina Panthers running back Mike Tolbert, now with the Buffalo Bills, chirping about his return to Carolina on Sunday and any inside information that he can impart to the Bills to help them topple the Panthers?

There’s a rule out there that snitches get stitches, but I’m going to try to get a lot of stitches.

Giorgio Tavecchio isn’t supposed to be here. The Raiders’ kicker — the first not named Sebastian Janikowski to kick a field goal for the franchise since 2001 — had bounced from offseason roster to offseason roster without getting a single chance to play in a regular season game. While opportunities were plentiful, he was just good enough to entice teams in need of special teams help, but not good enough to break into the exclusive fraternity of full-time NFL kickers.

But after Janikowski’s bad back pushed him to the injured reserve list, Tavecchio earned one last chance to shine. Now he’s lining up field goals for Oakland on Sundays. His debut — the first game of his pro career since going undrafted back in 2012 — went as well as it could have. He connected on all four of his field goal attempts in a 26-16 win over the Titans, and was later named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

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

The Rams’ running game appears markedly better than the team showed in 2016.

To the fans in London, however, football was football (or, at least, American football was American football), and after years of having their appetites for the sport whetted, this was the real thing.
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That’s the great thing about football, said Mark Waller, the NFL’s executive vice president of international operations. Every phase of this contributes to the next. We wouldn’t have gone on to play regular-season games had we not played the NFL Europe. This is just how things evolve — sports are built over tens of decades, and it takes time.

That evolution is personified by Ravens rookie offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor, who was born in London and moved to the United States less than a year after the game.

I didn’t win my one-on-ones, Donald said. When I have one-on-ones, I usually win those. I was doing too much thinking. I keep trying to say, that’s on me so I just have to play better.
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Running back Todd Gurley, the 2015 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, is ranked eighth in the NFL with 128 yards. Though he is only averaging 3.7 yards a carry, Gurley had two rushing scores in the first two games and has added value as a pass catcher with eight receptions for 104 yards and another score. The Rams will need Gurley to continue to be that dual-threat player against the 49ers defense.

Second-year quarterback Jared Goff has grown as a player under McVay. Though he threw a costly interception late in the game against the Redskins to halt the team’s comeback, Goff has been poised in the pocket and has shown confidence in his arm and his receivers. Goff had a breakout game in Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts and was solid in Week 2.