Month: April 2017

Raekwon McMillan will carry his legacy of leadership to Dolphins

Raekwon McMillan stood out as a player and a leader on an Ohio State defense that was stacked with NFL talent. Now hes moving to the pros after being drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 54th overall pick.

Game Womens Sean Spence Jersey McMillan was one of few true freshmen who earned considerable playing time under head coach Urban Meyer during the Buckeyes 2014 national championship run. His sophomore season was a breakout year, with a whopping 119 tackles, plus 1.5 sacks.

In his final season at Ohio State, McMillan led the team in tackles with 102, but thats just a partial representation of what he meant to the Buckeyes defense. He was a captain and served as the quarterback of the defense, relaying play calls and assignments to his teammates on the field. That leadership could serve Miami well.

Samuels talent is undeniable, but hes undersized. That may present some challenges against press coverage. As a ball carrier, its part of the reason Samuel was featured so often on sweeps with the Buckeyes. Hes much more of a threat once he gets into space.

Hes not the most natural receiver and needs to improve his technique. Samuel had a tendency to catch the ball against his body in college as opposed to looking it into his hands.
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One of the biggest adjustments for running backs in the transition from college to the NFL is often becoming a proficient blocker. Samuel wasnt called upon to block at Ohio State very much, so hell likely have some ground to make up there.

Phil Jackson and the Knicks picked up the final 2 years on their 5-year contract

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The New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson jointly agreed to pick up the final two years of their five-year contract on Thursday, according to ESPN¡¯s Ian Begley and Ramona Shelburne. They did so without a public announcement, sweeping the extension under the rug of one of the weirdest seasons in a storied Knicks history.

Trenches looked like the way to go for the Giants, but instead the team adds a tight end that most had behind O.J. Howard and David Njoku. Finding an upgrade at the position makes sense, especially on a team with tiny receivers, but it¡¯s not exactly a premium position and the Giants need offensive linemen.

The Dolphins have relied on Cameron Wake to generate a pass rush on his own for a long time, but that era may not have many years left. Putting Ndamukong Suh in the middle helps and now adding Harris on the other side is perfect. Andre Branch was slated to start, and still might, but Harris has the potential to be a big upgrade.

Elite Kids Charles Barkley Jersey After taking Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner in the first round in consecutive drafts, it¡¯s a little odd that the 49ers would continue to add defensive linemen. The pick is more palatable thanks to a trade that added mid-round selections to the mix, but it¡¯s not quite an A.

Fournette is a big upgrade over T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory, the question is whether or not he presents the type of value expected out of a top 10 running back. He struggled to produce on his own against Alabama, and the Jaguars offensive line may not clear the way very well for Fournette.

Top recruit named after Allen Iverson picks Florida, and you’re old

Four-star New Jersey running back Iverson Clement committed on Thursday to play his college football for the Florida Gators. In doing that, he also committed to making you feel really old.

Clement is named after Allen Iverson, the 76ers legend whose NBA career stretched from 1996 to 2010. Clement is a high school junior now, so he was born somewhere in the 1998-2000 window that included Iverson’s liftoff as one of the world’s great players. The Georgetown product was becoming a popular topic of conversation.

Liz Heaston made a few extra points for NAIA school Willamette in 1997 and is believed to be the first woman to ever score a point in a college game.

“Dan Rooney was a great friend of mine, but more importantly, he was a great friend to the people of Pittsburgh, a model citizen, and someone who represented the United States with dignity and grace on the world stage,” Obama said in a statement. “I knew he’d do a wonderful job when I named him as our United States Ambassador to Ireland, but naturally, he surpassed my high expectations, and I know the people of Ireland think fondly of him today.

In all, he has the worst playoff field goal percentage in the playoffs (37.9 percent) among all active players, with DeRozan (39.1 percent) not too far behind, according to Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver.

There are many concerns with the timing of the current immediate effective date. An April effective date is in the middle of the budget year for the membership and is late in the hiring period for a football staff.

The biggest on-court questions for each 2017 NBA Playoffs 1st-round series

It didn’t work, as Lynch received a $20,000 fine and a warning that he would be penalized for dickgrabbing in the Super Bowl. There was a bit of humor here, as the NFL was spotted selling pictures of the penis-touching mere hours after the fine came down. The league also fined Lynch’s teammate for allegedly making an obscene gesture near Lynch, although there’s no evidence anybody has seen that this ever actually happened.

Before the Super Bowl, Lynch appeared on Conan to teach Conan O’Brien and Rob Gronkowski how to do the dick grab:
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The NBA Playoffs are here, and we are super excited. To help us look at the first round, we brought back Mo Dakhil, a former NBA video coordinator for eight years thats worked with the Clippers and Spurs, for a two-part preview extravaganza.

Latrell Sprewell Authentic Jersey Mo now has his own website called The Jump Ball, which gives readers an in-depth look at the Xs and Os behind the game. Hes actually prepared tape for NBA coaches before, so he provides an inside perspective on the key questions these teams are asking as they embark on their playoff runs.

As such, Mo provided eight key questions — one for each series — to serve as jumping-off points for our discussion. Those questions are:

The Rams finished 38th in S&P+. A 7-6 mid-major finished ahead of a host of nine-win power conference teams (Minnesota, Utah, Georgia Tech, Nebraska), plus four teams it lost to. Thats not normal.

Upside doesnt tend to just disappear, as long as the reasons for it are still in town. And if the reason for the inconsistency had anything to do with inexperience, then 2017 could be a very special year in Fort Collins.

Will Toronto and Lowry come close on contract terms?

Elite Womens Marc Savard Jersey That was also a question a year ago as DeRozan became a free agent. Toronto offered a historically large contract (one subsequently superseded by the Grizzlies’ contract with Mike Conley). There’s a difference here, though: DeRozan was 26 years old and on the rise as a top-flight scorer. Lowry is 31 with a speckled injury history.
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Again, without question, the Raptors will want to re-sign Lowry. But will the Raptors be willing to spend what Lowry wants? DeRozan signed for just less than the max, but he still had something to prove and can expect another massive contract when this one ends, if all goes according to plan.

This will be Lowry’s last huge contract in all likelihood, and Lowry hasn’t actually had a deal befitting of his contributions to date in the NBA. Lowry signed a four-year, $48 million deal with Toronto in 2014, when he was at roughly the same stage of his career that DeRozan had been a year ago when he signed the $139 million deal. In discrete terms, $48 million — which is actually $36 million since Lowry will decline his player option — is generational wealth. But it’s not $139 million. That’s the kind of dough Lowry is looking for now.

Will Toronto pay it? What if the Raptors bow out to Giannis and the Bucks as Lowry continues to struggle? Will Toronto and Lowry come close on contract terms?

what is a referee but somebody looking for the truth of what’s happened?

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The Cavaliers were already bad defensively this season. Entering Tuesday, they ranked 23rd in defensive efficiency on the year, behind teams like the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.

But Cleveland has regressed even further on defense, falling to 29th in defensive efficiency since the All-Star break. The Cavaliers have allowed 113.2 points per 100 possessions during that span, according to data from, a mark that would be the league’s worst had they sustained it the entire season.

They have the NBA’s worst defensive rating (114.5) in the month of March.

The only team with a worse defensive rating since mid-February is the Los Angeles Lakers, who are visibly tanking to save their draft pick. They’re only giving up 0.6 more points than Cleveland per 100 possessions.

Elite Womens Marshawn Lynch Jersey Only three teams in the last 40 years have ever won the championship after ranking outside of the top 10 in defensive rating, let alone the top 20. Each of those teams, like Cleveland, were defending champions.

They also point to the fact that an incorrect decision on serious matters such as goals, red cards, and the award of penalties is immediately obvious to those watching on television. And they conclude — again, with some justification — that since television companies are hanging around football stadiums anyway, they should be able to get that information to the officials. Possibly via some kind of screen.

After all, what is a referee but somebody looking for the truth of what’s happened? To deny referees easily available support in that search is to risk incorrect decisions being made. And mistakes are not fair. Offside players don’t get to kick the ball in the net, and their teams don’t get to take the lead. That’s what we have all these rules for.

The Chicago Bears are set to host the Baltimore Ravens for a Week 11 matchup on Sunday

The Celtics are deep, but Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford are their bread and butter. That’s why they went after Jimmy Butler and Paul George at the trade deadline. They need another star to legitimately compete with the Cavaliers, let alone one of the West’s powerhouse teams.

Mens Darren Fells Jersey In the playoffs, it’s the stars that matter. The supporting cast plays a role, but it’s a team’s top talent that moves the needle. It’s why Atlanta nearly (and should have) blew it up midseason. It’s why the Celtics nearly mortgaged their future for an All-Star at the trade deadline.

And it’s why the Cavaliers are still the heavy favorites to come out of the East no matter where they finish in the standings.

Cleveland is planning for Golden State or San Antonio, or maybe even Houston. LeBron’s history shows a shaky regular season doesn’t mean much come playoff time.

Because May and June are when the legacies are made. October through April are when the bills get paid.

The Chicago Bears are set to host the Baltimore Ravens for a Week 11 matchup on Sunday. Both teams are hoping to compete for their division, but both are trailing and can ill-afford to lose any games. Both divisions — the AFC and NFC North — are tight races between multiple teams.

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The Buckeyes weren’t particularly great along the OL last season

And they almost were, as the Jets rolled with Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson for most of the season. Winnipeg’s goaltending was certainly their biggest weakness of the season, but head coach Paul Maurice finally seemed to realize that their goaltender of the future was not going to be Pavelec.

Hellebuyck has shown flashes of greatness, and stability, while Hutchinson can live as a capable backup. It’s not perfect, but Hellebuyck especially is young and still developing. Not everyone can have a Matt Murray at the outset of their goaltending careers.

The Buckeyes weren’t particularly great along the OL last season, and when starting left guard Michael Jordan went down against Clemson, they unraveled in a hurry against an athletic front. They’ll be returning everyone, save for center Pat Elflein, and redshirt senior guard Billy Price is sliding over to fill that vacancy.

The Ohio State run game has been geared around inside zone and power blocking. Wilson tended to build his Indiana units around outside zone, which works rather differently and doesn’t feature the same kinds of QB option complements. While Wilson might emphasize balanced formations and the pass, it’s unlikely Meyer would stop combining inside zone and power, particularly the QB read varieties with Barrett entering his final season.

This is where the marriage between Meyer and Wilson might be made or broken.
While Wilson is used to calling plays at tempo and distributing widely, how will he do so with the zone/power-read schemes that have defined Ohio State?

If Wilson can adapt to Meyer’s system while bringing a more effective passing attack, this could be a devastating combination for 2017 and beyond.

If not, they might have to re-orient, perhaps building around whichever young blue-chip wins the QB job in 2018.

Patriots’ passer Jimmy Garoppolo is now the most attractive option available to quarterback-needy teams

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Whan was satisfied with how the tour handled the situation, but said he understood why so many in the golf world ripped the delay of a day in docking Thompson the four shots.

“I think it’s a fair critique and a fair criticism whether or not somebody can point something out that causes us to review it, and whether or not we should do that a day later,” Whan said. “But that’s not an LPGA thing. That is pretty much an every major tour thing.

Authentic Wendell Smallwood Jersey With Romo headed to the broadcast booth, Patriots’ passer Jimmy Garoppolo is now the most attractive option available to quarterback-needy teams. New England has been patient with Tom Brady’s backup, waiting for the market to unfold rather than making any rash decision to move him. As the pool of viable starters drains, head coach Bill Belichick can set his own price when it comes to moving the three-year veteran, who is under team control through at least 2018.

Rafael Montero is their starting pitching depth until Lugo can come back, so they even have a backup on hand, but New York has gone from being able to wave away nearly any pitcher injury to a far more troublesome place before they could even begin their second game of 2017.