One of the most indelible images from Sunday was Titans LT Taylor Lewan chasing after Thomas as he was leaving the field

That’s crazy, man. It’s easy to come to work and be ready when things are going great. But even the guy who gets paid to train polar bears at some point has to be all, “I can’t take this son of a [female dog] another day” once in a while, right?

Thomas’ perseverance is extraordinary. Don’t take my word for it, though. One of the most indelible images from Sunday was Titans LT redskins_048 chasing after Thomas as he was leaving the field (this is when it’s acceptable to leave the sideline) to show some respect for the best in the business. That says a lot.

Goedert was around 230 pounds at the time and had shown the coaching staff vast potential, but they all knew there was more to be mined.

“I challenged him, Coach Schleusner and I both, that he had a chance to play at the next level. To that point, he had done what I had asked, but he just kind of did it,” Moe said. “But he responded better than anybody I’ve ever had that NFL conversation with. After that, he attacked it. Since then, he’s been our lifter of the year in the offseason.”

That’s the sound of the alarm, and this is the song it sang:

Goedert now stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 270 pounds. He can run the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, a blistering time for his size. His squat max is up to 552 pounds, his vertical jump at 36 inches. In short, he’s significantly narrowed the gap between what he can be and what he is.

“He was a 35-inch vertical when we first tested him at 230 pounds, and he can still do that now at 270,” Moe said. “That’s explosiveness.”

I had never seen it before those guys.

“Never, never,” Popovich said when asked whether he has seen such a condition hampering one of his players. “What’s really strange is that [point guard] Tony [Parker] has the same injury, but even worse. They had to go operate on his quad tendon and put it back together or whatever they did to it. So to have two guys, that’s pretty incredible.”

Founded in 2003 in Atlanta, CompLexity owned and operated by esports veterans Jason Lake and Jason Bass is part of a $700 million industry that Goff, chairman of Goff Capital and Crescent Real Estate, predicts will continue growing more than 40 percent annually for the foreseeable with viewership numbers surpassing many major, traditional sports.

“The growth in professional gaming is incredibly significant,” Jones said in the release. “We are proud to be stepping into this space with John Goff and an industry icon in Jason Lake. The synergies here are endless and I’m confident our resources will continue the growth of Complexity for years to come.”

MLB’s agreement with Nippon Professional Baseball made this a bit tricky, as Japanese free agents can’t simply decide to play in the United States without the cooperation of their teams through the posting system, which compensates the Japanese club financially for losing a topflight player to the majors. Under the terms of an arrangement between the two leagues, the Fighters will be grandfathered in under the old agreement instead of the new one, allowing them to pursue a cap of $20 million rather than the $150,000 they stood to make under the new posting system — thus giving the team incentive to allow its 23-year-old star to move on.

So the largest roadblock to Ohtani coming over to the United States has been neatly obliterated. But just how good will Ohtani be in the big leagues? Translating a pitcher’s performance from Japan to the majors is complicated; we know far better how good a Clayton Kershaw or a Max Scherzer is than a star Japanese pitcher.
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Rookie Shaquill Griffin Jersey has been great opposite Richard Sherman Jersey

Seattle has received key contributions from newer names. Rookie Shaquill Griffin has been great opposite Richard Sherman. He’s like the youth movement in the “Legion of Boom.” Like when a wrestling stable adds a youngster to the group. Like when Randy Orton joined Evolution. Frank Clark has done well in relief of Cliff Avril, and you have to love Jarran Reed. Of course, it’s not going to be complete unless you add the veteran savvy …

I know: Who have they played? You aren’t impressed by Jacoby Brissett Jersey? How. Dare. You. But hey look: They have a game against Deshaun Watson and the Texans on Sunday. So, I can sit here and try to convince you. But I’ll let the Seahawks do that this weekend.

In attendance on the players’ side were retired receiver Anquan Boldin, Colts safety Darius Butler, Chargers left tackle Russell Okung, Dolphins players Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas, and Michael Thomas, Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich, Jets players Kelvin Beachum and Demario Davis, Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long, 49ers safety Eric Reid, and Redskins’ cornerback Josh Norman.

They were joined by DeMaurice Smith, Eric Winston, and Don Davis from the NFLPA, and Roger Goodell and Troy Vincent from the NFL. The following team representatives attended the meeting: Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Bills owner Terry Pegula, Texans owner Robert McNair, Jaguars owner Shad Khan, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Giants owner John Mara, Steelers owner Art Rooney, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, and 49ers owner Jed York.

After that meeting, the players and owners jointly backed criminal justice legislation, and the owners agreed to finance an activism bootcamp. They did not change the NFL’s national anthem policy, and players will continue to go unpunished (by the league) for kneeling or sitting during the anthem.
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NFL reviewing if Russell Wilson, Seahawks ignored concussion protocol Thursday

The NFL confirmed that it is conducting a “thorough review” of whether the Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson followed the league’s concussion protocol during Thursday night’s game against the Cardinals, The Associated Press reported Friday afternoon.

Wilson took a solid pop to the chin from Karlos Dansby during Seattle’s 22-16 win at Arizona.

Referee Walt Anderson sent Wilson off the field for a concussion check, but Wilson spent just one play on the sideline before running back onto the field.

“I think Walt did a great job first of all. He made the smartest decision. I was fine, though, 100 percent fine. And then they finally went over through the whole concussion stuff and all that. We went through every question you could imagine, and I answered even some more for them just so they knew I was good, and then went back in there.”

Teams can be fined up to $150,000 for violating the concussion policy, while employees or medical team members can also be forced to attend remedial education.

He entered Thursday’s game needing nine completions to reach 4,000 for his career and 214 yards to pass Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon for eighth all time. After his completion to James, Roethlisberger had 97 yards in Thursday’s game on 9-of-17 passing.

The pass to Smith-Schuster came during an 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard pass to James on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the Steelers a 30-17 lead.

Roethlisberger, who finished Thursday’s game 30 of 45 for 299 yards and four touchdowns, also moved past Philip Rivers for eighth place all-time in career completions with a 14-yard pass to running back Le’Veon Bell early in the third quarter. broncos_095-500x500

Stanley Johnson’s dunk with 6:56 left put the Pistons up 98-88.

“When our intensity and energy rises on defense I think we’re a pretty good team,” Johnson said.

Golden State looked efficient again initially, passing well and making better decisions, but it was sloppy down the stretch. The Warriors shot 57.1 percent with 29 assists and were at a 63.5-percent clip midway through the third quarter before allowing the Pistons back in the game.

Griffin also said that the success of other mobile quarterbacks this season shows how a system can be tailored to a quarterback such as himself.

“A lot of these guys are doing great things and they’re implementing — whether it’s zone read, play action from the gun — all those things to help these guys excel and then giving them little things so they can grow,” Griffin said.

“The league is honestly repeating itself back to the years in 2011, 2012, 2013, and those offenses are becoming more prolific. I think it was really fun for everybody to watch what happened [Sunday] between Seattle and the Texans, and I feel like those are the type of offenses that would really suit me.”

In between, there were touching tributes, Cirque du Soleil dancers and 60 unforgettable minutes of game time. The Golden Knights’ first home game served dual roles Tuesday night—offering an outlet for the sold out crowd to look back and remember, and a chance to look ahead.

And at the end of the journey came the most gratifying part, when Fisher jumped into the arms of a stocky, bearded man who was awaiting his arrival like an oasis in the desert.
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Instead, Logano spun and brought out a caution.

Keselowski was moved out of the way by Elliott after a restart, and Hamlin spun Elliott out of the lead with two laps remaining in regulation. Elliott wrecked, chased Hamlin down on the cool-down lap to show his displeasure, and the drivers had a heated exchange after they climbed from their cars.

Hamlin at first defended his actions because of the stakes but later apologized to Elliott in a statement he tweeted.

“I’ve raced nearly 10,000 races since I was 7,” Hamlin said. “Today was the first time I’ve ever spun the leader. I regret the outcome because it was not intentional the way it turned out, but I’m responsible for my own car and take blame.

Less than two minutes after that—goal. Deryk Engelland, who had addressed the crowd before the game and spoken about Vegas being his home, where he had met his wife and where his kids were born. Less than two minutes after that—goal. James Neal, who had already tallied three of the first four goals in franchise history. Four and a half minutes after that—goal. Neal again.

Four goals in just over 10 minutes. The crowd erupted each time, as this team—their team—put a dramatic stamp on its arrival in town.

There were plenty of times it just felt like a normal night at a sporting event. They played “YMCA” and people did the arm motions. They had a dance cam. The fans hilariously booed the ref as he announced a cross-checking penalty against the home team with 1:03 remaining in a game that was long over.

From Correa: “These games are hard on me. I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack out there every single time.”

And this from Houston reliever Joe Musgrove: “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, ‘This is the craziest game of my life.’ Well, tonight was the craziest game of my life.”canadiens_757_597548fd896a91fe-180x180

The Eagles capitalized on the desperation of the Vikings

While he may lose a few minutes once Cody Zeller returns to the court, Kaminsky should remain a key part of the Hornets’ rotation, given his rare ability to stretch the floor — he’s making 42.1 percent of his 3-point attempts and averaging nearly 17 points over his past four games.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been dealt to 0-8 San Francisco, sending huge reverberations for a number of players and teams across the league.

The Eagles capitalized on the desperation of the Vikings, who had just lost starter Teddy Bridgewater to a catastrophic knee injury, to replenish their own coffers. Four months earlier, they had moved up in the 2016 draft to select quarterback Carson Wentz. (The ensuing Bradford trade technically occurred during the preseason, but the official ruling body of ESPN lists has approved its inclusion here.) The Vikings acquired Bradford knowing they might need him for 2017, as well.

Oakland got a monster game from Cooper in Week 7 after six (mostly) bad games. It was more because of the favorable matchup against the Chiefs’ non-Peters defensive backs than Cooper suddenly emerging as a dominant wideout. After a slow start for the Giants, JPP got his groove back as a freakish edge rusher with his dominant game at Denver in Week 6.

Ultimately, where the Golden Knights fit in the healing process isn’t really up to them. Their games might comfort some, inspire others, or maybe even feel trivial. “It can be two-fold,” says Wild forward Jason Zucker, the NHL’s lone Las Vegas native. “It absolutely can be a fun thing for [survivors] to go, but unfortunately they already were at a fun venue, having a great time before, and it was disastrous.” Regardless, the team is part of Las Vegas now.canadiens_473_6ece48ddc0679b0c-180x180

Kelvin Benjamin traded to the Bills

In a move that we didn’t see coming, the Panthers have traded away Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin is headed to the Buffalo Bills, the team announced Tuesday. The Panthers get a third-round pick and a seventh-round pick out of the deal, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Benjamin is the team’s leading receiver with 475 yards and two touchdowns on 32 catches with the Panthers this season.

What does this mean for the Bills? The Bills are 5-2, and Benjamin should help Tyrod Taylor keep that momentum going.

Tight end Charles Clay and running back LeSean McCoy both have more targets and receiving yards than any of the receivers currently on Buffalo’s roster. The Bills traded Sammy Watkins to the Rams before the season and brought in Jordan Matthews from the Eagles, but Matthews hasn’t looked like a No. 1 receiver. Matthews has just 193 yards and a touchdown this year.

Benjamin gives Taylor a big, physical target — and one who can help the Bills keep winning.

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Luck had what the Colts believed was a mild setback more than two weeks ago, when he experienced soreness in his throwing shoulder after he was cleared to practice. He received a cortisone injection for the pain at that time and proceeded to have a good week of rehab, only to experience another setback, which the team does not believe is serious, a source said.

Nevertheless, Luck’s recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum on Jan. 15 is clearly an unforeseen development and the quarterback finally decided to seek additional opinions. One of those visits to a specialist is scheduled for Monday, the source added.blues-020

Saints RB Ingram: Game was close because ‘I sucked’

Mark Ingram was blunt when assessing his play Sunday: “I sucked.”

The New Orleans Saints running back used a variation of “sucked” 18 times to describe his performance in the 20-12 victory over the Chicago Bears, per beat reporters. The running back also threw in the adjectives “terrible” and “wack” for good measure.

“I sucked. I sucked. That’s the bottom line: I sucked. Two possessions we’re about to ice the game, and I sucked,” Ingram added. “Let the ball go, hurt my team, hurt my coaches. That’s the thing about a family, that’s the thing about a team: They lift you up, they had my back, and we were able to get the W. But I was wack, I sucked, and I’ll be better.”

The fumbles were bad — the second nearly inexcusable — but Ingram hardly “sucked.” The running back blasted for 75 yards on 18 carries, including a touchdown, and added 24 receiving yards on six receptions. Without Ingram, there would have been no double-digit lead to almost fumble away.

According to the report, the players held a meeting of their own Saturday in Seattle to determine how to handle Sunday’s game and decided they could all kneel or raise their fists together. The players also discussed peeling the Texans decal off their helmet.

Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown told ESPN’s Josina Anderson Sunday morning that he anticipates “65-70 percent” of his teammates will take a knee but won’t remove their helmet decals.

McNair came under fire for his remark at the NFL owners meeting last week while discussing the ongoing national anthem protests. He used a figure of speech for an analogy saying, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
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NFL protests 2017: What’s happening during Week 8?

A week after the NFL held meetings between owners and players to discuss protests during the national anthem, comments made by Houston Texans owner Bob McNair reignited the controversy yet again.

But other protests may be on the way too. Texans players weren’t the only ones insulted by McNair’s words and many players — including Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and 49ers linebacker Eric Reid — have consistently protested dating back to the 2016 season.

The players’ decision to kneel comes two days after Texans owner Bob McNair apologized for a remark he made at the Fall League Meeting earlier this month. In a story published by ESPN on Friday, McNair was quoted as telling fellow owners and NFL executives that “we can’t have the inmates running the prison,” when talking about the impact of players not standing during the national anthem was having on league business concerns.

McNair publicly apologized on Friday and Saturday.

“As I said yesterday, I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meetings last week,” McNair said in a statement released Saturday. “I was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and how they have been making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years.”

Texans players considered not practicing Friday after learning of McNair’s comment until meeting with coach Bill O’Brien, GM Rick Smith and assistant head coach Romeo Crennel, a source present told NFL Network’s James Palmer. The meeting went 90 minutes and players were free to speak their minds. All decided to stay for practice, minus DeAndre Hopkins.

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