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Miller is a large, physically gifted offensive tackle who was one of the bright spots on UCLA’s line the past few seasons.

What’s there left to say about Tom Brady? Myles Jack might have figured it out, or at least closed the argument for trying to find new things to say about the Patriots quarterback after he led the Pats back from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit.

“It’s hard to describe it. On one end, you’re like, ‘We could have won the game.’ On the other end, ‘Tom Brady is Tom Brady, and you just got Tom Brady’d again,'” Jack said after the game.

Most of the Jaguars defenders echoed that sentiment; how could you not after seeing what Brady did against the Jags? In the final two minutes of the second quarter, Brady waltzed the Patriots down the field — with 47 penalty yards thrown in to help — and led the Pats to a touchdown that cut the Jaguars’ lead to 14-10. When he got the ball in that situation, you knew the Patriots were scoring. And the same is held true for the Pats getting the ball back, down 20-17, with less than five minutes remaining.

He has matured into a quality pass-protector who wins with length and footwork, which NFL teams will love.

The Chiefs traded up a long way — 17 spots — to get Mahomes, and it was costly. It remains to be seen if he will be worth it. But, unlike with the Bears, there is a clear and sensible QB plan in place here. Alex Smith is the starter for now. Mahomes will sit and learn and wait for a season or two. Then he’ll get his chance.

National anthem demonstrations were again a theme Sunday, with NFL owners and NFL Players Association representatives set to consider this week how to channel the activism and passions shown by those who take a knee or link arms into community action.

They’ll seek to find a balance that pleases fans and players alike rather than issuing a mandate as they consider whether to alter the game-day guidelines that say players “should” stand for the anthem to something stronger.
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NFL gambling favorites are covering the spread at an absurd rate, and Vegas hates it

NFL point-spread favorites went 12-4 against the spread in Week 12, the sixth straight week in which they came out ahead. This is good news for casual gamblers who flock to the sportsbooks in Las Vegas every weekend, as Joe Public tends to favor favorites.

Starting in Week 7, NFL favorites have gone 54-24-7 against the spread, covering at least 60 percent of the games in each week. This 69 percent overall cover rate is an anomaly: According to Bet Labs, NFL favorites have covered the spread in just 49.9 percent of all games since 2003. In Weeks 1-6 this season, favorites went 38-52 against the spread.

The public can always do the most damage. But at some point, the public is gonna take it in the shorts. Fortunately, they did with Kansas City, Jay Rood, vice president for race and sports for MGM Resorts, told Covers.com. To really crush us, they have to get it all right. Sunday was close to a complete disaster. But Buffalo outright was huge. The public was on Kansas City, and thankfully so.

Something tells me the books will survive, however. According to ESPN’s Purdum, the Nevada sportsbooks still won $31.4 million overall in October, their 51st straight winning month.

Thomas suffered a torn triceps in Cleveland’s loss to Tennessee in late October, ending his unofficial consecutive snaps streak at 10,363. He’s since become the team’s de facto veteran assistant coach, sideline weatherman and multi-podcast star.

Simply, he has other options than returning to play for the league’s newest member of the 0-16 club.

Making progress, Thomas said, via The Associated Press. Had a lot of time to think and spend some time with the family, but not ready definitively to make a decision one way or the other just yet.

I don’t think there’s any real rush at this point, he said. Obviously, they want to know before the draft and free agency, so that if they have to make different plans if I’m not going to be there, they want to know about it. I told them I’ll make a decision when I’m ready and let them know and give them as much time as I possibly can.patriots_149_0937d4c148e9f988-180x180

The blcok allowed the Saints to start from Minnesota’s 40-yard line.

Antonio Brown hasn’t played since being sidelined with a calf injury in Week 15, and the Pittsburgh Steelers hoped he would be ready for the postseason. Luckily for them, Brown will play in the Divisional Round against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The six-time Pro Bowler was reportedly a game-time decision heading into this matchup.

What happened? Brown suffered a partially torn calf against the New England Patriots, ending his 2017 regular season. As the No. 2 seed in the AFC, the Steelers had a bye last week.

Newton’s third-down pass was a high-arcing deep pass to his top wideout in the end zone. Funchess put himself in great position to grab the under thrown ball, then couldn’t properly spot it as it fell inches out of his grasp.

Every one of those stories could lead this column, and until about 6:55 on the East Coast Sunday night, the sudden mortality of Goodell was my choice. But not up here. Instead: Seattle 41, Houston 38.

I’m not sure if it was the Arena-Football-like 952 passing-rushing yards between Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson … or the cumulative effect in the second half of this game of tie, Texans lead, tie, Seahawks lead, Texans lead, Seahawks lead, Texans lead, Seahawks lead, Seahawks win … or Jimmy Graham and Wilson meeting on the sidelines after the game-winning pass and the boom mike catching them making this collective sound at their top of their lungs: “AHHHHHHHHHHOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!” … or maybe the seven or eight heartfelt seconds Richard Sherman embraced Watson, the new great lion among NFL quarterbacks after only six starts, a sign of true respect by a cornerback who does not give respect easily.

George Johnson and Taysom Hill (a quarterback!) got pressure on Ryan Quigley, with Johnson getting a hand on the football for the block with five and a half minutes left in the game:

It took them just four plays to get in the end zone, with Alvin Kamara making this spectacular catch over Eric Kendricks to put the Saints up 21-20 with three minutes to go:

The Vikings would get the ball back, and Adam Thielen what might have been the catch of the postseason.

A week earlier in Seattle, on the first stop of the Eagles’ eight-day road trip, they hit their biggest bump of the season, a 14-point loss—only their second of the year—in a notoriously difficult stadium. The MMQB spent the week following the Eagles, chronicling a stretch of the season that would serve to measure just how good this young team really is. The Eagles emerged 11-2, sitting alone atop the NFC—but, as the news broke on Monday that Wentz had indeed torn his ACL and was gone for the year, they now face their greatest challenge of all. wings_1037

Potential XFL revival taking shape

Rumors have surfaced that WWE boss Vince McMahon is looking to revive the XFL, and there are now receipts indicating he’s well on his way.

The WWE publicly disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission that McMahon has sold nearly $100 million worth of stock, in order to “primarily to fund a separate entity from the Company, Alpha Entertainment LLC, which Mr. McMahon established to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football.”

The defeat kept the veteran from reaching his first career NFC Championship game, which a reporter pointed out after the contest.THEN: Cowlings wasn’t just the driver of the famous getaway Bronco, he was its owner-he admired Simpson much that he bought a car identical to the one found with blood inside it the night of the murders.Normal Defense Lineup #2 – Despres, Gudbranson are on ice for Predators.Email condolences be sent by visiting Obituaries Oct 7 E.’s loss, however, means that Boldin’s next test be against Seattle’s top-10 pass defense.

It showed a lot, Shields said of the front office’s decision to keep the roster intact, but from perspective, personally, that’s what they told me from the beginning when I signed here.He’s slow getting back transition and isn’t quick enough on defensive rotations or switching on pick and rolls; leaving him out of position far too many times.The truth is- it isn’t that simple, and management ownership gets a vote, too.He’s one of the best I’ve seen at playing passing lanes, denying catches and not letting guys get the ball.The offense is guard-oriented and the Duo are only looking to score for themselves, with passes typically made of desperation because their drives failed.

I am happy for these two, they deserve every bit of their happiness, wrote alongside a photo of the newlyweds during their first dance.His size is almost the exact same as Jordy .Nikola Pekovic sat the Target Center skyway, dressed a slick black suit and tie and charming reporters and -ticket holders with stories of ice fishing on Lake Minnetonka and hopes to overcome the early injury issues that had bridled his Timberwolves career.Though the have been extremely strong defensively, allowing the third fewest five-on-five goals against per game, they have struggled to score themselves at even-strength.The Jags might struggle through growing pains for the rest of the season, but they’ve started to figure out how to deploy their Denard weapon.she’s everything to me.

The hit was technically legal, but that hasn’t stopped Packers fans from venting on Barr. Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on him being a “dirty player” and some have even gone as far as wishing him bodily harm. Barr shared one message on Snapchat of a letter that was sent to him where someone hoped, “you get your neck snapped.”

“It is what it is,” Barr said, via ESPN.com. “What are you doing to do? I can’t control that. I have to go about my business the same way I’ve been doing for the last — what’s it, Week 16? Same old story.”

The Packers, who are out of playoff contention after a loss to the Panthers last week, will host the Vikings on Saturday, and Barr is fully prepared to take on Green Bay’s fan base at Lambeau Field.

“I’m sure they’ll all be fired up,” Barr said. “I’m pretty good at tuning that stuff out.”packers_153_be1f1b86f4cce734-180x180

He was selected to his first Pro Bowl this year after clearly establishing himself as a go-to guy for Drew Brees.

Despite their loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, the Saints clinched the NFC South.

Some other Saints milestones of note Sunday:

Alvin Kamara joined Gale Sayers as the only two rookies in NFL history with at least five rushing TDs, five receiving TDs and a kickoff return TD with his 106-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. It was the longest kickoff return in Saints history.

Kamara and running back Mark Ingram became the first pair of running backs to both gain 1,500 yards from scrimmage in the same season.

Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan set a personal best with 13 sacks — and earned a $250,000 escalator in his 2018 salary in the process.

In consecutive weeks the Vikings have beaten winning teams — the Rams and the Lions — and next play winning teams at Atlanta and at Carolina. They finish the regular season home against Cincinnati, at Green Bay, and home against Chicago.

After a prolonged period of vacillation, Brown decided to forsake the material world, largely abandoning his farm, his business ventures, and even his wife.And it wasn’t just any Alter team, it was the squad that would go on to win the first state championship school history, a team that also featured another NFL third-round pick linebacker Borland.

He’s happy just to get on the ice.isn’t the only Pontotoc County district where voters choose representatives for the school board on Tuesday.They had a terrific start to the but have dropped off since then, now a fight with Ottawa, Boston and even Toronto for the division as the schedule enters the stretch run.The news has just come down that at least the first 80 , and he released a statement through the Players Association.

For now, Galvis is out of the WBC.Cherilus battled injury issues that slowed him down last season, the second of expected five-year deal with the Colts.Who wouldn’t be a state of confusion after churning his way for 13 years through such a system of merciless indoctrination?– State Technical College of Missouri has announced its honor roll, students who achieved academic excellence during the 2016 fall semester.
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Here’s what also needs to happen in front of them for the Cowboys to sneak back into the NFC tournament at 10-6.

The Pelicans’ starting backcourt of Rajon Rondo and Holiday has been regularly outproducing value, and the team seems to be finding a balance with the duo’s production as the counter to the interior dominance of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.

In 2016, Ohtani hit .322 with 22 home runs and 67 RBIs in 104 games. He also was 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA.

The Angels could ease Ohtani’s transition to the majors by resting him on the days before and after he pitches, as he did in Japan. Los Angeles also has thought about trying a six-man starting rotation, which would allow Ohtani to have ample arm rest after pitching roughly once a week in Japan.

The Angels have missed the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons, but Ohtani’s arrival is only the latest in a series of big moves for Eppler, who is determined to build a World Series contender during the remaining three years on Trout’s contract.

Following his three-year stint in the KHL, Sobotka is on pace to easily hit double digits in goals for the first time in his NHL career. While that stat isn’t likely to wow many fantasy managers, Sobotka’s steady gig in St. Louis’ top six (currently skating with Vladimir Tarasenko and Paul Stastny) and his 18 points through 31 games merit attention in deeper leagues. The 30-year-old veteran also brings a bit extra to the fantasy table by averaging 0.84 penalty minutes and 1.48 hits per game.

The Steelers, meanwhile, have NFL rushing leader Le’Veon Bell to go against one of the league’s worst run defenses (giving up a league-high 4.9 yards per carry). They have Ben Roethlisberger and a dangerous receiving corps led by Antonio Brown. They have the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense and third-ranked pass defense. They surely like the matchup of their pass-rushers against the Patriots’ offensive line.eagles_040_69bb927b43956a7f-180x180

Sonny Dykes agrees to take SMU head-coaching job

Dykes fits a similar profile. The 48-year-old was born in Big Springs, Texas, and is a disciple of former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme and Washington State coach Mike Leach. Dykes’ version of the “Air Raid” offense has consistently produced some of the most productive attacks in the nation. At Cal, he coached Jared Goff for three seasons before the quarterback became the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

“This is home and this is a program I grew up watching. I watched Mustang legends compete and I could always see myself putting on that iconic pony. Today, I’m proud to do just that,” Dykes said in a statement. “Coach Morris did great things here and I am fortunate that I have been selected to take the foundation Chad and his staff put in place and take it to a new level. And, make no mistake — that is what we plan to do.”

In the arena’s first year, men’s basketball revenue jumped 58 percent, from $25.9 million to $40.9 million, a trend that continued as the program became the richest in the country. Under the lease, Louisville keeps 88 percent of premium seat licensing, 97 percent of suite sales, all program revenue and half of concessions.

“Why is it I’m accountable for everything and all we’ve done is been successful? But these other people get a free pass? If I was a humanities professor, do you think I’d sit there and say, ‘Man, I can’t get it done, poor me’? I’d never say that. I’d go find a way to get it done.”

Former Giants coach Tom Coughlin voiced his strong support for his former quarterback, Eli Manning, after Manning was benched by Coughlin’s successor, Ben McAdoo, on Tuesday.

Coughlin, now an executive with the Jaguars, told a Jacksonville radio station he was “very upset” to hear Manning would be ceding his starting position to Geno Smith on Sunday in Oakland.chargers_007

New England converts on one third-down play, but comes up inches short of moving the chains again

When it comes to the NHL, we have plenty for which to be thankful. So we asked a collection of players and puckheads for the hockey-centric things that warm their hearts, from weathered treasures like Jaromir Jagr to young stars like Johnny Gaudreau.

The Bengals should need no more motivation than their chance to capitalize on the NFL’s leniency in not suspending A.J. Green this week. The Titans are in a legit race for a division title, and beating another struggling team the way they beat the Ravens last week is something they can’t afford not to do. Marcus Mariota looks more and more like his hamstring is no longer a problem.

New England converts on one third-down play, but comes up inches short of moving the chains again. The Patriots line up and go for it, with Rex Burkhead picking up 3 yards for the first down.

Tom Jackson, Berman’s venerable “Countdown” partner, retired two years ago. ESPN hired TV rookie Rex Ryan to join returning cast members Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Matt Hasselbeck.

Their defense will need to move on without Sherman shutting things down, making it hard to earn another division crown. Where there’s a Wilson, there’s an offensive way, but they could use some better running just about any day.

They’ve got the sacks and they’ve got the picks, but they’ve also got some special teams tricks. They need to Leonard Fournette to shake that rookie wall and finish by playing his absolute best ball.

Spurgeon, Minnesota Wild defenseman: I didn’t cook a lot growing up, but when you start moving away for hockey, you have to fend for yourself. So age 17 or 18 is when I began dabbling in the kitchen.patriots_116-180x180

This game could decide which team wins this year’s titles.

Wilkins completed a Hail Mary to Kyle Williams on the final play of the first half, a play initially ruled short of the goal line by the officials.

Back when that was announced — back when it became clear they had let him play the last three games of 2016 with a developing rotator cuff tear — the question was asked: Do the Panthers even like Cam Newton? With the Panthers sending away Benjamin, flaws and all, someone explain why that question shouldn’t be asked.

The Panthers are one loss behind the Saints in the NFC South, and one win ahead of next week’s opponent, the defending NFC champion Falcons. How they got better in their quest to overcome both of them is terribly unclear.

“Terribly unclear” should be the team slogan. Newton recognized it Sunday. The Panthers reinforced it Tuesday by giving him a lesser team to be optimistic about.

“That turned our season around and ultimately, really, our program. We never looked back from that point for a long, long time. I really think that was one of the signature wins in the series without a doubt.

“After that, we have had a lot of battles with these guys.”

Over the past 17 meetings, the Hokies have won nine, the Hurricanes eight, but more significantly, the Hokies have won six Coastal Division and four ACC titles since the league split in 2005. The Hurricanes are still looking for their first division and conference crowns.

The victor will have a leg up in the division race, especially if it is Miami. A win over the Hokies would make the Hurricanes only undefeated team in the conference and would give them a two-game lead over the Hokies in the division race plus the advantage in any potential tiebreaker with the Hokies.patriots_116

It’s a long season, so teams rely on sunflower seeds, gum and funny faces to keep them sane.

We rank their antics to determine which postseason clubs you should want to spend four weeks in a meta-relationship with.

Whether you’re a future Hall of Famer, a relative nobody or even a relief pitcher, you could be holding a bat on your shoulder as the other team celebrates a world championship. We did the math to find out who is most likely to be this year’s goat.

Playing because of injuries to Miami’s other quarterbacks, Pederson started for what proved Dolphins head coach Don Shula’s record-setting 325th career victory in 1993.

What happened? Signed after backup Ty Detmer was lost to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury during the 2000 preseason, Pederson was thrust into action after Tim Couch broke his thumb. Pederson could only muster one win in eight starts for what proved the league’s lowest-scoring offense at 10.1 points a game. Incidentally, Pederson’s first game as an NFL head coach came when he guided Philadelphia to a 2016 season-opening win against … Cleveland.

If I get Antetokounmpo or Davis with my first pick, it’s unlikely that I can get Jokic in Round 2. The only scenario where this makes sense is if I’m in a 10-team league and Davis slides to pick seven or eight and Jokic is still there at pick 13 or 14. Jokic has an ADP of 13.9, so this is the range he’s going in, but it’s not a reach to see him going a pick or two earlier than that. Like Antetokounmpo and Davis, Jokic positively impacts virtually all the categories — including assists — but what sets him apart is for him to do that as a center. Only 22, he averaged 16.7 PPG, 9.8 RPG and 4.9 APG in under 28 minutes a game in his second year in the league last season. Continued improvement and more minutes are expected for this rising star in 2017-18.
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