While trusting Facebook with any of your information seems especially risky these days, watching the broadcast did not cost any actual money.

When Scott Braun, the play-by-play man on the Mets-Phillies game, began the exclusive Facebook stream Wednesday, he announced, “We are making baseball history in the broadcast world.”

Initially, it felt like they were just annoying fans, who either didn’t have a Facebook login, didn’t want to give the social media behemoth any information or, when connected, couldn’t figure out how to sweep away the comments and emojis to watch their beloved Mets.

With Wednesday’s game unavailable on SNY or any other television network, fans who wanted to see it had no choice but to log in to Facebook for the first foray on the exclusive 25-game, Wednesday afternoon package on the social network.

In the deal, MLB tore a page out of the NFL playbook. MLB had 25 games of already-sold Wednesday-afternoon inventory and sold them again, receiving another $30 million from Facebook, a source confirmed. When you spread it around to all 30 clubs, that money can help the Wilpons pay Hansel Robles’ $900,000 salary for the season.

Once people figured out the kinks, it didn’t feel that much different than any other streaming most people do these days. Was it history? Well, no, it didn’t feel that big, and most New York baseball fans are probably just happy they are likely done with it for this season.

Several key Flames dealt with injuries during the season, including goalie Mike Smith, defenseman TJ Brodie and forwards Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk. Meanwhile, the free-agency signing of 45-year-old winger Jaromir Jagr was a bust; Jagr played only 22 games before he was put on waivers in late January.

Calgary also fired assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard on Tuesday.

As was expected, the Calgary Flames fired coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday after two seasons. The team was a massive disappointment: a lifeless offensive group, including an atrocious power play, propped up by goalie Mike Smith like he was doing a community theater version of “Weekend At Bernie’s.” So where do they go now? GM Brad Treliving has a relationship with highly regarded Dave Tippett going back to their Coyotes days. He selected Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters, who is under contract but apparently allowed to shop his services, as head coach for the 2016 world championships. AHL coach Ryan Huska will be in the mix; will former NY Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault as well? And what about Albertan farmer (and former Flames coach) Darryl Sutter? The Flames won’t suffer for options.jets_003

Bears matriarch a big fan of Sister Jean

Chicago’s nonagenarian sports icons don’t know each other personally, but there’s clearly some respect.

Bears owner Virginia McCaskey, 95, is a huge fan of Loyola-Chicago’s 98-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, and has made it a point to alter her schedule to keep up with the college basketball sensation.

THE FIRST SIGNS of trouble for Jamie came his freshman year at Michigan State University: He was the video manager of the Spartans hockey team, and he talked of going to law school and becoming a sports agent. But he joined a fraternity and, according to friends, started using heavy drugs.

“Jamie has a very addictive personality, where he can’t really say no, and he didn’t really know his limit either, so he’d just keep doing it and taking more because he liked the way it made him feel,” says Amanda Farber, Jamie’s friend from both high school and Michigan State.

Farber says that during Jamie’s freshman year in East Lansing he started abusing cocaine and, more frequently, Vicodin and Xanax. It wouldn’t be long before his family also recognized the troubling signs of his addiction.

As to the concussion Cooks suffered in Super Bowl LII, we’re told that Cooks has no lingering issues, and that he actually was symptom-free later that night. He has no other concussion history.

As to a potential new contract with the Rams, a league source tells PFT that there’s no timetable for getting something done. Cooks will make $8.459 million this year, absent a new deal.

Woods, 64, spent 30 years working as a police officer in Delray Beach before retiring in 2009.

In 2014, he noticed a shift in the character of the sober homes that dotted residential neighborhoods. Shortly after the Affordable Care Act kicked in, insurance companies lifted the limits on policies for drug treatment, essentially giving treatment centers a blank check. Around that same time, Woods says, many sober home operators realized urine samples could be liquid gold, because the insurance companies would reimburse them for the tests.flames_003

The Bengals have already started to bolster the line, dealing this year’s 12th overall pick to the Buffalo Bills for No. 22 and tackle Cordy Glenn.

Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line ranked 24th in the NFL in run blocking and 20th in pass protection, per Football Outsiders. Right tackle Jake Fisher missed half the season, and left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi finished as Pro Football Focus’ 70th-ranked tackle.

The Bengals may also use that No. 22 pick on a tackle like Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey or Connor Williams of Texas.

Problem solved, right Maybe not.

Chubb would be a curious fit for a 3-4 after playing as a 4-3 down lineman in school, but as was the case with JPP, the scheme fit matters less than ever before and shouldn’t preclude you from keeping around a superstar edge rusher if the talent and availability are there.

There’s obviously still a chance that the Giants take a quarterback and that the JPP move is unrelated, although that would be strange given how they’re trying to win now. If they don’t want a quarterback though, they’re suddenly open for business in a very big way with the second overall pick. They can get Chubb without running any risk by toying with the Jets, who have to now be terrified that somebody will leap ahead of them and trade into the second overall spot. If they can extract another high pick from the Jets to move up from third to second overall, the Giants can still take Chubb at No. 3, get him on a cheaper contract and pick up another selection as part of a deal.

Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley thinks the team asked Prescott to do too much last season, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

He was still making plays all the time, Beasley said. Last year, we asked him to be Superman and relied on him so much. When things broke down he was making plays scrambling. A lot comes with filling some spots maybe where we were weaker and stuff like that.

Alternatively, if the Giants are just in the market to add talented players and aren’t attached to Chubb, they are well-positioned for a much bigger haul. We know the Jets are taking a quarterback at No. 3, but any team who thinks there are two franchise passers in this year’s class (or feels confident that the Browns are taking Sam Darnold) can move ahead of Gang Green by trading with the Giants.
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Sammy Watkins on Patrick Mahomes: We can get better together

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins signed with the Chiefs this week and the fact that Kansas City is the third stop of his NFL career may have some thinking that Watkins is a bit older than he actually is.

While Sherman doesn’t seem to think the Seahawks are making the right moves, he does admit that things had gotten a bit stale in Seattle. Sherman said that coach Pete Carroll’s philosophy is more built for college where players move on after three or four years. Sherman said veteran Seahakws players had kind of heard every story, every funny anecdote that Carroll has to tell and that made it easier to tune them out even though those stories were big for team-building in earlier years.

Sherman said he didn’t sign with the 49ers for a chance to prove his point about the Seahawks’ player evaluation twice a year, citing location and the 49ers’ level of interest as big factors in his ultimate choice. That won’t make it any less interesting the first time the two teams get together this fall, however.

Portland Winterhawks 20.Shop this Item Gold Jacket Stenerud and Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 kicker Morten Andersen have had some great conversations over the past three years at the Taste of the NFL, an annual event hosted by the League celebration of the Super Bowl festivities.The Islanders are this when they score at least three goals a game.

Jones told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Packers insulted Nelson with their offer.

But it’s his edge speed that sets him apart.By all accounts, Aminu is one of the best post defenders the league when you look at the numbers.But it is appropriate outcome and a just one.Still has a lot to learn, but his showing at the position was enough to earn him the chance to be a three-way performer when the opens. ..

Some of Snead’s second- statistical slide is due to the emergence of rookie wide receiver Michael, who has quickly blossomed into a favorite target for Drew Brees alongside the team’s top receiver, Brandin Cooks.Denmark, which opened its tournament with a 6 loss to Sweden on Monday, scored three times despite only producing 10 shots on net.It’s not about me.

He faces a tough road to a roster spot this, however.He recently appeared on Hulu’s Comedy Central’s and MTV’sHisdebut comedy album, released on SiriusXM’s Laugh USA, be available February 24 on iTunes and Google Play.And hey, it doesn’t hurt to have more people to hit homers for, whether it’s his. ..

Wide receiver Ryan Grant‘s deal with the Ravens is off, so he’s headed to visit with a team that used to call Baltimore home.49ers_007

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Jones was the driving force behind two first-period power-play goals, and Columbus won its fifth straight, 5-2 over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

We’re taking it game by game even with this winning streak, said Alexander Wennberg, who tied a career high with four points on a goal and three assists. We’re playing good, we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves. You just face the challenge.

The guarantees surpass the previous record of $60.5 million in the deal Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford signed last year. Other players lauded Cousins’ history-making pact, but he claimed to have largely insulated himself from such buzz in recent days. He understands why the deal is groundbreaking but said he won’t be a trailblazer unless others are able to follow.

Wilson comes with slightly lower PIM totals, but much, much better peripheral categories. Thanks to his off again, on again role with Alex Ovechkin, Wilson not only racks up the PIM, but also chips in more than his fair share in the other categories.

Haley gets more total PIM, but is a fantasy wasteland outside that category. If neither are available or you would rather sacrifice a defenseman position to make gains here, consider Jamie Oleksiak. He’s fifth in the NHL in penalty minutes since Jan. 1, but has a respectable 10 points and plus-9 rating in that same span.

Siemian should benefit from moving to a much more comfortable quarterback situation in Minnesota, given that the Broncos struggled to protect Siemian during each of his two seasons in charge of the Denver offense.

Even given those concerns, Siemian exceeded expectations for stretches of time and looked like a top-16 backup, if not necessarily a starter his team would be excited about.

Wade Phillips’ defense vs. Kyle Shanahan’s offense will be fun in 2018 as the teams battle for the division title and, maybe, much bigger things in the NFC.

The Cardinals became the latest team to overpay Sam Bradford, for one year at a reported $20 million. Of all the stopgaps they could have gotten for their post-Carson Palmer QB void, an older guy who can’t stay healthy is not a good short-term investment. They will take their lumps in the division in 2018, so saving money and thinking long term would have been the better route.patriots_003

Since Tom Brady become the Patriots’ starting quarterback in 2001, New England is 8-0 at home during Week 1 of the season.

The NFL regular season is about to get underway, and that means it’s time to start arguing over how good your favorite team is or isn’t going to be this year. Luckily, every team is winless, so the debate won’t take long.

They are both listed as 6-0, 191 pounds, so they will see eye-to-eye, but Diggs will be hard to stop whether he’s streaking downfield or setting up Mills for a double move. Diggs can easily match or surpass his production against the Saints to take over the game.

RT Rashod Hill vs. Eagles DE Brandon Graham: The Vikings had to move Mike Remmers to left guard because of a season-ending injury to Nick Easton, which has pressed Hill into duty at Remmers’ regular spot at right tackle. It’s been an up-and-down year for the Vikings’ revamped line overall, but Hill struggled mightily against the Saints’ Cameron Jordan last week.

He likely won’t get too much help in passing situations, because the Vikings’ best lineman, right guard Joe Berger, will be busy with Fletcher Cox, and Rudolph will be needed to run routes. On running plays, Rudolph can help, but Hill will likely prompt the Vikings to run left more often behind Remmers, left tackle Riley Reiff and center Pat Elflein.

With the power rankings established, we can determine how often one team should beat another based on its actual and projected win rates, giving us win probabilities for every game as well as an implied margin of victory — helpful for picking games against the spread. For example, over the past three seasons, teams that were favored by exactly seven points went 36-12-1 (.735 win percentage).

Here is everything you need to prepare your fantasy hoops rosters for the week ahead with matchup previews, schedule analysis and more.

DeAndre Jordan is the usual third option, and he’s still a fantasy stalwart because his strengths (rebounding, blocked shots) are the weaknesses in the lead guys, while the attention that Williams and Griffin draw from opposing defenses make it easy for Jordan to maintain his high field goal percentage with almost all dunks. (I won’t discuss his free throw percentage.)chargers_003

Jaguars put the nail in the Steelers’ coffin with everyone’s favorite

red_wings_003The Jacksonville Jaguars are putting on an offensive clinic against the Steelers — something nobody really thought they’d be saying coming into Sunday.

Manning has become a Jersey guy, and he’s not a particularly emotional sort, so I doubt he thinks right now it’s definitely over for him in New Jersey. He used to split the year between Jersey and his southern home. Now he’s mostly a suburban Jersey guy, his kids in a great school, his life in total order. He’s invested in the area. I’ve always thought he’d never want to leave. This obviously could change things. But we’re all guessing about the future.

“I don’t care about the Pro Bowl,” he says, referring to Pittsburgh’s disrespectful dearth of defensive representation. (Shazier was voted in, no one else; Heyward was named All-Pro last week, the only Steelers defender on the list.) “I care about Ryan and his health.”

The penalty puts Ramsey one away from an ejection now. It was a bad missed call by the officials, who already helped the Steelers by not ejecting Maurkice Pouncey in the first quarter after he pushed an official.

The Falcons ended up getting a first down anyway after Ryan found Julio Jones down the middle of the field:

It appeared that Sanu could have possibly regained possession after pressing the ball against the back of his fingers, but there was too much movement for the officials to stick with the call on the field.

Even before they lost their house, the Fitzpatricks never had it easy. Minkah Sr. and Melissa met at an ice cream parlor after an eighth-grade dance and had two kids by the time they were 19. (Minkah Jr. and his older sister, Destiny, shared a bedroom in a tiny railroad apartment until they were six and seven. Their otherwise close friendship was occasionally interrupted by table-flipping fights usually brought on by Minkah’s neatness and Destiny’s refusal to make her bed.) “We had to grow up with them,” says Melissa.

“Completely different backgrounds, upbringings, all that,” Thielen summarizes. “But we’ve both been doubted. We both have that chip on our shoulder. I think we have a lot of connections.”

Steelers’ Ryan Shazier won’t play in Pro Bowl, but he earned selection

Ryan Shazier will not play in the 2017 Pro Bowl, but neither will he be forgotten when the NFL’s annual all-star game is contested Jan. 28 in Orlando.

Shazier was honored along with seven teammates for what had been a breakout season in his fourth year with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had 68 unassisted tackles, 11 passes defensed and three interceptions from his linebacker spot and was widely considered the team’s best defensive player. Then he was severely injured in the season’s 12th game while making a first-quarter tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Amid a group of science wonks and high-finance manipulators, has the human sparks of and joy and sadness, radiantly captured by actress Klein Studio Theatre’s area premiere of the play.He’s super and can get around that edge pretty quick.It’s hard to get past a defense, especially when they’re playing 20 yards back and the safeties are bailing out, Shepard told Giants reporters.

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He’s doing really well.The biblical principle of life is greater than anything I’ve ever seen, greater than a grand slam, greater than making millions of dollars and winning trophies, he said.2012, Kanter improved his averages every statistical category, led the team scoring three times and rebounding four times, and scored double-figures 22 times.Hoyer’s production has come against defenses that were ranked 18th, 21st and 24th the league at the time he played against them.Pace and co.

“I don’t know him very well,” Garrett told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I’m not going to say he’s trash like someone else I’ve heard (Jadeveon Clowney about Blake Bortles), but I think he is a talented, young quarterback. He just has to learn through this. We all do as rookies. Some it happens quicker than others and some don’t. I think he’ll grow into something special.”

Trubisky has had his ups and downs this season as Chicago is 3-7 with the rookie leading the offense. The youngster has shown signs of improvement game-to-game as he is completing nearly 60 percent of his passes with very little help at the wide receiver position. He is coming off of a career-best 314 passing yards in the Bears’ 20-10 loss to the Lions last Saturday.

As for Garrett, he may only have one sack in his last five games, but he is getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks while tallying 27 tackles and five sacks this year. Trubisky has taken note of his successes as well.
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Texans GM Rick Smith taking extended family medical leave

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is taking an extended leave of absence to take care of his wife, Tiffany, who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Smith has been tending to his wife throughout this season while she has undergone treatment in Arizona. He determined that his wife and three children now need him the most.

Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said earlier this season: “Look, let’s just give credit to Dean Pees and what he’s been doing with defenses for ages. When you see this defense play, they are aggressive, they are physical, and they are telling people, ‘We can absolutely beat you up.’ That’s always been our simple motto: You want to come in and act cute? We’re coming in to punch you in the mouth. And that’s what the Ravens are doing.”

As for a successor, the Ravens typically promote from within. Under coach John Harbaugh, all four defensive coordinators — Rex Ryan, Greg Mattison, Chuck Pagano and Pees — were preciously position coaches on staff. Pagano, the defensive coordinator in 2011, is expected to be available if the Indianapolis Colts part ways with him.

Here is a who has played a lot of different schemes.

Some as being one dimensional while and Unger offer much more versatile which is what the Steelers are looking for if they decide to go offensive linemen the 1st round.

How players have fans seen rushed up only to their confidence shaken and take years to get their game and confidence back?Pitt fumbles on each of its first five drives, Tech rushes for 465 yards — most the ACC this — and the power dynamic the Coastal shifted yet again after a 56 Tech win.expectation is he’ll be a calmer sideline manager for his experience at .When dime back Smith’s thunderous hit on Hill, on outside swirl route, forced ‘s fifth fumble of the night.Last night he was frustrated, and was I.

This year’s version of the phenomenal simulation series, which is aptly titled NHL 14, pay homage to its past by offering a 20th anniversary branded throwback NHL 94 mode.The hospital revised its policy 2012 to limit concurrent surgeries from spanning three rooms simultaneously, or two cases and one patient a clinic.He’s taught us a lot about life general and the game of football.Moose opened up the running game for legendary teammate and running back Smith, who finished the game with 114 rushing yards on 24 rushes, with one rushing score.If you include the postseason, the Giants were 41 without Cabrera the lineup.At that point his career, was Banks without a rhyming dictionary.Unfortunately for the Penguins, they were unable to score the shootout.nike_redskins_2311

Webster was declared out for the game because of a concussion.

The Dolphins again can’t take advantage of solid starting field possession. Miami commits a holding penalty on first down and it never recovers. The Raiders will take over inside their 20 following a punt.

Kayvon Webster, CB, Los Angeles Rams: Webster was declared out for the game because of a concussion.

Shawn Lauvao, OG, Washington Redskins: Lauvao exited the game in the second quarter with a stinger and was originally declared questionable to return before being downgraded to out.

And as the team has learned to live with the Elliott case, it has started to hit its stride on the field, with three straight double-digit wins to improve to 5-3 entering Week 10. Elliott is managing to have another excellent season, ranking second in the league in rushing, with 783 yards, after leading the NFL in his rookie year. His yards per carry average is down a full yard, as defenses have been keying on him, but his reception total is up this season.

Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins (28.1 percent): My colleague and the unparalleled Matthew Berry has been on Doctson for quite some time, touting his skills and potential upside in the Washington offense. Doctson is an unquestionable talent who had 81 yards on seven targets in Week 11. His role should blossom even further, and this is a talent-based evaluation: This dude can play. He’s a smart addition to any roster in 12-team or larger leagues.

Through Wednesday night, per play-by-play data on Basketball-Reference.com, players had made about 80 percent of their free throws (80.3 percent, to be exact). That’s better than the league average of 76.9 percent (which is slightly down from last season’s 77.2 percent mark, the best free throw percentage in a season the NBA has ever seen), but that’s not the right comparison since teams get to choose who shoots their technical fouls.
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