A monster slam from LeBron James makes it 28-12 Cleveland

Sling those soft and spineless insults at Durant. Send him some cupcakes. Question his competitive nature. Feel disappointment we missed out on an annual Thunder vs. Warriors series and a more competitive NBA playoffs.

For Durant, it won’t matter. If he keeps following his own path, he’ll be first.

A monster slam from LeBron James makes it 28-12 Cleveland. He has eight points, needing only 20 more to surpass Michael Jordan for most all-time in the postseason.

Another goal for LeBron James. He already has six points, four assists and four rebounds in the first quarter.

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LeBron James gets a layup and-one. This is a good time to mention he only needed 28 points entering tonight’s game to surpass Michael Jordan for most all-time in NBA postseason history.

Kevin Love gets the scoring started with a 3-pointer, but Marcus Smart turns around with a 3 of his own to tie it up.

Linval Joseph is a steady force in the middle of the defensive line, putting up four sacks and three forced fumbles at the nose tackle position. Brian Robison is getting up there in years (he turned 34 in April) but had 7.5 sacks last season and can still go at his age. Anthony Barr had something of a down year, but Minnesota picked up his fifth-year option and he has the raw talent to bounce back. They also signed former Packers end Datone Jones to add some depth along the line.

From front to back, this is one of the deepest defensive units in the league.

The defense hasn’t been unaffected by injuries, though. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd played in one game last year and has yet to return to the field due to nerve damage, though he’s optimistic it’ll happen.

Brady on Sunday set a career postseason high with his 384 passing yards.

Give Rodgers a chance: Rodgers now is 9-7 in eight playoff appearances and will turn 34 next season. His contract extension runs until 2020, so Green Bay has at least three or four more legitimate cracks at Super Bowl with one of the best quarterbacks of all time.

The Packers need to take advantage of those swings. Consider that Peyton Manning’s was 34 when he played his last season on the field with the Colts in 2010. Manning missed the 2011 season before heading to Denver and winning a second Super Bowl. He left Indianapolis with a 9-10 playoff record. The Colts probably feel like they should have won more than one Super Bowl with Manning.

The lesson for the Packers This franchise has been spoiled with Brett Favre and Rodgers over the last quarter century. Rodgers now has three NFC championship appearances and one Super Bowl to show for it. Rodgers almost carried the Packers to another one this year, but he needs a little more help. Give Rodgers whatever he wants, or Green Bay might regret not doing so later.

New England handled Pittsburgh in the second half and advanced to it’s seventh Super Bowl appearance of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.

Brady on Sunday set a career postseason high with his 384 passing yards. He completed 32 of his 42 passes for three touchdowns and a rating of 127.5. With that, the Patriots out-gained the Steelers, 431-368.

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Elite Womens Kris Versteeg Jersey However, James — who had 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists on Wednesday — is under no illusion as to the scale of the task facing his team when they meet again at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday.

I said after we won the Eastern Conference Finals that we’re getting ready for a juggernaut, he said.

It’s probably the most firepower I’ve played in my career. I’ve played against some great teams, but I don’t think any other team has had this type of firepower.

Even when you’re playing well, you’ve got to play like A-plus-plus, because they’re going to make runs, they’re going to make shots and they’ve got guys who are going to make plays.

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Led by Kevin Durant’s 38 points, the Warriors exploded to a 113-91 victory over the Cavaliers Thursday to take an early lead in the championship series.

While the Warriors looked dominant, nearly leading wire to wire, it was still just one game. The Warriors won Game 1 of last year’s Finals by 15 points and beat the Cavs in Game 2 with a 110-77 thumping. The Cavaliers then turned things around with a 120-90 win in Game 3 when the series shifted to Cleveland. The Warriors grabbed a 108-97 victory in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead before their infamous collapse.

Bucks owner takes shot at Sixers’ ‘process,’ gets shut down by Joel Embiid

This was the Kyrie Irving draft, which only really began to pay dividends for the Cavs when LeBron James returned home to Cleveland in 2014. Minnesota had the second pick and took Derrick Williams, a career reserve now on his sixth NBA stop. A late-season acquisition for the Cavs, he has hardly played this postseason.

Nine picks later, the Warriors found another key member of their core, hitting it big with Klay Thompson. Three other guards went immediately before Thompson — Brandon Knight (Detroit), Kemba Walker (Charlotte) and Jimmer Fredette (Milwaukee) — with only Walker still on the same team.

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Not only is there no guarantee he’s coming back, I’m not sure there is an expectation he’s re-signing there,Yahoo NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski said on his podcast Wednesday. I think within Cleveland and around the league they feel that he is very much in play to leave again and likely head out West to one of the two LA teams. The Lakers could very well be a target.
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Wojnarowski, arguably the most connected NBA reporter in the business, said James got the monkey off his back when he brought a championship to Cleveland in 2016, freeing himself to focus more on other facets of his life.

I think the focus, a lot of LeBron’s business interests, his Hollywood aspirations, his media ventures are based (in L.A.),he said. And I wrote this last year and said it and believed it — the minute he won that championship in Cleveland, he was liberated to leave again.

How many No. 23 jerseys will go up in flames if King James leaves Cleveland a second time?

Wilson stumbled into his own end zone after getting stepped on by backup guard Rees Odhiambo

Devin Hester, who spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Falcons, set up Seattle’s field goal with a 50-yard kickoff return. He nearly put the Seahawks in position to score again after Matt Bosher’s punt, but his 80-yard return was nullified by a holding call. Instead of having the ball at the Falcons 7-yard line, the Seahawks were backed up at their own 7. Two plays later, Wilson stumbled into his own end zone after getting stepped on by backup guard Rees Odhiambo. Atlanta guard Ben Garland, who was in as an extra defensive lineman, fell on Wilson for a game-shifting safety.

Atlanta closed the half with a field goal and touchdown pass to a wide-open Tevin Coleman to take a 19-10 halftime lead.

Coleman had 57 rushing yards to go with three catches for 22 yards, but Atlanta’s other running back Devonta Freeman had a huge game with 45 rushing yards and a touchdown and four receptions for 80 yards, including a back-breaking 53-yard reception late in the third quarter.

The Falcons poured it on in the second half, especially after the Seahawks lost cornerback DeShawn Shead to a non-contact knee injury early in the third quarter.

We executed really well across the board, Ryan told Fox Sports following the game. We weren’t perfect by any means, but consistency throughout the day, I’m really proud of the way we played.

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Seahawks’ Richard Sherman won’t speak to media, but denies ‘boycott’

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The definition of a boycott is a punitive ban that forbids relations with certain groups. By not speaking to reporters, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman sure appears to be boycotting the media, but he doesn’t see it that way.

The last player, excluding quarterbacks, to finish in negative yardage on at least 10 rushes was Bears fullback John Adams in 1961, according to Pro Football Reference. Only five others have done so; all played in the first half of the 20th century.

Bush’s fate was sealed Sunday when he failed to register a carry in Buffalo’s 30-10 loss to the Jets.

Bills starting running back LeSean McCoy exited the game in the first half and still Bush didn’t see the field.

Interim coach Anthony Lynn, having said earlier this week he would would love to get (Bush) a couple carries to get him off the snide, opted instead to split the workload between Mike Gillislee, rookie Jonathan Williams and fullback Jerome Felton as the Bills played from behind.

At the Senior Bowl, quarterbacks are taken out of their college comfort zones and forced to work with new receivers in new offenses. It’s a high-stress situation with 200-plus evaluators watching every move.
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On the field, Peterman has looked solid. His passes tend to flutter a bit as he works downfield, and his good (not great) arm talent can lead to his passes being just strong enough to finish on the perimeter. He has shown quick feet in his drops and outstanding velocity control, two aspects that shouldn’t come as a surprise to evaluators.

Chiefs eager to extend coach Andy Reid this offseason

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Kansas City is eager to award Andy Reid for his guidance after another prosperous season.

The Chiefs want to sign theirhead coach to a contract extension this offseason, ESPN reported Sunday.

Reid, whosigned a contract with the Chiefs in January 2013, is in the fourth year of hisfive-year deal.

Reid led Kansas City to12-4 record and the franchise’s first AFC West title since 2010 this season.The 58-year-oldis 43-21 during his tenure with the Chiefs, and holds an overall record of173-114 in his nearly 18-year coaching career. That includes a14-year stintas the Eagles’ head coach.

Catching up a bit… back-to-back juco picks out of Florida: the Cubs took a Little lefty (Brendon) at 27 and the Blue Jays took a righty (Nate Pearson) who hits triple digits on the radar gun. Fans of both teams should be pleased with that development.

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‘It’s funny, you think the guy that abused you your whole life, you wouldn’t want anything to do with him, let alone give him the title of a book,’ he told Sporting News. ‘It really was about getting that redemption for me…. Try to say, I’m not going to let him define me.’
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Jamie King explains in his book that he thought about, fantasized, and dreamt of reporting Frank’s abuse, but never did for fear of being placed in the state’s care; nor did he wish to be apart from his mother, June.

Brewers place Jonathan Villar on DL, call up top prospect Lewis Brinson

The Brewers placed second baseman Jonathan Villar on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain on Saturday, making room for top prospect Lewis Brinson.

Villar suffered the injury in the eighth inning of the team’s win over the Diamondbacks on Friday when he made a diving stop of Chris Herrmann’s grounder. Villar managed to throw Herrmann out but was unable to stand after the play and needed to be carted off the field.

Although Villar’s X-rays came back negative, the team is hoping some time off will help pull him out of his slump after a strong season in 2016. He was hitting .213/.283/.342 with six home runs this season before landing on the DL.

Game Womens Noah Juulsen Jersey In a corresponding move, Brinson was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Villar’s roster spot. The center fielder, a consensus top-20 MLB prospect, had been hitting .312/.397/.503 with 25 RBIs, six home runs and seven stolen bases through 45 games this season.
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Super Bowl 51 MVP Tom Brady still feeling ‘young’ in wake of Patriots’ latest title

Hours after winning a record fifth Super Bowl — and winning it the mind-boggling way he and the Patriots did — Tom Brady didn’t sound like his list of things to do in the NFL has been exhausted quite yet.

After the obligatory awkward photo op with commissioner Roger Goodell to begin the Super Bowl MVP’s traditional Monday-morning news conference, the New England quarterback exuded his typical positive outlook as he contemplated what comes next.

“When you really start thinking about it, your head will start spinning.”

While Garoppolo “tries” to ignore the speculation, his mother is part of the reason he “can’t do it completely.” He said she and his father are too excited about their son’s NFL standing not to keep their eyes on the reports.

“She’s all over that stuff … she could be your assistant,” Garoppolo told Schefter. “(My parents) know what to hit me with and what to keep quiet. The know me so well, they know what I’d like to hear and what I don’t need to hear. There’s a couple slip-ups here and there, not gonna lie.”

Schefter of course asked Garoppolo about his potential trade destinations. Chicago he grew up in the Windy City suburbs and went to college at Eastern Illinois is one of them.

“It’s hard to say,” Garoppolo said when asked what it’d be like to return to the area as a Bear. “I really don’t know how it’d feel.”

His answer was similar for the other locations: “I know it’s a very cliche answer. I’ve only been in Foxborough, so I don’t know anything different in the NFL yet.”


The Browns traded the No. 2 pick to Philadelphia last year

The Cowboys are clear Super Bowl contenders in 2016, but don’t expect them to be in the running for the “offseason Super Bowl” award by being a player in free agency.

No team in the NFL has more invested in the top of their roster than the Cowboys, and no team pushed more money off from 2016 to try to compete. There is little to be gained by releasing players outside of Tony Romo, whose release would free up $5.1 million, so restructures will be the name of the game.

Restructuring Tyron Smith has become an annual event, and expect Travis Frederick to join that party this year. Extending Jason Witten would also help their cap situation and should be considered. Those moves should give Dallas a chance to consider re-signing Terrance Williams, Terrell McClain, Barry Church and Brandon Carr, all scheduled for free agency this offseason.

Pro: The Browns traded the No. 2 pick to Philadelphia last year, traded the No. 4 pick to Buffalo in 2014 and traded the No. 6 pick to Atlanta in 2011. Cleveland also has that No. 12 pick, so this is another opportunity to stock-pile talent.
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Con: It’s always a good idea to have more draft picks, but in those three instances, the Browns have become more recognized for the player that was drafted in that spot, whether it was Carson Wentz (2016), Sammy Watkins (2014) or Julio Jones (2011). That would be amplified if the No. 1 pick the Browns let get away becomes a star.

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