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As Rivers inched closer, he saw his father was sobbing.
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“I had never seen my dad cry before,” Rivers says. “My grandfather, who was tougher than my dad, was crying too.”
Nowitzki was tricked into raising his hand during an auction that resulted in him making a major donation in exchange for a Rolando Diaz painting. He also agreed to go on two dates for charity. But he was also hoping to get a real date with a beautiful woman he met that night named Jessica Olsson, who was working at a Dallas art gallery.
One was the love of the Dallas Mavericks forwardâ€™s life and the reason they were in Nanyuki, Kenya. The others were decoys who if incorrectly chosen could cost the 13-time NBA All-Star a goat as punishment. The 7-foot German nailed tough shots in the NBA Finals and the Olympics, and on this occasion he did the same, correctly picking his bride Jessica Olsson.
â€œIt was awesome,â€ Nowitzki told The Undefeated. â€œThey took my wife away. They brought five or six girls out and they were all covered. So the first thing I had to do was find my wife. So Iâ€™m walking around and looking at how tall they are.
â€œI guess itâ€™s one of the traditions. If you get it wrong, you got to pay the parents a goat or something. So I was lucky. I smelled her to find the right one. So, I got lucky there. But that was just an experience that Iâ€™ll never forget.â€
The pass-happy NFL has changed the way we look at receivers. Last season, there were 23 receivers with 1,000 receiving yards, while only 13 running backs hit 1,000 rushing yards. What’s more,15 receivers had double-digit receiving touchdowns, while just two backs ran the ball in for a score at least 10 times (DeMarco Murray and Marshawn Lynch). Yes, backs can also help out in the passing game, but the days of thinking you can sneak by with mediocre receivers in your fantasy league are over.
Another important aspect of fantasy leagues is how many starting receiver spots you have. If you only start two in a standard league, you can possibly get away with not going with a receiver in the first two rounds. On the other hand, three-WR leagues almost force your hand to grab one in the first 30 picks.
Hill matched McDonald’s sack output with 5.5 of his own last season. He also managed to intercept a pass just like McDonald did in 2013. Not too shabby for a backup defensive tackle, especially since Hill ended up missing three games during the regular season. Stats don’t come close to explaining Hill’s performance last season. He didn’t even start the season in McDonald’s role. That job went to former Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who signed with the Seahawks in the offseason last year. It made sense. Williams may be on the down side of his career, but he’s played three technique for a long time. He’s always been a good pass rusher inside.
Everything changed when starting nose tackle Brandon Mebane got hurt and was put on the injured reserve in Week 10. Williams moved into the starting defensive tackle role. That gave Hill a chance to show what he could do filling in as a spot duty pass rusher in Williams’ former role. That’s why those 5.5 sacks all came in the last six games of the season.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan took a moment from talking about Saturday’s playoff matchup against Seattle to recognize a familiar face from the past: Deshaun Watson.
The Clemson quarterback, who guided the No. 2 Tigers to a 35-31 victory over No. 1 Alabama for the national championship Monday night, is a native of Gainesville, Georgia. He used to be a ball boy for the Falcons.
“Yeah, for sure, I remember Deshaun being here,” Ryan said Tuesday. “He’s a great kid. It was impressive. I was pulling for him this entire season. Last night, for sure, he played extremely well. So I’m really happy for him.
“He didn’t say much when he was here. He was quiet. He kind of went about his business. He was good for me, though, because he saved my arm a little bit. He would throw to our wideouts during camp and give me a little bit of a rest. I always appreciated that from him.”
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Vance Joseph just completed his first season as the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator.
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The Broncos were able to get it done quickly — as the second of the six teams looking for a new coach to fill the vacancy. Jacksonville hired Doug Marrone on Monday.
Did they get the right guy? Neither Shanahan nor Toub has spent as much time with the Broncos’ brass as Joseph has in the last two years. Joseph, who just finished his first season as the Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator, has been vetted not once, but twice. In January of 2015, Joseph was the first candidate to interview after the Broncos-John Fox divorce.
The Broncos interviewed Joseph then just after Kubiak announced his intentions to stay as the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator. Kubiak’s comments came before the Broncos job was open.
The Indianapolis Colts are headed to New York to take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 of the regular season. The Colts are going into the regular season having gone 1-3 in the preseason, while the Bills secured two exhibition wins but are fresh off a loss to the Detroit Lions.
Preseasons don’t really matter, and early performances are hard to predict, but both teams are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. This will be the first time wide receiver Andre Johnson, running back Frank Gore, guard Todd Herremans and linebacker Trent Cole will be sporting Colts uniforms during the regular season, and the Bills are welcoming rusher LeSean McCoy, wideout Percy Harvin and quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
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But the rest of the league doesn’t need proof. Other teams simply don’t seem to trust the Patriots. As we learned in this Sports Illustrated report published Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks went to great lengths to protect themselves from potential Patriots spy tactics prior to last year’s Super Bowl. And they aren’t the only ones:
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The SI story claimed that at least 18 other teams besides the Seahawks took a safeguard approach before playing the Patriots. On top of that, several teams, including the Jaguars and Cardinals, claimed they experienced headset malfunctions when they played at Gillette Stadium. Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy made news recently when he confirmed rumors from 2010 that Peyton Manning worried that the Patriots’ locker room was bugged and would discuss the game plan in the hallway when the team visited New England.
Rivers said he’s chosen to give money to the Violence Intervention Program in Los Angeles for every technical he gets, and he said the donations are retroactive.
“All of the money that I have been fined is going to them now and any technical foul after that is going to them,” he said. “Any technical foul the players get, I want them to find their group and give it to an organization.”
VIP helps victims of physical and sexual abuse and neglect.
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“I have to be the leader of this team,” Doc Rivers said. “My actions have to go first.”
The Clippers are third in the NBA with 32 technical fouls this season behind league-leading Phoenix and the New York Knicks.
Rivers said he watched video of all the team’s technicals so far. Earlier in the season, he told the team that he would do the fighting and they should focus on playing.
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“Just how we drew it up. Like, exactly,” said Horford, who scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to help carry a Celtics team that typically has leaned heavily on Thomas in the final frame.
“Thatâ€™s how Coach drew it up. He knew they were gonna help and Kelly just found me and I just had to knock the shot down.”
The NHL¡¯s premier outdoor event heads to St. Louis on Monday.
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Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, will host the ninth iteration of the annual outdoor game. The hosts, naturally, will be the St. Louis Blues. And the visitors will be their rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks.
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Will Ian Kennedy opt-out at the end of the year?
Ian Kennedy surprised most of baseball when he signed a $70 million deal with the Royals. But what was also surprising was that he received an opt-out clause, typically reserved for superstar mega-deal contracts. Kennedy has the option to become a free agent after the 2017 season, but he would be forgoing $49 million over three years. While next year¡¯s starting pitching free agent class is better than this year¡¯s putrid class, it is not a great one. If Kennedy continues to pitch well, he may look to join Jake Arrieta, Chris Tillman, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, and Marco Estrada, among others, as free agents on the open market.
That history and Dayton Moore¡¯s strong belief in his team may prevent him from trading off his core players this summer, even if the Royals find themselves with little hope of contention. At least that would still leave them with draft pick compensation in many cases, although they may be forgoing more attractive trade packages for more polished prospects.
The Panthers have not lost a single game this year, and they are having a whole lot of fun.
Quarterback Cam Newton ran all around the field and did his best Hulk Hogan impression. He is easily the most fun quarterback in the league.
After thoroughly dismantling the Falcons, or more accurately *while* dismantling the Falcons, the Panthers took a team picture and did a coordinated team dab. Everyone on the team appears to be loving the winning streak they’re on, for obvious reasons.
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Well for one they exhibited terrble sportsmanship by continuing to run the ball into the gigantic gap left by JJ Watt on every play when he charges 8 yds straight ahead into the backfield. Theres a gentlemans agreement in the NFL that since JJ is taking himself out of the play you shoudnt exploit it. Its like you cant cheat on your boyfriend or girlfriend just because shes out of town and shes pretty much begging you to. But the Patriots arent the kind of team to overlook a sinister opportunity, so in the first half Belichick kept pounding that hole like it was on a third date with Rob Gronkowski. Shameful.
The only silver lining is that the DeflateGate appeal continues to progress through the legal system and there is actualy a decent cahnce that the next major court hearings could take place either during the week before, or during Superbowl week which I could see either being a huge distracton for the Patriots, or maybe a huge advantage for the Patriots because it would be a huge distracton for there opponents as well. Classic Belicheck.
In Week 9, the Baltimore Ravens simply outplayed Pittsburgh, as if “you blew it yourselves,” DeCastro said. But the wounds were fresher after Dallas because the game was in their hands. Elliott ripped it out of those hands. A defensive breakdown gave the rookie running back a clear path to a 32-yard touchdown in the final seconds for a 35-30 Dallas victory.
A handful of defensive players looked shell-shocked in the postgame locker room scene.
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“You lose four games in a row, on the tail end of that it’s sort of like, ‘What do we have to do?'” DeCastro said. “We knew we could do it. We knew we were close. It was one of those turning points. It shows what kind of team you have, the character of your guys [to respond].”
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“I just spent an hour with him, and we’ve been through it,” Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock and Salk show. “I love Richard. I just flat-out love the dude, and I’ve been with him through so much and watched him grow and do so many unbelievable things. We made it through it. He knows that wasn’t right. He’s just so fiery, and we’ve seen him before. He’ll speak for himself on that. But I feel very good about where he is right now. We’re going to be all right.
“It was too bad. It was a distraction to the game. And that’s not the way it’s supposed to go.”
Vinatieri was already lost in a downward spiral when he found himself in a large auditorium listening to Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who asked each cadet to look to his or her right, and then to his or her left, before assuring his audience that two out of every three members wouldn’t make it to graduation.
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We’ve made it through 15 weeks of regular season games and the playoff picture is molding into shape. Over in the NFC we have a pretty good idea who five of the six teams advancing will be, and given the lowly nature of the NFC East it’s hard to get excited about the sixth.
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And yet, here we are, with the 10-4 Broncos, and 9-5 Chiefs, Steelers and Jets, all fighting for three possible spots. When the playoffs start, one of them will be left out in the cold.
The Panthers are only the third team to start a season 14-0 since the NFL switched to a 16-game schedule. The first was the 2007 New England Patriots who blazed forward in pursuit of perfection and reached 16-0, but lost in the Super Bowl. The second was the 2009 Indianapolis Colts who rested starters and coasted down to the stretch to a 14-2 record before also losing in the Super Bowl.
Two different strategies yielded the same end result.
But for the Panthers, a 14-0 start to the season has happened while Rivera has encouraged the team to have fun every step of the way. When the team was criticized for dancing too much in victories, Rivera fanned the flames by giving dabbing his seal of approval and even dabbing himself. So letting go of the reins and letting the Panthers continue to have fun with their foot on the gas pedal is only to be expected.
The Pirates have worked hard to try to make a trade for Jose Quintana work, with the attraction obvious: He¡¯s an excellent pitcher with a contract that would be perfect for small-budget Pittsburgh. Including team options, Quintana is under team control for the next four years, for $36.6 million.
Dave Cameron addresses the question of whether the Astros need to trade for Quintana.
The conversations between the White Sox and Yankees about Quintana took place weeks ago, at the same time the White Sox were beginning to have serious discussions about Chris Sale.
The Pirates have had talks with Ivan Nova, as well.
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Also of note, ESPN’s Keith Law ranked the Giants as having one of the worst farm systems in the majors earlier this year, and that was before they dealt prospects to land Matt Moore and Will Smith at the trade deadline.
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Dozier has experience in the majors at second base and shortstop, two positions the Giants are currently set at with Panik and fellow Gold Glove winner Brandon Crawford. Perhaps Dozier would be a fit for San Francisco if he was willing to play third base, an idea broached by Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com earlier this week.