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Dolphins show us why you should always play until the whistle

Elite Mens Teppo Numminen Jersey The first touchdown in the Titans-Dolphins game was a weird one.

What she told the NFL: The Dallas Morning News obtained transcripts of the alleged victim’s interviews with Kia Roberts, the NFL’s director of investigations. During her interview, Elliott’s accuser said that the day before she filed a police report in Florida, an argument between the two began after she got upset about Elliott whispering about another woman to a friend she called a marketing agent who was into drugs (page 20 and page 31). She said Elliott shoved her against the wall multiple times and pinned her, leaving bruises and thumbprints on her arms.

In an interview from September 2016, she told Roberts that Elliott stopped when he realizes what he’s doing, like every other time. And that’s when I said he said, ‘just come to bed and lay down with me.’

Game Ronde Barber Jersey We are not going to see a shootout between Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, but that still should be one of the most-used games for fantasy purposes this week. We’ve also found a lot of potential in Minnesota’s matchup with Baltimore, and the Titans are the latest offense to take a crack at the winless Browns.

She confirmed her early version of events, when she said another woman attacked her friend as they were leaving. She said no punches were thrown.

The friend said that when Elliott’s accuser approached Elliott and the woman driving his car, the two went around her and into the place he was staying. That’s when she called the police.

The Steelers turn in a dominant first half and carry a 9-point advantage into the locker room.

James McCann Elite Jersey The Ravens shouldn’t consider themselves out of the woods yet, even after whipping the Raiders in Oakland, or even with the Bears coming to town. The big Mitchell Trubisky change only spotlighted how few offensive threats the Bears have. They don’t have anyone the Ravens can’t handle — which only means that the wildly inconsistent, vulnerable-in-spots Ravens had better eat while the eating’s good.
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It will be fun to see Browns first-rounder Myles Garrett trying to chase down Texans first-rounder Deshaun Watson. But unfortunately, beyond some good Browns run-stoppers, Garrett has limited help on his side. Watson will buy time with his feet and hit more big plays to his wide receivers and tight ends to make up for Lamar Miller being slowed down. Meanwhile, DeShone Kizer is left wondering what if.

Kansas City’s offense registered just one first down and six total yards in the half, while holding the ball for 8:19. Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell has already tallied 99 yards on the ground as well as a touchdown.

Field goal. Aldrick Rosas made a 40-yard field goal to put the icing on the cake that was an impressive Giants win. 23-10, Giants

Touchdown. Trevor Siemian waited too long to make his best throw of the game. He managed to fit his pass into double coverage and into the hands of Jeff Heuerman for a 13-yard touchdown pass, which cut New York’s lead to 10. The score capped a seven-play, 58-yard drive. 20-10, Giants

Immediately after Hayward went down, announcer Kevin Harlan knew it was bad. Said Harlan: Oh my goodness, Hayward came down so hard, Hayward broke his leg, Hayward has broken his leg, Hayward has broken his leg. Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh. And that is how quickly a season can change.

So it was no surprise for him to find the net at the next level of hockey.

The consistency ratings weigh both how consistent and how start-worthy players have been in ESPN leagues in 2017.
Start%: The player’s start percentage, which shows how often he earned your start in an ESPN standard PPR (points per reception) league. This is his number of Starts — those defined below — divided by his number of scheduled team games.
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CR: The player’s consistency rating, which is calculated as his weekly standard deviation divided by his PPR fantasy points per game average. This is meant to identify the players who were most consistently close to their weekly averages. The lower the number, the more consistent the player. Again, lower numbers are better.

And tallying his first against a Vezina Trophy winner like Carey Price made it that much better.
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You also can add the $4.8 million option for Ntilikina, and the $1.6 million team options for Damyean Dotson and Willy Hernangomez. Include those and the total, including a Porzingis extension, rises to $85 million, which is $23 million below the expected cap. But the Knicks also own their 2019 first-round draft pick, so for the purposes of this exercise, let’s add in $3.5 million for that player’s 2019-20 salary.

That would leave the Knicks with $19.5 million in cap space (not including cap holds for empty roster spots).

The unknowns for the 2019 summer are Ron Baker’s qualifying offer ($5.7 million) and Lance Thomas’ $7.5 million non-guaranteed contract. Thomas’ contract would be guaranteed at $1 million if he is not waived by June 30, 2019. If both of those numbers remain on the Knicks’ books, then the Knicks’ cap space falls to just $3.3 million (including a Porzingis extension).

Jokic’s playmaking presents a similar challenge.

The story is murkier when one of them rests, and Washington was famously a disaster when they sat together — even with Markieff Morris propping up reserve units. Scott Brooks could stagger his stars more, and the Wiz are confident they’ve beefed up their bench with Jodie Meeks, Mike Scott, Tim Frazier, and a full season of Ian Mahinmi. The jury is, umm, out on that one.

The Wizards lazed through most of the season — especially the end of it — on defense. They dialed it up a little in the playoffs, but they should be better. They have not accomplished enough to be entitled. To reach the next level — the level they are constantly yapping about — they have to develop good habits now.

They may also be due some good luck: Wiz opponents shot 41.8 percent on open 3s, the highest mark in the league.

Seven-footers simply aren’t supposed to thread needles and facilitate offense to the degree he does. Maybe you’ve heard this before, but it bears repeating: Since Jokic became the starting center in mid-December of last season, Denver — not Golden State — led the NBA in offensive efficiency.

The Warriors didn’t become “The Warriors” until Curry transformed into a transcendent talent, a metamorphosis that began to take shape in 2012-13, gained momentum in 2013-14 and became reality in 2014-15. He’s a bona fide superstar and a face of the NBA.

Jokic is three years younger and already ahead of where Curry was entering 2013-14.tigers_015-115x115

Rajon Rondo has sports hernia surgery, out 4-6 weeks

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo had surgery for a sports hernia on Tuesday morning and is expected to be out four to six weeks, the team announced.
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Rondo visited a specialist Monday in Philadelphia to determine whether he needed surgery for the hernia.

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Several preseason games are out of the way, and contests that will count are fast approaching next week, so I figured I’d add my thoughts on this intriguing bunch of players because forecasting the statistics the players can and will provide depends on myriad factors, including health, roles and skill sets. I’ve seen several of the Philadelphia 76ers preseason games and followed along with all the coachspeak, so using the ESPN Fantasy projections as a guide, here are one person’s thoughts on how fantasy owners should be viewing things in Philly.

Ainge is typically a rock star here in the shadow of Brigham Young University, where his full-court drive to beat Notre Dame in the 1981 NCAA tournament remains one of the region’s most celebrated sports moments. On this day, there’s a handful of angry Utah Jazz fans who simply want a little revenge after Ainge’s Celtics lured away Gordon Hayward in free agency earlier in the summer.

Kids Mitch Morse Jersey Soon enough, Ainge is soaked as softballs whiz at the red target to his left and he gamely high-fives those who trigger the release on his seat with their accurate tosses. Afterward, Ainge conducts a handful of interviews with local television stations while clinging to his grandchildren.

Toronto was behind 2-1 after 40 minutes despite outshooting Chicago 26-15.

The final eight minutes of the second were filled with minor penalties and lots of 4-on-4 hockey, but no one was able to take advantage of the open ice.

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We lost a lot of momentum there, fortunate to come out of (the second) with the lead, said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

Clemson’s defense continued to show why it’s among the country’s best. The Tigers held Wake Forest scoreless the 51 minutes until Scotty Washington’s 16-yard touchdown catch spoiled the shutout. Clemson has held opponents scoreless in 15 of 24 quarters this season.

Wake Forest fell to 0-22 against opponents who entered 5-0 or better.
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We’ve still got to execute at a high level, Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. I don’t like to use this as a measuring stick. It’s a one week season and we didn’t measure up this week.

Clemson looked like it might crush the Demon Deacons its first two drives went for quick and easy touchdowns in the game’s opening nine minutes. The Tigers, though, managed only 134 yards the rest of the half. No matter, as Clemson’s defense did what it usually does and kept the Demon Deacons in check most of the way.

Mika Zibanejad is on pace for 109 goals. After scoring two in the season opener, Zibanejad tallied once more in each of the Rangers’ subsequent games for a total of four in three outings. Of course, he isn’t going to keep up this pace, and he doesn’t look like a candidate to challenge for the Rocket Richard Trophy. That said, he is now 24 years old and has been a blue-chip prospect throughout his development. Zibanejad is getting minutes on a Rangers scoring line and the top power play unit. He’s definitely worth an add to your team in the 46.6 percent of leagues where he is available, but don’t break the bank for him.

He left the stadium on a cart with a boot on his left leg.

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Beckham was carted off the field after he suffered the injury with four minutes remaining in the loss, which dropped the Giants to 0-5. He had gone up for a catch and fell awkwardly to the ground, and Chargers players immediately called for medical help.
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I knew it was bad, Giants tight end Evan Engram said.

Beckham was in serious pain as he left the field. He had a towel over his head and appeared to be in tears.

J.J. Nelson continued his tear through fantasy football Sunday with four catches for 80 yards in Arizona’s loss to the Eagles. His fantasy production heading into the season was a major question mark because of how much emphasis the offense was going to put on David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. But without Johnson and with John Brown’s health still impacting his play, Nelson has established himself as Arizona’s No. 2 receiver with 17 catches for 277 yards and two touchdowns.

Sammy Watkins has been targeted only 20 times through the Rams’ first five games. He didn’t get a pass thrown to him for the game’s first 50 minutes against the Cowboys in Week 4, then caught zero passes — for the second time in 42 career games — against the Seahawks in Week 5. Watkins joined the Rams as a vertical threat and primary receiver, but Jared Goff is committed to taking what the defense gives him and not force-feeding receivers.

I was blessed to coach in the National Football League for 28 years, Dungy said. I ran across a lot of players who were great people. You don’t hear about all the great things they do. We tend to focus on the negatives, but I ran across a lot of great young men in those 28 years. I ran across a few men who were exceptionally talented and gifted and the best of all time at what they do. But it’s rare you run across one person with both those qualities, great in the community, great people and extremely gifted and talented, and that’s Peyton Manning.

That’s the same attitude that Giants coach Ben McAdoo and his players are taking as they to search for that first win of 2017.

With Washington and Dallas at .500 and the Giants’ season upside down in a roadside ditch, Carson Wentz and the Eagles are 3-1 and leading the NFC East. And while, yes, they were 3-1 last season, too, on the way to 7-9, Wentz is showing more than was expected of him at this point in his career. Eagles coaches said in camp it takes three to four years for a quarterback to master the West Coast style offense they’re running. So there are still bumps ahead. But Wentz’s completion percentage is up over 60, his yards per attempt are at a respectable middle-of-the-pack 7.2, and his 62.9 Total QBR is seventh best in the league. The Eagles are confident they have their guy, and they’re excited that he’s helping them make some contender-style noise early in his second season.

I know the odds and the percentages and all that against an 0-4 team making a run and playing in January are super, super slim, but we’re not worried about that. We’re just trying to win a game right now and then hopefully we can get on a roll.

Lynn agreed.

There’s so much football left, he said. There are 12 games, 12 weeks left, and it’s way too early to mentally check out. If this was midway through the season or on the third quarter of the season, maybe some concern there, but not right now.

Like the Chargers, no Giants players have thrown in the towel on the season.

Nobody wants to sit there without a win and if you go back, we haven’t had a win. We lost the last five games — we have to include that Green Bay game, linebacker and defensive captain Jonathan Casillas said.


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Yeah, changes throughout, but not at the top. The Patriots’ defense has been a confused mess so far this season, which is the reason they’re 2-2 and looking up at the Bills in the AFC East standings. But Tom Brady has been just as Tom Brady as ever, with a league-leading 1,399 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. And remember, the Patriots love backup Jimmy Garoppolo so much that they refused to answer trade calls for him all offseason and dealt away fellow backup Jacoby Brissett for wide receiver help just before Week 1. Brady’s age (40) is the only thing not to like about this situation, and he’s not showing his age.
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The first two Saturdays of this college football season were among the syndicate’s best ever. They placed 100s of bets on those Saturdays and got more than $500,000 in play each day.

Back when we started, we maybe did $2 million in volume in a year, Sigsbee says. Now, we do $2 million in a couple weeks.
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Except for the occasional baseball and preseason hockey bet, things are relatively uneventful as the first set on NFL games heads into the second quarter. As the games near halftime, the conversation dwindles. They’ve already bet $82,000 on the day, but in the next 30 minutes — roughly 11:30 a.m. to noon PT — the syndicate hopes to place nearly one third of the $250,000 it plans to wager Sunday. Halftime lines are a big opportunity.

With momentum for legalization of sports betting in the United States growing, David Purdum gives a snapshot of where the professional sports leagues, Supreme Court, Congress, Nevada and others stand on the issue right now.

Experts almost unanimously agree that legalized sports betting in the U.S. is inevitable. In Part 1 of Chalk’s series, we examine how we might get there and what the market could look like.