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Stefon Diggs is wearing ‘Wheel of Fortune’ cleats and nobody knows why

Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs is taking full advantage of the NFL’s new relaxed rules on players wearing individualized cleats. This week he’s showing off a pair honoring Wheel of Fortune.

Why is he honoring a game show? We don’t know. Do they have a bankrupt wedge on them? Pat Sajak is from Chicago, so that’s not the link — maybe he’ll score a touchdown on a wheel route and it will all come together.

They make a lot less sense than when he honored Randy Moss in Week 1, but who cares? They’re Wheel of Fortune cleats. We’ll wait to see if the big money comes up.

Goodell notably did not participate in the interviews conducted with Elliott or his accuser, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. Harvey also said that the group of advisors spoke to Goodell individually to give him their opinions. Article 46 of the current collective bargaining agreement gives Goodell absolute power over player discipline.

The actual investigation was undertaken by several people. The league had multiple investigators talk to witnesses and work through the evidence.

A panel of independent advisors interviewed Elliott and evaluated the findings of the investigation. Those four people were Harvey, former player and Hall of Famer Kenneth Houston, Women of Color Network CEO Tonya Lovelace, and former United States Attorney and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White. White was also instrumental in the Saints’ Bountygate investigation.

Elliott officially filed an appeal on the Tuesday after he was Authentic Mike Evans Jersey suspended. The hearing began on Aug. 29 and concluded on Aug. 31. Now that the hearing is complete, there’s no timetable for a decision from the NFL. On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Henderson announced his Authentic Sio Moore Jersey decision on Elliott’s appeal. The suspension was upheld.

J.J. Watt got a hero’s welcome in Houston after raising $31 million (and counting) for relief efforts

J.J. Watt went above and beyond when it came to raising money for Houston’s recovery following Hurricane Harvey, with his crowdfunded drive raising over $31 million to assist with relief efforts. On Sunday he took to the field and got the reception he deserved.

Watt ran onto the field with the Texas state flag and a message to the people of Houston to stay strong during an impossibly difficult time. It was announced early on Sunday that the Texans had been permitted to wear a helmet patch showing support for the 2017 season, and Watt took advantage of the league’s new rules on cleats to continue sending his message.

Denver drafted Osweiler in the second round of the 2012 NFL Daft. He started seven games for the Broncos in 2015 while Peyton Manning was injured. Manning took back the starting QB spot prior to the playoffs and helped lead Denver to a Super Bowl title.

Osweiler then signed his deal with the Texans, but completed just 59 percent of his passes while throwing 16 interceptions to just 15 touchdowns in 2016. He was benched for Tom Savage during the year before getting the starting job back at the end of the season when Savage suffered a concussion.

He then won the battle of the backups in the wild-card round, but fell to Tom Brady and the Patriots in the divisional round to bring Houston’s season to an end. The Texans were desperate to unload his contract, which the Browns absorbed in the March trade.
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Source: Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders at impasse over contract

The Oakland Raiders and place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who has played more games (268) for the team than any player in franchise history, are in a contractual standoff that could dictate whether the two sides spend this season together.

Oakland has asked Janikowski, 39, to rework his contract, which calls for him to make $4 million in the final season of his deal, according to a source familiar with the situation. Janikowski so far has declined.

“I’m not exactly sure what all was said. But I can tell you this: I’m way past that,” Harbaugh said before practice. “I haven’t even thought about that for weeks. Our focus is Cincinnati.”

Asked if this is an unwanted distraction, Harbaugh said, “We have two healthy quarterbacks and we’re ready to roll.”

Kaepernick drew national attention last season when he knelt during the national anthem before games as a protest of social injustice, which he said he will no longer do in 2017.

It’s hard to be as hopeful about the defense — the Cowboys weren’t exactly great last season and will be replacing four regular contributors in the secondary. Sean Lee played 15 games, which is his career high, and Jaylon Smith might not be ready for regular snaps as he makes his way back from a major knee injury. This defense could be downright bad, especially early in the season, but if coordinator Rod Marinelli can cajole a pass rush out of Taconike_rams_2044 Charlton & Co., there’s no ceiling on these Cowboys.

Chauncey Billups knew about Kyrie Irving drama when he turned down Cavs job

When Chauncey Billups turned down the Cavs’ GM job, it came as a bit of a surprise. Who wouldn’t want to be in charge of a team that’s made three straight NBA Finals appearances with the best player in the league? But Billups revealed Tuesday morning that he knew what we all know now.

Witten and Elliott developed a closer relationship as workout partners during offseason practices and have even spoken since the ban was announced. While Witten still holds himself to a high standard when it comes to fighting domestic violence, he is hopeful the experience will help Elliott mature as a player and person.

“There’s a lot of things there that I just don’t know,” Witten said. “I’ve heard what Mr. (Jerry) Jones has said, and I’ve looked at him as a mentor for 14 years, and I still think a lot of things that just don’t know. There’s a recent investigation that was dropped, too, so that’s something where you grab a teammate and you support him in ways. But that doesn’t mean you come off your standard of what you stand for.

“Quite frankly, it’s uncomfortable even having the conversation right now, but you go through it, and (you’re) in a position to be a leader, and you continue to show the way and allow guys to grow, and I know that’s been a tough year on him. I think that his mindset has been such what he’s said, what he’s already released, I think that that’s a pretty good perspective on what he’s trying to do moving forward.”

Although Elliott was never charged in the alleged 2016 assault, he’s had his fair share of other issues off the field. He was cited in April for driving 100 mph in a 70-mph zone, he appeared on video to expose a woman’s breast during a St. Patrick’s Day parade in March, and more recently was accused of punching a nightclub DJ in Dallas, though police suspended that investigation because the accuser was not cooperative.dolphins_122

Breaking down new-look Buccaneers: Jameis Winston bound for big leap (to playoffs?)

What did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do after a 9-7 second season with Jameis Winston as their franchise quarterback? They got more aggressive and got him more weapons.

Promoting offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach did pay off in allowing Winston to settle in and see mild growth in Year 2. But it was clear the Bucs had to improve his supporting cast to expect a big leap from him in 2017.

Here’s a breakdown of all the notable changes on the Bucs’ roster and depth chart, which will allow them to be a legitimate NFC South title contender this season.

Kyle Lowry ended Toronto’s losing streak by scoring 32 points with six assists in a 102-86 win against the Bucks. The Raptors had lost their last five games entering Friday’s contest. They desperately need Demar DeRozan back from his ankle injury to take some pressure off Lowry.

Paul George led the Pacers to a 115-111 overtime win against the Kings by scoring 33 points with four rebounds. This was George’s third straight 30-plus point effort, which is his longest such streak this season.

Jimmy Butler started Friday’s 100-88 loss against the Heat on the bench, and he played like a reserve in 33 minutes of action. The All-Star recorded just three points on 1 of 13 shooting with three turnovers. Something is just not right in Chicago.

Clippers (30-17) at Warriors (39-7) 8:30 p.m. ET — Los Angeles may be distracted by recent Carmelo Anthony trade rumblings, but this is a good opportunity to see how they shake up against the overwhelming favorites in the West. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have really been clicking lately.
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Pelicans already lose new trade acquisition to broken thumb

The Pelicans may end up regretting their recent trade with the Kings.

Not only did New Orleans lose 129-99 against the Rockets Thursday in the NBA’s return to action following the All-Star break, it also lost one of the members of the trade to an injury.

Omri Casspi, who scored 12 points in his Pelicans debut Thursday, unfortunately won’t be playing his second game with the team any time soon. Casspi suffered a broken thumb in the loss, and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to ESPN.

DeMarcus Cousins had a monster night in his Pelicans debut, putting up 27 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, five steals and four blocks. Anthony Davis led the way with 29 points and nine rebounds.

Casspi, however, was the only other player in double-figures on the team. The 6-9 forward also missed a couple weeks in January with a calf injury.

The big difference between James and Harden is obviously the assist numbers, but James wasn’t surrounded with as many sharpshooters in his prime as Harden is right now. Put it this way: Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Lou Williams alone combine for around 30 3-point attempts per game this season. As a team, the Cavaliers attempted no less than 15.7 3-pointers per game and no more than 19.3 3-pointers per game in those four seasons. The most reliable shooters around James during that time were Damon Jones, Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson and Delonte West.

This season has given us some insight into what kind of weapon James becomes in a 3-point happy system. The Cavaliers are second to only the Rockets in 3-point attempts per game, and James is averaging a career-high 8.7 assists per game. But James is also close to setting career-lows in both usage rating and field goal attempts per game. Even though he’s picking teams apart like we’ve never seen before, a 30-10-10 season would probably be in the cards for him had he played in this sort of system earlier in his career.broncos_129

NBA standings: 2017 NBA playoff schedule, bracket set for postseason

The fight for the NBA playoffs lasted until the final day of the regular season, but the 2017 postseason field is now set.

That would be a mistake. It was Olynyk who changed the tenor of this game, when the Celtics were at their worst. In the early going, their starting big men, Crowder and Al Horford — as well as Amir Johnson, who entered the game just two minutes in — were in danger of being steamrolled by Wizards center Marcin Gortat, who finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

But the man-bunned Victorian turned that around on Washington. He scored 10 first-quarter points, and was a plus-14 in the second quarter. Gortat figures to be an advantage throughout this series. Olynyk, though, provided a reminder of what the Celtics can do when going against more traditional, paint-bound big men like Gortat: They can jack 3-pointers, and make them.

Wizards star John Wall could feel the change when Olynyk entered. He was asked about guard Marcus Smart coming into the game in the third quarter but waved that off. “I don’t think it was that quarter,” Wall said. “It was in the second (quarter), Kelly Olynyk came in and played really well for those guys.”

A look at the box score from Sunday’s 123-111 Celtics win in Game 1 shows good numbers for Olynyk: 12 points in 17 minutes, with four rebounds and two assists. He made both of his 3-point attempts. Not bad, but for a game in which Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points, Jae Crowder had 24 points and shot 6 of 8 from the 3-point line and Horford nearly triple-doubled (21 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds), it’s easy to overlook Olynyk’s production.

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Packers’ Letroy Guion during DUI stop: ‘I know I’m drunk,’ report says

Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion told police “I know I’m drunk” during a traffic stop last week in Hawaii, according to arrest records obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

The police say Guion smelled of alcohol and marijuana and his speech was slurred after they pulled him over in a Porsche in Waikiki. He also stumbled while trying to walk.

“‘I know I’m drunk,'” he told an officer, according to the records. “‘I’ve been drinking Hennessy all night. I don’t drink any of that weak stuff, only the hard stuff.'”

A breath test an hour after his arrest for intoxicated driving showed his blood-alcohol level at .086, .006 above the legal limit and twice what can cause impairment. He declined to take a blood test.

Guion started 15 games in 2016 and recorded 30 tackles, but he is suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Porter is a restricted free agent, meaning the Wizards can match any offer from another team. Washington would like to get a deal in place sooner rather than later, though, because matching an outside offer could become an expensive proposition.

Sporting News’ Sean Deveney reported last month the Nets, Magic and Sixers will consider chasing Porter, but the Wizards don’t plan on letting him go. Porter hit career-highs in points per game (13.4), rebounds per game (6.4) and effective field goal percentage (60.8) while playing strong defense on the wing.

Keeping Porter may not come cheap, but Washington won’t blink when it comes down to deal time.warriors_006-115x115

49ers cut undrafted free agent receiver K.D. Cannon

A sad situation with Smith took an even worse turn when the 2015 second-round pick recently re-tore the same ACL he injured at the end of his rookie season. With Smith already declared out for the 2017 campaign, the Jets showed they are ready to move on by grabbing two other wide receivers (Alabama’s ArDarius Stewart and Cal’s Chad Hansen) in Rounds 3 and 4, respectively.

Not all of them will prove elite-level players or even make the 53-man roster, but Marinelli was given more talent to work with after the Cowboys used nine draft picks on defense. The group was highlighted by Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton and cornerbacks Chidobe Aquzie (Colorado) and Jourdan Lewis (Michigan) in Rounds 1, 2 and 3.

K.D. Cannon’s goal of becoming an NFL receiver just took a major hit.

Cannon, an early entrant out of Baylor who went undrafted in April, has been cut by the 49ers after getting signed by the team on Monday. He earned a $45,000 signing bonus, tied for fourth-most among undrafted free agents in 2017.

The 6-0, 185-pound receiver was a go-to pass catcher for Baylor as a junior in 2016, earning career-highs in catches (87), yards (1,215) and receiving touchdowns (13). He left the Bears program as the third-leading receiver in school history in all three categories (195 catches for 3,113 yards and 27 touchdowns).

But despite his athleticism, the NFL Draft committee suggested Cannon remain in school for his senior year, as he faced questions regarding his route-running and ball-catching skills.
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Brandon Jennings thinks the Celtics cut the visiting locker room hot water on purpose

Boston Celtics legend Red Auerbach, one of the most famous head coaches in NBA history, was famous for his visiting locker rooms often not having any hot water. It was a slight discomfort that reminded teams they weren’t in friendly territory, and it worked, since Auerbach’s Celtics were also the winningest team throughout the 1960s. (More likely, the arena was just in bad shape and the hot water went out, but it’s more fun to let the legend grow.)

On Wednesday, it seemed like Auerbach’s ghost visited the Celtics-Bulls Game 5.

Wade just informed teammates there’s no hot water for showers in visiting locker room.

The chances are that it almost has to be an innocent mistake, and that the TD Garden’s plumbing was messing up. It doesn’t seem like there would be a lever some rogue Celtics employee (perhaps directed by head coach Brad Stevens) could sneak over to in the bowels of the arena and pull, not with today’s modern complexity in that sort of thing.

First of all, I’m not even sure that it did (turn off), Celtics president Danny Ainge claimed on Thursday. But no, I have no idea about that.

But Wizards guard Brandon Jennings — who has played in the Limited Marshawn Lynch Jersey Eastern Conference and in Boston for years now — stoked the flames of the unheated water story.

This is really only interesting because the Wizards and the Celtics Game Marshawn Lynch Jersey are both leading their series 3-2 and would play each other in the second round. HOT WATER BEEF, LET’S GO.