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Warriors’ Kevin Durant suffers hyperextended left knee

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Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant underwent an MRI after suffering a hyperextended left knee in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s 112-108 loss to the Washington Wizards. Results of the MRI won’t be revealed until Wednesday.

The injury occurred during a loose-ball situation in which Wizards center Marcin Gortat fouled Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, who then fell backward into Durant’s leg less than a minute into Tuesday’s matchup. Durant jumped away from Pachulia’s contact, hopping while holding his left leg.

This was Durant’s first game in the nation’s capital since signing with the Warriors; the Wizards — and their fans — had hoped to try to sign him as a free agent last offseason.

Washington’s Scott Brooks, who coached Durant when both were with Oklahoma City, said: “Hopefully it’s nothing serious. Prayers go to him.”

Adolphus Washington Authentic Jersey The last time Durant played in his hometown of Washington, while with Oklahoma City, he suffered a hamstring injury that forced him to miss six games.

First of all I want to say that Im a Kansas City Chiefs fan because I re2pect Alex Smiths grit. He used his deseptive speed and moxy to overcome literaly having baby hands people forget that. That been said, I was watching Denver Boncos play the last 2 weeks and something stunk and it wasnt the smell of Von Miller after a nite on the town if you know what I mean. No offense to Payton Manning who is a true leader but the Mile “High” offense cheats as much as the Cheattle Cheathawks. Its nothing but illegal pick routes all over the field.

This is a very good and true. in fact I think the only team that doesnt cheat these days is probably the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and they should start. The NFL is a copycat league and the Seahawks are the smart Asian kid (no offense to other races who arent Asian for implying that you arent as smart as them) and its basicly become a game of copying the answers until teacher starts throwing flags for violating the 5 yard cushion.

Steelers vs. Buccaneers final score: 3 things we learned in Tampa’s 27-24 upset win

David Johnson Elite Jersey It had all the makings of another disaster for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, namely a red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers team, fresh off a blowout over the Panthers last week. But there was nothing easy about this one. With Mike Glennon making his first start of the season, the Buccaneers pulled off an incredible, improbable 27-24 win on the road against Steelers.

Vincent Jackson caught the game-winner with seven seconds left to go. The Bucs probably should have never had the chance to score a last-minute game-winner. Pittsburgh’s defense made a key stop, but the offense couldn’t get a new set of downs inside the two-minute mark. A bad punt put the ball at midfield, leaving Glennon’s Bucs with just 46 yards between them and the biggest upset of the NFL season so far.
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I would guess that when most people picture the Lions, they have Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and a prolific, wide-open passing offense in their mind’s eye. Through four games this year, though, it’s evident that Detroit is intent on altering its identity to feature a balanced offense and strong, fundamental defense. The Lions went into this week’s game second in Football Outsiders’ Defensive DVOA metric, and were holding opposing teams to a league-low 267 yards per game, 15.5 points per game (fourth), 4.6 yards per play (second), 3.4 yards per rush (seventh), and have held opposing quarterbacks to a 77.4 rating (fourth). That includes keeping the Packers under 10 points last week.

Arrowhead Stadium has a reputation as one of the most intimidating environments to play in the NFL, and you can bet that its fans will be especially rowdy with ESPN and the Monday Night Football crew in the house. The fans are among the loudest in all of professional sports, taking no mercy on the Chiefs’ opponents at Arrowhead, where the most popular chant is “we’re going to beat the hell out of you, you, you.”

the Texans should be viewed as heavy favorites to win the Romo sweepstakes.

Houston Texans: Only four teams advanced further last season than Houston, a team that has the luxury of competing in the perennial pushover AFC South. Boasting the No. 1 total defense, an arsenal of intriguing skill-position talent and a respected offensive mind at head coach, the Texans are a quarterback away from challenging the Patriots and Steelers for conference supremacy. It doesn’t hurt that Houston is less than an hour’s flight from Romo’s North Dallas homestead. Financial considerations aside, the fit is custom-made for organization and player.

Ah, but there’s the rub. Hog-tied by colossal free-agent bust Brock Osweiler’s guaranteed $19 million salary-cap charge, the Texans would need Romo to restructure his contract and settle for an incentive-laden, cap-friendly deal to make the arrangement work. Even if Romo prioritizes winning and location over salary at this stage of his career, that compromise is easier accomplished via release than trade.

Less than three weeks before the start of the league year, the Texans should be viewed as heavy favorites to win the Romo sweepstakes.

Denver Broncos: Just over a year ago, Romo watched a dominant Denver defense carry a diminished 39-year-old quarterback to the Super Bowl 50 title. It’s hardly a surprise that Romo would initially set his sights on the Peyton Manning path. To this point, though, Romo’s interest had been unrequited by a Broncos leadership group content to roll with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch at quarterback.

The Packers’ front office opted for the Jets’ deal, which featured a conditional fourth-round draft pick that would rise to a first-rounder if New York reached the Super Bowl.

Elway asked Lynch to sit in on some draft meetings

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Who to watch: This team doesn¡¯t have a true star, but sophomore forward Markis McDuffie is their closest thing. After being named the Missouri Valley Freshman of the Year, he leads the team in scoring, rebounding, and steals with 11.8 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, and 1.1 steals a night. He¡¯s their de facto leader, but relies on his lieutenants to help get the job done.
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The team operates around three underclassmen: McDuffie, redshirt freshman guard Landry Shamet, and junior forward Darral Willis Jr. – a junior college transfer. They pace the offense while junior center Shaquille Morris helps holds down the paint. No one player has to score 20 points every night because everyone contributes.

Gimme a good stat: The Shockers currently sit atop the MVC in points per game (81.5), rebounding (41 rpg), and assists (17 apg) while not having a single player average over 12 points, six rebounds, nor four assists per game.

What¡¯s their history in March? Marshall is trying to lead the Shockers to their sixth straight tournament. They¡¯ve had varied success the past five years, ranging from being bounced in the Round of 64 to making the Final Four in 2013. Two years ago, they knocked interstate ¡°rival¡± Kansas off in the Round of 32. Last year, they had to participate in the First Four game before eventually being knocked out of the madness by Miami in the Round of 32.

But Elway also gave Lynch opportunities to see what he was missing, first by asking him to watch tape of safety prospects and write reports. Lynch was a Pro Bowl safety with the Buccaneers and Broncos.

Then, Elway asked Lynch to sit in on some draft meetings. Then, Lynch attended the scouting combine in Indianapolis with the Broncos, participating in every aspect of the process except the interviews.

DeMarco Murray, carried the ball 392 times last season

Those top notch wide receivers I broke down last year who I felt should be first-round picks all had something in common: they all had at least one, if not several, electrifying plays in the games I watched them play. I’m talking the kinda play that gives you goosebumps every time you watch it.

Authentic Mens Jose Abreu Jersey Sammy Watkins catching a quick slant, eating the first tackle attempt like it was a McGriddle (those things are delicious!) and then turning on the jets for a looooong touchdown back at Clemson.

Mike Evans catching a wide receiver screen, mushing the defender into the cheap seats then house calling that bih for the Aggies of Texas A & M

The 6’5 Kelvin Benjamin hitting ’em up basketball style and putting his family jewels all in a defenders face as he rises up and catches a fade over him for those FSU Seminoles just up the road from me.
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All those cats had some oooooo weeeeee plays when I watched them last year. In contrast, I saw some “great job” type plays from Cooper, no doubt, but never once in any of those five games did I almost jump out my seat and cuss when he made a play.

If there’s one coach that understands the value of having a good running back who can carry the ball a large number of times, it’s Garrett. His running back, DeMarco Murray, carried the ball 392 times last season, 80 more than the next closest back.

“I think you’ll probably find if you really look at it, that running the football is an important part of all championship-type teams,” Garrett said. “The runner isn’t the only one who is part of running the football. Controlling the line of scrimmage is big. We’ve made a lot of organizational emphasis over the last few years to use our resources to shore up that offensive line. I think that’s paid dividends for us. But the runner does matter.”

Arrieta is 40-14 over the last two seasons and won the Cy Young award in 2015.

Elite Youth Randall Cunningham Jersey The Marlins’ grieving process isn’t far along, but by the baseball calendar, it’s also time to get back to work. Marlins pitchers and catchers went through their first workout of the spring Tuesday without their No. 1 starter and the face of their franchise.

They will keep Jose Fernandez close to their hearts this season. At home and on the road, his No. 16 will be stitched on the left breast of their uniforms. The team will leave his corner locker in the home clubhouse at Marlins Park empty as a reminder of the pitcher and the person they lost when Fernandez died Sept. 25 in a boating accident that also killed two other men.

“I don’t want to ever forget Jose,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to be part of us. He’s part of this group. The things you take from him are special things, that little kid in him. That’s what our guys took out of that. He wasn’t the perfect teammate. He’d get there late sometimes, and he had his little things like anybody else. He wasn’t perfect, but the way he competed and that joy he had when he played, that’s something that’s going to stick with this ball club.”

Limited Vince Carter Jersey The bottom line for the Cubs’ skipper is if Arrieta takes care of his business in 2017, he’ll be rewarded handsomely wherever he pitches next season. So far he likes Arrieta’s attitude.

“He was just all about winning,” Maddon said after the two met earlier in the day. “That’s where his mind is at right now. That’s the appropriate way to go about it. He has the right mindset, go one game at a time. If you’re healthy and good, the numbers are going to pop.”

Arrieta added: “If it happens [in the spring], great. If not, I’ll continue to move forward and focus on being as good as I can.”

Arrieta is 40-14 over the last two seasons and won the Cy Young award in 2015.

Three back surgeries sidelined Woods for 15 months before he returned with much fanfare to his unofficial Hero World Challenge in December.

The handlers at dog shows are all neat and clean, too, and they all wear suits, I learned on Monday. I asked a handler standing next to a bunch of coonhounds if there was a dress code, and she said, “everyone wears their Sunday best, you know what I’m saying?” She also said that many of them like outfits with “bling,” because it sparkles on camera. The amount of sequins around me proved her point.

When I finally got to Ring 7, a steward was telling Michael and Murray, along with seven or eight other Finnish Lapphunds and their handlers, that “we’ll have the dogs head in, and then the bitches.” I didn’t laugh, even when he said, “okay, now let’s get the bitches in.”

The judge, whose name was Mr. Walter J. Sommerfelt, stood near the entrance to the ring, but I wasn’t allowed to talk to him, the steward said, because he had no time. He was busy judging dogs.

It’s possible — even probable — that the former world No. 1 will tee it up again on tour, though where and when nobody knows since Tiger withdrew from back-to-back contests starting with the Genesis Open in Los Angeles this week and followed immediately by the Honda Classic on home turf in Florida.

Three back surgeries sidelined Woods for 15 months before he returned with much fanfare to his unofficial Hero World Challenge in December. Though he led the limited field with 24 birdies, he still finished 15th in a 17-player field.

Almost two months later, he made a now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t comeback to full-field play at Torrey Pines but did not survive to play the weekend after suffering his first-ever 36-hole missed cut on the track where he owns a record eight victories. It never seemed a terrific idea to slate four events in five weeks, especially with all the travel involved, and that long flight to the Middle East with a balky back apparently took its toll. Tiger, seemingly in pain and swinging and walking “like an old man,” quit after an opening-round 77.

The Islanders may or may not be good again

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Even so, it¡¯s hard to tell if the Islanders are riding the honeymoon period with new coach Doug Weight or they¡¯re good again. They have allowed four or more goals in their last three games, so it¡¯s a tossup.
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Three playoff contenders. Three duds. Three big potholes hit dead-on in their drive to the postseason.

Washington iced its tenth straight win at the Verizon Center on Tuesday and it wasn¡¯t even that close. That 5-0 win over Carolina means they¡¯ve out-scored opponents 50-12 on home ice in that stretch, pushing them to 17-2-2 overall in their last 21 games. That¡¯s also a franchise-record 10 shutouts this season; seven of them have come at home.

We¡¯ll give it to Vladimir Tarasenko¡¯s second goal simply for a chance to give Mike Yeo some credit: the new Blues coach decided to stick with the Alexander Steen, Paul Stastny, and Tarasenko trio for one more night. That line ended with three goals and six points on Tuesday.

Tonight is another great look at the possibilities of Bednar’s systems approach. Neutral zone dominance. Skating opponents into the ground.

The Canadiens are struggling to create scoring chances, and seeing as Bergevin’s five-year plan is nearing completion, it wouldn’t be surprising if he just wanted to address his troops as to reassure them they’re not veering off course, but they do need to be better. It also could be that the players asked to speak to Bergevin, and not the other way around.

Bergevin has to decide whether or not he’s really “all-in” this year, and part of that decision involves weighing the opinion of his team leaders.

How to cope with the Lightning possibly not making the playoffs

Hi Lightning fans. It¡¯s your Uncle JustinG. here. I¡¯m taking some time off from writing about Steven Stamkos to talk to you a bit about the next couple of months. I love the Tampa Bay Lightning and have loved them for a long time ¡ª that being said, things might get a little tough on the road ahead. We¡¯re going to see some things we¡¯re not used to seeing. We¡¯re going to have to accept some things we don¡¯t want to or don¡¯t like.

Kids Connor Barwin Jersey There¡¯s little doubt about DeBrincat¡¯s scoring ability. After putting up 51 goals in back-to-back OHL seasons, he¡¯s scoring at an even higher rate in 2016-17. He¡¯s also got some bite to his game, which helps make up for a small package.

Schwartz mentioned ¡°Every game is a little bit different with him.¡±

¡°When we’ve been able to get that and complete the coverage behind him, he’s been effective there. But he doesn’t stand alone. He can have a great pass-rush, and if our matchup is bad outside or we don’t cover the guy long enough, that doesn’t make a difference.”

No one knows if Philadelphia will be able to find a trade partner for Kendricks. It¡¯s going to be tough for the Eagles to convince another team to trade for a linebacker who gets paid a lot but doesn’t perform well.

His first career sack came in primetime, during a Monday Night Football matchup against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Moses remained with the Dolphins through the 2010 season and finished his career with 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

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Gortat is still trying to decide whether he hates virtual reality or loves it.

According to sources close to the situation, Magic has already heard from agents and executives from other teams that Kupchak’s deliberate style can be frustrating to deal with and has probably cost the Lakers in free agency in recent years, missing out on a list of names that includes Isaiah Thomas, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Lowry, Ed Davis, Trevor Ariza, Pau Gasol and Eric Gordon.

Thomas, now an MVP candidate and two-time All Star with the Boston Celtics, told Grantland’s Zach Lowe in 2014, “I always envisioned myself playing with the Lakers,” but they were “waiting on Carmelo [Anthony] and other moves.” So Thomas took a new four-year, $28 million deal with the Phoenix Suns (via a sign-and-trade with the Sacramento Kings). The same year, the Lakers expressed interest in Lowry but told him they preferred to wait on Anthony before making their best offer to him. Lowry ended up re-signing with the Toronto Raptors while the Lakers were waiting on Anthony, who ultimately chose to stay in New York.

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“Oh man, it’s amazing,” Gortat says. “I think it can be successful, but for me, as a 10-year veteran, it’s not going to change anything right now. It’s the new tool of the century.”

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WIZARDS HEAD COACH Scott Brooks is a big believer in the power of visualization and VR. Brooks says he stood 4-foot-11 when he joined the East Union High School basketball team in Manteca, California. Not ideal for someone who had NBA dreams. Though he grew a foot by the time he graduated from high school, Brooks never topped the 6-foot mark.