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Stanford is at No. 21, followed by Arizona.

Those same Buckeyes have a good look at the Sooners’ taillights as they land at No. 6, one spot ahead of the Penn State team they Nail Yakupov Jersey beat in Saturday afternoon’s thriller.
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“For the teams five through seven, their head-to-head results were very important to the committee,” CFP committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said.

The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are the highest-ranked teams from the Big Ten, and undefeated Wisconsin is ranked ninth in the CFP. The Badgers lack a signature win and have no CFP-ranked teams remaining on their schedule, but an undefeated run to the Big Ten title game and a showdown against potential East Division winner Ohio State or Penn State could vault Wisconsin into the top four.

LSU sits at No. 19 and is followed by a two-loss NC State team that rattled off six straight wins after losing its opener to South Carolina but got taken down by Notre Dame on Saturday.

The Wildcats and quarterback sensation Khalil Tate are ranked No. 22, ahead of Memphis, Michigan State and Washington State.

He’s clearly exceeded even the wildest expectations so far, averaging more than 25 points per game while making half his field goals and providing a Stephen Curry-like free throw percentage. Perhaps the scoring will adjust when center Myles Turner returns from a concussion, but that day isn’t today.

He gets a great matchup with the faster-paced Lakers tonight, who lead the league with over 19 turnovers per game. — Renee Miller

Russell against the Suns’ 25th ranked defense is the perfect recipe for a big night out of the third-year pro. He only needs to reach 35 DFS points on Tuesday and he will have a chance to come close to that on scoring alone. Add in the assists, rebounds and steals, and Russell should be one of the Sam Bennett Jersey top values of the night. — Joe Kaiser

Marshawn Lynch suspended 1 game for pushing official

The NFL announced a one-game suspension for Marshawn Lynch on Friday night, less than 24 hours after the Oakland Raiders running back was ejected from a game against the Kansas City Chiefs for making contact with an official.
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You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players, NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in a letter to Lynch announcing the suspension. You were disqualified for your in appropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey.

Potential return? As early as Week 15 against Carolina, per ESPN, but any timetable is speculative, especially with a Packers medical staff known for being conservative with player injuries.

Kuechly still has to be cleared by the team doctor and an independent nuerologist before he can play in a game, but coach Ron Rivera told reporters it’s his understanding that Kuechly is on pace to play on Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Kuechly missed last week’s loss to the Bears after leaving the previous game against the Eagles, where he was immediately placed on the concussion protcol for the third time in 26 months.

Kuechly has missed 10 games over the past three years with concussions.

Knowing that their motives and message had largely been lost in the political chaos, the players told stories of their personal connections to the military and showed a good grasp of the business problems suddenly confronting the league. Left unsaid was the warning issued on Oct. 11 by Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy about forcing players to stand: I think it’s gonna be an uproar if that is to happen, because you’re basically taking away a Dan Marino Authentic Jersey constitutional right to freedom of speech.

Lions punter Kasey Redfern has torn ACL, MCL in kicking leg

Detroit Lions punter Kasey Redfern tore the ACL, MCL and part of the patellar tendon in his kicking leg Sunday in the team’s 35-23 win over Arizona, according to a source.

The news was first reported by the Detroit Free Press.

“He was not able to be at the walk-through that we had at the end of (Tuesday’s practice), but he’s really been at everything else,” Garrett said. “Last week, when he went up to New York prior to the Houston game that we were supposed to play, he missed those days, but other than that he’s been here and doing everything we’ve asked him to do, and he’s done an excellent job in his preparation.”

As for Payton, he also downplayed the altercation and denied any implications that the conversation was built on anger.

“Listen, I’ll tell you if we were in a heated exchange,” Payton said. “… None that I can recall, and I am being honest.”

Peterson’s return to Minnesota was spoiled as his former team held him to just 18 yards on six carries. He had also expected a warm welcome by Vikings fans, but instead received more boos than applause.

In comparison, roughly one-third of the league’s head coaches (10 of 32) are in either their second or third go-arounds. Fourteen of the previous 20 Super Bowl winners were coached by somebody who falls under that category, including the past four champions in New England (Belichick), Denver (Gary Kubiak) and Seattle (Pete Carroll).

The only multi-time general manager in that 20-season span with final say over personnel moves was Bill Polian with the 2006 Colts.
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Chargers to put LB Denzel Perryman on IR, expect return

The Los Angeles Chargers plan to place linebacker Denzel Perryman on injured reserve Monday but expect him to return this season, general manager Tom Telesco said.

By rule, players are only permitted to return from injured reserve if they are on a team’s initial 53-man roster.

Korey Toomer and Nick Dzubnar are expected to fill the void at middle linebacker in Perryman’s absence. Perryman, 24, recorded 72 tackles, two sacks and an interception in 12 games — 11 starts — last year.

Each team is allowed to designate two players on injured reserve to return as a result of a rule change instituted for this season.

“If I’m available, I’ll be there,” Cousins said. “Or if we’re in L.A. or playing Philly, it is what it is and I’ll get there as fast as I can.”

Last season, Colt McCoy’s wife had her baby induced six days before her due date of Thanksgiving — and the Redskins were playing at Dallas. Julie Cousins did not want to have their baby induced, and the couple was comfortable with that decision.

“She’s really supportive,” Kirk Cousins said, “and knew from day one that she would rather let the baby come when it comes and we’ll react accordingly.”

The couple revealed via social media in March that they would be having a boy.

Cousins, 29, will enter his third season as the Redskins’ starting quarterback — and his second playing under the franchise tag. He has thrown for club-record yardage totals each of the past two seasons, including 4,917 yards.9

The worst-ever starting quarterback for every NFL team

It was darkest for the Packers, right before the magic they have enjoyed with Don Majkowski, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Everything with Wright was wrong, as they went 7-25 in his five seasons from 1984-’88. He completed only 53.8 percent of his passes despite averaging 6.1 yards per attempt.

Because the Texans have been around just 15 years and got seven pretty good ones from Matt Schaub, Carr is the worst of the limited options. He endured the most brutal stint for a No. 1 overall pick going to an expansion team and never could recover from being rattled for a record 76 sacks as a rookie. He had a high of only 16 touchdown passes despite getting Andre Johnson in Year 2. They went 22-53 with Carr from 2002-’06. At least the Texans were able to somehow win a division title in one year of Brock Osweiler.

They have bungled a lot of franchise QB decisions over the years, but none was worse than Smith, an all-out bust as the No. 3 overall pick in the 1999 draft. His impressive play didn’t translate well from Oregon, as he quickly became a lame Duck in only winning 3 of his 17 career starts. He had just five touchdown passes to his name and took sacks on 11 percent of his dropbacks. It’s capped by an atrocious 46.6 completion percentage.

Matt Ryan: “Every year you go through training camp, you have days where it’s really good and days where it’s not so good. But the thing that fires me up is that good or bad, guys come back to work the next day ready to go. There’s a lot of focus, there’s a lot of energy. We’ve got a lot of young guys out there flying around. Our defense specifically is really young, really talented and they look really fast. But like every year we have a long way to go before the season rolls around.”

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NFL Week 1 schedule and TV coverage

The NFL preseason is over, and now the meaningful games finally are set to start. The NFL season kicks off Sept. 7 with a marquee AFC matchup, while the rest of the weekend features a few interesting divisional battles.

The Chiefs and Patriots start the season Thursday night on NBC. Tom Brady faces Alex Smith for the first time after the Patriots downed the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium in the divisional playoffs two seasons ago.

Thursday’s matchup looks like the best game of the weekend, though there are plenty of other great Sunday matchups. Seahawks vs. Packers looks to be the highlight of the Sunday afternoon games, while NBC’s Sunday night game pits the Giants against the Cowboys.

On Monday night, newly-signed Saints running back Adrian Peterson returns to Minneapolis to take on his former team. Then a matchup between the Chargers and Broncos will set the tone in the AFC West.

It’s hard to imagine the NBA under those rules.

Five teams used the core designation this offseason, meaning their other restricted free agents (beside the “core player”) will be unrestricted. The result: The much-anticipated offseason in which there should be a lot of talented free agents available.

Delle Donne — described by The Times as “the first WNBA star at her high level of play and prime age to switch teams” — just won’t be among them.

Hawkins entered the NFL in 2011 with the Bengals and played three seasons in Cincinnati, then three in Cleveland before signing with the Patriots in May. He finishes his NFL career with 209 catches for 2,419 yards and nine touchdowns.t_rangers_007-115x115

DeMarcus Cousins sips Hennessy atop Mardi Gras float

Don’t worry.

DeMarcus Cousins isn’t letting his rough start with the Pelicans get him down too much.

While Boogie has yet to help lead New Orleans to a victory since being sent to the Crescent city prior to last week’s NBA trade deadline, he’s still out here winning in these 504 streets. He casually sipped from a bottle of Hennessy as he and new teammate and fellow Kentucky product Anthony Davis paraded through town on a Mardi Gras float on Fat Tuesday.

He may not have turned the Pelicans (23-37) around yet, but his turn up is definitely real.

Cousins is a true professional. After recording his 18th technical foul, Cousins is suspended for the Pelicans’ game Wednesday against the Pistons. He won’t be in action again until they host the Spurs Friday. I’m sure he’ll be ready to go.

Wilt Chamberlain has a statue in Philadelphia, and all you have to do to see why is take a gander at the NBA record book, aka “The Wilt Chamberlain Story.” He owns almost all of the league’s major records, making Michael Jordan look like just another hoopster. As the gold standard, he deserved his statue.

The Sixers lowered the bar more than a few rungs when they honored Julius Erving with his likeness in bronze. So there’s always a chance that Iverson one day will get a statue. He’s already had his number 3 retired, justifiably, winning one MVP award and four scoring titles.

But he’s not one of the NBA’s immortals and when you’re talking about a statue, that is one of our prerequisites. No, it didn’t apply when Dominique Wilkins was cast in bronze by the Hawks, so there’s always a chance that the Sixers pay homage to Iverson. But other than his MVP season in 2001, he had no other top-three finishes in his career. He went to one Finals and didn’t win a ring. He’s also 24th all-time in scoring, but soon to be 25th with Carmelo Anthony closing in fast. We just don’t see bronze in AI’s future.broncos_117

Robin Lopez clears way for Bulls to go up 2-0 on Celtics

Robin Lopez tucked a few strands of his frizz under his well-worn Seattle Mariners cap and slapped on a stoic look, pretty much the same look he wears no matter the circumstances. He had cause for jubilation after the Bulls’ 111-97 drubbing of the Celtics in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference opening-round playoff series, but he was — as he so often is — less than jolly.

On its surface, DeMar DeRozan’s Game 4 performance wasn’t bad — he had 22 points on 8 of 18 shooting, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. But a shooting guard who poses no threat from 3-point range is not an ingredient in a winning playoff recipe, and he went 0 for 2 from beyond the arc Sunday and 0 for 3 in the series. Also, with just 11 total fourth-quarter points in the four games against Cleveland (4 points on 2 of 7 in Game 4), he virtually disappeared when the Raptors needed him most.

Wizards guard John Wall put Boston’s Marcus Smart on skates as he scored the 23rd and 24th points of Washington’s 26-0 third-quarter run. Wall finished with 27 points and 12 assists in his team’s 121-102 victory.

Down three games to none to the mighty Dubs, Utah’s hopes are fading fast. The Jazz hung tough for most of Saturday night’s Game 3, but Golden State’s late fourth-quarter run that put Utah away had to be disheartening. We hate to disregard the importance of any playoff game, but a win by the Jazz on Monday will do little other than prolong their agony.falcons_015

DeAngelo Williams faceplants in pro wrestling debut

DeAngelo Williams’ pro wrestling debut could have ended his football season before it started.

During his Sunday night appearance on Slammiversary XV, the veteran NFL running back faceplanted on the mat after leaping off the ropes to bodyslam his opponent.

Williams, 34, has spent his last two seasons in Pittsburgh but remains on the free-agent market after the Steelers didn’t offer him a new contract this offseason. The former Panther, who is Carolina’s all-time leading rusher, amassed 1,735 total yards and 17 touchdowns in 25 games during his tenure with the Steelers.

For its annual rankings, Sporting News is rating only 31 NFL general managers ahead of the 2017 season.

This is not an intentional homage to the acknowledged master of personnel management, the Patriots’ Bill Belichick, which was given in our annual head coach rankings. This is in recognition of one of the latest executive beheadings in recent memory.

Thanks to whatever went down in Kansas City that did in John Dorsey less than a month before training camp, at the deadest point of the offseason, as of this ranking there were only 31 GMs employed by 32 teams. Fun!

That doesn’t affect the top of the rankings, which are based on tangible and intangible criteria and spans their entire bodies of work. The No. 1 ranking, again, should not be a surprise.warriors_009-115x115

Seahawks’ Justin Britt gets stolen car back after Twitter appeal

Pegula: You know, we’re close on the Sabres to having a final answer. These are just things when you own two teams that, they occur. If we own three teams, it gets even more complex.

I know you conducted a review but what specifically was lacking from the general manager position in terms of Doug? What specific factors led you and Kim to this decision?

Pegula: You know, I don’t want to discuss publicly why we made the decision, the factors. Like I said, Doug’s a good guy, he’s a smart man. But we made the decision. The reasons remain private to us and Doug.

You said in January when Rex Ryan was fired that Doug Whaley was going to head up your search committee for a new head coach. You’ve taken issue with the word ‘dysfunction’ to describe the organization. What message do you think it sends when you put a GM in charge of hiring a head coach then fire that GM three months later?

Pegula: Doug wasn’t the only person involved in hiring the new head coach. It was Kim and I and a lot of input from other places. I mean, that’s a legitimate question but, no, things change.

You have a lot of money out there. You’re paying people to not work for you anymore. At what point should people believe that you’re actually getting things right? That reeks of mistakes when you have that much money out of the organization for past people.

Pegula: Well this isn’t justification but there’s not — it’s very common in pro sports to have “dead money” in coaching and management.

Never underestimate the reach of Seattle’s 12th Man.
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