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With starting spot resecured, Eli Manning nets $5 million bonus

When Eli Manning was sitting on the bench watching Geno Smith play quarterback for the Giants against the Raiders on December 3, it wasn’t hard to find people who doubted that Manning would get a $5 million bonus for being on the Giants come the fifth day of the 2018 league year.

Things shift quickly in the NFL, though, and the fifth day of the new league year passing without any fanfare around the Giants illustrates that. Manning went from benched to back as the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback for the team well before there was any reason to contemplate the Giants moving on without him.

So it’s easy to see where the Bills are coming from: They think the wild card round of the offs was as far as they were going to go with Taylor at the helm. Now they think extra cap space and another draft pick can help them get further. And McCarron will hold down the fort until a rookie quarterback is ready.

The University of Northern Colorado football team went big and small and everywhere between on Wednesday.Shot by Mikhail Grabovski.Everyone expected these kind of numbers…worse case, and nobody figured he’d struggle to find a place the line up.

It’s a lot of fun being out there with coach O’Brien.Woodstock’s boys and girls teams each finished second.Also had two solo tackles, two passes broken up and assist. ..

I wouldn’t say I’m a celebrity, he said.He also hit double digits the scoring column for the third time the last four contests, a stretch of four consecutive single-digit point totals.Despite his failure to find the end zone, the 2016 campaign was still clearly Whittaker’s best as a pro, which should help him as he becomes a free agent this offseason.

We love him.spite of the small sample size, again he’s a disappointment because of lack of commitment to engage the physical part of his game.- Fortunately the Internet is a thing and on there is a video of every Tannehill pass.Robinson has been a physical between-the-tackles option when healthy, but all of the leg injuries have likely cost him most of his running ability.

Bray joined the Chiefs in 2013 as an undrafted rookie and has been with Kansas City ever since. He never played in a regular-season game until Week 17 of last year, when he came on the field at the end of the game and threw one pass, an incompletion.
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NBA All-Star 2018: Players Association pushed for draft process to remain private, report says

This year’s NBA All-Star draft was going to be one of the most exciting media spectacles in league history — until the National Basketball Players Association stepped in.

Back in October, the NBA announced the main event of its annual star-studded weekend would experience a major shakeup. Rather than a traditional East vs. West matchup, the two leading vote-getters in each conference would serve as captains of their own teams and draft their rosters from the pool of remaining All-Stars.

After hearing that solution, one might wonder if the next All-Star shakeup will be to replace the Slam Dunk Contest with a two-hour layup special.

Konecny put Philadelphia ahead 3:54 later when he batted the puck over Jarry’s right pad.

But the Penguins scored three straight goals to take a 4-2 lead into the third.

“They scored when they needed to score,” Voracek said. “They make you pay.”

Oleksiak tied it at 2 with 10:36 remaining with a slap shot that got through the screen of Crosby and Jake Guentzel and past Peter Mrazek.

The Flyers, sans a three-game losing streak in the past week, have been hot over the past month. I like them to hop past the Pens to close the regular season. If they meet Pittsburgh in the opening round, however, I don’t like the Flyers’ odds. Playoff Penguins are a different breed, and the Philadelphia goalie situation makes me a little nervous in the postseason.

Allen: Murray skated on his own on Monday, suggesting he’ll return sooner than later. Brian Elliott won’t be back until late March. Give me the Penguins.

While Bridges has shown the occasional flash out of a ball screen, he struggles getting low to the ground with the ball and is stiff with his handle. The chances he becomes a primary initiator are slim. A more realistic outcome would result in him attacking off the catch against closeouts where he’s explosive enough to finish in traffic and a good enough passer to find shooters after one or two dribbles.
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Alex Smith said earlier this season he expects Kansas City will move on to first-rounder Patrick Mahomes next year.

Kansas City Chiefs: Smith’s MVP-level performance so far may have changed the situation. But with another early playoff exit, Mahomes may take over and Smith could be moving on to a new team.

Buffalo Bills: Tyrod Taylor just signed a new, restructured contract, but the Bills could save more than $9 million in cap room if they get out of it after this season. Taylor, a former sixth-round pick, has a nice blend of skills and leadership ability and has done more in the NFL than nearly any team expected. His performance will dictate how devoted the Bills are to him.

Denver Broncos: John Elway flirted with trading for Tony Romo before the former Cowboys quarterback chose broadcasting. The Broncos’ offense has been impotent behind Trevor Siemian, and the former seventh-round pick never has possessed the pedigree or raw tools to be considered a bedrock starter.

QB Carson Wentz began his second NFL season with a mixed bag of brilliant improvisational plays and rookielike gaffes Sunday at FedEx Field. He did not get his big-name newcomers, RB LeGarrette Blount and WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, consistently involved in the offense. But it was good enough for a season-opening win over the Redskins, thanks in large part to a defense that generated four turnovers.

So even with top wide receiver Alshon Jeffery likely shadowed by Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes, Foles can’t be afraid to go there. Jeffery (6-3, 218 pounds) has the size, speed and leaping ability to beat Rhodes (6-1, 218 pounds) on occasion in what should be a fun battle to watch. The chemistry between the two hasn’t been great, but the QB needs to target the WR more often after Jeffery caught four of his five targets for 61 yards against the Falcons.

Foles hasn’t been called upon much to break out of his comfort zone, but he has to do so Sunday. He has to use his mobility to buy time and let the longer routes develop. He also needs to throw more often to his breakout playmaker in the slot, who also has the Eagles’ best matchup.chargers_009

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