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The Knicks! New York’s favorite team had exit meetings on Friday. Phil Jackson acknowledged that he would attempt to trade Carmelo Anthony this summer and implied that Melo was the reason the Knicks don’t win (which is a vicious self-own). Melo responded by posting a Leo DiCaprio photo and some crying emojis on Instagram. Kristaps Porzingis liked the post … and then skipped exit meetings out of frustration with the franchise. Nice work, Phil!

Russell Westbrook’s rebounds are rather useful, as this Seth Rosenthal video shows. Speaking of Westbrook, Ricky O’Donnell has a timeline of the incredible journey Russ took us on this year.

Winners and losers from this week’s WNBA draft.

Lynn Swann is the athletic director at USC. His women’s basketball coaching search is … not going well.

Bill Simmons takes us on a real trip explaining his Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping MVP vote for James Harden. Some of those older MVP races are fascinating to read about.

Although running back and wide receiver are needs, those positions are on the back-burner, like every other part of the Redskins’ offense. Washington must solidify the middle of its Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys defense on every level first, and it likely will go for the best playmaker available.

Aaron Hernandez acquitted in Boston double murder, still serving life sentence

Aaron Hernandez has been acquitted in a 2012 double slaying, according to the Associated Press.

The jury found Hernandez not guilty in the first-degree murders of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu. Prosecutors had claimed that Hernandez gunned them down after one bumped into him at a nightclub, spilling his drink.

The only conviction he faced in the case was for unlawful gun possession.

The defense claimed that Alexander Bradley — who was a friend to Hernandez — was responsible for the shooting. Bradley claimed that Hernandez had shot him in the face months later after commenting on the shooting of Furtado and de Abreu, which caused him to lose his right eye.

Portland Trail Blazers forward Moe Harkless probably knew his bonus was on the line. That could be why he didn’t attempt a single three-pointer in the team’s 103-100 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. And in avoiding triples like a vegan shuns meat, he hauled in a half-million bucks — that’s a big chunk of cash for a player whose career earnings to date have been around $17.3 million.

Harkless had an incentive written into his contract that paid him a $500,000 bonus for finishing the season shooting 35 percent or better from three-point range. He was shooting 35.1 percent heading into Wednesday’s game against the Pelicans.

Portland’s forward is a career 31.5 percent distance shooter and had NFL Cheap Jerseys only shot better than 28 percent once heading into this season. But he’s made more threes this season than any before.

He made the heady move by avoiding the three-point line while Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys still finishing five-of-six from the field for 11 points. Now, Harkless can buy all of us at SB Nation dinner for the next few months.

The NCAA has been silent as to any exceptions or out clauses afforded to prospects who sign early.

There will be even more awkward recruiting impacts when schools change head coaches. This usually, but not always, happens after the regular season in December or January, and the direct recruiting effect has included decommitments before Signing Day.

But now, this new period makes the coaching carousel even more interesting, since recruits who sign early risk having their head coach not being at the school they committed to.

The refrain will be that a prospect should be signing “with a school, not a coach,” but that’s not what happens in most cases. A prospect signs Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys with the staff that has formed the best relationship with him. A player trusts a certain coach, values that relationship, and wants to play in the scheme run by that coach.

The NCAA has been silent as to any exceptions or out clauses afforded to prospects who sign early. Unless addressed, this sets up to be a huge mess.

This is good for athletes. Prior to this, the rule stated that high schoolers had to wait until the first day of classes their senior year to take their five expenses-paid college visits. Now they have the entire summer prior to do so. This can create more breathing room and help high schoolers Wholesale Cheap Jerseys and their parents make more sound decisions.

2017 NFL mock draft: Big changes in the top 5

The 2017 NFL draft is just over three weeks away, but players are still moving around in this week’s mock draft. The big changes this week happen inside the top five, causing several shakeups throughout the first round. Chief among them is slotting Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas to the 49ers. That causes a chain reaction through much of the remainder of the top 10.

Why not? That’s the worst possible way to begin a justification, but with so little clarity about anything at the moment, it seems as safe a jumping off point as any other. UNC Cheap Hockey Jerseys will lose a trio of productive seniors as well as (in all likelihood) first-team All-American and ACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson. Still, the cupboard is far from bare for Roy Williams. If Final Four MOP Joel Berry and potential megastar Tony Bradley both return for one more year, the nucleus will be in place for the Heels to make yet another run to the first Monday in April.

Garcia and Rose, of course, will be the last group off the first tee on Sunday. After them will be Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, two of the greatest young players in the world. The tee sheet on Sunday sets up beautifully.

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The unpredictability of shooting. Gonzaga makes a higher percentage of its shots than North Carolina and forces opponents to make a lower percentage of theirs. The Zags are in the top six nationally in effective field goal percentage, both on offense and defense. UNC isn’t higher than 77th in either. But the gap’s not really that wide; UNC played harder competition in the regular season. Plus, shooting’s weird. Teams can have great or horrible days without a moment’s notice. Gonzaga’s biggest edges in this game are field goal offense and defense, but those can evaporate immediately.

An athletic wakeup call. Gonzaga has not played a particularly rough tournament slate. That’s not a knock on the Zags, who can only beat who’s in front of them. But it’s been some time since they’ve played a team that runs as fast, jumps as high, and has as much physical strength as the Heels. Gonzaga beat an ultra-athletic Arizona team back in December, but it hasn’t seen a roster like this one in a while.

Playing for a program sponsored by Nike has its perks and this was one of them. Byrant would also talk to Oregon, with the whole thing set up by the shoe giant.

The theme of Bryant’s pep talk was preparation. He told the ‘Zags the only reason to be nervous before the Final Four is if you weren’t prepared. He talked about the mentality it took to win five NBA championships and gave them tips for watching film.

“The way he answered questions seemed like it was from a Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men point where he wasn’t even playing basketball anymore,” Jones said. “He was playing chess.”

In perhaps the most Kobe move of all, he told the players Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK they had to completely strip away any feelings before taking the court in Glendale.

“It’s not about emotions,” Mathews said when recounting Bryant’s advice. “It’s about tactics.”

Arizona holds off Jacksonville, 27-14

The Jaguars got off to a rousing start in the game. On their opening possession, they went for it on fourth down and ended up getting a 62-yard touchdown pass from Danny Noble. Arizona quickly struck back with a 14-yard score to Larry Fitzgerald, but the Jaguars drove right back down the field. Maurice Jones-Drew punched it in from the goal line to give the Jaguars a 14-7 lead. Carson Palmer led a drive late in the second quarter and the Cardinals Cheap Bike Jerseys tied the game with a 5-yard run by Rashard Mendenhall. The two teams went into halftime tied, 14-14.

The Cardinals took the lead for the first time in the third quarter with a field goal. They blew the game open on the next drive, when Carson Palmer hooked up with Michael Floyd for a 91-yard score. It’s the longest passing play in the NFL this season. Neither team managed to do anything of note in the fourth quarter and the Cardinals walked away with another win.

Carson Palmer feasted on the Jaguars’ defense, racking up 419 passing yards and two touchdowns. Cecil Shorts III had another disappointing performance, getting just two catches for 22 yards.

Answer this question: What is Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray in the NFL? The positives are that he’s a four-year starter and widely regarded as a film room junkie. He easily fits the somewhat antiquated Bill Parcells principle and is playing well this season despite most of his top receivers being injured. The rub is he’s only a Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys listed 6-foot-1 and 208 pounds and isn’t a physical specimen.

Broncos DB has emergency surgery

The Denver Broncos may be without safety Rahim Moore for the remainder of the season after the third-year defensive back had emergency surgery on Monday shortly after he was diagnosed with lateral compartment syndrome in his lower left leg, according to Joan Niesen and Mike Klis of The Denver Post.

Moore, 23, left the team’s Sunday night victory over the Kansas City Chiefs with a leg injury that was called “serious,” although specifics and a timetable were not given immediately. On Tuesday, The Denver Post broke down what exactly lateral compartment syndrome means:

Some oddsmakers have since reduced the line, showing Denver favored by one point. The line could continue to move, especially with the status of a couple of players up in the air. Denver has plenty of offensive weapons, but the line could be influenced if Wes Welker is ruled out due to a concussion.

Oddsmakers are expecting a high-scoring game with the total set at 55.5 points. Even with the high total, the over may be the better bet. The total has gone over in nine of Denver’s last 11 games and four of the Broncos last five games on the road.

New England is just 5-5 against the spread this Discount Bike Jerseys season, but 4-1 ATS at home. Denver is 2-2 ATS on the road and 6-4 overall. Anthony Johnson flashes and makes Dallas Cowboys Cheap Jerseys plays. Ego Ferguson has been more consistent. Johnson has to be more productive and reliable week in and week out. Some of these DTs can show they can do it and wreak havoc and then they’re not in there. I would put Johnson fifth underclassmen with Ferguson at four. Johnson is in the 2nd and 3rd round mix like Ego Ferguson.

The team’s struggling rookie quarterback has been pulled in the fourth quarter.

Smith threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball once, posting a passer rating of 10.1. The turnovers were bad enough, but he showed an inability to throw against a flawed Buffalo secondary, completing 35 percent of his passes. However, it wasn’t entirely the rookie quarterback’s fault, with the Jets’ pass Cheap NBA Jerseys From USA protection being woeful and allowing him to be sacked four times.

The team turned to Matt Simms to close out the game. He has responded quickly, completing his first three passes and a throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland.

It remains to be seen whether the Jets make a switch on a more permanent basis. The team is pushing for a wild card spot, and Smith remains a major liability with 16 interceptions and eight touchdowns this season.

NFL referees have been part-time workers for a long time, but that could change starting in the 2017 season. The current CBA allows referees to be full-time workers, but the big sticking point is that they’d have to leave the NFL Referees Association and become employees of the league office. There’s also the issue of pay cuts and loss of benefits that referees receive in their union.

Under the current proposal, referees will be “gradually phased in” to a program, but what that entails exactly is something of a mystery. Regardless, full-time officials are on the table this year after being discussed on and off in the recent past.

And now they are very badly hurt. Last week, Leonard Marshall and Tony Dorsett and other retired NFL players were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the trauma-induced brain injury previously diagnosed in dozens of NFL players, always after death — after undergoing tests at UCLA. Marshall and Dorsett are alive and functioning, if also bowed under the heavy weight that retired NFL players disproportionately bear — they suffer in body and mind, they forget things, forget their own selves. Overwhelming depressions Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal crash over them and stay.

Lions hold off Bears, 21-19, claim 1st place in division

The Detroit Lions used another strong effort by Calvin Johnson to hold off the Chicago Bears, 21-19, on Sunday afternoon. They move to 6-3 and sit alone atop the NFC North.

Jay Cutler returned from a groin injury and wasted no time reconnecting with his favorite weapon. The Bears’ quarterback hooked up with Brandon Marshall for a 32-yard touchdown on the opening drive. The Lions answered right back with a strike to Kris Durham from Matthew Stafford.

Neither team did much of note for most of the first half, although Calvin Johnson passed Randy Moss for the most career receiving yards in his first 100 games. The Bears drove down to the goal line at the end of the first half trying to take the lead, but Cutler threw an end zone pick to DeAndre Levy. The teams went into halftime tied, 7-7.

The Lions took a quick lead in the third quarter thanks to yet another crazy touchdown catch by Johnson. Things were quiet until the fourth quarter, when Stafford was picked off on a pass that sailed over Johnson’s head. The Bears failed to cash in with a touchdown, settling for a field goal to cut the deficit to one point. Detroit had a chance to extend its lead, but David Akers missed a field goal.

With the late afternoon games currently Website For Cheap Jerseys underway and carrying Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys some significant weight in terms of how these standings will look by the evening, here is an early look at the playoff standings as of Sunday afternoon.

The 49ers and Panthers are currently playing against each other in San Francisco, giving the winner a major edge in the race for a Wild Card berth. The Cowboys and Saints face off on Sunday Night Football. If New Orleans falls to Dallas, the Seahawks will have a two-game lead for the No. 1 seed and they face the Saints at home in Week 13 on Monday Night Football.

NFL picks, Week 10: Hazing your way to victory

Take out your wallets and start thinking of all the ways you’re going to thank me when you hit big on this week’s picks. Time got the better of us last week, and I was unable to share my picks against the spread. I suspect you’re hungry for some hot tips! Let’s jump right in … starting with one more take on hazing.

As a lifelong Seahawks fan, I know about Wallace’s career all too well. His selection in the 2003 draft was a bit of an exciting one, as almost any drafting of a quarterback can be, but it was also interesting given his skill set and his refusal to move to wide receiver. Back in 2003, we didn’t have a “read-option” offense in the NFL, and the movement toward African-American quarterbacks was still slow to gain traction as we continued to push athletic players like Wallace to please give another position a chance.

What would Wallace’s draft stock be today if he was entering the 2017 NFL Draft as a 22-year-old?

The Packers defense is ranked 26th in DVOA, their special teams is 25th. Only Denver can boast a better offense, but the Broncos have a better defense, good special teams and their star quarterback is doing just fine.

Only two quarterbacks in the last 21 years have led the Green Bay Packers in passing yards. Rodgers is likely going to make that 22 straight years no matter what happens from this point forward, but it’s undoubtedly going to be the least-productive season of his career thus far. Do the Packers backers have enough to keep hope alive until his collarbone isn’t collarbroke?

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