Wild first-half finish results into extra play, field goal for Bears

The final sequence at the end of Sunday’s first half in Chicago was so wild that it took up 10 lines of space in the play-by-play portion of the NFL’s official score sheet.

The craziness began with 6 seconds until halftime, when Chicago Bears special-teams ace Sherrick McManis blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt by Pittsburgh that Marcus Cooper scooped up on the run.

Cooper had nothing but daylight between him and the end zone, but he inexplicably slowed down right before he crossed the goal line and was hit from behind by the Steelers’ Vance McDonald. Cooper fumbled the ball into the end zone, but Pittsburgh punter/holder Jordan Berry swatted the ball out of bounds before a Bears player could fall on it.

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“I’m calling on everyone who has ever been a fan or a player, as a kid or as an adult, to affirm our shared values and to reject the President’s comments in no uncertain terms. It’s time to show up, united and cheering together and for one another, at the arenas and stadiums where our common love of the game and for our country takes flight.”

Stephen Curry, after he and the Warriors were told by President Donald Trump that they were not welcome at the White House, said his “stance is the same.”
The New Orleans Pelicans, in a joint statement Sunday with the New Orleans Saints, said in part, “Our organization takes great pride in equality and inclusion and find the comments by the President disappointing and inappropriate relative to our players on this issue.

“We prefer to take this moment in time and work together, all of us, to stop the divisiveness.”

There’s no guarantee Payton will handle things differently when a similar situation arises during the season.

Peterson didn’t even get that opportunity against Minnesota despite his hard-charging style being well-suited for short-yardage situations. Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara were the only ones who carried on two drives inside the Vikings’ 4-yard line. New Orleans was forced to settle for field goals on both possessions, as neither back Cheap Jerseys USA could make headway, further adding to Peterson’s consternation.

Peterson, too, showed little to indicate he deserved expanded snaps over Ingram and Kamara. After a 9-yard carry to open the game, Peterson gained 9 yards on his other five attempts.

It would behoove Payton and Peterson to meet and discuss whether the latter’s limited role will continue and, if so, whether he can deal with it. Being a distraction does no good for either party or the team.

O.J. Howard, TE, Buccaneers: Howard is the best tight end of a deep class that included Cleveland’s David Njoku, the Giants’ Evan Engram and Gerald Everett of the Rams. Howard and four-year veteran Cameron Brate give the Bucs a solid tandem at the position. Quarterback Jameis Winston will benefit and the Bucs should contend for the NFC South title.

Zay Jones, WR, Bills: With the best hands in the 2017 draft class, the second-round pick from East Carolina should help Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor increase his completion percentage. After injuries to first-round picks Mike Williams and Corey Davis, Jones could emerge as the best rookie receiver and contend for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

DeShone Kizer, QB, Browns: Kizer beat out veteran Brock Osweiler to be be the Browns Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China starting quarterback in Week 1. The Browns will be patient with Kizer, but the hope is that he progresses and can end the team’s well-documented turnstile at quarterback. How confident is Cleveland in Kizer? It released Osweiler.

Boston has liked Love for a while and could be interested in trading for the big man.

In all likelihood, the Knicks won’t trade straight up with either Houston or Cleveland. Neither team has tradeable young prospects that could entice New York, and they would have to take on either Kevin Love (better than Melo) or Ryan Anderson (worse than Melo and with a worse contract). Here’s the scenario for the Rockets, which includes two marginal young prospects, plus Anderson, plus a hypothetical 2020 first round pick.

More likely, any trade would have to involve a third team. Anthony makes $26.2 million next season while Love is at $22.6 million, and Cleveland is already in luxury tax hell, so Love would have to go. To escape that, they would need to get rid of a sizable salary like Love, not to mention the two play the same position.

Meanwhile, Boston has liked Love for a while and could be interested in trading for the big man. However, there’s one enormous condition for this: it can only happen if Gordon Hayward chooses someone else.

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Is becoming an All-Star again within the realm of possibility? It could be, in the right situation. History shows us that if you score a lot of points, you have an inside track on winning an All-Star spot. But no team (with one exception) has been willing to give Rose an opportunity to be its offensive focal point this summer. Without opportunity there is no achievement.

Is becoming an important cog on a champion possible? That is absolutely what Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses Rose could become for Cleveland, even though the Cavaliers remain massive underdogs against the Warriors.

Timberwolves to sign Taj Gibson for 2 years, $28 million, according to report

Taj Gibson and Tom Thibodeau are together again. The former Bulls forward has agreed to a two-year, $28 million deal with Thibodeau’s Timberwolves, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

The move reunites Gibson with the head coach that shepherded his rise as an NBA player. Gibson played with Thibodeau from 2010 to 2015, emerging as one of the league’s best defensive big men off the bench and an avatar for Thibodeau’s toughness. Now, Thibodeau hopes that he and Jimmy Butler — another Thibodeau loyalist from the Chicago days — can bring that patented tenacity to a young Wolves core.

The 32-year-old Gibson was traded from Chicago to Oklahoma City last trade deadline, where he became a spot starter for Russell Westbrook’s crew. He averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game split between the two spots. He could start at power forward or play behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng.

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He often looked like the second coming of Joe Johnson. You know what Joe Johnson’s greatest NBA skill is? Getting paid. Now Waiters has that in his repertoire, too.

The Waiters turnaround is complete — another masterful piece of work by Pat Riley. Remember how heavily Waiters credits Riley in that seminal, Pulitzer-worthy Players’ Tribune piece?

My stomach feels like I ingested Judge and Stanton and now they’re having a ladder match in there

Wilson drew interest from about a dozen teams over the last month. The Nationals, Astros and Dodgers were all known to be pushing hard for Wilson in advance of tomorrow’s non-waiver trade deadline, but some of those clubs were wary of meeting Detroit’s high asking price. Baltimore’s Zach Britton and San Diego’s Brad Hand represent the top alternatives to Wilson on the board and could also be moved by the deadline.

Wilson, who turns 30 next month, owns a 2.68 ERA and 12.3 K/9 in 40.1 innings for Detroit this season. His trade value is aided by his contract situation, as he is owed $2.7 million this year and is under control for 2018.

Chicago will likely utilize Wilson as a setup man for Wade Davis this season and slide him into the closer role if Davis departs in free agency over the winter. The trade is the fourth major left-handed deadline addition in the last two years for the Cubs, who acquired Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman on their way to a World Series last year and kicked off trade season with the acquisition of Jose Quintana earlier this month.

My stomach feels like I ingested Judge and Stanton and now they’re having a ladder match in there. Help.

I guess you’re right. In moderation, it’s perfectly fine. I guess I’m just a little disenchanted with the guy screaming at me over the PA about every home run.

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MLB trade news: Nationals acquire Howie Kendrick, Orioles get Jeremy Hellickson

The Phillies were wheeling and dealing Friday night, sending Howie Kendrick to the Nationals and Jeremy Hellickson to the Orioles. Both trades involved prospects with cash considerations thrown in.

Kendrick is having a productive 2017, batting .340 for the year, but he has been limited to 39 games along with two home runs and 16 RBI. However, his versatility is a weapon for a contending team like the Nationals. The 34 year old has played games at first and second base and in left field this season.

The Rangers have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games, and while that isn’t terrible, it is when put it next to the 9-1 record of the Royals in that time. The Rangers are 4 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot and a trade is looking more and more likely, and the player to be traded will probably be Darvish, according to FanRag Sports.

It has become increasingly likely that the Texas Rangers trade star pitcher Yu Darvish, according to people familiar with the situation.

Darvish’s availability has been a subject of debate in recent days, as the Rangers have remained on the cusp of the wild-card race, but interested teams suggest ramped-up negotiations suggest the Rangers are serious about selling their ace pitcher.
The Yankees, Dodgers and Astros are all said to be in on the Rangers’ ace and all three teams have the prospects to get a deal done. But, as with the Gray situation, it will likely take a top prospect to get the Rangers to trade Darvish, even for a rental as his contract comes up after the season.

It’s simply a matter of whether or not the Yankees want to give up a player such as Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap Clint Frazier, the Dodgers want to give up Alex Verdugo, or the Astros want to give up Kyle Tucker.

All of those players have been declared untouchable by multiple sources, but Toronto Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys if those teams want Darvish they will have to bite the bullet.

It snapped an 0-for-11 slump for the Penguins’ man advantage and was their first 5-on-4 goal of the series

Since Game 3, the Penguins captain was dealing with an earful from P.K. Subban and a few Pittsburgh media types who unjustly questioned the legacy he’d leave behind should the series go south. Crosby responded with his best game yet, assisting on a trio of goals and mixing it up with Subban in a gritty performance.

The scoring started early when, on the power play, Crosby dished to Justin Schultz, who fired a seeing-eye shot from the point that beat Pekka Rinne just 1:31 into the game.

It snapped an 0-for-11 slump for the Penguins’ man advantage and was their first 5-on-4 goal of the series, in which they’d been 1-for-16 in total.

Pittsburgh went up 2-0 five minutes later on a goal by Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin netted a backbreaker with 11 seconds remaining in the first period. Though there were 40 minutes to go, Malkin’s goal spelled the end of Rinne, whose Pittsburgh demons returned after allowing three goals on nine shots.

Sure, a lot of words will be cynically spewed about how this is a relatively convenient way for the Blackhawks to get out from under the salary cap hell they currently reside in due to a series of short-sighted long-term contracts and no-movement clauses. And they won’t be wrong. The timing on this couldn’t be more advantageous to the only club currently over the salary cap in the NHL.

But this isn’t a story about that. Salary cap experts far more ingrained with knowledge of the minutiae of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement can explain the fallout from an organizational perspective Cheap Barcelona Jerseys better. Rather, this is about the player, and what is shaping up to be an incredibly disheartening end of what is an undeniably Hall of Fame career. The phrase “progressive skin disorder with side effects Cheap Chelsea Jerseys due to medication” couldn’t contrast more with the elegant style of his game if it tried.

Isaiah Thomas denies bad-mouthing Dennis Schroder’s mom

Celtics star Isaiah Thomas insists he would never say anything bad about someone’s mom, regardless of claims to the contrary by Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder.

The feuding guards re-ignited their rivalry during Boston’s 103-101 win in Atlanta Friday night, when the two were at each other’s throats for much of the game. Schroder told reporters afterward that Thomas’ trash-talking involved derogatory remarks made toward Schroder’s mother.

After a block on the other end, Harden’s layup put Houston ahead 115-111 with just over a minute to play.

Harden’s 11th triple-double this season comes after he had 40 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a win over the Raptors on Sunday. Harden joined Russell Westbrook, Michael Jordan, and Pete Maravich as the only players with back-to-back 40-point triple-doubles in a season.

Harden will look for a rare three-peat Wednesday against the Timberwolves.

Playing in his first game with the Cavaliers, Kyle Korver went 1-for-5 from the field, with just two points and a dismal minus-11 in Cleveland’s 100-92 loss to the Jazz.

Wizards All-Star John Wall drilled the game-winning jumper to lead the Wizards over the Rg3 Cheap Jerseys short-handed Bulls, who were without Jimmy Butler (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest).

Grizzlies (24-16) at Thunder (23-16), 8 p.m. ET — The last time these two teams met the Grizzlies took advantage of Russell Westbrook’s ejection, pummeling the Thunder for a 114-80 victory. The Thunder and Westbrook will be vying for a third consecutive home triple-double and his 18th of the season on Orioles Cheap Jerseys Wednesday.

Dwyane Wade injury update: Bulls guard (elbow) may return before playoffs

Dwyane Wade could be back on the court sooner than expected.

The Bulls star, who was ruled out for the regular season with a fractured right elbow, might be able to make an early return before playoffs begin, ESPN.com reported.

When the Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans with Hield heading to Sacramento in return, they said the former Sooner reminded them of Stephen Curry. That may be a long shot, but Hield certainly has a clutch gene in him somewhere.

The Pelicans and Kings are both doing just fine without Cousins. Since the Pelicans traded for the center, they are 5-8 with him in the lineup and 3-0 without. It is highly unlikely he’s playing in New Orleans next season.

Russell Westbrook scored 39 points with 13 assists and 11 rebounds in a 137-125 Thunder loss to the Rockets. He now has 36 triple-doubles this season, five shy of Oscar Robertson’s single-season record. Oklahoma City has 10 games remaining in the regular season.

LeBron James seemed excited about the possibility of Sanders joining the team when he was asked about it over the weekend.

“Why not? Everyone deserves a second chance, and it looks like he wants to get back to playing the game he loves, and hopefully this is his destination,” James said. “You don’t know how much Cheap Jerseys China NHL you can get out of a guy that’s been out so long, but I’d love to see it. Why not?”

Sanders was brought on after recently signed center Andrew Bogut broke his Cheap Jerseys AUStralia leg, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.

The pieces are in place in Dallas this year like they’ve rarely been in Garrett’s tenure.

The biggest: Garrett still coaches in the shadow of the most hands-on owner in the NFL, Jerry Jones, and every move he makes is judged as either in concert with the owner or in defiance of him. It doesnt reflect well on Garrett as a coach, even when things go well. Which, in two of the last three seasons, they have.

But thats whats at the core of the idea that the confidence level in Garrett is lower than most, and lower than all his more-experienced counterparts.

The pieces are in place in Dallas this year like they’ve rarely been in Garrett’s tenure. All Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom except one, technically: the incumbent quarterback. And once again, the pressure is on Garrett to not mess up whatever decision he might or might not make about Dak Prescott and Tony Romo.

The question simply has not gone away, not during the Cowboysplayoff bye week, not during the week leading up to the Packers game, not at all throughout the last month of the regular season.

Those guys up front did a great job, Bell told NBC Sports. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the offensive line.

While Bell racked up the yards, the Chiefs couldn’t get anything going on the ground. The Steelers held Kansas City to 61 rushing yards, which played into Pittsburgh’s game plan of keeping the Chiefs one-dimensional. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith finished 20 of 34 for 172 yards with a touchdown and interception.

We wanted to come in, first and foremost, stop the run, said linebacker James Harrison, who had six tackles, including three for loss, and a sack.

The Chiefs had earlier opportunities, but mistakes hurt them. None was more costly than Travis Kelce’s personal foul that killed a promising drive. Instead of being in place for a possible touchdown while trailing 15-7 late in the third quarter, Kelce’s late shove of Ross Cockrell led to Kansas City settling for a Cairo Santos field goal.