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Antonio’s Brown’s rehab of calf injury ‘going well,’ Mike Tomlin says

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Wide receiver Antonio Brown would be listed as questionable if the Pittsburgh Steelers were playing in the wild-card round of the playoffs, coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

The Giants got a jump on coaching-change season with the firing of second-year head man Ben McAdoo, but they won’t be the only team to relieve a coach of his duties this December or January.

Again, this is a loose list. There are guys on it who won’t get head-coaching jobs. There might well be guys who aren’t on it but will get head-coaching jobs. These things are unpredictable sometimes. But these are some of the hotter names right now, so we thought we’d fill you in on why. I’m sure we’ll be discussing this further in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the appetizer:

“Our organization is better because of Jim, and we are forever grateful.”

The Vikings have a playoff bye with third-string quarterback Case Keenum throwing the ball and rookie Dalvin Cook, who opened the season as their starting running back, on injured reserve. Shurmur was just 9-23 in two seasons as head coach of the Browns from 2011-12, but everyone should get a mulligan after the Browns, right? Shurmur comes from Andy Reid’s coaching tree and had some success under Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. He will probably get another shot at some point.

There’s a lot of interest in the 42-year-old former Patriots linebacker, whose perspective and intelligence stood out when he played and who has risen quickly in the eyes of people who evaluate coaches. Might it make sense to try to pair him with former Patriots executive Scott Pioli if you need both a coach and a GM?

He expressed gratitude for the “great effort put forth by our players and coaching staff who poured their hearts out in an effort to maintain the standard of excellence this organization has grown to expect.”lions_002

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You never want to see that happen to anybody.

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Portland is in a funk, having lost five straight, including its previous four at home. They were held to 42 percent shooting from the field on Monday, and they allowed the Warriors to shoot it at a 55 percent clip. Only three Trail Blazers players scored in double digits.

He scored a game-high 39 points. After being down by as many as 24 points, Portland reduced the deficit to eight down the stretch of the fourth quarter, but Lillard had little help and wasn’t able to finish the deal.

Hours before his medflight to Pittsburgh, the Ravens gathered to continue preparing for Sunday night’s game against the Steelers, they opened their team meeting by praying for Shazier, the Ravens website reported.

“You just pray for a person like that. It doesn’t matter what team he’s on,” Ravens receiver Mike Wallace said. “We’re one family, the NFL family, at the end of the day. That’s a person who’s a son, a dad, whatever he is to somebody. People like him and care about him so you never want to see anything like that happen to anybody.”

It was more coincidental, because Jeter has kept his distance from the Yankees since his playing career, rarely returning to visit during spring training (even though he resides in Tampa) or coming to Bronx to check out a game. He was honored in Monument Park when his uniform was retired in May, but beyond that, he has been a ghost around the Bronx.

Another longtime executive said that Jeter faces a new reality as a former player who now finds himself in the front office. He’s responsible for an entire organization now, and he has to clearly explain the plan if he wants to get his fan base behind it.

Coach Sean McDermott stood his ground in the days following the Nathan Peterman debacle, but Tyrod Taylor was named starter for this game. chargers_014-180x180

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On Monday night at Oracle Arena, the Warriors snatched their seventh straight victory by winning 111-104.

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The Golden State Warriors were without three of their starters, and yet the Portland Trail Blazers were still no match for the reigning NBA champs.

Although the Browns have played in only four one-possession games during their 0-12 start, they’ve made plenty of teams sweat early in games. They have failed to make the one or two key plays in the middle of games to tip the outcome into their control. Gordon gives them a much better shot at doing just that.

Green Bay can’t afford another loss with its slim NFC playoff hopes, and Baltimore has zero breathing room in a tight AFC wild-card race. The Browns would have had no chance in those games without the punch of Gordon.

But in the Dawg Pound, they suddenly have more than a puncher’s chance to play spoiler, once or twice.

Then Tomlin took it a step further and did what I can’t recall any NFL coach ever doing: He talked about a game three weeks down the road, the Steelers’ potentially pivotal matchup against the Patriots on Dec. 17.

“I’m going to embrace the elephant in the room,” Tomlin said. “It’s probably going to be part one. But probably if we’re both doing what we’re supposed to do, the second is really going to be big. And what happens in the first is going to set up the second one, and determine the location in the second one.”

And Tomlin didn’t back off after the Packers game when asked about his previous comments, saying, “(Dungy) asked for non-coachspeak. We have a good football team. I’ve got a great deal of confidence in them. Everybody in America knows that’s a big game. We couldn’t deny that if we wanted to. So I stand by the statement.”

The Seahawks’ slow-starting ways caught up to them against the Jaguars. They gave up too many big plays, to the point they couldn’t make up ground by making a few plays of their own.
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The Steelers are AFC North champions for the third time in four seasons.

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Pittsburgh secured a playoff berth with a 39-38 shootout win Sunday night over rival Ravens.

After blowing a 14-point lead, Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown engineered two scoring drives in the final 3:15 to pull off a remarkable comeback which rivals Brown’s “Immaculate Extension” last Christmas.

Dorsey became the Browns’ new general manager last week in one of the clumsiest transfers of power we’ve seen in a while — which is saying a lot since Dorsey was available only because the Chiefs fired him last June, in the middle of the offseason. The Browns topped that, because they’re the Browns, and under Jimmy Haslam’s watch, that’s what they do best — being worse than the others.

“The money always wins out in the end,” one of the executives said.

With Stanton gone, the new CEO is the biggest star on his own team. And so far, Jeter looks like he’s playing out of position.

Gordon is a game-changer for the Browns’ offense. Cleveland had its chances in Los Angeles in what turned out to be a 19-10 loss, but other than the running of Kizer and the athleticism of rookie tight end David Njoku, it lacked other sparks. The Chargers’ defense is good, and it hung tough at home.

The Browns stay in many games because, defensively, they’ve been able to stop the run and have a top corner of their own in Jason McCourty, who can contain at least one half of the opponents’ outside passing game. They haven’t been able to finish games because of offensive inconsistency, with either their running game or passing game letting them down. Protecting the ball and being efficient has been difficult with Kizer’s inexperience, with the flash often being dashed.panthers_127

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Avalanche score twice in 41 seconds, beat Panthers 7-3

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The Colorado Avalanche came from behind and never looked back.

The Capitals won eight of their next 10, and they had won four in a row before losing 3-1 to the New York Islanders in Brooklyn on Monday.

Rookies Madison Bowey and Chandler Stephenson are adding depth to the Capitals (18-12-1).

“My game has definitely improved a lot throughout the last two months already,” Bowey told the Washington Post. “It’s just going to keep on building and keep on getting better as the season goes on. Obviously, this is definitely exciting and a big step ahead in the right direction for me.”

The Cowboys are 6-6 and still lingering on the fringe of playoff contention. Had they just repeated the woes of the previous three games, they would have been out of it — like Washington is now.

They’re not done, though. They found a way to tread water, to find their groove, to go beyond surviving with Elliott, to thriving.

The Cowboys offense did more than win. They remembered who they were, and why — and that they’re more than Elliott, and not invisible without him.

Trojans head coach Neal Brown and members of his staff share a bond with North Texas coach Seth Littrell. Troy defensive coordinator Vic Koenning held the same title at North Carolina when Littrell was the offensive coordinator with the Tar Heels.royals_003

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Lonzo Ball’s jersey was untucked and he was snatching rebounds out of the air with an attitude.

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Whitworth says Rams need adversity: While disappointed, Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth took a philosophical view of the loss that ended their four-game winning streak. “It’s frustrating, but the reality is we need it, we need some adversity,” Whitworth said. “And if we get this opportunity again in the playoffs — and get a chance to get in — then we’ll be prepared for it.”

“I want to be able to listen and hear, to give hope, to give joy any way as possible as long as I have energy.”

Aaron Rodgers will not play again this season — With the Packers (4-4) falling out of the playoff hunt and not likely to back into contention, there is no reason for Rodgers to play again this year. The two-time NFL MVP can sit out of the rest of the year to ensure his broken right collarbone fully heals. There’s no need to risk injury in meaningless games and Rodgers can return next fall at 100 percent.

Tarasenko has 14 points in his last 13 games (nine goals, five assists) against the Oilers.

The Blues made it 2-0 when Dmitrij Jaskin scored at 7:35. He outmuscled Ryan Strome for the puck in the right circle and hit a rising wrist shot threw sailed over Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot’s left shoulder.

It used to be that football was just the programming after the parade. It used to be that football represented a proxy argument for all the arguments left on the table, a way to keep things agreeably small. For better or for worse, it’s large now, not just an acceptable way for Americans to argue but rather the American argument itself, the real thing.nike_bills-051

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Miko Grimes claims Raiders’ OL let Derek Carr get hit, injured

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Derek Carr suffered a back injury in Week 4 this season and missed one game. That injury was a message from the Raiders’ offensive line, according to Miko Grimes.

Grimes, the wife of Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes, is known to be vocal. Appearing on “The Breaktfast Club” on Tuesday morning, Grimes said Oakland’s offensive line was upset with Carr and purposefully allowed him to get hit.

“(Carr) was against (the offensive line) protesting. And they had a fight in the locker room before that Monday night game with the Redskins. They were fighting in the locker room, and that’s the only all-black offensive line in the NFL is the Raiders.

Jones has pleaded not guilty to charges of speeding, driving without a valid license and operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in his system after he was pulled over on Oct. 1.

Jones, 22, was initially tabbed for speeding 79 mph in a 55 mph zone in Brown County in Wisconsin at 11:37 a.m., according to the Journal Sentinel. The case had gone unreported until now.

When the state trooper approached Jones on the driver’s side, he noted the smell of marijuana coming from the car. According to the police report, Jones admitted to smoking marijuana after breakfast three hours earlier.

There was no drug paraphernalia or other substances in the car.

The Marlins would have to go well over budget to add sorely needed impact starting pitching, and doing so wouldn’t necessarily improve the long-term prospectus. The attempted teardown that seems to be coming makes sense, but it’s still a rough go for Marlins fans.
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The Heat shot 49 percent and outrebounded the Celtics 48-37.

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About 430 ballots are being sent to eligible voters from the BBWAA, and a player must receive at least 75 percent for election. Ballots are due by Dec. 31 and results will be announced Jan. 24. The BBWAA voted last December to have ballots of individual voters made public for the first time, but the proposal was rejected by the Hall of Fame’s board of directors.

Voters, who must have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years, had been free to announce their votes on their own, and about half chose to do so in recent years.

“We’ve played well offensively, and at times, we’ve really been humming in the offensive zone,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “We’ve done some good things.”

Pekka Rinne (11-3-2, 2.48, .921) figures to get the call in net for Nashville. Rinne made 32 saves Monday night to garner his sixth win in seven matches.

Pro Football Focus graded Joyner behind only Donald among Rams defenders on Sunday, and he should be in line for an eight-figure-a-year contract with the way he has played this season. Joyner turns 27 next week and has been a key part of Wade Phillips’ upgraded defense.

Tyler Johnson scored 16 points for Miami, which saw what was an 18-point lead cut to one in the final moments.

Kyrie Irving scored 23 points for Boston. Jayson Tatum added 18, and Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris each had 14.

The Celtics got down by 18 in the first half, which has been a very comfortable place for Boston so far this season. Boston had overcome 18-point deficits against Oklahoma City and Charlotte, a 17-point hole against Golden State, a 16-pointer against Atlanta and rallied from 13 down to win in Dallas this week.
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The Kings appear to be bringing offense back, as they have scored 38 goals in their first 11 games.

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The departures of Monte Morris and three other starters leave Iowa State without an elite point guard and the nucleus of the program from last season. When Texas recruit Darius McNeill decommitted from the squad in June, Iowa State had just 10 scholarship players.

As a rule, fantasy players should pick up any winger assigned to John Tavares’ line. Bailey has recently drawn that assignment, which sets him up with a good chance for a hot streak. Coming off a 56-point season and having already produced 11 points in 11 games, it appears Bailey’s uptick in production is no fluke.

Kempe has produced six of those, despite playing fewer than 12 minutes per game. However, he’s topped 15 minutes twice in his last three games, which might indicate that he’s earning more chances, especially with scorer Jeff Carter injured.

After Garoppolo’s first career start in Week 1 versus the Arizona Cardinals, I wrote a piece on how the Patriots’ offense didn’t change a bit without Tom Brady in the lineup.

I’d take his recent surge in scoring as a window to market George in points leagues, as I just don’t see him matching the early-round price tag from drafts in this format. For some context, George is hovering in the 60s in fantasy points in standard points leagues right now as a direct peer of players like James Johnson and DeMarre Carroll. I’d honestly rather have Dwight Howard than George in this format for the rest of the way, signaling just how favorable points leagues are for rostering productive rebounders.

Given how friendly this format is for the double-double producers around the league, I suggest you bookmark this resource for rebounding opportunities as a quick resource for identifying value. canadiens_003_2966016334b08904-180x180

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The Ravens are the only team with an offense that ranks in the bottom five in yards and offensive points per game.

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Baltimore also failed to score an offensive touchdown in Sunday’s 27-24 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears.

Mornhinweg, who was promoted to coordinator about this time last year, is the playcaller for an offense that ranks 29th in yards per game (289.2) and 30th in offensive points per game (15.3).

“And it’s like, well, seven years ago I had negative $45 in my account. What was I then? You know what I mean? I was still a black guy, I was still a kid from the hood, and we will never forget those moments.”

Sherman, who grew up in Compton, California, has been one of the NFL’s highest-paid cornerbacks since signing a four-year, $56 million extension in 2014. Baldwin, who is from Gulf Breeze, Florida, signed a four-year, $46 million extension last year to become one of the league’s top-paid wide receivers.

The Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he’s using the next 10 to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.

After a false start followed by a two-yard run, Minnesota had 2nd and 13 from the 35 with under five minutes to play. Peterson took a handoff running left, and once again, the Minnesota line along with fullback Jim Kleinsasser won the line of scrimmage.

Kleinsasser moved Briggs out of the path of the run. Tommie Harris burst into the backfield with his trademark first step and was still a step slow. Anthony Adams and then Hillenmeyer could merely dive in his direction. At the 25, Peterson had one man to beat: Danieal Manning, who was at the 20 and seemingly had the angle.

Now, what’s funny about what happened next is that it turned out to be one of the best possible tactics one could take against Peterson. Because Peterson had a weakness. He fumbled.

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