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Eugene Monroe was interviewed by the magazine.

THE FIT: Patterson is a relatively low-risk acquisition because of his cap hit (which on the Patriots slots him in between Shea McClellin and Chris Hogan ) and because of the draft capital required to nab him. Trading for a player like Patterson as opposed to signing another team’s free agent has the added benefit of not impacting the compensatory-pick formula.

Patterson also fills a few needs. His abilities as a kick-returner will be more than suitable with last year’s primary kick returner for the Patriots, Dion Lewis, out of the mix. What Patterson can do as a gunner and in kick coverage will also be useful with Johnson Bademosi now elsewhere. There’s also a chance Matthew Slater plays in a different city in 2017, in which case Patterson’s contributions as a gunner and in kick coverage could be critical. With Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman and Hogan all established in the Patriots offense, Patterson won’t be expected to take on a heavy role in the Patriots offense.

However, if he can pick up a new system, perhaps he could take on a role as a No. 4 or 5 wideout who benefits from plays designed to get him touches in space. Malcolm Mitchell, Phillip Dorsett and Kenny Britt — now alongside Patterson — will all be competing for time in New England’s offense. Former Patriots coaching assistant Mike Lombardi seems to believe it’s unlikely Patterson contributes offensively.

“Legalization is picking up steam on a global level and I feel like now is the time to spread information about the curing capabilities of this plant,” Montana said. “As with any medicine, increased accessibility comes with the need for education. Cannabis eased my pain. It also put me in a state of healing and relief.”

As he did when he spoke with Sportsnaut about this topic, he continues to spread the message that cannabis is so much more beneficial than opiates.

In 1992 — the last time that happened — Pat Buchanan’s strong GOP primary showing here helped weaken incumbent George H.W. Bush, who went on to lose reelection against Democrat Bill Clinton.

“I’m certain that Trump will draw a serious primary challenger,” said Fergus Cullen, a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. “A lot of voters are getting tired of this act.”patriots_019

Heat vs. Rockets: Preview, time, TV channel, how to watch online

After an impressive victory over the defending champion Warriors, the Rockets are hoping to avoid a letdown against a scrappy Heat team.

Houston (32-12) heads into Monday’s matchup against Miami (27-19) coming off consecutive home wins against Golden State and Minnesota. James Harden will look to continue his return to MVP form after scoring 22 points and dishing out eight assists against the Warriors.

Laine opened the scoring by putting a wrist shot past Lundqvist at 19:05 of the first period. He added on midway through the second period when he snapped off another wrist shot, then scored into an empty net with 34 seconds left.

Laine, the third overall pick of the 2016 draft, scored 36 goals in his rookie season. He leads the NHL in goals since entering the league with 74. Ovechkin and Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov each have 73.

Ben Arledge, Insider editor: The Dallas Stars aren’t the same high-octane, all-offense team they were a few years back, but they are still dangerous up front with the likes of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov. More important, their defense is drastically improved. Following the acquisition of goalie Ben Bishop and defenseman Marc Methot in the offseason, Dallas sits fourth in the league in goals-against average (2.61). Bishop has played in a Cup final before and knows what it takes to make a deep run. If he gets hot, the Stars won’t be easy to dismiss.

Sean Allen, fantasy writer: The Florida Panthers. They’re coming in hot to the playoffs with Aleksander Barkov finally earning the credit he’s due and Roberto Luongo well-rested because of his injury layoff.

Kaplan: Pittsburgh. Yes, the Penguins’ defense is a bit leaky. But the addition of Derick Brassard gives Pittsburgh unparalleled center depth, and this is still a high-octane team — the Pens have scored less than three goals just once in their past 13 games. Their remaining schedule is quite favorable too; six of their final regular-season 14 games are against teams well out of playoff position. The Flyers only have only two such games.

Joe Thomas still mulling future with Cleveland Browns

Joe Thomas still isn’t ready to decide on his future.

The perennial All-Pro and future Hall of Fame left tackle said Wednesday he remains on the fence about whether he’ll return to the Cleveland Browns in 2018.

Cleveland has already attempted to lure him back with a pay raise, but Thomas’ tone suggests he might be leaning toward walking away.

The tackle recently launched a podcast with former teammate Andrew Hawkins, who retired in 2017, titled the Thomahawk Show, via Uninterrupted. During one of its earliest episodes, the two discussed Cleveland’s release of cornerback Joe Haden.

This year, the Browns made a lot of moves, trading guys, releasing guys, Thomas said on the podcast, but in the 2017 season, I think that move, when they cut Joe Haden, was probably the most deflating move for the coaching staff and for the players in that locker room, especially all those young guys that we had, they all looked up to Joe, they loved Joe, everyone loved him. And we’re thinking ‘we cut this guy and we had $70 million in cap space? What is that trying to say about the season?’

The season ended without a win and without Thomas. Cleveland very well could begin 2018 in the same fashion.

It’s not supposed to be this easy for the favorite-loving general public to cash so many tickets, VSiN’s Jeff Fogle wrote recently. But we have a unique situation where almost half the league is in the playoff chase, and must keep winning to have a chance at the postseason … while the other half is incentivized to lose for draft position. The market hasn’t been able to find the right pricing strategy when decent teams with good quarterbacks are facing non-contenders with bad or inexperienced quarterbacks.

On Sunday, the books got a bit of a boost when the Chiefs lost outright to the Bills as 8.5-point favorites, but that was about all that separated the books from a truly dismal weekend.patriots_148_4be14ba7776e125b-180x180

He never thought it would happen, but Jon Gruden is back with the Oakland Raiders.

“I never wanted to leave the Raiders,” Gruden said. “I never thought I’d be back. But here I am, and I’m ready to get to work.”

He’s spent the last nine seasons making us laugh on Monday Night Football. Gruden stayed true to form and gave us some instant classic quotes during his introductory press conference on Tuesday.

“I don’t have a guarantee to be alive for 10 years, just so people know.”

Last month, Atlanta owner Arthur Blank, the chairman of the league’s compensation committee, told me he believed the Goodell extension absolutely would get done. Another source said he believes Goodell could sign it at any time but has some minor points in the deal he still wants to address.

Jones is a leader and probably the leader against the extension, or at least against the extension in the way it has been presented. In the Wickersham/Van Natta story, Jones was quoted as saying the Goodell contract “is the most one-sided contract ever.” Goodell made about $65 million in salary and benefits in 2014 and 2015, and Jones said he wanted Goodell’s salary to be more incentive-based.

Newton put the ball where it needed to be, and the Saints’ coverage somehow left one of Carolina’s top targets with single coverage in the end zone; Funchess just failed to get to it. The rangy receiver, who had battled a shoulder injury late in the season, would later tell reporters he’d lost the ball in the Superdome’s lights.

One play later, the Panthers’ fourth-down Hail Mary was erased by a Saints’ blitz and a punishing sack from safety Vonn Bell. Game, and Panthers’ season, over.

Of course, the Panthers had several other opportunities to help their effort before the final two-minute warning. Newton himself declined to blame the loss on any one play, including his controversial grounding call.

Pretty eventful weekend. ESPN reported 17 owners held a conference call to discuss blocking commissioner Roger Goodell’s five-year contract extension. Two Texans players, in open rebellion against owner Bob McNair for what they felt was equating them to inmates, went on a wildcat strike for a day. The Browns lost in London, falling to 1-23 since passing on Carson Wentz, 0-8 since passing on Deshaun Watson. Defending rushing champ Ezekiel Elliott ran roughshod over Washington, then awaited word in New York this week whether he’d be suspended for six games.wings_1038

Michael Irvin latest to be accused of sexual harassment at NFL Network

Former Cowboys great Michael Irvin is the latest NFL Network employee and former player to be accused of sexual harassment at the league-owned network.

In a first-person account published on Sports Illustrated, Erin McParland, a woman who worked under former NFL Network wardrobe stylist Jami Cantor, alleged former NFL player Eric Davis and Irvin made unwanted advancements on her, similar to the actions alleged in Cantor’s wrongful termination lawsuit.

The majority of McParland’s allegations published Thursday were made against Davis, who allegedly propositioning her for sex, and engaged in excessive hugs when he would press his genitals into her leg. Davis was named in Cantor’s wrongful termination lawsuit along with Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans. She also accused former network analysts and ex-NFL players Donovan McNabb and Warren Sapp of misconduct.

McNabb and Davis were suspended last Tuesday by ESPN, their current employer, pending an investigation into Cantor’s claims.

It has been 10 weeks since Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured on a hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, which resulted in a broken collarbone for Rodgers, but that is not stopping Packers fans from continuing to send hateful messages to Barr.

That play in Week 6 became one of the biggest stories around the NFL, and the Packers were certainly hurting without their quarterback as they went 3-4 in the seven games that Rodgers missed.

The Packers put Rodgers on the injured reserve list earlier this week, and even though several weeks have passed since the hit, the hate mail doesn’t come as a surprise to Barr.

“It’s Aaron Rodgers,” Barr said. “It’s one of the faces of the NFL. It’s going to happen.”

But I’m not sure it wouldn’t have been greater, at least for him personally, the next year.lieu of losing Lopez for nothing – not unlike the Atlanta Hawks’ situation with Al Horford last and their current problem with Millsap – Marks would do well to move the center with eye towards the future, but only for the right price.They already can’t hit a quarterback near the head, which leaves the midsection as pretty much the only legal hitting area.Hiring a Business Speaker like Manning is not a hard process.Sorry, man, this is going nowhere.GRADE: B+ CLEVELAND BROWNS: Emmanuel Ogbah, defensive end outside linebacker.packers_143_801799b211fbc2a6-180x180

Keep in mind that there were seven seconds left and Seattle had a timeout.

The Seattle Seahawks trailed the Atlanta Falcons for most of Monday night’s game, but they had a shot to get some points at the end of the first half. Blair Walsh lined up for a field-goal attempt to make it a 24-20 game at halftime, and… Pete Carroll called a fake instead:

Everyone is very close, like brothers.Overall : The Bruins banked on Seidenberg maintaining his level of play when they signed him to a long-term contract extension a couple of years ago, they need that to happen this two years removed from his knee injury.For that to work, however, Puig have to continue to accept a diminished role and reverse the downward slide of his career and Thompson have to recover from two stress fractures his back .But I looked at things and saw we didn’t have a legitimate shot and that’s when I decided I was going to retire.

We’ve got to string something together.That’s not worth a top-four defenseman who still has two years left on his entry level contract.It’s like a team.Goodwin asked him.You can’t hit them all, but we missed too tonight, Jones said.

The Eagles did keep their streak of not allowing a touchdown on an opening drive alive. They held Seattle to a Blair Walsh field goal. But after that, the Eagles defense snapped its streak of no touchdowns allowed in a first quarter. Wilson hit Jimmy Graham for his first touchdown of the night to take a 10-0 lead. The Seahawks rolled right over the Eagles from that point on.

Russell Wilson is pretty much the Seahawks offense, and it’s working
Wilson has carried the Seahawks offense all season, and Sunday night was no different. NBC even came up with a couple of fun little graphics to explain Wilson’s role in the offense:

Each week since, it’s just been about me going out there and making the most of any that I get, any play that I’m a part of because I’m starting to play with the confidence I needed to be successful.Register a new profile.It’s not to say it would have changed the outcome, but I would have liked to how Atlanta would have reacted to a turnover.He is versatile, playing a ton of special teams .chances to win the game, blown opportunities.

Magic top scorer Aaron Gordon out vs. Hawks because of concussion

Orlando leading scorer Aaron Gordon missed Saturday’s 117-110 loss to the Hawks because of a concussion, further draining the short-handed Magic.

The 6-foot-9 Gordon, averaging 18.5 points per game, was injured Friday as the Magic lost to Denver. Mario Hezonja started in Gordon’s spot Saturday night.

Magic backup point guard D.J. Augustin, played 27 minutes despite having a bruised thigh. Orlando is already without guard Evan Fournier (sprained ankle), a guard averaging 18.3 points, guard/forward Terrence Ross (sprained knee, leg fracture) and rookie forward Jonathan Isaac (sprained ankle).

Orlando called up third-year forward Adreian Payne from their G League affiliate in Lakeland, Florida.

Coach Frank Vogel said before the game he couldn’t recall being so depleted for a game. “All at once?” he said. “Probably not.”

The Magic had significant travel problems coming from Orlando, as they were unable to fly out Friday night because the airport in Atlanta was snowed in. The team’s flight was delayed again Saturday morning, the team had problems with their bus upon arriving, and then Vogel’s hotel key didn’t work.

“We took all the risk” on the arena, Jurich insists, pointing out that the athletic budget is heavily dependent on arena funds. When told that the city and taxpayers primarily support the arena, Jurich says he wanted to build it on campus, but city officials persuaded him to move it downtown. “Nobody twisted their arm,” he says. “They brought this offer to us. I didn’t go to them and say I got to have this, this and this and this.”

Told of Jurich’s comments, Wayne, the state representative, responds: “That’s pure hogwash. They didn’t take any risk. When you’re getting over 90 percent of all the suite revenue and 90 percent of that revenue goes to the University of Louisville’s athletic facilities, and their funds, where’s the risk?”


Hernandez lawyers refile CTE suit against NFL in state court

Football helmet maker Riddell says it intends to vigorously defend its products and its reputation against concussion-related lawsuits like the one lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez have filed in Massachusetts against it and the NFL.

Elliott’s appeal hearing wrapped up early Thursday afternoon, after three days and 25 hours. With the start of the Cowboys’ season just over a week away, there is reportedly pressure on Henderson to have a decision by Monday.

In a statement, Henderson said that it was his duty to determine if Goodell was arbitrary and capricious in his decision to suspend Elliott, but it was not his duty to second guess his decision.

[Goodell] is entitled to deference on those judgments absent irregularities not present here. While the record contains inconsistencies in statements, an adjudicator makes informed judgments on the credibility of witnesses and evidence, Henderson said.

Broncos kicker Brandon McManus could be looking for a new job after missing two field goals, including one that could have tied the game early. Broncos punt returner Isaiah McKenzie also had a pair of questionable plays, including nearly muffing a punt. Unfortunately for McKenzie, he was carted off with a leg injury.

The play already was a success when Martavis Bryant became involved, and he didn’t add much if anything to extend its value. But he didn’t do nothing. As Brown fought for extra yards, Bryant slammed his wiry frame into free safety Ron Parker and dropped him to the turf. Brown went down about the same time, in the same area, but he noticed the effort Bryant had spent and rewarded it with a hand slap.

Kelly pitched the third, and then Price scattered four hits and a walk while throwing 57 pitches in his longest outing since July. Since going to the bullpen in September after missing most of the season with elbow problems, Price has made seven straight scoreless appearances.texans_129

We’re just being cautious more than anything.

The matchup that matters most: Porcello versus the top of the Houston lineup. In Game 1, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve homered off Sale in the first. In Game 2, Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer in the first. In Game 3, the Astros scored three runs in the first, including Correa’s two-run homer. Is this a bad time to mention Porcello led the majors in home runs allowed?

The prediction: We should get the first close game of the series, with Houston’s ability to hit the long ball off Porcello an obvious advantage. Astros win 6-4.

Campbell got the 2011 Oakland Raiders off to a 4-2 start before suffering a season-ending collarbone injury. Oakland head coach Hue Jackson, who now holds that same position in Cleveland, promptly traded with Cincinnati for Carson Palmer, effectively ending Campbell’s days in the Bay Area.

The Lakers’ Australian recruit Andrew Bogut also sat out the pre-season game with a groin injury, but he says he will be ready for next week’s regular season opener.

“It’s just a little tweak,” Bogut told AAP.

“We’re just being cautious more than anything.

“If it was a playoff game I’d be right to go but it’s just one of those things that I have to be more careful right now because of the pre-season.”

Lakers’ rookie star Lonzo Ball also missed the game to rest an ankle injury.

In other pre-season games Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 96-86, the Orlando Magic outlasted Patty Mills’ San Antonio Spurs 103-98, the Chicago Bulls trumped the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-94, the Toronto Raptors were too good for the Detroit Pistons 116-94 and in the latest international exhibition the Indiana Pacers beat Haifa Maccabi Haifa 108-89.ravens_009

Steelers place franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell with eye on long-term deal

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said two weeks ago he wants Le’Veon Bell to retire as a member of the Steelers.

“Why ruffle feathers when you don’t have to?” Albert told the Sun Sentinel. “It’s the business of the game. I honestly believe where I’m going to go is the right fit. It is going to be a surprise when (the terms) comes out.

“Where I’m going they put a lot of faith in me, and they know they are getting loyalty back,” Albert said. “My faith, me being a man of Christ, I know God is going to point me where he wants me to be.”

Albert — who signed a five-year, $47 million contract with the Dolphins in 2014 — has struggled with injuries during his time in Miami. The three-time Pro Bowler and first-round selection by the Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft never played a full 16-game schedule in three seasons with the team. He missed four starts in 2016.

Jackson will become a free agent this offseason, and it’s been speculated that the Redskins are going to let him sign with a different team. Only, Jackson would like to stay in Washington.

“I do want to still be here,” Jackson said, via “My family and my house, I have everything here and I don’t want to be in a transaction and move. First things first, I do want to be here and hopefully we can make it work. But once again this is a business so things happen.

“I’m just really excited about the opportunity I have to sit and now the ball’s in my corner a little bit and see what we can do. I’m just excited and I’m going to let my agent care of all that. Ready to just sit back and whatever offers come in but obviously like I said I do want to be here.”