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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?”

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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 Redskins.com. “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.”

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His greatest strengths are his athleticism and his technique.

Over a 12-game season, that’s 29 touchdowns and nearly 1,900 receiving yards against a primarily Pac-12 schedule. Granted, that’s an overly simple extrapolation, but the point remains that Kupp has generally thrived against high-level opponents. From a purely statistical standpoint, he was better against FBS competition than he was against FCS foes.

The Ohio State product is fast — he ran over his competition at the combine and showed that his initial burst at the whistle is just the beginning of his athleticism. The guy can tackle, too. Not only is he not afraid of it, the cornerback didn’t miss a single one of his solo tackle attempts in 2016. In coverage, Lattimore was targeted 41 times last season, and per PFF, forced a 30.2 passer rating among the opponents — fourth best in the FBS among corners.” — Read More at Land-Grant Holy Land

He proved to be consistent in coverage, intercepting or deflecting 14 of 35 passes quarterbacks threw in his direction. He also allowed a passer rating of just 30.2 and never missed a tackle, according to Pro Football Focus.

His greatest strengths are his athleticism and his technique. He’s particularly good in man coverage and has the speed and fluidity to hang with NFL-caliber receivers. Lattimore is a sure and consistent tackler, and his instincts should help him get up to pro speed quickly.

Oh, and he’s fast. Lattimore tweaked a hip flexor at the combine and still ran a 4.36 40-yard dash.

Lattimore was one part of an Ohio State secondary that features another top cornerback prospect, Gareon Conley, and arguably the best safety in this year’s draft, Malik Hooker.
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Nashville has brought some new players to their dance against Chicago.

The Blackhawks and Predators are familiar playoff foes. The pair faced off back in 2015 when the Blackhawks eliminated the Predators en route to another Stanley Cup.

From a 2015 Q&A Clement did with a Jersey paper:

MT: You have a unique name, is there any connection to Allen Iverson?

IC: Yeah, I kinda got named after him. He was big when I was born. My brother said you might as well name him Iverson since he liked him and my dad’s name is Allen.
College sports have had plenty of Shaqs and Kobes come through the recruiting pipeline in the last few years. There has not been a plethora of Iversons.

In addition to having a cool name story, Clement’s a nice get for the Gators. He’s rated as the No. 17 athlete in the 2018 class on the 247Sports Composite and a top-300 player overall. He plays his high school ball at Rancocas Valley.

Florida blog Alligator Army says:

If the Florida Gators have recruited any single position particularly well under Jim McElwain, it is running back. On Thursday, with the commitment of New Jersey athlete Iverson Clement, we got a reminder of that — and a glimpse of what it might be like to pair McElwain’s reputation for producing excellent runners with new running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider’s history of doing the same.

The Gators must now find a prospect named after Theo Ratliff and do their best to recreate the entire 2000 76ers roster in this recruiting class.
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Nobody competes with the NHL in February aside from the NBA

Hold on to your butts, sports fans, because the next time you turn on CBS and expect to hear brilliant insight from Phil Simms, such as, “I know Brock Osweiler is not Tom Brady,” you won’t. You know what you’ll hear instead? Brilliant (or not, there’s no way of knowing yet) insight from Tony Romo.

That’s right: On Tuesday it was announced that the Cowboy’s old quarterback is going to replace Phil Simms as the lead analyst for CBS alongside Jim Nantz.

Way to go, Tony Romo. You just found yourself on the highest rung of a corporate ladder without having to climb a single one. Guess that’s what happens when you’re a football guy who still has decent vertical ups — you jump right to the top.

But why stop there, Tony Romo? Why not infiltrate all of CBS’s programming? Here at SB Nation, James Dator and I took it upon ourselves to imagine the roles you could play on other TV shows. Think about it. Also, you’re welcome.

Team USA’s gold medal run that fell short spectacularly in Vancouver is among my favorite sports-watching memories. I get passionate when Team USA mishandles their roster every year. The Olympics and World Juniors are my favorite events because they show off the best possible players.

But I can’t deny that some of the NHL’s arguments make sense. Nobody competes with the NHL in February aside from the NBA, and those are two different audiences with little crossover. Shutting down for two weeks isn’t great for the sport if players are heading across the globe to play.

Amateurs in the Olympics could be fun. The NHL could be back in the Olympics in 2022. This could be fine. In the meantime, though, we have endure the NHL hitting national headlines for bad reasons again and fret about the future of the sport.

It all sucks. It’s all complicated. It’s all exhausting. Indifference seems so much easier than being a hockey fan.
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Jonathan Martin claims he was physically attacked, sister threatened by teammate

Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has released information through his legal team explaining the alleged abuse that caused him to leave the organization last week. A statement released by lawyer David Cornwell claims, via Pro Football Talk, that his client suffered a physical attack, as well as enduring sexually explicit comments related to his sister.

The Redskins had 145 total yards in the second half after racking up 288 in the first. Robert Griffin III went 8-for-16 passing after intermission after going 16-for-21 before. He was sacked four times, three times in the fourth quarter alone, after being kept clean in the pocket through the first two quarters of the game. The old protection problems resurfaced, and Griffin and the Redskins’ offense suffered as a result.

That said, the offense arguably played well enough to beat the now 2-7 Vikings squad. Unfortunately, the defensive secondary did not hold up its end. Christian Ponder completed nine straight passes after throwing an interception on his second pass of the game. He finished 17-for-24 for 174 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game late in the third quarter with an apparent shoulder injury. Matt Cassel stepped up admirably and finished the game 4-for-6 for 47 yards to lead the Vikings to two field goals.

The Vikings entered the game unsure if they had a viable starter, and came away believing they had two. Making opposing quarterbacks look good isn’t a new for the Redskins, however. Washington has now given up 18 passing touchdown to 10 interceptions on the season. The 97.7 average quarterback rating they have allowed to opponents ranks 27th out of 32 teams.6

there are two Michigan defenders back against two Cardinals.

During the Falcons’ Super Bowl run, the team’s young and speedy defense found a rhythm in the latter half of the year. Still, the team finished near the bottom of the NFL in total defense and bolstering the unit is top priority. Adding nearly 350 pounds to the middle of the defensive line is a great way to start and will benefit all aspects of the Atlanta defense.

It looks like Louisville has numbers, but really, there are two Michigan defenders back against two Cardinals. Another few players are trailing, but there’s not time to incorporate them into the break.

Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell puts the ball in Adel’s wheelhouse, and now the play is a matter of how high and far Adel can jump. At that point, this isn’t a game the Wolverines are suited to win.

There was a ravine ahead. The plane stopped just short of it. There was a jolt. Those on the plane described waiting for the plane to stop; “it felt like forever,” Michigan strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson said.

One witness said the ravine was 100 yards away. Another witness said it was 300 yards. Either way, it was there. The plane stopped short.

“That pilot undoubtedly saved our lives,” said one witness, who requested to not be quoted directly. “He knew something wasn’t right.”

There were screams and tears. Multiple people had bumps and bruises. Derrick Walton Jr., it’s been learned, sustained a cut that would require stitches.
Thankfully, no one sustained serious physical injuries.

“Everybody is pretty shook up. There’s only minor injuries,” head coach John Beilein told the Detroit Free Press. “The big thing to know is we have no major injuries. We do have some minor injuries, but nothing appears to be major. Everybody’s good. It could have been much worse.”5

The problem was that the laws he enforced never anticipated digital currencies

rujillo was especially concerned about Valve’s API. There are many good reasons for the company to maintain an open API: In a talk with students at the University of Texas in 2013, Newell explained that “ten times as much content” came from customers as his own employees. “Once we start building the interfaces for our users to sell the content to each other, we start to see some surprising things,” he said.

But Trujillo was focused on how Valve’s API allowed players to move their skins to gambling sites. All around him, the uproar over daily fantasy betting was raging, but to Trujillo, what was unfolding with skins was just as bad — if not worse.

The problem was that the laws he enforced never anticipated digital currencies, much less set out rules about how to deal with them. He was facing a multibillion-dollar free-for-all that had less regulation than the tribal bingo parlors he oversaw.

On a balmy 61-degree day in mid-February 2016, Trujillo sent one of his agents on a fact-finding mission to Valve’s headquarters, an hour away in Bellevue. The agent asked for information about Valve’s API and whether the company could shut off the access that it gave gambling sites to its skins. But according to Trujillo, that agent left empty-handed, and several follow-up emails went unreturned.

Fournette, who had a nagging ankle injury all year, finished the season with only 144 touches, far below the 319 he had a year ago. That works to his benefit from a wear-and-tear standpoint. When fully healthy, Fournette is a big-play machine with a rare combination of size, power, agility and speed for the position. His angry running style is something to marvel at, and it will translate well to the next level.