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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.

Falcons’ Dan Quinn proud Matt Ryan broke through to ‘new level’

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is far from satisfied, and coach Dan Quinn knows it.

Ryan certainly has silenced a lot of doubters by posting an MVP season while guiding his team to Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against Green Bay. From the start of the season, Ryan vowed to block out any negative chatter and just worry about what he could control regarding his own play.

Quinn, the second-year Falcons coach, was asked Monday how rewarding it’s been to see Ryan shut up the doubters.
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“You know what I’m always happy about? When you see somebody really apply themselves and really go for it to get to a new level when you’re already at a really high level,” Quinn said. “To take another step to break through a new ceiling — it’s really difficult. And he totally owned that challenge to do that.

Elite Womens Justin Peters Jersey The Celtics are still in search of the certifiable face-of-a-franchise player their fans have dreamed of ever since Danny Ainge started stockpiling Nets draft picks. Yet shouldn’t we continue to marvel at what little Isaiah Thomas has become? Selected dead last at No. 60 by Sacramento in the 2011 draft and discarded by Phoenix when the Suns thought they had too many point guards, Thomas just continues to get better, taking over two more fourth quarters last week in victories over the Wizards and Hawks. Al Horford has had an undeniable impact in loosening things up for Thomas offensively — witness Horford’s career-best 4.9 assists per game — but Thomas leads the league in fourth-quarter scoring at 9.9 points per game, ahead of Russell Westbrook (9.6).

Players agree that Bradley carries the same amount of fervor for Jaguars football after losses

Players agree that Bradley carries the same amount of fervor for Jaguars football after losses, practices, meetings and press conferences.

“Oh man, he’s totally different than every coach I’ve had,” said Jaguars third-year linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. “If there’s one thing I’d say: He’s consistent. He tries to allow everyone to see that. I feel like leaders have to be transparent and he’s so transparent about how he feels and being true to himself and being true to the team.”
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Elite Youth Pete Maravich Jersey John Caputo, president of Bold City Brigade, first met Bradley at a closed training camp practice exclusive to the “new age booster club” and its 4,000-plus members.

“My first time meeting him, I remember having the same feeling that a lot of the players do,” Caputo said. “It’s like ¡®Okay, is this guy for real? When the bullets start flying, will you be the same person?’ He inspires you, even as a fan, when you’re talking to him. He’s infectious. I think that resonates not just with the players as we’ve seen, but it certainly resonates with the fans.”

Marcus Mariota, Titans: If Chip Kelly wanted him so badly, he’s got to be great. The 5,000 people who watched the Titans games in 2015 can attest to that fact.

Drew Brees, Saints: Tom Benson, being of sound body and mind, assures anxious Saints fans, via spokesperson, that there is absolutely no opportunity cost to 37-year-old Brees’ $27 million cap hit. Besides, we still don’t have enough NFL tape on Garrett Grayson to distill his pro game into easily repeatable talking points.

Philip Rivers, Chargers: Philip Rivers is a good quarterback who does quarterbacking things well, something something pocket something.

Eli Manning, Giants: The younger Manning only exists in the eyes of the media when he’s throwing an alarming amount of interceptions. Here’s to another year of anonymity and a .500 Giants team.

The Packers actually tried one in 2008, but place-kicker Mason Crosby missed from 69 yards

Kids Eric Rowe Jersey The Dallas Cowboys turned down a rare opportunity just before halftime of their divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Kids Dan Bailey Jersey After punt returner Cole Beasley fair caught a Packers punt at the Cowboys’ 38-yard line, Dallas could have utilized an obscure NFL rule to attempt an untimed, unrushed field goal attempt. (It’s known as a “fair catch kick.”)

Because the defense can’t rush, the kick can’t be blocked. With no time left on the first-half game clock, the Cowboys wouldn’t have had to worry about giving the ball back to the Packers.

X factor: It’s hard to look past the player with whom the Patriots are 15-0 when he plays. On Saturday, running back Dion Lewis joined the Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill as the only NFL players to score touchdowns via a run, reception and kickoff return in the same game since Gayle Sayers in 1965.

Lewis’ versatility is derived from exceptional open-field ability; his 13-yard touchdown reception began when he caught the ball six yards behind the line of scrimmage. The Steelers have some interesting matchup possibilities from their athletic set of linebackers, but they’ll have their work cut out for them.

Bottom line: The Steelers haven’t lost since mid-November, and they are always a threat when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, tailback Le’Veon Bell and receiver Antonio Brown are in the lineup. But it would be a real surprise if the Patriots aren’t the AFC representative in Super Bowl LI.

2015 fantasy football wide receiver bust candidates to consider

Drafting a running back who goes bust is understandable; there are only so many strong running backs in a given season, and you have to take a chance on someone. Injuries or ineffectiveness are endemic to the position. At wide receiver, though, there’s less excuse. The position is the deepest one in fantasy, so picking the wrong one can be even more frustrating; there was another guy right there who did come through.

So below, we’re looking at some guys who are ranked higher than perhaps their 2015 projections might deserve. And when I saw “we,” I mean “I,” as bust candidates are inherently subjective. Still, these are the guys who have me wary entering drafts this season:

Here’s where I will say that I didn’t really think playing outside linebacker catered to his skill set. I still believe playing defensive end in a 4-3, even at a little under 6’2, would’ve been the move for Ingram. But players don’t get to choose which teams draft them or which scheme their team uses. At least at that point, it appeared that Ingram was making the best of it.

Then he tore his ACL in the spring of 2013 during OTAs. Ingram missed valuable and needed technique work before he returned for the last four games that year. I’m not really sure if it was the best idea to play him at that time, but at least Ingram did get some sorely needed reps. He even recorded the second sack of his career in a Week 16 contest against the Raiders.

Ingram took that little bit of momentum into the offseason and once again looked poised to breakout and finally be the dominant pass rusher the Chargers drafted him to be.

Rice sees Hill’s case as an opportunity to shine more light on the issue

Authentic Mens Matt Schaub Jersey After the Baltimore Ravens missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons, owner Steve Bisciotti acknowledged the increased scrutiny from his fan base.

“The pitchforks are out,” Bisciotti said at Tuesday’s hour-long “State of the Ravens” news conference.

But Bisciotti made it clear he isn’t carrying one.

For the second straight offseason, Bisciotti is preaching continuity over change. He expressed confidence in coach John Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome and quarterback Joe Flacco to turn this team back into a playoff one.

Authentic Mens Ladarius Green Jersey “I didn’t get where I was by just firing people,” Bisciotti said. “I think it’s a bad model, especially in this business. I don’t have as much to fall back on except to then say, ‘Trust me, this is the right way to run a business.’ That’s not good enough for probably a quarter of our fans. That’s fine with me. I’ll be more than happy to take the blame for that.”

Over the past few years, Ray Rice has become something of an advocate in the space, speaking with the Ravens and several college football teams about domestic violence. When I asked him what he thought about Hill’s story, he told me he hoped that the receiver was putting in work off the field to better himself — and that someday he’d address those efforts in public. “With Tyreek’s situation, he needs to understand there are going to be questions,” he said. “There need to be men who are open about it.”

Rice sees Hill’s case as an opportunity to shine more light on the issue. “Why not embrace the conversation and understand what happened here?”

It’s a lofty challenge, and one that I suspect we — Hill’s teammates, his coaches, the media, fans — will struggle to meet on most occasions. As his star rises, we’ll try to wedge his rehabilitation into a narrative about his success on the field, as though yards after catch are a metric of personal growth.

The Bengals aren’t buying the hype either

They call Andy Dalton “The Red Rifle.” He has the apt, bright-colored locks and potent arm to earn it. They also call him “fraud,” which, for certain, is harsh. But it is unrelenting.

Dalton, the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, arrived here from TCU in 2011 and promptly helped turn the previous 4-12 Bengals into a 9-7 playoff team. And in each of his three seasons since, he led the Bengals to at least 10 victories and to the playoffs. But each playoff game ended in losses by 21, 6, 17 and 16 points, respectively, with Dalton throwing a total of one touchdown pass and six interceptions. Compare that with his 110 touchdowns and 68 interceptions in the regular season.
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San Diego has allowed 12 sacks, which has them tied for sixth-most in the league. Rivers is a great quarterback under pressure, but the Steelers have been great at getting the quarterback and if they can swarm him while keeping Gordon contained, Pittsburgh might be able to put themselves in a better position to compete with the Bengals in the division.

Joseph Young Youth Jersey The injuries along the offensive line make it difficult to judge Chargers rookie Melvin Gordon. With an 88-yard outing against the Bengals in Week 2 serving as the lone exception, the 15th overall pick has averaged 3.6 yards per carry in three of his first four games. He’s also failed to make much of an impact in the passing game (six receptions for 34 yards), though that’s not surprising given Danny Woodhead’s grip on the third-down role.

In Sunday’s game against the Raiders, Manning wasn’t just “less than perfect,” he played poorly enough to be the primary target of blame had the Broncos lost the game. He completed 22 of 35 passes for 266 yards with no touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Charles Woodson had Manning’s number on Sunday, snaring both of the interceptions.

You could bet that Brett Brown will manage to up Embiid’s minutes

“The floor is just so spread out,” Brad Stevens, Boston’s coach, told ESPN.com. “You have to scramble against guys 24 and 25 feet from the rim, and that just opens up every driving lane.”

“What can we even do to minimize the 3-point shot?” Toronto coach Dwane Casey asked. “Do you just stop protecting the paint? Do you really want to just say, ‘Go ahead and make layups?'”

Casey, by the way, is an active participant in a revolution that once troubled him. He started Patrick Patterson, his backup stretch power forward, in six consecutive second halves over Pascal Siakam — an energetic rookie serving mostly as a token starter. It’s hard to imagine the Casey of even two or three years ago pulling that in the regular season. “We’re doing it too,” he said. “You almost have to go smaller right away, or get more shooting out there, just to compete.”

Yes, Embiid is that talented. There could be some incremental numerical refinement. But that Kobe-sized 33.6 usage rate likely means The Process is hitting his cathedral-sized rookie ceiling. There just isn’t much more Embiid can do under his minutes restriction.
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You could bet that Brett Brown will manage to up Embiid’s minutes. Maybe Embiid will get to play a back-to-back or two (which again, as basketball fans, we don’t want).

But even then, someone is coming to siphon away touches from that 33.6 usage rate.

Remember that Ben Simmons guy?

No one has pinpointed Simmons’ return date. But it’s coming. He’s coming. And when it happens, Simmons is going to run the point. Which means Simmons’ usage rate will be sky-high. Which means Embiid’s touches will suffer.
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It will be thrilling to see Simmons and Embiid work together. But Embiid’s numbers will take a hit.

USA vs. Canada final score, 2017 World Juniors: Team USA rides early lead to big win over Canadian rivals

The annual World Junior Championships matchup between North America¡¯s big hockey rivals ended in exultation for the visiting squad.

Team USA jumped out to an early lead over Canada on Saturday, winning Group B of the 2017 World Juniors with a 3-1 win. The loss at the Air Canada Centre broke a 11-game World Juniors win streak for the Canadians on home ice.

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Canada found itself in early penalty trouble and it immediately put them behind the eight-ball. With USA forward Kieffer Bellows and Canada forward Tyson Jost off for two-minute minor penalties, Jordan Greenway fed the puck to Colin White in front of the net for the first goal of the game.

Find out the matchups and get the complete schedule for this year¡¯s playoffs.

Authentic Womens Luke Kuechly Jersey The Dolphins¡¯ loss gives them the sixth seed.

The Steelers locked up the AFC North and the No. 3 seed with a victory over the Ravens in Week 16. Houston clinched the AFC South and the No. 4 with a win over the Bengals last week as well.

The Chiefs clinched the AFC West title and a first-round bye with a win over the Chargers and a Raiders loss to the Broncos.

The Steelers will host the Dolphins and the Raiders will travel to Houston for the AFC¡¯s two wild card games next weekend.

(Here¡¯s a quick primer on tiebreakers for the playoff standings, just in case you need a refresher.)

Von Miller suffers conveniently timed cramp that gives Broncos time to challenge a call

It’s a bad idea to accuse players of faking injuries because very often they’re not. There’s no question that whatever ailment that Von Miller suffered here came at a convenient time for the Broncos, however. The Raiders had just gained 17 yards on a dubious second down pass completion, and were hurrying to the line to run a play. The Broncos were running out of time to challenge the play, and that’s when Miller went down.

The Broncos threw the challenge flag and got the call overturned. Miller sat down on third down, but the Broncos held, forcing a punt. Miller did not appear to suffer a serious injury.

Von Miller walking off the field under his own power. Trainers not looking at him on the sideline.

Its been two full months since a NFL player got arrested and you have to think thee planning something big folks. Its like when a sleeper cell goes quite right before a big attack, I sense a league-wide version of The Purge coming along shortly to tie in with the holidays.

Chip Kelly reported called Lesean McCoy to bury the hatchet earlier this week, and Lesean reportedly pulled a reverse crank call and hung up on him. But then Chip denied that the call ever took place in his post-game press conference. Given there history I tend to buy the fact that Chip would refuse to call McCoys number especally if the call took place inside the 5 yard line.

Plus, this is why we need to be aloud to bring weapons into stadiums- not for protecton against terrorists but for protection against players:

LeSean McCoy, while sitting on the bench, shot a middle finger at someone.

Philip Rivers with literally the gutsiest performence of the week by far. Reports were that it was coming “out of both ends” before kickoff which sounds more like how Bills fans pregame then a actual NFL QB. Quick note on the importence of getting a flu shot here: You can think of a vaccine allmost like scout team- you get a little bit of the virus injected into your system so your immune system can gameplan for the real thing. Vaccinnes give your white blood cells a look, and Rivers failure to prepare cost his team the game.