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Benson, 90, was admitted to Ochsner Medical Center’s intensive care unit. According to the statement, he requests and sincerely appreciates your thoughts and prayers.

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[The limit on] mound visits affects a lot of people, in my opinion, Counsell said. It affects the catchers. It affects everybody in the bullpen, and the manager and pitching coach’s decisions. I think it could be a little bit of a health issue, too. But I do hope we can improve the pace and make it work.
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Every year the All-Star Weekend comes around, we talk about what we need to do to make the events more exciting. We debate possible ways to up the thrill factor. We discuss which events have merit and which ones are beyond saving. We’ll get into the Dunk Contest vs. Three-Point Contest debate, maybe, if things are particularly slow.

It’s all pretty silly. The competitions of the weekend are boring, and I don’t think any format can really change that. All of the ideas floating around are for naught: The All-Star events will be boring even if you introduce a new scoring system for the Dunk Contest, make the skills contest bigs vs. guards or add even more money balls to the three-point shooting.

As he’s been practicing for a while, we weren’t expecting as much rust from Aaron Rodgers as we saw.

Now, that doesn’t mean Lewis is excused from blame for the team’s 13-18-1 record over the past two seasons. The team hasn’t played smart football consistently, and the Bengals’ lack of emotional control in critical moments (see: 2015 Wild Card Weekend) has led to questions about their perceived lack of discipline.

But 293 yards with three TDs and three INTs was still good for a solid 21.9. No fear going forward.

If the Seahawks were handing out grades for this game, they would probably give the officiating an ‘F.’ The Seahawks were on the ugly end of several controversial calls, including a questionable ejection and an odd no-call on a possible pass interference of Jimmy Graham in the third quarter.

Of course, the Seahawks can’t completely blame the officiating. Seattle’s offense struggled for most of the game, their 225 yards of total offense was the team’s lowest since 2014. The Seahawks are now 0-3 at Lambeau Field under Carroll.

In Cleveland, he gives the Browns coverage ability at the safety position, something they’re desperately missing. Trust new GM John Dorsey to know how much having a premier safety can boost a defense after watching Eric Berry flourish in Kansas City.

On Monday, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wrote on his personal website that he was unable to sleep Sunday night after the game, not because they lost, but because he regretted not joining Villanueva on the field.

Parnell’s typical Sunday game day routine with his wife and three kids is to attend church “rocking our black and gold shirts,” then home to all watch the game together

The 3-3 Falcons stormed out of the gates, muffling talk of any Super Bowl hangover, and now bring a three-game losing streak into MetLife Stadium with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan probably wondering why he jumped at the 49ers head coaching job.

Their swoon, coupled with Cam Newton’s barking shoulder, has opened the door for Drew Brees and the 4-2 Saints, who decided Adrian Peterson was a round peg in a square hole and have won four in a row with defensive rookie-of-the-year candidate cornerback Marshon Lattimore upgrading a defense that is no longer a laughingstock.

Sure, that represents a small sample size, but McCoy has flashed whenever he’s played for the Redskins under Gruden, and that is why he could be the next QB1 to trot out of the tunnel.

Some players considered a walkout and about 10, including wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, left the facility Friday.

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The Texans will be missing their starting left tackle (Duane Brown) for the Bengals game, because he wants a raise and the Texans won’t give it to him. The Texans will likely also be missing linebacker Brian Cushing along with every tight end on their active roster — C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson — because they’re all in concussion protocol, and Bill O’Brien didn’t sound too confident about any of them playing this week.

If you see the Texans in a no tight end formation on Thursday, it’s because they actually have no tight ends.
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The more interesting issue will be whether the Giants take a quarterback with the very early draft choice that could be coming their way. It could be time, even if Manning isn’t quite ready to retire just yet.

After the Patriots kicked a second-quarter field goal, the network went to break, but instead of a commercial came nearly a half minute of darkness.

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As far as anthem protests go, the San Francisco 49ers continue to lead the way, with seven active or inactive players taking a knee. For the Philadelphia Eagles, Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod raised a fist, with teammate Chris Long standing with them in support.

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The former Democratic presidential candidate, who was in London to promote her book What Happened, urged Democrats to use the issue against Trump, Fox News reported.

I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020? My answer was, ‘I hope so!’ he tweeted.

Clinton has said she’ll remain active in politics, but has no intention of running again.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during The Star-Spangled Banner last season to protest racial injustice.

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Trump last month began attacking kneeling NFL players, referring to them as sons of bitches and calling for team owners to fire any players who participate in the demonstrations.

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After forcing a punt, Philly got the ball back at its own 20 with 29 seconds remaining — and Pederson, as has been his custom all season, chose an incongruously aggressive approach.

Personally, I would want the Colts to secure an offensive guy who will take care of Andrew Luck, but landing Toub and having him bring in an offensive guru from the Reid coaching line would be perfectly fine too.

NFL reports rise in concussions for the 2017 season

Findings released by the National Football League on Friday showed that players suffered more concussions in 2017 than in the previous year, with the league noting a rise in self-reporting of symptoms.
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But first he has to worry about St. Preux, who has his own football pedigree, competing at Tennessee. Win or lose Saturday, Villante has no regrets.

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The 2017 season was the first time advertisers spent less on NFL telecasts, SMI said.

In 2015, revenue rose 9.6 percent, to $2.38 billion, from $2.17 billion in 2014. In 2016, ad revenue rose 2.9 percent, to $2.45 billion.

For the first time since we have been tracking the market, we saw a slight drop of in-game dollars, James Fennessy, chief executive of SMI, said in a statement.

Despite the 2017 decline, companies were still paying top dollar to advertise, he said.

The cost of a 30-second NFL spot rose 1.2 percent, to $505,000. However, because of a 9.7 percent ratings decline, the number of make-good ads 鈥?those supplied by the networks to make up for the shortfall in viewers 鈥?grew 23 percent, up from 21 percent.

Washington ended his brilliant tenure at Oklahoma State with a loud statement.

He reeled in five catches for 126 yards with one long touchdown. He set career highs in catches, receiving yards, yards per catch and touchdowns this season. He’s a well-built speedster with strong hands.

With the top quarterbacks done, it appears Rosen sitting out UCLA’s bowl game was a blessing in disguise. Outside of Rudolph, all the most highly touted signal-caller prospects had average-to-horrendous outings on the national stage. Rosen looks the part of an NFL quarterback yet strangely has stretches when he appears out of sorts and can make bad decisions.

The good news is that Hunt looked great in the first half, rushing for 39 yards on nine carries. For Fantasy analysis of Ware’s injury, click right here. Spoiler alert: Hunt could be a quality Fantasy option.

The Patriots’ opening drive featured a heavy dose of Julian Edelman, but their reliable receiver was unable to finish the drive. After catching his third pass and picking up his 52nd yard of the drive, Edelman limped off the field with an apparent leg injury.

Poona Ford, DT, Texas — Stout at 5-11, 303, Ford is a powerful player capable of collapsing the pocket with a middle push. He was productive at Texas with four sacks and 20 1/2 tackles for loss from the middle of the defensive line and he provided consistent pressure in the East-West game.

Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa — Fountain was the offensive MVP at the East-West Game after catching three passes for 61 yards and returning a pair of punts for 40 yards. He had good hands and size at 6-1, 210. An All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, Fountain had a great week of practice and his value on special teams will likely land him on an NFL roster.

Interim offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who joined Denver’s staff from Oakland this season as quarterbacks coach, was promoted to permanent offensive coordinator.chargers_037

In San Francisco, the 49ers lost their ninth straight, a 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

After the retirement of defensive coordinator Dean Pees, the team decided to promote Martindale, the longtime linebackers coach. He spent one year as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator in 2010.
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Jimmy Garoppolo, who drew all the attention when the team sent a second-round draft pick for him to New England for him ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, sat on the bench, while starter C.J. Beathard took a beating int he backfield. Garoppolo, long Tom Brady’s understudy, was active for the game against the Arizona Cardinals, but had little time to learn Kyle Shanahan’s offense prior to Sunday, so did not enter the game. Beathard finished with 294 passing yards and an interception, while taking five sacks.

In the meantime, Cleveland’s players will fester about another blowout loss on national TV.

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This week’s mailbag features your questions on 3-point randomness, young All-Stars, better lineup data and getting rid of MVP voters.

The default assumption is that as teams take more 3s, that means more randomness and less predictability in this performance. This is completely logical, and something I had taken as gospel. But last year on Nylon Calculus, Bo Schwartz Madsen found this theory wasn’t actually backed up by looking at the game-to-game variability in teams’ offensive ratings. There was no significant correlation in the last five years between the number of 3s they attempted and their inconsistency in offensive output.

The Cavs will practice Sunday, making it a rare week in which they’ll practice three times, and Lue said he’ll reserve his comments to his players until then, when they have their film session.

It’s embarrassing, Isaiah Thomas said. It’s not acceptable. We can only go up from here, that’s the only positive about that. We’ve got to really look in the mirror, look at ourselves and get some pride.

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That hurt, Griffin said..

In between several moments of brilliance in the second overtime, Cousins’ body language suggested he could barely stand. His feet hardly left the floor on a 3-pointer that rolled around the rim and in. He also managed to hit a turnaround jumper and calmly made two free throws to ice the game with 8 seconds left.

Davis, who fouled out in the first overtime, called Cousins’ performance legendary, adding that his fellow big man — more than anyone — earned the day off from practice the Pelicans were given on Tuesday.

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Mississippi State also showed its toughness on the glass. The Bulldogs outrebounded Tennessee 44-33 and outscored the Lady Vols 20-11 in second-chance points. Tennessee (16-3, 4-2) entered the day with a plus-11.4 rebound margin that ranked fifth among all Division I teams.

Myke Henry connected on a 3-pointer late in the third quarter — his first NBA points — then added nine more points in the fourth as Memphis erased a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-101 on Monday night.

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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