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Texans rookie WR Vyncint Smith embracing opportunity

Texans rookie WR Vyncint Smith embracing opportunity More Caption Close The Texans were involved in a highly competitive situation following the NFL draft when they convinced former Limestone wide receiver Vyncint Smith to join them as an undrafted free agent. At 6-3, 195 pounds with 4.36 speed in the 40-yard dash, Smith was a priority free agent for several NFL franchises coming from a Division II college.

He’s an entrepreneur. He’s a tailor. He’s been sewing for 45 years. And my mom has been braiding hair for so long. So, I just watched them being their own bosses and showing hard work and having different (jobs) come and go and just constantly keep working day in and day out. There was a time I wanted to help my dad sew, and he said, ‘No, I don’t ever want you to sew. Focus on school.’ And two days ago, he told me, ‘I told you so. I told you not to do sewing.’

His father’s instincts have been confirmed. Turay was capable of big things, and not merely on the football field. He will miss the final day of rookie camp Sunday when he returns home to New Jersey to participate in Rutgers’ graduation ceremony. He earned his degree in December and this was a ceremony he vowed not to miss.

A week earlier, Roethlisberger said on his radio show that he was surprised the Steelers selected Rudolph, the former Oklahoma State quarterback, in the third round instead of a player who can help now at a different position.

Questions swirled about how Roethlisberger and Rudolph would interact based on the comments. Asked on his show whether he would mentor Rudolph, Roethlisberger said he might have to point him to the playbook when asked a question since the rookie feels he doesn’t need him. That was a response to Rudolph’s comments on draft night that it’s not Roethlisberger’s job to teach him anything, but his job to learn.

Rudolph came to the defense of Roethlisberger on Friday.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, by rights, should have been the standard-bearer, but he was not. The trinity of O.J., Michael and Tiger, and the wealth they tapped, had created a new template for a new generation, which had no personal memory of when athletes took principled stands on issues. sabres_076

Dolphins bringing Luke Falk in for a visit

Early in the pre-draft process, the Dolphins were linked to Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, and coach Adam Gase has made his fondness for him known.

But they also have to have a backup plan in case they can’t (or choose not to) get him at the 11th pick.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are bringing Washington State quarterback Luke Falk in for a visit next week.

He’s the second quarterback known to be visiting the Dolphins, with Mayfield being the other.

Falk’s probably a mid-round pick, and would present a different storyline than Mayfield, for a team that has insisted they’re fully behind Ryan Tannehill even though they haven’t seen much of him lately.

Washington has lost 13 of 19, including dropping recent games to New York, Chicago and Atlanta. While one is tempted to wonder if the Wizards are playing for playoff positioning — they have played the Raptors tough, winning two of four — it’s more likely that this is just a continuation of a season-long pattern of inconsistent play, especially against weaker teams.

The surgery entailed removing a portion of Kelly’s fibula in an effort to rebuild his upper jaw, along with the removal of cancer cells and lymph nodes.

Jill Kelly said in a statement that the recovery process for her husband will be “extensive.” He’ll be hospitalized for at least a few weeks.

We extend our best wishes to Kelly, a Bills legend who led the team to four straight Super Bowl appearances, and who entered the Hall of Fame in 2002.

Vince Velasquez (R), 4 percent, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins: There are many feeling that Velasquez would be better served as a reliever since he could get by with fewer pitches, relying more on his fastball. He didn’t do anything to change minds with his 2018 debut, allowing nine hits and four runs to the Braves in just 2.2 frames. He draws the perfect team for a rebound, facing an offensively challenged Marlins club prone to the punchout.buccaneers_090

Super Bowl 2018: Why isn’t Donald Trump doing an interview before the game?

The rift between the president and the NFL dates back decades to when he was owner of the USFL’s New Jersey Generals. He even fronted a $1.76 billion lawsuit against the NFL, alleging it was a monopoly, but it got the USFL just $3.76 … as in three dollars and 76 cents.

Trump also attempted to purchase the Buffalo Bills, but didn’t, citing the $1.4 billion price tag picked up by Terry and Kim Pegula:

Murray dealt defenseman Tyler Myers, forward Drew Stafford, two prospects and a first-round pick in acquiring Kane, defenseman Zach Bogosian and prospect goalie Jason Kasdorf. And it made no difference to Murray that Kane would miss the final two months of the season after having shoulder surgery.

Minnesota’s an awesome, awesome state. Minneapolis, everyone has been so friendly, Alex says, then adds: Go Pats.

Grabner led the Rangers with 25 goals at the time of the deal. Last season, he was second on the club with 27 goals. An unrestricted free agent on July 1, Grabner practiced with his new club on Friday, and will play on a line centered by Travis Zajac or Pavel Zacha on Saturday.

He’s certainly happy about moving to a playoff contender.

In March 2017, the NFL added a provision that allowed for immediate ejections for dangerous helmet-to-helmet hits — mirroring college football’s targeting rule — but it seemingly wasn’t applied at all by officials.

When the league’s competition committee meets this spring, it’s expected to discuss the addition of an automatic ejection: The final piece that would make college football’s targeting rule a part of the NFL.

The violations that are considered targeting in college football fall under the unnecessary roughness umbrella in the NFL.

Things like a hit out of bounds or a late hit on a sliding quarterback would draw an unnecessary roughness penalty, but wouldn’t be an example of a targeting penalty that results in an ejection.49ers_010

This goes back to his quick release and his fit in the Patriots’ offense.

Beane said Tuesday he was “deeply involved” with scouting Benjamin as a prospect for the 2014 draft, and that as assistant general manager he was “part of the team” that drafted Benjamin with the No. 28 overall pick. Dave Gettleman served as Panthers general manager at the time, before he was fired in July and replaced by Hurney on an interim basis.

“I know him well,” Beane said of Benjamin. “He’ll fit in well with the guys that we have here.

Garoppolo throws with a rhythm in New England’s short-to-intermediate route tree. And that also shows up when Garoppolo has to anticipate a small window in which to deliver the football.

Take a look at this example versus a Dolphins defense that’s bringing a zone blitz.

Greg Wyshynski: Before we begin, I must take this medication that combats my allergy to giving John Tortorella credit for anything. *Gulps* Ahhhh. OK, with that out of the way, let’s give some love to the underappreciated Columbus Blue Jackets.

With their 4-3 shootout win at the Boston Bruins on Monday, the Jackets are now 8-4-0, tied with the New Jersey Devils for top of the Metro with 16 points, although they’ve played two more games. While we wait to see if the Devils are a burgeoning offensive juggernaut or an aberration, let’s give credit to Columbus, which at the very least has more proof of concept with a 103-point 2016-17 season.

One thing the Lakers have shown is that they will fight back and get back into games. They were within five with 8:31 remaining, but Utah was too strong down the stretch. The Lakers played good enough defense to win, holding Utah under 100, but there wasn’t nearly enough offense for the Lakers, who finished with just two scorers in double

Smith saw action in 27 games for the Bucs in 2014 and 2015, with 18 starts.

After Marcus Peters was caught on camera shouting profanities at a fan during Monday night’s game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he has spoken with his cornerback and “it’s been addressed.”

After Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor called out Rams safety Cody Davis on Twitter last week for what he believed was a low hit during their Sept. 17 meeting, Davis sent Pryor a direct message but never heard back.

Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor clearly was bothered by a hit from safety Cody Davis during Sunday’s win over the Rams.

“Jacquies looked sharp at times,” Koetter said. “He had a real nice spin move, but at the same time — and this is just my opinion — like we said yesterday, he needs a little more contact work. You can’t expect this guy to be ready to go at his former self without having full-speed football. I mean he just hasn’t.

“It’s been a long road back for Jacquies. When he was at his best, he was a pretty darn good pass-rusher.”

Defensive coordinator Mike Smith said this week that he felt Smith “has had a tough go” and “has fought his tail off to get back.”

He recorded 13.5 sacks during that span, second only to Gerald McCoy and the most of any Bucs’ edge rusher at that time.

Now Goodell was calling Smith, and the overarching question was whether the league and the union, two entities that never miss a chance to argue, would unify against an unprecedented attack by the president — or split, again.

It’s not Cam Newton recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

He’s fine. But neither backup defensive tackles — Vernon Butler (knee) and Kyle Love (ankle) — practiced or played the past month. They were targeted for Week 1 and appear on target, but their presence is key to the four-man rotation at tackle and how the defense sets up everything with its interior push.

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins missed the majority of the preseason and training camp because of a thumb injury but said he is “1,000 percent” ready to go on Sunday against Jacksonville. The Texans do have two injury question marks at backup running back, however. Coach Bill O’Brien said he wasn’t sure if D’Onta Foreman (groin) or Alfred Blue (ankle) would be available for the season opener against the Jaguars. Foreman was a full participant in practice Wednesday, but Blue did not practice.

Not having starting safety Ron Parker against the Patriots would be a major loss, particularly considering the Chiefs won’t have starting cornerback Steven Nelson, who is on injured reserve after having core muscle surgery. Parker isn’t a playmaker like fellow Kansas City defensive backs Eric Berry and Marcus Peters, but don’t let that fool you. He is one of the Chiefs’ most valuable defensive players because he’s so versatile. The Chiefs aren’t afraid to use him in man coverage, as a deep safety, in the box as a run defender or to rush the quarterback. Parker was listed as questionable for the Patriots game on the week’s final injury report.

Derek Barnett, DE | Philadelphia Eagles: The rookie pass-rusher was earning praise in camp for his “motor,” impressing coaches and teammates with how hard he goes on every single play. What remains to be seen is what kind of role the Eagles have for him and how much they’ll be able to just send him after opposing quarterbacks while he refines the rest of his craft. Philly’s defensive line and scheme play to Barnett’s strengths, and he could lead all rookies in sacks if he gets on the field enough.steelers_126

Giants schedule 2017: Primetime games highlight New York’s calendar

You’ll be seeing the Giants under the lights quite a bit this season.

The Giants will open the season in Dallas on Sunday Night Football, which will be the first of four primetime games on the schedule.

A second nationally televised game will follow in Week 2 with a Monday Night Football contest against the Lions at MetLife Stadium. The Giants will return to Sunday night in Week 6 with a visit to Denver. The final primetime game of the season will be at Washington to close out a trio of Thanksgiving Day games.

It is a manageable schedule for the Giants, who went 11-5 last season and lost to the Packers in the first round of the playoffs. There will be no Packers rematch during the regular season, nor will the Giants play either Super Bowl team this season. But Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., and Company, will play five playoff teams from a season ago.

Ball had threatened to pull his team off the court if his demand to remove the female referee was not met. He was later ejected after getting T-d up again.

Ball’s AAU team, which was eliminated from the tournament on Saturday, has been a huge draw with attendance for the tournament at an all-time high. Court Club Elite had reportedly been pressured by Adidas to put three Ball-approved officials on the court to prevent him from withdrawing his team.

Ball also gave the female referee a backhanded compliment while doubling down on his initial remarks.

“She’s probably a great ref with the women. But this men’s stuff? It’s a difference between women’s basketball and men’s basketball,” he said Saturday. “Just because we go like that and don’t hit the ball don’t mean it’s a foul. But don’t get your feelings personal.”

Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez throw punches in Raptors-Bulls game

Serge Ibaka and Robin Lopez each threw a punch that didn’t connect at one another in the Raptors vs. Bulls game in Toronto on Tuesday night.

It’s unclear what started the fight, but it’s rare to see players throw fists rather than shoves.

Both were ejected from the game with Toronto up by double-digits in the third quarter. Nikola Mirotic and Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire were each given technicals.

It’s worth pointing out that he’s had a couple off-court issues that will need to be checked out by NBA teams to make them comfortable with taking him. And in a draft where the margin between top prospects is pretty razor thin, that kind of stuff can absolutely play a factor in the difference between going No. 2 and No. 7.

Another lottery pick whose season is already over, Smith averaged over 18 points, six assists and nearly five rebounds per game this season for N.C. State. In terms of skill and athleticism, Smith probably has the highest ceiling of any guard prospect in the draft outside of Fultz. However, there will be two questions.

First, does Smith reliably use that skill level to elevate the play of his teammates? Second, will his body hold up, and will his knees check out well during medical testing? It’ll be on Smith to convince teams of these matters in interviews. The ceiling is high (the roof?), but at this stage it would also be fair to say the floor may be a bit lower with him than others.texans_129

Cubs reportedly have eye on Tigers’ Alex Avila

There’s one surefire way to become a tradeable commodity in Major League Baseball, and that’s to play for a middling team and have a great season.

Alex Avila has done just that having a borderline career year with a .315 batting average, 11 home runs and 28 RBIs in 56 games for the Detroit Tigers. He has done all of that while the Tigers ‘boast’ a 35-43 record and sit 5 1/2 games out of the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

The Cubs have their young star in Willson Contreras holding down the No. 1 catcher spot, but Avila would more than fill the veteran backup spot.

Instead, Miami has to hope former Pro Bowler Reshad Jones and 2016 second-round pick Xavien Howard can rebound from injury-riddled seasons to assume leadership roles for a pass defense that has to face quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, Derek Carr, and Tom Brady (twice!). Cordrea Tankersley, a third-round pick this spring with first-round talent, could be another major contributor this fall. New signee T.J. McDonald is suspended for the first eight games of the season, but he’ll be back in time for a playoff push.

The linebacking corps, led by a newly extended Kiko Alonso, also has work to do. Koa Misi hasn’t played a full season since his rookie year in 2010 and has yet to be cleared after undergoing spinal fusion surgery. Former Steeler Lawrence Timmons was the team’s biggest free agent acquisition for 2017, but he’s also 31 years old.

Former undrafted free agent Neville Hewitt could blossom into a full-time starter in his third season, but has yet to prove himself as a reliable stopper. Rookie Raekwon McMillan was immensely productive at Ohio State, but concerns about his ability to translate that game to the pros dropped him to the second round this April.browns_009

Chiefs vs. Broncos 2017 game preview: AFC West lead decided on Sunday night

The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos meet in a vital divisional matchup on Sunday night. Head coach Andy Reid has turned the Chiefs around in one season, while Peyton Manning is breaking NFL records in his second year with Denver. This game will answer some of the league’s biggest questions, and give a better sense of where these two teams stand entering the playoffs.

Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense are sustaining numbers that Elite Womens Malcolm Mitchell Jersey seem impossible: First in the NFL in scoring at over 40 points, while averaging 450 yards of offense.

The team’s weakness from a year ago has rectified itself with newfound reliability from running back Knowshon Moreno. He leads the Broncos with 521 yards and eight touchdowns. This has allowed the offense to become more balanced, and more consistent in short-yardage situations.

Jacksonville feels good about their newest head coach, Gus Bradley, even if they’re 1-8 on the season. Bradley is a defensive specialist, and he has portions of the Jags defense performing to expectations. They have the No. 13 pass defense in the NFL, allowing 235.9 yards per game. Unfortunately, that’s coupled with the No. 32 rushing defense, allowing 153.0 rushing yards per game.

Arizona hasn’t been a team that enjoys too many stat advantages over other teams, so the Jaguars don’t have to worry about those stats too much. Arizona has the No. 24 rushing offense in the league at 93.6 yards per game on average, but the No. 19 pass offense. Smart money is on the Jaguars allowing few yards Authentic Anze Kopitar Jersey through the air, but if the Cardinals have a big game running, it could be bad news.