If the top three get through this week unscathed (a more difficult task for a UCLA squad that plays twice, unlike Arizona and Oregon), those on the East Coast and Midwest might want to stay up late on both Friday and Saturday nights. A potential Bruins-Wildcats semifinal with the winner likely playing the top-seeded Ducks for the title will be must-see TV if the bracket holds up.
UCLA and Arizona share line three with Butler and Florida State, while Duke, Florida, West Virginia, and a surprise out of the Big Ten, Minnesota, are today¡¯s four seeds.
Things continue to remain interesting near the cut line. I¡¯ll discuss that, and the conference-by-conference breakdown, after our full bracket and rundown.
I will say that Kaepernick is still getting his carries, and I do wonder how that is going over in the locker room. Still, his runs aren’t generally of the pad-popping, slobber-knocker variety. I absolutely hate the QB sweep to the left that Harbaugh insists on running (that’s random and there’s no reason for this sentence to be here in this column other than the fact that I REALLY DO HATE that damn play). I wish somebody would tear it out of his playbook and use it to wipe after chili night. I digress.
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Then they caught a break on third-and-7 from the 30-yard line with about a 1:37 left to go in the game when Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan, who apparently had been asleep for the whole game until then, decided that he didn’t think Carr would dare throw deep in that situation.
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Colin Kaepernick has touched base with his employer.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback visited the team’s Santa Clara headquarters on Wednesday, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.
“I would characterize it as a really positive discussion … Colin left excited,” new general manager John Lynch told KNBR-AM in San Francisco after the visit.
The meeting comes one day after Lynch told 95.7 The Game that he and first-year coach Kyle Shanahan planned to “communicate” with the 29-year-old signal-caller, saying: “I think that’s very important for both sides. Like everything else, that process is well in the works. We’ll continue to do that and we’ll be very up-front with him, in terms of what we’re thinking and we’ll want to know what he’s thinking, as well.”
Player X Making Strides In Rehab Program is one of the most well-worn offseason tropes in the game. Especially popular is rehab footage of a player — typically in recovery from a lower-body malady of some sort — doing work in the pool. We saw it last month with Cardinals running back David Johnson, who straight-up jumped out of his swimming hole a month after suffering the type of knee injury that would leave you or I on a death bed.
Packers running back Eddie Lacy suffered a season-ending ankle injury in October. It would behoove Lacy, a pending free agent, to send a message to the public (read: potential employers in Green Bay and elsewhere) that indicates he is working his way back toward full health. Throw up the AquaBat Signal!
Last offseason, Lacy was the subject of another popular offseason trope: Player Y In The Best Shape Of His Life. For Lacy, that narrative began when the beefy running back took part in a series of workouts with P90X founder Tony Horton.
Tuesday’s video doesn’t give us much insight into Lacy’s current level of fitness, but let’s go ahead and consider it a positive sign he’s not in the pool with his shirt on.
Fans were only allowed to innocently enjoy this wonderful scene for about five minutes before realizing that it was a publicity stunt for a gambling shop. Sun Bets, who bought Sutton¡¯s shirt sponsorship for the game, had a prop bet for Shaw eating a pie on camera. Nothing is authentic; everything is brands.
Mens Brooks Laich Jersey And now Shaw is in trouble. The FA is investigating him for a rules breach after he admitted he knew Sun Bets was offering 8-1 odds on him eating a pie and decided to do it ¡°for a bit of banter.¡± He has resigned from Sutton after being asked to do so.
Shaw knew that he wasn¡¯t allowed to place any bets relating to football, but didn¡¯t know that what he did was wrong. Here¡¯s what he had to say:
Detroit is at a crossroads after a disappointing first half of the season. The Pistons were expected to compete for home-court advantage in the East, but are instead just 27-30 and in eighth place. After a decent start, they have struggled since Reggie Jackson returned to the lineup.
Lowe¡¯s story paints the picture of a coaching staff frustrated with Drummond¡¯s lack of development, particularly defensively. Stan Van Gundy, the Pistons¡¯ head coach and lead front-office decision-maker, admitted that ¡°sometimes, [Drummond] is more willing to hear hard coaching than others.¡±
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On a night that surely featured more pull-up 3-pointers than any All-Star Game in NBA history (and probably more than any regular-season game), Lowry was a major contributor. He went 5-of-9 from beyond the arc (including back-to-back 3s at one point) and made both of his 2-point attempts to score 19 points, but did not have an assist and turned the ball over three times.
The bench press is pretty straightforward: players see how many 225-pound reps they can put up. This provided a ton of valuable information for scouts, but of course, it’s more important for some positions than others. Offensive linemen can increase their value if they stand out in the bench press, whereas a wide receiver probably can’t change much either way.
Still, the results are always interesting. For instance, one of the top two prospects at the position, West Virginia’s Kevin White, managed to put up 23 reps. That tied Sammie Coates and Geremy Davis for tops at the position. Amari Cooper of Alabama, widely considered to be the guy battling White for the top receiver crown, did not participate in the bench press Friday. The fewest reps went to Kenny Bell of Nebraska, who put up just seven, which is more than most of the people reading this article (and writing it) can do!
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The Michigan Wolverines are the most-represented college program, with 14 players invited. Behind them: Alabama and LSU each have 10 invitees, while Clemson, Miami, and Texas A&M each have nine.
Players from just about every college level are included, which is one of the cool things about the Combine. The Big 12 has fallen well behind its Power 5 peers in recruiting, and that’s illustrated well in Combine invitations. The Big 12 is sending just one more player than the best non-power league, the American, and is nowhere near any of its big-revenue peers.
The Combine begins Feb. 28, but it starts in earnest with on-field workouts on March 3. It wraps on March 6, ahead of the draft on April 27.
“It’s a never give up mantra, Feb. 9 2011 I lost my second son to a heart condition. As you hold your son as he takes his last breath that’s pretty tough to go through and your whole life changes. There’s no bad days after that, so you’re living your life for someone else. He’s on my back always, that’s where Row The Boat originated.”
It was all well and good at Western Michigan, but eventually Fleck’s rising star was going to burn too bright for the Broncos and he’d be on to a different school. That’s exactly what happened in January when he became Minnesota’s head coach. In 2015, Fleck got the phrase trademarked at Western Michigan.
That meant that Fleck couldn’t just walk out the door and slap the slogan on anything Gopher related.
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There’s also Brady’s association with Alex Guerrero, who is the mastermind behind Brady’s training and the performance center. Two of Guerrero’s products have come under scrutiny by the FTC — one called Supreme Greens, which claimed to help cancer and diabetes patients, and another called Neurosafe, a drink that was marketed as preventing the effects of head trauma.
Aside from workouts, Brady preaches pliability, which he says is meant to “keep your muscles long and soft.” Brady has marketed the method he and Guerrero use as being more effective than traditional physical therapy. If Brady can ever get insurance companies to pay for it in the way they pay for physical therapy, it’d be a huge cash cow.
On Sunday, Brady did his part and added another legendary performance to his lore. But it’s still unknown whether the masses will buy the classic marketing pitch: What made him could help make you, too — especially because really turning it into a robust business means selling it outside of New England.
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“From [the point my brother was born], my mom and dad, myself, countless family members were always in and out of the hospital — me being the 15-month-old big brother, constantly in the way, tripping on his IV cords, medicine lines, just a disaster at all times in the hospital, from what I’ve been told,” Rudolph said Tuesday. “We wanted to come up with an idea: Where’s a place where, not only these patients when healthy enough to get out of their rooms, but where can their families go, where can brothers and sisters go, where can friends and family go?
Dumervil just turned 33 and missed eight games in 2016 because of Achilles surgery. The Ravens could save $6 million by releasing him and letting him prove he has more left in the tank with another team.
“They just think that Iâ€™m not sorry for what I did or I disrespected Arizona,” Floyd said. “I made a mistake. Iâ€™m sorry for what I did and Iâ€™m moving forward, and I think some people donâ€™t want me to be successful.
“I think thatâ€™s just life. Thereâ€™s just people who donâ€™t want people to succeed.”
“That’s a tough one,” Jones said. “But one thing’s for sure, going into that playoff game, I really thought that we had the best quarterback personnel even with all the due respect to [Aaron] Rodgers. We had two quarterbacks that were capable, in my mind, of playing at a level that could get us to the Super Bowl in case you had an injury or just your depth at that position.
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And I felt that we had from about the sixth game on last year, seventh game, thought we had a superior position at quarterback because if Dak got nicked up. We knew he had a hot hand; we knew the team was really motivated around him and he played to the strengths of our team, but we also knew we had Romo and, boy, was he executing well at practice. He could just do about anything he wanted to against our defense.
Elite Kids Robert Quinn Jersey “So we knew we were in good shape with Dak or with Tony, and so I can still remember the comfort in that position and there’s something to trying to stay there.”
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New York is a projected home favorite at Madison Square Garden at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Blue Jackets have lost three of the last six games in this head-to-head series by two goals or more.
Army: â€œWe made hard decisions last summer that I thought were going to put us in a different spot than weâ€™ve been.”
In hindsight, those hard decisions and the wishy-washy handling of them could really only lead to the spot the Blues find themselves in now. The good news is that Armstrong sounded completely aware of his role in it and the tenuous position he finds himself in now with an expiring contract after next season.
Armstrongâ€™s deep friendship with Hitchcock led to this protracted divorce and stunted season. But the playoffs are still in sight, the state of limbo is gone and the GM and his players are now officially on notice.
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It was a message from management that needed to be delivered months ago. But itâ€™s here, and just harsh enough to light a fire strong enough for a second-half rebirth.
Even so, Fleury is a very viable goaltender. He has been the Penguinsâ€™ starter for the last 11 seasons and also helped Pittsburgh win a Stanley Cup in 2009. The Penguinsâ€™ organization has every right to be loyal to Fleury, but at what cost? Only one goaltender can be protected in the upcoming expansion draft, and itâ€™s more than likely Murray will get the nod.
Like the city of Atlanta, he is not necessarily at the forefront of national attention, but his desire and determination to play in his first Super Bowl became apparent when he shared an emotional embrace with his offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after thrashing the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.
¡°It’s great when the work ends up paying dividends,¡± Ryan admitted. ¡°Kyle has been crucial to my career.¡±
1. This will be the sixth Super Bowl since the 1970 merger where the top-scoring offense (Falcons) meets the top-scoring defense (Patriots) from the regular season. The top-scoring defense has won four of the five previous meetings.
2. The Patriots and Falcons turned the ball over 11 times apiece during the regular season, tied for the fewest in the NFL. This will be just the second Super Bowl matching the two stingiest teams in terms of giveaways. The first was Super Bowl XVI when the 49ers defeated the Bengals.
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¡°I can¡¯t wait [to hit someone again],¡± Watt said. ¡°It¡¯s like having an insatiable appetite that hasn¡¯t been fed in a very, very long time. You have this hunger, you have this desire. It¡¯s all pent up and at some point ¨C I don¡¯t know who it¡¯s going to be ¨C but at some point somebody is going to feel it and that¡¯s going to be fun. That¡¯s going to be very fun.¡±