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The league is a little down on the Drakes. Losing Patrick Patterson, P.J. Tucker and DeMarre Carroll leaves a void on the wing, and vaporizes some of Dwane Casey’s nastiest small-ball lineups. Norman Powell and C.J. Miles — a snug fit, always underappreciated — could fill some of it by sliding up to power forward, but they can’t sop up all those minutes. Tucker was Toronto’s only legit wing stopper, and invigorated a blah defense after the trade deadline.

Even Tricia was amazed at his positive calm. “I kept waiting for him to waver,” she says, “but he never did. Being down or negative is not who he is as a person. It’s one of the things I admire most about him.”

That, too, is the Dodger Way. Back in 1954, Campanis wrote, “It is a Dodger policy not to criticize a player on the day that a game is lost.” (And besides, the Dodgers were still comfortably in front despite the bad stretch and headed toward 100 victories.)

So Roberts smiled as the team tried a variety of slump-busters: Darvish threw salt in the dugout, and the clubhouse attendants took the places of the bat boys. As a former member of the Indians, Roberts welcomed the presence of Jobu, the voodoo doll from “Major League,” in the bat rack.

After they finally snapped the 11-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the host Giants on Sept. 12, Aurilia texted Roberts: “That’s over. Now start playing like it’s the postseason.” Doc texted back: “Good advice, buddy.”

The Dodgers then went on a four-game winning streak that included taking the first two games of their three-game set in Washington — a possible precursor to an NLCS matchup.rockets_024

New York Mets buying Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs

The New York Mets are buying the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs as they work toward centering more of their minor league baseball operations in their home state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed the deal Monday, calling it a home run that ensures the Chiefs stay right where they belong while the next generation of `amazin’ greats is fostered right here in central New York.

Cuomo is scheduled to appear in Syracuse on Tuesday at NBT Bank Stadium, the team’s home, for a formal announcement. The Mets will make Syracuse their top minor league affiliate beginning in 2019.

And if Roberts is a little tired after the marathon start to a four-game series the night before — 4 hours, 35 minutes of baseball and a couple of postgame hours spent at a wine bar with Dodgers owner Mark Walter — he’s not showing it. It’s a grind. But it’s a grind that I love. Plus, we found out a little bit more about ourselves last night.

But there’s another reason the previous night’s win means a little bit extra to Roberts.

The rain has stopped now, and Roberts is drip-drying himself on some stationary seats in the plaza outside PNC Park.

You know what I love about being a Dodger? The family thing. Even though the O’Malleys don’t own the team any more, there’s still this sense of being part of a large family. So I do miss not sharing this season with my father.

Game Kids Trae Waynes Jersey The stats never quite tell the story with Horford. It was telling that, when he coached the East All-Stars last season, Stevens made sure to note how he believed Horford should also be there for the Celtics.

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Cory Schneider made 23 saves for New Jersey.

Bryant, who is just the second freshman quarterback in Clemson history to win each of his first six starts, could be a game-day decision for the matchup at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

He’ll be day-to-day, and we’ll see how he progresses through the week, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said. If he’s ready to play, he’ll go play. If he’s not, we’ll play the next guy.

Clemson (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 12 consecutive games on the opponent’s home field — the longest streak in school history and tied for the second-longest active streak in the nation. Oklahoma has a 13-game run, and Alabama also is at 12.

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Obviously, not the way we wanted to start the season, Kane said. We have to have a harder mentality in terms of how we want to play, our compete level needs to be harder. The fortunate thing is, we’re only three games into the season.

The Devils took a 1-0 lead 6:28 into the game when Gibbons flipped the puck from the side of the net and it bounced off Noesen’s facemask and past Johnson.

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Nelson praised Adams for his ability to mentally step back on the field after such a hard hit.

Adams helped win the game with fellow receiver Jordy Nelson on the sideline for the final drive. All Nelson would say was we all got a little dinged up, but we’ll be fine and coach Mike McCarthy said Nelson was being evaluated but wouldn’t say what for.

Limited Kids Quinton Spain Jersey That Nelson spoke after the game suggests he did not have a concussion because players in the protocol are not allowed to speak with the media.

The 35-year-old said it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact problem with the Steelers’ offense, which is averaging 19.8 points per game despite loads of firepower.

Roethlisberger (33-of-55, 312 yards) said he needs to improve everywhere, but he points out he’s had bad stretches of play before and bounced back.

Doing this long enough, you understand not to panic, Roethlisberger said. I’m not going to hit any buttons where it’s like, ‘Oh man, what do I do to change all this and that, go see people.’ Just come out on Wednesday and be ready to practice.

A descriptor of Roethlisberger’s day came late in the fourth quarter: A 28-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown was negated by a holding penalty, and two plays later he threw a pick to Tashaun Gipson. Jaguars safety Barry Church, who ran an earlier Roethlisberger interception 51 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, said the quarterback would get flustered trying to make one of those miraculous Ben plays after Jacksonville would blanket receivers in coverage.

Youth Mike Gartner Jersey Asked whether Roethlisberger is taking risks that he hadn’t before, coach Mike Tomlin said simply, He’s not playing well. I’ll let him speak for it.

Newton, Panthers concern Lions

The wraps came off Cam Newton on Sunday. It’s no coincidence that he suddently resembled the quarterback who won the 2015 Most Valuable Player award.

Newton passed for 316 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 44 yards and another score in Carolina’s 33-30 win at New England.

It was a breakthrough performance for a quarterback coming off a colossally disappointing 2016 season and offseason shoulder surgery. Newton averaged 188.7 yards passing and gained a total 46 rushing yards while throwing twice as many interceptions as touchdowns in the Panthers’ first three outings this season.

“We just need to stop the run and put them into 3rd-and-long situations,” Cincinnati safety George Iloka said. “Every week, we challenge ourselves to be the best defense on the field.”

The Bengals’ defense wasn’t quite as good as whoever was getting to feast on Andy Dalton mistakes the first two weeks. But since Bill Lazor became offensive coordinator after a sloppy Week 2 loss to Houston, Dalton has looked like the guy who guided Cincinnati to four straight playoff berths.

In two games with Lazor calling the shots, Dalton has produced passer ratings of 124.1 and 146.0. In the rout of Cleveland, Dalton completed 25 of 30 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.

Snead and McVay know there are tougher defenses ahead on the schedule, including matchups with divisional foes Seattle and Arizona (each twice), plus road trips to face the solid defenses of the Vikings and Giants.

But they like what they’ve seen so far and are hoping the success carries through the regular season and into the playoffs.


Trump had tweeted nearly two dozen times attacking the NFL and its players. Tempers were hot.

And so on Tuesday afternoon, 48 hours after the protests had defined a football Sunday, about 25 team owners entered the league’s headquarters at 345 Park Avenue in New York City for routine committee meetings that quickly became anything but. Many barely paid attention during a stadium finance presentation. Finally, in the late afternoon, there was a meeting with owners and league executives to discuss what had happened. By then, Trump had tweeted nearly two dozen times attacking the NFL and its players. Tempers were hot.
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Kimes: Jack Doyle, TE, Colts. (Or whoever plays tight end for Indianapolis if Doyle is out.) While it seems like a no-brainer to start skill players against San Francisco, the Niners’ defense has actually shut down opposing tight ends, allowing just 77 receiving yards (total) to the position this year. They’ve put the clamps on the likes of Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham, which bodes poorly for Doyle or his replacement.

Sando: Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs. Hunt’s offensive line is banged up, which could make life tough for him on a short week against a formidable Texans front.

Seifert: Jordan Howard, RB, Bears. Howard will face a Vikings defense that ranks No. 3 in the NFL in rushing defense (71.3 yards per game). I’d expect it to sell out against the run to force rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky into uncomfortably obvious passing situations.
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Seifert: To paraphrase Giants coach Ben McAdoo, I think his team will win a darn game this week. The Chargers have lost 14 of their past 17 road games. New coach. New city. Same results (so far).

Ezekiel Elliott suspension: NFL won’t ‘rule out ruling him out’ for Monday

The NFL won’t rule out holding Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott out of Monday’s game against the Cardinals if the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rules before then on whether Elliotts’s six-game suspension should or shouldn’t stand.

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The Packers will return home Sunday after a tough loss last week at Atlanta. Injuries have plagued the Packers early this season, with seven players listed as doubtful on the official injury report Friday.

Among the concerns for the Packers — other than the heat — will be who Rodgers can throw the ball to against the Bengals. Randall Cobb was among the players ruled doubtful, and Jordy Nelson is officially questionable after leaving the Falcons game early with a quad injury.
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While Nelson is expected to play, the heat could force players to leave the game more often in an attempt to remain hydrated. Both teams could be forced to manage their personnel differently in what could be record-breaking heat.

No decisions have been made on the performer(s) and we are not going to speculate on particular artists, McCarthy told ProFootballTalk via email. Along with Pepsi, we know that we will put on a spectacular show. When it is time to announce her name we will do it. Or his name. Or their names.

How the Jaguars surprised the Texans for the week’s most unlikely win

Watson had a decorated career at Clemson, bringing the Tigers their first national championship since 1981. However, he wasn’t as hyped up as Michtell Trubisky, who started just one full season at North Carolina. Jason Kirk wrote about how many college fans find it confusing that Watson wouldn’t be the first quarterback drafted (he wasn’t) because he was that damn good in college. Regardless, he makes a good case for Watson having the ability to be capable of being a good NFL quarterback.
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So now we get to see Watson get his first career start against a Bengals team that got shut out against the Ravens in Week 1, 20-0. There’s no telling what Watson’s going to do, especially with a lingering ankle injury, but it’ll be nice to see the man who could possibly become the franchise quarterback the team has been feenin’ for.

It’s a helluva thing to make an opposing player get the sack and cause a fumble for you, but that’s exactly what Jones did to Brooks on that play.
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Jones’ third sack was probably the most impressive of them all, to me.

He was back over at the right three-technique across from Seumalo again, and Jones had been bullrushing quite a bit to that point. The Eagles had another first-and-10 at their own 25-yard line with just over two minutes left in the game and the Chiefs up 27-13.

Jones comes off like he is about to shoot his hands in Seumalo’s chest and bullrush him yet again. That made Seumalo stop his feet in anticipation for having to brace for Jones’ power. But, plot twist, this time Jones instead did another jab ole move and was able to easily slide inside Seumalo with an arm over.

Wentz actually got away from Jones momentarily that time, but Jones kept working and ended up getting him on the ground yet again.

Su’a Cravens won’t play in 2017 and Washington doesn’t seem very happy about it

Su’a Cravens was mulling retirement a couple of weeks ago, but Washington talked him out of it. Things have apparently changed. The team released a statement on Monday to say that Cravens has been placed on Washington’s reserve/left squad list.

Washington’s statement on the roster move had an interesting final sentence.

“We sincerely hope that Su’a uses this time away from the club to reflect upon whether or not he’d like to resume his career in the National Football League in 2018,” the statement reads.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Cravens had been in touch with head coach Jay Gruden and that Cravens planned to report back to Washington this week, likely on Tuesday. But the Washington Post’s Master Tesfatsion reported that Gruden had not “heard anything from or about Su’a.”

What does this mean for the Dolphins? Since Timmons will be out indefinitely, that opens up an immediate spot at linebacker. Mike Hull is the next man up for the Dolphins, and played this past Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

What does this mean for Timmons? It’s not a great look for Timmons. The entire situation is odd, but Timmons claims he was dealing with a personal matter. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Timmons was hoping to practice this week, but somewhere, things changed.

He met with team doctors on Monday to try to figure out what was wrong, but Schefter reported that Timmons is “doing much better.” However, a source told Schefter, “No one has ever seen anything like it,” with regards to Timmons’ situation.


If the Saints want to trade Kenny Vaccaro, we know the perfect spot

It’s strange to think about any spot on the New Orleans Saints defense being loaded enough that they can afford to trade a player, much less a starting safety like Kenny Vaccaro. This is the same team that opened the season by allowing Sam Bradford to turn in the week’s best quarterback performance.

But that hasn’t slowed the team’s resolve as they spent the week shopping safety Kenny Vaccaro, according to Ian Rapoport.

Does this make sense? On the surface it does. The Saints have Vonn Bell, a second-round pick in 2016, ready to ascend. Vaccaro is in the last year of his rookie deal, the fifth-year option, which pays him $5.7 million in fully guaranteed dollars. He’s a free agent next year, so it makes sense to try and get some draft value or maybe even a competent player at any other spot on the defense where they need help.

There’s also the little matter of Drew Brees’ contract. If they want to re-sign him next year, they’ll need a mountain of cap space to do it … despite the fact that he’ll be 39 in 2018.

Is it time for panic in Dallas? Not at all. The team is 1-1, just like it was at this time a year ago. While the struggles to get moving offensively damper the hype for a team that has come to define itself by its stout offensive line, it’s a long season and there are plenty of lesser defenses on the way.

An early hole against the Broncos meant leaning heavily on Dak Prescott to lead the Cowboys back and he finished with a career-high 50 pass attempts. The Cowboys aren’t likely to favor Authentic Mike Evans Jersey the pass that much in the future and will have a chance to establish the run more against future opponents, including the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3.

Prescott was also the team’s leading rusher — although, it took just 24 Jaroslav Halak Youth Jersey yards on the day to easily grab that crown.