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Eagles’ Torrey Smith pays adoption fees of 46 animals at Baltimore animal shelterWhat a defensive-minded debut for Lynch as general manager. He made a terrific, immediate trade with the Bears to stockpile picks and was still able to get two cornerstones for the defensive front-seven in end Solomon Thomas (No. 3) and inside linebacker Reuben Foster. San Francisco is seeing great early results with its hire, including him not panicking and forcing QB. Houston no longer has a QB problem as it contends for an AFC title. The defense and offensive supporting casts are good enough to lift Watson into more winning ways after he led Clemson to a national title. The Texans had to be aggressive to get him once Mitchell Trubisky (Bears) and Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) went earlier than expected. Torrey Smith may not play for the Ravens anymore, but he isn’t done giving to the city of Baltimore. According to BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore, Smith and his wife Chanel paid the adoption fees for cats and dogs — 46 total — at an adoption event on Saturday. They also made an “extra donation” on top of the fees. Smith spent four seasons playing for the Ravens, from 2011-14, winning a Super Bowl with the team in 2013. He caught 213 passes for 3,591 yards and 30 touchdowns over his four years there. He also spent four seasons playing for the University of Maryland from 2007-10. After his playing career in Baltimore ended, Smith joined the 49ers for the 2015 and ’16 seasons. He signed with the Eagles in March.

What a defensive-minded debut for Lynch as general manager. He made a terrific, immediate trade with the Bears to stockpile picks and was still able to get two cornerstones for the defensive front-seven in end Solomon Thomas (No. 3) and inside linebacker Reuben Foster.

San Francisco is seeing great early results with its hire, including him not panicking and forcing QB.

Houston no longer has a QB problem as it contends for an AFC title. The defense and offensive supporting casts are good enough to lift Watson into more winning ways after he led Clemson to a national title.

The Texans had to be aggressive to get him once Mitchell Trubisky (Bears) and Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) went earlier than expected.

Torrey Smith may not play for the Ravens anymore, but he isn’t done giving to the city of Baltimore.

According to BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore, Smith and his wife Chanel paid the adoption fees for cats and dogs — 46 total — at an adoption event on Saturday. They also made an “extra donation” on top of the fees.

Smith spent four seasons playing for the Ravens, from 2011-14, winning a Super Bowl with the team in 2013. He caught 213 passes for 3,591 yards and 30 touchdowns over his four years there. He also spent four seasons playing for the University of Maryland from 2007-10.

After his playing career in Baltimore ended, Smith joined the 49ers for the 2015 and ’16 seasons. He signed with the Eagles in March.
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If Phil Jackson keeps personally teaching players the Triangle offense, he should just coach

The New York Knicks are going to run the triangle offense, whether you or anyone else likes it or not. Knicks president Phil Jackson spent 30 minutes teaching his guards the offense before a team workout on Thursday, according to ESPN.com’s Ian Begley.

The mini walk-through comes weeks after a mandate to implement more of the Triangle into the Knicks offensive game plan after the All-Star break. New York is 3-6 and virtually out of the playoff race since Feb. 15, and the team hasn’t won two consecutive games since Dec. 22.

It also comes after head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters that players would be evaluated at the end of the season based on their understanding of the system.

“As times goes on, you say, can they get it? Are they getting better at it?” Hornacek said, according to Begley. “End of the year comes and we’re having our discussions and you say, ‘Can this guy play this offense?’ We’ll say either yea or nay or he’s getting it, he’s getting better. So I’m sure that’s part of evaluations this summer.”

But his fiery comments to the state legislature indicate he’s feeling the pressure.

The good news is the league will probably keep working on the Arizona situation until the Seattle arena situation sorts itself out.

Well, reports surfaced in February that an NHL team had toured the Key Arena in Seattle recently. The Coyotes denied it was them.

If and when Seattle becomes a real option, the NHL could move the Coyotes there. But the league will exhaust every possible option you could imagine to keep the Coyotes in Arizona before it waves that white flag.

For now, the war of words between the NHL and Arizona is just posturing. But it’s meaningful posturing.3

Nobody at the NFL Combine is winning the island for their 40 time, sorry

On-field workouts start Friday morning at the NFL Combine. Offensive linemen are up for the 40 first. Then, it’s the running backs, a group where we’re more likely to see a legitimate contender for beating Chris Johnson’s record in the 40 and winning a private island from Adidas.

In February, Saints coach Sean Payton shot down the rumors, telling Sirius XM he “absolutely” expects Cooks to be back with the team in 2017. But the smoke has only increased since then and there may be fire. On Thursday, he admitted that a trade involving Cooks could make sense.

“I wouldn’t say he’s on the trade block but certainly when a team calls, a team that’s looking for a receiver – and we’re looking to improve our defense – we’re always listening,” Payton said. “I know (General Manager) Mickey (Loomis) has probably spoken to a handful of GMs or presidents with other teams, but right now I’m comfortable, we’re comfortable with (Cooks) in a Saints uniform.”

For the Saints — a team that needs to fix its defense while the window to win a Super Bowl with Drew Brees is still open — a trade would make sense if the price is right.
But that might be cheaper than reality. A trade that sends Cooks away from New Orleans likely involves a first-round pick.

Cooks, 23, hasn’t made a Pro Bowl or generated much hype during his three years in the NFL, but he’s been plenty productive. In each of the last two seasons he finished with more than 1,100 receiving yards, leading the prolific New Orleans offense in the category both years.

But when 2016 second-round pick Michael Thomas became the most-targeted receiver for the Saints in the latter half of his rookie season, Cooks wasn’t happy about it. After getting targeted zero times in a 49-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams, Cooks expressed that discontent.23

Harrison’s max speed is slightly quicker, but Poe can cover more ground

Contract site Spotrac.com calculated Poe’s market value and suggested he’s worth a five-year, $61 million deal with an average value of $12.1 million per year, though no one knows how exactly the interior tackle market will form, given the lack of competition (presuming Kawann Short is franchise-tagged by the Panthers).

(The site used contracts given to Muhammad Wilkerson, Gerald McCoy and Marcell Dareus in its calculation.) Damon Harrison, who signed a five-year, $46.25 million deal last year, was a revelation for the Giants, with his absence from the Pro Bowl constituting a glaring snub. Would Poe be worth $3 million-plus more per year than someone like Harrison?

According to Next Gen Stats, Harrison’s max speed is slightly quicker, but Poe can cover more ground. Personally, I think Poe is a slightly more versatile player, as he played a majority of his snaps in a defense that featured just two down linemen, three linebackers and six defensive backs. As my colleague Kevin Patra noted, his highs can be higher.

You’re simply betting that a long-term commitment to Poe will be more fruitful than, say, a short-term commitment to some of the other, cheaper veterans on the market, like Nick Fairley. Fairley can do less and is more effective on a bigger front, but could be significantly less costly.

Blount’s career season in 2016 — 299 attempts, 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns — is sure to place him in coach Bill Belichick’s favorable column, though it might produce some cursory interest from other teams looking at giving him another chance. His skills as a power back are undeniable, even if he failed to produce an ideal on and off-field product during his time with the Buccaneers and Steelers.

We could see him get phased out for a younger version of himself, especially if some of New England’s younger and cheaper options continue to evolve.

you probably don’t want to lose to Georgia State for the third consecutive year.

Dre Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback

Kirkpatrick is one of two Bengals in this category. With concerns surrounding fellow corner Adam Jones’ future with the Bengals, Kirkpatrick, becomes a priority this offseason. Coming off the best year in his career, he has earned the hefty contract he’ll be paid, whether in Cincinnati or elsewhere.

But the Bengals, despite appearing deep at the position on paper, don’t have much experience behind the two starters — something they value much more than most other teams in the league. Franchising Kirkpatrick could be a last-resort move the Bengals make to ensure their talented press corner remains a fixture in the team’s ascending secondary.

Biggest 2017 game: If you want to return to a bowl, you probably don’t want to lose to Georgia State for the third consecutive year.

Summary: Georgia Southern lost its way in Summers’ first season. The Eagles will try to re-up their option credentials, and the pass defense should improve, but Summers has a lot of holes to fill and, if Southern’s historical impatience is any indication, not a lot of time.

Georgia Southern’s spirit animal is a man named Erk. He runs the option on offense and takes your head off on defense.

When the school decided it wanted to play football, Erk Russell almost immediately led the Eagles to two I-AA national titles. He picked up the town of Statesboro, called it the most beautiful place he’d ever seen, and loved it like a father. His shadow might hang more fully over the Georgia Southern program than any other coach’s anywhere. And that’s quite the statement.

Erk’s influence over Georgia Southern is such that fans cannot imagine running anything other than the clean, beautiful option. And when a coach tries to change — or when he doesn’t love the option enough — the Eagles fail. It has become self-fulfilling.

Geno Smith finally defended by a Jets teammate

Jets players haven’t exactly rallied around Geno Smith in the aftermath of his jaw-breaking altercation with IK Enemkpali, but it appears as if one of the newest — and most controversial members of the squad — has his back.

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall expressed sympathy for Smith Monday, and said the embattled quarterback isn’t to blame for the incident, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

“I’m very disappointed. I feel bad for the kid, because he was doing really good. But we have to move forward if we want to win. Geno knows that,” Marshall said.

“I was sitting right there and I would say this without going into too many details because we’ve already moved past it: Geno Smith did nothing wrong. He did nothing wrong,” Marshall added. “And that’s all I’m going to say about that because we have to move forward and I don’t want to be a distraction to our team, but Geno Smith did everything the right way.”

“What if it happens next time and it does hit me? You don’t get a second chance with bullets.”
Hayne’s brush with the potentially fatal incident made him realize it was time to refocus his life. He said he talked with his mom following the shooting: “I made sure I was really calm and pretended like I wasn’t worried and I wasn’t scared, but really I was petrified. She didn’t have to tell me anything I don’t know. I know I have to pull my head in.” From there, his career took off.

His preseason NFL success isn’t beginner’s luck.

While it’s easy to assume Hayne won’t have the legs to go an entire NFL season without being cut, Hayne has already endured tough times in his career that may have prepared him for the grind of American football.

USA vs. Canada live stream, World Juniors 2017: Start time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

The Hockey Gods have blessed us with a fun 2017 World Junior Championship, and now they’ve bestowed a tantalizing matchup for us on New Year’s Eve.

The United States and Canada will square off at 3:30 p.m. ET in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre to determine the winner of Group B. The two hockey rivals sit atop the group Dylan Strome Limited Jersey standings with matching 3-0 records and nine points apiece, meaning they’re all but through to the quarterfinal rounds.

Both have succeeded in what Womens Bill Ranford Jersey has ended up as the weaker of the two groups. While Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Finland have battled against the surprising Denmark and Switzerland, it’s been smooth sailing for Canada and the United States. Latvia and Slovakia have proven no challenge, and Russia has been a disappointment so far.

The team currently has some championship pieces, but with glaring holes, ZIPS currently projects them as a 79-83 team, far back of the defending pennant-winning Cleveland Indians. The Central Division is a bit in flux with the Twins and White Sox in rebuild mode, while the Tigers seem to be in a weird holding pattern. The opportunity to at least contend would seem to be there, but if the Royals don’t have the pieces, they could find themselves far back by mid-summer. Which leads us to….

Will the Royals have a firesale this summer?

With so many players eligible for free agency next winter, and with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement making it a bit less certain what the draft pick compensation will be, the Royals will likely look to trade off many veterans in July if they find themselves out of contention. But how far out of contention do the Royals need to be?

Dak Prescott heats up prank war with Ezekiel Elliott by filling his locker with M&M’s

The Dallas Cowboys locked up the No. 1 seed in the NFC and have just one more regular season game before a one-week break in the playoffs. There isn’t much to stress about, and the two rookies leading the way for the team are keeping the mood light with the beginnings of a prank war.

It started Wednesday when quarterback Dak Prescott was meeting with the media in the Cowboys locker room. Running back Ezekiel Elliott did everything possible to distract Prescott, launching straw wrappers and spitballs at the quarterback.

Prescott and Elliott have had a playful relationship with each other all season, and had a lengthy back and forth two months ago that started when Elliott roasted the quarterback for his shoes.

The Cowboys have been a fun and light-hearted team that has bulldozed through its schedule while seemingly never allowing pressure to cause it to crumble. A locker room prank war with the playoffs on the way just seems to fit, and M&M’s are happy to provide more candy to do it.

In case you still didn’t know, Rob Gronkowski is also really good

Also joining rarified statistical air is New England’s Rob Gronkowski, who returned to action after missing a game with a knee injury. Gronk caught four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots blowout win over the Texans, and in doing so, moved to double-digits in touchdowns on the year (10).

Here’s a little perspective on the greatness you’re witnessing: He’s the first tight end in NFL history with five seasons of 10-plus touchdowns, and only the 10th player all time with five seasons of double-digit touchdowns. Incredible.

So here’s a random one: With Marcus Mariota’s awesome 41-yard touchdown catch from running back Antonio Andrews, he became the first NFL player with 40-plus yard touchdowns via the pass, the rush, and from a reception in a single season since Walter Payton did that in 1983. Not too shabby.

Steelers reportedly ruled DeAngelo Williams out against Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers have ruled out running back DeAngelo Williams playing on Saturday in the team’s Wild Card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Williams, who suffered an ankle injury in Week 17 against the Cleveland Browns, has been a big factor in Pittsburgh’s offensive success this season. Backups Elite Youth New York Jets Jersey Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman will get carries in Williams’ absence.

The injury to Williams’ ankle initially appeared to be serious. He required assistance from athletic performance staff to get to the sideline, and he left the field on a cart. Williams did return to the sideline and was able to jog and put full weight on the ankle, but he did not return to the game. The Steelers won 28-12 and secured their postseason spot.

Once McCarron gets a feel for the game and finds himself feeling Leodis McKelvin Kids Jersey comfortable, Hue Jackson may be inclined to dial up a deep shot or two. That’s where Eifert can be deadly is up the seams.

The Bengals use Eifert as a de facto slot receiver at times, but they also line him up in line as a traditional tight end, setting up in a three-point stance. With his versatility, they can attack a number of coverages, and one deadly strategy they’ve used a lot this year is by sending him up the seam. Take this play against the Rams.

Eifert is lined up on the right of the formation in a two-point stance. The Rams crowd the box, as it’s a run-heavy personnel grouping (three tight ends). After motioning Tyler Croft out to the right wing, the ball is snapped. Eifert releases out of his stance, widening first before running up the numbers. As he’s being passed from the zone-dropping linebackers into the middle of the field — where he’s the safety’s problem — Andy Dalton hits him in stride.

The real key to this play was for Dalton to hold that deep safety toward the middle of the field. Watch how he uses his helmet and eyes to keep that safety — Rodney McCleod — between the hashes. The pump fake works like a charm, too.

Washington won the NFC East with a 9-7 record last year

The offense, with Cousins and an array of weapons that includes lethal tight end Jordan Reed, deep threat receiver DeSean Jackson a sensational, out-of-nowhere rookie running back, Rob Kelley, is as balanced and potent as any. Washington, ranked second in the NFL for yards, is capable of shredding an overachieving Dallas defense and holding its own in anybody’s shootout.

You want Dallas? Rivalry games are also perfect Lamar Miller Authentic Womens Jersey for a gut check. Washington won the NFC East with a 9-7 record last year, when the division was derisively referred to as the NFC Least. Now Dallas is the talk of the NFL in rising from worst (4-12) to first, with every team in the division improved.

Cutler has played in just five games this season after missing the same number of contests with a thumb injury in the early portion of the year. He has completed just 59.1% of his passes with four touchdowns and five interceptions.

But the situation presents an opportunity to review the safeguards in place to ensure players don’t play after suffering concussions and, perhaps, provide an example of how those protections are imperfect.

Since 2013, the NFL has employed a system that includes the use of independent neurologists Max Bullough Authentic Womens Jersey at all games. There is a neurological expert on the sideline of every game in addition to a pair of trained concussion “spotters” in the press box looking for possible instances in which a player could have suffered a potential head injury.

The NFL and Pagano confirmed Tuesday that the spotters took no action when Luck was driven into the turf in the fourth quarter on a hit by nose tackle Austin Johnson, a play that ended with Luck clearly hitting his head when knocked to the ground. Spotters, according to the NFL, have access to the television broadcast of the game and the assistance of a video technician to help tag and label possible incidents on tape so they can be referenced later, if necessary.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck suffered a concussion at some point in the team’s win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, a fact that raises an obvious question: How, then, did Luck finish the game without being assessed or pulled out by medical personnel.