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I kept waiting for him to waver

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.

Game Youth Troy Hill Jersey Evander Kane scored twice for the winless Sabres, who were booed off the ice after all three periods. Chad Johnson stopped 16 of 22 shots before being replaced by Robin Lehner (nine saves) in the third period.

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.

Authentic Womens Martin St. Louis Jersey Sometimes dropping a player is the right reaction to a slow start. If players aren’t getting the opportunity we thought they would before the season, something has to give. Some players rostered in more than 30 percent of ESPN leagues that I wouldn’t quibble with you dropping in 10- or 12-teamers in order to make some room include: Conor Sheary, Tyler Johnson, Sam Reinhart, Jason Spezza, Tomas Hertl, Roberto Luongo, Andrew Shaw, Frans Nielsen, Johnny Boychuk, Thomas Greiss and Radko Gudas. I’m not suggesting none of them will have fantasy value this season, but their ceilings are low enough that you could do better with a hot starter off the wire for now.

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.

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.

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Keenan Allen entered the 2017 season with many question marks after he appeared in only nine of the Chargers 32 games during the 2015 and 2016 campaigns.

Through two games, Allen has erased most of the concerns. He’s up to 14 catches for 135 yards and one touchdown on 20 targets and sits sixth among wide receivers in fantasy points. Allen has been on the field for 92 percent of the Chargers’ pass plays and has handled a career-high 27 percent of Philip Rivers’ targets. Healthy and playing at a high level, Allen is back in the WR1 conversation.

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams: Are we so sure Gurley is a sell-high candidate? After he finished Week 1 with a noteworthy 2.1 yards-per-carry average, his Week 2 mark of 5.5 is a welcome sight to fantasy players.

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Three months after that study was released, several NFL-affiliated researchers, in a paper published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, said they were unable to replicate the findings of Stern’s group. The authors concluded that after examining 45 retired NFL players, they found no statistically significant association between starting to play tackle football before high school and developing neurocognitive issues later in life.

Skelton threw two more picks before he was mercifully benched

Mens Coty Sensabaugh Jersey At least none that will be displayed publically, which is the same tact Smith has taken toward public knocks on his play. The fact that Smith has averaged 10 wins in the four seasons since he was traded from San Francisco to Kansas City and his efficiency in avoiding big mistakes (i.e. turnovers) is often overshadowed by two other factors: his failure to consistently produce dynamic plays in the passing game and the team’s inability to advance past the second round of the playoffs despite having championship-caliber defenses.

Mens Cody Kessler Jersey Smith allows that being a lightning rod for criticism is part of the quarterback lifestyle. He also learned to ignore much of it during his first six seasons with the 49ers when he was regularly skewered for failing to live up to what was expected of the 2005 draft’s top overall pick.

Smith hasn’t changed that tact during a far more successful stretch with the Chiefs despite the outside clamoring for Mahomes that will continue to grow if Smith hits a rough patch, which is entirely possible this season considering the youth on Kansas City’s wide receiving corps. Not to mention a running game that has dipped ever since the now-departed Jamaal Charles suffered a major knee injury early in the 2015 campaign.

Skelton had second-and-2, a favorable down and distance, and wasn’t under duress when he threw a short pass to his left that was intercepted by Patrick Willis. Skelton threw two more picks before he was mercifully benched. The Cardinals lost 23-7.