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I’m generally optimistic that when they put me in the lineup, I won’t come out, Murphy said Tuesday when asked about his chances of being ready for the Washington Nationals’ season opener against the Cincinnati Reds on March 29.

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Sport has a very limited number of stories that it can tell. You’ve got the underdog story (which would have applied to Hirano had he won). You’ve got the greatest of all time cementing the legacy narrative, which could have been applied to White, but in this instance, wasn’t. (Perhaps the short history of snowboarding in the Olympics made it hard to really get historical with its narrative.)
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I think Petco Park likes me, Hosmer said. Every time I go there, it seems to work out for me.

Before day games, you wake up and the weather is gorgeous outside and it makes you want to be out there. The city speaks for itself. The ballpark speaks for itself. I couldn’t think of a better place to go out and play baseball every day.

The new format has allowed the Three-Point Contest to reach new high scores. Craig Hodges’ 25-of-30 score in the first round had stood since 1986 until Jason Kapono tied him in 2008, but the added moneyball rack broke those records almost instantly. In 2015, Stephen Curry set a new high with 27 points (out of a new 34 total). The next year, Klay Thompson beat Curry in the contest while tying his record.

The conventions of what we see on TV are such that we’re frozen. We often fail to see that what we see as normal is absurd.

Conditioned, intellectually immobilized moments include those regularly seen on NFL telecasts, after the game’s first punt, when a camera shows the other’s team’s quarterback strapping on his helmet, running out on the field.

We’ve probably seen that 20 times from Eli Manning. “Yeah, come on, fellas, here we go! …” Followed by here-we-go warrior music, preface to a cutaway to Peyton Manning pizza and insurance commercials.

Raiders receiver Amari Cooper said the Mexico City conditions “didn’t really bother me at all.”

“I don’t know if it’s just because you’re so locked into the game or what the case may be, but I didn’t really notice it that bad,” Raiders cornerback David Amerson said.

For a team that’s tanking, a nine-point loss is borderline respectable. That being said, it was a miracle that the Jets were able to stay in this game: They were outgained by nearly 200 yards (408 to 214) as Josh McCown threw two interceptions. They only rushed for 38 yards and they only converted 4 out of 14 of their third-down conversions.

Before free agency, the Titans had two distinct team needs — wide receiver and cornerback. They lost out on former Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks but drafted Western Michigan product Corey Davis with pick No. 5. They signed former Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan to satisfy the cornerback need. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is a trade-up spot for a quarterback-starved team, but if the Titans hold on to the pick, Njoku makes sense as an athletic weapon alongside Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker.

All-pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been the stalwart on the Bucs’ defensive line, but he really hasn’t gotten a ton of help from the edge players on this defense. Noah Spence showed some potential as a rookie off the edge in 2016, and William Gholston re-signed with the Bucs after four seasons. But neither can do what Barnett can. The former Volunteer has the potential to be a three-down player next to McCoy, setting the edge against the run, then rushing the edge opposite Spence.

In overtime, you think you’ve got this won again when A.J. Bouye intercepts a deep pass from Philip Rivers and starts heading down the right sideline with no one too close, but Rivers knocks him out of bounds at the 2. Jags then win by a field goal and you fall a half-point short.

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Watson completed 22-of-33 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions, ran for another 41 yards, and had the Texans 2 minutes 24 seconds away from a 33-28 victory. But then Tom Brady took the Patriots down the Authentic Pavol Demitra Jersey field and hit Brandin Cooks for 25 yards in the front left corner of the end zone to put New England in the lead and give Brady 378 yards passing and five touchdowns.

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Consider how many episodes the NFLPA has ignored rather than try to save its players from themselves and each other, how often he has indulged the inexcusable.

The NFL season is set to begin Thursday night in Foxborough, Mass., and Colin Kaepernick remains without a quarterbacking job.

It’s a bad look for the league, whether or not you agree with how Kaepernick conducted his protest.

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Not everyone feels the same way about Kaepernick refusing to stand for the national anthem before games last season, while with the San Francisco 49ers, in protest of the treatment of African Americans in the United States.

Some can relate directly to the issues raised by Kaepernick. Some cannot relate directly but empathize. Some view the world differently.

Some support how Kaepernick chose to bring attention to the issue. Others believe the manner in which Kaepernick protested was disrespectful to the country and those who serve and protect it.

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Elsewhere in the NFL, 21 teams began the day a .500-or-better record, which meant the week’s slate of games featured no matchup in which both teams had a winning record.

In New Orleans, Bears tight end Zach Miller suffered insult and injury on the same play. He hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell Trubisky, but his leg bent in a gruesome way as he came down and he was taken off on a cart. (You can see the injury here, we’re not including the image because it’s actually nauseating.) As he was leaving, review showed that the ball had hit the ground and the touchdown was nullified. (Pity the officials who had to look at the injury over and over.)
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Cam Newton, who earlier this month apologized to a female reporter and last week skipped media availability, walked off the podium Wednesday after getting a question he didn’t care to answer from a different reporter. On Sunday, though, he completed 18 of 32 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown as the Panthers improved to 5-3.

The Bengals took two offensive tackles in the 2015 draft’s first two rounds, but neither has seemed to work out for the long term. Cincinnati values athleticism at offensive tackle, and O’Neill is close to Lane Johnson as an offensive tackle talent.

The Browns and San Francisco 49ers, who possess the second overall choice Thursday night, continue to have glaring needs at quarterback and have the ammunition necessary to make a deal for a prominent quarterback. There is no indication at this point that either team is in the chase for a high-profile veteran. But Esa Lindell Womens Jersey there still might be time to make a last, best effort if the Browns or 49ers choose to do so.

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A federal appeals court cleared the way for the NFL to impose a six-game suspension on Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations on Thursday, siding with the league in the latest high-profile fight over its ability to punish players for off-field behavior.
In the Elliott case, league attorneys wrote to the 5th Circuit that the union’s lawsuit had resulted in hopelessly doomed proceedings that shouldn’t continue.
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The NFLPA has argued that Mazzant had jurisdiction because Elliott exhausted his appeal before filing the lawsuit when Henderson rejected requests for the testimony of Goodell and Thompson. Elliott’s attorneys also say the NFL violated the labor deal by withholding key information from Goodell and Elliott’s representatives.

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Moss and Owens each played for five teams in their careers as they often wore out their welcome with their inability to Miami Dolphins Youth jersey get along with teammates and coaches at times.

But at their best, there were few players ever able to strike fear in defenses as much as Moss and Owens, who were both all-decade selections for the 2000s.

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Jabrill Peppers got the Browns off to a fast start on Monday with an impressive 31-yard punt return following the Giants’ first drive of the game.

After the Browns defense forced a rare three-and-out, Giants punter Brad Wing got off an impressive 52-yard punt that looked like it was going to pin the Browns deep in their own territory. Only that didn’t happen, because after Peppers caught the punt, the Giants couldn’t catch him.

Just think how terrible the Green Bay offense would be with Brett Hundley at QB if Coach Mike McCarthy had not invested all that time in Hundley’s development, as he testily reminded everyone he’d done while bristling at questions about the lack of consideration given by the Packers to signing Colin Kaepernick.

Which was the worst of Coach Sean McDermott’s moves: benching Tyrod Taylor in favor of Nathan Peterman; allowing Peterman to stay in the game long enough to throw five interceptions; or saying that he didn’t regret the switch? They’re all terrible. McDermott let down a team that had — and has — a chance to reach the playoffs with an ill-advised decision that wasn’t fair to either quarterback.

Blaine Gabbert is not the answer at QB, as if there was any doubt about that. Gabbert actually played reasonably well in the loss to the Texans. But when a team eagerly awaits the return of Drew Stanton, that tells you all that you need to know.

Centralizing replay and bringing the surface tablets to the sidelines so the official can see it, all that has sped up what we consider down time — time that’s not, we don’t believe, attractive to our fans. We’re happy with it. It’s only six weeks. We’ve got a long way to go. But we’re continuing to see what we can do to keep pushing that because we believe that’s good for the [fan] experience.”

Beckham’s contract … New York Giants co-owner John Mara said Wednesday, as owners left the meeting, that Beckham’s injury should not affect negotiations on a potential long-term contract. The Giants have Beckham under contract through next season after exercising the fifth-year option in his original rookie deal.

I saw him in the hospital last week. He’s in a good place, I think, and I think he’ll come back stronger than ever. … I don’t think it will have any effect because I think he’s going to make a full recovery.”chargers_078

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Rodgers has taken to giving away his game tickets to fans who win a contest, such as solving a puzzle, answering a trivia question or using clues to find hidden the prize. I’m having a blast doing it, Rodgers told ESPN in August. I was thinking about what would be a cool way to connect with the fans.
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On Thursday, though, about four hours before the Packers game started, the quarterback announced to his social-media followers that, this week, there would be no Rodgers ticket hunt. Instead, he was giving his tickets to Green Bay police officers.

Derek Carr, QB, Raiders: With a bye week for four other teams, few quarterbacks are available. In ESPN leagues, Jared Goff (owned in 22 percent of leagues) and Blake Bortles (8 percent) are likely the best options, but matchups aren’t great: Goff faces the Seahawks and Bortles faces the Steelers. In a bit of good news, a Friday report suggests Carr could return in Week 6.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings: Minnesota lost its star rookie to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Latavius Murray (see below) and Jerick McKinnon are likely to pick up the slack, but shouldn’t be expected to provide the same results that Cook produced.

After last Sunday’s kneel-down in London, more than a dozen of Cox’s customers walked out, and the ones who remained were almost unanimous in their disgust over the players’ protest.

Cox spent much of the week pulling all the Ravens decorations and advertising signage off the walls, even pulling in a purple, Ravens-logoed buoy that sat just off the dock. He decided to stop building the restaurant’s fall Sundays around the Ravens, and hired the band to play at 1 p.m.
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We’ll have to see how it goes, Cox said of his business on Sunday. But so Preston Brown Jersey far it’s not looking good.

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Matt Forte, RB, Jets: New York will be without Forte for the second straight week. Forte is someone I avoided in drafts because I was high on Bilal Powell (see Week 4 article). Powell is in line for another big game with the Jets facing the Browns.

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It’s a way of preparing yourself, Alonso said Tuesday. I’m used to spending January and February preparing physically for the season, doing training camps … training the neck with weights, with elastics.

For his part, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan revealed that he had gotten some help from a pair of quarterbacks with experience playing the Patriots: the Mannings. Ryan said that Eli Manning, who twice helped the Giants knock off Brady and Co. for the NFL crown, had given him tips on how to beat New England.

Neither of the Mannings was at Opening Night, but their older brother Cooper was around, serving in his role as a correspondent for Fox News. He wore a suit adorned with the images of hundred-dollar bills, because, well, why not?

Still, the roster is filled with position redundancy and minimal attractive assets. Aside from Lillard, McCollum and at times center Jusuf Nurkic, players have struggled to carve out a productive, consistent niche.

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On Monday, Lillard was named the Week 14 Western Conference Player of the Week after leading his team to a 3-0 record and averaging 29.3 points while shooting 53 percent from the field to go with 8.0 assists.

Embiid led the 76ers, as he characteristically does now that Ben Simmons has cooled from his scorching start, and on Thursday, they took out the first-place Boston Celtics. Embiid then finished the night in a unique way, getting the chance to shout out to a very famous singer in his post-game interview. Years ago, Embiid mentioned in an interview that he had tried to get at Rihanna, only to get curved for not having made an All-Star team. Now that he is an All-Star, the interviewer gave him the chance to shoot his shot again.

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We’re professionals. It’s about regrouping and coming out there and doing your job, Brogdon said.

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The third fight of the day took place in Santa Clara, Calif., where the Cardinals beat the 49ers, 20-10. Late in the fourth quarter, San Francisco quarterback C.J. Beathard took a late hit as he was sliding to the ground, and teammates rushed to his defense.

In the ensuing melee, Rucker knocked Hyde down, which only served to increase the hostilities. Nevertheless, 49ers management was reportedly pleased with how Hyde stuck up for his quarterback.

The second-year guard scored a career-high 38 points, including a go-ahead three-point play in the final minute, and Denver beat the Portland Trail Blazers 104-101 on Monday night.

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Nikola Jokic had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Will Barton hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to secure the win and spoil Jusuf Nurkic’s return to Denver.

The Nuggets had lost six of eight.

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The Grizzlies rank last in pace, and though Simmons finally had a decent game Saturday vs. Milwaukee, he hasn’t come close to exceeding value in the last two weeks. It’s quite possible he gets back to regularly scoring 45-55 fantasy points for the 76ers, but until that happens, I’d rather spend on Blake Griffin, or save with Lauri Markkanen tonight.

I’ve really been disappointed with the growth, or lack thereof, for Wiggins through his 3.5 seasons in The Association and as his DFS price tag dips, I expect far too many players to be seduced by the raw skills here. Be careful.

“It was just another game,” he said.

He nearly had a happy return, but the Trail Blazers couldn’t hold a late lead.

Lillard gave Portland a 93-86 advantage with a 3-pointer, but the Nuggets rallied to take a 97-95 lead on Mason Plumlee’s dunk. CJ McCollum made two free throws and Lillard hit a running bank shot to give Portland a 99-97 lead with 41.7 seconds left.

He was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.

Bucs quarterback Josh McCown attempted just three passes in the second half and took a safety on the game’s final meaningful play late in the fourth quarter, a play in which he was protected by three offensive linemen who had barely seen the field that season. Those points — the last in a string of 16 unanswered by the Saints — cemented a 23-20 New Orleans win.patriots_029_8c54ff3a08e621fb-180x180