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Given all the chaos enveloping the Bulls lately, with considerable doubt bubbling about how much longer Rajon Rondo ?will stick around Chicago, hanging onto one of the game’s best two-way players seems prudent.

I’m told Dallas’ Wesley Matthews, like Butler, is not in play. The prospect of an Andrew Bogut trade remains very real in Big D — an outcome even Bogut has acknowledged — but sources say that the Mavs are batting away pitches for Matthews as he continues an impressive recovery from an Achilles tear.

Word is Portland, of late, has been tracking Tyson Chandler as a potential trade target, since the Phoenix center could certainly help the Blazers with their defensive issues.
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He trades buckets with DeMarcus Cousins. He outpoints and beats KAT. He rests and lobbies Twitter to vote him to the All-Star team to call in Rihanna’s pledge.
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As a story, Joel Embiid is one of the best things to happen to basketball (real and fake) over the course of my fantasy career. I don’t want his workload to increase. I want to preserve Embiid for future generations.

If you roster Embiid, you’re beaming. You’re getting all those gaudy averages as a return on your 10th-round investment.

I told you all that so I could ask you this:

Should you trade The Process?

Should you deal those gaudy numbers, even as Embiid continues to gain momentum?

Between now and your trade deadline … you should definitely explore the market. Because those gaudy averages are getting incontrovertibly kneecapped by the nights off.

Devils help lift teammate John Moore onto stretcher after Tom Wilson hit

The New Jersey Devils offered a nice show of solidarity for their teammate after a big hit from Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson forced him to leave the game on the stretcher.

The Devils and Capitals were only two minutes and change into their game on Saturday when Wilson chased after the puck on the forecheck deep in the Devils¡¯ zone. Moore managed to get the puck away, but Wilson was already honing in on him with a hit into the numbers.

However, it¡¯s the years after 2019 that we need to look at here. The first two years Carlos is a free agent project to be worth over $50M total. Add that to his arbitration-limited cost the first three years, and he figures to be worth right at $80M over the next five years. His age 30 and 31 seasons also currently project to be worth over $20M a piece. I have to stress that this is an average aging curve, and few players age at the average rate. Over the next few years, his career could be derailed by injuries or loss of command, or he could turn into the ace we all have hoped he¡¯d become.
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Deone Bucannon Elite Jersey Of course, as the deals shown above indicate, making a deal now in advance figures to make for quite a discount from that. Just looking at the option years, pitchers of Carlos¡¯ nature were only paid around $12M a year for their free agent years (though some of those deals could use some adjustment for the rampant inflation that has occurred since).

2015 NFL playoff picture: Patriots, Cardinals clinch spots; AFC North back in play

With Week 14 almost in the books, the NFL playoff picture is starting to get a lot clearer. Two more teams punched their postseason tickets this week, while five were mathematically eliminated. Meanwhile, there is no shortage of drama in the NFC East, the AFC South has devolved back into a race to the bottom and the AFC North is far from over.

First, let’s talk about the clinching teams. The Arizona Cardinals secured their spot with a narrow win over the Minnesota Vikings, moving to 11-2. They could’ve clinched the NFC West if the Seattle Seahawks somehow lost, but the Seahawks made quick work of the Baltimore Ravens and moved up to the No. 5 seed, owning a tiebreaker win over the Vikings. Seattle now has a two-game lead over the field in the NFC wild card race, but its running game is suddenly a concern after Thomas Rawls suffered a season-ending ankle injury.

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It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that Sanchez would get the nod over Tony Romo, especially after what Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via ProFootballTalk.
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“I hear this stuff about rust,” Jones said. “Well, Romo doesn’t look rusty at practice, I’ll tell you that. He’s out there practicing against some pretty good guys. Romo has had huge numbers of experience, he’s seen everything that an NFL defense can throw at him. And so you don’t have to worry about the number of repetitions.

“All of that said, it’s better not to have a risk with him and to keep him available to us during the playoff.”

Even so, Romo is expected to get some reps and is likely to see the field in the first time in over a year:

It sounds like the Cowboys have found a plan that is going to touch on every aspect of what they want to accomplish heading into the postseason. As long as there’s no injuries, everybody’s happy.

Adrian Peterson ruled out for Vikings’ Week 17 game vs. Bears

The Minnesota Vikings announced on Friday afternoon that Adrian Peterson would not be playing in their Week 17 matchup against the Chicago Bears.

Peterson is dealing with knee and groin injuries. He came back in Week 15 from a torn meniscus that he suffered in Week 2, but missed Week 16’s game against the Packers.

In the three games Peterson played this season, he accumulated 72 yards on 37 carries with no touchdowns.

In his career, he’s rushed for 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns. He’s given the Vikings some great years, with the team going to the postseason four times in his 10 seasons.

The Packers took back sole possession of first place in the NFC North with a win over the Cowboys, with Mike McCarthy’s return to play calling providing a nice boost for Green Bay’s offense. Aaron Rodgers looked sharp, finishing 22 of 35 for 218 yards and two touchdowns and importantly, the Packers were able to get big Eddie Lacy rolling. Lacy finished with 124 yards and a score on just 24 carries.

Alex Smith came into Week 14 pushing Tom Brady’s all time record of 358 pass attempts without an interception, but fell just short with his early second quarter pick to Chargers corner Jason Verrett. All told, Smith threw 312 straight passes without getting picked, just 46 attempts shy of tying Brady’s mark.

Once Smith had ended his streak, the active leader in that statistical category defaulted to Bills signal-caller Tyrod Taylor, whose then-streak of interception-less passes was pretty impressive in itself. Unfortunately, Taylor only carried that mantle for a short time; he was picked off with 1:23 remaining in the game as the Bills tried to mount a game-winning drive. His streak of passes without an interception ended at a very respectable 223 attempts.

Get ready to experience the AJ to A.J. connection in Cincinnati. With A.J. McCarron in for Dalton as he recovers from a hand injury, Bengals fans will get a rare opportunity to see how things run without their franchise quarterback.

Kirk Cousins kneeled when his team could’ve scored, and nobody has any idea why

Kirk Cousins took a knee to end the first half of Washington-Philadelphia. It prevented Washington from a shot at the end zone or a field goal attempt. Nobody’s quite clear why.

He didn’t need to kneel. He didn’t even need to spike the ball. His coach, Jay Gruden, confirmed there was supposed to be a fade route to Pierre Garcon on the play, and expressed complete confusion as to why Cousins knelt:

Washington had used its final timeout on the previous Philadelphia drive, meaning they had no way to stop the clock. Then Cousins led a spectacular drive down the field, bringing Washington 64 yards all the way to the shadow of the Eagles’ uprights. The clock was stopped due to a penalty on the previous play, so it wasn’t a factor. They could’ve run a play to the end zone, and if that failed, they had a chip shot field goal opportunity. Everyting was setting up for points …

Authentic Kids Lardarius Webb Jersey Even the clock operator was a bit confused, stopping the clock momentarily after whistles blew. Of course, the clock was supposed to run, so it did. Cousins and his team had no way of stopping the clock, and this was the last play of the half.

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If you’re wondering what it costs to build out a 175,000-light sports-themed display, the answer is north of $30,000 according to the GoFundMe related to the “Hawkhouse” display. There is even music specifically made just for the house.

While the house attracts a lot of eager visitors ready to see the 175,000 lights in action, it turns out it’s not great living in the same neighborhood. Some neighbors have complained about the show and Mish was working with city officials to “tone it down” according to ABC News.

If you’re considering creating your own sports-themed display, you’ll only need hundreds of thousands of lights and about 400 hours to put it all up.

16 active players in MLB claim the Smith surname

The frequency of Hispanic surnames in the United States is surging — for a variety of reasons.

Even though Smith is still at the top of the list as the most frequent surname overall in the United States, in Major League Baseball it’s a different story. According to MLB’s player lists, 16 active players in MLB claim the Smith surname, though more players have the Hispanic surnames of either Gonz¨¢lez and Rodr¨ªguez in the big leagues.

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In combination with a few homegrown talents such as Livan Hernandez,6 Charles Johnson and Edgar Renteria, Florida¡¯s mercenary contingent powered the Marlins to 92 wins and the NL Wild Card, then navigated the team through a difficult string of postseason opponents en route to a seven-game World Series triumph over the Cleveland Indians ¡ª the first-ever Series win for a wild-card team.

It appears the Los Angeles Dodgers might not be the only NL West team targeting Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.

Rumor CentralThe San Francisco Giants have also shown interest in Dozier, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Heyman goes on to write that the Giants are an imperfect fit, which could be attributed to the presence of Gold Glove-winning second baseman Joe Panik on San Francisco’s roster.
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the Chiefs’ second play from scrimmage of the game

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Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: It took only one touch — the Chiefs’ second play from scrimmage of the game — for Hill to manage 12 fantasy points, his fifth double-digit score in his past nine contests. During that time span, which extends back to Week 7, Hill has 100 fantasy points, which ranks fifth among wide receivers (Jordy Nelson, 110 in nine games; Davante Adams, 103 in nine games; Antonio Brown, 102 in eight games; Mike Evans 102 in eight games plus whatever he scores Sunday night).

Hill was started in a career-high 51.1 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 15.

Matthew Stafford couldn’t engineer another comeback as nothing appeared to be in sync for the Lions in a 17-6 loss to the Giants.
“You hope so,” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said Sunday afternoon, after he and the Giants’ defense had delivered a second straight stifling victory over an NFC division leader, this time a 17-6 win over the Detroit Lions. “You always hope it’s going to work, when you bring in new guys, but you never know for sure.”

The Giants didn’t know for sure in March, or even in September. But they know now. They know they can win games with defense — even in a down year for QB Eli Manning, one in which the offensive game plan increasingly seems to be, “Just protect the ball as best you can until Odell Beckham Jr. makes a play.”

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Murray, David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott (the latter two playing later games) remain the only three running backs who can claim a top-25 weekly score in every game in 2016.

Rodgers has played in only three games in which the temperature was a single digit at kickoff

¡°Wind is what you watch for, and especially being down there right on the lake,¡± Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. ¡°That¡¯s really where the challenge is; that¡¯s what the challenge was in ¡¯07. When you get those gusts that are up there at 20, 25 or north of that, that’s where the football moving and the snap from center in the gun, all those things factor.”

It was 2 hours, 44 minutes of freezing hell, and this Sunday could be more of the same. It¡¯s why McCarthy took his team outside for practice on Thursday, when at least one of his players had his jersey freeze to his body.

Rodgers has played in only three games in which the temperature was a single digit at kickoff, and he¡¯s lost them all. One of them was the 2008 game at Chicago.

The Browns say that they appreciate how coach Hue Jackson has remained positive despite the team’s season-long struggles.

“I’m not deterred,” Haden said. “I feel like [coach] Hue [Jackson] is definitely motivated.”

One week ago, Haden was saying how frustrating it was to be on a winless team, and how much it hurt to be the laughingstock of every joke. It still hurts, but it hasn’t hurt Haden’s belief that things will get better sooner rather than later.
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More than once, Jackson has said this season that if teams want to get the Browns, they better get them now, because the team won’t be in this position for long.

Jackson’s message to Haden seems similar.

“We talk all the time,” Haden said. “He always comes up to me, ‘Hey, Joe, next year at this time we’re going to be getting ready for the playoffs. And I’m with you.’ I feel the same way, and I believe in Coach.”
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Mentioning the word “playoffs” in relation to the Browns brings to mind Jim Mora’s infamous “playoffs?” rant. It just doesn’t seem possible that the Browns can make that turnaround in a year.

But they’re not doubting.

The Raiders made no attempt to negotiate a new contract

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Woodson was old by 2005, 29 and out of good graces in Oakland. The Raiders made no attempt to negotiate a new contract, meaning that for the first time ever Woodson wasn’t worth the hassle. He was a veteran corner who had missed more than a third of his possible regular season appearances in four seasons. The Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the only two teams to show legitimate interest in him. He signed with the Packers in 2006 despite an opportunity to reunite with former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay.

I was in college at Wisconsin at that point, which put me in close proximity to Woodson once again. No one trumpeted his arrival. There were hopes he’d bolster the secondary, but not in a singular way. No one could have expected him to become the prototype for the hybrid corner-backer suited to dismantling modern offenses. His legacy was supposed to be that of a great player with an odd career trajectory, not a Hall of Famer.

Woodson went to Green Bay, a place where he knew there was almost nothing to do, and dedicated himself to the things he never did in Oakland. He lifted weights and molded himself to Dom Capers’ defensive scheme.

“We played a game in London during that stretch and that was perfect for us because it helped bring our team even more together,” Hunt said. “Once we got to 5-5 and we saw how the division and Wild Card races were shaping up, we knew we really did have a chance. Everyone’s heads went from being a little down at the start to rising. Andy got them all to stick together.”

Somebody helped keep Reid assured.

In good times and in bad, he keeps in touch with his old college coach, Brigham Young icon LaVell Edwards. Reid played offensive tackle for Edwards at BYU and afterward, in 1982, Reid began his coaching career there. He calls Edwards at least once a week. There is a comfort level and love there that is cherished on both sides.
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their roster says they¡¯re the presumptive favorites to repeat as NL East champs

If the Nats decide to hire a closer from within — Door No. 6, I suppose — they¡¯ve got choices there too. Blake Treinen probably makes the most sense. Thanks to a power sinker that approaches triple digits, the 28-year-old reliever is essentially the NL¡¯s right-handed version of Zach Britton. In fact, Treinen¡¯s 66 percent ground ball rate last season was second best in the majors behind Britton. He¡¯s also figured out how to get lefties out, posting a .221 BAA vs. lefties that was actually better than his mark against righties (.225).
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So there¡¯s that. Shawn Kelley, who tallied seven saves last year and racked up 12.4 Ks per nine innings, could work too. Then there¡¯s Koda Glover, the 23-year-old wild card who had eight minor league saves last year, showed flashes after his call-up, and looks and sounds like he¡¯s straight out of Central Casting to replace Charlie Sheen if they ever decide to do a reboot of the original “Major League.”

In the early part of Fowler¡¯s career, he fared poorly when leading off an inning, posting on-base percentages of .326, .302 and .317 from 2009 to 2011. But then something clicked and the numbers got considerably better.

“We had a really good conversation,” McCutchen said. “I do understand he has a job. I don’t understand what he has to do — I can’t empathize with that, just like he can’t empathize with the challenges I could be going through. We had a good conversation. We basically ended it on good terms.”

McCutchen, who won the National League MVP award in 2013, is coming off his worst major league season, posting career lows in batting average (.256), on-base percentage (.336) and slugging percentage (.430). He also had 24 home runs and 79 RBIs.

Limited Youth Albert Pujols Jersey “You’re going to have your off years, but it’s all about what you do and how you come back from that,” McCutchen said. “I’m looking forward to this season. I’m ready to go.”