Niles Paul, Trent Williams injured in Washington loss

Washington not only lost 45-14 on Thursday night to the New York Giants, it also watched as a pair of key players went down with injuries. Tight end Niles Paul and left tackle Trent Williams were forced to leave the game with a concussion and knee strain respectively. Neither one returned.

Paul’s injury was especially scary. Coming into the game as Washington’s leading receiver, Paul caught a pass down the deep seam of the field before being crushed by safety Quintin Demps. Paul lost control of the ball on impact and stayed down for several moments with his arms stiffly up in the air. The good news is Paul was able to walk off the field, albeit slowly with trainers at his side.

“Jay walks up to me and greets me,” Mundy said. “He said since I was new, he wanted to personally welcome me to the team and to the city. He said he knew a realtor if I needed help finding a place. He said he knew my wife was pregnant and that he knew some great doctors who helped him when both of his sons were born. He just made himself available. People don’t know these kinds of things about Jay. The perceptions don’t account for the type of leader at quarterback and beyond that he is for this team and franchise. Jay is not an outspoken guy. But I’ve gotten to know him well. He’s a real guy.”

Enough of the scowls and petulant looks and rutted body demeanor that have long put him in a box of arrogance, stubbornness and immaturity. Enough of his wild throws and risky plays that drive fans nuts. Enough of his nippy answers and tightly-vested public persona that make some people quick to jump to the conclusion that he is not only unlikeable, but also a bad dude.

He has been a Chicago Bear now for twice as long as his three seasons with the Denver Broncos. He arrived in Denver via the 2006 draft, from Vanderbilt.9

Vince Young seeks ‘Make Vince Great Again’ trademark

The phrase, of course, is a play on the notorious Donald Trump campaign war cry and red cap unit shifter. One could argue that Young was never great in the NFL, though that descriptor neatly described his legendary run at the University of Texas.

If that image rattles loose a memory unnecessarily lodged in the back of your brain, here’s why: Ryan wore what appears to be the identical “I’d Hit That” tee five years ago. It’s fun to think of Rex racing to his to his dresser this morning — huge toothy grin on his face — and pulling that old favorite over his head as Rob impatiently honks the horn of his truck in the driveway. Tampa, here we come.

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We learned last week that the former first-round pick has hired agent Leigh Steinberg to reboot his professional football career. Three months shy of his 34th birthday, Young hasn’t taken an NFL snap since the 2011 season. He hasn’t been a functional signal-caller since his rookie year with the Titans in 2006.

That said, everybody loves a comeback story, and Young making a successful return to the NFL would probably rank just below Kurt Warner going from grocery store stock boy to Super Bowl MVP in the End Around Insanity Scale.
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Redskins rebuild quarterback room from scratch: With Cousins out the door, Washington’s coaching staff will be forced to start over under center. Outside of making a play for Romo — this would serve as a fascinating landing spot if he’s released — look for coach Jay Gruden to find a veteran he trusts to pair with a rookie.

Pistons trade rumors could include offers for Andre Drummond, per report

The struggling Detroit Pistons are becoming slightly more open to the idea of trading Andre Drummond, according to ESPN¡¯s Marc Stein. Stein reports that other teams have the impression that the Pistons are at least willing to pick up the phone to consider deals for the big man they signed to a maximum contract last summer.

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Still, the fact that the rumors are even surfacing illustrates Detroit¡¯s changing attitude towards Drummond. Two years ago, owner Tom Gores emphatically said Drummond was a ¡°maximum guy.¡± But Drummond has failed to make significant progress since then, as his numbers have plateaued and his defensive impact has waned.

Would the Pistons really trade their 24-year-old center?

Of course, he had quite the seasoned line in front of him. App State ranked a decent 49th in Adj. Line Yards, 15th in opportunity rate, and 48th in stuff rate. The line stats were worse than the overall rushing stats (28th in Rushing S&P+), suggesting the backs were responsible for quite a bit of the success. But one what might happen without all-conference center Parker Collins and guard Jamie Collmar lined up on the interior or if there’s an injury up front?

Four players with starting experience return, but behind them is a wave of freshmen and redshirt freshmen. The starting five will probably hold its own, but with a couple of wobbly knees or ankles, App State could be starting first-year guys.
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Pete Carroll tells Seahawks players to play loose and have fun

Pete Carroll is about to participate in his second Super Bowl as the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He knows what it takes to make it to the pinnacle of the sport, and he isn’t about to change the formula. According to NFL.com, Pete Carroll’s message to his team Saturday night was simple: Play loose and have fun.

The speech fits with Carroll’s personality as a head coach. Though his schemes hardly reinvent the sport, Carroll resembles few other NFL head coaches by his demeanor. “Freewheeling” gets thrown out a lot. At USC, he was the type of guy to go boogie-boarding, or wander the streets of South Central Los Angeles on sleepless nights.

“He’s not supposed to come Sunday,” Sherman told NFL.com. “Obviously that’d change some things, but I think he’s going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there until after the game.”

This isn’t exactly breaking news — there was never any real concern that Sherman would miss the game — but it’s nevertheless reassuring for the Seahawks. Sherman is graded by Pro Football Focus as the No. 3 cornerback in the league this season and has held quarterbacks throwing into his coverage to a 48.4 passer rating.

Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal for the Sharks, who have lost six of eight games heading into their bye week. Four of those losses came in overtime and another in a shootout, giving San Jose nine points during the span. Martin Jones made 25 saves.
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San Jose heads into the break with a five-point lead in the Pacific Division over Edmonton and Anaheim

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Andrew McCutchen says he wasn’t asked about moving to right field

During his eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Andrew McCutchen thought he’d be the one to decide if he needed to move out of center field. But a few weeks ago, when the time arrived to make that move, he learned something shocking:

He didn’t have a vote. Atop the repeated sound of bat tearing into ball, a gritty voiceover talks about how baseball is a numbers game. The voice then proceeds to spew forth a bunch of stats — some of which Harper has already compiled, some of which he’s chasing — then finishes by saying, “Kid, just remember: No number sounds as good as this.” The punchline: One last thunderous crack of the bat.

When the Pirates abruptly informed him last month that he was going to shift over to right field this season, “it wasn’t an ask,” McCutchen said Friday morning, on the first day of what could be his last spring training as a Pirate. “It was more of a ‘say.’ It was ‘I have to move there.'”

And that was difficult to accept, the longtime face of the Pirates admitted Friday — for many reasons.

Speaking of LeBron, this pass through Andrew Wiggins’ legs sure is something else.

The upside of the Love injury: Adam Silver gets to pick his replacement for the All-Star Game. I think that in light of the recent Madison Square Garden maelstrom, Carmelo Anthony deserves something nice to happen to him. I would also accept T.J. McConnell.

Fascinating story from Jonathan Abrams on the Magic vs. Jordan one-on-one PPV battle that never happened.

No one in the NBA ever knows what day it is.

I learned from Drake to never let anyone record you shooting hoops. Stephen A. Smith did not learn that lesson.

Where could Adrian Peterson land if he leaves Vikings?

The Minnesota Vikings’ talks about a restructured contract for running back Adrian Peterson aren’t likely to pick up steam until around the NFL scouting combine in the beginning of March, and it remains possible the team will work out a deal to keep him in Minnesota in 2017.

Peterson has said publicly he wants to return to the Vikings next season, and those close to him believe the same thing. He turns 32 in March and ran for only 72 yards in three games of a season during which he was recovering from a torn meniscus. Still, he could return next season if he finds common ground with the Vikings as they pursue a reworked deal in lieu of an option that would pay Peterson $18 million (including a $6 million roster bonus).

As a running backs coach with Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys and with Ryan in Buffalo, Lynn learned the balance between coaching players hard and nurturing them to get their best effort.

Lynn’s mother, Betty Jackson, instilled in her son a relentless work ethic at a young age. An all-state basketball player, Jackson chose raising her son over pursuing a college basketball career after finding out she was pregnant her senior year in high school.

“Some people say it’s hard for a woman to raise a man,” Lynn said. “Well, my mother did. She raised a man, and she did a hell of a job. She taught me how to work. And the most important thing she taught me is to believe in God and believe in myself. And that’s why I’m here today.”

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“Every time that I’ve been back, people seem like they are afraid to say something nice to me. People will whisper, ‘There’s his mom. Ooooooh!’“

Things will probably never be the same for the Durants in a town which once cherished them both.

Could a trade for Okafor really serve as the spark?

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The best week of New Orleans’ season starts now with another round of All-Star festivities coming to town (coinciding with Mardi Gras, even) for ?the second time in a span of four years. Yet the unavoidable follow-up question, of course, is what happens after everyone leaves town? Even after Anthony Davis (42 points and 13 boards) outdueled Karl-Anthony Towns (36 points) for a helpful road win Friday night at Minnesota, New Orleans is still struggling to muster significant momentum in the five-team chase for the West’s final playoff spot. Could a trade for Okafor really serve as the spark?

Utah Jazz: The Jazz reported that Rodney Hood, out since Feb. 1 due to a right knee bone contusion and Grade 1 lateral collateral ligament sprain, is expected to return following the All-Star break. Hood’s game hasn’t progressed much since he joined the league in 2014-15, and his 28.6 MPG and 13.7 PPG are both down from last season. Ultimately, his best role in the NBA could be as instant offense off the bench.

Asked about the vitriol that greeted Durant, as well as KD’s third-quarter tangles with both Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson, Curry said:

“For us, it was very, very similar to what we’ve experienced [in OKC] before. But I know, for him, it had to be weird. It had to be.

“This game meant a lot to both sides. There’s a lot of chirping, a lot of back-and-forth, a lot of competition. There’s some familiarity obviously. He knows every single guy in that locker room over there, so you had to expect something to happen. But at the end of the day, we focused on basketball.”
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Veteran Matt Barnes speaks from experience when he says All-Star teammate DeMarcus Cousins must “try to be himself without jeopardizing himself or the team” for the Sacramento Kings to make the playoffs.

Jonathan Drouin skates literal circles around the Jets for Lightning goal

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Drouin is third on the Lightning in scoring and an integral part of their game-plan. And he just twisted the Jets¡¯ defenders into knots in their own zone.

He … he just might make it in the NHL one day. Just a hunch.

The 21-year-old winger is third on the Lightning in scoring this season.

True to Mr. Ilitch¡¯s vision for a bustling downtown area, the Ilitch organization will continue its transformational District Detroit project under Christopher Ilitch¡¯s leadership, transforming dozens of blocks of largely vacant land in Downtown Detroit into a dynamic, vibrant area for everyone in the community to enjoy.

The District Detroit will include office, retail and residential spaces, as well as the new Little Caesars Arena. The $1.2 billion project is expected to have a $2.1 billion total economic impact on Detroit, the region and Michigan.

Mr. Ilitch believed passionately in giving back to the community. Among his many contributions to others, Mr. Ilitch established the Little Caesars Love Kitchen in 1985. With two trucks on the road to serve those in need, these restaurants on wheels have served more than three million people. Additionally, inspired by the story of a veteran returning to civilian life, Ilitch founded the Little Caesars Veterans Program in 2006.

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Super Bowl 52 odds: Patriots open as betting favorites over Cowboys, Packers, Seahawks

The New England Patriots came out on top in Super Bowl 51, locking up their fifth Super Bowl title in the last 15 years. The Patriots will once again be the favorite to win it all again next season.

New England is a +450 betting favorite to win Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota. Tom Brady is showing no signs of slowing down despite his advanced age, and the Patriots have earned a trip to the Super Bowl seven times over the last 15 seasons. They did so this season without Brady’s most dangerous weapon, Rob Gronkowski, who should be back healthy next year.

As long as Brady is playing at an elite level and Bill Belichick is on the sideline, this Patriots team will be the one to beat.

The Dallas Cowboys (+1000 to win Super Bowl 52) came up short in a disappointing loss to the Green Bay Packers this postseason, but the pieces are in place for long-term success in Dallas. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot were sensational in their rookie seasons and should only be better next year with a full season and playoff experience under their belts. The Cowboys are the favorite to emerge atop the NFC.

Dallas will have plenty of potential competition in the NFC with the Green Bay Packers (+1100), Seattle Seahawks (+1100), Atlanta Falcons (+1250), and New York Giants (+1900) all looking to get back to the Super Bowl.

Atlanta blew both Seattle and Green Bay away this postseason, but history has shown that it is difficult to get all the way back to the Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons. The Falcons will also be without offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, which could have an adverse affect on their high-octane offense.

Chris Paul broke his hand late in Game 4 of the 2016 playoffs

Chris Paul broke his hand late in Game 4 of the 2016 playoffs. Another example of bad luck for the Clippers in recent years.
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The implication is obvious. The Clippers’ most recent playoff exit came just after Griffin aggravated a left quadriceps injury in Game 4 of their first-round series against Portland last postseason. Earlier that season, he had partially torn his quad tendon on Christmas Day and had also broken his hand in an altercation with a team staff member. And Paul, also in Game 4, fractured a bone after getting tangled in an opposing player’s jersey. The season was finished after that; the short-handed Clippers lost the next two games.

To what degree could these injuries have been prevented? “You’re always thinking there’s something you could have done. With Chris’ hand, you couldn’t have done anything. That was just going to happen. Maybe I could have told him to stop reaching,” Rivers says with a laugh.

But Griffin? That one’s a little trickier.

This is the last Super Bowl to feature an over/under in the 30’s. The game looked like it would go under when neither team scored in the first 26 minutes, but the teams combined for 24 points in the last 3:05 of the second quarter and then added another 37 points in the fourth quarter. New England scored a touchdown with 2:51 left and converted a two-point conversion to go up by 7, which would have been good for a push. However, Carolina answered with a touchdown before Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning field goal. That gave New England the victory, but Carolina the cover.