Twitter roasts Jerry Jones during Cowboys’ ugly loss to Chargers

Evans was also madly in love with a woman he’d met at the Chateau Marmont over drinks one night with Ken Wahl and Carlos Santana. There was just one problem. She was the wife of the heavy metal singer Don Dokken. Or ex-wife. Christ, the stories were never clear, they never ended. This was the problem. There were many, many drives through Laurel Canyon, tears on both sides. Evans professed his devotion. He had never been this open with a woman before. He’d never met a woman like Cherri.

Multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks reported taking bets from respected players on the Crimson Tide, who are growing favorites over No. 1 Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:45 p.m. ET, Jan. 1).

Alabama opened as a 1-point favorite last Sunday at the Westgate SuperBook. The Crimson Tide are now 2.5-point favorites over the Tigers.

“Alabama got some money from a group who moves numbers,” Westgate Superbook assistant manager Ed Salmons said. “The public likes Clemson.”

A little more than a minute remained in the 1988 AFC Championship Game between the Broncos and Browns. The Broncos led 38-31. And Browns running back Earnest Byner looked poised to score the game-tying touchdown — until he fumbled. On the cusp of a clutch legacy, Byner made the play that would overshadow a solid career and become quintessential evidence to the “God hates Cleveland” curse.

Veterans Joe Thomas, Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis are among eight finalists for the NFL’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

Also announced Monday as finalists were Luke Kuechly, Haloti Ngata, Joe Staley, Josh McCown and Alex Smith.
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Marvin Lewis says John Ross let the Bengals down

The Bengals lost to the Titans 24-20. They needed Ross to catch that ball and use his speed to get into the end zone.

“I would hope it would be a touchdown,” Lewis said. “But that’s the margin of error we are right now. We’re a little thin on that.”

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Keenum has completed 64.9% of his passes this season and passed for 11 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Minnesota is 11-5 SU and 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games at home overall and 7-1 ATS in its last eight home games against teams with winning records.

Sunday’s total is set at 46 points. The OVER is 8-3 in the last 11 games between the Rams and Vikings.

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I’m looking hard at the Thunder against the Golden State Warriors for potential building blocks

They were already rivals, then of course Kevin Durant went to the Dubs and entrenched the hate. If Durant sits, then Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are both great building blocks. And of course, Russell Westbrook is routinely triggered when he faces the Warriors.

New England capped a monster of an opening drive when Tom Brady found Dion Lewis for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Brady completed all nine of his pass attempts on a drive that went 15 plays, 87 yards and took 7:07 off the clock. Stephen Gostkowski made the PAT. 7-0, Patriots

A crushing Raiders fumble occurred with just 33 seconds remaining in the first half and Oakland threatening to score before halftime. Seth Roberts lost the ball while trying to gain extra yards around the New England 7-yard line.

Don’t give Tom Brady time to find a receiver in the red zone. Brady found Danny Amendola in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown to cap a nine-play, 80 yard drive that took a quick 3:32 off the second-quarter clock. Stephen Gostkowski made the PAT. 14-0, Patriots

Winston’s progress clearly has stalled. It’s not clear how much the shoulder injury from three weeks earlier has contributed. It’s also not clear how any of it happened when additions like DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard joined Mike Evans and Doug Martin to supposedly give the Bucs all the weapons they’d need.steelers_014

Green Bay goes for it on fourth-and-2 near midfield.

Turnover, Detroit. After Stafford completes a 17-yard pass to convert on third down, Ameer Abdullah takes a handoff and fumbles near the line of scrimmage. The Packers recover; they’ll start their drive on their 27.

The Packers run a jet sweep to Randall Cobb, who is brought down well short of the marker. The Lions are set to take over in Green Bay territory.

It was very sad to hear the news today. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement that the franchise is “shocked and deeply saddened by today’s news.”

“Terry was one of the most gifted receivers we have ever had,” Kraft said. “For so many Patriots fans, his rookie season will be remembered as one of the most impactful in franchise history. After a disappointing 6-10 finish in 1995, we drafted Terry seventh overall, and in his first year, he helped propel the Patriots to an AFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance. One of my favorite memories came when we hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional playoff game.

The Bills thrive on dominating the turnover margin and running the ball effectively, but Saints are better at that kind of approach this season.

The Cowboys might get another week with Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup. They were desperate to put in a strong all-around performance against the Chiefs; now the Falcons are feeling that pressure, and they’ll finally put it all together for the first time since whipping Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at home. Matt Ryan gets the ball last to out-duel Dak Prescott.

Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had five catches for 97 yards with a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 20-17 win over the Colts. Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri kicked a field goal and had two extra points. It was the first time in NFL history a player under the age of 21 (Smith-Schuster, 20 years old) and a player over the age of 40 (Vinatieri, 44 years old) each scored a point in the same game.
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Manu Ginobili decided not to retire!

Cutthroat competition for the West’s bottom four playoff spots. In all likelihood, three of the Clippers, Jazz, Grizzlies, Blazers, Nuggets, Pelicans, and Timberwolves will miss the postseason cut, likely with serious implications. The Western Conference is not for the faint of heart.

The building of a dynasty in real time. These Warriors are quite possibly the greatest team of all time. In all the madness of the season—the moves, the squabbles, the dramatic flourishes, and the lingering questions—don’t let the magnitude of that standing go unappreciated.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: In what was only his second career start, Smith-Schuster made the most of his expanded opportunity as a result of Martavis Bryant’s (coach’s decision) inactive designation, scoring a career-high 32.3 PPR fantasy points. Smith-Schuster got right into the action with a 41-yard reception on the Steelers’ first offensive play, added a 97-yard touchdown reception that wound up the difference in the game, and tied for the team lead with 10 targets.

It could signal Smith-Schuster’s arrival as the team’s No. 2 receiver alongside Antonio Brown, elevating him to matchups-capable WR3 status. The rookie was started in 14.9 percent of ESPN leagues, a significant increase from his sub-2-percent rates of each of the first seven games of his career.

The President Donald Trump-spawned kneel/sit/stand/fist-raise anthem hullaballoo is the football news story of the first quarter, to be sure. It reached peak hilarity Sunday in Baltimore, when the PA announcer asked the crowd to pray for “kindness, unity, equality and justice” in America, and the Ravens dropped to one knee and bowed their heads in prayer, and this is what happened: “BOOOOOOOOOO!”
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The early offseason was about diagnosing the 2016 collapse.

Kenley Jansen: He’s certainly a long shot given the uncertainty in electing closers, but there’s no doubt his six-year run as Dodgers closer has been one of the best we’ve seen, with a 2.07 ERA and 604 strikeouts in 396 1/3 innings. He needs another decade or so, but Mariano Rivera, his compadre in cutter eminence, had a similar career arc and pitched until he was 43.

One thing we know: A World Series title will help. All the modern relievers who have been elected — Rollie Fingers, Bruce Sutter, Goose Gossage, Dennis Eckersley and soon Rivera — were closers on World Series winners.

The spring was about Cam Newton’s shoulder surgery. The summer was about the bizarrely timed firing of GM Dave Gettleman. September was about Newton finding his stride. And just as Newton got there, with Carolina’s upset of the Patriots in Foxborough, last week became about the quarterback and his sexist comments to Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue.

“It’s a terrible and tragic situation, and my heart goes out to everyone involved.”

John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals, knee, 1 p.m. ET: Very quietly sneaking back onto the playing field is Ross, who hasn’t made an appearance since his short-lived NFL debut in Week 2. In addition to an unfortunate fumble in the first quarter of that game, Ross aggravated a left-knee injury he had been dealing with since the preseason. He has been gradually working his way back through rehab and practice … until now.

Pushing scrambles the matchups. The Clippers like switching on defense. Griffin and Gallinari can switch pretty seamlessly — the upside of shoehorning one true power forward (Griffin) alongside a tweener who needs a lot of minutes there. If they get a stop and run hard, the opponent might not have time to normalize the matchups.
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The NFLPA has already filed for an emergency TRO in NY in Elliott’s case.

There’s been no decision on the en banc ruling yet, but the NFLPA is still trying to delay Elliott’s suspension again. As expected, the NFLPA filed for a temporary restraining order in New York:

Think of that: The nucleus of this defense (Sherman/Thomas/Chancellor/Wagner) has been together since 2012, and it has played Tom Brady three times and Aaron Rodgers five times in those six seasons. Richard Sherman told Watson his game Sunday was better than any of those eight games Brady and Rodgers have played against Seattle since then.

Dowling started at right guard for the Bills, and on one of the game’s first plays he had to pull to his left on a running play. Before the snap, he had been watching Taylor doing the typical Taylor gesticulations and exhortations, and when Dowling pulled left and looked up, Taylor was the defender in front of him.

An oral argument was held in before a three-judge panel in the 5th Circuit Court on Oct. 2 on the NFL’s emergency motion for a stay. Elliott was not present, but representatives for the NFLPA and NFL were.

If you want to look on the bright side after the devastating Aaron Rodgers broken collarbone, Packer Nation, think of this: Your team is 4-2, tied for first place in the NFC North with 10 games to play. The Packers are 3-0 at home, and the next five weeks are, relatively speaking, exceedingly kind: New Orleans at home, bye, Detroit at home, at Chicago, Baltimore at home. That takes you to Thanksgiving. Conceivably, the Packers can stay in it while Brett Hundley gets some experience and Mike McCarthy game-plans to hide the QB’s weaknesses.
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Both boys underwent counseling while participating in sports year-round.

Johnson finally persuaded Zaevion to play football, while Isaiah needed no convincing. He’s been playing football since he was a 6-year-old in the Falcons’ flag program.

Even when he saw LT cross, he knew that he wouldn’t be able to follow suit.

“Lawrence Taylor can cross the picket line and what are they going to do to Lawrence Taylor?” McConkey says. “But one of the last guys on the roster? It’s tough. LT could do whatever he wanted because he led by example and played every play with his pants on fire. He was the greatest teammate ever.”

But this was before the anthem. And this is what it’s come to in the NFL: fans so on edge they have no idea what they’re booing, or why. When you boo prayer, you’ve gone over the edge. Now, maybe the crowd booed, thinking the players were kneeling for the anthem. But the PA announcer spoke pretty clearly about praying for good for all Americans. And the boos came.

The maze spit Griffin out onto a couch overlooking the Staples Center court, above the lower bowl. Crowd noise pumped in. The team’s public address announcer declared the Clippers were retiring Griffin’s number. Team employees raised an actual banner into the rafters — a vision of the future they wanted.

“It was a cool feeling,” Griffin says. “It was very thoughtful. But I really wanted to hear their plan. I wanted to talk basketball.” So he did, for two hours, with Rivers, West, Ballmer and Lawrence Frank, the team’s president of basketball operations.

The Rox are 0-2 against Memphis, and undefeated against the rest of the league. Friday night’s win at Charlotte was Houston in technicolor. The Rockets set a record for the fewest 2-pointers attempted in a game, with 28. It also was only the third time in NBA history a team attempted 57 3-pointers or more. The other two occasions? The 2016-17 Houston Rockets.
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The offense remains inconsistent.

He gushes even more about one of his new favorite players, Aaron Judge, even though Judge is a Yankee. “He’s like this huge teddy bear, and he’s just trying to get better at things,” Ortiz says of the rookie behemoth. “I love that type of human being. This planet, this world, needs more people with a good heart. Right now, you see a lot of people walking around angry.

In Ortiz’s world, talent is talent, but it’s heart that matters.

Luke Keuchly’s return from a season-ending concussion in 2016 and the offseason signing of Julius Peppers (7.5 sacks) have helped Carolina field a dominant defense once again.

While quarterback Cam Newton receives the brunt of the criticism when things go wrong, Carolina’s offensive line remains a weakness.

The offense will get a boost from the imminent return of tight end Greg Olsen (foot), but the Panthers need to get their running game going to make a legitimate push toward getting back into the Super Bowl mix.

The Patriots probably weren’t offered a juicy first-round pick this offseason, and while they waited to see if any competitor got desperate and made them a Sam Bradford-sized offer, the trade never came.

In the end, the Patriots waited until just about the last second and took the best available offer on the table. If you treat the offers that might have been available six months ago as sunk costs and evaluate what the Patriots could have done with Garoppolo from this point forward, this is a reasonable return. The best-case scenario would have seen the Patriots come away with a compensatory pick at the bottom of the third round of the 2019 draft, somewhere between picks 97 and 100, and that would come only if New England didn’t make another foray into high-level free agency this offseason.

The Titans haven’t fulfilled the hype surrounding the franchise after another offseason of major personnel acquisitions. No other division leader has a negative point differential (-15).
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Russell Wilson isn’t just at the top of his game as a passer.

In Hardy’s case, Henderson determined that the 10-game suspension issued by the league was excessive. Henderson reduced Hardy’s suspension to four games. Henderson upheld Peterson’s suspension. Both Peterson and Hardy were suspended before the league adopted its current domestic violence policy in Dec. 2014.

Elliott, Roberts, and the NFLPA’s forensics expert all testified before Henderson. The appeal hearing was initially scheduled for two days, but was extended after the NFL decided to make a witness available by telephone after initially refusing.

Henderson had three options: overturn the suspension, uphold the six-game suspension, or reduce the number of games Elliott is suspended. Henderson chose to uphold the suspension.

He said he hasn’t gotten one definitive answer. Just guesses. And he said the other interesting thing is there’s no logical candidate who could build a consensus to be the next commissioner if Goodell is ousted. It’s a confusing time, in part because it’s unclear whether Goodell and his administration are going to be able to do enough to make the players actually trust the league.

But a month into the season, with only two assists and a minus-7 rating in 10 games, it’s safe to say Okposo is beginning to find life apart from a superstar a bit difficult. The Sabres boast Jack Eichel as a potential linemate, but Okposo hasn’t sniffed those elite minutes yet, and with the way Evander Kane is playing, it doesn’t look like he will. He can safely be dropped for now, and should an injury befall Kane or Jason Pominville, we can revisit Okposo’s potential.

His mobility has helped compensate for a leaky offensive line and tepid support from a running game producing a 3.7-yard average per carry.
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