Seahawks steal Ken Norton Jr. away from 49ers as part of coaching staff overhaul

Ken Norton Jr.’s time as the 49ers’ assistant head coach/defense and inside linebackers coach lasted just one week as the Seahawks stole him away Monday and named him their defensive coordinator, KING TV reported.

Norton will replace Kris Richard, who has been with Seattle the last eight seasons, including the last three as defensive coordinator. He will join new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer as part of the new-look Seattle coaching staff under Pete Carroll. Schottenheimer replaces the fired Darrell Bevell.

That very success, in fact, is where the fissures in the franchise may have begun, ESPN poses in a paragraph that encapsulates what it says could be evolving into an untenable situation:

That’s my glass-half-full-of-teal-colored-beer perspective Sunday of Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles from EverBank Stadium, where the specialty brew created to commemorate Jacksonville’s first home playoff game in 18 years sold out at the end of the first quarter.

Bortles’ performance could turn teetotalers into souses. But it’s the fan base known for alcohol-fueled shenanigans that will be drowning its sorrows, because Buffalo’s QB play was even worse.

Still, this team went through a barrage of injuries similar to this last season and went as far as the conference semifinals, there’s at least that.2 of 1st period – Toews wins face-off versus Stastny Stars zone.It was idiotic.Beasley was playing well prior to going down, but given that he’ll likely be brought along slowly once he is eventually cleared to play, there’s not much incentive to onto him most leagues.Positive plays usually result third-and-short situations, which gives you better opportunities to sustain drives and score points.

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Just because Brown was a full participant, though, doesn’t mean he will play. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Dispatch, cornerback Joe Haden came back from an injury the week of the Patriots game with no restrictions in practice, but did not play against New England.

Tomlin was also cautions in saying how quickly they are bringing Brown along.patriots_099_fd3c60b1a9edcf57-180x180

Nashville TV station lists Marcus Mariota as ‘QB-RB-WR-OL’ after do-it-all performance vs. Chiefs

Marcus Mariota’s versatility helped the Titans overcome an 18-point deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card Round on Saturday.

In the game, Mariota did what we’re used to seeing him (and many other quarterbacks) do. He threw the ball, and would scamper on the occasional run.

But he also caught a touchdown pass, and threw a block for Derrick Henry. That prompted NBC 4 in Nashville to give Mariota credit for all of his hard work in the chyron

He was also considered one of the frontrunners for the job with the San Francisco 49ers a year ago that eventually went to John Lynch.

Gutekunst may not have been the Packers’ first choice. A promotion from within isn’t surprising for Green Bay, but the team may have been interested in an outside hire before making the promotion.

They swung for the fences first by requesting to interview Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider, but they were turned down.

Gutekunst may be the Packers settling, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad hire. Green Bay just tried to pull off a home run first.

Sacksonville will be in full force defensively, and the Jaguars also will be in business offensively. It’s Fournette and the league’s top rushing attack against the Bills’ No. 29 run defense, which became especially bad after trading tackle Marcell Dareus to the Jaguars during the season.

As for Randy Moss, Matt Hasselbeck, Charles Woodson, Steve Young and the rest of the Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown casts, they still need to prove they can replace Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Ditka and the old gang. So far, they have not.

I think he’d be the best player to ever play up here, Jones, who also has extensive NFL and college coaching experience, told in Decenber. He can throw it and he can run it like nobody ever has been able to do.

One more story: On the field at Minute Maid Park after ALCS Game 6, in which ace Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to stave off elimination, Altuve, never more boyishly excited, said during a live interview on Fox, “I literally love Justin Verlander.” His enthusiasm and word choice sparked a meme.

The next night, immediately after Houston beat the Yankees to win the pennant, the players gathered in the clubhouse in front of tubs packed with champagne. Altuve was the one to speak.patriots_086_aa4196cc08ec6837-180x180

Brett Favre wants his grandkids in ‘safer’ sport than football

Brett Favre has taken his fair share of hits over his Hall of Fame career resulting in multiple concussions, torn biceps and a broken thumb — injuries he doesn’t wish on anyone, especially his grandchildren.

Favre, 48, told the CBS Sports Pick Six Podcast on Tuesday he hopes his grandsons chose safer sports than football if they try out for athletics.

Tomlin’s dubious decisions continued to include failing to overrule two terrible calls on essential fourth-and-inches situations. He then chose to follow his gut which told him his defense had been terrible and the 1-in-10 chance of recovering an onside kick was greater than getting a three-and-out and wound up handing Jacksonville a clinching field goal.

“I was like, Hey, I didn’t play really good in this playoff, but that was everything I had,” recalls Altuve, who had hit .154.

Says Hinch, “I felt it was my job to tell him he was the reason we were there. There was great pride in him. It was the first time he experienced winning in the big leagues. I knew how much it meant to him.

“At that moment, I felt like I had the perfect player on my team: Someone who deflects the praise but accepts the blame. I didn’t want him to carry the burden. [This fall], as we got ready to play Boston, I wondered if he would carry 2015 into the postseason.”

The answer? Altuve hit three home runs in Game 1.

So clutch was Altuve in the playoffs that when asked about his biggest hit he started down a cascade of memories, beginning with the three-run homer he hit off Kenta Maeda to tie World Series Game 5.

This might be the best game of the weekend and is also a rematch of sorts from a regular-season game. The Saints were dealt a 29-19 defeat in their last trip to U.S. Bank Stadium, but that was in Week 1 when the Saints still had Adrian Peterson. The Vikings also look different after quarterback Sam Bradford and rookie running back Dalvin Cook were lost for the season with knee injuries.

For the record, Kaelin Clay dropped the first-quarter touchdown. Devin Funchess lost track of the throw in the final minute, or something. The Panthers offensive line became turnstiles at the wrong times. McCaffrey scored the touchdown that got the Panthers back into the game, but he also got manhandled on the block that led to the intentional grounding call.

Falcons vs. Rams: Score, results, highlights from wild-card game in LA

When Rams quarterback Jared Goff took the field against the Falcons on Saturday night in the wild-card round, he was one of four NFL quarterbacks making postseason debuts this year. But the inexperience for Goff and the Los Angeles offense contributed to its 26-13 defeat at the hand of Atlanta.

The bombshell nature of the piece is evident in that reports that it would be published, and what its substance might be (some described it as a hit job), surfaced late Thursday, ahead of when the article went live.

He is one of four rookies in NFL history to have at least five rushing and five receiving TDs, joining three Pro Football Hall of Famers Doak Walker (1950), Charley Taylor (1964) and Gale Sayers (1964).

But Durant was only one of many compelling actors in the NBA’s theatre this year. In hindsight, 2017 had just about everything a basketball fan could want, minus a competitive postseason. To compensate for all those blowouts and sweeps in late April and May, the NBA captivated audiences with shocking statistical achievements, a slew of blockbuster trades, near-daily doses of trash talk on social media, and pointed activism.

With that in mind, here’s a chronological rundown of the NBA’s top 10 defining moments of 2017, a list that aims to capture the bigger themes driving the league’s present, its future and its widening reach.

Two seasons ago, Rothman offered the job to McDonough when longtime host Mike Tirico left the network for NBC Sports. Rothman delivered a message from Gruden when he met with McDonough at his Scottsdale, Ariz. home to discuss the job. He said he had three questions from Jon, McDonough recalls, Are you willing to work? Do you love football? Do you want to be great?

And I think that kind of characterizes him. I think the things that he became legendary for, and I learned it to be true, is the work ethic. I’d get texts from him about some game on our schedule and I’m like, Oh my goodness… We’re not on the air for three months, coach.

5. The showcase is also a great chance for the basketball industry to network and schmooze, even more so than summer league in Las Vegas. It’s also a big opportunity for international teams to scout a lot of talent at once. Everyone’s more relaxed because there aren’t many GMs here, one team exec explained on the event’s first day.

It’s easy to picture everything on the horizon.

“One hundred years ago, to this year, the Metropolitans won the Stanley Cup for Seattle,” Leiweke said. “Fifty years ago, the NBA came to Seattle with the Sonics. Ten years ago, you had your heart ripped out. We’re going to get you a team.

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Late in November, the outgoing host mounted a last stand of sorts, when he scorned the leadership of the 2-10 New York Giants for benching Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith. A week later, coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese had been fired, and Manning had returned to his starting job. It was a victory for Francesa—his rant was seen everywhere—and for Manning too. For a moment the pair had asserted their considerable might. Just for a moment, though. Manning projects to be replaced in New York before the 2018 season, and Francesa bows out Friday.

On Thursday, “You’re a legend in this field,” Manning told Francesa. Francesa appeared genuinely touched. He talked for a minute or two about what a good person Manning was. Then they both had to move on. “Thank you for calling in,” he told Manning. “It means a lot.”

Bayless, who underwent -ending left wrist surgery last week to repair a torn ligament, is welcoming the team to his Phoenix home.It is difficult to ask Valanciunas to stick with Frye and when he’s feeling 100 percent, let alone coming off ankle injury.We’d love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.They have also dropped 11 of their last 13 contests.made it clear that his religion does not accept homosexuality, and the Warriors’ president, Welts, is openly .bears_031-223x223

“Days like this are what gets you out of bed in the morning.”

This was an odd year for the Bills, in many ways. New coach (Sean McDermott), new GM (Brandon Beane), new ways of doing business. The Bills looked like they were playing for 2018 when they traded away big players like Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby in deals for future draft choices. “People looked at us and said, ‘They’re tanking,’” said Incognito. “And for some guys in the locker room, it was tough. We had talent going out the door. But [McDermott] basically said, Focus on us. Don’t worry about the noise outside the locker room.” I get that, but one of the tough things had to be that the coach and GM were new, and the locker room had no idea whether to trust everything they did.

Here are the pros and cons of trading Francisco Rodriguez.Read Rayster’s post he is not agreeing with you he is telling you to stay out of it until you get your facts a great teammate and friend, and when you hear news like that, obviously it’s tough to hear, Hossa said.But hopefully by tomorrow and Friday we get a couple of these guys back.New …Career high 12 strikeouts on 4 vs the Yankees…

Jones turn 27 this fall, and the feeling of younger competition on his back is ever present.I know there are spots where I can be a little more careful, but I’ve got to be who I am.And with the unfortunate retirement of Zach Orr, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome once again need to slip on his surgeon gloves.I blame the Celtics of 2007 to 2011.During the Sixers’ recent stretch of , winning five of their last six, Simmons has been on the court participating the team’s warmup drills, and helping gain chemistry with some of his teammates.The Mariners led 8 at that point.

After Gruden and McDonough signed off on Gruden’s last broadcast—Gruden’s 144th—the crew trickled out of the broadcast booth on their way to a private room at a Kansas City bar, where Gruden had a chance to say individual goodbyes to each member of the staff over drinks. But first Gruden navigated a handful of well-wishing coaches from both locker rooms and fans of the team he’d soon enough face twice a year in heated divisional games (he declined an interview request, repeating that nothing was yet official).

The coach they once called and may again call Chucky flashed that famous crooked grin and shook the young man’s hand: “I’m gonna need it.”

But after the 49ers pulled to within 21 with just over five minutes left, the Rams went three and out, setting the stage for Kaepernick ‘s touchdown pass and scramble for a two-point conversion.You’ve just got to go, says.While no longer competing on the basketball court, Ziggy discovered a new game, a game that is exciting and a game which he is continually improving.He must have known.I say look at the thousands of people every year their twenties that have the mental aptitude to recognize the opportunity sports provides, and they ‘t act the way Da’ and others of his ilk act.While Timmons isn’t currently under contract for next , it’s hard to imagine that he won’t be re-signed during the quickly approaching offseason.

There’s real soccer history in the Rose City—the Timbers first took the field in 1975—and Valeri already is Portland’s soccer colossus.

His 2013 arrival from Lanús helped stabilize a team that stumbled out of the MLS gate, and he overcame an ACL injury to help engineer a long-awaited first championship two years later. He’s among the most skillful players to ever set foot on an MLS field, and his combination of panache and productivity is rare. The 2017 campaign served as a prime example of Valeri’s ability to be almost all things. He already was having a good season as Portland’s attacking fulcrum when striker Fanendo Adi suffered a hamstring injury in early August. The club’s primary finisher was lost, but the season wasn’t. Valeri scored nine goals in the ensuing 10 regular season matches—most of which game during a record-setting nine-game streak—as the Timbers edged rival Seattle for first place. He equaled the fifth-highest total in league history with 32 goals and assists combined.

In so doing, Valeri became just the second MLS player to reach 20 and 10 in a single year. The other is Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco, who has an MVP trophy on his mantle and is in position to add an MLS Cup winners medal on Saturday. But La Formica Atomica has a ways to go to reach EGOT status. That’s no slight on the Italian forward, who’s a decent guy by all accounts. Instead, it’s a testament to Valeri, a rare individual of comprehensive commitment who’s simply adored at an entirely different level.

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This list of underrated offensive linemen is well worth your time.He has covered college sports, the NFL, horse racing, lumberjacks, competitive shooting, gay rugby and a few other things.A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult.I haven’t been able to fulfill anything this contract I signed and that’s a cloud over top of me.

And MRI December showed exactly what the training staff anticipated.Skiing Woodstock Girls, Boys Second .Staak doesn’t know much about Pinecrest as a team, or about Southern Pines as a town.

Trevathan is a fluid athlete who is undersized but crafty and uses his athletic ability to make high tackle production.Guys have played right tackle, left tackle.Yet today I consider myself the luckiest on the face of the earth.But we’ve got to execute.

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AFC West-champion Chiefs ‘back on a roll’ just in time for playoffs

“You know what? Andy’s not as big as he used to be so he’s just an ok Santa Claus,” a chuckling Derrick Johnson told Sporting News in a postgame telephone interview. “But it did put a big smile on all of our faces. It’s always good to see Andy energetic like that.”

Especially considering the proverbial coal-in-the-stocking that was seemingly awaiting the Chiefs in late December.

After a 5-0 start this season, the Chiefs were on the verge of fading from playoff contention entirely. A four-game losing streak dropped Kansas City to 6-6 heading into pivotal division games against Oakland and the Los Angeles Chargers. The offense was inconsistent. The third-down defense was struggling to stop the run and produce big plays against the pass.

The Chiefs blew past the Raiders (26-15), Chargers (30-13) and Dolphins by double-digit scores. Kansas City’s “Big Four” on offense — quarterback Alex Smith, running back Kareem Hunt, tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill — is flourishing once again and setting NFL records in the process.

Read a few excerpts and listen to the complete interview below : What are your thoughts on Blues fans?For athlete to make the kind of commitment has made, it alters his life.His D-League goals are modest: give consistent effort, attack the glass and grasp the spacing necessary to become a reliable interior defender.I’m back with the White Sox and happy to the guys.It is odd to say, but the Cowboys have some serious questions along the offensive line.

Defensive end Freeney , defensive end Clayborn and safety Kemal Ishmael all returned to practice.The Award is presented annually to the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership the home, on the field and the community.and related stocks with our FREE daily email newsletter.Also lettered baseball.Jeff Fisher and the Rams traveled across the country nearly 3 , but they could not escape controversy.

But downing his greatness is bush league.If Cassel’s good year counts against , then Belichick’s bad years should count ‘s favor.Hours earlier, the three former Blue Jackets and goalie had been sitting at Brassard’s , Ohio, apartment when ‘s phone rang, informing him of a trade to the Philadelphia Flyers.Chao allegedly continued to prescribe Ambien to Seau after October 2010 car accident that following a domestic violence incident for which Seau was arrested.chargers_017

Juuse Saros stepped in for Pekka Rinne and delivered a gem for Nashville.

Saros made 29 saves for his second shutout this season, P.K. Subban scored his ninth goal and the Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Saturday night.

Saros was sharp all evening, with his best save coming with 8:59 remaining in the second when Gustav Olofsson came down the left side unchecked and fired a wrist shot that Saros turned aside.

Following his hat trick Friday, Mikael Granlund paced all Minnesota players with seven shots on goal Saturday.

I apologize to anyone that is of that belief, because Simmons not be making his NBA debut.He’ll cure his own ailments simply by experience.Watch fight through a tackle attempt and stretch across the goal line to give the Raiders a 30 lead the video player below, courtesy of the NFL’s official Twitter account: – NFL December 4 While ‘s effort was impressive, so was his route and quarterback Derek Carr’s pass.She was the district’s assistant superintendent from July 2007 to June 2010.Let’s check out one of Castro’s lesser-known points of production, pitch framing.On Thursday night, had defend the opposing point guard.

And of course, don’t forget the Cavs’ trio of injured guards — Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert — who are all getting closer to a return.

“We’re 0-3 on this trip, but we’re in good shape,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. “I like where we’re at at the end of 2017. We’ll be fine.”

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Dolphins’ Adam Gase on Ryan Tannehill: ‘I see him as our starting quarterback’ in 2018

Ryan Tannehill is fully expected to be the Dolphins’ starter next season, according to coach Adam Gase,

Unless another freakish preseason injury plagues Tannehill, Gase said he will be getting the first-team reps.

Even though NFL teams like Allen, it’s a big leap to take him within the top 10 picks because of his woeful production and inconsistency. Some teams that might have substantial interest in Allen: the Steelers, the Chargers (who are looking to mimic the Chiefs’ drafting of Patrick Mahomes a year ago) and, as a dark horse, the Packers.

The Senior Bowl is next month, and all eyes will be on the quarterback class. Mayfield will be in attendance, and Allen might be there, as well; he’s eligible despite not being a true senior. The second-tier quarterback battle to watch will be Western Kentucky’s Mike White vs. Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph.

Rudolph should meet expectations and impress; he has great touch and timing for 7-on-7 drills. But don’t be surprised if White, a former pitcher who had a remarkable 2016 season under coach Jeff Brohm and has been a favorite of mine for a long time, emerges as a potential top-100 pick after his play in Mobile. White has plenty of fans in the NFL, too.

Phillips will set up his secondary to contain Julio Jones with varied coverage looks and make Ryan beat them with other guys. Meanwhile, McVay, as he usually does, will get Goff focused on the best matchups, working on the advantages for the inside, intermediate passing game with Gurley and rookie slot wideout Cooper Kupp.

The Rams will get into Ryan’s face with Aaron Donald, while the Falcons won’t have the same success winning on the edge against tackles Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein to get to Goff. The Falcons’ shaky offensive coaching with Steve Sarkisian will cost them here in the stark contrast to McVay.

The 48-year-old has had a terrific season replacing Sean McDermott to keep Carolina’s defense strong with a different kind of aggressive approach. He could easily make a McDermott-like jump to a head coaching job soon. His attitude would play well in Arizona.