I’d rather try to work in DeMar DeRozan or CJ McCollum.

The standard NFL contract in general is not conducive to trading in the salary cap world of football. Most teams follow a standard protocol when it comes to negotiating a contract structure.

In terms of salary cap impact, a trade is essentially the same as releasing a player. If a player is traded at the deadline, all future prorated money will accelerate into the next season. For some teams, that takes certain players off the table if their signing bonuses and other prorated bonuses were large. In general, if a player’s dead money charge in a given year will prevent them from being released the following year, it will also prevent them from being traded during the given season.

“Yeah, five-hour game, but it doesn’t matter. I can play a 10-hour game if we are going to win,” Altuve said.

Now, with both bullpens worn down, the teams get a day to recover. Game 6 will be Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, where Justin Verlander will try to clinch the Astros’ first championship and Rich Hill hopes to save Los Angeles’ season.

“And I thought the whole team fed off the way he was playing. I didn’t even he look at his final stat line because I don’t care what it was. I thought he was really, really impressive tonight.”

This fade has relatively little to do with Thompson himself, although he has rarely met or exceeded value over the past couple of years against the Clippers, who currently represent the league’s worst SG matchup for fantasy. Thompson could still be a fine play tonight, and his floor/ceiling combination is the reason why he’s a popular cash game play. The thing is, I’m likely not going to have a lot of room in my lineups for solid, mid-to-upper range cash game plays. Even if I do, I’d rather try to work in DeMar DeRozan or CJ McCollum.
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I don’t get into the political thing

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said consistency in execution offensively and defensively is what he wants to see most in final four regular-season games.

“You look at the last game and we had two drops on third down, that hurts your drives,” Chryst said. “Defensively, are we containing what we need to contain. The focus has to be how do you play better football.”

“It’s a challenge with his physical size and you add the scheme to it,” Chryst said. “They do a great job with the slot (receivers). Across the board, they may present the biggest challenge offensively with the style and their ability to run the football. They commit to that. Our guys have to play sound defense.

Hopkins chose not to answer questions about why he left practice on Friday, but said he came back and played on Sunday because he plays football for a living.

“I don’t get into the political thing,” Hopkins said. “So what I did today on the field, that’s what I do for a living.”

According to Shanahan, receiver Pierre Garcon (neck) is going to be questionable this week and he’s also hopeful that cornerback K’Waun Williams (quadriceps), running back Matt Breida (knee), guard Brandon Fusco (biceps) and linebacker Reuben Foster (ankle/ribs) will have a chance to play Sunday against Arizona. Rookie defensive tackle D.J. Jones (knee) is not expected to be available.

Though Shanahan and his players have been quick to remind that injuries are an issue for every team in the league, he did acknowledge that this was a first for him in terms of the sheer volume of injured players.heat_052

NFL tells Jarvis Landry its investigation into alleged domestic violence is closed

There were no witnesses to the encounter, and Newman said that video surveillance appeared to corroborate Cerqueira’s account.

Cerqueira had released a statement in early August via a publicist to NFL Network saying that she had a vocal disagreement with Landry in March and that police were called, although she did not call them.

There were no witnesses to the encounter at Landry’s residence, and video surveillance appeared to corroborate Cerqueira’s account, the prosecutor said.

“I am very thankful that this matter is over and my family and I can put this behind us now,” the wide receiver said in a statement. “I greatly respect and appreciate the Broward County State Attorney’s Office for their hard work and thorough investigation into this matter and I am thankful that they were able to come to a conclusion that reaffirms the true facts that no crime was committed.

This week, for example, the Minnesota Vikings will spend parts of four days in a hotel near Twickenham Stadium, where they will play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. They will consume 15 meals, including a nightly snack.

And every detail will be arranged or approved by Geji McKinney-Banks, the team’s director of food service operations. Chef Geji, as she is known at the team facility (and on Twitter), knows what her players like and is fully aware that the days leading up to an NFL game are not the time to expand palates.

Following the game at Buffalo, safety T.J. Ward, a former Pro Bowler acquired from the Denver Broncos in the preseason, spewed his frustration. Ward said he was at his “wits’ end” after playing about one-third of the snaps against the Bills.
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His succinct response was: I’m considering my options.

Asked what the options are, he added: I cannot elaborate at this time. I am exploring my options and considering them carefully.

That certainly sounds like he has a job offer to consider, presumably in a bigger market. He is under contract at Channel 2, but those contracts typically can have outs for bigger market offers or offers within the TEGNA group of stations owned by Channel 2’s owner.

Jerry’s name wasn’t brought up, York said. I understand why somebody who’s dealing with this issue for the first time might have a visceral reaction. I went through this last year. But it’s important that we understand and that people understand that our players are not trying to be disrespectful to the flag or disrespectful to their country. They’re trying to bring awareness to issues that people who look like me don’t understand.

“We were made aware of the video late last night and have no tolerance for this behavior. After speaking with Chris this morning, he accepted full responsibility and we accepted his resignation effective immediately. Although Chris is no longer with the organization, we will work with him to get the help he needs during this time.”
The video shows Foerster sitting at a table and looking into a camera as he speaks, with lines on the table.

“How about me going into a meeting and doing this before I go?” he says. He then uses a rolled up $20 bill to snort the lines of the white powdery substance off the table.

“If you look at the players,” he said, “we’re utilizing the largest platform we have and so now, in a search for using the largest source of resources that we have, which is the NFL — the NFL has a government affairs office that does a lot of work — so being able to utilize that resource and make changes that we want to see obviously as players and the causes that we care about so passionately about, I thought that was a step in the right direction of us unifying the NFL community and going in the right direction toward progress.”

Having Goodell co-sign the letter was also important, Baldwin said.
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Marcus Mariota was doing his best to keep Tennessee in the Houston game before he got hamstrung.

In the meeting, many owners wanted to speak, but the discussion soon was “hijacked,” in the words of one owner, by Jones, a $1 million contributor to Trump’s inaugural committee fund and who declined comment through a spokesman. The blunt Hall of Famer mentioned that he had spoken by phone, more than once over the past 24 hours, with Trump. Jones said the president, who only a few years ago tried to buy the Buffalo Bills, had no intention of backing down from his criticism of the NFL and its players. Jones — who a day earlier for Monday Night Football in Arizona had orchestrated a team-wide kneeling before the anthem ahead of rising to stand when it started to play — repeated his refrain that the protests weren’t good for the NFL in the long run. Most agreed, but some felt that even if the league did lose a small percentage of fans due to the protests, it also could gain a new audience.

There was a general, if fanciful, consensus that even a short-term financial hit could benefit the league in the long term, especially if the league and the union could join in solidarity behind a single plan. That’s how the league’s marketing department was planning to proceed, even if some of the rough ideas fell flat. One idea had all players wearing a patch on their jerseys that would read, “Team America.” An owner briefed on the proposal simply shook his head: “We need to do better than that.”

First Sam Bradford, and now Dalvin Cook for much longer term. That puts a lot of limitations on an offense that was just starting to explode with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. There’s too much pressure on the defense now for the Vikings to hold up in the division.

Marcus Mariota was doing his best to keep Tennessee in the Houston game before he got hamstrung. But it’s clear the Titans’ defense is having familiar issues against good passing teams.
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CB Tramaine Brock to begin job hunt with Seahawks, report says

Former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock, cleared last week of domestic violence charges, is a free agent looking for a job, and he’ll start his search Tuesday with the Seahawks, Pro Football Talk reported, citing an unidentified source with knowledge of the situation.

The Seahawks clearly are very familiar with Brock, who played seven seasons for the Niners in the NFC West.

Seattle would consider Brock, who has 11 interceptions in his career, at the corner opposite Richard Sherman.

The Niners released Brock in April after he was charged with criminal domestic violence, The charges were dismissed last week, but it’s unclear whether he still faces punishment under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The Buccaneers’ second-year kicker — yes, still a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft — missed an extra point and a field goal in Tampa Bay’s preseason-opening loss to the Bengals.

The Cowboys running back will also claim that Thomas told friends and acquaintances to to lie to the police about his relationship with her.

Elliott’s father, Stacy Elliott, tweeted out an itinerary of the points Elliott’s legal team plans to outline and said his son is “ready to fight.”

Elliott was handed the six-game suspension on Friday after more than a year-long NFL investigation into claims that Elliott abused his ex-girlfriend. The length of the suspension was a surprise, especially because no charges were filed against Elliott and because team owner Jerry Jones said he didn’t see Elliott being sidelined by the league.

“I came out of my meeting and I actually had a text on my phone and the first text that I saw it was the most crazy thing in the world,” Watt said Saturday (via the Houston Chronicle). “I read the text and it said, ‘I see your little bro out there ballin’, hope all is well.’ And I looked and it was from Kendrick Lamar. … It was a pretty wild thing to see.”

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Jazz bringing back Joe Ingles on four-year deal, report says

There is no guarantee Gordon Hayward will return to the Jazz for the 2017-18 season, but if he does, Joe Ingles will be there with him.

Ingles will re-sign with the Jazz, agreeing Saturday to a four-year deal, according to ESPN.

The 29-year-old swing player, who is one of Hayward’s closest friends, averaged 7.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists this past season.

As for Hayward, he met with the Heat Saturday and is not expected to make a decision on where he will go until next week.

Another survivor at the expense of his head coach, operating in a new, demanding L.A. market. Now that Jeff Fisher isn’t around to kick around anymore, the spotlight shines brighter on Snead’s shortcomings. The vaunted Robert Griffin III trade did almost nothing for the Rams. Sean McVay is a big leap at head coach, and Jared Goff needs to start showing he’s worth the top pick (and the trade that brought him there) sooner rather than later.

Tom Coughlin has become the face and voice of the front office, but Caldwell still holds the title, and he’s got a lot to prove. This is at least the third year of gushing about the smart signings, hirings and drafting the Jags have done, yet the overall record is … what it is. (They’re 15-49 on his watch.) Hiring Doug Marrone as coach was more of a Coughlin operation, but Blake Bortles is Caldwell’s baby.browns_041

Why it’s better to laugh with JaVale McGee than at him

JaVale McGee is one of the most underrated figures in the NBA. Yes, he was a punchline for a long time. You could say he was appreciated then, but mostly because we were laughing at him on Shaqtin’ a Fool. Now, we can laugh with him.

McGee’s been better than ever for the Warriors this season, especially in the playoffs when Kevin Durant was missing due to injury. His averages on field goals and field goal attempts have gone up, too.

It hasn’t been easy to shake his old, blundering reputation. He also got into a wild Twitter beef with Shaquille O’Neal over Shaqtin’ that had everyone involved — Durant, the Warriors as an organization, even Shaq’s mom — jumping into the fray.

OK, so that one was maybe a mixture of laughing and looking on in mild horror. But he’s also the butt of jokes that are more in good humor — like Andre Iguodala using toilet paper with his face on it. (Iguodala and McGee have been teammates twice now, first with the Nuggets and now again with the Warriors.)

McGee can poke his own fun, though. He gave the whole Golden State team blankets with Draymond Green’s sleeping face on them, since Green was exposing everyone else’s naps on Snapchat.

NBA aside, we’ve also recently gotten some great glimpses into McGee’s personal life. His latest is posting this picture of him holding his baby daughter like a phone.

This was just the beginning for Westbrook. He would finish with three 50-point triple-doubles on the season.

“Official Photographer”

The world was watching when Westbrook’s Thunder and Durant’s Warriors met for the first time on Nov. 4. The hype was out of control for this game and Westbrook took it to another level when he showed up at Oracle Arena wearing a pinny that said “Official Photographer”.nike_redskins_2188

March Madness 2017: Live updates as teams qualify for NCAA Tournament bids

The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee has about half of the bracket picked, as the 32 teams that win their conference tournament receive automatic bids for their efforts. Though they can breathe easily knowing they’ll be on the bracket somewhere, they still await Selection Sunday to find out what their path to the championship looks like as they’re seeded and placed in one of the four regions.

While winning the conference looks pretty on paper and serves as the ultimate last-minute resume boost, it means little in terms of tournament success. Four of the past five NCAA tournament winners didn’t win their conference tournament.

The Redbirds’ failure to defeat Wichita State in the Arch Madness final likely cost them a place, particularly since the game was the Shockers’ second consecutive blowout win in the series. Illinois State’s home win over Wichita State is its lone triumph over a Top-50 foe in three tries. The Redbirds’ 2-4 record against the Top 100 won’t help either, not when quality wins seem to be the Selection Committee’s most important criteria. If Dan Muller’s team sneaks in, it will be due to a 12-6 record away from Normal.

There’s a common saying throughout this season that this is a “wide-open year” in college basketball. That’s probably not entirely true, as there seem to be about 12-15 teams that have distanced themselves from the rest of the country as the season has turned the stretch and headed for home. The difference between those 12-15 contenders, however, is as thin as it’s been in any season of recent memory.

When the bracket is released in full, the predictions will start flowing in and they won’t stop until the first major wave of games tip off on Thursday afternoon. But what about some predictions regarding the thing that will lead to the massive onslaught of even more predictions? Would you enjoy that?
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Here’s the full list of results from this year’s crop of running backs at the 2017 NFL Combine

In an Akron Beacon-Journal article titled “With Andrew Bogut on way after clearing waivers, are Cavs better than championship team?”, Marla Ridenour detailed the list of talent Cleveland have acquired since the start of the season.

“…the real question for the Cavaliers is whether the depth added since Jan. 7 will make them a better team than the 2016 NBA champions,” Ridenour wrote.

“The roster restocking started with the trade with the Atlanta Hawks for one of the league’s premier 3-point specialists, Kyle Korver. Since then, the Cavs have also brought in Derrick Williams, the second overall pick in 2011 who is with his fifth team in six years, and former Dallas Maverick backup point guard Deron Williams, who played with LeBron James on two Olympic teams.

“Now on the way … is rim protector Bogut. The ex-Golden State Warrior faced the Cavs in the NBA Finals the previous two seasons and won the title in 2015.”

But Micah Adams, writing for ESPN.com, warned that Bogut was not a risk-free acquisition for the Cavs.

“As much value as Bogut adds defensively, his offensive game has been a struggle,” Adams wrote.

“He’s currently the only player in the NBA who has played at least 500 minutes and has more turnovers than made field goals. And he has done it while shooting just 47 percent, not good for any big, let alone one that has taken all but four of his shots inside the paint.”

Full results for each position group at the Combine can be found here.

Here’s the full list of results from this year’s crop of running backs at the 2017 NFL Combine. Key events like the 40-yard dash and agility drills take place Friday. We’ll have all the times and other important stats as they roll in.