Rams great Eric Dickerson: Sean Mannion should start over Jared Goff

If the Rams were going strictly off numbers produced in college, then Sean Mannion would have an argument to earn the starting job over former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff.

Both had good numbers in college, having at least one season with 35 or more touchdown passes, both had 4,000-yard passing seasons and both succeeded in a very good Pac-12.

It will never happen though because of the money Goff is making and the cachet that comes with having the No. 1 overall pick on the roster.

My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn’t pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game.

They didn’t take days off. My vets didn’t care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn’t blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game. My vets didn’t have an influence on the coaching staff.

They couldn’t change the plan because it didn’t work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can’t win consistently. I may be a lot of things, but I’m not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don’t deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it’s the leadership.t_rangers_012-115x115

The two-time NBA MVP certainly didn’t help his stats with his poor shooting Monday night

This is definitely new territory for a guard who went undrafted out of Duke in 2013, then bounced around between short stints with more than a half dozen teams in the NBA, its summer league and the D-League before finally getting significant playing time last season in Sacramento.

Now Seth has found a home in Dallas, where he’s averaging 12 points per game. He’s also displayed some versatility. In Saturday’s win against the Jazz, he only scored 13 points, but he added eight assists and seven rebounds. And he definitely has that Curry family shooting touch.

In fact, Seth’s shooting percentage of .474 and 3-point percentage of .422 this season are both higher than Steph’s (.470 and .415).

Game Womens Corey Crawford Jersey The two-time NBA MVP certainly didn’t help his stats with his poor shooting Monday night. Included in that performance were two first-quarter airballs.

The weatherman said a low pressure system was coming in and I forgot to adjust to the thinness of the air, Curry joked afterward to reporters. It happens.

For one night, at least, Seth had clear bragging rights in the Curry family.

The Durant injury puts obvious pressure on the Warriors’ offense, which was a ball-sharing juggernaut when fully healthy. They lead the league in offensive efficiency (114.0 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA Stats) and assist percentage (21.6 percent of their field-goals are assists), improvements on their record-setting offense from last season
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There is no doubt Westbrook is a special basketball player, yet sometimes he looks a little more impressive on the stat line than he does while actually watching the game. His shot just has not improved.

The Tigers need to get better, and the way to do that is to start trading.

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Most of all, though, if the Tigers can do it, they should deal Justin Verlander. That will be difficult because Verlander is owed the remainder of a $28 million salary this season and then the same $28 million each of the next two seasons. It could be harder still because Verlander isn’t having a great season. His strikeouts are down and his walks are up and he’s 34, so it wouldn’t be ridiculous to think his dominant years are over. And yet this is a guy with five top-five finishes for the AL Cy Young Award, including a second place finish as recently as last season. Plainly, this is a potential Hall of Fame starting pitcher and there is almost always a market for starting pitchers at the trade deadline.

Dealing Verlander would be painful for Tigers fans, but his salary and roster spot are better spent on young players. That said, there’s no immediate rush. He’s under contract so the team can deal him this off-season, or next trade deadline, or even the off-season after that if they need to. With Verlander they have time, but with Avila, Wilson, Martinez, Iglesias, and a few others, the time to get what the Tigers can is now. It’s the sad reality of the cycle of a major league baseball team.

The Tigers need to get better, and the way to do that is to start trading.
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Speaking of going through, you mentioned having some family issues. How did it impact you?

We all as athletes have families. We all have people that we love dearly. All those people going through situations. It can be health or bad decisions they’ve made. And we’re affected by it. People think just because we have money it doesn’t hurt us. Just because I’m doing well doesn’t mean I don’t still have people in the hood. When your loved ones are going in the midst, it’s hard to focus. These are people that mean something to my life. Basketball will come and go, but my family, that matters more.

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Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors to be without KD for at least a month

Kevin Durant will be out at least the next four weeks, the Warriors confirmed Wednesday morning in a statement.

Following reviews of the MRI by the Warriors’ medical staf, it has been determined that Durant suffered a Garde 2 Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) sprain and a tibial bone bruise. He will be out of action indefinitely and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. There is no timetable for his return, but it has not been ruled out that he could play again before the end of the regular season.

We need a better version of Kelly, Brooks said after the loss, via the Washington Post.
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Oubre is averaging 6.2 points this season, but the former Kansas star hasn’t developed into the dangerous offensive threat the Wizards thought they were getting when they acquired him in a 2015 draft-day trade with the Hawks.
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Oubre’s inconsistency is one of the reasons why Washington added Bojan Bogdanovic before this week’s trade deadline. Bogdanovic is also a small forward with a deadly shooting stroke.

Could Bogdanovic be Brooks’ better version of Oubre? It appears he is primed to take on that role.

The Wizards have still won 11 of their last 13 games, climbing to third in the Eastern Conference standings.

You’re still top 10 in offensive efficiency (sixth in the NBA at 109.8), but in the bottom half in defensive efficiency (17th at 106.2). You guys have talked throughout the year about help-side defense, guarding the 3-point line and why it’s so important on that end. Are those still two of the main concerns you see on defense?

NBA trade deadline: Mavericks reportedly waive Deron Williams, Cavs interested

The Mavericks have reportedly waived point guard Deron Williams.

USA Today reported the news Thursday afternoon a couple of hours after the NBA trade deadline had passed, and no deal had been made for Williams. The paper also reported that the Cavs are interested in signing Williams if he clears waivers.

The Mavs are putting their offense in the hands of rookie Yogi Ferrell, who is averaging 14.2 ppg in seven games since being signed out of the D-League last month.

It’s going to be a different looking Mavs lineup in the season’s second half. Earlier Thursday, Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a conditional first-round draft pick reportedly were sent to the 76ers for Nerlens Noel.

“No,” Hammond said. “When we first saw him, Jeff and I, we thought that he was a player who had a great feel for the game, with great size and length. He was playing point guard at that time for his team. You could see he could handle it, he was a good decision-maker, and he knew how to play. But I wish I could say we knew he was going to be an All-Star at 22 years old. I wish we had known he was going to be this, but I don’t proclaim to be that smart.”

Hammond watched Antetokounmpo in games, but was impressed by the way the gangly teenager handled himself in practices. He was on the floor with players much older, but had no trouble commanding the court, organizing his team as its point guard. Hammond felt that Antetokounmpo could handle himself with anyone, even NBA players. The notion that he would need years in Europe to develop before heading to the U.S. didn’t seem to hold up.broncos_123

Corey Knebel’s MLB-record streak ends as he blows save against Pirates

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Wednesday was not a good night for Corey Knebel.

Not only did the Brewers closer blow a save opportunity in Pittsburgh, he saw his MLB-record streak come to an end in a loss to the Pirates.

Ross is scheduled to undergo the ligament-transplant procedure Wednesday in Texas, but won’t be back on the mound until next year and could even see his 2018 season affected by the injury and surgery.

He took it as well as a young man can take it, Baker said, via the Washington Post. This his first surgery. I talked to him for a long time today, and I told him he has to have a positive outlook. That first one is always tough. I also told him to talk to a couple of guys who have had it.

Ross, 24, is 5-3 with a 5.01 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 13 starts this season.

According to the Post, in the short term, the Nationals most likely will choose between right-handers Jacob Turner and Edwin Jackson, both at Triple-A Syracuse, for Tuesday’s start in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Padres pitcher Clayton Richard allowed 11 runs, 10 of them earned, off 14 hits and gave up two home runs over 3 2/3 innings. Richard’s ERA went from 4.75 to 5.35 as he struck out just three batters and walked one. To put his runs allowed into perspective, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has allowed 11 runs over his last 56 1/3 innings pitched. Obviously in a game when the Padres allowed 18 runs, Richard wasn’t the only dud. San Diego reliever Kevin Quackenbush served up two of Arenado’s three home runs and gave up six runs in 2 1/3 innings.

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Roberson does that every night and is successful in his task.

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The former Colorado forward has turned himself into one of the toughest perimeter defenders in the NBA, capable of guarding essentially anyone 1 through 4 on the court. He’s extremely disruptive with his hands, and he possesses the necessary lateral quickness to cause issues for opposing stars in one-on-one settings. He’s also a good playmaker off the ball, as he averaged over one steal and one block per game this past season. He’s an elite player on that end in every sense of the word.

But for as good as he is on defense, he’s equally as bad on offense. He’s a 26 percent 3-point shooter for his career and, marginally, even worse at the foul line. Off the bounce, Roberson can’t do anything to create for himself. He can cut backdoor and finish around the rim, but he’s still probably the worst offensive starter in the NBA. To reach any sort of ceiling as an elite role player in the league, he’ll need to dramatically improve as a jump shooter. With Paul George around, his ill effects on the Thunder’s offense will be mitigated, but there’s no doubt that the team would be better off with just about any other option in his place on that end of the floor.
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But even without the offensive game, Roberson is a good bet to take on this deal as an elite defensive player at just 25 years old. In the rough and tumble Western Conference, every team needs a perimeter defender who relishes taking on the best the other team has to offer.

Roberson does that every night and is successful in his task. With any sort of improvement on offense, this is an absolute bargain. I’ll take my chances on that happening.

Son of ex-Braves player leaves hospital three weeks after devastating injury

Jason Lockhart, once on life support, walked out of an Atlanta hospital Sunday. He’s now back home with his family.

Mens Christian Ehrhoff Jersey Lockhart, the 15-year-old son of former Braves infielder Keith Lockhart, was severely injured last month when he was struck in the face by a thrown ball during a youth baseball tournament in South Carolina. He required seven surgeries and was briefly put into a paralytic state to determine the source of profuse bleeding from his nose. Doctors discovered he had suffered a lacerated artery. In all, he was hospitalized for three weeks.

Mens Gale Sayers Jersey ESPN’s Karl Ravech is the new voice of the event, replacing longtime host Chris Berman. Say what you will about Berman’s style, which fans seem to either love or hate, but the broadcaster’s home-run call (Back-back-back!) and enthusiastic descriptions of long homers had become almost synonymous with the Home Run Derby.

Ravech told Sports Illustrated he can’t begin to compete with Berman’s approach. He will bring a more low-key style to the event.

Chris had a unique approach to this and I think everybody associated the Derby as much with him as they did with the guys hitting the baseballs, Ravech told SI. He brought this to a bar as a broadcaster that I would not even attempt to jump over. But having Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and the rest of the field, I can hopefully complement their ability to take us to a higher level. If I can be a condiment to the main course, that is my goal.

What I think has helped me is not to rely on any shtick and to be like the Chris Fowler or Mike Tirico’s of the world. They are informed and connected and I think the fan appreciates that or at least I hope he or she does.

Celtics in trouble after losing second straight to Bulls

The Celtics are in trouble.

Boston entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the top seed has only lost in the first round five times. But the Celtics are now down two games to none following Tuesday’s 111-97 home loss to the Bulls.

Portland fought hard to beat the Nuggets for the final playoff berth, but yeah, this series might not last long.

The Spurs and Grizz split the season series 2-2, though Kawhi Leonard was out with a quad injury for one of those losses. It would be a shock to see Memphis pull off the upset.

With a win against the Kings on Wednesday night, the Clippers stayed at four ahead of the Jazz as a result of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

If you don’t think home-court advantage will be a huge deal in the Clippers-Jazz series, consider this: Both teams have identical records at home (29-12) and on the road (22-19). Can’t get much closer than that.

“Obviously it was his best game (of the series),” Budenholzer said. “We needed that extra boost, and he certainly brought it. I thought the defense and his activity on the boards, second and third efforts and all of those things. When he’s like that, it can help carry his teammates and help us take that next step forward.”

For the second night in Georgia, the Hawks took the steps needed to win. It’s now tied 2-2 going back to D.C. for Game 5. Other than Beal, the rest of the Wizards, including Wall, struggled from the field. Wall scored 22 points, but he finished minus-one for the game and missed 12 of his 19 shots. He hit double-digit assists but coughed up a series-high six turnovers.

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The Ravens had a top 10 defense in 2016 and led the league in interceptions with 18

The trademark was filed by Gronkowski’s company, Gronk Nation L.L.C., in April of 2016, per Rovell. The company sounds set on finding some type of solution, while maintaining his brand.
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My client has created one of the most recognizable brands in sports today, said attorney Troy Carnrite, who represents the Gronkowski family. We are very proud of this brand and are optimistic that we will resolve this with Nike amicably.

Gronkowski wears Nike cleats on the field, and his uniform is also covered in Nike swooshes because of its partnership with the NFL. The Jumpman logo has been in use by Nike since November 1987, making its first appearance on the Air Jordan 3.

Whether Gronkowski decides to keep his logo or drop it, don’t be surprised to see some knockoff Jordans with the Gronkowski logo on them.

Youth Terrell Suggs Jersey The Ravens had a top 10 defense in 2016 and led the league in interceptions with 18. The unit was helped plenty by the addition of Eric Weddle — a two-time All-Pro with the Chargers — who returned to form and landed all the way at No. 10 in Pro Football Focus’ ranking of players for the 2016 season.

But an already strong secondary got much better in the offseason with the additions of Tony Jefferson and Brandon Carr in free agency. The cherry on top was first-round draft pick Marlon Humphrey, giving the Ravens a formidable group of defensive backs that should provide any quarterback with problems.

Winston also has been instrumental in connecting with his relocated anchor up front, center Ali Marpet, by far the best all-around lineman Tampa Bay has in 2017. It’s surprising the Bucs didn’t invest more in changes, either in free agency or the draft, but they do get a key player back from a back injury in former Seahawk J.R. Sweezy, set to solidify right guard.