Blake Griffin suffers a season-ending injury in the playoffs for the 2nd straight year

Blake Griffin’s season is done, with the Clippers announcing their star big man will miss the rest of the playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate in his right big toe. It’s the second straight year that Griffin has suffered a season-ending injury in the postseason, and it comes in a playoff series that Los Angeles leads two to one against the Utah Jazz.

The injury happened in the second half of Game 3 on a seemingly innocuous drive to the rim where Griffin suffered minor contact. Here’s the play when he apparently hurt himself:

The Broncos were always going to have a tough draft. Their biggest Texans Cheap Jerseys position of need — offensive line — fell victim to one of the weakest classes of blockers the league has ever seen. Even so, the team did well to add Garett Bolles, a high-ceiling tackle, on day one. With a prolific defense already in place, Denver focused on rebuilding its offense, adding a pair of big-name talents on day three. Jake Butt and Chad Kelly may never reach the dizzying highs of their college careers, but were low-risk, high-reward pickups for John Elway.

Can’t see the Lightning not taking a defenseman here. Valimaki isn’t the right-hand shot their system could use, but he is a well-rounded, two-way defenseman with size and budding leadership qualities. Valimaki finished with 61 points in 60 games and looks more and more poised as he adapts to the North American game.

A pitcher was ejected for losing control of a curveball in the Orioles-Red Sox game

Kevin Gausman entered Wednesday night’s game with 17 walks in 30 innings. He leads the AL in earned runs, and he leads the majors in hits allowed. He has not been very good this season. He has not been very good at all.

You might say that he is the kind of pitcher who could lose control of the occasional curveball. Like this:

Before the series even started, there was a Chance the Rapper concert scheduled at Oracle during what would have been Game 5. Expecting the Warriors will sweep the Blazers, though, feels a bit presumptuous. No one on Golden State is expecting that, to be fair. But is the NBA? Well, no need to worry because the sweep happened.

If Game 5, had happened, it would have been played on April 26 at Oracle Arena. The same night as the Chance concert.

Chance is getting bigger and bigger, but I Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys initially thought maybe he wasn’t slated to perform at Oracle. I saw him in Dallas last year, and he played at a large concert venue rather than an even larger arena. (Highly recommend it, by the way.) But …

The same loophole that allowed Thon Maker to enter the draft last season allows Diallo to do the same thing this year. He joined Kentucky midseason but didn’t play, making him possibly the first-ever one-semester-and-done prospect.

Diallo was a no-brainer five-star recruit as a 6’5 shooting guard with a strong upper body and elite athleticism. He might need a year or two in the D-League to improve his handle and midrange scoring package, but he looks like the rough outline of everything you want out of a two-guard. He makes a lot of sense for a team like Portland with multiple first-round picks.

The linebacker has long been a student of the game

Clemson lost just two games in Watson’s final two years in college. The only game the Tigers lost in the 2015 season was the College Playoff National Championship matchup against Alabama. Clemson fell in a heartbreakingly close 45-40 game, but Watson was phenomenal, throwing for 405 yards and four touchdowns against one interception.

In last season’s rematch, Watson willed the Tigers to victory with his MVP performance. He had 420 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions, and he added a score on the ground in the comeback win.

“It’s kinda cool just seeing all the guys you’ve been playing against the last couple of years or that you’ve been competing with, and no one knows each other and then when you come in together that weird feeling of being around those guys.”

Training with a new group of guys and stepping outside of his comfort zone will be a good test for the months ahead. After the NFL Draft in late April, Reeves-Maybin will roll right into a whirlwind of rookie minicamps and getting acclimated to his new team and city.

The linebacker has long been a student of the game, and wants to show his knowledge and ability to talk about the game to his new team and coaches. He said he’s eager to “put that confidence in them that I’m a guy they don’t have to worry about” on and off the field.

Expected to be a mid-round pick because of his shoulder injury, Reeves-Maybin is confident that whatever team lands him will be getting a guy who is ready to contribute the same way he did in college.

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Who is Mitchell Trubisky? See if you can pick the Bears’ new QB out of a lineup

North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky is the first quarterback off the board in the NFL draft, baffling college fans who saw Clemson’s Deshaun Watson tear apart Alabama’s defense and who have Reebok Cheap Jerseys few memories from Trubisky’s 13 career starts.

There’s no questioning his ability to pound the ball. Foreman ate up 323 carries last fall as the only real weapon in a disappointing Longhorn offense. Despite his massive workload and the fact Big 12 defenses where predicated on stopping him, he still managed to rip off more than 6 yards per touch.

But while he was a master of one trade, the remainder of his skills left plenty to be desired. Foreman was essentially limited to running duties only in Austin. He had only 13 receptions in his three seasons. He also wasn’t asked to do much as a blocker, so when NFL opponents throw blitzes, he’ll struggle to keep his quarterback upright.

Foreman also struggled with fumbles in the FBS, coughing the ball up seven times. He also tends to shy away from contact, which is understandable given his workload, but a waste of his biggest asset as a back, his size. Without top-level acceleration, he might struggle to blast through closing holes like he did with the Longhorns.

Foreman is a massive tailback. While he measured in at 6’ and 233 pounds at the NFL Combine, his playing weight rose all the way into the 250s during his time in Austin. Though he doesn’t always use that size well, a reduced workload should better prepare him to throw his weight around in NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys short-yardage situations.

Big 12 had an embarrassing NFL draft, and it’s not surprising at all

The Big 12 is one of college football’s power conferences. In the 2017 NFL draft, it had fewer players picked than the American Athletic Conference.

A running counter by every FBS conference, plus independents, FCS, and Division II programs, is right here.

That the Big 12 struggled to produce draft picks is not surprising.

The league doesn’t recruit as well as the other power conferences and hasn’t for years. It has one elite program these days, Oklahoma, with Oklahoma State a tier below that and Texas still trying to find itself. D’Onta Foreman was the only Texas player picked, which really hurts the league’s numbers. The Horns are making progress, at least.

In 1976, former NFL wide receiver Paul Salata invented Irrelevant Week, a one-week celebration of the final pick in the draft. After an arrival party, trip to Disneyland, and other festivities, Kelly will receive the Lowsman Trophy — a parody of the Heisman Trophy.

If Kelly actually makes an impact for the Broncos, it would buck a Cheap Giants Jerseys long trend of Mr. Irrelevant selections doing not much of anything. The last real contributor was Ryan Succop — the last selection in the 2009 NFL Draft — who started five seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs and is now with the Tennessee Titans.

He has a strong chance at making the roster in Denver, where Cheap Baseball Jerseys there is no sure thing at quarterback and there is an impending battle between Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian.

Williams is an outstanding prospect who has the ability to instantly upgrade an NFL offense.

My favorite part of this video is when someone consciously decided to wing a piece of pizza at someone four seats away. One second there’s an innocuous foul ball drifting into the stands, no different from the dozens of foul balls in every game, and the next second there’s a soggy ninja star sailing through the air, too floppy to be aerodynamic, too ambitious to be earthbound.

The time elapsed from Garret Anderson not making the play to the decision to throw the pizza: 1.62 seconds. I almost want to give it extra credit for its immediacy, but that would be false. There was a beat. That’s enough time to make a conscious decision.

Williams is an outstanding prospect who has the ability to instantly upgrade an NFL offense. He’s a red-zone threat who excels at high-pointing the ball and dominating on contested catches. He’s a little too reliant on his physicality and needs to learn to run crisper routes and win with savvy. Once he fine-tunes his game, he will be a potent member of any passing attack.

Williams also can aid in the running game as a blocker on the edge. While Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap he does not possess elite speed, his “game speed” is as good as anybody in the draft. The good news for Cleveland is teams who have taken a pass rusher as one of their two first-round picks in recent years have typically gotten strong value from those selections. Terrell Suggs, DeMarcus Ware, Ndamukong Suh, Clay Matthews, Aaron Donald, Chandler Jones, Sheldon Richardson, Cameron Jordan, and Shawne Merriman are Kids Football Jerseys Cheap just some of the sack artists taken by teams with a pair of first-round choices.

Porzingis was not a fan of Phil Jackson’s comments about Carmelo Anthony.

The dysfunction of the New York Knicks is reaching new levels. According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, Kristaps Porzingis skipped his exit interview with the team on Friday due to being unhappy with all of the drama circulating around the team.

One could easily connect this to the statements that Knicks President Phil Jackson made earlier in the day. Jackson said the following on Friday in regards to Carmelo Anthony:

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This ensures the station will be able to keep broadcasting away games, which gives students critical experience they will need to find jobs in their field. This is just awesome.

Thanks to the donations, WMUC Sports got an extension on their fundraising period for another 24 hours, so they can continue to raise more money for the station and the students who run it.

The Bengals parted ways with Rey Maualuga after eight seasons and can find his replacement with the 6-foot, 230-pound Foster. Though a bit undersized for the position, Foster made an exponential jump in his play last year after shedding 20 pounds. He’s a plug-and-play linebacker who can Cheap Hockey Jerseys From China make a nice tandem with Vontaze Burfict, who is entering the final year of his contract.

New York and New England were both on bye weeks in Week 10 and both teams used the time off to get healthy.

The Jets and Patriots are in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC and both teams will be in better shape on the injury front after taking a week off. The Jets will get a pair of receivers back, while the Patriots could also get a key offensive weapon back soon.

“Although I’m eager to return to coaching, my No. 1 focus is my health. I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff.

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Fox will likely spend at least one more month recovering from surgery. Still, the fact that he no longer needs to be kept under the constant watch of doctors is encouraging.

While Fox is on the mend, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will act as the Broncos’ interim head coach. Doctors have yet to clear Fox to return to Denver, so he may have to watch this weekend’s matchup between the Broncos and the San Diego Chargers in Charlotte.

Fox has compiled a 28-12 regular season with the Broncos since taking over as head coach in 2011. Health willing, he appears to be in line for an extension when his contract ends in 2015, given how well Denver has been playing. The team leads the NFL averaging 42.9 points per game. At that Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale pace, the Broncos will finish the 2017 season as the NFL’s highest scoring team of all time.

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Former Houston and New Orleans head coach Bum Phillips died on Friday at the age of 90.

Phillips, the father of current Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, spent 11 seasons as a head coach in the NFL. Known for his trademark cowboy hat, Phillips was considered to be one of the best defensive coaches of his time. The Oilers Cheap Jerseys With Numbers won at least 10 games in four of his six seasons as the head coach in Houston, including two trips to the AFC Championship game. After leaving Houston, Phillips spent five seasons in New Orleans where he coached the Saints to their second non-losing season in franchise history in 1983.

Phillips also made several stops in the college ranks, coaching under Bear Bryant at Texas A&M for one season in 1958. He also coached at the University of Houston, Southern Methodist and Oklahoma State. He spent one season as a college head coach at Texas Western (Now Texas at El Paso) in 1962.

With starting quarterback E.J. Manuel out until sometime around Thanksgiving, the Bills have turned to Thad Lewis, who was taking snaps on the practice squad a few weeks ago. Lewis was admirable last week in the loss to the Bengals, putting up 216 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. If he is to continue that success, he’ll need support from a running game — led by the two-headed attack of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson — that ranks third in the league and will play an important role in keeping defenses honest.

The Bills defensive front has been as good as the Dolphins were supposed to be. Led by the duo of Mario Williams (eight sacks) and Marcell Dareus (four sacks), Buffalo ranks third in the NFL in getting to the quarterback. That pressure has led to the league’s highest interception total (10), though teams are still putting up a solid 271 yards per game through the air. The unit’s biggest improvement needs to come in run defense — their 124 rushing yards allowed per game ranks 28th in Cheap Jerseys World the league.

We’ll keep this list updated with players who get cut as well as for who’s signing where and for how much.

This is exactly what happened the week of Feb. 27. Teams started applying the tag, so names like Le’Veon Bell who made this look like a pretty sweet list are no longer available.

A few notes about our top 100 list.

This list, as with any kind of rankings, is subjective. The SB Nation NFL staff worked together to create it. We put a great deal of thought into it, but you will inevitably disagree with it. That’s fine. Save your tweets. We know. This is merely a guide to help the world keep track of which free agents are signing where.

The final salary cap for 2017 has now been set at $167 million. That’s a jump of nearly $12 million over last year’s $155.7 million cap. That’s consistent with the annual bumps we’ve seen since the 2011 collective bargaining agreement went into effect.

*Yes, Tony Romo is not technically a free agent, but he kinda is in that he’s available and the entire offseason sort of hinges on what he does next.

We’ll keep this list updated with players who get cut as well as for who’s signing where and for how much. So keep checking back.

Digging deeper, the Blue Devils’ Top 25 (9-4) and Top 50 (12-6) records are superior to the Tar Heels’ (6-4 against the Top 50, with all the wins coming at home, and 11-5 against the Top 50). Plus, Duke won two head-to-head matchups, including one on a neutral floor in Brooklyn.

North Carolina went above .500, 6-5, in true road games, while Duke went just 3-6. But the Heels’ overall road/neutral record of 10-7 isn’t quite as good as the Blue Devils’ 12-7.

That discrepancy also helped close a gap in schedule strength. Duke ranked just 88th in non-conference strength of schedule, with North Carolina 49th. But after the ACC slate is factored in, the Blue Devils grabbed the advantage, ranking third while the Heels are 11th. Super-sized conferences and the imbalanced league slates that result just make regular-season conference championships, even unofficial ones, not mean as much as they did 15 or 20 years ago.12