Defensive end. Demarcus Ware, who is the Cowboys’ all-time sack leader with 117, recently retired after playing his final three seasons in Denver. Dallas still hasn’t come close to replacing Ware’s productivity. No Cowboys player has registered more than eight sacks in any of the past three years since Ware’s release.
General manager. I know, this isn’t a player position. But Scot McCloughan’s dismissal has created a hole in talent evaluation at the most inopportune time of year (i.e. free agency and the draft). The firing and behind-the-scenes drama surrounding it — not to mention uncertainty surrounding Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys quarterback Kirk Cousins’ future with the franchise — have also put the franchise back in a negative light.
The Mets were forced to scratch ace Noah Syndergaard ahead of Thursday afternoon’s scheduled start against the Braves.
Manager Terry Collins told reporters Syndergaard is dealing with a “tired arm.” The injury is officially being called biceps tendinitis.
Matt Harvey will start in Syndergaard’s place Thursday against Atlanta.
Syndergaard, who is off to a fantastic start with a 1.73 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in his first four outings, dealt with blister issues during his first couple of starts this season.
While Syndergaard’s arm fatigue doesn’t appear to be anything serious right now, it will be something worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. It is usually not a good sign when a 24-year-old is dealing with a tired arm during the first month of the season.
It wasn’t just teams who helped themselves Thursday night in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The league itself received a much-needed boost, too.
Blame who or what you want for last season’s eight-percent decline in television ratings. Colin Kaepernick, the presidential elections, millennials with shorter attention spans, concussion-scandal fallout, choppy sequencing of commercials, product oversaturation — it all played a part.
But the underlying reality is that the NFL itself was missing core elements that had helped it become America’s top sport. Quite frankly, the league wasn’t as fun to watch as in previous years.
Raw emotion from players was being sanitized through measures like crackdowns on end-zone celebrations. The NFL’s ability to connect with its fans organically also began to wane. All the money spent on hype and commercialization failed to create a product that seemed fresh and hip.
If one theme was pounded home in the run-up to this draft, it was that this quarterback class was nothing special. This was not the year to give in to the usual quarterback panic — the fear that you’ll miss one if you don’t grab one right now, no matter who he is and how much you had to talk yourself into liking him.
The last thing the Jets needed to do was to repeat what they’d done Cheap Authentic Jerseys each of the previous four years (and five of the previous six): draft a quarterback without a clear-cut plan for him. Drafting them high, drafting them low and drafting them to add to the ones already on the roster, including the ones they signed as free agents.
The Boston Celtics only had one day’s worth of rest in between their first- and second-round playoff series. That minibreak was even shorter for Isaiah Thomas, who traveled cross-country and back in the last 48 hours to be with his family for his sister’s funeral.
Just a day before Game 1 of Boston’s first-round series against the New York Giants Cheap Jerseys Chicago Bulls, Thomas’ sister, Chyna, passed away in an automobile accident in Washington state. Thomas played the next day, somehow mustering the strength to score 33 points on 55 percent shooting.
This is the what we were waiting for this entire time in the Rockets-Thunder series. Game 1 was fine, and Game 2 gave us things to talk about, but Game 3 was thrills from front to end. Oklahoma City led most of Game 3 on Friday, but Houston kept eating into the deficit over and over again. With less than a minute left, James Harden tied the game. On the next possession, Steven Adams tipped in a Westbrook shot that ended up giving them the decisive advantage.
The game swayed back and forth between players shooting free throws, and a couple crucial Westbrook misses gave us all the drama we needed. It ended on a missed Harden three right here, which could have ended the game and the Thunder’s playoff hopes had it splashed in.
Put Russell Westbrook and James Harden duking it out continuously at this level, and I could watch it for days.
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.
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 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:
A Maryland native, Van Pelt graduated from the University of Maryland Kids Cheap Jerseys China with a degree in radio/television and film. Since leaving the school he’s always been there for the station, routinely donating to help its operation and encouraging others to do the same.
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.
The Philadelphia Eagles suffered the biggest injury of any team inside the NFC East during Week 7, when quarterback Nick Foles bounced his head off the turf Cheap Pro Jerseys at Lincoln Financial Field against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Foles had to leave the game and be replaced by Matt Barkley, who finished out the 17-3 loss. Foles was diagnosed with a concussion and will have to undergo a battery of tests to determine his availability for this weekend. Should Foles not be able to play, it is likely Michael Vick will be the starter.
This first catch prompted a change in coverage where Jenkins was shifted to cover Smith while Johnson was tasked with Brandon LaFell, which should have been the matchup from the start of the game.
The Rams make a switch in coverage, but repeat the same mistake on Smith’s first catch. Jenkins is giving the receiver a 10-yard cushion, and the Panthers run an almost identical play.
Newton scrambles to his right and finds Steve Smith on the run for an easy gain. Jenkins stays on Smith’s route, unlike Trumaine Johnson, but he still finds himself away from the play at the catch.
If Freeman can’t go, the Vikings will go back to Ponder, their former first-round pick. Ponder continued to struggle this season before missing time with a broken rib and falling behind Matt Cassel and later Freeman on the depth chart. Cassel flopped in a brief audition as Cheap Penguins Jerseys the starter and was made inactive after the Vikings signed Freeman.
St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long has been disqualified from the team’s game against the Carolina Panthers after a multi-player fracas broke during the second half Sunday afternoon.
Long (No. 91) can be seen putting his hand Cheap Quality Soccer Jerseys in the face of a Panthers player in the GIF below.
With Cutler sidelined, the Bears offense ran through Forte, who finished with 91 yards and three scores on just 16 carries. Alshon Jeffery added 105 receiving yards and Brandon Marshall had six receptions for 75 yards.
Washington got a breakout performance from Reed, who had nine receptions for 134 yards and a score. While Alfred Morris led the Redskins in rushing attempts (19) and yards (95), it was Helu who got the all-important goal-line carries. He finished with 41 yards and three touchdowns.
Robert Griffin III was solid, throwing for 298 yards, two touchdowns and a pick, and wide receiver Jordan Reed put up 134 yards and a touchdown as the Redskins improved to 2-4. The Bears dropped to 4-3 on the year.
McCown hit Martellus Bennett with a 7-yard touchdown pass with just over four minutes remaining to give the Bears a 41-38 lead, but Roy Helu’s third touchdown run of the day put the Redskins back on top for good.
The two teams traded field goals to open the game before a 2-yard touchdown run from Matt Forte broke open the scoring and gave Chicago a 10-3 lead. The Redskins Cheap Quality Baseball Jerseys tied the game back up when Helu scampered 14 yards for his first touchdown of the day.
Monte Kiffin, my former defensive coordinator with the Buccaneers, had a rough go of it as defensive coordinator at USC. Specifically he never seemed to find an answer Cheap Reversible Basketball Jerseys for Chip Kelly’s Oregon offense and many would say that led to his “decision” to resign from the position. I’m probably being too kind here, the Ducks averaged a whopping 601 yards and 50 points in the three games Kiffin coached against them as USC defensive coordinator.
The Monday Night Football Game between the Giants and Vikings is already being described as an all-time dud. It was a good deal worse if you were there, give or take a member of Anthrax.
The Cowboys eventually came calling this spring and many people questioned the hire. Then Kelly was hired as the Eagles head coach and you could imagine the headlines. After all if he couldn’t stop Kelly on the college level, how could he ever hope to stop him in the same division in the NFL?
The Baltimore Ravens traded left tackle Bryant McKinnie to the Miami Dolphins for a late-round draft pick. The deal comes a few weeks after McKinnie was demoted into a backup role once the Ravens acquired Eugene Monroe in a trade with Jacksonville. The Dolphins have had issues along the offensive line this season and McKinnie should be an upgrade.
Kevin Nogle of The Phinsider pointed out that McKinnie nearly signed with Miami during the offseason before returning to Baltimore.
His yards per pass attempt would have been meager for a yards per carry stat. Anything lower than 7.0 yards per pass attempt should have you rolling your eyes, and this was basically half of that.
Freeman’s status this week against the Packers is now uncertain, with news of a concussion coming out Wednesday increasing the potential for another Christian Ponder Cheap Replica Soccer Jerseys sighting in Minnesota.
During Carolina’s 1-3 start to the season, the Panthers averaged 18.5 points per game. That number spiked to 32.5 PPG in their back-to-back wins, and a big reason for the jump has been improved play from Cam Newton.
Newton is not only coming off his two best games of the season, his performances in Week 6 and Week 7 were two of the best of his career. He’s completing more Cheap Tigers Jerseys passes, throwing for more yards per attempt and making fewer mistakes. Combined with a dominant defense, Newton’s recent play has transformed the Panthers into a legitimate playoff contender.
Newton hasn’t gone against a top defense in either of the last two weeks, but outside of Seattle in the season opener, the Panthers haven’t exactly faced a murderers’ row of defenses. Besides, averaging 10.4 yards per attempt and completing more than 80 percent of your passes is impressive against any defense.
So what has been the impetus behind the improvement? According to Panthers coaches and players, Newton is doing a better job of playing within the offense and making the right decisions.
“He’s got a better feel for what we’re trying to do,” Panthers Cheap Texas Rangers Jerseys head coach Ron Rivera said, via the team’s website. “He’s going through his progressions, and he’s got a great feel for that. He’s really worked very hard on that, and you’re starting to see the fruits of that labor.”