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The Super Bowl is more than just a three-hour football game.

It’s a weeklong event that transforms its host city into a celebration of the NFL. Minneapolis has been the scene for seven days of parties, concerts, and even a zip line across the Mississippi River for fans flocking to the biggest game of the season.
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But while these events designed to entertain tourists and locals are a solid lead-in, they can’t compete with the weekend’s festivities, which will hand out the league’s biggest awards, from the NFL MVP to the Vince Lombardi Trophy. As usual, Tom Brady will be a big part of each.

The NFL Honors awards show will begin Saturday at 5 p.m. local time (6 p.m. ET) at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Memorial Auditorium to hand out hardware to the league’s most accomplished players. Brady is a heavy favorite to win his third MVP trophy, while other standouts like Jacksonville’s Calais Campbell and Los Angeles’ Todd Gurley also seem like safe bets to win some of the game’s most prestigious awards.

Connor made it 3-0 with a power play goal with 1:29 left in the first, chipping in a rebound off of a Wheeler shot. Connor has scored four goals in his last three games.

We turned a couple of (pucks) over early and then one of our offensive lines got in the penalty box and he (Hellebuyck) made some saves on that PK that was good and gave us time to get our legs going, Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.

Atkinson said he’s hopeful that both Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert will be able to return to the lineup for Monday’s game against Chicago. Hollis-Jefferson has missed the last 10 games with a right groin strain, and LeVert has missed the last four games — the first for a concussion, the last three for a right knee sprain.

Jake DeBrusk Limited Jersey I know that’s not an NBA official term — hopeful — but I’m going to stay with hopeful, Atkinson said. They both worked out pretty hard again (Thursday) morning, but we’ll see how they look (Friday).

Josh Jackson, who scored 19 points in the game, finally ended the drought with a driving layup with 7:09 to play in the quarter.

Inexcusable, Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. We knew that they’re an iso (isolate) team and they were going to put it down and drive it right at us and they did and we couldn’t keep anyone in front of Dale Hunter Authentic Jersey us.
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Don’t worry: The Patriots will be back

After a third Super Bowl loss, you’d understand if he and Belichick had enough. No one is questioning their legacy. They’ve done all they can do; if anyone has earned a retirement, it’s these two. They can go and head to the golf course and live comfortably for the rest of their days as New England heroes.
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But their refusal to do just that is at the root of what makes them who they are. It’s all wrapped up together. Belichick and Brady won’t walk away because they’re so great, and part of what makes them so great is that they won’t walk away.

Tom Brady and the Patriots have a list of slogans about doing their jobs and planning for every possible scenario at every moment of any game. They’re easy to dislike because they can withstand your favorite team’s best effort for most of 60 minutes and invalidate it on their way to another 锟斤拷 yawn 锟斤拷 amazing win.

The Eagles blowing a 10-point lead wasn’t quite as meme-able as 28-3, but it would have been just as awful of a crap sandwich as the one the internet has been serving up to Falcons fans for the last year.
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The voters have spoken, and the Dion Lewis Womens Jersey Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2018 class has been chosen. Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile, and Bobby Beathard are all in, the Hall of Fame announced Saturday.

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Lewis was expected to make it in on his first try, and he did. Lewis was the heart and soul of the Ravens’ defense throughout his 17-year career. Lewis’ selection was nearly a foregone conclusion, despite the fact that he was charged with murder in 2000. Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. But the voters stayed focused on the fact that Lewis may be the best middle linebacker to ever take the field in the NFL.

Goepper didn’t improve on his first run, but still was excellent with an 85.00 run to go with the 92.80 he put down first.

Alex Bowman has some big shoes to fill beginning Sunday, when he has the pole position in the 2018 Daytona 500, the official start of the NASCAR season at Daytona International Speedway.
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Bowman earned the pole position with the top qualifying speed one week ago, and the No. 1 spot will feature a familiar No. 88 car. Bowman takes over for the retired Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014.

I think he’ll be the surprising young guy of this year, being that he does have the experience, Denny Hamlin said of Bowman. He’s just now in a car that will be contending for race wins week in and week out.

Goepper was pushed to third right after that though, when Norway’s Oystein Braaten improved on his 83.20 first run with a massive 93.80.

Hall dropped out of finals contention when Evan Mceachran of Canada posted an 87.80, pushing Hall down to 13th. Williams got pushed out to 13th right after that when Oscar Wester of Sweden posted a 95.40 in his second run 锟斤拷 much higher than the 40.60 he posted in his first run 锟斤拷 to take first place.

Kenworthy was ninth going into his second run, and he moved up to sixth with a 90.80 score. Alex Beauleu-Marchand of Canada put himself in third with a second run of 94.20 with just a few to go.
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In their last time out, the U.S. dropped a tough 2-1 loss to rival Canada to cap off the preliminary rounds. The team has had some issues to fix but will likely be ready to go to face Finland on Sunday.

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While the U.S. is expected to make it back to the gold medal match, the team should not look too far ahead with a tough Finland team waiting in the wings.

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Colts: Ohio State safety Malik Hooker was the ninth new defensive player the Colts have signed or drafted this offseason.

They finished 30th in the NFL in defense last season, so the focus was clear. Hooker was rated as a top-five talent, but there were concerns about having hernia surgery and playing just one year as a starter.
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Jaguars: Their plan in this draft was simple: Build around QB Blake Bortles and improve the offense. LSU RB Leonard Fournette, at No. 4 overall, was a good start. He is a 20-plus-carry-per-game back with power.

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8. Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Browns (14): His phoniness can be as grating as Russell Wilson’s, and his recent (very public) divorce accompanied by some tacky PDA with a new girlfriend didn’t go over well with a lot of female fans. The spectacle of a former Rookie of the Year likely facing the last chance to turn his career around only adds to the intrigue.

As 49ers quarterback Steve Young once explained to ESPN: The game would be over. If I knew what was coming, that’s the whole game.

It was Jets head coach Eric Mangini, a former Pats defensive coordinator, who dropped a dime to Justin Braun Youth jersey NFL security about the sideline shenanigans of his former mentor, New England head coach Bill Belichick.

Malik Jefferson, OLB, Texas. The Saints should be happy with the play of Manti Te’o in the middle, but they need to surround him with more talent at the position. Enter Jefferson, a top recruit coming out of high school who has the sideline-to-sideline speed to stick on the weakside and play all three downs for the Saints on their young, rising defense.

Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama. The inside linebacker position tragically became one of need when Ryan Shazier suffered a catastrophic injury against the Bengals during a Monday night game. While Shazier focuses on his health, the team must find an answer inside. That could come in the form of Evans, a versatile linebacker who can cover in the passing game but take on blockers while attacking the running back as well.

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Matt is driven to succeed, has extreme passion for the game and excels in preparation.

When we launched the search for our next head coach, I wanted to find a leader that could take us to the next level and I am confident we have found that in Matt Patricia. He has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career, and he’s ready for the responsibility and its challenges, general manager Bob Authentic Jonathan Schoop Jersey Quinn said.
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Matt is driven to succeed, has extreme passion for the game and excels in preparation. He embodies the same hard-working, blue-collar attributes that represent our organization and the great City of Detroit.

During the past six seasons, he has served as the team’s defensive coordinator. During that span, the Patriots rank second in points allowed (19.2) and an NFL-best plus-71 turnover differential.

Patricia will replace Jim Caldwell, who was fired Jan. 1 after four seasons. During that time, he posted a 36-28 mark and failed to win a playoff game in the two years the team made it to the postseason.

The 65,000-seat stadium that can expand to seat 75,000 hosted it’s first NFL game in 1998. And of course, like Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida, it too recently went through a renovation project.

Raymond James Stadium now boasts what its website calls the most advanced HD video system in use today. With two 9,600 square-foot boards (north and south ends of the stadium) and four 2,300 square-foot HD tower walls, it ranks as the third-largest video board system in the NFL.
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The new sound system has 400-plus speakers throughout the stadium, providing 750,000 watts of power.

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There are two big issues the supposed fix doesn’t address. One, the Patriots easily could be 0-4 in Super Bowls since Spygate.

“A perfect storm of issues” led to Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler being benched for Super Bowl 52, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday evening.

Butler, who because of illness arrived in Minneapolis a day after the rest of the Patriots, apparently didn’t practice well and, in a final complicating factor, violated a team rule “believed to be related to curfew,” according to the report.

Teams and coaches have always embraced the underdog role. The Eagles and Pederson brought it to a new level, as the team was motivated by the disrespect shown by oddsmakers who had the sixth-seeded Falcons and then the Vikings favored over the top-seeded Eagles.

The dog masks were a cute prop, but they sent a message of how the team and the proud city of Philadelphia felt when they were written off as injuries mounted. Besides Wentz, the Eagles lost All-Pro tackle Jason Peters, middle linebacker (and defensive signal caller) Jordan Hicks, elusive running back Darren Sproles, special teams captain Nick Maragos and kicker Caleb Sturgis.

They lost twice to the Giants, and unless you believe Seattle’s Russell Wilson intentionally tossed an interception at the goal line and Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan threw the game with play-calling, there is no cheat code for those New England victories. Had the Patriots lost those two games, the narrative around Belichick and Brady would be a hell of a lot different.

Two, there is never a good explanation for the entanglements within Goodell’s web. Does Goodell instruct officials not to call penalties on the Patriots? Do Belichick and Brady have knowledge of the situation? Is a ref patting Brady on the shoulder indicative of a league-wide conspiracy that if uncovered would destroy the NFL? If such conspiracy existed, millions would never watch again.bills_028

The Lions are expected to retain offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter

The move is noteworthy considering Detroit will officially hire Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia after New England competes in Super Bowl 52 against the Eagles.

Patricia will replace former head coach Jim Caldwell, who was dismissed on New Year’s Day after four seasons in Detroit.

“I’ve got a good routine that has really worked for me, especially the last 10-12 years. As long as I feel like I’m willing to make the commitment to do those things then I feel like my body will allow me to do that.”

The inevitability that he someday no longer will “feel good week after week, year after year” is not lost in Brady. The perceived robot eventually will reveal himself as a human vulnerable to an aging process. But why should Brady wait for that drift to mediocrity?

49. Robert Nkemdiche, defensive tackle, Cardinals (NR): He smoked synthetic marijuana, fell four stories out of an Atlanta hotel, got kicked off the team at Ole Miss, then threw teammate Laremy Tunsil under the bus at the scouting combine with one of the most (unintentionally) entertaining media sessions you will ever see.

50. Moritz Boehringer, wide receiver, Vikings (NR): A surprise sixth-round pick from Germany, Boehringer, currently on the practice squad, is trying to become the first player ever to make the direct leap to the NFL from European football.

It’s curious, because in Week 3, Watkins had six catches for 106 yards.

“As a player, of course you’re going to be frustrated,” Watkins told reporters in L.A. this week. “I don’t know a player, a wide receiver, that’s not frustrated throughout the game if you’re not getting the ball. Each week, it could change.’’

Burfict haters came into focus when Steelers players accused him of celebrating Le’Veon Bell’s season-ending injury in 2015. From there, Burfict’s beef with Pittsburgh continued, and a personal foul for a hit on Antonio Brown led to a three-game suspension for Burfict heading into 2016. He has developed a reputation because of too many personal fouls, which takes away from his tremendous talent on the field.bills_001

Remember that Dorsey’s first big move for the Chiefs was trading for Alex Smith.

“Whether it was or wasn’t, I can’t be the one to get a tech there in the fourth quarter,” Griffin said. “That put us in a hole and kind of started the whole onslaught, for lack of a better word, of technicals we got throughout the last four or five minutes, whatever it was. So I got to be better. But there’s a reason why there’s so much disparity and so much back and forth and so much tension right now [between players and officials].”

Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell got another technical foul a few minutes later, before Rivers and Woodson were kicked out of the game right before its conclusion.

Cleveland will have the West Coast intact as Hue Jackson adds an offensive coordinator, with former Giants coach Ben McAdoo as the leading candidate. Cousins also has said he would “seriously consider” playing for the Browns, despite their winless 2017 season. At a whopping $110 million under the cap, the Browns have plenty of space. Using some of that to lock up Cousins would still give new GM John Dorsey a ton to spend elsewhere in free agency. The Browns could then also draft the best players available at picks No. 1 and No. 4 in the first round.

He backed that up by putting the right support around Smith to make him most effective. The Browns already have several good skill-position players in place with Duke Johnson Jr., Corey Coleman, Josh Gordon and David Njoku. All signs point to it being Cleveland vs. the field for Cousins’ services.

Curry and Thompson combined to shoot 9-of-31 from the field. They finished with 19 and eight points, respectively.

“Shot selection definitely could have been better; KD was open for the dunk, but Klay hits that shot very often,” Green said of the play that would have pulled the Warriors to within one with 2:04 left. “So, I’m not going to look back and say, ‘Ah man we lost.’ … It is what it is. Should’ve, could’ve, would’ve.”

The Warriors coughed up the ball 19 times, translating to 23 points for the Rockets. Durant registered a team-high 26 points to go with seven boards and five assists. Chris Paul had a game-high 33 points along with 11 rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes of play.

“Overwhelmed” would be a kind word to describe Peterman’s two starts as a fifth-round rookie. But keep in mind he went into the season as more of a developmental project and not with the mindset that he was going to be the No. 1 over Taylor. A full offseason with that mentality, in addition to more help around him, is bound to make Peterman improve.cowboys_095

We want to have a high bar set for screening.

As of the middle of November, the NFL said it had conducted 379 concussion evaluations (including preseason games). The NFL and the NFL Players Association are reviewing the Savage case; the two have a policy in place to jointly investigate these cases and determine if there was a violation. If warranted, discipline can be handed down.

“Those are just the amount of times that people were screened,” Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s Chief Medical Office, said in a briefing Nov. 14. “And to be clear, we want that number to remain high. Our motto to all of our personnel on game day is if you see something, say something. We want anyone who has a concern to point it out, we want to be very aggressive in our screening.”

The Falcons witnessed it to excruciating effect a year ago — another comeback, that time in Super Bowl LI, executed without Gronkowski. It was the Jaguars’ turn this time, after holding an 11-point lead in the second quarter and a 10-point lead as the fourth quarter began. That the penalties were lopsided — just one for the Patriots and six for the Jaguars — or that the Jaguars seemed to lose confidence in Blake Bortles late are part of the conversation in the immediate aftermath of this game, but the common thread of all these years has been Brady covering up for a multitude of Patriots misfortunes.

But, in truth, what Kelly has done in the NFL has been more nuanced and complex. Clearly, you don’t want him in charge of your roster. You don’t want him as your head coach, at least not at this point.

Yet there has been some evidence, which is easy to overlook now, that his offense can work at this level, if he’s given the right players.

It will be interesting to see if Kelly ever is given another NFL chance as an offensive coordinator, if that is indeed what he wants, and what will happen if that ever comes about.

He tiptoed up the sideline then cut across the field, leaving Patriots defenders in his wake, forcing everyone to consider that the Steelers’ inability to contain Rob Gronkowski, who had galloped for consecutive 26-yard receptions on the go-ahead touchdown drive, would wind up being irrelevant. Then came James’ seeming touchdown and Roethlisberger said the team was “extremely ecstatic.” Then, the play was overturned, and the Steelers had to reel their emotions in one last time, to try to figure out what to do.cowboys_060

Bennett said he has remained in touch with Kaepernick on a weekly basis and wants to see Kaepernick signed by an NFL team.

“I’m hoping he has an opportunity to play,” Bennett said. “Obviously I believe that he’s had an impact in the country. You see what he started, taking a knee, and how he’s affected the communities from young children to even older Americans and finding a way to have an impact. I believe that if this conversation is happening with the commissioner and happening with our employers, his job situation should be brought up and it should have some kind of resolution.”

Bennett was among a group of eight Seahawks players in uniform who sat on the bench on the team’s sideline during the anthem Sunday. He said the status of Kaepernick is not the only issue of concern for the players.

Kenny Stills, WR, Dolphins: Stills is still widely available (owned in 44 percent of ESPN leagues) and while he won’t likely duplicate his 180-yard effort in Week 11 (with a touchdown), he has tallied more than 65 yards in four of the past five weeks and has been outperforming DeVante Parker. Stills has been better with Matt Moore at quarterback, and with Moore looking like he will be starting again in Week 12, that bodes well for Stills. Even if the ailing Cutler (see above) manages to start, Stills still warrants consideration if you’re in need of an WR2 or flex play.

Gruden has made no secret of his interest in Carr, and this is where the Raiders will be on the surest footing. Gruden’s acumen is in getting the most out of quarterbacks — he brought Rich Gannon to the greatest heights of his career and then won a Super Bowl in a season in which he used Brad Johnson, Rob Johnson and Shaun King as starters. And Gruden has surely paid the closest attention to the evolution of offensive play over the years he has been gone.

Hernandez’s professional career was not a long one. He played 44 NFL games, including the playoffs, in three seasons for the Patriots before he was arrested at age 23. He also played in 40 games in three seasons at the University of Florida, but research has found that football players suffer from CTE regardless of how long they play the game or what level they reach. Recent studies suggest that the accumulation of smaller hits can damage the brain as much — if not more — as the head-rattling collisions that might result in concussions.
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