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We’ve had enormous advancements in defensive tracking systems

It’s a measure of how far we’ve come in understanding defense that this award has become second only to MVP in importance.

With the rather expensive short-term signing of former Buccaneers backup Mike Glannon and then the acquisition of Mark Sanchez as the new No. 2, Chicago has created a new stopgap situation post-Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley. As much as the Bears need that franchise passenike_raiders_1075r soon to challenge in the NFC North, they might be buying time with that money to Glennon.

If the Bears were to go QB, North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, the most pro-style passer, likely would be the choice. Glennon and Sanchez are hints that they would be most comfortable grooming a prospect of Trubisky’s ilk in their system. File them right there with the 49ers as potential teams looking to steal a QB early in Round 2, with Cal’s Davis Webb being preferred over Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. Later on Day 2 or early in Day 3, Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman is a fit, too.

We’ve had enormous advancements in defensive tracking systems, but we have yet to settle on quantifiable metrics that we all understand. That’s normal. It was only a decade or so ago when people really started to catch on to per-possession offensive metrics, and those are much easier to calibrate and quantify.

So, this really becomes a philosophical question. Utah has a great defense in large part because of Gobert. The Warriors have a great team because they transition from defense to offense and back again so fluidly, and that’s primarily because of Green.

It’s a measure of how far we’ve come in understanding defense that this award has become second only to MVP in importance. In its own way, this vote was just as difficult.

LeBron James, Cleveland survive in 109-108 Game 1 win

Despite LeBron James running roughshod over the poor Indiana Pacers defense on Saturday, the Cleveland Cavaliers only barely survived Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers. C.J. Miles missed a jumper as time expired that could have beat Cleveland, but instead, the Cavaliers squeaked out a victory in the postseason opener.
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For parts of the game, Indiana ended up with Jeff Teague attempting to guard James without much help. The Pacers defensive plan was to aggressively stay home on Clevelands shooters, but using consistent single coverage against the best player in the world turned out not to be a winning strategy in this case.

As much as Lillard and McCollum are criticized for their inability to stop Curry and Klay Thompson, the opposite held true as well. The two Blazers finished with 75 points on 28-of-54 shooting, and breathed life into what was a presumed to be a dead series.

The NBA playoffs are at their best when the Warriors superstars have a reason to step their game up.

Bill Belichick does not use social media. Much in the same way plants use photosynthesis to turn sunlight into food, Bill Belichick sustains himself on football. For him to spend even a millisecond looking at a phone instead of thinking about football would be an enormous waste of time.

On multiple occasions over the past few years, Belichick has made his disdain for the Internet clear by completely botching the names of popular platforms. In 2015, Belichick made fun of a reporter for usingSnapFace:
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Smiles & laughs from Bill Belichick and reporters at end of presser when Belichick asks a reporter,What were you, on SnapFace there?

Al Horford is the latest player to break Nikola Mirotic’s ankles

Limited Brandon Myers Jersey Lynch threw Skittles to fans from a duck boat at the Seahawks’ Super Bowl parade — and somebody handed him a bottle of Fireball in return:

Before the 2015 Super Bowl, he appeared in a Skittles ad that riffed on his infamously laconic press conferences, and in 2017, he traveled to Houston, Scotland to ask people about the Super Bowl, play bagpipes, and do wheelies on the street.

That’s really Marshawn’s Lambo, but this is apparently not a regular occurrence — Kevin Fixler reports this was a staged scene in a movie about Lynch.

Big men arent traditionally known for their ball-handling skills. Save for the new era of bigs guys like Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, putting the ball on the floor tends to run the risk of a turnover.

Not for Al Horford. When you hire a coach like Bobo, youre looking for a short-term bang. He could stay a while if he doesnt succeed too much, but the best-case scenario is him going out with a bang in 2017, winning the Mountain West, and setting the table for his successor, the next bright coach on the list.

If CSU doesnt break through this year, it might take a couple of years. Bobo has recruited well, and the ceiling is high for the freshmen and redshirt freshmen, but there are a lot of seniors in the lineup. That might increase urgency even more than saying, We could have a huge year, does.

In the third quarter of the Boston Celtics Game 1 matchup against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, Horford shook up Nikola Mirotic with a dirty crossover, step-back sequence that left the Spanish shooter changing directions more often than he was accustomed to.

Limited Arian Foster Jersey Horford then cashed out on his patented mid-range jump shot to add insult to injury.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston raves about training with free agent Adrian Peterson

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It doesn’t require a PhD in golf theory to deduce that Sunday at the Masters is going to be great. It certainly will be, and that’d be true even if the leaderboard weren’t set up as well as it is. But the names near the top should make the day even better. A bunch of the best players in the world are right there, including a couple of major champions. Garcia’s got another shot to win his first major ever, as does young star Jon Rahm and veteran journeymen Charley Hoffman and William McGirt.

Jordan Spieth is his own storyline. Spieth was a prime mover Jarome Iginla Authentic Jersey on Saturday, going from even par for the tournament to 4-under and squarely in contention. Spieth has finished no worse than second in any of his three Masters starts, winning the green jacket in 2015. This is Spieth’s golf course as much as it’s anybody’s, and he’s in a position to win there for a second time.

Spieth endured a grisly finish at Augusta on Sunday last year. He’s spent the last year coming to grips with his final-round collapse and waiting for a shot to avenge it. He’s given himself that chance on the eve of what looks like it will be one of the most dramatic golfing days of the year. It’ll be a treat to watch it.

Is Russell Westbrook still averaging a triple double? Yes.

With Kevin Durant gone, Westbrook had full control of the offense. He’ll obviously score double-digit points, and averaging double-digit assists seems likely. The big question would be whether the 6’3 guard could rebound enough throughout the year. He did.

Oscar Robertson did it in the 1961-62 season, averaging 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists when the NBA’s pace was up at a ridiculous level. He came close (within 1.0 assist or rebound) four more times. The last player to come relatively close to averaging a triple-double was Jason Kidd in 2006-07, when he averaged 13 points, 9.2 assists and 8.2 rebounds. LeBron James and James Harden are also close this season, but nobody is as close as Westbrook.

From Nov. 26 to Dec. 9, Westbrook piled up seven straight triple-doubles, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to do that. Westbrook’s streak was snapped on Dec. 11 when he only recorded six assists.

The Lakers have “fallen” to the third-worst lottery odds for this year’s upcoming draft. If L.A. picks fourth or later, the pick moves to the 76ers, and their 2019 first-round pick goes to Orlando. Yikes. L.A. missed a golden opportunity to move up when the Suns beat the Thunder on Friday.

In the United States, watching Formula 1 can be an issue given the time differences, but there is television and online streaming coverage of every race if you can keep the hours needed. NBC and its other networks, NBCSN and CNBC, will combine to carry all 20 races in the season.

Matt Duchene’s goal never would have counted.

This is arguably one of the worst calls in the history of hockey. During a 2013 game between the Avalanche and Predators, forward Matt Duchene was offsides by a mile. He knew it, the arena knew it, everyone at home knew it — the refs didn’t. Since there was never a whistle he just kept playing, and scored.
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Duchene is so far offsides that everyone basically stopped playing, except for the scorer himself. Maybe an email could have fixed it.
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Colorado might not have won the 1990 National Championship.

Avery Johnson’s program is about to be a problem in the SEC. He returns sophomore standouts Braxton Key and Dazon Ingram from a team that took down eventual national semifinalist South Carolina twice. But the biggest reason for this jump is the addition of a top five recruiting class headlined by one of the class of 2017’s top pure scorers, Collin Sexton.

Don’t be surprised at all if in 2017-18 Wichita State winds up stepping into the role that Gonzaga has inhabited for the past four months. The Shockers should return every key player from a team that won 31 games and got them into the top 10 of the national rankings. The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee’s potential consideration of metrics outside of just the RPI would also help Wichita avoid being massively under-seeded for a fourth straight year.

The full opening weekend’s Sunday schedule has not one

Matt Ryan Womens Jersey The season opener between Virginia Tech and West Virginia has been pushed back a day from Saturday, Sept. 2 to Sunday, Sept. 3. The longtime rivalry will be played for the first time in 12 seasons. WVU listed the kickoff time as 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

This now gives us two big FBS games on the Sunday before Labor Day, joining Texas A&M vs. UCLA from the Rose Bowl, which was just moved to Sunday last week. On Monday, it was officially announced that the game would air at 7:30 p.m. on Fox. 2017’s schedule also includes a few games the week prior Labor Day weekend and a Monday night game between Georgia Tech and Tennessee.
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Last year’s Sunday game was a thriller, as Texas beat No. 10 Notre Dame 50-47 in double overtime. Hopefully Virginia Tech-WVU can be, at the very least, close to as good.

“We played in Vancouver, first game in a Warriors uniform. And I see James Worthy walking out as I was leaving the game … it’s a legend here. ‘Big Game James.’ I didn’t get to see him play but I just know all about him … I’m a little skeptical at this point to even talk to anybody from the generation before because I don’t even know how they feel about me as a person, as a player because these dudes — they look at me as like, ‘Oh you switching teams, you chasing this, you chasing that.’ So I’m just gonna keep it moving.

“But he was like, ‘Man. Don’t worry about that stuff. People change jobs every single year, every single day. Don’t worry about that. Just go out there and keep working and go win.’ So I’m like, ‘Man that’s nice.’

Pete Carroll and R.C. Buford helped Quinn, too

After the Super Bowl, Quinn talked to Spurs general manager R.C. Buford about San Antonio’s experience losing to the Miami Heat in the 2017 NBA Finals and then bouncing back to beat the Heat for the title the following year.

It’s not surprising Quinn turned to his friend and mentor Pete Carroll after the Super Bowl loss, too. The two have the shared experience of Seattle’s crushing loss — also to the New England Patriots — in Super Bowl XLIX.
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Part of what Quinn wanted to learn from these conversations was how each team helped players through the loss.

“I just wanted to make sure when you get a chance, whether it’s our sport or other sports, if there’s stuff to share and learn from and gain perspective on how you handle your team, how you handle your players, how you handle the relationship between owner and GM, head coach, manager … how all those pieces fit together,” Quinn said.

I am alone to blame for the problems of that evening. My wife and I cooperated fully with Major League Baseball’s investigation, and I’ve taken meaningful steps to assure that nothing like this will ever happen again. I have learned from this experience, and have grown as a husband, a father, and a man. I apologize to the Mets’ organization, my teammates, and all my fans. I look forward to rejoining the Mets and being part of another World Series run. Out of respect for my teammates and my family, I will have no further comment.

As stated above, Familia has already completed 12 90-minute counseling sessions, and will also make a contribution to a charity. Familia’s wife is said to vehemently dispute the accusation of events, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Derek Wolfe Authentic Jersey The suspension comes only months after Familia appeared in an MLB anti-domestic violence campaign. In November, Familia was arrested for simple assault on a domestic violence charge, which the Mets confirmed.