The BBWAA has taken away LeBatard’s vote for life.That can be a swing their way eventually.

Indianapolis was sort of old and dusty and definitely minor-league, with a rickety ballpark and a downtown with nothing happening, at least compared to Cincinnati. Maybe not quite how native Hoosier David Letterman described Indy of the 1960s on Saturday (like a minimum-security prison with a racetrack), but still far behind mid-sized cities like Cincinnati. More Letterman: People would say, ‘Dave, we’re planning a trip to Indianapolis, what should we do?’ This was years and years ago. I said, ‘This is what I’d do if I was going to Indianapolis. I’d rent a car and go to Chicago.’

Under the new rules, players placed on injured reserve can return to practice after six weeks but cannot play for additional two weeks.On the other hand, two-time NBA champion would also be impact player the Warriors’ bench backcourt consisting of Livingston, and Patrick McCaw.He’s the sixth from Cincinnati Moeller since we’ve been here.Her , , who was 10 years old when she was sentenced to prison, today is a Klamath County sheriff’s deputy.

Jim Harbaugh (Michigan): One mediocre season away from being called a flop in Ann Arbor. Should he get out of town ahead of the posse for safer climes of TV?

Phil Simms (CBS Sports): Good soldier went from the No. 1 CBS announce team to the NFL Today studio without complaint. But there’s nothing like a lead analyst gig. If ESPN came knocking, would Simms say no?

“It was something different, before and after the hurricane,” says Altuve. “The Houston fans have been great all the time. Before the hurricane they were supporting us while we were playing, but after you felt like they were there for each other and for us at the same time. I don’t know how to explain it, but it was a great feeling.”

No sport can close the wound of such devastation. But no sport can provide a better salve than baseball. Its restorative properties are bound in its ubiquity: Baseball is there every day (or darn near close), which gives it a reliability and normalcy that become especially valuable in disruptive times. It also provides a conveyor belt of hope. Don’t like today? Tomorrow, bearing another game, can be better, or maybe the one after that. One day at a time.patriots_105_4c3213c4bb1c3d7a-180x180

Stefon Diggs rescued the Vikings’ playoff hopes out of nowhere with a last-second touchdown

The Vikings had one last chance to shock the Saints on Sunday night. Stefon Diggs made it count.

Diggs hauled down a deep out from Case Keenum, made one defender miss, and then sprinted into the end zone as time expired to end one of the most memorable playoff games in NFL history.

The Virginia transfer posted perhaps this season’s most impressive triple-double when he scored 33 points to go with 10 assists and 10 rebounds in the Hilltoppers’ win over Marshall on Saturday. After the game, Thompson said that when he read Orlando Mendez-Valdez had recorded the school’s first triple-double in 2009, “I was like, ‘I’m going to be the second one. Watch.”

We got a little song playing over the highlights, a country song … I don’t know what it is, but the words are something like, I don’t give a damn about nothing … Save a horse, ride a cowboy. I don’t know. It’s one of those songs I always think of. I played running back and rushed the quarterback. I rushed for like 1,250 yards and 24 touchdowns, and I had something like 16 and a half sacks that last year. Man, I loved it. That tape reminds me how much fun it was.”

Orakpo’s play-making ability off the edge has made a significant difference the Titans’ defense compared to last year.I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong.You’d also have to go back to 2014 to find the last time Cromartie either made a Pro Bowl, or intercepted a pass.That was Nov.

The possibility of Moore making the move was the subject of Cowboys media speculation this past week following the departure of quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, a move first forecast last Monday by Sporting News. Wilson’s contract is expiring and will not be renewed.

Moore is only 28 in comparison to Garrett, who was 39 when hired as Miami’s quarterbacks coach in 2005 by then-Dolphins head coach Nick Saban. Moore, though, has spent five of his six NFL seasons under the tutelage of Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, dating back to when both began working together with the Detroit Lions in 2012.patriots_088_f0e4bcfcd0a8d385-180x180

Titans coach Mike Mularkey to return in 2018, negotiating extension

Not only will Mike Mularkey return in 2018 as the Titans coach, he’s in negotiations for a contract extension.

The Tennesseean first reported the extension Sunday and that Mularkey has spoken with team owner Amy Adams Strunk, who gave Mularkey a vote of confidence last week.

Fox added sideline reporter Chris Myers to its crew, along with Erin Andrews, for the playoffs. Myers delivered, corralling Diggs and Keenum for emotional on-field interviews about scoring the winning touchdown with no time on the clock.

This game was over. But I don’t stop playing ’til the clock hits zero, Diggs told Myers.

For two months the Astros expanded upon the civic role they played at the Brown Convention Center, this time with their bats and gloves. They couldn’t replace a flooded home, but they could bring cheer at a time when that emotion was all too scarce. Hope grew with each win, even if many people had to watch the games with their soaked belongings piled curbside. A diversion became a dream come true for a city that had gone more than half a century waiting for a World Series championship. At that point only Indians fans were enduring a longer streak of titleless seasons.

In the worst of times, from 2011 to ’13, the Astros lost 106, 107 and 111 games. They were so bad and so irrelevant that a game in 2014 received a 0.0 local rating, which means the folks at Nielsen could not prove that a single person in Houston watched the Astros lose 9–1 to the Angels.

Three years later, at precisely 10:57 p.m. CST on Nov. 1, more than three out of every four television sets turned on in the Houston area were tuned to the Astros—a community of 2.4 million believers restored in spirit by the day-to-day achievements of a baseball team. The last out of the World Series, a ground ball off the bat of Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, bounced to—where else?—the outstretched glove of Altuve.

Tomlin had to decide before the Cleveland game about whether it was more important to keep his players in a routine or assure his key veterans would be as healthy as possible. Given that the Steelers never have completed a playoff run with Bell healthy, and that wide receiver Antonio Brown was not around for the team’s second playoff game in the 2015 season, this seemed an easy choice to make.

Steelers fans might remember 2008, when they played a meaningless final game against the Browns. The team was favored to reach the Super Bowl that season, but used Roethlisberger in the final game with the idea of keeping him sharp. Instead, he was hit hard by two Browns defenders and didn’t get off the ground for 15 minutes. patriots_038_c4275d49b20e8e2c-180x180

Baylor’s Matt Rhule has reportedly turned down the Colts’ head coaching job

Baylor head coach Matt Rhule passed on the Indianaplis Colts’ head coaching job, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

Rhule has spent one season as Baylor’s head coach. It was ugly. Baylor went 1-11, including early losses to Conference USA foe UTSA and FCS opponent Liberty. Before that, Rhule was the head coach at Temple, where he went 28-23 in four years — but 20-7 over his last two, when he reached double-digit wins twice and won the AAC in 2016. Rhule has a strong reputation in the college football community.

No matter what happens this postseason, the Vikings have a big decision to make: All three QBs are set to become free agents. Perhaps plans will change if, say, one of those guys hoists the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 4. But with beasts like Thielen and Diggs, will it even matter?

Even so, Irving’s reversal was shocking: He had just been to three straight Finals, he hit a championship-sealing three-pointer in 2016, his star rose considerably when James returned to Cleveland in 2014, and he had just completed a career year. Irving seemingly had everything most young stars want: a chance to compete for a title, a defined role, a quality roster, a max contract, plenty of shots and touches, a signature sneaker deal, a jersey that ranked among the league’s best sellers, and numerous national endorsements. But Irving lacked two things: A team to call his own, and a clear understanding of James’s plans once the four-time MVP hit free agency in 2018.

To celebrate Gruden’s introductory press conference Tuesday, Raiders fans stood outside the team’s training facility with their Chucky dolls.

The 54-year-old signed a 10-year contract worth about $100 million, according to ESPN.

The sports network, Gruden’s former employer, created a hilarious comparison chart of Gruden vs. Chucky.

Needless to say, Raiders fans are very excited about Chucky’s return to Oakland.

A two-year starter at cornerback and a four-year starter as the team’s punt returner, Stroman proved to be the Hokies’ most reliable defensive back and one of the best punt returners in the country. As a returner, Stroman offers rare short-area quickness and decisiveness in the open field. He sets up potential tacklers well, adjusting speed and accelerating in the open field.patriots_012_c43e18b0b3faa78c-180x180

He believed his sports opinions were the definitive ones.

What’s funny about Francesa’s great triumph as a sports talker—and for all these years it has been funny—is that he approached his job in what ought to have been the wrong way. Sports talk is a fan’s medium. (It’s right there in the name: WFAN.) Successful hosts are fans themselves, perhaps more informed than the average bleacher creature but no more regal.

Coach Mike Zimmer kept Bridgewater on the bench, maybe just for a quarter or two, while Keenum played. This is one of the things I find compelling about his story. Since Bridgewater suited up and prepared to retake his job that day in Washington, Keenum, in four games, is an 80-percent passer, with nine TDs and two picks, for a passer rating of 124.1. Never in his pedestrian five-year career has Keenum had this kind of run, and he’s done it with the hot breath of Bridgewater on his neck.

The particular the lawyers obviously going to be there but this he’s been the courthouse a few times probably this week as was his first trip down of the old courthouse.A good college receiver who’s unlikely to translate to the pros, Ruffin has small hands and is painfully short on athleticism, running 4 at the Combine with a lineman-like 27 2-inch vertical.

”It was just something where guys once they could go into the holidays where it wouldn’t disrupt their holidays,” said Young, who’s now the Penguins’ director of player development. ”If we’re in all kinds of trade rumors and we make it to right around Christmas, let us just leave peace of mind where we can relax over the holidays and try to enjoy them.”

There are no games from Dec. 24-26 – an extra day off was negotiated in 2013 – and with the physical break comes a mental rest.

”Guys get to spend the time with their family,” said Mathieu Schneider, a longtime defenseman who is now special assistant to the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association. ”You’re with your family, not getting sent up or down to the minors or traded – no threat.”

Myers has a great matchup and is available almost every league.What developed was our strategic plan that has guided our work, including the vision for a leadership organization that was 100% devoted to leadership development: LEAD.Have to wonder what the last two years San might have been if the Padres got that Kemp.Overall, it’s likely the Hawks take a step back when it comes to regular- wins.

A trend is not synonymous with acceptance; many journalists still recoil from the label homer.

Last week writers covering the NHL’s Predators took exception to a tweet from the Vegas Golden Knights’ official team account that claimed reporters applauded after a Nashville goal. The tweet was deleted, and the team issued an apology, but the episode launched a brief public debate about credibility and sensitivity to professionalism that would have been unnecessary a generation ago.

Bench rebuilt the house on the same ridge on Reisling .retrospect, looking back on it, those were invaluable moments of education for me.Deteriorating Defense Since Rambis took over, the Knicks’ defense is two points worse per 100 possessions than it was under Derek Fisher.

He nearly killed a kid, with a hard but clean open-ice hit, according to a text I got from NHL scout on Saturday.Valanciunas only averages 3 post ups a game, which is less than at 4, and pundits have clamored about touches for years.Remember, we are talking about all- shortstop that became all- outfielder.The football field.

The NFL trade deadline expires Tuesday, general managers are hard at work trying to finalize any deals they have on the table.2007: Amobi Okoye, defensive lineman, Texans Amobi Okoye played six NFL seasons, four with the Texans and two with the Bears, before missing a year due to undisclosed medical condition.There is a very minimal chance that Hill puts up numbers even remotely close what did New Orleans.This was three days after.After all, Arrieta routinely walked four or more batters per nine before his 2014 breakout.

“We’re excited to unveil the ‘City Edition’ uniform for our incredible fans in Philadelphia as we celebrate this city’s rich history and spirit of revolution,” said Chris Heck, Philadelphia 76ers President of Business Operations. “With a design inspired by the Declaration of Independence and other historical notes, our City Edition jersey captures the essence of Philadelphia in a manner that can be boldly showcased by the likes of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and the entire 76ers roster.

The uniform will debut on Feb 2 when the 76ers play the Heat and will be worn on all Friday home games following and all April home games.

Fans can enter to win a personalized jersey and sign up to receive presale notifications here.

There were no finger-pointers even though we were all faced with adversity.innings pitched and ranked among N.L.Patriot head coach Bill Parcells made the bold move in bringing in Vinatieri to replace veteran kicker Matt Bahr, a favorite of Parcells.His answer can also be digested a big-picture sense, taking into consideration the past history, present situation and future direction of the club.I have known Vile Rat since 2006, he was one of the oldest of old-guard goons and one of the best and most effective diplomats this game has ever seen.

A: If it weren’t for , I was pretty close to hanging it up.At the time of his trade to Atlanta, the veteran outfielder owned a .285 on-base percentage and OPS+ hovering around league average.It’s really frustrating.bears_118-223x223

“Discontinuing conversations with Austin is not possible at this time.”

Among the several twists and turns in an ever-changing story was a meeting last month between Precourt, Garber and Columbus officials in New York City. Several days later, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther wrote an open letter emphasizing the fact that potential solutions in the Ohio capital aren’t “achievable if we continue to be pitted against another city. We ask you to reconsider working exclusively and collaboratively with us to advance our mutual interest.”

On Friday in Toronto, Garber said Precourt isn’t interesting in selling the Crew and isn’t going to stop pursuing a stadium solution in Austin. Columbus will have to be willing to negotiate while Precourt is on “parallel paths,” Garber said.

“So the ball is in the city’s court,” the commissioner added.

Garber defended Precourt and the previous owners, the Hunt family, and said the Columbus market has been having “issues … almost since the beginning.”

The Crew have been “struggling to resonate” despite more than $200 million in investment from the Hunts and nearly $40 million by Precourt, Garber claimed.

“We don’t think it’s an issue of ownership. Anthony’s done a very good job. He’s invested a lot of money. He’s not getting enough credit for that. He’s had one of the more successful teams on the field,” Garber said. “You have to be strong and viable with every team if you’re going to continue to grow. As hard as it is—and it’s not fun—and I will say I feel for the fans in that market, I am fully understanding of the challenges they see and how disappointed they are. But we need to find a way to ensure that team can be an MLS 2.0 team.”

6 Mateen was ineffective and quit the team late his sophomore year, while 7 Gillery was often played only a few minutes each game owing to his limited offensive skills.speaks about sports.That led to more businesses being created, and a lot of the usual fraudulent stuff we hear when people are getting bilked by a con man.The statements were made by Green and his agent about his foot, his concussions, and his sinuses and they conflict terribly.He is headed to the disabled list with forearm tightness.

Bettman was brand new.By default, each of the ten finest cards be shown on a single line the Condition Census grid.Consequently, Oregon likely need contributions from freshman Byron , who arrive the summer, and also from a few walk-ons, including Ayele Forde, who rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns last year.

I’ll give you the time stamp and you can check it out.We came up on a bus trip from Baltimore, and I read the place was shutting down on iPhone, said Ruthann Smith, a -year-old retired high school teacher who was enjoying the pastrami with her husband, Dennis, a former financier.Ranked third the N.L.But, is one of the better all-around defensive ends the league while also playing well against the run, and as Owczarski notes, part of ‘s role involves him going up against the league’s elite tackles on the left side every week.chargers_108

Judging by the emotion he displayed after the fact, Thomas Davis knew.

The Panthers linebacker knew he had just delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit when he blindside-blocked Packers wide receiver Davante Adams during a Colin Jones interception return early in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 31-24 win over the Packers on Sunday. He knew his hit was dangerous, especially on a player like Adams, who went through concussion protocol after a brutal hit against the Bears earlier this season. He knew an NFL-imposed fine likely would be coming his way. A suspension is possible, too.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the game was asked about Davis’ hit, which the NFL will review. He paused before answering, seemingly choosing his words carefully.

“I think it was an unnecessary hit,” Rodgers said. “Unfortunately (if) I throw a better ball that situation doesn’t happen.

“He’s a repeat offender, so I’m sure the league will deal with him according to that.”

Indeed, Davis was fined $48,620 earlier this season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries. Including that amount, Davis has been fined a total of $122,184 for six separate incidents throughout his 12-year career. He has not been suspended for an illegal hit.

Tight hips.School choice could also come up on the federal level.You hear your cleats, and your teammates.That’s so ago a lot of these guys weren’t even playing hockey.If it’s Pittsburgh, they wouldn’t return home until early Monday morning.Already without top-four defenceman Bieksa, who is out indefinitely following hand surgery, the loss of Edler for any significant amount of time would be devastating for the Canucks.

Outside of Connor McDavid’s line, the Oilers offense has been tepid and Eberle is no exception.The only time I can recall a player describing post-concussion symptoms detail was 2014 when right tackle said he was scared after his concussion left him a white fog.Unless it did.Passed through quadrupled the Bruins output on that show our principal at its time.It worked out well for the North Siders, who ended a 108-year championship drought last following their own overhaul.

Pass to Reilly Smith.On the contrary, I am very much looking forward to a healthy and I think he can win over that starting small forward job.The Free Press’ midseason grades reflect these painful truths.The Colts hit on numerous play-action passes against the Bucs.chargers_029

Thompson, a major contributor on the Cavs’ past three NBA Finals teams, said there is urgency in the group.

“We hate losing and we’re guys that we take it to the chin, and obviously we’re pissed off and angry about it,” Thompson said. “But that means we just try to get better. It was a tough, rough trip for us, but we’re going home, playing against Portland on a back-to-back. We’ve got to protect home. And everyone says teams definitely come out a little sluggish, first game off a West Coast trip. But we can’t afford to have that, especially against a Portland team that likes to score a lot of points.”

Before James shifted his focus to the Blazers and 2018, there was a birthday cake in the cubby hole above his locker to enjoy and a couple of more hours to celebrate turning 33, which Jazz fans helped him with all game long through signs and even a “Happy Birthday” serenade.

The most impressive part of his , though, is the way he’s shot the ball from beyond the arc.This is truly opportunity of a lifetime-I couldn’t just simply pass it off, Coulton added.Granted- how is it that we’re almost to and he still hasn’t found a landing spot?Department of Education awarded University a First the World program , totaling nearly $1 million.But a draft loaded with talent at his position, he could slide due to concerns about his character.You can always change the information you share with us by editing your profile.Beginning Saturday night, the conflict between these two nations move indoors, to Canada’s favorite sport, as Canada plays the U.S.they should be doing better that department.Delanie leads the tight end group and the team multiple receiving categories with 53 receptions and 617 yards.I just want to get and continue to prove to these coaches and the rest of the linemates they’ve proved a lot that room.

Philadelphia played without Embiid, their star center, who flew directly from Portland to Phoenix, where the team will join him for Sunday’s game. Embiid is averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds per game. The 76ers are 2-7 when he does not play.

“To get one, on the road, without Joe, is a credit to a team effort,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.

Bayless did his part in Embiid’s absence. He scored all of his points in a span of 3:56, when the Sixers took the lead for good.

“It was huge,” guard Ben Simmons said. “He played really well and that’s exactly what we need from guys like that — hit shots.”

Jamal Murray led Denver with 31 points and had eight rebounds; Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists; and Gary Harris had 17 points.astros_026

Bruce Arians’ Carson Palmer-or-bust plan leaves Cardinals busted at QB

The Cardinals might also make their move in the draft. They’re at 15th overall now. They could very well move up, or down, for who they think is right. The Baker Mayfield talk began within seconds of the ending of the Rose Bowl on Monday, the same day Arians walked away. No position in the draft is harder to predict, though.

It all circles back, though, to the Cardinals being a contender everywhere else except at the most important position.

However, Gettleman – for now at least – appears intent on having success with Eli Manning at quarterback. That ship sailed in 2017 as Manning declined and the Giants seemingly sticking with him makes what would be the top job on the market slightly less attractive.

“Yeah, we lost our horse,” Paul said.

Said forward Trevor Ariza: “If James misses time, it is going to be tough. Since I have been here, he’s been here, he has been on the court, he has been available. So for him to have to miss time, it would definitely be tough, definitely be an adjustment.”

Josina Anderson (ESPN): Smart, fearless, plugged-in. Nobody did a better job chronicling the raging Dumpster fire that was the Giants this season. Classy, confident presence on TV. Why does an analyst job have to go to an ex-player/coach, anyway? Why not an NFL insider who can bring a new and different perspective? Anderson could be the one.

Dan Fouts (CBS Sports): Before Romo’s arrival, many thought CBS’s No. 2 announce team of Fouts and Ian Eagle were actually better than the former No. 1 team of Phil Simms and Jim Nantz.

Seriously, ‘t argue.Coulton and the U.S.Player-of-theMonth honors for after hitting .348 with five homers, 19 RBI and 18 runs scored; also posted the league’s second-best OBP and third-best slugging percentage …Is the third player team history to win the monthly award four separate times …It’s been a crazy day.That’s a credit to and Randy and our scouting department.9 of 3rd period – Daley is hit by Despres and loses puck.I think we’ve got some guys there that are going to be ascending.They are armed and dangerous with this thing called a franchise tag.