Picture Framers Chelvey

Rookie Kyle Kuzma has proven to be the Lakers’ most consistent player.

Nov
30

“This is where I hoped we’d be,” Lakers coach Luke Walton told the Los Angeles Daily News. “I thought it would take a little longer for us to do some of the things defensively that we’re doing right now, which is why I think we’ve been able to have some success.”

The Kings do not rebound. They give up 7.8 more per game than their opponents, the worst mark in the NBA.

He scored 22 points against Chicago and leads the Lakers with a 16.8 average. He has tallied in double digits in 12 straight games and 16 of 18 overall.

That is in stark comparison with more hyped rookie Lonzo Ball, who contributed 13 rebounds to go with eight points and four assists in 32 minutes against the Bulls. Ball, already the sixth player to log more than one triple-double in his first 20 games, is averaging 8.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists, but he has been more up and down than a bobblehead amid the controversies involving his father, LaVar Ball.

Davis, 29, will be replaced by fourth-year cornerback Pierre Desir, who previously had filled in for Davis in Houston.

Davis, whose four-year contract worth $36 million expires after this season, had been the subject of trade talks ahead of the deadline last Tuesday. The two-time Pro Bowl player has struggled this season, missing the first three games with a hamstring injury and recording just 16 tackles with two passes defended in five games played.

The Colts (3-6) are scheduled to host the Steelers (6-2) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

Whitehead said he has not heard from the NFL about the play and that he would be “extremely shocked or surprised” if the league tried to take action against him. Whitehead said he doesn’t expect to be fined, either.
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Puljujarvi completed the scoring late in the third period.

Nov
27

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Charlie Lindgren has played well for the most part in Price’s stead, but he couldn’t keep Montreal from a season-long bugaboo in Tuesday night’s 3-1 loss at Dallas. The Habs coughed up two goals in 59 seconds late in the second period, the ninth time in 22 games they’ve allowed two goals in less than a minute.

With 1:44 left in the second period, Connor McDavid dropped a pass to Caggiula, who hammered it past Mrazek.

The Wings opted to go with Howard in goal for a fifth straight game, even though Mrazek posted a 36-save shutout against the Oilers at Edmonton on Nov. 5. … The Oilers assigned C Brad Malone to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League and recalled D Ryan Stanton from the same club. Stanton was a healthy scratch Wednesday.

Sanders went hard at Tony Romo on NFL Network after the former Cowboys QB said during CBS’s Chiefs-Cowboys broadcast that Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters avoids contact the way Sanders (allegedly) did.

The Phillies’ offensive projection (22nd in park-adjusted scoring) severely undersells the upside of a group that could see 2018 breakouts from youngsters such as Rhys Hoskins, J.P. Crawford, Scott Kingery, Maikel Franco and Nick Williams. Add to those names the continued production of Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr, and you’ve got to love the potential of the Philly lineup.nike_patriots_3959

Bills coach Sean McDermott to ‘evaluate’ quarterback position

Nov
24

Sean McDermott’s decision to switch quarterbacks backfired.

The Bills coach benched Tyrod Taylor to give Nathan Peterman his first NFL start, and the rookie tossed five interceptions against the Chargers. Peterman’s five interceptions all came in the first half of what was a 54-24 Chargers victory. The Chargers (4-6) held a 37-7 halftime lead at StubHub Center before Peterman was benched and Taylor was once again under center.

Taylor finished 15 of 25 for 158 yards with a touchdown and zero interceptions, but did fumble on a sack by Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa. The fumble was returned 39 yards by Melvin Ingram for a touchdown. Peterman was just 6 of 14 for 66 yards with zero touchdowns and the five interceptions.

Cornerback Chris Harris Jr.: “Everybody in this organization is accountable for how we’re playing right now. Ain’t nothing soft in my bones.”

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas: “He wouldn’t have said it if he wasn’t telling the truth. We’ve lost six in a row. I think there’s a little softness in us somewhere and he’s talking about everybody, including me.”

Linebacker Brandon Marshall: “We definitely didn’t take kindly to those remarks. I understand this is his team and he put it together, so his name is on it. But it’s our skin in the game. Nobody is soft on this team. We work our ass off and we work hard. We play hard and we go out there and give it 100 every game and every practice. We just fall short.”broncos_090-500x500

Yup, that’s the same Adrian Peterson we used to know.

Nov
20

Pretty basic question I had for Adrian Peterson: What’s the difference for you between New Orleans and Arizona? “Remember that first game with the Saints, opening night in Minnesota?” he said. “First snap of the game, I gain nine, and then a play later, I’m out of the game. Here, I got nine on my first carry [eight, actually], and I stayed in, and the opportunities came.”

Do you find it gratifying to receive recognition such as the national rankings?

“The only people who are really with us are us,” said linebacker Marcel Spears Jr., who snagged the game-clinching interception of Kenny Hill with 76 seconds to play on Saturday.

And what about the next challenge at West Virginia? Gustafson and Elliott no doubt were the biggest losers as far as the results. Elliott still seeks that elusive first win and now sits 26 points behind the cutoff with two races left in the semifinal round.

“What do you do?” Gustafson said. “You race as hard as you can. Things happen.”

This is what you do: Respond in-kind and see who blinks first: the competitors or NASCAR.

“Bent fenders, hurt feelings,” said fourth-place finisher Kevin Harvick. “I love it.” Peterson was as motivated for this game as he’d been for any in a while—even the opener as a Saint back in Minnesota. The results: 26 carries, 134 yards, two touchdowns. “Pretty much fun,” he said. “I go from playing maybe eight snaps a game to most of the game. I knew, I KNEW I would show up and show out.”

It’s a pretty instant fit too: Peterson’s good friends with Larry Fitzgerald, and he’ll be staying in the guest house behind Fitzgerald’s house for as long as he wants. flames_012

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed faith Friday night in Bellinger and again Saturday afternoon.

Nov
17

The easy answer is the Pac-12 and the Big 12, simply because they are the only two Power 5 conferences that don’t have any undefeated teams left. The Pac-12 has the most reason to be concerned. The South is guaranteed to have at least a two-loss winner. The North needs to hope Washington runs the table, because it’s the only one-loss team remaining in the league.

It’s more complicated in the Big 12. What if the committee gives Oklahoma more credit than it is currently being given in the polls? TCU’s loss hurt the league, no way around it, but with three one-loss teams sitting near the top of the standings, the Big 12 also has more contenders still hanging on than the Pac-12 does. The problem is they all still have to play each other, starting with Oklahoma at Oklahoma State on Saturday.

“He’s got that calmness about him,” Roberts said. “And when things speed up, he has a way of sort of resetting and not letting it spiral.”

During batting practice, Bellinger tried to emulate teammates Andre Ethier and Logan Forsythe by hitting the ball to the opposite field.

“I was always told these really good hitters hit the ball the other way in BP and I had never done it, and I wanted to try it,” he said. “I hit every ball in BP today to the left side of the infield. I’ve never done that before in my life. Usually I try to lift. I needed to make an adjustment.”

However, Ajayi came on strong after the incident and helped propel the Dolphins’ playoff run that included winning nine of their last 11 games. Ajayi had three 200-yard games during that stretch.
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Players can rest during the extra week the NBA has graciously given them to complete the 82-game schedule.

Nov
13

Like his predecessor at No. 1 overall, Matthews joined a young, last-place team and promptly reached the playoffs; Washington eliminated the Leafs in six games last April, but he finished the first round with four goals.

If only he had the time. After worlds, Matthews became the first American chosen No. 1 overall in the NHL draft since Patrick Kane in 2007, and the Maple Leafs’ first No. 1 selection since Wendel Clark in 1985. He was the first top pick from the Sun Belt and the first of Hispanic descent—his mother, Ema, was born in Mexico. He realized his life had changed when he went apartment hunting in Toronto and was stopped by fans three times on a one-block stretch between a restaurant and a hotel. “I don’t do too much walking around [anymore],” he says. “When I do, I try to keep a low profile.”

There are more than enough commercial breaks for guys to stay fresh for an entire game. Heck, with those new jersey sponsors, the entire game is basically one big commercial break now.

D’Antoni is giving his team too much trust. If he’s going to play small-ball lineups that look like something your 12-year-old sibling would dream up in a game of NBA 2K18, then D’Antoni may as well turn fatigue off and play his best five the whole way.

“I don’t really think about that,” he said. “When I make a choice—and I bet it was the same with [Cris] Collinsworth and [Troy] Aikman—you know how much effort goes into it. You gotta give everything you got to this. You can’t fake things. You gotta be yourself. You always hope people enjoy it. The goal is to talk to the guy having a beer next to you, just explain the game. And if I can do that, I’ve done my job.”
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Astros manager A.J. Hinch: Ken Giles ‘wasn’t surprised’ about losing closer role

Nov
10

If the Astros have a lead in the ninth inning Sunday night — and likely in any remaining game in the World Series — Ken Giles will stay put in the bullpen.

Giles offered little in the way of an explanation for his struggles other than to say he’s making “crappy pitches.” At this point, the hard-throwing right-hander’s confidence appears to be as broken as anything related to his mechanics or his pitch mix.

Hinch predicted that Giles will pitch again before the World Series is over. But he wouldn’t commit to using him in the closer role again.

Giles did not pitch in Game 5 on Sunday night, a 10-inning, 13-12 Dodgers win that put them up 3-2 in the series.

A grand jury returned a 10-count indictment against the 60-year-old Lawrenceville man on Tuesday, including charges of official misconduct and theft, more than a year after he was fired from the agency after the state’s investigation became public knowledge.

Bannon coached at Rutgers from 1997 through 2001, when he was fired after reports surfaced that he forced his players to strip their clothes off if they missed shots during free-throw shooting contests.

The indictment alleges Bannon ran the nonprofit Friends of Mercer County Parks on county time with county employees and used several schemes to divert funds. The Park Commission is a semi-autonomous public agency funded by the county.

Elliott was suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in August following a year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations made by Tiffany Thompson, his former girlfriend. The league concluded he violated its personal conduct policy, which mandates a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence violations. Elliott, 22, was never charged and has denied wrongdoing.
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Inconsistent Blazers visit Jazz

Nov
07

Becoming more efficient on offense is an ongoing quest for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland tried to rally in the second half but could not climb out the cavernous hole. In the end, the Blazers failed to eclipse 100 points for the first time all season.

Creating offense won’t be easy against Utah. The Jazz’s defense hasn’t lost a step from the level it reached a year ago.

Utah (4-3) gave Dallas fits for four quarters in a 104-89 win over the Mavericks on Monday. The Jazz forced 24 turnovers and turned them into 33 points. It helped counteract sizzling perimeter shooting from Dallas and break open a close game in the fourth quarter.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said in a conference call Tuesday that no players are facing suspension for on-field actions in Week 8. A fine is still possible, however.

“That’s how it felt,” Peppers said of passing Doleman while shrugging his shoulders. “It’s nice. When I’m done, when I hang them up one day, I’ll look back, and I’ll be like, ‘Damn! That was pretty nice. That’s a pretty big accomplishment.’ But right now I’m in the midst of it, and I don’t have time to celebrate.

“Definitely, it does feel good. But we’ve got bigger things to handle right now, and that’s to get another win next week.”

The nine-time Pro Bowl selection has a team-leading 7.5 sacks in eight games, the second-fastest pace of his Hall of Fame career.

Peppers spent his first eight seasons with the Panthers before playing the 2010-13 seasons with the Bears and the next three seasons at Green Bay. He is Carolina’s all-time sack leader.
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Texans vs. Seahawks: Score, results, highlights from Week 8 game in Seattle

Nov
04

As Sunday’s Texans-Seahawks game in Seattle approached, storylines like Houston’s standing in the AFC South behind impressive rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and Seattle’s quest to remain a power in the NFC behind Russell Wilson seemed secondary.

Then, despite the off-field noise, an instant classic played out on the field in Seattle, as the Seahawks edged the Texans for a 41-38 win.

Chicago was outplayed and lost as a consequence. But the NFL’s inability to simplify its definition of a catch is a source of consistent confusion and cost the Bears a touchdown in a crucial moment.

“STARTER” refers to each team’s No. 1 goaltender. Some teams have split starting duties, in which the starters are in “TIME-SHARE” arrangements. “BACKUP” refers to each team’s No. 2 goaltender. “INJURED” is a goaltender who is expected to miss time with an injury.

Wieberg, a former college football reporter for USA Today, usually travels to the meetings from Kansas City, Missouri, where he is a writer and editor in the public affairs department of the Kansas City Public Library.

He is the latest in a long line of committee members who have either missed meetings or stepped down entirely for health reasons. In October 2014, the first season of the playoff, Archie Manning resigned his position on the committee for health reasons before the group met for the first time. That year, Mike Tranghese also missed some time during his tenure for health reasons.

“Obviously with any kind of vascular issue you don’t want altitude. You don’t want people flying. … He’ll have to remain there (in New Orleans) for some time. He won’t be coming back to Chicago any time real soon,” Fox said.chargers_124

The Chiefs did manage to get into the end zone on their next possession.

Nov
02

With a first-year GM, the Colts should take a long-term view with their $140 million franchise QB and get him ready for the 2018 season.
Luck, who had shoulder surgery in January, practiced for two days two weeks ago and then amped up his workload during his two days of practice last week.

The Chiefs did manage to get into the end zone on their next possession. Smith connected with De’Anthony Thomas for a 57-yard touchdown. And if Reid had taken the points earlier, Kansas City would have a lead.

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Who needs great quarterback play? Not Brown, especially judging by his exceptional catch on a deflection off Phillip Gaines’ helmet that Brown took 51 yards for a touchdown and a nine-point lead with 3:24 remaining in the game. Brown’s catch played a major part in his 29.5 PPR point fantasy day, the best among wide receivers through the 4 p.m. ET games.

That leaves Jonnu Smith as the Titans best newcomer. He has only three catches, but two of them have gone for touchdowns. Smith brings so much to the Titans offense. Like Delanie Walker, Smith is really good as an in-line tight end or split out wide.
For more, check out the entire entry at Music City Miracles.

We saw his speed in action on Monday night, when Brown was able to catch Kareem Hunt from behind on a sweep to the sideline. He has generally been a sure tackler, and he has made third down plays—a major point of emphasis for this defense after last year’s debacle on third downs.lakers_049