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Leaders of the NFL Players Association, including executive director DeMaurice Smith, also participated.

The league and union issued a joint statement that said: “Today owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities. NFL executives and owners joined NFLPA executives and player leaders to review and discuss plans to utilize our platform to promote equality and effectuate positive change. We agreed that these are common issues and pledged to meet again to continue this work together.

A high-ranking official with one NFL team said in recent days that the owners would like to see the NFLPA support players standing for the anthem.

Another person familiar with the sport’s inner workings cautioned that Tuesday’s conversations between players and owners likely would focus on league support of player activism and might not address the anthem so directly. That appeared to be the case as the meeting concluded.

The Eagles and Vikings ranked 1-2 in run defense during the regular season. The Vikings were No. 1 in both total and scoring defense; the Eagles were No. 4. Offensively, the Eagles had the No. 3 rushing offense, while the Vikings ranked No. 7.

That means, down to the QBs, everything is pretty even with a trip to Super Bowl LII on the line. Will the Vikings “bring it home” as 3 1/2-point favorites, or will the Eagles hold serve at home for a second consecutive week?

When the Celtics lost to the 76ers last week without Irving, the thought was that when he returned he would revitalize the offense. Irving brought his own mega offense when he returned, but the rest of the team didn’t respond as anticipated. Jaylen Brown was solid with 17 points and seven rebounds, but Al Horford and Jayson Tatum combined for only 18 points on 22 shots to sink the unit. chargers_006

Philly police taking possible Eagles NFC title seriously and it’s kind of funny

Attention, Northeast Philadelphia businesses: Consider yourself warned.

City police are taking a possible Eagles NFC championship victory seriously and it’s kind of funny.

And although it might sound as if the Philly police might be challenged in helping area business owners, that doesn’t prevent the police from asking for business owners’ help farther down the open letter.

It’s been almost 10 years since the Phillies won the World Series, the last championship in the city’s history, when hundreds of drunk and increasingly rowdy fans converged on Frankford and Cottman avenues to celebrate, reported at the time.

The Jaguars will enter Sunday’s showdown against the Patriots with an open mind.

Marquette (13-6, 4-3 Big East) has made 10 or more 3-pointers in 14 of its 19 games. The Golden Eagles will attack the Musketeers with a three-pronged attack, led by Howard, Rowsey, and Sam Hauser, who averages 15.1 points.

Unless you are in the wars and the battles night after night, you can’t fully appreciate the level of competition in this league. It is an honor to be a coach in this league but is damn hard, too, Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said.

Maten, the SEC scoring leader, won the scoring showdown with Barford, who is third overall and the SEC’s top scorer in league games. Barford, who recorded his third straight game with at least 23 points, opened the second half with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

The refs gifted the Patriots a new set of downs by turning a false start into a Titans penalty

red_wings_006The Tennessee Titans got the short end of a questionable call in the second quarter against the New England Patriots Saturday night.

After the Titans appeared to have forced the Patriots to a three-and-out, both teams lined up for a punt. After it initially appeared the Patriots would be called for a false start, the Titans were called for a neutral zone infraction, giving the Patriots an automatic first down on what was a fourth-and-10:

If we can practice outside, we practice outside as a team, whether we’re playing a dome game or not, he said. You’re at Mother Nature’s mercy as far as replicating conditions.

As far as the winds go, you know you can’t really simulate that. The best thing is really the pregame your kicks before the game and seeing what the wind’s doing to the ball.

Bryant is the oldest player remaining in the NFL postseason, followed by 40-year-old Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Asked to explain his longevity, Bryant clearly won’t be launching an MB3 workout program like Brady has with his TB12 brand.

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The plan for now is for the team to participate in outreach efforts Thursday night—the players are likely to visit children in an area shelter—in place of the game that they were slated to play against the Cowboys. More of that sort of thing is in the works for Saturday, as well. And on Sunday, the whole organization has been invited to volunteer with Watt and help unload trucks packed with supplies that will be arriving from the three-time defensive player of the year’s native Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of guys who will be taking care of their own situations. Scores of players, coaches and staff have had their families evacuated from their homes, and are experiencing the bad fortune that a lot of us are only seeing on TV. Linebacker Brian Peters had two feet of water in his house. Head trainer Geoff Kaplan’s family had to be rescued by boat, with alligators—yes, alligators—confirmed to be lurking in the waters around the house. And defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel’s wife, Jen, opened the family’s home to about 15 of their storm-affected sons’ friends.

Steelers cut veteran LB James Harrison, activate Marcus Gilbert

Pittsburgh’s all-time sack leader, James Harrison, has been released from the Steelers, the team announced Saturday.

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The team had hoped Brown would be ready for the postseason, though he may need a little more time to heal. If Pittsburgh can secure one of the top two seeds in the AFC, the team will lock up a bye during the wild-card round and get an extra week of rest before beginning its playoff run.

Brown suffered a partially torn calf muscle in the second quarter of the Steelers’ Week 15 loss to the Patriots and did not return to the game after being helped off the field without putting any pressure on his left leg. He was ruled out for Monday’s game against the Texans with a “significant contusion” in his leg and is expected to sit out the regular season finale against the Browns.

Before going down with the injury, Brown became the first receiver in NFL history with five straight 100-catch seasons. He finishes the regular season with 101 catches for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns.

Luke Getsy leaving Packers’ staff to become Mississippi State offensive coordinator

Green Bay Packers wide receivers coach Luke Getsy will become Mississippi State’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Packers hired Getsy, 33, in 2014. Getsy was promoted to wide receivers coach in 2016. That season, the Packers had three receivers — Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Randall Cobb — with at least 600 receiving yards.

Getsy will replace Billy Gonzalez and is expected to assist with improving the Bulldogs’ vertical game. No Mississippi State receivers finished with 300 receiving yards.

Getsy, a former quarterback, played for Bulldogs head coach Joe Moorhead when Moorhead was an assistant at Akron.

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Pittsburgh converts on the third-and-long when Roethlisberger finds Jesse James for 16 yards to move the chains.

Ohtani should get an immediate spot in the front of the rotation for the Angels, who have endured brutal injuries to their starting pitchers in recent years.

Los Angeles’ ostensible ace is Garrett Richards, but he has been limited to 62 1/3 innings over the past two seasons. The rotation also currently includes Matt Shoemaker, Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs, who have all dealt with major injury setbacks.

So how does the NFC playoff picture change now? We asked our panel of ESPN NFL insiders to weigh in:

Scouts are more divided on Ohtani’s ability to hit big-league pitching consistently, but the Angels intend to find out. He hit .332 in 65 games with eight homers and 31 RBIs last season, occasionally unleashing the tape-measure blasts that had teams salivating.

Roethlisberger is sacked on first down and completes a short pass one play later. Pittsburgh will face a third-and-13 following the two-minute warning.

After the first play, Seahawks defensive Michael Bennett and Jaguars center Brandon Linder wrestled each other on the ground. Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette shoved Bennett during the ensuing melee. Those two were also flagged for unnecessary roughness while Seattle’s Sheldon Richardson was ejected for throwing a punch.

Arians turned 65 in October and has suffered health-related issues in recent years serious enough to keep him from his coaching duties for short periods of time. That being said, Arians didn’t sound like he was in a retirement state of mind when asked about his future plans.

Pederson ‘has confidence’ in Foles: Wentz’s departure from the Eagles’ game against the Rams forced Philly to turn to Nick Foles, but, aided by a strong late effort from the defense, the backup delivered.eagles_010_16eef4f46c395ee9-180x180

Greg Schiano would have made $27.7M over 6-plus years in scrapped Vols deal

The document was signed by Currie and e-signed by Schiano, who had been scheduled to fly to Knoxville, Tennessee, from Columbus, Ohio, the night of Nov. 26 to be introduced as coach.

But the school announced it was no longer pursuing Schiano after protests on campus and social media posts raised questions about Schiano’s past as an assistant coach at Penn State.

It is still not known whether Schiano is making any kind of claim based on what was represented to him. If he believes he was in fact hired, and then fired without cause, he would be owed 75 percent of the contract, which would equal $20.7 million.

Wentz exited the Eagles’ 43-35 win against Los Angeles Rams late in the third quarter Sunday and was ruled out.

Wentz addressed fans on Twitter after the win, which clinched the NFC East and a playoff sport for the Eagles.

NFC East Champs! So proud of the resiliency of this team. Such a special group of men.

The Packers aren’t counting Aaron Rodgers out for the regular season just yet.

Green Bay is targeting Week 15 against the Panthers for the veteran quarterback to make his return from a broken collarbone, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources.

According to the report, the move is contingent on Rodgers being medically cleared and the Packers being in playoff contention.

Rodgers was activated off injured reserve and returned to practice Saturday for the first time since suffering a broken left collarbone on Oct. 15 against the Vikings. He wasn’t cleared for full contact in workouts and his next medical scan isn’t scheduled until after the Packers play the Browns on Dec. 10. He was, however, seen throwing at Heinz Field before the team’s Week 12 loss to the Steelers.

Nuggets F Paul Millsap to have wrist surgery, could miss 3 months

Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap could miss three months due to surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, league sources tell ESPN.

“I still don’t know how bad it is,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said at shootaround Wednesday. “Just just as thorough as possible, he’s going to go talk to some other doctors, get some other opinions before we make a decision to what the best course of action is regarding his left wrist.”

Millsap, 32, is averaging 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his first season with the Nuggets.

Chancellor was so unusually large for a safety that some thought he was a man without a position in a traditional defense. He was the same height and weight as Aaron Rouse, a safety Green Bay had selected in 2007, when Schneider was with the Packers. There was discussion in the Seahawks’ draft room over whether Chancellor would struggle in space the way Rouse and other longer-levered safeties had struggled, even though Chancellor had shown enough body control to ultimately temper those concerns.

The team confirmed that Lasco had a spine injury and was in the care of team doctor Michael Hartman as he underwent further evaluation. Payton was optimistic about Lasco’s condition after the game.

“I think all the signs are positive, his movement and everything. I think that’s encouraging,” Payton said.

Lasco, 25, was selected out of Cal by New Orleans in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft and has spent most of his first two seasons as a special-teams coverage specialist.nationals_006

The party concluded in the middle of the afternoon.

Two Big 12 games landed on either side of lofty totals on Saturday and left bettors frustrated. ESPN Stats & Information’s Rob Nelson takes a look at the weekend’s worst football bad beats.

The birthday party got rolling at 12:30 p.m. There were countless trips to the bathroom, drinks of water and other tasks required to satisfy the needs of candy-fueled 7-year-olds. One of the dads was trying to keep track of the NFL scores on his phone, but there certainly wasn’t much time for fantasy football.

The party concluded in the middle of the afternoon. On the ride home, cubsfan333 listened to Sirius radio, trying to get caught up on the scores and statistics. He was frazzled and still facing an after-party at his house.

But how about pushing it back to Week 10 or so? Week 12 even? Because this week has been a lot of fun.

Campbell has trained the Cyclones well. Some of them, in fact, seem only to grow more resolute in showing a hard-edged toughness as Iowa State adds to its win total.

Asked Saturday if he felt the win over TCU proved that Iowa State belonged in the Big 12 title race, running back David Montgomery answered without a moment of thought.

It’s Spurrier, and that legacy trampled Will Muschamp before it trampled McElwain, two head coaches who clearly lacked the offensive imagination to keep up.

Meanwhile, two hours down the highway in Orlando, Frost has done what Spurrier did in the early 1990s at Florida — transforming UCF into relevancy with an offense you can’t stop watching.

“We’re talking to both of them (Team Penske and Roush Fenway Racing), but we’ll be affiliated with a team next year.” The No. 32 team finished 38th in owner points, the lowest of teams with a charter. redskins_105_6f444ce429598e12-180x180

Radulov scores OT winner, Stars edge Canucks 2-1

Despite firing 39 shots on net and generating multiple scoring chances late in the game, the Vancouver Canucks couldn’t quite break through against a Dallas team that’s dominated them lately.

“It was so swift that before I knew it I was already in Charlotte and by the time I got to Charlotte, a blink of the eye and I’m here in Jacksonville saying hey to the coaches, the biggest cocktail party in the world, and with all that going on it was just — the world is spinning. Traded, on the plane, cocktail party, going to the stadium, saying hello, getting out, going to the hotel room laying on the bed looking at the roof: What is going on?”

Dareus isn’t completely unfamiliar with the Jaguars. Doug Marrone was the head coach and Nathaniel Hackett the offensive coordinator in Buffalo in 2013-14. Jason Rebrovich is the Jaguars’ assistant defensive line coach and he was a quality control/assistant defensive line coach under Marrone in Buffalo, too.

“His swing of judgment has been unbelievable from the Ray Rice thing [from] one or two games all the way up to a six-game suspension when you truly have got a debate,” Jones said. “Even this judge said it shows that very reasonable people could possibly come down on both sides of this. Well, under our legal system, it has to be stronger than that for someone to have done it.

“With the knowledge that I have, the circumstances aren’t treating him fair. Two years ago this wouldn’t be an issue, before Ray Rice.”

Despite having no previous managerial experience, Martinez becomes the first Nationals manager to be awarded a contract with more than two years guaranteed since the Lerner family took over ownership of the team in 2016.

None of the coaches who served under Baker were retained by the team, and no new coaching hires have been announced yet.