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General manager Rich Cho’s decision to pair Kemba Walker with Dwight Howard is off to a rousing start in Charlotte.
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The Hornets’ All-Star point guard is meshing extremely well with an eight-time All-Star center looking to jumpstart his NBA career while playing for his third team in three seasons.

It has been absolutely insane, Bogdanovich said.

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Oladipo and Sabonis were the two players the Pacers received from Oklahoma City for George.

This is Vic, Sabonis said of Oladipo, according to the Indianapolis Star. I knew that when I got traded with him. He just needed a team where he’s feeling comfortable in his role.

As the rain refused to relent in the second half, Dallas leaned on its ground game to burn plenty of clock, but repeatedly couldn’t turn drives into touchdowns, only field goals. That allowed Washington to remain in the game, but the competition ultimately became a battle of two sloppy teams playing in sloppy conditions, with the winner being just a little less sloppy.

That was one of three meetings between Keller and his future team prior to the draft. At least two also included the presence of a staff sports psychologist, whose analysis Arizona works into its evaluation process. While certainly featuring more clinical terms than swagger, the report pretty much aligned with ground intel gleaned from the Coyotes’ amateur scouts, whose interviews of coaches, trainers, teachers all returned similar replies. A real creative mind, a creative person, a lot of structure and detail with his life, Chayka says. Good personality, easy to get along with, easy to talk to, but also very intense and passionate and driven about anything hockey related. He’s a hockey genius, no doubt about it.

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Eagles offense opens ‘Monday Night Football’ with 4 straight penalties and an interception

The Philadelphia Eagles entered Monday with a lot of momentum and the NFL’s longest winning streak, but that definitely didn’t translate into a hot start against Washington.

Kiko Alonso should’ve been penalized for his hit on Joe Flacco, and he was. If he had been ejected, it would’ve been hard to argue with that too.

Hitting any player high is going to come with consequences, but leveling a quarterback — the most protected position in football, except maybe kickers and punters — is a cardinal sin in football. And so Alonso will undoubtedly get a fine and possibly even a suspension.

But determining Alonso’s intent on the play isn’t as easy. With a fraction of a second between the beginning of Flacco’s slide and the collision with the linebacker, it’s hard to really say that there was malicious intent.

Alonso didn’t miss Flacco.

Carson Palmer may miss the rest of the 2017 season after breaking his arm, and Jay Cutler will likely miss time after he suffered what the Miami Dolphins believe to be broken ribs.

That leaves both the Cardinals and Dolphins turning to backups to try to keep their seasons afloat. But only Miami looks like it can be in good shape with Matt Moore temporarily at the helm.

Arizona will have to rely on Drew Stanton and/or Blaine Gabbert to turn around a 3-4 start to the season. That doesn’t look promising.

Early expectations are that the Dolphins will be without Cutler for two or three weeks if he did suffer broken ribs against the Jets on Sunday. The length of the injury alone makes it much less concerning than the one suffered by Palmer.
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League executives tried to show they understood the players’ concerns. Several league staff members presented a three-pronged action plan: expand the My Cause, My Cleats initiative; help convene more meetings with lawmakers to ramp up lobbying for players’ causes on Capitol Hill and, through the clubs, in statehouses across the country; and use the NFL’s platform to promote it all. The league had scrapped a staff idea to extend an olive branch to Kaepernick — who in October filed a collusion claim against the owners — by inviting him to visit the league headquarters.

Impact: It can be argued that no one player is tied into his team’s success more than Rodgers, who was again enjoying another superlative season with 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and 103.2 passer rating. Brett Hundley is now experiencing an NFL baptism-under-fire as Rodgers’ replacement. After losing two straight games since Rodgers was hurt, the Packers (4-3) must hope the Week 8 bye allows Hundley to get more up to speed before a once-promising season slips away.

Bowen: With Philip Rivers and the pass rush, the Chargers can stay in the mix in the AFC West. In Miami, don’t be surprised if Adam Gase’s system facilitates even more production than we expected with Matt Moore running the show.

Graziano: I had the Chargers as bounce-back contenders in the preseason, and even though they were awful out of the gate, it’s clear that the Broncos and Raiders aren’t without their flaws. The Chargers still have the AFC West’s best quarterback — all due respect to Alex Smith’s hot Alex Killorn Authentic Jersey start and Derek Carr’s ascendant talent — and that still means something.

With a game at Green Bay next, they are becoming convinced their defense can be just as sweet.

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Green Bay, without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, now confronts this makeover Saints defense. Rodgers’ collarbone injury and loss give the Saints another reason to believe they can elevate toward NFC elite status.
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Mack is the total package, he can do it all. He isn’t just a great pass rusher, he’s a great defensive lineman, period. He showed that once again against the Broncos. He was all over the field, and there was absolutely nothing they could do to stop him, even double teams barely helped.

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The couple made a bet and established that the loser would burn their team’s jersey. The Packers did win an instant classic over the Cowboys on yet another last-minute touchdown drive led by Aaron Rodgers.

Brady went 2-1 head-to-head against Favre. In the greatest one-sided rivalry of the 2000s, he went 11-6 against Peyton Manning. He’s only 2-3 against Drew Brees, but he’s 7-2 against Ben Roethlisberger.
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Brady’s record will stand for a while. Not only is the veteran interested in playing four or five more years despite starting 2017 at age 40, but he’s got a major cushion over the rest of the league. The closest active quarterback is 38-year-old Brees, who has 133 career wins in the regular season. Roethlisberger, with 126 wins, is just behind him.

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That’s not necessarily true. Jordan & Co. are pressuring quarterbacks only 21.7 percent of the time during their winning streak, which is good for only 27th in football. The Saints haven’t had a dominant pass rush over the past three games, but when it has arrived, the pass rush has gotten home more frequently than you might expect.

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Brady now holds all or shares the important NFL wins records. His five Super Bowl victories are tied for most all-time with former 49ers and Cowboys linebacker Charles Haley. His 25 postseason victories are unparalleled. And he’d passed Favre and Manning in terms of total wins — regular season and playoffs — in 2016.

There are plenty of astonishing numbers in that record-setting run. He’s carved up the AFC East in his 18 years as the Patriots’ start. Brady is 25-8 against the Jets, 20-9 against the Dolphins, and a ludicrous 26-3 against the Bills.

He’s 102-19 at home in the regular season and 85-37 on the road. The only NFL division Brady has a losing record against is the since-defunct NFC Central — he threw three passes at the tail end of a blowout loss to the Lions in 2000. There are only two franchises against whom Brady has a losing record in the regular season — the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks

On Monday, Goodell and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin sent a letter of support to the congressional sponsors of the Sentencing Reform and Correction Act, a bill designed to increase rehabilitation of people convicted of crimes.

According to ESPN, which is keeping a week-by-week tally of which professional football players protest this season during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner, this past Sunday only 10 NFL players participated in protesting racial inequality by kneeling or refusing to stand during the national anthem—the fewest this season. Other players protested by raising fists during the song, staying in the tunnel or demonstrating before the anthem.sabres_006

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This is so great. Obviously we knew the NFL crew reads off teleprompters, but we had no idea it was the size of a movie screen. Also telling Menefee to point to head is just magic.

The NFL argued that no one’s interests are served by delaying that discipline based on a misguided order by a district court that lacked jurisdiction.

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The Colts brought back longtime center Jeff Saturday and receiver Reggie Wayne to recreate a play we saw over and over and over again in Indianapolis: Snap to Peyton, deep pass to Wayne, touchdown.

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In her statement, the friend said she was out to The Social Room that night with Elliott’s accuser. She said they left around 2 a.m. when another woman attacked Elliott’s accuser, with a face slap and hair-pulling. The friend said she grabbed Elliott’s accuser by the waist to pull her back from the altercation. The fight was confirmed by other witnesses, including two off-duty police officers; however, they said they saw punches thrown.

You might ask why the national anthem was being played during a pep rally.

You might also ask why a teacher felt the need to promote her political beliefs at a homecoming event. Both are fair questions. But there is a larger question that needs to be addressed here, and it has to do with with the dangers of forced conformity.

The U.S. Supreme Court warned against this threat to liberty in 1943, when it ruled that West Virginia school officials could not force school kids to say the pledge of allegiance or salute the flag. Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters, the court wrote in a landmark ruling whose meaning is being forgotten today.

According to public accounts, there was no student fallout from Pappas’ display. Nevertheless, school officials later visited her classroom and escorted her to the parking lot, where she was told to leave campus. After the administration conducted an investigation, she returned to work Tuesday.

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Jared Goff faced a tough test last week. It’s about to step up a notch.

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Goff, who was off to a very strong start to the 2017 season, didn’t implode against the Seahawks, but it wasn’t all that pretty, either. He posted a Total QBR of 34.6, though the rest of his team played well enough that the Rams nearly pulled off the victory and, frankly, Goff threw a pass that could have been a game-winner.

That was against the Seahawks, who have held opponents to the sixth-lowest Total QBR this season. The Jaguars are league best in the category.

The Rams rank 24th in expected points added per run play this season, which isn’t ideal against a Jacksonville offense that is seemingly trying to run its whole offense on the ground.

The challenge for Cleveland will be mounting enough offense to avoid playing catchup against New York’s dominant bullpen. The Indians struck out 25 times in back-to-back losses in New York, and several Cleveland hitters appear to be pressing in the absence of designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, whose ankle injury kept him pinned to the bench in the Bronx. The Indians have hit .173 as a team with 46 strikeouts in 133 at-bats through the first four games of the series.

If Encarnacion is able to return to the lineup for Game 5 as Francona expects, it will help provide a tangible and emotional lift for the Indians. They’ll also have the support of a home crowd that got all dolled up in red during the first leg of the series and is hungry for the city’s first World Series title in 69 years.

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