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Yes, Sporting News is picking the dang Patriots to win Super Bowl LII, too

The 2017 New England Patriots are good enough to put all of us NFL contrarians in our places.

Sporting News, just like every other sports publication on earth, is picking the Patriots to win Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Sunday, February 4, 2018. To pick against them to repeat would make us certifiably insane.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell does not want to hear that his unpredictable, exciting football league that’s trying to rebound from declining TV ratings enters the season with a foregone conclusion. Even the Golden State Warriors are jealous of how much of a stone-cold, lead pipe lock the Patriots are as reigning champions in 2017.

Lin struggled to stay healthy last season in Brooklyn, dealing with ankle and hamstring issues, but averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists in 36 games. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told Russell that he plans to work the two guards together.

Given his struggles in LA, Russell said he felt a certain kinship Cheap Lions Jerseys with Atkinson, an assistant coach for seven years before finally getting a crack at head coaching in Brooklyn.

“I have talked to him a lot,” Russell said. “We talked last week. He is an amazing guy because he is a hard worker, he has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. He was an assistant a long time and he had to pay his dues. He has a lot of credibility. He speaks, I listen.

“I feel like all those things kind of complement myself and where I am now, that’s the way I try to go about my business.”

Russell said he understands that the Nets will be going with young players and will likely take Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale their lumps in the coming years. But he knows well the ins and outs of playing for a rebuilding team. It doesn’t scare him.

The art of NBA players trolling fans with emojis before trade deadline

If you’ve been following the NBA action on Twitter lately then you’ve likely noticed players engaging in bizarre behavior.

Since the players are coming off of the All-Star break, they have more free time than usual, leading them to be on Twitter a lot. This has resulted with many players doing subtle things to their Twitter page, or in their tweets, that are driving fans crazy.

While it’s possible some of them actually have meaning, most of them are players just messing with people.

“Everybody is just looking for something,” Knicks guard Brandon Jennings said, via the New York Times. “First of all, players are not going to say anything anyway if it is something. I think it’s just fun because you can mess around with people.”

Gobert finished the controversial win with 16 points and 24 rebounds. Rodney Hood led the team in scoring with 28 points.

On a day of close finishes, Paul George scored 34 points with five rebounds Cheap Hockey Jerseys and four assists to lead the Pacers to a 97-96 win over the Hawks. George, who was mentioned frequently in trade squabble before the trade deadline, drained six 3-pointers to show off his versatility.

Stephen Curry roused out of his slump to score 31 points with eight rebounds and six assists in a lackluster 112-105 win over the Knicks. Both teams were upset with Madison Square Garden for choosing to quell Cheap Goalie Jerseys Soccer all music during pregame and the first half of play in the interest of giving fans an authentic basketball experience.

Russell Westbrook: Mark Cuban said before the Mavericks’ 104-89 win over Oklahoma City that Russell Westbrook was “not” an MVP candidate this season. Westbrook did little to help his own case Sunday by shooting just 8 for 24 from the floor, while compiling a miserable minus-14 ratio on the plus/minus scale.

Wizards avoid letdown in trip to Toronto, score all-important ‘W’ over Raptors

The Wizards’ 105-96 win in Toronto on Wednesday was not only emphatic, it also put Washington (36-23) a nose in front of the Raptors (36-25) for third place in the Eastern Conference. Securing the No. 3 seed is important, of course, because in all likelihood it means avoiding Cavaliers until the conference finals.

Making the Wizards’ road triumph even more impressive is that it came the night after they earned a 112-108 win at home over the Warriors. Wednesday night’s visit to the Air Canada Centre had the look of a classic let-down spot for Washington.

But the Wizards outscored the Raptors 38-20 in the second quarter and never looked back.

Trailing by 22 after three quarters, Toronto’s 13-point edge in the fourth was superficial.

Bojan Bogdanovic, acquired from the Nets ahead of the trade deadline, came off the bench to score a game-high 27 points for Washington. He shot 9 of 12 from the field, including 6 of 7 from long range.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Raptors, who have been without Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl Kyle Lowry for their last three and are not expected to get their starting point guard back for several weeks.

The Wizards and Raptors play again Friday night in Washington, their final meeting of the regular season. With the teams splitting the first two, the winner of the third claims the season series, a Cheap Fan Jerseys potential important tie-breaking factor when it comes to playoff seeding.

Larry Sanders to sign with Cavs after being out of NBA for two years

Larry Sanders will sign with the Cavs, according to multiple reports, returning to the NBA for the first time since leaving the league in December 2014.

This has been rumored for a while, but discussions finally got to a point where the sides agreed on a deal. Sanders will undergo a physical Monday and, pending results, sign his contract, which could include an option for a second season.

At 6-11, Sanders was a once a promising big man with the Bucks as he averaged nearly a double-double during the 2012-13 season (9.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg). He ended up leaving the team due to “personal reasons” that he would explain a few months later.

Iguodala clarified his comments Monday.

“It probably was the wrong time to express myself งาง฿ I feel like it’s the wrong time because it puts my team in the situation and my coaching staff in that situation,” he told reporters, via the Bay Area News Group. “I have a great relationship with Steve Kerr. And he knows that. He spoke to you guys about it.

“But Steve in his words still may not be งาง฿ someone still may not believe him. But he and I are in a great place. We don’t even have to speak about it because in no way, shape or form was I talking about him.”

Still, Iguodala didn’t seem to mind that his remarks offended some people.

“I talked about that with my wife, as far as what the word ‘offends’ means,” he said. “Because I think I offended someone when I went to the golf course yesterday. You know what I mean? We kind of live in a world right now that our team is Cheap Kings Jerseys so much in a spotlight งาง฿ that any move can offend someone. So you can’t Cheap Kids Football Jerseys live life not trying to offend someone.”

NBA trades: Kings virtual GM in ‘NBA 2K17’ won’t make DeMarcus Cousins deal with Pelicans

Reaction to the Kings’ trade of DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans was swift and absolute, with NBA social media dog-piling the Kings organization for what’s perceived as a poor return on their superstar player.

It wasn’t just fans and media questioning USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys the deal, however; “NBA 2K17,” through its trade logic, provided its own evidence that the Kings didn’t get nearly enough for Cousins.

Schroder’s original allegations came after a Celtics 103-101 win Jan. 13.

“I’m playing basketball,” Schroder told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time. “If he think that he got to curse at my mom or say some dumb stuff about my family, that has nothing to do with basketball. That’s his choice. I’ve got too much class for that. Next one, we are going to get it.”

Thomas responded then by saying Schroder was not someone the two-time All-Star concerned himself with, saying that Schroder was “not on [Thomas’] level” before denying the allegations.

“I don’t talk about nobody’s mom. I don’t cuss at nobody’s mom,” Thomas said. And I don’t talk about people’s families. So whatever he said, that’s Vip Cheap Jerseys a 100 percent lie, and he knows that.”

Thomas and Schroder can settle this feud on the court, as the Hawks take on the Celtics in Boston on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The Wolverines’ strong finish, which included a run to the Big Ten Tournament title and a trip to the Sweet 16, helped rescue what had been shaping up as a mediocre season for Michigan. But Beilein has been considered an NBA possibility for a few seasons now, in part because his free-flowing, two-guard offense Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap would be a good fit in the league.

At this point, there’s always been more talk of interest in Beilein Wholesale Jerseys Cheap than actual interest, but he is still a coach NBA teams have been watching.

Breaking down new-look Vikings: Bridgewater a big ‘if,’ but so is entire offense

A lot has to come together for the Vikings’ offense to fulfill its potential, and the vision Zimmer and Shurmur have for it. If it does, they are in position to take over the NFC North; the Packers, Lions and (since they have to be included) Bears have significant flaws. But the Vikings have just as big an “if” as their division foes.

Rashad McCants, the former North Carolina player who has spoken out about “paper classes” at the university, experienced a not-so-welcome homecoming to the Tar Heel State in Week 2. He was loudly booed, even though he claimed to not hear anything, during player introductions and every time he scored or committed a foul. McCants won’t receive such a hostile reaction during other stops on the Big3’s tour, but at least for Cheap NBA Jerseys From USA the Charlotte stop, the crowd was more involved, and the environment was more exciting.

If the Big3 can continue to draw big-name players who fans love, or love to hate, the league will be better for it.

As Jeter, Garciaparra and Rodriguez became the faces of the position, guys like Edgar Renteria, Jose Valentin and Alex Gonzalez — solid but far lesser players — took a backseat. Even the Hall of Fame resumes of Cal Ripken Jr., Barry Larkin and Omar Vizquel played second fiddle to the Big 3.

Flash forward to 2017 and another impressive collection of shortstops is taking the game by storm. They’re young, but Corey Seager, Carlos Correa and Cheap NFL Jerseys From China Francisco Lindor already appear to be the new Big 3, dominating the conversation regarding the game’s best shortstop right now. Xander Bogaerts and Trea Turner are forcing their way into the conversation, too.

Yet, much like Jeter, Garciaparra and Rodriguez overshadowed fellow shortstops in their primes, there are a handful of players at the position today who deserve more appreciation, especially while looking at their 2017 contributions.

Kearse’s fade and Lockett’s setbacks opened the door for 2014 second-round pick Paul Richardson

Doug Baldwin returns as the gritty No. 1 and will remain Wilson’s top target everywhere on the field. But the Seahawks are banking on being more dynamic behind him. Jermaine Kearse, the one-time go-to field-stretcher, disappeared in 2016. That especially hurt because speedy playmaker Tyler Lockett couldn’t get going in Year 2 thanks to knee, thigh and leg injuries. The latest of the three, a broken fibula and tibia, has put Lockett on the mend, trying to get back to full speed between training camp and Week 1. They would like Lockett to step into a big role if possible.

Kearse’s fade and Lockett’s setbacks opened the door for 2014 second-round pick Paul Richardson, right when he shook off his own health issues. He delivered his career worth of highlights in the playoff games against Detroit and Atlanta. He deserves the opportunity to make more big plays as a No. 3, ahead of Kearse and opposite Lockett when Baldwin is working the slot. A Richardson-Kearse battle will develop, and there’s even a chance he can push Lockett in the pecking order.

Third-round rookie Amara Darboh fits the profile of Seahawks’ wideouts with size (6-2, 215 pounds), route running and sneaky speed. Unless the team cuts Kearse, however, Darboh can’t expect to see more than a handful of snaps. The explosiveness of this unit is in good shape to be restored. That will help Wilson push the ball Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys downfield better again, and in turn, open things up for Lacy and Rawls in the power running game.

Brandon Marshall equates Jets’ season to dirty diaper and ‘never changing it’

The Patriots sacks leader was defensive end Trey Flowers, who had seven this season. The Pats got sacks from six players on the defensive front, which is loaded with veteran depth.

Big run-stuffers in the middle like Malcom Brown, who added three Cheap Jerseys PlUS sacks and a tackle for loss, and Alan Branch, who had 1 1/2 sacks and eight TFLs, helped the Patriots have the NFL’s top scoring defense that was third against the run.

The Falcons also have good depth, with Brooks Reed, Jonathan Babineaux, Grady Jarrett, Tyson Jackson, Dwight Freeney, Courtney Upshaw and Ra’Shede Hageman. Atlanta could miss defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who had 4 1/2 sacks and three tackles for loss but suffered a torn biceps in the playoff win over the Seahawks.

The best way I can describe it is, having a diaper on and never changing it and to be sitting on that diaper the whole year, the Jets receiver said Tuesday on Showtime’s Inside the NFL.

Merely a year ago, the 10-win Jets came within one game of a playoff berth. But they fell flat under heightened expectations, finishing in the bottom five in the NFL in point differential, points scored, points allowed, takeaways and giveaways. New York owns the No. 6 overall pick in April’s draft.

Marshall himself did little to Febreze the situation, with a meager 788 yards and three scores in 15 games. His 59 receptions were his fewest since he was a rookie in 2006.

A lingering locker room feud with teammate Sheldon Richardson only added to the stench.

Owed $7.5 million in 2017, it seems likely Marshall has played his final game with the Jets, even if he’s serious about taking a pay cut to stay.

They’ll miss newly-retired Chad Greenway.

Ideally, Aboushi, who started at both guards for the Jets and Texans, will not need to be forced outside. Right guard was manned by NFL Jerseys 2014 2016 first-rounder Germain Ifedi last season, but now he steps into a youthful, spirited battle with rookie second-rounder Ethan Pocic. Seattle wins if both youngsters impress in a close competition, as the “loser” can then much improve left guard over Mark Glowinski. If Fant holds his ground vs. Joeckel, then it circles back to Joeckel vs. Aboushi for right guard duties. That’s the best-case scenario around Britt.

There’s overall better talent, and Cable has a history of solving the puzzle in the right way when he has the right pieces. There’s nowhere to go but up. Across the board, the Seahawks’ front five is pointed toward more average-level play, built to have a little more pop in run blocking than in pass protection.

They’ll miss newly-retired Chad Greenway. Last season, they missed the Anthony Barr who was on the verge of tearing up the league in his first two seasons. He Cheap Lebron Jerseys was surprisingly invisible often in 2016, and coach Mike Zimmer noticed. He had just two sacks, one forced fumble and one takeaway last season, and he’s proven capable of being an impact player all over the field on every down.

It’s a very young group without Greenway — Barr, Eric Kendricks, Edmond Robinson and Kentrell Brothers are 25 or younger, and they drafted Ben Gideon this spring. Barr is perfectly positioned to be the centerpiece of that unit. Based on his previous play, he’s capable.

Harvey’s stint in the majors was a brief one.

Despite acquiring two power forwards who were drafted in the top-10 in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Suns are pushing to sign Griffin in free agency. Phoenix has reportedly arranged a meeting with the 28-year-old forward once free agency begins Saturday, and the team could offer Griffin a four-year max contract worth roughly $130 million. Such a contract would only be possible if the Suns decline all of their free Mitchell And Ness Cheap Jerseys agents, according to SB Nation.

Phoenix’s best days are still ahead, after finishing 24-58 last season, as many of the team’s key contributors are younger than 25. The Suns could try to sell Griffin on the team’s young core of Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Marquese Chriss and this year’s No. 4 overall pick, Josh Jackson.

Harvey’s stint in the majors was a brief one. He debuted for the Royals in 2001, but he didn’t spend any significant time on the roster NBA Jerseys Cheap until 2003. Before the 2004 season, there was little reason to think Harvey would come close to an ASG appearance. However, his first half of that season landed him on the AL roster. He was the only Royals representative on the team.

During the first half of the 2004 season, Harvey hit .305/.353/.452 with 10 HR and 34 RBIs. That batting average led the American League at the position. Unfortunately, his hot start wouldn’t last through the end of the year. After the All-Star break, Harvey only appeared in 42 more games for the Royals. He played in only 12 more games for the Royals following the 2004 season. Harvey was sidelined by back problems and never returned to the majors after 2005.