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Gobert didn’t go straight up, but the contact was minimal.

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So, the game’s never truly left me. Physically? Yes, but emotionally and in the things that I write all stem from the game. So, it’s still a part of me, and then the other thing is that for athletes that come next understanding that there is a finality to it. Right?

In theory, Utah is a team that could bother Golden State, but in reality, there wasn’t much the Jazz could do. Not against an offense that executed with 49 percent shooting from the field and 32 assists on 40 made field goals, and not when they turned the ball over just seven times. When Rudy Gobert was cooked by Curry, it was a startling reminder that even the best laid plans, even ones involving a center you hoped you briefly stay with your perimeter player in a desperation move.

This series isn’t over by any means, but it doesn’t feel like there’s much drama, either. We know how favored the Warriors will be, regardless. Golden State can crush you in a hundred different ways, and they did exactly that against Utah to open up the series.

This foul call sent Gobert to the bench at the 8:57 mark in the first quarter. He didn’t see the court again until the second period, where he was whistled while trying to stop Luc Mbah a Moute from dunking.

Game Youth Chris Baker Jersey Gobert didn’t go straight up, but the contact was minimal. Most shot blockers aren’t called for a foul like this, though the case can be made the Jazz center whacked Mbah a Moute on the wrist as he tried to stuff down the dunk.

With the exception of the first foul, these are 50-50 calls on bang-bang plays. But Jazz fans feel Gobert should get the benefit of the doubt with some calls at this point in his career.

Utah’s center is a leading candidate for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award, yet you wouldn’t think so, given some of the fouls he’s been whistled for. The Jazz are up 46-39 at the half.
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For basketball’s sake, let’s hope Gobert can stay on the floor in the last two quarters.

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Dwyane Wade couldn’t be bothered to play defense against Celtics

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Limited Drew Doughty Jersey I’m still not entirely sure if Dwyane Wade fell asleep while watching this Kelly Olynyk shot, or maybe he’s just getting a little too old to be playing basketball. Wait. Those two things could very much be related. Either way, here is Wade making zero attempt at getting a rebound in a pivotal Game 5.

Limited Brandon Saad Jersey Steve Mason is likely gone. Michal Neuvirth is coming off a terrible year. Ron Hextall doesn’t seem ready to thrust Anthony Stolarz into the NHL. So what’s up?

It’s so hard to guess what these guys may cost, for a number of reasons. Goalies don’t always fetch a ton in trades, and the teams looking to deal these players face the alternative of potentially losing them for nothing, so the Flyers likely wouldn’t have to give up much to deal for one of these guys.

But the Flyers do need a goalie, and the free agency options out there aren’t great. They’ve got a choice to make as to whether any options here are worth the additional cost to get, however much or little that may be.

Granted, at this point, the obvious issue becomes the fact that the Flyers would likely protect whichever goalie they deal for here, unless they were willing to spend assets to get a player that they’d then lose for nothing. And if they did so, they’d risk giving Vegas its choice of Neuvirth or Stolarz to take, rather than just one of them. And that may not be something they’re willing to do. It all comes down to how they evaluate the players that may be available.

That does still leave them with at least one protection-worthy forward that they’ll have to expose, though, and while having too many good forwards is obviously not a bad thing (not to mention, the whole point of expansion is to force deep teams to lose good players), this all does underscore the fact that the team may have a bit of a logjam in place here.

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he recently had a tryout at the WWE Performance Center.

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Ryan Switzer is the 5’8 firecracker of a wide receiver who made a name for himself by doing one thing exceedingly well while playing at North Carolina.

Punt to him. I triple-dog dare ya. Sure, he only ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, but Switzer’s fast. Anyone who’s ever tried to chase him down on punt returns will attest to that.

Before that, he really wanted to be a Cowboy. In February, the Arlington, Texas, native sent a video to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, asking him to trade up.

“I’m speaking to you, Jerry,” Garrett said. “Mr. [Jason] Garrett, make it happen. Dak Prescott leads our team right now. I need you to take Tony Romo, take a couple picks, and give them to Cleveland so you can pick me up. Please, I’d love to play in Dallas; just make it happen.”

Sometimes matchups between bad teams make for the wildest games, like the “kick-six” game between the Browns and Ravens on a Monday night in 2015. But for the most part, games like these are snoozers. Luckily for fans, the league didn’t force this game into a primetime slot.

It didn’t help that the Colts shoehorned Werner, a traditional 4-3 end, into a 3-4 outside role, but he still didn’t do anything to justify his draft stock, with just 6.5 sacks in three seasons. Indy released Werner in 2016 and he announced his retirement this past January.

With football done, it looks like Werner is giving pro wrestling a shot — he recently had a tryout at the WWE Performance Center.
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NFL draft 2017: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch Round 1 live online

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The NFL draft is one of football’s biggest events. Every year, top-notch players gather to find out where they’ll begin their NFL careers. This year, the draft will take place in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia. The first round started on Thursday, April 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

Wormley played more defensive end than defensive tackle in college, but I believe the 6’5, 300-pounder’s natural position will be at the 3-technique, where he has truly uncommon speed and agility. Wormley’s length, first step, lower-body explosiveness, and short area quickness are on par with players like Leonard Williams, Robert Nkemdiche and Sheldon Richardson, and likewise an utter mismatch for interior offensive linemen. Pairing him with Damon Harrison almost ensures that he will have 1-on-1 matchups and gaps to shoot.

His athleticism and experience on the edge could also help to spell Vernon and JPP at defensive end, particularly considering 3-4 fronts are not uncommon in Steve Spagnuolo’s multiple defense.
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Finally, coaches and teammates rave about Wormley’s work ethic and dedicated, driven personality. That will fit right in with the Giants’ recent draft picks.

Game Youth Stephon Gilmore Jersey Analysis: Most consider Wormley’s natural fit on a team that runs more three-man fronts than four-man. However, I do like this fit and value. Wormley played mostly outside at Michigan, but he should fit in a gap-shooting role inside. Wormley has a penchant for getting into the backfield, tallying 23.5 tackles for loss the last two seasons. While I like the choice, I would have loved linebacker Jarrad Davis of Florida. He shouldn’t be available at this point.

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Which rounds of the NFL draft are today?

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On Thursday, the NFL draft began with 32 players coming off the board in the first round. That was only the first day of a three-day event. The action resumes Friday night at 7 p.m. ET with rounds two and three.

His attitude changed in college.

Jabaal Sheard Elite Jersey Now, I love tacos all the time, Michigan senior defensive end Taco Charlton said Sunday. Whether its Taco Bell or I go make my own tacos or whatever.
Apparently his mother and grandmother thought that Taco was a good fit for him.

As far as Awuzies nickname goes, further research suggests that Awuzies nickname is actually Chido— but thats OK, because Cheeto sounds exactly like Chido, and Cheetos and Tacos are delicious. In an interview with The Denver Post, fellow Colorado defensive back Tedric Thompson referred to his former teammate by Chido.

My mom and grandma always told me that theres going to be some people who are brought in your life for a reason,said Thompson, a ball-hawking free safety. I remember meeting Chido in 2013 and thats been one of my best friends ever since, and Ahkello came a year later. We gel together so much.

I really want some tacos and Cheetos now, thanks, Cowboys. In college, you will notice that a majority of offensive linemen spend their time in a two-point stance, with no hand on the ground. This stance is comfortable — no straining required. But in the NFL, a good three-point stance is required for success. It allows for efficient movement, and also masks whether the play call is a run or a pass.

Donald Stephenson Elite Jersey Thats why you often see college programs with pro style offenses — Iowa, Wisconsin, USC, Notre Dame, and Ohio State — produce excellent NFL offensive lineman. Linemen from these systems have taken so many reps out the three-point stance that they only need to adjust to the speed and strength of NFL defensive lineman.

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Yep, NFL draft prospect Chad Kelly is Jim Kellys QB nephew

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In football, during a two-year period before a prospective student-athlete’s anticipated enrollment and a two-year period after the prospective student-athlete’s actual enrollment, an institution shall not employ (or enter into a contract for future employment with) an individual associated with the prospective student-athlete in any athletics department noncoaching staff position or in a strength and conditioning staff position.

Once the ball is in his hands, Leggett shows a natural navigation of the field, as well as enough quickness and strength to tack on yards after the catch. Hes not overwhelming, but Leggett shows a willingness and understanding as a blocker, which will make him a versatile player who can play in-line and as a jumbo slot.
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With a great release off the line, Hikutini can be a vertical threat up the seam with enough acceleration to provide a nice window for the quarterback. He shows a large catch radius with enough ball skills to expect a catch no matter the location of the ball or how well hes defended.

Even with a perceived thin frame compared to other tight ends in this class, Hikutini is a consistent red-zone threat. His willingness as a blocker and natural receiving skills should make for a long career as a contributing tight end.
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The intent here is simple: to prevent bigger schools from creating sham jobs that high school coaches can fill and then the college gain an advantage in recruiting.

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USC’s hunt for new women’s basketball coach is not going well

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The University of Southern California women’s basketball team has been without a head coach for 43 days and counting. A lack of urgency to fill the position and lowball offers could be among the reasons.

Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, a former USC wide receiver with no other college athletics administration experience, was hired as athletic director in 2016. Skeptics of another unfit, big-name USC graduate with a huge role but little qualification have reason to worry again.

Cynthia Cooper-Dyke resigned from her position as the Trojans head coach early in March after a 14-16 season. She gave no reasons other than it was best for her to step aside.

With different titles, some schools also have positions coached by more than one man, for instance an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach. But the official number of on-field coaches has been capped at nine in addition to the head coach — until now. But why not just do it immediately?

A daily-ish mini-column on the college football thing of the day, with some other stuff too.

Jacksonville State’s Ashley Martin made three extra points in 2001, when she was the first woman in Division I ball. Tonya Butler kicked for West Alabama in 2003 and 2004 and made 13 of 19 field goals. Katie Hnida is the only woman to ever score in a Division I-A game (or FBS) game, having done so with New Mexico in 2003. Mo Isom worked out with LSU a couple of years ago but didn’t ultimately make the team.

Here are Longo and her future coach, again via AZCentral:

“I contacted them during the season, and after the season I got contacted back by them,” said Longo, who made 30 of 33 point-after tries and connected on a 30-yard field goal her senior season. “The offensive coordinator (Josh Blankenship), he told me he wanted me to come out for a visit.
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Clashes in the stands caused many fans to rush onto the field.

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The highlight of Marshawn Lynch’s brief 2014 Super Bowl media day appearance was an interview with Deion Sanders. When asked why he didn’t want to talk to reporters, Lynch was blunt, saying he was just about that action, boss:
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Because that action — you know, football — is more important than interviews to Lynch. One of the least talkative players in the NFL had spawned yet another catchphrase: Soon there was a Just About That Action Boss remix and now it’s on a soundboard.

Lynch has never liked speaking to the media. Let’s turn the clock back to when Lynch was but a sophomore running back at Cal:

The first leg of the Europa League quarterfinal tie between Besiktas and Lyon has been delayed after violence between the fans caused many to flee onto the field. The game was initially scheduled to kick off around 9:05 p.m. local time in Lyon, but was pushed back 45 minutes.

Projectiles were flung from the upper levels of the stands towards the lower regions of the stadiums seating. Fans began to rush towards the field to escape, interrupting the players who had just taken the field for their warmups.

The quarterfinal match did kick off after the 45-minute delay, but this was another unnecessary violent incident in European soccer this week. On Tuesday, Borussia Dortmunds team bus was attacked before their Champions League match against Monaco, injuring a Dortmund defender.

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The Rock spent Easter chasing his daughter around in a Pikachu costume

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And you’re not allowed to take a break until I go night night”. At the end of the vid you can hear her yell, “Peekyu” because she can’t say, Pikachu. I’m tired, today’s my only day off, it’s 118 degrees in this costume and Hobbs keep trying to p*ss on my leg. And I luv every minute of it.

There are times when something is simultaneously so horrifying and impressive that you can’t look away, even though you want to. This tattoo of Phil Kessel is one of those things.

Yahoo Sports has the story of a man who walked into a Pittsburgh tattoo parlor wanting a ’50s-style pinup of Penguins forward Phil Kessel and got this perfect, horrific, amazing, grotesque thing. If you think I sound conflicted, it’s because I am.

The piece is a tip of the cap to a 2015 Kessel story about him eating hot dogs routinely during his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. SB Nation’s Pension Plan Puppets debunked the tale and showed why it was false, and this tattoo is an ode to it.

Biggest question mark: The defense was thin and inefficient against the run, and now the linebacking corps and secondary are rebuilding.
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Biggest 2017 game: The trip to Colorado State (Nov. 11) pits potentially the two best teams in the MWC and is your most likely MWC Mountain decider.

Elite Kids Mark Clayton Jersey Summary: Boise State is still the safest bet in the Mountain West, but the Broncos suffered enough recent glitches and have to replace enough contributors to make you wonder if 2017 will be their third straight year without a division title.

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Danny Kelly at Seahawks blog Field Gulls looks at the evolution of Golden Tate

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It’s been a rough season for the Steelers, but Pittsburgh did rebound well against Buffalo, as Behind the Steel Curtain wrote:

One of the oldest, and truest, axioms in coaching is that you are never as bad as you think your are, and you are never as good as you think you are. After falling to a historic low defensively against the Patriots, the Steelers rebounded nicely and dominated the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
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Danny Kelly at Seahawks blog Field Gulls looks at the evolution of Golden Tate:
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Golden Tate’s big-play celebratory reactions are on Russell Wilson dead-eyes level. This is the new Golden Tate. Lasered. In.

Does this represent a turning point for a sometimes-spectacular and somewhere-midlevel NFL receiver to become what we’ve thought he could become, a top-15, top-10 go-to guy? Well, I’m not saying that, but it sure felt like Tate was becoming a star in front of our eyes on Sunday when he made a one-handed grab in the corner of the endzone. (I only say that again because that was my actual in-game reaction at the time).

And like all romantic things, it is doomed. Technology is coming, at least to the televised games. Goal line sensors are already here, and the VAR trials appear to be working nicely. After the game, France manager Didier Deschamps welcomed football’s new robotic overlords; on the other side of the globe, Trinidad & Tobago were getting stiffed by a VAR-less referee. The future, it seems, will be a fairer place, if just a little flatter.

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