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Bills fail to return kickoff, give up incredibly stupid TD

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The Bills may have already locked up Worst Play of the Year for 2017.

In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between AFC East basement dwellers, the Jets kicked off to the Bills following a Nick Folk field goal. Folk booted the ball high and short, and the Bills let it bounce near the 15-yard line.

Here’s where things got weird: Bills return manMike Gillisleeretreated toward the end zone to pick up the ball or so we all assumed. Gillislee stopped and watched the ball trickle into the end zone, then Doug Middleton dove on it for one of the easiest touchdowns in football history.

A couple years ago, Tanner Houck was in the conversation about guys who could potentially be the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, but his time at Mizzou wasn’t always smooth. Still, the fastball plays and the Red Sox decided he was worth a first-round pick this time around. The raw stuff is still there, and if he harnesses that stuff, the Red Sox could have a steal here.

The end of a relatively uneventful first quarter. The period ended with a sack of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, which might be considered a microcosm for Green Bay. New York at the time had a 105-7 advantage in total yards, and Rodgers had completed just 3 of 7 passes for 19 yards with two sacks. The Giants looked like the better team in almost all aspects after one quarter.
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The Giants, after passing on a potential field-goal opportunity and electing to punt on their first drive of the game, went for the three points after their second drive stalled at the Packers’ 8-yard line. Robbie Gould’s 26-yarder was good. The nine-play drive took 3:34 off the clock. 3-0, Giants.

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David Price has another reason to be angry as Yankees rout Red Sox

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Limited Anthony Morrow Jersey If David Price was mad before Thursday’s game against the Yankees, he’s probably livid now.

Gary Sanchez homered twice as New York drilled Price a night after the Boston southpaw had an angry exchange with a reporter. According to multiple reports, Price swore at a Red Sox beat writer and then others when they asked to interview him after Wednesday night’s game.

Could the incident have factored into Thursday’s 9-1 Yankees win over the Red Sox? Perhaps, but Price has struggled against the Bronx Bombers of late. Price was tagged for six runs on eight hits and four walks in five innings. The Yankees have scored at least five runs in five of six games against Price since the start of 2016. In fact, he is 1-4 with an 8.31 ERA against them in that stretch.

More embarrassment could be coming for Price, after Red Sox manager John Farrell said his outburst at a reporter would be handled at some point after Thursday. Price told another reporter that he will speak to the Boston media only after his starts going forward.

He basically had this entire system based on throwing more often, with less exertion and (with more) changing speeds, Mazzone said. He didn’t care how hard a guy threw and I didn’t care how hard a guy threw.

Sain eschewed much of the conventional pitching wisdom in baseball, such as flat-footed long-tossing by pitchers from the foul line to the middle of the outfield. Mazzone despises this practice to this day.
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You practice your craft at 60 feet, 6 inches going downhill to a catcher, he said.

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Redskins’ Vernon Davis hopes to ride curling hobby to 2018 Winter Olympics

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Redskins tight end Vernon Davis has spent part of his offseason a little differently than most NFL stars.

Instead of vacationing on a lush island beach, Davis has been training in a different sport: curling. And Davis is hopeful to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang as a guest of the USA Curling team.

“I love the sport of curling because it’s just you and the stone and the broom,” Davis told ESPN’s The Undefeated. “You have to have a still mind, a calm mind. Just like anything else, like when it comes to football. The mind-set has to be still.”

Thomas, himself a two-time Pro Bowler and one of the league’s best tight ends in 2013 and ‘14, is coming off a season where he caught 30 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns in Jacksonville. He would help a Dolphins team that has two free agents at the position (Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims).

“My tenure in Miami, I served my purpose,” Albert told the Sun Sentinel. “I was brought here to help change the culture and I believe I did that. Now the team is on a winning path and I leave my mark on the people I was supposed to leave it with, the youngsters on the team.”

“Nobody on this team is selfish. We’re a family out here and we have each other’s backs through thick and thin,” Blount said. “No matter who is going to get the rock, who’s playing the most, it’s always going to be our group that supports each other.”

White was called upon to Do His Job a little bit more than usual. Belichick, as he does with with every one of his players, had full trust to thrust White into a very important role.


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The Jets made a big commitment with $39 million in guarantees

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Authentic Derek Rivers Jersey Julio Jones made some spectacular receptions and was a factor in the game with his 87 receiving yards, but maybe Matt Ryan should have looked his way some more. The talented wideout caught all four of his targets, but those four looks were the fewest Jones has seen in any game this season. Instead, tight end Austin Hooper led the team in targets with six, only catching half of the passes thrown his way.

Hindsight is 20/20, but the Falcons might be kicking themselves for not trying to look for Jones more often.

The Bears want/need to add a quarterback this offseason, as Jay Cutler isn’t the long-term answer, and they can get out of his contract as early as this year. Trubisky grew up in the midwest and can handle the Chicago conditions.

Jacksonville is loaded with talent, but it hasn’t turned into success yet. The Jaguars can continue to add to their remarkably talented defense with Hooker, who could be the second coming of Ed Reed.

The Jets made a big commitment with $39 million in guarantees, but the fairy tale has turned into a nightmare.

It was clear from the start that Revis was no longer an elite player, but the wheels came off in 2016 as teams picked on him often and with great success. Revis reportedly was out of shape and dealing with a hand injury, but many also questioned his effort on the field.

Revis has openly said his future might no longer be at cornerback, sounding like a player with one foot out the door. Revis has a cap charge of over $15 million, $6 million of which is guaranteed if he’s cut.

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DT Earl Mitchell reportedly signs four-year deal with 49ers

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Limited Womens Jarome Iginla Jersey The 49ers and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell have agreed to a four-year deal worth $16 million with $5.5 million in the first year, according to NFL Media.

Mitchell, a six-year veteran out of Arizona, was recently released by the Dolphins in an attempt to improve their salary cap standing. Mitchell was set to earn around $4 million from Miami.

There are some 鈥?including Ray Lewis 鈥?who have said the controversy surrounding that game is the only reason we know who Brady is. Raiders Hall of Fame receiver Tim Brown took a similar stance Wednesday, saying Brady isn’t a starter if he lost the game.

I tell people all the time, if Tom Brady would just start out every interview saying ‘I wanna thank the Oakland Raiders,’ I’d be happy and I’d let it go, Brown said on NFL Network. But until that day happens, I’m not gonna let it go.

Robin Lehner Limited Jersey Because think about this 鈥?if he loses that game, he’s a kid who lost a home game to a West Coast team in the snow. So he’s not starting the next year. Because we were the Raiders, any other team, that game is over. Because it was the Raiders, it took them 12 minutes to come up with an answer.

Sorry, Tim, it has been 16 years and Brady has proven he’s one of the greatest of all time. It’s time to let it go.

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Yankees’ ‘Judge’s Chambers’ could open door for these genius fan experiences

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The Judge’s Chambers are the new coolest seats in Major League Baseball, as the New York Yankees capitalized on the marketability of breakout star Aaron Judge and devoted a fan section to the rookie in right field.

We’ve seen fans start their own pop-up cheering sections, be it The King’s Court in Seattle or even the ubiquity of Dominican flags at Fenway when Pedro Martinez pitched. But rarely has a movement been team-initiated like the Judge’s Chambers, 18 seats framed by wood paneling to give that authentic Bronx courthouse feel. The team selects fans in Judge jerseys to sit in the section, where wigs and Styrofoam gavels are distributed.

Authentic O. J. Howard Jersey Jose Quintana has looked like a shadow of the pitcher that broke out last season. The White Sox hurler gave up eight runs off of eight hits in just 4 1/3 innings Wednesday, while losing 8-6 to the Diamondbacks. Quintana is now 2-6 with a 4.82 ERA this season.

Braves reliever Josh Collmenter surrendered seven runs in the 10th inning of Atlanta’s 12-5 loss to the Pirates. Over Collmenter’s last six appearances, spanning eight innings, he has allowed 15 earned runs and five homers. Collmenter’s ERA has now ballooned to 9.00 in 11 appearances this season.

One day after Max Scherzer spun a gem, teammate Stephen Strasburg struck out 15 batters in seven scoreless innings to beat the Padres 3-0 at home. Strasburg allowed just three hits while improving to 6-1 with a 2.94 ERA this season.

Continuing the run of fine pitching performances, Brewers starter Chase Anderson almost recorded the first no-hitter of the season. Anderson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, but gave up a hit to the first batter. He ended the day leading Milwaukee to a 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks by tossing seven shutout innings with just one hit and a career-high 11 strikeouts.

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The Bears signed the most free agents of any team in the league with 12.

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Safety Quintin Demps and cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper could be upgrades in the secondary. But they’re not sure things, due to age and injury concerns. Demps is 31, and Amukamara missed 26 games in five years with the Giants due to injury, and the Bears have invested $12 million in guaranteed money into them.

Cooper had four interceptions with the Cardinals — which would have accounted for half of the Bears’ total last year — and may be the playmaker the Bears have been lacking in the secondary. But he also shared a defensive backfield with Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Tony Jefferson last season.

The Bears signed the most free agents of any team in the league with 12. Though many of the signings were underwhelming, they invested a lot of money into these players.

However, one thing general manager Ryan Pace did well with the free agent signings is front-load the contracts so that if any of these guys don’t work out, the team won’t be hindered by dead money long term. Glennon is the highest-paid player on the team this season, but the way his contract is structured makes it easy for the Bears to move on to Trubisky next season.

But in an offseason where the Bears really didn’t get any game-changing playmakers, it’s hard to imagine they did enough to drastically improve on their 3-13 finish last year.

On paper, there’s a lot to like about this Texans team. Their defense is great, and should get a boost when Watt returns. They have young, promising weapons on offense, with a legitimate star in Hopkins. They have the talent to win the division and make a deep playoff run.

But Houston needs that franchise quarterback, and after years of trying to patch the position with short-term Band-Aids, the team finally made the bold move to go get one. That’s a good thing. If Watson pans out, the Texans are in good hands for the next several years.


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Marvin Lewis is wrong to criticize the NFL for loosening its celebration penalties

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On Tuesday, the NFL finally loosened up and decided that it would ease up on celebration penalties. It’s something we’ve all been hoping for.

Unless you’re Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.

I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always!Tom Brady said in a release. It doesn’t stand a chance!!!
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There’s a history of players struggling through injuries and poor seasons after appearing on the cover. But Brady isn’t afraid of the Madden curse.

So much so that he’s tempting fate in all sorts of ways — even smashing mirrors and walking under ladders on Facebook.

Brady is basically the dumb teenager in every horror movie right now — just summoning demons because he doesn’t believe in them and playing with a Ouija board for laughs.

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Brady turns 40 in August and now has to deal with the Madden curse too. Isn’t that enough, Tom?

One of the things we talked about at the end was what the expectations would be if we were in a position to take him,Smith said. So we talked about what those are, and I won’t share those, but there was a connection between the two of us where I believe that he was willing to make the necessary commitment to be the best football player he can be.

I wanted agreement with him on that and a commitment from him that if he were to become a part of our football team, he was going to do that and recognize the significance of the position, and do everything he could to be the best football player and man representative of Houston that he could be. I walked away from that confident he would do it.

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With Darrelle Revis’ court case over, the fight for his next job resumes

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Darrelle Revis said that having the Steelers, nearest to his hometown of Aliquippa, Pa., as his next NFL home would be awesome. He also said he’s lighter, in better shape and hungry to play next season.

Think about it this way: Manfred is mildly obsessed with addressing baseball’s pace-of-play issues, and he helped push through a rule that changes the way the game has been played for more than a century. To save miniscule amounts of time, baseball eliminated the four-pitch intentional walk, saving maybe a minute per incident by making the IBB automatic. In 560 games this season, we’ve seen only 99 intentional walks.

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Although talented enough to play at a major program, Ramczyk enrolled to play for his hometown Division III program after stints at Madison Area Technical College and Mid-State (Wis.) Technical College. He even did so without an athletic scholarship to Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Jose Reyes is batting .104. It’s hard to overstate how bad Reyes has been in his 74 plate appearances in this, his Age 34 season. His strikeout rate is a career-worst 21.6 percent, and when he does make contact, he’s not making solid contact his hard-hit percentage (13.7) and line-drive percentage (12.0) are both career lows. His WAR is the worst in the majors for players with at least 50 plate appearances, by both the Baseball-Reference formula (minus-0.8) and the FanGraphs equation (minus-0.6).

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A baseball fan’s survival guide for the stretch drive of winter

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Here we are in late January, with baseball seeming like it’s both right around the corner and a million years away.

Spring training starts in a little more than two weeks. But even then, we won’t see actual baseball for a couple weeks after that. In lieu of live baseball, it’s good to watch any baseball. So I’m here to help.
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Below you’ll find a just-for-fun mishmash of baseball clips and links to help push you through the waning days of baseball-less dreariness.

— Judge continues to amaze: During one batting practice, he hit a monster blast that broke a TV monitor 480 feet away in dead center field. When YES posted pictures and videos of the feat, it was picked up by ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News and other national media outlets.
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— Corporate sponsors are taking notice too. A total of 11 sponsors have appeared on YES’s live-streamed telecasts via the Fox Sports Go app. Among them: Jeep, Papa John’s and GEICO.

As part of the retirement ceremony for Jeter’s No. 2 jersey on Sunday, YES will air a live, 90-minute pregame show called Derek Jeter Night (6 p.m. ET). ESPN’s national coverage of Jeter Night begins at 6:30 p.m. ET. Karl Ravech will have an exclusive sit-down interview with the Captain. ESPN will then exclusively telecast the Sunday Night Baseball game between the Yankees and Astros (7:30 ET).

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