Austin Rivers: Trevor Ariza and I ‘have no problems’ after talk

Trevor Ariza and Austin Rivers have buried the hatchet.

Rivers said Ariza reached out to him this week after Ariza led three Rockets players to the Clippers locker room after Monday’s game to clear the air about what went down.

“First and foremost, me and Trevor have no problems,” Rivers told ESPN Wednesday. “He called me. He reached out to me. Trevor and I talked and hashed everything out. He was really cool about being the bigger guy and calling me.”

Ariza and Rockets teammates Gerald Green were each suspended two games for trying to bust into the Clippers locker room after things got chippy on the court. Chris Paul and James Harden, who were with Ariza and Green, were not punished. Neither were any of the Clippers players.

“So I took offense to it. And he didn’t know what I said. So after the game he came in the locker room and his whole thing was, ‘What’d he say? What’d he say?'”

However, once the situation died down, Rivers said Montrezl Harrell set up the phone call between the two and Ariza apologized for overreacting.

It’s why developing a midrange jump shot would open up his game tremendously. It would give the Heat the flexibility of turning Adebayo into a power forward depending on the matchup, and it would put less pressure on him to become an elite rim protector because he could, in theory, play alongside a more traditional big man. (The Heat’s offensive rating in the 35 minutes Adebayo and Whiteside have played together this season? A horrifying 95.6).

There is a possibility Adebayo never develops a jump shot and never becomes the type of big man who can anchor a defense, but he’s already shown enough this season to believe he will get there one day. And if he does, there’s a strong chance he’ll go down as the biggest steal in the 2017 NBA Draft.

“We talk about putting your name on something,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “Those are all great opportunities for our club to fight for something. I thought they did.”

Rinne recorded his seventh shutout this season, tying Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy for most in the NHL. Rinne is 17-1-1 over his last 19 games, and this was the 50th shutout of his career. Rinne said the Predators’ stats are pretty remarkable over the last 30 games.
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Until his death last month, Thomas served as the agent for Wade and Heat forward Udonis Haslem, and over the year, he also repped several other Miami players, including Chris Bosh, Tim Hardaway and Shaun Livingston.

For all of you who know me, warriors don’t live in the past. Life is now. And the future is waiting, Riley said on conference call discussing Thursday’s trade for Wade. Based on what happened with Dwyane and us the last couple of years, there’s no bitterness and no regrets. We’ve always talked about that. Micky [Arison, Heat owner] is very pro Dwyane. Coach [Erik Spoelstra] is very pro Dwyane. I am. It was a sad day when Dwyane left and it’s a beautiful day that he’s back.

Wade expects to be on the floor when the Heat host the Bucks at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday.

One play in the first half stood out in particular. Houston’s Alex Delvecchio Jersey James Harden had the ball and was running a pick-and-roll with center Clint Capela. The 23-year-old Capela set the pick and went to roll but not a single Cavs defender went with him. It left Capela open and gave an easy pass to Harden for an assist.

And Westbrook and Pachulia have tangled before. After Pachulia knocked Westbrook to the floor in a game last season, the Thunder guard vowed, I’m going to get his ass back.

Thunder forward Paul George agreed Pachulia’s move appeared intentional.

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George isn’t the only other player who felt that way. Celtics guard Kyrie Irving checked in via instagram, saying, The league has to take a look at this, man. This s�� is ridiculous.

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Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is among the top prospects in this year’s NFL Draft, and he’ll try to heighten his resume this weekend at the NFL Combine.
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Barkley, who has been linked with the Browns at either No. 1 or No. 4 overall in the draft, said he would welcome a trip to Cleveland.

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Look for Barkley to come off the board anywhere from pick No. 1 to pick No. 4 in next month’s draft.

I’m competitive. But I don’t care if I’m drafted 1, 5 or 72 or the last pick, he said. I’m gonna come in with my head low ready to work. That’s not going to change me. No matter where I’m drafted or who I’m drafted by, they’re going to get the same person. They’re going to get the guy who’s going to be a competitor, who’s passionate about the game. Even thought I’ll be a rookie, I’m going to try to be a leader to the best of my ability and continue to work.

Brady looked far from a future five-time Super Bowl-winning QB, which led to him being a sixth-round pick (No. 199 overall). He was historically unathletic with his miserable 5.28-second 40-yard dash. His 6-5 frame also didn’t look great, weighing just 211 pounds. Of course, his intangibles, like intelligence and competitiveness, have made up for any shortcomings big time.

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John Elway: Broncos not planning on cutting Demaryius Thomas Jersey, Emmanuel Sanders

As the Denver Broncos prepare themselves to make major changes at quarterback, John Elway said the team’s plan is to keep its top two receivers for any new quarterbacks to throw to.
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Anybody that’s not under contract right now or won’t be under contract,” Elway said.

Rams DT Aaron Donald. The Pitt product showed off his raw strength at the 2014 combine, putting up 35 reps on the bench. That is tied for the second highest among all defensive linemen over the past four years.

Michigan DT Maurice Hurst. He is a quick 3-technique defensive tackle with the agility and ability to penetrate, and I think he’s underrated at this point. But does Hurst have anywhere near the explosive upper-body power that we saw Womens Jake Butt Jersey from Donald, the NFL’s best 3-technique defensive tackle? We’ll find out in Indianapolis.

The bill needed 11 votes for passage.

Illinois is one of four states — New York, California and Maryland are the others — to introduce legislation regulating tackle football.

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This is a first down, said Duerson’s son, Tregg, who was holding back tears as the votes were counted. It’s going to be a long process.

Authentic Kids Brett Favre Jersey Proponents of the bill — including Boston University CTE researcher Dr. Robert Stern, former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland and Concussion Legacy Foundation CEO Chris Nowinski — argue that fewer years of tackle football will lower the risk of CTE later in life.

The Finns did not win, but Heiskanen looked really good. He is a remarkably mature defenseman and is already under contract with the Stars — but on loan to HIFK in Finland. The biggest difference between Heiskanen and Tolvanen, however, is that before playing in Finland this year, Tolvanen spent two years in the USHL, where he was playing on the small surface. Heiskanen has spent his entire career on big ice, so his transition could be rockier.

New England and Alabama have still never won a title in the same season

The Eagles beat the Patriots in a Super Bowl thriller, and that’s fine and good.

But there’s an interesting trend that has developed in recent years between the Pats, the NFL’s dynasty, and the Alabama Crimson Tide, the college equivalent of New England: the two dynasties have never won a title in the same year.

In the first quarter, Jeffery scored the first touchdown of the game with an incredible effort on a leaping grab. He was draped by Eric Rowe and was still able to come down with the football:

I think (the return of injured players) will be great for us. It will elevate some of our games. When you have a little more pressure to perform, that will make our team better.

Trump stayed mostly quiet on Super Bowl Sunday. He declined to make any public prediction and refused a pregame interview with NBC. But he did congratulate the Eagles on their 41-33 win.

Notre Dame was looking to bounce back from a 6-6 finish in 2004. Weis returned to his alma mater and led the Fighting Irish to a 9-2 record, before a loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. In 2006 they went 10-3, but got blown out by LSU in the Sugar Bowl. The Irish struggled in 2007, locking up just three wins. They went 7-6 in 2008, and a 6-6 season in 2009 led the team to move on from Weis.

In 2011, Weis reunited with Crennel in Kansas City briefly as the team’s offensive coordinator. But he’s been away from the game since he was fired by the Chiefs for a “lack of on-field progress” in 2014.

Super Bowl XXXIX against the Eagles was the final time the Patriots’ trio of Belichick, Crennel, and Weis would share the sideline.

“It was the last time we’ll be coaching together. Potentially the last time we’ll be coaching together,” Belichick said after that Super Bowl XXXIX win, via ESPN’s Michael Smith. “It felt kind of different and strange. But if you have to go out, to go out a winner in the Super Bowl, that’s a real special feeling.”

We’ll soon find out if Patricia and McDaniels will leave New England the same way Weis and Crennel did: With a Super Bowl win over the Eagles.49ers_115