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Tuesday night’s performance offered another example of how that prediction is coming to fruition, as the Bulls dropped a 99-98 affair to the lowly Mavericks. It is the second time that Dallas, now 14-27, has knocked off Chicago this season.

The script was familiar for coach Fred Hoiberg’s team: It didn’t play with consistent energy in the first half; it made too many defensive miscues late; and it couldn’t get much help from a group of reserves that finished the night a combined 8-for-23 from the field.

After one of their best wins of the season on Sunday night in Memphis, the Bulls yet again allowed a bad team to knock them off.
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Dwyane Wade has been playing in the NBA for 14 years and even he doesn’t have the answer as to why his team continues to play well against good teams and poorly against the bad ones.

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This will be the story of the NFL’s offseason

What happens to Tony Romo? This will be the story of the NFL’s offseason. Jerry Jones can say it is possible to keep Romo and his $24.7 million cap figure in 2017 all he wants, but it’s just not practical. Prescott won the job after Romo’s injury and kept the job after Romo returned. Romo turns 37 in April and has played two full games since 2014. The relationship between Jones and Romo should mean that a split will be amicable. Jones will not trade the quarterback to a team that he doesn’t want to play for.

That limits the field and could lead to a release instead of a trade. Romo can refuse a trade simply by saying he will retire. He said in November the competitive fire still burns, but the Cowboys are the only team he has ever known. We know he can still play, but does he want to play? There is no timetable on a potential move, but by early spring this should be worked out either way.
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Is it time to replace Alex Smith? The Chiefs have given no indication they¡¯re ready to move on from their starting quarterback of four seasons. But Smith, who turns 33 in May, might have taken the Chiefs as far as he can. He had a career low for a full season with 15 touchdown passes in 2016 as his passing in the red zone was particularly subpar.

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So why should we even be talking about Stedman Bailey?

A 6-foot-2 wide receiver with a 40 time of 4.5 coming out of college, Aiken hauled in 24 of his 32 targets for 267 yards and three touchdowns last season. Marc Trestman is running the offense in Baltimore now, which means the team should be towards the top of the league in passing attempts. I like the combo.

Do I expect Aiken to hold off Perriman all year? Of course not. But when you’re paying absolutely nothing for a guy who’s competing with a 36-year-old and a rookie in a good system, you’re looking at a possible great return on your investment.

You might not get excited about fantasy value from a Jeff Fisher offense, and I can’t blame you. It’s the opposite of a flashy offense, as the Rams ranked No. 30 in offensive plays per game in 2014.

So why should we even be talking about Stedman Bailey? I’ll give you a few reasons.

Julian Edelman – His ADP is the 19th receiver off the board and we have him a lot lower than that. While Edelman could prove to be a solid WR2 in PPR leagues, it’s a little tough to count on him in that role in a standard. The Patriots are going to lean on Rob Gronkowski a ton, while Brandon LaFell came on last year, too.

We have him at 28 while his ADP is 22. There are a lot of reasons to like Watkins: He is the no-doubt WR1 on his team and he is reportedly destroying his teammates in camp. The downside? He’s on the Bills, who figure to be one of the worst offenses in the NFL. Watkins will certainly have his big games, but expect him to have multiple games with less than five fantasy points in a standard league.

Mike Wallace – For some reason, he’s the 30th receiver going off the board. Yeah, a change of scenery could help, but Wallace graded out as one of the worst receivers in the NFL last season. None of our six writers have him at 30 or higher.

Browns OL coach Andy Moeller suspended, is under investigation for alleged assault

Victim was transported to a hotel at her request. Called police again, said there was an injury, wished to pursue charges.

The woman, later revealed to be Moeller’s former fiancee, told the 911 operator that he tried to “strangle me and beat me up.” She further claimed that Moeller told her to “shut up” while she was engaged in a phone conversation with her son. Cleveland.com has acquired the full audio of the 911 call.

“I hate to do this to him, but you know what, I’m glad I made it out of there in time,” the woman, who identified herself as “Sandy,” told the 911 dispatcher. She also claimed the Moeller had been drinking beer and that he had been violent before.

The woman was a guest of Moeller’s, according to the report. Police were required to file a report, which was presented to the city’s prosecutor, who will make the ultimate decision on whether to file charges.

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The Chargers are considering two locations — the L.A. Coliseum, where the Rams currently play, and the StubHub Center in Carson — for their home games until the new Inglewood stadium opens in 2019. The Coliseum seats nearly 100,000, while the StubHub Center would provide a more intimate setting of 27,000 and is about a half-hour closer for fans driving from San Diego.
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Beasley could be a game-changer with his devastating first step and ability to track down Wilson. And the rookie combination of Deion Jones, Neal, Campbell and nickelback Brian Poole no doubt will be key factors with their young legs and speed.

Jamaal Charles¡¯ potential ACL tear headlines Week 5 NFL injury report

Yesterday’s NFL action featured a relatively short list of key injuries. There was, however, a devastating one for fans of the Kansas City Chiefs, what appears to be a serious injury to Jamaal Charles’ right knee. SB Nation Medical Expert Dr. Ali Mohamadi offers some insight into the Week 5 injury situation in his Monday morning injury update.
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The stat of the night might have been both teams’ combined 6-of-25 performance on third downs up until that drive (the Steelers were 2-of-11). This game was not well-suited for spectators … until late in the third quarter.

Youth Derrick Rose Jersey Antwon Blake made what might have been the biggest play of the night when he stepped in front of a pass intended for Malcom Floyd and took it 70 yards to the house for the Steelers’ first touchdown. The score gave the Steelers a brief 10-7 lead, aided by a lackadaisical effort on the chase from the Chargers.

Blake was overshadowed by an overall outstanding day by Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, however. Making his season debut coming off a four-game suspension, Gates immediately became Rivers’ favorite target, catching his 100th career touchdown pass on the Chargers’ opening possession. He followed up the score with a brilliant route and catch in the fourth quarter that briefly gave the San Diego the lead in the fourth.

According to head coach Andy Reid, preliminary tests were suspicious for an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The extent of the injury will be revealed following an MRI scheduled for Monday. If indeed Charles has torn his ACL, he would undergo surgery and lose the rest of his 2015 campaign.

Adding Damon Harrison (98) and Olivier Vernon (54) to the defensive line was a key step in the rejuvenation of the Giants defense

The overhaul happened in the span of an offseason, with five free-agent acquisitions, a first-round pick and several undrafted free-agent finds. The defensive rebuild was spearheaded by general manager Jerry Reese, assistant general manager Kevin Abrams, vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross and their scouting staff. Together they pulled off the improbable; some might have even said the impossible prior to this season.

Mens Drew Brees Jersey The Giants’ front-office brass hit on all three of their major offseason signings. Jenkins made the Pro Bowl and the other two were deserving. Vernon led the team in sacks with 8.5 and Harrison led all defensive tackles with 86 tackles, including six for a loss.

It begins Sunday against a Packers team they already lost to earlier this season in Green Bay.

RB Paul Perkins. The rookie has increased his rushing total in each of the past six games. He even made his first career start in Week 17 against the Redskins, when he became the Giants’ first 100-yard rusher of the season. If Perkins can give the Giants any sort of rushing attack (they had 54 yards rushing as a team in their first meeting with the Packers), it will help open passing lanes against a depleted secondary that can be exploited. And Packers all-world quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be kept off the field.
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Their defense plays at an extremely high level. They’ve held three of their past four opponents to 10 points or fewer, and two of those teams (Cowboys and Redskins) were top-10 offenses. So are the Packers. If the Giants keep Green Bay and Rodgers in check and under 20 points, Manning & Co. will leave Lambeau Field with a win. Even during the final three games of their six-game winning streak, Green Bay has given up 24 points or more. The Packers are an average team (5-5) when they don’t score 30 points this season.

World Juniors 2017 results: Russia ends Denmark¡¯s impressive run with a 4-0 win

The most impressive World Juniors run for Denmark in years ended without a goal.

Russia shut out the upstart Danes in the 2017 World Junior Championships quarterfinals on Monday, earning a 4-0 win and a ticket to the tournament semifinals for the seventh year in a row.
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Russia will face the winner of the United States and Switzerland game.

Goalie Ilya Samsonov wasn¡¯t tested much, stopping all 14 shots Denmark put on him for his first shutout of the tournament. Minnesota Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov continued his impressive tournament, scoring twice in the win.

Denmark¡¯s power play ultimately failed them, going 0-for-6 on the day. The Danes finish the tournament with just three goals on 20 power play chances. The quarterfinals appearance was just the third in the country¡¯s history.
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This is the most savage thing I¡¯ve seen on a basketball court in months. Kris Dunn really dribbled left, ran right, and ended up past Napier with the ball in his hands. Dunn could have magically teleported from one side to the other, and Napier would have been less confused about how it happened. LOOK AT HIS FACE.

That¡¯s the look of a guy who just realized the girl he was flirting with all night just walked out of the club with another dude. It¡¯s the look of someone who realized he forgot his wife¡¯s birthday. It¡¯s someone who just thought to himself, ¡°You know, maybe the bees are dying at an alarming rate globally.¡± It¡¯s Level V trauma. Please, doctors, you might need to resuscitate this man. Break out the defibrillator, because his heart stopped beating.

Eagles ejected a reporter for discussing press box etiquette

The Philadelphia Eagles’ season hasn’t gone quite as they would have liked. The team started 3-0, but since then there hasn’t been much to cheer for in the City of Brotherly Love.

On Sunday, the Eagles were hosting the Dallas Cowboys. During the game, Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane, who writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer, was taken out of the press box by the Eagles’ PR staff, reportedly after discussion regarding etiquette with them.

Whaley’s answers to the questions left reporters in Buffalo confused about the actual responsibilities of his job, and asking questions straight out of Office Space:

According to Jay Glazer of FOX, Baalke was informed of the team’s decision to move on without him on Friday. Glazer also revealed that the 49ers were set to hire Adam Gase a year ago, but Baalke convinced ownership to avoid the hire at the last minute, setting San Francisco up with Kelly instead.

Baalke has shouldered the blame for the team’s struggles throughout the season, and doubled down that personnel decisions were his and his alone. There was some ‘miscommunication’ about Kelly’s role with personnel when he was with the Eagles, but he and Baalke have seemingly been on the same page.

Last year, the hot seat claimed coaches like Chip Kelly, Tom Coughlin, Lovie Smith, and Ken Whisenhunt. This winter will claim even more, including Kelly again. Here’s a look at the first round of rumors, grumblings, and reports about 2016’s embattled NFL coaches.

The 49ers closed out their regular season on Sunday at home with a 25-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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That summer, director Spike Lee offered Kobe the role of Jesus Shuttlesworth in the movie “He Got Game.” The role was perfect — top high school basketball player must choose between getting his estranged father’s prison sentence reduced by playing college ball at the governor’s alma mater or going to the school of his choice.

“We were kids,” said his high school friend, Kevin Sanchez. “We still listened to our parents back then.”

In 2000, Kobe released a corny rap song — “K.O.B.E.,” featuring Tyra Banks — that absolutely bombed. He was dropped from his record label soon after. Only embarrassing YouTube videos of Kobe performing at All-Star Weekend in a leopard print hat and leather suit remain of his rap career.

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“I was like super shocked when he came out with that K.O.B.E song,” Sanchez said. “That really wasn’t him.”
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Sanchez was one of the best rappers in Philadelphia back in the 1990s. He’d hang with Kobe at lunch, after school, working with him on his rhymes. They’d find battles on South Street, in the Gallery (an underground mall), at Temple University or in this barbershop on N. 54th and Wynnefield Avenue. Kobe’s rap name was “The Eighth Man.”

“I was a battle MC. I hunted every top MC in the city and battled them,” Sanchez said. “He’d come with me and watch me just destroy everyone.”

After high school, they started a rap group called Cheizaw, signed a record deal with Sony and spoke on the phone almost every day. “We’d freestyle for hours. He could beatbox,” Sanchez said. “I remember when he blocked [Michael] Jordan’s shot. He was going crazy. He called up and was like, ‘I need to be charged up. I need to freestyle for like 45 minutes.”

Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings came up very empty against the Packers on Saturday.

Think again about what happened here. Zimmer — who coached Deion Sanders and Darren Woodson in Dallas — volunteered the fact that Rhodes was supposed to cover Nelson, until players decided on their own plan. Newman — who was a rookie when Zimmer became the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, who followed the coach to Cincinnati and Minnesota, who lobbied for Zimmer as a head coach and once said the coach could be enshrined in Canton based on what he had done to make teams better — apparently was part of a group that decided not to listen to him in this instance.
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Evidently, so was Rhodes, whose development into a Pro Bowl corner has largely been on Zimmer’s watch, and who said after the game the Vikings’ defensive backs settled on the plan not during the game, but in practice last week.
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“We felt as a team, as players, we came together, and we felt like we’d never done that when we played against the Packers,” he said. “Us as DBs felt like we could handle him. That’s how we felt as DBs, that we could stay on our side and cover him. In the beginning, we’d always played against them and played our sides, we never followed, so that’s what we felt as DBs. That’s what we went with.”

Because of injuries to each player, Rhodes hadn’t faced Nelson since Nov. 23, 2014, so it’s tough to use history as a benchmark. But that isn’t the main point here. Players whom Zimmer has developed, who would be seen as some of the coach’s star pupils, suddenly decided not to follow a game plan — and apparently not to tell Zimmer, defensive coordinator George Edwards nor defensive backs coach Jerry Gray about it. Did they lose faith in the scheme after a 34-6 loss to the Colts last Sunday? Did they think their ideas wouldn’t be heard if they approached coaches with them?