Utah Jazz trade rumors include ¡®testing the market¡¯ for Derrick Favors, according to report

The Utah Jazz have ¡°tested the market¡± for power forward Derrick Favors over the last several weeks, reports ESPN¡¯s Zach Lowe. His availability could shake up the NBA trade deadline after one of the league¡¯s biggest fish, DeMarcus Cousins, was dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.

Limited Mens Rodney Gunter Jersey Favors, 25, is one of the Jazz¡¯s most important players, but Lowe reports that the Jazz trying to plan to ensure that Gordon Hayward can sign a contract extension this year. By trading Favors, who has a $12 million salary for the 2017-18 season before becoming a free agent, the Jazz would free up extra flexibility to avoid any problems with Hayward.

Lowe says it¡¯s ¡°unclear¡± how serious the Jazz are about moving Favors now, and it¡¯s possible they¡¯re just trying to lay the groundwork for a trade around the draft in June. Utah could potentially get a better return then, when teams might be more comfortable pulling the trigger on a major deal.

Losing Favors now would also be a blow to the Jazz. His numbers are down across the board compared to a year ago, but he¡¯s still averaging 9.2 points and 6.1 rebounds in 40 games, including 32 starts, this season. That¡¯s production the team would need to replace while looking to make its first playoff appearance since 2012 and convince Hayward to stay.

“My wife keeps saying, ‘Are you sure?'” Lynch said. “I said, ‘Well, this has already started. We’re in.’ I’ve never been apart from my family, so it’s been gut-wrenching already but — sorry — that’s been tough.”
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Moore was eased toward retirement and replaced by a former quarterback of his, Scott Satterfield. And Satterfield initially bombed. The Mountaineers, having already committed to the FBS jump, went 4-8 in 2013, then began FBS life with a 1-5 record, suffering losses to a bad Southern Miss team and FCS’ Liberty.

High school junior Zion Williamson’s vicious dunks continue to be poetry in (slow) motion

Zion Williamson, a 16-year-old junior from Spartanburg Day School, has been making the rounds on social media lately, and it¡¯s all because of how athletic he is.
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As for who Menzel is rooting for in the big game, she doesn’t have a strong interest in either team. During her pre-Super Bowl press conference Thursday, Menzel said she¡¯s hoping Seattle will win, but not because she¡¯s a fan of the team, according to The Washington Post.

“Because I¡¯m a New Yorker and I cannot root for the Patriots, so I will root for Seattle.”
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She must have been happy the last two times New England was in the Super Bowl when they lost to the New York Giants both times.

Zuccarello broke the tie after Mika Zibanejad won a faceoff in the Washington zone and sent a pass to Chris Kreider. Kreider passed to Zuccarello, who beat Grubauer for his 12th of the season at 8:37. The goal was Zuccarello’s first of his career against Washington in the regular season.

The Capitals controlled the play in the second period, outshooting New York 11-4. Lundqvist made a key save on Brett Connolly. Justin Williams broke his stick on a tap-in attempt and Daniel Winnik hit the post.

Schultz, who had struggled mightily with the Oilers, filled in admirably at various times for Kris Letang and Olli Maatta, and he has continued to see his role grow exponentially with a team that should take a serious run this spring at back-to-back championships. Throw in the steadying presence of Cole, and the Pens added two smart, puck-moving defenders who meshed incredibly well with head coach Mike Sullivan’s up-tempo game plan — and without giving up any appreciable assets.

North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky and Stanford’s Solomon Thomas had huge 2016 seasons.

Figure out the right side of the offensive line. The Lions have a pair of impending free agents: right guard Larry Warford and right tackle Riley Reiff. Reiff moved over after four years on the left side once Detroit drafted Taylor Decker in the first round of last year’s draft. Reiff’s return might depend upon the market he finds in free agency. If a team values the former Iowa standout as a left tackle and is willing to pay a premium, it’s hard to envision Reiff returning. If Reiff is looking only at right tackle money, Detroit should probably be able to keep him around.

Warford’s the better lineman of the two, but his best season was arguably his rookie campaign in 2013. There’s a strong case to retain Warford, especially after 2015 first-rounder Laken Tomlinson lost his starting job at left guard for a stretch last year. If Tomlinson had played well, the Lions could have played third-round pick Graham Glasgow at right guard and allowed Warford to move on. Now, Glasgow might be needed at left guard, and Tomlinson might not be worth trusting with a starting gig.
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North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky and Stanford’s Solomon Thomas had huge 2016 seasons. Here’s where they land in Mel Kiper’s latest ranking of the top 25 prospects for the 2017 NFL draft.

The Jets have 10 pending free agents, none of whom is remotely worthy of the franchise tag. The biggest names are quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith, but neither one factors into the team’s plans. The Jets addressed their No. 1 free-agent priority by re-signing right guard Brian Winters last month.
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Per ESPN’s Stats & Information research, 30 offensive linemen have been franchise tagged since 1993. And the tagged numbers are 26 for defensive ends and 24 for linebackers. On the other end, there have been four punters, nine quarterbacks and 10 running backs franchised.

Generally speaking, teams see a better economic value to leverage high-end linemen than skill position players.

Latrell Sprewell attended the New York Knicks’ 94-90 win over the San Antonio Spurs as a guest of the organization Sunday

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The Clippers start the last week before the All-Star break in Salt Lake City in what, at the present, would represent a first-round playoff preview with Utah at No. 4 and L.A. at No. 5 in the West. (The Jazz, incidentally, are only 3-8 against the Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, Clippers and Grizzlies … so it’s also a biggie for them.) Pay particular attention to the fourth quarter, because the Clips are 0-13 on the road this season in games in which they trailed at any point in the final period. (Brooklyn, at 0-23, is the league’s only other winless team in those situations.) Blake Griffin, meanwhile, is starting to work himself into a nice groove as he awaits Chris Paul’s return, averaging better than 25 PPG over his last seven games.

Authentic Starling Marte Jersey Atlanta Hawks: ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that even while many around the league are skeptical of Atlanta’s claim that Paul Millsap is off the trade market, the Hawks remain adamant that their star power forward is staying put. According to Stein, Atlanta initially put out feelers for Millsap around the same time it dealt Kyle Korver to Cleveland, but the team has since reversed course.

Boston Celtics: Avery Bradley (Achilles) remains without a timetable for a return, and at this point it looks likely that the Celtics will keep him out until after the All-Star break, but Brad Stevens said on Monday that Bradley is feeling as good as he’s felt. Read into that what you want, but it sounds at least somewhat encouraging. Bradley is averaging a career-high 17.7 PPG and 6.9 RPG this season, his seventh in the NBA.

Latrell Sprewell attended the New York Knicks’ 94-90 win over the San Antonio Spurs as a guest of the organization Sunday, sitting next to owner James Dolan four days after fan favorite Charles Oakley was physically removed from the stands at Madison Square Garden and arrested.

Wild benefit from controversial ¡®inconclusive¡¯ offside challenge on Zach Parise¡¯s goal

Zach Parise scored his 11th goal of the season for the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, but it did not come without some controversy and bizarre NHL shenanigans.

First, the goal. Parise, while facing away from the Blackhawks¡¯ goal, redirected the puck into Corey Crawford¡¯s pads. He then turned around while Crawford was down and went top shelf to tie the game 2-2 in the second period.

What a goal, right? Well, the Blackhawks challenged it for offside on the zone entry that occurred approximately 15 seconds before Parise¡¯s goal.

On first glance, the entry looked harmless with the original angles seen on TV.
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However, the longer the review dragged on, the more apparent it became the officials were unsure.

Then, about eight minutes into the review, the television angles showed this.

But Maurice said that the Jets hope to get Myers back before the end of the season.

Elite Youth Tavon Rooks Jersey As the Jets coach noted, Myers¡¯ injury has sent ripple effect throughout the Jets¡¯ blue line. Dustin Byfuglien is playing almost two more shifts and minutes more per game than last season, which Maurice says has hurt his game. Jacob Trouba¡¯s ice time is up, as well, though he¡¯s fared better.

The injury let the Jets give top prospect Josh Morrissey a long look, however. In 55 games, Morrissey has 13 assists and looks like a natural fit.

The Jets activated Drew Stafford off injured reserve to fill out their roster.

Packers special teams player felt like the ‘scapegoat’ of NFC Championship

Former Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick — who botched the onside kick recovery late in the NFC Championship game and ultimately cost the Packers a trip to the Super Bowl — opened up about his emotions and experiences following the loss in a first-person piece for MMQB.com.

The infamous special teams miscue came with the Packers leading 19-14 and just over two minutes remaining in the game. The seldom-used backup was supposed to block for sure-handed receiver Jordy Nelson to secure the onside kick and seal the victory for Green Bay. Instead, Bostick tried to grab the ball as it came toward him but couldn’t maintain possession. The Seattle Seahawks recovered, paving the way for their eventual 28-22 overtime win.

Bostick admitted that he knew his correct assignment before the play, but “his mind went blank” and “instinct kicked in” as he saw the ball coming towards him in the air. He realized it was significant mistake, but wonders if he might have been unfairly singled out as the lone player who cost the Packers a chance at a Super Bowl ring.

“I knew it was a big deal. I knew it was a key mistake that cost us a trip to the Super Bowl. But, with all due respect, I think the media kind of took it and ran with it. I became the singular scapegoat.”
Even though he might not have been “the singular scapegoat” — Mike McCarthy’s coaching decisions were also heavily scrutinized postgame — that didn’t stop the Twitter trolls from piling on, as he received numerous death threats and tasteless messages in the aftermath.

Bostick was released by the Packers on Feb. 16 and immediately claimed on waivers by the Minnesota Vikings. He is hopeful for a fresh start in Minnesota, yet he also acknowledges that the play continues to haunt him and he is still coping with the loss.

Kenny Easley now refers to it as a divorce

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From the time his career ended because of a kidney ailment in 1987 to when the Seattle Seahawks inducted Easley into their Ring of Honor in 2002, he wanted nothing to do with the NFL.

“I had every right to be angry,” Easley said. “And I decided at that point that if I never talked to the Seahawks or to anybody in the Seahawks organization, it’d be fine with me. And it was 15 years. I didn’t watch a football game or Seahawks game or basically any kind of football.”

The football world got robbed of seeing Easley’s career last longer, but fans and peers alike witnessed greatness when they saw him play.

“I loved football and loved everything about football — practice, training, meetings, film study, I loved it all,” Easley said. “And for the most part, football loved me back.”
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For Davis, that moment likely came Aug. 6, 1995. In a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers played in Tokyo, Davis grabbed the Broncos by their proverbial lapels at about 11 a.m. Denver time.

In the third quarter, Davis roared down the field on kickoff coverage and blasted 49ers kick returner Tyronne Drakeford. Davis plowed into Drakeford at the 20-yard line, lifted him off his feet, and launched him 3 yards backward, landing on top of him to end the play.

It was a sliver of a moment from a preseason game that was filed away, but if every journey begins with a first step, that was Davis’. Mike Shanahan, the coach who eventually told his quarterbacks to hand the ball to Davis 1,655 times over the next seven seasons, said that play made him notice Davis.

“I really thought that there’s no way they’re going to put two backs in the same class, especially a guy that was a first-ballot Hall of Famer versus a special circumstance guy like me,” Davis said. “I thought that’s what they saw me as. When I got the knock, obviously I was shocked.”

On the other end of the spectrum was Andersen, the kicker who lasted 25 seasons, played in 382 games and scored 2,544 points for five teams. He is the all-time leading scorer for both the Saints and Falcons and was among the first to make the 50-plus-yard field goal routine. His 40 kicks of 50-plus yards were the most in NFL history at his retirement.

Andersen is the second player to make the Hall of Fame strictly as a kicker, joining Jan Stenerud.

the Rockets signed him to a nonguaranteed contract in August 2014

Meanwhile, Karl, for all of his many successes and skills, might be a last-round pick if you’re looking for the coach least likely to make a star player feel undermined. Karl has won a lot of games, but he has also griped loudly and mightily about his stars at every stop of his nearly 30-year coaching career — doubling down on that reputation in a recent book titled, appropriately, Furious George. Karl was absolutely the coach to make a fast offense — under Karl, the Kings boasted the league’s fastest pace — but, predictably, Cousins and Karl fought incessantly, a feud that was well-documented until Karl’s firing last spring.

Joerger, for his part, brings a reputation, earned in Memphis, as a coach adept at managing players’ personalities and expectations in the locker room. But though he excelled at game management and performed the community relations portion of the job admirably, he hardly projected stability. He grew petulant behind the scenes and took veiled public jabs at the front office for not providing the players he craved, including numerous love letters during media availabilities to Jazz guard Rodney Hood, whom the Grizzlies passed on in the 2014 draft, and labeling the roster “old and slow.”

After Black delivered a strong summer league performance, the Rockets signed him to a nonguaranteed contract in August 2014. He went on to make the Rockets’ opening night roster.
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“I’m always a big advocate of betting on myself,” Black said. “I agreed to a deal draft night like every other player in the draft, which is crazy. So, the only thing I really missed out draft night was hearing my name called.”

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Bill Belichick’s cutoff gray hoodie used to make regular appearances, including at Super Bowl XLVI against the Giants

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HE STILL INDULGES his inner slob, of course. He still wears pullovers. He still wears those Patriots-branded mock turtlenecks. He still wears sweatshirts with the sleeves awkwardly cut at the biceps, showing off his guns, looking a little like his pal Jon Bon Jovi during the New Jersey tour. Inside the Patriots’ building, Belichick was never known for his hoodies. He was known for his socks.
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The No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 draft lived up to his billing, leading the league with 1,631 yards — 318 more than any other player. Elliott was the driving force behind a Cowboys offense that churned its way to a 13-3 record before falling in the playoffs to the Green Bay Packers on a last-second field goal.

His closest competition for the award was teammate and quarterback Dak Prescott, but it’s worth throwing an honorable mention to Tennessee Titans lineman Jack Conklin, because linemen never get any love in these awards.

Belichick has embraced the trappings. The inevitability of time is a powerful motivator. He has been coaching professional football for 42 years. He has been singular in his pursuit of greatness — at a cost.

Bradley looked like he won a fan contest to live out his dream of being an NFL head coach

Bradley elected to go with coffee, and nothing else, for his morning chat with a coming and going of reporters from all over the nation. He has been at the annual meetings each year since he was hired, but you wouldn’t have known it by looking at him.

Despite countless interviews in the more than two years since his hire, Bradley looked like he won a fan contest to live out his dream of being an NFL head coach. His eyes didn’t stop swimming around the table with childlike enthusiasm, as if he were trying to convince every reporter that he loves his job as much as he says he does. Even when he’s not laughing or smiling, years of laugh lines are carved into the corners of his eyes.
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His answers to questions, which consistently featured him cracking a joke that he laughs at louder than anybody else, contained no attempt to temper his optimism about the improvement he sees in a team that has struggled to find wins under his leadership.

One problem Bryant faces is that the price of receivers has dropped since Megatron signed his deal. Miami signed Mike Wallace to a $60 million deal with $27 million fully guaranteed in 2013, then dumped his salary and winning locker room presence in a trade with the Vikings this year. (Successful front offices usually don’t stay that way by emulating the Lions and Dolphins).

Limited Womens Robert Meachem Jersey Next on the list is Vincent Jackson, who signed a five-year, $55.5 million contract with $26 million guaranteed. The biggest wide receiver contract signed this year was Jeremy Maclin ($22.5 million guaranteed). Green Bay re-signed both Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, with $24.5 million in guaranteed money split between the two.

Dallas has a history of poor contract decisions when it comes to receivers, a holdover from Jerry Jones’ over-involved general manager days. But it’s not Dez Bryant’s fault the Cowboys got burned on deals for Terrell Owens and Roy Williams.