The Pacers and Bulls are in the NBA playoffs!

The 2017 NBA playoffs are set! The Pacers and Bulls won their season finales against VERY TIRED and thus RESTING teams, negating Miami’s win against an also tired and resting team to clinch the final two Eastern Conference playoff spots. Heat fans did not take it well, especially when it came to the Nets sitting their starters against Chicago for no good reason. But man, despite missing out in the end, the Heat had a really special season.

Li was also the lead investor in Sino-Europe Sports, the group that failed in their takeover of Milan earlier this year after putting down 鈧?00 million ($21.26 million U.S.) in deposits. After Li dissolved that group, he secured investment from an American hedge fund to form his new company and complete the purchase.

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Li has made huge promises during every step of this process, even when it looked like he’d never be able to come up with the money to takeover AC Milan. Now it’s time for him to deliver with a big summer transfer window.

Draymond Green stoned TWO Blazers dunk attempts in the same game

Klay Thompsons horrible turnover turned into one of the best blocks of Draymond Greens career, and there have been a lot of good ones.
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Damian Lillard found Noah Vonleh on a 2-on-1 that wouldve been an easy score against almost anyone else.

Every time JaVale McGee enters the game, get ready for this set play. The more Jimmy Butler hangs around Dwyane Wade, the more their games start to blend together. Once upon a time, Wade was known for his pristine mid-range shooting, fearless knifing through defenders in the lane, long Euro steps through traffic, and lightning-quick first steps that swung through defenders and caught them flat-footed.

That sure sounds like Butlers game, too. Like Wade, Butler loves to decline ball screens with sharp moves to his right. Speaking of unstoppable Cavaliers plays, theyre still running this one that I highlighted last year. When James plays with four reserves, he becomes the leagues scariest dive man on an alignment that has too many threats to cover.

The Warriors run a screen and roll, toss the ball to the other big man in the post and watch him immediately flip a backdoor lob high in the air for McGee to go get it.

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Derek Carr full participant in Raiders’ offseason training program

Mens Doug Baldwin Jersey Derek Carr’s surgically repaired right fibula, broken in a Week 16 Christmas Eve sack that derailed the Oakland Raiders’ postseason plans, is healed enough that Carr is a full participant in the team’s offseason training program.

This progress in the healing process comes just in time for the team’s franchise quarterback to ramp up talks with Oakland for a contract extension.

His importance was never more evident than in the Big 12 tournament, when he was suspended by coach Bill Self following a series of off-the-court issues. The top-seeded Jayhawks stumbled in a quarterfinal loss to TCU, ending their run at the conference tournament before it really began.

He returned for the NCAA tournament and played well in wins over UC Davis, Michigan State and Purdue, but was hamstrung by foul trouble and managed just 10 points in a season-ending loss to the Ducks.

Jackson’s suspension came following an incident outside a Lawrence bar in December, when a member of the Kansas women’s basketball team got into an altercation with Jackson’s teammate, Lagerald Vick.

Jackson, 20, followed the woman to the parking lot and the woman said he kicked her car and caused hundreds of dollars in damage. He pleaded not guilty last week in Douglas County District Court to one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property and a trial is scheduled for May 24.

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Tony Romo will be honorary Dallas Maverick for a day, dressed up and on the bench

Days after Tony Romo retired from the NFL and announced a move to a broadcasting career with CBS, the Mavericks said they will make the former Cowboys quarterback a “Maverick for a day,” according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Henley’s shot did enough damage to the hole that the Augusta National greenskeeping crew had to plug the original hole and cut a new one as close to the old one as possible, causing a brief delay in play.

“I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that in my career,” CBS’ Nick Faldo said as the workers dug the hole, sprayed the bottom of the cup with white paint, and tamped down the old one. Faldo is a six-time major champion, including a three-time Masters winner in 1989, 1990, and 1996.

CBS opted to show us 5 minutes of the Augusta suits fixing the cup on #5 over showing two Masters champions teeing off on one.

“This is like changing tires at a Formula 1 or NASCAR race,” Faldo remarked. “These guys have got to be on the clock. This is going to set a whole new standard for hole repair.”

Henley, by the way, added a birdie on the seventh to get to even-par for the tournament. Last season, Mercedes ran the gamut, as expected. But internally, there was a battle between Lewis Hamilton and eventual champion Nico Rosberg. That battle won’t be reignited this season, as Rosberg elected to retire after winning his first title. That left an opening on the team, which then managed to secure Valtteri Bottas from Williams to fill the vacancy.

You can thank the refs for that last one.

Gonzaga got more rebounds, shot way better from behind the arc, and got to the free throw line just as much as UNC. But it didn’t matter, because Roy Williams and the Heels figured out how to shut down the Bulldog offense and do juuuust enough scoring of their own to bring home the title that eluded them last year.

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UNC will be in the hunt, like always, because its depth and talent is only rivaled by the very best in college basketball.
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Should he leave, perhaps for a school like Indiana, the AAC runs the risk of diluting the league identity for a non-football athletic department (that has considered bringing back football decades after ending its program) that might not be able to sustain success.

There is precedent for smaller, basketball-focused schools moving up in conferences and enjoying success while losing a big-time coach (VCU) or a program-defining talent (Davidson, Creighton). If Wichita State can sustain high-level basketball in a world where Marshall was coaching elsewhere 鈥?and it does have the resources to potentially do it 鈥?WSU could provide nice depth to an already decent basketball league.

History shows that picking them any lower than this is pretty foolish.

In 2010, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga should have been awarded a perfect game — but umpire Jim Joyce missed the call. With two outs at the top of the ninth inning, a ground ball to the right side was going to be close, but it appeared to everyone that the Tigers had secured the perfect game for their pitcher.

However, the runner was called safe at first despite overwhelming evidence showing that he was out. This permanently kept Galarraga’s name out of the record books, while Joyce, knowing he botched the call, had an emotional return when he next umpired a Tigers game.

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The annual mass exodus at Kentucky will be even more extreme than usual this year, as the Wildcats will have to replace a pair of senior contributors and (potentially) a sophomore starter in addition to their star freshmen. John Calipari will reload with three elite freshman big men to go along with new point guard Quade Green. UK is also in on a couple of the top unsigned players from the 2017 class, including top 10 players Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox.

History shows that picking them any lower than this is pretty foolish. Bill Self is losing the National Player of the Year in Frank Mason as well as freshman star Josh Jackson, but there are also a lot of smaller pieces from the 2016-17 Big 12 champions that are coming back. Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman, a former five-star recruit, should help cushion the blow of Mason’s departure.
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The Raiders wanted Los Angeles. They got Las Vegas instead.

PHOENIX –- The Raiders’ league-approved move to Las Vegas is connected to Los Angeles. The Raiders have always seemed connected to Los Angeles.
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When things got tight and messy between Al Davis’ Raiders and Oakland city leaders in the city where the Raiders toiled since 1960, Davis used Los Angeles as leverage. He even took them there, brought them back to Oakland and often threatened to do that dance all over again.

Get ready to hear the names of Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers for a long time. The pair emerged this season as an offensive threat worthy of mention. Scheifele especially, who has 76 points in 73 games to lead the Jets offense as a 24-year-old.

Their supporting cast is quite talented, too, with the likes of Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien, Bryan Little, and Mathieu Perreault playing big parts in making the Jets offense the eighth-deadliest in the NHL this season.

Add some college hockey standouts in Andrew Copp and Kyle Connor to the mix, and Winnipeg’s offense has never been deeper in this incarnation of the franchise.

And they almost were, as the Jets rolled with Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson for most of the season. Winnipeg’s goaltending was certainly their biggest weakness of the season, but head coach Paul Maurice finally seemed to realize that their goaltender of the future was not going to be Pavelec.

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Colts sign RB Chris Rainey

The Steelers selected Rainey with the fifth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but released him over the offseason in the wake of multiple run-ins with the law. The final straw was an incident in which Rainey was arrested for allegedly slapping his girlfriend. The girlfriend has since denied that she was assaulted.

Ian Rapoport reports that he expects the sides to reach a “reasonable extension,” but there is no indication on what potential terms would be at this time. Deciding on terms will be complicated by the cash-strapped Falcons, who are expected to have salary cap issues in 2017. White held out the last time they tried to work on an extension, finally settling for a 6-year deal that made him the league’s fifth-highest paid wide receiver.

White is on pace for the worst season of his career. Offensive struggles paired with a series of injuries have created a scenario where it’s unlikely he’ll pass 400 yards receiving this season — a career first. His best game came in a Week 5 matchup against the New York Jets where he caught four passes for 45 yards, but fumbled the ball.

Discussion of extending White could be influenced by the season-ending injury to Julio Jones. Atlanta is in dire need of offensive consistency entering an offseason where Jones will be recovering and tight end Tony Gonzalez is almost certainly retiring.

There’s more to generating pressure than finishing sacks, but against a veteran quarterback it was important for the defense to hit him early and often — ultimately Manning was hit twice on Sunday night, and was not sacked once. Not completing this task is the biggest reason the team lost.

Joe Flacco got paid this offseason to the tune of $20 million per year, and has not lived up to the contract.

Elite Darian Thompson Jersey Still, the strength of this team is its defense. Carlos Dunlap is having a nice year with four sacks, and Vontaze Burfict has patrolled the middle of the field with great ability, making a team-leading 90 tackles. This team will sorely miss defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who is the best at his position in football. Atkins had six sacks before tearing his ACL in Miami.

Joe Flacco got paid this offseason to the tune of $20 million per year, and has not lived up to the contract. In fairness, the team traded away his favorite receiver in Anquan Boldin and the offensive line has allowed 25 sacks. Flacco has only completed 59.4 percent of his attempts and thrown just 10 touchdowns against nine interceptions.

Perhaps an even bigger problem though has been the usage of Ray Rice. One of the best backs in the league over the past five season, Rice has only 259 yards rushing and a brutal 2.7 yards per carry. Part of the problem might be that Rice has only gotten more than 15 carries once in a game, keeping him from getting a rhythm.

Defensively, Terrell Suggs is once again putting together a Pro Bowl campaign with nine sacks. On the other side of the field, newly-acquired Elvis Dumervil is also doing his part with 5.5 sacks. Overall, Baltimore ranks 10th in yards allowed per game at 339.5 and gives up only 21.5, also 10th.

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Its almost tricky to tell where Robs more effective these days- on goal-line stands or daquiri stands. Alot of people say Rob looks like a pirate with gout, or that you shouldnt let him around anyone whose never been to prison, but Ive got a lot of time for Rob despite what his liver test results say.

Week 11 NFL preview: Ravens vs. Bears

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Ray Rice is falling apart. Joe Flacco is a gargantuan waste of money. Josh McCown is filling in for Jay Cutler. The Ravens and Bears face off in a match between two teams with vague and uninspiring playoff hopes! Matt Ufford and the crew preview the game and make their predictions.

s Joe Flacco and the 4-5 Baltimore Ravens travel to face the Josh McCown and the 5-4 Chicago Bears. The Bears are only a game behind the first-place Lions and beat the Rodgers-less Packers two weeks ago, so are still looking good in the playoff race. The same can’t be said of the Ravens. Joe Flacco signed a $120 million contract in the offseason and has rewarded his team with a quarterback rating lower than those of Mike Glennon and Christian Ponder.
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There are a few notable college coaches on this list, including Mike Reilly and the 2000 Chargers that went 1-15, or Dennis Erickson and the 2004 49ers that went 2-14, but they aren’t the most notable. There are still two coaches that can give Bradley, and any coach going through a rough first season, a reason to believe.

The Colts hired Jim Caldwell to replace Tony Dungy in 2009, and he didn’t miss a beat, leading Indianapolis back to the Super Bowl after a 14-2 season. Except, did he really have much to do with that? The Colts went 10-6 the next season and then when Peyton Manning missed all of 2011, fell to 2-14. Caldwell was fired and the team cleared the house for Andrew Luck, much in the way they did for Manning 15 years earlier.

Tom Flores won two Super Bowls with the Raiders (’80 in Oakland, ’83 in Los Angeles) but in 1992 he took over the Seattle Seahawks and went 2-14. He coached two more years in Seattle, going 6-10 in both, and didn’t coach again. He should have known better than to tempt fate with the Seahawks.