Seahawks add veteran Dwight Freeney to replace injured Cliff Avril

Freeney left the Colts after the 2012 season and signed a two-year deal with the Chargers, but had four sacks over two injury-riddle seasons. One of those sacks, however, was a game-clinching sack of new Seahawks teammate Russell Wilson in 2014.
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Players listed in the starter column are the most valuable wide receivers on their team in terms of fantasy value.

A player listed under handcuff should see increased fantasy value if the corresponding starter becomes injured or sees his role diminish.

The value column reflects the likely upside that player would have in standard leagues if he becomes a starter: WR1 (top 10), WR2 (11-20), flex (21-30), bench (worth adding to your bench as a flier), waivers (not worth adding as a free agent).

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Colts senior director of communications Avis Roper issued a statement regarding the incident later Tuesday.

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Mathis, 36, was selected by Indianapolis in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft and spent his entire 14-year career with the Colts. The All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler, who remains the franchise leader in sacks (123), recently joined the team’s coaching staff as a pass rush consultant last month.

Of the Hernandez lawsuit, Goodell said the NFL will let his lawyers deal with that.

We find ourselves Chad Kelly Authentic Jersey in the midst of an unprecedented time of athlete activism as the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) releases its 2017 NFL Racial and Gender Report Card. As I wrote in my ESPN column on the activism in the NFL and across the sports world, I found Sept. 24 to be the most important sports day since Muhammad Ali declared he would not fight in the Vietnam War.
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Most of Goodell’s news conference was dedicated to the national anthem discussion, but the commissioner also answered questions on the lawsuit filed by Aaron Hernandez’s family against the NFL, alleging that players weren’t adequately warned about the dangers of CTE and on the pace of play of games this season.

Goodell said he was pleased so far with the pace of play, crediting the 40-second clock, centralized replay and the officials’ access to Microsoft Surface tablets as reasons for the positive change. He acknowledged, however, that the league has a long way to go.

Browns rookie tight end David Njoku scored his third career touchdown on Sunday against the Jets. The Browns haven’t had much to celebrate this season, so Njoku was going to soak it all up.

The appeal was centered around concerns about the credibility of Elliott’s accuser. Goodell appointed an arbitrator, Harold Henderson, to hear the appeal. Before Henderson reached a decision 鈥?but after he heard the appeal 鈥?the NFLPA, expecting the worst, filed a lawsuit against the league in a federal court in Texas.

That leaves Jonnu Smith as the Titans best newcomer.

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With a first-year GM, the Colts should take a long-term view with their $140 million franchise QB and get him ready for the 2018 season.
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The Chiefs did manage to get into the end zone on their next possession. Smith connected with De’Anthony Thomas for a 57-yard touchdown. And if Reid had taken the points earlier, Kansas City would have a lead.

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Who needs great quarterback play? Not Brown, especially judging by his exceptional catch on a deflection off Phillip Gaines’ helmet that Brown took 51 yards for a touchdown and a nine-point lead with 3:24 remaining in the game. Brown’s catch played a major part in his 29.5 PPR point fantasy day, the best among wide receivers through the 4 p.m. ET games.

He has only three catches, but two of them have gone for touchdowns. Smith brings so much to the Titans offense. Like Delanie Walker, Smith is really good as an in-line tight end or split out wide.
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We saw his speed in action on Monday night, when Brown was able to catch Kareem Hunt from behind on a sweep to the sideline. He has generally been a sure tackler, and he has made third down plays鈥攁 major point of emphasis for this defense after last year’s debacle on third downs.

Goodell has tried to persuade the players’ union to help him to persuade the players to stand for the anthem.

“What privilege do we have?” he asked. “The privilege to be blessed that our hard work and dedication paid off, and we were able to change our families’ lives, to change our lives, and to live better. But that doesn’t change our memories or what we remember happening in our childhood. I think that’s something that sticks true to him [Baldwin] as well, and sticks true to a lot of players.

“That’s why guys are so passionate about coming together and making a difference and making a stand, and doing everything they can in terms of making a difference for social injustice because no matter what, before we had all of this money, and after we’re dead and gone, our skin is still black, we’ll still be looked at a certain way, and all we want is equality for everyone. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, and it’s just great to have a guy like Doug continuing that fight, and continuing to take it beyond what others have done.”

Orlando often struggled in the third quarter last season, but the Magic came out of halftime strong in their first game.

After leading 58-55 at the break, Orlando stretched its advantage 15 points early in the third behind key shots from Fournier, Payton and Vucevic.

The Magic were stronger on the boards and on the break in the opening half. The Magic outrebounded Miami 26-20 and had 15 second-chance points compared to six by the Heat. Orlando also had seven fast-break points while the Heat didn’t convert any during the first 24 minutes.
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Giants finally get 1st quarter points thanks to the Chargers offense screwing up

It took more than a year from the time Ezekiel Elliott was accused of domestic violence to the NFL handing him a six-game suspension. The details that have been made public have been confusing and ugly, and both sides have questioned the other’s credibility.

After a Brad Wing punt pinned the Chargers inside the 10, a miscue between Philip Rivers and his center led to a snap that fell in the end zone. Rivers did the smart thing and tossed the ball through the back of the end zone for a safety with Giants defenders coming quick and aiming for a touchdown.

With the safety, the Giants took a 2-0 lead and got points in the first quarter for the first time in 2017.

The New York offense started the game with two punts, but finally got some first-quarter points of its own when Orleans Darkwa ran for a 23-yard touchdown that gave the Giants a 9-0 lead.

You’ve got to start somewhere, right?
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Elliott is only the third player — and the most recognizable name — to receive the baseline six-game suspension for domestic violence since the personal conduct policy was enacted in December 2014.

Now, the situation is threatening to turn into a long, even nastier battle, not just as Elliott fights the suspension but as the NFL and NFL Players Association engage in another power struggle over the league’s disciplinary process.

The Eagles got off to a good start in the fourth quarter against the Panthers with a quick Nelson Agholor touchdown. The best part though, was the celebration.
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Agholor got the offense huddled around and passed the football off to center Jason Kelce, where he spiked the ball in celebration.

The Chiefs have surpassed all expectations, winning five of their first six games

The ambiguity in the rule has made it difficult for the league to fine players who have either sat or knelt for the anthem, and the owners had discussed clarifying the wording to make standing for the anthem mandatory.
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By leaving the rule alone, the league has chosen to avoid more internal strife with its players and to potentially weather more criticism from fans and President Trump, who has repeatedly ridiculed the league for not firing players who demonstrate during the anthem.

We need to be above petty attacks from anybody, because racial and socioeconomic inequality has existed in this country for too long, Jed York, the chief executive and co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers, said when asked about the president’s criticism of the league. You got to block out the noise and go do your job, and that’s what we need to focus on.

Before the season started FPI projected the AFC West as one of the closest divisional races, with the Chiefs as slight favorites over the Raiders to win the division. Six weeks later we have teams nearing either extreme of their projected outcomes and a divisional race largely seen as a fait accompli.

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Oakland thus far has failed to live up to projections, starting 2-4, prompting FPI to give them a less than 1 percent chance at the AFC West and just a 6 percent chance at the playoffs. Even with a win, the division may be out of reach, but making the playoffs becomes a 10 percent possibility.

Mike Ditka clarifies remarks: ‘I have absolutely seen oppression’

Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka issued a statement Tuesday night clarifying comments he made in regard to NFL players choosing to kneel during the playing of the national anthem.

The Ducks, who had won 29 straight home games over the Flames, playoffs included, are enjoying the luxury of opening the new season with four straight home games and six out of seven at the pond overall.
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I don’t know if we did a good enough job getting in there for second and third opportunities, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said after the latest loss. We directed a lot of pucks at the net, but I don’t think we had any rebound opportunities until the third period.
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The Islanders are opening a four-game road trip that will include contests against the Ducks, the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks in California before swinging back to the East Coast to visit their rival, New York Rangers on Oct. 19.

Molitor was hired to replace longtime manager Ron Gardenhire for the 2015 season. The Twins were coming off of their fourth straight season of 90-plus losses, but Molitor spearheaded a surprisingly competitive 83-79 year that kept them in the playoff conversation deep into September.

Then came the disastrous 2016 season in which the Twins lost 103 games, looking hapless in the field, on the base paths and on the mound. They lost more games than any Twins team that came before them and ushered respected general manager Terry Ryan out the door.

The defense looks sound with Patrick Beverley and DeAndre Jordan bookending it.

Perhaps the toughest team in the league to peg, in part because of the health questions that always swirl around Blake Griffin and Danilo Gallinari. There is a 50-win team in here with Griffin as fulcrum, lording over the action from the center of the foul line as everyone orbits him. The four rotation guards are dangerous in different ways, and crafty enough on the pick-and-roll to draw double teams — and free Griffin to slip into open space, where he is an expert playmaker.

The defense looks sound with Patrick Beverley and DeAndre Jordan bookending it. For all the talk about how helpless the Clippers were when Chris Paul rested — and they were G League-level bad — a huge chunk of those minutes came with both Griffin and Jordan also on the pine. The Clips actually outscored opponents by almost five points per 100 possessions in the 342 minutes Jordan and Griffin logged without Paul, per NBA.com.

Denver has a whole cupboard full of malleable young players who could blossom into the key piece, the most promising of which is Jamal Murray. Entering his second season, Murray projects for 2.7 RPM wins in 2017-18, which would exceed Green’s RPM wins from the 2012-13 season. While Green contributed far more in his second season, it’s also worth pointing out that Murray entered the league three years younger than Green. There’s plenty of time to play catch-up.

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Scouting USA Basketball’s best 2019 NBA draft prospects

As part of the 2017 USA Basketball Junior National Team minicamp, 18 members of the 2018 high school class were in Colorado Springs over the weekend competing for a spot at April’s Nike Hoop Summit. The camp featured young players who will undoubtedly emerge as NBA prospects down the road, so let’s assess the top 12 in terms of their performance and pro potential.

Here and now seems like a good time and place to look back on how Dave Doc Roberts came to be the manager of a storied franchise in the midst of an epic season.

Here is the Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh, and now, Aug. 22, a sudden downpour is soaking Roberts’ walk to the ballpark and driving the autograph-seekers away.

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The bridge crosses the Allegheny River, which passes through New York State just below Jamestown, which is where Roberts got his professional start in 1994.
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We were a Detroit farm team, he says, but that’s where I first learned the Dodger Way. Our manager was Dave Anderson, the former Dodger shortstop. God, I loved that year. I found out I could actually play professional baseball.

During one of his media availabilities last week, Irving was asked if he had seen plays and sets in which he and Hayward could thrive together this season. Irving’s face lit up and a big smile appeared. When a similar question was put to Horford recently, asking if he has seen glimpses of how Boston’s new Big Three can help one another, his face, too, lights up. Horford can’t muffle a smile as he begins to talk.

Stuart with 4 TDs as Duquesne snubs Wagner 38-0

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Tommy Stuart threw four touchdowns passes as Duquesne snubbed Wagner 38-0 on Saturday.

Stuart was 14-of-23 passing for 238 yards for the Dukes (4-1, 1-0 NEC). Nehari Crawford caught two scoring passes — including one for 79 yards late in the third quarter — and finished with 156 yards receiving. A.J. Hines ran for 77 yards and a score.

Hines ran for his 33-yard score early in the first quarter following a Wagner fumbled punt return recovered by Ricky Mellick. Duquesne intercepted Wagner’s Donald Glenn twice in the first half, with the second setting up a 5-yard Stuart-to-Crawford touchdown pass to put the Dukes up 14-0 with 9:00 left in the half. Then Stuart hit Kellon Taylor for a 23-yard score and the Dukes led 21-0 at the break.
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Glenn had 84 yards passing for the Seahawks (2-4, 0-2). Ryan Fulse ran for 118 yards on 28 carries.

With future Michigan State and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green leading the Trojans, Saginaw High went a combined 53-2 and won Class A state championships in 2007 and ’08. When Green left for Michigan State, the Trojans waited on Dawkins’ younger brother, Dorian, to replace him as the team’s next star.

Dorian Dawkins was regarded as one of the country’s best rising freshmen in 2009. During his first game as an eighth-grader, he had 36 points, 22 assists and 20 steals — and didn’t play during the fourth quarter. He was so talented that his teammates and friends called him The Future. He loved ice cream and playing chess and the flute. His dream was play to point guard for the Spartans.