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Anyone who doesn’t say Orlando is just being a basketball hipster. Regardless of whether you think it’s fool’s gold (second in the league in offensive efficiency fueled by an otherworldly improvement in perimeter shooting by Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic), for the Magic to sustain seven games of this productivity is nothing short of a miracle.
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Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (24.0 percent): How about a second-half sleeper in Davis? He was the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft and opened the season with a six-catch, 69-yard performance. A hamstring issue has limited him, but he appears ready to re-enter the lineup in Week 9. Anyone looking for an upside play should consider Davis, especially with quarterback Marcus Mariota expected to be much closer to 100 percent coming out of the bye.

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The Seahawks previously met with free-agent left tackle Branden Albert, but nothing materialized.
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The trade for Brown marks another bold move by Schneider, who had previously made deals for Marshawn Lynch in 2010, Percy Harvin in 2013 and Jimmy Graham in 2015.

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I feel good and my teammates feel good and just got to carry it over.

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What about the other unbeaten teams? There’s plenty of motivation there, too. No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 10 Miami have won all their games. In college football worlds of the past, that used to count for more. But given the evaluation of overall schedule and strength of wins, both teams will have a hard time convincing many that their overall bodies of work are as impressive as those of some of the one-loss teams ranked ahead of them.
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It was awesome, Caldwell-Pope said of beating the Pistons. I feel good and my teammates feel good and just got to carry it over.

But so would Oklahoma, the team in the No. 5 spot, thanks to a head-to-head win over Ohio State in Week 2. After losing to Iowa State earlier in the season, the Sooners appeared to be on the outside looking in. But their win doesn’t look so bad now that the Cyclones have emerged as one of the biggest surprises this college football season. Oklahoma just needs a team ranked ahead to lose and to run the table, and voila! Perhaps another playoff appearance. After all, only seven of the eventual 12 playoff teams of the past three seasons were ranked in the first top four.

Arizona is another place where Cousins could be set up to thrive.

The Sixers, who beat the Houston Rockets 115-107 on the road Monday to improve to 3-4, also held on for a 112-110 victory in Dallas on Saturday night, the first time they have won in those two cities in the same season since 2000-01.

They also ended an eight-game slide in Houston, and won back-to-back games for the first time since March 17 and 19, when they beat Dallas and Boston.

Marchand came out of the box and tied the game 40 seconds later, scoring the Bruins’ second power-play goal of the night with assists by Bergeron and Pastrnak. It was Marchand’s eighth goal of the season and the 200th of his career.

“We put ourselves in a bad spot and we fought our way out of it, so that’s the positive,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “I don’t like to see us start like that. I take a lot of pride in being ready to go. I thought we weren’t as a group. We corrected it and gave ourselves a chance to get two points. It just didn’t work out in the shootout.”

That’d leave a lot of money to work with and a big hole at quarterback to fill. While the Cardinals’ roster has taken a step backward recently, it still has stars on defense like Chandler Jones, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. The team also has one of the best offensive talents in the NFL in running back David Johnson.

For a team that everyone thought was well on its way toward tanking for a quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Jets have done surprisingly well so far in 2017 with long-in-the-tooth Josh McCown under center. Their 3-5 record has even come with close losses to the Patriots and Falcons.

Perhaps now he can fulfill the original expectations and at least act as a RB1. Ajayi enters Week 9 tied for 30th among running backs in PPR scoring after being selected as the No. 8 running back and 16th overall in ESPN average live drafts.raiders_076-223x223

DeRozan has 25 and Toronto downs Portland 99-85

DeMar DeRozan credited Toronto’s second unit for Portland’s ugly second quarter.
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The Trail Blazers were held to just six total points — Evan Turner’s layup and four free throws — in the period and Toronto went on to win 99-85 on Monday night.
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DeRozan had 15 points in the first quarter and the teams were knotted at 29 going into the second. DeRozan led the Raptors with 24 points in the 101-92 victory over the Lakers.

Dallas turned those mistakes into six points, though it should have been more if an Ezekiel Elliott touchdown wasn’t called back on a bogus holding call on Tyron Smith, who had his hands inside the frame of his opponent and drove him into the ground, but was flagged for it. Dale Weise Womens Jersey

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Prior to the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was both salty and contemplative over the Warriors’ slow start to the season. He groused that he would be very pleased if the Dubs could improve upon 26 turnovers. (The Warriors entered play on Monday as the league’s second-most careless team with the ball.) The Warriors obliged, coughing up the ball only 12 times.

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Beyond the Cyclones’ massive upset — leaving the conference wide open at the top — Big 12 action featured another big day from Baker Mayfield, a barn burner in the rain in Morgantown and a big-play-filled game between in-state rivals in Lawrence.

Help us recap the best of Week 9 in the conference:

Defenses have to be terrified to line up against Watson snap after snap, which makes O’Brien’s decision-making late in games even more curious. Twice now, O’Brien has gotten conservative when his team has been close to a huge victory on Jared Crick Youth jersey the road. In Week 3, facing a struggling Patriots defense, O’Brien elected to kick a field goal with 2:28 to go on fourth-and-1 from the Patriots’ 18-yard line in lieu of putting the ball in Watson’s hands. The Texans went up by five points, only for Tom Brady to march down the field for a game-winning touchdown to break Houston hearts.

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The Aggies (4-2) are coming off a 27-19 loss to No. 1 Alabama. Freshman quarterback Kellen Mond was 19-for-29 with 237 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

What she told police: Elliott鈥檚 accuser called the Aventura Police Department in Florida after an argument with him. She said that Elliott, listed as a friend (with benefits) in the police report, pushed her against a wall, hurting her shoulder.

In her phone call to 911, she told the operator that her boyfriend hit her Because I texted one of his old teammates. (pages 19-20)

What he told police: Elliott told police that the woman, who was visiting him from Ohio during his pre-draft training, was angry over a social media incident and in the ensuing argument he asked her to leave. He said he tried to lock himself in another room. The police report said she grabbed his waist and he pushed her off of him.

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We’re trying to change that, Hughes said, referring to previous struggles. Not really too worried about the past, but how we can move forward and get better.

The Jaguars and Bears are trying to win without their quarterbacks. Can it be done?

Quarterback is unquestionably the most important position in football, but at least two teams in the NFL are trying to win without one. Sure, there’s someone under center for the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars, and yes, they occasionally throw passes, but both teams are aiming to throw as infrequently as possible.

It was exactly what the Cowboys failed to do in their 42-17 loss to the Broncos. Denver’s game plan was to force Dak Prescott to pass, and the Broncos were able to lock in on that because they completely shut Elliott down. It’s much more difficult for defenses to contain this balanced Dallas offense.

Elliott’s 219 combined yards — 147 rushing, 72 receiving — and three touchdowns were the most he’d had in a single game as a pro. His stat sheet doesn’t tell the whole story, though:

All four of Jacksonville’s wins have been by at least 20 points. To put that in perspective, the team had three such wins over the previous seven seasons.

And the Jaguars feel like they should be 5-1. They gave up 17 points on three special teams blunders in a 27-17 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6. Two weeks before that, they gave up 17 points on three running plays totaling 177 yards in a 23-20 overtime loss at the New York Jets. Those included a 75-yard TD run in which defenders failed to touch Bilal Powell when he fell to the turf.

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86.4 percent. Carson Wentz leads the NFL in passing touchdowns (17) and already has surpassed his TD total from last season (16). He also has led the Eagles to their best start since 2004 and has given them the best chance of winning the NFC East.nike_49ers_2377_7df40b40c162f099-150x150

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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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.

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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.