I certainly feel a little better than I did four weeks ago

“He was not only a great player for us, but he was a great leader. I just think back to him during the 2007 season and the leadership he showed getting us to the Super Bowl and then winning that game and there’s no way we have a Super Bowl season if Michael Strahan’s not on the team.

“He meant a lot to this organization, and still does.”

This year’s Giants, of course, got off to an unthinkably poor 0-6 start. They have rebounded to win four straight, making Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium vs. the Dallas Cowboys a critical one. How does Mara feel about this year’s version of the Giants?

“I certainly feel a little better than I did four weeks ago,” Mara said. “Obviously we were all disappointed and surprised by the poor start that we had, but I am proud of the fact that our team stuck together and we’re now at the point where we can play meaningful games late in the year. Hopefully we can keep this thing going and make a run.”

There’s a problem in the Navy. Someone has been planting homing beacons on battle cruisers — and I only just realized I’ve never seen an episode of NCIS in my life. It’s something about Navy lawyers, and for CBS to be on-brand there has to be a character who hates millennials. Okay got it.

Tony Romo is: Special executive prosecutor Lance “Turmoil” Riggerson and things will never be the same again. He’s a no-nonsense Texan who doesn’t take guff, especially when that raucous Abby steals his fruit snacks — WHICH WERE A GIFT FROM HIS DAUGHTER! These homing beacons won’t investigate themselves, and who better to bust an international conspiracy than Tony Romo?

There will be a scene where he knocks the homing beacon off the battleship with a football, turns to the camera and says “Fourth quarter comeback complete.” — James Dator

the final minutes of this college basketball season were marked by things Gonzaga didn’t do.

We’ll get wrapped up in the dizziness of the 162 game season. The stories of 2017 will come quickly, and they’ll consume us.

Before we go down that particular water slide, though, I would like to share the most amazing player I watched on Opening Day. Specifically, the most amazing single moment from the most amazing player. It made me laugh out loud and rewind the DVR five times.

The homer came from Mike Trout in a forgettable Angels loss, and that’s what makes it too easy to overlook, especially on Opening Day.

It looked harmless enough.

He’ll hit about 30 or 40 more of those this year. Some of them will be hit harder. Some of them will be hit farther. Some of them will come in bigger spots. Heck, the Angels might even win a couple of those games.

But allow me to explain what made me giggle and roll around on the floor as if the dentist forgot to shut off the tank. When you watch the long home run from Bryce Harper, it makes sense.

Limited Youth Ryan Hewitt Jersey If anything, the final minutes of this college basketball season were marked by things Gonzaga didn’t do.

Down one point with 50 seconds remaining, the Bulldogs missed a rebound that allowed the Tar Heels to run an additional 30 seconds off the clock and extend their lead to three on an Isaiah Hicks jumper. The Bulldogs’ ensuing two offensive possessions then ended with a blocked shot and intercepted pass — a nightmare finish to a dream season.
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“It hurts to end it this way,” junior Silas Melson said while sitting outside of his locker. “To know that we were in the game and could have won, it hurts even more.”

Though the wounds are fresh now, the sting of defeat will soon fade for the darlings of this dance. This Gonzaga team went where no other Gonzaga team had been before, reaching the Final Four for the first time in school history. There were 37 victories along the way, WCC regular season and tournament championships, and a one seed in the NCAA tournament.

The Buffalo defense has not been impressive in terms of yardage and points

Rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel returned from a month-long injury absence last week against the Steelers and, well, looked like a rookie. He completed just 56 percent of his passes for 155 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His task of moving the ball against a tough Jets defense will be made more arduous by a banged up receiving corps — favorite target and fellow rookie Robert Woods has been ruled out and Stevie Johnson is questionable with a groin injury. The Bills will lean on a running game that averages over 140 yards per game, but will need a better performance from running back C.J. Spiller, who rushed for just 23 yards on eight carries against the Steelers.

The Buffalo defense has not been impressive in terms of yardage and points — categories they rank in the bottom half of the league in — but do lead the league in interceptions. Much of the credit for those picks goes to the team’s ferocious pass rush, which has racked up 33 sacks (second in the NFL). Defensive end Mario Williams leads the charge with 11, and Jerry Hughes, Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams have all gotten to the quarterback at least five times.
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Often overlooked in the conversation of best defensive tackles is Gerald McCoy. He was sensational in the Buccaneers’ win over Atlanta, and is easily living up to his billing when he was selected with a top-five draft pick.

Kyle Palmieri Kids Jersey This season McCoy has totaled 30 tackles and a career-high 6.0 sacks. He is tied for fourth among defensive tackles, and hasn’t had any time in the spotlight due to the other issues surround the Buccaneers organization. It’s unclear whether the team’s coaching staff will be present in 2017, but McCoy is a defensive centerpiece any staff can build around.

Bengals block consecutive punts against Browns

The Cincinnati Bengals are leaning heavily on their special teams against the Cleveland Browns, blocking consecutive punts and returning one for a touchdown.
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Both blocks came in the second quarter of Sunday’s game, with the second being returned for a 24-yard touchdown by safety Tony Dye, who was recently promoted from the practice squad.
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The play marks the first time the Bengals have returned a blocked punt for a score since 2007. It is the first time the Browns have allowed a punt block touchdown since 1990.

On the possession following the blocked punt, Cincy linebacker Vontaze Burfict scooped and scored on a 13-yard fumble return to cap a 28-point run by the Bengals. Cincinnati struggled early, falling behind 13-0, but has been lifted to a 28-13 lead by its special teams and defense.

The Giants have won four games in a row, and a fifth win would make them only the second team in history to lose its first six and win its next five. It’s not such an impressive feat when you look at the teams the Giants beat in their last four games (Vikings, Eagles, Raiders and Packers). The only one of those teams that wasn’t using a backup quarterback for the majority of the game was the Raiders. That’s right, the Giants’ win streak includes revealing what everyone already knew about Matt Barkley.

It’s an inverse situation in New York. Rookie quarterbacks make mistakes, that’s part of starting young players — but Geno Smith’s inconsistency will ensure the Jets miss the playoffs in 2017. Smith has had moments this season where he looks like an elite quarterback, but also far too many occasions where he misreads coverage and throws interceptions. A defensive team cannot win reliably with a quarterback who throws 16 interceptions in 11 games.

Colin Kaepernick responds to Trent Dilfer’s criticism

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn’t appreciate criticism leveled at him following his team’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. The third-year quarterback responded to ESPN’s Trent Dilfer, who called him a “remedial” passer that struggles when teams take away his first read.

Dilfer’s core criticism stemmed from a perceived lack of development, which he elaborated to Sports Illustrated on Tuesday.

The 49ers’ tight end depth was tested on Sunday with Vernon Davis leaving the game with a concussion and backup Garrett Celek exciting with a hamstring injury. Neither player returned to the game. The 49ers’ offense has struggled mightily without Davis, so his health will be something to watch moving forward.

Davis wasn’t the only 49er to leave with a concussion, with rookie safety Eric Reid also suffering a concussion. This is the second concussion Reid has suffered this season and the safety is likely to miss Sunday’s game against New Orleans.

The Falcons dropped to 2-7 on the season with a loss to Seattle and Atlanta continues to deal with injury issues. Tight end Tony Gonzalez suffered a toe injury against Seattle. Gonzalez returned to the game and played through the injury, but said he would have to wait and see how it responds during the week, according to Vaughn McClure. Gonzalez has not missed a game since 2006.

Sam Baker missed Sunday’s game and head coach Mike Smith said he is concerned about the left tackle’s knee injury because it has lingered all season. There is a chance Baker will be placed on injured reserve. Atlanta will get some good news, with the return of linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who is expected to be activated from injured reserve early this week.


Joel Embiid is injuries were highlighted in a hilarious new Jolly Rancher commercial

In its new commercial, the Jolly Rancher team took a lighthearted jab at Embiid is injury history.

And now, hailing from Cameroon. Sitting out his first two seasons for boo boos, the announcer says. And now out for the season after we shot this commercial. With a rookie year lasting longer than a Jolly Rancher, Joel ‘The Process’ Embiid.

What have we learned? No lollygagging. Specifically, no lollygagging when Yadier Molina is the catcher.

An Oregon product, Alonso was drafted in the second round, 46th overall, by the Bills in 2013. He thrived in Jim Schwartz is system as a rookie, emerging as one of the NFL is most exciting young linebackers. He tore his ACL and missed the entire 2014 season.

Chip Kelly is Eagles sent LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for Alonso in 2015. The Eagles paid a high price to bring him to Philadelphia, but he was never a fit for the Eagles. Getting dealt to Miami turned out to be a blessing, and he got his career back on track.

The linebacker arrived in Miami after being traded along with Byron Maxwell to the Eagles in a swap of first-round picks last offseason. This was the second time in his four-year career he was traded.

The long-term deal will provide continuity to Alonso. He can now call Miami home for a while.
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Selected by Buffalo with the No. 16 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, he set franchise rookie records for most passing touchdowns (11) and completions (180) in a season. However, his production declined after his inaugural season when he was benched in favor of veteran Kyle Orton. Manuel then spent the following two seasons serving as Tyrod Taylor is backup.

With a new slate in Oakland, Manuel will have the opportunity to compete with second-year QB Connor Cook for the No. 2 job behind Carr.

Jake Long Youth Jersey Manuel appeared in 29 games with 17 starts over his four-year career in Buffalo, logging 3,502 yards for 19 touchdowns with 15 interceptions while adding four scores on the ground.

Patriots vs. Panthers 2017 odds: Carolina favored at home

The New England Patriots are set to take on the Carolina Panthers in a Week 11 matchup on Monday Night Football. New England (7-2) is coming off a dominating 55-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Carolina (6-3) is nabbed a huge win over the San Francisco 49ers on the road.

Chris Johnson has been unstoppable in the first half, rushing for 80 yards and two touchdowns — matching his season score total in one quarter of football. It’s been difficult to project his effectiveness this season after a series of up-and-down games, but Johnson has been reliable against Indianapolis. A combination of pass rushing and reliable running is controlling the clock and Andrew Luck can’t generate offense.

Defensive struggles from the Colts gave way to a chippy game in the second quarter. Indianapolis linebacker Erik Walden ripped off the helmet of tight end Delanie Walker, before putting adding an exclamation point in the form of a headbutt. Things quickly went downhill as the defense committed back-to-back unnecessary roughness penalties, leading to a Tennessee field goal.

Luck has thrown for 108 yards, Johnson has run for 80 yards and both sides are fighting. The conclusion to Thursday Night Football will be one to watch.
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Authentic Mens Lynn Swann Jersey And then Ryan Fitzpatrick lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

We already know that Fitzpatrick’s going to start having to put his Harvard degree to use within the next year or two, but what are the Titans going to do with Locker? They can’t keep putting their seasons in jeopardy with a player who so often finds himself on the trainer’s table. Sure, I’m not saying you have to invest a lot to replace Locker, but you have to invest more.

Dwight Howard ate the equivalent of 24 candy bars per day for more than a decade

Baxter Holmes’ feature on the NBA’s obsession with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches is a gift that keeps on giving. The story revealed the entire league is addicted to PB&Js, and that players and coaches will literally go to war to ensure they’re available as a pre- or postgame snack.

But in 2013, Dwight Howard was dealing with an addiction of his own.

Womens Christine Michael Sr Jersey Holmes takes us back to Howard’s tumultuous tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, where their nutritionist, Dr. Cate Shanahan, discovered Howard had been eating 24 chocolate bars’ worth of sugar every day — for more than a decade.

Howard’s insatiable sweet tooth was sustained by a candy-coated diet most 8-year-olds could only dream of having:

Gerald Hodges Limited Jersey After winning a 92-91 opening round shootout with Oklahoma State, the No. 7 seed Wolverines toppled the No. 2 seed in the Midwest, Louisville, in a 73-69 win. Moritz Wagner, the sophomore from Germany, had a huge game for Michigan. Wagner scored a career-high 26 points and caused havoc inside, outside, and off the dribble. Michigan will need Wagner to continue playing at this level, and some more production from leading scorer Derrick Walton Jr., if it hopes to continue this run.

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Directly in their path: an Oregon Ducks team that needed a game-winning three from Tyler Dorsey to survive Rhode Island’s upset bid in the second round. In fact, Dorsey put on an exemplary shooting performance, going 9-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from deep for a game-high 27 points. Dillon Brooks, Pac-12 Player of the Year, added 19 points as the only other Oregon player to finish in double digits. To stop the Wolverines, the Ducks will need an effort more like their 93-77 opening-round win against Iona.

Rhode Island hasn’t lost in over a month. It keeps going in NCAA tournament

Rhode Island basketball’s “upset” win over the Creighton Bluejays in the opening round of the NCAA tournament was anything but.

The Rams are red-hot, winning nine straight games since Feb. 18, including six by double digits. They were a popular bracket pick, catching a slight break against a Creighton team without its best player, Maurice Watson, who tore his ACL in January. But they not only beat the Bluejays, they won handily by 12, and somehow they’re suddenly recognized as a dangerous team after an ice-cold 10-6 start to the season.

But two seasons later, he flipped the script in a 23-10 season. Though he didn’t make the NCAA tournament, he wasn’t far — especially with sophomore guard E.C. Matthews, a four-star recruit who barely cracked the top 100, budding into a star.

The 2015-16 season was supposed to beak the Rams’ tournament drought since 1998. Devastatingly, Matthews tore his ACL in the first 10 minutes of the season, and Rhode Island never recovered.

A scoring guard who began attracting NBA attention as a freshman, Matthews made his name as a scorer. He was never incredibly efficient, but he’s improved, scoring 15 points on 43 percent shooting, including 34 percent from deep. He only shot 3-of-12 from the field in the win over Creighton, but that didn’t seem to matter. All four other starters scored in double digits as well.

The senior forward with a 7’2 wingspan is a problem on defense. Martin anchors a talented unit, sporting the team’s best defensive rating and a monstrous 2.5 blocks per game, good for the ninth-best rating in the country.

He’s also scoring 14 points on an incredibly efficient 60 percent effective field-goal rate, and pulling down seven rebounds.

He’s been a solid piece for Rhode Island for four years but has never been used at a higher rate than now — and he’s thriving.


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