The Knicks have won a combined 49 games over the past two seasons

Jackson, who is in his third full season with the Knicks, reiterated that he hasn’t thought about potentially opting out of his contract after this season.

“I have not entertained that,” he said. “I’m looking for this Knicks team to get back into a situation where they are competitive. Do I have to win a championship before I feel I’ve done the job I’ve been asked to do, which is to bring this group back to that competitive level? No, I don’t. We’re starting to make progress. I like a lot of the things we are doing here. But we’ve got more to do.”

“They’re moving forward in the right direction. [First-year coach] Luke [Walton] has them engaged, Brian [Shaw] is an associate head Matt Ryan Authentic Womens Jersey coach; they have a core group of guys that will get it done. It was never important to me to go back and be a part of that,” Jackson said. “Especially not now. I have this job, this commitment.”

The Jackson-to-the-Lakers speculation is fueled by his ties to the organization. Jeanie Buss, Los Angeles’ team president and part-owner, is Jackson’s fiancée. He also coached the Lakers for 11 seasons, winning five championships. It’s also possible that the Lakers may have a vacancy in the front office after the season.

“If [a lockout] was going to happen Matt Schaub Authentic Womens Jersey in December and everybody chose to walk away, there was no way I was going to sit in New York for three, four months when I didn’t have a job, because [the players] aren’t even allowed to show up to work,” Jackson said. “So, in that case, I would go back to L.A.”

Fans have a new hero. The players have a new leader. His name: Dak Prescott.

“Seasons are fleeting. Games become more precious. Chances for success diminish,” Romo said. “Your potential successor has arrived. Injured two years in a row now in your mid-30s. The press is whispering. Everyone has doubts. You spent your career working to get here. Now, we have to start all over.

“You almost feel like an outsider. Coaches are sympathetic but they still have to coach and you’re not there.

“It’s a dark place, probably the darkest it’s ever been.”

Romo spoke nearly five minutes and did not take questions. He never said the word “backup” but made it clear he has a new role — and it’s one he’s willing to accept.

Dawg (almost) bites man: Inside an enduring image from Georgia-Auburn rivalry

Nobody can say for sure whether the dog was acting out of playfulness or malice, but Auburn receiver Robert Baker was nearly bitten all the same 20 years ago when he encountered Georgia’s bulldog mascot Uga V.

The memorable 1996 meeting between Georgia and Auburn featured plenty of history. It was the 100th playing of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry — a series that continues Saturday at Sanford Stadium — and it became the SEC’s first overtime game, with Brad Marchand Youth Jersey Georgia winning 56-49 after four extra periods. But two decades later, the game is perhaps best known for the moment where Uga stood his ground against the encroaching Tiger.

“The noise [from the crowd after Baker’s first-quarter touchdown catch] scared the dog and startled it,” said Uga’s sideline handler Charles Seiler, whose family has long owned the line of bulldog mascots. “Bulldogs are kind of bred to run and catch things, and in a playful way, I think the dog turned around and there was this big guy coming his way and so he lunged out at him. It was a good thing that I had the leash and that the leash was short or Uga would have lit him up.”

Eddie McDoom has become a Michigan fan favorite nine games into his career with the third-ranked Wolverines. The true freshman has whittled out a slowly expanding role for himself as the team’s jet sweep specialist from his spot at wide receiver. He’s won the attention of the Big House crowd thanks in equal part to his ability to leave defenders and the dust and, of course, a name made for football.

It didn’t take him long to figure out what they were yelling the first time he sped up the sideline for 19 yards in his college debut against Hawaii.

“I was just like, well, that’s pretty sick,” he said.

Morris McDoom was born in Jamaica and moved to Brandon Carlo Youth Jersey Florida shortly after his 18th birthday. He’s not exactly sure of the genealogy that produced his surname. He imagines that the Irish and English who came to the Caribbean had some influence on the spelling, which can be found on many islands in the area and in parts of South America’s northeast corner. One theory posits that the name is an anglicized version of a village in Guyana.

Belinda tried to research its meaning many years ago when she married into the family. But the best she could come up with was to laugh and say it just meant she was Doomed for life once their wedding made it official.

What matters more now for Michigan football, and perhaps the College Football Playoff race, is not where McDoom came from but where he is headed. And how fast he’ll get there.

Sources: Phil Jackson unhappy with Knicks’ limited use of triangle offense

Phil Jackson hasn’t been pleased with the New York Knicks’ performance on offense — particularly with the number of times the team has run the triangle offense — during their 2-4 start, league sources told ESPN.

New Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek has tried to speed up the offense this season and hasn’t run much of the triangle in the first six games. After watching the Knicks’ win against the Chicago Bulls on Friday, one Eastern Conference scout said the Knicks ran something out of a triangle set only a handful of times.

Hornacek has said that he’s implementing “principles of the triangle” offense into the Knicks’ half-court offense. But he also wants his club to try to generate offense early in the shot clock in transition, where pick-and-roll would be employed.

With Yadier Molina dethroned, the two longest Gold Glove streaks now belong to Royals catcher Salvador Perez and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who Tim Wright Authentic Womens Jersey each have won one in four straight years. Perez is the first AL catcher to win four straight since Ivan Rodriguez (1992 to 2001). He won on the strength of his throwing arm — his six defensive runs saved just for his arm were one shy of his career high (7, 2012).

Arenado is the first third baseman to win four straight Gold Gloves since Eric Chavez won six straight (2001 to 2006). The Rockies have now won a Gold Glove in each of the last seven years.

Arenado had 75 good fielding plays (think “Web Gem-like” plays) in 2016. No other third baseman had more than 51. He won on his range, ranking nine plays above average on balls hit down the line (second in the majors to Beltre) and 12 above average on balls hit in the shortstop-third base hole (easily best in the majors).

Nebraska, which fell from No. 10 to No. 19 this week, probably won’t get into a New Year’s Six game even if it wins out to finish 10-2. The Cornhuskers’ ugly loss last week at Ohio State won’t soon be forgotten. But a 10-win Nebraska team would still be in the final top 15 and would add to other league contenders’ strength-of-schedule metrics.

If the committee — the one that inexplicably Travis Swanson Authentic Womens Jersey ranked Texas A&M No. 4 last week — were consistent week to week, then Ohio State would be No. 4 right now. But the good news is this will almost certainly work itself out.

How can teams stop the Tide from rolling and rolling and … ?

In the southeast corner of LSU’s Tiger Stadium, where the visitors sit, not a one of those visitors was sitting at all. Instead, they stood, cheered and sang, with the scoreboard above them reading “LSU 0, ALABAMA 10” just beneath the purple-and-gold sign that read “Welcome to Death Valley.”

Across the field, 120 yards away, the remaining LSU fans also sang, but with muted resignation. It was their sixth straight loss to their SEC West archrival. It was Alabama’s 13th consecutive win over a ranked opponent and 21st win in a row. It was Nick Saban’s 200th win, which made him the third-fastest to reach that mark and brought his record against LSU, his former employer, to 8-3. It was also the team’s 19th shutout in 10 seasons, seven more than any other team in that span, and it marked the first time the Tigers were held scoreless in Baton Rouge in nearly a decade and a half.

“Alabama is the measuring stick,” LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said late Saturday. His predecessor, Les Miles, was once the only consistent threat to the Bama stronghold. His inability to make a dent in that tower the past five years was perhaps the biggest reason for his firing in September. “Until someone proves they can knock them off, they will continue to be the measuring stick.”

One day, someone will figure out how to brandish Malcolm Smith Jersey that stick into a weapon. But this is not that day — not yet, anyway.

“Don’t mistake frustration for fear,” Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said in the days after his team’s 49-10 thrashing at the hands of the Tide a month ago. “If you fear something, you run the other way. We’re all working hard at running toward them — not away from them.”

The key will be having the right players — and plan — to know what to do when someone finally runs them down. Now let’s get on with Flipping the Field.

Jabrill Peppers Watch. Michigan’s human Swiss army knife played seven positions across 59 snaps against Maryland. That included four on offense, one of which had him catching a screen pass and then throwing it back to the quarterback, who went deep. Do we score that as an assist?

Donnel Pumphrey Watch. My 2016 man crush went for 112 yards during San Diego State’s 55-0 rout of Hawaii, which brought his career rushing total Mark Glowinski Jersey to 5,853. With three regular-season games remaining (at Nevada and Wyoming and home vs. Colorado State), he’s 544 yards behind Ron Dayne’s NCAA rushing record, which is totally reachable if he picks up the pace. The Aztecs’ victory also secured a spot in the Mountain West championship game. Add that to a bowl game, and the record is very possible. But if Pumphrey wants to be invited to New York for the Heisman festivities, he needs to break the record before the postseason.

Leading scorer Toddrick Gotcher checks at 11 per

Texas Tech’s Toddrick Gotcher leads the team scoring at 11 ppg. 8. Texas Tech – Texas Tech was shockingly over-seeded at No. 8, as the Red Raiders came at 19 and lost their first-round Big 12 tournament game to a lousy TCU squad. As late as 31, the Red Raiders weren’t even on the NCAA Tournament radar, after losing six of their first eight conference and falling to Arkansas the Big 12 SEC Challenge. But Tubby Smith rallied the troops, and embarked on improbable February stretch which Tech beat Iowa State, Baylor and Oklahoma three straight, which is basically what put this team the field.

The Raiders also beat Robert Blanton Authentic Womens Jersey conference champions Hawaii, South State and Arkansas-Little Rock the nonconference, that helps their cause as well. We would have liked to have seen Texas Tech get a 10 or 11-seed, but it is what it is. The committee loves power conference teams this superconference. This is one of the more balanced teams the nation, as seven players average 8-plus points per game. Leading scorer Toddrick Gotcher checks at 11 per. KEY STATS: 69 points allowed 72 points per game ‘s Kelan action during NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, Feb. 20, Villanova,. 9. – The Bulldogs are back the NCAA Tournament field for the eighth time nine years after Robert Woods Authentic Womens Jersey navigating a challenging Big East schedule.

This group has some familiar names and faces, including human Swiss Army Knife Roosevelt Jones, who averages 14 points, 6 boards and 4 assists per game, and plays way bigger than his 6 listing would suggest. 6 senior guard Kellen Dunham is a prodigious scorer, and he can stroke it from deep. Sophomore forward Kelan can go off at any time, and has become one of the most underrated players the country. 6 forward Chrabascz is another familiar face, and he throws 10 ppg. Unlike previous iterations, this group wins with its offense, rather than its defense. PREDICTION: shoots the lights out, runs up and down the floor and outpaces Texas Tech. The Bulldogs win this one by double digits, then fall a close, well-played game against top-seeded Virginia. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

The Vikings are second-worst in the league in total offense and in yards per game

The Vikings are second-worst in the league in total offense and in yards per game, at 293.3. The team has also been hit by injuries to Adrian Peterson, who tore the meniscus in his right knee, and linemen Matt Kalil and Andre Smith. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and ligament damage in an August practice.

Over the past three games, Tennessee Titans Cody Wallace Authentic Womens Jersey quarterback Marcus Mariota has produced a total of 62 fantasy points. Hey, that’s good for fifth overall in the NFL during that three-week stretch. But after posting those big numbers versus the Browns, Colts and Jaguars, who are in the bottom half of the league at defending opposing quarterbacks, where do we truly set the line for Mariota’s fantasy value moving forward?

“He always talks about, ‘Man it’s so much easier. If I knew what I know now, last year I would be picking defenses apart.'” Cooper said of Carr.

“So I think it’s the maturity and I think he sees Dan McCullers Authentic Womens Jersey things quicker… he recognizes the defenses faster so… he’s able to let the ball go without really thinking about it.”

And when Cooper has a bad drop, as he did late in the fourth quarter down the left sideline, Carr is in his Pro Bowl wideout’s ear. But not the way you’d think.

“It allows me, if one of my teammates drop a ball, or miss a block or something like that, I encourage them because I know how it makes me feel.”

Yes, it’s a feel-good story, even if Carr would rather go about his business than, say, finish third in the NFL Live fan vote for midseason MVP — behind a pair of Dallas Cowboys in Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, but ahead of quarterbacks Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.

“I would rather not hear anything,” Carr said. “I’d just go about my business and hang out with my family, to be honest. But it’s part of this business, part of this job so, trust me I’m very honored and thankful. Don’t’ get me wrong, but at this point in the year, that stuff, it’s cool, but not for me.”

Then how much easier has it been in this, his third NFL season?

“It’s so much easier, because as a rookie, you’re swimming,” Carr said. “You’re seeing blitzes and speed that you’ve never seen in your life.

“And then all the stuff that happens off the field — press conference every week, signings, a whole bunch of stuff that just comes with the territory. But now, it’s just, it’s easy. I got my process down, I got my way I go about things and I surround myself with good people around me and they’ve done a great job of protecting me.”

Sources: Daily fantasy powerhouses finalizing terms of ‘imminent’ merger

DraftKings and FanDuel, the two dominant players in the daily fantasy sports industry, are finalizing terms of a merger, multiple sources with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN on Friday. The long-rumored deal was described as “imminent” and could be announced as early as next week, after details are finalized.

Prior media reports in recent Kris Versteeg Womens Jersey weeks said the companies’ merger was imminent, but sources told ESPN that the companies’ financial settlements this week with the New York attorney general’s office were a key obstacle that needed to be cleared. The sources said some of the major merger details discussed this week included the newly joined company’s executive leadership, the name of the company, whether one site or two will be used, and Lanny McDonald Womens Jersey where the company headquarters will be located. FanDuel has offices in New York and Scotland, and DraftKings is based in Boston. One highly placed source told ESPN that the recent merger discussions called for the two rivals to share roughly equally the revenue and expenses of the newly tied-in company.

Ever since, both companies have been saddled with tens of millions of dollars in legal fees and lobbying costs, putting their financial health into question. The New York Times reported last week that FanDuel recently laid off 60 workers and that both companies have struggled to meet “their day-to-day obligations.” Both companies are months behind on paying vendors, lawyers and lobbyists, sources told ESPN.

This week, DraftKings and FanDuel agreed to separate $6 million settlements with the New York attorney general over deceptive, misleading advertising. In the settlement agreement, Schneiderman’s office said it considered the “financial condition of the companies in determining the amount and schedule for the settlement payments.”

Combined, the companies processed $3 billion worth of contest fees in 2015. DraftKings’ valuation was estimated at nearly $2 billion in July 2015, after a $300 million funding round, but it has since been cut dramatically. In September, DraftKings announced a $153 million round of debt-to-equity funding with Revolution Growth, a venture capital firm co-founded by Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals. FanDuel also raised $55 million in a loan from investors in recent months, which also will be converted into equity, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

After the tumultuous year, the daily fantasy industry eyed the NFL football season as an opportunity to get back on track. DraftKings and FanDuel are marketing the game to new players by shifting focus from the financial part of fantasy sports to its social aspects. DraftKings said participation in its newly enhanced offerings that allow friends to compete against friends in private leagues were up threefold from last season. The company also pointed to new sponsorships, including with Paramount Pictures, which sponsored DraftKings’ free games, another new emphasis this season.

Oregon WR and Olympic hurdler Devon Allen wants gold in Rio and a Super Bowl later

The last time Devon Allen competed on one of the biggest stages in sports, his night ended quickly.

This was New Year’s Day 2015. The freshman Authentic Germain Ifedi Jersey who’d had seven college touchdowns and a 110-yard performance against Michigan State was standing in a Pasadena end zone. He was ready to receive the opening kickoff in the College Football Playoff’s first-ever semifinal.

Allen shook one tackler, but a Seminole spun him down at Oregon’s 20-yard line. The Rose Bowl was underway.

But something was amiss. He lumbered Authentic J’Marcus Webb Jersey toward the Oregon sideline. He’d never join Marcus Mariota and the Ducks’ offense on that field.

“Everybody’s gonna run fast, but I think just competing well is gonna get you the gold, Allen said, “hopefully, with one of those fast times that we all strive for.”

The Ducks start fall camp on Aug. 8. Allen expects to get back to Oregon on Aug. 22. He’s got a football game on Sept. 3.
Allen plans to take a few days off once he arrives home. He and his family have worked out a plan for Allen to get in 10 practices and play at least by Oregon’s second game of the year, Sept. 10 against Virginia, though Allen might be able to get back for the Ducks’ opener against UC Davis a week before that.

“I think it’ll be a quick turnaround,” he said.

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has opted to check himself into a treatment facility and will not attend training camp, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder. Gregory had been issued a four-game suspension to start the season, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Gregory had another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy and would be facing a longer suspension.

The Cowboys selected Gregory in the second round of the 2015 draft. Gregory was widely considered to have first-round talent, but failed drug tests at the Combine caused his draft stock to fall.

“You can think about that, but it’s really just about competing and playing against yourself,” Allen said. “It doesn’t matter. If anybody runs 14-flat, as long as you get first place, you’re gonna get the gold.”

Oregon head football coach Mark Helfrich has thrown enthusiastic support behind Allen.

Tom Brady is 39 now, but he hasn’t showed signs of slowing down

Tom Brady turned 39 on Wednesday, and following the retirements of Peyton Manning and Matt Hasselbeck, the New England Patriots quarterback is the oldest passer in the NFL.

In fact, the only players older than Brady Josh Gordon Jersey are a few kickers and punters. But in his 16-year NFL career, Brady has shown no signs of declining and there hasn’t been much reason to believe he won’t be at the top of his game when he returns from a four-game suspension.

Everyone slows down eventually, but Josh McCown Jersey just because Brady is just shy of 40 now doesn’t mean he’s done. A few quarterbacks have found success in the last year of their 30s, although it’s a small group.

The 46-year-old passer said he’d love to be the Dallas Cowboys’ backup quarterback so as long as the team could guarantee no 300-pound defenders are going to run into him.

“You know what? Being around, walking in this Hall and stuff, it kind of gives you a little bit of an itch,” Favre told NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “The only problem is I can’t get hit. Can they promise I won’t get hit?”

Nate Burleson was quick to remind Favre of the prowess of the Cowboys offensive line, but it wasn’t quite convincing enough for the old gunslinger.

“Well, I mean, that’s good. But I need a little more … security.”

I, too, would like to play quarterback for the Cowboys if they could please promise that I won’t be hit. As would Tony Romo, who fractured his collarbone twice behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL in 2015. With pass rushers like Fletcher Cox in the NFC East, there’s plenty of reason why watching from the couch is the better idea.

Did Adele get offered the Super Bowl halftime show or not? Adele said she turned down the opportunity to perform at 2017’s Super Bowl halftime show, but the NFL and halftime show sponsor Pepsi are denying that an official offer was ever put on the table.

Philadelphia’s success still hinges on Sam Bradford. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Bradford spent the offseason getting healthy and he’s really ready to compete this year. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

The Cowboys might be good again, with or without Tony Romo

THE ZEKE & DAK SHOW: Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott stole the show. Even with the Romo injury scare, there was plenty for Cowboys fans to like about this game.

HOSTAGE SITUATION IN VEGAS: Las Vegas stadium investors want $750 million in public money for the Raiders, or Taylor Decker Jersey else. Las Vegas is fairly new to the business of being a potential host for professional football, but the group that’s trying to bring the Raiders there is already employing a good old-fashioned NFL shakedown.

Mark Davis files trademark for Las Vegas Raiders. Gotta cover all the bases, right?

First Raiders Las Vegas Theo Riddick Jersey stadium renderings have very familiar look about them. Great moments in recycled blueprints.

ROGER’S INNER CIRCLE: Roger Goodell is getting his very own committee. The “chairman’s committee” is a group of owners who will apparently serve as advisors for Goodell. It’s the same group of owners who are usually advising him anyway, staunch Goodell allies like Rooney, Mara, McNair, Hunt and Kraft.

BRADY’S BACK: Friday’s preseason game is probably the last time you’ll see Tom Brady until October. Brady is expected to make his preseason debut against the Panthers on Friday.

Newton was taken to the airport in an ambulance but flew back to Houston with the Texans after the game.

Newton lay on the ground for an extended period while being checked out by the medical team and was seen pounding his right fist on the field. He had air casts put on both legs.

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Tackle Chris Clark replaced Newton. Clark filled in at left tackle for Houston while Duane Brown was on the physically unable to perform list to start the season.

“I know how hard he’s worked, how much he’s put into this game,” Brown said of Newton. “And then battling through injuries quite a bit. I know how that feels. I went through something similar to that last year, and my heart hurts for him and I’m praying for a speedy recovery for him.”

Newton did not play in the Texans’ Week 6 victory over the Indianapolis Colts because of an ankle injury. He also missed all of training camp with a hamstring injury, but he returned to play in the Texans’ season opener against the Chicago Bears.

“It’s tough to have anybody go down,” Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork said. “Just losing a starter, a key guy to our offense and to our team, it’s a bummer. I haven’t gotten a chance to see him.”