this matchup looked like a potential battle for the division lead

This will be a battle of strengths. The Lions are third in the NFL, averaging 306.9 passing yards per game. Pittsburgh has struggled to stop the run, but is No. 4 against the pass, allowing just 201.3 passing yards per game. Something will have to give when they meet at Heinz Field.

Heading into the season, this matchup looked like a potential battle for the division lead. Not a lot has gone right for either team through 10 weeks, though, and the game will be one of two on Sunday without major playoff implications.

The game will, however, have an impact on the NFL Draft order. Despite losing its first eight games, Tampa Bay could tie Atlanta at 2-8 with a win. The Buccaneers have been playing better recently, while Atlanta’s struggles have gotten worse as the season has gone along.

The knee-jerk reaction would be to question the league’s involvement with the Olympics in the foreseeable future. I know I did, and it’s a valid point.

The NHL’s talks with the International Olympic Committee clearly have been stalled for months. Just take a look at these few sentences from the NHL’s statement on the matter:

“A number of months have now passed and no meaningful dialogue has materialized. Instead, the IOC has now expressed the position that the NHL’s participation in Beijing in 2022 is conditioned on our participation in South Korea in 2018.”

The run rating number for each offensive lineman is a per-snap rendition of ProFootballFocus’ Run Blocking ratings, with the colors (Green = Good, Yellow = OK, Red = Bad) pointing out each player’s performance relative to his positional peers across the league.
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Berry finished with 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists in the title game.

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The North Carolina Tar Heels are the 2017 National Champions after defeating Gonzaga 71-65 Monday night. The game was tied at 63 with less than two minutes to go, but a flurry of action from UNC in the final 20 seconds led the Tar Heels to a 71-65 win. It was sweet redemption for North Carolina after a heartbreaking loss in title game last year.

Indeed, North Carolina did just enough down the stretch to emerge on top.

UNC head coach Roy Williams had five national title games’ worth of experience coming into the night. He gathered and calmed his team down during the contest’s final media timeout.

“I said that if you would have told us we were going to be in this situation the first day of school when we met at my house, we would have taken it,” said Williams. “That’s all Roy Williams did. I didn’t do one other dadgum thing.”

“What a story, one for the ages, if he’d step in there and this year help us win a Super Bowl on the field with his skill,” Jones told the New York Daily News during the 2016 season. “That can happen here. We’re not talking about a bus driver out there. We’re talking about a guy who can go out there and move our team.”
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Realistically, Romo is probably done. But the slim chance that he could be swayed and the almost certain chance that a star quarterback will get injured means the Romo speculation isn’t likely to die anytime soon. The Seahawks traded away their fourth-round pick to the New England Patriots during last year’s draft, and they were docked a fifth-round pick for violating the CBA’s rules covering offseason workouts.

John Lynch says Oakland Raiders fans can just root for nearby 49ers

The Raiders’ upcoming move from Oakland to Las Vegas means that fans in the East Bay will soon find themselves without a local team to support for the first time since 1982. San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch wants Raiders fans to remember that there’s another NFL team nearby that would welcome their fandom.

“Part of me says, I think it’s good for us,” Lynch said Monday on NFL Network. “Raider fans, we’re open for business, you know! Come and jump on our train.”

Authentic Kids Morgan Moses Jersey The distance between Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara is just over an hour’s drive. If Raiders fans are willing to turn their backs on the team because of the relocation to Las Vegas, switching loyalties to the 49ers would be logistically easy.

The game can still end in a tie if teams are still deadlocked at the end of the period. Last year we saw two tied games in the same season, a rarity in the modern NFL era. If overtime does get cut back by five minutes when this proposal is revisited, teams will have less time to create a scoring opportunity, so it’s entirely possible we’ll see even more ties in the future.

Still, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien doesn’t think that will be the case.

“I don’t think that that’s going to happen,” O’Brien said. “If you look at the stats on overtime, probably most of the overtimes are over before 10 minutes.”
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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he won’t mind if the end result is more tied ballgames.

“Wouldn’t bother me,” Harbaugh said. “Ties, they count in the standings.”

Whether this would be good or bad for the sport remains to be seen. Considering it didn’t have enough votes to pass, teams aren’t completely sold on the idea of this change being an advantage.

Rougned Odor got 2 horses as part of $49.5 million contract with Rangers

You never know what extra perk might be the cherry on top of the sundae with these types of deals, especially ones worth several million dollars. Kevin Brown broke baseball’s $100 million barrier in 1998 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but his deal also included round trips for his family in Georgia to travel to and from Los Angeles.
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But now, with $49.5 million guaranteed on his new deal, and two more adorable horses to add to his stable, Odor has plenty of reasons to relax.

It was initially believed Hankerson only needed LCL surgery, but doctors found an ACL tear during the procedure and repaired both ligaments. It will end the wide receiver’s season, and he’ll regroup in 2017.

The third-year player was expected to take strides in 2017. He started five games last year, finishing with 543 yards receiving. Hankerson was able to play in 10 games this season, posting a disappointing 375 yards and three touchdowns. It’s unclear whether he can be a long-term starter beside Robert Griffin III, and the organization will wait another six months to see if he can fully recover.
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Josh Morgan will start in Hankerson’s absence. He has played in nine games this year, catching 11 passes for 124 yards. Morgan had comparable numbers to Hankerson last season, but has been significantly worse this year.

That means social media won’t be ahead of the action in any time zone, and as a result, none of our viewers will have to wait for anything, Jim Bell, president for NBC Olympics production and programming, said in a statement.

Robert Griffin III returns to form vs. Vikings

Standout performances have been few and far between for Robert Griffin III in 2017, but on Thursday Night Football the second-year quarterback had his best game since November of 2017, but it wasn’t enough as the Washington Redskins defense couldn’t prevent 20 unanswered points in a 34-27 Minnesota Vikings victory.

Griffin III finished with 281 passing yards and three touchdowns in defeat. It wasn’t just about the passes he completed, but how Griffin III used his weapons. A total of eight receivers were targeted on Thursday night, with five different players catching multiple passes. Pierre Garcon was the biggest benefactor, with the veteran receiver finishing with seven catches for 119 yards.

“Any NFL player that gives Martin a hard time — I don’t know him — but any guy who says, ‘This guy should have been a tough guy, should have stood up to him,’ it’s BS,” he said. When former NFL tight end Cam Cleeland discusses the dangers and immorality of rookie hazing, he’s speaking from experience.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the former Saint, Patriot and Ram, who nearly lost an eye in a hazing ritual during his 1998 rookie season, discussed the recent Jonathan Martin bullying scandal and defended the Miami Dolphins tackle from allegations of passivity.

“I don’t care if you’re a good guy or not, you don’t deserve that kind of treatment in any workplace. You’ve got to be tough. We’re all tough guys. But in the end, you’re still a human being.”

As a rookie with the Saints, the now-retired Cleeland was subjected to a mandatory rite of passage in which first-year players were forced to pass through a gantlet of punishment from veteran teammates. He was forced to walk a hallway lined with free-swinging vets who doled out blows as the young players navigated the length of the hall with a pillowcase over their heads.
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Handshake teacher surprises class when Harlem Globetrotter takes over greetings

Video of Barry White Jr. — an elementary school teacher in North Carolina — went viral earlier this year when the world saw how he greeted his students every day with specialized handshakes.

The Penguins captain was at his very best Tuesday: He scored a pretty goal, lost a few teeth and speared an opposing player between the legs (and got away with it). For his next act, Crosby, impervious to penalties, apparently decided to try to take the finger of unsuspecting Senators defenseman Marc Methot during their game Thursday.

In the first period, Methot was carrying the puck into the Penguins’ zone during a 4-on-4. Crosby met him at the blue line and delivered a slash to Methot’s hands just after play was whistled for offside. Methot, unamused, skated over to Crosby to ask some variation of What gives? and the two shared some words before officials intervened.
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That’s when Methot removed his glove, and the sight wasn’t pretty.

Authentic Youth Kirk Mclean Jersey There are so many factors that come into play when you’ve been out as long as I have and trying to get back into the swing of things, he said. With the situation we’re in, I’d love to be in there and help the team, but I’m not going to go out there and be a liability to the team or for myself. When it’s 100 percent, I’ll be back.

The last two seasons have been difficult for Stamkos. With the exception of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, he missed the entire Stanley Cup playoffs due to a blood clot near his collarbone. He began this season by helping Team Canada win the championship at the World Cup of Hockey before he suffered the knee injury in November.

Acevedo tweeted that the Houston Major Offenders division had located the jerseys in Mexico.

The Cavaliers will probably keep the No. 1 seed, especially as they are getting healthier. That leaves the Celtics, Wizards, and Raptors duking it out for No. 2-4. Boston scored a major victory in defeating the Wizards on March 20, while Toronto has fought its way back into the race with Washington is struggles.

Current tiebreaker: Wizards-Celtics is tied at 2-2, and the Celtics have a four-game lead in conference record, so they will likely earn that tiebreaker. The Raptors have the head-to-head tiebreaker over Washington and Boston.

Who has the toughest schedule? Washington by a long shot. The Wizards only have four home games left, plus a five-game road trip that starts in Cleveland and ends in Golden State.

One might think the FBI would have more pressing issues to attend to, but it had to become involved because the theft of Brady is jerseys was an international issue.
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Glazer said on Fox Sports鈥?Undisputed on Monday that the person who took the jersey had followed Bill Belichick into the Patriots locker room after the game. Video from the locker room revealed that this person of interest was carrying a backpack and left with something under his arm.

Acevedo tweeted that the Houston Major Offenders division had located the jerseys in Mexico. He confirmed that the jerseys had been recovered with assistance from Mexican authorities. According to the Associated Press, the Houston Police Department was operating off of a tip from an informant.

Authentic Kids Michael Saunders Jersey The NFL is referring all questions about the case to the FBI, because the investigation is ongoing. The FBI is satellite office in Boston currently has both jerseys and is working to authenticate them, according to the Associated Press report.

Everything fell apart for Tony Bennett’s team, again.

Florida put a destruction on Virginia on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Gators’ 65-39 win was one of the most dominant showings of March so far, and, on Virginia’s part, the tournament’s biggest embarrassment yet.

The loss continued a trend of strong Virginia teams losing either too early or really ugly in March Madness. This one can certainly be filed under “ugly”; whether it’s “early” depends on your view of this Hoos team. But at any rate, UVA took a terrible loss, and it’s the fourth year in a row that the program has exited March in agony.

Winning NCAA tournaments is hard, and so is meeting expectations when you’re a regular top seed like Virginia. But enough disappointment has now piled up that it’s worth wondering what Tony Bennett’s doing wrong, or if he is. A sample size of just a handful of games can only tell us so much, but let’s take what we can.

He’s taking a quick break to raise funds for the Arc Village of Jacksonville — an independent-living neighborhood for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities — and first responders of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department. According to Bonnie Upright, the foundation’s executive director, the golf tournament, charity auction, and concert have raised approximately $100,000 this year.

“It didn’t take a long time to fix it, but the first week it wasn’t pretty. It didn’t look good and that’s a part of it. When you’re trying to change things it’s not going to be great but we were able to kind of hash that out and now it’s going well.”

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Jason Pierre-Paul finally gets 4-year blockbuster deal he¡¯s been after with Giants

Jason Pierre-Paul finally got the long-term deal he¡¯s been after for the past three seasons. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Friday that Pierre-Paul received a four-year, $62 million extension from the New York Giants that can be worth as much as $66 million.

¡°This is where I wanted to be,¡± Pierre-Paul said. ¡°I couldn¡¯t imagine me being anywhere else. I¡¯m back for four years and I¡¯m ready to get after it.

At first, Rodriguez¡¯s contact with Barford was ruled a common foul. Officials reviewed the tape, however, and made a change: Instead of being ruled a common foul, Rodriguez was hit with a flagrant 1 call. Arkansas would get two foul shots and possession afterward.

A common foul would¡¯ve meant a one-and-one, where if Bradford had missed his first free throw, Seton Hall could¡¯ve rebounded it. Even if he were to make both, Seton Hall would have been positioned to take the ball down three with 18 seconds left.

Instead, Barford made his two free throws, and because the Hogs got to keep possession, Seton Hall had to foul Arkansas again. Though this time the Hogs missed a one-and-one front end, they got an offensive rebound. From there: foul, free throws, game over.
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Turner analyst Chris Webber, on the game broadcast, made the case that it was wrong to call a foul like that at that point in the game. Maybe so, but let¡¯s look at it.
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Shanahan says he will be at the next league meeting and plans to talk to others about bringing in new rules to protect special teams players, who are so often at risk of a high-speed collision.

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