Falcons CB Desmond Trufant fined for failed punch attempt on Michael Thomas, report says

Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant escaped a penalty flag Sunday when he tried to punch Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, but punishment ultimately found him.

According to NFL.com, Trufant has been fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct after taking a swing at Thomas during Atlanta’s Christmas Eve loss to the Saints.

Stafford gave Caldwell credit for his development. Over the four seasons under Caldwell, Stafford improved his completion percentage, cut down his interceptions and became generally more efficient. He completed 64.6 percent of his passes with 107 touchdowns and 45 interceptions from 2014 through 2017, averaging 4,323 passing yards per season.

He’s been great. He’s as levelheaded a guy as I’ve ever been around, Stafford said. Understands the position of quarterback really well and was great for me and great for a lot of guys on offense just to bounce ideas off of. I have a ton of respect for him, just the way he carried himself, the way he coached us, the way he treated everybody. He’s a great guy and a great coach.

We do not know Robert nor can we confirm any of his statements,” Sandhu wrote in an email.

We have confirmed with Odell that he has never placed any bets on any professional sports games, Sandhu’s email continued. We can assure you that he has and will always continue to comply with all of the NFL’s rules and regulations regarding gambling activities.”

The sample sizes for recent seasons are smaller (similar to Darling), but Markstrom turned in an .892 penalty-kill save percentage during the previous two campaigns, but is taking a pounding on the penalty kill this season. His .809 save percentage on the penalty kill is better than only Laurent Broissoit among goalies with 10 starts. The Canucks boast many of the same personnel in front of Markstrom that helped him to a decent total last season, so there’s no reason not to bank on a positive regression. If the Canucks and Markstrom could take away some of the damage being done on their opponents’ power plays, it could go a long way to pushing Markstrom into No. 2 fantasy goaltender territory. That said, waiting until Bo Horvat is ready to return to the ice would be the prudent move, as Horvat and Brandon Sutter are the team’s main man-down assets.

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Lonzo Ball wears Kobes in Summer League game, drops 36 points and 11 assists

Lonzo Ball had far and away his best game of Summer League Wednesday night, putting up a stat line of 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, and five steals in a Lakers win against the Sixers.

Aside from the shoes, Ball really did play a brilliant game. He scored all of his 36 points in the final three quarters. He started the game dishing out assists to all of his teammates, finishing with six assists after the first quarter.

Ball had a three-point play that put the Lakers up one with 5.9 seconds left. The Sixers would score again, giving the Lakers one last chance to put the game away. Ivica Zubac was fouled on the inbounds pass and hit both free throws to win the game.

Rose feels like empty calories at this point. With the right coach and teammates, he could turn into a top-drawer back-up point guard. You just wonder if he’s ready to follow that path or if he still believes he can still be an all-star (which he cannot). Seeing what market develops for him this summer should be fascinating.

Collison has actually been solid for the Kings over the last couple of years, and he’s quite a shooter. There’s a strong possibility Sacramento will re-sign him to help bring De’Aaron Fox along, but he could end up as a back-up somewhere for $10-12 million per season.

Shan Livingston and the Warriors agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal that begins to keep the Warriors bench in place. Livingston doesn’t put up numbers, shoot threes, or set up his teammates too much. But he’s a fierce defender, a high-character teammate, and the post-up god of point guards. Livingston probably could have taken a bigger payday elsewhere but winning with the Warriors was more important.

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