LeBron highlights double standards: When a star leaves, he gets labeled a snake

LeBron James bemoaned the unfair narratives surrounding trades and free agency as he highlighted the double standards players deal with in the NBA after Blake Griffin was traded to the Pistons by the Clippers.

Star forward Griffin, 28, was stunned when he was dealt to the Pistons Monday, having been drafted with the number one pick by the Clippers in 2009.

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and three-time NBA champion James is no stranger to moving around in the league after leaving Ohio for the Heat in 2010 before returning in 2014.

It’s the following list that raises red flags, though. Griffin had a bad bone bruise to his left knee, a meniscus tear in his left knee and started his career by sitting out his first season with a broken left kneecap. He went through a strained MCL injury — in, you guessed it, his left knee — that cost him a month this season. The guy obviously has a bum left knee, and the net result of all this has been 99 games missed in the past four years.

The 34-year-old Bouwmeester has dressed in 35 games this season and has two goals and five assists. But he was averaging 20 minutes a game when in the lineup, ice time the Blues will have to make up for.

Upshall, who injured a knee Saturday against Dallas, has seven goals and 11 assists in 61 games.

Six months ago, it appeared that Clippers star forward Blake Griffin and his new $173 million contract were untradeable. On Monday, Griffin was shipped to Detroit.

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Super Bowl 52: Patriots elect to wear white

New England is sticking to its superstition.

The Patriots have elected to wear their white road jerseys over their blue home uniforms in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis against the Eagles, the team announced Tuesday.

Just give them all the props for that, said Torin Dorn, who had 13 points. But we’ve got to be better.

Miami gave 5-foot-7 freshman Chris Lykes his first start with fellow rookie Lonnie Walker IV battling a back problem. Lykes had six points and five assists in 22 minutes.

Larranaga said Walker’s back tightened up so badly Friday night that he couldn’t bend enough to touch his knees, keeping him out of Saturday’s practice and putting his status in question until tipoff. Walker finished with 12 points in 30 minutes.

Miami’s Anthony Lawrence II and Ebuka Izundu each scored 15 points, with Izundu going 7 for 7 off the bench after managing just 12 points and six made baskets in his previous six games combined.

A source told Sporting News that Farwell is interviewing to become the Panthers’ new assistant special teams coach.

Farwell took the same position with Seattle in 2016, one year removed from a four-year stint as a Seahawks special teams captain and backup linebacker.

The Panthers have a vacancy following Chase Blackburn’s promotion to head special teams coach. Blackburn is replacing Thomas McGaughey, whose contract expired. McGaughey has subsequently reached agreement to become the Giants’ new special teams coach.

Farwell carved his NFL niche on special teams after making the Vikings in 2005 as a college free agent from San Diego State. He spent six seasons with the Vikings, earning Pro Bowl honors on special teams in 2009.

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Baker Mayfield tries to distance himself from Johnny Manziel comparisons

Lack of height and an inability to keep his emotions in check are two knocks against quarterback Baker Mayfield as the 2018 NFL Draft approaches. At the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this week, Mayfield did his best to dispel the latter, while Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the former is no great cause for concern, either.

I’ll be honest with you, I think it’s a narrative you guys [in the media] have created,” he said, per the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. We’ll see. I haven’t really met him. I don’t know who he is as a person. I think after I do meet him, I’ll be able to find out what’s deep inside him, and I’ll just see what makes him click. And that’s part of the process.

Meanwhile, Joseph whose Broncos, with the No. 5 overall pick, are another logical landing spot for Mayfield said Mayfield’s height, listed at 6-1, doesn’t worry him.

I think that’s fine, Joseph said, per the Denver Post. You watch Drew Brees play, he’s figured it out. He’s a very successful quarterback. Guys figure it out. Good players figure it out. I wouldn’t be concerned about that.

His most common response in the press conference when asked about his hand was pretty simple: Not talking about it.

Brady reportedly jammed his right (throwing) hand Wednesday in practice when a teammate accidentally ran into him.

When a reporter asked Brady thumbs up or thumbs down for Sunday he said with a smug smile, We’ll see. He did say that he was out there for practice Friday adding it was fun, but he didn’t indicate how much he was able to do in practice.

Brady attended the press conference in throwing gloves, and that of course added more to the storyline. Twice Brady was asked why he was wearing the gloves but all he said was, I’ve worn them before.

The quarterback did elaborate more about what he saw in the Jaguars and what the Patriots will face on Sunday saying the game will be a great challenge.

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Saints players troll Vikings after blowout loss in NFC championship game

The Saints were clearly still very bitter about their last-second loss to the Vikings last week. During and after the Eagles’ 38-7 beatdown of the Vikings on Sunday night, Saints players, such as Michael Thomas, got in a few jabs on social media.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is doing right by Tony Romo. The question is what comes next as the NFL’s quarterback-needy teams try to fill that position when the league’s signing window opens at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Cowboys are expected to release Romo on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the situation, confirming several reports. The Cowboys can designate Romo as a post-June 1 release, enabling them to spread the salary cap hit of the move over two seasons instead of one.

LeBeau had been the Titans defensive coordinator the last three seasons and helped the Titans improve from 20th in total defense in 2016 to 13th in 2017.

If LeBeau does retire, it will end a coaching career that began in 1973 as the Eagles special teams coach. After three seasons in Philadelphia, he joined the Packers staff as a defensive backs coach in 1976.

LeBeau rejoined the Bengals in 1997 as the defensive coordinator on Bruce Coslett’s staff. When Coslett resigned in 2000, LeBeau became the head coach. Though considered one of the best defensive coordinators in NFL history, LeBeau was just 12-33 over two-plus seasons as the Bengals head coach. He was fired following the 2002 season and spent on year as the Bills assistant head coach before returning to Pittsburgh.

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NFC championship: Eagles fan takes big hit from train platform pillar

Fresh information emerged Monday: Deadspin reported the incident took place before the game and the fan was trying to pump up the crowd on the train.

We hope this Eagles fan will be ready for Super Bowl 52 in two weeks. We also hope he gets home by then.

The fellow earned himself a bruise when he failed to account for a pillar that stopped him in his . . . well, his tracks as he raced alongside a Philly train Sunday night.

It stings, Keenum said of the loss to Philadelphia. Like I said last night, it’s going to take a while to process. A little more perspective this morning after sleeping on it, not getting much sleep. I watched the film and it still sucks.

The Patriots and Eagles had a combined 10 Pro Bowl players.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who led the NFL with 4,577 passing yards, was replaced by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr as Brady plays in his eighth Super Bowl. Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix replaces New England’s James Develin on the AFC roster. Colts tight end Jack Doyle will replace Rob Gronkowski. Titans safety Brynden Trawick is replacing Patriots receiver Matthew Slater as the AFC special teams player.

But most people have just been tweeting the still image of an official smiling after a Pats TD, which completely takes the moment out of context. Very few showed the video of what happened with the official and the Patriots to show why he was smiling.

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The Ravens have found their groove against bad teams.

The Dolphins need to win out, and they need help from other teams winning out and losing out. Miami wins head-to-head tiebreakers over Tennessee and Los Angeles, but it loses them against Oakland and Baltimore.

In addition to upsetting the Chiefs and splitting with the Bills, to get in, the Dolphins need to finish 8-8 along with the Titans, Chargers and Bills while wanting the Ravens to pull away and jump to the top wild card.

Also, and bare with me here, but is there a more Philly story than the first pick in the draft trying to play through a mysterious injury, possibly getting shook, mysteriously changing his shot, becoming a punchline and a meme, becoming fodder for sports talk what ifs and podcast redrafts, becoming the guy who should have gone second or third or outside the top ten, becoming the subject of an endless stream of hypotheticals only to come back and become not just what we expected, but better than we expected? Is there anything more Philly than countless talking heads deciding our first pick was a miss only to have him drop a go ahead hesi pull-up jimbo right over Jayson Tatum in the waning seconds of a close playoff game?

I experienced ownership and upper management changes on several occasions during my Vikings career, and it was a nerve-wracking experience on each occasion. And the higher I rose in the organization, the more vulnerable I felt regardless of the team’s success.

In 1984, a major ownership shift with the Vikings created front office uncertainty for several years as a battle was waged for control of the team. I was plenty nervous about getting fired because I was close to the previous lead owner Max Winter, but I was protected by then-GM Mike Lynn, who promoted me to assistant GM. I then sweated out a major management change when Lynn left to run NFL Europe, but fortunately, I wound up in the GM role with our group of 10 owners.

Kyrie Irving guided the Boston Celtics to the best record in the Eastern Conference, but he reportedly had to request a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers to get there. Now, as part Cheap Basketball Jerseys of a wide-ranging feature by ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Irving said he believed the team attempted Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping to trade him well before he requested to be moved.

They didn’t want me there, Irving told MacMullan.

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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We’ve highlighted some of the noteworthy players you should keep an eye on in each bowl.

Total score: 34. Head coaches: 5 (Mike Shanahan, Josh McDaniels, John Fox, Gary Kubiak, Vance Joseph). Winning percentage: .605 (5th). Playoff appearances: 9.

The respective ends to the Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels eras were not pretty, but John Fox and Gary Kubiak combined to take the Broncos to five straight playoff appearances and one Super Bowl. Kubiak’s tenure came to an end after he stepped down following a 9-7 season in 2016.

Outgoing Panthers owner Jerry Richardson likes to follow the Steelers’ model, and that’s reflected in his head coaches. John Fox lasted nine seasons and wasn’t let go until a 2-14 campaign in 2010. With new ownership coming in after this season, it’s anyone’s guess how long Ron Rivera will be on the sidelines in Charlotte.

The .519 regular-season record isn’t what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expected, but the Cowboys did go 13-3 in 2016. Dallas hasn’t made back-to-back playoff appearances since 2006-07.

The Vikings had a different quarterback then in Sam Bradford. Case Keenum has put together a superb stretch of games since replacing the injured Bradford.

Thigpen has a long way to go to develop the nuances and technique for playing as an edge rusher, but there are a ton of physical tools there for teams to fall in love.

Jackson is not only a stout tackler with plus length and physicality, he has outstanding instincts, anticipation, and ball skills that give him a first-round grade if he enters the 2018 NFL Draft.

Cruikshank boasts great length and ball skills for the position. He attacks the ball with the mindset of a receiver, though his feel for the receiver and ability to MLB Jerseys China stay tight on the inside needs improvement.

There are moments. Moments when he unfurls himself toward the basket and Nike NFL Jerseys Supply finishes in traffic with a finger-roll or soft bank-shot. When he unleashes his signature spin move and uses his length to get all the way to the rim. When he gets out in transition and Euro-steps a poor defender on the way to another bucket. There are moments when it’s hard to believe Andrew Wiggins is not a star.

Only 1 other FBS player has more than Sam Darnold’s 20 turnovers.

Darnold is fourth in the NCAA with 13 interceptions this season and first in fumbles with eight. He has a great arm, a big body, good mobility and a quicker release than he gets credit for, but like Josh Rosen he needs to cut down on the mistakes to be as good as he can be.

Despite that, throws like the one he made on the run to his left truly show what he could be if he plays within himself. He finished 26 of 45 for 356 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

After missing the past 11 games for the Golden State Warriors with a right ankle sprain, Stephen Curry returned in emphatic fashion Saturday night.

The two-time NBA MVP exploded for 38 points, shot 13-for-17 from the floor and nailed a season-high 10 of 13 3-pointers in 26 minutes to guide the Warriors to a 141-128 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

I just wanted that feeling again, Curry said. It was pretty special.

It felt like it was the first day of school again.

It was Curry’s ninth 30-point game of the season, and his 10 treys were the highest total for any NBA player this season. Although it was nearly a month since he last played, he didn’t miss a beat.

Draymond Green picked up his ninth and 10th technical fouls of the season Saturday night, leading to his second ejection from the Warriors’ win against Memphis.

I was just happy to be back out there with my guys, he said. You sit and watch for 11 games, you just wonder what it’s going to be like to get back out there, and I finally got that opportunity. I really didn’t know what to expect. I just wanted to get some good reps, get up and down, see how my wind was and, surprisingly, I think my body felt way better than I expected.

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NFL rules state the following about when a quarterback leaves the pocket, as Rodgers did on the play in question

When the passer goes outside the pocket area and either continues moving without the ball (without attempting to advance the ball as a runner) or throws while on the run, he loses the protection of the one-step rule … and the protection against a low hit … but he remains covered by all the other special protections afforded to a passer in the pocket, as well as the regular unnecessary roughness rules applicable to all position players. If the passer stops behind the line and clearly establishes a passing posture, he will then be covered by all of the special protections for passers.

To add insult to injury, it’s not even like the Browns kept a hold on the top draft spot. The 49ers are also sitting at 0-5, but their schedule is weaker. That tiebreaker let San Francisco slide into the top draft position after the 49ers’ loss to the Colts.

Other teams were dealt injury blows, too. The Bills, already dangerously low on healthy receivers, lost their leading pass catcher, tight end Charles Clay, for a month. The Chiefs’ do-it-all tight end Travis Kelce is in concussion protocol, while wide receiver Chris Conley is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles.

Aaron Rodgers has had the Cowboys’ number over the past few years. In 2015, Dez Bryant’s infamous no-catch allowed the Packers to advance to the NFC Championship. In 2017, the Packers held off the Cowboys’ comeback attempt in the NFC Divisional Round to advance to another NFC Championship.

In Week 5, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys gave Rodgers 1:13 to work with, and Rodgers made the most of it in a way that only he could execute.

The Green Bay drive appeared to be in danger, when Rodgers narrowly escaped David Irving for a first down.

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