It’s a play you’d never see Tom Brady attempt.

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There’s no easy answer when trying to quantify how much of an offense’s production can be credited to the quarterback position. Maybe the best way to see the value of an elite passer is when a team loses one and has to rely on a backup to fill in.
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A statistical study by the University of Missouri found that losing a quarterback for four games due to injury or suspension would drop a team’s win total by an average of 1.3 games. No other position affected a win total by even half that margin.

Not having a great player under center or losing one can crush a team’s chances at the playoffs. The Raiders dealt with 13 straight seasons outside the postseason — cycling through players like JaMarcus Russell, Kerry Collins, and Andrew Walter — before finally finding Carr.

With so much value at quarterback, what percentage of a team’s spending should go toward that position?

It’s a play you’d never see Tom Brady attempt. And that’s probably a good thing for New England Patriots fans.

Winston’s go-for-broke mentality is part of what has always made him an exciting player and one who is prone for some awful moments. Even during his prolific national championship-winning and Heisman-winning collegiate career at Florida State, Winston still had remarkably bad lowlights.

It’s important to remember that Winston turned 23 less than a week after the end of the 2016 regular season. While he has 32 NFL starts under his belt and another 27 games at Florida State, he’s still a player who graduated high school five years ago.

But now entering his third season, it’s time for Winston to rein it in.

NFL Hall of Fame Game 2017 live updates: News, highlights, and scores from Cowboys vs. Cardinals

Sadly, Gabbert’s night is over. Trevor Knight, who is apparently a quarterback and not the dorky best friend of bad boy Cooper Rush on a teen show, is taking snaps for Arizona now. The Cardinals punted a minute after his debut.

Cooper Rush, who is apparently a quarterback and not a bad boy with a heart of gold on a teen show, starts the second half for the Cowboys.

“I don’t envy the challenge you have in selecting the all-time best from a group of so many great players who will make up this year’s Hall of Fame class. With that said, I will tell you from my personal experience Jason is one of them.

“Thank you for your time and consideration.”
Taylor finished his NFL career with 139.5 sacks, enough for seventh best all-time. Richard Dent, John Randle, and Lawrence Taylor are among the Hall of Famers who finished with fewer sacks than Jason Taylor, so his résumé spoke for itself.

On Saturday, he’ll join the Hall of Fame with LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner, and four other inductees.

But Brady going the extra mile to make sure voters understood Taylor’s impact is strong evidence of the respect that the longtime Miami Dolphins defensive end earned.

In case you couldn’t already tell, the WR class was stacked in 2014. Evans exploded out of the gate with 12 touchdowns his rookie year, despite having Josh McCown and Mike Glennon throwing him the ball. He had a slightly down year in 2015 but still cleared 1,200 receiving yards. Evans and Jameis Winston developed a strong chemistry, though, and last year he set new highs with 96 catches, 1,321, and 12 touchdowns.

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We shouldn’t laugh off Predators fans’ catfish ‘tradition’

So many hockey fans want to act like it’s hilarious, the act of strapping a dead fish to some part of one’s body for the purpose of tossing it onto the ice at an NHL game.

Even if we weren’t responsible for any major climate catastrophes heading our way, shouldn’t we still do our part to preserve what we have left? The same way that we shouldn’t wait till our bodies break down completely to start doing the right things to stay healthy, let’s not wait till it’s too late to do something. I am not saying I am perfectly ‘green’, but the first step is to keep an open mind and try to learn what you don’t already know.

I am not saying I am perfectly ‘green’, but the first step is to keep an open mind and try to learn what you don’t already know, the 29-year-old Canadian, who scored 21 goals and recorded 58 points last season, concluded his post.
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Because the NHL plays at least two games per season outdoors with its Stadium Series, the annual Winter Classic and Heritage Classic, the league has established a green initiative.

Hockey can trace its roots to the frozen freshwater lakes and ponds of North America and Europe, the NHL says on its NHL Green website. The ability to skate and play the game outdoors is a critical component of the NHL’s history and culture. Major environmental challenges, such as climate change and freshwater scarcity, affect future opportunities for hockey players of all ages to take the game outside.
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This is why the NHL is committed to improving hockey’s environmental impact — and to helping catalyze a larger movement toward a healthier planet.

Connor McDavid named cover athlete for ‘NHL 18’

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At just 20 years of age, Connor McDavid is already one of the best players in the NHL. He was recognized as such Wednesday night as he won the Hart Trophy (league MVP) and the Ted Lindsay Award (players’ MVP). In addition, he was announced as the cover athlete for the upcoming NHL 18 video game.

Representing ‘NHL 18’ as the cover athlete is an incredible honor, McDavid said in a statement. I’ve played EA SPORTS NHL every year since I was kid. To appear on the cover, something that has been done previously by so many players that I respect and admire, is very exciting. I can’t wait to play ‘NHL 18.’

However, the NHL canceled its All-Star weekend the last three times players participated in the Winter Games, in 2006, 2010, and 2014.

The league announced in early April it would not send players to Pyeongchang, after negotiations broke down between the league, the NHL Players’ Association and the International Olympic Committee. In a statement at the time, the league noted that We have previously made clear that while the overwhelming majority of our clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players, we were open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have an interest in the issue.

Still, some players and fans had held out hope further negotiations might arise to change the situation.
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The 2018 NHL All-Star Game will follow the 3-on-3 tournament format adopted in 2016, with stars from each NHL division comprising the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic and Metropolitan.

Lakers’ 49-point loss to Mavericks worst in franchise history

Eleven years ago Sunday Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Raptors. Now his former team can’t manage 75 against one of the worst teams in the NBA.

The Lakers fell 122-73 Sunday to the Mavericks without a starter scoring in double digits. The 49-point loss was the largest margin of defeat in Lakers history.

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Mavs coach Rick Carlisle told reporters before the game that this has been one of his favorite teams to coach and that the first half of the season went by amazingly fast. He’s optimistic things will be better going forward.

I think we have a chance to get better as we get healthy here and in better conditions coming off health issues. I’m hopeful, he said.

He should be so lucky that the second half, with a playoff berth the longest of long shots, goes by as quickly.

Achilles injuries can be devastating to any athletes’ career, but for now it appears Porzingis has dodged a bullet.

The Knicks are coming off a spirited 117-106 win against the Celtics after dropping 11 of their previous 13 games.

Kids Matthew Spencer Jersey Thomas has a lot more tricks up his sleeve when he has an opportunity to break a defender down, but the half-spin is one of the most effective. For someone who is elite at scoring from underneath the basket, midrange and the perimeter, being able to change direction and speed at the drop of a dime means the defense can never get comfortable when he’s on the court.

J.R. Smith thinks Charles Barkley isn’t on LeBron James’ level ‘as a player or person’

LeBron James and Charles Barkley have some serious beef, and after Dwyane Wade had his former teammate’s back, J.R. Smith is following suit.

Barkley shredded James during a TNT segment last week. After James’ public statement on his teams’ need for playmakers last week, Barkley said the ordeal was “Whiny. Inappropriate. All the above.”

“I don’t want to put a precise timeline on it, but it’s inevitable at some point that we’ll start looking at the growth of franchises. That’s always been the case in this league, and Seattle will no doubt be on a short list of cities we’ll look at,” the NBA commissioner said.

Silver went on to say expansion is more a matter of “when” than “if” at this moment.

The NBA has not expanded since 1995 when the league added the Grizzlies and the Raptors (though the Pelicans are considered an expansion team now).

“I think it’s just a question of when the right time is to seriously start thinking about expansion,” Silver said.

Until that happens, Supersonics’ alums will continue to try to get a team back to their city just like Allen doing right now.

They’ve been connected to a few impact bats — that’s probably their biggest need, by a hair — but will Girsch’s first move as GM really be as big as trading for a Marlins outfielder? Both Marcel Ozuna and Christian Yelich would be available for the right price, but the pending sale of that franchise complicates things. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton would probably be available, too, but he’s owed approximately $2 billion over the rest of his contract, which really complicates any deal.

Let’s look back at DeWitt’s quote from earlier in this column, about investing. He specifically talks about turning a short-term asset into a long-term asset, and it doesn’t take an advanced degree in reading tea leaves to figure out that references guys ready to hit the free-agent market soon.
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The cupboard is near barren in Oakland.

Heading into the season, all eyes were on Philadelphia center Joel Embiid. After myriad injuries upended what would have been his first two seasons in the league, the 2014 No. 3 overall pick proved he was well worth the wait, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks on restricted minutes, and seldom, if ever, playing on the second night of back to backs. However, a torn meniscus cut his season short in February after having played just 31 games, a factor that could (read: should) cause voters to refrain from casting their ballot in favor of him.

Dario Saric, another in the 76ers’ seemingly endless supply of talented big man who can’t seem to help them get over the hump, was phenomenal in February and March. He picked up the slack in Embiid’s absence, going for 17.7 points and 7.45 rebounds per game in the two-month span. Those are more than respectable numbers, but the small sample size and losing culture in which they were achieved can’t go unnoticed. The same can be said of Suns big man Marquese Chriss, who’s averaged 13 points and six boards while shooting 50.5 percent from the field, including 36.8 percent from 3-point range.

Kings guard Buddy Hield is balling now, but his emergence is too little, far too late.
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And don’t even get me started on their bench. The cupboard is near barren in Oakland.

Gone are game-changing stalwarts such as big man Andrew Bogut, whose injury was the sole reason the Warriors fell in last year’s final against the Cavs, according to anybody with the good sense God gave a Billy goat; Harrison Barnes, whose lights-out shooting in the 2016 playoffs is irreplaceable; and prototypical stretch power forward Marresse Speights, who wound up being just what the Clippers needed to be considered a serious contender.
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For Paul George and the Pacers, the future remains murky

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So, was Paul George looking a little longingly over at the Celtics’ locker room at TD Garden Wednesday night?

After the Pacers lost in Boston to slip to the No. 7 seed in the East playoff race, and just one game ahead of the eighth seed, George said, If you look at their roster, everybody knows what to expect out of everybody. There’s never a moment where a guy is like, ‘What kind of shot are you taking?’ Or, ‘What are you doing?’ They’re beyond that. And that’s the chemistry we’re trying to make—where guys are playing, and we’re comfortable with their play style, and we know what they’re going to do within our offense. We’ve got a little way to go.

Jack Youngblood Authentic Jersey A month ago, there had been a chance—slight, according to some around the league and virtually nil according to others—that George would wind up in Boston at the trade deadline, as the Pacers listened to offers for their star forward. The consensus was that the Pacers were simply feeling out the market for George, perhaps to make more serious inquiries ahead of this year’s draft, but the rumor mill around George churned in earnest for a few days.

According to TNT reporter David Aldridge, the Thunder expect Kanter to return Friday to help bolster their offensive attack. The 6-11 center had been out since Jan. 26 because of a broken wrist suffered when he punched a chair in frustration.

Kanter is averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this season while coming off the bench. Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo get most of the scoring opportunities, but Kanter gives them a big body in the paint and helps stretch the floor.

Stephen Curry sings Disney songs with James Corden

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With two young daughters, Stephen Curry has heard his fair share of Disney songs.

The Warriors star hilariously sang songs from Moana and Frozen while riding along with James Corden.

Coming to a franchise that had been to only one Western Conference Finals since its inception in 1980-81, Nowitzki led the Mavs to their first-ever NBA Finals berth in 2006, a year before he won the regular-season MVP.

According to the Times, the brothers withdrew the request in court Friday after Jeanie Buss asked for the restraining order.

This is no doubt the beginning and not the end of the game-playing, Jeanie Buss’ attorney Adam Streisand told the Times. They don’t have a legal leg to stand on. This is a legal strategy doomed for failure.

Jeanie Buss took control of the franchise after the death of her father, Jerry Buss, in 2013. She recently fired her brother Jim from his longtime position as the Lakers’ executive vice president for basketball operations as part of a shakeup that put Magic Johnson in charge of the department.

Greg Zuerlein Authentic Jersey The Cavs held a workout for Larry Sanders on Wednesday, but the team won’t make a decision on whether to sign the former Bucks center until after the trade deadline, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. Cleveland may attempt to acquire Andrew Bogut from the Sixers, as Philly does not plan to keep the big man. Expect another trade or buyout.

The Brooklyn picks are in play. Relay back to base, the Brooklyn picks are in play.

The Celtics and Pacers have been kicking the tires on a Paul George deal, but Boston has yet to meet the asking price, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. However, the coveted pick the Celtics own for this year’s draft (via Brooklyn) has entered the conversation, per Wojnarowski.

CT scan on brain of Hornets’ Nicolas Batum negative, report says

Nicolas Batum underwent a CT scan on his brain Wednesday with hopes of finding the source of severe migraines, ESPN.com reported, citing unidentified sources.

The Hornets forward has been suffering from “excruciating” migraines, and ESPN’s sources said it has been “a scary period” for him.

Good news for Batum — a team spokesman told WCNC-TV before Wednesday game against the Pacers his CT scan revealed no major problems in the brain, such as brain tumors.

For now, the nine-year veteran is expected to be sidelined for Saturday’s game against the Wizards, if not more.

Batum, 28, is a key piece in the Hornets offense, averaging 15.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists this year.

Jeremy Lamb and Marco Belinelli will need to step up if Batum is forced to take an extended leave, especially since Charlotte is 3 1/2 games out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot entering Wednesday’s games.

McCollum has played second fiddle to Damian Lillard to this point in his career, and he’s been incredibly successful in that role. He was named the Most Improved Player in the NBA for the 2015-16 season, and he’s averaging 23.1 points per game while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from 3-point range this season. He’s proven himself to be one of the purest scorers in the league with the ability to function as a secondary playmaker when needed.

The intrigue with McCollum taking over a role similar to Harden’s is how much better could he be as the primary ball handler on a team. In the five games Lillard missed this season, McCollum put on a show with an average of 31.2 points, 4.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. That includes a 43-point outburst against the Timberwolves on the road followed by a 35-point showing at Oracle Arena three nights later. He shot nearly 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 90 percent from the free throw line in those games too.saints_010-223x223