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The Houston Police Department was also on the case, as it was clearly its jurisdiction. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tried to keep things in perspective.

It might be the highest priority for [the] lieutenant governor, Acevedo said via The Statesman. I can tell you we had three homicides the night of the Super Bowl in the city of Houston, and we d like to find it. But I don t think we re burning New York Yankees Cheap Jerseys the midnight oil worrying about a jersey.

However, he had a close relationship with both the Carpenter family, which owned the Phillies, and Paul Owens, who would become the club’s general manager in the early 1970s. The Phillies hired Green as a minor league coach and manager after his playing career ended. He then began to ascend the ranks of their front office as a prot g of Owens.

Green’s goal was to become a big league general manager. When it became clear to him in 1981 that Owens would be ensconced in that job in Philadelphia for years to come, he allowed himself to be courted by the Cubs and was NBA Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping hired as their general manager after the 1981 season.

One of Green’s first moves as GM was a blockbuster trade with the Phillies that brought Larry Bowa and an infield prospect named Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs, in exchange for shortstop Ivan DeJesus. Sandberg went on to become a Hall of Fame second baseman, and he and Green remained close for the next 35 years.

“Dallas was instrumental in really my whole baseball career,” Sandberg told the Chicago media Wednesday. “That was a huge opportunity and a huge break for me.”

Patrick cited the state of Texas commitment to hospitality as he charged the Texas Rangers (the law enforcement agency, not the baseball team) with finding Brady s missing jersey.

“In Texas we place a very high value on hospitality and football,” Patrick said, according to the Texas Tribune. “Tom Brady’s jersey has great historical value and is already being called ‘the most valuable NFL collectable ever.’ It will likely go into the Hall of Fame one day. It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas.”

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The return of All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski wasn’t enough to put the Patriots over the top as Tom Brady struggled in a 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon.

Brady was sacked four times in the loss and never seemed to get in rhythm. Deep passing opportunities evaporated when he was under pressure, with his longest pass coming on a 30-yard reception by Gronkowski early in the game.

A week after a four-touchdown performance against the Buccaneers, Eagles QB Nick Foles was just 11-of-29 for 80 yards and no touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with a head injury. With starter Michael Vick injured on the sidelines, Foles was replaced by rookie Matt Barkley but that did not improve their chances on Sunday. Barkley threw three interceptions on 20 pass attempts.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo wasn’t a whole lot better, throwing two picks himself, but with the defense doing its job to shut down the Eagles, he did enough. Philadelphia has lost a franchise-record nine straight games at home.

Tony Romo threw the ball 47 times while the Cowboys carried the ball just 26, all while Dallas was leading. There’s no greater sign an offense lacks faith in its ability to run the football. Shifting the focus to Romo was the right move as the team’s back averaged just 2.8 yards per carry, but the Cowboys need to find an answer for how they can become more balanced offensively. This problem might not be able to be solved until next year’s draft as rookie Joseph Randle has struggled thus far.

Quarterback play will be pointed to as the reason Philadelphia lost, but LeSean McCoy’s 81 all-purpose yards was far more damaging to Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme. Without the threat of the run the Cowboys were able to key in on the pass, and it helped when the defensive line was getting a lot Cheap NCAA Jerseys of pressure. This game will be looked at as the blueprint teams will follow moving forward, and it will be Cheap NFL Jerseys interesting to see how Michael Vick will adjust as he returns from injury.

Deshaun Watson stole the spotlight at the combine Saturday.

Ross, who was already projected as a first-round draft pick by, measured in at 5-foot-10 1/2 and 188 pounds, and will soon spend several months recuperating from scheduled labrum surgery on March 14.

Missing OTAs could be seen as a negative, but he would miss them anyway, because Washington is on a quarter system and final exams don’t end until June 9.
Ross also hit 11-foot-1 in the broad jump, which is tied for the fifth-best by a wide receiver since 2003. As for why he elected to participate in the combine with surgery in just 10 days, Ross said, “Because I wanted to compete. I wanted to come here and enjoy this process. Not everyone can do this. Just thankful and blessed to have this opportunity. I wanted to come out and compete versus the other guys.”

Coming back from a knee injury that cost him the 2015 season, Ross became a complete receiver and caught 81 passes for 1,150 yards with 17 touchdowns, helping the Huskies advance to the national championship semifinals against Alabama.

Deshaun Watson stole the spotlight at the combine Saturday.

While Trubisky, Mahomes and Webb flashed, the day belonged to Watson, who was easily the most consistent passer to throw at this year’s combine.

From the deep balls and gauntlet drills early (that scouts use more to evaluate receivers than the quarterbacks) to the slants, speed outs, digs, post-corners later in the workout, Watson consistently hit his receivers in stride, an impressive feat given that he had likely only thrown to two of them (former teammates Artavis Scott and Mike Williams) prior to his combine preparation.

Appropriately enough, it was Williams who was the receiver on the Watson’s final toss of the day.
The two lifted their hands in salute to each other before Williams took off, hauling in a post-corner, the final of three consecutive drop-in-the-bucket throws delivered by Watson.18

Joe Blanton signs 1-year, $4M contract with Nationals

The Washington Nationals have signed right-hander Joe Blanton to a one-year, $4 million contract, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden and multiple reports.

Blanton, 36, spent last season as one of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top relievers, going 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA. He helped stabilize the majors’ busiest bullpen in 2016 with a .194 opponent batting average, 10th best in the National League. His 1.01 WHIP was 13th best in the NL.

Despite bricking every single three he put up, Steph still managed to score 19 points. However, his inefficient shooting wasn’t too much of a hindrance for the Warriors, as they were able to take down the hobbled 76ers in a solid 119-108 victory.

Meanwhile, in Dallas, Curry’s younger brother Seth had a game we might’ve expected to see from back-to-back MVP, nailing an efficient 5-of-7 threes in a win over the Miami Heat.

Even the best shooters have off nights sometimes. It’s worth noting that last time this happened (Steph missed 10 threes in a November matchup against the Lakers), he scorched the Pelicans in the following game for an NBA-record 13 threes.

We’ll see if Steph sets any more records — good or bad — in Tuesday’s game against the Washington Wizards. For what it’s worth, forecasters expect it to be raining in D.C. around tip-off.

“I’m not happy with [the OTL report]. I said ‘better late than never’ when we made the decision to cut Ray, and I stand by that. Somebody else can say ‘it’s too late now,’ but I can’t respond to that. If all I can do is try and correct our wrongs and do what we think is right, that decision to cut Ray Monday was that. I can’t please those people that think we didn’t do enough.”3

It seems that the ice has required more maintenance this season.

This week’s Big Question: What’s the ice like around the league compared with two years ago?

James van Riemsdyk, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs: “It’s been awful. I don’t know what it is. Even in our building this year. I thought it was really good [when we came] back for World Cup and right after that for the first little bit. But the last little bit, it’s been so bad. The puck’s all over the place. … I know we have a lot of events in here. I think they’re trying to fix some things and change some things. Both teams are playing on it, so it’s not an excuse [for players] in that regard. But for the sake of the product of the game — we talk about goal scoring and stuff like that — if you have a better ice surface and the puck isn’t bouncing around as much and guys can make plays, you would think that would be as good a reason as any to get more goals in the league. I know they’re working on it and they’re trying, but it hasn’t been good of late.”

The Lakers have inquired about the availability of Pacers star Paul George, right, according to sources, as Magic Johnson and Larry Bird now find themselves competitors in dueling front offices.

Johnson has wasted little time getting busy since he was handed control of basketball operations by Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss, quickly sealing a trade Tuesday afternoon with the Houston Rockets for a future first-round pick and veteran swingman Corey Brewer in exchange for high-scoring guard Lou Williams.

League sources told Stein that the Lakers were also seeking a quality second-round pick from teams interested in veteran shooting guard Nick Young.

Johnson addressed the Lakers’ players and coaches when they reported for Wednesday’s practice at 1 p.m. local time.

Roddy White would have fought Kyle Shanahan for not running the ball in the Super Bowl

Add former Falcons wide receiver Roddy White to the vast number of people who think Atlanta should have just run the dang ball in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI.

White didn’t pull any punches on the We Never Played the Game podcast hosted by the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Jeff Schultz and Zach Klein of Atlanta’s WSB-TV. He said he would have “literally” fought former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan over the play calling decisions that led to the loss.

The Falcons led 28-20 in the fourth quarter, and after catches by Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones, Atlanta found itself on the New England 22-yard line. After a run play for a loss of a yard on first down, Shanahan called a pass play. Ryan was sacked on a five-step drop, resulting in a loss of 12 yards and pushing the Falcons out of comfortable field goal range for Matt Bryant.

White said he told Jones that, had he been on the field for that second down, he would have jumped offsides on purpose to keep the play from happening.

“At that point, it’s second-and-16, you know they’re going to run the ball,” White said. “Or they’ll throw quick game (quick pass off a three-step drop). It wouldn’t be anything you can take a sack on.”

White did single out the former offensive coordinator for the play calls, but he also acknowledged that Shanahan shouldn’t bear the blame alone.

“As a coaching staff, you’re on the headset,” White said. “Nobody said, ‘Were going to run the ball three times.’”

There’s a history of conflict between White and Shanahan. White was vocal last season about his dissatisfaction with his role in the Falcons’ offense. His perspective hasn’t changed.

Manuel is all about an aggressive, attacking style

It was a down year for Eli Manning, and while the Giants still believe in him, don’t be surprised if they look for a quarterback in this year’s draft to groom as Eli’s eventual replacement. He’s 36 but likely has a few good years left. The Giants fixed the defense last season but now have to rebuild the offense around Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.

As with the rest of the Falcons, Manuel will enter the 2017 season with a bad taste in his mouth from the Super Bowl LI implosion in which Atlanta blew a 28-3 lead in a crushing, 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots. But at least Manuel knows he’ll have a talented group around him that in 2016 featured NFL sacks leader Vic Beasley Jr., emerging nose tackle Grady Jarrett, rookie standouts Deion Jones and Keanu Neal and Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant, who will return after missing the season’s second half following pectoral surgery.

The improved speed on defense, coupled with the presence of Trufant as a shutdown corner, will allow the Falcons to continue the trend of playing more man-to-man defense, as they did successfully later in the season.

Manuel’s ability to get the best out of his players was evident in the way cornerback Jalen Collins made a dramatic leap in his second season as a replacement for Trufant; in the way cornerback Robert Alford shook off problems with penalties to become a playmaker; in the way Brian Poole went from being undrafted to evolving into a reliable nickelback; and in the way Neal and Allen were able to work in unison at the safety spots.

Again, Manuel is all about an aggressive, attacking style. It’s in his nature as a former NFL strong safety. That’s the mentality and approach you see from him every day in practice. And that’s the look you’ll see in his eyes every game day.

Mizzou’s Shane Ray, Utah’s Nate Orchard and LSU’s Danielle Hunter come to mind.

This is playing things close to the vest when it comes to “need” and helping opposing teams project their needs, of course. Adding to that, the line between a 3-4 standup outside linebacker and a 4-3 edge rusher have somewhat blurred over the years.

You can have teams evaluate 4-3 ends as 3-4 backers, and visa versa, and it makes it tough to pinpoint scheme archetypes.

“A lot of times it opens it up for you,” said Pace. “Because there are a lot of undersized defensive ends in college who can stand up and play outside linebacker in the 3-4. So it’s exciting to me. I’ve been in both systems in New Orleans. We’ve been 4-3 and 3-4. So I think it opens up more players. Because there are undersized ends who can play that stand-up position and rush the quarterback from a two-point stance.”

Mizzou’s Shane Ray, Utah’s Nate Orchard and LSU’s Danielle Hunter come to mind.

As Pace pointed out, there’s some flexibility with what you can do at the traditional nose tackle position in a 3-4 as well.

“I think there’s a couple guys who can do it,” he said. “One of them’s done it before in Dallas. It doesn’t have to be this big, 350-pound space-eater. You can use him in a variety of ways.”

The Rams found their own version of DHB, albeit about six inches shorter. St. Louis traded up to the eighth spot in the draft in 2013 to get glorified punt returner Tavon Austin. Cornerback Brandon McGee, a fifth-round pick in 2013, has been reduced to a bit role and spent most of last year on IR. Chris Givens, a forth-round pick in 2012, had a promising rookie season, but quickly faded away in the Rams’ confused offense.

The award for most Davis-like picks goes to the Jets, who picked up a disappointing Stephen Hill in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. A year later they spent a first-round pick on the disappointing Milliner. A sixth-round pick last year, the Jets cut Brandon Dixon before the season started. The good news for the Jets is that they have a brand new coach and general manager making the picks this year.

Las Vegas mayor says Chargers are in play for possible relocation

If the team gathers the appropriate amount of signatures, then San Diegans will get to vote on the new stadium. If the initiative passes, San Diego’s hotel room tax would jump up four percent, which would help pay for the $1.8 billion stadium/convention center project.

If the initiative were to fail, then the Chargers would likely to move to Los Angeles, unless everything mentioned above also miraculously happened, then the team would have the option of Las Vegas.

One more thing to keep in mind for Chargers fans: Goodman as already said that she thinks the Raiders will end up in Vegas.

In Vegas terms, a Chargers move to Sin City is probably something you shouldn’t bet on.

Government research into a group of retired NFL players showed they had a lower suicide rate than men in the general population. The study also noted it contained significant shortcomings.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health studied a group of retired players who played for a minimum of five years from 1959 to 1988, according to ESPN. The research found that there were 12 suicides out of 3,439 former players between 1979 and 2013. As ESPN wrote, “Suicide rates in the general population suggest 25 suicides would have been expected for men of comparable age.”

Marshall told the New York Post on Tuesday that the Jets will “be OK” with Smith orBryce Petty under center.

“Just seeing Bryce and Geno grow so much the last year is really encouraging, and I’m just proud of those guys,” Marshall said. “We’ll be OK.”

So, let’s state the obvious: Neither Smith nor Petty project as above-average quarterbacks. When Smith’s been handed a chance (29 starts, 31 appearances), he’s flopped (72.3 passer rating). And Petty is nothing more than a developmental prospect who’s never played in a real game.

The plan in question is a $1.33 billion project headed up by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. The potential stadium could be just blocks from the Vegas strip, but the real important piece of information are the multiple teams the city wants to bring in.

From the interview with Goodman:

Goodman said the site under consideration could host the NFL, MLS and UNLV football. She said she is confident that Las Vegas would get an MLS franchise.

One of those “other considerations” that Jones is referring to happens to be gambling. Although the NFL has made it clear that it’s staunchly against gambling, Jones thinks the league would be willing to overlook that because Vegas’ “entertainment value” overshadows the gambling.

14 things to know about the Chicago Cubs’ hot and historic start to the season

Related to all of this is the Cubs’ incredible run differential of +110. Scaled to a full season their run differential would be +509. The all-time record belongs to those ’39 Yankees, who outscored their opponents by 411 runs. Obviously, the Cubs have some room to decline/regress and still break that record. This one bears monitoring.

What’s helping that run differential is how the Cubs have fared in blowout games. This season, when the game is decided by a margin of five runs or more the Cubs are 15-2.

Are the Cubs getting lucky? No, not especially. Based on runs scored and runs allowed, their record should be 28-7. Based on the more granular, batted-ball level data available at FanGraphs, their record should be 27-8. In other words, the Cubs aren’t out-performing any of their more fundamental indicators.

For a time, the knock was the the Cubs hadn’t played a tough schedule. However, their 2016 opponents to date have an average winning percentage of .502. They’ve also gone 13-1 against the Cardinals, Pirates, and Nationals, and they’re 13-3 in road games.

Need proof that baseball’s still beautifully weird? The Cubs this season are 3-5 against the Braves, Rockies, and Padres and 24-3 against everyone else.

Of course, the Cubs’ 2016 regular season excellence is all in the service of winning the World Series for the first time since 1908. On that point, there’s some discouraging news. Since 1995, when the playoffs expanded to three rounds, the team with the best record in the regular season has gone on to win the World Series just 19 percent of the time. In the playoffs, the small sample size of games and the randomness therein tend to hold sway. Just ask those 1906 Cubs and 2001 Mariners and their 116 wins apiece, for instance.

The 2016 Cubs — so far, so very, very good. Of course, there’s much more to come.

Duke University held commencement exercises over the weekend, which means life is about to get demonstrably worse for any number of young people. Life, however, is not going to get worse for Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, in large part because he’s a major-league ballplayer.

Why inject Mr. Stroman into this discussion? We do so because Mr. Stroman was among those who was graduated from Duke on Sunday. Stroman was drafted out of Duke in 2012, and last year while rehabbing his knee injury he worked toward finishing his degree. As you’re about to see, that work paid off on Sunday …

Sheepskin received! And here’s Marcus demonstrating his delivery while wearing the robes of the occasion …

A few weeks back, Heath Cummings said he was ready to move Altuve into his top-three players overall. Ahead of the likes of Paul Goldschmidt, Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Carlos Correa among others; I didn’t even have Altuve in my top five.

As Altuve continues to clobber the ball all over the field and shows no signs of slowing down, that is becoming harder to justify. Altuve is the No. 1 hitter in both Rotisserie and H2H scoring formats, and he is 21 percent ahead of the No. 2 scorer in points leagues.

Altuve almost certainly can’t keep this pace up moving forward, but it would be foolish to just write off this quick start and assume he is the same player he has been in the past. It has been 11 days since Altuve’s last homer, but he hasn’t slowed down in that span; he is still hitting .368/.468/.447 over his last 10 games.