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After a recent rash of arrests for Jets players, the team’s owner said he is standing by the players.

Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson said Sunday he believes the team should support wide receiver Robby Anderson and linebacker Dylan Donahue, who were both recently arrested.

“I’m really disappointed, but I think these guys deserve the support of the team,” Johnson said at the NFL league meetings. “They deserve a second chance. We have a really good support system at the team. I think we can help these guys. My patience isn’t infinite. I expect these guys to straighten up and I’m going to talk to them about that.”

Anderson has been arrested twice in the last year. His latest arrest came in January when he was pulled over for speeding and arrested after he resisted arrest. The police report said he allegedly threatened to sexually assault the police officer’s wife.

Johnson was asked what he would tell a parent who purchased an Anderson No. 11 jersey for their child.

Johnson said he’s confident the Jets will do “something special” with the No. 3 pick.

“I’m hoping so,” he said when asked if this is seminal moment in franchise history. “We’ll know a little bit more as we get past the draft. I don’t think we’ll know for sure until we’ve had a few games under our belt, don’t you think? Speaking as a fan, which I am first, I think this is a really exciting time in the history of the Jets.”

“While I take full responsibility for this suspension, I want to clarify that my test showed traces of a banned stimulant from a pre-workout supplement bought over the counter,” Mauro said in a statement. “While I didn’t and would never intentionally put anything in my body that was a banned substance, I wholeheartedly honor and respect the NFL’s drug testing policy and I take full accountability. I want to thank the entire Giants organization for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to compete and help bring another championship to such a storied franchise. I look forward to overcoming this adversity I’ve ultimately brought upon myself and will do everything I can to contribute to this team winning football games.”

Mauro followed new Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher from the Cardinals. He is expected to compete for a starting job on the defensive line.

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NFL passes rule to prevent helmet-to-helmet hits, but it could lead to more controversy

The NFL’s effort to make football safer was expanded Tuesday by league owners who voted to approve a rule that seeks to take head-first collisions out of the game.

Discussions about curbing the worst collisions in the sport led to the drafting of a new rule that quickly went to a vote.

The exact verbiage and application of the rule won’t be finalized until the next NFL owners meeting in May. It won’t mirror college football’s targeting rule exactly, but it’s a concerted effort to change the way football is changed at all levels.

Which is more likely for Ohtani in 2018: hitting 20 home runs or winning 10 games

In my mind, I think it’ll struggle, Dallas Cowboys COO Stephen Jones, a member of the competition committee, said earlier this week. There’s reasons for it. I certainly understand it. It’s certainly a big penalty. But at the same time, what we don’t want to see is more and more intentional pass interferences where players are tackling guys and things of that nature to keep them from scoring. The Jets proposed that all defensive pass interference fouls should warrant a 15-yard penalty unless the contact is intentional and egregious, which would instead be a spot foul.

I thought Harvey attacked the strike zone pretty good, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. Thought it was interesting to see him go out and compete like that. Good job by him.

Jerry Blevins (1-0) retired Odubel Herrera with two on to end the sixth. Seth Lugo followed with two perfect innings , striking out four.

Lively gave up six hits and walked one as the Phillies fell to 1/3 in Kapler’s first season at the helm. The right-hander struck out five.

Belichick’s trade history isn’t enough alone to call this one a win for the Patriots, but given that he managed to rent a star wide receiver for a year at the cost of a sixth-round pick when other teams are paying premiums to bring in backups, it’s pretty clear that the greatest coach in league history is on another level altogether.patriots_095

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Report: Jaron Brown visiting Seahawks

Per the report: “NRG Security personnel, including the 66-year-old disabled victim, told Bennett he had to use a different entrance for field access. Instead, he pushed through them, including the elderly woman who was part of the security team.”

News that the Raiders were releasing Michael Crabtree signaled the team had a deal for his replacement in Nelson. Oakland will clear $7.7 million in cap space by cutting Crabtree.

Nelson, 32, averaged a career-worst 9.1 yards per catch with only six touchdowns last season with Aaron Rodgers missing nine-plus games. The Packers released him earlier this week after agreeing to terms with tight end Jimmy Graham.

Nelson was scheduled to make $9.25 million in base salary and count $12.5 million against the Packers’ cap. Green Bay asked him to take a pay cut before his release.

In nine seasons in Green Bay, Nelson made 550 catches for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns.

The three-year deal signed by receiver Sammy Watkins with the Chiefs is as simple as a contract can be. The details appear below.

The deal also has a $10,000 workout bonus this year, along with $250,000 workout bonuses in 2019 and 2020.

He had just announced to his team about a bonus restructuring that would more fully reward performance.We then turn that list over to our scouting panel, made up of roughly 15 NHL executives depending on the year, including head scouts and GMs.Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., talk to’s This Week at 10 a.m.He walked 64 more batters and posted a 5 ERA 2001 while pitching for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

But it’s all. I know he is athletic player, but I’t know what the Reds were thinking if he was actually the one the trade proposal.Pass to Staal.Whatever the Nuggets decide to do, there are pros and cons to adding Millsap.He showed nothing the preseason, completing 15-of-31 passes for 132 scoreless yards and two picks.Upton use his birth name this after going by B.J., short for Bossman — his father Manny’s nickname –.

“I gave this city everything I had,” Pouncey said. “I’m heartbroken.”

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NBA wrap: Rockets close gap on Warriors by beating tough Heat squad

Maybe Rockets center Clint Capela was on to something.

The Rockets used some late-game heroics Monday night from guards James Harden and Chris Paul to defeat a tough Heat team in Houston, 99-90.

Harden broke an 88-88 tie with a 29-foot 3-pointer at the 3:06 mark, and he and Paul later hit contested jumpers inside the arc to seal the win for the Rockets (33-12).

Harden finished with 28 points, and Paul and Eric Gordon added 16 apiece.

Ricky Rubio had twice as many turnovers (four) as points (two) in the Utah’s 104-90 loss to the Hawks. He hit only one of his eight shots from the floor.

The Bulls and Pelicans had a strange finish to regulation in New Orleans. The Pelicans were headed for the win until Bulls guard Justin Holiday got fouled on a shot he didn’t get off before the buzzer. But after Holiday tied the game with two of three free throws, watch how close Pelicans star Anthony Davis came to winning the game on a full-court heave.

Cavaliers (27-18) at Spurs (30-18) at 8 p.m. ET — Remember how the Cavaliers went on a tear most of November and December, winning 18 of 19? Since that hot streak ended, they’ve dropped 10 of 14. That’s a perfect illustration of how Cavs have either been very good or bad this season, so who knows which team will show up in San Antonio. LeBron is seven points away from 30,000 career points but it’s the Spurs who are looking to rev up their offense with young point guard Dejounte Murray now starting in place of veteran Tony Parker.

Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been identified as potential make-weights in any proposed deal.

Jordan, 29, is averaging 11.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per game. The Cavs have struggled in the paint this season, so Jordan’s physical presence and elite rebounding could eradicate that weakness.

Williams, also with the Clippers, is averaging 23.2 points per game this season after scoring 50 in a game earlier this month. He is a proven elite scorer off the bench or in the starting lineup.

But plays like this make it clear how long he still has to go:

It would be nice for Adebayo to develop into the type of big man who can attack mismatches in the post, but it won’t necessarily prevent him from reaching his full potential as an offensive player it he doesn’t.packers_005

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Helmets collide on every play in football, especially on the offensive and defensive lines.

Even making a tackle often results in a completely legal collision of helmets because ball carriers often lean forward or duck their head before impact.

In Super Bowl 52, New England Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks was taken to the locker room after a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit left him motionless on the turf. It did not draw a penalty, because he had established himself as a runner.

College football’s targeting rule reads as follows:

No one really expected Owens to play in the Super Bowl. Multiple medical experts even said that if he were to play and get hit in the leg the wrong way, it could end his career.

“Nobody in this room knew I was going to play this game,” Owens said after the game via ESPN. “Nobody knew but me.”

Owens also touched on the perception people had of him — that he was a diva, that he wanted the attention — throughout the situation.

It was supposed to show us where this strange rabbit hole — one that has felt increasingly like a graphic novel by Hunter S. Thompson — ends. It was supposed to reveal who, or what, Croc represents. Brady told me that himself on Tuesday, when I camped out at his press conference and asked him about it.

Instead, the Patriots lost the Super Bowl, and we didn’t get any answers. But even if they’d won, and a post had gone up, I still don’t think we would’ve. I don’t think these guys had any clue what they were doing. I’m pretty sure they backed themselves into a narrative corner. My theory all season has been that these posts started as a way to see how weird Brady could get before Patriots fans started wondering what was going on.

New York Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis said late Tuesday night he’s ready to tackle the lengthy rehab ahead in the wake of his season-ending ACL tear.

“He was down when he first got the news, but then he instantly switched to, ‘I’ve got to take on this new journey. I’m ready for it,'” teammate Courtney Lee said after speaking to Porzingis late on Tuesday.

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The Jets have just taken a 36-31 lead on the Chiefs at MetLife Stadium on Josh McCown’s 1-yard sneak with 2:15 to go.

“McCown takes it over the goal line. Two-point conversion coming,” Andrew Siciliano, host of DirecTV’s Red Zone Channel, tells viewers from a set nearly 2,500 miles across the continent after one of the more than 1,600 plays he binge-watched with them earlier this month.

The Panthers limited the 49ers to just 217 yards, forced two turnovers, and sacked Brian Hoyer four times in the win. The Panthers defense only let the 49ers in the red zone one time, and they also limited San Francisco to a 2-of-11 showing on third down conversions.

It has been more than four years since Andy Reid took his talents from Philadelphia to Kansas City to coach the Chiefs. On Sunday, Reid and the Chiefs play the Eagles in Kansas City in what figures to be an emotional day for Reid, who coached the Eagles for 14 years, and Eagles coach Doug Pederson is one of Reid’s former assistants.

Reid has led the Chiefs to the playoffs in three of his four seasons in Kansas City, and the Eagles haven’t been to the postseason since Reid was fired.

That’s okay. Not everyone needs to feel the same way.

Aaron Hernandez, Rae Carruth, O.J. Simpson and Ray Rice were left off. Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder before he died in prison, and Carruth was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Simpson’s transgressions came well after his playing career was over, and the Rice incident effectively ended his career. There’s no sense in debating those players’ place on this list.

Instead, we narrowed the focus to players who were hated while they were on the field. That hate could be for any number of reasons. It could be a dirty player. A selfish player. A greedy player. A player who had off-field issues. Or a player who simply annoyed us.

“At the end of the day, we’re going to keep it classy,” Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick told reporters this week. “We’re going to keep it professional. But it’s just one of those games.’’

Their two losses have come by a combined 13 points. Their four wins have come by an average of nearly two touchdowns, thanks in large part to quarterback Jared Goff getting better and a potent running game.

In the Rams’ four wins this season, Goff has thrown seven TDs and no INTs with a gaudy 113.1 passer rating. In the Rams’ two losses, those numbers are quit different: one TD pass, three INTs and a 61.2 passer

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Former NFL general manager Bill Polian says everyone should be ready for more of this.

Tennessee: The good news for Tennessee is that it’s made it through the toughest portion of its schedule now that it’s finished this run of four straight games against ranked teams. Only one of Tennessee’s next seven games is against a team currently in the Top 25 — a Feb. 1 home date with Texas A&M.

“The thing that worries me is that the Browns essentially tanked the season last year and no one said — except a few of us — said anything about it. And it may well be that this is something that can spread around the league, and I don’t think that’s good for the sport in the long run. Because in the end it robs the customers of the chance to see a competitive team,” he told ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” on Tuesday (quotes via Pro Football Talk).

“They lost their place kicker to injury,” Polian said specifically of the 2016 Browns. “Robbie Gould was out there. They signed a player with no track record at all.”

“He was just playing the game, taking what the defense gave him,” Evans said, adding: “That’s the first time seeing him play like that. He helped a lot.”

Sixers: Have reached 100 points in 34 of 43 games and 10 of last 11. … Have lost 10 straight in the series. … Saric has reached double figures in 24 straight games. … Luwawu-Cabarott started his third game of the season. … Ben Simmons, the Sixers third-leading scorer at 16.6 points a game, was limited to six points on 3 of 8 from the field.

Grizzlies: G Wayne Selden received two technicals — the second in the third quarter. … Has a five-game home winning streak. … Memphis shot 42 percent in the game, compared to 45 percent for Philadelphia — only the third time this season Memphis has won when shooting a lower field goal percentage. … The 15-point deficit was the largest the Grizzlies have overcome in a win this season.patriots_018_7b0b1a017dd7d943-180x180

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The Raiders will reportedly pay Jon Gruden $100 million over 10 years to come out of the booth and get back to coaching.

Every agent who represents a head coach should be licking their chops because of what Gruden’s payday means for the market.

Gruden’s salary makes his the second-highest head coach salary in the NFL. It had to be exorbitant to lure him away from ESPN and Monday Night Football, where Gruden was reportedly making upwards of $6.5 million per year.

Jon Tayler: The catastrophe that was Darvish in the World Series—3 1/3 innings pitched, nine runs allowed, zero strikeouts, and enough flat sliders to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool—probably left most GMs wary of handing him $100 million. So, too, will his age (31) and the reconstructed ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. At least one team, though, is familiar with and fond of Darvish: his old club, the Rangers. Should Texas lose out on Ohtani, I expect them to pursue and pick up this winter’s other Japanese ace, bringing him back to the Metroplex to front a rotation in desperate need of a No. 1 starter.?

Gabriel Baumgaertner: Darvish might be the last major free agent to sign. The teams that need him the most (Brewers, Twins) don’t have the money he wants, and the teams that do don’t really need him. In terms of raw stuff, Darvish remains one of the most talented starting pitchers in baseball. Unfortunately for him, his abysmal World Series performance didn’t help the idea that he’s a potential star who will never fulfill his potential. My guess is the Phillies, who have a host of promising young prospects, a lot of money, and an awful starting rotation.

He’s become one of the best receivers in the NFL in just two seasons. Part of that has been his hunger for success, and the other part is his natural talent.

The Saints desperately needed to get Drew Brees a fresh weapon on the outside, and took Thomas in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. They struck gold, because Thomas played like a first-rounder.

So, too, did the antics of Russell Wilson, dubbed by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins as the “human joystick.” He tore the game open on a third-and-10 play midway through the third quarter, when Eagles defenders say he changed the snap count to get them to tip their defensive call, a cover-zero blitz that sells out to get to the quarterback and keeps no defenders deep. He shifted the protection, kept the tight end in to block and threw a 47-yard pass to Doug Baldwin to the Philly 1, leading to the touchdown that would put the Seahawks up 17–3.blues_1052

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Rookie phenom Deshaun Watson is out for the season after his great start with the Texans was derailed by a torn ACL.

Actually, we can go back further to see a franchise dealing with an Adrian Peterson problem, a franchise quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater lost to injury with doubt that he would play again, and a head coach, Mike Zimmer, who underwent eight eye surgeries.

At the start of this season, the Vikings showcased a sensational rookie running back -– Dalvin Cook -– who soared. But he was injured and lost for the year.

Buffalo got headlines for all the wrong reasons last week, when Sean McDermott’s quarterback gambit backfired spectacularly. Tyrod Taylor is back in after Nathan Peterman’s five-interception disaster, but has the damage already been done? The Bills are clinging to playoff hopes at this point.

The late afternoon has by far the biggest game of the week, with the 7-3 Rams hosting the 8-2 Saints. It would not be surprising if they met again in January. New Orleans has a winning combination of a strong running game and surprisingly good defense (oh, and Drew Brees is still really good). Jared Goff has cooled off after a strong start to he year, and he’s now without Robert Woods for a few weeks. Sean McVay might be looking at his first real test with injuries starting to pile up.

Five years ago: Longtime State coach Paterno, who’d won more games than anyone college football but was fired amid a child abuse scandal that scarred his reputation, died at age 85.He and linemate Tom Novak, a longtime friend from hockey, were 1 tournament scoring, helping the Americans to a bronze medal.4, Elkhart, was arrested Wednesday by Elkhart police on charges of possession of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and driving as a habitual traffic violator.


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Goff had just five touchdown passes and seven picks in seven games as a rookie.

Greg Wyshynski: The Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and Winnipeg Jets are locks. Yes, the Jets are a lock: There’s just way too much scoring (3.41 goals per game) ahead of stabilized goaltending for the bottom to fall out in Winnipeg. And, yes, this might be a wish my heart is making about getting playoff games in front of the fanatical fans of Winnipeg.

Seattle defensive end Frank Clark defended how the Seahawks’ defensive linemen continued to play hard by firing off their stances with the Jaguars in victory formation.

After trailing most of the game, Ahmad Bradshaw pushed over the goal line on a quarterback sneak with 5:10 remaining and Blake Wilson kicked the extra point to put Army ahead.

But Navy’s spectacular Malcolm Perry wasn’t finished.

The quarterback, who ran for 250 yards on 30 carries and a 68-yard score in the second quarter, led Navy to the Army 31 with 3 seconds left.

Matt Ryan threw a trio of interceptions on Thursday, but it was the only pick by Drew Brees that proved most costly.

The Saints quarterback was intercepted by Falcons linebacker Deion Jones in the end zone with 1:25 remaining to help the Falcons seal a 20-17 victory at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.