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Harper, Zimmerman HRs lift Nats past Cubs 6-3 to even NLDS

Things were looking bleak for Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and the rest of the Washington Nationals. They had accumulated one run and four hits through the first 16 innings of their NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.

I think that would be an unfortunate decision if [a mandate in respect to the anthem is] all that came out of it, if there was no effort to replace the platform that guys have been using to draw attention to issues in our country, said Jenkins. If there is no effort to assist players in that, I think it would be very, very unfortunate, and I don’t think that would go over well.

Do you have the work habits and skills to be successful? I believe if the players and coaches respect my viewpoint of the game, then fans will as well. And full credit there goes to the NBA and to ESPN. They are willing to put people like me in a position to do this. It’s pretty cool to have a greater role and the chance to continue to cover a sport that I love with the best players and coaches in the world.

He’ll replace Hopkins, in his third season as Washington’s primary kicker. Coach Jay Gruden said he learned Monday that Hopkins had possibly been dealing with a right hip rotator muscle strain. Gruden called the injury “pretty significant for a kicker.”

Because Hopkins will be on short-term injured reserve, he must miss at least eight weeks. He will be eligible to return for a Dec. 17 game against Arizona

Hopkins is 9-for-11 on field goals this season and missed one of his 13 extra point attempts. After making all but three of his 28 field goal attempts in 2015, he slumped last season and was 34-for-42. But his strong leg has helped on kickoffs: 20 of 27 have resulted in touchbacks.

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They move on to the American League Championship Series and avoid the same fate as 2015

The stakes: You have to love how the narrative can change so quickly. It went from the “Red Sox are dead,” to “Man, the Astros’ bullpen is kind of crappy and if the Red Sox can steal Game 4, they have Chris Sale going in Game 5.” This has been the blowout series so far: For the first time, the first three games of a playoff series were all decided by five or more runs. The Astros won 101 games, but they’re one loss away from having to beat a guy who struck out 308 batters to keep their season alive.

If the Astros win: They move on to the American League Championship Series and avoid the same fate as 2015, when they led the division series against the Royals but lost Games 4 and 5.

Quinn became the first quarterback in Browns history to throw three touchdown passes in one quarter during a 2009 win over Detroit.

What happened? A prolonged contract holdout crippled Quinn’s chances to start as a rookie and opened the door for Derek Anderson to claim the position. The regular rotation of Anderson and Quinn over the next two seasons by two different coaching staffs did neither quarterback any favors. Quinn was traded to Denver in the 2010 offseason.

That juice surrounding their marquee matchup years ago now flows to when Stephen Curry faces Damian Lillard or when Russell Westbrook plays against James Harden or even when Lonzo Ball goes up against De’Aaron Fox. Circle-the-calendar Cavs games this season will be about James vs. _______, not whomever Wade and Rose battle with.

Wade is 35 now. Rose turned 29 last week. They’ve both strayed from the franchises that drafted them and turned them into stars — Wade had a drama-filled Chicago homecoming last season; Rose had an ill-fated stint with the New York Knicks — and have settled in with Cleveland as supporting cast members behind James, whose star, nearly seven years later, still hasn’t diminished.ravens_126

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The Redskins lost Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman with a rib injury that could cause him to miss multiple games.

It wasn’t easy for the Chiefs as the Redskins defense dominated early, but a slew of Washington injuries and penalties benefited the Chiefs late.

The Redskins (2-2) started hot, driving 75 yards in six plays on the opening series to grab a 7-0 lead on a 44-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Terrelle Pryor. The former Browns receiver and Ohio State quarterback went over the top of Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters, who wanted an offensive pass interference penalty called.

Washington added a field goal before the Chiefs twice drove into Redskins territory in the second quarter, but came away without points. A third trip did the job as Smith connected with tight end Travis Kelce for a 17-yard touchdown out of the two-minute warning.

The Redskins lost Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman with a rib injury that could cause him to miss multiple games. Norman wasn’t the only player injured Monday as the Redskins also lost running back Rob Kelley with an ankle injury and linebacker Martrell Spaight with injured ribs. Spaight did later return for the fourth quarter, but rookie safety Montae Nicholson left shortly thereafter.

He ran to move the chains, too, and to get into the end zone for his first rushing touchdown, and, of course, to kick-start a drive that started with 47 seconds left at the Chiefs’ 25, and ended with a celebration of the go-ahead field goal with time to spare.

Hello, Deshaun Watson. It’s easy for J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney to play defense when Watson is moving, running and passing the ball at will with his full complement of skill players. Put him right into the thick of the offensive rookie of the year battle.

They looked great against the Rams and Raiders, but they struggled with the Eagles and Chiefs. That’s about right given their offensive and defensive inconsistency.

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Lions vs. Giants 2017: Start time, TV schedule for ‘Monday Night Football’

Despite spending much of the offseason focusing on upgrading the offense, the New York Giants looked pitiful on the side of the ball in a Week 1 loss to the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys. They will try to right the ship under the bright lights of Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions in Week 2, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (live streaming at WatchESPN).

New York lost that game, 19-3. Eli Manning failed to throw a touchdown pass, and the team as a whole rushed for a paltry 35 yards in total. Paul Perkins, in his regular season debut as the starting running back, had just 16 yards on seven carries. New receiver Brandon Marshall had just one catch for 10 yards, his only target.

On a flea flicker early in the game, Lynch not only executed a perfect toss back to Derek Carr, but provided the block he needed in order to complete the play to Michael Crabtree.

Lynch’s run here is similar to when somebody’s trying on a shirt that might be tight around the neck, but once you squeeze through, your head just pops out. That’s what he is on this run. He gets through the defensive line, and emerges quickly for five or six extra yards.

These are the types of runs that could lead you to believe he’s capabale of another BeastQuake type of run. Lynch is 31 years old now, which isn’t young for an NFL running back by any means.

But he’s shown that there’s not a whole lot of rust — if any — since coming out of retirement. We’re all fortunate for that.

“I mean, it’s always been something, being from Oakland, you want to play at home,” he said at his first press conference with the team. “I had the opportunity. Maybe them staying probably wouldn’t have been so big for me to want to come play.”


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Darrelle Revis’ preliminary hearing moved to March 15

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will have to wait a few more weeks as the aftermath of an altercation that left two men unconscious continues to unfold.

The Federal Aviation Authority agreed to exempt Lady Gaga’s performance from a ban on drones within a 34.5-mile radius around Houston’s NRG Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday, a source told CNN Money.

The New York Times noted a few more known details about the show: there will be an introduction featuring Lady Gaga’s fans and her friend and musical collaborator Tony Bennett.

Lady Gaga promises there will be no wardrobe malfunction similar to the one Janet Jackson treated fans to the last time the Super Bowl was in Houston, nor will she wear the meat dress she put on for the 2010 MTV Music Video Awards.

But she has remained tight-lipped about what we can expect in terms of a setlist or what political statements she’ll make, if any.

Khan went on to say that Trump’s executive order, which has been stayed by federal judges and suspended by Homeland Security, is “kind of a sobering time for somebody like me.” He added that the controversial order would prevent the immigration of “the tens of thousands of people who can contribute to the making of America.”

Khan, who worked at the automotive manufacturing company Flex-N-Gate while attending the University of Illinois before purchasing the company in 1980, took over as owner of the Jaguars in 2011. While living in Champaign, Ill., he turned Flex-N-Gate into a multibillion-dollar company with 48 plants across the globe.

“We have to look at it based on what can we do to make a difference,” Khan said. “And right now, there are enough forces in power and play that we have to see how this thing ends up.”

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UNC cornerback and draft prospect Des Lawrence also doubts size will impact Switzer’s ability to succeed.

Switzer, who never missed a game in college, understands durability will always be a concern for someone his size. But he is sure it won’t be a problem, as is his higher-profile teammate, quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

“(His size) is not gonna matter,” said Trubisky, who might be the first quarterback selected this year. “That hasn’t stopped him this far. Nobody could cover him one-on-one. He’s definitely gonna translate to the next level.”

UNC cornerback and draft prospect Des Lawrence also doubts size will impact Switzer’s ability to succeed.

“He’s, if not the hardest worker, one of the hardest workers I have ever met in my life,” Lawrence said. “His will to be better and be the best is going to separate him. He’s quick, he’s fast, he can catch, he can go across the middle, he can do it all.”

Switzer won’t be having a big draft party this week, or going out and celebrating. He’ll be at home in Charleston, W.V., watching the draft with his mom, dad, four sisters and fiancée in his childhood living room.

He’s prepared to go anywhere from Round 2-7, but don’t expect him to play with a chip on his shoulder if he falls.

Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama: Robinson was once considered a lock for the first round, but will have to wait until the second round. The former Crimson Tide tackle could provide some versatility on the line as either a right tackle or even inside at guard. The Louisiana native looks the part at 6-6, 322 pounds and shouldn’t have to wait long to hear his name called Friday. nike_cardinals_1805

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NFL Draft picks 2017: Results for Rounds 4-7, Day 3

Rounds 1-3 of the 2017 NFL Draft were anything but predictable. There was no reason to suggest Day 3 of the draft, which included Rounds 4-7 and concluded this year’s selection process, would be any different.

The best players available after Round 3 included some recognizable names, players who had slipped to Day 3 for various reasons.

From the Packers’ selection at the top of Round 4 to the Broncos’ selection of Mr. Irrelevant, Sporting News provided NFL Draft pick updates for the final four rounds.

Desmond King, CB, Iowa — King was the 2015 Thorpe Award winner and had 14 career interceptions as a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes. He’s a 5-10, 206-pound DB with very good ball skills. He could be on an island outside or play nickel in the slot, which would be his ideal fit. While he does have excellent ball skills and good vision, he is tight in the hips, which is why moving him inside would be the right move for whichever team were pick him in the second round.

Carl Lawson, DE/OLB Auburn — It’s kind of a shock Lawson is still available. The 6-2, 261-pound pass rusher was a first-team All-SEC selection with 14 tackles for loss and 9 1/2 sacks last season. Lawson was bothered by injuries while at Auburn and received a medical redshirt in 2014 because of a torn ACL. He then had a hip injury in 2015. If he can stay healthy, the talent is there with an aggressive player who has natural power and explosive burst off the snap.


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Is it worth it to Melo to make this stand?

This isn’t to say the Knicks are better off with Melo than without: He’s 11 years older than Kristaps Porzingis and whoever New York is likely to pick in the lottery this June. But Jackson gave Carmelo the no-trade clause in 2014. You can’t reasonably expect Anthony to tear it up now.

That no-trade clause is power. He earned it. It is his to tear up or to use. He would be well within his rights to use it and to tell Jackson and the Knicks and the whole world that he’s not going anywhere until his contract ends.

Is it worth it to Melo to make this stand? Is it worth risking another wasted season in the wasteland of Knicksdom? Only he knows. But on the principle alone, he’d be well within reason to refuse to bend to Jackson’s desires.

Not many teams still have Allen viewed as a top-10 player because of his injury concerns, but the Bears do. Barring a major change of heart (or a trade back), Allen likely will be their pick.

Westbrook has my vote even though LeBron is the best player in the world. For most of the season, that’s where I assumed my vote was headed. But the carelessness with which the Cavs finished the regular season changed my thinking. In any case, it’s evident that Westbrook, Harden, and Leonard had stronger seasons statistically.

Paul’s almost-heroics actually started with a defensive play on a fast break with five-and-a-half minutes left. One on two, he managed to spook George Hill by taking a step toward him. When Hill tried to bounce the ball to his teammate, Paul swiped it as if it was meant for him.

Then Paul hit a jump shot. Then a floater while drawing the foul against Hill. He made another layup soon after, followed by a three-point shot that brought the Clippers within one with three minutes left.

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Deng Adel was pegged as a potential breakout player in his sophomore year before this season began.

Louisville currently holds the No. 8 incoming recruiting class, according to 247Sports. Along with the No. 68 player in the class, point guard Darius Perry, the Cardinals will also add five-star center Malik Williams. The No. 3 big man in the class stands at 7’0 and will look to add to an already good defensive team and stretch the floor.

Williams also held offers from Michigan State, Indiana, Maryland, UCLA, Xavier, and Butler. He was a coveted add who should find immediate minutes.

He’ll join 7-footer Anas Mahmoud, who will return as a senior. He averaged six points, four rebounds, and two blocks per game.

Deng Adel was pegged as a potential breakout player in his sophomore year before this season began. Adel had barely played as a freshman, but he impressed scouts at Adidas Nations during the summer.

For the most part, Adel lived up to the hype. He averaged 12.1 points per game, hit 34 percent of his threes, and proved to be a willing passer and rebounder as well. Still, it feels like he is capable of taking another step up. If he does it in his junior year, Louisville could find itself with a star.

Bill O’Brien got rid of the expensive headache known as Brock Osweiler and is free to handpick a more malleable passer with strengths and an offensive mentality to his liking. Trubisky is much more than a big pocket passer, and O’Brien would love tailoring his unique blend of short accuracy and athleticism into a more effective, efficient package that Osweiler had no chance of becoming.

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett gives his perspective on being black in America

New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett has garnered a lot of attention lately, and it’s not just because he was a contributor to his team’s Super Bowl win.

Bennett said after the Super Bowl that he plans to not attend the White House because he doesn’t support Donald Trump. That’s rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, but Bennett is sticking by his decision, and has even been joined by teammate Devin McCourty. The two protested during the national anthem with raised fists earlier this year, to raise awareness for the oppression that African-Americans face in the United States.

On Tuesday night, Bennett went on Twitter in a string of insightful tweets. For many, it might offer a different perspective on the life of a black athlete.

Bennett is going to keep facing backlash for his refusal to attend the White House, and sticking up for what he believes in. He’s said that he doesn’t care what detractors say, and that he’s going to continue to use his platform for good. That’s exactly what he did by tweeting on Tuesday afternoon.

That same day, McCown said, “My plan is to play. I have another year left on my deal. So right now, that’s the plan.”

“We’ll obviously get away,” McCown added. “I’ll get with my family and discuss that and see where that leads us. But right now, that’s the plan.”

McCown signed a three-year contract to join the Browns in 2015, and was due to be paid $3.6 million with a $750,000 roster bonus in 2017.

The Browns finished out the 2016 season with Robert Griffin III under center, and some mock drafts have had the team taking Clemson’s Deshaun Watson with the top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

On Tuesday, Cleveland also parted ways with defensive back Tramon Williams.