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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.

Everson Griffen playing through plantar fasciitis

The 27th team to join the NFL entered its 27th game on Dec. 11, 1977 still winless. Tampa Bay’s reputation preceded it to the point that Archie Manning — quarterbacking the oft-awful Saints — said “losing to the Bucs would be a disgrace.”

Alas, the Saints lost. And the Buccaneers snapped their streak, improving their franchise record to 1-26. But first they had to lose more than two dozen consecutive games, a stretch of futility unlike anything we’ve seen since.

The next day, Jurich was summoned to the office of Postel, the interim president, who he says asked him to resign. Jurich refused. Postel then handed him a letter informing him that he’d been placed on administrative leave, pending a decision by the board of trustees. The meeting lasted roughly 90 seconds, Jurich says.

Postel initially said he wanted to review the Adidas contract. Louisville spokesman John Karman III says the university has since decided to “move forward with the contract as planned next year.”

If Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck is looking for someone to row the boat, he might hand his latest recruit the oar.

Offensive lineman Daniel Faalele, a 6-foot-8, 395-pound lineman, committed to the Golden Gophers on Saturday night.

The giant prospect is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and had no football experience before transferring to the IMG Academy. He was found by a Hawaii recruiter in a Melbourne gym and eventually attended one of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camps in Australia.

Word spread quickly of Faalele’s size and raw ability, and he received scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Michigan, among others, based on potential alone.

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Keenum keeps building his Case as the guy for the season

Fans judge owners by how often they put a winning product on the field — nothing more and nothing less. Jones deserves credit for the three early titles, and for replacing the legendary Tom Landry with a better man for the necessary rebuilding job.

Lattimore responded with a light one-handed shove at Winston before being waylaid from behind, WWE-style, by Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans — except the punches he was throwing were real.

Although only penalized for unnecessary roughness and allowed to remain in the game, Evans could be given a much harsher punishment from NFL headquarters once the play is reviewed by the officiating department.

“I was actually running off the field,” Robertson said about the incident and the melee that followed. “We were getting ready to punt the ball and I was trying to find some Gatorade.

Keenum keeps building his Case as the guy for the season, and as for a QB change, there is no reason. With a thriving Thielen, there’s nothing but good feeling.

Andy Reid is known for rolling after a bye it just must be something about that big guy. If they think this is a special season they don’t want to punt, they better go back to more of Kareem Hunt.

Palmieri, New Jersey Devils winger: I really began cooking my first year or two in the minors. I lived in Syracuse, and there were some brutal winters up there. I didn’t feel like going out to dinner all that much. I was living with Nick Bonino and Mat Clark, and we kind of all got into cooking at the same time. I cook mostly Italian. I like to try other things, but Italian is the only thing I can do off-recipe. Meatballs would have to be my signature. saints_017-223x223

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Yankees’ Aaron Judge has left shoulder surgery, expected to be ready for spring training

American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday, but he is expected to be ready for the beginning of spring training, the New York Yankees announced.

The procedure involved a loose-body removal and cartilage cleanup, the team said.

Kelvin Benjamin was limited to four snaps by injury on Sunday, which helped allow Jones to see the field on a position-high 50 of the team’s 62 offensive plays. The health of both Benjamin and Jordan Matthews (knee) remain in question, but Jones will warrant flex consideration if one of them is out against Kansas City this week.

The 21-year-old Sanmartin went 7-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 14 games last season, splitting time between Single-A Spokane and Hickory. The Colombian lefthander was signed by the Rangers in 2015 and is 14-4 with a 2.62 ERA in three minor league seasons.

Righthander Ronald Herrera made relief appearances for the Yankees last season but was sidelined by midseason shoulder inflammation . Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire
The 22-year-old Herrera made his major league debut with the Yankees last season, going 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two relief appearances. The righthander was sidelined by midseason shoulder inflammation and split time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Herrera is 41-33 with a 3.60 ERA in six minor league seasons.

Tatum in ROY conversation: Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge heard a lot of grumbles when he traded the No. 1 pick to move back to No. 3 and select Duke’s Jayson Tatum. Not only has Tatum started all 18 games this season, he’s averaging 13.9 points, while shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor and 46 percent beyond the 3-point arc.broncos_064

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Week 9 NFL Power Rankings: Scariest trends for all 32 teams

Here’s a rundown of the Week 9 Power Rankings, as voted on by our power panel — a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — with a look at the most worrisome stats and trends for all 32 teams.

Methodology: These rankings are based on which teams voters think would win head-to-head matchups. Higher-ranked teams would be favored against lower-ranked teams. Coming off a win doesn’t guarantee a jump, and a loss doesn’t guarantee a fall.

Arnovitz: Fact. Steve Kerr said it best prior to the Warriors’ game on Monday night when insisting that the Warriors would be fine. He quoted assistant Ron Adams quoting the late Chuck Daly: “Sometimes you have to wait on a champion.”

“When you find ways to win, it does build a belief that you can do it,” New Jersey coach John Hynes said after a 4-3 victory Saturday night over the winless Arizona Coyotes, who became the second NHL team to start a season with 11 consecutive losses.

Jesper Bratt’s tiebreaking goal on a power play with 4:13 left was the winner and capped a game in which the Devils rallied from 1-0 and 3-2 deficits.

“Credit to the guys,” Hynes said. “They found ways to stay with it and have executed at key times to come back in games. That’s something we haven’t been able to do the past couple years, so it’s certainly an improvement.”

He ordered a combination rice, loaded with egg and all kinds of meat, and then he swung by his old neighborhood. An old friend saw him and stepped out into the street. We stopped to talk, and Cal Wayne invited him to the club later.

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Reggie Bush hopeful to play, but will retire if he can’t find a team this year

Seattle has a need at defensive end and an open roster spot after placing starter Cliff Avril on injured reserve with a neck/spine injury.

Freeney has 122.5 career sacks, which is third among active players behind Julius Peppers (150.0) and DeMarcus Ware (138.5). The seven-time Pro Bowl selection and 2005 AFC Defensive Player of the Year spent his first 11 NFL seasons with the Colts and has also played for the Chargers and Cardinals during his 15 NFL seasons.

After Sunday’s win over Cincinnati, Bryant commented on an Instagram post defending himself against fellow Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster. Bryant caught just one pass Sunday for three yards, while Smith-Schuster, a rookie from USC, had two catches for 39 yards and a touchdown.

That’s a play off a quote from Mike Tomlin about having “bigger fish to fry” than discussing Martavis Bryant’s social media habits. Bryant said in an Instagram comment late Sunday night that Smith-Schuster is “nowhere near better” than him, while reaffirming his desire for a trade.

Smith-Schuster said Monday he didn’t take Bryant’s comments personally. A day later, he has no wheels.

Arians was hospitalized in August 2016 in San Diego with symptoms of diverticulitis during a joint training camp practice with the Chargers. In November of that same year, he was rushed to the hospital with chest pains to be evaluated but was later released.

With Dan Bailey expected to miss time with a groin injury, the Dallas Cowboys will sign veteran kicker Mike Nugent after he won a competition with Jason Myers and Sam Irwin-Hill on Tuesday.chargers_006

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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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