Mike Tomlin getting caught by Antonio Brown might just save Steelers against Patriots

Mike Tomlin didn’t need Antonio Brown’s help to let us know what he really thinks about the Patriots. Now that everyone outside the Steelers’ locker room has heard just how bad he wants to beat thoseholes in the AFC championship game, let’s hope it only resonated louder and clearer with his players.

Pittsburgh fans absolutely should not be worried that Tomlin gave Belichick’s team more bulletin-board material and extra motivation. They instead should love the fact that he’s conveying the hate toward New England above all else.

Free agency, the cap, trades, injuries, suspensions, age and retirements have gutted the roster more than most championship contenders have endured, even in a league where keeping a winning roster together is a supreme challenge.

Filling those spots, though, has been an unending stream of failures, in free agency and the draft. it’s now so talent-poor that theyve had virtually no chance to win week to week all season.

Kelly will pay the price, but success with this roster was all but impossible and it was the same for Tomsula the year before.

Baalkes window to be supported by York, in spite of this and the clash with Harbaugh, couldn’t stay open forever.

How about a case that Brown, Shula and Lombardi were better at coaching pro football?

Chew on this for a second. Belichick has broken his tie with Shula for most Super Bowl appearances with his seventh. A win breaks his tie with Chuck Noll for Super Bowl wins, at four. Lombardi won five NFL titles, beginning in the pre-Super Bowl era; Belichick would then tie him.

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Giants GM Jerry Reese’s message to Odell Beckham Jr.: ‘Grow up’

Limited Andrew Cogliano Jersey Odell Beckham Jr. wasn’t solely to blame for the Giants’ embarrassing playoff exit Sunday, but he provided plenty of tabloid fodder that has surrounded the team since.
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In the week leading up to the NFC wild-card game blowout to the Packers, the Giants’ embattled wide receiver led a group of teammates on a South Florida jaunt where a viral yacht portrait would serve as a distraction. Then, after dropping three passes in Sunday’s 38-13 loss, including a potential touchdown, Beckham reportedly punched a hole in a Lambeau Field hallway wall during a postgame tantrum.

Left to atone for the mess, Giants general manager Jerry Reese met with reporters Monday and spoke candidly about Beckham’s antics.

I see a guy who needs to think about some of the things that he does, Reese said. Everybody knows that he’s a gifted player, but there have been some things that he’s done that he needs to look himself in the mirror and be honest with himself about some of the things that he’s done.

Watson, who graduated in three years, has a huge opportunity in front of him with his invite to the Senior Bowl. He would play for the South team, coached by Cleveland’s Hue Jackson and his assistants. The chance to go through pro-like practice with invaluable pro instruction has been a consistent source of raising stock see Wentz and Prescott last year.

Kizer, Trubisky are Mahomes are not set up to have the same pre-draft experience. The more times teams and scouts get a long look at Watson, the more he’s bound to impress.

WATCH: Matt Prater one-ups Justin Tucker with ridiculously long field goal

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker nailed a 75-yard field goal Wednesday during Pro Bowl preparations in Orlando, but Matt Prater of the Lions was not to be outdone.
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Prater, who was named to the Pro Bowl as the replacement for the Falcons’ Matt Bryant, tried a field goal from even longer distance and posted his attempt on Twitter.

The 64-yard field goal Prater booted as a member of the Broncos in 2013 stands as the longest in NFL history.

While Tucker’s career long is 61, he hits 50-plus yarders for fun seemingly every week and is considered by many football observers as the best kicker in the league.

Speaking of Brees, his 350 yards against the Falcons give him 5,208 for the season. Of the nine 5,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history, Brees has five of them. Marino (1984), Brady (2011), Matthew Stafford (2011) and Manning (2013) have the others.

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford did take a record from Brees. Bradford was 25 of 33 for 250 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in Minnesota’s 38-10 win over the Bears. By completing 75.8 percent of his passes on Sunday, Bradford finishes the season with a 71.6 completion percentage to set a new NFL mark previously held by Brees.

Bears running back Jordan Howard ran for 135 yards against the Vikings and set a new Bears rookie record with 1,313 yards this season. That breaks the record previously held by Matt Forte.
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Chargers tight end Antonio Gates caught five passes for 55 yards in the loss to the Chiefs. He also scored on a 2-yard pass and tied former Chiefs and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez with 111 touchdowns, the most ever by a tight end.

Edinson Volquez tosses sixth no-hitter in Marlins history

Marlins Park is a notorious pitcher’s haven and Edinson Volquez was safe from all comers Saturday. The 33-year-old starting pitcher tossed the first no-hitter of his career in a 3-0 Miami win over the Diamondbacks throwing a mere 98 pitches in the process.

This was the sixth no-hitter in Marlins history.

Volquez walked just two batters in the game and faced the minimum 27 batters on his way to just his second win of the season. He struck out 10. It had been more than two years since Volquez even pitched into the eighth inning. The last time he did so was April 9, 2015.

The Redbirds will turn to? Carlos Martinez (4-5, 3.25 ERA), who has pitched six or more innings in his last eight starts, on Saturday in what they hope is their second win in a row.

Steven Souza Jr., Mallex Smith, Logan Morrison, Tim Beckham and Corey Dickerson all homered for the? Rays, who? tied a season-high with five home runs in a 13-4 rout of the A’s.Souza fell a double shy of the cycle, finishing 3 for 5 with three RBIs.
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Cameron Maybin starred in his return from the DL, recording three hits and a career-high four steals in the Angels’ 9-4 win over the Astros.

Elite Womens John Riggins Jersey Royals starter Eric Skoglund’s first road start of his career was one to forget. The southpaw lasted just 1 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and a pair of walks before getting pulled with the bases loaded in San Diego.

Aaron Hicks homered twice for the Yankees in an 8-2 win over the Orioles. New York now leads the American League East by three games over the Red Sox and 4 1/2 over Baltimore.

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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49ers free agency: San Francisco has the cash, QB options it needs for a turnaround

“Everyone knows that 鈥?you need a quarterback to be consistently competitive,” he said. “That’s what everybody is looking for, coaches and personnel people. That’s where it starts.”
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With the Falcons, Shanahan has a general manager in Thomas Dimitroff who got him exactly what he needed, whether that meant drafting players such as Jake Matthews and Tevin Coleman or signing players such as Gabriel, Mohamed Sanu and Alex Mack.

Game Tony McDaniel Jersey The Niners’ new GM, John Lynch, is set up nicely for Shanahan, too. Like Mike, Kyle is well aware of what a Stanford-educated, Hall of Fame-caliber player named John can do to both lead and build a Super Bowl team. Kyle Shanahan sees a lot of John Elway in John Lynch.

“John is a guy with whom I’ve developed a relationship over the years,” Shanahan said of Lynch. “He’s a guy who lives and dies football. He’s a very smart guy.”

Just four years ago, the 49ers were coming off their third NFC championship game appearance in as many seasons. They looked poised to be one of the dominant teams of the decade.

Since then it has been nothing but chaos in San Francisco, and three different head coaches combined for just 15 wins from 2014 to 2016.

With a new general manager and head coach in place, the 49ers are optimistic that they can fix their mess. And with nearly $80 million in cap room, they have the potential to make big changes in a hurry.

Here’s a breakdown of the 49ers’ offseason options.

Lady Gaga wows during halftime show, jumps from NRG Stadium roof

A restructure converts base salary, which counts in full against the cap, into a signing bonus that’s split equally among the remaining years of the contract. Teams can create big cap room with restructures, but they add massive amounts of dead money to future years.

And while restructures are exactly what has gotten Dallas into trouble with the cap, they’ll be a necessity this year.

The two most logical candidates for contract restructures are left tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick 鈥?Dallas can create around $7.5 million in cap room with Smith and $10.5 million with Frederick. Those two moves would put the Cowboys under the salary cap and allow them to carry Romo’s large cap charge into the regular season if they want to trade him then.

She eventually landed on a lighted stage where she performed complicated dance routines while singing her biggest hits.

Rumors had been swirling that Lady Gaga wanted to perform from the roof of NRG Stadium.

Game Kids Kiko Alonso Jersey There were also rumors that Gaga was going to make a political statement during the show, speaking out against President Donald Trump’s travel ban. That didn’t happen.

Just in case, Fox Sports elected to have a five-second tape delay during the halftime show to be prepared for any possible snafus.

The practice has been popularized ever since the Janet Jackson debacle at Super Bowl 38.

Whitney Mercilus Youth Jersey Pryor’s value in free agency is probably not going to be as much as the value of the franchise tag, but given all the cap space the Browns have and the lack of talent on their team, they should not worry about the one-year price of a tag for Pryor. His track record is not strong enough to commit a big, long-term contract, so in that respect, the tag is the proper option here.

He knows pitching the ninth is a different animal.

There were questions heading into this spring about whether the team should try to move him back into the rotation or to leave him in the bullpen. However, pitching coach Larry Rothschild maintained that they envisioned him to still be a starter.

He’s maintained the mentality that he wants to start, Rothschild told the New York Post. And that’s what we prefer.

Severino impressed enough to avoid a demotion to the minors and he made the rotation as the team’s No. 4 starter. However, he’s looked more like the team’s No. 1 this year.

When asked about how he鈥檚 throwing, Betances plays modest.

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Warren, on the other hand, is more than ready to brag. Whether it be Betances鈥?99-mph fastball or deadly hook, his stuff mesmerizes Warren.

He鈥檚 just straight up nasty,he said, with an appreciative tone.

Game Kids Cameron Heyward Jersey Warren, as flexible a pitcher as any, has never been a closer, but he does have five career saves to his name. He knows pitching the ninth is a different animal. Betances鈥?ability to adapt to the role is another reason why Warren is impressed.

Houston has a reliable workhorse in Lamar Miller

When Watson eventually takes over, he’ll be surrounded by plenty of quality weapons to succeed. DeAndre Hopkins struggled to do anything with Osweiler last year, but he remains one of the league’s premier receivers, just two years removed from a 111-catch, 1,521-yard campaign. He’s the kind of No. 1 receiver you can build the passing game around. The jury is still out on two 2016 picks: first-rounder Will Fuller and Braxton Miller (former Ohio State QB), but both men have untapped potential.

In the running game, Houston has a reliable workhorse in Lamar Miller, who rushed for 1,073 yards and five touchdowns last season. However, he struggled while playing through injuries and needs someone who can spell him during games. The Texans addressed that issue with third-round rookie D’Onta Foreman, a 233-pound bruiser who should be an upgrade over Alfred Blue as the change-of-pace back.

Fitzpatrick was replaced behind center by Geno Smith and then Bryce Petty during an ugly season that saw him throw six interceptions in a single game. The journeyman QB went 3-8 as a starter, completed less than 57 percent of his passes, and threw only 12 touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions in his 12th season as a pro.

The Jets have plenty of improving to do after a disappointing 5-11 season. Their rebuild has started with a focus on defensive improvements. One way to spark a turnaround would be getting Richardson back to his Pro Bowl form. If he can’t, he won’t have Marshall to take his frustrations out on anymore.yankees_1653_29916f092bd05332-180x180

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Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots

During a recent Congressional recess, she wore out the twenty-somethings in her office with 14 speaking events, 20 meetings, and six press conferences back home. She had to set aside three hours just to hit the grocery store because of all the fanfare she gets in the aisles.

According to court document, secured by The Reporter, Kaseberg wrote on the morning of Feb. 3, 2015:
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Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll.

Later that day, one of O’Brien’s writers submitted a joke that was used in a slightly modified form on the show that night that went:

Tom Brady said he wants to give the truck that he was given as Super Bowl MVP бн to the guy who won the Super Bowl for the Patriots. Which is very nice. I think that’s nice. I do. Yes. So Brady’s giving his truck to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

That, along with other examples submitted by Kaseberg’s attorneys, left U.S. District Court Judge Janis Sammartino seeing enough to push the suit forward.

He did that while throwing to a receiving corps headlined by Jeremy Kerley and Quinton Patton.

It’s tough to put his bad team/good performance 2016 into words, but our very own Stephen White may have done it best with a recent tweetstorm that highlighted how Kaepernick is still a special quarterback.

The Browns probably have close to a 50 percent chance at a top-three pick — feel free to calculate for yourself … it’s not easy — but can’t pick any lower than fourth overall.

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It’s just one of those scars that you remember forever, and you’ve just got to move on,Freeman said. You can’t be salty and negative about it for the rest of your life. You’ve just got to ask how can I get better and get back there and take advantage of it. That’s all.