Mark Ingram, Saints teammates turned away by London nightclub for being ¡®too urban¡¯

The biggest assets, though, might be up front. As with a lot of units last year, injury forced some shuffling on Rice’s offensive line, but the Owls bring back seven hosses with starting experience, including honorable-mention all-conference performers Calvin Anderson (left tackle) and Trey Martin (center) and two-year starting guard Peter Godber. There is meat here, too: the 12 linemen I list on Rice’s preview data page have an average size of 6’4, 306.

With a stable starting five, this could be an excellent line, and when you think about Stewart behind this line, you start to see big improvement in Rice’s future.

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram claims he and three of his teammates were denied entry to a London nightclub Monday night because they were deemed to be ¡°too urban.¡±
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Ingram said he and a group that included Saints defensive backs Vonn Bell, B.W. Webb, Sterling Moore, and two others, had reservations at Cirque le Soir, but were turned away anyway.

The Saints are set to play the Miami Dolphins in London during the 2017 NFL season, and Ingram tweeted that the trip didn¡¯t ruin his excitement about eventually playing overseas. He also spent his Tuesday taking in the annual Royal Shrovetide Football match.
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Press Association Sport ¡ª a news agency in the United Kingdom ¡ª reached out to Cirque le Soir for comment, but hasn¡¯t yet received a response.

You might¡¯ve heard that the St. Louis Blues traded Kevin Shattenkirk to the Washington Capitals on Monday. It was kind of big news.

What you didn¡¯t hear was that the trade was absolutely bonkers complicated. I don¡¯t even care if that¡¯s a good grammatical sentence. My brain is broken after reading the conditions involved here.

Manziel was the 22nd pick in this year’s draft and was immediately viewed as the Browns’ future at quarterback

Authentic Youth Giannis Antetokounmpo Jersey Several players in the Browns’ locker room said they were impressed by the rookie’s debut and even LeBron James threw his support behind Manziel last week.

Manziel was the 22nd pick in this year’s draft and was immediately viewed as the Browns’ future at quarterback. Cleveland traded the 26th pick and a third-round pick in order to move up and select the Heisman winner from Texas A&M. Now that Manziel’s earned his first start in the NFL, and amid reports that Hoyer won’t return to the Browns next season, it looks like the future is now.

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Yes, Manziel will make some mistakes. He will probably pout some too, but that’s all OK. By the end of each game, I can almost guarantee you that, he will have been a net positive for his offense and his team regardless of the final score. The same can’t be said for Hoyer any longer, and that’s why his gig is up.

Maybe then an NFL team would give guys like Mixon a true second chance. By staying quiet and not inviting Mixon to the combine, the league is indicating to all 32 teams that they can draft Mixon but at their own peril, and they will receive no support from the league.

If they can remain consistent on that side of the ball, they can contend with anybody, in my opinion. The Ravens won convincingly in Miami, setting themselves up nicely for a shot at the AFC North crown, and of course, the Steelers dismantled the Bengals to put themselves right back in the hunt as well.

Harbaugh’s going to work around this as much as he can, including by taking Michigan to Rome this spring, before the ban is active.

Six free agents who could be overpriced this offseason

No general manager would say, “We prefer to build our team through veteran free agency,” but the first few weeks of the free agency period are still some of the most important on the NFL schedule. With a handful of moves — adding Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in 2014 and Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins and Olivier Vernon in 2016 — the New York Giants transformed themselves from divisional also-rans into playoff contenders. Kelechi Osemele turned a very good Raiders offensive line into the league’s second-best. Eric Weddle helped bring the Ravens to within a game of the playoffs.

“We’ll be able to practice that more. When he came in this year, everything was running parallel and real fast. He had to get up to speed with what we were doing, he had to quickly learn the players he was playing with. That connection between the quarterback and the skill players is extremely important, and that chemistry is built really in the offseason, when you get the chance to slow it down and run the individual routes that are within the concept, so he gets a feel for their body language and vice versa. That’s where you’re hopeful that you’re going to see a big jump in efficiency in terms of the passing game.”

Shurmur added that the Vikings were already installing some of his concepts before he took over at offensive coordinator, so this offseason will be more about “additions” than big scheme changes in his first full season in the gig.

The additions Minnesota really needs are along the offensive line. Yet with little salary-cap space, the prospect of adding good veteran blockers remains a faint hope for Vikings fans.

In the meantime, Shurmur will hope that rapport between Bradford, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, etc. continues to grow. Of course, if he’s on his back on every drop back again in 2017, all the chemistry in the world won’t save Minnesota’s offense.

How the Titans can turn their franchise around at the Combine

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The Titans are in desperaton mode. They are the most irrelevant thing to happen in Tennessee since the invention of adult toothpaste, but forutnateley for them they have the ability to turn everything around and become a contender this week in Indianapolis.

Though his career will end in Washington, Clark had his most productive years with the Steelers, where he made six playoff appearances and won a Super Bowl in 2009. During that stint in Pittsburgh, he started 109 regular season games.

And considering the eight seasons they spent together, the ups, the downs, the things they said, the things they did, beef or no beef, there’s too much history to ignore. Durant called Westbrook his favorite teammate ever at the ESPYS in 2014. Durant selected Westbrook to induct him into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2016. Westbrook and Durant both repeatedly referred to the other as a “brother.” The list goes on. And on.

From a football standpoint, adding a player of Peterson’s caliber is a no-brainer for the Vikings. Second-year signal caller Teddy Bridgewater will need all the support he can get from his supporting cast and could benefit a great deal development-wise from a powerful running game.
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For now, both sides are in a holding pattern as Peterson awaits potential reinstatement. That date could come as soon as April 15, which would be over a month removed from the start of free agency, but still before the draft. The coaching staff has Peterson’s support, but when it comes to the organization as a whole, he has mixed feelings.

The Dodgers will again feature baseball’s highest payroll

The Dodgers’ staff has it all. There is star power in Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenley Jansen. There is tremendous upside in Julio Urias. There is a human filibuster in Pedro Baez. And there is depth galore with, by my count, at least 10 quality options to start games. That gives Dave Roberts the ability to manage his starters’ innings carefully and keep them primed for October. And all these hurlers will be working in front of an above-average defense.

The Dodgers will again feature baseball’s highest payroll. But the quality of what they ended up with almost justifies another quarter-of-a-billion-dollar expenditure. The offense should be above average, with a deep, well-balanced roster of position players. That group will be led by MVP candidate Corey Seager.

Game Kids Ted Hendricks Jersey Am I declaring the Dodgers the favorite in the NL? Not really. As strong as their projection is, it’s only a few runs better than the Cubs, and the gap isn’t large enough for me to declare Los Angles as a clear winner. Subjectively, it’s hard to pick against the Cubs, given the buffer they had on the rest of baseball in 2016. Still, if we end up with a Cubs-Dodgers rematch in the 2017 National League Championship Series, I won’t be at all surprised.

“Individual relationships are all really strong, and with that comes an open dialogue,” Hoyer said.

Manager Joe Maddon has been down this road before with marquee players and is keeping an open mind.

“It could be a positive for him and for us,” Maddon stated. “If you’re in that year, you want to put your best foot forward to attract the best contract the next season.”

Game Womens Stephen Gostkowski Jersey “It feels like only a few months ago that I was traded over here and starting my career as a Cub. I’ve had some incredible experiences with this organization. … I don’t want to see that time come to an end, but unfortunately the business side shows its head every once in a while.”

Ducks’ Antoine Vermette faces 10-game suspension for slashing referee

In the middle of a tight 1-0 game in Minnesota, Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette took himself out of the game after hitting an official with his stick.

That slap earned him a game misconduct penalty for abuse of an official, a NHL rule that doesn’t often get enacted. One of the last times it came into play? When Dennis Wideman blindsided an official last season in Calgary.

The NHL’s rules on abuse of officials is long, but the section pertaining to Vermette’s situation is as follows:

Any player who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an official, in any manner attempts to injure an official, physically demeans, or deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation shall receive a game misconduct penalty and the guidelines set out in Rule 40 – Physical Abuse of Officials are to be applied

Rule 40 has three specific tiers of automatic suspensions. Sportsnet confirmed that Vermette was thrown out according to a Category II offense, where “physical force is applied without intent to injure,” including at least a 10-game suspension. Vermette can appeal the suspension.

Kiper has Deshaun Watson out of Clemson going to the Buffalo Bills with the 10th pick in the 2017 draft. Obviously, there are a few variables at play in Buffalo, with Tyrod Taylor’s future with the team uncertain at this point. There are also questions surrounding how NFL ready Watson is, and it’s possible he won’t be an out-of-the-gate starter.

Durant has seen how that movie ends on far too many occasions. He needed a change.

The constant disconnect on the court with the Thunder, particularly on the offensive end, began to wear on Durant mentally as early as their second season together, league sources told ESPN. Throughout his OKC tenure, Durant asked for more ball movement. At times, it looked like the Thunder might have turned the corner, but it was never sustained.
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On sheer talent alone, Durant’s union with Westbrook instantly catapulted the Thunder to being one of the league¡¯s best teams. But when going against a team with supreme talent and discipline, they were overmatched.
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Durant desired continuity and teammates willing to sacrifice for the betterment of the team. After nine seasons with the franchise, he wasn¡¯t convinced that would ever occur.

Referees assessed Hield a flagrant foul two for grabbing Cousins by the junk while fighting over a screen with just under three minutes remaining in the first half. It is unclear whether it was intentional or inadvertent, but Boogie immediately demanded a technical foul be called on the Pelicans rookie after the mishap.

It was the first time Hield had been assessed a flagrant or technical foul this season. New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry nearly got tossed with his guard after giving officials a mouthful following the call.

A Knicks official had been discussing a potential reunion with Sprewell for months but the timing of his appearance coming so close to the Oakley incident appeared not to be coincidental. Dolan’s handling of the Oakley incident, including the suggestion that Oakley had a drinking problem, had drawn wide criticism.

Curt Fraser was the Thrashers¡¯ pick in another case of being on the inside track with management

¡°He¡¯s not playing a lot, and when he does play he¡¯s not getting a ton of minutes and he¡¯s way down in the lineup. So any time that comes up, you start to hear talk and conversation.

And I think they are being asked. ¡®What are you thinking here? What are you doing there? What¡¯s your future plans?¡¯ I have no doubt teams are calling and asking them that.¡±
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¡°He¡¯s fallen further down the lineup. He just can¡¯t seem to get going. He had some injury problems at the beginning of the year, which affected him. He wasn¡¯t at his peak when the season began. He was playing catch-up.

Game Chris Harris Jr Jersey I just feel that as the Ottawa Senators have gotten going in the last little bit he can¡¯t find his way.¡±

Not only that, he thinks that Ottawa is apparently asking a lot for their former first round pick, making a trade not imminent:

Curt Fraser was the Thrashers¡¯ pick in another case of being on the inside track with management. Fraser and general manager Don Waddell were partners in bringing the Orlando Solar Bears to the International Hockey League in 1995 before working together again in 1999. Ted Nolan and Ron Low were contenders for the Thrashers¡¯ job and both had NHL experience, but were passed over for familiarity.

While the leftovers of the recent expansion teams only lasted a few more years in the NHL, it¡¯s highly likely the three coaches not chosen by Vegas could continue their success elsewhere in the league. The coaching pool is too talented and too deep, meaning Vegas won¡¯t be the only one that benefits next season.

Still, it¡¯s a glut of coaching talent the NHL hasn¡¯t seen in years, maybe even in the history of league expansion. If George McPhee wasn¡¯t working those phones before, he most definitely is now.

C.J. McCollum spoils a vintage clutch display by Dirk Nowitzki

As the American Airlines Center crowd wildly celebrated the legend¡¯s vintage moment, C.J. McCollum had a simple thought: 3.9 seconds is plenty of time.
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Dirk Nowitzki, one of the league¡¯s great closers of the past generation, gave the Dallas Mavericks a one-point lead with less than four ticks on the clock by drilling his second go-ahead 3-pointer of the final minute. The Portland Trail Blazers responded by giving McCollum a chance to be the hero in the final seconds for the first time in his career.

McCollum delivered, just as he¡¯d done on Portland¡¯s previous two possessions. The midrange floater after splitting Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes was McCollum’s first career game winner in the final five seconds, but it¡¯s a safe bet that it won¡¯t be the last.

Limited Charles Tillman Jersey The Knicks hoped that surrounding Porzingis with veterans and a winning environment would help his development. It hasn¡¯t worked out that way. Instead, Porzingis has played through another season filled with losses and off-court drama.

Porzingis shared some concerning thoughts about team chemistry and trust after Monday¡¯s loss to the Lakers.

“We don’t have that trust. Some games we do, some games we don’t. Some games we have that second effort, some games we don’t, like today,” he said.

Porzingis was asked why the team hasn’t yet developed trust in one another.

“If we had the answer, I would tell you something. But it’s just not there,” he said. “It’s kind of everybody for [themselves] a lot of times — both ends of the floor. So I wish I had the answer.¡±

Right now, that¡¯s another question for Jackson and the Knicks to answer. And it¡¯s another problem that Jackson can¡¯t solve on Twitter.

Denver became the first double-digit underdog to win the Super Bowl since the Chiefs in Super Bowl IV

As a Patriots fan, this may be the greatest Super Bowl ever and not just because Goodell has to swallow his bile and hand the Lombardi to Tom Brady.

I¡¯m no fan of the NFL¡¯s overtime format, but to those complaining that Atlanta¡¯s No. 1-ranked offense never got the chance to answer the Patriots¡¯ opening overtime drive: Yes, it did.

John Matuszak Mens Jersey The Patriots finished the game with 31 unanswered points, 25 of them in regulation. The Falcons had four possessions after Tevin Coleman scored the Falcons¡¯ last points with 23:36 left in the game. Had they gotten even a field goal out of any of those four drives, they¡¯d be swimming in confetti right now.
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The Falcons defense was visibly gassed with 10 minutes left to play; inflicting another whole quarter of football on these men wouldn¡¯t be fair to anybody. NFL overtime exists for two reasons: to decide a winner as quickly as possible and to get the players off the field. It did its job, and the Patriots did theirs.

Denver became the first double-digit underdog to win the Super Bowl since the Chiefs in Super Bowl IV. The Broncos actually opened as a 14-point underdog, but the line moved to 11.5. The Broncos had lost each of their first four Super Bowl appearances, both straight up and ATS before winning Super Bowl XXXII.

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback, playing in his first Super Bowl, couldn¡¯t quite add a Super Bowl title to his impressive resume. The Falcons held as much as a 28-3 lead and looked poised to bring a championship back home to Atlanta. But then the Falcons fell victim to a Super Bowl-tested quarterback in Tom Brady, who engineered a miraculous comeback in the New England Patriots’ shocking, 34-28 Super Bowl LI victory. The loss for the Falcons marked the biggest collapse in Super Bowl history and is sure to leave an empty feeling in the stomach of Ryan and his teammates the entire offseason.