Ezekiel Elliott hearing: NFL investigator reportedly silenced for recommending no suspension

Ezekiel Elliott would not miss a game this season if it was up to NFL lead investigator Kia Roberts.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Roberts testified in the appeals hearing for Elliott’s six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy and recommended no suspension for Elliott.

Falling: Redskins — How will quarterback Kirk Cousins play this season? Will he be committed to winning for the Redskins or does he already have his eyes set on joining former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco? The Redskins appear to be taking a step back in a competitive division.

Rising: Eagles — Philadelphia’s new players like Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Chris Long, Ronald Darby and draft picks Derek Barnett and Rasul Douglas might be enough to overtake the Cowboys for the division crown.

Circle this game on the schedule: Eagles at Cowboys, Week 11, Nov. 19 — The Eagles will be coming off a bye before their first game against the Cowboys. The two teams will also play in the regular-season finale on Dec. 31, but the first matchup could be a litmus test for Philadelphia playoff hopes.

“I like to surround myself with greatness,” Matthews arrogantly proclaimed while pointing to one of them.

In this case, maybe that narcissistic tongue-in-cheek Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys portrayal provided some truth in advertising.

The 2012 version of Clay Matthews might not have done what he agreed to at the Cheap Custom Jerseys request of Packers coaches two years later — make a position tweak to help the team at the possible expense of eventually reaching the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Los Angeles Chargers’ existence began in the AFL back in 1960.

Coach Hue Jackson raised eyebrows but provided little clarity when he said that defensive end Myles Garrett, the first overall pick in the draft, had to leave Wednesday’s practice because of an ankle injury. There were no details on the injury, or if it would affect Garrett on Sunday. The best Jackson could offer was: “We’ll see.”

Ever notice when a TE or RB lines up OUTSIDE of the WR or is split out wide by himself? If someone from the box, a linebacker or safety, walks out to cover that TE or RB, it’s man-to-man coverage. Often teams will align with the hope that it is man-to-man coverage to exploit that matchup.

The Chiefs have an actual horse mascot named Warpaint, and safety Eric Berry is terrified of it. Berry is one good reason to root for the Chiefs. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2014, and he successfully fought it and returned to the field to dominate the following season.

The Los Angeles Chargers’ existence began in the AFL back in 1960. The team moved to San Diego the very next season, and now the Chargers are back in Los Angeles after a 56-year hiatus.

Von Miller, OLB | Denver Broncos: The current Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys Von Miller might have something to say about Mack’s attempt to claim his throne. He has 38.5 sacks the past three seasons (43.5 if you count the postseason) and, at Cheap Football Jerseys 28 years old, shows no signs of slowing down. More than just a pure pass-rusher, Miller is the engine for a Broncos defense that once again appears as if it will have to carry the team.

Spurs strangely renounce Jonathon Simmons but will still try to re-sign him, per report

The San Antonio Spurs have renounced Jonathon Simmons, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. However, the team is still negotiating with him, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Mike Wright, making this an exceedingly quizzical move from the ever-reliable Spurs front office.

Simmons was a restricted free agent headed into his third season after spending his first two with the Spurs. By renouncing him, Simmons joins the open market and is able to sign with any of the 30 teams. As a restricted free agent, the Spurs would have had the option to match any contract he signed.

Knicks fans will see no miracle with a surprise Atlanta match. New York all but officially has more than one-third of its cap space invested Cheap Jerseys And Snapbacks in Hardaway and an injured and suspended Joakim Noah. Not great!

There’s room for Hardaway to improve at just 25 years old, but it’ll be tough for him to live up to that type of contract. He’ll space out as a shooter next to rookie Frank Ntilikina, but it’s tough to imagine that New York couldn’t have found another player for a much cheaper price. Or even a player on a shorter-term contract that keeps future cap space open.

The Supersonics, however, relocated and re-branded in 2008, becoming the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise we know today. The departure has left a void in Seattle the NBA has yet to fill.

Current and former NBA players with ties to the area, including Allen and Cheap Jerseys Bulk Jamal Crawford, have clamored for the league to bring back the excitement and hysteria that surrounded the Supersonics. And if Silver eventually decides an expansion is on the table, it appears the league may finally give the people what they want.

Meyer made a similar mistake after the 2014 championship.

Meyer was on the cusp of a dynasty at Florida, in which case the Saban-Meyer rivalry would have continued at the Georgia Dome. That dynasty was derailed by a number of factors — Meyer’s health, a loss of control over the program, Cam Newton throwing a laptop — but a major reason is that Meyer did a poor job of replacing Dan Mullen. Meyer promoted Steve Addazio, who presided over an offense that collapsed (Addazio’s Boston College finished 124th in Offensive S&P+ last year.)

Meyer made a similar mistake after the 2014 championship. Meyer replaced Tom Herman with Tim Beck and Ed Warinner as co-coordinators. The result was the horrible game plan against Michigan State, followed by an offense that struggled to throw or hit big plays. Meyer has since hired Kevin Wilson, who has a sterling reputation as an offensive mind.

Saban has had similar issues. After losing Jim McElwain following 2011, Saban handed the offensive reins to Doug Nussmeier before replacing him with Lane Kiffin. Kiffin did a fine job, then left for Florida Atlantic, leading to one game of Steve Sarkisian and then Brian Daboll from the New England Patriots. Will Daboll be able to match Kiffin’s work? Can Alabama win a shootout if a quarterback like Watson proves impossible to stop?

The NBA fantasy returned into focus a year ago, when his wife goaded him to get back into shape to play basketball with his kids. As Roberts began shooting around with his two younger children, he came to a realization: He felt as good as ever.

Roberts is aware his age makes his goal an extreme long shot, but as he worked Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys out more, he said he began to feel as good — no, better — than ever before. He felt Cheap International Soccer Jerseys like he was in his 30 again. His knees didn’t ache.

The Rockets are for sale, and the NBA team market could explode

Until the Houston Rockets announced on Monday that longtime franchise owner Leslie Alexander planned to sell the club, it had been a quiet few years on the lucrative NBA team market.

No teams changed hands in 2016, only a single franchise (the Atlanta Hawks) was sold in 2015, and just two clubs (the Milwaukee Bucks and L.A. Clippers) got new owners in 2014. We saw three franchises change hands in a four-year period, with maybe one more (those Rockets) being added on by the end of the calendar year.

This was quite a shift from the previous four-year period, when a whopping nine teams were sold. The Nets, Hornets, Pelicans, Wizards, Pistons, Warriors, Sixers, Kings, and Grizzlies all changed hands from 2010 through 2013. (The Pelicans were actually sold twice but under special circumstances that will cause us to count it just once.)

Instead, at least for the time being, Boston now has three stars to Cleveland’s three, and the clear advantage goes to Horford over Kevin Love. But the Cavaliers still have the best player in the world, and Hayward can’t push Boston past a player who’s been to seven consecutive NBA Finals.

The Celtics have stockpiled enough assets to trade most of them and still be secure for the future. GM Danny Ainge couldn’t (or wouldn’t) land George or Jimmy Butler, and Boston’s odds at dethroning James this season may suffer because of it.

But landing the biggest fish in free agency pushed the Celtics much closer. And Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth even though it might not be this year, Boston can eventually compete for a championship with Cheap High Quality Jerseys Hayward in green and white. The Celtics don’t need much more help anymore.

5 winners and 5 losers from a chaotic start to NBA free agency

Maybe Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis will show more in an environment where they aren’t standing around and watching Westbrook dribble. Maybe. Even so, Oladipo has a fat $84 million contract and Sabonis replicates Myles Turner’s skill set. And no future draft picks?

The market was certainly cool for George, considering his long-desired goal of landing in Los Angeles, but Pritchard might have been better off just letting George’s contract expire than accepting this return.

“Where’s my Celtics fans at?”

The PA announcer even sounded patronizing saying it 15 minutes before the game started, as if he were encouraging the boos that immediately followed. Boston fans were outnumbered 10:1, at least. It’s a four-hour drive between Los Angeles and the desert city that hosts this absurdity. On one hand, it’s a serious affair crucial for budding prospects who need to make impressions on the decision makers. On the other … well. It’s the Ball show.

By the second half, the shouts and cheers and even the “de-fense” chant — surely Summer League’s first, let’s be honest — had died down. Even in a close game, I wondered if the atmosphere had passed by the crowded gym had passed on for good. And then Lonzo threw a flawless advance pass, stole the ball on Cheap Gaa Jerseys the next possession, and sprinted full court for an up-and-under finish. The gym was instantly as loud as it was in the first 10 minutes.

We know more about the Ball family than we ever thought we would, yet Cheap Goalie Jerseys Soccer there’s still some mystique. Lonzo Ball’s part of it, and he has Lakers fans swarming his direction. That’s Big Baller Brand at work.

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The bet had more to do with dressing each other up in the opposing team’s uniform, but these two couldn’t leave the wine out of the equation. Maybe it’s because they love to eat out together. Wade even once referred to LeBron as the “menu whisperer”. “When we eat out he’s like, ‘You should try this,’ and he knows exactly what to order for me. This might get me in trouble, but I would have LeBron order for me before I would let my wife [actress Gabrielle Union]. She’d get me nine different things to be sure there’s something I like. LeBron just knows.” said Wade in an interview with Food & Wine.

Is LeBron the best kept secret of the wine community? Is he secretly the greatest sommelier that the National Wine Association (I can only assume that’s a real thing) has to offer? Kobe Bryant was gifted the nickname “vino” towards the end of his career (although that was strictly because he was, in fact, getting old), maybe he’s the true wine GOAT? But it almost seems like LeBron was meant to fall in love with the vineyard products. LeBron had a house in Miami complete with a wine cellar which practically no rich human in Miami goes without.

Its premise is simple: collecting modern photographs that are composed in such a way that it reminds you of classic renaissance paintings, like you might see in textbooks or art museums. Here’s the highest voted image on the entire subreddit.

OK, that’s the premise. Last week, I stumbled upon a photo that belonged in this mix. It Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys happened innocuously — I had actually used said image in a post for our Mavericks blog, Mavs Cheap NFL Jerseys USA Moneyball. At the time, I thought nothing of it. But please look at this glorious photo now.

Cardinals trade Marco Gonzales to Mariners for Tyler O’Neill

The Cardinals and Mariners made a trade on Friday that wasn’t exactly a blockbuster. It isn’t likely to be mentioned in the sports segment of the local 7 p.m. news. The local papers might have a write-up, but it won’t be on the front page of the sports section. The players in the deal are moving between Tacoma and Memphis, so you can understand the lack of attention.

But Tyler O’Neill for Marco Gonzales is a fascinating trade with long-term implications for both teams. It’s a shame there aren’t more of these kinds of deals.

O’Neill was the No. 38 prospect in baseball before the season started, according to Baseball America. He’s a 22-year-old right-handed outfielder with power. Gobs of power. He’s listed at 5’11, which means he’s likely shorter than that, but he was one of the better power-hitting prospects in the minors. After hitting 32 home runs in the Cal League when he was 20, he followed that up with 24 homers in Double-A, and he already had 19 in 396 plate appearances this year in Triple-A. He was progressing nicely, with few hiccups.

The Home Run Derby is like RedZone for baseball but it only happens once a year and it’s loud and exciting and special. That’s something I keep thinking about as we sit Extremely Cheap Jerseys here in the press box — there’s so much energy around us. This place is packed. People are screaming their heads off. Pitbull performed! There was fire! You don’t get that with a run-of-the-mill baseball game when there are 160,000 of them each year. Everyone in the stands is just waiting for these guys to crush baseballs and you can feel the excitement building. It’s pretty cool. Makes me feel alive.

But let me ask you this: Is this a good development? Or are these empty Cheap Youth Basketball Jerseys calories. Did we take the filet mignon of baseball and turn it into a White Castle burger?

MLB All-Star Game 2017: Time, live TV schedule, lineups, and more

The National League will try to turn things around on Tuesday in the MLB All-Star Game, looking to snap an American League four-game winning streak in the Midsummer Classic.

Fox will televise the 88th MLB All-Star Game at 8 p.m. ET, with a pregame show beginning at 7:30 p.m. and online streaming provided by Fox Sports Go.

The NL still leads the all-time series, but the margin is razor slim, at just 43-42-2 dating back to 1933. One more American League win and things are all even, which seemed impossible two decades ago.

From 1996-2009, the American League won 12 consecutive All-Star Game decisions, with a tie in 2002 mixed in. The NL got things back in order with three straight victories from 2010-12, but the AL struck back with victories in the last four years.

The National League is the home team on Tuesday, with the Miami Marlins hosting. The Marlins are represented by a pair of outfielders in the Midsummer Classic, with starter Marcell Ozuna and slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

The reigning champion Chicago Cubs, winners of 103 games in 2016, have just one All-Star in what been a disappointing 2017 so far. The club’s closer, Wade Davis, is the lone Cubs player in Miami, though the National League will be managed by Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

Poor Joe Mauer. If you forget that he’s a first baseman and just pretend he’s a Mls Cheap Jerseys catcher, his deal is bad instead of one of the outright worst in the game. He is a first baseman and Miami Dolphins Cheap Jerseys designated hitter, though, so the 103 OPS+ he’s put up over the last four seasons really isn’t cutting it, especially not at an average of $23 million per year.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to the Red Sox for prospects

The Giants are sending Eduardo Nu?ez to Boston, as reported by Ken Rosenthal.

It was pretty clear Nu?ez was headed out of town after he was pulled from the game in the fifth inning, immediately grabbing his things and heading for the tunnel where his teammates took part in a very emotional edition of Hug Watch 2017.

We will update with further details of the return as they become public, but right now it looks to be a pair of prospects going back to San Francisco. Get ready for a chilly autumn in Boston, Eduardo.

Rockies manager Bud Black admitted to MLB Network Radio’s Power Alley that “We’re going to do everything we can to upgrade our ball club” at the trade deadline, and Colorado has already reached out to the Orioles about Dylan Bundy and Colorado native Kevin Gausman.

The A’s could be nearing a deal to send Yonder Alonso to the Yankees, as Oakland’s top scout was recently spotted checking out New York’s minor league talent. Low-A players Estevan Florial, Hoy Jun Park and Freicer Perez are all reportedly in play for the swap.

Tampa Bay, New York, and Milwaukee are all reportedly very interested in Phillies reliever Pat Neshek. There’s no leader in the talks as of yet, but the 36-year old All-Star is in high demand as the deadline approaches.

The Marlins are shopping a few players but are not currently listening to offers for any of their three outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, or Marcell Ozuna. As Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap things stand, Miami will wait until the offseason to see about trade partners for the Ravens Cheap Jerseys trio of stars.