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NBA free agency: Would Derrick Rose take pay cut to re-sign with Knicks?

Derrick Rose wants to be a Knick, his agent says.

And given his mileage (though he’s only 28) and injury history (he underwent knee surgery in April), Rose might be willing to take a pay cut despite having a productive, though shortened 2016-17 season, agent B.J. Armstrong told Bleacher Report.

Derrick loves New York and wants to be there, Armstrong said. We’ve expressed that to them and been very consistent about it. Whether it happens is on them; all we can do is be clear.

We are excited to add a player of Dwight’s stature to our roster,Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a statement. He has been a very talented player, an elite rebounder and rim protector as well as a physical presence since the moment he entered the league. Howard’s best seasons came alongside Coach Steve Clifford and we believe their familiarity will make an immediate impact for the Hornets this upcoming season.
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Howard, an Atlanta native, averaged 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds in the lone season with his hometown team. The 31-year-old center, who was taken No. 1 overall by the Magic in the 2004 draft, went to eight straight All-Star games from 2007-14, but injuries have slowed him since.
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A three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Howard could give the Hornets a true center and inside presence they so desperately need. If Charlotte keeps center Frank Kaminsky, the two 6-11 centers could make for a formidable tandem in the post.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford has previously worked with Howard while an assistant coach with both the Magic and Lakers.

The move is seen largely as a salary dump by the Hawks, who signed Howard to a three-year, $70.5 million contract last year.

Howard now joins fellow Atlanta native Cam Newton in Charlotte, where the Panthers quarterback has already established his own Superman persona.

the Falcons played most of the fourth quarter without Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was superb, throwing for 338 yards and three touchdowns with completions to eight different receivers on a 26-for-37 day.

With the game well in hand, the Falcons played most of the fourth quarter without Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones, who caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.

Atlanta had the NFL’s highest-scoring offense during the regular season and picked apart one of the NFL’s best defenses on Saturday. Atlanta, which averaged nearly 34 points per game and scored over 40 points five times this season, could have scored over 40 against the Seahawks, but kneeled on the ball three times inside the Seahawks 5.

And when the Packers began the 2016-17 NFL season with an underwhelming 5-6 record, fans began pointing fingers at Munn for the mid-season slump. The Newsroomactress was hardly ill-prepared for this role as team scapegoat. After all, only one season earlier, ESPNs Rob Demovsky, a Packers beat writer, gave credence to this theory in a column titled, Five reasons why Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is struggling.

And back when Jessica Simpson was still with Tony Romo, it was she and not Romo who shouldered the blame in Arlington when Americas Team suffered embarrassing division losses.

Is Jessica Simpson the football version of Memo Paris, the blonde bombsHe’ll who was kryptonite to Roy HobbsWonderboy in ‘The Natural’?questioned the The Boys Blog, a former top Cowboys fan site, in a December 2007 post after Romos 10-6 loss to the Eagles.

The aforementioned blog post, now more than 10 years stale and which has since been taken down, holds the same sexist significance today as it did then.

In what other industry could an employees underperformance be blamed on his significan’t other? What performance review even has a box to check on this?falcons_035

Robert Griffin III believes he proved a lot of people wrong this season

A shoulder injury suffered in the season opener limited Robert Griffin III to just five games with the Browns this season, but the quarterback believes what he did while he was on the field made a statement.

I’m not an idiot,Griffin told reporters Monday, via Cleveland.com. I know a lot of people were writing me off as a player, as a quarterback, saying I couldn’t do it. And to go out and show that I can, I think that proves a lot of people wrong.

Authentic Womens Telvin Smith Jersey Mike Shanahan, 64, has been out of coaching since he and Kyle were fired by the Redskins following the 2013 season. He spent 20 years as an NFL head coach with the Raiders, Broncos and Redskins, winning back-to-back Super Bowls with Denver in 1997 and 1998.

Authentic Womens Jermaine Kearse Jersey The pair’s partnership in Washington ended in a 24-40 record and will be remembered by many for a falling-out with Robert Griffin III a year after the quarterback led the Redskins to the playoffs in his rookie season.

That experience and a subsequent clash over Johnny Manziel’s role in Cleveland obviously didn’t mar Kyle Shanahan’s reputation around the league, and his work with Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense the last two seasons has his stock at an all-time high.

Running the show in San Francisco will be a different type of challenge for the 37-year-old coach, one he plans to face without his father’s formal assistance.

‘We did our deal in Washington and I wouldn’t take that back for the world, but that was pretty much the end of it,’ Kyle said.

Redskins adamant: Kirk Cousins is their QB

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The Redskins plan to have Kirk Cousins as their quarterback next season.

At least coach Jay Gruden and team vice president Bruce Allen are saying as much.

Via CSN Mid-Atlantic, Gruden totally anticipates Cousins’ return, and Allen confirmed that sentiment this week on SiriusXM Radio: Yeah, Kirk is our quarterback. I know there’s other speculation, but it doesn’t come from the Redskins.’

Washington placed a franchise tag on Cousins in 2016 at a hefty $19.95 million and would pay $24 million next year if the tag is applied again.

Cousins threw for 25 touchdowns with 12 interceptions and a franchise-record 4,917 yards for the Redskins (8-7-1) this season.

Elite Kids David DeCastro Jersey DeAngelo Williams is ageless. With Le’Veon Bell on the sideline nursing a groin injury, the 33-year-old running back led a key scoring drive and finished it with a five-yard touchdown run. Williams earned 25 yards on his four carries during the drive, which covered 84 yards on 13 plays. Bell was questionable to return with his injury. Chris Boswell missed the PAT wide left. 10-6, Patriots.

The last play: Karlos Dansby returned a fumble 17 yards in overtime on a play in which the officials missed a facemask penalty on Aaron Rodgers. Again, second play of overtime. For some reason the first play, where Rodgers just missed Greg Jennings on a deep pass, sticks out more.

Who I yelled at most: Kurt Warner. I had a lot of pent up aggression from that time Warner and the Rams destroyed Favre and the Packers in the 2001-02 divisional playoffs.

NFL says Texas ‘bathroom bill’ could prevent state from hosting future Super Bowls

Five days after Houston hosted one of the greatest Super Bowls ever, the NFL delivered a message to the state of Texas.

The “bathroom bill” currently under consideration could sink the state’s chances of hosting another Super Bowl in the near future.

Texas’s controversial Senate Bill 6 would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, universities and government buildings according to their “biological sex.”

After getting injured during the 2010 season, and the Titans owning a 4-5 record, Young had a falling out with then-Titans coach Jeff Fisher. The Titans turned to Rusty Smith at quarterback and Young was released the following summer. He made three starts and appeared in six games for the Eagles in 2011, but did not have his one-year contract re-upped.

“To be honest, it really wasn’t my decision,” Fournette said, via NFL.com. “My coach brought me into the office. He told me ‘You have a lot on the line.’ He didn’t want me to play. I cried like a baby. It was hard for me. That was my first time not really traveling with the team and I couldn’t play in a game with my brothers. I’m going to miss them.”

According to NFL.com, Fournette reiterated that point, saying the decision had been made for him by the unnamed coach.

Fournette’s decision to talk about the situation now — long after his decision was headline news — is puzzling. When the decision was originally announced, he seemed to accept responsibility for it. While he received some criticism, many argued he was more than justified in looking out for himself, especially after he dealt with a nagging ankle injury throughout his junior season.


New England does like to take away the opponent’s No. 1 option

This number should grow considerably after the season. The 49ers will gain nearly $17 million in added cap space once Colin Kaepernick voids his contract and becomes a free agent, and they might gain some refunds from players who retired early.

Depending on what new general manager John Lynch wants to do, there’s a chance most of this money will not be spent in 2017, as the 49ers could continue to bank cap room until the team is competitive enough to use it. Expect them to extend some of their players such as Eric Reid, Carlos Hyde and Jeremy Kerley to bring that number down before they start spending big in free agency.

Butler has been waiting a long time to put his West Alabama skills up to the test against the best Crimson Tide NFL receiver since Don Hutson. It’s in New England’s best interest to let Butler go one-on-one with Jones often, both outside and in the slot. In the Falcons’ five losses, Jones averaged more than seven catches and 125 yards with two total TDs. Teams that have been able to take Jones away, more so with double teams than top corners (see Denver and Arizona), have been burned by Atlanta’s other weapons.
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The key for Butler is getting physical with Jones near the line of scrimmage and not losing him on crossing routes that can turn into big plays after the catch. This is a more of a containment job than a shutdown assignment.

Elite Youth Orlando Scandrick Jersey New England does like to take away the opponent’s No. 1 option, but here, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is smart enough not to put everything on Jones. That would set up the Falcons’ three other dangerous receiving options — Taylor Gabriel, Mohamed Sanu and Tevin Coleman — with easier pickings. In trusting Butler on Jones, Patricia can mix things up to get into more favorable matchups with help on the others.

Raiders to host Patriots in Mexico City in 2017

The NFL will play another regular-season game in Mexico City in 2017.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that the Raiders will host the Patriots at Estadio Azteca sometime next season.
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The date and time of the game will be released around the same time the NFL schedule is issued in the spring.

The center, who was acquired in free agency before the season after spending seven years with the Browns, is continuing to recover from a left fibula injury that has limited him in practice this week.

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On Thursday, Falcons coach Dan Quinn had said he was concerned about Mack’s status for Sunday, but that changed after watching tape of Mack after Thursday’s practice.

I felt good after watching Alex last night because I felt good about what he was able to do on the things we’re going to ask him to do in the game, Quinn said, via the pool report by Peter King of TheMMQB.com. It’s going to hurt, but a lot of guys are playing through stuff. The important thing is Alex’s mind is clear. He needed to test it and have guys go on him full speed, and he was able to do that Wednesday and Thursday.

As for other key Falcons injuries, wide receiver Julio Jones (sprained toe) and pass-rusher Dwight Freeney (calf) practiced on a limited basis Friday and are expected to play.

Dellin Betances’ domination has Yankees teammates sharing fans’ excitement

Adam Warren can’t help but find Dellin Betances amusing.

When the 6-8, 265-pound reliever takes the mound, Warren and the rest of the Yankees don’t just feel confident. They get legitimately excited. Watching Betances is as entertaining to them as it is to fans paying for a ticket.

Whether it was Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby, Travis or someone else on the Blue Jays’ staff, someone noticed Travis needed to make a change. He had inched too close the plate, which was causing the barrel of his bat to drift out of the strike zone and toward the first base side. Not anymore.

Authentic Womens Joonas Donskoi Jersey If home plate measures 17 inches across and one factors in how far Travis has stepped back, it’s as if the barrel of Travis’ bat has moved a foot-and-a-half inside toward the third base side. Now that Travis has made a cognizant effort to plant his feet farther back in the box, the barrel of his bat is back where it belongs — in his wheelhouse.

This slight adjustment is helping transform Travis into an extra-base-hit beast for the Blue Jays. That’s how he’s become one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball.
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To help keep his stance farther back in the batter’s box, Travis lays his bat over top of home plate and uses the knob as an indicator of where to set his front foot.

Up until about the end of April, for whatever reason, Travis kept inching closer toward home plate. Compare how close Travis was standing to home plate earlier in the season with a recent at bat.

New York Jets coaches told me in 2008 after the Jets used their first-round pick

Last week, LeBron James told the Cleveland media that he has nothing left to prove. Sure, he ended a 52-year championship drought in Cleveland, but there’s one thing he hasn’t done in his storied career: bring the Lombardi Trophy home to the city. James is arguably the greatest basketball player ever and he knows how to win. He also wants the Browns to be great, which is half the battle.

New York Jets coaches told me in 2008 after the Jets used their first-round pick, No. 6 overall, to select defensive end Vernon Gholston that they knew there were issues and buyer’s remorse after his first handful of practices. Gholston lasted three inconsistent seasons with the Jets. Philadelphia Eagles coaches said the same about defensive end/linebacker Mike Mamula, who in 1995 was selected in the first round, No. 7 overall, and lasted five bumpy Eagles seasons.

It happens. Teams scout and select and surmise one thing and quickly upon arrival in practices, in the classroom, and in the locker room fret that they have something else.

Perhaps the former No Fun League can start referring to itself as the Kind of Fun League after finally deciding to ease up on penalties for on-field celebrations.

This is the right call, even though the standards are being just slightly relaxed. Now, players won’t be penalized for group celebrations, using the ball as a prop, or going to the ground to celebrate. Any celebration that mimics the use of a weapon or is “prolonged” so as to delay the game will still be flagged. That’s understandable.

But the NFL will still penalize players for dances it deems too sexy, like Antonio Brown’s twerking and Michael Bennett’s pelvic thrusting. These dances are fun, so while this is a huge improvement and the league deserves credit for it, we can’t give the NFL a passing grade.

Tom Brady has to fight off the Madden curse, in addition to Father Time

Tom Brady plans to play for six or seven more years, according to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, but another hurdle was put in the quarterback’s path Friday morning with the announcement that he will be on the cover of EA’s Madden 18.

I’m not for that at all,Lewis said via ESPN’s Katherine Terrell. We had a good standard and the whole standard has always been you want to teach people how to play the game the correct way and go about it the correct way, and that’s not a very good example for young people.

Tom Brady’s so convinced he’s not going to be cursed by the Madden cover that he’s smashing mirrors and walking under ladders.

And if Brady isn’t the greatest NFL player ever, then who is? Brady says that guys like Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor are in the discussion, but as far as guys he’s played against, it’s not as clear.

I know that I haven’t played against a lot of those guys,Brady said, but I’ve also played against a lot of guys that when I think of Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison and Dwight Freeney and Jason Taylor and Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and Darrelle Revis — if those guys aren’t the best, then whoever is better than them is only better by percentage points. It’s not a big difference.
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