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Chiefs cover point spread and total against Washington on otherwise-meaningless fumble return on the last play of the game

One of the funniest things that’s happened in the NFL all season:

This is the second-best sports beat of the last few years, in my opinion. The only one I’ve liked nearly as much was this thing the Grizzlies did to the Knicks last season:

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints: As expected, he had a difficult time separating from Lions cornerback Darius Slay, turning his six targets into a mere 4.1 PPR and 1.1 non-PPR fantasy points. It was the second-worst performance in any of Thomas’ 20 career games to date, trailing only the 4.0 and 0.0 he scored in 2016 Week 10 and falling shy of the 8.2 and 4.2 he scored in 2016 Week 13. What did those two previous games have in common? Well, the former occurred in a game against the Broncos’ stingy cornerbacks, and the latter was also against Slay and the Lions, illustrating Thomas’ difficulty with tougher individual matchups. Fortunately, Thomas now gets an extremely favorable matchup against the Packers in Week 7, so write this one off as an aberration.

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The Pro Bowl cornerback met with Giants coach Ben McAdoo early Tuesday. He is expected to be on the field Wednesday when his teammates return to practice.

Rodgers-Cromartie was told Oct. 10 he would be benched against the Broncos because of his actions in preceding days. He had left a recovery session early Oct. 6, then thrown his helmet and walked off the field in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
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Rodgers-Cromartie later walked out of a meeting Wednesday, which prompted an indefinite suspension from the Giants. He was placed on a reserve/suspended list.

To create room on the roster, the Giants waived injured cornerback Michael Hunter, who suffered a hamstring injury against the Broncos.

The Giants (1-5) host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday before their bye week.

Could pole dancing become an Olympics sport? It’s not as far-fetched as you might think…

That’s because pole dancing – or pole, as the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) prefers – has been recognised by an international sporting body for the first time.

Burke will serve as an analyst for ESPN regular-season NBA telecasts as well as the NBA playoffs, making her the first woman at the national level to be assigned a full season rotation of games as an NBA game analyst. Over the last couple of years Burke has worked selected NBA games as a color commentator but now gets cemented as a regular. Burke said she will keep her role as lead ESPN NBA sideline reporter for the NBA Conference Finals and NBA Finals.

The Cowboys particularly needed the win after the 4-1 Eagles locked up yet another victory on Sunday against the Cardinals. Now Dallas sits at 2-3.

What does an en banc hearing mean? If it’s granted, an en banc hearing will put this motion in front of all of the court’s judges as opposed to a small panel. If that Arrelious Benn Jersey happens, Elliott can continue to play until Johnny Gaudreau Jersey the court has a decision.

What led up to this? The NFL issued Elliott the six-game suspension after a year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations raised against him in July 2016 by a former girlfriend. Elliott denies the allegations. The NFL’s investigators determined that there was credible evidence that Elliott was physically violent toward the woman on three occasions. The six-game suspension is the NFL’s baseline number for a first-time domestic violence offenders.

Elliott appealed the ruling, and the NFL’s arbitrator, Harold Henderson, upheld the suspension. The NFLPA and Elliott’s attorney’s filed a lawsuit against the NFL in a Texas district court before Henderson’s ruling was announced.

the Chargers beat the Raiders by only one point last week,

Goodell has tried to mollify the players by visiting Philadelphia, Miami and other cities to speak to them and witness their work in the community.

But with the president continuing to harangue the N.F.L. on Twitter, and fans increasingly upset about the league’s handling of the issue, including in Jacksonville, where a fan paid to have a plane fly over the Jaguars’ stadium carrying a message calling for a boycott of the team and the N.F.L., the owners continue to fret over the protests and how they will affect the league’s brand when television ratings have started to slip.
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Tom Wilson Game Jersey The league also continues to grapple with Kaepernick, who filed a grievance accusing the owners of colluding to keep him from joining a team. Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013, has remained unsigned since leaving the team in March.

FPI is … kind of in on the Chargers? It has them as the 17th-best team in the NFL going forward, sandwiched right between the Texans and the Raiders. Not bad for a 2-4 squad. The scores of their games show why. Their four losses were a three-point loss at the Broncos, a two-point loss to the Dolphins, 14-point loss to the Chiefs and a two-point loss to the Eagles. They were all close aside from the game against the best team in football.

Granted, the Chargers beat the Raiders by only one point last week, but it isn’t picking Los Angeles to win the Super Bowl here. It’s just saying the Chargers are OK, and about the same as the Broncos. All that being said, the Chargers’ rush defense has been a hindrance, ranking 31st in expected points added per game this year, which isn’t ideal against a Broncos team that is better attacking on the ground than through the air.

If the Chargers beat the Broncos, they would have a 17 percent chance to reach the postseason, which at least isn’t nothing.

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Nope. They humiliated Golden State in the season opener, won 61 games, advanced to the conference finals, and played the Warriors to a hilt across four matchups until Zaza Pachulia stepped under Kawhi Leonard’s foot. A fierce pride roils beneath San Antonio’s staid public persona. They believed they could beat the Warriors last season. They will not accept Golden State’s inevitability now.

The Spurs still sport the league’s best defensive wing tandem. LaMarcus Aldridge, a shade in the conference finals, will look more like himself with Leonard and Tony Parker feeding him. San Antonio’s size has occasionally troubled the Warriors, though Golden State’s speed and 3-point shooting would win out over a long series.

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That alone will put you ahead of most people these days.

Between work, school, kids and other daily commitments in our busy lives, the reality is many people are going into fantasy drafts simply hoping for the best, relying on the default fantasy rankings … no plan in sight. In other words, pretty much the opposite of what Steve Kerr Ian Kinsler Womens Jersey or Gregg Popovich would do.

If you want any chance of building a championship-caliber roster and challenging for your league title, you need to be better than that.

LeBron always belongs here. He just needs some luck, and likely a Golden Quintin Demps Jersey State injury, to have a realistic shot at toppling the Warriors four times in seven tries.

Even if it’s not Murray, there are other possibilities. The Nuggets have five other first-round picks, all 22 or younger, in Juancho Hernangomez, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Lyles, Malik Beasley and Tyler Lydon, giving them plenty of options to throw at the dartboard. After all, it’s not always the prospect you expect to develop that does. Four years ago, if you had to guess which other Warriors player would turn into an All-Star, the house money probably would have been on Harrison Barnes, not Green. That Barnes developed into a useful starter gives hope for Denver, as well, as it’s not necessarily star or bust for the young horses in the stable.

Powell made field goals from 25 and 52 yards to give the lead back to the Cougars.

Falk threw a 10-yard TD pass to Renard Bell on Washington State’s first series of the second half for a 20-10 lead. Powell added a 47-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.

Falk’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Johnson-Mack opened the fourth quarter on the first play after the Cougars intercepted Burmeister. Powell added his final field goal with 1:41 left.
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Ducks coach Willie Taggart said he hugged Burmeister after the game, telling him he still believed in him.

Georgia ran through and over Vanderbilt, piling up 423 yards. Sony Michel added 150 yards and a TD, while Elijah Holyfield scored his first career TD on a 15-yard run.

Kevin Kiermaier Authentic Jersey Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-3) lost its third straight to wrap up the toughest four-game stretch in school history against the Commodores’ fourth consecutive ranked opponent.

Injuries kept linebacker Reggie Carter and tackle Trenton Thompson at home for a Georgia defense that came in second in the nation giving up just 9.2 points a game. Starting linebacker Natrez Patrick stayed home after being arrested Thursday night on charges including possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Carter is Patrick’s backup, so Juwan Taylor started for Patrick.

Coach Kirby Smart started freshman Jake Fromm again at quarterback, then the Bulldogs stuck to the ground. Chubb finished off the opening drive with a 33-yard run that put Georgia ahead to stay. Fromm also tossed a 5-yard TD pass to D’Andre Swift in the second quarter, and Chubb added a 14-yard run late in the first half for a 21-0 lead.

The Bulldogs stretched their scoreless streak to seven quarters and nearly had an eighth before Vanderbilt went 75 yards, with Ralph Webb capping the drive with a 1-yard TD run just before halftime. Those were the first points allowed by Georgia since a field goal by Mississippi State on Sept. 23.

There’s a lot that can be going through a guy’s mind, Nelson said of Adams.

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Adams said he remembered everything about Trevathan’s hit.

I had a brief moment where I was a little loopy out there and didn’t really remember things until I got into the hospital and things started coming back to me, and I felt good, Adams said. No headaches or anything throughout the week and I obviously felt like I was able to come out and perform at a high level.

Adams said Trevathan apologized and the two exchanged text messages last week. I wouldn’t say he’s a dirty player at all, Adams said. Over the week you hear a lot about different people’s inputs. It’s definitely unnecessary. You don’t want those type of hits in the game. He’s not that type of guy. It was a mistake and I guess that’s why they allowed him to appeal.
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Roethlisberger is the first Steeler since Mark Malone in 1987 to throw five picks in a game. Roethlisberger threw multiple pick-sixes for the first time in his career since 2006. Scott Tolzien of the Colts is the only other NFL quarterback to throw two pick-sixes this year.

The last NFL quarterback to throw at least five picks and zero touchdowns was Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 3 of 2016.

The 35-year-old said it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact problem with the Steelers’ offense, which is averaging 19.8 points per game despite loads of firepower.

Roethlisberger (33-of-55, 312 yards) said he needs to improve everywhere, but he points out he’s had bad stretches of play before and bounced back.

Alabama was 9-0 with its sights set on a second consecutive national title after a tooth-and-nail battle with LSU.

Mens Jordan Berry Jersey The Giants had several notable names miss practice Wednesday, but defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is the most curious. He played all 64 snaps last week in Tampa, and somewhere along the line, he injured his shoulder. His status is now in doubt for this week’s game against the Chargers. To make matters even more troubling is that his defensive end partner Olivier Vernon (ankle) appears to be a long shot to play after aggravating his injury against the Bucs. The Giants could be down a pass-rusher or two. — Jordan Raanan

Thanks to an AJ McCarron-to-T.J. Yeldon screen pass with 51 seconds remaining, the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide escaped with a 21-17 win, and the path to another ring was clear. Their next opponent, SEC newcomer Texas A&M, was just another inevitable win on the way to SEC and BCS championships.

Mens Forrest Lamp Jersey Alabama defensive end Damion Square: I can remember being on the bus after a hard-fought LSU game in Baton Rouge and getting on the bus and saying, ‘Man, this don’t stop. We have A&M next week.’ And the guys didn’t know. They were like, ‘A&M? We’re gonna beat them. Our heartache is over,’ because LSU was always the team we had to worry about in the SEC.

Alabama middle linebacker Nico Johnson: You get a new team in the SEC, of course in your head you’re like, ‘Nah, they’re not ready for this SEC play, this speed.’ … We weren’t practicing our best, we weren’t preparing our best, and Coach [Nick] Saban and Coach [Kirby] Smart had been preaching all week long that we needed to practice better.

Free-agent LB Lamarr Houston reportedly works out for Saints

Xavier Grimble Limited Jersey The Saints defense could soon get a much-needed boost.

According to NFL.com, former Raiders and Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston is set to visit the Saints Tuesday. Houston worked under current Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen with the Raiders.

Houston, 30, has 25 sacks in seven NFL seasons. While he only played in two games last season, Houston did play all 16 games and recorded a career-high eight sacks in 2015 with Chicago.
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It started early Sunday in London and continued throughout the NFL as players, coaches and even owners locked arms or knelt during the national anthem.
The way we reacted today, and this weekend, made me proud, Goodell told The MMQB.com on Sunday night. I’m proud of our league.

Goodell told the website that he discussed the matter with players, coaches and owners this weekend and said they really care about our league.

He said the demonstrations during the anthem on Sunday reflected the frustration, the disappointment, of the players over the divisive rhetoric we heard.

Goodell told The MMQB that he is not worried that President Trump has a vendetta against the NFL.

We live in an imperfect society. A public discourse makes us strong, he said.

When he wants to to be Jones is damn near unblockable at times.

Keeping it a buck, though, his effort is still questionable at times. If he hauled ass every play he actually would be close to unblockable damn near every game.

But I digress.

Game Kids Troy Polamalu Jersey You see the numbers Jones put up and they were impressive as hell, but even more impressive is how a guy his size at 6’6 and over 300 pounds made them.

On the first of his three sacks, Jones was lined up as the right three-technique on the outside shoulder of Philly left guard Isaac Seumalo. The Eagles had a first-and-10 at the Chiefs 41-yard line. They pretty much tipped everyone off that it was going to be a pass by lining the quarterback up in shotgun empty.

At the snap of the football Jones got up field two steps then executed a jab ole as he stepped inside and beat Seumalo with a quick arm over.

As you view all these third-down passes, the Broncos staff deserves credit. They are scheming guys open. Very rarely is Siemian having to get to his third or fourth read and hitting a man in who’s covered closely.

I’d feel like I’d left y’all hanging if I don’t show one last clip. This isn’t a third down, but it’s a heck of a throw from Siemian. It’s his first-quarter touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders off a play-action fake.

The fake isn’t any good, which is even more impressive. The mesh isn’t timed up correctly, but that doesn’t matter. Look at the safeties and linebackers suck up and watch this beautiful ball placement by Siemian, over two guys and between the other high safety. No hesitation to throw the rock.

Ryan Kelly Jersey Is Siemian the next Manning? No. But the Broncos don’t need another Manning. They need this version of Siemian to go along with their excellent defense and emerging run game. When the AFC West is discussed, it’s been the Chiefs and Raiders. Now, it’s time to include the Broncos.

Elliott’s lawyers accused the NFL of a league-orchestrated conspiracy in a temporary restraining-order motion last week.

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We are extremely disappointed with Mr. Henderson’s inability to navigate through league politics, and follow the evidence, and most importantly, his conscious, Elliott’s legal team said in a release. The evidence that Mr. Elliott and his team presented on appeal clearly demonstrated that Mr. Elliott was the victim of a conspiracy orchestrated by the National Football League and its officers to keep exonerating evidence from the decision-makers, including the advisors and Roger Goodell.

Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane was ejected after referee John Parry said he threw a punch during a scrum with Packers receiver Davante Adams.

The tussle occurred around the Packers 30 during a play in which Nazair Jones intercepted Rodgers at 9:26 of the first quarter. It was Rodgers’ first interception since Nov. 13, 2016, at Tennessee.

Limited Womens J. D. Martinez Jersey Tensions were already high between the teams early in the game. Rodgers was picking on Lane in the secondary, with Cobb whistled for taunting following a 14-yard gain while being defended by Lane.

Steelers cornerbacks combined for just four interceptions last season. Haden had three picks alone in 13 games, and he has only been a shadow of his former self in recent years. Most analytical evaluations grade Haden as below average or poor at his position, but he is also finally healthy after dealing with concussion issues in 2015 and a groin injury which required surgery this past season.

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