Sophomore Tyler Bass was responsible for the kickoffs and might be a decent replacement for placekicker Younghoe Koo

Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers linebacker

Ingram was the last first-round pick of the A.J. Smith era, which in theory could mean general manager Tom Telesco might not be as inclined to pay big money for Ingram.

Considering the improvements in the Chargers’ pass rush from 2015 to 2016, however, the team will have to think long and hard about whether it can afford to lose the 2012 first-round pick. Ingram teamed with Joey Bosa to form one of the best edge rushing pairs in all of football. Being able to retain the linebacker and keep one of the league’s strongest front sevens intact would be huge for the Chargers, new head coach Anthony Lynn and his defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

One bright spot in 2016: special teams. The punts were pretty short, but the Eagles ranked fourth in field goal efficiency, ninth in kickoffs, and 30th in punt returns on the way to a No. 30 ranking in Special Teams S&P+.

Sophomore Tyler Bass was responsible for the kickoffs and might be a decent replacement for placekicker Younghoe Koo, but the departure of both Koo and punt returner Montay Crockett hurts.

Summers has recruited well here. We’ll see how quickly that can make a difference. Four three-star freshman ends could make a difference, along with three freshman linebackers and a JUCO transfer (Tomarcio Reese). If you can get contributions from a couple, and you luck out from an injuries perspective, maybe you can duct tape a decent front seven together.

Injuries could be devastating, though. End Logan Hunt and tackle Darrius Sapp are the only returning linemen with more than two tackles last year, and senior Chris DeLaRosa and sophomore Todd Bradley are the only linebackers with more than 2.5. There are a lot of former three-star guys up front (not just the freshmen); they’ll need to play like it.

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Draymond Green recorded the 1st NBA triple-double without the points

Draymond Green is an NBA All-Star for a reason beyond scoring: he contributes to all areas of winning. And the Warriors¡¯ point forward showed why he¡¯s an invaluable piece to a championship organization on Friday during Golden State¡¯s 122-107 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Green scored just four points but posted 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals, and five blocks, becoming the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double without at least 10 points, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Elite Womens Merril Hoge Jersey His historic night did not end there. The Warriors forward surpassed Rick Barry and Michael Ray Richardson to break the Warriors¡¯ single-season record for steals in a game.

Draymond Green: 12 reb, 10 ast & a franchise-record 10 stl. Warriors are now 18-0 in the regular season when Green tallies a triple-double.

Had he scored six more points, the Warriors forward would have become just the fourth player since 1983-84 to post a quadruple-double alongside Robertson, David Robinson, and Hakeem Olajuwon, according to Basketball-Reference.

That¡¯s amazing company for Green, whose play has catapulted Golden State to a 45-8 record.
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While the NBA has new contract rules to incentivize players to stay with the teams that drafted them, there¡¯s no guarantee Westbrook will commit, especially if the Thunder get ejected early and Durant hoists an O¡¯Brien in June. The allure of a ring has proved to sway many players in the past, even when piles of money are at stake.

This all sounds pessimistic and it should. Caterwauling at Durant and his new coastal clique will feel good, but then it¡¯s Sunday morning and reality comes back into focus. This is sports fandom: a lifetime of anxious disappointment punctuated by brief moments of exhilaration.

Saturday night should offer the latter to the Thunder faithful. Enjoy it while it lasts, because it doesn¡¯t last.

Kurt Warner found Isaac Bruce for a 73-yard touchdown pass to put the Rams up by 7

Elite Youth Rob Havenstein Jersey As Roger Goodell presented Robert Kraft with the Lombardi Trophy amid a deafening cacophony of boos, the Patriots¡¯ all-time accolades started sinking in: five championships for Tom Brady, the most of any QB ever; five for Bill Belichick, the most of any coach. (Does that make them the GOATs of their respective roles? That¡¯s a more complicated question.) The Patriots¡¯ dynasty rolls on as the most impressive in NFL history.

And, of course, they did it in the most improbable comeback in Super Bowl history, scoring four touchdowns and a field goal in their final five drives to erase a 25-point third-quarter deficit.

With all of that history on the mind, we¡¯re going to wrap things up for now. Thanks for joining us for a Super Bowl that we ¡ª and everyone else ¡ª will be talking about for a long, long time. We¡¯ll be back to unpack things tomorrow, but for now, good night!
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After there were no ATS pushes in the first 30 Super Bowls, this game featured the third push of a point spread or total in four years. The Rams were up 10 entering the fourth quarter, but the Titans tied the game up with 2:12 to go. Kurt Warner found Isaac Bruce for a 73-yard touchdown pass to put the Rams up by 7, and Tennessee’s final drive stalled at the 1-yard line. The Rams held on to a seven-point victory, which Rams bettors may have viewed as a victory.

His message didn’t sink in immediately, but the vision really started to take shape following a 24-15 loss at Philadelphia in Week 10. After the Falcons got physically dominated on both sides of the ball, Quinn challenged his players, coaches and even himself to dig deeper and find elements of their games to improve in preparation for the stretch run. The self-reflection took place during the ensuing bye week, and the Falcons responded with a more spirited effort the remainder of the season, winning seven of eight games heading into the Super Bowl.

2015 NFL training camp preview: AFC East belongs to the Patriots until proven otherwise

The New England Patriots have finished atop the AFC East in 11 of the last 12 seasons and enter the 2015 season with a streak of six consecutive division titles. So there’s really no question which team enters the year as the one to catch in the division, although that reign could be difficult to maintain.

Between the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, there are pass rushers aplenty and they’re all targeting a single player more than any other: Tom Brady.

Brady is currently suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season, although that could still change. But for the time being, the Patriots have to prepare for the possibility that Jimmy Garoppolo will be the man leading the way for the defending Super Bowl champions for the beginning of the season.

Even when the Patriots do get Brady back though, there are several teams hunting to dethrone the champions, and that hunt will officially begin at the end of July when the AFC East reports to training camp.

Aaron Rodgers says that leadership is a “challenge” but that he enjoys that part of his role.

He is the antithesis, really, of that State Farm commercial he does with Clay Matthews, the one in which he yells in the locker room, “Not here, not ever!” as his psyched-up teammates bounce around him. Rodgers would rather they watch him — how hard he works, how competitive he is — and follow. He will be there to give them a push, and when things get really bad, he’ll do more.

When he wasn’t in rhythm earlier this season, for example, he had a short meeting with the wide receivers. Many of them are young, in their early 20s. Some of them, at some point, were terrified of letting down Aaron Rodgers.

“He kind of took us aside and said, ‘I’m not yelling at you guys just to yell. I’m yelling because I care. I believe in each and every one of you.’ I think it meant a lot to all the guys,'” receiver Jeff Janis said.

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Chiefs’ Justin Houston: ‘Once you get paid, it’s not like you won the lottery’

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Justin Houston got the phone call on Tuesday saying he needed to come to Kansas City. He figured this was the end of his year long quest for a new contract from the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I knew they wouldn’t have me fly out here for nothing,” Houston told reporters on a Wednesday conference call after he signed a reported six-year, $101 million contract.

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Pierre-Paul has been a force in the NFL since becoming a first round pick in 2010 out of South Florida. He has 42 sacks and eight forced fumbles in his career, and was expected to be a cornerstone of the Giants defense for years to come.

The injury reportedly caused the Giants to withdraw a $60 million contract offer, and while the injury for Wilson won’t cost him nearly as much, it could prove especially costly to a player who was likely fighting for a roster spot in the fall.

“Once I retired it was like, ‘Wow, now what do I do?’ There was no guidance, no help. If it weren’t for Charlie, I don’t know what I’d be doing.” he shared. “I’m ready to start my next journey.”

Redman’s first journey started when he was a two-year-old boy watching football with his mom and ended suddenly when he sustained a neck while living out his dream in the NFL. His second journey is just beginning.

“I have hope now,” he smiled.

Gregg Popovich: Spurs ‘not where we want to be’

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich pointed out his team “played a great 24 minutes” of basketball Tuesday during its 122-114 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

But for a 32-9 squad clinging to ever-present title aspirations at the halfway point in the season, Popovich and the Spurs need the full 48. That’s partly why Popovich said the Spurs aren’t yet where they want or need to be in terms of the cohesion and consistency required to capture championships.

THERE’S A REVEALING moment in Steve Young’s new autobiography, “QB: My Life Behind the Spiral,” that made me think of Matt Ryan. During the 1991 season, Young’s first year as a starter with the San Francisco 49ers, the quarterback visited Bill Walsh. Young needed help. A few days earlier, after a bad loss to the Raiders, he’d sat in his parked car for hours, crippled by the pressure of replacing Joe Montana. Young called friends for support, and then, at 3 a.m., having run out of people to call, he cried alone.

Now, in the office of the retired head coach who had believed in him more than anyone, Young hung his head, expecting a measure of empathy. Instead, Walsh scolded him.

“All you do is take the blame!” Walsh said.

“What am I supposed to say?” Young said, incredulously. “It’s not my fault?”
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“It’s been a tremendous experience — not just basketball, but culturally, very enriching and giving me a new perspective on the world that we live in,” Morris said. “So overall, [it was] a pretty good decision to take that leap.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers began the day with a 76 percent chance to win

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The Seahawks took the early lead with an 89-yard drive that consumed more than half of the first quarter. Leading 10-7, the Seahawks forced a Falcons punt that Devin Hester returned 80 yards to the Falcons¡¯ 7-yard line. A holding penalty on the return negated that runback, though, and two plays later, Russell Wilson was sacked in the end zone for a safety. The safety, the Falcons¡¯ third in eight postseason games since the start of the 2004 season, increased their win probability from 55 percent to 70 percent.

The sequence was especially pivotal considering what the Seahawks missed. Had Hester¡¯s punt return not been negated by penalty, the Seahawks (already leading 10-7) would have had a 59 percent chance to win. From ¡°what might have been¡± to the safety was a 29 percentage point swing in favor of the Falcons.

This game marked the most exciting game of wild-card weekend, based on the movement in the win probability chart. The Packers started slow, with five straight punts, but because of a few missed opportunities by the Giants, the Packers were able to stay in the game. New York probably felt like it was in a good position going into the half until Green Bay¡¯s final drive, which was capped by another Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary, which increased the Packers’ chance of winning by 13 percentage points.
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Green Bay entered halftime with a 14-6 lead and an 87 percent chance to win, but the game was far from over, as the Giants stopped the Packers on fourth down and scored a 41-yard touchdown two drives later. That long touchdown was the biggest play of the game, based on win probability added, as it increased the Giants¡¯ chance to win from 19 percent to 41 percent. The Packers answered with a touchdown on their next drive and never looked back, as they scored the game¡¯s final 24 points.

Chiefs RT Jeff Allen leaves Cardinals game with knee injury

Kansas City Chiefs right tackle Jeff Allen exited Saturday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with a knee injury, and the team announced he will not return. Allen started the game at right tackle but went down early, and was replaced by Donald Stephenson.

It’s unclear if the injury is serious, but he was taken to the locker room on the cart and wasn’t able to put much weight on the injured leg. Allen only recently was named the Chiefs starting right tackle, with Stephenson the favorite to win the job prior to the team moving Allen to that position.

Allen was previously going to start at right guard, but the team liked his versatility. Stephenson will now likely be the right tackle going forward, if the injury is serious enough to force Allen to miss any time.

White, a 6’3, 215-pound receiver, had 109 catches, 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior at West Virginia last year. He was the second receiver in the draft taken behind Oakland’s Amari Cooper.

The Chiefs’ offense got out to a shaky start, with starting quarterback Alex Smith throwing an interception. He finished 6 for 10 with 42 yards and the pick. Backup Chase Daniel fared quite a bit better, throwing three touchdowns, while wide receiver Fred Williams managed six receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown.

For the Cardinals, Carson Palmer looked effective as usual, completing all four of his passes for 77 yards. Most importantly, the Cardinals didn’t allow Palmer to get sacked. Keeping him protected will be the prime objective this season, and they did that on Saturday.

In terms of preparation for the season, both teams will learn more when Green Bay is on offense; the Packers can evaluate their young receivers and the Saints can work on strengthening their defense.

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid has publicly praised Tyreek Hill for his work off the field

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The well-being of survivors matters more than the sanitization of the NFL’s brand — or the delusion that if we no longer have to look at abusers, we can enjoy our societally sanctioned violence while pretending they don’t exist. But it’s undeniable that their presence on television causes many people pain. When these men play and play well, their success creates a dilemma that continues to beguile everyone with a vested interest in football. How do we talk about them?

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has publicly praised Tyreek Hill for his work off the field.

Brady did not play in the Week 3 matchup between the Texans and Patriots because he was serving the third game of a four-game suspension to start the season. In the 12 regular-season games he did play, he was of MVP caliber. Brady completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions, and his passer rating was 112.2.

O’Brien worked under Patriots coach Bill Belichick from 2007 through 2011. He was the offensive coordinator during the final season and the quarterbacks coach in the two before that. O’Brien praised Brady’s preparation and mindset.

It appears that actions like this are why the Goodell has been pushing so hard during this DeflateGate scandal. He went easy on the Patriots last time around, even, according to Outside the Lines, calling up Mike Martz, the Rams head coach at the time of Super Bowl XXXVI, and asking him to back off.
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Martz also recalls that Goodell asked him to write a statement, saying that he was satisfied with the NFL’s Spygate investigation and was certain the Patriots had not cheated and asking everyone to move on — like leaders of the Steelers and Eagles had done.

Chriss is gonna be good, but starting him is a great way to tank

Things are still perilous here. The Wiz are just 16-18, a game out of the No. 8 spot, and paper thin. Scott Brooks has no clue what he’s going to get from his atrocious bench every night, or even who might get into the game. Hey, there’s Jason Smith! Wait, what happened to Andrew Nicholson, the other half of Orlando’s old backup frontcourt? Trey Burke scored 27 points last week against Brooklyn. It might take him three weeks to total up that many points again.

But the Wiz are playing with more fight. Markieff Morris has looked energetic on defense, including in switching onto Harden, and he and Gortat have unleashed some nice big-man passing. Washington’s small-ball lineups, with Otto Porter or Kelly Oubre at power forward, have managed well.
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The Wiz have to bring that kind of attuned energy every night. They don’t have enough talent to play entitled basketball.
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Chriss is gonna be good, but starting him is a great way to tank. The Suns are last in the West, jostling with Miami, Brooklyn, Philly, Dallas and the Lakers for the league lead in losses, and they’ve made a clear move toward youth the last couple of weeks. They’ve damn near benched both Brandon Knight and Jared Dudley — not that Knight was helping much — and reserved regular minutes for Dragan Bender.

The race to the bottom is going to be a fun second-half storyline, especially since the Lakers owe their pick to Philadelphia unless it falls within the top three.

But sources also say that the Kings, at season’s end, want to pitch Cousins on a long-term partnership in the summertime, knowing he’s going to be eligible in July for a Designated Player Extension that ?could make him one of a handful of $200 million players league wide.

The latest signals suggest it would take a monster offer to get the Kings to tweak those plans.

The Lakers keep their pick in the June draft only if they finish in the top three of the next NBA lottery.