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He had several plays where he would whup an offensive lineman or two, and then barely miss taking the quarterback down.

Even on most of those plays Vea still left a path of destruction and chaos in his wake that made it easy for one of his teammates to clean up the mess and get the sack after he missed.

On top of that Vea had six other pressures where he forced the opposing quarterback into an incompletion because he was bearing down on them with bad intentions.

He was better than those numbers indicated, given that Grant caught 70.3 percent of the passes thrown to him despite the fact that his average target came 9.6 yards downfield.

The only wideouts in the league with 50 targets or more who caught a higher percentage of their passes while picking up their average target further downfield were Allen Hurns, Michael Thomas, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Tyreek Hill and Ted Ginn.

It would hardly have been a surprise to see Grant develop a modest market, but in a league in which Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola just came up with significant multiyear deals, the Ravens had to pay Grant like he had been a starter for years in Washington.

The Jets also addressed one of their other major needs by signing Long to a four-year deal worth $28 million. Wesley Johnson was the starting center last season as the replacement for Nick Mangold, but struggled at times and is now a free agent. Long was a third-round draft pick out of Nebraska in 2014 and played both center and guard for the Redskins. He became Washington’s starter at center early in the 2016 season after a season-ending injury to Kory Lichtensteiger. ”

It took a lot of adjustment physically and mentally,” Long said. ”

It’s definitely different having the ball in your hands. In the meeting rooms is where the big changes came because I grew so much mentally as a player when I had to learn the center position. Ever since then, I’ve been able to build on a solid foundation. I’m excited. I think my best ball is yet to come at that position.”patriots_008

Kobe Bryant’s ‘Dear Basketball’ short film nominated for Oscar

Kobe Bryant has seemingly opened the door to another successful career after basketball.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that the retired Lakers legend’s short film, “Dear Basketball,” is one of five nominees for this year’s Best Animated Short award.

Peters: I’m going with the Penguins, too. I think they’ll want to head into the postseason on a high note, so don’t look at them to let off the gas pedal too much. The desire to win a third straight Cup, previously unthinkable in the salary-cap era, is palpable for this team. As Brassard settles in over these next few weeks, I’d expect them only to get stronger. Plus Evgeni Malkin has a chance to win the Art Ross (and maybe even the Hart), which adds a little extra motivation for a player who is already playing exceptionally well.

Arledge: Philadelphia is a little more balanced, while Pittsburgh has relied too heavily on scoring. Goalie Matt Murray has been out for two weeks with a concussion, but honestly, he has been less than impressive even when healthy this season.

It’s hard to conjure up a scenario where Bridges fully fails. If the defense doesn’t hold up and his 3-point percentage drops, it’s a potential outcome, but he’s more likely a high-floor talent with the upside of an elite NBA role player, even if the creation skill never comes along.

A deeper dive shows that the real culprit behind the change might have been the NBPA. The three big reasons why the draft won’t be televised, according to Stein:

1) The league does not want to risk embarrassing the last player chosen — or anyone else.

2) The league does not want to put the captains in a position where they might upset teammates by passing over them.

3) The players’ union objected. The union, presumably with considerable input from player agents, is the faction that actually put up the most resistance to letting all this play out in public. Some All-Stars want the draft televised, but some don’t. So the league acquiesced.

Voracek netted his 15th of the season 2:07 into the period to tie it at 1. Nolan Patrick caused a turnover with strong backchecking, passed to Voracek and his shot from the side boards deflected off Pittsburgh’s Derick Brassard and past Tristan Jarry.

Rams coach Sean McVay insisted afterward that this moment was not too big for his players.

“That is the product of great effort,” Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong said. “Gang tackling. The second man in and all the rest going for the ball. Just great effort.”

The young Rams were certainly spooked by their early mistakes and for most of the game struggled offensively to find rhythm. Was it their playoff inexperience? Was it too many starters resting in the regular-season finale preceding this game?

Now, it’s not as if there aren’t schematic fits. Carolina and Seattle were the two that the coach above mentioned, and Kansas City is another one. The issues? The Panthers value Derek Anderson as a resource to Cam Newton. The Seahawks dealt with a lot of noise this offseason and didn’t need more. And the Chiefs have Alex Smith, and the history between him and Kaepernick makes even the thought a non-starter.

That underscores how anything can make or break the chances of a quarterback getting a job. The idea of Cutler, for example, being a backup appealed to basically no teams in March and April. But as a starter for a team in need that had background with him? That’s different.

“The big thing that we need to do more than anything else is to move forward and get past the game we just played,” Rivera said via The Associated Press. “Right now that game isn’t going to do anything for us.”

It’s so important, in fact, that we’re surprised he hasn’t put it on a T-shirt.

Rivera has the strongest shirt game in the NFL right now, and it isn’t close. Here’s a rundown of his very best.

The early offseason was about diagnosing the 2016 collapse. The spring was about Cam Newton’s shoulder surgery. The summer was about the bizarrely timed firing of GM Dave Gettleman. September was about Newton finding his stride. And just as Newton got there, with Carolina’s upset of the Patriots in Foxborough, last week became about the quarterback and his sexist comments to Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue.

Kicker Adam Vinatieri vows to play another year, even if it’s not with Colts

Could Adam Vinatieri be playing in the NFL at 45?

Vinatieri’s missed field goals cost him a $500,000 bonus, but he is still one of the most accurate kickers in the league. It would be surprising if another team doesn’t scoop him up for a one-year deal if the Colts decide not to give Vinatieri an extension.

Does the following headline sound a little too familiar, Pittsburgh Penguins place defenseman Letang on injured reserve.While 2015 Super Bowl hero plenty of Jones, New England schemes well that fellow cornerbacks and Rowe , and safety Devin McCourty be no strangers to Jones, either.Somehow he woke up and made it to Oregon.The ideal person to help with matters, his wife Gabrielle Union, is out of town the 35-year old is left to his own devices the meantime.Survivors include his parents, and Tracci Lear Metcalfe; his brother, ; a niece, ; paternal grandfather, ; paternal grandmother, Metcalfe; maternal great-grandmother, Lear; his longtime girlfriend, Halee Smolinsky; his pit bulldog, Milo; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Instead he doubled-down, and risked a serious injury.Probably best known as one of the top sluggers of his era, McGwire ended his career with 583 home runs, which was fifth-most history when he retired.From 1986 to 2006, Lt.Then again, it all depends on what he’s asked to do.

He made 9 of 17-point shots but missed all five of his 3-point attempts.

Puck is dumped Predators zone by Carlson.

The goalies over the years, whether you call it a cheater here or there, they’re enhancing their size in the net.The measure provides no exemption for players or anyone on the field or the dugouts.- TONY ZAVALETA Tony Zavaleta, 69, drove his pickup truck here on a dirt road.

In a corresponding move, the Chargers promoted guard Brett Boyko to the active roster and signed tackle Andrew Wylie to the practice squad.

Los Angeles (7-7) fell one game behind the Chiefs in the AFC West with Saturday’s loss, but they are still in playoff contention. The Chargers play the Jets in New York this weekend, and then host the Raiders to end the season. Both the division and the final wild-card spot are still up for grabs.

“The question,” the GM said, “is what if he faces a Russell Wilson in the playoffs, or if the Packers make it and Aaron Rodgers is in there or another elite quarterback in the NFC … can Foles do that? Wentz made that team so special, making all the throws. His vision, his pocket presence and even his strength. He’s so complete. Foles can do a fine job, but Wentz put them over the top in so many games this year.

“If most teams lost a starter and he was the caliber of a Wentz, I don’t think they pull through. They self-destruct. The Eagles won’t do that because, like I said, Foles to me can start on basically half the league’s teams. But can he beat that elite, top-tier quarterback in the playoffs? That’s something I think will be tough. He might no do that.”packers_153_be1f1b86f4cce734-180x180

the Saints earn a fifth straight home win against the Panthers?

In other words, Ohtani actually created a real-world valuation of what it means to play in the majors, against the very, very best players in the world. The value of it is not less than $90 million. And, keep in mind, he would have come to the majors in two years anyway. But waiting for that opportunity was the risk he wasn’t willing to take. Risking his first nine-figure fortune for an extra four years, sure. Risking his chance to play in the majors, at not just the highest level but the only truly high level, no way. He has reached the top of Maslow’s pyramid, and the only path to self-actualization for a great baseball player in the year 2017 goes through the majors. This, I would argue, is Major League Baseball’s greatest asset.

The Vikings are trying to pull off a sweep of the Rams, Falcons and Panthers in a four-week span, the last two on the road. If they do, they’ll have the kind of resume Ohio State and Alabama would envy. While the drumbeat for Case Keenum is not undeserved, it’s past time the defense (which held the Rams and Falcons to single digits) got its due credit for this run. Cam Newton could use Greg Olsen this week, because his absence last week against the Saints was glaring.

The Eagles excel defensively against the run. They’ve allowed only four rushing touchdowns, tied for the fewest in the NFL. But that’s all right for the Seahawks because they don’t run the ball. Russell Wilson has been their most potent rushing threat this season.

Wilson and tight end Jimmy Graham have finally formed a connection. The former Saints star has eight touchdown receptions already this season after hauling in the same number the last two years combined.

Playing in Seattle is always tough for visitors, but the Eagles are rolling and should continue their winning streak this week.

Broncos sign K Brandon McManus to new four-year deal

Brandon McManus got the extension he’s been waiting for.

Ahead of the team’s regular-season opener Monday against the Chargers, Broncos general manager John Elway announced that the team has signed the kicker to a new four-year deal that will keep him in Denver through the 2020 season.

U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant III last week weighed in on Elliott’s side, questioning in the fairness of the NFL’s disciplinary process.

“The NFL’s actions demonstrate that from the very beginning of the decision-making process, a cloud of fundamental unfairness followed Elliott,” Mazzant wrote in granting Elliott an injunction.

Robinson was hurt on the third play of Sunday’s game, after he caught a 17-yard pass from Blake Bortles on third-and-2 to convert the first down. He was unable to walk to the sideline and was immediately attended to by the Jaguars’ medical staff.

Robinson eventually walked off the field and was taken to the locker room to undergo further tests. He did not return.

Robinson is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the sides have had preliminary extension discussions.

Robinson, who has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns in his three-plus seasons, is the Jaguars’ best receiver. His absence means the team will have to rely heavily on Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns, as well as veteran Arrelious Benn, who is one of the team’s core special-teams players. Additionally, undrafted rookie Keelan Cole likely will be more involved.yankees_1404_75792a4027d6c0ca-180x180

he rearranged a neighbor’s lawn ornaments into “sexually suggestive positions.”

yankees_1404_75792a4027d6c0ca-180x180They researched coded numbers on the backs of products — the only way to determine when an item was made. The group published 25,000 “code books” to help shoppers tell whether they were buying fresh or withering bread. NBC picked up the pamphlets and ran a special on the nightly news.

Manufacturers quickly went on damage-control and stapled “use-by” labels on their products. Schakowsky was an overnight, local success.

“Changing the date on cottage cheese may not have saved the world, but it did change my life,” Schakowsky told Kurt Stone for his book The Jews of Capitol Hill: A Compendium of Jewish Congressional Members.

“It’s what I sort of love about her,” Dan Biss, an Illinois state senator who could be the state’s next governor, says. “From Day 1, she was figuring out a way to fight against powerful forces on behalf of people who needed help that lacks power. That’s what she’s done her whole career. You’re just seeing an example of it (with CTE).”

Since that first action, Schakowsky has made advocating for marginalized voices her life’s work. She worked at the state level until 1989, when she took on Washington, in a typically splashy way.

One NFL scout called him a “mess off the field,” perhaps because one time, he rearranged a neighbor’s lawn ornaments into “sexually suggestive positions.” Again, another cool move. One time, I rearranged my friend’s fridge magnet letters into sexually suggestive words, so Josh and I must be kindred spirits. Maybe one day, we can give the “mess off the field” tag to the kids who are committing “sexually suggestive crimes,” rather than to the kids doing dumb, harmless stuff.

The NBPA reached out to Adam Silver about Phil Jackson’s comments regarding Carmelo Anthony

The National Basketball Players Association president Michele Roberts reached out to commissioner Adam Silver after New York Knicks president Phil Jackson publicly bashed Carmelo Anthony during his exit press conference.

“If players under contract cannot, under threat of league discipline, speak openly about their desire to be employed elsewhere, we expect management to adhere to the same standards,” Roberts said in a statement. “The door swings both ways when it comes to demonstrating loyalty and respect.”

Jackson dished blow after blow to Anthony on Friday, suggesting he intended to explore every avenue to get a trade done this summer. Anthony has two years worth $53 million remaining on his contract with a no-trade clause and a 15 percent trade kicker, each of which Jackson gave him when he signed the All-Star forward to a five-year extension in 2014.

— Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys, Canton, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 3, 8 p.m. (NBC) — The Hall of Fame Game will now be played on a Thursday and will kick off induction weekend instead of being the final event. The Cowboys have appeared in the Hall of Fame Game a record six times, while the Cardinals are making their fifth appearance. The Cardinals do have former quarterback Kurt Warner in this year’s class, but the foundation for Warner’s Hall of Fame resume is winning a Super Bowl championship with the St. Louis Rams.

— New York Giants at Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 8 p.m. (ESPN) — This game will likely be Myles Garrett’s first NFL game, as the Texas A&M defensive end is expected to be taken No. 1 at the draft later this month by the Browns.


North Carolina’s run through the NCAA tournament ended with new hats commemorating their national championship Monday night

The ball went to senior Isaiah Hicks down low, and he hit a righty hook shot with 27 seconds left to push the lead to three. Gonzaga called time out and put the ball in their best player’s hands, but Nigel Williams-Goss’ shot attempt was stuffed by Meeks. Joel Berry II picked up the ball and threw it up court to Jackson, who flushed home the final points.

Redemption is a word with biblical origins, one that can mean different things to different people. Hicks put it in his own terms. With the championship net draped around his neck like a bib, Hicks summed up the feeling of making it back to the title game and this time coming out on top.

“Last year was the worst,” he said. “This year is the best.” With WrestleMania 33 fast approaching and the two brands of WWE about to collide on the so-called Grandest Stage Of Them All, it’s interesting to take a step back and look at the two shows that drive the company. Over the last year, RAW and SmackDown Live have become very different entities within the larger WWE structure, and it makes for a fascinating dynamic in the largest wrestling promotion in the world.

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North Carolina’s run through the NCAA tournament ended with new hats commemorating their national championship Monday night. It started with new hats, too.

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster was officially placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

“It’s the little brother that, big brother wants to go out and play with his friends and the little brother is annoying, [saying], ‘Hey, can I go?’ ” Marshall said. “No, you can’t go Detroit Lions. Sit back. Sit in your little city. Fix your financial problems and all of that, you know. You can’t come with us right now. But right now, they’ve got the best of us. They beat us twice. They swept us. But what matters is when we see them in the playoffs. It’ll be a great show. It’s gonna be tough. But I guarantee it’s not gonna go down like it did the first two games.”

I have a three-part response for Marshall. No. 1: Scoreboard. Saying all of this after being swept by the Lions simply comes off as sour grapes. It’s true that losing to the Lions twice in one season doesn’t happen too often for the Bears, but this year it’s pretty clear which is the better team. The two games between the Lions and Bears reflect that, as do the current NFC North standings.

No. 2: You must be lacking creativity if the best you’ve got is a cheap shot at Detroit’s financial situation. We’ve heard it all before, so I will respond with an uncreative, recycled comment of my own: How can Detroit be bankrupt when it owns the Chicago Bears?

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster was officially placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. Foster has been dealing with a back and hamstring injuries all season. He missed his first action of the season this past week, and has been ineffective off and on in the games he did play. The Texans will turn to backup Ben Tate, who has been productive in relief thus far.

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker LaRoy Reynolds has been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Reynolds was signed as an undrafted free agent and made the 53-man roster with an impressive training camp. He’s appeared in nine games and has played primarily on special teams, but he’ll be shut down for four games.