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Tomlin didn’t mention President Trump by name but said there is a divisive atmosphere forcing teammates to pick political sides.

People shouldn’t have to choose, the veteran Steelers coach said.

If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn’t be separated from his teammate who chose not to.

It might not be the best idea to make a racially insensitive analogy about a highly publicized meeting about racial inequality, but one NFL owner reportedly managed to do that.

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Troy Vincent, currently the executive vice president of football operations for the NFL, was not happy with McNair’s comment, going as far as saying he’d been called many names, including the N-word, while playing in the league but he never felt like an inmate.

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Satellite service DirecTV is refunding NFL Sunday Ticket subscriptions for customers offended by the weekend’s national anthem protests.
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Normally the company does not give refunds for the specialty package after the season starts, but it apparently changed course after getting calls from hoards of customers upset over the players and coaches who knelt for the anthem during Sunday and Monday games, one former subscriber said.

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Hundreds of players took part in the national anthem demonstrations last weekend in response to comments the president made at a rally, in which he referred to any athlete who kneels as a son of a bitch.

The NFL mothers didn’t directly note the statement in their letter, but they did describe how their sons were trying to serve their communities and better the country.

Whether it be by kneeling or standing with their arms locked, our sons have chosen this platform to get the message out about social justice and unity, and they will always have our support, the letter reads. Now that we obviously have your attention, let’s put a stop to the divisive language and start a productive dialogue for positive change.
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Jaguars owner on protests: NFL bosses don’t know they’re racist

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And it’s one that could hamstring the league’s capacity to come to grips with its simmering national-anthem controversy.

I think what we’re seeing, Khan said at the Chicago Melvin Ingram Youth jersey event, is the great divider overcoming the great uniter.

Khan joined Jacksonville players on the sideline before a Sept. 24 game played in London, linking arms during the national anthem in a show of solidarity.

No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are, Smith told the site. There are so many people who identify as LGBT in the NFL, as in any business, that do not feel comfortable being public about their sexual orientation.

The more we can create an environment that welcomes all types of people, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, the more we can help ease the pain and burden that many carry every day.

Sowers, 31, will be the second full-time female coach in NFL history. Kathryn Smith was the first, working for the Bills last season as a special teams quality control coach. Sowers, who was an intern on the Falcons’ staff in 2016 with new 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, will work with the wide receivers in San Francisco.

We’ve got a group of guys who have the ultimate respect, 49ers wideout Jeremy Kerley told the San Jose Mercury News about Sowers. She sits back and comes at you like anyone else would. I love it.

Tirico’s new role relieves the 72-year-old Michaels of calling two games within four days. Collinsworth, 58, will continue to pull double duty on Thursday and Sunday night, while Michaels sticks with Sundays.
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Good luck with that. It won’t be nearly as easily done as said.

Some within the NFL are eager to move on from the sport’s very public feud with President Trump and return the focus to football this weekend.

Dave Gettleman, New York Giants: The Giants hired the former Carolina Panthers general manager during the final week of the regular season to take over for the fired Jerry Reese. Gettleman, 66, shares deep roots with the Giants, having spent 15 years in New York as a personnel executive from 1998 to 2012. From there, the accomplished talent evaluator was hired as general manager of the Panthers, serving four seasons in Carolina and helping to guide the team to a Super Bowl in 2015.

Brian Gutekunst, Green Bay Packers: The Packers promoted Gutekunst, their former director of player personnel, to the position of GM. Gutekunst is replacing the long time GM Ted Thompson. Earlier this month, Green Bay announced that Thompson was transitioning to the role as senior advisor to football operations.

The Steelers decided not to be on their sideline for the anthem last Sunday in Chicago, only to have offensive tackle and former Army Ranger Alejandro Villaneuva photographed at the front of a tunnel leading to the field, standing alone with his right hand over his heart. The Steelers tried to explain that their decision was not politically motivated. But do they really believe that their approach — two days after Trump used crass language in a speech at a campaign rally in Alabama to urge owners to fire any NFL player who protests by refusing to stand for the anthem — could be separated from politics?

Trump shows no inclination to let this go anytime soon. As he left the White House on Wednesday afternoon for a trip to Indianapolis to talk about tax reform, he stopped on the way to Marine One to answer questions from reporters, including on the NFL.
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Garoppolo was half a season away from almost assuredly pocketing upward of $20 million dollars guaranteed for 228 career snaps.

One can debate the merits of their reported trade for Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron all you want, but agreeing on a trade and then forgetting to report it to the NFL is going to put you on this list. It’s simply bad business and only further polarized the public perception around the franchise.
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Former Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles is one of the best stories in this draft. He had a difficult early life, getting kicked out or suspended from five different schools as a teenager and even spent some time in jail. He was eventually kicked out of his house when he was in high school but was taken in by his former lacrosse coach under fairly strict guidelines.

Spurs point guard Tony Parker met with Gregg Popovich before Sunday’s loss to the Pacers, and Popovich told him he thought it was time to go with someone else in the starting lineup. Parker came off the bench for the 21st time in his career.

On Nov. 22, Popovich said that he had never encountered a quadriceps issue like the one Leonard is experiencing.
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What’s really strange is that Tony Parker has the same injury, but even worse, Popovich told reporters. Parker ruptured a left quadriceps tendon in the Western Conference playoffs in May, a far more severe injury, and returned to the Spurs’ lineup nearly seven months later.

Leonard made his season debut on Dec. 12, scoring 13 points in 16 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs kept Leonard on a minutes restriction and held him out of back-to-back games until Leonard sustained a strained left shoulder on Jan. 5 against the Phoenix Suns.
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Reid is closely aligned with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the players’ protest movement last season. Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem prior to games in protest of racial inequality in the United States and the treatment of African Americans by the police. Reid joined Kaepernick in those protests and has continued them this season.

Reid has said he believes that Kaepernick’s original message in the protests has been lost during a 2017 NFL season in which Trump sharply criticized protesting players and the NFL’s response to the protests, sparking a national debate revolving around issues of patriotism and freedom of expression.
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Kaepernick has remained unsigned this season after opting out of his contract with the 49ers following last season. He has filed a grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding to keep him out of the league.

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Griffin’s explanation for why he’s sitting out is peculiar, though, since the former NFL rookie of the year had previously said he was being kept out of the league, aligning his situation with Colin Kaepernick’s plight.

A federal appeals court denied a request by the NFL Players Association to keep Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension on hold, a development that potentially clears the way for the NFL to enforce its six-game ban of the standout running back for the Dallas Cowboys. The suspension would start with Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, pending yet another appeal.

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That’s where the strategy comes in. Do you choose a big favorite, such as the New England Patriots to beat the Kansas City Chiefs, and risk not having them for the rest of the season, or do you play it safe(r) and go with the Pittsburgh Steelers in their matchup against the Cleveland Browns?

The key is a balance of the two, using aggressive, but logical, plays each week in an effort to win the pool, not merely survive week to week.
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We know, too, that most Republicans are white and that most black Americans are Democrats (though most Democrats, too, are white). How strong is the relationship, then, between partisan and racial tension?

Pew asked Americans how they felt about a number of values-based questions ranging from views on immigrants to the nature of success in America. The pollsters found that the differences in responses between Democrats and Republicans was much wider than those between men and women, blacks and whites or people who did or didn’t regularly attend church services.

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Tom Brady was limited in practice Wednesday due to an injury in his throwing hand.

According to the Boston Herald, a teammate ran into Brady in practice, jamming his hand.

Miami led by double digits before halftime, but the game stayed close throughout most of the second half. It was tied with about three minutes left when Harden hit a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired. That was the start of a 7-2 run that made it 95-90 with 38 seconds left.

James Johnson missed a 3-pointer on the other end, but Miami’s Hassan Whiteside grabbed the rebound. Harden blocked his layup, and Houston added a dunk by Clint Capela with 18 seconds left.

Ramsay has stated that the Jaguars, already winners of two playoffs games this year, will go on to win the Super Bowl. The defending champion Patriots aren’t ready to concede just yet.

If you’re going to make a statement like that, you better be able to back it up, Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. It’s a bold statement to make. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But like I said, be humble or be humbled. That’s all I can really say about that.

The Jaguars are set to play in their first AFC championship since 1999 at New England, where the Patriots will be playing in their seventh straight AFC championship.

Toby Hegner chipped in 16 points for Creighton (16-5, 6-3 Big East). It was Foster’s 11th 20-plus game this season and 35th of his career.

Simon had 17 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals for St. John’s (10-11, 0-9), which has lost seven of those conference games by seven points or fewer. Shamorie Ponds, who leads the team in scoring at 20.7 points per game, was just 3-for-11 shooting and scored seven points.patriots_144_5ea496525832b01a-180x180

The Raiders fired head coach Jack Del Rio following Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, opening the door further for the pursuit of Gruden.

Since January 1967, there have been a total of 51 Super Bowls played, and the Vikings and Eagles have combined to win exactly zero of those.
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The first step toward ending that drought will take place on Sunday when the two teams meet in Philadelphia with a trip to Super Bowl LII on the line. Although the Vikings pulled off a miracle win in the divisional round, the true miracle would be if they actually won in the NFC Championship.
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The Falcons made sure to lock up a big piece of their offense on Wednesday, inking running back Devonta Freeman to a new extension that is worth more than $8.5 million per year. That’s great news for Freeman, who was concerned about getting paid as far back as last year’s Super Bowl. It’s also great news because he topped the current running back market, getting more than LeSean McCoy over the life of his contract.

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The quick version of it is this: Brady and Belichick are both ruthless and proud self-made men, both secure though still unfinished in their legacies, as described in the article.
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Things have finally come to a head over four main issues 锟斤拷 the role of Brady’s personal trainer and business partner, Alex Guerrero; the succession plan at quarterback; Belichick’s coaching style; and irreconcilable differences over who’s responsible for the team’s unprecedented success over the years.

Brady’s insistence in recent years that he’ll play into his 40s stems from his relationship with Guerrero, his various training and lifestyle methods, and, as our own Matt Ufford called it, the pseudoscientific grift that Brady and Guerrero have built into a lifestyle business.

The faith Brady espouses in his program and its impact on his career has led to other players feeling pressured to turn to Guerrero and the TB12 method. For some it’s worked fine. Others describe it like a cult.
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The Minnesota Vikings are still one win away from having a Super Bowl at home in U.S. Bank Stadium, but Las Vegas bookmakers already are considering the unique possibility. While the Vikings would technically be the away team as the NFC representative, how much of a home-field advantage would they have and how would it be reflected in the point spread?

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It’s hard to quantify, and it’s something we’ve never had to talk about before, but it’s an interesting conversation, John Murray, oddsmaker and manager at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook said on the Behind The Bets podcast Wednesday. I [think] it’s worth about a point.

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