The Wizards have no intention of letting Porter walk

The Nets have long been rumored to be willing to pay up for Porter. The Wizards caught a break when the Mavericks traded for Nerlens Noel, another restricted free agent, because Dallas intends to make him an offer in the max range — the Mavs had intended to pursue Porter. League sources suggest the Magic and Sixers will also consider making offers for Porter.

The Wizards have no intention of letting Porter walk, but they’ll have to overpay to keep him. Even if Porter accepts a deal in the range of what Beal makes over five seasons (the Wizards can give him one more year than other teams, so he would make five years and about $115-120 million in that case), the team will be setting itself up to pay its top three players $65-70 million per year. That number will spike when Wall gets an extension.

…hate in America, especially for African Americans, is living every day, said James, whose Cavaliers take on the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday at 9 p.m.. ET. And even though that it’s concealed most of the time, even though people hide their faces and will say things about you and when they see you they smile in your face, it’s a life every single day.
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Authentic Mens Scott Tolzien Jersey Minnesota made those changes in the offseason, signing Riley Reiff to replace Matt Kalil at left tackle, bringing in right tackle Mike Remmers, and drafting center Pat Elflein in the third round. The line was plagued by injuries last year, when the Vikings were forced to use eight different starting combinations. If the new faces stay healthy — injures haven’t dogged them so far in their careers — they should be able to build some continuity together.

They also added some much-needed firepower at running back. Latavius Murray joined the team during free agency and the Vikings drafted Florida State’s Dalvin Cook in the second round. Cook is an explosive and versatile weapon out of the backfield, while Murray is capable of grinding out yards and moving the chains. Those two should be a massive upgrade over the McKinnon/Asiata duo.

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Prescott still did something of which few rookie QBs could ever dream. Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a 13-0 record as rookie, and it looked liked they would never lose as a strong No. 1 seed, all the way through the Super Bowl. Then they ran into Tom Brady and the Patriots, a QB at the top of his game on an elite, playoff-experienced team.

Guess what happened one postseason later. Pittsburgh, as a No. 6 wild-card, rebounded to win it all, led by Roethlisberger’s strong play vs. the AFC field.

Since then, Roethlisberger has added a ring and padded his reputation as a big, athletic, mentally- and physically-tough quarterback who plays his best when the Steelers are doing some strong running.

Because somehow Prescott defied logic by immediately being wiser beyond his years and began ahead of Romo, he made us believe he should already be accomplishing more veteran-like winning things. He’s still 23, just getting warmed up in this league, in these playoffs just like his backfield mate, Elliott.

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He was the guy early in the run

Last year, Klay Thompson averaged 24.4 points in the playoffs while shooting 44 percent from the field, and 42 percent from 3-point range. So far this postseason, he has struggled as a shooter, averaging 14.4 points while shooting 38 percent from the field and just 36 percent from 3-point range.

Obviously adding in Durant will make an impact on Thompson, but a drop of 10 points per game is pretty significant. And the fact he’s not making shots at the pace he used to should be very concerning. But Thompson isn’t worried about his shooting woes, at least not until the Warriors start losing games.

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Being a top co-option on a loaded team lengthened Kareem’s career. He was the guy early in the run, and by the time he was done, there was a smooth transition for the Lakers to become Magic’s team.
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Jordan, even with what LeBron James is doing now, has most still in his corner as the best NBA player ever. But it took having another all-time great at small forward to start turning his stellar play into championships. While Jordan was the fearless shooter, Pippen did much of the dirty work and was always there to come through when Jordan couldn’t.

In addition to their solid offensive play, Jordan and Pippen were also two of the league’s most dominant defenders during the Bulls’ run. Given the number of titles together and a perfect series record in the NBA Finals, it will be a while before anyone can topple this most dynamic duo.

NBA suspends Pistons’ Reggie Bullock, Pacers’ Monta Ellis for drug violations

The NBA has suspended Pistons swingman Reggie Bullock and guard Monta Ellis of the Pacers five games each for violating terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

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Lowdown: This is the only four-peat in the series, and it’s part of the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. This four-part series with a seven-game series that ended on John Havlicek’s steal to preserve a 110-109 Game 7 victory. The Celtics won in five games the following season and marched on to an eighth straight NBA championship in Red Auerbach’s final year as head coach. Hal Greer and Chamberlain led a five-game win for Philadelphia in 1966-67 en route to a championship, but the Celtics won the final installment in seven games.

Lowdown: We’re confident Cavs-Warriors III will be every bit as riveting as the first two chapters given Golden State adds Kevin Durant to the mix. How could you argue? The Warriors won Part I with 26.0 points per game form Stephen Curry, though LeBron James stole the show by nearly averaging a triple-double without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Golden State set a NBA record with 73 regular-season wins the following season, but the Cavs broke Cleveland’s 52-year pro sports championship drought in spectacular fashion by rallying from a 3-1 deficit behind James.

Tramaine Brock Elite Jersey Both teams appear to be at full strength. This is the best possible trilogy in three consecutive seasons and has the look of a rivalry that could stretch a few more years. How many sequels will we get?

The Colts gave quarterback Andrew Luck a six-year, $140 million contract last summer

Irsay interviewed Colts vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III and said it was a tough decision to pick Ballard over Raye.

Chris’s enthusiasm rubs off quickly, Irsay said. I know that his optimism is going to turn into reality.

The Colts gave quarterback Andrew Luck a six-year, $140 million contract last summer. Grigson blamed Luck’s contract for the lack of overall depth on the roster. Ballard will place a priority on building a complete roster.

Andrew is a great player, but it will never be about one guy, Ballard said. It’s about all 53 men in that locker room, 63 including the practice squad. It will always be about the team. Is he a good piece, absolutely, but it will always be about the 53 men in that locker room.

It has lost a little luster with both teams suffering upset losses this week, but Kentucky-Kansas is as good as it gets for college basketball before the month of March. Look for this matchup of top five bluebloods to deliver the second-biggest rating of the season on any network, behind only Kentucky-North Carolina in December. Prediction: 2.0.

Saturday’s final will not come close given the middle-of-the-night start time, the other-side-of-the-world location, and the lower stakes Serena was going for the calendar grand slam that year. Still, expect biggest rating for the Australian Open women’s final since it moved to 3:30 a.m. ET in 2009. Prediction: 0.6.

Also for an unexpected ninth time, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet in the final of a major. Once the biggest rivalry in tennis, Federer-Nadal moved the needle like nothing else in men’s tennis. The last time they met in the Australian Open final, their five-set thriller in 2009 had a 0.8 rating quite strong for the 3 AM window. Expect comparable numbers this time around. Prediction: 0.7.falcons_010

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith trolls Cowboys fans as Skip Bayless mourns on FS1

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Monday’s most ridiculous TV in the wake of the Cowboys 34-31 loss to the Packers came from Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless.

The NFL’s partner TV networks aren’t the only ones who ride the Cowboys for every last TV viewer and rating point. The two former debate partners on ESPN2’s First Take now Smith’s show on ESPN while Bayless stars on FS1’s Undisputed are both all-Cowboys, all the time on their dueling morning shows.

If Peterson is remains on the roster through March 11, he’ll receive a $6-million bonus. He’s set to earn $11.75 million in base salary in 2017.

All three cities seem like viable landing spots.

The Giants won 11 games in the regular season before, falling to the Giants in a wild-card matchup in the playoffs, but there rushing attack ranked 29th among 32 NFL teams, failing to find much consistency in a backfield that primarily featured veteran Rashard Jennings and rookie Paul Perkins.

Bucs running back Doug Martin returned from injury in 2014, and finish as the No. 2 rusher in the league behind Peterson with 1,402 yards the next season. He struggled through myriad ailments this past season, seeing action in just half Tampa Bay’s games. He must serve a four-game suspension after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Backup Jacquizz Rodgers, a favorite of head coach Dirk Koetter, is a free agent and third-down specialist Charles Sims is recovery from injury.
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The Texans’ passing game languished, averaging just 190 yards a contest, despite the additions of big-money free-agent signee quarterback Brock Osweiler and first-round draft choice Will Fuller to go along with standout DeAndre Hopkins. Adding Peterson to a backfield that already includes 1,000-plus yard rusher Lamar Miller would make a viable 1-2 punch for the defending AFC South champions next season.

Packers use Legos to recreate thrilling win over Cowboys

Everything is better in Lego form, just ask the Packers, who used Legos to recreate the best moments from Sunday’s 34-31 win over the Cowboys, that advancedGreen Bay to the NFC Championship.
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That wasn’t conventional. It wasn’t conventional when early in my career I struggled to get on the field and here I am this weekend as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and knocking on that door. So, there’s a lot of things in my life that haven’t been conventional. I think I appreciate that Jed was willing to think outside the box and we just had a number of great conversations and you could feel the momentum building each time that we got together and finally when we actually got together in person and it just felt right. We asked a lot of tough questions. We took ourselves through that exercise. I did because I had to make a decision in a real hurry. I didn’t need the job. I had a really good job at FOX that I was very happy with, but every time we got together I could check another box and I presume Jed could check another box towards maybe this could become a reality, and it did.

Noah Syndergaard’s stubbornness is the dumbest thing in baseball this week

We knew the Mets’ No. 1 starter is extremely talented. We knew that his ceiling is the roof. We knew that he could have led a rotation to playoff glory.

But now we know he’s as stubborn as a coupon-wielding customer at Shop Rite.

Syndergaard saying Thursday that he has no regrets in declining his MRI is just the latest in a long line of minor, petty but detrimental offenses from him in the past six months. Let’s run down the timeline.

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Authentic Kids Spencer Drango Jersey The biggest thing that Dex did for me was off the field, he said. My first trip, I think it was in Washington, we went to a mall and I went to the store and I went to pay for something. Dexter said, ‘No, I’m going to take care of this for you.’ And he didn’t have to, but it was his way of saying welcome to the big leagues.

Rumors eventually came that the Orioles had signed him to a three-year, $33 million deal, which was well below the market for a player of Fowler’s caliber. But the next day, he showed up at camp in Mesa, Ariz., to surprise his Cubs teammates. Fowler had turned down the three-year offer from Baltimore to take what would end up being a one-year, $8 million deal with the Cubs.

Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards and also set game records with 43 completions and 62 attempts.

“I just had to run through one guy and find a way to get in there,” White said after the game. “I saw a crease. You have to find a way to make a play for your team at that point in the game. That’s what you dream about as a kid. It was an amazing comeback by our team and I’m just proud to be a part of it.

“It hasn’t really set in,” White added. “Honestly it’s all very surreal right now. It is just a great team victory. You couldn’t even write this script. You could never imagine it. We just went out there and got a great team victory.”

White also said it was “surreal” to set a Super Bowl record for receptions and then score the game-winning touchdown.

“What’d he have, three touchdowns tonight? It was unbelievable,” Brady said after the game. “What a hell of a game he played. It was awesome.

“He’s just everything you want in a teammate and a football player — dependable, consistent, durable. The best attitude, brings it every day and we just kept going to him. So I think that speaks for itself.”

Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards and also set game records with 43 completions and 62 attempts.

“I hope the next time you’re in court is when you sign the dismissal papers,” Ca?as told him.

If and when that happens, Manziel would have a better chance of convincing an NFL team to give him one more shot in the league after sitting out all of 2016. Even if that happens, he likely would have to serve a significant suspension — reportedly six games — before being allowed to play.

But those criteria are still more palatable to Manziel than simply walking away, so he figures to do whatever he can to at least get a chance to prove himself.texans_133

I have worked hard to build an expertise in two different fields

While there is no salary cap crunch on the horizon, the Seahawks will need to begin planning for their next series of big extensions. This past year they were willing to extend 31-year-old Michael Bennett to a $9.8 million per year extension. Bennett, at the time of signing, had one game remaining in 2016, the playoffs, and a full season in 2017 under contract with the Seahawks. That decision should open the door for a number of critical Seahawks who will be free agents in 2019 to seek extensions late in the year.

At the top of that list should be star cornerback Richard Sherman, who will earn $11 million in 2018 before becoming eligible for free agency. Sherman is a tier one player at a very high priced position and should look to surpass the totals of Darrelle Revis and Josh Norman to become the highest paid corner in the NFL. Earl Thomas is arguably the best player on the defense and the team struggled when he was out of the lineup with an injury. Thomas will also likely look to be the highest paid safety in the NFL if he returns to form.
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Especially when there are hundreds of behind-the-scenes producers, directors and assistants working 24/7 to put a good product on the air.
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That’s probably one reason for the departure of longtime baseball analyst John Kruk, who didn’t like his golf game being interrupted by phone calls from producers.

Sporting News reached out to Young and ESPN for their reactions to the Bloomberg profile. Young said in a statement that, contrary to what was written, both jobs are important to him.

“I participated in this story to encourage athletes to think about their futures because I want to inspire them to think this way. I have worked hard to build an expertise in two different fields, and I am proud of that.