Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics) with a dunk vs the Toronto Raptors, 09/07/2020
What you may not have noticed is that the Raptors' unique defense is consistently exploiting a blind spot of NBA officiating: the defensive three-second violation. As NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh laid out in his latest column, defensive three seconds is one of the most overlooked calls in the NBA -- especially at the end of games. According to The Pudding's examination of the league's Last Two Minute reports, there were 141 defensive three-second violations in the last two minutes of close games between 2015 and 2018, and only one was called.
The Broncos are scrambling for a replacement for Von Miller, and at least one of their options has told them “No, thanks.” According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former Rams and Packers linebacker Clay Matthews sent word to the Broncos he was not going to play. There was a report of interest from the Seahawks in early August, otherwise things have been quiet in terms of Matthews actually playing again.
The Six Nations sides plus Fiji and Georgia will play a makeshift rugby tournament in November and December. Ireland vs. Wales in Dublin on Nov. 13 will start the Autumn Nations Cup, which replaces the usual tours of Europe by southern hemisphere and Asia teams. Travel restrictions in the coronavirus pandemic have canceled every tour.
LeBron James admits his determination to remain at the peak of his powers at 35 is even annoying his wife in the NBA's Orlando bubble. The Los Angeles Lakers' 112-102 Game 3 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday was the 162nd postseason victory James has been a part of, a number that takes him past Derek Fisher for the most playoff wins in NBA history. James was paramount to a victory that put the Lakers 2-1 up in the series as he had 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and had four blocks in one quarter.
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (at Minnesota Vikings) 13) Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (at Atlanta Falcons) 14) Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (at Washington Football Team) 15) Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals (at San Francisco 49ers) 16) Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Cleveland Browns) As the 2020 NFL season progresses, I expect the Ravens to rely increasingly more on rookie RB J.K. Dobbins to spell the 30-yer-old Ingram. To start the season, however, I see Ingram receiving the majority of work in this backfield.
Talib reveals why he turned down Belichick's offer to rejoin Patriots originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Aqib Talib has officially retired from the NFL, even though the New England Patriots were interested in bringing him back to Foxboro for the 2020 NFL season. Talib was acquired by the Patriots in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2012 season, and he played in New England through the 2013 campaign before signing with the Denver Broncos in free agency. The veteran cornerback played with the Los Angeles Rams over the last two seasons, and on Wednesday he announced his retirement.
Call it one last pass in San Diego for Philip Rivers. The longtime Chargers quarterback, who joined the Indianapolis Colts this offseason after 16 years with the Bolts, has sold his home in gated Santaluz for $3.675 million. Originally listed in April for $4.199 million, the Spanish-style home's price was cut to $3.699 million in June before catching an offer six weeks later.
Cowboys fans and players alike spent most of the uneasy summer months wondering how the team's front office would handle the matter of players demonstrating and protesting social issues prior to NFL games this fall. Now that franchise owner Jerry Jones has weighed in to support his players, the president's son has also jumped in with an opinion sure to keep the debate raging as Week 1 approaches. As for the league's most visible owner, he admitted Tuesday that fans abandoning America's Team over any protests that take place during the national anthem would be “a huge issue.”
Unfortunately, it's against a Steelers Defense that allowed by far the fewest quarterback fantasy points in 2019. That was due in large part to teams not having to pass against a noncompetitive Steelers Offense, but that elite D did not get worse over the offseason. Jimmy Garoppolo was the QB22 by average points last season.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was listed on the first Dolphins injury report of the year as fully participating in practice despite a hip injury. Presumably, it's the same hip injury that he suffered last season at Alabama. Limited in practice for the Dolphins on Wednesday were tight end Mike Gesicki (glute), cornerback Xavien Howard (knee), cornerback Byron Jones (achilles), receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring), linebacker Kyle Van Noy (hand), and receiver Preston Williams (knee).
All of the listed players are rostered in under 60 percent of Yahoo leagues (at time of writing) and/or are a significant value in our daily fantasy game. The stink of being bumped by Baker during his tenure with the Browns continues to follow Taylor around like Eeyore's rain cloud. Taylor found fantasy relevance from 2015-2017 as the Bills starting QB, never finishing outside of the top 19 players at the position (QB16 in 2015, QB13 in 2016, QB19 in 2017).
Why would the Texans take on the albatross contract of David Johnson, a player seemingly on a downward spiral at this point in his career? The Texans quickly flipped their own second-round selection, 57th overall, to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for the often-traded Brandin Cooks. Cooks, the recipient of four 1,000-yard seasons from 2015-2018, was lauded as a similarly priced downgrade to Hopkins.
When the NFL schedule was released in May, we highlighted the top 10 must-watch games. Tom Brady will be playing his first game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the first time he will have suited up for anyone but the New England Patriots since he was at the University of Michigan. Brady's Buccaneers will be facing the New Orleans Saints, who have Super Bowl dreams after three straight playoff heartbreaks.
Christian McCaffrey was a one-man wrecking crew and one-man league-winner in 2019, putting together a fantasy season for the ages. The question is, can he come close to repeating it, considering top-overall running back finishers rarely repeat in fantasy? Or will someone else topple him from the top?
Scottie Pippen's 11-season run with the Chicago Bulls in the late '80s and '90s, during which time the team racked up six NBA championships, may be long behind him, but this summer, fans could relive his glory days by watching the ESPN documentary The Last Dance. In the backyard, Pippen shows off his pool (complete with a water slide), his grill, the outdoor television which ensures he never misses a basketball game, and even a putting green, where he practices chipping. Of course, cold Chicago winters mean indoor activities are a must, and Pippen's house features an amenity-laden basement complete with a wine cellar, movie theater (his favorite flick is Die Hard), a small gym area, a sauna, an air hockey table and vintage Mrs. Pac-Man game, and to top it all off, an indoor basketball court.
But here we are. The Kansas City Chiefs will kick off their Super Bowl title defense on Thursday night against the Houston Texans, ending the longest offseason any of us have experienced. That's a beautiful thing.
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The Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and basketball community gathered on Wednesday morning to remember legendary Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson Jr. at St. Augustine Church in Northwest D.C. with some of the biggest names in the sport flocking to the city to pay their respects. A number of Hoya all-stars were seen in the city Wednesday morning for Thompson's funeral, arriving at the church to honor the Hall-of-Fame coach who passed away at the end of August at the age of 78. Allen Iverson and Patrick Ewing, two former players under Thompson who were especially close to him, were the first spotted at the church.
Clayton Kershaw answered the question like he was ordering a coffee, his matter-of-fact tone belying the bluntness of his words. What did the Dodgers ace think of Major League Baseball's new extra-inning rules, where teams start each frame with a runner at second base? “I mean, it's not real baseball,” Kershaw said with an ironic grin.
Just about any prediction this year qualifies as a bold prediction, but specific to the Washington Football Team, so little is known that it's almost easy to get bold. Antonio Gibson leads the team in touches - This seemed much more bold before Adrian Peterson was cut, but I wrote it then too. Gibson won't lead the team in catches, and he won't lead the running backs in catches either (that will be J.D. McKissic), but Gibson will dominate in catches and carries.