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Atlanta made the playoffs this season, but failed to make another deep run. Despite taking a step back offensively, owner Arthur Blank is optimistic his teammake it back to the Super Bowl soon, and this time finish the deal.

Gronkowski said Sunday night his recent brain trauma wasn’t factoring into his thinking. That could change when Gronkowski looks at the bigger picture.

Gronkowski, too, might be influenced by how the Patriots plan to approach his contract situation this offseason. A retirement threat could not only be used as leverage if New England is seeking another incentive-laden restructure, but also to angle for a raise from the $9 million and $10 million salaries Gronk is set to earn the next two seasons.

What we do know for sure: Gronk has options.

ccording to ESPN, Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave McDaniels a raise to remain as New England’s OC and wanted to burn the Colts for starting the Deflategate saga.

In the past 48 hours, Patriots owner Robert Kraft began talking with Josh McDaniels and ultimately wound up sweetening his contract, helping to entice him to remain in New England, per sources. Bill Belichick has his OC back.

McDaniels, 41, has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Patriots since 2012, and held the same job in New England from 2006-08 before landing the head job with the Broncos for the 2009 season. He went just 11-17 before being fired midway through his second season in Denver.

The Colts officially cancelled McDaniels’ introductory press conference at 8:40 p.m. ET Tuesday and released a statement on the situation.

“After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team,” the statement read. “Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field.”nike-youth-cardinals-017

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red_wings_010Now they travel on the road to face the NFC South champion Jacksonville Jaguars, who are also in the playoffs for the first time this decade. Both teams will be looking for an elusive postseason win at 1 p.m. ET on CBS (live streams at CBS All-Access and FuboTV).

The Bills had to wait until the last game of Week 17 to find out their playoff fate. They easily took care of the Miami Dolphins but needed the Cincinnati Bengals to upset the Baltimore Ravens so they could get the No. 6 seed by tiebreakers. After a dramatic last-minute touchdown by the Bengals, the Bills finally got to celebrate, reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

How far Jacksonville goes in the playoffs will depend on which Blake Bortles shows up. Bortles played pretty well in late November and early December as the Jags sewed up a division title, but he fell back into old bad habits during their losing streak. The good news is that he’s getting Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee back from injury, while rookie running back Leonard Fournette will be counted on to carry the load in the backfield.

The Titans would then seal the victory, and Chiefs fans were not celebrating.

“I don’t think he realizes how far he’s come,” Prewitt says.

There is still far to go. Alabama failed to win the SEC championship for the first time in Fitzpatrick’s career. A dozen players left for the NFL last year, including six defensive starters, and the group that remained suffered injuries to three key linebackers. The rematch with Clemson, which will come on New Year’s Day in the Sugar Bowl, will pit the Tide against a surging team with the only defense that rivals its own. If Alabama prevails, Oklahoma or Georgia awaits.

And that’s just the next three weeks. Soon Fitzpatrick will have to decide whether to return for his senior year or declare for the NFL draft. The choice seems easy—he would be a top pick, putting him in line for an eight-figure deal—but he maintains he has not made it.

There still is, to some folks in Pittsburgh, worry about whether that much time off might lead the Steelers to being rusty against whomever they play in the AFC semis. Coach Mike Tomlin is not one of those concerned.

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Tom Savage’s season is over.

The Texans placed the fourth-year quarterback on injured reserve Saturday.

Savage has not played since suffering a concussion against the 49ers Dec. 10. He was hit by 49ers linebacker Elvis Dumervil on a third-down pass during the second quarter of a 26-16 loss at NRG Stadium. Savage briefly returned to the game before he was replaced by T.J. Yates for the remainder of the contest.

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I was kind of oblivious to what the NFL was.Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.We put ourselves a bit of a hole at the beginning of the season, but right now, we’ve been playing some pretty good hockey and we’ve got to keep that going.Police say witnesses told them 47-year-old Hastings was driving a northbound Honda Accord north, preparing to turn right off of Puryear Drive onto Cobb Drive.We’d like to be able to call or text you to provide helpful information about products and services.Oakland’s defensive line hasn’t gotten much of a push up the middle, nor have they applied any real sustained pressure to opposing quarterbacks.

After much deliberation and hesitation, the plaintiff reported the alleged rape to the San Jose Police Department in May 2016. According to the Mercury News, the District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and rejected it in 2016 for insufficient evidence.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday also includes claims of gender violence, infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

Hayne struggled to find his form with the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League following a stint with the 49ers. He is currently playing in Sydney with his original team, the Parramatta Eels.

The Packers have expressed an interest re-signing Guion, who started every game last at defensive tackle.This way, he’d have something on tape for NFL scouts to .It’s a different culture and I’m happy to be a part of it.If Schmidt actually did what people think he did, he didn’t seem to care all that much.

Yeah, says with a chuckle.Is there ever a circumstance where Sproles should have a heavier workload on the ground than Mathews?money better be there.Hill possesses the same type of physique, speed – he posted a time of 4 seconds the 40-yard dash – and skills as .
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They haven’t had enough shooting or intuitive passers to manufacture better looks. Avery Bradley is an upgrade over Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but he’s still more of one-dribble-pull-up guy than a drive-and-kick penetrator. No one is going to respect Stanley Johnson and Tobias Harris from deep — assuming Van Gundy sticks with that starting forward combo.

This is really about Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond. If they bounce back, the Pistons probably return to the playoffs. If they stink again, this team is going to look very different a year from now.

Take a look at the Hawks’ roster and you’ll see a lot of new, unproven faces. In fact, several of them (Taurean Prince, Dewayne Dedmon, John Collins) you probably haven’t heard of unless you follow the NBA closely, and each of those three listed above are expected to play prominent roles this season. That’s what makes a proven veteran scorer, 3-point shooter and rebounder like Ilyasova an attractive option in the later rounds. Someone aside from Schroder is going to have to score for this team, and there’s a good chance that’s going to be the 30-year-old Ilyasova (13.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.7 3PG in 2016-17). Sign me up!

Sorry, Kyrie, but it seems impossible that anything could be as crazy as this past summer. But Ainge won’t be opposed if his players find a way to make the season as interesting as the construction of this new-look roster.tigers_053-115x115

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The Raptors’ sluggish performance in Monday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals was nothing new, but at least it was better than the effort the Spurs displayed in a home rout to the Rockets.

Toronto dropped to 1-12 in playoff openers after falling 116-105 in Cleveland as they failed to stop LeBron James (35 points) and Kyrie Irving (24). The Raptors pulled within seven points in the third quarter before James knocked down a 3-pointer, converted a three-point play, then hit another jumper and considered washing it down with a beer.

As Lowry said, winning a ring is an important factor in his decision, but at the end of the day, you can’t ignore the money. That’s where the Raptors have an edge, as they can offer him a larger contract — five years, $205 million compared to four years, $152 million.

Although when asked if money will be in his decision-making process, Lowry said it’s not on his mind at the moment.

“I haven’t thought about any of that,” he said Monday. “Honestly, what I’ve thought about is, yes, I’ll opt out, and how I need to get better as a basketball player. That’s all I’ve thought about. And that I want a ring. That’s all that drives me.”

A ring could be possible with the Spurs, but it’s looking more unlikely with the Raptors. Expect Lowry to consider a shift to the other conference, but just because he’s thinking about it doesn’t mean he’ll jump. There are still plenty of good reasons to remain in Toronto.

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The Chicago Bears surprised us all during the NFL draft by moving up one spot to No. 2 overall to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Yet the Bears had an idea of drafting him all along, but carried out measures to keep it a secret.

Five members of the Bears — GM Ryan Pace, head coach John Fox, director of player personnel Josh Lucas, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, and quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone — made the trip to Chapel Hill to evaluate Trubisky, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown — where players competed in games like dodgeball, precision passing, wide receiver drone drop, and a relay race — was even better than the game itself.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry made quick work of the Best Hands challenge. The Power Relay, where players had to work together to lift up a 250-pound wall and pull a 700-pound sled, ended with a running back smashing through a wall.

But the best event of the Skills Showdown had to be dodgeball. The NFC won, and Ezekiel Elliott was pretty pumped about it:

The NFL hosted the Pro Bowl in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium for 30 straight years, starting in 1979. With the exception of a move to Miami’s Sun Life Stadium in 2009 and Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium in 2014, the Pro Bowl remained in Hawaii until the move to Orlando in 2017.

Despite low expectations, last season’s Pro Bowl was more exciting than we thought it’d be. Here’s hoping the second Pro Bowl in Orlando is even better.

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The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Joe Mixon, a running back out of Oklahoma who punched a woman in college and broke bones in her face, in the second round. Bengals owner Mike Brown personally approved the pick, while “about half of the boards” of teams around the league did not even include Mixon due to the incident, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Then, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that an anonymous survey taken of all 32 teams, “only four said they would consider drafting” Mixon.

Dallas Cowboys legend Drew Pearson announced the team’s No. 60 overall pick and he was more than happy to get the boos from the Philadelphia fans in attendance. He got so into it he started yelling over it, thanking them for his long and successful career in Dallas and rubbing in the fact that the Cowboys have five Super Bowl titles. It was an incredible pick announcement, one of the best in NFL Draft history.

Oh and the Cowboys took a very, very good player in Chidobe Awuzie, a cornerback out of Colorado.

No one is really sure who the best quarterback prospect is in 2017. Trubisky is a popular pick to be the first passer off the board, but he only has one season as a starter. Watson led Clemson to a national championship, but his dual-threat game may be difficult to translate to the NFL. DeShone Kizer raises similar concerns — just without the sustained team success.

Patrick Mahomes is quickly rising up draft boards thanks to a tremendous spring. He led the FBS in passing yards in 2016, but he did so for Texas Tech, a program with a rich history of aerial brilliance and NFL flameouts.

Each of the draft’s top quarterbacks has major question marks surrounding his viability as a franchise passer. The need for a steady hand behind center has elevated all four to potential first-round status, but this group pales in comparison to the draft classes we saw in 2015 (Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota) and 2014 (Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo).
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2014’s NBA playoffs rendition of Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” is without a doubt in this world the best intro song ever made. The lyrics were flawlessly stupid and three years later we still remember it in all its glory.

Before we are introduced to 2017’s hit, let’s take a look at some of the most memorable ensembles of the past five years.

Execution: This was definitely the best theme song in terms of it actually being a good song. The graphics were corny but also ahead of their time so no complaints there. This was certainly good, but forgettable in terms of the video. Could have used some dancing athletes.

Execution: Somehow this 2013 video looks and feels like it was made 30 years ago and I’m here for it. The Joakim Noah chest pounds, the LeBron moves, the excessive Howard dancing… Well done.

The Pacers, reluctant to leave Cleveland’s shooters open for three, were hesitant to give Teague help when he was isolated. This seek-and-destroy offense is nothing new for Cleveland — we’ve seen the Cavs employ this same tactic against Steph Curry and Isaiah Thomas.

If Indiana wants to steal Game 2 they’ll need to stop switching everything on defense, or bring over a double team to give poor Jeff Teague a break.
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Before Kevin Wilson’s time as the head coach at Indiana, his reputation was built on two major achievements.

The first was coordinating a spread offense at Northwestern that ran over Michigan’s defense and caught the attention of coaches and media everywhere. The next was coaching the legendary 2008 Oklahoma offense that changed the way everyone saw tempo.

The biggest question mark of them all with this decision is: What will the players do? There’s an ever-growing list of NHL players who have spoken out in support of professionals attending the Olympics. They include: Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, and Connor McDavid, just to name a few.

Now that the Olympics ship has sailed officially for the NHL, that puts players and owners in a rough spot. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said he supports Ovechkin’s decision to go play for Team Russia. Players like Erik Karlsson will have a rougher time, however, as Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk would only have allowed the Ottawa defenseman to go if he was playing for Team Canada.

Just after the news broke, the NHL sent out a memo that teams are not allowed to comment on individual player-by-player cases and that the league will “deal with it.” Reportedly, the NHL will block owners from giving permission to individual players.

A declining quarterback like Schaub facing an elevated pressure level is never a good recipe, and Keenum has likewise struggled in completing a mere 41 percent of his throws under pressure.

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Matt Ufford offers you fantasy advice on Aaron Rodgers, finding a sub for Jamaal Charles and more.
Schwartz did a tremendous job inheriting an 0-16 team and turning them into a playoff contender, if only for a season. He took on a poor roster and the team has added talent year-in and year-out. But the team imploded in 2017 and they didn’t get off to such a great start this season. The Lions want to win now, and the argument that put Schwartz on the hot seat was simple:

Go back. Go back further and you’ll find that Bubba Kush, the marijuana that the numbers tell us is Bowe’s cannabis of choice, was not developed in a lab in California. It was known, then, by the name Gainesville Green. Gainesville, as in the town in Florida that is home to the University of Florida. The same University of Florida that has a longstanding rivalry with Louisiana State University, where we know that Bowe spent four years of his life in the middle of the last decade. Bowe played football there, for LSU’s Tigers. Bowe played, while at LSU, against the University of Florida Gators.

Those are facts. So are these: Dwayne Bowe was speeding in his car, late at night, to a Sonic that is widely known to be terrible. He had, in his car and possibly in his system, a strain of marijuana which he doubtless believed to be from California, but which actually had deeper roots elsewhere — roots in Bowe’s past, and in the sandy loam of a place with every reason to wish Bowe ill.

“It’s your basic Sonic restaurant. I’m only writing this review because they do not know basic food prep and cooking. I have never had hot or even warm french fries, tator (sic) tots or onion rings at this address.”

This, we’re asked to believe, is the food Dwayne Bowe wanted to eat that night.10

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