Hall of Fame Steelers owner Dan Rooney dies at age 84

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the death of owner and chairman Dan Rooney at age 84 on Thursday.

Rooney was the son of Art Rooney, the first owner of the team, and he eventually inherited the team, serving as its president from 1975 until 2002. His contributions to the sport of football and the NFL — which included the institution of the “Rooney Rule” and required minority candidates to be interviewed for coaching and executive positions — Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

“I didn’t put much stock into the offer,” his dad said to the Tampa Bay Times. “We politely said thanks but no thanks. He’s going to college.”

The five-star small forward will instead take the college route to the NBA, where he will likely be a one-and-done. He’s currently the No. 8 player in the class of 2017, according to 247sports.com, and also one of the top uncommitted recruits in the country. Duke, North Carolina, and Kentucky are getting most of the Crystal Ball predictions, but Knox won’t announce his decision until April 28 or May 1.

Since the age requirement for the NBA Draft was implemented in 2005, a small number of elite high school recruits have chosen to eschew college for a basketball gap-year after high school. Jennings was first when he chose to play in Italy in 2009, after his SAT scores had him deemed academically ineligible for the NCAA. He instead earned $1.2 million in contracts and endorsements that season, according to the New York Times.

Mudiay was the next notable recruit to follow, playing in the Chinese Basketball League after he graduated in 2014, earning a $1.2 million contract from the team. Though slightly different, last season, Thon Maker won a petition to enter the draft due to age, after spending a season at a prep school in Canada.
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They can bring the ball to the other side of the court and have Al Horford and Avery Bradley run a dribble handoff.

More recently, the Celtics have used Thomas to set an unsuspecting backscreen to free the power forward for a backdoor lob. The defense thinks Thomas is coming back to the ball like usual and are left unprepared for this wrinkle.

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These are passes that shouldnt exist. The awareness and confidence to even try this kind of pass is what makes Wall such a thrilling player.

The behind-the-back dribble is decent here, but look how much ground Leonard covers against Jerami Grant without going side to side.

Aaron Jones is one of the fastest risers among 2017 NFL Draft running back prospects. The UTEP product’s busy schedule is proof that he’s generating serious interest in the league.
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Jones will work out with the Houston Texans this week, a source tells Sporting News, adding that the 5-9, 208-pounder also has had workouts with the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.

the MVP race is a regular season award

“With that said, I’m focused on who’s here, and so I want to take this group and win the Super Bowl with this group that’s here. And then as we add pieces, we’ll hug them up and bring them in, just as a family, and treat them the same way that we do with all of our other teammates.”

The season is still more than four months away, but Carr joked that he had his wife tackle him a few times and wrestled with All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mack in the swimming pool to get him ready for the coming hits.

Jonathan Drouin Womens Jersey “It felt like a long process, but it flew by,” he said. “I’ve broken a lot of things. I’ve torn a lot of muscles. I’ve torn a lot of ligaments. Because this one happened at such a dramatic time, because it happened to where I couldn’t play the next couple of games, it’s kind of bigger than it was … for me, the mental side is easy to defeat because it’s me vs. me, and that’s going to be a win every time.
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“I did absolutely everything I could to make sure I came back better, like Kobe [Bryant] said, Come back better than ever. I wanted to make sure that thing was going to be a nonfactor when I started doing things again.”

Yes, the MVP race is a regular season award, but it鈥檚 hard to ignore the discussion when James Harden and Russell Westbrook face off in the first round. Simply put, James Harden outshined Westbrook in the series opener.

Geno Smith was independently terrible

Orchard Park was hit with 24-mph winds during the New York Jets’ upstate battle against the Buffalo Bills. The game’s opening kickoff fell like a rock when the ball initially appeared as if it would carry well into the end zone, and weather influenced the kicking games for both teams.
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Geno Smith was independently terrible, regardless of the wind, but the gusts did play a role. He had enough zip on a deep throw to Santonio Holmes, but the ball was caught in the wind and pulled back several yards. Holmes did an excellent job anticipating that the pass would be underthrown, adjusting and coming back to the ball to make the catch.

Ultimately, the Bills did a better job understanding the conditions. They asked E.J. Manuel to make smart short passes, and got a lot of luck on two touchdown catches. His second touchdown came on a deep throw to Marquise Goodwin, when the ball was caught by the wind and added distance to the pass, perfectly lofting it into the hands of the speedy receiver.
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Those against tend to agree with all the above, generally, but place far less of a premium on that final point. Instead, they point to a whole range of counterpoints that we can probably group together under the concept of flow.

In part, this is the flow of the game itself. There was just under a minute between Antoine Griezmann scoring his ‘goal’ for France and the referee, in consultation with VAR, ruling it out. During that minute, while the Spanish side stood around waiting, Griezmann had gone through his celebration and accepted the praise of his teammates, while the stadium announcer had boomed out “ANTOINE!” and received “GRIEZMANN!” in reply.

Kurt Russell led them to a gold medal over the Soviet Union

“It’s something we’re very proud of and humbled by the fact that the 30 other NFL teams have enough confidence is us to give us the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl,” Mara said. “It’s an obligation that we have to do a good job in making it the best possible week and game that we can. We’re looking forward to it, there’s a lot of work to be done and we think it’s going to be a great week, it’s going to be a great game.”

‘We’re very proud of and humbled by the fact that the 30 other NFL teams have enough confidence is us to give us the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl.’ – John Mara
“I think that we’re ready for anything that might come along. Obviously we’re used to dealing with all kinds of weather conditions in this area and we’ll be ready for anything. Certainly we hope we have nice weather, particularly on game day, but if not we’ll adjust accordingly and it will still end up being a great game,” Mara said.

Those weren’t NHL players. They were just college guys and amateurs. And Kurt Russell led them to a gold medal over the Soviet Union. What a moment!

I admit it sucks that NHL players won’t be at the Olympics. But doesn’t that kind of even the playing field a bit? Is Canada really a heavyweight if a bunch of kids from juniors are playing pros from Switzerland? Wouldn’t it be cool if College Star A from your college is playing for the gold medal in the Olympics? That’s grassroots interest that could be a great result of this decision.

Some players griped about young players not getting a chance at the Olympics now. Quite the opposite, actually! You’re only going to get young players from North America. Imagine the prospect development that comes out of playing on the biggest stage in the world before you even play a single NHL game.

“I think the overwhelming sentiment of the teams is that it’s very disruptive on the season and there is somewhere between fatigue and negativity on the subject,” Commissioner Bettman said at the conclusion of the General Managers’ meetings on March 8 in Boca Raton, Fla.
Somewhat ironic that they follow up opinions from fans with a Bettman quote about how the owners feel.
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Referees marred the second half of Gonzaga-North Carolina

The officials at the NCAA tournament’s national title game between North Carolina and Gonzaga have been under heavy criticism all Monday night. There were 44 fouls called in total, 22 on each side, and people are upset about it.

In turn, foul trouble marred the second half of the title game. In the final 10 minutes, Gonzaga had three big men playing with four fouls. (In the college game, five is a disqualification.) Przemek Karnowski, Zach Collins, and Johnathan Williams all had to tread carefully for a long time on the Gonzaga side. North Carolina center Kennedy Meeks picked up a dubious fourth foul with 9:42 left on the clock, too.

Without blaming anyone in particular, Mickelson said he wants tour officials to police the miscreants.

“I think it should be handled within the tour. I think that the tour should go to those players and say, ‘look, we’ve noticed you’ve been a little lax in how precise you’ve been in marking the ball. We’d like you to be a little bit better at it,’ and see if that doesn’t just kind of fix the thing.”

Limited Youth Pekka Rinne Jersey Mickelson also believes that justice was not served on Thompson, who, video evidence showed, seemed to replace her ball less than an inch from its original position. The hard-luck loser of the first major of the season has received support from a score of golfers, including Tiger Woods, for being penalized because a TV viewer brought the video to the LPGA Tour’s attention.
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Thompson said immediately after losing to So Yeon Ryu on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff that what she did “was 100 percent not intentional at all,” and Mickelson said the wrong person won the event.

He’s not that kind of player

After watching the video that showed his midfielder breaking an opposing forward’s leg, the manager looked up at the sea of reporters before him, shook his head and said: “He’s just not that type of player.”

“Look,” he said. “The boy has no bad blood in him whatsoever. There was nothing malicious in the tackle. I feel bad for the other guy, it’s a terrible, terrible accident and I wish him the best in his recovery, but it’s wrong to demonize the boy for going into a tackle. Football is a contact sport! Are we going to tell players not to tackle anymore?”

The manager replayed the video, which showed his player rushing after a ball that he was always going to be late to, making no effort to play it but rather going to ground with both studs up for no other discernible reason than to go through his counterpart to let him know that “he’s there.” To reassert the notion of toughness that he’s been taught for his entire playing career. He then wrapped both of his legs around the man with the ball for good measure. The cheers of the crowd for the tackle was loud enough that all the reporters could hear it.
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Robinson will miss at least a month, so any setbacks will likely put him on the shelf until 2017. Robinson is only the latest member of the Minnesota secondary to be struck down by injury. Every starter has at least missed a little time due to injury, partially explaining why the Vikings rank 29th in opponents passing yards per game at 280.1.

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fans are left wondering how a game that appeared to be firmly in hand got away from them

The idea of “tanking” a season and the logic behind it, insomuch as you can call it “logic,” is something that I find to be completely idiotic. It has never made any sense, it doesn’t make any sense now, and it won’t make any sense going forward. I’m sure that we’ve had this discussion before, and I was hoping that it would be a while before we’d have to have it again, but this is the situation we’re in right now. Let me explain why the idea of “tanking” a season is stupid.

The first part of this is quite simple. . .you are not going to get a group of professional athletes, led by professional coaches, to simply give up and stop attempting to win football games. That’s not how it works. You’re talking about a group of individuals that have excelled at this profession their entire lives, and then asking them to do something that goes completely against the way they’ve been programmed all these years. Think about this. . .every single college football player in America was a star in high school. Every single professional football player in America was a star in college. They’ve built their entire lives around being the best of the best at what they do. And you really think they’re going to be receptive to someone saying, “Yeah, you know, if you could just go out there and maybe not try as hard in this game, that would be pretty awesome. We’re playing for draft position, you know.” Yeah. . .I have my doubts.

As for the Redskins, fans are left wondering how a game that appeared to be firmly in hand got away from them. The offense looked unstoppable for a half, but then familiar problems crept back. The offensive line stopped protecting Robert Griffin III, and Washington managed just three points in the second half. On defense, the secondary was once again a sieve.

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Eric Reid injury: 49ers safety leaves with possible concussion

San Francisco 49ers rookie safety Eric Reid left Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers with an apparent concussion.

Reid attempted to tackle Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert when he struck the runner’s shoulder with his head and immediately went limp. Reid remained face-down on the field for some time before he was able to sit up and finally stand, then walking off the field with the assistance of trainers.

The injury is similar to one Reid sustained earlier this season when he attempted to tackle Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice. That hit wasn’t as violent, but had the same result as Reid appeared to be knocked out on both plays.

Jean Segura Elite Jersey Sunday’s game between the Panthers and 49ers is a defensive affair and the score is currently 9-7 in favor of San Francisco. The team will turn to five-year safety C.J. Spillman. Spillman, who has been used primarily on special teams, has 15 tackles this season.

It starts with the defensive line. Because Carolina rarely blitzes, they must be very stout, active, strong at the point of attack, and athletic enough to handle double teams.

The example below from last week’s matchup with the Falcons shows you how much this team trusts their front seven to get the job done in run defense. At the snap, Kawann Short fires out of his stance and gets an angle on the left guard to put himself into the running lane. Around him, everyone plays a role, maintains gap integrity, and waits patiently for the run to develop:

Devontae Booker Kids Jersey This is actually a rare occasion where the Panthers blitz with a corner, and veteran Captain Munnerlynn holds Steven Jackson on the edge and doesn’t allow him a cutback lane. The patience and discipline that each player exhibits on this play makes for a good example of how the Panthers have managed such a solid run defense. No one getting out of their gaps, going off script, or trying to do too much.

Angels IF Luis Valbuena strains right hamstring; to miss four to six weeks

Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Valbuena will miss four to six weeks after an MRI revealed a right hamstring strain, the team announced Thursday.

The 6-5 left tackle, a former Pro Bowler, provides an immediate upgrade to the Chargers’ offensive line protecting Philip Rivers’ blind side.

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Although the likes of Mike Trout and Kris Bryant stayed in their big league camps, the current American team is likable and entertaining, and it even reached the final for the first time this year.

Manager Jim Leyland believes his All-Star-laden group has begun the domestic transformation of the WBC from a novelty to a must-see event.

I think we’ve at least been a small part of maybe putting this WBC on the map for the United States more so than in the past, Leyland said. I’m hoping in the future that a lot of the players have seen what’s happened here, and will be a little bit more excited about playing in this event.

This is not a widespread situation, said Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, chairman of the league’s competition committee. This is a situation where there are certain plays in our game that we want to get out of the game, and we just want to make sure the players are put on notice that if these type of actions [happen], then they could be subject to suspension.