Benny Cunningham re-signs with Bears

Running back Benny Cunningham visited the Saints but re-signed with the Bears, his representation, SIG Sports, tweeted Monday.

Cunningham, 27, is a core special teams player and third-down back. He played 175 snaps on offense and 229 on special teams last season for the Bears.

In five NFL seasons, Cunningham has more receiving yards (992) than rushing yards (777).

In fact, in February during a TNT broadcast, NBA Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal revealed that he used to “foul shave” during games in Denver — i.e. he’d intentionally pick up quick fouls to avoid having to fight through playing in the city’s thin air.

“The whole game,” O’Neal said, according to the Denver Post. “Because I used to be so tired I couldn’t breathe. Here are three quick fouls. (Former Lakers head coach) Phil’s (Jackson) like, ‘I know what you’re doing.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m foul shaving. I’m not putting up with all this.'”

Perhaps it’s a psychological edge more than anything?

Enunwa missed the year after having neck surgery, but Schefter adds that he now has full range of motion and is expected to be eased into all activities once the Jets start their offseason work. He had 58 catches for 857 yards and four touchdowns during the 2016 season.

Enunwa will join Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Terrelle Pryor, ArDarius Stewart, Devin Smith and Chad Hansen as receiving options for the Jets to consider as they work toward setting their roster for the 2018 season.

“To me, that is mind-blowing,” Malone says. “Again, the NBA can’t keep everybody happy, and I’m sure a lot of different things go into it, but when you have as many tough games as we’ve had and schedule alert games …”

The NBA schedule is a “huge math problem,” as Evan Wasch, a senior vice president of basketball strategy and analytics for the NBA, described it during the 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston.flames_012

NFL owners pass 2 more rules changes before meetings end

As a busy NFL meetings neared its conclusion Wednesday, team owners passed two more rules changes and approved several procedural bylaw alterations. Most noteworthy, the league eliminated the requirement that a team that scores a winning touchdown at the end of regulation kick the extra point or go for a 2-point conversion. In a January playoff game that Minnesota memorably won on a final pass play, New Orleans players were required to return to the field after leaving for a meaningless extra point.

The Vikings took a knee. Of course, bettors and fantasy players could have a stake in the PAT, but neither participating team did, particularly now that points scored or points differential is so low in any tiebreaking procedures.

Some of the players said they might be scared to wear their rings. Reddick was not among them.

They are magnificent, he said. They are beautiful. I think I might sleep in mine tonight.

If strictly applied by NFL officials, it could have a sweeping effect on the game. Lowering one’s helmet is an instinct that may be difficult to legislate out of the sport overnight. The result could be many more penalty flags and automatic first downs.

The crown of the helmet rule got way too narrow, Falcons president and competition committee chairman Rich McKay said Tuesday. This has very little requirement to it. This is simply, if you lower your head to initiate contact and you make contact with an opponent, it’s a foul.

Between March and May, the NFL will hear from coaches about the rule and decide whether or not automatic ejections and/or official reviews are added as well.

But if every instance of a player lowering their helmet to initiate contact — helmet-to-helmet or otherwise — results in a penalty, it’d be a huge change to the entire sport. Imagine if every quarterback sneak was suddenly an offensive penalty.
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Weston Richburg gets $47.5 million, with $28.5 million guaranteed

Weston Richburg has lived up to the first four letters of his last name.

So this is his new mountain. All the Cardinals decorations everywhere down here? Yeah, they won’t be up for long. Arizona decided the Honey Badger was finished. They tore up that contract and moved on. And he’s moved on too, signing to play with the Texans in 2018.

That Pace is still making decisions for anyone after his checkered record in free agency is a minor miracle, but if his latest moves (paying Allen Robinson a pile, along with Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel) don’t pan out, he won’t get many more chances.

Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Friday morning after turning himself in to San Francisco police, according to Evan Sernoffsky of the San Francisco Chronicle . Smith violated a court order to stay away from the victim of a domestic violence incident that occurred March 3. He reportedly pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of willful infliction of corporal injury, assault with force likely to produce injury, false imprisonment, and vandalism at an arraignment for the original incident on March 12. His next court date was set for April 5. The Raiders released Smith on March 5 following the incident.

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General Manager John Dorsey said that the three ers “fit everything we were looking for” as they try to build a better team than the one that went 1-31 over the last two seasons. Whether they draft a quarterback early in the first round or not, Taylor will likely be a big part of that effort.49ers_040

NBA trade rumors: Kings G George Hill not bothered by potential Cavs deal

George Hill is blocking the outside noise.

How do you make this work? Much of this will depend on the size of your league, how many teams you want to have make the playoffs (you can choose anywhere from zero to eight) and how long the playoffs will last, but a smart way to do it is to wrap up your league by Week 21 or 22.

Offline: There really is no doubt that the most fun you can have is to get your friends, family or co-workers together in a room and do a live draft in person. You can’t beat the laughs, trash talk and the feeling of being a general manager making selections at the MLB draft. If you go that route, then choose Offline draft, enter the rosters following the draft and play your season out on ESPN.

Snake: A live online draft is the simplest format and is ideal for leagues that have managers spread out over many cities, states or countries. “Snake” means that the draft order reverses each round, so a 10-team draft goes from 1-10 in odd-numbered rounds, then 10-1 in even-numbered rounds. That means whoever picks first in the draft will make his/her next pick at No. 20, then No. 21, etc. The manager who picks last in the first round (10th) will also get the No. 11 pick but will have to wait until picks 30 and 31 for their next selections.

Drummond would be this unit’s rim protector (15.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks per game). He had the misfortune of being in the same East center group with the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis.

Injuries likely had a role in keeping CP3 out. He has been limited to 28 games this season after making his debut on Nov. 16. When he has been on the court, he has been a standout backcourt complement to James Harden. Paul has missed the midwinter game for a second consecutive year after nine consecutive berths.

Philly’s rookie 6-10 unicorn has slowed since the start of December, with his scoring and rebounding averages both declining. He still can dish the rock (7.2 assists per game), and he’s still exciting to watch, but isn’t quite an All-Star.

Williams had a solid case as LA’s leading scorer (23.3 points per game) highlighted by a 50-point game, two games of 40-plus and 11 of 30 or more. Maybe coaches were looking at him as more of a sixth man (14 starts in 45 games) than a primary option.giants_007

The Super Bowl 52 halftime show has quickly become the most rumor-filled, conspiracy-laden performance of the modern era.

Justin Timberlake’s return to the stage, paired with prior controversy and the death of a musical icon, have spawned a host of theories about what might happen during halftime.

It’s not uncommon for details of the show to leak ahead of time, but we’re already in full-on denial mode about some of the alleged details of what could happen. Take these with a grain of salt, because anything could happen.

TMZ reported on Saturday that sources who saw the show’s rehearsal said a hologram of Prince would be projected on the stage, much like Snoop Dogg’s performance at Coachella in 2012, during which a Tupac hologram appeared.

Durant was a panelist at an NBA All-Star tech summit on Friday morning, a field he has invested millions in since his move to the Bay Area. Subsequently, he and Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns participated in an “NBA Cares” day-of-service function. That was pretty much the extent of his obligations.

“I’m ready to finish out the season,” Durant said. “I feel like we’re ready to play some of our best ball.”

The Eagles defensive backs say that he is a “monster” to cover in practice. His opponents say that his mixture of speed, size and desire makes him dangerous on every snap.

Eagles quarterback coach John DeFilippo says:

”Alshon’s contribution, his effect here has been huge. I don’t think Alshon gets enough credit for the effect he has on games. It doesn’t always show up in the stats. It bothers me when I hear people say that a receiver like him only affects or makes eight or so plays a game. I could not disagree more. He affects the game. The whole game.”

Brady has had a flawless 2017 season thus far. He has maintained good health and was awarded the NFL’s MVP the night before the Super Bowl. But there’s one last chance for doom.

Rob Gronkowski was the latest victim of the curse in 2016 when a back injury sidelined him for the Patriots’ postseason run last year. But to be fair, things did end up pretty well for the Patriots, winning the Super Bowl and all.49ers_001

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Leonard Fournette led the Jags to a 14-3 lead in the second quarter.

Bortles finished the game 23-for-36 passing with 293 yards and a touchdown. Fournette finished with 76 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown.

Bortles failed to complete what would have been a comeback drive with two minutes left. His pass on fourth-and-14 from the Patriots’ 40 was batted away by Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The Patriots took over on first down, and James White rushed for a first down to seal the win.

Rob Gronkowski left the game during the second quarter after a hit to his head sent him through concussion protocol. Gronkowski was declared out for the rest of the game.

Brady will make his eighth Super Bowl appearance Sunday, Feb. 4. The Patriots will face the winner of the Vikings-Eagles game.

SN provided live updates from the Patriots’ win over the Jaguars in the AFC championship game. Here’s how it went down.

Dom Capers’ guys would prevail. But Carolina could not sustain that momentum going forward, not even sniffing the postseason for years to come. Tom Coughlin’s Jacksonville team, meanwhile, lost to the Patriots but made the playoffs in 1997, ’98 and ’99, when the Jags went back to the AFC title game.

The ’67 Raiders were talented (they boasted 16 All-Pro players and five future Hall of Fame inductees) but they were no match for the defending champion Packers in Super Bowl II. They were soundly defeated, 33-14.

The 1969 Vikings had one of the most fearsome defenses in league history, led by the “Purple People Eaters” on the defensive line. Minnesota boasted 10 All-Pro players and a bevy of future Hall of Fame inductees, but still lost 23-7 to the 11-3 Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV.

Rodgers heard about it in the responses, with one fan writing, “You’re biting the hand that feeds you” and another reminding him that “people are going for the sole purpose of the entertainment of watching a football game. They are not going to see you lock hands with your teammates.”
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Darrelle Revis could make $13.5M in 2018 if Chiefs win Super Bowl, report says

Revis, 32, had been a free agent the entire season after he was released by the Jets in February but signed a two-year deal with Kansas City last week that will pay him $352,941 for 2017.

The Chiefs (6-5) will look to snap their three-game skid when they visit the Jets (4-7) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

Questionable (Q): This remains the most dreaded player designation. By definition, it means a player is “uncertain to play.” How uncertain is uncertain? There is no percentage or measurement scale, leaving this classification rather vague. Whether a player ends up active or inactive often comes down to a game-time decision based on how he feels on game-day morning or how he performs during warm-ups. Final inactives are due 90 minutes before kickoff.

Doubtful (D): The doubtful designation means a player is unlikely to play that week. Rarely does a player labeled as doubtful end up playing, unless he experiences a major turnaround before game time.

Jones injured his groin while making an interception against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Monday night. He will end his season with nine starts, one interception and four pass deflections. Jones was also one of the team’s kick returners and had a punt return for a touchdown that was called back due to a penalty earlier in the season.

Jones will be replaced by second-year cornerback William Jackson III, the Bengals’ first-round pick in 2016.

A video from the back of a cop car showed Jones going on a tirade against the arresting officer and telling him “I hope you die tomorrow.” Jones was suspended by the NFL for the Bengals’ season opener after the incident.

He was charged with misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, along with a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance for spitting on the hand of a nurse while being booked into injury.orioles_052

The most notable thing Winston did Sunday came after being yanked for injury reasons following a middling first half.

Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots: After teammate Gilmore went back to the locker room because of dehydration, Amendola joined him, also suffering from the effects of dehydration. Similarly, he was declared questionable to return; also similarly, he made his return in the fourth quarter.

New Orleans controlled the game from the onset by exploiting the same weaknesses — awful third-down defense, an unproductive running game and a quarterback (Jameis Winston) who simply isn’t right because of shoulder problems — that have contributed to Tampa Bay (2-6) losing five straight games.

Winston wandered onto the field from the sideline to tap the back of Saints rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore’s helmet with his finger at the end of a third-down play. Winston later said that he was telling Lattimore “to go to the sideline.”

Like every NFL coach and player says in cliché, the only thing we can do is worry about this week, not what just happened or what’s still coming. While teams are “just trying to go 1-0” every week, we’re just hoping to be 1-0 with our pick for each game.

Here are this week’s predictions and prognostications, both against the spread and straight up. Thanks again to Bovada for the Week 10 betting lines.

It was just the 14th time in NFL history, including the postseason, that a team had six or more rushing touchdowns in a game and first since the Patriots had six rushing scores in a 2013 playoff win over the Colts. The Chiefs were the last team with a least six rushing scores in a regular-season games, scoring eight times on the ground in a 56-10 rout of the Falcons.
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Raiders player tells ref he was ‘just kidding around’ after personal foul penalty

Raiders tight end Lee Smith was handed a 15-yard personal foul penalty during Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Smith appeared to channel his inner little kid as he was caught on the referee’s microphone pleading his case, “I was just kidding around!”

With 10 weeks in the books for all 32 NFL teams, Carlos Hyde sits ninth among running backs in fantasy points. Hyde is averaging 4.2 yards per carry and has rushed for four touchdowns. He also has caught 42 of 58 targets for 274 yards but has yet to catch a touchdown.

Irving ranks No. 1 in the NBA in clutch-time scoring (when the score differential is five points or less in the final five minutes). He’s shooting 61.5 percent (24-of-39) in that situation. Maybe more impressive, Irving hasn’t committed a single turnover in 38 minutes of clutch time this season.

Garoppolo is set to serve as backup to rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard for the second straight week Sunday against the Giants, but could lead the team under center following the 49ers’ bye week.

Reports of Garoppolo’s potential debut comes after 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan suggested that it could be a while before the fourth-year quarterback got more involved with the team. Shanahan indicated that he wanted Garoppolo to get a better understanding of the playbook before being thrown into a situation he couldn’t handle.

“I can’t promise you guys that he’ll play this year,” Shanahan told reporters earlier this month.

Garoppolo was traded from the Patriots to the 49ers on Oct. 31 in exchange for a second-round draft pick. He started a pair of games in 2016 while Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension, but otherwise served as the franchise quarterback’s backup since being selectd by New England in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.nationals_005

Week 8 NFL picks straight up: Chargers stun Patriots; 49ers, Browns stay winless

It’s one of “those” weeks on the NFL schedule … already. It’s honestly more worrisome when it happens later in the season than at the midway point, but whenever there’s a slate of games in which none pits teams with winning records against each other, it’s disheartening. If parity really is the goal, this schedule is proof it has been achieved.

That shows up on his pro tape also. Garoppolo is very good with his eyes. He understands how to manipulate the defense. Whether that is moving a linebacker to create a window underneath or freezing the safety in the deep middle to generate a lane to hit the seam, Garoppolo’s vision creates opportunities to expose coverages.

Here’s an example on Garoppolo’s touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett versus the Dolphins.

The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Cavs over the Knicks. Cleveland’s dry spell also saw the Cavs’ 17-game winning streak over the Magic snapped.

The Cavs are allowing 109.8 points per 100 possessions this season, making them the second-worst team in defensive efficiency in the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the Nets.

The Seahawks have been seeking upgrades to an offensive line that has lost two starters to injury. The trade for Brown marks another bold move by Seattle general manager John Schneider, who previously made deals for Marshawn Lynch in 2010, Percy Harvin in 2013 and Jimmy Graham in 2015.

The Jaguars have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL and are hoping the addition of Dareus will be enough to help them win the AFC South. Meanwhile, the Bills clear the salary of their highest-paid player off their books. The trade also reunites Dareus with Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone, who coached the Bills from 2013 to 2014.ducks-095