C.J. McCollum scored at will against the NBA’s best defense

Eat like the French, drink like the British, and play basketball like C.J. McCollum, because he’s unbelievably good at this sport. The Portland Trail Blazers’ costar rattled off 27 points in the first half in a blistering performance, keeping Portland with the Golden State Warriors step for step in the two team’s first 24 minutes of postseason play and leaving the game tied at 56 at halftime.

“We are proud to announce Gerard as the first head coach in Vegas Golden Knights history,” said Golden Knights general manager George McPhee said . “He is an experienced head coach, has had success at multiple levels and has a great reputation amongst the players who have played for him. We undertook a very detailed due diligence process over the last several months and canvassed a number of qualified head coaching candidates to ensure we found the best coach for our group. And we believe we have found that coach in Gerard.

“We look forward to working with him to build a team that our fans and our community are proud to support.”
Gallant was not out of a head coaching job for long, as he was fired in November from the Florida Panthers organization over differences in team direction. The 53-year-old led the Panthers to a franchise-best 47 wins and 103 points in the 2015-16 season, earning him a nomination for the NHL’s coach of the year award.

The former Panthers’ coach wasn’t the only man on the market for Vegas. Over the course of the last few months, Claude Julien, Ken Hitchcock, Lindy Ruff, Darryl Sutter, Michel Therrien, and Jack Capuano were all made available. Of course, Julien was picked up by the Canadiens and Hitchcock is going to Dallas, but it’s been quite the glut of choices.

Vegas team owner Bill Foley said on a radio show yesterday that the new head coach will be “flexible” and “responsive” to the team’s needs.

In 328 NHL games coached across the Blue Jackets and Panthers, Gallant has a 152-140-31 record.

Which NBA Playoff series interests us most?

We made it everybody! Another regular season is in the books and its finally time put DNP-rest and tanking behind us to concentrate on the postseason. We dove into all eight postseason series on this playoff edition of the Drive & Kick podcast.

We start out West with the Clippers and Jazz, which looks like the most competitive series on the board. Its also the one with the most on the line. Both L.A. and Utah have massive offseason decisions to make.

We also have a Russell Westbrook-James Harden matchup in the first round. Those MVP votes will be put to the test early.

Limited Womens Rasual Butler Jersey In the East we started with the Celtics and Bulls. I think this will be tight. Gonz thinks it will be a walk. The best series in the East should be Toronto and Milwaukee, though.

Although the majority of Lynch’s fame has come on the west coast, his first NFL home was out East. Lynch was selected by the Bills 12th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. Lynch knew that Buffalo was in New York… but didn’t realize it wasn’t New York, New York.

I didnt know what to expect, I just knew I was going to New York, Lynch told E:60. I thought I was gonna be out there with Jay-Z, and then when I finally landed in Buffalo… [there was] slush on the ground. It had just finished snowing. I didnt [know anything about snow].
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Its a credit to the sheer magnitude of Embiids 786 minutes that hell finish second on my ballot. Its also an indictment on the rest of this underwhelming rookie class. Had the season ended when Embiid underwent surgery, this wouldnt have been a contest. But we still had half a season to play, and Brogdon has been a steady contributor throughout the campaign.

The fact that he is 24 years old doesnt bother me when you consider that hes only 16 months older than Saric, whos been playing professionally since he was a teenager. It certainly doesnt bother me any more than calling Embiid a rookie when hes been in the NBA for three years.

The first woman to run the Boston Marathon did it again 50 years later.

Switzer finished the 2017 race with at time of 4:44:31. Fifty years ago, she did it in four hours and 20 minutes — a difference of just 24 minutes.

Switzer is one of the most influential women in distance running, but is often left out of the pantheon of world-changing sporting achievements. Now, on the anniversary of her run, Kathrine’s story deserves to be told again.
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A year later, I spoke to Clemson tight end D.J. Greenlee, who was very much here to talk about Boulware’s new look.

“First of all, let’s talk about Ben beard,” he said. “I don’t know what he’s got going on. He’s got a little patch of hair up there. He got more hair in his beard than he have on his own head. I feel like he oughta trim that up and put it up top a little bit.”

Boulware’s maintenance only recently expanded to include beard oil. Back in December, he spoke about being called out by a cashier for having dry whiskers.

So that’s four teams out of 76. Not impossible. To give you an idea of just how possible it is, Hoyt Wilhelm was 4 for 76 at the plate in 1959. Whenever he got a hit, it was like a team with a 2-10 start making the postseason.

Now for the bad news: 64 of those 76 teams finished under .500. It makes sense that so many of them did, because it isn’t just bad luck that made most of these teams start 2-10 or worse. Most of them were awful teams, too. The 1962 Mets and 2003 Tigers, for example, were famously bad.

NFL approved 8 new rules and Raiders moved to Vegas during 2017 owners meeting

Every spring, the NFL’s owners meet to discuss the future of their league — think of it as a billionaire boys’ club, only with less talk about golf and more about whether or not jumping over the line of scrimmage to block a field goal is inherently dangerous. On Monday, the group gathered in Phoenix to kick off its annual assembly to set NFL policy for 2017 and beyond.
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Kyrie Irving Limited Jersey The main topic of discussion on day one was whether or not the Raiders would leave the not-so-friendly, occasionally sewage-filled confines of Oakland for a new home in Las Vegas. Owner Mark Davis presented his proposal to push one of the league’s most storied franchises from its California home in order to become the second major sport — behind the NHL — in Sin City.

With the financing for a new venue secure, NFL owners approved the league’s third relocation in the past two years. The Raiders will join the Rams (St. Louis to Los Angeles) and the Chargers (San Diego to Los Angeles) as the latest clubs to desert local fans in search of greener pastures and more lucrative stadium deals. While Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf worked hard to block the move — she even had pro-Bay Area letters hand-distributed to owners Monday morning — it was all for naught.

Robert Griffin III is as close as you’ll get to a legitimate role model in modern athletics.

“It’s important for me and for my family, it really is,” Mara said. “To realize that people still do remember him and remember the contributions that he made to football and also to New York. We’re excited to have his legacy recognized by the Hall of Fame and especially his high school, Loyola School, which meant so much to him.”

John Mara has officially been part of the Giants organization since 1991, and took over primary control of the franchise when his father passed. He said Thursday that he has tried to live up to the legacy his father established.

Robert Griffin III is as close as you’ll get to a legitimate role model in modern athletics. From all accounts he’s a genuinely nice guy who really just wants nothing more than to help his team win at any cost. He’s an athletic freak on par with anyone in history. He has a work ethic that’s been instilled in him since he was able to walk.

We should admire him for this. We did… when they were winning. His fumbles were being recovered for touchdowns instead of turnovers. Every designed run wasn’t an indictment or vindication of the zone-read offense. You could actually enjoy the guy for his unheard of ability to outrun, out-throw, and out-think every other world class athlete on a football field.

From day one, he put himself in front of the media, smiling, shaking hands and dispensing the sort of trite motivational sayings more often heard in self-help seminars than NFL locker-rooms. The guy actually believed them. He seemed to be a genuinely positive, likable guy with great intentions. And now that he hasn’t performed up to the ridiculous standard he set last year, we’ve all but torn him completely down all while managing to forget that he’s 11 months removed from tearing his knee apart.

Lanier High defensive line recruit Alfred Thomas has been racking up offers of late.

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It’s a pitch that could get punished with an opposite-field extra-base hit with the right approach. A strong enough hitter could certainly get it over the center-field wall.

Trout pulled it. Not only did he pull it and keep it fair, he hit it over 110 mph, which is roughly as hard as baseballs can be hit, give or take a few miles. He took this ball and hooked it, and he did it with such a perfect swing, with such strength and precision, that it left the park in less than four seconds, even though he was reaching ever so slightly.

Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier High defensive line recruit Alfred Thomas has been racking up offers of late. The quiet four-star told me what he thinks of Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, Missouri, and North Carolina, and revealed an early leader.
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Four-star Greater Atlanta Christian School athlete Kyler McMichael spoke about Michigan, Clemson, Tennessee, Florida State, and Alabama. Most schools are interested in him as a defensive back.

I’ll have more on Georgia prospects soon after I review the video I shot at the event. Caragher left Brennan with a pretty solid special teams unit. Bryce Crawford is automatic inside of 40 yards, and Michael Carrizosa has a strong leg for both punting (44.3 average) and kickoffs (69 percent touchback rate). The return game wasn’t consistent, but in terms of both field position and finishing drives, SJSU should be able to do damage.

In his recent two-round mock, Kadar has the Vikings opting for running back Alvin Kamara with the No. 48 pick instead of adding to the interior line. Minnesota signed Latavius Murray away from Oakland in free agency this offseason, and they still need guys who can help block for Murray.

The Vikings could look to someone like Temple’s Dion Dawkins, who should be available in the second round and could last until the third. Dawkins can also slide over and play tackle, and that versatility may be valuable for a team that experienced catastrophic offensive line injuries last season.

NFL postpones decision on shortening OT periods until spring meeting

At the NFL owners meetings this week, the league postponed a decision to once again change the overtime formula. The competition committee proposed a change for the 2017 season to change all regular season and preseason games to 10-minute overtime periods, rather than the 15 minutes that’s been the standard.

The proposal has been tabled for the time being, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. The proposal needed 24 votes in favor to pass, but nine teams opposed the updated rule, so it was just one vote short of being approved.

Adam Schefter provided a timetable for when it will resurface.

Shortening overtime to 10 minutes from 15 minutes has been tabled until NFL’s spring meeting, per source.
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If the coin toss winner doesn’t score a touchdown on its first possession, the next team has a chance to win the game by scoring points of any kind. This new rule was only used in the playoffs before getting expanded to the regular season in 2017.

Cutting down playing time by five minutes is appealing to coaches in terms of player safety. That’s a primary reason Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin supported the change.

“Because both teams have to play the following week. And maybe in some hypothetical instances, a short week,” Tomlin said. “So, obviously we want to have clarity in terms of the victor, but if we can reduce that amount of time and get out of the stadium, and doing so with fewer snaps, I think that is beneficial to both teams, regardless of outcome.”

Vernon Davis injury: 49ers TE expected to play vs. Saints

While the San Francisco 49ers may not be getting receiver Michael Crabtree back on the field Sunday, the offense will be boosted by the return of tight end Vernon Davis. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Davis is expected to play on Sunday after dealing with a concussion for the past week.

Davis suffered a concussion early in last week’s loss to the Carolina Panthers, and the 49ers promoted tight end Derek Carrier to take his place in case the veteran would not be able to play on Sunday. The 49ers have become heavily reliant on Davis this season as the lone true threat in the passing game with receiver Michael Crabtree out, and Davis has recorded 520 yards receiving on 30 catches with seven touchdowns so far this season.
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The eighth-year tight end will still need to pass a concussion test on Sunday morning prior to the game, however the 49ers fully expect Davis to be cleared for the contest against the New Orleans Saints.

Let’s start again with a look at the top-line numbers (which you’ll find on the top left here). Houston ranks a solid 10th in Run Defense DVOA, but finds itself with a ragged rating of 25th against the pass. To understand how it got there, let’s take a closer look unit by unit.

Game Youth Torey Krug Jersey Whatever Houston’s problems are this season, don’t lay them at the feet of J.J. Watt. He’s been just about as destructive on a per-snap basis as he was during his historic 2017 campaign, as his bright green numbers for Pressure per Passing Snap and Run Stop Percentage (the percentage of run plays where he tackled the runner short of ‘successful play’ yardage) indicate.

The season in which JaMarcus Russell had his lowest point was his last in the NFL.

Harvard is a real place and a mythical place at the same time, and home to some of the brightest minds in the country. Also, Rob Gronkowski is there.

He’s there because Rob Gronkowski can’t teach women about football just anywhere. Women are smart creatures, after all, and maybe holding a “Football 101” clinic for women at Harvard feels less condescending than doing it elsewhere? It was not long before I believed it actually might be working.

Over these past four games, the only game the Raiders won was against the Steelers in which after the Raiders took an early lead, they took the ball out of Pryor’s hands and rode the defense to a close victory. They escaped by the skin of their teeth, as they say, and yet the coaches felt like if they had remained aggressive by having Pryor go to the air, he would have given the game away.

He had already thrown two interceptions in the first half and the coaches weren’t eager to take that chance again so they opted for the less risky option of having a worn out defense that barely edged out the Steelers despite a 21-3 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Pryor now has 5 passing touchdowns to 10 interceptions on the season. He threw just one interception Sunday after having thrown at least two in the previous three games (3 against the Chiefs in week 6), but that interception was one of the most costly of all. It is what ultimately decided the game. The Raiders were nearing field goal range and would have been at least a 9-point lead. The interception resulted in a Giants touchdown and a 1-point deficit.

The Raiders wouldn’t score another point in the game and Pryor finished 11 of 26 (42%) for 122 yards and a passer rating of 40.9. He also added a fumble late in the game.

The season in which JaMarcus Russell had his lowest point was his last in the NFL. It will take a major resurgence from Pryor to pull out of the tailspin he’s been in lately. Not even Russell had a five-game stretch at Pryor’s current rating.

NFL news roundup: Ed Reed signed by Jets, Christian Ponder expects to start

Limited Womens Omer Asik Jersey Veteran safety Ed Reed didn’t have a long wait without a team, as the New York Jets signed him two days after he was released by the Houston Texans.

Reed was supposed to be the final piece to the Texans’ defense, but disappointing performance paired with early-season injury cost him a starting job. It’s unclear whether Reed’s release was purely performance-based, as he was critical of coaches following the team’s Week 10 loss, but the Jets believe there’s something left in the tank.

New York currently has the NFL’s 22nd-ranked pass defense and is pushing for a playoff spot. The Jets hold a Wild Card spot currently, but have an opportunity to pressure the New England Patriots.

Houston’s season has been a disaster since preseason predictions pegged the Texans to be a Super Bowl contender. Now the team has placed running back Arian Foster on IR, ending his season.

Foster had returned from an early-season hamstring injury, but had been dealing with a back injury. It’s this back injury that placed him on IR and Ben Tate will now become the team’s starting running back.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without another running back in 2017 as Mike James broke his ankle in Monday night’s win over the Miami Dolphins.

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Injuries kept hitting Monday with the news Jake Locker’s season would be over. Reports emerged Monday night that Locker would be done for the season, but placing him on injured reserve made it official.

Locker sustained a lisfrac injury in the team’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and was having his best season for Tennessee before the injury. The Titans have a difficult decision to make whether they will continue to support the oft-injured Cutler, or attempt to find a new quarterback in April’s draft.