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The 2017 draft class is different than those we’ve seen the past few years. It lacks the depth of some recent classes, but features an above-average group of first-rounders, with an especially strong crop of college pitchers and some high-upside high school outfielders.

Southern California is as good as it Shaq Thompson Authentic Jersey has been in years, and it’s a banner year in Kentucky, of all places. We’ve even got a few smaller colleges represented in addition to the usual passel of SEC prospects. It’s a good year to pick at the very top, and the back half of the first round is better than normal, but the difference between picking third and seventh — which was determined on the season’s final day — is significant.

That said, while the game is constantly evolving, that evolution turns slowly. I don’t think you’ll see significant changes in bullpen strategy, either in the postseason or the regular season. It’s important to realize that Francona was in a unique situation. Injuries to Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar had depleted his rotation, and then Bauer cut his finger in the middle of the postseason, so in going with a three-man rotation (except for one Ryan Merritt start in the ALCS), Francona had to have quick hooks and rely more on Miller and closer Cody Allen.

Plus, Miller is really good. It’s a little easier to trust a guy to throw two-plus innings when he has fanned 326 batters in 198 1/3 innings the past three seasons. There are few pitchers of Miller’s ability out there — for one inning, let alone two. The way the postseason played out for the Indians also worked out perfectly for Francona. Miller had to pitch back-to-back days just twice and had at least three days of rest in five of his 10 appearances.

It’s worth noting that Jansen and Chapman Star Lotulelei Authentic Jersey are also elite relievers — we’re talking about three of the four most dominant relievers in the game (Baltimore’s Zach Britton being the fourth).

Aroldis Chapman struggled in Game 7 of the World Series throwing 35 pitches one night after going an 1 1/3 innings.

Even then, however, Miller and Chapman — perhaps as a result of all their previous work in the postseason — faltered in Game 7 of the World Series. Miller gave up four hits and two runs, including a home run to David Ross, in his 2 1/3 innings. Chapman gave up the game-tying, two-run home run to Rajai Davis in the eighth inning. That was his third blown save of the postseason, as he allowed five of his 11 inherited runners to score.

the NFL has delivered a trio of games with major playoff ramifications

NFL football is a Thanksgiving tradition. Important games on Thanksgiving are not. Thanksgiving football has seen a lot of one-sided contests over the past few years. It doesn’t help that the Detroit Lions are usually out of contention by this point. Years of 8-8 Dallas teams gave us some Turkey Day turkeys as well.

Well, not this year. Just in time to help you avoid talking politics with the family members you disagree with, the NFL has delivered a trio of games with major playoff ramifications. Grab that second helping of pumpkin pie and get back on the couch as soon as possible.

The opener, Minnesota at Detroit, is the most important game of the week for determining Tom Savage Authentic Womens Jersey which 12 teams make the NFL playoff field. In fact, it’s the most important game of the year so far. If the Lions win, they become the NFC North favorites, making the playoffs 62.4 percent of the time, while the Vikings make it only 43.4 percent of the time. But if the Vikings get a win on the road, their playoff odds climb to 86.1 percent while Detroit’s odds fall to 18.9 percent.

“He always carried the ball the right way, so it was not a major concern for us,” Garrett said of Elliott’s fumble issues in Week 2, before adding that the Cowboys have emphasized on “recommitting to that focus and making sure it’s the No. 1 priority.”

Elliott is the NFL’s leader in carries (233), rushing yards (1,102), yards per game (110.2), and is tied for third in rushing touchdowns (9).

“He has gotten better and better every week,” Garrett added.

Elliott has fallen off the pace of Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson’s rookie rushing record Tyler Ervin Authentic Womens Jersey of 1,808 yards, but he continues to carry Dallas’ second-ranked rushing offense.

Elliott is on pace to rush for 1,763 yards and 14 touchdowns on a heavy workload of 373 carries.

Dickerson also holds the NFL record for most rushing touchdowns (18) and attempts (390) in a rookie season.

The Dallas Cowboys have a pair of rookies making a strong case in the NFL’s MVP race.

And though quarterback Dak Prescott has become the more frequently discussed player of the two, running back Ezekiel Elliott is on pace for a historic campaign.

Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday will return from leave of absence on Friday

New Orleans Pelicans’ point guard Jrue Holiday will make his season debut on Friday, Nov. 18 against the Portland Trail Blazers, Pelicans general manager Dell Dempa announced.

Holiday took an indefinite leave of absence to support his pregnant wife, former soccer star Lauren Holiday, as she battled a brain tumor. The fact that Jrue Holiday is close to returning to action signals that Lauren Holiday’s Pete Maravich Authentic Womens Jersey recovery has progressed well enough for him to feel comfortable returning to work.

Lauren Holiday was diagnosed with a brain tumor early in September, while she was pregnant. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl later that month. After that, she was cleared to have brain surgery, which she underwent in October. The tumor was successfully removed and she was expected to make a full recovery.

Besides the extra finger bling, there are changes with the Cavaliers this season. LeBron James is making a concerted effort to let Kyrie Irving shoot more — you’ll frequently see him immediately give it back to Irving after a kickout pass, in a position where he might take in himself in year’s past. Kevin Love didn’t shoot too well on Tuesday (5-of-16 from the floor), but his shots feel more in the flow of the offense than they ever have. The team is showing tremendous courage to keep playing without Delly on the roster, and this is only mostly a joke. It’s probably easier to see these things knowing Cleveland is the NBA’s reigning champions, but they still seem poignant.

The win moves the Cavaliers to 9-1 on the season, and it looks like they’ll be the inevitable No. 1 seed who is likely destined for the Finals. So far, the Raptors look like their most likely challenger. We thoroughly enjoyed last year’s Cavaliers vs. Raptors matchup, so what’s wrong with one more? But you also can’t watch Tuesday’s game and not feel even a little sympathy for the Raptors.

Whatever it is, and for however long it’ll last at this peak, take a second and Rodney Hood Authentic Womens Jersey appreciate it. You may not get many more chances to watch a player dominate in quite this way.

Tasker blocks a punt during Super Bowl XXVII

Tasker headed up north to Buffalo on a Saturday afternoon and played his first game as a Bill on Sunday. It was also Levy’s first game as head coach of the Bills, beginning what would be an 11-year run in Buffalo and the last head-coaching job of his career. The special teams guru saw something in Tasker that he believed could spark a resurgence in Buffalo. The Bills hadn’t made Reggie Bush Authentic Womens Jersey the playoffs since 1981, and were in the middle of another losing season at 2-6 when the team fired its previous head coach and brought in Levy.

Levy would go on to rebuild the Bills into an AFC powerhouse, with All-Star and Hall of Fame players including Andre Reed, Jim Kelly, Kent Hull, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett, Daryl Tally, and James Lofton. With Tasker, Levy believed the Bills could make an immediate impact at special teams.

It impacted the Pac-12, where one-loss Washington no longer has to worry about passing the eye test against a Louisville team that was ranked ahead of the Huskies before suffering its second loss of the season.

It impacted the Group of 5, as Houston should now be ranked after beating two top-10 teams (Oklahoma and Louisville) but is still unlikely to win its division, let alone the American Conference.

That’s what’s so fascinating about this playoff system. Rarely is a loss by a contender confined to the box score of those two teams. The immediate and most obvious repercussion from Thursday night, of course, is that Louisville’s playoff hopes are likely over. The Cardinals didn’t look anywhere near a top-four team, and couldn’t overcome their fourth slow start of the season. Louisville was fortunate to beat Duke, Virginia and Wake Forest in spite of pedestrian performances, but in this case, Houston was simply the better team.

So all eyes turn to Clemson, where the pressure to win out is immense — not just on the road against an improved Wake Forest team, but also against rival South Carolina.

If Clemson wins at Wake Forest on Saturday, the Tigers will clinch the ACC’s Riley Reiff Authentic Womens Jersey Atlantic Division. If they don’t, Louisville will win the division and play in the ACC title game — against a Coastal Division opponent that probably will be unranked.

The process begins in September, when the initial list of Modern Era nominees is released. Over the next few months, the committee votes remotely to whittle the list down to 25 semifinalists by November and then 15 finalists by January. The members finally meet face-to-face the Saturday before the Super Bowl to choose that year’s Hall of Fame class: between four and eight players, each of whom need to be approved by at least 80 percent of the committee.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban was asked to reflect on the trade that delivered Rajon Rondo from Boston

Take a stroll through those 19 trades that Ainge has made since July 2013 and you’ll see a pattern: The Celtics haven’t come out on the wrong end of any of their recent deals. Some of them might be closer to a push — particularly those that were made with regard to roster space or cap flexibility — but more often than not, the Celtics have emerged with the better haul.

Nowhere is that more obvious than the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce blockbuster that may eventually become the gold standard for winning a deal. But there are other gems in there that don’t get quite as much attention and have contributed to Boston’s quick climb.

That would include the December 2014 trade Authentic Mark Gastineau Jersey that delivered Jae Crowder from the Dallas Mavericks. Crowder, sidelined by an ankle injury, won’t get a chance to play against his former team when the Mavericks invade TD Garden on Wednesday night, but their visit here is a reminder of just how much things have changed for both teams.

Informed that rivals were wondering whether Authentic Matt Forte Jersey a big deal was in the offing, one member of Boston’s front office downplayed the chatter but noted that he certainly hoped a big deal would materialize soon.

This incredible flow chart made by CelticsHub contributor and salary cap guru Ryan Bernardoni gives you an idea of how, through trades, Ainge turned the starting five from Boston’s 2008 title team into many of the faces that Boston hopes will help it compete for its next championship.

Last season was just stupid. Griffin and Paul went down with season-ending injuries in the same game of a first-round playoff series against Portland, and Damian Lillard put them out with four straight wins.

There is a chance that Boston could be at full strength against the Warriors if both Horford and Crowder respond well to activity on Thursday. But Stevens cautioned that it will take time for his team to fully re-congeal.

Jackson made the statement in response to a question about James’ decision to leave the Miami Heat and sign with the Cavaliers, in the context of Pat Riley’s tenure as Heat president

D’Antoni warned his group about losing games like this. You need to win in November, because every game has playoff implications. You want to stack up victories so you won’t have to play in desperation mode in March and April.

Phil Jackson planning to stay with Knicks, not opt out

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has an opt-out clause in his contract after this season, leading to speculation in NBA circles that he will leave New York and return to the Los Angeles Lakers as an executive in 2017.

But Jackson said in an Matt Bosher Authentic Womens Jersey interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan that it was “never important” for him to return to Los Angeles as an executive.

The Knicks have won a combined 49 games over the past two seasons and are 3-6 this season entering Monday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Jackson, who last spoke to reporters who regularly cover the team in late September, told MacMullan that he wasn’t concerned about New York’s slow start because the club didn’t play together in the preseason.

Offseason acquisition Derrick Rose missed more than two weeks of the preseason attending a civil trial in Los Angeles, and Joakim Noah, also Matt Bryant Authentic Womens Jersey acquired during the offseason, missed 10 days due to a hamstring injury.

Jackson also said he wasn’t frustrated with the frequency with which the Knicks are running the triangle offense. ESPN reported last week that Jackson had been unhappy with how often the Knicks ran the triangle, which is happening with less frequency under first-year head coach Jeff Hornacek.

“No,” Jackson said when asked if he was frustrated over the club’s triangle usage. “When they run it, I want them to run it the right way. If you are going to do it, use your skills and run it the right way. I’m not frustrated at all. Derrick Rose missed three weeks of training camp. It’s totally understandable where we are as a ballclub. We have guards that do a lot of stuff off the dribble. I want them to understand they can do things off the pass. It has to be a combination.”

He later added: “I don’t care about the triangle. I care about systematically playing basketball.”

Kobe Bryant is gone and the team is coming off its three worst seasons ever. Team president Jeanie Buss and former Lakers tell Outside The Lines how things went sour and why they could sweeten.

Doyle says the negative did not wear out because of overuse

It’s an image that only one still photographer on the sideline, the Montgomery Advertiser’s Patricia Miklik Doyle, managed to get on film.

“In the scheme of things, that just didn’t seem like an image that would have that kind of reaction,” Doyle said. “So for me, I was just Adam Oates Youth Jersey always dumbfounded that so many people wanted that picture.”

Perhaps it’s that in the moment, the dog displayed exactly the kind of feistiness that Georgia fans expect from their mascot, creating a legacy that lives into eternity.

Uga V died three years later, and when Georgia and the Seilers buried him at Sanford Stadium, inscribed on his grave marker was the epitaph, “Defender of his Turf.”

Matchup to watch: Washington defense vs. USC QB Sam Darnold. The Huskies have one of the best defenses in the country, but how much will they miss their leading pass-rusher, Joe Mathis, in this matchup? Mathis has missed the past three games and is out for the season with a foot injury, and Darnold has been integral to the Trojans’ five-game winning streak, throwing 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions during that span. His mobility is a big reason no Power 5 player has been sacked at a lower rate (1.4 percent).

Upset watch: This is only the Wolverines’ second trip outside their home state all season. It’s also the second time under Kirk Ferentz that Iowa has faced an opponent that’s 9-0 or better. The last time? 2008, when Iowa upset No. 3 Penn State. The Hawkeyes were 5-4 then, too.

Remember when: The Oregon-Stanford game was big? There’s still plenty at stake for both teams, but this is the first time since 2008 that neither team will win the Pac-12 title.

Don’t forget about: No. 16 West Virginia at Texas. Mountaineers fans want to know why their one-loss team is ranked so low, and selection committee chair Kirby Hocutt said it’s because they have played only one team ranked in the Top 25, No. 13 Oklahoma State, and lost. Texas is coming off back-to-back wins and will have home-field advantage against a Big 12 team that clearly has no margin for error.

Under-the-radar game: No. 9 Auburn at Georgia. The focus has already shifted to the Iron Bowl, but wait a minute: This isn’t a gimme road trip. The last top-10 team to visit Sanford Stadium? No. 9 Auburn, which lost 34-7 in 2014. Georgia has won eight of the past 10 games in this series.

Dubious distinction: Notre Dame plays Army on Saturday in San Antonio, and the only year in which Notre Dame lost to both Army and Navy was 1944, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Each of those games was played at a neutral site.

Hand it over: Clemson can clinch the Bobby Orr Youth Jersey Atlantic Division with a win against Pitt. Clemson hasn’t lost to an unranked team at home since October 2008, when it lost to Georgia Tech.

Jackson has on occasion said he’d want his teams to run the triangle

According to sources, some Knicks players have expressed their displeasure over the offense because they feel it doesn’t suit their personnel, particularly point guard Derrick Rose, who has traditionally thrived when using pick-and-rolls.

During his time as Knicks president, Jackson has on occasion said he’d want his teams to run the triangle. But there have been times when he’s said he just wants his team to have a system to operate out of half-court sets.

Hornacek has said that Jackson told him he’d have the freedom to tweak the offense how he saw fit, as long as he ran a system to space the floor in half-court settings.

When Sherman hit Powell, Taylor was clearly outside the pocket.

“I can’t believe. I’m sitting there Taylor Decker Authentic Womens Jersey looking at the ref, in his eyes,” Powell told ESPN’s Mike Rodak. “I [was] shocked that he didn’t throw the flag, but I guess he’s not the ref. Richard Sherman is the ref.”

On the “Brock and Salk” show on 710 ESPN Seattle, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks defensive backs are coached to do exactly what Sherman did.

“You have to do it legally,” Carroll said. “You can’t take a cheap shot on a guy. He did it exactly right. It just happened to be a very physical shot. But you have a chance to eliminate receivers. That’s what you’re trying to get done in that situation — to plaster them.”

Third baseman Adrian Beltre won his fifth Gold Glove, his first since 2012. He won on the strength of his work in guarding the third-base line, securing his best range rating on balls hit down the line since the 2006 season.

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Michigan’s human Swiss army knife played seven positions across 59 snaps against Maryland.

“I always find it interesting when schools believe the best way to beat a guy is to go hire the guys who worked for him and know all his systems,” said Bobby Bowden, the retired FSU head man who has a coaching tree that branches throughout college football but was ultimately replaced by Jimbo Fisher, who spent time under Saban. “I loved it when rivals hired those guys because, first, it was an opportunity for one of my guys. But second, did you really think I’d taught him everything? He’s gonna beat me with my system? I like the teacher’s chances when he’s matched up with the student, don’t you?”

That hasn’t stopped desperate SEC programs from plucking fruit from the Saban tree, from Will Muschamp’s stops at Florida and South Carolina to Jim McElwain at Florida to, most recently, Kirby Smart at Georgia. No doubt there will be more plucked away in the quest to crack “The Process.” But none of those apprentices has beaten him. Smart’s “we’re still great friends” speech at his UGA introductory news conference nearly one year ago has since given way to a slightly more tense tone as ties have been pulled taut along the recruiting trail.

But I do feel like a clarification needs to be made here. There would seem to be a notion making the rounds that the once-proud, non-Alabama members of the Southeastern Conference are now cowered into the corner in a fetal position. To quote Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy: “That ain’t true!”

“Yeah, I read that, and hell no, it Kevin Williams Jersey isn’t true,” an LSU staffer said while standing with a group of fellow coaches who paused to stand outside the tunnel and watch a few seconds of the Tide’s celebration before following their team into the locker room. “What they are is a target, a goal. And we’ll get there.”

History says yes, they will. Bear Bryant, Knute Rockne and Vince Lombardi don’t just have winning in common. They also all experienced the pain of seeing their machines slowing down and their dynasties coming to a close. It’s not a question of whether the Saban era will end. It’s a question of when. What makes this current run even more impressive — demoralizing, if you’ve been on the schedule — is that it is really a second chapter. This current run of back-to-back SEC titles and College Football Playoff berths is coming on the heels of what looked to possibly be the beginning of the end just three years ago, when back-to-back two-loss seasons and the coinciding gap between national titles felt like cracks in the crimson armor. But Saban reinvented his offensive mindset and recharged his legacy.

Now the search is back on to Luke Willson Jersey find leaders who can do what Auburn, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Ohio State did during those brief moments of defeat. If one goes through the roster of coaches who led those teams — Gus Malzahn, Kevin Sumlin, Bob Stoops, Hugh Freeze, Urban Meyer — they all have one factor in common, and it isn’t time spent learning at the foot of the same master. They didn’t just come from a different tree. They hailed from a different forest.

The New England Patriots quarterback is being accused of being a lia

The New England Patriots quarterback is being accused of being a liar and a cheat without a shred of evidence that he broke any rule finds himself at the epicenter of a controversy as he prepares to make his sixth Super Bowl appearance. Photograph: Rogash Getty Images A liar and therefore a lying cheat. That, when all the bluster is stripped away, is the accusation that is being made quarters against New England Patriots quarterback. And there is something very unseemly about the rush to judgement. After a week of blanket reporting and opining on Reggie Ragland Authentic Womens Jersey Deflategate there is still not any evidence that proves broke any of the NFL’s rules regarding the condition of the football last ‘s AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. There are questions, there is plenty left unexplained and, of course, a suspicion surrounding the Patriots because they have a previous offense 2007’s Spygate scandal. But doubts and suspicions are a flimsy basis for charges that undermine a man’s character – calling someone a liar is fighting talk and it is far from clear, at this stage, that those making the charge have a case. A former Patriots quarterback Bledsoe put it: For guys to stand up and say that he cheated Richie Incognito Authentic Womens Jersey and that he’s lying about it without having all the facts hand, I think that’s pretty irresponsible. I really do. Three press conferences, a lengthy NFL statement and underway investigation haven’t yet produced anything close to proof of cheating and yet still, one of the most talented and successful quarterbacks to have graced the league, is being accused of dishonesty when he says did nothing to alter the balls once they had been selected. There is something unpleasant about the glee with which is being accused and the way insinuation is running free. The only obvious conclusion that can be reached about the affair, at least until we hear from the refs and the NFL about how they balls came to be deflated, is that the NFL needs to tighten up its rules on game balls. Perhaps the NFL should employ the same regulations applied by virtually every other team ball sport the world. other words, have league-sanctioned, league-provided balls, put play by the referees and no one. No room for adjustments, no to make the balls tacky or smooth, heavy or light. The ball is the ball with a standard pressure – get on and play with it. Of course that be too straightforward for a league that struggles to even produce a universally understood definition of something as intrinsic to the game as what a completed catch is. their obsession with evolving the game into one which is dominated by a highly protected quarterback, 2006 the league allowed, after lobbying from and Peyton Manning, teams to use their own balls. No one paid much attention to that at the time, there was little sign of concern over the potential for that change to be exploited nor has the been any noticeable interest from the media how balls were ‘broken ‘ since. Several reports have suggested that other teams routinely prepare the balls to suit their quarterback’s preferences. Ask any quarterback, and this is a non-issue, said four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Gannon. Everybody does something, to them. It’s like a pitcher, he wants the ball a certain way. And is anyone seriously suggesting that the pressure of the footballs, however they became deflated, really influenced the outcome of New England’s 45 crushing of the Colts? It is then hard to avoid the conclusion that the enthusiasm that Deflategate has generated is primarily about sticking it to and Belichick. always has gotten the benefit of the doubt, wrote Serby a New Post column, headlined ‘’t believe pretty boy : Someone is lying. He is the sport’s pretty boy, almost always classy and accommodating, with a better half to die for. The words seem less sinister coming from the mouth of. The focus on ‘s good looks and his model wife, recall the treatment of Beckham England after he was sent off the 1998 World Cup defeat to. Beckham, the handsome, rich footballer with the pop wife, was booed at stadiums across England having been lambasted the popular press and his wife came for her share of insults too. Most of those who engaged that hate campaign, which included effigy of Beckham swinging from a hangman’s noose, probably feel a little silly now. ‘s image was brought up just before the obsession with PSI levels took hold when Seattle Seahawks cornerback took the opportunity to remind the media that frequently engages trash talk. I think people somehow get a skewed view of that he is just a clean-cut does everything right and never says a bad word to anyone – and we know him to be otherwise, said, when asked to explain his yelling at after a game 201Perhaps that statement, unconnected as it was to Deflategate offers some insight to why the game have been quick to raise doubts over ‘s character. Handsome, smooth-talking and successful, ‘s other side is less visible – a fierce competitor who is not afraid to joust verbally with his opponents or engage some psychological warfare on the field, he seems not to have made friends with defeated opponents. No matter how you want to spin it, cheating is cheating, former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said on television this week. And for the Patriots, they got caught. Splashback they call it right? he said with a laugh. The loose talk no doubt continue throughout Super Bowl week and only a Patriots loss to the Seahawks is likely to dissipate it. A win and no doubt someone on talk radio be demanding asterisk next to the Patriots and ‘s record. Should the NFL find did deliberately break the rules his character rightly come into a question and a punishment would follow. But should nothing be proven, or should be cleared – if this whole case is left as nothing but a lot of hot air – it be interesting to if his accusers show any of the contrition they are currently demanding from the quarterback.