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Pope Francis, a Saints fan?
That's what it seemed when he used #Saints Sunday morning. With the hashtag, New Orleans' fleur de lis symbol popped up, alerting Saints and NFL fans.
Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints. They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) October 13, 2019
On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized British Catholic luminary John Henry Newman and four women, all of whom likely were the saints he was referring to. However, Twitter couldn't help but have fun at the Pope's unintentional support of the NFL Saints.
— 🤲🏾⚓️ (@nat_stylo) October 13, 2019
Is this about Teddy Bridgewater
— Grant (@grantnewkirk) October 13, 2019
— Mike Polly (@metman84) October 13, 2019
Who Dat, father
— DG (@hacksawDG2) October 13, 2019
— Cruz Oxenreider (@TheRealCruzOx) October 13, 2019
— René Bugner (Rainbowcave) (@RNBWCV) October 13, 2019
Do the Astros now please
— B (@BritniB714) October 13, 2019
Any blessings for the @nyjets?
— Luigi (@Luigi82) October 13, 2019
I appreciate Eric McCoy, Malcom Brown, and Jared Cook too
— Eli Mautner (@EliMautner) October 13, 2019
Dog I thought you were a panthers fan 😩
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The Bears have continued to struggle running the ball and hit rock bottom Sunday.
Chicago rushed only five times in its 36-25 loss to the Saints and totaled 17 yards on the ground while Mitchell Trubisky threw 54 times for 251 yards and two scores. Coach Matt Nagy knows the team should have more balance.
"I know we need to run the ball more. I'm not an idiot," Nagy told reporters at a Monday press conference. "I never go into a game saying, 'I want to throw the ball 54 times.' I'd love to go into a game saying, 'I'd like to run the ball 54 times,' but that hasn't happened."
The Bears ranked 11th in rushing yards (1,938) last season but haven't been the same in 2019. Second-year quarterback Trubisky thinks the Bears need to find themselves.
“We have no identity,” Trubisky said Sunday, via the Chicago Tribune. “We’re just searching. We don’t have any rhythm. We’re not the offense we were last year.”
Last year's team featured the NFL's ninth-best scoring offense, putting up 26.3 points per game. But the Bears are 29th in points per game[......]
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Who would've thought that in Week 11 we'd spend so much time talking about Jeff Driskel, Ross Dwelley, and Kalen Ballage? Sure, Brian Hill was always going to a hot late-season name -- we all knew that -- but Smelly Dwelley (likely his nickname in grade school)? That's a real shocker. Yet, those players are all featured prominently on the Week 11 Fantasy Football Show (podcast available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and YouTube) -- and all for good reason.
We talk about a few other players, such as Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, David Johnson, Ronald Jones, Kareem Hunt,Tyler Lockett, Terry McLaurin, Christian Kirk, Zach Ertz, T.J. Hockenson and more snoozers like that, but our hearts are really with dudes like Dwelley, Ballage, Hill, Tre'Quan Smith, Auden Tate, and Luke Stocker (all mentioned).
WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Still not enough for you? Well, at the very end of the show, we express our shock that more people aren't picking up a certain player. Click below to find out who we're talking about! (Now that's a pro tease, huh?)
WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Week 11 Fantasy Football Podcast
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Stripchat evidently abides by the classic Wayne Gretzky quote, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take," because the adult website company is taking a shot it almost certainly will miss.
Stripchat communications director Max Bennett confirmed to Yahoo! Sports this week that the company will bid up to $15 million for the right to name the iconic Superdome in New Orleans the "Stripchat Superdome." Mercedes-Benz, which won the right to name the Saints' home stadium in 2011, will not renew the deal that expires in 2021.
Bennett emailed Yahoo! Sports a portion of the pitch Stripchat submitted. Simultaneously, it makes a good point about name potential and likely ruins any chances of serious consideration.
"In our opinion, New Orleans is the party capital of the United States," the text begins, truthfully. "It’s always been synonymous with nightlife and entertainment. It comes alive at night, with people wandering the neon-hued promenade of one the most famous nightlife strips in the world — Bourbon Street.”
No lies detected. It continues:
"I’d like to think that we here at Stripchat embody some of New Orleans’ character and flair. As one of the world’s leading adult webcam sites that averages over 60 million visitors per month, we know a thing or two about having a good time."
OK, fine. But then the pitch goes[......]
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The Saints didn't waste time giving Taysom Hill a restructured new contract as Drew Brees made his retirement official. Hill remains the presumed replacement full-time starter for Brees in 2021, but at the same time, New Orleans has flexibility to make him compete for the job.
The main objective of Hill's four-year, $140 million extension was to create much needed salary-cap relief for this season. Hill had been previously under contract for one year at $16.3 million, with $16 million guaranteed and a $8 million signing bonus.
Hill's new deal gets him $12.159 million all guaranteed for 2021, now with an extra signing bonus of $9.686 million. Hill's base salary is only $1.034 million and the bonus is spread over five years, with around $1.9 million per season allotted from 2022 through 2025. All the years of contract are voidable and there would be no dead cap money cost to the Saints to get out of the deal after two years.
The bottom line is Hill costs the Saints now only $8.4 million against the cap in 2021, saving them around $7.5 million. He also carries only about a $7.7 million cap hit for 2022. The Saints wouldn't clear any cap by cutting Hill after one season, but they also would eat only that future $7.7 milli[......]
NEW YORK — Even Mark Cuban thinks NBA officiating is moving in the right direction.
New Commissioner Adam Silver's policies have won over the Dallas Mavericks owner, who had a long-running and costly feud with former commissioner David Stern.
"I think he's taken some great steps on the officiating. There's been more changes in 15 days or whatever it is than I saw in 14 years. So I like what he's doing there," Cuban said Monday.
Cuban said the league is sending teams more examples of plays that were called incorrectly and other data to help them understand how the games will be officiated.
"Those are things that never would have happened" under Stern, Cuban said.
The NBA did not comment on the changes.
Cuban was fined more than $1.5 million by Stern, often for his public criticisms of referees. That included a $500,000 penalty in 2002 when he said he wouldn't hire former director of officials Ed Rush to manage a Dairy Queen.
Cuban said he always found Stern to be open to new ideas on most areas, but was "closed minded" on one.
Silver said during his first press conference at All-Star weekend that he planned to bring more transparency to the league, and the officiating policies apparently represent a noticeable change.
Cuban used as an example a play late in Houston's victory over Phoenix on Sunday night, when Dwight Howard appeared to bolt into the lane early during a Rockets free throw attempt but wasn't whistled f[......]
There is a legion of Los Angeles Lakers veterans who do not share the best relationship with coach Mike D'Antoni. One of those players is Kobe Bryant, who SN previously reported wanted a new coach next season.
It appears the Lakers could be leaning toward going against his wishes, with the team contemplating a D'Antoni return for the 2014-15 season, according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.
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If D'Antoni does return next season, he will be faced with a tough job in what could be his final season in Los Angeles. D'Antoni would need to please Bryant, keep Steve Nash healthy and develop a lottery pick, assuming the Lakers don't decide to trade their early first-rounder for a veteran player.
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This season has hardly been a calm one for D'Antoni, who had to bring in players from all over the NBA and D-League just to fill the roster. Injuries to Bryant, Nash, Chris Kaman and Pau Gasol left D'Antoni in a crunch. It's hard to coach with the foundation of your franchise sidelined for injury.
The result is that the Lakers will miss the postseason for the first time since 2004-05. D'Antoni could have the opportunity to get them back there next season.
Not too long ago, Thomas Robinson was a top NBA prospect out of Kansas. His NBA career hasn't exactly resembled those expectations.
Now in his third season, it appears Robinson is about to play for his fourth NBA team after being waived by the Nuggets on Sunday.
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Thomas Robinson has reached agreement on a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 23, 2015
Robinson is expected to clear waivers on Tuesday at 5 PM ET, and then will be eligible to sign with the Nets.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 23, 2015
Robinson confirmed it on his own Twitter account later in the day.
All thanks to GOD ! Thank you Brooklyn
— thomas robinson (@Trobinson0) February 23, 2015
After starting the season with the Trail Blazers, Robinson was traded to the Nuggets as part of a deal that sent guard Arron Afflalo to Portland .
Since being drafted fifth overall by the Kings in 2012, the forward has become a bit of a journeyman. He was traded to the Rockets during his rookie season before Houston dealt him to the Trail Blazers the following offseason. Robinson appeared in 70 games for Portland last season.
Robinson averaged 3.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game for the Blazers this season.
It's set. The NBA MVP vs. the best player in the world. Stephen Curry's 67-win Warriors vs. LeBron James' "I'm Coming Home" Cavaliers. We couldn't have asked for a better matchup. Sure, there are some lumps on each side. But the NBA Finals don't start until Thursday, June 4, so both teams should be a bit healthier and extremely well game-planned.
That makes the task of predictions almost impossible. But Sporting News' Sean Deveney and Adi Joseph were up to the task, after great consternation and thought. (For the record, both predicted the Warriors in five against the Rockets, but Deveney predicted the Cavaliers would beat the Hawks in six games while Joseph went with the Hawks in seven.)
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Sean Deveney: Warriors in 7
The Cavs have shown remarkable perseverance this season, which has led to a feeling inside their locker room that fate has determined this is their year. That dates back to that 19-20 start, the rumors that swamped the team about Kevin Love’s unhappiness and coach David Blatt’s fitness for the job, the three key players they brought in via in-season trade and the roll they’ve been on that has culminated in their 12-2 run through the Eastern Conference. Oh, and there’s James and what he did in the conference finals: 30.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 9.3 assists in the four-game sweep. There[......]
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When their playoff run ended last season, the Wizards looked to be a team on the rise.
Six weeks into this season, they're still trying to get off the ground.
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The Wizards fell 107-105 to the lowly Pelicans on the road Friday, dropping to 9-12 on the season. They've lost eight of their last 11 games and have failed to put a winning streak together during that span.
So what has been the problem? John Wall got off to a poor start early in the season, but he's been coming around as of late. He has averaged 27.7 points and 9.8 assists per game in December and is back to playing at an All-Star level. He played Friday night without running mate Bradley Beal, who missed the game due to a right leg injury.
It's still early, but in an improving Eastern Conference, it will take more than just Wall and a middling record to get to the playoffs and beyond. In fact, if the playoffs started today, they'd be on the outside looking in.
For a team that has made the playoffs the past couple of seasons and was a few missed shots away from the Eastern Co[......]
At slightly north of $93 million, the Warriors have a roster that accounts for the league’s fourth-highest payroll as well as the league’s greatest number of wins in a season. But the sturdiness of Steph Curry’s extremities have now rendered the Warriors’ 73-win record unimportant, and will put the depth of the roster — and its willingness to move the ball — to the test.
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On Sunday, the Warriors proved up to the task, responding to another injury suffered by the reigning (and soon-to-be repeat) league MVP with a masterly performance in a third quarter in which they scored 41 points, knocked down eight 3-pointers in 13 attempts, dished out 12 assists on 14 made shots and saw Klay Thompson and Draymond Green lead the way with 25 combined points.
So with Steph Curry out for anywhere between a week and two weeks with a sprained MCL, suffered in a slip just before halftime in Sunday’s Game 4 in Houston, all the Warriors will need to do is continue to put together quarters like that until Curry comes back. Simple enough.
Of course, it will not be easy. But Golden State is readily equipped to handle this absence.
The Warriors pushed forward on Sunday without Curry, who just might be the biggest star in the game now, because Thompson and Green are stars in their own right, and because they can provide the production to make up for Curry’s absence. They wil[......]
Jeff Withey is trying to clear his name after being blasted for alleged infidelity in his relationship with now-former fiancee Kennedy Summers.
News outlets keep saying that I "allegedly" cheated on my ex fiancée Kennedy Summers . Let me just make it very clear. I never cheated!!
— Jeff Withey (@JeffWithey) October 5, 2016
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Summers' representative, Zack Teperman, issued a statement about the breakup to TMZ: "While it has its many pros, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. can also create many issues within a relationship. The negative effects of social media have claimed yet another couple."
That led to Withey's tweet spree, starting with the one above and continuing on for four more:
I care and love her very much and wish the best for her. But I am very sick of being portrayed as this person I am not.
— Jeff Withey (@JeffWithey) October 5, 2016
Its possible for people to end relationships for other reasons than cheating.People that know me, know my character and know I'd never cheat
— Jeff Withey (@JeffWithey) October 5, 2016
Sorry for the rant but this has been bugging me. I want to say sorry to my friends and family that have to hear about this from social media
— Jeff Withey (@JeffWithey) October 5, 2016
I'm sad that Kennedy decided to make a statement to tmz instead of keeping[......]
Former NBA coach George Karl has been scrutinized lately for comments he made in his upcoming book "Furious George" and he seems perplexed by it.
“The backlash was interesting," Karl said Thursday on "Mike & Mike."
When asked whether he was surprised by the reactions, he said, "yeah."
MORE: Dwyane Wade: "I lost a little vision" because of migraine
In the soon-to-be-released book, he had strong words for former Nuggets players Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith. Martin went on a Twitter rant after the release of excerpts from the book and was most upset with Karl bringing up the fact he and Anthony didn't grow up with fathers (Anthony's dad died of cancer when he was 2).
I didn't have a father going up. We all know that. What's George Karl excuse for being a terrible person
— Kenyon Martin Sr. (@KenyonMartinSr) December 22, 2016
“I said it poorly, and I’m sorry that I said it poorly, and I’m sorry for the reaction," Karl said about the father excerpt. "I know Kenyon; the one thing I love about Kenyon Martin is that he’s a good father.
“Sometimes I think when you take excerpts out of the book, it becomes not exactly what I said.”
MORE: Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts puts George Karl in his place
Even though he seems to know Martin was upset, Karl said he hasn't been paying close attention to all the[......]
Although the modern-day version of the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest doesn't attract as many big names as other All-Star events, it remains a hit due to its storied history and memorable moments it's brought since debuting in 1984.
The event has given rise to some of the NBA's smallest players, including in 1986, when 5-7 Spud Webb defeated his Hawks teammate and defending champion Dominique Wilkins. Webb remains the shortest player to win the win the event, but 5-9 Nate Robinson has the most contest titles (three) from his dominant run last decade.
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Other legendary Slam Dunk Contest moments include Michael Jordan winning in Chicago in 1988, Vince Carter's performance in 2000 and Blake Griffin jumping over a car in 2011. The 2019 version lacks that type of star power, but anything can happen.
Here's a look at the scoring format and participants for 2019 as well as the full list of previous winners throughout history.
NBA Slam Dunk Contest format, scoring
Despite many changes over the years, the contest has reverted back to a simple format.
Five judges will grade the dunks on a scale of 6-10, with 50 being the maximum score per attempt. The two players with the highest combined score on their two first-round dunks will move to the finals, with the winner being de[......]