Jets fine Kelechi Osemele for not practicing through torn labrum, report says

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    The Jets want offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele to play Monday versus the Patriots.

    However, he believes he isn't healthy enough to do so and he didn't practice Saturday because of it.

    New York has now fined him for not practicing with what his agent said was a torn labrum, according to SNY.

    According to a report from the New York Daily News, Osemele has been told by doctors he needs shoulder surgery. He has also been told he has the ability to play, it's just a matter of if he can tolerate the pain that comes with it.

    Jaguars choose to start Nick Foles, end Gardner Minshew Mania after bye week

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    We thought we laid out a compelling case for the Jaguars to ride the wave that was Gardner Minshew starting at quarterback and making Jacksonville fun to watch. So much for that.

    With Nic夜网论坛k Foles set to return from the shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for seven weeks, the Jaguars are going back to their $88 million man.

    Coach Doug Marrone announced Tuesday that Foles will start over Minshew when the Jaguars play the Colts in Week 11. Jacksonville is on a bye in Week 10.

    MORE: Why Jags should have stuck with Minshew

    Even though Minshew had his worst game yet in Sunday's loss to the Texans, SN's Vinnie Iyer provided four reasons why the Jaguars should have stuck with the rookie sixth-rounder from Washington State. Minshew makes the Jaguars relevant when he is the starter. He also makes game planning against the Jags tougher, has good chemistry with his receivers and and has franchise potential.

    "He's done a great job," Marrone said of Minshew on Tuesday. "I feel a whole lot different about him now than I did prior to him playing, in a positive way."

    Alas, money talks in the NFL. Jacksonville signed Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract with $45.125 million fully guaranteed at signing in free agency. In contrast, Minshew's rookie contract is scheduled to pay him $2,711,616 over four seasons.

    Wonderlic scores in the NFL: Highest, lowest test scores in Combine history

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    While most NFL prospects flex their muscles on the field at the NFL Combine to try and dazzle scouts, a their brains will come under a different kind of scrutiny with the Wonderlic test.

    The Wonderlic test is similar to an IQ test, created in 1936 by E. F. Wonderlic to measure general cognitive ability in math, vocabulary and reasoning. It was used by the Navy during World War II to determine candidates for pilot training and navigation.

    Tom Landry, a two-time Super Bowl champ as head coach of the Cowboys and innovator of the now-popular 4-3 defense, started using the Wonderlic test in the 1970s to evaluate players. With the success Landry had, many teams began to follow suit, and now it's regular practice in the NFL for draft prospects to take the test.

    Over time, players have benefited from taking the test while others never even got to sniff the NFL because of it. Here's a look at the best and worst reported scores in NFL history.

    ​MORE: ​Wonderlic scores by current players, from Tom Brady to Ryan Fitzparick

    Highest Wonderlic scores in NFL history

    50 — Pat McInally (punter)

    The only known player to get a perfect score on the Wonderlic test came from Harvard and played primarily on special teams (though he was used occasionally as a wide receiver and hauled in five TDs throughout his career). Go figure.[......]


    Buccaneers vs. Saints odds, prediction, betting trends for Week 1 NFL game

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    When the Saints host the Buccaneers in New Orleans on Sunday afternoon (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox), their NFC South rivalry will take an unusual turn.

    Drew Brees returns for another season to quarterback the Saints, but he's no longer the oldest and most Super Bowl-winning passer in the division. That honor now belongs to Tom Brady, making his much anticipated second-team debut after leaving New England for Tampa Bay in free agency.

    The Saints have won three consecutive division titles with complete command, only to have three consecutive disappointing playoff exits. The Bucs are hoping to improve greatly from a 7-9 team that could have been a lot better with fewer mistakes from QB Jameis Winston.

    Bruce Arians has now teamed up with Brady to that end, hoping to stop the run of Bress and Sean Payton. With no preseason, this has become one of the most intriguing matchups of Week 1. 

    Here's everything to know about betting on Buccaneers vs. Saints in Week 1, including updated odds, trends and our expert's pre[......]


    Buccaneers vs. Bears score, results: Cairo Santos nails game-winning kick in second-half FG fest

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    In what was supposed to be the first marqee "Thursday Night Football" matchup of the season, the Week 5 game between the Bears and the Buccanneers ended up being one of the scrappiest, lowest-scoring games of the season.

    Chicago was able to secure a 20-19 win thanks to a 38-yard field goal by Cairo Santos with 1:13 left to play.

    The second half felt more like a penalty shootout in soccer than a football game, with both kickers taking turns giving their team the lead. And the difference in this one was that the Bears got the last kick, as Tom Brady's pass on fourth down on the final drive was broken up.

    MORE: Twitter roasts Brady for losing track of downs

    Tampa Bay jumped out to the early lead in the first quarter, with Ryan Succop nailing a 39-yard field goal on the opening drive. A couple possessions later, Brady led a drive that ended with a slant pass in the end zone to Mike Evans on third-and-goal, giving the Buccaneers a 10-0 lead. Succop hit a 35-yard field goal to give them a 13-0 lead with 7:[......]


    Browns, Kevin Stefanski will evolve after franchise's latest playoff heartbreak

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    Cleveland and playoff heartbreak often go hand-in-hand, and the Browns' latest postseason loss was no exception.  

    It's easy to harp on Rashard Higgins' fumble out of the end zone in the first half after a controversial hit by Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen and label it "The Touchback." It's easy to wonder how the defense allowed backup quarterback Chad Henne's third-down scramble and ensuing fourth-and-1 conversion to Tyreek Hill that closed out Kansas City's 22-17 victory in the AFC divisional playoffs on Sunday.

    VIDEO: Browns-Chiefs divisional playoff highlights

    That type of playoff pain now runs through at least three generations of fans since the franchise's last NFL championship in 1964.  

    Here is the alternative viewpoint: Cleveland proved it belonged on this stage, and the franchise will be back on it in the near future under coach Kevin Stefanski. Sunday was a learning experience, and the Browns will benefit from it in the next few seasons.  

    The biggest lesson? Cleveland did not take advantage of an opportunity to upset the defending Super Bowl champions when Patrick Mahomes left the game with a concuss[......]


    Can Tom Brady, Buccaneers repeat as Super Bowl champions? Breaking down their 2021 odds

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    Tom Brady answered all doubters by leading the Buccaneers to victory over the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 on Sunday. So the next big question is, what are the Bucs' chances of repeating as Super Bowl champions next season — something the Chiefs just fell short of doing in the 2020 campaign?

    According to the latest earlier Super Bowl 56 odds from DraftKings Sportsbook, Kansas City is next year's favorite at +550, while Tampa Bay and Green Bay are second, both at +900. In some other books, the Buccaneers are the clear solo No. 2 at 9-1, ahead of multiple strong playoff teams from 2020, including the Bills, Ravens and Rams.

    MORE: Early NFL power rankings for 2021

    Brady returning for another season to finish out his two-year contract at age 44 is the No. 1 reason for that. The Buccaneers were far from a perfect team in winning the Super Bowl as an NFC wild-card team at 11-5, but they peaked down the stretch and are riding an eight-game winning streak going into next season.

    The top-heavy NFC, however, has had a lot of parity involving its best teams of late. Tampa Bay was the seventh NFC team to get to the Super Bowl in as many seasons. The last NFC team that had a real chance to repeat was the 2014 Seahawks, w[......]


    Aaron Rodgers situation has 'divided' the Packers fan base, says Green Bay president

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    The Packers quarterback has div夜网论坛ided the Packer faithful.

    With reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers not at OTAs and not expected to be at mandatory minicamp on Tuesday amid his feud with the Packers, Green Bay president Mark Murphy says that the situation has "divided [the Packers] fan base."

    Fielding questions from fans in his monthly column on the team's website, Murphy replied to a fan offering a compliment for the job he's done while offering a small bit of insight to the situation with Rodgers:

    The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base. The emails and letters that I've received reflect this fact. As I wrote here last month, we remain committed to resolving things with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond. We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better.

    MORE: Everything you need to know about the rift between Rodgers, Packers

    What's really noteworthy, is that Murphy offered a vote of confidence for GM Brian Gutekunst, with whom Rodgers reportedly has a beef. Murphy writes:

    … I must tell you that I have tremendous confidence in Brian Gutekunst. In his relatively short tenure as our GM, he has completely turned aroun[......]


    Why Sammy Watkins left Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs to sign with the Ravens

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    Sammy Watkins will have an early chance for a revenge game in 2021. He will face off against his former team, the Chiefs, in just his second game with the Ravens.

    Watkins spent three seasons in Kansas City after signing as a free agent during the 2018 offseason. He inked a $48 million deal to join the Chiefs and was supposed to create a frighteningly fast receiving corps along with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.

    Instead, Watkins didn't quite live up to his $16 million per year contract. He was merely a solid tertiary receiving option for Patrick Mahomes despite the quarterback's great play. Watkins averaged just 43 catches and 538 yards per season with the Chiefs. He scored just eight total TDs and missed 14 games during his time there.

    NFL POWER RANKINGS: Big bumps for Steelers and Saints, but how about that NFC West?​

    Nonetheless, Kansas City was interested in bringing Watkins back for the 2021 NFL season. Watkins also seemed interested in returning to the Chiefs because he valued winning more than stats,[......]


    Thabeet suspended one game for head-butt of Greg Stiemsma

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    NEW YORK — Oklahoma City center Hasheem Thabeet has been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for head-butting the Pelicans' Greg Stiemsma.

    Thabeet banged his head into Stiemsma's after the pair exchanged shoves during the Thunder's 105-102 loss on Thursday.

    The NBA says Monday that Thabeet will miss the first game that he is eligible and physically able to play in during the regular season.



    Anthony Davis replaces injured Kobe Bryant on West All-Star team

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    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the Western Conference All-Star team as the injury replacement for Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

    Davis was considered an All-Star snub because of the large steps forward he has taken in his second pro season. The No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks.

    Davis will play in the game in his home arena, the newly named Smoothie King Center.

    "It's a great opportunity for me. I'm excited to play in the game," Davis told reporters. Pelicans coach Monty Williams gave him the news, he said. 夜网论坛"When coach said it. I was speechless. I didn't know what to say. I'm glad they chose me. I'll try to go out and represent New Orleans and the Pelicans."

    Davis plans to still take part in the Rising Stars Challenge for rookies and second-year players.

    Bryant has not played since he fractured his left tibia in December. He played in six games for the Lakers in his return from the Achilles' surgery he underwent last season.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



    NBA Finals: Hot times spell bad news for James, Heat in Game 1

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    SAN ANTONIO — It was hot in the AT&T Center for Game 1 of the NBA Finals — really hot. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said he had, indeed, played basketball in such conditions, but “neve夜网论坛r in the NBA.”

    Outside, the temperature was in the low 80s, but inside, it was hovering above 90. On the concourse circling the arena, ushers were giving out foldable paper fans, which meant there were about 18,500 fans fanning themselves with fans. In the fourth quarter, the San Antonio Spurs announced what most in the building already knew. The AC was inoperable — result of a local power failure.

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    “We apologize for any inconvenience,” the release said.

    Unfortunately for Heat star LeBron James, the inconvenience was equally acute and ill-timed. After battling a cramping left leg for much of the fourth quarter, and requesting to be subbed out, James had to be helped off the floor with just under four minutes to play, his team already having allowed a seven-point fourth-quarter lead to evaporate.

    Without their star, who had a team-high 25 points on the night, the Heat had little hope down the stretch, outscored 31-9 in the final 9:38 on their way to a 110-95 loss.

    “You don’t want to see your best player come out of the game at winning time,” Wade said. “I don’t know what happened, all I know is they told him we had to get him[......]


    Dirk Nowitzki sings a David Hasselhoff song

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    The Dallas Mavericks know they have a versatile big man on their hands with Dirk Nowitzki but they probably don't know just how versatile he is. Nowitzki went on a German talk show and sang the popular David Hasselhoff song, "Looking For Freedom."

    The singing starts at about the 2:30 mark.

    I don't understand German but listening to the non-singing parts of the video, Nowitzki seems to have a way with the crowd. He could give Chris Bosh some tips.



    OKC Thunder sign Nick Collison to two-year deal

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    The 夜网论坛Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Nick Collison to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced on Tuesday. 

    The team did not release the details of Collison's deal, but it is reportedly worth $8 million over two years, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports. 

    MORE: Pelicans snap Hawks streak | Training like Stephen Curry | Rubio's return

    Collison has averaged 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16.0 minutes as a backup forward. 



    Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge aggravates hand injury, leaves game

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    The Blazers have seen injuries pile up in the second half of the season, and they have sidelined some of Portland's best players. Guard Wesley Matthews is already out for the season after tearing his Achilles earlier this month, and LaMarcus Aldridge has been playing through ligament damage in his left thumb for two months. 

    In Portland's 97-86 loss to the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday, things didn't get any better for Aldridge. He bruised his left hand during the first quarter, and sat out the second half. While X-rays showed that nothing was broken, Aldridge said after the game that the combination of pain from the bruise and his torn ligaments forced him to leave the game. He wasn't sure when he would try to return. 

    MORE: Nash retires | Curry's ridiculous layup | Amar'e fined 

    "I already had my thumb messed up, so not being able to use my hand was just too much," said Aldridge, according to ESPN's Michael Wallace. "They said it wasn't broken, so that's good. I'm going to take my time, try to let it go away. I had prior issues and I don't want to come back and not be able to use my left hand at all. I'm not g夜网论坛oing to rush it."

    Per Wallace, the Blazers will re-evaluate Aldridge and Nicolas Batum, who left Saturday's loss with back pain, when the team returns to Portland. 

    The Blazers can ill afford to have Aldridge or Batum sidelined for long, as the team is in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Portla[......]


    DeMar DeRozan teaches Rudy Gobert important lesson with vicious slam

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    Never jump, Rudy Gobert. We're sorry it had to come to this, but maybe now you'll have learned your lesson. Surely, Gobert will never forget this important piece of information after what DeMar DeRozan did to him on Wednesday.

    The Raptors wing soared through the lane and slammed home easily the nastiest dunk of the season so far. There aren't really words to describe the fer夜网论坛ocity with which DeRozan yammed on Gobert. The Jazz big man will have nightmares about this for years.

    MORE: Will Thibodeau coach the Rockets next? | Stephen Curry's new Foot Locker ad

    WARNING: What you're about to watch is a nasty, vicious, terrible, inconsiderate, incredible dunk. Some might not find it suitable for minors.

    That's it. The whole state of Utah got dunked into oblivion. Never mind the fact that the Jazz actually won the game. That's unimportant.