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SEATTLE -- Friday night is hockey night in Kent

Washington, an industrial town located 19 miles south of Seattle. It's Pub Night at the ShoWare Center -- where fans can snag 10 tickets, 10 beers and 10 hats for $220 -- but most people at the Seattle Thunderbirds' WHL game against Kelowna are here for the promise of seeing the next big thing.

The Thunderbirds have a good track record. Last year center Mathew Barzal was skating circles around opponents here; now he's a leading Calder Trophy candidate for the New York Islanders. At least two fans at the ShoWare Center are sporting Barzal's No. 13 Islanders jersey. In fact, the concourse is littered with jerseys of other WHL alumni -- Ken Daneyko, Tyler Johnson, Shea Theodore, Brooks Laich, Duncan Keith -- plus a smattering of random allegiances: Nathan MacKinnon, Kris Letang, Jack Eichel.
"One day," says Chris Simmons, a consultant and Seattle resident who is at the game with his two sons. "We'll have our own pro guys to be proud of, and we'll represent. That's the hope, at least."
That hope finally feels tangible. At December's NHL Board of Governors meetings, commissioner Gary Bettman authorized an ownership group to conduct a season-ticket drive in Seattle, invited the city to apply for expansion and set the fee at $650 million.It was a stunning development, if only for its expediency. (Three years earlier, at a previous Board of Governors meeting, Bettman only invited Las Vegas to run a season-ticket drive; the other steps came later.) Sources say Seattle's ticket drive will begin in February. The goal is for a new franchise to begin play in 2020-21.
But you can forgive a fan like Simmons for exercising caution. Despite Seattle's rich hockey history -- the Pacific Coast Hockey Association's Seattle Metropolitans were the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup, in 1917, when they dispatched the defending champions, the National Hockey Association's Montreal Canadiens -- the NHL has only flirted with the city for decades.Ownership groups surfaced, then disappeared. Arena bids sprouted, but never blossomed. The NHL spurned other logical favorites, such as Quebec City, and added Las Vegas while Seattle still waited at the altar. In all of this time, that this city managed not to get a team?" says Jeff Obermeyer, who authored the book "Hockey in Seattle." "It doesn't make much sense."
The area actually supports two junior teams within an hour drive of each other. The Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips play just 30 miles north of Seattle. When the Silvertips and Thunderbirds play at the same time, as many as 12,000 people are attending hockey games in the area at once -- and that's simply to watch juniors.
The city has already shown it can be fervent. The NFL's Seahawks' "12th man" generates buzz, but many Seattleites point to the MLS Sounders as a model the NHL team should follow. Although the franchise is only 10 years old, the Sounders led the MLS in attendance for their first eight seasons, and finished second behind only Atlanta in 2017, while averaging 43,666 per game (the next closest team was Toronto, which averaged 27,647). They consistently sell out CenturyLink Field. The Sounders built their following from the ground up. They host college football-style rallies downtown that conclude with a well-attended march to the match.
But, of course, if you're talking about professional sports in Seattle, the sting of the SuperSonics' absence lingers. The NBA team was plucked from Seattle and transported to Oklahoma City in 2008, in large part because its owners could not secure public funding for Womens Yoenis Cespedes Jersey a new arena. KeyArena was outdated by modern sports' standards. OVG's plan includes creating 2,200 club seats for hockey, and more for basketball, which certainly would be attractive in a city that boasts eight Fortune 500 companies. Amazon's campus is nestled against the arena.
It's especially a shame that the Sonics left just as Seattle was having its moment. A tech boom is heralding record growth. From April 2015 to 2016, for example, Seattle and its surrounding counties added 86,320 new residents, according to a report from The Puget Sound Regional Council.
Paul Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. He had Authentic Brian Urlacher Jersey asthma as a child, so his mother signed him up for hockey because she wanted him to be active, and the confines of a rink would protect him from the pollen and allergens outside. Once he stepped on the ice, Kim was hooked. When he was 10, Kim's family moved to Seattle, and his obsession intensified.
He went on to study economics at the University of Washington but in his free time became fascinated by the city's hockey history. He spent hours in the library researching the Seattle Metropolitans. That's when he realized someone held the trademark for the Seattle Metropolitans name, but wasn't using it, and by law, he could challenge for the name.
Last week, reported that someone who apparently works for OVG registered 38 website domains with 13 possible team names: Cougars, Eagles, Emeralds, Evergreens, Firebirds, Kraken, Rainiers, Renegades, Sea Lions, Seals, Sockeyes, Totems and Whales. The team's potential name has become one of the hottest topics in town, igniting a mad dash for rights.
Pamela Bowerman, whose pen name is Jami Davenport, filed an application with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office on Dec. 21 to own the Seattle Sockeyes. That's the name of a fictional team in her romance novels, which include "Penalty Play," "Shot on Goal" and "Crashing the Net." Additionally, a Microsoft attorney is trying to trademark the "Seattle Steelheads."

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Biggest NBA All-Star snubs: Who should (and shouldn't) be in

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs point guard Tony Parker met with Gregg Popovich before Sunday's 94-86 loss against the Indiana Pacers, and the coach told him he "thought it was time" to go with someone else in the starting lineup.

So, with second-year man Dejounte Murray hitting the court Jared Crick Youth jersey with the starters at point guard, Parker came off the bench for the 21st time of his 17-year career (postseason included), and for the first time since the 2010 playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks.
"I was like, 'Oh, no problem,'" an upbeat Parker said of his reaction to Popovich's decision. "Just like Manu [Ginobili], just like Pau [Gasol], that day's going to come. And if Pop sees something that is good for the team, I'll try to do my best. I support Pop's decision, and I'll try to help [Dejounte Murray] out as best I can, and try to be the best I can in that second unit with Manu [Ginobili] and Patty [Mills]."
After undergoing surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon last May, Parker spent seven months working through the rehabilitation process and returned to the lineup Nov. 27 in a win over the Mavericks. Throughout Parker's return, the Spurs have worked to manage the veteran's minutes. But Parker admitted to "hitting a wall" recently, saying "I'm just more focused on my leg because I know I [still] have another two months before I feel 100 percent."
"It's getting there. I just have to keep working on it, and just be patient," Parker added. "[Cavaliers guard] Isaiah Thomas, he talked about that. When you first come back you have the adrenaline. I had all the energy, and the first 10 games I was feeling great. Then I hit that wall. Because for seven months you're working so hard on your rehab to try to come back, and you have the adrenaline, and you have the juice. The last seven or eight games, I felt like I was hitting a wall because I worked so hard to come back fast. At the same time I was hitting the wall, I twisted my Justin Pugh Authentic Jersey ankle. So, I felt like it was just bad timing with everything. But at the end of the day, you have to find a way to produce, and I have confidence in myself. I was talking to my doctor, and he told me that's normal that you're going to hit the wall. It's at 10 or 11 months that you're really, really back. They always say the second year, you'll play even better than the first year back. So that's why I have to be patient."
In the four previous games before the team's loss Sunday to Indiana, Parker had connected on just 9-of-32 attempts for 22 points and 15 assists. The battered Spurs, already playing without star forward Kawhi Leonard, Rudy Gay (heel bursitis) and Ginobili (thigh contusion), had also just played six of their past seven games on the road going into Sunday's matchup at the AT&T Center.
Coming off the bench against the Pacers, Parker scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go with five assists. Parker also knocked down his 500th career 3-pointer. Parker is now one of just four players in NBA history with 500 3-pointers or more to go with 18,000 points or more and 6,500 assists or more, joining the likes of LeBron James, Gary Payton and John Stockton. I'm still planning on being very productive. I think I showed it tonight," Parker said. "I'll try to be productive, come in and run the team with whoever's in the second unit and try to be the best I can."
"It's above my pay grade, it's above my head," Green said. "At the start, it was different. But I think Dejounte did a great job of coming in and pushing the pace. I think that's what they wanted him to do [with] working Tony in with the pick-and-roll game. But Dejounte gets it up the floor. He's kind of the road runner. So, we're using him efficiently with obviously matchups defensively; his long arms, his athleticism and rebounding. And offensively, just pushing the pace and trying to give us more movement. I don't know, I just had to guess. But you'd have to ask big boss." he Spurs committed 20 turnovers against the Pacers in losing their second outing in a row. San Antonio hadn't lost two in a row since Dec. 12 and Dec. 15.
"It was not something expected," Spurs center Pau Gasol said of the switch in the starting lineup, "but at the same time, we've played with both point guards before. Dejounte's been playing well. We have to worry about ourselves and do our best to understand where we are at, play hard and play together as always. That's what is keeping us alive."
"It's above my pay grade, it's above my head," Green said. "At the start, it was different. But I think Dejounte did a great job of coming in and pushing the pace. I think that's what they wanted him to do [with] working Tony in with the pick-and-roll game. But Dejounte gets it up the floor. He's kind of the road runner. So, we're using him efficiently with obviously matchups defensively; his long arms, his athleticism and rebounding. And offensively, just pushing the pace and trying to give us more movement. I don't know, I just had Authentic Matt Adams Jersey to guess. But you'd have to ask big boss."
The Spurs committed 20 turnovers against the Pacers in losing their second outing in a row. San Antonio hadn't lost two in a row since Dec. 12 and Dec. 15.
"It was not something expected," Spurs center Pau Gasol said of the switch in the starting lineup, "but at the same time, we've played with both point guards before. Dejounte's been playing well. We have to worry about ourselves and do our best to understand where we are at, play hard and play together as always. That's what is keeping us alive."

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Wenger backs Mkhitaryan to recover

Since Alexis Sánchez’s transfer to Manchester United was confirmed on Monday evening there has not been a single tweet from one of his former Arsenal team-mates to wish him well or say what a pleasure it was to play alongside him. These guys and this club are not noted for their reticence on the social media platform. Sometimes, it is what is left unsaid that Authentic Ryan Grant Jersey makes the point.

Arsène Wenger went the other way. The manager had something to get off his chest on Tuesday morning and he dived right in. Arsenal are one game from the Carabao Cup final – they entertain Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in the semi-final, second-leg on Wednesday night, with the scoreline locked at 0-0 from the first leg – and Wenger was asked whether victory and a Wembley appearance would lift the mood at the club.
“To change the mood?” Wenger said. ‘I have no illusions at all. The mood is decided by you [the press]. Look, we have been in a few finals. Has it changed your mood? No. You celebrate some teams who have not been in a final for 25 years and yet you kill us, even though we have won the FA Cup three times in the last four years. It’s like that. We have to live with that.”
Tottenham Hotspur’s last appearance in an FA Cup final was 1991 and there is the sense in some quarters at Arsenal that the British press have anointed them as their darlings – despite their lack of silverware. Similarly, they feel that Liverpool, who have struggled for trophies in the past decade or so, have been feted more than criticised.
It is into this climate – one characterised by the mentality of the siege and where meltdowns bubble around every corner – that Arsenal welcome Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian, who joined from United in a straight swap for Sánchez, is cup-tied against Chelsea and must wait until next Tuesday to make his Arsenal debut – at Swansea City in the Premier League. The pressure will be on him to provide positivity from the off.
If things had worked out differently, Mkhitaryan would have become an Arsenal player in the summer of 2016. “I met him and we were close at the time but, in the end, it didn’t work,” Wenger said. The attacking midfielder would leave Borussia Dortmund for United; Wenger has said many times that Arsenal cannot compete for players – on a financial level – with either Manchester club.
Mkhitaryan struggled under José Mourinho at Old Trafford and Wenger said C.J. Anderson Authentic Jersey that the challenge for him would be to put the psychological scars behind him – in the same way that Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne have done. Both of them struggled under Mourinho at Chelsea.
“You worry about how much it has affected him but it’s a new chance for him and that’s what you want in life,” Wenger said. “With his quality, I’m sure that he will take it. I might have to analyse with him how it went [at United], what we can do, how can we help him?”
It is clear that Mkhitaryan is no like-for-like Sanchez replacement and Wenger raised the prospect of him filling the midfield boots of the long-term injury victim Santi Cazorla. “Personally, I see him first wide but I’m thinking as well that there is the possibility for him to play through the middle, Wenger said. “As a No10? Or even deeper.”,102472

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Best QBs, NFL draft risers, more from Day 1 at Senior Bowl

Practices are underway at the 2018 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, where quarterbacks Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield are the main attraction on rosters full of NFL draft talent. Allen and the rest of the top senior NFL draft prospects were poked, prodded, measured and weighed Tuesday morning, but Mayfield's arrival was delayed, and he got to Mobile in time for the North team practice in the afternoon.

Now that both teams have practiced, our team of NFL draft experts -- Todd McShay, Matt Bowen and Steve Muench -- are breaking down how the best prospects fared, which under-the-radar prospects are rising, and more. Here's their recap of Day 1.

Sando: Knowing the 49ers were able to land Jimmy Garoppolo from New England for a second-round choice made it easier -- more defensible, at least -- to bypass a quarterback in this re-draft. It's not just me saying they might be able to find a QB another way. We all know they did exactly that, even though they could not have known how things would shake out when they traded back from the second overall spot on Day 1 of the 2017 draft.
Garrett was one of the most talented players in the class. Selecting him did not require much justification. He was there; I took him. Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore Darron Lee Authentic Jersey were the other players from the draft who stood out in my mind as alternatives. The 49ers already have a good running back, and they're running a system that has succeeded in the past with quite a few backs with varied pedigrees. Lattimore's injury history was still a slight concern in my mind, even though he played more games than Garrett did this past season.
Yates: Quarterback play is the function of player ability, coaching and circumstances. Immediate success is not entirely uncommon -- Dak Prescott was an MVP candidate as a rookie in 2016 -- but it should also not be the barometer to measure a quarterback after just one season in the NFL.
After all, Chicago drafted Trubisky with the intention of redshirting him, a plan that went awry because of the performance of Mike Glennon.
When reviewing Trubisky's rookie campaign, particularly when bypassing other players such Josh Reddick Womens Jersey as Lattimore with this pick, it's important to analyze beyond what the numbers -- 2,193 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions with a 59.4 percent completion percentage -- tell us about him. Trubisky played within an offense whose top wide receiver for much of his time as the starter was either Dontrelle Inman, cast off by the Chargers for a late conditional draft pick, or Jonas Brodin Womens Jersey Kendall Wright, who signed a one-year deal after not fully meeting expectations in Tennessee.
When the Bears hired Matt Nagy as their new head coach this offseason, a prevailing narrative was that the team aspires to recreate a Sean McVay-Jared Goff dynamic with Nagy and Trubisky. That isn't a certainty to happen given how expediently McVay and Goff found success, but if the Bears passed on Trubisky in this spot, the team would have had -- and still have -- a massive quarterback quandary. anking on player development via a strong coaching staff that would be in place for Trubisky's second year plus the undeniable talent he brings to the table, he remains the pick at No. 3 overall.
Schatz: After a 10-6 playoff season, I'm sure the Jaguars still feel good about their selection of Leonard Fournette. But I'm a strong believer that you don't take a running back this high in the draft -- especially one who won't even average 4 yards per carry as a rookie. Kamara was the best rookie running back, but he doesn't really fit the power style the Jaguars want from their lead back, so he wouldn't make sense here either.
The Jaguars are so imbalanced that it seems absurd to suggest they needed a defensive player with the No. 4 pick. Lattimore or Tre'Davious White would be fantastic additions to most teams, but Jacksonville already has two outstanding outside corners (Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye) and Nolan Ryan Authentic Jersey a reasonable nickelback (Aaron Colvin).
No, the Jaguars need to be honest with themselves about their need at the most important position in the game: quarterback. Yes, Blake Bortles ranked 12th in ESPN's Total QBR metric this season, but that was his best career finish by far, and the positive performance was grouped into a handful of games. Overall, Bortles was the least consistent quarterback in the league.
He has four years of experience now. It's probably never going to get better than this. The Jaguars need to find a quarterback who can carry the team even on days the defense doesn't have a stellar performance. And a team that wants to build on defense and running the ball needs a quarterback with a big arm who can take advantage of the play-action opportunities deep. So, say hello to Mahomes, who in our re-draft world is now the heir apparent to Bortles in Jacksonville instead of Alex Smith in Kansas City. Mahomes was the highest-rated quarterback last year in Football Outsiders' QBASE projections, and the success of Goff and Case Keenum in 2017 means less reticence about drafting a quarterback out of an Air Raid college system. wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys nike cheap nfl jerseys usa nba jerseys wholesale wholesale nba jerseys nike nfl jerseys size chart wholesale jerseys free shipping

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Bad Nick looks flummoxed on too many third-and-longs

In his two worrisome starts against the Raiders and Cowboys in Weeks 16 and 17, respectively, Foles and the Eagles went just 1-for-17 on third down. That includes a 1-for-14 performance against the Raiders, who ranked 26th in the league on third-down defense this year. (To be fair, the Eagles went 2-for-2 on fourth down.) Foles needed an average of 7.4 yards to convert those third downs, and in his three tries the following week, Foles required an average of 11.7 yards to move the chains. The difference between 6 yards to convert and 7.4 yards to convert doesn't sound like much until you consider that the shortest average third down in the league belonged to the Packers at 6.3 yards, while 7.4 yards would have been 22nd.

Good Nick has the ball out quick, thanks in part to run-pass options (RPOs) and screens. The best half-season of Foles' life came as the quarterback for Chip Kelly, who really introduced RPOs as a staple of an offensive attack in 2013. The Authentic Nick O'Leary Jersey Eagles still run a few of Kelly's concepts, and while current coach Doug Pederson assigned Foles a few RPOs in the Giants game, he didn't really get back to them as a meaningful part of the offense until the second half of the Falcons game in the divisional round.
As a pro quarterback, Foles has been at his best when he's getting the ball out before things begin to bog down. He's not the best quarterback on the run or while improvising, although he did come up with a beautiful pass to Agholor up the sideline on a third down Sunday. The RPOs Pederson dialed up keep things simple for Foles, allowing him to read one player -- often a linebacker -- before making a safe throw to an open space where he knows his receiver is about to break. And when an RPO has worked, Pederson hasn't been afraid to go back to it in the same game or even on the very next play.
Pederson also has focused on making Foles' life easier with the screen game, which helped gas out the Vikings' pass rush on Sunday. Since Week 15, Foles leads the league with 189 passing yards on 20 screens, putting him third in attempts, behind Blake Bortles and Ben Roethlisberger. Philly turned seven screen attempts into seven completions, three first downs and 50 yards on Sunday.
Anyone is a threat at any time to be the target of a screen pass for the Eagles, who have completed screens to 10 receivers since Foles entered the lineup, including seven for 108 yards to Jay Ajayi. Ajayi had just 67 receiving yards in his seven games with the Dolphins. Pederson also does a good job of building bigger plays off of the screen game, including a fake screen-and-go to Burton for an easy touchdown against the Giants. That's a hallmark, coincidentally, of Josh McDaniels with the Patriots.
Bad Nick double-clutches the ball and waits for a window that isn't opening. Foles is capable of making plays off-schedule, as he did on the bomb to Jeffery for a touchdown Sunday night, but it's not his forté. His decision-making often grows more questionable as he holds onto the ball for a longer period of time, leading Foles to either force the ball into a window that isn't there or hold onto the ball too long while waiting for an opportunity to arise.
While Foles' numbers looked superficially good heading into this Vikings game, his underlying play hadn't matched up. Foles had two interceptions to his name, but that number should have been closer to five or six. The Giants dropped two stone-cold Foles interceptions in his debut as a starter and might have had a third with some luck. Reggie Nelson dropped a would-be pick before grabbing one later in the victory over the Raiders. Against the Falcons, famously, a pressured Foles lobbed up a duck that somehow bounced off Keanu Neal and into the arms of Torrey Smith for a 20-yard gain, which helped set up what would eventually be a crucial field goal just before halftime. Every quarterback is lucky enough to have some interceptions hit the ground, but before Sunday, Foles' luck had been more generous than most.
Good Nick gets in a rhythm and bad Nick does not. I don't think we're very good at identifying whether a player or team has momentum, but it certainly seems like the current version of Foles looks far more comfortable in the pocket than he did during that ugly stretch of football toward the end of the regular season. His footwork is more concise, and his throws come out when Foles can take advantage of his arm strength, as opposed to in those moments in between steps, when Foles seems to find that brief window. His movement inside the pocket has been far more assured during the playoffs. It also helps that Jason Kelce's snapping has been more consistent in January than it was during a frustrating end to the regular season.
Evaluate Foles' performance on a half-by-half basis, and a fascinating trend emerges, one that was informed from watching him play. After entering the lineup as the starter in Week 15, Foles looked good -- and got worse with each passing half. Since he returned to the lineup in the divisional round after two weeks off, though, Foles has improved half after half:
I think the bye week really helped the Eagles. It gave Pederson a chance to take a step backward, evaluate old Foles tape and integrate concepts that may have worked for the QB in the past back into Philadelphia's offense, including the emphasis on RPOs. It gave Foles a chance to breathe and regain his confidence after seemingly falling apart over the second half of the Raiders game and in his lone quarter against the Cowboys.
Pederson was conservative with Foles on a windy night against the Falcons, and he Jarvis Jenkins Youth jersey kept his quarterback to quick decisions and short throws. Each of Foles' 23 completions were what the NFL defines as "short" passes, within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage. He mostly attacked the middle of the field. On Sunday, Foles' scope widened. He threw the ball all over the field and attacked Minnesota Womens Terry Sawchuk Jersey vertically, going 4-of-7 for 172 yards on his deep throws, and that includes a drop from Smith on a pass Foles slightly underthrew.

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transfers to rise by different route

Lazio won at San Siro on Sunday. An impressive feat at any time but all the more so on this occasion because they weren’t playing there. It was their neighbours, Roma, who had travelled to face Inter but a 1-1 draw between those teams was as good as a victory for the Biancocelesti, who took advantage of dropped points to climb into joint third.

They had done their part by thrashing Chievo 5-1 in the afternoon. So much for the theory that the winter break might cost Lazio momentum. This was the fourth time in 20 games they had hit five or more goals in a match – including a 5-2 win over Spal immediately before Serie A’s one-weekend pause.
Remarkable stuff, especially when you consider they lost Serie A’s leading scorer to injury on Sunday Martin Maldonado Jersey after only 35 minutes. Ciro Immobile should have exited much sooner – tweaking his thigh soon after kick-off and making little impact on the game thereafter. Instead it was Luis Alberto who opened the scoring with a deflected effort, and then Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who restored Lazio’s advantage after Manuel Pucciarelli had equalised in between. The Serbian added an elegant volleyed finish midway through the second half before Bastos and Nani completed the rout of Chievo.
You could argue the final scoreline was misleading. Chievo were competitive for long stretches and things might have gone differently if the penalty they were awarded with the score 2-1 had not been overturned on a VAR review. Yet there is something compelling about the way this Lazio side finishes games – refusing to let up even after an opponent’s will has been broken.
Their 53 goals are the most of any team in Serie A, despite the fact they have a game in hand on the majority. They have got there by a different route to the other frontrunners, too, eschewing possession in favour of fast breaks and faster finishing: a ruthlessly efficient brand of counterattacking football devised by manager, Simone Inzaghi.
It’s a system that exploits the talent at his disposal. Immobile divides opinion, a centre-forward who lacks the all-around game of the world’s best at his position and who struggled badly when called upon to become a more complete player at Dortmund and Sevilla. Yet his instincts and timing around the 18-yard box are exceptional. Limit his role to what he does well, and he can John Hannah Jersey be very effective indeed.
Likewise, Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto have flourished in roles behind the attack, empowered to carry the ball forward and assault spaces that open up when an opponent overcommits. With Immobile running on ahead of them, defenders are routinely confronted with the stark choice of backing off and inviting one of those two to take a shot on themselves, or risking the ball in behind.
Inzaghi has, in short order, emerged as one of the most promising young managers on the peninsula – a fact that Clay Buchholz Jersey only looks more impressive when you consider he is going against current tactical trends. Not bad for a man who was initially only intended as a caretaker appointment in the spring of 2016 and who got the job full-time only because Marcelo Bielsa changed his mind about taking it in the summer.
Perhaps Lazio could have avoided that whole saga if they had listened to the players. “As soon as [Inzaghi] arrived, he just brought this positive energy that made us feel right,” Milinkovic-Savic said during a June interview with Serbian media. “He created this atmosphere in which everyone trusts their team-mates. There are no cliques – where I might, say, only speak to [compatriots] Dusan Basta or Filip Djordjevic.”
To focus solely on the manager, though, feels reductive. Lazio owe their success also to the recruitment strategy that brought in such players as Milinkovic-Savic – these days a reported €100m target for Europe’s wealthiest clubs – for barely a tenth of that sum in 2015. wholesale nfl jerseys nfl jerseys china nike nfl jerseys size chart nhl jerseys china cheap hockey jerseys nfl jerseys outlet

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NFL execs predict Case Keenum's 2018 deal

PHILADELPHIA -- Sunday night wasn't Case Keenum's night, to put it mildly, but 2017 was still resoundingly his season. The Minnesota Vikings quarterback parlayed a one-year, $2 million contract as a backup into a more lucrative future -- even if his performance in the NFC Championship Game loss knocked him down a notch or two.

With insights from agents, salary-cap managers and other insiders, we size up how much Keenum will command, what Minnesota might be thinking and where Keenum fits with his peers from a statistical standpoint. It will be interesting to Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey see how it shakes out," a personnel director said. "I think the dominoes will start falling when you see where [Vikings offensive coordinator] Pat Shurmur will go, and does he take [Sam] Bradford or Keenum? Even if Shurmur goes to New York, I think one of those QBs goes somehow."
Given how similar the Eagles and Vikings were heading into this postseason, it shouldn't be a surprise that Philadelphia stole Minnesota's narrative as part of its 38-7 blowout victory in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday evening. All year, the Vikings were the deep team who could only possibly be held back by their fill-in quarterback, only for Case Keenum to continually exceed expectations and play like a Pro Bowler.
On Sunday, with the Vikings finally possessing what most expected to be an advantage at quarterback, they were played off the field by a remarkable performance from Nick Foles. Filling in for injured MVP candidate Carson Wentz, Foles delivered the best single-game performance by any Eagles quarterback this season by both passer rating and QBR. Foles finished the game with 352 yards and three touchdowns. In the second half, he went 11-of-11 for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns, which was good for both a perfect passer rating (158.3) and QBR (99.9). That's the first time someone has Ryan Callahan Jersey done that on 10 or more attempts in the second half in more than five years.
Jubilant Eagles fans with no intention of heading to school or work this morning might very well take some time on Monday to erase their tweets and disavow their texts from Dec. 25. Less than a month ago, it looked like Foles was going to sink a very promising Eagles season when he traded disastrous pass for pass with Derek Carr in an ugly Christmas night performance against the Raiders. Foles did just enough after a late Raiders turnover to set up a game-winning field goal, which in turn handed Philly home-field advantage for Sunday's victory. A week later, Foles started 4-for-11 with an interception before being rested for the remainder of the Week 17 game.
Across five games in six weeks, we've seen the full gamut of Nick Foles appearances. On Christmas, we saw the Foles who washed out in St. Louis under Jeff Fisher. On Sunday, we saw the guy who had one of the hottest half-seasons in league history under Chip Kelly in 2013. So how did the Eagles turn their quarterback around? And is there an early guess on which Foles we're likely to see against the Patriots in Super Captain Munnerlyn Jersey Bowl LII? I ran the numbers and watched every Foles snap from those five starts to try to identify the differences between Good Nick and Bad Nick:
Good Nick executes on manageable third downs. The most shocking thing to come out of Sunday's victory over the Vikings was what the Eagles were able to do on third down. During the regular season, Minnesota allowed teams to convert on just 25.2 percent of their third-down attempts. You won't be surprised to hear that 25.2 percent was the best rate in football in 2017, but to put things in context, the Vikings finished the year with the best third-down conversion rate on defense since 1991.
Foles carved up the Vikings on Sunday. By the time Foles threw his second touchdown pass to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery on third-and-goal to give Philadelphia a 38-7 lead, he and the Eagles had converted nine of their 11 third-down tries. One of those two failed conversions wasn't even Foles' fault, as he hit a wide-open Trey Burton, only for the backup tight end to jump and land out of bounds. Minnesota's only other stop on third down before the game was decided and Eagles fans began devising plans to climb Crisco Mountain was on a Danielle Hunter coverage sack.
The 29-year-old quarterback also pulled off the perfect passer rating and QBR feat on those third downs, going 10-of-11 for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Eagles helped make it easier by leaving Foles with an average of just 6 yards to pick up those third-down tries, with only one third-and-10 along the way. In the two other games in which Foles has looked good on third down -- the Week 15 game against the Giants and last week's divisional-round victory over the Falcons -- the Eagles' offense went a combined 12-for-26 (46.2 percent) on third downs while facing an average of just under 6 yards per conversion attempt.
The Vikings also crushed themselves by failing to tackle on conversions that led to three touchdowns. Trae Waynes failed to wrap up on a Zach Ertz dig route on that third-and-10, which eventually led to a LeGarrette Blount touchdown. Anthony Barr was unable to bring Corey Clement down on a third-and-6 swing pass that should have ended a Philadelphia drive; on the ensuing third down, Foles eluded pressure and hit Jeffery for a 53-yard touchdown. And in the third quarter, when Torrey Smith squeezed out a conversion on a third-and-6 screen through the tackle attempt of reserve safety Anthony Harris, he hopped back up and scored a 41-yard touchdown on a flea flicker on the very next play. Those three possessions should have resulted in three punts, and instead cost the Vikings 21 points. basketball jerseys cheap nfl jerseys mlb jerseys china nfl jerseys wholesale cheap nfl jerseys free shipping

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Reasons to be excited: Start with familiar faces on the

opposite side who played a huge part in the Patriots' Super Bowl win last year -- running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive end Chris Long. They are thought of highly in New England and now to win another Super Bowl, the Patriots will have to stop them. And then consider this angle: When the Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years in the 2004 season, they beat the Eagles to do so. Devin McCourty Authentic Jersey Now as they go for a third Super Bowl in four years, it is the Eagles again. Neat storyline. Finally, a Tom Brady vs. Nick Foles quarterback battle favors New England.

Reasons to be concerned: For those who believe "defense wins championships," this isn't good news for the Patriots. The defenses that have had the greatest success against the Patriots are those that can rush four and get pressure on Brady, while dropping seven into coverage. The Philadelphia defense has shown the ability to do so.
Patriots will win if: They win the turnover differential. Arguably the most impressive statistic in the Bill Belichick era is the Patriots are 159-15 when they have a positive turnover differential (including playoffs). So always start there when it comes to the team's chances at winning. -- Mike Reiss
X factor: Danny Amendola, WR. Amendola has racked up 196 yards and two touchdowns on 18 grabs this postseason. It's the route running, the quickness and the scheme in New England that makes him a prime X factor in the Super Bowl. Look at how the Patriots create space inside of the numbers or focus on Amendola's ability to shake coverage in a phone booth. This allows Brady to dice up the middle of the field on high-percentage throws in the short-to-intermediate passing game. And that's a blueprint for success. -- Matt BowenStat nugget: The Patriots are the first team with 10 Super Bowl appearances. They're 5-4 in their previous nine. The Steelers, Cowboys and Broncos are tied for the second-most appearances at eight apiece. -- ESPN Stats & Information
Reasons to be excited: They've proven they're an elite team that is able to overcome any obstacle, no matter the circumstance. They lost franchise QB Carson Wentz, left tackle Jason Peters, running back Darren Sproles and linebacker Jordan Hicks before him, and still pushed through the NFC to reach the Super Bowl for the third time in franchise history.
Reasons to be concerned: Well, there's the whole Brady-Belichick thing. They've dominated the league for the past couple of decades, winning five championships. One came against the Eagles after the 2004 regular season. They're going against legends, and doing so without their best player, Wentz.
Eagles will win if: They're able to pressure Brady with their four-man rush. Their D-line has been the team's top strength over the course of the season. If defensive end Brandon Graham and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox are able to dominate, and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz doesn't have to bring many blitzes, the Eagles will be well-positioned to capture their first Lombardi Trophy. -- Tim McManus
X factor: Malcolm Jenkins, S. Jenkins' versatility should be on full display in what I expect to be an aggressive defensive game plan under Schwartz. Look for Jenkins to get some matchups against Rob Gronkowski (pending his status). He has the skill set and the physicality to compete in coverage. And don't forget about Jenkins coming hard off the edge in those Philadelphia blitz packages. Add in the ability to drop down as a run defender, and Jenkins can have a major impact against Brady and the Patriots' offense. -- Matt Bowen
Stat nugget: There are several similarities between the 2017 Eagles and the franchise's other two Super Bowl teams (2004 and 1980). All three started 10-1, set (or matched) franchise records in wins, finished in the top 10 in total offense and defense, lost their final game of the regular season and beat the Vikings in the playoffs. -- ESPN Stats & Information
Domonique Foxworth, The Undefeated senior writer: Eagles. My head tells me never bet against Brady, but my gut disagrees. My gut tells me that the Eagles will be able to move the ball and score against New England, more than the Patriots will against Philadelphia's defense and special teams.Mina Kimes, senior writer: Patriots. Foles put up the performance of his career on Sunday. Can we expect lightning to strike twice?
Mike Sando, senior NFL writer: Patriots. I'll take the team with the greatest head coach/quarterback combination in NFL history against the team with its backup QB in the lineup. With Brady, the Patriots have the ability to play from well behind and still win. That separates New England. evin Seifert, national NFL writer: Patriots. No one outsmarts the Patriots, even Nick Vigil Jersey the Eagles' very formidable coaching staff.
Field Yates, NFL Insider: Patriots. While the Eagles were the most dominant team during conference championship weekend and have a terrific roster from top to bottom, the precision of the Patriots' offense balanced by an ascending and confident defense will propel this team to its sixth Lombardi Trophy.

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Everton cannot play

Sam Allardyce has admitted that Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson cannot both be accommodated in his Everton team because of their lack of pace, raising the prospect that one of the club’s high-profile summer signings will be forced to play a supporting role over the rest of the season.

Rooney was dropped to the bench for the 1-1 draw against West Brom on Saturday, with Sigurdsson moving from the left flank into the No 10 position. In fact Everton toiled despite the change, livening up only briefly when Rooney emerged to play a big part in Oumar Niasse’s undeserved equaliser, but Allardyce says it is hard to envisage a future where both players would start.
“Last week I said we have not got a lot of legs in the team and we need to be quicker,” Allardyce said. “We’ve increased that with Theo [Walcott] and Yannick [Bolasie] when he gets back to full fitness but in midfield you have to be able to cover the ground. I think Rooney and Gylfi playing together are very shrewd, very clever and talented players but in actual terms of covering the ground it is difficult – it’s not their strength.
“So I have to make a big decision on who plays this one and who plays for next one. For me, Gylfi has been trudging away outside on the left side, so play him in the position he wants to play and see what he can do.
“As a team we are light in legs, in pace. And that is something I have Sean Harlow Jersey to cope with until the end of this season and we look at the whole squad and say: ‘What do we do to make it better?’”
Allardyce’s comments can be read, directly or not, as an indictment on a summer transfer policy that led to Everton lavishing a record transfer spend under Ronald Koeman, who preceded Allardyce at Goodison Park. Sigurdsson’s arrival from Swansea Josh Jones Jersey cost £40m and the return of Rooney from Manchester United, while on a free transfer, entailed wages of around £150,000 a week. Rooney has had the better season of the pair, scoring 10 goals, although Sigurdsson’s form has picked up under Allardyce and the Iceland international is, at 28, four years younger than his team-mate.
Everton’s poor planning is returning to haunt them and Allardyce, who oversaw a marked improvement in the weeks after his arrival in November, is now deeply concerned about a return of old habits. They remain seven points clear of the relegation zone but the turgid performance against West Brom, added to an abysmal display at Tottenham a week previously, has spooked their manager.
Asked whether he was concerned about slipping back towards the dogfight at the bottom, Allardyce said: “Yes, very, especially after performing like that, and last week’s second-half performance. I’ve seen a huge drain of confidence in the players over the space of one and a half football matches.
“The quality of the Tottenham side, I could accept that, but West Brom are in the bottom three. If anyone should be suffering from nerves it should be them rather than us.”
An even bigger disappointment was the double leg fracture sustained by James McCarthy in denying Salomón Rondón. It happened “in his brave efforts to stop West Brom scoring”, as Allardyce put it; the injury looked ghastly and, although no timescale for McCarthy’s recovery has been laid out, he will surely miss the rest of the season.

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How much should Hall of Fame voters care about defense

Omar Vizquel made his major league debut a few weeks shy of his 22nd birthday, on Opening Day in 1989. Ken Griffey Jr. made his debut in the same game. Hitting eighth, one spot ahead of Vizquel, was another rookie named Edgar Martinez. A fourth rookie, Randy Johnson, joined those Seattle Mariners later in the season. The skinny, little shortstop from Venezuela hit .220 Justin Pugh Youth jersey that season, with just 11 extra-base hits and one stolen base in 143 games. Yet he outlasted all his famous teammates, playing his final game in the majors when he was 45 years old.

Vizquel is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and though he isn't going to be elected this year, he’s faring reasonably well for a borderline first-time candidate, polling at 30.3 percent of the publicly revealed ballots, as registered by Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame tracker. That Vizquel is a serious Hall of Fame candidate is a minor miracle in itself, given his anemic hitting at the start of his career. Although he improved at the plate later on, his argument Stefen Wisniewski Jersey is a testament to his defense and longevity: He won 11 Gold Gloves and played more games at shortstop than any other man in major league history.

What’s interesting about Vizquel’s vote total is that this ballot features two other first-time candidates known for their superlative defense: Andruw Jones and Scott Rolen. Unlike Vizquel, both also were consistent threats at the plate. Jones, however, will struggle to remain on the ballot, as he is earning just 5.4 percent of the public vote, while Rolen has done just a little better, at 11.9 percent.
Vizquel’s 30 percent is a long way from the 75 percent needed for election, but it potentially puts him on the path to election. Of the 22 players the BBWAA has elected since 2006, five started with one-third of the vote total or less:Beyond that group, Martinez, Vizquel’s Mariners teammate, started at 36.2 percent, then dipped to 25 and 27 percent in 2014 and 2015, but is currently polling at 81.1 percent on his next-to-last time on the ballot.
Vizquel’s ultimate election is dependent on the view that he was a transcendent defensive shortstop, the Ozzie Smith of the American League in the 1990s and early 2000s. While Smith had insane athleticism and acrobatic ability, Vizquel made defense look easy. He was known for his great hands. “I could watch him take grounders all day,” Buddy Bell, his coach with the Indians, once said. Vizquel could certainly make the acrobatic play as well -- he was known for his barehanded grabs -- but his success always seemed rooted in fundamentals. While his contemporary Derek Jeter had terrible mechanics, most notably throwing off the wrong foot, and Devon Travis Authentic Jersey Alex Rodriguez sort of bulldozed his way through playing shortstop, Vizquel always seemed in perfect balance, the guy who could stand on the big rubber ball and never fall off.
Was he as good as Ozzie? My opinion is that he was not. As fluid and smooth as he was, Vizquel didn’t have a great arm. At the peak of Vizquel’s career, Bill James wrote, “Vizquel is a very good defensive shortstop; whether he is actually the glove magician reflected in Gold Glove voting is a question capable of debate, and I am at best lukewarm about the media practice of anointing one man the king of shortstops, when there are other guys (Neifi Perez, Rey Ordonez, Miguel Tejada) who I think may be just as good.”
All of this gets into the complications that measuring defense creates for Hall of Fame candidates. Why the support for Vizquel and not Jones, who won 10 Gold Gloves in center field for the Atlanta Braves and hit 434 home runs? Why Vizquel and not Rolen, who won eight Gold Gloves at third base and hit .281/.364/.490 with 316 home runs and nearly 1,300 RBIs in his career?Vizquel’s current percentage stands out in this chart of other players with outstanding defensive reputations who haven’t sniffed Cooperstown, even though some of them were also big-time hitters at times in their careers:
Quick explanation: We have years on the ballot, each player’s peak vote total, Gold Gloves, fielding runs above average from, defensive WAR (which includes a positional adjustment) and total WAR. t’s the fielding-runs metric that gets a little tricky because different estimates are used based on the available information. Since 2003, Baseball-Reference uses defensive runs saved, which includes Geno Atkins Youth jersey video review of every play from Baseball Info Solutions. Prior to that, the site uses Total Zone, a retroactive estimate.
That means different metrics for different players. James recently raised this issue on Twitter when he argued against Jones’ Hall of Fame qualifications, pointing out that the defensive metrics suggest Jones was a far superior center fielder than Willie Mays. During his 11-year peak from 1997-2007, Jones is credited with 238 fielding runs. Mays, during a similar 11-year run from 1954-1965, is credited with 156 fielding runs. Now, James isn’t necessarily arguing that Jones wasn’t better than Mays; while he was active, it was certainly popular to suggest that Jones was the best center fielder since Mays and maybe his superior. Jones played an incredibly shallow center field and maybe that allowed him to cut off many short hits while retaining the ability to go back on deeper balls. But was Jones so much better? His Hall of Fame case rests on the belief that, yes, he was much better than Mays.
At shortstop, eight of the top 10 seasons have come since 1999, with only a Mark Belanger season and one Ozzie season cracking the top 10. Simmons has three of the top 10 seasons, which gets us back to the Vizquel question: How do you feel about Andrelton Simmons as a Hall of Famer? Simmons is Vizquel with a better arm and, so far at least, a little better stick. In just five-plus seasons in the majors, Simmons already has more career fielding runs than Vizquel.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan jerseys

One game – or, more accurately, one half‑game – dominates the memory of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s time at Manchester United. In the league derby at Old Trafford last season, the first meeting in England of José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, the Armenian looked lost. He was partly responsible for the opening goal because of the way he initially did not press Pablo Zabaleta and then finally went far too late, and he was withdrawn at half-time. He did not play for two months after that.

That seems to have contributed to a general sense that Mkhitaryan was somehow lightweight, unsuited to the defensive demands Mourinho makes of his players. It is true that Mkhitaryan is not as robust as many in this United squad, which is, after all, the tallest of any team in Europe’s five major leagues. It is also true that, although he had occasional flurries of good form, most notably in the Europa League towards the end of last season, there were far too many games in which he wandered about uninvolved, looking dispirited and vaguely confused.

The accusation was that Mkhitaryan was flaky, not quite up to it. Given the struggles of Shinji Kagawa and Nuri Sahin to impose themselves on the Premier League, was there something about Borussia Dortmund that meant their alumni were unsuited to English football?
There is, of course, always an issue when a player leaves an environment as idiosyncratic as Dortmund was under Jürgen Klopp, but the idea that Mkhitaryan did not fancy the defensive side of the game makes little sense given the success he had both Mitchell Stephens Youth jersey with Dortmund and Shakhtar, teams whose style was rooted in hard pressing, in which there is no place for shirkers. In his three seasons in the Bundesliga, Mkhitaryan regained possession through tackles and interceptions 2.7 times per game, 3.2 times per game and 3.2 times per game.
The Ukrainian league perhaps would not offer a fair comparison, even if the data were readily available, but in three Champions League campaigns at Shakhtar, albeit that being a small sample size, he regained possession 4.0, 6.1 and 4.4 times per game. And yet, at United, he regained possession just 1.9 times per league game last season and just 1.5 this. That suggests the issue is not an inherent failing, but perhaps to do with how he was used.
United under Mourinho do not press in anything like the consistent or concerted way that Dortmund and Shakhtar did. Only occasionally – as for spells in the Europa League final last season, when Mkhitaryan was excellent – do they play with a high line. Often Mkhitaryan found himself having to provide the creative link between a deep-lying rearguard and holding midfield and a distant striker. It was then that he seemed uncomfortable.
Arsenal probably do have a policy on pressing, although it has not been readily discernible for some time. Given Arsène Wenger’s obsession with Adolphus Washington Jersey the Ajax team of the early 70s, Arsenal’s glut of technical players and their lack of players with traditional defensive qualities, they should be a high-tempo, high-line side. But there have been times recently when they have been almost as lax in that regard as they are with extending players’ contracts. But their best recent performances – in the FA Cup semi‑final and final last season, at home against Tottenham this season – have been based on an energetic press and Mkhitaryan should fit comfortably into that.
Precisely where he fits in a formation is a little trickier to say. Arsenal this season have used 3‑4‑2‑1 and 4-2-3-1. On Saturday, in the 4-1 win against Crystal Palace, it was 4-3-3. Although Mkhitaryan can play wide – in the Europa League final, for instance, he started on the left of a 4-3-3 – the general perception is he is more comfortable through the middle, which could potentially create problems if Mesut Özil were to agree a new contract and stay.
Could you play Mkhitaryan and Özil together? Potentially, in a 3-4-2-1. With one of them wide, though, there may be a lack of dynamism on the flanks. Certainly with Mkhitaryan and Özil in tandem, there should be no lack of supply to a central striker (albeit there is a danger that an approach based on through-balls falters against a deep-lying opponent). It is a measure of how detached Mkhitaryan often seemed at United that, having registered 15 assists in his final campaign in the Bundesliga, he set up only six goals in his season and Womens Reggie Ragland Jersey a half at Old Trafford, five of them in the first three games of this season.Henrikh Mkhitaryan nike nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys mlb jerseys cheap cheap jerseys 90 mlb jerseys usa nfl jerseys cheap

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Except the Patriots never quit

They just make second-half adjustments, make you play the entire field and the entire clock, and wait for you to break. With 55 seconds to go in the first half and two timeouts to work with from his own 25, Bortles took a knee, and then another, to bleed out the clock. No chance Brady takes a knee there. None.

In the end, Brady made the Jaguars pay for their mistakes, just like he made the Falcons pay for theirs in Super Bowl LI. Up in the press box, the Jacksonville executive and former New York Giants coach who had denied Brady two more rings and a 19-0 season, Tom Coughlin, was chomping his gum and cursing the fates as his face turned redder by the possession. Brady held up yet another Lamar Hunt Trophy in his injured hand in the postgame ceremony, and the fans once again chanted his name.Thirteen years after he beat the Eagles to win his third title in four years, Brady has a chance to do it all over again. What would he have thought as a sixth-round rookie if someone told him this staggering run was in the stars?

I would have thought you were crazy to think that, or I was crazy to think that," Brady said. "I guess it's Devon Kennard Authentic Jersey my life, so I'm living it and it feels very natural and normal because I wake up every day and I feel very Authentic Emmanuel Lamur Jersey much the same as I did when I walked in here 18 years ago."
Maybe not quite the same. Before Brady's latest AFC Championship Game conquest, a man stood outside the adjacent fitness center the quarterback runs with Guerrero, TB12, and hawked TB12 shirts, hats and scarves. Not bad for a clueless college kid who dreamed of making enough NFL money to wear a new pair of socks every day of his charmed life.Brady built his empire the hard way and still plans to carry his career into his mid-to-late 40s. If his durability created tension in the building, you know what? Every NFL franchise would kill to be so lucky.
Reasons to be Adrian Phillips Womens Jersey excited: Start with familiar faces on the opposite side who played a huge part in the Patriots' Super Bowl win last year -- running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive end Chris Long. They are thought of highly in New England and now to win another Super Bowl, the Patriots will have to stop them. And then consider this angle: When the Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years in the 2004 season, they beat the Eagles to do so. Now as they go for a third Super Bowl in four years, it is the Eagles again. Neat storyline. Finally, a Tom Brady vs. Nick Foles quarterback battle favors New England.
Reasons to be A.J. Klein Jersey concerned: For those who believe "defense wins championships," this isn't good news for the Patriots. The defenses that have had the greatest success against the Patriots are those that can rush four and get pressure on Brady, while dropping seven into coverage. The Philadelphia defense has shown the ability to do so.
Patriots will win if: They win the turnover differential. Arguably the most impressive statistic in the Bill Belichick era is the Patriots are 159-15 when they have a positive turnover differential (including playoffs). So always start there when it comes to the team's chances at winning. -- Mike Reiss
Courtney Cronin, NFL Nation Vikings reporter: I used to think Bridgewater took priority over Keenum in terms of how the Vikings view their long-term plans at quarterback. I’m not so sure anymore, even after Keenum’s clunker in the NFC Championship Game. Keenum did a lot to earn the job going forward, including winning a playoff game. Despite Pat Shurmur being all but signed, sealed and delivered to the New York Giants as their next head coach, the Vikings' offense is going to look very similar to how it does now, aside from the expected retirement of right guard Joe Berger and possibility of Jerick McKinnon getting a deal elsewhere in free agency. Minnesota has the core of its playmakers coming back next year, including the return of Dalvin Cook.
The Vikings will go after an offensive coordinator who will build his system around his personnel just like Shurmur did, so it’s not hard to imagine Keenum having continued success under center in Minnesota. Plus, I’m not so sure I believe the Keenum-Shurmur package deal will come to fruition after all. New York can stick with Eli Manning, who is under contract for two more years, have last year’s third-round pick, Davis Webb, next in line and can use the No. 2 overall pick on a quarterback if it so chooses. The other question is this: If Keenum is the Vikings' starter in 2018, what happens to Bridgewater and Bradford? Both believe they can be starters, but will the Vikings be able to convince one of them to return as a backup next season?
Matt Bowen, NFL writer: Keenum’s ability to thrive in Shurmur’s offense put the Vikings on the door of the Super Bowl. But with Shurmur reportedly leaving to take over the Giants, I expect the Vikings to let Keenum test free agency. Look for the veteran to earn starting money on the market and for Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer to re-sign Bridgewater as the front-runner to land the starting job in ’18 after a full offseason of work.
Dan Graziano, NFL writer: I predict that Bridgewater will lead the Vikings in quarterback starts in 2018. My expectation is that they re-sign him and Keenum, but that Bridgewater (a favorite of the coaching staff’s) either wins a training camp competition to begin the season as the starter or ends up taking over the job at some point during the season. I still think the Vikings view Bridgewater as their long-term guy and don’t think he has had the chance to fully develop into that role yet.,106827

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Tom Brady's age-defying brilliance is the best kind of problem

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A fresh pair of socks. As a young quarterback at Michigan, that is all Tom Brady wanted out of Authentic JaVale McGee Jersey life. He was talking about the future one night with his teammate, Aaron Shea, dreaming like college boys do, when he asked Shea what he would want if he made it big in the NFL. A Dodge Viper and a house in Hawaii," Shea said. "How about you?" Me?" Brady responded. "I'd like to wear a pair of socks every day, and at the end of the day throw them away and put new socks on."

So many people have been criticized and ridiculed over the years for missing on Brady, from his college coach Lloyd Carr to all the NFL executives and scouts who passed on him in the 2000 draft, and yet the quarterback had no idea where his life was headed, either. Yes, as a 199th overall pick, Brady famously told Robert Kraft, New England Patriots' owner, that he was the best decision Kraft's franchise ever made. But before that draft, Brady also told Shea he worried about flunking out of the NFL and ending up in the insurance business.
All these years later, even with an injured throwing hand, Brady turned out to be the most reliable insurance policy the NFL has ever seen. He won his record fifth Super Bowl title last February by leading a record comeback after being down 28-3 to Atlanta. On Sunday, he earned his eighth trip to the biggest game in American sports with a fourth-quarter comeback against Jacksonville in a 24-20 victory that was no less improbable and, given the circumstances (fighting through double-figure stitches in his money hand), no less impactful on his ever-expanding legacy.
The recent palace intrigue actually threw a brighter spotlight on his greatness, too. Before this AFC Championship Game, in a sit-down interview with the NFL Network, Kraft said he believed he could keep this Patriots machine rolling for some seasons to come ... with a little finesse work in the human relations department. "There's a lot of strong-minded people," the owner said, "but when you have something good going, everybody's got to get their egos checked in and try to hold it together."
Of course, those would be the same egos ESPN's Seth Wickersham wrote about to some outcry, the egos belonging to Brady, Bill Belichick and Kraft himself. But here's the most forgotten component of the tension that was starting to wear on the NFL's most ferocious three-headed dragon: Brady's sustained brilliance is the only reason that tension existed. Still playing at an MVP level at age 40, Brady became the first Patriot to outkick Belichick's coverage.
The coach had it all set up for his 2014 draft pick, Jimmy Garoppolo, to take over when Brady declined. This question wasn't part of draft-room discussions: What if Brady never declines? Belichick had established a system that rattled off championships and title game appearances at a dizzying pace, discarding a parade of decorated players a year early -- rather than a year late -- along the way, and nobody was durable enough to beat that system.
Nobody except Brady, an ageless player who happens to play what has become an ageless position. The Patriot Way software didn't account for a Benjamin Button-like figure to take the ball and never give it back. That's why Belichick traded a young star he didn't want to trade and why the franchise that forever leads the league in self-examination started pointing more fingers than the usual bottom-feeders in the AFC East.
You want your silver lining to the dark clouds that surfaced this year, Patriots fans? Here it is: Brady caused those nasty organizational fissures by doing to his 2017 opponents what he did to the Jaguars, throwing the two touchdown passes in the final nine minutes to send the Patriots to a Super Bowl LII matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. Once upon a time, Brady watched the San Francisco 49ers trade away his boyhood idol, Joe Montana, to make room for Steve
Belichick kept the right quarterback, by the way, and how could anyone doubt that after Brady threw for 138 yards and those two scores in the fourth quarter alone? The Jaguars had physically controlled the Patriots for much of this game. The underdogs had dominated the line of scrimmage and knocked out Rob Gronkowski with a shot to the head. Blake Bortles, of all people, had outplayed Brady, whose bloody run-in with Rex Burkhead's helmet in Wednesday's practice seemed a most unworthy end to a defending champ's year. My season can't end on a handoff in practice," Brady told himself afterward. "I didn't come this far to end on a handoff."
He wasn't sure he would play until a promising Friday turned into an encouraging Saturday, and by Sunday night a victorious Brady was wearing another gray AFC Championship T-shirt and publicly thanking the doctors, trainers and Alex Guerrero, the fitness guru and Aaron Ripkowski Jersey life coach Belichick demoted to second string. Perhaps that little plug for "Alex" was Brady's second victory of the night. Tom did a great job, and he's a tough guy. We all know that, all right?" Belichick said. "But we're not talking about open-heart surgery here."
No, and we're not talking about Curt Schilling's ankle in the 2004 postseason or Michael Jordan's flu in the 1997 NBA Finals, either. But still, it isn't easy throwing a football against a lethal defense with a hand that only a few days ago looked like something out of a low-budget zombie film. I've never had anything like it," Brady said. "Well, I've had a couple of crazy injuries, but this was pretty crazy."
The quarterback didn't want to say the injury or hand-wrapping impacted his performance for fear of sounding like an in-his-prime Tiger Woods winning a golf tournament with what he then-identified as his C-game. And truth be told, Brady might not have been the best Patriot on the field. Danny Amendola made a special catch on his second touchdown, the game winner, and spent the afternoon playing all-around football the way Jim Thorpe played it. With the Patriots down 20-10, Amendola's 21-yard catch on third-and-18 only saved the season. If you look up 'good football player' in the dictionary," Belichick said, "his picture is right there beside it." If the NFL's greatest all-time coach says that about you, you might as well quit on the spot. nfl jerseys china basketball jerseys cheap nba jerseys cheap jerseys from china

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Dear Cyrille Regis, I’m writing to you now because your untimely death means that there are things I didn’t get the chance to say to you and because I want you to know the extent of how positive your influence has been on my life and that of my family.

Every Saturday was Womens Sterling Shepard Jersey by the far the most exciting, memorable day I recall as a young boy growing up with my dad, Leroy, being a professional footballer. My happiest memories as a child were waking up in our flat in Streatham, south London, putting on my West Ham shirt with my brother Daron (more often than not before we brushed our teeth) and sitting in awe with Dad as he ate his pre-match fry-up in preparation for his big game at Upton Park in the late 80s.

We would then make the hour-long drive across London together as a family and as his sons we had the luxury of not only watching our dad play against the biggest teams in the country, we also had the opportunity to be in the dressing room warming up with household names such as Liam Brady, Paul Ince and Julian Dicks 20 minutes before kick-off.
Those are memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life and they inspired me to become a professional footballer, but without your poise, class, bravery, skill and desire to break down barriers and play the game you love under immense pressure and scrutiny I doubt I would ever have had these precious times.
You see, even though you were only six years older than him you were my dad’s hero. You were the man he based his game on – watching not only your world‑class, outstanding, centre-forward play and goals for West Brom as a teenager – but also the elegance, determination and drive to perform at the incredible level that you did in the face of cruel, inhumane abuse directed at you for the perceived “crime” of the colour of your skin.
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With the racial prejudice that you and other players had to put up with and in turn break down I may never have had the luxury of lacing my boots up at 3pm every Saturday with thoughts of dealing with racism from the terraces or opponents the furthest thing from my mind. If it wasn’t for you pushing forward with fearlessness and pride through the time you received a bullet in the post Charles Barkley Authentic Jersey after being selected to represent England, put up with chants of “nigger lick my boots” or bananas routinely being thrown on the pitch with the dignity that you did, the multicultural game that we now take for granted would have taken even longer to come about.
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The best way that we as the younger generation can honour your legacy is to use the benefits that your struggle has afforded us and move this game and our society further forward. We have a duty to you to uphold your example of skill, humility, passion and respect for future generations to learn that no matter your race, gender, faith or creed, we all have a positive role to play in our society.
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Where the Blue Jackets should trade Jack Johnson

According to a recent report, veteran Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has requested a trade to a team where he can play a more prominent role and position himself better for the upcoming 2018 free-agent season. With such defensemen likely to be in particularly abundant supply and demand at the deadline, what kind of transaction can we expect?

Within NHL front offices, Johnson is a highly regarded two-way defenseman with a strong physical presence. He was selected third overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2005 draft, the same draft in which Sidney Crosby was selected first overall. hough he has never received a vote for either the Norris Trophy or the end-of-season All-Star team, Johnson was chosen for the star-studded Team USA that won the silver medal at the 2010 Olympics, and also for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
His NHL teams have yet to win a playoff series, but Johnson is still believed to be a big-game performer because of his success in those international competitions, and because he leads active defensemen with an average of 0.91 points per game in the playoffs (21 points in 23 games).
Despite these impressive credentials, Johnson may be one of those players whose reputation is in conflict with his underlying numbers. While he unquestionably has handled some of the league's toughest minutes over the years, there is some dispute about how effective he has been in that No. 1 role, and that it may be far more appropriate for him to remain further down the depth chart.
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After being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings Joe Staley Youth jersey along with a first-round pick for Jeff Carter on Feb. 23, 2012, Johnson assumed a role as the team's No. 1 defenseman. From Day 1, he was buried in tough minutes in the defensive zone and against top opponents on the team's otherwise weak blue line. In a situation that bears a resemblance to Rasmus Ristolainen in Buffalo today, Johnson seemed to struggle in that overly ambitious role, and his shot-based metrics were consistently among the worst in the NHL.
Another blockbuster trade turned the tide in Columbus, when Seth Jones was acquired for Ryan Johansen on Jan. 6, 2016. Later that season, Jones formed the team's new top pair with rookie Zach Werenski, who was selected eighth overall in the 2015 draft. ith Jones and Werenski helping to shoulder the burden as a highly effective offensive-minded pair, Johnson was able to slide down the depth chart and partner up with veteran David Savard as the team's more defense-oriented pair.
Statistically, Johnson appears to be far more effective in this new role. While plus/minus is not a perfect stat, the fact that Johnson went from a league-worst career minus-126 to a plus-23 in 2016-17, which was tied for No. 16, is a valid indication of that improvement. or a more detailed demonstration of how Johnson's role has changed and its impact, consider the following player usage chart from the Hockey Abstract 2015 Update, prior to the season in which Jones was acquired. Located almost completely by himself among defensemen (noted in italics) in the top-left corner of the chart, Johnson was taking on the team's top opponents (vertical axis), primarily in the defensive zone (horizontal axis), and with the kind of large white circle that represents how the team's shot-based metrics were suffering as a result.
Yes, Johnson carries a hefty cap hit of $4,357,142 this season, but that is the going rate for second-pair defensemen, based on how the market was set this past summer. Just a few months ago, veteran free-agent defensemen such as Chris Mullin Authentic Jersey Brian Dumoulin, Dmitry Kulikov, Karl Alzner, Michael Stone, Brendan Smith, Kris Russell, Dan Girardi, Trevor Daley, Justin Schultz and Dmitry Orlov all signed multiyear deals with an average cap hit of $4.167 million, and arguably none of them would be slotted any higher on a depth chart than Johnson. If a team wants someone like Johnson, then that's the amount of cap space that they will need, no matter who they target.
Where will Johnson land? Columbus's ideal trading partner will have the need for a top-four defenseman and the cap space required, and be the kind of playoff-bound team that needs to act now, rather than wait to sign Johnson in the summer.
As an added complication, the potential trading partner will also need to have the pieces the Blue Jackets require right now, since Columbus is a likely playoff team too. Chances are, the Justin Faulk Youth jersey right enticement would be to offer Columbus some help on the power play. This season, Columbus' power-play percentage of 13.5 percent ranks second-to-last to the Buffalo Sabres' 12.9 percentage.
That's why the most intriguing trading partner may be the Toronto Maple Leafs. They have some pending free agents of their own who can contribute on the power play, such as James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak. According to the data compiled at Corsica Hockey, van Riemsdyk's 5-on-4 scoring rate of 6.04 points per 60 minutes ranks ninth among those to play at least 200 minutes between 2015-16 and 2017-18, and Bozak ranks No. 50 with 4.89. cheap jerseys online wholesale jerseys from china nba jerseys for sale nike nfl jerseys china basketball jerseys for sale

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