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Seahawks schedule 2018: Seattle fortunate to host toughest of opponents

The Seahawks’ 2018 schedule was going to be tough enough given the sudden rise of their rivals in the NFC West. But the presence of the NFC North and the AFC West on Seattle’s 2018 regular-season schedule makes it that much tougher.

The good news for the Seahawks as they look over their schedule for 2018: Most of their toughest opponents have to travel to Seattle. And one of their “away” opponents in 2018, the Raiders, will meet them in London for an October showdown. Neither West Coast team will be happy about that haul.

Flacco, 33, has struggled since winning the Super Bowl six seasons ago, throwing 98 touchdowns and 74 interceptions. His passer rating of 82.1 ranks No. 36 in the NFL over that span.

This could potentially be Flacco’s final season in Baltimore. The Ravens can create $18.5 million in cap space in 2019 by designating him as a post-June 1 cut.

“You can’t make a lot of assumptions like that,” Harbaugh said. “The Patriots drafted a quarterback and traded him. You take it one year at a time in this league. Predict the future and say what’s going to happen down the road, nobody knows.

“We have a great quarterback in Joe Flacco. There’s no doubt about it. So you want to put as many good football players on your football team as you possibly can. If you get a chance to get a talent like this, I don’t think you can pass it up. It doesn’t say anything other than we got better as a football team.”

The settlement proposal comes after Davis and Ware allegedly faced discrimination in the workplace. Davis was fired from the Saints’ cheerleading squad after posting what the team considered to be a racy photo on Instagram. She filed a complaint saying the organization has different standards for women and men.

Ware also filed a complaint against the Dolphins alleging she was subjected to discrimination based on her gender and religious beliefs.

“You always want more ball movement and we can get better ball movement,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “I have to look at [the film] and see if we got what we wanted. I thought their defense was into us and made it tough for us.”

On the heels of an 18-4 Washington run in the third quarter, just after Lowry settled the indigestion with a driving layup, and-1, Raptors guard DeRozan gathered his teammates before Lowry walked to the line and told them, “We need to keep moving.” Valanciunas had been late on a screen during the previous possession, and the gears were grinding.steelers_119

The Rams are not hiding their Odell Beckham desire.

“Oh yeah, that’s my guy,” star running back Todd Gurley told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday night at a Roc Nation event.

The Rams are the one team that have reportedly talked to the Giants about their interest in Beckham, after trade rumors swirled all week at the NFL owners’ meetings. Giants co-owner John Mara has made it clear that the Giants do not want to trade Beckham, but he has also said no one is “untouchable.”

I used to write letters to Jim McKay in college. “Wide World of Sports” was this travelogue, really, that introduced us to sports and it introduced us to parts of the world that we had never seen before. And no one was a bigger tour guide than Mr. McKay.

His style and command and presence of a studio was such an incredible sight to see. There was an energy about him and a nose for the storyline. He did play-by-play with a studio mentality, knowing what the bigger picture was. He could go beyond the game, which I think a lot of people need to learn. He’s one of the all-timers in being able to frame a moment.

Cooke, 29, ​allegedly barked, “​H​urry up, you Jew,” to an elderly woman in line for the cloakroom at trendy Upper East Side eatery Caravaggio on New Year’s Eve​, sparking a confrontation with the woman’s son​.

The socialite claims she merely said, “Excuse me, I have to get through.”

“She clearly didn’t hear what I said, and immediately screamed at the top of her lungs, ‘She called me a Jew!’” Kent Cooke told Page Six.

The son, Matthew Haberkorn, confronted ​Kent Cooke, and she allegedly bashed him in the head with her heavy, mirrored Perspex clutch.

Kent Cooke has filed a counter-claim against Haberkorn, a personal injury attorney, as she broke her fingers when she fell during the scuffle.

The slim blonde​ ​—​ ​who is charged with second-degree assault​ — cradled her still-cast-encrusted hand during the court appearance, and declined comment as she left.

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Losing quarterback Matt Ryan for any length of time would be a devastating blow to the Atlanta Falcons. The same goes for wide receiver Julio Jones.

However, another offensive star is nearly as important to the Falcons as that pair. And offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian had a bad habit last year of forgetting Devonta Freeman is one of the NFL’s most dangerous and versatile running backs.

Freeman fell short of the 1,000-yard mark on the ground last year partly because he missed two games, but his usage was all over the place. In five of Atlanta’s six regular-season losses, Freeman had no more than 12 carries.

This is stolen verbatim from a quote Babe would give later in the 1918 season: I don’t think a man can pitch in his regular turn and play some other position and keep the pace year after year. I can do it this season all right. I’m young and strong and don’t mind the work, but I wouldn’t guarantee to do it for many seasons.

It’s nevertheless been a difficult couple of months for Doleman, who rose to prominence three decades ago with the Vikings.. When a doctor tells you that you have brain cancer, it changes your whole world, Doleman said. Those are the scariest words that you’ll ever hear in your life. When I first heard it, I was so devastated by it I couldn’t get any words out of my mouth. Per Tomasson, Doleman has glioblastoma. In addition to the radiation, Doleman is undergoing chemotherapy. We’re working on [the cancer] on a daily basis, Doleman said. It can heal, and it can come back. I ask Vikings fans to pray for me on a daily basis. Just one day at a time. Vikings fans and all football fans should say a prayer for Doleman.

Limited to just 11 games due to injury, Davis caught 34 passes for 375 yards and didn’t reach the end zone during the regular season. If you watch the Week 16 tape against the Rams or take a look at his two touchdown grabs in the divisional-round playoff loss to the Patriots, however, Davis looked much improved. He has the frame (6-foot-3, 209 pounds), body control and big-play talent to produce consistent numbers in 2018 as the Titans transition to new coordinator Matt LaFleur’s system.
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Bruins’ David Backes suspended 3 games for hit on Frans Nielsen

Boston Bruins forward David Backes has been suspended for three games for a shoulder to the head of Detroit’s Frans Nielsen.

The decision was announced by the league Wednesday, a day after Backes knocked Nielsen from Boston’s 6-5 overtime victory. Nielsen had already unloaded the puck when Backes drove his shoulder into the Red Wings forward, who fell to the ice, left the game and did not return.

For the first time in three seasons, the Trail Blazers have a participant in the NBA All-Star Game. And, just like before, that person is Damian Lillard. This came at a time when the Blazers, frankly, were in need of some good news. Their record 48 games in — currently at 26-22 — has hovered just above the .500 mark.

The team’s consistency in treading water and staying just within the playoff picture is remarkable, really. Despite two three-game losing streaks and a separate five-game skid, the Blazers have yet to sit below .500 on the year, and they have some impressive wins over top-notch opponents.

But that mediocrity eventually led their All-Star to meet with team owner Paul Allen, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, to talk about the direction of the team. The conversation was generally positive in nature and described as a “a productive, open forum to share opinions and express concern,” according to Haynes’ report.

The point guard was also a member of the gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team in 1968 and played for the Celtics from 1969-70 to the 1978-79 season, winning two titles. His streak of 488 consecutive games played is still a Celtics record.

“We are terribly saddened by the passing of the great Jo Jo White,” the Celtics said in a statement. “He was a champion and a gentleman; supremely talented and brilliant on the court, and endlessly gracious off of it. Jo Jo was a key member of two championship teams, an NBA Finals MVP, a gold medal-winning Olympian, and a Hall of Famer.

“His contributions to the team’s championship legacy may have only been surpassed by the deep and lasting impact that he had in the community. The thoughts and sympathies of the entire Celtics organization are with the White family.”packers_010

Why does Goodell foment the impression that there is little beneath his dignity?

They’re tired of being shown and told that an Odell Beckham Jr., Cam Newton, Josh Norman, Richard Sherman and Antonio Brown — players who should be stars based only on their considerable skills, yet are so extra-attention-driven that they rate TV cameras to even follow their sideline conduct — are worthy of our unconditional admiration.

But the dignified are not that easy. They recognize the ridiculous, flag-insisting and now weekly misbehavior of a Beckham isn’t any more sufferable when the Giants win; they don’t practice such one-conditional love. Newton, for crying out loud, sat out a game with a concussion suffered because he slowed to showboat into the end zone rather than run!

The NFL’s biggest, most heavily marketed stars are among the most difficult for the dignified to root for.

Considering that viewpoint and how Donald has consistently ranked as one of the most disruptive defenders in football since he stepped onto the field as a rookie, I don’t know why the Rams are pausing before writing a check that rewards him for his stellar play.

3. Bill Belichick, coach, Patriots (10): Can he win without Tom Brady? For at least the first four games, we’re about to find out if Belichick can repeat his 2008 success with Matt Cassel while Brady serves his Deflategate suspension. Then again, even a 1-3 or 2-2 start with Jimmy Garoppolo would be no reason to panic, considering New England always seems to start slow and finish fast.

There, he tapes transitions (“Need to get to Tennessee on the Red Zone Channel, hello Greg Gumbel and Trent Green for Texans and Titans”) to be used in the unlikely event he’s in the men’s room when it’s time for him to throw it to a specific game. The broadcast hasn’t used one of those in years, and, though there’s time for him to make a pit stop while network coverage of a game is on the screen, he hasn’t gone to the bathroom once all season during his seven-plus hours of weekly broadcast time.

One would think that by now, if such a me-first, no-awareness-of-circumstances, outcome-altering thing happened even once in a game played at its highest, most expensive professional level, it wouldn’t happen again.

Richardson trade… The trade of Sheldon Richardson from the Jets to Seattle gives the Seahawks a formidable defensive line. They now can use Richardson alongside Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Frank Clark. When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl title in the 2013 season, they had a defensive front that was both extremely talented and extremely deep. This season’s version might be able to rival that.nike-youth-cardinals-094

We see players ruled down by forward progress in every NFL game.

Most of the time, it’s routine, but sometimes those calls mean that what looks like an obvious fumble isn’t called one.

But what does the rule actually mean?

Forward progress showed up in Spalding’s Official Foot Ball Guide for 1906, along with the legalization of the forward pass, which to that point had been considered a trick play. The forward progress rule reads:

The only question for the Angels was, how much to charge? What’s the going rate for an NFL team to practice in an MLB stadium for a week? Sam Maida, the Angels’ director of baseball operations, settled on a flat fee of $50,000 for the week—a bargain considering the Angels draw that same amount for a group renting the parking lot for a one-day event. Maida didn’t want to overcharge another pro sports franchise, and he also hopes it opens the door to other NFL teams looking for a place to practice on the West Coast. “Mostly it just seemed like a fun thing to do,” Maida says. “Back when we originally scheduled this, before the season even started, we didn’t know the Eagles were going to be 10-2 and one of the best teams in football.”

Vance Joseph carried high expectations with him when he was hired to take over for the Denver Broncos. Joseph inherited a dominant defense in Denver and the team got off to a fast 3-1 star. But then a revolving door of Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and occasionally Paxton Lynch at quarterback paved the way for an eight-game slide in the middle of the season. Joseph’s squad finished last in the AFC West in his first season.

We don’t know what the future holds for teams that are in the market for new head coaches. But we do know which candidates are likely to be in the running for those openings.

“Winning can kind of cover up or mask some things, some deficiencies, a little chink in your armor, if there is any,” Pederson says. “There’s no substitute for the preparation and the hard work. … The guys have to know that, and it’s my job to make sure that they understand that.”
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Dolphins LB Lawrence Timmons went AWOL. What’s going on?

yankees_1442_dff9d4f842e906f3-180x180 missed a game for the first time since 2009 after leaving the Miami Dolphins just before the team’s season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. He was officially ruled inactive by the team and didn’t make the trip to StubHub Center where the Dolphins won 19-17.

According to TMZ, the Dolphins filed a missing persons report with police in Los Angeles this past weekend for Timmons. TMZ reports that the team became concerned when Timmons wasn’t in his hotel room Saturday night at bed check.

He was then found by police at LAX, where he was trying to fly back to Pennsylvania for a family matter.

The linebacker spent the first 10 seasons of his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but joined the Dolphins on a two-year, $12 million contract in March. After the team’s Week 1 game was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, Timmons was set to make his debut with the Dolphins in Week 2 against the Chargers.

The move is pretty unprecedented for the Bengals too. Zampese is the only coordinator in the team’s 50-year history to get the boot in the middle of a season.

With Zampese out, there’s nobody else to fire if things don’t get better for the Bengals soon. More losses like the one against the Texans on Thursday could mean Lewis is out of a job before 2017 ends.

The players are scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday

“I was actually right in front of him when he caught it,” said Patriots running back James White, who set a Super Bowl record with 14 receptions for 110 yards and scored three times. “I was pretty sure that he caught it. It was a big play in the game. It seems like there is one of those catches every Super Bowl. I’m just glad it went our way this time.”

After Tom Brady’s pass was tipped in the air by Falcons safety Keanu Neal, Edelman beat a trio of Falcons to the ball. He grabbed it just as it hit the foot of Falcons cornerback Robert Alford and then kept it off the turf for a 23-yard completion to get the ball to the Falcons 41-yard line just before the two-minute warning.

“You saw Julian Edelman catch a ball between seven guys’ legs,” Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett said. “There was a lot of awesome stuff happening on the football field. There were just a bunch of guys that really wanted to win.”

I have no doubt that their visit will be a powerful experience for them and I hope that, through their visit, they will get a balanced picture of Israel, the opposite from the false incitement campaign that is being waged against Israel around the world. I hope that the players will present the beautiful face of Israel to their tens of millions of fans in the United States.”

The delegation of NFL players also includes: Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, Titans tight end Delanie Walker, Eagles linebacker Michael Kendricks, Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell, 49ers running back Carlos Hyde, Raiders defensive tackle Dan Williams, Broncos running back Justin Forsett, and ESPN’s Kirk Morrison, a former NFL linebacker.

The players are scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday, and an exhibition game with players from the Israeli Football Association is on their itinerary for Feb. 18 in Jerusalem.
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Justin Forsett announces retirement from football

Justin Forsett is calling it a career.

The free agent running back announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons in a post on his Twitter page Wednesday morning.

The tweet included a link to Sports Spectrum, where Forsett released a statement on his decision to walk away from football.

However by late Tuesday night, the auction had been taken down, as reported by the Boston Globe.

According to TMZ Sports, “the person who has the car now is using the fame from the trial to drive up the price of the car.” The seller added “the car still has soot from when investigators fingerprinted the car” and also comes with an autographed Hernandez jersey.

Hernandez, who was already serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the death of Odin L. Lloyd in June 2013, was acquitted in the double murder trial but was found hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., just five days later on April 19. His death was ruled a suicide.

After taking the massive risk on Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley to try to improve their defense, the Raiders fell more into their old ways of being too enamored by size, speed, quickness, height and weight over more tangible football traits: Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu and UCLA tackle Eddie Vanderdoes.

Those picks do a young, contending team no good for immediate impact.
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What will be Jackson’s biggest challenge in the NFL?

Weighing 186 pounds didn’t stop Jackson from being a willing tackler in run support, but that doesn’t mean it had no bearing on his play. On physical routes like slants across the middle of the field, Jackson struggled to force incompletions.

It also led him to be aggressive when lined up in press coverage, and that resulted in some bad moments. His shakiness in one-on-one trickled into all matchups too, including one against the similarly undersized and speedy John Ross.

Covering smaller receivers in the slot could mask those concerns, but Jackson played few snaps inside at USC. It would be a new position for the cornerback and one that typically doesn’t warrant a first-round selection.

Out of this list, the player expected to be drafted the highest out this list is McCaffrey, who’s ranked third in SB Nation’s running back rankings behind Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and LSU’s Leonard Fournette.

DT Darius Hamilton, Rutgers: Hamilton started in 24 games during his sophomore and senior years at Rutgers, and he totaled he totaled 166 tackles over his career. His father, Keith Hamilton, had a career as a defensive lineman for 12 seasons in the league, all with the New York Giants.

Last week, Manning passed along his emails to New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court.

In the emails via the New York Post, Alan Zucker, Manning’s marketing agent, asked him to send “2 game used helmets and 2 game used jerseys” to provide to Steiner Sports in 2010.
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