With the institution of instant replay in baseball mostly gone are the days of wild ejections but Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon challenged that idea Friday night just three pitches into a matchup with the Pirates.

Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo hit his third leadoff home run in three games and was in the dugout when the umpires overturned the call — ruling it foul without going to video review. Maddon and Rizzo were obviously not happy and protested the play to be reviewed in a harsh manner.

With all of the swearing from Rizzo, Maddon did his best to divert attention away from his star first baseman and was ejected instead. Chicago went on to score three runs in the first inning so not all was lost.

Authentic Kids Josh Gordon Jersey Millsap is Mr. Consistency. He’s going to get buckets and rebounds each and every night while playing exceptional defense. He switches onto guards if necessary, rotates seamlessly and disrupts offensive flow. He’s just a pro, on and off the floor.

Authentic Kids Jeremy Lane Jersey He’s 32, so there will be concerns on the back end of any contract he’s offered, and he’s not a No. 1 option on a contender. His outside shooting leaves a lot to be desired, and if that defense drops off late in his career, that’s a problem.

Still, he’s a guy who makes your team better and won’t shake up the dynamics of a locker room.

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Taylors health and the impact it has on his contract led to his benching for last Sundays 30-10 loss to the Jets.

The Bills may want to release Taylor before having to guarantee $27.5 million of the deal on March 11. But if he is unable to pass a team physical, Buffalo would be on the hook for the money.

Felton believes Taylor is worth the cash either way, even though his passing numbers arent especially flashy in what is a run-heavy offense initially installed by departed coordinator Greg Roman.

Look at his situation,Felton said. He comes in his second year (as starter) and we switch coordinators (to Anthony Lynn). He has his No. 1 wide receiver (Sammy Watkins) hurt all year. Robert Woods gets hurt. Were signing guys off the street to start at wide receiver. And then people are questioning the passing game and why isnt it working at this level.

Im a big believer in Tyrod. Whether it’s going be here or somewhere else, He’ll be a star quarterback in the NFL next year and probably get paid a lot of money to do it.

The Bills were 6-6 when the first Ryan report surfaced.

At that point in time we were in a playoff run,Felton said. We obviously were in an uphill battle but it felt like we were still in it.

The Bills lost three of their final four games to finish 7-9 and miss the playoffs for a 17th consecutive season. Along the way, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor revealed to the Buffalo News that he suffered a groin injury that might require surgery.

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Indeed. Young college players, even one-and-dones, have dramatically outperformed international imports in their rookie seasons. There were seven players selected from overseas clubs in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft. Of the four who played in the league, none averaged even a half-dozen points. Dragan Bender, chosen fourth overall, managed only 3.4 points per game. Five one-and-done collegians topped the international-best average of Sacramento’s Georgios Papagiannis (5.6), including teammate Skal Labissiere of Kentucky, the 28th overall pick. Six one-and-dones chosen after Bender matched or beat his scoring average.

Bell is not the only player in this draft who has been hung with the Draymond Green mantle, either. It’s been attached to Nigel Hayes and Caleb Swanigan, too. But Hayes is not nearly the rebounder or shooter Green was coming out of college, and Swanigan is not nearly the defender.

Elite Mens Peter Budaj Jersey I am not trying to compare myself to anyone, really, Hayes said. I am my own player. That sort of thing is something other people do, maybe if you have not seen me play that much. But it is not like I go out and try to be like this player or that player. I just try to get the most out of myself.
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There are other facile comparisons that will be presented in the next few days. Lonzo Ball’s freshman season does compare favorably to Jason Kidd’s freshman season. Jayson Tatum’s year at Duke does not line up at all with that of Paul Pierce, to whom he’s been compared. But Villanova guard Jason Hart did put up similar numbers as Malcom Brogdon, another four-year point guard who was productive enough for the Bucks to be a Rookie of the Year finalist.

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So who is better, Kevin Durant or LeBron James?

James has three NBA titles and four league MVPs to his name. Durant was the MVP in 2014, but has yet to win a title. But he’s become even more of a superstar during this year’s NBA Finals and has been a huge piece in Golden State’s perfect postseason thus far.

Logan Thomas Authentic Jersey I think when you’re the prohibitive favorite against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, that means you’re a heck of a team, and they sure are, Van Gundy said Tuesday on a conference media call. Just the combination of offense and defense, the talent that they’ve been able to amass, it puts them in position where this is a dynasty to me. They have their youth, their health. I see nothing preventing them from going to eight to 10 straight Finals. It will be a massive upset if they’re not there each and every year.

To reach Van Gundy’s minimum, the Warriors need to make five additional Finals in the tougher Western Conference. With the contract statuses of Kevin Durant (player option) and Stephen Curry (free agent) uncertain beyond July 1, it will take a lot of persuasion from the Warriors front office to keep the band together.

I just think the Warriors are just head and shoulders talent-wise above anybody else in the NBA, Van Gundy added. Through a confluence of events, they were able to add Durant, and it’s great for the Warriors, great to have a great team.

Someone’s going to have to step up in the East or in the West if we’re not to see [Warriors vs. Cavs] next year as well. It’s hard to imagine either team not being the heavy favorite next year going into their respective conferences.

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Four years after EA Sports added a relocation feature to the Madden NFL video game series, it can again be used to replicate a real life move.

Relocation remains a feature found within Madden NFL 17’s Franchise Mode and Los Angeles is, of course, one of the destinations available to chose from even after the Rams moved there last year.

With the announcement Thursday that the Chargers will officially relocate to LA for the 2017-18 season, fans may have interest in moving them now in the current video game instead of waiting on Madden NFL 18 in August.

Drew Brees might end up with the most passing yards in NFL history, and his signature receivers will have been Marques Colston, Devery Henderson and Lance Moore.

And the quarterback that beat Brady in two Super Bowls, Eli Manning, connected on unforgettable throws to David Tyree and Mario Manningham, as parts of unit’s including Plaxico Burress, Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith (not the now-retired Panther) and Victor Cruz.

The talent around Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan seems to indicate their teams have the edge this weekend.

Rodgers and Brady, though, are playing on a level where such luxuries arent necessary. Theyve done fine without them plenty of times before.

George Halas won six NFL championships in 40 years. Brown won seven, in two leagues, over 25 years. Once again, this is Belichick’s 22nd year, his 17th with the same team. Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, Bill Parcells and Jimmy Johnson are part of a huge class of legendary coaches who didn’t survive that long.

Doing it with the same quarterback helps, and that may not ever happen again, coach and quarterback together for 16 years. Nothing else around him has ever been the same which is, of course, by his design. falcons_001

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Mike Vrabel has never played or coached in the NFC, but the Rams could change that if they’re serious about the former NFL linebacker as a candidate for their vacant head coaching position.

Los Angeles has been granted permission to interview Vrabel for the job, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer.

Vrabel, who serves as the Texans’ linebackers coach, was busy preparing for Houston’s AFC divisional playoff game in New England. Los Angeles planned to interview him after that game, according to the report.

As a player, you kind of notice some days, linebacker Von Miller told reporters, via USA Today. This was a hard season for Kube. This was a tough season with the losses and the injuries and everything. You could just kind of see it wear down on him, and his health is the most important for us. So, I think the decision was a great decision for him, and I’m going to continue to support him no matter what.

Everyone who knows me knows that I try to live my life the right way, and I regret that my name is even associated with this.

One of the two women involved in the allegations declined to talk to police and the other chose not to press charges. At that point, the case was closed.

However, a state task force examining a recruiting scandal at CU in 2004 looked into the sexual assault allegations against Joseph, but he wasn’t interviewed as part of the grand jury probe.
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Limited Youth Mark Sanchez Jersey Joseph, who had played at Colorado, was placed on administrative leave during that investigation for what the university described at the time as a personal matter.Shortly thereafter, Colorado announced Joseph had accepted a coaching job at Bowling Green.

The Broncos last Thursday acknowledged reports that Joseph had been investigated for sexual harassment, saying, This issue was resolved administratively nearly 15 years ago, and he’s moved forward from it.

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Trey Songz was right: The Giants defensive backs weren’t on the boat party.

Authentic Youth Ronnie Lott Jersey But that wasn’t because they weren’t wanted. According to Landon Collins, the Giants DBs were extended an invite to travel to Miami and party on the boat, but they decided to go with other plans.

‘We actually were invited, we just, we decided not to go,’ Collins said Wednesday on SportsCenter. ‘There’s a receiver group and then there’s a DB group. And it was like, I’m gonna go with my DBs. And we just decided to do something different.’
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This certainly sounds like the defensive backs partied as well (after all, itwastheir day off), but it just wasn’t publicized like the boat trip.

The Falcons can clinch an NFC bye by beating their arch-rivals, who are always up for spoiling things for them. The Saints definitely spoiled the Buccaneersa’ hopes last week, and the Bucsa’ defense is still less vulnerable than the perpetually-vulnerable Falconsa’ defense. Matt Ryan also needs a strong finish in his MVP quest. Saints, 36-31

Could the 49ers really go for four head coaches in four years Dona’t rule it out, because who knows what plans management has for Chip Kelly, or anybody else (including Colin Kaepernick, who looks more like his old self lately). Theya’re not going to catch the Seahawks off-guard, although the Seahawks simply look like a lesser version of the team thata’s hit the postseason the previous four years. Seahawks, 37-21

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Odubel Herrera has been the brightest spot on some bad Phillies teams the last couple of years, but Mike Schmidt doesn’t believe the young outfielder can be a franchise centerpiece — apparently, because English isn’t his first language.

In an interview Tuesday with WIP radio in Philadelphia, the Hall of Famer was asked if Herrera, who is off to a slow start in 2017, is the type of player a team can build around.

Pirates ace Gerrit Cole was torched by the Marlins, allowing seven runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings. Cole has allowed 23 earned runs in his last 19 1/3 innings of work as his numbers inflated to a 4.83 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.

Phillies (21-37) at Cardinals (26-32), 8:15 p.m. ET — In the midst of a seven-game losing skid, St. Louis sends Michael Wacha (2-3, 4.67 ERA) to the mound against Jeremy Hellickson (5-3, 4.50 ERA). Wacha has lasted just 11 1/3 innings over his past three starts with 15 runs earned.
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Brewers outfield prospect Lewis Brinson (No. 17) is blocked in Milwaukee, but he’s performing well at Triple-A (.308/.396/.483) and could force a promotion before too long. Brinson has plus power-speed potential and has significantly improved his plate discipline this season. If he can maintain his new approach, he has the potential to be a 20-20 guy in the bigs.

Game Youth Howie Long Jersey The Astros have struggled to get consistent production from their outfield, and Derek Fisher (NR) may be the answer. Fisher has underperformed since being drafted in the supplemental first round in 2014, but he played well in big league spring training and is finally starting to realize his potential (.314 with 10 HRs and seven SBs in 43 games at Triple-A). He isn’t a great defender, but his offensive upside may lead the Astros to give him a shot.

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Mitchell, a fourth-round pick from Georgia in last year’s NFL Draft, caught six passes for 70 yards. Four of his catches went for first downs, including a 12-yard catch on third-and-11 at the Falcons 26-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. Mitchell’s catch kept New England’s drive alive and the Patriots scored two plays later with an 8-yard pass to Danny Amendola to cut Atlanta’s lead to 28-20.

Just as Chris Hogan did in the AFC championship game with a franchise-record 180 receiving yards, Brady continues to make stars out of players who aren’t household names. White and Mitchell are just the latest.

There are anywhere between 64 and 96 quarterback jobs in the NFL every year, depending on how many teams carry a third quarterback, for whatever reason. Backups get signed for all sorts of reasons, and at all ages. Cook was 23 in that Raiders playoff game, Moore 32 with the Dolphins.

Don’t assume, with all of that, Young has no place in the NFL, even with all the rust he has to scrape off. Or with the very short stays he had in Philadelphia, Green Bay and Cleveland (each stay shorter than the last) from 2011 to ‘14.

Or, most important, with the ugly way his time with the Titans ended in 2010 … after a 30-17 record, a playoff trip and two Pro Bowls in 4 1/2 seasons.

Worth noting, as always: The league kept trusting Jeff Fisher, Young’s coach, right up until last year, when the Rams finally made him pay for his chronic mediocrity and poor judgment.

For Young, if the league lets bygones be bygones all these years later, all he has to do is prove he can help a team as a player. If not, there’s nothing he can do in workouts that will get him a ticket back.texans_134

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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there were 24 Super Bowl records broken, and seven more tied. Most of the accomplishments belong to Tom Brady, such as most passes attempted in the game (62). There are some smaller records as well, such as most first downs by both teams combined (54).

Stephanie Druley, ESPN’s senior vice president of events and studio production, said Young continues to make football fans “smarter” with his on-air analysis.

Elite Youth Mitchell Trubisky Jersey “Steve is one of the most respected analysts in football and he remains committed to his job at ESPN. His producers and colleagues have noted his work ethic internally, his level of preparation and the effort he brings each week,” Druley said in a statement to SN. “In addition to analyzing ‘Monday Night Football,’ he watches games, actively participates in production meetings and contributes weekly analysis to our studio shows using a camera that ESPN installed in his office. He is one of the veterans of our analyst team and he’s constantly making fans smarter about the game.”

Here are the 15 greatest Combine performances to date.
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Poe became the No. 11 overall pick for the Chiefs by going crazy big man at the Combine. He and his massive frame (6-4, 346 pounds) recorded a 4.98 40-yard dash and a 29.5-inch vertical to go along with a less surprising 44 bench press reps.

Paea already was an intriguing defensive tackle prospect because of the power he showed with his squatty frame (6-1, 303 pounds) at Oregon State. Then he lived up to being pocket Herculean by throwing up 49 bench press reps.

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