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NBA commissioner Adam Silver has lobbied for sports betting to be legalized and regulated across the country.

The irony is that more days off produce more pitcher scarcity in October than in the rest of the season. For most of the year, starters go five or six innings every fifth day, the good relievers cover their one inning when their team is up three runs or fewer, and managers don’t ask for much more. Occasionally a closer has pitched three days in a row and might be unavailable; occasionally extra innings demand a second inning from a high-leverage reliever, who might then be unavailable; occasionally a starter is pitching so well you might like to keep him in longer but for his high pitch count. Occasionally. But for the most part, managers have the pitchers they want pitching when they want them to pitch.

While it’s impossible to analyze Chamberlain’s own play, there is evidence that, in general, players perform worse when in foul trouble. A 2011 study found that teams underperform when they leave starters in foul trouble in the game, which makes sense logically — a player concerned about fouling won’t be as effective defensively as one who can play without fear of fouling.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has lobbied for sports betting to be legalized and regulated across the country. You have an interesting perspective as the owner of the Golden Nugget casinos and now the Rockets. What’s your view on this issue?

“I consider this normal rest for me,” Bauer said. “If I could draw it out personally, this is how I’d pitch every time. Take my normal two days’ recovery after my start and then do my day-before routine today and then roll it out there tomorrow. So I’m feeling very confident where I’m at.”

After going 7-7 with a 5.24 ERA in the first half, Bauer picked up the pace and went 10-2 with a 3.01 ERA after the All-Star break.

Bauer went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA against the Yankees during the regular season before his gem in the ALDS opener.ravens_016


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Redskins RB Rob Kelley Jersey long shot to play against 49ers

The Redskins may be without starting running back Rob Kelley Sunday against the 49ers due to an ankle injury.
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Youth Daryl Worley Jersey What really stands out to me, and what no one is making a big enough deal about, is that Cousins’ side never made an offer to the Redskins, the executive told ESPN. What does that tell you? It tells you the player does not want to be there and that he will stay only if the team overpays him by a lot. Cousins would look bad if he said he’d take $30 million a year, so he doesn’t make an offer, which shows he doesn’t want to be there at a fair salary.

The Redskins said before the season that they made an offer that would’ve made Cousins the second-highest paid player in the league. Many didn’t believe that, but if what this executive said is true then maybe Washington wasn’t just politicking. Maybe the only thing that Cousins would accept to play with the Redskins is an exorbitant amount that he simply couldn’t turn down.

As of right now, Cousins is playing under the franchise tag for the second consecutive season. He made $19.953 million in his first tagged year and is making $23.943 million in 2017.

Washington can franchise-tag him one more time before it must let him go into free agency. Or it can let him go into free agency without tagging him this offseason.

Keeping momentum in the running game will be key for Los Angeles in Sunday’s game at Oakland (2-3). The Raiders rank 25th against the run (124.6-yard average) and were gouged for 139 yards on 39 carries in last Sunday’s 30-17 home loss to the Ravens.

Gordon said he is drawing added motivation from what transpired in Week 15 last year between the Chargers and Raiders when the former was still playing in San Diego. Having suffered what proved a season-ending knee injury the previous game, Gordon watched from the sideline as raucous Oakland fans packed Qualcomm Stadium and provided their team a boost during a 19-16 Raiders victory.


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Since becoming the Colts’ starting quarterback in Week 2, Brissett has posted the 13th-highest fantasy point total at the position. Considering that he was traded to the Colts less than two weeks before becoming the starter, his production is downright impressive. He’s starting to throw the ball down the field more, too, as he’s thrown 11 passes that traveled 20 or more yards in the air during his past two starts, compared to just four attempts during his first two starts. Obviously those deep chances increase his potential for long scoring plays, which is a definite plus for fantasy purposes.

Bowen: Wayne Gallman and Orleans Darkwa, RBs, Giants. Given the number of injuries to the Giants wide receiver corps, fantasy managers would expect New York to run the football this Sunday night. But there has been very little daylight for running backs this season against the Broncos. Denver leads the NFL, giving up an average of just 14.4 fantasy points per game to opposing backs.

Authentic Paulo Orlando Jersey Graziano: Lamar Miller, RB, Texans. The Browns are the second-best run defense in the league in yards per attempt per rush, allowing only 2.9. (the Broncos are the best at 2.4) There’s always a risk that a running back could rack up points against the Browns in the second half because he’ll probably be playing with a lead, but the Browns’ defensive front is actually something of a relatively quiet strength of their team.

Sugarman said Bradford does not have ligament damage and is not dealing with a bone bruise from a direct hit. He did not mention whether there are cartilage issues, but noted that that Bradford has had the ACL in that knee repaired twice in his career.

When pressed if there is a medical diagnosis beyond wear and tear, Sugarman demurred.

I’m just going to stay with that, he said.


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Cliff Avril Jersey neck injury may be career-ending

Cliff Avri’s neck injury is more serious than initially thought and could jeopardize the career of the Seahawks defensive end.
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Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer said during the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show that Avril’s injury, suffered during last Sunday’s 46-18 win over the Colts, might be a career-ender.

Carr was listed as a limited participant in practice Thursday. He went through the stretch period and threw passes to receivers during the portion of practice that is open to media.

The plan is for Carr to test the injury pregame Sunday before the Raiders face the Baltimore Ravens, a source told Schefter.

For their part, the Ravens have said they will prepare as if Carr will start Sunday afternoon.

For some reason, I won’t believe it until I don’t see him out there, Ravens safety Eric Weddle said. I know what a competitor he is and he’s a tough dude.

Questionable (Q): This remains the most dreaded player designation. By definition it means a player is uncertain to play. How uncertain is uncertain? There is no percentage or measurement scale, leaving this classification rather vague. Whether a player ends up active or inactive often comes down to a game-time decision based on how he feels on game-day morning or how he performs during warm-ups. Final inactives are due 90 minutes before kickoff.

Doubtful (D): The doubtful designation means a player is unlikely to play that week. Rarely does a player labeled as doubtful end up playing, unless he experiences a major turnaround before game time.
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Each week in the Saturday blog, we run down a list of key fantasy players, by position, who appear in the Friday injury report along with the injured body part as listed on the report, player status and any relevant developments or insight. The primary fantasy positions are covered (quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end).


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DeSean Jackson not yet on same page as Jameis Winston

Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson is not on the same page as quarterback Jameis Winston yet, but he is confident they’ll get there.

Jackson was visibly frustrated after a failed two-point conversion in the fourth quarter of the Buccaneers’ 25-23 win over the Giants Sunday. He threw down his gloves in disgust after that play and was later seen shouting on the sidelines.

“When you go out there and play with a guy for so many years, he knows what to expect. It’s still fresh, still new with me,” Jackson said, via ESPN.com. “We all know how much [Winston] wanted me, how much I wanted to be here as well. Hopefully it will work out. That’s all that matters.”

Caldwell said conversations late during a close game are short because he, Stafford, quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter have “worked through most of the scenarios” and “nothing is brand new.”

“By the time we get to the ball game, we’ve rehearsed those things over and over again and it’s just time to go out and execute,” Caldwell said. “You can tell he relishes those opportunities.”

Stafford, who has 887 passing yards with seven touchdowns and one interception this season, has not thrown a pick in 137 consecutive attempts. He’ll look to continue that streak Sunday against the Panthers, whose quarterback also has a flair for the dramatic.

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O.J. Simpson wasted no time getting back to the sport he loves — golf.

During his first days as a free man, Simpson was photographed practicing his putting in the back of his new Las Vegas residence.

The 70-year-old was released from prison on Sunday after serving nine years for kidnapping and armed robbery in connection with a raid on memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

He had been given a 33 year sentence but was granted parole for good behavior.

He’s going to focus on kids, friends, his family and golf, Simpson’s longtime friend, Tom Scotto recently told CNN. Maybe not the first day or second, but he is going to go out.
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What has gone right: Marcus Mariota’s game continues to evolve in his third season quarterbacking the Titans, although more dynamic passing numbers won’t be coming until rookie wide receiver Corey Davis (hamstring) gets healthy. The lack of explosive aerial plays is mitigated by Tennessee fielding the NFL’s fifth-ranked rushing attack.

What has gone wrong: The Titans are tied with the Patriots for the most touchdown passes allowed this season with 11. Based upon how lousy backup Matt Cassel looked in last Sunday’s relief effort, the Titans are in trouble if Mariota is forced to miss playing time with an injured hamstring suffered in a blowout loss to Houston.

What’s next: Tennessee’s defense catches a break with the next four opponents — Miami, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Baltimore — all struggling in the passing game.

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Chiefs’ Daniel Sorensen Jersey appears to throw vicious punch at Chargers WR

Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen was caught on camera performing an odd swinging/punch motion in an effort to tackle Chargers receiver Tyrell Williams.

Sorensen wasn’t penalized for the play, but that could just be because the ref didn’t see it.

An argument could be made he was attempting to force a fumble, but he didn’t make much of an effort on the ball. It was also a very extreme motion downwards, that if landed in the right area, could cause some damage.

This could be a play the NFL takes a look at during the week. If so, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see Sorensen get fined.

On the next possession the Eagles punted, and two plays later, the Giants led. Manning hit a tight window on a play-action pass and found Sterling Shepard for what should have simply been a first down, only for third-string safety Chris Maragos to crash in with a terrible angle and miss his tackle. Maragos’ miss knocked Patrick Robinson off Shepard’s trail, which was all the space the second-year receiver needed to put the Giants ahead.

Limited Youth Sergio Romo Jersey A stop and a running game might have been enough for the Giants to seal the win, but they made mental mistakes down the stretch. Eli Apple, who has struggled mightily during his second season, was drawn into a long pass interference penalty against the King of Pass Interference, Torrey Smith, setting up a tying Eagles touchdown. On the ensuing drive, the Giants thought they had a free play and a third-down conversion in the red zone with an Eagles player struggling to get off the field, but John Jerry was whistled for holding the defender down and preventing him from getting off the field, marking the most successful block made by a Giants offensive lineman in 2017.

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Desmond Trufant is calling this year his “comeback season.” Atlanta’s top cornerback landed on injured reserve last year with a shoulder injury. If the Falcons’ home opener was any indication, Trufant is back in a big way.

It’s not easy to force Aaron Rodgers into mistakes, but the Falcons did, on a Trufant pick and a scoop-and-score that helped seal the Falcons’ win.

Authentic Kids Demarcus Walker Jersey “Which one? Yeah, there were so many,” Trufant joked when asked about the turnovers.

The Jaguars had a nice outing in Week 1 against the Texans — who were a mess. The Jaguars rolled over them on the road, after Tom Savage couldn’t get the Texans offense going and was benched in the second half for rookie Deshaun Watson.

Authentic Kids Matt Garza Jersey The Jaguars were high in our hope rankings after their performance (No. 3), which included 10 sacks by the defense and 100 yards from Leonard Fournette. However, after their Week 2 performance, they dropped down to No. 25. Blake Bortles went 20-of-24 for 223 yards, one touchdown, and two picks. Not too hot.

No fear, Jaguars fans. If Blake Bortles doesn’t work out, there’s always Chad Henne or Ryan Nassib.

Panic index: Chad Henne and Ryan Nassib aren’t actually good other options! It doesn’t look like any other moves are going to be made at cornerback, and NFL defenses might eat the offense up all season. Sunday might not be all that fun if you’re a Jags fan.


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Stefon Diggs celebrates a TD with an homage to Vikings legend Randy Moss

Stefon Diggs scored a touchdown on Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints, and he celebrated. But it wasn’t any old celebration. It was an homage to Randy Moss.

The timing couldn’t have been better, because the Vikings inducted Moss into the team’s Ring of Honor on Monday night. Moss was in attendance, so he also got to enjoy Diggs’ celebration.

Moss’ celebration symbolized his ability to split the defense, and could he ever. Diggs did the same to the Saints on his 18-yard touchdown, and he celebrated accordingly. He then took it right into a Milly Rock.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that Gronkowski’s injury doesn’t seem to be serious, but he will receive tests on Monday to make sure.

What this means for Gronkowski: Gronkowski has dealt with injury problems his entire career, including back issues that eliminated complete seasons both in college and as a pro. Any time the dynamic tight end limps off the field is cause for major concern.

What this means for the Patriots: New England can’t keep its playmakers on the field. The Pats had only three receivers at their disposal Sunday thanks to injuries to Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola.

Losing Gronkowski takes away their biggest mismatch weapon and punches a big hole in an already paper-thin receiving corps. Chris Hogan, one of the team’s three active receivers, also appeared to be playing through injury. Receiver Phillip Dorsett and running back Rex Burkhead also left with injuries.nike_cardinals_311


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As expected, Jacquizz Rodgers Jersey proved to be the Buccaneers’ lead back in place of Doug Martin in Week 2.

Rodgers carried the ball 19 times but wasn’t targeted on 31 snaps. Peyton Barber benefited from garbage time en route to 10 carries on 15 snaps. Charles Sims was the team’s passing-down specialist, with the Bucs running a pass play on 19 of his 21 snaps. The Bucs will have their hands full with a tough Vikings defense in Week 3, so only Rodgers should be considered for a flex spot. Sims has some appeal in deep PPR leagues. Doug Martin will be back in Week 5 and figures to push Rodgers to the bench.
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Adrian Peterson, RB, Saints: For the second consecutive week, Peterson was used in a limited role, following up his 1.8 PPR fantasy points of Week 1 with 2.6 on Sunday. Those now represent his third- and fourth-worst single-game performances in his 125-game NFL career. Saints coach Sean Payton is clearly using a committee approach in his backfield, and those who drafted Peterson need to re-evaluate him as more of a borderline flex play when the matchup is right.
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Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills: After his 15.3 PPR fantasy point performance in the opener, Clay became one of the week’s more popular pickups, his ownership percentage going from 10.0 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 1 to 33.7 percent on Sunday. Thankfully, he was started in only 17.7 percent, perhaps recognizing his challenging matchup, which resulted in a mere 2.3 non-PPR and 5.3 PPR fantasy points for Clay.