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The football weekend got off to rough start for bettors who took the under in this one.

The signing bonus also presents a major psychological barrier to trading. The “sunk cost trap” is something we all fall into in our daily lives. If you feel you already paid a large amount of money for something that no longer does the job you expected, you still try to fix it and make it work because you paid so much.

Yet on another night of Home Run Derby in the Year of the Home Run, no lead was safe.

Puig lined a two-run shot in the ninth, the record 22nd homer in a single Series, and Chris Taylor’s two-out single off Chris Devenski tied it.

“I think this whole series has been an emotional roller coaster,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s the two best teams playing for a championship. And these are two teams that play 27 outs.”

The legend of Hoodie Melo was birthed this summer as multiple videos of him working out in a hoodie surfaced across social media. Melo ran with it by showing up to Thunder media day and opening night in his new signature fashion piece. This costume’s best aspect is its simplicity, plus it’s an excuse to wear a hoodie-jersey combo that looks pretty good but doesn’t really fly in the real world.

Despite the Dolphins getting shutout and the Ravens losing Joe Flacco due to a concussion in the first half, this ugly Thursday night game still went over the closing total of 38.

The Ravens led 20-0 entering the fourth quarter and it almost didn’t seem possible for these offenses to combine for 18 more points. It turned out there would be no points scored by eithernike-womennfl-saints-150 offense in the final quarter, but unfortunately for those on the under, the Ravens’ defense scored not one, not two, but three touchdowns in a 9:47 span. Jimmy Smith provided the third defensive touchdown, a 50-yard pick-six that sent the total over by two points with 4:28 left in the game, crushing those who took the under.


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Patriots replacing ‘soft’ turf at Gillette Stadium after blowout loss, injuries

The Patriots, who just got new turf at Gillette Stadium in May, are changing their playing surface once again.

Work began Sunday and the turf had been removed by Monday afternoon. The new turf is expected to be ready in time for the Patriots’ next home game, Sept. 24 against the Texans. It’s the third surface the facility has had since March 2014.

A Patriots spokesperson told ESPN the turf did not meet the team’s standards, even though it met NFL and MLS safety standards. The Pats share the stadium with the New England Revolution.

X-rays taken Sunday confirmed a dislocated ankle for Darby, but no break. The third-year cornerback, acquired by the Eagles last month in a trade with the Bills, was covering Redskins tight end Jordan Reed when he appeared to step on Reed’s foot. Darby collapsed and immediately grasped at his ankle.

Darby will not need surgery and could return to the field when the Eagles face the Redskins again on Monday, Oct. 23.

“It was tough to see him go down, but we had to rebound and I think we did that,” cornerback Jalen Mills said following Sunday’s win. “He’s our brother and we’re going to be with him no matter what the injury is like. He’s going to come back at some point. Until he does come back, we have to fill in around him.”bears_007-223x223


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The Akron native was the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft

Jim Brown in the Raider’s uniform was enough to make me want to throw up. As I recall, the Browns immediately moved to re-secure the reserve clause that was in effect then so he could not sign with Oakland without compensation.

The Akron native was the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, and ushered in a new era for the Cavaliers, leading the team to its first NBA Finals in 2007. But after seven seasons, he left in free agency to join the Heat before returning to the Cavaliers four years later.

Cribbs was signed as an undrafted rookie out of Kent State and become one of the best kick returners in NFL history over eight seasons with the Browns. He wasn’t resigned in 2013, and spent two more seasons in the NFL, with the Jets and Colts.

The A’s reliever was inspired to join the fight after he traveled through some of the poorest parts of the Dominican Republic while playing winter baseball on the island following the 2014 season.

“It breaks your heart because you’re going through these places where you’re told not to drink the water,” Hendriks said. “We can afford to buy bottled water, some of these people can’t.

“It was a very humbling experience.”

Hendriks also does a lot of work for animal rescue, working with Players for Pits in Chicago and Mission K-9 Rescue in Houston.
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Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette, Marqise Lee won’t play against Buccaneers

Two of the Jaguars’ most important players will not be on the field Thursday when they face the Buccaneers.

Running back Leonard Fournette is nursing a foot injury, while receiver Marqise Lee has a right ankle sprain, coach Doug Marrone said.

To play it safe, Marrone will keep both players sidelined as they heal.

“We’re just being smart on it,” Marrone said, via ESPN.com. “Obviously we’re going to be smart with him and Marqise, so we’ll probably hold those guys out for at least until after the game.”

Fournette has not been practicing and Marrone said the former LSU star will evaluate him over the weekend. Fournette did practice after the Jags’ win against the Patriots last week, but said his foot was hurting Saturday after practice.

Whether it’s right or not, basketball players have an impact on children. That’s why the league emphasizes professionalism at all times, and hands out suspensions or fines when players act out. But there’s a grey area, as we saw earlier this year with Kyrie Irving.

During All-Star week, the title-winning point guard said on a podcast that “the Earth is flat,” a theory that has been proven false, but has gained popularity lately.

His comments were mocked by journalists and NBA fans because it’s a stupid theory. But beyond the jokes, his comments were actually harmful because kids who listen to him are likely to believe him. And according to an NPR article, that’s exactly what happened.

In a story headlined, “The Ongoing Battle Between Science Teachers And Fake News,” NPR’s Avi Wolfman-Arent spoke to a science teacher who said Irving’s comments have made his kids believe in the flat Earth theory.

She tells her students — like Nick Gurol, whose middle-schoolers believe the Earth is flat — that, as hard as they try, science teachers aren’t likely to change a student’s misconceptions just by correcting them.

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Colin Kaepernick could be just who the Ravens need right now

It’s still not clear just how long the Ravens could be without Joe Flacco. Initial reports said it could be as long as six weeks, but that got walked back to a week of rest for his ailing back.

Brees is in the 90s again, because he always is. He shares the top spot with Brady in awareness, being the only two quarterbacks with the rating, which means his other areas will be down slightly over previous years. Brees will still be good, but he’s definitely slowing down from 2010, when he was the 99 overall player in the pool.

Big Ben’s claim to fame in Madden has always been that he’s near-impossible to sack, and that will continue with his 82 strength rating. EA Sports note that this is the highest in the league, a spot he had to compete with Cam Newton in the past.

The EA Sports blog lets us in on a few more ratings. Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck both sneak into the top tier with 90 overall ratings, while Cam Newton naturally took a step back following the slump after his 2015 MVP season. He’s rated at 88 overall.

Two interceptions in three seasons wouldn’t be so bad for a safety if he had plus coverage skills to make up for the lack of takeaways. But Pryor doesn’t have those skills, consistently getting burned deep and contributing to the Jets’ defensive collapse last season. Seeing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix go just three picks later surely must sting for Jets fans these days.

FIrst and foremost was tight end Rico Gathers, who was drafted by the Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft. Gathers played college basketball at Baylor, and he hadn’t played football since the eighth gradepatriots_125-180x180


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NFL free agency 2017: Where the top 100 free agents have signed

There’s no shortage of optimism for NFL fans in the spring, and nothing says hope springs eternal like a brand new free agent acquisition. The player your team just signed is totally going to be the difference this year; you just know it!

In 1985, Smith was the draft’s No. 1 overall pick. The Buffalo Bills in the season prior were 2-14. The Browns last season were 1-15.

“He is going into a similar situation, the first player picked, a team statistically the worst in the league,” Smith said. “Big shoes to fill. He needs to hit the ground running but not ignore the process. There are going to be frustrations. There are going to be times he needs to talk to someone with experience who can help in his ability to grow. That type of maturity must take place each and every day and in it he must become more confident each and every day. I understand he will be spending most of his time in Cleveland this offseason. That is smart. Get acclimated to the job.”

The Browns failed to re-sign Terrelle Pryor after his breakout year and appear unlikely to get Josh Gordon on the field this fall. Their current starters are the underwhelming duo of Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt, and while the team has eight other receivers currently under contract, their depth chart looks like a list of randomly generated names.

Cruz could head to Ohio and help DeShone Kizer find his place in the league, but signing with the Browns has traditionally been the last gasp in a veteran’s career.yankees_1096_3f2eb6852eedadd1-180x180


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It wasn’t a great final possession for the Patriots secondary.

he Patriots finally got a lead over the Panthers in the fourth quarter, but Cam Newton and the Carolina offense responded with a 13-play drive that took more than five minutes and put New England in a four-point hole with around a minute left on the clock. A depleted and struggling New England secondary was exposed on the drive, with multiple missed tackles and a crucial holding penalty.

Dallas Cowboys – Ra’Shede Hageman, Defensive lineman, Minnesota: Ra’Shede Hageman will be a potential pick for a handful of teams picking in the top 15 if he continues playing at the level he’s reached in 2017. The Cowboys would be ecstatic to have him fall to No. 18. An aggressive and powerful defensive lineman would bolster the interior of Dallas’ front.

Toledo has made somewhere between five and 10 good hires in a row. The program is built, the culture is in place, and the order of succession is clear.

It feels easy to assume Jason Candle will do well, win for a few years, then head off for a power conference job. And his replacement (offensive coordinator Brian Wright, perhaps?) will win, too.

There’s still room for growth, however. As strong as the Rockets have been since Tim Beckman took over — the Rockets have finished in the S&P+ top 70 for six straight years and have twice finished in the top 25 (21st in 2017) — they haven’t won a MAC West title since 2004. They have graded out better than NIU on paper for four of the last five years, but they have stumbled in the Huskies’ presence. They’ve lost six in a row to NIU (four times by one possession), and NIU won the division every year in that span.

This has held the program back, both in perceptions and morale. Toledo is again projected ahead of NIU. But without a November 9 win in DeKalb, it might again feel like the season came up one step short.
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The Thunder never had the shooters the Warriors do

Considered a certain first-round pick in April is draft, Ramczyk wasn’t always sure he wanted to pursue a professional football career. He almost didn’t even play in college. Ramczyk declined a scholarship offer to the University of Pittsburgh and left Winona State after a short time as a freshman.

It was what I looked forward to every day (in high school), Ramczyk told co-host Geoff Schwartz and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio. It was kind of intriguing. I thought it would be cool to do that as a full-time job. That was kind of how it got started.

Because he temporarily snuffed his gridiron torch, some NFL teams might call into question just how committed he is to playing the game. But the sacrifices Ramczyk made to resume his football pursuits should dispel those potential knocks.

Although talented enough to play at a major program, Ramczyk enrolled to play for his hometown Division III program after stints at Madison Area Technical College and Mid-State (Wis.) Technical College. He even did so without an athletic scholarship to Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

But the Thunder fell flat that game, too, falling behind by as much as 26 in an eventual 130-114 loss. They watched Kevin Durant go for 34 points on 57 percent shooting.

And if that defeat didn’t establish the big brother-little brother hierarchy out West, Golden State noogied Oklahoma City by sweeping the series, 4-0, on Monday with a 16-point win on the road. The Warriors did it without Durant, still sidelined by a knee injury, and led by as many as 27.

The Thunder never had the shooters the Warriors do, which has proven detrimental to Westbrook, as he pierces the lane with ease. As a result, they can’t run a motion or pace-and-space offense without threatening from downtown, and they certainly don’t exhibit the same cohesion defensively as Golden State.14


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Salvador Perez gets good news on knee after potential WBC disaster

Sunday morning’s Say Hey baseball includes the Royals avoiding disaster with Sal Perez’ knee, the Dominicans comeback win over the U.S., and the chance of an extension for Yu Darvish.

Listen, we know it’s tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage, and Vines of dudes getting hit in the beans every day. Trying to find all of it while on your way to work or sitting at your desk just isn’t easy. It’s OK, though. We’re going to do the heavy lifting for you each morning and find the things you need to see from within the SB Nation baseball network, as well as from elsewhere. Please hold your applause until the end, or at least until after you subscribe to the newsletter.

Michigan was an underdog, not because of its travel nightmare but because of its season before that. The Wolverines were 10-8 in Big Ten play in the regular season, and they spent much of the year looking like a fringy NCAA tournament team. But they turned things on a bit in the last month of the regular season, and they should head into the Dance with tons of confidence.

The championship game came down to Michigan’s efficient offense. The unit’s been one of the best in the country all year, even as the defense has often lagged. Against Greg Gard’s elite Wisconsin defense, Michigan shot 55 percent from the field. Veterans Derrick Walton Jr., Zak Irvin, and D.J. Wilson had strong scoring afternoons, and Wisconsin’s offense didn’t have the juice to keep pace with them.

The Big Ten had a weird, mostly bad year. It didn’t have a single elite team, with the possible exception of the Purdue team that lost its first tournament game to Michigan. It didn’t have a serious national player of the year candidate, and it often felt like there was no difference between the second- and eighth-best teams in the league. After this tournament, it’s still hard to peg the NCAA prospects of so many.15


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NFL Combine results 2017: Full tight end numbers

Tight ends in the NFL are more versatile than ever. In today’s NFL, some put up better receiving numbers than some wideouts. Because of this, it has become a more important role in NFL offense. At the 2017 NFL Combine, a talented group of tight ends have been lighting in up:

Alabama’s O.J. Howard appears to be the top prospect at the position this year. Howard wasn’t used often while with the Crimson Tide, but when he got the ball, he did damage. He had 45 receptions for 595 yards in 2016, while seemingly always coming up in big games for the Tide.

After Howard, there are varying opinions on where David Njoku of Miami, Evan Engram of Ole Miss, and Jake Butt of Michigan rank. Butt tore his ACL during the Orange Bowl against Florida State, so he won’t go through workouts.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Bears had a “positive meeting” with Jeffery’s agent Saturday and that both sides are “more than open to a reunion.”

Just this week, Antonio Brown became the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL when he signed a four-year extension that moves his per-year average to $17 million. Jeffery will be looking to exceed that number with his next deal.

Jeffery has said that he wants to sign with a contender, explaining Thursday, “Whatever the next chapter is, I’m ready for it. I’m looking at the teams that obviously need a wide receiver, but also put me in the best situation to win a championship right now.”

The Bears, who are coming off a 3-13 season and have major questions at quarterback and other positions, are not contenders.

But, with enough positive meetings and lucrative offers, they could change Jeffery’s mind.