It worked out just the way he wanted.

Hopkins is the Texans’ most important offensive weapon: The one-time Pro Bowler is still in the early stages of his NFL career and already considered one of the best receivers in the league. Hopkins is known for his incredible route-running skills and the ability to corral difficult passes.

In four seasons, the 25-year-old has caught 317 passes for 4,487 yards and 23 touchdowns, all without any stability under center.

Let’s pause a minute so we can watch Nuk make a ridiculous catch: Just one of many examples of Hopkins’ skills, he snagged this one-handed pass that was out in front of him in the Texans’ 20-13 victory over the Detroit Lions last season.
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He felt the need to express himself with Kaepernick. He came up on the building and saw it as a blank canvas, realizing on accident the location was near Clark Atlanta University, Spelman, and Morehouse.
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I feel like the work also needs to reflect the people that are there, Williams said.

His goal was to do it near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but he couldn’t find a property he would have been able to paint on. Regardless, Williams found a place to make it work, and made the West End a little more beautiful, which is one of his purposes.

We should be beautifying our own neighborhoods, he said. We need to do it for ourselves.

Lynch spoke with Morrison to ask him what to expect.

Kirk Morrison knows the feeling. Oakland born and raised, Morrison starred at Bishop O’Dowd High before the Raiders drafted him in the third round in 2005. He played five years with the Raiders, which offered him the chance to stay close to his family and his alma mater. He was a regular at O’Dowd Friday night or Saturday afternoon games.

Lynch spoke with Morrison to ask him what to expect.

The first draft pick of the Browns’ new era played five seasons in Cleveland, eventually losing his job to Kelly Holcomb and being released in 2004. Couch signed with the Packers but was released in final roster cuts prior to the 2004 season.

In response to his efforts to malign her version of events as well as her looks, the 21-year-old claims she has a video showing her sexual encounter with him.

Moreover, in the interview with YouTube blogger Miss Jacob Kohinoor, Sharpton said Usher, 38, was aware the camera was on him at the time, the Daily News reported.

She added there were security cameras in the Days Inn in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where the alleged encounter took place in in 2014. She said her attorney, Lisa Bloom, intends to subpoena the hotel’s footage as further proof in her case.

“They taught me the ways of Texas,” he said. “I’m talking to people and it’s like I’m speaking Russian, and I’m looking at them like they’re speaking Russian. We’d just nod and go our separate ways. Finna? Fixin to? Y’all? I say reckon, so that one was fine. I grew up saying reckon, and they understood that.”nets_024

The Monroe County School District is shuttering schools Wednesday

Although the Chargers have moved from San Diego to Los Angeles, they’re sticking with their uniform set, at least for now. They have, however, deployed the Flyswatter, and it’s a big plus.

Residents in low-lying areas in Miami-Dade County have also been advised to evacuate starting Wednesday, Scott said.

The Monroe County School District is shuttering schools Wednesday, the county added. Schools in several other Florida counties, including Miami-Dade and Broward, will be closed Thursday and Friday, Scott said.

The University of Miami has canceled classes for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the school announced Tuesday.
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We’ve been given such a platform that our voice carries a lot further than some, Hendriks said. Anytime you can use that voice to better any organization (it’s worth doing).
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The 28-year-old right-hander is working with the organizations, Striking Out Poverty and Big League Impact, to raise money to bring clean-drinking water to poverty stricken areas in the Dominican Republic.

Hendriks is donating $100 for every strikeout he records this season and $200 for every walk. He’s asking fans to pledge $3.10 for each of his strikeouts, symbolic of his jersey number, 31. So far, he’s raised an estimated $45,371 in pledges.

Genetics enable him to be tall with long levers, and you can use those levers for good, or against yourself.

Bennett is essentially working with a raw specimen — Lac finished last in the NFL in net punting average last season (37.3) and 28th in yards per punt (43.1).

Added Edwards: It’s so much mental, so much technical, rather than sheer ability. It’s something you have to work on every day. It’s a constant struggle, a work in progress to stay in the NFL.

It would come with Kaepernick having to live with the disappointment of not being signed as a starting NFL quarterback.

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The third of three bouts between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, this one went a gruelling 14 rounds before Frazier’s corner threw in the towel, against their boxer’s wishes.

Ali won by TKO, and won the series between the two fighters 2-1. He would later say that the savage fight had also taken him to his ultimate limit. Frazier quit just before I did,’ Ali told biographer Thomas Hauser in 1990. I didn’t think I could fight any more.

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It’s in Smith’s best personal interest to get as many snaps as possible this season to bolster his free-agent stock. Doing the bare minimum to help Mahomes adjust to the NFL 鈥?which is a huge leap since he’s a 21-year-old underclassman coming from a spread system at Texas Tech 鈥?would increase the chances he remains on the bench while Smith plays.

As weird as Seattle might sound because of Kaepernick’s and San Francisco’s history against their NFC West rival, it’s the likeliest of unlikely destinations.

It would come with Kaepernick having to live with the disappointment of not being signed as a starting NFL quarterback. But it also would come with a great opportunity for the 29-year-old to get his career back on track, in the right place.
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With protests raging, NBC will televise national anthem before Patriots-Chiefs opener

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Sports commentators have their own solutions to the national anthem issue. A growing number of voices such as that of Max Kellerman and Tony Kornheiser of ESPN, and Dan Wetzel of Yahoo, are asking whether the national anthem should be abolished before NFL games.

About an hour later, Chiefs starting running back Spencer Ware went down after a short gain on a reception from Alex Smith. After the game the Chiefs said it appeared to be a PCL injury. Ware will also have an MRI Saturday.
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Ware’s and Edelman’s injuries, coming the same week that Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. went down with a leg injury after a hard hit, add more fuel to the starters shouldn’t play in the preseason debate that rages every preseason when star players get hurt.

Norman produced a well-timed career-year in 2015, making his first Pro Bowl for a season in which he was headed toward free agency. He signed a five-year, $75 million contract with one of the least likable teams in the league and commenced insulting just about anyone that came into his field of vision.

In a 2016 cover story with ESPN: The Magazine, Norman ripped Giants receiver Odell Beckham; NFLPA director DeMaurice Smith (Norman said he is in cahoots with league owners); Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas (He was supposed to be an all-world guy, and I shut him down in a Super Bowl Norman’s team lost); QB Sam Bradford (Have you ever once been one of the top 20 quarterbacks in the league?) and his former team, Carolina, saying his move to Washington was like going from dictatorship to freedom.

Jets expected to name starting quarterback by next Monday

The Jets’ quarterback conundrum is expected to be solved by next Monday, according to coach Todd Bowles.

Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty are all competing for the starting position, but McCown is expected to earn the top spot. Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants is the last chance to make an impression.

“Odell has an ankle (injury). We’ll see how he responds to treatment,” McAdoo said during a conference call, via ESPN. “Brandon has a shoulder (injury), and again we just have to see how these two guys respond to treatment.”

When pressed on what kind of sprain Beckham has, McAdoo simply responded, “It’s an ankle.”

Beckham sustained the sprain in the second quarter, when he was hit in the leg. He jogged back to the locker room, but knelt to the floor in pain in the hallway.

As for Marshall, McAdoo seemed a little more optimistic and vaguely alluded to a recovery timetable.

“We just had him in here for a treatment session, and we’ll take it day to day,” McAdoo said.

The Bills signed Dareus to one of the most front-loaded contracts in the NFL, with up front money that even surpasses that of Ndamukong Suh’s massive contract in Miami. Since signing the contract, Dareus has notched just 5.5 sacks, has complained about his coach and has been suspended for four games by the league. With millions in dead money still on the books, the Bills need Dareus to show a great deal of improvement this year. seahawks_009

Gordon Hayward’s agent said no decision made, moments after Hayward to Celtics was reported

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Gordon Hayward is heading to the Boston Celtics. That’s now official, thanks to The Players Tribune. But there was confusion for a few hours on July 4, even though Hayward to Boston was reported by ESPN’s Chris Haynes earlier in the day.

Minutes after Haynes reported was headed to the Boston Celtics, Hayward’s agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN that he was still processing his decision.

Gordon hasn’t made a decision yet. We are still working through it, Bartelstein told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Tad Brown said it can wear on you after so many decades. There are passions in his life. Cited philanthropic efforts, family.

The Rockets are poised to be a top-three team in the West next season, and they have a superstar (and MVP runner-up) locked up until 2023 after James Harden recently inked a new contract extension with the team. That could shoot the team’s evaluation up even higher than the Forbes estimation.

The last NBA team to sell was in 2015, when the Atlanta Hawks sold for $850 million. In 2014, Steve Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers for an incredible $2 billion and the Milwaukee Bucks went for $550 million, as well. After a rash of franchises being sold in 2010 and 2011, there hasn’t been nearly the demand ever since.

Jordan Matthews Youth Jersey Despite the surprise, the basketball is still basketball, and the front office and coaching staff ideally should not be affected by these proceedings whatsoever. Regardless, we’ll see what comes next for the Rockets.

We might talk about Michael Redd the same way we talk about Ray Allen if it wasn’t for the injuries.

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We might talk about Michael Redd the same way we talk about Ray Allen if it wasn’t for the injuries. The sweet-shootin’ left-hander was on the same career path for a while, only to see a twice-torn ACL and MCL end his career prematurely. But while Redd did hit more than 1,000 threes in his abruptly shortened career, the dude was gifted in so many other ways. Here he was at his peak.

That obviously turned out not to be the case. Smith’s lottery position didn’t exactly help his cause, but Adidas missed out on an opportunity to sign one of the better talents in the draft class.

It hurts them a bit more because now they’re on the outside looking in with this class. The only lottery pick they have signed is Utah’s Donovan Mitchell. Last year, they signed Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, and Kris Dunn.
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Exactly how big is this for Under Armour?

This is a straight-up coup for Under Armour. This was always a possibility, but seemed unlikely to happen back in June. Nike came on strong and signed seven draft prospects early, but didn’t manage to grab Smith, who was regarded as the sleeper endorser of this draft. There are some who believe Smith could end up being the best player in this draft class.

NFL odds 2017: Preseason Week 2 betting lines and trends roundup

The Baltimore Ravens are a perfect 5-0 straight up and against the spread over their last five preseason games after an impressive 23-3 victory over Washington last week. The Ravens will try to extend their preseason winning streak on the road against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night.

Baltimore is a 3-point road underdog in Miami at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Under head coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens have been a consistent preseason moneymaker over the last few seasons with a 10-3 SU and 11-2 ATS record since the start of the 2014 season. The Ravens are 3-0 SU and ATS as an underdog over that stretch.

With the news that Ryan Tannehill will have season-ending ACL surgery, the Dolphins will have no quarterback controversy this year as newly signed Jay Cutler is set to be the starter for as long as he stays healthy. Cutler will make his Dolphins debut in limited reps on Thursday as he tries to get acclimated to his new offense. Miami defeated the Atlanta Falcons last week 23-20 without Cutler.

Seattle signed Lacy to a one-year deal loaded with incentives, including benchmarks for reaching weight goals. Lacy’s been hitting those marks and looks in reasonable shape, so it doesn’t seem like his old weight problems have popped up again. Given his previous track record of success, it was a smart low-risk investment. The Seahawks probably won’t cut him, but doing so would only cost $2.865 million against the cap. It’s an option should Seattle face a roster crunch.

Lacy could still make the final roster, but what purpose does he even serve right now? Carson basically looks like the good version of Lacy, and who knows if the real Lacy will look like that again. It’s been a long time since 2014, the last time Lacy cleared 1,000 rushing yards. Now 27 years old, it’s entirely possible we’ve already seen his peak years.

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Crosby’s linemate who assisted on the highlight-reel breakaway and added a goal for himself

It was a goal-scorers goal by an elite player, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said, succinctly.

That’s a world-class type of play, Matt Murray, the winning goalie on 30 saves, marveled from his vantage point 200 feet away.

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Crosby didn’t get the chance to break down his thought process after the game. He had a date with the Tooth Fairy after losing two front teeth when he was high sticked by Evander Kane with 1:25 left in the game. Some saw it as a karmic twist for spearing Ryan O’Reilly between the legs and getting away with it. That didn’t matter.

Here’s something that does: Pittsburgh wrapped up a playoff berth for an 11th consecutive season with the win, the team’s eighth in 10 games.

It came in the absence of co-star Evgeni Malkin, who sat out his third straight game with an injury. The Penguins also lost the effective play of rookie winger Jake Guentzel to a concussion on a brutal hit by Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, who was given a game misconduct for interference and ejected.

Crosby might not win his third Hart Trophy this season, but these performances remind why he probably should.

The ripple effects of the eight-year, $100 million extension Connor McDavid signed last month is already having an impact on the negotiations for Jack Eichel’s extension with Buffalo, and will also affect the future Matthews contract and the price tag for Tavares.