Clemson probably won’t have any more committee-swaying wins

Clemson probably won’t have any more committee-swaying wins, even with an ACC title.

When it comes to a team trying to creep into the top four by season’s end, Louisville is still very much on the outside looking in. After ranking No. 7 in the initial polls, the Cardinals are No. 6 and still need Atlantic Division partner Clemson to lose to Pittsburgh and Wake Forest to get into the ACC title game. Don’t count on that, so without a conference title and a remaining strength of schedule that currently ranks 62nd in ESPN’s Football Power Index, Louisville might have to score 100 points in each of its remaining games.

Speaking of the Pac-12, it should be rooting hard for the Huskies going forward, because they are the conference’s only hope for a playoff berth. While a loss to No. 20 USC this week would be damaging, the Huskies could probably sneak back into the top four with a Pac-12 championship. However, the committee won’t be too kind to the conference if the Huskies aren’t the Pac-12 representative.

When asked why Rambis was chosen to coach the defense rather than another assistant, Hornacek said, “It could’ve been anybody.”

“It could’ve been Jerry [Sichting], could have been Corey [Gaines]. We all talk as a coaching staff about the same things,” he added. “So Kurt had some of these guys last year. Just felt it was better to put him in that.”

Rambis was in charge of the Lakers’ defense when they went Kerry Hyder Authentic Womens Jersey to back-to-back NBA Finals (2008, 2009). Those Lakers teams were strong defensively, finishing in the top 10 in defensive efficiency in each season. Rambis also served as a head coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Those clubs struggled on defense, finishing 29th and 30th, respectively, in defensive efficiency.

The Knicks worked mostly on defense in Tuesday’s practice, specifically practicing their pick-and-roll coverage.

After practice, Carmelo Anthony was asked if the players were Kyle Van Noy Authentic Womens Jersey comfortable with the decision to assign the club’s defense to Rambis.

“Whether we’re comfortable with it or not, it is what it is, and we got to buy into that and embrace that,” he said. “[We have to] just focus in on our schemes and what we want to do and just have kinda a foundation of how we gonna do it and what we gonna do and go by that.”

I think of Florida and North Carolina as being the protagonists of this election

I think of Florida and North Carolina as being the protagonists of this election. They have a bit of everything: early voting, conflicting polling, changing demographics. And they’ve always played a role in the drama of the campaign, since neither candidate has ever really been able to pull away in either state. (No candidate has ever been better than a 2-1 favorite in North Carolina in our polls-plus forecast, for instance.) Furthermore, both states’ polls close relatively early and they count their vote relatively quickly, so they’ll be some of the first states we’ll be checking for clues as to how tomorrow will proceed.

Clinton would seem to be playing offense in these states, in the sense that winning either one would make it very hard for Trump to come back — that’s Fred Jackson Jersey especially the case for Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, which could cover for her losing two key states elsewhere on the map. But there’s a higher chance than you might think that they prove to be a necessity rather than a luxury for Clinton, in case something goes wrong for Clinton in the Midwest.

Obama was leading in the polls in Ohio and Iowa four years ago. Clinton isn’t, which is a big reason her Electoral College map is less robust than his was. While the Garry Gilliam Jersey changes are easy enough to understand based on demographic patterns — both states have lots of white, working-class voters — they’re a sign that the map isn’t necessarily going back to normal even if Clinton wins the election.

But it’s not so much that Clinton’s out of the running in these states — she’s more likely to win Iowa than to lose Pennsylvania, according to our forecast — as that it’s hard to see her winning them unless she’s doing well elsewhere in the Midwest. And if she’s doing well elsewhere in the Midwest, she’ll find it hard to lose the Electoral College. Thus, Ohio and Iowa rank poorly according to our tipping-point index, which accounts for these correlations.

Still, Ohio might have one or two things that make it a good target for Clinton, such as Trump’s frosty relationship with the state’s Republican Party and slightly tighter polls in the past week. Iowa, by contrast, might go the way of Missouri, a state that went from bellwether to off-the-swing-state-map without really pausing in between.

Minnesota would probably have required more of a concerted effort from Trump to really put it into play, but the model marks it as somewhat uncertain because there’s been relatively little polling there. If Clinton is having so many problems in Iowa, is it totally implausible that she could be struggling in the state just on its northern border?

Finally, we come to the states that would matter only in the event of a very close election — particularly, in those cases where Clinton loses Nevada and New Hampshire but wins the rest of her firewall, leaving her stuck on 268 electoral votes. Note that it’s 268 electoral votes instead of 269 because Clinton’s firewall doesn’t include the northern, rural, 2nd Congressional District of Maine, whose demographics are almost perfect for Trump — although recent polls there have shown the race tightening from a previous Trump lead. The two statewide Maine electoral votes could also be in play, although Clinton will almost certainly win the 1st District, which includes Portland.

Falcons pull off thrilling last-minute win against the Packers

It looked like the Atlanta Falcons weren’t going to be able to pull off a win against the visiting Green Bay Packers, but they managed to do so with a late-game touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Mohamed Sanu for a final score of 33-32.

Aaron Rodgers John Miller Authentic Womens Jersey threw for 246 yards and four touchdowns in the loss. With Eddie Lacy on injured reserve and James Starks inactive due to injury, Rodgers was also the Packers’ leading rusher in the loss with 60 yards on the ground.

Bill O’Brien has the “quarterback guru” label attached to him. How he got that reputation is less clear. He made Ryan Fitzpatrick look competent in 2014, but since then his attempts to make the best out of replacement parts QBs haven’t been successful.

Osweiler was supposed to be Jordan Mills Authentic Womens Jersey different, a talented quarterback for “the guru” to work with, but that’s not working out so far either.

The Texans can’t wiggle out of Osweiler’s contract until 2018. Cutting him next year would smack them with a $25 million cap hit.

In other words, someone better help Brock Osweiler find his confidence again. One strategy: remind him that he’s very tall, 6’8, and NOBODY can take that away from him.

The Packers were also missing wide receiver Randall Cobb and tight end Jared Cook, but Rodgers still managed to spread the ball around. Aside from Jordy Nelson, Rodgers hit three different receivers — Jeff Janis, Trevor Davis and Geronimo Allison — for their first career touchdown receptions.

Collins, 27, is a versatile and talented linebacker who moved around and played several positions in the New England defense. He was scheduled to become a free agent in the offseason and would’ve cost $14.129 million to franchise tag, so it will now be a top priority for the Browns to take on the task of extending their newly added linebacker.

At this point, Gronkowski is the best tight end in the NFL, and it isn’t close. Greg Olsen is still performing at a high level for the Carolina Panthers, and Jimmy Graham is having a decent season in Seattle, but as far as pure talent and production, it’s Gronk and then it’s all the other tight ends in the league.

Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy will replace injured St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina as the National League’s starter

Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy will replace injured St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina as the National League’s starter for Tuesday night’s All- game. The commissioner’s office said Friday that Arizona’s Montero will fill Molina’s roster spot. Elected to start for the fourth time, Molina tore a ligament his right thumb Wednesday. He was scheduled for surgery Friday and is expected to be sidelined for at least eight weeks.

When Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda steps on the mound Phillip Dorsett Authentic Womens Jersey against the Reds, he’ll be the last one left. Gone for the are CC Sabathia to right knee surgery and to Tommy surgery. Masahiro Tanaka is expected to be out for at least six weeks with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament his right elbow, and Pineda is rehabbing a right shoulder injury, hopeful for return. Kuroda is the only starter remaining from the Yankees’ injury-riddled Opening Day rotation. his last 13 starts, Kuroda is 4 with a 3, and he has produced a quality start four of his last five outings. he’ll look to lead New to a sweep of the Reds and pitch deep into the game — both for him and the sake of the Yankees’ bullpen, which has been effective, but busy. I think we’ve asked a lot of them to begin with. But I still think you have to, at times, protect them as well, Yankees manager Girardi said.

There’s two things that can happen if you overuse them. Worst-case scenario is that people can get hurt. The second worst-case scenario is they become ineffective or exhausted, and that doesn’t help you either. Kuroda face a dominant Cueto of the Reds, who has thrown at least six innings his last seven starts and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs each outing. He’s struck out 44 with a 2 and has gone 5 that span. The All- is second the National League with a 2, first with 143 3 innings, a.181 opponents’ batting average and a 0 WHIP, and tied for first with three complete games. his last start right before the All- break, Cueto went six innings against the Pirates, made more impressive after having to wait nearly hour for a rain delay the fifth inning. It was not easy ; I ‘t recommend that to Reggie Wayne Authentic Womens Jersey anybody, he said. I nobody has to go through that. When you’re up your tempo and then you’ve got to come back and wait and wait and wait, you’ve got to create so things. And I thank that he let me continue the game. Reds: Schumaker passes concussion test Reds outfielder second baseman Skip Schumaker had a concussion test Saturday, and passed it. The next step is to receive clearance and approval from League Baseball and the Players Association before he can be activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list. It is possible he could play against the Yankees. Schumaker was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list prior to the July 11 series opener against the Pirates. He slammed hard into the right-field wall trying to make a leaping catch on Valbuena’s go-ahead two-run triple the 12th inning of a 6 loss to the Cubs the day before. Schumaker is hitting.240 with eight doubles and 14 RBIs this. He did very well on two different tests, Reds head trainer Lessard said. The tests have been submitted. We haven’t gotten clearance yet from the league. They look it over and send the message.