Vote: Is Embiid worth the risk for the Sixers?

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid have agreed to a five-year, $148 million designated rookie scale maximum contract extension.

Since being drafted by Philadelphia with the No. 3 pick in 2014, Embiid’s career has been hindered by injuries. That includes him missing all of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Embiid showed flashes of his potential last season, averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds in his 31 games before tearing his meniscus.

When healthy, the 23-year-old big man has the talent to be one of the most unique players in the NBA. This extension could be viewed as a vote of confidence toward his long-term health.

A team doctor examined Porzingis on Monday afternoon and determined that he should sit out against the Rockets.
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He’s having some issues lifting his leg, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said, adding that Porzingis felt soreness when taking a stride.
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It is unknown whether Porzingis had any tests on his hip. Hornacek is hopeful that Porzingis will be able to play in the Knicks’ preseason finale on Friday.

Also on the injury front for New York, rookie Frank Ntilikina missed his third straight preseason game on Monday with a knee bruise. Hornacek said Ntilikina still has some residual swelling in his knee but believes the rookie will return Friday.

Ntilikina, the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, missed the entire summer league with a knee injury but says his current ailment is unrelated.

Horvat scores twice, Markstrom solid as Canucks beat Oilers

Bo Horvat scored twice, Jacob Markstrom settled down to make 33 saves after allowing a goal on the game’s first shot, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Saturday night.

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It was an adventure in defending for both teams at times, with Toronto pulling ahead 5-1 in the first period and chasing Henrik Lundqvist before the Rangers scored four straight to quieten the Air Canada Centre crowd.
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The second period, I don’t know what we were doing, coach Mike Babcock said. We got away from our game. That’s the way sports should be. When you don’t do things right, you shouldn’t have success and we didn’t. There’s lot of things we can get better at but the way I look at it is we’ve played two (games) now and found a way to survive in both of them and win the games.

Toronto won its opener 7-2 on Wednesday night in Winnipeg, also running off starting goalie Steve Mason.

Against FBS opponents, the Beavers’ narrowest margin of defeat came on Saturday in a 38-10 loss to USC.

This is an exceptionally difficult time for me, personally and professionally, Barnes said in a statement. I have known Gary for many years and respect him highly as a person, my friend, a head football coach and an incredible leader of young men. The timing of this is very difficult; however it is the best for all involved.

Seahawks shut down high-scoring Rams for 16-10 victory

Russell Wilson passed for 198 yards and a touchdown, and Earl Thomas forced two of the Rams’ five turnovers in the Seattle Seahawks’ 16-10 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday.

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Sheldon Richardson also came through with two big plays, diving to intercept a deflected pass in the third quarter before scooping up Goff’s fumble near midfield with 2:45 left.

Goff moved the Rams 55 yards in the final 1:09, but Seattle’s defense made its final stop. Rams rookie Cooper Kupp barely missed a diving TD grab on third down, and Goff’s fourth-down pass to Kupp was too low.

Devon Kennard Authentic Jersey Many thought Buck Allen might not make this year’s Ravens team, much less be their most reliable fantasy option at running back. Allen ran for 73 yards rushing and scored one touchdown Sunday in Oakland. More importantly, he has taken over the role as red-zone back after Terrance West injured his calf. With West’s uncertain status, Allen has intriguing value going forward.

Tyler Eifert’s back injury this year shouldn’t come as a total surprise considering his history. He has never played a full season and had surgery last year. Still, Eifert has been a disappointment to fantasy owners after catching only four passes in the first two games and getting a touchdown called back. Eifert hasn’t played in the last three games, but the bye week could be coming at the right time for him.

Identifying the best, most important games of NFL Week 5

What are the five must-watch NFL games this week? ESPN’s matchup quality metric, which utilizes ESPN’s Football Power Index to rank games on a 1-100 scale based on the quality of teams and projected closeness of the final score, tells us the top games of Week 5.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets

I’m likely to want either Aaron Rodgers or Le’Veon Bell in all of my DFS lineups in Week 5, so I’m going to need to go cheap somewhere. Tight end is a good spot, especially since the clear No. 1 option — both in skill and price — is playing in the Thursday game (Rob Gronkowski). The Cleveland Browns have performed miserably against opposing tight ends, allowing the most targets (38) and catches (31), as well as the second-most fantasy points using ESPN’s PPR scoring (similar to DFS for the position). The Jets have gotten Seferian-Jenkins more involved than the team has with a player at the position in years, as his 10 targets over the past two weeks is tied for 13th, and the team is going to continually be put in passing situations that help further his cause. — Tristan H. Cockcroft

Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans

Fuller ranks fifth in air yards per target since entering the NFL last season, and I’ll take my chances on the upside against a Chiefs defense that has allowed the fourth-most deep completions this season. Fuller is a week-to-week risk, but considering it took him all of six targets from Deshaun Watson to score twice in his first game of the year, this week — at home against the Chiefs who are coming off a short week — seems like a good time to roll the dice. — Stephania Bellvikings_123

Most teams had already spoken with their coaches and player captains about how to proceed this weekend.

After nearly 20 of its players knelt last Sunday at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots, for instance, had decided Monday that they would no longer kneel but would put one hand over their heart and the other around the shoulder of the nearest teammate.

The protests of the prior weekend’s games had unfolded mostly at the discretion of the players, a rarity for the league. Goodell did not send out a mandate, which owners agreed had been wise. Pittsburgh owner Art Rooney II told Goodell last weekend that the Steelers had planned to stay in the locker room during the anthem, despite it being against the wishes of both men. Still, on this issue, the commissioner didn’t try to impose his will. On this Sunday, it was better to let each club handle the matter on its own.
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But McDermott is taking a cautious approach when asked to assess the first quarter of the 16-game season. After all, other Bills teams have flashed early promise but haven’t backed it up, and this club is battling injuries that will leave it short-handed for a tough road test.

I believe it’s a big challenge for our building to keep things in perspective, McDermott said. If we’re going to get addicted to anything, let’s get addicted to the process of what leads to winning.
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One can’t blame long-suffering Buffalo fans for guzzling the kids’ drink at this point, though. It’s been a while since the Bills appeared to pay attention to detail. An argument can be made that the Rex Ryan teams of the last couple of years possessed far more talent but about one-tenth of the discipline this group has featured so far.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin addresses not playing James Harrison

Steelers linebacker James Harrison didn’t take the field last Sunday, despite starter T.J. Watt leaving the game with a groin injury.

Instead, coach Mike Tomlin sent in Anthony Chickillo while Harrison remained on the sideline. So is Harrison falling down the depth chart?

I came out straight. I didn’t have any setbacks or anything like that. So, keep ramping up the rehab, Beckham said, via ESPN. Just try to get as good as you can get, you know what I mean?

Elite Mens Jonathan Cooper Jersey He admitted his ankle might not be 100 percent for the rest of the season, but expects his production to increase now that he is maintaining it.

The ankle is something you get on every single day, Beckham said. So, you never really know, but I’m going to get as good as I can get and I know once I’m comfortable cutting off in each and every way, I don’t see that there will be any problems with it, even if it’s not 100 (percent).
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Beckham was limited in Thursday’s practice, which is likely a plan to keep Beckham from straining the ankle too much ahead of Sunday’s game in Philadelphia.

Where’s the dignity in that? Words are powerful man. They can unite you or they can divide you. What he said united us. Norman linked arms with Washington owner Dan Snyder and teammates.

Joe Thomas is probably the 1st NFL player with 10,000 consecutive snaps.

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Marlon Humphrey Game Jersey Joe Thomas is the NFL’s ultimate Iron Man, and now he’s reached a milestone no player is believed to have ever crossed. The Cleveland Browns offensive tackle has now played in 10,000 consecutive snaps.

Thomas, 32, played in his 162nd game with the Browns on Sunday. He started Week 1 in his rookie season in 2007 and has never missed a single offensive snap in more than 10 seasons.

Even players in other sports can appreciate how ridiculous that is.

All of our sideline concussion evaluations will occur inside the tents, which we think will not only obviously provide more privacy and dignity for the player, but certainly will eliminate some of the visual and auditory distractions that we want to try to eliminate to get the best concussion evaluation we can, Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, told the Washington Post.

We think by having the player and the examining physicians and athletic trainers in the tent, we’ll get a better concussion screening examination done and it’ll improve our ability to diagnose and detect these injuries on the sideline.

Players who meet certain criteria will still be required to go to the locker room for further testing and diagnosis. The use of the tent will not replace the formal evaluations that take place off the field. Instead, it will create a better environment for doctors to determine whether a player can return to the field or will need further monitoring.

We will ask that all sideline concussion exams be done in the tent, but if the initial screening suggests a concussion, then the more extensive concussion evaluation will be done in the locker room just as we have previously done, Sills said.

High school football’s greatest rivalry: Muck City

The towns of Pahokee and Belle Glade are about 17 miles apart. Between them, they have a population of fewer than 30,000. Both have struggled economically with the mechanization of sugar cane farms, by far the largest industry in the area. That cane grows in a rich soil known by the locals as “The Muck.”

There’s something else Belle Glade and Pahokee produce: professional football players. Anquan Boldin, Travis Benjamin, Reidel Anthony, and Pernell McPhee are just a handful of the current and former NFL players who hail from this small part of South Florida, and they know The Muck gave them the foundation they needed to succeed, physically and mentally, at the next level.

That’s partially thanks to the rivalry between the two towns, who face off every year in the Muck Bowl. To the people of Pahokee and Belle Glade, it’s the biggest — and maybe only — game on the calendar each season.

Lions 7, Giants 7: New York spent the final few minutes of the first quarter trekking through the Lions’ defense, then made on the first play of the second quarter with an Eli Manning touchdown pass to Evan Engram. The eight-play, 75-yard drive was all about Manning, who has already spread the ball around to five different receivers for six completions.

Engram did get busted for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the touchdown for grabbing his crotch, however. Gotta be careful out there!

Lions 7, Giants 0: Taking advantage of the good field position afforded by a three-and-out on the Giants’ opening drive, the Lions drove down the field and got on the scoreboard with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Marvin Jones.

Odell Beckham Jr. will play against the Lions on ‘Monday Night Football’

The Giants offense was completely outmatched in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys, but there’s reason for New York to be optimistic heading into Week 2. Odell Beckham Jr. will be back on the field on Monday night against the Lions, the Giants announced.

Beckham looked ready to go during pregame warmups, but before team confirmed his status for the Monday night matchup against the Detroit Lions, the receiver first told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he is ready to go.

Some fans were up in arms last week when reports emerged about Beckham having a dance battle with Russell Westbrook despite Beckham’s injured ankle. But Beckham Mike Alstott Womens Jersey increased his practice workload with the Giants on Thursday, and he looked ready to hit the field.

Still, having Beckham back should draw coverage and make it easier for the rest of New York’s receivers to get open. Beckham’s return gives the Giants a better chance of beating the Lions on Monday.

It puts a lot of stress on an offensive line coach to be able to develop players, although in the Patriots case they’re in good hands with Dante Scarnecchia and his attention to detail. Without pads, offensive lineman can’t really develop the proper blocking techniques they need to execute on offense and that leads to bad plays in the game. The Patriots have been able to develop a solid offensive line with the current starting five they have out there. That unit will have their hands full against the Texans, who offer Walter Payton Jersey a trio of game-changers in their Front 7 in Jadeveon Clowney, J.J. Watt, and Whitney Mercilus.

In the Patriots Week 3 game, they’ll be playing a Texans offensive without Duane Brown, who is continuing his holdout. After a poor Week 1 performance that resulted in Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson getting sacked 10 times, the group rebounded for a 168-yard rushing attack against a Bengals team that looked like they stopped caring this year.

Left tackle Ereck Flowers was regularly steamrollered by Ezekiel Ansah, who was responsible for three of Detroit’s five sacks.

I’ll be 100 percent honest; I really wanted to recommend Zach Miller for a third consecutive week in a row, but wanted to provide another option for those who already know why I think Miller is severely undervalued. By all accounts, Austin Seferian-Jenkins looked finally ready to live up to his past hype during training camp for the Jets. He missed the first two games of the season because of league-imposed suspension, but enters this game as an outlet that Josh McCown hasn’t had during the Jets’ first two games. -K.D.

Patrick Robinson Womens Jersey The Giants were an undisciplined, inefficient mess. They recovered a Matthew Stafford fumble in the second quarter and on the very next play handed the ball back to Detroit on a Manning interception. Brandon Marshall dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball down the sideline that helped kill a fourth-quarter possession, and two plays later, the Lions’ Jamal Agnew was taking a punt back 88 yards for a score.

The Giants’ running backs managed a grand total of 62 yards after opening with 35 against Dallas, leaving them one fullback dive short of 100 for the year. Fans booed McAdoo’s decision to run the ball on third-and-13 on the Giants’ opening series and booed again throughout the night. The one time the coach and the crowd were in agreement — on McAdoo’s choice to go for it on fourth down at the 2 — Manning’s apparent preoccupation with a potential blitz pickup rained on the parade as the play clock bled to zero.

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At 36 years old and trying to get by without a healthy Beckham, a productive running game and a functioning line, Manning has looked like a shadow of his former self. But until he plays a full season at this level, Manning has earned the benefit of the doubt. He did once win a championship after an 0-2 start, with the same 2007 Giants who were honored at halftime.