Robert Kraft says NFL must attract millennials with live streaming

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says the NFL’s future will see more live streaming of games to attract millennials. And he believes that future also includes international expansion.
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Kraft told the New York Post last week that Amazon’s $50 million deal this year to live stream 10 NFL Thursday night games to its Prime Video subscription members is an important step in catering to younger NFL fans. Twitter and Yahoo have live streamed games the past couple of seasons, and Verizon will stream the Jaguars-Ravens game from London on Sept. 24.

According to the WLUK report, the criminal complaint states Green allegedly hit his 15-year-old when he became upset she would not do her chores. Green’s daughter told deputies he pushed her to the floor, into cabinets, and forcefully carried her into kitchen. The daughter said that Green punched her, and Green told deputies he slapped her upside the head.
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The complaint also notes that Green’s daughter suffered a black eye and scrapes by her eye. Green said the injuries came from accidentally hitting her glasses. After the incident, the daughter went to a neighbor’s house to call police. Green’s wife, other family members and a nanny were in the home at the time of the incident.

WLUK reports that Green was issued a $2,500 signature bond and ordered to have no contact with daughter and witnesses. He is also barred from unsupervised contact with any minors.

Green, 40, played 12 seasons in the NFL, and thrived in Green Bay as an all-purpose back. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards six times for the Packers and made four Pro Bowls. He remains the Packers’ all-time leading rusher with 8,322 yards.

Green also played a couple of seasons each in Seattle and Houston, and finished his NFL career after the 2009 season with 9,205 rushing yards, 2,883 receiving yards and 74 total touchdowns.

Moss was drafted by the Vikings 21st overall in the 1998 NFL draft.

Bell, meanwhile, is seeing the clock tick on his prime, the way it does with all great running backs. Yes, he’s still just 25 and is entering his fifth season, but you never know when either the odometer hits zero or when your team (and the league) decides it has. Either way, your earning power and leverage hit zero then, too.

Moss was drafted by the Vikings 21st overall in the 1998 NFL draft. He was considered a top talent in the class but fell due to previous off-the-field issues, as well as missing the NFL Combine.

So you asked me what I would say to him? Man, I would probably just fall in his arms and give him a hug man, he added. There’s no words I could tell him.

Moss also told a story about how Green was good with rhythm, and how it set the tone for the Vikings offense in 1998:

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Besides manning his customary right tackle position, Strief will play a significant role in helping to prepare a rookie to start on the opposite side. Ryan Ramczyk is being thrust into that role after left tackle Terron Armstead tore his labrum last Wednesday during a bag drill at veteran minicamp.

Elite Womens Dennis Maruk Jersey It’s a huge loss for us, Strief told co-host Zig Fracassi and me last Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Terron is such a talented guy. It’s going to be a tough replacement whoever gets tasked with that. Those are big shoes to fill.

Kentucky’s John Calipari: ‘I’m good’ with high schoolers going straight to NBA

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John Calipari has no problem with high school basketball players going directly to the NBA.

The Kentucky coach said the baseball rule would work well in the NBA world, which refers to players either directly being drafted out of high school, or going to college and then having to wait until after their junior year to be drafted.

I’m good with the baseball rule. As long as they’re going directly to the NBA, they’re paying them what they deserve to be paid and then it’s on them to look after these kids and give them a gap year if they think they can do that in the NBA, he said while at the SEC’s head coaches summer teleconference.

The Bay Area Football League suspended head coach Rah Rah Barber soon after the protest, and the team’s remaining games were canceled after a number of players opted to support of their coach by not playing.

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And the first and possibly most revealing quote of this story is that Warner was possibly picked up by the Rams as a favor to an old friend.

Warner went through a lot those few years in Europe. He led the league in passing yards and touchdowns all while future Super Bowl quarterback Jake Delhomme was backing him up.

NBA Finals 2017: As Mike Brown evolves, Warriors stay on title track

It took Mike Brown some time to figure out what, exactly, was going on when he first got to work as the Warriors’ new top assistant coach.
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Now that the Warriors have the look of the Lakers, circa 2000-2004 when they reeled off three titles and made four trips to the NBA Finals in a five-year span, the pressure is squarely on Johnson, a first-time team-builder, and his rookie GM, Rob Pelinka. They have no choice but to draft someone who will become a cornerstone of a championship contender. Says who, LaVar Ball?

Mens Blake Wheeler Jersey No, actually, former Lakers executive Jerry West. The architect of the Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant mini-dynasty has been with the Warriors for six years as an executive board member, showing his eye for talent and team-building when he lobbied to trade Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut, and voiced his opposition when many in the organization wanted to trade Klay Thompson for Kevin Love. West’s contract is up and he wants to return to the Lakers, where he helped build the Showtime teams of the 80’s, to give Johnson pointers on building a contender. But apparently, the feeling isn’t mutual.

Peterson’s Vikings career ended with a whimper, as knee injuries limited him to just three games last season. That left it up to Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata to carry the running game, with little success. Minnesota finished dead last in the league with 75.3 rushing yards per game, averaging a pitiful 3.2 yards per attempt.

A big reason for that was the offensive line, which was a straight-up disaster. Minnesota gave up 38 sacks, 10th-most in the league, and Bradford was under constant pressure thanks to the turnstiles on the line of scrimmage. The line allowed 104 quarterback hits, seventh-most in the league. Pro Football Focus ranked this as the fourth-worst line in football, and it was painfully obvious that changes were needed.

The talent drain has mirrored the nosedive in wins.

That recent dominance is what Tomlin is asking his team to find the emotional energy to avenge. The added beef about the teams’ relative divisional playoff game times is a facade for the Steelers facing total disrespect as underdogs.

Tomlin can go big in his motivation and talk about how the Patriots gained advantages with their spying and deflating scandals. He can go small and tell his team the Patriots only won in Heinz Field back in Week 7 because they were with Rob Gronkowski and the Steelers were without Ben Roetlhisberger.

The numbers dont tell the whole story, but they tell a lot of it. Since that Richard Sherman interception in the end zone that sealed their 23-17 loss to the Seahawks in January 2014, the 49ers have gone 15-32. Since Thanksgiving 2014, theyre 8-28.

That’s under three coaches, Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly. When they replace Kelly as expected, theyll have four in four seasons.

The talent drain has mirrored the nosedive in wins. Ironically, one of the few key components of those contenders, Colin Kaepernick, has survived. Virtually everything around him on both sides of the ball has changed, though.

Michael Crabtree, the target of the end-zone throw in that NFC title game, is gone. So are Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Alex Boone, Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Chris Culliver, Tarell Brown and Donte Whitner.

NaVorro Bowman has been injured twice since that game (notably including during that game). Rookie Chris Borland arrived the next season, then retired after that lone season.

Joel Embiid very confident in Sixers getting Markelle Fultz

Joel Embiid is an open book. From asking Rihanna on a date to trolling other players on Twitter, Embiid is going to let you know what is going on in his mind.

Saturday afternoon Markelle Fultz was on his radar. While it’s rumored the Sixers and Celtics are discussing a possible trade for the No. 1 pick, Embiid seems pretty convinced that the Washington Huskies guard and consensus No. 1 overall talent in the draft is destined to join him and Ben Simmons in Philadelphia.

Just how convinced is he? Well, he’s already got a locker set aside for him.
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If the Sixers were to trade for the No. 1 overall pick it would be their second straight No. 1 pick after they took Simmons from LSU last year. The 76ers took Embiid and Jahlil Okafor with the third overall pick the previous two years.

Elite Womens Doug Baldwin Jersey Fultz is in a tier by himself in this draft. Not only does he have elite scoring ability, but his vision should allow him to be a top-shelf lead ball handler in today’s NBA. The lack of a clear weakness stands out in a crowded group of at least slightly flawed players at the top of the draft.

Once you get past Fultz, there is a wide variety of directions you can go. I choose to go with Jayson Tatum, for the simple reason that finding players who can create efficient shots and knock them down from the wing are incredibly valuable. You may quibble with the efficiency part of that equation due to Tatum’s developing jumper, but his ability to create separation is strong, and his work ethic is even better.

Jackson is an elite athlete with a competitive drive to match. The key for him will be the jump shot. If the numbers from this season hold true, he’ll be an All-Star. If the mechanics are more indicative of long-term problems, he’ll have some issues to overcome in the spacing-oriented NBA.

Scooter Gennett’s four-homer game among baseball’s most improbable performances

Scooter Gennett joined an eclectic group Tuesday night: major leaguers who made history with out-of-nowhere one-game performances.

Gennett, the Reds’ utility man, became just the 17th MLB player in history to hit four home runs in a game. Of that group, he might be it’s most unlikely member. After Tuesday’s outburst vs. the Cardinals, he has 42 career homers over parts of five seasons.

They share a battleground over the definition of valuable,though. The Steelers went 2-1 without Bell, the Patriots 3-1 without Brady yet neither team would ever want to go through their absences again, certainly not now.

Roethlisberger and Brown shredded the Dolphins, and they ate up the Chiefs early in the season. But Bell was just as much a danger and did just as much damage over and over in each game. He’s the one who left the biggest bruise.

Hes the player the Chiefs have to keep in check to have a chance of slowing down the others, and the Steelers overall.

Bell is a longshot to be the MVP. You might have a hard time convincing the Chiefs of that, back in September and this week.

If he does, Ryan will earn his first ring, and move to 4-4 in his postseason career.

If he doesn’t, Brady wins his 5th Super Bowl, most in NFL history for a quarterback. Bart Starr won five NFL championships, but some were pre-Super Bowl era.

Regardless of the outcome, every postseason quarterback statistic points to one thing: Brady is the greatest quarterback in American professional football history.

No pressure, Matt Ryan.

NFL at odds with former exec over Cowboys’ unsportsmanlike huddle against Packers

Game Clay Matthews Jersey So, did officials incorrectly penalize the Cowboys for unsportsmanlike conduct after 12 players gathered in a huddle before a play against the Packers in Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game?
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Michael Lombardi a former executive for the 49ers, Browns, Rams, Eagles, Raiders and Patriots said the NFL has privately told teams that officials in the game got the call wrong.

The too many men in the huddle call on Dallas for 15 yards was a mistake, Lombardi tweeted Thursday. (T)he league admitted this to teams…sorry…

Lombardi later tweeted he had spoken with two teams that were told by the league that officials made a mistake.

Leading up to Super Bowl LI, Microsoft is giving fans a chance to have a stake in the big game with a Custom Cleat Design Competition featuring the New England Patriots cornerback and Super Bowl XLIX champion Malcolm Butler and Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman. As part of the competition, both Butler and Freeman will each wear a pair of customized cleats during their pre-game warmups prior to the Super Bowl.

The cleat designs will be created by fans at Microsoft’s NFLX location in Houston, Texas from Saturday, Jan. 28 to Tuesday, Jan. 31 using Sketchable, a feature rich drawing app, on Microsoft’s new Surface Studio and Surface Hub devices. Fans will be able to take advantage of the creative elements and design tools available through Microsoft technology to potentially play a part in the cleats worn on the field before the game.

Once Butler and Freeman choose their favorite designs, world-renowned cleat artist Marcus Rivero will create the cleats live at the Microsoft space at NFLX on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 3-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.

East-West Shrine Game 2017: Rosters, weigh-in results

The East-West Shrine Game kicked off this week, with players arriving this past Sunday for a week-long process of weigh-ins, practices, NFL team interviewsand much more.

While weigh-ins don’t seem like the most important part of the all-star game experience, they are essential for NFL teams, as theyweedout players who don’t fit their ideal measurables, reveal players with remarkable body types in their projections, and startto make the prospects’ ability and upside clearer.
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Odubel Herrera can talk beisbol, so what ‘barriers’ are there, really?

So I read Mike Schmidt’s ridiculous misrepresented quote about Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera, the one in which Schmidt said Herrera can’t become a cornerstone player or a vocal team leader because English is his second language.

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