Cowboys make no secret of their desire to host combine

The Cowboys have hosted the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Indianapolis isn’t going to like this, but the Cowboys want a chance to hold the Scouting Combine at their training facility in Frisco.

Yes, I believe we can have the combine here, Cowboys executive vice president Jerry Jones Jr. said, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Was that the reason for this to be built? Not at all. But as you sit there and think about what are the possibilities if you do build it, there’s no question that’s on the radar.

Everything you’ve ever heard is, ‘Why Indianapolis?’ Jones said. We all go there, and we know how cold it is. You could pick a nicer place to go as far as that time of year. Here we are in the coldest part of the year, February, doing the Combine and why are we not doing it in LA or Orlando? Well, Indy has the medical facilities around Lucas Oil Stadium. That’s what really impacts it the most.

With this facility right here, it addresses those issues.

Given the way the starting quarterback is playing, Manziel may not get on the field in the CFL any time soon. Tiger-Cats starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli completed 19-of-29 passes for 332 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception, in a 38-21 win over the Edmonton Eskimos. Tiger-Cats coach June Jones made clear after the game that he’s 100 percent behind Masoli as the starter.

I’ve been saying it and nobody seems to believe me, Jones said. He has been pretty spectacular for as long as I have been here, 12 Cheap Jerseys Basketball games. Jeremiah got out of some trouble and made plays which you need to do in this league. We are lucky to have him.

So while Jones, a former NFL coach, may think Manziel is good enough to play in the NFL, he doesn’t think Manziel is good enough to unseat Masoli. Which Cheap Jerseys Cn means Manziel isn’t going to play as long as Masoli is healthy.

So what will I do in the interim? What I always do: Not work.

This is where the Indianapolis Colts have to start sweating.

The only FBS team that Julie’n Davenport’s Bucknell Bison played against was Army in 2015.

When the Houston Texans drafted him in the fourth round of last year’s draft, they almost certainly leaned on his performance at the Senior Bowl, where he played more reps against future NFLers than the rest of his collegiate career combined.

While he wasn’t a full-time starter last year, he struggled when he did see the field. But with Duane Brown now out of the picture, the Texans will need to rely on Davenport, free-agent signing Seantrel Henderson and rookie third-round pick Martinas Rankin to protect quarterback Deshaun Watson, who’s coming off of a season-ending knee injury.

Could Fountain be Indianapolis’ second receiver? Sure. Could he be released in camp? Sure. Iowa State, after all, hasn’t sent a cornerback to the NFL draft over the last three years. To say the least, we have no idea how Fountain matches up with NFL-caliber cornerbacks because of who has lined up opposite him.

According to Pro Football Reference’s expected points model, the NFL’s worst run defense last season (Washington) was worth a net loss of 22.1 points, while the worst pass defense (Indianapolis) was worth a loss of 136.1 points.

This stance is in the minority, so let’s go through some of the reasons why I believe that Watson should be an easy choice as the top quarterback pick in this season’s fantasy drafts. Starting with what he accomplished a year ago, as a rookie.

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Watson entered the season backing up Tom Savage, and in the first game of the season, against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that would go on to dominate the league, Watson took over for a struggling Savage at the half with Cheap Jerseys Elite the Texans down 19-0. Watson outplayed Savage and won the starting job Cheap Jerseys Hockey moving forward. In his first start, the following week against a solid Cincinnati Bengals defense that ranked eighth in the NFL in fewest passing yards and passing touchdowns allowed, Watson passed for 125 yards and ran for 67 yards and a touchdown to lead the Texans to their first win.

This was the last time that he would look remotely human as a starter.

During the next five games, Watson would complete 63.1 percent of his pass attempts on his way to averaging 294.4 passing yards, 3.6 passing touchdowns and only 1.4 interceptions per game. On the ground, Watson would average 5.8 rushes for 37.2 yards per game, with another touchdown scored.

Gettleman on Odell Beckham: ‘You don’t quit on talent’

The Annual League Meeting has generated a soap opera with the potential to linger throughout the offseason.

Is the Giants ‘ relationship with one of the sport’s uniquely talented players beyond repair

General manager Dave Gettleman is attempting to pull off a delicate balancing act, maintaining leverage in potential trade talks while refusing to publicly acknowledge or deny that Odell Beckham is available for the right price.

Over the past three years, a clearly declining Eli Manning has thrown 66 touchdowns versus 29 interceptions with Beckham on the field. With his best receiver out of the lineup, by contrast, that ratio plummets to 14:14 while his passing rating suffers a similar dropoff from 91.5 to 75.0.

If Gettleman plans to bypass a quarterback at No. 2 overall and follow through with a win now plan under 37-year-old Manning, he can’t sell that vision without his mercurial difference-maker at wide receiver.

Davenport played football, basketball and competed in track and field while growing up on the north side of San Antonio. He and his father, Ron, dreamed he’d become a college basketball player. It wasn’t until Davenport’s high school coaches suggest he switch from wide receiver to defensive end as a junior – a move the Davenports were reluctant to make — that he started to consider a future in football. But he was green as a pass rusher, undersized and lightly recruited. He took visits to New Mexico and Nevada-Las Vegas before choosing to start his college career at home for coach Larry Coker and a program that played its first game in 2011.

We looked at it like, he was getting into a Division I program, he’d get to play in a dome where he wouldn’t have to deal with weather, he’d get exposure and Rg3 Cheap Jerseys he’d get to play against some good, big-time teams. I told him, ‘If you want to transfer after a year, we can talk about that,’ Ron Davenport said. We Quality Cheap Jerseys never had to have that conversation.

Thunder hopes to strike down losing streak to Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder are in the thick of a Western Conference playoff race so tight, every spot from No. 3 to 10 remains up for grabs with five weeks left in the regular season.

Another showdown looms Saturday night at Moda Center when the Trail Blazers (36-26) play host to the Thunder (37-27), who will be playing the second of back-to-back games after a 124-116 win at Phoenix on Friday.

“What’s our record against the best teams in the league?” asked Westbrook, who went for 43 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists against the Suns. “We’re not worried. I’m not worried. Sometimes it happens like that. We know we’re going to (opponents’) best shot. As long as we continue to win, that’s all I care about.”

OKC has beaten Golden State (twice), Houston and Cleveland this season and is 5-3 against teams with at least a .600 winning percentage. Portland is a tad shy of that figure, but has won 13 of 18 after beating Minnesota 108-99 on Thursday in a push for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

“This game was huge because of where (the Wolves) are and where we are,” Lillard said afterward. “The race is so tight, every game matters. If you can knock a team off that is right there where you are, it’s even better.”

The teams went into the fourth quarter tied at 82.

Detroit got consecutive 3-pointers from Buycks, Tolliver and Langston Galloway Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys to take a 97-91 lead with 6:47 left in the period.

Orlando started attacking the basket, hitting three straight layups, and that opened up the perimeter. Gordon nailed his third 3 to give the Magic a 101-100 lead with three minutes to play.

Pistons: Galloway left in the second quarter to get three stitches to close a cut over his right eye. He returned in the second half. … Detroit turned the ball over on its first four possessions. The Pistons didn’t get off a shot for nearly three minutes. … Griffin is 0 for 11 on 3-pointers in his last four games. … Detroit has forced more than 10 turnovers in 48 straight games, the longest current streak in the NBA. The Pistons forced 16 turnovers in this one.

Magic: Jonathan Isaac, the team’s first pick in the 2017 draft, played Basketball Jerseys Cheap for the first time in 26 games. He had three points and two rebounds in 15 minutes. … SG Aaron Afflalo was deactivated before the game so the Magic could see more of 10-day signee Rashad Vaughn, but Vaughn did not play.

The ugliest part of the night for the Eagles came on the offensive side of the ball from LeGarrette Blount.

The former Patriots running back fizzled out against the Bills, gaining just 8 yards on five carries. The ugly part is that Blount actually had 8 yards on one of his carries, which means he gained 0 yards on the other four.

It’s a good thing for Blake Bortles that Jaguars fans aren’t making the starting quarterback decision, because he’d likely be spending the season on the bench.

Things got so bad Thursday that fans actually started booing Bortles. In the first half. Of a preseason game.

Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant are the difference for the Falcons right now. Not only were they (particularly Trufant) all over the Rams receivers on Saturday, but the secondary as a whole tackled like a pack of wild … like a pack of … like a pack of wild tacklers. L.A. wideouts couldn’t generate any catch-and-runs, while the pass rush made Jared Goff uncomfortable repeatedly in the first half.

That was the best game Atlanta’s defense has played all season, though it was of a piece with this team’s performances since an early-December surge. Including the win in Los Angeles, the Falcons have allowed 16.3 points per game since the beginning of that month.

If there’s a game like last [Sunday’s Minneapolis Miracle], or even close, or even a game like Philly-Atlanta with a big ending, we’re on right afterwards. We’re right after the game. The old ‘Primetime’s used to be at 7:30 [p.m. ET] on Sunday night. The late game was just over. It wasn’t like, ‘OK, we’ve got five hours to tidy up and now let’s present a show.’ So this is kind of the old rules, if you will.

As things now stand, the Cowboys won’t have Elliott in the Cheap Dri Fit Jerseys lineup when they resume play. But Elliott’s legal representatives Cheap Flag Football Jerseys have another chance to try to get the suspension placed on hold.

In an instant, he turned the energy of the room up to 11 and got the coaches to start chattering.

The four head coaches of the College Football Playoff came blowing into the room like four men in a mighty big hurry, because they were, well, four men in a mighty big hurry. A few days earlier, three of them had won conference championships, and all four of them had celebrated their invitations to college football’s final four. The days between then and Dec. 7, barely an hour away from the start of the College Football Awards in Atlanta, had been spent jetting around the recruiting trail ahead of a new early signing period.

Nick Saban of Alabama, Kirby Smart of Georgia and Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma were corralled into a tiny conference room above the lobby of the College Football Hall of Fame and were told to relax and enjoy some finger foods before they were escorted downstairs to walk the red carpet. They smiled somewhat awkwardly, shook hands and commenced to fumbling around with sliders and shrimp on a stick in a little bit of silence.

How? With one quick question: “Lincoln Riley, congrats on a great year, man! Tell me, how’s my man Ruffin McNeill doing? I used to see him all the time on the road when I was recruiting back in the day. I’m still mad at you guys for stealing a couple from us down there in eastern North Carolina.”

The pick’s origin story traces to the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2012, the Lakers traded two future first-round picks and two future second-round picks to the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade for Steve Nash. L.A. paid Nash $27 million over three years for 65 games of work. Welp.

One of those future firsts that went to Phoenix was protected in the top five in 2015, protected in the top three in 2016 and 2017, and unprotected in 2018. As it turns out, the Lakers have been dreadful over the past four years. So the Lakers kept that pick in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

But the Suns didn’t wait on it to transfer. At the 2015 trade deadline, Phoenix sent the pick to the Sixers in a three-team trade to land Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Brandon Knight, who was months away from being a restricted free agent. The Suns signed Knight to a five-year, $70 million contract that summer. Knight’s in the third year of that deal. He started just five games Wholesale NFL Jerseys last year and hasn’t played a single second this season due to a torn ACL.

Bryan Bickell Signs One-Day Contract to Retire With Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) Bryan Bickell pulled a Chicago Blackhawks jersey down over his broad shoulders once again. He smiled as he posed for pictures with his wife, two daughters and parents.

But the biggest advantage of bringing in Dareus for the 2017 season is how much he should be able to bolster the team’s run defense.

While Dareus hasn’t been able to replicate his sack totals of 2013 and 2014, he’s still someone who consistently makes plays behind the line of scrimmage.

The 4-3 Minnesota Timberwolves displayed calm under fire recently, winning their past two games over the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat by three points each.

The 3-4 New Orleans Pelicans would rather forget about a 115-99 home drubbing at the hands of the Orlando Magic on Monday in which they showed little effort and no firepower, scoring just Cheap Kids Jerseys 35 points in the second half.

The Grizzlies opened 4-0 at home and was 5-1 overall before getting surprised by the Charlotte Hornets 104-99 on Monday night.

Poor shooting doomed Memphis against Charlotte, with the Grizzlies making just 34.3 percent of their shots overall and 22.9 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

Usually reliable Mike Conley and Marc Gasol both had Cheap Jerseys Hot off nights, combining to miss 25 of their 33 shots and 13 of their 15 3-point attempts. They totaled 26 points.

Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson suffered an ACL injury on his first catch of the season and is likely out for the year

Cardinals RB David Johnson left the game against the Lions with a wrist injury. According to Pro Football Talk, X-rays came back negative, and he will undergo an MRI on Monday.

The Bears are worried wide receiver Kevin White suffered a broken collarbone that will sideline him the rest of the season.

Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby dislocated his ankle and will undergo an MRI Monday to see if he needs season-ending surgery, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick will undergo surgery Monday to repair a fracture in his left hand.

Jermaine Carter Jr., OLB, Maryland: Carter had seven tackles, two for loss, with a pair of sacks and a deflected pass while squaring off against Texas All-American tackle Connor Williams for most of the game. Carter was a big reason the Terrapins were able to hold Texas to just two offensive touchdowns before a garbage score against backups with a minute remaining of Maryland’s 51-41 win.

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: The LSU running game was dominant in a 27-0 win over BYU and Guice did most of the damage. The 5-11, 212-pound junior ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries thanks to a veteran offensive line of senior KJ Malone and juniors Will Clapp, Toby Weathersby and Garrett Brumfield.

Ty Isaac, RB, Michigan: Isaac is a load to bring down at 6-3, 228. He ran for Cheap NHL Jerseys 114 yards on 11 carries against Florida, thanks to huge holes provided by senior Cheap Online Jerseys offensive linemen like Patrick Kugler (57) and Mason Cole (52).

Pau Gasol deserved a better birthday cake than this foam tower covered in candy and fruit

Pau Gasol turned 37 on Thursday and was surprised with a giant birthday “cake” during his basketball camp in Spain.

The word cake must be in quotation marks here, because this is not a cake at all. Rather it’s a giant foam tower with chocolate-dipped treats adorning it.

I hate it.

Look, I understand the structural and logistical problems of making a giant birthday cake for a very tall athlete, but I really hope a smaller, edible cake pops out of this to surprise Pau so he can have a happy birthday. Look at this man’s face. Stare into those eyes.

I ranked potential expansion cities earlier this year, and Seattle Cheap Jerseys Soccer was No. 1 with a bullet. The only real questions are what the expansion fee would be and whether the NBA would add a second team simultaneously to keep the conference numbers even. I should also note I’ve heard some skepticism about Mexico City since then, which might be good news for a Southern or Midwestern city with an arena in place — like Cheap Jerseys Outlet Shop Louisville or Kansas City.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s happening on the arena front in Seattle this year. And here’s what I think it would take for the NBA Board of Governors to actually approve expansion.

You have a new favorite basketball prospect. His name is Tryggvi Hlinason. He’s a 7’0 farmboy from rural Iceland. He just watched his first basketball game like three years ago. He’s going to be amazing.

LaMelo Ball and Zion Williamson were set to face off in an Adidas AAU event in Vegas on Wednesday night. The gym was such a madhouse it drew cops, top college coaches, NBA stars, and way too many fans. Tens of thousands of people streamed it online. And the game lived up to the billing.

U.S. women’s hockey team beats Canada in OT to win gold at world championship

The U.S. women’s hockey team beat Canada 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game of the women’s world championship Friday night in Plymouth, Mich., capping a tumultuous few weeks NFL Jerseys Wholesale in which the American players threatened to boycott the tournament as they negotiated a new contract with USA Hockey.

Hilary Knight was again the star of the show, scoring the game-winning goal 10:17 into OT. Per the Associated Press (via the Detroit Free Press), Knight also made a no-look, between-the leg pass to set up a goal by Kacey Bellamy that put the U.S. up 2-1 early in the second period. Bellamy scored the USA’s first goal, too.

Knight also scored the winning goal for the U.S. in the gold medal game at the 2011 world championship.

Stamkos suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee on Nov. 15 and underwent surgery with the expectation he would likely miss most of what remained of the regular season. He was given an initial timetable of four to six months for recovery, though he passed the four-month mark earlier this month.

“Until I feel where I have no restrictions on the ice, I won’t be able to put myself in a position to be the player I know I can be to help my team to the best of my abilities,” Stamkos said. “As of this moment, as of coming off the ice right now, I still don’t feel that way.

“I don’t foresee a thing where I’m going to wake up tomorrow and it’s going to feel great all of a sudden. It’s a process. It’s frustrating at times. It’s exciting at times when you see how much progress is made in a short period of time, but it’s a long rehab progression.”

In Stamkos’ absence, the Lightning are looking more and more unlikely to clinch a Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping postseason berth. The team sits five points behind the Bruins for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference after dropping its last three games. Boston, also on a three-game losing streak, is slated to host Tampa Bay on Thursday.