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New Net Jahlil Okafor ready for fresh start

Jahlil Okafor finally got the fresh start he wanted.

“It just never really was the right fit.”

The Smiths didn’t take the threat seriously.

“If someone was going to kill me, they ain’t going to call me and tell me,” Smith Jr. said.

Tyrod Taylor, a two-time Pro Bowler who has been a solidly average passer in Buffalo, appears to be headed toward his release. If Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t re-sign (or get franchise tagged) with the 49ers, he’ll be available. So will a rejuvenated Blaine Gabbert, whether you believe in him or not. And as tough as it may be to imagine him anywhere else, Drew Brees’ contract with the Saints ends this winter.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote separate letters to Talib and Crabtree, berating the latter for also punching Broncos cornerback Chris Harris.

“Your actions triggered a melee and endangered various sideline and League personnel, including one of our game officials who was injured trying to maintain control of the situation,” Runyan told Crabtree. “Finally, during the ensuing altercation, you grabbed and twisted that same opponent’s facemask and threw a punch at him.

“Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations.”

Runyan scolded Talib for tossing Crabtree helmet toward the sideline, possibly endangering others. He also cited Talib as the instigator for ripping off a chain for Crabtree’s neck for the second straight year.

NFL scores: Week 14 results, highlights

Entering Week 14, seven teams had chances to clinch permanent spots in the 2017 NFL playoff picture. After the Falcons’ win over the Saints on Thursday night, that number was down to five for Sunday and Monday games. The Rams could not clinch a postseason berth Sunday thanks to the Saints’ loss, which also means New Orleans must wait at least one more week.

So far in his career, Ngakoue has started all but his first game in the NFL. In those 25 starts he has already amassed 17 sacks. That is, eight sacks as a rookie last season and nine sacks through 10 games this season. Those nine sacks are good for sixth in the league, ahead of guys like Melvin Ingram, Jadeveon Clowney and Von Miller. Of course, sacks are not the only barometer for good defensive linemen, but, let me tell you buddy, they are always good to have. Ngakoue is also leading the league in forced fumbles with five.

Harrell ran off the Clippers’ first nine points of the second quarter, cutting their deficit from 13 points to four. He scored 13 in the period, and the Clippers trailed 53-51 at halftime.

Giancarlo Stanton has ruled out the San Francisco Giants. The St. Louis Cardinals, too.

The Giants announced Friday they were no longer in the mix to work out a trade for the Marlins slugger and National League MVP after having reached the parameters of a deal with new Miami CEO Derek Jeter and his team.

“Our agreement with the Marlins to acquire Giancarlo Stanton subject to his waiving of the no-trade clause will not move forward and it is our understanding that the Marlins and Stanton are exploring other options,” the team said in a release.mariners_753

Atlanta shot 51.2 percent in the game, and tied a season high with 17 made 3-pointers on 33 attempts.

“When you’re going out to buy the Ferrari, why buy one with 2,000 miles on it rather than one with two or three seasons’ less stress on it?” Boras said.

The big separator in Boras’ pitch to owners is Arrieta’s postseason track record. Over the past three seasons, Arrieta is 5-3 with a 3.08 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 52? postseason innings with the Cubs.

Al Horford scored 15 for Boston (23-6). Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier added 13 points apiece in the Celtics’ most lopsided loss of the season.

“Sometimes you get your butt kicked. It was simple as that,” coach Brad Stevens said. “Chicago dictated the whole game. They played harder than we did. They played with more presence than we did. They played more competitive than we did. They played with more authority than we did. You’re not going to win many games when you play like that.”

Bazemore (19 points) made three 3-pointers, and point guard Dennis Schroeder added 18 points with seven assists.

“The kids deserved some continuity and stability in general,” Anderson said in regard to Harsin, Malzahn and Freeze having a short stay at Arkansas State. “We believe in what we’re doing here, and the job’s not done yet.”

Arkansas State senior defensive end Ja’Von Rolland-Jones repeated as the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, while junior quarterback Justice Hansen was named the Offensive Player of the Year.

Colts laud ‘tough as nails’ Jacoby Brissett for taking on NFL-high 47 sacks

Despite being flattened week after week by huge NFL linebackers, Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett has remained optimistic.

After an impressive win over the playoff-bound Chiefs, the Giants took advantage of the depleted Redskins’ offensive line, totaling six sacks which Kirk Cousins admitted after the game were in part due to quality coverage in the secondary. After putting up 61 points the past two games, Washington was held to 323 total yards, the majority of which came late in the game. With Eli Manning struggling without his wideout weapons, it was actually the Giants defense that provided their lone touchdown of the game — a Jenoris Jenkins 53-yard pick-six.

Bortles said he believed Seattle’s actions stemmed partly from the Seahawks’ frustration of losing, and “people aren’t used to getting beat like that by the Jaguars.”

The situation got even harrier when a fan tossed a water bottle at Jefferson as he was leaving the field. Jefferson took off his helmet and approached the stands looking for the perpetrator. When another beverage was thrown at him, Jefferson tried climbing a railing into the crowd to retaliate before being pulled back and restrained by security.

“I can’t commit that he’s definitely going to play tomorrow, but he’s definitely moving in the right direction,” Washington coach Scott Brooks told reporters after Monday’s practice.

Instead, he gave some stream-of-consciousness answers about the movie Groundhog Day and meteorology.

Chuck Pagano didn’t seem to want to talk about the actual Colts during his Monday press conference.

“From our perspective, it’s an even greater reason for us to hunker down and say, ‘This is our family. This is our locker room.’ And take more ownership of it,” Packers center Corey Linsley said, via the Wisconsin State Journal.

Lamur was the team’s leading tackler 2009, but multiple injuries led to a statistical dropoff for the normally productive .He’ll probably start with the punt returns.-time Astros great Roy Oswalt, a of the Express’ 2000 Texas League title team, be inducted a ceremony on the 30th.We live a sports right now that is full of hypocrisy that exists at all levels, and of the biggest issues is the recognition of past players and their respective achievements and contributions.was a revelation for the Royals.Sound off with your thoughts the comments section.

The Broncos lost their sixth-consecutive game this past Sunday against the Bengals. For the time being, the Broncos have promoted their quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave to offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

McCoy was brought in after being fired as the San Diego Chargers head coach. As a former Broncos offensive coordinator with success, he was expected to help fix what was once a prolific unit. But in 2017, they were average, before taking a dive into mediocrity.

Crabtree kept blocking Talib right out of bounds. Punches were thrown, and players from both teams jumped in. It turned into a full-on brawl.

Both Crabtree and Talib were ejected from the game. Talib had to walk right through the Raiders’ bench to get to the locker room. It looked like he still had some things to say to Raiders staff on the sideline. But Marshawn Lynch stepped in and escorted Talib on his way to avoid any further conflict.orioles_011

Christian McCaffrey takes a handoff near the goal line

Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets (40.2): Despite being a slight violation of the premise of being rostered in fewer than 40 percent of leagues, Murray is worth mentioning as a valuable fantasy prospect, since he can sustain elite scoring benders.

Those trends ran into a highly favorable matchup against New Orleans, as the Saints ranked 30th in YBCT allowed (2.9) and 29th in GBYPA allowed (9.1) in Weeks 6-10.

The combination of those weaknesses ended up working in Washington’s favor, as Jay Gruden’s team posted a 48.3 percent mark in my good blocking rate (GBR) metric that gauges how often an offense gives its ball carriers quality run blocking. That was the second-highest GBR Washington has posted this season. The 7.9 GBYPA Washington posted against the Saints was also the second-highest total they have tallied this year in that category.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s deep pass to Johnny Holton bounced off the receiver’s shoulder pad and into the hands of Patriots defensive back Duron Harmon for an interception at New England’s 16-yard line. Holton was hurt on the play but jogged off the field on his own power after some attention from trainers. He entered concussion protocol but later returned to the game.

While Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield shined, running backs like Notre Dame’s Josh Allen and Georgia’s Nick Chubb struggled on Saturday.

With several marquee matchups, NFL teams had numerous scouts in the field to watch the top prospects face elite competition.

Against the nation’s sixth-ranked defense, Mayfield had his way while leading Oklahoma to a 38-20 victory over TCU. Mayfield was 18 of 27 for 333 yards and three touchdowns and has all-but locked up the Heisman Trophy.

Touchdown, Carolina. Christian McCaffrey takes a handoff near the goal line, makes a pair of Dolphins tacklers miss and runs into the end zone to put Carolina ahead 10-0. That Panthers’ drive ate up 6:17 of game time.

Derek Carr’s fantasy managers had some hope that things were getting better for him of late.

Taurean Prince, Atlanta Hawks (30.3): The wing position is decidedly shallow past the starting tier, which means the market should appreciate a productive player such as Prince, who ranks 14th among small forwards on the Player Rater over the past two weeks.

Marcus Morris, Boston Celtics (34.0): What Morris has lost in minutes and touches in transitioning from Detroit to Boston, he’s countering with a rewarding spike in scoring efficiency. The savvy ball movement in Boston facilitates higher-percentage offensive opportunities for key rotation contributors such as Morris.

Derek Carr’s fantasy managers had some hope that things were getting better for him of late. He came into the Week 11 contest against the New England Patriots having thrown for 300 or more yards in three straight games and was only a couple of games removed from having posted 30.2 points against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7.

Unfortunately, Carr didn’t build on that performance, as he averaged only 13.1 points in the two contests that followed the Chiefs’ matchup.

Back to the scene of the crime: Some 13 months ago, on the same field, these teams played a 6-6 tie that made fans question what was wrong with the quality of play in this league. Good thing, then, that the home team is playing its backup quarterback in Drew Stanton, and the visitor just got held to one touchdown and missed three field goals in a loss to Washington. It’s fair to wonder whether the Cardinals running Adrian Peterson 37 times, as if he’s in his early 20s again, is an ideal offensive strategy. (For them, it might be.)

The Falcons force a three-and-out as Doug Baldwin drops a pass on third down. Seattle challenges the call but the ruling on the field is upheld and the Seahawks punt for the first time with 8:57 to play.

Hey, we’re still in Jacksonville for some reason.

Rodriguez mostly elides over what happened next, when they found themselves on opposite sides of baseball’s most heated, and often most genuinely nasty, rivalry. “When you’re trying to play for the pennant, emotions are high,” says Rodriguez. “If you talk about any dislike, and I don’t think that’s the word, it was less than one percent of a twenty year relationship.”

Despite being hampered by a hamstring injury, Marcus Mariota continues to make strides in his third NFL season. The Titans are 4-1 in games that Mariota has started and finished. Second-year safety Kevin Byard (41 tackles, 11 passes defensed, four interceptions) also has become a difference-maker while appearing on every defensive snap in 2017.

Asked Friday on Twitter if he would be working with RFR’s crop of young drivers in the upcoming season, Martin responded, simply, “No.” Martin, who drove for Roush Fenway from 1988-2006 — the vast majority of his Sprint Cup career — said at the time of his hiring as a driver development coach that he was happy to be reuniting with the organization where he earned 35 of his 40 career Sprint Cup wins.

It was announced in mid-January that Martin, 56, has joined forces with late model dirt-racing legend Scott Bloomquist to field two entries in the Lucas Oil Late Model Championship in 2015. Bloomquist and up-and-coming driver Jared Landers will drive the two team cars, respectively, with both carrying sponsorship from Batesville, Ark.-based Mark Martin Automotive Group.

Franks, who has been thrown around like a rag doll all afternoon, is sacked by J.R. Reed for a loss of 20, but before he even hits the ground (again) he fumbles and Reed picks the ball up and walks in for a 3-yard touchdown. It’s 35-0 Bulldogs, and I’m pretty sure Malik Zaire is warming up on Florida’s sideline, right?

I wrestled the Invisible Man two weeks ago, and people were saying it was a f—— five-star match.

“I have a lot of faith in my stunts, my opponents, and myself. My stuff looks crazier than it is. It’s controlled chaos.”

Using all his tools to scratch and claw to the top of the professional wrestling game, Janela remains one of the hardest working and innovative wrestlers on the indie scene.

“People have realized I can go 40 minutes and hold-for-hold with Zack Sabre Jr., but I’ll also put on a fun match with Marty Jannetty and Glacier,” said Janela. “I’ll do anything to have a good match.”

Two weeks ago, CBS had it. The problem was that both the Rams and Chargers were on Fox. So Fox was forced to choose, and chose Rams/Cowboys on Ch. 11 over Eagles/Chargers.

It was another decisive, devastating labor win for the NFL owners. Preventing the players from participating in the Week Five games—dubiously citing concern for injury after their extended time off—and thus keeping another week of pay was the final flourish.

If he slides, he doesn’t. You’re asking the tackler to anticipate what the QB is going to do, especially difficult on a third down in what was (at that point) a competitive game.

If the play is over once a knee touches no matter what, then the tackler has more reason to hold up. It also eliminates the occasional people’s elbow (that’s the only thing I know about post-80s pro wrestling) on a player who has slipped. The only thing you lose is the once-in-a-season hilarity of a receiver making a diving catch, the defenders forgetting to touch him and the receiver getting back up and running.

The 0-8 Niners were expected to target their quarterback of the future this offseason, but they’ve made a move earlier than anybody expected in trading their 2018 second-round pick to the Patriots for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The Jaguars are playing here on Sunday, in what will be their fifth annual trip to London.

Everyone but Jordan and Willie Reed has permission to rush the ball upcourt; the coaches track which players dribble over half court, and exchange giddy looks the moment — usually early the second quarter — when every non-center has done it.

About 100 feet way, clear on the other side of the court, Archie Miller takes a knee. The Hoosiers’ new coach is the shortest man on the floor — at 5-foot-9, he doesn’t clear sophomore forward De’Ron Davis’ shoulders. But after Devonte Green, Miller’s flashy New York-native guard, lobs a sloppy pass, Miller feels far from small. He waves his arms in a frenzy and his whole being practically vibrates — a powerful tornado of disgust.

The search for the right lineups in Boston, featuring every wacky possibility imaginable. The Celtics’ roster is stocked with tantilizing possibilities and led by a coach creative enough to try them all.

On the other hand, there’s the relatively anonymous up-and-coming advanced stats darling who fits more naturally with Charlotte’s other pieces. How will coach Steve Clifford handle his two centers? And how will Howard handle himself if his role starts to shrink?

It’s easy to debate which approach is right. Some think Washington should have signed Cousins when it had the advantage and he didn’t have a long résumé—say, two years ago. But back then, team president Bruce Allen had no idea Cousins would consistently be a 4,000-yard-per-season passer. So if Allen paid him like a premier player and he fizzled, he’d be stuck with an Osweiler-like contract.

Khan agreed to allow The MMQB shadow him this weekend, as part of our “24 Hours” series, as he takes in the festivities.