2015 NFL training camp preview: Panthers looking to three-peat in the NFC South

The Carolina Panthers became the first team to win the NFC South in consecutive seasons in 2013 and 2014, though they accomplished the feat in not very dominant fashion. The division, which was founded in 2002, has changed hands each season since its inception, until the Panthers put together a 12-4 campaign in 2013 followed by last season’s campaign.

Bit it wasn’t a particularly strong showing. The Panthers wound up winning the division with a 7-8-1 record as each NFC South team struggled to put wins together. Nobody had much faith in the Panthers after a six-game losing skid, but to their credit, they were able to rebound and take their final four games of the regular season to win the division.

In 2015, the NFC South as a whole could go either way. The New Orleans Saints lost an amazing player in Jimmy Graham, but still have the steady presence of Drew Brees under center. The Atlanta Falcons have a new coach and a renewed focus on the defensive side of the ball. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a wild card in rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. And the Panthers still have star quarterback Cam Newton and one of the best defensive players in the league, linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Here’s what you should be watching for when all four teams open training camp, beginning in late July.

Are the Steelers concerned that their subsequent attempts won’t be as likely to succeed? Do they only go for it in the hopes of gaining an advantage and not want to press their luck? It’s hard to find the logic in why the Steelers would think they should go for two once but never again.

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The Jaguars will not bring tight end Julius Thomas back

Brock Osweiler won’t enter training camp as the starting quarterback. Though the Texans still have $16 million tied up in Osweiler, his play for much of his first season in Houston demonstrated he is not the quarterback to lead the team further in the playoffs. Though the Texans don’t have much financial flexibility to sign another starter during the offseason, they will likely draft another QB. Tom Savage is another option to start, though he did not shine in his three games of play this season. Houston will probably end up keeping Osweiler because it doesn’t have anything to gain financially by cutting him, but he could be the league’s most expensive backup quarterback next season. — Sarah Barshop

The Lakers can be called league leaders in at least one respect: 45 games played already makes them ?the busiest team in the NBA to date. Luke Walton likewise knows that he won’t endure the longest year among this season’s three rookie coaches, given what Kenny Atkinson is facing in Brooklyn while David Fizdale revels in a 48-win pace in Memphis? to make them both envious, but the heady days of 10-10 only seem to fade deeper in the distance for Walton. Last week’s 134-94 humbling in San Antonio was the Lakers’ largest all-time defeat to their old friends from the Alamo City in 218 lifetime meetings (regular season and playoffs).
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Womens Darren Daulton Jersey The Committee can admit we’ve been quietly pulling for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ever since we wound up on the same team in last June’s Steve Nash annual charity soccer match in Manhattan. So we’ve enjoyed seeing the increasingly frequent references to Hollis-Jefferson as a Nets bright spot alongside Caris LeVert, who is beloved among those who populate Nets Twitter. But only so much enthusiasm is reasonable to expect on behalf of the Nets’ kids with Brooklyn possessing the league’s only single-digit win total and the reality that it’s a lock to send Boston no worse than a No. 4 pick in June. Par for the course: Jeremy Lin (hamstring) was forced Sunday to sit out

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Paul Pierce recalls Rivers playing the entire “I Have a Dream” speech

The Nowitzki family has quickly grown, as they now have three children, a girl and two younger boys. They all went back to Kenya last summer. The plan is for the Nowitzki children to spend time in Kenya and Germany yearly to learn their heritage. Olsson¡¯s mother has died since the wedding, but there are still a lot of family members in Kenya whom the Nowitzkis want their kids to know.

¡°This past summer we stayed like two weeks,¡± Nowitzki said. ¡°She¡¯s got uncles, cousins. Her grandmother¡¯s still alive. She¡¯s almost a hundred. It¡¯s a special place for our family. We want our kids to meet some of their cousins, so we try to go down there every summer. Maybe we¡¯ll get a house down there ¡­

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Paul Pierce recalls Rivers playing the entire “I Have a Dream” speech before a pivotal Boston Celtics playoff game in 2008.

¡°You react to authority when somebody speaks to you, like teachers, parents or whoever. You have to educate them early enough so they know, this is a person, the higher authority, you need to show them some respect.¡±

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¡°What I¡¯m trying to do now with my kids is raise them with love,¡± Nowitzki said. ¡°So they got to show you authority, got to show some respect. Not anything goes. That¡¯s not how it works around here.

¡°So you try to find a nice little mix where they feel the love. But also, they feel a tough hand every now and then.¡±

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Eagles vs. Jets 2015 live stream: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Even though starters will play sparingly, the Jets and Eagles should provide plenty of entertainment when they meet for their preseason finale Thursday night. One of the biggest storylines heading this offseason was on how the new-look Eagles would fare under second-year head coach Chip Kelly. Stalwarts such as DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy have been traded since Kelly took over, and there is little doubt that he has molded the Eagles to his liking.

So far, the results have even electrifying.

Philadelphia has scored a combined 115 points in three preseason games, and thrashed the Packers 39-26 last week. Sam Bradford completed 10 of 11 passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

I know why it’s fun to think about Bradford. His ability has always been tantalizing, and if any offense can make a previously disappointing quarterback successful it’s the Eagles. The downside, though, is zero games played; we never know when Bradford’s next injury will arise. Also, somewhat famously, Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow have combined to be three of the worst quarterbacks in the league in recent years.

So if you’re drafting Bradford, you’re taking an oft-injured, under-performing quarterback. Maybe the Eagles’ O-line can keep him safe, and maybe the Eagles’ game plan can make him successful. It’s in the realm of possibility. But betting your season on it seems dodgy.

Every year, Fitzpatrick will have a handful of games in which he’s a strong fantasy contributor. They won’t be like his six-touchdown game last season in Houston, but whenever he is installed as the Jets’ starter (and he will be), he’ll have flashes of brilliance, and that could be of real fantasy value.

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Bettors are forced to take many factors into consideration before placing a wager

At Sports Insights, we love going against the grain and espousing unpopular viewpoints. Our strategies uncover value by challenging public perception and taking advantage of artificially inflated lines. While we have mainly focused on contrarian strategies such as betting against the public, it’s also important to be cognizant of historically profitable betting trends.

Kids Chris Doleman Jersey Bettors are forced to take many factors into consideration before placing a wager, but the importance of weather conditions can’t be understated when handicapping games. Inclement weather negatively impacts scoring, which makes the forecast vital information for anybody betting on the total.
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So how did Rawls get going last week against the Detroit Lions? And can he deliver a repeat performance Saturday against the Atlanta Falcons?

On Location Experiences’ new business came out of the league’s desire to better control the sale of tickets after brokers shorted the market for the Super Bowl in Phoenix two years ago. Brokers sold tickets they didn’t yet have with the idea of buying them closer to the game in order to make money on the sale. When the inventory wasn’t there and brokers had to lose money, many reneged on their commitments, and fans left without the tickets they thought they had bought.

Buying from On Location Experiences does come at a premium, but the group hopes to offer more security. A fan buying from the company gets a specific seat, instead of a zone, and tickets should be in hand roughly a week before the game, according to the group. The tailgates and the parties are also run by companies owned by On Location Experiences.

There is some urgency in the ticket marketplace, as the Dallas Cowboys’ making the game would likely result in sky-high prices, especially given the game’s location in Houston.

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San Francisco is coming off of three consecutive losses in which it showed little to be excited about

Elite Mens Matt Barnes Jersey There have been games in recent seasons where the Seahawks, especially their defense, shook offenses to their core. The Seahawks personnel across the entire defense was so fast and brutal and bad that offenses ducked and dodged. The Seattle offense had its physical edge, too, and Russell Wilson’s extraordinary running talent made the Seahawks even more fearsome.

That intimidation factor is gone. Opponents are not scared of the Seahawks anymore. The bullies are getting pushback. Teams are no longer falling in order against them. The Seahawks’ novelty has worn off. Familiarity has bred comfort in opponents. Seattle must understand this. They are not going to win games on that reputation any longer. They need to play games now for four quarters at their highest level without trepidation. That is an answer.

As far as where these teams will be when the season actually comes to an end, it’s anybody’s guess. The 49ers have a talented roster even after a crazy offseason seriously derailed things, but they play in one of the tougher divisions in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals aren’t going to make it easy for the 49ers to stay competitive.

New York, on the other hand, plays in a poor division and seems to be the least-flawed team at the moment. Washington is as big a mess as ever, the Philadelphia Eagles essentially underwent similar changes to the 49ers except their head coach chose to have all of them take place and the Dallas Cowboys are losing playmakers to injury every single week.
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San Francisco is coming off of three consecutive losses in which it showed little to be excited about, but the Giants have strung together a couple quality wins over Washington and the Buffalo Bills. It will be Eli Manning vs. Colin Kaepernick on Sunday night, but smart money is on the former given recent history.

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Warriors stunned in OT after late collapse

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The Golden State Warriors collapsed against the Memphis Grizzlies, losing 128-119 after they owned a 24-point second-half lead. It was a game that featured the Stephen Curry fans have been waiting for (40 points on 27 shots), up until its waning moments, when he and the Warriors went frigid. As happened in the Christmas Day game against Cleveland, Golden State¡¯s awkward crunch-time offense foiled them.

Since then, there are only two players to average that many points, rebounds and assists and average either two steals or two blocks per game.

In 1975-76 and 1978-79, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it with two blocks per game but didn¡¯t reach the two-steals-per-game threshold.

In 1985-86, Larry Bird did it with two steals per game but didn¡¯t reach the two-blocks-per-game threshold.

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Durant followed Green¡¯s lead, pump-faking for an and-1 layup. Except, not quite. The play went under official review, when it was then called as a foul — on Durant. A likely three points were wiped away, 122-116. Though Green responded, after finding an opening Klay had vacated, and banging home a 3, the Warriors couldn¡¯t right themselves. Another Mike Conley step back effectively ended this one, as Golden State lost more and more of their grip.

In the aftermath, Green placed the blame on the collective. ¡°Klay’s standing in the fourth quarter. It’s not Klay’s fault. It’s our fault. It’s Steve’s fault. It’s my fault as a leader on the floor, as a floor general. It’s Steph’s fault as a floor general to get us in plays, to get everybody moving.¡±

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Both the Pistons and Trail Blazers lost 8 of their last 10

If there was one team in each conference expected to make a jump from last season to this one, it was the Portland Trail Blazers and the Detroit Pistons. Both played above expectations last year ¡ª the Pistons pushing Cleveland through a tough four-game playoff series, and Portland getting the better of an injured Clippers team in the first round before falling 4-1 to the Warriors.

But both teams have regressed beyond recognition. They¡¯ve dropped eight of their last 10 games and have gotten away from the things that made them teams to watch this year.

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Jeremy Bracco began his strong game with his third goal of the tournament. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect got a backdoor tap-in from Tage Thompson on the power play midway through the first period. The United States has taken the lead in every game of the World Juniors.

Jake Matthews Womens Jersey Despite the early lead, the United States played one of their most careless periods in recent memory. Parsons faced six shots in the first period, and many of them were decent scoring chances. Even so, captain Luke Kunin scored his first of the tournament shortly after Bracco to give the USA a 2-0 lead.

The struggle for energy continued in the second period, when the Swiss outshot the Americans 7-2. Leading Switzerland scorer Nico Hischier connected on the power play with a memorable goal to bring Switzerland within one score.

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