Dez Bryant has not met with Cowboys about his contract yet

Jerry Jones said last week he expected to meet with Dez Bryant and his representation in the coming days. A week later, the meeting still hasn’t happened, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones.

“When we do, we’ll let you know, and the guy who will do that will be Jerry,” Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, via Todd Archer of ESPN.

The Cowboys want to keep Bryant but likely not at his $12.5 million base salary and $16.5 million cap number for 2018. They have upgraded at the position since last season.

Riley told Thomsen that after James left, he had no contact with him until the 2016 NBA Finals, when Cleveland played the Golden State Warriors in Game 7. Riley said it was then he finally reached out.

“I didn’t want to send him anything that he could read before he hit the floor,” Riley said. “As soon as he hit the floor, I sent a text to him. I said, ‘Win this and be free.’

“He never got back to me with a response. In fact, he said something after the game.”

Wasserman already had 12 NFL clients, most notably Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck officially is represented by his uncle, Will Wilson, who will co-manage the NFL practice with Hendrickson.

The firm, per Mullen, already represents more than 40 Major League Baseball players, including Giancarlo Stanton, long with more than 30 NBA players, including Russell Westbrook. Wasserman recently acquired Orr Hockey Group and its client of roughly 40 NHL players.

With Allen Robinson, the Bears got the complete, young No. 1 wideout they needed for Mitchell Trubisky. With Trey Burton, they got an up-and-coming pass-catching tight end from a similar Eagles offense. With Taylor Gabriel, they got a versatile cog they will use in a variety of ways. New coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace are copycatting what the Eagles’ Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman did for their QB taken No. 2 overall: pouring on the help.

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Cavaliers reportedly hold ’emotional’ team meeting about Kevin Love’s absence

The Cavaliers reportedly held a team meeting before Monday’s off-day practice, questioning Kevin Love’s absence from practice Sunday, a day after he left a blowout loss to the Thunder feeling ill.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the “emotional” team meeting featured a locker room “full of finger-pointing.”

Wojnarowski also said a source told him that Love defended his situation to teammates, coaches and management. When he had finished, “there was a sense with some that the team had worked out some issues, but that ultimately remains to be seen.”

That’s the kind of bad atmosphere that can develop when a team has lost 10 of 14 games and allowed a season-high 148 points in their last game, as have the Cavaliers. Even worse, several of those losses have been blowouts. After the Raptors whipped the Cavaliers 133-99 in Cleveland Jan. 11, LeBron James could be seen yelling at teammates on the sideline. James later told reporters, “We’re just in a funk.”

Crosby continued to haunt the Flyers, upping his total to 91 points in 62 career games against Pittsburgh’s intrastate rival.

“Everybody gets up for it,” Crosby said of the rivalry. “It brings out the best in everybody.”

Crosby’s third assist gave him 1,100 career points.

“His line was dynamic,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

Walker has played his entire six-year career with the Hornets and is eager to stay put, though reports on Friday suggested the team is actively involved in trade talks to send him packing. While Jordan admitted there have been discussions amid the team’s disappointing 19-26 start, nothing has been decided and Charlotte will continue to make a push for the playoffs.

“Obviously, the season has been a disappointment so far, and there have been teams asking about players. Also, we’ve been asking about players,” Jordan said. “We ask teams who they like on our roster and they always say Kemba. It’s not like we are shopping him. We would not just give him up. I love Kemba Walker. I would not trade him for anything but an All-Star player.

“I’m telling you I believe in my team. I’m disappointed in our record and I’m frustrated at times. But I’m telling you I like everything about Kemba’s work. I’m not just going to throw him away.”

Walker, 27, is averaging 21.7 points, 5.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game this season.giants_146

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6 reasons Josh McDaniels should have coached the Colts

Sure, Boston has the Celtics and tons of young talent who will dominate the Eastern Conference and possibly the NBA once the Warriors are done.

Second thing: McDaniels would be in prime position to be in a reboot of the show. If they let crusty ol’ Jim Irsay in the episode, there’s no way McDaniels isn’t getting an appearance.

But it’s something he could have added to the resume. They’re apparently bringing The Office back, so Parks and Rec could happen as well. They’re like the same show, just a different setting.

In those games, Bell was employed as a rusher on 22 total first-down carries, the down on which the Steelers ideally like to use their allegedly overwhelming running game to set up Roethlisberger in advantageous passing situations. Except Bell did not deliver in those circumstances. He went for two or fewer yards on 13 of those attempts. When the Steelers relied on their running game to win first down, they lost nearly 60 percent of the time against the Jags and Pats.

Television commentators marvel at Bell’s “patient” style, but his lack of body lean when running makes him easier to bring down at the point of attack. His upright style minimizes the punishment he absorbs, but also makes him less able to grind out extra yards.

Crennel and Weis both had extensive experience coaching alongside Belichick. The three coaches spent time on the same staffs with the Giants, Jets, and Patriots. After the Patriots beat the Eagles 24-21, Crennel took over as the head coach of the Browns. Weis went back to the college ranks and assumed the head coach role at Notre Dame.

So anyway, I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this robot. In fact, I believe I said, “Holy shit, that’s a robot.” There was a little boy waving his hands in front of the robot’s soulless, black hole-like eyes, and he looked up at me when I swore. I apologized to him and his mother for my language.

The boy’s name was Aaron Sawyer, and he told me he likes the robots, but not for “sports reasons.”

“I like it because it has the capability to learn like a real human,” he told me, continuing to try to get the robot to react to him. “But it won’t listen to me. It’s kind of cool but kind of creepy.”jays_928_b834d84f8f859434-180x180

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The Dolphins easily got to the Titans’ Matt Cassel, knocking the ball loose before his hand came forward.

On offense, however, there is also some concern with the play of running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott rushed for 5.1 yards per carry last season en route to 1,631 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. This season, he is only averaging 3.6 yards per carry and has only found the end zone three times. Dallas is 13-31 ATS in its last 44 games as a home favorite.

Peter Harvey, one of four independent advisors to the investigation, acknowledged in a conference call that the alleged victim lied and asked her friend to lie about the events of July 22. But as to other statements that she made, both to the Columbus DA as well as to NFL investigators, she was absolutely truthful about them, Harvey said.

The Dolphins easily got to the Titans’ Matt Cassel, knocking the ball loose before his hand came forward. The officials never blew the whistle, and Dolphins safety Reshad Jones took it in for the score.

The way the ball came forward made it look like it was just an errant throw, but officials let the play go, and it ended up being the right call.

The woman was examined by paramedics. There were no visible signs of injury and no other witnesses. No charges were filed.

The Eagles’ sole loss this season came against the still undefeated Kansas City Chiefs — and former head coach Andy Reid — with Carson Wentz continuing to improve in the weeks since. In the team’s win last weekend, the quarterback had a career game, throwing for four touchdowns against just one interception and claimed a perfect passer rating on third downs.

What does this mean for the Packers? Well, it’s not good. Hundley will take over at quarterback for Mike McCarthy’s team. The Packers drafted him in 2016, and he appeared in four games and threw just 10 passes that season, completing two of them. he also has one interception in his career.

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Tony Romo’s greatest feat as a broadcaster was explaining how Bill Belichick screws with opponents

The most pleasant surprise of the NFL season so far has been Tony Romo’s Madden-esque color commentary. Hands down.

His weekly display of broadcasting greatness started when Matthew Tkachuk Jersey he predicted that Drew Brees would throw a touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman in the second quarter. His soothsaying was on display last week too. He’s watching the field, how defenses and offenses line up and presenting Tom Waddle Womens Jersey that information to you from the quarterback’s point of view. That’s just not what we’re expecting to get from a color guy; it’s a hundred times better.

Romo’s ability to demystify the game went to another level later on, when the Patriots had things well in hand against the Saints. What did he do that topped predicting plays? Oh, not much … he only explained what the hell Bill Belichick was thinking.

The Patriots show blitz with the Saints inside the 10-yard line, putting five guys on the line ready to send them at the passer. What they usually do with this look is drop two of those guys back into coverage.

It wasn’t the best basketball-themed celebration of Week 1. That was Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris shooting a free throw while Tyreek Hill acted as the hoop. But the Falcons had a specific reason for this celebration, and it was all Julio Jones’ idea.

“It’s ‘Hoop.’ His name is Austin Hooper, so we did a little shot. … Yeah, it was easy. Mo did it. Hoop did it. It was good,” Jones said, via ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.

Jones is hoping to get into the end zone soon, too. He has a celebration plan, but he’s not ready to share it just yet.

“I just have to show you,” Jones said, via McClure. “I’ve just got to get in the paint first.”

Sunday’s celebration was the very first in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and the Falcons are hoping there will be many more.

NFL celebrations are fun again. FINALLY.

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Week 1 fantasy football winners and losers

Whether you won or lost, there’s no equal to the excitement of a brand-new fantasy football season.

Much of that is from following how your team gets to its outcome: That fourth-round pick who drops an NFL debut performance for the record books in the Thursday opener, that late-round sleeper whom you had to start in your 16-team league, or that “ironclad lock” you selected No. 2 overall who completely let you down.

Yes, they’ve all happened so far in Week 1, and right here, we’ll recap these winners and losers from a fantasy perspective, complete with applicable game and historical data. Check back after the conclusion of the 1 and 4 p.m. ET (and, when applicable, Sunday Night Football) games for our picks of the week’s best and worst.

The players and public safety officials also will stand together during the national anthem, and the players said they’ve asked the Haslam family, the team’s owners, to stand with them too.

The pregame show of solidarity comes after discussions among the players, the Haslams and law enforcement officials following some Browns players’ decision to kneel in prayer during the national anthem before the team’s second preseason game last month.

In the wake of the players’ kneeling, the Cleveland police union said it would not participate in the Browns’ tradition of having fans and civil servants help unfurl and hold an oversized American flag on the field. Instead, USO members are scheduled to hold the giant flag this Sunday.

Following news of the Browns’ planned pregame show of solidarity, the police union said it had accepted an invitation to participate.

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Those jerseys have been an occasional nightmare for colorblind fans

In doing so, they revealed the new look for the rebranded Central Illinois Flying Aces: red and white jerseys with navy blue accents and a primary crest logo featuring a shark-toothed fighter plane.

“We wanted to make this reveal as memorable of a moment as possible because it really signified the start of our new chapter as the Flying Aces,” said Brendan Kelly, the team’s chief operating officer. “To be able to do this in Bloomington at such a big event for the city is really symbolic of how we want our identity to become an integral part of the community — both here and throughout Central Illinois.”

“We knew we wanted to have red as our primary color because of the special significance it holds in the area and the qualities of power and speed that it evokes,” Kelly said. “Between that, the logo and name, we feel that our new identity really embodies the talent of the rising stars we have playing for us.”

Those jerseys have been an occasional nightmare for colorblind fans, but that won’t be an issue with Michigan’s light all-maize look and Florida’s darker “flooded blue.”

Nike says the uniforms are a celebration of Michigan’s bicentennial and “in honor of the 150-year anniversary of the school’s official colors, maize and blue.”

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh floated the idea of an all-maize look before last season, according to then-Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis. Players seem to love it.nets_024

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Attention NFL players: Leave your nipple rings at home

Football is a dangerous sport and it’s difficult for any team to get through training camp without suffering any injuries. The last thing any player needs to do is to come to camp with another way to get hurt.

The weight goal for Poe on Wednesday, when Falcons players reported to camp, was 330 pounds. That’s the weight the team wants him to play at this season, and he’s there.

Poe’s last weigh in was in June, and he was expected to be under 340 pounds. He passed that one with flying colors, too. Overall, Poe has $500,000 in weight incentives built into his contract.

He’s not the only NFL player to have a nice bonus hit the bank account this week. Alex Smith had a generous incentive to show up for training camp this week.

Chiefs QB Alex Smith collects a $2 million reporting bonus today for showing up to camp, per @FieldYates. NFL’s biggest report bonus.

That’s a big chunk of change just for showing up for training camp, which is mandatory for all players, anyway.

Congratulations to Poe and Smith for earning a lot of extra money this week for losing weight and showing up for work.

Playing at right tackle, James had a promising rookie year, but a toe injury limited him to just seven games in 2015. He played all 16 games last year, mostly being a league-average player. That’s probably not good enough for Miami to give him the fifth-year option, which would cost around $8.1 million. James’ spot on the right side is entrenched with Laremy Tunsil moving to left tackle next year. patriots_029-180x180

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, location, odds for Super Bowl 52

It’s never too early to start planning for the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl 52, set to be played Sunday, Feb. 4 2018, will take place in a dome just like Super Bowl 51 did … but much further north, where the weather outside the venue won’t be as inviting.

Granted, Minneapolis, with its state-of-the-art U.S. Bank Stadium, will be ready to host the Super Bowl and show off its fancy digs to the world.

Super Bowl 52, also known as Super Bowl LII, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 4. The kickoff time would be determined at a later date.

Super Bowl 52 will be played in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium, which will have just finished hosting its second Minnesota Vikings season after being built in time for the 2016 NFL season.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced in May of 2014 that Minnesota and its new stadium would host the Super Bowl in 2018. The stadium seats 66,200 but can be expanded to fit up to 70,000 people.

Terms of the contract were not announced, but reports expect Elway, 57, accepted $30 million to $35 million for the extension to make him the NFL’s highest-paid VP/GM (note: Pats coach Bill Belichick, the team’s de facto GM, is paid a reported $7.5 million per year, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who serves as his team’s GM, also makes more).

“I appreciate the trust and confidence that Joe has shown in me,” Elway said in a statement. “(Team owner) Pat Bowlen has always put outstanding leadership in place, and I’m grateful for the support Joe gives us to compete for championships each and every year.

“This is a special place, and the Broncos are home to me. While there’s still a lot of work to be done, I’m excited about the future of this team and this organization.”

Elway, a three-time Super Bowl champion, is entering his seventh season as an executive. Since that time, Elway has led the Broncos to 67 regular-season wins, five AFC West titles, two Super Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl 50 win.t_rangers_006-115x115

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Kristaps Porzingis injury update: Knicks star will miss some time

New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis will miss some time with an injured ankle, but he has apparently avoided more serious damage.

The Vertical reports that Porzingis will be out several days, but cites a source saying there is no ligament damage.

Porzingis turned his ankle late in the second quarter of the Knicks’ 119-104 loss to the Cavaliers Thursday night. He limped off the court and did not return, and he was spotted in a walking boot after the game, raising concerns.

The multitalented 7-3 center missed eight games earlier this season with an Achilles injury. He is averaging 18.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this season.

76ers: The second biggest winners of the night. Remember, not only does Philadelphia hold swap rights to the Kings’ pick this year, essentially giving the Sixers Sacramento’s lottery balls, but they also own the Kings’ 2019 unprotected first-round pick. Yes, that means the Kings traded away a less protected draft pick for Luka Mitrovic and Arturas Gudaitis (and cap space to sign Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli and Kosta Koufos) than the one they acquired for Cousins. Yeah. That one’s not going up on Vlade Divac’s refrigerator.

Teams who need a playmaker (looking at you, Cavs and LeBron James): Galloway is an interesting idea for the Cavs as a shooting, off-ball 1 who also defends well. If the Kings do end up releasing Tyreke Evans, he fits what LeBron wants. Other playoff teams who could be looking for a buyout playmaker: Detroit, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Washington.broncos_116

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