How Nikola Jokic became the unlikely superstar transforming the Nuggets

Elite Alexander Steen Jersey Who thought Nikola Jokic would turn into one of the future stars of the NBA? Nobody — and that includes the Denver Nuggets. They drafted him No. 41 overall in 2014, then played him out of position to start this season. Finally, on Dec. 15, they realized they needed to build their team around him.

What a journey it’s been. Since that date, the Nuggets have the NBA’s best offense and are the favorites to earn the No. 8 seed in the West. And it’s all because they’ve built their team around Jokic’s beautiful, unique game.

In signing free agent defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois to a low-risk, one-year deal, the Packers add some veteran knowledge to a young group.
The Redskins released Jean Francois on March 15 in an expected move because he would have counted $4 million against the salary cap in 2017 and was going to be a backup at best. The Redskins saved $3 million in cap space with the release.

Jean Francois spent two years with Washington, starting six games in 2016 and recording 1.5 sacks. But the Redskins weren’t pleased with their defensive line, allowing another starter, Chris Baker, to sign with Tampa Bay via free agency.
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Jean Francois, 30, also spent two years with the Colts and four with the 49ers, who drafted him in the seventh round (No. 244 overall) of the 2009 draft.

In 109 games (36 starts), Jean Francois has 12 sacks, one forced fumble and 164 tackles.

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The Fire are gambling that Schweinsteiger can actually start most of their games.

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This category didn’t exist for Mayock is previous rankings. Baker ran a 4.45 40 at the combine. He measured in at 5’10 and 195 pounds, but his speed and performance in drills stood out. Baker was ranked as Mayock is No. 4 safety in his last rankings, but he is better suited for the nickel at the NFL level.

Only slight changes to the interior linemen rankings, with Lamp, Robinson and Feeney retaining the top three spots. Dawkins was previously ranked fifth, but bumped up to No. 4 in Mayock is new rankings. He measured in with 35 arms at the combine and benched 26 reps. Ethan Pocic fell to fifth, where he is now tied with Ohio State is Eiflein, who was not previously ranked.

Well, he Would been on the pitch for two minutes at this point. The issue with Schweinsteiger isn’t his quality — he is unquestionably and unequivocally one of the best all-around midfielders in the history of the sport — but his ability to stay healthy. This current season is Schweinsteiger is fourth in a row where he hasn’t been on the pitch much. He was exiled during Manchester United is preseason because José Mourinho didn’t think he could be counted on all season.
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The Fire are gambling that Schweinsteiger can actually start most of their games. There is plenty of reason to believe he won’t be up to that.

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Louisville’s Deng Adel dunked Michigan into Earth’s core

The Louisville Cardinals have some athletes on their team. Here’s one of the best, forward Deng Adel, picking up some speed in transition and then annihilating a basketball, a rim, and some of his opponents’ souls, all at once:

Michigan’s D.J. Wilson is a good athlete, but he’s totally helpless to do anything about a soaring Adel in transition. Once Adel cocks back his right hand, this fight’s over and Wilson’s on a poster.

Minnesota struggled to run the ball in Adrian Peterson’s absence during the 2016 season, so on the surface, the addition of another big, powerful running back makes sense. But even when Peterson was on the field, the team couldn’t run because the real problem was the offensive line.

A three-year, $15 million deal with Murray doesn’t break the bank, but it will go to waste if the Vikings don’t find players who can pave the way for their new addition.

The game was a classic — perhaps one of the best in the recent history of the tournament. Cleanthony Early played like a superstar for Wichita, and the sophomore tandem of Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker were just as good. Kentucky had blue chip talent at every position, most notably in freshman forward Julius Randle, who felt like a full-grown man even at 19 years old.

Wichita led by six at halftime, but Kentucky w8ould roar back. The game came down to the final possession, Wichita ball, Kentucky leading by two. VanVleet took a deep three-pointer that clanked off the back iron, and the dream season was over. For Marshall, it stills stings:

Marshall on the “Is WSU a #1 seed?” debate from 2014: “At the end, it took a loss to validate our team. Which I thought was ironic and sad.”

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Chris Paul faked Mason Plumlee into next season

At age 31, Chris Paul isn¡¯t the speed demon he once was when he entered the league as a rookie in 2005. Now an established veteran, the All-Star guard relies more on his wit to outsmart defenders and make easy plays.

In the Clippers Thursday matchup against the Denver Nuggets, Paul got big man Mason Plumlee into the air with a step-back pump fake. But Plumlee is a tall, lanky shot blocker ¡ª the pump fake wasn¡¯t enough.
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So Paul followed up with a fake pass that got the Nuggets center jumping into another direction. Plumlee was out there looking like a human pogo stick. The fake freed up Paul, who then calmly faded away for a cool mid-range jump shot.

CP3 finished with 18 points and 14 assists, but the Clippers opted to rest Blake Griffin. That decision allowed Denver to pull away with a 129-115 win.

Elite Youth Paul Kariya Jersey The Ohio State, MTSU, and Memphis losses, however, came in the first month. In October, humiliating defeats became reasonably competitive losses. And in November, losses became wins.

Bowling Green suddenly looked like a team that could once again rise. And in 2017, the Falcons return a sophomore passer with 2,000 yards to his name, a prolific No. 1 receiver, an all-conference center, and one of the most experienced secondaries in the country. They welcome the spoils of what was, per the 247Sports Composite, the second-best recruiting class in the MAC.

Bowling Green¡¯s win total fell by six in 2016, and the jury is still out on Jinks. But … well, the jury is out. For a while last year, it looked like a decision was being reached.

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40 takeaways from the NFL Combine

The NFL Scouting Combine can be an information overload where you’re interviewing players, head coaches and team executives, tracking workout sessions, and getting as much information from teams as possible.

With that in mind, in honor of the 40-yard dash, here are 40 takeaways and things we learned at the combine leading up to the 2017 NFL draft.

The talk early in the week at the combine was all about LSU running back Leonard Fournette. When he jumped 28.5 inches, everyone began to question his play. Is he out of shape? Is 240 pounds too big? Is he overrated? Then when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, those questions mostly went away.

Roy Friggin Williams, ladies and gentlemen! Howard came in as a first-round pick and now it’s just figuring out how high he goes. At the worst, his draft range starts at No. 12 and the Browns and the furthest he’ll probably drop is the Giants at No. 23.

“Now everybody’s has got social media, and we don’t need “The New York Times” to find out what in the dickens is going on in the country. You know, our president tweets out more bullshit than anybody I’ve ever seen.”
Here’s the video:

Roy Williams on social media and the president’s tweeting habits… If you know anything about Coach, you know this is worth a listen!

Roy, we salute you for using the phrase “what in the dickens” and taking a shot at Donald Trump seconds later. That’s how you do it.

Right. They don’t. The team and NHL think most of their fans and corporate sponsors live in the East Valley, making a drive out west to Glendale a real road trip.

The Coyotes can opt out of their Gila River Arena lease after next season.

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