Browns torn between Myles Garrett, Mitchell Trubisky for top pick

Myles Garrett has been penciled in as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft for weeks.

The Browns, who have two first-round picks, are expected to take the Texas A&M defensive end first and then come back to use the No. 12 selection on a quarterback like Clemson’s Deshaun Watson or Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes.

And the trend goes deeper than that. Of the last 10 teams to play in the Super Bowl — which includes two appearances each by the Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, and Denver Broncos — 62 percent of first-round picks in the four years leading up to their respective appearances were used on defensive players, compared to the league average of 52 percent.

Just 14 percent of those picks were used on offensive skill-position players, nearly half of the league average of 27 percent.

So if the teams at the top of the standings focus on defense to excellent results, why would the rest of the NFL not follow suit? Why continue to draft offensive skill players when it doesn’t seem to yield championship-level rosters?

Well to get to the Super Bowl, a team typically requires two things: A quarterback and a defense.

The last four Super Bowls featured Tom Brady twice, Russell Wilson twice, Peyton Manning twice, Matt Ryan after an MVP season, and Cam Newton after an MVP season. For teams with such dynamic options under center, quarterback hasn’t had to be an option early and the boost that comes with a skill-position player isn’t necessary.

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Humble’ is the perfect theme song for the 2017 NBA playoffs

Marshawn Lynch never gives interviews, but has several of the NFL’s most famous quotes. He says over and over again he wants to avoid media attention, but gets called an attention-seeker. His job description includes getting tackled, but he inflicts more pain than the tacklers.
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Marshawn Lynch makes so little sense in this world that wherever he goes, he leaves a trail of fascinating things in his wake. Sometimes they’re weird words. Sometimes they’re brutalized defenders. We can’t hope to understand him, but we’ve tried to compile all the wonderful, strange, and good things about Marshawn Lynch in one post. This is the Marshawn Lynch Encyclopedia.

The NBA playoffs have a history of iconic theme songs, from Roundball Rock when the games were shown on NBC, to the ABC/ESPN era with Pitbull chanting PLAYOFFS in a remix of Timber with Kesha. This years playoffs theme song is (objectively) a lot better than whats been in played in years past: youll be hearing Kendrick Lamars Humble a lot for the next two months. Its a cleaner version, given that its on broadcast television, but having that song be the theme is an automatic win for the NBA.

Danielle Hunter Elite Jersey Its also a huge win for Lamar, as his new album DAMN. (which Humble is its lead single) was released on Friday, unless youre LeBron James and got it a few days before everyone else did. Also, DAMN. is, well, a damn good album, and you should listen to it if you have the chance.

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Cavaliers’ JR Smith exits Game 2 with hamstring injury

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The Houston Texans announced they would sign former wide receiver Andre Johnson to a one-day contract, allowing him to retire as a member of the team.

According to the Texans, Johnson will be honored at a press conference on Wednesday, April 19 at NRG Stadium. Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer Cal McNair and Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith will be in attendance to honor Johnson.

Johnson spent the last two seasons of his career making trips to other AFC South teams in the Colts and Titans. In 2015, He started in 14 of 16 games for the Colts, going just over 500 yards receiving with four touchdowns. This past season, he started three games for the Titans, and had just 85 yards with two touchdowns.

SB Nation鈥檚 Louis Bien took a look at Johnson鈥檚 career after he announced his retirement in October, and pointed out just how darn good he actually was.

“He did a helluva job on the defensive end, came in and made a big shot for us,” Smith said. “He did what he was supposed to do.”

Smith finished with three points on 1-for-3 shooting and one turnover in 19 minutes, while Shumpert had five points in 20 minutes.

Smith said he wanted to go back into Monday’s game, but the team held him out.

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The Cavaliers hold a 2-0 series lead, with Game 3 set for Thursday night in Cleveland.

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the Broncos are a talented team that generates a lot of pressure while protecting Manning.

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Manning remains the key to the team, a player who can use the offense’s various weapons to attack every level of the field. When a team cheats into the box to stop Wes Welker, he’ll go over the top to Demaryius Thomas. When both are covered, Manning will find tight end Julius Thomas. Teams need to choose where their gaps will be, making it a near-impossible matchup.
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Defensively, the Broncos are a talented team that generates a lot of pressure while protecting Manning. Denver has 26 sacks while allowing 13. The defensive key has been linebacker Shaun Phillips, who shouldered the burden while Von Miller was gone to start the season, with 7.5 total sacks.

But the Americans are still one really bad slip-up away from being in deep trouble. These odds will probably look the same after June鈥檚 two games 鈥?at home against T&T and away to Mexico 鈥?but a home qualifier against Costa Rica in September is hardly a gimme win. The USMNT wouldn鈥檛 even need to play that poorly to walk away from that game and the one in Honduras four days later with just one point. Those are tough enough matches that a couple of bad bounces or bad calls by the officials could make the difference.

The USMNT is now favored to get to the World Cup, but they still have a lot of work left to do. Those two November losses to Mexico and Costa Rica put them in a serious hole.

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That would be great if it comes to fruition.

“Our major sales pitch when we asked the owners to award us the game was some of the greatest games in NFL history have been played in adverse weather conditions. They’ve been some of the most memorable games. Why not do that with a Super Bowl? We’ll be ready for anything.”

One Super Bowl bonus for Giants’ fans, regardless of whether or not the Giants get there, could be the likely inclusion of former Giants great Michael Strahan in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Strahan is a semi-finalist, and the enshrinees will be announced Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl game.

“That would be great if it comes to fruition. I was quite frankly a little surprised that he didn’t get in last year because I’m not sure what more you have to do to be considered a Hall of Fame candidate,” Mara said

Given that we should not have expected anything, Tolzien was okay on Sunday. Given that turnovers are extremely costly, we can’t ignore three interceptions either. What choice do the Green Bay Packers have and would it really be all that easy to just plug Matt Flynn back under center after seeing what we’ve seen the last two seasons?

Seriously, the Raiders and Buffalo Bills didn’t even have a place for him.

Others have fallen short. Toledo has mastered playing like an elite MAC team without winning the MAC; the Rockets lost Tim Beckman to Illinois and Matt Campbell to Iowa State and got not even a division title to show for it. Ball State got a 12-0 start out of Brady Hoke but got upset in the MAC Championship and lost Hoke to San Diego State.

Western Michigan got its money’s worth when it hired a 32-year-old former Rutgers receivers coach in 2017. P.J. Fleck recruited circles around the rest of the conference and got his PhD in catchphrases.

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McCarron is a valuable member of our football team

Ohio State QB commitment Emory Jones recently took a quiet visit to Georgia that he didn’t discuss. But he did talk about upcoming visits to Florida, Florida State, and Alabama. He also told me why he is taking other visits, what Ohio State’s coaches think about his trips despite being committed, and gave a percentage on his level of commitment of the Buckeyes. This could be a situation to watch.
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Germain Ifedi Limited Jersey AJ McCarron is another interesting trade target. The Bengals backup quarterback has not seen much of the field in his career, but he did nearly lead his team to a playoff win in 2016 if not for a few boneheaded penalties by the defense. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis tried to silence any rumors around McCarron at the NFL owners meeting last week.

“McCarron is a valuable member of our football team,” Lewis said. “No one has asked to trade him so we’re not going to trade away AJ McCarron and we’re not going to go out and seek a trade for AJ McCarron.”

But just like with Garoppolo, McCarron could still be traded away if a team is willing to pay the right price for him. “What we’ve been able to do the last two, three weeks has been a good reminder of exactly what we’re all capable of, and it’s no slight to [Durant],” Curry said via Bleacher Report. “When he’s back, we’re a much better team. We want him back as soon as possible. But what we’ve done in his absence, and how I’ve tried to help contribute at a high level, speaks for itself, really.”

At the rate Golden State is blowing through opponents, imaging how scary this Warriors team will be once Durant returns.

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the school’s attorneys filed based on the grounds of statute of limitations.

The motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Texas, claims that “as a general rule, universities do not have a legal duty to protect their students from harm caused by other students.”

According to the motion, the school’s attorneys filed based on the grounds of statute of limitations.

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The lawsuit was filed by a woman in January, who claims she was raped by former Baylor football players Tre’Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman, adding to the allegations in the Baylor sexual assault scandal that ended up costing Art Briles his job as Baylor head coach.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the woman sued for Title IX and negligence. The paper also reports the suit states that two gang rapes involved 10 or more players. There is also a line in the suit referencing former Baylor assistant coach Kendall Briles, Art’s son.
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Jacksonville Jaguars inside linebacker Paul Posluszny has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Posluszny sustained a concussion during the team’s Week 10 win over the Tennessee Titans, and did not practice at all this week. He was unable to pass all of the tests required to play, including the final test on Saturday, hence him being ruled out ahead of the gameday inactive list.

One of the bounce back players this season has been Oklahoma State senior cornerback Justin Gilbert. After a poor 2017 season, Gilbert smartly returned to school and has four interceptions this season. If you recall, Gilbert intercepted Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill in 2011. Gilbert can be a physical cornerback and has deep speed to keep up. He’ll be tested today by Texas’ Mike Davis, a vertical threat who is a tough matchup at the catch point.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics will be broadcast live across every U.S. timezone

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be a whole new experience if you want to watch sports live. NBC announced that the network will broadcast live across all time zones, which will make things very interesting.

This means that events like figure skating and snowboarding will be airing like around 6 or 7 a.m. East Coast time, before being replayed in primetime. The decision to air all the games live is a departure from previous games where live events were relegated to channels deep on the cable dial, or only see through online streaming.
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The proposal was one of the more unorthodox proposals on the docket. Kickers with the leg strength to boot the equivalent of an un-rushed, 75-yard field goal would have had the opportunity to gift their defenses an extra 5 yards of field position.

However, the unique proposal also carried some flaws. Teams in domed stadiums would have an unfair advantage by playing in a wind-less environment for at least half their regular season games.

Alabama offensive Cyrus Kouandjio is far from perfect but has plenty of room to grow as a blocker. At the moment, he’s our No. 2 offensive tackle in the 2017 class and he fits well with the Steelers.

The New Orleans D was normally guaranteed to get rolled on the ground, but they stood tough against Frank Gore while limiting the Niners’ pass attack to an anemic 4.1 yards per attempt – all without stud rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro. A playoff trip to Seattle likely wouldn’t end any more happily than their previous trip did, but if the Seahawks slip up and concede home field throughout, then the Saints are going to be hellaciously hard to beat.

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Detroit, Chicago battle for NFC North lead

The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are set for an important NFC North showdown in Week 10. There is a three-way tie for the lead in the division, with the Bears besting the Green Bay Packers in Week 9. Detroit is trying to shrug off a string of alternating wins and losses by building on their Week 8 victory over the Dallas Cowboys (they had a bye week last week), while Chicago is riding high after a win over Green Bay without Jay Cutler.

Detroit won the first meeting between these two teams in Week 4, 40-32. That game was in Detroit as well, so the Bears have a lot to prove on Sunday. It should be plenty interesting.

We’ll take a look at both teams below, starting with the home team, Chicago:

Another bit of good news on the injury front comes for the Atlanta Falcons, a team that has had very little good news this season. Veteran wide receiver Roddy White (hamstring) announced that he will be good to return this week against the Seattle Seahawks. White has missed the last three games, the first three games he has missed in his nine-year career. For the 2-6 Falcons, they could use him, but don’t want to rush him back either.

Speaking of teams with disappointing 2-6 records, the New York Giants will place running back David Wilson on injured reserve with a neck injury. Wilson played in five games, running for 146 yards and one touchdown. Running back Andre Brown (leg) will play but Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) is questionable.

The Indianapolis Colts have already lost running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard for the season, so they could not afford to have Trent Richardson miss much time with an ankle injury. Luckily they won’t, as it was announced that Richardson will be good to go this week against the Rams. He is still averaging just 3.0 yards per carry with the Colts, however, so that’s another concern.8

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Bengals’ A.J. Green catches last-second Hail Mary vs. Ravens

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The Carolina Panthers were in desperate need of a signature win, and they found it. Cam Newton struggled and the team didn’t make any flashy plays on offense, but Carolina’s defense is so good it can win without big plays. No team has made a bigger 180 this season than Carolina, a team that went from losing to Arizona and Buffalo to beating one of the best teams in the league en route to a five-game win streak.

Colin Kaepernick blamed “lack of execution” on his team’s loss in the postgame press conference, but it simply looked like a very good team overmatched by a dominant defense. It didn’t help that the team lost Vernon Davis to injury in the first half, which forced the 49ers out of their comfort zone and allowed the Panthers to have Luke Kuechly play Frank Gore almost exclusively.

The Cincinnati Bengals looked like they were dead to rights in Baltimore, but with two seconds left on the clock, Andy Dalton was bailed out by some poor defense and wide receiver A.J. Green. It’s a scenario that’s happened many times before, but rarely with so much on the line.

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If the ’72 Dolphins crack open the champagne every season when the last undefeated team loses, do the 2008 Lions guzzle antifreeze whenever the last winless team notches a victory to avoid joining them in permanent Pigskin Purgatory? On Sunday, we learned that if a team loses four turnovers AND its starting QB, the Jags are capable of securing a two-point win. That’s not enough to lift them out of the Power Rankings basement, but it’s a start.

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