Bengals coach Marvin Lewis once made that point to ESPN in a 2016 interview.

Trade down in the draft. The Sam Bradford deal blessed the Eagles with a 2017 first-round pick they weren’t expecting to have after trading up for Wentz, but Philadelphia needs to stockpile more picks and acquire more young talent on rookie deals. The Eagles had no second- or fourth-round picks in last year’s draft, although they had two fifth-rounders and three seventh-rounders.

More disconcertingly, the 2014 and 2015 drafts just haven’t delivered much talent to the Philadelphia roster. Jordan Matthews is the only starter to come out of 2014; first-rounder Marcus Smith has barely played, and third-rounder Josh Huff was cut after being arrested for DUI during the season. The 2015 draft delivered solid middle linebacker Jordan Hicks, but first-round pick Nelson Agholor has become a symbol of Chip Kelly’s personnel issues, and second-rounder Eric Rowe was dealt to the Patriots after one season. The Eagles need a young core to grow alongside Wentz, and they’ll feel the absence of those disappointing classes.

The Bengals feel free agency statistics don’t favor putting a significant investment into one player that hasn’t come up through their system. They feel that some players, particularly those who have come from struggling teams, have years of bad habits coached through other systems that are hard to break.

For a team like Cincinnati, which relies heavily on continuity with its coaching staff, that’s a big sticking point.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis once made that point to ESPN in a 2016 interview.
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It’s a bittersweet end to Cruz’s Giants career after being a beloved fan favorite for so many years. An undrafted free agent out of UMass, Cruz signed with the Giants in 2010 but didn’t emerge as a star until 2011.

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New York is the best road team in the NHL this year with a 17-7 record away from Madison Square Garden

The Rangers entered the All-Star break on a dud of an offensive performance, losing as -145 favorites at home against the Philadelphia Flyers. But it was another strong performance for Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 24 of the 26 shots that he faced and allowed two or fewer goals with a .920 save percentage or better for the fourth straight time.

Lundqvist is 10-5 all-time against Columbus with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage in those 15 starts.

In 25 games at home this season, the Rangers are just 14-11 per the OddsShark NHL Database. New York is the best road team in the NHL this year with a 17-7 record away from Madison Square Garden.
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The looming expansion draft and tight playoff race might try to convince you that the deadline will be a quiet affair, but don¡¯t let that lull you into a false sense of news security. Every day, there are hints that the league¡¯s trade machine is starting to churn as teams move pieces around the board to prepare for the floodgates to open.

They¡¯re not hard to miss, but with a little practice you can learn what to watch for so you¡¯re not caught off guard when your favorite team trades your favorite player.
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This is the most telling sign. Why? Because it¡¯s in the hopes that someone picks that player up and clears up cap space for them.

As Cap Friendly pointed out on Wednesday, the Kings have been at this game for awhile now. They have $6.89 million in deadline space that jumps up to to $8.48 million if Gilbert is claimed or assigned. That¡¯s a lot of wiggle room that lets GM Dean Lombardi snag one expensive player or two impactful players at a cheaper cost.

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James Harden on current Rockets: ‘I love what we have’

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With the trade deadline nearly two weeks away, one of the more powerful voices in the Houston Rockets organization wants to the team to stay put.

“I love what we have, love it,” leading scorer MVP candidate James Harden said Wednesday. “From top to bottom, we have depth. You can throw any guy in there and they know their role, that’s important. I’m going to ride with these guys for sure.”

“I love what we have, love it. From top to bottom, we have depth. You can throw any guy in there and they know their role, that’s important. I’m going to ride with these guys for sure.”

Reasonable people can disagree if it’s wise to deal Anthony. Several people in the organization believe the best approach is to deal Anthony and move forward with Porzingis and fellow young big man Willy Hernangomez, per sources.

Several agents have noticed how Carmelo Anthony is being treated by Phil Jackson.

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The lack of communication — and, more so, trust — has at times been crippling for the Lakers. Even if a coach or front office staffer wanted to loop Jeanie Buss on basketball matters, there was a risk Kupchak or Jim Buss would see that as betraying their confidence and loyalty.

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Curry and Durant got along just fine, but Curry simply went along with the pursuit of KD

Fissures had been forming. Genial Steph was noticeably frustrated with the state of affairs, perhaps more so than he’d ever been in the Kerr era. He played poorly overall on Christmas — 15 points on 36 percent shooting — and had barely touched the ball down the stretch. In the final four minutes, Curry took as many shots as Cavs role player Richard Jefferson (one). Though it was a regular-season game, Kerr elected to sub Curry out on the last defensive possession for the taller and longer Shaun Livingston. It was an understandable move to thwart a LeBron James pick-and-roll aimed directly at Curry, but it amplified the embarrassment. Steph’s head was in his hands as Kyrie Irving hit the game winner over Thompson.

Curry’s reputation was taking a beating, and the Warriors didn’t appear substantially more assured of a title than they would’ve been with last season’s squad. The wooing of Durant wasn’t like Miami’s super-team formation, which arose out of LeBron and Dwyane Wade’s deep friendship. Curry and Durant got along just fine, but Curry simply went along with the pursuit of KD — it wasn’t something he concocted. He’d been a good soldier by accepting what was right for the franchise, by abruptly leaving his basketball camp to fly to the Hamptons. For this, his reward had been a diminished reputation, offensive marginalization and little outward, organizational praise for the sacrifice.
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“I think Steph has probably had the biggest adjustment of all of our players from Kevin’s arrival.”

Elite Kids Paul Martin Jersey The Lions were a surprise playoff participant, but eight of their victories came via fourth-quarter comebacks engineered by quarterback Matthew Stafford. With a chance to win the NFC North, they lost their final three regular-season games. Then they turned in a dud in a wild-card loss at the Seahawks.

Some of the Lions’ offseason will depend on what they do, if anything, with Stafford’s contract. It expires after the 2017 season, and there is no reason to believe he would come more cheaply at that point. With more than $40 million in projected cap space, the Lions are in position to distribute his cap hit evenly, rather than backload it, as they have done in previous deals. They could also help him by balancing an offense that tied for the fewest rushing attempts (350) in the NFL in 2016.

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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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