Despite Leonard’s absence and limited minutes in the nine games he has played, the Spurs are 35-24 and sit in the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference.

He’s a dual citizen who was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but didn’t look the slightest bit conflicted as he pumped his fist following a 5-on-3 power-play goal. A good player with the Western Hockey League’s Tri-City Americans and Calgary Hitmen, Macek looked like a star playing in the Olympics against Canada.
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The 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Leonard has developed into one of the most dominant players in the league, becoming a two-time first-team All-NBA player, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and the 2014 NBA Finals MVP in the Spurs’ championship victory over the Miami Heat.

Multiple players expressed optimism regarding Leonard’s potential return, including veteran forward Rudy Gay, who will return from heel bursitis on Friday, when the Spurs hit the road to face the Denver Nuggets.

Philadelphia, the No. 1 seed in the NFC, is in the midst of a Cinderella-type season. It has one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, and the defensive side of the ball can get after the quarterback. But quarterback Nick Foles will serve as the X-factor in this game. He’s done a great job of filling in for Carson Wentz, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury late in the season. However, he must prove that he can go toe-to-toe with Tom Brady.
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The Patriots, the No. 1 seed in the AFC, will always have a potent offense with Brady at the helm. But the key to this game for New England is forcing turnovers. This defense only forced 18 turnovers in the regular season, good for 25th in the league. And it hasn’t created any turnovers in the postseason. The Eagles’ offense only coughed the ball up twice in the last two games, which is one of the big reasons why they are competing for the Super Bowl title.

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Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is confident Pittsburgh can lock up star running back Le’Veon Bell long-term.
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He has also had injury problems and was suspended three games for missing a drug test in 2016. But after a season in which Bell rushed for 1,291 yards and caught 85 passes for 655 yards, there is no doubt Pittsburgh has had its doubts alleviated.

The salary cap issue is another story and if they can’t figure that out, the Steelers may have to franchise tag him again, which may not go well because Bell has already said he may retire if that happens.

The music video as a whole has a great message attached to it. In the openening scenes it starts off by saying, The budget for this video was $996,631.90. We gave it all away. Don’t tell the label. And throughout the video, Drake is seen giving away money to people in need.

The part featuring Brown was no exception to the generous nature of the film. As the Miami Herald documented, Drake found out about a maid named Odalie Paret. She’s a mother of five who wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to begin her daily commute to work, which can take up to four hours because of the poor transportation system in Miami-Dade County.

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I’ve been waiting a very long time for these Olympics, Vonn said earlier in the week.

Vonn will next compete on Tuesday in the downhill, the race in which she won gold in Vancouver in 2010. She also took the bronze in the super-G in Vancouver.

All of that has come full circle in an Olympic week that saw him win over the media and fans around the world with his sass and pizzazz.

He’s owned these olympics, said Terry Gannon on NBC’s broadcast. He’s made them his.

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McDaniels was being reported as a finalist for the position as early as Jan. 14.

Temperatures and wind chill in the 20s Thursday morning couldn’t keep throngs of Eagles fans from lining Philadelphia streets for the team’s Super Bowl championship parade.

Schools and government buildings, along with businesses, shut down for the affair, which celebrates the Eagles’ first Super Bowl title, a stunning 41-33 victory over the Patriots on Sunday.

The parade began at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue and concluding at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (a.k.a. “the Rocky steps”).

When the parade was over, the players came down the steps in celebration, many of them holding their phones and cameras out to video the crowd.

To the contrary, they spoke collectively and individually after the big win Sunday over the Patriots about how unified they were as a team, along various fronts, at the exact same time some of them confirmed that they had no intention of being “honored” at the White House or of curtailing their activities, much less stopping them.

The lesson, then, should be that in groups as random as the hundred or so personalities in an NFL locker room, everyonehave different views and varied levels of engagement with society and the larger world outside of football … and still coalesce in the game that not only pays them well, but also constantly demands so much physically, mentally and emotionally.

“A quarterback going out on a route?” Foles told reporters after the game. “I was pumped to go over there and talk to Doug [Pederson], and we agreed on it. Like I said, we worked on it for a long time, and we executed it perfectly. That’s probably the best it has looked. So, we hit it at the right time.”

The Colts fired Chuck Pagano on Dec. 31. That was 37 days ago. That was 23 days ago. Obviously McDaniels had other matters to consider during that time. As the Patriots’ OC, it was his job to conjure ideas on how to move the ball past the Titans and the Jaguars and ultimately, though not quite successfully enough, the Eagles.

So the question of whether to leave New England to take over the Colts could not consume his waking hours, but let’s not be coy about this. It’s obvious that wasn’t necessary. He had made up his mind. The Colts stopped searching weeks ago. They were required, under league rules, to wait until the Patriots were finished losing to the Eagles before making it official.nike-youth-cardinals-037

NFL bust Ryan Leaf is finally clawing out of his personal hell

Ryan Leaf is still picking up the pieces of a broken life, years after flaming out of the NFL and serving time behind bars.
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I always believed that because I was a good football player, that made me better than you, and that’s not the case at all, Leaf, 40, said Tuesday during an interview on Ellen.

Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, `Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!

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During warmups, the Indianapolis Colts wore black T-shirts that said We Will on the front and Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity on the back. They locked arms during the anthem.
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Peters, who grew up in Oakland with Lynch, raised a fist during the anthem last season and has mostly taken a seat this year.

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The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, names Eric Weinberger, a former executive producer at NFL Network and current president of Bill Simmons’s media group, as well as Marshall Faulk and Heath Evans, retired football players who provide on-air commentary for the network.

According to the complaint, Weinberger pressed his crotch against her shoulder and asked her to touch it, in addition to sending her several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts and telling her she was put on earth to pleasure me.

Johnson’s average draft position (ADP) saw him selected around the 100th pick.

The national debate about anthem protests, patriotism and unity revolving around the NFL and its players was back on vivid display here Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

In the backcourt, Mario Chalmers (shoulder) is questionable, but Andrew Harrison (shoulder) is probable and could get more minutes than usual if Chalmers sits. Wayne Selden (available in 99.5 percent of leagues) took advantage of the extra opportunity on Saturday, popping for 31 points (11-16 FG, 4-4 FT), 5 3-pointers, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 TO in 26.4 minutes of action.

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“Flag and country first. Football second,” said Rose, adding that he is a Baltimore County police officer. “I’m here. I have season tickets. I called the Ravens and I asked them. I said, ‘Is anybody gonna take a knee this week?’ They said they’re not announcing what the Ravens are doing. I said, ‘Well, this will be the last game I go to if someone takes a knee.’ I’m gonna wear my flag stuff, show my support for the country, support for the flag. I do have my Ravens jersey on, in case no one does.”

Rose said he has family members who are in the military and who are fellow police officers. He’s “all right” if players want to protest, he said, but they should “get in their Hummers, get in their Bentleys” and do it elsewhere.chargers_016

If defense wins championships, then the football Gods will likely have to flip a coin to see who wins this game.

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This is one of the games that would have the potential to turn into one of the most bizarrely entertaining Super Bowls ever. The only bigger mismatch than Nick Foles against the Jaguars defense would be Blake Bortles against the Eagles defense. The Jaguars 10-3 win over the Bills would probably be considered a shootout compared to what might happen if the Jags and Eagles play: We might only see three points the entire game, we could see a kicker win MVP. I’m getting so excited, I’m actually starting to hope this happens.

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