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Around here they call him Tony Pomo.

Yes, it rhymes with Romo.

“But there’s more to it than that,” Roberto García Arrelious Benn Authentic Jersey points out, using his right hand to mimic what one would do while taking a swig of alcohol.

See, García explains, pomo is slang for a bottle of hard liquor. And Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys star who is now a backup quarterback, has long reminded many a Mexican NFL fan — García included — of a man who has consumed a lot of, well, pomo. You know, because of all the injuries.

“He’s always down,” García said, laughing. “He’s always out of commission.”

Johnson wasn’t always perfect — he and partner Lindsay Arnold made a big mistake in the Viennese Waltz on his first dance of the night — but his improvement as a dancer was obvious throughout the season.

“Without a doubt,” judge Len Goodman said, “the most improved dancer in this final.”

On the final Monday of competition, Johnson and Arnold scored 75 of 80 points — a 35 for the Viennese Waltz, and then, in his final dance of the night, a perfect 40 of 40 in the freestyle.

Arnold said she doesn’t trust many professional dancers to do some of the lifts she let Johnson Arthur Brown Authentic Jersey do on Monday night. That’s how much she has grown to trust Johnson, and with good reason.

That Johnson had made it this far was shocking to most people, even though he showed some potential the first few weeks of the competition. Considering he had rarely danced before — he didn’t even dance when he scored touchdowns for the Lions — being a finalist is a pretty impressive achievement for the 31-year-old.

Cleveland and New York meet each other again on Dec. 7

“Sometimes Phil just says things and he says the first thing that comes to mind and then probably is in his office right now regretting it. I don’t know. When it comes to Phil, you just never know what’s going to be said, what’s coming out. It depends on who’s listening. People take it the right way or people take it the wrong way. You just never know when it comes to Phil. I just don’t understand him talking about LeBron right now, in November. I don’t understand that.”
This isn’t the first time Jackson’s launched venom James’ way. In 2015, he labeled LeBron one of the reasons NBA players lack structure.

“I watch LeBron James, for example,” Jackson said to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck. “He Chris Sabo Authentic Womens Jersey might [travel] every other time he catches the basketball if he’s off the ball. He catches the ball, moves both his feet. You see it happen all the time. There’s no structure, there’s no discipline, there’s no ‘How do we play this game’ type of attitude. And it goes all the way through the game. To the point where now guys don’t screen—they push guys off with their hands.”
Cleveland and New York meet each other again on Dec. 7.

DeRozan takes a whole lot of shots in general, but the fact that’s he’s able to outshoot entire teams in the mid-range so far this season speaks to how far the NBA has shied away from that area. Those shots aren’t usually as efficient as a layup or three-pointer, but they are for DeRozan.

There’s more to DeRozan’s act than just being the The Lone (Mid) Ranger, of course. He gets to the line 10 times per game so far, and his 5.8 made shots within five feet of the basket puts him No. 29 in the league.

But try to convince me that a player that hasn’t cracked the top 25 in shots made around the rim and doesn’t make three-pointers is leading the NBA in scoring, and I’d laugh in your face. As the modern NBA hones in on long balls and rim attacks, DeRozan’s first nine games have been a glorious, remarkable outlier.

Toronto is as good as they’ve ever been in franchise history — and they didn’t even see it coming, almost Dave Concepcion Authentic Womens Jersey blowing up the team before they started winning everything back in 2013. They’ll happily take another loss in the conference finals, even if they’d love to have more. You have to feel a little sympathy that maybe the Raptors would have a better chance if it wasn’t for James. But in the end, there’s nothing they can do. He’s just so good, as is the team in Cleveland around him.

Welcome back to the Eastern Conference. It’s pretty much the same as last year, with the Cavaliers on top, and that’s totally fine.

Minnesota beat the Hornets by 12 points in the first, second and fourth quarter on Tuesday. But that wasn’t enough for a win, because the Timberwolves lost the third quarter by 19.

Can Harden or Westbrook achieve ‘Tiny’ feat?

Nate Archibald is watching James Harden and Russell Westbrook closely. He finds himself talking about them with increasing frequency.

The NBA legend universally known as Tiny, ?most of all, is rooting for one of them to do what only Archibald has done in this game: Lead the league in both scoring and assists in the same season.

Yet he’s convinced that Harden and Westbrook, like Travis Swanson Authentic Womens Jersey Archibald himself some 43 years ago, aren’t consciously trying to pull a Tiny.

Record-book glory, he insists, is just the unintended bonus.

Remember our encylopedia-length Weekend Dimes back in the day? On Fridays, whenever the schedule allows, we like to try to recapture the spirit of the WD thing with a mini Son of Weekend Dime … because you know what nostalgic saps we are here at Stein Line Live.
“It wasn’t by design when I did it,” Archibald told ESPN.com by phone this week, harking back to his 1972-73 season with the Kansas City/Omaha Kings, when he averaged 34.0 points and 11.4 assists.

Kovalev interrupted, saying, “He spent $400,000. I counted.”

Duva loved what she saw from Kovalev in the Boone rematch, but just to be sure she asked Hall of Fame promoter and matchmaker Russell Peltz, her close business associate, who was at the fight, for his take. With Peltz’s glowing approval, Duva signed Kovalev. Four fights later, Kovalev made his HBO debut, going to Wales and destroying Nathan Cleverly inside four rounds to win a world title.

“The fact that other promoters passed on Sergey blows my mind,” Duva said. “We Tyrunn Walker Authentic Womens Jersey took one look at him that night and I still remember the look on Russell Peltz’s face. I said, ‘Oh, God, thank you, thank you!'”

Duva’s company, founded in 1978 by her late husband Dan, promoted many big stars, including Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Fernando Vargas and Arturo Gatti. But the company was in need of a new centerpiece and she found one that night in Kovalev.

“It must have been my husband in heaven,” she said. “I knew what to do with Sergey. They say the elements of success are drive, having a chip on your shoulder and someone who can make the system work for you. Sergey’s got a great big chip on his shoulder. He has more drive than I’ve ever seen. And I know how to make the system work. I just needed that talent and there he is.”

Duva convinced HBO to get on the bandwagon and Kovalev, known as “Krusher” for his devastating power, has been unstoppable, rising up the pound-for-pound list, notching impressive victories against former world champion Jean Pascal (twice) and beating Bernard Hopkins easily to unify three world titles. But what was it that Klimas saw in Kovalev during the uncertain times that convinced him this project wasn’t a waste of time?

LeBron James takes on Phil Jackson’s ‘special treatment’ comment

A sanguine start to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season — a few weeks full of wins, record-setting shooting and utopian unity among its defending-champion roster — was interrupted by the 71-year-old president of the New York Knicks who has been paid more than $25 million to have his team lose twice as many games as it has won since he was hired in March 2014.

Phil Jackson’s comments about the “special Authentic Ryan Clady Jersey treatment” of LeBron James and his “posse” bounced from New York, to Los Angeles, to Cleveland, back to New York again. And James was left sitting in a half-empty locker room at Quicken Loans Arena trying to piece together what just happened.

“What does that mean?” James asked ESPN, referring Authentic Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey to Jackson’s assertion that the 14-year veteran receives special treatment. “I want to know what that means, though.”

“I never liked standing out, LeBron James said. “I’m an only child. I always wanted like brothers around me all the way from when I started playing ball.”

James’ coach, Tyronn Lue, had a hard time figuring it out, too. Before the Cavs’ 121-117 win over the Toronto Raptors extended Cleveland’s record to an East-best 9-1 on Tuesday, Lue shot down Jackson’s notion.

“He hasn’t asked for special treatment,” Lue said. “We treat everyone the same around here. Everyone grown men, we treat everyone the same, and LeBron has never come to me and asked for special treatment or to do anything different.”

For his part, Hoiberg has repeatedly praised the chemistry of his new-look team early in this campaign. The young coach seems much more at ease with his players this season, underscored by the brief exchanges with the team football.

“It’s huge to have chemistry,” Hoiberg said. “When you’re out there playing for your teammate, when you’re having fun with your teammate, it’s a lot easier game to play. I think when you have that chemistry, it breeds confidence. And this game is a lot easier to play when you have that as opposed to going out there and playing timid.”

Few Bulls players are timid when they come in contact with the football. Each player, it seems, believes he is better than what his teammates believe — which increases the trash talking within the group. As he did with Team USA, Butler loves telling his teammates how good of a wide receiver he is.

“I will embarrass you,” Butler said to a couple of teammates after a recent practice. “I will embarrass you on the football field.”

In quieter moments, Butler acknowledges he probably couldn’t make it in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he’s not the best football player on his own team. The bravado he has while discussing his football prowess with teammates is even more grandiose than his confidence on the basketball floor.

Coach Jason Garrett, Romo’s BFF, had no choice but to bench Romo

In the offseason, he’ll be released or traded and allowed to resurrect his career as a starter.

Coach Jason Garrett, Romo’s BFF, had no choice but to bench Romo. He preaches the importance of a football team being a meritocracy.

He talks about the importance of players earning their role on the team every day with their preparation, practice and performance. There’s Robert Alford Authentic Womens Jersey no way he could bench Prescott.

A decade ago, Romo was the young guy who dazzled a city with his superior play and infectious personality. Now, it’s Prescott.

He has done it with superb play and a humble attitude. He has been deferential to Romo while earning a leadership position with his performance.

The latest example occurred Sunday, when Ryan Schraeder Authentic Womens Jersey Prescott twice led the Cowboys from behind in the final two minutes.

“Bill said to me, ‘What are you doing?’ I had just heard enough. Wolf Blitzer was talking so fast it hurt my brain.

“I sent my staff a riff earlier in the day from George Carlin about not voting. If you vote, you are responsible for what you get.”

Phil Jackson is, of course, a president of a different kind. He’s in control of the New York Knicks and fully endorses the notion that if his platform doesn’t pan out, he will assume responsibility.

Jackson sat down for an exclusive interview with ESPN.com the morning after the election to discuss Derrick Rose, the triangle, Carmelo Anthony’s activism and Gregg Popovich’s “asterisk.”

Jackie MacMullan: You have been under siege since you’ve taken over the Knicks, which has been different for you. In your coaching travels you’ve been all but untouchable. How have you handled the adversity?

Phil Jackson: I knew the parameters of what would go on from years of playing in series against the Knicks. I remember all the barbs. It’s a process of sticking to my beliefs and being able to say, ‘Whatever.’ This is what I was hired to do. I’m going to follow the plan and if it doesn’t work out, it will be evident.

Pittsburgh is starting left tackle Alejandro Villanueva

There’s usually a correlation between the teams with the best offensive lines in the league — Dallas, Oakland, Atlanta — and the worst.

And as the season heads into its second half, the spotlight will shine on undrafted free-agent left tackles who have a disproportionate amount Dougie Hamilton Youth Jersey of pressure on them as they try to protect their quarterback’s blind side.

In Washington, starting left tackle Trent Williams — who some NFL coaches believe is the best unsung tackle in the league — will start a four-game suspension Sunday, leaving the Redskins to rely on Ty Nsekhe, an undrafted free agent from Texas State who now is on his fourth NFL team.

In Arizona, starting left tackle Jared Veldheer is out for the year with a torn triceps, leaving the Cardinals to start John Wetzel, an undrafted free agent from Boston College who also is on his fourth team.

Gordon is No. 3 in the NFL in rushing with 792 yards, and Ajayi is No. 6 with 646 yards. Both tall and agile athletes, the two share a physical, hard-charging running style complemented by speed to break loose in the open field.

Gordon and Ajayi developed a friendship while training together Jake DeBrusk Youth Jersey for the draft two years ago in nearby Carlsbad, California, at the EXOS training facility.

“I look at him as a brother,” Ajayi said about Gordon. “It’s going to be fun going against him as the matchup this week. We talked yesterday (Tuesday), and we talk quite often. So it’s going to be fun. I can’t wait.”

And that brotherhood has continued over the years. Gordon said he stayed at Ajayi’s house in Florida this year while rehabbing from knee surgery this offseason, and he took a trip to London to visit Ajayi’s native England.

Not at tight end, where Rob Gronkowski pretty much plays every snap and Martellus Bennett comes off only in the 3-WR/1-TE/1-RB grouping. and not at wide receiver, where Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan are locked in as No. 1 and 2 with Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell splitting reps in the No. 3 role. So the one position to watch is RB, where Dion Lewis is close to returning to game action, which could come as soon as Sunday against the Seahawks. The Patriots have planned to take it slow with Lewis, but he could eventually cut into some of James White’s snaps.

Stafford is having his best season ever

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Before 2005, Linehan was the O.C. with the Minnesota Vikings, and directed a high-scoring offense with Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss. As he installed our offense in Miami, you could clearly see his philosophy at work. He wanted to attack the defense down the field as much as possible. He loved the big play. He was aggressive, and many short routes were converted to “go” routes versus press coverage. He felt that if a defense was going to come up and play bump-and-run coverage, it was an offense’s duty to attack them down the field.

He had plenty of luck with this philosophy in Minnesota with Moss and Culpepper. The strong-armed quarterback could throw it a mile, and Moss was unstoppable in his prime.

After failing as a head coach in Bruce Bochy Jersey St. Louis, Linehan was hired to coach the Stafford-Megatron combination, which would go on to produce huge numbers. Stafford had the strong arm of Culpepper, and Megatron was as close to Moss as you could find in the NFL. In 2012, the combination created the best season for a wide receiver in NFL history, as Johnson finished with 1,964 receiving yards. The only problem: the Lions won four games. Stafford’s big arm and Megatron’s absurd performance meant nothing in the win column.

Jump to four years later, and Stafford is having his best season ever. He’s also without Megatron for the first time in his career. So was Johnson the problem? Obviously not, as he was one of the best wide receivers in the league during the last decade.

I believe the real problem was that the previous coaching staffs spent way too much time trying to maximize Megatron’s talent, and this, in turn, slowed Stafford’s progress. While the Lions quarterback has always had a strong arm and a gunslinger’s mentality, we’re learning in 2016 that he’s a significantly more well-rounded quarterback. As he enters the Buster Posey Jersey second half of his career, he’s winning games with his head as much as his arm. You’d never use the term “game manager” with Stafford, but he was exactly that in his huge win versus the Vikings on Sunday.

Stephen Curry drained an NBA single-game record 13 3-pointers during Monday’s win over the Pelicans

On Monday night, he was Stephen Curry as we came to know him last season, firing with equal parts abandon and accuracy. In this game, a few of his 13 3-pointers came off broken plays and flubbed passes — questionable, reflexive answers to chaos. On this night, he was bringing back the potency of “bad” shots. Nobody else attempts as many or makes Paul McQuistan Jersey as many. He has the green light on a road nobody else dares drive.

It’s all enough to distract from how the Warriors lost a 21-point lead to the (now 0-and-7) Pelicans, before Curry provided the final push. Certain issues continue to nag. What was presumed to be super team dominance actually looks more like a fidgety process of finding what works.

Less expected was that so much of Curry would Paul Richardson Jersey be needed to fight off a quite defeated New Orleans squad. In any event, a game after he did not register a triple, Curry seized his rightful place in the record books, finishing with 46 points on 26 shots, aided by only one made free throw.

If it wasn’t for Klay Thompson’s struggles, we might have been talking about the reigning, two-time MVP headed into this one. Curry had not been bad so far this season, but also had not quite been himself, either. At times he has been hesitant, deferential to Kevin Durant’s groove.

Against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, he was simply way off, going 0-of-10 from deep. “My process is the same but I had another level of focus the last two days,” Curry said of bouncing back from his bad game in L.A. “Just trying to get my rhythm back and see the ball go in. Our assistant coach [Bruce Fraser] had a couple good days of work and thankfully it translated to some success tonight.”

For Curry to be Curry, some shots have to be “bad.” Take the flick of insanity he tried with 19 seconds on the shot clock, around the four-minute mark of the second quarter. Led by an overly ambitious pass from Thompson, Curry pushed the ball between two defenders, and, then, from 26 feet, pulled. The box score listed the make as a “running jump shot” from 26 feet, because that’s indeed what it was.

The cobbles are something special

The cobbles are something special – and is Vincenzo Nibali, who possesses the all-round ability to win the Tour de Lars Boom of the Belkin Pro Cycling enters the final section of cobbles en route to victory stage five of Tour de on July 9. Photograph: Pensinger Getty After the Grand Départ Yorkshire and the success of the Women’s Tour, it is hard to predict what comes next for cycling the UK. There seems to be no limit to what can be done – bringing the Tour Tyrod Taylor Authentic Womens Jersey through London on a Monday was immense feat – and the public appetite for watching cycling seems insatiable. The trick now is to use the momentum to move from being a cycling nation to one where we can send our kids out on bikes relative security. the wake of Chris Froome’s departure, the question of whether Sir Wiggins should have been selected for Sky remains open. But the call that Sir Brailsford got wrong was leaving Peter Kennaugh at home, given that the Manxman rode to victory this week the Tour of Austria, and that a week after winning the national championship. Unless it was all a Machiavellian plan to spur him to success, which case it clearly worked. The Zach Brown Authentic Womens Jersey infrequent use of the cobbles of Northern the Tour is partly what makes them special, but too is the fact that something significant always happens when the race goes over them. This year was no exception – fact the rain made the cobbles even more spectacular – and it could be that on 27 July we look back and figure that this year the race was won on a stage without a single climb. It has been a while since there have been four French riders the first eight overall at this phase of the race, but 2014 has the makings of impressive Tour for the home riders, what with one stage win to date for Blel Kadri and one day spent the yellow jersey for Gallopin. While be feeling the effects of a tough Giro d’Italia, the two other up and coming stars, Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot, look set for placings the top 10, while Bardet is pushing for the podium. The green jersey is the Slovak’s to lose, as he has a 131-point lead over the French sprinter Coquard, who clearly cannot match him over the climbs. On Monday Sagan again showed his skill over the mountains when he broke away early on to earn points the intermediate sprint, while his run of high placings the first seven days – never lower than fifth – shows rare consistency. If at times he shows tactical naivety, he should take a stage win, perhaps as early as Oyonnax. This looks set to be the Manx sprinter’s leanest season since 2007; the decision to focus much on the Tour now looks misguided. Next year he hits 30, and the competition is getting stronger. Three stage wins the first four days for Kittel makes it clear who is now the fastest man on the block. The Tour used to have a set structure – a series of flat stages dominated by sprinters, and mountain or time-trial set pieces where the overall race was won. Recently the organisers have looked for roads that allow the riders to race aggressively, and this year it seems to have worked, with only three old-school bunch sprints far. new sponsorship announcements are not common pro cycling these days, cooking extraction system company BORA’s confirmation that they back NetApp-Endura for five years is welcome itself. On top of Kittel’s coronation as the fastest sprinter cycling and ‘s storming form, it confirms a renewal German cycling after seven dire years which sponsors have dropped out, largely due to doping scandals. Few Tours have seen many stars depart due to crashes early the race – Cavendish after one stage, the defending champion Chris Froome after four and a bit, Contador after 10 days. One estimate is that there have been around 50 crashes this year. It sounds a lot, but each year the opening phase is peppered with massive pile-ups, and this year has proved to be no exception to the rule. Last year’s Giro d’Italia clearly demonstrated the Sicilian’s all-round abilities – time-trialling strongly, dominating the mountains, always up to the tactically – but the past 10 days have shown that he can race over cobbles, and that – the Sheffield stage particular – he possesses a well-honed instinct for the perfect moment to attack. His physical superiority is not serious doubt, nor is his tactical awareness. The only issue the remaining week and a half is whether his team be up to the task of controlling the race.

Vikings OC Norv Turner resigns, says it’s in “best interest” of team

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner resigned Wednesday, following the team’s second straight loss.

“I have tremendous respect for [head coach] Mike Zimmer, our coaching staff and our players and at this time I think it is in the best interest of the team to Ernie Stautner Authentic Womens Jersey step down,” Turner said in a statement. “I thank the Wilf family for my time here in Minnesota and want to see our players and coaches achieve success.”

Marshall said he’s “excited” for the rematch because, “I owe him one.”

This will be an emotional game for Marshall, who was traded by the Dolphins in 2012 after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. This will be his first game at Hard Rock Stadium since the trade. He said the game means a lot to him because he believes he was treated Franco Harris Authentic Womens Jersey unfairly by the media and fans in South Florida.

But his No. 1 focus will be Maxwell, who was traded to the Dolphins in the offseason.

“They traded for him to stop me, so I’m excited for this matchup,” Marshall said.

When they met early last season at MetLife Stadium, the Eagles won the game, but Marshall dominated his matchup with Maxwell, finishing with 10 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Maxwell was called for two holding penalties en route to an 11-penalty season.

Marshall said Maxwell hasn’t changed.

“Still the same guy, still the same player,” he said. “Holds every single play.