6 first-year eligible football players among Hall of Fame semifinalists

First-year eligibles Ray Lewis and Randy Moss are among 27 semifinalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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The election for the class of 2018 will be held Feb. 3, the day before the Super Bowl, in Minneapolis. Induction ceremonies in Canton, Ohio, will be in August.

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The team hasn’t provided specifics on his condition, but coach Marvin Lewis said at a news conference Monday that the issue is something Fisher has been dealing with for a while.

During one meeting, Jones reminded Goodell of his impatience with the ongoing Elliott inquiry. Behind closed doors, Jones repeated to other owners that the NFL shouldn’t be in the investigative business. Jones knew many owners agreed; Bob Kraft, for example, has complained for years that the league wastes money on seemingly endless player discipline investigations, including a reported $22.5 million on Deflategate. Jones also challenged Goodell’s practice of punishing players who are not charged with crimes, let alone convicted.

Jones didn’t mention Elliott by name, but he didn’t need to.

During an executive session, Goodell left the conference room, and the topic turned to his contract, which expires in March 2019. An extension seemed like a formality; even owners who weren’t pleased with Goodell’s performance wanted him to lead negotiations against the union when the collective bargaining agreement Dennis Johnson Authentic Jersey expires in 2021.

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Carlos Beltran: As a colleague mentioned to me, if Beltran had spent his entire career with one team, he’d be viewed as a no-brainer Hall of Famer, especially when factoring in his .310/.415/.615 line over 63 postseason games.

Miller nearly persuaded seven-time NFL Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis to be a Hilltoppers basketball player, too. And while he’d never call Langford a must-get — recruiting is too fickle and 18-year-olds too capricious to bestow that kind of weight on one player — Miller does not shy away from making clear just how important he considers keeping Indiana talent in Indiana — and, specifically, Bloomington.

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Prescott used to find his mom in the crowd and point to her after every score; now, he points to the sky. He did so in the game against the Packers, when he threw three touchdowns and rushed for another. The Cowboys lost the game, 35-31, on a two-minute rally by Aaron Rodgers, but afterward, team owner Jerry Jones said it was the best game he’d seen Prescott play as a Cowboy, despite the team picking up its third loss of the young season.

There they are, though: 5-2 after a 34-14 thumping of the Raiders.

Tuesday’s trade marks the seventh that Beane has made since being hired in May. In addition to trading Watkins and Jones, he also sent cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles and linebacker Reggie Ragland to the Kansas City Chiefs in the preseason; cornerback Kevon Seymour to the Panthers in September; and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.

“[The trade for Benjamin] probably saves me from getting my tail kicked in, walking in [the locker room],” Beane joked Tuesday. “Those guys are probably getting tired of me moving guys and not bringing anything in.

They sit a half-game behind the Patriots, who beat the Chargers 21-13 Sunday — and Buffalo’s was the more convincing home victory over a struggling AFC West opponent. The Bills have a short-week road game this Thursday, but it’s against the Jets, and a win would tie the Bills with New England at the top of the AFC East with two head-to-head games left.

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The deal did little for the Cowboys in the short term or long term, but it helped the Lions rebuild from a season that would end 0-16. In 40 games over three seasons, Williams caught a total of 94 passes with Dallas. The Cowboys reached the playoffs once in his tenure but lost in the wild-card round. The trade not only included a bounty of draft picks but also a five-year contract extension for Williams that included $20 million in guarantees. The Lions took the picks and selected, among other players, tight end Brandon Pettigrew.ducks-122

Ryan, Falcons slip and slide to 25-20 win over Jets

The football kept slipping out of Matt Ryan’s hands — and the game seemed to be going that way, too, for the Atlanta Falcons.
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Fumbled snaps, dropped passes and a big-time drenching had both squads trying to find their footing, but the Falcons steadied themselves just enough in a driving rain to slide past the New York Jets 25-20 on a soggy Sunday at MetLife Stadium

That was some of the hardest conditions I played just for the length of the game, Ryan said. I have played in situations where we had some heavy rain or tough wind or anything like that for a little bit. From kickoff to the end of the game it was coming down pretty hard.

But first, on the day before his 33rd birthday, in the final moments of the only career he has ever known, he sat on the bench in the depth of his great loss but surrounded by his great victory, and he cried.

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I can’t speak on if he’s been inconsistent or not, or what’s gone on in Carolina this year, Beane said. But I know who the person is and the guys in the locker room will like him. He’s tough, he’s big, he’s got great hands. He knows how to run routes. He can block. He’s going to be way bigger than most of the corners that he faces, so he can help you in the run game there.

Pelton: Fact. Certainly so with the Warriors, who seem to be creating challenges for themselves to keep things interesting. I’d be more willing to entertain concern about the Cavaliers, but assuming Isaiah Thomas gets back to full strength, the version of them we see in the playoffs should be entirely different than the one splitting minutes between Jose Calderon and Iman Shumpert at point guard.

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Speights’ 3-point outburst leads Magic past Pelicans, 115-99

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Speights highlighted an 18-point performance by hitting five of his career-high six 3-pointers during a decisive 22-6 run, and the Orlando Magic soundly defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 115-99 on Monday night.

Speights’ second 3 of the game made it 87-83 in the final minute of the third quarter. He drained four more early in the fourth, after which Orlando led 106-89.

Speights’ previous career high for 3s in a game was four. He said he was apprehensive during the early years of his NBA career to shoot from beyond the 3-point line, but starting doing so more about halfway through his second of three seasons with Golden State.

When I come into the game, I feel like I’m hot, and to be able to have open shots like that, you’ve got to knock them down, Speights said. My teammates did great finding me.

I don’t think they get enough credit defensively. It’s amazing, said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. Whenever we talk about Golden State, we only talk about their offense. And I think their defense is what sets them apart.

Though the Clippers try to run their offense through Blake Griffin, the power forward was quickly doubled whenever he touched the ball down low and struggled to get his shot off.

He finished with 16 points on four of 10 shooting.

They came pretty early, Griffin said. Some teams wait for the first dribble, some teams wait until you have a foot outside the lane. They doubled pretty early and pretty consistently throughout the game.
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The Warriors had 37 assists on the night to 12 turnovers. They outrebounded Los Angeles 46-35 and outshot them, if only 89-86.

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The Mavs hit nine of 14 3-pointers in the first half and the Jazz struggled to defend their drive-and-kick action.

“Just when I thought I could describe Game 2 as my favorite game of all time, I think Game 5 exceeded that and more,” Hinch said. “It’s hard to put into words all the twists and turns in that game, the emotion, doing it at home, in front of our home crowd. Just exactly what you expect to come to the park with [Dallas] Keuchel and Kershaw pitching. Just a perfect setup game for a bunch of runs.”

“It’s great when you can learn some lessons that you need to learn in a win, rather than making some mistakes and have it cost you a game,” Frost said Tuesday.

With or without their head coach, the Knights will be bringing an elite offensive attack that is averaging 51.0 points per game, tops in the nation. The Knights are fifth in the nation in total offense, averaging 529.7 yards per game, and have scored 30 or more points in each of their games this season.

Hood scored 15 of his season-high 25 points in the third quarter to help the Jazz rally to beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-89 on Monday night.

“Just aggressiveness,” Hood said. “My teammates were telling me to be more aggressive. The early foul trouble kind of threw me out of rhythm. Being more in attack mode.

“I knew I was going to get a chance to make an impact. … I knew I was going to get into the flow.”

But Utah came alive in the second half thanks to Hood and a 25-4 run to start the third quarter.

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Warriors blow past Clippers, 141-113, by Curry’s 31 points

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Give the Chargers credit for holding New England to a rash of field goals when the game repeatedly felt like it might spin out of control. After running 40 plays to just 19 for L.A. in the first half, the Patriots managed just six points down the stretch. The Bolts hung around thanks to a pair of missed kicks by New England’s Stephen Gostkowski and a beautiful 24-yard touchdown catch by Chargers wideout Travis Benjamin.

That’s just a big team, man, to be honest, Ball said of why he wasn’t able to make an impact in rebounding and assists like he normally does. [Rudy] Gobert, he is very hard to keep off the glass. Favors as well. They were around the rim constantly, kind of picking up everything.

Why, yes, we have been! Is it possible that this time the suspension is really going to happen this season, perhaps starting this week, and we won’t see Elliott until Week 15? Yes, that is possible. But the lawyers aren’t finished and can still appeal again, so I’ll believe it when I see it.

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The 76ers led 58-56 at halftime.

76ers: SG JJ Redick missed his third straight game with lower back tightness. … PG Markelle Fultz (shoulder) missed his fourth straight game. Fultz is out indefinitely and will be reevaluated in three weeks, the 76ers said Sunday.

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