Sam Bradford shreds Saints defense to spoil Adrian Peterson’s return to Minnesota

If the Vikings are going to become the first NFL team to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium, they’ll need more dominating performances from Sam Bradford like on Monday night.

Bradford, who set a single-season completion record last season, was nearly flawless in a 29-19 win over the Saints in the first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium, host of Super Bowl LII.

And so, FPI looked at the Chiefs’ performance and upgraded its rating of the Kansas City offense in a major way. Last year’s Super Bowl competitors, the Patriots and Falcons, still hold top billing for offensive FPI, at plus-5.3 and plus-5.2, respectively. But the Chiefs now are right behind them, at plus-4.5, a serious threat to any opposing defense.

Kansas City’s defense improved slightly from plus-1.2 to plus-1.7 — and its rank compared to other NFL defenses ticked upward from ninth to sixth — with the performance against New England. When you’re facing an offense quarterbacked by Tom Brady, just keeping them to 27 points is an accomplishment. FPI does not factor in safety Eric Berry’s season-ending Achilles injury, but then again, it also does not factor in other non-QB injuries across the league.

And, of course, don’t sleep on the Chiefs’ top-ranked special teams unit, which Cheap Jerseys China we wrote about in the preseason.

All that improvement means that after just one game, Chiefs Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys fans can be just about certain to see their team play January football this year. Well, according to FPI, 90 percent certain.

Bennett declined to say Wednesday if he has heard anything from Las Vegas police since he released his statement.

Bennett’s news conference ended when he became emotional while talking about how he reminds his daughters every day that they matter. He stopped mid-sentence, tried to compose himself and walked out of the room.

“It’s unfortunate,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said of the incident. “Obviously, I’m happy that he made it out. Day in the life, though. I’m sure, as he said, it’s something that Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys he’s been through before, and hopefully he doesn’t have to go through again.

He said he has retained John Burris, an Oakland, California-based civil rights attorney, to investigate the incident and determine his legal options.

1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots: The Patriots in the regular season are the safest bet in sports. Belichick has won at least 12 regular-season games seven seasons in a Cheap Jerseys America row, at least 10 regular-season games 14 seasons in a row, eight straight AFC East titles and 13 of the past 14. You can’t count on much when you make predictions, but the Patriots winning (and likely dominating) the division feels pretty sound.

2. Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers: Truth be told, McCarthy has almost no chance to win this award unless the Packers put up a monster 14-2 or 15-1 season; we expect the Packers to be good, and Coach of the Year voters don’t generally award coaches on teams they expect to be good. That could apply to Belichick, too.

3. Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders: Del Rio was a strong candidate for this award last year, when the Raiders were surprisingly great. The way he has built this team’s winning attitude in a short period of time deserves some recognition. He’ll be a popular candidate if the Raiders go 12-4 again, though he’d likely lose to someone we didn’t see coming.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is helping fans forget about Gordon Hayward’s departure

Jazz fans took a blow July 4 when Gordon Hayward slowly made his exit from Salt Lake City. But Donovan Mitchell turning into the darling of the NBA Summer League is just the glimpse of hope those fans need to forget Hayward’s departure — at least for the time being.

Mitchell dazzled in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday with 38 points, eight steals, and 16 trips to the free-throw line. (Video via Dawkins)

This is Mitchell’s biggest performance since he debuted with 23 points in the Utah summer league.

We know it’s only summer league, and these performances only matter so much. But Mitchell is showing off skills most didn’t know he had at Louisville, which should excite Jazz fans.

Rather than having full and 20-second timeouts, all timeouts will be 75 seconds. The league also cut timeouts available in overtime periods from three to two.

Goodbye to the under-nine minute timeout in the second and fourth quarters. Hello to more flow at the end of games — we hope.

There has been a problem with game length over the last few years, with some games extending to be nearly three hours long. But this new trim on time may have a substantial impact on the way teams around the league manage the game.

Minute management just became a lot more difficult. Coaches have built-in systems where they plug and play different players while managing the minutes of their starters. But with two fewer timeouts, coaches will have to make difficult decisions on how they substitute their starters and how long they can stay out of the game.

Coaches can still rely on dead balls to make substitutions. But let’s say one team goes on a 10-2 run without its star player on the floor over the last two minutes of the half. Calling a timeout Cheap Qld NBA Jerseys to stop the bleeding late in the quarter costs a team much more with Cheap Pirates Jerseys fewer timeouts at their disposal.

The NBA’s cut on timeouts will alter coaching strategy around the league

Over the last few years, the NBA has searched for ways to speed up the game. This latest one is the most significant of them all.

The NBA’s Board of Governors voted to reduce the maximum number of timeouts allowed per game for teams from 18 to 14, per a press release from the NBA.

In addition, during the last three minutes of a game, teams will be limited to two team timeouts each instead of the previous rule that allowed three per team in the last two minutes.

Miles can also tackle the wing defense assignments DeRozan won’t take, though he’s only an average defender.

The only negative is this deal does ensure that Toronto cannot exceed more than about $125 million in team salary this season. Moving Carroll’s $14.8 million salary to Brooklyn does give the Raptors some breathing room in filling out their roster, but that will limit their flexibility.

The Pacers don’t seem terribly interested in a full-on rebuild, so snagging Joseph for a player that was leaving anyway is a nice move. Joseph is a versatile player that can handle the ball or play off other ball-handlers. He thrived next to Kyle Lowry and held the fort in the second half of the year with him sidelined.

Expect to see Joseph playing minutes with Darren Collison, Lance Stephenson, and Victor Oladipo at different points of the game.

Toronto, however, could move on from Joseph knowing the backup point guard position is in good hands with Wright. When Lowry went down in the second half of the season, Wright received more Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys minutes and even outplayed Joseph at times. The two Cheap MLB Jerseys Free Shipping are similar players, but Wright is slightly better off the ball and under team control on his rookie contract for two more seasons. With the Raptors facing a luxury-tax payment, that cost difference was important.

It would appear that LeBron is MAD. Good luck to you, Kyrie.

With both Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston entering unrestricted free agency this summer, Golden State had to handle business. But that business could have been held up had Durant decided not to take a pay cut.

The absolute max the Warriors could have offered Durant would have started at a $34.5 million salary next season. But Golden State needed to have that much money in cap space to sign him, which would have inhibited the team’s ability to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston.

Instead, his max this season was his Non-Bird max of $31.8 million. From that amount, he took a $6.8 million cut and commanded a $25 million Year 1 salary.

That pay cut allowed Golden State to give Livingston three years at $24 million and shovel up $48 million over three years for Iguodala, keeping the integral reserves for a championship run intact.

More Chronicles of Kyrie stuff: Zach Lowe’s deep-dive on the options and pitfalls out there on the trade market. The ESPN crew’s tick-tock of how Kyrie came to this place. Chris Herring’s analysis of Kyrie’s best role. What Kyrie’s request says about LeBron. Kevin Love has the best no-comment on this ordeal. Kevin O’Connor looks at the chain reaction of impacts.

Lost in the aftermath of the Chronicles of Kyrie: John Wall signed a designated player extension that should keep him in D.C. through 2023. Huge win for Cheap Kings Jerseys the Wizards.

Pau Gasol’s deal with the Spurs is basically two years, $32 million with a little more guaranteed in a third year. I don’t get it. Why did the Spurs convince Pau to opt out if they were just going to give him the same amount of money but tack on an extra year? This hurts San Antonio’s ability to Cheap Jordan Jerseys compete for top free agents in 2018. Is this the rare misstep from Buford and Popovich?

Minnesota traded Ricky Rubio to Utah to clear enough space to make big splashes in free agency

Though he’s getting up there in age, Gibson is a coach’s dream. He’s a terrific defender that is quick enough to guard most power forwards, tough enough to bang with bulky centers, and long enough to protect the rim. He gets the job done no matter how many minutes he plays. The Cheap Jerseys Rugby Bulls and Thunder both wanted younger players to play over him — Nikola Mirotic, Domantas Sabonis — but Gibson beat both out to secure the lion’s share of the power forward minutes.

Gibson is a throwback player without three-point range, but he is a proficient mid-range shooter and can punish smaller players in the post with tough moves. He’s a much better defensive player than Dieng, actually outrebounded him last year (especially on the offensive glass), and can be just as accurate in the mid-range area. For a team that needs to improve its defense, Gibson is a much better fit in the starting lineup.

Minnesota traded Ricky Rubio to Utah to clear enough space to make big splashes in free agency, then came away with Jeff Teague and Gibson. That’s a decent haul, but the Wolves haven’t solved their perimeter shooting woes and still have several bench holes on their roster to fill. Minnesota appears to be out of the Paul Millsap sweepstakes as well, though clearing enough cap space or agreeing to a sign-and-trade arrangement to land him was always a long shot.

Brooklyn has a history of swinging and missing on restricted free agents, and this Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal summer is no different. The Nets threw massive offer sheets at Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson last summer, and those were matched. Porter’s was, too.

But now, Brooklyn can shift its efforts to signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who was a restricted free agent before the Pistons renounced his rights and made him unrestricted.

We’re going to have a talented team competing to make the playoffs.

Giroux himself was snake-bitten in his final 47 games, mustering only four goals. That, and his steady decline in scoring the past four seasons, caused the center to become the focus of offseason trade buzz . Giroux acknowledged the rumors to Sporting News Canada by saying, “they were just that,” rumors.

Now, with a deep prospect pool set to overflow onto the NHL roster, the Flyers have reason to believe 2017-18 will be a more successful season.

“We’re going to have a young team, we know that” Giroux said. “We’re going to have a talented team competing to make the playoffs.”

Though the Avalanche were plenty active, selling off four players in all Wednesday, the league’s worst team opted to hold on to star forward Matt Duchene, the apple of the NHL’s eye and Colorado’s most precious asset, with little in the way of big names changing teams before the window closed at 3 p.m. ET.

Duchene was linked to a number of suitors through the rumor mill. The 26-year-old is a lame duck in the Avs’ lost season as the franchise aims to hit the reset button. Duchene’s two contract years remaining ($6 million AAV) made him an intriguing option for contenders thinking beyond this season, particularly the Canadiens, but this deal will wait until the summer, much to the disappointment of trade deadline enthusiasts.

Even without the big fish, Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin was busy reworking his roster as the franchise attempts to save face and avert a second-half collapse.

Who are the Canadiens? It’s possible Bergevin doesn’t even know the NFL Jerseys Outlet answer. One of the NHL’s best teams in 2016 was among its worst in January and February as the Habs lost their grip on the Atlantic Division. They added a considerable amount of size and sandpaper Nike NFL Jerseys Supply to the bottom six in Ott, King and Martinsen, and bolstered defensive depth with additions of Jordie Benn and Brandon Davidson pre-deadline day. Montreal is 4-2 since hiring Claude Julien as coach and has re-opened its division lead.

Longtime NHL coach, GM Bryan Murray dead at 74

Longtime NHL coach and GM Bryan Murray died Saturday, the NHL confirmed, after a long battle with colon cancer during which he became a passionate spokesman for awareness and prevention of the disease. He was 74.

Murray coached 18 seasons with the Capitals, Red Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Senators, and his 620 wins are 12th all-time among league coaches. He also served as GM for the Red Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Senators.

The All-Star weekend festivities will be held in Los Angeles at Staples Center, home of the Kings. It’s the third time L.A. has hosted the NHL All-Star game, and the first time since 2002.

The All-Star Skills Competition will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. The skills competitions include: Fastest Skater, Breakaway Challenge, Accuracy Shooting, Challenge Relay, Hardest Shot and Shootout.

“With the passing of Mike Ilitch, the Red Wings have lost the consummate owner, the National Hockey League has lost a cherished friend and passionate builder, Detroit sports has lost a legend, and the city of Detroit has lost not only a devoted native son but a visionary and driving force in the rebirth of downtown,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.

And in the Oscar Mayer NHL Hardest Shot competition, two-time defending Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap champion Shea Weber came in as the heavy favorite, and he did not disappoint. The Canadiens defenseman clocked 102.8 mph to win the competition. Winnipeg Jets star Patrik Laine finished second in the overall competition with a shot of 101.7 mph. No one else touched triple digits on the radar gun, although Blue Jackets Cheap Jerseys Elite defenseman Seth Jones hit 98.1 on the radar and the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin popped at 97.8 mph.

U.S. captures world junior gold from Canada in another instant classic

Troy Terry’s penchant for heroics paid off for the United States national junior team once more, only this time it meant gold.

Terry scored the winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout Thursday as the Americans stunned host Canada for gold in the 2017 World Junior Championship.

Team USA twice erased two-goal deficits to force another instant classic overtime between the rival nations, winning its fourth gold medal in tournament history and third since 2010.

Terry, a fifth-round draft pick by the Ducks in 2015, also netted shootout goals on all three of his attepts in Wednesday’s thrilling semifinal win over Russia to reach the gold medal game. Though he’ll live on in USA Hockey lore for his winners, it was goalie Tyler Parsons who should get the credit.

Parsons, a Flames prospect, made 46 saves in regulation and overtime. Then, after Terry scored in the shootout, Parsons turned aside Canada’s Anthony Cirelli and Nicolas Roy on a pair of outrageous stops to seal the victory for the U.S.

In 2016, the Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw was suspended one Stanley Cup playoff game for directing a homophobic slur at someone on the ice during Game 4 of Chicago’s series against the St. Louis Blues. The league acted swiftly, saying Shaw needed to be held accountable for his actions and Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping that this type of talk needed to be rooted out of the game. For a league that has had a longstanding relationship with You Can Play, the punishment doled out seemed consistent with and appropriate for the NHL’s stance.

But a year later, the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf was fined $10,000 for directing a homophobic Cheap MLB Jerseys From China slur at a referee during Game 4 of the 2017 Western Conference Final, spared of a suspension entirely.

Leafs kids: Let’s see Matthews, Marner, Nylander and Co. do it again in 2017-18

Connor McDavid averaged more than a point per game as a rookie, then led the NHL in scoring, won the Hart Trophy and helped Edmonton make the postseason for the first time in over a decade in his second year, and that made the superstar center the highest-paid player in the league this summer.

Matthews and Marner are both entering the second year of their contracts and likely will seek new deals next July, while Nylander has a year left on his ELC and will be a restricted free agent in 2018. If each progresses in his second year, all three could be signed to long-term extensions next summer.

So, financial incentive is there for the Leafs’ young Big Three, not to mention the desire of the entire roster to take the next step as contenders in the Eastern Conference.

We’ll find out soon enough if the youngsters again can lead the way in Toronto.

In a decision sure to rankle players and fans, the NHL announced Monday it will not pause its 2017-18 regular season to allow participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics, ending months of speculation and oft-contentious negotiation with the International Olympic Committee.

The NHL Players’ Association responded in kind hours later with a NFL Jerseys Paypal strongly worded statement expressing a collective disappointment in the “shortsighted decision” and condemning the league for a perceived disrespect of its players’ wishes.

“The players are extraordinarily disappointed and adamantly disagree with the NHL’s shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the Olympics,” the statement began. “Any sort of inconvenience the Olympics may cause next season’s schedule is a small price to pay compared to Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys the opportunity to showcase our game and our greatest players on this enormous international stage.”