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The Nowitzki family’s next trip to Africa might include Nowitzki playing in a basketball game

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Elite Kids Peter Forsberg Jersey “We didn’t go there originally, but they knew,” Doc says. “When you go to school, the kids tell you.”

He didn’t specifically mention Martin Luther King in trying to navigate the complicated burden of race with his young children. Maybe, he says, he should have.

“But my message came from what Dr. King stood for,” Doc says. “So much of that involved mental toughness. Austin has needed some of that. He’s been called every name in the book — black, white, Mexican — he’s heard it all.”

The father’s advice to his son had a familiar ring to it: Turn away. Don’t respond. The minute you respond, they win. Grady’s advice to Glenn, born from Dr. King’s teachings, was now being passed from Glenn to Austin.

“We don’t want them to just grow up [in Dallas]. We were gone for three months this past summer. We want to show them different cultures, different languages so they can grow up, become educated and make educated decisions when they’re older on where they want to live, what they want to do.”

The Nowitzki family’s next trip to Africa might include Nowitzki playing in a basketball game.
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The NBA and the National Basketball Players’ Association hosted the first NBA game in Johannesburg on Aug. 1, 2015. Nowitzki wanted to play, but didn’t because he was previously committed to attend a friend’s wedding as best man. Several sources expect another NBA exhibition game to take place in Africa this summer. If so, Nowitzki would like to play in it.

“I’m trying to pull it off. I heard it was a great event to go to,” Nowitzki said.

Marc J. Spears is the senior NBA writer for The Undefeated. He used to be able to dunk on you, but he hasn’t been able to in years and his knees still hurt.

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Rams CB E.J. Gaines reportedly out for season with foot injury

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St. Louis Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines will miss the entire 2015 season after undergoing foot surgery, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Gaines suffered a Lisfranc injury early in training camp when a teammate stepped on his foot. He did not play in the Rams’ first preseason game against the Raiders Friday night.

Jenkins and Johnson, both entering their fourth season in the league, are solid players, but Gaines’ injury is still a big loss for the Rams.

So, that left 28 upstart breakout-type running backs vying for a place at or near the top of their roster’s depth charts in reality and on fantasy football teams. Of those 28, exactly half (14) of them got more than 50 carries during the season, with ten of them breaking the 4.0 yards per carry mark (meaning, most kept pace with their preseason performances). I don’t know if a 50% “hit” rate on my benchmarks is good or bad, but that’s about where I landed.

Of course, if we’re talking about true “breakout” players, we need to narrow this list down to the cream of the crop.

Hill came in to Cincy as a second-round pick and made a quick impression, capped by a solid outing in preseason Week 4 against the Colts where he carried the ball 20 times for 90 yards while adding six catches for 70 yards. He eventually unseated Giovanni Bernard as the starter for the Bengals, finishing the second half of the season as the NFL’s second-leading rusher in that timeframe behind only DeMarco Murray (775 yards in Weeks 9-17).

The undrafted rookie out of Buffalo had an impressive preseason for the Chargers — 64 yards on seven carries in Week 1 then 71 yards on 16 carries in Week 4. When Danny Woodhead went down for the year, Oliver got his shot. He made the most of it, showing surprising power on his way to a team-high 582 rushing yards at 3.6 YPC. His average gain per carry was a little disappointing but he made up for that with 36 catches for 271 yards and a touchdown.



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Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls ran 27 times for 161 yards

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In his first postseason game, Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls ran 27 times for 161 yards.
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He was asked what it meant to break Marshawn Lynch’s franchise record for rushing yards in a playoff game.

“It means a lot. Marshawn? Marshawn Lynch?” Rawls said before taking a long pause. “Looked up to him. Still do.”

During the regular season, the Seahawks struggled to maintain any kind of consistency from their run game. They averaged 3.95 yards per carry (24th in NFL) and had 10 games in which they failed to rush for at least 100 yards. From 2012-15, that happened just nine times total.

Past research has found that both scoring and totals have steadily increased over the past 14 seasons, but that hasn’t been the case under certain weather conditions. That point becomes readily apparent when you compare the performance of overs in indoor versus outdoor stadiums.

We’ll minimize his crime by calling it “an incident,” then “off-the-field trouble,” then, as we do with stars such as Ben Roethlisberger, nothing at all. We’ll say, as ESPN’s own Brent Musberger did about Mixon during the Sugar Bowl, that we’re rooting for him (without mentioning his victim). We’ll get it wrong so many times.

Womens Jonas Valanciunas Jersey But every now and then, we’ll get it right, and when we do, it’ll matter. Thousands of stories like Tyreek Hill’s unfold every day, and they’re never discussed on a national stage. But on a Sunday night in November, that’s exactly what happened. For 30 seconds, Cris Collinsworth talked about domestic violence and made millions of people uncomfortable. And when the game resumed, that feeling remained.

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That is the proper perspective out of Irving

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Elite Youth Patrick Marleau Jersey To borrow James’ word: absolutely. That is the proper perspective out of Irving.

But in the short term, having a night like Irving did back where he grew up is simply good for one’s basketball soul. Not to bring up Phil Jackson’s old stirring of the pot, claiming that Kobe Bryant threw his high school games when they were blowouts so he could feel the pressure of having to make plays that matter in the fourth quarter, but ask just about any player what’s more fun and they’d rather leave the court having impacted the outcome down the stretch than having things be decided by halftime.

“I know you guys may be angry with me, but I’m used to it because I have a black wife and three mixed kids, so I’m used to people being angry and argumentative,” he reportedly said.

“I don’t think we’re at or near the point where 3s will top out,” Vandeweghe said. Team officials and analytics gurus agree almost universally.
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The jump in three-shot fouls — i.e., shooting fouls on attempted 3s — has outpaced the rise in overall attempts, per ESPN Stats & Information. Turnovers are down, perhaps in part because teams are taking more 3s early in the shot clock, according to shot-tracking data. At the same time, steals — live-ball turnovers that lead to layups and dunks — have held steady.

Offensive rebounding and free throws have stabilized after years of consistent decline. Maybe there is a floor for those “other” paths toward points, even as teams launch more and more 3s.

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Durant has soundly slid into a Warriors¡¯ defensive scheme that thrives on switching

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First off, outdoor games make money. They¡¯re held in larger venues so they can pack more people in, and the spectacle is a draw. Throw in an alumni game and some fan events, and the concept is a cash cow. Select teams with a national fanbase, and you¡¯re nearly guaranteed decent ratings on NBC or whatever network is airing the game.

You can complain about the teams participating all that you want to, but the league chooses the teams that they do for a reason. The Red Wings or Blackhawks are going to draw people to the game. The Columbus Blue Jackets are not.

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The Packers won that game, and they will host the New York Giants, while the loser, the Lions, will travel to take on the Seattle Seahawks.

In the Divisional round, the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys will be in action after earning first-round byes, sitting at the top of the AFC and NFC, respectively. The Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons also earned byes as the second seeds in each conference.

Accordingly, the top seeds will play the lowest winning seed from the Wild Card round.

This all leads up to the conference championship games on Jan. 22, where the winners will earn a trip to Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

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Isaiah Crowell knows why the Browns are 3-10

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The Cleveland Browns hadn’t even reached 120 rushing yards in a game in 2015 before grinding out 230 yards in a 24-10 win against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. It was easily the team’s best rushing performance of the season and Isaiah Crowell thinks it’s a long time coming for a team that’s already eliminated from the postseason.

Crowell, 22, racked up 145 rushing yards with two touchdowns on 20 carries, notching the first 100-yard rushing performance of his career. Rookie Duke Johnson also tallied a season-best 78 rushing yards on 13 carries.

While Ryan wouldn’t explicitly say that the officials made the incorrect call, Bills defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman was seen telling officials they are a “disgrace to the league.” Running back Boobie Dixon also didn’t have much problem saying the play was called incorrectly, via Matthew Fairburn of

Ertz said after the game that it was the collision that freed him up, but didn’t say that it was an illegal collision. At his press conference on Monday, Chip Kelly said that Huff intended to run a slant route and was Sam Bradford’s first option, but contact with Leodis McKelvin diverted him into the contact with Graham and Bradford threw to Ertz in the flat instead.
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The Bills outgained the Eagles 412 yards to 348 and also dominated the time of possession by more than 10 minutes. However, Buffalo was called for 15 penalties compared with just five for the Eagles, which Ryan said was ultimately the reason for the loss.

After dropping the game, the Bills are two games behind the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers for the two wild card spots in the AFC, making the postseason a long shot. The Philadelphia Eagles improved to 6-7 and stayed in a tie with Washington for the NFC East lead.

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The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings have been excluded after playing on Thursday night

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Tyreek Hill won’t score three touchdowns again, but the Chiefs seem to have little choice but to shoot for that goal. Hill leads the Chiefs in touchdowns this season with seven. No other Kansas City player has more than three. In their past four games, Hill has accounted for all of their offensive or special teams touchdowns other than two by wide receiver Albert Wilson and one from quarterback Alex Smith.

Need some help setting your fantasy lineup? NFL Nation reporters are here to help with predictions for every Week 13 game. The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings have been excluded after playing on Thursday night.

Good luck in Week 13, everyone!

Sure, it’s different hands, eras and situations, but how did Gannon fare the week after he led a comeback with a bum finger?

He completed just seven of 28 passes for 130 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while getting sacked five times (he left the game for a series and was replaced by Bobby Hoying after one second-quarter sack) in a 16-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

But three years later, Gannon was the NFL MVP and helped lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl and their most recent winning season … until Carr and the Raiders beat the Panthers to improve to 9-2 last week.

“Gruden wanted somebody to run his system and had already clashed with Jeff George,” Kennedy said at the time. “Rich seized the opportunity.”

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Robert Mathis announces retirement, thanks Colts fans on Instagram

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Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis announced his retirement in a video posted to his Instagram on Friday.

Mathis spoke to the media as well on Friday, and said via the Indianapolis Star, “It’s time to step aside. The game’s been good to me. I want to walk away, not limp away. The rest of my body goes to my kids.

“It’s a joyous moment. I love everything about it,” Mathis said. “It’ll be weird not putting on the No. 98 jersey. Indy is my home. … It’s part of me, it’s in my DNA.”

In his video, Mathis said, “I’m a Colt for life. I bleed blue through and through.”

The best example right now is the Tennessee Titans. They have two tackles that have legit talent. Taylor Lewan just got voted to his first Pro Bowl, with rookie right tackle Jack Conklin being an alternate. They go out of their way to slide protect, have condensed formations to distract defensive ends, and use a variety of chip blocks.

Teams who choose not to use these formations often, or use chips sparingly, help out offensive lineman by design of the offense. Quick passes, play actions, boots, and screen passes are all deterrents for elite rushers. The goal is to make the end just think for a second, or stop their feet, or change their rush just for a split second. That’s all the time that’s needed.

There are various reasons why a team would choose to not help struggling tackles or provide help against elite defensive ends. Pass route concepts use the players that would be doing the extra help. Tight ends are used to remove defenders in the middle of the field or as the hot look in pressure. Backs are used to flood a side of the field to grab the attention of flat defenders or win against man. If these players are being eaten up by extra assignments, it can ruin a timing route offense.

Also, sending too much help to the edges can make the middle of the pocket soft (I’ll get into more about that below). For a quick passing attack, it’s vital to keep the middle of the pocket clean.

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Allison was impressive from the start of his NFL career this past spring

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J.J. Jansen Game Jersey ¡°Each snap, your job is to get open no matter how you do it,¡± Allison said. ¡°Know your route, know your adjustments and get open. So when you hit that soft spot in the defense, snap your head around and get open and make a play and be prepared.

¡°I think it just speaks to my preparation week in and week out. God blessed me today with the opportunity to go out there and make plays. And I was ready to do my part and do my job and do my job to the best of my ability.¡±

Authentic Womens Kyle Arrington Jersey Allison was impressive from the start of his NFL career this past spring. An NFL scout picked him among the top three undrafted free agents in the Packers’ class and despite a strong training camp, the Packers cut him because they were loaded at receiver, keeping seven on the opening day roster.

Some fans chanted for Romo to take the field in the final minutes of the blowout, but their request was denied. Jones said throwing the veteran out there for a handful of plays “would not be worth the risk.”

Whatever. At this point, Romo has been reduced to an irrelevant talking point. Prescott has made him another Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.

The kid has been that good, that smart, that steady. The Cowboys have a lot of different ways to beat you, especially on offense, and they showed off all of them against the overmatched Lions. But if Dak Prescott had played this season like the fourth-rounder he was in the spring, the Cowboys would likely be a one-and-done wild-card team, at best.

Prescott instead performed and carried himself like an instant franchise player. If Dallas wins the whole thing for the first time in forever, rest assured that No. 4 will be the No. 1 reason why.

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The Raiders honored Charles Woodson with a special trick play, a win, and a celebration in his last home game

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Charles Woodson’s time in Oakland at the Coliseum has come to an end. His season and his 18-year career are almost over as well, so the Raiders sent him off in a heroic fashion during his last home game.

Attempting to provide Woodson with the exclamation point to his Hall of Fame career, the Raiders designed an offensive play for him¡ªessentially a walk off play¡ªin the red zone on 1st and goal. The run/pass option for Woodson could have given the Raiders a touchdown but resulted in a loss of yards instead. it was his first NFL carry.

Nevertheless, it was the Raiders defense that ended up securing the victory by stopping the San Diego Chargers on fourth down.
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A delay of game made things even more comically terrible, but the Raiders eventually got the lead on a Sebastian Janikowski field goal. That proved to be the final score and the Raiders got a win in cornerback Charles Woodson’s final home game. The legendary defensive back announced this week that he will retire at the end of the season.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers finished the game 31 of 49 for 277 yards with a touchdown while Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had 209 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Oakland outrushed San Diego, 106 to 72 yards but the game was close all over the stat sheet.
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It was a promising but ultimately disappointing start to the game for the Raiders. Carr led the Raiders down field and the team was clicking until Carr tossed an interception to Kendall Reyes and the drive set San Diego up in Oakland territory. It took seven plays over 32 yards for the Chargers to convert it into points, but they did when Donald Brown ran in a 1-yard touchdown.

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