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NFL Honors: Matt Ryan wins MVP the night before Super Bowl 51

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The night before he will lead the Falcons in Super Bowl 51, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan received the highest individual NFL honor.

Ryan was named the 2016 league MVP during Saturday night’s NFL Honors awards show at Houston’s Wortham Theater Center.

The nine-year veteran was already named the 2016 MVP by the Pro Football Writers Association and was the first-team quarterback on the Associated Press All-Pro team before receiving the AP’s MVP award on Saturday. Ryan was also named the FedEx Air Player of the Year and the league’s Offensive Player of the Year on Saturday.

Ryan received 25 of the 50 votes with Brady coming in second with 10 votes. Surprisingly, Elliott tied Raiders quarterback Derek Carr for third with six votes apiece. Rodgers was fifth and Prescott, the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, received one vote.

The NFL last month denied a report that Lady Gaga was prohibited from mentioning Donald Trump during her performance.

“The only statements that I’ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I’ve been consistently making throughout my career,” Lady Gaga said this week in Houston, per the New York Times. “I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality, and that the spirit of this country is one of love and compassion and kindness. My performance will uphold those philosophies.”

The artist did say the performance will have a unifying message.

“I don’t know if I will succeed in unifying America,” she said. “You’ll have to ask America when it’s over.”avalanche-004_678116888e28a28b-180x180

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For Tom Brady, retirement after Super Bowl 51 would preserve superhuman image

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“Kyle really cares about the team and our success,” Schraeder said. “He tries to put us in position to be successful, based on our skill sets. He’s been great to the players, and it’s easy to have a lot of respect for him.”

The younger Shanahan once dreamed of following his passion and living up to his football pedigree as an NFL receiver. But when he realized that wasn’t going to be an option, he applied all of his football energy to making this evolution to head coach. In addition to his father, he’s had championship-winning mentors all the way, college and pro 鈥?see Mack Brown, Jon Gruden and Gary Kubiak.

Alec Ogletree Womens Jersey The fact that Shanahan never forgets what it was like to be a player on a loaded team at Texas gives him an extra edge as a coach.

Tedric Thompson Womens Jersey “He puts in so much work,” Schrader said. “He’s working to get right mentally for every game, visualizing situations that happen so he can respond quickly.”

If Tom Brady had it his way, he’d play football until dentures served as his mouthpiece. The term ageless fails to define the Patriots quarterback, who at 39 put together arguably the greatest season of his 17-year career.

A record fifth Super Bowl victory for an NFL quarterback has no bearing on Brady’s status as the best of all time. In the minds of the vast majority, that debate ended long ago.

So when Brady says he does not “see an end in sight” when asked about the remainder of his career, we believe him. But what if he’s near-sighted? The Patriot Way, after all, does not permit a player to reveal anything of significance ahead of schedule.

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Top 10 Super Bowl commercials since 2000

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The price of a 30-second Super Bowl commercial has soared to $5 million, putting even more pressure on companies to hit home runs with their precious air time.

Super Bowl 51 — which pits Tom Brady and the Patriots against Matt Ryan and the Falcons — was expected to draw about 114 million viewers. Whether the ads are funny, heart-wrenching or just plain weird, brands are doing all they can to create a long-lasting buzz on television’s largest audience.

Some commercials are duds, others make us chuckle. Then there are the ones that last with us for years to come.
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I’ve used at least 10,000 text messages to argue Jordan vs. LeBron James with my best friend and his two younger brothers. It’s a two-on-two text thread that never stops, and it didn’t stop dinging through the drama with Charles Barkley last week. I don’t know how much better or worse basketball really is now, but I guess I don’t care. I enjoyed watching Jordan more than any other basketball player. Part of that came from the belief that, no matter what the score was, I felt like the Bulls were going to win.

If you want to argue the same about James — especially after he led Cleveland back from a 3-1 deficit against Golden State in the 2016 NBA Finals — that’s fine. My generation is stubborn. We’ll still text Jordan in reply.
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We should feel he same way about Brady. You can argue Montana, Peyton Manning, John Elway, Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw or Otto Graham. But nobody has won quite like Brady. The Patriots have dominated the NFL for the last 16 years with seven Super Bowl appearances and five championships in that stretch. It’s bordering on a two-decade dynasty.

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Clayton Kershaw continues to own Giants as Dodgers avoid sweep

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Clayton Kershaw allowed no runs on just three hits in seven innings Wednesday afternoon, as the Dodgers beat the Giants 6-1 to avoid being swept at AT&T Park.

With the win, the Dodgers improved to 23-18. They went 3-4 on their just-completed road trip and return home to face the Marlins on Thursday.

Game Youth Ross Cockrell Jersey Despite Kershaw’s latest gem, a bench-clearing incident (which did not devolve into anything close to a brawl) generated much of the post-game buzz.

In the third inning, the Giants’ Johnny Cueto fired an eye-level pitch at catcher Yasmani Grandal. Unfortunately for Cueto, the pitch got past Buster Posey, and Chase Utley scored from third. Grandal ended up flying out, but he and Cueto continued to jaw at each other and the benches cleared.

Which brings us to Monday.

Hunter Strickland throws at Bryce Harper. Harper charges the mound and 50 Cent tosses his helmet towards right field. Punches are thrown, there’s a huge collision and, of course, the great hair is on display.

Major League Baseball suspended Strickland for six games and Harper for three games. By the grace of the baseball gods, it ended there.

The two teams took the field by the bay Tuesday night, Gio Gonzalez looked sharp for the first time since April, and despite Harper’s 0-5 night the Nationals responded to the drama with their second straight road win over the Giants.

That is how it’s done.

It’s past time to eliminate these old-world unwritten rules from baseball. They’re not good for the game and its outward image.

Sure, the baseball is boringcrowd will jump on any and every brawl and call it the only thing interesting about baseball.
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Problem is, baseball isn’t for them.

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Jason McCourty is the latest addition to Browns’ revamped defense

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Jason McCourty developed from overlooked sixth-round draft pick to team captain in eight years with the Tennessee Titans. Now, the veteran cornerback is on to the next stage of his NFL career — with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Wednesday.

The deal is expected to be for two years and would reunite McCourty with Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was an assistance defensive coach for the Titans in 2013.

Jackson enjoyed being around the animals so much, he wanted to take several home with him. Malik’s Gifts director Rodney Smith told SB Nation, “I think he’s going to end up [adopting], he fell in love with about 10 of them.”

The entire event was possible because PetSmart had its national adoption weekend, sponsored by PetSmart charities. With PetSmart able to host the event, Jackson decided to handle the fees for those adopting the pets.

It ended up being one of the biggest weekends for the JHS in terms of dog and cat adoptions, providing timely relief to shelters. “A bunch of the locations were full,” Smith told SB Nation. “This really helped all the centers out where they hold the adoptions.”

Jackson’s been busy with charitable work since he joined the Jaguars in 2016, with nearly $80,000 of Jackson’s own money have been poured into the Jacksonville community.

“Malik has this special quality about him,” Smith said. “Not only did he put up his money, but he makes himself available.”

Layendecker and the Jacksonville Humane Society were thankful to Jackson and the Jaguars for always being supportive of the organization’s efforts.


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The Bills likely will line up in their nickel package more often than their base 4-3

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Rodgers has much of the support he needs on offense thanks to the presence of players like Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams. Over the last half of 2016, Rodgers’ performance elevated all three of them.
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The Bills’ feel-good story last season with his emergence as a 3-4 edge rusher, Lorenzo Alexander as a strong side linebacker will not produce the career-high 12.5 sacks that earned him his second Pro Bowl in 10 seasons. (His previous career high was 2.5.) But that doesn’t mean he won’t be effective in his new role, dropping back in coverage more often and patrolling the field laterally.

The key to Buffalo’s defense will be the middle man, the Luke Kuechly position McDermott relied upon in Carolina. Reggie Ragland, who missed his entire rookie season due to an ACL injury, is the favorite to earn the starting spot over Preston Brown.

The Bills likely will line up in their nickel package more often than their base 4-3, but for those base situations, Ramon Hunter will be pushed by rookies Matt Milano and Tanner Vallejo at weak side linebacker.

When Johnson was serving his second career performance-enhancing drug ban, multiple players struggled to fill his spot, stretching them a little at left guard, too. The Eagles need to be able to trust Johnson, and if they can, Wentz and the rushing attack will get a stable boost.
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The fate of Pro Bowl center Jason Kelce, who turns 30 in November, is tied to competition on the interior line. Between second-year man Isaac Semaulo, Stefan Wisniewski and undrafted rookie Tyler Orlosky, there are fallbacks should the team move Kelce’s big contract later in the offseason. If Kelce hangs around, the Eagles’ best battle would emerge at left guard between Semaulo and 32-year-old, free-agent-to-be Allen Barbre. However you look at it, a non-banned Johnson makes this a very deep and talented unit.

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The Bears’ history includes one John Bonham in all-time passing great Sid Luckman.

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Since ’85, the Bears have had two more Jims (Harbaugh and Miller), two Mikes (soon to be three) and three Steves. In reverse order from 2015, there also has been Jimmy, Josh, Jason, Caleb, Todd, Kyle, Rex, Brian, Craig, Chad, Jonathan, Kordell, Chris, Henry, Shane, Cade, Erik, Moses, Rick, Dave, Will, Doug and, oh yeah, Peter Tom.

Between Generation Y and millennials, that’s a lot of popular baby names.

The Bears’ history includes one John Bonham in all-time passing great Sid Luckman. Most everyone else has been more like drummers from Spinal Tap. Cutler made a lot of noise but crashed hard — the Bears’ version of Animal.

Glennon hasn’t seen significant snaps since 2014. Sanchez has accepted his fall from The Sanchize for the Jets to career backup, but his time with the Eagles and Cowboys suggests he might end up being the Bears’ better stopgap option.
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Speaking of the Jets, both they and the Browns get plenty of grief for their QB droughts. But the Bears have them beat.

(By the way, congratulations to the now-excluded Bills, who just saw Tyrod Taylor become their first Pro Bowl QB of the 2000s.)

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It would seem in players’ best interests to enhance the testing of new supplements coming to market. I don’t know the best way to do this, but it seems like a good idea. I wonder whether Marte and other players who’ve fallen victim to supposed accidental contamination will lobby for better screening, better education or better communication about the dangers of trying new stuff.

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Colin Kaepernick, from 49ers to Seahawks? Don’t be shocked

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Colin Kaepernick not only is opting out of his National Anthem protest, he opted of his contract with the 49ers. Now prepare for him to end up with, of all teams, the Seahawks.

As weird as Seattle might sound because of Kaepernick and San Francisco’s history against their NFC West rival, it’s the likeliest of unlikely destinations.

It would come with Kaepernick having to live with the disappointment of not being signed as a starting NFL quarterback. But it also would come with a great opportunity for the 29-year-old to get his career back on track, in the right place.
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Samuel, meanwhile, wasn’t interested in talking about which teams he has talked to most about that possibility. Yet when pressed to answer the eternal question one more time, Samuel at least offered a hint about how his career will start in the NFL.
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I feel like I’m more of an inside guy but as the years go by I’m going to evolve and be able to do both, Samuel said. I want to stay as long as I can, as much as I can to play running back, outside receiver, inside receiver. Wherever teams want me, I’m looking forward to doing that.

This year’s Padres will be outliers if they put big inning limits on their starters, but with an average major league start moving closer to 15 outs, the gap will be narrower than it would have been just three or four years ago. And they can be encouraged by what the Rockies did five years ago when they got just enough starting pitching.

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NFL and Perform Group enter into strategic media relationship

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The National Football League (NFL) and Perform Group have reached an agreement for Perform to market the NFL’s television broadcast rights in various global territories and the premium digital subscription product NFL Game Pass outside the United States and Europe. The agreement will further drive global consumption of the United States’ most-watched sport amongst its avid fanbase, across all media platforms.

Under the multi-year agreement, and in select markets, Perform will strategically market live game television rights, including Sunday Afternoon games played at 1pm and 4pm (US EST time), Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football and the Playoffs including Super Bowl. The immediate focus around the television rights will be in Brazil, Pan-Asia and the Middle East ahead of the 2017 season.

Clark was arrested in 2014 while playing college football at Michigan. He was kicked off the team for the allegation but still wound up being drafted in the second round by Seattle in 2015. His assault and domestic violence charges were dropped, as he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Weiner’s story was writing from the perspective of being a woman and a Seahawks fan, and how she’d find it hard to root for someone who had such strong allegations made against him.

Later Tuesday night, Clark issued an apology on Twitter, although not everyone felt it was completely sincere.

Apologize to anyone who felt offended by my tweet earlier. We gotta do better supporting these major issues we face in this world.

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you can forgive San Diego sports fans if they don’t feel enthusiastic about the only game in town.

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I know people love to complain about baseball’s unwritten rules, how unnecessary and stupid they are. Grow up! they tell the ballplayers. We’ve all heard that a lot lately. And that’s all fine and good, but if we’re being realistic, we all know that unwritten rules — and, more specifically, the penalties for breaking these unwritten rules — aren’t leaving the sport. Ever.

Players will always, always, always take matters into their own hands. They will police their own, and all those other clichés. And you know what? That’s OK. That’s not a bad thing.
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Baseball just needs established guidelines to make sure the enforcement of unwritten rules doesn’t get out of hand like it has this past week.

Like that moment in a Hollywood movie where the bank robber knows his face has been caught on camera. Glazer said it was the footage that eventually nailed Ortega after a months-long investigation by the NFL and law enforcement authorities.

The second best part is when the alleged perp slips away with Brady’s game-worn No. 12 jersey safely tucked under his arm.

But Ortega can’t resist one furtive look back over his shoulder into the player’s tunnel.

As the seemingly perpetually rebuilding Padres go into 2017, you can forgive San Diego sports fans if they don’t feel enthusiastic about the only game in town.

The Padres haven’t had a winning season since 2010, and they got progressively worse during the past three seasons, even after a series of high-profile trades that proclaimed Win now! but ultimately did nothing to advance the team’s fortunes.

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