Whether because injuries or coaches’ decisions, there are multiple quarterback changes in Week 13.

Poll 100 random NBA fans and only 5-10 have probably even heard of Nwaba, but the second-year player has earned praise from coach Fred Hoiberg in the last two games for his hustle and energy. He is priced at $4,500 or less on both DraftKings and FanDuel, even after scoring over 28 DFS points in back-to-back games. The matchup against the Boston Celtics isn’t ideal, but Nwaba doesn’t just generate points by scoring; he gets them with rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. He’s a name to remember and a tremendous value tonight.

Baltimore (6-5) also kept its playoff hopes alive, sliding back in as the No. 6 seed in the AFC. Monday’s loss was a devastating blow for Houston’s playoff aspirations.

After Houston jumped out to a 7-0 lead, the Ravens responded with some trickery. Punter Sam Koch completed a 22-yard pass to Chris Moore to set up Buck Allen’s 10-yard touchdown run.

Shazier may never play football again. That doesn’t make him any less of a Steeler. And the men who have taken so much from him over the last three-plus years decided it was time they gave him something back in return: the AFC North title he ordered them to lock down without him.

Chris Boswell made a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds left and Pittsburgh’s defense overcame a shaky night without their most dynamic player to shut down Baltimore’s last-gasp drive and hold on for a 39-38 victory on Sunday night to capture their third division title in the last four years.

The Vikings have racked up wins over the Rams, Saints and Falcons this season, and this is another chance for them to build their strong NFC resume as the new team to beat for the No. 1 playoff seed. When the Panthers can’t run, which teams don’t do on Minnesota, everything unravels offensively around Cam Newton. They also don’t force too many turnovers, and Case Keenum protects the ball. They also will have a ton of trouble covering both Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.chargers_071-180x180

Baker Mayfield, the Heisman front-runner, has been infuriating and iconic.

Even his opponents, who should despise him, can’t help but respect and be in awe of the OU QB.
Not only was Mayfield a two-time walk-on, but he was also an undersized recruit coming out of talent-rich Texas. Even when he did get his opportunity to play at Oklahoma, he had to fight hard for the starting job. Two years after that, his character became a question.

The Buccaneers lost several players in their loss to the Falcons. Running back Doug Martin suffered a concussion; center Ali Marpet went down with a knee injury; cornerback Josh Robinson had a hamstring injury and safety T.J. Ward suffered a concussion.

Raiders receiver Amari Cooper left in the second quarter of Sunday’s 21-14 win over the Broncos with a concussion and did not return.

Rams linebacker Connor Barwin was ruled out of Sunday’s 26-20 win over the Saints in the third quarter with an arm injury.

Little helped lead the way for Heisman finalist Bryce Love. In Little’s third career start, Love rushed for a school-record 301 yards. In his eight games, Stanford averaged 11.5 yards per carry outside left tackle, the best mark among Power 5 offenses.

Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo — Along the lines of Dunbar, Johnson is large, strong and has big hands, but he is not the most precise of route runners. He tends to round off his routes rather than hit his breaks hard, but he has a propensity for making something happen after the catch on bubble screens and he has been highly productive this season. He had six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns in Buffalo’s win over Ohio.chargers_010-180x180

Giancarlo Stanton said Derek Jeter wanted to subtract, not add to Marlins

Marlins owner Derek Jeter scoffed at the notion that the Yankees got a sweetheart deal when they acquired National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton for Starlin Castro and two prospects..

To put this total into perspective, it is more than 20 percentage points higher than the 50.2 percent GBR that landed New England’s defense in last place in this category through Week 13.

These struggles should help the Patriots in their Week 15 matchup against the Steelers, as New England’s offense ranked seventh in GBR in Weeks 7-13. It should make Rex Burkhead a strong RB2 or even possibly a RB1 and ought to give enough added value to Dion Lewis to justify him as a flex pick with RB2 upside.

Roethlisberger revels in special A.B. chemistry: The Steelers clinched the AFC North as they beat the Ravens in a 39-38 comeback win, with Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 506 yards and two touchdowns and Antonio Brown catching 11 balls for 213 yards. That combination will be extremely tough to stop in the playoffs, and Roethlisberger said of his wideout: “Our chemistry is something pretty special. Some people say I abandon my reads and go right to A.B. It’s not always true. But sometimes бн who wouldn’t?”

Pittsburgh players were upset with Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict for the way he celebrated after a tackle on Le’Veon Bell, who suffered a season-ending MCL tear on the play. Burfict denied celebrating the injury, but Pittsburgh’s Ramon Foster took exception.

Mitchell knocked Cincinnati receiver Marvin Jones out of the game with a hard hit, then allegedly approached A.J. Green and said, “You’re next.” Mitchell resurfaced in the team’s second game when he knocked out tight end Tyler Eifert, which resulted in a concussion. Mitchell was fined $23,000 for that hit.lakers_014

Next, Bazemore stole Mack’s inbounds pass from the sideline, and again raced for a dunk with 18 seconds left to put away the Magic.

Magic: Vucevic on back-to-back nights combined for 52 points and 30 rebounds after scoring 21 points and grabbing a season-high 17 rebounds in a loss to Denver. . . . In Gordon’s place, 6-foot-8 guard/forward Mario Hezonja made his first start. The native of Croatia scored seven points and on 3-of-9 shooting. . . . Orlando had a season-high 39 assists.

The Blue Raiders have miss a combined 125 games due to injury. Only four players played and started every game in the regular season.

Brent Stockstill’s return in the last four games coincides with Middle Tennessee going 3-1 after the Blue Raiders went 2-4 without him. He threw nine touchdown passes with only two interceptions in the last four games while throwing for 1,005 yards.

Falcons defense solid, but not championship-caliber — Atlanta’s defense played well, but could not stop the Vikings when they had to. It didn’t help that starting cornerback Desmond Trufant didn’t play Sunday. Even with Trufant out, the Falcons limited Adam Thielen to four catches for 51 yards. But a 22-yard pass to Thielen late in the game sealed the win for the Vikings. The Falcons have the NFL’s 10th-ranked defense, but it wasn’t enough Sunday to beat one of the NFC’s truly elite teams.

Without Wall, Washington’s starting backcourt has consisted of Tim Frazier and Bradley Beal. While Frazier is not playing big minutes (averaging 21.5 in the last eight games), Beal is producing big numbers.

During Wall’s absence, Beal is averaging 23.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting while playing 33.8 minutes per game. Overall, Beal is averaging a career-best 23.8 points and shooting 46.2 percent.panthers_092

Colin Wilson, Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen also had goals for the Avalanche.

While the Mustangs struggled at times in 2017, Sutton, who will forgo his senior season next year and enter the draft, continued to piece together a resume that puts him among the best receivers in the country.

One NFL general manager, who spoke to Sporting News about a variety of topics, raved about the prospect whose frame and skills have led to Julio Jones comparisons.

The lone score of the first two quarters came after Andy Lee’s 33-yard punt gave Tennessee the ball at the 50. The Titans needed nine plays, Derrick Henry sweeping right and diving at the pylon on the 6-yard touchdown play.

Mariota directed the Titans on a drive from their 26-yard line to the Arizona 40 in the final 49 seconds of the half, but Ryan Succop’s 58-yard field goal try bounced off the crossbar.

The Flyers (11-11-7) still have a lot of work ahead of them if they plan to climb up the Metropolitan Division standings. The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, sit behind only the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning with a 20-10-1 record, mostly because of their 10-2-1 record in one-goal games.

The Maple Leafs have won five of their last six and now play eight of their next nine games on the road, beginning with a trip that takes them to Philadelphia, Minnesota and Detroit.

Nathan MacKinnon and Alexander Kerfoot scored 41 seconds apart in the second period and Colorado beat the Florida Panthers 7-3 on Saturday night to snap a four-game skid.

Matt Nieto and Carl Soderberg both scored into an empty net late in the third, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 39 shots.royals_014

Bobrovsky is expected to start his fifth consecutive game Tuesday.

It came on the first shot Vancouver had generated in four power-play chances. Up until that point, Calgary had done an excellent job stifling the Canucks’ ninth-ranked power play.

Calgary tied it when Garnet Hathaway’s alert pass found Tkachuk in the slot and the 19-year-old sent a backhander into the top corner.

Tkachuk was back after serving a one-game suspension for a spearing incident in Wednesday’s game against Toronto.

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is putting pressure on his veterans to step up their games.

“I’m not looking to hate players,” he said. “I’m looking to run a team and try to get the players to be the best they can be. Quite honestly, this is my responsibility, and I think I have failed a little bit in this part, where I have so many of our top guys not playing that well.”

The Saints running back joined Gale Sayers and Charley Johnson as the only rookies in NFL history with at least 500 yards from scrimmage, at least three rushing touchdowns and at least three receiving touchdowns in a calendar month.

Kamara, a third-round pick from Tennessee in April’s NFL Draft, has emerged as the front-runner for NFL Rookie of the Year. He has 546 rushing yards and 548 receiving yards on 54 receptions with nine total fumbles. Kamara is coming off his best game of the season with 188 yards from scrimmage and two scores in last week’s 26-20 loss to the Rams.

The Redskins reportedly are planning to wear their all-burgundy uniforms Thursday. Washington hates its all-yellow Color Rush uniforms so much that, in the offseason, the team proposed a rule that would allow NFL teams to opt out of wearing Color Rush uniforms on “Thursday Night Football,” a proposal that was later withdrawn. There is no controversy with the Cowboys’ uniforms, however, as Dallas will wear its all-white Color Rush uniforms.panthers_027

Derek Carr threw for 300 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders

Jay Cutler, Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams provided a much-needed spark for Adam Gase’s offense, but the defense is starting to crumble on every level beyond the bad secondary. That’s bad news before facing the Panthers’ now-more-run-heavy attack. Cam Newton will complete a few needed deep shots while Christian McCaffrey helps by shooting past Miami’s linebackers. Meanwhile, Cutler is bound to go back to bad Bears mode with Luke Kuechly staring him down all night.

When Elliott’s suspension for violation of the league’s domestic violence policy was first announced in August (after a protracted one-year investigation by the NFL), there was significant consternation expressed by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in light of no charges ever being filed in the courts against the running back. But as the weeks have passed and Elliott has not missed a game, that discussion has toned down.

Derek Carr threw for 300 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders, while Marshawn Lynch rushed for two scores. Jared Cook tallied 126 receiving yards in the victory. Jay Cutler passed for three touchdowns and completed his first 15 passes.

Sporting News provided live updates throughout Sunday night’s game. Here’s how the Raiders came away with the road win.

Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins: Thompson appeared to take the worst of a massive collision involving Kirk Cousins and two Saints defenders and remained down on the field as his right leg was attended to by Redskins medical personnel. He was helped off the field and loaded onto the cart as teammates gathered around him. An air cast was placed on his right leg, and he was declared out for the remainder of the contest.
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The IR moves end a disappointing season for Pryor and a breakthrough year for Thompson.

The Titans and Jaguars are in a dead heat with a lot left to play before their second matchup. According to odds from Bovada, both the Titans and Jaguars are 11/10 to win the division.

The Titans have won four consecutive games after getting ripped by Deshaun Watson and going in the tank with Matt Cassel. But those opponents all were sub-.500 teams in Indianapolis, Cleveland, Baltimore and Cincinnati.

Five other Redskins sat out Tuesday, and eight were listed as limited.

Signed as a free agent after the team let DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon depart, Pryor caught just 20 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown. Gruden said Pryor battled the ankle injury since Week 2.

In the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 19-7 victory over the Cleveland Browns, Ngakoue registered 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles as he pressured Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer all game.

This was the fourth multi sack game for the second year sackmaster, as he took his total up to 9 sacks and 5 forced fumbles on the season with six games to spare.

The Jaguars defensive ends, including Ngakoue, have been destroying opposing QB’s all season (in combination with the Jags secondary), but with the addition of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus after a trade with the Buffalo Bills in week 8, the Jaguars have become even stouter defensively.

The Lions were stopped on third-and-14 after Stafford’s pass to Golden Tate was incomplete, but Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels headbutted Lions center Travis Swanson.
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The Braves said in a statement they “understand and accept the decision regarding the penalties that have been handed down.

The Braves lost 13 prospects and former general manager John Coppolella was banned for life by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for circumventing international signing rules from 2015 to 2017.

Former Atlanta special assistant Gordon Blakeley, who was the team’s international scouting chief, was suspended from baseball for one year by commissioner Rob Manfred.

“As we expressed last week, our organization has not lived up to the standard our fans expect from us and that we expect from ourselves. For that, we apologize. We are instituting the changes necessary to prevent this from ever happening again and remain excited about the future of Braves baseball.”

It was the 100th career goal for Schwartz, who had three points.

“Good to hit it but obviously I want to get a lot more,” Schwartz said. “It’s exciting. I never imagined doing that as a young kid.”

A goal by Schenn from the slot made it 4-0 with 19 seconds left in the period. Schwartz fed Schenn with a pass and he one-timed the puck by Brossoit.

Edmonton cut it to 4-1 when Milan Lucic scored at 6:09 of the third. St. Louis got the goal back when Scottie Upshall scored from just outside the crease on a pass from Chris Thorburn at 7:39.

The Packers did attempt four deep passes and Hundley was unable to connect each time. The longest gain of the night came on a short pass to Randall Cobb, who sprinted upfield for a 46-yard gain that included 34 yards after the catch. Cobb had five catches for 58 yards and his run-and-catch led to a Packers touchdown, but after the game was out of reach. nike_steelers_717

I know Peyton Manning complained about not getting a possession in OT that one year the Colts lost to the Chargers in the playoffs

President Trump has spent the last month waging a loud, continuous, messy fight with the NFL over player protests during the national anthem. And while Trump has whipped up plenty of rage and support from his base over the protests, a new poll indicates that a majority of Americans believe he went too far in calling for the firing of players who protest.

More than two of every three Americans, 68 percent, believe the President was in error when he criticized NFL players and demanded their firing in a September Alabama rally, according to a new poll conducted by Marist on behalf of HBO. Only 28 percent said his response was appropriate. Poll respondents were more generous to Vice President Pence, with responses split at 47 percent apiece on whether Pence was correct to walk out of a Colts game following a protest during the anthem.

“If they want a pass rusher, they should bring in a pass rusher extraordinaire who was one of the dominant pass rushers of any era,” Rice told Laine. “What is it going to cost? You don’t have one.”

Rice also tweeted at Laine that “I can get them to the playoffs.” The Buccaneers are dead last in the NFL with seven sacks. No other team has fewer than 10. Tampa Bay has suffered a lot of defensive line injuries. On Wednesday they put end Noah Spence on injured reserve.

So there’s a need. Rice has 122 career sacks and wants to play. It seems like Rice wouldn’t have much to offer, since he looked finished his last NFL season with the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts, and that was 10 years ago. It’s never going to happen. But it sure would be entertaining if the Bucs took him up on his offer.

I know Peyton Manning Jersey complained about not getting a possession in OT that one year the Colts lost to the Chargers in the playoffs (which actually seemed like every year), but he was probably going to throw a crippling interception anyway. However, I would have liked to see what Tweez could have done with one more chance. He’s clearly a name to remember in the future.
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