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NFL playoff picture: Rams could do something on their Week 12 bye that no team has done in 80 years

NFL playoff picture: Rams could do something on their Week 12 bye that no team has done in 80 years

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. After beating the Chiefs 54-51 in a wild game that somehow lived up to its lofty expectations, the Rams will definitely be heading into their bye this week on a high note, and there's a chance their day off could turn into a giant celebration. Although the Rams won't be on the field in Week 12, we might end up seeing them celebrate anyway, and that's because they have a chance to win the division on Sunday. The Rams could officially clinch the NFC West title this week and for that to happen, they only need one game to go their way, according to NFL tiebreaking guru Joe Ferreira. The game in question? Seattle at Carolina. If the Seahawks lose, then the Rams will become the first team to clinch a divi...
JR Smith done in Cleveland as Cavaliers attempt to trade veteran guard

JR Smith done in Cleveland as Cavaliers attempt to trade veteran guard

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. Adam Woodard USA TODAY Published 2:48 PM EST Nov 20, 2018 The eyes of the NBA are watching Cleveland on the eve of LeBron James’ highly-anticipated return with the Los Angeles Lakers. One day before the big game, however, the story isn’t about James. It’s about his former teammate JR Smith. Smith, who won a title in 2016 alongside James, doesn’t think the Cavaliers are trying to win. One day after a story on The Athletic detailed Smith’s lack of a relationship with general manager Koby Altman and reiterated his ...
JR Smith away from Cavaliers as team works on trade

JR Smith away from Cavaliers as team works on trade

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. 2:29 PM ETJR Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers have mutually agreed for him to leave the team as both sides work to find a trade, sources told ESPN.The team issued a statement Tuesday acknowledging the arrangement."The organization wishes JR and his family well and appreciates and thanks him for his contributions in the community, to the team and his role in the 2016 NBA Championship," it said.JR Smith has already requested a trade, and now he says that he thinks the Cavaliers never intended to win after LeBron James left.Smith and the Cavaliers' front office have been at odds all season. General manager Koby Altman previously discussed him leaving the team and Smith had chosen to remain. But the situation was inflamed Monday when Smith gave an interview to The Athletic in which he ess...
No. 1 recruit James Wiseman joining Penny Hardaway at Memphis

No. 1 recruit James Wiseman joining Penny Hardaway at Memphis

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. 1:40 PM ETJames Wiseman, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the 2019 class, committed to Memphis over Kentucky on Tuesday.Wiseman announced his decision on SportsCenter, bringing out a unicorn wearing the Memphis logo. He has been referred to as a "unicorn," like other players with his unique size and ability. He's also part of the "Unicorn fam" with elite 2020 prospects RJ Hampton and Jalen Green.Wiseman, a 7-footer from East High School (Tennessee), is the first No. 1 prospect to commit to Memphis since ESPN's recruiting database began in 2007. He is also the first top-10 prospect to pick the Tigers since Adonis Thomas committed in 2011.Wiseman took official visits to Memphis, Kentucky, Florida State, Kansas and Vanderbilt, but this was always going to end up as a battle between Memphis an...
Reports: Markelle Fultz to visit shoulder specialist ‘at direction of his attorney’

Reports: Markelle Fultz to visit shoulder specialist ‘at direction of his attorney’

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. Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz will sit out all team practices and games until he receives an evaluation on his shoulder from a non-team specialist, according to reports from David Aldridge of The Athletic and Ian Begley of ESPN.At the direction of his attorney, Raymond Brothers, @MarkelleF is scheduled to see a shoulder specialist early next week. Per Brothers, Fultz will not participate in team practices or games until after the the specialist has had a chance to evaluate him.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) November 20, 2018Markelle Fultz is scheduled to see a shoulder specialist early next week at the direction of his attorney, Raymond Brothers. Brothers says Fultz won’t participate in Sixers practices/games until after the specialist has a chance to evaluat...
Next stop, Cooperstown? Adrian Beltre announces retirement

Next stop, Cooperstown? Adrian Beltre announces retirement

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. 11:37 AM ETAfter 21 seasons and over 3,000 hits, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has announced his retirement.In a statement in which he thanked his family, fans, agents, his former teams and Tommy Lasorda, Beltre, who will turn 40 in April, said it's simply "time to call it a career.""After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I've been doing for my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love," Beltre said in a statement released by the team.Adrian Beltre is walking away after being MLB's active leader in hits, games played, at-bats and plate appearances. Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesThe native of the Dominican Republic is a strong candidate to make the Hall of Fame. His 3,166 hits rank 16th all time and ...
Two Arkansas football players suspended after talking to opposing team’s cheerleaders before game

Two Arkansas football players suspended after talking to opposing team’s cheerleaders before game

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. Ryan Pulley, left, and Kamren Curl were suspended for talking to the opposing team's cheerleaders before their game. (Getty Images)Two Arkansas football players were suspended Monday after they were spotted taking pictures with Mississippi State cheerleaders before their blowout loss over the weekend.Defensive backs Kamren Curl and Ryan Pulley, two key members of the Razorbacks’ defense, were spotted with the Bulldogs’ cheerleaders by Razorbacks alumna and KARK-Channel 4 broadcaster D.J. Williams, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.Arkansas coach Chad Morris called the incident “completely unacceptable” after the team lost 52-6.Arkansas linebacker Dre Greenlaw said he didn’t see anyone fraternizing with the opposing team’s ch...
Yankees’ deal for ace James Paxton makes them even richer — and sends message to Red Sox

Yankees’ deal for ace James Paxton makes them even richer — and sends message to Red Sox

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. Nothing brings out the inherent restlessness of the New York Yankees quite like the Boston Red Sox. The teams are rivals, yes, but that only begins to describe the connection. Their relationship exists on a different plane, almost symbiotic, where in order for one to reach its apex the other must be there, too, supplying the necessary fuel.When the Red Sox romped to their fourth World Series championship in a decade and a half this October, the incentive for the Yankees to avoid little brotherhood after a century of playing big, bad bully only grew. And while New York may well have endeavored to trade for Seattle ace James Paxton even without another Boston title, the impetus to do so was clear in the words of Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and, on Monday, the actions of general manage...
Mike Zimmer: Too much ‘volume’ in Vikings’ offensive playbook

Mike Zimmer: Too much ‘volume’ in Vikings’ offensive playbook

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. 9:01 PM ETEAGAN, Minn. -- Mike Zimmer theorized the Minnesota Vikings might have too much "volume" within their offensive playbook a day after the team dropped its third prime-time game of the season, a 25-20 loss at the Chicago Bears.Zimmer said Monday he took a closer look at some of the areas where his team has continued to struggle, and why the offense sputtered in Chicago, due to miscommunications, a lack of explosive plays, turnovers and broken plays.While it has understandably taken the Vikings' offense time to gel under new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo's system, Zimmer concluded the amount of plays Minnesota is installing weekly might be having an effect on some of the offense's ineffectiveness."Let's just play football," Zimmer said. "You run a really good out route, y...
Rams’ Jared Goff bests Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes in epic duel

Rams’ Jared Goff bests Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes in epic duel

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. LOS ANGELES -- Patrick Mahomes reached down to take the snap, faked a handoff to halfback Kareem Hunt and dropped back deep in the pocket, his eyes staring westbound across the grassy field that had served as his personal landscape. With 1:28 left in a surreal game that had sapped the emotional energy from 77,002 fans at the L.A. Coliseum and millions of Monday Night Football viewers, the Kansas City Chiefs' freakishly fabulous second-year quarterback was looking for an opening --and then, in a flash, he spotted it: wide receiver Chris Conley slicing through the Rams' secondary, running left to right 20 yards from the end zone with two steps on his defender and nothing but green in front of him. So Mahomes wound up and prepared to do what he, only 12 starts into his career,...