Texans aim to lift Houston’s spirits in opener vs. Jags

The final obstacle standing between the Houston Texans and a desired return to normalcy was cleared Monday when the franchise announced that its regular season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars would be played as originally scheduled at NRG Stadium on Sunday.

Glennon has the edge as the starting quarterback — for now — and will make his team debut in front of a curious home crowd. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound signal-caller posted a 5-13 record in 18 career starts with Tampa Bay, and threw only 11 passes last season as the backup to Jameis Winston.

“I think competition is good, but I’m motivated by more than just that particular situation,” Glennon told reporters this week when asked about Trubisky peering over his shoulder. “I want to help our team come out and win football games. That’s ultimately what motivates me.”

He caught 105 passes in his second and third seasons in the league combined and looked to be a guy on the rise heading into his fourth year. But his fourth year in the league happened to be 2014, which is also when the Falcons selected Devonta Freeman in the fourth round. So his numbers actually went down in his fourth season.

His Jacksonville Jaguars, which he purchased in 2011, are simply one additional testament to his staggering symbolism as an American marvel. Shahid Khan, known as Shad, at age 16 Cheap Custom Jerseys in Cheap Chelsea Jerseys January 1967 arrived in America from Pakistan. He enrolled at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and on the same day gained a $1.20-an-hour dishwashing job at a near-campus Greek diner on Wright Street.

Houston Rockets are for sale, team president announces

Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander will be selling the Houston Rockets, team president Tad Brown announced on Monday. It’s an unexpected announcement from the team and one that has fascinating timing, even if the immediate affects on the on-court basketball should be relatively nonexistent. Brown also says 72-year-old Alexander isn’t selling the team because of health issues.

Hardaway had a much improved year with Atlanta last season, playing in 79 games and scoring 14.5 points per game on 46 percent shooting. He added two assists and made 36 percent of his three-pointers too. But the absurd contract, which includes a player option and trade kicker sweeteners, is not what the Hawks wanted to invest in as they move forward. There will be similar players on the market for a cheaper price.

How Hardaway became a Knick again.

Some peak Knicks action sent Hardaway to Atlanta and back in two years with an enormous price tag.

Phil Jackson dealt him for Jerian Grant two years ago in what looked like a nice move to see if the team could find a young point guard. Then Grant was sent to the Bulls in a trade that gave New York Derrick Rose. That experiment turned out poorly, so now the Knicks get the guy they handed away for a late first-round pick back again for $71 million.

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Kyrie Irving reportedly wants to be traded from the Cavaliers

All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving asked the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade him in a meeting earlier this week, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Irving, according to ESPN, no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James and wants to be in a situation where he can be the focal point of the team.

The All-Star guard and his agent had a meeting with Cavaliers’ brass on his future with team and wouldn’t comment on what was discussed, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

#ChinaKlay is a legitimate thing that is trending on Twitter. We are all vicariously living through him, striving to be him, and telling our family about his endeavors. If you’re still thinking about Klay in America, you have a lot to catch up on.

The crotch-grab spin move here is everything. This is #SummerKlay at his very best, and he’s going to rage like your underage little brother without a care in the world.

I haven’t even recovered from the last video yet, and here we have Klay backup dancing with a basketball. He dances even after everyone else stops. Nobody can stop #ChinaKlay. Not the music or the two women in front of him.

Klay Thompson in America is good with toasters and shooting basketballs. Klay Thompson in China is good at literally everything. I’m not sure how the Warriors are going to convince him to come back home.

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Kyrie Irving leaving LeBron James and the Cavs could be the best move for his career

Kyrie Irving has requested a trade from the Cavaliers team he helped to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances and its lone championship in 2016.

Mitchell was the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft, so it’s hard to say he came out of nowhere. But no one expected him to be the star of Utah’s summer league over Fultz and Tatum.

Mitchell averaged 15.3 points as a secondary guard option on Utah’s summer league team behind Dante Exum, but he showed off his incredible athleticism and defensive chops in three games. He averaged 3.3 steals per game and showed he could stick players at multiple positions on defense.

It’s a small sample against lesser competition, so we can’t put much into his performance. But it is encouraging to Mitchell playing well for Utah with the huge hole it has to fill in Gordon Hayward’s absence. It won’t be an easy task and will take multiple players to do it, but it’ll be a great start for the Jazz if Mitchell can step in and help fill that burden.

Utah built their team into a 51-win upstart by building through the draft. They found a potential defensive player of the year candidate, one of the league’s more efficient wings and several key rotation players through that process.

But they lost one of those pieces yesterday because they didn’t want to offer an extra year of security on their initial offer to NFL Jerseys Paypal Hayward. They locked him up for the long haul, but did it with less NFL Jerseys Cheap security. That came back to bite them on Tuesday evening.

Morten Andersen hopeful more specialists get HOF recognition

For years Jan Stenerud had been the only kicker in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

That changed in February when former Saints and Falcons kicker Morten Andersen was elected to the Hall and will be enshrined next month.indians_048Andersen joins Stenerud and former Raiders punter Ray Guy, who Kids Cheap Jerseys China was inducted into the Hall in 2014, as the only specialists enshrined in Canton. Andersen hopes that changes soon and identified a couple players he deems worthy of one day getting the Canton call.

“It’s important to acknowledge there are a lot of high-quality specialists out there,” Andersen said Wednesday during a Pro Football Hall of Fame conference call. “I’m hoping my induction, my inclusion into the Hall will further the conversation Kids Football Jerseys Cheap and the cause for specialists with more recognition and consideration for induction, whether that’s Adam (Vinatieri) or Steve Tasker or some of the other great kickers and punters. That conversation needs to be moved forward.

The Panthers made a surprising move Monday afternoon with the announcement that GM Dave Gettleman was fired.

Gillislee, meanwhile, was a premier short-yardage back in the red zone and beyond, and then some. Averaging 5.7 yards per carry for a second Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys straight season, he led the NFL among qualified backs.
Although he was LeSean McCoy’s trusty backup in 2016, Gillislee wasn’t signed to be thrown randomly in a committee with Super Bowl hero James White, former Bengal Rex Burkhead and scatback Dion Lewis. Gillislee goes into training camp as the favorite to dominate carries. At 26, he comes in with much fresher legs than those of Blount, who will turn 31 with the Eagles in December.

Coming in with only 154 career totes, Gillislee should push to double that total and be much more efficient than Blount. The Patriots have the bodies to keep Gillislee fresh in the first half of games, but for the improved defending champions overall, he’ll be the clear back of choice to punish tired defenses, protect leads and salt away games in the second half.

Knowing Big Cat, Jerry Richardson, the owner of the Panthers, he’s a guy who will not be dictated to at all, said Beason, who played in just 21 games over three seasons for the Giants before retiring following the 2015 season. “He’s very fair. I know that when it comes to being general manager, he wants those guys to just go do their thing. But when he has to step in, at some point, there has to be a level of respect there on both parties. And it Lebron James Cheap Jerseys can’t be, “Hey listen, I’m the GM. I’m running it this way. If you don’t like it, let me go.’
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The Panthers made a surprising move Monday afternoon with the announcement that GM Dave Gettleman was fired.indians_051

Cincinnati has relied on the committee of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard

The best way for the Bengals to cool their controversial drafting of Joe Mixon will be watching him heat up training camp. With different issues plaguing their top two incumbent backs, Mixon has a great chance to carve out an immediate big role.

For the past three seasons, Cincinnati has relied on the committee of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, to mixed health and results. Hill, drafted in the second round in 2014, has been the team’s leading rusher in that span as the power back replacement for BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead says his dog Blitz has been stolen and is being held for ransom.

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Indiana has surprisingly built a competitive roster in George’s absence

“There’s no right way to handle it. I get the frustration. I get why people are upset. But at the same time, I want the average fan to understand that we only get a small window to play this game and more than anything you want to be able to play for a championship. I wanted to bring that to Indiana. I really did. I love Indiana. That will always be a special place for me and I’m sorry for not holding on. But I wasn’t sure we’d ever get a team together to compete for a championship and that’s where all this came from.”

To some, it looked like the Pacers could have built something with George as the focal piece. Myles Turner is a developing star, Lance Stephenson’s return proved to pay off and Jeff Teague likely would have stayed if George didn’t leave. That set of players pushed the Cavs in the playoffs last season as the Pacers lost all four games by a combined 16 points.

If the Pacers had another year of development from its roster last season with the addition of a big name free agent, there’s a good chance they would have made a further playoff push. But with George and Teague gone, the Pacers have had to shift their plans.

Indiana has surprisingly built a competitive roster in George’s absence, but Lebron Cheap Jerseys nothing that will give the elite teams much trouble.

Golden, 26, burst onto the scene in his second Knock Off Cheap Jerseys NFL season with a team-high 12 1/2 sacks, good for third in the NFL. He had just four sacks as a rookie after the Cardinals selected the former Missouri standout in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He attributed his jump in productivity simply to more playing time and being comfortable in the Cardinals defensive scheme.

“Most of the time, whenever I do something after the first time, after Great Cheap Jerseys the first year, I’m always going to keep getting better,” the 6-3, 260-pound pass rusher said. “That’s what I do. I just keep working on my craft.”indians_014

Justin Bour hit 22 home runs in his first round and didn’t advance

Look, there’s no doubt this was a special night, a thoroughly unforgettable Home Run Derby by any measure. This is an example of an idea — the timed format — that was the ideal tweak to make an already great event even better. It’s not perfect yet, though.

Justin Bour hit 22 home runs in his first round and didn’t advance, which seems just silly considering Miguel Sano advanced with only 11. The head-to-head is fun in theory, but it’s probably best to let the guys who hit the most home runs advance, y’know?

But that’s a tweak for another year. It won’t be a painful one.

When he was done speaking with shareholders, Murphy said reports that he or Packers coach Mike McCarthy have a strained relationship with Thompson are untrue. Murphy, who has been the team’s president and CEO since 2007, said he and McCarthy each have “a great relationship” with Thompson, whose only time away from the Packers since 1992 was five-year stint as the Seahawks vice president of football operations from 2000-2004.

While Thompson used a first-round pick on Rodgers in 2005 and drafted players like Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, T.J. Lang and signed free agents Charles Woodson Football Cheap Jerseys and Tramon Williams in 2006, all of whom helped lead the Packers to a Super Bowl title in 2010, Thompson has also used first- and second-round picks on draft busts like Justin Harrell, Derek Sherrod, Pat Lee, Brian Brohm and Jerel Worthy. He also upset many when he allowed popular players like Kids Cheap Jerseys China Lang, Casey Hayward and Josh Sitton to leave via free agency.

Thompson has historically not been active in free agency, though the Packers did add tight ends Lance Kendricks and Martellus Bennett and guard Jahri Evans, and brought back cornerback Davon House this offseason.indians_001

The Pacers were planning to give George help.

Now, after the trade has been made, George tells Sports Illustrated the rumors of him signing with the Lakers has “definitely been overstated.” Sure. But perhaps the most perplexing quote was when he told SI’s Lee Jenkins, “All I was asking for was a little help in Indy. Now I’m getting a lot of help in Oklahoma.”

The Pacers were planning to give George help. As the Indy Star’s Nate Taylor reported, “The Pacers were fully planning to build their roster for next season around George to compete in the Eastern Conference and to convince him to re-sign.”

Pritchard even admitted in May that the team would be willing to pay the luxury tax in order to bring in big name free agents, under the assumption they would keep George. The team was clearly willing to make moves in order to compete for a title. But with George gone, their plans have changed dramatically.

The way everything went down left a bad taste in the mouth of Pacers fans, and the front office. George acknowledges it wasn’t pretty, but said there wasn’t a lot he could do under the circumstances. He noted Larry Bird’s departure as a turning point and felt the team was planning to rebuild instead of compete.

Golden, a St. Louis native and former high school Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap running back who wanted to be Marshall Faulk growing up, also attributed his improved play to some things he learned as a rookie from former Cardinals teammate Dwight Freeney, whom Golden called a mentor and big brother.

Golden also cited a friendly rivalry with teammate Chandler Jones, who had 11 sacks last season.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Golden was a “force” for the Arizona defense last season, “light years” ahead of his rookie year.

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