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.

Richardson was the No. 13 pick in the 2013 NFL draft and made an immediate impact with the Jets.

The Atlanta Falcons played mostly forgettable football here, unless you take out the Vick years, which you might want to given how they ended. If there were some way to keep the part where all the mostly African-American fans in the upper deck went bonkers the minute they started playing “Bring ’Em Out” for those teams, you should do that. That may be the most excited single concentration of minutes you could salvage from the team’s history at the Georgia Dome: Before the team played, but after they remembered they were going to watch the fastest player in the NFL touch the ball on every play. This is a happy memory. There aren’t a lot of those there.

However, Maccagnan later said, “As a general manager, you’re looking at all the different ways you can change the team, improve the team, or help the team. You weigh everything as you come across it.”

The one-time Pro Bowler signed a four-year, $10 million rookie contract. But the Jets picked up the fifth-year option in his rookie deal, and Richardson was scheduled to make a little over $8 million in 2017. After that, Richardson was set to become a free agent in the 2018 offseason, so the Jets getting a second-round pick could end up being a good haul for a player who looked to be on the verge of leaving anyway.

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Checking in with the rookie QB class before the 2017 NFL season starts

Those numbers don’t tell as neat a story as it seems. In all, Edelman has missed 27 games between the regular season and playoffs. Eighteen of those games in ESPN’s statistic came before Edelman was a starter — the team went 13-5. Since 2012, the team has gone 4-5 without him, though two of those defeats were Week 17 losses where Bill Belichick played a limited array of starters.

A look at the Patriots depth chart those seasons Edelman missed games as a starter shows a steep dropoff between the productive wideout and the rest of his receiving cohort. In 2014, he missed two games. His role was filled by Danny Amendola and Brian Tyms, two receivers with a combined 282 receiving yards between them that fall. One year later, he’d miss seven games; New England turned to Amendola, Aaron Dobson (698 career receiving yards), Michael Williams (a WR/TE with three career receptions), Keshawn Martin (released by the Patriots, 49ers, and Lions since), and Brandon LaFell.

Near streets where he frolicked as a broke-but-buoyant teenager fresh from Pakistan in the 1960s, Shahid Khan on a recent warm afternoon is relaxing in his high-rise office/home. It exhibits a grand Lake Michigan, array of skyscrapers view.

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Remember too that the All-Star guard also has his own signature shoe with Nike.

Irving sold the second-most sneakers in the NBA last season, according to Forbes. Who do you think ranked No. 1?

If Irving landed in a big-time market, like a New York, Los Angeles, or Miami, he’d be the star of the show and could ultimately supplant James as the sneaker world’s breadwinner.

By the way, Kyrie Irving is in Asia on a Nike tour promoting his shoes. Stopped in Tokyo and headed for Taipei and Beijing.

Tatum was impressive in three games during the Utah Summer League. He averaged 18.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game on 46 percent shooting throughout the stretch. He showcased his ability to hit tough shot after tough shot, including a game-winning one in his first game against the 76ers.

It’s only summer league, but Tatum can pretty clearly make some tough shots at the very least. We should expect more of the same from him alongside Jaylen Brown during the Celtics’ time in Las Vegas.

He averaged 33 minutes in three games while playing in Utah, which is a lot considering summer league games last only 40 minutes. It’ll be interesting to see whether he can keep his production up if the coaching staff plays him a bit less.

Now, this is where the Jazz made their big mistake. Hayward had improved in every single season up to that point, but Utah refused to offer him a five-year, $80 million max contract before allowing Cheap Vikings Jerseys China him to test the market. They misread things, thinking Hayward wouldn’t be able to garner a max offer from anyone — but both the Cavaliers and Hornets had plans on making Cheap Volleyball Jerseys Hayward their wing for the future on a max deal.

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.

Curious about how Dennis Smith started dunking two weeks after ACL surgery in high school? Science explains it all.

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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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Heat waive Chris Bosh after he missed entire 2016-17 season with illness

The Miami Heat officially waived 11-time All-Star power forward Chris Bosh, the team announced on Monday. Bosh missed the entire 2016-17 season after NBA doctors ruled him medically ineligible to play basketball due to recurring bouts with blood clots.

In his final year for the Hawks, Millsap found himself on the trading block at the deadline, as the Hawks saw Al Horford walk away the previous summer in free agency. The Hawks also traded Jeff Teague before the season, and sent Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers. While the Hawks held onto Millsap at the deadline, the rebuild in Atlanta has been NHL Jerseys China underway for some time now.

This move for the Nuggets definitely helps in the goal of making the playoffs. After coming in ninth place last year, and missing the playoffs in the prior four years, the Nuggets now have a roster that can compete. The West is deeper than ever with players like Jimmy Butler and Paul George switching conferences, but this is the move Denver needed to make.

Millsap will fit well next to Nikola Jokic in the Nuggets’ frontcourt. Millsap is a great defender in the post and this will allow Jokic to focus on protecting the rim. Not only defensively, Millsap should pair extremely well next to Jokic on offense as well. The Minnesota Vikings Cheap Jerseys Nuggets were after a power forward this offseason, after being linked to possible trades for Kevin Love, but the ultimate Paul Millsap signing should be a great addition. What makes it even better is it’s a team option for Denver in the third year, which is a great contract for Millsap.

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.

The Rangers aren’t quite as far to the upper right as they used to be on that

The White Sox ended up trading their best players, and they got a prospect haul that’s the envy of baseball. The y-axis keeps bothering me, though. The White Sox had 40 percent of a stellar rotation. They had talent up and down the roster. How did they screw that up? Should they have given up so quickly?

The Rangers aren’t quite as far to the upper right as they used to be on that, so you can understand why they’re contemplating dealing Darvish, at least. This is their chance to cash in. What should they do?

The Rangers, who seem to be contending a lot more than Cheap Stitched Jerseys floundering in recent seasons. They have more division titles in their last seven seasons than they had in their first 49.

This is an A- trade rumor. It makes a lot of sense that the Dodgers would be eyeing Gray for starting pitching help, because anyone with brains who needs a starter is eyeing Gray. They have the prospects to give up in exchange, and should be happy to do so for a player they can control for the next few years.

However, while Gray can help them for at least the next few years, he might not be precisely what they are looking for in the next few months. The division is locked up, the playoffs are happening, and now they have to figure out who is most worth it based on their goals this season.

Gray may be the more likely option once Darvish is off the table, but he’s not off the table yet. So right now, that’s the grade this rumor gets.

Baseball is hard to predict. If you don’t believe me, check in with my preseason predictions, in which I’m a) wrong a lot and b) fond of mentioning that “baseball is Cheap Steelers Jerseys hard Cheap Throwback Basketball Jerseys to predict” seven times before the end of the first paragraph.

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.