Chauncey Billups says he’ll decide on Cavs’ front office post in ‘next few days’

Chauncey Billups skipped the debut of the Big3 basketball league last week to focus on another league — the NBA — as he mulled a reported offer to become the Cavaliers’ president of basketball operations.

Miami is also in the free agency race for Hayward, and displayed a banner of him on Saturday outside American Airlines Arena. Hayward was photoshopped into a Heat jersey.

Stevens recruited and coached Hayward while at Butler, where they took a trip to the 2010 NCAA title game. Hayward left for the NBA that summer, and Stevens left college basketball to take the Celtics position three years later.

Stevens personally picked up Hayward and his wife from the airport Saturday night, according to the Celtics.

Hayward was given a tour of Fenway on his visit, where he saw the message. He was also shown a video of Boston teams’ achievements to show him what it would be like to add to the city’s historic sports moments.

Hayward was named an All-Star for the first time in his career this past season, and deservedly so. He averaged career-highs in points (21.9) and rebounds (5.4) while guarding at a high level as part of Utah’s elite defense.

The connection to the Celtics is obvious with Hayward’s former college coach Brad Stevens at the helm, but the Heat will reportedly make Hayward a top priority as Pat Riley attempts to build up a team that just barely missed the playoffs. This would be a huge loss for the Jazz, so expect them to do whatever it takes to keep Hayward on board.lightning_292

Aaron Rodgers can’t be everything to the Packers

Through 10 games last fall, Aaron Rodgers wasn’t playing like Aaron Rodgers. Statistically, he was closer to second-year passer Marcus Mariota than a two-time league MVP. He was good, but not great.

Put a good quarterback rather than a great one in the Green Bay Packers’ lineup, and you get a 4-6 record. Replace him with prime Rodgers, and you get an eight-game winning streak and a spot in the NFC Championship.

Sorry Wisconsin: It turns out, Rodgers has a good reason for removing dairy from his diet.

Rodgers had a 96.0 passer rating through 10 games last fall, as Green Bay slid to third place in the NFC North and was in serious danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Then after a Week 11 loss, Rodgers said “I feel like we can run the table.”

Richardson may not have much room to throw shade at others when it comes to setting an example in the locker room. He’s been twice suspended by the NFL, once for a positive drug test and another time stemming from a 2014 arrest in Missouri where he evaded police at speeds exceeding 140 miles per hour.

He was also caught on SnapChat asking “where the hoes at?” before saying “f— this game” prior to New York’s 34-13 Week 15 loss to the Dolphins — an outburst that took place one week before Richardson took Marshall to task for his performance against New England.

Marshall has taken the high road in the feud.yankees_1096_3f2eb6852eedadd1-180x180

Anybody that says size is an issue in sports doesn’t know sports

Switzer has been a confident guy from the second he traded in soccer cleats for football spikes. After finally convincing his dad to let him play football in the fifth grade, he was a cut above.

“It was love at first sight,” Switzer said. “It was just something I was better at than the kids I was playing against. It’s just always been like this.”

“Anybody that says size is an issue in sports doesn’t know sports.”

Overcoming his 5-8, 181-pound frame, Switzer was heavily recruited, receiving offers from Florida State, Penn State, Arizona and his home state school of West Virginia.

But Switzer, thanks in large part to recruiting efforts by Fedora, wound up at Chapel Hill. And from his very first season there, the lightning-quick receiver was a sensation.

Watson, much like Prescott, can be expected to improve at all the little things in a short window before his first NFL game. Fresh off leading Clemson to a national championship, he’ll fit right into the mindset of a returning playoff team contending for a conference title.

With a true go-to receiver (DeAndre Hopkins), depth in the running game and J.J. Watt returning to anchor the defense, there will be limited pressure on Watson to try to carry the team. Although Houston can’t immediately give Watson an elite line the way Dallas could for Prescott, Watson can still play off a good overall supporting cast.
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Deshaun Watson warns teams they’ll ‘live with the consequences’ if they draft Mitchell Trubisky over him

This year’s quarterback draft class is unusual. None of these prospects have established themselves as the clear No. 1 signal caller. Deshaun Watson thinks he’s the guy, though, and that teams should select him over Mitchell Trubisky.

“You’re gonna have to live with the consequences that come with it,” Watson said Tuesday on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “That’s how I see it. I try to stay in my lane. I try not to take the path. I respect Mitch and what he’s done and all the hype he’s getting, but at the same time, my result speaks for itself.

“I feel like I’ve accomplished everything that I could. I guess if that’s who they’re gonna roll with, so be it.”

“My dad has been to one (game),” Brady said, via NESN’s Zack Cox. “That’s very atypical. They’re going to be here this weekend, which I’m excited about. It’ll be nice to see everybody. I’ve got a big crew coming.”

Brady has an existing relationship with President Donald Trump. He has referred to Trump as a “good friend,” and that friendship was his explanation for a “Make America Great Again” hat reporters spotted in his locker.

Brady has won five Super Bowls and has had plenty of opportunities to visit the White House. He missed the White House visit following the Patriots Super Bowl XLIX win for a previously scheduled family commitment. Brady said at the time that it wasn’t a political decision.

“It really is a great experience,” Brady told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “Putting politics aside, it never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. It meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team, with your teammates.”

Several of Brady’s teammates, including Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Dont’a Hightower, Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount and Alan Branch, will also miss the White House visit.
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NFL power rankings 2017, Week 12: Broncos, Seahawks vie for top spot

If the season were to end right now, the Browns and Titans would be flipping a coin at the NFL Scouting Combine because the two teams have the same strength of schedule and conference record.

Defense: Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, New York Jets: The Defensive Rookie of the Year race may come down to Sheldon Richardson and Star Lotulelei. Both were again dominant in Week 11, which has come to be expected. If the NFL could re-draft, both Richardson and Lotulelei might be top five picks. They’ve been that good. Richardson gets the nod here because voters will likely see his production as more impressive, though Lotulelei’s impact goes beyond the stat sheet. Both are deserving of recognition.

The Kansas City Chiefs defensive end left their loss to Denver in the first quarter with what was being called a knee injury. DeVito left the field under his own power, and did not appear to be seriously hurt. However, he did not return to action.

The No. 1 pick of last year’s draft injured his shoulder against Denver and did not return. Fisher was seen getting treatment on his shoulder on the sideline from Chiefs medical personnel. The right tackle came out in the fourth quarter and remained on the sideline.

More impressively, the Warriors shut down Kawhi Leonard rather well, trapping to get the ball out of his hands. Giovani Bernard, Running Back, Cincinnati Bengals: Again, there is no change in our Offensive Rookie of the Year pick. Giovani Bernard’s production and impact on his team has surpassed that of any other rookie in this class. He’s become a focal point of defenses when preparing for the Bengals’ offense. He had another 80-plus yards of total offense on 14 touches. The more his touches increase, he will continue to put up better and better statistics.cardinals_1194-115x115

49ers vs. Redskins 2017 odds: San Francisco favored by 3.5 points

The San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins are both coming off back-to-back losses, but oddmakers expect the Niners to put another tick in the win column this week. San Francisco was favored by 3.5 points on the opening line, according to OddsShark.com.

Snelling was pulled over by police on Friday morning around 3:35 a.m. after the car he was driving was having trouble staying in its lane, per CBSSports.com. When the car was pulled over, the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming form the vehicle, at which time Snelling disclosed he had been smoking marijuana at a friends’ house prior to driving.

Along with the charge of possession of marijuana, Snelling was charged with expired of no driver’s license, failure to maintain insurance, failed to maintain lane, improper use of dealer license plate, possession of drug related materials, and no registration. The Falcons suspended Snelling for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Snelling has been a backup running back for the majority of his career, which began in 2007 with Atlanta. Snelling’s best season came in 209 when he amassed 613 rushing yards. Losses are disappointing, that’s a given, but Manning was given free reign to operate inside the pocket while the vaunted Chiefs pass rush wasn’t able to make a real impact.

He brought in a red wagon, which he pulls behind him via a 10-foot rope he’s tied to his waist. Every time he rounds an aisle, he knocks Cheerios and shit off the end cap. The wagon is full of frozen chicken nuggets and vinegar. He’s going to make soup. He’s gonna cook it in a giant sack over a bonfire. The bonfire is fueled by old furniture people leave out in the alleys. He calls it “burniture.” He laughs and laughs.
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Top West Coast TE recruit Brevin Jordan is close with ‘Tight End U’ Miami

At 6’3, 240, Brevin Jordan is considered 2018’s third-best tight end, according to the early and still-developing 247Sports Composite. He’s currently rated as the best TE west of the Mississippi.

At The Opening’s Los Angeles camp, he listed Miami and Michigan “and UCLA for sure” as three schools he’d definitely put on a top list, were he to make one, with Ohio State and Georgia two others he’s “really looking into.”

Arizona is likely to be a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament when the bracket is announced on Sunday. This win improves them to 30-4 overall. It’s all kind of remarkable because the Wildcats had every excuse for a down year this season.

The season started with the unexpected and frankly almost tragic early retirement of Ray Smith. Smith, a former five-star recruit, tore his ACL for the third straight year during the Wildcats’ season-opening scrimmage. He also tore his ACL when he arrived going into his senior year of high school and again when he arrived on campus a year ago.

Arizona also had to deal with the drama around Trier, who missed the first 19 games of the campaign after he tested positive for PEDs in the preseason. Don’t forget that Arizona also missed out on elite recruit Terrance Ferguson, the five-star swingman who decided to play professionally in Australia rather than honor his commitment to Arizona.

Sean Miller’s team was carried by three freshman — Lauri Markkanen, Rawle Alkins, Kobi Simmons — for much of the year. Allen was terrific as a veteran presence in the backcourt. Dusan Ristic worked his way into being a quality center. Trier eventually came back and found his stride, and that set the tone for this Pac-12 title run.

Incredible job by Sean Miller. Oh yeah, he’s got DeAndre Ayton coming in next year, too. The man knows what he’s doing.17

And if that’s the system he wants the Knicks to run, there’s obviously no better teacher.

With just a few minutes left in the first half and with Barcelona still just holding a single goal, PSG badly needed to hold out a little longer. Going into halftime up three goals would have put a lot more pressure on Barcelona and made their job much tougher. Instead, Marquinhos and Layvin Kurzawa lost their minds on an attacking sequence in the 40th minute, with Marquinhos flailing around ineffectually in his efforts to block off Andres Iniesta. Kurzawa desperately tried to turn the ball around the post, despite his goalkeeper being practically on his hip to gather the ball, and put the ball in for an own goal instead.

Jackson has proven himself to be an all-time great head coach, arguably the greatest of them all. But his insistence on running the Triangle — a system with which only he has succeeded — has maimed several Knicks rosters struggling to grasp the concepts of the read-and-react offense.

Jackson had burned the Knicks roster, rebuilt it, then burned it down again before putting together this year’s team. He’s been through more coaches than seasons, and this year is on pace to follow the last three.

It’s time for Jackson to do what he should have done when he first came to New York and return to the sidelines. Because it’s become clear, only the Zen Master fully understands the offense.

And if that’s the system he wants the Knicks to run, there’s obviously no better teacher.

“S—, do I have a choice? Do I have a choice?” Rose told reporters, according to theNew York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy. “I just want to win games. Winning takes care of every category for an athlete.”

After starting the season 14-10, New York (26-39) plummeted down the East’s standings and 5.5 games out of the conference’s eighth seed. The Knicks would need to win 16 of their last 18 games to finish .500., and 11 of those opponents are playoff-bound.
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Outlets began to run with the story, saying that it indicated Rodgers wanted a new deal

Aaron Rodgers on if Mike Glennon possibly getting $15M/year in free agency should lead to talks about his own contract: “I think it has to.”

After saying that he thought it had to, Rodgers laughed and added, “I don’t think I need to expand on that.”

Outlets began to run with the story, saying that it indicated Rodgers wanted a new deal. Rodgers called those reports “fake news” on Twitter:

Actually, I said 4 words. And was referring to comparing contracts between players that play the same position.

Speaking of Suggs, the Ravens’ linebacking corps is already looking completely different than it did last year. With Dumervil cut and Zach Orr gone as well after a surprise retirement, Baltimore will rely on Suggs and C.J. Mosley more now than ever. Cutting Dumervil puts the Ravens in the market for a pass rusher, though the move suggests Baltimore could be looking for younger players to infuse into the defense.

Cutting Dumervil is a risky move for the Ravens, but it saves the team money and gives Baltimore, one of the oldest teams in the NFL last season, an opportunity to get younger. With talent on both sides of the ball, it’s very possible we could see the Ravens in playoff contention next season.

The nature of the free agency market demands players be overpaid. There are rumors that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon is likely to receive as much as $15 million per year when he hits the open market.

A fifth-round pick in 2013, Wagner became a full-time starter for the Ravens in 2014. The Lions can use the help after finishing No. 30 in the NFL in rushing yards in 2016 and below the league average in total yards and points.4

Celtics want Aussie NBA free agent Andrew Bogut in Boston: reports

REPORTS that Andrew Bogut may be headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers appear premature.

The Australian big man was involved in talks with Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge on Monday night (US time) and may have also spoken to senior Celtics players, according to The Boston Globe.

It was reported Bogut was also planning to speak to both Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.

While he has played only 26 games and just five since New Year during an injury- marred season with Dallas, the 32-year-old Bogut is still considered a useful contributor as a strong defensive and rebounding presence.

“You know, Willie, one of my best memories is right here on this field when you made that short-yardage stop down there against the Colts (back in 2003),” Belichick said. “And then the next year, we opened with them, and you made the sack that took Mike Vanderjagt out of field-goal range. And I think that’s where (Mike) Vrabel got them on the fake timeout, too, and then they changed the rule on that. But anyway, you got the Colts back to back, two years in a row — here and in Foxborough.”

McGinest said he was a hated figure in Indianapolis and that he could not tell those stories or else his stay as a combine analyst would be significantly less comfortable.

“Trust me, Willie, when I came to Indianapolis, they threw stuff at me, yelled at me and everything else. Then when I went for it on fourth-and-2 (in a Nov. 2009 regular-season matchup) and we got stopped, ever since then it’s been ‘Hey Coach, good to see you. How is it going?'”

Every now and then Belichick, in the eyes of fans from 31 other teams, reaches peak evil and then does something to warm the collective hearts of everyone.

Belichick and McGinest likely went on to share a root beer float at Steak ‘n Shake.25