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NFC and AFC Championships preview: We love scoring

Last weekend, aside from the game that Brock Osweiler kept from being truly compelling, the NFL had a thoroughly solid slate. On paper, we can reasonably expect more of the same on championship weekend. NFC Championship GameGreen Bay Packers at Atlanta FalconsSunday, 3:05 p.m. ET/12:05 p.m. PT, FOX It’s rare to have an NFL game that the public raves about that isn’t a shootout...
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Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

Roger Goodell won’t be attending the AFC Championship Game in New England, because of course he won’t. During divisional weekend, Goodell was in the Georgia Dome on Saturday and at Arrowhead Stadium for Sunday’s late game. One could reasonably conclude, were one generally unfamiliar with Roger Goodell, that he would be in Gillette Stadium this coming weekend. He won’t. Reports...
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Denis Istomin upsets Novak Djokovic at Australian Open

Uzbekistani tennis player Denis Istomin made history on Thursday at the Australian Open when he shocked Novak Djokovic in the second round of the tournament. Istomin, who is ranked No. 117 in the world, beat Djokovic in five sets, 7-6, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4. Istomin said he battled cramps in his legs and still won the match. He rallied back from down two sets to one to win it. Making...
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Viewing Picks for January 19, 2017

All Times Eastern The latest The worst of Phil Simms, the best of Twitter vs. Phil Simms from Saturday's Texans-Patriots game Mike Francesa is ready to go on his WFAN farewell tour Why did Paul Finebaum rip UConn for pulling a scholarship, but not Michigan or Alabama? ...
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WATCH: Russell Westbrook forgets to dribble, gets called for travel

Russell Westbrook had a travel against the Warriors on Wednesday that was so blatant, not even he could get away with it. During the third quarter of OKC’s game against Golden State, Westbrook took an inbounds pass under the Thunder’s basket and started to call a play. The problem is Westbrook walked about five steps before bouncing the ball as if he completely forgot he needed...
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WATCH: Zaza Pachulia knocks down Russell Westbrook

Zaza Pachulia nailed Russell Westbrook with a hard foul and then stood over him disrespectfully just before halftime during Wednesday’s Thunder-Warriors game. Westbrook was getting a screen from Enes Kanter on Andre Iguodala when Pachulia worked through it and rammed into Westbrook with 4.4 seconds left in the first half. After the Oklahoma City guard fell down, Pachulia stood...
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WATCH: Harden helps woman celebrate her 100th birthday

Houston Rockets guard James Harden does a little bit of everything. He can score. He can dish the rock. He can rebound. He also sports a tremendously distinct facial hair program that sets him apart from the rest. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Harden can also make a 100-year-old fan in the stands feel like she’s on the top of the world. That’s amazing. Good on Harden...
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Bart Scott turns Tomlin 'A-holes' statement into Duke comparison

If you aren’t a New England or North Carolina sports fan, it seems there are two things just about everyone else can agree on — their hatred for the Patriots and Duke men’s basketball. Just ask Bart Scott. The former Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets linebacker is no stranger to riling up Patriots fans with controversial comments about their favorite NFL team, and he...
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Why LeGarrette Blount enjoys New England

There’s something about playing for the Patriots that brings out the best in LeGarrette Blount. So, what is it? Why does he like playing in New England so much? The Patriots running back was asked this Wednesday as New England prepares to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. And from the sound of it, a lot of variables are involved in Blount’s success...
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Vance Joseph addresses sexual assault allegations

Sexual assault allegations against Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph dating back to his time as the defensive backs coach for the University of Colorado in 2003-04 have surfaced. Two female trainers had previously accused Joseph of sexually assaulting them as part of a larger investigation into a recruiting scandal surrounding the program. Joseph was never charged or interviewed...
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WATCH: Kemba Walker shows off ridiculous handles

While Kyrie Irving might draw all the attention for having the best dribbling skills in the NBA, we’d be remiss to leave Kemba Walker out of this discussion. Irving dribbled his way out of trouble on Wednesday night when it looked like he would surely be trapped in the corner. He shortened his dribble a bit to confuse a defender, then juked another one. He then calmly found Roy...
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Chipper Jones, Jim Thome among newcomers for 2018 Hall Of Fame ballot

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was announced Wednesday, making it the perfect time to look ahead to the 2018 ballot. So which players have a chance to join Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez in Cooperstown? Of the new eligible players for next year’s ballot, former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones probably has the best chance to be inducted...
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NFL selects referee Carl Cheffers to officiate Super Bowl LI

The NFL clearly didn’t ask for the advice of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce before picking the referee for Super Bowl LI. According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, referee Carl Cheffers—who was harshly criticized by Kelce after Kansas City’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Round—has been selected to officiate Super Bowl LI in Houston. It will...
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Jonah Keri had a great reaction to Tim Raines making the Hall of Fame

They say there’s no cheering in the press box, but sometimes, it can be absolutely awesome to watch sportswriters celebrate an accomplishment for one of their heroes. That’s certainly the case with CBS/Sports Illustrated writer and Nerdist podcast host Jonah Keri, who’s long been the foremost advocate for Tim Raines’ case for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Raines...
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Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

The newest inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame were announced on Wednesday, and three ex-players will be joining the class of the immortals. Former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell, former Montreal Expos (among others) outfielder Tim Raines, and long-time Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez were selected by the BBWAA this year. Of the 442 ballots cast, Bagwell received...
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Chris Kreider fined $5,000 for pummeling Cody Eakin with his own helmet

Chris Kreider has been fined $5,000 by the league after hitting Cody Eakin with his own helmet during a fight during last night’s New York Rangers-Dallas Stars game. NY Rangers’ Chris Kreider fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for hitting Dallas’ Cody Eakin with his helmet during a fight. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 18, 2017 Kreider...
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Packers don’t have Jordy Nelson or Davante Adams at Wednesday practice

The Green Bay Packers are preparing for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game with a hobbled group of receivers for red-hot quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Head coach Mike McCarthy said that neither Jordy Nelson (ribs) not Davante Adams (ankle) would practice on Wednesday, with Adams potentially unable to participate until Saturday. Nelson is still dealing with multiple broken ribs. Adams...
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Rajon Rondo's post-playing career plans? NBA head coach

Rajon Rondo has said he wants to continue playing in the NBA for "six or seven more years." But once it's all said and done and his pro basketball career is at its end? The Chicago Bulls guard has been preparing for some time now for his next professional endeavor. “I absolutely want to coach,” Rondo said in the Bulls locker room following Tuesday’s 99-98 loss to the Dallas...
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Report: Falcons coaches told Shanahan is 49ers' new coach

Nothing will be official until the Atlanta Falcons’ season ends, but Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is a virtual lock to be the next coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Starting with owner Arthur Blank, the entire Falcons organization knows how much Shanahan will be missed. Still, Atlanta’s other assistants were happy to see Shanahan get promoted. “Dan Quinn...
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Bryce Harper prods Nationals over offseason activity

The Washington Nationals haven’t gone on their usual offseason spending spree this winter, only acquiring Adam Eaton and Derek Norris via trade while dealing away Danny Espinosa and a bucket-load of prospects. They *did* avoid an ugly arbitration hearing with Bryce Harper, inking him to a one-year, $13.625 million deal to keep him in the fold for his third of four arbitration...
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LeBron James Jr. amazes in yet another highlight video

Another highlight video documenting the mind-blowing on-court exploits of one LeBron James Jr. recently hit the Internet. Put plainly, this impressive prodigy is on is way to following in the footsteps of his Cleveland Cavaliers superstar father. And he’s only 12. Granted, a highlight video by its nature can be a bit misleading. But this most recent mixtape celebrates there’s...
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TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

Last week on TailGreater, we did something a bit different in picking the winners of the divisional round of the NFL playoffs based on well known breweries from the state. Our picks that week... didn't go all that well. In an effort to redeem our 50% hit rate from last week, we're going to give it another shot today on TailGreater. Only this time, we're going to be examining these...
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Joel Embiid’s minute limit will be enforced for rest of season

The Philadelphia 76ers made it clear there are no immediate plans to lift the minutes limit set for Joel Embiid. Further, the plan going forward is to keep that limit enforced for the balance of the season, despite the center making significant progress in his on-court development and recovery from seasons-robbing injuries. Embiid, after averaging around 23 minutes per game at the...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss
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