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PISCATAWAY, N. Suede Heart Reset Puma .J. -- Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell got exactly the kind of performance he insists on from his reserves.Ive never been a starter guy, Pikiell said after Rutgers defeated Niagara 78-65 on Sunday in the Scarlet Knight Showcase. I like the finishers. Thats important to me. The way I coach, you gotta be ready.Nigel Johnson led the reserves, equaling a career high with 20 points in helping Rutgers go 4-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 season. The Knights bench outscored Niagara 42-3.Other non-starter contributors were Mike Williams (12 points), CJ Gettys (eight points and eight rebounds), Eugene Omoruyi (six points, four rebounds and two assists) and Candido Sanders (four blocks).With Rutgers trailing 42-41, Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 14:32 remaining for the third and final lead change. The Knights scored 16 straight for a 57-42 lead, and opened their biggest advantage at 70-51.After we went on that run we created a little distance in our lead, Johnson said. I felt like we did a good job closing the game and that was what we were focused on.Matt Scott had 30 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Purple Eagles, who are 0-4 for the first time since starting with six straight losses in the 1989-90 season. Kahlil Dukes had 12 points and Marvin Prochet 11.If youre around (Scott) every day, you just watch how hes blossoming, Niagara coach Chris Casey said. Its fun to watch. Hes blossoming as a player, as a person, as a student. His work ethic is off the charts.BIG PICTURENiagara: The Purple Eagles held a 65-44 advantage in bench points in the first three games. The Eagles blocked nine shots, which equaled their combined total in the first three games.Rutgers: Pikiell became the first Scarlet Knights mens coach to begin his tenure 4-0 and Rutgers defense has been a major reason. Rutgers has allowed an average of 61.7 points per game and opponents are shooting 36.3 percent (84 of 231) against the Knights. Rutgers blocked 11 Purple Eagles shots. Rutgers has won four straight for the first time since 2012-13 when it won five in a row in December.PURPLE POSITIVESCollins felt his young team did some things out of character during Rutgers decisive run, but was still happy with the way it continues to battle. I thought our guys competed extremely hard, I thought we did some very good things in the game, and weve got to use this to build on, move forward onto the next game.DOWNPLAYING STARTEntering Sundays game, the record of Rutgers first four opponents was a combined 2-9. To Pikiells credit, he is not getting carried away with his start. Asked the significance of 4-0, the coach said Nothing. We have to start working for the next game, these guys know we have a long week ahead of us.TECHNICALITIESThere were four technical fouls called, three on Rutgers with two of them on point guard Corey Sanders, who was ejected with 7:01 left.WELCOME TO NJThe Purple Hawks made their first appearance at Rutgers. Niagara won the only other meeting between the two, 73-61, on Dec. 18, 1969.UP NEXTNiagara: After three straight on the road, the Purple Eagles have their first home game since opening-night when they host Drexel on Wednesday.Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights host North Texas Wednesday and will attempt to start 5-0 for the first time since 2000-01, when they opened the season with six straight home games. Creepers Puma Rihanna Pas Cher . Once again Jordan Cieciwa (@FitCityJordan) and I (@LynchOnSports) go head to head in our picks. Last weekend at UFC Fight Night 32 my #TeamLynch got the best of #TeamJC by a score of 9-6. 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Spain birdied the final hole to sit top of the leaderboard after the opening day of foursomes at the World Cup of Golf.The duo of Rafael Cabrera Bello and Jon Rahm went one under at the par-four 18th to card a three-under-par 69 in testing conditions in Melbourne.It was a perfect end to an impressive round in the wind, with Cabrera Bello having earlier sunk a putt from distance to register an eagle at the eighth.It was a fun putt, he said. When I was seeing it, it looked like it couldnt miss and then all of a sudden it really missed and I dont know how it came back and went in.Its been a fun day. We played well. It was tough and tricky with the wind but Jon played great, I rolled some putts and hit some good shots as well. Its a score were proud of and also a score we deserve.Rahm added: Were playing foursomes in this kind of weather in this part of the world and on this kind of course. Its a little tricky to what Im used to playing in the States.Obviously we planned a strategy which had me hitting more tee-shots. He hit a couple of great shots, rolled some putts in and thats pretty much what we needed. It wasnt so much about hitting great shots -- it was about avoiding mistakes and we did that perfectly.Spain hold a one-shot lead over France, China and the United States, who all went round in 70 to be two under.The French pairing of Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque fired four birdies and two bogeys, ass did Ryder Cup-winning American pair Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler, while Wu Ashun and?Hao-tong Li?of China posted five birdies and three bogeys. PUMA Fenty Bow Slide Rose - Femme/Homme Tongs Et Sandales. I gave Rickie a couple of tough putts, but he buried them, admitted Walker. Thats what it takes to play well and stay in a golf tournament.The course played tough today. I thought starting out today that if you shot anything under par, it was going to be pretty good. All the par fives played straight into the wind today. So we had to battle all day, and it really was a battle at times but I feel like we came out on top.England, represented by Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan, were a shot further back on one under along with the Italian pair of Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero, with Irish duo Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell level par alongside Sweden and Denmark.The Australian team and pre-tournament favourites, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, could only manage one birdie in tough, windy conditions which leaves them five behind.Its very tough to gauge exactly whats going on out there when its blustery, Scott told the AAP. But its not that bad. You only feel bad because youre two over, but two under [which became three under] is leading. 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Golfs two governing bodies outlawed the anchored putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions, approving a new rule that starts in 2016 and urging the PGA Tour to follow along so the 600-year-old sport is still played under one set of rules. Cheap NBA Jerseys . The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association adopted Rule 14-1b, which prohibits players from anchoring a club against their bodies. "We strongly believe that this rule is for the betterment of the game," USGA President Glen Nager said. "Rule 14-1b protects one of the important challenges in the game -- the free swing of the entire club." The decision Tuesday ends six months of sometimes rancorous debate. The rule was opposed by the PGA Tour and the PGA of America, which contended the stroke commonly used for long putters was not hurting the game and there was no statistical proof that it was an advantage. "We recognize this has been a divisive issue, but after thorough consideration, we remain convinced that this is the right decision for golf," R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said at European Tour headquarters outside London. The next step -- and perhaps the most important step -- is for the PGA Tour to follow the new rule or decide to establish its own condition of competition that would allow players to anchor the long putters. Most believe that would lead to chaos in golf. If a special condition were allowed for the PGA Tour, it would mean players could not use the anchored stroke at the U.S. Open and British Open. Augusta National is likely to follow the new rule at the Masters. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in February the USGA and R&A would be "making a mistake" to adopt the rule, though he also has stressed in just about every interview that it was critical for golf to play under one set of rules. The tour said in a statement it would consult with its Player Advisory Council and policy board to determine "whether various provisions of Rule 14-1b will be implemented in our competitions, and if so, examine the process for implementation." It declined further comment until then. "I think its really important that the PGA Tour -- and all the professional tours -- continue to follow one set of rules," USGA executive director Mike Davis said. "We have gotten very positive feedback from the tours around the world saying that they like one set of rules, they like the R&A and USGA governing those. So if there was some type of schism, we dont think that would be good for golf." "And we are doing what we think is right for the long-term benefit of the game for all golfers, and we just cant write them for one group of elite players." The new rule does not ban the long putters, only the way they commonly are used. Golfers no longer will be able to anchor the club against their bodies to create the effect of a hinge. Masters champion Adam Scott used a long putter he pressed against his chest. British Open champion Ernie Els and U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson used a belly putter, as did Keegan Bradley in the 2011 PGA Championship. PGA of America President Ted Bishop, who had some of the sharpest comments over the last few months, also said his group would discuss the new rule -- and confer with the PGA Tour -- before deciding how to proceed. "We are disappointed with this outcome," Bishop said. "As we have said publicly and repeatedly during the comment period, we do not believe 14-1b is in the best interest of recreational golfers and we are concerned about the negative impact it may have on both the enjoyment and growth of the game." Some forms of anchoring have been around at least 40 years, and old photographs suggest it has been used even longer. It wasnt until after Bradley became the first major champion to use a belly putter that the USGA and R&A said it would take a new look at the putting style. "It can never be too late to do the right thing," Nager said. Those in favour of anchored putting argued that none of the top 20 players in the PGA Tours most reliable putting statistic used a long putter, and if it was such an advantage, why wasnt everyone using it? The governing bodies announced the proposed rule on Nov. 28, even though they had no data to show an advantage. What concerned them more was a spike in usage on the PGA Tour, more junior golfers using the long putters and comments from instructors that it was a better way to putt. There was concern the conventional putter would become obsolete over time. The purpose of the new rule was simply to define what a putting stroke should be. "The playing rules are not based on statistical studies," Nager said. "They are based on judgments that define the game and its intended challenge. One of those challenges is to control the entire club, and anchoring alters that challenge." The topic was so sensitive that the USGA and R&A allowed for a 90-day comment period, an unprecedented move for the groups that set the rules of golf. The USGA said about 2,200 people offered feedback through its website, while the R&A said it had about 450 people from 17 countries go through its website. Among those who spoke in favour of the ban were Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker. "Ive always felt that in golf you should have to swing the club, control your nerves and swing all 14 clubs, not just 13," Woods said Monday. Tim Clark and Carl Pettersson have used the long putter as long as they have been on the PGA Tour. Scott switched to the broom-handle putter only in 2011, and he began contending in majors for the first time -- tied for third in 2011 Masters, runner-up at the 2012 British Open, his first major victory in the Masters last month. "I dont really have a backup plan," Scott said at The Players Championship. "Im just going to keep doing what Im doing and deal with it then. I dont think there will be anything much for me to change. If I have to separate the putter a millimeter from my chest, then Ill do that. ... My hand will be slightly off my chest, probably." The putter would have to be held away from the body to allow free swing. Mark Newell, head of the USGAs rules committee, said the rule would be enforced like so many others in golf -- players would have to call the penalty on themselves. Bernhard Langer also uses a broom-handled putter, and the 55-year-old German was on the leaderboard at the Masters on the weekend before tying for 25th. "Its very disappointing," Langer told Golfweek magazine from St. Louis, where he was preparing for the Senior PGA Championship. "Well have to wait to see what the PGA Tour says, and right now, were all guessing. If they make their own rule, then nothing changes. If they dont make another rule, well have to adjust. Its been talked about and talked about and its just disappointing. I just dont understand why it took them 40 years to come to their conclusion." Cheap Hawks Jerseys . The third-ranked Ivanovic, who won the event in 2008 and 10, served five aces and broke Wickmayer, also a former winner in 2009, five times. "The result looked easier than it really was," Ivanovic said. Cheap Atlanta Hawks Jerseys . Here are his mid-season NBA awards.  MVP: (KEVIN DURANT-Thunder) - Has been sensational this season and more importantly, the most consistent player in the league. 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LIMOGES, France -- Hit by a virus, denied a place on the Tour de France and then parting company with his team, not much went right last season for German sprinter Marcel Kittel.Now hes back with a vengeance.Kittel claimed his ninth stage win at cyclings biggest race in a mass sprint on Tuesday, as the fourth leg of the Tour took the peloton from the medieval town of Saumur to Limoges in central France.For me the victory means a lot, because I know how hard my way back to this moment was, said Kittel, who was fighting back the tears at the podium ceremony.Kittel, who wore the race leaders yellow jersey in 2013 and 2014, joined the Etixx Quick Step team from Giant-Alpecin for this season, replacing the departing Mark Cavendish.The new partnership has been extremely successful so far. Kittel has been the dominant sprinter this year, claiming 11 victories including back-to-back stage wins at the Giro dItalia.At the Tour, he got off to a disappointing start, getting beaten by Cavendish in the opening stage and missing out on a chance to wear the yellow jersey. So when the German held off Frenchman Bryan Coquards surge in a photo finish in Limoges, it was a huge relief.Last year was a huge setback. But I tried to take action to make changes for my future and to be able to win stages again at the Tour, Kittel said. I live for my sport. I never did anything else -- contrary to what some critics said.Kittel began his final surge for the line a little too early for comfort. But he just managed to hang on and edge Coquard.I feel very emotional right now, it feels like my first stage win again, Kittel said. Im mega, mega happy. Im very proud, because the team was really fighting for this win. Things went wrong in the last days, and Im so happy to be back in the Tour and to win a stage like this.World champion Peter Sagan finished third on the 237.5-kilometer ride and kept the yellow jersey. Courtesy of a time bonus, he extended his lead over Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe to 12 seconds in the overall standings. Spaniard Alejandro Valverde is third, 14 seconds back.It was a very fast sprint, I started too early today, the same time as Marcel started, Sagan said. Cheap Hawks Jerseys China. Coquard made a very nice sprint. He was patient and almost won.Coquards aggressive burst for the line almost paid off with his first stage win in cyclings showpiece event. He brushed shoulders with Kittel in the slightly uphill final stretch, but lost by a few millimeters.I think I belong with the greats now, Coquard said. There is no mistake in the sprints, the stronger wins. I was never as close to victory, but I havent won yet. Im young, but Im a winner... and I want to win this year on the Tour.After a first attack fizzled out soon after the start, a group of four riders managed to escape from the pack and build up a five-minute lead over the peloton.Tour debutants Oliver Naesen and Alexis Gougeard, alongside Markel Irizar and Andreas Schillinger, made their move near the 30-kilometer mark and quickly increased the gap, helped by a tail wind.Determined to defend Sagans yellow jersey, the Tinkoff team hit the front of the bunch to step up the pace in hot and sunny conditions. They organized the chase with sprint-specialist teams Lotto-Soudal and Etixx, and the gap was down to four minutes with 100 kilometers left.However, the pack was in no rush to rein in the breakaway riders on the winding roads of the lush green Limousin countryside.Gougeard was dropped from the leading group with 35 kilometers left, moments before the pursuit really started in the hilly finale to Limoges. The remaining trio was swallowed up during a short climb seven kilometers from the finish.On the eve of the first mountain stage, the races main favorites Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana enjoyed a quiet day. Froome, a two-time Tour champion, is in fifth position overall, 18 seconds behind Sagan. Quintana is seventh with the same time as Froome.Wednesdays Stage 5 features four difficult climbs including the second-category Pas de Peyrol, the highest road pass in the Massif Central with an average gradient of 8.1 percent. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
The ICC is keen on having an edge-detection tool - Realtime Snicko, UltraEdge or HotSpot - to go with the existing ball-tracking tool as minimum requirements for DRS. Mens/Womens Asics Tiger Aaron Low Sneakers White/Blue H50XJ-0142 . However, that depends on the ICC cricket committee headed by Anil Kumble, and a planned meeting with the member boards in February 2017 to prepare a road map for the use of technology moving forward. For the ICC, the ideal outcome of the meeting will be some sort of agreement to have DRS for every Test no matter where it takes place, with the decided minimum requirements in place.As it stands now, DRS is employed even in those Tests where no edge-detection technology is available whereas India have been playing without DRS even with the required technology available. That India have agreed to use it on a trial basis against England is a step forward, but ICCs general manager of cricket operations Geoff Allardice knows there is some way to go.I look at matches in different parts of the world, and I see the different levels of technology and you see umpires are left without conclusive evidence in one series where in another series they might have conclusive evidence with all tools available, Allardice said. There are some logistical challenges as well about having every type of technology in every match but I think overall we should be striving for a more consistent delivery of technology at all international matches.Ball-tracking is standard in DRS at the moment, and we wont see that changing. I think you certainly need an edge-detection tool as a standard. If you go back to times gone by with the umpires listening to the stump microphone audio and trying to judge whether that was the sound of bat on ball or bat on pad or whatever, it was very difficult to make a decision [for the umpire] and also for the people watching at home to know what the umpire was thinking. And sound-based edge detection systems like Realtime Snicko and UltraEdge have simplified those kinds of decisions.HotSpot is another tool that helps in edge detection, and while Allardice said it has a lot to add to a DRS system, its inclusion posed logistical challenges. Indias home Tests against England, for example, could have had HotSpot but the BCCI was told it would take too long for the equipment to arrive in the country. The cameras used by HotSpot are high-end military cameras, whose shipping needs special permissions from governments.The BCCIs opposition to DRS arose from a perception that it wasnt 100% fool proof. Some other boards do not employ it because of the high cost of equipment. As such there has been pressure on the ICC to assume control of the system itself. Allardice was open to the possibility.If we get the support of members for the ICC to take a greater role in providing consistent technology at every game, we think thats the right way to go forward. If we can map that out to the countries, and they like that, then the plan will be to start putting it in place. he said. Generally in DRS series, we deliver 98 to 99% correct decisions, and what that does is provide a consistency of correct decisions, whether the conditions are difficult for umpiring, or whether the umpire is having a good day or a bad day.There has also been protest against DRS because of the possibility of human error. When asked if the ICC might be interested in training people to operate the various technologies to assuage that concern, Allardice said it was the technology provider who was best placed to understand the nuances of the system and implement it correctly. He did, however, admit there was a need for the ICC to oversee operations.At this stage, I wouldnt see us wanting to be technology providers ourselves, because the expertise and product development work thats taken place over a long period of time, has been conducted by the technology providers. But I think there is a greater role for the ICC in the coordination of technology that goes to each match, and the oversight of the performance at matches.DRSs impact on the umpires is also a point of debate. In the Chittagong Test between England and Bangladesh, eight out of 18 decisions made by Kumar Dharmasena were overturned. 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He wasnt much better in his second season, which is why the Jets traded for Ryan Fitzpatrick in March 2015 and ended up making him the starter.However, with Fitzpatrick benched Wednesday, Smith is back at the helm -- at least for now.As the Jets (1-5) host the Ravens (3-3) on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on CBS, his task is to try to spark an offense that ranks last in scoring (15.8 points per game) and No. 2 in turnovers (15).I felt it was time for a change, New York coach Todd Bowles said. We got up there in the turnover category. We hadnt put any points up. Were trying to get a spark somewhere, so I made the change.The Ravens hope they dont have to make a change at the same position.Quarterback Joe Flacco has been sacked 11 times over the past three games -- all losses -- and is dealing with a sore right shoulder that kept him out of practice Wednesday.I have a little shoulder soreness, Flacco said. 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The status of that trio is uncertain.The Ravens also will try to establish their running game, with Terrance West working to take some pressure off an offensive line that has not been able to protect Flacco. West has emerged as Baltimores top back, rushing for 208 yards on 32 carries in the past two games.Of course, the Jets have almost as staunch a run defense as the Ravens, ranking sixth in the NFL at 85.5 yards allowed per game. Baltimores reshuffled line will have to contend with Leonard Williams (five sacks) and company.Bowles plans to make a few personnel moves on defense, although he would not give any details.(None) that I feel like revealing, Bowles said, but Ive made some changes.One potential switch would be benching cornerback Buster Skrine, who was flagged for four penalties Monday night in New Yorks 28-3 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. 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Under Armour and Fanatics will take over for Majestic and Nike as the official uniform partners for Major League Baseball, the league confirmed Monday.The deal is scheduled to begin in 2020 and run for 10 years, but sources say it could start before that should Majestic decide to bow out early.Under the terms of the deal, Under Armour will make all on-field apparel, including jerseys and game-day and training outerwear, that is currently made by Majestic and base-layer gear that is made by Nike.Fanatics, the largest sports retailer, will make the merchandise that will be sold to fans, serving as both the producer and the seller. Fanatics, which currently runs all four of the major North American sports leagues online sites plus NASCARs, will also be the distributor of the merchandise to retailers.New Era will continue to make the hats for players and fans through at least 2019.In this vertically integrated system, MLB teams will make a higher royalty per jersey, sources said, as a more streamlined selling process means fewer players from production to getting into the hands of fans.Fanatics has invested $80 million in technology and production facilities in 2016, has created a wholesale division and began contracting out its merchandise sales services to teams at their stadiums.The deal was the brainchild of Bob Bowman, the mastermind behind the leagues MLB Advanced Media arm who became president of business and media for the league two years ago. 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When he gives you something to hit, youve got to do something with it, and I was able to do that today, Bruce said. He really made one mistake all day and I was able to hit a home run. You really have to be aggressive with him. Hes a strike-thrower, hes going to be around the plate and hes going to make you put the ball in play. I was able to put a good swing on the ball and not miss it.Bumgarner (10-6) allowed one earned run and five hits in eight innings, striking out nine.Its disappointing when you have Bum throw the ball the way he did today, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. He gave up five hits and couldnt get a win. We just couldnt figure out Straily. We couldnt generate much offensively and its disappointing when you have your starter throw like that.We just couldnt get it going. Its a tough one, he said.The Giants have lost six of Bumgarners last eight starts. He hasnt had much run support of late, with the Giants scoring 10 runs in his last five games.Were trying to score as many runs for him as we can, Giants catcher Buster Posey said. It stinks and we have to find a way to get back on track.Straily (6-6) gave up three hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five in his longest outing of the season. Straily improved to 2-0 in his career against Bumgarner.Definitely, you take pride in battling against the best in baseball, Straily said. Its no different than any other game, but when it happens on a day like today it makes it a little more special.Tony Cingrani pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.Conor Gillaspie hit a solo homer for the Giants in the second.San Francisco left fielder Angel Pagan dropped a flyball in the fifth, setting up Tucker Barnharts tying sacrifice fly.The ball was hit hard, a tough play, Bochy said. I dont know if he lost it in the sun, He almost made a great catch, too.Pagan singled leading off the ninth but was forced out at second when shortstop Zack Cozart robbed Mac Williamson with a nice grab on a ball hit up the middle.If Williamsons ball gets in, its a different game, Bochy said. We would have had first and third there, but their shortstop made a great play on the ball.Joey Votto had two of the Reds six hits, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Hes batting .500 (20 for 40) over that stretch.Brandon Belt was 0 for 2 with a walk, snapping his 11-game hitting streak against the Reds. 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Geelongs latest milestone man Harry Taylor had an inauspicious start to life in the AFL.Taylor was taken with pick No.17 in the 2007 national draft, an occasion generally preceded by a sleepless night.The West Australian missed the fuss, waking-up to 84 missed calls including one from unimpressed Cats coach Mark Thompson.He said quite abruptly - why havent you been picking your phone up?, Taylor recalled ahead of his 200th match.I tried to sort of muddle my way through the story.Id put the draft on the backburner a little bit.I was 21 ... in my third year of studying physio at uni and we had about 16 exams.We had an end of year physio ball after exams, which was the day before the draft.Fellow veterans Andrew Mackie, Jimmy Bartel and Corey Enright have celebrated meaningful milestones this season.At the MCG on Sunday, when Geelong hope to defeat Richmond and clamber back into the top four, it will be Taylors time in the spotlight.It is a position the 30-year-old is not entirely comfortable with, despite being one of the best defenders in the league.Bartel described Taylor as quiet, intelligent and caring earlier this week.Taylor is undoubtedly a family man, which is why 2013 presented a challenge for the two-time premiership winner.Taylor opted to sign a five-year deal with the Cats but only after beiing actively pursued by Fremantle. PUMA Fenty Bow Slide Rose - Femme/Homme Tongs Et Sandales. 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He just went out and made plays.The impressive thing about Tyler is that he was still coming off a rehab for his knee at (offseason workouts) and we backed him down. He got into great shape this summer. Hes doing the things we expect him to do. A big target, big frame, makes catches. A good red zone target for us.Higbee was taken in the fourth round. Last season at Western Kentucky, he caught 38 passes for 563 yards and eight touchdowns, despite missing most of six games because of the knee injury that required offseason surgery.His talent had many pegging him as a second-round pick, but then he was arrested April 10 after a fight outside a bar in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on suspicion of second-degree assault, evading police and public intoxication. His next court hearing is scheduled in September.The Rams vetted Higbee and took the gamble. On the field, he is looking like he could have a big payoff.Tyler has the potential to play very, very early for us and be a big time part of our offense, Fisher said.After the first week of camp, Higbee looks exceedingly comfortable and not at all like some wide-eyed rookie.Its football, Higbee said. Im comfortable on the football field. I enjoy playing. I love the game. The Rams had the NFLs worst passing game last season. They first tried to address that need by taking Goff with the first pick at quarterback. They had to trade away the rest of their early selections to move up in the draft and did not get another pick until taking Higbee in the fourth round.They later took two wide receivers and another tight end. Rookie tight ends, however, do not typically earn early playing time.The hardest adjustment from their standpoint is blocking, Fisher said. Most of them line up against the defensive end in the run game. And thats not an easy thing to do. 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Steve Harmison, England fast bowler To vanquish the Australia of Warne, Ponting and McGrath, England would need their stars to shine. But they would need something else, something other. Implausibly, they were about to find it: ready-made, skunk-haired, utterly at odds, at first glance more inmate than team-mate. Hed just hit three ODI hundreds in South Africa against the land of his birth. It was figured he could play. We hadnt seen the like. Then at Bristol, in the first pre-Ashes ODI, Kevin Pietersen absolutely nailed it.Like so many others, I was converted by Botham in 1981. It left me with a taste for hero-worship, and a capacity for believing that an unexpected England victory might always be round the corner. On June 19, 2005, my brother and I were walking Offas Dyke. As we came into Hay, we said to each other, Wouldnt it be brilliant if we turned the corner, there was a pub showing the match at Bristol, and England somehow won? 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We set the marker down that morning and bowled them out cheaply. Then Glenn McGrath brought us down to earth! But at the end of that first day you just knew - this was going to be an absolute humdinger.Harmison A marker indeed. That morning Harmison was unmanageable. He hit Langer on the elbow, Hayden on the helmet, and Ponting so hard in the face that his helmet grille ricocheted into his cheekbone and sent him to hospital for corrective work (though only after play had finished).Australia were all out for 190 and England were padding up before tea. It was McGraths turn now. When he was finally hauled off England were 48 for 5 and GD McGraths figures read 13-5-21-5.Despite the sapping disappointment, Englands supporters had seen something. Twenty wickets for a start. And something else, glistening among the debris: a rough, diamante-encrusted natural on debut. As McGrath cut through the top order, Pietersen had gotten massively forward, found ages for his shots, and looked immediately Englands best equipped batsman. On the second morning hed also launched McGrath into the Lords Pavilion. Normal people just didnt do that kind of thing.Australia 190 (Harmison 5-43) & 384 (Clarke 91, Harmison 3-54); England 155 (Pietersen 57, McGrath 5-53) & 180 (Pietersen 64*, McGrath 4-29) Australia won by 239 runsSecond TestEdgbaston, August 4-7What happened next will never be forgotten. After a match like this the clichés would arrive faster than a gloved 90mph bumper. It had more untouchable moments - 400 in a day, the great Harmison slower ball, Warne to Strauss, Vaughans run-out of Martyn, the whole last morning - than any other Test in history. Not forgetting a touch of high farce, when McGrath stood on a ball in the pre-match warm-up and was ruled out with a twisted ankle.After scores of 0 and 3 at Lords, Andrew Flintoff had taken himself away for a few days with the family. Hed been tense at Lords, overwrought. Thereon hed resolved to play naturally. His captain, Michael Vaughan, saw a different man turn up at Birmingham.Captaining Fred, I wanted him to be right for that moment on the pitch. I wanted him to arrive on the Thursday feeling good. I wanted him feeling like he had someone who was supporting him, someone who was going to allow him to play with freedom, attack the opposition and just enjoy his cricket. You didnt need him to be thinking too much, you just needed him to deliver, so lob him the ball get a wicket or two. Tell him which length, hed do it. Bowl to the field, hed do it. Go out to bat and whack it, hed do it. He got the crowd going. Theres not many players who could get the crowd going like he could and thats what happened at Edgbaston. Vaughan Flintoff began by playing with dash and daring as England smashed 407 on the first day. Other runs were plundered by Trescothick, Strauss and Pietersen, but Freds audacity stole it.It was a nice pitch to play on. I hit five sixes that day. Lee bowled a couple short and I pulled him twice for six - blind at one of them, didnt even know where it was. I used to have a technique of getting deep in my crease and to someone like Lee it works well because it puts you directly into his trajectory. Sometimes, the biggest sixes, youre not really trying. Flintoff On day two, the summers other poster boy, The Blond, watched his sides top order bat complacently, and caught the mood with a shocking heave himself. Australia finished 100 behind.England were 25 for 0 when Warne took the ball. Going round the wicket to Strauss, he rags a looping, revolving bomb so far outside Strauss off stump that he goes to leave it, but it grips and rips past his leg on the outer side, going behind his body and crashing into his leg stump. The Ball Of This Century.The way we attacked them on that first day was brilliant, and wed had to because of that man Warne. The more press coverage, the more electric the atmosphere, and the increasing profile of the series all meant that one man was going to get better. That was Warne. He ended up getting 40 wickets, but he got them at over three an over. We didnt nullify him, but we did compete. Harmison Warne galvanised the baggies, and as day three took its absurd shape - lets call it Mad Saturday - Edgbaston loyalists were coming to terms with an England collapse of vintage proportions. At least Fred was still there.His second knock showed his class. England were 131 for 9 with a shaky lead of 230 when he was joined by Simon Jones. The width of Flintoffs bat stood between Aussie victory and the sad tragicomic capitulation of English cricket. No pressure then.When Warne finally got him for 73, Flintoff had hit four more sixes, making it an Ashes record nine in the match. His breathtaking straight six off Lee went fizzing over the BBCs commentary box. The next highest score in the innings was 21. Fred was starting to dictate the course of the match, to bend it to his will, as only the greats can.To the evening session. Chasing 282, Australia had cruised to 47 for no loss off 12 overs when Flintoff was summoned. Id just got 70-odd and I was asking Vaughany every minute to get me on to bowl. I was flying and I just kept saying, Get me involved, get me involved… I just felt I could get them out.England went to work. As the close approached Australia were seven down, 107 shy. Only Clarke remained, magnificent in the murk.Id thrown everything at him. Every question I had asked of Michael Clarke, he had answered them. I thought I should try something different. HarmisonIt turned the game. Harmy, hes got this slower ball and he keeps wheeling it out, you can see it from slip when hes going to bowl it. And I thought, Here we go. Because he comes up and his fingers are split on the ball. Slower ball! Its the best one hes ever bowled, it was perfect, its even faded in to bowl him. It was amazing, amazing. FlintoffSunday, August 7, 2005. The packed house settled back to watch the procession. How quickly the mood would change. Through Warne and Lee, warriors both, pilfered runs were nabbed - stolen singles, spliced boundaries, thick edges - until, with 62 needed and the crowd hushed, Warne bizarrely back-heeled his stumps. Last man Kasprowicz joined Lee, who wasnt going anywhere.Everything seemed to be going against us, especially when Simon Jones dropped Kasprowicz. And Lee was unbelievable that day - every part of his body got hit but he still had the courage to stay there and try and see them home. Harmison Suddenly, imperceptibly, when Lee edged one past leg stump Australia were one hit away. Harmison ran in again. Short one. Kasprowicz, whos looked immovable, ducks underneath it but cant drop his hand in time, the ball kisses the glove (detached from the bat handle!) like a slobbering drunk and loops to Geraint Jones, who pouches it inches from the turf. Cue pandemonium.The old press box at Edgbaston was a tin-pot affair, small and sweaty. It could mean a good atmosphere, though. In many instances, the old canard about journalistic impartiality was cast aside when Harmison won that lucky caught-behind shout against Kasprowicz. And the Aussies working to impossibly tight deadlines for the other side of the world could finally press send on one of the three versions theyd been preparing. The whole thing was pure electricity. Lawrence Booth, Wisden Almanack editor Amid the chaos Flintoff (seven wickets; 139 runs; immortality) locates Lee, on his haunches away from the hub, and offers him a word. It would remain between the two of them, and yet heard around the world. A thick edge from oblivion, but now England were flying.England 407 (Trecsothick 90, Pietersen 71, Flintoff 68, Warne 4-116) & 182 (Flintoff 73, Warne 6-46); Australia 308 (Langer 82, Ponting 61, Flintoff 3-52) & 279 (Lee 43*, Flintoff 4-79) England won by two runsThird TestOld Trafford, August 11-15Michael Vaughan had told us he was in good form with the bat. His critics pointed to the three times in four knocks that hed lost his off stump as evidence that he wasnt. Glenn McGrath had already trimmed him up at Lords, and now Pidge was back, hobbling through a match that had clearly come too early for his busted ankle. On the first day the two would square up again. After a nip-and-tuck start and with Vaughan on 41, McGrath got one to nip back and clatter into his poles for the fourth time in the series. But wait…What a moment. McGrath bowled Vaughany, and then for it to be given a no ball, that was brilliant, wasnt it? McGrath came back for that Test match - he shouldnt have played. It was more through desperation. And Vaughany went on to get a great hundred and set it up for the rest of us… Flintoff Vaughans 166 laid the foundation for his bowlers to extract sufficient reverse swing from a scuffed surface, as Simon Jones left Australia scrabbling to avoid the follow-on. Only Warnes eye for a ball prevented his team being asked to have another go for the first time in two decades.With a chunky lead already, England took the game away from Australia chiefly through Strauss first Ashes hundred (there would be more). It left Australia 10 overs and a full day to bat out the draw.On that final Monday the gates at Old Trafford had to be closed at 8:30am. Queues snaked around the ground, thousands deep. Those turned away trudged back home to join the 7.7 million people watching on TV.Look, its one of the all-time great series thats ever been played. I remember being here and seeing what sort of impact it had on the whole country. I remember driving to the ground at Manchester for the last day of that game, when we had to bat out the day to save the Test match, and the streets were lined for kilometres with people around the ground who werent able to get in. Theyre memories of things you dont see every day. Ricky Ponting, Australia captainMy greatest Ashes memory is seeing 20,000 people locked out of Old Trafford. I thought there was a bomb scare when I arrived at Old Trafford on that day. I arrived at 9.30, went on the balcony and the ground was full. As I said to the boys, This is special. We went out of the dressing room just to warm up and the whole ground lifted and stood to their feet to cheer us. Vaughan It was a day of tough cricket, and England were relentless. When in late afternoon Clarke fell to a booming inswinger from Jones and Gillespie went for a duck, Australia were seven down. Warne joined Ponting and was able to hang around for an hour, while Ponting, with his Ashes scars and his raging spirit, would not budge.His 156 - the only chanceless hundred of the series - was a masterclass of its kind, and when he was finally strangled down the leg side, he could barely summon the strength to drag himself off. McGrath and Lee were left with four overs to survive.But England were spent. Back-to-back Tests had exhausted them. Those final six balls from Harmison were easily negotiated, and for Lee, indomitable at Edgbaston, this was sweet redemption.In the chaotic mix of emotions that met the finale, Michael Vaughan gathered up his players. Amongst them was Stephen Peters, a sub fielder for most of that last afternoon.Vaughan called everyone in to a huddle on the pitch and he said to everyone - Ill never forget it - he said, Look at that balcony over there celebrating a draw. Theyd never have done that in the past. We go to Trent Bridge and well turn them over there. From that moment on I knew we were winning that series. You could see the belief in the team. It was great to be part of it, if only very briefly. Stephen Peters England 444 (Vaughan 166) & 280-6dec (Strauss 106, McGrath 5-115); Australia 302 (Warne 90, Jones 6-53) & 371-9 (Ponting 156, Flintoff 4-71)Match drawnFourth TestTrent Bridge, August 25-28Vaughan was right. England would dominate Nottingham, right up until the death, when Warne - whod asked for 170 to defend and got 128 - nearly ripped up the formbook.Andrew Flintoff made his first Ashes hundred here, and when he quietly raised his bat to the terraces - who needs fanfares when you can hit balls into the road - it seemed to announce the arrival of a great cricketer. The innings was relatively un-Fred-like, his 132-baller containing just the one six. His time at the crease with Geraint Jones, who arrived at 241 for 5 and saw Fred depart 177 runs later, was perhaps the pivotal partnership of the series.Freddie and I had an incredible connection when we were batting. We were good mates and I think the way we played connected well. Freddie was very strong driving down the ground. You knew about it when he hit it back at you! Whereas I was more square of the wicket, cuts and pulls. We complemented each other and that probably allowed us to get a few more balls in areas we liked. When we got into it we were pretty fluent. Geraint Jones Australia may have got away with it at Manchester but Nottingham was not so forgiving. Jones claimed another five-fer, and this time the follow-on was enforced.Second time around Australia were going well at 155 for 2 when Martyn dropped one into the covers and called Ponting through for the single. It was a tight one, the cover fieldsman swooped and Ponting was caught short.Emerging from the mob of Englishmen and hoisted skywards was a Durham reserve called Gary Pratt, sub fielder extraordinaire and the unlikeliest hero of the summer, not that Punter thought so, labelling Englands regular use of a sub an absolute disgrace and shouting his mouth off at the England dressing room as he stomped back to the pavilion. Duncan Fletcher, Englands inscrutable coach, was moved to remark: You want to take a run to a cover fielder and get run out, whose fault is that? England required just 129 to win. No gimme.I was batting with Kevin, under control and Lee came on and just did us for pace. My bat was here and off stump was cartwheeling back. In hindsight and through the clarity of not being in the position I was in then, we were going to win but we just got a bit carried away. We were seven down. We only needed 10 runs, and then Hoggy went out there and played a blinder. He hit that cover drive off a full toss! And then Giles just turned one to win. I couldnt watch, I think I was punching Straussy, just to vent something... FlintoffIve worked professionally as a sports journalist for 14 years. Only once have I been unable to read my notes afterwards because my hand had been shaking so much: the Trent Bridge Test. It was the only Test I covered that summer and even then on the Saturday I had to report on West Brom v Birmingham. On that sunny Sunday evening, it seemed I was witnessing yet another England capitulation as Warne transformed the unspoken niggle of They could mess it up, I suppose into the full-blown panic of Not a-f***ing-gain. But then came the proof that this was a different England, a side with backbone and spirit, that did have the guts to edge over the line. When Giles squeezed that two I was almost weeping with relief. Ive never dared look up the copy I filed.Jonathan Wilson, Blizzard editor England 477 (Flintoff 102) & 129-7 (Warne 4-31); Australia 218 (Jones 5-44) & following on 387 (Langer 61, Katich 59, Harmison 3-93) England won by three wicketsFifth TestThe Oval, September 8-12And so, after 24 days of the greatest battle in sport, it all came down to the last afternoon of the last day of the last Test. Four acts of riotous drama fell to this. England needed to bat out the final day and the Ashes would be theirs. Australia had to take ten wickets by late afternoon and knock off the deficit. It was that simple. Such a day deserved something special. Australians casting glances at Warnes slashed spinning finger saw him stroll out on that final day, custom-made flares billowing over his red-striped tenpin-bowling boots, with 35 wickets already in the series.Make no mistake, 2005 was great for Australian cricket as well; everything about it. It was the kick in the backside Australian cricket needed. The whole series did a lot to take Ashes cricket to another level. Ponting The day begins edgily. Strauss had already been Warned the day before, and after a skittish start Vaughan nicks off. With Ian Bell following next ball, Kevin Pietersen rocks up with the score 67 for 3.The hat-trick ball from McGrath is a brute that KPs gloves dodge by the width of a diamond bracelet. Not out. Three overs later, Lee bowls Pietersen a full one that he edges to first slip where Warne, who hasnt dropped a catch all summer, grasses a simple chance.At the Vauxhall End Warne has hunkered down for the day. To his first ball after the drop, Pietersen hits Warne for six. Four balls later, same over, he does it again, same place over mid wicket. This is outrageous behaviour.But for all his audacity England are in strife at lunch. KP is still there on 35, somehow surviving a fearful pre-lunch assault from Lee, but England are five down and only 133 ahead.The game is so finely balanced that one false move tips it inexorably the other way. So this is what happens: Lee bowls three overs in his post-lunch spell, of which Pietersen faces 13 balls. Those balls are dealt with thus: 2, 2, 0, 6, 1, 0, 2, 6, 4, 4, 0, 4, 4.In six overs since lunch KP moves from 35 to 76. One of those fours is executed by flat-batting a rising thunderbolt from outside off stump straight past the scarpering umpire at waist height. It should be defended. It really should be blocked. Yet its returned faster than it had arrived, which was, incidentally, 96.7mph.It was the perfect, bizarre, unconventional innings for that stage of the game. Watching it, I felt entertained, but I was also thinking, What you doing? Going for a draw, pulling them past the umpire! Sometimes when the ball gets faster your bat gets faster and everything gets faster. You start hitting, you just go for everything, out of fear, out of adrenaline. I think thats what was happening with Kevin that day. He was unbelievable. He started to get going and once hed started he couldnt reel it in. I was counting it down, but you just didnt know what was happening… Flintoff Its an unhinged masterpiece. His hundred comes up in 124 balls, and at tea England are almost there, seven down and 227 ahead.Its almost party time. When Pietersen launches his fifth and sixth maximums, the ground takes on a carnival feel. The players relax, Pietersen hits another - make that seven - and gets out, Giles plods a happy fifty and the crowd chant We wish you were English to Warne, who doffs his floppy white to the four corners of London town. Its all rather surreal.Australia face four balls, take the light, the umpires dither and the crowd sings on oblivious - after two months of heart-wrenching drama the bathos works just fine. Finally. At around 6:30pm on September 12, 2005, Michael Vaughan walks gingerly over to that funny little urn, smiles, and screams.Fred, meanwhile, went off to find a beer and cigar…England 373 (Strauss 129, Warne 6-122) & 335 (Pietersen 156, Warne 6-124); Australia 367 (Hayden 138, Langer 105, Flintoff 5-78, Hoggard 4-97) & 0-0 Match drawnEngland win the series 2-1 Wholesale Royals Jerseys . Once again Jordan Cieciwa (@FitCityJordan) and I (@LynchOnSports) go head to head in our picks. Last weekend at UFC Fight Night 32 my #TeamLynch got the best of #TeamJC by a score of 9-6. Let us know which side youre on for UFC 167 use the hashtag #TeamLynch or #TeamJC on Twitter. Cheap MLB Jerseys . PAUL, Minn. . Bradwell was scheduled to become a free agent Tuesday. Born and raised in Toronto, Bradwell is entering his sixth CFL season, with all six played for his hometown Argonauts. TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals returned to practice Tuesday after a long bye weekend off and the biggest news was Tyrann Mathieus rapid recovery from a shoulder injury.Coach Bruce Arians said he `really has been surprised by how quickly Mathieu is coming back. The do-everything All-Pro defensive back was projected to be out three to six weeks after he sustained a shoulder subluxation in the teams Oct. 30 loss at Carolina.Arians described Mathieu as real close but didnt know if that meant he could play Sunday when the Cardinals are home against the San Francisco 49ers.Mathieu is coming off an offseason knee surgery and was getting closer to being his old self when the shoulder injury hit. His absence could mean another chance for rookie Brandon Williams, a starter at cornerback when the season began. Williams lost his job to Marc us Cooper after struggling mightily and has been inactive in recent weeks.I thought Brandon has gotten better and better, Arians said. He had a nice interception today. He is more than ready if he is needed.Arians said tight end Darren Fells (ankle) and outside linebacker Alex Okafor (calf) were ahead of schedule in their return from injury. There was no official injury report because Tuesdays workout was a bonus practice due to the bye week.We actuallly should get a few guys back that might be able to play in this ball game that I didnt think we would, Arians said. Cheap Royals Jerseys Authentic. he Cardinals entered the bye with a disappointing 3-4-1 record midway through their season. They fell two games behind first-place Seattle in the NFC West when the Seahawks beat Buffalo on Monday night.The schedule gets tougher after the 49er game, with five of the Arizonas final seven games on the road, including trips to Minnesota, Atlanta and Seattle.There is no doubt the bye week did the Cardinals a lot of good, Arians said, a lot of rest and a lot of guys that wouldnt have been able to play last week that are healthy and practicing now.He insisted the season is still salvageable.Just go to work every day, Arians said. Everything that we set our goals for in April is obtainable. We just have to play better.During the bye weekend, the coach and his staff spent a bunch of time reviewing film of the teams first-half games.What was discovered?I wouldnt care to share that part, Arians said, but there were a lot of things we learned about ourselves.---For more NFL coverage: and Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
The nightmare scenario just came true for the Patriots. Cheap Padres Jerseys Authentic . Given how well Jimmy Garoppolo played during the first two games of the season, you might be able to make a case that Rob Gronkowski was New Englands most irreplaceable superstar. The Patriots will be forced to find out whether thats true, as Gronkowski will undergo surgery for a ruptured disk in his back on Friday. The injury will likely end Gronks season after just eight games, 25 catches and three touchdowns, though the team and Gronkowskis family said in a joint statement that they wanted to wait until after the surgery to make a final determination.This has to be a shock to the Patriots, who used their lone injured reserve/designated to return slot on Jacoby Brissett earlier this week when they obviously would have spent it on Gronkowski if they thought he would require surgery or had a chance of coming back. Theres nothing the Patriots can do about the injury, and theres no sense crying over spilled milk. Whats important now is figuring out whats next -- for the Patriots, Gronkowski and the rest of the NFL. Lets start with New England, which suddenly has a crater-sized hole in their path to the Super Bowl ...Whats next for the Patriots?This is not uncharted territory for the Patriots. Gronkowski already has missed three games this year and played a limited role in two others. He hasnt played a full 16-game season since 2011, though Gronkowski made it through 15 games in 2014 before sitting out a meaningless season-ender in Week 17. The idea of having to definitively plan for a short-term (and possibly a long-term) future without Gronk is unfamiliar, though; this is the first serious injury the likely future Hall of Famer has suffered since 2013, when he tore his ACL and MCL in a collision with then-Browns safety T.J. Ward.The strength of the Patriots offense, especially over the past decade under the on-again, off-again stewardship of Josh McDaniels, has been its ability to change its shape. Having Tom Brady helps, of course, but we saw how effective the offense could be during the first three weeks of the season, with Garoppolo at quarterback and Gronkowski either out or a shell of his usual self. The Patriots have managed to transition from a spread attack with Randy Moss and Wes Welker to the two-tight-end sets of Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to an offense that incorporates both. Theyve overcome subpar offensive lines and managed to get the most out of players other teams werent interested in, such as?Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis?and Martellus Bennett.Bennett looms large in how the Patriots will handle the Gronkowski mess. The goal for this year was to build an offense around the twin terrors of Gronkowski and Bennett, who would be able to stay on the field and dictate mismatches regardless of the defenses personnel choices. Injuries have prevented them from ever really pulling that off. By the time Gronkowski made it back from his hamstring injury, Bennett got hurt, suffering an ankle injury in a three-touchdown performance over the Browns.Bennett has averaged 38 receiving yards per game without scoring a touchdown since, and he has continued to miss practices with ankle and shoulder injuries. The Patriots surely would have loved to rest Bennett down the stretch to get him fresh for the playoffs. Now hes going to have to play through the pain the rest of the way. Even worse, just as was the case when the Patriots turned to Garoppolo, losing your starter also means youre one additional injury away from lining up replacement-level talent in a key role. The Patriots were forced to turn to Brissett, the third-stringer, when Garoppolo went down after two games, and while he got by against the Texans, he was a mess against the Bills in New Englands first loss of the season.Now the Pats are one aggravated ankle from an empty cupboard at tight end. They traded A.J. Derby to the Broncos for a fifth-round pick in October, a move that seemed smart at the time but has now gone sour for reasons the Patriots could not have realistically projected. The only other tight end on the roster is former Northeastern product Matt Lengel, who has six career snaps to his name. There are no real options on the waiver wire either, with Scott Chandler out after undergoing offseason knee surgery. The only logical fit might be Zach Sudfeld, who was last with the team in 2013.Last week, the Pats used backup offensive lineman Cameron Fleming as their second tight end for 15 snaps, which obviously offers little utility in the passing game. One of the ways to move on from Gronkowski might be to rely more heavily upon the running game, but Gronkowskis absence makes that harder to pull off too. The threat of Gronkowski running up the seam is enough to keep safeties off the line of scrimmage, and his success as a pass-catcher has left him as a criminally underrated run-blocker. I wrote about his role in the running game in 2015?before the Colts-Patriots AFC Championship Game, and Gronkowski has been a huge part of why the Pats have been able to run all over Indianapolis at will in years past.Schematically, the Patriots will likely get away from their two-tight-end sets and shift their base offense toward three-wide-receiver formations, with?Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell getting more snaps. Mitchell and Chris Hogan, in particular, will need to threaten teams downfield more frequently with Gronk missing. Mike Reiss noted yesterday that the Patriots have begun to experiment with a Pony grouping, which includes a pair of receiving backs in James White and Lewis. It wouldnt be a surprise to see the Patriots try to use that grouping more, perhaps in sets with no tight ends, in the hopes of forcing opposing linebackers into a matchup they cant win.The place where the Patriots will miss Gronkowski most, of course, is in the red zone. Research I conducted before the season suggests Gronk was the best red zone weapon in football on a per-play basis going back through 2006. Youve seen Gronk play. You dont need me to tell you he is good in the red zone. The Patriots have actually not been notably great in the red zone this year; theyre third in offensive DVOA but just 12th in points per red zone trip, a number that isnt likely to drastically improve without Gronkowski around.Another kowski looms larger than usual now. If the Patriots do struggle in and around the red zone, it will be critical for Stephen Gostkowski to make sure their drives end in successful field goals and extra points, and he has struggled mightily this season. Gostkowski already has failed on three extra points this season and has missed more field goal attempts in 11 games in 2016 (four) than he had in any of the three previous seasons (three or fewer). The normally reliable Gostkowski has been the 12th-worst kicker in the league this year on scoring plays. With Gronkowski gone, they need the old Gostkowski back.The margin of error for everyone on the Patriots, actually, is dramatically reduced by the Gronkowski injury. An offensive line that has been better this year after the return of legendary offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia needs to keep things up; right tackle Marcus Cannon, in particular, cant revert to the guy who made Patriots fans groan before an impressive 2016 season. The Patriots pass defense, a dismal 28th in DVOA heading into this week, cant allow the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick to post 115.2 passer ratings.And of course, as it always does, it comes down to Brady to elevate his game without his best receiver around. As Chris Wesseling of NFL Network noted in November, Brady has been a superstar with Gronkowski and basically a league-average passer without him. Here are Bradys numbers since Gronk entered the league in 2010 in games with and without his longtime tight end. Im also putting the 49ers game on the latter side, given that Gronkowski played just seven snaps before leaving:The average passer rating for the league as a whole since 2010 is 87.0. It puts Brady in a range with the likes of Kyle Orton, Michael Vick, Joe Flacco?and Sam Bradford, all of whom have passer ratings between 83 and 86 over that time frame. Its true that every quarterback will look worse without his No. 1 weapon, and its entirely possible that Brady and the Pats are better-equipped to handle Gronkowskis absence this time around with Bennett.Its also very clear that Tom Brady is not Tom Brady without Rob Gronkowski. Remember who Brady goes to when the chips are down. As much as he trusts Julian Edelman, it was Gronkowski who Brady threw to on fourth-and-the-season twice against the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game last season, even though his tight end was double-covered on both occasions. They simply arent the same team without him.Whats next for the rest of the league?In the short term, very little should change for the Patriots, who are huge favorites to win the AFC East. At 9-2, their closest competition is the 7-4 Dolphins, who have won six straight games with the past five coming by seven points or fewer. FPI gives the Patriots a 97.7 percent chance of winning their division, more than any other division leader. Even if their true team strength drops with Gronkowski and FPI cant yet realize that, the Patriots have a two-game lead and the tiebreaker on the Dolphins with five games left.This should really benefit the trio of contenders in the AFC West more than the Dolphins or Bills. The Patriots currently have a 68.5 percent chance of coming away with the top seed in the AFC, per FPI, even though their 9-2 record is identical to Oaklands. The Raiders are in second at 22.8 percent, mostly thanks to concern about their end-of-season slate, with three road games to come against their AFC West brethren. If the Chiefs beat the Raiders next Thursday and move into first place in the West, they would suddenly be a threat to the Pats, given that the Chiefs would then be 7-2 in the conference, lurking just behind the Pats, who are currently 7-1 in those games.Meanwhile, the Broncos play the Patriots in Denver in Week 15, and Gronkowskis absence might be enough to turn coach Gary Kubiaks team from slight underdogs in that game to slight favorites. The Broncos dont need that victory to make the playoffs from where they are now at 7-4, but its also the toughest remaining game on their schedule. They have road trips to Jacksonville and Tennessee coming up; if they can win both of those games and then beat the Gronk-less Patriots in Week 15, the Broncos would be 10-4 and in great shape to make it back to the postseason.It also benefits the two favorites in the NFC, Dallas and Seattle, who combine to have a 65.3 percent chance of making it to the Super Bowl from the other side of the bracket. Both would rather not see Gronk. Among the their pass defenses, tight end coverage has been both teams biggest issue. The Seahawks are 18th in defensive DVOA against tight ends, their worst mark against any position. Its even more noticeable for the Cowboys, who were the third-worst team in the league against tight ends heading into Thursday nights win over the Vikings. They will still have to deal with Bennett, but Gronkowski is unlikely to be marching on them in Houston.Whats next for Gronk?This is the thorniest question of them all, and the one that is toughest to answer. Gronkowski has made critical decisions in his professional career with his back in mind. In 2009, Gronkowski missed his junior season at Arizona and underwent his first back surgery. He subsequently decided to go pro instead of returning to school to rebuild his stock, which almost never happens. Organizations passed on Gronkowski out of concerns about his back and the missing year of tape, which is how a Hall of Fame tight end gets taken 17 picks after Tim Tebow and falls to the Patriots in the second round.While the tight end emerged as a star and was mostly injury-free before suffering a high ankle sprain during the 2011 playoffs, it became clear that Gronk (or his representation) was concerned about his long-term ability to stay on the field. Its hard to otherwise explain the deal he chose to sign before the 2012 season, just two years after entering the league. While reports at the time suggested that the six-year, $54 million deal was the biggest contract ever handed out to a tight end, the structure was incredibly team-friendly and contained just $12.9 million in guaranteed money.Gronkowski got just that $12.9 million in cash over the first three years of his contract, which is staggeringly low. To put that number in context, the far inferior Jared Cook got $17 million over the first three years of his deal when he hit free agency the following season. Gronkowskis cap hit was 17th among tight ends in 2012, 21st in 2013, and ninth in 2014 before rising to second last year. This year, its sixth in the league at $6.6 million, behind the likes of Jordan Cameron ($8 million), Julius Thomas ($7.3 million) and Kyle Rudolph (also $7.3 million).By getting that $8 million signing bonus two years before free agency, Gronkowski capped his future earnings over the next six years. With base salaries of less than $5 million between 2012 and 2017, the significant money in Gronkowskis deal came way down the line and was totally unguaranteed. (This is why you shouldnt listen when articles say somebody has the biggest contract unless its talking about guaranteed money.) The first gate Gronkowski had to crash was 2016. The Patriots started footing the cap bill for a $10 million option bonus in 2015 but then actually paid the cash out to Gronk this year, stretching the other four cap hits for that bonus through each of the four remaining seasons on his deal.Gronkowski will remain underpaid in 2017; he will have a cap hit of just $7 million, eighth among tight ends and below that of Dennis Pitta and Charles Clay. The money in his deal really only spikes for the first time in 2018, six years after his extension was signed, when Gronks base salary rises from $4.25 million to $8 million and his cap hit jumps from $7 million to $11 million. In 2019, the final year of his deal, Gronkowski has a $9 million base salary and a $12 million cap hit.The problem for Gronkowski is that none of that money is guaranteed. Zero. The Patriots will surely keep him for 2017, even if he doesnt recover from the back surgery, because it would cost nearly as much money to trade or release Gronk ($6 million) as it would to keep him. It also would be nuts to move on from him this quickly, of course. If he doesnt recover to his prior self, though, the Patriots could cut or trade him before 2018 and turn that $11 million into $4 million in dead money. Knowing Gronkowskis injury history, they also could renegotiate that deal down to reduce Gronks cap hit, as they did with Amendola in recent years. In other words, the Patriots have all the leverage. And given his injury history, thats a big deal.Gronkowski has dealt with a fractured forearm, infections in that arm and a torn ACL during his pro career, but his back has always loomed as the long-term problem. Gronkowski underwent his second minor, preventative back surgery in June 2013 amid reports that he would be back in time for Week 1. He didnt return until Week 7, a little more than four months after the surgery. Gronkowski had 114 yards against the Jets in his return, but seven weeks later, the torn ACL ended his season. He wasnt his old self until Week 5 of the following year, the famous Were on to Cincinnati blowout win over the Bengals that started New Englands run to their most recent Super Bowl victory.Its impossible to predict the timetable for Gronkowskis recovery or whether hell be able to return to his previous level of play. What we can note, though, is that building an offense through tight ends is a tough way to make a living. Before the 2012 season, I conducted research on Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, noting how tight ends were more susceptible to injury and had shorter careers than similarly gifted wide receivers.This time around, theres also not much the Patriots can do to make it easier on their star receiver. Coach Bill Belichick already has made positive changes designed to ease the workload on Gronkowski. After Gronk famously fractured his forearm blocking on an extra point attempt, the Patriots took him off of special-teams duties. In an attempt to keep him healthy for the regular season, the Patriots have stopped using Gronkowski in the preseason; he hasnt taken a single preseason snap since the 2012 campaign. Ive seen both articles and fans suggest that the Patriots hold Gronkowski out of meaningless regular-season games, but thats going to make him far less valuable, and its not going to insulate him from injury. Remember: He suffered a chest injury against the Seahawks on a hit by Earl Thomas, as there were concerns Gronkowski might have punctured a lung on the play.There also should not be any arguments calling for Gronkowski to change his style of play, as if shrinking from contact or avoiding full exertion would somehow fix his injury issues. The forearm injury was a fluke accident. He suffered the back strain that led to his college surgery in practice. As far as we know, he suffered his back injury against the Jets diving for an overthrown pass. The torn ACL he suffered was on contact, but it was a pass up the seam where he couldnt protect himself and Ward took out his knees. Its not as if he injured himself, say, throwing Sergio Brown out of the club.The reality is that the Patriots and Gronkowski alike have known all along that injuries were going to be a part of the Gronk experience. Its how they ended up together in the first place; it has underpinned their contract negotiations; and its an inescapable part of Gronkowskis future with the team. 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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Two of the Diamondbacks best-known former players will not be retained on the teams coaching staff under new manager Torey Lovullo.Arizona general manager Mike Hazen confirmed Tuesday that third base coach Matt Williams and assistant hitting coach Mark Grace will not return.Williams was the third baseman and Grace the first baseman on the Diamondbacks 2001 World Series championship team.They were difficult decisions that we felt we had to make, Hazen said. Any new manager coming in theres chances there will be those changes.Hazen was assistant general manager of the Boston Red Sox before he was hired by the Diamondbacks three weeks ago too replace the fired Dave Stewart. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic. He said hes well aware of the place Williams and Grace have in Diamondbacks history.That weighs heavy on these decisions, Hazen said. 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The U. Cheap Flyers Jerseys China . is back -- near the bottom of the ACC Coastal Division standings.After opening the Mark Richt era with four straight victories, the Hurricanes have lost three consecutive games, including an ugly 37-16 loss at Virginia Tech last week.The Hurricanes play three of their final five regular-season games on the road, starting with Saturdays trip to reeling Notre Dame, which meant a lot more in the 1980s and 90s than it means right now.Miami and Houston were the only teams eliminated from the College Football Playoff race this week by The Eliminator, which is trimming the 128-team FBS field to four teams for the four spots in the playoff.Through eight weeks, 106 of the 128 FBS teams have been eliminated from the College Football Playoff race, leaving 22 teams in contention for the four spots.Heres where the FBS stands after Week 8:Jump to sections: Whos in??| Still in contention | On the fence | Better luck next season | Previously eliminatedWhos in?Ohio States stunning 24-21 loss at unranked Penn State on Saturday night shook up the top four spots in the CFP race. No. 1 Alabama remains in the top spot after winning its 20th consecutive game and 12th straight over a ranked foe, 33-14 over No. 6 Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday. Michigan, which is 7-0 for the first time since 2006, moves into the No. 2 spot, and Clemson is No. 3 after taking the weekend off. Washington, which beat Oregon State 41-17 to improve to 7-0, moves into the No. 4 spot. The Buckeyes are still alive in the playoff race, but theyll have to win their final five regular-season games, including a Nov. 26 showdown against the Wolverines at the Horseshoe, which figures to be a winner-take-all finale in the Big Ten East.Still in contentionAlabama Crimson TideTrending: UPAccording to research by ESPN Stats & Information, Alabamas defense is adding about 21 points per game to its net scoring margin by forcing turnovers and turning them into points, controlling field position and limiting opponents offenses. Thats the highest defensive efficiency this far into the season in the past decade.Baylor BearsTrending: EVENI hope the Bears havent worn themselves out after their recent four-game stretch: Iowa State, bye, Kansas, bye. At least the bye teams didnt have 1-6 records, like four of the six teams Baylor has defeated this season.Clemson TigersTrending: EVENThe six FBS foes the Tigers have defeated this season are a combined 14 games above .500. Thats the best opponents record among the top four teams in the AP top 25: Alabamas eight FBS opponents are 34-25, Michigans seven opponents are 27-24 and Washingtons six foes are 16-28.Louisville CardinalsTrending: UPGo ahead and hand him the Heisman? Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has accounted for 34 touchdowns (rushing and passing), which is more than any other player through seven games in FBS history. Its eight more than Robert Griffin III and Jameis Winston had through seven games during their Heisman-winning seasons in 2011 and 13, respectively.Michigan WolverinesTrending: UPIts kind of lonely atop the Big Ten East standings, isnt it Wolverines? Dont worry, the Buckeyes are right below you.Nebraska CornhuskersTrending: DOWNAfter having to come from behind to beat Big Ten cellar-dweller Purdue 27-14 last week, the Cornhuskers play on Saturday at Wisconsin, where they havent won in 50 years. A Nebraska linebacker named Barry Alvarez had an interception in the Cornhuskers last victory at Camp Randall Stadium on Oct. 8, 1966.Washington HuskiesTrending: EVENHuskies coach Chris Petersen isnt saying when linebacker Joe Mathis will return to the field. Mathis, who leads the Huskies with five sacks and 7? tackles for loss, didnt play in last weeks 41-17 win over Oregon State. He was seen wearing a walking boot on campus last week. Petersen said his injury isnt season ending, but wont say when hell be back.West Virginia MountaineersTrending: UPWest Virginias Dana Holgorsen has guided the Mountaineers to 11 victories in their past 12 games, or six more than Notre Dame has won in the same span.On the fenceAuburn TigersTrending: UPIm not sure bleach and Spray N Wash will get the cleat marks off Arkansas jerseys.Boise State BroncosTrending: UP Upset alert: The No. 13 Broncos play at Wyoming on Saturday night, which might not sound so daunting. But the Cowboys have won four of their past five games, and theyre 5-2 (3-0 Mountain West), after going 6-18 in coach Craig Bohls first two seasons.Florida GatorsTrending: EVENIts the first time in 27 seasons that neither Mark Richt nor Steve Spurrier coached in the annual Florida-Georgia game. The last time it happened was Nov. 11, 1989, when Ray Goff guided the Bulldogs to a 17-10 win over the Gators, who were led by interim coach Galen Hall.LSU TigersTrending: UPIf interim coach Ed Orgeron guides the Tigers to an upset win over No. 1 Alabama (and former LSU coach Nick Saban), theyll give him the full-time job -- and rename Tiger Stadium in his honor.North Carolina Tar HeelsTrending: EVENDont look now, but it looks like North Carolinas defense has turned the corner under second-year coordinator Gene Chizik. The Tar Heels allowed season-low rushing totals in each of their past two games and had seven tackles for loss in a 35-14 win at Virginia.Ohio State BuckeyesTrending: DOWNThe Buckeyes are going to need some help if theyre going to get back into the playoff race, but history shows theyre probably going to rebound quickly. Urban Meyers teams have lost consecutive games only four times in his 15-year career and only once at Ohio State, when the Buckeyes dropped back-to-back games against Michigan State and Clemson at the end of the 2013 season.Oklahoma SoonersTrending: DOWNThey broke calculators in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday night.Pittsburgh PanthersTrending: EVENThe Panthers are probably going to need North Carolina to lose twice to win the ACCs Coastal Division. But they can stay in the race by upsetting No. 25 Virginia Tech on Thursday night.?Tennessee VolunteersTrending: EVENThe Volunteers are coming off back-to-back losses heading into Saturday nights game at South Carolina. The good news: No UT players were hurt during last weeks open date.Texas A&M AggiesTrending: EVENCome on, Aggies, its OK to admit it. You thought you had a chance to win, didnt you??Utah UtesTrending: EVENI think its really cool that Utah coach Kyle Whittingham schedules his teams practices in the morning so once-retired tailback Joe Williams can still catch Golden Girls reruns.Virginia Tech HokiesTrending: UPThank goodness Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster isnt allowed to hand out Benjamins for quarterback sacks. He would have been broke after Tech sacked Miamis Brad Kaaya eight times in last weeks 37-16 win over the Hurricanes.Western Michigan BroncosTrending: UPThe Broncos are still rowing their boats -- maybe all the way to the Cotton Bowl.Wisconsin BadgersTrending: UPThe Badgers 17-9 win at Iowa came with a costly loss. Leading tackler Jack Cichy tore a pectoral muscle and will miss the rest of the season. The Badgers also lost starting inside linebacker Chris Orr to a season-ending ACL injury on the first drive of the season against LSU.Better luck next seasonHouston CougarsTrending: DOWNHoustons surprising 38-16 loss to SMU probably didnt help Cougars coach Tom Hermans chances of landing the Texas job (if it opens). But it probably boosted Mustangs coach Chad Morris chances of landing the Baylor job if he wants it.Miami HurricanesTrending: DOWNYou can buy tickets to attend Miamis game at Notre Dame on Saturday for less than $45 on StubHub. 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