February 27, 2020

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Key takeaways from Day 1 of NFL combine
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The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine kicked off Thursday night, with quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends taking the field in the first session of what is now a prime time event.With a stacked group of wideouts stealing the show, here's a look at five takeaways from the night's action.Mims, Claypool stocks soaringFor as many impressive performances we saw, nobody made themselves more money than Denzel Mims and Chase Claypool.Anyone who watched Mims play at Baylor knew he was athletic. But few could have expected the elite profile he put together with some ridiculous test scores at the combine. Mims posted a 4.38 40-yard dash, a 38.5-inch vertical, a 131-inch broad jump and, perhaps most impressively, a 6.66 3-cone time. That combination of size, speed, explosiveness, and elite short-area quickness is unheard of for a receiver who weighs in at 6-foot-3, 207 pounds.
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Arteta: Arsenal exit hurts 'big time'
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Mikel Arteta watched Arsenal suffer late Europa League heartbreak against Olympiakos and said: "It hurts, big time".Youssef El Arabi's goal in the dying minutes of extra time ensured it was the Greek side who advanced to the last 16 on away goals following a 2-2 aggregate draw.The Gunners struggled to get going and fell to a 2-1 defeat on the night, though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang thought he had done enough to send Arsenal through when he equalised minutes earlier (113) with an overhead kick, after Pape Abou Cisse's header took the tie into an additional 30 minutes."It hurts, big time," Arteta said."We had a lot of hope in this competition. It was a great way for us to be able to go to Europe and it is a very beautiful competition to try to win.
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Barrie McDermott's Super League views
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Sky Sports rugby league expert Barrie McDermott looks at Leeds Rhinos' start to the season, two players making a big impact for their respective teams and an Australian great lending his support to Rob Burrow...When we watched Leeds Rhinos in that first game of the 2020 Super League season against Hull FC, the 30-4 defeat was a bit of a shock to the system.There was optimism on the back of the new signings and it looked like Luke Gale was going to be the solution to the problems around half-back and the direction of the team.I watched them in a couple of pre-season friendlies too and they looked decent, like a different side with a different approach, but the first game against Hull was a short, sharp lesson because they were at home with a lot of fans there and they were miles off.
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The final hours of the Tyson Fury mission
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Tyson Fury's flight home was delayed by a thunderstorm leading to a boozy wait in a random airport - it was the only thing to go wrong in an otherwise perfect assault on Las Vegas.The 48-hour stretch from before to after his destruction of Deontay Wilder veered from a calculated calm to wild celebration and ended with Fury's inner-circle sat in an airport pub wondering when they could go home.They arrived back in the UK later than planned, sleep-deprived and a bit hungover, but the mission was complete. The WBC heavyweight championship belt was part of Fury's on board luggage.*The final hours of the Tyson Fury mission began on Friday evening after the weigh-in, with no more appearances or media commitments required. The atmosphere, as explained by Fury's protégé Isaac Lowe who won a fight on the undercard and stayed in the same Vegas mansion, was peaceful.
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Report: Brady is in Patriots' plans for the 2020 season
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The New England Patriots aren’t ready to abandon the Tom Brady era just yet, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports Brady is still in the team’s plans for the 2020 season.Speaking live from Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine, Rapoport said New England hasn’t made an offer to Brady yet because the proposed new CBA, and the new cap figures that would come with it, remains undecided. However, that hasn’t had any impact on whether New England wants Brady back or not — he’s “in the Patriots’ plans for 2020,” according to Rapoport.The Patriots reportedly want Brady to test the free-agent market. Perhaps that’s simply to gauge what the market will be for a 42-year-old quarterback. Perhaps Brady wants to see what his options are. It’s anyone’s guess at this point.
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Clemson signee picks MLS over kicking for Dabo
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Clemson signee Tanner Tessmann signed a three-year contract with FC Dallas on Thursday, opting to begin his professional soccer career over playing with the Tigers.Tessmann signed with Clemson soccer in December and would have also kicked on the football team. Though Tessmann had never played football, coach Dabo Swinney is close friends with Tessmann's father and watched his soccer career take off from a young age.During Tessmann's signing day news conference in December, Swinney said he was the only person on the planet who knew Tessmann's football potential because "he could bomb it 45 to 50 yards in the eighth grade."Tessmann, 18, originally from Alabama, joined FC Dallas Academy in 2016 as a midfielder and has scored 25 goals in 67 appearances at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. His MLS contract runs through 2022, with club options for the 2023 and 2024 seasons, FC Dallas announced.
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5 teams that need late push to boost NCAA tourney seeding
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The NCAA tournament is right around the corner and there are a few teams that need to close out the season with some wins to improve their seeding for Selection Sunday. Let’s take a look at five teams that could move up or down the seed lines depending on how things shake out the last week of the regular season. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Mamadi Diakite (L) jokes with teammate Jay Huff of the Virginia Cavaliers during the second half of their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Feb. 15. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images) The Golden Eagles were knocked out last year by Ja Morant and Murray State. Marquette cracked the Top 25 this year in early February, landing at No. 18, but it quickly fell out after three straight losses. Point guard Markus Howard is leading the nation in scoring with 27.2 points per game and Marquette’s final games of the season are all on the road, playing at Seton Hall, DePaul and St. John’s. Right now, Marquette is sitting at a No. 6, 7 or 8 seed.
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Jerry Jones thinks about Bryant's future while showering
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People do all sorts of things in the shower. I, like many, enjoy singing and/or whistling whatever tunes pop into my head. Something about the acoustics in there really make my mediocre talents sound a little bit better. Or maybe they don’t.But enough about me. Let’s take a second and think about what billionaire Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones does while taking a shower.What’s that? You didn’t see this scenario popping up today?Well, that makes two of us. But here we are.Jones was asked Thursday about Dez Bryant and a possible return to the Cowboys for the former WR, who spent all eight years of his career with Dallas before being cut after the 2017 season.Jones said that is is something he has thought a lot about… while showering:
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Report: Patriots ‘showing interest’ in Mariota
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The New England Patriots may end up losing Tom Brady this spring. If they do, they’re reportedly eyeing former first-round pick Marcus Mariota.Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network reported Thursday that the Patriots “are showing interest” in the former Heisman winner. They aren’t the only ones, either.Mariota was the No. 2 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, selected right after Jameis Winston. He never lived up to the hype during his five years with the Tennessee Titans and lost his job to Ryan Tannehill last season.It’s not hard to imagine that a change of scenery could be good for the still-young quarterback. He’s shown the ability to make things happen before but struggled to stay healthy and struggled with consistency as a passer.
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Tide's Ruggs just misses 40 record, blazes 4.27
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III flashed rare speed at the NFL's scouting combine Thursday night, but he didn't quite get the record he had hoped for at Lucas Oil Stadium.Ruggs, considered one of the fastest players available in this year's draft, said this week he wanted to set the record for the 40-yard dash at the event.He officially ran 4.27 in his first attempt at the 40, and followed with an unofficial 4.31.Elite speed to be sure, but not good enough for the crown.Former University of Washington wide receiver John Ross, currently with the Cincinnati Bengals, ran a 4.22-second 40-yard dash in 2017, which is considered the record in the combine's electronic timing format that began in 1999. Bo Jackson's hand-timed 4.12 in 1986 has long been considered the best combine 40 time.
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Source: Embiid out a week; no structural damage
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Joel Embiid does not have structural damage in his sprained left shoulder, Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said Thursday, but the center will still be out for at least a week, a source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.Embiid sat out Thursday night's 115-106 win over the New York Knicks. The Sixers will now embark on a California road trip, starting with games in Los Angeles against the Clippers on Sunday and Lakers on Tuesday, before heading north to Sacramento on Thursday.The Sixers, who improved their home record to 28-2 with a win over the New York Knicks Thursday night, are just 9-21 on the road.Brown was clearly relieved with the news that there was no structural damage for Embiid."The fact that there is no structural damage we all hear loudly," Brown said. "Maybe it's a simple as that in some ways. Of course, it's as much from the personal standpoint as it is a selfish coach, he's looking forward to this run home, this final third, this responsibility, no Ben for how long we'll all figure out in time. To learn that from him and his perspective, from the team perspective that is exciting news. "
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Brady is biggest star of NFL scouting combine
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INDIANAPOLIS — Predictably, the Tom Brady rumor mill has already metastasized out of control.This is what happens when 32 NFL teams are mixed with a legion of agents and media, approaching the doorstep of a free agency that will feature the league’s most recognizable star. People grasp for any piece of information, whether it makes sense or not. That is what is driving the Brady maelstrom now, with 13 teams having been named in media reports as either being a significant Brady suitor or having some level of serious interest.You read that correctly: In the past month, no fewer than 13 teams have been the subject of some level of sourced speculation involving the Brady sweepstakes.Now we’re getting to territory that makes little sense after the New York Giants entered into the fray via an NFL Network report on Thursday.
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Indiana head coach, assistant get in heated argument
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The Indiana Hoosiers are on the verge of a catastrophic late-season loss to in-state rival Purdue, and head coach Archie Miller doesn't seem to be in the best of spirits with his staff. Miller could be seen getting into a verbal confrontation with assistant coach Bruiser Flint on Thursday night as the Hoosiers trailed the Boilermakers by double digits.Miller's squad went into Thursday's game coming off back-to-back wins, including a stunning upset of No. 16 Penn State on the road, only to see that run hampered by a dry spell against 12th-place Purdue. Miller and his squad are not out of the game yet, but unless he and his staff can calm down for a moment to work out an effective game plan, they will be set back pretty heavily with a loss just ahead of the Big Ten Tournament.
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Why Brady's free agency decision is on Belichick's timeline
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The New England Patriots haven’t yet set up a time to speak with Tom Brady’s representatives. That would seem puzzling considering the future Hall of Fame quarterback becomes a free agent on March 18. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick before a game against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 24, 2019. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Puzzling except ... these are Bill Belichick’s Patriots. The NFL rumor mill is freaking out about the Pats not talking to Brady yet, but this is precisely how Belichick has done business for years now. Nothing’s changed. The surprise is that anyone would think it would be different.
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Fury's promoter slams Wilder, wants rematch waived
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After demolishing Deontay Wilder in Saturday’s heavyweight title about, it was all “love and respect” from newly crowned WBC champion Tyson Fury for his vanquished opponent.Days later, Wilder’s not getting the same treatment from Fury’s promoter.Frank Warren spoke with The Telegraph about the fight and what’s next for Fury for a story published Thursday. He’s ready to move on from Wilder and is less-than impressed with his post-fight claim that his extravagant walk-in costume cost him his legs for the fight.Both fighters went into Saturday’s bout with a clause allowing for an immediate rematch. Wilder is expected to enact the clause for a third fight between the previously undefeated heavyweights. Warren is hoping he can convince him to pass.
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The Scrum Down: LA Sevens preview, predictions | NBC Sports
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Alex Corbisiero is joined by Brian Hightower on The Scrum Down to two take you through what you need to know for LA Sevens and make predictions. #NBCSports #LASevens
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Gottleib: Redskins coaches thought Haskins was dyslexic
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The Washington Redskins could consider drafting a quarterback in April, despite the fact they used a first rounder on Dwayne Haskins last year. New head coach Ron Rivera confirmed such rumbles on Wednesday when he told reporters at the NFL Combine that the organization plans on meeting with both Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa, two of the most coveted quarterbacks in the 2020 pool. In other words, Dwayne Haskins' job might not be as secure as previously thought, and Fox Sports personality Doug Gottlieb made a shocking revelation that will only have fans in D.C. more inclined to see the Redskins draft a QB with the No. 2 overall pick. Of course, we cannot confirm whether or not Gottlieb's claims are true, but the timing of this report is alarmingly convenient. Just a few hours ago, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper appeared on "First Take" to say that Washington should take Tagovailoa if the team is encouraged with his medical exams.
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Ex-ESPN reporter McHenry reveals she has brain tumor
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Britt McHenry shared some awful personal news on Thursday.McHenry, who was a reporter for ESPN from 2014 to 2017, shared that she has a brain tumor. She said that she will be undergoing surgery for it soon.McHenry had been tweeting about her health issues the previous few days, sharing that she was getting medical checks for serious issues.The MRI apparently revealed the tumor, which is leading to her surgery.McHenry, 33, was a Washington D.C.-area correspondent for ESPN. She went viral in 2015 for berating a towing company employee on video before later apologizing. She was among the massive layoffs by ESPN in 2017 and later suggested that was due to her conservative political views.Since being let go by ESPN, Henry began a career as a conservative political personality. She also gained some attention for dating controversial tennis player Tennys Sandgren.
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Jones won't rule out Dez returning to Cowboys
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is not opposed to Dez Bryant's return to the franchise. The wide receiver was released following the 2017 season."I've been thinking about it a lot in the shower," Jones said. "I have been. I'm not dismissing it. I don't want to sound like it should be dismissed by saying it. I'm thinking about it."Bryant has been working out just yards away from the team facility in Frisco, Texas, as he attempts to return after two years away from game action because of a torn Achilles. Bryant suffered the injury in his first practice with the New Orleans Saints in 2018. He was not on a roster in 2019 but he has been working out regularly, planning for a comeback.
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Some stories from Brady’s Combine workout 20 years ago
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INDIANAPOLIS — Looking back 20 years, the thing most people remember about Tom Brady’s Combine was how unremarkable it was.“He’s still running the 40,” said Charlie Weis, the offensive coordinator for the Patriots in 2000 when a new staff under Bill Belichick came to the RCA Dome in Indianapolis to see that year’s draft prospects, a lanky quarterback from Michigan among them. “You can go over there. He hasn’t finished yet if you want to go over to where they’re running the 40, it’s 20 years later and he hasn’t finished.”You know this part of the story. A 22-year-old Brady with uneven bangs ran a 5.28-second 40-yard dash on the Astroturf and didn’t draw much attention from anyone.
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The 76ers are in a 'painfully obvious bind' without Embiid and Simmons - Brett Brown | NBA on ESPN
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Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown discusses the injury situations involving Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, what it means for the Sixers, the team's problems in their loss vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers, and more. #NBA #Sports
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Punter outperforms some OL at combine with 25 bench press reps
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Every year at the NFL scouting combine, there are a few performances that turn some heads.One of them this year is from a punter.Michael Turk, formerly of Arizona State, did just that on Thursday when he threw up 25 repetitions on the bench press.From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day.By comparison, Turk’s 25 bench press reps outpaced some of the figures posted Thursday by various offensive linemen. North Carolina offensive tackle Charlie Heck (21), Washington center Nick Harris (20), and even Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton (23), widely projected to be one of the top linemen taken in the draft, couldn’t top Turk.Turk, who was measured at 6-0 ½ and 226 pounds, spent two seasons at Arizona State, though 2018 was a redshirt year after he transferred from Lafayette.
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Watch: USF TE gets beaned in the face during combine drill
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INDIANAPOLIS — One of the truest expressions in football is “Keep your head on a swivel.” It means to be aware of everything around you, because things move so fast at every level of the game.USF tight end Mitchell Wilcox, who caught 100 passes for 1,326 yards and 11 touchdowns in his collegiate career, won’t have to hear that experssion twice after what happened to him during Thursday night’s combine drills. During the gauntlet exercise, which asks receivers to catch passes from either side all the way across the field, Wilcox didn’t quite get his head around in time, and… well, this happened. It was not a good time for Wilcox, who also ran an unofficial 4.88 40-yard dash and had issues with dropped passes.
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Europa League hits and misses
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"It hurts big time," Mikel Arteta said in his post-match press conference. "We had a lot of hope in this competition."The pain of this Europa League exit will take a lot of getting over for Arsenal and Arteta. This competition was a big chance of silverware and a route into the Champions League, but that all disappeared in dramatic circumstances as Olympiakos snatched a place in the last 16 at the expense of the Gunners.There was a positive atmosphere starting to build around the Emirates Stadium as Arteta led his side to an unbeaten start to 2020. They had just had three wins in a week and everything was starting to look better, but now the Spaniard faces the biggest challenge of his short managerial career as he attempts to lift his players after that heart-breaking exit.
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