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Every person behind home plate except Larry King stands up.

When Matthews and Belfry reconvened in July, they sought to borrow from a familiar source. During his 21-year playing career, Leafs president Brendan Shanahan developed a two-touch move that tapped passes into his sweet spot, letting him swiftly shoot without having to settle the puck, like a volleyball player setting and spiking by herself. “That is unbelievable,” Matthews said after trying it once, and every subsequent session included at least five minutes of practicing Shanahan’s technique.

Did we think it was gone? This guy in the white T-shirt is the first out of his seat; Marlins Man looks grumpy because he was actually looking down when the pitch was delivered, and now it seems that he’s missed one of the greatest walk-off homers of all time at the one-second mark.

His wife, Wilhelmina Attles, son, Alvin Attles III, and Hall of Famer Rick Barry represented him during an on-court tribute after the first quarter.

“Great to honor him,” Kerr said. “I know our fans who have been following us for a long time know about Al’s influence, but 57 years with the organization, obviously he won the championship with the team in `75, was GM, drafted Chris Mullin, one of the best players early on in the Warriors history. He’s pretty much done it all. Fitting tonight we will honor him and his family. We know he’ll be watching on TV. I hope he’s not offended by my suit.”

Wizards: Washington shot 15 for 33 on 3s. … C Ian Mahinmi played almost 13 minutes after he had been questionable with a sprained left ankle.

“I can’t overstate how good they all were. I can still picture their infield practice. It was like a circus act, a high-wire circus act that left you mesmerized and a little intimidated. Gurrriel at first, Antonio Pacheco at second, German Mesa at short, Omar Linares at third. Their gloves never seemed to touch the ball. I wanted to learn how to do that.canadiens_012_3b8eae009f3fa58e-180x180

Brandon Peters likely to start at QB for Michigan vs. Minnesota

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that “it’s likely” that redshirt freshman Brandon Peters will get his first collegiate start at quarterback Saturday night against Minnesota.

Michigan (6-2) has used three different quarterbacks in its first eight games of the year. Wilton Speight started the season, but he has not played since a neck injury against Purdue in late September. O’Korn was 2-2 as a starter in October, completing 55.5 percent of his passes during that stretch.

Harbaugh said he was happy with Peters’ performance last Saturday and that he is looking forward to seeing what he can improve this week after his first significant minutes in a game.

“He can do a lot to build on it,” Harbaugh said. “… Now he’s been in game action. I think that helps a lot.”

Michigan kicks off against Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. ET in Ann Arbor this Saturday.

Philadelphia had already defeated San Francisco by the time the teams chasing the Eagles in the NFC East, the Cowboys and Redskins, kicked off in Washington. Speaking of division races, the Panthers beat the Buccaneers on Sunday in what felt like must-win situations for both teams in the NFC South.

Many eyes Sunday also were on Seattle, where the Texans engaged in protest before their game against the Seahawks in the wake of team owner Bob McNair’s controversial comments, which were revealed Friday by ESPN.

“We allege that Bannon corruptly used the Friends organization to divert county funds and expand his power over park facilities and events, while also conferring unauthorized benefits like free golf and VIP concert tickets on himself, his family and his inner circle,” Attorney General Christopher Porrino said.blues-016

Vote: Weigh in on Week 9 in the ACC

After chalk ruled the country in Week 8, Week 9 was a bit less predictable. Three top-25 teams fell to unranked opponents, Ohio State clawed back to beat Penn State and Iowa State shocked another top-five foe in TCU.

The Reviews: From 10/1/2017: “Cozy little hidden gem, perfect for comic book nerds. They have some classic consoles and comfy couches if you want to battle it out in Mario kart. Such a great chill spot.”; From 7/1/2017: “Neil’s Bahr is an arcade, dive bar, and feels as such with dark lighting and aged seats. It definitely has an arcade feel, there are several board games, video games, TVs and Ping pong. It’s also dog friendly so I got to pet a corgi while I waited for my drink to be made.” From 5/7/2017: “I love this place! Great place to play some N64 and drink reasonably priced brews.”

Schalke has plenty of rival teams in and around its district, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Gladbach and Cologne all in neighbouring counties.

Regardless of which fans are responsible for this heinous act, it has no place in football and the relevant authorities will definitely come down hard on whoever is responsible.

Anti-semitism carries extremely harsh punishments in Germany in light of the atrocities carried out by the Nazis in World War II, with Anne Frank among those rounded up as Hitler’s army committed mass genocide of Jews in the early 1940s.

Just last week Lazio were heavily criticised after a small section of its fanbase distributed stickers at Stadio Olimpico depicting Frank in the shirt of bitter city rivals Roma.blues-008

Dunlap’s interception rallies Bengals over Colts 24-23

Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals for the Colts and moved into a tie with Gary Anderson for second-most points in NFL history with 2,434.

Caesars Palace sportsbooks reported having “significant” parlay liability on Pittsburgh and ended up taking a six-figure loss on the NFL on Sunday, director of specialty games Frank Kunovic told ESPN. CG Technology and MGM were among the other bookmakers that suffered a small losing Sunday.

While holding the lead in the second half, offensive coordinator John Morton dialed up seven runs to eight pass attempts on 15 plays over three drives. It was only after that lead evaporated did the pass-run ratio tilt to 13-2 (not including spikes), with the final drive of the game consisting of six passes as Josh McCown tried to rally the Jets with just over a minute remaining.

A frustrated Forte believes running the ball more in the rain would have been the correct call.

“You got a wet ball out there,” Forte said. “It’s rainy. It wasn’t like a light drizzle. It was really really raining. If I was a coordinator… (and) I’m obviously biased because I’m a running back — raining like that, yeah, you would think that we would run it more than we did. But like I said, every game is different. He’s calling the plays. He has to call what he sees out there.”

Lineman Carlos Dunlap batted Jacoby Brissett’s pass into the air, grabbed the ball and ran 16 yards to the end zone for a game-turning touchdown Sunday, rallying the Cincinnati Bengals to a 24-23 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

The defensive end excels at swatting away passes — he led NFL linemen last season — and changed the game with his third career score.

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The Steelers and Jaguars are both 3-2 after Sunday, and both are difficult to figure out.

The last pass of the game for Bortles came in the middle of the third quarter before the pair of pick sixes allowed the team to focus entirely on the run.

Jacksonville ended the game with 18 consecutive running plays, milking clock and grinding away with Leonard Fournette, who had 181 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard burst in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Steelers and Jaguars are both 3-2 after Sunday, and both are difficult to figure out.

When Jacksonville is clicking, it has a defense that’s a nightmare to score on and an offense that can grind away with Fournette. But then it can also be a team that struggles to move the ball with Bortles and makes egregious errors.

Pittsburgh earned impressive wins over the Vikings and Ravens but now has bad losses to the Bears and Jaguars on the record.

It’s impossible to pick just one, especially when there are 14 players — including Aaron Rodgers and his broken collarbone — on this week’s injury report. But the focus should be on the offensive line, given how important it’ll be to new starting quarterback Brett Hundley’s success. Of the three starters who dropped out of last Sunday’s loss at Minnesota, left tackle David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and right tackle Bryan Bulaga (concussion) at least practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

Michael Floyd (hamstring) joined Stefon Diggs (groin) on the injury report this week, leaving Minnesota with five active receivers in practice. After missing practice last week and Sunday’s game, Diggs remains the biggest injury concern despite Minnesota having three other non-participants on Wednesday: Sam Bradford (knee), Nick Easton (calf) and Anthony Barr (concussion/ankle). lakers_017

Giants vs. Broncos odds 2017: Winless New York huge underdog against Denver on Sunday night

The New York Giants are 0-6 straight up and 2-4 against the spread over their last six games. With plenty of bad news on the injury front, the Giants will have a hard time trying to earn their first win of the season this Sunday night against the Denver Broncos.

Twitter made an attempt to keep the games, with Facebook and YouTube trying to pry the rights away.

Two other teams that have exceeded preseason expectations to this point will clash when the Los Angeles Rams visit the Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5). Both teams are off to 3-2 SU starts, with Jacksonville sitting atop the AFC South and Los Angeles tied with Seattle for the top spot in the NFC West.

The road team is 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS in the last four meetings between the Rams and Jaguars.

Ben Roethlisberger’s confidence seemed shaken in a post-game press conference after his five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week. The veteran quarterback will get a much tougher test this week when his Steelers visit the Kansas City Chiefs (-4), who are off to a perfect 5-0 SU and ATS start to the 2017 season.

The teams traded punts on the first four possessions, with Minnesota kickers Ryan Longwell and Chris Kluwe doing their best to kick away from the All Pro Hester. The week before, the Packers neutralized Hester on kickoffs, holding him to zero returns with a mix of squibs and pooch kicks.

But keeping the ball from Hester is easier said than done, as Kluwe acknowledged while watching a Bears-Vikings game in 2013:

Goddammit announcers. You can’t say “Why kick it to Hester” on a fucking kickoff. If you kick it short, they’re two passes away from a FG.falcons_001

J.J. Watt will miss the rest of the season with a fractured leg

J.J. Watt went down with an injury in the first quarter of Sunday Night Football. Watt was rushing Alex Smith and his leg twisted. He left NRG Stadium in an ambulance, where doctors confirmed Watt has a tibial plateau fracture. Watt will miss the rest of the 2017 season.

“He’ll continue to rehab. We’re just going to shut down the throwing right now to get this thing calmed back down.”

Peterson signed with the Saints after visiting several teams. New Orleans already had Mark Ingram, and they selected Alvin Kamara in the third round of the 2017 draft. Ingram and Kamara are well-rounded and function as rushers, blockers, and receivers. Peterson wasn’t an ideal fit for the scheme, and the result was a much smaller role than he had anticipated with the Saints.

He had 27 carries for just 81 yards in his four games with the Saints.

The Cardinals needed a running back after losing David Johnson to a wrist injury. Peterson wasn’t a factor in New Orleans and was happy to land with a team that needed someone to run the rock. But Johnson could return after Thanksgiving, and Peterson might once again find himself lower on the depth chart than he’d like to be. For now, though, he’s taking advantage of the opportunity to rebound in Arizona.

The defensive backfield has changed more drastically. Rookie corner Marshon Lattimore has been promising and locked down one starting spot, although he missed the Panthers game because of a concussion. Ken Crawley stepped in and excelled, and when starting corner P.J. Williams was benched against the Dolphins for disciplinary reasons, Crawley kept his job alongside Lattimore in the lineup. Crawley had some iffy moments against Golden Tate last week, but he’s now an every-down cornerback. When Breaux comes back, the Saints could finally have a trio of promising young cornerbacks to build around.falcons_013

The last set of names we’re going to discuss this week are the outliers.

The Red Sox ball girl was called for interference when she tried to field Gattis’ fair-ball grounder down the third base line in the eighth. Instead of a potential double, Gattis was sent back to first; pinch-runner Cameron Maybin took second on a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run on Reddick’s single.

Arrieta dropped his only decision of the season to the Nationals and is 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA in nine career starts against Washington.

With his team’s season on the line, Nationals manager Dusty Baker will stick with scheduled Game 4 starter Tanner Roark. Baker said earlier Tuesday that he would consider sending Stephen Strasburg to the mound if the game was pushed to Wednesday.

Strasburg held the Cubs without a hit for 5 2/3 innings in Game 1 before Chicago pulled out a 3-0 victory.

But after Tuesday’s game was pushed back to Wednesday, Baker announced Roark will remain the Game 4 starter. Asked about Strasburg’s availability — even out of the bullpen — Baker said Strasburg was “under the weather” and cited a change in weather, air conditioning in the team hotel and mold in Chicago.

Baker said Strasburg will start Game 5 if the series shifts back to Washington.

Those on the road and on the rise in Week 5 included Alex Smith, Kelvin Benjamin and Leonard Fournette. Players who couldn’t manage to inspire the fans already predisposed to liking them over the past seven days included Amari Cooper, Jameis Winston, Mike Evans and Dez Bryant. The specialists have detected something troubling here, folks. Feel free to get a second opinion, but I wouldn’t be so quick to ignore the situation.steelers_010

This is what we show up to spring training for.

“It’s what we work all offseason for. Ups and downs, all around the country,” Sale said. “This is what we live for.”

With that said, James’ 17 points still led the Cavs and he shot 8-for-13 from the floor with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block.

“He hasn’t played in I don’t know how long,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Of course his rhythm is going to be off. His passing, timing. That’s just part of the game. But I’m not worried about Bron. He’ll be OK. Tonight is his first night playing in a long time. He’ll get his rhythm. I’m not too worried about that.”

Cleveland had little continuity as a group, however, and the Cavaliers could often be seen pointing and gesturing to one another in the middle of plays to direct people where to go.

“I had to do something,” said Judge, who is 0 for 10 with eight strikeouts in the series. “I wasn’t obviously making any contact at the plate, so you’ve got to make an impact on the game somehow and luckily I was able to do it on defense.”

On the night they raised their Western Conference championship banner, the Predators blew a 3-0 lead as the Flyers scored five straight goals.

But then Forsberg scored his first of the game 50 seconds after the Flyers took a 5-3 lead, and Scott Hartnell jammed in his second goal tying it with 1:17 left on a 5-on-3 that was actually 6-on-3 with Rinne pulled. When Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol challenged for offside and lost, the Predators had the man advantage, and Forsberg scored the winning goal top shelf.

Hakstol was surprised he lost the replay review.
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Kansas City picks up back-to-back first downs for the first time in the game.

The Chiefs currently have it on their own 37 with 1:30 to play in the quarter.

Pittsburgh’s drive is stalled after a holding penalty and the Steelers punt it back to Kansas City. Le’Veon Bell is up to 117 rushing yards for the Steelers, while Kansas City has recorded just 25 yards of total offense.

Kansas City moves the chains once, but Tyreek Hill drops a third down pass and the Chiefs punt again. The Steelers will start their drive at their own 10 with 8:28 to play in the third quarter.

Chiefs running back Charcandrick West is currently being evaluated for a concussion.

Peterson admitted last week that he was frustrated with his ever-shrinking role in New Orleans because of “the type of player that I am, knowing I have so much left in the tank.”

But he also continued to insist there was no animosity between him and Payton — and that the infamous sideline glare that was captured on video in Week 1 was overblown and not what it looked like.

The players seem to have some built-in advantages in such a dispute. Unlike the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, the NFL CBA does not specifically require players to stand for the anthem. There is, however, a section in the NFL Game Operations Manual that mentions that players “should stand at attention, hold helmets in their left hand and refrain from talking.” And commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to teams on Tuesday reiterating the language.

But Dombrowski also has hired only two managers over the last 12 seasons. Jim Leyland has insisted he isn’t coming out of retirement, while Brad Ausmus was recently fired after a last-place finish with the Detroit Tigers. It’s unclear whether former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek could be a candidate. Varitek works for the team in an advisory capacity but has never managed.tigers_050