Instant Awesome: Jarrett Allen teaches children about budgeting for Thanksgiving

The holidays are a reminder for us to be thankful for what we have and to give to others. In that spirit, Brooklyn Nets rookie center Jarrett Allen decided to give, while also teaching a very valuable life lesson to some middle schoolers.

In a day and age when much of society is looking to take, Allen offered an important lesson to his young fans and America’s youth — Thanksgiving is a time of giving. And sometimes, that gift may be something you can purchase, but many times that gift may be in the form of a valuable life lesson you can pass on.

Fresh off a four-touchdown performance against Tennessee, Roethlisberger said on his weekly radio show that such critics “don’t know what they are talking about.”

“In a way it’s like, ‘Wait a second, you’re going to take a shot at me and you don’t know me?'” Roethlisberger said on his Tuesday show, which is broadcast on 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh. “I’m going to go out here and bust my butt every day and be limping with bruises and put my body and my family through this and not care? You’re absolutely nuts.”

“I laughed about it,” Roethlisberger said on his radio show about the narrative. “[It’s] why is Ben still playing if he doesn’t care? If he’s not playing well, he must not care about it. It couldn’t be further from the truth. You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

If the Royals lose all three of the free agents to which they’ve made qualifying offers (Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain), they could have five of the first 40 picks in the next draft. Knowing that bounty is on the way to inject life into the minor-league system, it will then be tempting to go all-in on a sell-off: Salvador Perez, Danny Duffy, Whit Merrifield, etc. It’s hard to see how K.C. contends by trying to replace that trio with lesser options from the free-agent market, so what choice is there but to jumpstart a rebuild?
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Few expected them to beat the Chiefs, especially with Andy Reid’s record coming off a bye week. He was 16-2.

The Giants not only won, they intercepted Alex Smith twice, setting up their first nine points. Orleans Darkwa scored on a 1-yard run after Damon Harrison’s interception. Rosas, who missed the extra point after the Darkwa TD, kicked a 26-yard field goal to give the Giants a short-lived 9-6 lead with 1:38 left in regulation after Janoris Jenkins’ interception.

The third-quarter drive that padded the lead to 37-3 lasted 6 minutes, 33 seconds and went 94 yards in 10 plays бн all on the ground. Every one. Not one Brees pass. He literally ran more than he threw on that possession the last 7 yards on a scramble for the touchdown. There honestly may never have been a drive resembling that in his 12 years in New Orleans.

James needed stitches in the third quarter to close a gash above his lip that drew blood. He punched back at the Nets in the fourth and finished with 33 points.

With the Cavs up 100-99, James began his one-man show with a pair of free throws. He dropped in a couple left-handed shots and then drained two 3-pointers — the last a step-back with 55 seconds left to give Cleveland a 118-107 lead.

After blowing a 22-point halftime lead Saturday against Golden State, Simmons hit 11 of 15 shots after halftime and the Sixers pulled away this time.

J.J. Redick shook off a scoreless first half to finish with 20 points, and Amir Johnson grabbed 13 rebounds
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Seahawks’ Russell Wilson was on liquid diet for days after Karlos Dansby hit

A doctor told Russell Wilson he was lucky to escape without a broken jaw after a hit to the head by Karlos Dansby in Week 10, but the Seahawks quarterback still felt the impact’s effect for days.

Wilson told reporters Friday that he couldn’t eat solid food for about three days after the Nov. 9 win in Arizona and had to subsist on smoothies through the weekend after the Thursday night game. In addition to the liquid diet, he had to wear what amounted to a splint for a little while to “reset” his jaw.

“The league’s gotta do what they’ve gotta do and obviously it’s really important for player safety and everything, but I was completely fine — just my jaw got busted up pretty good,” Wilson said. “We’re cooperating, doing everything we can to make sure that we do it the right way, that’s how we always try to do it.”

Dansby was fined $18,231 for the hit, according to multiple reports Friday.

“We all see how impactful a commissioner’s decision can be in many areas. We’ve given him a lot of power. I think we need the checks and balances of ownership having to actually be in a position to not just suggest but approve of his decisions. So that’s what this is about.”

Goodell’s contract is set to expire at the end of 2018, but if the proposed contract extension gets approved, Goodell would be commissioner through 2024. Jones reiterated that he wants the compensation committee to not only negotiate the extension, but to also have it approved unanimously by the owners. broncos_088-500x500

Everything J.J. Redick Does is From Long Distance

J.J. Redick was woozy. His head was spinning after meeting with a few dozen 76ers employees. Bryan Colangelo’s pitch lasted over an hour. “It was about 1:30 in the morning.

“I think he’s a throwback. He’s a throwback to Jason Kidd. He reminds me of a young Jason Kidd without the 3-ball, [but] Jason started the league without [that shot]. His size, his demeanor, he has a calming effect on his teammates. He doesn’t get rattled. I think the future is going to be really, really bright for the young guy. Everybody talks about his shot, but his shot is going to come. He’s going to be a really good player in our league.” — Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, who coached Kidd as an assistant in Dallas.

With Garoppolo’s representatives in the crowd, Lynch outlined the plan for dealing with Garoppolo’s future, citing that the first order of business is to get him in the playbook and to allow him to begin meeting his teammates.

“I can tell you, second-round picks are very valuable in this league, particularly where we are at as an organization,” Lynch said. “And so, this is a guy we wanted and were willing to give what we thought was a very valuable commodity and exchange for him. So, we’re excited moving forward that he’s going to be a part of our future.

“We believe very much that Jimmy is going to be our quarterback of the future, and we’ll let everything else play out from there.”

This is probably another variation of the “Sandman” that Sanford had on other masks, but it’s basically what Gandalf The Vampire would look like if he had spring allergies.flames_082

The Warriors are in last place in the West, and they have only themselves to blame

Without the distraction of having Draymond Green on the court in the fourth quarter, Golden State should have cruised to a win over the Rockets.

Deromedi spent a combined 38 years at Central Michigan as head coach (1978-93) and athletic director (1994-2006). He retired from coaching as the winningest coach in MAC history after leading the Chippewas to three league titles. He served as the chairman of the NCAA football rules committee in 2003 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

“I’ve always done better whenever I can run double duty, or even triple duty in some cases, because the more track time helps me out a lot,” Bell said. “The Xfinity cars go a little bit faster, they don’t have much faster, and everything will slow down when I get in the truck series.

“I’m looking forward to it. I think it will be an advantage.”

Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter, the two past champions in the truck playoffs, didn’t get the automatic bid they were looking for, but a second for Crafton and third for Sauter allowed them to put distance between them and those challenging them for spots among the four finalists.

Know who else fancies these masks? Goalies, those beautiful freaks of hockey. Through the decades, we’ve seen all manner of masks that are scary in concept and execution, sometimes featuring monstrous images and sometimes being terrifying in the simplicity.

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (29.0 percent): The talent of Mack is apparent and was on display during his 24-yard touchdown catch in Week 8 versus the Bengals. Frank Gore remains the undisputed starter in the Colts backfield, but Mack’s explosive ability and pass-catching acumen pop on tape each week. The Colts have found themselves playing from behind with regularity this season, something that bodes well for Mack and should increase his overall playing time.

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Kizer’s been benched twice already for costly red zone interceptions.

There’s not much to enjoy about ranking 25th in opponent points allowed (110.1), 21st in opponent field goal percentage (45.9 percent), 27th in opponent 3-point percentage (39.9 percent) and dead last in opponent 3-pointers made per game (13.7). The talk didn’t just focus on the Cavs’ defensive deficiencies, but what needs to be done to correct them.

I want to be wrong here. I hope Tavares re-signs to play in a new building where the fans can, like, see the entire rink, unlike in the Islanders’ current environs in Brooklyn. But I’m not comfortable saying he will when that fate seems tied to an arena deal that’s months away from approval — if it is approved.

Turning to Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler didn’t work, either. Kizer keeps sliding back into the starting role even though he’s thrown 11 picks against three touchdowns this year. Sunday’s loss to the Vikings was Kizer’s first turnover-free game of the year.

The supporting cast isn’t giving any of the QBs much to work with in Cleveland. Perennial All-Pro Joe Thomas is out for the season with a torn triceps, and Kenny Britt hasn’t done much for the Browns. The team’s best receiver is running back Duke Johnson, who has 324 yards and a touchdown.

Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens (32.3 percent): The surprising leader in yards per carry in the NFL this season is Collins, the Seahawks castoff who has worked his way up the depth chart in Baltimore. With Terrance West (calf) injured, Collins has assumed a larger role, and we’ve reached the point where it seems unlikely that will change. He runs hard, creates yards after contact and sprinkled in two catches in Week 8 (he had zero before that). Collins is an add for any sized league, with the hope that he can sustain 12-15 carries per week going forward.canadiens_004_20c0a7b674c77e19-180x180

Brees leads Saints past Bears, 20-12, for 5th straight win

Drew Brees completed 23 of 28 passes for 299 yards against a Bears defense that ranked sixth against the pass, and the New Orleans Saints beat Chicago 20-12 Sunday for their fifth straight win.

Chicago had a TD overturned on video review after Zach Miller’s 25-yard catch, during which the tight end’s left leg bent unnaturally as he landed. As Miller was carted off the field with an apparently serious knee injury, officials ruled that replayed showed the ground caused the ball to loosen in Miller’s grasp as his upper body crashed to the turf — after his knee had given out.

For the Bears, in addition to Miller’s knee injury, Chicago right guard Kyle Long left the game with a hand injury. Cornerback Prince Amukamara had an apparent lower body injury in the second quarter but was able to walk to the sideline on his own and returned.

The fun mock trade that just about everybody has done is sending Eli Manning from the Giants to the Jaguars because of the convenient Tom Coughlin factor in Jacksonville. But wouldn’t the Jaguars want a veteran upgrade from Blake Bortles and not the same type of passer at this point? Sorry, Eli.

I’m a great teammate. I don’t have beef with nobody in here, Bryant said. [I] love everybody in here. I work hard with everybody. I feel bad about the distractions but at the same time what’s done is done. Can’t take it back. All I can do is move on from it.

Instead, the hot-and-cold Raiders find themselves 3-5 at the midway point, a club with issues on both sides of the ball — problems that festered again in Sunday’s 34-14 collapse to the frisky Bills.

Despite the sketchy results, quarterback Derek Carr refuses to see the Raiders as a fading entity, promising after the loss to get Oakland back on track.blues-020

NFL’s unsolved mysteries through Week 8: Why doesn’t Bill O’Brien trust Deshaun Watson?

Wentz has taken the NFL by storm in his second year, carrying the Eagles to a league-best seven wins while the team that didn’t think he’d ever be a top-20 QB is still winless.

After sinking his first two free throws of the game, Curry extended his streak to a career-high 54, including two makes from last season. In the third quarter, he missed his first free throw of the season.

Bradley led the Pistons (5-2) with 23 points and three steals. Reggie Jackson chipped in 22 points and five assists.

The Warriors hit the road for the second half of this back-to-back to face the LA Clippers on Monday night.

“As a member of this team, there are standards and we have responsibilities and obligations,” coach Ben McAdoo said in a statement. “When we don’t fulfill those obligations, there are consequences. As I have said before, we do not like to handle our team discipline publicly. There are times when it is unavoidable, and this is one of those times.”

The team will review Jenkins status at the beginning of next week.

The suspension continues a turbulent season for McAdoo both on and off the field.

Jenkins’ punishment comes less than three weeks after the team suspended Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for violation of team rules. DRC’s suspension was announced as “indefinite” at the time, but he missed only one game.

The 1-6 Giants will host the Rams the 5-2 Rams at MetLife Sunday afternoon without their top cornerback. The news is a boon for Jared Goff and Sammy Watkins heading to the east coast.
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Vikings vs. Browns: Score, results, highlights from Week 8 game in London

Sunday’s Week 8 game in London, the last of four games scheduled to be played across the pond in the NFL International Series this season, was not exactly a must-see sporting event for fans in England. Vikings vs. Browns, regardless of where it would be played, was low on the intrigue meter compared to other NFL games Sunday.

JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn’t need a bike … when he’s got fast wheels like he displayed on a 97-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. The longest pass play in Steelers history and tied for the longest play from scrimmage in franchise history came just three plays after the Lions opted to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard-line but were stuffed on a quarterback run.

If the favored Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos tonight on Monday Night Football, favorites will be 12-1 on the week. The last time favorites were that successful straight-up was Week 11 of 2012, when the chalk won 13 of 14 games, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The only underdog to pull an outright upset Sunday was the Carolina Panthers, and they were only 1-point underdogs at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers won 17-3.

Favorites won every other game, leaving multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks in the red. But it could have been worse for the books. While favorites went 10-1 straight-up, they finished only 6-5 against the closing spread at the Westgate SuperBook.

Overall, though, Sunday went to the betting public, which was rewarded for siding with some of the day’s biggest favorites.

“In general, we got beaten up on the money-line favorites and the teasers, with all the favorites winning,” Jason Simbal, vice president of risk for sportsbook operator CG Technology, told ESPN.
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Sunday night’s total is set at 39 points. The OVER is 6-1 in Denver’s last seven games as a favorite of 11 points or more.

Denver has gone 12-5 SU in its last 17 night games. That streak of success is likely to continue against this depleted Giants team. If New York hopes to keep this one close, it will need to get an excellent performance out of a defense that ranks 24th in scoring defense and 27th in total defense.

This is New York’s first game as a double-digit underdog since Super Bowl XLII back in 2008.

What, exactly, did Texans coach Bill O’Brien see in Tom Savage to start him Week 1? Watson has been electric since taking over for Savage at halftime of the opener. He ranks No. 1 in Total QBR (80.2) and leads the league in touchdown passes with 15. Watson had one of the best games of any quarterback this season in Houston’s 57-14 win over the Titans in Week 4, with five total touchdowns (four passing) while completing 73.5 percent of his passes.

He was constantly evading pressure, too. Watson did have one interception when he tried to force a throw into the end zone at the end of the first half, but he’s young, and he’s going to make some mistakes. I had a second-round grade on Watson because he could be erratic at times — he has four picks in three starts — and I had him going to the Texans at pick No. 57 in my two-round mock draft in April (he ended up the 12th overall pick). He has the potential to be a superstar, and he’s keeping the Texans in the AFC South race.

Dennis Allen’s unit has produced shocking numbers over its past three games, but even if the defense can’t keep it up, the Saints might only need to be competent to challenge for the NFC South crown. Few quarterbacks have needed — and gotten — less from their defenses to succeed than the 38-year-old the Saints have under center.lakers_051