Dwyane Wade secures Cavs’ final starting job for Cleveland’s opening night

Carlos Correa homered for the Astros as they took a first-inning lead for the third straight game. Up 3-0 with two on and one out in the second, Houston chased Doug Fister and Joe Kelly retired George Springer before Josh Reddick hit a long fly ball to right field that Mookie Betts caught at the top of the short wall to end the inning.

“It would have been a great spot for us to get another three runs and big momentum for us. And that seemed to be big momentum for those guys,” Reddick said. “They come up after that and they take the lead. So I just l wish the park was a little bit shorter.”

Said ace lefty Chris Sale: “There’s a lot of room for debate and would’ves and should’ves. He gave me every opportunity to succeed. I can say the same for everybody on this team.”

And from closer Craig Kimbrel: “He was there for us. He watches us all year long. He knows each and every guy in here. He knows what we’re made of. For him to go out every night and put it together and try to put the best team on the field, I think he did a great job.”

As a member of Generation X, following sports — especially football — was very different back when I was a kid. There were no satellite dishes perched atop your roof ready to bring whatever sporting event you desired into your home. There was no Red Zone channel that could show you each and every important play from all over the country. There weren’t even any bye weeks until 1990, so you always got your local team, week in and week out, and that was pretty much it.

Devers, who turns 21 on Oct. 24, is the youngest Red Sox player to homer in the postseason and one of only six players in major league history to hit a postseason home run before their 21st birthday.

The others: Mickey Mantle, Andruw Jones, Miguel Cabrera, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.

Hundley will never be Aaron Rodgers, but he doesn’t have to be.

This also looked intriguing months ago Andrew Luck vs. Marcus Mariota. Unless Mariota’s hamstring gets better very fast, it’ll be Jacoby Brissett vs. Matt Cassel, instead. The Colts are still closer to being the team that got blown out by the Seahawks in their last primetime appearance than the team that beat the 49ers last week (after blowing a fourth-quarter lead). Cassel, meanwhile … is Cassel. Don’t feel guilty about nodding off early.

Kaepernick’s potency with both arm and legs tormented the Packers in the past, beating them twice in the playoffs with the 49ers. Now McCarthy and the Packers may have to produce a game plan that would be perfectly tailored to him.

The onus is instead on McCarthy to change the offense into one that has beaten him many times before. The Packers are not done, they just have to be different.

The Packers had a devastating loss Sunday, and it wasn’t the 23-10 defeat in Minnesota. The Packers lost starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers and now hope backup Brett Hundley can do enough to get Green Bay into the playoffs for the ninth straight year.

While the Packers lost to the Vikings, the Patriots won again as Tom Brady reached another milestone, but he wasn’t exactly impressed. Redskins linebacker Zach Brown was brutally honest about a penalty that went in his team’s favor; Jaguars kicker Jason Myers was also sarcastically honest in response to a question about his missed field goals; the Jets are not happy about the touchdown that was overturned in the seven-point loss to the Patriots; and Cardinals coach Bruce Arians loves his veteran playerstigers_054

These Lions are here to roar in NFC North for a long time

They say Detroit is making a comeback. Consider its NFL team, the Lions, to be way ahead on that front.

The 2017 Lions, at 3-1, are likely headed to the NFC playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in more than 20 years. They are bound to end their 26-year playoff win drought soon.

Much of the attention, like it is with any consistent contending team in the league, is on the quarterback-coach combination of Matthew Stafford and Jim Caldwell. They have been key in reviving each other’s careers and were rewarded with contract extensions — meaning they’ll be around for a lot longer together.

Don’t confuse this edition of the Lions with the 2012 and ’15 teams, which reverted to being less than lovable losers. There are many reasons to think the luau in Honolulu Blue will have some staying power this time.

The Jets have a defense better than expected. The Browns have an offense worse than expected. Josh McCown gets a little revenge here while DeShone Kizer struggles with limited help against a team that’s stopping the pass well.

Frank Gore takes advantage of good timing against his former team to push up to No. 7 on the all-time rushing list ahead of Eric Dickerson. His replacement in San Francisco, Carlos Hyde, will keep the visitors in it, but it’s easier to trust Jacoby Brissett and Adam Vinatieri at home vs. Brian Hoyer and Robbie Gould on the road.x (19)

Marshawn Lynch looks ‘better’ and ‘quicker’ than ever to Jets coach Todd Bowles

Even at 31, Marshawn Lynch can run the football. And to the Jets, who are tasked with trying to stop him in Week 2, the Raiders running back has never looked better.

The five-time Pro Bowler who came out of retirement in the offseason to play in Oakland rushed for 72 yards on 18 carries in the Raiders’ 26-16 win over the Titans last week. Todd Bowles was impressed.

Watt shook off any discomfort his left ring finger was causing him, even during those last three plays. There were no signs of the digit bothering him when he made this emphatic game-clinching tackle on the last play of the evening.

After checking his hand, Watt confirmed his finger is indeed still part of it, “so that’s all that matters,” he said.

Any injury to their defensive star is enough to give Texans fans heartburn – Watt played in just three regular-season games last season because of back issues – but he’s got 10 days for his finger to heal before Houston’s Week 3 game in New England.

Besides, does anyone really think a finger – detached or not – would keep Watt off the field?

And in order for us to be great again as a country, and not have all this racism and bigotry and injustice, we all need to realize that there is a problem and be there for each other to correct the problem.” Ingram was one of at least 10 Saints players who sat during the anthem.
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Tom Brady calls James White one of best teammates he’s ever played with in New England

Tom Brady is the type of quarterback who makes his teammates better. But every once in awhile he acknowledges someone special that helps him on the field, too.

After dismantling the Saints 36-20 Sunday in New Orleans, Brady spoke candidly about running back James White.

“I’ve played with a lot of great teammates, and James (White) is right up there with the best,” Brady said, via The Boston Sports Journal.

White, who finished Sunday’s game with eight receptions for 85 yards, and two carries for 11 yards, played a pivotal role with New England suffering through a depleted receiving corps.

Brady threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns against New Orleans’ shambolic defense, and White served as his safety valve just like he did in last season’s Super Bowl win over the Falcons.

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Thanks largely to a pair of rushing touchdowns, Brissett managed a career-best 27.76 fantasy points, just 4.50 shy of his total in his previous three NFL starts combined (32.26). It was, however, still likely more of a statement about the Cleveland Browns’ defense than Brissett himself. FYI: The Seattle Seahawks are next up on Brissett’s schedule.

Todd Gurley, RB, Rams: Though his was a Thursday night performance, it’s one that shouldn’t be overlooked among “winners.” Gurley’s 37.9 PPR fantasy points were the 10th most by any running back in a Thursday game since at least 1950, and they were the third most at the position since Thursday Night Football began in 2006, trailing only Kareem Hunt’s 45.6 in 2017 Week 1 and Brian Westbrook’s 40.0 in 2008 Week 13. They also gave Gurley a new career high, as did his 32.9 non-PPR fantasy points. He continues to look like a borderline RB1 thanks to his role as the team’s clear goal-line back, though his 3.8 yards-per-carry average through three games should serve as a reminder not to get overzealous with your expectations from him.
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Cowboys vs. Broncos 2017 live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch online

The Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos had very different games to launch their 2017-18 campaigns in Week 1, but both have wins going into their Sunday matchup. They’ll meet at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver on Sunday, beginning at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX (live streaming at Fox Sports GO).

UPDATE: Sunday’s game was delayed in the first quarter due to severe weather in the Denver area.

Dallas, despite an offseason of distractions primarily centered around running back Ezekiel Elliott and his six-game suspension for domestic abuse, looked great against the NFC East rival New York Giants in Week 1. Of course, Elliott was active for that game due to his ongoing court battle with the NFL over the aforementioned suspension.

Elliott rushed 24 times for 104 yards and caught five passes for 36 yards in a 19-3 win over the Giants. Second-year quarterback Dak Prescott also looked good, completing 24-of-39 passes for 268 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. Once again, the offensive line looked incredible and will be the primary focus of the Broncos in Week 2.

Von Miller, the top pass rusher in the NFL, will have his hands full against an elite Cowboys offensive line. Denver’s offensive line will be looking to Dallas for a model after Trevor Siemian was sacked four times for a loss of 38 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1.

The Broncos only managed to sack Philip Rivers once in that game. They survived thanks to a blocked field goal late in the game, moving to 1-0 in a division where the Oakland Raiders have consistently been the favorite to win.

Below, you can find all the information you need to watch the game as well as news, odds and predictions for the Week 2 matchup.
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Bears to put WR Kevin White on IR with fractured shoulder blade

Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White will be placed on injured reserve with a fractured shoulder blade, coach John Fox announced on Monday.

According to Fox, White’s latest injury could require surgery, but the Bears haven’t yet ruled out White coming back later in the year. Each NFL team is allowed to designate two players to return off of injured reserve after Week 8.

One week into the season, the Bears are already without their top two receivers, and now will have to find someone to step up and fill the void.
White exited Sunday’s 23-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the 9 minute, 43 second mark of the fourth quarter after catching a short pass for no gain. The former first-round pick immediately walked off the field following the play and went into the Bears’ sideline injury tent for further examination. White was later taken to the locker room and officially ruled out.

While Peterson wouldn’t mind beating his former team in the regular-season opener on Monday night, his wrath isn’t limited to just the Vikings.

“I want to stick it to every team,” he said. “I [hope to] have a great performance against all our opponents this season, so that comment wouldn’t be anything different than I would say about Green Bay when we played those guys. The only thing that’s going to be different is playing my first game with a new team back in my old home, and that’s going to be the only difference.”

Peterson, 32, has led the NFL in rushing three times and was the 2012 MVP, but his production has declined recently due to his age and a number of knee injuries. He was limited to just 72 rushing yards in three games in his final year with the Vikings last season.
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