“He’s getting buzz as the guy,” an Adidas source said at the time the company was pitching Fox.

“Fox is the guy!” an Under Armour source texted just before their pitch meeting, perfectly on cue.

Every major brand expressed strong interest in Fox, who had been the face of Kentucky for the one season he was there and was widely perceived as potentially the fastest player in the NBA — a talent that appealed to sneaker companies, which had to make their pitches before knowing where 2017’s top prospects would land in the draft.

His overnight arrest was first reported by Pro Football Talk.

The Dolphins said they were promoting running back De’Veon Smith from the practice squad to take Maualuga’s roster spot.

Miami signed Maualuga, 30, to a one-year deal during training camp in August after he played eight years for the Bengals, including two seasons with current Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke.

The good news is, with the bye week to hit the playbook and game film, plus the full assistance from both coach Mike McCarthy and Rodgers, Hundley will be in a much better position to succeed in his second pro start and beyond.

That is, assuming the Packers help their young backup quarterback with an offense that maximizes his strengths and limits his weaknesses.

Few teams in the NFL are better than the Packers at managing injuries, big and small. Unlike in 2013, the first time Rodgers had to miss time with a broken collarbone, Hundley carries more upside than Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace did.

Mariota is having a solid, mostly healthy year, too, but it has not been spectacular enough.

The Philadelphia Eagles scored 30 unanswered second-half points and cruised to a 37-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Dallas led 9-7 at halftime but Philadelphia tallied touchdowns on its first three drives in the second half to pull away.

“This is a Hall of Famer initiative,” Shestakofsky said. “That being said, we were aware of it.”

Morgan spent most of his 22-year career with the Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros franchise. Along with Pete Rose and Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Tony Perez, Morgan helped the Reds win back-to-back World Series championships in 1975 and 1976. Cincinnati also reached the World Series in 1972, Morgan’s first year with the Reds.

Morgan was the National League MVP in 1975 and 1976 and was named an All-Star in each of his eight seasons with the Reds. He was a .271 career hitter with 268 home runs, 1,133 RBIs, 1,650 runs scored and 689 stolen bases, 11th most in baseball history.

The Jags made a great decision to carry Wash over from Gus Bradley’s staff. The stockpiling of talent through the draft and free agency has paid off, as the NFL’s most ferocious pass-rushing unit has been built from Calais Campbell through Jalen Ramsey. Wash, the chief architect of Sacksonville, deserves the design award.

Pederson of course has a big hand in what Philadelphia is doing to light up the scoreboard, but it wouldn’t be possible without Reich’s creative, college-like concepts for Wentz.

Gurley might not have faced enough adversity in a sophomore slump to get strong enough consideration for a true “comeback.” With J.J. Watt back on the shelf, however, these are the only two in Gronk’s rearview.


Along with the push from a 6-4, 307-pound lineman.

This night started with Lakers coach Luke Walton having to answer questions about LaVar Ball telling Bleacher Report that he feels the coaching staff has been too “soft” on his son. Those close to the elder Ball indicated to ESPN that he meant that the coaches could be harder on his son rather than criticizing the Lakers’ staff.

The Lakers then came out and were horrible at times in the first half, almost as if they were looking ahead to the Thanksgiving break. After playing a back-to-back set against Chicago and then a game in Sacramento on Wednesday, the Lakers have a rare four-day break before playing the Clippers on Monday.

Ball picks up 13 rebounds in Lakers’ victoryLonzo Ball drops eight points, picks up 13 rebounds and dishes out four assists to help the Lakers past the Bulls 103-94 at Staples Center.

Along with the push from a 6-4, 307-pound lineman.

All three teams improved to 7-2 and the Saints tied the Eagles with the season’s longest winning streak with their seventh straight victory. Saints quarterback Drew Brees didn’t throw a touchdown pass against the Bills, but he didn’t have to as the Saints ran for six touchdowns in a dominant 47-10 victory in Buffalo.

The Vikings also had an impressive road win as Case Keenum threw four touchdown passes in a 38-30 win over the Redskins. Keenum was picked twice, but a 21-point second quarter helped the Vikings hold a 28-17 halftime lead. A 7-yard touchdown pass to Jarius Wright in the third quarter extended the margin and the Vikings held off the Redskins for the win.

Then there are the Rams, who must be taken seriously as their big-play offense continues to roll with a 33-7 win over the Texans. After sputtering with just three field goals in the first half, the Rams erupted with three touchdowns in the third quarter as Robert Woods had the best game of his career. nike_bills-087

Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren had 26 saves.

Shore scored after taking a pass from John Klingberg and firing a wrist shot from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle. At 19:21, Spezza reached out to put in the rebound of a wrist shot by Seguin.

The Stars were also without center Martin Hanzal, who has a hand injury expected to keep him out for 3-to-7 days. The 30-year-old center’s season of injuries continues as his new ailment comes after he missed training camp with an ankle injury and another three games earlier this month with a lower-body issue.

Derek Dorsett didn’t play for the Canucks. He was sent to Vancouver for precautionary medical reasons stemming from neck and back stiffness. Dorsett missed 68 games last season after undergoing career-threatening cervical fusion neck surgery in December 2016. He has nine points in 20 games this season, along with 39 hits and a league-high 74 penalty minutes.

The Canucks have seven wins in 11 games against Eastern Conference teams this season. … The Canucks acquired Sutter from Pittsburgh during a July 2015 trade. … Canucks F Thomas Vanek has nine points in his past nine games, including an assist in five straight. … Canucks F Sven Baertschi has 12 points in his past 10 games. … Penguins F Carter Rowney skated in warmups, but missed his 14th straight game with a fractured hand. . Troy Stecher (knee) is expected to return during Vancouver’s season-high six-game road trip. … Guentzel has goals in his last three against the Canucks and points in all four career appearances.

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?

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

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.


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