History on Banknotes: Gregorio Luperon

A Dominican hero, Gregorio Luperon is best known for his fight to restore what is now the Dominican Republic after it was annexed by the Spanish Government. Haiti and the Dominican Republic are connected to each as they on the same island mass in the Caribbean Ocean. As history would tell it Haiti belonged to the French and the Dominican Republic belonged to Spain. Haiti found its independence from the French crown and it caused many in the Dominican Republic to feel as if they too wanted independence.
The Dominican Republic entered a pact with the Spanish Government that offered it protection from the Haitians who may want to unit the entire island into one nation. This is were Gregorio Luperon became a hero for the Dominican Republic. Luperon led the Domincian Military in a fight against the Spaniards to regain the Dominicans independence again.

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Brady admits his personal life affected him in 2016.

His Deflategate battle against the NFL reportedly ended when it did only because Brady had a more important battle with which to concern himself back home.

Brady was willing to give up that fight in the name of personal priorities. There’s no reason to believe they would not trump an unnecessarily long playing career, either. And we know very well how Gisele feels about the matter.

But Brady also witnessed the physical deterioration Manning experienced through his last couple of seasons.

“Football is such a physical sport, and every game could be your last game,” Brady told reporters this week. “It’s the reality of the sport, so I’d love to plan for those things. I try to work hard at the things I need to for my body to feel good week after week and year after year.

McVay led Los Angeles from a 4-12 season in 2016 to an 11-5 record in 2017. He was the favorite to be named the league’s best coach for a while. It helped him out that Gurley broke out with 2,093 yards from scrimmage which earned him the offensive player of the year award. Donald anchored the team’s defense tallying 11 sacks and five forced fumbles on the way to being named the league’s best defensive player.

As for the Saints, it was the first time since 1967 a team has swept the offensive and defensive rookie of the year awards. Lattimore was a first-round pick out of Ohio State while Kamara was taken in the third round out of Tennessee. Saints quarterback Drew Brees was also named the Clutch Performer of the Year.

The Super Bowl in 2018 seems relatively easy to predict if one goes by the odds. The Patriots opened as 5 1/2-point favorites over the Eagles in Super Bowl 52, set to be played Sunday in Minneapolis. So of course the majority of SN’s experts are picking New England to beat Philadelphia. But not all.

Super Bowl picks and predictions are the bottom lines during the two-week hype train that is Super Bowl analysis. The matchup will be dissected and previewed to no end. Will Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots pad the numbers that make up their dynasty? Will the Eagles, with Nick Foles in position to become one of the most unlikely Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in history, shock the world and win their first Super Bowl?bills_028

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They’re all full of it to varying degrees, but none more than Roger Goodell’s NFL and his dutiful adjutants, the league’s compliant TV networks.

What’s ladled out — make that shoveled — as social altruism has formed Mount Manure, built on public relations cons and high-definition, high-in-additives baloney.

The annual presentation of NFL games played on Thanksgiving — up to three since 2006, instead of two, to maximize TV rights and get-out-there-and-shop commercial revenues — comes wrapped in home-and-hearth values with good wishes from “our family to yours.” And it’s self-evident nonsense.

“Her red bra was all that was supposed to show, no nipple, no exposure,” the insider said. “It was meant to be a little racy, but nobody meant for her breast to show. It became a big deal because Justin grabbed the costume much too hard and, instead of pulling the one small part, he tore the bra part, too.” (Representatives for Timberlake did not return calls for comment.)

Behind the scenes, there was confusion, as MTV executive producer Salli Frattini, recalled to ESPN The Magazine in 2014: “There was lots of chaos in the [production truck, and we played it back and we were like, ‘Oh, s – – t. What just happened?’ ”

New kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who spent time in six NFL training camps over the past five seasons before finally getting a shot to play this week, was the star of the game for Oakland. The former Cal kicker went 4 for 4 on the day, hitting field goals from 20, 52, 52 and 43 yards in the win.

It’s fitting that the Raiders went with a kicker who has such an unusual backstory because the Raiders won in an unusual way. Going into the season, the biggest question in Oakland had to do with whether or not their defense would actually be able to stop anyone.

We know the Raiders can win a shootout, but can they punch you in the mouth and win with defense?

In 2003, Houston Oilers defensive end Elvin Bethea made a rather impolitic confession as he was about to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He admitted he rarely watches NFL games.
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The storm in Minnesota that dropped more than a foot of snow on campus kept Northwestern from traveling the night before the game.

The well-rested Wildcats arrived about eight hours before tipoff and wore down the banged-up Gophers with a seasoned, spirited rally.

Bryant McIntosh and Vic Law scored 18 points apiece for Northwestern, leading the comeback Tuesday from a 10-point deficit to beat reeling Minnesota 77-69.

“Everyone knows the struggles we’ve had throughout the year to try to find ourselves as a team. We feel like in the last two weeks we’re starting to play good basketball,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. “This was a big game.”

Scottie Lindsey added 15 points, Dererk Pardon pitched in 10 points and eight rebounds and Law pulled down 13 rebounds himself for the Wildcats (13-9, 4-5 Big Ten), who won their second straight game after losing five of their previous seven contests.

“I think we need to hold everybody accountable a little more, and I think that’s the biggest think right now, if guys ain’t doing the right job, they need to come out the game,” Thomas had said after the Thunder loss.

Dwyane Wade also called for further accountability; however, his message was aimed more at the players, stating “can’t no one be sensitive” if the coaching staff singled them out.

Maybe it’s no coincidence that the defense turned around after the team selected defensive end Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft. He’s ranked the 23rd-best edge rusher per PFF with the 10th-highest “Pass Rushing Productivity” rating — which measures pressure created on a per-snap basis with weighting toward sacks — from the right side.

With 13 picks in the 2018 draft — including five in the first two rounds — and nearly $59 million in available salary-cap space, the offense almost certainly will improve with investments in a franchise quarterback and other supporting cast members.

What the Browns have built to date, though, clearly hasn’t worked. So it’s unsurprising the team announced it had relieved Sashi Brown of his duties as the team’s executive vice president of football operations.

Instead of asking, “Given how links are distributed around the web, how relevant is each site?” you can ask, “Given how wins are distributed around this network, how good is each team?”
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Sean McVay became a top NFL coach of the year candidate in Year 1 with the Rams.

There is plenty to love about the coaching job Sean McVay has done this season with the Los Angeles Rams.

He helped Jared Goff become a franchise quarterback and running back Todd Gurley an MVP candidate. He took a team that hadn’t had a winning season since 2003 and instantly transformed it into an NFC powerhouse. He made the Rams matter in L.A. and around the NFL.

In Carolina, Devin Funchess — the remaining big-and-slow Panthers WR — gets a volume boost, though he’s a pale imitation of Benjamin. This trade doesn’t mean Funchess is suddenly faster or has better hands. And in fact, Greg Olsen could return from his broken foot in a few weeks, and Carolina may have a more speed-oriented receiving attack in mind, utilizing the likes of Curtis Samuel, Christian McCaffrey and Russell Shepard more. In a week without byes, Funchess needs to play better before he emerges from the ranks of the WR3s.

McDermott lands in a far different situation in Buffalo. The Bills have not made a playoff appearance since the 1999 season. Ryan spent two seasons there attempting to get the team back to the postseason and couldn’t, failing to deliver on his pledge to make the Bills an on-field bully. Things looked particularly scattered at the end of the season when the team opted to sit down quarterback Tyrod Taylor for contractual reasons but then sent interim coach Anthony Lynn out to explain a decision in which he had not participated.

Lynn was the favorite for the job heading in. McDermott was coming off a season in Carolina in which the Panthers’ defense, minus inexplicably jettisoned cornerback Josh Norman, ranked 21st in the league. Carolina, coming off its Super Bowl appearance, failed to make the playoffs. But McDermott’s good work in previous seasons was not forgotten. He, like Joseph, had the advantage of being available right now. Teams with coaching vacancies like that, especially given the intense competition to fill out coaching staffs with top assistants.cowboys_097

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When I think back on my seven years playing for Coughlin, it all comes down to attention to detail and preparation.

Two teams promoted their own offensive coordinators: the New York Giants with Ben McAdoo and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Dirk Koetter. Three hired someone else’s offensive coordinator: the Cleveland Browns with Cincinnati’s Hue Jackson, the Dolphins with Chicago’s Adam Gase and the Philadelphia Eagles with Kansas City’s Doug Pederson. The 49ers hired Chip Kelly, the offensive-minded head coach fired by the Eagles. The Tennessee Titans made their former offensive assistant turned interim coach, Mike Mularkey, their full-time coach.

O’Hara: It was stressed constantly that although you can’t win the game on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, you can certainly lose it. That was driven home from the time I got there in 2004 until I retired. To be prepared for any situation gave us great confidence heading into any contest, let alone Super Bowl XLII against Belichick and the Patriots. I specifically remember one instance of this in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLII.

“There is no question the league is suffering negative effects from these protests,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has since gone on to wage his own war against Goodell and fellow owners, said in October. “I care about a lot of things, but our ability to be substantive is based on having a strong NFL, a league that people are really interested in and want to watch games. At all times, if I am anything, I am first and foremost a proponent of making the NFL strong. Making us have as many people watching the game as we can and watching in light of what we are doing and that’s playing football.

“If all this makes you stronger to represent messages, let’s don’t do it in a way that tears down the strength of the NFL.”

“It’s pretty obvious that getting public financing for a stadium in the state of California is very, very difficult,” Carter said in a phone interview. “It’s been the crux of the Chargers’ problem in San Diego for a very long time. Are the Chargers better off in L.A.? Maybe marginally so. But that’s compared to what has become a contaminated situation for them in San Diego. It’s a better option. It may not be the ultimate option.”

The Rams spent this season playing in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Chargers’ temporary home for the 2017 and ’18 seasons will be the StubHub Center in Carson, where they will have a seating capacity of around 30,000.
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The Steelers dedicated the victory to Ryan Shazier, Ron Cook writes.

The Steelers’ crazy victory Sunday night might end up being a huge win. Pittsburgh seemed to be dead late Sunday, down by two possessions in the fourth quarter, with a defense the Ravens’ running game was shredding. They had an emotional week, playing six days after linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a harrowing spinal injury. But somehow, behind 500 yards from Ben Roethlisberger, more than 200 of which went to Antonio Brown, the Steelers pulled it out, 39-38.

It clinched the AFC North for Pittsburgh. More important, it helped protect their first-round bye. The Steelers will play the Patriots next week in a showdown that will decide the top seed. If the Steelers had lost, and for most of the second half it seemed like they would, they would have been in danger of falling into a tie with the Jaguars and out of the second seed. Now, their bye is pretty secure.

Smith-Pelly did not protest during the anthem before the Capitals game on Monday.

This isn’t the first time that the anthem protests crossed into a league known for its more conservative fan base. Last month, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to participate in the protest.

I’m kneeling, Maxwell told reporters after his first anthem protest, for the people who don’t have a voice.

The NFL declined to comment Sunday through a spokesman.

No Club, its employees or agents shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, with the NFL or any other Club, its employees or agents to restrict or limit individual Club decision-making, the CBA says, adding that applies to whether to negotiate or not to negotiate with any player and whether to offer or not to offer a Player Contract to any player, among other things.

The CBA also says: The failure by a Club or Clubs to negotiate, to submit Offer Sheets, or to sign contracts with Restricted Free Agents or Transition Players, or to negotiate, make offers, or sign contracts for the playing services of such players or Unrestricted Free Agents, shall not, by itself or in combination only with evidence about the playing skills of the player(s) not receiving any such offer or contract, satisfy the burden of proof set forth бн above.

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Was Marcus Williams’ whiff the worst mistake in NFL playoff history?

Said Aikman: Marcus Williams is going to have to live with this for the entire offseason, and, quite frankly, for the rest of his career. You just wonder when he comes up if he’s worried that he doesn’t want to pass-interfere? It’s around the 35 yard line or so as to when the catch is made. How does he play it? Obviously he doesn’t play it well. It’s game over.

That day, I learned the true meaning of humility, and I developed a work ethic.on a no huddle play.You’re going to have to ask .Norwood played the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl, where he caught five passes for 53 yards — including a 24-yard touchdown toss from San State’s Fales — and earned the Most Outstanding Player Award for the South team.Tanguay still has two years left on his contract at $3 million per , so the hope is that he make a full recovery time for next .

The smart money seems to indicate that New Jersey will prevail here, and we thereupon will enter into yet another new era in our complicated relationship with the games that entertain us. They have proven to be quite malleable. In fact, they have adjusted to winning and losing every other battle for control that they have fought. They have adjusted to free agency.

Broncos Wire.any case, this sculpture is a great way to let holiday visitors know that you’re a Minnesota Vikings fan, with all the cheerless, dead-eyed hypothermia that entails.Q: Does it mean anything to you to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated?

Look for a legible signature or notation on the artwork, including the back, and also on the bottom if it is a sculpture.He’s teammate – I’m going to pull for him, and I expect him to pull for me, Street said.A child of divorce, sports became his escape, primarily through television.1980: Named to Midwest League All- team.early 2009, Bush was allegedly involved a drunken assault at a San high school, which was caught on camera.

The Jaguars won a defensive slugfest over the Bills and the NFL’s top-ranked defense picked off Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times on Oct. 8. The two teams meet again in Pittsburgh, a day after the Patriots play host to the upset-minded Titans.

In what might be a defacto NFC championship game, the Vikings play host to the Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. patriots_104_c8f1f7c10512174c-180x180

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Terroristic threat toward Jaguars vs. Steelers playoff game leads to arrest, report says

A man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill players and fans at Heinz Field during Sunday’s playoff game between the Steelers and Jaguars, San Antonio TV station KSAT reported.

If this is indeed the end of Revis’ historic NFL career, it’s a shame it seemingly went out with a whimper rather than a wham.

The Falcons were winning a lot prettier last season because of offense, but there’s no doubt they’ve gotten grittier this season and go into the tournament battle-tested.

Much has been made about some significant offensive regression in the transition from Kyle Shanahan to Steve Sarkisian at offensive coordinator. The Falcons, however, wouldn’t be in the playoff field without the work of Dan Quinn and Marquand Manuel on the other side of the ball.

Last season, the Falcons were No. 17 against the run. This season they upgraded to No. 9, not far behind the Eagles, Vikings and Panthers.

The Saints are 1-6 all-time on the road in the playoffs. In their seven road playoff games, they have 18 turnovers and just three takeaways.

The Vikings allowed just 15.8 points per game during the regular season, the fewest in the league. They also allowed just 13 passing touchdowns, also the fewest in the NFL.

The Saints allowed the Panthers to gain 413 total yards in the Wild-Card game. It was the first time this season the Saints won a game in which the opponent gained 400-plus yards in regulation. They are now 2-4 in games in which they allowed at least 400 yards this year, including their Week 1 loss to Minnesota.

The Vikings allowed teams to convert just 25.3% of their third downs this season, the best rate of any defense in the NFL. No other team allowed fewer than 31 percent conversion on third downs.

The game has been an escape for him ever since he started playing in middle school.

After one season, and one conference offensive player of the year award, Kamara transferred to Tennessee, finally back in the SEC. But he’d soon learn that something felt off, again. “F—ed up” is how Kamara describes the football experience in Knoxville. Kamara is clearly a dynamic force on the field, but a coach must scheme for his abilities. To fully actualize his impact on the field, an offense needs to adapt around him, create specific packages and plays that utilize his rare versatility and skill set. Tennessee chose not to do that.patriots_091_2b74a131fade64ab-180x180

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Travis Kelce ruled out of Chiefs’ game vs. Titans with a concussion

Travis Kelce left the Chiefs’ game against the Titans after taking a hit to the head on a second down late in the first half. Kelce was wobbly getting up and had to be held up by some of his teammates.

Players are slipping, and it’s making it hard for either offense to get much going. The Rams had just 14 total yards of offense in the first quarter. Todd Gurley had just 15 total yards with just under six minutes left to play in the first half. It’s hard to get yards when you can’t keep your feet.

After not quite one full half of football, you can see huge divots and clumps of turf all over the field.

Matt Ryan fell prey to it, also. His back leg went out from under him, and he went down and had an ugly collision between his head and Rams outside linebacker Robert Quinn’s knee.

“How appropriate,” said Houston manager A.J. Hinch. “He deserves to be forever in the last highlight of the first world championship in Houston Astros history.” The season ended in the right hands not only because Altuve endured all three of those 100-loss seasons—his first three in the big leagues—or because he was the soon-to-be-named MVP. But it also was because he was the right kind of sports hero at the right time: a relatable one.

This is someone who told the Astros he would sign for free, and gladly accepted $15,000. Who gained 38 pounds in his first four years in America. (“Burgers and ice cream—a lot!”) Who before every game, home and road, walks to the stands to sign autographs for kids. Who has a size-9 shoe and a XXXL heart.

But mostly that relatability comes from being the smallest player in baseball. While we marvel at the amazing skills of those bigger, swifter and stronger than us, Altuve is not just inspirational but also aspirational, a 5′?6″ superconcentrated formula of willpower. We can achieve because Altuve can achieve, despite being as short as Napoleon Bonaparte (without the eponymous complex) and shorter than four of the starters on the 2017 Little League champions, from Lufkin, Texas.

Brown suffered a torn calf muscle in Week 15 against the New England Patriots, when his leg got awkwardly bent while he tried to make a touchdown catch. It initially had the looks of a season-ending injury when Brown spent several minutes on the turf, but the Steelers avoided a worst-case scenario. Brown missed the final two weeks of the regular season, but the bye week gave him extra time to rest.patriots_037_38b52494b1ae61ae-180x180

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Jon Gruden showed us a highlight on his phone (really) during Titans-Chiefs

Jon Gruden is about to ditch the broadcast booth to coach the Oakland Raiders, and he gave us one last signature moment in the booth during his final game.

Marcus Mariota scored a touchdown that he threw to himself in the third quarter (really, it was as amazing as it sounds). Most of us weren’t sure whether we’d seen that before, and Gruden was there to remind us that it had indeed happened.

So he led by example. Finally Hansen’s son, defensive coordinator Rich Hansen III, pulled Minkah aside. “Not everyone was raised the same way as you,” he explained. “You can’t just get mad at people. You have to teach them what the standard is and then remind them when they don’t hit it.”

Westbrook’s efficiency left much to be desired, and he took heat for rebound-poaching and stat-padding. Some critics, including Rockets GM Daryl Morey, bemoaned the triple-double’s arbitrary nature. Nevertheless, a triple-double average was an unthinkable accomplishment for decades, right up until Westbrook set about his chase last October. Indeed, the game’s greatest players over the past 50 year—Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Magic Johnson and all the rest—never came particularly close to pulling it off. Westbrook’s season of achievement was capped with his first MVP award, after he fended off former teammate James Harden in an epic horserace. He, and Oklahoma City, celebrated with a $205 million contract extension in September.

The big question coming out of the Warriors’ smashing postseason: How would their success and their sustainability impact their competitors’ thinking? Would rivals view them as an inevitable dynasty and adopt a longer-team approach? Or, would they continue along with business as usual in hopes of challenging the champs?

Actually, most of the Vol Nation objected to the Greg Schiano hire because we had just fired one megalomaniac, control freak of a coach in Butch Jones and were about to hire the defensive version in Schiano! You as an NFL expert should be well aware of this. (Ask anyone in Tampa about him.) Yes, SOME of the Vol Nation (the ones who got all the press) were upset over unproven allegations going back to his days at Penn State, and for that they should be sorry. But the main thrust of this is a fan base saying we will not settle for mediocrity again. I challenge you to respond.

Aguayo was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ second-round pick in 2016, and had a rough go at things, to say the least. He made 22 of his 31 kicks, and missed two extra points on the season as well.

His attempt to improve in 2017 was cut short early, after struggling in the preseason opener by missing a field goal and extra point against the Bengals. He would be released after the performance. Nick Folk took his place, but would be replaced by Patrick Murray, after Folk also performed poorly.
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