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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?”

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

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.

Or perhaps, like everyone else watching, it just took a while to figure out what had just happened.

Garber said the value of the Crew’s commercial partnerships with jersey sponsor Acura and stadium naming rights sponsor Mapfre Insurance are “the lowest” in the league. Average regular season attendance this year was 15,439, which ranked 20th in the 22-team circuit, and Garber said the Crew rated similarly in other metrics like sponsorship revenue, season ticket numbers, average ticket price and season ticket renewals.

“We are where we are, not as a surprise to any of us, and frankly to the city, but [it is] a surprise to the fans. And I understand that,” he said.

Garber didn’t address the progress of stadium negotiations in Austin or the recent comments by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine regarding a potential legal impediment to Precourt’s departure.

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World Cup qualifying failure—Garber admitted that many involved in American soccer might have thought they’d finally “cracked the code” to making the sport thrive in the USA, but that the national team’s stunning elimination from qualifying for the 2018 World Cup has forced a bit of a rethink. And that, he said, ultimately will be a good thing for the league and the game.

“This process, which has been traumatic to the system, has us all taking a step back,” Garber said. “When you have things that set you back, it allows strong people to work within, reach outside your own insular group and try to get better, so it doesn’t happen again. After the initial challenge here, I actually think this is going to be a positive—at least on the men’s side—for U.S. soccer and ultimately even for the league.

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CBS drew a 17.0 household rating, up 8 percent from a 15.8 for last season’s comparable Pats-Broncos telecast.

Finally some good news for the NFL’s slumping TV ratings: The Patriots’ 27-24 comeback win over the Steelers on Sunday drew the highest TV rating for any NFL game telecast this season.

CBS Sports aired the game of the week in its primo late afternoon slot. During a season in which the NFL’s TV ratings have dropped 7 percent, the nationally televised Week 15 game between AFC rivals and Super Bowl quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger delivered.

It was the highest rating for any NFL game on any TV network this season, according to CBS. It also was the network’s best NFL TV rating since 2015, when Pats-Giants and Chiefs-Broncos both drew 18.3 ratings.

Sunday’s game came down to the final plays. After Steelers tight end Jesse James apparently caught a touchdown pass with 28 seconds to play, the call was reversed upon review and ruled an incompletion.

Even CBS’ Tony Romo and Jim Nantz were confused by the league’s catch rule. Both announcers thought it was a TD and wondered why the officials were taking so long to set up for the extra point attempt.

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Once they start changing gaps we’ve got to make sure we get into those gaps again.

The NFL playoffs, which conclude Feb. 4 with Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, begin Saturday and Sunday with wild-card weekend.

And we have some fresh faces this year.

“This day in age, the social media world and the different things [we] have, I think everyone has probably seen it. He’s mentioned it that he doesn’t care,” McCourty added. “Don’t call and say your car got stuck. I think everyone knows there’s two hotels up here at Patriot Place so stay there for the night. Find a way. But I tell guys, like wake up earlier, especially if you don’t have a garage or something. Wake up. Go clean your car out. I think guys know. We’re in the NFL playoffs. I think everyone kind of — if you’ve been here for a week or two weeks you kind of get that this guy Bill that talks every day in the morning meeting, he doesn’t play. So not much needs to be said about being here on time and being ready to work.”

“Like Coach already told us, only thing we can keep doing is winning games, and I don’t think we have any more games left to win,” linebacker Shaquem Griffin said. “I guess to the college committee, it’s just what more can we do? We won all of them, and I just feel that we should have had an opportunity to show our talents to any and every team that wants to go against us. There’s no more teams left for us to beat.”

One possible reason for UCF missing out on the playoff was the fact that before beating Auburn, the Knights had just one win over a team ranked in the committee’s top 25 in No. 20 Memphis.

“That’s going to be the biggest thing. That’s why they’ve been killing guys. It’s misdirection — trick play here, trick play there — and then they hit you with a big play.”

Casey continues to play big for the Titans while justifying the six-year, $60.4 million contract extension he signed in the offseason, even though he’s a bit smaller physically than before.lions_132

Bazemore, Ilyasova lead Hawks past Magic, 117-110

Portis echoed the same sentiments after the Bulls’ most complete win of the season.

“Just going out there and playing off each other,” Portis said. “Both of us can pick and pop. That’s always been a big thing with Fred’s offense, us being able to make shots. When you make shots his offense looks great. And both of us can make shots and take and make good shots. Also, me being at the 5 has also helped, too, because I can roll and I can pop, too, and I can just mix it up.”

As the rest of the basketball world tries to process what it is seeing, Hoiberg doesn’t seem shocked the young pair has found such a nice rhythm together.

Evgeni Malkin scored his ninth goal on the power play and Riley Sheahan tallied his third for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby scored his 13th with 2:48 to play, but the Penguins couldn’t manage the equalizer. Crosby has at least one point in 10 of the last 12 games. Pittsburgh had won five of six before Saturday.

Tristan Jarry made 13 saves, but allowed three first-period goals before he was pulled for Casey DeSmith. DeSmith, making his second career appearance, stopped eight shots.

“We just weren’t good enough, and it was the difference in the outcome,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “When you play good teams, you can’t spot them a three-goal lead. I’m not sure I understand why, but that’s something as a group we have to solve if we want to become the team we want to be.

On Sunday, Jacksonville’s defensive line was once again a sight to behold in the course of getting after Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, and this time it was Ngakoue leading the charge. In a very close contest, his performance had a huge impact on the outcome of the game and helped secure the seventh victory of the season for the Jags.canadiens_013_d3f4a2d9e61f7c90-140x140

Rams coach Sean McVay might be doing Jared Goff’s job for him, but he’s not cheating

Jared Goff has taken a dramatic step forward between his rookie season and Week 13 of his second year in the NFL. And some people think it’s because Sean McVay is too involved in making pre-snap reads through the helmet communication system from the sideline.

Still, this Jaguars team is rolling and Sunday could look a lot more like Gabbert’s time on “shitty teams” in the past than his recent success.

With Week 13 close to finished, the Cleveland Browns are still winless with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants just behind with a couple wins each. The Browns are currently in line to pick first in April, one spot ahead of the Giants with the 49ers sitting in third.

It was Cleveland and San Francisco in the first two spots last year, with the Browns taking Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall, and the 49ers sending their selection to Chicago. The Giants owned the 23rd pick.

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His efficiency-based metrics are even more impressive.

The short-term ramifications of the Garoppolo deal aren’t much — the 49ers are all but eliminated from the playoffs and Garoppolo wasn’t playing behind Tom Brady in New England — but there are huge reverberations for a number of players and teams across the league that will be felt in the months and years to come. Let’s break them down and trace the dominoes of the Garoppolo deal:

And the hope has been, along with changes on the field, there’d be growth off the field too. Last week gave Cam Newton a test on that count. How the 27-year-old handled the aftermath got Rivera’s attention. Newton showed up to work the next day, last Thursday, locked in mentally, practiced well, then issued his apology after all the work was done.

At one point, Beisner asks Schottenheimer about whether one game sticks out for him in his career, and Pat jostles his memory and reminds him of the 1994 Joe Montana-John Elway classic Monday-nighter, with Montana in his Chiefs’ cameo years winning with a dramatic late touchdown pass, and Schottenheimer smiles.

The Greek Freak’s usage rate towers at 34.2, almost seven points better than last season’s rate. (To lend perspective, Westbrook set the all-time record last season with a 41.7 usage rate.)

But Antetokounmpo is more than mere volume.

Antetokounmpo’s PER is 40.31 (Wilt Chamberlain set the all-time record in 1962-63 at 31.8). He’s shooting 65.9 percent from the field. He’s cresting on a 69.6 true shooting percentage. (Per Basketball Reference, the best true single-season shooting percentage of all time was 70.8 percent, via 2011-12 Tyson Chandler, and he was chucking about a third of Antetokounmpo’s shot attempts.)