Ben Roethlisberger is limited; Steelers need him to play like it against Chiefs

Ben Roethlisberger has been the hero for the Steelers in the postseason many times. But if they are to win in Kansas City in Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game, he needs to accept his current limitations.

“I don’t think really anything went wrong. Houston just played better than us for three games,” outfielder Shin-Soo Choo told reporters (via the Star-Telegram). “Offense, pitching. They just played better than us.”

That’s a familiar refrain for Astros’ opponents this season.

Because geography matters in baseball, the Angels and Mariners are tied for a very, very distant second place in the AL West. The Rangers are 15 games back and the A’s are 16.5 out of first place. Sucks for those teams, right June has just barely arrived, and the realistic best-case playoff scenario for those four teams is a one-game winner-take-all crapshoot game.

What Lewis did to the Texans is enough to give the upcoming defensive coordinator nightmares for a week of preparation. The thought of how the Patriots might have held back Blount or White is just as frightening.

Josh McDaniels did lose a big chunk of his scheming without his Hercules. But so much for opponents finding it less laborious to contain New England’s offense. Instead, while trying to chop off the head of Hydra, they may see Cerberus popping up in it’s place.

Whack-a-Gronk was a hard-enough Patriots game. With their backfield, they’ve turned it into throwing balls at milk bottles or is it darts at balloons? Good luck winning that, Pittsburgh or Kansas City.

NBA playoffs 2017: Cavs’ Tyronn Lue trolls reporter who upset LeBron James

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue doubled down on LeBron James’ post-Game 3 criticism of Cleveland radio personality/TV reporter Kenny Roda.
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This time, after Cleveland’s Game 4 win over Boston in the Eastern Conference finals, it was more jovial.

He’s been a part of our organization, and he says he wants to come back, Ujiri told The Canadian Press Tuesday morning. I know, speculation 斜薪 with the article, we all have ups and downs, there are times when he’s been down, and there are times when we are down. It happens to every team, every player. People go through it.

Lowry will be an unrestricted free agent July 1 but took to Twitter on Monday night to dispute the Star’s story, tweeting, in part, Don’t believe what you hear.

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Lowry, who made $12 million this season, could nearly double his annual salary on the free-agent market. The 31-year-old is coming off an All-Star season in which he averaged 22.4 points, 7.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds while leading Toronto into the second round of the playoffs.

That’s two fouls on Andre Iguodala AND Stephen Curry. The two-time MVP didn’t like that call. The Cavs have gone 9 of 15 from the free-throw line in the quarter.

Klay Thompson earns his second foul for standing in the restricted area on a charge attempt. He heads to the bench, but Richard Jefferson misses the free throws. The Warriors are chipping away at this lead…

LeBron James No. 2 on ESPN’s list of world’s most famous athletes

The NBA Finals beginning Thursday feature three of the 11 most famous athletes on the planet.

That’s according to a comprehensive ESPN ranking released Tuesday, anyway. The ESPN World Fame 100 rankings include LeBron James at No. 2, Kevin Durant at No. 8 and Stephen Curry at No. 11.

A judge then set an Aug. 4 trial date for Oakley, who is facing assault, aggravated harassment, criminal trespass and harassment charges in the wake of his high-profile removal from a Knicks-Clippers game Feb. 8.

Oakley said he was ordered to leave the arena for no reason, and authorities said the 53-year-old punched three Madison Square Garden employees in the ensuing struggle to get him out of the building. The situation escalated when the Knicks issued a statement saying Oakley had behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner and concluded with the team hoping Oakley gets some help soon.

Oakley’s attorney in the case is Alex Spiro, who successfully defended Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha following his 2015 arrest outside a New York nightclub. Spiro used a similar method in that case, turning down a deal from prosecutors to go to trial, and Sefolosha was found not guilty on all charges. He later sued the city over the broken leg suffered during the arrest and reached a $4 million settlement earlier this year.

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Michael Vick is right: it’s time to forgive him and move on

Michael Vick did bad things. He knows he did bad things. He was punished for those bad things. And, by all accounts, he emerged a changed man.

Now, he wants forgiveness and he should get it.

Vick got a standing ovation Sunday in Atlanta, the city where he made magic on the football field as an electric, game-changing quarterback. In the final regular-season NFL game ever at the Georgia Dome, the crowd welcomed it’s hero back, even as others seek to keep Vick in an eternal state of punishment.

Vick, as you probably know, was convicted in 2007 of running what was called a cruel and inhumanedog-fighting ring. He spent nearly two years in prison. His time behind bars aside, Vick took a huge financial hit. He lost his NFL salary. He lost endorsements. He eventually went bankrupt. He learned. He changed.

In other words, the system worked. Vick moved on, so we should too.

That Nevada Independent report of Vegas stadium investor Sheldon Adelson’s withdrawal from the project said that he did it because Davis and the Raiders asked for virtually complete control of the stadium and all the revenue it could produce … including paying $1 a year in rent. On a nearly $2 billion sports and entertainment complex that could host everything up to a national political convention. How Davis didn’t think of demanding that the city pay him rent to play there, is anyone’s guess.

Oops, don’t need to give him any ideas.

If nothing else, that pretty much slams the door on Oakland, if it wasn’t already locked. If that’s the bar the Raiders are setting to get a new stadium, wherever it is, Oakland has no chance, even if the Vegas deal completely falls apart.

NFL draft order for 2017 set with Browns on the clock

The Browns nearly blew their chance at having the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

But then Pittsburgh receiver Cobi Hamilton caught a 26-yard touchdown pass to give the Steelers a 27-24 overtime victory over the Browns in Week 17 to put Cleveland on the clock.

That date Jan. 18, 2015 lives in infamy for another reason, better known now as the beginning of the Deflategate saga that caused an irreparable rift between the NFL and its golden franchise. Still bitter, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft took a dig at the Colts and recently fired general manager Ryan Grigson Sunday before New England beat Pittsburgh 36-17 to advance to a record ninth Super Bowl.

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Grigson, the self-admitted whistleblower for Deflategate, was fired Saturday, marking the end of a polarizing four-year tenure in Indianapolis. In a 2015 interview, he explained he notified the NFL of suspicions over air pressure in the Patriots’ game balls because he sough an even playing field.

Peterman likely won’t be a first-round pick, but he’s difficult to project given Carson Wentz’s meteoric rise during last year’s draft process. Peterman’s value likely is more as a third- or fourth-round pick, and his most apt comparison may be Kirk Cousins, who lasted until the fourth round in the 2012 draft.

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Julio Jones is a monster, destroys Packers on long touchdown catch

Julio Jones provided further evidence that he is, indeed, not of this world.

The Falcons wide receiver proved that against a hapless Green Bay secondary on his first catch of the second half in the NFC championship game. It went for 73 yards and a touchdown.

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That play gave Jones seven receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

Like we said: Jones is an alien. More importantly, he gave Atlanta aprobablyinsurmountable, 31-0 lead over Green Bay.

Mathis to teammates after his final NFL game: It’s on you to protect your dream. If you want to be great, go get it. It can happen.

Rodgers on Green Bay’s six-game winning streak: They never broke. We could have fractured at some point, but we stuck together. Every game we came with a great focus and when adversity hit in the game, we pushed right through it.

The will-Tony-Romo-play drama continues, especially since there is zero reason Dak Prescotta’s health should be put at risk now. Evaluating the first year of the Doug Pederson/Carson Wentz pairing will be fascinating. The Eaglesa’ record will exceed most expectations going into the season a鈧瑋 and it would be a miracle if they finish a half-game better than last season, when Chip Kelly was fired. Cowboys, 26-13
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Ita’s still fuzzy whether there really was a mutiny in the secondary against Mike Zimmer last week, and how big or coordinated it was. The fact that ita’s even begin discussed is the most shocking development of a Vikings season that unraveled spectacularly on multiple fronts. The Bears really owe everybody an explanation of how, four years ago, 10 wins was enough to fire Lovie Smith and drastically change directions a鈧瑋 and theya’re now in their third straight 10-loss season. Vikings, 35-15

Eck said she then tried to get to her own phone so she could call her mother for help

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That denial prompted Eck to respond with a blog post providing details of an incident she said occurred on Oct. 20, 2015. She said the pair were at their house in Wichita and Norris had been drinking. She went to bed but woke up a while later and went downstairs to find Norris on the phone. She said she heard a female’s voice and took the phone from Norris in an attempt to talk to the other woman.

I approached our kitchen island with the phone in my hand and Derek approached me from behind and put me in a choke hold, She wrote. At this time, I thought he wanted the phone. I threw the phone onto the kitchen island and tried to get away. Derek then grabbed me by the back of my hair to pull me back to him. He eventually let go and as I turned around he grabbed me by my upper arms so I couldn’t leave as he tried to drunkenly explain that he wasn’t talking to another female.

Eck said she then tried to get to her own phone so she could call her mother for help, but Norris would not allow her to. She eventually got to the phone and called her mother from a locked guest bedroom.

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Ryan won the MVP the night before the Super Bowl and was unstoppable in the first half

Similarly, James had gotten into the bizarre exchange with the Warriors’ Draymond Green in Game 4 of the Finals, in which Green got suspended for a game for kicking in James’ direction … but which brought the fallibility of the superstar and his team in question.

Ryan won the MVP the night before the Super Bowl and was unstoppable in the first half, but he was on the wrong end of too many plays down the stretch — a fumble when the lead was 28-12, a sack when the Falcons were deep in Patriots territory in position to put the game away, a sputtering, failed drive at the end of regulation.

In the end, all Ryan had was a view from the sidelines when the Patriots never let him on the field in overtime.

The Patriots, then, now have the two biggest comebacks in Super Bowl history — they trailed Super Bowl 49 to the Seahawks 24-14 in the fourth quarter, but this second-half deficit to the Falcons blew that one away.

The Cavaliers were the first NBA team to come back from 3-1 in the Finals, something social media likely will never let the Warriors forget. The Cubs became just the sixth team to overcome the 3-1 World Series deficit.

But Fournette has shifted responsibility for the decision from himself to a team he no longer plays for, and that will only give NFL teams something else to ask about in their respective interviews. The decision was no longer news: Why change his tune now?

Even if Fournette didn’t mean anything by the comment, it could raise concerns (however unlikely) that he’d be willing to place blame on future NFL teams. At the very least, they’ll ask him why he thought it was necessary to change his story at all.avalanche-019_26f97e87ae6ac449-180x180

Rookie tight end Austin Hooper described Hardy as “the most tenacious and gritty” players on the roster.

Toilolo, whom Gabriel said “is a monster,” and second-year receiver Justin Hardy have also shown a knack for making clutch plays this season.

Rookie tight end Austin Hooper described Hardy as “the most tenacious and gritty” players on the roster. Jones praised the former East Carolina star for coming through with key third-down receptions and being in the right place at the right time.

Two of Hardy’s four touchdowns this season came on third down. His first career TD came in Week 2 against the Raiders when he was Johnny-on-the-spot to snare a deflected pass out of the air for an 8-yard score.

Fox producers caught one of the saddest moments of the game when they showed Angie Blank gazing up at husband and Falcons owner Arthur Blank with a look of pity that only married couples could truly understand.

It was a moment two years in the making. Patriots fans in Houston let NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have it as he handed the Lombardi Trophy to Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

His tremendous bowl game against North Carolina and an overall heavy stream of tremendously talented flashes have merited his hype, but Thomas is still a bit of a projection as a defensive end. The Giants need help at pass rusher and haven’t been averse to developmental players in the past.
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Saints’ 14-year-old ‘hype man’ steals spotlight at NFL Honors

Romo’s contract arguably has been the worst handled deal in the NFL. Past decisions to constantly go to Romo for cap relief have left Dallas with a $24.7 million cap charge for a backup quarterback.

Releasing or trading Romo would result in a dead money charge of $19.6 million, which would be just $5.1 million in salary cap savings. When you factor in the cost of a new backup quarterback, its possible for the Cowboys to convince themselves that keeping Romo is a reasonable decision for 2017. But that decision would make the Cowboys’ 2018 salary cap situation difficult.

Of all the awards given out Saturday night at the NFL Honors awards show, they may have all been upstaged by a 14-year-old boy from New Orleans.

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Robertson stole the spotlight from Connick and Payton, dancing on stage before announcing Packers receiver Jordy Nelson as the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.

Robertson, a fixture at LSU and Saints home games, needed a liver transplant when he was just a year old and has had 13 surgeries since. He spent a year in a coma and is on the waiting list for another liver transplant. You wouldn’t even know he was sick by watching him Saturday night.
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Robertson, who was voted back in October as the Saints’ official hype man became the star of the night as the NFL honored its stars.