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The Jazz have crossed the line from curious to frustrated in imagining what their injury-riddled team might do if it could finally get healthy. They are sick of hearing how they are on the Authentic Billy Smith Jersey precipice — how they are one of just four teams that rank in the top 10 in both points scored and allowed per possession, how all the numbers underlying their ho-hum record hint at the great team lurking beneath.

“I’m not curious anymore,” Rudy Gobert told last Elite Womens Mikkel Boedker Jersey week. “I’m sure we can be a top team. Top four in the NBA. I feel like we could beat everybody. Why not?”

The coaches obsess with the next game, but even they can’t help wondering. “It’s all ‘when’ and ‘if’ right now,” Quin Snyder, the team’s head coach, told “‘When’ this, and ‘if’ that.”

The all-22 tells how. The Ravens look like they’re in a Cover-4 or Cover-2 combo type of scheme here with two high safeties and cornerbacks on the outside dropping down the sideline. Sanu (who starts in the slot left, just above Eifert) has the key route here. Sanu occupies the deep safety on Eifert’s side. On the outside, the receiver route up the sideline occupies the corner. That allows Eifert to sneak in between.

The big story for the Steelers-Bengals game this weekend is that Andy Dalton will not play. The irony, of course, is that while many have said over the years that the Bengals can’t win a playoff game with Dalton at quarterback, those same people may now be saying they can’t win one without him. Whether any of that’s true, we don’t know, but we’ll find out soon if Cincy can end their postseason drought with a backup quarterback at the helm.

Tyler Eifert is going to be an absolutely key and crucial target for McCarron on Saturday. With Pittsburgh keying in on A.J. Green on the outside plus trying to stop the Bengals’ run game, the opportunities are going to be there for Eifert to step up create some big plays. If McCarron can deliver him the football using some of the concepts outlined above, the Steelers could be in trouble.

Time for Orioles to trade baseball’s best closer

Back in October, the Baltimore Orioles made headlines for not using baseball¡¯s best closer in a do-or-die situation that begged for him to be used. A couple of months later, it could be happening again.

Elite Womens P. J. Williams Jersey To be clear, the purpose is now entirely different. In October, Zach Britton could¡¯ve helped the O¡¯s win the wild-card game. Here in December, Britton could help save their farm system and ensure their long-term viability in the AL East.

In fact, his 6.2 WAR last season ranked 10th in the American League and was higher than that of Corey Seager, Anthony Rizzo or Carlos Correa. It was also higher — by a good bit — than the WAR compiled by Daniel Murphy, who tallied a 4.6 on his way to finishing second in the National League MVP race. I know what you¡¯re thinking: WAR is a flawed metric, and you can¡¯t hang your hat on it any more than you can hang your hat on a window.

While there is some truth to that, especially when you¡¯re comparing players whose WARs aren¡¯t separated by a whole lot, 6.2 is a pretty large number. In fact, if you look at the 2016 WAR leaders, you¡¯ll find that pretty much everyone inside the top 30 — a group that ends with Justin Turner (27), Starling Marte (28), Miguel Cabrera (29) and Paul Goldschmidt (30) — falls under the category of ¡°Really Good Baseball Player.¡± And that includes Eaton.

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Jack Del Rio said he meant no harm in calling Alex Smith’s game ‘gimmicky’

Eric Berry is getting plenty of attention for his play on the field in recent weeks. The Kansas City Chiefs safety was named AFC defensive player of the week for the second time in the past month, this time for his two timely interceptions and scoring returns that lifted the Chiefs over the Atlanta Falcons.

Berry has had everyone¡¯s attention in the Chiefs’ locker room for some time now. The combination of the two has Berry emerging as a strong candidate to be the most valuable player on one of the NFL¡¯s best teams.

Berry ignited a Chiefs comeback on Nov. 13 against the Carolina Panthers with a fourth-quarter interception and spectacular return for a touchdown. For that he won his first player of the week award. He won again this week for his pick-six and pick-two against Atlanta.

He¡¯ll continue to come to Chargers Park early and stay late with the hopes that the team can figure things out, starting on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

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Here¡¯s a closer look at the snap counts for the Chargers in their 28-21 loss to Tampa Bay in Week 13:

Analysis — Rivers passed for 225 yards against Tampa Bay, raising his career total to 44,800 and moving past Drew Bledsoe (44,611) into 12th place all time in the NFL. … Slauson hit a milestone against the Bucs, playing in his 100th career game. … Eleven of the San Diego¡¯s 12 games this season have been decided by eight points or less, tied with Detroit for most in the NFL.

Chiefs vs. Texans 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NFL playoffs online

The first game of the Wild Card round features two teams that many expected to miss the playoffs just a couple months ago. The Houston Texans host the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that promises some hard-hitting defense on both sides.

How did the Chiefs have such a dramatic turnaround? It’s not a complex question ¡ª they simply stuck to the basics, which is playing tough defense and having Alex Smith guide the offense to manageable leads. Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware performed reasonably well in place of Charles, while Jeremy Maclin quickly formed a strong connection with Smith in his first season with the Chiefs.
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The Texans have another injury that’s far more concerning. Stud left tackle Duane Brown tore his quad in Week 17, ending his season. That leaves a big hole on Brian Hoyer’s blind side, and with Houston set to return for Kansas City, head coach Bill O’Brien will have his hands full finding a solution to keep Hoyer upright.

The Chiefs are trying to get a historical monkey off their back on Saturday. They haven’t won a playoff game since the 1993 season, getting seven appearances during that span. Their last playoff loss was particularly painful, blowing a 38-10 third quarter lead to the Indianapolis Colts in the 2013 Wild Card round. Reid, Smith and company will surely try to atone for that meltdown this weekend.

Jesse James Game Jersey Pick: A month ago, the Seahawks had their way with the Vikings, winning 38-7. They no longer have Thomas Rawls, and without Marshawn Lynch, it’s Christine Michael this weekend. It is expected to be bone-chilling cold on Saturday, with wind chill bringing this thing down into the -20s! It is reportedly going to be among the six or seven coldest games in NFL history. I think that could mean turnovers, but it also means fewer field goals. I think the Vikings can keep this one close.

But on that same drive, Smith found rookie Chris Conley for a 9-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs a bigger lead.

Titans hire Mike Mularkey as head coach

The next head coach of the Tennessee Titans will be Mike Mularkey, who will have interim dropped from his job title, the team announced Saturday. Mularkey interviewed for the vacancy after serving as the team’s interim head coach following the dismissal of Ken Whisenhunt in early November. He led the Titans to a 2-7 record as interim head coach and will be joined in 2016 by new general manager, Jon Robinson, after the Titans opted to part ways with Ruston Webster, who was hired by the team in 2012.
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Game Christian Jones Jersey Tennessee’s only win of the season under Whisenhunt came in Week 1, a 42-14 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But then the Titans went on to lose six consecutive contests, and Whisenhunt was let go. The Titans were only victorious in two games under Whisenhunt in 2014.

The Cardinals had the ball to start overtime and Carson Palmer hooked up with Fitzgerald for a brilliant 75-yard catch-and-run, showing off his Hall of Fame credentials and setting up his team at the 5-yard line. Fitzgerald finished the job two plays later, taking a delayed pitch into the end zone to seal the win.

But just because it took a missed 27-yard field goal for the Seahawks to advance to the Divisional round, it doesn’t mean they can’t knock off 15-1 Panthers this weekend. Throughout the second half of the year, they may have been the hottest team in football — including Carolina.

Over their final seven games of the regular-season, the Seahawks scored more than 30 points on five occasions and allowed fewer than 20 six times. Russell Wilson played arguably the best football of his career during that stretch, throwing 1,906 yards, 24 touchdowns and posting a 132.8 passer rating.

Perhaps the biggest reason for Wilson’s success is Doug Baldwin, who’s caught 13 touchdown passes over the last seven games, including Sunday’s win against Minnesota. Wilson owns an 80 percent completion rate when he throws in Baldwin’s direction this season.

But Baldwin will face perhaps his biggest challenge of the year when he lines up against star Panthers cornerback Josh Norman. Norman, the 2012 fifth-round pick who played his college ball at Coastal Carolina, has developed into arguably the best corner in football.

MLB Roundup: Is L.A. in play for an Andrew McCutchen deal?

Jayson Stark reported that the Pirates and Nationals have been talking about Andrew McCutchen. As of Thursday evening, those two sides had seemed to reach an impasse, with Washington trying to move quickly.

The Dodgers have interest in McCutchen, sources say, and his relatively modest salary of $14 million in 2017 and his team option for $14.75 million in 2018 would help L.A. continue to shave away at its payroll, which could take a dramatic turn downward over the next couple of years. The Dodgers¡¯ estimated future payroll obligations from year to year, excluding arbitration-eligible players, according to Baseball Reference.
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This winter, the Dodgers have three significant free agents: Justin Turner, a third baseman who is a one-of-a-kind item on their roster and an important part of their lineup; Kenley Jansen, the market¡¯s best available closer; and Rich Hill, who is the best available starting pitcher. In a perfect debt-free world, the Dodgers would probably love to have all three back, but rival evaluators believe L.A. will have to make tough choices and find alternatives to Jansen in particular.
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“They’re actively trying to move that contract,” said one NL exec. “And they’re actively trying to move him. They’re ready to put Starling Marte in center field and move on.”

Ryan Braun: The Dodgers have gone out of their way to tell other teams they were never as close as advertised to trading Yasiel Puig for Braun last August, even though no one has denied that swap was discussed. So L.A. may not be as logical a fit for this man as many people assume. Nevertheless, he couldn’t possibly be more available. And even with some of the baggage Braun carries and the four years and $76 million left on his contract, he’s as productive an offensive player as anyone you can trade for this winter

“I honestly don’t know why he wouldn’t get traded,” said one of the execs quoted earlier. “If people really watched him play this year, I’d think they should be lining up to take a run at that guy.”

Jae Crowder on Celtics: ‘We have to get a little more nastier on the defensive end’

There are times when Boston Celtics swingman Jae Crowder talks after games and, if you shut your eyes, it’s eerie just how similar he can sound to Kevin Garnett. Just the other day, Crowder posted a picture on Instagram that featured himself and Garnett with the caption, “1 of my idols.”

It’s unfair to compare anyone to Garnett, but if this young Celtics team has a conscience, a voice that’s eager to speak up when things go awry, it’s typically Crowder. And on the heels of Wednesday’s 121-114 loss to the Detroit Pistons, you could sense the frustration in Crowder’s voice as he tried to pinpoint the reasons Boston couldn’t hose off a Detroit team that shot a blistering 55.2 percent at TD Garden.

“I think we have to get a little more nastier on the defensive end,” Crowder said. “Not let a team come in and get comfortable. It’s not been an ongoing thing; it happened today and it happened a couple games but, for the most part, we’ve been trying to impose our will first. That’s what our mindset is and that’s the mindset going forward.”

Game Kids Tony Wroten Jersey Crowder’s frustrations are almost certainly the product of a Boston team that’s eager to launch. Boston was eaten alive by the injury bug at the start of the season, its defensive rating plummeted to the basement of the league, and only recently has Boston been able to restore its defense-first identity as the team gets healthier.

Winners of seven of their previous 10 entering Wednesday’s game and with an agreeable schedule in the offing, it felt like a chance for the Celtics to finally distinguish themselves in the crowded Eastern Conference. Instead, Boston watched Detroit, playing the second night of a back-to-back set, come in and scorch the Garden floor, which included shooting 45 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

Kids DeMar DeRozan Jersey Yes, the Pistons capitalized on the Celtics’ rebounding deficiencies, with Andre Drummond registering eight of his 17 rebounds on the offensive glass and utilizing putbacks to aid his 20-point night. But it was the 3-pointers from Tobias Harris (21 points) and the midrange assault of Ish Smith (19 points) that really frustrated Boston as Detroit consistently made tough shots.

Russell Wilson could have fully guaranteed contract, Brandon Bostick finds a new NFC North home and other NFL news

The Seattle Seahawks could lock up Russell Wilson to a long-term contract that is fully guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Seattle is at a crossroads as much of its young talent is relatively inexpensive. As those contracts near their end, head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider face the unenviable challenge of trying to keep their core of players Cortez Kennedy Authentic Womens Jersey intact.

The Super Bowl-winning quarterback falls at the center of that, and fully guaranteeing his contract, an unprecedented move for quarterbacks and a rarity in the NFL, could work to the Seahawks’ advantage. The thinking behind the move would be that Wilson could be willing to take less money if the contract is fully guaranteed, thus giving the team more cap flexibility to build around him.

At the moment, Manning and team president/general manager John Elway are working through a “process” as Kubiak described it.

“He’s been very positive,” the coach said. “I’ll let he and John work that out.”

Kubiak has also spoken with Manning since taking the Broncos job, though he revealed that the two did not talk about football or his future with the team, including what the offense would look like going forward.

“I think he can do anything he wants to,” Kubiak said. “You do what your DeShawn Shead Authentic Womens Jersey players do best.

“We’re going to run the Denver Broncos offense, and that’s a big challenge to me right now, meshing things together and getting ready to go do the things that Peyton does so well and has for many, many years.”

Now, with a new general manager in Mike Maccagnan and head coach in Bowles, there are plenty of questions for the organization. Chief among them is Smith and his place in the team’s plans.

Durant keeps Warriors rolling despite Green’s injury scare vs. Lakers

Kerr says he was displeased with their ball security (18 turnovers) and the fact they never sustained long stretches of offensive dominance.

“I don’t know, everyone had too much Ja’Wuan James Authentic Womens Jersey turkey last night,” he said.

This statement caught some players by surprise.

“I don’t think it was very good,” Draymond Green said. “I think we could have did a lot better than we were, but I don’t know if it was the worst basketball game ever. But he’s the coach.”

The last time the Warriors were in this building, the Lakers pulled off an upset that resulted in an unexpected 20-point thumping. Golden State (14-2) returned the favor on Wednesday by blowing out their division foe by 43 points at Oracle Arena. Los Angeles (8-9) tried to reintroduce that fight from the first meeting but was outdueled.

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Randolph, 35, is averaging 14.2 points and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds per game this season.

“My message to the team was ‘Let’s make sure we keep our hands on him and surround

But from where? Motiejunas can sign with another team that has the requisite salary-cap space at any time, but Houston would have three days to match any offer sheet. If he elects to sign in a foreign league, Motiejunas would remain a restricted free agent in the NBA, giving the Rockets the right to match any offer.

Its origin is apparently a San Diego newspaper that was mocking watch retailers

You can see, then, how a fan with eyes on every Diamondbacks game or with access to Ray’s basic stat page or even with a prime seat between two scouts would come to some wildly different conclusions about how he has pitched. Usually, WAR, which smooths out any number of factors that would mislead that fan — run support, ballpark, quality of his team, etc. — is our great hope for figuring it out. Instead, WAR is almost as baffled as the rest of us.

Ray’s numbers weren’t helped by Robert McClain Authentic Jersey his playing in a hitter-friendly ballpark and in front of a below-average D-backs defense.

The Man Who Has Two Watches problem has its own academic-sounding name: Segal’s Law. The law is, most likely, intended to be taken sarcastically. (Its origin is apparently a San Diego newspaper that was mocking watch retailers.)

In Ray’s case, bWAR sees a National League starter pitching in a hitter’s park in front of a below-average defense; it expects a pitcher in his spot to allow 5.01 runs (earned and unearned) per nine innings. Ray allowed 5.42 runs per nine, which means that over the course of 174 innings, he allowed eight more runs than an average pitcher. He was, in other words, below average. Simple.

But is it? Take his start against the Cincinnati Reds Ryan Kalil Authentic Jersey on July 23. Ray struck out 10 batters in five innings and walked only one, a sensational ratio. Rarely does a “bad” pitcher strike out two batters per inning with good control, but Baseball Reference’s WAR would have marked him as “bad” that game because he allowed six runs. Three were unearned, thanks to a first-inning error by the third baseman. Three were earned, and that came in an inning that went like this:

That way, Ray would have allowed only one run. Same basic pitcher — six batters, two singles, a home run and a strikeout — but only one’s WAR is sunk.

FanGraphs’ WAR (or fWAR) doesn’t care how many runs Ray allows. It cares how well he threw on a per-batter basis, and it focuses its attention on the three “fielding independent pitching” outcomes — strikeouts, walks and home runs — for which a pitcher has the most individual responsibility. A FIP-based WAR assumes a league-average batting average on balls in play (BABIP) for every pitcher because BABIPs tend to regress toward that league average and because exceptions are often more about luck or defense than the pitcher’s skill. (It also adjusts for ballpark and other contextual factors.)