Will Jake Arrieta be great or just good with the Phillies?

However, this season starts in less than three weeks. Arrieta might not be ready for the start of it, and the Phillies, certainly trending toward contention at some point, are not the Cubs, neither in overall scope nor with likely the offensive run support or defensive chops. It is also at least worth noting Arrieta moves to a hitter-friendly home ballpark unlike more neutral Wrigley Field, where he was considerably better each of his past two campaigns.

As they stumble to the end of the season, the Rangers are probably going to lose more on Broadway than that Spider-Man musical did. But that doesn’t mean some of their players don’t have something to play for, and Spooner is one of those guys. He had 12 points in his first seven games with the team. He’s a pending restricted free agent, and the Rangers are going to want to see what they have here. Worth a look for you, too.

Raanta continues to be a ray of desert sunshine in an otherwise overcast and arid season for GM John Chayka. If he’s available, snag him. Not only is Raanta putting up better than respectable numbers on a bad team (.924 save percentage), but he’ll face a good number of shots each night, too. The Coyotes have seven games during this stretch, so he’ll see some action, provided his lower-body injury isn’t a hindrance.

When Dallas News writer Mike Heika says something might be up with Benn’s health, you listen — and there’s something off about him right now. Benn has three goals since Jan. 25, although he’s picked up 10 assists since then. Dallas has four home games and nine road games left, and Benn’s been a weaker performer on the road. It’s tough to say goodbye to a dude who can help you across the board, but if you roster him, perhaps it’s time to put him on your bench. If your league doesn’t have a trade deadline, it’s also worth poking around and seeing if someone will make a deal based on reputation. (And if so, see if they’ll take Jason Spezza, too.)

Hoo boy, the clock has struck midnight and he’s turned back into a pumpkin. Schenn’s still Cheap Elite Jerseys second on the Blues in scoring (behind Vladimir Tarasenko), but his pace has fallen off a cliff. Schenn has four points, including one goal, since Feb. 9. There’s a chance things could spiral for the Blues down the stretch, and we imagine Schenn’s performance could reflect that.

The Blue Jackets only had Seth Jones for two periods. It turned out to Cheap Dog Jerseys be more than enough.

The Patriots were unable to stop the Eagles from winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history as Philadelphia survived to win 41-33 Sunday in Minneapolis.

Super Bowl 52 was filled with excitement and scoring. Tom Brady and Nick Foles traded touchdown passes most of the second half, as both teams lit up the scoreboard. But it was ultimately an Eagles defensive play that cost the Patriots another title.

Brady was only sacked once, but it was one of the most costly plays of the game. Brady didn’t look quite as comfortable in the pocket as usual, but he wasn’t given the time to make accurate throws when the game was on the wire.

3. The Patriots lacked offensive balance — When Brady is hot it’s hard to go away from him, but New England needed to kill some clock in the second half and was unable to do so. New England’s drives were short and effective, but its inability to control the game clock hurt in the fourth quarter.

James White led the Patriots’ ground game with 45 yards and a touchdown, while starter Dion Lewis rushed for just 39 yards on nine carries. Brady and Rob Gronkowski tied Joe Montana and Jerry Rice for the most in NFL postseason touchdowns (12) in history. Still, the Patriots needed more out of their rushing attack.

When the high-scoring affair that had just one punt ended, it was a defensive play that helped the Eagles hang on for a 41-33 victory in Super Bowl 52.

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham stripped the ball from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with 2:09 remaining and rookie Derek Barnett recovered to help the Eagles seal the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

But as great as Brady played, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was just as good. Foles was 28 of 43 for 373 yards and three touchdowns and an interception. Brady’s pass total was the most in NFL postseason history and Foles had the fifth-most yards in a Super Bowl.

2. Doug Pederson left nothing to chance — Pederson definitely coached to win and a pair of gutsy fourth-down calls stood out. After Clement’s 55-yard reception, the Eagles were faced with a fourth-and-goal from the Patriots’ 1-yard line.

“We had just gotten all the way down the field and I wasn’t going to let the offense stop at the 1-yard line,” Pederson told NBC Sports before halftime. “It was a play we were working NHL Hockey Jerseys on the past Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap couple weeks. Our guys executed brilliantly.”

Among the FCS’s best running backs the last two seasons, Edmonds ended his productive college career with another outstanding season.

As a quick-twitch, elusive, open-field runner, he has remarkable lateral quickness and footwork in traffic, allowing him to maintain explosive bursts at the second level and regain his top speed as he adjusts upfield.

The Rams may or may not have staying power this season. But McVay has Jared Goff on his way to being a franchise QB. He is taking full advantage of the talents of RB Todd Gurley. And he has the Rams looking like a winner.

Cam Newton was very sharp as a passer Sunday at New England as the Carolina offense made the Patriots’ defense look overmatched. That was an improved showing by a Panthers offense that is without injured TE Greg Olsen and didn’t get much production out of rookie RB Christian McCaffrey. If Newton is going to throw the ball that way, watch out for the Panthers.

It’s stunning that the defense is this bad right now. The Patriots re-signed LB Dont’a Hightower (although he’d been sidelined with a knee injury until returning Sunday), retained CB Malcolm Butler Cheap Eagles Jerseys and added CB Stephon Gilmore in the offseason after leading the league in scoring defense last season. Some scrutiny must be aimed at defensive coordinator Matt Patricia; there is also room to wonder whether backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo should have been traded in the offseason for help on defense.

Even the customary late-game exploits of QB Tom Brady are not enough at Cheap Football Jerseys this point. But this might just mean that everyone will be saying, “Remember when the Patriots were 1-2 at home and 2-2 overall?” as they celebrate another Super Bowl title in February.

And then on Saturday, Deion Jones manned up on Sammy Watkins (or manhandled him, depending on your perspective), and the Rams followed that up by going four-and-out … for the season. They’ll be back, although losing QB coach Greg Olson to the Las Vegas Grudens hurts something fierce.

This game would’ve been a lot closer without Thomas.

Part of the problem is that it’s hard to find good head coaches, and most of the ones hired in this cycle aren’t going to work out. Everybody wants to find the next Sean McVay, but it’s more possible than not that there is no McVay in this year’s field of candidates. (And by the way, I get why everyone wants to find the next McVay, but didn’t Jacksonville go in the exact opposite direction and win only one fewer game than the Rams? Why aren’t teams trying to find the next old-school Tom Coughlin/Doug Marrone combo to design a boot-camp-style training camp and whip their sorry groups into shape?)

It’s tough to find the right guy, but teams could do a better job of helping their chances to succeed. For instance, I disagree with the separation-of-powers Giants hiring the general manager before the coach. And I kind of disagree with the Bears firing the coach and extending the GM. I think the coach is the more important hire, and if you’re doing this, you need to make sure the coach-GM combo is in lockstep and that the coach is OK with the GM. San Francisco did this last offseason. Buffalo kind of did, too, though it took a little longer to sort it all out. Would the Giants be in a better situation now if they’d changed the coach and GM together two years ago instead of just one?

Regardless, I’ll repeat my annual sermon here about coaches. You’ll hear a lot about “defensive-minded” and “offensive-minded” head coaches, and which your team needs. It’s baloney. What your team needs, no matter which team we’re talking about, is a leader of men. An NFL head coach has to be someone who can communicate and implement his vision for how to win games, who can assess his roster and figure out a way to win with it (not turn it over to bring in only players who “fit his system”). Offense, defense, whatever … this is the head coach. It’s not easy, but it’s essential.

He only played about four minutes in the quarter, but his impact was clear. When the quarter started, the score was 91-87. Thomas sparked a 7-0 run with his playmaking to push the lead up to 100-91.

In just under a minute of play, Thomas made all three of those plays putting the game away. Obviously, it’s a small sample but it’s exactly what James and the Cavaliers wanted to see out of their All-Star point guard.

In one of The Good Life scenes, Jacinto’s character, Jason, asks Ted Danson’s character, Michael, if the Jaguars will ever win the Super Bowl. Michael responds, “Jason, I can’t predict the future. But no. They won’t.”

Should the Jags continue to rewrite history, Mande said he would be Wholesale NFL Jerseys at the Super Bowl parade. While he is happy to be wrong in this case, Mande said there’s Nike NFL Jerseys From China one prediction he figures will stick.

“We mentioned the Cleveland Browns sucking in Season One,” he said, chuckling. “I don’t expect that to change.”

It appears that both Chicago and Ottawa’s windows to win are either closed or only open a crack.

When we hear analysts refer to teams’ “window to win,” it can mean one of two things: Franchise players are in their prime or a good-not-great club has all of its best players peaking at once.

For example, the Chicago Blackhawks routinely traded their early-round draft picks at the deadline for role players while superstars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were at the height of their powers. Last season, we saw the Ottawa Senators ride a hot streak to the Eastern Conference Final — only to have a predictable slide backward this season.

And once that window slams shut, it’s rebuilding time.

At the end of last season, the Los Angeles Kings’ window looked like it was closed, locked and boarded up. They finished 2016-17 with 86 standings points and scored the fourth fewest even-strength goals in the NHL behind three franchises building from scratch (Colorado, New Jersey, Buffalo).

Lacking the cap room to make a big free-agent splash and with few exciting prospects coming through the system, the Kings seemed to be on the cusp of fading to the back of the Pacific Division.

The Celtics are hoping that Marc Gasol and Mike Conley will be past their primes by 2019. If the Grizzlies pick in the top eight then, the pick becomes top-six protected in 2020 and completely unprotected in 2021.

This trade was one of the more puzzling ones from the 2016 draft. The Celtics traded Deyonta Davis (the No. 31 pick) and the rights to the No. 35 overall pick (someone named Rade Zagorac) to Memphis for a top-14 protected first round pick in 2019.

The Grizzlies got this pick when the Clippers traded Lance Stephenson for Jeff Green in Feb. 2016. Jeff Green: the gift that keeps on giving.

One thing about the Steelers: They tend to play much closer games than they should. Based on talent alone, they probably are the NFL’s most skilled squad.

Here comes Jacksonville, following an offensive stinker in beating outmanned Buffalo. Logic says this should be a rout.

Forget logic and remember that Ben Roethlisberger was so victimized in a MLB Jerseys China 30-9 Week 5 loss to the Jaguars that he had one of the worst games of his career.

There’s also the Antonio Brown factor: How healthy is the unanimous All-Pro receiver, who was injured in Week 15?

Jacksonville has a staunch defense with a terrific pass rush, too. Its New Nike NFL Jerseys secondary is among the league’s best.

It doesn’t happen all the time, which is what makes it so great when it does.

Sports are at their best when they remind us we don’t know what to expect. Remember next year, if your team enters Week 17 with a 13 percent chance of making the playoffs as the Bills did Sunday: As long as that percentage is above zero, it’s worth watching. Just in case.

Of the 12 playoff teams this year, eight were not in the playoffs last year, including all four NFC division winners. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that ties for the most new playoff teams from one season to the next since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990 (there were also eight new playoff teams in 2003). It’s the first time since the league expanded to eight divisions in 2002 that one conference had four division champions that weren’t playoff teams the year before.

And this isn’t a parity-means-mediocrity issue, either. Five of the six NFC playoff teams won at least 11 games, and the sixth was last year’s conference champion. These are high-quality teams and a field from which it’s tough to predict a winner. (I think I’m taking the New Orleans Saints, for example, but their first game is against a team they already beat twice, and it’s hard to beat the same team three times, so how the heck do I know?)

Roethlisberger’s thrown multiple touchdown passes in seven straight games and the Steelers ended the season with a 9-1 sprint, the lone setback a loss to New England on Dec. 17 in which his only mistake came on a poorly executed fake spike that resulted in a game-ending pick.

What’s working? Nearly everything.

Having two of the top skill position players in the league in wide NFL Jerseys Cheap receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell helps. So does the continued Wholesale NFL Jerseys China evolution of rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant’s immersion into the offense following an ill-advised trade demand.

Yet Pittsburgh’s offense will only go as far over the next month as Roethlisberger can take it. Though he downplayed looking for payback after the Jaguars shut him down in ways that few teams have in recent years, not everyone is buying it.

The Timberwolves have now lost a couple games in a row and three of their last five.

Not so much. See, while the proliferation of calculated win probabilities as part of football analysis can be helpful and make for cool-looking graphs (like the wild one above), it also can lead to fan complacency. That 97 percent is a comforting number, but what it means is that, three times out of a hundred, the outcome is not the one it appears to ensure. Three times out of a hundred isn’t impossible. It’s not even all that crazy. By rights, the Ravens should have been fine Sunday. But that ball isn’t round, and sometimes it bounces funny.

The stunning turnaround at the end of the Bengals-Ravens game, as Bills players and the city of Buffalo watched with what they well knew was the slimmest of hope, is a reminder of why we watch these games. Sports are at their best not when they confirm our expectations, but when they reset them. We watch these games to be dazzled, and Andy Dalton’s 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd on fourth-and-12 with 44 seconds left in the season was the “oh my God” moment of Week 17.

If somebody had told you right before that play that there was a 3 percent chance the Bengals were scoring, you’d have thought their estimate high. But you had to watch, just in case. That play, that moment, were the answer to, “In case of what?” If you’re a Bills fan, it was the best kind of unexpected joy. If you were a Ravens fan, it was that familiar kind of sports-inflicted pain. If you didn’t care who won but were just watching to see something amazing, you got your reward.

It’s harder to get points against the Boston Celtics than any other team in the Baseball Jerseys league, but still, the Minnesota Timberwolves made scoring look absolutely painful on Friday in a 91-84 defeat. It was the fewest points that Minnesota` scored in a game all season, and it came Wholesale NFL Jerseys Supply with 37-percent shooting from the field.

It’s not a concerning trend in an up-and-down NBA season, but Minnesota still isn’t making their basketball look easy. Sometimes, their three-headed blend of Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, and Andrew Wiggins looks divine, but just as often, like Friday, it looks like it still isn’t fitting together well.

Against Boston, Towns recorded his fourth 20-20 game with 25 points and a monstrous 23 rebounds. However, Butler and Wiggins both shot 3-of-12 from the field, a continuation of Wiggins’ worst season as a pro. He’s averaging slightly more points on a slightly lower field goal percentage than his rookie year, while his rebounding and assists are both down. The former No. 1 draft pick’s inability to consistently hit outside shots continues to hurt him, especially with another isolation-heavy wing joining him.

He’ll have to prove he can make that throw to truly give NFL teams something to drool over.

Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle Seahawks: Wagner exited the game during the third quarter because of a hamstring injury and was declared questionable to return. The Jaguars subsequently scored two touchdowns with Wagner sidelined.

Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets: After an apparent back injury knocked McCown out briefly earlier in the game, the QB suffered a left hand or wrist injury during the third quarter and was taken back to the locker room for further evaluation. He was declared questionable to return and replaced in the lineup by Bryce Petty. He was later downgraded to out with a broken left hand.

Finally for Lock, he has not shown repeatedly an ability to throw the types of NFL throws scouts look for like the 18-yard out to the far hash, or the 14-yard dig that takes as much guts as arm strength to deliver at the NFL level. That’s not to say he can’t do that, but he hasn’t been seen doing it yet.

“I had to grow and learn that maybe there were reasons why I shouldn’t be in,” Morris said. “I didn’t grow up learning the analytics that are in the game today. None of it was part of it. I always found it puzzling to wonder why I’m being judged on a criteria that didn’t even exist when we played.”

Morris was already in Orlando when he received the call Sunday that he’d finally made the Hall. Because the announcement was going to be broadcast nationally, he was asked to keep the information to himself for another half hour after he got the news. He lasted about 10 minutes.

After last Sunday’s win over the Browns, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers Basketball Jerseys Custom took a moment to reflect upon how far his team has come since a disastrous 0-4 start.

“I didn’t know 6-6 could feel that good,” Rivers said in his Cheap NFL Jerseys China postgame news conference.

I don’t think I need to be more stronger.

Leonard had a monster game in South Carolina State’s 35-14 win over Morgan State, finishing with 18 tackles, one TFL, two INTs and a pass breakup. A redshirt senior, he finished sixth in the FCS in tackles (124) in 2016. He’s had some trouble keeping weight on, which could be an issue in the NFL, but I see him as a special teams contributor and potential starter down the road.

After Washington was eliminated, management publicly challenged the face of the franchise. “I think [Ovechkin is] going to have to think of ways he can evolve into a player that still has a major impact on the game,” MacLellan told reporters in May.

Ovechkin took to heart the challenge to train differently and add more speed to his game. “I started working out a little earlier, working out in the morning,” he says. “I was running more. I was not lifting weights. I’m a pretty heavy guy.”

Ovechkin was listed at 239 pounds last year, and he reported lighter to training camp, although his weight tends to fluctuate. Regardless, Kuznetsov says, “He looks leaner.”

“Something as simple as a cold could put her in the hospital,” Truex said. “It’s not worth the risk. So staying home, [she] watched it on TV, just hanging out with her mom and Cheap Cycling Jerseys her family relaxing.

“It was cool to see her tweet.”

It was as much an improbable victory as a driver could Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Online earn, as Truex notched his sixth win in 30 races this year. The race dodged the heavy rain predicted for the area as it stayed west.

Hill accounts for 5 TDs, unbeaten Columbia tops Marist 41-17

Anders Hill threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, and Columbia rolled to a 41-17 win over Marist on Saturday for its best start in 21 years.

Hill was 23 of 33 for 350 yards and did all his scoring damage in the first half when the Lions (4-0), who won their first six games in 1996, opened a 38-0 lead. The win was Columbia’s largest since beating Princeton 42-14 in 2010.

Lanning completed 2 of 3 passes for 25 yards and carried Cheap Jerseys the ball nine times for 35 yards in Iowa State’s 38-31 win. He also threw a key block that allowed David Montgomery to spring loose for a 46-yard reception off a screen play, in which Montgomery reversed field.

On defense, Lanning had eight tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

“It was fun,” Lanning said. “Coming into an atmosphere like this, you can’t Hockey Jerseys Cheap ask for anything better, especially playing both ways. … I can’t say enough about my teammates and what they did to help me out. It was a lot of stuff going on for me. I didn’t have my best game defensively, but we got the win.”

Lanning played quarterback last season before transitioning to inside linebacker during the offseason after Park won the job.

Entering Saturday’s game, he was second in the Big 12 with 46 tackles.

As he continues to tinker with his team’s lineup — the Demers acquisition was the 17th personnel addition the Coyotes made this offseason — Chayka realizes that a GM’s job doesn’t cease once the season begins. Even on this night, a meaningless preseason game, he continued to analyze Arizona’s every move and figure out ways the players could improve.

“I think you always try to find something to work on. The reality is a lot of times the end result might work out, but the process isn’t what you’d like it to be,” Chayka said. “Sometimes that’s hockey. Sometimes guys make the wrong play, but they’re skilled enough to get away with it.”