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Can you look at my treasures, Daddy? says my daughter. Assembled on the table are two acorns, a penny flattened by a hand press, and several rocks sized perfectly for a child’s palm. Eric Ebron drops a pass in the end zone.

A.J. Green hauls in a 77-yard bomb for a touchdown in the Cincinnati rain. Green may be the odd Hall of Fame receiver who is somehow underappreciated his entire career. He’s not as electric as Odell Beckham, not as physically dominating as Julio Jones, less elusive than Antonio Brown. But he’s perfect! He’s fast and graceful and has amazing hands (he’s a skilled juggler), and his only sin is playing in a small market for one of the most underwhelming teams in the NFL.

A shotgun snap flies past Philip Rivers. He flails to push the ball out of end zone and oh my god it’s beautiful. It’s like the Zion National Park of Rivers flailing.

Game Kids Myles Garrett Jersey Bradford, 29, has a history of injuries and dealt with a bone bruise that kept him out of action after Week 1. The Vikings went 1-2 with Keenum as the starter in his place, but scored just nine points and seven points in losses to the Steelers and Lions, respectively.

Elite Mens Andre Ethier Jersey With Bradford under center, the Vikings opened the season with a 29-19 win over the Saints in which he threw three touchdown and no interceptions. But he looked like a shell of himself against the Bears when he got sacked four times in the first half, including a safety when he held the ball for more than five seconds in his own end zone.

Sometimes it’s fair to wonder how the Ravens have won three games.

Elite Womens Borje Salming Jersey They lost nine players for the season between June 1 and the end of the preseason, including running back Kenneth Davis and tight end Crockett Gillmore. Since the season began, they have placed All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda, defensive end Brent Urban and running back Danny Woodhead on injured reserve. Quarterback Joe Flacco missed the preseason because of a back injury, and nose tackle Brandon Williams has played in only two games.

It’s fair to wonder if injuries and departures along the offensive line have been particularly damaging. In addition to losing Yanda, the Ravens were hit by John Urschel’s summer retirement and Alex Lewis’ summer surgery. Urschel and Lewis combined to start 11 games last season and would have provided important depth.

In a 27-24 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bears, the Ravens failed to score an offensive touchdown. Overall, their offense is averaging 15.3 points per game, third-lowest in the NFL.

We believe everyone should stand for the national anthem, Goodell said. That’s an important part of our policy. It’s also an important part of our game that we all take great pride in. And it’s also important for us to honor our flag and our country, and we think our fans expect us to do that.

Owners met with players here Tuesday. Goodell and owners said the league is focused on supporting players’ community activism efforts.
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Listen, I know that our position is not the most popular position in the world, Mara said. Most of the fans that have written to me, the overwhelming majority of them, believe that we should be ordering the players to stand for the anthem. That’s just not a position that I’m in favor of. And I think almost every other owner in the NFL feels the same way.

Brady was asked how he can hold up taking those hits.

I think that’s part of the conditioning that you do in the offseason, to prepare yourself for taking hits, he said. Some of those sacks, I’ve been holding on to the ball too long and I have to get rid of it. I think that’s decision-making.

Prior to Thursday’s game against the Buccaneers, Brady had absorbed seven hits in a loss to the Panthers on Oct. 1. Two of those were sacks by Julius Peppers, and one of them seemed to affect Brady’s left shoulder, but he played through it and his level of participation in practice after the game wasn’t affected.

Then in the win over the Buccaneers, Brady was sacked by nose tackle Clinton McDonald in the first quarter and was in obvious pain before rising to his feet.

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Kluber’s long- and short-term r茅sum茅 suggests he’s not an opponent that anyone would relish facing in a win-or-go-home game. He led MLB starters this year in WHIP (0.87), ERA (2.25), quality start percentage (76 percent), strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.36-to-1) and OPS against (5.56), and he applied a one-man full-court press in August and September to overtake Boston’s Chris Sale in the AL Cy Young Award race.

When Cleveland manager Terry Francona strayed from convention and started Trevor Bauer in the division series opener, he gave the Indians a cushion at the back end with the knowledge that Kluber would be pitching on full rest in Games 2 and 5. But Kluber threw a glitch into the game plan when bombed in his first start at Progressive Field on Friday. He failed to develop any kind of rhythm on the mound, threw an uncharacteristically low 45 strikes among his 76 pitches and lasted a mere 2 2/3 innings in a game Cleveland rallied to win 9-8.

The Browns chose Wynn 16 spots ahead of Tom Brady in the 2000 draft.

And because of that, there’s another great joy to the postseason, a subtle one that I didn’t notice I was enjoying until a few days ago but that has been quietly making many of these innings even more entertaining than they already are: Pitch counts matter again.

Back when “Moneyball” came out, one of the hot takeaways was that there’s something glorious and underdog-ish about a lineup that makes a pitcher work. “When a team wades into the opponent’s bullpen in the first game of a series, it feasts, in Games 2 and 3, on pitching that is not merely inferior but exhausted. ‘Baseball is a war of attrition,’ Billy Beane was fond of saying, ‘and what’s being attrited is pitchers’ arms.'”

What happened? The Butch Davis regime that arrived following the 2000 season traded Wynn and running back Travis Prentice to Minnesota for draft picks. Wynn spent two seasons with the Vikings before playing four more in the Canadian Football League.

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Sheldon Mac needs surgery to repair torn Achilles, out 6-8 months

Washington Wizards guard Sheldon Mac needs surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon and is expected to miss 6-8 months, his agent confirmed to the Washington Post.

Mac suffered the injury in Sunday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and was carried off the floor.
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The 6-foot-6 Mac appeared in 30 games with the Wizards last season, averaging 3.0 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.

He actually didn’t think I liked him because I never said anything to him when he stood on second base when he was with the Dodgers, Aurilia says. But once we started playing together, I found him to be the nicest guy in the world, and we became close friends. We were also wine connoisseurs, so together with another friend, John Micek, and our wives, we teamed up with winemaker Rolando Herrera and started the Red Stitch label.

The winery’s products — pinot noirs, a cabernet sauvignon and a chardonnay — are all distinctive. Esther Mobley of the San Francisco Chronicle calls them wines for the box seats, not the bleachers.
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Aurilia, who does the Giants pregame and postgame shows for CSN Bay Area, hopes they’ll be served in another place. The Dodger clubhouse at the end of October would be nice.

But, at this moment, Ainge needs a respite from trade talks. So he apologizes to a caller and hands his cellphone to his wife, Michelle. Then, dressed in black shorts, a black T-shirt with the words highlight real on the front, and a white visor, Ainge gingerly climbs the metal steps leading to a dunk tank seat he will occupy for the next hour.

Fantasy football cheat sheet: Start, sit and more tips for Week 5

Just when it seemed like the New England Patriots might not have the defense to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender this season, they responded Thursday night with an impressive 19-14 road win over Tampa Bay.

Here’s what our experts are saying about Week 5 in the NFL:

Williams suffered a herniated disk in his lower back during the first practice of rookie minicamp in May, which forced him to miss training camp and the team’s first four games of the season after being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list this summer.

Although he resumed practicing in pads in Week 2, the Chargers have been cautious with Williams’ injury and planned to sit him out until October. He has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Giants.
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The Racers ground yardage and the clock, covering 16 yards on seven plays to set up the kick with 6 seconds left.

It was 3-3 midway through the fourth quarter when a Murray State drive stalled at midfield. Khalid Hagens returned the short punt 67 yards for a touchdown.

On the next drive, Hagens picked off Shuler Bentley and returned it 19 yards to the Murray State 43. Nine plays later UT Martin (3-3) lined up for a 33-yard Mitch Mersman field goal attempt, but it missed.

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The Eagles (4-1) have won three straight games.

Wentz was 11 for 12 for 225 yards and three TDs on third down.

To be that efficient, that’s huge, Wentz said.

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Wentz torched a secondary that features Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, finishing 21 of 30 for 304 yards. Peterson held Alshon Jeffery to three catches for 31 yards, but Wentz spread the ball around.

A week after a sideline outburst generated headlines and drew Roethlisberger’s ire, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 157 yards.
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Brown was also the intended receiver on a pair of third-quarter passes the opportunistic Jaguars turned into points. The Steelers led 9-7 when Roethlisberger looked left for Brown. Jacksonville defensive lineman Abry Jones tipped it into the hands of Smith, who chugged 28 yards to put Jacksonville in front with 6:38 left in the period.

The Jaguars defense struck again on Pittsburgh’s next series. Roethlisberger tried to hit Brown down the sideline. Jalen Ramsey deflected it and Church came down with it. A 51-yard sprint later and Jacksonville had turned a two-point deficit into an 11-point lead without taking an offensive snap.

I just think, ‘What if we switch him with Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers? Would the Chargers be more like the Patriots and Packers or would the Patriots and Packers be more like the Chargers?’ But without anything definitive, it would take some convincing from people in the league 鈥?scouts, GMs and coaches 鈥?for me to vote for him.

Darren Sproles could be exception to Pro Football Hall of Fame rule

LaDainian Tomlinson’s 145 career rushing touchdowns rank second all time. His 13,684 career rushing yards rank fifth. He was named first-team All-Pro three times and selected to five Pro Bowls during his 11-year NFL career with the Chargers and Jets.

He has the Lions at 3-1 this season and the only loss was a 30-26 defeat to the Falcons when Stafford appeared to lead another winning drive only to see a Golden Tate touchdown on the final play overturned following a replay review.

Caldwell said Stafford stays “loose and aggressive” during crunch time and his clutch gene also helps Caldwell and his coaching staff remain calm because they’ve “been through it a few times.”

“The big thing is they understand, if we’re close, we’ve got a chance,” Caldwell said. “We’ve done it over time to where guys believe in that whole process. It doesn’t mean we’ll be able to do it every single game – we fell short a couple weeks ago – but, nevertheless, our guys always feel like we have a chance.

“When you’ve been through quite a few of them, I don’t get that nervous in those situations.”

Goff led a comeback from a 24-13 deficit in Sunday’s 35-30 win over the Cowboys. The game-winning moment was a 53-yard touchdown throw in the third quarter, a play on which Goff hit Gurley with a perfect pass in stride. That victory followed a 292-yard, three-touchdown pass performance from Goff in an exciting 41-39 win over the 49ers in Week 3.

Losing right tackle Zach Strief to injured reserve on Tuesday with a knee injury stinks for the Saints.

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Elite Julius Erving Jersey Strief had one of the best seasons of his 12-year career in 2016. But luckily the timing works out well, as left tackle Terron Armstead appears ready to return from his June shoulder surgery after the Week 5 bye. That means Armstead will start at left tackle, and rookie first-round draft pick Ryan Ramczyk will start at right tackle (where he also started in Weeks 2 and 3 while Strief was sidelined). It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s about as good of a backup plan as a team could hope for. The Saints were fortunate they drafted an offensive tackle in Round 1 this year when it didn’t seem like a glaring need at the time. — Mike Triplett

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You have to just find a way to stop the bleeding. You have to make plays, Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said. You have to answer and you have to respond. We did it in the first half (against the Seahawks). You have to do it for 60 minutes. You have got to be better. You have to play better. You have to coach better. You have to do everything better.

The quarterback situation and overall offense with the 49ers (0-4) may be worse. Coach Kyle Shanahan is known as a quarterback guru, but the play of his hand-picked starter, Brian Hoyer, isn’t making him look good.

After Saints bench Kenny Vaccaro, Sean Payton sidesteps trade rumors

Saints coach Sean Payton made the decision to bench safety Kenny Vaccaro in Sunday’s 36-20 loss to the Patriots, which fueled rumors that Vaccaro was on the trading block.

Vaccaro didn’t do well in the Saints’ Week 1 loss to the Vikings and he had a difficult time covering tight end Rob Gronkowski on Sunday. However, Payton said the trade rumors were not unusual since it’s early in the season.

Players, especially on offense, hate when they get hit low. Taking a hit like that can easily result in a season-ending knee injury. Although the defender will likely argue that’s the only place they’re allowed to hit people due to the league’s rules.

We’ve seen multiple times where a defender goes high on what looks like a clean play, but then gets penalized with a harsh 15-yard penalty. Defenders would much rather risk injuring the opposition than hurting their team’s chances at winning with a costly penalty.

Bolles was in a walking boot and using a cane after Sunday’s game. He had played every offensive snap in the first two games before suffering the injury in the third quarter against the Cowboys.

Taken with the 20th pick in the first round this spring, Bolles immediately stepped into the starting lineup and had helped solidify a particularly shaky part of the Broncos offense in 2016.
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The Broncos play at Buffalo on Sunday before a key AFC West game Oct. 1 vs. the Raiders in Denver.