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NFLPA invests in Bill Gates-backed dementia research fund

The NFL Players Association has invested an undisclosed amount in the London-based venture capital fund focused on developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases that billionaire Bill Gates pledged $100 million to earlier this week.

The union’s announcement comes the same week that not only Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, pledged a combined $100 million to DDF’s Alzheimer’s disease research but also that CTE was confirmed for the first time in a living former NFL player.

Alzheimer’s, like CTE and ALS, has been linked via research to repetitive brain injuries in football.

Osweiler went 0-3 as the starter for Denver while completing 53 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and five interceptions. Prior to that Trevor Siemian went 3-4 with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The second-year quarterback from Memphis went 1-1 as a starter in 2016 with one touchdown and one interception. His one win was over the Jaguars, but his loss was to the Falcons when he went 23 of 35 for 223 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Denver took Lynch with the 26th overall pick in 2016, but he has yet to take over the role as the team’s starting quarterback like the team probably envisioned when it drafted him that high. However, many knew he would be a project and it would take a while to develop him, so it is possible that he is starting to show that hetake over as the team’s starter.

Train wreck: The record isn’t terrible, but the Dolphins have been outscored by 97 points this season, third worst in the NFL. Not even the 1-9 Niners have been outscored by that much. Some narrow victories aren’t enough to save this season for Miami.broncos_070

Astros, Dodgers rewrite record book in Game 5 barnburner

The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers played deep into the night on Sunday.
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They went even deeper into the World Series record book.

In the year that set the regular-season record for home runs, the Astros became the first team in World Series history to have five different players homer in a game in their 10-inning, 13-12 win, which gave them a 3-2 series lead. They were the third team to hit five home runs in a World Series game overall.

Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and the Astros kept hammering away in a wild slugfest that no one saw coming, rallying against Clayton Kershaw and rocking the Dodgers 13-12 in 10 thrilling innings Sunday night for a 3-2 lead in the World Series.

World Series baseballs are slicker than the ones used during the regular season, members of the Dodgers and Astros said in a Sports Illustrated report published Sunday.

It was the first power-play goal given up by Columbus at home this season, and the first the Bruins scored against the Blue Jackets with a man advantage since Nov. 30, 2013.

Raiders: Played without two starters in their secondary with safety Karl Joseph (groin) sidelined along with cornerback David Amerson (foot). Dexter McDonald started in place of Amerson, while Shalom Luani started for Joseph.

Bills: Buffalo was Clayton Fejedelem Youth jersey also missing two starting defensive backs with safety Jordan Andrej Sekera Jersey Poyer (right knee) sidelined along with cornerback E.J. Gaines (hamstring).

The Raiders managed just 54 yards rushing, with starting running back Marshawn Lynch serving a one-game suspension for coming off the bench and shoving an official against Kansas City.

Baez’s first impression of Hill was far more auspicious. “Very classy guy, not a big league ego at all. As nice as can be … until he took the mound. I could tell right away how competitive he was. He’d strike out his mother if he had to. And his stuff was great.”

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.
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the Broncos led the league in defensive DVOA with a pass defense that was nearly 10 percentage points better than any other team.

Meanwhile, the Texans have released their home uniform schedule. As usual, they’ll wear solid-white for their home opener Sept. 10 against the Jaguars. They’ll also wear their red alternate jerseys on Dec. 10 against the 49ers.

It’s also worth noting that the Texans haven’t yet announced whether they’ll be adding a patch or helmet decal related to Houston’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey, but it seems highly likely that the team, and maybe the entire league, will make some sort of uni-related gesture. Stay tuned.

If you like the new look, enjoy it while you can because team owner Amy Adams Strunk has told reporters that the team will have a new uni design next season.

In fact, sportsbooks have capitalized on the ever-increasing desire for NFL coverage by releasing lines for Week 1 games months in advance. Market-setting sportsbooks like Westgate and Bookmaker opened their numbers way back in April, giving bettors four and a half months to analyze Week 1 lines.

In 2015, the Broncos led the league in defensive DVOA with a pass defense that was nearly 10 percentage points better than any other team. In 2016, the Broncos led the league in defensive DVOA with a pass defense that was nearly 20 percentage points better than any other team. I don’t think it would be safe to project that trend to continue — the Broncos have already lost DeMarcus Ware to retirement, Wade Phillips to the Rams, Shane Ray to injured reserve, and dumped T.J. Ward last week — but they could regress and still project to be the league’s best defense.
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Cowboys’ Jaylon Smith will make NFL debut on Saturday vs. Colts

After a long year on the sidelines, Jaylon Smith will finally make his NFL debut.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed Smith will suit up for Saturday’s preseason game against the Colts, saying he was “very excited.”

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was unaware of Lynch’s intention to sit but said he spoke with the veteran rusher after the game.

“(Lynch) said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,'” Del Rio said. “I said, ‘So you understand how I feel. I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing, and we’ll do ours.’ So that’s a non-issue for me.”

Lynch was not among the players who kneeled during Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial injustice last season, though he did praise the controversial quarterback for taking action.

Given the Broncos’ regular-season schedule for 2017, Denver better get its quarterback situation figured out well before it hosts the Los Angeles Chargers to open the season on a Monday night. Because the remainder of the Broncos’ schedule is tough.

The Broncos will appear on national TV in primetime slots five times in 2017, which means the NFL still considers them the attractive playoff contender they are. But that also means Denver’s quest to return to the playoffs after the Super Bowl hangover that was its 2016 season will not be easy. Here’s a breakdown of the Broncos’ 2017 schedule in its entirety.

He’s the biggest bust in Redskins history as the No. 3 overall pick in 1994, but he struggled most through his final NFL season in 1997. Shuler went 4-5 in his second, final chance with two touchdowns to a whopping 14 interceptions as part of a 46.6 passer rating. It took the Saints about a decade after to find their best-ever QB, Drew Brees.dolphins_027

Richard Jefferson not ready to retire, returning for 17th NBA season

There might be a reason why LeBron James wasn’t actively recruiting players to the Cavaliers. Maybe he knew the Cavs were keeping the gang together.

After re-signing Kyle Korver, the Cavs will also get veteran forward Richard Jefferson back.

He has participated in the Derby twice, in 2013 and ’15 (he finished second in 2015), but has said he won’t participate again in the event until 2018, when the Nationals host the All-Star Game.

With two homers in Sunday’s 7-2 win over the Cardinals, Harper is tied for sixth in the NL with 20.

The five-time All-Star led the NL in fan balloting with more than 4.6 million votes this year.

Though Harper won’t participate, the field was finalized Monday with Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez joining Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, along with Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger, Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon, Mike Moustakas of the Royals, Miami first baseman Justin Bour, and Twins third baseman Miguel Sano.

“I don’t believe reports,” Baker told reporters at the 2015 winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn. “Who knows why? I mean, who’s to say the allegations are true? And who’s to say what you would’ve done or what caused the problem?” (Ed.: The Nationals have tried to acquire Chapman on multiple occasions, either by trade or free-agent signing.)

A DV policy is another necessary, long-overdue idea. But it doesn’t matter whether we’re not actively putting words into action and examining those words, beliefs and traditions, and how we, as Perera pointed out, “pass them down.” If MLB wants to light a path for players’ self-reflect on issues of equality and conduct, it has to commit at a level it has not yet comfortably reached.

Kahrl sees the work as essential, but also observes that changes in the industry stretch beyond players and team personnel.browns_034

Other possibilities for a spot among the protected seeds at this late stage include Notre Dame

The Louisville Cardinals, who fell to Duke in a thriller at the Barclays Center, and Baylor Bears, stunned by the Kansas State Wildcats in the nightcap in Kansas City, join Florida State and Arizona as threes. The Florida Gators, Butler Bulldogs, Purdue Boilermakers, and West Virginia Mountaineers comprise the four line, with only the Bulldogs sitting Friday from that quartet.

9, the Cincinnati Bearcats, and SMU Mustangs out of the American, the Big Ten’s Minnesota Golden Gophers and an Iowa State Cyclones squad that suddenly has a great shot to win the Big 12 tourney.

Bids by Conference: ACC (10); Big East and Big Ten (7); Big 12 (6); SEC (5); Pac-12 (4); American, Atlantic 10 and West Coast (2); 23 single-bid conferences

Thanks to Thursday wins, the Michigan State Spartans, Northwestern Wildcats, Seton Hall Pirates, and Xavier Musketeers can breathe a whole lot easier heading into the weekend. On the other hand, the Marquette Golden Eagles, Providence Friars, and USC Trojans have a long weekend’s wait ahead of them after tasting conference quarterfinal defeat.

Kansas State and the Vanderbilt Commodores cannot feel safe yet, particularly a Wildcat team that’s handing the Selection Committee a poor nonconference schedule (227th compared to Vanderbilt’s No. 1). While the Commodores should be in even with a loss to the Florida Gators in tonight’s SEC Tournament quarterfinals, a win over the West Virginia Mountaineers tonight in Kansas City might not be enough to lock up a bid for the K-State.

Fantasy football sleeper running backs in 2015

The old saying goes that you can’t win your league in the first round, but you can lose it. Here, we’re focusing on the first part of that saying. It means that you’ll take an expected guy early in the draft, and get fine production out of him, but so will everyone else.

It’s later in the draft — eying up-and-comers and returning veterans and guys in new situations — where you really make your bones. The first rounds are crucial, but the later rounds are the most important.

Drew Brees, Saints
Brees put up his worst fantasy production since 2010 last year. Now, that does not mean he was bad — he still finished sixth at the position, still averaged 18.1 fantasy points a game — but it is true nonetheless. He lost Brandin Cooks, Mark Ingram and Jimmy Graham for multiple games, had a terrible defense, and wasn’t his usual self in home games compared to past years. Some are calling for a bounce-back, and honestly, talent-wise that’s on the table. Remember, though, that the Saints traded for Max Unger and signed C.J. Spiller in the offseason.

Graham and Kenny Stills are gone, but the team retained Ingram and Khiry Robinson. The Saints might be surprisingly run-heavy in 2015. Combine that with the worries about Brees’ production from last year, and I know I wouldn’t want him as my starter.

In 2008, his team, the Parramatta Eels, were one of the worst in the league. The following year, in 2009, the Eels were still — surprise, surprise — awful. That is, until Hayne barreled through with an astonishing string of seven Man of the Match performances. As a result, Hayne was awarded Fullback of the Year. Additionally, he was crowned the best and fairest player, winning the Dally M Medal.

Hayne tied for the medal again in 2014 after another stellar season.

Washington kept ahead with a win over the Chicago Bears

In the early games, there was plenty to talk about. The Seattle Seahawks improved to 8-5, strengthening their hold on a wild card spot and keeping the Cardinals honest in the still open NFC West race. Seattle has now won four consecutive games. In the NFC East division, Washington kept ahead with a win over the Chicago Bears, but the Philadelphia Eagles kept pace with them by downing the Buffalo Bills.

Consequently, the Bills and Bears both took hits to their playoff chances with the losses. The Falcons,Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts also took a hit to their playoff hopes in the early slate of games. Indianapolis lost the lead in the AFC South, though they could get it back if the Houston Texans lose on Sunday night.

His first arrest came in Jan. 2012 when he was charged with driving under the influence, but he escaped suspension. Five months later, he was allegedly stabbed while trying to break up a fight at his apartment. The ensuing investigation led to felony charges against Smith for illegal possession of an assault weapon, though they were later reduced.

In Sept. 2013, he was involved in a single car accident that led to DUI and possession of marijuana charges. He missed five games that season after checking himself into a rehab facility.

The following April, he was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly telling a TSA agent he was carrying a bomb. Those charges were later dropped, but Smith still wound up suspended for nine games of the 2014 season.

Fewer than four months later, he was arrested for hit-and-run, DUI, and vandalism charges after a car accident. The 49ers released him the following day.

He signed with the Raiders before the start of the season. He recorded 3.5 sacks in nine games before the league issued its judgment on Smith’s latest arrest and suspended him for a full calendar year.

Smith applied for reinstatement on Nov. 17, 366 days after the NFL issued his suspension, thanks to the leap year. He’ll have to wait a little while longer for Goodell to clear him for a return.

The Raiders will have a lot of options on defense with this pick

New Orleans Saints: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
There’s going to be some questions Nkemdiche will have to answer about his off-field actions, but at 12 he’s too talented to pass up. Nkemdiche has the size and athleticism to play Elite Youth Marcus Cooper Jersey inside or out and that versatility is what the Saints need.

Atlanta Falcons: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
This scenario is ideal for Atlanta. Jack could slip a little in the draft because he’s currently rehabbing from injury. For Atlanta he could be a force. He’s an ultra-athletic linebacker with range to make plays all over the field. He’s not a high-level pass rusher, but that may be his only flaw.

While Coughlin remains in limbo, the Eagles already have decided that they’ll have a new coach in 2016. The team fired Chip Kelly on Wednesday and promoted offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to be the interim head coach for their season finale against the Giants on Sunday.

Kelly authored back-to-back Game Kids Ryan Strome Jersey 10-win seasons and a playoff berth in his first season, but the team collapsed in 2015, going 6-9. His 26 wins were tied for the third-most by an Eagles coach in his first three seasons, but his failures as a personnel director proved to be his downfall. Nearly all of the moves he made this offseason backfired, and the team badly regressed on both sides of the ball this year.

In addition to the coaching storylines, this game has significant implications for the 2016 schedules of both teams. The winner will secure second place in the division and the loser will drop to third. Second place means a home game against the Atlanta Falcons and a road game versus the Seattle Seahawks. Third place means a home game against either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or New Orleans Saints, and a trip to London to play the St. Louis Rams.

Nearly all of the experts are picking the Giants to end their season on a high note by beating the Eagles. The CBS Sports panel is 6-2 in favor of New York, while seven of the eight guys here at SB Nation are also picking the G-men.