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NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana advocates cannabis for pain relief, healing

As the NFL and NFLPA move toward potentially removing cannabis as a banned substance in the coming years, yet another high-profile former NFL star — four-time Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana — has come out in favor of utilizing this medicine.

Montana was one of eight former NFL players interviewed by Playboy magazine on this topic.

Trump’s Monday visit is billed as an official trip, with a focus on combating the opioid crisis, which has hit the Granite State hard. But amid the ongoing Russia probe and fallout from an alleged dalliance with a porn star, the appearance also presents an opportunity for the president to shore up support in a state that not only plays a key role in the nominating process but also is a general-election battleground.

Vice President Pence also plans to plant the flag in New Hampshire later in the week, speaking at a fundraiser for Gov. Chris Sununu (R) and at a gathering of the pro-Trump group America First Policies.

Aside from scandals in Washington, Trump has faced particular challenges here, including fallout from his claim that there was “serious voter fraud” in New Hampshire in 2016 and his characterization of the state as a “drug-infested den.” Democrats — including New Hampshire’s senior senator, Jeanne Shaheen — have also accused Trump of paying lip service so far to the opioid crisis, which as a candidate he promised to address aggressively.

If he gets a crease, he can create a chunk play in a blink. THE COST: Patterson is in the second year of a two-year deal he signed with the Raiders last offseason. He has a base salary of $3 million and a cap hit of $3.25 million. The Patriots will be sending a fifth-rounder to the Raiders and getting a sixth-rounder back. (As an aside…

The Patriots have used one fifth-round pick in the last six drafts. It was spent on long-snapper Joe Cardona. Why are they constantly dealing fifths away

Inside the Pylon’s Dave Archibald did an interesting piece on that topic about a year and a half ago. The gist is that a) there’s a significant drop-off in your chances of finding a star in the fifth compared to the fourth, and b) the talent in the fifth round, by some metrics, hasn’t proven to be all that different from the sixth or seventh rounds.) patriots_030

Kristaps Porzingis takes subtle jab at fans, media for All-Star starter snub

Kristaps Porzingis isn’t happy about missing out on the All-Star start this season. He was blunt when asked Friday about the snub.

“Players know,” he told reporters, via the New York Daily News. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

Though elected as a starter by the players, the Knicks center finished behind 76ers center Joel Embiid in voting by fans and media.

“In my mind, I deserve it,” Porzingis said. “All I got to do is play good and win games and the results will take care of itself. I shouldn’t be too worried about who is going to vote for me and who is not going to vote for me.”

Another highlight during the last couple of weeks was the invitation by the New England Patriots. I had been meaning to watch a football game for quite a while, and I was very happy that I finally managed to catch one in person. It was incredibly cold, but worth it. I’m already looking forward to the Super Bowl and rooting for the Pats, of course.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry scored 40 points on 14-of-25 shooting with five rebounds and five assists but it wasn’t enough to avoid a 115-109 loss to the Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins had 29 points to lead Minnesota.

Clippers guard Lou Williams had 31 points, 10 steals (yes steals) and seven assists in Los Angeles’ 125-113 loss to the Jazz.

Rockets guard Eric Gordon was incredibly hot from the floor Thursday, but Saturday was a different story as he went 2-of-14 shooting and 0 for 9 from 3-point range. He scored six points in 35 minutes.

It’s not Madison Square Garden and it’s not Reggie Miller, but Miami’s James Johnson scored five points in four seconds to tie the game at 104-104 with 31 seconds remaining in the game in the Heat’s 105-104 win over the Hornets.

A call to James may be too late, at least for this year. The Cavaliers’ chances of hosting the Warriors again this season are looking dimmer by the day.

Kane leads the Blackhawks with 63 points (24 goals, 39 assists) in 67 games. Alex DeBrincat (22 goals) and Nick Schmaltz (20) also have joined the 20-goal club, while Artem Anisimov (19) and Toews (18) are on the doorstep.indians_009

Mike Mularkey, Titans mutually agree to part ways

The Tennessee Titans are breaking up with Mike Mularkey.

I felt like we needed to go in a different direction and maximize the skill sets of the players on the field, Robinson said. This is an attractive job … we’ll talk to candidates who we believe will move this team forward.

Chalk it up as the final note in a confusing, see-sawing song and dance between Mularkey and the Titans, with the relationship ending hours after reports emerged suggesting the coach was about to receive an extension — and just one week after the franchise strongly backed Mularkey following the win over Kansas City.

Mularkey filed back-to-back 9-7 campaigns, but the hyper-ugly Patriots loss did nothing to help his case.

As for who they’ll be targeting in their head coaching search, look for Robinson to heat-seek an offensive-minded coach who can develop this young roster and unleash Tennessee’s full potential.

Whoever they choose, the Titans aren’t wasting time on getting their search started — they’ve already reached out to the Texans to request an interview with defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, per Rapoport. They’re also interested in talking with Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, according to Rapoport.

The week before President Trump decided to make NFL player protests a federal issue (so to speak), there were players on seven teams who participated in some sort of display during the national anthem.

Defining participated is tricky; do we count the 10 players on the San Francisco 49ers who, according to ESPN’s reporting, supported Eric Reid’s protest by putting their hands on his shoulders? If we do — and, in our analysis below, we did — it gives us 24 players during the second week of the National Football League season. The week prior, it was about the same.

Raiders fans have to be excited to welcome Gruden back to Oakland. And Gruden obviously still loves Raiders fans.

Bortles’ game also speaks to the inability of the Bills defense to spy the fleet-footed (but not that fleet-footed) quarterback. Bortles ran for 20 yards on first down late in the first half to help set up a field goal, and it was like an epiphany. From then on, Bortles took full advantage of the opportunity to tuck the ball and take what the Bills were giving him on the ground. He had 88 yards on 10 carries, making Bortles — not rookie Leonard Fournette or veteran LeSean McCoy — the most dangerous offensive weapon in the game.

The Patriots chased all day. There was this feel in the stadium, with New England so beat up on the offensive line and coming off a Monday night loss in Miami and traveling here, and the Steelers making Brady’s pocket dirty all day, and Pittsburgh up 24-16 late, and Bud Dupree sacking Brady to make it fourth-and-17 with four minutes left and forcing the Patriots to kick the field goal … well, the feeling was this was the end of New England rolling over Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh 24, New England 19. You saw what happened next. On the ensuing drive, on third-and-four, the Patriots stoned JuJu Smith-Schuster four feet away from a first down. Pittsburgh punted. The Patriots drove 77 yards in 70 seconds, capping it with a Dion Lewis eight-yard touchdown run and Brady conversion pass to Rob Gronkowski. Who, by the way, is really good. You may have noticed on this drive a Brady obsession with Gronkowski. Five plays on the drive. Four passes to Gronkowski, three of them complete for a total of 69 yards.

J.J. Watt? That’s a pretty simple name to remember. Doesn’t matter. Gruden called him “the Milkman.” Why? “Because he’s from Wisconsin and the milkman always delivers.”

And Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is, according to Gruden, ”the Road Runner,” because “if he catches you, you’re through.”

We’ll miss him on the broadcasts, but you’d better believe we won’t miss a single Mic’d Up segment with Gruden once he’s back on the Raiders’ sideline.

It’s strange what you think about when your season is over prematurely—really strange for me, considering in 10-and-a-half seasons with the Browns, since opening day 2007, I never missed a single play. That’s 10,363 consecutive plays, the longest streak in NFL history. That changed last week. I tore my left triceps trying to push away linebacker Brian Orakpo on a running play against Tennessee.

Over and over in the day or two after my tendon snapped, the same words kept coming into my mind: “Move the drill.”

I thought of those words Sunday night, processing the injury. I thought of them when the pain woke me up Monday morning, and before I went into surgery Tuesday to have the tendon repaired. Move the drill.wings_1034

Why Eagles-reliant fantasy owners must cheer for Vikings over Packers

An upset from the Packers over the Vikings at Lambeau Field on Saturday night spells bad news for fantasy football owners who are relying on Eagles players to help in winning their league championships this weekend.

That’s because the Eagles clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a Vikes’ loss, and that would mean Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson would probably rest some of his key players during Sunday’s home game against the Raiders.

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The team had hoped to have Haden back what became a controversial 27-24 loss to the Patriots, but he wasn’t deemed healthy enough to play due to a setback.

Haden suffered a broken fibula in his left leg in the first quarter of the team’s Week 9 win over the Colts and was expected to miss three weeks as he recovered. He resumed practice on a limited basis last week and officially was listed as questionable for Week 15 against New England.

Haden, 28, has only 16 tackles and one interception this season but has played a crucial role in Pittsburgh’s pass defense. The two-time Pro Bowl player signed a three-year deal worth $27 million with the Steelers this offseason after being released by the Browns.

The AFC North champion Steelers (11-3) will look to bounce back from their loss when they visit the Texans (4-10) at 4:30 p.m. ET Monday.

Prescott doesn’t think the Cowboys’ lack of production is necessarily because Elliott isn’t playing.

He doesn’t blame the coaches, either. He thinks the players on the field should be getting it done.

“I look in the mirror and I look at the other guys on the plays. I mean, simply explosion plays, I don’t know if you can point at a coach,” Prescott said. “It’s just us making guys miss and wanting to go get those extra yards. That to me is simply about the athleticism of our playmakers and being able to go make guys miss.”

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The NFL can be an emotional roller coaster, and one big week can shoot a team’s spirits through the roof and tank another’s hopes of finishing with the Lombardi Trophy in February or beyond. Teams near the top are feeling great after Sunday, while those at the bottom aren’t feeling too optimistic.

If you’re looking for a ranking of who would beat who, this isn’t always going to be the best gauge:

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Phil Bennett leaving as Sun Devils’ defensive coordinator after bowl

Arizona State defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will leave the program after coaching against NC State in the Hyundai Sun Bowl later this month.

“I will always be a Sun Devil fan,” Bennett told reporters Tuesday. “I will pull for these kids and this program. I think it’s in good hands. Just very appreciative to all of them.”

He had a lot of leverage. In 2013, in addition to winning the national championship in men’s basketball, Louisville beat No. 3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl and made the finals in baseball and women’s hoops. Jurich commissioned a $185,000 documentary, Year of the Cardinal, which aired on ESPNU.

The Adidas deal quadrupled the company’s commitment to Louisville in cash and gear and was a huge bet on Jurich’s vision. The average annual compensation of the 10-year contract was exceeded only by Under Armour’s deal with UCLA ($18.7 million) and Nike’s deals with Ohio State ($16.8 million) and Texas ($16.7 million) — universities with at least twice Louisville’s enrollment.

“I was looking forward to no games,” Crabtree said. “But there is nothing I can do about that.”

Crabtree and Talib still have time to appeal their suspensions. If they stand, which is likely, Crabtree will be out against the Giants and Talib will miss the team’s game against the Dolphins.

This season, at the end of each positional section, there is a subgrouping of players, “Players off game-status injury report.” The probable tag no longer exists, so players who would have been listed as probable in previous seasons are now simply removed from the report.

“Without getting philosophical, and I’m not sitting here with a crystal ball or projecting things like that, that’s not how I roll,” Reid said, via Arrowhead Pride. “We’ve all got a responsibility to do our job at all positions, starting with me, and that’s not getting done the right way. Right? It’s not one guy, and that has to be understood. It’s not one person.chargers_009

Miami goes three-and-out and punts back to Oakland with 3:31 to play in the third quarter.

Oakland comes up short on a third-and-4 and is forced to punt. The Dolphins have the ball on their 18 with a chance to take the lead.

Touchdown, Dolphins. Miami answers the Raiders’ touchdown with one of its own. Kenyan Drake breaks a 42 yard run to move the Dolphins just outside the red zone, and four plays later Cutler connects with Jarvis Landry for a 6-yard score. Miami cuts its deficit to 20-16.

Nickell Robey-Coleman, CB, Los Angeles Rams A thigh injury sidelined Robey-Coleman in the second quarter against the Vikings, and he was declared doubtful to return.

As we did with McNair, the Cowboys must be prepared for the possible time when Elliott can no longer escape his suspension. Cowboys execs have made sure to have a quality backup in former Redskins starter Alfred Morris, who is a two-time Pro Bowl selection but has only 14 carries through the first eight games. Dallas also signed the oft-injured Darren McFadden for further insurance at the position, but he has not played so far this season.

Detroit will be wary of avoiding a trap, just as it was against Green Bay and Cleveland. The Lions will grind out some tough yards early before Matthew Stafford builds on his recent groove. Chicago’s limited offense also matches up poorly against Detroit’s defense.

Field goal, Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger completes a pass to Antonio Brown that moves Pittsburgh to the Titans’ 42. After three straight incompletions, Chris Boswell kicks a 50-yard field goal to put Pittsburgh ahead 16-7 with 15 seconds left in the half.

The Titans go three-and-out and the Steelers will get the ball back for one more first-half drive.

Field goal, Steelers. Pittsburgh fails to punch it in following the interception and is forced to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Chris Boswell. The Steelers lead 13-7 with 1:40 to play before halftime.

Marshawn Lynch practices with old high school during suspension

Thomas injured his left triceps during a Duke Johnson Jr. 3-yard run late in the third quarter. Thomas laid on the turf while holding his left elbow and later left the game. Moments later, the Browns tweeted that their star left tackle wouldn’t return due to a tricep injury. Spencer Drango filled in for Thomas.

Unfortunately for the Browns, Thomas will not play another snap this season — which is unfortunate because he has represented continuity for the Browns since his rookie year in 2007.

What does this mean for the Browns?

“I don’t really know what it was. I know that he loves football and he’s a football junkie. I wouldn’t expect anything different. We’re excited to go put on a good showing with Buffalo and meet up with him after that.”

The Falcons had a chance to get a little bit of redemption from the humiliating Super Bowl LI loss to the Patriots. Instead, they just created opportunities for a whole new genre of jokes about the team after losing to New England 23-7.

The first quarter saw both teams go scoreless, but the Patriots started rolling in the second quarter. New England took a 17-0 lead into the half. Blocked field goals, dropped passes, and costly penalties kept the Falcons from getting on the board at all until the fourth quarter.

Bowen: Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions. Stafford was noticeably banged up heading into the bye week, and his top target, Golden Tate, is unlikely to dress with an injury. On top of that, the Steelers’ defense has quietly been one of the league’s best in fantasy scoring versus quarterbacks. As we head into Week 8, Pittsburgh ranks second overall, allowing only 9.9 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.

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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