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Athletes all around the sports world were remembering Muhammad Ali since the boxing great died Friday night, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans had already taken his admiration for the sports legend to a higher level.
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Evans is such a big fan of Ali, he got a large tattoo of the boxer on his left arm about a month ago.
He shared an image of the tattoo on Twitter shortly after news of Ali's death broke late at night.
RIP Ali one of the greatest and most inspirational athletes of all time! #FloatLikeAButterfly pic.twitter.com/emcqluOvOW
— Mike Evans (@MikeEvans13_) June 4, 2016
Evans talked to the Tampa Bay Times on Saturday about his admiration for Ali, who was 74.
MORE: Classic photos of The Greatest
"I'm a big, big boxing fan," Evans said. "When I was younger, my grandma used to have a library card, and I would go with her. I used to always get boxing books and read them. Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis were my favorites, even though I didn't get to see them fight. But looking him up, I loved the trash he used to talk. He stood for a cause, stood for African-American people. He di[......]Read More
As you continue to study preseason fantasy rankings, it’s important to note the differences between standard and PPR rankings, especially at wide receiver. The “one point per reception” thing may not seem like a big deal, but it can have a major impact on WR rankings, tiers, cheat sheets, sleepers, and draft strategy.
The receiver position sees a fair amount of change in PPR formats vs. standard leagues. Like the RB position, many of the receivers stay grouped in similar tiers, but reception machines like Jarvis Landry see a bump up in value while big-play threats like Will Fuller frequently see their value dip. That’s not to say that big-play guys aren’t valuable, but they are just a bit more unreliable in PPR.
There are some pretty noticeable changes in these receiver rankings. While the top five stays in tact, a lot of the players behind those guys shift.
Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200
We’ll be updating these rankings frequently ahead of the 2018 campaign, so make sure to check back often for updates!
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PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Tight end | Top 200
1. Antonio Brown, Steelers2. Julio Jones, Falcons3. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants4. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans5. Michael Thomas, Saint[......]Read More
There’s only one more week for NFL teams to establish their might for the 2018 regular season. So there has to be a little more shake-up. Who's looking merriest and brightest before Week 17 with the playoffs just around the corner? Who’s got more lumps in their stockings that are pushing them down in relation to the rest of the league?
Here are our NFL power rankings going into Week 17.
MORE: Updated NFL playoff picture
NFL power rankings
1. New Orleans Saints 13-2 (last week: 1)
The Saints have marched to exactly what we thought they would be: the best all-around team in the NFL, the top seed in the NFC and the Super Bowl 53 favorite. Someone will need to beat them at home or in Atlanta to stop that train.
2. Los Angeles Rams 12-3 (last week: 5)
The Rams did what they were supposed to do in Arizona after the rough losses to Chicago and Philadelphia. Jared Goff still didn't look great, but they re-established the run even without Todd Gurley and finally played some respectable defense again.
3. Los Angeles Chargers 11-4 (last week: 2)
The Chargers were probably headed for another successful fourth-quarter comeback before the misfortune of that Antonio Gates fumble. They remain a strong threat to take the AFC because they can win anywhere, any way with Philip Rivers and Anthony Lynn.
4. Kansas City Chiefs 11-4 (last week:[......]
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Jared Goff is staying with the Rams for the foreseeable future.
Los Angeles and the quarterback agreed to a four-year extension Tuesday which will keep him with the team through the 2024 season, the team announced.
We've agreed to terms with @JaredGoff16 on a four-year extension!
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 4, 2019
The deal will be worth $134 million and includes an NFL record $110 million guaranteed, according to NFL.com.
The #Rams and QB Jared Goff agreed to terms on a 4-year deal worth $134M, source said. He gets $110M guaranteed, a record.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 4, 2019
Rams coach Sean McVay said in June he was confident the sides would eventually come to an agreement.
“He’s just getting better and better,” McVay said at the time (via USA Today's Ramswire). “This offseason, he’s continued to take steps, truly becoming an extension of the coaching staff and a huge part of our success as a team the last couple of years is due to his leadership and we’re so thankful to have him. .. It’s insane to think that he’s going anywhere. He’s stuck with me as long as I have a say.”
Goff completed 64.9 percent of his passes and threw for 32 touchdowns, along with 12 interceptions, in 2018. He helped the[......]Read More
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When Cam Newton's one-year deal with the Patriots was first reported, Richard Sherman called it both "ridiculous" and disgusting". Now that the specific details of the incentive-laden contract have been revealed, Sherman was on point with with adjectvies.
Newton is guaranteed only $550,000 for 2020, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. The contract does have a maximum value of $7.5 million, but it has a base of only $1.05 million. To get anywhere near the max, Newton will need to earn $700,000 per-game roster bonuses and hit $5.75 million in incentives.
When Newton signed his second contract with the Panthers in 2015 before leading them to the Super Bowl as NFL MVP, he received $41 million of his $103.8 million contract over five years guaranteed. Playing in only two games for Carolina because of a foot injury in 2019, he still was paid $16.7 million.
MORE: Breaking down the Pats' QB situation with Cam Newton
So the best he can do with New England is make less than half of what he got last season. Around the league, there are 23 quarterbacks guaranteed to get paid more than Newton in 2020, and another 22 who have the potential to end up earning more than him.
That's a shocking dropoff in pay for so[......]Read More
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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr may have been caught using a burner account.
Night net star Kevin Durant made burner accounts famous in 2017 when he got caught using them, and since then, Twitter detectives have been trying to catch more athletes. In 2018, 76ers GM/president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo was forced to part ways with the franchise after his burner account fiasco.
Carr could be the latest who is outed using a burner account, as a Chiefs fan believes is using a Twitter under the handle "Jayce Frost."
MORE: Ranking all 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL
It started with Carr's comments to reporters on Tuesday when he said he didn't want to be disrespected.
"I have a lot to prove to myself. I have a lot to prove to my organization," Carr said. "I’m going to be completely honest with you: I’m tired of being disrespected."
Chiefs fan Tom Fehr reacted to that comment joking, "If I were Derek Carr and was tired of being disrespected I would simply try being a good quarterback." That's when Frost responded, "Honest question — do you not understand football or do you just troll?"
From there, Fehr looked at the account and discovered something interesting. The Twitter account was mostly posting[......]Read More
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Maybe you're not bothered at all that an NFL game will be kicking off at 3:40 p.m. ET on a Wednesday. It's a good excuse for the working-from-home folk to be distracted for the final hour or two of their day.
But as much as the league cares about it's fans, that's not the reason Steelers (10-0) vs. Ravens (6-4) is starting at a highly unusual time in Week 12. Nope, that would be a 75-foot tall Christmas tree.
NBC holds the broadcast rights both to the Baltimore-Pittsburgh NFL game, which was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night, and to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting, which has always been scheduled for Wednesday night. Due to three reschedulings, the Ravens and Steelers are playing Wednesday, but NBC wouldn't allow that to alter its plans for the Christmas tree lighting. Thus, a Wednesday afternoon football game.
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A strong list of performers at the tree lighting that includes Dolly Parton, Kelly Clarkson and the G[......]Read More
CHICAGO — Derrick Rose scored 32 points, including eight in the final three minutes, and Luol Deng added 22 as the Chicago Bulls remained unbeaten this preseason with a 103-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Rose, who played 31 minutes, also had nine assists and was 9 for 15 from the field, including 4 for 7 from 3-point range, as the Bulls improved to 5-0.
-- Rose says he feels more expolosive
Paul George led the Pacers (0-5) with 22 points.
The Bulls were without Jimmy Butler (left knee contusion) and Joakim Noah (right groin strain). Noah will be shut down for a week in hopes that the rest will clear up the injury that has bothered him since early in training camp.
The schedule said it was a preseason game, but the atmosphere in the United Center definitely had a regular-season feel as the teams expected to compete for the Central Division title battled down the stretch. Both teams finished with mostly starters on the court, which usually isn't the norm in the preseason.
Rose appeared done for the night when he went to the bench late in the third quarter after playing 26 minutes. He had averaged 21.8 points in three previous games as he returns after missing last season following major knee surgery.
But he returned with just over 5 minutes left and led the Bulls to victory as the crowd of 21,783 cheered as if it were a playoff game.
Start with Stephen Curry vs. James Harden. The MVP vs. the runner-up. Harden has had a chip on his shoulder all year, feeling disrespected for fair reasons.
And Harden is the underdog. Entering Tuesday's Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone picking the No. 2 seed Rockets to beat the No. 1 seed Warriors.
MORE: Conference finals predictions | Warriors need Lee | Harden needs FTs
Here's everything you need to know for Game 1:
Who? The Warriors (67-15) were the surprise best team in the NBA this season, and they host the Rockets (56-26), who pulled out ahead of a crowded pack below Golden State in both the regular season and playoffs.
What, when and where? Game 1 of the Western Conference finals best-of-seven series; Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT); at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Where can I watch? ESPN will broadcast the game and the entire series. You can use WatchESPN.com or the Watch ESPN mobile app, as well as the traditional cable channel.
Key matchup: Curry and Harden are the names, but they won't guard each other. Instead, look for power forwards Draymond Green of the Warriors and Josh Smith of the Rockets to play huge roles. They are very similar players coming from completely disparate backgrounds. Green is an underdog, a second-round draft pick eager to hit free agency and make big money this offseason for the first time. Smith is getting paid by the Pistons, w[......]Read More