Gronk’s charisma and fun-loving personality have created opportunities for him to carve a new professional life in the entertainment industry.

He wouldn’t be heading there hat-in-hand, either. Gronkowski wrote in 2015 that he hadn’t spent a dime of his football salary, instead using money from endorsements to pay for a lifestyle that is obviously comfortable but not overly luxurious by NFL standards.

Besides his regular-season accomplishments, Gronkowski is the most prolific tight end in postseason history. He padded those stats against Philadelphia with nine catches for 116 yards and two second-half touchdowns.

The abnormal intelligence of new Lions coach Matt Patricia, who has a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, is well-documented. But perhaps Patriots coach Bill Belichick captured his now former defensive coordinator’s aptitude best in 2015.

“This guy could probably build a plane and fly it,” Belichick told NESN.

In a way, that’s what Patricia will be doing in Detroit. The 43-year-old’s first NFL head coaching job presents an opportunity for him to construct and lead a contender for a franchise that has not won a playoff game in more than 27 years. And there’s reason to believe Patriciaget the Lions flying at maximum altitude soon.

Browner went on several (profane) Instagram rants Monday to criticize the move.

Man, Bill wasn’t right at all tonight, man. I ain’t know how to feel watching that s— without my man, without my homie, without Malcolm. I didn’t know whether to cheer for they ass. Feel me … That dude has started every game for that team. Feel me. Since he picked the f—ing ball off and he was taking on their number one dude at that.

That s— was some power trip shit, feel me? Like to prove a point. They felt like they had the quarterback to do it with. We don’t need you as a cornerback. Man, you play every game of the season but the Super Bowl. I can’t rock with that. That was a bulls— ass call. That was a bulls— ass decision. That was a power trip.

You divide the locker room when you do that. Motherf—ers find out [when] a n— ain’t playing before the game. You divide the locker room. Cats says they rocking with Malcolm and cats say they rocking with the coach’s decision.bills_029

Odell Beckham Jr. is ready to move on to bigger and better things.

The Giants wide receiver will play on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract when he enters the 2018 season, but he is seeking a new deal with New York instead.

“I think we have an understanding of what we want to do,” Beckham said. “Just to talk to him and being with a guy who just loves football, I watched what he did in Minnesota and it was exciting, so I’m definitely looking forward to that.”

Beckham, 25, missed 12 games this season due to injury and finished with 25 catches for 302 yards and three touchdowns. He previously had at least 90 catches, 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.

Moss is the first receiver since Jerry Rice in 2010 to get inducted in his first year of eligibility.

Dawkins gets in after being passed over last year in his first year of eligibility. One of the most versatile defensive backs in NFL history, “Weapon X” was a nine-time Pro Bowler and five-time first-team All-Pro selection. Dawkins had 778 tackles with 26 sacks, 28 forced fumbles and 37 interceptions over a 16-year career. He spent 13 of those seasons with the Eagles before finishing his career with the Broncos.

Schaub had only started two games during his three seasons in Atlanta. The Chargers traded Charlie Whitehurst to the Seahawks in 2010 for a 2011 third-round pick. A swap of 2010 second-round picks was also made with the Chargers moving from 60th to 40th. Whitehurst hadn’t thrown any regular-season passes when dealt.

Why the trade won’t happen: There isn’t any urgency for the Bengals to trade McCarron, especially to an in-state division rival. The Bengals control McCarron’s rights next year and could get a 2018 first-round pick in return with an offer sheet that isn’t matched.

Trade compensation: 2017 second-round pick (42nd overall) and a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick (becomes third-round pick if Butler is named to Pro Bowl on the original ballot or second round pick if first-team All-Pro)

Instead, security advised that final rehearsals were closed to everyone.

“We had heard that they were experimenting on some sort of elaborate production,” the relative added.

Whatever frustration the Warriors were experiencing in the closing minutes evaporated once the final buzzer sounded.

Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves hung on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 126-118 on Monday night, snapping their four-game road skid.

LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau believe the NBA should expand its All-Star rosters to 15 players on each side and would like to see the All-Star Game draft televised.

“He complained bitterly about not getting the football. He stormed out of the locker room — get this, after wins — because he hadn’t gotten what he deemed to be enough carries. And, oh yes, he didn’t exactly light it up on the field,” Salguero wrote Wednesday.

The 7-1 Eagles already ranked fifth in the league in rushing at 129.2 yards per game, with LeGarrette Blount leading the way with 467 rushing yards at a 4.7-yards-per-carry clip. Ajayi will add to that and give Philadelphia better pass protection out of the backfield. With five running backs now on their roster, the Eagles probably will have to let one go. Blount or Corey Clement would be the best bets, though Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says Blount isn’t going anywhere.

The team was ecstatic to be completing this five-game, cold-weather road trip, the final extended trip of the season. In the locker room, veteran David West asked a PR official how many games they were up on the Rockets, and when given the answer, he replied, “Yeah, we’re good.”

That’s how the Warriors felt Saturday night.

Cousins also again responded to the suggestion that Washington’s problem Thursday night was a lack of effort or insufficient preparation.

“I would just disagree,” he said, citing the way the team moved the ball on its first two drives, before the tipped-ball interception. “We go right down the field, and we have an unfortunate play [involving] a guy who for us has caught so many tough passes and made plays up and down the field for us for three years now. You know, we just had a tough play. It’s not caught.”cowboys_096

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Coach Bill O’Brien opened his postgame news conference with a statement in which he said that, in his 25 years of coaching, nothing has been more important than the health of his players. “I love our players,” he said and went on to explain that Savage said he was evaluated and cleared to return, but that he underwent another evaluation after he returned because “because of what they saw.” O’Brien did not elaborate on what that might have meant.

“They try to make the best decision for the player,” O’Brien said. “Whatever they see and the testing that they do they try to make the best decision with the player and they weren’t satisfied with the results of the second test so they decided to pull him, and that’s when he went into the locker room.”

Since then, the Pats have participated in Super Bowl Sunday 47 percent of the time. FYI: Four NFL franchises have never been to a single Super Bowl. Brady and Belichick each own the most Lombardi Trophies (five) in NFL history for a quarterback and head coach, respectively. If — sorry, when — they beat the Philadelphia Eagles two Sundays from now, Brady and Belichick will tie Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson with six titles as a player-coach combo. The Pats will also be going back-to-back, which will make them the first NFL franchise to accomplish such a feat since … New England in 2003 and ’04.

Think of every college basketball program as a point and the record of any school against another as the connection between those points.

But nobody talked about, ‘This is a tradeoff.’ There was nothing in the meeting … with the players. There was no conversation about that with the ownership just now. It was really: How do move this to progress? And it’s not trying to trade off to get somebody to stand up. You want to make sure that people feel compelled to do what they feel comfortable with.”

The social activism agreement is subject to final approval by the owners. It would provide about $90 million of funding from the onset of the program through 2023 to causes identified by a joint group of players, owners and league officials.cowboys_061

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said he believes the league has treated Elliott unfairly.

When asked to explain his frustration, Gronkowski said, “He was trying to push me a little bit . . . I just don’t understand why there wasn’t a flag. A couple times in the game. They are calling me for the craziest, craziest stuff ever and it’s just like, crazy. I mean, like what am I supposed to do? And then they don’t call that, I mean. It was just frustration and that’s what happened.”

Given the NFL’s concussion crisis, it is no shock to see Gronk have to sit out one game as the league cracks down on hits to the head. Earlier this season, the Chicago Bears’ Danny Trevathan was suspended two games (reduced to one on appeal) for a helmet-to-helmet hit to the head of the Green Bay Packers’ Davante Adams. Gronkowski complained that refs never flag defensive players when they hold him. Asked whether he was growing frustrated over the past couple of games, he replied: “Over the past couple of seven years.”

Jones has threatened to fellow owners to take legal action to try to block Goodell’s pending contract extension. Other owners attribute Jones’s actions to his anger over Elliott’s suspension, although Jones’s associates say the two are not related and Jones merely is acting on his long-held belief that owners have overpaid Goodell and all owners should be involved in negotiating the commissioner’s contract. The NFL and several others within the league say they expect Goodell’s five-year extension through 2024 to be completed in the coming months despite Jones’s threat of legal action.

The Vikings have the momentum from the “Minneapolis Miracle” and the feeling of being a team of destiny after that fantastic finish to beat the Saints. Minnesota is a better team than Atlanta — the Vikings beat the Falcons in Atlanta this season. The Vikings have the league’s top-ranked defense and a solid offense directed by Keenum in a career season and an underrated receiving corps led by Pro Bowler Adam Thielen and last week’s hero Stefon Diggs, along with an excellent tight end in Kyle Rudolph.

The Vikings’ offensive line needs to open some holes in the running game against the league’s No.1 rush defense so the offense can be somewhat balanced. They also need to protect Keenum better than they did in the second half against the Saints, but Keenum does a good job of stepping up to avoid pressure and can run when necessary.


Ryder Pfau gave South Fork an early lead draining two 3-pointers early the first quarter and finished with 7 total points.

And when Adam Schefter reported the bungled deal, the Browns looked a lot worse. I am left with this thought: I do not see how, unless there’s a reversal of play by the Browns down the stretch of this season, owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam are going to let all front-office members return in 2018. This non-trade is a major disgrace, even by the standards of the Browns.

While the Chiefs offense struggled without their leading receiver, the Titans (10-7) opened the second half with a 15-play, 91-yard drive that ended with Marcus Mariota completing a 6-yard touchdown pass to himself.

The Chiefs (10-7) couldn’t put the Titans away as Kareem Hunt, who led the NFL in rushing, was limited to just 41 yards on 10 carries by Tennessee’s fourth-ranked rush defense.

The Chiefs thought they had a game-winning score late as Derrick Johnson picked up an apparent Henry fumble and returned it for a touchdown. But Henry was clearly down and then ripped off a 22-yard run two plays later to seal the win. The Titans offensive line dominated Kansas City’s defensive front in the second half and Tennessee controlled the clock during the comeback.

Make no mistake, though: When Stefon left Maryland as a junior and declared in each of his interviews at the 2015 NFL scouting combine, “I’m the best receiver in this draft, just so you know”—that wasn’t just Aron talking. This cocksuredness comes as much from Stephanie, who was in Tampa last January to watch Trevon play for the CFP championship when she ran into Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. “You didn’t pick my son,” she blurted out. “They should fire your ass!”

The truth: Even the Vikings weren’t quite sure what they had after drafting Diggs in the fifth round. His time at Maryland had been marked by instability under center (he caught passes from multiple QBs every season, including from a true freshman converted linebacker one year); freak injuries (a broken right leg in 2013, a lacerated kidney in ’14); bursts of magic (among the witnesses to his 100-yard opening kickoff return against Virginia as a freshman was Vikings GM Rick Spielman); and vague murmurs about his immaturity. “His reputation was that he could be off the reservation,” says Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer, “that you were going to have to kick him in the butt.”

But as it turns out, those 25 seconds were more than enough. Case Keenum hit Stefon Diggs for a 61-yard touchdown, and the Vikings escaped with a 29-24 victory — a victory that didn’t end up coming down to a heartbreaking field goal.patriots_380_76467b46d578ec01-180x180

Steelers OC Todd Haley injured hip after reported altercation outside of Pittsburgh bar

Offensive coordinator Todd Haley hasn’t been able to join the rest of the Steelers as they spend this first-round bye getting ready for the Divisional round of the playoffs. Haley is recovering from a hip injury he sustained outside of a Pittsburgh bar on New Year’s Eve.

The team confirmed on Tuesday that Haley suffered an injury, though it did not share specifics. The Steelers don’t expect Haley to be sidelined for long.

The play is designed to pick on an unblocked edge defender. The quarterback reads the defender and tries to send the ball where that player isn’t. On this play, that’s No. 51 for Kansas City, Zombo.

Most typically, the running back goes one direction, and the quarterback holds the ball into his belly while watching an outside linebacker on the other side of the formation. If the linebacker (or a defensive end) crashes toward the running back, the QB pulls the ball and runs. If he doesn’t, the QB gives the running back the ball, and the offense is supposed to have a numbers advantage on a zone run. That’s because instead of blocking that “read” defender, an offensive tackle has moved to help the running back.

Now, Bengals fans are paying it forward with donations to Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles’ charity, the BB5 Foundation, for ending the hated Steelers’ season. The donations were initiated by Cincinnati radio host Mo Egger and have grown to more than $5,000, according to First Coast News in Jacksonville.

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Baquet also asked Jay-Z about his views on political activism in the NBA and NFL. Baquet asked Jay-Z whether he felt the NBA was more politically active than the NFL, and Jay-Z said he did.

Patriots feud rumors create hornet’s nest for playoff opponents in New England

Anybody who thinks an alleged Bill Belichick-Tom Brady-Robert Kraft feud will distract the Patriots and impact their playoff chances should consider this: During a conference call with Tennessee reporters, Belichick, when asked about the Titans, gave an incredibly detailed answer in which he talked about half the roster by name, including six special teams players.

So much for the New England head coach and his staff overlooking their divisional playoff opponent. And rest assured that Patriots players, led by the always-prepared Brady, will be in playoff mode starting Saturday night in Foxborough.

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The only person capable of catching Brady in MVP voting might be Steelers wideout Antonio Brown—and guess where New England goes next with a pair of cornerbacks that seem to be struggling once again?

Thousands of officers will flood the city, some decked out in SWAT gear, others roaming undercover, and hundreds more patrolling in regular uniform.

The coverage is a cross between Santa Clara’s coverage in 2016, which received some criticism for its high visibility, and Houston’s in 2017, which was more undercover.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Smith has spent much of the 2017 season tending to his wife while she undergoes treatments in Arizona.

Smith has been the general manager for the franchise since 2006 and was elevated to an additional role as executive vice president in 2012. His leave of absence comes after a difficult 4-12 season for the Texans that brought rumors of a “toxic” relationship between Smith and coach Bill O’Brien.

With reports that one or both were in danger of getting fired, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said one possible solution was for Smith to take a position within the franchise out of football operations and ceding more roster control to O’Brien.

Leonard Fournette leaves Jaguars game vs. Steelers with ankle injury

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette left their game against the Steelers with an injury to his right foot. The Jaguars’ training staff examined Fournette on the sideline and walked him back to the locker room in the second quarter.

Luckily for the Jaguars, Fournette came out warming up with the team for the second half, and is expected to play in the third quarter.

This season, Kelce had 83 receptions for 1,038 yards and eight touchdowns. He was second only to Tyreek Hill in yards receiving and first in receiving touchdowns.

It’s not Kelce’s first concussion this season. In October, he suffered a hit to the head against the Texans and initially remained in the game. But after a second evaluation, he would be removed from the game.

If you ever find yourself in Alvin Kamara’s apartment, one of the first things that will happen is that you will be offered an Airhead. Just open the bottom drawer in the kitchen, he says.

It’s about four hours after practice ended on Friday and Kamara is hanging out on his couch with Antonio Morgan (DJ Tonee if you’re from Atlanta), who flew in for the Saints-Falcons game on Sunday. The two have been friends since Kamara was in 6th grade. When Kamara is asked what has changed in his life this year, the year that everything seems to have changed, Morgan answers for him.

At 1 a.m., he piles into an eight-seat Mercedes Sprinter to fit his 13-person crew and heads to the club. The van pulls up to the front, and Kamara leads the way inside, turning around frequently to make sure everyone gets through the velvet ropes. He weaves through the crowd, frequently being stopped for pictures and well wishes, arriving in his section at 2 a.m. But within minutes he leaves the club, abruptly.

The Falcons will have their hands full with the Rams first, but they match up with them well offensively and defensively. They’re not going anywhere else if they don’t win there, but you can bet it will be played at the level of the NFC championship already being at stake.

The marquee names in the NFC may be largely absent this year (no Cowboys, Packers, Seahawks or Giants from last January, for example), but a showdown like this will do just fine. The LA Coliseum has not hosted an NFL playoff game since 1994, and the Rams have not played a postseason game there since 1979 … seven years before coach Sean McVay was born.

Enough subplots for you on that side? The Falcons led the Super Bowl by 25 points last year. (Yeah, you probably didn’t forget.) They had to win their way in last week against the Panthers, or else put an exclamation point on a Super Bowl hangover that would have devoured their offseason.giants_102

We want to play as well as we can for the fans that are going to be there to support us.

Clement has a strong track record of success with the NFL in recent years, having achieved successful resolutions in the lockout case (against Olson), the concussion case (a favorable NFL settlement) and recent wins in discipline cases concerning Tom Brady and Ezekiel Elliott.

A ruling in Christie v. NCAA (whose names will change to Murphy v. NCAA in January when the new Governor is sworn in) may come as early as February or as late as June. If pressed to hazard an informed call, I would predict a 6-3 judgment in favor of New Jersey. Whether it will be more sweeping and allow for all states to follow suit, in keeping with the theme here, I would put the odds of that at 50/50.

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Heidi Rhodes drove more than four hours from Virginia to be here with friends and family, in a Heinz Field tailgate lot less than two hours before the Steelers and Patriots meet in the most anticipated regular-season game of 2017. She is a teacher who may or may not have made a bet with her students about the outcome of the game (a Pittsburgh loss could force her into Patriots gear on Monday). She guessed she could have sold these tickets and paid for all the Christmas presents she bought this year, but did not think twice.

Her son played Division I lacrosse, another high impact sport that carries the risk of head and neck injuries. There were games, she says, when her son did not remember coming off the field. She was watching on TV when Shazier went down and immediately thought of his family and child.

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