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The Burden of Ball: Lonzo Gets a Rude Welcome to the NBA

Even when the game was over, when the pullover was on, when the fans were headed to the parking lots and the players to the locker rooms, Lonzo Ball could not escape. Back came Patrick Beverley, charging at him from 94 feet away, in his face and his chest and his ribs one more time.

Emmert would like to eliminate the “one-and-done” rule that allows elite basketball players to spend less than a year on campus before leaving for the NBA.

“I don’t think there’s any compelling reason why someone should be forced to go to college who doesn’t want to go to college,” he said. “I think that makes no bloody sense. Why would anyone do that? If someone wants to become a professional athlete, they shouldn’t have to go to college to do that.”

“Same thing as tonight,” Kershaw said after Game 6. “I’ll be in the bullpen and ready to go in the first inning. Whatever they need.”

Kershaw joked that he could give the team 27 innings. He would be pitching on two days of rest after throwing 94 pitches in Game 5, when he allowed six runs in 4? innings.

If Kershaw makes an appearance, it would present a scenario similar to that of the 2014 World Series, when Madison Bumgarner started Game 5 for the San Francisco Giants and then threw the final five innings in relief in Game 7 as the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 for the title; or that of last season’s World Series, when Jon Lester started Game 5 for the Cubs and then threw three innings and 55 pitches in Chicago’s Game 7 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Brandon Morrow has appeared in all six World Series games for the Dodgers, but he threw just 14 pitches in Game 6.

Pierre Garcon on winless 49ers: ‘You learn a lot from losing’

“You learn a lot from losing,” Garcon said following Sunday’s 33-10 loss to the Eagles. “When you’re winning you think you’re on top of the world, but you learn a lot more from losing. We’ll go back and watch [the film], try to get better. Work on things. Keep learning. Keep taking things away. Just keep playing. You can’t give up.”

Houston had a 38-34 lead, but the Seahawks were driving. Seattle was on the Texans’ 20-yard line, and Russell Wilson threw an interception to Houston’s Marcus Williams. But the Texans couldn’t do anything with their next possession. Seattle got the ball back, and Wilson got the Seahawks in the end zone to take a 41-38 lead. The Texans had just 21 seconds to work with. Richard Sherman picked off Deshaun Watson to seal the win for Seattle.

Who stood out: Will Fuller. The Watson to Fuller connection has been exceptional this season, and Sunday was no different. Fuller had five catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

The Texans offense was a tough test for the Seahawks defense. Seattle hadn’t allowed a touchdown in the fourth quarter all season, but that changed on Sunday.

Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman baited Deshaun Watson into three picks, but Watson was otherwise phenomenal. He finished with 402 yards, four touchdowns, and the three picks. Watson has more than held his own against the likes of Tom Brady and Wilson, but the Texans have lost both of those games.

The Seahawks defense is a force to be reckoned with. Five sacks and three picks were key to Seattle’s win.

“You can’t get caught up in that record and all of those things,” Shanahan said. “It’s something that we are extremely disappointed in, but sitting here and talking about it and dwelling on it is not going to help us in the future. We have to come to work and look at this hard to find out where we can get better.

Fantasy hockey goalie chart

The table below breaks down all 31 NHL goalie depth charts in terms of starter status. Teams are listed in alphabetical order.

Former USC athletic director Pat Haden stepped down from the committee in October 2015 because his doctors advised him to reduce his traveling for health reasons. In 2016, former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr resigned his position with the committee before it even began, also citing health reasons.

“It’s great,” Jazz center Rudy Gobert said. “He’s going to find the open man. We have a very unselfish team, and it’s fun to play.”

Utah and Portland split the series 2-2 last season. The Trail Blazers have won at least two games against the Jazz in each of the past four seasons.

Texans players were expected to stage a protest before Sunday’s game in the wake of team owner Bob McNair’s controversial comments, which were revealed Friday in an ESPN report, from last week’s owners meeting. McNair’s reported meeting with Texans players over the weekend had little effect on their feelings about his words. As a result, many Houston players kneeled during the national anthem before Sunday’s game.

Who knows how the Saints would’ve played with a 14-10 lead instead of a 14-6 lead. But over the next few drives, New Orleans tacked on a field goal and Chicago got a touchdown.

Instead of a 17-17 tie, Chicago trailed 17-12 and had to play with a sense of urgency in the final minutes while hunting for a game-winning touchdown.

New Orleans got the win and earned it. The Saints won the total yards battle 387 to 307, the time of possession 31:23 to 28:37, and they made their field goals while the Bears missed one.blues-013

Anthony Barr: ‘(Aaron Rodgers) got y’all fooled man’

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr is not denying the claim he gave Aaron Rodgers the finger and the “suck it” sign after breaking his collar bone in Week 6, but he had plenty to say about the Packers quarterback on Twitter Saturday.

I couldn’t ask him to give us any more than he’s given us, Belichick said. The 49ers are getting a good player, and they’re getting a good person, and they’re getting a great teammate, and they’re getting a good quarterback.

Brady, 40, has said he’d like to play until he’s 45 years old. But life in the NFL is unpredictable, and now the Patriots are back to square one at the backup quarterback position.

But Lane reportedly failed his physical Tuesday and will stay with Seattle. As a result, Texans will now get a 2018 third-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Brown and a 2018 fifth-round pick.

Jeremy Lane failed his physical with Houston, per source. Trade now amended: Duane Brown and a 2018 5th for Seattle’s 2018 3rd and 2019 2nd.

Brown was one of Houston’s most outspoken critics of the “inmates running the prison” comment made by Texans owner Bob McNair earlier this month.

He now has a new team in what appears to be a win-win for both sides.

“Passing the ball is tricky, because if you don’t complete it, it stops the clock,” Forte said. “When you run the ball, the clock keeps rolling. If you’re running the ball and you keep their offense off the field, basically time’s running out on them. A lot of bad things can happen when you’re throwing the ball: Interceptions, sacks…. When you’re closing games out, you definitely got to be able to run the ball.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t have played Martavis Bryant on Sunday like nothing happened.

It goes against what they purport themselves to be as an organization.

Bryant, who has been unproductive on the field and a headache the rest of the time, told Pittsburgh media that he was told he won’t play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, via Jeremy Fowler of Bryant was with the scout team in practice on Wednesday, according to Fowler.

Perhaps the Steelers could change their minds by Sunday, but it seems unlikely. If Steelers coach Mike Tomlin ignored all the issues Bryant has caused the past couple weeks, he’d risk losing the locker room.

Indeed, the minister’s recommendation proved to come straight from the heavens. But doing it at an FCS school and in the NFL are two very different things.

Scouts wonder how Goedert will react when he’s dropped into an NFL training camp environment, with 90 grown men battling like piranhas for one of 53 roster spots.

The skill has paid football dividends, as Goedert has remarkable balance to absorb contact after the catch and shake free from tackles.

“The 6-footer is always the top attraction in a parade,” he said. “It’s pretty cool.”

That flare for showmanship has its roots. Goedert’s paternal grandfather, Clayton, used to walk around on his hands in nearby Veblen, often and well enough that a traveling circus came through and tried to recruit him. But the Goedert family tree is loaded with athletes, not just acrobats.tigers_050-115x115

Bill Belichick gushes about Philip Rivers, compares him to Tom Brady, Peyton Manning

The Los Angeles Chargers will travel to New England this weekend to take on the Patriots, Tom Brady and a huge fan of Philip Rivers. That fan? Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick often refuses to say much when he’s asked questions about things he does not want to talk about. But on Wednesday, Belichick apparently wanted to talk about Rivers, who he compared to Brady and Peyton Manning — arguably the two greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

“I got to know him a little bit out there [at the Pro Bowl after the 2006 season] and he has a real thirst for knowledge. Not that there is a lot of scheme at the Pro Bowl, I’m not saying that. It’s one coverage, but the conversations lead beyond that, how to attack different schemes and so forth.

He’s been just as unassuming ever since, fun-loving, and with seemingly zero sense of entitlement. Working from walk-on to full scholarship in three percentage tiers has a way of keeping anyone humble.

“I went back home for a football game last year and all the kids were lined up wanting to take pictures with me and sign their stuff,” Goedert said. “They were giving me T-shirts to sign, their phones to sign, and I’m asking if their moms are OK with it. I’m wondering if I’m gonna be in the paper the next day for vandalizing people’s phones.”

Besides a sense of humor, there’s a confidence about him, even a little ego, but not too much.

He knows he’s good, but he’s still learning just how good, and so is the NFL.

Amari Cooper figures to benefit from his 210-yard and two touchdown performance against the the Chiefs. But is his catch rating going to be moving up? He was targeted 19 times. He caught 11 of them. There were times where he still looked like Sinjin Smith out there on the football field. But overall, you can’t deny his performance on the field.

The Rams are just 13 points away from surpassing their entire point total from 2016 (224).

Sean McVay deserves a lot of credit for Los Angeles’ offensive awakening, as do Todd Gurley, Jared Goff and the raft of new receivers — but the line is playing a huge role. When the Rams signed Andrew Whitworth, they added an athletic left tackle with unbelievable drive and attitude. He’s a special human, playing as well as any tackle in the league at 35 years old. Fellow signee John Sullivan has joined with Whitworth and holdovers Rodger Saffold, Jamon Brown and Rob Havenstein to help power the NFL’s top scoring offense (and ninth-ranked offense overall).

“I didn’t beat down his door to get him here,” SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier admits about his former walk-on.

At his own pace, and with his own style, Goedert’s become a favorite son of Britton, S.D., his hometown of only 1,250 residents. Scouting whispers are that he has the requisite physical tools to be the NFL’s next tight end matchup nightmare. Scouts will find their background work on the star of the FCS Jackrabbits to be, fittingly, something of a rabbit hole itself — full of the atypical.

We also should give a shout-out to another talented tight end, O.J. Howard, who had 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Bills. He was so open on one of those scores, I would have either thrown the controller or rage quit. Or both. And here’s a pro-tip for you kids. I learned a long time ago to wear a hat when I’m playing Madden. Because it’s much less damaging to the controller to toss the chapeau.

Oh, and you want another one? How about Tyreek Hill? He was so impressive against the Raiders this week as he hauled in six passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.