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Kansas football still has an early top-15 class. Can KU keep its 2 Louisiana 4-stars?


Last weekend I took a trip to New Orleans for the Nike Opening Regional Camp. One of the themes that stood out was the talented group of players committed to the University of Kansas.

Five weeks ago, Kansas had a top-five recruiting class. Green’s later years were touched by tragedy. In 2011, his 9-year-old granddaughter, Christina, was killed in Arizona in a shooting that targeted Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Christina was the daughter of Green’s son, John, who works as a national cross-checker for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

I don’t know what’s in the water in Lawrence, but whatever it is, David Beaty better bottle it and hold it near and dear to his heart forever. This month, Beaty got verbals from three four-star recruits. WR JaMarr Chase, WR Devonta Jason, and CB Corione Harris all committed to the Jayhawks, part of a load of six early KU commits from Louisiana.

It’s dipped a bit, but KU is still in the top 15. That’s surprising.

Drew Brees just had one of the best seasons of his career after throwing for 5,200 yards and 37 touchdowns, but he’s also 38 years old. While it’s possible he launches passes downfield through his mid-40s, it makes sense for New Orleans to write up a contingency plan for his eventual retirement.

“He can talk all about his brand, talk about his sons, talk about basketball, talk about me. But keep my family out of this.”

In his Fox Sports Radio interview on Thursday, Ball responded with general indifference toward James’ threat.

“It’s just like people saying, ‘Keep my family’s mouth’ — whatever they’re saying, I don’t care. They’re not going to stop me from doing what I’m doing,” Ball said. “If they take a little edgy edge on it and they get a little touchy because I answered something a certain way, who cares?”

Adrian Peterson free agency: Raiders emerge among 3 best fits for RB


Adrian Peterson a while back provided not-so-subtle hints that if he couldn’t finish his career with the Vikings, he wouldn’t mind doing so with the Giants.

Now that Peterson will actually get to pick his second NFL team as an unrestricted free agent, don’t expect him to end up there.

The matchups include a rematch of January is NFC Championship, a perfect-world, Derek-Carr-stays-healthy clash between the Raiders and Patriots, and somehow, more Philip Rivers. As the quest to crown the league is most exciting offense continues, players like Odell Beckham Jr., David Johnson, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, and Tyreek Hill have no recourse but to wait and hope the difference between a good and elite playmaking squad can be found in the 2017 NFL draft.

Blitz is simplistic technology means the power to make Alex Smith ignore a wide open Tyreek Hill is now in your hands. The Chiefs have some solid pieces in place, but they are never going to win an offense-only shootout by pitting Smith up against Drew Brees.

Chargers-Giants is the toughest matchup of the Blitz Bracket is second round. Los Angeles at full strength gets solid advantages at tailback and tight end, but New York is dynamic receiving corps nets a big win at WR1 and a more even matchup at WR2. (Allen vs. Marshall is a debate that could arc in several different directions given the questions surrounding each talented wideout.) In the end, a coin flip gives this one to LA.


RG3 injury: Redskins star kept out ‘because of the score’, says Mike Shanahan


The Redskins caught a lucky break on Sunday’s loss against the Broncos. Despite taking a massive hit by Denver’s Terrance Knighton, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was ruled “okay” by Dr. James Andrews, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Head coach Mike Shanahan claims that he kept Griffin out due to the score after the game became a blowout Denver win.

Griffin was thrown to the ground and Knighton landed on his left knee in the fourth quarter. The quarterback grabbed the knee and was inspected on the sideline. Kirk Cousins entered the game shortly after and played in relief of Griffin. The former Baylor Bear finished 15-of-30 for 132 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

With Griffin’s diagnosis, he is likely to play in Week 9. The Redskins will next host the San Diego Chargers in Washington. The Redskins drop to 2-5 following the 41-25 loss to the Broncos in Denver.

Early-season criticism seems to have put Andy Dalton on a path to prove his doubters wrong. Never was this more apparent than on Sunday, as he threw five touchdowns and targeted eight different receivers. In the past, there was a question about whether Dalton was a quality QB, or whether a group of good receivers made him better than he really was. Against the Jets, he showed that he deserves to be in the conversation with the league’s top quarterbacks — even if he does boast a great supporting cast.
The New York Jets are a team with no offensive identity, and that’s why they couldn’t move the ball against the Bengals. This isn’t a product of coaching, but rather inconsistent play at every offensive skill position that makes it tough for a coaching staff to lean on any one weapon. In the past, Rex Ryan teams have been characterized by tough defense and running the football, but the current stable of running backs is awful.

NFL picks and predictions, Week 8: Bills vs. Saints 2016


The Buffalo Bills have skirted by rather well despite missing E.J. Manuel. Thad Lewis has stepped in as the team’s starter and won one of two games played. An 82.5 quarterback rating isn’t all bad given the situation, going along with a 62.5 percent completion percentage with three touchdowns to just one interception.

The Bills’ suprising mediocrity doesn’t compare to the turnaround that the New Orleans Saints have made, however. The team is coming off a Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots, but the loss was their first. The Saints started the season 5-0 after winning just seven games total in 2012. Unsurprisingly, experts overwhelmingly expect the Saints to win at the Superdome on Sunday.

Tampa Bay has lost some close games, especially earlier in the season, but the Bucs haven’t looked all that competitive in their last two meetings. The games were decided by 11 and eight points, respectively, but neither game was winnable for the Buccaneers.

Carolina opened up as narrow 3-point favorites for this matchup, probably due to the home-field advantage enjoyed by the Buccaneers. However, the line moved further in Carolina’s favor throughout the week, with the Panthers being favored by as much as 7 points, according to OddsShark.

The Raiders needed a bye week to heal some wounds, and as Silver and Black Pride reported, Wednesday gave them the news they wanted to hear. Starting center Stefen Wisniewski was back at practice on Wednesday after missing the past two weeks with a knee injury.

Losing Wisniewski forced the Raiders to do some shuffling at the offensive line, and it showed in the past two weeks. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been sacked 13 times since Wisniewski went out, with nine of those sacks coming last week against the Chiefs.13

Ravens announce release of Chris Canty as they continue to try to create cap space for 2015 moves


The Ravens signed the former Giants defensive tackle in 2013 to a three-year deal. He recorded one sack and a total of four quarterback pressures last season. Canty saw his workload decline over the last two years, from 579 snaps in 2013 to just 360 regular season snaps last year. The move saves Baltimore $3.3 million in cap space.

“Even though I will think about it every day, I hope one day I will be remembered for something else,” Bostick wrote. “I do know this: If I ever get another chance to play in a conference championship game, no matter what uniform I’m wearing, I will take a moment to apologize to my teammates on the 2014 Packers.”

The NFL moved the NFL draft away from New York City this year for the first time in decades. Instead, the annual player selection meeting will be held in Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. The league has made it known that the draft could become a roaming event that takes place in a new location each year. It may not even take multiple years. According to Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal, Rodger Goodell said the NFL has discussed having each of the draft’s seven rounds in a separate location.

Regardless of whether that plan comes to fruition, Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf would like to see the draft hosted in Canton, Ohio. Canton is already host to the Hall of Fame, the yearly induction and even a preseason game. While Canton could indeed host the draft in theory, the league probably has its eyes on bigger cities.

Texans offensive tackle David Quessenberry was entering his second season in the NFL when he learned some horrifying news. After feeling fatigued and battling with persistent cough, doctors diagnosed him with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer. Quessenberry spent the rest of the season on the Non-Football Illness list while receiving treatment. On Wednesday, Quessenberry revealed some exciting news on his Twitter account.

Quessenberry told David Nuno of ABC 13 that he finished radiation two weeks ago. It’s unclear whether he plans on returning to football anytime soon, but that’s unimportant relative to the potentially deadly health scare he has overcome.

Crosby has made an NFL-record 23 consecutive postseason field goals and is 26-of-28 on postseason attempts in his career


“Especially after he hit the first one, it was just a matter of [when] he’s going to do it again,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s so consistent in just his personality, his work ethic, and I’m really happy for him too, to go back home and make that kick. That’s always fun.”

Crosby has made an NFL-record 23 consecutive postseason field goals and is 26-of-28 on postseason attempts in his career.

Usually when the Packers line up for a kick, defensive end Datone Jones, who is on the field goal protection team as a left wing, has the same message for Crosby.

“Right down the middle,” Jones says.

But he didn’t say anything on that last kick on Sunday.

“I didn’t want to get in his head right before that last kick, so I didn’t say anything,” Jones said. “I didn’t want to say anything to break his rhythm.”

Little did Jones know that Crosby had all the guidance he needed right there on his wrist.

“I didn’t know about that,” said Jones, whose locker at Lambeau Field is two stalls over from Crosby. “That’s huge for him and his family. He’s playing for a lot.”

Raul Zarraga, managing director of NBA Mexico, said Thursday that it’s time for the country to start developing NBA-caliber players and the league needs “to work more closely with local authorities to see how we can grow the basketball professionally to find new players that in the future can play in the NBA.” Silver agreed, saying the plan now is to start an NBA development academy in Mexico.

You know Nowitzki is feeling good when he launches a 3 from several feet behind the line, as he did during Dallas’ 11-0 run in the second half, drilling a 27-footer as the trailer. He mentioned he might not have taken that shot if he wasn’t coming off a couple of makes, but Nowitzki wouldn’t have even considered letting it fly if his legs didn’t feel much better than they have most of the season.