John Wall literally dunked it on Mike Muscala’s face

You can joke that you dunked on someone’s face, or you could be John Wall and literally dunk on someone’s face. That’s what he did to Mike Muscala during Game 5 of the Wizards-Hawks series.

When the Spurs personnel is Mills, Ginobili, Leonard and two bigs, then Kawhi draws the assignment because Mills and Ginobili get toasted. If Green or Simmons come on, then they draw the assignment.

So the time you’re most likely to see Leonard on Harden is going to be an end of game situation. The advantage will be Harden if the Rockets run their offense, but it’s Leonard’s if Harden and the Rockets drop into hero ball.

How did the Rockets deal with the Spurs size?

Popovich tried to play with Houston in game one. Pau Gasol got chased from the floor in that game and only played 13 minutes. Popovich didn’t like the result of that game and went with two big men in the next three games.

Aldridge, Gasol and Lee don’t create many problems for the Rockets offense. They’re smart enough to rotate with the ball, so Houston isn’t getting too many open shots, but they’re not contesting many shots.

They do create rebounding problems on both sides of the floor. The Rockets just are not big enough to contend with two near-seven footers who have a primary goal of swallowing rebounds.

George has never been the Pacers’ problem. The Pacers have been Paul George’s problem. And unless the Pacers somehow build a contender by the end of next season, they’ll continue to be his problem. George does not want to leave, but unless something drastic changes, he won’t have any other choice if he wants to win.

That’s the Pacers’ fault, not Paul George’s.

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Feb. 22 and was updated with new information on April 20.
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Which eventual NFL Draft bust were you desperate for your team to pick?

The draft is one of the most wonderful times of the year for NFL fans. We speculate about which players our team might take, and we get invested in the idea of how a particular player would be the perfect fit. Sometimes we’re very wrong.

Id say people whove watched Garrett for four years (including as a five-star recruit, ranked behind only Leonard Fournette) are mostly fine with the pick, especially since itd mean we dont follow the confusing Jared Goff pick with another confusing QB at No. 1.

He wont be remembered as a guy who took over big SEC games (though in 2016, he did have a total of six tackles for loss against Alabama and Auburn, which turned out to be A&Ms two best opponents, and had multiple TFLs in six Power 5 games as a sophomore), but as a player who made a handful of almost literally unbelievable plays per game.

My personal favorite Garrett play: That time he got into the backfield so fast, he had to slow down to tip the pass:
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NFL fans who like fun are gonna like this dude. He almost chose Ohio State because of its dinosaur studies and has endless dinosaur opinions, writes poetry, studies pass rushers from the 1970s, has plans to improve Clevelands taco scene, and more. Hes a plain-spoken scholar whos never been in noteworthy trouble and always has something interesting to say.

His top-level speed allows him to make up ground in a hurry, and his ability to close gaps on receivers makes him a deceptive presence in help coverage. UConn used him in a variety of alignments throughout his four years as a starter, and he was able to provide consistent coverage as a zone defender as well as track tight ends in man-to-man coverage. He reacts to routes well and doesn’t get turned around in coverage, allowing him to attack the ball at its highest point and prevent big plays.
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If he’s such a great athlete, why did he fall to the 56th pick?

2017 NFL mock draft: New York Giants add Chris Wormley

In the first round of the SB Nation NFL writers’ mock draft the New York Giants got offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk courtesy of Big Blue View. Going after an offensive lineman in the first round is an obvious and needed selection.

Follow the action with our 2017 NFL draft tracker with pick-by-pick results and analysis updating in real-time for all seven rounds.

Teams that missed the postseason are automatically entered in the first 20 spots. The postseason teams that missed the Super Bowl are slotted in anywhere from 21 to 30, depending on which round they lost. Tiebreakers are settled by strength of schedule, and if those are identical we go to records against common teams. If teams are still tied after that, they just flip a coin, which actually happened at this year’s NFL Combine when the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings were deadlocked.

The order largely stays the same in the later rounds, with teams picking in reverse order of last year’s record. Starting in the third round, there’s a wrinkle added, with teams able to use compensatory draft picks they got rewarded after losing players in free agency. These compensatory picks are used at the end of each round.

Mixon punches a woman in the face. The woman alleges that he severely injured her face. She speaks to NewsOK the day after the incident:
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Game Kids Walt Aikens Jersey Molitor said she had never seen Mixon before he punched her in the face, breaking four bones. She said Mixon was harassing her and some of her friends at Pickleman’s before the incident.

NFL draft prospect Caleb Brantley charged after allegedly knocking out woman

Former Florida Gators defensive tackle Caleb Brantley is facing a misdemeanor battery charge. The charge stems from an altercation with a woman on April 13 that ended with Brantley allegedly knocking the woman unconscious.

According to the police report, Brantley argued with the victim after he reportedly made crude comments to her. The woman pushed Brantley, and he reacted by punching the 56, 120-pound woman in the face. The woman lost consciousness and suffered dental injuries that will require a root canal to repair.
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Washington drafted Griffin with the second pick, and he went on to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. After Griffin injured his knee in the late stages of rookie campaign, his production sharply declined, which led to Washington letting him walk in free agency in 2016. In retrospect, Washington made a bad move by giving the Rams four picks for a quarterback who ended up as a one-hit wonder. Washington also drafted quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth round that year, and he is now the teams franchise quarterback.

But this draft consisted of many questionable picks. The Cleveland Browns whiffed on both their first-round picks: running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden. The following year, Cleveland ended up shipping Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round pick. The 26-year-old running back battled weight and production issues over his career and hasnt played a regular season game since 2014.
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F1 2017 schedule, results and live stream info for the entire season

The 2017 Formula One season is here, beginning with the Australian Grand Prix from Melbourne on March 26. It will end several months from now, at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 26. A total of 20 races will be held across multiple continents, and seeing what happens with the battle between Ferrari and Mercedes is one of the most intriguing things in the sport in a long while.

In the United States, watching Formula 1 can be an issue given the time differences, but there is television and online streaming coverage of every race if you can keep the hours needed. NBC and its other networks, NBCSN and CNBC, will combine to carry all 20 races in the season.

In addition to that, a simulcast of the television coverage will always be available at NBC Sports Live, though it may require login credentials from a cable or satellite provider. Either way, you’re totally covered trying to watch the races in the United States.

We are now more than a decade removed from the final vestiges of that era, and firmly entrenched in one where relearning the rosters of the sport’s power programs has become an exercise on par with the one demanded of hardcore Major League Baseball fans each spring. Basketball’s top amateur talent no longer remains amateur talent for any longer than it has to, which makes every recruiting season a do-or-die time frame for the bulk of the game’s most well-known coaches. There are few recognizable stars in the sport anymore, because the biggest boon that comes with attaining amateur stardom has become the guarantee of a forthcoming professional contract, so long as you can go five or six weeks without getting hurt.

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NHL playoff format 2017: How does the new system work?

The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs mark the fourth year of the NHLs current postseason format, but theres still a good dose of confusion out there. We had 20 years to get used to saying Well, maybe theyll sneak in as an eight seed … and now theres no such thing as an eight seed anymore. Its a big change.
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No more 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, etc. Things are done in a divisional format now, meaning that there are four groupings of four teams instead of just two groupings of eight. Wild Card spots make things even more complicated.

After the video’s release, head coach Bob Stoops appeared to indicate he regretted not dismissing Mixon instead of suspending him in 2014. Around the same time as Mixon’s 2014 incident, Stoops accepted the transfer of Dorial Green-Beckham, a WR who’d been booted by Missouri after a series of incidents that included allegedly knocking a woman down a flight of stairs.

Raw arrest numbers lack all sorts of context, but OU was listed among the national, uh, leaders in that stat from 2010 to 2015, for what that’s worth.

On November 19, 1977, San Diego State delivered maybe its biggest statement to date. Claude Gilberts Aztecs did what they had been doing for most of the 1970s: wallop fellow Western mid-majors. Fullerton State fell, 34-17. UTEP, UNLV, Tulsa, and Pacific fell by a combined 150-28. Long Beach State did well to hold on in a 33-22 loss.
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SDSU had gone 10-1 in 1976, with just an 8-0 loss to BYU spoiling an unbeaten mark. In 1975, theyd cracked the AP poll for a couple of weeks. The year before, they had entered the polls for one week.

Panthers give DT Kawann Short monster contract extension

Using the franchise tag on a key defensive player didn’t turn out to be nearly as disruptive for the Panthers this time around.

Elite Kids Julius Erving Jersey Carolina announced Monday it has agreed to a five-year deal with Kawann Short, and multiple reports said the contract is worth up to $80 million. CBS Sports said Short will collect half of that total, a whopping $40 million, over the first two years of the deal. If he had played 2017 under the franchise tag, he would have made $13.1 million this season.

The USA Network previously was home to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show from 1982 through 2016, but lost the rights. Instead, it is picking up the Beverly Hills Dog Show, hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills. The event was held in early March but will air on tape delay on Sunday beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Of course, the event is all about dogs! The competition will include around 1,000 dogs from 200 eligible breeds. Seven Best in Show finalists from the top categories will walk a runway and will be judged to determine who is named Best in Show.
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The broadcast will be two hours and will be co-hosted by John OHurley and David Frei. Frei co-hosted the Westminster Dog Show for 27 years. OHurley was also announcing on the taped National Dog Show, which aired on NBC on Thanksgiving Day 2016.

There are seven groups: terrier, toy, working, sporting, non-sporting, hound, and herding. Below is all you need to know to watch Sundays event.

This message resonated with Kathrine and she quickly developed a passion for running.

“You don’t want to be a cheerleader. Cheerleaders cheer for other people. You want other people to cheer for you. The game is on the field, life is to participate — not to spectate.”

This message resonated with Kathrine and she quickly developed a passion for running. While attending Syracuse University she practiced with the men’s cross country team, where she met coach Arnie Briggs, who completed the Boston Marathon himself.

Tales of Arnie running the race motivated Kathrine to make that her goal. She wanted to run the Boston Marathon herself, but when she told her coach the idea was immediately shot down — unless she could prove herself. Switzer explains in her memoir Marathon Woman.

“No dame ever ran the Boston Marathon!” he shouted, as skidding motorists nearly killed us. Then he added, “If any woman could do it, you could, but you would have to prove it to me. If you ran the distance in practice, I’d be the first to take you to Boston.” I grinned through the gloom and flakes. Hot damn, I thought, I have a coach, a training partner, a plan, and a goal: the biggest race in the world—Boston.
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In other words, jot down your best-case scenario for the Blue Jays before the season started. Was it 100 wins? Well, if they play at a 100-win level for the rest of the season, they’ll win about 92 or 93 games, which should be enough for a wild-card spot. Anything less than that, though, puts them in serious jeopardy.

That’s what the Blue Jays need, then. They need to play like their best-case scenario for the next 150 games. It’s certainly possible. Two teams have done it and made the postseason, and two more would have made it under the current setup.
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It’s just not likely, though. You knew that, but here are some cold, hard numbers to make you remember just how difficult it’s going to be.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue left his starters in despite a sizable lead in the final period.

First off here is a link to that transcript so you can read it ALL for yourself and make your own decisions about what he did or did not say. Here are the quotes from RGIII that don’t fit the narrative described above however.

Another failed proposal would have allowed coaches to review any play or call on the field, bringing issues like pass interference and offsides calls under greater scrutiny. That wasn’t the only replay-related rule to get shot down. A Washington proposal to remove the cap on coaches’ challenges also fell short of passage.

Millsap was in position to do so after Kent Bazemore won a jump ball over Kyrie Irving with less than five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Irving was forced into a jump ball scenario after LeBron James inbounded the ball into the corner, allowing two Hawks defenders to trap him.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue left his starters in despite a sizable lead in the final period. But Atlanta, without Dennis Schroder, chopped away at the lead, outscoring Cleveland, 44-18, in the fourth quarter. The Hawks were able to do so despite James, Irving, and Kevin Love each playing more than 40 minutes.

The blown lead comes just days after the Cavaliers were bludgeoned by a Hawks team that missed its starters due to either rest or legitimate injury.

The 2017 Formula One season is here, beginning with the Australian Grand Prix from Melbourne on March 26. It will end several months from now, at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 26. A total of 20 races will be held across multiple continents, and seeing what happens with the battle between Ferrari and Mercedes is one of the most intriguing things in the sport in a long while.
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The crazy thing about Gonzaga being here is that while it’s defining storyline is well-known to everyone

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In 2012, the NFL and referees were in the middle of a labor dispute, causing the league to use scab refs for the season. A year’s worth of bad officiating came to a head on Monday Night Football in Week 3 on a play that has come to be dubbed “The Fail Mary.”

A last-second Hail Mary from Russell Wilson was caught by Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings, with receiver Golden Tate grabbing the ball just after. The refs on the field were confused, with one official ruling it as a touchdown, the other an interception. Finally the referees agreed the call of “touchdown” would stand, while the entire football world was confused.
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If someone emailed the field and corrected the call it might have been correctly ruled as an interception. Instead, the Fail Mary was a huge blemish on football’s referee problem on one of the game’s brightest stages. The fallout from the bad call was a huge motivating factor in ending the dispute and getting the real refs back to work.

The most obvious storyline of all heading into the title game is Gonzaga looking to take the final step in its transition from Cinderella story to established national powerhouse. It’s a saga far too extraordinary and dense to cover in a space like this, but thankfully Ricky O’Donnell did a masterful job doing just that on Sunday.

The crazy thing about Gonzaga being here is that while it’s defining storyline is well-known to everyone, its secondary storylines would also be enough to garner extreme attention from casual fans in any other year.

While the Gonzaga angle is the headline-grabber for obvious reasons, North Carolina also brings a sexy backstory of its own into Monday night. Let us not forget that the Tar Heels were on the receiving end of arguably the greatest finish in NCAA tournament history just 364 days ago. A victory would restore order to the basketball universe in Chapel Hill, while a second straight championship game loss would be a gut-punch the likes of which few programs have ever endured.