The league finally admitted in 2016 that there is a connection between football and CTE.

CTE is caused by an abnormal buildup of tau proteins in the brain. These proteins essentially keep the flow of nutrients and cells in the brain on an orderly track. When the proteins build up, it creates roadblocks and deprives brain tissue of what it needs to stay healthy. A similar tau protein abnormality is connected to Alzheimer’s disease.

Elite Womens David Savard Jersey The amount of buildup and how it’s distributed determined the severity of the disease in each brain studied. Researchers classified four stages of the disease, with stage one as the least severe and stage four being the most severe.

Interestingly, the study found a correlation between the milder stages of the disease and significant behavioral and emotional symptoms during the person’s lifetime. That’s yet another indication that more research is needed about from CTE.

The league finally admitted in 2016 that there is a connection between football and CTE. It was a long time coming. Until that point, the NFL had mostly attempted to dodge responsibility despite significant evidence suggesting a strong link.

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It helps that the team keeps surrounding Winston with good weapons, greatly taking some pressure off his plate.

The Bucs’ first-round pick in 2014, Evans is a beast who stands in at 6’5, 231 pounds and plays every bit like it. It’s almost unfair how much of a mismatch he is for most opponents.

Harbaugh would have decisions to make

Whitehead, 25, spent two seasons with the Cowboys after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2015. While listed as a wide receiver, Whitehead caught just nine passes and actually contributed more on offense with 20 rushing attempts for 189 yards. But his real value as a player comes from his ability as a return specialist.

He was the starting kick returner for the Cowboys for each of the past two seasons and took over punt returns duties from Cole Beasley midway through the 2015 season before handling punt returns full-time in 2016.

Whitehead’s release from the Cowboys appeared to have nothing to do with his play on the field. Dallas released him Monday, two days after veterans reported for training camp, after a roller coaster week that included the kidnapping of Whitehead’s dog and the issue of a warrant for the return specialist’s arrest.

In October, he finished a 24-16 loss to the Jets with no touchdowns, two interceptions, and 56.8 percent of his passes completed. Now imagine Flacco having a game like that in 2017 with Kaepernick standing on the sideline.

Harbaugh would have decisions to make, and he’d have to explain those decisions to the media.

There’s safety in the NFL when there’s no alternative. The Ravens committed huge amounts of money to Flacco in 2016 and want him to be their starter. As long as he’s healthy and ready to play, he’s the player the team wants under center.

Kaepernick’s chance at another go in the NFL may still be on the way, and it may even be with the Ravens. But as long as they have Flacco and Mallett ready for action, the team would evidently be more comfortable with camp arms like Olson.


NHL Arbitration: Arvidsson, Predators showdown on Saturday

Viktor Arvidsson scored 31 goals in a breakout season last year with the Predators, and now he wants to cash in. The club was thrilled with his offensive production, but is not yet ready to invest the big-bucks Arvidsson seeks.

Such is a prime example of why NHL teams and their arbitration-eligible players let a third-party settle their contract disputes.

Evgeni Malkin scored on the resulting 4-on-4 with 11 seconds remaining in the period, a goal that put the Penguins up 3-0 and well on their way to a 3-2 series lead.

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I don’t understand it. I really don’t understand the call, Laviolette said. I saw my guy get his head cross-checked into the ice 10 times. I don’t even know what he did, P.K. I’m not sure. I disagree with the call.

That wasn’t the only time Crosby’s antics were called into question. He was spotted chucking a water bottle onto the ice from the bench during live play in the second period, just before Phil Kessel scored the Penguins’ fifth goal. Crosby threw up his arms, apparently in protest of a slash by the Predators’ Mattias Ekholm on Chris Kunitz.

Bobby Cox Kids Jersey I know it ends up on the ice, but I wouldn’t start throwing water bottles at this point, Crosby said. I know it looks bad, but I’m a righty and I’ve got a better arm than that.

Lightning re-sign forward Tyler Johnson to 7-year, $35M extension

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed restricted free-agent forward Tyler Johnson to a seven-year, $35 million contract, general manager Steve Yzerman announced Monday.

I’m super excited with how it worked out, Johnson said (via I wanted to be back in Tampa, and they wanted me.

Johnson, 26, had 19 goals and 45 points in 66 games in 2016-17 season, finishing tied for third on the Lightning in goals and fifth in points.

He has appeared in 308 career NHL games, all with Tampa Bay over the past five seasons, collecting 89 goals and 211 points.

He led all skaters in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs in goals (13) as the Lightning made their franchise’s second Stanley Cup Final appearance, losing to the Blackhawks in six games.
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Vegas must select a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies, with the remaining four players of any position. Only ten of the players can be restricted or unrestricted free agents; and the total of the 30 contracts must add up to at least $43.8 million, which is the mandated 60 percent of last year’s $73 million salary cap.
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So, seeking the right mix of proven veterans and younger prospects and projects, here is the final Sporting News mock expansion draft, with players listed alphabetically, by position, with their 2016-17 team and current salary cap hit.

Philipp Grubauer (Washington Capitals-RFA): The restricted free agent is ready to step out from Braden Holtby’s shadow and will get the chance to compete for the No. 1 role in Vegas. McPhee drafted him as GM of the Capitals, and will do so again for Vegas in the expansion draft. Other Caps considered: D Nate Schmidt and C Jay Beagle.

Nets fans boo Dwight Howard after he dabs on Jeremy Lin

The dab isn’t dead yet.
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During Tuesday night’s game between the Hawks and Nets, Dwight Howard went to shake Jeremy Lin’s hand and dabbed on him instead. Nets fans saw it happen and reacted as loudly as they had to anything all season.

I was pretty high on Allen coming into the year, believing him to be the best freshman center prospect in the 2017 recruiting class. At Nike Hoop Summit this past April, Allen played as the perfect low-usage, high-efficiency defensive center 鈥?showcasing terrific hands, great timing when blocking shots, and good foot speed on both ends of the floor. That put him as a potential top-10 talent coming into the year.

The early portion of Allen’s college career hasn’t exactly gone to plan in that regard. In some capacity, his play and average numbers has been a result of bad point guard play. As a big man who excels rolling to the basket in the pick-and-roll and using his touch around the rim, he’s struggling to get the ball in the positions he needs to score. On offense, Allen is a solid screen-setter and a good passer for a big, and he does a good job of converting around the rim.

Kids Patrick Kerney Jersey He also works hard on both ends of the floor. But there’s a difference between playing hard and playing aggressive. Allen isn’t aggressive enough on both ends, and reacts slowly to what’s happening around him at this stage. He also allows players to go up and through him when defending at the rim with far too much ease.

Cavs are better off with Kevin Love than Carmelo Anthony, according to ‘NBA 2K17’

The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly have rejected a proposal from the New York Knicks that would have sent them Carmelo Anthony in exchange for Kevin Love. The debate has since ensued on whether that was the right decision for the defending champions, and the popular “NBA 2K17” video game offers some insight.

By 1995, he had ditched his wild reputation. He led the majors that year with a 4.52 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In fact, from 1995 through the end of his career in 2009, Johnson averaged 4.39 strikeouts per walk — equal to Curt Schilling’s career rate, which is the highest among pitchers with at least 1,500 innings since 1889, when the rule for a walk was changed to four balls. Ryan’s career-best K-to-BB ratio was 3.14 in 1990. Ryan, of course, holds the major league record with 2,795 walks.

Johnson’s newfound ability to strike out batters while also preventing free passes led to a major league-record 36 career games of double-digit strikeout games and no walks. No one else has come close, although Clayton Kershaw, with 21, is fast approaching. Schilling, who ranks second, had nine fewer. Ryan had just eight such games total in his career. Amazingly, Johnson had just one such game when he was Kershaw’s exact age.

Lastly, Johnson compiled a career 28.6 strikeout percentage (4,875 Ks in 17,067 batters faced), best all time among pitchers with at least 1,500 innings pitched. Ryan ranks fifth at 25.3 percent — behind Kershaw (28.0), Max Scherzer (27.7) and Pedro Martinez (27.7) in addition to Johnson. Had Johnson faced the same number of batters as Ryan did (22,575), he would have finished with 6,448 strikeouts.

So, yes, Ryan is the all-time strikeouts leader, but it’s very clear, looking back at all the stats, that Johnson is the greatest strikeout pitcher of all time.rangers_567-115x115

I can’t wait to get started

Now with the Knicks, Perry’s first priority will be figuring out what to do with All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, whose future with the organization is in limbo.

It is an honor to be joining Steve, Jeff and the New York Knicks as we begin a new chapter for this beloved franchise. I am excited for the opportunity and the responsibility bestowed upon me, Perry said. As general manager, I will work tirelessly to develop a culture that demands results, commitment and pride from everyone fortunate enough to be associated with our team – from our staff to our players. Nothing comes close to Madison Square Garden for basketball and it is our right and responsibility to showcase that tradition of excellence, day and night. I can’t wait to get started.

Limited Kids Warren Moon Jersey The deal to acquire the 6-5, 230-pound guard, who played his first four seasons in Indianapolis, comes the morning after Pacers superstar Paul George harshly criticized his teammates. George, a four-time all-star and free agent following next season, sounded fed up after scoring 37 in a 115-114 loss to the Timberwolves.

That’s what it comes down to. As a team, we’ve got to have a grit, and we’ve got to own up, man up.

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NBA trades: Mavericks face new contract dilemma after Nerlens Noel deal

At a fundamental level, Philadelphia trading Nerlens Noel and Dallas trading for him represents two different answers to the same question: will he be worth his next contract?

There have been suggestions that the league should reduce the number of games in a season, but that means cutting back revenue and that’s almost certainly not going to happen. Besides, no change the league makes will be enough to erase the evidence that has already been collected, that resting players at strategic times has a long-term benefit. That will be true even if you cut down on back-to-backs or reduce the schedule to 70 games.
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That’s not going to change, no matter the strongly worded memos from the league office, no matter the ticked-off ABC execs, no matter the bummed-out fans, no matter the observers offering up clichéd old-school complaints about the way it was in their day. It’s an intractable problem.
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Rest has benefits to players, as the league has been telling teams for years. Considering the money teams invest in those players, their health and well-being is the priority. There might be some black eyes when stars miss big games, but if the choice is between a metaphorical black eye to the league and a very real ACL tear to an All-Star, the black eye is still the clear choice.

Where Noel fits in will be a matter of opinion and speculation around the league. Dallas’ fundamental challenge is one felt by Portland and Miami last summer: it only takes one team valuing your restricted free agent highly to force a hard decision.

Holiday was putting up elite point guard numbers in the 15 games prior to the All-Star break, averaging 20.7 points, 8.1 assists and 5 rebounds with a cool 53.9 field goal percentage and shooting over 43 percent from deep.

This level of play even inspired some whispers of a Pelicans Big 3 when they acquired DeMarcus Cousins on February 19th. You expected the addition of Cousins to benefit Jrue’s efficiency and assist totals, while easing some of his offensive workload.

Wizards rookie Sheldon McClellan is now officially Sheldon Mac

Unless you’re a diehard Washington Wizards fan, you might not have heard much about rookie guard Sheldon McClellan, who is averaging 2.9 points in 9.9 minutes per game in his first NBA season.

But there’s still time to get to know Sheldon Mac.

In a tweet, the 76ers announced Embiid would have the procedure in the coming days. More details will be shared upon its completion, the team said.

Our primary objective and focus remains to protect his long-term health and ability to perform on the basketball court, Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said earlier this month. As our medical team and performance staff continue their diligence in the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of Joel’s injury, we will provide any pertinent updates when available.

Embiid, 22, averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in 31 games played this season. He’ll have wait until next season to Trust the Process once again.

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How much does Doc Rivers’ role both as a coach and decision-maker in the front office impact your relationship with him?

To be honest with you, I just view Doc as my coach. From a GM perspective, I don’t really have any input there. Him and I can talk strategy, we can go over film together or talk about different things in terms of what he sees on the court or what I see on the court. My relationship with him is just player and coach. I don’t really view him as that. That role is sort of separate. It’s just not something I deal with day to day. I’m on the court with him, and we’re going to battle every night as a player and a coach.

Jimmer Fredette catching NBA’s attention, report says

Could Jimmer Fredette be returning to the NBA?

The former NBA guard is reportedly reaching out to teams after a stellar MVP season with the Chinese Basketball Association, and the interest could be mutual, according to The Vertical.

Fredette, who plays for the Shanghai Sharks, has helped the team advance in the CBA playoffs, much in thanks to Fredette’s 37.5 points per game.

He also made headlines back in the U.S. scoring 73 points in a double-overtime loss to the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions on Feb. 20, which is the fourth-highest in CBA history.

However, just because Fredette can play in the CBA doesn’t mean he will excel in the NBA. He averaged 6.0 points and 1.4 assists per game in the five years he was with the league.

Only time will tell if Fredette will make his way back to the U.S., but now he needs to focus on taking his team past the quarterfinals of the Chinese playoffs.

Following an underwhelming season, the Rockets had an opportunity to start anew by focusing their attention on building a team entirely around James Harden. Rather than trying to keep Dwight Howard or sign another star player in free agency, that meant making smaller deals to surround him with the type of players who could help him return to MVP form in a system that would maximize his all-around brilliance. It’s how the Rockets have gone from being a No. 8 seed to a No. 3 seed without making any blockbuster moves.saints_014-223x223