Ex-Redskins GM Scot McCloughan takes high road on split: ‘It’s a marriage that didn’t work’

Former Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan, who was fired by the team March 9, says he bears no ill feelings toward his old team despite the ugly breakup.

In an interview Tuesday on 106.7 The Fan’s “Grant and Danny” show in Washington, McCloughan called his departure a mutual decision and said he will continue to pull for the franchise.

“You know, it’s too bad what happened here, but it was mutual,” McCloughan told the show, via the Washington Post. ” And there’s a lot of good people in this organization, from the ownership down throughout he whole building. Players, coaches and nike_steelers_2391 was nothing but great to us. It just didn’t work out. And as you guys are well aware, it’s a big business and it just didn’t work out. I hate leaving there because I’ve got so many close friends, not just guys that I drafted but there’s a lot of good people.”

McCloughan, who had held the Redskins GM post since January 2015, saw his reign end in turmoil. Media reports speculated for weeks he would get the axe, with one Washington Post report citing McCloughan’s alcohol abuse as a factor. A source told the paper, “This has been a disaster for 18 months.”

But McCloughan, who was released with two years remaining on a four-year deal, says he wishes the team well.

“There’s good players there, and there’s good character there, there’s good chemistry there,” McCloughan said. “And that’s what I tried to build and build and build. I wish I could have been here longer to see it come to fruition, but I can’t, so it is what it is. But still, I’m gonna pull for them. I don’t have any grudge. It is what it is. Again, it’s a marriage that didn’t work.”

Patriots’ Robert Kraft: Deflategate happened because of ‘envy and jealousy’

Patriots owner Robert Kraft believes envy and jealousy from the other teams were huge factors in why the Deflatgate saga was dragged out and why quarterback Tom Brady was slapped with a four-game suspension even though he initially was cleared of tampering with any footballs in the 2015 AFC title game.

Well, I don’t hold grudges, but I also don’t forget anything,” Kraft said, via USA Today. Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. I’m going into my 24th season as an owner. I’m passionate about owning a football team in my hometown.

A shocking video of Mixon punching a female OU student three years ago is one of the reasons many NFL teams refused to consider drafting the former Sooner.

Brown, writing on Cincinnati.com, said in part, In making our decision, we took a risk. In this case, the risk has an upside as well as a downside. We believe Joe has put this behind him and that he can turn into the player and community member that creates a plus for Cincinnati.
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The Bengals have a history of drafting or signing players with troubled personal histories. Recent examples include Jeremy Hill, Vontaze Burfict and Adam Pacman Jones.

Brown explained that the Bengals were convinced Mixon has taken proper reconciliatory steps and turned his life in the right direction. Brown also said it is unacceptable for a man to strike a woman.
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The Patriots’ visit to the White House was always going to be wack

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A presidential tradition took place at the White House on Wednesday. The Patriots made their fifth visit to Washington since 2002, this time after a 25-point comeback Super Bowl win over the Falcons. This was supposed to be a party, a celebration of American sports champions. But it turned out to be as awkward as an office mixer.

Of the 68 Patriots players invited, only half of them showed up. The contingent was much smaller than the last time they visited in 2015, when 50 players showed up to shake hands with President Barack Obama.

The sparse grouping of players clapped when Trump congratulated them. The president pointed wildly toward the athletes looking for Danny Amendola, only to discover that the receiver didn’t attend.

Way to go, Danny, Trump said.

There are a lot of good ones. A few of the best undrafted free agents currently in the league are Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins (2015) and Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns (2014). Collins’ was only undrafted because of extenuating circumstances. Just in the last few years, they’ve emerged as some of the best players at their positions.

Jordan Hill Authentic Jersey The 2000s featured a bunch of outstanding UDFAs. Kurt Warner went unpicked in the late ‘90s and established himself as an all-time quarterback. Priest Holmes, Wes Welker, Antonio Gates, James Harrison, Rod Smith, and Adam Vinatieri are among the UDFAs who’ve become cornerstone players for their franchises this millennium.

Look back further, and there are plenty more UDFA gems. Here are some more of them. Warren Moon, Cornell Green, Larry Little, Donnie Shell, Joe Jacoby, and Brian Waters all had marvelous careers. None of them got picked in the draft.

What the Spurs can do to stop the James Harden pick and roll

The Houston Rockets have mastered the pick and roll. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has surrounded James Harden with a repository of shooters and several big men willing to screen and dive to the rim. If you provide any help, you’re leaving lethal 3-point shooters open. If you double or hedge too hard, you give up a lob dunk at the rim. If you go over the screen and have your big man back up, Harden has room to operate and will needle his way to the basket and draw fouls.

Nickell Robey-Coleman Youth Jersey The Spurs are now tasked with coming up with a gameplan to try to slow the Harden pick and roll attack. Here’s a look at six schemes the Spurs tried during the regular season, and the pros and cons of each:
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Rondo played 40 minuted in the Bulls’ Game 2 win over the Boston Celtics, posting a near triple-double with 11 points (on 5-of-11 shooting), 14 assists, nine rebounds, and five steals. Chicago outscored Boston by a team-high 24 points with its starting floor general on the floor.

The injury is a debilitating blow to the Bulls, who had taken a 2-0 series lead over the Celtics with the series headed to Chicago but do not have a reliable backup point guard. Jerian Grant has played well in very limited time, but is only in his second season. Michael Carter-Williams has virtually fallen out of the rotation.

Rondo also helped guide the Bulls to victory in Game 1, posting 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 27 minutes. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg called his veteran point guard a rock for [the team] all season long.

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.