They traded to move up to take Connor Cook earlier in the fourth round

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“We spent a little time with him last summer, because it was important to us to get their perspective,” Rudolph said. “We may have all these great ideas about what we want to put in a space and that we think are cool, but if the kids don’t want it and the kids don’t use it, it’s not cool. The worst thing we can do is put a space down here that looks incredible from the street, but there’s never any kids in it. That’s the whole point of building the space: kids can come down here and they don’t want to go back to their rooms. They’re kind of forced to go back to their rooms. We hope it gets a lot of use.”

Rudolph said he will continue to raise funds to finance the operation of the space over the coming years to make sure it stays current and relevant to what future patients want. As he and his wife raise their 4-month-old twin girls, Rudolph is already thinking ahead to the days when they’ll be old enough to visit — and of the families they might meet there who are just looking for a slice of normalcy.
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“When my kids come back and spend time down there, and visit patients and families, [we want to make sure] this space looks just as good as when we opened it up,” Rudolph said.

They tried to trade back into the first round to take Paxton Lynch. They traded to move up to take Connor Cook earlier in the fourth round. With their first of two fourth-round picks, they took Charles Tapper. They didn’t take Prescott until the 135th overall pick, a compensatory selection in the fourth round.

As he accepted the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Award this past Saturday, he thanked 31 other teams for passing on him. Later as he met the media, he amended the statement.

“Actually 32 teams passed up on me three times, so the Cowboys just … they got lucky,” Prescott joked.

Why Carmelo Anthony can feel why LeBron James lashed out

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New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony had heard about how LeBron James had finally had enough and unleashed on Charles Barkley.

While Anthony didn¡¯t want to get involved, he said he fully understood why James, his good friend, had reached his boiling point after taking the high road whenever Barkley was critical of James on TV.

¡°At the end of the day, I think he¡¯s human,¡± Anthony said at the morning shootaround before the weary Knicks were drilled by the red-hot Washington Wizards 117-101 on Tuesday night. ¡°Like, we all are human. Even though we are considered these kind of superheroes, super athletes, and nothing is supposed to affect us and we just go through life just taking it on the chin, it affects us in certain ways.

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The only blemish on Tomlinson¡¯s record — if you can call it that — is that he never played for a Super Bowl title. Teams Tomlinson played for finished 5-5 in the postseason.

“The one [negative] thing that I think is totally honest and true about my career is I never won a championship,” Tomlinson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “That¡¯s totally fair for people to judge me on that. But I know eventually, with my numbers, I¡¯m a Hall of Famer.”

Former Chargers teammate Drew Brees said he will be on hand in Canton to watch Tomlinson be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“He’s a special guy, a special player,” Brees told The Mighty 1090 AM radio. Brees served as the Chargers’ starting quarterback from 2002 to 2005. “He made everyone around him better. He was a phenomenal leader. When LT spoke, everybody listened. And he backed it up with his actions, more so than anything he could ever say.”

Joerger says his dominant message to Cousins has been “next play,” to move on quickly from whatever upset him

Elite Youth Neftali Feliz Jersey “Kings not a coveted destination among draftees & agents.” — Sean Cunningham, a Sacramento sports producer and reporter for the ABC affiliate.

As the Kings struggle to build some semblance of a positive identity as a basketball operation, the clock is ticking on the prime of one of the game’s most talented big men, DeMarcus Cousins. And while some superstars are plug-and-play, Cousins is more fragile. He runs on trust, and disarray undermines it. In a perfect world, Sacramento would have already had a well-honed operation when he arrived, fabric in the rafters, gravitas at the highest levels of management and ownership, a coach with a historic body of work, another star in the locker room who has won big games and whose respect Cousins knows he needs. At present, the Kings have none of that. The inertia of losing seems to be the only constant in Sacramento.

“That’s the perception we have around the league,” Joerger says. “That’s what we have to change.”

Joerger says his dominant message to Cousins has been “next play,” to move on quickly from whatever upset him.

Game Chris Capuano Jersey NOT SO LONG ago, the Sacramento Kings were a model sports franchise, market size be damned: Loud and proud Kings fans packed the suburban concrete bunker called Arco Arena. When then-Lakers coach Phil Jackson called Sacramento a “cowtown” and its fans semi-civilized and maybe redneck in some form or fashion, they responded to him with a din of cowbells. And the NBA’s loudest fans were rewarded, in kind, as Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic and Doug Christie drove Rick Adelman’s handsome corner offense all the way to the 2002 Western Conference finals. The Lakers could barely contain them, and won that series only thanks in part to an epic Robert Horry game winner and, according to an open letter Ralph Nader later sent to the commissioner, Laker-slanted refereeing that “goes beyond any random display of poor performance.”

Belichick always insisted that he wore hoodies because they were comfortable

IT HAS BEEN one of the most overlooked transformations in the NFL over the past few years: Belichick wears nice dress shirts to news conferences more often than any other coach.

You always hear about how head coaches are CEOs. Well, Belichick, of all people, is the only one who actually dresses the part. What has made all of this even more remarkable is that as he has tightened up his look, he has drastically scaled back his deployment of his famous gray, serrated hoodie. Yes, he wore a blue hoodie three times this year, but not once did he deploy the iconic gray one with the hacked-off sleeves.

In fact, he hasn’t worn that particular hoodie since January 2013. (The gray one did make an appearance during one game this season against the Jets, but the sleeves were still intact.) You can place a prop bet on which hoodie Belichick will wear on Sunday, but you might do well to bet none.

And so, a question: What causes someone who specializes in cutting the drag by eliminating his clothing choices suddenly add drag at age 64?

Game Womens Randy Johnson Jersey Belichick always insisted that he wore hoodies because they were comfortable. But that look — standing on a sideline vaguely and proudly disheveled and emperor-like — became a central tenet to his professional identity. Like what the black turtleneck did to Steve Jobs and what the gray tee does to Mark Zuckerberg, the hoodie spoke for Belichick in a way that he couldn’t speak for himself.
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It prompted David Letterman to call him a “Sherpa on the sideline.” Biographer David Halberstam used it to show how Belichick consciously avoided “the trappings of celebrity,” similar to how Eddie Vedder lived in a self-imposed depraved state during the recording of “Vs.” Columnist Dan Wetzel of Yahoo!

This video of Torrey Smith’s dancing 1-year-old son proves he’s ready for primetime

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Torrey Smith’s son is a better dancer than you. Okay, maybe that’s harsh — you could be a good dancer, but this 1-year-old doing “The Whip” is probably cuter.

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It’s hard enough to pick a potential winner of the Super Bowl next year, let alone a potential winner of several Super Bowls over the next five years. But, if we’re talking about teams that are potentially on the verge of becoming great, a few come to mind.

The first few are the closest to “one player away” from being among the league’s best, in my opinion: The Chiefs have an excellent defense with elite pass rushers, some studs up front and a talented secondary.

They’ve got one of the best running backs in the league. They’ve got a strong GM from the Ron Wolf/Ted Thompson scouting tree, John Dorsey, who’s added a ton of talent and depth to the roster over the last two seasons. They have a proven and highly respected coach in Andy Reid. He’s honed his system over decades in the NFL. I’m not looking to insult Alex Smith, who is efficient and works within Reid’s system, but what kind of team would we be looking at if Kansas City had a top-five, even top-10 quarterback under center?

“J.J. had to say it’s a bit high school-ish that I take selfies, and I think he still rags me on Instagram every time he posts a selfie,” Mettenberger said on Tuesday, via The Houston Chronicle. “At the same time, if that’s high school-ish, he got a letterman jacket made, a Texans letterman jacket. That’s pretty high school-ish to me, don’t you think?”

The Boston Celtics are 13-3 over their last 16 games and have distinguished themselves in the Eastern Conference

The response is relatively simple. Players are advised, in a letter to their head coach, that they are assessed as either a first-round pick, a second-round pick or one who is advised to remain in school. Vincent also makes himself available for telephone conversations.
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“We don’t get into a lot of specifics,” Vincent said. “This isn’t the place to tell student-athletes what they need to improve on or where they’re lacking or whatever. It’s intended as the best objective assessment we can provide.”

The CAC doesn’t provide draft projections beyond the second round?

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No one’s comeback journey compares to Pitta’s. He fractured his right hip in 2013 and 2014, then didn’t even play in 2015, causing most to believe his career was over. There were doctors, friends and family members who discouraged Pitta from returning to football. To play his first full season since 2012 was an accomplishment in itself. But what made Pitta’s comeback more amazing: He led all NFL tight ends with a career-best 86 catches. Only Antonio Brown had more receptions than Pitta among AFC North players. Read the full vote.

The Falcons continue in the playoffs without injured defensive end Adrian Clayborn

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn, one of Atlanta’s top pass-rushers, suffered a torn biceps in Saturday’s playoff game against Seattle and will miss the rest of the postseason, sources tell ESPN.

“I feel absolutely terrible for my man AJClay,” agent Blake Baratz tweeted. “Keep your head up. You were a huge part of this success. I’m so proud of you Adrian.”

The news was first reported by the NFL Network.
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Clayborn missed three games in December after surgery for a meniscus tear and torn MCL in his left knee. He had been projected to miss more time, but he used stem-cell treatment to hasten his return.

Only hyperaggressive (and often intelligent) teams like the Ravens might consider going for it in that situation in a regular-season game, but the game situation behooves the Texans to go for it in that spot.

The Texans’ decision to punt ultimately worked out when Brady surprisingly threw the first of his two interceptions on the next play, but again, O’Brien didn’t use the field position to his advantage. Houston moved the ball to the Patriots’ 9-yard line, but after Akeem Hunt came up 3 yards short of the marker on a third-and-long screen, O’Brien sent out his field goal unit.

Jake Rudock Womens Jersey You can’t trade field goals with an offense like the Patriots and expect to win, especially when you’re already down 11 points. When your offense is incapable of steadily moving the ball downfield, short fields from turnovers are gifts you need to capitalize on. It’s far more likely you’ll end up with another chance to kick a field goal later in the game than you will end up in the red zone for a likely touchdown opportunity. Brian Burke’s AFA model suggested that the Texans needed just a 31 percent chance of converting to justify going for it.

Roethlisberger revels in cold-weather games, going 22-7 for his career in temperatures below 32 degrees

He summed up his belief in his ability to make the switch after his first training camp practice in 2015: “It’s the effort and how you go about the task.”

When Pryor made the transition, he went full speed, spending a good part of two summers working with former receiver Randy Moss at his camp in North Carolina. A typical day there, Pryor said, started at 8 a.m. with lifting and cardio work, followed by 2 1/2 hours on the field working on technique and drills. The day concluded with what sounds like a test of endurance; Pryor and the other receivers at the camp ran 10 to 15 80-yard sprints with a 15-second break between each run. The words “80 yards” and “sprint” usually are not correlated.

The second facet of the approach was the mental one. When it was put to Pryor midway through the season that his transition seemed impossible, he merely said: “Nothing is impossible.”

This is a player who will never lack for confidence or belief in himself. That can rub people the wrong way, but it also makes him who he is.

Also, Roethlisberger revels in cold-weather games, going 22-7 for his career in temperatures below 32 degrees.

Game Youth Ty Sambrailo Jersey But there’s one stat that Roethlisberger would no doubt like to redirect: his home-vs.-away production. While averaging 332 yards and nearly three touchdowns per game in his last 16 Heinz Field appearances, he has averaged 279 yards, 1.06 touchdowns and 1.06 interceptions per road game during that 16-game clip.

Recently, Roethlisberger has referenced his ability to control the noise and call a tighter cadence at home. Arrowhead Stadium will not help him in this area.

Roethlisberger plans to combat Arrowhead with speed.

“Tempo,” Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan. “The faster we can get to the line of scrimmage, the more time we can communicate and check and make those things happen.”
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Roethlisberger has had a solid season — not his best, but very good. He’ll have at least one chance to punctuate it with a legacy moment.

Matthew Stafford will remain Lions’ starter despite being benched for Dan Orlovsky

Matthew Stafford will remain the Detroit Lions’ starting quarterback despite being benched for backup Dan Orlovsky in Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, head coach Jim Caldwell said after the loss (via Pro Football Talk). Stafford was having a disastrous game, throwing three interceptions to help dig the Lions into a three-touchdown deficit.

Caldwell reportedly compared his decision to take out Stafford to a baseball manager who knows that his starting pitcher is having an off night. Stafford said that Caldwell told him at halftime that one more interception would result in his benching. His third came on the Lions’ opening possession of the second half.

What happens to the Chiefs this year?

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When prodded with some dismay, Bradshaw clarified:
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“If I had owned the Steelers, hear me loud and clear, he would not be a Steeler. I would’ve gotten rid of him. What he did, in my eyes, is absolutely unacceptable.”
Bradshaw, in fact, has been criticizing Roethlisberger for all sorts of things big and small since he became a Steeler — this moment is the most serious of many..

Twenty-five others already have been fired, which just goes to show most coaches are just being hired to one day be fired

The tumultuous nature of being an NFL coach is best captured by the head coaches hired from 2009 through 2013, a five-year stretch not that long ago.

During that time, the league hired 31 head coaches, and of them, only six remain: Seattle’s Pete Carroll, Dallas’ Jason Garrett, Carolina’s Ron Rivera, Indianapolis’ Chuck Pagano, Kansas City’s Andy Reid and Arizona’s Bruce Arians.

Twenty-five others already have been fired, which just goes to show most coaches are just being hired to one day be fired.

When Houston signed Osweiler in March, it was clear the Texans were looking for a quarterback to help them in the playoffs — especially after the Texans were blown out 30-0 in the wild-card round last year by the Kansas City Chiefs. Though Osweiler did not play as well as the Texans envisioned for most of the season, he did deliver on that playoff expectation.
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Houston has had to rely on its defense all season to keep the Texans in games — and that unit had another great game against the Raiders — but Osweiler played well enough that it wasn’t necessary on Saturday. Though Osweiler slowed down in the second half — as did the Texans’ playcalling — he did enough in the first half to lead them to the victory.

Osweiler’s second-quarter touchdown to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was his first passing touchdown at home since Week 8 against the Detroit Lions. The score was set up by a 38-yard pass from Osweiler to Hopkins that took the Texans into the red zone.
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It appeared Wake, 34, was done last season. On Oct. 29, 2015, he tore his left Achilles tendon during a game against the New England Patriots. The rehab process was lengthy and grueling. Many players who suffer the injury wind up retiring. And many who return never regain their pre-injury form. Factor in Wake’s advanced age for a football player, and it was reasonable to think that he finally would be defeated.