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Isaiah Thomas has declined the Celtics’ offer to honor him with a video tribute on Feb. 11 because it’s the same day Boston is to retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34.

The Cavaliers, who acquired Thomas from the Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade before the season, are scheduled to visit Boston for a nationally-televised game that Sunday afternoon. Thomas doesn’t want to detract from the moment of “The Truth.”

Toews scored nine seconds into the extra period and had an assist in regulation to lead Chicago past the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The winner was generated directly from the faceoff at center ice. Toews pulled the draw to Duncan Keith, who passed to Patrick Kane on the right side. Kane fed Toews on a 2-on-1 and the Chicago captain chipped his 18th goal past Semyon Varlamov from the low edge of the circle.

The Blackhawks’ signature puck possession game has disappeared for much of their disappointing season. But in overtime, Chicago was the only team to touch the puck on a play Toews said came almost off the drawing board.

Francis, 55, had served as executive vice president and general manager for four years during which the Hurricanes failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs. A former star center with both the Hurricanes and their previous incarnation, the Hartford Whalers, Francis is in his 12th season in team management overall.

Carolina is 29-27-11 and four points out of the last wild card in the Eastern Conference, and it is 2-6-2 in its last 10 games. The Hurricanes haven’t qualified for the playoffs since losing in the conference final in 2009.

This is the first major shake-up for the franchise by Tom Dundon, who purchased the Hurricanes last December from Peter Karmanos, Jr.

“Since I took control of the team, I’ve had a good chance to be around and assess the operations,” said Dundon. “There are a lot of good people working in the organization, but I feel that a change in direction is needed when it comes to hockey personnel decisions. Ron is a smart and talented hockey man. I am glad that he will continue to be a part of the team, serving in this new role.”

A source told ESPN that the next Hurricanes GM will report directly to Dundon.packers_012

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As far as the NBA’s disciplinarians go, he is getting away with it, as the league appears to be buying his story. A source told ESPN that since Kerr’s message was intended to be private, the league does not believe a fine is warranted.

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The franchise tag is expected to pay Landry around $16.2 million in 2018.

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This past fall, during the league’s annual Christmas Day showcase, Curry appeared in a new MBK campaign, driving home the concept of We are the ones, a talking point of Obama’s urging young men of color to take on active efforts in their education, community involvement and personal growth.

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In fact, if you really look at it, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t your typical bad team, and that may be why they’re playing so well down the stretch.

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The Bidwills aren’t quick with the hook, and it’s a good thing too, because this team needs a complete overhaul offensively. The Cardinals have to find a quarterback, a replacement for Larry Fitzgerald if he retires, and five new starting offensive linemen.

Moncrief showed promise in 2015 when he caught 64 passes for 733 yards and 6 TDs in his second season. The Colts have been disappointed since, waiting for his breakout as a big, fast receiver (6-2, 216 pouns). A new coaching and offensive staff might end up giving him a worthy second chance with Andrew Luck for a team already thin at the position.

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Let’s face it: Brady probably couldn’t have gotten any more famous by winning a sixth Super Bowl and fifth MVP award. But with the Eagles winning the Super Bowl and Foles being crowned MVP, he’s surely going to have some new endorsement opportunities (and NFL opportunities) coming his way.

Goff threw for 3,804 yards to go along with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions, with a 100.5 passer rating. He finished in the top 10 in yards and touchdowns, and he also had the fifth-best passer rating in the league.

Because of Goff’s stellar play, Gurley didn’t have to run into eight-man fronts. Gurley had a career rebirth in 2017 and won the league’s Offensive Player of the Year award. After rushing for 885 yards in his disappointing sophomore campaign, he ran for 1,305 and a league-high 13 touchdowns. Gurley also made a huge impact in the passing game — hauling in 64 receptions for 788 yards and six scores. He led the league in scrimmage yards and touchdowns.

What this means for the Eagles: Philadelphia has only faced off against Gronkowski once in the All-Pro tight end’s career — and that was back in 2011. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will have to earn his paycheck by shutting down the matchup nightmare Belichick will deploy at tight end. As the Jaguars game showed, there’s no easy way to contain the rest of the Patriots receivers, either — despite having few other options, Brady completed 15 of his 21 passes to his top three wideouts (Cooks, Amendola, Chris Hogan) for 204 yards and two touchdowns. That makes even an obvious Patriot attack tough to plan against.

So, you go through that and you get comfortable and you get comfortable with your teammates and it just goes from there.

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Tobias Harris added 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers. They have won eight of 11.

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Everybody trusts everybody, he said. We kind have this feed the pig principle and if one guy gets going you stay with him.

The others, you have to look at the schedule, because some of these were out-of-time-zone games. For example, if the Kings were playing on the East Coast and the games are shown locally at 4 p.m., and last season they were playing against San Jose in the same time zone … it didn’t make sense. It wasn’t great use of the data.

The NHL and NBC are in the midst of a $2 billion deal that gives the network U.S. broadcasting rights through the 2020-21 season.

Blashill was quick to bash the league’s goaltender interference rule, which he said wasn’t properly applied during a challenge of Kane’s goal.

We have a rule as grey as grey can be, he said.

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Since meeting in Super Bowl XXXIX, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have been on two very different paths. For the Pats, 2005 was a coronation of the league’s newest dynasty, another truss to hold up a continually expanding wonder of the football world. For the Eagles, it marked the end of the team’s run as a perennial NFC power.

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In 2012, the league decided it was time to spice things up. BBVA had been brought on as a league sponsor for the game and they wanted to shift the format to bring more eyes to it after lackluster years in 2010 and 2011. Scoring totals were up and people were complaining about there being little defense and effort in the games.

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It was hilarious. Still, after a few years the format got a bit redundant. The league tried to shake things up by exchanging Barkley and Shaq for Chris Webber and Reggie Miller, but it still wasn’t as fun.
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Offensive plays would be called based on stolen signals and the information relayed straight to Brady’s helmet, O’Leary theorizes.

After all, the NFL, which will now aggressively pursue charges of gross, bigoted conduct — the violation of a teammate’s civil rights — by Incognito, chose Lewis as the man to appear in commercials to push NFL-licensed goods.

Such a preposterous, perverse story would be rejected as impossibly dark and detached fiction, yet the NFL and one of its biggest business partner networks were more than compliant in allowing it to happen — they made it happen!

O’Leary — who uses data crunched by a Las Vegas bookie and a Ph.D. statistician from China with no previous familiarity with Spygate — suggests Patriots “director of football research” Ernie Adams, a prep-school chum of Belichick from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., was the nerve center behind the chicanery.

In this scenario, the extra frequency is critical, as it allows the team to do something in real time with the stolen signals, out of earshot of the NFL monitor, and change its plays accordingly.

The loss of Odell Beckham for Sunday’s matchup definitely didn’t help, but even with him in the lineup, it’s hard to imagine the Giants looking much better. The bad news for America is that we’re going to be stuck watching the Giants offense again in Week 2 because they’re playing on Monday Night Football.

If the Cowboys defense was supposed to be the team’s weak link this season, then the rest of the NFL might be in trouble, because the unit absolutely shut down the Giants on Sunday Night Football. During the Cowboys’ win, Dallas limited the Giants to just 224 total yards, marking just the fifth time since 2012 that the Cowboys have held a team under 225 yards. The three points allowed marked just the second time since 2010 that the Cowboys gave up three points or fewer in a game.

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Brees has been sacked only five times, the fewest in the NFL. But that advantage could disappear with more attrition up front.

Shanahan was more candid when asked this week how much what Beathard does between now and the end of the season will weigh into the way his future with the team.

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Now that the Titans ended their 11-game losing streak to the Colts with a win over Indianapolis last week, they have a chance to mount a run with the 0-6 Browns on their schedule Sunday.

One reason for the 3-3 Titans’ hope is how well quarterback Marcus Mariota preformed as a drop-back passer in a comeback win over the Colts.