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The 2018 Winter Olympics will be broadcast live across every U.S. timezone

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be a whole new experience if you want to watch sports live. NBC announced that the network will broadcast live across all time zones, which will make things very interesting.
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The time difference between the East Coast and Pyeongchang is 13 hours, with the West Coast being 16 hours behind. This means that events beginning at 9 a.m. local time will have a start time of 8 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, and inversely we’ll see marquee primetime events in the early morning. The network explained the decision to the New York Times.

Houston Texans – Anthony Barr, Outside Linebacker, UCLA: What is Houston doing picking No. 3 overall? A team with preseason Super Bowl aspirations, the Texans are on an eight-game losing streak and seem destined to be picking in the top 10. If things go poorly enough in the final six games for the Texans to be picking No. 3, a quarterback could certainly be in play. With the top two options off the board, Houston turns to the pass rush, because a team can never have enough pass rushers.
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Jacksonville Jaguars – Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, Louisville: It’s been a long year in Jacksonville. New general manager David Caldwell stripped the roster down before the season, starting the rebuilding process from scratch. An 0-8 start to the season was part of the growing process for a team in complete rebuilding mode. Even with a win against the Titans in Week 10 and a more competitive effort against the Cardinals in Week 11, the Jaguars are the favorites to land the No. 1 overall pick.

This is an easy pick for the Jaguars to make. He also has a quick release and strong enough arm to make all of the throws. He’s the quarterback Jacksonville has been waiting for.

The Colts have had too many issues coping without Wayne

Over at Field Gulls, they note that explosive plays can be the difference-maker … offensively and defensively:

The numbers show that this season, the Seahawks are taking Pete Carroll’s big play mantra to heart. On offense, they not only generate big plays, they make them count by finishing drives with high-value scores (read: touchdowns). On defense, Seattle limits big plays and doesn’t let opponents take advantage when they get them. The Seattle Seahawks are maximizing the explosive play and making the explosive play an important part of their success on offense and defense.
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Be sure to check out SB Nation’s team blogs, The Falcoholic and Field Gulls, for more analysis and highlights from the game.

With the teams coming off surprising losses, it’s hard to predict what will happen when they meet on Thursday. Both have flaws, but the question is which team can best take advantage of the other’s issues. Tennessee is solid against the pass, but vulnerable against the run. Indianapolis struggles to get anything going on the ground and instead relies on Luck, playing right into the Titans’ strengths.

Tennessee may not be a dominant rushing team, but it has shown the ability to hurt teams on the ground and could expose some areas of weakness in the Colt’s defense. Tennessee is also playing at home. If the Colts play like they did earlier in the season, they should come away with a win. If their performance is similar to the last two weeks, the game shifts into the Titans favor.

The Colts have had too many issues coping without Wayne, and Trent Richardson has done next to nothing for the offense. Tennessee has to win this game to stay alive in the playoff chase, so I’ll give the Titans a slight edge.31


NFL Mock Draft: Who does Cleveland take first? Which quarterbacks find homes?

Now that NFL Free Agency has hit a lull and most of the top players (outside of Dontari Poe and Jay Cutler) have found their new homes, we have a clearer picture of the 2017 NFL Draft.
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The Browns, Titans and now Saints have two picks in Round 1. The Jaguars and Bengals have seen their draft needs change dramatically after free agency, but for very different reasons. And the quarterback market, still as volatile as ever, sees three quarterbacks go in the top-15 with three more finding homes in Round 2.

The Browns will be drafting Myles Garrett or trading down to a team searching for a quarterback. Garrett can help rebuild the Browns’ defense.

With Jonathan Allen having injury question marks, Jamal Adams fills their safety need and can be a feature secondary player for a defensive back unit in need of substantial help.
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Neither Thomas nor Ohio State is Malik Hooker are worth top-five picks in most draft classes, but if the Bears pass on a top-five quarterback, they’ll be forced to take one of them. Thomas has the higher ceiling and pass rushers are greater values than safeties.

The man believed to take part in these criminal activities is Mauricio Ortega, a former executive of Diario La Prensa, a newspaper in Honduras. The paper reportedly knew he was the culprit a few days ago, and was fired.

The paper released a brief tweet on the matter in Spanish, which rougly translated reads, We are informed that the one involved in the case of the stolen [Tom Brady] jerseys is the exdirector of [La Prensa].

Peyton Manning outclassing Philip Rivers as Broncos lead Chargers at half

Jason Chimera Womens Jersey Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers entered their Week 10 matchup as two of the top quarterbacks on the leaderboards this season, but after the first half one of them looks like a Hall of Fame legend and the other one is Philip Rivers. Not only do the Denver Broncos lead the San Diego Chargers by a score of 21-6, but Manning is crushing Rivers in every important statistic you can think of.

Ponder, who suffered the injury during the Vikings’ win over the Washington Redskins last Thursday, was limited in practice Wednesday but said the pain is subsiding.

Robin Ventura Womens Jersey “Honestly it’s a lot better than I expected to be all week,” he said Thursday. “I was a little pessimistic about what was going to happen over the weekend. I was very uncomfortable. I woke up Monday and Tuesday and I kept feeling better and better. Our training staff has done such a great job of getting me to feel better. So I threw it around a lot more than I expected to [Wednesday]. And each day it’s going to keep getting better.”

Ponder is wearing a protective harness on his shoulder.

“I don’t think I’m going to wear padding,” he said. “I’m going to wear a harness, which people usually wear when they dislocate a shoulder to keep it in place. But I’m not going to wear any extra padding or anything.”

Ponder took snaps with the first-team offense on Wednesday. Head coach Leslie Frazier has not indicated who would get the nod if Ponder can’t play, but Matt Cassel has been practicing ahead of Josh Freeman this week.

Saints DT Nick Fairley nearly fought R&B group Jagged Edge during Mardi Gras

Athletes and musicians typically share mutual admiration for each other.

That’s not the case between Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley and R&B group Jagged Edge.

They squared off, nearly coming to blows, at a Mardi Gras event in Mobile, Ala., Fairley’s hometown. The newly-minted $30-million man was serving as grand marshall during a celebration but refused to leave the stage when the quartet, most known for their 2000 engagement anthem Let’s Get Married began the set they were booked to peform.

He called that injury more of the annoying type. The Heat say it’s too early to tell if he’ll be able to play Sunday against the Boston Celtics.
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The fact that Whiteside even suited up against the Raptors was impressive, his team noted afterward.

Very inspiring, just to see him out there battling, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Whiteside had a bag over his cut hand, two ice packs on his knees and a wrap on his newly injured ankle as he sat at his locker postgame following the loss.
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No one’s going to feel sorry for me, he said.

Neither team moved in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Toronto (43-29) remained in the No. 4 spot, pulling within a half-game of No. 3 Washington. Miami (35-37) stayed No. 8, now just a game ahead of No. 9 Chicago and No. 10 Detroit.

Missed dunks are infecting the NCAA tournament in spectacular fashion

Josh Jackson is among the most talented and athletic players in the country right now, and on Sunday his Kansas Jayhawks are facing off against Miles Bridges and the Michigan State Spartans. Early in the first half, Jackson attacked the rim for a dunk and the rim bit back.

The Kansas standout is not alone in this year’s Big Dance, though. In fact, getting rim checked has emerged as something of a trend in this year’s tournament. Amir Coffey of Minnesota failed spectacularly on March Madness’ opening day:

As the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, Villanova had appeared to be in prime position to become college basketball’s first back-to-back national champion in a decade. Instead, the Wildcats became the latest victim of a troubling trend. Not only were the 2006-07 Florida Gators the only defending national champion since 1992 to retain their crown, but they’re the only defending national champions in the last 16 years to even make it back to the Elite 8.

Look, it was a hard-fought game and Wisconsin’s not your typical eight seed. We get it. But you’re still the No. 1 overall seed in this tournament. You can’t fall in roundtwo and not find yourself on this list.

The Bulldogs may have been the most enigmatic team of the regular season, so nobody really knew what to expect from them in this tournament. The fact that they were able to dispatch of Middle Tennessee — a team much stronger than its seed would indicate — with such ease is an extremely positive sign when it comes to their outlook moving forward.

Michigan has beaten everything in March, including a plane accident

The Michigan men¡¯s basketball team has had a whale of a two weeks, and these hectic times aren¡¯t over just yet. The Wolverines beat Oklahoma State in an offense-packed thriller in the NCAA tournament¡¯s first round on Friday, and they¡¯ll likely play Louisville in a 2014 national title rematch on Sunday.

Julius Nattinen Womens Jersey Since March 5, the Wolverines are on a six-game winning streak ¡ª their last regular season game, four in the Big Ten tournament, and now this one. They have the look of March Madness¡¯ hottest team. But how they¡¯ve gotten here is just as interesting as their record itself, so let¡¯s go through a timeline of UM¡¯s last 10 days.
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Glennon has shown some flashes, but Sander Philipse of Bucs Nation wrote there are still too many issues:

The most obvious flaw is one we’ve all seen: the deep ball. Glennon has hit on just one deep ball so far, and even that one was an underthrown 40-yard pass to Vincent Jackson. Sideline deep passes continually land out of bounds rather than giving his receivers a chance to catch the ball. I don’t need to go to the game film to show anyone that: it should be obvious to anyone who’s watched Glennon play over the past games.

It’s one thing to hit the receiver, but it’s another entirely to hit the receiver in the right spot. It’s one thing to hit the receiver in the right spot, but another entirely to do it at the right time. Throwing receivers open with placement and anticipation is what separates the good from the mediocre quarterbacks, and over the past three games Glennon has cost the Bucs several big plays and scores with poor ball placement and anticipation.
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So how does a team produce such up-and-down results?

It would be shocking if anyone beyond the league’s big three could win this tournament. Bubble teams in other conferences should hope nobody else does, because that would tie up an at-large bid for one of UCLA, Arizona, and Oregon. It’s a situation that probably won’t come up, based on how the season’s gone so far.

After the Bruins, Wildcats, and Ducks, the Pac-12 has USC as a likelier-than-not tournament team. The Trojans only lost eight games in the regular season, all in league play, and have great wins against UCLA and SMU.

But the second team out entering the night’s lineup, the Iowa Hawkeyes, weren’t so lucky. The Indiana Hoosiers buried the Hawks by 22, 95-73, in the first Big Ten Tournament second-round game of the night. As I wrote earlier, Iowa needed to get to a Friday quarterfinal against the Wisconsin Badgers to have a shot, but now Indiana is the team with a renewed chance. However, the Hoosiers might need to make Sunday’s final to have a real shot, and if they get that far, they might as well go ahead and cut the nets down.

So how does a team produce such up-and-down results? Injuries didn’t help. Quarterback Nick Mullens missed a couple of games due to a, uh, creatively gross injury (the Eagles lost both games in his absence), the offensive line had to deal with shuffling at a couple of positions, and the depth chart shifted around at least a little bit on the defensive line and in the secondary.

Really, though, the volatility was baked in, at least a bit. Southern Miss’ defense was incredibly aggressive, willing to sacrifice big plays for big stops, and either things worked wonderfully or didn’t work at all. The defense was less volatile but still produced plenty of big plays at some points and none at others.

Hopson recruited his tail off in 2017; per 247, he signed a better class than either Frank Wilson at UTSA or Butch Davis at FIU, and he has 16 new three-star toys. He returns a pretty continuous two-deep, too, which could mean better consistency. That, or a change at quarterback will make things every bit as up-and-down.