6 photos from Ed Hochuli’s NFL career that show why we’ll miss him officiating games

Womens Ryan Kalil Jersey When the 2018 NFL season starts up, Ed Hochuli won’t be a part of it for the first time since he became an official in 1990. The league announced Tuesday that Hochuli is retiring.
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Limited Kids Stephon Gilmore Jersey Hochuli, 67, was the NFL’s most well-known official for two reasons: his buff biceps and his long-winded explanations for every single penalty. Now the NFL world will have to find a way forward without both.

Ohio State’s Sam Hubbard had to sit out for the 40 due to a knee injury, but he was able to showcase his skills in all of the other drills. Hubbard should be healthy enough to run at Justin Braun Youth jersey Ohio State’s pro day on March 22.

It was worth it for the Patriots to bring Bennett back after his performance in 2016, especially on such a low-risk deal. It’s hard to justify paying Bennett that much considering his age and his 2017 season, though.

The Patriots still have Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen on the roster, though Gronkowski has been noncommittal about his future.

This all stems from Jones’ efforts to derail Goodell’s contract extension. Jones’ opposition to Goodell is based in part on the league’s decision to suspend Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games after investigating domestic violence allegations raised against Elliott by a former girlfriend.

Why is the league making Jones pay up? Jones threatened to sue members of the competition committee for moving forward with Goodell’s contract extension without the approval of all 32 owners.

Here’s the problem with that: All 32 owners 锟斤拷 including Jones 锟斤拷 had previously voted to let the compensation committee handle Goodell’s extension without input from the entire league. The compensation committee sent Jones a strongly worded letter that said his behavior was damaging the league and detrimental to the league’s best interests.

NBA wrap: Bradley Beal, Kelly Oubre Jr. lead Wizards past Pistons

The Wizards, down 10 points to the Pistons after the first quarter, had already caught up by halftime, but they did most of their damage in the third.

Washington outscored the Pistons 45-28 in the first 12 minutes of the second half, taking control of the game on the road, ultimately leading to a 122-112 win. Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. were a big part of the comeback, scoring 26 points apiece.

The two combined to shoot 9 of 16 from 3-point range, lighting up the scoreboard while the Pistons looked helpless on defense. Oubre added five rebounds, while Beal had three rebounds and three assists.

Kings forward Justin Jackson is going to receive opportunities with Sacramento’s new youth movement, but he didn’t take advantage of his situation Friday, scoring just three points with one rebound and zero assists in a 106-88 loss to the Grizzlies.

Thunder (25-20) at Cavaliers (27-17) 3:30 p.m. ET — The Cavs, losers in nine of their last 13 games, have been linked with a number of possible trade targets, including Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. The Thunder have looked more impressive lately, but the three-headed monster of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony still hasn’t clicked. LeBron James could reach 30,000 career points in this game.

Cleveland knew the season was going to be rough in the beginning as they were not expecting to have guard Isaiah Thomas playing until January. Thomas is back in the lineup but still the team is mired in problems.

The Cavaliers are 2-3 with Thomas on the court and are allowing 123 points per game in those five outings. Cleveland is 25th in the league in points allowed per game, and are allowing nearly 18 points more per time out with Thomas on the court.

James talked about having a consistent plan on the court earlier this year and how that made the defense better during their 13-game winning streak. The team has not yet had that consistency with Thomas on the court. He has missed two of the last five games and has been on a minutes restriction as well.

The Penguins had dropped five straight to the Flames, including a 2-1 overtime loss in Calgary in November back when they played very much like a team dealing with a Stanley Cup hangover. Four months later, Pittsburgh is again looking like a threat to make a deep playoff run and wasted little time sprinting to a 2-0 lead.
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NBA reaction to the late Dan Fegan shows respect for prominent player agent

The NBA community paid its respects Sunday to longtime player agent Dan Fegan, who was killed in an automobile accident near Aspen, Colo.
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The Aspen (Colo.) Times reported the SUV Fegan, 56, was driving was broadsided by a bus as Fegan tried to navigate a mountain highway.

I was horrible, actually, he said. I thought about a play and then forgot the second option and had two guys in the wrong place on the board.

I’ve shared my opinion with all our players: I’m passionate about the cause of social justice and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists, Ross said.

However, he said in the statement: I have no intention of forcing our players to stand during the anthem.

Wide receiver Kenny Stills, safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas knelt during the anthem several times during the 2017 season. Only Stills is likely to be with the Dolphins next season, as Michael Thomas is set to become a free agent later this month and Julius Thomas is likely to be released.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 27 points and six rebounds. Danny Green came off the bench to add 22 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. New starting point guard Dejounte Murray also turned in a fine performance, scoring 13 points with nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks.

The Cavs had been playing inspired basketball ever since their roster overhaul on the trade deadline, but they looked sluggish against Gregg Popovich’s Spurs squad. LeBron James scored 33 points with Terrance Mitchell Authentic Jersey 13 rebounds and nine assists, but the rest of the team struggled.

Despite the loss, the Cavaliers (35-24) are still third in the Eastern Conference standings. The Spurs (36-25) are third in the West.
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Limited Kids Brent Celek Jersey Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday posted a season-high 36 points with nine rebounds and six assists to lead New Orleans past the Bucks, 123-121, good for their fifth straight victory. Anthony Davis added 27 points and 13 rebounds.

the Rams’ Sammy Watkins and his well-rounded skill set would be preferable over the Seahawks’ Paul Richardson.

A flyer on Terrelle Pryor Sr., who busted with the Redskins, could work out as a rebound in Reich and Nick Sirianni’s offense. On the cheaper side, the Cardinals’ John Brown and the Giants’ Tavarres King have the profiles to complement Hilton outside. The Bills’ Jordan Matthews, a former Eagle, also is in play as a big slot for Reich.
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With Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, the Colts were down to Hilton, tight end Jack Doyle and Womens Serge Ibaka Jersey the backs in the passing game. There’s room for an outside possession, an inside option and another deep threat. Don’t be surprised if two of those come via multiple middle-tier veterans instead of one big one.

Kids Draymond Green Jersey The Colts are set at the two most critical positions. Left tackle Anthony Castonzo has developed into a strong bookend, while the team expects center Ryan Kelly to become an anchor after an injury-riddled season.

Thomas wasn’t the only Lakers player to seemingly find his level and impact in his current role on Thursday. In fact, he wasn’t even the most impressive. For that, look to backcourt-mate Lonzo Ball, who flirted with a quadruple-double in his first start since returning from injury: 8 points (3-5 FG, 0-1 FT), 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 6 steals, 2 3-pointers, 2 TO

With Norman carrying a cap number close to $17 million, Washington probably won’t be too active in chasing this position with a free agent. The Bills’ E.J. Gaines and the Giants’ Prince Amukamara represent the highest the Redskins should go.

The Redskins got a strong season from D.J. Swearinger at one starting spot, so this is about looking for a veteran who can potentially start, given young Deshazor Everett is a shaky option at the other spot. In additon, the team reportedly is ready to trade away ’16 second-rounder Su’a Cravens.

The Redskins shouldn’t invest too much at safety, but a seasoned performer such as the Seahawks’ Bradley McDougald or the Eagles’ Corey Graham could be sufficient.

In the bigger picture, Washington needs to think offense first in free agency. That’s where the values are in making sure the team gets a good, quick return on its investment in Smith, who turns 34 in May.

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Rick Spielman says Vikings haven’t made decision on QB plans

Despite the amount of uncertainty rooted in what the Minnesota Vikings will do at quarterback in 2018 and beyond, general manager Rick Spielman said no decisions have been made regarding the team’s plans at the position.
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Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford are slated to become unrestricted free agents on March 14. Whether any of the three will be back in a Vikings uniform next season has yet to be determined.

Thomas led the Broncos with 83 receptions for 949 yards — his first season with fewer than 1,000 yards receiving since 2011 — while Sanders finished with 47 catches and 555 yards in an injury-marred season. Sanders, who missed four games with an ankle injury, did not have a touchdown reception after Week 2.

Thomas currently has the second-highest salary-cap charge on the team for 2018 at $12.033 million, while Sanders is fourth at $10.938 million.

Jackson said the Browns believe there are a few players who can be good NFL quarterbacks, and the Michael Raffl Jersey decision comes down to a basic point: Can he play? Jackson was direct in saying the Browns’ goal is to add a veteran as well as a drafted player to join Kizer.
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With Karlsson eligible to sign an extension this summer, it would be interesting to see what the Senators can do closer to the draft. That’s not to say it has to be done that way, as Ottawa could arguably get even better value for him from a team that’s in the playoff hunt and has the space to make it work. I just think the Senators might be able to work on things under less duress closer to the draft than they can near the deadline, because they must not mess up this trade as an organization. That said, since we’re so close to the deadline, let’s have some fun. Emily brought up some good recent examples of trades to consider when putting value together, but I’m going to go a little further back.

There’s an axiom that says that to beat Brady you have to get pressure up the middle, take away the lane for him to step up into, and watch him panic. If you can just fold the pocket consistently 鈥?not necessarily put Brady on the ground 鈥?you can make him uncomfortable. Remember that one play during the AFC Championship game when the Jaguars made Brady look like a scared baby deer?
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Vancouver, which dropped to 3-7-1 in February, is 5-11-1 against intradivision foes.

The Canucks got goals from Sven Baertschi, Thomas Vanek and Daniel Sedin.

Anders Nilsson, who played in his 100th career game, had 19 saves for the Canucks before being replaced by Jacob Markstrom at the start of the third period. Markstrom made 8 stops for Vancouver.

“It’s definitely frustrating, I’m not happy with the loss,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said. “The players gotta realize that against a quick team they’re not gonna have as much time and space if you turn the puck over a couple of times inside their blue line.”

The Rams forced 28 turnovers this season, good for fifth-best in the league. They also went from registering just 31 sacks in 2016 to 48 in 2017, better than all but three teams. Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald led the way with 11, tying a career best.

Even though the Rams’ 2017 ended with a loss against the Atlanta Falcons in the Wild Card round, McVay helped them make the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. There’s no denying McVay has this young team on the right path.

Lewis could also jump routes and make plays on the ball. He led all linebackers with six interceptions in 2003. Lewis only went three seasons without registering at least one interception.

His 50 takeaways are the second-most among linebackers in NFL history. Jack Ham, a Pittsburgh Steelers legend and Hall of Famer, has three more takeaways than Lewis.

“We didn’t get off to a great start and we kept trying to find that one game when we could turn it around,” Spagnuolo said. “We just couldn’t. And sometimes when it snowballs downward and you keep trying to push that thing back up hill, it gets tougher and tougher.
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Washington is reportedly considering franchise-tagging Kirk Cousins. That’d be so dumb

Any team interested in trading for Cousins would have to cross its fingers that the quarterback would be fine playing for anything less than Andreas Martinsen Jersey $34.5 million.
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Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions currently leads the league with an average salary of $27 million. Cousins will almost certainly eclipse that, but anything over $30 million per year is in an entirely different stratosphere of pay. Maybe a team is willing to pay an eye-popping amount, but more than $34.5 million?!
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Essentially, Washington giving Cousins the franchise tag could mean the team is stuck with a quarterback it doesn’t want. And he’d be a quarterback who doesn’t have much trade value because teams probably won’t be jumping through hoops for a ridiculously expensive one-year loaner who’s set to hit free agency in 2019.

Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko had the goals for the Blues, who have lost a season-high four straight.

St. Louis coach Mike Yeo was not happy with his team’s performance.

I didn’t think we played well, Yeo said. Desperation time was a while ago. This is where pride has to come in. We have to make sure we stop the bleeding and we have to start building confidence in the game that we’re playing.

With his three points, Barzal has a team-leading 65 and a 14-point lead over Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL’s rookie scoring race.

Barzal has eight games with three or more points this season, one shy of Bryan Trottier’s franchise rookie record.

It’s unfortunate we couldn’t score (in overtime). It’s unfortunate to lose that extra point, Barzal said.
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We weren’t shy to push the pace early. (Clutterbuck) and (Casey Cizikas) finishing checks early kind of set the tone for the rest of us. I thought we played a pretty good game.

Johnny Manziel commits to The Spring League showcase

Johnny Manziel will play organized football once again, at least for two weeks.
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The Heisman winner has committed to play in The Spring League 2018, a two-weekend showcase in Austin, Texas, featuring four teams comprised almost exclusively of players with NFL experience, according to the event’s website.
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Manziel, a Texas native, recently revealed he has bipolar disorder and is taking medication as he works toward an NFL comeback. He also said he’s no longer drinking.

Other recent commitments to The Spring League include former Raven running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and former Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.

Why did Bill Belichick not call for an over-the-shoulder pass to Tom Brady in Super Bowl LI? Why did he not sit Malcolm Butler for some reason? Why did Matt Patricia not put together a defensive gameplan that could be summed up as beardedly lackluster? Why?

I don’t have an answer to any of those questions, but I hate that I’ll be asking them for the rest of my life. It was nice to see the Patriots lose, but it might have actually made things worse for Falcons fans.

Last year’s anthem, sung by Luke Bryan, was fairly uncontroversial. That has not always been the case. Two years ago, the national anthem prop bet stirred up a bit of controversy, when Lady Gaga repeated the word brave a second time as jets flew over Levi’s Stadium. This led to some books paying the over and some others paying the under for the prop bet.
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The most controversial anthem performance in recent years was when Christina Aguilera skipped a verse of the song. She was chugging along to hit the over, but skipping a verse brought her well under. Many sportsbooks called her performance a push, while others even elected to refund customers. Aguilera’s performance sparked bets of whether a performer would Womens Jah Reid Jersey miss a word in future anthem performances, though that bet stopped when Idina Menzel did not miss any words in her performance a few years back.

Richardson is gone, and Wilkerson isn’t far behind him. Nose tackle Steve McClendon is 32 and also might be cut, while end Kony Ealy is a free agent. That sets up one-time Pro Bowl end Leonard Williams and third-year nose Deon Simon to be the Jets’ best returning D-linemen.

According to the Observer, Jeanne Hurney withdrew the complaint, which effectively ended the scheduled hearing.

If anyone is qualified to inform Martinez on the ins and outs of being a big-ticket free-agent addition in sports-obsessed Boston, it’s Price, a lightning rod since he signed a seven-year, $217 million contract in December 2015.
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Boston isn’t for everyone. Expectations for the four professional sports teams tend to be unreasonably high. The Red Sox, for example, have won 93 games and the American League East title in back-to-back seasons, yet most fans viewed last year, in particular, as a disappointment.
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Only one team in the NHL has a worse goal differential when trailing this season, which isn’t like past Hawks teams. During the 2013 lockout-shortened season, the team posted an astonishing 69 percent goals for percentage when the other team was winning. This season, that figure has plummeted to 42 percent.

The inability to muster the intensity to rally upon trailing seems reflective of a team that no longer believes in itself Josh Morrissey Youth jersey like it used to. And with so many new faces in the locker room compared to a year ago, a lot of these players haven’t been there and done that like the veterans. It’s clear this team doesn’t have the mental fortitude that it used to.

Hurney and his ex-wife divorced in 2014, and Jeanne Hurney filed for a protective order against her ex-husband on Friday, leading to a complaint hearing being set for Feb. 16. According to the complaint (via the Charlotte Observer), Marty Hurney was extremely controlling and was verbally and emotionally abusive during their marriage. She also expressed fear that he may resort to violence and my privacy has been violated for the past seven years.

However, the league’s investigation will go on as planned. Marty Hurney’s attorney, Kathi Lucchesi, called the allegations complete fiction.

Marty Hurney has been serving as the Panthers’ interim GM ever since the team fired Dave Gettleman last summer. He interviewed for the full-time job shortly after the team was eliminated from the playoffs but had yet to officially earn promotion. 49ers senior personnel executive Martin Mayhew, Bills assistant director of college scouting Lake Dawson, and Texans assistant general manager Jimmy Raye III are also candidates for the Panthers’ GM position.

Since the 1970s, nothing has more defined the identity of this city than its scrappy hometown football team.

The Steelers rose at the same time the city’s economy sank, becoming a symbol of underdog hope.

They still had their Steelers even though the factories, mills and coal mines shuttered. They still had their Steelers as families were ripped apart, children forced to move away in search of opportunity.

It’s a way of life around these parts. We hold our athletes and owners to a high standard. And on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to meet that standard. And not just one or two players, but the entire franchise, from owner on down.”

Given his track record of rebuilding the Bengals into playoff teams after mini-slumps, I would rather bet on a known commodity than an unknown prospect that doesn’t have the chops to handle the unique circumstances of this job. Remember, this is a franchise that traditionally hires coaches with previous ties to the organization, and none of the viable options (Hue Jackson, Jay Gruden and Vance Joseph) hit the streets during this coaching cycle.

“Right after practice, me and one to three other [players] would go to somebody’s house [to get high],” Britton recalls. “Smoking helped me to socialize with teammates. We let our guards down . . . But a lot of the time [stoned talk] wasn’t even about football. Cannabis took us out of football. We were hanging out and just being people. It brought us closer together as teammates.”

So Chiefs coach Andy Reid, in an effort to both rest veteran Alex Smith and give Mahomes some valuable experience, opted to make this move.

“Every snap that he gets is a valuable snap for him for whenever he has that chance of getting in there [as the full-time starter], Fortunately, we’re in a situation where we can do that,” Reid said.

This is something Payton did in 2006, when he selected a handful of players (Reggie Bush, Roman Harper, Jahri Evans, Zach Strief and Marques Colston) that helped make up the core of the team’s Super Bowl-winning squad in 2009. With each of those aforementioned players (plus Rob Ninkovich, who spent a year in New Orleans before moving on to Miami and New England) putting in a decade of service in the league, Payton had enough examples of the kind of players he needed to return the Saints back to prominence.

“The football makeup of that class, those guys all played 10 years,” Payton said. “The football makeup, the intelligence, the grit, those key factors in trying to measure success, it was important that we were clear. We weren’t being hard on each evaluation, but we need that type of foundation again of smart, tough football players that we had a clear vision for.”nike-youth-cardinals-063