New England went back and forth on the idea of trading Butler during the offseason.

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Now New Orleans, which reportedly was involved in those trade talks, is happy with corners Marshawn Lattimore and Ken Crawley, and the Patriots are seeing more of why they didn’t want to give Butler a lucrative long-term contract.

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The hat trick arrived less than 90 seconds into the second period, and by the end of two, Matthews had hit ’em with the four. You just knew you were watching a kid come out and arrive, Toronto defenseman Connor Carrick says.

New No. 1 Georgia takes on hot South Carolina

The national spotlight isn’t something the Georgia Bulldogs have had to deal a lot with over the past 10 years or so.
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The Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0 SEC) head into Saturday’s game against South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) smack-dab in the discussion for the national title, rarified air the program is catching a whiff of for the very first time in the playoff era.

Georgia, which entered the week ranked second in both major polls, is now No. 1. Kirby Smart’s team holds the top spot in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, released Tuesday night.
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The Bulldogs were followed by Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson 4. The goal is the national championship game, set for Jan. 8 at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

We’re worried about South Carolina right now, Smart said. That’s all I’m thinking about.

He likely will return to a defensive role Wednesday — after playing an offensive one against Dallas — as rookie Brock Boeser returns to the lineup. Boeser, the club’s top scorer with nine points in 10 games, is due back after sitting out the Monday contest with a sore foot that resulted from a blocked shot against the Washington Capitals.

It’s clear that Vancouver’s Authentic Jose Cruz Jr. Jersey internal competition is heating up, particularly in goal. Coach Travis Green has a tough decision to make after Jacob Markstrom stood out Monday, despite the loss, and might have earned another start. That could result in Swedish compatriot Anders Nilsson, who has two shutouts this season, spending more time on the bench.

It’s a super-healthy competition, both in practice and off the ice in the gym, even though he’s got about 30 pounds on me, Markstrom said.

Here is how each notable trade made before Tuesday’s deadline is reflected in the game.

Saquon Barkley, Penn State, RB: Don Brown’s Michigan D led the nation in total defense entering Week 8, but the Nittany Lions torched them for 42 points as Barkley ran for 108 yards on just 15 carries to go with 53 yards receiving, finding the end zone three times on the night. How’s this for versatility: Barkley now has five catches that have gone for 40 yards or longer. Two of the other RBs on this list—Love and Taylor—have combined for five catches all season. Barkley can open his lead in this race even further if he can help Penn State to a win over a very talented—and angry—Ohio State team in Columbus.

The Tigers backed up a thrilling comeback win over Houston two weeks ago with a 56-26 rout of Tulane last week. Quarterback Riley Ferguson threw three touchdowns, and Memphis rushed for 259 yards and four scores in what Norvell called a complete performance.

This year, however, a number of impact moves were made, and “Madden NFL 18” offers an opportunity to assess what they mean for the players and their respective new teams going forward.

With a big need at wide receiver and in position to contend for a playoff berth, the Bills made a deal right at the deadline for Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers.

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The Panthers now join the Redskins and Browns as the only teams without a single receiver rated 80 Overall or better.patriots_117

Gruden said there’s a trickle-down effect on special teams.

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Simmons, the 2016 first-overall pick, is shooting 51 percent through his first seven games but has struggled at times outside of the paint and has missed all four 3-point attempts.

What has forced the Patriots’ hand is of course the continued excellence displayed by Brady who, at the age of 40, is providing legitimacy to his own bullish talk of him playing well into his forties with a string of excellent performances, already putting the team on his back on numerous occasions as New England’s defense has wilted.

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Last weekend the Spartans were mauled by a pack of Cougars, losing the first leg of the Double Pillow Fight of the Year III. It was either the latest chapter from Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, someone from San Jose trying to re-enact Ricky Bobby’s race car driver training, or it was simply a loss at BYU. Either way, I’m betting a Crystal Gayle t-shirt got ruined.

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It’s been an interesting opening few weeks of the 2017-18 season.
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The Boston Celtics have strung together five straight wins following an 0-2 start, after losing prized acquisition Gordon Hayward for the year just six minutes into their season opener. The Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic are off to surprising starts. Giannis Antetokounmpo has stormed to the front of MVP talk. All the while, traditional heavyweights like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have looked uncharacteristically mortal.

McElwain took the Gators job following the 2014 season after a successful run at Colorado State and led Florida to back-to-back SEC Championship Game appearances in 2015 and 2016 before getting off to a rough start this fall. The Gators are 3-4 as he departs.

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Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon has been named the Gators’ interim head coach. In his last stint as head coach, Shannon went 28-22 over four seasons with the University of Miami from 2007-10.

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Mauro Icardi Reveals That He Wants to Reach the 100-Goal Mark Playing for Inter Milan

Mauro Icardi has been Inter Milan’s talisman as captain and striker in the last couple of seasons.
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Ahead of of the Milan Derby on Sunday evening, Icardi revealed to the Chinese press at Inter’s Suning training centre of his desire to reach 100 goals and more while playing for the Nerazzurri.
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I work every day to improve and the staff here really help me. I try to get better every day and never stop. Every player can always improve, no matter his age or experience.I am strongest inside the penalty area, but I do want to improve my overall game. My work has only just begun.

Icardi is on-track for another double figures in goals this season, hopefully breaking his 100-goal record with the form his side are in.

Icardi has score 84 goals in 153 games for Inter with six goals in seven appearance so far in this year’s Serie A campaign.

He expressed his gratitude in being apart of Inter’s top 10 record goal scorers, but believes he can achieve more with the Italian side.

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He believes his development as a striker comes from training every day and receiving help from the Inter staff.

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Why Colts should shut down Andrew Luck, look to 2018

If the Indianapolis Colts could skip ahead and simulate the remainder of the 2017 season, you suspect they would happily fast-forward to February.

14.2 percent. The Lions have lost three of their past four games and have struggled to keep Matthew Stafford upright, as he has taken 23 sacks, second most in the NFL. Detroit’s chances of winning the division are low, but with five division matchups remaining and Aaron Rodgers out, they could start to climb.

5.7 percent. The Broncos have lost three of their past four games, with Trevor Siemian throwing two touchdowns (and five interceptions) over that stretch. The offense hasn’t mustered more than 16 points in the past four contests, and Denver’s chances of winning the division have dropped below 6 percent as a result.

Dan Graziano, NFL writer: Sure, it has to. Attrition via injury is such a huge part of any NFL season, and the healthier teams tend to be the ones standing at the end. If this were one stand-alone injury, the Patriots likely could weather it. But set in the larger context of the defensive attrition they’ve already endured, it makes you wonder how much more they can take. Buffalo and Miami both are mounting challenges in the AFC East, and Pittsburgh looks like it could cruise to a No. 1 seed. This has to affect the way you view New England’s chances, even if they’re still your favorite.

Our definition of tanking is when a team with little to no chance of contending purposefully plays a weakened roster, knowing that losing will make it more likely it comes away with a cornerstone piece for the future in the draft(s) to come. You might fairly raise moral questions about a team that doesn’t try to win with all its heart every single time out, but the economic structures leagues have built in American sports — the combination of a player draft alongside the artificially depressed salaries of young players — incentivizes teams to either be very good or very bad. It’s not going anywhere.

Browns rookie Myles Garrett placed in concussion protocol

Myles Garrett could resume his stint on the sidelines.
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League executives had spent that morning as they had the previous four weeks: grappling with a series of events the league and owners could not control, unleashed by President Donald Trump’s harsh criticism of the decision by a handful of players to kneel during the national anthem.

The winless 49ers clawed their way back, but Cousins eventually finished them off, scoring on a 7-yard read-option in the fourth quarter, the exact kind of play Griffin used Cyrus Jones Authentic Jersey to run with transitory brilliance. I’m happy for him, Gruden says. He’s done a good job. He’s going to keep doing a good job, either here or somewhere else. Hopefully it will be here. That’s what our plan is, anyway.

The fog isn’t an excuse for the Falcons, who haven’t scored a single point since the first half of their Week 6 loss to the Dolphins. But Sarkisian being in the booth might be part of the problem given the foggy conditions.

Now that we’re almost halfway through the season, we have a good idea of which young defenses have taken that leap forward, and which have not. We know which veteran defenses are still playing well, and which are not. And we know which teams have put unknown names together and somehow made it all work better than anyone expected.

Below, we’ve ranked the 10 best defenses in the league so far, measured by Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric. DVOA takes every single play during the season, rates the success based on down and distance and then adjusts for both situation and opponent. (It’s explained further here.) Let’s look at what’s making these defenses good in 2017, where they are strongest and weakest and whether early success is likely to continue in the second half of the season. You can find ratings for all 32 teams here.

Dolphins’ Jay Cutler leaves win over Jets with chest injury

Jay Cutler is the latest victim of the injury bug.
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The Dolphins quarterback left Sunday’s 31-28 win over the Jets in the third quarter with a chest injury. After initially saying he was questionable to return, the Dolphins ruled him out and fear he may have cracked ribs. NFL Media reported Sunday that Cutler will get X-rays and an MRI on Monday to determine the significance of his injury.

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The Steelers beat the Bengals in an important divisional win. In Los Angeles, the Broncos faltered against the Chargers and allowed the AFC West to get more interesting. The Dolphins completed a comeback over the Jets and improved to 4-2 on the season. In one of the most exciting games of the day, the Bills forced a fumble in the final three minutes and defeated the Buccaneers with a last-minute field goal.

After the owners finished, Troy Vincent stood up. He was Jaccob Slavin Youth jersey offended by McNair’s characterization of the players as inmates. Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL — during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word — he never felt like an inmate.

It was starting to get nasty. Vincent and Jones had a sharp but quick back-and-forth, with Jones finally reminding the room that rather than league office vice presidents, it was he and fellow owners who had helped build the NFL’s $15 billion-a-year business, and they would ultimately decide what to do. McNair later pulled Vincent aside and apologized, saying that he felt horrible and that his words weren’t meant to be taken literally, which Vincent appreciated.

Cam Newton abruptly leaves weekly press conference

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton cut his press conference short on Wednesday after opting not to respond to a question from a reporter.
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The Associated Press’ Steve Reed shared video of the exchange:

He took an astounding 21 sacks but averaged a solid 7.1 yards per attempt and was picked off only twice. Kessler is unlikely to develop into a great passer, but he should be an upgrade for a team that had seven passing touchdowns and 16 interceptions on 272 dropbacks by Kizer and Kevin Hogan.

Ingram comes up the middle totally unblocked. He hits Siemian in the chest and pulls him to the ground.

After Newton discussed the team’s recent offensive struggles, The Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person asked Newton, Have big plays, big chunk plays been good to get that energy that you’re talking about — does this offense, I know Draymond Green Jersey you had several at Detroit and New England, do you think you guys have the wherewithal to do that consistently, week in and week out?

Next question, Newton replied before pausing and then leaving as another question was being asked.

In the weeks he was active during his first four years with the team, Bernard averaged a 56 percent snap share, 39 percent carry share and 13 percent target share. Those marks are 37 percent, 16 percent and 10 percent, respectively, this season. Fantasy’s No. 40 scoring running back shouldn’t be in lineups.