It could be attributed to a disappointing senior season.

The CSU defense had its moments late, but the Rams’ second-half surge was driven by offense.

I mentioned overall percentile performances above, but here are CSU’s offense-only percentile performances for the last eight games of the season: 86 percent, 76 percent, 84 percent, 84 percent, 93 percent, 98 percent, 97 percent, 79 percent.

Hill was phenomenal against Northern Colorado and decent against Minnesota and Wyoming, but he tore his ACL, and Stevens took full advantage of his second chance.

If there’s anyone who can relate to Tunsil’s awful draft day, it’s Sapp. The University of Miami standout was slated to be a top-five pick, but a failed marijuana test at that year’s draft combine gave teams reason to doubt his judgment. That report was thrust into the spotlight the night before the 1995 draft. Rumors flew that Sapp hadn’t just failed a weed test that year but tested positive for marijuana and cocaine multiple times throughout his college career.

Though Sapp vehemently denied the leaks, players like Mike Mamula, Kyle Brady, and Derrick Alexander all heard their names called by then-commissioner Pete Rozelle before he did. The Buccaneers lucked into a bargain at No. 12, keeping the burly lineman in the Sunshine State. He was a seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro for Tampa Bay. His play in the trenches helped set the foundation that transformed the Bucs from league laughing stock to Super Bowl XXXVII champions.

Marino put together a legendary career at the University of Pittsburgh but still slipped to the 27th pick of the 1983 NFL draft. That slide was due, in part, to a heady crop of passers, including John Elway, Jim Kelly, Ken O’Brien, and Tony Eason. It also could be attributed to a disappointing senior season.
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Saturday’s times, TV channels, and streaming info

Heres how we picked the Spurs-Grizzlies series.

Finally, Saturday night ends with the toughest first-round matchup to call: The Los Angeles Clippers versus the Utah Jazz. The two teams jockeyed back and forth for playoff position, resulting in a tie with a regular season record of 51-31. But the Clippers won the season series, 3-1, and took the fourth seed (and home court advantage) into the playoffs. Itll be a hard-fought matchup between two teams with dominant defensive-minded centers, and each team could stand to lose something going forward as a result of a first-round exit.

Golden State exerted more energy than it expected for an opening round at home. Draymond Green posted a near-triple-double with 19, 12 and nine, Kevin Durant was solid with 32 points, and Stephen Currys very good 29-point night was overshadowed by his opponents backcourt scoring clinic.

It took every contributor on this Warriors teams historic roster to secure what was supposed to be an easy win. It also took a pair of incredibly timed blocks from Green to have the fans at Oracle at ease with which side of the close game their team was on.

Portland is down 1-0, but this was a heroic display nonetheless. This team was considered out of the playoffs after it traded Mason Plumlee ahead of the trade deadline. Now, its worth wondering if this team can make it a series with the Warriors.
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NBA playoff scores 2017: Recap from Day 2 of NBA playoffs

The first weekend of the NBA Playoffs is over. We got an upset from the Bulls on Sunday, while the Wizards, Warriors, and Rockets took care of business at home. We’ll recap Sunday’s games right here:

Great point guards generally accomplish the same set of goals on the floor, each choosing their own preferred way to do it. Where Chris Paul is sneaky and exploitative, Russell Westbrook is soaring dynamics, and Stephen Curry thrives off causing panic, Wall’s trick is to treat the defense like they’re not even there. He’ll loft a touch pass over them to his big man, or glide by them effortlessly. Occasionally, he needs a bit of help — but his reaction here sums it all up, right?

Point guard Collin Sexton was also excellent for the U.S. The Alabama commit made plays for himself and others all night after an injury to fellow point guard Trevon Duval in the first half. He finished with seven points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals in the win.

Here’s three things we learned during the game. As a versatile safety/nickel cornerback, Baker’s highlight reel plays and explosiveness as an underneath coverage and run defender have earned him praise. And while NFL teams are intrigued with his potential starting ability, they aren’t as confident in his grade as a top-50 pick.

Baker’s projection is reliant on him becoming the next Tyrann Mathieu, which is a risk for an NFL team looking for a safe starting option. Baker’s best-bet projection is Damarious Randall, who was a surprise first-round pick for the Packers but has not yet lived up to that billing.

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The Warriors slumped after the All-Star break when Kevin Durant went down with a terrifying MCL sprain

The San Antonio Spurs take on the Golden State Warriors in a nationally televised game with definite playoff implications on Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET, and the Western Conference showdown will air on ESPN and can be live streamed on WatchESPN.

The Warriors slumped after the All-Star break when Kevin Durant went down with a terrifying MCL sprain, and they briefly surrendered the West’s No. 1 seed to the Spurs in mid-March. But they have since won their last eight games, including a seven-point win in a defensive exhibition against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

The Warriors drew the short end of the stick, though, and see the Spurs in the second game of a back-to-back. Science says they should rest their stars, though the NBA is staunchly against doing so on a national stage.

Carolina’s linebackers are talented run stoppers, but are often caught out of position when asked to cover tight ends. The team allowed Kyle Rudolph to gain 97 yards, Tony Gonzalez finished with 81 yards and a touchdown, while Zach Miller caught three passes for 42 yards.

The Panthers caught a break in Week 10 when Vernon Davis was injured in the first quarter. It changed how the San Francisco 49ers offense operated and forced Colin Kaepernick to do too much. Covering tight ends has been this defense’s Achilles heel, and the Patriots have the means to attack it.

Gronkowski represents a particularly unique challenge. Carolina’s secondary doesn’t have much size, and lacks the ability to compete in jump ball situations. This should be exploited at every opportunity.
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Philadelphia stops Washington comeback to win third straight game

Philadelphia’s performance wasn’t as flawless as it could have been. The Eagles jumped out to a 24-0 lead before letting the Skins seemingly creep back into the game. Chip Kelly’s offense struggled to stay on the field in the second half. Washington took advantage and looked like they were going to tie things up late in the game. That was, until Robert Griffin III lobbed a pass into the endzone that was picked off by cornerback Brandon Boykin.

In the end, a point on the road in a tough place to play like Panama isn’t a bad result — it puts the United States in fourth place in the World Cup qualifying standings in CONCACAF, and just three points behind a suddenly struggling Costa Rica side in second place. That’s a far cry better than the last-place standing the USMNT held coming into the international break, and it gives them something to build on this summer as they work towards securing a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

United States: Tim Howard; Graham Zusi, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Ream, Jorge Villafana; Jermaine Jones (Kellyn Acosta 75’), Michael Bradley, Darlington Nagbe (Alejandro Bedoya 69’), Christian Pulisic; Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore (Paul Arriola 82’)

For weeks, the Sunday Night Football showdown between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs was circled on the NFL schedule. By the end of the night, Peyton Manning and the Broncos had come away with a convincing 27-17 victory, ended the Chiefs’ undefeated season and moved into first place in the AFC West.

The Broncos got on the board quickly and didn’t look back. Manning and company took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter with a touchdown pass from Manning to Julius Thomas. The Chiefs fought back with a touchdown of their own, a pass from Alex Smith to Dwayne Bowe. A second-quarter touchdown from Montee Ball extended to lead to 17-10, and the Broncos extended it from there.

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Is Oregon a threat to flip 4-star DB Isaiah Bolden from Florida State?

Details from the scandal show how Art, among others, passed the buck specifically involving an allegation from one woman of sexual assault, and how per athletic department policy he was not allowed to do so.

Kendall has recently been hired as an offensive coordinator by Lane Kiffin at FAU. Kiffin said he felt comfortable with Briles’ situation in a press conference before the Playoff semifinal.

The expectation is that McDowell will go further in the first round because, frankly, he just didn’t produce enough consistently at Michigan State, and it wasn’t always because of double teams. If this pick were happening in the mid 20s or later, it would be hard to criticize. But at No. 7 overall, it’s easy to scrutinize.

His run blocking has been predictably excellent, but Warford is pass blocking at a high level as well, leaving the Lions thinking they may have found a fixture on their offensive line.

On his first receiving touchdown, Austin just got behind the defense with his straight-line speed. The Colts left Austin with too much space in the open field on his second score. Austin did what he does in the open field. He made a few people miss and ran to daylight. The Rams are hoping Austin’s performance was sign of things to come from the rookie.
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The Warriors have the formula for stopping James Harden

James Harden scored 24 points in the Houston Rockets’ 113-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, but he did so with staggering inefficiency. Harden shot just 5-of-20 from the field and 1-of-9 from downtown. He made all 13 of his free throws, but he turned the ball over six times.

In spite of his triple-double effort, Houston was outscored by nine with its MVP candidate on the floor. His struggles were not unique to Tuesday, though. They’ve been the undertone of each of Harden’s matchups against the Warriors this season.

Hoo boy, this is peak Belichick: Giving zero flips except for the flops he’s wearing on his bare feet. His shirt says, “I’m here for business meetings,” but his cargo shorts, with their big pockets, say, “I’m also here for the snacks.”

The photo also raises another question: Does Belichick own other clothes besides pink button-downs and a few ratty sweatshirts with the sleeves cut off? Here he is in 2008 at a Celtics game with his girlfriend Linda Holliday rocking the former:

Oh, wait, apparently he has fishing shirts in turquoise, too. Here he is at another Celtics game in 2008:

In three games against Golden State, The Beard has turned the ball over 20 times, shot a wretched 3-of-25 from downtown, and made just 19 of 56 total field goals. Harden has recorded triple-doubles in two of those three games, but the Warriors have outscored the Rockets by 35 points in all of his minutes on the floor.
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