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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Tuesday that Chris Long is joining the New England Patriots on a one-year deal, according to a source informed of his thinking. Long, who spent eight seasons in St. Louis with the Rams, previously visited the Falcons and Redskins. ESPN’s Trey Wingo first reported the news.


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The No. 2 pick of the 2008 draft, Long racked nfl jerseys up 54.5 sacks with the Rams to go with excellent run defense. But injuries have sapped his productivity over the last two years, limiting him to only four sacks in 18 games. Long reportedly was looking for nfl jerseys a place where he could go after a Super Bowl ring, and the Patriots certainly make sense as a destination on that front. The team figures to use Long as a rotational defensive end who shares snaps with Jabaal Sheard Jerseys, Rob Ninkovich Jerseys and two mid-round picks from the 2015 draft: Geneo Grissom and Trey Flowers.

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Long was one of the highest-ranked players left on our top 99 free agents, ranking 25th overall entering free agency. The Patriots have had good fortune adding hungry veterans looking for a ring over the years with players like Rodney Harrison, Junior Seau and Darrelle Revis Jerseys. Long is a medium-risk, high-reward player that will help to make up for the loss of Jones on Tuesday.

Giants receivers not fretting about replacing OBJ

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The New York Giants need to fill an Odell Beckham Jerseys Jr.-sized hole in their lineup.

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With Beckham suspended for Sunday night’s contest against the Minnesota Vikings, Big Blue will be without the man responsible for 26 percent of their receptions, 36 percent of their receiving yards and 41 percent of their touchdown catches.

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“Obviously, the opportunity is going to be there for everybody to contribute,” coach Tom Coughlin said of replacing Beckham’s production, via the New York Post. “Certainly many, many people are going to have to be called upon.”

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Beckham being out takes away Eli Manning Jerseys’s go-to target and the sole playmaker defenses fear. Manning’s passer rating is 20.9 points higher when targeting Beckham Jr. when compared to the rest of the Giants this season. Sans OBJ to force double and triple teams wholesale nfl jerseys, the rest of the receiving corps will see stiffer coverage than any time this season.


Yet, Big Blue’s wideouts shrugged at the challenge.

“Odell is just one piece of the puzzle, and we’ve got other guys that can play, too,” Dwayne Harris Jerseys said. “We’re just going to go out, do our job and play football.”

Added Hakeem Nicks Jerseys: “I look it as a great opportunity cheap jerseys, and when opportunity knocks on the door, you’ve got to answer it.”

Harris, Nicks, Rueben Randle Jerseys and tight end Will Tye will be asked to shoulder the load with the most explosive receiver in the NFL suspended. We expect Nicks to see a significant snap and target increase with Beckham out.

In order to avoid missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season, the Giants need to win out and get a lot of help to win the NFC East.

Michael Irvin: DeAndre Hopkins ‘flat out incredible’

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NFL Media analyst and Hall of Fame wideout Michael Irvin, Hopkins’ coach on Team Irvin, was blown away by the former Clemson standout’s performance in practice all week.

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“We don’t know what the ceiling is,” Irvin said, via the Texan’s official website. “You see the skillset, where he can catch wholesale footballs jerseys from anyplace in the world. There is no telling what the ceiling can be. He’ll be rewriting a lot of records in the NFL.”

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“I would not be able to do it,” Irvin conceded. “Whenever you brought in another quarterback, I played with a lot less confidence. What he does is just flat out incredible.”

Hopkins has emerged as the NFL’s premier boundary receiver with a contortionist act on the sidelines and in the end zone, aided by huge, strong hands and physicality. It’s his relentless effort and route running, however, that gained Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s respect.

“He’s a dog,” Sherman said. “He goes after it every play. He brings it every play. Every down. He’s a very unique talent. He’s explosive in and out of his breaks cheap jerseys. He puts his own flavor on his routes. It’s a challenge.”

The Texans will enter the 2016 season with two of the NFL’s top 20 players in Hopkins and perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate J.J. Watt Jerseys. If they find a way to upgrade at quarterback, perhaps they can make a deeper run in the playoffs.

Galaxy’s Lletget vows to “keep shooting” as he seeks a way back into lineup

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Despite the goal drought, Lletget remained a consistent part of the Galaxy lineup until recently. He’s come off the bench for two straight games, the second time this season that has happened, and it could stretch into a third straight game when the LA Galaxy Jerseys take on the Houston Dynamo Jerseys Friday night at the StubHub Center (11 pm ET; UniMás in US, MLS LIVE in Canada).

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It’s something he faced earlier in his career at West Ham, and the Galaxy midfielder isn’t dwelling on it.

“I can’t be down about it,” said Lletget. “It’s a long season; I have to remind myself of that. Every time I get the chance, I’m going to prove myself.”

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It is a long season. But Bruce Arena’s efforts to find the right balance between attacking pieces Robbie Keane Jerseys, Gyasi Zardes Jerseys and Giovani dos Santos Jerseys can require a lot of flexibility from someone like Lletget. Thus far in 2016 he’s played every midfield position, and even a few games at forward, as the Galaxy have dealt with injuries and international absences.

To hear Arena tell it cheap jerseys, these things will happen with the depth that he has to balance.

“We just have a pretty competitive group,” said Arena. “Everyone has their chance. He’s had a number of games this year, and others will. Sebastian’s going to get other opportunities as we move forward.”

Last time out Lletget came off the bench for Steven Gerrard Jerseys, who started next to Jeff Larentowicz Jerseys in central midfield. Baggio Husidic Jerseys appears to be settling in on the right side of the midfield. Who exactly Lletget is competing with isn’t always clear. What does seem clear is the club hasn’t found their ideal starting XI yet.

“We have not been able to get the same team on the field two games in a row this year,” said Arena. “Once we get everyone back, I would think by the end of August we should have a team that’s fully coordinated in the right kind of rhythm we want.”

So what does Lletget have to do to get back on the pitch? It’s easy to forget that he’s only 23, that in some ways he’s still going to go through the rough patches any young player can face in MLS when he’s competing with Designated Players and seasoned veterans for limited spots in the attack wholesale jerseys.

He tries to maintain a good perspective on improving his game, and believes a turnaround is just around the corner.

“I’ve got faith,” said Lletget. “I’ve just got to keep shooting and never forget that. I still believe that I’m going to get many goals this season. I have to believe that.”

Brady on Peyton: Pressure is probably finally off him

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“It’s what I said to my wife after I found out,” Brady told Peter King of “The way he played football, and the way he was consumed by football, all the mental energy he had to use wholesale jerseys, and I mean every day of the year you’re thinking about it — imagine what he must feel like with all that pressure off. Twelve months a year, the time commitment, the mental commitment, I can tell you it never leaves you. You are constantly trying to be better, constantly striving to learn more. Think about how long he’s been a great quarterback. For Peyton, the pressure’s probably off for the first time in his life. Imagine how that feels.”

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It’s as much a look into Brady’s own career as an equally celebrated competitor who never stops obsessing over the game. He found his match in Manning, and made it clear Sunday that he’ll miss the chance for one more showdown cheap jerseys with Peyton.

“That part sucks,” Brady said, sounding sad, per King. “That part really sucks. That part will always suck.”

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In February, he earned the first of what could and should be many All-Star nods. Drummond will finish this season as the NBA leader in rebounds (14.9) and double-doubles (59). If he can lift the Pistons into the playoffs, it’ll punctuate his arrival.

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They play six of their final 10 games at the The Palace of Auburn Hills, including four straight starting tonight. The table is set for them to end the franchise’s six-season playoff drought, if they can keep the momentum going.

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There’s no way to do it without yeoman’s work from Drummond. They need him to continue to dominate around the basket on both ends of the floor the way he has recently.

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His tip-in with two seconds to play lifted the Pistons to a 92-91 over Milwaukee Monday night. Drummond was at his best when it mattered most, scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds in the fourth quarter.

He grabbed six offensive rebounds that night, none more important than the last one, finishing the game with 14 points and 16 rebounds.

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The Magic’s strategy was to foul Drummond, a 36 percent free throw shooter, and make him earn his keep there. But that plan went up in smoke.

Drummond made 14 of his 20 shots from the floor and only attempted three free throws.

“Our guys knew that if Drummond got the ball inside, and it wasn’t on a lob, we were supposed to foul him,” Magic coach Scott Skiles said. “Instead, we just let him finish at the rim all night.”

Drummond’s free throw shooting remains an issue. And Van Gundy hasn’t let up on repeated public requests for Drummond to play with more energy and effort, particularly on the defensive end. He benched Drummond in the third quarter against the Bucks for not bringing it at the desired level.

“I thought he played a lot better in the fourth quarter,” Van Gundy told reporters after the game. “I just didn’t think he was bringing us any in energy in the third quarter … I would like to see our starters take more responsibility in terms of energy and intensity.”

If the Pistons have any chance to cement their status as a playoff team this season, they’ll need every ounce of the energy and intensity they can get out of their 6-foo-11, 290-pound behemoth.

This week’s Top 10 in the Kia Race to the MVP:

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Last week’s ranking: No. 1

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Steph Curry is a nominee for the Kia Western Conference Player of the Month.

Just when you think the grind of the chase and his superhuman season has finally caught up to him, Curry cranks it back up after a two-game shooting slump. He shot just 4-for-18 in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs and then followed that up with a 6-for-17 effort in Monday’s win over Minnesota, managing a combined 33 points (and shooting 3-for-21 from deep) in those games. But the league’s leading scorer bounced back with a 33-point showcase (12-for-23 shooting overall and 4-for-10 on 3-pointers) in Wednesday’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers. As the regular season winds down and the Warriors continue their pursuit of a 73-win campaign, Curry’s hold on the No. 1 spot couldn’t be tighter.

2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Last week’s ranking: No. 3

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Kevin Durant scores 20 points and adds 9 assists with 8 boards as the Thunder take down the Jazz 113-91.

Durant is working on a streak of his own right now. He’s piled up 57 straight games (and counting) where he’s scored 20 or more points, the best such stretch of his career. He’s on a short list the includes Michael Jordan (twice, 72 and 69), Kobe Bryant (63) and Allen Iverson (57). Durant’s consistency comes at the perfect time for a Thunder team that has won six straight games, their best stretch since mid-January. They also reached the 50-win plateau with 10 more games to play in 2015-16. And Durant is doing it all down the stretch, averaging 26 points, 9.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, one block and one steal in his last five games.

3. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Last week’s ranking: No. 2

Lebron Stars vs. Nets

LeBron James scores 30 points on 13-16 shooting with six boards, five dimes and a steal versus Brooklyn.

The drama never seems to end for James and the Cavaliers, a team that couldn’t figure out the lowly Brooklyn Nets Thursday night. LeBron’s been productive, as always, but his team is clearly struggling through something of an identity crisis. A blowout loss to Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat Jerseys didn’t help matters. And even when LeBron puts on a brilliant show — like the 33-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist triple-double he dropped in Monday’s win over Denver — the foolishness still finds its way to the Cleveland locker room. While all the talk this week has centered around LeBron’s desire to one day play with the “Brotherhood” (Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul), the focus needs to be on the band of brothers on his current roster.

4. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Last week’s ranking: No. 4

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Highlights from Kawhi Leonard’s 32 point performance versus the Heat on Wednesday night.

Leonard torched the Miami Heat Jerseys for 32 points in just 24 minutes Wednesday, exiting the game early with a right quad contusion. If he wasn’t on coach Gregg Popovich’s maintenance plan hot list, he is now. The Spurs cannot take any chances with the health if their best player with the playoffs on the horizon. And if you want a reminder of just how devastating and versatile Leonard’s game has become this season, watch his work from last Saturday’s win over the Golden State Warriors (18 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks) or the win over the Heat (12-for-21 shooting, 3-for-7 on 3-pointers, eight rebounds, one block and one steal). Leonard should be a lock for his second straight Kia Defensive Player of the Year award.

5. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Last week’s ranking: No. 5

Westbrook Torments Rockets

Russell Westbrook notches his third consecutive triple-double scoring 21 points with 15 assists and 12 rebounds to charge the Thunder over the Rockets.

Mr. triple-double took the night off from his usual ways in the Thunder’s win over Utah Thursday night, finishing with 15 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals. He put that line up after collecting three straight triple-doubles in wins over Philadelphia, Indiana and Houston. Westbrook is making the triple-double routine this season, leading the league in that category (15), the most any player has piled up in one season since Magic Johnson had 17 and Michael Jordan 15 during the 1988-89 season. He has six this month and could catch Jordan, who had seven in April of 1989 — the most by a player in a calendar month. It seems laughable now that some questioned whether or not he would develop into the all-around force he has become.

6. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

Last week’s ranking: No. 6

Paul Solid As Clippers Nip Blazers

Chris Paul scores 25 and J.J. Redick hits the game winning buzzer beater as the Clippers top the Trail Blazers 96-94.

J.J. Redick played the role of hero for the Clippers with a buzzer-beating jumper to top the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night, but it was Paul and Jamal Crawford who made those last-second heroics possible. Paul was outstanding, as he been consistently this season, finishing with 25 points on 8-for-15 shooting to go along with his seven assists and five rebounds. The win snapped a three-game losing streak, one of the Clippers’ roughest stretches without Blake Griffin in the lineup. It’s become increasingly clear that Griffin’s return is the key to what the Clippers will be able to do in the playoffs. But Paul deserves credit for driving the Clippers to their current position in the standings.

7. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

Last week’s ranking: No. 7

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Kyle Lowry is a nominee for the Kia Eastern Conference Player of the Month.

A sore right elbow kept Lowry out of Wednesday’s loss to the Boston Celtics, robbing us all of a point guard duel with fellow All-Star Isaiah Thomas. Lowry’s absence impacted the Raptors, who were thumped him at the controls. It makes sense, though, for Raptors coach Dwane Casey to be extra cautious with Lowry as the playoffs approach. The Raptors have to prove they are capable of surviving the first round after back-to-back postseasons of being bounced in the first round. Lowry had been on a tear before sitting out against the Celtics, averaging 25.8 points while shooting 48 percent from beyond the 3-point line, 6.8 assist, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals.

8. Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics

Last week’s ranking: No. 9

Kia Awards: Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas is a nominee for the Kia Eastern Conference Player of the Month.

Thomas continues to lead by example for a young and hungry Celtics team that could pose major problems for someone in the playoffs. He posted his 11th straight game with 20 or more points in Wednesday’s trouncing of Toronto, the Celtics’ third straight win as they moved back into the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. With Jae Crowder still nursing that sore ankle and out of the lineup, Thomas has been forced to carry an even larger offensive load. The extra work hasn’t been much of an issue for Thomas, who is averaging 26.2 points, 4.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds this month.

9. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Last week’s ranking: No. 8

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Damian Lillard scores 27 points with six rebounds and six assists to lead the Blazers to victory over the visiting Mavericks, 109-103.

Lillard had a tough night against Chris Paul and the Clippers Thursday and then had to watch J.J. Redick end the game on a buzzer-beater. His 18 points (on an ugly 4-for-16 shooting performance, including 2-for-8 from deep) was his second-lowest scoring game of the month. It was also just the third time in March that he failed to reach the 20-point mark. It was the third loss in five games for the Trail Blazers, who are 4-6 in their last 10 games. Dame and the Trail Blazers have to crank it back up down the stretch if they want to avoid the mess that will be the fight for the seventh and eighth spots in the Western Conference playoff chase.

10. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons Jerseys

Last week’s ranking: Not ranked

The Pistons’ big man makes a return trip to the top 10 after dropping off of the radar for a couple of months. His work this season, though, has been stellar. He came through in the clutch in Monday’s win over Milwaukee, his tip-in with two seconds to play lifting the Pistons to a 92-91 win. He turned in one of his most dominant performances of the season (30 points on 14-for-20 shooting, 14 rebounds and two blocks) in Wednesday’s blowout win over the Orlando Magic Jerseys. The Pistons have won four straight and are surging at the right time, climbing back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture heading into tonight’s critical showdown against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

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Fantasy forwards: Second line elevating Capitals

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Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals have been elite-level fantasy staples throughout the past decade. Suddenly, they have company in wholesale nhl jerseys their own town.

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Ovechkin is second in the NHL in goals (27) and leads the League in shots on goal (222), while Backstrom is one of six players with a point per game or better this season (others: Patrick Kane Jerseys, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Erik Karlsson, Johnny Gaudreau Jerseys). No one should be surprised to see Ovechkin and Backstrom where they are in the fantasy rankings, but rarely have the Capitals had a second line as powerful as their current trio of Evgeny Kuznetsov, Justin Williams and Andre Burakovsky.

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Kuznetsov, one of my preseason breakout picks, has 44 points (T-7th) and a plus-23 (2nd) in 45 games, and is tied for fifth in the NHL in multipoint games (13). After an early-season stint with Ovechkin in Backstrom’s injury absence, he’s been playing with Williams the rest of the way — making the former Los Angeles Kings wing one of the biggest fantasy steals of the season (Yahoo average draft position: 169.2). Williams has 31 points in 45 games with 115 SOG and a plus-14. He had a hat trick Sunday, his seventh multipoint game and second three-point game of the season.

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Games like that have become a regular occurrence from this potent second line, catapulting the Capitals to the top of the NHL standings. Any time Ovechkin has an off night or is shut down (very rare), opponents are still susceptible to allowing a goal or two from the Kuznetsov-Williams line, giving Washington an added dimension and making them more dangerous than past seasons.

Kuznetsov and Williams are hot commodities in fantasy and only attainable by throwing high-end assets at your trade partner, but you can still find Burakovsky (LW, two percent owned) in the vast majority of Yahoo leagues. Marcus Johansson played with Kuznetsov and Williams prior to his suspension earlier this month, but he’s now on the third line and first power-play unit, while Burakovsky has seized his second-line opportunity. Burakovsky, 20, has two-assist outings in three of his past four games and should be scooped up in deep formats before his ownership skyrockets.


Joe Thornton, C, San Jose Sharks

Since Dec. 15, the only player League-wide with more points than Thornton (19 in 15 games) is Kane (23 in 17 games). Sharks coach Peter DeBoer kept the once-slumping veteran alongside Joe Pavelski on the top line, and “Jumbo Joe” has turned his season around, taking Tomas Hertl (C/LW, 24 percent owned) along for the ride.

Tomas Hertl Center – SJS GOALS: 8 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 22 SOG: 111 | +/-: 2 Hertl, who thrived with Thornton and Brent Burns during his eye-opening rookie season (2013-14) prior to injury, has four goals, three assists, a plus-8 and 22 SOG in his past six games and is one of the hottest fantasy waiver wire options on the market. San Jose is rolling three strong lines with Logan Couture back in the mix, and Thornton is shooting the puck more of late with five goals on 31 SOG (16.1 percent) during his hot stretch.

Thornton has shot 14.0 percent in his career (1,329 games) and Pavelski has shot 16.6 percent since 2013-14 (best in NHL among players with minimum 190 games in span), so fantasy owners should know that this stretch is not just a flash in the pan.


Kyle Turris, C, Ottawa Senators

Kyle Turris Center – OTT GOALS: 13 | ASST: 17 | PTS: 30 SOG: 114 | +/-: -11 Turris started the season with 26 points in his first 32 games, but only has points in three of his next 14 games (no goals, four assists) with a minus-12 in that stretch. Bobby Ryan has been moved off his line to play with Mika Zibanejad, and Turris just lost Mike Hoffman to injury Monday. His other frequent linemate, Mark Stone, has also struggled with four goals and one assist in his past 15 games, and is negatively impacted by Hoffman’s injury.


While Turris and Stone are still worth being patient with in deep leagues, you have to begin looking at the forward options out there in shallow leagues. Turris should eventually turn it around considering he plays more than 20 minutes per game and averages 3:18 on the power play, but this is not a good sign for an already inconsistent Senators offense.


Kevin Fiala, LW, Nashville Predators

Kevin Fiala Left Wing – NSH GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 1 SOG: 8 | +/-: 0 Fiala, two percent owned, is 19 years old and has been effective through his first two games of the season. The 2014 first-round pick landed on a line with Ryan Johansen, who has seven points in five games since joining the Predators, and James Neal, giving the rookie tremendous upside as long as he’s in this spot. Nashville’s second line is comprised of Filip Forsberg, Mike Ribeiro and Calle Jarnkrok. Fiala has one goal and eight SOG in two games and should be added to everyone’s watch list to see if he can sustain that shot volume and stick with Johansen.


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Texas A&M, Seahawks reach new agreement for '12th Man' trademark

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Texas A&M and the Seattle Seahawks Jerseys Jerseys have reached a new agreement on the usage of TAMU’s trademarked “12th Man” phrase.

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The two sides have a five-year deal that has a few new provisions, the school announced Thursday. Seattle will no longer be able to use “12th Man” on the “Ring of Honor” at CenturyLink Field or reference it on Seahawks Jerseys social media accounts. A&M and Seattle initially reached an agreement in 2006 when A&M took legal action against the NFL franchise for unauthorized use of the phrase. A&M first issued a federal trademark in 1990.

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Like A&M, Seattle uses the phrase to describe its fan base as the symbolic 12th man on the field. But for A&M, the phrase dates back nearly 100 years.

From A&M’s press release:


The “12th Man” use by Texas A&M dates back almost a century and directly relates to the legendary actions of the late E. King Gill, a Texas A&M student who came out of the stands at an Aggie football game on Jan 2, 1922 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas—ready to enter the game if needed because of injuries to the team’s regular players. Gill was the original 12th Man.

“We appreciate the Seahawks Jerseys’ management working with us on a mutual agreement for the licensed use of the mark,” A&M president Michael Young said in a statement. “The 12th Man is a cherished tradition. Keeping it alive is important because it reflects the willingness and readiness of Aggies to fearlessly step in whenever and wherever needed.”

Added A&M chancellor John Sharp: “We are obviously pleased to have in place the new agreement with the Seattle Seahawks Jerseys Jerseys that serves to control and minimize any use of Texas A&M University’s trademark ‘12th Man’ by any entity other than Texas A&M or its authorized licensees.”

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Seattle will continue to pay an annual royalty fee to the university as it shifts its focus to the use of “12” or “12s.” According to ESPN, the Seahawks Jerseys have trademarks for “Spirit of 12,” “12,” “The 12s” and “We Are 12s.”

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Rooney: ‘I doubt’ Burfict-free game was extra punishment

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Vontaze Burfict Jerseys is enemy No. 1 in Pittsburgh.

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The Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys’ linebacker was suspended three games for an illegal hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown Jerseys — knocking the wideout out of Pittsburgh’s playoff loss the following week. Burfict also made the tackle on Le’Veon Bell Jerseys that ended the running back’s season. Many Steelers players at the time believed Burfict knew Bell was hurt when he celebrated the tackle. Then there was the more recent social media spat with Steelers backup running back DeAngelo Williams Jerseys.
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The blood is bad between Burfict and the Steelers, to say the least.

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When the NFL released the 2016 schedule on Thursday, we learned that Burfict will miss the first matchup against the Steelers — Week 2 in Pittsburgh — due to his suspension.


While some in Cincinnati might view it as extra punishment for the Bengals to be without their stud linebacker versus a division rival, Steelers president Art Rooney II doesn’t believe the league had an anti-Bengals leaning when creating a matchup Burfict would miss.

“I doubt that,” Rooney when asked if it was extra punishment for Burfict’s behavior, via the team’s official website. “I’m sure the league wanted a game that would be an interesting game for us to open our season at home, and that certainly fits the bill in terms of renewing the rivalry with the Bengals early in the season.”

There are certainly enough storylines to make the Bengals-Steelers matchup intriguing, san Burfict. We could argue the matchup would have been more “interesting” if they plopped it squarely in Week 4, in Burfict’s return. However, given how the end of the Cincinnati-Pittsburgh playoff game unraveled, the NFL would be justified in trying to keep the after-play antics at a minimum. Not having Burfict on the field will help in that endeavor.

Whether it was a conscious decision or not to play the Bengals-Steelers first matchup in the Burfict-less window, there will still be enough bad blood on the field for a highly entertaining division game. Barring injury — or another suspension — Burfict should be on the field when Cincinnati hosts Pittsburgh in Week 15. Then that part of the rivalry can be renewed.

James Harden writes letter to fans, takes shot at Warriors

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In a letter released to Houston Rockets Jerseys fans Monday on Twitter, guard James Harden, who just signed a $118.1 million contract, took what could be perceived as a dig at the Golden State Warriors Jerseys.

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Toward the end of the letter Harden wrote, “We are not a ‘super-team’ but just a group of guys that want to work hard to be the very best and our work begins immediately.”


During a news conference Saturday announcing Harden’s new deal and introducing newly signed free agents Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, the Rockets seemed a little amused by what the Warriors have done this offseason.

In regards to the Warriors, Harden said during the news conference there’s only “one basketball,” and owner Leslie Alexander said, “They have to defend us too.”

Harden said the Rockets are being overlooked, which he thinks is a good thing.

Of course, the NBA’s biggest offseason move involved the Warriors signing Kevin Durant to a two-year contract. The Rockets wanted to speak with Durant about his free-agent plans but didn’t get a meeting, despite his good relationship with Harden.

Instead, the Rockets focused their energies on upgrading their roster, acquiring a power forward in Anderson and another scorer from the guard position in Gordon.