Ameer Abdullah returns as the starting running back after playing only two games last season because of a foot injury

Despite maneuvering in the draft to select Deshaun Watson 12th overall, and then watching the quarterback flash in the preseason some of the considerable talent that enabled him to lead Clemson to the national championship last season, the Texans remain staunchly committed to fourth-year pro Tom Savage, an unheralded career backup, as their starter.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback since the Steelers drafted him from Miami University in 2004, is 20-2 starting against the Browns. He is 10-1 in Cleveland.

“He is very good above the neck,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday on a conference call. “He knows what’s required to be prepared. He aids the growth and development of those around him. He does all of the things that you would expect a guy at his position to do, and he does it very naturally and does it very well.”

Longshot’s strengths are also its weaknesses. The overall effort and detail that Madden put into the story, plot, and challenges make the game mode inflexible and not as versatile as one would like.

Ameer Abdullah returns as the starting running back after playing only two games last season because of a foot injury. Pass-catching specialist Cheap China Jerseys Theo Riddick, who was limited to 10 games because of wrist injuries, will back him up.

“When we’re healthy, we’re obviously better,” Stafford Cheap China NFL Jerseys said of the running game. “Those two guys are a big part of what we do, as are Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys most backs in this league.

DeMarre Carroll admits he wasn’t a good fit for Raptors’ iso-heavy offense

DeMarre Carroll hasn’t held his tongue since the Raptors traded him in a salary dump to the Brooklyn Nets on July 9. And in his July 19 introductory presser with local Nets media — after already addressing his role in Toronto’s offense — Carroll acknowledged again that he wasn’t the best fit for the Raptors’ isolation-heavy system that ran primarily through DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and, later, Serge Ibaka.

The Jazz will attempt to make up for his absence, of course. They may offer a loaded, player-friendly max offer sheet to Otto Porter Jr., daring the Washington Wizards to match it. (By all accounts, if it comes to that, Washington will.) Rudy Gay seems like a good, short-term fit — as much as Gay can be a good fit anywhere, given his checkered career and the injury that he’s rehabbing from. It appears that JaMychal Green’s future in Memphis is at least cloudy, although what Utah really needs is a small forward and Green’s ability to fill that role is questionable.

Still, Hayward was the plan. Next summer, with Gobert, Hayward, and the potential to acquire cap space, was looking like Utah’s best chance to strike. Another playoff season might have swung the Jazz in the right direction, earning their reputation as a free agency destination.

Instead, Hayward’s gone, likely turned off by a veritable Western Conference Cheap USA Hockey Jerseys arms race and seeing the Celtics — already a No. 1 seed with even more ways to get better — as a better long-term future. There’s nothing Utah could have done Cheap Tigers Jerseys about that. It can only try to regroup now that it has happened.

As to which one should go, you can make a case for each

Bradley and Smart are both heading into the final year of their contracts. The Celtics have depth at guard with Rozier and now Hayward. Jaylen Brown can also play some shooting guard as well. Crowder is now part of a crowd on the wing with Hayward, Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum. He can play up at power forward some, but isn’t a full time option there.

It is also worth noting that Hayward’s addition will not impact the Celtics plans to sign German big man Daniel Theis. He is likely to sign for the Minimum Exception after Boston completes their other moves.

Danny Ainge got his guy, but there is still work to be done. Not only does the team need to clear cap space, but they also need depth. The Celtics depth has been a big part of their success the last two seasons. A good amount of it will need replaced this summer. Brad Stevens has his former player, but he’ll have to figure out a new rotation that will feature lots of new places. But those are issues for another day. On the Fourth of July, Celtics fans finally got the fireworks they were promised years ago and that is something worth celebrating.

Even if James wanted to leave next season, where is he going? Not many teams around the league will have cap space. Those that do, including the Los Angeles Lakers, won’t be that good.

Plus, the Eastern Conference is as weak as it has ever been right now with multiple All-Star players migrating to the Western MLB Jerseys China Conference. To go play in L.A. means James’ path to the Finals runs through the Golden State Warriors start Cheap Vikings Jerseys at least a round earlier than anticipated.

Breaking down new-look Panthers: Cam Newton can make full use of new toys

The Panthers went from 15-1 and reigning NFC champions to the ultimate Super Bowl hangover in 2016, going 6-10 and finishing last in the NFC South. They are trying to recover and rebound in the right way: offensively.

After Carolina took the division and then the conference on the strength of the NFL’s highest-scoring offense in 2015, rival Atlanta followed suit last season. Another team in the South, New Orleans, ranked first in total offense. The Saints and Falcons were 1-2 in that category.

Those two teams figure to put up big numbers and yardage again, and the Buccaneers, with an aggressive offseason of adding playmakers, will be a lot more dangerous.

Gilbert’s comments likely stemmed from the fact the Cavs missed out on George. He was a major target of theirs, and they felt they were close to landing him. An ESPN report claims Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard backed out when “the Cavs were just starting to celebrate.”

The deal, which involved the Nuggets, would have sent Kevin Love to Denver, George to Cleveland and players such as Gary Harris and the 13th pick in the draft to Indiana. Instead, the Pacers ended up with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis from the Thunder.

While we don’t know why the Pacers didn’t go with the pre-draft trade, Windhorst mentioned Monday on The Lowe Post the Cavs weren’t interested in a deal the Pacers initiated.

“I know that around the draft and in the Paul George talks, the Cavs were not willing to make Kyrie Irving available for Paul George,” he said.

Zach Lowe added: “The Pacers offered Paul George for Kyrie Irving. That’s a thing that happened, according to people that we’ve talked to.”

When it’s all said and done, though, it was pretty remarkable to hear Gilbert openly mock the Pacers’ haul for George during Wednesday’s conference. He Detroit Lions Cheap Jerseys wasn’t asked a question about it, and instead Fans Cheap Jerseys decided to give his response, unprovoked.

Ugly details emerge from David Price, Dennis Eckersley exchange on Red Sox plane

No one likes to be publicly criticized, or worse, have their friends publicly criticized. Professional athletes are no different. If they hear a critique of a teammate they don’t think is fair they will often tell their ‘haters’ what they think of them.

David Price is taking on all ‘haters’ this year and that has been widely noted across many forms of media. But maybe no incident was as ugly as the one he shared on a Red Sox team plane June 29 with NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley.

Price reportedly had sharp criticism for the Hall of Famer, who let out a “yuck” when NESN showed Eduardo Rodriguez’s subpar pitching statistics from a rehab outing with Double-A Portland. Price later took on Eckersly in the plane before a trip to Toronto.

“There’s no doubt John means a great deal to the Broncos, our fans and the entire community. It was important for us to reach this long-term agreement, and we’re all excited to now turn our full attention toward the 2017 season.”

They are young, club-controlled players the Cardinals were counting on to form the nucleus of a playoff-caliber team for years to Discount Volleyball Jerseys come, and that hasn’t happened. So the challenge for Girsch and Mozeliak is to figure out whether their ships have sailed. That’s not an easy decision to make.

Look at Kolten Wong. He finished third in the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year voting, then had a decent 2.3 fWAR in 2015. But he often looked lost at the plate in 2016, earning a trip to the minors and winding up with just a .240 average on the season. The Cardinals didn’t irrationally trade him in the middle of a disappointing Dallas Cowboys Cheap Jerseys season, and in 2017 he’s hitting .304 with a .391 on-base percentage.

Royals acquire All-Star Trevor Cahill, relievers from Padres for playoff run

The Royals entered Monday’s game against the Tigers in a tie with the Rays for the second wild card spot. After seeing the Rays make a trade for a reliever, the 2015 champions did one better, trading for three Padres pitchers, including 2010 All-Star Trevor Cahill.

In addition to Cahill, who is 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA this season for the rebuilding Padres, Kansas City received left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter and righty Brandon Maurer in exchange for left-handed pitchers Matt Strahm and No. 5 starter Travis Wood, minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz and cash considerations, the team announced Tuesday.

“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” James told ESPN. “I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.

“All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that.”

According to ESPN, there’s history between James and Detroit Tigers Cheap Jerseys Barkley that’s been simmering for some time. Most of it stems from Barkley’s criticisms on various outlets.

In the report, James also mocks Phil Jackson’s flippant comment this season referencing LeBron’s “posse.”

But James directed the hard heat toward Barkley, saying he’s tired of taking the high road. “Screw Charles Barkley. … I’m tired of biting my tongue. There’s a new sheriff in town.”

Barkley later laughed off James’ barbs and said he stood by his criticism.

“I was laughing, clearly he did some homework … he Googled Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys me and found some things,” Barkley said. “He was young when I was playing, so I appreciate that, but I’m not upset about it … my criticism was fair and I’m good with that.”

Pablo Sandoval officially signs with Giants Saturday

A change of scenery can do many people a lot of good, and maybe going home is just what Pablo Sandoval needs to resurrect his playing career.

Jon Heyman has reported that Sandoval, who was released by the Red Sox this week, will be in San Francisco to officially sign with the Giants on Saturday.

Sandoval signed a massive free agent deal with the Red Sox before the 2015 season, but never found his footing in Boston and forced the Red Sox to part ways with the man they hoped would be their third baseman of the future.

The former Giant comes back to the Bay Area with a successful track record for the team including three World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The 30-year-old third baseman never batted worse than .268 in his seven season with the Giants and had a career .344 batting average in 39 postseason games with the club while hitting six home runs and driving in 20 runs.

James also said Monday the team’s personnel isn’t as good as it was last season when Cleveland won it all. That’s a valid point: Griffin has not yet found suitable replacements for backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova and center Timofey Mozgov, who both left for big money from the Bucks and Lakers, respectively, in the offseason. The only significant roster addition has been wing Kyle Korver, which was as much a Cheap Youth Football Jerseys reaction to J.R. Smith’s injury as an actual upgrade attempt.

Griffin, though, still has ample time to make moves before the playoffs, so LeBron’s sounding the alarm now feels premature. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 23, and a handful of useful players likely will become available after that date as teams buy out their contracts.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue told reporters Wednesday, “We Cheap Zetterberg Jerseys have enough on this team to win a championship.” James, clearly, disagrees. Should be an interesting next two to three months in the Land.

Oops! Worst in-season trades for every NL franchise

The MLB trade deadline is both an exciting and dangerous time.

General managers across the league are looking for ways to improve their club, to find gold in the form of future World Series heros.

But they also have to avoid deals that will make lists like this one, the worst in-season deals for every National League team (yes, there’s also an AL version). We’re not just looking at deadline deals here, but all deals that happened between opening day and Game 162 of a season.

Add the tumultuous relationship between Carmelo Anthony and team president Phil Jackson and injuries to Kristaps Porzingis and Rose, and it’s not surprising to Fisher they’ve struggled. He admits he faced similar problems trying to execute what Jackson wanted.

“One of the challenges for all of us was we were in the basketball department under the umbrella of Phil Jackson and who he was and who he is and what he was able to do as coach and leader,” Fisher said.

“Then [when you’re] asking me as a head coach in a sense not to create the same results, but take the same system or way of playing and try and teach these guys how to play it — and utilize it in similar ways as when he taught it — I think at times it was more challenging for our players to really understand, ‘Who am I committing myself to? Who am I selling myself to? Who am I running through the brick wall for?'”

Fisher said he and Jackson didn’t mesh as they had hoped in their new roles as coach and president. Fisher also blamed an “inaccurate opinion about a personal matter” for his downfall under two seasons into a five-year contract. The Cheap Xavi Jerseys Cheap Xavi Jerseysreference was about an altercation with former Lakers Cheap Youth NHL Jerseys teammate Matt Barnes over Barnes’ ex-wife.