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HonorTheCall was furious when he saw the response

Martin was in his Orlando home when he filmed a video response. It began with the admission, “Tom and I were in LA, at a rooftop pool at a hotel, and we were just kinda enjoying our afternoon, swimming around, eating good food,” when they started talking about skins gambling. “We really liked those sites,” he went on, but he said he felt that certain “improvements” could be made. Calling himself “the type of person who always looks for a problem and wants to solve it,” he decided to launch one of his own.

Martin denied rigging bets in his favor. He even pointed his hand-held camera at his pet Labrador and said, “I swear to God, on Cooper’s life.” But inexplicably, a minute later he conceded that he used his own skins on only 70 percent of his bets; the rest were skins belonging to the site, which had been raking in gains from customers’ losses.

HonorTheCall was furious when he saw the response. “Trevor was just ignoring the facts,” he told Outside the Lines in a recent interview near his Toronto home. So he emailed a friend on Reddit who had an online relationship with Martin and asked him to open a channel. To his surprise, Martin responded via Skype with what seemed like an olive branch: “I will be a man and tell you that I made a mistake not being totally transparent.”

Top-ranked Andy Murray had no problem rebounding from a bum right ankle to beat Sam Querrey in third-round play at the Australian Open. Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also won.

“Today, I was put on my back foot on every single shot,” Berdych lamented. “And I couldn’t get out of it.”

If you didn’t know Federer shut it down after reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon, this was the kind of lopsided score line you’d expect. The 17-time major champion has now beaten Berdych six times in a row — and won all 14 of those sets. Overall, Federer holds a 17-6 head-to-head edge.

“I didn’t expect it as such,” Federer said. “It was a great mental test for me to see if I could stay in the match. From the baseline, I felt worlds better than in the first couple of rounds.

Seattle Seahawks

Bills OL coach Aaron Kromer placed on paid leave after arrest for allegedly punching minor

Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with battery with intent to cause bodily harm, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Rapoport tweeted out Kromer’s arrest sheet from the Walton County Jail in Florida, where Kromer was booked, and later released on bond, after allegedly punching his neighbor’s juvenile son.
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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release with more details on the allegations:

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Perhaps best known by his nickname, “The Snake,” Stabler led Alabama to an undefeated season in 1966. He nearly didn’t play in his final year with the Crimson Tide. Head coach Bear Bryant kicked him off the team for “non-conformism” before letting him back after Stabler convinced Bryant that he deserved a second chance. Stabler’s “Run in the Mud” in 1967 helped Alabama beat Auburn.

The 1976 season was arguably Stabler’s best season, however. After completing a career-best 66.7 percent of his passes for and NFL-leading 2,737 yards and a career-high 27 touchdowns during the regular season, he marched the Raiders to a 32-14 Super Bowl victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Stabler did not throw an interception in three playoff games during the championship run.

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Do you want to stay in Toronto?

Jarrett Jack Game Jersey I feel like the last couple of years, everything has been happening the right way mostly because I have done everything that I was supposed to be doing. Just be a professional, go out there and work every single night and be me and have fun and just provide. Have fun, be with your teammates and your family and not worry about anything but having fun and winning games. At this time of the year, at this point in my life, it is about continuing to try to grow as much as possible and winning. Winning at the highest level. Winning a ring would be the ultimate goal, the ultimate feel-good.

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If there’s one alarm to sound after Monday’s drubbing, it was James’ repeating his claim from before Christmas that Golden State has a treasure trove of playmakers, listing off not just Curry, Green, Durant and Klay Thompson but also Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Zaza Pachulia as consistent creators. That brought further urgency to Cavs general manager David Griffin’s claim from earlier in the week that Cleveland was looking to add “playmaking” — and not necessarily exclusively at the point guard position.

James wants more help, which is also nothing new. Any superstar who has been in the league for a decade and a half and seen what he has seen, including the injuries that marred the Cavs’ run in ’15 and the injuries that hampered the Warriors run in ’16, would be silly to not arm up as much as possible before the playoffs.

Simply put, Monday’s game proves little other than that a lot can happen in six weeks, let alone six months. Both the Cavs and the Warriors have rendered regular-season results pretty irrelevant, based on how the past year has played out. Things could look a lot different again come June.

Seattle Seahawks

McCarthy referred to himself as a “highly successful” coach earlier this year

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Yes, McCarthy did go for it on fourth-and-1 last week against the Giants, and the play backfired. But he shouldn’t let that discourage him from taking more chances against the Cowboys.
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McCarthy referred to himself as a “highly successful” coach earlier this year, and it’s true that he is accomplished in many ways. His game management in the playoffs over the past two years, though, has been sorely lacking. He would do well to rely on the lessons he has learned from those mistakes and the decisions made by O’Brien and Carroll on Saturday to inform the choices he makes against the Cowboys this afternoon.

Seattle was chasing the game by this point, but Carroll continued to coach like a guy who was up by 16 points, not down by 16. He punted on fourth-and-2 from his own 31-yard line, only to be bailed out by a procedure penalty and given a new set of downs. The Seahawks then drove into the red zone, but on fourth-and-6 from the 8-yard line, down 16 points, Carroll called for a Steven Hauschka field goal.

The staggering result enhanced his legacy as an all-timer, that much is clear. “At the end of the day they’re going to talk about that guy as one of the top three quarterbacks who ever laced them up,” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. “Someone said earlier this week, ‘He’s been hot for the last seven or eight weeks.’ He’s been hot since 2008.”

How high can Rodgers climb the ladder now? Tom Brady has probably put this GOAT thing to bed for keeps, but Rodgers is only 33 years old and still very much at the height of his athletic powers. Maybe he can’t catch Brady and his four Super Bowl titles and counting; maybe the best Rodgers can do is land in Garrett’s top three, and supplant Starr and Brett Favre as the greatest Packer of them all.

He’s going to need another ring, or two or three, to get there, but the final 35 seconds of this 34-31 elimination of the top-seeded Cowboys moved the needle in that direction.

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Quarterbacks highlight the list of NFL prospects in the Big Ten East

For a conference that produced last year’s national champion, the Big Ten has been disappointing in terms of the NFL Draft. Last April marked the 20th straight year that no Big Ten quarterback was selected in the first round. But times are changing, and the Big Ten is now likely to have three quarterbacks taken in the first round in 2016. The rest of the draft will run through Ohio State with five, possibly six, projected first-round selections.

However, it’s not all about OSU. There are plenty of prospects within the Big Ten East who could find themselves labeled the gems of draft weekend.

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“I think the biggest difference is the linebackers,” said Winston. “In college, you don’t have linebackers that can actually defend the pass,” Jameis said. “These guys out here, you know, they’re jumping seam routes. They’re five yards under my seam routes; they jumpin’ a bender.”
Since 2007, only five quarterbacks who have been selected in the first round of the draft have played less than 500 snaps in their rookie campaign. Over the last several years, most clubs have opted to have their young franchise QBs learn on the job instead of sitting behind a veteran placeholder.

If Doug Martin can return to form after two subpar and injury-riddled seasons, Winston shouldn’t have to carry the full load offensively. He has three large and potentially dynamic receivers at his disposal, too, as Mike Evans, Jackson and tight end Austin Seferian-Jackson all stand at 6’5.

At this stage, that is the best the Buccaneers can hope for.

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Smith didn’t change his stance after hearing Bisciotti’s comments

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti half-jokingly said he hasn’t ruled out wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. coming out of retirement and playing in 2017.

“I haven’t given up hope that Steve Smith is going to come walking in here in September,” Bisciotti said with a smile. “We’ll see about that character. I wouldn’t count him out.”

Smith didn’t change his stance after hearing Bisciotti’s comments.

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Smith officially filed for retirement on Jan. 2, sending a letter to Goodell. He wrote that he “will no longer be antagonizing defensive backs.”

Authentic Kids Ladarius Green Jersey Del Rio, who also had Musgrave as his OC for with the Jaguars in 2003 and ’04, was not afraid to criticize the offense this season. After a Week 14 loss at Kansas City, Del Rio said he wished he had seen more “big-boy ball” from the Raiders in terms of the running game.

Then, after a Week 16 regular-season finale loss at Denver that cost the Raiders an AFC West title and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, Del Rio wondered why running back Latavius Murray had only five carries in that game. The Raiders had Matt McGloin and rookie Connor Cook under center that day.

Still, as explosive as the offense was late in games under Carr — he had seven game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime this past season — it was often slow starting. Critics also charged that if the Raiders got a lead, Musgrave would get too conservative.

ESPN’s Caplan also confirmed an report that Oakland will keep defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. despite the team’s No. 26-ranked total defense.

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Former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates James Harden and Russell Westbrook are threatening the record books this season in similar ways

Former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates James Harden and Russell Westbrook are threatening the record books this season in similar ways. Westbrook is bidding to become the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double, while Harden has an outside chance to join Nate “Tiny” Archibald as the second player to lead the league in both scoring and assists, should Westbrook’s points per game slip.

Looking at their value to their teams, who is having the stronger offensive season?

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“For us to fully reach our potential, when we get teams down, then let’s try to keep them down,” LeBron James said afterward. “And having an 18-point lead to start the fourth and they went on a quick (12-0) run and even though we know we’re capable and we know we can win tough games or close games, let’s see if we can go from (up) 18 (points) to 22 sometimes, or 24. Make the other coach, instead of us calling timeout, make the other team call timeout. So it’s something we want to continue to work on, too.”

Kyrie Irving scored 32 points in his return, including 16 in the fourth quarter of the Cavs’ win. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images
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“Absolutely,” James said when asked if he likes what he sees out of Irving in the clutch, just like the Brooklyn crowd did. “What’s not to enjoy? He’s special. He loves big moments and no matter if a team with a record that they have and the record that we have, if the game’s going to be close, he’s going to step up to the plate and it’s great to see him come through.”

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Ross is questionable for the start of the 2017 season

If you don’t like flyball pitchers in this home run environment, Doug Fister is on the opposite end of the spectrum as a groundball artist. His groundball rates have fallen since 2013, when he was fourth in all of baseball in inducing grounders. He was a 4.2 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) pitcher that year, according to Fangraphs, with a 3.67 ERA and a minuscule home run rate. Last year, he gave up 1.2 home runs per-nine-innings, the 27th-highest rate in baseball.

If Fister can rediscover his groundball magic and improve on his 45.3% rate last year, he could be a decent buy-low option. He posted a 4.64 ERA and 4.75 FIP last year for the Astros, but with just 5.7 strikeouts-per-nine innings and the highest walk rate of his career. Fister has trouble hitting 90 mph on the radar gun and has had elbow issues Denver Broncos Authentic Jersey on the past, so a one-year deal around $8-9 million is probably what he should expect on this market.

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Now that we’ve entered the window for an extension (opening on January 1 for one-year deals), it is time to start considering whether General Manager Marc Bergevin should offer Radulov a contract extension, and consequently protect the forward in the upcoming expansion draft.

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Mike McCarthy reclaims play-calling duties for Packers

Mike McCarthy will take over play-calling duties for the Green Bay Packers for the remainder of the season, according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, who made the report during FOX NFL Sunday just a few hours before the team is set to kick off against the Dallas Cowboys.

McCarthy, 52, relinquished his role as the Elite Mens Pat O’Donnell Jersey play-caller for the Packers in the offseason, handing the reins to offensive assistant Tom Clements. However, the Packers have struggled to consistently find offense during the 2015 season. After a 6-0 start, the Packers are 2-4 since a Week 7 bye, and managed just 16 points or fewer in three of the team’s four losses.

Less than a week ago, after a 27-23 victory over the Limited Mens Sammy Watkins Jersey Detroit Lions that was won with a Hail Mary, McCarthy said that he was trying too hard to influence the play-calling of Clements. Via Rob Demovsky of ESPN:

With Philadelphia and Washington both picking up wins on Sunday, New York will need a win on Monday night to keep pace in the NFC East race.

Last week’s loss was a rare slip up in the month of December for the Giants. New York is 5-2 SU and ATS in its last seven December games per the OddsShark NFL Database.

With the exception of a pair of blowout wins over Tennessee and Houston back in October, it has been a largely underwhelming season for the Miami Dolphins. Miami started its season in a 1-3 SU and ATS slump, and is currently in the midst of a 2-4 SU and 1-5 ATS skid.

The Dolphins did get a 15-13 win last week against the Baltimore Ravens, and upcoming games against the struggling Giants, San Diego and Indianapolis may give the team a chance to end its season on a high note. Miami is 1-5 SU and 0-6 ATS in its last six Monday Night Football appearances.

Monday night’s total is set at 47 points. The UNDER is 6-0 in each of the last six games between the Dolphins and the Giants.

Neither of these teams are playing well, but the Giants have shown more signs of life this season and have more to play for with a division title still in reach. Take New York as a small road favorite on Monday night.