A Montana basketball star is trying to be the rare American Indian player to go from life on a reservation to Division I.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Swinney’s staff at Clemson is drenched in crimson, albeit of a decidedly pre-Saban hue. His football administrator (in Swinney’s words, “My national security adviser”) is Woody McCorvey, who was Swinney’s position coach at Bama. Before that, McCorvey worked at Clemson under the school’s other national title-winning head coach, Danny Ford, who, by the way, also played at Alabama, under Bryant.

Clemson special-teams/tight ends coach Danny Pearman, safeties coach Mickey Conn, defensive analyst Lemanski Hall and recruiting coordinator Thad Turnipseed all have ties back to Swinney’s days with the Tide. Only Turnipseed has worked for both Saban and Swinney, winning NFL Jerseys Wholesale two national titles with the former and one with the latter.

“I like to remind Nick that we have a lot of Alabama people at Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike Clemson, but Clemson has always had a lot of Alabama people,” Swinney said, taking a poke at the guy he spends days on the lake with during the offseason. “And I also remind him that we were all at Alabama long before he was!”

But all of those folks who now make a very nice living in upstate South Carolina might not still have those jobs at all if not for a hire Swinney made six years ago, one that still leaves fans on both sides shaking their heads. In 2011, Swinney’s third full season, the Tigers suffered a legendarily awful 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. Barely two weeks later, he hired Brent Venables to be his defensive coordinator. Venables had been on the staff at Oklahoma for 13 years, all but one as defensive coordinator.

The Bulls have been a feel-good story. The NBA’s lottery system is ruining the fun.

Good piece from James Herbert on how Brett Brown uses schoolteacher tactics with the Sixers.

Paul George destroyed the Lakers Wednesday night in OKC’s convincing win. But he’s still tied to L.A. through rumors. As it were, PG-13 and Brian Shaw surrendered their phones to NBA investigators to prove there was no tampering between them. They have a close relationship from time together in Indiana.

This Terrance Ferguson open court dunk was incredible. Also, he hurt his wrist doing it. Welp.

Even more telling about Harris’ attitude for improvement is his humility.

Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: While Alfred Blue had a strong finish to his season — 33.8 PPR fantasy points on 50 touches in his final three games — Miller’s was comparably quiet, as he scored a season-low 3.7 PPR fantasy points on Sunday and totaled 16.5 on 30 touches in his final three games. Miller was started in 59.5 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 17.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Considering how favorable his matchup was (the Texans entered the week having allowed the fifth-most PPR fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers with 35.6), Hilton’s 4.4 PPR fantasy points on six targets were rather disappointing. After all, he scored a season-high 34.5 points against these Texans in Week 9. Hilton concluded his 2017 season with seven games out of 16 beneath five fantasy points. He badly needs a healthy Andrew Luck back throwing him the football in 2018.

Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: For the second consecutive week, Crabtree fell shy of five PPR fantasy points, with his 3.7 on Sunday representing his 13th-worst single-game total in 125 career contests. He was started in 51.8 percent of ESPN leagues, making him the 20th most-started wide receiver of Week 17.

Here’s him tooting his own horn (koff koff) post-game after that first 36-point-splosion. He fills the time talking about… Mason Plumlee.

Even more impressive about last night’s 36 was that 20 of them came in the first quarter, the best single quarter of scoring by a Denver Nugget since Ty Lawson was in town. His post game interview yet again quickly deflected the credit to his team.

He’s not the best yet, but he’s sure making progress. But that’s G. Oh, yeah… I actually don’t call him “G”, but in addition to all of the above, Gary is a pretty funny Wholesale MLB Jerseys and Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale thoughtful dude. You can see the same for yourself by checking out his twitter feed. His handle is @thats_g_, in case you thought Old man Olson was trying to get all linguistically hip before he broke one.

Johnny Manziel could soon revive his professional football career in Canada.

The CFL on Thursday announced commissioner Randy Ambrosie will approve a contract for the free agent quarterback to play in 2018 if one can be negotiated with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who hold Manziel’s rights.

Since last summer, the Canadian Football League has been engaged in a Wholesale NHL Jerseys thorough process to determine the eligibility of Johnny Manziel. This process has been conducted with the cooperation of Mr. Manziel and independent of the team which currently holds his CFL rights, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It has included an ongoing assessment by an independent expert on the issue of violence against women, a review by legal counsel, and an in-person interview of Mr. Manziel conducted by the Commissioner. As well, Mr. Manziel has been required to meet a number of conditions set by the league.

As a result of this process, the Commissioner has now informed Mr. Manziel and the Tiger-Cats he is prepared to approve a contract for Mr. Manziel should one be negotiated.

A few hours later, thanks to Alabama’s 24-6 bludgeoning of Clemson, it had become a lot more than just a chant. It was a full-blown SEC celebration that will culminate in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game presented by AT&T (8 p.m. ET Jan. 8 on ESPN and ESPN App) with an all-SEC final in the city where the SEC plays its conference championship game every year (Atlanta).

They say the SEC doesn’t dominate any more, but I beg to differ, Alabama center Bradley Bozeman said.

Even SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack couldn’t resist NFL Jerseys Authentic as he strolled across the field amid the Alabama confetti falling from the top of the Superdome roof.

I’m trying to figure out how a one-team league has both of the teams playing for the national championship, Womack chortled.

Yep, the collective groan heard around the rest of the college football world late Monday was reminiscent of the one heard at the end of the 2011 season, when Alabama and LSU met in a rematch to decide the BCS National Championship. That game was also in the Big Easy, and it helped pave the way to the College Football Playoff.

The bigger issues are the same ones Detroit failed to adequately address during the offseason the running game and pass rush.

Thanksgiving games in the NFL have seen some memorable moments, but for some reason, the more embarrassing ones seem to stick in our minds, starting with one asinine anti-miracle in the Meadowlands.

The Packers came to Detroit for Thanksgiving in 2011, and in the third quarter, Suh was one rude host of a defensive tackle when he pushed offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith’s head into the artificial turf at Ford Field. He then punctuated the senseless maneuver with a follow-up dead-ball stomp that helped Green Bay finish a touchdown drive.

The Lions have now gone 63 games and counting without fielding a 100-yard rusher. The collective efforts of a running back corps led by Ameer Abdullah aren’t paying dividends, either. Detroit is among the NFL’s worst in average yards per game (78.3) and attempt (3.4).

Besides the lack of a bell-cow rusher, a major reason for the struggles are injuries that have befallen the offensive line ever since the offseason, when left tackle Taylor Decker suffered a torn labrum that forced him to miss Detroit’s first eight games. The same problem has affected the defensive line with starting end Kerry Hyder (Achilles) and tackle Haloti Ngata (biceps) on injured reserve.

“To me, whether you are a player or not a player, you have to know what your fans’ expectations are, because they are the reason you are there,” Steinbrenner said.

This is a throwback to the bad ol’ days of Giants history, to a period younger fans Cheap NFL Jerseys USA have no connection to, and older fans would rather forget. This is 1970s-style dysfunction. It’s Best Place For Cheap Jerseys a crisis the franchise has not had to handle in some four decades.

Murray, Jokic lead Nuggets to 124-111 win over Nets

After getting a pep talk from his coach, Jamal Murray came through with a big game for the Denver Nuggets.

Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan said consistently Tuesday they view Garoppolo as a long-term answer at the quarterback position. And some wonder if that were the case, why not just wait until he’s a free agent this offseason to nab him and keep the second-round pick that the Niners value greatly? But San Francisco looks like it didn’t want to get in a bidding war with other QB-needy teams for Garoppolo this offseason and risk the chance of losing him.

The Bucks dominated on both ends of the floor.

“Their defense is pretty insane,” Schroder said. “After the pick-and-roll, you try and pass it to the roller. It’s tough to get it to him.”

Bucks: Kidd said C-F Greg Monroe is expected to miss at least two weeks with a left calf strain. Monroe was injured in Friday’s 96-89 home loss to Boston. Kidd liked how Vaughn handled the extra minutes in Monroe’s spot, finishing with 12 points and three rebounds in 21 minutes. Vaughn Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys sat on the bench the previous three games. “It just shows you how mature he has been in Cheap Lacrosse Jerseys his work ethic,” Kidd said. “He’s ready to go. He answered the call today.”

Reed has dealt with some injuries so far in 2017

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion) was a full participant at practice again on Thursday. This bodes well for Kuechly, who is on pace to play against the Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys Bucs after missing a week. No word on whether he has passed concussion protocol just yet.

The Pro Bowl tight end entered the night with zero touchdowns, but hauled in a couple from Cousins against the Eagles.

They keep the stadium feel with 3 full bars and food is going up to a window (there are 3 or 4) in the kitchen area and ordering food concession style…Good environment for watching the game…It’s super crowded before the game but clears out during when everyone goes inside.”

Wilson Chandler added 18 points for the Nuggets, who have won two straight games.

Spencer Dinwiddie tied a career-high with 22 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 points and Joe Harris tied his season-high with 16 points for the Nets.

The Nuggets went on a 22-4 run to begin the third quarter as Brooklyn missed 10 of its first 11 shots. Chandler carried Denver in the third with 14 points as the Nuggets took a 100-84 lead into the fourth quarter and never looked back.

“I thought that third quarter was phenomenal,” Malone said. “That was by Cheap Jordan Jerseys For Sale far our best quarter of basketball on both ends of the floor. We outscored them 40-21 and to hold them to only 40 percent for the game was terrific.”

Hudon helps Canadiens pound Senators 8-3

The Montreal Canadiens are starting to believe in themselves after a rough start to the season.

Charles Hudon scored his first two career goals and had an assist, helping the Canadiens roll to an 8-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

“Offensively we’ve been a team that hasn’t scored much, but five the last game and eight tonight so I can see the confidence coming back with the players,” coach Claude Julien said.

Hossa has been ruled out for the season because of severe side effects from medication to treat a progressive skin disorder. It’s unclear if he will be able to play again.

The Blackhawks sent forward Kyle Baun to the Canadiens for the 27-year-old Martinsen, who will report to Rockford. He played in 64 NHL games last season with Montreal and Colorado, finishing with three goals and four assists.

Failla ruled on Tuesday that the NFLPA had “failed to demonstrate a substantial question warranting the extraordinary remedy of injunctive relief or a balance of hardships that decidedly weighs in its favor.” She denied the union’s motion for an injunction that would delay Elliott’s suspension while the appeals process continues. But the court issued a 24-hour stay on the decision to allow the NFLPA time to file an emergency appeal.

This ruling upholds the original decision. Elliott will not be on Cheap Jerseys Soccer China the field this Sunday when the Cowboys face the Chiefs, and he is not eligible to return Cheap Jerseys Toronto until Week 15 against the Raiders.

Florida State’s Jacob Pugh says 2-5 start ‘like a nightmare’

Jacob Pugh has seen a lot in his four seasons at Florida State. What he has witnessed this season, though, has taken a toll.

The senior linebacker vented his frustration on Monday. After being picked to win the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Seminoles are at the bottom of the Atlantic Division with a 2-5 overall record — including 2-4 in conference play.

The league’s third-worst shooting team a year ago is now the third-best at 48.7 percent, and the league’s second-worst at shooting 3-pointers is now the best at 44.1 percent.

Memphis’ pace-of-play rating this season is 95.1, still the third slowest in the league, but slightly faster than last year’s 92.3.

The College Football Playoff selection committee ranked No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Clemson but also put No. 5 Oklahoma ahead of No. 6 Ohio State, acknowledging the head-to-head result and sending a message that the Buckeyes still have some work to do, despite their impressive win over No. 7 Penn State.

The committee doesn’t try to avoid regular-season rematches in the semifinals. It’s No. 1 vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3. The committee will, however, try to avoid rematches in Cheap Jerseys World the Cheap Jerseys Wholesale other New Year’s Six bowls.

The highest-ranked team from the Group of 5 (MAC, Mountain West, American, Sun Belt, Conference USA) is guaranteed a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl.

Vikings’ offensive line down two with Pat Elflein (shoulder) out

The Vikings were also without tight end David Morgan, who is still in the concussion protocol after getting injured on Minnesota’s first drive in Atlanta.

But Theismann’s career-ending injury represents something more visceral. The Lawrence Taylor hit — probably still on instant replay in the minds of Washington fans — took out a Super Bowl-winning, MVP quarterback in one fell swoop. And did so at a time when demise did not feel inevitable for those wearing the burgundy and gold. In the Snyder Era, pain comes laced with politics and front-office clusterstuffs. Even Robert Griffin III’s injuries felt like a function of Washington dysfunction.

Theismann, though, went down in the midst of Washington’s best run. And before the 1987 Super Bowl eased the sting, it must have been harder to confront Washington mortality in the days before the Dan Snyder darkness.

We still don’t know what the Redskins will wear when they step onto the field Thursday night for their NFC East rivalry game at the Cowboys.

Washington players have apparently refused to wear their all-mustard-yellow Cheap Jerseys In Bulk color rush uniforms and, according to former Redskins tight end and current radio personality Chris Cooley, will instead opt for a burgundy jersey with burgundy bottoms.

The Redskins have not had a Thursday game that’s fallen under the “Thursday Night Football” umbrella since color rush uniforms were introduced last season.

The team hated the mustard look from the jump and proposed a rule in March that Cheap Jerseys In USA would allow them opt out of wearing what the organization described as “garish uniforms.”

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland told The Post an all-burgundy look “would be dope.”

Patriots just good enough in AFC even with offense now lagging, too

The Chargers got their holidays mixed up: Christmas is the time for gifts, not Halloween. Yet there the visitors were wrapping up a present of a victory to the Patriots in Foxborough on Sunday. It’s not all that obvious that the defending Super Bowl champs would have won without it.

“He really impresses every day,” shortstop Correa says. “He learns a new word every day and is always telling jokes in Spanish.”

The union will appeal to the 2nd District Court, per Pelissero.

“That’s insane. You can’t win turning the ball over five times. Guys work too hard to have a big game and give it away fives times; it’s mind-boggling.”

When asked if he’d stick with Siemian, Joseph side-stepped the question by saying he’d evaluate the position after looking at the game tape.

“Not sure,” Joseph said when asked about a possible quarterback change before the Broncos play the Eagles on Sunday. “But losing three games in a row and having five turnovers tonight, anything’s possible.

Nuggets: Malone believes his young backcourt will be the key to success this season. “The biggest challenge for us is going to be when you have a 21-year-old backup Cheap Jerseys Promo Code point guard and a 20-year old starting point guard, there are going to be inconsistencies. Can we try to help them and Cheap Jerseys Outlets speed up their maturation as players? Because we have big plans, we want to be a playoff team and when you have two young guards who are going through growing pains at times, it doesn’t make it always easy.” . Juancho Hernangomez (mononucleosis) was out.