NFL overtime rules 2017: What changes were made for this season?

The NFL is seemingly on a never-ending quest to fix overtime, tweaking and revamping the rules every so often in an attempt to please everybody. After two games ended in ties last year, it seemed inevitable that we’d see another rule change, and the league delivered.

Starting in the 2017 season, overtime periods are now just 10 minutes long, compared to the normal 15-minute quarters in regulation. The main reason for Tim Williams Womens Jersey this, at least according to the competition committee, was to reduce game times for the players’ safety.

The new rules didn’t come into play in Week 1 with all Authentic Clark Gillies Jersey 15 games ending in regulation, but got their first run in Week 2 when the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts needed extra time to break a 13-13 tie.

“It’s tough for something like that to just happen,” Olsen said after the game. “Obviously it sucks, but I’ve been very lucky in my career to not get injured a lot. This is something that obviously will take a little bit of time, but sometimes that’s just a part the game.”

Why does this injury matter?

The Panthers are going to miss Olsen’s presence on the field. Olsen, a three-time Pro Bowler, is Cam Newton’s go-to target on third down and in the red zone. He can line up in the slot, out wide, and line up along the offensive line to block. Olsen is an all-around tight end who can do anything on the field.

Now, the Panthers will have to depend on Ed Dickson to step in for Olsen. Dickson, 30, isn’t a prolific tight end like Olsen, but he can occasionally make plays in the passing game and block. Dickson has 150 catches, 1,574 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns in his career.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera thinks that Dickson can help fill the void:

Rivera says that in Olsen’s absence, one of the worst things offense could do would be to try to change up everything. Has faith in Dickson.

Adam Gase: Dolphins getting ready for game until told not to

Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Tuesday he’s awaiting a decision from the NFL as to whether his team’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be moved to another city or a day earlier this week because of Hurricane Irma.

Our final tier, quite simply, comprises those teams that have the best shot at winning with top-10 units on both sides of the ball. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it includes the two Super Bowl favorites and six of the nine teams with the best Super Bowl odds.

This file will be updated regularly from now through the start of the season, so you’ll have the latest info and analysis no matter when you draft — and we’ll keep adding new Insider content as it becomes available. (Most recent update: Sept. 1)

The Seahawks were Nike’s marquee team when the company took over the NFL’s uniform contract in 2012 (though the seemingly radical makeover the team received at the time feels rather tame by today’s standards), so it’s no surprise that Seattle has upgraded to Nike’s new template. In addition to swatting the Flywire, the new look allows the two side stripes to extend farther toward the center of the jersey.

One final Rams note: Newly acquired wideout Sammy Watkins has been wearing No. 2 during preseason games. That’s kosher in August, when the NFL relaxes its numbering requirements because of the large roster sizes, but Watkins will have to switch to something in the standard wide receiver numeral ranges — 10 through 19 and 80 through 89 — once the regular season starts.angels_024

The NBA is changing its schedule so superstars won’t rest during primetime games

Womens Otis Sistrunk Jersey The NBA has adjusted its schedule for the 2017-18 season in an effort to prevent key players from resting during regular season games, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The schedule changes should also help players maintain their health.
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This was a big area of concern in the league last season, especially after the Warriors rested Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala against the Spurs in a nationally televised game in March. The Cavaliers did the same thing the very next week with Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love against the Clippers.

The schedule is set to expand by one week, pushing the start date earlier into October to allow more time off between games, according to Windhorst. That gives the league more room to space games out.

This new schedule emphasis is building off of the NBA’s growing problem with teams resting players, which makes sense from a basketball perspective but damages the business side. The NBA’s hope is that they can create a schedule that has enough built-in rest that star players that make the money in this league rarely need to sit outside of injuries. That’s why the NBA is expected to introduce rules that limit rest for star players this year.

Back in 2012, the San Antonio Spurs were fined $250,000 for resting players and doing so blatantly. Things have changed since then, and the NBA stopped policing it like that. Now the issue has finally hit a head, and hopefully the league’s new schedule can help compensate for that.

James Jones retires, joins Suns front office

James Jones played for five NBA teams over his 14-year career and was part of three championship squads.

Jones announced his retirement on Wednesday and will join the Suns as the team’s new vice president of basketball operations. Jones earned the nickname “Champ” while helping the Heat win NBA titles in 2012 and 2013. He joined the Cavaliers in 2014 and helped Cleveland win the NBA Finals in 2016 as the Cavs reached the Finals in three straight seasons.

Jones was a second-round pick of the Pacers in 2003 and played for the Suns from 2005-07. Suns owner Robert Sarver said during Wednesday’s introductory press conference that Jones is “intimately familiar with what it takes to win a championship.”

The Spurs adding Irving would be dangerous, but it seems unlikely the Cavs would be willing to send their star player to one of the strongest teams in the league. And if Irving’s reasoning for getting out of Cleveland is that he wants to be the focal point, then why would he go to San Antonio? He’d be overshadowed by Kawhi Leonard.

And similar to the Heat, what could San Antonio give Cleveland to make the trade worth it? Leonard is out of the question, and most of the other players are great because they buy into Popovich’s system. Irving to the Spurs just seems unlikely for a number of reasons.

This is probably the most intriguing destination. It’d be awkward for Jeff Teague, who just signed with Minnesota in the offseason, so he’d probably be involved in the trade somehow. But adding Irving to a roster that already has Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns is an exciting thought.

But, it’d be difficult to make this trade happen without giving up one of those three. Even if it doesn’t happen, the fact Minnesota is even considered by Irving is a big move for the franchise. Instead of being an afterthought, players actually want to play for the Timberwolves. dolphins_002

Gordon Hayward cares not for Giannis Antetokounmpo, dunks all over him

The Bucks have a player named Giannis Antetokounmpo. You may have heard of him. He has really long arms and is really good at playing basketball.

Gordon Hayward doesn’t care. Gordon Hayward does what he wants.

While Antetokounmpo is the one who has dazzled with some great rim-rockers this season, the Jazz forward Hayward decided to put Antetokounmpo on a poster of his own.

The best part of the video is probably Hayward pulling a Derek Zoolander and delivering the icy, Blue Steel gaze at Antetokounmpo after the finish.

The Jazz and Hayward are becoming an increasingly fun team to watch, and that dunk helped secure a 109-95 Utah victory over Milwaukee.

The closest we’ve come to seeing Durant in that role was during his MVP season when he went through a 26-game stretch without Westbrook. His numbers in those games: 35.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game on 52.7 percent shooting from the field and 39.9 percent from the 3-point line. To put it into perspective how ridiculous that is, the only player in NBA history who has averaged 30.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field over the course of a season is Michael Jordan.

It isn’t crazy to think Durant would’ve joined Jordan as the only players to put up those numbers if he was in the same situation as Harden. It’s not the triple-double Westbrook and James would likely average, but it’s equally as impressive.
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NBA playoffs 2017: Behind Paul Millsap’s ‘winning play,’ Hawks even series with Wizards

An improbable bucket with 4:58 left in the fourth quarter by Paul Millsap punctuated the Hawks’ 111-101 victory over the Wizards in Game 4 of their first-round series.

Millsap grabbed an offensive rebound and immediately lost his balance after contact from Marcin Gortat. He caught the ball in the middle of the paint and ended up outside of the lane, hurling the ball toward the basket as he tumbled to the floor.

“For all the kids out there you gotta practice that play,” Millsap said with a wry smile. “It was just a hustle play. I practice fall-away shots. There’s a place for those. I’m trying to work for boards, and I felt the contact, so I threw it up.”

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The Hawks led 97-93 at the time and the Wizards, behind a standout performance by Bradley Beal (32 points on 11-of-23 shooting), were streaking. Mr. MMA himself Markieff Morris had just scored a bucket to bring the Wizards within four.

On the ensuing possession, Millsap snatched the most important of his nine rebounds, and the putback gave him the biggest bucket of his 19 points, plus the free throw to put Atlanta up by seven. While Millsap tried to downplay the moment, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer credited Millsap’s finish as a major key to victory.

“It was a huge play,” Budenholzer said. “But that’s also what Paul does, even when he’s not shooting well, he always finds a way. We call those winning plays.”

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Raiders lock up guard Gabe Jackson with rich new deal

The Raiders may be moving to Las Vegas, but they’re not willing to gamble the protection of Derek Carr.

After making the fourth-year quarterback the NFL’s highest-paid player with a five-year, $125 million contract extension last week, the Raiders have locked up one of their coveted offensive linemen with another rich new deal.

“Any recognition that I may have received throughout our years in the NFL has been the result of a group effort involving all of my family,” said Jerry Jones, who will be introduced as part of the Hall’s 2017 class on Aug. 5 in Canton, Ohio. “Gene is the backbone of our family, and her influence guides and inspires all of us. She is my closest advisor, my best friend, and it is only fitting that she present me, and represent our entire family, at this very special time.”

Jerry Jones had played coy up until this week, saying he knew who his presenter would be but he wasn’t ready to make it public.

Jones’ enshrinement — making him the 16th person from the Cowboys organization to be inducted — will take place two days after the Cowboys kick off the preseason against the Cardinals in the Hall of Fame game.

Gene Jones is one of two wives who will present their husbands next month, along with Kurt Warner’s wife, Brenda. They will become the third and fourth women to present their spouses for induction, joining Kim Singletary (Mike Singletary, 1998) and Deanna Favre (Brett Favre, 2016).warriors_001-115x115

Seahawks miscues were non-factors in Falcons’ blowout win

The Seahawks made several momentum-killing mistakes, but those plays probably didn’t affect the end result of Saturday’s divisional playoff game, considering how the Falcons offense played.

Atlanta put up 422 yards of total offense and capitalized on each Seattle mistake en route to a 36-20 victory at the Georgia Dome.

Super Bowl postgame shows (approximately 10:30 p.m., ESPN, FS1, NFL Network). It is not necessarily a rule, but the Super Bowl broadcaster will typically rush postgame coverage off the air to make room for the lead-out show (a ’24’ spinoff this year). That leaves the bulk of postgame coverage to cable. Last year, ESPN’s NFL Primetime scored a 1.2 rating and NFL Gameday Final had a 0.6 on NFL Network. Those numbers may dip this time around, with game broadcaster Fox certain to direct viewers to postgame coverage on FS1. In 2014, then-fledgling FS1 had a mere 0.2 for a postgame edition of ‘Fox Sports Live’ compared to a 1.2 for NFL Primetime and a 0.4 for Gameday Final. Predictions: 1.2 (ESPN), 0.5 (NFLN), 0.4 (FS1).

‘Undisputed’ (noon Sunday, Fox). Fox Sports has gone into overdrive trying to promote it’s homage to ESPN’s First Take, and Super Bowl Sunday provides the biggest opportunity yet. It goes without saying that the show, which typically attracts a five- or six-figure audience on FS1, will generate more eyeballs than ever before. The real question is whether it can top last year’s comparable ‘Road to the Super Bowl’ telecast on CBS (2.6). Prediction: 2.8.

NBA regular season: Cavaliers-Knicks and Clippers-Celtics (8:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, ABC). The Knicks’ struggles and the Clippers’ injuries make next weekend’s NBA offerings on ABC not so appealing. Luckily for the network, last year’s comparable games set a low bar with a 2.0 on Saturday night (Thunder-Warriors on ESPN) and a 1.6 on Super Bowl Sunday (Clippers-Heat). Expect at least comparable numbers this time around. Predictions: 2.2 and 1.6.avalanche_120

Buccaneers, Lawrence Tynes reach settlement in MRSA lawsuit

Lawrence Tynes has finally reached a settlement with the Buccaneers.

The former Tampa Bay kicker had sued his former team in 2015 and was seeking $20 million because of a MRSA infection in 2013 that ended his NFL career.

According to Hillsborough County court records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, Tynes and the team signed paperwork Feb. 10 to “jointly stipulate and agree to dismissal” of his lawsuit. A pre-trial conference had been scheduled for August.

“Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization,” Spielman said in a release. “We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward.”

The final year of Peterson’s existing contract would have cost the Vikings an $18 million salary cap hit, starting with a $6 million bonus due if he was still on the roster March 11. Instead, he’ll hit the open market March 9 as an unrestricted free agent.

The former NFL MVP missed all but three games in 2016 thanks to a torn meniscus suffered in Week 2, a significant disappointment after his bounceback 2015 campaign.

Considering the expendability of NFL running backs and the fact that his 32nd birthday is looming March 21, Peterson doesn’t figure to get much in the way of guaranteed money anywhere. But someone will give the No. 16 rusher in league history a shot in training camp.

That could well be Minnesota, the only home he has known in the NFL. He, too, made it clear that he isn’t opposed to a return.
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Raiders focused on getting ‘some deals done’ with Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson in offseason

The next offseason goal for Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie: Getting “some deals done” with two of the team’s top offensive players.

McKenzie said the franchise plans to focus on negotiations with the agents for quarterback Derek Carr and right guard Gabe Jackson. Each player is entering the final year of their rookie contracts.

The Giants selected former Clemson star Wayne Gallman in the fourth round, but he is projected to be more of a plodder than a true starter in the NFL.

New York has stated that Paul Perkins will begin the season as the starting running back, but he has limited experience, so a guy like Blount could help ease pressure on the 22-year-old.

With that being said, the Lions appear to be the most obvious fit for Blount, who will want guaranteed carries as he finishes the last years of his prime. Though he adds little in pass-catching skills, Detroit is well-covered in that area with Abdullah and Riddick.

Zenner proved towards the end of the season he can be counted on when needed, but the Lions are in a window to compete for the Super Bowl with Matthew Stafford under center.

Blount would provide a nice boost to their offensive attack.

For a while, it seemed as though Blount would re-sign with the Patriots, but they ofted to sign Bills restricted free agent Mike Gillislee instead.

Despite his one-dimensional style, Blount can still help a team win games due to his toughness as a runner and blocker.
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