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Lynch’s definition for the phrase fluctuates as well. From a 2014 profile by Kevin Fixler:

Beast Mode, it’s part of the lifestyle, he says later. It’s pretty much self-explanatory. It gets thrown around loosely, I mean, all over. It’s not set to one specific thing like we’re football players or basketball players. Just if you are in your everyday life and you feel like you just accomplished something big that you had going on, then that’s Beast Mode. It’s an accomplishment, that you put yourself through something to get something better out of it. I feel that that’s Beast Mode.
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The Indiana Pacers lost the opening game of their first-round series to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 109-108, after LeBron James double teamed to get the ball out of Paul Georges hands on the games final possession. George then passed the ball to C.J. Miles, who missed the potential game-winning shot.
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But in coming with the double, some felt James left Lance Stephenson open underneath the basket.

It would have been near impossible for George to squeeze that pass to Stephenson. You can argue he tried to, but then pivoted and threw the ball to Miles after James fully committed with the double.

By the time Stephenson had made himself a target, Kyrie Irving had come over to help and James was in Georges face.

That pass would have led to a turnover. George made the right decision dishing it to Miles.

Pavel Datsyuk wins title in return to Russia with SKA St. Petersburg

Datsyuk, a four-time NHL All-Star selection, left the Red Wings in June to return to his native Russia and the KHL, where he played during the NHL lockout during the 2012-13 season. He ranks sixth in Red Wings franchise history with 918 points, having scored 314 goals (ranked eighth) and tallied 604 assists (fifth) in 953 career games.

Isaiah Thomas remained with the Boston Celtics on Monday, and coach Brad Stevens said he expects that the All-Star guard will play Tuesday in Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls before traveling to be with his family after the death of his sister.

Thomas scored 33 points in the Celtics’ playoff-opening loss Sunday, one day after 22-year-old Chyna Thomas died in a single-car accident on an interstate in their home state of Washington.
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“His plan, as of right now — and, again, subject to him changing if he wants — is that he’ll be here [Tuesday] night and then will go to Tacoma after,” Stevens said. “So either after the game [Tuesday] night or Wednesday morning.”

While the two Massachusetts natives had been planning their Boston Marathon appearance since last summer, they said the crowd’s cheers made it hard for them to carry on a conversation.

Begay suggested that Woods had lost his fast ball and that, like an aging pitcher, would have to rely more on finesse.

“His clubhead speed is still in the 118-120 mph [range], which is plenty for the modern game but he’s not going to reach that 125-plus that some of these guys can dig down and hit,” he added. “So he’s going to have to be more methodical and work his way around certain courses and just realize that where par might be 70 for him, on most courses it’s not going to be a 68 that he was used to for the better part of a decade.”

the Saints opened as 6-point favorites for the game

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The weather was supposed to be bad on Sunday, but I don’t think anyone realized how bad. That’s certainly the case for the Bears and Ravens and the 60,000 people who showed up to watch them. The Bears were already down 10-0 by the time the conditions got so unhinged that the game had to be postponed.

Unsurprisingly, all six of SB Nation’s experts are picking the Saints to win this one. Those experts include Ryan Van Bibber, Joel Thorman, Jason Chilton, Stephen White, David Fucillo and Matt Ufford.

Despite playing on the road, the Saints opened as 6-point favorites for the game. Since beating the 49ers, the Saints are even more significant favorites, with one book having them favored by as much as 10.5 points, according to OddsShark.

The Falcons will hit the road to take on the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 1. The Saints will take on the Seattle Seahawks the following day for Monday Night Football.

I do think we’re heading in the right direction.

The latest controversial penalty was on a hit by Ahmad Brooks of the San Francisco 49ers to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Mara defended that as the “proper call.”

“Is it more difficult for officials? Yes, I think it is and unfortunately these calls get scrutinized and replayed over and over again and it does increase the pressure on officials. I think those are thing we just have to live with because we do need to continue to try to make the game safer. That’s an obligation that all of us who are associated with the NFL have, and it’s something that I take very seriously being on the Competition Committee,” Mara said.

“Listen there are plenty of calls against my team that I don’t particularly like from time to time, but when you sit back at the end of the season and look at everything there are certain things that you just have to live with in order to make the game safer for the players. I think it’s well worth the effort that we’re putting into it.

“I do think we’re heading in the right direction. It’s not going to be without controversy, it’s not always going to be smooth sailing but if we can reduce the number of hits to the head and neck area and reduce the number of serious injuries then it’s all worthwhile.”

It is a fact of life in the MAC. The better you do, the faster you are looking for a new coach. You just hope to claim as many prizes as possible before he leaves.

Northern Illinois pulled this off a few years ago. The Huskies, two years removed from losing Jerry Kill to Minnesota, claimed an Orange Bowl berth before losing Dave Doeren to NC State. Bowling Green at least got conference titles out of Doeren (2017) and Dino Babers (2017) before losing them to Wake Forest and Syracuse, respectively.

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There’s one thing I’ll never forget about the 2014 Final Four. After the confetti rained and the nets got cut, UConn’s entire team gathered in a corner of the court to crane their necks up at the giant screen at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They were watching this:

The Tar Heels were 26-of-73 (35.6 percent) from the floor. They were an egregious 4-of-27 (14.8 percent) on three-pointers, including an 0-of-9 night from star Justin Jackson, who entered as a 38 percent shooter from deep. Their effective field goal percentage, a measurement of shooting that gives threes 50 percent more value than twos, was 38.4. This was, by that metric, the Heels’ second-worst shooting game of the year.

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Or two fewer than Gonzaga’s overqualified backup center, Zach Collins, had before fouling out late in the second half.

Before the game, I wrote about what a UNC win would probably look like. Two of my key points were that the Heels would need to crash the offensive glass and/or hope for a better shooting night than usual. Those things didn’t happen.

The Warriors have the perfect defense for Harden and the Rockets

Golden State doesn’t help on Harden on the perimeter — if he’s going to beat them from outside, the Warriors will live with that. What they do, however, is force him to make the right decision every time. The Beard hasn’t done that, and it’s hurt his team.

The results have spoken for themselves. In their three games against the Warriors, Houston has shot just 26-of-111, or 23 percent, from three-point range. The Rockets shoot 36 percent from downtown on the season, and that number spikes if you take away the duds against Golden State.

Houston shot just 5-of-31 from downtown on Tuesday. They sorely missed Ryan Anderson, another long-range sniper in the Rockets’ battalion who’s out two weeks with an ankle injury. When the Rockets aren’t splashing threes, Harden becomes less effective.

Houston won’t miss 84 percent of its threes again. They’re too confident and too talented of a group to break down now. But the Warriors have had their number.

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In March, the Cavs have given up at least 120 points five times (2-3 record) and have held opponents to fewer than 100 points twice (2-0). Cleveland wins when it defends well, but it is rare these days when Cleveland can defend well! They are ranked No. 22 in the league in defensive rating, worse than in 2017-15 (No. 20), when defense was a huge concern until the playoffs actually began.

That is the macro view. The micro view is just as ugly. Consider the guards Kyrie Irving might have to defend just to get the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals: DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry, Bradley Beal or John Wall, Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic or DION WAITERS. It’s a nightmare spring.

Daoust runs the type of defense that Lester hated facing as a quarterback.

No Stevie Johnson or Robert Woods? No problem! Blazing rookie Marquise Goodwin and second-year man T.J. Graham provided enough pop to keep the passing game rolling, helping out E.J. Manuel on some flutterballs and logging a TD apiece. Safety Da’Norris Searcy got a touchdown of his own on a particularly poor Geno Smith toss. C.J. Spiller’s massive faceplant has helped to hamstring the offense, but some building blocks are in place on both sides of the ball to bring some long-overdue hope for the future home to Buffalo.

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The system, Lester said, is frustrating to throwing quarterbacks as they need to wait to read the defense after the play has started.

Thursday Night Football takeaways: Are the Redskins broken, or the Vikings reborn?

The Washington Redskins appeared to be on their way to an easy victory Thursday night. The first half went about as well as they hoped. Robert Griffin III threw three touchdowns in what was arguably his best half of football this season, Alfred Morris had 88 yards rushing and the Redskins held a 24-14 lead over the Minnesota Vikings. Life was good.

The Panthers scratched out a road win against San Francisco and managed to remain relatively healthy in the process. Ted Ginn left the game briefly due to leg cramps but returned to action. Linebacker Chase Blackburn has battled a foot injury and re-aggravated it on Sunday. He did not return to the game, but head coach Ron Rivera said the injury will not require surgery according to Joe Person.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed running back Doug Martin on injured reserve on Friday, ending his 2017 campaign. Martin sustained a torn labrum in Week 7 against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s a shame for Martin, who had an exciting rookie season in which he earned a Pro Bowl berth. The Buccaneers are 0-8 on the season so the decision to shut him down was probably easier for that fact. Martin finished the season with 127 carries for 456 yards and a touchdown.

Linked above is the report that the Dolphins took appropriate action in regards to the incident last year in which Incognito was accused of sexually harassing a female volunteer at a Dolphins golf event. Head coach Joe Philbin said that the team took “immediate action” after being made aware of the situation.

Then there was a report that suggested Incognito was in danger of being released prior to the 2017 season. The Dolphins were reportedly concerned with the various offseason incidents Incognito was involved in, most of which reportedly involved the abuse of alcohol. At the very least, the man keeps busy.

NFL Playoff picture: Teams with losing records still have hope in Week 11

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Even with the gap between the best teams and the next tier in the standings, it’s tough to count too many teams out of the postseason at this point.

Consider this; since 1990, when the current playoff format was first in place, 18 teams with a losing record through nine games have made the postseason. In 2017, two such teams snuck into the playoffs. The Cincinnati Bengals had a 4-5 record through nine games and the Washington Redskins had a 3-6 record through nine games, but both made the playoffs.

The most intriguing race is the one in the AFC West, where the 9-0 Chiefs are battling the 7-1 Broncos for the division crown. With two games remaining between each other, this one could come down to the wire.
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In the East, a lack of receivers hasn’t kept the Patriots from jumping out to 7-2, where they sit with a two-game lead over the surprisingly competent Jets.

Barring a drastic turnaround from the Steelers or Ravens, the 6-3 Bengals should be able to coast to their first AFC North championship since 2009.

The Colts sit atop the South standings, but don’t count out the Titans just yet. Down only two games, they still get two shots at the Colts over the last eight weeks of the season.

One of the two Wild Card slots will inevitably go to whoever loses the race in the West. The other is still very much up for grabs. The schizophrenic Jets currently hold sole possession of that spot, but keep an eye out for the Titans, Dolphins and Chargers, who all sit just a game back at 4-4.

Suns’ lineup youngest in NBA history, younger than several NCAA tourney teams

If there was a bright side to the Suns’ 126-98 loss to the NBA-worst Brooklyn Nets, it’s that there will be plenty of days ahead for Phoenix to improve.
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The Suns’ starting lineup Thursday night was the youngest ever for an NBA team, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

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Reports are the Browns will flip Osweiler to another team or just cut him. They have the cap room to do that.

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