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The last time Wayne Ellington played any meaningful minutes in a postseason game was nine years ago.

At the Final Four.

Ellington was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 NCAA Tournament after leading North Carolina to the national title. But since turning pro Tress Way Jersey , postseasons have marked the start of vacations for Ellington, who has been in only two NBA playoff games, logging 13 1/2 minutes – all in the fourth quarters of blowouts.

That’s about to change.

Coming off a record-setting regular season, Ellington will play a vital role for No. 6 seed Miami in an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series that starts Saturday in his hometown of Philadelphia against the third-seeded 76ers.

”It’s so sweet the way it’s coming,” Ellington said. ”I don’t want to get religious, but I really feel like it’s God’s plan the way that everything’s worked out, where I ended up at and where I’m headed to. I’m appreciative. After all this time, now to be here, I don’t think a player could be more grateful. You couldn’t script this.”

Ellington set Miami’s single-season 3-point record with 227, and also set an NBA record for 3-pointers by a reserve with 218 (he made nine in his two appearances as a Heat starter this season). He’s going into the postseason coming off the best game of his pro career http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/kelvin-benjamin-jersey , a 32-point night that tied the franchise mark for scoring by a reserve in a game.

As Ellington goes, Miami goes: In his two Heat seasons, they are 34-7 when he makes at least half of his 3-point tries, 43-54 when he does not.

”None of them come easy,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. ”He has to work for his shots, he really does. It is great to have a guy that has that ability. When he gets hot, there’s not much you can do about it.”

Before Wednesday’s regular-season finale victory over Toronto, which sealed the No. 6 seed for Miami, Ellington was slumping – shooting 14 for 48 from 3-point range in those games, or 29 percent. The Heat gave players Tuesday off as a needed rest day Kyle Williams Jersey , and coach Erik Spoelstra was lured out of his office at one point by the sounds of dribbling and sneaker-squeaking on the practice floor.

It was Ellington, putting himself through a 45-minute workout with Heat assistant coach Octavio De La Grana. Their routines, whether it’s on an off day or a half-hour before game time, are always the same: cut, catch, shot, swish, over and over and over. And as he watched, Spoelstra found himself simultaneously worried and impressed.

”I almost thought it was too much on a day before a game,” Spoelstra said. ”But that’s the vision of a champion before you’re a champion Brandon Scherff Jersey , drenched in sweat, totally exhausted, empty gym with a coach, working your (butt) off.”

The result: Ellington was 8 for 12 from deep on Wednesday, leading the Heat rally to a win over the top seed in the East.

What happened Tuesday was not uncommon. The Heat didn’t make the playoffs last season, and Ellington was back in the gym about a week after the regular season ended – even though at the time, there was no guarantee he’d be back with Miami this season. He would put himself through intense workouts, sometimes to the point where De La Grana would quietly suggest he take the next day off and enjoy life.

The Heat locker room is filled with hard workers, but teammates say Ellington stands out.

”Wayne’s like my right-hand man,” rookie center Bam Adebayo said. ”He does everything that he needs to do behind closed doors. He takes care of his body Anthony Walker Jersey , eats right, and I’m learning from him.”

And now, the playoff chance is finally here for Ellington.

He sat at his locker for a few postgame minutes after the regular season ended, his thoughts drifting back to that Final Four run and championship moment.

”Up until now, that’s been my best experience as a player,” Ellington said. ”I’m looking forward to trumping that.”



49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has his man to snap the ball for the next several seasons after center Daniel Kilgore received a three-year contract extension.

The team announced the deal Wednesday that takes Kilgore through the 2020 season. Last week, Garoppolo signed a $137.5 million, five-year contract.

Niners general manager John Lynch says it was important to reach a deal with Kilgrore ahead of the free agency period.

The 30-year-old Kilgore started a career-high 17 games last season. A fifth-round draft pick in 2011, he has made 39 career starts in 74 regular-season games. He has started in each of his past 32 games.

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Steve Kerr refers to Pelicans star Anthony Davis ”one of the very best players on earth.”

That means the Golden State Warriors‘ defense will face a far different test than what San Antonio presented in the first round of the NBA playoffs when New Orleans arrives for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday night on the defending champions’ home floor.

The pace. The playmakers. And Marcus Martin Jersey , of course, the load that is Davis.

Davis’ daunting playoff averages: 33 points, 12 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.

New Orleans got here even after losing All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins three months ago to a season-ending torn Achilles tendon. That’s when Davis said the Pelicans became ”great.”

”It was tough. We were still learning when he was here,” Davis said.

”We were still in that early stage of trying to figure out how to close games, how to play for each other, defensive assignments. And we started to figure it out before he got hurt. … Then when he went down, we had to change everything again.”

Golden State gets it. There was a stretch last month the four All-Stars were out and the Warriors lost seven of 10.

Now, they might get back a big reinforcement: Stephen Curry. The two-time MVP was listed as questionable for Saturday’s series opener as he works back from a sprained left knee he hurt March 23.

”Totally different series from what we just faced,” Kerr said of a five-game first round with San Antonio. ”Very much about pace. They like to get out and run Corey Linsley Jersey , where the Spurs are more of a half-court team, so it’s an adjustment, a big adjustment. And obviously, Davis is one of the very best players on earth.”

Here are some things to watch for as the best-of-seven series begins at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors have won a franchise-record 12 straight postseason games:

HEALTHY CURRY

The Warriors dominated the Spurs without Steph. Now, he’s likely coming back and adds another dimension to a team already clicking as it chases a repeat championship.

Curry resumed full practice with contact Thursday and his status was still unclear, though it certainly appears he will play soon.

Full strength immediately or not, New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry realizes the tall task.

”I just think it’s a great opportunity for us to play the world champs and see where you are as a franchise and see what it takes to win a championship,” he said.

GENTRY’S ASSIST

Kerr knew he wanted Gentry on Golden State’s staff when hired to coach the Warriors before the 2014-15 season – and it’s among the first calls he made. Gentry served only one season as the team’s top assistant but was instrumental in developing the offense used today.

”I would say Alvin was critical for my growth as a head coach Bennie Fowler III Jersey ,” Kerr said.

He meant plenty to the players, too. Ask All-Star Klay Thompson.

”He was a great guy to be around. He was a huge part of why our offense opened up and was a huge part of our pace of play and our ball movement,” Thompson said. ”And I think he’s done the same thing in New Orleans. They play with great pace now. They play similar to us as far as spreading the court and you’ve got playmakers everywhere. So Alvin was instrumental in what we built here.”

PELICANS REST

New Orleans swept Portland in the first round, so the Pelicans got to watch the Warriors finish off the Spurs on Tuesday night.

”I do think we’ve had an advantage in that way just having time off and everybody locking in and watching them play,” Jrue Holiday said.

The Warriors know how much the addition of Nikola Mirotic meant to New Orleans since he was acquired to help fill the void left by Cousins’ absence.

”We pretty much threw out all three game tapes prior to Mirotic’s arrival,” Kerr said. ”Those don’t mean anything to us. Once he arrived, the whole team looked different.”

THOMPSON’S TOUCH

Thompson is feeling it.

After some ups and downs during the regular season, he shot 52.9 percent – 46 for 87 – in the first round including 16 of 31 on 3s for 51.6 percent.

”It always feels right, at least in my mind it does Antwaun Woods Jersey ,” Thompson said of his shooting touch. ”It has to. Hopefully, I can continue that (consistent) trend. But it’s something that I will never doubt myself when it comes to shooting. I put too much effort into it.”

ON A ROLL

Golden State has won 24 of the last 26 games including playoffs against the Pelicans, 12 of 13 at home dating to the 2012-13 season.

”Our guys know that to beat the defending champs is going to be extremely hard,” New Orleans guard Rajon Rondo said.



AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report.



The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a one-year contract with wide receiver Mike Wallace.

The 31-year-old Wallace spent the past two seasons in Baltimore and had 52 catches for 748 yards and four touchdowns last year. The deal announced Thursday is reportedly worth up to $4 million.

Wallace has 538 receptions for 8,072 yards and 57 TDs in nine seasons with four teams. He is one of 10 active NFL players with 8,000 career yards receiving and 500 career receptions, joining Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Gates Doug Williams Jersey , A.J. Green, DeSean Jackson, Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall, Demaryius Thomas and Jason Witten.

Wallace was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2011 and has three 1,000-yard seasons, including 2016 for the Ravens.

The Super Bowl champion Eagles traded veteran receiver Torrey Smith to Carolina and Wallace fills the need for a deep threat.



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The news from late Friday night didn’t sound good for AJ McCarron‘s bid to win the Bills’ starting quarterback job. As it turns out http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/damien-wilson-jersey , McCarron will return to the competition soon.

A second opinion revealed McCarron did not fracture his collarbone, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

That means he will get to resume his competition with Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen. Allen will start this week’s dress rehearsal game.

McCarron still might not win the job Nick Perry Jersey , but he won’t lose it by default.

The Buffalo News reported after Friday’s game that McCarron had a hairline fracture of the collarbone. Bills coach Sean McDermott refuted McCarron was injured, although he added that tests are “not totally conclusive.”

That’s what prompted McCarron to seek a second opinion.

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been charged with raping an unconscious teenager 15 years ago.

Authorities say the 17-year-old girl was assaulted in 2003 in San Diego County.

Other details haven’t been released. Winslow hasn’t entered a plea yet.

The charge was added Thursday as Winslow was ordered to stand trial on charges of kidnapping and raping two women earlier this year in Encinitas http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/markus-wheaton-jersey , California. The women were in their 50s.

Prosecutors say the attacks were part of a three-month crime spree targeting middle-aged and elderly women.

Winslow has pleaded not guilty to those charges. He could face life in prison if convicted.

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Tom Brady shook off the rust of a long layoff and then found time to shake hands with Nick Foles, six months after they met in the Super Bowl.

Brady moved the Patriots with ease in their rematch against the Eagles, with a little help from running back James White. Foles left with a shoulder injury after giving up a strip sack that led to Ja'Whaun Bentley's scoop and score, but the reigning Super Bowl MVP stuck around to get his long-awaited congratulations from the reigning NFL MVP after New England's 37-20 win Thursday night.

"That was kind of made up to me because that was never my intention. I wouldn't be a bad sport," said Brady, who never made it to Foles for a handshake after the Eagles' 41-33 victory in the Super Bowl. "I have a lot of respect for Nick. I know how hard it is to win that last game. They did it, congratulations to them."

In his first action since losing in the NFL title game Shawn Lauvao Jersey , Brady led New England to scores on four of the six series he played, completing 19 of 26 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns to help stake New England to a 27-7 halftime lead.

"It's the first time having to do that in about six months," Brady said after Brian Hoyer finished up the victory. "I feel like my timing could be better in certain areas. I've been doing this or a long time, so a lot of it is second nature at this point."

EAGLES QBS

Foles managed one first down in his first three possessions and then coughed the ball up on a hit from defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn. Bentley recovered and ran 54 yards for a touchdown that gave New England a 17-0 lead.

The hit knocked Foles out of the game. It was one of eight sacks by the Patriots.

"I was getting ready to throw a deep ball and a guy grabbed it as I was following through," Foles said. "It feels all right. It feels pretty good. Hopefully there's no issues."

Coach Doug Pederson said Foles will be evaluated Friday.

"I'm going to wait until I speak to my doctors," Pederson said.

Foles finished 3 for 9 for 44 yards. Third-stringer Nate Sudfeld played most of the next three quarters, completing 22 of 39 passes for 312 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

Erstwhile Eagles starter Carson Wentz is on the verge of returning to 11-on-11 practice Adam Shaheen Jersey , but the team is not sure if he will be ready for the Sept. 6 opener against Atlanta.

Philadelphia's Shelton Gibson had five catches for 90 yards and a 4-yard TD reception in the second quarter that made it 17-7.

WHITE, FLAGS

White caught six passes for 61 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown, and also ran for 31 yards in the first half.

"I don't think you could ask any more of a teammate than what James provides us and the trust that everyone has in him," Brady said, comparing him to past Patriots part-time backs like Kevin Faulk, Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead. "I feel like he never makes a mistake, and it's pretty amazing to have that."

The Eagles had five penalties for 50 yards in the first quarter 鈥?including two for lowering the head to initiate contact and one for hitting a defenseless receiver 鈥?and 97 penalty yards in all.

Hoyer completed five of 13 passes for 32 yards and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cordarrelle Patterson.

OTHER INJURIES

Eagles: In addition to Foles Andre Reed Jersey , the Eagles also lost receiver Bryce Treggs (hamstring), tight end Richard Rodgers (knee), tight end Joshua Perkins (head), tackle Taylor Hart (cramps), receiver Kamar Aiken (hamstring) and defensive back Stephen Roberts (ankle).

Patriots: First-round draft choice Isaiah Wynn was taken away from the medical tent on a cart with a left ankle injury. Wynn, who was taken No. 23 overall, did not play the previous week against Washington. New England's other first-round pick, No. 31 overall selection running back Sony Michel Ryan Kerrigan Jersey , has not played because of a procedure on his knee.

ANTHEMS

Philadelphia defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins and De'Vante Bausby remained in the tunnel during the national anthem before the game, a week after raising their fists in protest in the exhibition opener. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett remained in the locker room Thursday night, NBC Philadelphia reported on Twitter.

A picture tweeted by the station showed Jenkins and Bausby bowing their heads as they looked out toward the field.

Jenkins and Bennett have been among the most vocal NFL players protesting racial inequality during the pregame playing of the "Star-Spangled Banner." The NFL Network tweeted a video of Jenkins coming out for warmups wearing a shirt that said, "YOU AREN'T LISTENING."

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The New York Islanders agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent forward Tom Kuhnhackl on Monday.

The 26-year-old right wing had four goals and 12 assists in 57 games for Pittsburgh last season. He has 11 goals and 28 assists in 168 career games over three seasons – all with the Penguins.

Kuhnhackl http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/blake-martinez-jersey , who was on Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2016 and 2017, also has three goals and four assists in 47 career playoff games.

The Islanders also announced they had agreed to two-year, two-way contracts with goalie Christopher Gibson and defenseman Seth Helgeson, and a one-year, two-way deal with right wing Mike Sislo. Left wing Mike Lorrito agreed to a two-year contract that is two-way in the first season and NHL only for the second.

Gibson is 3-4-3 with a 3.57 goals-against average in 12 career NHL games with the Islanders. The 25-year-old native of Finland was 2-3-2 in eight games in New York last season, including a 50-save shutout against Calgary on March 11.

The 27-year-old Helgeson has one goal and three assists in 50 NHL games with New Jersey.

Sislo has three goals and two assists in 42 career games with the Devils. The 30-year-old last played in the NHL with the Devils in 2015-16, finishing with three goals and one assist in a career-high 18 games.

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Tyrann Mathieu intercepted Tom Brady's pass and also recovered a fumble Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Not good enough, if you ask the Houston Texans safety.

"Yeah, I touched the leather, but I didn't touch the end zone," Mathieu said after the 27-20 loss in the opener. "We lost by seven points, so that's how I look at it and how I judge myself."

A free agent who signed with the Texans after spending the first five years of his career in Arizona, Mathieu was Houston's biggest offseason acquisition. The signing seemed to pay off in his very first game.

Brady dropped back near his own goal line and took aim for running back James White across the middle. But defensive lineman Angelo Blackson deflected the ball, and Mathieu reached behind him to grab it as he went to the turf.

"That's why we brought him here Bill Bates Jersey ," coach Bill O'Brien said. "We think he's an instinctive player, from what I can see."

Blackson said he anticipated that Brady would try to step up in the pocket and throw, so the goal was to get a hand in his face. The ball went off Blackson's hand and fluttered downward before Mathieu grabbed it at the 17.

But the Texans missed a chance to take advantage of the field position, losing seven yards before settling for a field goal that cut the deficit to 7-3. In the third quarter, Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski for a 25-yard reception before the Patriots tight end was hit by Kareem Jackson and lost the ball.

Mathieu scooped it up. The Texans advanced to the New England 17 but turned the ball over on downs.

"He's a great player," defensive lineman J.J. Watt said. "We knew we were getting a great player and a guy that can change games and he did a great job today. With the pick, the fumble recovery, that's another guy that can make game-changing plays and the more we can of that Bruce Smith Jersey , and the more we can all start to do our part in that, the better we're going to be."

A year after losing to the Patriots 36-33, O'Brien returned to New England with a healthy team that had hopes of beating his former mentor.

Watt returned after playing only five games last season because of a broken leg, and Whitney Mercilus also returned from a torn pectoral muscle that put him on injured reserve in 2017.

With Jadeveon Clowney recovering from knee surgery following the best season of his career and Mathieu joining the secondary, the Texans' defense was a strong point.

And with Deshaun Watson (176 yards passing, 40 running) also returning from an injury after a stellar start to his rookie year, the offense figured to be dangerous, too.

But Brady and Gronkowski carved up the Texans at the worst times Chris Jones Jersey , including a two-minute drill at the end of the first half after taking over at their own 22 with just 88 seconds on the clock. Brady completed 5 of 6 passes on the drive, hitting Phillip Dorsett on a 4-yard touchdown pass that extended the New England lead to 21-6.

"To give up that touchdown, it is very frustrating," Clowney said. "I am very upset right now. I hate losing and I hate playing bad and all of that. I know I've got a lot of season left and a lot of improvement to do."

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Robert Griffin III spent the final preseason game watching from the sideline.

Now it's time to wait.

Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson ran for a touchdown Nick Perry Jersey , Griffin III didn't play and Baltimore beat the Washington Redskins 30-20 Thursday night to complete its third consecutive unbeaten preseason.

Jackson played the first half and led Baltimore (5-0) on three scoring drives. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner and first-round draft pick is sure to make the team, but coach John Harbaugh has not yet revealed whether he will keep Griffin, who's currently No. 2 on the depth chart behind starter Joe Flacco.

"It'll be tough. It just depends on the rest of the math," Harbaugh said afterward. "There's no doubt you want Robert Griffin on your team."

Griffin, who broke into the league with Washington in 2012, went 27 for 41 during the preseason and showed no rust after sitting out last year. In Harbaugh's eyes, Griffin had nothing left to prove.

"We felt like Lamar needed to start Tony Dorsett Jersey ," Harbaugh said. "Robert really didn't need to play. He's played a lot so far. He's a veteran."

The question is, do the Ravens want him behind Flacco or can they take a chance on the rookie?

"He makes our quarterback room stronger and he makes you better," Harbaugh said of Griffin. "He's been a starter. He's certainly a backup in this league, without question. It's not even close. I'd like to have him on the team. We'll just have to see how the math works out."

Neither team used its starters on offense or defense, accepted standard procedure in a preseason finale.

Kevin Hogan played the entire game at quarterback for the Redskins (1-3), going 22 for 38 for 272 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in his bid to unseat Colt McCoy as the backup to Alex Smith.

His first interception was returned 23 yards for a touchdown by Kai Nacua to make it 27-7.

"Hogan did some good things," coach Jay Gruden said. "He threw the ball in the heat of some pressure and made some nice throws. We'll evaluate it Thurman Thomas Jersey , but I think he did good."

Jackson went 9 for 15 for 109 yards and ran for his team-leading third score of the preseason. The former Louisville star looked far more poised than in his previous outings, but he failed to convert a third down and was sacked once.

"We only scored 13 points and had two field goals. That really wasn't what I wanted," Jackson said. "We'll be better next time."

Fourth-stringer Josh Woodrum played the second half for the Ravens.

Looking back on his fifth preseason with Washington, Gruden was pleased with what got accomplished.

"Overall, I think we got looks at everybody that needed to get looked at," he said. "I think everybody had a fair shot. I think everybody had opportunities to make this football team, to show us what they can do."

Starting for the first time with Baltimore http://www.dallascowboysteamonline.com/ezekiel-elliott-jersey , Jackson opened the game with an impressive 82-yard drive, utilizing both his arm and legs. Jackson completed all four of his pass attempts, including an 8-yarder on a fourth-and-1, and fooled the Redskins defense with a 1-yard bootleg that he ended with a nifty side-roll into the end zone.

Hogan got the Redskins even with an 87-yard march that lasted more than seven minutes and concluded with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brian Quick .

Baltimore added two field goals before halftime 鈥?the first following a 45-yard pass from Jackson to rookie tight end Mark Andrews, the second after a fumble by Washington's Samaje Perine.

Perine led the Redskins with 603 yards rushing last year, but now he's fighting for a spot on the roster.

INJURIES

Redskins: C Casey Dunn underwent concussion protocol.

Ravens: CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste hurt his right forearm on the final play of the first quarter, and Harbaugh suspects it's broken. The fifth-year player was expected to get increased playing time while starter Jimmy Smith opens with a four-game suspension. ... Ravens guard Randin Crecelius left with a back injury.

NATIONAL ANTHEM

All the Redskins players stood at attention on the sideline for the national anthem Andre Holmes Jersey , as they did in Washington's previous three preseason games.

Every Ravens player stood on the sideline as well.

UP NEXT

The Redskins open the regular season on Sept. 9 at Arizona of the NFC West. Washington beat the Cardinals 20-15 last December.

Baltimore hosts Buffalo in the season opener on Sept. 9. Two years ago, the Ravens beat the Bills 13-7 in Baltimore.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he is returning for his ninth NFL season.

Gronkowski made the announcement in a post on Instagram Tuesday . Gronkowski said he met with coach Bill Belichick to inform him of his intention to return, adding he's "been working out, staying in shape and feel great."

Gronk previously hinted at considering retirement following New England's Super Bowl loss to the Eagles in February.

He appeared in 14 games during the 2017 season and led the team in receiving with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

Gronkowski was knocked out of last season's AFC championship game with a concussion, but was able to return in time for the Super Bowl. He missed the Patriots' 2017 Super Bowl win over Atlanta after undergoing back surgery.

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With someone walking onstage every few minutes to read a name off a piece of paper http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/margus-hunt-jersey , the NFL draft wouldn't seem like a big television draw. Yet the 11.2 million people who watched this year made it the week's second most popular program.

The first round of the draft was shown on Fox, the NFL Network and several ESPN networks simultaneously. This year's assignment of college football players to NFL teams was particularly suspenseful, with a handful of quality quarterbacks waiting to be drafted, and little consensus ahead of time over how things were going to go.

Still, it wasn't quite as popular as the most-watched draft ever. That came in 2014 when another quarterback, in this case Johnny Manziel, was selected first by the Cleveland Browns. That draft reached 12.4 million people on Thursday, the Nielsen company said.

Coverage of the third day of the draft, when the players really start getting obscure, reached nearly 3 million and was the most ever Chester Rogers Jersey , Nielsen said.

With ABC's "Roseanne" in repeats, CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" returned to the top of the ratings, reaching 11.8 million people.

CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 6.4 million viewers. ABC had 4.5 million, NBC had 4.4 million, Fox had 2.7 million, Univision had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.3 million, Telemundo had 1.2 million and the CW had 1.1 million.

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ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.3 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" was second with 7.7 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 5.9 million.

For the week of April 23-29, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "The Big Bang Theory" (Thursday, 8 p.m.) CBS, 11.8 million; "Young Sheldon," CBS, 11.16 million; "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.26 million; "60 Minutes Joe Theismann Jersey ," CBS, 9.16 million; "American Idol" (Sunday), ABC, 8.77 million; "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 8.43 million; "Mom," CBS, 8.31 million; "Blue Bloods," CBS, 8.13 million; "Survivor Chidobe Awuzie Jersey ," CBS, 7.82 million; "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 7.79 million.

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The NHL game in Boston between the Bruins and Florida Panthers was among the sports events disrupted Thursday by the winter storm that hit the East Coast.

The Panthers-Bruins matchup was postponed. The NHL hasn’t yet announced a makeup date.

Rugged weather also delayed the New York Giants’ search for a new coach. They were set to interview Eric Studesville, the recently fired Broncos’ running backs coach, but that meeting will now take place next week.

Boston College pushed back the women’s basketball game it was scheduled to host against North Carolina by a day until Friday. Also, Rutgers said its gymnastics team was unable to travel to Arizona for its season-opening meet Saturday.

Horse racing at Aqueduct Racetrack was called off through the weekend because of the snow, cold and wind. Live racing will resume on Jan. 11.

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Sam Darnold spent a few minutes chatting with Joe Namath and only wished he had more time.

At this rate http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/rob-kelley-jersey , though, the youngster will have plenty more opportunities down the line.

Darnold led the Jets on two touchdown drives, moving closer to securing the starting quarterback job in a 22-16 loss to the New York Giants on Friday night.

That came after Darnold and the Jets' other quarterbacks met briefly on the field with the man who has led the team to its only Super Bowl win 鈥?50 seasons ago.

"It was cool to meet 'Broadway Joe,'" a smiling Darnold said. "And to know the history that he has with this franchise, it was awesome to get to meet him."

Jets fans are hoping Darnold might be able to someday have the same impact.

Small steps first, of course. The No. 3 overall draft pick made his second consecutive start, finishing 8 of 16 for 86 yards 鈥?including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor.

Darnold is competing with Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown for the Jets' starting job, but the rookie is being given every chance to be under center when New York opens the regular season at Detroit on Sept. 10.

"So far, I think I've been really consistent," Darnold said. "At the same time http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/margus-hunt-jersey , obviously there's little things I can always get better at."

Bridgewater came in on the Jets' second offensive possession of the second half, while McCown never played. Bridgewater was 11 of 15 for 104 yards.

Darnold got off to a solid start, leading an 11-play, 75-yard drive on the Jets' opening series that was capped by Bilal Powell's 10-yard touchdown run.

Darnold converted two third-and-long plays during the possession, first with a 13-yard completion to Neal Sterling. On third-and-13 from the Giants 35, Darnold showed off his scrambling ability by scooting to his left and zipping upfield for 14 yards.

"It's kind of what I've done my whole life, just play football," Darnold said. "When something's not there and I see a lane, take it. But also continue to secure the ball and not turn the ball over. And, if I can do those things and just continue to play football at the same time Jordan Mills Jersey , I think I'll be all right."

After Darnold's 11-yard completion to Robby Anderson, Powell ran untouched into the end zone to give the Jets (1-2) an early 7-0 lead.

"Any time you go down the field on your first drive and score a touchdown against a good defense, that's a good thing," coach Todd Bowles said. "For the most part, he did his job."

Darnold's second series went nowhere, hurt in large part by a false start penalty on tight end Eric Tomlinson.

Hunter Sharp took Lachlan Edwards' punt from 55 yards out and zig-zagged a bit on his way to the end zone to tie it at 7 with 3:52 left in the opening quarter.

"The punt return was just the spark we needed," Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. "It was a terrific run, well blocked."

JUST FOR KICKS

Aldrick Rosas kicked field goals of 48, 40, 27 and 21 yards to give the Giants a 19-13 lead into halftime.

The third field goal came after Trenton Cannon fumbled a kickoff when he was hit by Ray-Ray Armstrong Brett Maher Jersey , and Jerell Adams recovered for the Giants (2-1).

STARTERS

The Giants' starters played just the first two quarters, with Eli Manning going 17 of 23 for 188 yards in what was likely his final tuneup before the regular season. Sterling Shepard had seven catches for 78 yards.

"I thought we did a couple of good things," Manning said. "Obviously, we'd like to score more when we get into the red zone down there. I thought there were a lot of good things and we moved the ball pretty well."

The backups opened the second half to face the Jets, who left their starters on both sides of the ball in for much of the third quarter.

BIG SWING

Manning connected with Cody Latimer on a 54-yard pass on first down late in the first quarter to put the Giants at the Jets 6.

Jonathan Stewart took the handoff on the next play and was met by Avery Williamson, who ripped the ball out of the running back's hands. Leonard Williams scooped up the fumble and returned it 39 yards to the Giants 47.

Four plays later, Darnold completed a 16-yard pass to Quincy Enunwa on third-and-6 from the 28. Darnold then found Pryor to give the Jets the lead 56 seconds into the second quarter.

Taylor Bertolet made the extra point, but it was negated by Jonotthan Harrison's false start 鈥?and Bertolet missed the re-kick.

SITTING OUT

Giants running back Saquon Barkley, taken a spot ahead of Darnold, returned to practice this week on a limited basis for the first time since suffering a mild hamstring strain nine days earlier but sat out.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was a full participant in practice Braden Smith Jersey , but also didn't play as he continues to work his way back after breaking his ankle last October.

ANTHEM

There were no displays of protest by either the Jets or Giants, with both teams standing on the sideline for the anthem.

SLOPPY

The Jets were called for 13 penalties, costing them 108 yards. The Giants were called for six for 50.

"It felt like more than that," Bowles said. "We can't have that going into opening day."

INJURIES

Giants: Starting TE Evan Engram left with 5:21 left in the second quarter with a concussion. He was sandwiched by Williamson and Darron Lee after catching a 6-yard pass at the Jets 24. The ball came loose at the end of the play and was ruled a fumble, but the call was overturned after a video review. ... Backup TE Rhett Ellison left in the second quarter with an eye injury.

Jets: CB Rashard Robinson left early in the fourth quarter with a hip injury. ... WR Jermaine Kearse was held out with a sore abdomen.

UP NEXT

Giants: home vs. New England next Thursday night.

Jets: at Philadelphia next Thursday night.

The Predators gave Nashville a chance to give the man who wrestled an AR-15 rifle away from a gunman at a Waffle House a standing ovation.

James Shaw Jr. met with Nashville coach Peter Laviolette before Game 2 Sunday night of the Predators’ Western Conference semifinal with Winnipeg and he was given his own personalized jersey . The Predators recognized several of the first responders from that deadly shooting a week ago in Nashville. The sold-out crowd gave Shaw a roaring ovation.

Police have credited the 29-year-old Shaw for averting more bloodshed after a gunman opened fire outside the Waffle House and then stormed the restaurant. Four people were killed and four others, including Shaw, were wounded.

Shaw also has raised more than $160,000 for the victims.

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Kevin Durant had 26 points Duke Dawson Jersey , nine rebounds and six assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat San Antonio 110-97 on Thursday night for a 3-0 series lead over the Spurs, who were still reeling from the death of Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin.

Golden State can close the first-round series with a win Sunday afternoon in San Antonio in Game 4.

The Spurs were playing a day after the death of Erin Popovich, who passed away after battling an undisclosed long-term illness. Erin and Gregg Popovich were married four decades and had two children and two grandchildren.

San Antonio did not air a video tribute or hold a moment of silence for Erin in an apparent attempt to make the game as routine as possible for its players, but that was impossible.

Coach Popovich was not in his customary position roaming the sidelines, choosing instead to be with his family. San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina coached the team in Popovich’s place.

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MIAMI (AP) – A masked Joel Embiid scored 23 points in his postseason debut, Marco Belinelli and Dario Saric each added 21 and Philadelphia beat Miami to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Ben Simmons finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the 76ers, who won for the 18th time in their last 19 games and reclaimed home-court advantage. Embiid went on a personal 7-0 run in the fourth quarter to help Philadelphia extend its lead to 14, and send many in the crowd to the exits.

Goran Dragic scored 23 points for Miami, which got 19 from Justise Winslow and 14 from Josh Richardson.

Game 4 is Saturday afternoon.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Nikola Mirotic scored a career playoff-best 30 points to go with eight rebounds Nazair Jones Jersey , three steals and a block, and New Orleans beat Portland to take a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Anthony Davis had 28 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks for New Orleans, which can advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008 with one more victory.

The 6-foot-10 Mirotic, acquired in a midseason trade after DeMarcus Cousins’ season-ending Achilles tear, made 12 of 15 shots Richard Sherman Jersey , scoring on everything from quick-release 3-pointers to cutting dunks and fast-break layups.

Damian Lillard scored 20 for Portland, but also missed nine of 14 shots. CJ McCollum scored 22 and Al-Farouq Aminu added 21, but Portland trailed by double digits for most of the first half and all of the second.

Game 4 is Saturday.

The defense attorney for the late Aaron Hernandez is writing a book about the former NFL star and promises ”shocking revelations.”

Jose Baez’s ”Unnecessary Roughness: The Life and Death of Aaron Hernandez” is coming out Aug. 21, Hachette Books told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The book was written with the cooperation of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, and will include a foreword by her. According to Hachette, ”Unnecessary Roughness” will be the ”definitive Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey , insider” story on Hernandez.

Hernandez, a former standout tight end for the New England Patriots, was found hanging in his cell last April 19, hours before his ex-teammates were due to visit the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. The 27-year-old athlete had been serving life without parole for a 2013 murder.

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Before throwing Jarvis Landry a pass Nathan Peterman Jersey , the Browns made a huge commitment to him.

Cleveland signed the star wide receiver to a five-year, $75 million contract extension on Friday night, locking up a game-changing player they're counting on for the future.

A three-time Pro Bowler acquired last month in a trade with Miami, Landry was at the team's headquarters Friday as the Browns continued preparations for an NFL draft that may re-shape their franchise.

"Jarvis Landry is the type of football player we want on this team for a long time," general manager John Dorsey said. "Obviously, he's an accomplished playmaker, that's why we went after him in the trade but in his short time as a Brown we can already see the type of leadership and competitiveness he's going to bring to his teammates. We are very pleased that we've been able to secure him to a long-term contract."

Landry led the NFL with 112 catches last season and scored nine touchdowns, two more than Cleveland's entire receiving corps.

The 25-year-old will make an immediate impact for a Cleveland team that lost all 16 games last season and is 1-31 in two years under coach Hue Jackson.

"I've always dreamed of two things: taking care of my family and playing football Tre'Quan Smith Jersey ," Landry said. "I've become a product of hard work, sacrifice, persistence, and mental toughness. Jerry Rice said the thing that made him so great was the fear of failure. I've been afraid of failure my whole life. I've endured my share, but in each and every discomforting time I've failed, I've also grown, I've also learned, I've also found success."

The Browns have the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks and are expected to select a quarterback. However Marquez Valdes-Scantling Jersey , that pick is likely to spend at least one season backing up newly acquired QB Tyrod Taylor, who will have Landry as a target.

— Jim Brown has spent much of his post-NFL career fighting for social justice and change.

However, the Hall of Fame running back would never kneel during the national anthem.

The 82-year-old Brown, who championed civil rights during his playing career and became an activist in retirement, said Tuesday night that he respects players’ rights to do what they want but his preference is they would stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“I’ll never kneel and I will always respect the flag,” said Brown, who spoke before an HBO premiere of “Hard Knocks,” which is chronicling the Cleveland Browns in training camp.

Brown was asked how he would resolve the anthem issue Doug Flutie Jersey , which has plagued the league for two years.

“Well, if you take the bottom line, what are we talking about? We’re talking about freedom to express one’s self, and if you don’t break any rules then you have that particular right,” he said.

“I am not going to denigrate my flag and I’m going to stand for the national anthem. I’m fighting with all of my strength to make it a better country, but I don’t think that’s the issue. Because what is the top side? Are you not going to stand up? This is our country, man.

“We work hard to make it better and that’s my attitude, so I don’t relate to this issue because it’s newsworthy because where are your superstars? And where are they at? Aren’t they making comments?”

Protests during the anthem have enveloped the league since former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest social injustice.

The NFL modified its anthem protocol in May Andrew Sendejo Jersey , prohibiting demonstrations for 2018, but allowing players to remain in the locker room during the anthem.

The players’ union filed a grievance, and the change has been tabled while the NFL and NFLPA work on a resolution.

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