The AFC can boast having produced the past three Super Bowl winners.

And as a conference, that’s about it.

The AFC features six teams with winning records through the season’s first 10 weeks compared to 10 such squads in the NFC.

“The Kobe IXs are my favorite basketball shoe overall,” Fox said. “The IV is when he started the low-tops, and I’ll definitely try to get my hands on those.”

In a fun coincidence, the rookie charged with helping to lead Nike’s Kobe series isn’t “the new face of the Lakers,” as Magic Johnson dubbed Ball, but rather Fox, who plays for a Kings team that once had famous playoff battles with Bryant’s Lakers.

As part of an agreement between MLB and the players’ association, a club can use money from either its 2017-18 or 2018-19 signing bonus pool to sign a player but can’t combine money from both pools in one contract. The first $200,000 of a signing bonus will not count against a team’s limit, but the $300,000 maximum remains for teams subject to the penalty for exceeding their pool under the previous labor contract.

DeShon Elliott, S, Texas — Not only did Elliott begin Saturday as the nation’s leader with six interceptions, the Texas junior has ideal size at 6-2, 210 pounds. He didn’t hve an interception during Saturday’s 42-27 win over Kansas, but did have seven tackles and a forced fumble with a pass defensed.

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Connor McDavid is really good at hockey, but really bad at …

Most players can pinpoint the exact moment they realized Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid was special.

“I played against him when he was 12,” Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski said. “I remember he was the best kid on the ice — by far.”

For Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, the epiphany came on one of the first plays of a November 2016 game in Edmonton. “[McDavid] was skating so fast up the ice,” Kane recalled. “Our defenseman was going backward. He had to turn around and skate forward — like, directly at our net. McDavid still got a breakaway and got a shot off.”

Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans’ brother filmed Saban doing the Electric Slide, and it went viral. If you scour the internet, you’ll find him doing the Cupid Shuffle and The Wobble. “Hey,” Saban said, “I’ve been able to step through ever since I was in high school.”

After the owners finished, Troy Vincent stood up. He was offended by McNair’s characterization of the players as “inmates.” Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL — during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word — he never felt like an “inmate.”

That sparked a back-and-forth with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who said NFL owners are historically responsible for the success of the NFL. However, McNair later pulled Vincent aside to apologize for the comment and then released a statement Friday after his words were made public in ESPN’s report.

It would have made for about 90 seconds of complete bonkers celebration in Houston, and then we would have gone to bed early because the game wouldn’t have been close anymore. Instead, Stripling walked off the mound with a big “thanks, God” smile and we got two more innings of exciting baseball.
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Magic withstand massive game from Hassan Whiteside, beat Heat in season opener

Evan Fournier scored 23 points, Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 13 rebounds and the Orlando Magic held off the Miami Heat 116-109 in their season opener Wednesday night.

Peterson wasn’t the only older guy who showed out for the Cardinals. Carson Palmer went 18-of-22 with 283 yards, three touchdowns, and one pick. Larry Fitzgerald had 138 yards and a touchdown.

“Obviously a day for old guys,” head coach Bruce Arians said after the game, via Darren Urban of the team’s official website.

Peterson didn’t look old while he was juking the daylights out of the Buccaneers defense.

The Bucs came into the game with the eighth-ranked rushing defense. They were giving up an average of 87.2 yards per game on the ground.

The Vikings declined Peterson’s option after the 2016 season and he landed in free agency. But Peterson is 32, and he was coming off a knee injury that kept him off the field for most of last year. He averaged just 1.9 yards per carry with the Vikings last year. These factors raised questions about his future in the league.

Manning didn’t even get a chance to make the tackle. Peterson made a hard cut left and zoomed past him. Zoomed past everyone, really — a razor cutting onions. At the 45, he still hadn’t been touched. Tillman and Lance Briggs were behind him. They stayed behind him.

“Peanut is faster than almost every running back in the NFL,” Hillenmeyer told me. “Up to that point in Peanut’s career and my career, I’d never seen him not catch a running back.”

When they passed midfield, Peanut hit another gear. Only problem is that Peterson did too. On a 73-yard touchdown run, Peterson was untouched.

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Nothing is nicer than Gronk’s 69th touchdown

Not only that, but, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, Gronk’s stats are actually littered with 69s. The touchdown isn’t all we have to celebrate: He’s also at 69.4 yards per game, and his catch percentage is 69.6 percent. What are the odds? I can only chalk it up to divine intervention. If Gronk’s story truly is a Greek myth, Zeus is up there on Mount Olympus, drinking a High Life in his La-Z-Boy with his feet up on the coffee table, watching football and patting himself on the back for orchestrating such a momentous occasion.

Look, I know this sounds like one big joke, and that’s probably because it is.

Reid became head coach in Philadelphia in 1999, took the franchise to a Super Bowl but never won one. He was fired in 2012 and now is in his fifth season in Kansas City. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie decided the Eagles needed a new voice, a new style, a new plan. Lurie is on his second coach since — first Chip Kelly, now Doug Pederson — who happens to have been Reid’s offensive coordinator in Kansas City and who spent 12 years in the league with Reid as a player or coach.

Reid disagreed with Lurie’s decision. It hurt him to leave Philadelphia, a team and a town with which he shared special bonds. He has built a fast and strong team in Kansas City.

Gruden and Washington seek to avoid a huge 0-2 hole.

This game should feature plenty of offensive wizardry.

The sting of losing it for Gruden would be severe. No veteran NFL coach wants to lose to a guy who is in only his second NFL game as a head coach. Especially one he tutored. Especially considering a Washington fan base that is already fretting and antsy.
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Stafford throws 2 TDs as Lions beat Giants and Beckham

So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning and the New York Giants are heading in the opposite direction.

Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return and the Lions beat the Giants 24-10 on Monday night.

The Lions (2-0) sacked Eli Manning five times and Stafford put together another big game while sending the Giants (0-2) to a second straight disappointing performance. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned from a sprained left ankle, but New York still struggled offensively.

“We did a nice job of getting in the end zone early and our defense did what they do,” Stafford said.

Immediately after Monday night’s loss McAdoo began his news conference by declaring the blame should be placed on his shoulders. The delay of game — and lack of a timeout — was later placed primarily on his quarterback.

McAdoo began his conference call Tuesday by saying “it’s my responsibility” to make sure the team gets out of its own way and avoids the costly mistakes that plagued the Giants against the Lions.

While Manning took some blame after the game, Flowers appears to remain off-limits. Instead of being critical of Flowers’ play the day after a rough outing, McAdoo was again complimentary of his young tackle.

When asked if Flowers would remain the team’s left tackle moving forward, he didn’t even flinch.

“Yes, absolutely,” McAdoo said. “Ereck is a young player, he did some good things in the ballgame yesterday. He gets singled out and that’s the way it goes in this league. Again, the breakdowns are spread out. It’s not just one player making breakdowns. The breakdowns are spread out and I am included. Throw me in there.”
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Broncos block Chargers’ game-tying FG to give coach Vance Joseph first win

Phillip Rivers and the Chargers made things interesting late in Monday night’s AFC West showdown with the Broncos but the patented Denver defense came up big with the game on the line.

Trailing 24-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Chargers rallied for 14 points in just over two minutes as the Broncos offense managed just 13 plays in the final 11:58 of the game. Four Broncos drives resulted in an interception, fumble, missed field goal and a punt, giving the Chargers every opportunity to rally for their first win since relocating to Los Angeles after last season.

It’s a formula that worked wonders for the Jaguars, and it’s a defense that might make the rest of the NFL a little worried about Jacksonville.

No, Oakland didn’t suddenly go to “Beast Mode” to ground and pound past the Titans. Carr still dropped back 34 times (22 of 32, 262 yards passing, two TDs, two sacks, 114.3 rating). And beyond Lynch rushing 18 times for 76 of those scrimmage yards, the Raiders averaged only 3.9 yards per carry behind their mighty offensive line.

But he was mixed in, with even greater volume than expected in his first game back following a brief retirement. He also ran hard in his vintage way, setting the tone in a gritty matchup that became a field-goal fest instead of the expected shootout between Carr and Marcus Mariota.

The Raiders played with a more physical streak up front on both sides of the ball than the Titans, who pride themselves on having that kind of identity around Mariota. Lynch was particularly key in the second half, catching a 16-yard pass that set up a field goal in the third quarter and helping his team whittle the clock in the fourth quarter.
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