Anthony and George have spent only about 30 game minutes total on the floor together.

“You don’t give up that tag freely — but he has a chance to be great,” Brown said. “There’s still a lot of work to be done. You know, when you look at his body of work — only playing 31 games, and really he’s only been playing basketball for six years, and he’s 23. He’s just scratching the surface.”

The extension solidifies Embiid as a cornerstone of the franchise’s future.

“He does things on a court that remind me of, you know, somebody that’s able to hear music and just play the song,” Brown said. “You know, he will study [Tim] Duncan, or study KD, or another player, and all of a sudden it’s a part of his game. He’s very unique, very unique.”

The deal will include some salary-cap protection for the 76ers should Embiid suffer an injury that causes him to miss significant playing time, league sources said.

The $25.3 million salary for Embiid in 2018-19 will rank third among NBA centers, trailing only Hassan Whiteside and Andre Drummond.

“I’m not concerned with that at all,” Anthony said.

Westbrook, There have been glimpses of their potential, with stops turning into quick transition hits, such as a third quarter burst Sunday, when Westbrook dropped a pass to a trailing Anthony for 3. Donovan is working to stagger the stars around the rest of the roster, appearing — at least for now — to prefer Anthony playing with the second unit and giving Westbrook and George more time as a tandem.

“Our defense is good. That’s all that matters, man,” Westbrook Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal said. “As long as we defend at a high level, offense is easy. Offense is easy. So we ain’t Cheap Baseball Jerseys China worried about that.”

O.J. Simpson upset at reporter for recording him hours after prison release

O.J. Simpson was released from a Nevada prison Sunday morning, and he is already getting pulled over by the media.

The former NFL star’s attorney, Malcolm Lavergne, said on “SportsCenter” earlier in the day his client didn’t have any immediate plans to talk to media. Instead, he said Simpson wanted to “reacclimate to normal life … enjoying the very simple pleasures … having good food, enjoying time with family, friends, catching up on technology, trying to get through all of that, wearing regular clothes again.”

Novak is a 10-year veteran who was the Chargers’ kicker from 2011-14. He is the second-most accurate in franchise history, converting 101 of 117 kicks during his four-year stint. The 86-percent completion rate is behind only Nate Kaeding’s franchise-leading 87-percent field goal conversion.

Novak, who worked out for the team on Wednesday, has played for six NFL teams, most recently with the Texans over the last two seasons. He has made 82.8 percent of his field goal attempts (173/209) over the course of his career.

“We feel like Nick as the best choice for our team,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Thursday. “Nick has been an accurate kicker for a long time.”

Despite Deshaun Watson’s impressive performances, FPI questions whether he can keep the Texans near the top. Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports
Also keep in mind that a tremendous amount of Watson’s value came from one play — the 49-yard scramble for a touchdown in Week 2 for which he deserved and received a tremendous amount of credit. Watson’s raw, unadjusted QBR for the season is 81.9. Take away that one play and it would drop to 70.1. Still good — third best, in fact — but it shows how incredibly valuable that one Wholesale Jerseys play is. The good news is FPI is smart enough to cap the impact of extreme plays such as that NFL Jerseys China one when considering information for its predictions.

Sean Payton speaks out after Las Vegas shooting

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton spoke out strongly against the “madness” of gun violence in America for the second time in two years Tuesday in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, saying that he believes the “current policies and thoughts are flawed.”

“It’s very clear. And, look, if that pisses people off, it’s tough,” said Payton, who also passionately spoke out about the need for stronger gun control last year following former Saints player Will Smith’s shooting death.

“In being asked about our team’s decision on Sunday to stay in the locker room for the National Anthem, I used strong words to defend our right to make our own choices,” the statement reads. “Both my choice to spark dialogue for positive change and the fans’ choice to attend our games. It’s that freedom of choice that makes our democracy the envy of many around the world. The death threats that my family and I have received since my comments are heartbreaking. The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric.

“These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue.”
On Wednesday, Walker had strong words for fans planning to skip games because of protests.

“And the fans that don’t want to come to the game? I mean, OK. Bye,” Walker Cheap Jerseys Soccer said (via the Tennessean). “I mean, if you feel that’s something, we’re disrespecting Cheap Jerseys US you, don’t come to the game. You don’t have to. No one’s telling you to come to the game. It’s your freedom of choice to do that.”

Hunt cleared 100 yards against a Washington defense that allowed only 128 total yards last week against the Oakland Raiders.

He finished with 101 yards on 21 carries and 121 total yards, joining Adrian Peterson, LaDainian Tomlinson and Billy Sims as the only rookies in NFL history to open their careers with at least four games of 100-plus yards from scrimmage.

Meanwhile, Smith was free to throw for a touchdown, run for a touchdown Cheap High Quality Jerseys off a fake to Hunt and deliver the late fourth-quarter dagger on one of his patented athletic scrambles to his right, hitting Albert Wilson for 37 yards.

The kicker who was just called off the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad, Harrison Butker, nailed the decisive field goal before a Washington giveaway touchdown in the final seconds that inspired a lot of gamblers to book Tuesday morning appointments with their shrinks.

Matthew Thomas, LB, Florida State — Thomas, a 6-4, 227-pound senior had his second double-digit tackle game and recorded his first two sacks of the year in a 26-19 win over Wake Forest.

Levi Wallace, CB, Alabama — Wallace, a former walk-on, has settled into his first season as a starter The lanky 6-foot, 183-pound senior had two interceptions, including one for a score, as Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys the top-ranked Tide rolled to a 66-3 win over Ole Miss.

A pass complete to Cohen brings the Bears to the Packers’ 5.

Left tackle Cordy Glenn returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis after missing the past two games with separate foot and ankle injuries. That gives Glenn a chance to start Sunday against Cincinnati, though his foot injury has been an issue since the offseason and keeps his status unpredictable. If he cannot play, rookie Dion Dawkins will start a third game in Glenn’s place. According to Pro Football Focus, Dawkins is the 24th-ranked offensive tackle in the NFL this season, a respectable mark for a rookie. — Mike Rodak

Halftime. Packers 21, Bears 7. Aaron Rodgers is 50-0 in his career when leading at halftime in Lambeau.

Touchdown, Bears. Right before the half, Glennon completes to Wright for a 5-yard score. The extra point is good and the Bears cut the Packers’ lead to 21-7.

Glennon completes a short pass to Zach Miller, who runs after the catch for a 29-yard gain.

The Packers punt and the Bears will take over on their own 28 with 1:41 left in the half.

Let’s take a look back at the Packers’ last touchdown. It was the first career Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys touchdown for rookie Aaron Jones.

Maybe when first overall pick Myles Garrett takes the field, things will improve for the defense. But for now, the Browns rank 31st in defensive FPI and last in opponent QBR. Hang Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys in there, Cleveland.

he dealt with hamstring issues that kept him out of the preseason.

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif. The Oakland Raiders are no longer mired in mediocrity thanks to quarterback Derek Carr, who has newfound security in both a shiny $125 million contract and in unretired running back Marshawn Lynch with him in the backfield.

Olson and Chapman are cornerstones of the A’s future and they’ve produced as rookies this season, so they aren’t moving anywhere, which is why 25-year-old slugger Ryon Healy has been bumped to the DH role (along with his defensive struggles).

Ward, 30, has a history with Bucs director of player personnel John Spytek, who was with the Browns’ front office when Cleveland drafted Ward in 2010; Spytek also worked as a scout for the Broncos from 2013 to 2015 before joining the Bucs.

In 14 games last season, Ward registered 87 combined tackles (69 solo), eight pass breakups, three forced fumbles, an interception and a sack. In the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers, Ward had an interception and a fumble recovery.

In training camp this year, he dealt with hamstring issues that kept him out of the preseason. The Broncos had also drafted two safeties in Cheap Team Baseball Jerseys 2016 — Justin Simmons, who did not miss a single tackle last season, according Cheap Soccer Jerseys For Sale to Pro Football Focus, and Will Parks.

Chargers’ Melvin Gordon judges fashion, contemplates his calves

Los Angeles. The city of friends. Christopher Columbus called it that because everyone just gets it. Look no further than the infamous L.A. traffic — folks just can’t get enough of each other!

Coates still has some potential at age 24, and he offers value as a deep threat, averaging 20.7 yards per catch last season. But injuries have been a major problem for Coates, who was bothered by the hand injury in 2016 and underwent a knee scope this year, forcing him to start training camp on the PUP list.

The Browns have been building for the future, but can use more options at wide receiver. Josh Gordon’s future has been up in the air for a long time and the team is still developing second-year receiver Corey Coleman. After that it’s players like Kenny Britt, Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis battling for reps.

Coates can join that battle and try to become the player the Steelers thought he’d be when the team drafted him in the third round in 2015.

Even still, Matt Schaub had started the first three preseason games and appeared to be in line to be the team’s starter come the regular season. So, Carr had no reason to think his performance against reserves in the final preseason game would change that. Three days later, he got a call that would change his fate. Just not in the way he thought.

“OK, so I went to church on Sunday morning and I checked my phone when I got out and coach [Greg] Olson had texted me,” said Carr. “He said, ‘Hey, Coach [Dennis] Allen wants to see you.’ Some quarterbacks had gotten hurt in the preseason so I thought, ‘Oh man, they traded me.’ I promise when I drove here I thought I was traded, I really thought that. I thought, ‘I played well, somebody wanted me,’ and then Cheap Quality NBA Jerseys I showed up, he told me that day that I was going to be the starter, asked me if Cheap Retro Basketball Jerseys I was ready and I said, ‘Yeah I’m ready.’

It stands to reason that this may be the best Orchard has ever been physically.

To his credit, however, Orchard looked like a f’n beast in the first preseason game this year against the Saints.

Of course it goes without saying that you have to take most performances, good and bad, with a grain of salt because of how teams rotate during the preseason. Still, there is no denying that Orchard looked even better in his movements than he had his first two seasons.

It stands to reason that this may be the best Orchard has ever been physically. He could lift and build up his upper body strength for almost a full year without going through the wear and tear of an NFL season. Having had several high ankle sprains in my career I wouldn’t imagine it took that long for his ankle to get back to 100 percent. He could have been doing leg day in the weight room and running well before last season ended.

When Kaepernick protested last August, a debate began about whether protests like his and those that followed could affect the NFL’s bottom line and whether he should be disciplined by the league. At the time the country was split: 43 percent polled by Rasmussen called for a form of punishment for the dissenters, and 45 percent disagreed.

Even months later, a poll showed that a majority of Americans disagreed with the anthem protests. Outlets believed ratings were suffering. But a poll from J.D. Power this summer showed that viewership was never down because of anthem protests.

In the poll released this week, just 29 percent of Americans hold a “somewhat favorable” view of Kaepernick. Ten Cheap Paintball Jerseys percent have a “very favorable” outlook. Yet, 46 percent of those polled still view Kaepernick unfavorably and 28 percent have a “very unfavorable” view. Twenty-five percent of people polled are Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys undecided.

The 12 best jokes about the Seahawks’ weird new logo

Birds always look freaky when you look at them front-on. Ever seen a penguin open its mouth? It’s kind of like that. Naturally, people had way too much fun with it.

J.J. Watt began raising money to help the people of Houston, and he said that it was difficult for Texans players to be away from Houston and see the devastation at home.

“I’m gonna go a little further than that, E.D,” Owens said when Dickerson called it a joke the receiver isn’t in the Hall of Fame. “Me not being on the field right now is a joke. I don’t care what people say — even though I’m 43 — trust me I’m not your average 43-year-old.

“I can play; there’s no question about it. When you get into your 30s, people feel like you’re in a decline … Even when I was 35, 36, 37, they said I was too old, but I was still balling out against 20-year-olds. I can go out right now and give you a 4.4 [40-yard dash] right now at 43.”

His numbers show he has a point.

Owens played the first eight years of his career with the 49ers and then spent his final seven seasons with the Cowboys, Eagles, Bengals and Bills. His last stop was in Cincinnati where he posted 72 receptions, 983 yards and nine touchdowns at age 37 during the 2010 season.

If the offensive line is healthier and gives Carson Palmer more time to throw, the passing attack could look more like the juggernaut of 2015 than the inconsistent offense of 2016. No team in the league has a wider range of plausible Cheap Moto X Jerseys outcomes this season than the Cardinals, which doesn’t bode well for their average performance Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys but fits perfectly in a best-case scenario outlook like this one.

Le’Veon Bell’s holdout will end soon, but he’s finishing it with rap battles on Twitter

Le’Veon Bell is going to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers soon, and he’s not going to get the blockbuster contract he’s angling for. He can’t negotiate again until the 2018 offseason.

Bell has hinted on Twitter that Friday will be the day he returns to the team — one day after the team finishes up its preseason slate with a game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.

But as long as Bell is on the outside looking in, he’s making sure everyone knows exactly what he believes he’s worth.

In a rap posted on Twitter, Bell responded to several of his teammates — including Antonio Brown and Bud Dupree — who have taken subtle jabs at the running back for his holdout:

Two things: 1. If offensive tackles Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart are as bad as they were last year; and 2. If Manning gets hurt. The Giants are not winning big games with Josh Johnson, Geno Smith, or rookie Davis Webb at quarterback in 2017.

That’s gotta be a toss-up on the hatred scale between the Eagles and Cowboys. The only reason I’d give the “edge” to the Cowboys and their entitled fan base is that the Cowboys have actually won a few things.

Marvin Lewis’ team didn’t slip quite as much as it seemed last season — the 6-9-1 Bengals produced a Pythagorean expectation of 8.3 wins. The Bengals also really had only star pass-catchers A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert together in the lineup for three games, and while Eifert Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys remains a perennial injury risk, Andy Dalton should have his two top targets available far more Cheap Kyrie Irving Jerseys frequently in 2017.