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October 20, 2016
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Oakland (United States) (AFP) – Stephen Curry scored 39 points as the Golden State Warriors Jerseys bounced back from defeat with a 136-111 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers Jerseys on Sunday.

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The Warriors, whose charge towards a season record of 73 wins stumbled with a defeat to Boston on Friday, improved to 69-8.


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No team has ever finished a season without at least one set of consecutive losses.

Curry was once again the talisman for the Warriors, making nine of the Warriors’ 18 three-pointers.

Curry also chipped in with six rebounds and seven assists, but was almost outscored by Portland point guard Damian Lillard, who poured in 38 points.

Elsewhere Sunday, LeBron James paid tribute to Cleveland’s endurance as the Cavaliers scored a 112-103 victory over the Charlotte Hornets Jerseys.

James scored 31 points and made 12 assists while J.R. Smith chipped in with 27 points as the Cavaliers shrugged off a grueling recent schedule to improve to 55-22.

The Cavaliers had been taken to the wire in an overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks Jerseys on Friday after a win over Brooklyn the previous night.

After arriving back in Cleveland in the early hours of Saturday the Cavs were required to do it all over again with an early afternoon start against the Hornets.

“We’ve played against some really good teams that’s been hot as of late,” James said. “For us to even have the energy the way we played today and go out and execute the way we did, it’s exceptional basketball.”

More encouragingly for Cleveland fans as the post-season looms, the Cavaliers appear to be hitting form at the replica jerseys right time.

Sunday’s victory was their fourth in five games heading into the final five matches of the regular season.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford meanwhile was dismayed by his team’s leaky defense.

“Game on the line, three straight blown coverages, all basic stuff,” Clifford said. “Gotta make those plays, gotta make it hard on them. Can’t make those mistakes. They’re so good that they’re going to make plays anyway. They’re going to score when there’s good defense and they play better offense. We can’t give up those blown coverages.”

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October 14, 2016
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Defenseman Zachary Werenski on Tuesday was named captain of the United States National Junior Team that will play in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland.

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Werenski (6-foot-2, 221 pounds), selected in the first round (No. 8) of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys, is in his second season at the University of Michigan. He is the second-youngest player named captain of the U.S. national junior team.


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Defenseman Louis Belpedio (Minnesota Wild Jerseys) and forwards Colin White (Ottawa Senators Jerseys) and Auston Matthews, an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting’s November players to watch list, will serve as alternates. White will be an alternate when the team wears blue jerseys and Matthews will be alternate when the team wears white.

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“We’re excited about our leadership group here in Finland,” U.S. coach Ron Wilson said. “Zach, Louie, Auston and Colin have led by example since day one in Lake Placid this August and have cheap soccer jerseys the respect of everybody in the room.” Werenski had one goal, two points and a plus-3 rating in five games for the United States at the 2015 WJC. He will likely be paired with Brandon Carlo (Boston Bruins Jerseys) when the tournament begins against defending gold medalist Canada in preliminary-round action Saturday. Werenski has four goals, 12 points, 42 shots on goal and 32 blocked shots in 15 games for the Wolverines.

“What I learned about last year was that you can’t come home without hardware,” Werenski said. “That’s the one thing I learned last year after finishing in fifth place, which wasn’t good enough. That’s what has been in the back of my mind, making sure I come home with a medal.”

Belpedio (5-10, 194), who served as captain for the Under-18 U.S. national junior team in 2013-14, has two goals and 10 points in 16 games in his second season at Miami University-Ohio. He is representing the United States at the U-20 WJC for the first time.

Matthews (6-1, 210) is projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. He left the United States to play for the Zurich Lions in Switzerland’s top professional league following USA Hockey’s junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., in August. The native of Scottsdale, Ariz., who has 14 goals and 25 points in 22 games for Zurich, returned to represent his country at the WJC.

Matthews had one goal, three points and 16 shots on goal in five games at the 2015 WJC in Montreal and Toronto.

White (6-0, 187), also making his first appearance for the United States at the U-20 WJC, is in his first season at Boston College. The right-handed center, who will likely play on a line with Sonny Milano (Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys) and Christian Dvorak (Arizona Coyotes Jerseys), has eight goals and 23 points in 16 games with the Eagles.

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October 8, 2016
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Titans parting ways with GM Ruston Webster

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“I would like to thank Ruston Webster for all of his efforts with our franchise, as he is a man of great character and integrity and someone for whom we I have tremendous respect,” said Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk. “Our mission is to become one of the elite franchises in the National Football League, and we have fallen short of this goal in recent years. We are in the search process for our head coaching and general manager positions. We share our fans’ frustration about the team’s recent performance, and we are committed to doing everything we can to return our team to a perennial postseason contender.”

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Webster spent four seasons as the team’s general manager, overseeing a milquetoast club that went 18-46 during his tenure. Despite fresh optimism after the drafting of Marcus Mariota, the Titans nosedived this season, finishing 3-13 and winding up with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Titans also named Steve Underwood as their president and chief executive officer, stripping the interim tag from his title, while announcing that VP of football administration Vin Marino will oversee football operations during the GM search. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted that director of college scouting Blake Beddingfield is a candidate to be promoted from within.

Titans fans have reason to feel frustrated. The organization seemingly houses more front-office henchmen than talented players, but this remains an intriguing landing spot. Mariota’s presence alone could lure a top offensive mind to Tennessee. Chip Kelly looms as a logical candidate if the Titans are willing to take a chance, but the team also confirmed that interim coach Mike Mularkey would be interviewed.

The Titans can go in one of two directions: They can please their fan base by boldly swinging for the fences. Or they can hire Mularkey and a general manager who doubles as a compliant company mouthpiece. If Tennessee truly wants to become a “perennial postseason contender,” it’s time to finally go for it.

September 27, 2016
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Hawks need Korver free for 3-pointers to have chance

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CLEVELAND — Kyle Korver ran around and through the Atlanta Hawks Jerseys’ offense as if herding chickens.

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This way. That way. Cutting behind his big buddies in the Hawks’ frontcourt, doing what he could to scrape Cleveland defenders off their picks. Shifting into another gear to tear around the perimeter, downshifting in the hope a trailing Cavalier might fly by. In miles logged and effort expended, it was a typically exhausting performance for Korver in Game 1.

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Except that this time, he didn’t need to ice his right arm.

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In nearly 37 minutes in Atlanta’s 104-93 loss in the opener of the teams’ Eastern Conference semifinal series, the veteran sniper with game-changing range and a penchant for hitting timely shots got up only one field-goal attempt.

How rare was that? In Korver’s previous 1,051 NBA regular-season and playoff games prior to Monday, he never had played more than 18 minutes — half his Game 1 total — while taking one or fewer shots. Regardless of minutes, it had happened only 16 times since the 35-year-old’s rookie season a dozen years ago and just twice since he joined the Hawks in 2012.

J.R. Smith stayed close enough to Korver that they knew what each other had for lunch. And when it wasn’t Smith in the buddy system, there was LeBron James in hot pursuit, a fourth-quarter look that showed how committed Cleveland was to sticking with this plan.

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“It’s the game in between the games that people don’t see,” James said. “We have a scouting report and we follow that scouting report for 48 minutes.”

Said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue: “We want to make sure we lock into Korver. … When we take him out of the game, they have a tough time scoring. We know in the [Boston] series, he was a plus-78 when he was on the floor and a minus-24 when he was off the floor. He’s a big part of what they do and we have to lock into him and try to take him out of the series.”

That’s high praise for a guy who essentially is a role player, to make him a focal point of Cleveland’s defensive game plan. From the Atlanta side, we keep hearing, “We want to turn LeBron into a jump shooter.” From Cleveland, it’s “We want to make sure Korver isn’t a jump shooter.”

“I guess in some ways it is [a compliment],” Korver said Tuesday after the Hawks’ practice on the Cleveland State University campus. “But you can’t just accept that. I’ve still got to find ways to help out the team.”

There are two ways for Korver and the Hawks to respond: Allow the Cavaliers to turn their top 3-point threat into a decoy and make them pay elsewhere for that defensive over-emphasis. Or concoct plays that will catch Cleveland unawares and spring Korver loose for looks somewhere around that perimeter.

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Dennis Schroder goes off for a playoff career-high 27 points in the Hawks loss.

“We tend to just take what’s available and let the offense go to the other guys,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “If you’re playing somewhat of a 4-on-4 game, the looks and opportunities for everybody else should be high quality.”

The problem with that is, the Hawks’ top two scorers have been off. Paul Millsap, with the exception of his uncharacteristic 45-point outburst, is averaging 11.7 points on 34.8 percent shooting in six other playoff games. Al Horford is at 12.1 points on 41.3 percent shooting. That’s a decline of 8.5 points from Millsap’s and Horford’s regular-season output, lost points Atlanta cannot afford against the defending East champs.

“It’s a challenge for sure,” Korver said. “I felt like they were aware of where I was any time I was about to come off [screens]. I’ll watch the film and try to see where there’s a couple more openings. And be a little bit more aggressive and do a little better.”

The tactics from the Cavaliers aren’t new, Korver said, though we’re stuck with a small sample size for playoff comparisons. Korver lasted only into Game 2 of the East finals against Cleveland last year before Matthew Dellavedova’s clumsy hustle got in the way of Korver’s right ankle, his dive for a loose ball sending Korver into offseason surgery.

“They’ve done it for a couple years,” he said. “They are a very smart team. They’re really good at it. It’s why they’re one of the best in the NBA, if not the best. They know what they’re doing. They’re on a string. So it’s a definite challenge.”

Fact is, Korver — who said he took a sleeping pill Monday night to avoid tossing and turning over his performance — was just as good against Cleveland in 2015-16 as he was against the rest of the NBA. He averaged 10.3 points against the Cavs vs. 9.2 overall and hit eight of his 16 3-pointers vs. 39.4 percent accuracy against everybody else.

I think it’s up to us, especially the bigs, to set better screens and get him open shots

– Hawks’ Paul Millsap

And while Korver was getting blanked in Game 1, his counterpart Smith was hitting four of his 3-point attempts. That helped Cleveland to 15-of-31 shooting from the arc, compared to Atlanta’s 11-of-34, and that is a fulcrum on which this series might hinge.

Cleveland is 47-15 this season, including the playoffs, when it makes more 3-pointers than its opponent. That means they’re a more mortal 15-10 when they do not. Similarly, Atlanta is 38-18 when it has the edge from the arc vs. 14-19 when it doesn’t.

Shaking Korver loose to launch his seven or eight 3-pointers nightly, then, would seem rather important. Even when he doesn’t make them, he creates space in the defense. And when he does, it’s even better: his teams are 9-4 in the playoffs when Korver makes four or more 3-pointers in a game.

“I think it’s up to us, especially the bigs, to set better screens and get him open shots,” Millsap said. “I think Kyle knows what he needs to do to find some more looks. When he’s contributing, that’s when we’re at our best.”

Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here and follow him on Twitter.

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September 20, 2016
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More than a dozen years have passed since Hockey Hall of Fame member Roger Neilson died after a lengthy fight against cancer. But his coaching tentacles remain alive and well at all levels, including Dave Lowry, who will coach Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.


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Luke Richardson (Binghamton Senators) and Dallas Eakins (San Diego Gulls) have gone from playing for Neilson to coaches in the American Hockey League.

And then there is Lowry, the coach of Victoria in the Western Hockey League who will lead Canada when the 2016 WJC starts Saturday in Helsinki against the United States (1 p.m. ET; NHLN). The defending gold medalists also will play Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland in preliminary-round play.

Lowry, 50, played two seasons for Neilson with the Florida Panthers Jerseys in the 1990s. Lowry said no coach had as much influence on him as Neilson.

“I’d have to say Roger Neilson, his preparation and the way he treated and respected his players,” Lowry said.

Lowry was a popular teammate during his 1,195 NHL regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoff games. He worked hard, was prepared, was versatile. He played on the first line at times and on the fourth line, scratching out a 19-season career despite being picked by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth-round (No. 110) of the 1983 NHL Draft.

“Dave was a good teammate, a good communicator and he had a passion for the game,” said Brian Bradley, Lowry’s linemate with London of the Ontario Hockey League and with the Canucks. “He knows what it takes to be a successful player. He had to work hard for everything he achieved. Nothing came easy for him.”

In December 1984, Lowry and Bradley traveled to Belleville, Ontario, for Canada’s junior selection camp for the 1985 WJC. Bradley made the team and won gold, while Lowry was among the final cuts.

Lowry returned to London and put the finishing touches on a 60-goal season in 1984-85. He turned pro the following season, and helped Fredericton reach the Calder Cup Final in 1988, and played in the Stanley Cup Final with the Panthers in 1996 and Calgary Flames in 2004.

Becoming a coach was a no-brainer after his playing days wholesale nhl jerseys concluded in 2004.

“From just playing the game and it being a big part of your life, hockey is one thing that was consistent growing up,” he said. “I always had a passion for the game and I always knew I wanted to stay in it in some capacity and I don’t have any interest in being on the management side.”

After a stint as coach of Calgary in the WHL, Lowry was hired as an assistant coach on Brent Sutter’s staff with the Flames. Lowry was the first person Sutter interviewed for the vacant spot.

“Dave knows the game very well,” Sutter said. “He’s been in the game a long time and experienced a lot of big games as a player. He made the transition from player to coach smoothly.

“He gets a lot from his players. His teams are disciplined, structured and he gets maximum effort.”

Lowry has leaned on Sutter in preparation for his role with the Canada at the WJC. Even though Lowry was an assistant coach with Canada at the 2015 WJC, he sought advice from Sutter, who coached Canada at three World Junior tournaments, winning back-to-back gold medals in 2005 and 2006.

“Brent and I have talked. He’s been here and he knows what to expect,” said Lowry. “You lean on people you respect.”

Said Sutter, “My main message was to be himself and find a way to get the most out of his players. It’s a different animal when this tournament is over in Europe. He has to keep his players focused and find a way for them to get accustomed to the international ice surface.”

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September 12, 2016
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September 6, 2016
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The Houston Texans might not have met with Brock Osweiler Jerseys before signing him to a big-money contract, but the quarterback isn’t taking that same chance with his teammates before offseason workouts start.

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The added bonus is the receivers are able to pass on intimate knowledge of Bill O’Brien’s offense to Osweiler, giving the quarterback a jumpstart on preparations.

The Texans are hoping Osweiler can stop the merry-go-round of quarterbacks that has been spinning in Houston over the past three seasons. Improved play from the quarterback spot should also help aid Hopkins to an epically monster year after he carried mediocre passers last season.

September 1, 2016
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers Jerseys are not a good offensive team, especially when they have to manufacture shots against a set defense. The Pacers ranked 23rd in offensive efficiency in the regular season and over the last three games of their first round series with the Toronto Raptors Jerseys, they’ve shot 49 percent in the first 12 seconds of the shot clock and 30 percent in the last 12 seconds.


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The pace in this series has favored the Raptors, who ranked 29th in possessions per 48 minutes. The Pacers, who ranked 10th, would prefer to run. Playoff basketball is generally slower than the regular season, but every possession counts and every opportunity to get an easy basket is an important one. Those opportunities in the first quarter of Game 4 on Saturday were particularly critical in allowing the Pacers to take control of the game.

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The boxscore shows just eight fast break points for the Pacers in a 100-83 victory that evened the series at two games apiece, with Game 5 in Toronto on Tuesday. The player-tracking data shows fewer shots in the first 12 seconds of the shot clock (29) than Indiana had in any of the first three games.

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But in the first quarter, transition and secondary-break opportunities set the tone and gave the Pacers a cushion that sustained them all afternoon.

Monta Ellis’ numbers (seven points on 3-for-7 shooting, three assists) don’t stand out in the boxscore. But he was the guy pushing the ball in transition off of steals, missed shots, and even made buckets. In wholesale nba jerseys fact, the Pacers’ first transition opportunity came after a Jonas Valanciunas put-back on the other end of the floor. Ellis took the inbounds pass, got an early sideline screen from Myles Turner, and was scoring over Valanciunas with 18 seconds left on the shot clock.

A few minutes later, a DeMar DeRozan turnover turned into a Paul George dunk off a fast-break feed from Ellis. Then came George by himself, slicing through the Raptors’ defense in transition. Later in the quarter, Ellis capped a 9-0 run that pushed the Indiana lead to 14 points with a 3-pointer with 17 on the shot clock and the Toronto defense having failed to match up.

“That’s been the plan all series,” George said, “to try to get out and get easy offense, get easy opportunities, strike early, strike quick. That’s been a key. We’ve done it very few times throughout this series, but I thought tonight, we had a good stretch. Every time I turned my head, we were under the basket, getting a layup. That was a positive and we definitely took a step forward in that direction.”

It started on the other end of the floor. It’s hard to run when you’re taking the ball out of the basket, and the Pacers had their best defensive game of the season. They’re a defensive team first and foremost, and they led the league in points off turnovers. On Saturday, they forced 19 miscues from the Raptors, 10 of the live-ball variety.

“We got to get back, get down and get set early, because they were playing early,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said about his team’s inability to stop the Pacers’ transition game. “Taking care of the basketball will give us a chance to get back and get down. That’s the ball game.”

With a clear intent to get into the offense early and keep the ball moving, things came easier for the Pacers’ offense than they had all series. They put the Raptors on their heels and outscored them 50-26 in the paint. After getting no more than 13 baskets at the rim in the first three games, the Pacers had 23 in Game 4, a number that correlated with their ability to push the ball.

“If we let them come down and put their elite rim protector in the charge circle for 48 minutes and try to play half-court against these guys, it’s going to be a struggle,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “Those guys are great. [Bismack] Biyombo and Valanciunas at the rim are very, very difficult to score on. So we need points in transition. The boxscore only has us for eight, but I thought we ran a lot better than we have all series.”

The Raptors looked clearly like the better team in this series after Game 3. But the Pacers responded and were the team that played with more purpose on Saturday. After two first round exits over the last two years, Toronto will be feeling the pressure, especially with DeRozan and Kyle Lowry having combined to shoot 31 percent through the first four games.

The Pacers’ defense deserves a lot of credit for those numbers and is among the best in the league. And if they can get out in transition, their offense isn’t so bad either.

John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here and follow him on Twitter.

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August 26, 2016
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PEORIA, Ariz. — Mariners ace Felix Hernandez Jerseys wasn’t sharp in his Cactus League debut on Monday, allowing six hits and three runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Rockies before being lifted by manager Scott Servais after reaching 50 pitches.


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But Hernandez said it was a typical spring opener and he felt strong and on track as he prepares for his 12th season in the Majors.

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“It was good. I’m happy to be out there again,” said Hernandez. “A lot of swinging at the first pitch, so it’s kind of hard to pitch like that. But I felt pretty good. I was pounding the strike zone — good curveball, good changeup, I need to get a little more command of my fastball.”

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Hernandez, who did have five strikeouts with one walk, will have three more spring outings before making his club-record ninth Opening Day start on April 4 at Texas.

Catcher Chris Iannetta Jerseys, catching Hernandez for the first time, liked what he saw and put little stock in the results.

“He had good command of his fastball, it’s just Spring Training,” Iannetta said. “You can’t really set guys up. Guys don’t really go up there with a plan. They’re just swinging. Our plan was to get ahead, we did that and they swung and ran into some balls.

“The results don’t really matter. You just take away — how did he feel? Is he healthy? He is. Did his stuff look good? Yes. That’s all that matters.”

The rest of Seattle’s starters have already made at least two Cactus League appearances, but Hernandez is on his normal spring routine that calls for a later start as he readies for the long haul of the regular season. The approach has certainly worked in the past: Hernandez has exceeded 200 innings for eight straight seasons, and he’s 6-0 with a 1.49 ERA on Opening Day.

Hernandez went 0-3 with a 10.22 ERA in four Cactus League starts last year, then threw seven innings of two-hit ball with 10 strikeouts in a 4-1 win on Opening Day at Safeco Field.

Hernandez threw 10 strikes in his 11 pitches in the first, but gave up a run when Trevor Story tripled to right-center and scored on a wild pitch — the lone ball he threw that frame — on a fastball that went behind the batter all the way to the backstop.

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“This is Spring Training,” said Raburn, a 10-year veteran fighting for a roster spot with the Rockies on a Minor League deal. “He’s working on stuff. I’m working on stuff. This doesn’t mean I’m going to be a Hall of Famer by any means.”

Hernandez said he needs to work on his fastball command, but otherwise was content with his initial progress.

“It was my first time out there and [Servais] didn’t want me to throw any more than 50 pitches, but I felt really strong,” Hernandez said.

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Injuries: Houston dealing with hyperextended knee

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The Kansas City Chiefs got some good news regarding Justin Houston Jerseys on Thursday.

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Trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters that Dr. James Andrews confirmed a hyperextended knee for Houston and wholesale jerseys noted that the swelling is going down.


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“I don’t want anybody to be alarmed that he saw Dr. Andrews. We knew it, we’re good with it,” Buckholder said, per the Kansas City Star.

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It’s positive news following NFL Media’s Rand Getlin reporting Wednesday that there was fear within the building the linebacker could miss the rest of the regular season. However, we still don’t have an exact timetable for Houston’s return and the Chiefs could be pushing for a playoff berth without their best pass rusher.

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1. Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck Jerseys returned to practice. Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters earlier this week he expected Hasselbeck to make a Thursday practice return, and it seems like a good bet Hasselbeck starts for the Colts against the Texans this Sunday.

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3. Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson Jerseys (knee) was limited in practice. “He ran out around pretty good today in individual. Did some team drills, too,” Jay Gruden told reporters, per CSN Washington.

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