Eli Manning accused of fake ‘game-worn’ memorabilia scheme

A lawsuit between Giants quarterback Eli Manning and a sports memorabilia collector, Steiner Sports, has been ongoing since 2014. The lawsuit alleges that Manning and the Giants were in on a scheme in which phony game-worn gear was passed off as real.

Items alleged to have been distributed include a helmet on display in Canton, along with two 2012 Super Bowl helmets and a 2004 helmet from Manning’s rookie season. According to the New York Post, the documents say Manning participated in the ruse so he could keep the real items.

The Giants, Eli Manning, team equipment manager Joe Skiba, Steiner Sports, and others, including team co-owner and CEO John Mara, are being sued for the allegedly fake memorabilia.

One of those eight is Tony Dungy, inducted in the Hall of Fame last summer, who gives Rooney, Noll and the Steelers all the credit for giving him a chance to be an assistant coach at age 26, after his playing days were over.

Rooney’s name, of course, will live on for years as part of the “Rooney Rule” he crafted in 2002, when he chaired the NFL’s diversity committee under then-commissioner Paul Tagliabue to open up the hiring process. It has since been expanded to women candidates and to front-office positions.

Meanwhile, though Ron Smith could become the next Kazee in the back, someone needs to become the next Smith. In Montgomery and Derek Babaish (who missed half the season), SDSU boasts only one corner who saw action last year. Safety is loaded — Baldwin and seniors Kameron Kelly and Trey Lomax combined for 4.5 TFLs, eight picks, and 20 breakups — but it appears Kelly has moved to cornerback, and if he gets hurt or has to move back, the second CB spot is up for grabs.nike_jaguars_855

Black-clad Steelers fans file in to pay respects to Dan Rooney

Fans dressed in black Steelers garb and black suits alike lined the sidewalk Monday afternoon outside Heinz Field, patiently waiting to file into a public viewing for longtime Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who died Thursday at age 84 after a brief illness.

The viewing — from 2-7 p.m. ET at the PNC Champions Club inside the football stadium — was expected to draw so many Steelers faithful that the Port Authority of Allegheny County was operating two-car trains on the T during the viewing’s four-hour window.

Inside, Rooney’s family — including current Steelers chairman Art Rooney II and son Dan Jr. — were greeting all comers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

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My third-place vote went to Gregg Popovich, who doesnt need Coach of the Year validation, and indeed hed probably be fine if one of his peers got the recognition instead. When we look back over Pops body of work someday, we wont count Coach of the Year trophies. Well note that his Spurs became the modern equivalent of Reds Celtics.

Jimmy Butler is the best player in the Bulls-Celtics series

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Jimmy Butler stood out from the pack in the Bulls’ Game 1 victory over the top-seeded Boston Celtics on Sunday, powering a conciliatory effort to pacify the Celtics’ late-game comeback attempt.

Butler scored 30 points on 9-of-19 shooting, racking up nine rebounds, three assists, a block, and a steal along the way to lead Chicago to a 106-102 win on Easter. He scored 23 of those points in the second half, including a 15-point fourth quarter that stiff-armed a Celtics team searching for late-game heroics.

Even while Isaiah Thomas gave Boston 33 points on 10-of-18 shooting, Butler gleamed as the better player on the floor.

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Prior to his confirmation, it was never certain exactly when the injury occurred. In that game, Luck led the Colts to a 35-33 victory, that included his two touchdown passes 56 seconds apart in the fourth quarter.

Holder added that Luck wasn’t happy with the lack of progress in his treatment plan that the Colts had him going through last season. It led to the decision for Luck to finally have it surgically repaired.

It was a big change of pace from what Colts owner Jim Irsay said during the Colts’ Week 4 trip to London, when he told the Indianapolis Star, “There isn’t some kind of chronic shoulder injury or anything like that, I promise you.” Irsay added, ““There are no surgeries planned. He is fine and the shoulder is something that just disappears into the woodwork when he wins his next MVP or when he wins a Super Bowl.”

The Bengals opened up as significant 6.5-point favorites for this matchup

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Two matches in particular exemplify this split between you and your buddy who still calls it the WWF: One is the Universal Championship match between current champion Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. SmackDown has it’s own version with Shane McMahon versus AJ Styles.

The Bengals opened up as significant 6.5-point favorites for this matchup, though the line has narrowed slightly throughout the week. Cincinnati was favored by 5.5 points at the lowest, according to OddsShark.

Five of SB Nation’s experts picked the Bengals to hold at home in this one, while Stephen White is the dissenting opinion and believes the Browns will pull off the unlikely upset.

You know why the Patriots lost? Because they didn’t play well enough. When Tom Brady and Bill Belichick got in front of the media at their post-game press conference, they repeated the same boring stuff they always say after a game. What they said may not have made headlines, but it was the truth: The team didn’t play well enough to win. There were missed passes. There were dropped balls. There was blown coverage.

Isaac has soft touch on the low block and has great mobility for a player his size.

The Nets have a host of needs, and they won’t be able to address them this summer swapping for Boston’s late-first round pick. But in this alternate reality, using cap space to pick up a power forward of Jonathan Isaac’s caliber would improve the Nets’ frontcourt.

Isaac has soft touch on the low block and has great mobility for a player his size. He competes at both ends of the court and runs the floor for easy buckets in transition, just like Nets coach Kenny Atkinson ordered. Brooklyn only has Trevor Booker, Quincy Acy, and Andrew Nicholson competing for the four spot.

Isaac would need to earn his stripes, but he could become part of a Nets team that is building a foundation for the future. He’d choose the Nets for immediate playing time and the opportunity to work with Atkinson.

NBC is “disappointed” with the NHL for forgoing the Olympics. It’s good to remember that NBC holds the NHL’s national television rights and the Olympic television rights.
The lack of NHL participation also is a big boost to the KHL, who could see Russian players return next season to get a shot at the Olympics.

Current NHL players aren’t being silent about the news either. Henrik Lundqvist has tweeted his disappointment. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic also put out a cryptic picture of the Pyeongchang Olympic logo on his Twitter account. It’s likely many more NHL players will express their displeasure with the league in the coming days, and we’ve listed them all for you right here.

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That’s because Golden State’s defense is tailor-made to stop the Rockets

Houston’s ability to scorch teams from deep behind the three-point line usually rips apart defensive game plans. Not so with the Warriors. That’s because Golden State picks up shooters 28 feet away from the basket, sometimes further. Watch Klay Thompson and Patrick McCaw in this clip.

The Warriors’ defense is also a reason why Harden, arguably the league’s most feared isolation player, has turned the ball over so frequently. The Warriors take the three-pointer away, then make calculated gambles helping on a driving Harden.

With the seasons having gone as they have, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see the Saints a strong betting favorite, even on the road. New Orleans opened as a 6-point favorite and line has since shifted even further in its direction. Some oddsmakers currently have New Orleans pegged as a 10.5-point favorite.

New Orleans is an obvious pick to win the matchup straight up, but there is more of a question when betting against the spread. The Saints’ 6-3-1 record against the spread isn’t nearly as good as their 8-2 record straight up. Even more troubling is that most of New Orleans’ success against the spread has come at home, where the Saints are 5-0-1 ATS. Their record against the spread drops to 1-3 on the road. Atlanta is just 2-8 ATS this season, but has fared much better at home, going 2-3.
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Both teams have been known to have prolific offenses in recent years, and the total opened at 53 points. New Orleans is once again lighting up the scoreboard, averaging 28.8 points per game, the second-highest total in the NFL.
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Damian Lillard crashed into courtside seats and took out Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor

Damian Lillard went crashing into a pair of empty chairs in the front row during the fourth quarter of the Portland Trail Blazers’ loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

Authentic Youth Paul Molitor Jersey It just so happened that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor’s chair was connected to the ones Lillard obliterated, causing a domino effect that sent a billion-dollar man crashing to the ground.

Play never stopped, so Lillard spryly bounced up and got back on defense, but it was a scary moment for the 75-year-old Taylor, who was the last of a group of courtside spectators watching alongside the Timberwolves’ bench.

Thankfully, all parties involved were unharmed.
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Taylor got the last laugh as his Timberwolves edged out the Trail Blazers, 110-109, despite a 25-point effort from Lillard. It was his guys, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, who combined for 63 points on 53 percent shooting to pull away with a late win.

Garoppolo isn’t the only quarterback to have his stock boosted by Romo’s retirement. Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler now become the No. 2 and No. 3 options in a limited portfolio, even if Cutler’s tanned butt is sending out hints he’s also nearing retirement. The draft’s top three passers — Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, and Mitchell Trubisky, in some order — just saw their value rise as well. Though none of the three are considered elite prospects, the chance all could find starting roles at some point in 2017 just rose significantly.