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Sipe was a 13th-round pick of the Browns in 1972 and worked his way from the team’s taxi squad to NFL MVP by 1980. But Sipe lasted three more seasons in Cleveland. Despite losing then regaining his starting job with the Browns, Sipe signed with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 1983.

Belle was the Indians’ first pick in the 1987 amateur draft, and played in Cleveland for eight seasons. He became the franchise’s all-time home run leader before leaving for Chicago in free agency in 1996.

And this decade, with the construction of Levi’s Stadium in the city, the renovated restaurant became a gathering spot for football fans.

A 2014 Mercury News special section on Levi’s Stadium called By-Th’-Bucket the “Best place to take the sting out of a 49ers loss,” noting that “If you don’t feel uplifted after a trip to By-Th’-Bucket Bar and Grill, then you’re not a true member of the Faithful.

“At this classic Italian/seafood restaurant, you can surround yourself in memorabilia from the 49ers’ glory days — helmets, jerseys and footballs signed by all the greats — to remind yourself that there’s always next week. Then dig into the ultimate San Francisco-style comfort food: Cioppino by the bucket, as the name says.”

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The front-line talent all-around should have them back on track to contend for the South.

There’s been a ton of hype over what kind of season Jameis Winston can have now that he’s loaded with toys in an offense he loves. But the key lies in getting all that defensive talent to jell as it should.
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Bortles failed to complete 60 percent of his passes for a third straight season. His penchant for turnovers also continued with 16 interceptions, giving him a career total of 51 in 46 career games. And the biggest disappointment: Bortles finished 3-13 as a starter, which contributed to the in-season firing of coach Gus Bradley.

Even so, Marrone and new football czar Tom Coughlin thought Bortles could be fixed. Signs were encouraging enough in May that the Jaguars picked up the fifth-year option on Bortles’ rookie contract that comes with a $19 million salary if he’s on the roster in 2018.

Bortles’ performance in last Thursday’s preseason matchup against Tampa Bay triggered a new wave of fan and media criticism. The biggest knocks were two badly missed passes to wide receiver Allen Robinson that reflected his accuracy issues. This came on the heels of Robinson’s obscenity-filled criticism of Bortles following an incompletion during practice became public fodder.
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The reporter, Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero, challenged Kaepernick on a T-shirt he wore in August, depicting Malcolm X’s 1960 meeting with Castro in Harlem and the words Like Minds Think Alike. Kaepernick said he intended for the shirt to show his support Malcolm X’s willingness to be open-minded, not Castro.

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It’s negotiations, said Rodgers, who is slated to earn $13.65 million in base salary and bonuses in 2017. You negotiate based on what you’ve done, what other people have done. I don’t handle that. My agent handles that. I don’t worry about that stuff.

If it’s meant to happen here, it’s going to happen here. I think it is and I want it to. But again, that stuff takes care of itself. You play well enough, you get another contract.

The torch was then passed to the NFL Foundation, which decided to match the donation from the Texans, per Charlotte Jones Anderson, chairperson of the NFL Foundation. Anderson is also the Cowboys executive vice president/chief brand officer and the daughter of Jerry Jones. Those funds will support the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

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With the damage from Hurricane Harvey still running its course, there’s no telling just how much it will cost to help Houston and its residents get back on their feet. But the NFL took a step in the right direction, setting the standard for those who can afford to donate.
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Patriots’ fears confirmed: WR Julian Edelman has complete ACL tear

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman suffered a complete tear of the ACL in his right knee during Friday night’s preseason game, an MRI confirmed Saturday.

The Patriots confirmed Edelman will miss the entire season.

Blount, who left the Patriots in free agency in the offseason to sign with the Eagles, has had very ordinary numbers in the team’s first two preseason games, with nine carries for 17 yards.

But given the Eagles just signed Blount for a reasonable amount — he counts only $1.25 million against the team’s cap this season — and considering his proven short-yardage skills, it seems hard to believe he might not make the team’s final 53.

But speculation in the Philly media points out Blount is old for a running back — especially for someone who runs inside the tackles so much — and he’s not a good fit for Pederson’s offense. He has reportedly been playing this preseason a few pounds over his ideal weight.

Add the fact that fellow running backs Wendell Smallwood and undrafted free agent Corey Clement have looked good in camp, and Blount might seem expendable to some.
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With 98 catches for 1,106 yards, Edelman was easily New England’s leading receiver last year, but don’t expect the Patriots to miss a beat. Tom Brady has a plethora of weapons at his disposal, including newly-acquired standout receiver Brandin Cooks.

Why NBA Summer League actually matters

NBA Summer League is over, and what a fun Summer League it was. There was Lonzo Ball mania. There were big performances by Dennis Smith Jr., Kyle Kuzma, Jayson Tatum, and other rookies. There were Lakers fans. A lot of Lakers fans.

This is our final episode of the 206-17 season. We hope you enjoyed the ride. There (probably) won’t be a podcast next week, unless Ben Epstein decides to mess around.

THAT SAID, we will be coming back strong with our 2017-18 team-by-team preview series, starting on Aug. 1. Just like last year, we’ll be recording individual preview podcasts for all 30 NBA teams with fans and experts from around the SB Nation network. Want to get the real pulse of each team’s fanbase? You’ll want to listen to these episodes.

We’ll have more details in the next few days, but it all begins on Aug. 1 with the Brooklyn Nets, featuring SBNation.com’s Kristian Winfield and Nets Daily reporter Anthony Puccio.

But ultimately Iguodala’s threat to leave the organization forced their hand. Now he walks away happy making $48 million over three years, and the Warriors can walk away relieved that they have their entire championship core inked.

Not all free agents would have handled their situation this way, and from a player and fans’ aspect, Iguodala should be commended for getting what he deserves. It takes confidence to threaten to leave quite possibly the best team of all-time. But Iguodala knew his worth.

On Friday night at 9 p.m. west coast time, Iguodala met with the Spurs followed by the Kings in person in Los Angeles, a source told SB Nation. The source confirmed that he received multi-year deals from both. He slept on that.

On Saturday morning, Iguodala met with Rockets, and received a multi-year offer from them as well. He canceled all further meetings because of his strong interest with the team. Both the Sixers and Lakers were involved before that, the sources confirmed.

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NBA Summer League actually had a game end in ‘Sudden Death’

Summer League in Las Vegas is a delightful way for NBA fans to get their basketball fix in the summer months. They can watch rookies make their debuts, returning players fight for roster spots, or they can just come to watch some good old fashioned basketball. That said, no one really wants overtime games in Summer League, and they definitely don’t want double overtime.

On Tuesday night, the Summer League game between the Warriors and Timberwolves actually went to double overtime, tied at 76. But that is when Sudden Death kicked in. The first team to score a point wins. Literally. The winning basket cannot come on a free throw so as you’ll see here, it ends on a floater. Beautiful. The Timberwolves went on to beat the Warriors 78-76.

Hill helped bring Utah along as a game-changer in the backcourt despite missing 33 games due to injury. He’s not the scorer, passer, or playmaker that CP3 or Lowry are, but like those two, Hill is a steadying force. Utah would love to bring him back, but a salary crunch and big offers out there for Hill may lead him to leave.

If Hill’s medical records check out, he’d be a huge aid to a team looking to make a leap with a need at point guard. The Bucks, Nuggets, and Pelicans would be stellar landing spots if they can open the space.

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Megdal also reported that Johnson was reluctant about signing Plum before the draft. Johnson called Plum, McBride, and Jefferson the team’s three marquee players:

Just imagine Kayla pushing the ball, Johnson said with evident relish, and you have Plum and MJ running the wing. And then you have Plum and Kayla on the wing: great shooters! Or you have Plum pushing it, and then Kayla and MJ on the wing. Great things. I see great things.
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While this vision sounded great in theory, Johnson has yet to make it a reality. In the first 14 games of the season, Johnson struggled with inserting all three players on the court at once. The Stars continuously decided to not make general manager Ruth Riley and Johnson available to field questions concerning the matter. Instead, the organization released an email statement from Johnson:

Kawhi does all his business on the court. Off the court, as Penny Hardaway recently noted, he doesn’t care.
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Irving, whose signature shoe sold second-most among NBA players behind LeBron, would immediately join a championship contender on national television nearly as often as Cleveland. He would add flare and flash to an ostensibly dull San Antonio franchise and give it a young, talented point guard to go toe to toe with the Russell Westbrooks, Stephen Currys, and Chris Pauls of the Western Conference.

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This is the second of Limited Upside’s 30 team previews leading up to next season. We’re bringing together representatives from all 30 SB Nation team sites and other team-specific experts from the SB Nation/Limited Upside community to gauge the temperature of the fanbase heading into the season.

The Lakers will be a hot ticket because of Lonzo Ball. They have a fun young core, even though some wish D’Angelo Russell wasn’t cast aside. They have dreams of LeBron James next summer. Beware. The monster is re-awakening.

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Cleveland suspended Grant for the season without pay. Wilks tried apologizing but Grant was boiling.

I’m sick of hearing remarks about colored people, he said. I don’t have to stand there and take it.

After Grant, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, track athletes, stood on the medal stand during the 1968 Summer Olympics. They gave black power salutes while wearing black gloves during the anthem.

Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem in his first game out of retirement

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat on a cooler next to the bench during the playing of the national anthem in the team’s preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

Why Lynch chose to sit hasn’t yet been revealed, but it comes nearly one year after Colin Kaepernick began a protest of the oppression of people of color by sitting and kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 season.

Lynch was retired last season, but appeared on Conan and spoke supportively of Kaepernick’s protest.

“I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered,” Lynch said. “So, I mean, my take on it is [expletive]’s got to start somewhere, and if that was the starting point — I just hope people open up their eyes to see there’s really a problem going on, and something needs to be done for it to stop. And I mean, if you’re really not racist, then you’re going to see what he’s done, what he’s doing, [not] as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have.”

After deciding to return to football during the offseason, Lynch was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a swap of late-round selections between the Raiders and Seattle Seahawks.

Jack Del Rio told reporters after the preseason game that he didn’t know Lynch was planning on sitting. The coach said he spoke to Lynch and was told this is nothing new for the running back.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after the season, but hasn’t yet been signed by another team. During the first week of preseason, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins continued his protest by holding his right fist in the air during the national anthem.
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That’s especially significant this season with an imbalance of power within the Eastern Conference.

Instead of facing a foe from the Metropolitan Division, which houses three of the NHL’s top four teams, the top-seeded Capitals draw the conference’s second wild-card team, likely the Senators, Bruins or Maple Leafs from the inferior Atlantic. Otherwise, as the Caps know too well, the distinction means very little when the playoffs begin.

It just gives us that opportunity to have the last change in a Game 7 or crowd behind us or whatever, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. It’s a point of pride that we’ve been consistent.

Trotz said there was no mention of the accolade after the game.

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Nothing has been reported on the specific nature of the illness because of privacy laws and the NHL’s collective-bargaining agreement.
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There’s no doubt Crosby would have reached the milestone even sooner had it not been for the injuries he’s endured throughout his 13-year career, most notably concussions that sidelined him 113 games from 2010-11 to 2012-13.

The only other player to reach 1,000 career points after debuting in the wake of the 2004-05 lockout is Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. The Russian winger became the 84th player to hit 1,000 points with a goal 35 seconds into the team’s win over the Penguins on Jan. 12. Canucks captain Henrik Sedin became the 85th player to hit 1,000 points shortly after on Jan. 21.