Jae Crowder, with 14 points, was one of six Celtics in double digits Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough against the visiting Pistons

And just when it seemed the Pistons had hit a wall in the fourth quarter and the Celtics rallied ahead with an 11-0 run, Detroit responded with a 9-0 burst of its own to surge back ahead.

“Tough loss tonight. I didn’t think we were gonna lose this game tonight,” Crowder said. “We had injuries early [in the season] and we’re just trying to figure it out.”

When pressed on his seemingly vexed demeanor, Crowder stressed that he’s happy with Boston’s improvements lately but simply frustrated by a defensive dud. As with Garnett, these bumps in the road simply don’t sit well with Crowder.

“We lost today. That’s not a good feeling,” Crowder said. “I’m good though. We lost, I’ll go back and watch it. We got Sacramento coming in here trying to beat us and we’ll be ready for them.

“I like to win. We lost. It’s not happy. It’s not a good feeling.”

He’s obviously very raw, but at 6-foot-6, he is a tough matchup, and he should assume a greater role than most other available point guards on your waiver wire. If Harrison has already been scooped up, Kris Dunn and Seth Curry are two viable options who are owned in too few leagues right now. Replacing Conley with a free agent is going to be difficult … maybe consider a buy low option?

You just won’t find a point guard on the waiver wire who will be able to average 19.2 points, 5.7 assists, 1.4 steals and shoot 46.7 percent from beyond the arc.
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Limited Kids Nik Stauskas Jersey After being fouled on a drive to the hoop, Thomas threw up a rainbow lob while going out of bounds on the baseline and the ball — defying all laws of physics — ticked off the backboard and in. The Celtics lobbied for continuation — maybe based of the sheer improbability of the shot — but were denied.

¡°I think that when you look at the other top teams in the West and in the NBA, I think one of the ways we can be successful is with our depth, and with coach using as many guys as he does really doing it with intensity.

Chargers, Raiders could share proposed stadium in Los Angeles area

The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have come together in a joint proposal to build a $1.7 billion dollar stadium in Carson, Calif., near Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The news comes as both teams struggle to find support for new Doug Baldwin Authentic Womens Jersey venues in their current markets. The Chargers recently renewed their year-to-year lease on Qualcomm Stadium for the 2015 season, while the Raiders are also in a yearly commitment of their own.

The joint statement reiterates the teams’ goal in working with one another (via the Chargers’ official website):

“We have both been working in our home markets to find a stadium solution for many years, so far unsuccessfully. We remain committed to continuing to work in our home markets throughout 2015 to try to find publicly acceptable solutions to the long-term stadium issue. We also both understand and respect the NFL’s relocation process, and we intend to adhere strictly to the relocation procedures that the League has set forth for Los Angeles.”

Cobb, a fourth-year pro who is coming off his best Earl Thomas III Authentic Womens Jersey season, has recently been reported as wanting $9 million per year on his next contract. Last year, Cobb posted 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns, all career-highs. Green Bay is currently projected to have $23.73 million in cap space if the threshold is $140 million, according to Over The Cap. Cobb and right tackle Bryan Bulaga are the two main free agents for Thompson, and neither is expected to be slapped with the franchise tag.

Should Green Bay sign Cobb in the ballpark of his demands, it will be committing a large chunk of its cap to receivers. Last year, Thompson inked Jordy Nelson to a deal of four years and $39 million. Nelson’s cap hit this season is $9.2 million and decreases every season after. If Cobb and the Packers can’t come to a deal, Devante Adams would become the second banana in the offense to Nelson.

The Warriors host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday and Green says his ankle is still sore

Asked if teams feel like they almost have to be perfect down the stretch against teams like the Spurs, Thomas said, “Yeah, I mean, close to it. You just got to run your stuff, don’t turn the ball over, get shots and box them out. We missed on a few opportunities there.”

Al Horford said: “When you get in a Jason Jones Authentic Womens Jersey back-and-forth with them early in the fourth, you just don’t want to do that against a team like that. I felt like we came out with great focus, great energy. Their bench just changed the game.”

But, listen, I don’t discount anything with him. He got very involved in this election and with all the shocking things that went on with it, we all learned a lot about politics and life. I’m sure he’s socked away all these experiences and four years is a long way away, but on the other hand it isn’t.”

It wasn’t long ago — four days ago, actually — that some in the Garden crowd openly groaned when Anthony had the ball in his hands late in a close game.

Porzingis, in the midst of another brilliant night, wasn’t getting many touches in the final minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers. And there was unmistakable grumbling from the home crowd. The message that night was clear: Get the ball to Porzingis.

The Porzingis-Anthony debate will continue on television and sports-talk radio Jason Taylor Authentic Womens Jersey over the course of the season. But listening to Porzingis himself, it seems there’s little doubt about the important role Anthony plays in his success, and that of the Knicks.

The Warriors host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday and Green says his ankle is still sore, but he’s going to try to give it a go.

“That’s the plan,” Green said. “So, see how I feel tomorrow … but I plan on playing. If I just can’t go and it’s hurting that bad, then I’ll sit out. But as of right now, I plan on going.”

The team is unsure of Clark’s status for Saturday.

“He seems to be doing fine,” Green said of Clark. “I think he definitely got the worst end of the stick, but I think he’s doing pretty good.”

Francona had to have quick hooks and rely more on Miller and closer Cody Allen

“Go open a baseball encyclopedia, or baseball-reference.com,” said one AL executive. “Look up Goose Gossage and Sparky Lyle. And you’ll see that the concept of a relief ace who throws 70 games and 120 innings is not new. It’s something that’s been done before to great effect.

“When I hear you can’t have a guy throw 40 Sam Mills Authentic Jersey pitches every couple of days, my reaction is, ‘Why not?'” the exec went on. “We have amazing pitchers in this game who are only throwing 60 innings in a year. I don’t know how 60 innings would be considered overworking anybody. … I don’t see why you can’t ask a guy to go two innings Tuesday and two innings Thursday.”

A first-round candidate out of a Wisconsin high school, Kendall was close to unsignable because of his commitment to Vanderbilt, and his decision to go to school may end up tripling his signing bonus. He’s an actual five-tool talent, with the potential to play above-average defense in center, but high strikeout totals do have some scouts concerned about what his contact rates might look like in the majors.

The Minnesota Twins agreed to hire Derek Falvey as their head of baseball operations near the end of the regular season, but part of the Twins’ agreement with the Indians was that Falvey would be released from his Cleveland work only after the Indians finished their postseason run. That the Indians wanted Minnesota to wait underscores how Cleveland perceived Falvey’s importance to the team’s effort to win, in particular his role in developing a pitching plan.

The Indians played all the way to a 10th inning of Game 7 largely because of the success of that pitching — the execution of the guys throwing the ball, the utilization of the scouting information generated by the team’s staff, and the precise game-planning and pitch-framing of catcher Roberto Perez. As one evaluator noted after the Indians beat the Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series, Perez seemed to get every borderline call on behalf of the Indians.

With that recent history, Falvey — now settled Scott Simonson Authentic Jersey in his Twins role — invested heavily in free-agent catcher Jason Castro, who is considered to be exceptional at pitch-framing. The Twins are betting a little more than $24 million that Castro will help to make Minnesota’s pitching better.

Without Andrew Luck on Thanksgiving, Colts’ season could become a turkey

Though Elliott is currently projected to fall just short of those figures, there’s no denying that his performance has been pivotal in the Cowboys running out to the NFL’s best record at 9-1.

What makes Elliott’s season even more impressive is that it started out inauspiciously.

In his first two games, Elliott ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries, but fumbled twice in a Week 2 game against the Washington Redskins, whom the Cowboys face in Thursday evening’s Thanksgiving matinee.

With Washington (6-3-1) looking to stay in the hunt for a postseason berth, the Shane Lechler Authentic Womens Jersey team’s defense will look to have a similar performance against Elliott.

Cousins entered his senior season in high school without a scholarship offer. As a senior at Michigan State, he said he played not knowing what would happen in the draft because he wasn’t a projected high pick. Then he was drafted in the fourth round to be a backup to Robert Griffin III.

“And here we are again,” Cousins said. “This isn’t the first time I went through this, so you just play.”

Cousins has thrown 17 touchdowns to seven interceptions this season as the Redskins have gone 6-1-1 Stephen Anderson Authentic Womens Jersey heading into Thursday’s game at Dallas after an 0-2 start.

Numerous analysts have said the Redskins need to keep him long term. Cousins, however, said he’s ignoring that, too.

“It’s a positive thing they would say that, but at the same time, I know people are itching to say the opposite if I don’t play well Thursday,” Cousins said. “I’m always focused on the here and now.”

What could help the Colts is that Tolzien is familiar with the first unit because Luck has been limited in practice on Thursdays for almost the entire season. Tolzien and rookie center Ryan Kelly spent extra time Monday going over how they both prefer to do things so that they’re not having to do it on the fly during the game Thursday.

“It’s going to be a little different,” receiver T.Y. Hilton said. “But we’ve been throwing since OTAs, minicamp. We know what to expect from him. The five star (players) have to play like the five stars. That’s just it.”

NBA scores 2016: A friendly reminder that the Cavaliers still rule the East

Sure, the Cleveland Cavaliers are different this season. They have a bit more swagger. They just visited the White House. The whole team feels more cohesive, if that’s possible. But nothing has changed about how good they are.

No, Cleveland sure isn’t releasing their John Stockton Authentic Womens Jersey death grip on the East. The conference that LeBron James has ruled over for more than a decade (winning it six straight times) is still his to rule, and a 121-117 victory against the Toronto Raptors confirmed that — as if anyone had doubts.

It wasn’t easy from start to finish, but Cleveland outscored the Raptors 7-2 in the final minute, erasing the narrow one-point lead the Cavaliers had to start the quarter. Their defense ratcheted up, Channing Frye nailed a huge three-pointer to put Cleveland up, 117-115, and the rest was sealed with some shoddy late-game Toronto offense.

The Pelicans began the season with eight straight losses and only picked up their first win last Thursday against the Bucks. They then added a second win by defeating the Boston Celtics on Monday. They support Jrue Holiday’s decision to take as much time as he needed to care for his family.

“In our case, we told Jrue to forget about the basketball part of it,” coach Alvin Gentry told the Washington Post in late September. “This is where you take care of your family. We’re going to welcome him back whenever he feels that it’s time to come back, and his family is in good hands.”

Jordan and Blake Griffin combine for 55 points off of pick-and-roll opportunities. And Karl Malone Authentic Womens Jersey Chris Paul’s 8.5 assists per game still rank in the league’s top five, despite playing less than 30 minutes per game. Throw in the J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford’s sharp-shooting, and the Clippers have an all-around offense-defense attack that’s taking the NBA by storm.

It’s unclear if they can keep it up, but if they stay healthy continue building on their 10-1 start, the Clippers could be the team to challenge Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.

Luke Kuechly’s injury casts shadow over Panthers’ big win

A mixture of tears and sweat poured down the face of Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly as he was carted off the field with a potential concussion late in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s win against New Orleans.

He looked dazed.


Teammates looked the same as they watched the Lance Moore Authentic Womens Jersey 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year disappear into the tunnel at Bank of America Stadium, struggling to breathe as he fought back emotion.

“You could see it on his face that he was pretty visibly upset,” tight end Greg Olsen said after Carolina’s 23-20 victory.


The same can be said for the Pac-12, whose top contender, No. 6 Washington, dropped behind Louisville in the latest ranking after the Huskies lost to USC. Washington’s strength of schedule has been called into question by the committee, and its loss to USC opened the door to debate whether a one-loss Louisville team could trump a one-loss Pac-12 champion with the worst nonconference schedule Larry Warford Authentic Womens Jersey in the country.

Not anymore.

Now Washington should be the committee’s top bubble team at No. 5, barring any upsets in Week 12.

That means the Big 12 still needs all the help it can get for No. 9 Oklahoma or No. 14 West Virginia to finish in the top four, but Houston’s win had a direct impact on Oklahoma’s résumé because the Sooners lost to Houston in the season opener. It would help the Sooners’ résumé if the selection committee ranked Houston because then their only two losses of the season would be to CFP Top 25 teams (Houston and Ohio State).

Houston should be ranked this week after beating two of the committee’s top 10 teams (No. 9 OU and No. 5 Louisville), but it needs Navy to lose its final two regular-season conference games — at East Carolina and at SMU — just to win its division. It’s an unlikely scenario, as ESPN’s Football Power Index gives the Midshipmen at least a 60 percent chance to win each game. Plus, Houston would have to overcome Boise State and undefeated Western Michigan, teams that could both still win their respective leagues.

Hot-starting Clippers only want to talk about need to get better

It really is hard to find a narrative that LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers isn’t willing to indulge in. The other night he even asked a group of journalism students from USC, who were observing his postgame news conference, for extra questions at the end of what had already been a lengthy session after a blowout 127-95 win against the Brooklyn Nets.

But there is one subject he isn’t touching right now.

And it’s a topic the rest of the league most definitely is talking about with the Clippers off to a franchise-best 10-1 start.

Nine of the 15 players on Boston’s 2016-17 Authentic Marcus Gilchrist Jersey roster this season were the product of trades since the summer of 2013. Two other young players acquired via swap — Abdel Nader and Guerschon Yabusele — are stashed away from the parent club with hopes they will contribute down the road. The Celtics may put a premium on the draft-and-develop path but it’s obvious they wouldn’t be considered a contender in the Eastern Conference again without their trade activity.

Follow the path of the Pierce/Garnett trade and you’ll Authentic Marcus Williams Jersey see how it eventually led to Isaiah Thomas. And 2016 No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown. And how it might yield two more high lottery picks from the Brooklyn Nets (though their decent start to the 2016-17 season is a matter of consternation in Boston).

The Celtics went the free-agent route this summer to land Al Horford with a four-year, $113 million contract. It was the team’s first free-agent splurge in nearly two decades, and the Celtics can free up enough cap space next summer to make a charge at another superstar, something that would allow them to keep many of their current assets.

But most league observers suspect Boston’s next move will be another trade. They’ve got too many assets and too little roster space. And too much desire to elevate back to a true title contender.

When Dallas made its lone visit to TD Garden last season, Mavs owner Mark Cuban was asked to reflect on the trade that delivered Rajon Rondo from Boston.

“S— happens, right?” Cuban said. “There’s a lot of risk I’ve taken that have worked out just fine. They’re not all gonna work. I think when it’s all said and done, that Crowder-for-[Dwight] Powell trade will be a break even.”

Well, well, well, maybe the Big 12’s CFP hopes aren’t dead

Iowa knocked off third-ranked Michigan with just 66 passing yards.

Pitt stunned second-ranked Clemson with a kicker surnamed, off all things, Blewitt.

And Ole Miss toppled eighth-ranked Texas A&M with a freshman quarterback donning 20 as his jersey number.

This was the weekend of chaos that the Big 12 had been longing for. Like Adoree’ Jackson’s backflip commemorating USC’s takedown of No. 4 Washington, the college football world was turned on its head, as No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 lost on the same day for the first time in 31 years.

Suddenly, the playoff picture LaRoy Reynolds Authentic Womens Jersey doesn’t look so straightforward, which is a welcoming development for a conference whose playoff chances had previously been pronounced dead.

Romo is on the road with the team, watching Levine Toilolo Authentic Womens Jersey Prescott take apart the winless Browns in a matchup that more or less amounts to an extra bye week. Romo’s practice work has ramped up, and teammates say he looks fantastic throwing the ball. There is little doubt he could play, if they needed him to. But they don’t.

“Tony is on board to ride this thing out as well,” Jones said. “Let me be real clear on that. There is no equivocation. He is totally committed to doing the very best thing to win the game.”

Those same sources also point out that Romo is smart enough to know 19 of the NFL’s 32 teams have had more than one quarterback throw a pass this season, and 11 teams have had more than one QB start a game. The odds are decent that something will happen to land Romo in a game before this season is over. And if not, there’s a chance that means they all get to win the Super Bowl together. Backups get rings, too, after all.

It’s the morning after Dallas’ first win, a 27-23 escape from Washington, a game the Cowboys entered as the underdog. Prescott was close to perfect, with an 88.2 QBR and a passer rating of 103.8, and people inside and outside of Dallas were getting surprisingly excited. “This is Dak’s team now” was uttered into many radio microphones, and the phrase scrolled across a lot of TV screens. At this time, the Cowboys still think it’s a cute idea and nothing more.

“I think Dak said it best,” Jones told local radio hosts. “It’s Tony’s team. Tony has the experience and he has just the ability to make us a better team, so that’s the only way you look at it right now.”

Make no mistake, the Big 12 remains a longshot to sneak a team into the final four. But it no longer seems to be a no-shot, either

Should Alabama be looking over its shoulder at Michigan?

All the more reason for the top contenders to leave no doubt they deserve a spot in a semifinal game by avoiding an upset with just three weeks remaining in the regular season. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Michigan are all playing unranked opponents. No. 4 Washington is playing a ranked opponent only because the committee put USC in Steve Carlton Youth Jersey at No. 20 this week, and deservedly so, after the Trojans have reeled off five straight wins.

No. 5 Ohio State faces an unranked opponent, and so does No. 6 Louisville. Each of the top six teams, with the exception of Washington, are favored by at least 20 points.

So what happens if — gasp! — there’s an upset this week?

Washington receiver John Ross has a Power 5-best 14 touchdown receptions this season. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Player in the spotlight: Washington WR John Ross. QB Jake Browning gets all the ink for the Huskies, but Ross’ 14 touchdown catches leads all Power 5 players. An FBS-best 10 of those have come in the red zone, and Ross is four touchdowns away from tying the school’s single-season record for receiving touchdowns.

In reviewing her negatives from that day, Doyle noticed that she snapped just one frame with Uga raising up to snap at Baker. But after her shot passed across the Associated Press wire, that one frame was more than enough to create a tidal wave of interest that soon flooded her newspaper and its staff.

Within days, the Advertiser began selling prints of the photo, ranging from $20 for 5x7s and 8x10s to $40 for 20x30s, and demand was off the charts.

“They were printing prints and we were filling envelopes and addressing them,” said Doyle, who remembers spending a portion of her Thanksgiving holiday preparing shipments of the photo. “We were getting letters from people in prison. It was crazy.”

About six months later, the Advertiser announced it would stop accepting orders because it lacked the staff to keep filling them. By that point, the newspaper had shipped at least 1,500 prints and made approximately $35,000 in sales — none of which went to the photographer — and those are just the reproductions that were made legally. Other drawings, paintings and illegal prints of Doyle’s image are easy to find in homes and businesses throughout the Peach State.

“I can remember driving up into different parts of Georgia and going into a Hardee’s and seeing it on the wall and just chuckling,” Seiler said. “I would never point it out to anybody that that was me in the picture, but it was kind of cool to Tim McCarver Youth Jersey see it on the wall.”

Contrary to popular legend, however, Doyle says the negative did not wear out because of overuse.

“The lab scratched the negative and it probably was because they printed so many pictures,” she said. “It’s just human error or whatever. But it didn’t wear out.”

Her shot’s enduring fame will apparently never wear out, either. Twenty years after the fact, Doyle still hears from a writer or fellow photographer every once in Tug McGraw Youth Jersey a while with questions about the Uga-Baker shot, which she finds baffling.