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He’s now the fifth-winningest coach in NBA history, though there are some things Gregg Popovich still doesn’t know.

He was just as fooled initially as the referees, not realizing the ball had gone in the basket. It was the most bizarre bucket of San Antonio’s 100-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

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“We were up seven, and by time we came out, we were down three,” said Williams, a 13-year veteran. “I just think we had a lack of focus, we wasn’t playing hard. … We feel strongly about our second group. We’re a confident group of guys. I just felt kind of crazy that we were the group that dropped the lead.”

Hornets assistant Stephen Silas, filling in for head coach Steve Clifford, said his team had no answer for Williams, who shot 12-of-21 from the field, including 6-of-9 from 3, and 10-of-11 from the free throw line to go along with eight assists and only one turnover.

“Obviously Williams got going, and whenever they needed a big basket he provided it,” Silas said. “We changed our coverage, we started blitzing him, but then he was getting to the free throw line. But sometimes it’s a game of making some shots, and we didn’t shoot the ball well tonight.”

“He started hitting 3s early, so you start getting up on his screen and he starts driving to the rim,” backup Hornets power forward Frank Kaminsky said. “Then he’s getting fouled. He was just a nightmare tonight.”
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The Giants were preparing for the playoffs with Ben McAdoo after his first season.

This upcoming January, they will be looking for his replacement after firing him before the end of his second season.

New York decided to relieve McAdoo of his duties on Dec. 4 so team officials could get a jump start on their search for a new head coach. Beyond free-falling from 11-5 to 2-10 from one year to the next, McAdoo’s fate was sealed by the inexplicable benching of starting QB Eli Manning.

Atlanta, with no chance to play a home playoff game this time, begins with a tough test in the wild-card round, traveling cross-country to Los Angeles to take on the Rams (Saturday, 8:15 p.m ET, NBC). But from the Falcons at 10-6 to the Eagles and Vikings at 13-3, little separates the six teams in the strong NFC playoff field.

Looking at the Falcons’ profile as a No. 6 seed with long, 12-1 odds (per Bovada) to win the conference again, there a lot of things to like.

Last season, the Falcons were No. 28 against the pass. This season they shot up to No. 12, only behind the Vikings among NFC playoff teams.

With those numbers, the Falcons improved from No. 25 to No. 9 in total defense (yards allowed). They also were No. 27 in scoring defense (25.4 points allowed per game) in 2016 before moving up to No. 8 (19.7 points allowed per game) in ’17. Those marks have them rivaling the Eagles and Vikings, too.

Young players such as middle linebacker Deion Jones and safety Keanu Neal have risen up as playmakers. Adrian Clayborn and Takk McKinley have boosted the situational edge pass rush. And unlike in last year’s playoffs, the Falcons also have top cornerback Desmond Trufant.

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The Panthers end their regular season on the road against the Falcons

Cam inspired by OutKast: Never one to go the conservative route when it comes to fashion, Cam Newton showed up at the press conference after the Panthers’ win over the Vikings in a fez, or a “brimless hat,” as he dubbed it. Cam said he had been inspired by seeing OutKast member Andre 3000 wearing one in GQ, so maybe a postgame meeting with the ATLien could be arranged.

Eli apologizes to Giants fans: Eli Manning’s return to the starting lineup was arguably something of an apology for his being benched for Geno Smith. On Sunday, though, it was Manning offering the apology after the Giants were torched at home, 30-10, by the Cowboys. “I thought we had a good crowd today and I appreciate all the support these past weeks and sorry we couldn’t get them a better game,” Manning said. It’s been a sorry season for Big Blue, one that thankfully has only three games remaining.

The Dallas offense had struggled mightily without suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott, failing to score at least 10 points in three straight games for the first time in franchise history. They got off to a slow start on Thursday with a trio of three-and-outs to start.

But once Dak Prescott used his legs to pick up a first down late in the first quarter, the Cowboys offense ignited. Prescott only threw for 102 yards, but tossed a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another 28 yards.

“I just trusted myself and trusted in my teammates,” Prescott told NBC Sports. “We played like a team that was hungry and needed this win.”

The Titans aren’t going to overlook this opponent; not after the second-half beatdown in Pittsburgh and after four Marcus Mariota interceptions. They need this win to keep the Jaguars from pulling away further in the AFC South. The Colts couldn’t hold a 10-point second-half lead against the Titans last month in Nashville. But they are coming off a bye and a respectable showing against the same Steelers that buried the Titans four days later.nike_chargers_551-180x180

Washington’s offensive line is beat up even more than that of Dallas.

Seth Walder, sports analytics writer: Minnesota Vikings. The Saints would become the new best team in the NFC, but they aren’t the favorite to reach the Super Bowl. That would be the Vikings, out of circumstance.

That should wake up the Cowboys’ pass rush to dominate a second matchup with their archrivals. The Cowboys will go back to being run-heavy with Dak Prescott, former Redskin Alfred Morris and Rod Smith to control the clock, take pressure off Prescott and lessen the exposure of the pass defense against Kirk Cousins. It won’t be pretty, but the Cowboys will take this game to separate as the better desperate playoff hopeful.

Additionally, James’ rate of 2-point jumpers from beyond 16 feet is his second-lowest ever. So Second Spectrum’s analysis shows that the quantified shot quality (qSQ) of James’ shots — the effective field-goal percentage (eFG) an average player would be expected to make based on the location of the shot and nearby defenders — is the highest in the five years they’ve tracked this metric.

At summer league, Tatum dazzled with his Paul Pierce-like midrange game, but Stevens emphasized in the aftermath the benefit of the 3-point shot.

“I think one of our challenges this summer was everybody wanted to talk about the midrange plays he made in summer league. So it was one of those things where if I was involved in a film session at all this summer, it was about what a good shot looks like when you get to the NBA,” Stevens said. “And so we tried to have those very specific film sessions but, still, you can’t predict a guy is gonna become that proficient.lakers_004

NFL considers adding automatic ejection to targeting rule

In an effort to continue to make the game safer for NFL players, the league may implement a targeting rule similar to the one used in college football.

Smith-Schuster received a one-game suspension, but under the college rule, he could have been ejected from the game if it was determined he targeted Burfict after video review.

While adjusting the targeting rule is something the league is considering, Vincent said the NFL wants to use caution when ejecting players.

“We want the game to be played on the field. We don’t want to be in the business of ejecting players,” Vincent said. “The philosophy is if it gets out of their control, we do ask the referees to maintain control of the game. … But we really emphasize — let the players play.”

The Giants coach isn’t worried about the reaction of fans for the next home game despite the team’s 24-17 loss to the Raiders on Sunday as Geno Smith started at quarterback over veteran Eli Manning.

“No, I am not concerned,” Ben McAdoo said, via the New York Post. “Listen, I understand where the fans are coming from. If I was on the outside looking in, I’d feel the same way they feel. You know Eli and I have a tremendous relationship. I think the world of him and it was hard for me emotionally. The beginning of the week, once you make a decision, you have to stick with it and I appreciate the way Eli handled things this week.”

It’s fair to say that McAdoo may not have to worry about the pending reaction because he might be fired before the team’s next game. Reports began to swirl on Sunday that he could be sacked as early as Monday depending on the team’s Week 13 performance. With McAdoo’s job on the line, Smith went 21 of 34 for 212 yards and a touchdown but turned the ball over twice on fumbles.

Despite being on borrowed time, McAdoo said he’ll continue to lead the Giants as long as they let him.panthers_101

The Broncos had no answers for the Patriots on Sunday night.

New England jumped out to an 18-point halftime lead and never looked back as it cruised to a 41-16 win in Denver. The Patriots tallied 396 yards of total offense and punted just once. New England excelled in the other areas of special teams, returning a kickoff for a touchdown and blocking a Denver punt.

Touchdown, Falcons. Russell Wilson drops back to pass and escapes the collapsing pocket but fumbles the football after being hit. Takkarist McKinley recovers and runs it in for a 10-yard touchdown return as Atlanta’s lead grows to 21-7. Wilson already has two turnovers.

Atlanta picks up one first down but its drive stalls when Justin Hardy fails to secure a pass from Ryan on third down and the Falcons punt for the first time.

Touchdown, Seahawks. Seattle’s drive is extended when Atlanta cornerback C.J. Goodwin is called for tripping on third down. Two plays later, Russell Wilson connects with Jimmy Graham for a 4-yard score. Seattle now trails 14-7.

Three players the Braves signed for $300,000 bonuses were set free because the Braves gave additional money to their agents by signing others to deals with what MLB called “inflated” bonuses: Venezuelan outfielder Antonio Sucre, Dominican outfielder Brandol Mezquita and Dominican shortstop Angel Rojas.

Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State — Lazard did his part to keep the Cyclones in it against Oklahoma State. The 6-5, 222-pound senior caught nine passes for 126 yards and two scores in the 49-42 loss. It was the third 100-yard game of the season for Lazard. nike_bills-082

Ben Roethlisberger laughs off talk he no longer cares about football

Ben Roethlisberger is taking notice of critics who think he doesn’t care anymore in light of his flirtation with retirement in the offseason.

Roethlisberger said his teammates, coaches and those in his inner circle know how he deals with the game day-to-day. After a slow start to the season, Roethlisberger’s passer rating has climbed to 87.8 after he threw for 1,076 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions over his past four games.

Said Roethlisberger, who is in his 14th season, “I’ve done this long enough, too, that I can let [criticism] roll off my back.”

Rather than just hand out turkeys or give the children a Thanksgiving meal, Allen gave the children $70 apiece and a Thanksgiving grocery list so he could teach them about shopping on a budget.

Allen stopped by the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York, on Monday to work with 25 middle schoolers from Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities Inc., according to Nets Daily. The kids were thrilled to meet Allen, so he got to know some of them and gave out Nets hats to his young fans before they hit the aisles.

One might think that offering an awesome budgeting activity to children would come from someone well versed in managing expenses over many years. Allen is just 19 years old. Even that fact came as a shock to the kids.

The Rockies have a real shot at building on last season’s improvement with the right additions this winter. There are a lot of spots GM Jeff Bridich might target, though. There is a clear need to build the bullpen back up with Greg Holland, Jake McGee and Pat Neshek on the free-agent market. But the Rockies also need to address the catcher position and make a key determination on whether they can hold steady on the outfield corners by going young with David Dahl and Raimel Tapia.nike_patriots_3225

New Jersey has dropped three of its last five in falling to 12-5-4.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan on getting his first victory as a head coach: “I’ve gotten that monkey off my back now. Now I have to get a second one, and that will be another monkey.”

“When you’re in this situation… things are going to get written that way. That’s wholly untrue,” Brown said in a press conference Monday. “I think we were all in there together — Hue, myself and a couple of other staff members that work on these things at the time we were trying to get the trade done — so I’m not worried about that internally.

Anton Khudobin made 40 saves as Boston improved to 9-7-4 with its third straight win-all with Khudobin in goal.

Jake DeBrusk and Patrice Bergeron scored first period goals for the Bruins.

Jesper Bratt and Brian Gibbons scored for the Devils, and Cory Schneider made 27 saves.

The shootout opened with Hall and David Pastrnak trading goals. And it stayed that way until McAvoy’s game-winner

Prior to the extra period, the first of three regular season meetings between the longtime Eastern Conference rivals was essentially a special teams affair.

A few folks nabbed Marcus Mariota as a dark-horse MVP candidate coming into his third NFL season, but he’s been nothing close to that. An early-season hamstring injury and inconsistent accuracy — most notably in his four-interception performance at Pittsburgh on Thursday — have been big reasons why Mariota has not progressed or performed in the way many expected. Mariota, who has 12 total touchdowns to 10 interceptions, led the Titans to three comebacks in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, and his dual-threat capabilities continue to make him one of the more difficult QBs to devise a game plan for, but he hasn’t played like the Titans expected so far this season. — Cameron Wolfenike_patriots_3958

Seahawks lose corner Shaquill Griffin, running back Mike Davis to injuries

The injury situation in the Seattle Seahawks’ secondary went from bad to worse at the start of Monday night’s 34-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin left after two plays with what coach Pete Carroll said afterward was a concussion. He didn’t return, pressing Byron Maxwell into action on the right side less than a week after the Seahawks brought him back to reinforce their cornerback depth with Richard Sherman out for the remainder of the season with an Achilles injury.

Carroll called the injury a strain. Davis, who was claimed by Seattle in the offseason after being waived by the San Francisco 49ers, vowed to do everything he can to play against his former team next Sunday.

“I’ll be rehabbing like crazy to get back,” he said.

Aboushi left in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. Carroll said he “banged his shoulder pretty good,” but didn’t know the extent of the injury. Mark Glowinski replaced Aboushi at right guard.

The ankle injury kept Fournette out of Jacksonville’s Oct. 22 game at the Colts. At home last week against the Chargers, he limped to a season-low 33 yards on 17 carries and didn’t play for much of the fourth quarter.

“I hate the cold period,” Fournette said, per Jacksonville.com. “I sleep in the heat. That’s just how I grew up. Mentally, I’m just trying to get my mind ready — that’s all.”

Fournette said he’s played in only one cold-weather game in his life – LSU at Arkansas in 2014, when he was a freshman for the Tigers. He rushed for 9 yards on five carries as LSU was shut out, 17-0.

So, the ankle, the weather — anything else Fournette’s fantasy owners should be concerned about?

Sources: Seahawks getting Duane Brown from Texans for Jeremy Lane, picks

The Seahawks have acquired Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown in a trade with the Texans, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Seattle is sending cornerback Jeremy Lane to Houston along with a 2018 fifth-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick, sources told Schefter.

Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys (30.0 percent): Over the next six weeks, the Cowboys are almost assuredly going to be without Ezekiel Elliott, opening the door to someone stepping in to fill his prominent role. Choosing between Morris and Darren McFadden is a projection: It’s perhaps most likely that they split this job. But I’ll give the slimmest of edges to Morris, who has served as Elliott’s backup so far this season.

Bregman paused, with a smile creeping across his face. Sure, the Astros overcame 4-0, 7-4 and 8-7 deficits in an unforgettable 13-12 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series. Yes, they are one win away from clinching the first world championship in the history of a franchise that was born in 1962 as the Houston Colt .45s.

Nearly nine months after his surgery, the Colts finally began the process of working Luck back into the swing of practice.

“We’ll slowly start working him back into practice this week,” Ballard said on a radio show Oct. 2, via ESPN. “We’ll see how much he gets. But we’ve got a plan in place to where we want him to start getting him reps, and then in time, as we can get him incorporated back into team work and all that, we’ll get him back on the field.”

Cichy told me Saturday that his rehab is coming along very well and he expects to begin running again very soon. He says he hasn’t made a decision yet on whether he will apply for a sixth season of eligibility.canadiens_757_597548fd896a91fe-180x180