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The Belichick effect on Matt Patricia from those who played for both

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“He’s passionate. That’s how he was as a coordinator,” Flowers said. “He’s passionate. He’s going to get the best out of the players. He’s going to work you hard. The only difference is that he’s up there more, he’s addressing the team more.

“But obviously, he’s passionate, the same as he was. He’s not going to let you slack. There’s a reason I said what I said about him last year and why I came back to play for him again. Nothing but respect for Coach Patricia. I know what he’s going to do and how he’s going to get the best out of me as a player, all that.”nfl cheap jerseys nike

Being worked hard — that’s a trait carried from New England to Detroit. The outward passion, something Patricia hasn’t yet shown much of during game days, is a departure from his mentor Bill Belichick. And so far, not much has been changed — at least outwardly — from how Belichick does things in New England.10

That’s why when Patricia stares across the sideline on Sunday night at Ford Field, there will be obvious comparisons. He’ll see Belichick and the Patriots, the only NFL team he ever worked for prior to February, on the other side. The Lions and Patriots-influenced general manager Bob Quinn hired Patricia in February and started bringing the Patriot mindset to Detroit.

“You definitely see it,” said cornerback Sterling Moore, who was with the Lions in training camp and New England at other times during his career. “But I think that’s just something the greats do. You’re going to emulate. Kobe emulates MJ. You know what I’m saying? That’s just the way things go. So Bill is arguably the best coach to ever coach. So obviously he’s going to follow under his tutelage; he’s going to carry that here.”

Practices during training camp ran similarly to those in New England, including an intense focus on conditioning. Former coach Jim Caldwell didn’t run a lax environment, but it was much more easygoing in the Detroit locker room than the way it is now. At least one Jets player, Kelvin Beachum, said the defense the Lions run is similar to the Patriots’ defense.

Even some of the media components — coordinators on conference calls instead of news conferences; Patricia doing teleconferences at times instead of in-person news conferences — come directly from New England and are a departure from prior regimes in Detroit.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“I think guys knew coming in that things were going to be different,” said safety Tavon Wilson, who played for both Patricia and Belichick. “And I think guys are taking it, kind of rolling with the punches.”

Mike Tomlin disciplines Antonio Brown; teammates say WR in game plan

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Wednesday disciplined All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown for missing work Monday.

“He and I met yesterday for an extended period of time,” Tomlin said after Wednesday’s practice. “I’ll leave the nature of that conversation between us. There was discipline involved for his missed meeting on Monday.“cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Tomlin did not field questions. Brown is scheduled to address the media Thursday.9

Tight end Jesse James said Brown practiced fully Wednesday and is in the game plan for Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cornerback Artie Burns said the discipline is “between him and the coach,” but said the team supports Brown and expects him to play.

Brown was a no-show to Steelers headquarters the same day he tweeted “Trade me let’s find out” to a former Steelers public relations staffer who posted that Brown wouldn’t be the same player without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Defensive end Cam Heyward, one of four team captains, said he spoke to Brown this week but will keep details private. “I don’t make those decisions but, shoot, I’d be a little surprised if he’s not there [Monday night],” Heyward said.

Brown also got into a confrontation with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner on the sideline during Sunday’s 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, which dropped the Steelers to 0-1-1 this season.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Roethlisberger said he has spoken to Brown and is not taking his actions personally.

“He’s the best in the world,” Roethlisberger said of Brown. “When you’re the best in the world, you want to help participate, you want to win football games. We’re all a little frustrated because we’re not winning right now.”

Boston’s ‘Cora Four’ has the stuff dynasties are made of

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Led by 32-year-old player-manager Jake Stahl, the 1912 Red Sox won the American League by 14 games. They relied on a young roster that included future Hall of Famers Tris Speaker and Harry Hopper, both 24, and a 22-year-old “Smoky” Joe Wood. They went on to stun the New York Giants in a seven-game World Series showdown that crowned the inaugural first season at Fenway Park. That was also the year Speaker cemented his superstar status, hitting .383, stealing 52 bags and hitting 10 home runs.

The 2018 edition of the Red Sox have an 11½-game lead in the AL East over the New York Yankees, with a magic number of two to clinch the division with 12 games left this season. This seems to be the year that 25-year-old Mookie Betts will cement his superstar status. He’s a front-runner for AL MVP, leading the majors in batting average (.337) and WAR (10.0), ranking second in runs scored (118), OBP (.431) and OPS (1.049), and third in slugging (.619).nfl cheap jerseys nike

But that’s where comparisons should end. The 1912 Red Sox hit a team total of 29 home runs in the dead ball era and scored a total of 799 runs over their 154-game season. Their competition was also limited to the seven other AL teams in the American League, long before baseball’s integration.10

The 2018 Red Sox have dominated with a formidable offense, leading the majors in almost every single category, helped by home-run-powerhouse J.D. Martinez. But with Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers in the infield, and Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi in the outfield, the Sox are doing it with something few playoff-bound Red Sox teams have had: a core of young, homegrown talent. A platform for success not just this year, but for years to come. And those four players might have a long future ahead of them playing for rookie manager Alex Cora.

“The next couple of years we’re going to be good due to the fact we’re kind of young, team-controlled, type of things. And you definitely sometimes think about the possibilities [in the] next couple of years,” Betts said.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

The 2018 Red Sox have had more than 500 games played by homegrown position players age 25-and-under this season. The most games they got from players that age or younger in any of their prior three World Series years (2004, 2007 and 2013) was the 257 games played by homegrown players 25-and-under in 2007. And while the current group of four shared little time together throughout the Red Sox affiliates, they have all dreamt of the special brand of success that comes from being part of a homegrown core.

Cubs show off playoff formula in beating Diamondbacks

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And it was a thing of beauty on Monday night, thanks mostly to starter Kyle Hendricks. He’s likely to get the ball in Game 3 of a postseason series, but as he has done many times in his career, he threw like an ace in shutting down the fading Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1, while just missing out on a complete game.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“You see bad swings by good hitters” is how manager Joe Maddon described it afterward.

Hendricks had it going, as he induced a swing rate of 58 percent, the highest in two seasons for him. Also, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information, his 25 first-pitch strikes were the second most of his career. And his changeup was devastating, as he struck out seven Diamondbacks on that pitch alone. Imagine that Kyle Hendricks in a playoff series, following Jon Lester and Cole Hamels.9

Cubs fans can begin to dream that dream, as the team reduced its magic number to win the NL Central to 10.

“We’ve been waiting for a little roll to happen,” Hendricks said. “It’s nice for us to be coming all together.”

Though it was a magnificent performance, a well-pitched game by the Cubs isn’t exactly headline material these days. The real narrative on Monday — and what might have meaning next month — is that some of the Cubs’ bigger stars showed up in the box score, namely former MVP Kris Bryant. He was 2-for-3 with two opposite-field hits, including his first home run since July 20. The majority of his time between then and now was spent on the disabled list with a bum shoulder. Bryant could just now be starting to feel like his old self again.

“We all know what KB can do here,” teammate Javier Baez said. “It’s not the way he’s used to swinging. He’s still getting used to it. I know he’s going to hit. Having him in the lineup, it changes how the other team pitches to us. They have to pitch to him, [Anthony] Rizzo or me, or whoever is in between.”nfl cheap jerseys nike

Bryant is adjusting, but as the at-bats have piled up in his return, he’s looking more and more like the dangerous hitter and on-base threat the league knows him to be. With an offense that has struggled throughout the second half, a productive Bryant can make the Cubs that much better.

Liverpool show how far they’ve come while Tottenham appear to be stuck

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Time and money are the two most crucial commodities when it comes to building a football team, and Jurgen Klopp has used both wisely since seeing his Liverpool side crushed 4-1 by Tottenham at Wembley last October.

Eleven months have passed since an inspired Spurs, led by Harry Kane, tore apart Liverpool last season in a game that left Dejan Lovren’s reputation in tatters and left question marks over many of Klopp’s players. Yet on Saturday, Liverpool returned to the scene of their humiliation and avenged that defeat with a convincing 2-1 victory that extended their 100 percent winning start to the season and moved them to the top of the Premier League.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

So what has changed?9

A quick look at the teamsheets offers the first insight into the evolution of Klopp’s team, compared to the lack of change at Tottenham, since that day last season. Only four of Klopp’s team last October — Joe Gomez, James Milner, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino — started Saturday’s fixture while six of Mauricio Pochettino’s players started both games.

Not much difference on the face of it, but look deeper and you see that only Gomez remains from last season’s Liverpool defence that was given such a torrid time by Kane. Gomez, who played at right-back that day, played alongside Virgil van Dijk in Saturday’s win, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson as full-backs. Simon Mignolet has been replaced in goal by the £66 million summer signing Alisson Becker, while Lovren, Joel Matip and Alberto Moreno have all been dislodged in the months since.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho have since left Liverpool, too — Coutinho’s sale raised in the region of £142m — while Jordan Henderson started this game on the bench, with Klopp selecting £52.75m summer purchase Naby Keita ahead of his captain.

Spurs, meanwhile, were missing the injured Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli on Saturday — both players would almost certainly have started if fit — with the other starters from last season’s game, Davinson Sanchez, Heung-min Son and Serge Aurier named on the bench.

But while Klopp has been able to bolster his team by the signings of Alisson, Van Dijk and Keita, Pochettino’s only possible change from last year was winger Lucas Moura, who started this game ahead of Son.

Drew Brees’ advice to Baker Mayfield: ‘You are just a sponge’

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Praise from Drew Brees for this year’s first overall draft pick has not shaken the team’s resolve. Nor has a 15-for-40 game from the starter. Or a winning effort from the third overall pick in his debut with the New York Jets.

The Browns maintain they are on the long and winding path with Baker Mayfield, and Tyrod Taylor is their starter — even after he put up some poor numbers in the season-opening tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I wouldn’t want to live with 15-for-40 for a long time, because I do not think that we will be that again,” coach Hue Jackson said Thursday. “I really don’t. I understand the question, [but] I think that’s a non-issue. Again, first [game], chalk it up to what it is.”nfl cheap jerseys nike

Offensive coordinator Todd Haley pointedly emphasized the entire offense contributed to Taylor’s day, saying the group had 28 mental errors and gave the Steelers 100 yards with mistakes. Ten mental errors is not a winning effort, Haley said, and the 100 yards add up to seven points.10

Taylor’s game was an aberration in one sense. He has started 44 games in his career. The tie with Pittsburgh was the first time in those 44 starts he’s been below 50 percent passing. Jackson is aware of the numbers, but they won’t prompt him to turn to the draft’s first overall pick when the Browns play the Saints in New Orleans.

“He’s our future, and if he is, you don’t have to rush this thing,” Jackson said of Mayfield. “When everybody saw the numbers last week, I think everybody wanted to go, ‘OK, Tyrod’s out — let’s go to the other way.’ Let’s slow down a little bit here.”

Jackson said the Browns need to “let it all play itself out at the right time,” which was a feeling general manager John Dorsey expressed a week ago: Let things happen naturally with Mayfield.

“It just doesn’t happen overnight,” Dorsey said the week before the opener. “And that’s why we as an organization keep saying, for the betterment of the kid and the betterment of the organization, have a little bit of patience with this kid. He’s going to have some talent, but there’s no need to rush.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“I’ve seen when you rush too many of these guys in there; it’s not good. But If you have a degree of patience, it’s usually better in the long run.”

On the opposite sideline Sunday will be Brees, a future Hall of Famer who was drafted in San Diego when the Chargers had Doug Flutie as the starter. As a rookie, Brees played in one game. His advice for Mayfield?

Jon Lester’s departure leads to Brewers closing gap on Cubs

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it was Jon Lester’s back, then it was Josh Hader’s arm. Both contributed to the Milwaukee Brewers’ 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday, drawing them to within one game of the two-time defending National League Central Division champions.

Lester had to leave after 5⅔ innings due to back spasms, handing the ball to much maligned reliever CJ Edwards, who promptly threw a wild one on his first pitch, allowing the winning run to score. Lester thought he might have hurt his back on a swing earlier in the game.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“I think it will be fine,” he said afterward. “It’s not anything painful, just kind of uncomfortable.”

Painful was watching Edwards enter a tie game with men on second and third and two outs. It’s a decision by Cubs manager Joe Maddon worthy of second guessing: Over his past 15 appearances, Edwards had walked 10 and given up eight hits. With a rested bullpen — the Cubs were rained out Sunday — Maddon could have chosen any number of arms, but instead, called upon the least reliable of his top relievers.10

“I just wanted to reduce his outing tonight to one out,” Maddon explained. “Once Jon was in the situation he was in, I thought, ‘Get Carl out there, get one out, let him walk off the field, feel good about himself, and then you have the other guys for the rest of the game.’

“We need to get Carl straightened out. The symmetry of the bullpen is different without him out there. His skill set is really important to us. We have to get him right.“china nike nfl jerseys cheap

The Cubs do, indeed, need a good Edwards for October, but they might not get there by pitching him in a high-leverage situation right now. To add insult to injury, Edwards didn’t exactly hustle to cover home on the wild pitch. And so after taking the lead, Brewers manager Craig Counsell called on Hader, the dynamic lefty, for the next two innings. He struck out all six batters he faced, the first time that has happened (facing at least six and striking them all out) for a pitcher since 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

“What are you going to do with that?” Lester said rhetorically. “The guy is throwing 97 mph. He’s basically Chris Sale from a relief standpoint, with his angle and everything.”

Cubs have nothing to regret as Quintana delivers on crosstown swap

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It’s one of those conversations that Chicago baseball fans will be having for years to come: Did the White Sox rip off the Cubs in stealing prospect phenom Eloy Jimenez and pitcher Dylan Cease or did the Cubs come out on the better end in grabbing steady lefty Jose Quintana?

Common thinking on sports talk radio and bars around Chicago is that the Sox will reap the benefits for years to come, as Jimenez looks like a once-in-a-generation player. But here’s the thing: The Cubs are receiving the benefits right now, and their window for winning is in the present.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Quintana came up with the biggest win to date this season for the team he has played on since July 2017, following years of pitching for the non-contending White Sox. Quintana threw 6⅔ innings, giving up just three hits and no runs on Tuesday. It lowered his ERA to less than 4.00 for the first time since July 22 and his pitching line as a Cub to 20-12 with a 3.88 ERA and 1.24 WHIP8

He’s pitching his best baseball exactly when his team needs it most. The win kept the Brewers from tying the Cubs for first place in the National League Central. It was that big.

“There is a very confident look about him,” Maddon said. “He’s a very humble man, so you have to really look in there.”

Maddon is right. There isn’t a lot of flair to Quintana’s game — which could be the opposite to that of Jimenez, who hit .355 with a .597 slugging percentage at Triple-A this season. Jimenez already has penned a Player’s Tribune article, and he might very well be destined for greatness at the major league level.

But when the Cubs traded for Quintana, they had a big need in their rotation. No matter what Jimenez or Cease accomplish, no one can take away what Quintana already has meant to the Cubs. He might very well contribute to two postseason appearances with his new team before those two prospects even sniff the majors. That’s no small thing. In fact, that’s everything.

“I don’t worry about the trade,” Quintana said as he put on his shoes after Tuesday’s game. “If I do good or bad, I try to be focused on my job.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

That doesn’t mean he’s not aware of the enormity of it. After all, the Cubs and White Sox pulling off a midseason blockbuster isn’t exactly an annual occurrence.

Quest for perfection pushed Katie Smith into Naismith Hall of Fame

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Katie Smith is one of the physically strongest women to ever have played basketball. The phrase “bruising point guard” fit her when she showed the versatility to take over that position.

So when she mentions all the things she did growing up in Ohio, such as ballet and tap dancing, they might not fit the “fierce competitor Katie Smith” image most have of her. But she brought the same mindset to those things, too.

“That was about following instructions and paying attention to details,” Smith said, citing two things she has always relished. “We competed in tap; it was about timing and being coached. When you look back, it all has the same makeup: trying to perfect something.”nfl nike jerseys for cheap

When Smith is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, she’ll still be trying to get the instructions and details just right. That’s how she’s wired. When inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in June, she was the only one of the honorees to come in under the wire of the allotted speech time. Nobody else was close.9

She’ll nail that again in Springfield, Massachusetts, because that’s what Smith does.

“I am a little bit more of a rule-follower than some,” she says, chuckling. Yet the intriguing thing is that Smith also broke the so-called “rules” of what you could expect from a 5-foot-11 guard in the women’s game. She played point guard, shooting guard, wing and small forward professionally, and she guarded all five positions.

In 2001 in Minnesota, she led the WNBA in scoring at 23.1 PPG. By 2006 she became a point guard distributor for a championship squad in Detroit. All the while, she was one of the WNBA’s most reliable defenders.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“That was part of Katie’s longevity, her ability to do what was asked of her,” said Seattle’s Sue Bird, who played with and against Smith in the WNBA and was also her USA Basketball teammate. “Early in her career, she was a straight-up scorer, but she was always cerebral, understood what was happening around her and why it was happening. To see her play point guard wasn’t surprising.

Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac ruled out at least two months with knee injury

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Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a knee injury, but the club is hoping Aaron Ramsey will be back in training as soon as next week.

Kolasinac went off injured during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea in Dublin on Wednesday, which the Gunners ultimately won on penalties, and the club said on Friday he will miss the opening two months of the season.

Arsenal said the defender “sustained an injury to his left knee. Will be out for 8-10 weeks.”nfl cheap jerseys nike

The prognosis on Ramsey was more positive after he sat out the Chelsea game with a calf problem. The club said the Welshman “developed tightness in his right calf” and is continuing to be assessed, but he is “aiming to train next week.”7

Kolasinac’s absence means Nacho Monreal is likely to be thrown straight into the starting lineup when the Gunners take on Manchester City next weekend in the opening round of the Premier League.

Monreal only joined up with the squad this week following the World Cup but could play his first preseason game against Lazio in Stockholm on Monday.

In transfer news, Arsenal have sold academy goalkeeper Joao Virginia to Everton for an undisclosed fee.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Virginia, 18, joined the Gunners from Benfica in 2015 but never featured for the first team. However, he is considered a promising talent who played for the club’s under-23s and was also in Portugal’s squad for the 2016 Olympics and this summer’s U19 European championship.

“We would like to thank Joao for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future,” Arsenal said in a statement.