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For more than an hour, there were more WMU players drafted than Alabama

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Around 8:43 p.m. ET on Thursday, the Tennessee Titans drafted Western Michigan Broncos receiver Corey Davis fifth overall in the NFL draft.

At about 10:04 p.m., the Baltimore Ravens picked Alabama Crimson Tide cornerback Marlon Humphrey 16th overall. He was the first Bama player taken, and he kicked off a run on them. Two of the next three picks were also Bama, with defensive lineman Jonathan Allen going to Washington and tight end O.J. Howard to Tampa Bay with the 17th and 19th picks, respectively. Alabamas draft night futility was brief.

Texas inability to get the best talent in the state to come to Texas is not a new issue. It was one of the things that doomed Mack Browns tenure. Two Texas QB prospects were the best player in the country in consecutive years in the same state.

First, as his tenure was coming to a close in 2013, two of Texas in-state rivals saw their QBs win Heisman trophies: Baylors Robert Griffin III in 2011, and Texas A&Ms Johnny Manziel in 2012.

Smart picks all around for Washington. Kiper has them taking Ohio States Malik Hooker in the first, and he would be a fantastic addition. Running back Dalvin Cook is a great choice in the second round, and Kiper rounded out Washingtons picks by filling a need with defensive tackle Montravius Adams in the third.

Best Michigan Wolverines NFL Draft picks in history

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Game Martin Prado Jersey The Michigan Wolverines are poised to send a class of perhaps double-digit players to the 2017 NFL Draft, a group that includes possible first-round picks in Taco Charlton, Jabrill Peppers and Chris Wormley. Coach Jim Harbaugh is building an NFL factory in Ann Arbor.

Lynch began his career as a first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills, tallying back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons to begin his tenure with the team. A three-game suspension for a misdemeanor weapons charge and the emergence of Fred Jackson caused Lynch to fall out of favor in Buffalo and get traded to the Seahawks during the 2010 season, where he quickly made a mark three months later with the Beast Quake run that propelled Seattle to a postseason win.

Over the next four years he posted at least 1,200 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in each season, becoming a folk hero for Seahawks fans because of his bruising style of play and his quirky, often-standoffish personality with the media.

Lynchs time in Seattle came to an end after hernia surgery caused him to miss the majority of the 2015 season. He will turn 31 later in April, and while thats younger than many NFL players, its old for a running back and Lynch has taken and delivered plenty of hits during his career.

But if the Beast Mode of old returns to form with the Raiders, he would add another dangerous weapon to an offense that promises to be among the NFLs best.

14 ways college football said ‘Happy Easter’ to its fans

We can always count on our good friend, Jim Harbaugh, to bring the weird to literally any proceeding he’s involved with. So, being that it’s Easter Sunday, Michigan’s head coach had some well-wishes in a way only he can.

And even though they say they didn’t do it to send a message, they did. As much as roster-purging has, and does, make sense for a 2-14 team, Brock wasn’t an automatic target to go — after all, he was still there under new management, while plenty of others were not.

When trouble — that kind of trouble, at least — arrived, though, Lynch and Shanahan said goodbye.

Unfortunately, chances are they’ll get tested again. But they passed the first test. Time for that to be some other team’s problem, not that of the 49ers. Not on their watch.

It’s just a strategy that came with risks. This isn’t a new idea, and the White Sox aren’t discovering these risks right now. But that’s what makes Quintana the easy pick to determine how their 2017 season is going. Because it’s supposed to be a bridge season, anyway. How Quintana does determines if the White Sox are getting steel girders or duct tape for that bridge.

Could you build a bridge entirely out of duct tape? Like, a functional bridge that could handle 40 or 50 cars at a time? In theory, of course. Let’s say this theoretical bridge would have to last only one week. Is that possible? How many rolls would it take?

I think I just ruined my own day.

Anyway, the entire season of White Sox baseball hinges on Quintana being as good as he can be, which would lead to the team getting the prospects who are as good as can get. (Todd Frazier is here, too, just on a much lesser scale.)
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You have to watch your back with Wall on the floor.

He pulled out a blue, first-place ribbon. After asking around, Delisa realized her son was a good swimmer, even though he never had any formal lessons.
Lynch claims he’s still elite, although we somewhat doubt it:

Michael Phelps wouldn’t have been on the Wheaties box if I stuck with swimming. I’ve been swimming since I was a little kid. I still swim. I’m the best. I am Olympic caliber right now, hell yeah.

Marshawn Lynch places velvet ropes around his Lamborghini when he parks it in public — or at least he did once: The picks accrued the year prior gave Belichick more ammunition for 2010, leading to a limited array of unique activity. The team did make a pair of big moves in the first round, dropping from No. 22 (Demaryius Thomas) to No. 24 (Dez Bryant) and then from No. 24 to No. 27. Its reward for passing up a pair of Pro Bowl wide receivers? Three-time All-Pro safety Devin McCourty, who the team took in the first round, and tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is famous for being a great football player and nothing else.

The NBA playoffs are made for Stephen Curry three-pointers, LeBron James no-look passes, Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks, and John Wall chasedown blocks.
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If you havent been watching much of the Washington Wizards, youll now learn that swatting shots from behind has become a staple of Walls game.

He wasted no time showing that in the opening minutes of the Wizards first playoff game against the Atlanta Hawks. Dennis Schroder was the first of many victims to come.
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Just last week, Wall blocked Josh Richardsons layup hard enough off the glass that it landed out of bounds.

LeBron James dunks and Larry Bird is ready to turn this car around

Game 1 of the Cavaliers and Pacers first-round series came down to a final shot. The first quarter of Game 2 was also close, but LeBron James did get in this gorgeous breakaway dunk. But ya know, Larry Bird’s Pacers have been bounced in the playoffs by LeBron three times already. He is tired of it.

Larry is not afraid to show his emotions during a Pacers game. He once did a literal “SMH” at the Pacers defense. There was also this time in the 2014 playoffs against the Hawks.

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“You know why he’s been able to play at a high level in this league for so long, which helps me, because I want to be great,” Winston said. “I want to be considered one of the best players in the league. To see that [after] 10 years, this man is still outworking everybody in his own facility, it’s amazing. It’s very eye-opening to me and motivating.”

With the Browns unable to pry Garoppolo from the Patriots, they have no choice. But they can’t draft a quarterback with the first overall pick. Myles Garrett is too talented to pass up. He’s one of the most freakishly talented defensive ends to come into the league.

If all else fails, the NHL should look into this long-term solution.

It is, but considering neither the NHL nor the International Olympic Committee want to budge on the terms of their deal, it might be time to think out of the box.

Remember why the NHL is refusing to go to Pyeongchang. The IOC pulled the deal to pay for insurance and travel costs for these upcoming games. The NHLPA insists the costs have been dealt with, but there’s rumors that the money is coming from developmental programs.

Frank Thomas Youth Jersey The NBA doesn’t have this problem, primarily because injuries happen to far less degrees on a basketball court and because they make a lot of money. A billion dollars more than the NHL does, in fact.
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Gary Bettman and the league can’t afford to pay their own way into the Olympics, so they put their foot down.

Whatever the reason for their incredulity, 10 games into the season, many Saints fans are still looking for someone to pinch them when they read the National Football League defensive rankings.

In case you were wondering about said rankings, here is how they read: New Orleans is 4th in the NFL in total defense, allowing 305.4 yards per game. They are the 3rd passing defense with 191.4 yards allowed per game and 5th in the league in points allowed with 18.3 per contest. In what is considered their defensive weakest point, the Saints are a respectable 17th in the league, allowing 114 rushing yards per game.

Be sure to check out SB Nation’s team blogs, The Falcoholic and Canal Street Chronicles, for more analysis and highlights from the game.

Brendan Kennedy at Packers blog Acme Packing Company breaks down the problems with the defense.

Dion Waiters is going to opt out and get paid. The question is whether Miami is going to pay him. Chris Bosh’s contract will likely come off the books this summer as well.

That gives Miami a lot of money to play around with when free agency strikes. Justice Winslow was ruled out for the season after he tore the labrum in his right shoulder in January. The Heat need another option at the forward spot, and Jayson Tatum is a versatile scorer who impressed in one season at Duke. He is adept at knocking down the corner three and a spot on the floor highlighted in Erik Spoelstra’s offense.

Brendan Kennedy at Packers blog Acme Packing Company breaks down the problems with the defense.

People like to cite (1) Dom Capers’ schematic deficiencies or (2) that he thought the read-option was what happens when you hit the Closed Captioning button on your TV as some of the reasons why the defense has come up short. The fact is, he’s not the one failing to wrap up or getting his ankles shattered by a juke move. Basic tackling fundamentals can certainly be coached and all, but it also begs the question – just why are paid professionals more than halfway through the season still in need of entry-level job training?

And therein lies an even more critical question for the Packers – if it’s not a matter of scheme or an abundance of injuries (aside from Clay Matthews), is it possible the personnel the Packers have on defense just aren’t very good? It’s a question that Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson must’ve at least considered by now.

Be sure to check out SB Nation’s team blogs, Big Blue View and Acme Packing Company, for more analysis and highlights from the game.
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The Mets are dealing with all of the pitcher injuries

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When you watch One Shining Moments throughout the 1990s, you’ll notice that they’re about 40 seconds shorter than the current version. It’s because CBS was using an abridged version of the song. In 2000, the fuller version of the song debuted on the telecast and the network hasn’t looked back.

Game Jonas Valanciunas Jersey From 1987-1993, Barrett sung the montage before R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass took over from 1994-1999.

Barrett returned to voice the montage from 2000-2003. But in 2003, the only man truly fit to sing the song took up the mantel. Luther Vandross’s velvety smooth voice graced our televisions that year and we’re all much better for it (pay no mind to the 2010 version with Jennifer Hudson, it never happened as far as I’m concerned).

On an alternate feed of the 2016 championship game, a “One Shining Moment” tailored to Villanova sung by Ne-Yo aired as well. Charles Barkley voiced a version to promo TBS’s airing of the national championship for the first time, but parental discretion is advised before viewing.

Vandross’s version remains the most indelible because it’s the best. No matter what the powers that be do to change things up, his version reigns supreme. It’s the one whoever wins the title tonight will gather at one end of the court — together — to watch as champions.

Love has battled back issues and missed more than a month with a knee injury.

What Cleveland actually did with these moves is bolster its offensive depth and shooting. That isn’t actually the Cavaliers’ problem, though. They have plenty of shooting already!

Love has battled back issues and missed more than a month with a knee injury. While he’s playing regular minutes, he is getting trounced on defense, even more so than usual. Back injuries are problematic for big men, so it’s not Love’s fault he can’t guard anyone or show fight inside right now.

But the legitimate excuse for his struggles on that end doesn’t change the fact that his defense is a real problem. That problem isn’t going to disappear in the playoffs when the action gets rougher.
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LeBron is approaching 50,000 career NBA minutes (regular season and playoffs combined). Despite several rest games, LeBron will get close to last season’s 2,700 regular-season minutes. He’s had six straight long playoff runs (with one Olympics thrown in there in 2017).
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The Oakland Raiders placed cornerback D.J. Hayden on injured reserve on Wednesday. Hayden sustained a groin injury against the Texans on Sunday and will be unable to play this season. The Raiders aren’t exactly competing for a spot in the playoffs either way. It’s a disappointing end for the rookie, who appeared in eight games this season and managed two defensed passes, one interception and one forced fumble. Hayden has had a significant injury history, so this is obviously a concern.

The Indianapolis Colts signed running back Chris Rainey on Wednesday. Rainey was a fifth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017, but he was released after multiple off-the-field issues. Rainey rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and caught 14 passes for 60 yards as a rookie. He also added 1,035 yards on kick returns. The Colts definitely need some help at the running back position, so this could wind up being a solid move if Rainey can stay out of trouble.