There is no telling how the Steelers would be viewed in the modern NFL if it wasn’t for Dan Rooney’s influence.

This past year, NCAA regular season play started in mid-November and ran until March, when post-season started up. March Madness started Friday, March 17 and ran until Sunday, April 2, where South Carolina beat Mississippi State for their first-ever title. Of the top 10 projected draft picks, three were members of the championship team; after that, though, the Wholesale Jerseys Cheap furthest any other top pick made it was to the Elite Eight. So most draft picks will get a little time to rest before suiting up.

The WNBA draft is Thursday at 7 p.m. – and the season kicks off in exactly one month. Each team plays 34 games a season, ending Sept. 3. The playoffs then start on Sept. 6 and if a team makes it the Finals, they’ll end their season in October.

There is no telling how the Steelers would be viewed in the modern NFL if it wasn’t for Dan Rooney’s influence. His father Art Rooney established the team in 1933 and the team floundered. By the late 1960s, the Steelers were much more akin to the current Cleveland Browns than any world-beater. From 1965-1969 the team used eight different quarterbacks, and Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth struggled to an abysmal 14-53-2 record.

Dan began managing the team’s day-to-day operations in 1969 as an effort to turn things around. He personally hired coach Chuck Noll, rebuilt the team from the ground up, and the rest is history.

Martellus Bennett proud to design, pay for Chicago school’s state championship rings

Morgan Park High School had a great basketball season. The Mustangs went 26-6 and won the 3A state title in Illinois 69-67 in overtime.

It was their third state title in the last five years and the team was excited to celebrate. It just turned out they wouldn’t be able to do so with championship rings.

Martellus Bennett was there to help. The Packers tight end paid for the rings and designed them himself.

A former four-star prospect and a three-year feature back at South Florida, Mack is among the best RBs in the 2017 class. With athletic upside, experience, an established style and third-down value, he’s a fluid athlete who remains nimble and loose as a runner, able to change direction and even get airborne with ease.

Mack’s body control both from a standstill and when accelerating is among the most impressive in this class. His ability to adjust upfield and elude should allow him to only improve in the NFL. His shiftiness, athleticism and lateral control allow him to navigate away from full contact. He catches with his hands, and while he might be susceptible to focus drops or rush catches, he can be an immediate contributor in the passing game and an ideal after-the-catch runner.

He doesn’t do anything profound or overly impressive, but Perine consistently cuts on time and does fine job of working through congestion. He’s a fine third-down back, too. He’s not a spectacular pass-catcher, but Cheap Volleyball Jerseys For Women he does well in pass protection. Early on in the NFL, Perine might be best suited to work in tandem with a quicker back Nike NFL Jerseys (like he did at Oklahoma), but he has the skills to be a solid No. 1 back in the NFL.

Ex-hockey players Denna Laing, Bobby Carpenter finish Boston Marathon as team

Two former hockey players teamed up to provide a special moment at this year’s Boston Marathon.

Denna Laing, who was paralyzed in a women’s game ahead of the 2016 Winter Classic, completed the Boston Marathon with help from former NHL player Bobby Carpenter, who pushed Laing’s racing wheelchair throughout the 26.2-mile race.

The Bengals declined to comment on Monday’s incident. It’s become trendy for top recruits to wait until the spring to commit. It allows them to see who’s entering the draft, who’s transferring and who’s coming back to college. The U.S. team was full of instant-impact players who still haven’t picked a college yet.

Jones has been in off-the-field trouble several times over the course of his career, which almost came to an end after he was suspended by the NFL for the entire 2007 season because of an incident in a Las Vegas nightclub that resulted in a man being paralyzed. Jones was ordered to pay $12 million in damages MLB Baseball Jerseys to the victim for his role in the incident.

Jones has been with the Bengals since 2010 and was voted a NBA Jerseys Wholesale team captain for the first time last year.

Westbrook checked himself out of the game after he was intentionally fouled with less than three minutes to go.

Russell Westbrook was two assists shy of setting an NBA record for most triple doubles in a single season when the Phoenix Suns did something awful: They intentionally fouled him.

Westbrook’s sixth assist in the third quarter of the Thunder’s loss to the Suns on Friday was No. 820 of the year. The dime moved him next to Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple double for a season. He also joined Robertson and Nate “Tiny” Archibald as the only players in league history to average 30 points and 10 assists for a season.

But Westbrook struggled to get his next two assists in the fourth quarter and was hellbent to record assists nine and 10 in the game’s final two minutes. That’s when the Suns intentionally fouled the Thunder guard to send him to the free throw line.

Booker got up 40 shots in 45 minutes to score his 70 points in a March 25 loss to the Boston Celtics. Phoenix called multiple timeouts and intentionally fouled late in the fourth quarter to get the ball back, so Booker could continue jacking shots up.

Jordan Spieth is trying to win the Masters for the second time in three years. He took a huge step in that direction on Saturday, shooting a 4-under 68 and settling just two shots back of leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

One of Spieth’s birdies came on Augusta National’s par-5 13th hole. He hit his tee shot on that hole into a miniature forest of pine needles, and he needed a recovery Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale on his MLB Authentic Jerseys second shot. To do it, Spieth tried to channel a Masters legend, Arnold Palmer.

3 reasons Gonzaga will beat North Carolina to win the national championship

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have never been anywhere near here. The North Carolina Tar Heels were here 364 days ago. They’re two of the top three or four teams in college basketball, and they’re meeting Monday (9:20 p.m. ET, CBS) in what sets up as one of the great national title matchups in recent memory.

The subplots are thick. The Zags are in their first Final Cheap Giants Jerseys Four ever, and the Heels are trying to redeem themselves after losing at the buzzer to Villanova in this same game last year in Houston. On one side, Mark Few’s trying to get Gonzaga into the history books. On another, Roy Williams is trying to add another page to UNC’s.

North Carolina is great and has its own case to be your pick in this game. The Zags have been the most consistently great team in the country for most of the season. They look equipped for this moment, the biggest one in the history of their program. I think they’re going to win. Here are three reasons why.

Will Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome prefer a high-effort pass rusher or a wide receiver like Mike Williams or John Ross with the No. 16 pick? The choice this week is McKinley, who can be groomed as the successor to Terrell Suggs.

This could be Williams or John Ross of Washington. Williams obviously doesn’t offer the same type of speed threat as Ross, but he’s the better all-around player. He is a physical wide receiver coming off a season of 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns and should continue the growing line of good NFL receivers Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys from Clemson that includes DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins.

Bjoern Werner starts in place of suspended Erik Walden

The Indianapolis Colts will start rookie Bjoern Werner at outside linebacker this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals in place of the suspended Erik Walden. The NFL suspended Walden for one game for his headbutt of Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker in Week 11. This will be Werner’s first start at any position during his rookie season.

Sanders, 26, was a third-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, but had a slow start to his career with the Steelers. However, he has seen an increased role with the team in 2017 and has accumulated 42 receptions for 509 yards and two touchdowns with seven starts.

The Steelers improved to 4-6 with a win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday thanks Cheap Discount Jerseys to 367 yards passing and four touchdowns from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Neal Coolong of SB Nation’s Steelers blog, Behind The Steel Curtain, praised the depth of the receiving corps that filled in for Sanders after he left early in the game:

While Roethlisberger had an outstanding game, the depth of the Steelers receiving corps helped the Steelers put up 17 fourth quarter points by filling in for one teammate who drew all coverage and another who couldn’t play. And in the end, the Steelers showed progress from a position group that had been maligned for its lack of plays made.
Sanders received an offer sheet in restricted free agency from the New England Patriots NBA Jerseys For Sale during the 2017 offseason, but the Steelers elected to match the offer and give the receiver a one-year, $2.5 million contract to stay in Pittsburgh.

Matt McGloin leads road upset over Texans, 28-23

The Oakland Raiders delivered another blow to the Houston Texans with a 28-23 victory on Sunday afternoon.

“You can see the frustration on his face, frustration on my face,” Johnson said. “I’m not worried about that. I think you all are making a big deal about it.

“We talked about it — it’s over with. I mean, me and Matt are fine. I have no problems with Matt. We played a lot of football together. Me and Matt have a good relationship.”

“It’s just emotions, emotions of the game, a culmination of a lot of things, but stuff we will keep between us,” Schaub said. “He is a great guy and a great competitor, as am I. Just the heat of the moment, but that is behind us.”

Johnson might be frustrated with the team’s lousy season, but he is not ready to ask out of Houston. The star receiver is under contract through 2017, and doesn’t plan on jumping ship.

This season, Johnson has 72 catches for 966 yards and five touchdowns. He has not had much help with faltering quarterback play and Arian Foster missing most of the season with a variety of injuries. He flashes is what he does. Of course, you see glimpses of the big-time ability he has. He’s got incredible talent from a physical Grade Cheap Jerseys standpoint, and he can run. I’ve seen him pursue the sidelines and run like a linebacker, and he’s a big kid. I mean, this is a kid who’s got enormous potential. You coach him up in the NFL, improve his technique, and certainly in a rotation situation, he Cheap Packer Jerseys can be a very good player. I think he’s probably a second-round type of player now.

Matt Schaub replaces Case Keenum, Texans fans promptly boo

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak made perhaps the most controversial decision in Week 11. He benched quarterback Case Keenum for Matt Schaub late in the third quarter with the Texans losing to the Oakland Raiders, 28-17. The move was met with a chorus of boos and Twitter meltdowns.

Kubiak’s move is curious because the game is still winnable and Keenum wasn’t exactly struggling. He threw an interception, but it was his first pick of the season and Schaub’s turnover problem was one of the biggest reasons why the Texans benched him in the first place. Schaub set an NFL record earlier this season by throwing a pick-six in four straight games. Before getting benched, Keenum completed 13-of-24 passes for 170 yards, a touchdown and the pick.

The Texans lost seven games in a row and are close to losing their eighth. Regardless of how Schaub does in the final quarter, this move will not help Kubiak’s chances at keeping his job.

Tom Brady’s last pass to the end zone was picked off and nobody seems to have a really firm grasp on whether the Panthers committed pass interference/defensive holding/mortgage fraud.

Cam Newton was spectacular on third down, finishing 3 of 6 passing for 29 yards and two touchdowns and, more importantly, running four times for 56 yards. Those who would question Newton’s ability to be a top quarterback should take notice of his third-down performance — no QB has Where To Find Cheap Jerseys a higher completion percentage (70 percent) or yards per passing attempt Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys number (9.5) than Newton this year.

Denver fans confident before showdown with Kansas City

The San Diego Chargers held the Denver Broncos to a season-low 28 points, their first game under 30 points this season, but still came away with a 28-20 loss. The Broncos improved to 8-1, and restated their case as the best team in the NFL, while the Chargers fell back to 4-5 and were left struggling to figure out how the lost yet another close game.

John Gennaro at Chargers blog Bolts From The Blue didn’t sugar coat the team’s issues. He pointed his finger directly at a conservative game plan by a coaching staff that made several curious decisions during the loss, including choosing to kick a field goal on 4th-and-1 from the 8-yard line.

At this point, we appear to be stuck with the ultra-conservative game management of Mike McCoy. We can whine all day but it won’t change anything. However, I hope there is someone that he listens to that can show him how many points he’s leaving on the board in an attempt to avoid media criticism. Perhaps a Common Sense Manager?

The Chargers were beaten by a better team with a better coaching NFL Jerseys 2014 staff. That’s not the frustrating part. The frustrating part is that they possibly could’ve won with this team, had they had the better coaching staff on this day.

Take a guy like Jared Allen. Jared Allen is in the last year of his contract. He’s auditioning for pretty much every team in the NFL for the rest of this season, and the likelihood of him being back in Minnesota next year is pretty slim. I can assure you, Jared Allen doesn’t give one-tenth of one crap where the Minnesota Vikings are going to be selecting in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Although they lost Browner, the Seahawks are beginning to get Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys healthy. The team activated Percy Harvin on Monday and Max Unger, Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini are expected to return to the starting lineup this week.

Gary Kubiak expected to coach on Sunday, per report

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is expected to coach on Sunday against the Raiders, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Kubiak missed last week’s game after suffering a mini-stroke two weeks ago.

Entering the fourth quarter Richardson has five carries for two yards, with a long run of five yards — this means that multiple attempts have ended behind the line of scrimmage and the team has managed just 10 rushing yards on as many attempts.

This isn’t the case of a running back learning the offense or struggling in a new scheme, but rather a continuation of a downward spiral that began when he was drafted. Entering Sunday’s game Richardson had a total of 248 rushing yards in six games, running at an inefficient 3.0 yards per carry.

It’s clear the Colts need more balance in their offense, but it’s hard to see where. This is a talented team with a franchise quarterback, but very little support for him on the offensive line or run game. General manager Ryan Grigson surrendered a first-round pick for Richardson and it appears his struggles MLB Baseball Jerseys weren’t merely a product of being in Cleveland.

Aaron Rodgers’ absence changed the complexion of Sunday’s matchup. Entering the week, the Packers were 10-point favorites at home. Since the announcement of Rodgers’ long-term recovery, however, the Liverpool Cheap Jerseys line has since moved to even odds, if not in favor of the Eagles.

The Eagles offense will once again feature Nick Foles, who is coming off a seven-touchdown performance against the Raiders. Fans will be anxious to see if he can replicate his success against a higher-caliber opponent. Sunday’s game could be the litmus test that elevates Foles into budding stardom.