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Rising Grizzlies look to extend streak against Timberwolves

The Memphis Grizzlies look to extend their best winning streak of the season to four games when they attempt to complete a two-game sweep over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night in Minneapolis.Memphis posted a 118-107 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday in the first of consecutive games. The Grizzles set a franchise record with 80 points in the paint.Big man Jonas Valanciunas was the main insider cog with season highs of 24 points and 16 rebounds."One thing we talk about is going downhill, getting a piece of paint in a variety of ways and with a variety of different players," Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said. "We have a lot of guys who can really end up in the paint. That's our modus operandi and we know that if we can do that, that eventually opens up more looks fro...
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Jazz seeks to keep the winning beat against the Hawks

After each team had an unexpected day off Wednesday, the Utah Jazz and the Atlanta Hawks will meet Friday night in Salt Lake City.This will be the Jazz's first game on their own court since they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers at home on New Year's Day. Utah is back from a six-game, 10-day road trip that ended a game ahead of schedule.The NBA postponed the Jazz game in Washington on Wednesday because the Wizards did not have the minimum of eight players available due to contact tracing regulations. Utah ended up ending its longest road trip of the season with a 4-2 record, including Tuesday's 117-87 win at Cleveland."It's a weird time, but we also have a job to do," Utah guard Donovan Mitchell said. "The key is to stay focused on the job at hand with basketball and be selfless off ...
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Konecny ​​achieves a hat trick and leads Flyers 5-2 to Penguins

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Gritty's trick was that the mascot had one, a comically large Flyers cap that he tossed, frisbee-style, onto the ice. Gritty went big, and so did Travis Konecny ​​in the first hat trick of his career.Konecny ​​scored three goals and had one assist and the Philadelphia Flyers outlasted losing team MVP Sean Couturier through injury in a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.Ivan Provorov scored and Oskar Lindblom added an empty net for the Flyers.The Flyers swept their rival in the two-game home set, but can only hope they don't lose Couturier for an extended time. Known as "Coots," he needs an MRI Saturday on one of his shoulders. He absorbed a stiff grip on his left shoulder and that might be the one that was injured.Couturier, who last season became ...
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Bills vs. Ravens: Buffalo shut down Lamar Jackson to reach AFC championship

Lamar Jackson spent the final quarter of his season in the Ravens' locker room under the direction of medical personnel, likely watching Buffalo finish his 17-3 divisional round playoff victory over his team on a television set inside Bills Stadium. He was eliminated from the game when his head bounced off the grass at the end of a broken play in the closing seconds of the third period. Just two snapshots before that, he had thrown a 101-yard pick-six. MORE: Josh Allen draws rough call, James Harden competes with flopThe Bills kept Baltimore at its lowest point since 2009, disrupting units with pressure in the backfield and solid coverage. But the Ravens also hurt themselves in many ways. Jackson was injured after his center's third errant play of the game: When he picked up the loos...
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Packers show why the road to Super Bowl 2021 ‘goes’ through Lambeau Field

Aaron Rodgers will play his fifth NFC championship game next weekend, but it will be his first at Lambeau Field. And that's not even the biggest advantage he and the Packers will have, who beat the Rams 32-18 in the NFC divisional round on Saturday in Green Bay.Lambeau provides an advantage. Rodgers (23 of 36 passes, 296 yards, two touchdowns) is playing as a future three-time MVP in the NFL. Davante Adams had nine catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in his long-awaited showdown with Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The Packers' offense just shattered the best defense in the league with 484 total yards.VIDEO: Highlights from the Rams-Packers divisional roundBut the most important X-factor for the Packers to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2011 game, a win over t...
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Steelers must part ways with Ben Roethlisberger after AFC playoff bust against the Browns

Ben Roethlisberger was unable to erase lingering concerns about his quarterback play in the Steelers' shocking 48-37 loss in the AFC playoffs to the rival Browns on Sunday night. Hopefully that's enough for the Steelers to look for their immediate successor in the 2021 offseason, regardless of whether he chooses to retire. Before Christmas, before leading a successful second-half comeback in Week 16 against the Colts to help the Steelers win the AFC North, Sporting News detailed Roethlisberger's physical limitations tied to his arm strength in addition to the wear, at 38 years. Running game to lean on and fight to push the ball downfield all season, resulting in poor passing yardage, Pittsburgh tried to win as many games as it could by being happy with short passes to intermediate. MO...
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The Browns end the playoff drought in Pittsburgh in the most appropriate way

If the whole story feels too Hollywood, too contrived to be the actual narrative of an NFL football team in a singular season, remember everyone who benefited from your goodwill. Browns fans and alumni, who have endured years of great administrative incompetence, wasted draft capital, ruined games, organizational infighting, regime changes, and an emotional chinlock Sunday after Sunday, couldn't just have a team. That turned things around and one day they found themselves on the sunny side of the competition. It wouldn't feel good. It would not level out the type of mental tax that is paid year after year. It wouldn't adequately answer the question that everyone who loves this team has inevitably asked themselves at some point over the past two decades: Why the heck am I doing this? ...
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The Browns’ victory over the Steelers, a revelation in the playoffs

The Browns grew up on Sunday night and, unsurprisingly, they did so at the expense of their older brother. Pick your year: The Browns hadn't won a playoff game since January 1, 1995, before moving to Baltimore the next season and returning to the NFL in 1999. Cleveland hadn't been in a playoff game since January 5, 2003 - A wild loss at Heinz Field to the rival Steelers.MORE: Updates, highlights from the Browns' win that ended the droughtThis year was different. The Browns grew. They showed maturity in a revealing 48-37 victory at Pittsburgh in the AFC wild-card round. Now, an unknown reality has settled in. Cleveland deposed Pittsburgh a few days after Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said that "Browns are the Browns." The Browns put a new face on an AFC North rivalry ...
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Nick Saban’s Salary & Net Worth – Here’s How Much Money Alabama Coach Made In 2020

Nick Saban has been referred to as the highest paid public employee in the country. Alabama fans could even argue that it's a bargain. Saban has brought five national titles and six SEC championships to the Alabama soccer program. Their teams consistently rank in the top five across the country. In college athletics, where athletes can't sign lucrative contracts, Saban is the best choice - a head coach who continues to bring in the best recruits in the country to play at Crimson Tide.Whether you think Saban should be paid more or less, the facts are simple: He has made and continues to make a lot of money. We analyze how much. MORE: Who is Alabama Quarterback Mac Jones?Nick Saban salary in AlabamaAlabama must be to pay Saban a total of $ 9.1 million in the 2020 season. Based on a ...
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What happened to Cardale Jones? The Ohio State star continues to stumble from home after his stints in the NFL and XFL

Whether you're on a soccer field or just playing quarterback from your keyboard, Cardale Jones knows you'll always have an audience. The Ohio State product has 1.6 million followers on Twitter and 269,000 followers on Instagram. These days, his nostalgia-inspired Buckeyes posts give his accounts a massive engagement. He also appears on a podcast with former running back Beanie Wells.Jones has reveled in Ohio State's run to this year's college football playoff championship game, taking a victory lap online as the show continued its undefeated season with a semifinal victory over Clemson. His punches at his favorite team's opponents are particularly fun. Alabama, the Buckeyes' opponent on Monday, is currently in their crosshairs.MORE: 2020 Consensus for All AmericansIt's unclear if ...
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