McNabbs Jersey is Retired Reid Returns Fans Brawl at

Philadelphia Eagles’ fans greeted former team head coach Andy Reid with a standing ovation on his return to the Lincoln Financial Field not as an Eagle but on the opposing team, the Kansas City Chiefs.It was a festive game between the Eagles and the Chiefs. The Eagles retired Donovan McNabb’s No.5 jersey during half time show. Reid returned to the stadium for the first time since he was fired from the ball club, and the Chiefs sacked Eagles quarterback Michael Vick six times, bulldozing their way to a third consecutive win.But while the Chiefs were busy beating up on the Eagles on the field, fans began fighting in the stands.A huge brawl broke out in the bleachers just inches from the press box during Thursday’s game. New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch was able to capture the incident with his cell phone camera. Details of the fight are scarce, but according to one reporter, three rows of fans were eventually thrown out of the stadium. read more

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Bucs Mike Williams Stabbed Allegedly By Brother

Mike Williams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, was stabbed in the thigh Sunday and the suspect is none other than his younger brother, Eric Baylor, 23, according to police.Williams  was treated for a relatively minor laceration at St. Joseph’s Hospital and released, according to The Tampa Times. The paper reported that the sheriff’s office issued an arrest warrant Sunday night for Baylor on a charge of aggravated battery/domestic violence after deputies were called to Williams’ home in the Avila community north of Tampa.“We are aware of the situation that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information,” the Bucs said in a statement released Sunday. “While we have limited knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well being of all involved. We will refrain from further comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation.”Sunday’s incident is the latest off-the-field issue for Williams, who signed a six-year, $40.25 million deal with Tampa Bay last July. Williams faces misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing, and has also paid more than $43,000 in damages for destructive house parties.“There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team,” new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said in February. “He has to understand that.”Williams, 26, caught 22 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in six games last season, his fourth with the Bucs. read more

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Our NBA Player Projections Are Ready For 201819

Beno Udrih-0.6-1.5-2.2435-0.10.1 Montrezl Harrell+0.3+0.0+0.314090.86.0 Donald Sloan-0.7-1.4-2.1352-0.10.4 Jameer Nelson-1.3-2.1-3.4701-0.70.1 Larry Nance Jr.-0.7+2.4+1.617242.312.2 Bam Adebayo-1.2+1.5+0.317980.915.2 Sources: ESPN.com, Basketball-Reference.com Mike Muscala-0.8+0.6-0.212800.22.4 SF-1.4-0.2-1.6 Vince Edwards-1.5-1.2-2.7287-0.21.2 C-1.7+1.3-0.4 Dante Exum-0.1-0.6-0.710570.77.2 Shabazz Muhammad-0.9-2.5-3.5727-0.70.4 Marvin Bagley III-0.7-0.8-1.51693-0.715.2 Gorgui Dieng-1.7+1.4-0.314990.32.4 Miles Plumlee-3.6+0.8-2.8700-0.80.1 Justin Patton-1.9+0.3-1.6343-0.21.4 Jordan Clarkson+0.2-2.1-2.01694-0.22.2 Marcus Morris-0.6-0.4-1.116280.11.8 Robin Lopez-2.8+0.8-2.11472-1.30.2 Jimmy Butler+3.3+1.4+4.723108.338.3 Tim Hardaway Jr.+1.2-1.1+0.220572.39.9 Spencer Dinwiddie+1.7-0.7+1.020223.017.1 Ray Spalding-2.1+0.8-1.32610.02.7 Isaiah Whitehead-1.4-0.7-2.2899-0.22.6 Troy Brown-1.5-0.9-2.5936-0.312.9 Joakim Noah-2.6+1.8-0.9348-0.10.2 LeBron James+5.4+0.8+6.2276411.541.0 Kawhi Leonard+2.6+1.9+4.616705.622.3 Chris Bosh-1.2+0.9-0.35710.10.9 James Jones-1.7-1.1-2.8391-0.30.1 Markieff Morris-1.4+0.6-0.717310.42.4 Gary Neal-2.3-1.8-4.1273-0.40.0 Matt Barnes-1.5-0.5-2.0750-0.20.3 Wesley Johnson-2.5+1.7-0.910850.51.5 Marvin Williams+0.0+0.4+0.417601.74.5 Amir Johnson-1.2+2.5+1.212301.43.6 Anthony Tolliver+0.2-0.7-0.512540.41.3 Mario Chalmers-1.1-0.1-1.39720.20.9 Yogi Ferrell+0.2-0.7-0.618731.38.0 Robert Covington-0.2+3.0+2.822745.223.5 Ricky Rubio+1.3+0.9+2.223105.021.1 Kemba Walker+4.1-1.5+2.626256.326.0 Andre Iguodala-0.6+1.1+0.514581.73.5 Brice Johnson+0.2+0.8+1.0840.10.8 Boris Diaw-2.6-0.4-3.0426-0.40.0 Goran Dragic+1.2-1.4-0.320001.64.7 Bradley Beal+2.8-1.2+1.627055.327.4 DeMarcus Cousins+2.4+2.2+4.521006.026.5 Russell Westbrook+6.3+1.0+7.3248112.452.7 Kyle Anderson-0.7+3.0+2.319313.822.2 John Wall+2.4-0.2+2.222524.920.0 Enes Kanter+0.6-0.2+0.318410.84.8 Timofey Mozgov-3.7+0.8-2.8512-0.70.0 Kelly Olynyk+0.8+1.3+2.117972.813.0 T.J. McConnell-1.3-0.1-1.316020.33.6 Chimezie Metu-2.8+0.3-2.5296-0.31.3 Shabazz Napier+0.2-0.6-0.513191.04.6 Lucas Nogueira-1.7+3.6+1.910691.47.3 Terry Rozier+1.0-0.4+0.719292.515.9 Reggie Jackson+0.7-2.1-1.414370.32.0 Kenrich Williams-0.8+0.0-0.91620.01.1 Kostas Antetokounmpo-3.8+0.0-3.8172-0.21.1 Bojan Bogdanovic-0.4-1.7-2.21770-0.41.3 LaMarcus Aldridge+0.5+1.1+1.622963.07.6 Carmelo Anthony-0.2-1.3-1.51824-0.11.1 David Nwaba-1.4-0.6-2.01261-0.12.3 Joe Young-1.0-1.9-2.9584-0.40.8 Andzejs Pasecniks-0.3+0.5+0.21980.12.9 Tristan Thompson-1.3+0.1-1.31271-0.41.1 Bonzie Colson-1.3+0.1-1.11850.01.6 James Johnson-0.6+1.4+0.817402.16.1 Rashad Vaughn-1.2-1.0-2.1659-0.12.0 Nemanja Bjelica-0.7+0.7+0.113081.13.1 Skal Labissiere-1.7+0.1-1.61373-0.43.2 Kevin Love+1.6+0.8+2.418873.310.7 Hassan Whiteside-2.2+2.9+0.816751.46.0 Alize Johnson-1.0-1.2-2.2254-0.21.1 Langston Galloway-0.1-1.0-1.111580.52.9 Malcolm Delaney-1.8-1.2-2.9928-0.60.4 Fred VanVleet+1.5-0.2+1.316572.716.7 Landry Shamet-0.9-2.0-3.0501-0.32.8 Damion Lee-1.1-0.3-1.48830.32.6 Kobe Bryant-1.4-1.6-3.0380-0.20.1 Joel Embiid+0.8+3.3+4.119444.828.9 Isaiah Taylor-1.0-1.4-2.41000-0.42.0 Marcus Smart+0.2+0.8+1.020933.319.7 MiKyle McIntosh-2.2-1.3-3.4105-0.10.2 Chris Paul+5.1+0.9+6.021209.132.4 Jared Sullinger-1.2+0.8-0.55940.21.9 D.J. Augustin+0.3-2.1-1.81255-0.10.9 Tayshaun Prince-2.9-0.6-3.5374-0.40.1 Harry Giles-1.0+0.1-0.92700.03.5 Jerome Robinson-1.2-1.8-2.9886-0.64.3 Ian Clark-1.0-2.1-3.21059-0.70.6 How good are replacement-level NBA players?Based on performance of players signed to minimum or two-way contracts, 2014-15 through 2017-18 Ian Mahinmi-2.7+2.1-0.6886-0.10.5 Solomon Hill-1.4+0.5-0.910110.42.4 Clint Capela-0.5+2.4+1.920672.714.1 Jason Terry-2.8-0.7-3.4437-0.40.0 Grayson Allen-0.8-1.6-2.5568-0.22.9 Rodney Stuckey-1.7-1.2-2.9415-0.20.2 Trevor Ariza+0.0+0.7+0.721342.76.4 Jrue Holiday+1.4+0.6+1.925975.420.5 Tyrone Wallace-1.5-0.4-1.91268-0.13.1 CJ McCollum+2.1-1.8+0.325762.912.5 Willie Cauley-Stein-1.5+1.6+0.219080.66.2 Eric Bledsoe+2.1-0.5+1.722184.115.9 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope+1.1-0.4+0.623893.416.4 Steven Adams+0.1+1.7+1.823943.015.0 Toney Douglas-0.8-0.7-1.54310.00.5 Serge Ibaka-1.1+0.7-0.318660.63.0 Jaylen Brown+0.4+0.2+0.622192.622.8 Joe Ingles+0.9+0.9+1.721243.712.2 Guerschon Yabusele-0.7+0.3-0.46570.33.5 Jayson Tatum+1.2+1.7+2.927296.551.9 Noah Vonleh-2.3+0.7-1.61223-0.32.8 J.J. Barea+0.9-2.3-1.512060.21.1 Steve Blake-1.3-1.5-2.8407-0.20.2 Mason Plumlee-0.8+1.8+1.016101.55.6 Aaron Gordon+1.0+0.3+1.323013.322.5 Myles Turner-0.9+2.2+1.322382.519.5 Iman Shumpert-1.3-0.2-1.59950.21.6 Paul Zipser-3.1-0.5-3.6798-0.80.7 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk-2.0-1.6-3.6318-0.31.7 Dewayne Dedmon-1.9+2.3+0.415050.73.3 Joe Harris+0.1-1.6-1.515250.43.5 Gary Trent Jr.-2.2-1.8-4.0474-0.53.7 Luke Kornet-1.2+0.6-0.78830.23.9 Thaddeus Young-1.1+1.5+0.421542.05.5 Brook Lopez-0.4+0.8+0.417280.72.7 Dejounte Murray-0.8+1.9+1.218553.026.6 Joe Johnson-2.1-1.2-3.4821-0.70.2 David Lee-1.2+1.2+0.15710.30.7 Patrick McCaw-1.9-1.1-3.01131-0.72.2 Kendrick Perkins-3.2+0.5-2.7183-0.20.0 Anthony Morrow-1.5-1.8-3.3311-0.20.1 DeMarre Carroll-0.3+0.5+0.317731.74.5 Zach Collins-2.4+0.5-1.91473-1.24.8 Nicolas Batum+0.5-0.2+0.220602.36.5 Brandan Wright-1.6+1.1-0.65340.10.7 Elfrid Payton+0.9-0.8+0.220672.113.3 Dennis Smith Jr.+0.1-1.5-1.422690.414.2 John Henson-2.1+2.1+0.115850.73.8 George Hill+0.8-0.7+0.116201.74.3 Brandon McCoy-3.3-0.5-3.8156-0.30.4 Moritz Wagner-2.0-0.4-2.5487-0.61.7 Dwayne Bacon-2.6-0.4-3.0910-0.61.9 John Collins-0.5+1.2+0.721961.923.3 Travis Wear-1.6+0.1-1.54100.01.0 Mitchell Robinson-2.4+0.1-2.4337-0.41.7 Maurice Harkless-0.6+0.7+0.116001.47.9 Gerald Green-0.9-1.2-2.1806-0.20.4 Kris Humphries-2.6+0.0-2.5299-0.20.1 Al Horford+0.5+1.9+2.421463.510.3 Ish Smith-0.2-0.8-1.017100.62.3 Marquese Chriss-1.4+0.7-0.818380.412.1 Darren Collison+1.4-1.5-0.117991.64.7 Devonte’ Graham-0.4-1.6-2.0413-0.12.0 Markelle Fultz-1.3-0.5-1.99900.013.7 Alan Williams-1.8+1.2-0.65880.01.4 Chris McCullough-1.2+0.0-1.24060.01.9 Tyler Lydon-0.6+0.3-0.42720.22.9 Jabari Parker+0.4-1.0-0.615410.67.2 Derrick Jones Jr.-1.1+0.0-1.17890.12.9 Tony Carr-1.5-2.0-3.5341-0.31.8 Michael Porter Jr.-1.9-0.2-2.1887-0.47.8 Elie Okobo-0.9-1.5-2.4252-0.13.2 Nicolas Brussino-2.3-1.1-3.4285-0.21.1 Thon Maker-1.5+0.5-1.01390-0.35.2 Greg Monroe-0.3+0.9+0.614781.14.0 Davis Bertans+0.3+0.4+0.712771.58.2 Chandler Parsons-1.1-0.7-1.8879-0.10.6 Alex Len-1.7+1.4-0.215520.23.6 Isaac Haas-3.4-0.4-3.870-0.10.0 Shaquille Harrison-0.4+0.1-0.38810.75.0 Tyler Johnson+0.2-0.5-0.319611.77.9 JaVale McGee-1.7+1.1-0.6700-0.10.5 Paul George+2.1+0.6+2.726406.225.1 Justin Anderson-0.9-0.9-1.79240.02.4 Josh Magette-0.9-1.5-2.4379-0.20.8 Robert Williams-1.7+1.5-0.35380.06.3 Roy Hibbert-3.2+1.7-1.6445-0.30.1 Malik Monk-0.4-2.9-3.41313-1.12.9 Shelvin Mack-0.4-1.2-1.612130.11.6 Mohamed Bamba-1.8+2.3+0.612520.717.8 Sergio Rodriguez-0.8-1.8-2.6583-0.30.2 Devon Hall-1.2-1.6-2.8217-0.10.8 Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot-1.1-0.9-2.01144-0.23.6 Darius Miller+0.6-1.6-1.113350.42.7 Damian Lillard+5.4-1.5+3.925918.137.4 Denzel Valentine-0.3-0.4-0.618011.28.8 Karl-Anthony Towns+4.0+0.8+4.826347.649.4 Jarrett Jack-1.2-1.2-2.4940-0.40.4 Nerlens Noel-2.1+3.1+1.012581.17.6 Jeff Teague+1.3-0.9+0.422072.56.9 Torrey Craig-1.6-0.9-2.6723-0.30.7 Dorian Finney-Smith-2.0+0.0-2.0980-0.41.3 Andrew White III-2.7-1.3-4.0420-0.50.6 Jerian Grant+0.5-1.0-0.515771.16.9 Marcus Georges-Hunt-1.2-1.2-2.4379-0.11.3 Frank Ntilikina-1.8-0.3-2.11839-0.411.0 C.J. Williams-1.8-0.5-2.3830-0.20.9 Mike James-0.1-1.4-1.59100.11.5 Kris Dunn-0.6+0.4-0.217781.511.7 Josh McRoberts-2.0+0.0-2.0295-0.10.2 Michael Carter-Williams-1.5+0.9-0.510880.73.9 Overall-1.2-0.3-1.5 Melvin Frazier-1.5-0.8-2.3375-0.12.5 Derrick Favors-0.9+1.6+0.718671.46.4 Ersan Ilyasova-0.4+0.2-0.215760.82.5 Gary Clark-1.0+0.6-0.41780.11.7 2018-19 ProjectionLong-TERM Zaza Pachulia-1.5+2.0+0.69510.51.3 Tony Snell-0.4-1.2-1.617680.12.8 DeAndre’ Bembry-2.2+0.1-2.1762-0.31.6 Tyler Dorsey-0.4-2.4-2.81213-0.62.2 Anfernee Simons-1.7-1.4-3.0698-0.48.0 Devin Harris+0.2-0.9-0.89660.51.3 Taj Gibson-1.3+0.6-0.718560.31.6 Seth Curry+0.5-1.1-0.611870.83.4 Brandon Knight-0.4-2.2-2.7757-0.40.7 Tyson Chandler-2.2+1.9-0.39280.00.4 Stephen Curry+6.8-0.2+6.620889.642.8 Darrun Hilliard-1.8-0.9-2.7378-0.21.1 Ante Zizic-1.2+0.4-0.85650.02.8 Jordan Bell+0.0+2.8+2.813102.516.4 Andre Roberson-1.5+2.4+0.916632.410.8 DJ Hogg-2.3-0.7-3.1144-0.10.5 Jevon Carter-0.1-0.5-0.65500.36.2 Hollis Thompson-1.2-1.1-2.3641-0.30.6 Zach LaVine+0.5-1.9-1.415620.46.1 Pascal Siakam-0.8+1.2+0.516401.49.6 Tyler Cavanaugh-0.6-0.5-1.18800.02.0 Kobi Simmons-2.1-2.1-4.2987-1.40.6 Deandre Ayton-0.5-0.2-0.71742-0.316.9 Nene-1.8+2.3+0.57670.51.1 Tony Allen-2.7+0.5-2.2513-0.10.3 Tony Parker-1.6-2.0-3.6724-0.80.0 Metta World Peace-2.3-0.3-2.6456-0.30.1 Mike Scott-1.1-1.1-2.1931-0.50.4 Tyler Zeller-2.3+0.6-1.7937-0.70.4 Brandon Ingram-0.4-0.4-0.823280.817.1 Malik Beasley-0.8-1.2-2.0750-0.12.8 Lou Williams+2.9-3.1-0.220611.95.2 Terrence Ross-0.6-0.3-0.813030.73.2 Jarred Vanderbilt-1.0+0.3-0.74140.213.1 Sam Dekker-1.0-0.3-1.310910.13.2 Jerami Grant-1.2-0.1-1.215520.13.6 Kevon Looney-1.1+1.7+0.711741.18.6 Bismack Biyombo-3.2+1.0-2.21302-1.30.6 Willie Reed-1.7+0.7-1.07020.00.9 PJ Tucker-1.1+0.8-0.317051.12.9 Kevin Knox-2.1-1.7-3.81039-1.44.8 Jaylen Barford-1.7-1.8-3.5133-0.10.4 Joffrey Lauvergne-1.8-0.3-2.1771-0.50.6 Donte DiVincenzo-0.8-1.6-2.3701-0.24.9 Ty Lawson-0.6-1.6-2.1795-0.20.3 Omer Asik-3.5+1.0-2.5386-0.40.0 Rawle Alkins-2.2-1.5-3.8170-0.21.0 SG-1.1-0.8-1.9 2018-19 CARMELO projections, in one chart Glenn Robinson III-1.1-0.4-1.59140.22.6 Quincy Acy-1.4-0.4-1.81069-0.31.0 Aaron Brooks-1.7-2.0-3.8309-0.40.1 Frank Kaminsky+0.4-0.5-0.117870.75.7 Dirk Nowitzki-1.6+0.5-1.11134-0.20.4 JR Smith-0.7-1.4-2.11342-0.20.7 Amar’e Stoudemire-2.1+1.0-1.13120.00.2 Sean Kilpatrick-1.0-2.1-3.2763-0.50.4 Khem Birch-1.4+0.9-0.58890.11.9 E’Twaun Moore-0.3-1.3-1.618260.22.0 Andrew Harrison-0.5-0.6-1.115950.56.8 Juancho Hernangomez-0.5-0.7-1.18810.03.3 Rudy Gobert-0.7+4.7+4.121225.323.9 Anthony Brown-1.5-1.4-2.9440-0.31.4 Omri Casspi-1.4+0.3-1.28370.20.9 Isaiah Thomas+2.4-3.6-1.215150.42.1 Marcus Thornton-1.4-1.7-3.1401-0.30.2 Corey Brewer-2.4+0.5-1.9898-0.10.5 Bogdan Bogdanovic+0.4-1.6-1.219890.75.5 Rajon Rondo-1.0-0.4-1.413360.21.5 Dakota Mathias-1.3-1.5-2.8155-0.10.6 Dwight Howard-1.7+2.2+0.520721.03.0 Paul Millsap-0.5+1.9+1.316892.35.5 Justin Jackson-2.0-1.0-3.0256-0.23.5 Derrick White-0.5-0.2-0.71660.10.4 Issuf Sanon-1.2-1.3-2.5153-0.13.6 Anthony Davis+1.7+3.2+4.925738.242.4 Trevor Booker-1.6+0.7-0.911460.11.0 Jarell Martin-2.5+0.1-2.41274-0.91.2 Wayne Selden-0.8-1.6-2.4915-0.21.9 Jerryd Bayless-1.2-1.7-2.9798-0.50.3 Brandon Rush-2.2-1.0-3.3428-0.30.1 Richaun Holmes-0.8+0.8+0.011890.54.4 Richard Jefferson-2.2-1.5-3.6426-0.50.0 Jordan McRae-1.4-1.1-2.4325-0.20.4 Festus Ezeli-1.9+1.2-0.63520.00.7 Myke Henry-1.7+0.4-1.37550.02.4 Cedi Osman-0.7-0.7-1.39710.23.8 Dario Saric+0.7-0.3+0.422512.213.6 Chris Andersen-3.3+1.1-2.2312-0.30.0 Ekpe Udoh-1.6+3.7+2.15530.82.2 Lauri Markkanen+0.1-0.4-0.322691.017.4 Jamil Wilson-1.1-0.2-1.36030.01.4 Justise Winslow-1.3+1.1-0.118321.412.4 Jawun Evans-1.6-0.7-2.31115-0.43.5 Will Barton+1.0-1.0+0.021902.29.0 Aron Baynes-3.3+1.9-1.4972-0.30.4 Zhaire Smith-1.2-0.4-1.69200.015.3 Doug McDermott-0.6-2.0-2.61377-0.80.9 DeAndre Liggins-2.6+0.2-2.4680-0.20.5 Ben McLemore-1.6-1.4-3.01037-0.61.0 Boban Marjanovic-1.6+1.4-0.24490.00.8 Tyreke Evans+1.7-0.1+1.517173.110.4 The overall effect of these changes is, first, to boost the value of guards and wings relative to big men, and second, to increase the value of star players relative to average ones. (If you can sign a guy who’s only slightly below average for the minimum salary, you shouldn’t pay that much of a premium to grab a merely average player instead.) We think this brings CARMELO a little closer to how NBA teams actually value players.3This higher replacement level also implies that there are a fair number of sub-replacement-level players who get regular playing time in the league. We think this makes sense too; a lot of these players are in their first or second NBA seasons, and the NBA is a tough league for rookies — but getting them regular playing time is important to their long-term development. Also, let’s be honest: a handful of NBA teams each season are tanking, and may deliberately employ counterproductive players.One other small modification is that we now issue projections for American-born players who had little or no NCAA playing time, such as Anfernee Simons (who decided to forgo his college eligibility) or Michael Porter Jr. (who played only three games at Missouri because of injury).4The adjusted college statistics provided to us by ESPN’s Stats & Information Group for our rookie projections are calculated for the top 100 draft prospects only, so we also use this method for rookies who fell outside the top 100 but who nonetheless require a projection. These projections use a limited set of information — namely the player’s position, height, weight, age, draft position, and their career number of NCAA minutes played. (Our regular projections for rookies, by contrast, use NCAA stats that have been adjusted for pace and opponent quality, as provided to us by ESPN’s Stats & Information Group). Last year, we’d introduced similar projections for players who played in Europe (or another international league) rather than the NCAA; this is simply an extension of that system for players who neither played in Europe nor the NCAA.Finally, as a small token of appreciation our for people who made it through this entire story on methodology, here are our new CARMELO projections in capsule form, with a summary of 2018-19 as well as long-term projections for the more than 600 players in our system. Have fun browsing through the CARMELOs and enjoying the drama of the NBA offseason. Jaren Jackson Jr.-2.5+1.7-0.91456-0.117.9 Kyle Collinsworth-1.6+0.1-1.47330.11.7 Thomas Welsh-2.3+0.2-2.1219-0.20.7 Norman Powell-1.2-1.0-2.21034-0.21.9 Matthew Dellavedova-1.0-1.8-2.81056-0.60.7 Khris Middleton+1.3-0.5+0.823773.313.6 Shane Larkin-0.6-0.9-1.58980.12.3 Cole Aldrich-2.1+2.2+0.14880.11.0 Paul Pierce-3.4-0.3-3.8305-0.40.0 Jon Leuer-1.8+0.4-1.5892-0.20.7 Mike Dunleavy-1.5-1.4-2.9425-0.20.1 Thomas Robinson-1.8+0.3-1.5560-0.11.1 Josh Hart+0.5-0.7-0.317671.611.9 Danny Green-1.4+1.4+0.015621.54.4 Isaac Bonga-1.7-0.7-2.3166-0.14.7 Kevin Seraphin-2.6+0.2-2.3424-0.50.1 Briante Weber-1.0-0.7-1.75480.02.0 Randy Foye-2.4-1.1-3.5426-0.40.1 De’Anthony Melton-1.8+0.3-1.54510.19.4 Troy Williams-1.6+0.1-1.58010.02.7 Jusuf Nurkic-1.9+3.3+1.419192.013.5 Henry Ellenson-1.5-0.1-1.5707-0.22.7 Rodney McGruder-0.6-1.0-1.59580.22.0 Pau Gasol-0.9+2.3+1.415321.83.0 Cody Zeller-0.7+2.1+1.515111.99.5 Jose Calderon-1.2-1.1-2.3653-0.20.3 TJ Warren-0.1-1.4-1.519360.14.3 Tarik Black-2.6+1.1-1.6820-0.31.0 Tony Bradley-0.8-1.0-1.8233-0.21.0 Nikola Jokic+4.0+2.1+6.221818.349.7 Chris Johnson-1.8+0.9-0.9335-0.10.6 Channing Frye-0.3+0.1-0.26900.30.6 Marc Gasol-0.7+1.8+1.220751.84.5 Kirk Hinrich-1.7-1.7-3.4316-0.30.2 Wesley Matthews-0.7-1.1-1.91789-0.11.2 James Michael McAdoo-2.0+0.4-1.6394-0.10.8 Wilson Chandler-1.0-0.6-1.616300.01.3 Thabo Sefolosha-1.8+1.8-0.19970.91.9 Ramon Sessions-1.7-1.4-3.1546-0.40.1 Kevin Martin-1.4-1.4-2.9343-0.20.1 P.J. Hairston-1.4-1.0-2.4442-0.11.1 Salah Mejri-2.9+3.5+0.68790.51.0 Courtney Lee-0.4-1.2-1.717230.21.6 Doral Moore-3.1+1.0-2.1107-0.10.4 Derrick Williams-1.7-0.9-2.6483-0.40.3 Kevin Huerter-1.5-1.4-3.0793-0.57.6 Josh Huestis-2.8+0.7-2.1790-0.30.6 James Anderson-1.6-0.8-2.3314-0.10.5 Terrence Jones-1.6-0.1-1.7870-0.30.9 Sterling Brown-1.9-0.2-2.11001-0.13.3 Justin Hamilton-1.9+0.6-1.2703-0.30.5 Trey Lyles-0.1-0.2-0.316100.77.3 Donatas Motiejunas-1.9+0.6-1.4480-0.10.7 Justin Jackson-1.4-0.9-2.31525-0.63.5 Josh Smith-2.8-0.6-3.4296-0.30.0 Luke Babbitt-0.8-0.8-1.68280.00.9 Pat Connaughton-0.4-1.3-1.710990.12.5 Giannis Antetokounmpo+3.1+2.4+5.525589.857.3 Willy Hernangomez-0.8+1.3+0.511210.54.9 D.J. Wilson-1.3-0.5-1.7398-0.11.3 Jeff Withey-2.4+1.4-1.0393-0.10.3 Kent Bazemore-0.8+0.5-0.217401.65.2 Garrett Temple-1.5-0.3-1.812530.00.9 Darrell Arthur-1.7+0.3-1.4487-0.10.4 Nick Young-0.3-2.2-2.5902-0.30.3 Michael Beasley-1.1-0.5-1.61235-0.20.9 Dragan Bender-1.9+0.0-1.82020-0.810.2 Cory Joseph-0.3-0.9-1.218180.53.8 Jamal Crawford-0.9-4.0-4.9864-1.40.0 Evan Fournier+1.0-1.5-0.520041.47.1 Buddy Hield+0.9-1.4-0.519261.49.8 Emmanuel Mudiay-0.7-2.1-2.81429-0.93.1 Marcin Gortat-2.2+1.6-0.71639-0.20.8 Vince Carter-1.3-0.6-1.98550.00.4 Arnoldas Kulboka-2.0-0.5-2.5600.01.5 Eric Gordon+1.5-1.4+0.120102.26.3 Ron Baker-1.6-0.3-1.87240.02.2 Monta Ellis-1.8-0.8-2.6897-0.40.3 Jeff Green-1.2-0.7-1.91296-0.40.5 Dwyane Wade-1.4-0.6-1.911620.00.4 Austin Rivers+0.8-1.8-1.019730.95.4 Gerald Henderson-1.6-1.6-3.3650-0.50.2 Marcelo Huertas-2.0-1.7-3.7285-0.30.0 Nick Collison-2.0+0.1-2.0358-0.20.1 Lance Thomas-2.5-0.8-3.3879-0.90.1 Damyean Dotson-1.0-0.9-2.07420.02.0 Mike Miller-1.8-0.2-2.0395-0.10.2 Mike Conley+2.1-1.0+1.115232.46.1 Otto Porter Jr.+2.6+1.2+3.824157.037.7 Khyri Thomas-0.9-1.3-2.2353-0.12.6 Royce O’Neale-1.1+1.0-0.113111.06.3 K.J. McDaniels-1.5-0.5-2.0423-0.11.3 Plus-Minus (Points per 100 possessions) Trae Young+0.2-1.8-1.618070.116.6 Jakob Poeltl-0.8+2.1+1.315791.713.6 Spencer Hawes-2.0+0.8-1.2569-0.20.3 Carl Landry-1.9-0.1-2.0300-0.20.2 Ryan Arcidiacono-1.1-0.9-2.0626-0.11.9 Tim Duncan-1.7+1.5-0.24660.20.5 Aaron Harrison-1.3-0.7-2.06240.02.3 Alan Anderson-2.0-1.0-3.0280-0.20.0 Jeremy Lin-0.3-1.0-1.38700.21.0 Antonio Blakeney-1.2-1.6-2.8677-0.31.4 Evan Turner-2.2-0.2-2.31503-0.50.6 Dante Cunningham-1.9-0.2-2.11134-0.50.4 Andrea Bargnani-2.1+0.0-2.1328-0.20.0 Blake Griffin+2.0+0.5+2.420554.013.5 Taurean Prince-0.5-0.1-0.720091.18.7 Johnny O’Bryant III-2.1-0.2-2.4542-0.40.7 Alec Burks-1.1-1.0-2.1944-0.11.3 Ronnie Price-1.7-1.0-2.7314-0.20.0 Isaiah Canaan-0.5-1.6-2.1846-0.21.1 Lavoy Allen-2.2+0.1-2.1531-0.30.3 Nikola Vucevic-0.7+2.3+1.619672.28.3 Alex Caruso-1.6-0.2-1.78360.02.5 Tyler Ennis-0.8-0.6-1.49400.13.7 Jamal Murray+2.4-2.0+0.423732.926.2 Caris LeVert-0.1-0.6-0.618010.97.9 Gordon Hayward+2.1-0.4+1.711122.27.3 Jahlil Okafor-2.5+0.2-2.4898-1.00.7 Victor Oladipo+2.2+1.5+3.724897.738.0 Al Jefferson-2.7+0.6-2.1532-0.50.1 OG Anunoby+0.4+0.5+0.920572.927.5 Zach Randolph-1.5-1.4-2.91050-1.10.1 Jared Dudley-1.3+0.3-1.08140.20.8 Kyle O’Quinn-0.9+2.3+1.414041.76.6 Justin Holiday-0.7+0.0-0.618321.24.6 Collin Sexton-0.6-2.5-3.11254-1.08.3 Miles Bridges-1.3-0.9-2.21010-0.57.7 Abdel Nader-3.2-0.6-3.9525-0.70.4 Danuel House-0.9-1.3-2.2576-0.11.4 Brandon Jennings-0.4-1.6-2.0771-0.10.6 Kristaps Porzingis+0.0+2.3+2.320523.725.6 Malcolm Brogdon+0.7-1.1-0.417961.48.1 Julius Randle+0.4-0.1+0.320401.29.0 Chase Budinger-1.6-0.3-2.0289-0.10.4 Gary Harris+2.0-1.0+0.923883.722.1 PositionOffenseDefenseCombined C.J. Watson-2.2-1.2-3.4317-0.30.1 Just in time for the NBA’s free agent bonanza (headlined by LeBron James’s The Decision: Part III), FiveThirtyEight has re-launched CARMELO, our NBA player projection system, with forecasts for 2018-19 and beyond. Jordan Mickey-2.1+0.2-1.9537-0.21.2 Avery Bradley-1.0-1.3-2.21558-0.31.2 Anderson Varejao-2.9+1.2-1.7347-0.30.0 Ryan Anderson+0.4-1.2-0.816000.21.6 Maxi Kleber-1.9+0.5-1.51225-0.31.6 Jason Smith-3.0+0.4-2.6451-0.40.1 Jodie Meeks-0.9-2.0-2.9682-0.40.3 Rodney Purvis-1.9-1.7-3.6504-0.50.6 Devin Booker+2.0-2.4-0.422721.818.2 Arron Afflalo-2.4-2.2-4.6568-0.90.0 Rodney Hood+0.1-1.8-1.715990.23.2 Charlie Villanueva-2.6+0.0-2.6271-0.20.1 Dion Waiters-0.5-1.0-1.514130.32.3 Luol Deng-2.1+0.5-1.66300.00.4 Andrew Nicholson-2.3+0.0-2.3363-0.20.3 Jonathan Isaac-2.4+2.1-0.312960.713.1 Harrison Barnes-0.2-1.0-1.222590.13.0 Allonzo Trier-2.2-2.3-4.5118-0.20.2 Luke Kennard+0.2-0.7-0.517161.414.2 Kevin Hervey-1.6-0.7-2.3273-0.11.8 Kyle Kuzma+0.3-1.0-0.723190.58.4 Delon Wright+0.7+0.5+1.315412.513.0 Theo Pinson-1.5-0.7-2.31440.00.8 Marco Belinelli-0.1-2.2-2.41292-0.30.6 Danilo Gallinari+0.4-0.2+0.315661.54.0 Shaun Livingston-2.0-0.3-2.4855-0.30.4 Kelly Oubre Jr.-0.3-0.5-0.820260.99.6 Mario Hezonja-1.0-0.5-1.515510.15.5 Marreese Speights-0.7+0.0-0.68450.10.8 Josh Okogie-1.3-1.1-2.4823-0.29.6 Sindarius Thornwell-2.0+0.6-1.412860.45.4 Josh Richardson-0.2+0.6+0.422772.715.0 JaMychal Green-1.4-0.3-1.71536-0.51.2 David West-1.7+2.7+0.98000.81.2 Andrew Bogut-3.8+2.8-1.0443-0.20.2 Mo Williams-1.1-1.7-2.9334-0.20.1 Wayne Ellington+0.7-1.8-1.114710.62.3 Jae Crowder-0.1-0.4-0.419111.14.5 Trey Burke+1.2-2.8-1.611210.12.3 Archie Goodwin-0.3-1.4-1.75780.12.2 Domantas Sabonis-1.0+0.7-0.319960.68.9 Jonas Valanciunas-0.4+1.0+0.718351.16.0 Damian Jones-1.8-0.1-1.9590.00.1 Brandon Bass-2.0-0.5-2.4361-0.30.1 Patrick Patterson-0.6+0.5-0.113160.72.5 Kevin Garnett-2.3-0.1-2.4436-0.30.0 Bruce Brown Jr.-1.1-0.6-1.73320.03.2 Eric Moreland-2.6+2.7+0.18740.63.5 Troy Daniels+0.1-3.4-3.21136-0.80.7 Leandro Barbosa-1.4-1.7-3.1348-0.20.1 Rudy Gay-1.0+0.7-0.312020.72.0 Milos Teodosic-0.2-1.2-1.310810.31.5 Raul Neto-0.5-0.7-1.28440.22.4 Klay Thompson+1.6-1.1+0.623763.211.6 Jacob Evans-1.3-0.6-1.95640.06.2 Norris Cole-1.1-1.4-2.5314-0.10.2 De’Aaron Fox-0.6-2.0-2.52198-1.08.3 Ivan Rabb-1.1-0.2-1.3990-0.13.8 Lonzo Ball+0.4+2.1+2.524815.845.3 CARMELO NBA Player Projections: Our probabilistic forecast of what a current NBA player’s future might look like, based on similar players throughout history. See our projections for 2018-19 and beyond » Luis Scola-1.8-0.8-2.6376-0.30.0 Jeremy Lamb+1.1-0.7+0.418192.310.2 Meyers Leonard-1.0+0.3-0.7854-0.11.2 Shake Milton-1.6-1.4-3.1279-0.21.4 Jonas Jerebko-1.2+0.0-1.29230.10.8 Terrance Ferguson-1.2-1.5-2.81081-0.52.7 Alexis Ajinca-3.2+1.5-1.7456-0.30.2 Keenan Evans-1.6-1.6-3.2188-0.20.9 Patty Mills+1.4-1.9-0.517551.23.5 Josh Jackson-1.2-0.8-2.01884-0.37.9 Adreian Payne-2.1+0.5-1.6476-0.10.8 Ed Davis-1.7+1.5-0.212310.41.9 Sasha Vujacic-2.1-0.6-2.7301-0.10.2 Trevon Duval-2.4-1.8-4.2200-0.31.4 O.J. Mayo-1.4-0.6-1.93850.00.4 Markel Brown-1.4-1.3-2.7306-0.10.5 Hamidou Diallo-2.2-1.9-4.1331-0.41.8 Tomas Satoransky+0.4+0.0+0.416201.99.5 Draymond Green+0.9+3.4+4.323327.028.6 Mirza Teletovic-1.2-1.1-2.4466-0.30.1 The basics of the system are largely similar to previous years, with the backbone of CARMELO remaining an algorithm that compares current players to past ones who had statistically similar profile through the same age. For instance, Utah Jazz phenom Donovan Mitchell is similar to players such as Gilbert Arenas, Ray Allen, Stephen Curry, Ben Gordon, Victor Oladipo and O.J. Mayo through this early point in their respective careers. Some of those players (Allen, Curry) became superstars, while others (Gordon, Mayo) didn’t really pan out. The combination of those good and not-so-good outcomes gives us a probabilistic forecast for the rest of Mitchell’s career.In a moment, I’ll describe the (relatively minor) changes to CARMELO this year, but first, a quick word about how the system did last season.How CARMELO Performed in 2017-18In the regular season, CARMELO performed very well, as its preseason projections were the second-most accurate of the 20 projection systems tracked by the statheads at the ABPRmetrics message board. It also correctly predicted the Warriors defeating the Cavaliers as the most likely NBA Finals matchup (not that this was a bold take, exactly).CARMELO was also among the most accurate regular-season prediction systems in its debut year in 2015-16, although it was one of the least accurate in 2016-17. What accounted for these differences? In 2015-16 and 2017-18, CARMELO used a combination of Real Plus-Minus and Box Plus/Minus to make its forecasts, whereas in 2016-17 it solely used BPM. (CARMELO uses a mix of two-thirds RPM and one-third BPM rather than weighting them equally.) While we’ll want another two or three season to know for sure, we strongly suspect that the RPM/BPM blend outperforms BPM alone.In addition to our preseason projections, we update our projections for teams — though not for individual players — during the season using a version of the Elo rating system. (These are our so-called “CARM-Elo” projections.) In contrast to our preseason projections, these in-season projections sometimes seemed pretty hinky last season, at least when it came to forecasting the NBA playoffs. Despite an adjustment that was meant to give extra credit to teams with more playoff experience, the system seemed to overcorrect based on how teams finished out their regular seasons — getting too bullish on the 76ers and Raptors, for example, and too bearish on the Warriors and Cavs.One potential shortcoming is that whereas our preseason projections use depth charts and projected playing time for each team, the in-season updates do not. For instance, they had no way to account for Curry’s injury late in the regular season and subsequent return in the second round of the playoffs. One solution could be to continuously update depth charts (and CARMELO player projections) throughout the season instead of just at the start of the year. We’re examining alternatives; just know, for now, that we think the preseason CARMELO projections are pretty smart, but that our Elo-based method for updating them during the season might require some rethinking.What’s Different In CARMELO for 2018-19The major fix to CARMELO this season isn’t a change in how the system projects players, but rather in how it values them. Like many modern statistical systems, CARMELO uses a notion of the replacement-level player in calculating player value. A replacement-level player, in theory, is someone who is freely or cheaply available, e.g. a G League player or someone signed to a contract for the league minimum salary.How good, or bad, are these sorts of players? They’re below-average — but it turns out they’re not that far below average. Over the past four seasons, players signed to minimum-salary contracts or two-way contracts subtract about 1.5 points per 100 possessions from a team’s scoring margin1According to our RPM/BPM blend from above. Also, note that this calculation is weighted by their playing time. Part of the benefit of picking guys up off the waiver wire is that you can churn through them quickly, cutting bait with unproductive players at little expense but occasionally finding a hidden gem, which helps raise the weighted average for these types of players., relative to an average player — somewhat better than the -2.0 points per 100 possessions that CARMELO had assumed before. Moreover, we found that the quality of replacement-level players differs quite a bit by position. As the NBA shifts to smaller lineups, it’s relatively easy to find reasonably productive bigs on the waiver wire (see my colleague Chris Herring’s story on the sad saga of Roy Hibbert). But it’s harder to find good wings or point guards. Thus, our calculation of wins above replacement is now position-based, using the values you see in the table below.2For players who split their time across multiple positions, we use a blend of his positions to calculate replacement level. Luka Doncic-1.0-1.2-2.21271-0.321.2 Dillon Brooks-0.7-0.6-1.222750.69.2 Dennis Schroder+1.4-2.4-0.920910.96.7 Kay Felder-1.0-1.8-2.8528-0.32.1 Jonathon Simmons-1.3-1.2-2.51452-0.60.9 Dwight Powell-0.6+1.5+0.916111.57.4 Allen Crabbe+0.4-1.6-1.219800.74.6 Tobias Harris+1.2-0.5+0.724692.711.6 Ivica Zubac-1.9+1.4-0.5960-0.14.0 Tiago Splitter-2.4+0.2-2.3255-0.20.1 Yante Maten-2.6-0.4-2.9173-0.20.6 Davon Reed-1.6-0.8-2.4597-0.22.5 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson-0.8+0.8+0.019311.611.2 Stanley Johnson-1.3+0.7-0.619261.011.6 Nik Stauskas-0.7-1.4-2.11059-0.12.2 Jordan Hill-2.0+0.3-1.8283-0.10.2 Emeka Okafor-2.7+1.8-0.9313-0.10.2 Okaro White-1.6-0.1-1.7511-0.20.8 Cheick Diallo-1.5+0.0-1.5864-0.22.1 Wes Iwundu-2.7-0.1-2.81091-0.72.0 PF-1.4+0.3-1.1 Nikola Mirotic+0.7+0.8+1.518382.610.9 Reggie Bullock+0.1-0.6-0.514951.15.0 Wendell Carter Jr.-1.4+0.7-0.61215-0.215.1 Bobby Portis+0.2-0.8-0.515760.56.2 Quinn Cook+0.1-2.3-2.3882-0.21.5 DeMar DeRozan+2.4-1.5+0.923313.511.6 Alex Abrines-0.1-1.4-1.511370.33.5 CJ Miles+0.2-1.4-1.211570.31.4 Isaiah Hicks-2.1-0.3-2.4532-0.40.9 Frank Mason-0.1-1.9-2.01160-0.22.5 Kenneth Faried-1.0-0.3-1.3874-0.10.8 Ryan Kelly-2.0+0.2-1.72900.00.8 Derrick Rose-0.8-2.2-3.0883-0.60.2 Andrew Wiggins+0.8-1.6-0.826251.413.2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist-1.3+0.7-0.517961.17.5 D’Angelo Russell+1.5-1.7-0.218341.615.5 Jamel Artis-1.9-1.0-2.9518-0.30.9 Aaron Holiday-0.9-2.2-3.1547-0.42.2 Alec Peters-0.9-0.4-1.26540.02.3 Lance Stephenson-1.0-1.7-2.71163-0.60.7 Treveon Graham-1.0-0.9-1.99450.02.3 Jalen Brunson-0.9-2.4-3.2415-0.41.6 James Harden+6.6+0.1+6.7249611.853.8 Bryn Forbes-0.4-2.3-2.71084-0.51.5 Deron Williams+0.0-1.3-1.39080.20.8 Ben Simmons+2.5+2.3+4.825248.865.5 Player▲▼Off. +/-▲▼Def. +/-▲▼Tot. +/-▲▼Min.▲▼WAR▲▼7-Year Upside▲▼ Keita Bates-Diop-1.7-0.5-2.2255-0.21.1 Semi Ojeleye-3.1-0.9-4.01008-1.60.5 Dzanan Musa-1.7-0.6-2.4224-0.15.9 Cristiano Felicio-2.3-0.4-2.7965-1.10.4 Kyrie Irving+4.2-1.7+2.622515.326.2 TJ Leaf-1.1-1.2-2.3780-0.51.8 Brandon Paul-2.1+0.0-2.1627-0.11.1 JJ Redick+1.4-2.3-0.917571.02.5 Kosta Koufos-2.3+1.5-0.81239-0.11.2 Lonnie Walker IV-1.6-1.8-3.4749-0.65.9 Alonzo Gee-2.2-0.1-2.3330-0.10.2 Tim Frazier-1.0-0.7-1.710160.11.7 Donovan Mitchell+2.2-0.1+2.126745.945.6 Damjan Rudez-1.6-0.5-2.1335-0.10.1 JaKarr Sampson-2.4+0.7-1.7619-0.11.2 Patrick Beverley+0.3+0.1+0.414541.74.3 Tyus Jones+1.7+0.2+1.818373.629.1 Tyler Ulis-0.7-2.1-2.81487-0.83.0 Raymond Felton-1.2-1.2-2.31001-0.30.4 George King-1.7-1.8-3.5125-0.10.2 Mikal Bridges-0.9+0.1-0.811030.513.2 Luc Mbah a Moute-1.9+1.4-0.613710.61.8 Al-Farouq Aminu-0.7+1.9+1.120072.710.0 Cameron Payne-0.4-0.9-1.310770.24.0 Daniel Theis-1.3+1.9+0.612820.74.4 Pablo Prigioni-2.4-1.3-3.7364-0.40.0 Brian Roberts-1.7-1.8-3.5299-0.30.1 Chandler Hutchison-0.9-1.0-1.9539-0.13.8 Semaj Christon-2.0-1.6-3.7516-0.60.6 Rodions Kurucs-1.9-0.5-2.41170.02.5 Kyle Korver-0.2-1.0-1.210530.41.2 Deyonta Davis-1.7+0.3-1.41100-0.42.7 Andre Drummond-0.5+2.9+2.524633.919.8 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander-1.1-0.8-1.91109-0.114.0 Caleb Swanigan-0.7-1.6-2.2218-0.10.8 Malachi Richardson-1.1-1.0-2.2685-0.12.3 Manu Ginobili-1.7-0.4-2.1776-0.10.3 Kyle Singler-2.4-0.5-2.9300-0.20.1 James Ennis III-1.0-0.4-1.413720.22.2 Jarrett Allen-1.6+1.6+0.016890.412.0 Mindaugas Kuzminskas-2.8-1.3-4.1268-0.40.1 DeAndre Jordan-0.3+2.2+1.920942.79.1 Malik Newman-1.8-2.3-4.1147-0.20.4 PG-0.7-1.0-1.7 Kevin Durant+3.6+0.7+4.322016.827.3 Kyle Lowry+4.3-0.2+4.123197.528.2 Omari Spellman-1.6+0.2-1.4452-0.13.8 Dwight Buycks-1.4-1.0-2.4449-0.20.6 * Upside is a measure of WAR where values lower than zero are treated as zero instead. That is, it doesn’t punish a player for being below replacement level, but does reward him for being above replacement level. The 7-year calculation reflects the 2018-19 through 2024-25 seasons. read more

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NFL draft Taylor Decker picked up by the Detroit Lions with the

Former OSU offensive lineman Taylor Decker (68) blocks defender during a game against Illinois on Nov. 14 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Detriot Lions have selected former Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker with the 16th pick of the 2016 NFL draft.Decker surprised many when he decided to return to the Buckeyes for his senior season. The move appears to have paid off, as the Vandalia, Ohio, native was named the 2015 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and became the seventh offensive lineman drafted out of OSU in the last decade.The three-year starter for the Scarlet and Gray played in a total of 54 games. Decker started at left tackle for all three of these seasons, while helping OSU have one of the most potent and effective running games in the Big Ten and NCAA.In 2014, Decker was instrumental to the Buckeyes’ offense, helping the team amass 3,967 yards rushing. In all, he played 1,034 snaps during the championship season.During his senior year, the Buckeyes averaged 245.2 rushing yards each game, which was tops in the Big Ten. Decker led the team as an efficient blocker, as well as a mentor. He was named a team co-captain by his teammates at the start of the season.A first team All-American this past year, Decker rose some eyebrows by producing less-than-stellar numbers at the NFL combine. However, this did not deter the Lions from selecting the offensive tackle.As noted by ESPN’s Jon Gruden immediately following the selection, Decker will most likely be making the transition to the right side of the line as opposed to the left side, where he started for the Buckeyes last year.Detroit struggled with protecting Matthew Stafford last year, as he was sacked 44 times last season, just one less than the previous season. With the selection of Decker, the Lions are hoping to lower this number. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball drops Nebraska 6356

The Ohio State men’s basketball team defeated Nebraska in Lincoln Saturday night, 63-56, to keep a pair of streaks alive. With the win, the No. 11-ranked Buckeyes extended their winning streak to four games. In the process, OSU advanced to 17-4 on the season and 7-2 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes also remain perfect against their newest conference foe. Since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011, OSU is 4-0 against Nebraska. Nebraska proved to be a much tougher opponent than it was in the teams’ first meeting, in which OSU dispatched the Huskers, 70-44, at the Schottenstein Center. This time around, Nebraska gave the Buckeyes all they could handle for a good portion of the first half, and it even led a couple of times. In the closing minutes of the half, however, OSU mounted a 15-4 run, which seemed to drain some energy out of the home crowd and the Huskers, while giving OSU all the momentum. The Buckeyes carried that momentum into the second half, and expanded their lead to as much as 15 points. But the resilient Huskers would not go away. Nebraska slowly chipped away at OSU’s lead, in large part because of senior center and defensive anchor Andre Almeida. The 6-foot-11, 314-pound Almeida made it difficult for OSU to find easy looks in the paint, and as the Buckeyes struggled to find scores, Nebraska cut the margin to five points with just over a minute left to play. The Huskers couldn’t knock down a few open shots in the closing minute, however, and OSU put the game away from the free throw line. Nebraska falls to 11-12 on the season and to 2-8 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes received sporadic production from junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who scored 15 points but struggled while doing so. The Big Ten’s leading scorer connected on just 6-of-18 shots, as he was constantly doubled-teamed and harassed by Husker defenders. While Thomas was fairly inefficient with his scoring, Lenzelle Smith Jr. was anything but. The junior guard made all six of his field goal attempts for a game-high and season-high 21 points. After struggling to put away one of the Big Ten’s bottom feeders, the Buckeyes will now move into what could be their toughest week of the season. The Buckeyes will embark upon a pair of contests, against No. 1 Michigan on Feb. 5 and No. 3 Indiana on Feb. 10. This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: February 3, 2013 An earlier version of this story misspelled Andre Almeida’s name in the seventh paragraph. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball playing with a chip on their shoulders

Sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Decker (68) gets set to block a defender during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe No. 24 Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to put a halt to a five-match losing streak, but will have to take down another top-15 opponent to do it.The Buckeyes, in the midst of a 2-7 start to Big Ten play, are scheduled to face No. 13 Nebraska at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena.Coming off a three-set loss to No. 2 Penn State, freshman setter Maggie Heim said in an email that she and her teammates will have to keep their heads up in order to end their losing streak.“Keeping a very positive demeanor both on and off the court is huge,” she said. “Our energy and passion for the game will play a big role in a quick bounce back.”Heim said the 3-0 loss at Penn State “revealed many things that we need to work on.” She also said she has “no doubt” the Buckeyes will be able to get back in the mix by the end of their conference schedule.OSU started the season 12-0 in non-conference play before dropping then-No. 10 Michigan at home in its first Big Ten match, but have since slid down not only the conference rankings, but the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.A win against Nebraska is likely the only thing that could keep the Buckeyes, once ranked as high as No. 12, from falling out of the poll completely.While it would help the team’s standings, junior setter Taylor Sherwin, who has recently been splitting time with Heim, said in an email it would “feel awesome” and spark the team for the rest of the season if they could get a win against Nebraska.Junior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said in an email a victory over Nebraska at home would feel even better than beating the Cornhuskers 3-1 on their home court last season.In the short term, the Buckeyes recognize that they have to improve their offensive efficiency. The team hit minus .030 in the loss to Penn State, and Winner said they know how to get it done.“Keep working as a team on our tempos and holding blockers on the other side of the net to get open looks,” she said.Heim said the Buckeyes have to take a new mindset heading into the Nebraska match.“Playing with a chip on our shoulder like we have nothing to lose will also help,” she said.While the Penn State match marked the end of three games on the road, OSU will only be back in Columbus for a single match. The Buckeyes head back out on the road for matches against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., Nov. 1. read more

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Ohio States Noah Brown on a different level than last fall

Sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown is 1 of several OSU receivers expected to see significant playing time this season. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOn the outside or in the slot, Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith wants sophomore Noah Brown ready to play.“I told him going into spring, ‘The mentality right now is to get you ready to start at all three spots,’” Smith said during a Tuesday press conference.Brown arrived in Columbus ahead of last season as a 240-pound H-back and earned playing time in 11 games. But he finished the year with just one catch for nine yards and one carry for a loss of four yards.But after playing as an H-back throughout the Buckeyes’ national championship campaign, Smith said Brown has transformed physically, and his performance has taken off this spring.“Noah Brown’s probably had as good a spring as I could have wanted,” Smith said. “He’s dropped 25 pounds, he’s on a different level than he was in the fall, so I’m really, really pleased with where he’s at.”Just as Brown has transitioned into a standout performer during practice, the first nine sessions of spring football have been a period of change for the entire OSU wide receiver corps.The Buckeyes return their leading receiver — redshirt-junior Michael Thomas — but lose their top deep threat in Devin Smith and a jack of all trades in Evan Spencer. On top of the departures, Thomas is sidelined after undergoing a sports hernia surgery, and junior H-back Dontre Wilson, redshirt-freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and redshirt-sophomore wide receiver James Clark are all recovering from injuries.Even though the injuries are holding some of OSU’s top receivers off the field, Smith said some young players have a chance to step up.“I feel good about the reps that the other guys are getting,” he said. “It’s giving other guys an opportunity to improve that maybe you wouldn’t have gotten as many opportunities as they would have.”But unlike Brown, Smith said not every young OSU receiver has proven they are ready to step on the field during the regular season.“Young guys like (redshirt-freshmen) Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin, they’re still working,” Smith said. “Every day they’re going out and blowing out. They’re grinding to get better, and they’re not there yet.”While those players are still working toward an opportunity to contribute, Smith added that players like Brown and redshirt-sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall are getting a chance to practice on the outside and in the slot. He said that gives OSU a chance to put its top threats on the field at once.“Kinda like Jalin,  (Brown) has that flexibility so that when we need to get the best three on the field, whoever that is, I can plug them where we need to and they’ll be really good at it,” Smith said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to conclude spring practice with the annual Spring Game on April 18 before taking on Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., to open the 2015 season. read more

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ESPNs Stephen A Smith talks sports journalism and the game of life

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke to students at an event hosted by OUAB on March 30 at the Ohio Union. Credit: Courtesy of OUABIn a collaborative event with Block ‘O,’ OUAB hosted ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith Thursday night at Ohio State.In front of a sold-out crowd of more than 1,700 people at the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union, Smith spoke to those in attendance about ESPN, journalism in the 21st century, and the ‘game of life.’Prior to his talk with moderator Dr. Lanier Holt — an assistant professor in the School of Communications — Smith sat down with The Lantern for an exclusive interview, covering a number of topics, including why he first started in the sports industry.“If you are about the business of acquiring information, then you’re prepared for anything,” Smith said. “It came down to my abilities as a journalist, my ability to acquire information and to be in constant pursuit of the truth. As long as I’m doing that and I’m fair-minded and morally sound in the process, then I’m good.”Smith has long been known as an impassioned, no-nonsense personality. His career changed in 2012 when he joined ESPN’s First Take, a sports debate show that allowed Smith to fully showcase his talents.He continues to be a staple of the show to this day despite the departure of former co-host Skip Bayless.“I enjoy it,” Smith said. “I have a career, and there’s a difference between a job and a career. A job is doing what you have to do to maintain and elevate your quality of life. A career is doing what you want to do. It just so happens to do the same as a job. That want to is incredibly important because then you don’t feel like you’re working, so you’re in position to do more things.”It’s no secret that Smith has been the subject of much controversy throughout his career, controversy that began well before his time with First Take. While his straight-shooter approach might have made him a lightning rod of sorts, there isn’t a single thing Smith would change about himself.“It’s very, very important to me,” Smith said. “It’s what built my career. I wasn’t this way when I got on television. I wasn’t this way when I became a columnist. I became a columnist and got on television because I was this way. That’s what got me here. I don’t want to be any other way, and I make sure my audience knows that every time they see me.”Smith added that he understands why some think his takes are controversial.“I’m fearless, and it seems as though some think I don’t take the ramifications or consequences into consideration. They’re wrong, I do. I consider everything. I just believe that the truth will set you free. The closer I get to the truth, the better I feel. If I feel I’m being phony in any way, literally a sickness overcomes me.”When his talk with Dr. Holt began, Smith provided a backdrop of who he was and why he was speaking at OSU.“I don’t run from anything,” Smith said. “A lot of times when you see hesitancy in some matters, that’s ESPN, not me. They want you to monitor what you address and how you address it. My response to them is that it’s all intertwined. There’s no separation between sports and the outside world.”Smith graduated in 1991 from Winston-Salem State University – a historically black college in North Carolina – and soon began his career as a sports journalist. He emphasized the importance of getting a college education, which is a validation of potential in his eyes.“You need to understand that you’re here to get an education,” Smith said. “Your degree is a piece of paper that says you can read, write, and comprehend. It validates and authenticates your potential. What you do with it is on you.”Getting that degree is the easy part, though. It’s the mentality that you adopt afterwards that’ll make the difference between success and failure in life, Smith said.“Everything in life comes with a price,” he said. “You can pay now, or you can pay later, but you’re going to pay. The sooner you adopt that mentality, you’ll have a one-up on everyone else. The real world that awaits, and they don’t care about you. It’s filled with the haves and have nots, and there are a lot more have nots floating around.”Switching gears midway through the night onto Ohio sports, Smith stated that the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James is not only the best small forward to ever play in the NBA, but that Buckeye fans need not worry about the future of their football team.“I’m not worried about it,” Smith said. “(Coach) Urban Meyer is 61-6 since he’s been at OSU. I imagine that they can win the National Championship. I expect it to be between OSU and Michigan for the Big Ten title. You have (an) elite program here. ”Smith ended the lively night with a question and answer session with the crowd. It was the inside details about his personal life that made the biggest impact on second-year sophomore Wyatt Crosier.“I kind of thought it’d be all about sports,” Crosier said. “I really liked how he really motivated me. He was really funny, and I loved the event’s format. It was a great night.”As the crowd continued to hang on Smith’s every word, he delved deeper into his beliefs and personal life. Smith didn’t mince words when describing why he is the way he is.“I was born with a passion,” Smith said. “I mean what I say and I say what I mean. I try to speak intelligently and I don’t make excuses. Reasons are reasons why things happen. Excuses are made when you’re trying to get absolved of what you’ve done. I’m not trying to get anything absolved.” read more

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Mens Basketball Penn State rains on No 13 Ohio State from 3

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) blocks a shot in the first half of the game against Penn State on Jan. 25 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThough Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was questionable to start Thursday night’s game against Penn State with an illness, he was able to start for the Buckeyes, and when the team needed him most. With his team trailing by nine points with just over a minute left in the game, Bates-Diop made back-to-back 3s to bring Ohio State to within three. Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate made a layup to bring the game to within one point. With 15 seconds left and two made free throws by Penn State, Ohio State put all of its hopes of extending its win streak on the shoulders of Bates-Diop, who made a back-breaking 3-pointer with five seconds left to tie the game and seemingly send the game to overtime. Somehow, it was not enough. Sophomore guard Tony Carr banked in a buzzer-beating 3 to win the game for Penn State 82-79. No. 13 Ohio State (18-5, 9-1 Big Ten) was outscored 44-42 in the second half, dropping its first conference game of the season to Penn State (14-8, 3-5 Big Ten). Penn State was led by Carr, who finished the game with 28 points, five rebounds and five assists, shooting 9-of-12 from the field. Senior guard Shep Garner made 4-of-5 shots from 3 to finish the game with 14 points. For the majority of the game, the Buckeyes seemingly had nothing but rim-rattlers and near-makes from 3-point range, while Penn State made 11-of-14 from beyond the arc. But Ohio State finished the game strong on 3-point shooting thanks to the makes by Bates-Diop, going 7-for-15 overall. Bates-Diop finished with a team-leading 25 points. The two teams came out of halftime trading leads with five changes in the first four minutes. Penn State finally settled in with a 48-43 lead after going on a 6-0 run off three straight turnovers. The Nittany Lions added to that run with two more free throws after senior forward Jae’Sean Tate’s third foul of the night and Ohio State’s sixth of the half in just under five minutes of play.Trailing by 10, Ohio State made a push with a layup from Tate and redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich. But Penn State with responded with a 10-4 run to bring the score to 67-54 and seemingly push the game out of reach. Tate finished the game with 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Penn State came out of the gate untouchable from beyond the arc, draining five straight 3-point attempts — all from the wing and a few steps behind the line — to take an early 16-6 lead after the first media timeout. Bates-Diop subbed out earlier than normal at the 14:49 mark in the game. He had missed his first shot before being replaced. Tate provided the Buckeyes with all their points during Bates-Diop’s one-minute long absence, drawing two fouls in the paint and making four free throws.After falling behind 20-8 with 14:13 left in the first half, Ohio State went on a 17-9 run to draw the game to within four points. Penn State added a point on a free throw, but Bates-Diop knocked down a wide-open 3-pointer and floated a tear-drop jump-shot from the paint to tie the game at 30.Ohio State closed out the first half on a 4-0 run to draw the game to 38-37 while Penn State limped to the halfway mark without scoring in the last 2:27 of the half. read more

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Pc tried to sabotage close female friends marriage by framing her husband

first_imgA police officer who had a close friendship with a married woman tried to make her split with her husband by attempting to frame him, a disciplinary panel heard.Pc Anthony Gillard struck up a relationship with Mrs H after the breakdown of his own marriage and they told each other their “deepest and darkest” secrets.But when she decided to give it another go with her husband he tried to sabotage their relationship.He used the force computer to track down Mr H and performed several “high-risk” checks on his car over six months in 2014 by pulling him over. He opened a log, recording the male had been drinking and taking drugs after a search of his vehicle – in the hope he would be arrested by another officer.The officer concealed his real motivations by failing to notify colleagues of his personal connection to Mrs H, a disciplinary panel heard on Friday, November 25.A panel ruled that the actions of Pc Gillard were outside of his extant policing duties and amounted to gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.Pc Gillard, of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, separated from his wife in May 2013 and confided in Mrs H over fears of losing his four-year-old child.Mrs H also told the officer of her own relationship woes and the claimed abuse and bullying at the hands of her husband, a disciplinary panel heard.But Mrs H reconciled with her husband and moved back in with him, much to the disgust of Pc Gillard.He was “desperate” for Mrs H to leave her husband and even tried to send her a photo of Mr H flirting with a blonde woman in a local pub, a panel heard.He used the force automatic number plate recognition system to track down Mr H and performed several “high-risk” checks from May 2014 to November 2014.Avon and Somerset Constabulary barrister Elliott Gold said Pc Gillard carried out the surveillance on Mr H in the hope he would drive a wedge between the couple.Mr Gold said: “It was not a moment of passion it was a relationship that developed and unfolded slowly between the two of them.”All of the searches and actions were primarily by this officer, firstly not for proper policing purposes and further to that they were for personal purposes.”Defending, Richard Shepherd dismissed claims that Pc Gillard was so consumed by the “special relationship” that he went out of his way to harass Mr H to earn her favour.But police bosses ruled that the searches carried out by Pc Gillard, who previously had a 20-year unblemished career, were not for a legitimate policing purpose.When approached, Pc Gillard declined to comment. It was not a moment of passion it was a relationship that developed and unfolded slowly between the two of themElliott Goldcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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