Month: January 2018

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Super Bowl 52 odds: Patriots early betting favorites over Eagles

The Patriots, to no one’s surprise, are the early favorite to win Super Bowl 52 over the Eagles on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.

One initial point spread lists New England as 5 1/2-point choice over Philadelphia.

The over/under (total points scored) was set at 47.5, which would indicate something like a 28-20 Patriots win if the favorite covers and the over hits.

I don’t want to take anything away from Philadelphia, Boston coach Brad Stevens said. They certainly made us look poor. If you’re not going to own your own space, then you’re going to turn the ball over.

The Celtics had no answer for Embiid, who was 10 for 19 from the floor and 6 of 7 at the foul line. He also had six assists and blocked two shots.

The Sixers forced 19 turnovers and outrebounded the Celtics 41-31 while avoiding a season sweep.

It’s been a trend for us the last two games. For whatever reason, we’ve been sloppy on offense, Horford said. Other teams are putting pressure on us and speeding us up a little bit and we’re not handling it too well.

The Colts did the Browns a favor in Week 17 of the regular season with their 22-13 win over the Texans (4-12). Thanks to a draft-day trade, the Browns own the Texans’ first-round pick, which is fourth overall after they lost to the Colts. That trade allowed the Texans to move up from 25th to 12th to select former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Browns then took Jabrill Peppers with the 25th pick.

The Browns also have Houston’s second-round pick (35th overall) thanks to the trade that sent Brock Osweiler to the Browns, who waived Osweiler before the regular season began.

There weren’t a lot of positives, except we also secured the No. 4 draft pick, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said after the team’s 28-24 loss in Pittsburgh to complete just the second 0-16 season in NFL history. So we’re excited to see what (general manager John Dorsey) can do with the draft picks we’ve accumulated as well as what we can do in free agency.sabres_1100


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Tom Brady to cameraman: ‘F— out the way’

Tom Brady had some choice words for a cameraman while taking the field Sunday for the Patriots’ AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars.

Brady’s frustration with the cameras continued, as he appeared to use profanity when asking for a group of them to be removed from the field.

We don’t play again until Wednesday, so I have some time to think about how to fix this, Van Gundy said. We just don’t play hard on a consistent basis. We’ve fallen behind early, but even when we had a great start on Friday (against Washington), we didn’t keep it going.

The Nets led 53-48 at halftime. The Pistons had one offensive rebound in the half, slowed by Drummond’s three fouls.

The Jaguars have made only two previous AFC championship appearances — in 1996 and 1999. They lost both, but this year’s group is confident it can pull off another upset following last weekend’s surprise 45-42 divisional win at Pittsburgh.

The Eagles and Vikings have a combined six Super Bowl appearances between them but no championships in the Super Bowl era. The winner of Sunday’s NFC championship will hope to rectify that.

While the Jaguars have been impressive in beating the Bills and Steelers, the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots present their biggest challenge.

Bortles has been far too inconsistent throwing the ball to trust the Jaguars at Gillette Stadium against a seasoned team like the Patriots, even with QB Tom Brady nursing a sore throwing hand.sabres_1398


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2018 NFL Draft order: Picks 1-30 set before Super Bowl 52

The Browns clinched the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Christmas Eve. They secured the fourth overall pick on New Year’s Eve.

The Eagles and Patriots, the top two seeds in each conference, will hold the final two picks after punching their ticket to Super Bowl 52.

We’ve got a long way to go, a lot of work to do, and we’re anxious to get after it.

The Giants (3-13), who ended the season with an 18-10 win over the Redskins, will pick second overall while the Colts (4-12) have the third pick. The Broncos (5-11), Osweiler’s current team, will select fifth.

The Jaguars went from the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft to a final four pick in the 2018 draft by reaching the AFC championship game. After losing to the Patriots, they will have the fourth-to-last pick in the first round — 29th overall.

The first 20 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft were set before the playoffs. Picks 21-24 were decided after the wild-card round. Picks 25-38 were locked in with the divisional round. The Chiefs (10-6), who won the AFC West, do not own a first-round pick after trading it to Buffalo (9-7) to move up to 10th in the 2017 draft to select former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Bills will pick consecutively at 21 and 22.

New England is 10-2 against the spread in its last 12 games, although it failed to cover Sunday as a 7 1/2-point favorite in the AFC championship game against the Jaguars.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, continues to cash as a home underdog. It won outright Sunday while getting three points in the NFC title game against the Vikings. That makes three consecutive underdog wins for Nick Foles-led Philadelphia.

We knew that it was going to be the same team. It wasn’t going to be any new plays, Embiid said. We were just physical. Last time they played us when they had that comeback, they were more physical than us. So tonight I think we were more physical than them.

Boston played without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who rested a sore left shoulder. Al Horford and Marcus Morris each scored 14 points.

After winning seven in a row, Boston has lost two straight.patriots_113_f059ffba91275395-180x180