Tom Brady Gave Chase Young Memorable Gift After Playoff Matchup

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Chase Young asked, Tom Brady delivered.

Fulfilling a request from the standout rookie defensive end, Brady gifted Young a signed jersey after his Tampa Bay Buccaneers dispatched Young’s Washington Football Team in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs.

“Chase, best of luck!,” Brady wrote on the red No. 12 jersey.

The quarterback also snuck in a reference to their alma maters’ storied rivalry, writing “Go Blue :)” beneath his signature. Brady is a Michigan alum. Young played at Ohio State.

Both players on Saturday shared a photo of the signed jersey on social media.

The Brady-Young battle became a major storyline after the latter called out the former following Washington’s Week 17 win. Brady decisively won that matchup, throwing for 381 yards and two touchdowns while Young, the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year favorite, was held without a sack, tackle for loss or QB hit.

The two exchanged compliments after the game, with Young also asking Brady for his jersey.

[email protected] @youngchase907 pic.twitter.com/uwC6HSIZhA— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 12, 2021

Brady’s Bucs will visit the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night in the divisional round.

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Why Patriots Fans Should Recognize This Rams Two-Point Play Vs. Packers

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A bit of trickeration helped the Los Angeles Rams narrow their deficit in Saturday’s divisional-round matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

After a Cam Akers touchdown cut Green Bay’s lead to nine late in the third quarter, Rams coach Sean McVay dialed up a good ol’ hook-and-lateral on the ensuing two-point conversion.

Quarterback Jared Goff fired a screen pass to receiver Van Jefferson, who then flipped the ball to an uncovered Akers. Akers waltzed into the end zone, pulling LA to within seven.

The trickery on the 2pt [email protected] pull within 7. #NFLPlayoffs: #LARvsGB on FOX: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/nMJSN7Rn8Z pic.twitter.com/UviVUuG7nm— NFL (@NFL) January 16, 2021

New England Patriots fans watching at home likely recognized that play design. The Miami Dolphins ran a nearly identical play against New England in Week 15.

Miami’s — which featured a throw from Tua Tagovailoa to Isaiah Ford followed by a pitch to Salvon Ahmed — also resulted in a successful two-pointer.

Hook & Ladder two-point conversion #FinsUp: #NEvsMIA on CBS: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/EJLjYXQNy2 pic.twitter.com/K1PJgQOZBu— NFL (@NFL) December 20, 2020

Patriots offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor was quick to spot the similarity.

That Rams 2 Point Conversion looks hella familiar— Jermaine Eluemunor (@TheMainShow_) January 16, 2021

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NFL Odds: Aaron Jones’ Bettors Rejoice After Packers’ Star Shines To Start Second Half

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Those who placed bets on Packers running back Aaron Jones can breathe a little easier after Green Bay’s first possession of the second half against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Packers star running back hit not one, but two different prop bets on the six-play, 75-yard possession during the NFC Divisional Round game on Saturday.

Jones started the second half by taking a handoff 60 yards up the middle on the first play after the intermission. The fourth-year standout surpassed his rushing-yard prop (68.5) with the run, and nearly did it in just that one carry. Ultimately, Jones tallied 63 yards of the possession after a modest first half of 22 rushing yards, a start which may have made some over bettors nervous.

What a way to open the second half.Aaron Jones goes 60 YARDS. #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs: #LARvsGB on FOX: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/nMJSN7Rn8Z pic.twitter.com/VQavaq2iYX— NFL (@NFL) January 16, 2021

Those who took the rushing prop weren’t the only to benefit, however.

Jones, who eclipsed 1,100 yards during the regular season, also capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. It was his first score of the game, helping all those who bet him to score at anytime (-106), which was practically even money.

Jones was +650 to score the first touchdown of the game, but that honor went to All-Pro receiver Davante Adams, who was 5-to-1 entering the game.

Jones’ touchdown earned the Packers a 25-10 lead over the Rams merely three minutes into the second half.

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox Close To Deal With Martín Perez

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The Boston Red Sox did not pick up starting pitcher Martín Perez’s option following the abbreviated 2020 season.

But that doesn’t mean they ruled out bringing him back.

According to reports from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and MassLive’s Chris Cotillo, the Red Sox are close to an agreement to keep the free agent in a Boston uniform.

Free-agent left-hander Martín Perez close to agreement with Red Sox, source tells The Athletic. Deal will be for one year with a club option. Red Sox had declined Perez’s $6.85M option on Nov. 1.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 16, 2021

Source: Red Sox have a deal with Martin Perez, pending physical.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 16, 2021

Perez gets $4.5 million with a $6 million option or $500k buyout for 2022. https://t.co/tmHZuuhIM3— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 16, 2021

In 2020, Perez was Boston’s most reliable starter, especially with ace Eduardo Rodriguez unexpectedly missing the season due to complications from COVID-19 and the time Nathan Eovaldi missed.

Perez went 3-5 last season with a 4.50 ERA.

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Future Patriots? Rams-Packers Playoff Game Could Feature Potential Additions

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On-field fit is only part of the equation when the New England Patriots are scouting potential additions.

How a player will acclimate to the Patriots’ culture is also essential. That’s why Patriots head coach Bill Belichick allows coaches and executives who have worked closely with a player to heavily influence New England’s pro and college scouting.

Saturday’s divisional-round playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers features players familiar to two men Belichick could seek recommendations from this offseason in former Patriots quarterbacks coach, and now Arizona head coach, Jedd Fisch and current scouting consultant Eliot Wolf.

Fisch was on the Rams’ staff in 2018 and 2019. Wolf was an executive with the Packers from 2004 to 2017 before leaving for the Cleveland Browns from 2018 to 2019.

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Here are some potential free agents at positions of need who could interest the Patriots this offseason from the Rams, Packers, and Browns, who play Sunday:

WR Josh Reynolds, RamsWR Rashard Higgins, BrownsTE Robert Tonyan, Packers (restricted free agent)TE Gerald Everett, RamsC Austin Blythe, RamsC Corey Linsley, PackersDT Larry OgunjobiCB Kevin King, PackersCB Terrence Mitchell, Browns

The Patriots have obvious needs at wide receiver, tight end and defensive tackle. They could need a center if David Andrews leaves in free agency. The Patriots also could find themselves shallow at cornerback if Stephon Gilmore or JC Jackson are not retained.

Reynolds, Tonyan and Everett are perhaps the most intriguing names on that list. The Patriots would need to part with a draft pick to acquire Tonyan since he’s a restricted free agent.

The Patriots added former Denver Broncos and Rams players after offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels returned after stints with both teams. They also acquired a slew of former Browns after Belichick’s close confidant Mike Lombardi was fired as Cleveland’s general manager.

Don’t be surprised if the Patriots use the Rams, Browns or Packers as their latest farm systems.

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Ravens Vs. Bills Live Stream: Watch AFC Divisional Round Game Online, On TV

Two of the AFC’s star young quarterbacks will go head to head in Buffalo on Saturday.

The Bills are set to host the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs. It’ll pit two bright young talents against one another in Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson.

After securing a Wild Card spot, the Ravens advanced by beating the Tennessee Titans in their first postseason game, while the Bills snuck past the Indianapolis Colts.

This is the furthest the Bills have advanced in the playoffs since 1995, so they are, in a way, playing with house money.

Here’s how to watch the Ravens-Bills game online and on TV:

When: Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8:15 p.m. ETTV: NBCLive Streams: FuboTV — free trial | NBC Sports Live

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Twitter Reacts To James Harden’s Absurd Weight Loss Ahead Of Nets Game

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NBA fans got to see James Harden in a Brooklyn Nets uniform for the first time Saturday.

And the seven-time All-NBA selection looks, well, different.

Check it out:

James Harden: Brooklyn Net pic.twitter.com/H9VhSsUVB9— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 16, 2021

James Harden shows off his new @BrooklynNets threads!: 6:00pm/et: https://t.co/Laecx0phzX pic.twitter.com/4rYvJglLu0— NBA (@NBA) January 16, 2021

Harden, you may remember, had quite the ending to his Houston Rockets tenure before he landed with the Nets as the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade earlier this week.

Among the many aspects, like calling out the franchise after his last game in Houston, was Harden’s overall appearance. Harden, as many around the league noted, seemed to let himself get out of shape entering the 2020 season. Some not-so-appealing photos surfaced within the last few weeks, but Harden looked nothing like said photos ahead of his Nets debut Saturday.

It caused Twitter to have quite the reaction:

James Harden really finessed all of us. pic.twitter.com/IEIlUOHtdl— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) January 16, 2021

James Harden from 12/15-1/16. pic.twitter.com/NZqaa8kdUh— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 16, 2021

How’d he get skinny again— Murda (@MurdaTV) January 16, 2021

Where did all that weight go man?— Marcus (@marc_nairn) January 16, 2021

ayo my guy lost 30 pounds in 2 days how the hell— James Harden Burner (@Harden13Burner) January 16, 2021

He got traded and just removed his fat suit.— Ralph Tedesco (@RalphTedesco) January 16, 2021

Literally looks 25 pounds lighter— Willy Shanks (@_will_lfc) January 16, 2021

Harden and the 7-6 Nets will take the floor Saturday against the Orlando Magic, and NBA fans will be able to see how the newest Brooklyn star fits with fellow former NBA MVP Kevin Durant… among other things.

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Celtics Injury Report: Kemba Walker Upgraded To Questionable Vs. Knicks

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Kemba Walker provided little clarity about his timeline for a return after he was a full participant at a Boston Celtics practice for the first time on Thursday.

He was medically cleared to return last week, but on Saturday the team had to cancel practices and postponed games as almost half its roster entered the NBA’s Health and Safety protocols.

This likely delayed his return to game action, too. But, maybe not as much as we may thought.

Boston on Saturday released its injury report ahead of its game against the New York Knicks on Sunday.

And for the first time all season, Walker was listed as questionable. In the chance that he were able to make his season debut against the Knicks, he’d be on a team-enforced minutes restriction to ensure he doesn’t overdo it.

Daniel Theis (right middle finger sprain) and Tacko Fall (left ankle sprain) joined the injury report, while Jayson Tatum, Robert Williams, Carsen Edwards and Romeo Langford all remain out.

Here’s the full report:

#NEBHInjuryReport continued (2/2):Daniel Theis (right middle finger sprain) – QUESTIONABLEKemba Walker (left knee injury recovery) – QUESTIONABLERobert Williams (Health & Safety Protocols) – OUT— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 16, 2021

The Celtics take on the Knicks at TD Garden at 1 p.m. ET.

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2021 Stanley Cup Final Predictions

Welcome to Puck Drop Preview 2020-21, where Last Word On Hockey gives you a detailed look at each team from around the NHL leading to the start of this hockey season and offers our insight and analysis. Make sure to stick around until the end of the series, where we’ll offer our full predictions for the standings in each division, and eventually our 2020-21 Stanley Cup pick. Today the series finishes with the 2021 Stanley Cup Final Predictions.
2021 Stanley Cup Predictions
This is a very interesting year for predicting a Stanley Cup winner. With all-new divisions and the fact that we know each division will provide one final four teams, it makes predictions a lot different. Last year, the Tampa Bay Lightning were a heavy favourite to win. And they actually ended up winning too, which doesn’t usually happen. However, it shows how hard it is to repeat from year to year. They are still one of the most favoured from markets, but our writers don’t see them repeating.
The overwhelming favourite this year appears to be the Colorado Avalanche. 18 of our 24 writers selected them to go to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final. A shocking 13 of those people selected them to win as well. No one picked Tampa, but five people had them returning to the finals. The Vegas Golden Knights also got four selections as winners. Making the West a very interesting division to keep an eye on as the 2019 Champs also had one vote. Bringing the total up to 18 of 24 people selecting a winner from that division.
Teams Looking to Break Through
The Carolina Hurricanes appear to be another very trendy pick this year. They have to go through Tampa theoretically if they wish to win. However, two people have them winning it all and six have them losing in the final. The Hurricanes have a very solid roster but to even more of a degree of Colorado, goaltending will be the biggest question mark. Still, these two teams are not a bad bet.
Other teams mentioned here are the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were selected twice to win and three other times to make it to the final. The Leafs have an easier division this year, it will be interesting to see if their upgraded defence and added veteran depth can carry them farther than they have been in decades. The Montreal Canadiens were the only other Canadian team selected.
The only other teams mentioned were the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers, both of who have solid and older rosters. It will be very interesting to see how things go down in this crazy season. Maybe the biggest surprise was no one selecting the Dallas Stars. Possibly because of their early-season COVID and injury troubles. Who do you think will make it to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final? Let us know down below!
Breakdown of Writer Voting

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2021 Men’s Tennis Predictions: New Generation Takes Over or Big 3 Dominance?

It finally happened. For the first time since 2016, someone not named Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer won a Grand Slam title. Granted, Djokovic had to get himself disqualified for it to happen, but it happened nonetheless. That, followed by Daniil Medvedev’s scintillating unbeaten run to victory in the ATP Finals in London gives rise to an important question.  As the 2021 tennis calendar kicks off in earnest, we must once again ask whether it is finally the start of the end for the “Big 3.” So, has the new generation finally arrived? Or was 2020 simply a slight lull for three of the greatest men’s tennis players of all time? We take a look at what you can expect this year.
2021 Men’s Tennis Predictions
The old guard still going strong
In 2021, the “Big 3” won two of the three Slams available (Wimbledon was cancelled due to coronavirus). This was despite the fact that Federer missed two and Nadal chose not to defend his US Open title. Only two other Grand Slam finals since 2004 haven’t featured at least one of the “Big 3.” (The 2014 US Open final saw Marin Cilic defeat Kei Nishikori. In 2016, Andy Murray defeated Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon final.) As such, you could be forgiven for thinking their vice grip on men’s tennis might be loosening slightly.
However, Djokovic didn’t lose a tour-level match in 2020 before defaulting at Flushing Meadows, so I think it’s fair to say that a bit of luck played its part in ending that streak. The question is: Will 2021 bring the start of a new dominant streak for the “Big 3,” or will more newcomers make their debut in Slam finals in the near future? To answer that, we need to understand just how difficult it is to win a Slam off the “Big 3.”
Since 2004, only five men (Thiem is now the sixth) have won a Grand Slam outside of the “Big 3.” In fact, the timeless trio account for 56 of the 67 Slams titles since then. They won at least three every year except 2016, when they won two. Of the five men to best them in that time, only Andy Murray was a consistent threat to their rule. The fact that there was, for a time, the concept of a “Big 4” is a testament to just how effective his challenge was. Stan Wawrinka also won three Slams, but is not his unplayable best consistently enough to be considered a regular threat. The fact is, only Murray upset the status on a regular basis over the last 17 years. How close then are the next generation to doing the same?
New kids on the block
Of the new generation, those considered likely Slam winners in the near future are Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Dominic Thiem. I also want to give special mention to Jannik Sinner and Felix Auger-Aliassime, who both show heaps of talent. Both look like safe bets to be contenders for big trophies in the years to come. However, they are not quite ready to be in this conversation just yet. A good place to start when assessing the four contenders listed above is to compare where they are now with where the “Big 3” were at their age. Let’s start with Zverev. Of the 4, he showed the most promise at the youngest age.
Zverev won the ATP Finals at 21. He won his maiden Tour-level title at 19, and many had him tipped as the next big thing in tennis. He appeared to be the first real threat the “Big 3” would face since Murray was sidelined with injury prior to the 2018 Australian Open. Relatively speaking he’s done well, with three Masters 1000 titles and an ATP Finals win. However, he underperforms in Slams, only reaching his first final last year at the US Open. Before that final, he had made only two quarterfinal appearances and one semifinal appearance. Pretty poor returns for someone ranked consistently in the top five or six in the world for the last four years. In comparison, each of the “Big 3” had won a Major by the time they were 21, and they carried on winning them.
By the time they reached 24–the age Zverev turns in April–Djokovic had two Grand Slam victories to his name. Nadal had six already, and Federer had five by 24. Nadal and Federer had reached No.1 in the world by then, with Djokovic first earning top billing a few months later. I think it’s safe to say then that Zverev doesn’t stack up to them when comparing the early years of their careers.
Thiem, Medvedev, and Tsitsipas
As for Thiem, he is already 27 and won his first Slam four months ago. He was a relatively late bloomer, considered a clay court specialist until recent years. He has shown he can go toe-to-toe with the “Big 3” on occasion. However, his recent battle with Djokovic at the ATP Finals shows there is still a gulf in quality between Thiem and the “Big 3.” Thiem won the match, but Djokovic was massively off his game and still had a 4-0 lead in a third set tiebreak he should have won. The same was true in Australia earlier in the year. Once Djokovic found his game, Thiem couldn’t keep up. It appears, then, that Thiem and Zverev are unlikely to be serious challengers for Grand Slams. What about other two challengers in Tsitsipas and Medvedev?
Medvedev turns 25 in February and is yet to win a Grand Slam, having made only one final. He does have 3 Masters 1000 titles and an ATP Finals to his name, but doesn’t seem to possess the game required to regularly be in the mix for Grand Slam titles, particularly given how hard-court oriented his game is.
Tsitsipas does little to change the narrative either, as he is yet to reach a Grand Slam final. He has an ATP Finals win to his name, but little else of significance. In fact, like Zverev, he has developed a reputation for underperforming at the four big tournaments (see his first-round exit in Wimbledon 2019). It looks like this crop of young talent is unlikely to change the Grand Slam narrative in the near future. Perhaps hope can be found in the fact that the old guard are starting to ease off the gas?
Change in the near future?
Unfortunately, on closer inspection, that line of thinking only brings more bad news for the young hopefuls. Federer won in Australia in 2018 at 37, and should have won Wimbledon in 2019 at 38. (Sorry, Djokovic fans. Federer choked, but that’s a matter for another time). Djokovic and Nadal are six and five years his junior, respectively, and there is no reason to think they cannot continue dominating the game for three or four more years at least.
In reality, that means three of the four Slams available are essentially locks (Australia for Djokovic and Roland Garros for Nadal are mere formalities, and you can ask Federer how hard it is to put Djokovic away at Wimbledon). That leaves the US Open. The Slam that has seemed the most open in recent years, but a Slam each of the “Big 3” have still had success on and so still no easy feat to win. Where does that leave the future of men’s tennis then?
Well, if you’re a fan of exciting tennis then keep watching. New players like Jannik Sinner, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Dennis Shapovalov have bought flare and personality to the sport in bunches. If, however, you’re hoping to see an end to the dominance of the “Big 3,” I suggest you come back in three or four years and try again then. Otherwise you can pray that Andy Murray makes it back to his peak level. Once he shakes of the recent setback of a positive COVID-19 test, hopefully we’ll then have a “Big 4.”
For now, sit back and enjoy what should be another year of brilliance from three of the best ever to step onto a tennis court. 2021 may not be different, but it will still surely be spectacular.
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