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Yep, Raekwon McMillan of the Dolphins was named after Wu-Tang member

Ohio State Buckeyes star and Miami Dolphins draft pick Raekwon McMillan was named after a leading member of the legendary rap group, Wu-Tang Clan. Ask the young man himself. Raekwon, aka The Chef aka Shallah Raekwon aka Lex Diamond, inspired the linebackers mother:

David Robertson Limited Jersey Yeah, some of his old-school stuff is pretty cool, McMillan responded when asked if he likes Raekwons music. My mom liked the name, the Wu-Tang clan and all of that. She liked the rap name, not his real name, but his rap name. So thats what she named me.
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McMillan is more of a Meek Mill fan, but he does have one special request from the rap star — and you can help.

Tabors performance at the NFL Combine was bad, but his pro day might have been worse. At the Combine, Tabor ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds, managed just nine reps on the bench press and wasnt all too impressive in either the vertical or broad jump — all after insisting he was the best player in the draft, not just the best cornerback.

Then he was even slower at Floridas pro day, running an unofficial 4.75 40. Finally the Bengals have another edge rusher opposite Carlos Dunlap with the addition of Derek Barnett, a polished player who could make his presence felt early. The team also lucks out at the top of the second round by getting the Mike linebacker it needs in the middle of the defense.

That time Donald Trump urged someone to draft Johnny Manziel right away

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Hello, heres the president barking out an NFL draft take that sure felt reasonable at the time.

The many college football fans who wanted the Heisman winner to go early? They surely sided with the reality TV man at the time, and everyone else was howling for Jerry Jones to take Texas native Johnny Manziel, if only for max entertainment purposes.

But, yeah, it sure didnt work out. Manziel had eight starts for the Cleveland Browns before his NFL career likely ended for good, throwing seven picks for seven touchdowns. Hes out of the league after his off-field worries reached far more concerning levels.
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Despite those career changes, Manziel does have some social media guidance for Twitters most famous resident. Anderson was overshadowed a bit at Alabama because he was surrounded by NFL-caliber talent, but he was productive. He finished his final season with 61 tackles, 19 TFL, nine sacks, three pass breakups and one interception which he returned for a touchdown. He may have been a reach here, because he was projected as a third or fourth rounder, but hell be NFL-ready and should contribute immediately.

Hes a little slender for a safety, and hes a hard hitter with speed, but he misses a lot of tackles. Thats something that the Buccaneers really cant afford. Theyll hope to correct his technique and make him more reliable.

the NCAA will let teams hire a 10th assistant coach

Your favorite college football team is about to put another assistant coach on the field. Today, the NCAA passed a measure to allow teams to have 10 assistant coaches, to be hired by schools, effective Jan. 9, 2018.

College coaching staffs have grown and grown under the surface in recent years with the use of types of shadow assistant staffs of analysts and quality control coaches.

Since then, USC has had at least three head coaching candidates turn down offers: Stanford associate head coach Kate Paye, Florida Gulf Coast head coach Karl Smesko, and former Long Beach State head coach and USC alumni Jody Wynn, according to Swish Appeal.

Inside the first 30 days of searching, Paye was the top candidate until she turned down the offer.

Next, the program reached out to Smesko and Wynn with reports widely suggesting that Smesko was the top choice. During the time when interviews were expected to take place, shortly after the finalists were notified, Swann was seen in Augusta at the Masters.

It didn’t sit well with Wynn, a former USC player and assistant coach, that she wasn’t the target of the Trojan’s search, according to Swish Appeal, and she instead accepted a position as the Washington Huskies head coach. Smesko later turned down the offer as well.

Part of the reason USC may have failed to close the deal was because of its incredibly low salary offers. While Illinois’ new head coach, who was hired away from a D3 school, received $500,000, USC was reportedly offering $350,000.

Now, nearly a month-and-a-half since Cooper-Dyke left, USC fans are questioning how much or even if women’s basketball is a priority for Swann, who was largely hired to revive the football program.

Swish Appeal reported that Duquesne head coach Dan Burt and Cal State L.A. head coach Cheryl Miller are names circulating the rumor mill of who may finally step in and coach the Power 5 school. The search shouldn’t be this difficult.
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Late Steve Ott hit leads to Canadiens-Rangers brawl in Game 2

The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers totaled a mind-boggling 98 hits in Game 1. They were too busy trying to hurt each other to bother scoring.

The goals came early in Game 2, but the truly hard hits waited until the second period. The Canadiens killed off a Rangers power play, but center Steve Ott made a late run at Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello that led to a near-brawl.
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That wasnt nearly enough to sate Belichicks thirst for impact players. He traded away a fourth-round pick to move up and grab Bethel Johnson in the second, then he re-acquired the selection when cornerback Asante Samuel fell down the draft board. All things considered, trades in 2003 wound up acquiring seven starters for 2004 and beyond.

Authentic Womens Luke Kuechly Jersey Ott actually found himself outside of the scrum as it erupted. Habs defenseman Jordie Benn threw punches at Zuccarello, while Shea Weber tangled with Rangers forward J.T. Miller. Miller and Weber earned five-minute fighting majors, Benn and Zuccarello earned two-minute roughing minors, and Ott earned nothing. Montreal got a power play out of it.

Hockeys rules are sometimes weird and uneven with their justice dispensation. New York leads the series, 1-0, and trailed 2-1 at the time of the chaos. The nine teams above produced just eight combined performances at the 25th percentile or lower; Colorado State had three of them. The Rams were dramatically inconsistent, losing to Colorado by 37, to Wyoming by 21, and to Idaho by 11, but also beating San Diego State by 32 on the road and playing nearly perfect ball against New Mexico and Fresno State.

Did we ever decide on a nickname for Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum?

For his part, Butler tried to take the attention in stride. His goal against Thomas is to set the tone early in the matchup, while keeping a body on the diminutive guard.

“Be physical,” Butler said. “If I foul, I foul. Don’t foul too many times. Challenge every shot. Contest everything at the rim. We all know what he does for that team and what he’s done this year putting the ball in the basket. I think I can guard anybody. Especially if that’s what my team needs me to do. However long it is, however many minutes, I’m out there to do that. This is what playoff basketball is about and you got to be ready.”

Jonathan Drouin Womens Jersey Wade, who scored 11 points in Game 1, has been open about the fact he has to take a backseat to Butler’s game. He’s just hoping to help Butler out when he needs a boost from his teammates.

“When I came here, in my [introductory] press conference, I said it was Jimmy Butler’s team,” Wade said. “And we’ll ride Jimmy until we can’t ride him no more. And then when they’re ready to ride me, I’m ready. At this point in the year it’s all about doing whatever it takes to win, and each game is different. You don’t know what kind of defensive coverage they’re going to throw at him [Tuesday]. So we all got to be prepared but, whatever it takes.”

Did we ever decide on a nickname for Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum? We suggested Junior Splash Bros at SB Nation a while back. Maybe we just call them the Splash Sons, or Splash Relatives, or Splash Cousins, or Splash-in-Laws.
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It was $1.8 million for the winner in both 2015 and 2016, up from $1.44 million the year before that. The total purse for the field has increased over the years, too. It was $10 million last year, and a jump from $10 million to $11 million is significant even when divided up among every golfer to make the cut.

The Saints just scored their most impressive win of the season in Week 11

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The Vikings, meanwhile, are 2-7 and holding onto slim mathematical odds of making the playoffs. They do have some momentum from a 34-27 win over the Washington Redskins last week, however. Christian Ponder entered the game with a tentative grasp on the starting quarterback job, but solidified his role with a 17-for-21 passing, 2-touchdown performance. He suffered a dislocated shoulder late in the game, but appears on track to play.

Game Mens Wallace Gilberry Jersey If the passing game can keep the secondary honest, Adrian Peterson will have a chance to gouge the Seahawks on the ground. Seattle ranks 15th in the NFL giving up 111 yards rushing per game at 4.2 yards per carry. Peterson is averaging 4.5 yards per carry this season despite non-existent support from the passing game for much of the year.

The Saints just scored their most impressive win of the season in Week 11, besting the San Francisco 49ers, 23-20. That game was a hard-fought defensive battle, and the 49ers were one of the few teams to even partially contain quarterback Drew Brees. New Orleans has the No. 2 passing attack in the NFL, throwing for 321.9 yards per game on average.

They’ll be looking to do more of the same when they take on the Falcons, though that poor run defense is a solid opportunity to give Mark Ingram more carries, as the Saints surely want to do. Ingram broke out in Week 10, putting up 145 yards on 14 carries against the Dallas Cowboys, but the 49ers presented a stiff test. The Falcons are a much easier target in that regard.

Maybe the Texans haven’t won yet under Keenum

This list, as with any kind of rankings, is subjective. The SB Nation NFL staff worked together to create it. We put a great deal of thought into it, but you will inevitably disagree with it. That’s fine. Save your tweets. We know. This is merely a guide to help the world keep track of which free agents are signing where.

The final salary cap for 2017 has now been set at $167 million. That’s a jump of nearly $12 million over last year’s $155.7 million cap. That’s consistent with the annual bumps we’ve seen since the 2011 collective bargaining agreement went into effect.

*Yes, Tony Romo was not technically a free agent, but he was kinda available until he decided to retire and take a job with CBS.

We’ll keep this list updated with players who get cut as well as for who’s signing where and for how much. So keep checking back.

Why was Keenum benched on Sunday against the Raiders? Seriously, just why?

Maybe the Texans haven’t won yet under Keenum, but they’re a hell of a lot more competitive. He wasn’t bad enough on Sunday to justify being benched in the third quarter.

Not everything works completely well on SmackDown, though — Dolph Ziggler has mostly been wasted, Dean Ambrose has spent much of the last year treading water, the tag team division is a mess — though it’s little better on RAW — and talents like Curt Hawkins and Apollo Crews seem largely pointless in the current structure of the roster. It will be interesting to see how the draft this summer changes the two rosters, with someone like Ziggler seeming likely to do better on RAW, and AJ Styles looking ready to try to anchor the “big” show in the company. RAW, meanwhile, has wrestlers like Sami Zayn and Rusev who could likely thrive with a little more breathing room to work with on SmackDown.
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The NCAA added that after a “reluctant” vote allowing consideration of championship bids in North Carolina

Because what happened to Tony Romo in his decision on Tuesday to exit the Cowboys and the NFL is what happened to Drew Bledsoe in 2006 in Dallas. Romo took Bledsoe’s job back then, rekindled the franchise, and after that season, Bledsoe retired.

One swift kick deserves another among NFL brethren. And that includes rotten kicks, too.

The NCAA added that after a “reluctant” vote allowing consideration of championship bids in North Carolina, the NCAA championships that had been previously given to the state for 2017-18 will remain there.

The board, however, directs that any site awarded a championship event in North Carolina or elsewhere be required to submit additional documentation demonstrating how student-athletes and fans will be protected from discrimination.
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Limited Benny Cunningham Jersey The ACC also took away its championship events until further notice, including the ACC’s football championship game (the men’s basketball tournament was already scheduled to be in Brooklyn this year and next year). The conference will be the next organization to decide on the repeal compromise law. Last week, the conference’s commissioner released this statement.

A couple of explosive backs, an experienced line, and a deep receiving corps? For an offense that works quickly and distributes the ball to a lot of weapons, that’s a strong list of assets. There’s just one thing I didn’t mention: a quarterback.

Nick Mangold is still available, and although he is coming off of an ankle injury, he should be able to provide stability at center. The team also showed interest in John Sullivan, who started all 16 games for the Vikings in each 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons before landing in Washington for a one-year deal.

Who they could still target in the draft: The Rams don’t even have a first-round pick this year thanks to the trade up to select Goff with the first pick in 2016. They’re also missing a third-round selection, which complicates things a bit for Los Angeles if the team is looking to the draft to add to its O-line.

Star Lotulelei was among the most picked apart prospects leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft

Alfonzo Dennard underwent a knee procedure that will keep him from playing Sunday against one of the best offenses in football. The New England Patriots will rely on Aqib Talib and Kyle Arrington at quarterback to shut down Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and the Denver Broncos.

Fortunately for the Patriots, the Broncos may be without Wes Welker, who still has to pass NFL protocol after suffering a concussion last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. If Welker sits, it will make life much easier for a shorthanded Patriots’ secondary.

Star Lotulelei was among the most picked apart prospects leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. He was a prime target as a player who was highly ranked coming into the season. A health scare at the NFL Scouting Combine caused him to drop to the Carolina Panthers, and they couldn’t be happier.

Authentic Youth Mikael Granlund Jersey Loutlelei is already one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL, regardless of age. He’s stepped in and dominated for the Panthers from day one, like most would have expected before the pre-draft nitpicking took place. The New England Patriots found out first hand on Monday Night Football the type of impact Lotulelei can have on the game.

Authentic Youth Lanny McDonald Jersey It would be one thing if Loutlelei could only attack an offense from one spot. He would be limited by scheme, which would have explained his draft day fall. On Monday night, Lotulelei showed how his skills can transcend scheme. He’s capable of lining up all over the defensive line and making life a living hell for offensive lines from every spot.

Take his sack for example. Lotulelei is lined up as a 3-technique, which is an excellent use of his length and burst. The Patriots refuse to recognize his presence, and Lotulelei makes him pay.