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Sources: Philadelphia 76ers set to hire Daryl Morey to run operations

Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is finalizing a deal to become the Philadelphia 76ers’ new president of basketball operations, sources told ESPN.

A formal announcement is expected as soon as this week, sources said.

General manager Elton Brand is expected to remain in his current position, and new coach Doc Rivers is a proponent of the hiring, sources said. Rivers and Morey have a long history and strong relationship.cheap nfl replica jerseys8

Morey has long been a target of 76ers ownership, turning down a chance to run the team two years ago before signing an extension with the Rockets.

In the aftermath of Houston’s elimination from the league’s Orlando restart, Morey approached owner Tilman Fertitta with the idea of leaving the job and the sides quietly worked through an exit agreement to conclude his 13 seasons running the franchise’s basketball operations.replica nfl jerseys china

Discussions with the Sixers started soon after, sources said, and escalated this week, with Morey traveling to Philadelphia to meet with ownership, sources said.

Stephen Silas to be new head coach of Houston Rockets, sources say

The Houston Rockets are hiring Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas to become the franchise’s next head coach, sources told ESPN.

Silas and the Rockets agreed to a four-year contract Wednesday, and a formal announcement was expected soon, sources said.

Silas will replace Mike D’Antoni, who left after his contract expired at the end of the season.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Silas sold the Rockets on his offensive ingenuity and a strong family history in 20 seasons as an NBA assistant under highly regarded head coaches such as Rick Carlisle and Steve Clifford. His experience coaching elite guards — including Luka Doncic, Stephen Curry and Kemba Walker — is expected to serve him well with the Rockets, shaping his own system around James Harden and Russell Westbrook.7

“A great hire for the Rockets,” Carlisle said. “Stephen did a great job for us here in Dallas helping us get back to the playoffs. Thrilled for him and his family.”

Silas is the son of former NBA player and coach Paul Silas, and he worked for his father early in his career with Charlotte. They become the fifth father-son combination to be NBA head coaches.

Stephen Silas, 47, will be the first hire of new Rockets general manager Rafael Stone, who recently replaced Daryl Morey.

The Rockets hope to have John Lucas return to their coaching staff under Silas, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

Lucas was a finalist for the head-coaching job and is immensely respected throughout the organization, from ownership to the locker room. Lucas served as director of player development in Houston under D’Antoni and could have a more prominent role under Silas.cheap nfl replica jerseys

The Rockets want to build a veteran staff to assist the rookie head coach, and the Houston Chronicle reported that the team also has targeted former NBA head coaches Nate McMillan and Jeff Hornacek.

Silas built a strong reputation in the league for his even-tempered and likable style through the years. He is an Ivy League graduate, having attended Brown University.

Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton suffers concussion in loss to Washington

Already without starting quarterback Dak Prescott due to a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle, backup Andy Dalton was forced out of the Cowboys’ 25-3 loss to the Washington Football Team in the third quarter due to a concussion on Sunday.

“We need to be much better, and we’re running out of time,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

Dalton, who was making his second start in place of Prescott, took a hit to the head from linebacker Jon Bostic as he slid to the turf with 6:22 to play in the third quarter. Bostic was ejected from the game; Dalton went straight to the locker room for further examination and was replaced by rookie Ben DiNucci.

Before the injury, Dalton completed 9 of 19 passes for 75 yards. He was sacked three times and lost a fumble on the Cowboys’ first possession, which led to a safety. He had one pass intercepted on a throw that was behind running back Ezekiel Elliott and tipped into linebacker Cole Holcomb’s hands.nfl cheap jerseys nike

According to a team spokesman, Dalton was alert and doing much better than he was when he came off the field following the hit. He was in “good spirits” and will be flying home with the Cowboys.

McCarthy said he was not pleased with the passive reaction teammates had to the Bostic hit.8

“We speak all the time about playing for one another, protecting one another,” McCarthy said. “It definitely was not the response you would expect.”

Asked what he thought of when he saw Dalton get hurt, Elliott said, “Just how s—ty this year has been. Yeah, just how bad this year has been. But we’ve still got time left. We’ve got a big division game next week [at the Philadelphia Eagles]. So, I mean, we’ve got to go out there and find a way to win.”

But there was little hope the Cowboys (2-5) were going to come from behind to beat Washington with Dalton or without him.

Washington had more rushing yards on its first two series than it had averaged in the first six games. The Cowboys allowed three plays of more than 20 yards in the first half, pushing their total to 30 allowed for the season, including a 52-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Allen to Terry McLaurin, who ran by rookie Trevon Diggs for the score that gave Washington a 22-3 lead after two quarters.

It was the fourth time the Cowboys trailed by at least 17 points at halftime this season.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Washington finished with 208 yards rushing, led by Antonio Gibson’s 128 yards on 20 carries. It marked the third time in the past four games the Cowboys have allowed at least 200 yards on the ground.

“We’re ticked off,” Dallas defensive end Everson Griffen said. “I feel like everybody is tired of it. I feel like in order to do something about it, we have to do it as a team.”

The Cowboys’ offense also got little done, working with an offensive line in tatters with Tyron Smith and La’el Collins out for the year and Zack Martin missing Sunday’s game because of a concussion. The Cowboys’ starting line consisted of Cameron Erving, Connor Williams, Tyler Biadasz, Connor McGovern and Terence Steele, who had combined for just 35 starts with the team entering the game.

They could not hold up against Washington’s formidable front, which kept Elliott in check, while Dalton was unable to get the ball downfield.

In two games without Prescott, the Cowboys have scored two field goals and one touchdown. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Sunday marked the first time the Cowboys had just one receiver catch a pass in a game since Sept. 27, 2015, when Cole Beasley had four receptions in a loss to Atlanta.

Struggling New York Jets QB Sam Darnold gets pep talk from Adam Gase

Coming off one of the worst statistical games of his career, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold received a pep talk and a vote of confidence from coach Adam Gase.

“I just keep thinking, ‘He’s 23, none of this can be easy,'” Gase said Monday, adding that he spoke with Darnold on Sunday night. “He’s a guy that did so much good in college and won a lot of football games. Things haven’t always gone as smoothly as everybody always hopes when they get to the NFL.”

The Jets haven’t won any games this season, as Darnold — expected to make a big jump in the second year under Gase — has shown signs of regression. The slump has fueled questions about Darnold’s future, with speculation the Jets might draft Clemson star Trevor Lawrence if they land the top pick.

In Sunday’s 18-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Darnold passed for only 120 yards with two interceptions for a 31.1 passer rating, the second-lowest of his career. It was a horrible offensive performance by the Jets (0-7), who managed only four yards in the second half — the team’s fewest yards in a half in 40 years.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Gase absolved Darnold of any blame, putting it squarely on the offensive line, which allowed six sacks. Gase said “it was collapsing quick on him” and he “didn’t have a lot of time to throw the ball.” When he did, the throws were tight-window attempts.7

In five starts, Darnold has twice as many interceptions (six) as touchdown passes (three). His numbers have declined from last season in all the major statistical categories.

Gase, hired to develop Darnold, insisted his pupil isn’t going backward.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“If you look at it statistically, we’re not good anywhere statistically,” he said. “What I see in practice a lot of times, I see things that were better than last year. When we get to games, we just have to figure out a way to protect him and let him get in rhythm. I saw some really good things the first half [Sunday]. Then it started getting really muddy in the second half.”

Darnold said he remains upbeat, although he admitted his interception at the end of the first half was “a terrible mistake, something I truly feel won’t happen again.” He called it a “dumb decision,” a pass into heavy coverage.

He was under duress throughout the game, as the Bills cranked up their safety blitzes in the second half. Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, calling plays for the first time, had no answers.

The rebuilt offensive line was supposed to be improved this season, but it has allowed 24 sacks.

“I think everyone is frustrated. I don’t think it’s unique to Sam,” guard Greg Van Roten said. “We need to put him in a position to be successful. If we, as an offensive line, are playing like we did [Sunday], we’re not giving him a chance to show what he can do.

Tampa Bay Rays’ Randy Arozarena sets postseason record with 9th home run in Game 4 of World Series

Tampa Bay Rays rookie Randy Arozarena became the first player to hit nine home runs in a single postseason after taking Los Angeles Dodgers starter Julio Urias deep to right field in the fourth inning of Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night.

Arozarena, 25, already holds the rookie hit record for a single postseason, set in Game 3, while breaking a four-way tie for most home runs.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager also homered in Game 4 and has eight this postseason.8

Arozarena later scored the winning run on Brett Phillips’ walk-off single, as the Rays beat the Dodgers 8-7 in Game 4 to even the World Series at two games apiece.

Arozarena actually fell down rounding third base, but after Dodgers catcher Will Smith couldn’t handle the relay throw, the Rays’ rookie was able to make it home with the winning run.nfl cheap nike jerseys

“All I was thinking about was just running hard,” Arozarena said through an interpreter. “Running hard as I could. Once I got to a certain spot, I saw that the ball got bobbled. I got sent home. I tripped. … I was actually trying to get back to third base because I knew we had already tied the game so, if anything, I was just trying to get in a rundown. Then, I saw the ball get past him, so I turned around and scored.”

Arozarena also holds the record for total bases in a single postseason. He singled to lead off the sixth inning Saturday night, tying Pablo Sandoval for most hits by any player in one postseason.

The 2020 playoffs featured an extra round, meaning Arozarena is playing in his 18th playoff game already.

Nelson Cruz, Carlos Beltran and Barry Bonds are the three other players — along with Seager — to hit eight home runs in a single postseason.

Tampa Bay Rays stun Los Angeles Dodgers in World Series Game 4 on dramatic finish at plate

The Tampa Bay Rays won Saturday night’s Game 4 on one of the wildest finishes in World Series history, capitalizing on a disastrous error by the Los Angeles Dodgers to secure an 8-7 come-from-behind victory and tie the series at 2-2.

With two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning, Brett Phillips, a seldom-used outfielder, laced a single to center field off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, bringing in the tying run.

Center fielder Chris Taylor kicked the ball, and Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena, who started on first, never stopped running. Taylor threw the ball to first baseman Max Muncy, who relayed it to catcher Will Smith. Arozarena had stumbled around third and was going to be out by 30 feet — until Smith dropped the ball and the ricochet allowed Arozarena to dive home and prompt a celebration that ended with the Rays running gleefully into the outfield.

The 116th World Series entered Saturday without a signature game on its ledger. Safe to say after Game 4, that’s no longer the case.

“Once I saw Randy slip, I was like, ‘Aw, shoot, at least we tied it up,’ and then [Smith] missed the ball,” said Phillips, who had entered the game as a pinch runner in the eighth. “I don’t know what happened, but then he scored. The next thing I know, I’m airplane-ing around the outfield and I get dogpiled and here I am.”

Rays manager Kevin Cash tried to describe his emotions as he watched the final play at the plate unravel.

“The moment the ball left Phillips’ bat, we knew we had a tie ballgame, and then everything that happened afterward, Randy’s not used to having to run like that,” Cash said. “Normally he’s used to just trotting. So it threw him off for a little bit getting tripped up there between third and home. But Phillips, man, give that guy a lot of credit. I don’t know when the last time he got an at-bat was. Pretty impressive what he just did against one of the game’s best closers.nfl cheap nike jerseys

“Happened so fast, I didn’t know what to do. Gave a bunch of hugs, just in disbelief.”7

The emotional pendulum swung wildly in Game 4, with the Dodgers overcoming a pair of blown leads by the same relief pitcher to put themselves in a position for Clayton Kershaw, the fulcrum of the team that has won eight consecutive division titles but lost in its two previous World Series tries, to secure a title in his Game 5 start Sunday.cheap new nike nfl jerseys

The Rays ended that dream in classic fashion — on a wild sequence that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts described as “an unperfect storm.”

“I’m about to live 15 years shorter,” the Rays’ Brandon Lowe said. “I think that kind of sums it up. My God, I think I lost 10 years on that last play. God, that’s a storybook baseball game if I’ve ever been a part of one. That was insane.”

On the final play, only Taylor was charged with an error. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said there was no way for Smith to have known Arozarena fell.

“He was trying to catch the ball and put a quick tag down. If he’d have known he fell, he probably would have taken his time and made sure he caught it,” Turner said. “Not sure what happened in center. That’s uncharacteristic for us.”

It had looked grim for the Rays, with blown leads galore all game, thanks to the teams going blow for blow and scoring in eight consecutive half-innings, a World Series record.

With the score tied at 6-6 going into the eighth, Taylor led off with a double off Rays reliever Nick Anderson. A failed sacrifice and groundout later, Anderson needed only to retire Corey Seager to escape the inning. Anderson was not the first pitcher to try and fail on this night or this postseason. Seager looped a single into center field, scoring Taylor and pushing the Dodgers ahead 7-6.

It was the Dodgers’ seventh run of the night scored with two outs and their 17th of the series.

Los Angeles’ bullpen, so permeable in the prior innings, attempted to go into lockdown mode over the final two. After Adam Kolarek secured the first two outs in the eighth, rookie Brusdar Graterol punctuated the third out with his signature celebration.

In the ninth, Jansen tried to work around a single to Kevin Kiermaier and walk to Arozarena. With two outs, on a 1-2 count against Phillips, who hit .196 in the regular season and was 0-for-2 in the playoffs this year, Jansen left a cutter over the plate that Phillips rapped into center.

Pittsburgh Steelers hang on, remain unbeaten as Tennessee Titans miss tying field goal

Even so, a missed 45-yard field goal attempt by Stephen Gostkowski with 19 seconds left preserved the Steelers’ undefeated record, and Pittsburgh held on for a 27-24 win in Nashville despite a fourth-quarter collapse. With the win, the Steelers are 6-0 for the first time since 1978.

“Thankfully our guys didn’t blink and was able to hold it together and make enough plays to secure a victory,” coach Mike Tomlin said afterward, giving props to the Titans (5-1) in his opening statement after the win. “Not a perfect product. We understand that. But I appreciate their efforts. We are perfect from a record standpoint, and so we respect that.”

After throwing just one interception in the first five games, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (32-of-49, 268 yards, 2 TDs) was picked off three times Sunday, including on an attempt to JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was defended by a linebacker, with less than three minutes to play. The Steelers were up by just three at the time and in the midst of a 16-play drive that kept the Titans and running back Derrick Henry off the field. It was the same recipe that worked in the first half, but instead of ending a long, grinding drive with a score, Smith-Schuster bobbled the ball, and Amani Hooker came down with it to give his team a window to work its fourth-quarter magic.

“It’s NFL football,” Tomlin said. “We play to win. We don’t live in our fears. Is it a combat play? Is it tight? Yes, we have a quarterback that’s been doing that for 17 years.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“Sometimes you’ve just got to acknowledge that they made the play in the moment and we desire to, and that’s why we’re not going to live in our fears. We’re going to go in those instances to secure victory.”

The Titans’ ensuing drive ended with an opportunity to force overtime with Gostkowski’s field goal attempt, but it sailed wide right, and Roethlisberger, who watched incredulously from the sideline, came out for the victory formation.6

“We feel we have a really good football team, right?” said Roethlisberger, whose team takes on the 5-1 Ravens in Baltimore next Sunday. “We feel that it could be very special and we’re happy with where we are right now, but that’s going to be a short-lived happiness because we know what’s coming up next.”

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After winning the coin toss, the Steelers elected to receive the ball and went on a 9-minute, 18-second drive that ended with a Diontae Johnson touchdown, marking their first opening-drive TD since Week 15 of the 2018 season against the Patriots.

The defense complemented the score with a three-and-out to hand the ball right back to the offense for another long scoring drive, putting the Steelers up 14-0.

“That was five-star ball,” Tomlin said. “That’s a good group. Guys like JuJu and others stepped up and made those plays, but you got to tip your cap to Tennessee. They made those plays, combat catches with tight coverage.”

Including the playoffs, Roethlisberger is 98-1-1 in his career in games in which the Steelers have a 14-point lead, the only loss coming in Week 13 of 2018 vs. the Chargers and the tie in Week 1 of that same season at the Browns.

The Steelers capitalized on the Titans’ below-average third-down defense, converting 8 of 9 attempts for their highest third-down conversion percentage in a half over the past 20 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. With that formula, the Steelers scored on each of their first four possessions to build a dominating 24-7 lead at halftime, and after the break, they added a field goal to make it 27-7.

Baker Mayfield outduels Joe Burrow as Cleveland Browns edge Cincinnati Bengals

Baker Mayfield ‘s first quarter Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals couldn’t have gone any worse. But from then on, the Cleveland Browns quarterback was perfect.

Literally.

Mayfield rebounded from an 0-of-5 passing start, including an interception on his first throw, to break a franchise record with 21 consecutive completions, propelling Cleveland to a thrilling 37-34 comeback victory over the Bengals in Cincinnati.

Mayfield finished 22-of-28 passing for 297 yards and five touchdowns, with three coming in a wild back-and-forth fourth quarter. His final touchdown was a game-winning, 24-yard strike to rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones with just 15 seconds remaining.

“Everybody was talking we need to get to the 30 for a field goal,” Mayfield said. “I told the guys, ‘Screw that — we’re gonna win.'”

Mayfield’s only incompletion after the first quarter was a spike to stop the clock on the final drive.nfl cheap jerseys nike5

He passed Bernie Kosar (1989) and Kelly Holcomb (2003), who previously shared the Browns’ record with 16 straight completions. No other Cleveland quarterback in the past 30 seasons had tossed three touchdowns in a fourth quarter, either, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, and none since Derek Anderson in 2007 had thrown five in a game.nike jerseys nfl cheap

“He’s such a competitor. He doesn’t give up,” Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski said of Mayfield. “He didn’t back down. Every time I looked at him on the sidelines, he had that steely look in his eyes.”

Mayfield outdueled Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow in a shootout of former Heisman Trophy winners and No. 1 overall picks.

Burrow completed 35 of 47 passes for 406 yards, the first 400-yard passing game of his pro career. Despite losing three starting offensive linemen to injury during the game, Burrow also threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another. On fourth-and-1, he connected on a 3-yard, go-ahead TD pass to running back Giovani Bernard with just over a minute to play, which only set up Mayfield’s late-game heroics.

“Hats off to him,” Burrow said. “He played great.”

According to Elias Sports Bureau research, it was the first game in NFL history with five go-ahead touchdown passes in a fourth quarter. Mayfield became just the second passer in NFL history to throw three go-ahead touchdowns in a fourth quarter, as well.

“Those guys were trading body blows,” Stefanski said. “We went for the knockout punch there.”

Mayfield has been battling a cracked rib injury on his right side, which he suffered on Oct. 11 against the Indianapolis Colts and had limited him in practice. He was also coming off one of the worst performances of his career. In a 38-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend, Mayfield was intercepted for a pick-six on his first pass of the game, and he finished with a QBR of just 5.5 — the third-worst game rating of any NFL quarterback this year.

Philadelphia Union edge New England Revolution to keep pressure on Toronto FC

Anthony Fontana scored in the second half to help the Philadelphia Union earn a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution on Monday in Foxborough, Mass.

The Union, who also received an own goal, extended their unbeaten streak to four games. Philadelphia solidified its second-place standing in the Eastern Conference and climbed within three points of league-leading Toronto FC.

The Union won despite being without captain Alejandro Bedoya because of yellow-card accumulation.

Tajon Buchanan scored for the fifth-place Revolution, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

New England, which fell to 0-3-1 against the Union this season, including a loss in the Round of 16 at the MLS Is Back Tournament, had been 4-1-2 overall heading into play Monday.

In the 17th minute, New England’s Teal Bunbury gathered a loose ball about 10 yards out, but his shot deflected off Philadelphia defender Kai Wagner and out of bounds.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The Union managed only one shot on goal in the first 25 minutes, a soft left-footed strike by Brenden Aaronson.8

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute on an own goal. Wagner sent a cross into the box, and a sliding Andrew Farrell kicked the ball into the goal. New England goalkeeper Matt Turner was moving the other way.

New England had 58 percent of the possession in the first half but trailed by a goal.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Early in the second half, the Revolution continued to dominate possession and Adam Buksa headed a cross just wide of the goal in the 52nd minute.

In the 65th minute, Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made a stellar save on a header in the box by Bunbury.

Philadelphia had a strong scoring chance in the 68th minute when Raymon Gaddis fired a shot that deflected off Revs defender Henry Kessler and out for a corner kick. Gaddis, a right back, has never scored in nine MLS seasons.

One minute later, Fontana chipped a shot over Turner for a 2-0 advantage.

Buchanan drilled a shot past Blake in the 81st minute to close the gap to 2-1.

New England nearly equalized a couple of times in five minutes of second-half stoppage time but couldn’t convert.

Washington Nationals re-signing Josh Harrison to one-year contract

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with utility player Josh Harrison on a one-year, $1 million contract, the team announced Thursday.

Harrison spent the 2020 season with the Nationals after signing with them in July, less than a week after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies. The 33-year-old hit .278 with two doubles, three home runs, 14 RBIs, six walks and 11 runs scored for Washington. He hit .309 as a starter.cheap nfl nike jersey

Harrison can make an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses as part of the deal: $50,000 for 200 plate appearances and additional increments of $50,000 up to 400. He made 91 plate appearances in 33 games during the 60-game 2020 season.8

Harrison, a right-handed hitter, is a two-time All-Star who has started games at second base, third base, shortstop, designated hitter and both corner outfield spots during his 10 years in the majors.

He played eight seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates before joining the Detroit Tigers in 2019 and has compiled a career .273 batting average with 56 homers, 291 RBIs and 384 runs. He was a National League All-Star in 2014 and 2017 for Pittsburgh. But Harrison hit .175 with one homer in 36 games for the Tigers last year before getting released in August 2019.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

He had signed a minor league contract with the Phillies in November before they let him go in July.