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Here’s what it looks like in a sideline situation, courtesy of Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.

A player has the ball long enough to become a runner when, after his second foot is on the ground, he is capable of avoiding or warding off impending contact of an opponent, tucking the ball away, turning up field, or taking additional steps.

When a receiver goes to the ground or goes out of bounds after establishing possession, he has to maintain control throughout. Cowboys receiver Brice Butler gave us a textbook example in 2017 against the Giants.

Butler dives for it, gets both hands underneath it as he’s going to the ground, and maintains control throughout the catch.

Jones taps one foot down, then the other, all while pulling the ball securely against his body to establish and keep possession.

Cleveland’s roster revamp at the trade deadline — sending six players out and bringing four players in to replace them — was seen as a necessary transfusion for a team that was, in the words of general manager Koby Altman, “marching a slow death.”

Gone are Isaiah Thomas and his struggles on the comeback trail from a serious hip injury; Dwyane Wade and his demanding presence if not always consistent production; Jae Crowder and his awkward offensive fit; as well as role players Channing Frye, Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert.

“I’ve had a great run,” said Winston, who has earned $31 million in his NFL career, per “I’m going to see what’s out there, especially early on (in free agency), at the Combine. I’m at that point where I have three kids and a great family and wife. They’ve done a lot of traveling around. I think it’s going to have to be in the right spot and the right opportunity.

“We’ll see. I’m definitely staying ready and working out. I’ll make a decision sooner than later. At the same time, I can envision (Year) 13 for sure.”

With the market now better established by the trade of Michael Grabner to the New Jersey Devils and the deal that sent Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers, there should be at least a few more fantasy-relevant transitions between now and Monday’s NHL trade deadline.

Not all trades are automatically good for fantasy value. While Mrazek’s fortunes rise quickly with a steady job and better offensive support in front of him, Grabner doesn’t have a clear path to any more scoring than he already had with the New York Rangers. The Devils shouldn’t be breaking up the trio of Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri to make room for Grabner, so he’ll be on a secondary — or perhaps tertiary — line at even strength.bears_134

Health officials maintain, though, that marijuana comes with potential drawbacks.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, recent data suggest that 30 percent of marijuana users have some degree of “marijuana use disorder.” This often aligns with a dependence on marijuana that, in some cases, can become an addiction. The institute also reports that after inhaling marijuana, a user’s heart rate may increase by 20 to 50 beats per minute.

Buffalo player Seantrel Henderson is suspended after failing a urine test. Though a repeat offender, Henderson maintains that this time he had reason for using: Pot is the only thing that provides relief from the pain of Crohn’s disease, a malady for which he underwent surgery earlier this year.

Just a routine day in the life of an interesting guy who has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu, and who shot and tweeted the first pictures of Harrison Ford’s vintage plane after the movie star crashed it on an L.A. golf course in 2015.

“The NFL is the greatest reality show on television,” Siciliano said. “It’s real people, with real talent, unscripted. You never know what you’re going to get every week.

Although the play was controversial — Cousins’ arm appeared to be going forward — do you really think he would’ve led the Redskins on a game-winning touchdown drive? He had no protection in the game (he was sacked four times) and had a hard time hitting receivers.

As for the Cowboys’ offense, they weren’t bad, either. Ezekiel Elliott hit the 100-yard mark (104), and six receivers finished the game with 30 or more yards, including Jason Witten, who passed Michael Irvin as the Cowboys’ all-time leading receiver.

Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen provide a dangerous backfield combination. They still get to play the Bengals, Browns and 49ers.

Mitchell Trubisky is 2-1 as a starter, but the Bears are winning despite him. He’s completed eight and four passes in those two victories, the latter of which saw the Bears fail to score an offensive touchdown. It’s not realistic for the Bears to think they keep winning like that. Two of their three wins have come in overtime.

Derek Carr is a stud, and there’s too much talent in their pass rush of Khalil Mack, Mario Edwards and Bruce Irvin for them not to figure it out on defense at some

AJ McCarron has been pulled for Jeff Driskel.

Was the Christian Hackenberg era finally here due to the fact that the Jets decided to play their starting quarterback in their fourth and final preseason game?

Fortunately for the Jets (and reporters on the sideline who don’t want to be hit by Hackenberg’s errant passes), McCown was able to shake off the hit. Strangely, after almost losing their starter to an injury in a meaningless preseason game, the Jets sent him back in for another series.

John Ross doesn’t have a helmet with him, so his night is done.

“Several of us met tonight — players, coaches, staff, and ownership. Our goal was to provide open dialogue and communication. We listened to one another. We believe it’s the best way to work through any issue we are facing- on and off the field,” the statement read. “President Trump’s remarks were divisive and disrespectful to the entire NFL community, but we tried to use them as an opportunity to further unify our team and our organization.”

It continued: “Our players have the freedom to express themselves in a respectful and thoughtful manner and we all agreed that our sole message is to provide and to promote an environment that is focused on love and equality.”

“It’s unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL,” Murphy said. “We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact. We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”

Did Sunday’s loss at FedEx Field amount to Kirk Cousins’s in-person audition for the Broncos QB job in 2018? If so, he was impressive enough. But before they address their QB situation, the Broncos must decide whether it will be one and done for Vance Joseph as their coach.chargers_090

Over the past several weeks, the Chicago Bulls have managed to avoid having to deal with and defend an opponent’s top player.

They won’t have that luxury Wednesday when the Toronto Raptors and DeMar DeRozan visit the United Center.

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“The quick-throw was there, a little play-action pass, the shotgun stuff,” said Pederson of Foles’ previous work. “Those are all things that are in our system, and we might just have to dust a few more off and get that ready to go. And that’s kind of what this week is for, to get some of those ideas and thoughts on paper and execute them this week in practice.”

Pederson did not rule out the possibility of going to backup Nate Sudfeld if the Eagles were in a desperation situation during the playoffs, but added Sudfeld would be receiving zero first-team reps in practice while making it clear that Foles is his guy.

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Here’s a look at some of the best headlines from an entertaining slate of games.

While it’s far too early to assess the results of offseason moves, we can at least take a look at how well these teams addressed their needs. Some excelled, some failed. We gave each one a thumbs-up/thumbs-down rating:

Details of the deal: The Marlins trade OF Giancarlo Stanton (and his contract) to the Yankees for 2B Starlin Castro and two minor leaguers, P Jorge Guzman and SS Jose Devers. The Yankees will reportedly take on $265 million of Stanton’s remaining $295 million.

The Titans are faltering at the wrong time, and after their listless loss to Arizona the trip to San Francisco feels a lot more difficult. With the Rams and Jaguars looming, a disastrous losing skid could happen, which would add to the disappointment of finishing at .500 in 2016.

The Chargers kept chugging along against Washington, and now they get a long-awaited second shot against the Chiefs. Going from 0-4 to favorites in the AFC West should put Anthony Lynn in the Coach of the Year conversation.

With each week of the NFL season, more and more games carry playoff implications and that was again the case in Week 12.

The Rams and Saints are strong bets to be playing in the postseason, and their blockbuster clash did not disappoint.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks kept their playoff hopes alive in the Bay Area, where a possible franchise quarterback produced a fine late cameo in his debut, and things got really heated in Oakland between the Raiders and Broncos.

The Packers’ playoff hopes were dealt another blow, and the Chiefs continue to crater.lakers_003

His team managed to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by the Hawks, who have the second-worst record in the league.

With two games against both the Patriots and Dolphins over the final five games and a home game against the lowly Colts, the Bills (6-5) still in the thick of the playoff hunt in the AFC. Sunday’s road win over the reeling Chiefs should give McDermott full confidence in Taylor.

The Chiefs have to rediscover their identity — When the Chiefs were 5-0, they were running the ball at will. Kareem Hunt, who entered Sunday as the NFL’s second-leading rusher, had just 17 yards on 11 carries. The rookie from Toledo hasn’t had a 100-yard rushing game since Week 5 and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 3.

“I don’t know when he’s coming back,” Lue said. “I wish I did so you could quit asking me. I really do. I really wish I knew so I could share it. You ask every day, but I really don’t know. I’m not hiding it. I really, truly, I don’t know. I know it’s your job and I understand. I’m really not hiding it from you.”

Hawks: Rookie power forward John Collins, who has been out due to a left shoulder strain sustained on Nov. 30, worked out before the game at Madison Square Garden. The 20-year-old first-round pick from Wake Forest was averaging 11.5 points and 7.1 rebounds and had started four straight games before going down with the injury.

Knicks: Porzingis had eight rebounds. … Ron Baker, who has fallen down the depth chart at point guard, logged a season-high 31 minutes, giving the Knicks a nice lift as they went with a small lineup down the stretch. The fan favorite scored nine points, including four free throws during 10 minutes of play in the final period.

New York coach Jeff Hornacek stopped short of feeling relieved, one night after a road loss to the NBA-worst Chicago Bulls.

“It’s never easy to win in the NBA no matter what the other team’s record is,” Hornacek said. “We’re still trying to learn things. I thought the end of the game was a good learning lesson for us.”panthers_104

Saints quarterback Drew Brees was the first to don the jersey patch for Thursday’s game.

The Panthers have the harder slate, and the Packers have some control of their fate there. So it probably makes sense for the Packers to root for the Falcons, too, so Atlanta can rise to No. 5. Then Green Bay can try to beat out Carolina for No. 6.

That was the case in the Mavs’ two previous games, a seven-point loss at Milwaukee followed by a five-point loss at Minnesota. Dallas has made it a theme this season of playing just well enough to lose at the end of games.

“It feels like we’re shooting ourselves in the foot,” forward Dirk Nowitzki told reporters after Sunday’s loss to the Timberwolves. “Every time we’re right there, you know, it’s a bad turnover, a guy makes a tough shot, or they make a layup after we don’t box out. It’s just little things here and there, and three tough ballgames in a row.”

Previous winners of the award will wear a special jersey patch of Walter Payton’s cloaked silhouette.

Brees, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will wear the jersey patch beginning this week.

All 2017 nominees will also wear a Man of the Year helmet decal through the end of the season, in recognition of their accomplishments on and off the field. This tradition will continue for future nominees and winners of the award. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan and Falcons guard Ben Garland were the first to wear the Man of the Year decal on Thursday.

Three questions with new Texans RB Andre Ellington

Andre Ellington is excited to once again be teammates with his cousin, Bruce.

Commissioner Rob Manfred and other MLB officials have been giving the Ohtani case extraordinary scrutiny, with repeated warnings of bans and penalties for anyone found in violation.

MLB, after finalizing its agreement with the Nippon Baseball League on Dec. 1 that allowed bidding to begin, issued a memo to all teams and baseball executives that contained paragraphs again warning against any form of cheating.

Teams were told, again, that they could attempt to persuade the two-way pitching and hitting star from Japan to join their team based on the merits of their respective organizations and their cities, but they were warned against discussing future contracts and business relationships, and against third-party machinations — paying off someone who might have influence with Ohtani, for example, or making quid-pro-quo promises outside of the rules.

“I also have quickly realized how passionate Jimmy and Dee are about bringing a winning team to the city and would have not taken the job if I didn’t think the right ownership was in place. I am eager to work with Hue, his staff, and our personnel department and help bring us the success these fans so deserve.”

“We’ve gotta learn how to put teams away,” Beal said. “We’ve gotta learn how to put our foot on the gas,” he added. “These are important games and games that we need to win and should have won.”

The Nets are returning after spending the last week on the road, though they were the home team for games against Oklahoma City and Miami in Mexico City.

Brooklyn will be adding Okafor and Stauskas to the roster after acquiring the former first-round picks from Philadelphia on Thursday.

Neither player has played much this season, so it’s unlikely they’ll get big minutes Tuesday.panthers_004

Matt Cain pitched his last major league game on Saturday afternoon.

It’s been a while since he was the perfect-game twirling twentysomething who led the Giants to two championships and missed the third after elbow surgery. He was the most important person in the organization for a while. He was just 17 when San Francisco took him with the 25th pick of the 2002 draft, and he helped carry the franchise out of the Barry Bonds era, through four straight losing seasons and to its first title on the West Coast.

Cain’s recent decline has also accompanied his team’s; it will pick first or second in next year’s draft and try to begin a new cycle of greatness.

“The guy has been doing this long enough where it shouldn’t happen,” Elliott said. “What he did was unnecessary. … There’s no reason for that. He knows the deal. He knows how this race works. He knows how Martinsville is.

“He didn’t even try to move me out of the way. He just shoved me and wrecked me.”

When the Golden Knights arrived, he had also just received a dose of morphine. “You could definitely see they were in shock a little bit, that this happened, just to see one of the people affected by it,” Anthony Robone says. “They had that look in their face, that it was something they’ve never seen before. But when the conversation got rolling, they were super cool.”

The Rams are off to one of their best starts in years, but they need to cut down on turnovers in order to keep winning. They’ve fumbled 15 times this season (lost eight of them), which is tied for fourth-most in the NFL, and have a turnover margin of zero.

Chicken-or-egg situation: Watson hasn’t faced a defense as formidable as the Seahawks, who are ranked first in the NFL this week, but the Seahawks have built that record against some wretched offenses, like the Giants last week.flames_082

You might be able to change the manner in which that looks

A fun sleeper candidate now thriving on the glass for the Hawks, Collins is tied with Myles Turner and just ahead of Kevin Durant with 14 rebounding chances (within 3.5 feet of an available board) per game. With some defensive upside complementing a steady rebounding pattern, Collins is worth owning in all but shallow fantasy formats.

Among the league leaders in minutes played over the last several seasons in Detroit, Morris should see plenty of minutes and touches on a Boston frontcourt reliant on youth at the moment. Morris should also be afforded additional freedom to extend his shot in Boston, adding to what could be a high-floor fantasy profile upon his impending return from an injury.

Whatever you think about Cleveland stockpiling picks vs. going for a potentially special talent, thinking Watson and Wentz would be doing what they are doing this season if they were in Cleveland is futile and misguided.

Not only would that level of harmony stand out in today’s world, it would be unprecedented in the modern NFL; the league and the players’ association have long been at odds.

Players and owners have squabbled over playing football on Thursdays, over the league’s drug policy and its appeals process, and over issues of dollars and cents. Now, the league wants the players to compromise on an issue that has inflamed emotions across the political gamut. And, notably, the players seemingly have the power for once. “You can threaten to do whatever you want to do, that’s not going to deter players from doing what’s right, or doing what they believe is right,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said on Tuesday. “You might be able to change the manner in which that looks, but I don’t see players stopping their pursuit for justice or equality.”canadiens_1403_2394ea0d48c5245e-180x180