Eagles parade 2018: Route, map, and street closures for Super Bowl celebration

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The city of Philadelphia is still standing following the Eagles’ big win over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. They’ll take a victory lap in the form of their Super Bowl parade Thursday beginning at 11 a.m. ET. The parade will begin at Broad and Pattison and will end at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The parade route will go northbound on Broad Street to S. Penn Square, where it will turn west to 15th Street. Then it’s northbound again on 15th down to JFK Blvd. From JFK, it’s westward to 16th Street, north on 16th to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, west on the Parkway to Eakins Oval and ending at the art museum.

“I really forgot all about it,” Lue said of the controversy surrounding his decision to rest James, Love and Irving last season. “And I don’t even remember the backlash.”

When a reporter reminded Lue that he later referred to the game as a “forfeit” by Cleveland, it jogged the coach’s memory.

“Oh yeah,” Lue said. “Yeah, I had to apologize. OK. One of those games, like I said, sorry for the fans who had to go through that, because they come to see LeBron, Kevin [and Kyrie]. Just had to be smart, resting our guys on the back-to-back, and like I said, I was sorry for the fans that they had to go through that.”

LaVine hit a 3-pointer to make it 115-110 with 1:02 left.

“We stole that win,” Embiid said. “We didn’t play well. Offensively, I thought, we were moving the ball when we needed, but defensively I thought we sucked.”

76ers: C Embiid has nine straight double-doubles. … Simmons has six triple-doubles this season, which ties him with Wilt Chamberlain (three times) and Billy Cunningham for most in a season in team history.

Bulls: To look at some younger players during the final 25 games, C Robin Lopez and G/F Justin Holiday were removed from the starting lineup. Both were inactive on Thursday as Cristiano Felicio and David Nwaba (21 points) started; Also, Cameron Payne — who played in his first game on Thursday — will replace Jerian Grant as the backup point guard.jays_265_d850bfaaa88302f7-180x180

McDavid scores winner in overtime, Oilers beat Avalanche 3-2

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The Edmonton Oilers weren’t about to let another 2-0 lead slip away.

Connor McDavid scored at 2:19 of overtime and had an assist to lead Edmonton past the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Thursday night, two days after the Oilers blew a two-goal advantage in the third period of a 3-2 loss to Boston.

Edmonton broke the deadlock three minutes into the second as Draisaitl put on a clinic, faking out Mikko Rantanen before beating Varlamov up high with a backhander for his 18th of the season.

Yeah, I certainly disagree with what (Trump) said. I thought it was just divisive, Brady said on WEEI in Boston.

Trump hasn’t softened his stance on the issue. His war of words against the NFL and its players rages on. So if the Patriots manage to win yet another Super Bowl against the Eagles, there’s no guarantee they’ll even get an invitation to the White House, despite Kraft, Belichick, and Brady’s ties to Trump.

In past years, watching NFL games on mobile devices was restricted only to Verizon customers. That’s finally changing in 2018, with Yahoo streaming every playoff game on its mobile app, including the Super Bowl.

“I’ve been watching the news. I’ve been seeing what the kids from Douglas have been doing,” Luongo told the crowd. “You guys are brave. You guys are an inspiration to all of us. You guys are what is giving us hope for the future.”

Things should be a bit more normalized on Saturday, and the Panthers — winners of eight of their past 11 games — have thrust themselves into the playoff race.

The Panthers are led by Trocheck, with a team-best 23 goals, and Aleksander Barkov, with a team-high 55 points. Both have made the All-Star Game — Trocheck in 2017 and Barkov in 2018.

Another Panthers star is Jonathan Huberdeau, who leads the team with 36 assists.

The Penguins, meanwhile, have Malkin and the incomparable Sidney Crosby, a seven-time All-Star, two-time regular season MVP, two-time Stanley Cup MVP, two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time Stanley Cup champ.bears_116-223x223

Why do we critique the contest so seriously when it disappoints?

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Because when it’s good, it’s one of the best things in sports. Look at the 2016 Dunk Contest, the showdown between Gordon and Zach LaVine. None of us will soon forget that. Those two did things that reinvented what was considered possible.

Pulling off Carter’s reverse 360 windmill takes inordinate talent and athleticism. This is absolutely no knock on Mitchell. He’s an incredible dunker, perhaps a top-five in-game dunker right now. Mitchell is capable of putting on a show like LaVine or Gordon have. We didn’t get that on Saturday. But hey, Gordon didn’t give us an Aaron Gordon! performance in 2017. It happens. Mitchell can blow our minds in 2019.

But the International Olympic Committee agreed to add 3×3 basketball to the Summer Olympics beginning in the 2020 Tokyo Games. This is a game we all know and love, newly formalized by FIBA, the international governing body for basketball. The problem is that the best basketball players in the world haven’t been competing in FIBA’s 3×3 tournaments. No offense to the athletes who have won those derbies and who are fighting for spots in Tokyo, but you’re not getting NBA- or Euroleague-level talent in that version of the sport.

The Marlins went on a selling binge this offseason in conjunction with Jeffrey Loria’s decision to sell the franchise. The new Derek Jeter-Bruce Sherman ownership group, intent on dumping salary in an effort to reduce the payroll from $115 million to $90 million, traded away Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Yelich in the span of two months during the offseason.

Yelich, 26, committed to the Marlins organization long-term in March 2015 when he agreed to a seven-year, $49.5 million contract extension, four months after Stanton signed a record-setting $325 million deal with the team. Yelich won a Gold Glove Award in 2014 and a Silver Slugger Award two years later, and logged an .800 OPS in five seasons as a Marlin.

Yelich’s frustration with Miami’s roster teardown became evident in mid-January when his agent, Joe Longo, described his relationship with the Marlins as irretrievably broken. A week later, the Marlins traded him to Milwaukee for outfielder Lewis Brinson and three minor leaguers.

We’re going straight up Blades of Glory doubles with this one. There’s only one choice here to represent the U.S., and it’s Giants teammates Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning. If you saw their Super Bowl commercial, which featured the duo recreating a scene from Dirty Dancing, then you get it.bears_138

Kuzma dazzled us with his great summer-league play, and he has continued to do so in the league.

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You don’t want a cloud hanging over spring training, Odorizzi said. Optimism is what you want — not a dark cloud.

Odorizzi, who came to the Rays before the 2013 season from Kansas City with Mike Montgomery and Wil Myers in the seven-player trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals, logged four solid years as a starter for the Rays. He regressed last season, though, while struggling with some back trouble, and he posted a 4.14 ERA in 28 starts. He at least finished strong, with a 3-1 record and a 1.03 ERA in five September starts.

Donovan Mitchell
Mitchell might be the most electrifying rookie in the league this season — he just makes plays. He’s only 6’3, but can jump out of the gym, can get to the basket at will, and is a solid creator for his teammates. The Jazz found themselves a gem.

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He seemed to hit a wall in early January but has caught stride over the last several games

I’m excited about the progress, said the 32-year old veteran, whose .322 average last season ranked second in the National League. I think the work has been good. Currently right now, a lot of strengthening in the weight room, starting to get introduced to some baseball activities. Right now, it’s mostly just laying on the strength as much as we can to get my body and my leg ready.

If Murphy isn’t ready by Opening Day, Washington has multiple options. Among them are 25-year-old infielder Wilmer Difo, who hit .271 in 124 games last season and played stellar defense while filling in for injured shortstop Trea Turner. Veteran utility man Howie Kendrick, who re-signed with the Nationals this offseason (two years, $7 million), also has extensive experience at second base.

Two years after Iowa won its last national title, Ole Miss was the king of college football. The program is 24th in revenue and 26th in attendance, so there are enough passionate Rebel fans to make a splash. Given that Ole Miss hasn’t won a conference title since 1963 and has never played in the SEC Championship, just winning the division would be cause for celebration.bears_036

He continued to tweet his call for the league to discipline players for showing “total disrespect” for the country.

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Koo had a field goal blocked last week that would have sent a game with the Broncos into overtime, so the rookie’s NFL career has gotten off to a rough start. He is now just one of four on field-goal attempts.

Rodgers, a two-time NFL MVP and a Super Bowl winner who plays for a team with a huge national fan base and more than 360,000 stockholders, has an enormous national megaphone, but so, too, does Trump. The Cowboys’ demonstration prompted him to call owner Jerry Jones, who took a knee with his players before the anthem and then rose with them to stand for it.

This is worth discussing, because in his absence, the Clippers have discovered a couple of other guys who are flirting with fantasy relevance. Montrezl Harrell (available in 93.9 percent of leagues) has come off the bench, while Willie Reed has started in Jordan’s place, but Harrell is the one who has stepped up his production of late with averages of 15.2 points, 6 rebounds and 2 combined blocks/steals during his past six games.

Even a close friend, Patriots CEO and Chairman Robert Kraft, who donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration, issued a sharply worded statement Sunday morning that condemned his comments and supported the right of players to peacefully protest “in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”

The league’s other owners, The Post’s Mark Maske reports, are increasingly inclined toward taking disciplinary action against Jones. It is not clear exactly how many of the other owners favor taking action, but the ones who do are some of the league’s most influential owners, according to those with knowledge of the situation.

Disciplinary action, if Jones is deemed guilty of conduct detrimental to the league, could include a fine, a suspension or the loss of a Cowboys’ draft pick or picks.

Trump seemed to suddenly fixate on the issue again during a rally in Alabama on Friday night, in which he suggested that coaches should get the “son of a b—-” players off the field if they continued to kneel. The comments prompted swift backlash from players, the league and coaches, many of whom condemned Trump’s comments.

On Saturday, the president didn’t back down, however.
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The NFL is enamored with the idea of keeping the draft on the move.

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Luck and the Colts might place some value on him making it back on the field at some point this season, even if it is only a brief appearance at or near the end of the season with little at stake competitively. But they would have to weigh the value of that against the prudence of keeping him on the shelf all season and making certain that his shoulder is fully healed before he takes the field again. бн

It is headed next year to Dallas, where it will be held at AT&T Stadium. So now it has gone from Chicago to Philadelphia to Dallas since being taken out of New York, and it seems likely that it will continue to move on an annual basis.

But the reality is the Jaguars came into the second half with a pretty conservative gameplan. They believed they were better than the Patriots for the first half, and they were right. But they changed what got them the lead. After spending the first half attacking with Blake Bortles on first down, the Jags decided to run Leonard Fournette into the middle of the line on first down over and over again.

The result was short drives late in the game that didn’t take any time off the clock and the Patriots getting opportunities to climb back into the game. Give Tom Brady an inch and he’ll take a mile.

According to that person, Goodell’s value to the league remains high in the estimation of most owners because the NFL soon must negotiate new deals with the players’ union and the TV networks and those are Goodell’s strengths.

Windhorst: Maybe. Durant or James would probably be 1-2 or 2-1 on my ballot at the moment. Durant has blossomed into a two-way monster who can dominate at both ends; he’s playing the best of his career. He definitely is right there at the top in my opinion.

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It’s not unusual for Los Angeles to take it easy with Gordon during the week.

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He was limited in practice Thursday, but probably isn’t in danger of missing time in Week 8. Gordon hasn’t missed a game, but has had some clunkers, including his outing in Week 7 when he totaled just 44 yards from scrimmage. On the plus side, he’s bounced back with solid performances following his previous clunkers and he faces a Patriots defense that has been gouged at times. Injuries have also hurt New England’s defense. Long story short, Gordon should be in lineups.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos: An ankle injury continues to prevent Sanders from practicing and his status for a Week 8 matchup against division rival Kansas City is not looking good. Denver’s offense has stalled out in recent weeks and Sanders owners have been dealing with his injury for a couple of weeks.

McDaniels appears headed to Indianapolis for the head coaching job of the Colts. He has rehabilitated his coaching reputation in his second go-round with the Patriots after his brief and unsuccessful head coaching stint with the Denver Broncos in 2009 and 2010. He has taken his time to pick what he feels is the right opportunity for his second head coaching chance, and much will depend for him in Indianapolis on the ability of Andrew Luck to return to form and be a franchise quarterback again after missing all of this season following shoulder surgery.

It’s heady and emotional for Hawaii and for Polynesians who breathed football in preceding eras when distance mattered more in general. The first eight days of January 2018 represent another crest, even though Saint Louis School had previously produced Timmy Chang, who threw for about one million yards at the University of Hawaii; Jason Gesser who, at Washington State, shared Pacific-10 Conference offensive player of the year honors with Carson Palmer in 2002; and Jeremiah Masoli, who graced a Rose Bowl for Oregon.

“For me, it’s the fact that we are continuing to push the envelope forward,” said Jesse Sapolu, who went from Hawaii to 15 San Francisco 49ers seasons (1983-97) at center and guard. “Even with the success I had, I didn’t like the fact that we are known just for linemen when we came from the islands. . . . A lot of people thought we aren’t strong in the skill positions. But now with the quarterback position, to have three successful performances from kids from a little island, all in the span of a month at the highest level, it confirms that we’ve got to keep pushing the envelope.”jaguars_029

Most Republicans do not approve of National Football League players protesting during the national anthem.

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And while some have said they believe the act disrespects veterans, the disgust over the protests may actually be rooted in economics.

The Washington Post’s Vanessa Williams wrote about this:

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars: Fournette (quad) has not practiced all week, putting his status in serious doubt for Week 15. For Fournette owners, it might be wise to pick up Chris Ivory. It will be a game-time decision, but the last time this took place, Fournette was held out in Week 7.

Devin Funchess, WR, Panthers: Funchess went through a full practice Thursday but is listed as questionable. Owners shouldn’t worry and should have Funchess in their lineups for a tasty matchup against the Packers.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans: Hopkins (toe) sat out a couple of days of practice, though Coach Bill O’Brien expects Hopkins to play when the team squares off against Jacksonville. Assuming he does, even against a tough secondary, Hopkins is a must-start.

As for the Browns, team owner Jimmy Haslam fired one of the few minority general managers in the league, Sashi Brown, to accelerate his drive to get Dorsey before another team did. Because this isn’t a zero-sum game, Haslam’s insistence on keeping his African-American head coach, Hue Jackson (who got an overdue second chance as a head coach two seasons ago), doesn’t balance out his walking on the edge of the rule on his front-office ploy.

The disease was evident across all levels of play, but the highest percentage was found among those who reached the NFL — 110 of 111 brains examined. Researchers cautioned that there were limitations to the study and the brains studied were mostly donated by concerned family members, meaning they might not necessarily be representative of all former football players.
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