2018 Cincinnati Bengals: Why Jessie Bates has a knack for making plays

CLOSE Kurt Tippmann said he already knew how the story ended. He followed along to the eventual outcome earlier this week as Bengals’ safety Jessie Bates described his steps and body language in baiting Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Sure, Tippmann had already watched the play: Bates’ second interception of the season sealed the Bengals 27-17 victory on Sunday.

Dennis Smith Jr. in shock by damage done to hometown by hurricane

BEVERLY HILLS, California – Dennis Smith Jr. was enjoying one of his last nights before the arrival of Dallas Mavericks training camp with friends at a hip Vietnamese restaurant when his mood suddenly changed. Smith’s cousin, Isaiah Whorley, showed him a cellphone video of a military vehicle submerged in Hurricane Florence floodwaters as it drove through a small town bordering their hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Dennis Smith Jr Is About to Take Flight 🛫

It’s crazy how often Dennis Smith Jr gets asked about hanging out with J. Cole and about playing with Dirk Nowitzki. Even after a season in the League and a couple of years in the spotlight before that, the journalists in this Las Vegas hotel suite just wanna hear him talk about other people.

The picks, the hits, the moments that defined Kam Chancellor’s career

Demaryius Thomas could only pretend to be OK. After the Denver Broncos wide receiver found himself on the wrong end of one of Kam Chancellor’s greatest hits — a tone-setting moment early in Super Bowl XLVIII — he popped up off the turf, trotted back toward the huddle and casually tossed the ball back to an official.

Bengals DT Andrew Brown honoring his late mother by following his NFL dream

What does is mean to be drafted into the NFL? For many football players, making it to the pros is a lifelong dream and something they work for the majority of their lives to achieve. Once it finally happens, it’s a dream come true that takes some time to truly sink in.

Chesapeake’s Andrew Brown begins his NFL journey with the Bengals

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The waiting game isn’t something Andrew Brown was used to. After dominating in the high school ranks at Oscar Smith, every college was hoping to land the 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year. He would stay in-state and head to UVA.

Snapper Jake McQuaide agrees to three-year extension with Rams

Jake McQuaide, a Pro Bowl snapper for the Rams the last two seasons, on Friday agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.

Xavier Rhodes Holds Toy Drive for Youth Hospital Patients

EDINA, Minn. – The holiday season is bigger than team alliances or favorite players. It’s about giving back and helping those in need, especially youth hospital patients. That was the case Tuesday night when Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes held his fourth annual holiday toy drive at Piada Italian Street Food in Edina to benefit patients at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Kam Chancellor named 30 Under 30 2018: Sports

Winning on and off the field

Morning Tip Q&A: Dennis Smith Jr. | NBA.com

LeBron James, that imp, knew exactly the conflagration he would start, and lit the match anyway. After the Cleveland Cavaliers’ win in Dallas Saturday night, James tweaked Phil Jackson’s selection

757 and PSE Family Swap Jersey’s After the Game

The Redskins beat the Seahawks 17-14 on Sunday in Seattle, but two former Virginia Tech Hokies paid homage to their roots after the game. Kam Chancellor, a star safety for the Seahawks, and DeAngelo Hall, a veteran safety for the Redskins, swapped jerseys. Take a look: Chancellor played for the Hokies between 2006 and 2009.

Matchup of the Game: Watt next for Bengals up front?

Bengals RG T.J. Johnson vs. Texans DL J.J. Watt – Another representative matchup, this one pitting two units looking to rebound from a less than stellar Opening Day in Thursday’s game (8:25 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5 and NFL Network) at Paul Brown Stadium.

Top NFL Agents And Agencies By Number Of Clients – August 2017

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Lakers Sign Vander Blue | Los Angeles Lakers

(Ty Nowell/Los Angeles Lakers) EL SEGUNDO – EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Vander Blue, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

Will Jae Crowder Become an All Star This Year?

With the Paul’s (George and Millsap) headed out west, spots need to be filled for the east’s all star roster. Jae Crowder has been on the rise and the 2017-18 season could be his time to prove any doubters wrong.

Lamarcus Joyner will play his natural role for the Los Angeles Rams this season

Source: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images North America via Zimbio. After facing the departure of former safety T.J. McDonald, the Los Angeles Rams have put their faith in Lamarcus Joyner to fill the void. A void that Joyner has been longing to fill since day one.

NBA prospect Dennis Smith could eventually become a slam dunk champion

By: Bryan Kalbrosky | June 12, 2017 Dennis Smith Jr. may soon make a big name for himself in the 2017 NBA draft, especially if reports about his vertical leap are accurate. He is known as one of the more athletic point guard prospects in the draft and can make empathic dunks while on the court.

NBA prospect Dennis Smith could eventually become a slam dunk champion

By: Bryan Kalbrosky | June 12, 2017 Dennis Smith Jr. may soon make a big name for himself in the 2017 NBA draft, especially if reports about his vertical leap are accurate. He is known as one of the more athletic point guard prospects in the draft and can make empathic dunks while on the court.

Lamarcus Joyner on bigger role with Rams: ‘A dream come true’

7:00 AM ET Alden GonzalezESPN Staff Writer Close Joined ESPN in 2016 to cover the Los Angeles Rams Previously covered the Angels for MLB.com THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Practice was over, several of his teammates had showered up and driven away, and Lamarcus Joyner remained on the field, all alone, jogging laps, dripping sweat.

Kam Chancellor’s “Bam Bam Spring Jam” wraps up biggest weekend yet

NORFOLK (WAVY) – From a simple “get-together” at Poplar Hall Park, Kam Chancellor’s Memorial Day cookout grew, and eventually moved to Lakewood Park. As Chancellor’s NFL career grew, so did the crowds at his cookout, until it blossomed into what is now known as “Bam Bam’s Spring Jam” at Town Point Park.

James Bradberry, instead of Josh Norman, quietly makes Panthers better

Oct 11, 2018 David NewtonESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Panthers, NFL for 11 years More than 25 years experience covering NFL, college football and NASCAR Joined ESPN in 2006 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Midway through the third quarter on Sunday, faced with second-and-13 from the Carolina Panthers’ 18-yard line, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Smith makes the first day of school unforgettable

The Dallas Mavericks continue a summer of hard work in the gym and giving back to the community off the court. Aug. 20 was no different as point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and Mavs CEO Cynthia Marshall went out to the Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard school to promote fitness and make the children’s first day of the new year special.

Steelers use 5th-round pick to take Penn State safety Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen was born in Maryland, grew up in that state and crossed the Mason-Dixon line to play football at Penn State. Make no mistake, though, Pittsburgh is home. Which is why the 21-year-old Allen was so elated to be drafted by the Steelers on Saturday in the fifth round with the No.

Cody Parkey leaves Miami Dolphins for $15 million contract

Former Auburn place-kicker Cody Parkey is on the move again in the NFL. He’s leaving the Miami Dolphins after one season to join the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, the opening day of free agency. NFL Network reported Parkey has a four-year, $15 million contract with the Bears, including $9 million in guaranteed money.

Q&A: NFL Draft analyst weighs in on Andrew Brown’s big week at the Senior Bowl

Though Quin Blanding and Micah Kiser made up most of the headlines concerning the Virginia football team’s defense this past season, they’re not the ones making the most waves at the Senior Bowl this week. That classification belongs to defensive lineman Andrew Brown.

Why Lamarcus Joyner should be the Rams’ top priority in free agency

The Los Angeles Rams were extremely active last offseason. In addition to hiring Sean McVay, trading for Sammy Watkins and signing Robert Woods, the Rams also made a bunch of fringe moves, so to speak: signing Nickell Robey-Coleman, bringing in Wade Phillips, adding John Sullivan.

Reliving Dennis Smith Jr.’s final two minutes against the Thunder

The Mavericks had one of their best wins of the season on New Year’s Eve as they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-113. The fourth quarter was incredibly tight, with neither team able to build more than a five-point lead. But two things about last night’s win really stand out: 1.

Dennis Smith Jr. shines in Mavs’ win over Pistons with friend J. Cole in the crowd

Dennis Smith Jr. returned Wednesday night from a six-game absence. As if he wasn’t motivated enough, his buddy, favorite hip-hop artist and fellow Fayetteville, N.C., product J. Cole sat near midcourt, celebrating every Smith highlight play. Smith kept giving Cole reasons to cheer.

Another game, another top WR shut down by Xavier Rhodes and Vikings

Dec 4, 2017 Courtney CroninESPN Staff Writer Close Covered the 49ers, Raiders and Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News. She joined ESPN in 2017. ATLANTA — A week after Julio Jones demolished the Tampa Bay secondary in the third 250-yard performance of his career, the Atlanta Falcons receiver was rendered ineffective against the Minnesota Vikings, catching two passes for 24 yards and no touchdowns.

Maury High School retiring Kam Chancellor’s jersey

Published: NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Maury High School is retiring the jersey of alum Kam Chancellor on Thursday. Chancellor went Maury from 2002 to 2006, and excelled in both basketball and football. While played quarterback for the Commodores, Chancellor made a successful switch to defense at Virginia Tech.

Dennis Smith Jr. lived up to the hype in his Mavs debut

Expectations for Dennis Smith Jr. have been high ever since the Dallas Mavericks selected him with the No. 9 overall pick back in June. Those high expectations only grew with his impressive performances in the Las Vegas Summer League and the preseason. So when it finally came time for Smith Jr.

How Jae Crowder continues to find his way with the Cavs

Nov 12, 2017 Dave McMenaminESPN Staff Writer Close Cavs and NBA writer for ESPN.com Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14 and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09 Syracuse University graduate DALLAS — During a third-quarter timeout Saturday, LeBron James leaned over from his seat on the bench, turned his head to peer down the row of seats to catch Jae Crowder’s attention and barked instructions at his new teammate over the crowd noise at American Airlines Center.

Vander Blue has one goal: to stick with Lakers

MIAMI – It’s midmorning, and the sky is angry and dark. It’s trying to give way to light, but the early traces of a tropical storm headed this way prove a worthy foe. But the light is remarkably resilient. Patches across the sky open up and the light breaks free with abandon.

Seahawks Name Team Captains For 2017

Seahawks players voted on captains for the 2017 season this week, electing quarterback Russell Wilson on offense, strong safety Kam Chancellor and linebacker Bobby Wagner as co-captains on defense, and punter on special teams. Wilson was named captain for the fifth season in a row, while Ryan holds captaincy for his fourth straight year after serving as special teams co-captain last year with cornerback DeShawn Shead , who starts the year on the physically unable to perform list, keeping him out for at least the first six games.

Behind The Scenes of Rhodes’ New Contract

Get an inside look as Xavier Rhodes signed his new contract extension with the Vikings on Sunday afternoon.

NBA Scouts Break Down Summer-League Standout Dennis Smith Jr.

Dallas Mavericks Jonathan Wasserman Twitter Logo NBA Lead Writer A polarizing talent entering the draft, Dennis Smith Jr. has the NBA community buzzing during summer league. And it’s raising questions as to how he fell to the Dallas Mavericks at No. 9.

NBA Draft scouting report: Dennis Smith Jr. could be All-Star steal for lottery team

Long known as one of the elite prospects in the 2016 high school recruiting class, Dennis Smith Jr. was something of an unknown quantity going into his freshman season at NC State. Just before his senior season, Smith tore his ACL at Adidas Nations in Southern California and was forced to miss the entire year.

Annual B.W. Webb Football Camp

B.W. Webb holding his 4th annual football camp at Woodside High School in Newport News. Over 300 children took part at the camp.

‘Top 100 Players of 2017’: No. 66 Xavier Rhodes

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Utah Jazz’s Jae Crowder regains passion for basketball after his mom’s passing

After a roller-coaster 2017-2018 season, when he was traded from Boston to Cleveland to Utah, tragically lost his mother to cancer at 51 and returned to his father Corey Crowder’s old stomping grounds as a Jazzman, Jae is now recommitted to hoops.

Buccaneers pick Pitt safety Jordan Whitehead in the fourth round

His phone kept ringing. The texts kept coming. Friends and family — about 70 of them attended a draft party Saturday at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott — were patting former Pitt safety Jordan Whitehead on the back. That was pretty much the scene in the moments after Whitehead was drafted in the fourth round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brown, Levrone turn heads during Virginia’s Pro Day

Former Virginia defensive tackle Andrew Brown’s ascension to the top of NFL Draft boards continued on Thursday morning as scouts from 30 teams converged on the George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility for the Cavaliers’ annual Pro Day. Brown – one of 10 players working out for pro scouts – improved on the 5.03-second 40-yard dash time he posted at the NFL combine.

Dennis Smith Jr. ready to put on a show for the city of Dallas – Official Website of the Dallas Mavericks

The first time Dennis Smith Jr. dunked was in the eighth grade. When most eighth graders were worried about who they’re taking to the junior high dance, Dennis was in a gym having his friends throw him alley-oops until he finally caught one with two hands for his first dunk.

Dennis Smith Jr. selected to play in 2018 Rising Stars game – Official Website of the Dallas Mavericks

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was selected to compete for the U.S. Team in the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars at All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles. The game will be played at the STAPLES Center in L.A. on Friday, Feb.

Dennis Smith Jr. becomes youngest Maverick to record triple-double

NEW ORLEANS — Dennis Smith Jr. got his first triple double as an NBA player Friday night. “It’s the first of many,” coach Rick Carlisle said.

Vikings’ Xavier Rhodes: ‘I believe I’m the best’ cornerback in the NFL

NFL fans have declared Xavier Rhodes the best cornerback in the NFL. He does not disagree. “Of course I believe I’m the best,” he said Wednesday. Rhodes finished with more votes than any cornerback in fan voting for the Pro Bowl this week and was one of four Vikings selected for the game.

Vikings’ Xavier Rhodes Surprises High School Team As Guest Coach

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minnesota Viking gave some high school players a surprise they won’t soon forget Friday night. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes showed up to Edison High School in Minneapolis to be a guest coach for the Tommies as they took on St.

Dennis Smith Jr. Is All the Way Up

Dennis Smith Jr. sits in the second-floor lounge of a luxury apartment building in his new city of Dallas, minutes from his new home away from home, the Dallas Mavericks’ training facility. The bright midday Texas sun is filling the sky. “It’s hot as fish grease out here,” he says.

Lamarcus Joyner, Trumaine Johnson receive top PFF grades in Week 1

By: Cameron DaSilva | September 11, 2017 11:15 am ET There are good games, and then there are great ones. Sunday’s win over the Colts certainly falls under the latter for the Rams, considering they dominated Chuck Pagano’s squad for 60 minutes en route to a 37-point win at home.

Saints’ Tommylee Lewis more comfortable in offense entering second season

Players around the NFL typically experience growth in their second season. Confidence remains a large factor along with familiarity in a scheme, and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis possesses both attributes. Lewis, who appeared in 12 games with one start in 2016, adds another quality to explain how he has progressed from the 2016 season.

Mavs rookie Dennis Smith Jr. joins Currys on Under Armour team

The most marketable NBA players are typically guards. Players with the ball in their hands — explosive attackers with an endless flair to their game. As kids look up to and spend endless hours in front-yard hoops emulating their every move, brands are left constantly looking for the next great athletes who can translate into equally great endorsers.

Kam Chancellor and Eli Harold’s “Va’s UpNext Skills Camp” teaches life, finance, and football fundamentals

NORFOLK, Va. – Everything comes full-circle for Kam Chancellor and Eli Harold when they make a late July trip back home to Hampton Roads. You wouldn’t think that a Hokie and Cavalier would team up, but in the case of these two NFL players hailing from the 757, it’s a no-brainer.

Dennis Smith Jr. gives Mavs a powerful and explosive point guard

Dennis Smith Jr. is similar to Russell Westbrook or John Wall and that should be exciting for Dallas

2017 NBA Draft: Top 5 Lists

Most Athletic: Dennis Smith Known for his strong frame as a guard, his quickness and change of speed with the ball, not to mention some inexplicable hops from a stand still or with a running start, Smith has the potential to be a special athlete even at a position loaded with them.

‘Top 100 Players of 2017’: No. 34 Kam Chancellor

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