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Empire State Building lights up green to support Eagles and creates firestorm: ‘You are dead to me’

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Empire State Building lights up green to support Eagles and creates firestorm: ‘You are dead to me’

The Empire State Constructing, within the coronary heart of New York Metropolis, lit up inexperienced on Sunday night time to point out help for the Philadelphia Eagles after the crew gained the NFC Championship and clinched a spot in Tremendous Bowl LVII.

The notion that one of the iconic buildings on this planet with the New York Giants and the New York Jets taking part in of their yard would mild up inexperienced to help a rival didn’t sit properly with some soccer followers.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts walks on the sector after the NFC Championship NFL soccer recreation between the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia.
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The backlash instantly started on social media.

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NYC Sanitation, whose colours are additionally inexperienced and white, tweeted, “For anybody who finds this as treacherous, traitorous, and unforgivable as we do – simply fake it is inexperienced and white for #NewYorksStrongest. We take out the trash every single day…and subsequent yr, that’ll embrace the Eagles.”

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The Eagles defeated the 49ers, 31-7, to get again to the Tremendous Bowl, which can happen Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and will probably be seen on FOX.

Jan 29, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA;  Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) celebrates with offensive tackle Lane Johnson (65) and wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) during the NFC Championship trophy presentation after win against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field.

Jan 29, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA;  Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) celebrates with offensive sort out Lane Johnson (65) and extensive receiver A.J. Brown (11) throughout the NFC Championship trophy presentation after win towards the San Francisco 49ers within the NFC Championship recreation at Lincoln Monetary Discipline.
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Philadelphia was propelled to victory behind touchdowns from Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. All three gamers scored speeding touchdowns and Sanders had two of these scores.

Hurts, an NFL MVP candidate, was 15 of 25 with 121 passing yards. He additionally had 39 yards on the bottom on 11 carries with a landing. Kenneth Gainwell led the Eagles in speeding yards with 48. Sanders had 42 and Scott had 21.

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Jan 29, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrate after win against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field.

Jan 29, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles followers rejoice after win towards the San Francisco 49ers within the NFC Championship recreation at Lincoln Monetary Discipline.
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DeVonta Smith led the Eagles in receiving with two catches for 36 yards. A.J. Brown had 4 catches for 28 yards.

Issues did not get higher for the social media crew after the Empire State Constructing account tweeted that it modified its coloration to purple to help the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs who defeated the Cincinnati Bengals to win the AFC Championship.

Within the last moments, Patrick Mahomes galloped for a primary down and picked up extra yards after he was pushed to the bottom when he was already out of bounds.

It arrange a Harrison Butker go-ahead subject objective.

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Kansas Metropolis gained the sport 23-20.

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Caitlin Clark's new reality is coming. What will her WNBA transition look like?

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Reality is coming.

In the words of Diana Taurasi, as spoken to Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter, Caitlin Clark is due for a reckoning when she gets to the WNBA. After four years of dominating the college game, Clark is starting the next chapter of her career at the bottom as one of the youngest players in the most talented league in the world. Regardless of what the overall arc of Clark’s career ends up being, it is unlikely that she hits the ground running as the best player on the court every night, as she did at Iowa.

 

Hype won’t be an issue for Clark; she is accustomed to feeling pressure and meeting the moment. She was a top-five recruit coming out of high school who ended up as the leading scorer in college basketball history. She proclaimed her goal as a freshman to get Iowa back to the Final Four for the first time since 1993, and she did it – twice. As the eyes of the public lasered in on her during every successive game of the Hawkeyes’ 2024 NCAA Tournament, Clark kept winning, shattering viewership records in the process.

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She has been the center of attention before. The only difference now, as Clark is prepared to be the No. 1 pick by the Indiana Fever, is that the players she suits up against will be able to do something about it.

“It’s a different game, there’s an adjustment period, there’s a period of grace that you have to give rookies when they get to the league,” Taurasi said at USA Basketball training camp in Cleveland. “We’ve had some of the greats to ever play basketball, and it takes two or three years to get used to a different game (against) the best players in the world.”

The most significant change Clark will encounter in the WNBA is the physicality and strength of her opposition. We saw Clark struggle with aggressive ball pressure from West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament, causing her to post her worst assist-to-turnover ratio (3 to 6) of the season. UConn’s Nika Mühl had her in a straitjacket during the Final Four, picking Clark up full-court and limiting Clark to her lowest scoring total (21 points) of 2023-24. And the trees of South Carolina made it challenging for Clark to finish inside, as she missed 10 2-pointers.

That’s the type of defense Clark can expect to encounter every night in the WNBA, starting with Gamecocks alums Tiffany Mitchell and Tyasha Harris in Indiana’s opener against Connecticut. Furthermore, while Clark got to hide on the Hawkeyes’ defense, deferring the toughest matchups to Gabbie Marshall, too many offensive threats exist on every team in the pros. She’ll have opposing players trying to take her off the dribble and get into her body on that end as well.

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“Challenge-wise, I think the physicality of going against grown women is going to be tough,” Andraya Carter said in the WNBA’s pre-draft Zoom call. “The hits are going to be a little bit harder. The checks are going to be harder. The defense is going to be more physical and the players will be faster.”

The jump to the pros is often more challenging for top guard prospects. Of the nine rookies who have placed in the top 10 of WARP (wins above replacement player) since 2010, only Maya Moore was a perimeter player, according to ESPN.com. And Clark’s game doesn’t exactly resemble that of her childhood idol.

Former No. 1 picks Kelsey Plum and Sabrina Ionescu each experienced severe growing pains in their ascent to All-Star status. Plum didn’t average double-digit scoring until her fourth season, a somewhat shocking turn of events for the then-leading scorer in Division I women’s college history. Similarly, Ionescu didn’t make more than 35 percent of her 3-pointers until her fourth season despite converting 42.2 percent of such looks in college.

Nevertheless, Clark has a few advantages going for her relative to that pair. At 6-foot, she’s bigger than Plum, which will give her cleaner shooting angles right away. Opponents might not be able to put their best defender on Clark right away with All-Star Kelsey Mitchell also in the Fever backcourt, and Clark has deeper range than Plum at this stage, allowing her to stretch the defense.

Ionescu was bothered by a severe ankle sprain over her first two seasons, so health could be the biggest differentiator for Clark early in her career. But Ionescu’s difficulty playing as a lead ballhandler is instructive — despite being the all-time college leader in triple-doubles, she only flourished in the pros next to another point guard. Clark will be playing at the one; as such, her passing will need to shine right away. Fortunately, that might be the most pro-ready skill in her tool box.

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“There will be challenges, but at the same time the talent around her is also going to be better,” Rebecca Lobo said on the pre-draft call. “I’m excited to see what that looks like in particular on the offensive end of the floor.”

Perhaps a more useful comparison for Clark is Rhyne Howard, the No. 1 pick in 2022. Howard was a high-volume 3-point shooter at Kentucky and succeeded as a scorer as a rookie because she kept launching from distance, earning All-Star honors in her first season. Howard didn’t do too much shot creation for others — she’s more of a wing than Clark — but used her size to pull up against smaller guard defenders, something her fellow No. 1 pick can replicate.

Clark’s deep repertoire of skills, whether that’s shooting off the catch, creating for others, or generating good looks for herself, makes it plausible that she’ll be able to rely on one of those to make her mark immediately. She’s in a better position to succeed than those who preceded her in recent years because her resume is in a class of its own.

Even if reality hits right away, there’s a long runway for Clark to figure out how to dominate at the next level. She is being set up for success by a franchise that will prioritize her development and optimize her basketball situation. Sooner or later, everyone agrees that Clark’s game will translate, even Taurasi.

“When you’re great at what you do,” Taurasi said, “you’re just gonna get better.”

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Tiki Barber suggests JJ McCarthy’s rising draft stock is a 'smokescreen,' hopes Giants pass: 'Don’t want him'

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Tiki Barber suggests JJ McCarthy’s rising draft stock is a 'smokescreen,' hopes Giants pass: 'Don’t want him'

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An injury cut Daniel Jones’ fifth NFL season short. The 2019 first-round draft pick ultimately appeared in six games last season.

Jones inked a four-year contract extension in 2023, but the injury and his overall disappointing performances in past seasons have put his future with the New York Giants in question. The quarterback prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft have dominated NFL offseason discussions.

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While former USC star Caleb Williams is largely expected to be the first player off the board once the draft kicks off later this month, J.J. McCarthy’s stock appears to continue to rise. 

Former Running Back for the New York Giants, Atiim Kiambu “Tiki” Barber visits “Mornings With Maria” at Fox News Channel Studios on October 29, 2019, in New York City. (Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

McCarthy guided the Michigan Wolverines to the College Football Playoff National Championship in January, but he was widely projected as the fourth-best quarterback prospect in this year’s highly anticipated draft.

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The Giants finished the season with a 6-11 record and hold the sixth overall draft pick. Some believe the Giants will use their draft pick on a quarterback, and McCarthy could be available at No. 6. However, Giants legend Tiki Barber has zero interest in watching McCarthy taking snaps at MetLife Stadium with a Giants uniform on

“Not happening. I’m just saying. Not happening,” Barber said. “I don’t want him. Not happening.”

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Barber argued that McCarthy’s skillet would not translate to the NFL level, and suggested that his former coach, Jim Harbaugh, was driving the majority of the positive attention he was receiving.

Jim Harbaugh talks with J.J. McCarthy

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talks to J.J. McCarthy, #9, during a time-out while playing the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on October 14, 2023, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

“J.J. McCarthy thing, I’m tired of hearing it. Stop with the J.J. McCarthy thing,” Barber said. “His film doesn’t say he’s a first-round quarterback. His film doesn’t say, ‘I need to get rid of all my assets and go draft this guy,’ because a lot of what he does doesn’t translate. The scheme that he ran at Michigan — and maybe this is an indictment on the scheme and not necessarily on him — but it didn’t highlight the things that you need to do, second-, third-level reads, multiple combo routes that you have to get correct. He didn’t do any of that stuff. They were run-based, and he thrived in it because he was good at — that’s what Jim Harbaugh wanted him to do.

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“The J.J. McCarthy thing, to me, is a smokescreen. He’s getting inflated because Jim Harbaugh won’t stop talking about him. Now all of a sudden, he’s a top-four quarterback? I don’t buy it.”

J.J. McCarthy warms up

J.J. McCarthy, #9 of the Michigan Wolverines, warming up before a college football game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Michigan Stadium on November 4, 2023, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

North Carolina signal caller Drake Maye and LSU’s Jayden Daniels are expected to hear their names called shortly after Williams walks across the stage at the draft in Detroit. Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. also received some first-round consideration, although his injury history could give some teams pause.

While the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos remain two teams that could trade up in order to draft a quarterback, New York could also be looking for Jones’ successor. Kirk Cousins signed with the Atlanta Falcons in free agency, while the Broncos benched Russell Wilson during the season, before later releasing him.

Michigan did lean heavily on its running backs during McCarthy’s tenure, but the quarterback did show the ability to make accurate throws. He finished the 2023 season with a career-high 2,991 passing yards. He initially received multiple second- or third-round grades from draft analysis, but it now seems at least possible that McCarthy could land in the top-10.

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Letters to Sports: Bidding farewell to Caitlin Clark, NCAA tournaments

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Letters to Sports: Bidding farewell to Caitlin Clark, NCAA tournaments

South Carolina is an amazing undefeated national championship team. The NCAA not awarding Most Outstanding Player in the tournament to Caitlin Clark is a travesty. It was a noble gesture by coach Dawn Staley to recognize Clark as a “GOAT of our sport” in her postgame interview.

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Obviously, South Carolina was too big, too deep, and too well-coached for even the great Caitlin Clark to overcome.

After an impressive 18-point first quarter, she virtually disappeared with only 12 points for the rest of the game. And, in the closing minutes, the Hawkeyes were only six points down and in striking distance of a miraculous comeback. But, instead of Clark putting her team on her back and taking them home, she all but sealed the victory for South Carolina with several turnovers and blown layups.

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While she may indeed be the projected “Steph Curry“ of the WNBA, that was not a GOAT-like performance in her final college game.

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