90s Pop Songs Bracket — Elite Eight: Which was the greatest No. 1 hit from back in the day?

Blink and you’ll miss it. The 90s Pop Songs Bracket was at a full 64-team field just the other week and now it’s down to the final eight teams. Gone are the massive favorites: Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Celine Dion and artists with multiple No. 1 hits. Still, regardless of seeding, the Elite 8 has plenty of powerhouse names remaining. The Notorious B.I.G., Coolio, Whitney Houston and TLC are just some of the artists still battling it out. 

Speaking of seeding, it’s worth noting that one double-digit seed remains in each of the regional final matchups, including two No. 16 seeds. In fact, there’s only one true blue blood left: Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”  That goes to show that the term “staying power” means a completely different thing now than it did 20 to 30

On This Day: Michael Jordan scores game winner to clinch NCAA Championship vs. Georgetown

With the NBA, MLB, NHL and other major sports leagues and sporting events suspended or canceled, on a daily basis, we will revisit some of the most unforgettable games and sports moments in history. Welcome to On This Day.

It was just another day at the office for Michael Jeffery Jordan.

38 years ago today, MJ hit a shot that for nearly any other player would define a career, but for him was simply the first of many.

The six-time NBA champion and five-time MVP began his career as a freshman at North Carolina. And on March 29, 1982, he hit the game winning shot in the NCAA championship Game to seal the Tar Heels’ victory.

With under 20 seconds left to play and down by one, Jordan’s jumper was exactly what his team needed to beat Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas 63-62 in the closest championship game in 23 years.

Happy Birthday

Jimmy Johnson answers whether Jerry Jones will present him at Pro Football Hall of Fame induction

Two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmy Johnson revealed on Twitter who will be presenting him at the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony.

       

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Basketball rims removed, skate parks shut down and more ways cities are trying to enforce social distancing

Sports leagues around the globe have taken measures to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including season suspensions, postponements and even cancellations for some events.

Now, to help contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has encouraged Americans to practice “social distancing,” with the goal of helping to slow down the outbreak. Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people, as well as avoiding large gatherings or group outings.

But with so many adults and children cooped up in their homes during this time, many have taken to their respective recreational centers for fresh air and physical activity. But the problem arises when people meet at these spots and gather in large groups, so now, cities around the country are deciding to take further preventative measures.

In New York City, government officials have

Eric Dickerson says he will pass along fans' concerns on Los Angeles Rams' new logo

The Los Angeles Rams unveiled a new logo this week, and the Internet’s response was overwhelmingly negative. 

Between the memes and social media shots, Hall of Fame running back and former Rams great Eric Dickerson — who signed his message “The Rambassador”  — said he planned on taking fans’ suggestions straight to the front office and tweeted two alternative logos. 

“(Rams) fans, I reviewed your comments regarding our new logos and share in your disappointment,” Dickerson wrote. “I’ll be speaking with the Rams on our behalf. Please like if you prefer the logo on the left and retweet to vote for the logo on the right.”

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Rams general manager Kevin Demoff had some fun with the backlash this week, turning it into a charity opportunity: if donations to a charity telethon for coronavirus relief eclipsed $2 million, he’d read mean tweets (the drive eclipsed that goal on Tuesday). 

“If some self-deprecating humor and people taking shots at me can raise money for someone who needs a meal, that’s the best thing I can do with my time,” Demoff told USA TODAY Sports’ Jarrett Bell earlier this week.

“When you unveil something that’s a little different, people have to warm up and get used to that. I think some people will come around to the change and obviously we will look forward and try to make sure the feedback is incorporated in the best way possible.”

From 1983-86, Dickerson was an All-Pro in three of his four full seasons with the Rams. He rushed for 7,245 yards and scored 58 total touchdowns in that span. 

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How accurate were the Pro Football Focus grades for the Steelers offense in 2019?

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Some people swear by PFF rankings while others give them no weight at all, but the real answer is probably somewhere in between when it comes to grading the Steelers offense

As the NFL offseason presses on, fans are evaluating how players from their favorite team performed in 2019 in order to determine how they view the position both continuing in free agency and going into the draft. While some positions have much easier data to compare, others are very difficult to quantify with statistics. With many of these positions, fans often turn to the Pro Football Focus (PFF) player grades they issue for the season. There are many fans who swear by the rankings while others dismiss them completely. So how much can fans truly trust these grades?

The first thing which is needed is to understand how PFF breaks down each player in order to come up with an overall score. The first installment looking into PFF grades was two weeks ago just before the flurry of free agent activity began and it explained the process of how PFF determines their grades. This time, we are going to look at some of the PFF grades of the Steelers offense from 2019 to help determine how accurate their scores could be.

For this exercise, we will look at the ranking and scores at the offensive positions for the Steelers’ players. The top ranked player as well as the number of players ranked will be listed. Fullback was not included as the Steelers did not have a qualifying player. These numbers are merely presented in order to help you draw your own conclusion. All scores are courtesy of pff.com.


Quarterbacks:

Top Ranked: Russell Wilson (92.0)
Number Ranked: 37
35: Mason Rudolph (53.0)
37: Devlin Hodges (45.8)
N/A: Ben Roethlisberger (49.0)

Of all the quarterback who played enough snaps to qualify (about 315), the Steelers young QB’s ranked as two of the bottom three. The only player who separated them was Washington’s Kyle Allen.


Running Backs:

Top Ranked: Nick Chubb (88.7)
Number Ranked: 58
21: James Conner (73.6)
55: Jaylen Samuels (54.4)
N/A: Benny Snell Jr (67.2)

Snell did not reach the 260 snaps in took to qualify in the rankings. Had he been included, he would have been placed just ahead of Todd Gurley (67.0) as well as Melvin Gordon (66.0), LeSean McCoy (65.4), and Leonard Fournette (64.0).


Wide Receivers:

Top Ranked: Chris Godwin (90.7)
Number Ranked: 122
59: James Washington (69.3)
65: Diontae Johnson (67.9)
85: JuJu Smith-Schuster (63.1)
108: Deon Cain (55.6)

Johnson’s receiving score was slightly higher than Washington’s, but Washington ranked in the top 25 in run blocking among qualifying NFL receivers.


Tight Ends:

Top Ranked: George Kittle (94.4)
Number Ranked: 66
64: Nick Vannett (48.2)
T-65: Vance McDonald (45.3)

2019 was a difficult year to evaluate much of the Steelers’ offense, especially tight ends. McDonald tied for last among qualifying players with Vannett only one spot above.


Tackles:

Top Ranked: Ryan Ramczyk (90.9)
Number Ranked: 81
20: Matt Feiler (75.2)
24: Alejandro Villanueva (74.0)
N/A: Zach Banner (78.3)
N/A: Chukwuma Okorafor: (58.3)

Banner was about 100 snaps short of qualifying in the rankings which would have put him around 15th even with a very low pass blocking score. The Steelers were one of the six NFL teams with both tackles ranked in the top 25.


Guard:

Top Ranked: Brandon Brooks (92.9)
Number Ranked: 81
15: David DeCastro (71.0)
50: Ramon Foster (59.0)

It can be noted Stefen Wisniewski ranked 16th with a score of 70.9 just behind DeCastro.


Center:

Top Ranked: Jason Kelce (81.1)
Number Ranked: 37
32: B.J. Finney (56.9)
36: Maurkice Pouncey (51.5)

Not only was Pouncey’s score the lowest on the Steelers’ offensive line, his individual scores in both run blocking and pass blocking were lowest of all the Steelers’ starters.


So do you think PFF grades are reliable source in evaluating a player’s performance based on their assessment of the Steelers offense? Did the players score where you expected? Please vote in the poll and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Evan Gattis, member of 2017 Astros, provides explanation for his apparent insult to Mike Fiers

The MLB season may be on hold at the moment due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But there’s still drama as it pertains to the Houston Astros cheating scandal.

Former Astros catcher Evan Gattis recently tweeted out a photo of a glass with an image of his former teammate Mike Fiers, accompanied by a caption ‘snitches get stitches.’ 

Fiers was the whistleblower regarding the Astros illegal use of technology to steal signs. The right-hander went on the record to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich about the sign-stealing scheme last November. After Gattis sent out the tweet, the 2017 World Series champion seemingly walked back his perceived insult against Fiers. 

“For the record I have zero bad feelings towards Fiers,” Gattis wrote in a tweet. “We have actually texted and I hoped he didn’t get too much hate/ (actual scary hate

Rangers' Joey Gallo slugging through MLB shutdown in at-home batting cage

Heading into every season, I generally like to go over all the things I love seeing in baseball. Manny Machado ranging into foul territory before throwing across his body to first base. Javier Baez making an electric tag. A sweet left-handed swing. A sick slider. Basically anything Mike Trout does. Or how about Joey Gallo murdering baseballs? 

Gorgeous. 

Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing that anytime soon. But we do have have something to tide us over. 

Gallo, at home like many major leaguers with the league on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, found a way to rake at home. The 26-year-old set up an in-home batting cage, great view of a skyline and all. 

It’s not exactly a 450-foot plus grand slam into an area packed full of fans, but hey, we’ll take what we can get at this

Marbury trying to get masks from China for N.Y.

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Former New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury is trying to arrange a deal that would deliver 10 million N95 masks to New York City, but he has run into issues coordinating a deal between a Chinese company and the coronavirus-struck city.

Marbury told the New York Post that he arranged for a supplier in China to sell the masks for $2.75 each, nearly two-thirds less than their standard price tag.

“At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn,” Marbury told the Post from Beijing, where he coaches the Chinese Basketball Association’s Royal Fighters. “This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help New York.”

Marbury added: “I have family there in Coney Island, a lot of family … who are affected by this, so I know how important it is for people to have masks

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus teammates give up $100 million to help club during coronavirus pandemic

Cristiano Ronaldo, his teammates and coach Maurizio Sarri have given up $100 million (about €90 million) in combined wages to help the club during the coronavirus pandemic. The club has had three players test positive for COVID-19, including star attacker Paulo Dybala. The forgoing of wages, which the club announced this weekend, will have players receive reduced compensation from March through June, helping the club financially during a challenging time.

Italy remains the hardest hit country in Europe when it comes to confirmed cases and deaths. 

Here’s what the club said in its statement:

The understanding provides for the reduction of the compensation for an amount equal to the monthly payments of March, April, May and June 2020. In the coming weeks, personal agreements with the players and the coach will be finalized, as required by the current regulations.