Ex-Mavericks PG Barea signs to play in Spain

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MADRID — Former Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has signed a contract to play in Spain’s top division with Estudiantes, the Madrid-based club said Saturday.

The 36-year-old Barea played for the Mavericks for 11 seasons, helping the team win the NBA title in 2011. The Mavericks released him in December.

Barea played 14 NBA seasons, including three with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and averaged 8.9 points and 3.9 assists in 831 games.

The Puerto Rico native is signed through the end of the season, Estudiantes said. He is scheduled to arrive in Madrid this week to start training.

Barea told Spanish sports daily Marca in 2011 that his father’s family came from a village in northern Spain.

Lions to hire former Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn as offensive coordinator, per report

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New Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell is reportedly bringing in an offensive mind with great coaching experience who could help in his mission to turn the franchise around. On Saturday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported that the Lions will be hiring former Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn as their new offensive coordinator. According to Adam Schefter, Lynn had options as an offensive coordinator, but wanted to work with Campbell and then new defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, who played for the Dallas Cowboys when Lynn was in Dallas.

Lynn spent time in the league as a running backs coach for several teams, but took over as the Buffalo Bills‘ offensive coordinator and then interim head coach in 2016. From there, he was hired by the Chargers and given his first chance as a full-time

2021 American Express scores: Tony Finau, Max Homa among co-leaders in California after Round 3

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LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Max Homa has been tearing up the Stadium Course at The American Express for two days. If he can do it one more time Sunday, the Southern California native could be raising his second career PGA Tour trophy.

Homa made nine birdies and shrugged off a double bogey on the way to a 7-under 65 in the third round Saturday, joining Tony Finau and Si Woo Kim atop the leaderboard at 15-under 201.

Richy Werenski also shot a 65 and moved within a shot of the lead on the Stadium Course at PGA West near Palm Springs.

Scotland’s Russell Knox shot the day’s low round with a 64 — one stroke off the course record — to join Brian Harman and Emiliano Grillo at 13 under.

Finau and Kim both shot 67.

Saturday Night Steelers Open Thread: Duds, Defense, and Dogs


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Come join the virtual party for some conversation about your Steelers and a few random items

With the off season comes debate and this week started off with a bang or was it a dud? With all the debate over the signing of a former 1st round pick to a futures contract at least we know that the passion for our Steelers runs strong. However, we won’t debate the merits of the signing here as BTSC has already seen about 232,457 and a half comments on the topic, so I think everyone’s position is clear.

Anyway, the polar vortex has made it’s way down to southern Ontario, and it is cold. Not stupid cold, mind you, but cold enough that if you haven’t started your ODR, now is the perfect time. What? You don’t know what an ODR is? You live in Pittsburgh and you call yourself a Pens fan?? Come on…

  1. Last week I gave you the power to be Kevin Colbert for a day to do one thing on the offensive side of the ball. This week, do your thing on the defensive side of the ball. One day, one choice, keep it realistic.
  2. With the announcement by the Vanimal of his retirement, what changes do you think the future holds for the TE group next year? A high draft choice? An elevated role for Rader or Gentry? Does Jessie James make a return? Something else?
  3. Call your retirement shots now… Who retires before the 2021 season starts? Ben Roethlisberger? Maurkice Pouncey? Alejandro Villanueva?
  4. This week you have likely seen footage of Steeler playoff victories, or even Super Bowl wins. Give us your favorite memory.
  5. Most of you surely know about Big Ben’s foundation and the relationship with the police and their canine units. While I did not grow up a dog lover, we are on dog No. 2 here in the canuck household. Are you a dog lover? If not, what about other pets? Tell us about your furry (or not) friend.

Kyrie on road trip: 'Two humbling losses' to Cavs

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After a 125-113 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night, the Brooklyn Nets leave their road trip to Cleveland 0-2 and have a slew of defensive breakdowns to review in their next film session.

“This was two humbling losses,” Nets point guard Kyrie Irving said after Friday’s game.

Scoring wasn’t an issue for the Nets, even without Kevin Durant, who sat out after playing over 50 minutes in Brooklyn’s double-overtime loss Wednesday. On the defensive end, the Nets couldn’t slow down the Cavaliers in the paint.

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In Wednesday’s loss, the Nets gave up 64 points in the paint. They gave up another 70 in Friday’s defeat, with Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen finishing with 19 points off the bench to go along with 19 points from center Andre Drummond and 25 points from guard Collin Sexton. The 134 points in the paint are the

Celtics rookie Pritchard out at least two weeks

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The Boston Celtics said rookie point guard Payton Pritchard will be off the court for at least two weeks after suffering a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee during Friday night’s 122-110 loss in Philadelphia to the 76ers.

Pritchard needed to be helped off the court after Jaylen Brown fell into his leg in the second quarter. The Celtics ruled him out for the rest of the game a short time later. Pritchard eventually rejoined his teammates on the bench.

The 26th pick in November’s NBA draft, Pritchard has been a revelation for the Celtics, instantly carving out a spot in coach Brad Stevens’ rotation. He is averaging 7.7 points while shooting 42.5% from 3-point range.

His outside shooting has been a welcome addition to a Celtics team that has dealt with Kemba Walker missing the first few weeks

How to watch Chiefs vs. Bills: TV channel, NFL live stream info, start time

Who’s Playing

Buffalo @ Kansas City

Regular Season Records: Buffalo 13-3; Kansas City 14-2

What to Know

The Buffalo Bills have enjoyed the comforts of home their last three games, but now they must head out on the road. On Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium at 6:40 p.m. ET, they and the Kansas City Chiefs will grapple for the AFC championship and a ticket to the Super Bowl. The Bills will be seeking to avenge the 26-17 loss they suffered the last time these two teams played Oct. 19 of last year.

Buffalo earned some more postseason success in their contest last week. They were able to grind out a solid victory over the Baltimore Ravens, winning 17-3. The score was all tied up at the break 3-3, but Buffalo was the better team in the second half. Their WR

Take a look at Kobe Bryant's 15 highest-scoring games

By | January 23, 2021

Kobe Bryant was terrific at many things on the basketball court, but obviously scoring was his main thing. Kobe retired as the No. 3 all-time scorer in NBA history and No. 2 (right ahead of Michael Jordan) for most 60-point games.

Below you can check the numbers on his 15 best scoring games. Many of his 50-point efforts don’t even crack the list. He was that good at getting buckets.

1. 81 points vs. Toronto (January 22, 2006) 28/46 FG, 7/13 3P, 18/20 FT. Score: LA Lakers 122, Toronto 104

2. 65 points vs. Portland (March 16, 2007) 23/39 FG, 8/12 3P, 11/12 FT. Score: LA Lakers 116, Portland 111

3. 62 points vs. Dallas (December 20, 2005) 18/31 FG,

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Matthew Wright signs a Reserve/Future contract with the Detroit Lions


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The substitute placekicker for the Steelers in 2020 is getting his shot with the Detroit Lions in 2021.

At the end of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2020 season, they elected to let a group of players’ practice squad contracts expire. Many fans were perplexed by the decision, but it was essentially the Steelers giving these players a chance to start fresh somewhere new. Somewhere they could lock up a role for themselves, and not just sitting on the practice squad wondering if an injury would give them a shot.

Among those names were players like Devlin Hodges, Deon Cain and placekicker Matthew Wright. The day after Cain signed a Reserve/Future contract with the Baltimore Ravens, Wright has found a new home with the Detroit Lions.

Per Aaron Wilson Wright signed a Reserve/Future contract of his own with the Lions.

During the 2020 season, with Chris Boswell nursing multiple lower body injuries, Wright filled in and did so as well as can be expected. During his time in the lineup Wright never missed a field goal or extra point.

The biggest knock on Wright his is leg strength. The longest field goal he attempted, and made, was a 46-yard kick. He made two such kicks during his time with the Steelers, and it made Mike Tomlin’s decision to not even attempt a field goal at that distance in the team’s first loss vs. the Washington Football Team at Heinz Field.

After proving he can make those mid-to-long field goals, it was only a matter of time until Wright got a shot with another franchise, and it was the Lions who came calling. If Wright doesn’t make the roster in 2021, the Steelers would be wise to put in a call in case Boswell gets banged up for the second straight season.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the new league year, NFL Free Agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.

Which remaining team are Steelers fans pulling for on Championship Weekend?


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With the Steelers offseason underway, is there a team this weekend Steelers fans want to see make it to the Super Bowl?

We know. It’s not the Steelers.

Before even diving into looking at the matchups this weekend, it’s inevitable that someone thinks they’re going to be highly witty and original and talk about how the Steelers are the only team they care about winning this weekend and they’re not even playing. We get it. It stinks that the Steelers’ 2020 season has come to an end.

But for many of us Steelers’ fans, even without our beloved Black & Gold playing, the game of football is something we love and will try to enjoy the few remaining games even though we don’t have a dog in the fight. It’s a long time until August, and there are only 3 games left until then.

In the eyes of Steelers’ Nation, there are pros and cons for all four of the remaining teams looking to bring home the Lombardi trophy in February. Whether it be wanting one particular team to win, or simply wanting a different team to lose, those tuning in to the two Conference Championship games on Sunday will likely cheer for one team over another.

So the question is, which team are you pulling for the most this weekend? Let’s look at the matchups.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers

Sunday 3:05 PM on FOX

The NFC signifies the “old guard” when it comes to the quarterback position. Both players have previously won a Super Bowl, but we all know one has a major hardware advantage over the other. Do Steelers’ fans want to see Tampa win it’s first Super Bowl in 20 years, or do they not want to see another championship for Tom Brady or a first one for Antonio Brown? Are Steelers’ fans still bitter over their last Super Bowl appearance where Aaron Rodgers emerged victorious? Do fans want to see an NFC team win and not the AFC? With the Steelers not facing either of these teams in 2020 and not scheduled to face them in 2021, they just might be too far removed for Steelers’ Nation to really care.


Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday 6:40 PM on CBS

With the old guard holding down the quarterback position in the NFC, the AFC highlights the youth movement. Patrick Mahomes already has his Super Bowl championship in 2019, so some fans may not want to see the Chiefs go back-to-back and begin a dynasty in the AFC. While the Buffalo Bills team may not be the largest rival with the Steelers just yet, their fan base sure does get riled up and can rub Steelers’ Nation the wrong way at times. Can the Black & Gold find it in their hearts to pull for the Bills Mafia? With both teams on the schedule in 2021, the Steelers are definitely facing a Super Bowl team next year. The only question is if they will face the Super Bowl LV Champion.


So there are the Conference Championship matchups this weekend. So which of these teams are you pulling for the most? Make sure you vote in the poll and give your thoughts in the comments below.