Walter Abercrombie, Barry Redden or Marcus Allen? The Raiders chose right

Not on what position the Raiders wanted in the first round of the 1982 draft; they wanted a running back. But after their top two choices were already gone in Stanford’s personalized nfl jerseys cheap Darrin Nelson and Arizona State’s Gerald Riggs, the Raiders were at a crossroads at pick No. 10.

Some in the room wanted Baylor’s Walter Abercrombie. The name of Richmond’s Barry Redden came up. The rest? They were keen on the reigning Heisman Trophy winner from USC. Guy by the name of Marcus Allen.

Thus began the most memorable draft moment in Raiders franchise history.

Especially since Al Davis was not in the Raiders’ draft room. Rather, the iconoclast owner was in court in Los Angeles, trying to finalize things for his team’s impending move to Southern California.

“He had to come out and talk to us on a payphone,” then-Raiders coach Tom Flores said of Davis with a laugh. “He said, ‘Is that who you want? Fine.'”

His 18 total TDs in 1984 remain a single-season franchise record as are his 11 straight 100-yard rushing games in 1985 and his 22 100-yard rushing games over his career. Allen’s three 1,000-yard rushing seasons are tied with Mark van Eeghen for most such seasons in Raiders history and no Raiders rookie has rushed for more yards than Allen did with his 697 in 1982.

And after playing the final five years of his career with the rival Kansas City Chiefs, Allen is one of 25 Pro Football Hall of Famers the Raiders recognize as one of their own. Allen went into Canton in 2003 in his first year of eligibility.

“I spent 25 seasons with the Raiders,” Ron Wolf, the former Raiders personnel executive and Hall of Famer, said on that NFL Network special on Allen. “Of all the people that nfl jerseys on sale ever came through during the time that I was there somebody has to be No. 1. Marcus Allen was No. 1. He’s the best player during my time with the Raiders that I’ve ever seen.”

Good thing for all involved, then, that saner heads prevailed in that split Raiders draft room in 1982.


When it comes to drafting QBs, Cowboys have mostly window shopped

The Dallas Cowboys began their draft meetings this week at The Star. They have needs all over their roster and there have been clues as to the direction they might go when the draft starts April 26.

The Cowboys have hosted some of the top wholesale nfl jerseys china wide receivers, linebackers, defensive tackles, offensive linemen and defensive ends on their top-30 visits. Quarterbacks were noticeably missing from their list of visitors.

It’s not that the Cowboys haven’t met with or had private workouts with quarterbacks. They have. But on their list of needs, quarterback isn’t viewed as an early priority.

With Dak Prescott, the Cowboys believe they are set with their starting quarterback. They also like the potential of their backup, Cooper Rush, who won the No. 2 job after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan.

The Indianapolis Colts selected four, mostly because they had Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall picks in 1998 and 2012. The Denver Broncos, New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers have selected the most at 11. The Washington Redskins have picked 10.

On average, teams have picked seven quarterbacks (6.97) in the first 18 drafts this century.

The Cowboys, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are the only teams not to take a quarterback in the first round since 2000. The Patriots have had Tom Brady as their starter since early in the 2001 season.

Go back to when Jerry Jones purchased the team, the Cowboys have selected only five quarterbacks: Troy Aikman with the first overall pick in 1989 and Bill Musgrave in the fourth round of the 1991 draft.

At the very least, the Cowboys need another quarterback simply because they don’t have enough arms on campus. While they are sold on Prescott as the starter, would they be wise to select a future starter if things don’t pan out the way they expect? While they like Rush as a backup, he has thrown only three passes in a regular-season game.

Early in Jason Garrett’s tenure as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, the Cowboys valued the backup position by rostering high-priced veterans in Brad Johnson, china wholesale nfl jerseys Jon Kitna and Kyle Orton. Aside from the 2015 trade for Matt Cassel after Tony Romo broke his collarbone, the Cowboys have gone cheap at backup quarterback with Brandon Weeden, Kellen Moore, who is now the Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach, and Rush.


How Notre Dame beat UConn in overtime in the Final Four

Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale made a 17-foot jumper with one second left in overtime as UConn lost in overtime in the Final Four for the second consecutive year. This time it was Notre Dame ending UConn’s unbeaten season 91-89.

The Fighting Irish advanced to the NCAA wholesale nfl jerseys championship game for the first time since 2015. Notre Dame will play Mississippi State — which beat Louisville in overtime earlier Friday — in Sunday’s title game (ESPN, 6 p.m. ET).

UConn twice came back to tie the score Friday, first at the end of regulation and again near the end of overtime. With 26 seconds left in the extra period, UConn’s Crystal Dangerfield made a 3-pointer, giving Notre Dame the final possession. It ended in the hands of Ogunbowale, the Irish’s leading scorer. After a timeout, Ogunbowale faded away and released her shot over Napheesa Collier for the winner.

It’s rare that a team gets one shot to beat UConn. Notre Dame had two, leading 79-74 with 21.3 seconds left in regulation, but a 3-pointer by Collier and a steal and layup by Kia Nurse tied the score. A second Irish turnover in the final seconds gave UConn a chance to win, but Gabby Williams’ short, off-balanced fadeaway jumper missed and the game went to overtime knotted at 79.

UConn has fallen short of the championship game in consecutive years for the first time since 2011 and 2012. nfl jerseys china Williams and Nurse played their final games at UConn, losing only twice. Williams had 12 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Nurse struggled with her shooting, going 4-of-13 from the field and had 10 points.


Why Pep Guardiola will be ready for Manchester City’s vital fortnight

A Champions League double-header sandwiched by a crucial league game, custom nfl jerseys cheap a derby against a team determined to upset his side’s path to glory, Jose Mourinho’s news conferences a distraction to what his side are doing on the pitch… Pep Guardiola has seen all this before.

Thanks to an early exit from the FA Cup, the Manchester City manager is midway through a three-week break from action before returning to a fortnight of football that will go a long way to defining his club’s season.

On March 31, he begins with a trip to Everton — a team that Guardiola has failed to beat in three attempts and the scene of that disastrous 4-0 defeat in January 2017 which was among the worst he has ever suffered as a coach.

Four days later they return to Merseyside for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against Liverpool — the only team to beat them in the Premier League this season — followed by the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, which could be a potential title-clincher. Three days after that it’s the second leg against Liverpool.

Four intense, raucous north-west derbies with a huge prize for Guardiola’s side if they can get through it. But for the Catalan, it’s exactly the sort of run of fixtures that he will revel in — a reward for the hard work done in the opening six months of the season and an opportunity to nike nfl jerseys cheap add to his incredible personal record of success after a surprising first campaign without a trophy.


Legends games increasingly key for Europe’s elite to keep fans on board

Anfield will be full on Saturday, even though virtually every member of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad will be away, somewhere in the world, on international duty.

As most supporters will attest, the international break is no substitute for club football, nfl jersey for cheap especially when only friendlies are being staged ahead of the World Cup.

But the game’s elite clubs have now found a way to ease their fans’ withdrawal symptoms, at the same time as raising funds for charity and, more strategically, keeping their global brands in the public eye at a time when the domestic game has closed down for two weeks.

The Liverpool Legends game this weekend against their Bayern Munich counterparts — when the likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler and Dirk Kuyt will take on Lothar Matthaus, Owen Hargreaves and Bixente Lizarazu — is the latest example of the growing popularity of such fixtures.

Manchester United and Real Madrid set the ball rolling on the “Legends Tour” with an encounter in the Santiago Bernabeu in 2012 designed to raise funds for the Real Madrid Foundation.

A year later, over 60,000 fans turned out to watch the two clubs meet again at Old Trafford, with the money raised this time going to United’s Foundation.

The years since have seen Barcelona and Bayern join the party — both clubs have staged home and away Legends fixtures against United — with Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea also forming Legends teams with the same charitable intentions.

Since 2013, United have raised £2.5 million for their Foundation from the home games against Real, nfl jerseys cheap authentic Barca and Bayern, while the club have also played Liverpool in Stockholm, in September 2015, and contested a fixture against an Australia Legends in Perth in February 2017.

Obamas rooting for Knicks, thanks to player development chief Craig Robinson

It’s hard to overstate how important player development is to the New York Knicks right now.

The club is in the early stages of a rebuild, looking for talented players to fit around Kristaps Porzingis while the star forward works his way back from a torn ACL.

In the best-case scenario,cheap nfl nike jersey the Knicks build a young core around Porzingis that’s strong enough to attract free agents in the summer of 2019 or 2020, when they should have significant cap space.

New York has the wherewithal to add this young talent: The Knicks own all of their first-round picks going forward and likely will have top-10 picks in the next two drafts.

The trick, of course, is adding the right players and then developing them once you have them on the roster.57

That’s where Craig Robinson comes in. Over the summer, Knicks president Steve Mills called Robinson, his old teammate at Princeton and, at that point, a Milwaukee Bucks executive, with a job offer.

“I think I have the perfect job for you” was Mills’ pitch. The timing wasn’t great for cheap nfl jerseys china nike Robinson because he was close to finalizing a home purchase in Milwaukee.

“Then he explains the job and I’m like, ‘Oh, that is the perfect job for me,’cheap nfl jerseys china nike” Robinson, the brother of former first lady Michelle Obama and brother-in-law of President Barack Obama, recalled on Wednesday.

After speaking with his family, Robinson accepted a position as vice president of player development and G League operations for the Knicks.

In a half-hour chat with a group of reporters Wednesday, Robinson, a former head coach at Oregon State and Brown University, discussed his vision for the Knicks’ player development program. He also revealed that the former president and first lady are now Knicks fans.


Report: Case Keenum to Sign Contract with Broncos After 1 Year with Vikings

Case Keenum will sign with the Denver Broncos, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday morning.

The terms of the agreement are unknown.customized nfl jerseys The Broncos were also interested in free agents Kirk Cousins and Teddy Bridgewater, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com.

He spent the 2017 season with the Minnesota Vikings and threw for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

The Vikings went 11-3 in games started by Keenum during the regular season on their way to a first-round playoff bye. He entered 2017 with a 9-15 career record after stints with the Rams and Texans.

“I think you dream about it, it’s always a dream, it’s why we play the game to play well and do what we do,” Keenum said of his season, per Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune. “To see it come true has been incredible.”

Keenum was particularly brilliant in the second half of the season,cheap custom nfl jerseys when he threw for 15 touchdowns against four picks while leading the Vikings to a 7-1 record. There seemed to be a fire lit under Keenum following the return of Teddy Bridgewater, whom most expected to take over after working his way back into game shape.

The fairytale ended in the postseason when the Vikings lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, but Keenum did enough to become one of the premier free agents on the market.

Those numbers are fine in the macro sense, but Keenum’s best off as a mid-tier starter. He almost exclusively works underneath and between the numbers. That’s nice as a stopgap, but it’s not clear he can lead a franchise for the long term.

The Broncos have spent the last few seasons floundering at quarterback, so a mid-tier starter would be a vast improvement. The Cleveland Browns were the only team with a worse quarterback rating than Denver in 2017, and the Broncos have ranked in the bottom half of the league for three straight seasons.

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