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Lakers Rajon Rondo expected to return Thursday vs. Timberwolves

The threadbare Lakers lineup will get some reinforcement Thursday in the form of Rajon Rondo, but LeBron James’ return remains unclear, coach Luke Walton said late Monday.

“I think Rondo will play Thursday as long as he continues to move with no setbacks until then, but that will be something that we’ll keep pushing him and we’ll re-evaluate each morning,” Walton told reporters (via ESPN.com) after the Lakers’ 130-111 loss to the Warriors.

Rondo, 32, has missed 14 games after surgery to repair a ligament in his right ring finger. James, meanwhile, also has missed 14 games since straining his left groin Dec. 25.

He is making progress, but appears to have more rehab work to do. “I haven’t seen him do contact yet, so I don’t feel as confident,” Walton said when asked if James would play Thursday against the Timberwolves. “But I know you know how serious he is about his rehab. So he’s doing everything possible and we’ve talked. I know he’s dying to get back on the basketball court, but he also knows that getting healthy is the top priority. So whenever that day comes, he’ll be back out there, but I would say right now I feel more confident about Rondo being ready for Thursday.”

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The Lakers (25-23) have gone 5-9 since Christmas Day, when both James and Rondo were injured, and have fallen from fourth in the Western Conference to ninth.

With Rondo and Ball out Monday, Brandon Ingram started at point guard and had three assists but also two turnovers in the blowout.

Afterward, Ingram clearly was eager to envision Rondo’s impact — beyond his 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds in only 14 of the Lakers’ 48 games this season. “It gives us a leader, a leader on the basketball floor,” Ingram said of Rondo. “Puts us in our spots on the offensive end. Pushes the pace, he can score the basketball. And it just makes our team better.”

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Titans promote Arthur Smith to be new offensive coordinator

The Titans have found their offensive coordinator, and he’s a familiar face – successful assistant coach Arthur Smith.

Smith has been promoted after wrapping up his eighth season on the Titans coaching staff, and his third full season in charge of tight ends after taking over the group for the final nine games of the 2015 season.

Smith’s position group has been productive, led by veteran tight end Delanie Walker. He’s also helped develop young players, including tight end Jonnu Smith. “I am excited for Arthur and for our team to be able to elevate a deserving coach,” said Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. “I was impressed throughout the season in gameplan meetings with his ideas, in-game with his understanding of situations and the ability to get the most out of his position group. We spent a good bit of time last week talking about this opportunity. He has a great deal of familiarity with our players and the continuity of the offense will allow our players to continue to develop and improve.”

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The change at offensive coordinator will give quarterback Marcus Mariota his fifth play-caller heading into his fifth NFL season.

“Art has been steady support since I’ve gotten into the league,” Mariota said. “It’s been a true blessing to have gotten to know him and I’m excited to work with him. His ability to consistently get our guys prepared week in and week out has been impressive. I’m looking forward to working with him in his new role.”

During his time in Tennessee, Smith has worked under four different head coaches – a testament to his reputation and success. Smith began under head coach Mike Munchak, and he was also hired by Ken Whisenhunt before Mike Mularkey promoted him when he took over. Smith replaces Matt LaFleur as offensive coordinator under Vrabel. LaFleur left to take over as head coach of the Green Bay Packers earlier this month.

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Dennis Smith Jr. to rejoin Mavericks for Tuesday’s game

The Dallas Mavericks are expecting to have second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. back with the team for Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a report from ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. 

Smith has been away from the team for five games with what has been described as a back injury and illness, though the absence has come in the midst of trade rumors. 

Smith released a statement through the Mavericks’ PR department about the situation. “I am thrilled to rejoin my teammates on Tuesday,” Smith said. “I am feeling better and had a great workout today. It has been difficult to be away, but I look forward to getting back on the court and helping my team win.” Last week, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the team was “escalating discussions” to try and find a trade for the youngster. Per Wojnarowski, they had discussions with both the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic.

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The 21-year-old Smith was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but there are already concerns about whether Smith can be a long-term fit next to the Mavericks’ face of the future, Luka Doncic. Doncic primarily operates as a point forward when he’s on the floor, and has already established himself as the team’s best player. Smith, meanwhile, is not the best at playing off-ball, and the Mavericks haven’t fared well when they play together. 

For the season, the Mavs’ net rating is minus-five points per 100 possessions in 687 minutes with Doncic and Smith on the court. While in the 719 minutes Doncic has played without Smith, the Mavericks are outscoring their opponents by 2.8 points per 100 possessions. That’s obviously a huge difference.  It’s unclear what Smith’s role will be when he returns to the team. Likewise, it’s unclear exactly what the market will be for Smith if the Mavericks continue to explore trading him. There aren’t a ton of teams in the league who need a point guard, and the Mavericks are selling pretty low on the former top-10 pick. Still, it might be worthwhile for a team like the Suns or Magic to take a flier on him considering their dire point guard situations. 

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Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl

It’s the dead of winter, meaning the weather in New England can be brutal. And that the Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl.

It took them overtime and more of Tom Brady’s brilliance to get there — for the third straight year. While the folks back home dealt with a frigid storm, Brady blew through Kansas City’s exhausted defense on a 75-yard drive to Rex Burkhead’s 2-yard touchdown run in a 37-31 victory Sunday for the AFC championship.

The drive, during which New England (13-5) had three third-down conversions, was reminiscent of when the Patriots beat Atlanta in the only Super Bowl to go to OT two years ago.

“Overtime, on the road against a great team,” Brady said. “They had no quit. Neither did we. We played our best football at the end. I don’t know, man, I’m tired. That was a hell of a game.” Awaiting them in Atlanta are the Los Angeles Rams, who won 26-23 in overtime in New Orleans for the NFC championship. The Rams (15-3) last made the Super Bowl in 2002 while based in St. Louis, losing to the Patriots.

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New England benefited from two critical replay reviews and made its ninth Super Bowl with Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick as coach.

“This is crazy,” said Brady, who was 30 of 46 for 348 yards. “What a game.”

It’s the first time both conference title games went to OT. The last time both visitors won conference championship matches was 2012; New England was 3-5 on the road this season. “We knew what our record was, but we didn’t let that dictate us,” said defensive end Trey Flowers, who led a staunch charge on Patrick Mahomes. “Whatever happened in the regular season happened. We came out and did it when it counted.”

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Chargers ready to discuss new contract with Philip Rivers

Don’t expect Philip Rivers to be playing in a uniform other than that of the Chargers anytime soon. Coming off one of the best seasons of his career, Rivers and the Chargers are entering negotiations for a new contract, according to general manager Tom Telesco. 

“I can tell you he’s not going anywhere, so he’s going to be here,” Telesco said, per ESPN.com. “We’ll talk at the right point, as far as the moves we need to make in the offseason, the resources we have and how it all fits in. But yeah, he’s not going anywhere.”  Rivers signed a four-year, $83.5 million extension before the 2015 season. He is headed into the final season of that contract, which will see him count against L.A.’s cap for $23 million while collecting a base salary of $11 million and a $5 million roster bonus. The Chargers have the option to get out of the deal with only $7 million in dead money, but that seems incredibly unlikely given their team construction and his continued strong play in 2018. (Rivers threw for 4,308 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, resulting in a 105.5 passer rating.) 

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As for Rivers himself, he’s not interested in going anywhere else, either. “I certainly feel that’s something I want to be a part of and hopefully be helping us still winning football games,” Rivers said, per ESPN. The Chargers were among the handful of best teams in the NFL this season, but they had the bad fortune of having to play a playoff game on the road against the Patriots. That’ll result in a loss more often than not, and that’s exactly what happened to the Chargers. They should come back next season as one of the best teams in the league again, and it doesn’t look like they’ll have to worry about finding Rivers’ successor for at least another couple years. 

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Seahawks sign Paxton Lynch as backup option

The Seattle Seahawks have signed quarterback Paxton Lynch to a futures deal, giving the former first-round pick an opportunity to compete to be Russell Wilson’s backup.

The 24-year-old Lynch was drafted 26th overall by the Denver Broncos in 2016, but he started only four games over two disappointing seasons with the team and was waived before the start of the 2018 season.

He remained unsigned, making him eligible to sign a futures contract with Seattle before the start of free agency in March.

A futures contract secures Lynch’s rights for the 2019 season. Lynch’s agent, Leigh Steinberg, wrote on Twitter that the quarterback “wanted to wait until finding a great fit.”

Before signing Lynch, Wilson was the only Seahawks quarterback under contract for 2019. Brett Hundley, who was Wilson’s backup in 2018 after arriving in Seattle in a trade from the Green Bay Packers, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. Alex McGough, a seventh-round pick last year who spent his rookie season on Seattle’s practice squad, signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this week.

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Lynch, listed at 6-foot-7 and 244 pounds, had been demoted to third string behind Case Keenum and Chad Kelly before he was waived by the Broncos. In each of his first two seasons, he lost training camp battles to Trevor Siemian to be Denver’s starter.

In five regular-season games, Lynch completed 79 of 128 attempts (61.7 percent) for 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions with a 76.7 rating. “He understands it’s a performance business,” then-Broncos coach Vance Joseph said in August after officially moving Kelly up the depth chart ahead of Lynch. “He has great potential — physical potential — but it’s got to equal performance eventually. He understands that. It’s a performance league, and everything we do is graded and it’s counted.”

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Halep to face Venus next after rallying to win

The Australian Open’s top-seeded woman got all she could handle from 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin in the second round before taking the last four games to emerge with a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory that took 2½ hours Thursday.

“Well, I have no idea how I won this tonight,” said Halep, the reigning French Open champion. “It’s so tough to explain what happened on court.”

A year ago at Melbourne Park, Halep was a point from being eliminated in two matches but came back each time in route to reaching the final. In the first round this year, she was down a set and a break before turning things around. And this time, against a hard-hitting Kenin, Halep trailed 4-2 in the third set and managed to not cede another game.

And that was despite getting what she described as “a little bit injured” in the second set, something that seemed clear from the way she wasn’t always able to run with her usual verve. “Hopefully,” said Halep, whose No. 1 ranking is up for grabs during the Australian Open, “next round I play better.”

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That third-round matchup will be quite intriguing, because it’ll be against seven-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 Venus Williams. And the winner of that could face Williams’ younger sister, 23-time major champ Serena, in the fourth round.

Venus won a three-setter that finished a little before Halep’s did — and in much more emphatic fashion. Pushed to that deciding set by getting broken to end the second, Venus ran away with the win down the stretch, defeating Alize Cornet 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.

The 38-year-old Venus, unseeded at a major for the first time in five years, was the runner-up in Australia to Serena in 2003 and 2017. Serena advanced to the third round by beating 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2, reeling off the last five games and 16 of the final 20 points. That match was followed in Rod Laver Arena by No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a rematch of the 2008 final at Melbourne Park.

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Lions name Darrell Bevell offensive coordinator

Vic Fangio has recruited a trusted assistant from Chicago to run his defense in Denver.

The Broncos hired Bears defensive backs coach Ed Donatell as their defensive coordinator, a team source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The team announced the move on Tuesday evening.

Donatell served as defensive backs coach under Fangio, then a defensive coodinator, in San Francisco and Chicago from 2011 though 2018. Fangio was officially hired as the Broncos’ newest head coach last week. “Ed’s been an integral part of top-10 defenses for six of the last eight seasons in two different places, and he’s a great fit to be our defensive coordinator,” Fangio said, per the team’s website. “Having worked very closely with him for a number of years, Ed has a strong understanding of the entire defense from the front end to the back end with the defensive backs being his specialty. He’s a very good teacher and believes in the fundamentals in the classroom and on the field. We’re thrilled to add Ed to our coaching staff and welcome him back to the Broncos.”

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Before joining Fangio’s staff in 2011, Donatell had spent time as the defensive coordinator in Green Bay under Mike Sherman (2000-2003), in Atlanta under Jim Mora Jr. (2004-2006) and at the University of Washington under Tyrone Willingham (2008).

In 2018, the Bears ranked first in points allowed per game (17.7), first in takeaways (36), first in interceptions (27) and seventh in passing yards allowed per game (219.7).

Donatell’s contract with the Bears is set to expire this offseason after four years with the team. He coached under Fangio in each of the last eight seasons dating back to 2011. The Broncos and Fangio continued to round out their staff Wednesday, as Rapoport reported Niners quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello is undergoing another day of interviews to become Denver’s offensive coordinator. Rapoport adds that, barring any snag in negotiations, the expectation is that Scangarello is hired.

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Broncos add former Bears assistand Ed Donatell

Vic Fangio has recruited a trusted assistant from Chicago to run his defense in Denver.

The Broncos hired Bears defensive backs coach Ed Donatell as their defensive coordinator, a team source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The team announced the move on Tuesday evening.

Donatell served as defensive backs coach under Fangio, then a defensive coodinator, in San Francisco and Chicago from 2011 though 2018. Fangio was officially hired as the Broncos’ newest head coach last week. “Ed’s been an integral part of top-10 defenses for six of the last eight seasons in two different places, and he’s a great fit to be our defensive coordinator,” Fangio said, per the team’s website. “Having worked very closely with him for a number of years, Ed has a strong understanding of the entire defense from the front end to the back end with the defensive backs being his specialty. He’s a very good teacher and believes in the fundamentals in the classroom and on the field. We’re thrilled to add Ed to our coaching staff and welcome him back to the Broncos.”

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Before joining Fangio’s staff in 2011, Donatell had spent time as the defensive coordinator in Green Bay under Mike Sherman (2000-2003), in Atlanta under Jim Mora Jr. (2004-2006) and at the University of Washington under Tyrone Willingham (2008).

In 2018, the Bears ranked first in points allowed per game (17.7), first in takeaways (36), first in interceptions (27) and seventh in passing yards allowed per game (219.7).

Donatell’s contract with the Bears is set to expire this offseason after four years with the team. He coached under Fangio in each of the last eight seasons dating back to 2011. The Broncos and Fangio continued to round out their staff Wednesday, as Rapoport reported Niners quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello is undergoing another day of interviews to become Denver’s offensive coordinator. Rapoport adds that, barring any snag in negotiations, the expectation is that Scangarello is hired.

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Panthers owner acknowledges QB Cam Newton could sit out 2019

Brutal news, ​Panthers fans. As reported by ESPN, Panthers owner David Tepper became the first to admit that yes, it is possible that quarterback ​Cam Newton could sit out the entire 2019 season to heal a sore throwing shoulder. 

When asked if Newton’s injury could be compared to Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s issue that caused him to miss the entire 2017 season, Tepper responded, “If you told me he took a year off and could recover and be fully recovered and everything else, and that’s what it took, an extra year, why wouldn’t you do [that]?”

The Panthers’ medical staff is in ongoing discussions to decide the best route to take. It is possible Cam could only need rest to fully recover, or he could need a second surgery on that throwing shoulder to clean up further issues. Newton was shut down the final two games when it became apparent the strength in his throwing shoulder, which was surgically repaired prior to the 2017 season, didn’t give the Panthers the best chance to win.

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Luck returned this season to throw 39 touchdowns, the second most of his career, during a 10-6 regular season.
“When you make a decision, this gets into business, or here … you want to keep your options open as much as possible,” Tepper said in his first sit-down interview since finalizing in July the purchase of the team for $2.275 billion. “And you want to put yourself in a position to win. Not a position to lose, but a position to win.
“That means keep your options open and try to have as much [cap] space as you possibly can.”
The Panthers, who lost seven of their final eight games to finish 7-9, currently have approximately $25 million in cap space. That ranks among the bottom half of the league.

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