The odds are not in the Jaguars’ favor in Week 12 against the Texans.

The Houston Texans have lost eight straight games after starting the season 2-0, while the Jacksonville Jaguars are a lowly 1-9 on the year. Houston is coming off a loss to an Oakland Raiders team with an undrafted free agent at quarterback. Jacksonville also continued to play poorly, losing to the Arizona Cardinals at home in Week 11. Despite their similarly shoddy records, the folks in Vegas are favoring the Texans heavily at home.

Houston is a 10-point favorite against the Jaguars, according to OddsShark. The over/under is 43 for the Week 12 matchup. The Texans and the Jaguars are among the league’s bottom-dwellers, so an average of 21.5 points for each team might be a bit generous. Jacksonville has struggled to score points, while Houston’s had trouble staying consistent on both sides of the ball.

But with experience playing DB in college and so much time as a WR coach, Babers brings a WR’s sensibility to teaching the system he took from Baylor. Despite his background, he’ll tell you the QB is still the most important part.

When a quarterback throws a receiver a ball, a receiver should be able to throw that same ball back to that quarterback, Babers said. And that is what’s been missing. What that means is that you and I have played catch so much that you’re the pitcher and I’m the catcher. You throw me a ball, I throw you a ball, you throw me a ball, I throw you a ball. We take our mitts off, and you’d have to say, ‘Which one’s the catcher, and which one’s the pitcher?’ because we’ve exercised that skill so many times.

He calls plays without a sheet, takes calculated risks on fourth downs, and recalls the little things, like the fact that his quarterback got hurt on play No. 14 of the Clemson game. I checked, and he’s right, if you don’t count punts as offensive plays, which many coaches don’t.

An injury to quarterback Aaron Rodgers had turned Sunday’s game on its head

The Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers meet in a Week 10 matchup complicated by the absence of Aaron Rodgers. Sunday’s game is of vital importance to both teams’ playoff chances, but it’s unclear if the Packers have the offensive firepower to keep up with the dangerous Eagles.

Unpredictability makes this one of the hardest games to pick this week. Odds are even between the sides, and neither team has been particularly convincing recently. The Eagles are 4-5 against the spread in their last nine games, while Green Bay is slightly more reliable at 5-3, but it’s important to note the Packers are 4-1 against the spread in the last five weeks.

Offensive success for the Packers will hinge on the ability of rookie running back Eddie Lacy. Against the Bears when Rodgers went down, Lacy responded with 150 rushing yards and a touchdown. He will work against the league’s 18th-ranked run defense in Philadelphia, which is giving up an average of 111.8 yards per game.

The line is holding even after opening at a -10 for the Packers — this is the Rodgers factor. Some books are favoring Green Bay by one, but that’s the largest margin being offered at this time. Unreliable defensive units have Sunday’s game pegged to be high scoring; the over/under sits at 46.5.

The most-likely winner this weekend is Philadelphia, purely by virtue of quarterback play. The Packers were a shadow of themselves without Rodgers under center, and it’s hard to see a run-first offense succeeded against a quick-fire Eagles passing attack.16

Arian Foster injury: Texans RB ruled out vs. Cardinals

It wasn’t pretty, but the Jacksonville Jaguars ensured they wouldn’t join the rare company of winless teams. Chad Henne was efficient with the football outside of his two interceptions and the defense was vital in forcing fumbles and turning knife. At this point the season is over for the Jaguars — that has been clear for weeks — but the defense is something to build with a new quarterback.

Chris Johnson was terrible against Jacksonville, but that’s not especially rare this season. He finished with 30 yards rushing and it was the fifth time he’s finished with fewer than 50 yards on the ground. Johnson has a tendency to punctuate big games with poor ones, and the issue extends beyond the Titans’ troublesome offensive line.

A back injury that forced Houston Texans running back Arian Foster to exit last week’s loss will keep him sidelined during Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, interim head coach Wade Phillips announced.

Foster has missed practice this week after he suffered the injury during the first quarter of the Texans’ 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Phillips did not expand on a timetable for the Pro Bowler’s return.

Ben Tate, who rushed for 81 yards on 22 carries against the Colts, will fill in for Foster.

Foster has battled through injuries all season, also leaving a loss to Kansas City in Week 7 with a hamstring injury. After averaging 113.7 yards per game between Weeks 4 and 6, he has just 11 yards in limited playing time over the last two games. He has rushed for a total of 542 yards and scored two touchdowns this season.

Phillips is serving as the Texans’ interim coach while Gary Kubiak recovers from health problems.


USMNT has extremely limited lineup options for World Cup qualifier against Honduras

The United States men’s national team has a near-must-win World Cup qualifier against Honduras on Friday, and they’ll have to play it without a few of their best players. Striker Bobby Wood and wide utility man Fabian Johnson are both unavailable, and their absences seriously hamstring new manager Bruce Arena.

Wood and Johnson aren’t so much more talented than their peers that their output can’t be matched by someone else, but the USMNT does have a problem with replacing them directly. There’s no one else in the squad exactly like either Wood or Johnson, so taking them out of the squad limits the lineups that Arena can deploy his players in.

Without them, Arena is pretty much stuck with the flat 4-4-2 that USMNT fans have been hoping the team can move away from. Here’s why.

In New York, Green grew tired of Steinbrenner’s relentless second-guessing of the way he managed the Yankees and once referred to the Boss as “Manager George.” That clash ultimately led to Steinbrenner’s firing of Green after just four and a half months on the job.

Green later spent four relatively peaceful years as the manager of the Mets, but even there, he stirred up the tabloids by announcing that it was time for pitcher Dwight Gooden “to go elsewhere” after the ace failed his fourth drug test.

Two years after he was fired by the Mets in 1996, Green returned to Philadelphia and spent the next 19 years working in the Phillies’ front office as a special adviser to five general managers.

Green grew up in Delaware as a fan of the Phillies and was signed by the team in 1955 after being a star pitcher for the University of Delaware. He once seemed bound for stardom but hurt his arm while pitching in the minor leagues on a cold night in Buffalo, New York. Although he eventually spent parts of eight seasons pitching in the big leagues, he finished with a career record of just 20-22, with a 4.26 ERA.


Jim Harbaugh believes Colin Kaepernick can be ‘a great NFL player’

Colin Kaepernick is a free agent, and for whatever reason, his services do not seem to be in high demand. His former coach, Jim Harbaugh, thinks quarterback-needy teams are missing out on a signal caller who could take them to the Super Bowl.

Several teams in need of a quarterback have reached out to the Michigan Wolverines coach to inquire about Kaepernick.

I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he is an outstanding player and I think he is a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player, Harbaugh said on PFT Live.

Harbaugh took it one step further, saying that the team that signs Kaepernick will win championships. Plural.

Last season, Kaepernick is decision to protest during the national anthem made him a polarizing figure around the league; Harbaugh said he disagreed with Kaepernick is motivation and later apologized. The QB initially remained seated during the anthem and later kneeled to raise awareness of the ongoing oppression of people of color in the United States and police brutality toward black Americans.

Donald Trump said Monday that he may be the reason Kaepernick remains available.

NFL owners don’t want to pick [Colin Kaepernick] up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump, Trump said, according to The Guardian is Ben Jacobs.

The truth probably has less to do with Trump is assertion than it does with Kaepernick is performance on the field since 2015. But Harbaugh, who knows a thing or two about what Kaepernick is capable of doing, thinks he can get back to his previous level of play.

In 2012, Kaepernick is first season as the Niners’ starter, under Harbaugh is leadership, San Francisco made it to the Super Bowl only to lose to the Baltimore Ravens and Harbaugh is own brother, John. (Surely, Harbaugh took that well).


Patriots agree to terms with CB Stephon Gilmore

Gilmore’s deal with the Patriots is expected to be in the neighborhood of $14 million per season, which is about on par with what the market’s top cornerback was expected to get. We’ve seen the Patriots make a play for the market’s top corner before when they signed Darrelle Revis to a two-year deal for $32 million. That one was effectively a one-year deal with $12 million the first season and a $20 million option for the second that the team declined.

Anyway, this makes their secondary one of the best in the AFC, enough to rival Denver. The thing to keep an eye on now are the reports of a potential trade brewing with the Saints that would send their other starting corner, Malcolm Butler, to New Orleans in exchange for WR Brandin Cooks.

The team’s first-round game against Illinois had been scheduled for noon. The game tipped not much later than that: at 12:28 p.m., not four hours after UM landed.

Michigan’s game uniforms were stuck in the cargo hold of the aircraft and, therefore, left behind for investigators in Michigan. So the team wore practice jerseys and shorts.

Go back and read about that game and it will still make you upset. Wichita didn’t deserve to see UK in the second round in 2014, and neither team deserves to see each other now. This is why Wichita may be looking for a bigger conference and why Calipari will never stop going in on the committee. If you care about the sport even 1 percent, this so obviously doesn’t make sense.

The Patriots aren’t messing around this offseason. Hightower was key to New England’s defensive success last year, and he’ll return to the Patriots despite generating interest from the Jets and Steelers on the open market. Hightower returns to New England on a four-year, $43.5 million deal with $19 million in guaranteed money.23

Panthers vs. Buccaneers 2016 odds: Carolina favored on the road

The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to face off in Week 8’s Thursday Night Football matchup. Carolina, at 3-3, is looking to extend a two-game winning streak by beating up on their winless (0-6) NFC South rivals. The game will be in Tampa Bay, but home-field advantage has done the Buccaneers little good thus far.

The over/under for the matchup is hovering right around 40 points. That total has gone under in four of Carolina’s last six games, and in 13 of Tampa Bay’s last 17 games.

Every NFL expert across Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports and ESPN is currently projecting New Orleans to win at home. Even against the spread, none of CBS Sports’ eight experts were willing to entertain the idea of the Bills covering as 7.5-point underdogs.

The Bills have some good things going for them, including a solid running game behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, and a front seven spearheaded by Mario Williams and rookie Kiko Alonso. Hoping that they can take down the Saints appears to be too much to ask, however.

Most people have gotten smart and only send pictures of the lower half of their bodies. Half-body pictures make for headlines like “Is this [player’s] dick?” and no one really wants to click on that since it implies you have a keen interest in helping to determine whether or not the dick in question actually belongs to that player, with every pageview implying yet another person who believes they could confirm or deny the verdict.

4-star LB Eli’Jah Winston’s brother is at Oregon, but don’t overlook LSU and UCLA

Four-star Portland linebacker Eli’Jah Winston’s older brother, La’Mar, was the top-ranked player in Oregon in the class of 2016. LaMar committed to the in-state Ducks, where he played sparingly as a true freshman last season.

Eli’Jah’s considering following his brother’s footsteps, but he doesn’t sound close to a college decision yet. He doesn’t have a top-five list, but he said if he did, Oregon, LSU, and UCLA would be included. A firm leader, though? Not so much, at this point.

Here is an extremely average t-shirt you can get for $60. Urban Outfitters gets away with a $38 t-shirt. This is just absurd.

Yet, the pricing actually makes no sense because a hooded Big Baller Brand sweatshirt is also $60. You’ve added more material, including sleeves and a hood yet the price is the same. There are a actually a few $70 sweatshirts though if that is more your style.

Here is where it gets fun. We’ve got $100 hats, y’all! Cork and mesh.

LaVar Ball is pretty adamant about his brand too. He spoke with Keyshawn Johnson and basically compared BBB to Jordan Brand.

“They’re kicking in the door, but they’re shocked at what I’m telling them. I said, ‘I’m not looking for no endorsement deal. I’m looking for a marketing and distribution deal.’ Branding. The only person doing that is (Michael) Jordan with Nike. That’s what we’re for. If Lonzo doesn’t sign with Adidas, Nike or Under Armour, guess what — I’ll sign the Big Baller Brand. We already got our own brand. Triple B’s. Lonzo is going to be the first one drafted with his own brand. That don’t happen.”
What’s even better is that LaVar likes his own brand so much that he gave the clothing to his kids for Christmas last year. They honestly look less than thrilled, but this entire video is fantastic.18

Clemson is referencing the Future in recruiting mail, and it’s sensational

One of the biggest goals for college football programs across the country is to evolve and stay modern. That includes anything from on-campus football facilities to the social media department for teams. The latter is being capitalized on quite successfully by Clemson, which is fresh off of its national title victory over Alabama in January.

Special teams was a weapon. Hopson tried three different guys on kickoffs and never found a particularly good one, but Parker Shaunfield is an excellent place-kicker (6-for-7 on field goals longer than 40 yards), and Staggers is a terrifying, if inconsistent, punt returner. On kick returns, Tez Parks and Isaiah Jones are consistent, if not explosive. Southern Miss’ special teams unit was top-30-caliber and might be again.

Let’s see … experienced, explosive running backs and receivers … high-havoc defensive front seven … inexperience at quarterback, safety, and maybe offensive line … that’s a recipe for volatility if I’ve ever heard of one.

This could be an extremely Southern Miss Southern Miss. The Eagles get shots at SEC wins against Kentucky (Sept. 2 in Hattiesburg) and Tennessee (Nov. 4 in Knoxville), and S&P+ projects three relative tossups on the road (Oct. 7 at UTSA, Oct. 21 at Louisiana Tech, Nov. 25 at Marshall). The SASM scale says they beat Tennessee and lose to Marshall. We’ll see.

Leaving volatility out of the equation, this could be a solid team. The question marks are obvious — quarterback turnover alone is why Southern Miss is projected to fall from 78th to 84th in S&P+ — but the athleticism is, too.

But you can’t really leave the volatility out of the discussion, not after what we saw last year and not with what we see as red flags this year.

This could be a wild season in Hattiesburg. All is right in the universe.17

Jim Boeheim took a shot at Greensboro and the city answered with a haymaker

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim didn’t mince his words when asked whether the ACC Tournament should return to its original home on a regular basis.

Greensboro, N.C., has hosted the ACC Tournament 28 times since 1967, and the tradition became a staple of city. Since 2015 the tournament has traveled to other cities close to ACC schools, and won’t return to Greensboro until 2020.

The hijab, made of lightweight polyester, was designed alongside hijab-wearing athletes who have found traditional hijabs difficult to compete in. Zahra Lari, a figure skater from the United Arab Emirites, worked alongside Nike on the design and is extremely happy with the end result, according to a statement to CNN.

“There are a lot of … women and girls who are breaking barriers. For me growing up, though, I never had these women to look up to. I had to break these barriers for myself.”

This isn’t the world’s first sports hijab to enter the apparel market, but it’s the first from Nike — and that’s important. An American company of Nike’s stature in the marketplace tends to be a trendsetter, and when they make strides towards inclusiveness it reverberates through the industry.

Still, the combination of entrenched play-makers and athletic newcomers is exciting. Wilson added two three-star linemen, a three-star linebacker, a three-star JUCO corner (Jay Jay Smith), and four three-star freshmen in the secondary. If competition breeds improvement, the Roadrunners should have a lot, especially in the back, where they need it the most.

And in linebackers Josiah Tauaefa and La’Kel Bass, they have a couple of havoc guys in the middle. Tauaefa had nine tackles for loss and six sacks as a freshman last year.5