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We’re months past the winter holidays and sellers have a great chance to think about what we’ve learned, now that the dust has settled. Each holiday shopping season is an intense, focused study in what motivates customers to buy and brings many opportunities for improvement. Looking back, it would be too easy to think that […]

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Snow’s advice to wrestling fans at live events is to be aware.

Bayne Honors Roush Fenway’s First Victory with Darlington Throwback Trevor Bayne’s #6 AdvoCare Ford will sport a familiar scheme when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) returns to Darlington Raceway for the famed Southern 500. As part of NASCAR’s official throwback weekend, Bayne’s Ford will harken back to the first paint scheme run during Roush Fenway Racing’s first two seasons with NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin.

We’re about halfway through the third quarter in Jacksonville, and Michel just ripped off a 45-yard touchdown run to give Georgia a 28-0 lead. You have to wonder if Smart is going to leave his starters in much longer.

After a week of full practices, Ross has been removed from the pregame injury report. With Tyler Boyd and Cody Core already ruled out this week, it will be interesting to see how Ross’ contribution in Week 8 plays out. As ESPN.com’s Katherine Terrell notes, he should see significant playing time.

The Bills’ formula is remarkably consistent: Win the turnover battle and let Tyrod Taylor do the rest. The Bills’ defense forced three turnovers, gift-wrapping 13 points in a game that wasn’t as one-sided as the final score indicated. Give head coach Sean McDermott and his hard-hitting group credit. Even without two key members of the secondary and recently departed starter Marcell Dareus, who was traded to Jacksonville, the Bills forced turnovers with hard hitting and flying to the ball. Buffalo leads the NFL with a +14 turnover margin and is now 4-0 at home and in great shape for playoff contention at 5-2.

Coupled with Russell Wilson’s 452 passing yards and four scores, it was just the sixth time in NFL history opposing QBs had over 400 passing yards and four or more touchdowns in the same game.
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Alan Rood is the kind of coach who doesn’t let anything go.

On the sideline he has just one volume level: loud. So when one of his Von Steuben High guards lets a defensive end get past on the inside for an easy lane to the ball carrier, Rood calls the player off the field to correct him immediately. “You have to come downhill!” he says. “If I go downhill, no one can get inside of me!

I feel like you’re in P.E. right now and giving half your effort!” Five minutes later Rood walks back over to the same player to provide some more loud feedback on the same mistake. He hasn’t moved on.

And then the home game would come and they would come see me, and the joy that they had, and then at the end of the season we would sit down and my kids, especially my two boys, they’d say, ‘Dad, you have to keep playing, we love it.’ They are so supportive and so it’s like, I’m sitting there going, ‘Do you really want me to play, or are you just glad Dad is not home to cut off the Xbox?’”

That wouldn’t be a record — the 1932 World Series between the Yankees and Cubs featured 13 Hall of Famers, including two guys named Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig — but it would be the most for a World Series since 1950 and a radical departure from some recent matchups.

(There’s also the matter of the Jaguars finding people for that quarterback to throw to; Allen Robinson is a free agent and coming off a torn ACL, Marqise Lee is also a UFA and Allen Hurns is a potential cap casualty, even more likely with this acquisition).

They’ll presumably move on from Abry Jones, and might have to do the same with Malik Jackson to make space for Dareus in 2018. Even if they free up $19 million by letting Blake Bortles go, that basically covers their 2018 draft class.
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Houston had outgained Seattle 246 yards to 77 with 14 first downs to merely four for the ‘Hawks.

Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys, right groin: Bailey’s groin injury — suffered during the first half of the game against the 49ers, forcing safety Jeff Heath to pinch kick — led to the team’s signing of Mike Nugent to fill in at the kicker position. And he will fill in for a while. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Friday that Bailey could miss the next “four or more” games, which would put him out until at least Thanksgiving.

Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions, hamstring: Golladay has been sidelined with a balky hamstring since Week 4. He did participate in practices Monday (the team had a Monday practice coming out of its Week 7 bye but does not have to submit an injury report until Wednesday so his level of participation is unknown) and Wednesday (limited) but was absent Thursday and Friday.

For Bamba, the Longhorns’ star freshman — and the program’s most important recruit since Kevin Durant hit campus in 2006 — there’s a reason it’s his favorite principle.

“It’s pretty self-explanatory, and it is the same way for every team, but that’s something we really embrace here,” Bamba says. “If one guy is bringing energy, the next one is going to want to up that.”

The two years prior were more crazy. In 2015, eight teams rolled through the four spots over the five weeks of the rankings, including Oklahoma, which made the final group despite being ranked 15th in the first ranking. In 2014, eight teams showed up in the top four over seven weeks, but Ohio State, which wasn’t among the top four until the final rankings, was all the way down in 16th in the initial standings and wound up winning the national title.

Seahawks ticket-holders have enjoyed outstanding defense at home for ages, making Sunday’s performance by the Texans all the more fascinating. Midway through the second quarter.
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Chargers coach Anthony Lynn will be very interested in Louisville’s Lamar Jackson as the team’s next franchise QB.

The most touching moment of the night, though, was not the applause but the silence. Fifty-eight seconds, one for each casualty of last week’s tragedy. The video board counted up from 0 to 58, as a chilling silent emptiness filled the arena. A projector shined the phrase Vegas Strong and those 58 names of the shooting victims. Nobody made a peep.

Eventually a hockey game took place. Here’s as good a time as any to note that the team started the inaugural season by winning two road games before the first home date.

From McHugh: “After what we saw in the Boston and New York series, it feels like it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I don’t even know what to expect anymore. You think you’ve seen everything in baseball, until you haven’t.”

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn will be very interested in Louisville’s Lamar Jackson as the team’s next franchise QB. Getting a second first-rounder in 2018 would easily allow them to draft him. The Jaguars are one of the few teams that can handle taking on Rivers’ contract, and he could give them several more good seasons.

Coughlin and the Giants didn’t keep Rivers as the No. 1 pick in 2004. It’s too bad Coughlin won’t get this ideal opportunity to see what Rivers can do for the Jaguars.

Four miles away—and only a 20-minute walk from the team’s home rink at T-Mobile Arena—a lone gunman had opened fire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest festival, spraying bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, killing almost five dozen and wounding hundreds more.

As cell phone footage of the horror looped on the news, the nine-year NHL veteran watched with a familiar pit in his stomach. On Sept. 11, 2001, Engelland, 35, was running on the treadmill at the New Jersey Devils’ practice facility when, across the Hudson River, two hijacked planes struck the Twin Towers.bills_002