NFL: Still Rumors of Miami Trading Wallace

Looks like the Miami Dolphins are looking to trade Mike Wallce as of late If the Phins decide to trade wallace before July they will take a $8.8 million salary cap hit. Maybe the Dolphins should re-think these ideas.

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Pro Football Focus’ Advanced Stats Don’t Love Jared Allen As Much As Bears Fans Seem To

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(CBS) The Bears signed defensive end Jared Allen to a four-year contract Wednesday, a move that affords them versatility on the defensive line and has Bears fans, generally speaking, reacting optimistically about adding a dangerous pass rusher who has recorded an NFL-best 128.5 sacks since 2004, including 11.5 last season with the Vikings.

However, the advanced statistics of Pro Football Focus suggest that while Allen’s sack numbers were strong on the surface, his pass rushing skills actually declined last season. Allen, who will turn 32 next month, recorded career-worst pass rushing and overall grades, posting negative marks in both categories.

The first chart below shows how Allen’s performance declined noticeably last season, while the second one shows his game-by-game performance. Click on the embedded tweets to enlarge them.

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Heat & Pacers Set For Big Late Season Clash Wednesday

Miami Heat have only 5 of their last 12 games. With LeBron James really struggling trying to get his game back on track. Pacers are in the same boat, after starting the year red hot then after the All-Star break they have seemed to fall off the map.

CBS Miami

INDIANAPOLIS (CBSMiami) – The Miami Heat can pull even in the loss column with the Indiana Pacers this year if LeBron and company can go into Bankers Life Fieldhouse Wednesday night and knock off Indiana at home.

But that’s a lot easier said than done.

The Heat and Pacers are on a collision course not just Wednesday night but also in the Eastern Conference playoffs. There will be plenty of storylines to follow in the game Wednesday, but near the top of the list will be the matchup between each team’s big men.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra moved seven-foot center Greg Oden into the starting lineup recently and he is poised to start the game against Indiana’s Roy Hibbert. Indiana’s center has run roughshod over the Heat, who hasn’t had a big man to throw at him in recent years.

But now with Oden in the starting lineup, the…

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‘Workout freak’ Jared Allen still has productivity left at 32

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By Tom Pelissero

Jared Allen turns 32 years old next week and seemingly has played every snap of his 10-year NFL career. But the veteran pass rusher has some productivity left – even if the odds may be against him playing out the four-year contract he signed Wednesday with the Chicago Bears.

“He’s not finished,” one NFL personnel man who studied Allen recently told USA TODAY Sports, speaking on condition of anonymity for competitive reasons.

The personnel man says Allen, a “workout freak” who takes care of his body, likely will be able to battle Father Time more than others and has a year or two left.

That includes a 22-sack season – a half-sack shy of Michael Strahan’s single-season NFL record – on a Minnesota Vikings team that went 3-13 in 2011.

Allen added 12 sacks in 2012 and 11½ in 2013, extending his streak to seven…

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JaKarr Sampson leaving St. John’s for NBA Draft

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St. John’s forward JaKarr Sampson won Big East Rookie of the Year last season and considered jumping to the NBA.

He returned to schooland as is the tendency – didn’t improve all that much.

His jump shot got a little better, helping him increase his field-goal percentage from 45 to 49. But he still doesn’t have 3-point range, and his game has stagnated more than not. He’s still an extremely athletic 6-foot-8 power forward with decent upside, but his college production has yet to match his potential.

So, he’s decided enough with college.

St. John’s release:

St. John’s sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson, the 2012-13 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, announced Monday that he intends to forego the remainder of his collegiate career and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

“JaKarr will forego his final two years of eligibility and pursue his dream of playing in the NBA…

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Ravens, Jets Get 4 compensatory Picks; Browns Receive None

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets each will receive four compensatory picks in this year’s draft for free agents they lost in 2013.

Baltimore gets spots in the third, fourth and fifth rounds, with two choices in Round 4. Those slots are 99th, 134th, 138th and 175th.

Among the free agents the Ravens lost after winning the 2012 NFL title were Ed Reed, Danell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and Cary Williams, all key defensive players.

The Jets will get slots 139, 209, 210 and 213: a fourth-rounder and three sixth-rounders. They lost free agents Dustin Keller, Matt Slauson, Yeremiah Bell, Mike DeVito, Shonn Greene and LaRon Landry.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The compensatory choices can’t be traded.

Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and St. Louis each received three compensatory picks…

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Tony Parker out vs. Sixers Monday… I still like Spurs’ chances

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San Antonio has won 13 games in a row. Philadelphia has lost 24 games in a row.

Tony Parker sitting out for the Spurs Monday night isn’t going to change the outcome of this game.

And he is sitting this one out, coach Gregg Popovich made official.

That means more Patty Mills, who has played well of late.

Expect to see a lot of this from the Spurs over the coming weeks, with a lot of key guys getting rest. They have the best record in the NBA right now but Popovich looks ahead to the first round of the NBA playoffs and sees the midrange game of Dirk Nowitzki with Dallas, the up tempo and aggressive play of the Suns, or (most dangerously) the size and…

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Heat Lost For Answers On Recent Losing Streak

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After losing again over the weekend, the questions surrounding the Miami Heat ahead of the playoffs are growing as the team tries to stop a streak of seven losses in the last 11 games.

The Heat has problems defensively, have problems scoring, and according to Chris Bosh, lack passion and communication between teammates. Bosh was specifically referring to no one standing up in the locker room and demanding everyone get on the same page.

“We’re not expressing ourselves in the locker room or on the court,” Bosh said, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald. “So I figure I’ll be the first one to say we [stink], and we need to turn it around. And if we don’t play better, we’ll be watching the championship at home.”

Bosh’s teammate LeBron James put it another way saying, “Too many excuses. Everything is an excuse. We do something…

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