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Then the NFL has a competition for you.The league has scheduled the inaugural NFL Big Data Bowl Andy Isabella Jersey , a football analytics event for affording college students and professionals. Entrants will have the opportunity to utilize historical data sets of the same player tracking data used by teams, and suggest innovations about how football is played and coached.Finalists will present to league and club personnel at the combine in Indianapolis in late February, accessing NFL player tracking data used by teams to analyze league trends and develop on-field strategies.Participants can sign up for the competition on a website at There are two competing categories: undergraduate/graduate student division, and an open division for participants not in higher education.“As the sports analytics community continues to expand and progress, we are excited to host an analytics competition focusing on creative and innovative ways to approach and use football data,” says Damani Leech, the NFL’s senior vice president of football strategy and business development. “The NFL and its clubs use of football analytics continues to grow and focusing the competition on college students and young professionals allows us to hear from the next generation of young minds that will help shape the industry in the years to come.”Submissions using NFL-provided data fall under three themes: “Understanding On-Field Speed;” ”Proposing a Rule Change;” and “Identifying the Best Receiver-Route Combinations.”Eight finalists in the Big Data Bowl – four from each of the two participant categories – willhead to Indianapolis to showcase their work on Feb. 27, the first day of the combine.Two grand-prize winners will receive four tickets to any regular-season game of their choice.RB RECEPTIONSRunning backs Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley both are approaching records — and not in the ground game.Carolina’s McCaffrey, in his second NFL season, leads all players at his position with 94 catches. He needs nine to surpass the league mark set by Matt Forte in 2014 with Chicago. It will be difficult to reach because starting quarterback Cam Newton is sidelined with a shoulder problem. Or maybe not, because replacement inexperienced Taylor Heinicke might concentrate on short throws.The other running backs with at least 100 catches in a season are LaDainian Tomlinson for the Chargers in 2003 and Larry Centers for the Cardinals in 1995.The Giants’ Barkley has caught 82 balls, tops among rookies. Reggie Bush set the mark for rookie running backs with 88 for the Saints in 2006.FITZ’S GIFTLarry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals won’t be playing in the Super Bowl. They might wind up with the first pick in the NFL draft.Fitzgerald, though, is making sure someone deserving makes the trip to the big game in Atlanta: Jameson Lopez, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army.Teaming with with USAA and The Pat Tillman Foundation — USAA will be coordinating similar efforts with other players around the NFL — Fitzgerald will host Lopez for Super Bowl weekend, something Fitzgerald calls “a trip of a lifetime.”Earlier this year, during the “My Cause My Cleats” campaign, Lopez and Fitzgerald met; Lopez is a Tillman scholar and shared with the star wide receiver how he has benefitted from the foundation set up to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy.Lopez was the leader of a tank platoon deployed in support of Operation New Dawn. During his deployment to Iraq, he was responsible for coordinating more than 300 combat missions with the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces.A member of the Kwat’san (Quechan) Tribe in Fort Yuma Brian Burns Jersey , California, Lopez spent a significant amount of his childhood and adult years with Native American communities.He is hoping to bring his father to the Super Bowl.APOLOGIESLos Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was a fantasy football player in college and said he used to get ticked when players would be unable to go. Gordon missed last Thursday’s game at Kansas City, which for many fantasy football leagues was the first week of the playoffs, and he posted a message on Twitter saying he understood their frustration.“I used to get ticked when guys weren’t playing and now I understand. I just wanted to let them know that I feel their pain. If I could have played I really would,” Gordon said.The fourth-year running back said he received more messages than usual from family and friends because of the postseason stakes involved, but he took it all stride and understood.“I know it is playoffs/championship time and this is for their bread. It was cool,” he said.Gordon will be back this week when the Chargers host the Ravens, which is championship week in many leagues.SNEAKY SACK MASTERWith a league-leading total of 47 sacks, the Minnesota Vikings naturally have had pass-rushing productivity from every position on their defense. Sending nickel cornerback Mackensie Alexander has proven to be a particularly effective strategy, with all four of his career sacks coming this season to tie a franchise record for a defensive back.“Heck, if you don’t get blocked, he should have an asterisk by that name,” coach Mike Zimmer quipped.Coach Mike Zimmer has been hard on the third-year player, who was slow to embrace a role in slot coverage rather than on the outside where he’d played most often at Clemson before being drafted in the second round in 2016.“His technique has been better. I think he’s understanding the defense and what we’re trying to do a little bit better as well, so I think that’s been a big plus for us this year,” Zimmer said, adding: “He was pretty immature when he first got here.”Alexander didn’t disagree.“Just growing up as a person, as a player, as a man ... -authentic , in every phase like every player here,” Alexander said. “Just growth. It’s good for everybody. It works.”BIG APPLE, SMALL FIELDThe New York Streets are coming to the streets of New York.Well, close.An expansion team in the National Arena League, the Streets will split their home games between Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and the suburban Westchester County Center. Corey Galloway becomes the only African American-owned professional sports team in New York.“As a developer and lifelong New Yorker, I’m committed to supporting projects that help New York kids by providing affordable entertainment and make this the best city in the world,” Galloway says. “It’s always been a dream of mine to bring professional arena football to New York and increase opportunities for so many talented athletes. As the only black owner of a professional sports team in New York, I am especially proud to lead a team that will reflect the inclusive values that are the cornerstone of my business and of this city.”The first home game will be in the spring, with indoor football veteran Rick Marsilio as head coach.The NAL plans to expand further for 2019. It has six teams last year, located in Jacksonville, Florida; Columbus, Georgia; Allentown, Pennsylvania; Greensboro, North Carolina; Worcester, Massachusetts; and Portland, Maine.(Corrects from Barclays Center to Madison Square Garden.) RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Of all the characters to make their way through Seattle in the past decade, none seemed to personify what coach Pete Carroll was seeking more than Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor.One on offense. One on defense. Both overlooked and underappreciated coming out of college. Both exhibiting exactly the kind of determination and perseverance Carroll wanted from his Seahawks.Now the two players who at one time starred on consecutive NFC championship teams are saying goodbye to Seattle at the same time. Both players’ contracts were terminated Thursday after each failed a physical.For Chancellor, it was an expected procedural step following the neck injury that ended his career in November 2017.For Baldwin Will Grier Jersey , it was another sign that he could be facing retirement.“The Seahawks have made the difficult decision to terminate/failed physical Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor,” general manager John Schneider said in a statement. “These are two of the most iconic players in franchise history and both were instrumental in establishing our championship culture, great examples of competitiveness and leadership on the field and in the community. These legendary players will always be a part of our Seahawks family.”Baldwin’s failed physical is the latest sign his career could be over. Baldwin had surgery in the offseason to repair shoulder and groin injuries and he also had a knee procedure. Carroll and Schneider have both said recently that it would be a challenge for Baldwin to recover from the surgeries and that he was contemplating retirement.Baldwin was an undrafted free agent who became a star. He had 50 receptions for 618 yards and five touchdowns last season although he was hampered by injuries. He missed a large chunk of training camp last season due to a knee injury, two games in September with a separate knee injury, and he played through groin and hip issues.He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who has twice topped 1,000 yards receiving. He led the NFL with 14 touchdown catches in 2015 and a year later had a career-high 94 catches. Baldwin started 76 of the past 77 games for the Seahawks dating to 2014 and has been the most trusted pass catcher for Russell Wilson during their time together.He may not have had the most memorable catches of Seattle’s championship run, but he was usually the one coming through when the team needed a big play.Baldwin has also been an outspoken advocate for social justice and called for bail reform and police de-escalation training.“You go through the process of feeling immortal when you’re younger. I think we all go through that process,” Baldwin said in December. “And then kind of contemplating where you take this and then things start to change and priorities outside of football change and life changes and you start to think about things in a bigger picture when football is such a small sliver on your lifetime.”Chancellor declared last July in a social media post that it was “time for a new chapter” after scans on his injured neck showed no improvement. Chancellor said in the post that doctors had told him paralysis was a possibility. He remained on Seattle’s roster last season for salary purposes and was on the physically unable to perform list but not expected to play again following the injury.He signed an extension through the 2020 season in August 2017 which contained guaranteed money in case of injury.Chancellor was named to four Pro Bowl teams (2011, 2013-15) and was twice a second-team All-Pro selection (2013, 2014). He appeared in 109 career games for Seattle with 93 starts after being selected in the fifth-round of the 2010 NFL draft.NOTES: The release of Chancellor and Baldwin opened roster spots for Seattle to sign veteran CB Jamar Taylor, along with FB Nick Bellore and G Marcus Martin. Seattle will be the fifth team for Taylor, who had previous stops in Miami, Cleveland, Arizona and Denver. Taylor started 29 games over two seasons in Cleveland in 2016 and 2017 and will likely be in the mix for the nickel cornerback job after Justin Coleman left during free agency. Bellore was a linebacker for most of his career before making the switch to fullback with Detroit in 2017. Martin spent last season on injured reserve and has previous stops in San Francisco, Cleveland and Dallas.
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