10 Things We Are #FridayFeeling

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Is Peyton Manning playing his final games in the NFL? John Elway doesn’t know. The Broncos GM told James Palmer that Manning “is staying in this moment now.”

As storied as Peyton Manning‘s football past has been, his future in Denver remains just as unclear.

The 39-year-old Broncos quarterback is at the tail end of the worst statistical season of his career during which he missed six games due to a torn plantar fascia. Compound that reality with Brock Osweiler performing admirably in relief, questions concerning Peyton’s potential Denver departure have started swirling around the Rockies.

Read: Elway: Peyton Manning ‘is staying in this moment’ – NFL.com

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New England is just 2-6 in Denver with Tom Brady as quarterback.

There isn’t much Tom Brady hasn’t accomplished or been able to conquer in his New England Patriots career.

Except for figuring out how to win consistently in Denver.

Including the playoffs, the Patriots are 2-6 against the Broncos in Denver with Brady as quarterback, and with a 5-6 record against the AFC West club, the Broncos are the only team he doesn’t have a winning mark against in his career.

Read: Patriots looking to defeat their Denver history in AFC championship | Shutdown Corner – Yahoo Sports

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Is prayer the only defense against Tom Brady? Not exactly, but the Broncos can’t play soft like the Chiefs. Here’s the winning blueprint. After Further Review,

What are the secrets to stopping Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense?

Former Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed offered his analysis on Showtime’s Inside the NFLthis week.

“Pray,” he said.

Read: After Further Review: How Broncos can slow Brady, Gronk and the Pats – CBSSports.com

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Major League Baseball fans will soon have more options for watching their favorite team. And non-sports fans yearning for a cordless future will have reason to cheer as well.

MLB has settled a class-action lawsuit over its broadcasting practices and will offer discounted streaming packages for individual teams as well as limited streaming options for previously blacked-out home games, moving fans one step closer to cutting the cord from cable and satellite.

Read: Next Big Player in Digital Media: Baseball – Bloomberg View

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Oakland and Tampa Bay just aren’t cutting it as major league homes, explains Christina Kahrl, who offers up new cities for both franchises that would maximize revenue for baseball.

The change: Baseball needs to figure out where the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays should be playing. This isn’t just about doing something about O.co Coliseum and Tropicana Field, two inadequate venues that aren’t coming close to filling up with fans. It’s about sorting out whether those teams should be serving those markets, or if baseball would be better off with one or both playing somewhere else.

Read: MLB 2.0: Reimagining baseball — Move the Oakland A’s to San Jose and the Tampa Bay Rays to Montreal

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Josh Smith is headed back to Houston, as the team acquired the veteran in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Rockets announced.

The Houston Rockets acquired Josh Smith in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Rockets announced Friday.

The Rockets sent the draft rights to Maarty Leunen to the Clippers for Smith and the draft rights to Serhiy Lishchuk. The Clippers also will send cash to Houston to cover the balance of Smith’s salary.

“I’m excited. I feel great,” Smith told Fox 26 Houston about the deal. “It’s a place that I probably should have never left.”

Read: Houston Rockets acquire Josh Smith in trade with Los Angeles Clippers

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BOSTON – Derrick Rose’s best defense of the year may have come Friday morning. Following the team’s shootaround at the TD Garden, Rose was asked about All-Star voting and his status in the NBA hierarchy as far as fans were concerned, and seemed to have little regard for the process. “Nope, not at all,’’ Rose …

Read: Derrick Rose gets defensive about the All-Star Game and where he is as a player

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With worries about terrorism heightened following attacks in France and California, baseball owners began their two-day meeting Wednesday by discussing threat protection with the U.S. Homeland Security secretary.

Read: Homeland Security head addresses baseball owners – StarTribune.com

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DENVER — The Rockies met on Thursday with representatives for free-agent right-handed starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo. And MLB Network reported that the two sides will meet again on Friday. The Rockies’ interest in Gallardo fits with general manager Jeff Bridich’s mantra that the club will explore any avenue for improvement. Gallardo was extended a qualifying offer from his 2015 team, the Rangers.

Read: Yovani Gallardo, Rockies scheduled to meet | MLB.com

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LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles landed his second crucial in-state commitment in a 24-hour span Friday morning, picking up a pledge from prized defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence:

The 5-star prospect selected LSU over fellow finalist Ohio State during a ceremony at Neville High School in Monroe, Louisiana

Read: Will LSU Keep No. 1 Class After Landing 5-Star DT Rashard Lawrence? | Bleacher Report

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