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Smylie Kaufman learned to play Augusta via Tiger Woods video game  

Yahoo By : Jay Busbee

Smylie Kaufman is playing in his first Masters, and he’ll tee off on Sunday alongside Jordan Spieth in the tournament’s final pairing.

That’s remarkable bordering on miraculous in itself, but then there’s this: Kaufman learned to play Augusta National by playing the course on the Tiger Woods video game. You know, just like Jack and Arnie used to do. - Referenced Article

Jordan Spieth hits back at garbage comment after making Valspar cut  

BBC By : Staff Reporting

The world number one responded to a post on Instagram that described the American as "very average". Spieth replied: "Couldn't be further from the truth troll. Go do research before hating."

Defending champion Spieth made five birdies and two bogeys to trail the leaders by seven strokes on two over. - Referenced Article

Brett Farve Is In  

Inquisitr By : Daniel Zuckerman

Brett Favre became the 14th first ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback on Saturday night after being voted in, according to USA Today.

Favre, who has been described as having a “gun-slinging approach” to quarterbacking, became one of the eight members of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, in his first year of being eligible to do so. - Referenced Article

Cam Newton Wins 2015-16 NFL MVP Award: Latest Comments and Reaction  

Bleacher Report By : Staff Reporting

A year ago, many were actively wondering whether Cam Newton was a true franchise quarterback. One brilliant season later, and Newton is now considered the best player in football.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback was named Most Valuable Player on Saturday, per the NFL. - Referenced Article

Browns hire Hue Jackson  

The Sacramento Bee By : MATT BARROWS

The Cleveland Browns hired Hue Jackson on Wednesday to be their coach, removing one of the 49ers’ top candidates from their list and creating a potential landing spot for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The 49ers and Browns interviewed Jackson, formerly the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator, on Sunday. Cleveland followed up with another session Tuesday. - Referenced Article

Dolphins agree to deal with Adam Gase as new head coach  

USA Today By : Tom Pelissero

The Miami Dolphins got their man. Now it’s up to Adam Gase to prove he can do something predecessor Joe Philbin couldn’t: Get the Dolphins and young quarterback Ryan Tannehill into the playoffs. - Referenced Article

Tennis: Serena Williams withdraws at Perth, injury toll grows  

The Salt Lake Tribune By : Staff Reporting

Brisbane, Australia • Serena Williams retired during her Hopman Cup match in Perth on Tuesday, completing a day of injuries and upsets for the leading women's players less than two weeks from the Australian Open.

Williams, who missed the U.S. team's opening loss to Ukraine on Monday because of inflammation in her left knee, was trailing 7-5, 2-1 against Jarmila Wolfe when she left the court in her first match of the season. - Referenced Article

Can The #Browns Get A 2nd Round Pick For Manziel  

Bleacher Report By : Mike Freeman , NFL National Lead Writer

There is always massive turnover in Cleveland. Everyone gets canned, all the time, which is very Clevelandy.

The Browns have had eight head coaches since 2000. No, a coach and GM getting fired in Cleveland is not news. The real news will come soon. The real news will be what the new head coach does with Johnny Manziel. - Referenced Article

Darrelle Revis struggles covering Sammy Watkins in Jets Week 17 loss to Bills  

Daily News By : SETH WALDER

Darrelle Revis went MIA for most of Sunday’s season-crushing loss to the Bills.

The Jets’ $70 million man was schooled by a youngster, second-year wideout Sammy Watkins, throughout most of Sunday’s contest. Watkins, who was mostly marked by No. 24, finished with 11 receptions for 136 yards. - Referenced Article

Can A Head Coach Todd Haley Win With Less Talent? By : Staff Reporting

The Pittsburgh Steelers is on the verge of missing the playoff this season and yet some are informing me that Todd Haley is in contention for a head coaching position in the NFL. I’m fully aware that the Steelers have racked up 5,948 total offensive yards and they have arguably the best receiving cadre in the league. At last check they ranked third in total offense in NFL, but what would Haley do without one of the league’s best Quarterback Receiver tandems and a proficient running attack?
Could Haley take a team with significantly less and produce the same results? In other words can he produce a playoff contending team without the luxury of talent on the Steeler’s roster? If you’re a team that wants to make a significant investment in a head coach I ask that you look at Haley’s performance in critical situations this season.
I would urge any front office to take a close look at the Steeler’s close defeat against their division rival Baltimore Ravens. Even though the Ravens are in the bottom 15 in the leagues for pass defense they managed to hold the Steelers to under 20 points in both division games. The Steelers air attack was grounded at critical junctures throughout the game.
In 2014 we suffered embarrassing defeats against division rivals in Baltimore and even in Cleveland, but any team considering Todd Haley should consider his performance under limited circumstances. 
When Big Ben was out, they played a very tough game in San Diego. At a critical point in the game Big Ben drew up an offensive play and we reported:
Startling revelation that injured Pittsburgh Steeler Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drew up the explosive 72 yard Michael Vick pass to Markus Wheaton in last night’s thrilling victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Immediately before the game winning run by Runningback Le'Veon Bell; they received instructions on the play by Ben Roethlisberger; which begs the question, what is the role of the true Offensive Coordinator, Todd Haley in Pittsburgh since Ben Roethlisberger call his own plays under center? 
Big Ben also said he factored in the fact that he knew Michael Vick likes getting out of the pocket when drawing up the 72 yard play. Why did it take Big Ben to utilize Vick's strengths?
Big Ben was very disappointed when Haley arrived as the offensive coordinator, so I’m guessing he won’t be devastated if he departs. Big Ben usually controls the discussion when he zips to the sidelines in critical game situations and I would argue that it’s because he has too much control of the offensive strategy and execution due to Haley’s inefficiency.

It’s easy to win 10 games in this league with the league’s best running back, quarterback, and wide receiver. There is zero indication in my mind that Haley has the capability to win with less. 

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