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Chelsea and Liverpool both had goals reviewed and denied by VAR during the League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, and Virgil van Dijk made the difference before the game could reach penalties.
Ahmed Fareed, Robbie Earle, and Tim Howard analyze Wolves’ narrow 1-0 victory against Sheffield United at the Molineux in Matchweek 26.

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  • DEN Quarterback #3
    Wilson, who was benched for the final two games of last season, said he has “more fire now than ever” to win but that he also wants to be in a place that wants him. While the Broncos and head coach Sean Payton haven’t officially laid out their plans for Wilson next season, early signs point to the team moving on from him one way or another. In two seasons with the Broncos, Wilson has thrown for 6594-42-19 while going 11-19 as a starter. Wilson, 35, also said over the next five years he hopes to win two Super Bowls, suggesting he doesn’t plan on walking away anytime soon. Wilson remains a serviceable starter in the league and can undoubtedly elevate an offense in need of a quarterback. That said, he’s no longer considered to be the difference-maker many viewed him as when he was traded from the Seahawks back in 2022.
  • HOU Wide Receiver #12
    Collins is now eligible for an extension heading into the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. The former third-round pick finally lived up to his potential in 2023, going for 80-1297-8 in 15 regular season contests while averaging an impressive 16.2 YPR. Collins said if a potential extension, “If [the Texans] want to negotiate, we can,” but it doesn’t sound like he’s pressing to get a deal done this offseason, also adding he will “let it ride” if that’s what the team wants to do. Regardless, it sounds like an extension between the two sides is more a matter of “when” than “if.”
  • FA Offensive Coordinator
    Per Thamel, new, first-time Bruins head coach DeShaun Foster wants to run an NFL system and was seeking a “splash hire.” Bieniemy is certainly that, though it’s stunning he couldn’t generate continued NFL interest after his one-year stint in Washington. Perceived as pass-happy and “old school” in his demeanor, Bieniemy has evidently worn out his NFL welcome for the time being. He has long been connected to college openings, but always as a head coach. It’s quite possible Bieniemy’s return to the college sidelines — he previously worked for UCLA and Colorado — is a one-year sojourn before returning to the pros.
  • CIN Wide Receiver #5
    It was reported earlier in the month by The Athletic’s Paul Dehner that “all expectations” were that the Bengals would tag Higgins, who was set to be an unrestricted free agent. Higgins is expected to net about $21.8 million on the franchise tag as he and the Bengals will now look to run things back for at least one more season. It’s possible Higgins and the Bengals eventually come to an agreement on a long-term extension, but this extension buys the two sides extra time to figure things out — assuming Higgins is willing to play on the tag. Higgins has been a highly productive receiver through his first four years in the league, totaling 257 receptions for 3,684 yards and 24 touchdowns. Injuries plagued his 2023 campaign, but Higgins still managed to find the end zone five times and averaged a career-high 15.6 YPR on the season. He’ll be a high-end WR2 for fantasy next season.
  • FA Cornerback #25
    The Dolphins selected Howard in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The soon-to-be 31-year-old corner has spent his entire career with the Dolphins, earning four Pro Bowl nods and one First-Team All-Pro nomination over that span. Injuries limited Howard to 13 games in 2023, and he managed just one interception while earning a PFF coverage grade of 51.9 — the lowest mark of his career. The ball-hawking corner has twice led the league in interceptions and should have a relatively strong market despite his age. The decision to cut Howard before June 1st will result in a dead cap hit of just over $21 million for the Dolphins.
  • LAC Quarterback #10
    In other words, Roman and head coach Jim Harbaugh won’t be changing a thing with their approach and will lean on the run far more than the past few Chargers coaches. “We want to be a balanced offense,” Roman began. “We want to be able to run it when we want to run it and throw it when we want to throw it. If they present looks that are favorable to run it, then we want to be able to run it at a high level. Every place I’ve been, that’s kind of been the goal, to try to have that complete attack. ... But I think in this league, you can really help dictate to defenses if you have a strong running attack.” When asked how that squares with Justin Herbert’s strengths, Roman responded “that’s where you have to come back to what your ultimate concern is, and for us, it’s winning,” The question isn’t whether Herbert’s pass attempts will decline, but by how much. Although it could very much be a good thing in real life, it’s going to make things complicated in fantasy. Herbert will need to become more efficient in the mold of Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers’ primes.
  • IND Wide Receiver #11
    “I don’t want to use it, but it’s a tool,” Ballard said. “If we have to use it, we will.” The Colts have a strange aversion to tagging players, last doing so in 2013 with ... then-punter Pat McAfee. It’s the second longest tag-less streak in the NFL, albeit one that is certain to be broken with Pittman absent a long-term agreement. For his part, Pittman sounded surprisingly open to the possibility last month. “With the franchise tag, I don’t think anyone would be displeased with $23 million,” Pittman said. “The franchise tag is almost like a tag of respect, to get paid in the top five at your position, but do I necessarily want to play on one? I wouldn’t say, necessarily, no, I do not want to play on the tag, but you can use that to work toward a long-term deal.” Pittman’s agent probably didn’t love that, but it’s clear Pittman will remain a Colt for 2024.
  • SEA Quarterback #7
    The Seahawks let Smith’s $12.7 million base salary guarantee itself last week, though they’ve now converted his $9.6 million roster bonus into a pro-rated “signing bonus” that will spread out over the remainder of his deal through 2025. The move creates $4.8 million in cap space. Smith predictably regressed off his 2022 career year in 2023, but he remained at least a league-average starter. Considering the receiver weapons at his disposal, he will remain a viable streamer this year even if the Seahawks go majorly run heavy under new coach Mike Macdonald.
  • CHI Quarterback #1
    Fields spoke to Equanimeous St. Brown and Amon-Ra St. Brown on their podcast about his desires for the 2024 season. He said, “I ain’t got no control over it, so whatever happens happens”, adding “I just want it to be over.” The Bears hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, leading to much speculation on the team’s future at quarterback. Fields looks to be in a wait-and-see period, expressing his desire to stay with the Bears, but recognizing the business of the league and that he may not be in Chicago next season. The NFL Combine is coming up at the end of February, which may fuel more speculation on whether Caleb Williams is looking like a Bear or not. Regardless, Fields will have to wait to see what his future looks like.
  • ATL Tight End #8
    “We’re not oblivious to the fact of his skill sets, what he does bring to the team from a receiving standpoint, so there are a lot of things that you can do to be creative and use his skill set in the pass game,” Koger told the team’s website. “But with him and the way we’re going to run the ball and the athleticism he does have, there are a lot of things he can do in the run game to help us out to win football games. ... You’ll see him all over the field, not just out wide but also in the box.” Koger’s comments come a week after new Falcons offensive coordinator Zac Robinson said Pitts has “formational versatility” and would be used across the formation in 2024. It’s not exactly what fantasy managers want to hear about the hyper-athletic Pitts, who was relegated to a bit role in Arthur Smith’s offense over the past three seasons. Pro Football Focus graded Pitts’ run blocking 109th out of 110 qualifying tight ends in 2023. One-third of his snaps last season were spent run blocking. It would be a surprise if Atlanta’s new coaching staff did not deploy Pitts in a more fantasy friendly way.

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Extended HLs: Aston Villa v. Forest Matchweek 26
Look back on Aston Villa's six-goal thriller against Nottingham Forest where Douglas Luiz's brace proved to be the difference for his side at Villa Park in Matchweek 26.

NBC Sports Podcasts

Fantasy Baseball 2024
Knock your draft out of the park with the Rotoworld Baseball Draft Guide, which features rankings, player profiles, projections, expert mocks and more to get you ready. Don’t forget to use code BASEBALL24 for 10% off.
Eric Samulski breaks down four pitchers throwing new pitches to see what the potential impact could be on the 2024 fantasy baseball season.
It’s Ronald Acuña Jr. and a trio of five-category superstars headlining our industry-expert mock draft, part of our 2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide.
Eric Samulski discusses which hitters could see more fantasy value if they pulled the ball more often.
Eric Samulski breaks down his list of top 100 starting pitchers for the 2024 fantasy season.
Eric Samulski breaks down last season’s rookie hitters to find the next Josh Lowe.
Eric Samulski and Scott Pianowski highlight why fantasy managers should target Alex Bregman and Manny Machado in 2024 drafts despite coming off seasons that weren’t up to either veteran’s standards.

Premier League

Robbie Earle explains why Fulham manager Marco Silva is his underappreciated performer of the week following the Cottagers’ upset win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Robbie Mustoe explains why Caoimhin Kelleher is his underappreciated performer of the week following his stunning display for Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp reacts to undermanned Liverpool outlasting Chelsea over 120 minues — ‘The craziest thing is we deserved it.’
There was silverware awarded in England this weekend after eight Premier League games of Week 26 eventually led us to an unencumbered view of the League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

NFL

Some coaches see the value in personally attending the Scouting Combine.
Details are emerging regarding Saturday’s DUI arrest of former NFL cornerback and current sports media personality Richard Sherman.
The Saints are continuing to chip away at their 2024 salary cap by pushing more money onto the 2025 cap.
On Friday morning, I noticed an item on the Cardinals’ website highlighting specific topics from an interview of Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill on Arizona Sports 98.7.

Rotoworld

After an oversized Week 17, we’re back to “normal” in Week 18 as the fantasy basketball trade deadline in standard leagues looms.
The Rockets rookie had another solid night off the bench and is worthy of consideration in standard leagues.
Zachary Krueger highlights incoming running backs and wide receivers to watch at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.

NBA

College Football

The College Football Transfer Portal is underway. Here is a one-stop shop to track which big-name players are on the move this offseason.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2024 NFL Draft Combine, including schedule, events, participants, history and more.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said the league’s union with the Big Ten was created to provide leadership for a challenging landscape in college athletics.
The four-year extension makes Sarkisian one of the highest paid coaches in the country after Texas won the Big 12 last season and earned its first appearance in the College Football Playoff.

College Basketball

Vaughn Dalzell breaks down his best bets for the Sunday College Basketball slate, including Rutgers hosting Maryland and FAU at Memphis.
No player scored more than 10 points for Loyola Chicago, but all-around contributions gave the Ramblers a decisive 21-point win over George Mason in Atlantic 10 play on Saturday.
St Bonaventure used a 10-point second-half advantage to pick up a road win over UMass in Atlantic 10 action on Saturday.
Vaughn Dalzell breaks down a loaded College Basketball slate with six picks, including Houston versus Baylor, Villanova at UConn and more!

MLB

Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Cody Bellinger, and Blake Snell highlight this year’s class of free agents.
Matthew Pouliot offers rankings and writeups of MLB’s top 111 free agents, from Shohei to Shelby.
Pawol’s spring training debut marked the first time since 2007 that a woman umpired a major league spring training game, last done by Ria Cortesio
The clock is shortening from 20 to 18 seconds with runners on base.

Motor Sports

Arlington was Austin Forkner’s fourth major crash in the past four seasons.
A large portion of the field crashed after crossing the start-finish line.
NASCAR also will require Joey Logano to pass through pit road after the start of the race.
Tyler Rader won a Daytona 500 before joining the U.S. Army and is back on pit road.

Betting

Vaughn Dalzell is back with two player props to open the second-half of the NBA season. He focuses on Donovan Mitchell versus the 76ers and RJ Barrett against the Hawks.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick take a look at the current odds for the NBA Most Improved Player Award, including those for Tyrese Maxey, Coby White and Alperen Sengun, among others.
Jay Croucher and Drew Dinsick take a look at the odds for the top contenders in the Eastern Conference, including the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Golf

Here’s a look at prize money earned from the Honda LPGA Thailand.
Both Manuel Elvira and Connor Syme hit costly shots to come up short at the Magical Kenya Open.
Tavatanakit held off a fast-finishing Albane Valenzuela to clinch the LPGA Thailand.
Knapp leads the Mexico Open by four shots, and on Saturday evening he was heading straight to the gym and to send a special text.
Jake Knapp takes major strides on moving day at the Mexico Open, hitting 11 birdies en route to a third-round 63 to take a four-shot advantage into Round 4.

Brother From Another

Michael Smith and Michael Holley analyze DraftKings Sportsbook’s latest odds for Justin Fields landing spots in 2024, where they break down his potential fit in the Falcons and Steelers’ offenses.
Michael Smith and Michael Holley dive into Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears’ current situation, including the QB’s latest comments on his future there and whether he unfollowed the team on social media.
Michael Holley believes we haven’t seen enough from Jayson Tatum yet to say he’s ready to be the next face of the league, leading Vincent Goodwill to examine the modern landscape of NBA superstardom.
Vincent Goodwill joins BFA to discuss what matters most to current NBA stars and why this year’s All-Star game highlighted key differences between the game’s current stars and legends of old.

Local coverage

“We’re gonna need each other for what we’re trying to do.”
The jerseys aren’t the only part of MLB’s new uniforms drawing scrutiny.
Changes will not be nearly as extensive on the offensive side of the ball under new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

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Patrick Kane looks rejuvenated at the moment in his first season with the Detroit Red Wings.
Will Manchester City complete its quest for an unprecedented fourth straight title?
Check out the Premier League fixtures and results for the 2023-24 season
Former NFL player Shareece Wright revealed on Friday that he is one of the 12 previously anonymous men who accused a woman who worked at their high school of sexually assaulting them when they were minors.
The Cup Series season continues Sunday with the second consecutive superspeedway race.