Report: Jay-Z played role in NFL setting up Colin Kaepernick workout

Colin Kaepernick may not have been supportive when the NFL and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company announced a partnership back in August, but the music mogul is apparently still trying to help pave the way for Kaepernick to sign with an NFL team. Jay-Z was involved in the NFL setting up a workout for Kaepernick and “pushed” the idea, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Wednesday.  Rapoport also noted that the workout, which will take place on Saturday in Atlanta, was not part of the settlement Kaepernick reached in his collusion case against the NFL earlier this year. Not long after the NFL and Roc Nation announced their partnership, Kaepernick seemingly addressed the matter by strongly implying that Jay-Z and those working with him were only looking out for their best interests rather than fighting racism and oppression.  Although some would argue that is what Kaepernick has done with his massive Nike endorsement deal. Motives are always going to be questioned, but Kaepernick will have an opportunity to showcase

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10 NBA players off to a hot start

The NFL is the biggest and most-watched professional sports organization in North America each October and November. Nothing the NBA does will ever alter that reality. With that said, basketball diehards could legitimately claim the Association has been responsible for the better and more entertaining storylines between the two leagues since the start of the 2019-20 campaign.  Stephen Curry is out indefinitely after suffering a broken hand in late October, and the Golden State Warriors plummeted to the basement of the Western Conference standings. LeBron James once again looks like the best overall player on the planet. The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t a complete disaster as of mid-November. Seemingly everybody has a take on load management and what it means for the NBA now and in the future.  Association experts, observers and fans promised the most open and competitive season of the decade, and the league didn’t disappoint as Halloween decorations made way for Christmas lights and holiday music. Granted, not

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NFL Week 11 matchups: An insiders’ guide

Yardbarker’s Sam Robinson and Michael Nania go deep inside NFL games each week, focusing on key numbers and roster issues.  GLOSSARY:  DVOA (Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average): A method of evaluating teams, units or players in a comparative fashion. It takes every play during the NFL season and compares each to a league-average baseline based on situation. EPA (Estimated Points Added): The measure of a play’s impact on the score of the game. It represents the difference between a team’s “expected points value” (the net point value a team can expect given a particular combination of down, distance and field position) before and after a play.  Net Yards Per Pass Attempt: Passing yards per attempt adjusted for sack yardage.  SCROLL DOWN OR GO TO YOUR GAME HERE:  Pitt.-Cleve. | Atlanta-Carolina | Dallas-Det. | Jax-Indy | Buffalo-Miami | Houston-Balt. | Den.-Minn. | NYJ-Wash. | N.O.-T.B. | Ariz.-S.F. | Cin.-Oak. | N.E.-Phila. | Chi.-LAR | K.C.-LAR THURSDAY Pittsburgh (5-4) at Cleveland (3-6), 8:20 p.m. ET Insid

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Superstar Lillard’s prime wasted by Trail Blazers. Here’s what they must do.

In January 2018, the Blazers were struggling to stay afloat in a competitive Western Conference, and their star Damian Lillard was at a career crossroads. His statistics and competitiveness suggested he belonged in the elite tier of point guards with Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving, but his inferior supporting cast prevented him from making a postseason run. So Lillard requested an audience with Paul Allen, the late owner of the team.  With the player empowerment movement under way, and many of Lillard’s peers developing wandering eyes, Allen worried his superstar point guard might request a trade. Instead, Lillard channeled his inner-Robert Frost, took the road not taken, and reiterated his commitment to the franchise. Allen then reassured Lillard the franchise was committed to building a contender around him. Fast forward to last Friday: With the Blazers facing an insurmountable deficit in the final seconds of a 119-115 OT loss at home to the Nets, Lillard made a three-pointer at the buzzer, giving him a care

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