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Amari Cooper Ends Night With 200 Yards In A Win Against The Chiefs

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Oakland Raiders wideout Amari Cooper has had bit of a quiet season this year. The first 6 games of the season Cooper only had 18 receptions for 146 yards. After two consecutive NFL Pro Bowl seasons, Coop was did not look like himself on the field.  On TNF, Cooper put any talks of him being in a slump to rest.

Cooper caught 11 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders edged the Chiefs 31-30 by scoring a TD on the final snap of the game. Cooper scored Oakland’s first touchdown of the game on a 38-yard pass from quarterback Derek Carr with 8:11 left in the first quart

Cooper caught his second touchdown pass with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter to make it a 13-10 game in favor of the Raiders, which became 14-10 after the extra point. Carr found Cooper open on a crossing route over the middle.

Amari was the first Raider player with 200 receiving yards in 52 years.

Cooper broke his previous career high of 178 yards. “We have a lot of playmakers at the receiver position,” Cooper said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “And we went into this week saying that we wanted to take more shots, more explosive plays. It was huge for me, it was huge for the team. Anytime that anyone can create some explosive plays, get first downs, we’re going to have more plays on offense. And eventually we’ll keep scoring.”

While talking about Cooper after the game, quarterback Derek Carr said “nothing changed in his demeanor or his mentality” heading into Thursday night and Cooper said he “went out there like I do every game.” The approach may have changed, but the results were a major step up for a player the Raiders need if they are going to make Thursday’s win the start of a better run.

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Jimmy Butler Wants Out Of Minnesota

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Jimmy Butler is ready to suit up for another team.

Butler is  Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks on his list of preferred destinations according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Butler can be a free agent in July, and those three teams have the max salary space to sign him without giving up assets in a trade.

He informed Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau of the request during a meeting Tuesday in Los Angeles, sources said.

He averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in Minnesota last season.

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Dwayne Wade Coming Back For One Last Season

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Dwayne Wade is calling it quits after the 2018 NBA season.

The 12-time All-Star already has three championships is ready to walk away from the game. Wade announced his return in video titled “One Last Dance.”

“This decision is bigger than the game of basketball,” said the soon to be 37-year-old. “This decision don’t have nothing to do with the talent I have in my body. Yeah, I’m not as quick as I used to be. Yeah, I don’t jump as high as I used to. Yeah, I don’t. Yeah, I don’t. Yeah, I don’t.

“A lot of you guys see me is as a three-time champion, a 12-time All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist, y’all didn’t see that kid that no one [saw] because he was small, because he couldn’t shoot as good as everybody else,” he said. “Y’all didn’t see the grind. Y’all didn’t see the tears.”

Wade will return with Miami Heat for his last season. Many fans will forget about his lost tape years in Chicago and Cleveland.

“I still see a player who can contribute heavily if he really wants to,” Heat president Pat Riley said to reporters in July. “If he plays, he’s going to want to do that. We don’t want him back as a place-mat holder or somebody who’s going to be a veteran in the locker room. Dwyane is a great player, a great talent. He’s not the same guy he was in 2006, but he can be a very good player for us and can make a big difference for us. We want him back as a guy that realizes if this is going to be his last year or whatever, we want this to be his best year ever.”

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Vontae Davis Retires From The NFL During Halftime

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The Buffalo Bills lost their second game of the season on Sunday, falling to the Los Angeles Chargers 31-20. The team also lost their starting cornerback Vontae Davis.

Davis was not lost to injury, he decided to retire at halftime. “Coming out they said he’s not coming out, he’s retired,” said Bills Lineback Lorenzo Alexander.

“[He] pulled himself out of the game,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “He communicated to us that he was done.”

The NFL released an official statement from Davis on Twitter. Davis said that the reality had hit him: “I shouldn’t be out there anymore.”

“And truthfully, I do not because the season is long, and it’s more important for me and my family to walk away healthy than to willfully embrace the warrior mentality and limp away too late,” he said in the statement.

“This was an overwhelming decision, but I’m at peace with myself and my family.”

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