Josh Jackson didn’t see many balls thrown his way Wednesday.

But when Boston College quarterback Darius Wade threw toward Jackson late in the Pinstripe Bowl, Jackson picked it off to seal Iowa’s 27-20 victory at Yankee Stadium.

Since late November, Irving’s defensive rating has climbed to 106.7. That’s not all on him; the Celtics as a team have slogged through a game-heavy December schedule. But as Irving continues to dazzle on the offensive end, he must recommit on the defensive end as well.

Boston’s defensive rating this season is a team-best 97.5 when Irving is off the court, an improvement of 5.1 points per 100 possession versus when he’s on the floor. Irving had been holding his opponents to league-average shooting during Boston’s winning streak, but the NBA’s tracking data has opponents shooting 50 percent against him over the past 20 games.

The Celtics have played their best basketball when they are defensively engaged, and Irving has repeatedly noted how much easier the game comes when Boston is not taking the ball out of the basket each trip down. Irving must set the tone, defensively, with his effort level, and his defensive-minded teammates will feed off that energy. — Chris Forsberg

After their original allotment of wild-card playoff tickets sold out in just a few hours, the team announced Thursday that it was opening up additional seating by removing sponsored tarps at EverBank Field.

The removal of the tarps gave Jaguars fans 3,501 more seats, which have been covered up for years. The additional tickets went on sale Friday and sold out in only five minutes.

Avril has one more year left on his contract, and Chancellor’s extension runs through the 2020 season.

Whatever those guys decide will be the right thing, whatever direction they go, Carroll said. They got such great brains and character and all that stuff that they’ll make great choices and we’ll support them whatever that is.

Carroll said nothing has changed with the status of defensive lineman Malik McDowell, whose football future is uncertain as well. McDowell didn’t play a snap as a rookie after suffering what the team described as a severe concussion during a summer ATV accident.

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Welcome to NFL hype week

Good day, fellow football enthusiasts. I am here to share something with you: excitement. You can’t see it because I am expressing these feelings with the written word, a dying form of communication as the world turns to 90-second videos that you’ll only watch 20 seconds of before clicking on something else.

But if I can have your attention for just a little bit here I’d like you, dear media consumer, to join me in getting excited about a very select group players who will make the 2017 NFL season worth watching.

He added, Then the first couple weeks, you see Paxton people were talking about it but then the last couple of weeks where he was just out there lighting it up. It was likOoh, where did that come from?’ It’s going to be good competition. I’m excited about it.

The Broncos go into the season under new head coach Vance Joseph. The defense, led by Von Miller, was good as everybody expected last season. It was the offense that had trouble getting going, which has been a constant struggle since the 2015 season where they still managed to win a Super Bowl.

Last season, Siemian completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 3,401 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 14 games. He suffered a couple of injuries over the season a shoulder injury early on, and then a sprained foot towards the end of the season.

In the three games he saw the field, Lynch had two touchdowns and one interception on 83 pass attempts.

Even if the Broncos offense doesn’t quite get things together this season, we’ve seen how far they can go when their defense is playing out of their minds.

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NHL ref Wes McCauley gets extra pumped about fighting call

No NHL official appreciates the art of building drama in a rivalry game quite like Wes McCauley.

On Sunday, Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw and Bruins defenseman Torey Krug set the tone with an inspired tussle 58 seconds into the game. McCauley, a veteran referee with 14 NHL years under his belt, was noticeably pumped while announcing the dual fighting majors, so he put his own twist on the call.

The Islanders had a few fantastic draft classes that helped forge a dynasty in the early 1980s. Clark Gillies (No. 4) and Bryan Trottier (No. 22) are both in the Hall of Fame, and Trottier might even be slightly underrated among the all-time greats. This class also included Dave Langevin (No. 112) and Stefan Persson (No. 214).

The Rangers do not have a very decorated draft history, but they did tab two great players in 1990. Doug Weight (No. 34) was traded in 1993 to the Oilers and ended up with more than 1,200 games and 1,000 points. Sergei Zubov (No. 85) was a steal and should get more consideration for the Hall of Fame. Sergei Nemchinov (No. 244) in the 12th round was a nice pick as well.

The Senators took Hall of Fame name member Radek Bonk at No. 3, and he went on to play nearly 1,000 games in the NHL. The reason this group makes the list is the guy who went 130 picks later in the sixth round. Daniel Alfredsson became the best player in franchise history and collected 1,157 points.

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