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BUFFALO BILLS (9-8) UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WRs Jordan Matthews Blake Martinez Jersey Elite , Deonte Thompson, Brandon Tate, and Jeremy Butler; CBs E.J. Gaines, Leonard Johnson, and Shareece Wright; LBs Preston Brown and Ramon Humber; DT Cedric Thornton; Ss Colt Anderson and Shamarko Thomas; RBs Travaris Cadet and Taiwan Jones; FB Mike Tolbert; OT Seantrel Henderson; QB Joe Webb. RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None. NEEDS: Quarterback moved to the top of the list after Buffalo traded three-year starter Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a third-round pick. The deal leaves Nathan Peterman – a fifth-round draft pick last year – as the only quarterback on the roster. Aside from free agency, the Bills are anticipated to select a quarterback in the draft. The defensive front seven could be in store for major overhaul, though Williams re-signed. Starters Brown and Humber are eligible for free agency. Unanticipated hole to fill is center after Eric Woods was diagnosed with career-ending neck injury in January. Bills already addressed needs by signing nine-year veteran CB Vontae Davis and running back Chris Ivory Eli Manning Jersey , who is expected to take over as LeSean McCoy’s primary backup. AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $37 million. — The Los Angeles Angels haven’t faced right-hander Zack Greinke since the 2015 season, but they’ve continued to feel his effects. Greinke (5-5. 3.97 ERA) is scheduled to start when the Arizona Diamondbacks open a three-game series Monday night at Angel Stadium. The Angels (38-34) have lost five of their past six to fall eight games back of the final American League wild card. The Diamondbacks (39-32) dropped their past two after winning six of seven. Their lead in the National League West has dwindled to 1 1/2 games over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Angels remain just as starved for playoff success as they were in July 2012 when they acquired Greinke in a deal that sent young infield prospect Jean Segura to the Milwaukee Brewers as part of the package. It was an exciting time in Anaheim. Albert Pujols, a three-time NL Most Valuable Player, was in his first season with the Angels at age 32. Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout was in his first full season in the majors and already an All-Star. Greinke even did his part, going 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA in the last two months with the Angels, but they missed the playoffs for a third straight season and he opted to sign with the Dodgers in the offseason. Still in his prime, Greinke went 51-15 in three seasons with the Dodgers and helped them reach the playoffs each year. Meanwhile Mitchell Trubisky Jersey Youth , Segura was named an NL All-Star a year after he was traded by the Angels and the 28-year-old shortstop continues to improve. Only now he’s in the AL West with the Seattle Mariners and playing a key part. After Segura was traded to the Diamondbacks and he led the NL in hits in 2016, he was dealt to the Mariners, where he entered the weekend with the second-highest batting average in the majors (.344). The Mariners lead the Angels by eight games for the final AL wild card. Meanwhile, the Angels are still seeking their first playoff win since 2009. They’ve had success when facing Greinke in the past. He’s 3-5 with 3.91 ERA in 12 career appearances against the Angels, including 11 starts. Several Angels players have also hit well against Greinke during their careers. Luis Valbuena is 11-for-26, Pujols and Justin Upton are each 10-for-29, and Trout is 5-for-15. They’ll try to drop Greinke’s season record below .500 Cheap Josh Rosen Jersey , something he hasn’t experienced this late in a season since 2010. “As long as I’m able to make good pitches, it’s fine,” Greinke told reporters after his last start. The Angels will have one of their most successful starters this season ready to oppose Greinke. Jaime Barria (5-2, 2.61) has solidified himself as a regular starter for the Angels, both through his performance and injuries to other pitchers. He took the loss in his last outing, but even that performance included plenty of positives. The 21-year-old right-hander went five innings against the Mariners, allowing three runs (two earned) and eight hits in the 6-3 loss. “I think Jaime has definitely pitched himself onto our depth chart from spring ,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters last week. “We’re encouraged at how much he’s grown, where he is right now and how much he’ll help us this year. There’s no doubt, he’s pitched his way into more looks for us.” Barria has allowed more than two earned runs in just one of eight starts this season. .
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The Pittsburgh Pirates will be trying to win three games in a row after a rough month and the Cincinnati Reds will be looking to avoid the start of a skid when the teams play the middle game of a series Saturday at PNC Park. Pittsburgh (34-35) won the series opener 3-2 Kolton Miller Raiders Jersey , posting back-to-back wins for the first time since winning three straight May 15-17 to reach a season-best nine games above .500. In the interim before Friday’s win, the Pirates were 6-18 and entered the weekend as close to the last-place Reds (eight games) as they were to first-place Milwaukee in the National League Central. “It’s a long season. There’s going to be times where stuff like that happens,” Pittsburgh third baseman Colin Moran said of the poor stretch. “It’s more important that we bounce back like we did.” Cincinnati (23-44) had won three in a row before Friday. Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova (3-5, 4.68 ERA) is scheduled to face Reds right-hander Luis Castillo (4-7, 5.79) on Saturday. Nova on Sunday returned from the disabled list (sprained right ring finger) without having made any rehab starts. No matter. He struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run and four hits in a 7-1 win over the Cubs in Chicago. It showed the Pirates that the veteran can still be highly effective. It showed Nova that it is better to be forthcoming about nagging injuries and be willing to step away and heal. “Just the way that the ball was coming out of my hand, I could tell the difference right away,” Nova said. “To be able to pitch a game like (that) … I think that’s kind of a lesson for you. Don’t force it.” He had not had any sort of organized outing since his last appearance before May 24 when he went on the DL. “He was ready to pitch,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “At the end of the day Zack Martin Jersey , he showed you he was ready to pitch.” Nova also impressed the opposition. “He was hitting the corners all day, keeping the ball down,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo told “It’s tough to do anything when he’s on like that.” Nova is 3-7 with a 4.67 ERA in 10 career starts against Cincinnati. Castillo’s last start was much more mixed than Nova’s. In a 6-4 loss to St. Louis, Castillo had a career-high 10 strikeouts but also a career-high two homers allowed as Jose Martinez and Marcell Ozuna smacked back-to-back dingers in the first inning after Castillo struck out the first two hitters on six pitches. He also gave up a first-pitch, bases-loaded triple to Yadier Molina in the third. “You just have to be strong mentally, more than physically,” Castillo said through an interpreter. He gave up five runs and four hits in six innings that game. Despite the rocky start and the loss, Castillo, 25 Cheap Christian Kirk Jersey , managed an in-game turnaround, allowing just one batter to reach base in his final three innings. “You saw the talent of Castillo,” Cincinnati manager Jim Riggleman said. “The last three innings that he threw were outstanding, and it’s exciting to know that this guy has got a chance to be around here for a very long time. He’s just going to get better and better once he gets past these growing pains.” Castillo is 1-2 with a 3.68 ERA in four career starts against Pittsburgh, with 22 strikeouts in 22 innings. NEW YORK — Greg Bird was rehabbing a right ankle injury for the first six meetings between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. He carried a .191 average and several frustrating at-bats into Friday’s series opener. Then he slugged two homers and possibly gave the Yankees something to think about with the first baseman’s playing time against left-handers Chris Sale and David Price and the final two games. While Bird could get the game off, his New York temmates will get a crack at solving Sale on Saturday night in the second game of three-game series against Boston at Yankee Stadium. Bird posted his second career multi-homer game and the Yankees opened the series by hitting four homers in an 8-1 rout on Friday. After homering twice, Bird is batting 204 (19-for-93) in 29 games since coming off the disabled list. “Perhaps, I think about that a little bit,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It was really good to see Birdie impact the ball. I was happy for him and that’s something that can kind of jump-start him a little bit because what we believe he brings is that left-handed on-base Austin Corbett Browns Jersey , power guy in this ballpark.” If Bird is in the lineup, he will be getting his first career at-bats against Sale. If Bird is not in the lineup, it could be Brandon Drury or Neil Walker at first base. Regardless if Bird plays, the Yankees were glad to see him homer to left-center field and right-center field against Eduardo Rodriguez in the fifth and Justin Haley in the eighth. “It’s only a matter of time,” Yankees right-fielder Aaron Judge said of Bird. “It takes a lot of time to kind of get in that groove.” Sale is 7-4 with a 2.56 ERA this season but rolling of late. He is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last three starts and in the last four starts has totaled 43 strikeouts in 28 innings while allowing a paltry .155 average. Sale last pitched Sunday when he allowed four hits and struck out 13 in a 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners. Sale posted his second straight double-digit strikeout game, sixth this season and ended the outing by fanning Mike Zunino with a 100.5 mph fastball — the fastest pitch of his career. This season as the Red Sox attempt to keep Sale fresh for the final months of the year, his velocity is steadily increasing. His average fastball was 92.5 in April, 95.6 in May and 97.0 this month. “I think it’s just getting back into a little bit better rhythm,” Sale said of his increase in velocity. “I’ve been saying the same thing over the last three or four starts — it’s feeling good and getting into that tempo and getting back into a little bit better rhythm than I had been starting the year. I put a lot of work into it. I’m glad where we’re at.” If Sale posts double-digit strikeouts Saturday Cheap Austin Corbett Jersey , it will mark the fourth time he has at least 10 strikeouts in three straight games. “A lot of people get caught up on strikeouts,” Sale said. “They’re nice, but at the end of the day your job is to pitch as deep into that game as you can and keep as few runs off the board (as possible).” Sale enters the game with 153 strikeouts, two ahead of Houston’s Gerrit Cole for the league lead. He also is hoping to see his teammates produce a better offensive showing after losing for the second time in eight games. The left-hander faced the Yankees on April 10 in a 14-1 win at Fenway Park. He is 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA in 16 appearances (13 starts) against the Yankees. While Mookie Betts was 2-for-4 and had his 25th multi-hit game, J.D. Martinez was 0-for-4 and is now hitless in his last nine at-bats. New York will counter with Sonny Gray, who is 5-5 with a 4.93 ERA. Gray is 2-1 with a 3.23 ERA in his last five starts since lasting 3 2/3 innings in an 11-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on May 26. His last outing was last Saturday in Tampa Bay when he allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 4-0 loss. Gray faced the Red Sox on April 12 in Boston when he allowed six runs and seven hits in a season-low three innings of a 6-3 loss. Since joining the Yankees, he is 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox. For his career, Gray is 1-5 with a 5.97 ERA in seven games against Boston. .
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Al Horford has been the Celtics‘ quiet leader this postseason Mike McGlinchey Jersey Youth , and Marcus Smart might be the kindling Boston was missing in back-to-back losses in Milwaukee. The duo was reunited for Game 5, and together, they helped put the Celtics on the verge of closing out their first-round series. Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and Boston beat the Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead. Smart came off the bench and had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks in his first action since right thumb surgery. He played 25 minutes wearing a protective splint and had a key assist to Horford late from the bottom of a scrum beneath three Milwaukee players. ”I just tried to make sure I got him the ball and it was going to take everything I had,” Smart said. ”They weren’t taking it from me.” Terry Rozier added 16 points and five assists for Boston. The home team has won all five games in the first-round series, and Game 6 is Thursday in Milwaukee. Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 23 points, Jabari Parker added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had a series-low 16 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists. The Celtics led by 16 before Milwaukee rallied to make it 74-70 with 7:33 left. Middleton scored later and was fouled to get Milwaukee within 84-79, but he failed to complete the three-point play. A few possessions later, Smart managed to squeeze out the pass to Horford with three Bucks draped over him, and Horford easily dropped in a layup to make it 86-79 with 28.1 seconds left. Milwaukee got within 87-84 after a layup by Eric Bledsoe Josh Jackson Jersey , but the Celtics hit enough free throws the rest of the way to secure the win. The Bucks entered the game shooting an NBA playoff-best 54 percent from the field, but they hit just 37 percent for the game (32 of 87) – a series low. Boston needed an energy boost after slow starts in Games 3 and 4, and Smart gave the Celtics exactly that. He checked in for the first time late in the first quarter. Less than a minute later, he deflected a pass and won a scramble on the floor for the loose ball. A few possessions later, he was helping protect the rim, getting his hand in to deny an alley-oop dunk attempt by Antetokounmpo. He was also active on the offensive end, helping drive the ball into the interior of Milwaukee’s defense, like when he tossed an alley-oop to Horford late in the third quarter . Boston made a change to a smaller lineup, shifting Horford to center in place of Aron Baynes and starting Semi Ojeleye at forward. Ojeleye drew the primary responsibility of guarding Antetokounmpo and handled it well. Antetokounmpo had just 10 field goal attempts. ”It’s on me. I had open shots, but they wasn’t my shots,” Antetokounmpo said. ”I think my teammates did a great job finding me, but coming the next game, Game 6 Cheap M.J. Stewart Jersey , I’ve got to be more aggressive and make more plays.” TIP-INS Bucks: F John Henson missed his third straight game with back soreness. … Scored 15 points in first quarter. It was low for a quarter in the series, excluding the Game 1 overtime period (eight points). Celtics: Finished with 18 turnovers. … Outscored the Bucks 32-28 in the paint. HE SAID IT ”It’s win or go home, so I mean you can’t leave nothing on the line. That’s pretty much how you play this whole playoffs – you leave it all out there. Tonight we had too many lapses where we just didn’t want it as bad as they did.” – Middleton DROUGHT AND A RUN The Celtics went without a field goal from Rozier’s 3-pointer with 9:14 left in the third until Jaylen Brown hit from beyond the arc with 4:26 to go in the period. It allowed Milwaukee to go on a 12-2 run, trimming Boston’s lead to 58-52. STILL BEEFING Rozier and Eric Bledsoe got tangled up with 9:33 left in the third quarter. Rozier bumped Bledsoe near the baseline. Bledsoe responded with a hard shove. They then got face-to-face and had to be separated. Bledsoe was assessed a flagrant foul and Rozier was issued a technical foul. It was the continuation of some off-court chiding between the pair. Rozier called Bledsoe ”Drew Bledsoe” when asked about him after Game 1. Bledsoe has since responded by saying ”Who?” whenever he’s asked about Rozier. ”We’re looking forward to Game (6),” Bledsoe said. ”It’s as simple as that.” — More NBA basketball: TORONTO — A year ago at this time, Francisco Liriano was pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays amid speculation that he would be traded. The left-hander is again a subject of trade speculation as he returns to the Rogers Centre on Friday night as the starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, who will try to end a nine-game losing streak in the opener of a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Tigers (36-46) lost 4-2 to the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon. The Blue Jays (37-43) had the day off after completing a 3-4 trip with a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday on Alex Bregman’s two-run, walk-off homer. Both teams are expected to trade some veteran players by the July 31 deadline for deals without waivers. Liriano (3-3, 3.94 ERA) will face Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman (0-5, 6.80). Both pitchers will make their second start after returning from the disabled list. The Blue Jays did trade Liriano on July 31 to the Astros, who went on to win the World Series. In the deal, Toronto received outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, who has become a regular. Liriano signed with the Tigers as a free agent on Feb. 23. He will make his 12th start of the season in the series opener. Liriano went on the DL with a strained right hamstring after making his start on May 26 and did not pitch again until Saturday when he took the loss at Cleveland Baker Mayfield Jersey Youth , allowing three runs (two earned), four hits and three walks in four innings. All of the runs came in a 40-pitch first inning. He did not allow another hit in the next three innings. “I was rushing things,” Liriano said. “I hadn’t pitched in a while and I was trying to do too much, trying to do more than I can do, and I ended up missing pitches. … Everything feels great. Leg feels good, body feels nice.” The 34-year-old has faced the Blue Jays seven times in his career, including five starts, going 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA. He last pitched against Toronto on Aug. 5 with Houston when he took the loss after allowing one run, one hit and one walk in two-thirds of an inning in relief. In 18 career appearances, including 17 starts, at the Rogers Centre, Liriano is 8-4 record with a 4.03 ERA and 98 strikeouts. Stroman also returned from the DL on Saturday when he allowed six hits and one walk while striking out five in five scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels. He did not factor in the decision of a game the Blue Jays won 4-1. He had not pitched since May 8 because of inflammation in his right shoulder, a problem that shortened his spring training. Stroman believes that in retrospect he probably should have taken a couple of more weeks to build up the shoulder before starting to pitch in the regular season. “When I’m going good Cheap Marcedes Lewis Jersey , I feel like I’m pitching at 80, 85 percent and that’s where I’m at right now,” Stroman said. “Earlier in the season, I was max effort, I was pitching at 100 percent every pitch and now I’m back to being very free and easy. Once I’m free and easy, I can do whatever I want.” Stroman said the shoulder “feels way better.” “I’m moving way easier, I can pause, I can mess with my delivery now, I can do many things I wasn’t able to do previously in the year,” he added. “Feels great.” In two career starts against the Tigers, he is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA. The Tigers won two of three games against the Blue Jays at Comerica Park on June 1-3. Detroit will try to win its first season series against Toronto since 2013. The Tigers lost two of three games at the Rogers Centre last season, the fourth straight series they have dropped in Toronto. .
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>The Latest on the NFL playoffs on divisional weekend (all times EST):7:20 p.m.The Vikings expanded their lead in their divisional round game at Minnesota.Kai Forbath’s second field goal Cheap Jamal Adams Jersey , a 49-yarder in the early in the fourth quarter gave the Vikings a 20-14 lead over the Saints.The winner advances to the NFC championship game at Philadelphia.7:15 p.m.Drew Brees and the Saints are getting closer in their divisional round game at Minnesota.Brees connected with wide receiver Michael Thomas for the second time in the game. The second score was a 3-yarder early in the fourth quarter to make it 17-14.The winner advances to the NFC championship game at Philadelphia.7 p.m.The New Orleans Saints are climbing back into their divisional round game at Minnesota.Drew Brees found Michael Thomas for a 14-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to finally get on the scoreboard and cut the Vikings’ lead to 17-7. Then on the next play, Case Keenum was intercepted by Marcus Williams to give the Saints the ball again deep in Vikings territory.The winner advances to the NFC championship game.鈥?Dave Campbell, reporting from Minneapolis6:25 p.m.The Minnesota Vikings have blanked Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints for the first half of their NFC divisional round game, taking a 17-0 lead into the locker room.The Vikings forced punts on the first three possessions for the Saints. Then they intercepted Brees on consecutive drives before Will Lutz pulled a 58-yard field-goal try wide left. The Saints are 0 for 4 on third down conversions against the league’s top-ranked defense.The winner advances to the NFC championship game in Philadelphia next weekend to play the Eagles.鈥?Dave Campbell, reporting from Minneapolis5:40 p.m.The Minnesota Vikings have taken a commanding 17-0 lead on the New Orleans Saints, early in the second quarter of their divisional round.Latavius Murray powered the ball in from the 1-yard line, after a pass interference call on Saints safety Marcus Williams against wide receiver Stefon Diggs gave the Vikings first-and-goal.Andrew Sendejo’s diving interception of a long pass by Drew Brees gave the Vikings the ball back near midfield before the end of the first quarter to set up their second touchdown drive. Brees and the Saints are also 0 for 3 on third down conversions against the NFL’s top-ranked defense.鈥?Dave Campbell, reporting from Minneapolis5:30 p.m.The Minnesota Vikings have a 10-0 lead on the New Orleans Saints at the end of the first quarter of their divisional round game.Andrew Sendejo’s diving interception of a long pass by Drew Brees gave the Vikings the ball back near midfield. Brees and the Saints are also 0 for 3 on third down conversions against the NFL’s top-ranked defense.The Vikings have outgained the Saints 106-33 in total yards.鈥?Dave Campbell, reporting from Minneapolis5:05 p.m.The Minnesota Vikings have taken an early 10-0 lead on the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round game at deafening U.S. Bank Stadium.Jerick McKinnon took a pitch from Case Keenum around left end for a 14-yard touchdown run that capped an eight-play Devin Hester Bears Jersey , 55-yard drive for the Vikings.On the other side, the Vikings have forced punts on the Saints’ first two possessions.The Vikings made it 10-0 when Kai Forbath made a 20-yard field goal to finish off a seven-play, 79-yard drive.The winner advances to the NFC championship game next weekend at Philadelphia.鈥?Dave Campbell, reporting from Minneapolis4:35 p.m.Rookie running back Leonard Fournette ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns, Blake Bortles added 214 yards passing and a vital fourth-quarter score and the relentless Jacksonville Jaguars stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-42.The third-seeded Jaguars (12-6) will face top-seeded New England next week in Foxborough, Massachusetts, after jumping on Pittsburgh early, then holding on late. Jacksonville raced to a 21-point lead, fended off a Steelers rally and responded every time Pittsburgh (13-4) challenged.Ben Roethlisberger threw for 469 yards and set a franchise record with five touchdown passes Anthony Miller Jersey Youth , but was also intercepted once and had a fumble returned for a score.All-Pro Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in his return from a left calf injury. Le’Veon Bell had 155 yards of total offense and two scores.But Pittsburgh’s vaunted “Killer Bs” couldn’t keep pace with Jacksonville.4:15 p.m.Josh Lambo’s 45-yard field goal with 1:45 left may have finally booted Jacksonville past Pittsburgh and into the AFC title game.Lambo’s clutch kick 鈥?the first field goal of the game after 11 TDs 鈥?put the Jaguars ahead 45-35. Jacksonville got to work with a short field after the Steelers failed to execute an onside kick.4:10 p.m.The Steelers aren’t going down easily.Le’Veon Bell took Ben Roethlisberger’s lateral and ran 8 yards for a TD as Pittsburgh cut Jacksonville’s lead to 42-35 with 2:18 left.Big Ben scrambled from the pocket and ran for 1 yard before swinging the ball to Bell, who beat one Jaguars defender for the game’s 11th TD.Pittsburgh then tried an onside kick that was recovered by the Jaguars.鈥?Tom Withers reporting from Pittsburgh.3:55 p.m.The Jaguars answered back.Blake Bortles threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to fullback Tommy Bohanon with 4:19 left to give Jacksonville a 42-28 lead over the Steelers.After Pittsburgh closed within seven for the second time in the half, Bortles drove the Jags 75 yards for the crucial score. Bohanon got behind Pittsburgh’s linebackers and Bortles completed the scoring toss with ease.3:45 p.m.Here come the Steelers again.Antonio Brown caught a 43-yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 9:05 left to bring Pittsburgh within 35-28 of Jacksonville.It was Brown’s second TD and it revived the Steelers, who fell behind by 14 moments earlier.The Steelers have come back after trailing 21-0 and 28-7.鈥?Tom Wither Hannah Foslien/Getty ImagesAfter deciding to return for a 16th NFL season, Terence Newman made it clear that he believes the 2018 campaign will be his farewell tour.聽The 39-year-old defensive back re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. One day later, he revealed that he plans to hang up his cleats at the end of the season."I think this will be my last year no matter what happens," Newman said, per Chris Tomasson of the聽Pioneer Press. "After 15 years, I've soaked as much as I can in. It's been a heck of a ride. I understand when it's time for me. I'm not going to put an onus on doing anything special."聽 聽Playing one more season gives Newman a chance to try to go out on top. Minnesota reached the NFC Championship Game last season with backup quarterback Case Keenum under center Baker Mayfield Jersey Youth , and this offseason, it added coveted free agent Kirk Cousins.Newman鈥攚ho will be 40 when the season kicks off鈥攎ay not be the Pro Bowler he once was, but he still provides Mike Zimmer and Co. quality snaps. In 2017, he recorded 35 combined tackles, one interception and five passes defended.And of course, there's his veteran presence."Terence would be an example of a guy now," Vikings safety Harrison Smith said, per Minnesota reporter聽Eric Smith. "He鈥檚 a peer, but he鈥檚 also been there Custom Chicago Bears Jersey , done that. He shows us things every week."Since being drafted with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, Newman has played for three teams over 15 seasons. 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Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee stood alone in the hallway outside of his team’s locker room Friday night Josh Allen Jersey Youth , as someone walked by and blurted: ”One more George.” ”Yep,” McPhee replied, smiling briefly before turning his attention back to his phone. And if they get it, the Golden Knights will be Pacific Division champions. Jonathan Marchessault’s goal 22 seconds into overtime lifted Vegas to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues, inching the playoff-bound expansion team closer to a division title in its inaugural season. The Golden Knights (49-22-7) can win the Pacific with a point in Saturday’s home game against San Jose. ”We’re trying to get as many points as we can,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. ”Somebody told me we’re one point away from clinching the division and that’s what the goal is. Let’s keep battling hard, and playing hard, and winning as many games as we can. I really don’t care who we beat, and the next season will start soon enough.” St. Louis (43-28-6, 92 points) currently holds the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, one point back of Anaheim (93). Colorado (92) is tied with the Blues, who hold the tiebreaker. St. Louis Kyle Long Bears Jersey , whose season-best, six-game win streak ended, has now earned points in six of its last seven road games (4-1-2). Marchessault scored two goals, while William Karlsson and James Neal also scored for Vegas. Malcolm Subban improved to 12-3-2 after stopping 21 shots. Barely into overtime, Marchessault took the puck by himself into the zone, skated by two defenders before circling to the point and firing a long wrist shot past Jake Allen for the game-winner. ”We had a great effort and I think it was a real good positive game for us,” Marchessault said. ”It was a big game tonight. I think it would be great for our fans (to clinch the division), they’ve been awesome all year. To get the win and clinch the Pacific would be awesome. Whoever we face, we just need to play well and I’m sure tomorrow is going to be a good game.” Patrik Berglund, Brayden Schenn and Chris Thorburn scored for the Blues. Allen, who is now 8-1-1 in his last 10 starts, made 22 saves. ”We fought hard. This is really good hockey team and we knew it was going to be a close game Roquan Smith Bears Jersey , so not surprised to see it go to overtime, you get into 3-on-3 hockey and anything can happen out there,” St. Louis coach Mike Yeo said. ”There are some things that we have to be a little bit better at … I think we could’ve moved the puck a little bit better tonight. Credit to them, they check well, and they pressure you hard.” But it was the Blues setting the tone early, when Alexander Steen fed Berglund from behind the net, and he smacked home his 13th of the season. Karlsson tied the game with his 41st of the season, a short-handed breakaway courtesy of a perfect pass from Cody Eakin. Marchessault gave Vegas a brief 2-1 lead with a stroke from a side angle. Schenn tied the game later in the period when he took a pass from Jaden Schwartz and beat a shielded Subban from the right circle. After a rather quiet period, Tomas Tatar tapped the puck to Erik Haula, who touch-passed to Neal, who snapped a 12-game drought by going top shelf to beat Allen and give Vegas a 3-2 lead with 3:25 left in the second. Scottie Upshall’s pass from behind the net found Thorburn creeping at the doorstep and the right wing slipped it through Subban’s five-hole to knot the game at 3 with 13:46 left. ”Overall, they played really well , they’re working hard and they’re finding a way to win hockey games,” Gallant said. ”We got down early, but I love the way we played. We competed the whole 60 minutes. We played a hell of a hockey game tonight against a real good team.” NOTES Schwartz has 21 points in 27 games since returning from a lower-body injury on Jan. 25. … Neal is now one game from playing in his 700th career game and five points shy from his 500th career point. … Marchessault is one game away from his 200th career game. UP NEXT St. Louis: Visits Arizona on Saturday. Vegas: Hosts San Jose on Saturday. Investigators are hoping to interview Janoris Jenkins' brother William as a "person of interest" in the death of music producer聽Roosevelt Rene, whose body was found in the home of the聽New York Giants cornerback.Ontario County District Attorney James Ritts told TMZ of their interest in Jenkins' brother, adding:聽"Bergen County wants to talk to him."The TMZ report also added that according to jail records, William Jenkins was arrested about nine hours before the body was discovered in the home for an "unrelated parole warrant聽issue."Josina Anderson of ESPN first reported on the police looking for a person of interest in the case:ig: josinaanderson @JosinaAndersonThe potential cause of death of the male victim, identified as Roosevelt Rene, was described to me this morning as "highly suspicious" however a police source underlined there was "not a clear-cut" explanation for Rene's demise, at this time. 25-year-old Rene, also known as聽Trypps Beatz, was a family friend of Jenkins.According to聽Taylor Tiamoyo Harris and Noah Cohen聽of, the 29-year-old Jenkins has reportedly been in Florida since the Giants ended their minicamp earlier in June.Anderson聽added that "Multiple sources who have connected directly with Janoris Jenkins told me that the Giants cornerback says he's 'good' and 'okay' and 'waiting for the legal process to play out.'""Janoris wanted to get back to New Jersey but the New York Giants and the attorneys have told him to stay in Florida at this point as police continue to investigate Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey ," ESPN's Dianna Russini reported (h/t聽Mike Florio聽of Pro Football Talk).ig: josinaanderson @JosinaAndersonOvernight an officer from the New Jersey Fair Lawn Police Department kept patrol outside of Janoris Jenkins' home while the perimeter blocking off the area was maintained.Rene's cause of death remains undetermined, and an autopsy is being performed at the聽Bergen County Medical Examiner's Office. However, according to聽Mike Garafolo聽of, "police are investigating a possible strangulation/suffocation as the cause of death."Jenkins and Rene had collaborated on a song together, "Hood Jumpin," which Rene produced and Jenkins rapped on under the name of "Rabbit," per聽Pat Leonard聽of the聽New York Daily News..
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To say the offseason and camp for the聽New England Patriots聽have been interesting would be an understatement. Alleged issues between coach Bill Belichick聽and star quarterback Tom Brady is front and center in the news Ty Montgomery Jersey , Julian Edelman's troubles with a PED scandal didn't help matters, and a rumored trade of tight end Rob Gronkowski had the media in a stir when everyone thought he'd been traded,聽only to hear rumors Brady had squashed the trade dead in its tracks. So, to see arguably the best QB in football teasing a time frame for his eventual retirement is just another moment that will go down as one of the wackiest gaps between Patriot seasons.ESPN shared a statement聽on Instagram Brady made to Oprah Winfrey about his career winding down. They wrote that Brady was "seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later." Of course, the post got all sorts of attention and fans flooded the comments sections with everything from hoping the news wasn't true to asking what he meant by his comments. In an effort to either answer the question or perhaps stir the pot further, Brady himself commented on the post writing,聽聽"Cuarenta y cinco," which translates from Spanish to 45. Stephen Curry on the sidelines again, this time with a hurt knee. No longer the sure-thing No. 1 seed. Steve Kerr piecing together rotations based on who’s available through illness and injury. It hasn’t exactly been an easy course this season for the defending NBA champions. The Golden State Warriors are used to being the best out West Dak Prescott Jersey Womens , a top target that everyone in the NBA seeks to unseat. It’s just a little different this time. Not that Kerr is overly concerned. Golden State’s coach thinks the Warriors will be just fine when they open their best-of-seven series against No. 7 seed San Antonio at home Saturday afternoon. ”We’re going to have new life when the playoffs start. And I’m well aware of what a long, difficult season it’s been,” he said. ”So many things have been thrown at us here the last month, especially all the injuries, which have really shaken up our rotation. That’s made it difficult on everybody and our players. But they’re fighting and that’s the main thing. ”We’re going to be all right.” During one especially tough stretch, all four All-Stars were out because of health – Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Golden State dropped seven of 10 at one point last month, then lost its final regular-season game by a jaw-dropping 40 points Tuesday night at Utah. Yet, now , everybody is relishing a new season. ”It’s not a carbon copy of last year by any stretch,” Curry said. ”But I know for sure we have the guys and the IQ and the resiliency to understand how we’re going to accomplish our goal this year and not compare it to last year. Because I’m sure you can ask any championship team along the way that’s trying to repeat or whatever the case is, every journey is defined by different circumstances. ”Injuries, the fact that we have been in the 2 spot for about two weeks now with really no chance to climb or fall, so you have to fight human nature in that sense. I think all that we’ve invested in our game, in our team and in our identity over the course of the last three, four years will show up when the time is right.” Two years ago, Golden State put its focus on going for a record 73 victories and lost to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Finals. Then late last season, the Warriors were gearing up for that inevitable Finals rematch with rival Cleveland while Durant worked back from a knee injury before capturing his first title and becoming Finals MVP. For Kerr, the goals lately were simple: find some rhythm and return everybody to health. He used 27 different starting lineups – yes Walter Payton Bears Jersey , a huge number – in a big jump from his first three seasons coaching Golden State. Last season there were 14 different starting five combinations for the Warriors on the way to a second title in three years, 12 the year before that and just eight during 2014-15 as the franchise won its first championship in 40 years. And this time around, the Warriors didn’t even know their opponent until Wednesday night, meaning Golden State’s video crew worked overtime preparing for all the possible opponents. ”Basically we spend most of our time trying to predict what’s going to happen, and we’re all wrong,” Kerr quipped last week. ”And the next day we reshuffle the deck and we guess again.” Golden State will still look a lot different when the ball goes up at Oracle Arena without Curry. The two-time MVP is expected to miss the entire first round after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee March 23 on the very night he returned from a six-game absence with his latest ankle injury. It was bad luck, too, as center JaVale McGee fell into him. Curry’s absence as a floor leader and heart of the team hurts. ”They’ve been pretty fortunate here in that the injuries hadn’t been the long ones where guys are out 10-15 games. It’s been three or four games or maybe a five-game stretch,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ”It’s something different, but I really do feel like everyone would love to struggle and be 57-22 if you can consider that struggling.” Golden State finished 58-24 Jordan Howard Bears Jersey , dropping 12 home games – something unheard of the previous three years when they were barely blemished with only nine losses total at one of the NBA’s most imposing stops. The Warriors want to re-establish that energy and swagger at home. Immediately. Kerr didn’t worry about the record. He was too busy mixing and matching just to get through games over the past month. ”It’s been a long haul, for sure. I was hoping that we would be heading into the playoffs healthy, obviously everyone wants that,” he said. ”But this is all part of it, it’s all part of the journey. This is our journey this year. Every year’s different, so it’s been a bumpy road but here we are. I’m really proud of our guys.” And the rest of the league still realizes what it’s up against. ”You can’t count these guys out, and I don’t think anybody is counting them out,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. ”They’ll get their guys back and they have enough guys I think they can survive until they get everybody back.” — .
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Jason Miller/Getty ImagesFantasy football drafters are not known for their patience. If an NFL player betrays them once Blake Martinez Packers Jersey , some managers will impede their own chances of success by holding a grudge.聽聽Gamers assign hopes and dreams to rookies every year. They have never proved their worth at the NFL level, but they have also never let anyone down. Those who falter inevitably fall in聽average draft position聽the following season.For all the fear of sophomore slumps鈥攍ooking at you, Evan Engram鈥攄rafters should emphasize second-year value picks poised to redeem an underwhelming arrival. In the cases highlighted below, limited opportunities and/or ill-fitting personnel derailed a debut.聽The circumstances have changed heading into 2018.聽Let's also skip some of the more obvious names (Patrick Mahomes, Joe Mixon and Corey Davis) already drawing high praise and higher draft slots. While these guys aren't necessarily sleepers either, there's still room for profit potential.聽 聽 聽聽Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago BearsMitchell Trubisky now has the coaching staff and receivers to fare better in his sophomore campaign.Hannah Foslien/Getty ImagesAnyone who has read anything about Mitchell Trubisky has likely already seen the Jared Goff comparisons.The highly drafted quarterback struggled in an archaic offense that offered him few opportunities to stretch the ball downfield. Sound familiar?聽Yet there's hope for a second-half breakout despite last year's聽No. 2 overall pick聽averaging a putrid 182.8 passing yards per game and 6.7 yards per attempt.聽With John Fox out as head coach, the Chicago Bears can join the 21st century under Matt Nagy, who helped Alex Smith finished fourth in fantasy scoring among quarterbacks as the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator.聽Also like the Los Angeles Rams Zack Martin Jersey Elite , the Bears revamped their pass-catching unit. They added Allen Robinson, who is returning from an ACL tear suffered at the start of last season. The 24-year-old already聽has a 1,400-yard, 14-touchdown campaign alongside Blake Bortles.Trey Burton tallied 112 yards and three touchdowns in the two games Zach Ertz missed last season.聽He'll now receive more snaps in an offense overseen by Nagy鈥攚ho led Travis Kelce to stardom鈥攁nd former New York Giants tight ends coach Kevin Gilbride, who steered Engram to immediate prominence.Rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller is also a sleeper whose stock is going to soar throughout August. The 22nd quarterback off the board, per his consensus ADP, Trubisky is worth a late-round flier for drafters waiting out the deep position.聽 聽 聽 聽 聽Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones, RBs, Green Bay PackersJones will serve a two-game suspension to start 2018.Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty ImagesYes, this is cheating. An analyst is supposed to take a hardened stance between Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones and avoid the other at all costs.But more gamers are competing in multiple leagues Blake Martinez Jersey , especially because of the聽rising popularity in a聽best-ball format. Those drafters will want some exposure to both second-year running backs.A zero-sum game makes this competition simultaneously maddening and appealing. Between Williams, Jones and Ty Montgomery, one back logged at least 80 percent of Green Bay's snaps in 10 games. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy could disappoint everyone with a three-man committee, but it's more likely one frequently lines up behind a returning Aaron Rodgers.Montgomery was fantasy's seventh-best running back through Week 3. Jones ranked 11th from Weeks 4 to 8, and Williams placed sixth in the closing nine weeks.Those seeking upside should choose Jones, who averaged 5.5 yards per carry and had six runs of 20 yards or more. Yet he will serve a two-game suspension to start 2018, giving Williams a chance to lock down the spot.While he averaged just 3.6 yards per rush and had one 20-yard run, Williams is a stout blocker who recorded Next Gen Stats' ninth-best efficiency rating. There's a higher probability of his handling a high-volume role.Per聽Packers Wire's Zach Kruse, McCarthy spoke fondly of Williams at the start of training camp."He's bigger, stronger. He looks good Joe Montana Jersey Limited ," McCarthy said. "I feel pretty confident that when we're talking about the season that he's going to be one of the guys that's taken the big second-year jump."Rank Williams higher, but don't be afraid to take a later flier on Jones if he falls near the 10th round.聽 聽 聽 聽 聽Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay BuccaneersChris Godwin will reportedly start for the Buccaneers.Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesAccording to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers intend on starting Chris Godwin alongside Mike Evans at wideout. That's huge news for someone often going undrafted with a WR76 ADP.聽Although he registered just 34 catches for 525 yards and a touchdown, Godwin flourished when given the opportunity. In five games in which he played聽more than half of Tampa Bay's snaps, the newcomer caught 21 of 36 targets for 363 yards and the score. He closed 2017 with 209 yards in a pair of contests without DeSean Jackson.聽Now to slow the bandwagon a bit. Jackson isn't going anywhere, but simply shifting to the slot. Fantasy Guru's Graham Barfield noted the complications presented by this formation:Graham Barfield @GrahamBarfieldIn a perfect world, Chris Godwin should be the #Bucs slot WR. Tampa ran 11-personnel (3WR) on 74% of pass plays last year (NFL average is 70%).Still, Godwin only saw 7% of TB targets when聽Winston-Jackson-Evans聽were all on the field together鈥? who only deem league-winning players worthy of a breakout label will look beyond Godwin. He still needs an injury to Jackson or Mike Evans to truly shine as a dependable weekly option.Yet this is a player who will see the field more after striving in fleeting opportunities. There's little risk to taking him at the end of a draft in case he fully supplants Jackson in both the depth chart and target hierarchy.聽 聽 聽 聽Snap counts courtesy of Pro Foo Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was sent back to Pittsburgh from camp to deal with a minor injury on Thursday.聽According to聽Michael David Smith聽of ProFootballTalk Deion Sanders Jersey , Brown is dealing with a strained quad muscle and is expected back "within a few days."Head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters聽the injury was of the day-to-day variety.Brown has established himself as one of the NFL's most valuable offensive weapons with at least 100 catches and 1,250 receiving yards in five straight seasons. He racked up 101 grabs for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns across 14 regular-season games in 2017.The 30-year-old聽Central Michigan product missed two contests with a partially torn calf suffered in a Week 15 loss to the New England Patriots last year. He missed just one game over the previous four seasons combined.If the dynamic threat is forced to the sideline again, JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington will likely split the targets from Ben Roethlisberger rather than either one operating as a true No. 1 receiver. Justin Hunter and Darrius Heyward-Bey should also see an uptick in playing time.Ultimately, the Steelers' offense is still in the capable hands of Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell when Brown is unavailable, but the unit clearly isn't the same without him..
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Abbie Parr/Getty ImagesNew York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson accepted a plea deal stemming from his January arrest for reckless driving.聽Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo Michael Gallup Youth Jersey , Anderson pleaded no contest to receive a withheld adjudication and six months of non-reporting probation.聽An NFL spokesman told Garofolo the league is still reviewing Anderson's case to determine if he will be suspended under the personal conduct policy.聽Anderson was聽arrested聽on Jan. 19 in Sunrise, Florida, and was facing nine different charges, including聽resisting an officer/obstruction without violence,聽felony harm to a public servant or family and聽felony fleeing/eluding while lights/siren active.聽According to the police report, Anderson threatened to sexually assault the officer's wife after he was pulled over.聽Anderson was聽previously arrested聽while attending a music festival in May 2017 on charges of resisting arrest with violence and obstruction of justice. The 25-year-old had those聽charges dropped聽last month.The Jets signed Anderson in 2016 after he went undrafted out of Temple. He led the team with 941 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season. The Columbus Blue Jackets played one more playoff game this season than last, but it’s all the same to general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and coach John Tortorella. Not good enough. And apparently there’s plenty of blame to go around. ”Everybody has to give skin here Sean Lee Jersey Womens , from the coaches right on through, as far as what happened,” Tortorella said in his exit interview with reporters Thursday. The Blue Jackets promising season fizzled out in the end. They overcame injuries to key players and finished the regular season strong, making the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second season in a row. They won the first two in the first-round playoff series on the road against the Washington Capitals, only to drop the next four straight. It ended with a thud in a 6-3 loss in Game 6 on home ice Monday night. Despite how all that sounds, the team didn’t implode, Tortorella said. ”We were a good enough team to beat Washington this year Dak Prescott Jersey Elite ,” he said. ”We just did not make that big play and or get that big save at key times, and they did. ”I like our team, I like our personnel,” he said. ”The biggest thing is we need to change our mindset here, (so) that we feel we belong in the playoffs. We need to think stronger in how to find a way. I want us to be more aggressive in our thinking and expect some more.” The Blue Jackets undoubtedly will have some different faces next season. Just how many remains to be seen. Kekalainen was coy when asked if the team needs more talented players to get deeper into the playoffs. ”We’re always looking to upgrade, one way or another,” he said. ”I think we’re going to get better again from inside. It’s going to be the same approach.” Kekalainen cited the surprise trade last summer that brought star winger Artemi Panarin to town and the swift emergence of rookie center Pierre-Luc Dubois. But he won’t talk strategy. One the goals likely will be to sign Panarin and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky – the team’s biggest stars – to contract extensions. Both will be unrestricted free agents in 2019 Jim Kelly Bills Jersey , and the team would like to lock them up before that. Defenseman Jack Johnson and forward Matt Calvert will be unrestricted free agents on July 1, so the Blue Jackets will have to make a decision on whether to sign them to new contracts. The 28-year-old Calvert, the longest tenured Blue Jacket at eight seasons but never more than a bottom six player, tied his career-high season point total with 24 and had three playoff goals. The Blue Jackets also will have to decide whether to re-sign forwards Thomas Vanek and Mark Letestu and defensemen Ian Cole, all of whom were added at the trade deadline. Columbus finished with 97 points, second most in franchise history after last season’s 108, and qualified for the playoffs as a wildcard. The team punctuated a furious comeback down the stretch with a 10-game winning streak in March. But the playoffs were a bust. Again. ”We expected more out of ourselves this year Joe Thomas Jersey Elite ,” defenseman Zach Werenski said on his way out this week. ”Go up 2-0 on the road, come back home we don’t get a win. I just think we have higher expectations, and we should. We are a good hockey team and we fell short of our goals this year. At the end of the day, if you are not holding the Stanley Cup, it’s kind of a failed season. This one definitely stings.” — .
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Now that they’re headed back to the postseason Jim Kelly Jersey , the San Jose Sharks will spend the final week of the season looking to complete a task that was discussed in training camp. San Jose opens its last homestand of 2017-18 on Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars, who have their eyes on playing spoiler down the stretch. The Sharks secured their 12th playoff appearance in 13 seasons when the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Monday. The win also clinched a spot for the Minnesota Wild. San Jose (44-25-10) looks to avoid losing its fourth in a row after reeling off a season-high eight straight wins. “The good news is we’ve set ourselves up to finish this season off with three home games and an opportunity to clinch home-ice advantage, which is something that’s been a goal of ours from Day One,” coach Peter DeBoer said after San Jose’s 3-2 loss to Vegas on Saturday night. “So, we’ll sweep this one under the rug and get ready for the next one.” Following this game, the Sharks meet Colorado on Thursday before closing the season Saturday against Minnesota. San Jose is in second place in the Pacific Division with narrow leads over the Kings and Anaheim Ducks. First, the Sharks will focus on the Stars Davante Adams Packers Jersey , who handed San Jose a 6-0 defeat behind 26 saves from Ben Bishop on New Year’s Eve in Texas. Six weeks later, DeBoer’s club evened the season series with a 5-2 win on home ice as Mikkel Boedker scored twice. San Jose is 10-2-1 in its last 13 at home versus the Stars. The Sharks may be without forward Evander Kane, who missed practice Monday with an undisclosed injury and will be a game-time decision, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Since coming over from the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 26, Kane has given the Sharks a boost with nine goals and five assists in 16 games. Only Joe Pavelski has more points since the trade with 17 (six goals, 11 assists). Pavelski is tied with Brent Burns for the team lead with 63 points, and San Jose’s captain has three goals and three assists in a three-game points streak at home versus Dallas. Martin Jones needs one win to reach 30 for the third straight season since joining the Sharks in 2015. He’s 2-1-0 with a 2.66 goals-against average in three career home games versus Dallas while with San Jose. Backup Aaron Dell’s only career win over the Stars came in a 29-save effort on March 12 Ezekiel Elliott Jersey Elite , 2017 at SAP Center. Dallas (40-31-8), which defeated the Wild 4-1 on Saturday, was eliminated from playoff contention when the Ducks rallied with the final three goals in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Avalanche on Sunday. “The time for reflecting is you got all summer to do that — and it’s not now,” Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said Monday. Dallas’ fate was sealed with 0-6-2 slide in March, when the club lost 12 of 16 (4-8-4). The Stars have missed the playoffs in eight of the last 10 seasons. Dallas winds down its season with a three-game trip through California with the chance to play spoiler. “This is three playoff teams that need points, so we’re going to get a really good test and it starts in San Jose,” Hitchcock said. “We haven’t had a lot of luck there lately and we want to change that.” Kari Lehtonen , who’s been pressed into service with Bishop (lower body) out for the season, is 0-6-1 with a 3.40 GAA in his last seven road games. He’s also 0-2-2 with a 2.64 GAA in his last five games (four starts) in Northern California. On Saturday, Tyler Seguin became the third player in Dallas history with 40 goals, joining Jamie Benn (41 in 2015-16) and Mike Modano (50 in 1993-94). Seguin has a goal and four assists in his last three games overall, and a goal with four helpers in seven career games in San Jose. Shelby Miller is scheduled to return to the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ rotation Monday, 14 months after the right-hander underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. Miller will face the Marlins in Miami. He rejoined the NL West-leading Diamondbacks before their game Thursday night against the Pirates after making four rehab starts in the minor leagues. ”I’m pretty excited but I’m assuming the first (start) back won’t be perfect,” Miller said. ”There are going to be times where I’m going to have to bear down and get through some stuff. I’ve talked to people (who have had the surgery) and they say command is the last thing to come back.” The 27-year-old Miller pitched a combined 19 1/3 innings in his rehab starts Devin Hester Jersey Youth , two with Double-A Jackson and two with Single-A Visalia. He allowed 10 runs and 20 hits while striking out 28 and walking six. A 15-game winner in 2013 with the St. Louis Cardinals and an All-Star in 2015 with the Atlanta Braves, Miller was injured in his fourth start last season. He has a 5-14 record and 5.78 ERA in 24 starts since the Diamondbacks acquired him from the Braves in a trade prior to the 2016 season. ”I definitely have some thing to prove over here,” Miller said. Miller will take the rotation spot of rookie right-hander Matt Koch, who was optioned to Triple-A Reno. Koch was 5-4 with a 4.40 ERA in 13 games, including 12 stats. Right-handed reliever Jake Barrett was recalled from Reno. He has appeared in three games for the Diamondbacks this season. .
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VANCOUVER Brian O'Neill Vikings Jersey , British Columbia — Let the comparisons begin. Center Adam Gaudette, 21, will make his National Hockey League debut Thursday with the Vancouver Canucks (28-40-9) as they host the Edmonton Oilers (34-37-6) at Rogers Arena. The contest will be Gaudette’s first audition for permanent employment next season. Many observers — including fans and media types alike — are ready to compare the former Northeastern star to other young hopefuls. The first comparison will be with injured rookie sensation Brock Boeser, who compiled 29 goals and 26 assists before being sidelined with a back problem earlier this month. Boeser and others have said he benefited last spring when, like Gaudette, he joined the Canucks after completing his collegiate career. In his first nine NHL games in 2016-17, Boeser produced four goals and one assist. Now Harold Landry Titans Jersey , others are wondering if Gaudette can display similar results. Those wondering include Gaudette himself. “It’s awesome to see how (Boeser) did this year,” Gaudette told reporters. “I followed him all year. I played with (Boeser) before we were both drafted. I played against him and we’ve been friends ever since then. It’s really cool to see somebody doing it (like Boeser), especially coming out of the NCAA. It just goes to show I could have that impact and, hopefully, do the same thing.” Gaudette, a Braintree, Mass. Andy Dalton Jersey , native, signed a three-year entry-level contract Monday. He was originally drafted by Vancouver in the fifth round, 149th overall in 2015. Despite the late selection, he developed into a potential superstar. He led the NCAA in scoring with 60 points (30-30-60) in 38 games this season and is a finalist for the Hoby Baker Award. His 30 goals led the NCAA, and he garnered many weekly and monthly honors. At 6-foot-1 and 184 pounds, he is also known for a physical two-way game and has been likened to Anaheim center Ryan Kesler and Canucks middleman Bo Horvat — among others. Gaudette strives to emulate gritty Boston center Patrice Bergeron. However, Vancouver coach Travis Green just wants Gaudette to focus on his own game. “He doesn’t have to be Brock Boeser Cheap Isaiah Wynn Jersey ,” Green told reporters. “He just has to be himself.” And, play well defensively, according to the coach. But Green is among many who hope that Gaudette can help the Canucks overcome their dearth of offense. He produced 142 points in 116 career games for Northeastern from 2015 to 2018. “By talking to him and listening to him, I can tell he has a good head on his shoulders,” said Green. “We’ll see where he’s at. Obviously, people are excited in Vancouver. Rightfully so. And the organization is excited to get him in here. “Everybody who talks about him talks about how driven he is to be a player. That’s really important for young guys.” Meanwhile, many observers are questioning Edmonton’s drive. The Oilers will try to rebound against Vancouver after squandering a three-goal lead and losing 7-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. “Our defensive (game) is something we’ve got to solve here Isaiah Wynn Youth Jersey ,” Edmonton coach Todd McLellan told reporters. “I think we’re at 250 goals against and that’s never, ever going to make the playoffs in any year. “We’ve got to make some decisions in the locker room whether that’s important enough.” Simply put, the Oilers are a conundrum. Despite Tuesday’s debacle, they have been playing reasonably well lately. They are 7-3-2 in their last 12 games, and captain Connor McDavid leads the league with 102 points after recording three against the Blue Jackets. But Edmonton’s power play was last in the NHL before Wednesday’s games. In addition, McDavid is at the focal point of a debate that is starting to rage, at least Bradley Chubb Broncos Jersey , in Canada: Should he win the Hart Trophy as most valuable player for a second year in a row, even though the Oilers have been out of playoff contention for weeks? The always humble McDavid has said he doesn’t know. But after watching the Oilers allow 12 goals in their past two games, he does know something for sure. “We have to find a way to keep pucks out of our net,” he told reporters. .
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Kevin Durant made his approach to taking over a pivotal NBA playoff game sound so simple – and look that way , too. ”I just try to tell myself that I’m at my best when I don’t care what happens after the game, the outcome or anything,” Durant said. ”That’s when I’m free and having fun out there, and forceful. That was thing – just try to play with force no matter if I missed shots or not, just keep shooting, keep being aggressive.” Durant scored Golden State’s first two baskets on pull-up jumpers of 21 and 15 feet before a minute-and-a-half had elapsed in Game 4 of the Warriors‘ Western Conference semifinal series against New Orleans on Sunday. He finished with 38 points on 15-of-27 shooting to go with nine rebounds, and Golden State soundly defeated the Pelicans 118-92 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead back to the West Coast. Warriors guard Stephen Curry said it was apparent early that getting the ball to Durant would be wise. ”Just find ways to get him in scoring positions,” Curry said. ”Sometimes, that’s not really hard to do – just throw it to him. ”Just keep the game simple at that point because he’s such a great scorer, you don’t have to really overthink things.” The Warriors lost by 19 in Game 3 Friday and the Pelicans were looking to even the series. Instead, the Warriors responded with a resounding effort that produced a wire-to-wire win with leads as large as 26 points. Curry scored 23 Authentic Lukas Dostal Jersey , Klay Thompson added 13 and Quinn Cook, who was a Pelicans reserve earlier this season, contributed 12 points. Anthony Davis had 26 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, but the Pelicans hit only 36 percent (32 of 88) of their shots, missing 22 of 26 3-point attempts. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Golden State’s defense ”had a lot to do with” the Pelicans’ poor shooting. ”We didn’t have the looks we normally have,” he said. ”We pressed a little bit when we got behind.” E’Twaun Moore scored 20 and Jrue Holiday 19, but New Orleans reserves combined for just 14 points after scoring 32 two nights earlier. Rajon Rondo finished with 11 rebounds but had only six assists after racking up 21 in Game 3. The Pelicans also committed 19 turnovers, which led 21 Warriors points. ”We missed a lot of easy shots, a couple game-plan discipline mistakes early on and they came out on fire,” Davis said. ”We just can’t afford to shoot that poorly. ”But we’ve got another one,” Davis added. ”Any time we’ve been punched in the mouth , we’ve always responded very well.” TIP-INS Warriors: Draymond Green had eight points, nine rebounds, nine assists, four steals and two blocks. With his fourth rebound, Green became the third player in Warriors history to reach 800 playoff rebounds. Wilt Chamberlain (922) and Nate Thurmond (896) are the only others. … Green was assessed his first technical foul of the playoffs after he fell to the floor on a Davis layup and no foul was called. Pelicans: Davis committed six turnovers and Rondo four. … Davis shot 10 of 10 from the foul line. … The Pelicans made 18 of 19 free throws in the first half but finished 24 of 30. … Nikola Mirotic grabbed 11 rebounds but missed six of seven shots to finish with seven points. BREAKING AWAY After shooting poorly Friday night, the Warriors were eager to regain their rhythm and did so immediately. They hit six of their first eight shots, with Durant making his first three. ”He was attacking tonight right from the beginning and he was brilliant,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ”He found better spots on the floor with his aggression and created easier shots for himself.” Thompson and Curry each added early 3s. That, and solid defense that included Green’s block of Rondo’s layup, helped Golden State open a 10-point lead in the first four minutes. The Pelicans missed eight of their first 10 shots and trailed 20-6 after Green made Golden State’s fourth 3. The Pelicans slowly ground their deficit down to seven by halftime – only to botch the opening of the third quarter. Rondo’s bounce pass handcuffed Davis as he cut to the hoop for what looked like a thunderous dunk in the making. Moments later, Green fired a cross-court pass to Durant for a one-handed jam. Andre Iguodala and Curry followed with 3s Quenton Nelson Color Rush Jersey , and in two minutes, the Warriors’ lead ballooned to 15. GOING SMALL Kerr went with a different starting lineup for a third consecutive game. Green moved to center after starting at forward in Game 3, 7-foot center JaVale McGee returned to a reserve role and Iguodala, who’d started games 1 and 2, returned to the first unit at forward. Curry, Thompson and Durant rounded out the starting five. ”Obviously, the lineup worked, but it’s not about the lineup,” Kerr asserted. ”The effort at both ends tonight was night-and-day from Game 3. ”There’s a good chance I’ll start these same five guys on Tuesday.” UP NEXT The series returns to Oakland, California, for Game 5 on Tuesday night. — Carson Wentz sat in the stands and soaked in the experience while his teammates on the Philadelphia Eagles took part in Super Bowl media night. A torn ACL ended the MVP contender’s season Brian O'Neill Color Rush Jersey , but he’s doing everything he can to be supportive and help the team beat the New England Patriots. “I don’t know anyone more competitive than myself,” Wentz said Monday night. “Wanting to be out there is definitely tough, but I get over that pretty quick and just be around these guys and things are going as well as they can be.” Wentz spoke for about 25 minutes, answering questions about his injury, backup Nick Foles, and several queries about his faith. “I’m super excited for these guys and for Nick. We’re so close,” he said. “He understands the pressure of not only playing in this game but playing in Philly and everything that’s involved in that. I just tell him to be yourself, play your game and when he’s done that, he’s played great. I couldn’t be happier for his success. He’s a great guy.” Wentz didn’t want to take any spotlight off his teammates or be a distraction, but the second-year pro plans to be part of many Super Bowl weeks, so he thought it was important to see it up close. “I’m going to use this as a learning opportunity and motivation Daniel Kilgore Color Rush Jersey ,” he said. “Being here and seeing this all week, it’ll give me an edge to want to be back without a doubt.” Wentz revealed last week that he tore his LCL along with his ACL in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams. He’s already walking without crutches or a cane – he was on crutches on the sideline in the divisional round against Atlanta, then used a cane while watching the NFC championship game against Minnesota – and hopes to be ready for the season opener in September. “Ever since he went down, I don’t think he hasn’t been a part of every element of the team, coaching and working with Nick,” owner Jeffery Lurie said. “That’s just who he is. 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Two days after opening the second round with their worst game of the playoffs Jalyn Holmes Color Rush Jersey , the San Jose Sharks responded with a gritty performance. Logan Couture’s second goal of the game, on the power play at 5:13 of the second overtime, lifted the Sharks to a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night, tying their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece. Moments after Vegas’ Jon Merrill was called for hooking, Couture found the back of the net to give the Sharks their first win inside T Mobile Arena this season. ”I thought we were better everywhere,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. ”We were tighter, our team game was better, we were better in every situation, and I knew we would be.” San Jose rallied from two goals down in the second period to take the lead, before Vegas tied it in the third. ”We were down by two, but our game was good ,” DeBoer said. ”Like I said going in, as long as our game is good – even if we lost tonight – I think we’ve always taken the approach that if we play our game, at the end of the day good things happen. We stuck with it and even when they scored the second goal I really liked how we were playing.” Vegas lost for the first time in the playoffs after winning their first five games by a 14-3 margin, including a 7-0 victory in Game 1. The Golden Knights thought they won this one in the first overtime when Jonathan Marchessault’s backhand sailed past Martin Jones with 3:02 left, but officials ruled there was goaltender interference when Marchessault ran into Jones’ blocker and spun him around before his shot. Per the NHL: ”After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the Referee, the Situation Room determined that contact between Vegas’ Jonathan Marchessault and Jones prevented him from his job, in accordance with Rule 78.7.” Brent Burns also scored two goals and Jones stopped 26 shots for San Jose, which was playing without suspended forward Evander Kane. ”We fixed some things and it was a better team game,” Burns said. ”It’s just one game, obviously we had to win it, but it’s one game.” William Karlsson scored twice for Vegas Bryan Shaw Colorado Rockies Jersey , while Nate Schmidt got his first of the postseason to tie the score at 3-3 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third period. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 43 saves. Game 3 is Monday night at San Jose. ”We competed harder all over the ice,” Couture said. ”We were harder on pucks, we won more battles. I think when you’re creating offensive chances and you’re forcing other teams to play defensive hockey, that’s when penalties happen. They get tired and you wear them down.” Unlike the first game of this series, which saw the Golden Knights become the third NHL franchise to score at least seven goals in a playoff game during its inaugural season, Game 2 was much more physical, something that seemingly took Vegas out of its rhythm in the second period. In Game 1, Vegas blocked 26 shots, to the Sharks’ 13, but San Jose held a 36-26 edge in Game 2. And after being whistled for 10 penalties in first series-opener, as opposed to Vegas’ five Authentic Adam Boqvist Jersey , the Golden Knights found themselves in the box more than San Jose, 11-6. ”I wasn’t too happy with a lot of it to be honest with you,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. ”I think we had one penalty and they had seven, so I wasn’t too happy. They better be ready (for Game 3) because we didn’t show up for 45 minutes tonight. … We played a great game the other night and competed and battled. Tonight, whether we thought it was going to be easy or what we thought I don’t know, but we didn’t show up to play our game.” The Golden Knights got on the board late in the first period when Karlsson took a rebound off the end boards and found the back of the net from a tight angle. He notched his second goal when he took advantage of a turnover and beat Jones from the circle to put Vegas up 2-0 just 26 seconds into the second. Burns brought an end to the Sharks’ 82-minute scoring drought when he picked up the puck off the draw and blasted a slap shot from the point to cut Vegas’ lead in half. Couture tied the game at 2 with a goal that conceivably could have been avoided. After blocking a shot by Dylan Demelo, Fleury pushed the puck to Deryk Engelland behind the net, rather than covering it up. Tomas Hertl got ahold of it and fed Couture, who one-timed in with just under nine minutes left in the second. Three minutes later, Burns gave San Jose a 3-2 lead after he snagged the puck off a faceoff, circled the back of the net and tucked it in on a wraparound. NOTES: Burns’ second-period goal ended Fleury’s scoreless streak of 143:51 Jordan Whitehead Color Rush Jersey , dating back to Game 3 of the opening round versus Los Angeles. … Vegas surpassed its season-high 13 penalties in minutes with 22 PIM. … The 18,671 in attendance was a new team record at T Mobile Arena. … Kane was suspended Friday because of a cross-check to the head of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in Game 1. … It was the second straight series the Golden Knights went into double overtime in Game 2, with their opponent missing a key player due to suspension. Los Angeles was missing Drew Doughty in the opening round. The Minnesota Wild added one of their top prospects for the stretch run of the race for the playoffs, signing left wing Jordan Greenway to a three-year, entry-level contract on Monday. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Greenway was expected to join the team in time to play at Nashville on Tuesday, with seven games to go in the regular season. The Wild are in third place in the Central Division, just ahead of a crowded race for the two Western Conference wild cards. Greenway had 92 points in 112 games for Boston University. The Terriers lost to Michigan in the Northeast Region final of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. The 21-year-old Greenway had 13 goals, 22 assists and 52 penalty minutes in 36 games in his junior season. He took a hiatus to play for the U.S. team at the Olympics in South Korea, scoring one goal in five games while playing often on a checking line. ”It’s rare to find a player with that combination of size, speed and skill Johnny Townsend Color Rush Jersey , and he’s a guy we think is ready to play in the NHL,” Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher told reporters. ”It’s a tough league. I’m sure there are going to be adjustments, and he’s going to have to learn the league and figure out how his game translates at this level, but having said that the skill set is pretty impressive.” Greenway, who was drafted in the second round in 2015, can give the club a big-bodied, aggressive presence at the net that it could use more of. ”He’s certainly a physical strong man on the ice, but just a very good kind person off the ice,” Fletcher said. ”He gets along with people and loves life. He’s worked hard for this. I’m very happy for him.” The Wild also reassigned right wing Zack Mitchell to the minors on Monday. — .
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However, Olivo was one of six assistants fired after a hugely disappointing 5-11 season when Joseph said he needed to ”change the culture” on offense and special teams. McMahon is a 26-year coaching veteran who has coached NFL special teams for the last 11 seasons, including the last five in Indianapolis, Kansas City in 2012 and St. Louis from 2009-11. The Colts featured one of the league’s most consistently solid special teams units during McMahon’s five seasons in Indianapolis. He became available after the Colts fired head coach Chuck Pagano last week. Joseph praised McMahon’s ”direct teaching style that emphasizes fundamentals,” noting he `has a proven track record developing young players on special teams that will bring leadership and energy to this important phase of our team.” Joseph also promoted Chris Strausser to coach the offensive tackles and hired ex-Colts assistant Greg Williams to coach defensive backs and ex-Bears assistant Zach Azzanni to coach wide receivers. Strausser Kyle Freeland Colorado Rockies Jersey , who was an assistant offensive line coach under Jeff Davidson last year, will coach the tackles with Sean Kugler coaching the guards and centers in a new setup along the O-line, which has been the Broncos’ bugaboo going back to Peyton Manning’s time in Denver. Last year’s first-round draft pick, left tackle Garett Bolles, was among the league’s leaders in penalties and often allowed an early mistake to affect him and the team adversely the rest of the game. — Peyton Manning takes a family to Universal Parks & Resorts. Chris Pratt works out to get in shape to tout Michelob Ultra. Bill Hader takes a break on set to snack on some Pringles. This year’s Super Bowl advertisers are minding their manners. They’re trying hard to steer clear of everything from politics to the (hash)MeToo movement with lightly humorous ads that don’t offend. The goal is to capture the attention of the 111 million-plus viewers expected to tune in Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots. Thirty-second slots are going for more than $5 million for airtime alone. Last year, ads that tackled political issues fell flat, like an 84 Lumber ad about immigration. And some thought the recent Grammy Awards’ low ratings were because the show contained too many political moments, such as Hillary Clinton reading from the Trump biography ”Fire and Fury.” People are in the mood for ”political-free entertainment,” said Kim Whitler , a marketing professor at the University of Virginia. Several ads will be taking a light-humor approach with mostly male celebrities. PepsiCo brands Doritos Blaze and Mountain Dew Ice are showcased in two 30-second linked spots showing Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage in a lip-sync rap battle. In a Pringles ad , Bill Hader has a snack on set and introduces a made-up practice dubbed ”flavor stacking,” in which he mixes and matches different Pringles varieties. M&Ms enlisted Danny DeVito to embody what happens when a red M&M becomes a person after wishing on a lucky penny. Keanu Reeves surfs on his motorcycle through the desert in an ad for Squarespace. Chris Elliott lives in a bio dome to tout avocados from Mexico, while ”Stranger Things” star David Harbour shows up in Tide’s commercial. ”They’re light hearted and good natured,” Whitler said. ”That’s on target with the mood of the country.” ”We’re exposed to so much constant negativity,” said Andy Goeler, a marketing executive at Bud Light. ”Delivering something just light hearted and fun is the root at what beer is all about.” The brand’s two spots showcase a mythical kingdom a la ”Game of Thrones” centered on Bud Light and the catchphrase ”Dilly Dilly.” Amazon’s 90-second fourth-quarter ad stars a bevy of celebrities who sub for the voice of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant: singer Cardi B, actress Rebel Wilson, star chef Gordon Ramsey and even actor Anthony Hopkins putting a Hannibal Lector spin on things. Leading up to the halftime show Hayden Hurst Color Rush Jersey , Pepsi’s ad references past celebrities who have appeared in Pepsi Super Bowl ads: Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Cindy Crawford and others. Nonetheless, two Super Bowl ads are bucking the trend and sidling up to political issues, however obliquely. Coca-Cola’s anthemic 60-second ad features varieties of Coke, from Coke Zero to the stevia-flavored Coke Life, quaffed by women, men and a person who uses the ”they” pronoun. ”There’s a Coke for he, and she and her and me and them ,” a voiceover states. Coca-Cola executives say the ad highlights the diversity the company has always used in its advertising, adding that they consulted African-American and LGBTQ groups among its own employees. A biracial couple and a person in a wheelchair also appear in the spot. ”We want to celebrate all the people that make up the world,” Coca-Cola executive Brynn Bardacke said. ”We don’t want to exclude anyone.” On the other hand, WeatherTech, which makes car mats and other interior car products, has a staunchly pro-American approach in its ad, which shows the construction of a factory that opened late last year. ”At WeatherTech, we built our factory right here in America,” the ad’s text reads. ”Isn’t that the way it is supposed to be?” It’s the fifth year WeatherTech has advertised in the Super Bowl touting its all-American operations. Founder and CEO David MacNeil said his ad doesn’t have typical Super Bowl accoutrements – ”no ponies Kenny Young Color Rush Jersey , no puppies, no pretty girls” – but said it’s straight to the point about its message. ”Isn’t it just logical to build your own factory in your own country so your own fellow citizens can have jobs?” he said. He said he doesn’t believe the ad might be divisive. ”It wouldn’t occur to me that I could offend anyone by supporting my own country,” he said. While the majority of advertisers release their ads ahead of time to try to drum up publicity, there are some holdouts. Fiat Chrysler usually appears during the game without advance warning. Other advertisers that have remained mum about their plans so far include E-Trade and Monster Products. ”It may be that advertisers with risky ads are waiting for the game, hoping to protect the surprise and break through the clutter,” said Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at Northwestern University. .
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Sidney Crosby scored his fifth goal of the series and became the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ career postseason points leader in a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. The Penguins lead the first-round playoff series 3-1 as its shifts to Pittsburgh for Game 5. Matt Murray stopped 26 shots for his second shutout of the series and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins are a win away from playing in the second round for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. Crosby scored in the second period for a 4-0 lead and passed Pittsburgh owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux for most playoff points with 173. Crosby and the Penguins followed a 7-0 Game 1 win and a 5-1 Game 3 victory with another dominant outing. Evgeni Malkin , Phil Kessel and Kris Letang each scored to give the Penguins a 3-0 lead in the second and chase Flyers goalie Brian Elliott. Riley Sheahan made it 5-0 late in the third. SHARKS 2, DUCKS 1 SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Tomas Hertl scored the tiebreaking goal 9:09 into the third period, Martin Jones was spectacular in goal yet again, and San Jose Sharks completed a first-round sweep. Hertl scored just 1:16 after the Ducks finally got a puck past Jones when he deflected a point shot from Marc-Edouard Vlasic past John Gibson. San Jose then held on to advance to the second round against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. Fourth-line winger Marcus Sorensen scored for the third straight game to open the scoring for San Jose and Jones did most of the rest of the work with 30 saves. Andrew Cogliano scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who were outscored 16-4 in the series and swept for the first time since 1999 against Detroit. Gibson finished with 22 saves. LIGHTNING 3, DEVILS 1 NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Nikita Kucherov scored two goals Ryan Switzer Color Rush Jersey , set up another and knocked New Jersey’s top defenseman out of the game with a big hit, and the Tampa Bay Lightning moved within a game of making the Devils‘ first trip to the playoffs in six years a short one. J.T. Miller also scored and had two assists, and Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped three breakaways in making 27 saves as the Lightning bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to tale a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. Tampa Bay can wrap up the best-of-seven series in Game 5 at home on Saturday. Kyle Palmieri scored on a 5-on-3 advantage for the Devils. Cory Schneider made 34 saves. New Jersey’s Sami Vatanen was knocked out of the game on the hit by Kucherov late in the first. No penalty was called but Kucherov appeared to jump before hitting Vatanen in the shoulder and head area. PREDATORS 3, AVALANCHE 2 DENVER (AP) – Filip Forsberg scored another creative goal, Pekka Rinne rebounded from a rocky performance with 31 saves, and Nashville withstood a furious rally by Colorado to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. Colton Sissons and Craig Smith also added goals for the Predators, who can close out the best-of-seven series Friday when it shifts back to Nashville for Game 5. Rinne was solid early after being pulled from the last game. Cruising along and up 3-0, the Vezina Trophy finalist allowed Gabriel Landeskog’s 5-on-3 power-play goal in the third and another on Alexander Kerfoot’s tap-in off a rebound. Colin Wilson nearly tied with about 2 minutes left when his shot appeared to hit the post. The Avalanche pulled backup goalie Andrew Hammond late , but couldn’t get the tying goal. The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to deals with wide receiver Sammy Watkins and middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens, filling two of their most glaring needs on the eve of free agency. The 24-year-old Watkins intends to sign a $48 million, three-year contract with $30 million in guarantees, while the 25-year-old Hitchens agreed to a five-year deal, two people familiar with their decisions told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the contracts, along with several other moves made by Kansas City, cannot become official until the start of the free agency Wednesday afternoon. The Chiefs have been looking for a playmaking wide receiver to pair with speedster Tyreek Hill since last offseason, but resorted to using Chris Conley in the role. Then Conley went down with a season-ending injury , robbing the Chiefs of their No. 2 wide receiver and forcing journeyman Albert Wilson into a more substantial role in their West Coast offense. But questions persist about Conley’s health and long-term upside, and Wilson has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Miami Dolphins, leaving the Chiefs in the market for a wide receiver. Watkins was considered one of the premier talents on the market. The 2014 fourth overall pick of the Buffalo Bills spent last season with the Los Angeles Rams, where he caught 39 passes for 593 yards and eight touchdowns. And while he seems far removed from his best season in 2015, when he caught 60 passes for 1,047 yards and nine scores in a season shorted by injury, the Chiefs undoubtedly believe Watkins has yet to reach his ceiling. It would help matters if he stayed healthy. Along with a calf strain and ankle sprain that season, he’s had hip issues in the past Lamar Jackson Jersey Ravens , and missed eight games in 2016 with a fractured left foot. Buffalo decided to decline its fifth-year option on Watkins after all the injuries, and wound up sending him to the Rams last August for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a draft pick. On defense, the Chiefs have been trying to get younger across the board, releasing cornerstone linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali and shuffling their defensive backfield. Hitchens, who The Kansas City Star reported will make about $9 million per season, would fill Johnson’s spot alongside Reggie Ragland in the middle of the defense. The 2014 fourth-round pick had 84 tackles in only 12 starts last season, when a knee injury sidelined him the first four games. Hitchens also had a couple of pass deflections and nine tackles for a loss, and showed flashes of the same kind of instincts that made Johnson the Chiefs’ career tackles leader. Watkins and Hitchens are expected to sign their contracts Wednesday Chris Herndon Color Rush Jersey , when the new league year means the Chiefs can finally consummate their agreed-upon trades sending quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins and cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams. The Chiefs will get cornerback Kendall Fuller and a draft pick back from Washington and two picks back from Los Angeles, allowing them to restock with younger players through the draft. Kansas City intends to turn its starting quarterback job over to Patrick Mahomes II, whom former general manager John Dorsey traded up to select 10th overall last year. Mahomes dazzled during training camp and was dynamic in a Week 17 start against Denver, when the Chiefs were already assured of the AFC West title and their playoff positioning, allowing Smith to take the week off. That performance against the Broncos is what made the Chiefs comfortable moving on from Smith, who had a career season that made him coveted by several other teams in the trade market. — .
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Here we go again. And again. And , well, again. Round 4 – as many predicted, and others probably lamented – is happening. Cleveland and Golden State will meet for the fourth straight year in the NBA Finals, the Warriors looking for a third championship in that span and LeBron James and the Cavaliers trying to wrestle the crown away just as they did in the 2016 series. On one side, the best team of this era. On the other, the best player of this era and maybe any era. Game 1 will be hosted by the Warriors at Oracle Arena on Thursday night. ”You’ve got to appreciate the moment,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. ”Somebody asked, `Four years in a row getting to the finals, do you appreciate it?’ Yes.” Both teams are entering this title matchup with injury concerns. Cleveland’s Kevin Love is in the concussion protocol and will need to complete a series of tests before he’s cleared to return, and Golden State’s Andre Iguodala – a former NBA Finals MVP – wasn’t able to finish the Warriors-Rockets series because of a bone bruise in his leg. The Warriors hoped Iguodala would return to the Houston series, but his progress stalled. ”That’s just not an easy injury to predict in terms of recovery,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. There wasn’t a lot of similarity in Cleveland’s and Golden State’s seasons Tyquan Lewis Color Rush Jersey , but their last few days have been mirror images of one another – both teams had to win Game 6s at home to fend off elimination, then had to go on the road and prevail in Game 7s to win their respective conference finals. ”One of the most challenging seasons I’ve had,” said James, who may be playing the best basketball of his life right now at the end of his 15th season. Here’s some of what the Cavaliers have dealt with since Golden State-Cleveland III ended last June: Kyrie Irving got traded for Isaiah Thomas over the summer, coach Tyronn Lue had to miss time to deal with health issues, Love missed two months, they lost 11 games by 16 or more points, revamped their roster in February and spent much of the season unable to guard anybody. They’re in the finals again anyway, led by someone who will play in the last series of the season for an absurd eighth consecutive year. ”It’s been a roller coaster,” said James, who is seeking a fourth ring in his ninth finals appearance overall. ”It’s been good, it’s been bad. It’s been roses. There have been thorns in the roses. There’s been everything that you can ask for.” This wasn’t all peaches for Golden State Authentic Lamar Jackson Jersey , either. The Warriors didn’t get the No. 1 seed out West, lost Curry to a knee injury late in the regular season, lost 10 of their final 17 games and got pushed to the brink. ”I’m glad we’re going back,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. The Warriors swept the two regular-season meetings with the Cavaliers, winning by seven at home on Christmas Day (without Curry) and prevailing by 10 in Cleveland about three weeks later. Film-wise, those two games are meaningless now. Of Cleveland’s five leading scorers against Golden State this season, three no longer play for the Cavaliers. James and Love combined to score 100 points in the two games, but Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas were all shipped elsewhere by the Cavs in a series of trade-deadline moves. ”We obviously know what LeBron’s capable of,” Curry said shortly after the Warriors’ Game 7 win at Houston ended. ”It’s a new team over there, so the other guys, we’ve got to lock in on their tendencies. But we’ll worry about that when we get home.” If the Cavaliers win this championship Justus Annunen Blackhawks Jersey , it might be time to declare the regular season irrelevant. Cleveland was only 50-32 this season. Should James and his mates get it done, that would be the second-worst, regular-season record for an eventual champion in the last 40 seasons. Houston went 47-35 on the way to the 1995 title; to find another champion who was worse, go back to Washington in 1978 when the Bullets were a mere 44-38. ”Everybody doubted us,” Cavaliers forward Jeff Green said. ”Everybody had their opinions on what our team was, what we would do, what we can’t do, from the start. … And now, I mean, we’re where we want to be. We’re where we set out to be and where we knew we could be at this point.” Same goes for the Warriors. This season was no cakewalk for them, either. ”We’ve been through a lot with this team,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. ”Believe it or not Authentic Evan Bouchard Jersey , it’s not all success with the Warriors. We got our bumps throughout the season. But to get to this point again, we earned it.” And now it’s time for one of these teams to earn a title. Again. — Very little separated San Jose and Anaheim in the regular season, with the Ducks edging out the Sharks by one point for second place in the Pacific Division. Their first-round series wasn’t nearly as competitive. The Sharks rode their superior depth, potent power play and stellar goaltending from Martin Jones to the second sweep in franchise history, knocking out the Ducks with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night. ”We’re playing well going into the second round,” defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. ”Everybody is contributing if it’s offensively, blocking shots, taking a hit. Everybody is doing what they have to for us to win.” After jumping on Anaheim early to win the first two games on the road, the Sharks earned a lopsided win in Game 3 thanks to undisciplined play by the Ducks and then withstood a strong push to end the series in Game 4. Jones kept Anaheim at bay for long stretches in the second and third period before finally allowing a tying goal to Andrew Cogliano. San Jose then took 1:16 to answer and scored the eventual series-clincher when Vlasic’s point shot deflected off Tomas Hertl and into the net. ”The response goal was huge,” coach Peter DeBoer said. ”We were on our heels. They were pressing. It’s tough to play an elimination game when you get an opportunity to sweep a really good team like that.” The Sharks were in control for most of the series, outscoring the Ducks 16-4 in their most lopsided series in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. San Jose got as many goals from its fourth line in the series as Anaheim had from its entire team with Marcus Sorensen scoring his third of the series to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead in the first period of the clincher. Eric Fehr also had a goal from the fourth line in the series. ”Every night they hopped over the boards with energy and grabbed momentum for us Byron Maxwell Color Rush Jersey , drew penalties,” DeBoer said. ”They were fantastic, but I’ve said from Day 1 we need to be a four-line team if we’re going to have success. And I think the teams that are moving through are. I watched Vegas a little bit last night. They’re a four-line team.” The expansion Golden Knights are also the next team in the Sharks’ way. The two will meet in the second round starting sometime next week in just the second series in the past 22 years featuring teams coming off sweeps in the previous round. Vegas finished off the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, part of a record-setting inaugural campaign that included a Pacific Division title in the regular season. The Sharks will likely need another strong defensive effort next round led by Jones. He was brilliant in the clincher, making several tough saves against Corey Perry. He also had a shutout in Game 1 and set a San Jose playoff record with 45 regulation saves in Game 3. He finished the series with a .970 save percentage, helping the Sharks earn their second sweep in franchise history after also doing it in the first round against Vancouver in 2013. ”Goaltending wins this time of the year,” forward Logan Couture said. ”He was fantastic. He made a lot of Grade A saves. He was our best penalty killer. They had some really good looks. Perry had a lot of chances that Joner made some big saves on.” By extending their season another round, the Sharks may be able to get star center Joe Thornton back in the lineup. Thornton has been out since injuring his right knee on Jan. 23. He has resumed skating and took part in warmups throughout the series but has said he doesn’t want to return until he knows he’s healthy enough to help the team and make it through what he hopes will be a run to the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks have time now to figure that out. ”That’s all hypothetical,” DeBoer said. ”That doesn’t even cross our desk. Those decisions will be something if he is healthy we’ll make then. Sometimes those things sort themselves out. I’m just really proud of our group, the resiliency, the composure.” — .
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LeBron James fought back tears. Former President Bill Clinton offered condolences. Craig Sager’s daughter tweeted that she was ”just sick” over the news. Such is the regard that so many , from so many walks of life, have for San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose 67-year-old wife, Erin, died Wednesday after a long battle with a respiratory problem. Spurs star Manu Ginobili says the team is ”devastated, we are all hurting.” But the players will ”go out there and compete” and respect Popovich’s philosophy of playing with ”fire” and ”determination.” Added San Antonio’s Tony Parker: ”It puts everything in perspective. It’s way bigger than basketball.” The Spurs trail the Golden State Warriors 3-0 in the first round after losing in San Antonio 110-97 on Thursday night. The 69-year-old coach ran practice Wednesday but was not on the sideline for the game. Assistant Ettore Messina coached the team. Clinton reached out on Twitter to the coach and his daughters: ”I join the NBA family and countless fans across the country who are thinking of you, Jill, and Micky tonight as you mourn the loss of your Erin.” The Spurs asked the media to respect the family’s privacy. General manager RC Buford said at Thursday’s shootaround he spoke to Popovich, who is ”overwhelmed by the support” but ”wants our focus to be about the game.” ”Erin and Gregg were best friends who were together for 40 years, and Erin’s impact and influence on our organization, on our families Mark Walton Color Rush Jersey , on our players and their families will be felt for years to come,” Buford said. Popovich has been a mentor to countless players and coaches, never afraid to speak out on social issues or rebuff a wayward question from a reporter. His humor is sharp, and just the other day he was the one in the film room who shouted ”Go Warriors!” Warriors coach Steve Kerr is one of those mentored by Popovich, and he knows the family well, having played for the Spurs in the late 1990s before being traded by Popovich. ”Erin was sort of the balance that Pop needed,” Kerr said with a laugh. ”She was part of the family, but she’s dealt with a lot over the last few years health-wise and has been very courageous.” Warriors star Stephen Curry tweeted that he is ”lifting up prayers” for the coach and his family. Ginobili had to contain tears at the shootaround. ”We all know the type of guy Pop is,” he said. ”Not many people know the type of gal that Erin was. It’s painful and having to go through this is always tough. There is never a good time. ”We want to be next to Pop, we want to support him, but we’ve got to go out there and compete today. But Authentic Lamar Jackson Jersey , for sure, we are toiling. It’s not an easy day to be here.” After Popovich ran practice Wednesday, Ginobili and Parker spent time with the coach that evening. ”She was a great lady,” Parker said. ”I always thought of them like a dad and a mom, everybody knows that. He was always very private, but I had an opportunity to see him in a different way.” Kacy Sager was heartsick because of the bond her late father shared with the coach. When the longtime broadcaster returned to his TNT job in 2015 after treatment for the leukemia that ultimately took his life, Popovich granted an interview if for no other reason than to welcome Sager back. ”Pop went out of his way to make sure our family knew we had his support when my father passed. … I hope the Popovich family are also able to find strength in all of the love this community has to give,” Sager wrote on Twitter. James was visibly upset by the ”devastating news” after Game 2 of the Cavaliers-Pacers series. ”The NBA family, we all stick together,” James told TNT. ”I know we compete every night. But something like this happens, it puts everything in perspective.” Popovich has coached San Antonio since 1996 Jeremiah Attaochu Color Rush Jersey , leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. He also is the U.S. Olympic team coach. James calls him a ”mastermind of the game” and has said he’d consider playing for the U.S. under Popovich at the 2020 Tokyo Games after skipping the Rio Olympics. Other NBA greats expressed their grief on Twitter – Bill Russell, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant among them. Steve Nash wrote: ”Knowing Pop, it’s fair to assume Erin Popovich was an absolute legend.” Popovich met his wife at the Air Force Academy in the 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin’s father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force’s head athletic trainer. Former Spurs assistant and current Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said he’s known Erin a long time. ”Their family has been incredibly kind to my family,” he said. ”And she was a star, like a real star. A very strong woman, and somebody that will be missed.” — AP freelancer Raul Dominguez contributed to this report. The Clippers are finally out of their misery, a long season marred by significant injuries coming to an end just short of the playoffs. They finished with a winning record of 42-40, but their streak of consecutive postseason appearances ended at six. They closed out the season Wednesday night with a 115-100 loss to the Lakers, dropping their last four games in a row. They kept their playoff hopes alive until the final week of the regular season despite the injuries. Eleven players missed a total of 265 games. Coach Doc Rivers started an NBA-leading 37 different lineups because of the injuries. The Clippers were forced to dip into the G League for starters Ronald Jones II Color Rush Jersey , most notably C.J. Williams (who was signed to a multi-year deal) and Tyrone Wallace. The season began with nine new players on the roster after the offseason departures of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford. But injuries soon befell the newcomers. Point guard Patrick Beverley was lost for the season after right knee surgery; starter Danilo Gallinari missed 60 games with hand and glute issues; backup guard Milos Teodosic was out 36 games with foot problems; and guard Avery Bradley was out 24 games. Some takeaways from the Clippers’ season: BIG MAN’S FUTURE: DeAndre Jordan has a player option of $24.1 million for next season or he could explore free agency. He and the team have yet to agree on an extension. ”I want to be where I’m wanted,” Jordan said. ”I want to have a chance to contend. That’s really what I’m looking at.” He averaged 12 points and 15.2 rebounds, but just 0.9 blocks. Jordan has spent his entire 10-year career with the Clippers and he turns 30 in July. ”Let’s not write the script yet,” Rivers said of Jordan’s future. DOC’S FUTURE: Rivers is entering the final year of his contract. He could either receive an extension or leave after five years in Los Angeles. He was stripped of his duties as president of basketball operations a year ago, leaving his focus solely on the court. ”I love where we’re at as a franchise,” Rivers said. While he has yet to match the success he enjoyed in Boston (two NBA Finals appearances and one title), he pulled off one of his best coaching jobs by keeping the Clippers in contention all season when it would have been easy for them to fold. ”I really commend him for sticking with us,” Jordan said. Rivers trusted younger players to produce and swingman Montrezl Harrell blossomed under his tutelage. LOU WILL: Lou Williams led the team with career highs in scoring (22.6 points) and assists (5.3) coming off the bench in his 13th season and first in Los Angeles. His scoring average was the highest of any reserve in the last 25 years. He received a $24 million, three-year deal in February and was a key reason the Clippers remained competitive despite their injuries. ”My job this summer is getting myself prepared,” he said. ”There’s always room for improvement.” DRAFT PICKS: Besides their own pick Authentic Blake McLaughlin Jersey , the Clippers will have Detroit’s pick that they received from trading Blake Griffin in January. FREE AGENCY: Besides Jordan, the Clippers could have decisions to make if starting guard Austin Rivers and Teodosic exercise their player options and become free agents. Rivers averaged career highs in points, assists, 3-point percentage and minutes. Bradley will be an unrestricted free agent. However, injuries blunted his impact. Harrell will be a restricted free agent, which allows the Clippers to match any offer he would receive. He was an energetic force off the bench. — .