Month: May 2018

Vegas’ band of ‘misfits’ surge into Cup Final, extend improbable run

The Vegas Golden Knights have a nickname for themselves. After they punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night, they’re happy to say it with pride.
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We call ourselves the Golden Misfits for a reason, said winger Ryan Reaves, who scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. We’ve proven everyone else wrong all season.

As a team, the Warriors expressed disappointment in not sustaining a high level of play rather than focusing on one possession. Durant said that’s what they need to fix going into Game 5.

Authentic Kids Brad Marchand Jersey It’s the whole game that we’ve got to get better at, especially in the fourth, he said. I think going up 10 going into the fourth, it was a good opportunity for us to kind of take control, and we didn’t. So I definitely wish I had that last play back. So I’m going to watch film and see what my options were and just hopefully if I’m in that position again I’ll be better.

Green offered his take.

We know we made a lot of mistakes down the stretch in that fourth quarter. So, we’ll be fine, he said.

There was no penalty on the play.

Orpik did not take another shift in the second period. He’s averaged 17:18 per game in 18 postseason games, with three assists.

David Johnson Elite Jersey We’ve got to be better, said Paul, who finished with 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting and four assists. I think we’ve got to come out more aggressive. We were letting them hit first, you know what I mean?

The Rockets, the NBA’s second-ranked offense behind only the Warriors during the regular season, were especially woeful shooting in the first half. Houston shot Max Pacioretty Jersey 34.9 percent from the floor, including only 4-of-15 from 3-point range and 9-of-21 within the restricted area, with many of the missed layups leading to transition points for Golden State.

We didn’t make shots, didn’t make plays, D’Antoni said. It looked like the air seeped out of our balloon. They picked it up in the second half. They made shots and we didn’t, but it goes back to force.

Quarterback life drives the NFL news cycle.聽

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The Cleveland Browns are making plans to tailor their offense around Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield’s similar skill sets. The New York Giants took the opposite approach by leaning heavily on their 37-year-old quarterback. The Dallas Cowboys, meanwhile, Womens Will Dissly Jersey know Dak Prescott is well on his way to becoming the league’s highest-paid signal-caller.
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The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies will meet on Wednesday as the top two teams in the National League East. They won’t face each other again until the next-to-last week of the season.

The first-place Braves (29-18) and second-place Phillies (27-19) play at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. It’s their 12th meeting of the season, and the Braves are going for their fourth series win against the Phillies.

The left-hander pitched seven strong innings for the second straight start Tuesday as the Blue Jays ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
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Happ allowed two runs and three hits Tuesday and in his previous outing last Wednesday allowed two hits and struck out 10 in seven runless innings in the 12-1 victory over the New York Mets.

He has pitched seven innings in four starts this season.

The Blue Jays will be trying for their second win in a row Wednesday at the Rogers Centre in the second contest of the three-game series against the Angels, who also have been struggling.

Right-hander Aaron Sanchez (2-4, 4.47 ERA) will start for the Blue Jays against Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs (3-3, 2.88).

Sanchez is coming off a loss to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday when he allowed four runs and five hits while striking out eight in four innings. He will be making his 10th start of the season Wednesday and tries for his first win since April 30.

In two career games (one start) against the Angels, he is 0-1 with a 3.24 ERA.

The Broncos reportedly want to bring back DeMarcus Ware, but not as a player

With the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected North Carolina State pass-rusher Bradley Chubb. Considered the top edge defender in the draft, Chubb has worlds of potential. Best case scenario, he turns into something like DeMarcus Ware, who tore up opposing offensive linemen for 12 years as he racked up 138.5 sacks.
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Limited J.J. Jansen Jersey Of course, the Broncos know Ware very well. He played his final three seasons in Denver after spending his first nine in Dallas with the Cowboys, and Ware helped the Broncos win their most recent Super Bowl.

If they get their way, he’ll also be helping mold Chubb into the best player he can be. According to a report from Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver, the Broncos have reached out to Ware (among others) to come to OTAs and training camp and help out with some pass-rushing instruction.

It’s now possible for states and sovereign tribal nations to create a sports betting market that will protect consumers, preserve the integrity of the games, empower law enforcement to fight illegal gambling, and generate new revenue for states, tribes, sporting bodies, broadcasters and many others, Freeman said.

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Lamoriello was聽 moved out of his role of general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs 聽on April 30 — something that was planned after he聽 left the Devils for the Leafs 聽in 2015.聽

The plan was to move Lamoriello聽into a senior advisor role for the next four years following three years as Toronto’s GM. The Maple Leafs named Kyle Dubas as the team’s new general manager on Friday.

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But with the Islanders, Lamoriello could move back into a role like the ones he held with the Leads and with the Devils from 1987 through 2015.

Garth Snow is currently the Islanders’ Authentic Mason Rudolph Jersey president and general manager, and he has held those titles since 2006. But聽the Islanders missed the playoffs for a second straight season in 2017-18, and since Snow took over, the team has won just one playoff series.

Super Bowl, relocated team continue to be the NFL’s London carrots

From time to time, someone connected to the NFL dangles the possibility of a team moving to London and/or the Super Bowl being loaned there. The chances of either happening continue to be slim.

Relocation presents a variety of issues, from travel to competitive. Staging a Super Bowl in any country other than the United States carries with it a much more important conundrum: The exportation of our dominant sports event to another country.

The Chargers also announced the signings of Alabama cornerback Tony Brown, Georgia State cornerback B.J. Clay, Oklahoma State tackle Zachary Crabtree, William & Mary tackle Chris Durant, Clemson cornerback Marcus Edmond, Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Facyson, Colorado State guard Zack Golditch, Arkansas defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson, Eastern Washington defensive end Albert Havili, Houston linebacker D’Juan Hines, TCU tight end Cole Hunt, Nicolls State defensive end Tevin Lawson, Kansas tight end Ben Johnson, West Georgia wide receiver J.J. Jones, Albany fullback Anthony Manzo-Lewis, Western Carolina running back Detrez Newsome, Minnesota defensive tackle Steven Richardson, Grambling State guard Trenton Scott, McNeese wide receiver Kent Shelby and Texas A&M punter Shane Tripucka.

They did not get a good return on Xavier Su’a-Filo—especially when you consider that they needed a QB in 2014 and this pick came three spots before Derek Carr.

Before the Deshaun Watson discovery, many would have docked Houston’s draft an entire letter grade just for that.

And maybe we still should given that this team’s playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016, with its outstanding defense, would have been more fruitful with a QB like Carr.

Su’a-Filo is no longer here, by the way; too finesse to be a starter, he’s angling for a backup role in Tennessee.

“This probably has one of the better player support systems there is in the National Football League,” Dorsey said of the team he now runs. “And I just want you all to realize one thing. He’ll understand what it means to be a Cleveland Brown. And once he understands 100 percent what it means to be a Cleveland Brown, the Cleveland Browns are 100 percent to committed to make this man a football player.”
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Former Phillies star Jimmy Rollins rang the ceremonial pre-game liberty bell.

McConnell’s impact on Monday night’s game goes beyond the box score… but the box score still looked pretty good. He scored 19 points and added seven rebounds, five assists and shot 9 of 12 from the field, making his only three-point attempt. He was second to only Joel Embiid with a Plus-18 plus/minus rating.
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There were four聽technical fouls called — in the first half, Joel Embiid and Terry Rozier were called for a double technical after a minor scuffle late in the first half. In the third quarter, Celtics coach Brad Stevens and forward Jayson Tatum were called for back-to-back technical fouls, and Sixers’ Marco Belinelli made both technical free throws.
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Barkley is entering the NFL expected to meet that bar as a rookie, as he already has been cast in the light of a potential Hall of Famer.

What can he do in the immediate future for Manning? For starters, he can help rejuvenate the playaction pass that is key to Manning’s downfield effectiveness.

We weren’t as successful in our playaction, Manning said of last season. That’s just a matter of getting into personnel Authentic Alex Ovechkin Jersey and different things and putting all that together. The runs to match the playaction, hopefully we can get that going.

When you run the ball, it gives you the ability to wear down a defense and get the offensive line going, Manning said. It helps everything. It helps the pass protection, the play-action, it helps control the ball a little bit better, it helps the defense because they are not on the field as long.

It gives you that toughness mentality from an offensive standpoint.

The early takeaways provided positive results.

He looked very comfortable, very natural, coach Pete Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. He has a sense already for scheme and terminology. The position is the right spot for him, it looks like. We can be aggressive and use his speed.

The 6-foot, 227-pound Griffin played a lot of outside linebacker in college. But he will need to adjust to playing inside, where the Seahawks ‘ weakside linebacker often lines up the defensive scheme.

Nevertheless, Griffin certainly gives the Seahawks the speed Carroll mentioned when considering the linebacker clocked a 4.38 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Jets sign two more draft picks

The Jets have half of their six-man draft class under contract.
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The team announced that sixth-round picks Parry Nickerson and Foley Fatukasi have signed their four-year deals. A third sixth-rounder, running back Trenton Cannon, signed his deal on Friday.

Nickerson had 18 interceptions in 48 games for Tulane and will be vying for a cornerback job behind Morris Claiborne and Trumaine Johnson during his rookie season. Jets coach Todd Bowles said that Nickerson, who is 5’10 and ran a 4.32 40 at the Scouting Combine, will work both outside and in the slot in practice.
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Maybe the Browns know that the playoffs are a virtual impossibility, and that winning under Taylor is a relative term. If they get to 5-11 after winning four games in three seasons, that’s winning. If they get to 6-10 or 7-9, that’s cause for a parade (the good kind).

And if they someone crack .500 and land in the playoff chase, the Browns will consider that a good problem to have, until they have to solve it. And solving it could mean testing Mayfield’s ability to handle failure arising not from what happens on the field, but from his inability to even get there.

We’ll find out, Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. We’ve got to communicate. Phase 2 doesn’t look like it’s suiting him right now, so we’ll see. We’ll see what’s happening. Phase 3 is around the corner for us, so we’ll see. We’ve got one more week of Phase 2. Earl had a fantastic offseason, and I know he knows how to get in shape. Veterans sometimes look at those rules and they see ‘voluntary’ and they see it differently than the other guys, so we’ll see.

The Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp runs June 12-14, and the team could fine him up to $84,435 for skipping all three days.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said recently he has received assurances from Thomas’ representation that the safety won’t hold out in absence of a new deal. Thomas currently is scheduled to make $8.5 Joonas Korpisalo Authentic Jersey million in base salary before becoming a free agent in 2019.

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Donald Penn not charged in domestic violence case

Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn will not be charged after police conducted a domestic violence investigation.
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The win song is the only time that everybody’s in on it, says recently retired pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who was the Reds’ DJ last season and spent much of his 16-year career curating clubhouse playlists. It’s the only time that everybody’s there, present tense, with the music. Any other time, guys could be in the weight room, in the shower, in the cage. But when you win, it’s a celebration and everybody’s present, right there in the music.
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Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the win song is the one that gets the most airplay.

It’s the most important because it’s the one we’re going to hear most often, says San Francisco’s Crawford. Even on a cellar-dwelling team like the Giants, whose 64 W’s were tied for the fewest in the majors last season, the win song still gets played dozens and dozens of times. That’s why it’s crucial to find just the right tune. It’s a trial-and-error process that can’t be rushed, one that requires input from all corners of the clubhouse.

Last April, Crawford tried to foist Icona Pop’s I Love It upon his Giants’ teammates after their inaugural win in Arizona. Not surprisingly, the 2012 dance hit, which was called one of the most annoying songs in the world by the very person who wrote it (Charli XCX), didn’t take. Buster didn’t like it, says Crawford, referring to five-time All-Star catcher Buster Posey.

Griffin was selected to two Pro Bowls over that span and was voted a second-team All-Pro for his work during the 2010 season. His 25 interceptions are tied for eighth in franchise history and Womens T.J. McDonald Jersey he also compiled 11 forced fumbles and seven sacks in his 141 games for Tennessee.

Griffin was released in February 2016 and signed with the Vikings a short time later. He was released by Minnesota that September and wrapped up his career with 40 tackles in 13 games for the Panthers.

Alabama is especially appealing for defensive backs because of Saban’s background coaching the position. Even when he was the Dolphins’ head coach, Saban ran secondary drills during practice as a highly regarded position coach (Mel Phillips) stood in the background.

Ben Roethlisberger ‘Surprised’ Steelers Drafted Mason Rudolph, Won’t Mentor QB

Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t appear to be pleased the Pittsburgh Steelers selected a quarterback in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft. 

During a Friday appearance on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan, Roethlisberger expressed his dismay at the addition of Mason Rudolph:

Giants brass surely would like to get a better feel for what they have in last year’s third-round pick Davis Webb, who threw for more yards and touchdowns at Cal in 2016 than fellow Pac-12 quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen did in either of their last two college seasons. And the latter two passers are likely top-five picks in next week’s draft.

The Patriots have gone from having no first-rounders in the previous two drafts to having a pair of them for the first time since 2012, when they landed Hightower and defensive end Chandler Jones. As much as the Pats need help at those positions again, the Cooks deal puts them more in the wheelhouse of early values for the offense.

Walker played with the Mets in 2016 and 2017. In six plate appearances vs. Harvey, he’s got a hit and two strikeouts.

I think he’s just going through a stretch where he had a lot of success, went through a stretch when he didn’t have a lot of success, then he was banged up, he was hurt and he’s trying to work his way back and sometimes it’s a lot easier said than done, Walker said.

Yeah, I still keep in touch with some guys over there and obviously with them the best and I really enjoyed my last two years there. They got a good team. It’s fun to be a part of it and it’s fun to be over here, too. A lot good guys here.

Jackson is the heir apparent Baltimore had put off drafting while hoping Flacco would revert to his old form. Jackson’s confidence is such that he proclaimed himself a “Super Bowl-winning quarterback” in the aftermath of Thursday’s selection.tigers_018-115x115

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Russell Westbrook, Paul George fuel season-saving comeback for Thunder

It was sometime during the comeback, maybe after one of the pendulum-swinging 3-pointers, or after a bulldozing drive at the rim — it all happened so fast it’s kind of hard to remember– but Russell Westbrook bounced back down the court and side-eyed the Utah bench.
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Authentic Mens Isaac Seumalo Jersey The Jazz weren’t just dominating; they were humiliating the Thunder. Any push by OKC was met with a Jazz barrage in response. The arena was flat. The fans were a mix of sad, frustrated, angry and hopeless. For the first time in a while, the Thunder were on their way to true despair. There were some empty seats in the lower bowl for a playoff game in Oklahoma City — an unthinkable thing — and the Thunder were in danger of activating one of the worst fanbase emotions: apathy. Fans were already in early stages of compartmentalizing this season after the Thunder lost both games in Salt Lake, but the performance through 28 minutes or so crystalized it. Light boos scattered throughout the arena as the Jazz poured it on.

Womens Jedd Gyorko Jersey It’s kind of hard to guess the consequences of the rule changes without seeing them in action, but it does seem like it would be significantly easier for kick returners to break free.

With coverage teams given less of a running start at returners, the lanes could be easier Womens Joe Looney Jersey to find and exploit. Especially given the increased room and running start the proposal would give to kick returners.

Is that a problem?

That’s a matter of personal opinion. There were seven kicks returned for touchdowns in 2017 鈥?the same amount that were returned in 2013, 2015 and 2016. It’s doubtful that many fans would complain about that number getting increased, but it could be frustrating if returning kicks suddenly became significantly easier.

It could also affect onside kicks which are already difficult enough as is. Without the chance to get a 5-yard running start or for the kicking team to use motion will likely make it even more difficult to recover a kick.

Redskins president Bruce Allen could leave for the Raiders

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It’s possible that Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen could be conducting his final draft with the organization. Long considered a divisive figure within the team’s front office, it’s being reported that Allen could jump ship to the Oakland Raiders following this weekend’s draft.
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Assuming Hughes Keith Tkachuk Youth jersey has put character concerns behind him, he’s a potential starter as an underneath defender and could be a weapon on punt returns. Not a bad pick for the Vikings, but they may end up regretting it the first time Kirk Cousins gets hurried into an interception.

Getting extra picks for future years is something we’ve done [in the past], Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio said Friday night, via Jeff Howe of The Athletic. Given the options we had, we felt that was the best opportunity for us.

If Bill Belichick is thinking about retirement, the Patriots coach sure hasn’t shown it with his moves in this draft. As Mike Reiss of ESPN pointed out, Based on [Belichick’s] forward-thinking moves in this draft, there should be little question about his intentions for 2019, and beyond.

Terrifying: Prolonged exposure to Josh Rosen may have turned him into an uninspired clump of sod. That’s what I heard from the anonymous scout who earholed me during last call at The Royal Scam in Mobile, Alabama, anyway.

Bottom Line: Miller is your typical toolsy left tackle prospect. The athleticism is there, but the tendency to get rocked by initial contact is worrying. The Raiders addressed a need, but they may not have gotten the type of throwback dude Gruden really craves.