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A crucial victory kept the Flyers in control of their own playoff destiny. Jakub Voracek scored with 5:45 left in the third period to lift playoff-chasing Philadelphia over the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Thursday night.Claude Giroux CJ Wilson Jersey , Ivan Provorov and Michael Raffl also scored for Philadelphia, which began play holding the second and final wild card, four points ahead of Florida. The Flyers would have clinched a playoff spot if Boston beat the Panthers, but Florida topped the Bruins 3-2 later Thursday. Philadelphia can secure a playoff spot in its final regular-season game on Saturday with a victory over the Rangers or an overtime loss. A Florida loss in either of its final two games, Saturday against Buffalo and Sunday at Boston Cheap Geron Christian Jersey , also would send Philadelphia to the postseason.”We got the job done tonight,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. ”Now we have a big one Saturday afternoon.”The Flyers seemed in great shape when Giroux put them up 3-2 with 9:42 remaining behind a wrist shot that beat goalie Scott Darling. It extended the Flyers captain’s career-high totals to 31 goals and 98 points. Flyers fans shouted ”M-V-P!” `’M-V-P!” when Giroux was shown on the video board following the tally.The Hurricanes erased the lead when Brian Elliott let in his second soft goal of the game, this one Jordan Staal’s backhander from a sharp angle near the side boards with 6:19 left.Elliott returned to work after missing the last 25 games following core muscle surgery on Feb. 13. Elliott, who was injured on Feb. 10, entered 21-11-7 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .908 save percentage this season. He finished with 19 saves.”It’s almost like opening-night jitters again Authentic Byron Maxwell Jersey ,” Elliott said. ”It’s hard to replicate a game in practice.”Voracek scored on a wrist shot from a sharp angle that got past Darling’s left shoulder.It was enough to send the Flyers to victory.”We battled hard, we grinded it out and we played the right way,” Giroux said.Philadelphia’s captain is feeling good about his team’s chances in their final – and most important – game.”We like the way we’re playing right now,” he said. ”Everybody is doing their job, doing what they’re best at. Normally when you do that Cheap Michael Gallup Jersey , you get wins.”Klas Dahlbeck and Sebastian Aho also scored for Carolina, which has lost three straight and four of five. The Hurricanes had already been eliminated from playoff contention.”We got better as the game went on and more competitive as the game went on,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said.The Flyers dominated the opening 10 minutes, outshooting Carolina 13-3, but couldn’t get on the board. The Hurricanes finally struck with 6:15 left in the first when Dahlbeck netted his first goal in his 32nd game of the season and just the sixth in his 169-game career.Raffl answered 53 seconds later when he banged home a shot in front after Giroux’s pass was intercepted by Carolina’s Justin Williams but went fortuitously to Raffl in front of the net.The Hurricanes quickly broke the tie when Aho scored on a backhander from a sharp angle to the right of Elliott 14 seconds after Raffl’s tally. The goal was a soft one for Elliott.Philadelphia scored the only goal in the second period when Provorov finished an excellent pass from Sean Couturier right in front of Darling to tie it at 2. The tying score came after some near misses in the period for Philadelphia Deven Marrero Jersey , as Jori Lehtera hit the post from close range and Voracek missed a golden opportunity from Darling’s doorstep two minutes later.NOTES: Giroux has five goals and 10 assists during a nine-game point streak. … Aho extended his team-leading totals to 29 goals and 65 points. … Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere each had two assists.UP NEXTHurricanes: Host Tampa Bay on Saturday night to end regular season.Flyers: Host Rangers on Saturday to finish regular season.—. New York Giants Customized Jerseys , Adidas Derick Brassard Jersey , Cheap Jeremy Lin Jersey , Cheap Nikola Jokic Jersey ,

LeBron James hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer Corey Seager Jersey , a crowning moment for another brilliant performance, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5 Cheap Avonte Maddox Jersey , putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Moments after blocking Victor Oladipo’s possible go-ahead driving layup, James caught the inbounds pass Mitch Haniger Jersey , took two dribbles and dropped the winner over Thaddeus Young.As Cleveland’s sellout crowd exploded, James hugged rookie teammate Cedi Osman before jumping on the scorer’s table to celebrate another of those moments that will define his career. James finished with 44 points Tyler Flowers Jersey , 10 rebounds, eight assists and went 15 of 15 from the line.Kyle Korver added 19 points and Cleveland’s much-maligned defense tightened just in time as the Cavaliers seized their first lead in the first-round series after being down 1-0 and 2-1.Cleveland can close out Indiana with a win Friday night in Indianapolis.Domantas Sabonis scored 22 points Authentic Su'a Cravens Jersey , and Young had 16 for the Pacers.. Authentic Womens Rashaan Gaulden Jersey , Womens Jordan Whitehead Jersey , Drew Smyly Jersey Womens , Womens Baker Mayfield Jersey ,

For a team that entered the season thinking it was ready to win 50 games and reach the Eastern Conference finals Albert Almora Jr Jersey , John Wall’s Washington Wizards sure did lose a lot of games against teams that didn’t even make the playoffs. And everything revealed by those defeats against the likes of the Hawks and Magic, or the Mavericks and Suns, or the Nets and Bulls – a lack of consistency, for example, or an inability to close out opponents – were the same sorts of problems that failed the Wizards in their first-round exit as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.”We had some great moments. Then we showed bad moments,” Wall said Saturday, the day after a 102-92 loss in Game 6 against the No. 1 seed Toronto Raptors ended Washington’s season. ”Just kind of not respecting some of the opponents that we went against.” Asked why that happened Cheap Sam Darnold Jersey , forward Markieff Morris said: ”Sometimes it felt like it was immaturity. … Not coming in and doing our job.”The issue might have been as much a detriment as missing Wall for 41 regular-season games because of health problems – they were 23-18 with him, 20-21 without – or a mediocre reserve unit.”I guess the one thing about the Wizards (is) you never know who you’re going to expect today,” center Marcin Gortat said. ”You might get a team that’s going to lose to the worst team in the league – or can beat the best team in the league.”Shooting guard Bradley Beal, who joined Wall as an All-Star for the first time, agreed with others that the Wizards had a problem taking for granted games against foes with losing records.”There were a lot of times that we would just show up and think we were just going to win the game,” Beal said. ”You can’t do that. You have to respect everybody.”Wall and Beal – the two leading scorers – are both playing under long-term, maximum-money contracts Cheap Harrison Phillips Jersey , as is third option Otto Porter Jr.And coach Scott Brooks has three years left on his deal.So the assumption is that this will be the core moving forward. Wall said it’s clear that Washington needs some new parts, more than once describing what’s lacking are players ”that really want to be here.”Now the question becomes whether that trio of players and their coach can finally take a step forward next year. Wall and Beal have yet to get past the second round of the playoffs.”Going into the season,” Brooks said, ”we definitely had some high expectations.”They weren’t met.Here are other things to know about the Wizards as their offseason begins:CHEMISTRY MAJORSThere was a lot of speculation about whether there was shaky locker room chemistry, and while reserve Mike Scott and Gortat were eager to dismiss that notion, others weren’t so clear that it was a non-factor.”I feel like we might not have identified the real issues,” backup center Ian Mahinmi said. ”Unless we can honestly and genuinely talk and find solution Cheap Da'Ron Payne Jersey , we (are) going to continue the trend that’s going right now.”He mentioned ”miscommunication” and added: ”I don’t think we had a genuine approach with everything.”Said Wall: ”When things are going well, everybody’s happy, everybody wants to be here. But when things get rough, that’s when you really figure out who’s your brother.”WALL AND BEALBeal carried the club while Wall was out and played in all 82 games for the first time. As for chatter about breaking up the duo, Beal says he’s not interested. ”They have trusted us, to build around us,” Beal said. ”I’m not really a fan of change and starting over again. Hopefully (owner Ted Leonsis and team president Ernie Grunfeld) won’t give me the boot – or give either of us the boot.”SMALL BALL?With two back-to-the-basket and screen-setting centers in Gortat and Mahinmi Brad Boxberger Jersey , the Wizards could try to figure out a way to make a change to that part of the roster.”We don’t really have an athletic big. I mean, Ian is older. (Gortat) is older,” Wall said. ”They’re not athletic guys, but they do the little things that permit their game to help as much as possible.”Brooks would love his big men to shoot 3s, but Gortat flatly ruled out trying to work on that aspect of his game.”I hate small ball,” Gortat said. ”Small ball basketball in this league is just trash.”—. Adidas Andrew Cogliano Jersey , Womens Richard Rodgers Jersey , Adidas Mike Green Jersey , Cheap Wilson Chandler Jersey ,

When Braden Holtby took some time off in February Luis Valbuena Jersey , playing in only nine of the Washington Capitals‘ 14 games, he finally had a chance to reflect on aspects of his game. It might seem easy to say being benched in favor of Philipp Grubauer for the first two games of the postseason ignited Holtby’s standout playoff run. But he credits his midseason reprieve for a revival that pushed him and Washington into the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. Game 1 in Monday night.”It was great to just have a break in February where I could really analyze myself in a game, go to work, kind of get back to those roots and just working as hard as I possibly can to figure out different things of myself and the game,” Holtby said. ”This year I think is one of those years where I’ve learned more and soaked in more knowledge than previous years.” The 28-year-old veteran enters the Final with a 12-6 playoff mark, a 2.04 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. The Capitals haven’t allowed a goal in 159 minutes, 27 seconds J. C. Ramírez Jersey , since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay – including 157:13 with Holtby on the ice.Several key members of the Golden Knights are no strangers to Holtby, including general manager George McPhee, goalie coach Dave Prior and defenseman Nate Schmidt, a trio that have been a part of the Capitals organization during their careers. It was Prior who recommended McPhee and company draft Holtby in 2008, when the Capitals made him the second pick of the fourth round (and the 10th goalie taken in the draft).Holtby said Prior, who has helped Vegas goalie and three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury improve aspects of his game this season, taught him ways to analyze his game he would have never thought of.”He’s obviously one of the best Authentic Ronnie Harrison Jersey , he helped me a ton,” Holtby said. ”He taught me how to practice correctly, how to really analyze my game honestly and grow in different ways. Before, as a young kid, I just thought if you could just work as hard as you can, that’s how you get better. But there’s strategic ways and he was awesome, very calm Redskins Cheap Jerseys , very unbiased watching games.”Schmidt said a common comparison between Holtby and Fleury is easy to see.”Both guys are very athletic,” Schmidt said. ”That’s something I knew about Fleury a little bit, and it’s caused a lot of heartache to me over the years. You see that kind of thing with guys who are never out of a save. That’s what makes both of them special players.”Holtby’s regular-season numbers (2.99 GAA, .907 save percentage) are a career worst. He said taking time to focus on things he never was able to do during a regular season has helped ease his mind and relieve certain pressures he was putting on himself during games.”Obviously throughout my career of hockey playing, you know that putting too much pressure on yourself and doing too much is never that good,” Holtby said. ”And I got caught up trying to do too much, and it never works too well Austin Meadows Jersey , and it ended up snowballing.”Snowballing to the tune of him allowing four or more goals in eight of the 16 games he played during January and February. But over his last eight regular-season appearances in March, he finished 6-2 and never allowed more than three goals. He’s allowed three or fewer goals in 17 of the 18 playoff games he’s played in.”I’ve learned a lot of valuable things about myself, about the way hockey is now, it’s changed,” Holtby said. ”You have to play a little different than in the past with the speed and the way the game is mostly all about offense now. It’s different that way and I think that was one thing I had to learn.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: . Drew Smyly Jersey Womens , Authentic Womens Braden Smith Jersey , Authentic Womens Dalton Schultz Jersey , Adidas Blake Wheeler Jersey ,

Cordy Glenn had no idea the Buffalo Bills were looking to trade him in the offseason. They pulled off a surprising deal when they found a team that’s determined to upgrade its offensive line. The Bengals confirmed Wednesday that they’d swung a deal for the offensive tackle Ryan Carpenter Jersey , who becomes the key piece in the Bengals’ biggest offseason project. Their offense finished last in the league last season in large part because the line couldn’t protect Andy Dalton or open holes for the running game, which wound up as a franchise worst.The Bengals confirmed that they swapped first-round draft picks with Buffalo as part of the trade. The Bills moved up nine spots in the first-round draft order by acquiring the No. 12 selection. The Bengals acquired the first of Buffalo’s two first-round picks, 21st overall. Cincinnati also acquired Buffalo’s fifth-round pick (158th) for the Bengals’ sixth-rounder (187th).The deal was agreed to on Monday and became official two days later, after Glenn took his physical. The tackle had no inkling the trade was coming.”I guess it’s shocking JT Riddle Jersey ,” Glenn said during a conference call. ”There were just like a lot of different emotions going on. It kind of came out of left field. After that, I was excited.”Glenn has been a Bills starter since being selected in the second round of the 2012 draft. He was limited to six games last year because of a left foot injury that eventually required surgery. He also hurt his right ankle. Glenn said Wednesday that he’s healing and should be ready for offseason workouts.When healthy, Glenn has been dominant in both pass protection and run blocking. He was part of a Bills team that led the NFL in yards rushing in both 2015 and `16.Glenn has three years left on a $65 million contract and is due to make a $9.25 million base salary in the 2018 season.”They want me here,” Glenn said. ”I think that’s big Cheap Brian Allen Jersey , just to know you’re wanted somewhere. It’s a great situation for me.”The trade underscored that the Bengals – who don’t often make such deals – are serious about trying to improve their line.They took a huge gamble last season that tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher – their top two picks in the 2015 draft – were ready to man both sides of the line. Ogbuehi struggled at right tackle last season and was moved to the left side, replacing Andrew Whitworth. Fisher was elevated to right tackle and got hurt during the season.Like Whitworth, right guard Kevin Zeitler left in free agency, leaving two huge holes. The Bengals signed Andre Smith – who was recovering from major arm surgery – to take Zeitler’s spot. It never came together Authentic Breeland Speaks Jersey , and the Bengals finished last in the league in offense for the first time.Marvin Lewis got a two-year contract extension after a second straight losing season, but offensive line coach Paul Alexander was fired. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was given the job full time after taking over three games into last season.Improving the line is the overriding priority on offense.”Let’s face it: In this league whatever kind of offense you are, at some point in the game it’s going to come down to situations where they know you’re going to pass and you’ve got to block the edge,” Lazor said on a conference call. ”So I think it’s critical for us. I think it’s a guy who’s proven he can do it.”—AP Sports Writer John Wawrow in Orchard Park Authentic Antonio Callaway Jersey , New York, contributed to this report.—. Womens Mark Andrews Jersey , Adidas Erik Karlsson Jersey , Scott Kazmir Jersey Womens , Cheap T.J. Warren Jersey ,

Anthony Davis had 33 points Aroldis Chapman Jersey , 18 rebounds and four steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated Golden State 119-100 on Friday night to trim the Warriors‘ series lead to 2-1. Davis was particularly dominant around the basket, scoring numerous times on dunks of the driving Cheap Su'a Cravens Jersey , put-back or alley-oop variety, and the Pelicans outscored the Warriors 54-36 in the paint.Jrue Holiday scored 21 for New Orleans and Ian Clark had 18 points against his former club for the Pelicans. .tpClipInfo > * { display: none !important; }.tpPlayer { display: none !important; }.tpReleaseList > * { display: none !important; }.tpReleaseModel > * { display: none !important; }.tpNavigation > * { display: none !important; }.tpSearch > * { display: none !important; }.tpCategoryModel > * { display: none !important; }.tpHeader > * { display: none !important; }.tpCategoryList > * { display: none !important; }Klay Thompson scored 26 for Golden State, but missed 13 of 22 shots. Stephen Curry Authentic Jeremiah Attaochu Jersey , in his second game back after a sprained knee sidelined him more than a month, missed 13 of 19 shots and finished with 19 points. Kevin Durant scored 22 points.Golden State shot uncharacteristically poorly from outside, missing 22 of 31 3-point attempts and finishing at 38 percent shooting (35 of 92) overall.ROCKETS 113 Authentic Derwin James Jersey , JAZZ 92SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – James Harden had 25 points and 12 assists to lead Houston to a win over Utah in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinals series.Eric Gordon added 25 points and Chris Paul had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Rockets. Houston beat Utah in Salt Lake City for the third time this season to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is on Sunday.Royce O’ Neale scored 17 points. Alec Burks chipped in 14 points while Rudy Gobert added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz.. Womens Terrelle Pryor Sr. Jersey , Derek Holland Jersey Womens , Authentic Womens Hayden Hurst Jersey , Authentic Womens Jaire Alexander Jersey ,

Despite exceeding expectations by making the playoffs for the first time in 18 years Authentic Johnny Townsend Jersey , the Buffalo Bills lamented missed opportunities in their 10-3 loss to the Jaguars in an AFC wild-card game on Sunday. ”I wanted to win this game and get it rolling. I don’t care about the building blocks,” running back LeSean McCoy said. ”I live now in the moment. We had this thing.”Despite it being a road game, the Bills and their raucous fans were in full force inside EverBank Field and outside of the tailgate lots. There was even a picture of OJ Simpson wearing a McCoy jersey as he watched the game at a Las Vegas bar. What they saw were problems that had plagued the Bills late in the season. They didn’t score a touchdown for the second time in six games and squandered a key red zone opportunity late in the second quarter.Buffalo had first-and-goal at the Jaguars 1 with 2:53 remaining. Coach Sean McDermott and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison elected to call a run-pass option instead of giving it to McCoy, who had eight touchdowns on the season.Tyrod Taylor’s pass to Kelvin Benjamin on a fade route was incomplete in the end zone Jay Buhner Jersey , but Benjamin was called for offensive pass interference, moving the ball back to the Jaguars 11.The drive stalled from there and they had to settle for a Stephen Hauschka 31-yard field goal at the end of an 18-play, 71-yard drive that took 8:06.”I came off the ball. All I did was try to come around and catch the ball and they called pushing,” Benjamin said. ”You try to move on from it.”McDermott said that they made the call because of the situation and that was one of a couple of plays they would like to have back. The field goal gave the Bills a 3-0 lead but the Jaguars tied it with 4 seconds remaining in the first half.McCoy appeared to second-guess the call a little bit after the game.”I want a running play. It was a play I was lobbying for the whole time and it didn’t work out so I understand Authentic Tanner Lee Jersey ,” he said.The closest the Bills got in the second half was the Jaguars 38 late in the fourth quarter. That came when Nathan Peterman came in after Taylor was injured with 1:27 remaining when his head hit the turf after being tackled by Dante Fowler. The drive ended when Peterman was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey with 32 seconds left.McDermott said after the game that Taylor, who was 17 of 37 for 134 yards with an interception, was in the concussion protocol.”We had a long field on most of our drives. We got some chunk plays at times, but we couldn’t convert on third down Authentic Preston Brown Jersey ,” center Eric Wood said.The Bills converted three of six third downs in the first quarter, but were 4 of 12 the rest of the game.McCoy, who was listed as questionable after spraining his ankle in last week’s victory at Miami, ended up having 75 yards on 19 carries in what he said was a solid game.”I wasn’t 100 percent. I think the cuts and runs I did were probably made Joe Carter Jersey ,” he said. ”It’s not the reason we lost. We just didn’t play well.”One thing that did surprise McCoy was how many fans came down for the game despite having less than a week to make travel plans.”I was surprised. Coming from Philadelphia the fans travel everywhere,” he said. ”I think Buffalo fans have them beat. I’m extremely disappointed to let them down. They travel so far and rally behind us. Sorry we couldn’t get the win for them.”—. Womens Justin Reid Jersey , Adidas Jeff Skinner Jersey , Kevin Long Jersey Womens , Authentic Womens Byron Maxwell Jersey ,
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When Vince Velasquez is calm and composed Craig Kimbrel Jersey , he’s tough to beat. Velasquez took a no-hitter two outs into the seventh inning, Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams hit solo homers, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3 Thursday.Trevor Story lined Velasquez’s 105th pitch – a curve – to left for an RBI double, ending Velasquez’s bid for the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. ”That was as confident as I’ve ever seen him Xander Bogaerts Jersey ,” manager Gabe Kapler said. ”His demeanor was calm and relaxed.”Velasquez (5-7) got a standing ovation as he walked off the mound after the hit. The hard-throwing righty looked nothing like the pitcher who allowed 10 runs against the Brewers last Friday. He dominated the Rockies, giving up one hit and two runs with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.”I was comfortable all the way through,” he said. ”I just wanted to have a solid bounce-back.”Velasquez retired 20 of the first 21 batters. He walked Gerardo Parra in the second and picked him off. Velasquez walked Carlos Gonzalez before Story’s double. Tommy Hunter entered and allowed an RBI single to Parra to cut Philadelphia’s lead to one run before getting the final out of the inning.”That can be him every time out. He has that stuff,” Hoskins said of Velasquez.The Phillies won a series for the first time since taking two of three from Atlanta on May 21-23. They’re 7-12 since.Colorado has lost 10 of 13.Rockies starter German Marquez (4-7) gave up six runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. Rockies manager Bud Black finally pulled Marquez with the bases loaded after 112 pitches.”It’s a shame that Marquez got tagged with as many runs that he did Cheap Philadelphia Eagles Hoodie ,” Black said. ”He threw the ball pretty well.”Hoskins drove a first-pitch fastball into the left-field seats to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the first. It was his eighth homer and second since returning last Saturday from a fractured jaw.Williams lined his eighth homer out to right in the second for a 2-0 lead. He hit an opposite-field RBI double to left on an 0-2 pitch in the sixth to make it 3-0.After the Rockies cut it to 3-2, the Phillies broke open the game with four runs in the bottom of the seventh.Hoskins had an RBI double and Odubel Herrera and Carlos Santana followed with run-scoring singles. Hoskins added an RBI single in the eighth, finishing a triple shy of the cycle.ROOKIE GOES DEEPColorado’s Ryan McMahon hit his first major league home run in the eighth off reliever Hector Neris.STORY’S STREAKINGStory drove in his 50th run in his 68th game. He leads the NL in RBIs. Since June 1, Story is batting .388 (19-49) with seven doubles Cheap Quenton Nelson Jersey , three homers and 11 RBIs.HONORING THOMEJim Thome, who will enter the Hall of Fame in July, was honored before the game on the 14th anniversary of hitting his 400th homer in the first season of Citizens Bank Park.OWNING THE SERIESThe Phillies are 44-25 against the Rockies since 2008.HIT PARADEThe Phillies had 13 hits, most since 13 on April 13 at Tampa Bay. Five players had multi-hit games.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: Reliever Adam Ottavino (oblique) was activated from the 10-day disabled list. Lefty Jerry Vasto was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.Phillies: Reliever Pat Neshek (shoulder Cheap Darius Leonard Jersey , forearm) and righty Jerad Eickhoff (numbness in fingers) were scheduled to throw bullpen sessions.UP NEXTRockies: RHP Chad Bettis (4-1, 4.40 ERA) takes the mound in the opener of a three-game interleague series at Texas. LHP Yohander Mendez starts for the Rangers.Phillies: RHP Jake Arrieta (5-4, 2.97 ERA) makes his second start against the Brewers in six days. Arrieta allowed five runs – four earned – in 5 1/3 innings in a 12-3 loss last Saturday.—.

The Detroit Tigers will look for their third consecutive victory as they open an eight-game road trip Friday night against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.Detroit (33-37) is coming off back-to-back wins against the Minnesota Twins as it remains within striking distance of the Cleveland Indians for first place in the American League Central division. The Tigers have scored four-plus runs in four of their last seven contests.The team’s success at the plate has come despite the loss of star slugger Miguel Cabrera Mike Marjama Jersey , who will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his biceps tendon. The 35-year-old performed well against Chicago with a .297 lifetime average to go along with 34 home runs and 108 RBIs in 175 games.Minus Cabrera, the Tigers are forced to rely upon less proven players such as JaCoby Jones, who belted a two-run home run on Thursday afternoon that helped his team secure a series victory. Jones is hitting only .222 this season with five home runs and 18 RBIs.“He’s a really good baseball player,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said to the Detroit Free Press. “He brings a lot to the table. Yeah Authentic Kareem Martin Jersey , he could get sent down sometime if he went 0-for-the-next-150, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.“I love the kid. … But ultimately, he’s going to have to dig his way out of it, and (Thursday) was a start. He hit a home run Daniel Robertson Jersey , that’s confidence — and now, hopefully, he’ll build from there.”Chicago (24-43) also has gained confidence recently despite a difficult start to the season. The White Sox have won or split each of their past four series, including a 2-2 series tie against the Indians this week.The White Sox will turn to right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (2-4 Authentic Jihad Ward Jersey , 3.26 ERA), who will make his 14th start of the season. The 24-year-old has posted back-to-back quality starts and earned a victory in his most recent appearance Sunday as he limited the Boston Red Sox to two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings.In three career starts against the Tigers, Lopez is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA. He has not allowed a home run in 21 innings, but control has proved to be an issue as he has walked 10 and struck out nine during those three starts.Lopez is enthused by the recent success of him and his teammates.“When you as a team can do the little things and can work as a team with all the parts integrated Authentic Geron Christian Jersey , you will have good results,” Lopez said to the Chicago Tribune. “And that’s what we’ve been doing the last couple of weeks.”The Tigers are determined to disrupt the recent comfort level of the White Sox.Detroit right-hander Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.01 ERA) will make his 13th start. He has not lost since May 19 against the Seattle Mariners, and he is coming off an impressive outing in which he limited Cleveland to one run on five hits in seven innings.Fiers Cheap Brian O'Neill Jersey , 32, is 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA in five career starts against the White Sox. He has walked eight and struck out 28 in 31 1/3 innings.Chicago is 12-21 at home this season. Detroit is 10-20 on the road..

Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the game 11:53 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series. Braden Holtby made 16 of his 39 saves in the third period to help Washington get to overtime. Four of five games between the teams have gone past regulation making fatigue a factor for Game 6 Monday night in Columbus.Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie scored along with Backstrom in regulation for the Capitals Yasiel Puig Jersey , who became the first home team this series to win a home game. Holtby has been in net for Washington’s three consecutive victories after replacing Philipp Grubauer in Game 2, stopping 102 of 108 shots to turn the tide. Fellow Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky allowed a soft goal to Kuznetsov as one of his four on 29 shots in the loss. Matt Calvert scored short-handed and on a breakaway and Oliver Bjorkstrand had a deflection goal for Columbus.MAPLE LEAFS 4, BRUINS 3BOSTON (AP) – Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk scored 1:19 apart in the second period Cheap Rashaan Evans Jersey , and then Toronto killed off a 5-on-3 and three more power plays in a row to beat Boston and avoid elimination.Connor Brown and Andreas Johnsson each scored his first career playoff goal in the first period, and the Maple Leafs took a 4-1 lead to chase Tuukka Rask in the second. Toronto also led 4-1 in Game 7 of the teams’ 2013 playoff series before the Bruins won in overtime en route to their second Stanley Cup final berth in two years. This time, Boston cut the deficit to one goal but the Leafs held on.Frederik Andersen stopped 42 shots for Toronto Authentic Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey , which returns home for Game 6 on Monday. Game 7 would be back in Boston on Wednesday, if necessary.Jake DeBrusk and Sean Kuraly scored for the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron returned to the ice after missing one game with an undisclosed injury.LIGHTNING 3, DEVILS 1TAMPA Taijuan Walker Jersey , Fla. (AP) – Nikita Kucherov scored his 27th career postseason goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 26 shots and Tampa Bay beat New Jersey to end the first-round series in five games.The 19-year-old Mikhail Sergachev became the youngest player in Lightning history to score a playoff goal and Ryan Callahan, back in the lineup after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury Authentic Malik Jefferson Jersey , sealed it with an empty-netter with 1.7 seconds remaining.Tampa Bay advanced to a second-round series against the Boston-Toronto winner.Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils..

The bookies in this gambling city have to be getting a bit nervous. Hockey fans Cheap Barkevious Mingo Jersey , though, are nothing short of ecstatic.They screamed, danced and cheered as the goals came one right after another in a first period blitz Thursday night as the Vegas Golden Knights remained undefeated in the playoffs by dominating the San Jose Sharks 7-0 in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals. .tpClipInfo > * { display: none !important; }.tpPlayer { display: none !important; }.tpReleaseList > * { display: none !important; }.tpReleaseModel > * { display: none !important; }.tpNavigation > * { display: none !important; }.tpSearch > * { display: none !important; }.tpCategoryModel > * { display: none !important; }.tpHeader > * { display: none !important; }.tpCategoryList > * { display: none !important; }The hottest show on the Las Vegas Strip got even hotter as the Knights – who were 200-1 at many sports books to win the Stanley Cup before the season began – opened their second playoff series with a rout of the Sharks that was over before the Zambonis hit the ice.This had nothing to do with the so-called Vegas Flu that has overcome some visiting teams who might have not resisted some of the pleasures on the Las Vegas Strip. This was a simple beat down, by a group of players who had never been together on the ice before the season began.”It’s not going to be like this every night,” Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. ”We’re going to enjoy this and move on.”Once again, the Knights played like no expansion team ever before. Once again Cheap Vita Vea Jersey , they showed that perhaps the fantasy of bringing the Stanley Cup to the Las Vegas Strip may not be such a fantasy after all.And once again, 18,444 fans sang ”Viva Las Vegas” and went home happy – but not before watching Fleury join them in doing the wave in the closing minutes.”It’s a great home crowd,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. ”We like them a lot.”There’s a lot to like about a team that a year ago was nothing more than an expansion project with an uncertain future. Now the Knights are tearing through the playoffs like a hot dice thrower at the craps table.That might be a problem at the sports books, which are on the hook for possibly millions if the Knights should win it all. But it’s playing out nicely around the rest of Las Vegas, which is awash in Knights merchandise as the city that has never had a major sports team eagerly embraces one that is its very own.If getting to the playoffs was seen as almost impossible before the season began Clay Buchholz Jersey , the Knights are 5-1 in sports books on the Strip to win it all, just behind Nashville and Tampa Bay as favorites.With good reason. The Knights are the only remaining unbeaten team in the playoffs, and have the hottest goalie around. Fleury, picked up from Pittsburgh in the expansion draft, got his third shutout of the playoffs and has allowed only three goals in five games.He didn’t allow any against the Sharks, stopping 33 shots to record the shutout.”I don’t go looking at my stats Justin Turner Jersey ,” Fleury said. ”A win is a win and I’ll try my best to get my team a win. That’s what it’s all about.”The team that proudly declares itself Vegas Born thrilled a raucous crowd at the T-Mobile arena, scoring three goals within a span of 1:31 in the first period to pretty much put the game away early.Against a team that – like the Knights – swept their opening series, they turned the game into a rout early. Seven players scored goals, though with Fleury in net there was no way seven would be needed.”You don’t get extra points for winning by a touchdown like they did,” San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. ”We just have to be better.”Earlier, Knights general manager George McPhee talked about how good the team he put together might be. But even he had to be surprised at the ease the Knights Authentic Calvin Ridley Jersey , coming off a nine-day layoff after sweeping the Los Angeles Kings, won their second-round opener.”We think we’re a pretty good club but we’ll keep trying to do what we do and see where it takes us,” McPhee said. ”We haven’t really looked at the season in its totality before it started, or the playoffs in its totality.”The formula for the Knights has been as simple as it has been effective. With some top talent there for the taking in the expansion draft the Knights combined a fast, swarming attack with stellar work of Fleury to win their division.Nothing changed in the opening game against the Sharks except the goals came early and often.”We play fast, we play quick Authentic Josh Sweat Jersey , we play direct hockey,” Gallant said. ”So far it’s worked for us.”The Knights have done all of that, and more to move into the serious conversation about what teams can win the Stanley Cup.If any more proof was needed, even the bookies are believers now.—-Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or .

LOS ANGELES — The Pittsburgh Pirates are undecided on a starter for Wednesday’s series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers Youth Logan Cooke Jersey , and volunteers might be hard to come by.The Dodgers’ offense is coming off a productive June when they hit 55 home runs, most in a calendar month in franchise history. And at the start of July, they look even better.First the Dodgers crushed the Pirates on Monday to the tune of 17 runs and 21 hits. On Tuesday it was six home runs, including back-to-back homers from Joc Pederson and Max Muncy to lead off the game. Muncy went deep twice and has 20 on the season.So with scheduled starter Joe Musgrove headed to the disabled list with a finger infection, the Pirates must send somebody else to the wolves.Right-hander Clay Holmes (0-0 Authentic Mike Remmers Jersey , 2.25 ERA) is expected to make his first start of the season for Pittsburgh on Wednesday. He has pitched in two games for the Pirates this season, and he threw two hitless, scoreless innings in his most recent appearance June 24 against Arizona. He has never faced the Dodgers.The Dodgers’ Rich Hill (1-3, 4.68) will make his fourth start since coming off the disabled list because of a blister on the middle finger of his left hand.On Friday, Hill faced the Colorado Rockies and gave up one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts. He threw 110 pitches in that game Mariano Rivera Jersey , validating the series of laser treatments he received while out of action.“I was really pleased with the consistency of the flight of the ball,” Hill said after his last outing, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The way the curveball came out of my hand, the consistency of that. Everything really came together tonight.”Hill is 3-2 lifetime against the Pirates with a 3.25 ERA over nine starts, although he is a far different pitcher than the first time he squared off against them in 2006.Holmes faces a major challenge against the Dodgers’ potent offense. When Matt Kemp went 5-for-5 with a homer on Monday Yasmany Tomas Jersey , it gave him a hit in eight consecutive at-bats.Also homering for the Dodgers on Tuesday were Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor.The Dodgers’ run-scoring onslaught has left the Pirates reeling. Not only did the Pirates’ bullpen absorb five innings Monday, it was called on for three more innings Tuesday. Tuesday’s starter, Ivan Nova, allowed seven runs on nine hits in his five-plus innings.“We’ve been a little short on the front end of things Authentic Ryan Jensen Jersey , which has provided some complications on the bullpen,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, according to mlb.com.The Dodgers will see their 10-game homestand come to an end Wednesday, but their Southern California stay is just beginning. Next up is a “road trip” to Anaheim and San Diego, before three more home games to close out the first half.The Pirates are 2-3 on their six-game tour of Southern California Cheap Derrick Nnadi Jersey , having faced the San Diego Padres before arriving in Los Angeles. They are 4-4 on their nine-game road trip, which also included a stop in New York to face the Mets..

With the score tied late in the third period Cheap Oren Burks Jersey , Auston Matthews saw an opening and got himself in position. And when he got the puck from William Nylander, he was able to knock in the winning goal. Matthews deflected Nylander’s pass in front with just under four minutes remaining to lift the playoff-bound Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.”Very good forecheck by (Zach) Hyman to free the puck up and I was able to sneak in there backdoor,” Matthews said. ”It was good for (Nylander) to see that play and make it, so great for both those guys to create space, get the puck and I just tapped it.” It was Matthews’ 31st goal of the season and broke the fourth tie of the game.”A good two points for us Authentic Trent Brown Jersey ,” he said. ”Probably not a fun game for coaches but more a fun game for the players.”Mitch Marner and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist, and Nikita Zaitsev and James van Riemsdyk also scored for Toronto. Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots to help the Maple Leafs win for the eighth time in 10 games and extend a franchise record with their 47th win.Toronto, which clinched a postseason berth when Florida lost in overtime at Ottawa on Thursday night, is all but locked into third place in the Atlantic Division.”It’s nice that we’ve clinched and now we just want to get ready and focused for the playoffs,” Nylander said.Anthony Beauvillier had a goal and an assist Daniel Descalso Jersey , and Johnny Boychuk, Brock Nelson and John Tavares also scored for the Islanders, who lost for the 15th time in 18 games (3-11-4). Jordan Eberle had two assists and Christopher Gibson finished with 27 saves.”It was a good hockey game,” Islanders coach Doug Weight said. ”It was exciting and really, for a 5-4 game it was pretty well-played. … Yeah Christian Arroyo Jersey , a little bit of puck luck would be nice. It was a heck of a game. Guys battled but just fell short.”Van Riemsdyk gave the Maple Leafs their first lead of the game – at 4-3 – as he put in the rebound for his 36th at 2:01 of the third.Tavares tied it for the fourth time as he beat Andersen from the right doorstep for his 34th at 6:28. Tavares now has 80 points, reaching that number for the first time since he had 86 in 2014-15.”We didn’t want the puck in our net as much as it was tonight,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. ”That’s the way it went and we just had to find a way to keep grinding.”Trailing 2-1 after one period, the Maple Leafs tied the score at 7:52 of the second as Zaitsev’s pass deflected off Islanders forward Mathew Barzal’s stick and past Gibson for the defenseman’s fifth.Nelson put New York back in front on an odd-man rush as he got a pass across the slot from Andrew Ladd and beat Andersen from the right faceoff dot for his 19th with 9:15 left.Marner then tied it again as he deflected Jake Gardiner’s shot in front for his 22nd with 2:42 to go in the second.Beauvillier got the Islanders on the scoreboard with just under eight minutes remaining in the first. Eberle got the puck near the left side of the goal, skated to the corner and sent a pass in front to Beauvillier Authentic Justin Bethel Jersey , who put it past Andersen for his 18th. The goal withstood a Maple Leafs challenge for goalie interference.Toronto tied it with 3:38 left, just 7 seconds after Anders Lee was whistled for slashing, as Kadri tipped the puck out of the air in front off a pass from Marner for his 31st.Boychuk put the Islanders back in front on a power play with 1:26 to go in the opening period as he got a pass from Beauvillier near the blue line and sent a one-timer through traffic past Andersen for his sixth.NOTES: Marner has five goals and 11 assists during his points streak. … Kadri has eight goals and nine points in his last 12 games. … The Maple Leafs swept the three-game season series. … Zaitsev’s goal marked the fourth straight game an Islanders player deflected the puck into his own net. Adam Pelech did it Saturday against the Blackhawks, and Brandon Davidson in each of the last two – against Florida on Monday and at Ottawa on Tuesday. … Lee had an assist on Tavares’ goal, giving him a career-high 22 this season. He also has career highs with 39 goals and 61 points.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Host Winnipeg on Saturday night.Islanders: At New Jersey on Saturday night.—Follow Vin Cherwoo at .

Lindsey Vonn edged Sofia Goggia in a foretaste of the Pyeongchang Olympic downhill on Saturday Rusney Castillo Jersey , raising her career total to 80 World Cup victories. The American standout beat Goggia by two hundredths of a second as their ongoing rivalry in Alpine skiing’s fastest discipline continued.”It’s a big number,” Vonn said of her 80 wins, just six short of the all-time record set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark in the 1980s. ”I remember when I got my 50th here, I never thought I would even get close to Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record (of 62 wins) and now I am getting close to Stenmark’s. It’s incredible,” she said.”Also the timing of this win, coming into the Olympics, I really feel strong mentally and physically.”Vonn skied a solid run but didn’t seem to go to the limits as she trailed Italian rival Goggia by 0.08 at the last split time. However Authentic Tyquan Lewis Jersey , Vonn overcame the deficit in the final section.”I definitely skied aggressively, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t leave all the cards on the table,” Vonn said. ”I hold those extra aces for the Olympics.”It was Vonn’s second straight downhill win after Cortina, Italy, two weeks ago. She and Goggia are the only racers with more than one downhill victory this season.Cornelia Huetter of Austria was 0.13 behind in third, and Vonn’s teammate Youth Kentavius Street Jersey , Breezy Johnson, finished fourth for her career-best result.Earlier, Johnson and Vonn posted the fastest times in a mandatory training session two hours before the race, after training was canceled on the previous two days.Vonn’s joy was tempered, however, by a crash that ruled her teammate Jacqueline Wiles out of the Olympics with a knee injury.Shortly after completing her run and taking the lead in the race, Vonn saw on a large video screen in the finish area how Wiles lost balance after skiing off the course Authentic Arden Key Jersey , fell and went into the safety netting. Wiles had to be transported off the hill by helicopter.Wiles was set to compete in her second Olympics. She had her second career podium by placing third in the race that Vonn won in Cortina two weeks ago.Also, Laurenne Ross, who’s working her way back after a severe knee injury, crashed hard but she stood up and eventually skied down.”It was really hard to actually be happy and excited and celebrate because Jackie is in the hospital,” said Vonn about Wiles, who has been financially supported by Vonn’s foundation.”It’s a really rough day for the whole team,” Vonn said. ”I am happy that Laurenne wasn’t hurt. She will be really sore tomorrow but at least her knee is OK.”Another downhill on the Kandahar course is scheduled for Sunday Authentic Kenny Young Jersey , the last World Cup race before the Olympics, and Vonn was expecting another close duel with Goggia.The Italian edged Vonn in both speed races that were held as test events on the Olympic hill in South Korea last year.”She is always risking everything, she’s the person that I have to beat,” said the American, who is chasing another Olympic downhill medal to add to the gold she won in Vancouver 2010.”She is a personality that is really needed on the World Cup. We are playing a little game with each other: Who has the hundredths, you know. It makes it more exciting for us and also for the spectators.”Goggia was smiling and hugged Vonn afterward.”From the start gate to the red finish line, it’s a battle. But after Cheap Trenton Cannon Jersey , we are friends,” Goggia said. ”This is the rivalry that I like. It’s really fun and challenging for me.”The Italian’s daredevil style of racing has sometimes been seen as similar to Bode Miller’s approach, but Goggia laughs off any comparisons with him.”It would be a great honor just to have one percent of Bode,” she said. ”I am far away from him. I am a show girl on the skis sometimes and that’s the only thing we have in common. He has a class that I will never reach.”.

A Tennessee judge issued a $20 million bond Wednesday for the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright in his shooting death nearly eight years ago. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee said his decision to give Sherra Wright such a high bond was partly driven by her bad behavior while being held at a women’s jail on murder and attempted murder charges in her ex-husband’s slaying.Lorenzen Wright played for 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA Youth Royce Freeman Jersey , including several for the Grizzlies in Memphis, where he was born and raised. His decomposing, bullet-riddled body was found in a swampy field in suburban Memphis on July 28, 2010 – 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported missing. In an affidavit read in court by prosecutor Paul Hagerman, witnesses said she masterminded a plan to have two men kill Lorenzen Wright at his home in Atlanta Youth Korey Toomer Jersey , but that attempt failed.Authorities said she and Billy Turner then conspired to kill him in Memphis, and they dumped one of the guns used in the shooting in a Mississippi lake. One witness cited in the affidavit said Sherra Wright identified the spot where her ex-husband’s body would be found, days before it was discovered.Turner also has been charged with murder and attempted murder. He is being held on $15 million bond. Both have pleaded not guilty.Sherra Wright received $1 million from her ex-husband’s life insurance policy. She was arrested in December in California, where she had lived for three years after moving away from Memphis.Her lawyer Blake Ballin argued the 47-year-old is indigent, has no serious crimes on her record and has strong ties to the community in asking for a $100 Austin Hedges Jersey ,000 bond. Ballin said Wright would live with her brother in Shelby County if she were to be released on bond.”Mrs. Wright has no criminal history of a violent nature,” Ballin said.Coffee noted her family connections but gave more weight to her repeated instances of unruly behavior in jail. Hagerman cited six instances where she was written up by jail guards, including three the day before her bond hearing.On Tuesday, Wright was caught passing items to another inmate, Hagerman said. Later Cecil Cooper Jersey , she allegedly took off her clothes, flooded her jail cell and verbally insulted and threatened jail guards with language Coffee called abusive and offensive.While flooding her cell, Wright said she was ”going swimming,” an indication of her troubled mental state, Coffee said. The judge called Wright’s actions the day before her bond hearing ”absolutely shocking and mind numbing” and said she presents a danger to the community.”I cannot trust her Craig Biggio Jersey ,” Coffee said.Wright shook her head repeatedly during Coffee’s lecture, during which he also said there is a ”reasonable likelihood of conviction” in the case.As she was leaving the courtroom with court officers, Wright addressed the judge.”Thank you, your honor,” she said.Wright faces up to life in prison plus 50 years if convicted on charges of first-degree murder Orlando Arcia Jersey , conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder..
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The hardest part of NBA draft night for Kevin Huerter was keeping a straight face. He knew Antonio Senzatela Colorado Rockies Jersey , moments before virtually anyone else did, that he was about to become a professional basketball player. Dozens of friends and family flanked him, all their eyes intently on the television screens as they waited for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to stand at his lectern in New York and give the word that they all came to hear.But Huerter had gotten a tip through his agent moments before, after a call from New York to his draft party at a country club near his home in an Albany suburb, that his moment was near. So he sat back and waited to see – would it be San Antonio at No. 18 or Atlanta at No. 19? The answer arrived when the Spurs took Miami’s Lonnie Walker IV at No. 18, and with that, it was time to await the next sentence from the commissioner. ”The Atlanta Hawks select Kevin Huerter,” Silver said.And there it was. The Moment.There was yelling, there was jumping http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/a...son-jersey , there even were a few tears. Huerter hugged his mother, then his father, then his brother and then his sisters. The 19-year-old who left Maryland after two seasons had just become the No. 19 pick in the NBA draft, off to the Hawks as their second first-round selection of the evening after they wound up with Oklahoma’s Trae Young following a trade earlier.Draft day for Huerter was remarkably normal, which was by design. He worked out, went back to his old school and talked to kids, took a dip in his parents’ backyard pool, then sprawled out on a couch to watch an Ace Ventura movie.”This is who Kevin is,” said Tony Dzikas http://www.eaglesauthorizedshops.com/aut...eat-jersey , Huerter’s coach at Shenendehowa High. ”Laid-back, special kid, wants to share moments with the people who matter most to him. But on the floor, he knows exactly what to do and exactly how to do it. He’s special there too, just in a very different way. The Atlanta Hawks got a winner tonight.”He could have gone to New York and been with other draftees, but Huerter instead decided to invite about 200 friends and relatives to share the moment with him. They had burgers, chicken and hot dogs, plowed through some desserts, some sipped drinks and others just showed up to say that they were there to see one of their own make it big.Plenty of his former coaches were in attendance: Dzikas http://www.chargersauthorizedshops.com/a...mes-jersey , along with Maryland’s Mark Turgeon and the Albany City Rocks’ Jim Hart from his AAU years. So were a slew of his former teammates, including a carload that drove up from Maryland earlier in the day just to be there for the big moment.The Hawks’ initial assessment of Huerter suggests that he’ll be part of the rotation as a rookie.”He’s a 6-foot-7 wing so he has good size,” Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said. ”He has great ball skills, really good shooter, shot over 40 percent from 3 during his college career. Has ability to put the ball on the floor and get in the lane, so we’re excited about his playmaking ability.”For a day that carried such significance, it started about as low-key as possible.Thomas Huerter Sr., Kevin’s father, left for a workout around 7 a.m. About an hour later http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/au...key-jersey , Erin Huerter, Kevin’s mother, was folding his laundry in the kitchen. Upstairs, the soon-to-be-draftee was sound asleep in his bed until shortly before his 10 a.m. session at a nearby gym.At lunchtime, when the whole family – both parents and all four kids – gathered for sandwiches with the Argentina-Croatia World Cup match playing in the background, not a word was said about the draft. It wasn’t a conscious choice, and the draft wasn’t a forbidden topic or anything. There were just other things to chat about, none of it amounting to much more than small talk.On the biggest day of Kevin Huerter’s life to date, he was unfazed.”Deciding between four shirts Ben Gamel Seattle Mariners Jersey ,” he said.That was his biggest decision of the day.He has handled the draft process in about as low-key a fashion as possible. On his last night before officially becoming an NBA player, Huerter helped his parents set up the backyard of their home for their draft after-party, then went inside and sprawled out on a couch for some apple pie around midnight while watching replays of Giancarlo Stanton’s game-ending home run for the New York Yankees.No entourages coming over. No wild parties. No talk of what to buy first.”That’s my personality,” he said. ”I don’t get fazed by a lot of moments, even when it’s on the court.”—.

Ilya Kovalchuk signed with the Kings in his return to the NHL http://www.dolphinsauthorizedshops.com/a...the-jersey , the Hurricanes and Flames pulled off a five-player trade, and John Tavares will now explore different possibilities for his future. After a dull first round of the draft, action picked up Saturday as teams laid the groundwork for more moves.The biggest is Tavares, who will begin talking to other teams Sunday when the free agent negotiating period opens. The New York Islanders‘ face of the franchise will reportedly meet with the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks and three other teams in the upcoming days in Los Angeles before he can sign a contract July 1. .tpClipInfo > * { display: none !important; }.tpPlayer { display: none !important; }.tpReleaseList > * { display: none !important; }.tpReleaseModel > * { display: none !important; }.tpNavigation > * { display: none !important; }.tpSearch > * { display: none !important; }.tpCategoryModel > * { display: none !important; }.tpHeader > * { display: none !important; }.tpCategoryList > * { display: none !important; }”He’s earned every right to make whatever choice he has,” Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said. ”He has a right to do that. The important thing is that he’s an Islander at the end.”That’s far from certain after the Islanders were unable to agree to terms with the 27-year-old point-a-game center before he could open the dialogue with other teams. Just being able to woo Tavares is a tantalizing possibility http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/a...len-jersey , even if GMs aren’t willing to say his name while he’s still property of New York.”I think players do identify our team, our organization, as a place that they want to explore, which is a good thing,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. ”It’s a good thing that I think players look at our place as a place they want to consider to play, which as a GM makes your life a little bit easier.”Tavares is the biggest fish in free agency http://www.billsauthorizedshops.com/auth...son-jersey , especially considering the Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals were closing in on a deal to re-sign defenseman John Carlson.Amid the fast-and-furious selecting in Rounds 2 through 7, Carolina acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox from Calgary for center Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin. After missing the playoffs the past nine seasons, the Hurricanes aren’t done dealing.”We’ll stay busy,” Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said. ”I can’t say for sure anything will get done. I’m pretty confident something will get done, whether it’s in the next few days or next 10 days.”Only two trades involving players went down at the draft http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/a...pke-jersey , including the Capitals clearing cap space for Carlson by sending backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer and 37-year-old defenseman Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick. But even beyond Carolina – which could trade winger Jeff Skinner and defenseman Justin Faulk and will likely also get a goalie – the seeds were planted for several more moves over the next week.One of those could include Montreal captain Max Pacioretty, who changed agents amid trade rumors. Buffalo is also entertaining offers on center Ryan O’Reilly, and the Rangers are seeing what’s out there as they rebuild but have an overflowing amount of cap space.”We have a lot going on,” Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said. ”It didn’t seem like there were as many trades as we’ve seen in the last couple of years at the draft. I’m going to guess that’s going to keep coming here as we go into free agency that in the next week you’ll start to see some more players move around based on the conversations that we’re having.”Gorton believes some of the higher-end players being available in trades or free agency is holding back trade action. As soon as some of them go, it could start a domino effect.”A lot of teams set their sights on those guys, and when they don’t get them it may change what you’re doing http://www.bearsauthorizedshops.com/auth...els-jersey ,” Gorton said. ”A lot of times when some of the best players are out there for trade it does hold everybody up because you want the best players and everyone is trying to do it, and they all can’t do it.”Los Angeles got it done with Kovalchuk, signing him to a three-year contract with a $6.25 million cap hit. Boston GM Don Sweeney, who was in talks to sign the Olympic MVP, said going to three years made it tough on the Bruins and ultimately sealed the deal for the Kings.The Islanders, Maple Leafs http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/au...own-jersey , Sharks and others will certainly try to do the same with Tavares, who would almost certainly get $10-plus million a season on a seven-year deal and fits into the category of players Wilson believes San Jose can get.”We’re looking for difference-makers,” Wilson said. ”We’ll be prepared and see what opportunities and what conversations we’ll be able to participate in.—.

What happens in Vegas Daniel Kilgore Color Rush Jersey , continues to happen in Vegas. The NHL’s Golden Knights are the toast of the town.Erik Haula’s goal in double overtime gave Vegas a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. ”Honestly, I think that’s my first overtime goal and I’m happy it came at this time; that’s one of the best feelings in sports,” Haula said. ”Going into overtime we just stressed it in the locker room to just keep going after `em, to keep getting pucks behind `em, keep playing north, keep playing fast and I think we executed our game plan.”With less than five minutes on the clock in the second overtime, James Neal skated into the zone, looked past Alex Tuch and instead found a streaking Haula, who skated in on his own to beat goalie Jonathan Quick and send a towel-waving crowd of 18 http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/au...ams-jersey ,588 into a frenzy.”Obviously, he had the composure to hold the puck. I knew he was going to make that play. Maybe that helps we’ve been playing all year,” Haula said of Neal. ”I had good speed going to the net. … I was able to slide a five-hole, he reacted. I was coming in with a lot of speed, I got lucky and we got the win.”Game 3 in the best-of-seven Western Conference series is Sunday night in Los Angeles.Tuch scored for expansion Vegas in regulation, and Paul LaDue had the Kings’ goal.Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for the Golden Knights. Quick stopped 54 shots for the Kings.”Such a relief at the end,” said Fleury, who has allowed just one goal in a little more than 155 minutes over the first two games. ”It was long, it was hard. The guys did an awesome job again tonight. It was a good feeling to win at home in front of our fans.”The Golden Knights outshot Los Angeles in regulation Marcus Davenport Color Rush Jersey , 35-20.Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said Friday was a good example of why his scheme of playing four lines consistently all season is important, as his team continued to play with more pep while the Kings appeared fatigued as the second overtime wore on.”Haula’s a great skater. … Obviously that last goal, Haula’s speed created a lot of that goal,” said Gallant, who got the victory exactly one year after being hired as coach of the Golden Knights. ”As coaches, all year long, we played four lines and that’s what we do, so hopefully that paid off a little bit tonight. We played four lines most of the overtime, because when you play that much hockey John Kelly Color Rush Jersey , guys start to cramp up. It was tough on them. It was a great game, great battle and unbelievable for our fans tonight.”The Kings, meanwhile, played without suspended defenseman Drew Doughty, a Norris Trophy contender who led the NHL in total minutes this season. The league’s Department of Player Safety handed down a one-game suspension after Doughty’s illegal hit to the head on Vegas forward William Carrier midway through the third period of the Golden Knights’ 1-0 series-opening victory Wednesday night.Kings defenseman Oscar Fantenberg led the team with 53 shifts, while fellow defenseman Alec Martinez led the club with 44 minutes, 43 seconds on ice.In contrast, nobody on Vegas’ roster played more than 38 minutes, with defenseman Nate Schmidt leading the Golden Knights at 37:19.Game 1 featured 127 hits http://www.lionsauthorizedshops.com/auth...ker-jersey , including 68 by the Kings, and the rugged play continued in Game 2, with the same physical theme. Los Angeles outhit the Golden Knights 80-56 after the two combined for 113 in regulation.”(Quick) gave us a chance to win like he always does,” Kings coach John Stevens said. ”A lot of guys played hard tonight, not just Jonny. We had some guys play real hard (to) give us a chance to win. Now we’ve got to go home to take care of business at home.”Vegas got on the board first after Jonathan Marchessault’s shot went wide and caromed off the end boards. Tuch was in front of the net to clean it up for his first career playoff goal, on a power play, giving the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead late in the first period.The Kings got their first goal of the series on a power play, when LaDue fired a wrist shot from the point to beat Fleury with 4:05 left in the second.Both teams had their chances in the first overtime, but Fleury and Quick were magnificent between the pipes.Through two games the teams have played 155 minutes Rick Leonard Color Rush Jersey , 16 seconds, and Fleury and Quick have allowed just four goals combined.NOTES: Rock star Gwen Stefani, a Southern California native raised in Anaheim, was shown on the T-Mobile video board delivering a ”Go Knights Go!” chant during the first period. … Fellow rock star Vince Neil got the crowd roaring to start the third period by winding up the air raid siren.—.

Andrew Heaney was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers for a few hours early in his major league career.Heaney is still hoping to convince their front office they should have given him a longer look five years ago. He’ll get another opportunity Sunday evening when he takes the mound for the Los Angeles Angels in the series finale against the Dodgers at Angel Stadium.The Dodgers (48-40) gave up two runs in the ninth inning and lost the series opener 3-2 on Friday night Ryan Jensen Color Rush Jersey , then held on for a 3-1 win against the Angels (45-45) on Saturday.Heaney was traded from the Miami Marlins to the Dodgers at the winter meetings Dec. 12, 2014, but a few hours later the Dodgers dealt him to the Angels for popular second baseman Howie Kendrick.Heaney had two chances to beat the Dodgers during the 2015 season, but lost both games. He gave up two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 3-1 loss at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 1 of that season. Five weeks later at Angel Stadium Chris Iannetta Colorado Rockies Jersey , he gave up five runs and six hits in five innings of a 6-4 loss.Heaney had Tommy John surgery in June 2016 and made only six starts over the next two seasons.Heaney (4-6, 3.94) had a solid month of May this season, posting a 2-3 record and 2.41 ERA in six starts. He had a winning mark of 2-1 in June, but his ERA dipped to 4.45 for the month. In his only start in July Jonathan Cooper Color Rush Jersey , he gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings at the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, taking the loss in the 4-1 defeat.“It’s sort of been the same old story for a little while, just sort of the big innings where I let it kind of build,” Heaney told reporters after his latest outing. “It’s something where I need to come out and establish earlier http://www.lionsauthorizedshops.com/auth...now-jersey , kind of get ahead, and all the other same stuff we always talk about.”Heaney will be opposed by Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood, who will be aiming to win his fifth straight start. Wood also won all five appearances in May of last season on his way to an 11-0 start.Wood (5-5, 3.84) probably didn’t expect to have a chance to go over .500 by early July after dropping to 0-4 on May 15.“Winning is just nice Keke Coutee Color Rush Jersey ,” Wood told Sportsnet after his latest start, a 17-1 win against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. “Four in a row is nice, especially where I was after that three-start stretch. So I feel good, just trying to keep moving forward and looking towards the future. Hopefully Kevin Hogan Color Rush Jersey , we’ll keep swinging the bats well and play well going into the All-Star break.”The Angels are the only American League West team Wood has not faced in his major league career.He struggled in his only interleague start this season, giving up seven runs and seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in a 16-6 loss to the visiting Oakland A’s on April 11..

The offense that Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez has been waiting for showed up just in time to prevent a sweep at the hands of a division rival Sunday night. Daniel Murphy’s single drove in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning and the Nationals rallied past the Philadelphia Phillies 8-6 to salvage the finale of the three-game series.Anthony Rendon homered and doubled http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/aut...iii-jersey , Bryce Harper tied a career high with three doubles and Michael A. Taylor and Murphy each had three singles as Washington pounded out 17 hits in a game that was delayed 38 minutes by rain in the bottom of the fourth inning. ”We weren’t scoring very many runs,” Martinez said, ”and for us to come out and compete like we did today and put up eight runs . and just really work very good at-bats, I felt really good for the boys and I know they’ll feed off it.”Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams homered for the Phillies, who had won three straight.Pinch hitter Brian Goodwin led off the eighth with a walk. With one out http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/au...ard-jersey , right-hander Seranthony Dominguez (1-2) came on to face Harper, who doubled to right, with Goodwin stopping at third.After Rendon grounded out, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler elected to walk rookie Juan Soto and pitch to the veteran Murphy, who began the day hitting .135.”You pick your poison right there Bradley Chubb Color Rush Jersey ,” Kapler said. ”You have two very good hitters. The first one in Soto has been elite. And Murphy has struggled a little bit. And we went after the guy that was struggling and coming off injury.”After throwing three 98-mph plus fastballs to get ahead 1-2, Dominguez tried a slider that Murphy lined to shallow right. Taylor’s single made it 8-6.”I was watching some film on him and he had kind of gone with the slider as a kill shot to a couple lefties, so once I got two strikes I was aware of it,” Murphy said. ”I hadn’t seen it yet, so that’s never any fun Clint Frazier New York Yankees Jersey , but fortunately I was able to get it in the air enough and kind of scoop it over Cesar (Hernandez’s) head at second base.”Ryan Madson (2-3) pitched the eighth inning, and Sean Doolittle finished for his 21st save.The Phillies took a 6-2 lead in the fifth on a two-run triple by Odubel Herrera and a two-run homer by Williams, but the bullpen surrendered six runs.Washington pulled within a run at 6-5 in the sixth with four two-out hits, including an RBI triple by Trea Turner and RBI doubles by Harper and Rendon.RENDERFULRendon has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games is batting .447 (17-for-38) in that span with three homers, seven RBIs and nine runs scored.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: C Andrew Knapp left in the seventh with a right knee contusion. … 3B Maikel Franco slipped on first base and fell hard in the eighth. He stayed in to run but left after the half-inning with lower back tightness. … INF Jesmuel Valent锟絥 was placed on the paternity leave list and OF Dylan Cozens (left quadriceps strain) was reinstated from the 10-day DL.Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (right hamstring strain) allowed 11 runs in 4 2/3 innings of a rehab start at Class A Potomac on Sunday. ”I’m more concerned with the way he feels Barkevious Mingo Color Rush Jersey ,” manager Dave Martinez said, downplaying the results. ”We’ll go from there.” … RH reliever Brandon Kintzler (right forearm flexor strain) threw a scoreless inning at Potomac. … RHP Stephen Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation) played catch on the field again. ”We’ll keep doing his throwing progression and figure out when he can actually throw from the mound,” Martinez said.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (5-7, 4.82) starts the opener of a series against the Yankees on Monday. He is 0-0 with a 3.24 ERA in two games vs. New York.Nationals: RHP Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.08) opens a series at Tampa Bay on Monday. He is 2-2 with a 5.54 ERA in six games against the Rays.—.

A Tennessee judge issued a $20 million bond Wednesday for the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright in his shooting death nearly eight years ago. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee said his decision to give Sherra Wright such a high bond was partly driven by her bad behavior while being held at a women’s jail on murder and attempted murder charges in her ex-husband’s slaying.Lorenzen Wright played for 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/aut...iii-jersey , including several for the Grizzlies in Memphis, where he was born and raised. His decomposing, bullet-riddled body was found in a swampy field in suburban Memphis on July 28, 2010 – 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported missing. In an affidavit read in court by prosecutor Paul Hagerman, witnesses said she masterminded a plan to have two men kill Lorenzen Wright at his home in Atlanta Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers Jersey , but that attempt failed.Authorities said she and Billy Turner then conspired to kill him in Memphis, and they dumped one of the guns used in the shooting in a Mississippi lake. One witness cited in the affidavit said Sherra Wright identified the spot where her ex-husband’s body would be found, days before it was discovered.Turner also has been charged with murder and attempted murder. He is being held on $15 million bond. Both have pleaded not guilty.Sherra Wright received $1 million from her ex-husband’s life insurance policy. She was arrested in December in California, where she had lived for three years after moving away from Memphis.Her lawyer Blake Ballin argued the 47-year-old is indigent, has no serious crimes on her record and has strong ties to the community in asking for a $100 Denard Span Seattle Mariners Jersey ,000 bond. Ballin said Wright would live with her brother in Shelby County if she were to be released on bond.”Mrs. Wright has no criminal history of a violent nature,” Ballin said.Coffee noted her family connections but gave more weight to her repeated instances of unruly behavior in jail. Hagerman cited six instances where she was written up by jail guards, including three the day before her bond hearing.On Tuesday, Wright was caught passing items to another inmate, Hagerman said. Later http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/aut...mer-jersey , she allegedly took off her clothes, flooded her jail cell and verbally insulted and threatened jail guards with language Coffee called abusive and offensive.While flooding her cell, Wright said she was ”going swimming,” an indication of her troubled mental state, Coffee said. The judge called Wright’s actions the day before her bond hearing ”absolutely shocking and mind numbing” and said she presents a danger to the community.”I cannot trust her http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/a...fin-jersey ,” Coffee said.Wright shook her head repeatedly during Coffee’s lecture, during which he also said there is a ”reasonable likelihood of conviction” in the case.As she was leaving the courtroom with court officers, Wright addressed the judge.”Thank you, your honor,” she said.Wright faces up to life in prison plus 50 years if convicted on charges of first-degree murder http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/a...pke-jersey , conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder..

Having home ice is supposed to be an advantage in the NHL. So far in the 2018 playoffs Mike White Color Rush Jersey , the only guarantee to playing at home is a monochrome backdrop provided by fans in team-specific T-shirts. Consider the following:– The Pittsburgh Penguins finished with the second-worst road record among the 16 playoff teams. Then the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions ripped off three wins in Philadelphia to kickstart their pursuit of a three-peat and backed it up with another victory in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in Washington. – The Capitals dropped Games 1 and 2 at home in overtime against Columbus in the opening round only to beat the Blue Jackets three times in Columbus on their way to advancing to the NHL’s final eight for the fourth consecutive year.– Winnipeg posted an NHL-high 32 wins on home ice. One of their seven regulation home losses, however, was a wild 6-5 setback at the hands of Nashville in February. The Predators‘ triumph helped them win the Presidents Trophy and guarantee home ice through the playoffs. The Jets, of course, won the series opener in Nashville to steal that advantage.Home teams are just 26-26 so far in the playoffs heading into Tuesday, when Pittsburgh hosts Washington (7:30 p.m. Eastern James Paxton Seattle Mariners Jersey , NBCSN) and Winnipeg welcomes the Predators (8 p.m., CNBC). Both series are tied after the visitors claimed their respective openers on the road.Asked why the games have become a coin flip regardless of venue, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan – whose team was outplayed at PPG Paints Arena by Philadelphia in Game 2 and Game 5 in the opening round – admits he can’t really come up with a reason.”I don’t know if I have answer for you that makes sense,” Sullivan said Monday. ”Sometimes when teams go on the road, they have tendency to simplify their game … I know our team historically has been very good at home and I believe we will continue to do that.”If Pittsburgh wants to become the first franchise in 35 years to win three straight titles, it doesn’t really have much of a choice. Though Sullivan is right in that the Penguins are pretty good at PPG Paints Arena Trent Brown Color Rush Jersey , they’ve only been so-so when facing the Capitals. Washington won Game 3 and Game 6 in Pittsburgh during the 2017 postseason and wrapped up its third straight Metropolitan Division title with a 3-1 win there on April 1.”You’ve got to create your own momentum, but it gives you good memories,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. ”If you have to go back into the memory bank, at least we have one. Those are things that you can bank on maybe for some positive feeling going forward.”Predators forward Nick Bonino couldn’t offer up any specifics about Nashville’s victory in Winnipeg even though it happened all of two months ago, saying only ”I’m sure we played a solid road game.”The road does offer the visiting team a sense of routine. There aren’t as many friends or family around. No kids waking up in the middle of the night. No traffic to deal with in most places. Just wake up, suit up and go play.”You go out to dinner DJ Chark Color Rush Jersey , there’s not really any distractions,” Bonino said. ”You’re there for hockey.”And the hockey in both series has been spectacular. Nashville avoided heading to Canada in an 0-2 hole with a thrilling double-overtime escape in Game 2. Washington responded after blowing a two-goal, third-period lead in Game 1 by winning a predictably chippy Game 2.That chippiness included a questionable hit by Washington’s Tom Wilson to Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumolin’s head in the second period that sent Dumolin into the concussion protocol. Dumolin skated with his teammates on Monday and his status – much like the status of star center Evgeni Malkin (lower body) and Carl Hagelin (upper body) – won’t be determined until Tuesday.Wilson was not penalized for the hit and received a pass from the league when it opted not to schedule a disciplinary hearing to review the play. While Dumolin said he didn’t see Wilson coming because he was bracing for a hit by Alex Ovechkin, Wilson claimed Dumolin turned his head just before impact leaving Wilson with no time to react.”He stops and turns and I’m kind of right there as (Ovechkin) is coming in pretty aggressively,” Wilson said. ”It’s a collision.”Pittsburgh star Kris Letang wasn’t surprised Wilson’s hit wasn’t deemed illegal. Why?”Because we don’t know anymore (what’s legal and illegal),” he said.And we don’t know what a given night is going to bring anymore either. Home teams get to sleep in their beds. They get the luxury of the last line change before faceoffs http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/au...son-jersey , allowing them to get the matchups they want. And so far it has made zero difference in the result.”It doesn’t have to be pretty always on the road,” Predators defenseman Matt Irwin said. ”I think we embrace that.”—AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno in Washington, D.C., and AP Sports Writer Teresa Walker in Nashville, Tennessee, contributed to this report..

The Tampa Bay Lightning know the grind. Back in the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years Billy Price Color Rush Jersey , the Atlantic Division winners led the NHL in scoring this season but have been even more impressive defensively through the first two rounds of the playoffs.”I think if people looked at our team in the regular season … we had the most goals scored in the league or close to it. So, we’re kind of looked at as that team, the high-flying Bolts that can score and defense isn’t really important to them,” coach Jon Cooper said. ”To us, all along it has been (important). To win in the playoffs, you have to have that Robbie Grossman Minnesota Twins Jersey ,” Cooper added. ”Probably the one thing that’s gone under the radar is how physical we’ve been in both series. I think that’s really helped the cause to where we were. It’s difficult in an 82-game season to bring that kind of intensity every single night. In the playoffs guys are more dialed in.”Sunday’s 3-1 victory closed out the team’s second-round matchup against the Boston Bruins in five games.Coming off a week’s rest, the Lightning allowed six goals in losing Game 1.Over the last three games of the series, including a pair of wins in Boston, Tampa Bay neutralized the Bruins’ high-scoring line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak while not allowing an even-strength goal.Much of the credit goes to the line of Brayden Point, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat Marquez Valdes-Scantling Color Rush Jersey , which rebounded from yielding 11 points to the Bergeron line in the series opener to move than hold their own against the Boston trio the rest of the way.”It’s a four-line effort. You have to have depth. You have to have it. It’s the way everybody bought into their rolls and contributed,” Cooper said.The Lightning’s depth also showed offensively, with 12 players combining to score 17 goals in the second round.Point, J.T. Miller and Anton Stralman scored in Sunday’s clincher against Boston.”For sure, you don’t expect to come in and beat a team like that in four straight games after dropping the first one. We expected a long series,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. ”I don’t think any team goes in thinking you are going to clean out a team in the second round in five http://www.chargersauthorizedshops.com/a...osu-jersey , but it happened. When you play the right way, you get rewarded for it.”Tampa Bay is the eighth team since 1998 to reach a conference final three times in a four-year span.The Lightning defeated the New York Rangers in 2015, advancing to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to Chicago in six games. They lost the 2016 East final to the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.”It’s good, but it will be gratifying if we win two more series,” forward Ryan Callahan said. ”We’ve been here before Quenton Nelson Color Rush Jersey , so the shock and awe of really getting this far really isn’t there. We are happy with our first two series, but there is so much more work to do and we realize that.”The Lightning will face either Washington or defending champion Pittsburgh. The Capitals lead that semifinal series 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Monday night.”We’ll watch it for sure, but I think the most important thing at the end of the day is just getting our rest,” Point said, looking ahead. ”We’re going to be ready when our time comes, hopefully prepare well http://www.dolphinsauthorizedshops.com/a...ick-jersey , and play some good games.”—.
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The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission is calling for an extensive review of the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown. The commission wrote to Chief Alfonso Morales asking for a ”full audit” and all body camera video of the arrest. Commissioners want the findings to be turned over to them and the Common Council.The letter to Morales http://www.broncosauthorizedshops.com/au...ubb-jersey , read at a commission meeting Thursday night, follows calls by several City Council members for an investigation into the Brown’s arrest and the subsequent release of police video. A police officer confronted Brown about 2 a.m. Jan. 26 after he had parked across two handicap parking spaces outside a Walgreens drug store on the city’s south side. The officer called for backup as the conversation with Brown became tense Logan Woodside Color Rush Jersey , and a half dozen squad cars responded.Police video of the arrest shows officers swarming Brown and taking him down when he didn’t immediately take his hands out of his pockets as ordered.Within seconds, one officer yelled ”Taser! Taser! Taser!” and Brown was on the ground groaning in pain Rashaan Gaulden Color Rush Jersey , the video shows.Three officers involved in the arrest were disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days. Eight others will undergo remedial training in professional communications.Police Chief Alfonso Morales personally apologized to Brown recently when he went to the Bucks’ practice facility to show him the video..

The checklist for the Nashville Predators is getting shorter as the regular season winds down. Kyle Turris scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Predators over the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.The win clinched the defending Western Conference champions home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. The franchise’s first Central Division title also is in reach http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/au...ant-jersey , with Nashville leading Winnipeg by five points for both the top seed in the West and in the division with six games remaining apiece. Nashville wrapped up its division schedule by going 18-5-3. ”We took another step closer tonight to achieving that goal and keep on getting wins, and finish as high as we can,” Predators forward Scott Hartnell said. ”It’s just been great efforts the whole year long, and especially tonight a big effort by everybody.”Nashville also moved three points ahead of Tampa Bay in the chase for the Presidents’ Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Predators visit Tampa Bay on Sunday.Roman Josi scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves.Rinne turned away Nino Niederreiter in the shootout. Zach Parise’s attempt went wide left Mike Remmers Color Rush Jersey , and Rinne stopped Mikko Koivu to clinch it.”I thought it was our best game for a while now,” Josi said. ”I thought we played really well. I thought we played really well defensively, they didn’t have too many chances, and (Rinne) was there for us whenever they did have a chance. I thought it was a complete effort from us, and it’s good to be back in the win column.”Eric Staal tied it for Minnesota with 3:15 left on his 40th goal this season.Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves as Minnesota snapped a five-game point streak. The Wild still won the season series against Nashville http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/auth...ner-jersey , 3-2.”It was a great point,” said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau with Minnesota third in the Central and three points ahead of St. Louis. ”That’s, right now, they are the best team in the league, and we played them inch for inch.”The Predators thought they had scored 40 seconds into overtime on a slap shot by Ryan Ellis. Minnesota challenged for offside http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/au...ers-jersey , and the goal was overturned on review because Turris’ right skate was a few inches ahead of the puck past the blue line.”I was right on the line on the bench and I figured it might be offside, but great job of still getting it done after,” Josi said of the erased goal.Rinne stopped Staal twice in overtime, and Mikael Granlund hit the far post with 1:07 left.Turris shot first for Nashville in the shootout, and he skated up before going across the slot and beating Dubnyk stick-side .Nashville returned home for three games mired in a skid that matched its longest this season. Playing in front of the 99th consecutive sold-out crowd didn’t hurt as the Predators improved to 26-8-4 in the place known as Smashville.The Predators came out throwing pucks at Dubnyk Da'Ron Payne Color Rush Jersey , and Josi put Nashville up 1-0 with a slap shot from the point off the faceoff that went under Dubnyk’s glove 2:51 into the game.Jordan Greenway made his NHL debut after finishing his college career at Boston University and signing a three-year entry level deal with Minnesota. Greenway was welcomed by a big check from Hartnell midway through the first period.”This is a tough game … for a young man’s career, but I thought he handled it well,” Boudreau said of Greenway.Nashville missed plenty of chances to pad its lead, going scoreless on four man advantages through the first two periods.Staal tied it by beating Rinne’s left skate inside the post.NOTES: Staal joined Gordie Howe as the only players to go at least nine years between 40-goal seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Howe went 12 seasons between his 44 goals in 1956-57 and 44 goals in 1968-69. Staal scored 40 in 2008-09 Justin Reid Color Rush Jersey , and this is his third 40-goal season. … Nashville won its most divisional games since also winning 18 in 2007-08. … Turris now has six goals on 13 shots in the shootout this season.UP NEXTWild: Host Dallas on Thursday night.Predators: Host Sharks on Thursday night.—.

LeBron James laughed as he came around the backstage partition after arriving fashionably late for his crowded Domingo Santana Milwaukee Brewers Jersey , post-practice news conference. As he stepped onto the podium, back among friendly faces and in the building where he has done some of his finest work, James seemed at ease, almost content. No signs of stress anywhere.Moments later, his demeanor shifted. A few reminders about his team’s urgent predicament against Golden State, questions about President Donald Trump and another review of Cleveland’s heartbreaking loss in Oakland swung his emotions.”I know it feels like we’re down 2-0, and I don’t like the way I feel,” James said. ”I don’t like the mood that I’m in right now. There’s no, like, `OK Martavis Bryant Color Rush Jersey , you’re down 2-0 and you feel better than when you’re down 2-0 before.’ When you’re down like this, in a deficit like this – versus a team like this – there’s no good feeling. So I don’t feel good about it.”The Cavaliers may be in a dark place.For the third time in the past four Finals, James and his teammates enter Game 3 against the Warriors in a win-or-make-summer-vacation-plans situation. After they wasted a 51-point effort by James – with a reversed official’s call, missed free throw by George Hill and bone-headed move from J.R. Smith – and let Game 1 slip away in overtime , and following Stephen Curry’s 3-point barrage in Game 2 , the Cavs are faced with the reality that their season, strange as it has been to this point, is in serious jeopardy.However, coach Tyronn Lue, who plans to give disappointing forward Rodney Hood playing time on Wednesday night http://www.patriotsauthorizedshop.com/au...rty-jersey , feels his team can change the complexion of this series.”We’re very confident we can do that,” Lue said. ”The guys are engaged and locked in. Winning tomorrow is a step forward, but then going out with Game 4 also. We’re locked into doing that, and we know we can.”We believe.”It’s easy to understand Lue’s confidence. After what the Cavaliers have experienced this season, a 2-0 deficit in the Finals against a star-studded Warriors squad on the cusp of being stamped as a modern-day dynasty seems manageable.Cleveland has endured injuries, trades, tragedy and drama for months. The Cavs, who climbed from a 2-0 hole to beat Boston in the conference finals, have major roster holes and unfixable flaws. There’s no denying their toughness.”We’ve been very persistent and very resilient throughout this whole season, no matter what has been going on http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/au...ice-jersey ,” James said. ”We have an opportunity to come home and protect home, as Golden State has done. It’s a very tall task. A very tough challenge going against these guys, going against this team.”Teams that have taken a 2-0 lead are 29-4 in the Finals, but the Warriors know better than to be overconfident. They’ve learned the hard way.Golden State held a 3-1 lead in the 2016 Finals before the Cavs rallied to win three straight and dethrone the Dubs. And last year, the Warriors trailed by six with 3:09 left before storming back to win 118-113 in Game 3.Cleveland has won eight straight playoff games at Quicken Loans Arena, which may be louder than ever with hometown fans still frothing from some calls that went against the Cavaliers in the Bay Area last week.Just the sight of Warriors forward Draymond Green should be enough to push the decibel readings inside the building to unsafe levels.”I don’t really think about being up 2-0 because the series could turn so fast,” Warriors star Kevin Durant said. ”It’s a great position to be in. I don’t want to take that for granted; don’t get me wrong. But the job is not done, and you can’t relax or be comfortable when you’re still trying to win this thing. We know coming on the road is going to be tougher.”The Warriors may have Andre Iguodala back for the first time in the series.One of the team’s best defenders, Iguodala has missed six straight games with a left knee injury suffered in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. Coach Steve Kerr said the 34-year-old has improved.”He’s getting closer, and I’m hopeful that he can play Manny Pina Milwaukee Brewers Jersey ,” Kerr said. ”If not tomorrow, then in Game 4.”While Kerr looked forward, James was forced to take another glance back at Game 1.On Sunday, uncut TV footage showed James uncomfortably sitting on Cleveland’s bench next to Smith, who inexplicably dribbled out the final seconds of regulation. James was shown asking Lue if the team had any timeouts and then reacting as if he had been punched in the stomach when he learned the Cavs could have stopped the clock.”Damn cameras,” James joked when asked about the video. ”I finally got Game 1 out of my head. You’re taking me back, huh?”James, who is averaging 40 points, 10.5 assists and 8.5 rebounds in two games, abstains from social media during the postseason. He was unaware the video went viral or that he’s being criticized for not inspiring his teammates.”Me being criticized? I don’t believe that John Tavares Maple Leafs Jersey ,” he said sarcastically. ”I don’t care at all. I mean, we’re in the NBA Finals. How much more picking up of teammates do you want me to do?”—This story has been corrected to show that the Cavaliers won three, not four, straight games to win the NBA Finals in 2016.—.

The Nashville Predators have signed forwards Connor Brickley and Rocco Grimaldi Jake Marisnick Houston Astros Jersey , and defenseman Jarred Tinordi to one-year, two-way contracts. Tinordi’s contract is worth $650,000 in the NHL and $325 Michael Dickson Color Rush Jersey ,000 in the American Hockey League. Brickley’s contract is worth $650,000 in the NHL and $300,000 in the AHL. Grimaldi’s contract is worth $650 Evan Bouchard Oilers Jersey ,000 in the NHL and $175,000 in the AHL.Brickley, 26 http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com...ppa-jersey , had four goals and eight assists in 44 games for the Florida Panthers this past season. .tpClipInfo > * { display: none !important; }.tpPlayer { display: none !important; }.tpReleaseList > * { display: none !important; }.tpReleaseModel > * { display: none !important; }.tpNavigation > * { display: none !important; }.tpSearch > * { display: none !important; }.tpCategoryModel > * { display: none !important; }.tpHeader > * { display: none !important; }.tpCategoryList > * { display: none !important; }Grimaldi, 25, had a goal and two assists in six games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2017-18. He had 15 goals and 16 assists in 49 games with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage.Tinordi http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/a...ian-jersey , 26, had five goals and 16 assists with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2017-18..

OAKLAND Antonio Senzatela Colorado Rockies Jersey , Calif. — Having dipped into the minor leagues for four new players Friday, the Los Angeles Angels plan to do so again Saturday for their starting pitcher when they go for a second straight win against the Oakland Athletics.The Angels are planning to promote left-hander John Lamb for his first major-league start since 2016, matching him against A’s lefty Sean Manaea (5-6, 3.49 ERA).Los Angeles placed four players — third baseman Zack Cozart and right-handers Garrett Richards, Nick Tropeano and Jim Johnson — on the disabled list Friday, replacing them with bullpen reinforcements in right-handers Felix Pena http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/au...hel-jersey , Eduardo Paredes, Jake Jewell and Akeel Morris.None saw action in Friday’s 8-4 win over Oakland, with left-hander Tyler Skaggs throwing seven strong innings before Cam Bedrosian and Justin Anderson mopped up.Catcher Jose Briceno, himself a May call-up from the minors, contributed to the Los Angeles offensive attack in the series opener with a double, two singles and an RBI.“Nobody is going to feel sorry for you Kyle Lauletta Color Rush Jersey ,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of a roster that now features 15 players on the DL. “We feel we have the guys who can contribute and keep us going. If we can pitch and have our bullpen hold leads, then we’re going to be fine.”Lamb has battled back issues in the minors since he last threw a big-league pitch for the Cincinnati Reds on July 16, 2016. He went 2-12 with a 6.17 ERA in 24 starts for the Reds in two seasons.One of those starts was in Cincinnati against the A’s in 2016, a game in which he gave up two home runs, including one by Marcus Semien, in a 6-1 loss. He is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in his career against Oakland based solely on that one appearance.The A’s had to make an 11th-hour pitching change of their own http://www.cardinalsauthorizedshops.com/...nds-jersey , starting Manaea in place of Daniel Gossett, who strained his right forearm in his last start.Manaea hasn’t won since May 14 but pitched well in both of his previous June starts, allowing a total of four runs in 12 2/3 innings.He matched up with Skaggs, Friday’s winner for the Angels, in the second game of the season back in March, allowing one run in 7 2/3 innings in a 2-1 Oakland loss.Mike Trout accounted for the only run the Angels scored off Manaea that night with a home run.Manaea is 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels.Trout’s homer in March was the third of his career against Manaea in just 14 at-bats. He has three other hits Justus Annunen Blackhawks Jersey , including a triple, among those head-to-heads.Trout had three hits, all singles, in Friday’s win.The A’s likely will counter the Angels’ roster move Saturday with one of their own, with third baseman Matt Chapman expected to be placed on the DL with a bruised hand.Chapman had a 149-game streak of consecutive games played snapped with his absence Friday.He was replaced at third base in the series opener by Chad Pinder, whose second-inning throwing error led to two unearned runs — two of four the A’s generously gifted the short-handed Angels in the game..

Jon Gruden hopes he’ll finally get the chance to meet Marshawn Lynch now that he’s coach of the Oakland Raiders. After having numerous requests turned down by the media-adverse Beast Mode during his tenure as an ESPN announcer Kemoko Turay Color Rush Jersey , Gruden now is officially Lynch’s coach after being introduced Tuesday for his second stint with the Raiders.”You know, I’ve never met Marshawn Lynch. Even as a broadcaster Justin Jones Color Rush Jersey , I asked for Marshawn Lynch in production meetings and I never got to meet him,” Gruden said. ”So I’m anxious to sit down with Marshawn and meet him. We’ll talk about his future and the Raiders. I can’t wait. He came back to the Raiders for similar Brandon Guyer Cleveland Indians Jersey , I think, reasons that I did. I think he loves Oakland. I think he loves the Raiders and guys like him interest me http://www.billsauthorizedshops.com/auth...phy-jersey , so I’m looking forward to talking to him.”Lynch came out of retirement this past season to join the Raiders. He said he made the move to give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the team moves to Las Vegas in 2020.Lynch’s status is one of the questions facing the Raiders this offseason. He got off to a slow start in his return, rushing for just 266 yards in the first half of the season and getting suspended one game for shoving an official after coming off the bench during a scuffle against Kansas City.He was a completely different player after that Guillermo Heredia Seattle Mariners Jersey , rushing for 524 yards and five TDs in his final eight games. His average of 78.1 yards rushing per game in that span was tied for third best in the league.”I thought he finished great,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. ”Everybody was saying that he was going to tail off at the end. He did just the opposite. He ran harder at the end just like he did at the beginning. There was no drop-off there.”Lynch has a contract for next season worth about $6 million http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/aut...son-jersey , including a $1 million roster bonus due in March after the start of the new league year. McKenzie said any decision on Lynch’s status would come after a meeting with the new coaching staff.—.

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard promised to be smart in free agency. He declined to be swayed by splashy moves and refused to overspend – on his players or anyone else’s.Now Ballard is diving head first into the second wave of free agency. After signing tight end Eric Ebron on Monday Brian Allen Color Rush Jersey , he added receiver Ryan Grant and offensive lineman Matt Slauson on Tuesday. ”I’m going to bring myself and everything that comes with me which is energy, fun, excitement and a will to win,” Ebron said on a conference call Monday night. ”Everything after that, you guys are going to have to see for yourself because I’ve learned a lesson not to talk about anything before it happens.”Ballard is sticking to his game plan.He has repeatedly said he intends to build through the draft Sam Darnold Color Rush Jersey , develop players in-house and merely supplement the Colts’ roster in free agency.Even though he went into the offseason with more than $70 million to spend, he’s remained frugal.ESPN.com has reported that Ebron’s deal is for two years and up to $15 million. Slauson signed a one-year deal worth $3 million, and Grant agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million after initially joining Baltimore – the Ravens cut him loose after he failed a physical. Grant injured his ankle in Week 17 and has been working his way back. He was surprised by the Ravens’ decision.”I can’t control what they did. I can’t control their assessment of my ankle,” Grant said during a conference call. ”I’ve gone other places, I’ve seen multiple doctors and I’ve passed physicals http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/auth...cke-jersey , so that should pretty much speak for itself.”The only other player Indianapolis has signed is defensive lineman Denico Autry, who signed a three-year deal worth $17.8 million.All four fill needs, though.Autry recorded a career-high five sacks with the Oakland Raiders last season and could help new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus create a more consistent pass rush. The Colts finished 31st in the NFL last year with 25 sacks.Grant spent his first four seasons with the Washington Redskins and is expected to compete with Chester Rogers for the starting job opposite Pro Bowler T.Y. Hilton following Donte Moncrief’s departure. The 6-foot, 204-pound Grant produced his best season in 2017 – 45 receptions, 573 yards and four TDs.Slauson has started 108 games since entering the league with the New York Jets in 2009. He was in Chicago when Ballard was working with the Bears Alexander Alexeyev Capitals Jersey , and Slauson played for new Colts offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo with both the Jets and Chargers.Ebron, the Detroit Lions’ first-round pick in 2014, was released last week after developing a reputation for dropping passes. In Indianapolis, he’ll have a chance to jump-start his career playing alongside Jack Doyle, who appeared in his first Pro Bowl last season Robbie Grossman Minnesota Twins Jersey , and Erik Swoope, a converted basketball player who climbed into the No. 2 spot on the Colts’ depth chart.The happiest guy might be Andrew Luck, who gets two new receivers and a potential upgrade along the line, which has been a major hole since Luck entered the league as the top overall pick in the 2012 draft.Slauson has played both guard and center and is willing to do either with his new team.Ballard’s biggest offseason move was the trade he pulled off Saturday.He swapped first-round picks with the Jets, giving up the No. 3 overall pick to get the No. 6 pick and two additional second-round picks this year and the Jets’ second-round pick in 2019. That deal gives Indianapolis four picks in the top 50 this year and three picks in the first two rounds next year.”We need to add some young talent to this roster Terrell Edmunds Color Rush Jersey ,” Ballard told the team’s web site following the trade. ”So the ability to tab seven guys in the next two years who are all first and second round picks over the next two years was attractive to us.”—.
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Matt Dumba and the Minnesota Wild started a defining two-game stretch against the Dallas Stars with a determined performance. They’re one step closer to a spot in the playoffs.”That was what fueled the fire Kyzir White Color Rush Jersey , just wanting to bury these guys,” Dumba said. ”Not let them think that they could potentially get back into this thing by getting a couple victories against us.” .tpClipInfo > * { display: none !important; }.tpPlayer { display: none !important; }.tpReleaseList > * { display: none !important; }.tpReleaseModel > * { display: none !important; }.tpNavigation > * { display: none !important; }.tpSearch > * { display: none !important; }.tpCategoryModel > * { display: none !important; }.tpHeader > * { display: none !important; }.tpCategoryList > * { display: none !important; }Dumba scored on a power play and finished with three assists for a career-high four points, leading the Wild past the fading Stars 5-2 on Thursday night.”It’s something we talked about, making that gap even bigger and pushing more teams down,” said Zach Parise, who scored 59 seconds after Dumba in the second period and tacked on an empty-netter in the waning seconds.Mikael Granlund sparked the Wild with a short-handed goal in the first period , set up by the first of two assists by Ryan Suter, and Jason Zucker scored on a power play with 11 seconds left before the second intermission.Even more important than Granlund’s goal was the effort by the Wild that immediately followed it.Tyler Seguin had set up Benn in the slot for the lead for the Stars less than three minutes into the game, and a high-stick double-minor penalty on Wild defenseman Ryan Murphy produced a four-minute power play. Granlund scored just 12 seconds in Authentic Lamar Jackson Jersey , and the Wild penalty killers took over from there.”It was a big turning point, and it gave us a lot of life,” coach Bruce Boudreau said.Jamie Benn and Devin Shore scored for the Stars, who have lost eight straight road games, including six in regulation. They’re just 1-7-2 in their past 10 games overall, staggering into position for the knockout punch to their postseason hope. They host a rematch with the Wild on Saturday night.With only four games remaining, the Stars are five points behind current wild-card spot holders St. Louis and Anaheim in the Western Conference standings. The Blues have six games left, and the Ducks play five more times. The Stars also trail ninth-place Colorado by four points, with five games to go for the Avalanche.”Every mistake we made ended up in our net http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/au...ver-jersey , and the chances we had we didn’t finish on,” Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said, adding: ”We’re going to compete at a very high level, and then the autopsy for us can take place.”Devan Dubnyk stopped 29 shots for the Wild, who improved to 26-6-8 at home for the second-most points in the NHL. With five games to go, they’re up six points on the Avalanche in the race to clinch an appearance in the playoffs for the sixth straight year.Dumba, who set a career high with his 12th goal on a blistering one-timer , and Zucker gave the Wild’s power play a badly needed boost. They had only one goal in their previous 26 opportunities until the sizzling second period. The Stars, meanwhile Billy Price Color Rush Jersey , were left shaking their heads about the opportunities they handed the Wild.”I had a bonehead shot there on the penalty kill,” Seguin said, referring to the sequence before Zucker scored. ”I can’t shoot far-side short-handed, and they go down and score. That’s a tough play.”NOTESDumba became the first Wild defenseman with four points in a game in franchise history. … Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who has missed the past seven games with a torn right hamstring, could start skating next week, Boudreau said before the game. Wild defenseman Gustav Olofsson left with an upper-body injury and was declared questionable to travel to Dallas. … The Stars fell to 2-23-2 when trailing after two periods. … Suter stretched his career high and franchise record to 45 assists. … Stars defenseman Stephen Johns was being evaluated for a concussion after leaving in the first period with the injury. … Zucker has three goals and two assists in three games against the Stars this season. … Granlund’s was the 10th short-handed goal allowed by the Stars to match the second-most in the league this season. … Granlund scored for the first time in 15 games since Feb. 27. … Seguin has 27 points in 23 games against the Wild. … Announced attendance was 19,350, the largest of the season for the Wild.UP NEXTStars: After the rematch with Minnesota http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/au...all-jersey , Dallas must wrap up the schedule on the West Coast with games at San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles.Wild: Following the quick trip to Dallas, Minnesota plays its final regular-season home game on Monday against Edmonton. Then the Wild finish the schedule with the same three California road games the Stars have, against the Ducks, Kings and Sharks.—Philadelphia Eagles starting defensive tackle Tim Jernigan missed his second straight practice Thursday because of an illness.Coach Doug Pederson said he expects Jernigan to play against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday, even if he doesn’t practice the rest of the week.”Because of the position and he’s one of our veteran guys, I do feel comfortable that he’ll be ready,” Pederson said in a pool report. .tpClipInfo > * { display: none !important; }.tpPlayer { display: none !important; }.tpReleaseList > * { display: none !important; }.tpReleaseModel > * { display: none !important; }.tpNavigation > * { display: none !important; }.tpSearch > * { display: none !important; }.tpCategoryModel > * { display: none !important; }.tpHeader > * { display: none !important; }.tpCategoryList > * { display: none !important; }Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (calf), starting cornerback Ronald Darby (illness) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) all practiced.Pederson’s former coach in Green Bay http://www.coltsauthorizedshops.com/auth...ray-jersey , Mike Holmgren, watched practice.”It’s fun to have him out there,” Pederson said.—.

The Tennessee Titans have split with coach Mike Mularkey after he revived a team with the NFL’s worst record over two seasons and led them to their first playoff victory in 14 years. The Titans announced the move two days after a 35-14 loss to New England in the AFC divisional round.Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk says in a statement they discussed extending his contract during the past week. But she says they saw different paths to take the team to greater success.General manager Jon Robinson will oversee his first coaching search with the Titans. He was hired two days before Mularkey had the interim title removed in January 2016 Trent Murphy Color Rush Jersey ,INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations says the Indianapolis Colts are ”close” to reaching a deal to hire Josh McDaniels as their new coach.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were still working on the contract.But even if the two sides agreed to a deal, the official announcement couldn’t be made until New England’s season ends. McDaniels is the Patriots offensive coordinator and is preparing for Sunday’s AFC championship game.McDaniels has been one of the most coveted coordinators on the coaching carousel this year.McDaniels and Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel are believed to be the Colts’ finalists.McDaniels went 11-17 in two seasons as Denver’s head coach in 2009-10.BASEBALLSAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Giants acquired Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation.Pittsburgh also will send the Giants cash to cover part of McCutchen’s $14.75 million salary.McCutchen become the second star jettisoned by the Pirates in three days, following Saturday’s trade that sent ace Gerrit Cole to Houston.Earlier in the offseason, the Giants acquired third baseman Evan Longoria from Tampa Bay.McCutchen, the 2013 NL MVP http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/au...ton-jersey , takes over in center from Denard Span, who was traded to the Rays in the Longoria deal. San Francisco wanted more production and steady defense from the center field position after a surprising last-place season in the NL West.The reliable, durable 31-year-old McCutchen has played at least 153 games in each of the past three seasons for the Pirates, batting .279 with 28 home runs and 88 RBIs in 156 games in 2017. But he has not been an All-Star since 2015, when he was selected for the fifth straight season.HOCKEYST. LOUIS (AP) – Mike Shanahan, who owned the St. Louis Blues from 1986-91 and oversaw the acquisition of Hall of Famer Brett Hull, has died. He was 78.Blues Chairman Tom Stillman confirmed Shanahan’s death in a statement. Stillman said Shanahan ”set a shining example of leadership both on and off the ice” and ”captivated Blues fans and made an immeasurable impact on the organization.”No cause of death was announced.After selling his ownership stake Josh Allen Jersey Elite , Shanahan stayed on as team chairman until 1994 and the Blues aggressively sought out a number of NHL stars during his time with the team. Hull came over in a trade with Calgary in 1988, and forward Adam Oates and goalie Curtis Joseph joined the team in 1989. St. Louis signed defenseman Scott Stevens to a big contract in 1990, then lost him in arbitration a year later as punishment for signing restricted free agent Brendan Shanahan away from New Jersey.Hull called Mike Shanahan a ”very special man” on Twitter, adding that ”he made people better and I know I am better having known him.”OLYMPICSKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Jamaica is sending a women’s bobsled team to the Olympics for the first time.Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, who drove for the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Games, will pilot the Jamaican sled in the Pyeongchang Olympics next month. It’ll likely be pushed by Carrie Russell Justin Reid Color Rush Jersey , a sprinter who helped Jamaica win gold in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2013 world track and field championships.Audra Segree was also picked as a brakeman for the Jamaican team.Fenlator finished 11th with brakeman Lolo Jones for the Americans in Sochi.There will be 20 sleds in the women’s bobsled event in Pyeongchang. These Olympics mark the 30th anniversary of Jamaica’s famed men’s bobsled debut at the Calgary Games.For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Marine Corps will air an ad during the Super Bowl, using an online-only spot Sunday to target a young, tough, tech-savvy audience for potential recruits looking for a challenge. The high-powered, battle-heavy, 30-second ad shows Marines deploying from ships in amphibious vehicles http://www.billsauthorizedshops.com/auth...use-jersey , dropping bombs from aircraft and hurling a shoulder-launched drone into the air.”It’s not just the ships, the armor or the aircraft. It’s something more. It’s the will to fight and determination to win found inside each and every Marine that answers a nation’s call,” the announcer says, as the camera follows a squad of Marines storming off helicopters into a mock firefight while explosions erupt around them. The goal, said Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy, head of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, is to reach young men and women who have faced and conquered challenges in their life Authentic Adam Boqvist Jersey , probably played physical sports such as wrestling or rugby, and have a bit of that fighting spirit.Network television viewers of the game won’t see the Marine spot. But those watching through online streaming services – which charge a fraction of the advertising price – will see it twice.”I’m not trying to enlist fathers or mothers, I’m trying to enlist 18- to 24-year-olds,” said Kennedy. ”And they tend to be cord cutters. They take in entertainment differently and they tend to do it on a device rather than a television.”The Marine Corps would not provide the exact cost because the specific pricing is proprietary. But the online ad represents a savings of nearly 85 percent over the broadcast price. Thirty-second slots are going for more than $5 million for broadcast airtime alone. 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Ryne Stanek is set for a new role in the Tampa Bay rotation – sort of. The reliever will likely now start two out of every five games in the Rays‘ ongoing bullpen-day experiment.Wilson Ramos homered Logan Morrison Minnesota Twins Jersey , six Tampa Bay relievers combined for a five-hitter and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Tuesday night. With right-handers Chris Archer and Jake Faria on the disabled list, Tampa Bay is using relievers to start three times through the rotation.Stanek opened the game, striking out three in two perfect innings, and was followed by Austin Pruitt (2 2/3 innings), Jonny Venters (one-third of an inning), Chaz Roe (1 1/3 innings), Jose Alvarado (1 2/3 innings) and Sergio Romo (one inning).”We won, so it’s a pretty good day Mason Rudolph Color Rush Jersey ,” Stanek said. ”It’s like anything, the more you do something, the more comfortable you’re going to be. It’s definitely starting to become a little more normal. It’s not really coming like a surprise.”It was Stanek’s fourth start.”Stanek set the tone,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ”The big story of the game was the bullpen, how they pieced it together.”Pruitt (2-3) allowed four hits and a run but picked up the win. Romo allowed the other hit but locked down his second save.”It’s always fun seeing guys come in behind you and get the job done,” Pruitt said.Tampa Bay has won three of four following an eight-game skid.Ramos put the Rays up 2-0 with his two-run drive off Jaime Garcia (2-5) in the third.Garcia gave up four runs, four hits, four walks and struck out four in five-plus innings. The left-hander is 1-4 in seven road starts http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/aut...jr.-jersey , allowing 28 earned runs over 31 1/3 innings.”I competed and tried to make pitches,” Garcia said. ”There’s a couple of walks there that I’ve got to do a better there.”Garcia departed after C.J Cron walked and went to third on Willy Adames‘ double to start the sixth. Pinch-hitter Joey Wendle and Mallex Smith both had run-scoring singles off Joe Biagini that made it 4-1.Toronto had runners on second and third with no outs in the fifth but scored just once on Devon Travis‘ grounder off Pruitt.”We had a chance to tie it, and then who knows?” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.The Blue Jays have been held to one run or fewer 11 times.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf tightness) remains day to day. … RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) will make a rehab start Wednesday night with Class A Dunedin.Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier (right thumb torn ligament) went 2 for 4 with a walk in his first minor league rehab game with Class A Charlotte and hopes to be back June 22. … OF Johnny Field (sore knee) was available off the bench.HOUSE OF HORRORSThe Blue Jays have dropped the first two games in the three-game set and are 73-105 at Tropicana Field. It’s the most losses at any road ballpark since 1998, the Rays’ inaugural season. ”They’ve always held us in check down here,” Gibbons said. ”I don’t care what the roster is, I don’t care what team is here. It’s always kind of been that way.”REACHING A DECADERomo reached 10 years of major league service time Monday and was given a postgame celebration by his teammates. ”A pretty awesome day,” Romo said.UP NEXTTampa Bay RHP Wilmer Font (0-1) will start another bullpen game Wednesday against Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (8-3).—Carlos Dunlap walked into the Cincinnati Bengals locker room and noticed a group of videographers and reporters waiting by his locker in a far corner of the room.”Y’all looking for me?” he said.Indeed, Dunlap was the focus on the first day of mandatory minicamp after skipping most of the voluntary offseason workouts in Cincinnati. The ninth-year defensive end chose to work out on his own while his agent negotiated a new deal with the team Tony Conigliaro Boston Red Sox Jersey , costing him $300,000 in bonuses. Rather than skip the minicamp as well, he decided to catch up on what he’s missed with a new defense being implemented.Plus, he’s encouraged by the progress made on a deal that would keep him in Cincinnati well beyond 2018.”There are no hard feelings between any of us,” Dunlap said Tuesday. ”This is the process. Both sides understand it.”Dunlap is a key to the Bengals’ hopes of a turnaround this season. They slid to 18th in the league overall and 30th against the run last season while missing out on the playoffs for a second straight year. Coordinator Paul Guenther left to join Jon Gruden with the Raiders, and Teryl Austin was hired as his replacement.Dunlap has been a game-changer in Cincinnati with his ability to rush the quarterback and bat down passes. He’s second on the team’s career sacks list with 64 , and he’s been the best lineman in the league at batting down passes over the past few seasons.Coaches have been trying to get him to be more consistent not only from game-to-game, but within games as well. His number of plays could diminish this season as Cincinnati integrates some of its young pass rushers into the line rotation.Carl Lawson had 8 sacks last season Alex Colome Seattle Mariners Jersey , the most by an NFL rookie and one sack shy of Dunlap’s team rookie record from 2010.”They’re very adamant about having a big rotation, and I would too with all this talent on the D-line,” Dunlap said.Dunlap and tackle Geno Atkins have anchored the line since 2010. Atkins leads the NFL in sacks by an interior lineman over the past few years. Dunlap had a career-high 13 sacks in 2015, but slipped to 8 the following season and 7 last year, third on the team.By working out on his own the past few months, he missed a chance to learn the system implemented by Austin. He said the biggest change is in terminology.”They’re pretty much similar in scheme – minor tweaks here or there – but they’re things we already had in our defense,” Dunlap said. ”So it’s not like a full spring cleaning or anything.”Coach Marvin Lewis said Dunlap won’t get much time on the field during the three-day minicamp because he’s missed so much practice time.”It’s a chance for him to get a preview of what will happen during training camp,” Lewis said. ”He’ll get very limited repetitions (in minicamp) just because these guys have been working here for an amount of weeks and he hasn’t been here.”WOODSIDE CHARGED: Rookie quarterback Logan Woodside – a seventh-round pick from Toledo – practiced Tuesday after arraignment in northern Kentucky. He was charged over the weekend with speeding and driving under the influence in Bellevue http://www.ramsauthorizedshops.com/authe...len-jersey , Kentucky, according to information in his case file in Campbell County District Court. The Bengals said they’re aware of the matter and gathering information. Lewis declined further comment.EIFERT MISSING: Tight end Tyler Eifert was in the locker room but didn’t participate in the afternoon practice. Lewis declined to say why the often-injured tight end wasn’t on the field. ”He was here all morning and then all of a sudden he wasn’t,” Lewis said. ”I’m sure he’s being dealt with in some kind of medical fashion. That’s the only reason a guy wouldn’t be here.”Eifert was limited to two games last season because of chronic back problems. He signed a one-year deal after the season. Lewis said Eifert has been doing well so far in his latest comeback.”When we start to play football, then we’ll have an idea where he is,” Lewis said.—.

Ryne Stanek is set for a new role in the Tampa Bay rotation – sort of. The reliever will likely now start two out of every five games in the Rays‘ ongoing bullpen-day experiment.Wilson Ramos homered Logan Morrison Minnesota Twins Jersey , six Tampa Bay relievers combined for a five-hitter and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Tuesday night. With right-handers Chris Archer and Jake Faria on the disabled list, Tampa Bay is using relievers to start three times through the rotation.Stanek opened the game, striking out three in two perfect innings, and was followed by Austin Pruitt (2 2/3 innings), Jonny Venters (one-third of an inning), Chaz Roe (1 1/3 innings), Jose Alvarado (1 2/3 innings) and Sergio Romo (one inning).”We won, so it’s a pretty good day Mason Rudolph Color Rush Jersey ,” Stanek said. ”It’s like anything, the more you do something, the more comfortable you’re going to be. It’s definitely starting to become a little more normal. It’s not really coming like a surprise.”It was Stanek’s fourth start.”Stanek set the tone,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ”The big story of the game was the bullpen, how they pieced it together.”Pruitt (2-3) allowed four hits and a run but picked up the win. Romo allowed the other hit but locked down his second save.”It’s always fun seeing guys come in behind you and get the job done,” Pruitt said.Tampa Bay has won three of four following an eight-game skid.Ramos put the Rays up 2-0 with his two-run drive off Jaime Garcia (2-5) in the third.Garcia gave up four runs, four hits, four walks and struck out four in five-plus innings. The left-hander is 1-4 in seven road starts http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/aut...jr.-jersey , allowing 28 earned runs over 31 1/3 innings.”I competed and tried to make pitches,” Garcia said. ”There’s a couple of walks there that I’ve got to do a better there.”Garcia departed after C.J Cron walked and went to third on Willy Adames‘ double to start the sixth. Pinch-hitter Joey Wendle and Mallex Smith both had run-scoring singles off Joe Biagini that made it 4-1.Toronto had runners on second and third with no outs in the fifth but scored just once on Devon Travis‘ grounder off Pruitt.”We had a chance to tie it, and then who knows?” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.The Blue Jays have been held to one run or fewer 11 times.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf tightness) remains day to day. … RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) will make a rehab start Wednesday night with Class A Dunedin.Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier (right thumb torn ligament) went 2 for 4 with a walk in his first minor league rehab game with Class A Charlotte and hopes to be back June 22. … OF Johnny Field (sore knee) was available off the bench.HOUSE OF HORRORSThe Blue Jays have dropped the first two games in the three-game set and are 73-105 at Tropicana Field. It’s the most losses at any road ballpark since 1998, the Rays’ inaugural season. ”They’ve always held us in check down here,” Gibbons said. ”I don’t care what the roster is, I don’t care what team is here. It’s always kind of been that way.”REACHING A DECADERomo reached 10 years of major league service time Monday and was given a postgame celebration by his teammates. ”A pretty awesome day,” Romo said.UP NEXTTampa Bay RHP Wilmer Font (0-1) will start another bullpen game Wednesday against Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (8-3).—Carlos Dunlap walked into the Cincinnati Bengals locker room and noticed a group of videographers and reporters waiting by his locker in a far corner of the room.”Y’all looking for me?” he said.Indeed, Dunlap was the focus on the first day of mandatory minicamp after skipping most of the voluntary offseason workouts in Cincinnati. The ninth-year defensive end chose to work out on his own while his agent negotiated a new deal with the team Tony Conigliaro Boston Red Sox Jersey , costing him $300,000 in bonuses. Rather than skip the minicamp as well, he decided to catch up on what he’s missed with a new defense being implemented.Plus, he’s encouraged by the progress made on a deal that would keep him in Cincinnati well beyond 2018.”There are no hard feelings between any of us,” Dunlap said Tuesday. ”This is the process. Both sides understand it.”Dunlap is a key to the Bengals’ hopes of a turnaround this season. They slid to 18th in the league overall and 30th against the run last season while missing out on the playoffs for a second straight year. Coordinator Paul Guenther left to join Jon Gruden with the Raiders, and Teryl Austin was hired as his replacement.Dunlap has been a game-changer in Cincinnati with his ability to rush the quarterback and bat down passes. He’s second on the team’s career sacks list with 64 , and he’s been the best lineman in the league at batting down passes over the past few seasons.Coaches have been trying to get him to be more consistent not only from game-to-game, but within games as well. His number of plays could diminish this season as Cincinnati integrates some of its young pass rushers into the line rotation.Carl Lawson had 8 sacks last season Alex Colome Seattle Mariners Jersey , the most by an NFL rookie and one sack shy of Dunlap’s team rookie record from 2010.”They’re very adamant about having a big rotation, and I would too with all this talent on the D-line,” Dunlap said.Dunlap and tackle Geno Atkins have anchored the line since 2010. Atkins leads the NFL in sacks by an interior lineman over the past few years. Dunlap had a career-high 13 sacks in 2015, but slipped to 8 the following season and 7 last year, third on the team.By working out on his own the past few months, he missed a chance to learn the system implemented by Austin. He said the biggest change is in terminology.”They’re pretty much similar in scheme – minor tweaks here or there – but they’re things we already had in our defense,” Dunlap said. ”So it’s not like a full spring cleaning or anything.”Coach Marvin Lewis said Dunlap won’t get much time on the field during the three-day minicamp because he’s missed so much practice time.”It’s a chance for him to get a preview of what will happen during training camp,” Lewis said. ”He’ll get very limited repetitions (in minicamp) just because these guys have been working here for an amount of weeks and he hasn’t been here.”WOODSIDE CHARGED: Rookie quarterback Logan Woodside – a seventh-round pick from Toledo – practiced Tuesday after arraignment in northern Kentucky. He was charged over the weekend with speeding and driving under the influence in Bellevue http://www.ramsauthorizedshops.com/authe...len-jersey , Kentucky, according to information in his case file in Campbell County District Court. The Bengals said they’re aware of the matter and gathering information. Lewis declined further comment.EIFERT MISSING: Tight end Tyler Eifert was in the locker room but didn’t participate in the afternoon practice. Lewis declined to say why the often-injured tight end wasn’t on the field. ”He was here all morning and then all of a sudden he wasn’t,” Lewis said. ”I’m sure he’s being dealt with in some kind of medical fashion. That’s the only reason a guy wouldn’t be here.”Eifert was limited to two games last season because of chronic back problems. He signed a one-year deal after the season. Lewis said Eifert has been doing well so far in his latest comeback.”When we start to play football, then we’ll have an idea where he is,” Lewis said.—.

The NFL is investigating whether questions asked to LSU running back Derrius Guice at the combine were inappropriate.Guice http://www.coltsauthorizedshops.com/auth...ard-jersey , projected as one of the top running backs in this draft, told Sirius XM Radio that one team asked if he was gay and another club asked if his mother ”sells herself.”While not confirming that it had evidence yet that such questions were asked of Guice, the league released a statement Thursday deploring any such queries.”A question such as that is completely inappropriate and wholly contrary to league workplace policies,” the NFL statement said.”The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees in a manner that is consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, state and federal laws and the CBA. We are looking into the matter.”The league annually reminds clubs of these workplace policies that prohibit personnel from seeking information concerning a player’s sexual orientation.”Before each combine, where all 32 teams interview prospects, the league sends guidance to the clubs about specific language to be avoided in questioning. Among the regulations is a ban on such questions as whether the player likes men or women; is gay or straight; has any children or dependents and who has primary caretaking responsibilities; and whether or not he married his child’s mother.Two years ago http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/au...ill-jersey , a Falcons assistant coach asked an inappropriate question to Ohio State’s Eli Apple, who eventually was drafted by the Giants. Falcons coach Dan Quinn apologized for the assistant’s question.— MINNEAPOLIS — A series that was solely in the Rockets’ favor in Houston took a turn in Game 3 in Minnesota.Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was his usual calm self after the 121-105 loss on Saturday, but he knows his team will have to match the Timberwolves‘ intensity in Game 4 on Monday night in Minnesota.“Yeah, it’s disappointing,” D’Antoni said after Houston lost its first game of the series and just the third in 23 meetings against Minnesota. “But, hey guys, you have a playoff series and they’re a good team. They played better than we did today. We’ll make some adjustments. We’ll figure this out.“On Monday Cheap Lamar Jackson Jersey , we’ll have to match their intensity. If we don’t, we’ll get beat again. It’s pretty simple.”Driven by the Target Center crowd that hadn’t witnessed a home playoff game since 2004, the Timberwolves pulled to 2-1 in the seven-game series with the top-seeded Rockets. Jimmy Butler scored 28 points, Jeff Teague added 23 and Minnesota hit 15 3-pointers in Saturday’s win.The Timberwolves, who hit the fewest 3s per game in the NBA during the regular season, matched Houston’s total. The Rockets led the league in 3s per game in the regular season.“They’re a great team,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We know we’re going to have to play better on Monday. I think we’re capable of playing better. We’re learning more each day.“We learn. We improve. Same thing Su'a Cravens Color Rush Jersey , we know we can’t feel too good about ourselves. We have to get in tomorrow, study the film, get ready. We know Monday will be an intense game.”The Timberwolves hope they’ve found a combination to be able to keep up with the Rockets. Minnesota’s defense, which was among the worst in the league during the regular season, has slowly come around and helped trigger a big second half on Saturday.From Karl-Anthony Towns engaging defenders down low to power forward Taj Gibson defending James Harden one-on-one resulting in a poor shot attempt, the Timberwolves’ defense effort became contagious team-wide.The Rockets shot 47.5 percent from the field in the second half but had seven turnovers and were just 6 of 19 (31.6 percent) from 3.“We’re a young team in playoff experience, so we’re growing DJ Chark Color Rush Jersey , getting better every game,” Teague said. “Tonight we took a big step. I think we picked up our intensity and played a lot harder, but it’s still a long way to go.”Minnesota also got Towns more involved on the offensive end. His lack of shots has been a topic all series. The All-Star center had nine shots in each of the first two games of the series and scored a total of 13 points.On Saturday, he had 18 points, including 12 in the second half.“I think it is a sense of patience,” Towns said. “First quarter, I don’t think I shot a shot. So it’s letting the game come to me naturally Justin Bethel Color Rush Jersey , not trying to rush and trying to find shots. Letting the shots find me and my teammates were amazing.”Harden scored 29 points and Chris Paul had 17 points and six assists, but the Rockets now need to make an adjustment.Houston wants to get back to its defensive approach and limit Minnesota as it did in the first two games of the series. The Timberwolves averaged 91.5 points per game in the first two games and shot just 38.8 percent from the field in Game 2.“We knew that was going to be a lot more comfortable coming home,” Paul said. “They make a lot more 3s tonight, 15 for 27, and we got to be better defensively. We were just opening up the lane and letting Teague drive and all the other guys, so we know we got to be better.”.

The playoff run by the Winnipeg Jets has ripped the bandages off some old wounds in their former home. Hockey fans in Atlanta – yes http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/a...ell-jersey , they actually exist – are still bitter about the way they lost the Thrashers seven years ago , a move that deprived this city of a team for the second time and probably any chance of ever again being a member of the NHL club.In the A-T-L, a popular refrain of the postseason seems to be A-B-T-J. Anybody But The Jets.”I won’t support the Jets,” former Thrashers fan Fred Johnson wrote in an email. ”In fact, I’d like to see their fans suffer for a lot longer like we did.”Instead of suffering, the Jets and their fans are thriving . Winnipeg reached the Western Conference final against the Vegas Golden Knights – a sort of double-whammy for Atlantans, who have seen what their former team could have been while getting a tantalizing glimpse of what a well-run expansion franchise can do its very first season.Founded in 1999, the Thrashers managed just 14 wins and 39 points in their debut year, which remains the worst full-schedule total in almost a quarter-century. The Golden Knights piled up 51 wins and 109 points, captured a division title and were just two wins away from playing for the Stanley Cup going into Game 4 of their series against the Jets on Friday night.”It’s not hard to feel like just yesterday Atlanta was an expansion team,” said another Thrashers fan, Tiffany Burns. ”I couldn’t have imagined how surreal it would have been to be a part of something so successful so quick.”In contrast to the Golden Knights Harrison Phillips Color Rush Jersey , the Thrashers never really had a chance in Atlanta, doomed by a bickering group of owners who spent more time suing each other than caring about what was happening on the ice, clueless management and inept coaching, and a roster perennially low on talent.The lone highlight came in 2007, when the team captured the Southeast Division title and finally made the playoffs for the first (and only) time.The euphoria didn’t last long.The Thrashers were swept in four straight games by the New York Rangers. Atlanta began the following season with six consecutive losses, leading to the firing of coach Bob Hartley, and the dismantling of the franchise commenced a few months later.In what became an all-too-familiar scenario, the frugal Thrashers dealt away Marian Hossa rather than lose him as a free agent – one of many horrible deals engineered by general manager Don Waddell, who somehow kept his job throughout the Thrashers’ entire existence without ever really demonstrating that he knew what he was doing.Anyone remember Angelo Esposito, a supposed top prospect who was acquired in the Hossa deal?Anyone?Bueller? Bueller?The Thrashers always seemed to operate under a dark cloud, most tragically exhibited in 2003 when star player Dany Heatley lost control of his Ferrari on a narrow Atlanta street, struck a wall at high speed and killed teammate Dan Snyder . Heatley recovered but was never the same http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/au...ker-jersey , eventually requesting a trade so he could get a fresh start elsewhere.The Thrashers soon followed Heatley’s lead. In 2011, after a proposed move of the bankrupt Phoenix franchise to Winnipeg fell apart, the NHL quickly engineered a deal to send Atlanta’s team north in place of the Coyotes , collecting a hefty relocation fee and ridding themselves of another troublesome franchise.While it’s impossible to deny that the team has been more embraced by hockey-mad Winnipeg than it ever was in Atlanta, this city’s fans have long gotten a bum rap that goes all the way back to its first NHL team.Yes, the Flames lasted only eight years in Atlanta before moving to Calgary in 1980. But they averaged more than 10,000 fans every season (not a sure thing in those days) and outdrew the NBA’s Hawks every year but their last. That franchise was largely doomed by the economics of the late 1970s.For the Thrashers, it was a similar story.They averaged more than 17,000 in their debut season despite putting one of the worst teams in modern NHL history on the ice. But the franchise was essentially doomed when it was sold to a group known as Atlanta Spirit (what a malicious example of false advertising that was).The new owners wanted only the Hawks and Phillips Arena. Almost immediately, they began trying to pawn off the Thrashers. Not surprisingly, no one was interested in acquiring a team that would have to rent an arena from an increasingly dysfunctional group. As the losses mounted, reportedly in the range of $130 million http://www.cardinalsauthorizedshops.com/...nds-jersey , Atlanta Spirit began looking for another way out. When the Winnipeg offer came along, there was no real attempt to keep the team in Atlanta.Through all the turmoil, the Thrashers never ranked at the bottom of the NHL in attendance. In fact, the average from their gloomy final year would have beaten out three teams this season.Many Thrashers fans are still upset about being ridiculed for a perceived lack of support after the team moved. And unlike the Flames, who retained their name and some sense of their Atlanta history after moving to Calgary (and were largely cheered by their former fans for winning the Stanley Cup in 1989), the Jets made a clean break with their past.Johnson, the former Thrashers fan, recalls the vitriol when the move was announced. He said some Jets fans who trolled the Thrashers’ message boards belittled Thrashers fans as ”worthless” and said the team would now win the Stanley Cup in Winnipeg because that’s where ”real fans” were.”They had no idea about the dysfunctional management,” The maker of Jack Daniel’s whiskey has dropped its long-running sponsorship of Alaska’s Iditarod sled race, the company said Wednesday.The move by Louisville, Kentucky-based Brown-Forman followed a tough year for organizers of the 1,000-mile (1 Nate Solder Color Rush Jersey ,610 kilometer) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race who have faced financial hardships, the loss of other sponsors and its first-ever dog doping scandal.Jack Daniel’s decided to go a different direction by shifting most of its marketing efforts to a partnership with the National Basketball Association, company spokesman Svend Jansen said in a statement. He said a campaign against the Iditarod by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had nothing to do with the decision, which will affect the 2019 race in March.”As a sponsor of The Iditarod for 15 years we have been particularly impressed with the utmost care in which the animals are treated by the race veterinarians, the dog sled teams and everyone associated with this event,” Jansen wrote in a follow-up email to The Associated Press.Iditarod spokesman Chas St. George said organizers were notified by Jack Daniel’s that the company made the move to focus on sponsorships in other areas.”We are confident that we will continue to grow the race with new sponsorship opportunities,” St. George said in an email.PETA said Jack Daniel’s did the right thing. Spokeswoman Tricia Lebkuecher said the organization believes it had an impact on the decision following public protests and after thousands of PETA members and supporters flooded the company with emails urging the company to end its ties with the race.PETA said it first contacted Jack Daniel’s following the deaths of five dogs connected with the 2017 race. One dog died in this year’s race as well, with the cause of death blamed on aspiration pneumonia.”This is a victory for all the dogs who’ve been forced to run this cruel race,” Lebkuecher said in a phone interview.PETA says its tally of dog deaths totals more than 150 in the Iditarod’s history. That number is disputed by race officials, who say there are no records of dog deaths during the early years of the race, and an accurate count is not available.In June, the board for the race implemented a major change regarding dog deaths. Organizers will now remove mushers from the race if one of their dogs dies while on the trail. If a dog’s death is caused ”solely by unforeseeable forces Authentic Baker Mayfield Jersey ,” then a musher may be allowed to stay in the race, according to the change.Iditarod officials also responded after one if its veteran mushers, Hugh Neff, was banned from competing in the 2019 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race over dog care issues.Registration for the upcoming Iditarod start Saturday. Organizers say they have the right to ”reject any entrant that does not conform with or demonstrate humane animal care practices.”The Iditarod also has been suffering financially and lost Wells Fargo bank as a major sponsor last year. Organizers have blamed animal rights activists for pressuring sponsors.Last year’s race also was marked by fallout from the Iditarod’s first-ever dog doping scandal. Race officials announced that the team of four-time champion Dallas Seavey tested positive for an opioid painkiller after his second-place finish in 2017 but said they could not prove he gave tramadol to his dogs.Officials didn’t punish Seavey but changed race rules to make mushers responsible for any positive drug test. Seavey, who won four titles between 2012 and 2016, denied giving drugs to his dogs and sat out this year’s race in protest.—Follow Rachel D’Oro at .

The Stanley Cup Final is a block party for the Washington Capitals. For all of Evgeny Kuznetsov’s points on offense and Braden Holtby’s saves in net http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/au...ard-jersey , the Capitals are one win away from blocking their way to the Cup. They’ve gotten in front of almost a third of the Vegas Golden Knights’ shots, blocking with enough smarts and precision to take a 3-1 series lead into Game 5 Thursday.”There’s more to blocking shots than just going out there and trying to get hit,” Holtby said. ”We’re doing a great job of creating the right layers, guys going out there strategically to know which lane I’m picking for sight lines and they’re taking away the other half and making big blocks.” Washington is blocking in quantity and quality in the final, 86 total, in limiting Vegas to 124 shots on Holtby – many of which he’s seeing and stopping . Even star captain Alex Ovechkin is blocking shots as he gets closer to tasting his first championship.”You see `O’ jumping in front of shots, it makes everyone on the team want to do the same,” winger Devante Smith-Pelly said.Blocking shots is a team-wide commitment right now and comes from a season’s worth of skaters, goaltending coach Scott Murray http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/aut...ley-jersey , Holtby and Philipp Grubauer getting on the same page. The goalies have worked on making sure they can see past blocks to give players the confidence to get in front of pucks.And in return, Capitals players study opponents’ tendencies and consciously decide when to try to block a shot and not so Holtby isn’t at a disadvantage.”You obviously don’t want to cross in front of him,” center Jay Beagle said. ”You don’t want to become a screen. So if you miss the block, which happens, guys are good at shooting pucks and stuff, you want it still so from your standpoint you didn’t hinder Holts’ view.”Defensemen have an understanding of which half of the net is their responsibility and which half is Holtby’s. Forwards closer to the blue line have to react quickly, take the right angle and get to the shooter.”If guys have time and space, they’re going to be able to sift one through,” Smith-Pelly said. ”For the forwards Rafael Devers Boston Red Sox Jersey , it’s just going out there pretty hard and just getting in the way.”The amount of shots the Capitals have blocked through four games seems to be getting in the Golden Knights’ heads. They’re struggling to get quality shots through and resorting to settling for lower-danger scoring chances.”If you’re going to take shots, make sure they pay a price for blocking those shots,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. ”Shoot it harder.”Capitals coach Barry Trotz doesn’t want his players thinking too much about blocking shots or hesitating. He doesn’t care much about Ovechkin’s blocking form or the philosophy of shot-blocking as long as it keeps the puck out of the net.”If you’re positionally sound, if you’re in shot lanes, block the shot,” Trotz said. ”It’s all about will.”And that will can turn into skill. Washington has been comfortable and confident enough in the final to push the puck up ice quickly, and a well-timed block shot can set the table for an odd-man rush.”The less shots they have, the more opportunities we’re gonna have in offensive zone,” defenseman Dmitry Orlov said. ”Sometimes when you block it Erik Gonzalez Cleveland Indians Jersey , you get quicker pass and you jump on the rush and you got 3-on-2 or 4-on-3.”The Golden Knights by this point are well-aware of that. But they don’t really have a solution.”You just have to – I don’t know – defensemen, puck fake, maybe move around, or maybe look for a guy off to the side, or put it off the end wall,” forward Alex Tuch said. ”There are a bunch of different plays that could happen and when they’re blocking shots they’re getting momentum from it, and if they’re blocking shots and having odd-man rushes that’s even worse. ”In addition to a suffocating neutral-zone trap that’s not easy to play but has frustrated opponents for four rounds, the Capitals have embraced a shot-blocking-when-it-matters mentality.”It’s not exactly fun, but you got to do if you really want to win Mark Walton Color Rush Jersey ,” Smith-Pelly said. ”Everyone is on board with doing those things.”—More Stanley Cup coverage: Aaron Nola never gets flustered, even when he’s riding a stationary bike while the closer fights to protect the lead.Nola struck out 10 in another dominant performance, Scott Kingery hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 on Tuesday night.Seranthony Dominguez escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth for his third save. ”I just take it pitch by pitch,” Nola said.Nola (8-2) allowed one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.27. He has given up three runs or less in 13 of 14 starts.”He’s a special kind of competitor,” manager Gabe Kapler said. ”He’s fun to watch.”Nola left after striking out Ian Desmond with runners on first and third. Edubray Ramos entered and gave up a bloop RBI single to Tom Murphy before recording the third out. Tommy Hunter tossed a scoreless eighth. But Luis Garcia allowed four consecutive singles to start the ninth. He departed after Murphy’s RBI single cut it to 5-2.Dominguez entered and gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta. DJ LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly cut it to 5-4. But right fielder Aaron Altherr ran down Charlie Blackmon’s hard liner for the second out and Dominguez struck out Nolan Arenado to end it.”I was thankful to get the job done,” Dominguez said.Kapler called Altherr’s running catch a ”game-saver.””That play was sensational,” he said.Kingery drove a 1-2 pitch from Jon Gray (6-7) out to left-center to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the first. He added a sacrifice fly in the third.Gray surrendered four runs on only three hits in six innings. He also fanned 10.”I had no rhythm early and it cost me http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/aut...ter-jersey ,” Gray said.Jesmuel Valentin’s pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth extended Philadelphia’s lead to 5-1.The Phillies have won two in a row for the first time since a three-game winning streak May 13-17.The Rockies have lost five straight and nine of 11.After starting at five positions, Kingery has taken over as Philadelphia’s regular shortstop despite batting only .215. J.P. Crawford has moved to third base since returning from the disabled list and has started five straight games instead of Maikel Franco.”It’s been a process,” Kingery said. ”Just trying to go step by step to where I feel better in the box.”WHIFFSThis was the first time a Phillies starter and opposing starter each struck out 10 or more in the same game since April 25, 2011, at Arizona when Cliff Lee had 12 and Ian Kennedy had 10.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: OF Carlos Gonzalez was back in the lineup after missing two games with a rib issue. … RHP Adam Ottavino threw a live batting practice session. He has been sidelined by a left oblique strain.Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff received a cortisone shot in his right wrist on Monday. Eickhoff hasn’t pitched this season. … Reliever Pat Neshek threw a bullpen session Tuesday. He began the season on the DL with a shoulder strain and sustained a flexor strain in his elbow during rehab. … Utilityman Pedro Florimon could return in September after breaking his right foot during the team’s recent road trip.UP NEXTRHP Nick Pivetta (4-5, 3.76 ERA) starts for the Phillies while LHP Tyler Anderson (3-1, 4.81) goes for the Rockies in the middle game Wednesday night.—.

SAN FRANCISCO — Two teams that looked a bit more like they hoped to look all season Thursday night will go head-to-head for the second straight game when the San Diego Padres take on the San Francisco Giants on Friday.On the same night when the Padres were able to put Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer in the lineup together for just the ninth time this season http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/au...zer-jersey , the Giants had their 1-2 pitching combination of Madison Bumgarner and Mark Melancon going strong in a 3-0 victory in the opener of a four-game series.The Giants’ third straight victory was more than just a streak-extender, catcher Buster Posey insisted afterward.“Bum is such a presence,” he said of the left-handed ace. “Even when he’s not pitching that night, he’s lurking. The other team knows he’s there. It’s a nice advantage for us to have.”Bumgarner recorded his first win of the season Thursday in the same game in which Melancon notched his first save of the year.The duo, who were viewed as a potential high-powered tag-team act when Melancon was signed as a free agent before the start of the 2017 season, worked the win/save thing for the first time as teammates.Melancon was pressed into ninth-inning duties because of the broken finger sustained by closer Hunter Strickland earlier in the week.If all goes well, the Giants might be afforded the luxury of moving Strickland back to a set-up role when he returns in August, presuming Melancon can continue to display the stuff that overpowered the top of the San Diego order on just 13 pitches to complete Thursday’s shutout.Among the guys Melancon set down were Myers, who grounded out, and Hosmer, who struck out.They combined to go 0-for-7 in their new setting — atop the San Diego order.Myers, who suffered arm and oblique injuries in spring training and the first month of the season http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/aut...meh-jersey , was playing Thursday for the first time since April 28.“They’re our guys,” Padres manager Andy Green assured. “Every single team has a couple guys you look to rely on offensively to anchor you. They’re our guys. They are the two guys that we expect to anchor us, and when you’re missing part of that anchor it can be tough.”The anchor looked a bit rusty against Bumgarner, who worked eight three-hit innings, but they will get a shot at Giants right-hander Chris Stratton (8-4, 4.22 ERA) in the second game of the series.With Myers out of the lineup, Stratton threw seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit, in a 7-0 win over the Padres in April. It improved his career numbers to 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA against them in three games, including two starts.Stratton enters the game on a nice roll, having lost just once in his last seven starts dating back to May 9.He will be opposed by Padres left-hander Clayton Richard (6-6, 4.31) http://www.jaguarsauthorizedshops.com/au...son-jersey , who has won three in a row, allowing just six earned runs in 20 innings.But the 34-year-old has struggled in his career against the Giants, going 6-8 with a 4.58 ERA in 22 games, including 19 starts.He has pitched 13 times (10 starts) in San Francisco, going 4-4 with a 5.75 ERA.Among those who have teed off on Richard are Posey, who has gone 12-for-32 (.375) with two home runs, and Andrew McCutchen, who also has homered twice in just 12 at-bats.Kole Calhoun, Luis Valbuena and the Los Angeles Angels seem to be hitting their way out of a long funk. Valbuena homered twice, Calhoun connected for the second consecutive game and the Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 on Thursday night.The Angels have won two straight after dropping seven of eight. They handed the Blue Jays their ninth loss in 10 road games. Calhoun launched a two-run homer off John Axford (1-1) in the fourth inning to put the Angels ahead 4-3. The right fielder went 1 for 3 with a walk, scoring on Martin Maldonado’s double in the sixth, and is 4 for 10 in three games since returning from a stint on the disabled list because of a strained oblique muscle.”He looks so calm http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/au...iii-jersey , so comfortable out there. I think he’s seeing the ball much better, more plate coverage. All the things that lead to positive results seem to be in his game,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Calhoun, who was hitting .145 before the injury.Valbuena made it 6-3 with his two-run shot to center field in the fifth, and added a solo drive to right in the seventh. It was his eighth career multihomer game.The streaky Valbuena was 5 for 40 over his previous 11 games and hadn’t homered in his last 18. Valbuena went deep twice in that game at Detroit on May 29, and Scioscia had thought that would mark the beginning of a turnaround.He has the same belief now, and is willing to trade any barren stretches for when Valbuena gets in a groove.”If you look at Luis’ track record, he gets real hot and at times he gets cold,” Scioscia said. ”There’s no doubt there is more OPS in his game, especially against right-handed pitching. Once he finds it, he usually swings the bat like he did the second half of last year, and that’s something we’re going to need.”Even the Angels’ erratic bullpen did its part Chukwuma Okorafor Color Rush Jersey , as Noe Ramirez (3-3) retired all eight batters he faced – striking out four – after relieving John Lamb in the fourth. Justin Anderson got his third save.Lamb, a late replacement for injured Los Angeles starter Tyler Skaggs, went 3 1/3 innings. Lamb gave up three runs, six hits and one walk in his first career start at home.For the Blue Jays, they couldn’t remedy their road woes despite home runs from Randal Grichuk, Lourdes Gurriel and Kendrys Morales.”They got a couple big homers off Ax. I mean, he’s been dominating left-handers all year, and two leftys got him today. We hung around, but we just couldn’t get anything going late,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.TROUT AT 1,000Mike Trout went 0 for 2 with three walks in his 1,000th career game http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/aut...jr.-jersey , ending his hitting streak at eight games. Trout, who has reached base in 31 of 47 plate appearances over his last nine games, was the designated hitter and is not expected to be used in the outfield during the four-game series because of a sprained right index finger.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez was pulled after the first inning due to a bruised right index finger. The Blue Jays said X-rays did not reveal any further injury. ”He’d been pitching pretty good lately, but hopefully this isn’t a big deal,” Gibbons said.Angels: Skaggs was scratched because of tightness in his right hamstring. Scioscia said there’s a chance Skaggs could start Sunday.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (4-6, 4.66 ERA) tries for his third straight win. Estrada has allowed three runs in 18 2/3 innings over his last three starts.Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (3-5, 3.64) has won three of his last four starts at home, including a one-hit shutout against Kansas City on June 5.—.

By now Leighton Vander Esch Color Rush Jersey , LeBron James is usually getting some rest in the NBA playoffs. The Pacers are making him work much harder than he has in years.After splitting the first four games, Indiana and Cleveland will meet on Wednesday night in the critical Game 5 of a first-round series that has been unpredictable, uneven and for James, unusual. This first round hasn’t been the norm for the three-time champion.While he’s 12-0 in the opening round, before the Cavs dropped Game 1 to the Pacers at home, James had never lost a playoff opener. In fact, James came in with a 21-game winning streak in first-round games and this will be his first Game 5 in Round 1 since 2012 when he was with Miami.The Cavs and Pacers aren’t the only ones in a tussle in the Eastern Conference as Washington and Toronto resume their series in Canada tied 2-2. Things aren’t quite as tight In the West as Utah holds a 3-1 lead over a fraying Oklahoma City team, and Houston, which dropped 50 points in one quarter on Monday night, can eliminate Minnesota.Cleveland’s 104-100 win in Game 4 brought relief to Cavs fans and James, who had been getting little offensive help from his teammates. A dependable No. 2 scoring option has been issue all season, primarily because Kyle Irving is no longer around to take pressure off James.But in Game 4 , Kyle Korver stepped up in the second half and knocked down four 3-pointers and the Cavs buckled down defensively in the closing minutes to avoid a 3-1 hole.”We all know the narrative around us, it is what it is,” Korver said after practice on Tuesday. ”It’s Bron and we’re all trying to make it work for him.”James has been his usual self Chad Thomas Color Rush Jersey , averaging 32.5 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in the series. But only Kevin Love (12.0), who has been slowed by a sprained left thumb, and J.R. Smith (10.0) are averaging double-digits for Cleveland.Some things to know for Wednesday’s matchups:WIZARDS AT RAPTORSSeries tied 2-2. Game 5, 7 p.m., NBATVNEED TO KNOW: The home team has won each game so far. The Wizards absolutely need at least one road victory, and they’ve been here before: Washington was eliminated a year ago in the second round against Boston after going 3-0 in at home and 0-4 in away games.KEEP AN EYE ON: Toronto’s 3-point shooting. The Raptors attempted a season-low 18 shots from beyond the arc, making seven, in its Game 4 loss . They never took fewer than 21 in any regular-season game, and averaged 13.7 made 3s and 31 attempts in Games 1-3.PRESSURE IS ON: DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. While Washington’s All-Star backcourt duo of John Wall (26.8 points, 13 assists and 4.8 rebounds) and Bradley Beal (29.5 ppg the past two games) led the Wizards in Games 3 and 4, Toronto’s counterparts have not been very efficient lately. Lowry is shooting 41.7 percent, and DeRozan is at 44 after going 10 for 29 in Game 4.INJURY UPDATE: Because of an injured right shoulder, Raptors PG Fred VanVleet has played a total of only three minutes in the series.PACERS AT CAVALIERSSeries tied 2-2. Game 5, 7 p.m. TNTNEED TO KNOW: After scoring 32 points in the opener Josh Sweat Color Rush Jersey , Pacers guard Victor Oladipo has scored 18 and 17 in the past two games and is just 10 of 35 from the field. Cleveland has been blitzing and trapping Oladipo, forcing him to pass or rush his shot.KEEP AN EYE ON: Lance Stephenson. Indiana’s always entertaining swingman baited James into a technical foul in Game 4, when he also wrapped up Cleveland’s Jeff Green late in the game and spun him to the floor.PRESSURE IS ON: Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. While he’s had to sort through injuries and battled his own health issues all season, he’s been criticized for some decisions, including a reluctance to play forward Tristan Thompson in this series. If the Cavs go down 3-2 or are eliminated, look out.INJURY UPDATE: Cavaliers starting G George Hill (back spasms ) is questionable. He received injections but couldn’t play in Game 4.JAZZ AT THUNDERThunder lead 3-1. Game 5, 9:30 p.m. Central, NBA TV.NEED TO KNOW: Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is averaging 27.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field. He’s averaging 17.3 points in the second half and shooting 46 percent.He topped Karl Malone’s rookie playoff record with 33 points in Game 4.”I’m not trying to think about all that now,” he said. ”We have
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Over the course of Donovan Mitchell’s outstanding rookie season with Utah Marcus Davenport Color Rush Jersey , Portland star Damian Lillard has become something of a mentor, regularly sending texts of encouragement.So Lillard really didn’t mind when Mitchell was the one who broke his rookie 3-point record.”He’s had a great season, not just for a rookie but for a guard in the NBA. I’m really happy for him,” Lillard said. ”We’ve had some communication throughout the season. I like to see a guy that’s humble, a guy that works hard. Not many people were talking about him coming out of the draft. He wasn’t the talk of the draft.”But he just came out and he just showed. That’s what makes me a fan of him.”Mitchell surpassed Lillard’s mark of 185 3-pointers on Tuesday night in Utah’s 119-79 victory over the Golden State Warriors.The next night, the two players were face-to-face in the final regular-season game. Portland claimed a 102-93 win on its home court, sending the Trail Blazers into a first-round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans Authentic Josh Allen Jersey , and the Jazz to a postseason matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder.Mitchell, 21, described the end of the season as fun, with both the record and Utah’s push for the playoffs. The Jazz strung together an 11-game winning streak starting in late January to begin a run in which they lost just twice in a 23-game span.”The kid inside me has really enjoyed it,” Mitchell said. ”I got the Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year on my team and we’re the No. 5 seed and nobody thought we’d even be in the playoffs. So I’m excited to get this thing going.”Utah coach Quin Snyder said he was always confident in Mitchell’s ability, even back in early November when the rookie went 3 for 21 from the floor in a 104-97 loss to Philadelphia.”As much as anything, it wasn’t Donovan’s play. I mean it was – coupled with his mental makeup. You could tell this was a guy who was fearless Authentic Martin Fehervary Jersey , who was not afraid of the moment. And I think the Philly game, what he did the next game, how he moved the ball, his decisions were better.”Snyder said the Jazz staff focused on Mitchell’s progress and knew the results would come for the 6-foot-3 shooting guard out of Louisville.”He wasn’t worried about starting. He just wanted to play, and he wanted to play well,” the coach said.Overall, Mitchell led Utah during the regular season with an average of 20.5 points a game Ian Thomas Color Rush Jersey , and he led all NBA rookies with an average of 23 points in March (ninth overall). He’s the first rookie to lead his team in scoring and into the playoffs since Carmelo Anthony with Denver.On Thursday, Mitchell was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Month for March and the first part of April. It was the fourth time he’d earned the award this season.He has 187 3-pointers heading into the postseason, which starts for the Jazz on Sunday in Oklahoma City.Mitchell and Ben Simmons are the top candidates for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award (which Lillard won in 2013). The two have gotten into something of a war of words lately, with Simmons telling ESPN that he’d vote for himself: ”If you look at the numbers, you’ll see. People who know the game know.”Mitchell responded by trolling Simmons with a pair of sweatshirts. The first one – worn before Tuesday’s game against the Warriors – was emblazoned with the definition of the word rookie. The second, which he wore into the Moda Center on Wednesday, exclaimed simply Harrison Phillips Color Rush Jersey , ”Rookie?”Simmons was the first overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2016 draft but broke his foot and missed his entire first season. So technically he counts as a rookie this season.Back in February, Lillard made his endorsement of Mitchell clear: ”I think he should be Rookie of the Year, for sure. Not just because of his numbers, but his impact on their team. He’s basically leading them. It’s special to see a rookie be able to do what he’s doing out there.”Utah teammate Rudy Gobert said Mitchell has already proven his worth to the Jazz.”Whether he wins it or not, I don’t think it really matters. In five years we won’t care if he won it or not. He showed that he’s poised to be a superstar in this league and he will be,” Gobert said.—The Hornets have officially named James Borrego as head coach.The 40-year-old Borrego joins the Hornets after 15 seasons as an NBA assistant coach, including the last three with the San Antonio Spurs under Gregg Popovich.The Hornets have set an introductory news conference for Friday.Borrego gained some head coaching experience when he served as the Orlando Magic’s interim head coach for the final 30 games of the 2014-15 season after Jacque Vaughn was dismissed.Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a release that Borrego ”is considered one of the NBA’s most well-regarded assistant coaches and it’s great to have him as part of our team.”Borrego said he’s ”confident” in the coaching foundation he has gained during stops at San Antonio Eduardo Escobar Minnesota Twins Jersey , Orlando and New Orleans.”—. [Resim: 6d0c_caff.jpg?c=27cd]
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ANAHEIM Leighton Vander Cowboys Esch Jersey , Calif. — Teams fighting one another to grab one of the final couple playoff spaces in the Western Conference face off in Honda Center as the Ducks host the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.Anaheim (40-25-13) comes in off a physical 2-1 overtime victory versus the Kings in the final game of this year’s Freeway Faceoff.John Gibson made 28 saves in the win, including two in the final minute of regulation to force overtime. He made two saves in OT as well, including fighting off a puck launched toward his head.The Ducks went 9-4-1 in March, including a disappointing loss to Vancouver on Tuesday to conclude their Western Canada road trip.Colorado (42-28-8) defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 on Friday night. Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier combined to make 33 saves. The Avalanche, who went 8-4-3 in March, have 92 points and need four to double last season’s point total.Varlamov is out for the season after suffering a lower-body injury with just over six minutes remaining after Tomas Jurco crashed into him Friday. Bernier, who has defeated Anaheim — his former team — twice this season, has played sparingly of late because of injury issues to include a concussion and an infected cut.Bernier talked about the cut that sidelined him last week: “It wasn’t much, but a couple of days later it got infected, and I spent the weekend at the hospital. It was pretty bad Leighton Vander Youth Esch Jersey , but lucky enough, I didn’t need a surgery, and I (am) back with the team quicker than we expected, I guess.”Colorado will also be without top defenseman Erik Johnson, who has a fractured patella and will be out six weeks.For the Ducks, Rickard Rakell continues to lead in points (66) and goals (32). The Ducks have three players with more than 40 points, including Ryan Getzlaf (57) and Corey Perry (46). Rakell got the OT winner versus Los Angeles, but he had not scored in the prior four games, registering three assists.Depth scoring matters for the Ducks. Nick Ritchie notched the first Ducks goal, tying the game in the second period. He deflected praise after the game.“When we’re in the offensive zone http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/l...lor-jersey , go to the net,” Ritchie said. “We did a good job of that as a team. We got rewarded once. There were a lot of close opportunities other than that one.”Gibson is 31-18-7 with four shutouts. Since the All-Star break, he is 14-4-2 and leads the league in goals-against average (1.93) while having a top-three save percentage in that time (.938). He has started the last nine Ducks games, posting six wins and gaining one other point.The Avalanche power play scored three goals versus Chicago. Anaheim is among the most penalized teams in the league, though of late the Ducks have showed discipline. They have been penalized two or fewer times in four of the last five games, and did not give up a power play chance to Los Angeles.Colorado’s offense is led by Nathan MacKinnon with 93 points. Four Avalanche players have 50 or more points, including Mikko Rantanen (82), Gabriel Landeskog (58) and Tyson Barrie (55). MacKinnon, Rantanen and Barrie’s totals are career highs.Landeskog played his 500th career game against Vegas on Monday. He is the first player of his draft year (2011) to reach the milestone. For Barrie, the Vegas game marked his 400th career appearance.The Avs have scored more goals than all but three Western Conference teams. However Tremaine Edmunds Jersey , Colorado’s offensive output varies greatly from game to game. Over the last 11 contests, they have scored four or more goals six times, but notched two or fewer in the other five games.After Friday’s win, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said: “I’m not going to judge our team on results only, because we had lots of chances against Philly, and we had lots against Vegas. Sometimes the puck doesn’t go in for you. Sometimes you miss the net on your chances. … Tonight, we had as many chances as against Philly, only tonight we put them (Chicago) away.“All we can do is take care of what we control, and that’s our games and trying to put points up every night. At the end of it, the chips will land where they do Joe Thomas Jersey Elite , and we’ll either be in our we’re out.”Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle was quick to focus on the upcoming Avalanche game after Friday’s win over the Kings.“Now we’re going to play a team that won big tonight at home against Chicago,” Carlyle said. “We’re going to have to park these emotions and the satisfaction we got out of it and get ready for the next one because the next one is the real big one.”After encountering Anaheim, the Avalanche head to Los Angeles for a back-to-back versus the Kings. The Ducks await the Minnesota Wild at home on Wednesday.TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CBs Brent Grimes and Robert McClain; Ss T.J. 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Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the team is working through some hard times following a disappointing season. In an interview on WTMJ-AM Thursday Authentic Evander Kane Jersey , McCarthy says his message to players departing for the offseason was ”there’s a standard in Green Bay and we didn’t meet it.”The team finished below .500 and missed the postseason for the first time since 2008. McCarthy addressed reports that offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt are the latest coaches to go. The coach says the situation with Bennett is fluid and they are still communicating. McCarthy says Van Pelt’s departure was a contractual personal choice.Defensive coordinator Dom Capers, defensive line coach Mike Trgovac and inside linebacker Scott McCurley were let go Wednesday. The Packers are looking for a new general manager as Ted Thompson moves to an advisory role.—Information from: WTMJ-AM,Editors:To help you with planning for the NBA Draft in Dallas on June 21 in New York, here are some of our coverage plans. Please direct questions to Oscar Dixon (odixon(at)ap.org). Plans subject to change. This digest will be updated. All times Eastern.TUESDAY, JUNE 19 BKN–NBA DRAFT-YOUNGTrae Young’s numbers in his lone season of college were ridiculous. He led the nation in scoring and assists. He had NBA stars tweeting about his every move. But where he’s going to end up in the draft on Thursday night remains a bit of a mystery, for reasons that Young doesn’t fully understand. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m.BKN–NBA DRAFT-BIGSRALEIGH, N.C. – Arizona one-and-done 7-footer Deandre Ayton headlines the list of big men in the NBA draft. Ayton was a dominating force in college and could be the No. 1 overall pick. He leads a position that includes top-10 prospects in Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr., Texas’ Mo Bamba and Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 675 words and photos by 3 p.m.BKN–NBA DRAFT-HAWKS-TRADE TALKSATLANTA – With four picks in the top 34, including No. 3 overall Derick Brassard Penguins Jersey , the Atlanta Hawks are in position to move up or down in Thursday’s NBA draft. GM Travis Schlenk says he’s getting a lot of calls but says there is space on the rebuilding Hawks roster to carry four rookies next season. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words, file photos by 3 p.m.WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20BKN–NBA DRAFTNEW YORK – Luka Doncic may have the best resume in this year’s draft. He won a Euroleague championship and MVP award last season, and a European championship with Slovenia last summer. Sometime early Thursday night he’ll add to that resume when he becomes an NBA lottery pick. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.– Sidebars on meritTHURSDAY, JUNE 21BKN–NBA DRAFTNEW YORK – The Phoenix Suns have the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, with big men Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr. among the top prospects along with Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Trae Young. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Developing from 7 p.m. draft.With:– BKN–NBA DRAFT-THINGS TO KNOW. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 650 words Authentic Derick Brassard Jersey , photos by 5 a.m. on draft day.– BKN–NBA DRAFT-THE LATEST, real-time updates on draft day/night.– Individual stories from each NBA team.FRIDAY, JUNE 22BKN–NBA DRAFT-HUERTER’S NIGHTCLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – The Associated Press spends the NBA draft with early entrant Kevin Huerter, as he waits for the phone to ring and the next step in his basketball life to be decided. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, video planned by 6 p.m.SENT PREVIOUSLY:Features:BKN–NBA DRAFT-THE INTERVIEWCHICAGO – When teams are deciding who to take in the NBA draft, the off-court interview still carries enormous weight. What happens on the floor obviously is of great importance as well, but the half-hour chats at the draft combine might be just as critical to teams that need to choose which players merit multi-million-dollar investments. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos on June 18.BKN–NBA DRAFT-UNDRAFTED LIFEThere’s going to be dozens of players left out in the cold at next week’s NBA draft Denzel Ward Jersey , players who will not hear their names called by the time the night is over. Udonis Haslem knows how they’ll feel. Undrafted in 2002, Haslem – a Miami native who has spent his entire NBA career with his hometown Miami Heat – has been in the league longer than just about any other active player. Next season will be his 16th in the NBA. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 850 words, photos on June 14.BKN–THE OFFSEASONThere are a slew of questions that need to be answered in the NBA this offseason. There’s the obvious one: What will LeBron James do? But there are plenty of others, including the future for Kawhi Leonard, the next moves for Chris Paul and Paul George, and whether the league has seen the last of Dwyane Wade. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 950 words, photos on June 9.Profiles:BKN–NBA DRAFT-PORTERSomeone is going to gamble on Michael Porter Jr., and he insists it’ll pay off. There is an element of danger involved with every NBA draft pick, in that nothing is guaranteed. There isn’t a player that epitomizes the risk versus reward thinking in this draft more than Porter Jr., who some think could get taken as high as No. 2 by Sacramento and others forecast could go several picks lower because of uncertainty surrounding his health. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words Eli Manning Jersey Youth , photos on June 17.BKN–NBA-DRAFT-DIVINCENZODonte DiVincenzo’s plan was to come out and test the NBA draft waters this spring, with the expectation that he would be returning to Villanova for another season. And then the national championship game happened. The hero of Villanova’s win over Michigan picked the perfect moment to play the game of his life. And the intrigue surrounding how his game might translate to the NBA has been growing since. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos on June 16.BKN–NBA-DRAFT-ANTETOKOUNMPOKostas Antetokounmpo has a famous brother, a great bloodline and soon, he hopes, an NBA job. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s younger brother is an early entry candidate for next week’s . [Resim: 627-nike_broncos_633.jpg]

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(AP) – Rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani is making himself at home in the Big A.Ohtani hit a home run for the third straight game, Justin Upton hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Angels rallied from an early six-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 13-9.Ohtani, the two-way star from Japan, connected for a long, solo drive in the second inning against Daniel Gossett. The ball landed in the rocks beyond the center field wall after traveling 449 feet and was measured with a 112.3 mph exit velocity according to Statcast, the hardest-hit and longest of Ohtani’s three major league homers.NEW YORK (AP) – Pedro Alvarez hit a grand slam in the 14th inning, Manny Machado homered twice and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees 7-3 after New York saw four players forced to make early exits.Yankees starter CC Sabathia left with hip soreness, star catcher Gary Sanchez limped off with a leg cramp right before Alvarez struck, third baseman Brandon Drury was lifted for migraines and second baseman Tyler Wade was removed because of flu-like symptoms. New York had to use 20 players in all – reliever Adam Warren was the only non-starting pitcher left.Alvarez connected after midnight, deciding a game that took 5 hours, 20 minutes and included 14 pitchers Byron Jones Cowboys Jersey , a couple of wild misadventures on the basepaths and an admitted missed call by umpires.MMANEW YORK (AP) – Conor McGregor was arraigned on charges of felony criminal mischief charges and misdemeanor assault, menacing and reckless endangerment charges following a backstage melee he sparked at a UFC event in New York City the previous day.He spoke only to acknowledge that he understood the conditions of his release, saying, ”Yes, your honor.”McGregor was released on $50,000 bond – pocket change for a fighter who was guaranteed $30 million last year in his ballyhooed boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. McGregor is due back in court June 14.In the underbelly of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday, McGregor went wild, using a dolly, chairs and guard rails as weapons, not his fists. Fueled by revenge and running with a pack of his ”hoodlums,” McGregor’s antics landed him in jail – and injured two fighters on Saturday’s UFC 223 card.NBAPHILADELPHIA (AP) – Ben Simmons topped LeBron James in a triple-double battle to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their 13th straight win in their biggest game in six years, 132-130 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.With a buzz in the city over the Sixers that hasn’t been felt since the pre-Process days, they romped toward a 30-point lead over the Cavs in the first half and scored 78 points at the break.Simmons had 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists. James had 44 points (17-of-29 shooting), 11 assists and 11 rebounds, bringing the Cavaliers to the brink of an epic comeback.The Sixers (49-30) moved into third place in the Eastern Conference over the Cavaliers (49-31).LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Lakers unveiled a statue of Elgin Baylor before their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.Baylor’s statue became the sixth that decorates the front of Staples Center Reuben Foster Jersey Youth , joining Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Chick Hearn. The Lakers selected Baylor first overall in the 1958 NBA draft. He averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds in 14 seasons for the franchise, including the first two when it played in Minneapolis.Various Lakers alumni spoke during Baylor’s ceremony, including O’Neal, Johnson, West and Abdul-Jabbar. Johnson said Baylor put entertainment into the NBA, and will always remember that Baylor set the Finals record for single-game points against the Boston Celtics on the road.NHLPITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins will start their bid for a Stanley Cup three-peat home.Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel banked in goals off Craig Anderson minutes apart in the second period, Casey DeSmith stopped 34 shots and the Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-0 to clinch second place in the Metropolitan Division and home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.Phil Kessel collected his 34th goal of the season and Patric Hornqvist pushed his career-high to 29 when he beat Anderson late in the third period for the Penguins, who will host Columbus, New Jersey or Philadelphia next week.AUTO RACINGFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Kurt Busch got a little more aggressive in the first round of qualifying, and it paid off with a pole at Texas Motor Speedway.Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer will start in the top three spots in Texas after a weather-shortened qualifying session.With his top lap of 197.368 mph, Busch earned his first pole this season and the 32nd in his career.There was initially a delay because of lightning in the area 鈥?The Jacksonville Jaguars were an NFL laughingstock the previous six years, losing 74 of 96 games and failing to finish even close to .500.They were far from competitive Mike McGlinchey Jersey Limited , providing more punchlines than punches.They ended the futility streak Sunday with another defensive gem, another solid outing by Blake Bortles and another fake punt.Bortles threw two touchdown passes, Leonard Fournette scored for the first time in six weeks and the Jaguars reached eight wins for the first time since 2010 with a 30-10 victory against Indianapolis.“We expected to be undefeated, but (stuff) happens,” cornerback Jalen Ramsey said. “It’s fun. We’ve got a cool little vibe around here. Different than last year, so it’s cool.”The Jaguars (8-4) bounced back from a last-second loss at Arizona, swept the season series with the Colts (3-9) for the second time since joining the AFC South in 2002 and remained in the thick of the playoff picture.Indianapolis lost its third straight and sixth in the past seven games, and was eliminated from the division race.“This is tough. You never want to get used to losing,” Colts safety Darius Butler said. “It sucks. It sucks, man. It’s as simple as that. We work our (butt) off all week and then to come out here and not follow our way, we got roughed up today. We’ve got to find a way to draw a line in the sand and make things happen.”Bortles had a lot to do with this one. He completed 26 of 35 passes for 309 yards, with TD passes to Marqise Lee and Keelan Cole. Bortles has 12 touchdown passes and just three interceptions in eight games against the Colts.Fournette found little room for the third time in the past four games. He finished with 57 yards on 20 carries and limped off the field with an ankle injury late in the third quarter.But Fournette found the end zone for the first time since Oct. 15 when he went untouched for a 5-yard score to open the second half.“I don’t focus too much on it,” Fournette said. “As long as the team wins, I win. It’s not about me. I don’t care about getting 1,000 rushing yards. It’s frustrating sometimes, but it doesn’t matter as long as we win.”Jacksonville’s top-ranked defense kept the Colts from generating much most of the game. The only blemish was a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jacoby Brissett to T.Y. Hilton on a fourth-and-2 play in the third quarter.The Colts trailed 10-0 early and 24-3 after the break before Hilton got loose. Indy finished with 290 yards http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/o...-jr-jersey , allowed four sacks and had two turnovers.“You just can’t make the mistakes we’re making and win football games,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.JUMP STARTThe Jaguars got the lopsided result started with a fake punt on their opening possession.Facing fourth-and-7 near midfield, punter Brad Nortman found tight end James O’Shaughnessy wide open over the middle for a 29-yard gain.Bortles hit Lee five plays later for Jacksonville’s seventh opening-possession score of the season. It was Jacksonville’s third fake punt of the season 鈥?all successful and all leading to touchdowns.MOVING ON UPFrank Gore is in the top five on the NFL’s career rushing list .The 34-year-old Gore ran 13 times for 61 yards, passing Jerome Bettis (13,662) for sixth in the second quarter and topping LaDainian Tomlinson (13,684) for fifth in the third.Gore has 13,697 yards rushing in 13 NFL seasons, the first 10 with San Francisco and the past three with the Colts.Curtis Martin holds the fourth spot with 14,101 yards.SACK MASTERDefensive end Calais Campbell became Jacksonville’s single-season sack leader in his first year with the Jaguars.Campbell took down Brissett in the first quarter, giving him 12陆 sacks in 2017 and breaking the previous franchise record set by Tony Brackens (12) in 1999.HOOP IT UPThe Jaguars have been relatively quiet all season in terms of touchdown celebrations, but they turned in a unique one against Indy.After Fournette scored, he lined up in front of the goal post and shot a free throw over the crossbar with teammates standing on both sides of the makeshift lane. It was good.INJURIESColts: Center Mike Person, playing in place of starter Ryan Kelly (concussion), limped off the field in the fourth quarter. … Cornerback Pierre Desir (left shoulder) left the game in the first half and did not return.Jaguars: Fournette re-entered the game after limping off the field. … Left tackle Cam Robinson (ankle) and cornerback Jalen Ramsey (hamstring) also returned after injuries.UP NEXTColts: Plays at Buffalo.Jaguars: Continues a three-game homestand by hosting Seattle.. [Resim: 628-nike_broncos_756.jpg]

CHICAGO — The Cincinnati Reds have given the Chicago Cubs fits all season. But just when Reds appeared on the verge of winning their sixth straight game against the reigning National League Central champions Tre'Davious White Bills Jersey , the Cubs turned to a familiar ally.The comeback.The Cubs twice rallied from five runs down on Saturday to pull out an 8-7 victory. They will head into Sunday’s matinee at Wrigley Field with a chance to capture the series. Having staff ace Jon Lester on the mound certainly won’t hurt.Lester will take his 11-2 record and 2.25 ERA into the start a day after the Cubs produced four eighth-inning runs for their dramatic win.The Cubs’ last eight wins all have come after they fell behind early.“I love the fight,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters after the team’s 50th win of the season. “Both sides wanted to win (and) we got it in the end.“We’ve been in this situation all week.”Added Cubs second baseman Javier Baez, who homered in the seventh inning before the Cubs mounted their latest comeback: “We never quit.”The rally stunned the Reds, who appeared in line for their sixth win in their last seven games and their 15th in the past 19. Instead, Lester will take the mound in search of his eighth straight victory.Lester was named NL Pitcher of the Month in June and is tied for the league lead in victories. Lester, who has won seven straight starts dating to May 23, will look to keep rolling against the Reds Authentic Devin Hester Jersey , against whom he is 6-1 in 14 starts.In Lester’s last start — an 11-10 victory over the Minnesota Twins — he added an extra bonus — a solo home run. But Lester, who has struggled traditionally from the plate, won’t get too wrapped up in the excitement.“If I get hits, I get hits,” Lester told reporters after his last outing on July 1. “The home run is awesome, it’s cool, especially at home. But at the end of the day Davante Adams Packers Jersey , I know I’m a pitcher and I’m not a hitter.”The Cubs, who are playing without third baseman Kris Bryant — whom Maddon said will begin a minor league assignment soon — may be without right fielder Jason Heyward. He left Saturday’s loss in the third inning after fouling a ball off his groin.The Reds enter Sunday’s series finale looking for their sixth straight series. But after Cincinnati touched up Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood for seven runs only to see Jared Hughes surrender a three-run lead, the Reds will attempt to regain their winning ways after Saturday’s shocker.Cincinnati’s bullpen had, until Saturday, been able to protect late leads, which made Saturday’s loss so unfathomable. It marked only the third time this season the Reds lost after leading heading into the eighth inning.“We’ve come back on a few clubs like that,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman told reporters Blake Martinez Packers Jersey , according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Today, (the Cubs) did it to us.”Luis Castillo (5-8, 5.53) will start Sunday for the Reds and will attempt to bounce back from a disappointing June. He finished the month 1-3 and allowed at least three earned runs in each of his five outings. Castillo is 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs.The New York Jets have signed veteran free agent defensive lineman Chris Jones, who spent last season on injured reserve. To make room for Jones, the Jets waived defensive lineman Claude Pelon on Tuesday.Jones was a sixth-round pick of Houston in 2013 out of Bowling Green. He has also spent time with Tampa Bay, New England, Miami and San Francisco. In 28 games Anthony Miller Jersey , including 22 starts, with the Patriots during the 2013 and `14 seasons, Jones had nine sacks. He split the 2016 season with the Dolphins and 49ers, but was placed on IR last September by San Francisco and became a free agent in March.Pelon has spent parts of the past two seasons with the Jets after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2016 out of USC. He played in one game last season and had two tackles.—. [Resim: 86-nike_chiefs_1295.jpg]

The NFL season doesn’t start for another six weeks and already job security is an issue for some coaches. Yes Eli Manning Jersey Youth , even in late July.Every season, teams that entered with low expectations show significant improvement and make unexpected deep postseason runs. Last season, Jacksonville with coach Doug Marrone went to the AFC championship game and held a late lead at New England before Tom Brady rallied the Patriots. And, of course, the Eagles and coach Doug Pederson, despite losing Carson Wentz to a torn ACL, beat Brady and Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl. There’s always pressure on NFL coaches to win. And win now.Here are a few who enter the 2018 season on the hot seat:JASON GARRETT (67-53, 1-2 in playoffs)There’s always pressure on the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, especially with Jerry Jones as owner. The franchise that has won five Super Bowls has not advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs since the 1995 season, the last year it won the NFL title. Garrett has 67 regular-season wins since taking over in the 2010 season. He has had only one losing season as head coach. However Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey , he has reached the postseason only twice and won one game in the playoffs.The Cowboys were 13-3 two seasons ago and will be expected to be in playoff contention with a full season of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. But the Super Bowl champion Eagles are in their way in the NFC East.HUE JACKSON (9-39)Jackson has one win – one – in two seasons in Cleveland; the other eight came as head coach of the Raiders in 2011. The Browns beat the then-San Diego Chargers in overtime in Week 16 of the 2016 season. Otherwise they’d be looking at consecutive 0-16 seasons.The team also has to find a way to replace longtime star left tackle Joe Thomas.The Browns hold the NFL’s longest active playoff drought at 15 seasons and fans don’t really trust this process. Jackson, a highly regarded offensive coordinator in Cincinnati, is counting on top overall draft pick Baker Mayfield being the team’s longtime answer at quarterback. The challenge for Jackson and the Browns is going against the rugged defenses and Super Bowl-winning QBs in Pittsburgh and Baltimore in the AFC North.TODD BOWLES (22-29)Life in the AFC East having to deal with the never-ending juggernaut in New England is almost unfair. Facing Brady and Belichick twice every season is not good for any opposing head coach’s job security.Bowles, who received a two-year extension after the 2017 season, is coming off consecutive 5-11 records and has yet to make the playoffs entering his fourth season. Overall, the Jets have failed to reach the postseason for the past seven years.The Jets have to decide on their starting quarterback – Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater or first-round draft pick Sam Darnold – and need to show progress in 2018.JAY GRUDEN (28-35-1, 0-1 playoffs)Job security in DC is always an issue. But Gruden will set the record for the longest-serving coach (65 games) since Dan Snyder took over as owner in 1999 in Week 1 of the upcoming season against Arizona.Gruden has made the playoffs once in his first four years and lost to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the wild-card game after the 2015 season.Gruden’s biggest challenge could be at quarterback after Kirk Cousins signed with Minnesota. The team traded for Alex Smith, and the comparisons at the position in the NFC East can be daunting: Dak Prescott, Eli Manning and Carson Wentz – not to mention Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. As with Garrett in Dallas Myles Garrett Jersey Youth , Gruden also has to contend with the champs in his division.And there will be comparisons to Jay Gruden’s Super Bowl-winning brother, Jon, who has returned to coaching with the Oakland Raiders.DIRK KOETTER (14-18)Koetter will enter his third season in Tampa Bay without starting quarterback Jameis Winston, who will miss the first three games while suspended for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a league investigation of an accusation that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Arizona in March 2016.Koetter also is in a division with two teams with recent Super Bowl appearances (Carolina, Atlanta), and getting past them and the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, especially with Ryan Fitzpatrick making three starts for Tampa Bay, will be tough.VANCE JOSEPH (5-11)Only entering his second season, Joseph’s Denver debut was a dud at 5-11 – an avalanche of disappointment by Broncos standards, especially so closely removed from a Super Bowl title.In an attempt to stabilize the QB position that’s been troublesome since Peyton Manning retired Dak Prescott Jersey Elite , the team signed Case Keenum, who led the Vikings to the NFC championship game last season. Joseph needs big production from Keenum and the rest of the offense to support an overworked defense.—Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich told reporters that quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to be ready for the team's first preseason game on Aug. 9, via Mike Wells of ESPN.com.The Colts are set to visit the Seattle Seahawks in their first preseason game. Luck - who turns 29 in September - missed all of last season with a shoulder injury on his right throwing arm. He only recently began to throw a football again, but it looks like聽Luck will be good to go for the 2018 season.Per Wells, Luck is set to practice Thursday, Friday and Sunday as he tries to ease his way back into football. Luck did tell reporters, however, that there are "many, many steps to go," in his recovery. Of course Josh Allen Jersey , being able to throw a football and start a game is an encouraging sign for Colts fans.Drafted first overall by the Colts in 2012, Luck turned a two-win team into an AFC juggernaut. He led them to three straight 11-5 seasons between 2012 and '14, leading them to the 2014 AFC Championship Game. But things have gone south for the Colts ever since, and their potential success in 2018 relies heavily on Luck and his health. Luck missed the final half of 2015 with a kidney injury, then had to carry a banged up Colts team through the 2016 season. With Luck sidelined for all of 2017, the Colts traded for New England Patriots backup Jacoby Brissett, but they managed to win just three games all of last year.But with a new head coach and some upgrades on defense, the Colts have the potential to be a playoff team in 2018. The first step is getting Luck healthy, and all signs point towards him being ready for the upcoming season.. [Resim: 629-nike_broncos_828.jpg]

Browns safety Damarious Randall underestimated two things: the power of social media and passion of Cleveland fans. Randall said Wednesday he never imagined that an innocent Twitter posting about the NBA Finals would blow up into a national story – and maybe something he lives to regret.A big fan of Golden State star guard Stephen Curry Devin Hester Jersey , Randall posted a tweet on Monday night promising that if the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Warriors in the ”2018 NBA finals, I’ll buy everyone who retweet’s this a jersey.” By Wednesday afternoon, Randall’s tweet had been retweeted 869,000 times.”Honestly, I didn’t think it was going to get over 100,” Randall said after practice. ”I didn’t think people were going to actually view that as a serious tweet from me. But obviously it got the whole world excited about it, and I mean now I’m actually excited about it. It is a great, great opportunity to interact with the fans and we’re just going to watch the series and just see how everything folds out.”Randall, who came to the Browns in a March trade from Green Bay Josh Jackson Jersey Youth , said he couldn’t track the number of re-tweets because his phone locked up when he tried to access his Twitter account.”I definitely didn’t think it would go as viral as it did,” the 25-year-old said. ”I definitely didn’t think the Cleveland fan base would go this crazy about it. Obviously, it was a joke, but just to know how passionate this fan base is, I mean, it’s just really encouraging.”Randall wouldn’t say if he planned to pay off his promise if the Cavs win.”We’ll talk about this after the series is over,” he said.Randall is from Florida, but said he became a fan of Curry’s after the shooting star made a name for himself at Davidson College and went pro. Randall said he also likes Cleveland’s superstar LeBron James, but not as much as Curry.”I am not anti-LeBron. I am actually a big LeBron fan as well Cole Beasley Cowboys Jersey , but when he’s going against Steph, I would rather Steph over LeBron,” he said. ”But at the end of the day, I mean they are both great, great players, and I definitely respect everything that LeBron has done for this community and for this city and state. He is one of the greatest players to ever touch a basketball if you ask me.”Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor had some advice for Randall when it comes to picking sides and making your opinion public on social media.”Don’t hit send,” he said. ”Should have been smarter about the whole situation, about the tweet. Whether you feel that way or not, don’t tweet it.”Coach Hue Jackson Authentic Tarik Cohen Jersey , who plans to jump into Lake Erie on Friday to make good on a promise he made when the team was going 0-16 last season, knew Randall would get some heat for his tweet.”I think what Damarious found out is that there are a lot of passionate Cleveland fans here, and you’ve got to be careful about what you say,” Jackson said. ”I don’t think he meant any harm. I think he has a love and a respect for Curry, obviously. But he found out that, `Hey, look, in this city it’s about the Cavaliers and LeBron James.”Jackson also used a comment made by James following Cleveland’s win in Boston on Sunday as a teaching tool for the Browns.”Just the other day, I was able to show them LeBron’s message to the media in Game 7 when he talked about team Davante Adams Jersey Youth ,” he said.”I thought it was tremendous. I thought what he said about his other teammates and how they are a huge part of it and how people who have not played the game or wore shorts or been in a locker room understand what it takes to win. I thought that was sensational. I said that to our football team.”—鈥?The Minnesota Vikings have activated quarterback Sam Bradford from injured reserve, putting their original starter this season on the roster before their first playoff game.The Vikings waived tight end Kyle Carter on Saturday to make room for Bradford, who last played at Chicago on Oct. 9 and returned to practice last week after recovering from a left knee injury. The Vikings host New Orleans on Sunday.Bradford was stellar in the opening win against the Saints, but unable to play the following week. Case Keenum started the next three games. Bradford was back for the Bears game, but hobbled around in the first half before being pulled for Keenum.Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Sloter give the Vikings four quarterbacks on the active roster.. [Resim: 630-nike_broncos_2901.jpg]

New York Giants owner John Mara said the team is preparing to open up contract negotiations with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Tyron Smith Jersey Womens , according to Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media.John Mara: I anticipate that we鈥檒l be speaking with Odell Beckham鈥檚 agents sooner rather than later. I think those will start soon. #Giants— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) July 26, 2018Beckham, 25, is entering the final year of his contract, and is certainly worthy of a massive raise. Few wide receivers are as dominant and productive as Beckham, and the Giants could be looking at having to pay him a contract north of $80 million when it comes to negotiations.Previous reports indicated that the Giants and Beckham weren't making progress on a contract, but it appears as though things have began to move in the right direction. Beckham has registered three 1,000-yard seasons, and likely would have gotten there in 2017 if a leg fracture didn't limit him to four games.Recent speculation has suggested that Beckham could seek a contract worth $20-plus million a year. Given Beckham's status as a top-five wideout in the NFL, nobody should be surprised if he gets there.The Giants won just three games last season, but there is plenty of optimism about a turnaround in 2018. For one Leonard Williams Jersey Youth , they drafted prize prospect running back Saquon Barkley with the second pick. The Giants were so high on Barkley, that they opted not to play it safe and draft a successor for veteran quarterback, Eli Manning. The Giants can also bank on healthier years from Beckham and No. 2 receiver, Sterling Shepard. New York simply didn't have the depth on offense to get by with all the injuries, so they must be at full health in 2018.Beckham has already dazzled enough with his ridiculous hands and athleticism. He's done more than enough to warrant a big pay day, but it remains to be seen how much the Giants will offer their star player.But if Mara's recent comments are an indication of anything, talks are going in the right direction. Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland was in swaddling blankets the previous time Kansas City won a home playoff game. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill was nestled comfortably in the womb.It was January 1994, Joe Montana was the quarterback and the Chiefs beat the Steelers on an overtime field goal by Nick Lowery to advance. And it’s hard to believe anybody packed inside Arrowhead Stadium that day imagined a quarter century would pass without another home playoff win.”It would be nice to break that,” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said, ”but you can’t add any extra motivation once you get to this stage. This is all the work we’ve been putting in as this team from day-one – this team. When we were putting in our goals and talking about that.”It’s tough to add any more motivation with historic streaks or things like that.”Besides, the Titans (9-7) are trying to end their own maddening stretch of playoff futility.Tennessee rumbles into Kansas City for the wild-card round Saturday in its first postseason trip since 2008 Josh Gordon Jersey Youth , when the Titans were the AFC’s top seed.If they can waltz out with a win, as they did in 2016, it would be their first playoff victory since January 2004.”It’s playoff time,” Titans safety Kevin Byard said. ”I dream about … matchups, about going up against guys like (Travis) Kelce and going up against Andy Reid, a Hall of Fame-level coach. He’s a great coach. And going into Arrowhead Stadium, one of the louder stadiums, I don’t think there’s better you can ask for in the first week of the playoffs.”Indeed, there are story lines galore in a game that could be overshadowed by higher-profile matchups, or perhaps overlooked because of the Chiefs’ midseason swoon and the Titans’ late-season slump.Smith is trying to validate the best season of his career in what could be his final game for the Chiefs (10-6). Hill is hoping to show off his world-class speed on a national stage.And running back Kareem Hunt, who won the NFL rushing title this season Saquon Barkley Jersey , will have a chance to etch his name alongside the likes of Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell as one of the league’s best.”If you lose, you go home,” Hunt said simply. ”Everybody is giving their all not to go home.”On the flip side, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will try to rewrite the story of an up-and-down season with his playoff debut. Running back Derrick Henry and his supporting cast will help. And embattled coach Mike Mularkey will try to prove he was the right man for the job all along.”The intensity and everything goes up when you get to this point,” Mularkey said.As the Titans prepare to visit the Chiefs, here are a few more story lines to watchBig GrinEEP THREAT: The Chiefs lost kick returner Akeem Hunt to an injury last weekend against Denver, and special teams coach Dave Toub said Hill could return against the Titans. The speedster was taken off that particular duty this season to keep him fresher for the offense.Toub was asked what the Chiefs lost in that sacrifice. ”Maybe two touchdowns,” he said flatly.SPEAKING OF SPECIAL TEAMS: The Titans beat the Chiefs 19-17 in December 2016 on a game-ending field goal by Ryan Succop, who had spent most of his career with Kansas City. Succop came up short on his first attempt at the 53-yarder, but Reid had called timeout just before to give him another shot.Succop made the mulligan for a victory in the coldest game in franchise history.MARIOTA’S MOMENT: The Titans’ young quarterback had struggled down the stretch, when they lost three straight to fall off the playoff pace.But while his numbers against Jacksonville last week to help clinch a postseason berth were modest Joe Thomas Jersey Elite , several teammates said Mariota got his swagger back.”It was just me being me,” he said. ”Again, I’m going to do whatever it takes to win. This is the time in the season when you’ve just got to lay it all on the line.”WATCH FOR FLAGS: The Chiefs were among the most penalized teams in the NFL this season, getting flagged 118 teams. The Titans were the second-best in the league, drawing just 85 penalties – second-fewest in franchise history for a 16-game season. In a playoff game with razor-thin margins, penalties could be the difference between winning and losing.ARROWHEAD MYSTIQUE: The weather should be in the 40s for kickoff Saturday, or about 40 degrees warmer than when these teams met last season.That should make it more comfortable for players, but also fans that will be plenty lubricated from their tailgates by the late afternoon kickoff.”There’s nothing like Arrowhead Stadium when that place is packed,” Reid said, ”and it’s a little cold and the ground is shaking a little bit. It doesn’t get any better.”—. [Resim: 631-nike_browns_701.jpg]

The Houston Rockets have scored 50 points in the third quarter at Minnesota to take control of Game 4 of their first-round series with the Timberwolves Landon Collins Jersey , the same total they produced for the entire first half. That was the second-highest scoring quarter by any team in the history of the NBA playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers scored 51 points in the fourth quarter on March 31, 1962 Josh Gordon Jersey Youth , in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.The all-time record for any game was set by the Buffalo Braves with 58 points in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Boston Celtics on Oct. 20, 1972. James Harden had 22 points in the third to lead the runaway by the Rockets Myles Garrett Browns Jersey , who turned a one-point lead into a 31-point advantage over the 12-minute span.—A former NFL cornerback has been arrested after police say he broke into the Southern California house of an ex-girlfriend who has a restraining order against him.Police say Brandon Browner broke into the house, threatened to kill the woman and stole a Rolex watch valued at about $20 Roquan Smith Jersey Youth ,000.The 33-year-old was arrested Sunday in La Verne, which is about 30 miles east of Los Angeles. Browner is from nearby Pomona and played football for Oregon State before signing with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011. He later played for the New England Patriots when they won the Super Bowl.Browner was previously arrested for domestic violence.It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.. [Resim: 87-nike_patriots_637.jpg]
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