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The Toronto Maple Leafs are a better team than shown by the results of the first two games of the first-round playoff series with the Boston Bruins.

Apr
21

They proved it Monday with a 4-2 victory at the Air Canada Centre in Game 3. They will have a chance Thursday night to even the series at two games each at the ACC.
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We knew we had to be better than we were in the first two games and we came into that game with more motivation, we came in more competitive, Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly said Wednesday. That’s what we felt we had to do as a group. I think we all did that.

The Bruins won the first two games of the series 5-1 and 7-3 in Boston.

The Bruins are impressed by the stretch passes used by the Maple Leafs.

It’s tough, Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy said. We’ve seen it a couple times this series where the D will jump in and next thing you know they’re off to the races. They play that style where they just want to counter so fast with their speed. They want to use their speed at all times. So, you’ve really got to make sure you’re counting five guys all the time and keeping them in front of you because they’ll go for those stretches, those breakaways.

Tampa Bay can wrap up the best-of-seven series in Game 5 at home on Saturday.

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This game might have been the roughest of the series, especially in the first period when the Lightning took a 2-1 lead in a session with a lot of scrums.

Elite Womens Brian Boyle Jersey The play everyone is going to talk about and the NHL probably will look at is Kucherov’s hit on Sami Vatanen late in the first. No penalty was called but the league’s No. 3 scorer appeared to jump before hitting Vatanen in the shoulder and head area. Devils coach coach John Hynes screamed at the officials after the play.

Ohio State offensive lineman Matthew Burrell transferring

Apr
20

Offensive lineman Matthew Burrell announced Wednesday that he is transferring from Ohio State.

Burrell is a redshirt junior who was in the top-100 recruiting rankings for the 2015 class when he signed with the Buckeyes.

“I am thankful for everything this amazing university has done for me,” Burrell wrote on Instagram. “Being a Buckeye is a once in a lifetime opportunity on the field and off. That being said, and after prayer and thought, I will be transferring from OSU.”

Maybe Portland could get its guards going by using someone other than Davis’ man to screen for them. That’s what they did to generate this clutch McCollum 3-pointer:

Although it isn’t clear why Burrell decided to leave, he was not a starter in 2017 and only saw sparing game action after guard Branden Bowen was injured. Burrell played in 13 games during his redshirt freshman season.

The Buckeyes lost left tackle Jamarco Jones and center Billy Price to the NFL draft, but are bringing back Bowen, guards Michael Jordan and Demetrius Knox as well as tackle Isaiah Prince among the starters from last season.

The charges of harm to a public servant, eluding police and resisting arrest have been dropped, according to the report, quoting a Broward state’s attorney spokesman as saying, “There was a possible discrepancy regarding the initial estimated speed, but there is no doubt that the defendant was driving recklessly. The other charges were declined, not filed, due to insufficient evidence.’’

Anderson now faces one misdemeanor count of reckless driving. Anderson also is facing charges from an arrest last spring for resisting arrest at a concert in May 2017. A hearing for that trial recently was postponed to Aug. 6.

He could be disciplined by the NFL under the league’s personal conduct policy. Anderson last season had 63 receptions and led the Jets with 941 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

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Cubs GM Jed Hoyer disappointed in rotation’s struggles

Apr
18

Before Tuesday night’s game, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer was clear about what has been the most disappointing aspect in an uneven start for the National League Central division favorites.
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When it comes to the pitching part of it, he said. I think that’s where it’s been difficult to get into a rhythm. Pitchers with good control and good command have struggled to throw Nolan Ryan Jersey strikes.

As if on cue, Tyler Chatwood backed up those comments with a rare performance against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 5-3 loss: 4.2 innings pitched, seven strikeouts and seven walks. According to ESPN Stats & Information data, only two pitchers compiled at least seven and seven in less than five innings pitched last year. Before that, it hadn’t happened since 2008. It meant throwing a lot of pitches — 97 — in a short outing, not exactly what fielders want when the temperature is 35 degrees at first pitch.

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UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen could face a draft day slide

Apr
16

In asking most NFL Draft experts, either UCLA’s Josh Rosen or USC’s Sam Darnold is the top quarterback in a loaded class at that position.
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While there might not be a lot of off-field or injury concerns surrounding Darnold, the same can’t be said for Rosen. By now, his outspoken mentality is already known. Though, it’s injury concerns that continue to pop up surrounding the former Bruin.

McVay also pointed to the presence of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips as a reason to feel confident that everything will Andy Dalton Jersey work out well for the Rams after adding players like Suh, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib to the defense this offseason.

I think the defensive coordinator has more swag than all of them, so we’ll be in good shape, McVay said.

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Sherels averaged 9.5 yards on punt returns and 24.6 yards on kickoff returns. He ranked second in the league in punt return average in 2013 and 2016.

Three of the Vikings’ unrestricted free agents remain unsigned, and the team has interest in bringing back cornerback Terence Newman. Receiver Michael Floyd and running back Bishop Sankey are not expected to return, via Tomasson.

I think the guy’s in there, Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. I really do.

Jackson also said that the Browns, who hold the first and fourth selections in round one, are on the verge of figuring out which guy is the guy.
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I think we’re very close, Jackson said. Yeah, I think we’re close. We just haven’t had the chance to be together. I gave the staff the week off. They’re vacationing. We’re here at the owners meetings and we’ll get together here soon and put our heads together and see what’s best.

Leafs’ Andersen sets franchise record for wins in a season

Apr
14

The Toronto Maple Leafs know they’ve just completed the best statistical season in franchise history.
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And Klay Thompson Youth jersey Frederik Andersen knows he now holds the team’s all-time record for goalie wins in a season.

What remains a mystery for the Leafs is their first-round playoff opponent.

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Right now, the Wizards just need to win a game. Friday night’s home loss to last-place Atlanta saw the Wizards plagued by poor defense and a selfish offense.

Not passing the ball to one another. Simple as that. Nobody wanted to share the basketball tonight, coach Scott Brooks said. When you do that, you end up taking bad shots. When you take bad shots, you end up missing. Simple game. You pass it to your teammate.

In 2017, New England sent its first-round pick to New Orleans for Brandin Cooks and sent its second-round pick to Carolina for Kony Ealy. New England’s first pick that year was No. 83 overall.

This chart shows just how strikingly different the Patriots’ draft capital in recent years has been from other teams. In the last three drafts, the Patriots have had exactly one pick in the Top 59. Every other team in the NFL has had at least four, while most teams have had six or more.

This year, the Patriots have changed their approach. New England just acquired the 23rd overall pick by trading Cooks to the Rams, and New England still has its own first-round pick, No. 31 overall. The Patriots also have the 43rd overall pick from the 49ers, acquired in the Jimmy Garoppolo trade, and the Patriots still have their own second-round pick, No. 63 overall.

Stevan Ridley to re-sign with Steelers

Apr
13

Stevan Ridley has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Ridley, 29, signed with the Steelers on December 19 and played 39 snaps on offense in two games. He rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.

He also spent four days with the Vikings last October.

He has allowed two goals or fewer in 21 of his 31 playoff starts. That includes back-to-back shutouts against the Nashville Predators en route to winning the Cup last season and giving up two or fewer scores in six of his final eight starts in winning the 2016 Cup.

Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: Give me Pekka Rinne as the guy who I would trust most throughout the playoffs. Sure, he has an excellent defensive group playing in front of him, but there’s a reason the four-time Vezina Trophy finalist is the front-runner for the award this season. The 35-year-old has put together strong stretches throughout his career, but he has looked as locked in as ever for the entire season (.927 save percentage, 2.32 GAA). Recency bias factors in; I’m expecting Rinne to build off his performance in last year’s postseason. Without Henrik Lundqvist in the field this year, I’m tabbing Rinne as the goaltender who can stand on his head, withstand a high volume of shots and seal a win.

He appeared in all 16 games last season, making 19 tackles, an interception and five pass breakups.

Golden, 27, was a special teams captain in Pittsburgh in 2015 and ’16.

Said Toronto Blue Jays pitcher John Axford: “It’s incredibly tragic and difficult. I keep reading about it because I want to know more about the players. I want to know about the families and their community, the people involved. And it hurts.”

Canadian golfer Adam Hadwin, a Saskatchewan native currently playing at the Masters, said: ” It shows you how short life is … You need to appreciate every moment. You need to appreciate the people around you.”
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NFC in 2018 is definition of both domination and parity

Apr
11

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One can make an argument that every team in the NFC has a chance to make the playoffs.

If Sam Bradford stays healthy, he, a solid defense and David Johnson could do the trick in Arizona. A big leap from Trubisky and the Bears’ revamped offense would be no shocking feat. A Bucs team on the cusp of being the next breakout team could finally have its year. And with an efficient, veteran quarterback in Alex Smith and plenty to work with on the rest of the roster, Washington has a shot, too.

Holland walked four batters in the 10th inning and forced home the go-ahead run Monday night that gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 win over the Cardinals.

It’s hard to walk four guys and consider it a success, Holland said. I struggled with my command. I felt good and just put myself in a tough spot.

There’s really no excuse for walking four guys in a row, he said.

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Holland (0-1) walked two batters to begin the 10th. After a sacrifice bunt by Eric Sogard, an intentional walk loaded the bases.

You know, they gave me the option there to swing. They really did, said Sogard, who entered the game batting .071 but got three hits. I see in that situation Ryan Suter USA Authentic Jersey to even risk not getting the job done was not acceptable.

Thursday’s NFL: MSU alum Shurmur, Giants face QB pick

Apr
09

Mike Shula changed into shorts and a team-issued T-shirt for a workout recently at the Giants’ facility in East Rutherford, Charlie Blackmon Jersey N.J., and as he walked into the gym he passed a mirror and did a double-take at the logo on his chest.
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It’s really happening, he thought. I’m really coaching for the New York Giants.

Authentic Youth Karl Mecklenburg Jersey Shula is football royalty, the son of the great Hall of Famer Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history.

Start with this: Davis Webb, the rising second-year QB already in the building, feels like the kind of committed worker, born leader and quiet killer Shurmur and Shula would love.

Kids Pavel Datsyuk Jersey The lack of NFL game tape on Webb may force the Giants to draft a quarterback at No. 2 anyway, for fear of the unknown. Shula even admitted he hasn’t quite gotten a handle on Webb yet since the coach has been on the road so frequently. He reiterated the Giants’ pre-draft minicamp from April 24-26 is an important three days for Webb.

If the Giants do draft a QB, though, the humble-but-impressive Allen and the easygoing-yet-driven Darnold feel like they could fit the profile of what Shurmur and Shula value most.

The former Wisconsin Badger is scheduled to have it surgically repaired next week, according to sources informed of the situation.

The emphasis on being able to authentically connect with each player is the most important thing, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay, a Millennial himself at age 32, told USA TODAY Sports in a聽phone interview.

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Drew Brees Sues Over $8 Million Ring, Jeweler Fires Back

Apr
07

Kids Josh Bynes Jersey Drew Brees claims he was scammed out of MILLIONS by a jeweler who sold him an $8 MILLION diamond ring… but the jeweler is saying Brees has no one to blame but himself.
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The New Orleans Saints QB has filed a lawsuit against Vahid Moradi — who runs the CJ Charles jewelry shop in San Diego, the city where Brees began his NFL career.

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Cooks lands on his second new team in as many years, being dealt from the organization that acquired him via trade last offseason. The speedster who was sorely missed in the latter stages of Super Bowl LII leaves New England after posting a 65-catch, 1,082-yard season that also included seven touchdowns.

Cooks is perhaps the league’s best receiver to get traded twice in such a young career with plenty of promise and production. The game-breaking wideout is one of only three players with 1,000-plus receiving yards and five-plus receiving touchdowns in each of the last three seasons. The other two: Antonio Brown and Larry Fitzgerald.

It’s a catch: NFL owners approve simplified catch language

Apr
06

It’s a catch: NFL owners approve simplified catch language More ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Maybe it’s too late for Jesse James and the Steelers or Zach Miller and the Bears. No matter, the NFL has a simplified catch rule designed to eliminate confusion — and, the league hopes, controversy — about receptions. Team owners unanimously approved the new language Tuesday, with basically three elements defining a catch: —having control of the ball; —getting two feet down or another body part; —making a football move, such as taking a third step or extending the ball. We wanted to simplify and provide clarity, Pittsburgh coach and longtime competition committee member Mike Tomlin said. It was time to do so after we got caught up in language that didn’t do that.

When Davis pointed at him during the meeting and said, You’re the most important person in the room, Bernhard, in a deadpan response, looked over his shoulder and thought, Is he talking about me

Encarnacion hit his second career inside-the-park homer and Tyler Naquin and Yonder Alonso cleared the fences for the Indians, who beat Los Angeles 6-0 Monday night to spoil the Angels’ home opener and snap their three-game win streak.

Encarnacion hit a high fly ball off JC Ramirez that left fielder Justin Upton tracked into the corner with one out in the second inning. The ball hit the yellow line on the padding below the foul pole and caromed several feet away from Upton, coming to a stop on the warning track.

Upton leaned over the short fence for just a moment, apparently thinking the ball had landed foul. By the time Upton chased it down and threw it in, the 230-pound Encarnacion was steaming around third base on his way to scoring standing up.

Encarnacion also hit an inside-the-park homer on Aug. 31, 2007, against St. Louis while with the Cincinnati Reds, back when he was 24. He homered twice Sunday in a loss at Seattle.patriots_109