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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has received a five-year contract extension Paul Worrilow Color Rush Jersey , a reward for accomplishments that include rapid growth in the value of franchises and attendance records around the league being set annually.

Board of Governors Chairman Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto Raptors announced the deal, one that keeps Silver under contract through the 2024 NBA Finals. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Silver, 56, led a very smooth series of negotiations with the NBA players union on the way to a new collective bargaining agreement in 2016 – one where salaries around the league soared thanks to a $24.1 billion, nine-year television and media rights deal that he helped strike with Disney and Turner Sports two years earlier.

Franchise values of the 30 NBA clubs have risen fivefold, from an estimated $12 billion when Silver took over to $60 billion now. This was also the fourth consecutive season where the league set an all-time attendance record, with 22.1 million fans attending games in 2017-18.

This season also marked the launch of the first eSports league – the NBA 2K League Keke Coutee Color Rush Jersey , which Silver has raved about.

”From the NBA’s standpoint, this is our fourth league,” he said earlier this year. ”Of course we have the NBA, the WNBA and the G League, and now this is the fourth league in our family, and that’s exactly as we’re treating it: one more professional league.”

Silver has been with the NBA since 1992, and became deputy commissioner under David Stern in 2005. When Stern retired on Feb. 1 http://www.chiefsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-breeland-speaks-jersey , 2014 after holding the office for 30 years, Silver took over as the fifth commissioner in NBA history.



The New Orleans Pelicans addressed have a couple of major, uncertain free-agent concerns and they used their only pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft to address one of them.

The Pelicans bolstered their backcourt, drafting Penn State point guard Tony Carr in the second round. New Orleans used the 51st overall pick to take Carr, 6-foot-5, who averaged 19.6 points (second-most in the Big Ten), 5.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds as a sophomore last season.

While the biggest question facing New Orleans this offseason is the future of free-agent All-Star forward of DeMarcus Cousins Kenny Young Color Rush Jersey , the organization faces questions about a key agent in point guard Rajon Rondo.

”He can play” both guard positions, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said of Carr. ”We like his size. We like his ability to score. We like his ability to make plays. He’s pretty crafty and he played in a tough conference and was able to score at an elite level.”

As New Orleans looks to resolve those situations, the Pelicans wanted to upgrade their perimeter game this offseason, particularly with scorers who can create their own shot off the dribble.

Carr shot just 40.8 percent from the floor last season, but that was an improvement from the 37.7 percent he shot while averaging 13.2 points as a freshman. He improved his three-point percentage from 32.0 as a freshman to 43.3 as a sophomore.

The Pelicans hope that upward trend continues with Rondo’s situation unclear.

Starting shooting guard Jrue Holiday can also play the point, but backup point guard Ian Clark is also a free agent. Last year’s No. 2 pick, Frank Jackson http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-will-hernandez-jersey , is a combo guard who missed all of his rookie season because of a foot injury.

Carr said he has studied Holiday, who was named to the NBA All-Defensive team and averaged 19 points per game last season.

He said like Holiday, ”I can play on both ends of the floor. I can score and I can also facilitate for others.”

Rondo, 32, was signed to a one-year deal last summer and proved to be a valuable veteran presence on a team with little playoff experience.

Demps said the uncertainty of Rondo’s and Clark’s future with the team wasn’t a factor in the Pelicans selecting Carr.

”We really looked at the best player available,” Demps said. ”But I don’t want to get too excited. We’re going to get him in here next week. We’ll see when we get a live look at him. There’s no guarantee he’ll be on the team this year.”
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Cousins’ status is complicated by a couple of factors. He’s coming off a torn Achilles that ended his season in January, and the Pelicans played well after acquiring Niko Mirotic in a February trade with Chicago to replace Cousins. That trade cost them their first-round pick.

New Orleans wound up winning 48 games and sweeping Portland in a first-round playoff series before losing to Golden State in five games.

Demps said July 1 Michael Dickson Color Rush Jersey , the first day of free agency, ”is going to be a busy day for us.”

He said the Pelicans have been communicating with the agents for Cousins and Rondo.

”They’re both big parts of what we did,” Demps said.

Demps added that Cousins’ rehabilitation is ”right on schedule,” adding that Cousins is ”committed to getting back and being ready to play.”



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HOUSTON — Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch occasionally bristles at conventional methodology Troy Niklas Color Rush Jersey , particularly given the availability of superior data and how its dissemination shapes decisions.

For instance, last Friday in Kansas City, the Astros (50-26) recalled first baseman Tyler White to take the roster spot of left-handed reliever Reymin Guduan, who made one appearance two days earlier before being placed on the paternity list for the birth of his child.

That move left the Astros one arm short in the bullpen and, when Guduan exhausted his time on the paternity list, the organization returned him to Triple-A Fresno instead of recalling him to Houston.

The Astros have completed two series with an extra position player on their bench Baker Mayfield Browns Jersey , a move that some might consider unorthodox but one Hinch is reticent to harp on, despite being asked about his roster configuration more than once in the past week.

“In the heat in Kansas City, it was nice to have an extra guy when we won by a lot,” Hinch said of a 10-2 victory on June 16. “Maneuvering some pinch-hit opportunities has been key. Obviously, it allowed us to start an all right-handed lineup (Tuesday against Rays left-hander Blake Snell) and give (second baseman Jose) Altuve most of the day off.

“Our starters have gone pretty deep … the last two outings, which has allowed the bullpen to get rested. It feels a little different to have seven relievers Evan Bouchard Oilers Jersey , but in actuality, that’s too many. I’d have five position players on the bench if I could.”

The Astros, who will open a three-game series with the Royals on Friday at Minute Maid Park, will stand pat with seven relievers for the immediate future.

Right-hander Joe Smith, currently on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, has begun a throwing program and is poised for a return to the active roster that could reset the bullpen balance.

Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (4-8 http://www.cardinalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-christian-kirk-jersey , 4.15 ERA) will start the opener for Houston. He is 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA in seven career starts against the Royals and picked up the win over Kansas City in his last start, allowing two unearned runs, six hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings in a 10-2 victory on June 16.

Keuchel had been 0-3 with a 7.33 ERA in his previous five starts.

The Royals will counter with left-hander Danny Duffy (3-7, 5.55 ERA) on Friday. Duffy surrendered seven runs (six earned), seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings of his previous start, a 10-2 loss to the Astros on June 16. He is 2-3 with a 5.29 ERA in eight career appearances (five starts) against Houston.

Kansas City (22-52) has dropped nine consecutive games and 15 of 16 overall Adam Boqvist Blackhawks Jersey , including all three games during a series against the Astros last weekend at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals are batting .188 this month, their worst record in any month under ninth-year manager Ned Yost.

The Royals last won a road series on May 21-23, taking the final two games of a three-game set at St. Louis.

A look at what’s happening around the majors Saturday:

SOX SEEING DEAD RED

A couple of Boston’s top hitters could be in line for a big weekend in Kansas City. Heading into the series opener Friday night, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Mitch Moreland had gone a combined 15 for 27 (.556) with six home runs in three games against the Royals. The trio will have another opportunity to feast on Kansas City pitching on Saturday night when 22-year-old rookie Brad Keller takes the mound for the Royals. Keller has a 2.09 ERA in 56 innings this season and is making his seventh start.

RAY’S REBOUND

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray looked sharp during his first start since missing two months with an oblique strain, throwing six scoreless innings in a win over Miami. Ray wasn’t nearly as effective in his last start when he allowed six runs in five innings against St. Louis. He is hoping to bounce back when he takes the mound against the San Diego Padres.
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CY SEVERINO?

New York Yankees ace Luis Severino made the jump to Cy Young Award contender last season Antonio Callaway Color Rush Jersey , finishing third in the American League voting after posting a 14-6 record and 2.98 ERA. The 24-year-old right-hander has been even better this season, leading the AL in wins (13) and ERA (1.98). Severino will try to add to his stellar resume and help New York keep pace with Boston when he takes the mound at Toronto.

PRIMED PAXTON

Seattle’s James Paxton has experienced plenty of success this season, like his no-hitter against Toronto on May 8. The left-hander had his best start since the no-hitter in his last outing, striking out 11 while pitching eight innings of two-hit ball in a 1-0 win over Kansas City. Paxton will try to continue his breakout season when the Mariners hosts the Colorado Rockies.



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Glen Gulutzan took the fall for the Calgary Flames‘ shortcomings this season with his dismissal Tuesday.

With a year remaining on his contract as head coach http://www.ramsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-john-kelly-jersey , Gulutzan was fired along with assistant Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard less than two years after they were hired.

A poor home record, a wretched power play and a late-season dive contributed to Calgary finishing out of the playoffs with a 37-35-10 record.

”Accountability lies with all of us,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said at a hastily-called news conference at Scotiabank Saddledome.

”As a manager I lead that charge. Our hockey staff leads that charge and also our players. When you make a decision (like) I made today, there is lots of blame to go around.”

Gulutzan coached Calgary to the playoffs in his first season, but the Flames were eliminated in four straight games by the Anaheim Ducks in 2017.

The additions of veteran goaltender Mike Smith and defenseman Travis Hamonic were considered to be the pieces of the puzzle that would get the Flames deeper into the playoffs.

Riding a seven-game win streak and sitting second in the Pacific Division in January, the Flames lost six in a row coming out of their bye week and continued to struggle coming down the stretch.

The team held down the Western Conference’s final wild-card spot Feb. 25, but managed just two victories in its final 11 games of the regular season.

Smith’s performance dropped late in the season after missing a month with a lower-body injury.

Top-line center Sean Monahan played through multiple injuries that required surgeries when he was shut down for the season March 21.

”We relied too much on too few,” Treliving said. ”Certainly the lack of depth, or the lack of contributions by many, was a big part of the problem we had.”

A 17-20-4 record at the Saddledome and a power play that ranked 29th in the league at 16 percent were a factor in Calgary missing the playoffs.

Gulutzan Jeff Locke Color Rush Jersey , 46, was Treliving’s first head-coaching hire.

Treliving extended the contract of Gulutzan’s predecessor, Bob Hartley, in December 2014, but fired him 17 months later and brought Gulutzan on board.

Hartley had a reputation for being hard on players, while Gulutzan was considered more approachable.

”Personality didn’t have a whole lot to do with this decision,” Treliving said. ”I don’t necessarily think our group is a difficult group to coach. There’s challenges with every group.

”By no means is today’s decision letting anyone off the hook. Ultimately you have success when your players perform well. I felt in order to get us to that level, we had to make this decision.”

So the Flames will hire their fourth head coach in nine years after Gulutzan (2016-17) Hartley (2012-16) and Brent Sutter (2009-12). Calgary has finished outside the playoffs seven of the past nine years.

”You can’t churn (coaches),” Treliving said. ”Having said that, you can’t not make a decision for the same reason. Ultimately it’s my responsibility to get it right. I really try to avoid emotional decisions.

”This is not a step back from the season and a need to throw a body on the tarmac.”

Assistant coach Martin Gelinas Michael Dickson Color Rush Jersey , goaltending coach Jordan Singalet and video coach Jamie Pringle remain with the team.

”There won’t be any other further coaching moves at this stage,” Treliving said.

Gulutzan has a 146-125-23 NHL coaching record that also includes two seasons with the Dallas Stars (2011-2013).

Recently unemployed NHL coaches include Alain Vigneault, Dan Bylsma, Dave Tippett and former Flames coach Darryl Sutter.

”I think having experience in this league is critical,” Treliving said.



More NHL hockey: Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic acknowledged he didn’t have a very good night against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Until the game’s closing seconds.

Bogdanovic knocked down a 16-footer with just over a second remaining, then tipped the ensuing Memphis inbounds pass to help Sacramento escape with a 94-93 victory Friday night.

Bogdanovic saved the Kings from blowing a double-digit lead in the final four minutes and salvaged a night where the rookie guard from Serbia was 4 of 11 from the field, including missing all five of his 3-pointers for eight points.

”It felt good, honestly, especially when you have a bad night like I had in terms of trying to find a rhythm on offense,” Bogdanovic said of the final shot Kolton Miller Color Rush Jersey , later adding: ”I’ve been working on these shots, so sometimes you make it, sometimes not.”

Bogdanovic’s jumper capped a close game between two teams near the bottom of the Western Conference standings – a game that saw four lead changes in the final minute. Dillon Brooks had given Memphis a 93-92 lead 6 seconds before Bogdanovic’s game-winner, and after a corner 3-pointer from Justin Jackson with 17 seconds left.

”I think the guys defended it well,” Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said, adding that both shots were contested, ”but you’ve got to give them credit, they made good offensive plays.”

Willie Cauley-Stein led the Kings with 18 points, Buddy Hield finished with 14, and De’Aaron Fox and Jackson each scored 13.

MarShon Brooks had 23 points for Memphis http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jordan-whitehead-jersey , while Dillon Brooks added 16.

Memphis, which trailed 87-77 with about 4 minutes left, clicked off 10 straight points to tie the game. The teams exchanged leads the rest of the way until Bogdanovic’s winner.

”Not a real pretty game, but the last two minutes were a lot of fun to be part of,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. ”Certainly, it was exciting with both teams making shots. . It was shot-for-shot coming down the stretch.”

TIP-INS

Kings: Cauley-Stein hit his first five shots in the game. He has reached double figures in the last six games. . Missed all six of their 3-pointers in the first half and finished 6 of 24 from outside the arc. .The victory was only the second for Sacramento in the last 16 road games against the Grizzlies.

Grizzlies: Brooks entered the game averaging 23.3 points in his three games since signing a 10-day contract with the team. He signed a multiyear deal with Memphis earlier Friday. … Rookie C Ivan Rabb had 12 points and 11 rebounds, recording his second double-double. … Played with eight players sitting out, including Marc Gasol (rest), Tyreke Evans (not with team/personal reasons) among others. … Used their 34th starting lineup of the season.

WELCOME BACK, ZACH

Kings F Zach Randolph missed his eighth straight game Jordan Whitehead Color Rush Jersey , the last four listed as personal reasons. However, he did come to the Kings bench about 2 minutes into the game, drawing applause from Memphis fans. Randolph played seven years with the Grizzlies before signing with Sacramento in the off season. He spent several timeouts meeting with former teammates Mike Conley Jr. and Marc Gasol, neither of whom played Friday night, while waving and shaking hands with fans.

SECOND-HALF PUSH

The Kings outrebounded Memphis 42-38, including a 22-13 advantage in the second half. Sacramento converted 6 of 18 shots from outside the arc after intermission, and, while not great, it was better than Memphis making 3 of 13.

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Kings: Play their final road game of the season on Monday at San Antonio.

Grizzlies: Host the Detroit Pistons in their home finale on Sunday.



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Taking on the NFL and football’s Super Bowl champs Sean Newcomb Atlanta Braves Jersey , President Donald Trump gave the boot to a White House ceremony for the Philadelphia Eagles and instead threw his own brief ”Celebration of America” after it became clear most players weren’t going to show up.

Both sides traded hot accusations about who was to blame.

Trump tried to turn the fracas into a referendum on patriotism and tie it to the dispute over players who have taken a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. However, Eagles players never knelt during the ”Star-Spangled Banner,” throughout the 2017 season and their march to the Super Bowl.

The White House accused Eagles team members of pulling a ”political stunt” and abandoning their fans by backing out at the last minute. Indeed, few apparently were going to come, though some expressed disappointment that they’d been disinvited and complained Trump was unfairly painting them as anti-American.

CLEVELAND (AP) – Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year.

No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon.

On the day when the Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be there to commemorate winning the Super Bowl – a visit that was canceled by President Donald Trump – Curry and James were among those speaking out at the NBA Finals in support of the Eagles.

GYMNASTICS

WASHINGTON (AP) – The former president of USA Gymnastics refused to answer questions from a Senate subcommittee about how he handled allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, and another former executive sat next to him and asserted that her former boss instructed her and others to keep quiet about athletes’ claims.

Rhonda Faehn, the former senior vice president of USA Gymnastics, said she first reported an allegation against Nassar to Steve Penny, her then-boss Josh Sweat Color Rush Jersey , on June 17, 2015. Nassar was not arrested until more than a year later. He is now serving decades in prison for sexual assault and possession of child pornography, and hundreds of athletes have said they were abused by him, including Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Simone Biles.

The revelations about Nassar’s conduct over two decades and the way it was handled by Penny and others have led Congress to call for drastic reforms of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and other sports’ governing bodies.

Faehn said Penny warned her and others not to discuss the allegations against Nassar and that she wrongly assumed he had taken the allegations to law enforcement.

NHL

NEW YORK (AP) – Lou Lamoriello moved quickly to shake up the New York Islanders by firing coach Doug Weight and general manager Garth Snow and naming himself the team’s new GM just two weeks after taking over as president of hockey operations.

Lamoriello made the moves that begin to reshape the organization in his image, two weeks to the day ownership said he’d have ”full authority over all hockey matters.” Lamoriello left the Toronto Maple Leafs to run the Islanders and will begin the search for a new coach immediately.

The end of Snow’s tenure seemed inevitable after owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin brought in Lamoriello to oversee the hockey operations department. The Islanders missed the playoffs eight times in Snow’s 12 years as general manager, including the past two seasons.

Weight, who took over for the fired Jack Capuano in January 2017, just finished his first full season as head coach.

HORSE RACING

NEW YORK (AP) – Something Bob Baffert always dreads has come true ahead of the Belmont Stakes: Justify drew the No. 1 post for the colt’s bid to sweep the Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was made the early 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field for Saturday’s race.

Baffert is not a fan of the inside post for his horses http://www.broncosauthorizedshops.com/authentic-daesean-hamilton-jersey , no matter what the race.

History, however, may be on Justify’s side. Since 1905, a leading 23 horses have won from the No. 1 post. The last to win from there was Empire Maker in 2003 when he spoiled Funny Cide’s Triple Crown bid.

Justify won the first two legs of the series from the No. 7 post. He ran on sloppy tracks both times and the forecast for Saturday calls for a 60 percent chance of rain.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Pitcher Meghan King settled down after a rough start to complete a record-setting Women’s College World Series, and Florida State beat Washington 8-3 to claim its first national title.

The Seminoles (58-12) won the best-of-three championship series 2-0. They lost their opener before winning six straight to become just the third team to come through the losers’ bracket and take the title.

King broke a World Series record for lowest ERA among pitchers who threw at least 10 innings with a mark of 0.20. She earned four wins and a save in Oklahoma City while allowing just one earned run in 34 1/3 innings.

King was on such a run that Florida State’s ace throughout the season, Kylee Hanson, never had to pitch in the championship series.

Florida State’s Jessie Warren, who hit .520 in the World Series, was named most outstanding player. She went 3 for 4 with a homer on Tuesday.

TENNIS

PARIS (AP) – Novak Djokovic’s neck was bothering him. Then his right leg was.

The way he faltered at the most crucial of moments in the French Open quarterfinals might have hurt him the most against an opponent who never won a Grand Slam match until last week and The Latest on the New Jersey Legislature’s effort to legalize sports betting (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Monmouth Park Racetrack says it won’t take any sports bets Thursday night.

But the track’s plans beyond that remain unclear.

The Oceanport, New Jersey track near the Jersey shore says it will announce soon when it plans to begin taking bets at its sports wagering lounge.

The New Jersey Legislature approved a sports betting bill Thursday http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-p.j.-hall-jersey , but Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy won’t say when he’ll act on it.

One state lawmaker notes that language that would have prohibited a casino or track from taking sports bets before the bill is signed was stripped from the bill before it was approved.

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5:20 p.m.

Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta is thanking the New Jersey Legislature for a last-minute fix that will allow his Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City to take sports bets – just not on basketball.

Fertitta owns the NBA’s Houston Rockets, and would have been shut out of sports betting under previous versions of the bill.

But the change allows him to offer bets on other sports except for basketball.

Fertitta says he eventually hopes to persuade New Jersey to let the Golden Nuggets take bets on basketball teams other than the Rockets, which is what Nevada regulators allow.



5 p.m.

Major League Baseball, the NBA and the PGA Tour want New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to ”fix” the sports betting law on his desk to address concerns about the integrity of betting on their games.

The leagues are seeking payments to help them police betting patterns, and want better information sharing.

They say the law passed Thursday by the state Legislature does not address those concerns.

Lawmakers rejected the integrity fee payments.

It remains unclear when sports betting might begin in New Jersey, or when the Democratic governor might act on the bill.

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4:55 p.m.

A major bookmaking company has signed a contract to offer sports betting at tracks in New Jersey and New York.

Moments after the New Jersey Legislature gave final approval to a bill legalizing sports betting, Betfair US announced it will offer sports betting at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, just outside New York City.

It will do likewise at Tioga Downs Racetrack in New York.

Betfair says it will start offering sports betting this summer and will be operational at the tracks before the NFL season begins in September.

Betfair US is a subsidiary of Paddy Power Betfair, one of the largest publicly traded sports betting companies in the world.

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4:40 p.m.

A New Jersey lawmaker says a Jersey shore racetrack is technically free to start taking bets immediately, even before a bill legalizing sports betting is signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

Republican state Sen. Declan O’Scanlan says language was dropped from the bill that prohibited any sports betting facility from opening until the bill is signed.

That appears to clear the way for Monmouth Park in Oceanport to begin taking bets right away. The track has loudly wanted to begin taking bets Friday.

But its chief Breeland Speaks Color Rush Jersey , Dennis Drazin, also has said he does not want to antagonize the governor.

It remains unclear what the track’s plans are and when the governor might act.

3:35 p.m.

The New Jersey Legislature has given final approval to a bill legalizing sports betting.

The state Senate approved the bill Thursday afternoon shortly after the Assembly approved it.

It now goes to the desk of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who hasn’t said when he’ll sign it.

Murphy’s office says the bill will get a careful review, but won’t estimate when the governor will act on it.

Monmouth Park racetrack has been particularly vocal about its desire to start taking bets on Friday.

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3:10 p.m.

The New Jersey Assembly has unanimously approved a bill that would legalize sports betting.

The bill approved Thursday now goes to the state Senate, which also is expected to approve it, and then to the desk of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy. It’s unclear whether he will sign it into law.

The Assembly amended the bill to allow casinos that own more than 10 percent of a sports team to still offer sports betting, but only on sports other than those in which they own a team. That would let the Golden Nugget back in the game.

Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta owns the Golden Nugget and the NBA’s Houston Rockets.

Under the change, the Golden Nugget could still take bets on sports including football, baseball and hockey, but not basketball.



1:50 p.m.

New Jersey lawmakers are rethinking a law that would have banned one Atlantic City casino from offering sports betting.

The state Assembly is expected to amend its proposed sports betting law to allow casinos that own more than 10 percent of a sports team to still offer sports betting http://www.chiefsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-breeland-speaks-jersey , but only on sports other than those in which they own a team.

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Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta owns the Golden Nugget and the NBA’s Houston Rockets.

Under the change, the Golden Nugget could still take bets on sports including football, baseball and hockey, but not basketball.



12:30 a.m.

New Jersey’s proposed sports betting law is heading down to the wire.

Final legislative approval is expected on Thursday, but it’s anyone’s bet when Gov. Phil Murphy might sign it.

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For better or for worse Korey Toomer Color Rush Jersey , Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson is an expert when it comes to knowing what the NHL looks for when punishing someone for a dangerous hit, and he thinks Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman could be in trouble.

Wilson, who served a three-game suspension earlier this postseason, spoke out about the way Stralman slammed him into the glass in the first period of what turned into a 4-2 victory for Tampa Bay over Washington in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday night.

Stralman was sent to the penalty box for boarding on the play.

”It’s a vulnerable position. There’s no doubt there’s contact with my head. If I’m wearing a helmet from five years ago, I think I’m probably unconscious. So we’ll see what they say,” Wilson said, referring to the possibility of the league’s department of player safety reviewing the matter.

On the play Antonio Senzatela Colorado Rockies Jersey , Wilson was facing the glass not too far from the Capitals’ bench when Stralman hit him from behind. Wilson dropped to the ice and put his right glove to his helmet.

After the game, which allowed the Lightning to cut their series deficit to 2-1, Wilson talked about the ”goose egg on the side of my head” and acknowledged, ”It took me a little bit to collect myself.”

He said the hit included ”everything I’ve heard all year: He sees (jersey) numbers for a good amount of time, and he elevates through the back of my shoulder and head.”

Capitals coach Barry Trotz referred to those as ”red flags,” and added, ”I understand where Tom’s coming from Pat Valaika Colorado Rockies Jersey , no question.”

”That’s a lot of `don’ts’ for me. From what they’ve been telling me, that’s a lot of `don’ts.’ If I make that hit, 100 percent I’m probably sitting out. So we’ll see. It’s playoffs. It’s an intense time of year,” Wilson said. ”I don’t think he’s a malicious player, at all. But it’s a pretty dangerous hit. I think a lot of people will say that.”

The game was scoreless at the time of that hit, but Tampa Bay would go on to take a 3-0 lead en route to the victory. Wilson thought that Stralman’s play might have set a tone that affected the way play went.

”(When) someone gets run from behind, for the next couple shifts http://www.texansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jordan-akins-jersey , you might be a little more tentative coming back for pucks,” Wilson said. ”We’ve got to play through it. There’s going to be emotion.”

Senior vice president of player safety George Parros was at Tuesday’s game. During the season, Parros and Wilson met for about an hour to go over video clips of various hits so the player could understand what the league is watching for.

During Washington’s elimination of two-time reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh in the second round of the playoffs, Wilson missed three games after breaking Penguins rookie Zach Aston-Reese’s jaw in a violent collision.

Wilson also was forced to sit out two preseason games following a late hit on an opponent, then was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for boarding a player shortly after his return.



Emails, recordings and testimony prove that four former employees of the truck stop chain Pilot Flying J conspired to defraud customers in a fuel rebate scam that has already resulted in more than a dozen guilty pleas, a prosecutor said Monday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Hamilton told jurors in his closing argument that conspirators in the scheme identified potential targets http://www.broncosauthorizedshops.com/authentic-daesean-hamilton-jersey , cheated them out of money and lulled them into a false sense of security.

Benjamin Vernia, an attorney for former sales staffer Heather Jones, said the government had ”fallen far short” of proving its case against his client. Attorneys for former Pilot president Mark Hazelwood, former vice president Scott ”Scooter” Wombold and former sales staffer Karen Mann will present their closing arguments Tuesday. The trial began three months ago but has taken time off for holidays and bad weather.

Pilot Flying J is controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The Haslams haven’t been charged with any wrongdoing. The governor has not been involved in the company in recent years.

Prosecutors say the four defendants participated in a scheme to shortchange trucking customers on diesel rebates. Fourteen former members of the Pilot sales team have pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme, and the company paid a $92 million penalty to the federal government and settled a class-action lawsuit for $85 million.
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Hamilton spent much of his closing argument outlining how each of the four defendants was involved.

He said former Pilot account representative Dan Peyton informed Hazelwood that a company had been shortchanged by Pilot. Hamilton also said Hazelwood received emails showing Pilot representatives were offering companies one price and actually charging something different.

Hamilton noted that Wombold worked with Brian Mosher, a former sales director who already has pleaded guilty and who testified in this trial. Hamilton said there’s no evidence of Wombold ever telling Mosher defrauding customers was wrong and advising him to stop. Hamilton also cited emails indicating Mann had participated in the fraud as well as testimony that Jones had sent spreadsheets to Mosher to assist in the scheme.

Vernia disputed the notion that Jones willingly participated in any sort of fraud. Vernia said Jones even had asked Mosher at one point if what they were doing was OK, and that Mosher had told her it was.

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The San Antonio Spurs face a near-must-win situation when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

And nothing would make the Trail Blazers happier than to snatch that victory away from the Spurs and rain a little on the parade San Antonio has enjoyed for the past two decades.

The Spurs (45-34) are in desperation mode although they begin play in the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference with three games to play. San Antonio is tied with New Orleans and Oklahoma City for fifth place in the Western Conference standings Cheap Lamar Jackson Jersey , a game behind fourth-place Utah. But only one game separates fifth place from ninth place, with the top eight teams earning spots in the postseason.

San Antonio heads home for its next-to-last home game after two straight, last-second losses in Los Angeles, first to the Clippers Tuesday and then to the Lakers, with the latter a 122-112 setback in overtime the following night.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points for the Spurs in the loss to the Lakers, while Dejounte Murray hit for 23 points and took 10 rebounds, and Pau Gasol had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Rudy Gay added 14 points off the bench for San Antonio.

The loss was San Antonio’s seventh straight on the road and kept the Spurs’ magic number to clinch their 21st consecutive playoff berth at two. Two of San Antonio’s last three games are against teams with winning records, including their season finale at New Orleans on Wednesday.

“Man, we’ve got to know that every game is a playoff, a Game 7 for us,” Murray said. “We’ve got to play for 48 minutes, and if the game decides to go to overtime like it did tonight, we’ve got to be ready to play even more.

“We are staying together Ito Smith Color Rush Jersey ,” Murray added. “One thing I can say, we are staying together. There is a lot going on. When you lose games, it is easy to lose focus.”

For the first time in 18 years, the Spurs will not win 50 games in a season. And Gasol said that San Antonio’s margin for error is shrinking.

“We have been talking about that,” Gasol said. “It just gets slimmer and slimmer. It was the worst outcome, losing two games that we had our chances and even times, especially (against the Clippers), were in control of with big leads. But two losses, and that is reality.”

Portland (48-31) heads to the Alamo City in third place in the Western Conference standings, a game up on Utah but already assured of a spot in the playoffs. The Trail Blazers lost their most recent game at Houston 96-94 on Thursday despite allowing just 12 points in the fourth quarter and 30 points in the second half.

CJ McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 16 points, and Jusuf Nurkic had his 25th double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. Wade Baldwin IV scored 14 points while Caleb Swanigan had a career-high 10 points and Evan Turner had 10 points for Portland.

“I know we put in all the guys who don’t play a lot, everybody’s hungry http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-anthony-averett-jersey ,” Baldwin said. “Everybody wants to play in this league, everybody wants to show what they can do. I think everybody did a fantastic job of showing that tonight.”

Portland dropped its second consecutive game and fell to 4-5 since a 13-game winning streak launched them up the Western Conference standings

“Those guys at the end just worked their (butts) off,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Played hard, were aggressive defensively. It was really impressive. Too bad we couldn’t go to overtime or win it, but I was really proud of the way they played.”

Portland’s star guard Damian Lillard has been hampered by an ankle injury but said Friday that he expects to play on Saturday in San Antonio.

The Latest on Thursday night’s NBA draft (all times local):

11 p.m.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, which tied its record with nine NCAA Tournament teams earlier this year, had the most players selected in the first round of the NBA draft: six players.

Duke accounted for half the ACC’s total with Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr. and Grayson Allen.

After setting a league record with eight NCAA teams, the Southeastern Conference ranked second again with five first-round picks – but only two from Kentucky. The SEC also tied its own mark with four lottery picks for the second time in four years for the league.

The Big Ten matched its four NCAA teams with four first-round draft picks.

The Big 12 fell far short of matching its seven NCAA berths with only three first-round picks. But the Pac 12, which had Arizona’s Deandre Ayton taken No. 1 overall, matched its three NCAA teams with three draft picks.

And Villanova, the defending national champ, helped the Big East top its two No. 1 seeds. Three Wildcats wound up drafted among the first 30 picks.



9:10 p.m.

Michael Porter Jr. insists that he’s the best player in this draft.

Apparently Josh Tomlin Cleveland Indians Jersey , 13 teams disagreed.

Porter Jr., whose college career at Missouri was all of three games because of back surgery, fell to the very last lottery spot in Thursday night’s draft. The Denver Nuggets decided Porter Jr. was worth the gamble, taking him with the No. 14 selection.

Porter played just 53 minutes in college and cancelled a workout in recent days because of what was described as a hip issue.

The freefall is going to cost Porter some money. The top pick in this year’s draft, Deandre Ayton, is guaranteed to make at least $6.7 million. Porter Jr. is only guaranteed $2.4 million.



9 p.m.

Before Deandre Ayton was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the first pick of the draft, he had signed a multimillion deal with Puma.

Ayton, one of three players in this class who made the choice to go with Puma over bigger brands such as Nike and Adidas, says it was an easy and personal decision for him.

He says, ”In the Bahamas, a lot of people cannot afford Nike or Adidas. Puma is the main brand and it’s very affordable, and growing up around that brand, I’m used to that brand.”

Ayton http://www.jetsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-nathan-shepherd-jersey , who played at Arizona, is from Nassau, Bahamas. The inside of his draft tuxedo not only featured Bahama’s flag but also Nigeria and Jamaica ones. His mom is Jamaican and Bahamian. His dad is Nigerian.

Marvin Bagley III and Zhaire Smith also signed with Puma.

Ayton says he wants to ”start my own thing,” adding, ”I want to be dominant in my own brand, and I want to have my own signature one day to make it global.”



7:50 p.m.

Luka Doncic won a championship on Tuesday. For Real Madrid. In Spain.

Two days later, he’s in the NBA.

The Slovenian teenager -considered one of the best prospects to come out of Europe- was picked No. 3 overall by the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night, amid reports that he would quickly be traded to Dallas for the No. 5 pick and a future first-round selection.

This marks the seventh time in the last 13 drafts that at least one player has gone in the top five and will be entering the NBA directly from an international team. Andrea Bargnani went No. 1 overall in 2006; the last top-five to come from an international roster was Dragan Bender, who went No. 4 to Phoenix in 2016.

The international touch on this draft is already pronounced, with No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton being born in the Bahamas.



7:40 p.m.

Only eight years after playing basketball for the first time, Deandre Ayton is the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

The Phoenix Suns made the long-expected move official on Thursday night, taking the Arizona center with the top overall pick. He’s the first Arizona player to go No. 1 in the draft; Mike Bibby was No. 2 in 1998 and Derrick Williams was No. 2 in 2011.

It’s history for Ayton, and history for his homeland as well.

Ayton is just the second player born in the Bahamas to go No. 1 Brandon Guyer Cleveland Indians Jersey , joining Mychal Thompson – the top pick in the 1978 draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 7-foot-1 Ayton, who didn’t start playing basketball until he was 12, averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game in his lone college season. He’s the ninth consecutive one-and-done player to be taken No. 1 overall.

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7:25 p.m.

The players in New York who were headed to the Green Room were individually introduced on stage before the draft officially started. They had their names announced, special accolades and where they are from. Parents also got to walk out with their sons.

Members of the Jr. NBA lined up to clap and cheer, creating a walkway for the draft prospects as they went to sit down at their respective tables.

This is the first time NBA has started the draft with an elaborate introduction.



6:40 p.m.

Avery Johnson is back at Barclays Center, home of some turbulent times.

Draft night will be a celebratory one for the Alabama coach, who is seated at the green room table of star Crimson Tide point guard Collin Sexton.

Johnson was the Nets‘ coach when they moved to Brooklyn in 2012 but was fired with a 14-14 record early in that first season shortly after they were blown out at home by Boston in a nationally televised Christmas Day game.

He eventually ended up at Alabama and coached here last season when the Crimson Tide played in the Barclays Center Classic. They finished their championship game los.

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The Devils (44-28-9) clinched a playoff spot by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Thursday night at the Prudential Center.

“We did it. We didn’t rely on anyone. It’s a sense of accomplishment,” Devils forward Brian Boyle told nhl.com. “The battling for playoff positioning and trying to clinch, it’s all part of the fun of it. Emotions rise, tensions rise, you work hard and you get rewarded. We did it together.”

The Devils will finish with at least 97 points — 99 if they defeat the Capitals — far above the 70 points by last season’s club that finished at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division.

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Against the Leafs, New Jersey fell behind 1-0 in the first period, but Pavel Zacha and Miles Wood scored in the second period. Keith Kincaid finished with 31 saves, including 12 in the third period.

The Devils also earned this spot, going 10-2-1 in their past 13 games.

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Washington’s playoff position is set, though their opponent is not. The Metropolitan Division winner will draw the top wild-card team, which may not be decided until Sunday when the Florida Panthers face the Boston Bruins.

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“But I like the way we’re playing,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz told The Washington Post after the Capitals lost for just the second time since March 20. “We’re playing with lots of speed, we’re playing with lots of pace, and that was a good test.”

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice for Washington and Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 47th goal, meaning he will need a hat trick Saturday night to reach 50 goals for the eighth time.

“Right now Sean Newcomb Atlanta Braves Jersey , our focus is not on 50, our focus is on the playoffs,” Ovechkin told nhl.com. “And being in shape. We didn’t get hurt. That’s the most important thing.”

Kuznetsov, who added an assist, posted his 82nd point of the season and became the 16th player in franchise history to reach 80 and the first player other than Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom to do it since Alexander Semin in the 2009-10 season.
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Kuznetsov’s 27 goals this season are a personal season high.

Phillip Grubauer made 25 saves for Washington. Braden Holtby will likely start against the Devils http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-justin-bethel-jersey , and the wait will begin for Trotz to reveal his playoff goaltending plans.

In Holtby’s last three starts, he is 2-1-0 with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.

Los Angeles Angels rookie reliever Jake Jewell has a broken right leg and could miss the rest of the season.

The Angels put Jewell on the 10-day disabled list Thursday, a day after he was injured in a game against Boston. He’s scheduled to have surgery Friday.

Jewell was carted off the field at Fenway Park on Wednesday night. Called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, he appeared to catch his cleat as he covered the plate on a run-scoring wild pitch and fractured his fibula. The 25-year-old was hurt in his third big league game.

The Angels recalled right-handed pitcher Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake and added right-hander Taylor Cole to the major league roster.

The club also optioned infielder Nolan Fontana to Salt Lake and transferred infielder Zack Cozart to the 60-day DL. Cozart is scheduled to have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder on Friday.

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Case Keenum will be the Vikings starting quarterback in Sunday’s NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

After practice on Friday, Zimmer refuted a report that Bradford might be activated.

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Bradford was placed on the IR on Nov. 8 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to clean his left knee. He became eligible to practice before the Vikings’ Week 17 game, but didn’t until the following Tuesday. Since then, he’s participated in five practices.

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Vikings cornerback Terence Newman (foot) was listed as questionable for Sunday. The veteran didn’t practice Thursday but was a limited participant on Friday.

The Arizona Cardinals have released running back Adrian Peterson after a half-season in the desert that included a pair of impressive games and a season-ending injury.

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The jerseys and venues will be the same, but so much has changed since the last time Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics met in the Eastern Conference finals.

Kyrie Irving was dealt to Boston in a blockbuster offseason deal for Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. But following a roster upheaval in February , the Cavs were left with only five players from last year’s team that rolled past the Celtics 4-1 to earn a place in the NBA Finals.

Irving will watch this year’s rematch from the sideline after a pair of knee surgeries late in the regular season denied him an opportunity to play this postseason. It was the capstone of an injury-plagued year in Boston that also saw the seasons of Gordon Hayward and rookie Daniel Theis truncated.

The one constant has been Cleveland’s LeBron James, who at age 33 has again found another gear in the playoffs despite the different pieces surrounding him. His 34.3 scoring average in these playoffs is his highest since the 2009 postseason.

James can become the sixth player in league history to play in at least eight consecutive NBA Finals. The five others who have done so all played with the Celtics, led by Hall of Famer Bill Russell’s run of 10 straight appearances.

James hasn’t yet had a chance to reflect on his own run but says he isn’t taking anything for granted at this point in his career.

”You dream about being able to play in big games in the NBA and even when I got to the NBA that was one of my only goals to be as great as I can be, to play in big games in the NBA and be remembered and I think I’ve done that in my career,” he said. ”Just trying to add onto it while I can.”

The series starts Sunday in Boston. This is the eighth playoff matchup between the teams overall http://www.redskinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-da_ron-payne-jersey , with the Celtics leading 4-3.

The Celtics are seeking their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010, when they got past James and the Cavs in the East semifinals.

Since Irving’s injury, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has relied heavily on veteran Al Horford and a youthful corps that includes 24-year-olds Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart, 21-year-old Jaylen Brown and 20-year-old rookie Jayson Tatum.

Horford is averaging career playoff-high 17 points per game, while carrying the leadership torch.

Rozier has flourished in a starting role since Irving was sidelined in mid-March. It’s carried over into the postseason where he is averaging 18.2 points per game. And Tatum is coming of a series against Philadelphia that saw him average 23.6 points per game – the second-highest by a Celtics rookie in franchise history.

”I feel like we more together (than last year),” Rozier said. ”Obviously guys been going down all year and it’s like you never know who’s going to down. But we found a way, we pulled together.”

As for Rozier’s prediction for the series?

”Stay tuned,” he said.

Some other things of note in the Eastern Conference finals:

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Like James, Rozier first bounced a ball in Northeast Ohio.

Rozier is from Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb on Cleveland’s east side. He’s been on James’ hoops radar since he was a high school freshman. And while Rozier has been a breakout star in these playoffs to NBA fans, James knew he would eventually shine.

”He was a confident kid then when I watched him at Shaker. And he’s a confident player now Adam Boqvist Blackhawks Jersey , so I’m not surprised,” James said. ”He’s gotten better and better. It was a steal when they drafted him out of Louisville, and he’s just showcasing his abilities. … So, everybody is going crazy over what he’s doing but I’m not. He’s a local guy.”

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Boston has become a preferred spring destination for James.

After a 2-9 start to his playoff career in New England, James has won his six straight postseason games on the road against the Celtics, a streak that began with his epic 45-point, 15-rebound performance in Game 6 for Miami in the 2012 conference finals. In those six wins, James averaged 34.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists.

James has averaged 30.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists while going 8-9 on Boston parquet’s hardwood.

Since losing two straight series with Cleveland to Boston in 2008 and 2010, James has eliminated the Celtics four times, going 8-1 in the past two matchups.

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The Cavs feel the young Celtics might be a greater challenge.

”Boston is better than Indiana,” Cavs forward Kyle Korver said. ”With as much respect as we have for Indiana, obviously, they took us to seven, I think defensively Boston is elite. They’re really good. They’re always in the right spot. They have a great game plan.

”For sure the Indiana series has prepared us for the playoffs in a lot of ways. Now that we’re through that series, we’re glad.”



AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Independence, Ohio contributed to this report.



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Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman earned accolades for making the boldest moves in improving Tampa Bay’s Stanley Cup aspirations at the NHL’s trade deadline in February.

Evander Kane Jordan Howard Jersey Youth , however, might have been the biggest beneficiary after being dealt by eventual last-place Buffalo to San Jose on Feb. 26. Kane couldn’t contain his glee on his Twitter account a week ago in posting a message which read : ”(hashtag)playoffmode it’s about time!”

It took him nine years and four cities – from Atlanta to Winnipeg, Buffalo and now San Jose – since being selected with the No. 4 pick by the then-Thrashers in the 2009 draft to finally prepare for his playoff debut. It will happen Thursday, when the Sharks open their Pacific Division first-round series at Anaheim.

”It makes it easy to come to the rink. It makes it easy to play with this group of guys,” Kane said. ”I’m having a lot of fun right now.”

The Sharks, who gave up a prospect and two conditional draft picks, including a potential first-rounder, might not be in this position without Kane. The 26-year-old picked up the offensive slack on a team that closed the season minus star Joe Thornton. Kane scored nine goals, including two game-winners, and added five assists in 17 games.

In closing the season at 12-7-1, the Sharks’ 25 points ranked in a tie for 10th among NHL teams since the trade deadline.

”He’s a crucial part of our team,” center Chris Tierney said of Kane. ”Just gives us an extra layer of everything.”

Kane wasn’t the only late-season addition to provide his new team a boost.

Yzerman added offense, defense and leadership to an already elite team by acquiring New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller in one of the final trades completed. Miller led all players traded on Feb. 26 by scoring 10 goals and piling up 18 points in 19 games.

”When you add two players like that and give up what they did, it’s you know: They’re in it to win it Eli Manning Jersey ,” former player and NBC hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk said of the Lightning.

Fellow analyst, Pierre McGuire looked to the moves made by Nashville.

The Predators gave up a first-round draft pick in adding size and versatility to acquire forward Ryan Hartman from Chicago. They welcomed back veteran Mike Fisher, who signed out of retirement. They also signed forward Eeli Tolvanen , after the rookie first-round pick’s Kontinental Hockey League season ended last month.

”You look at everything Nashville has done, they never messed with the roster integrity that was created at the beginning of the year by David Poile and Paul Fenton,” McGuire said, referring to Predators management. ”So I think Nashville quietly, whether it’s at the deadline or just before, did some amazing things.”

The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Predators (15-4-2), Winnipeg (15-4-1), Columbus (14-4-2) and Boston (13-5-4) led the NHL in points since Feb. 26.

Columbus jumped from 19th in the overall standings to 14th in a run that coincided with the additions of forward Thomas Vanek and defenseman Ian Cole.

Paul Stastny scored four goals and 13 points with playoff-bound Winnipeg, after being traded by St. Louis for a first-round pick. The Blues, by comparison, closed 10-7-2 and missed the playoffs with a season-ending loss to Colorado. And don’t forget Patrick Maroon Authentic Devin Hester Jersey , who had three goals and 10 points in 17 games for New Jersey, which acquired him from Edmonton.

The Capitals filled secondary defensive needs by adding Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek just before the trade deadline.

”We had holes to fill this year and we filled them with guys that aren’t as high-profile, but are just steady, and provided the things we needed for our team,” Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said.

After appearing in just 31 games in Chicago, Kempny played 22 in Washington while securing a role alongside Norris Trophy-candidate John Carlson.

In Philadelphia, goalie Petr Mrazek held the fort in going 6-6-4 in place of injured starter Brian Elliott. Elliott returned in time to win the final two games including a 17-save shutout in a season-ending, playoff-clinching 5-0 win over the Rangers.

Not all the trades paid off down the stretch.

Rick Nash missed Boston’s final 12 games with an upper body injury after being acquired in a trade with the Rangers.

Tomas Plekanec managed just two assists in 17 games with Toronto after being acquired from Montreal.

Tomas Tatar had four goals and six points in 20 games with Vegas, which landed him in a deal with Detroit.



AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno, in Washington, and sports writers Josh Dubow, in San Jose, and Teresa M. Walker, in Nashville Sam Darnold Jersey Youth , contributed to this report.



More NHL hockey: 鈥?Nick Foles was steady, Jake Elliott had a big leg and the defense made one final stop.The underdog Philadelphia Eagles are heading to the NFC championship game following a 15-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday. They’ll host the Saints-Vikings winner next Sunday.Despite going 13-3 to earn the No. 1 seed, the Eagles entered the game as 3-point underdogs against the sixth-seeded Falcons (11-7). They used it as motivation and now it’s onto the next one as they continue pursuit of the franchise’s first Super Bowl title.“If we believe the outsiders, we will be all messed up,” Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said. “We went out and proved we can be the real winning team.”Matt Ryan’s final pass sailed through Julio Jones’ arms in the corner of the end zone as Jalen Mills had tight coverage on fourth down from the 2 to secure Philadelphia’s win. It was another disappointing finish for the Falcons, who blew a 25-point lead against the Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl.“The reason I play this game is to win a championship,” Ryan said. “That’s why we put all of the hard work we put in. When you don’t get that result, it’s difficult.”Foles outplayed Ryan, bouncing back from a pair of subpar games with an efficient performance. He completed 77 percent of his passes (23 of 30) for 246 yards, no touchdowns and no turnovers.“The biggest thing in our locker room is that we believe in one another and that showed,” Foles said. “We kept working, kept grinding, had faith in one another. In any sport there’s going to be criticism. You’re aware of it because you’re human but we blocked it out.”Here’s some things we learned following Philadelphia’s first playoff win in nine years:OVERCOMING TURNOVERS: The Eagles committed the only two turnovers and won anyway. Jay Ajayi fumbled on the second play from scrimmage inside Falcons territory and a short punt bounced off an Eagles player setting up Atlanta’s 18-yard touchdown drive.INCONSISTENT OFFENSE: These weren’t the Falcons who lit up the scoreboard on their way to winning the NFC championship last year. Under first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, the Falcons weren’t quite as sharp throughout the season and their inconsistency showed up at the wrong time. They were shut out in the second half and held to just 118 yards in the final two quarters.“I think that’s something we have to look at and evaluate this offseason Authentic Derick Brassard Jersey ,” Ryan said. “There were too many times we were a little bit inconsistent.”JAY TRAIN: Ajayi shook off the fumble and ran well until he inexplicably went to the bench for a long stretch. Ajayi had 50 yards rushing on eight carries through Philadelphia’s first drive of the second quarter, but didn’t get the ball again until the second half. He finished with 54 yards on 15 carries and also dropped a third down pass. He did have 44 yards receiving on three catches.“I feel like I played poorly,” Ajayi said. “The fumble, can’t do that in a big game. I feel like I could have executed a lot better. A lot of the teammates picked up the slack. The defense played lights out.”CALL OF THE GAME: Eagles coach Doug Pederson ran an inside counter to wide receiver Nelson Agholor that went for 21 yards to the Falcons 3 on third-and-3 on Philadelphia’s touchdown drive. It was the first time he called that play this season.“It’s a play we’ve had in our arsenal, but never got to it,” Pederson said. “This was just an opportunity to put it in Nelson’s hands with Lane Johnson as a puller and just executed extremely well.”JAKE’S LEG: Elliott, who joined the Eagles after Caleb Sturgis was injured in Week 1, bounced back after missing his fourth extra point of the season by connecting on all three of his field goals. His 53-yarder at the end of the first half was his sixth in seven tries from beyond 50. That includes a game-winning 61-yarder against the Giants in Week 3.“It was definitely tricky out there, just really gusty (wind),” Elliott said. “You don’t know what it’s really going to do out there so you just have to hit the best ball you can and take care of what you can control.”AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed.AP NFL website: .

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Barry Trotz thought of mentors and friends Jack Button Tarik Cohen Jersey Youth , Tommy Ebright, David Poile and Wayne Fleming when he lifted the Stanley Cup over his head.

The Washington coach didn’t think about his future, the same approach he has taken all season and playoffs.

”I wasn’t getting consumed with what was said, what my future holds, whatever,” Trotz said. ”I’m in a pretty good spot.”

Trotz was in as good a spot as imaginable Friday as he and the Capitals landed back home in the Washington area with the Stanley Cup in tow. The celebration will last through the parade Tuesday, but once that’s done, the work begins for Brian MacLellan to try to re-sign Trotz, top defenseman John Carlson and other free agents.

After not extending Trotz’s contract last summer, ownership and general manager Brian MacLellan now hope to keep him around. MacLellan said after winning the Cup that Trotz will be back if he wants to be.

Trotz and Carlson Myles Garrett Jersey Elite , who set a franchise record for playoff points by a defenseman, can be free agents July 1 along with unlikely postseason hero Devante Smith-Pelly, trade-deadline acquisition Michal Kempny and longtime glue guy Jay Beagle. Washington will have to do some salary-cap maneuvering to keep Carlson, Smith-Pelly and Kempny in the fold but can break the bank for Trotz.


The latest on Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions Saturday in Canton, Ohio, and Terrell Owens’ separate celebration in Chattanooga, Tennessee (all times local):

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With a passionate 33-minute speech in which he strolled around the stage, ad libbed, praised and joked, spoke of sacrifice Tony Romo Jersey Elite , love, glory and overcoming the odds, Ray Lewis entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

One of the best linebackers and leaders the game has seen, Lewis was the final man inducted of the seven class of 2018 members on hand. He was preceeded by Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard.

Terrell Owens was not in Canton, Ohio, choosing instead to hold his own ceremony in Chattanooga Josh Gordon Jersey , Tennessee.

“Tell me something can’t be done is like pouring lighter fluid on an open flame,” said Lewis, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won a second Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens for the 2012 season — coming back from a torn triceps — then retired. He was the MVP of the 2001 title game.

“I came back, and boy did I come back,” Lewis said. “When you walk off the last time with that thing, that Lombardi, it’s a confirmation I am living proof of the impossible.”

A first-year nominee, Lewis was selected 26th overall in the 1996 draft — what were other teams thinking? He wasn’t even Baltimore first choice: Jonathan Ogden was, and the big tackle made the Hall of Fame in 2013.

His impact was immediate, both on the field Cole Beasley Jersey Womens , in the locker room, and even in pregame introductions, when his “squirrel dance” fired up fans and teammates alike. He and Ogden even did a short version on the stage.

Lewis was the first player with 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career. An eight-time All-Pro and inside linebacker on the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team, he had a franchise-record 2,643 career tackles.

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relying on game tapes to make his case to scouts.

There Ondrej Kase Jersey , he insists, they will find a big man with edge-rushing skills and enough power to stuff the run. Watch enough of footage and it just might convince those NFL executives that Chubb is the best defensive player in this year’s NFL draft.

But this is no typical week for North Carolina State’s star defensive end. He’s participating in the NFL’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis, answering questions and dropping names.

”I try to take Khalil Mack and Von Miller and put them into one person,” Chubb said Saturday. ”I’m a high-motor, high-energy guy.”

If team executives concur, his name could be one of the first three called in April.

Naturally, Chubb describes himself as the best player in Indy this weekend and who’s going to argue with a 6-foot-4, 269-pound man.

Not the deep, diverse quarterback group, which did its on-the-field workouts Saturday and will likely spend the next few years trying to escape Chubb’s grasp.

Not the highly touted running back class, which includes Saquon Barkley and Chubb’s own cousin, Nick, who will be running away from a lineman who posted 25 sacks and 54 tackles for loss over the past three seasons.

Sure, there are questions.

Is he big enough to hold up against the NFL’s massive tackles, does he have enough moves to make an immediate impact, can he make a smooth transition to the more physical pro game?

He might also be asked to explain why he spat upon the Florida State logo following North Carolina State’s upset win or why he decided to skip the Wolfpack’s bowl game.

Those who know Chubb best have no doubt he will succeed.

”He’s so happy, always smiling,” said offensive tackle Will Richardson Rickard Rakell Jersey , a college teammate who routinely squared off with Chubb in practice.

”He’s a goofball. We used to get grapes after a game and he would come over and knock them out of your hands and someone would be like `Why did you do that?’ But he always had a few extra grapes in his other hand to give to you. He’s definitely a goofball, a goofball in a good way.”

Many believe there’s nothing goofy about him being possibly the best pass-rusher in a draft heavy on interior linemen – and thin at one of the NFL’s most coveted positions.

Those challenging Chubb’s title include Marcus Davenport of UTSA, Sam Hubbard of Ohio State, Arden Key of LSU and Harold Landry of Boston College.

Each had college careers that ranged from solid to spectacular, and each knows they must answer questions about size, injuries or the competition level they’ve faced.

”Nobody in this draft class has a first step like mine,” Landry said. ”My mindset and my approach to the game, I’m a guy that’s going to do whatever it takes to be the best at my position.”

But those who played alongside Chubb understand his impact cannot be measured in stats alone.

”We got to win more games,” college teammate and combine invitee Justin Jones said. ”Having a guy like Bradley Chubb on the edge, it turns a lot of plays back to us and the rest of the team. They want to take Bradley out of the game, and we have other (defensive) linemen that can make plays.”

Chubb appears to have the size to play right away, room to grow and even bloodlines working in his favor.

His father, Aaron, played at Georgia. His older brother, Brandon, starred at Wake Forest before being signed by the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and spending most of that season on the Detroit Lions‘ practice squad.

So if things fall the right way, Bradley Chubb could become the highest-drafted descendant of the family that established ”Chubbtown” – a rural area in northwestern Georgia, three miles from the Alabama border- in the mid-1800s.

And that’s an honor Chubb would treasure.

”When you’re there Marquis Haynes Jersey , you feel it,” he said. ”My last name is Chubb, and I wear it with pride.”



First baseman Andrew Vaughn has won USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player, the first University of California player to earn the honor.

Vaughn earned the 2018 Pac-12 Player of the Year award, hitting .402 in his sophomore season with 14 doubles, a school-recording tying 23 homers and 63 RBIs.

He is the eighth player from the conference to win the award after Bob Horner (1978), Terry Francona (1980), Oddibe McDowell (1984), Mike Kelly (1991), Mark Prior (2001), Tim Lincecum (2006) and Trevor Bauer (2011).

The other finalists for the award, announced Thursday, were Texas infielder Kody Clemens, Auburn right-hander Casey Mize and Florida right-hander Brady Singer.

About 200 people cast ballots among national baseball media, select professional baseball personnel, previous winners and select USA Baseball staff. Those votes counted for 95 percent of the total, with fan balloting accounting for the remainder.

49ers secondary has two question marks heading into Week 2 vs.

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Chiefs The San Francisco 49ers travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3 San Francisco 49ers Hoodie , and their secondary has question marks at precisely the wrong time. Jaquiski Tartt is day-to-day after suffering a shoulder stinger on Sunday, and head coach Kyle Shanahan would not yet commit to who would start at cornerback opposite Richard Sherman.The team will know more about Tartt later this week, but Shanahan said on Monday that if he can’t go, Jimmie Ward could end up as an option next to Adrian Colbert. Jimmie Ward is a backup at all of the defensive back positions. Antone Exum came on in place of Tartt for the final few snaps, but Ward was not available because he had replaced Ahkello Witherspoon in the fourth quarter against the Lions. With Witherspoon’s status for Sunday up in the air, it seems a decent possibility that Ward would start in his place, and if Tartt cannot play, Exum would start at strong safety. There is one particularly good option on the open market, but the team seems fine sticking with what they’ve got.With questions at strong safety and cornerback, the 49ers have to prepare for the Chiefs’ prolific passing attack. Patrick Mahomes is off to one of the best two-game starts in NFL history Customized San Francisco 49ers Jerseys , and he’s benefiting from Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce off to strong starts. The Chiefs passing attack could not be clicking at a higher rate right now, and the 49ers have a whole lot of work to do.49ers fantasy football pick-ups, drops for Week 6 We’ve officially entered a dark void for fantasy football with the 49ers. Most of the value players are snapped up. The players that did have value are now useless due to the offense we have. If you have anyone not named George Kittle or Matt Breida, you have a mess on your hands. Let’s help you out here. But just know we’re not bringing only 49ers players this time around. As always, percentage owned numbers are based on Yahoo! leagues.Pick-upsPackers D/STWeek 5 stats: 31 PA, 3 sacksThe 49ers offense isn’t getting any better and if you’re desperate for a streaming defensive option, there are worse teams than the Packers. The Lions managed to hang 31 points on them last week, which isn’t the most comforting of things. That said, there’s really no way you don’t look into this as an option. The 49ers stink on offense and it opens up a chance for pick sixes and sacks thanks to C.J. Beathard’s love of holding onto the ball. The 49ers are on a skid, they are in Lambeau www.authenticssanfrancisco49ers.com , and that’s really all we need to have confidence in picking this defense up. We feel so dirty.Pick up or don’t pick up: Pick them up. Must-Start Status AlertGeorge Kittle% Owned: 93Week 5 stats: 5 receptions, 83 yardsIf you’re in a PPR league you are loving these numbers. Even when he has a bad day, Kittle is getting you some yardage and at least contributing. If you’re in a standard league, you’re probably wondering what the deal is. Our advice: stick by him. Who else is Beathard going to throw to? Who else can catch it? It’s not like Kittle is an elite pass catcher with his drops, but he’s a helluva lot better than the other options on the field.Pick up or don’t pick up: You know what to do...Fool’s goldAll of the 49ers wide receivers% Owned: Seriously?The time has come to begin evaluating the 49ers pass catchers. If you find yourself on waivers and looking at other, more productive wide receivers (and depending on how deep your league is they may be all gone at this point), the 49ers wide receivers should be the first to go. They aren’t reliable and you can’t count on them for touchdowns when Matt Breida and George Kittle are getting the lion’s share of redzone targets/runs. If one emerges from this slop, we’ll be first to say foot in our mouth, but they’ve ridden your bench long enough. Even if someone breaks out there’s no telling they can continue to do it where it’s relevant to keep them on your bench. Drop or don’t drop: Don’t do it outright, but if you have decisions to make San Francisco 49ers T-Shirt , they can be the first to go. Robbie Gould% Owned: 62Week 5 Stats: One field goal missedGould, WTH?! The 49ers kicker had a very bad day, a very un-Gould-like day. Gould missed his lone field goal attempt. The extra point attempt at the end of the 49ers first drive (you know, the good one) doesn’t go down as an attempt since he never actually tried kicking it. He just stopped for some reason. It might have been the Cardinals player who was flying in. It has not been a good season for kickers in general. They are missing everything. It’s like some sort of bug going around. In any case, Gould has been money outside of this blunder. He gets another week before decisions have to be made. In fact, it may be a good move to pick him up given his availability. The 49ers might be kicking a lot on Monday. Drop or don’t drop: Don’t drop.

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Lynch: Jimmy Garoppolo’s surgery went well
http://www.49erscheapstore.com/laken-tomlinson-jersey-cheap , surgeon optimistic San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had surgery on his torn ACL Wednesday morning, and it sounds like everything went well — or, as well as one can expect given the situation.Fooch’s update: Kyle Shanahan said on Friday morning (on KNBR) that it was as good as could be expected, and the rehab should be a straight forward ACL rehab.On Wednesday, head coach Kyle Shanahan said the surgery was happening that day and they would know more once it was complete. On Thursday evening, general manager John Lynch had an update for KNBR. Lynch talked to the surgeon and got a positive report about the surgery.The big thing to take from the surgery is that it appears to have been strictly an ACL tear. He could have torn one of the other ligaments (MCL, PCL, LCL) or his meniscus, thus complicating the rehab process. The other ligaments impact stability, and so knowing that he apparently does not have anything else but the ACL Cheap Mike McGlinchey Jersey , it simplifies the rehab process. Lynch did not specifically say there were not other issues, so this is an inference based on his comments and reports since the injury.This successful surgery with no apparent complications improves his chances of being ready at the start of or early into training camp. Barring any unexpected setbacks, it would seem safe to assume he would be good to go for Week 1 of the regular season.No two injuries are the same, but we can potentially compare him to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. The Eagles QB suffered a torn ACL on December 11, 2017, but surgery also revealed a torn LCL. Wentz was cleared for full team activities on August 19, 2018, and made his return to game action in Week 3 (September 23). Garoppolo’s injury happened on September 23, so if the rehab process goes well, this bodes well for getting Jimmy Garoppolo back on the field in time for Week 1 next season. When it comes to stopping opposing offenses from moving the ball http://www.sanfrancisco49ersteamonline.com/joe-staley-jersey , the San Francisco 49ers defense has fared all right early this season.When it comes to generating the game-changing takeaways that so often determine who wins in the NFL, no team has been worse so far.There are many reasons why the 49ers are off to such a disappointing start with one win through five games, with the season-ending knee injury to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo the most notable.But a defense that has generated a league-low three takeaways for the fewest total for the franchise after five games since 1977 is a major reason why."We just have to find a way, that's all it comes down to," cornerback Richard Sherman said. "Takeaways are kind of more of a ball bounces your way, you get tips sometimes. Last week, we limited them pretty good. We have to be more violent in tackling and can't miss when the quarterback throws into coverage."Turnovers often come because of the pass rush and the 49ers have struggled there with no consistent edge rusher. They rank in the bottom half of the league in both sacks and quarterback pressures despite allowing the ninth fewest yards per play at 5.31.The only takeaways so far this season have come when Sherman recovered a fumble in the opener at Minnesota, Cassius Marsh recovered one after a strip sack by Elijah Lee against Detroit in Week 2 and Antone Exum had a pick-six on the third play from scrimmage two weeks ago against the Chargers.The team has generated no turnovers in the 113 plays on defense since then."We've had our opportunities this year," defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said. "There's an old cliche saying that, 'Catch the ones that are thrown to you.' We've had our opportunities Cheap Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey , especially early in the year where I think we've dropped about three or four interceptions this year. We've gotten the ball out. We're taking shots at the ball. There's great intent. Takeaways come in bunches, they do. ... I know it's a result-oriented business, but the result is a product of the process that you go through within every play, within every day. If we keep attacking the ball the way we have and the D-Line keeps pressing the pocket and getting after the quarterback, I'm very confident that eventually they'll come."Trying too hard for turnovers can back fire, however. On the first play of a loss to Arizona last week, free safety Adrian Colbert jumped up in coverage anticipating a throw over the middle to Larry Fitzgerald.Instead, Cardinals rookie Josh Rosen targeted Christian Kirk deep and the play turned into a 75-yard touchdown because cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon didn't have the deep help he expected from Colbert on the play.The Cardinals gained just 145 yards the rest of the game but it proved to be enough in a 28-18 victory, especially because the defense provided no short fields for the offense, which began each of its 13 drives inside San Francisco's 40-yard line."When people feel like they need to do more than what they're being asked to do http://www.49erscheapstore.com/pierre-garcon-jersey-cheap , that's when bad things actually happen," Saleh said. "Right now, that first play, and A.C. will tell you, he'd love to have that play back, but the way they responded after that play and the way they came out and played and executed the defense all the way through, I thought was really good on their part to remain composed and to continue to fight all the way through the game."

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Richard Sherman says calf injury is a couple weeks issue
The San Francisco 49ers will likely be without cornerback Richard Sherman on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers Nick Mullens 49ers Jersey , but anything after that is up in the air. Sherman met with the media on Thursday and said, “I strained my calf in the game. It’s much as if you strain anything else. It’s a couple weeks and I’ll be back out there.” He said he will probably be missing this weekend, but did not think missing anything beyond that was a certainty yet.The media inquired about whether or not the injury is related to his Achilles injury. Sherman said it is not relate to that, but the rust of not playing for the past eight months.The 49ers will be sending out Jimmie Ward and Ahkello Witherspoon on Sunday against a wide receiver corps that includes Keenan Allen http://www.49erscheapstore.com/pierre-garcon-jersey-cheap , Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams, and Travis Benjamin. These guys are no slouches getting down the field by any stretch, but this is more about size than speed compared to last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers have gone for more physical cornerbacks http://www.49erscheapstore.com/earl-mitchell-jersey-cheap , and Sunday will present a different kind of challenge from last week, but still critically important. Nick Mullens will make his NFL debut as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers against the Oakland Raiders.The 49ers said Mullens will start Thursday night against Oakland after C.J. Beathard injured his right wrist last week. Beathard was unable to do much all week in practice, but will serve as the backup for the game against the Raiders.Mullens joined the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi last year. He spent all of 2017 on the practice squad and then got called up to the active roster in September when starter Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a season-ending knee injury.Mullens has not taken an NFL snap and has worked mostly with the scout team in practice before this week.The players who are inactive for San Francisco are safeties Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) and Antone Exum (concussion); linebacker Reuben Foster (hamstring); offensive linemen Erik Magnuson and Shon Coleman; receiver Trent Taylor and defensive tackle Jullian Taylor.The Raiders will have left guard Kelechi Osemele after he missed three games with a knee injury. The inactive players for Oakland are cornerback Rashaan Melvin; linebackers James Cowser and Shilique Calhoun; offensive linemen T.J. Clemmings (knee), Justin Murray and Denver Kirkland; and receiver Marcell Ateman.The Niners also made several roster moves before the game. They activated safety Marcell Harris and linebacker Dekoda Watson from injured reserve to fill open spots on the active roster. They also promoted cornerback Emmanuel Moseley from the practice squad and waived quarterback Tom Savage.San Francisco also signed receiver Victor Bolden Jr. and defensive back Greg Mabin to the practice squad and released receiver Aaron Burbridge from the practice squad.

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After coming up just short in their first two games
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The Texans led 3-0 after a 23-yard field goal by Ka'imi Fairbairn on their first drive. The Giants took their first lead this season when Barkley shed multiple tackles on a 15-yard run that made it 7-3.Barkley has 46 carries for 216 yards and two touchdowns and 21 catches for 137 yards this season. His presence has given the Giants another explosive playmaker to pair with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.The Giants were certainly happy to get in the win column on Sunday Color Rush Landon Collins Jersey , but know they have a lot of work to do if they hope to have a successful season."We can't get too far ahead of ourselves because it's just one game," Beckham said. "Now we have to start tacking it on, build off this and keep improving."Some things to know about New York's win over Houston.RUNNING GAME WOESAfter leading the NFL in yards rushing through the first three games, the Texans couldn't get anything going on the ground. They finished with 59 yards rushing, and Lamar Miller managed just 10 yards on as many carries."They loaded up the box," coach Bill O'Brien said. "They did a good job. We tried a bunch of different schemes — basically abandoned it in the second half ... tried to do other things. Just never could get it going."MISUNDERSTANDING?Giants receiver Sterling Shepard received a taunting penalty in the second quarter after jawing with Houston cornerback Aaron Colvin. But Shepard insists it wasn't malicious and that he and Colvin are friends and were simply messing with each other."That's one of my boys from college Youth Sterling Shepard Jersey ," Shepard said. "We go way back. He was at my wedding, I was at his wedding. We had been talking a little mess before the game ... we were just going back and forth. It was all in love, but the officials don't know that."The two played in college together at Oklahoma.STRONG CONNECTIONHouston receiver Will Fuller had five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. He's played in six career games with Watson and has nine touchdowns in those games. He's had at least one TD grab in each game he's played with Watson.He had 113 yards and a score last week to make him the first Texan to have consecutive 100-yard receiving games since he did it in the first two weeks of the 2016 season.INJURY UPDATENew York tight end Evan Engram (knee) left in the second quarter. ... Giants CB Antonio Hamilton injured his groin in the first quarter and didn't return. ... Houston WR Bruce Ellington injured his hamstring in the first quarter and didn't return. ... Texans G Senio Kelemete (knee) left in the second quarter. The concussion that we previously knew would keep wide receiver/kick returner Jawill Davis out of Monday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons has forced the New York Giants into a roster move. Needing a return man, the Giants are waiving rookie tight end Garrett Dickerson and signing Quadree Henderson from their practice squad.Henderson, a rookie undrafted free agent, was a dangerous return man collegiately for Pitt. Henderson averaged 26.6 yards with four TDs on 73 kickoff returns and 13.4 yards with three touchdowns on 37 punt returns in college. The 5-foot-8 Alec Ogletree Jersey , 190-pounder can also play wide receiver.“He was a really fine returner in college and we brought him here with the idea that he might return for us at some point,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “He’s also done a good job picking up the receiver stuff.”Davis, a rookie undrafted free agent, has averaged 24.4 yards on seven kickoff returns. He has also caught two passes.Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey was complementary of Davis’ progress Friday — before the news of his being placed in the concussion protocol was known.“He’s a young player. He’s getting better every week. He is definitely ascending. The arrow is up with that kid,” McGaughey said. “He averaged 29 yards a return last time he was out there. The week before, it was 21. So each week 4Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey , you’re seeing some progression with him. He’s getting more confident as a gunner. The kid is talented. We’re just going to keep nurturing talent.”Dickerson has played in two games for the Giants. He started the season on the practice squad before being promoted to the 53-man roster. Should he clear waivers, Dickerson will likely end up back on the practice squad.The Giants are thin at receiver, having placed Cody Latimer and Davis on IR, and with Russell Shepard [neck] questionable. They added veteran Bennie Fowler this week to replace Latimer.

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Instant analysis: This is what 2018 Giants football was supposed to look like
If the New York Giants were going to have any realistic chance of having a successful 2018 season they had to have a victory Sunday against the Houston Texans. They got that desperately-needed victory by a 27-22 score http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-curtis-riley-jersey , and it wasn’t an accident.For the first time this season, Giants’ football looked the way new coach Pat Shurmur and Co. hoped it would.The Giants were efficient and explosive on offense, especially in the first half. They were opportunistic, especially in the second half, on defense. They didn’t hurt themselves on special teams.Sunday began with the news that Ereck Flowers was no longer a member of the Giants’ starting offensive line. It ended with the first victory of the Pat Shurmur era. And renewed optimism that the Giants, underdogs on Sunday and facing the potential of a disastrous 0-3 start, could do good things in 2018.The Giants once again failed to reach the 30-point plateau, a mark they haven’t hit since the final game of the 2015 season when Tom Coughlin’s career with the team was ending. Still, when J.J. Watt wasn’t wrecking their plans, they showed the variety of weapons that could make their offense special.The Giants scored the first four times they had the ball, with a pair of touchdowns and a pair of Aldrick Rosas field goals. Saquon Barkley, again showing that he is virtually impossible for the first defender to tackle, took advantage of the best run-blocking the Giants have given him this season. Barkley had a 15-yard scoring run, a 24-yard run, and ended up with 17 carries for 82 yards.When it was winning time in the fourth quarter, nursing a 20-15 lead and needing a drive, it was Barkley the Giants leaned on. On a 9-play, 77-yard drive that ended up giving them a commanding 27-15 lead with 5:29 remaining Barkley carried the ball three times and caught two passes for 27 yards, including a 21-yard catch when he lined up as a wide receiver.“We found a way to finish the game. We started with a nice play to Shep, then we ran the ball a little bit. We found a way to complete some passes, and then obviously at the end, score there,” Shurmur said.Eli Manning was an incredibly efficient 25-of-29 for 297 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 132.3. He was sacked four times, three by Watt, but generally had time to set his feet and step into his throws. Shurmur also moved him left and right, creating some easy throws. Manning was as good as he’s been in a long, long time.Manning took advantage of mismatches all day Rhett Ellison Jersey , just like the Giants hoped he would be able to do if they could block well enough to give him a chance.“That’s how I see playing offense. You deal up a progression. Dial it up and then the ball goes where it’s supposed to go. If it gets out on time, we really trust all of our players out there,” Shurmur said. “The last touchdown was designed really to go to Odell (Beckham Jr.) isolated. They doubled him, so Eli went back and threw the ball to Shep (Sterling Shepard). That’s just the way this thing works, and it was good.”Manning was told after the game that he seemed more comfortable in the pocket than he had been the first two weeks.“I thought we did a good job having a good plan to get the ball out. The ball was coming out fast, could see what they were doing. The offensive line was blocking, doing what they were doing, they were blocking things up and we didn’t have the mistakes,” Manning said. “I thought we kind of condensed the offense a little bit and made sure guys knew what they were doing. Plays that they knew, they were playing fast, the offensive line was playing fast and we have good players, just let them go play. Let’s not try to be perfect and trick or do too much. Let our guys go win, because we got good athletes.”Relying heavily on various crossing routes, Manning completed 9-of-10 passes directed at Odell Beckham Jr. for 109 yards. When the Texans jumped Beckham and left single coverage elsewhere, the Giants took advantage of that. Sterling Shepard caught six passes for 80 yards, Rhett Ellison three for 39 and a touchdown, Barkley five for 35, Evan Engram one for 19 before being hurt and Cody Latimer one for 15.Defensively, as the game rolled into the latter stages and it looked like momentum was shifting to the Texans, the defense came up with a pair of critical takeaways to keep Houston at bay.Late in the third quarter, Kerry Wynn knocked a ball away from Lamar Miller and Donte Deayon recovered at the Giants’ 25-yard line. Houston’s next possession reached the Giants’ 8-yard line, but a penalty, sack and outstanding athletic interception by Alec Ogletree in the end zone ended that opportunity.Wynn was terrific. Damon Harrison dominated the middle. B.J. Hill and Lorenzo Carter got their first sacks. The Giants did enough in the secondary. They survived a game without Olivier Vernon and Eli Apple.Can the Giants build on this?That’s a really good question.Shurmur said his first victory as Giants’ coach “feels special because we’re making progress.”Will they, however, sustain it and make it meaningful?The Giants return home next week to face the New Orleans Saints, 2-1 after a 43-37 overtime victory Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons. That won’t be an easy game against Drew Brees and Co., a team with a terrific offense but a defense that can be taken advantage of.The Giants showed us Sunday what they can be. What they will be remains to be seen. “This is what we were itching for, itching for a win. Guys had a great week of preparation Cheap Landon Collins Jersey , so it shows us how we should prepare, and if we want to keep this feeling then that’s what we have to keep on doing,” Shepard said. “Everybody was freaking out about the two games but we remained calm as a team.”Beckham was well aware that one victory does not mean all is well in the Giants’ world.“We have to get some more wins and start putting them together,” he said. “We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves, because it’s just one game. Now we have to start tacking it on, build off this today and keep improving.”What they managed to do Sunday, though, is to get a reprieve and make things interesting going forward. Marquette King has not lived up to the lofty expectations the Denver Broncos had of the athletic punter working at altitude, so now he's got some competition.The Broncos signed rookie punter Colby Wadman from UC Davis to their practice squad in hopes of snapping King out of his funk."Well, we've had him here in the mandatory minicamp, he's been with Tom (McMahon, the Broncos' special teams coordinator), and we have to get better there," coach Vance Joseph said Wednesday. "So, we're looking forward to Marquette having a good week of punting."It's a performance-based business, so we're trying to get better there."King averaged just a 39.3-yard net on seven punts in Denver's 27-14 loss at Baltimore, where he failed three times to flip the field with booming punts that were his hallmark before his release from the Oakland Raiders in the offseason.King hasn't had the hang time the Broncos expected of him, something that will be imperative to improve on Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs."You want to hang the ball with Tyreek Hill," Joseph said. "That's going to be the key with this guy. He's a dangerous returner. He doesn't fair-catch the football. But I think hanging the ball high is going to be one of the keys to containing him. But again, it's going to take our entire coverage team and we have to do a good job of keeping him from hurting us with punt returns."King signed a three-year, $7 million deal with the Broncos after Raiders coach Jon Gruden cut him in March. Afterward, the Broncos traded Riley Dixon, who averaged 45.7 yards in his two seasons in Denver with a net of 40.8 yards, to the New York Giants.King ranks 22nd in the league with a 44.6-yard average and is 14th with a 41.6-yard net."He has to simply punt better," Joseph said earlier in the week. "No different than our corners have to play better in coverage, and we've got to block better. He's a football player and he's got to do his job. He's got to punt better."

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New York Giants roster moves: 6 players — yes
Womens Riley Dixon Jersey , 6 — claimed on waivers NFL teams had until noon Sunday to place waiver claims on eligible players who were cut by their teams on Saturday. The New York Giants have the No. 2 priority on the waiver list, behind only the Cleveland Browns. GM Dave Gettleman had promised that the Giants would work the waiver wire to try and improve. Apparently, he meant what he said. Per Albert Breer, the Giants were VERY busy, claiming six players.The Giants made the moves official late Sunday afternoon. To make room for the six new players, the Giants waived quarterback Davis Webb [full story], wide receiver/kick returner Hunter Sharp, defensive tackle Josh Banks and tight end Jerell Adams.Here is what we know about the six new Giants.DE Mario EdwardsMario Edwards was a 2015 second-round pick by the Raiders. He played in 30 games with 24 starts over four seasons, accumulating 5.5 sacks and 53 tackles. Edwards is 6-foot-3, 280 pounds.Kaelin Clay with the Carolina Panthers.Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsWR/KR Kaelin Clay A sixth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015, the 5-10, 195-pound Clay has played in regular-season games for the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers. He has only 6 career receptions.Clay is primarily a return man. He has averaged 9.4 yards on 42 career punt returns, and 23.2 yards on 17 kickoff returns. DB Antonio HamiltonA 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback who played in 12 games the past two seasons for the Oakland Raiders. He initially made the Oakland roster an an undrafted free agent after playing at South Carolina State.CB Michael JordanA 6-foot-1, 200-pound cornerback, he played in five games for the Rams in 2016 and 15 games for the Cleveland Browns last season. He has made a total of three NFL starts.DB Kamrin MooreA 5-11, 200-pound rookie, Moore was a sixth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints. C Spencer Pulley This is likely bad news for either veteran John Greco or rookie Evan Brown. Pulley, 25, started all 16 games for the Los Angeles Chargers a season ago. As a rookie, Pulley split time between center and both guard spots. Perhaps he will eventually challenge Jon Halapio for the starting role.The current 53-man rosterOffense (25)QB (3): Kyle Lauletta (R), Eli Manning, Alex TanneyRB (4+1): RB (4+1): Saquon Barkley (R), Wayne Gallman Authentic Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey , Robert Martin (R), Jonathan Stewart, Shane Smith (FB)WR: (5): Odell Beckham, Jr., Kailin Clay, Cody Latimer, Russell Shepard, Sterling ShepardTE (3): Rhett Ellison, Evan Engram, Scott SimonsonC/G (6): Evan Brown (R), John Greco, Jon Halapio, Will Hernandez (R), Patrick Omameh, Spencer PulleyT (3): Ereck Flowers, Nate Solder, Chad WheelerDefense (25)DL (5): Mario Edwards Jr, Damon Harrison, B.J. 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Gotta ride the hot hand
http://www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com/cheap-donovan-smith-jersey , right? Fitzmagic is sweeping the nation and it will be on full display in the Buccaneers’ lone prime time game (as it stands now) of 2018. With a desperate Pittsburgh Steelers team coming to town, Ryan Fitzpatrick has to maintain this level of blazing hotness in order to move the Bucs to 3-0.The Steelers are the Steelers for a reason. They overcome adversity and are constant and consistent championship contenders. With all the drama surrounding Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, the Steelers’ backs are against the wall unlike any time in recent memory. A loss to the Bucs on Monday night may put an early nail in their postseason coffin. It’s going to be on Fitz to continue to perform at a level of which we have never witnessed from him before. The Steelers enter the game with the 14th ranked passing defense, despite being shredded by Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes last week for six touchdowns. Ryan Fitzpatrick is entering the game as the NFL’s number one quarterback with 819 yards and eight touchdowns - nine if you include the rushing touchdown he has.The Buccaneers are also home of the number one receiver in DeSean Jackson, number nine receiver Mike Evans, and number three tight end O.J. Howard.The Steelers are ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed, so the running game might really get going which is why Peyton Barber is an honorable mention as far as X-Factors are concerned. The Steelers and Bucs are ranked fifth and sixth respectively in points allowed, so we may be in for yet another shoot out, playing into the hands of Fitz and Ben Roethlisberger. Just because the Steelers are reeling right now is no reason to discount the fact that they still have the best receiver in the league in Brown or his partner in crime JuJu Smith-Schuster. Both guys will be going up against a young secondary that is currently allowing the second most passing yards in the NFL. Now this isn’t to bash the defense. The defense has made key stops in key moments this season and appears to be vastly improved from last season. That also doesn’t mean they aren’t giving up loads of yards in the passing game. It’s that “bend don’t break” we’ve all become accustomed to.One thing to note is that the Bucs are currently sitting at a +2 in turnover differential while the Steelers are -4. Again, that falls on Fitzpatrick’s ability to protect the football and make the smart decisions while Roethlisberger is more willing to take chances. Even Fitz’s one interception this season wasn’t his fault, it was squarely on the shoulders of O.J. Howard.The Bucs are going to ride the hot hand and none is hotter than the right hand of Ryan Fitzpatrick. If the Buccaneers are going to finish off the most improbable three game start in recent memory - for them or any team given the fact that no one gave them a chance to even win one of these games - it’s going to take another magical performance from number fourteen. Doug Pederson summed up a hot, frustrating day for the Philadelphia Eagles."A lot of self-inflicted wounds," the coach said Sunday after the reigning Super Bowl champions stumbled to a slow start in the blistering Florida sun and never fully recovered in a 27-21 loss to the surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Game-time temperature was 91 degrees, with a heat index of 105.A usually reliable defense gave up a 75-yard TD reception to ex-Eagle DeSean Jackson on the first play of the game and another 75-yarder to O.J. Howard before halftime. But Philadelphia's sputtering offense was partly to blame for the loss Youth Lavonte David Jersey , too.In addition to losing a pair fumbles and being stopped on downs twice, the Eagles hurt themselves with ill-timed penalties. That kept an injury-depleted offense missing some its top playmakers from getting into a rhythm early."Anytime you are down a couple of guys, it affects you offensively. ... The thing was, we kept going backward in the whole first half. Either from penalties or lost yardage on first down, we were playing from behind a lot," Pederson said. "The injuries hurt, but again, it's self-inflicted."The Eagles (1-1) won their season opener over Atlanta with Nick Foles throwing for just 117 yards. The Super Bowl MVP was 35 of 48 for 334 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions against the Bucs.But by the time the Eagles started to move the ball with some consistency, Philadelphia trailed 27-7."I think the big thing is we can't shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties," Foles said."Looking back, we'll look at the film and grow, but I think the thing I will take from this game is how hard our team fought," Foles added. "Tampa Bay played a tremendous game. ... We never once turned on one another Peyton Barber Jersey , we never put our heads down, we kept our heads up, we kept fighting."Two of Philadelphia's best playmakers Alshon Jeffery and Darren Sproles were inactive. Running back Jay Ajayi, receiver Mike Wallace and left tackle Jason Peters were lost for portions of the game after being injured in the first half Sunday.Ajayi returned to score a third quarter TD, and tight end Zach Ertz had 11 receptions for 94 yards."Guys step up all the time, and that's what we did," Foles said. "We gave ourselves an opportunity to win this game. Obviously, we want everyone healthy, but that's not really the case sometimes."Nelson Agholor finished with eight catches for 88 yards, including a 2-yard TD that cut Philadelphia's deficit to six points with 2:45 remaining. But it wasn't enough to escape the large hole that the defense helped create by giving up the long TDs to Jackson and Howard."You take those plays out, it's a totally different game," Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. "And, that's completely on us."

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The Crow’s Nest: Backing the franchise QB
Cheap Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey , receiver depth, and a flashy entrance. Depth, Strength of Bucs’ Receiving Corps Can Help Entire Offense Improve - Buccaneers.comThe wideout room is seemingly one of the team’s strongest and deepest units, which could provide a domino-effect of all-around improvement for the rest of the offense this season.Tampa Bay Buccaneers players back Jameis Winston as suspension looms - ESPNJameis Winston's Buccaneers teammates spent Wednesday answering questions about the quarterback's three-game suspension.Tampa Bay Buccaneers players back Jameis Winston as suspension looms - ESPNJameis Winston's Buccaneers teammates spent Wednesday answering questions about the quarterback's three-game suspension.Jameis Suspension Was A "Surprise" To Ali Marpet - JoeBucsFan.comSo the Buccaneers’ NFL players association lead representative, Ali Marpet Kwon Alexander Jersey , didn’t seem to think Jameis Winston would be suspended for three games?Optimism For Quick Kendall Beckwith Return - JoeBucsFan.comFantastic, encouraging chatter today at One Buc Palace.Jerry Jones: Cowboys players must stand for anthem - NFL.comCowboys owner Jerry Jones says his team has a policy requiring Dallas players to stand on the field for the national anthem regardless of any rules the NFL might adopt on the matter.Mike Tomlin: I'm done with the Le'Veon Bell questions - NFL.comPittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has moved on from Le'Veon Bell questions. The team tried to link Bell to a long-term pact, but a deal did not get done.Antonio Brown showed up to Steelers training camp in a dang helicopter - SBNation.comAntonio Brown’s gaudy training camp entrances continue.Dez Bryant signing with the Browns would make more sense than you think - SBNation.comBryant’s market is thin, but he could restore much of his value in ... Cleveland? The Buccaneers defense will be without their defensive captain for the remainder of 2018. Tampa Bay head coach confirmed Monday that veteran linebacker Kwon Alexander is done for the year with a torn ACL. Rookie linebacker Jack Cichy, who came in to replace Alexander during Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns Cheap Jameis Winston Jersey , also tore his ACL.MRIs on Monday confirmed the team’s fears. Head coach Dirk Koetter confirmed the news during his day-after-game presser.“[It’s] unfortunate,” said Koetter during his press conference. “Kwon was playing so well and he’s the heart and soul of our defense. It’s just very unfortunate. Our locker room at halftime was extremely emotional last night. Kwon came out of the training room right about the time we were getting ready to go back on the field. It was emotional. You can tell that the guys really care. Kwon talked to the team there for a couple minutes right as we were going back on the field.”Alexander was second on the team in tackles with 45 including six for loss.

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The Buccaneers are continuing to hold out hope that the likes of
Jordan Whitehead and Beau Allen return to action against the Falcon’s offense this week and today’s injury report continues to look positive for that to happen. Allen again was a limited participant while Jordan Whitehead was a full participant for the second day in a row. O.J. Howard showing limited participation for the second day in a row while nursing his MCL injury from the prior game is another positive sign for the team and the high powered offense that Jameis Winston will be tasked with taking over this week.Marcus Williams was however downgraded from Limited to Did Not Participate for the Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hats , the lone change from Wednesday’s report to Thursday’s.For the Falcons, there were no changes on their injury report Thursday which bodes well for the Buccaneers as Devonta Freeman and Grady Jarrett were again unable to practice. Jarrett possibly missing will be a relief for the Buccaneers offensive interior that will look to get the ground game off and running with some consistency for the first time this season.Dirk Koetter gives updates after Monday’s practice It’s game week Buccaneer fans and the team was back on the practice filed as they prepare for the New Orleans Saints. Head Coach Dirk Koetter gave some updates Monday on the state of the team as well as some injury updates. Koetter update on Vita Vea: “He’s making good progress. Unfortunately, it’s not to the point where he can play football on the field yet, but he’s working a lot behind the scenes in the weight room, in the training room, and he’s making progress, but he’s not ready to play on the field yet.”Koetter was also asked whether or not he knows when Vea will return and he simply said he couldn’t comment any further. To me, it doesn’t look likely that Vea will be playing week one. Koetter update on Donovan Smith: “Yeah Tampa Bay Buccaneers Womens Hoodie , we’ll see how it shakes out. You guys know well – Donovan takes a lot of pride,” Koetter said. “He’s never missed a start in his time here, and if anybody can make it, it’s him.”My gut tells me Donovan will play on Sunday. Of course, practices later in the week will tell a bigger story, but like Koetter said, if anyone can heal that fast and play it’s Donovan.Koetter on if it was weird not having Jameis in the building: “It was a little bit. I think I noticed it the most when I walked in the quarterback room when we broke down for individual meetings and went in the quarterback room.,” Koetter said. “I mean Womens Customized Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys , it’s been a long time since Jameis hasn’t been camped out up in the front row next to his computer. It was a little bit strange, but we knew this was coming, and we planned for it. Now we’ve just got to do it.”You have to hope that the team doesn’t have a Jameis type hangover and let his absence affect their performance or energy level. I don’t think it will because Fitzpatrick also has their respect, but it’s something to keep an eye on. Being down a vocal leader can absolutely hurt a team, but Koetter does have to prepare them for that during the week.Koetter on it finally being week one: “Tough opener against a really good football team, but what better way for us to measure where we’re at? One of the toughest places to play in the league – going to play in the Dome in New Orleans,” Koetter said. “I know our guys are excited about it, and as you said a division game www.buccaneerscheapshops.com , so they know us well, we know them well. We’re excited about getting them going.”The Saints have lost their last four season openers, while the Buccaneers have won their last two. It’s a division matchup so the two teams are very familiar with each other, so there really shouldn’t be many surprises. Will the Saints have an NFC divisional game hangover? We shall see.

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The Browns passed on Mitchell Trubisky
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Here is the injury report for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 8
game against the Pittsburgh Steelers:Cleveland BrownsPositionPlayerInjuryWedThuFriGame StatusPositionPlayerInjuryWedThuFriGame StatusPittsburgh SteelersPositionPlayerInjuryWedThuFriGame StatusPositionPlayerInjuryWedThuFriGame StatusInjury NotesCleveland has three players ruled out this week: WR Rashard Higgins http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-baker-mayfield-jersey , MLB Joe Schobert, and CB E.J. Gaines. Gaines is still in the concussion protocol, so we may see Damarious Randall take on a cornerback role again.Randall himself is questionable. He didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but was a limited participant on Friday. The same goes for C JC Tretter, who is going to gut out another game on his sore ankle.The Steelers are without starting RT Marcus Gilbert for the second straight week, so Matt Feiler will start in his place again. The rest of the Steelers on the injury report appear good-to-go for Sunday. The bike brigade is back in Berea, and maybe at the worst possible time for the Cleveland Browns. Yeah, it’s football, guys are going to get hurt Denzel Ward Jersey , but that’s why teams have to carefully select their backups while managing the roster under the 53-man limitations.That’s especially true in short weeks like the Browns face as they prepare to take on the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football.Here’s the full Browns injury report for Tuesday:Damarious Randall was a new addition to the injury report this week and did not practice either Monday—the team didn't practice, but he would have been out—or Tuesday with a heel injury.Meanwhile, Seth DeValve, Chris Kirksey, and Emmanuel Ogbah—who all missed Week 2—all did not practice again on Tuesday. Their statuses are pretty clear, they’ll probably not play again this week, according to coach Hue Jackson.“From an injury standpoint, Emmanuel (Ogbah) will not make the game this week, but we are getting closer Authentic Jabrill Peppers Jersey , which I am excited about that,” Jackson said on Tuesday. “Kirko (Christian Kirksey), we will see how all of that unfolds. “Damarious (Randall), we will see where he is, but Damarious did not practice today. We will see where we are.”Denzel Ward, Jarvis Landry, Desmond Harrison, and Briean Boddy-Calhoun are all new additions to the team’s injury report this week. All four were limited on Tuesday, and their statuses for Thursday night are up in the air. Although Youth David Njoku Jersey , Jackson didn’t seem concerned about their outlooks.“Outside of that, there is nothing else to really report form a medical standpoint,” Jackson said. “All of the other bruises that we had, I think we will be fine and be ready to play.”On a short week, those bumps and bruises can creep up and cause some guys to miss games when they maybe wouldn’t have given a full week to recover.It’ll be a struggle for Cleveland if any number of these guys are unable to go on Thursday night.

Browns vs. Steelers Final Score: Ridiculous game ends in a 21-21

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tie How are we supposed to feel? The Browns rallied from 21-7 down http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/seth-devalve-jersey , took Pittsburgh to the limit in overtime...but we ended in a tie. A tie. We won’t go 0-16...but it was a tie? Ugh.Let’s get to how it went down.With the rain falling heavily, it was an ugly first half for both teams. For Cleveland, they couldn’t produce much of anything on offense. For Pittsburgh, they could move the ball, but QB Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns in the first half. The first one went to CB Denzel Ward after a play broke down mid-way through the first quarter:The Steelers got on the scoreboard first part-way into the second quarter, thanks to a third down unnecessary roughness penalty on DE Myles Garrett that led to a fresh set of downs. One play later, RB James Conner punched it in from 4 yards out to give Pittsburgh a 7-0 lead:The Browns’ second takeaway came when Roethlisberger tried to find WR Antonio Brown deep, but FS Damarious Randall got the jump on it:The Browns’ next drive could have had them facing a decision on 4th-and-5 in deep field goal range, but the decision was taken out of their hands when WR Josh Gordon was flagged (bad call) for unnecessary roughness on a block. The Steelers final interception of the half came when they were driving to close out the first half, and the rookie Ward came away with his second pick of the half:The Browns got things going to begin the second half, but it took a little bit of help. QB Tyrod Taylor was sacked on the first play. Backed up in their own territory, a defensive holding on a run play by the Steekers’ nose tackle gave them a first down. Then, CB Artie Burns was fuming after a block by WR Jarvis Landry pancaked him, and he whipped off his helmet for a 15-yard penalty.From there, it was ground-and-pound from all three Cleveland running backs. Then, Taylor scrambled and took it in himself from 20 yards out to tie the game at 7-7.Unfortunately, it didn’t last long. On the first play of the next drive, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught a quick pass and ran 67 yards down to the goal line. Back-to-back touchdown plays were called back to penalties, but then Roethlisberger hit WR Antonio Brown up the right edge for a 22-yard touchdown despite darn-near perfect coverage from Ward to make it a 14-7 game.The game quickly flipped after that. The Browns did nothing on offense, had a short punt, and then Conner had carries of 17 and 22 yards, the latter of which put the Steelers up 21-7 toward the tail end of the third quarter.Cleveland was sparked again on offense with a big play to WR Jarvis Landry downfield. they tried to stay aggressive, but the deep ball to WR Josh Gordon in the end zone saw CB Joe Haden go up and make an aggressive play that certainly could have been pass interference. On second down, Taylor and TE David Njoku couldn’t connect on a hot read that could’ve been a big play. Finally, on third down, Njoku just flat out dropped a perfect first down pass.Cleveland tried to grind things out. But on 4th-and-5 in scoring range, Taylor’s end zone pass for Landry fell incomplete. With under 8 minutes to go Womens Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey , that appeared to be it...but then DE Myles Garrett poked the ball away from Conner on the next play, and SS Jabrill Peppers recovered and returned it to the 1 yard line! RB Carlos Hyde punched it in, making it a 21-14 game with 7:32 to play.On the next drive, Roethlisberger was hit by Garrett after a bobbled snap, leading to a fumble that was recovered by MLB Joe Schobert! Sadly, despite being on their end of the field, the offense went three-and-out and had to punt with about 5 minutes to go.The Browns forced a punt, and with just over 2 minutes to go, Taylor found WR Rashard Higgins for 38 yards down the right sideline! On the next play, Taylor found WR Josh Gordon for his first catch of the game, a 17-yard touchdown, to tie the game at 21-21 with 1:58 to play in regulation!The Steelers went three-and-out themselves, and Cleveland started driving past midfield. With no timeouts and 23 seconds left, from the 42 yard line, Taylor tried to air one out to Gordon down the right sideline. The pass was underthrown, though, and Pittsburgh intercepted the pass, forcing overtime.The Browns won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball. They went three-and-out, though, and had to punt to Pittsburgh, who got a big dumpoff to Conner to move to near midfield. The defense came alive, though! Garrett’s rush forced a hold, CB Terrance Mitchell broke up a pass, and pressure forced Roethlisberger to take a sack for 3rd-and-31. That led to a punt, and with under 6 minutes to go, now you start worrying about the thought of a tie.Especially after the Browns went three-and-out, and now 4.5 minutes to go. A high snap on the punt http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/briean-boddy-calhoun-jersey , followed by the protector getting pushed into him, forced P Britton Colquitt to get rid of it quick, but short, allowing great field position for Big Ben. Several plays later, K Chris Boswell tried the game-winner from 42 yards out...and missed it!But the Browns went three-and-out. Despite there being 1:28 to play, they had to punt, giving Pittsburgh once last shot and basically settling for a tie at best....right? Right!?! Not yet!The Browns got pressure on Roethlisberger with 0:47 left and poked the ball out, allowing MLB Joe Schobert to intercept the pass and return it to within field goal range with 0:36 to go. That brought K Zane Gonzalez on for a 43-yard attempt...and it was blocked. :-/A tie.Quick HittersQB Tyrod Taylor: 15-of-39 for 197 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. 8 rushes, 77 yards, 1 TD.RB Carlos Hyde: 22 rushes, 62 yards, 1 TD. 1 catch, 3 yards (2 targets).WR Jarvis Landry: 7 catches, 106 yards (15 targets).WR Josh Gordon: 1 catch, 17 yards (3 targets). 1 TD.DE Myles Garrett: 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles.CB Denzel Ward: 5 tackles, 2 interceptions.The Browns forced 6 turnovers, but were out-gained 472 yards to 327 yards. PITTSBURGH (0-0) at CLEVELAND (0-0)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE — Steelers by 6 陆RECORD VS. SPREAD — Pittsburgh 7-10, Cleveland 4-12SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 73-58LAST MEETING — Steelers beat Browns 28-24, Dec. 31, 2017AP PRO32 RANKING — Steelers No. 5, Browns No. 31STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3) Authentic Kevin Zeitler Jersey , RUSH (20), PASS (3).STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (10), PASS (5).BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (18), PASS (22).BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (7), PASS (19).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — One-sided rivalry for two decades, Steelers are 33-6 against Browns since 1999. ... Steelers without Pro Bowl RB Le'Veon Bell, who has been in extended contract holdout with team that has turned nasty. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is 21-2 as starter against Browns. ... Roethlisberger surpassed 50,000 career yards passing last season, one of only eight NFL QBs to reach plateau. ... Ohio native Roethlisberger is 24-4 in games played in home state. ... Steelers went 7-1 on road last season. ... Steelers All-Pro WR Antonio Brown led all receivers with 1,533 yards receiving in 2017. Brown burned Browns in last season's opener — 11 catches, 182 yards — and made critical 38-yard reception in fourth quarter to seal Pittsburgh's 21-18 win. ... Brown's 582 catches and 7,848 yards are most in five-year span in league history. ... Steelers DT Cameron Heyward had team-best 12 sacks in 2017. ... Steelers will face former offensive coordinator Todd Haley, whose contract was not renewed after six seasons. ... Browns coming off just second 0-16 season for any NFL team. ... Cleveland's roster has been overhauled, with 31 new players from last season. ... Browns have lost 13 straight openers and are 1-18 in Week 1 since returning as expansion team. Lone win came in 2004. ... QB Tyrod Taylor will be 29th different starter for Cleveland since '99. Taylor expected to start while Browns develop top overall pick Baker Mayfield, who had strong training camp. ... Browns DE Myles Garrett missed last season's opener vs. Steelers with ankle sprain. He's vowed to "chop down" Roethlisberger since being drafted first overall in 2017. ... Browns starting RT Chris Hubbard was Steeler from 2013-17. ... Browns WR Josh Gordon set to play in first season opener since 2013, when he led league with 1,646 yards receiving. Gordon, who says he's as "locked in" as at any point in career, has been suspended for 54 of past 64 games. ... Gordon missed training camp to get counseling and won't start, but expected to have major role. ... Browns coach Hue Jackson needs strong start after going 1-31 past two seasons. Fantasy Tip: Until Gordon gets up and running, Browns WR Jarvis Landry will likely be feature target for Taylor. Landry led league with 112 catches last season and his 400 in first four years are most by player to start career.