Browse Month: March 2018

Leipsic stars in OT, Canucks beat Islanders 4-3

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — It wasn’t the ending anyone wanted to see in a marquee showdown between Calder trophy contenders Brock Boeser and Mathew Barzal.

Boeser, the rookie Vancouver forward who leads his team offensively, lay face down on the ice in the final seconds of regulation in what would be a 4-3 Canucks’ overtime victory against the New York Islanders on Monday night.

After falling awkwardly into the boards, Boeser was helped to the locker room and taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons.

Ideally, a Van Gundy team features a big man like Drummond surrounded by quality shooters, including one at the power forward spot. Griffin has been a good midrange shooter in his career, but his foray into making himself a 3-point shooter has yielded subpar results. He is making 34.2 percent on 3s this year, well below the league average (36.2 percent). Worse, as he has stretched himself out to the 3-point line, one of his strengths — the midrange shot — has failed him. Griffin is making just 20.5 percent of his 2-pointers from 16 feet and out.

How does Griffin fit with Drummond? Well, he probably doesn’t. And that’s even when he is healthy, which, recent history shows, he won’t be very often. But Van Gundy is in the fourth year of a five-year contract he signed, as coach and chief exec, to clean up the mess the Pistons had become. His clock is ticking.

Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils will face off against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers to open the regular season in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Oct. 6 as part of the NHL’s Global Series.

In the second year of regular games in Europe, the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets will also play Nov. 1 and 2 in Helsinki. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced the games and two exhibitions Tuesday morning.

After losing Chris Paul to the Rockets and a number of valuable contributors to injuries at the outset of the season, Rivers managed to keep the Clippers together behind the steady performances of Williams and Jordan, plus some MacGyver-level rejiggering of the rotation. (How many people are aware Tyrone Wallace is playing significant minutes in LA?)packers_135

NBA All-Star 2018: Three takeaways from NBA Rising Stars Challenge

The World team took home its fourth straight Rising Stars Challenge with a 155-124 victory over the U.S. Friday in Los Angeles.
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The World team won the event by getting the 3-point competition a day early.

Kings guard and Game MVP Bogdan Bogdanovic led all players with seven 3-pointers made and the World team knocked down 23 treys in the game.

Brown was a key part of the Celtics attack in the postseason last year, but he was clearly out there for energy and wasn’t expected to truly produce offensively. He still had a lot of work to do both in the offense and with his shooting.

He has made leaps and bounds this season in both areas though and it was unmistakable Friday. Brown finished with a game-high 35 points with 10 rebounds. He also went 3 for 8 from 3-point range. He is shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc Womens Robbie Ray Jersey this year, up a good bit from last season, while taking three more per game. Brad Stevens has done a great job with the youngster and the sky appears to be the limit on his potential.

It’s fun, man. Adversity is great, Westbrook said, via ESPN. Me personally, I love adversity. It gives you an opportunity to bring your teammates together, bring everybody together and look forward to positive things. Throughout the season, there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs, but we never flinch. That’s one thing about this organization, about our team: We never flinch based on what’s going on. We always stay together.

Westbrook, who finished with 36 points and nine assists, acknowledged the Thunder’s costly turnovers but couldn’t deny the defensive errors and improvements that need to be made.

I’m most concerned about that defensively, to be honest, is our 3-point defense, Westbrook added. I’m really, really concerned about that. You want to protect the deep paint, and you don’t want to give up layups, but when the ball gets kicked back out, we have got to have more urgency to run people off the line.
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Teammate and forward Carmelo Anthony echoed Westbrook’s optimism, saying the team remains confident amid their slump.

Lamar Jackson opted out of 40-yard dash at NFL Combine due to WR talk

Lamar Jackson would have been the fastest quarterback at the NFL Combine, but he decided not to run the 40-yard dash. He participated in all of the throwing drills, but his decision to partcipated in the 40 left some analysts curious.
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Speaking to NFL Network’s NFL Now crew, Jackson admitted the recent talk of him playing wide receiver led to him not wanting to run.

Lamar Jackson has said no one asked him to do WR drills. But the requests were, in fact, made. Three more: DBs Marcus Allen, Terrell Edmunds and Derwin James were asked to do LB drills.

Limited Womens Taurean Prince Jersey I felt I did pretty good today, there were a lot of passes I wanted back, but you know, you can’t be perfect, he said.

While Jackson didn’t take part in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, he did say he was going to run it at his Louisville pro day. The QB also said if he had to predict his 40 time, he says he would have run in the 4.3 range, says he likely would have matched a 4.38.

Louisville’s pro day takes place on March 29th, so we’ll know for sure by then.

After measuring in at 6-feet, 233 pounds, Barkley started off his workouts getting everyone’s attention when he did 29 reps at 225 lbs. Barkley and Nick Chubb, who also had 29 bench press reps, led all running backs but more impressive than that, they both had more reps than all but five of the 36 offensive linemen at the combine this year.

Barkley followed up Friday with even more impressive performances, posting a 41-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.40-second 40-yard dash on his first attempt.

To put all of his workouts in perspective, according to NFL Research, the only player with more than 25 bench press reps and a Authentic Robby Fabbri Jersey vertical jump higher than 40 inches at the 2017 Combine went as the No. 1 overall pick, which was defensive end Myles Garrett who had 33 reps and a 41-inch vertical.
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Adding in the 40-yard dash, NFL Research also noted that there are only two players to weigh over 230 lbs, run the dash in 4.40 seconds or faster, and vertical jump 40-inches or higher at the combine since 2003. Vernon Davis was the other to do so in 2006.

Comparing Barkley to some of the top athletes of the NFL, when Joe Thomas went through the combine, he had 28 reps. DeSean Jackson’s 10-yard split was 1.55 seconds (Barkley was 1.54). Devin Hester was 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash while Julio Jones’ vertical jump was 38.5 inches.

Parks is still subject to discipline under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.

Youth Cameron Erving Jersey Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan survey the non-rental options at the trade deadline and take a look behind the curtain with TSN’s James Duthie at what hosting TV coverage of the big day is like. Then we hear from J.T. Brown of the Ducks, and Madison Bowey of the Capitals alongside his father, Will. Finally, a look at the Hart Trophy race, and a fan vents some Olympic frustration to the ESPN On Ice rant line. Listen ?
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Flashing elite athleticism on film and likely at the Combine, the former basketball player reminds of Lane Johnson and has similar right or left tackle potential.

After the busy summer that GM Jim Nill had, don’t expect much from these Stars between now and Monday. Yes, the rest of the Central Division teams probably will be buyers, but you don’t have to keep up with the Joneses every time.

To add a top-six winger or not, that is the question. This Blues team — which has Luke Joeckel Youth jersey been tremendous at times this season — has a few flaws. Rick Nash might not be the panacea, but … he certainly wouldn’t hurt.

We don’t think Brian MacLellan will make nearly the splash he did last season. This year could bring another small move. (The Caps have already executed trades for depth defensemen Michal Kempny from Chicago and Jakub Jerabek from Montreal.)

Parks, 23, has played in all 32 games since the Broncos selected him in the sixth round of the 2016 draft. He started five games last season and registered an interception, 4 passes defensed and 47 tackles.

Sando: Miami Dolphins. I think the Dolphins are motivated to trade Landry, but how many teams will be motivated to acquire — and then pay — a limited receiver deemed expendable by his own offensively anemic team? Landry ranks third in receptions since 2014 with 400. However, he has only five scoring receptions on passes that traveled at least 5 yards past the line of scrimmage. That is tied with Tavon Austin, among others, for 121st in the league over the past four seasons.

Elite Mens Doug Flutie Jersey Schatz: Baltimore Ravens. Quarterback Joe Flacco is the king of short completions that aren’t actually successful plays for the offense. It’s only appropriate to give him the top receiver in short completions that aren’t actually successful plays for the offense.

Cornerbacks and safeties will stop the Super Bowl’s air war by ‘letting go’

You are a cornerback striding down the sideline with one of these Super Bowl 52 pesky wide receivers. He is a step ahead. But then you start to match him. Are you suddenly faster? No. It likely means the ball is coming. He is adjusting. You adjust. Get your head around. Locate. Officials like it when you get that head around and are tracking the ball -– that makes incidental contact secondary. Most of all, remember this …

Don’t panic.

That is the mantra for every defensive back in this Super Bowl. Don’t panic. They will be under assault. Both teams present pass-catching firepower not only at receiver but also at tight end and from the backfield. I expect a Super Bowl record total number of passes in this game from Tom Brady and Nick Foles.

Robey-Coleman has been good covering the slot during his time in Buffalo and Los Angeles. He’s a solid assignment defender who also plays the run well. He’s one of the best relative bargains in free agency.

It gave the Rams a 23-16 win, but McNair’s performance on the final drive — and that particular third down — is something that shouldn’t be lost in history.

Remember when the Cardinals had the Steelers on the ropes in Super Bowl XLIII? We all know how this one turned out — with the most iconic play of the game — but Fitzgerald was almost the Super Bowl hero.

Down four, Kurt Warner found Fitzgerald right up the shoot for a 64-yard touchdown to put the Cardinals up 23-20 with 2:37 left:

Ben Roethlisberger would lead the Steelers down the field in just under two minutes, tossing the perfect pass to Santonio Holmes for the game-winning score and one of the best catches in Super Bowl history.bears_102

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