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Saros turns 23 years old on Thursday, so Rinne currently blocking him on the depth chart isn’t concerning long term.

Every year when teams consider first-round backs in the draft, Peterson remains the paradigm. Everyone is looking for the freakish, home-run hitting power runner in his vein, and only a few are worthy of being taken so high.

From his first day with the Vikings, Peterson ran hard to get the most out of every carry and did not worry about the wear that would eventually catch up to him. As the No. 16 all-time rusher, he’s guaranteed a place in Canton even if doesn’t play another down in the NFL.

“‘Yo, so who washes the jersey?'” Lawson said. “He turns around and throws me some detergent and says, ‘Yeah, you can go wash it in the sink.’ It’s something that you really take for granted over here, but you are like, ‘Damn, I got to wash my jersey and hang it up.'”

Laundry, though, was easy compared to finding his swagger again. Lawson arrived in Shandong stripped of his confidence. Instead of looking to score and play aggressively, Lawson had become content to pass the ball off.

Yup, Juuse Saros is technically a rookie, and no, he won’t be among the Calder Trophy candidates. He’s going to be a star in this league, however. The Nashville Predators’ backup goalie has been stellar in Pekka Rinne ‘s stead, posting a .923 save percentage and 2.42 goals-against average over 48 career contests. His .925 even-strength save percentage was the ninth-best number in the NHL this season, and according to Corsica Hockey, his .842 high-danger save percentage was seventh.

Saros has earned more starts going forward, and Rinne will be 36 in November, and playing in the last year on his contract. The knock on the 5-foot-11 Saros is that he’s a bit undersized as far as modern day NHL goaltenders go, but his quick reflexes, strong positioning and athleticism make up for it. He’s talented enough to be a top-five goalie in the NHL very soon, and I think this young Finn could actually have a Vezina Trophy on his mantle within the next five years. He’s that good. Even in this deep class of rooks, Saros is my pick to have the most dominant career.canucks_002

Cross-check earns Sharks’ Evander Kane 1-game suspension

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane received a one-game suspension for cross-checking Vegas forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Kane struck Bellemare in the arm and then the head after a whistle late in the third period of the Golden Knights’ 7-0 win. He was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

“I can’t even fathom what he’s probably gone through on the injury front,” the manager said. “The organization is really happy. And for good reason. He’s a good pitcher and probably a better person.”

Cash gave Venters a big hug when the pitcher walked into his office.

“I cannot imagine what he’s been through,” Cash said. “For me personally, I was excited to shake his hand and say, ‘Congrats.”

To make room for Venters, the Rays sent reliever Hunter Wood to Durham.

“He had some things he needed to go home and take care of,” Green said. “Respecting his privacy and his family’s wishes. We’ll just kind of leave it at that right now.”

The Padres also selected the contract of left-hander Eric Lauer from Triple-A El Paso and had him start Tuesday night.

Lauer (0-1), a first-round pick of the Padres in 2016, had a rough outing in his major league debut, allowing seven runs, six earned, over three innings. He also picked up his first big league hit on a bloop single.

To make room for Lauer, San Diego designated lefty Buddy Baumann for assignment.

“The rule states that under 2 minutes we are not allowed to review a potential 24-second violation unless the ball goes in the basket,” Mauer said, according to a pool report distributed by the league.

“There’s going to be good things that happen out there and there’s going to be bad things that happen out there,” Murray said. “It’s about how you respond. We did a good job of that.”

The Capitals gave the Penguins a couple of solid punches in the series opener but didn’t respond well when some bounces went against them early in the third. A deflection goal by Hornqvist, a puck that went off Ovechkin’s stick to Crosby and then a redirection by Guentzel took the air out of the building and ruined a strong start by Holtby.
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Report: Chuck Pagano will serve as NFL consultant

Chuck Pagano will return to the NFL this season, but he won’t be on the sideline. Pagano will take the fall off from coaching, instead working for the league as a consultant during the 2018 season, Troy Renck of Denver7 reports. Pagano’s father, Sam, was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame earlier this week. Peyton Manning also earned induction in the Class of 2018. The Colts fired Chuck Pagano as head coach after six seasons. Thirteen other Colts’ coaches found jobs in the NFL or a collegiate program, according to Andrew Walker of the team website.

The go-to book “This Day In New York Sports,” published in 1998, reminds us that tomorrow is the anniversary of the first televised game of an NCAA Tournament final — coach Hank Iba’s Oklahoma A&M, led by Bob Kurland’s 23 points, 43-40 win over North Carolina in the previous Garden. It was shown here on WCBS.

Love it when after a kid hits a line-drive shot Bill Raftery says, “He must’ve played in a church league.” Church gyms, among others where kids once first played indoors, had low ceilings.

Friday, NFL Network reported the Eagles had agreed to a revised contract with Foles for the 2018 season that also includes a mutual option for 2019 that would allow him to hit the free agent market. Last year, Foles signed a two-year contract that would turn into a five-year deal if Foles remained on the Eagles’ roster in February 2019.

Now, Foles will have the option to simply opt out and become a free agent, thus allowing him to pursue opportunities as a starting quarterback, if he so desires.

Per Ian Rapoport , Foles received a $2 million signing bonus and can earn several millions in incentives if he’s the starter and hits various benchmarks.

NFL Draft 2018: Why Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen don’t stack up to Eagles’ Carson Wentz

Of course, much of that will depend on the health of Wentz, the Eagles’ star quarterback who tore his ACL last season, which allowed Foles to take the reins at quarterback late in the season and guide the Eagles to their first-ever Super Bowl victory. Wentz is targeting a Week 1 return, though it’s presently unclear if he’ll be ready in time. With Wentz’s playing style, it’s no guarantee he lasts a full 16-game schedule anyway. steelers_127

Golden Tate could get contract extension this summer

At the Super Bowl, wide receiver Golden Tate said that he’d like to start talking to the Lions about a contract extension that would keep him in Detroit beyond the end of the 2018 season.

General Manager Bob Quinn said last week that no talks about a new contract have happened “as of yet,” but his history says that isn’t a sign that a deal is off the table. Quinn has extended the likes of Matthew Stafford and Darius Slay over the summer and said the same could happen with Tate this year.

Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. For example, a 10 is a must-start rating, while a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.

The Jets spent some time at the league meetings last week talking up tight end Jordan Leggett after he missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury, but they aren’t putting all their eggs in that basket after Austin Seferian-Jenkins left for the Jaguars as a free agent.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Jets have claimed tight end Clive Walford off of waivers. Walford was dropped by the Raiders last week.

Michael A. Taylor (R), 32 percent, Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets (LHP Steven Matz): It’s a little surprising that Taylor isn’t on more rosters, especially with Victor Robles getting more seasoning in the minors. With Adam Eaton nursing a sore ankle, Taylor could move up in the order. Granted, Matz has been hurt, but 24 of his 26 homers allowed since 2016 came off right-handed sticks. Howie Kendrick is also in play.

Two months after his on-field chat with Davis, McCallum was back in Las Vegas, sitting in the second row of desks, on the left side of Classroom 220. He was taking an executive development course taught by Bo Bernhard at the UNLV International Gaming Institute.

McCallum and Bernhard had not been formally introduced, and they very nearly weren’t on that day either. The course, designed for senior vice presidents and next-generation CEOs in the gaming industry, had a capacity limit of 30. McCallum was the 30th attendee to sign up.

Bernhard began his lecture by holding up an old, black-and-white picture of his great-great grandfather, a charismatic casino worker in the 1940s, who went by Joe “Kid” Jordan. He explained how his grandfather was very good as his job, but had to worry only about what took place inside whichever casino he was working for at the time.buccaneers_095

Jon Maletz of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle wrote a truly interesting story about former Giants player Corey Widmer and what playing football did to his body.

It deserves your attention so we are all fully informed about the sport we love so much.

I’m 49 years old, depressed to the Nth degree but have a lot of money…and some people might say it’s still worth it. I just tell them to watch what they wish for, Widmer told Maletz. If someone could’ve explained all of this to me when I was 14, I would’ve given it all back in a heartbeat. I would’ve wished for something else.

The 6’2, 260-pound canary in the coal mine has died. Maybe having been in the coal mine is the only way to really get the point across.

Brady posted a league-best passer rating of 103.4 on throws within 14 yards of the line of scrimmage, but on those passes traveling 15 or more yards in the air, his 96.8 rating was only good for 11th. Cooks might have helped open up some of those underneath routes, but the Patriots probably don’t want to throw the ball downfield as much as they did in 2017.

Brandin Cooks will be changing teams for the second time in as many offseasons. How does the move change his fantasy value and which of his former New England teammates will step up in his place

What’s fascinating now, of course, is what the Patriots are suddenly positioned to do. New England now has two first-rounders (Nos. 23 and 31) and two second-rounders (Nos. 43 and 63) to play with in this year’s draft, which is an awful lot of draft capital for Belichick to work with. Belichick has made a career out of trading down and taking advantage of other GM’s overconfidence on draft day, but I think it’s unlikely that the Pats are going to turn these four picks into seven or eight selections.

Worrilow will add competition to an Eagles linebacker group that includes Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Mychal Kendricks and the recently acquired Corey Nelson. Kendricks has been the subject of trade speculation for the second straight offseason. The Eagles have options should they move him.

Worrilow should also help on special teams, an area of focus for the Eagles. He was a core special-teams player for the Lions last season, playing close to half of the special-teams snaps.

He came to Detroit from the Atlanta Falcons, where he made the team as an undrafted free agent out of Delaware in 2013.

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Horse Tracks: 2018 Mile High Report Media Madness Bracket

Horse Tracks: 2018 Mile High Report Media Madness Bracket More Out of the Former Broncos & Game Broadcasters region, we again have a Denver Broncos legend contending to win it all.

The run defense also received a boost, with both Mitch Unrein and Beau Allen joining the team’s versatile defensive front. Allen’s a stout nose tackle who is a handful at the point of attack and will allow Tampa Bay’s speedy linebackers to take advantage of opened gaps. Unrein isn’t quite as effective, but he’s still an upgrade as a gap-eater compared to the limited group the team had in 2017.

Pryor had six catches for 66 yards in Week One. Thereafter, he didn’t do much, with a season high of 70 yards coming in Week Four against the Chiefs, which featured Pryor generating 70 yards and a touchdown on three catches against the Chiefs in prime time. For the year, Pryor had 240 receiving yards, on 20 catches.

Pryor reportedly makes his first visit today to Seattle, a team that once gave him a shot at playing quarterback.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) received a standing ovation from a crowd of business leaders and political junkies here on Friday after decrying the “degradation of the United States and her values” by the current occupant of the White House.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who ran for the GOP nomination in 2016, will return to the nation’s first primary state early next month for a “fireside chat” at a college in Henniker.

“It sucks to say it. It’s been a long journey since the summer. This was my goal, but it was taken from me,” Suriano told NJ Advance Media. “But my head is high. My head is high.”

Seton Hall closed to 63-59 with 3:22 to go, but Newman answered with a 3-pointer and a pair of foul shots, and the poised Jayhawks never allowed the Pirates to come all the way back. patriots_031

Pistons forward Jon Leuer reportedly opts for season-ending surgery

Pistons forward Jon Leuer was never really able to get his year started, and Friday he opted for season-ending surgery, according to The Detroit News.

Leuer, playing his second season with the Pistons, featured in just eight games due to a severely sprained ankle. Leuer averaged more than 10 points and five rebounds per game last season.

The surgery will require a four-month rehabilitation period, effectively ending his season.

“Take age out of it — she was the best goalie in the tournament,” Lamoureux says. “But as a 20-year-old, she’s just going to continue to get better.”

Rooney has two years left in college, where she will attempt to exist as a normal student seeking a business degree who just so happens to be an Olympic women’s hockey legend. She will undoubtedly be in position to start for the Americans in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Opportunities to play professionally in the National Women’s Hockey League or Canadian Women’s Hockey League will beckon. “The pro league isn’t on my mind, yet, but I want to play as long as possible. So it might be,” she says.

The movie “Moneyball” received six Academy Award nominations and a 94 percent Rotten Tomatoes approval rating while sparking a backlash in baseball circles for its simplistic take on the analytics vs. scouting debate. Baseball lifers chafed over the film’s harsh portrayal of Art Howe and its omission of the impact of pitchers Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder on the Oakland Athletics’ success.

But one scene in the movie resonated with anyone who has ever picked up a glove. During a pivotal living room sequence, Billy Beane tries to sell Scott Hatteberg on the idea of playing first base and downplays the difficulty of the transition. He solicits input from coach Ron Washington, who promptly undercuts him by pronouncing the move “incredibly hard.”

Many professional ballplayers who switch positions have the luxury of doing it in the minors, where mistakes are part of the developmental process and the crowds are small and generally forgiving. When the adjustment takes place in the big leagues, where every player is ostensibly a finished product and 30,000 people are in the stands, the stakes are higher.indians_010

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On March 10th, the Patriots traded for Saints receiver Brandin Cooks.

The Josh McDaniels era is over for the Indianapolis Colts. His time there as head coach will be (possibly) remembered mostly by taking his tenure as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator and weaving that into some speculation about what he might have done with the Colts.

And what a magical few hours it was.

It’s reminiscent of what McDaniels’ current boss, the man he’ll probably take over for someday in New England, Bill Belichick did with the Jets in January 2000, when he was head coach just long enough to announce his resignation.

There are a bunch of carve-outs for injured players. For instance, if a rookie gets hurt during the regular season and misses the Super Bowl on injured reserve, he gets half his team’s standard share. If the same happens to a veteran with four years in the league, he still gets the full share. And there are some other, more minute exceptions.

All of these terms apply to both conference championship games and the Super Bowl. The same restrictions don’t apply in the Wild Card and Divisional rounds.

Get a No. 1 wide receiver. Get a guy who can make defenses back up and back off. And make sure he is more of a wide receiver dagger than diva.

On March 9th, the Eagles signed free agent Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Jeffery and Cooks possess elite receiving gifts. Jeffery is bigger (6’3, 218 pounds). Cooks is faster (4.33 40-yard sprint). Jeffery is 27. Cooks is 24.

They draw double coverage. They free teammates to make plays. They help create running room for running backs by loosening defenses. They draw interference penalties. They produce big plays.
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The Panthers probably can forget about overtaking the Saints, but they remain in very good position to secure a wild-card spot.

It is crucial that TE Greg Olsen’s surgically repaired foot is sound and that he returns to the lineup to give QB Cam Newton another reliable receiver.

The Ravens are playing much better, with three straight wins, and securing a wild-card spot is a realistic possibility. Their meeting with the Steelers on Sunday night in Pittsburgh will be difficult but the Browns and Colts are up next after that.

But someone else was better. That someone else: Chris Carson, who picked up 46 yards on eight carries. Carson, the Seahawks’ seventh-round pick, also shined last week, when he rushed for 27 yards on six carries. In his first preseason game, he scored two touchdowns. Nobody should expect Carson to jump over Lacy on the depth chart, but Carson is making his case to claim a spot on the final roster.

As for Lacy, he simply hasn’t done enough to earn the starting job over his competition, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, both of whom didn’t play on Friday. So, expect some sort of backfield by committee in Seattle.

Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett continued his protest against racial injustice by remaining seated for the national anthem. Once again, Justin Britt stood next to Bennett and placed his hand on his shoulder.

An easy argument can be made that Campbell has been the NFL’s best defensive player in 2017. His career-high in sacks (14.5) and his first career All-Pro selection are the tangibles, but in his first season with the Jaguars, Jacksonville went from a 3-13 team to a 10-6 team with a chance to go to the Super Bowl. That’s not a coincidence.

Gronk remains arguably the biggest matchup nightmare for defenses in the NFL. While the league’s best tight end didn’t set any career highs in 2017, his stats — 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns — were good enough for another All-Pro selection, his fourth in eight seasons.

Ramsey is in his second year as a pro, and many already consider the Jaguars’ cover man the best cornerback in football. His four interceptions, 17 passes defensed and 52 tackles in the regular season earned him an All-Pro selection for 2017.
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Changes on horizon for NFL’s ‘Thursday Night Football’

Changes may be in store for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football schedule, according to reports on the bidding for the games’ media rights.

The league is going to make a watershed decision on whether to go for money or for distribution, media consultant Neal Pilson, formerly president of CBS Sports, told Bloomberg. With conventional networks like NBC or CBS you’re talking about distribution that’s reasonably guaranteed.

CBS and NBC paid a combined $450 million to air 10 games this past year, but in light of sagging TV ratings, they’re looking to pay less this time around.

The NFL is expected to announce its decision the week before or after the Super Bowl.

The league, in a letter from one of its attorneys to Jones’s lawyer, David Boies, says that Jones’s antics are damaging the League and reflect conduct detrimental to the League’s best interests.

Some owners are urging league leaders to consider possible disciplinary action against Jones for conduct detrimental to the NFL, people familiar with the situation said earlier this week. Potential disciplinary actions could include a fine, suspension or the loss of a draft pick or picks by the Cowboys.

But it’s possible the rights go to a purely digital company, which would mean the games would be streamed online exclusively, and not shown on traditional television. Amazon and Facebook have deep enough pockets to outbid any traditional media company, according to Bloomberg, and the NFL is willing to listen to online-only offers. Amazon paid $50 million for Thursday night streaming rights this past season.patriots_153_66a5d5688641d3cc-180x180

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