If handled carefully, he should be a positive addition to Joe Maddon’s bullpen.

How many teams that didn’t make the playoffs last season, but are in position now, will be there in April? The Lightning, Kings and Jets are locks. The Devils have doubters and not everyone is sold on the Stars or the Islanders, but Vegas’ odds look good.

There will be plenty of fines and possible suspensions from Monday’s game While Shazier was injured on a hit he delivered with his head lowered, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was carted off after he was hit with a devastating crackback hit from Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. The rookie was flagged for the illegal hit and for taunting Burfict, who has a reputation as a dirty player. Smith-Schuster is facing a fine and possible suspension.

Even as wacky and unpredictable as the NFL has been at times throughout the 2017 season, few expected the Dolphins, entering Monday night’s game as 11 1/2-point underdogs, to delay what feels like an inevitable Patriots division championship for the ninth consecutive season.

The Patriots before Monday’s loss had won eight consecutive games and had a chance to clinch the AFC East with a victory. The Dolphins, who held the Patriots to 0 for 11 on third downs, had other ideas. It was the first time New England had been held without a third-down conversion since 1991.

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In a memo sent to teams Monday, NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent wrote: We want to keep our players on the field. No one wants a penalty or an ejection to determine the outcome of the game. In recent weeks, however, there have been several suspensions and ejections because of contact with, and conduct toward, our game officials. This is not who we are — as players, as clubs, as the NFL.

The memo comes some 10 days after the NFL Referees Association expressed concern about Raiders offensive lineman Gabe Jackson was not suspended after he pushed an official. The referee who was pushed suffered bruised ribs from the contact.

There have been three players ejected for making contact with an official this season. In addition to this, Saints coach Sean Payton was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he ran up to an official to call a timeout last Thursday.

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The Marlins have also dealt Dee Gordon to the Mariners. In that trade, the Marlins saved $38 million. There are reports that they could trade Castro.

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We stopped the run, Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. At the end of the day, I feel like they are based off the bootleg and the run. If you stop the run, then you stop the bootleg. You pretty much have them bottled up.

The Vikings are giving up the second-least amount of rushing yards per game at 77.7, second only to the Philadelphia Eagles. Stopping Gurley in his tracks was no surprise, but to the level at which they did it was impressive.

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Gordon, who hasn’t played in a game since Dec. 21, 2014, was reinstated by the NFL on a conditional basis earlier this month and returned to practice last week for the first time since serving his indefinite suspension.

The 26-year-old had been banned more than 50 games due to multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. He recently admitted that he was normally under the influence of alcohol or drugs for nearly every game of his career, but is looking to turn his life around after a stint in rehab and working out with former Olympian-turned-speed-coach Tim Montgomery.

The winless Browns (0-11) are scheduled to take on the Chargers (5-6) at 4:05 p.m. ET Sunday.

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Jim Caldwell’s job isn’t as safe as initially believed.

The Lions coach signed a multi-year contract extension with the team earlier this year that is guaranteed for only 2018 with team options beyond that, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

According to the report, the team would have to pay Caldwell for next season only if they decided to fire him, though the Lions won’t make a decision regarding his future until this season ends.

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The main issue he’s dealing with now is pain, he said.
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Allen said the coaches don’t want him playing in the bowl game against Central Michigan unless he’s completely recovered.

Allen has said that if he’s healthy enough he wants to play in the bowl instead of sitting out to protect himself from further injury before the NFL draft.

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The 31-year-old right-hander has pitched in Japan the past two seasons for the Nippon-Ham Fighters. In 92 appearances he was 2-2 with a 1.12 ERA and 22 saves in 88 1/3 innings. He struck out 91 batters while walking just 13.

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Flacco was a slower eater of his W than Winston, but devoured one nonetheless. He told reporters via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, We talked about it last night. I was dared to do it, so I had to do it.

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They still had Azura Stevens and she helped the Huskies rally. Stevens, who sat out last year after transferring from Duke, scored 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter, to help UConn top the Irish 80-71 in the Jimmy V Classic.

There’s a lot we don’t know about what happened between Elliott and the woman.

We do know Elliott wasn’t criminally charged in the case and has repeatedly denied the accusations. We also know the woman gave a false statement to police about one allegation she made against Elliott, but that the NFL’s investigation concluded she was telling the truth about three other claims of physical violence. The Columbus, Ohio, prosecutor who did not bring charges against Elliott also believed his alleged victim but suggested he did not have the evidence to pursue charges.

The Rams are undefeated on the road thanks to Sean McVay.

Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson hopes his current team drops a 40-burger on his former (and still winless) team. Of course, that might not need to happen, because there doesn’t seem to be any good avenue for the Browns to score against the NFL’s best defense, which is also now good against the run and getting more boost from the special teams. Good night early, as Jacksonvilleafford to let off the gas by the third quarter.

The Rams are undefeated on the road thanks to Sean McVay. But Jared Goff hasn’t been the same against tougher defenses, and the Vikings are his trickiest challenge since the home loss to the Seahawks.

Morgan acknowledged in his letter that Hall of Fame voting is a “tricky issue” and the electorate has to deal with “shades of gray” in assessing individual candidates.

Sean McVay is the coach of the year. Sure, there are other candidates, but he took a team from complete shambles to crisp play and smart game plans. Jared Goff and Todd Gurley have hit the offensive jackpot, and the defense is starting to make more plays, too.

Keenum on seeing Teddy Bridgewater in uniform on the sideline as his backup: “I may have a Teddy Bridgewater jersey at home. I’m a big fan of his.”

Browns coach Hue Jackson, whose team remains winless, on social media criticism: “Twitter can blow up as far as I’m concerned.”

Kyle Shanahan on getting his first win as head coach of the 49ers: “I got that monkey off my back. Now I have to get the second one before that becomes a monkey too.”

Perhaps the best comparison for this season’s Jazz were the 2009-10 Milwaukee Bucks, whose leader in shot attempts per game was rookie point guard Brandon Jennings. Those Bucks ranked 23rd in the league in offensive rating, but rode the No. 3 defense to 46 wins and a playoff spot. Utah would love to do the same.

There’s no better recent example than Eagles GM Howie Roseman.
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The Vikings presumably would have pushed Jeffery into the lineup at the expense of Adam Thielen,

Fairly or unfairly, somewhere we need a save from our goaltender, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. That one is on me. I should have done that after the third goal. Once it gets to 4-1 it’s hard to dig out of that hole.
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The Canucks entered ranked 27th in the NHL in goals and 24th on the power play. They scored five goals for just the third time this season and went 2 for 4 on the power play.

The Flyers opened the scoring when Provorov’s shot from the left point redirected off the shoulder of Canucks defenseman Alex Biega and past Markstrom. The goal was Provorov’s second in two games after going nine games without one.

The Vikings presumably would have pushed Jeffery into the lineup at the expense of Adam Thielen, who was entering a one-year deal with the Vikings as a restricted free agent. Two weeks later, Minnesota re-signed Thielen to a four-year, $19.2 million extension that looks to be Richaun Holmes Jersey a bargain, as Thielen’s 916 receiving yards rank second in the league behind Antonio Brown.
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Probably don’t need one: Cardinals (Matt Carpenter), Mets (Dominic Smith), Giants (Brandon Belt), Phillies (Rhys Hoskins), Mariners (Ryon Healy), Twins (Joe Mauer). The Cardinals could move Carpenter to third base, but for a team that doesn’t like to give big contracts, Hosmer probably isn’t a guy it gambles on.