Category Archives: NHL Hockey News

NHL Hockey News

Prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against Bills receiver Zay Jones after a naked, bloody argument with his brother in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Los Angeles prosecutors declined the case because of “insufficient evidence,” district attorney’s office spokesman Paul Eakins told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Jones was arrested after officers were called to a disturbance in downtown Los Angeles, said police spokesman Luis Garcia. Jones was found “breaking glass doors and windows” and arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, Garcia said.

The arrest was first reported by TMZ, which posted a video showing a nude Zay Jones pushing his brother, Cayleb, in what appeared to be the hallway of an apartment building.

Cleveland might want to write this off as a “make or miss league” loss. Cleveland shot a hideous 8-of-34 from deep. Hit their average mark, and this is probably a close home loss against a fifth seed that didn’t exactly rain fire either. So … hooray?

What a listless, disengaged effort. The Cavs played as if this were Game 83, starting with LeBron. He drifted off Darren Collison several times in the first quarter; Collison led the league in 3-point percentage. Trevor Booker scooted right around James for an offensive rebound on a free throw. He let Turner sneak behind him for a layup. He sulked. He didn’t get back on defense.

As a receiver, Harris contributed 37 receptions for 409 yards in his three seasons. He had a total of only one catch the past two seasons and played in only five games in 2017 before fracturing his foot in Week 5 against the Chargers. Receiver Brandon Marshall, another player lost in that game — he went down with an ankle injury that needed surgery — is also in danger of becoming a salary-cap casualty. The Giants would save $5.1 million on the cap by jettisoning Marshall. It is more likely that the Giants will ask Marshall to take a pay cut and have him compete for a spot this summer.

Harris’ best work came as a return man, but he regressed badly in his production. He is the third player in Giants history with a kickoff and punt return for a touchdown in the same season — the first to do it in 60 years. He is the first Giants player to score a touchdown on a punt return, on a kickoff return and with a reception in the same season. The signing of receiver and special teamer Cody Latimer made Harris expendable.jets_040

Ex-Ram Isaiah Pead aiming for Paralympics gold after losing his leg

Isaiah Pead was a second-round draft pick of the Rams who spent five season in the NFL before a severe car accident required him to have his leg amputated in November of 2016. That ended his football career, but it didn’t end his athletic career.

Pead says he’s now in the early stages of learning to sprint with a prosthetic leg, and he’s hoping to be good enough to win a gold medal in the 2020 Paralympics.

But with just one win in Houston (Sat., 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC) or Miami (Monday), the Thunder should put themselves outside the reach of the long arm of the lottery when factoring in a likely easy win versus Memphis on the final night of the season, which would put OKC at 47 wins. Either Minnesota or Denver, each of which holds the tiebreaker over OKC, will top out at 46 wins given they have a rematch of Thursday’s thriller on Wednesday in Minnesota.

The first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Clowney got off to a slow start but is coming off the best year of his career. He started all 16 games last season and had a career-high 9.5 sacks. Clowney just turned 25 years old and is entering his prime, and he could become one of the highest-paid defensive players in the NFL.

Two first-round picks from 2014, Blake Bortles and Mike Evans, have already signed contract extensions. Clowney is among several members of that draft class who could sign big contracts this offseason. Others include Khalil Mack, Taylor Lewan, Odell Beckham and Aaron Donald.

Assuming Mother Nature cooperates, Saturday will be the first day of the young season that all 30 teams compete. From a fantasy perspective, this avails more pitchers and hitters for streaming, with less of a need because there aren’t any off days to fill. As such, many fantasy managers won’t bother to look for upgrades. However, with the first scoring week coming to a close, the sage skipper will take advantage of the larger pool of available players and upgrade fringe roster spots. Here are some suggestions.buccaneers_091

Report: Hue Jackson believes Browns will get their franchise QB

Since their return in 1999, the Cleveland Browns have swung and missed on four quarterbacks taken in the first round.

Head coach Hue Jackson and General Manager John Dorsey have a new confidence that their franchise quarterback will come from the 2018 NFL Draft.

I think everyone around the game understands what a good player he is and what a big-time money player he’s become, Boone said.

Stanton starred in last Thursday’s opening win at Toronto, homering twice. But he struck out three times against Chris Archer and once each when facing Austin Pruitt (1-1) and Sergio Romo. Stanton was booed in the eighth inning after the first five-strikeout game of his 11-season professional career.

I was awful today, he said. You put up a performance like that, you should get some boos.

Gregorius was asked to think back to April 2015, when he hit .206 in his first month with the Yankees and made several errors and baserunning blunders in his first month. Fans taunted him by chanting Jeter’s name.

The reason why they boo you, because they want you to do good. It’s not because they hate you, Gregorius said. It’s a bad day today, but tomorrow if he gets five home runs, everybody’s going to forget about it.

However, if it takes additional first-rounders on top of the pair in 2018, the offer suddenly isn’t all that attractive for the Bills. Even if it means moving all the way up to second overall, no quarterback in this year’s draft class is worth three firsts.

The McCarron signing offers the Bills some semblance of a safety net—a Plan B if they aren’t able to move up.

They shouldn’t be afraid to use it.

The problem is that the Rams have now used their top two picks in this draft on wideouts, given that the first-rounder is going to New England and their second-round pick was shipped off to Buffalo in the Watkins deal. They’ve traded a first-round pick for one year of Cooks at $8.5 million and the right to franchise him in 2019 or pay him a market value deal. (Franchising him would also take the tag off the table for Aaron Donald, increasing Donald’s leverage.) Nobody can question the star power the Rams currently possess, but this is a team with little depth at a number of key positions and major question marks at positions like tight end and edge rusher. Those draft picks could have helped.patriots_038

Report: Jordy Nelson agrees to two-year, $15 million deal with Raiders

The Saints and other interested teams didn’t get to make their pitch for Jordy Nelson by getting him to visit. Nelson quickly reached an agreement with the Raiders, James Jones of the NFL Network reports, with Nelson getting $15 million over two seasons with $13 million guaranteed.

Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie has a history with Nelson from his time in Green Bay, and Oakland receivers coach Edgar Bennett served as Nelson’s position coach for seven seasons with the Packers.

So this is why Tyrann Mathieu is so undaunted by this next mountain in front of him. If he didn’t live without a father, if he wasn’t kicked out of school, if his name didn’t bleed across that bottom line on ESPN, if he didn’t lose two of his closest friends, maybe Mathieu wouldn’t know how to handle this current adversity. But he has. This all “defined” him, he says.

Part of Mathieu sounds like it’s searching for an answer to a question posed by a season that got him cut. But part of him sounds like he’s never been healthier and never thought this clearly so it truly doesn’t matter whether he’s playing for Arizona or Houston.

It means that is unavailable for the World Series, should we make it. Zambrano brought little to the Mets, but made immediate impression on the Devil Rays.has been eligible for 32 years now and has been a finalist once, his final year as a modern-era candidate 2004.

Now, with more football than ever available comes more intense draft coverage.

The draft once took place inside hotel ballrooms with a few dozen people. It went from the Waldorf Astoria hotel in 1979 to Madison Square Garden in the mid-’90s and then Radio City Music Hall in the mid-2000s. Recently it’s been hosted in Chicago and Philadelphia. This year, it’s at AT&T Stadium where 100,000 people might watch it in person, and millions more from around the country.

“I’d like to thank Marcus for his contributions to our team the past three seasons,” coach Andy Reid said in a press release. “We felt this was the right move for our team and also for Marcus at this time.”

G.M. Brett Veach added his two cents on the move as well.

“After a thorough evaluation of our roster we decided it was in the best interest for us and for Marcus to move in different directions,” Veach said. “We appreciate Marcus’ contributions to our football team and wish him the best of luck as he continues his ing career.”49ers_076

Cousins Wants to Stay with the Vikings for a Long Time

The Minnesota Vikings just gave quarterback Kirk Cousins A LOT of money over the next three seasons. Not only does he want to play well to repay them, but he also wants to stick around.

“As Rick said yesterday, this is a lifetime deal. That’s the goal. This is a three-year deal but the expectation from both sides is we raise our kids here and then if everything goes as planned that I’d be here for a long, long time.”

Sensing vulnerability, potential Democratic challengers, including former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have started making state appearances, and the parade of hopefuls is expected to pick up considerably after the November midterm elections.

John Weaver, a Kasich adviser, cautioned against reading too much into the Ohio governor’s scheduled April 3 return to New Hampshire. But Weaver said he thinks Trump will face a GOP challenger in 2020, whether it’s Kasich or someone else. Kasich finished second to Trump in the 2016 Republican primary here.

“No one would have predicted Trump would be president,” Weaver said. “No one should predict whether Trump will be president in three months, in six months or running for reelection. The rapidly changing landscape should be observed and not predicted.”

Despite his low popularity among the general electorate, Trump’s standing remains relatively strong among likely Republican primary voters here.

With that being said, the rise of the runningback position has taken a different course as teams are choosing to implement committees of two or three backs instead of having a bell cow at the position. While many teams are focusing on having a lot of depth at offensive skill positions, are there any clear statistical differences between teams that spread the ball out to several skill players and teams that focus on two or three major players

It took almost no time for the Philadelphia Eagles to take advantage of the Seattle Seahawks’ roster deconstruction, as they agreed to a deal nearly a week before free agency began. Their trade for defensive end Michael Bennett continued the aggressiveness executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson have shown, and that’s a Super Bowl-winning recipe for the franchise. All it took was a 2018 fifth-round pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson to get Bennett and a 2018 seventh-round pick.patriots_025

Lakers set record for worst free throw percentage, still beat Pacers

The Lakers set a record on Friday for single-game free throw futility, making just 2-of-14 attempts at home against the Pacers, yet still won, 99-86.

“Man, that free throw line, it’s like a virus or something,” said guard Jordan Clarkson, whose two free throws off the bench were the only two that went in for the Lakers, per ESPN.com. “What did we shoot?”

To answer Clarkson’s question, 14.3 percent, the worst in one game by a team with a minimum of 10 attempts in NBA history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

This season, he’s tied for fourth in the league with 36 goals, trailing Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine.

“I’ve got a lot of work to do if I want to catch or be around those guys,” Staal said with a slight smile. “I’m just going to keep playing.”

Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Daniel Winnik and Staal scored in a span of 3:28, the fastest four-goal stretch in Wild history that gave the home team a huge lead less than four minutes after the first intermission ended.

The sign that this was the Wild’s night came quickly in the second period, when Jared Spurgeon’s slap shot from the point bounced off the neck of a ducking Niederreiter and past goalie Cam Ward with just 23 seconds elapsed.

“Uhhh. 0.1 seconds on the clock. Pretty smart way to end the Quarter if you ask me,” Curry wrote in response. “But what do I know? I’d tell the kids to do the same thing.”

Since a shot can’t be taken in less than 0.3 seconds, the decision to bounce the ball of the back of Nwaba ensured that the quarter would come to an end, although, it would have been a much better move just to pass to a teammate.

Earlier this season, Curry’s sportsmanship was also called into question after he threw his mouth guard in the direction of a referee after he disagreed with a call.

The only threat to the Pels’ playoff hopes appears to be Utah. The Jazz have Rudy Gobert back, and they’ve won three of their last five since his return. But the Jazz would have to go 20-13 down the stretch to get back to .500 by the season’s end, and the Pelicans would have to go 14-19. The two have split their season series thus far, with the next two games coming in New Orleans.
indians_007

Week 6 in the NFL features several key showdown games that should shape how the rest of the season goes.

47. Drew Brees, quarterback, Saints (43): Brees has led the NFL in passing yards each of the past two seasons (and four of the past five), but New Orleans’ 14-17 record with him under center since 2014 isn’t exactly inspiring. The fact the Saints allowed Brees to enter the final year of his contract without an extension is telling. At 37, is this the end of the line?

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees sits on the bench in the first half of a pre-season NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans on Sept. 1.AP
48. Jay Cutler, quarterback, Bears (47): Cutler is on this list just because his perpetually sour demeanor continues to inspire the best Internet memes of any player in football.

“It’s been a good battle over the years,’’ McDermott told reporters this week. “He is a highly competitive guy, as are we as a football team. We would expect the same. They had an impressive performance last year in all that they did as a team, and what they did in their Super Bowl run. We’ve a big challenge in front of us.’’

Under McDermott, the Bills (2-1) are leading the league in fewest points allowed, at 12.3 per game. The Panthers’ defense last season allowed 25.1 points per game. So Ryan figures to have a tougher challenge Sunday than he did against Carolina last year. Meanwhile, just five teams have scored more points than the 87 the Falcons have scored though three games.

Palmer threw a total of three interceptions in the game, including a pick-six to Detroit’s Miles Killesbrew that iced the game for the Lions. Unfortunately for Arizona, the ugliest part of the loss might have not even been Palmer’s play. Cardinals star running back David Johnson injured his wrist and will be undergoing an MRI on Monday.

Why Ask Why Stat of the Week: In Monmouth’s 70-68 shocker over Notre Dame, Monmouth was 18-of-22 on free throws, Notre Dame was an almost impossible 8-of-17.

Anyone else love that college football stadium Dr Pepper vendor in those TV adsStill, I’ve never seen Dr Pepper vended at any game.

Say, Comcast subscribers, how ya making out on those credits and/or rebates for the loss of YES since Comcast dumped it — with only your best interests in mind, of course. Who ya suppose is pocketing the savings?nike-youth-cardinals-046

Miller is a large, physically gifted offensive tackle who was one of the bright spots on UCLA’s line the past few seasons.

What’s there left to say about Tom Brady? Myles Jack might have figured it out, or at least closed the argument for trying to find new things to say about the Patriots quarterback after he led the Pats back from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit.

“It’s hard to describe it. On one end, you’re like, ‘We could have won the game.’ On the other end, ‘Tom Brady is Tom Brady, and you just got Tom Brady’d again,'” Jack said after the game.

Most of the Jaguars defenders echoed that sentiment; how could you not after seeing what Brady did against the Jags? In the final two minutes of the second quarter, Brady waltzed the Patriots down the field — with 47 penalty yards thrown in to help — and led the Pats to a touchdown that cut the Jaguars’ lead to 14-10. When he got the ball in that situation, you knew the Patriots were scoring. And the same is held true for the Pats getting the ball back, down 20-17, with less than five minutes remaining.

He has matured into a quality pass-protector who wins with length and footwork, which NFL teams will love.

The Chiefs traded up a long way — 17 spots — to get Mahomes, and it was costly. It remains to be seen if he will be worth it. But, unlike with the Bears, there is a clear and sensible QB plan in place here. Alex Smith is the starter for now. Mahomes will sit and learn and wait for a season or two. Then he’ll get his chance.

National anthem demonstrations were again a theme Sunday, with NFL owners and NFL Players Association representatives set to consider this week how to channel the activism and passions shown by those who take a knee or link arms into community action.

They’ll seek to find a balance that pleases fans and players alike rather than issuing a mandate as they consider whether to alter the game-day guidelines that say players “should” stand for the anthem to something stronger.
chargers_038

NFL gambling favorites are covering the spread at an absurd rate, and Vegas hates it

NFL point-spread favorites went 12-4 against the spread in Week 12, the sixth straight week in which they came out ahead. This is good news for casual gamblers who flock to the sportsbooks in Las Vegas every weekend, as Joe Public tends to favor favorites.

Starting in Week 7, NFL favorites have gone 54-24-7 against the spread, covering at least 60 percent of the games in each week. This 69 percent overall cover rate is an anomaly: According to Bet Labs, NFL favorites have covered the spread in just 49.9 percent of all games since 2003. In Weeks 1-6 this season, favorites went 38-52 against the spread.

The public can always do the most damage. But at some point, the public is gonna take it in the shorts. Fortunately, they did with Kansas City, Jay Rood, vice president for race and sports for MGM Resorts, told Covers.com. To really crush us, they have to get it all right. Sunday was close to a complete disaster. But Buffalo outright was huge. The public was on Kansas City, and thankfully so.

Something tells me the books will survive, however. According to ESPN’s Purdum, the Nevada sportsbooks still won $31.4 million overall in October, their 51st straight winning month.

Thomas suffered a torn triceps in Cleveland’s loss to Tennessee in late October, ending his unofficial consecutive snaps streak at 10,363. He’s since become the team’s de facto veteran assistant coach, sideline weatherman and multi-podcast star.

Simply, he has other options than returning to play for the league’s newest member of the 0-16 club.

Making progress, Thomas said, via The Associated Press. Had a lot of time to think and spend some time with the family, but not ready definitively to make a decision one way or the other just yet.

I don’t think there’s any real rush at this point, he said. Obviously, they want to know before the draft and free agency, so that if they have to make different plans if I’m not going to be there, they want to know about it. I told them I’ll make a decision when I’m ready and let them know and give them as much time as I possibly can.patriots_149_0937d4c148e9f988-180x180

The blcok allowed the Saints to start from Minnesota’s 40-yard line.

Antonio Brown hasn’t played since being sidelined with a calf injury in Week 15, and the Pittsburgh Steelers hoped he would be ready for the postseason. Luckily for them, Brown will play in the Divisional Round against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The six-time Pro Bowler was reportedly a game-time decision heading into this matchup.

What happened? Brown suffered a partially torn calf against the New England Patriots, ending his 2017 regular season. As the No. 2 seed in the AFC, the Steelers had a bye last week.

Newton’s third-down pass was a high-arcing deep pass to his top wideout in the end zone. Funchess put himself in great position to grab the under thrown ball, then couldn’t properly spot it as it fell inches out of his grasp.

Every one of those stories could lead this column, and until about 6:55 on the East Coast Sunday night, the sudden mortality of Goodell was my choice. But not up here. Instead: Seattle 41, Houston 38.

I’m not sure if it was the Arena-Football-like 952 passing-rushing yards between Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson … or the cumulative effect in the second half of this game of tie, Texans lead, tie, Seahawks lead, Texans lead, Seahawks lead, Texans lead, Seahawks lead, Seahawks win … or Jimmy Graham and Wilson meeting on the sidelines after the game-winning pass and the boom mike catching them making this collective sound at their top of their lungs: “AHHHHHHHHHHOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!” … or maybe the seven or eight heartfelt seconds Richard Sherman embraced Watson, the new great lion among NFL quarterbacks after only six starts, a sign of true respect by a cornerback who does not give respect easily.

George Johnson and Taysom Hill (a quarterback!) got pressure on Ryan Quigley, with Johnson getting a hand on the football for the block with five and a half minutes left in the game:

It took them just four plays to get in the end zone, with Alvin Kamara making this spectacular catch over Eric Kendricks to put the Saints up 21-20 with three minutes to go:

The Vikings would get the ball back, and Adam Thielen what might have been the catch of the postseason.

A week earlier in Seattle, on the first stop of the Eagles’ eight-day road trip, they hit their biggest bump of the season, a 14-point loss—only their second of the year—in a notoriously difficult stadium. The MMQB spent the week following the Eagles, chronicling a stretch of the season that would serve to measure just how good this young team really is. The Eagles emerged 11-2, sitting alone atop the NFC—but, as the news broke on Monday that Wentz had indeed torn his ACL and was gone for the year, they now face their greatest challenge of all. wings_1037