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The slumping Pittsburgh Penguins will likely be without captain Sidney Crosby for about a week with an upper-body injury Dylan DeMelo Jersey Womens , head coach Mike Sullivan said on Thursday, per the team's official Twitter account.Being without Crosby is聽one of the the last things the Pens - losers in six of their last seven games - need right now. The 31-year-old is still scoring at rapid paces, with eight goals and 19 points in 16 games this season.Pittsburgh sits at a mere 7-6-1 on the season, and they're third-last in the Eastern Conference right now - only ahead of the New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators. Without Crosby for at least a week, the Penguins will need the struggling forwards to help out Evgeni Malkin - who's carried the offense alongside Crosby all season.advertising Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsCrosby obviously has long history with concussions and other long-term injuries, but he's managed to stay relatively healthy over the last five years. Since 2013-14 Gabriel Gagne Jersey Womens , the Pittsburgh captain has played in at least 75 games each season. The most he's missed in a game over that time? Seven games in 2016-17.Assuming Crosby is out for a week, that means he'll miss Thursday's contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday's road game vs. the Ottawa Senators and next week's home games between the Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars.advertisingWhat This MeansPenguins GM Jim Rutherford swapped Carl Hagelin for Tanner Pearson, trying to help the struggling Penguins find their groove again. However, Rutherford noted that he's not a patient man right now, and more trades could be on the way for Pittsburgh.That means he wants the other forwards outside of Crosby and Malkin to start contributing more offensively. Without No. 87 James Van Riemsdyk Jersey Womens , the Pens simply need more out of their top-six forwards.And if that doesn't happen, expect more moves from Mr. Rutherford. Justin Williams helped the Los Angeles Kings win their only two Stanley Cup titles in franchise history. He’s spent the past three seasons reminding the organization what a good player they had.Williams will get his latest chance to torment his former team when the Carolina Hurricanes (12-9-4) visit the Kings (9-16-1) at Staples Center on Sunday night.Williams has six points (one goal, five assists) in six games against the Kings since he left them following the 2014-15 season. The Washington Capitals and Hurricanes are a combined 3-1-2 in those games against the Kings.Article continues below ...Carolina traded Williams to the Kings late in the 2008-09 season in what turned out to be one of the best deals in the 11-year tenure of general manager Dean Lombardi.Williams soon became one of their most valuable and popular players, leading them to Cups titles in 2012 and 2014, and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in the second championship run.Many of his teammates on those championship teams still play in Los Angeles.“You always remember the people you win with, always Matt Cullen Jersey Womens , and you remember each other as champions,” Williams told the Washington Post prior to his first return to Staples Center in February 2016. “Obviously I have a lot of feelings — good feelings — towards my time there, but time marches on, and in this day and age, you’re very rarely with one team for your whole career. I’ve moved on, and they have too.”Just as he arrived in Los Angeles at the perfect time Derek Grant Jersey Womens , Williams seemed to have departed at the right period, signing with the Capitals in hopes of winning another championship. He just missed that goal when he signed with Carolina in the summer of 2017 and the Capitals went on to win the Stanley Cup last season.The Kings, meanwhile, are 1-8 in playoff games since their last Stanley Cup championship. They are sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with the fewest points in the NHL.The Kings fired coach John Stevens following a 4-8-1 start, but are 5-8-0 under Willie Desjardins. They appeared to be gaining momentum after back-to-back wins against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday and the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, but lost on back-to-back nights to the Oilers on Thursday and the Calgary Flames on Friday.“They’re really disappointed after a loss and they’re on edge Erik Karlsson Jersey Womens , not happy about it at all, and that’s the way they should be,” Desjardins said.One area that needs improvement for Los Angeles is its penalty kill. The unit is 19-for-32 over the past 10 games, dropping to 29th in the league at 72.7 percent. Los Angeles had the No. 1 penalty kill unit in the NHL last season (85.0).Carolina is 23rd in the league in power-play efficiency at 16.5 percent.The Hurricanes are 6-2-2 in their past 10 games and have held six of their past eight opponents to two goals or fewer. The Kings are last in the NHL at 2.12 goals a game.

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DENVER (AP) With the core of Colorado’s scoring attack sidelined Mathieu Perreault Jersey , backup goalie Jonathan Bernier put together a stifling performance.Gabriel Bourque and Tyson Jost scored 2:14 apart in the second period, Bernier stopped 38 shots and the Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Tuesday night.Bernier was solid once again in place of starter Semyon Varlamov, who missed 11 games with a groin injury before returning to the crease Saturday. For the second time in 2 1/2 weeks, his backup delivered a gem at the expense of the Sharks.”Bernier would be making $20 million a year if he played us every night,” said San Jose coach Peter DeBoer, whose team lost 5-3 to the Avalanche on Jan. 18 in large part because of 45 saves by Bernier. ”He’s been unbelievable against us.”Colorado returned from a six-game road trip and won its ninth straight at the Pepsi Center, the club’s longest home winning streak since moving to Denver in 1995. The Avalanche are 19-7-1 at home this season and one point out of the second wild card in the Western Conference.”We’ve had some success at home,” Bernier said, ”but we have to get that success on the road if we want to be a good team and to make the playoffs.”They’ll have to find some more offense, too.Colorado struggled to generate many chances without Nathan MacKinnon (left shoulder) and Mikko Rantanen (lower body), the team’s top two scorers. In their absence Patrik Berglund Jersey Womens , the Avalanche were outshot 39-20.”We lost two of our best players on our team, one of the best players in the NHL right now (in MacKinnon),” Jost said. ”Guys have to step up.”The Sharks pulled goalie Martin Jones in the final minute and had a flurry of chances to tie it, but J.T. Compher iced the game with an empty-net goal with three seconds remaining.Jones stopped 17 shots for the Sharks, who have won just twice in their last seven games. Joel Ward scored his first goal since Nov. 22.”Yeah, their goalie played well,” San Jose center Logan Couture said. ”It was tough to get one, and obviously we didn’t get two.”San Jose had 16 of the first 20 shots but found itself down 2-0 early in the second.Bourque opened the scoring 2:31 into the period after the Sharks turned the puck over in their own zone. Jost took control and pushed it ahead to Compher, who slid an expert pass along the crease to Bourque for his third goal of the season.The Avalanche added to it as they connected on two long passes to set up Jost. The 19-year-old split two defenders just in front of the blue line and beat Jones’ glove for his fourth of the season.Ward cut the deficit to 2-1 with 6:31 left in the period after scoring on a rebound. The goal was originally waved off, but video replay showed the puck slipped just inside.The Sharks outshot the Avalanche 26-10 through two periods.”Berns was good,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. ”He gave us a chance.”NOTES: C Joe Thornton missed his sixth straight game and is expected to be out several weeks for San Jose. … Jost and Compher each had a goal and an assist. … MacKinnon is expected be out two to four weeks http://www.officialhockeyjetsshop.com/authentic-adidas-nikolaj-ehlers-jersey , while Rantanen missed his first game of the season. … The Avalanche are in the midst of playing 13 of 16 games away from home.UP NEXTSharks: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.Avalanche: Start a three-game road swing at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.—This story has been corrected with Bernier’s save total to reflect official scoring change.— OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Craig Anderson endured some trying times this season, and now the Ottawa Senators‘ goalie is enjoying the good times.Anderson stopped 35 shots for his second shutout of the season and the Ottawa Senators beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 Tuesday night.Anderson went 97 days this season without a victory. He picked up a win on Saturday in a 4-3 overtime decision against Edmonton. That was his first victory since Dec. 17.He followed that performance with Tuesday’s shutout.“I thought the guys all fought really hard, especially at the end, so that kind of shows the chemistry and togetherness that has developed here,” said interim head coach Marc Crawford. “I think they recognized it was a big win for Craig the other night and now to follow that up with the type of performance he had tonight I think guys were really pushing to make sure they didn’t make any miscues to give up the shutout.”The Senators know how rough some nights have been for Anderson, as he’s often had to face more than 40 shots.“He’s been facing so many shots every night and we never made it easy for him and he’s always stood there and tried to do his best,” said Thomas Chabot, who had two assists. “Last game he won his first game in a while and (Tuesday) to get a shutout is what he deserves. He played so well all year. He’s been so huge for us so he totally deserves that.”Brian Gibbons had a goal and an assist, and Anthony Duclair, Rudolfs Balcers and Magnus Paajarvi also scored.The Senators won the first of a four-game homestand after going 1-2-0 on a three-game trip through Western Canada.Ottawa has won its last three home games and outscored those opponents 12-2.Carter Hutton made 27 saves for Buffalo Patrik Laine Jersey , which lost its fourth straight.Coming off a disappointing 3-1 loss to New Jersey on Monday, the Sabres completed their three-game road trip 0-3-0. Buffalo is 1-10-1 in its last 12 and 0-11-2 in its last 13 road games.“We’re just giving up too much,” Kyle Okposo said. “We gave up two tap ins, a power-play goal and I can’t remember the first one. It’s a lack of respect for our net. I didn’t think we were ready to play (Tuesday) and that’s pretty inexcusable.I’m running out of things to say.”Okposo made no excuses for the team’s performance.“I just don’t think we have that sense of urgency every time that we step on the ice,” said Okposo. “We’ve got six games left, we’ve got to show some emotion, we’ve got to play. We’ve got to play and (Tuesday) was just not good enough.”After a solid first two periods the Senators extended their lead early in the third.Ottawa took a 3-0 lead on a Balcers power-play goal at 5:54, and less than two minutes later made it 4-0 as Paajarvi scored his 10th of the season off a great passing sequence. It’s the second time in Paajarvi’s career that he reached the 10-goal mark.Trailing 2-0, the Sabres had a much better second period, but were unable to beat Anderson.“Everyone has to be better, this is the National Hockey League Vladimir Sobotka Jersey Womens ,” said captain Jack Eichel. “We’ve got to be better, everyone, myself, everybody. Everybody has to be better. We can’t go out and play like that and expect to win.”Buffalo’s best opportunities came on the power play, but despite some solid chances, the Sabres could not find the back of the net.The Senators jumped out to a 2-0, first period lead on goals from Duclair and Gibbons.Duclair scored at the 17-minute mark, taking a pass down low and beating Hutton with a backhander. With 11 seconds remaining in the period, Gibbons scored Ottawa’s second, tapping in a pass from Christian Jaros.NOTES: Ottawa was without veterans Zack Smith and Cody Ceci. Both are dealing with injuries. … Buffalo’s William Borgen made his NHL debut Tuesday.UP NEXTSabres: Host Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.Senators: Host Florida Panthers on Thursday.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — David Backes didn’t know what to think when Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy called his number in the sixth round of a shootout Wednesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights.So Robin Lehner Jersey Womens , he didn’t.Instead, Backes took instruction from teammate Brad Marchand, skated in stick side on veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and scored the game-winner low-glove side to lift Boston to a 3-2 win over the Golden Knights for the Bruins’ season-high seventh straight victory.“I was still in shock when he called my name with some of the guys that hadn’t gone yet,” Backes said. “I thought there was at least a handful before me, but got the call and went out there, I’m a shooter by nature … I tried low glove and it worked out and good ending to the fourth game of our trip. He’s an all-world goalie altogether, but in shootouts he’s lights out.”Jake DeBrusk and Brad Marchand scored in regulation for Boston, which is 8-1-1 in its last 10 on the road — including wins in the first four games of a western trip. The Bruins’ win streak is their longest since a 12-game run in 2014.Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots and has now won his last three starts, allowing just three goals along the way.“It was a battle, I thought the first period they were better than us, but I think as the game went on, we started playing better,” Halak said. “I think we battled through it. I was happy going into overtime, at least we get a point. And that extra point for us, I think, is huge.”The Bruins http://www.officialdevils.com/authentic-adidas-cory-schneider-jersey , who are 9-0-3 in their last 12 overall, haven’t lost in regulation since a 3-2 setback to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19. Boston improved to 11-2-2 against Pacific Division opponents and 18-4-4 versus Western Conference foes.“I thought it was a good hockey game, it could have went either way, similar type teams I think,” Cassidy said. “The whole month we’ve been good, consistent. Part of that is to do with our lineup has become consistent because our injured guys are back. They’ve got some time under their belt. We had a lot of different guys in and out, so we’re gaining some chemistry again.”With the win, second-place Boston increased its lead in the Atlantic Division over Toronto to four points.Meanwhile, Vegas fell to 3-6-1 in February and 3-8 since Jan. 21. The Golden Knights, who have been outscored 40-27 during their 11-game skid, are 1-5-1 in their last seven games at home.Reilly Smith and Nate Schmidt scored for Vegas, while Fleury finished with 25 saves. Fleury has lost four in a row and seven of his last nine starts. He has allowed 19 goals in last five starts, and 28 in the nine-game span.“We got one point and played a great game,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “I’m tired of saying the (other team’s) goalie was the first star, but he played great and we hit a couple posts. I think if we played the game over, we’d probably win it. But it was a great hockey game. I thought it was a playoff atmosphere against a great team. Were we disappointed we didn’t get two points? Definitely. But I’m not going to fault our group for that effort. They played real well and worked hard. They did exactly what I wanted.”DeBrusk scored for Boston in the first round of the shootout and William Karlsson tied it for Vegas in the second.DeBrusk got things going for the Bruins 11 minutes into the game Jesper Bratt Jersey Kids , when he put a nifty spin move on Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore as he collected a pass from David Krejci and fired a wrist shot past Fleury to give Boston a 1-0 lead. Smith tied it late in the first period when he punched home a rebound from Cody Eakin’s shot from the point.Marchand gave the Bruins a brief lead, as he took a pass from Danton Heinen and beat Fleury with a blast 69 seconds into the third. Schmidt raced past McAvoy, collected the puck and snapped a backhand over Halak to tie the game just 27 seconds later.“I think just in general our team knows, this time a year you gotta play together, play the right way and I think that’s a credit to the leadership and that’s why we’ve won games,” Cassidy said. “It’s not just one thing, it’s a combination of playing solid hockey.”NOTES: The Bruins announced they acquired C Charlie Coyle from Minnesota for C Ryan Donato and a fifth-round pick. Donato will join the Wild in New York for their game at the Rangers on Thursday. … The Golden Knights assigned D Jake Bischoff to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves earlier Wednesday.UP NEXTBoston: Visits St. Louis on Saturday.Vegas: Hosts Winnipeg on Friday night. LOS ANGELES (AP) The third period has belonged to the Los Angeles Kings all season, and they showed it again with another furious finish against the Edmonton Oilers.Paul LaDue scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play with 5:27 remaining, and the Kings pulled away late in a 5-2 victory Wednesday night.Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves for his fourth straight win, although his shutout streak ended at 193:58 – the second-longest in Los Angeles history behind Jonathan Quick’s mark of 202:11 in October 2011. Adrian Kempe and Kyle Clifford also scored for the Kings, who improved to 24-4-2 when tied or leading after the second period and boosted their NHL-leading scoring margin in the third to plus-35.”These are games we want to win,” Clifford said. ”We want to have an identity that we’re a third-period hockey team, so we came out ready to play.”Drew Doughty got his 300th NHL assist and 400th career point for Los Angeles. Current general manager Rob Blake is the only other defenseman in franchise history to reach both milestones.Connor McDavid scored for the third straight game and Leon Draisaitl had a power-play goal for the Oilers, who failed to earn a point for the second time in their past eight games (5-2-1). Cam Talbot made 23 saves.LaDue put the Kings back in front 3-2 at 14:33 of the third with his second NHL goal. Edmonton challenged for goaltender interference, but the play stood as called.Alex Iafallo and Anze Kopitar added empty-net goals.”They obviously gained some momentum in the second. We took a couple penalties we shouldn’t have,” LaDue said. ”I thought we came out strong in the third and we executed to our game plan Leo Komarov Jersey Womens , and it paid off.”McDavid tied it 2-all at 10:20 of the second by beating Kuemper between his legs, giving him seven goals in his last three games. McDavid needed several seconds to collect himself after colliding with teammate Jujhar Khaira in the neutral zone before Michael Cammalleri found him for what would become a 1-on-1 break against Doughty.”Might have been cheating a little bit high glove, and he made a good shot five-hole and made me look silly,” Kuemper said.Draisaitl cut Edmonton’s deficit to 2-1 at 3:28 of the second, scoring the first goal Kuemper allowed after stopping 85 straight shots.Clifford scored his second of the season to give the Kings a 1-0 lead 1:10 into the first period, and Kempe made it 2-0 just 58 seconds into the second with his 16th goal.”We’ve been through that scenario too many times this season,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said.Edmonton had three chances to take the lead early in the third, starting when Darnell Nurse’s shot hit the post. Kuemper then made a sprawling save to stop Cammalleri’s follow-up before Milan Lucic hit the post again.”The post was a good friend of ours tonight,” Kings coach John Stevens said. ”We had some luck there on those plays there, but at the end of the day I thought the guys dug in, did a good job there and got the ship righted and found a way to win the hockey game before we hit the road.”NOTES: Kopitar passed Butch Goring for fifth place in franchise history with his 276th career goal. . Oilers D Adam Larsson missed his fourth straight game following the death of his father. … Kings D Alec Martinez (lower body) missed a second consecutive game, but Stevens expects him to be available during the upcoming seven-game road trip.UP NEXTOilers: Visit the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.Kings: Visit the Florida Panthers on Friday night to open their seven-game trip.—

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TORONTO (AP) — Martin Brodeur Max Domi Jersey Womens , Willie O’Ree and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman led the latest group of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.Brodeur, the all-time leader in goalie wins and shutouts, was joined in the player’s category by Martin St. Louis, Canadian women’s star Jayna Hefford and Russian great Alexander Yakushev. Bettman and O’Ree — the NHL’s first black player — went into the Hall as builders.A three-time Stanley Cup champion and four-time Vezina Trophy winner with the New Jersey Devils, Brodeur won 691 games and had 125 shutouts in his 20 seasons.“This is a really special day for me,” Brodeur said. “I’m honored and humbled.”A two-time Olympic gold medalist for Canada, Brodeur shares or owns 12 NHL records.“He competed with a smile on his face,” said Devils teammate and class of 2013 inductee Scott Niedermayer. “He just embraced the big challenge. He wasn’t overwhelmed.”O’Ree became the first black player in the NHL when he was called up by the Boston Bruins to play against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 18, 1958. The 83-year-old, who had a long career in the minors http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-jack-eichel-jersey , played just 45 games in the NHL, but returned to the fold in 1996 as a league ambassador.“All I wanted to be was a hockey player,” O’Ree said. “All I needed was the opportunity.”O’Ree is the third black player in the Hall, joining former Edmonton Oilers goalie Grant Fuhr and Canadian women’s national team captain Angela James.During Bettman’s 25-year tenure, the league has expanded from 24 to 31 teams with annual revenues ballooning tenfold to around $5 billion.“Everyone knows that my public appearances get an energetic reaction,” Bettman joked during his speech. “I get booed when I present the Stanley Cup, particularly to a road team, but even from the home team, and at the draft.“Tonight should erase any claim that election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is a popularity contest. Rather, I hope that my induction is a testament to what is clearly a collective contribution.”While the NHL has seen incredible growth during Bettman’s time at the helm http://www.officialflames.com/authentic-adidas-sean-monahan-jersey , he’s also overseen three lockouts, including one that wiped out the entire 2004-05 season, with another work stoppage looming as early as 2020. Olympic participation and how the league has dealt with concussions have been among some of the other issues where criticism has been directed his way. Like former NHL presidents Clarence Campbell and John Ziegler, Bettman was enshrined while still in the top job.St. Louis went from undrafted free agent to Hart Trophy winner and two-time scoring champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning, including a Cup victory in 2003-04.“For all the kids out there listening: follow your dreams,” St. Louis said. “Believe in yourself. When it seems like all of the doors are closing, look for a window and find a way in.“The reason that some people don’t reach their full potential is that they quit too soon.”The 5-foot-8 St. Louis is one of just six undrafted players to reach 1,000 points and was on Canada’s men’s Olympic team that won gold in 2014.“His desire was infectious,” said 2017 inductee Dave Andreychuk, who captained the Lightning to their Cup victory in 2004. “His compete level was like no other.”Hefford won four Olympic gold medals and seven world championships playing for Canada. The sixth woman to enter the Hall Mikkel Boedker Jersey Womens , she had 157 goals and 134 assists in 267 games for her country.Yakushev starred for the USSR in the 1972 Summit Series, scoring seven goals to tie Canada’s Phil Esposito and Paul Henderson for the lead in the best-on-best showcase. He won Olympic gold in 1972 and 1976 and was elected to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2003. MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens refused to be satisfied — or comfortable — not with so much at stake.Brendan Gallagher had two goals and an assist, and the Canadiens beat the Buffalo Sabres 7-4 on Saturday night for their third straight win.Max Domi and Tomas Tatar each had a goal and two assists as the Canadiens (40-28-7) moved three points ahead of idle Columbus in the race for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. Artturi Lehkonen, Andrew Shaw and Paul Byron also scored.“That’s our team identity right there to be resilient and to be consistent,” Domi said. “(Buffalo) is a really good hockey team. They have a lot of firepower up front, good defense, great goaltender. They weren’t giving up and we knew that. We just found a way to keep going.”Making his seventh start in a row, Montreal star Carey Price made 23 saves.Sam Reinhart, Alexander Nylander, Marco Scandella and Jack Eichel scored for the Sabres (31-34-9) http://www.officialavalanche.com/authentic-adidas-patrick-roy-jersey , who were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Carter Hutton stopped 37 shots.The Canadiens remain two points behind Carolina for the first wild card. The Hurricanes beat Minnesota 5-1 on Saturday night. Montreal plays Carolina on Sunday.“We gave up a couple of goals, but our team did a great job responding,” said Byron, who netted his 14th of the season.The game was tied it at 3 before Byron got his 14th of the season with 1:57 left in the second period. Byron skated in for a 2-on-1 with Jordan Weal, whose shot was saved by Hutton before bouncing off Byron’s skate and in.Gallagher got his 33rd goal 8:35 into the third before Eichel got one back for the Sabres at 13:13.Domi sealed it with a power-play goal with 4:30 remaining. Tatar, playing his 500th NHL game, added an empty-netter with 2:13 to go.“In the third period, we didn’t sit back, we kept chasing the game and trying to score,” Byron said. “Huge two points for us. We’re fighting for the playoffs. Every game is pretty intense out there. It was a playoff atmosphere.”The Sabres have one win in their past 10 games Womens Samuel Girard Jersey , and were officially eliminated from playoff contention.“It’s been a long year,” Eichel said. “These same issues seem to continue to haunt us. We have to be better these next few games. There’s still a lot of pride on the line. We represent our city, this organization. That should be enough right there. We should play for each other more.”Reinhart got the game’s first goal when he beat Price 12:26 into the first period.The teams combined for six goals in a back-and-forth second.Montreal tied it at 5:09 when Lehkonen took a feed from Shaw and scored while crashing into the net. Lehkonen only had one point in his previous 22 games.Domi earned his 200th NHL point on the goal with a stylish pass to Shaw.Alone in the slot, Gallagher gave the Canadiens their first lead at 9:12 after a remarkable one-handed pass from a sprawled-out Phillip Danault behind the net. It was Gallagher’s career-high 32nd goal.The Canadiens opened a 3-1 advantage when Shaw took a saucer pass from Domi and beat Hutton blocker side with a wrist shot at 14:23.The Sabres responded instantly, scoring 30 seconds later on Nylander’s power-play goal.A turnover by Jonathan Drouin led to Scandella’s equalizer on a fast break at 16:08 on Buffalo’s 14th shot of the game.The Sabres failed to complete the season sweep after winning the first three games against the Canadiens this year.“It was good enough that we came back, but we made mistakes that they capitalized on,” Nylander said. “We have to clean that up.”NOTES: Jason Pominville was back in the Sabres lineup after being a healthy scratch the last two games.UP NEXTSabres: At New Jersey on Monday night.Canadiens: At Carolina on Sunday night.

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ANAHEIM http://www.officialflyersproshop.com/authentic-adidas-shayne-gostisbehere-jersey , Calif. (AP) — Some comebacks are routine, others a tad more daunting. The latter applies to Ryan Kesler.Kesler, sidelined almost half of last season and the first couple of games this year after hip surgery, hinted at returning to form Wednesday night, scoring twice in the Anaheim Ducks‘ 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders.Kesler scored the Ducks’ first two goals, providing an early cushion the Islanders could never overcome. New York did not score until there were 34.8 seconds left.“He kick started our offense,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.The Ducks improved to 5-1-1 on the season, while the Islanders fell to 2-3.John Gibson turned away 34 of 35 shots for Anaheim, while Thomas Greiss stopped 21 of 24 shots for New York.Kesler opened the scoring at the end of the first period, cashing in on a power play when he backhanded in a rebound with 4.4 seconds left.New York thought it had tied the game at 1-1 in the second period when Cal Clutterbuck poked the puck into the net after it appeared under the glove and in control of Gibson. The Ducks challenged the goal, it was ruled goalie interference and erased.Minutes later, Kesler added his second goal of the game, a wrist shot from just outside the blue line for his third goal of the season. The puck bounced out of the net and Kesler fired that in, too.“I had to make sure,” Kesler said.That game had taken a huge turn.“That’s a big momentum swing,” said New York’s Mathew Barzal.” Two to nothing, now. That happens. Just can’t control it, got to get back on the horse quickly and I thought Travis Konecny Jersey , again we had some chances“Sometimes you run into a hot goalie and tonight (Gibson) played great.”The Ducks took their commanding 3-0 lead less than a minute into the third period. Max Comtois fired a short shot just inside the backline that deflected off Greiss and popped up a few feet in front of the goal just as Adam Henrique skated by. He batted it in for his third goal of the season.“We still kept doing the same thing and got a lot of good chances, but we got to put the puck in the net,” New York’s Johnny Boychuk said. “That’s all.”Kesler said he’s still not where he wants to be, but is pleased with his start.“I have a lot to improve on,” he said. “It’s a long year, but a good start.”He admitted, though, some satisfaction in proving those wrong who doubted he would have really make it back from his hip surgery.“I love it,” Kesler said. “It’s my favorite thing in the world.”NOTES: The Ducks signed left wing Nick Ritchie, 22, to a three-year contract prior to the game. He was their first-round draft pick in 2014. . With the win, Carlyle (460) moved one shy of tying Roger Neilson for 30th among NHL coaches in all-time wins. . The Islanders lost their third consecutive game to the Ducks. . Casey Cizikas was credited with New York’s goal, the shot from Ross Johnson deflected off him and ultimately Anaheim’s Luke Schenn. . It was Kesler’s first multi-goal game since he had a hat trick against Philadelphia on Jan. 1, 2017. . The Ducks have 11 points, marking the fifth time they’ve earned 11-or-more points through their first seven games.UP NEXTIslanders: Head up the freeway Thursday to play the Kings in Los Angeles.Ducks: Travel to Las Vegas on Saturday to meet the Golden Knights. NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Stolarz was unbeatable during his first NHL game in six weeks.Oskar Lindblom scored early, Stolarz stopped 38 shots for his second career shutout and the Philadelphia Flyers held on to beat the New York Rangers 1-0 Tuesday night for their season-high fifth straight win.Stolarz, out since Dec. 15 while recovering from a lower-body injury, got his first shutout since Dec. 11 Adam Cracknell Jersey Womens , 2016, at Detroit in his second NHL start.“It’s good to get the win,” the 25-year-old said. “For me to come out there and kind of just hold the fort down for the team, and they did a great job, too. I remember looking up at all the blocked shots. … A credit to the boys in front of me.”Stolarz, who missed last season rehabbing from knee surgeries, was making his eighth start this season and the 12th of his career.“It felt great coming back,” he said. “If I wasn’t ready I wouldn’t be back. … Points are at a premium now, so we are going to want to go in every night, and we’re going to have to play like it’s a playoff game if we want to get back into (the race).”The Flyers, who have won six of seven overall, have outscored opponents 20-10 during their winning streak. Philadelphia was coming off a 3-1 win at home over Winnipeg on Monday night in its first game back after an extended break for its bye and the All-Star Game.With the two wins in two days, the Flyers have pulled 10 points behind Pittsburgh for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. However, coach Scott Gordon doesn’t want his team looking too far ahead,“We don’t have to worry about eighth place right now,” he said. “We have to worry about what’s in front of us, the closest team in front of us. … We get to a point where we can leapfrog them, then we worry about the next grouping of teams that are in front of us.”Alexandar Georgiev finished with 18 saves — including all seven Philadelphia shots he faced over the final two periods. New York Wayne Simmonds Jersey , playing for the first time in 10 days, had won three straight.The Rangers pulled Georgiev for an extra skater with just under two minutes remaining, but couldn’t beat Stolarz.“It’s frustrating, obviously, when the game ends and you don’t get a goal,” New York coach David Quinn said. “There were opportunities and you have to capitalize on your chances and we didn’t do that today.”The 6-foot-6 Stolarz made 13 saves in the first period, 12 in the second and 13 in the third.“One of his strengths (is) to get across laterally,” Gordon said. “With his size he’s getting there before a lot of goalies. … It was a tough challenge for our team (tonight) and it was a lot easier because of the effort (Stolarz) gave us.”Filip Chytil hit a goalpost from between the circles about eight minutes into the third, keeping the Rangers off the scoreboard. Stolarz then made a sprawling save in front on Brendan Smith’s shot that deflected off a Flyers player with about two minutes to go.Trailing 1-0, New York controlled play in the second period, outshooting Philadelphia 12-3.The Rangers went on their second power play of the game with just under eight minutes remaining in the period and had several good chances. Stolarz stopped a deflection by Chris Kreider from the right side, then denied Kevin Hayes and Kreider on successive tries in front 30 seconds later.The goalie also made a save on Vladislav Namestnikov’s backhand in front with 6:09 remaining, then made a sensational smothering save on Kreider seconds later.Kreider also hit a post from the left side with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the second.Philadelphia got on the board when Lindblom followed a flurry in front and backhanded a loose puck high for his sixth goal 1:40 into the game.“I was trying to find the puck in front of the net,” Lindblom said. “It was a nice goal to get.”NOTES: Philadelphia improved to 12-3-4 when scoring first and 17-2-2 when leading after two periods. … The Flyers have won all three meetings this season, including 4-0 at home on Nov. 23 and 3-2 in a shootout at New York on Dec. 23. The teams conclude their season series March 31 at Philadelphia. … Rangers forward Brett Howden left briefly in the first period after a hip check near the boards. Though he was back on the ice several minutes later, he did not play in the final two periods. The Rangers announced Howden sprained his knee and will be re-evaluated Wednesday. … Hayes was back in the lineup after missing nine games with an upper-body injury.UP NEXTFlyers: At Boston on Thursday night to cap a two-game road swing before a five-game homestand.Rangers: At New Jersey on Thursday night before returning for a five-game homestand.

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In the soundstage where Johnny Carson and Jay Leno spent four decades filming ”The Tonight Show Youth Justin Reid Jersey ,” a former Washington State computer science student named Seagull is pursuing a South Korean teenager with a very big gun.

Their characters’ exploits inside Overwatch, the wildly popular multiplayer game not yet 2 years old, flicker above their heads on an enormous high-definition screen. Hundreds of mostly millennial fans in the renamed, sold-out Blizzard Arena put down their Doritos and roar for the combat between these six-player teams, eventually rising in ecstasy when the Dallas Fuel earn an unexpected point against the powerhouse Seoul Dynasty.

Here’s the new Johnny. He plays video games for a minimum $50,000 salary, health benefits, a retirement savings plan and a chunk of $3.5 million in prize money.

Esports history was made Wednesday night with the debut of the Overwatch League, the first attempt to present elite computer gaming within a traditional North American sports structure comparable to the NBA or NFL. The league’s 12 franchises represent cities from Shanghai to London, and they build teamwork and stress player development while competing on a weekly schedule stretching into summer.

If the esports industry is still in its adolescence, this well-funded venture is a significant milestone in its maturation. The Overwatch League is about to find out whether fans will grow along with it.

”It’s a new frontier,” said Ari Segal, the president and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Valiant. ”It is the biggest, boldest bet in sports and entertainment maybe since the NFL and AFL merged. Maybe since baseball introduced the designated hitter. I don’t even know what it stacks up against, because it is so different.”

Segal had a career as a hockey executive before he moved into esports last year. He is one of many seasoned professionals from traditional sports and business who couldn’t resist the opportunity to shape the future of professional gaming, which has expanded with all the cohesion of a pipe bomb.

Shortly after Blizzard Entertainment published this hero-based, first-person PC shooter to acclaim in 2016, the game developer announced plans for a league backed by deep-pocketed investors ranging from NFL owners Stan Kroenke and Robert Kraft to current giants of the esports scene.

They might not all know their way around a mouse, but they know a growing industry when they see it.

”I come from traditional sports, and from the outside, it seemed like esports had grown up as this exciting, massive T.J. Green Jersey , organic, somewhat unstructured ecosystem that benefited from that fact, but was also held back by it,” said Pete Vlastelica, the president and CEO of Major League Gaming, which operates the league for Blizzard’s parent company.

”It felt to me a lot like boxing,” added Vlastelica, a former executive at Fox Sports. ”Anybody can create a circuit. Anybody be a trainer. Anybody can sign a fighter. Anybody can win a belt. But what’s the belt? I think boxing suffers from an ambiguity about whether any particular competition means anything, and it felt like that was really similar in esports.”

The Overwatch League aims to end that ambiguity with traditional sports touchstones, and it made sense to the luminaries from sports, tech and business who dominate the list of investors.

Kroenke, the billionaire owner of Arsenal and the Los Angeles Rams, also owns the Los Angeles Gladiators, who plan to be based within the vast entertainment complex around his Inglewood football stadium after it is completed in 2020. The Boston Uprising are owned by Kraft’s investment group, and they might end up based in Foxborough, Massachusetts, to share some training facilities with the New England Patriots.

The San Francisco Shock’s investor group includes Jennifer Lopez, Shaquille O’Neal and Marshawn Lynch. The Philadelphia Fusion are owned by Comcast Spectacor, and the New York Excelsior are the property of a venture capital fund sponsored by the Wilpon family of New York Mets fame.

Many of the Overwatch League’s owners might not be gamers, but they understand the visceral importance of going to a good event. League commissioner Nate Nanzer is confident it will eventually harness income from ticket sales and concessions and other areas that haven’t meant much in esports so far.

”Why do people go to a Dodger game? You go because it’s more fun to sit with 40,000 other fans and cheer for a home run than it is to do it at home,” Nanzer said. ”Video games are so incredibly mainstream right now. It’s such a big part of our fans’ lives. When people play Overwatch Ryan Miller Jersey , they play a lot of Overwatch. It’s a special moment to go share that with people who have the same passion as you.”

Although the geographical specificity of the teams is an important part of their future business plans, those home cities are largely theoretical at this point.

For this season and the near future, every team will live in the Los Angeles area and play all its matches in Burbank. Nanzer said the logistics of staging the competition around the globe were too enormous to be solved immediately.

That’s not the only geographical dissonance: The Overwatch League’s only ”European” team, the London Spitfire, are owned by an American esports organization, and their roster consists entirely of South Korean players living in Los Angeles.

But the Overwatch League has bought itself time to find its footing. The league has sponsorship deals with blue chip companies including HP and Intel, and the Dallas Fuel wear jersey s The NFL will host a forum on women’s careers in football next week before the Pro Bowl.

Fifty women representing five countries (U.S., Canada, Panama, Germany and Australia) will participate in the event on Jan. 26-27 in Orlando. The Pro Bowl is Jan. 28.

The forum will feature panel discussions and networking sessions aimed at educating and preparing women for careers in football operations, including coaching, officiating, scouting and front-office positions.

Twenty-two women who participated in the inaugural forum last year got jobs in football operations across the professional, collegiate and high school levels, including nine who obtained internships in the NFL.

Featured speakers and presenters include CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie, NFL chief football administration officer Dawn Aponte, Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli, NFL director of football development Samantha Rapoport, Panthers coach Ron Rivera and Stanford coach David Shaw.




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Lance Lynn gets the start Friday night when the Minnesota Twins continue a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field.

Lynn’s 2018 season has not gone anywhere near the way he may have envisioned when he hit the free-agent market for the first time last fall Saints Cheap Jerseys , ending a six-year run with the Cardinals.

Instead of landing a lucrative, multi-year deal he went unsigned until late in spring training, when he agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract with the Minnesota Twins — approximately $5.4 million less than he would have earned under the Cardinals’ one-year qualifying offer he turned down last November.

After an abbreviated spring camp, Lynn got off to an abysmal start. He went 0-3 in his first five outings, posting an 8.37 ERA in those contests but finally got into a groove when the calendar flipped to May. He went 5-2 with a 2.88 ERA over his next nine turns.

Lynn, who is 5-7 with a 5.49 ERA for the season, continues his hit-or-miss season Friday after losing his last two starts. He is fresh off his worst outing of the season when he allowed seven runs on five hits and three walks Mikkel Boedker Jersey , failing to get out of the second inning in an 11-10 loss at Wrigley Field on Sunday.

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester homered off Lynn during a disastrous second inning that also included Lynn failing to cover first on a routine grounder, which kept the inning going long enough for the Cubs to take a big lead.

“We gave them an extra out,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said of Lynn’s gaffe. “I think that was the biggest thing that stuck out to me. An offense like that, outs when you don’t get them, that was problematic to me. The arithmetic says that was an extra five runs because of that particular play.”

Lynn is 1-1 with a 7.30 ERA in three games (two starts) versus Baltimore.

The Twins snapped a six-game losing streak in the series opener Thursday night and, in turn, extended the misery for the Orioles, who have lost three in a row and 10 of their last 11.

They’ll turn to Dylan Bundy (6-7 Tim Heed Jersey , 3.75 ERA) to snap the skid. Baltimore plans to activate the right-hander from the disabled list Friday and get him back on the mound for the first time since suffering a sprained left ankle June 23.

He went 3-7 with a 4.46 ERA through his first 12 starts of the season but got hot in June, posting a 1.98 ERA while going 3-0 in four starts before suffering the injury while running the bases after collecting his first big league hit.

His return comes as the Orioles need to decide a course of action ahead of the trade deadline. At 24-62, Baltimore owns the worst record in baseball and will almost certainly be a seller as the deadline approaches.

The 25-year-old Dylan is in his third full big league season and still has three more years of team control, making him an intriguing candidate for a motivated buyer.

The Twins’ Logan Morrison has two home runs in 15 at-bats versus Bundy, who is 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA in four career games (three starts) versus Minnesota. Bundy faced the Twins in his first start of this season, giving up five hits over seven shutout innings in Baltimore’s 3-2 victory on March 29.

Three companies received $50,000 grants for winning the NFL’s annual Super Bowl startup competition designed to spur novel advancements in athlete safety and performance.

Denver-based Impressio, Inc. Tomas Hertl Jersey , RecoverX of Mountain View, California, and Toronto-based Curv.ai won the grants Saturday in a competition run by the NFL, Comcast NBCUniversal and Mayo Clinic.

Impressio uses liquid-crystal elastomers to create novel dissipative liner materials for protective equipment designed to overcome the existing challenges of energy absorption in current helmet foams.

RecoverX has designed a device that can achieve the optimum cold or hot therapy temperatures without any ice or water, designed to allow users more freedom for their therapy.

Curv.ai presented an athlete development platform that leverages patent-pending computer vision and augmented reality to transform the camera on any mobile device into a versatile tool that captures human motion, measures athletic abilities and evaluates injury risk.




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Halftimes in the NFL are typically a 12-minute sprint. Players rush back to the locker room Roberto Luongo Jersey , maybe take a bathroom break, get a few words of advice from their coaches and head back out for the second half.

That pacing completely changes at the Super Bowl when the elaborate halftime shows lead to a 30-minute break that leads to more time for adjustments, distractions and the need to stay loose.

”You have to waste time,” said Philadelphia receiver Torrey Smith, who played in the 2013 game with Baltimore.

”There’s only so much you can really do. We have a plan to stay warm and things to stay active.”

Eagles coach Doug Pederson is aware of the change that he even staged a 30-minute break during practice on Wednesday to get his players acclimated to the rare downtime.

The second part of practice was not nearly as crisp, which Pederson hopes will be a lesson for his players on how to handle it on Sunday against the more experienced Patriots.

”That’s why I did the break, was to put us in that situation Adrian Kempe Jersey , now we understand it,” he said. ”It was a very teachable moment for our guys, our coaches and how to prepare for the second half of a football game.”

Smith said after the adjustments that are made, players might spend the time listening to music, watching film on their iPads or even playing games on their phones.

Players might even be able to hear Justin Timberlake’s halftime show in the background as the fans enjoy a concert while the players get ready for the final 30 minutes of the biggest game of their lives.

”You’re so focused that you don’t worry about all that,” said Eagles linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who also played on the Ravens in the Super Bowl. ”But we did want to see Beyonce.”

Former Colts receiver Reggie Wayne remembers listening to Prince perform in 2007 in Miami Youth Dion Phaneuf Jersey , thinking he’d love to be able to watch if he didn’t have a football game to focus on.

Three years later when Indianapolis played New Orleans, Wayne believes the long halftime played a role in the Saints victory. New Orleans started the second half with a surprise onside kick and took its first lead of the game on a TD pass from Drew Brees to Pierre Thomas.

”It can take the air out of the balloon of the winning team,” Wayne said. ”If it was a shorter halftime they might not have had enough time to ramp that up. We may not have been lackadaisical. It can get catch you off-guard. You come back out there and you might have had momentum but you no longer have it.”

The longer halftime also provides the chance for more adjustments, which can be hard to do in the regular season with so little time. Teams are able to see what worked well in the first half, what didn’t and even hold back some plays that can be utilized in the second half just to keep the opponent off-guard.

”It’s definitely something we don’t do except for once a year if we’re lucky enough to be in this game,” said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will make his eighth Super Bowl start.

”Just try to deal with what we got. Obviously there’s time to make corrections Dustin Brown Jersey , time to just regroup depending on how the first half went. It’s a good opportunity for you to really understand where you’re at what you need to do and how you need to approach the second half.”

That proved crucial last year in New England’s comeback win over Atlanta when the Patriots trailed 21-3 at the half before rallying for a 34-28 overtime victory.

Brady exploited one-on-one matchups on the outside in the second half after realizing Atlanta was taking away the middle of the field and the Patriots defense played more aggressively.

The Eagles are prepared for more of that this year against coach Bill Belichick’s team.

”Did you see the Patriots last year? Do you think they made a lot of adjustments at halftime. You definitely can make a lot of adjustments,” said Eagles defensive back Corey Graham.

”When you play like a guy like Belichick, who’s so smart in making adjustments and things like that, if you give him an extra 20 minutes, can you imagine the adjustments he’ll make.”



The Milwaukee Brewers have placed centerfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 10-day disabled with a left groin strain and recalled outfielder Keon Broxton from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Cain, who left Saturday’s game against St. Louis and did not play Sunday, was hitting .291 with eight homers and 26 RBIs before going on the DL on Tuesday.

Signed as a free agent after hitting .300 with 15 homers and 49 RBIs last season with Kansas City Jonathan Quick Jersey , Cain appeared in 72 of Milwaukee’s first 77 games, batting in the leadoff spot 59 times.

Broxton appeared in 143 games with the Brewers last season, including 113 starts in center field. He hit .220 with 20 home runs, 49 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.

At Colorado Springs, Broxton was hitting .263 with nine homers, 35 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.




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Tom Brady wore a black wool stocking cap and a big smile. Bill Belichick sported a full suit.

The guy in the shark costume Nick Bellore Jersey , well, he was just trying to not wear out his welcome.

The New England Patriots were the first team on stage Monday at Super Bowl opening night, the kickoff to the week of buildup to the big game. They gathered at Xcel Energy Center, the hockey rink and home of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, for their first on-site media obligation after landing in Minneapolis in the afternoon.

The Philadelphia Eagles, whose charter flight arrived Sunday, had the second half of the NFL’s annual assembly of hundreds of reporters, camera operators and just-for-fun ”journalists” surrounding players and coaches with a ticketed crowd looking on from the seats.

Brady led his team out of the tunnel in the set made to resemble a giant glacier in honor of the host state’s wintry climate. Swarmed by a 12-deep pack of media at his podium in advance of his eighth career Super Bowl, Brady was asked often about his family ties to the area and his desire to keep his children from criticism and scrutiny. He fielded a query about his most attractive teammate, nodding to Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.

And, of course, he fielded a few football questions.

As the Patriots filed out, Belichick met his Eagles counterpart, Doug Pederson, for a handshake and a photo op that produced a jarring juxtaposition of their wardrobe selections. Pederson had on a white polo shirt with jeans and a cap.

Belichick even flashed some smiles during his interview session, including questions from former figure skating star and lifelong Patriots fan Nancy Kerrigan. Working the room as a special correspondent for ”Inside Edition,” Kerrigan later asked Amendola about his favorite Super Bowl party food.

”Nachos,” Amendola quickly responded.

Eagles center Jason Kelce sported an Elmer Fudd-style wool cap with earflaps that the entire team was given as host-community gifts upon landing. He looked ready for an ice fishing expedition.

”If you’re in Minnesota, you might as well do as the Minnesotans do,” Kelce said.

Every player and coach on the team is required to be present, so they don’t get fined, as Marshawn Lynch reminded the football world during his appearance with the Seattle Seahawks three years ago . That includes the injured players not in concussion protocol, so ACL reconstruction patients Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and left tackle Jason Peters were part of the crowd, too Mikko Rantanen Jersey , even though their knees won’t let them play in the big game.

”We’re all in the building every day. Carson, I think he shows up at 5:30 or 6, something like that,” Peters said. ”We’re just all embracing it and trying to help our position out.”

The aforementioned guy in the shark costume, wearing a credential for ”TYT Sports,” was attempting to dive into Patriots center David Andrews’ deepest fears. Andrews readily called himself a ”scaredy cat” and acknowledged a fear of clowns.

”Clowns are out,” he said. ”Birthday parties. Circuses. Clowns are a no go.”

In the thick of the throngs of media on the floor was 39-year-old Patriots linebacker James Harrison, the oldest active defensive player in the league who’s at his third Super Bowl after reaching two with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He wasn’t interested in reflecting on that or much of anything else.

”I’m just blocking this out,” Harrison said, after declaring the questions from reporters the most annoying part of his Super Bowl week. ”Football is always the focus in my head. I’m running through defenses right now. I’m not really listening to what you’re saying.”

Wait, why such malignant thoughts about media night?

”Because it’s unnecessary. It’s useless,” Harrison said. ”You ask me questions that don’t matter, that don’t have any consequence or nothing about the game.”

Patriots guard Shaquille Mason was more of a willing participant in the silly side of the event. Asked what precious metal Harrison reminds him of, Mason replied, ”some kind of iron.”

Up in the seats was Patriots bushy-bearded defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, in blue jeans, a leather jacket and a pencil stuck behind his ear. Leaning back in a seat as if he were a hockey fan watching a game, Patricia complimented a reporter for his focus in asking a repeat query about his impending hire as Detroit’s head coach. Patricia predictably declined to entertain any questions about the Lions.

”I am very concerned right now about making sure our players have the best possible experience,” Patricia said.

He meant the Super Bowl itself. Media night, well, for most of the coaches, players and even some of the media itself, that’s one to get over and get through.

”Can we go home now, coach?” one player playfully yelled to Belichick as he walked by his podium.

To which Belichick replied, ”I don’t know. We haven’t heard the whistle yet.”



Wade LeBlanc is a journeyman. His 10-year career has featured stops with seven different organizations and even one in Japan Authentic Nail Yakupov Jersey , where he thought he was finished.

In the left-hander’s second stint with Seattle, it appears he’s finally found a home.

LeBlanc (4-0) allowed one run over seven innings after inking a contract extension with the Mariners earlier in the day, and Seattle beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 on Tuesday night for its eighth straight victory.

The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani was activated from the 10-day disabled list and went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his return. He had been sidelined since June 8 with a Grade 2 ulnar collateral ligament sprain.

“I think it was huge that I got all those at-bats in the simulated games,” Ohtani said through an interpreter. ”It’s a different game up here in the big leagues. Maybe still not quite there yet, but just keep on working hard, come back tomorrow.”

The Mariners announced they signed LeBlanc (4-0) to the extension before his start and the soft-tossing left-hander showed them they made a good decision. LeBlanc allowed three hits, struck out four and retired his final 11 batters.

”It’s huge,” LeBlanc said. ”It’s life-changing money, obviously, but for me, I’ve never been the kind of guy to know where my family and I are going to be the next year this early.”

LeBlanc’s contract reportedly extends him through the 2019 season, with a base salary of $2.75 million and incentives that could raise that to $4.75 next season, and contains club options valued at $5 million with a $450,000 buyout the three following seasons.

It rewards LeBlanc after he’s provided an unexpected source of stability to the Mariners’ rotation. Seattle is 9-3 in games he’s started and he boasts a 2.90 ERA since moving to the rotation on May 3.

”It’s good to feel wanted,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ”I know Wade’s been everywhere in his career, but we’re definitely seeing the best of Wade LeBlanc right now. I’m looking forward to having him in the future. He’s done an unbelievable job for us.

”The best part about these deals with a guy like that that’s bounced around, is that he’s earned it. And that’s really what makes you feel good and allows you to sleep at night.”

LeBlanc was signed by the Mariners in spring training after he requested his release from the Yankees, who signed him to a minor league contract.

Alex Colome picked LeBlanc up by stranding Kole Calhoun after his one-out double in the eighth and Edwin Diaz earned his American League-leading 33rd save with a clean ninth inning.

Kyle Seager was 2 for 4 and drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded double in the first. Nelson Cruz provided insurance with a solo homer in the eighth.

Andrew Heaney (4-6) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts, but was tagged with three runs in the first inning to fall behind and was handed the loss.

“Andrew was terrific tonight,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ”The walks were probably the one negative for him in the first inning.

”He pitched a great game, gave us a chance to win. We just couldn’t get any kind of pressure offensively.”

Andrelton Simmons’ homer in the fourth was all the Angels could muster offensively.

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Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon stole third base in the eighth inning to put him at 300 career stolen bases.

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ANGELS: Angels outfielder Chris Young exited in the first inning with a left hamstring strain, the club announced. Young stumbled to the ground while fielding Seager’s double to right field and fell to the ground in noticeable pain, staying there until leaving the game with trainers.

MARINERS: Servais said Erasmo Ramirez’s bullpen on Sunday went well and the right-hander will move on with his throwing program.

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ANGELS: RHP Garrett Richards (4-4) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list and start against the Mariners on Wednesday. He’s been out since June 14 with a left hamstring sprain.

MARINERS: RHP Mike Leake (8-4) will make his 18th start of the season and third against the Angels on Wednesday. The 30-year-old has lasted seven-plus innings seven times this season and boasted a 2.57 ERA in June.

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The interim general manager of the Carolina Panthers has been placed on paid administrative leave after his ex-wife accused him of harassment.

Team spokesman Ryan Anderson confirmed on Tuesday that interim general manager Marty Hurney is under investigation by the NFL under its personal conduct policy.

The Panthers brought back Hurney to be their interim general manager in July after then-owner Jerry Richardson fired Dave Gettleman days before the start of training camp. Hurney was the Panthers GM from 1998 through 2012. He’s credited for building the core of a team that reached the Super Bowl two seasons ago.

Hurney and two others were to be interviewed for the position last week.

Jeanne Hurney said her ex-husband was ”extremely controlling and was verbally and emotionally abusive” during their marriage. They married in 1988 and divorced in 2014.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Jeanne Hurney withdrew her complaint Glover Quin Jersey , but her attorney couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos were suspended for one game apiece by Major League Baseball on Friday because of a scuffle that followed a collision at home plate.

Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, announced the suspensions, along with undisclosed fines.

Chirinos was not in the Rangers’ lineup Friday night for a series opener at home against Colorado A'Shawn Robinson Jersey , and the team said he was serving his suspension. Kemp is appealing his suspension, and was in the lineup for Los Angeles’ game against San Francisco.

Kemp said he was surprised by the punishment and he appealed because he disagrees with it.

”Nothing happened,” he said. ”Just a little pushing. I’ve seen way worse happen. So I guess we’ll see what they decide, but I don’t agree with it.”

Kemp was trying to score from second base on a two-out single by Enrique Hernandez in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game at Dodger Stadium. Chirinos caught a pinpoint throw by right fielder Nomar Mazara and had his glove out to tag Kemp Nevin Lawson Jersey , who barreled into the catcher with his arms up and leading with his shoulder. Chirinos’ helmet flew off as both he and Kemp fell to the ground.

Both benches and bullpens cleared after Chirinos and Kemp got up and shoved each other. Kemp was restrained by Rangers starter Cole Hamels.

No punches were thrown, but Chirinos and Kemp were both ejected.

”I think you can debate who instigated that confrontation,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ”There wasn’t a punch thrown on (Kemp’s) part. So I think, obviously Taylor Decker Jersey , emotions on both sides. It’s old-school baseball and both teams move forward.”

Rules have been put in place to outlaw runners from plowing into catchers, and catchers have to give runners a lane to the plate in most cases. On this play, the throw home took Chirinos directly into Kemp’s path.

In a series of moves before Friday’s game, the Rangers recalled catcher Jose Trevino from nearby Double-A Frisco even though they played with only 24 players because of the suspension.

Carlos Perez started behind the plate in place of Chirinos Golden Tate III Jersey , but Perez rolled his right ankle while extending to catch a wide throw from the outfield in the second. Perez finished the inning in the field, but Trevino made his big league debut when he batted for Perez in the bottom half and remained in the game at catcher.

Texas placed right-handed relievers Matt Bush (right elbow strain) and Chris Martin (right calf strain) on the 10-day disabled list. Martin felt a twinge in his leg when running out of the bullpen Wednesday night at the start of the scuffle.

The Rangers also recalled right-hander Yohander Mendez from Triple-A Round Rock to start Friday night’s game, a day after infielder Hanser Alberto was sent back to Round Rock. Lefty reliever Brandon Mann was also recalled.

Mazara was a late scratch from the Texas lineup because of left wrist soreness.



AP Sports Writer Beth Harris contributed to this report from Los Angeles.




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