NHL scores 2017: Bruins¡¯ loss complicates Atlantic Division playoff push

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The Bruins have to play just one more game to be done with half of their season. Much like the Blackhawks, the Bruins are leading the NHL in games played after just a few days into 2017.

Unlike the Blackhawks ¡ª who are leading the Central Division ¡ª the Bruins are in a precarious situation in the Eastern Conference. Tied with the Senators at 44 points with the Lightning right on their heels just two points behind, any lost points have the potential to bite them.

The A¡¯s are never as fun as when they¡¯re building a young team of scrappy rookies, and that¡¯s the direction 2017 is currently headed. I couldn¡¯t be happier.

Limited Womens Mika Zibanejad Jersey From that second paragraph, I¡¯m talking about, in order of reference: Cotton, Mengden, Alcantara, Overton, Montas, Maxwell, Healy, Olson, Nunez, Wendle, Pinder, Brugman, Wahl, Chapman, Barreto. Of that group, Chapman isn¡¯t on the 40-man yet, but that¡¯ll just be a formality.

Our LF hit 42 homers last year. Our SS hit 27. Our catcher has double-digit pop. Our young 3B was on pace for 30 over a full season, and the guy behind him in line nearly hit 40 in the upper minors. The new free agent bat is good for double-digits, and those unproven prospects themselves bring enough power to the table that they should run into a few regardless of their overall effectiveness on the diamond. Even in the worst-case scenario, the A¡¯s should do their share of bashing in 2017.

I proved it several times I can set an edge

Lack of continuity and identity played a part in why the Colts never had anything longer than a two-game winning streak and were never above .500 at any point in the season. But there were four games prior to the Oakland game that summed up Indianapolis’ season and why its vacation starts after exit interviews on Jan. 2. It was those four losses that had owner Jim Irsay talking about how their record would be different if the ball had bounced their way.

Dontari Poe Authentic Jersey Week 1 vs. Detroit: Thirty-seven seconds. That¡¯s all the remained on the clock for the Colts to open the season with a victory. They just had to make sure Matthew Stafford couldn¡¯t lead Detroit¡¯s offense down the field to get into field goal range. Stafford only needed three plays — all passes — to go 50 yards to get into range for kicker Matt Prater to make the game-winning 43-yard field goal in Detroit’s 39-35 victory.
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¡°I proved it several times I can set an edge,¡¯¡¯ Addison said. ¡°I¡¯m not a man that just comes in and pass rushes. But it¡¯s hard, man. In the NFL, if you¡¯ve got a job, you want to keep it.

¡°I¡¯m just glad I¡¯m on the inside, because when you¡¯re on the outside looking in, it¡¯s hard to get back in.¡¯¡¯

Addison, 29, is far from the outside. He¡¯s in position to be one of Carolina¡¯s top free-agent priorities, if not the top.

He¡¯s not in the financial class of 2015 Pro Bowl selection Kawann Short, who despite having a subpar season is primed to be one of the top paid defensive tackles in the NFL.

But the Panthers can use the franchise tag to retain Short and justify it. That¡¯s not an option for Addison, scheduled to be more of a mid-range free agent once the season ends.

Still, Addison has set himself up for a big pay raise with a team-high and career-high 8.5 sacks that ranks 18th in the NFL and seventh among ends.

The lights of the gathering cameras were blinding, but quarterback Matt McGloin did not blink

After the gloom had settled over Oakland Coliseum and the Raiders’ locker room late Sunday afternoon, there stood one hopeful beacon at his stall.

The lights of the gathering cameras were blinding, but quarterback Matt McGloin did not blink. At least not outwardly. Because with Derek Carr lost indefinitely with a broken fibula in his right leg, Raider Nation turns its lonely eyes to McGloin as Oakland preps for its first playoff appearance since 2002.

¡°I¡¯m ready to go,¡± McGloin said, matter of factly. ¡°I feel great, and it has been great working with Derek Carr the past few years and working together and seeing what he has done on the field trying to learn from that. I¡¯m ready to go.

Carr has a much stronger arm than McGloin, who’s generously listed at 6-foot-1, two inches shorter than Carr.

Then the Chiefs scored on their first possession, a seven-play, 77-yard drive that quarterback Alex Smith finished off with a 10-yard touchdown run. The Chiefs scored another touchdown, a 70-yard run by Tyreek Hill, on their 11th play of the game. They added a third touchdown on their 16th play of the quarter when tight end Travis Kelce caught a screen pass and took it 80 yards.

“My thought is this: I told the players, 2016 is obviously a big disappointment,” Kubiak said. “…I told them on the plane ride home, get it all out of their system, next week is all about next year.”
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Limited Youth Quinton Spain Jersey “To me, Matt’s the MVP,” star wide receiver Julio Jones said. “People are going to say what they want to say about who is the MVP. I don’t watch Tom Brady. And I don’t even know what all the MVP talk is about. But in my eyes, Matt Ryan’s the MVP right now.”

The Bears have to do better at the league¡¯s most important position.

Don’t count on it, according to Dombrowski.

Game Mens Tyson Barrie Jersey As the Chicago Cubs celebrated winning the World Series last month, much of the attention centered on the contributions of young, homegrown players such as National League MVP Kris Bryant and third-place Cy Young finisher Kyle Hendricks.

But under the guidance of general manager Theo Epstein, the Cubs also loaded up on external talent ¡ª and salaries ¡ª in preparation for their title run. Even after adjusting for MLB-wide increases in the cost of a win,1 Chicago boosted their payroll by 169 percent between 2014 and 2016 ¡ª a record two-season increase among World Series winners.2

Don’t count on it, according to Dombrowski.

“We really don’t have a major drive right now that we’re looking to fill,” Dombrowski said. “I think we’ll continue to keep our ear to the ground in the sense you can never tell what ends up happening, if somebody comes available that you never would have anticipated at a certain time period. [But] if we started spring training right now, we would be content where we are.”

After Tuesday, that means more payroll flexibility and less pitching depth.

Miss Buchholz yet? At some point, the Red Sox will.

Limited Kids Darren Daulton Jersey Encarnacion might be worth $20 million in 2017 and 2018, but would you rather pay him $20 million in 2019, when he¡¯ll be 36, or have that money free for a younger, better star? Today¡¯s front offices try to balance the present without mortgaging the future.

NFL playoff odds 2016: Seahawks, Chiefs among Wild Card Weekend favorites

The Seattle Seahawks crushed the Minnesota Vikings when those NFC teams met back in Week 13. The Seahawks will get a chance to beat the Vikings in Minnesota for a second time this season as a road betting favorite when the teams do battle on Wild Card Weekend.

The Seahawks opened as 5-point road favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com against the Vikings for their Wild Card matchup, with Seattle having topped Minnesota 38-7 and easily covering the 3-point spread on the road when they met in early December. Seattle is also coming off a blowout victory, knocking off the Cardinals in Arizona by a 36-6 score to close out their regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon.

After Blair Walsh opened the scoring with a 39-yard field goal, Aaron Rodgers marched the Packers down the field on a 16-play drive that went 70 yards, but the Packers also had to settle for a field goal. Mason Crosby tied things up with a 28-yarder.

Things continued to be a low-scoring affair, with neither team’s defenses giving up much. Teddy Bridgewater set up another scoring opportunity by driving down in the red zone, but the drive stalled out at the 14-yard line and Walsh gave the Vikings the 6-3 lead with another field goal. That would be same lead Minnesota takes into halftime, with Green Bay unable to muster up much of any offense.

The Vikings finally scored the game’s first touchdown in the third quarter, thanks to the superhuman efforts of Adrian Peterson. After driving down to the 2-yard line, Bridgewater handed the ball off to Peterson, who barreled his way through the line and carried a couple of defenders into the end zone.

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The Giants need an intimidating and effective force up front, and at 6’7, few seem more menacing on the field than Buckner. When you add in his 10.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss this season, his production matches the expectations his size suggests. Buckner has a good first step for a player his size, and can obviously cover a lot of ground in a hurry.

The White Sox got the absolute maximum return possible in a Chris Sale deal

David Schoenfield’s take: Despite hitting 47 home runs in what could be a career season, Mark Trumbo was worth just 1.6 WAR in 2016, thanks to bad defense and a below-average OBP. The power is nice, but if the rumors of a $75 million contract prove accurate, this could end up being one of the biggest overpayments of the offseason.

The #Mariners continue to maintain a dialogue with Mike Napoli. He remains one of their first base options.

If Betances continues to excel the next three seasons, he will hit free agency after 2019 with Chapman having two years left on his deal. In theory, if Betances stays consistent, he would be due a contract at the same level as Chapman’s. However, it will be too much to pay both relievers. This is a minor point at the moment, but it demonstrates how overpaying in years and money can come back to hurt a team in the future.

The Twitterati doesn’t like this. The Mets won 87 games last season with a depleted team, they say. What would make you think they’ll be worse?

A bad shoulder seemed to be an issue for catcher Travis d’Arnaud, whose slugging percentage dropped from .485 to .323 and whose caught-stealing percentage dropped from 26 to 16 percent. Maybe he’ll heal and to get back to what he was. But on a scale of 1-10, how certain do you feel about that?

Astros: Houston is still shopping for top-of-the-rotation arms and trying to be imaginative. But it’s hard to envision the Astros giving up a package remotely comparable to what the Red Sox were willing to trade for Sale. Yet this team’s lineup is so good, it wouldn’t surprise anyone now if the Astros postponed their ace hunt until July.

Rockies: The Ian Desmond signing just doesn’t compute unless it leads to other moves. So the Rockies immediately let clubs know they’d like to deal Charlie Blackmon for rotation upgrades. And there has been some buzzing that they could still sign Mark Trumbo to play first base and shift Desmond back to the outfield. But clearly, there is more to come 5,000 feet above sea level. Has to be. Right?

Roethlisberger said playing in Buffalo has a “nostalgia” to it because he grew up watching Buffalo’s K-Gun offense

Roethlisberger said playing in Buffalo has a “nostalgia” to it because he grew up watching Buffalo’s K-Gun offense. But he’s especially excited to see a healthy and happy Kelly in person.

Kelly was deemed cancer-free in late 2014 but eventually underwent a second round of chemo. Kelly’s fight is not completely over, so Roethlisberger will be reminded of the ‘Kelly tough’ mantra that went viral a few years ago.

“It was scary, obviously, for a long time. It still is,” Roethlisberger said. “He still deals with those things. I know he’s in a good place with the Lord and his family, which means a lot. You don’t want to lose a guy like that. We’re glad he’s still here and going strong. I’m blessed to have him as a friend.”

Kelly’s goal was not to play “papa bear” in Roethlisberger’s life, usually opting for friendly jabbing over packaged wisdom. But Roethlisberger said Kelly’s example is a light in his life, and Kelly hopes his light shines in the direction of others.

“Our quarterback coach, Dave Ragone, has helped me tremendously, staying after practice, going through pretty much every script after every day,” Barkley said. “Getting the little things down with me when I wasn’t playing. He’s helped a ton. Learning from Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer, how they prepare, how they study has helped me grow as an NFL quarterback.”

However, Barkley faces a step up in competition on Sunday. The Lions (8-4) have won seven of eight and desperately need a victory over the Bears to maintain their lead in the NFC North. The last time Barkley played on the road, he went 6-of-15 for 81 yards and two interceptions in emergency duty after Hoyer suffered a season-ending injury at Lambeau Field on Oct. 20.

Barkley has grown considerably since his Bears’ debut, but questions remain about how he’ll fare in a hostile environment versus a playoff-caliber team.

“They have some different guys back that have definitely made their defense better,” Barkley said. “Some guys are out. But I’m confident in what we have prepared for them. It will be a challenge, no doubt about that. But I think if we’re consistent and we stick to what we do and move the ball just like we have been then we’ll have things open.”

Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey says Greg Hardy is ‘misunderstood’ but also caused tension

Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey thinks the Cowboys should think twice before bringing back Greg Hardy. Of course, part of that is because Mincey and Hardy play the same position and like Hardy, Mincey is a free agent. But in an interview with KDFW 4 in Dallas, Mincey shed some light on how Hardy joining the Cowboys changed the dynamic around the team.

“You talk about a team that was so close knit and tight and all of a sudden it was just different,” Mincey said in the interview, via the Dallas Morning News. “I wouldn’t say that he’s the reason for that happening, but sometimes change, sometimes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You know what I mean? And sometimes with change, the team is different.”

Hardy signed a one-year, $11.3 million deal with the Cowboys last March after his former team, the Carolina Panthers, elected to let him walk in the wake of a domestic abuse accusation. He was suspended for the first four games — it was reduced from 10 following an appeal — of the season and made his Cowboys debut in Week 5 against the New England Patriots. He finished the season with six sacks and 35 tackles but Dallas went just 2-10 in games he played.

But Campbell, who according to Salguero was “a combination of angry and bitterly disappointed” about getting passed over, wanted to pursue opportunities elsewhere. He needed the franchise to grant his release because he was under contract.

Campbell took over after Joe Philbin was fired following a Week 4 loss to the New York Jets that dropped the Dolphins to 1-3.

Miami, however, dropped four of its next five games. Campbell won just five of his 12 games and the Dolphins finished the season 6-10.

Campbell joined the Dolphins as a coaching intern in 2010 and was promoted to tight ends coach in 2011. He served in that role until he was named the interim head coach after Philbin’s ousting.

Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey thinks the Cowboys should think twice before bringing back Greg Hardy. Of course, part of that is because Mincey and Hardy play the same position and like Hardy, Mincey is a free agent. But in an interview with KDFW 4 in Dallas, Mincey shed some light on how Hardy joining the Cowboys changed the dynamic around the team.

“You talk about a team that was so close knit and tight and all of a sudden it was just different,” Mincey said in the interview, via the Dallas Morning News. “I wouldn’t say that he’s the reason for that happening, but sometimes change, sometimes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You know what I mean? And sometimes with change, the team is different.”

Hardy signed a one-year, $11.3 million deal with the Cowboys last March after his former team, the Carolina Panthers, elected to let him walk in the wake of a domestic abuse accusation. He was suspended for the first four games — it was reduced from 10 following an appeal — of the season and made his Cowboys debut in Week 5 against the New England Patriots. He finished the season with six sacks and 35 tackles but Dallas went just 2-10 in games he played.

But Campbell, who according to Salguero was “a combination of angry and bitterly disappointed” about getting passed over, wanted to pursue opportunities elsewhere. He needed the franchise to grant his release because he was under contract.

Campbell took over after Joe Philbin was fired following a Week 4 loss to the New York Jets that dropped the Dolphins to 1-3.

Miami, however, dropped four of its next five games. Campbell won just five of his 12 games and the Dolphins finished the season 6-10.

Campbell joined the Dolphins as a coaching intern in 2010 and was promoted to tight ends coach in 2011. He served in that role until he was named the interim head coach after Philbin’s ousting.

Williams has not yet returned to practice since undergoing knee surgery and remains inactive this week

Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos, foot: Siemian has a foot sprain that will sideline him this week. He spent the better part of the week in a walking boot and was unable to do enough when testing it Friday to convince the medical staff he should play. He has been fit with an orthotic device for his cleats, but that won’t matter for this week. Paxton Lynch is expected to start in his place.

Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills, knee: Woods remains out with a knee injury, but he is off crutches and told reporters this week he hopes to return before the end of the season.

DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers, knee: Williams has not yet returned to practice since undergoing knee surgery and remains inactive this week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Pittsburgh Steelers, foot: Heyward-Bey was still not able to practice at all this week due to his injured foot and has already been ruled out for Sunday. This will be his fourth consecutive missed game.

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I don’t see Denver coming into Jacksonville and blowing the Jags out to the point of having a huge lead (taking away junk-time scoring), but certainly this will be tough. The Broncos have held opposing wide receivers to fewer than nine points in five of their past nine games and while, yes, Hill had himself a day last week and yes, Robinson is capable of going off at any moment, given what we’ve seen of both the Denver secondary and the Bortles/Robinson connection this season, A-Rob is merely a WR3 for me this week, not the WR1 he was drafted as.

Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos: See, here’s some love, Jags fans. The best defense in the NFL the past four games in terms of passing yards allowed per game belongs to the Jaguars, and they have allowed the second-fewest pass plays of 20-plus yards this season. It’s hard to get a big pass play on them, their corners are playing pretty well this season and while Sanders had the huge game last week against Kansas City, that was his first score since Week 4. Since Week 5, the Jags have allowed just five wide receiver touchdowns and, as of this writing (early Thursday morning), Trevor Siemian missed practice and is banged-up. Maybe he plays, but there’s a chance he does so at less than 100 percent, which doesn’t help either. On the road at Jacksonville, I expect a run-heavy game script for the Broncos, making Sanders just a WR3 for me this week.

Todd Gurley, Rams: A rookie quarterback making his third start ever on the road in Foxboro, Massachusetts — what could go wrong? Expect the Patriots to stack the box to stop Gurley, as teams have done all season. Gurley is averaging just 1.63 yards before first contact per carry this season (third worst in the NFL), and wouldn’t you know it, the Patriots are allowing the third-fewest yards before first contact per carry this season. Also, they have not allowed a running back to rush for a score in eight of their past nine games.

NFL Combine 2015 results: 40-yard dash times for defensive backs

The defensive backs were the last group to participate in the 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL Combine, wrapping up the performances in the Combine’s most popular drill Monday.

Highlighting the group of defensive backs were Washington’s Marcus Peters, Alabama’s Landon Collins and Michigan State’s Trae Waynes. But it was a different Collins who stole the show early in the morning.

LSU’s Jalen Collins is one of the biggest cornerbacks in the 2015 NFL Draft class at 6’1, 203 pounds, yet still managed to have one of the top times among the defensive backs. His 4.48 time topped most of the other participants in the drill, although it was Waynes who wound up setting the top time of 4.31 seconds. Mississippi State’s Justin Cox wasn’t far behind at 4.36 seconds, and Florida State’s Ronald Darby was right behind him with a time of 4.38 seconds. Peters managed to post a time of 4.53 seconds.

Jean Francois also reported interest from both the Seattle Seahawks and his former team, the 49ers. In fact, Jean Francois was in Seattle for a visit on Thursday, according to another tweet from Rapoport. Seattle has one of the best defenses in the league and is preparing for the departure of its own free agents. Washington has struggled big time in recent seasons, though, and Jean Francois will get every opportunity to start and make a difference.

Jean Francois played in all 16 games this past season, putting up 28 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery to go along with six passes defensed. The defensive line is one of Washington’s biggest needs this offseason, with Jason Hatcher struggling (after being a marquee free agent signing in 2014) and multiple injuries along the line, namely to Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield.

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