Capitals D Karl Alzner sits out Game 3 with upper-body injury

Elite Billy Smith Jersey Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, who had not missed a game in seven seasons, was out Monday night for Washington’s 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto in Game 3 of their first-round series.

Alzner, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, had played in 599 straight regular-season and playoff games combined.
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The last game he had missed was Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, a 4-1 loss to Montreal in a first-round series won by the Canadiens in seven games.

Alzner, 28, is in his ninth NHL season, all with the Capitals. What if the offensive line falls off from last year鈥檚 pace? What if the new backs are nowhere near the standard set by McNichols? What if the Broncos allow a lot more big plays because of a young secondary? What if the defensive line is no deeper?

Boise State has a lot to prove this year, at least by Boise State standards. The Broncos are dealing with turnover and no longer get the benefit of the doubt in the Mountain West.

Nate Schmidt stepped in to fill Alzner’s spot alongside John Carlson on defense.

Schmidt, who had played 60 games during the regular season, assisted on the first goal of the game, by Nicklas Backstrom.

Spring has sprung and football is kinda back

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Spring practice takes a little more than a month, and culminates in spring games for most schools. The rules:
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Teams get a maximum of 15 spring practice days, including the intra-squad game that typically caps a spring slate. This doesn’t include sessions when players are limited to the film room or the weight room. Everything has to take place within a 34-day window, but spring break and exam days don’t automatically count toward that. So some schools spread spring practices over a month and a half.

Who are we kidding, though. We’re really just here to gawk at wild spring game crowds, like the one that’ll show up at Ohio State. We’ll see if anyone can top this in 2017.

One of those games is against Mexico at Estadio Azteca, and should probably be written off as a loss for the purposes of this exercise. Three of those games are at home, and those matches are all virtual must-wins. If the USMNT loses to Mexico and wins all of their home games, they’d need to get four more points from their other two road matches to reach to 17 points.

Those games are against Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago, two beatable opponents, though there’s no such thing as an easy road game in CONCACAF. The USMNT lost away to Honduras during the last qualifying cycle and pulled off a 3-2 comeback win in San Pedro Sula back in 2009. In the previous round of qualifying, in 2017, the USMNT drew 0-0 away to T&T in one of the worst games we’ve ever had the displeasure of watching.

Jacksonville proved its capable of pulling the upset

Despite playing in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, the Cardinals have played their way back into playoff contention. Arizona is one game back in the NFC wild card race and while a loss wouldn’t end their chances to make the playoffs, losing to the 1-8 Jaguars would be a massive missed opportunity.

Jacksonville proved its capable of pulling the upset, going on the road to knock off Tennessee last week, despite the fact the Titans were in the thick of the AFC playoff race.

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The disappointing season for Houston continues this week against the Raiders. Despite opening the season as one of the favorites in the AFC, the Texans have sunk to 2-7 and out of the playoff picture. The Texans will have Gary Kubiak back this week after he missed a game following the mini-stroke he suffered.

With back-to-back losses, the Raiders have fallen further out of playoff contention. Terrelle Pryor has struggled mightily recently. Things won’t get any easier this week when he’ll go against the No. 1 defense against the pass. If for no other reason, this game is watchable just to see what J.J. Watt might do against Oakland’s porous offensive line.
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The Heels and Bulldogs treated us to an incredible title game. UNC prevailed in the end.

Rocky Bleier Womens Jersey The North Carolina Tar Heels are college basketball’s national champions. They beat the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a thrilling title game on Monday, 71-65, in Glendale, Ariz. It’s the sixth title in the history of the program. The game was tight until the last few seconds.

Last season, he averaged 30 points, 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds for a Warriors team that posted the best record in NBA history. He also made 402 three-pointers last year, eclipsing the record he set the previous season. But that Warriors team didn’t have another former MVP in Kevin Durant, who Golden State signed during free agency over the summer.

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“With the roster that we have and adding a guy like KD, there’s obviously going to be more of a balanced attack,” Curry said. “It’s pretty clear how that’s kind of evolved over the course of the season. My job as the point guard of this team is to balance all the talent that we have, plus at the same time staying aggressive with my own game.”

Since Durant went down with a Grade 2 MCL Sprain in late February, Curry is averaging 26.5 points, 7.5 assists and two steals, shooting 40 percent from downtown. The Warriors are 13-3 since March 1 and are outscoring opponents by 11.3 points per 100 possessions with their starting point guard on the floor.

Since March 15, Curry’s averaging 8.2 assists and is shooting the triple at a 47.5 percent clip. And in his last five games, the reigning MVP is averaging 29.6 points (on 53 percent shooting from the field) and 8.4 assists. He’s outplayed three of this year’s MVP front-runners in a nine-day span and has cemented the Warriors’ once shaky standing as No. 1 in the West.

NHL playoff standings 2017: St. Louis shakes up Western Conference matchups

A relatively quiet Wednesday evening resulted in only one change to the NHL playoff picture. With the Blues moving closer to a playoff spot with a win, St. Louis moved over the Predators to take over the third spot in the Central.

The Kings still live to fight another day, especially after their dramatic win over the Flames, but are coming closer to the edge.

As for the Eastern Conference, things are still stable despite the handful of teams clamoring for that final wild card spot. Keep an eye on Tampa Bay as these last few weeks unfold.

The last playoff series between these two was quite fun. Many also singled out the Blackhawks to stumble and the Predators to take their place before the season. The season leading up to this hasn’t gone as planned, but everything’s off in the playoffs.

Cons: I feel triple overtime coming, again. Shanahan wouldn’t say Wednesday if he believes there’s a quarterback worthy of such an early and valuable pick, and also wouldn’t say if he felt there was even one ready to play right away. He did, however, preach the importance of patience when searching for a signal caller to build around.

Limited Mens Todd Davis Jersey “No one can guarantee anything. Everyone is just looking for that franchise quarterback and people have found them with the first pick of the draft and people have found them in the sixth round,” Shanahan said. “Just because he’s the first guy taken doesn’t mean he’s the going to be the best guy. Sometimes the last guy can be the best guy, you never know.”
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What is for sure is that the 49ers will be adding more quarterbacks. With just two on the roster, Shanahan made it clear that the team will head into camp with more options and could add more veterans later in the offseason, depending on the team’s haul in the draft.

James Johnson took Marcus Morris’ soul on this dunk

I know he attempted and successfully completed one of the best posters on Marcus Morris, but he didn’t even bother to think of the repercussions? Johnson went knee first, so that must’ve hurt, on top of it looking really cool.

It even took a while for Morris to get up. Maybe because that hurt, but I also wouldn’t blame him if he stayed on the floor out of sheer embarrassment.

The Miami Heat were quick to add insult to injury. As soon as they posted the video on Twitter they made that dunk into a poster, complete with Johnson’s signature.
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San Francisco 49ers – Mike Evans, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M: Colin Kaepernick has shown a liking for bigger targets. He’s a much better quarterback when Vernon Davis is on the field and could certainly use Michael Crabtree back in the lineup. Anquan Boldin has been a fine addition for San Francisco, but a long-term fixture at wide receiver is needed across from Crabtree. Mike Evans, if he declares, will be an interesting case study. He may not run the fastest time in the 40-yard dash, but he’s downright dominant in the vertical passing game because of his ability to win at the catch point. Kaepernick would love throwing the ball to this young wide receiver.

Game Kids Tre Boston Jersey New York Jets – Eric Ebron, Tight End, North Carolina: Geno Smith isn’t going to develop into a franchise quarterback without a little bit of help. He has a limited number of receivers to work with, so adding talented pass catchers should be a priority for New York on draft weekend. With the depth of this wide receiver class and New York’s needs at both tight end and wide receiver, the Jets can afford to select Eric Ebron here.

Cam Cleeland nearly lost vision in eye after hazing incident in 1998

In My Opinion, this is a growing trend in the NFL in locker rooms from Miami to Washington- The Superstar QB or Offensive Tackle who are looking for a excuse to quit football and still get paid.

A quick look at the facts shows us that took more shots in Minnesota last night then Koren Robinson. Many of these came on plays where RG-Me would just try to pump-fake a defenser out of his socks and then take a selfish hit as he was getting rid of the ball or throwing a touchdown. You could almost see him checking off a little box in his mind, smiling that disengenous smile and saying “Ok, good theres another big hit I took on national TV.”

The Redskins’ offensive success is tied to their running game. Alfred Morris ran for 139 yards against the Vikings, opening up the pass and taking pressure his quarterback. Griffin III has an above-average quarterback rating of 102.0 when Morris runs for 100 yards or more in 2017, confirming the idea that asking him to be the team’s focal point is not how the team will have offensive success moving forward.

This idea often seems foreign to a team desirous of putting the game on its quarterback’s shoulders. Morris averaged 5.3 yards per carry on Thursday night, but the Redskins elected to have Griffin throw the ball three straight times from the four yard line late in the game. It was a case of over-thinking the time on the clock and asking the passing game to convert a fade throw to close the game rather than try to punch it in on the ground.

Finally, the man hosting the event gets on the microphone. He not only leads the women in a “Fired up!” “Yes we are!” chant, but a Gronk chant as well. He informs us that we need to do this when Gronk makes his big entrance.

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Jonathan Martin’s text message to his teammate required a little context.

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Keenum has thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions since taking over the starting job in Week 7, and is a major reason the Texans are favored by seven points, according to Odds Shark. While the young signal caller is cause for optimism, bettors should beware of the Texans’ struggles against the odds this season: They’ve gone 2-7 against the spread (ATS) and are 0-4 at home. Losing Arian Foster for the season doesn’t help their cause, either.
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The Raiders, on the other hand, have gone 3-1 ATS on the road and are 6-3 overall. However, they’ve gone 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against Houston. They’ll need Terrelle Pryor, who’s thrown eight interceptions to just one touchdown in his last four games, to protect the ball better if they hope to hang with the Texans and their elite defense.

Atlanta has collapsed like no other, given that they were expected to fight for a spot in the Super Bowl this season. They’ve now lost three consecutive games, but stand a solid chance to pick up a win this week. That said, the Buccaneers picked up their first win of the season in Week 10, besting the Miami Dolphins, 22-19.

Obviously, beating the Dolphins isn’t a huge deal, but they’ve won more recently than the Falcons, for whatever that is worth. Duper was drafted by the Dolphins as a second-round pick in 1982, and played 11 seasons for the team. He caught passes from Dan Marino, was named to the Pro Bowl three times and was an All-Pro selection in 1983 and 1984.

USA vs. Puerto Rico final score: United States wins 2017 World Baseball Classic

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It took four tries, but the United States finally won one of these things. Behind a dominant pitching performance by Marcus Stroman, and following a home run by Ian Kinsler, the USA shut out Puerto Rico 8-0 in the championship game Wednesday in Los Angeles.

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Smith is a rank hot-take amateur used to pitching softballs of molten steel compared to Ball, who tosses takes the size of the sun like a medicine ball and all you do is get out of the way. Listen carefully as Smith can only offer a whimper as he begs Would you stop it? He knows this is no Skip Bayless, and he is at the altar of hot-take greatness.

Shoot, LaVar even renamed Los Angeles while he was there:

LaVar Ball on First Take: You know what LA stands for? LaVar’s Awesome. I am dead.

Nobody has developed a better brand in the last three months that LaVar Ball. The man has gone from total obscurity to being a part of the sports lexicon just as quickly as the Ice Bucket Challenge or planking did. Let’s check the head-to-head on popularity:

You know this means LaVar is getting his own studio show soon — and you know what, we’re all for it. There’s room in the sports landscape to take the hot-take show so far that it becomes absurdist theater. We all need it.

Chicago Fire taking a huge risk by signing Bastian Schweinsteiger

Limited Mens Tim McCarver Jersey The Chicago Fire made some late breaking news on Monday night when the Chicago Tribune reported that the club had signed Bastian Schweinsteiger. The club went on to confirm the news early on Tuesday morning.

Schweinsteiger will join the Fire immediately, and could make the squad for their April 1 match against the Montreal Impact if his visa and International Transfer Certificate go through without a hiccup.

On its face, this sounds like a good thing. The Fire, one of the worst teams in MLS over the last decade, has picked up a World Cup and Champions League winner with serious name recognition. But when you dive into the details, his signing doesn’t look particularly wise.

It is very sad to me that someone would do something like this. It is like taking a great Chagall or Picasso or something. You can never display it. And somehow, I feel there’ll be some news that’ll clear this up in the not-too-distant future, Kraft said to Fox Business Network is Maria Bartiromo.
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Law enforcement hoped that the jersey, and James White is game-winning touchdown ball, would be found on the Patriots equipment truck. The truck had not been thoroughly searched, but when it was unloaded, the jersey was not there. White is touchdown ball was found, though details on its recovery are unavailable.