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Golden Knights go from long shot to favorite to win Cup

The Vegas Golden Knights are now co-favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to the Westgate Sportsbook. That’s a stunning turnaround considering the NHL’s newest expansion team opened the season with 200-1 odds.

As of Wednesday, the Golden Knights are tied with the Nashville Predators with 4-1 odds.

Station Casinos in Las Vegas are among those trying to capitalize on the Golden Knights phenomenon, offering free bets on the team to casino loyalty members who come in to one of their establishments on April 23.

Of the 64 expansion teams among the four major U.S. sports leagues since 1960, no team posted a winning record in their first season — until Vegas.

The Golden Knights will face the winner of the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks series in the next round. San Jose leads the series 3-0.

After tumbling to the ice, Couturier threw his stick against the boards in anger. He was assisted off the ice.

The Flyers trail the Penguins 2-1 in their best-of-seven first-round series. Couturier leads the team in postseason scoring with a goal and two assists.

Bryant has been stressing to Mitchell all season the importance of sprinting to the corner when he’s filling an outside line in transition, trying to break him of his habit of settling on the wing. That’s in large part because the corner 3 is a much more efficient shot, particularly for Mitchell, who made 48.5 percent of his attempts from the corners this season, compared to 32.5 percent of above-the-break 3s.

It’s also due to the impact on spacing, opening avenues for teammates by forcing a defender to account for Mitchell all the way into the corner.

“I know this might sound bad, but I hope that he misses those shots at the break,” Bryant says. “So I can be like, ‘The basketball gods are rewarding you for getting to the corner.'”jets_010

Carolina’s offense may be even worse in 2018.

Last season, the Carolina Panthers ranked 19th in the NFL in total offense at 323.7 yards per game. They ran the ball well—they were fourth in the NFL at 131.4 yards per game—but they had fifth-worst passing attack (192.3 yards per game).

Losing tailback Jonathan Stewart, who averaged 3.4 yards per carry last season, may not seem like a big deal, but he was the team’s grinder and leading rusher (198 carries). Christian McCaffrey is a versatile, talented young back, but he can’t tote the rock for 350-plus carries. Cam Newton already ran the ball too many times last year (139).

Boone added that Andujar will give the Yankees someone to play third base and first base, and that he will get time as a designated hitter as they reshuffle their lineup.

We have a depth chart that keeps getting reworked, reworked, reworked, general manager Brian Cashman said.

McKinney tweeted to thank fans for their well-wishes.

Warren will be evaluated in the coming days as the Yankees try to access how to move forward either with or without him as a relief option.

The Yankees are reeling from a spate of outfielder injuries.

A spokesman for Manafort, who is under a court gag order, declined to comment.

Manafort has acknowledged staying in frequent contact with Kilimnik during the time he worked for Trump’s campaign, including meeting with him in person in May 2016 and again in August 2016, about two weeks before Manafort resigned as Trump’s campaign chairman.

A Manafort spokesman expressed confidence in June that investigators would ultimately conclude that Manafort’s interactions with Kilimnik were perfectly permissible and not in furtherance of some conspiracy.

The information about the FBI’s assessment of the Manafort associate came in a court filing related to the upcoming sentencing of London attorney Alex van der Zwaan, whose firm worked with Manafort when he served a political consultant in Ukraine.patriots_011

Finally, another team made Danny Amendola a competitive offer

A narrative emerged in New England in recent years regarding receiver Danny Amendola. With Amendola taking less money to stay in almost every year of the five-year deal he signed in 2013 after the departure of Wes Welker, many believed that Amendola would never leave.

He was limited practice last week after sitting out Wednesday, listed as questionable, then inactive against the Chiefs.I hate having him as the featured back!Plumlee is a solid player, but there was no way the Blazers could have afforded to keep him as RFA this. Plumlee looked tonight, but his upside is low and he’s not worth a look standard leagues.But once the pads came on training camp, and particularly the Bills’ preseason opener, HankTime was a colossal mess.

Omameh was displaced when the Jaguars signed Norwell to a record-breaking deal, so the Giants were quick to move down their list.

The 28-year-old Omameh joins Patriots left tackle Nate Solder on the rebuilt Giants line, as General Manager Dave Gettleman begins collecting large people as soon as he can.

How often does he really connect with his interviewees?I didn’t know he was interested finding his father, says. You and Thornton are too, though, right?Talent is why didn’t get a gig for years after he embarrassed the Giants.

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“We came up with a nice timeline that we’re going to work with, and we’ll get to work and try to hammer this thing out. The theme will always be that we want Aaron to be a Ram a long time,” Snead said.

Of course, having a timeline for getting a deal done is not the same as getting a deal done. Donald may want a contract that beats the best deal ever given a defensive tackle: Ndamukong Suh‘s contract with the Dolphins, which ended up paying him $60 million over three years before he was released yesterday. The Rams may say they’re not going to pay Donald $60 million over the first three years of a deal because they could just keep him for the $6.8 million he’s under contract for this year, franchise him for about $15 million next year, and then franchise him again for about $18 million in 2020. That would be a total of about $40 million over three years, not $60 million over three years.49ers_015

Alex Smith is not an upgrade over Kirk Cousins, contrary to popular belief.

He’s older and only a little cheaper, and the Redskins didn’t really get a good receiver to match his skill set in former Seahawk Paul Richardson, more of a deep threat type who still has a ton to prove. Richardson, Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder isn’t the most inspiring corps offensively.

Defensively, the Redskins traded away Kendall Fuller to Kansas City in the Smith deal and didn’t re-sign Bashaud Breeland, watching him go to Carolina. They also may not be able to either re-sign linebacker Zach Brown or a comparable replacement. Washington has downgraded by both spending and not spending.

The biggest domino, though, was that it presumably takes the Browns out of the market for McCarron, the Bengals’ backup quarterback who the Browns infamously tried and failed to trade for last season. One less likely suitor for McCarron, who now might have to wait until Cousins, Bradford, and Bridgewater find new teams.

Heck, even Amendola (two years, $12 million from the Dolphins) got more than he’s worth. John Brown ($5 milion) and Ryan Grant (four years, $29 million) got paid well by the Ravens, too. The Eagles paid Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith well last year. Copycat city.

Sherman has been criticized about how he should have shopped himself and not settled for a low-ball deal as his own agent.
It’s not a difficult decision to move on from Crabtree.

Replacing him is the trickier part.

The Hurricanes answered 5 1/2 minutes later. Aho entered the Rangers zone and sent a quick pass to Teravainen, who immediately sent a return pass to Aho. Aho shot it on net and Teravainen sent the rebound past Georgiev for his 20th of the season.

Here are some players to jump on or dump off as the playoffs arrive. Please keep in mind I’ve listed players you might be able to actually acquire rather than writing, like, trade for Evgeni Malkin. (But if you can, please trade for Malkin.)patriots_011

NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers, Kings still working on deal for George Hill

George Hill isn’t thrilled with his situation in Sacramento and the Cavaliers are in the midst of a tense losing streak. Something needs to change for each party and it appears Cleveland is trying to address their problems with the addition of Hill.

According to multiple reports, the Cavaliers and Kings are in active discussions to send Hill to Cleveland. Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert appear to be the players being talked about as a return for the guard.

But trades don’t exist in an “NBA 2K18” format. There’s a cost beyond losing Walker’s 21.7 points and 5.8 assists per game. Taken at No. 9 in the 2011 NBA Draft, Walker saw only seven victories for the then-Bobcats as the team suffered through the worst season in NBA history in terms of winning percentage.

Since then, Walker has transformed himself into a complete offensive threat and an underrated, pesky defender. But what he means to the Hornets and the city of Charlotte stretches much farther than even the space created between him and a defender by one of his trademark stepback jumpers.

“He’s our best player, he’s the face of the franchise and I think it’d be very difficult to find a scenario where he’d get traded,” Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said.

When asked whether he could see Walker being dealt, Hornets forward Nic Batum offered an incredulous “Nooooo,” all but saying he should be viewed as untouchable.

He didn’t say which players would be benched, but the starters currently consist of LeBron James, Kevin Love, Jae Crowder, JR Smith and Isaiah Thomas.

Smith was 0-for-7 on the night with two turnovers, while Thomas was 3-for-9 from the field and 0-for-2 in 3-pointers. However, he did make 8 out of 9 of his free-throw attempts.

LeBron James was the only shining spot in the night, posting 28 points with nine rebounds and 11 assists. Those 28 points pushed him past the 30,000 career points mark, making James the youngest player to achieve that feat.

“Tonight Erik was outstanding and our goalie was outstanding,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. “That’s what you get when the two most important players on the team are at their best, that’s when we’re at our best.”
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The biggest area where it’s been visible to coaches has been in Mahomes’ ability to recognize what the defense is throwing at him.

red_wings_011Henry, the second-year running back out of Alabama, had his coming-out game against the Chiefs and seems ready to take over as the No. 1 rusher for the Titans, which would mean DeMarco Murray’s time in Tennessee could be coming to an end this offseason. Henry is fresh off of a career-high performance, claiming 156 yards rushing on 23 carries with one touchdown — in addition to two receptions for 35 yards. It’s clear that Tennessee’s success on offense is directly related to the success of Mariota and Henry.

If a certain coach (looking at you, Jon Gruden) leaves ESPN to join the Raiders, perhaps there’s an immediate spot for Arians to fill in.

Whether he does or not, if somebody picks Arians up for TV, they’ll be getting a good one. It’s safe to say by his reaction in telling his players he was done — he puts everything he has into what he does.

Mahomes getting in his work, too. Of all the rookie quarterbacks, things seem to be quietest around Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. That makes sense since his chances of starting were probably bleakest of the four guys who were drafted in the first 50 picks. Coming from Texas Tech, his learning curve was steep, for sure, but he also landed with a playoff team that had a veteran going into his fifth year as starter there. And nothing has changed there, of course. Alex Smith will be Andy Reid’s starter next Thursday in Foxboro. But that doesn’t mean progress hasn’t come.

As one coach explained it to me, Mahomes would break the huddle in May and just see 11 defenders. At this point, in late August, he’s identifying the front, and the number of defensive backs and linebackers and defensive linemen on the field, while also taking steps in making protection calls.

Mike Shanahan had a great theory on this—he wanted to draft Russell Wilson [in 2012], because if something happened to Robert [Griffin], the transition would be clean and easy. So Kaepernick almost has to be in a place where they’ll build a system for him, and teams don’t do that for backups. That’s why his name never even came up here.”

NFL explains Kelvin Benjamin TD catch reversal in Bills-Patriots game

Those who don’t like the NFL’s interpretations of its rules on how to complete a catch are not happy about this one.

Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin appeared to complete a beautiful, 4-yard touchdown catch just before halftime of Buffalo’s 37-16 loss in New England on Sunday. The call on the field of a TD, however, was reversed upon replay review and ruled an incomplete pass.

NFL vice president of officiating Al Riveron ruled that when Benjamin gained control of the football, his left foot was not touching the ground.

CW: I think we looked at the angle where we had a foot drag early before he had control, and then we looked at when he had control and then we went back again to look at the feet. It was determined clearly that he was not able to get his second foot down after he had control.

Belichick was reportedly the main person behind the change, and although Belichick declined to address the matter on Monday in his weekly interview on WEEI, Brady offered insight into his relationship with Guerrero.

“I don’t have any comment on that other than to say Alex, it’s been well-documented, has been a huge part of what I do, and I’m so fortunate to have him not only as a friend, but with everything that we’ve been able to do together,” Brady told WEEI.

Brady added that Guerrero “has been a huge, huge reason” why he’s still playing at age 40.

Tension between Belichick and Guerrero date back to 2015, when reports said the Patriots’ medical and training staff were concerned Guerrero’s alternative treatments clashed with the team’s methods. According to the Globe, Belichick indicated to the training staff that his “hands were tied” because of Brady’s elite status on the team.

It’s already been entire year..Gwynn was playing a baseball video game with his kid.I have no problem reaching out to him.If we ‘t, I got to keep pitching.
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Dorial Green-Beckham arrested on DWI charge in Missouri

Free-agent wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested on Saturday in Missouri and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to the Missouri state highway patrol.

According to police, Green-Beckham was arrested in Greene County shortly before 3 a.m. CT. In addition to DWI, he was charged with failure to display valid plates and a window tint violation.

Green-Beckham, a 2015 second-round pick by the Tennessee Titans, was released by the Eagles after one season in July. Philadelphia acquired him from Tennessee in August 2016.

The 6-foot-5, 237-pound Green-Beckham finished 2016 with 36 catches for 392 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles.

Green-Beckham was not signed by another team after being released by Philadelphia, and he did not play in the NFL during the 2017 season.

It’s not that the NFL, with less than two months to play, is hard to predict now — it’s just that there are a lot of teams winning that we’re not used to see rolling over the competition so frequently. Teams like the Saints.

Expectations have been low at the time but he has paid big dividends.It was back and forth during the second set, but the Aggies secured the final point of the match with a final decision of 4.

The Bears were poised to take their game against the Lions to overtime. Mitchell Trubisky led the Bears on a touchdown drive to tie things up, and the Lions answered with a field goal. Trubisky got the Bears in field goal range, but Connor Barth’s kick went wide right, and the Bears lost 27-24.

The Ravens’ defense pulled off their second shutout of the season, handing the Packers a 23-0 loss in Lambeau Field. It happened exactly 11 years to the day after Green Bay’s last shutout loss at home.nike_redskins_2313

Washington has had multiple opportunities this season to leapfrog the Cowboys in the division and have failed at every turn.

DeMarcus Lawrence might be the Defensive Player of the Year — Lawrence had two sacks to increase his season total to an NFL-best 13 1/2. He was the catalyst for the Cowboys defensive front and has been the one constant this season. Even without defensive leader Sean Lee, the Cowboys defense dominated Washington’s beat-up offensive line. Lawrence was dinged up after David Irving’s huge hit on Cousins knocked the quarterback back into Lawrence.

On the other hand, Fox experienced an advertising windfall when MLB’s Astros-Dodgers World Series, and the Yankees-Astros American League Championship Series, both reached seven games. MLB TV networks typically budget for a five-game series, said a source. The ad dollars collected from six and seven game series is gravy.

Fox is far from the only sports TV network dealing with business challenges in the depressed sports TV environment. ESPN just laid off 150 staffers during the holiday season. Over two years, ESPN has pink-slipped 550 employees both in front of and behind the camera.

Browns coach Hue Jackson believes his team’s best chance to get its first win is for to force the ball into Brett Hundley’s hand. Despite not having Rodgers, the Packers have stayed alive in the playoff hunt because of their running game. The Browns defense will get back defensive tackle Danny Shelton and safety Jabrill Peppers from injury.

Pittsburgh is coming off a 40-17 thrashing of the Titans last Thursday. Things could be worse for the Packers on Sunday night. Green Bay was shut out at home for the first time since 2006 with last Sunday’s 23-0 loss to the Ravens.

The Packers are scoring 14 points fewer per game since losing Aaron Rodgers with a broken collarbone on Oct. 10. Coach Mike McCarthy will have to get creative against Pittsburgh’s second-ranked scoring defense.
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The Browns are coming off a bye, and the Lions played Monday night

The Chargers have seen Philip Rivers start for them in 194 consecutive games, but he’ll need to clear concussion protocol so they don’t need to turn to Kellen Clemens.

The Bengals will have A.J. Green in the lineup, and he along with Joe Mixon and Tyler Kroft in the passing game can make things interesting against a Titans defense that struggles in that area. But in the end, Marcus Mariota will outplay Andy Dalton with better support from his running game. Tennessee avoids another potential AFC North trap with a strong fourth quarter.

The Browns are coming off a bye, and the Lions played Monday night. But that combination won’t help Cleveland as the Browns make the short, Big Ten-like trek from Ohio to Michigan. Matthew Stafford is hot again and can dismantle the Browns’ pass defense. The Lions’ strong pass rush and secondary will do the rest against DeShone Kizer.

Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Woods was not a part of the Rams’ final offensive possession, as he had suffered a shoulder injury, and had been brought to the locker room. Woods was still being checked out during Sean McVay’s post-game press conference, so details were sparse at that time.

On Monday, McVay revealed that while the injury is not too serious, he will be out “a couple weeks,” per ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez.

Ben McAdoo is likely a dead man walking as the Giants head coach. Sunday’s halftime speech, or lack thereof, didn’t help as the Giants were throttled by the Rams to fall to 1-7 on the season.

While McAdoo had a hard time finding any words, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton probably needs a history refresher following his odd choice of words. The Texans are still weighing their quarterback options after rookie Deshaun Watson was lost for the season last week. 11