NHL playoff schedule 2017: Ducks look to flip the script in Edmonton while Predators host Blues

Game 3 brings a change of venue to both Western Conference series.
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The Predators were undefeated at home against Chicago last series — and were undefeated in the playoffs until their 3-2 loss to the Blues on Friday — but will have a bigger challenge welcoming St. Louis into their barn. Vladimir Tarasenko made his presence known in Game 2, scoring twice to even the series for the Blues.

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He doesn’t like to push the ball, it’s just not his nature. He’s gotten by in the halfcourt his whole life because his handle is so good, he never felt the urgency to press the ball, whereas most guys develop their game as to what they need to do to succeed. Ky never had to do that. So when you’re explaining to him why it’s important to push the pace and I think he was reluctant to do that, because, well, because I can get mine regardless’. Well, it’s not necessarily about you. So I think where he’s grown and evolved is he’s starting to figure that out.

There’s days where he’s as good as any player in the league at his position. And there’s days where he’s the 198th-some best player adjusted plus/minus player. And there’s days where the defensive quintile that [our analytics department] has him in looks real. There’s days where, when he’s highly motivated to do it, you realize he’s special. His hands are lightning quick, his feet are lightning quick. When he wants to, he can do whatever he wants. Fortunately for us, we’re found that in the playoffs we tend to get the best of him.

Padres fan injured after Hector Sanchez’s bat goes into the stands

In the ninth inning, Padres catcher Hector Sanchez lost hold of his bat and it went flying into the stands. The bat hit a nearby fan in the head and the game was temporarily on hold until medical staff treated the fan for injuries. The staff bandaged her head and walked her away from her seat.

The presumption has been, by and large, that that new goalie would come from free agency, and that’s certainly the most likely outcome. Within the context of this exercise, the question becomes whether there’s a team out there that looks like it might lose a good goalie in expansion, and whether they’d be willing to deal one to the Flyers before that happens. It’d have to be one who’s not under contract for a whole lot longer, but there may be some options.

What can they do? The list of teams that have obvious expansion-related goalie targets isn’t long, but it’s out there.

The most talked-about example is in Pittsburgh, where Marc-Andre Fleury’s NMC is standing in the way of their protecting Matt Murray, but again, a deal with the Flyers will never happen there anyways.
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Detroit will probably expose Jimmy Howard, and while he’s old (33) and kind of expensive ($5.29 million cap hit per year), he’s only under contract for two more seasons and is coming off of a strong albeit injury-plagued season, and perhaps you could get Detroit to hold some salary in a trade for him.

Elite Youth Phillip Dorsett Jersey Jaroslav Halak will be available from the Islanders, and while he’s coming off of a down-year, he’s had good flashes in the not-so-distant past and is only under contract for one more season. Current backups in places like San Jose, Washington, and Boston could be worth a dice roll, as well.

The Packers led off the round when they took Kevin King

While his talent is undeniable, questions about his NFL career persist. The defensive lineman has arthritis in his shoulders, a condition neither Allen nor his doctors are particularly concerned about affecting his career.

The previous 16 teams who passed up on Allen could live to regret passing up the former Alabama standout in due time; it’s not often you hear someone described as “what would happen if Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett and Buccaneers three technique Gerald McCoy had a baby.”

Allen has the talent and wherewithal to start from day one. No matter where he lands in Washington’s rotation, he’ll carry himself well. Allen’s leadership was well documented at Alabama, and he’s been an ambassador for the program even after playing his final snap for Nick Saban.

The Packers led off the round when they took Kevin King, the cornerback from Washington. The Browns finally got their quarterback, taking DeShone Kizer from Notre Dame with the 52nd pick.

The third round featured a full 43 picks, compared to just 32 spots for the previous two rounds. That’s because teams have compensatory picks starting in the third round. These are the picks tacked onto the end of each round as a compensation for the free agents they lost the year before.

The draft wraps up April 29 with the final four rounds, officially concluding when the Denver Broncos name 2017’s Mr. Irrelevant with the 253rd pick of the event.

You can follow all the action, pick by pick, with our handy post here. We’ll update it throughout Saturday’s final rounds.

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LSU’s Malachi Dupre could be a 7th round steal for the Packers

Malachi Dupre found a spot in the 2017 NFL Draft, getting selected by the Green Bay Packers just a handful of selections before the end of the seventh round with the No. 247 selection.

During the former blue-chip’s three-year stint in Baton Rouge, he only hauled in 98 passes for 1,609 yards and 14 touchdowns, numbers nearly matched in 2016 alone by Western Michigan’s Corey Davis and Clemson’s Mike Williams, who are considered the draft’s top two prospects.

The incident occurred in May of 2013, and Washington pleaded guilty in April of 2014. Washington allegedly pushed the woman with two hands, causing her to fall and break her collarbone.

He missed the entirety of 2014 due to a suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Washington’s suspension was considered indefinite, with the player needing to petition the NFL for reinstatement in May 2015. The league was waiting until that point to address the domestic violence issue. Washington told Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 that he had not failed or missed a drug test during his suspension last year.

Washington also missed four games in 2013 for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, which contributed to the length of his punishments.

Limited Kids Portland Trail Blazers Jersey Now Washington is 30 and hasn’t played for the Cardinals since the 2013 season, meaning it could be an uphill climb for the linebacker to ever make a roster again, let alone make an impact.

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I just dont see a thing Ramczyk currently does better than Robinson

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It was usually too easy for him in the games that I watched, but I dont think he will have any problem finding challenges on Sundays.

And let me be clear on something: when I say a couple of loafs, I mean exactly that. I only had Robinson with two in four games. And in only one of those instances did his guy make the play. In fact, not many guys that Robinson blocked made many plays, just fyi. Im the #GetOffMyLawn guy when it comes to hustling, and I didnt see much about Robinsons effort to get mad at.

If you can get Robinson to play just a tad bit harder all the time, you probably will have a a perennial All-Pro left tackle. But hell, even with some of the effort issues here and there, Robinsons tape simply blows Ramczyks tape out the damn water!

Game Charles Johnson Jersey I just dont see a thing Ramczyk currently does better than Robinson, aside from not getting arrested. I dont see Ramczyk having nearly as high a ceiling. I cant find a rationale for picking Ramczyk over Robinson, but its not my pick.

Letting Josh Norman walk as a free agent last year was a bold stand against overpaying the cornerback position, but replacing him wasnt easy. With Lattimore, the Panthers get the top cornerback in the class as long as he can stay healthy. In the second round, Carolina adds a pair of weapons for Cam Newton to work with, even if they arent wide receivers. Kamara can split carries with Jonathan Stewart, and Engram can allow the Panthers to run two tight end sets with more effectiveness than what Ed Dickson provides.

Trier and Ayton will be surrounded by a quality cast.

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The big get for Arizona next season is center DeAndre Ayton, who enters college as either the No. 1 or No. 2 recruit in the country depending on which outlet you like best. Ayton very much looks the part of a basketball unicorn: Hes a 7-footer who can stroke jumpers and has the lateral quickness to defend the perimeter. Ayton also boasts a 75 wingspan that should make him an intimidating rim protector, too.

Jermey Parnell Kids Jersey Trier and Ayton will be surrounded by a quality cast. Point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright and center Dusan Ristic will return as seniors. Brandon Randolph is a four-star freshman who will help on the wing, while Ira Lee is a four-star power forward who will add depth inside. There’s also Dylan Smith, a transfer from UNC-Asheville who will make his debut next season. And there is always the chance Alkins could return.

(Ah yes, a PODIUM GAME, for those who dont know: in the playoffs, they have press conferences for the stars, plus any players who have abnormally good performances and would attract an excessive amount of media attention in the post-game open locker room. Stephenson played well enough to deserve a podium appearance, although in this case, it appears he did his media in the locker room.)

Stephenson finished with 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting in 27 minutes, plus seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.

Here’s how LeBron James’ beef with Lance Stephenson began

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers will meet in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, which means one thing and one thing only:

LeBron James vs. Lance Stephenson: The Next Chapter.

It wasn’t too long ago that the Cavaliers actually worked Stephenson out as a prospect to join the team midseason. James had no qualms with the team potentially signing a past enemy.

“I got a history with Lance, too, obviously,” he said, according to ESPN. “I just want to win, man. That’s all that matters to me. I got no personal problems with nobody.”

“C.J. took it upon himself,” George said during his post-game press conference. “I’m confident in all my guys taking shots, that’s not the issue. But in that situation like that, I’ve gotta get that.”

George gave the ball up after LeBron James came with a double team at the top of the three-point line.

But there were at least four seconds remaining after he made that pass. He even ran at Miles calling for the ball, but Miles dribbled in the opposite direction before pump-faking and missing a look at a game-winning buzzer beater.

PG said he spoke to Miles and told him he needs to take that last shot, according to Scott Sargent at Waiting For Next Year. George gave the ball up to get it back.

“I was asking for it,” George said. “I was trying to give it up to force them to scramble to the open man so I could get it back. At that time, it’s not enough seconds on the clock for them to try to double team again.”
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Ex-Lions WR Titus Young reportedly sentenced to 4 years in prison

The former Lions wide receiver has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading no contest to assault stemming from a 2016 incident, TMZ Sports reported.

Young was arrested in connection with a fight involving his neighbor last January in Los Angeles and was charged with felony battery with serious bodily injury.

He had been serving five years’ probation after he pleaded no contest to felony battery in April 2015 that stemmed from a separate incident nine months earlier in which Young attacked his then-attorney and broke the man’s nose. The sentence also included one year in jail, but Young was given credit for time served and released.
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Young, 27, was selected by Detroit in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft but got cut after two seasons following multiple disciplinary incidents. Following his release, the troubled wideout was arrested three times in one week in May 2013 and racked up 11 different charges.

Rodgers father, Ed Rodgers, told the New York Times earlier this year that the quarterback hadn’t spoken to family members since he started dating Munn in 2014.

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Nikita Zaitsev returns to Leafs in Game 3 against Capitals

Mens Carson Tinker Jersey Zaitsev took a hard but clean hit from Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets in Toronto’s regular-season finale April 9 and has been out since. He skated for a third straight day Monday morning, and Leafs head coach Mike Babcock confirmed the Russian blueliner would be back for Game 3 against the Washington Capitals. The series is tied 1-1.

Geno Smith Womens Jersey The timing couldn’t be better after the Leafs lost veteran defenseman Roman Polak in Game 2. He suffered a leg injury and is done for the playoffs.

Zaitsev averaged 22:01 minutes per game during the regular season, second only to Morgan Rielly on the Leafs.
The sport’s four majors and the Players Championship have been in a sort of payout arms race for the last few years, raising their financials in an effort to outduel one another in prestige. The Masters’ $11 million purse is the largest in the history of at least this event. The same goes for the $1.9 million payout for first place.

Entering the Masters, the leader in PGA Tour money this year was world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who’s not playing in the Masters because of a back injury.

2017 college football spring practice schedule: Start dates and spring games

Oh, it’s time to go sit in some midday sun in early spring and pretend like the football we’re watching is actually the real thing. Yes, that’s right: It’s spring practice.

Elite Kids Marcus Gilchrist Jersey Some schools, like Duke, start spring ball ridiculously early, in the beginning of February. Others opt for later in the calendar, like Oregon, which doesn’t start things off until late March.

Spring practice start and end dates for most of the FBS are below, and we’ll maintain this table as more dates roll in. For the vast majority of programs, the final day of spring practice is the team’s “spring game,” but a few programs don’t hold them, and their structures can vary. This table includes teams’ last spring practice dates:

Matt Ryan has been exceptional throughout much of his time in Atlanta. His last four games, however, have been among the worst in his career. Ryan had three interceptions on the season going into the matchup against the Cardinals in Arizona, and since that time he has thrown nine interceptions total against Arizona, Carolina and Tampa Bay.
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Matt Ryan, in the grand scheme, is an excellent quarterback. Over the last four games in particular, however, Ryan is part of the problem. Ryan’s struggles aren’t occurring in a vacuum. Poor performances along the offensive line have dramatically impacted Ryan’s game, forcing him to develop a quicker release. Poor pass protection has also limited the vertical passing game. Ryan does not have enough time in the pocket for his receivers to run deep routes.

J.R. Ella of Canal Street Chronicles notes that the Saints have a strong defense for the first time in a long time, which will certainly be an issue for the hobbled Falcons: