The Pittsburgh Steelers played into the 13th week of the 2016 National Football League season before even one of their players showed up on the injury report with a concussion. That’s more than 720 minutes of 11 players on each side of the ball engaging in periodic collisions — plus special teamers colliding at high speeds — and no one had to miss a game because of a head injury until the team made a Dec. 11 visit to Buffalo.
“I wasn’t even trying to cross-check him with a serious amount of force. A collision was gonna happen there, in the crease. When the play first starts, I think my stick’s at about his arm level, probably. Right about where the numbers are on the side of his jersey. Because he’s trying to make a play, he’s getting lower and lower, because he’s getting pressured trying to score. So the collision happened.”
Crosby, who was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy earlier Monday, has lost dozens of games in his otherwise remarkable career due to post-concussion syndrome in 2011 and two fractured vertebrae in his neck in 2012.
His latest concussion scare cost him the first six games of this past season. It was the third official concussion diagnosis of his career.
The injury-plagued Penguins were already without top defenseman Kris Letang and starting goalie Matt Murray before the series. Top-line forward Patric Hornqvist, winger Carl Hagelin and defenseman Brian Dumoulin all played in Game 3 but were game-time decisions, likely suiting up far less than 100 percent.
Though he’s had somewhat of a mercurial past, leaving the Predators for the KHL while in the middle of a contract years ago, Radulov is a world-class talent. He won the KHL’s most valuable Good Quality Cheap Jerseys player award three years running and four times overall before returning to the NHL last season Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys with the Canadiens, scoring 18 goals and 54 points.
Ducks rookie Ondrej Kase was elevated to a line with Getzlaf in game and it paid dividends when the 21-year-old netted the equalizer with 10:41 gone in the second period. It barely trickled through Rinne’s pads and across the goal line, but Kase will take the first goal of his young playoff career any way he can get Cheap Zach Parise Jerseys it.
Eastern Conference finals: Senators at Penguins, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN (Senators lead series 1-0) — Pittsburgh’s Game 1 performance, rife with missed opportunity and gifted goals, left a lot to be Design Cheap Jerseys desired. It didn’t help that captain Sidney Crosby managed one even-strength shot on goal, which didn’t come until 3:51 into overtime. How the defending champions respond to the scrappy Senators could set the tone for the rest of the series.
Trade rumors swirled around Eberle for the better part of two seasons, mainly due to his large contract — he has two years and $12 million remaining on the deal — and the Oilers need to lock up several of their young stars, including Leon Draisaitl, a restricted free agent this summer, and Connor McDavid, a RFA next year who is coming off winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s top player this past season.
Though the rumors did not necessarily impact his on-ice production, Eberle admitted to being happy when a trade was finally consummated Thursday.
“A trade has been talked about for a while now, I’m relieved to have it over with,” said the 27-year-old Eberle, who is coming off a 20-goal, 51-point season in 2016-17. “I’m looking for a fresh, new start.”
The Cavaliers are one of the few teams in the NBA that can pick teams apart without running anything fancy on offense. Simple actions like a 3–1 pick-and-roll between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving can send defenses into a tailspin. Similarly, clearing the floor for Irving to attack 1-on-1 while Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Channing Frye support him by spotting-up on the 3-point line puts defenses in an incredibly delicate situation.
Anthony has two years left on his contract, with an early termination option for a third. He is due to make $78 million in those years, and even with the leaps in payouts we’ve seen under the new television deal, he is not going to be worth it. Anthony turns 33 in May, and is in the midst of a third straight season of decline. His numbers are not terrible (21.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists) but his shooting is on the wane (42.1 percent from the field) and he is not the elite scorer he was. He’s not going to reverse that trend.
There is still the delusion that the Knicks could land players on the free agent market next summer, that maybe they will finally be able to lure Chris Paul to the East Coast to team with his good friend Anthony. But that’s a long shot, and even with those two, the Knicks would not be sure contenders. Given their recent history July after July, Knicks fans would be wise to temper any enthusiasm about signing a star.
And it’s unfortunate for Anthony. There are plenty of complaints about Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap his style of play, about his level of defense and willingness to pass. That’s all legitimate. But Anthony went to NBA Jerseys Cheap New York hoping to pave the way for other stars to join him. They never did, and they likely won’t start now. That’s the fault of the front office.
There’s already a leak in the roof of the Sacramento Kings’ new arena, their three-month old Golden One Center, but at least that can be fixed.
However, the Kings’ plans to give DeMarcus Cousins an extension worth around $207 million this coming summer is tantamount to laying a new foundation that’s tilted and being erected on grade-A quicksand. Before long there’ll be cracks in the foundation and the whole thing will cave in long before Cousins’ new deal runs out in 2022.
So how can the Kings knowingly build a team with a major structural flaw, Cousins’ well-known penchant for bullying coaches and teammates, clashing with the media and flying off the handle at the slightest disrespect? That’s easy: They’ve been losing for so long — it’s 10 straight losing records and lottery finishes — that they’ve become numb to Cousins’ infantile behavior.
But paying a King’s ransom to “Boogie” will be an epic mistake.
That doesn’t much matter. Here’s what one Western Conference scout said about the state of the Lakers: “If you made a list of the 20 best players who are 22 or under, I think you’d have to have all three of the Lakers’ young guys on there. They’re three of the best young guys in the league. There’s Super Cheap Jerseys Fans really not a lot of teams can say that, and I think a lot of mediocre teams would like Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys to swap rosters with the Lakers right now.”
Nets teammates Spencer Dinwiddie and Sean Kilpatrick played a combined 50 minutes but shot just 2 of 10 from the floor for a combined 12 points as Brooklyn lost its NBA-worst 33rd game.
When news broke late Friday that Kyrie Irving had requested a trade, it was reported the Cavs were given four preferred destinations: New York, Miami, Minnesota and San Antonio. While several teams have likely inquired about adding the All-Star guard, it looks like the Knicks and Timberwolves have become serious potential landing spots after appearing on Irving’s initial list.
Although Puig hasn’t boosted his OPS by much this season (.776), his ISO is 55 points higher (.208) than a year ago. He emphasized his 18 home runs is a credit to exhibiting extra commitment to his profession as well. Imagine that sort of pop coming from the No. 8 hole in a lineup; Roberts doesn’t have to.
The 26-year-old Puig now arrives earlier to the cages before each game, looking to maintain a consistent approach to his swing with hitting coach Turner Ward. He’s also on pace to mash a career-high 29 homers this season.
Bat flips are still clearly a part of his routine, though. Puig said he couldn’t imagine curbing his home run celebration, especially against the Marlins on July 14. After sending a three-run homer beyond the left-center wall to give his team a 6-4 lead in the ninth, Puig continued to parade his infamous move.
“It’s better to flip the bat than flip the finger,” Puig said. “This is baseball. You need to make something fun. You (the pitcher) strike me out and yell at me, that’s a Raiders Cheap Jerseys big moment for you.”
Moreover, Puig said his enthusiasm for the sport is a microcosm Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys of Los Angeles’ entire offensive juggernaut and an indication of this year’s postseason goals.