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Sweden beats Switzerland to retain world ice hockey title

Sweden capped a victorious run through the ice hockey world championship by edging Switzerland 3-2 on Sunday in the final after a penalty shootout to successfully defend its title.

Forward Filip Forsberg scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give Sweden a third world title in six years and 11th overall.

“We wanted to win the gold medal, and here we are,” Sweden forward Viktor Arvidsson said. “It’s unbelievable, especially for Filip. He’s a great player, one of our top players. It’s unbelievable to win with my teammates.”

“They were close to winning the whole championship. So, credit to them,” Sweden forward Magnus Paajarvi said.

Gustav Nyquist wristed a shot from the slot high into the net for Sweden to answer the Swiss opening goal by Nino Niederreiter.

Timo Meier scored a second-period, power-play goal to restore the one-goal advantage for Switzerland in the second.

Mika Zibanejad equalized on a power play from the point, forcing overtime.

“Prototypical [corner], fantastic athlete, great height, size, length, speed,” Richard said, via Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News. “Everything is there. He has a great attitude, working really hard from Day 1. I’m thrilled to be around him.”

While Richard coached Richard Sherman in Seattle, Jones is not trying to keep up with the Shermans.

“You have to develop your own style of play,” Jones said. “He has as different frame than me. I’m just trying to find my own style out there.”

Jimmy Butler missed time toward the end of the season due to injury, but he is healthy now and should resume his borderline top-10 value for next season.

Gordon Hayward had the most gruesome injury of the 2017-18 season five minutes into the campaign. His absence allowed his young teammates to flourish, but he should still return to an impact role that allows him to approximate his ranking of 33rd from the 2016-17 Player Rater.
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Cowboys planning big role for Tavon Austin

The Dallas Cowboys are planning to get the ball to Tavon Austin and utilize his skills much more than his previous team did.

After spending the first five seasons of his NFL career with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, Austin was traded to the Cowboys last month for a sixth-round draft pick.

Buffalo released Williams in early September 2017 and he quickly signed with the Broncos practice squad. The Saints continued to keep an eye on Williams based on previous scouting and eventually signed Williams away from the Broncos practice squad leading to Week 11 of the 2017 season.

That’s one of the reasons why we went ahead and signed him to our active roster, Payton said. We thought he had real good vision and balance.

With half a regular season and the entire offseason to absorb the Saints ‘ scheme, Williams should be ready if called upon. And Thomas, who coached Williams at Arkansas, believes the running back’s skill set translates well within the offensive scheme.

“I would be surprised if we don’t make some progress on this play,” McKay said. “The changes that you are going to look at will have a positive impact.”

So kickoffs received a reprieve for 2018, but it is clear the changes will have to make the play safer for kickoffs to remain a part of the game long term.

Watkins showed promise in Years 1 and 2, registering around 1,000 yards in each, but foot problems hindered his lauded speed and change-of-direction suddenness and, with turnover at quarterback, he never carved out a defined role.

Owners will vote on several significant changes to the kickoff at their May meetings as the league seeks to make the play safer.

Competition committee chairman Rich McKay said the changes, which came largely at the recommendation of special teams coaches who participated in the league’s two-day safety summit, would make kickoffs “much more of a punt play,” Kevin Seifert of ESPN reportsnike_colts_1362

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The Colts could take Nelson or Roquan Smith with this pick, assuming they stay put.

Nelson makes more sense to help protect Andrew Luck immediately. They are actively looking to trade back, and a team hoping to land Smith or Minkah Fitzpatrick might look here to get him.

Most expect this pick to be either Denzel Ward or James. The latter makes more sense for their current personnel, and he could be a plug-and-play impact safety.

The Bears are likely to take whichever Notre Dame offensive lineman is left on the board, with Nelson being the preferred choice. Tremaine Edmunds also is in play for this pick.

Another scenario that wouldn’t be a shock is if Carolina decides to trade back to grab a few more picks. With so many quarterbacks likely to come off the board early, it could motivate a team to move back into the late first round to make sure it gets QB it covets. This route would give the Panthers a few more picks to work with and likely allow them to still add a quality player.

“In this draft, at 24, we’ll probably get calls either way and what we do will depend on how the draft has gone at that point,” said Hurney. “All options are open.”

At least Emtman has a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown on his NFL resume, because that play, during his rookie season, was the highlight of his career. Injuries destroyed the remainder of Emtman’s tenure with the Colts, for whom he managed just five sacks in three seasons before he was released.

Klingler’s record-shattering college career made him a logical choice for the lowly Bengals early in the ’92 draft. But, after a few seasons and 24 rough starts, a shoulder injury all but ended his NFL career. Klingler won just four of the 24 starts he made in Cincinnati, which parted with him after the 1995 season.

With how the roster stands, a safety in one of the first three rounds seems like a must. Luckily for Carolina, there’s a solid stable of players in the top portion of this class that could fill that spot. Stanford’s Justin Reid should be on the short list for pick No. 24.

Reid’s versatility to work all over the field would be huge. His speed, intelligence and ball skills would give them a safety who can work deep in coverage and rack up takeaways. But his size (6-1, 200 pounds) and quickness also make him capable of playing all over the defense and stopping the run.
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Steelers schedule 2018: Pittsburgh faces familiar road in title hunt

The Steelers’ 2018 schedule is yet another first-place schedule to which the defending AFC North champions have become accustomed. That means Pittsburgh will get another shot at Jacksonville, which knocked the Steelers out of the playoffs in the divisional round last season.

In addition, the Steelers get the Patriots at home in a rematch of last year’s controversial finish at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh also faces the AFC West and NFC South. Le’veon Bell’s contract status might become a more urgent talking point once the dates on the Steelers’ tough schedule draw closer.

With Curry in the lineup this season, the Warriors went 41-10 while averaging 120.4 points per 100 possessions, which would be the best offensive rating over the past 20 seasons. With him off the floor, however, the Warriors were only 17-14 in the regular season and had an offensive efficiency that was right around the league average.

So before facing off with the San Antonio Spurs in the opening round, Kerr made some modifications. One of the more noticeable adjustments was allowing Durant to initiate the offense.

“I wouldn’t use the word ‘restructured’ [offense]; I would say ‘refine’ is a better word because we’re not doing anything that we haven’t done all year,” Kerr said. “It’s more that we’re focusing on certain things, certain sets. Obviously, Kevin has the ball in his hands more. Andre [Iguodala] and Shaun [Livingston] are handling the ball more than usual, but we’re still doing the same things in terms of ball movement and spacing and pace, trying to make good decisions and then getting the ball to Klay [Thompson] and KD as often as we can.”

However, instead of pocketing the money, the Steelers tackle decided to donate the money to various charities in Pittsburgh and the other AFC North cities of Cleveland, Baltimore and Cincinnati, USA Today reported, citing sources.

According to the report, Villanueva began researching charities to send the money to once he received it. Among the causes are school systems, Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson’s charity, Baltimore-area police officers and first responders and to the city of Cleveland.

In total, Villanueva donated to 20 charities and causes.

After he became a sensation for standing in the tunnel at Soldier Field, Villanueva said he was uncomfortable with the attention and refused to be dragged into the anthem debate.

“To use me as a tool to push an agenda and push message is completely unacceptable,” he said in October. “I respect every single player in the NFL. Every single citizen has their rights. I am not into the politics of the game. I’m just a football player.”
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Bruce Arians: Cardinals should take Lamar Jackson and not look back

If Bruce Arians was still the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, you can bet he’d be banging on the table — hard, we might add — for general manager Steve Keim to draft Lamar Jackson to be the quarterback of the future.

Nowadays, Arians is working on becoming an NFL analyst. He recently spoke with Bob McManaman of AZCentral Sports and made it clear that Arizona, which has the No. 15 overall pick, shouldn’t hesitate to spend that pick on Jackson.

The Golden Knights, especially the Marchessault-William Karlsson-Reilly Smith line, dictated the pace of play against the Kings. This could be the weak point if they match up against a team like San Jose or Winnipeg. The Sharks and Jets have been feasting on high-leverage chances, with 29 and 35 respectively. Still, Vegas opened the season at long odds, and now they’ll be one of the final eight teams left. The Golden Knights have the skill to win it all. At this point, I expect to see the Stanley Cup at Cirque du Soleil this June.

His play drew crowds where there had been none and caught the attention of the NFL’s greatest coach. While some compared Agganis to Sid Luckman and Sammy Baugh, Brown merely said Agganis would succeed Graham.

Brown offered Agganis $50,000 to join the Browns, according to a bio on The Agganis Foundation website, but Agganis turned it down.

He decided instead to join the Boston Red Sox for less money, saying he had proven himself in football and he wanted to prove himself in baseball.

The tale took place in a different era in the NFL. The draft was not the colossal show it is now, and research on players was minuscule compared to today. But Agganis is a cautionary tale both about first-round picks and about quarterbacks. Even with the smartest minds at work, it sometimes does not work out, and the Browns have proven that in their 67 years in the NFL.

Nicky Delmonico (L), 2 percent, Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics (RHP Daniel Mengden): It’ll be interesting to see if the timing of the White Sox is affected by the team’s long layoff. Delmonico has settled into the five-hole against right-handers, sporting a nice .862 OPS early.
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After a recent rash of arrests for Jets players, the team’s owner said he is standing by the players.

Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson said Sunday he believes the team should support wide receiver Robby Anderson and linebacker Dylan Donahue, who were both recently arrested.

“I’m really disappointed, but I think these guys deserve the support of the team,” Johnson said at the NFL league meetings. “They deserve a second chance. We have a really good support system at the team. I think we can help these guys. My patience isn’t infinite. I expect these guys to straighten up and I’m going to talk to them about that.”

Anderson has been arrested twice in the last year. His latest arrest came in January when he was pulled over for speeding and arrested after he resisted arrest. The police report said he allegedly threatened to sexually assault the police officer’s wife.

Johnson was asked what he would tell a parent who purchased an Anderson No. 11 jersey for their child.

Johnson said he’s confident the Jets will do “something special” with the No. 3 pick.

“I’m hoping so,” he said when asked if this is seminal moment in franchise history. “We’ll know a little bit more as we get past the draft. I don’t think we’ll know for sure until we’ve had a few games under our belt, don’t you think? Speaking as a fan, which I am first, I think this is a really exciting time in the history of the Jets.”

“While I take full responsibility for this suspension, I want to clarify that my test showed traces of a banned stimulant from a pre-workout supplement bought over the counter,” Mauro said in a statement. “While I didn’t and would never intentionally put anything in my body that was a banned substance, I wholeheartedly honor and respect the NFL’s drug testing policy and I take full accountability. I want to thank the entire Giants organization for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to compete and help bring another championship to such a storied franchise. I look forward to overcoming this adversity I’ve ultimately brought upon myself and will do everything I can to contribute to this team winning football games.”

Mauro followed new Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher from the Cardinals. He is expected to compete for a starting job on the defensive line.
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NFL passes rule to prevent helmet-to-helmet hits, but it could lead to more controversy

The NFL’s effort to make football safer was expanded Tuesday by league owners who voted to approve a rule that seeks to take head-first collisions out of the game.

Discussions about curbing the worst collisions in the sport led to the drafting of a new rule that quickly went to a vote.

The exact verbiage and application of the rule won’t be finalized until the next NFL owners meeting in May. It won’t mirror college football’s targeting rule exactly, but it’s a concerted effort to change the way football is changed at all levels.

Which is more likely for Ohtani in 2018: hitting 20 home runs or winning 10 games

In my mind, I think it’ll struggle, Dallas Cowboys COO Stephen Jones, a member of the competition committee, said earlier this week. There’s reasons for it. I certainly understand it. It’s certainly a big penalty. But at the same time, what we don’t want to see is more and more intentional pass interferences where players are tackling guys and things of that nature to keep them from scoring. The Jets proposed that all defensive pass interference fouls should warrant a 15-yard penalty unless the contact is intentional and egregious, which would instead be a spot foul.

I thought Harvey attacked the strike zone pretty good, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. Thought it was interesting to see him go out and compete like that. Good job by him.

Jerry Blevins (1-0) retired Odubel Herrera with two on to end the sixth. Seth Lugo followed with two perfect innings , striking out four.

Lively gave up six hits and walked one as the Phillies fell to 1/3 in Kapler’s first season at the helm. The right-hander struck out five.

Belichick’s trade history isn’t enough alone to call this one a win for the Patriots, but given that he managed to rent a star wide receiver for a year at the cost of a sixth-round pick when other teams are paying premiums to bring in backups, it’s pretty clear that the greatest coach in league history is on another level altogether.patriots_095

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Report: Jaron Brown visiting Seahawks

Per the KHOU.com report: “NRG Security personnel, including the 66-year-old disabled victim, told Bennett he had to use a different entrance for field access. Instead, he pushed through them, including the elderly woman who was part of the security team.”

News that the Raiders were releasing Michael Crabtree signaled the team had a deal for his replacement in Nelson. Oakland will clear $7.7 million in cap space by cutting Crabtree.

Nelson, 32, averaged a career-worst 9.1 yards per catch with only six touchdowns last season with Aaron Rodgers missing nine-plus games. The Packers released him earlier this week after agreeing to terms with tight end Jimmy Graham.

Nelson was scheduled to make $9.25 million in base salary and count $12.5 million against the Packers’ cap. Green Bay asked him to take a pay cut before his release.

In nine seasons in Green Bay, Nelson made 550 catches for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns.

The three-year deal signed by receiver Sammy Watkins with the Chiefs is as simple as a contract can be. The details appear below.

The deal also has a $10,000 workout bonus this year, along with $250,000 workout bonuses in 2019 and 2020.

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But it’s all. I know he is athletic player, but I’t know what the Reds were thinking if he was actually the one the trade proposal.Pass to Staal.Whatever the Nuggets decide to do, there are pros and cons to adding Millsap.He showed nothing the preseason, completing 15-of-31 passes for 132 scoreless yards and two picks.Upton use his birth name this after going by B.J., short for Bossman — his father Manny’s nickname –.

“I gave this city everything I had,” Pouncey said. “I’m heartbroken.”
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NBA wrap: Rockets close gap on Warriors by beating tough Heat squad

Maybe Rockets center Clint Capela was on to something.

The Rockets used some late-game heroics Monday night from guards James Harden and Chris Paul to defeat a tough Heat team in Houston, 99-90.

Harden broke an 88-88 tie with a 29-foot 3-pointer at the 3:06 mark, and he and Paul later hit contested jumpers inside the arc to seal the win for the Rockets (33-12).

Harden finished with 28 points, and Paul and Eric Gordon added 16 apiece.

Ricky Rubio had twice as many turnovers (four) as points (two) in the Utah’s 104-90 loss to the Hawks. He hit only one of his eight shots from the floor.

The Bulls and Pelicans had a strange finish to regulation in New Orleans. The Pelicans were headed for the win until Bulls guard Justin Holiday got fouled on a shot he didn’t get off before the buzzer. But after Holiday tied the game with two of three free throws, watch how close Pelicans star Anthony Davis came to winning the game on a full-court heave.

Cavaliers (27-18) at Spurs (30-18) at 8 p.m. ET — Remember how the Cavaliers went on a tear most of November and December, winning 18 of 19? Since that hot streak ended, they’ve dropped 10 of 14. That’s a perfect illustration of how Cavs have either been very good or bad this season, so who knows which team will show up in San Antonio. LeBron is seven points away from 30,000 career points but it’s the Spurs who are looking to rev up their offense with young point guard Dejounte Murray now starting in place of veteran Tony Parker.

Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been identified as potential make-weights in any proposed deal.

Jordan, 29, is averaging 11.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per game. The Cavs have struggled in the paint this season, so Jordan’s physical presence and elite rebounding could eradicate that weakness.

Williams, also with the Clippers, is averaging 23.2 points per game this season after scoring 50 in a game earlier this month. He is a proven elite scorer off the bench or in the starting lineup.

But plays like this make it clear how long he still has to go:

It would be nice for Adebayo to develop into the type of big man who can attack mismatches in the post, but it won’t necessarily prevent him from reaching his full potential as an offensive player it he doesn’t.packers_005

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Helmets collide on every play in football, especially on the offensive and defensive lines.

Even making a tackle often results in a completely legal collision of helmets because ball carriers often lean forward or duck their head before impact.

In Super Bowl 52, New England Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks was taken to the locker room after a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit left him motionless on the turf. It did not draw a penalty, because he had established himself as a runner.

College football’s targeting rule reads as follows:

No one really expected Owens to play in the Super Bowl. Multiple medical experts even said that if he were to play and get hit in the leg the wrong way, it could end his career.

“Nobody in this room knew I was going to play this game,” Owens said after the game via ESPN. “Nobody knew but me.”

Owens also touched on the perception people had of him — that he was a diva, that he wanted the attention — throughout the situation.

It was supposed to show us where this strange rabbit hole — one that has felt increasingly like a graphic novel by Hunter S. Thompson — ends. It was supposed to reveal who, or what, Croc represents. Brady told me that himself on Tuesday, when I camped out at his press conference and asked him about it.

Instead, the Patriots lost the Super Bowl, and we didn’t get any answers. But even if they’d won, and a post had gone up, I still don’t think we would’ve. I don’t think these guys had any clue what they were doing. I’m pretty sure they backed themselves into a narrative corner. My theory all season has been that these posts started as a way to see how weird Brady could get before Patriots fans started wondering what was going on.

New York Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis said late Tuesday night he’s ready to tackle the lengthy rehab ahead in the wake of his season-ending ACL tear.

“He was down when he first got the news, but then he instantly switched to, ‘I’ve got to take on this new journey. I’m ready for it,'” teammate Courtney Lee said after speaking to Porzingis late on Tuesday.
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