Should the Ottawa Senators consider trading Erik Karlsson?

Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: To set the scene: Karlsson recently told the Ottawa Sun that he’s not going to give the Senators a hometown discount when he hits unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2019. This sparked some league-wide speculation about his future in Ottawa, with “Hockey Night In Canada” analyst Nick Kypreos saying Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was upset over the declaration and Elliotte Friedman reporting that the Senators asked Karlsson for his list of approved teams for a trade — something he said was procedural, but no less intriguing.

The Jets can smirk at all the predictions about tanking and going winless, but they’ll also have to live with the chances they let get away, and the bad breaks they got, that might have them in playoff contention. This is a good break, though; the Broncos are hopeless at quarterback, and as long as that continues, they have almost no chance of beating anybody.

But the Vikings have proved they can win at home or on the road this season, despite suffering massive injuries. Running backs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon have picked up the slack for injured rookie Dalvin Cook, and they could both be heavily utilized against Carolina’s tough defense.

The Panthers are fighting for their playoff lives, but the Vikings have a great chance at making things more difficult for Carolina by stealing a road win.

Here are some more Week 14 questions:

What are the odds бн the Rams hand the Eagles their second straight West Coast loss?

Philadelphia crashed back to earth last week with a sloppy loss at Seattle. Carson Wentz and company struggled to find the same rhythm they’d enjoyed during their long winning streak, but they have a chance to turn the tables back in their favor against the Rams this week.chargers_024-180x180

Nonetheless, what James has accomplished this season is remarkable.

Though age is the better predictor of a player’s decline than years in the league or mileage, there is some evidence that a heavier load of minutes can accelerate the aging process. Nobody has faced a heavier load than James. Having already passed Jordan’s career total, he recently jumped Shaquille O’Neal to move into 24th in career minutes played during the regular season. Only Tim Duncan has played more minutes than James in the playoffs.

The Saints have Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. The Falcons have Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. At this point, it’s easier to trust the dominant dynamic backfield duo of 2017 over the one from ’16. Drew Brees also has been playing better than Matt Ryan all season, and, for some reason, Atlanta doesn’t have much of an advantage in its new home. New Orleans can smell the NFC South title and will keep up the divisional momentum after ripping Carolina.

Trubisky not a fan of being embarrassed: If Garoppolo plays next week, it will be against the Bears, who were crushed, 31-3, by the 10-1 Eagles, a blowout that rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is looking to use as motivation. “Hopefully we just bounce back from that,” he said. “I know I don’t like getting embarrassed, and hopefully everyone else feels that same way.”

McVay gets Kroenke’s vote: There are plenty of strong candidates, but it’s no surprise who would get Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s Coach of the Year vote after they moved to 8-3 with a 26-20 win over the Saints. “I don’t know how you could keep him out of the conversation,” Kroenke said. “[Philadelphia’s Doug Pederson] has done a great job, but they did better than we did last year.”nike_chargers_546-180x180

The first pass came with under 9 minutes left in the second quarter

The Arizona Diamondbacks. While everyone is focused on the ticking clocks in the Orioles’ and Nationals’ front offices because Manny Machado and Bryce Harper will become free agents next winter, the Snakes have to deal with the fact that Paul Goldschmidt is under club control for just two more seasons.

The Patriots failed to record to ninth straight win in Miami on Monday night, being denied for now a ninth straight AFC East title. The focus turns to the top seed in the AFC playoffs with a short-week trip to Pittsburgh.

The Eagles showed their resolve after Carson Wentz went down, rallying around Nick Foles to knock off the Rams. It’s not all gloom and doom for what still is the NFC’s best team.

Army completed its only pass, a 20-yard wobbler from Bradshaw to Calen Holt, midway through the third quarter.

The weather made one of sports’ biggest rivalries an even more physical contest. Army’s all-white uniforms — a nod to the 10th Mountain Division of World War II — served as almost camouflage in the snow.

Perry was the star through three quarters. Getting the start at quarterback ahead of Zach Abey, his long touchdown run in the second quarter was his third rushing TD of more than 65 yards this season.

When the Panthers are hitting on all cylinders around Cam Newton, as they were against the Vikings, they are extremely hard to beat. Their main issue this season has been staying consistent against good and bad opponents.lakers_011

Three takeaways from Vikings’ win over Falcons

Atlanta missed six shots and committed two turnovers during that stretch before Schroder’s layup with 9:53 left. The Hawks outscored the Knicks 7-2 to cut the margin to 84-82 with 9:04 to go.

Injured guard Isaiah Thomas, out all season with a torn labrum in his right hip, participated in 3-on-3 drills on Monday.

Lue did not provide an update on Thomas’ expected timeline. The Cavs say Thomas will be playing in games by the end of the month, barring any setbacks.

“The biggest thing is just to make sure he’s 100 percent,” Lue said. “We’re not trying to rush him back, and that’s the biggest key, so he doesn’t have any setbacks.”

Lue didn’t commit to a specific game Thomas could make his debut in.

Here we look at some of the best headlines from Sunday’s slate.

Terrell tries to give some perspective: After the Chiefs’ defense fell apart in a 38-31 loss to the Jets, safety Steven Terrell tried to put things in perspective. “As bad as it seems right now, it could always be worse,” Terrell said. Maybe Terrell thought his words would comfort Chiefs fans, but they are likely to do the opposite. It could be worse, and after seeing the Chiefs lose six of their last seven, Kansas City fans probably will expect worse.

Ravens running back Alex Collins broke out in a big way, rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown and hauling in two passes for 46 yards. In all honesty, Collins should have had three TDs on the night if it wasn’t for Javorius Allen vulturing two of them. Collins used his speed against a banged up Steelers defense, which look nothing like the fourth-best unit in the league.panthers_117

Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Grizzlies in OT

Yet Wieneke came along when Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp was already on his way to setting all the big receiving records. Then with Kupp off to the NFL this year, Wieneke hasn’t quite had the senior season as teammate Dallas Goedert, the tight end whom most NFL Draft analysts say will be the first selected from the FCS next spring.

But with Goedert sidelined by an ankle injury early in Saturday’s quarterfinal-round playoff game against New Hampshire, Wieneke had a Kupp-like performance. Or was it just Wieneke being Wieneke as he caught two touchdowns, had the first rushing score of his career and totaled 188 yards from scrimmage in the No. 5-seeded Jackrabbits’ 56-14 blowout at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings.

The NFL commissioner’s job, perhaps the most powerful position in the business of American professional sports, seemed impervious to any threat, especially the ones of Goodell’s own making.

He survived Bountygate. It was rough for a time, but he made it through the Ray Rice scandal. He skated through Deflategate too, coming out of that with even more legal precedent supporting his disciplinary powers as commissioner.

It was a big day for Everson Griffen, and it wasn’t just because of the Vikings’ Thanksgiving game against the Lions.

The Vikings’ defensive end took a video before the game announcing the arrival of his new baby. royals_012

Former Falcons player officiated Saints-Falcons game

Thursday night’s Saints-Falcons game ended with New Orleans coach Sean Payton charging onto the field to yell at an official, and he later ripped the officiating as “extremely poor” and “inconsistent.”

Sunday, the NFL confirmed to NBC Sports that one of the officials on that crew is a former Falcons player. Phil McKinnely, who played five seasons as an offensive lineman/tight end with Atlanta from 1976 through 1980, worked as the down judge for the game.

The Saints were flagged 11 times for 87 yards Thursday night, while the Falcons were penalized four times for 35 yards.

“Obviously, looking back through it, I thought the officiating was extremely poor, inconsistent would be a good way to put it, and I thought that had a lot to do with the way this game ended,” Payton said after the game.

The NFL is reportedly reviewing Payton’s conduct in going onto the field to yell at an official late in the game.

“Coach McAdoo told me I could continue to start while Geno and Davis are given an opportunity to play,” Manning said. “My feeling is that if you are going to play the other guys, play them. Starting just to keep the streak going and knowing you won’t finish the game and have a chance to win it is pointless to me, and it tarnishes the streak. Like I always have, I will be ready to play if and when I am needed. I will help Geno and Davis prepare to play as well as they possibly can.”

His future will include rooting like crazy for the Oregon Ducks and, having been a Top 40 AM radio DJ in high school, perhaps some voice work.

Scott also can look back on all the games he did: Among them, he was the plate umpire for Scott Erickson’s no-hitter, he worked a season-opening series in Australia, and was the last umpire to eject hot-tempered manager Billy Martin.
panthers_021

“He’s getting buzz as the guy,” an Adidas source said at the time the company was pitching Fox.

“Fox is the guy!” an Under Armour source texted just before their pitch meeting, perfectly on cue.

Every major brand expressed strong interest in Fox, who had been the face of Kentucky for the one season he was there and was widely perceived as potentially the fastest player in the NBA — a talent that appealed to sneaker companies, which had to make their pitches before knowing where 2017’s top prospects would land in the draft.

His overnight arrest was first reported by Pro Football Talk.

The Dolphins said they were promoting running back De’Veon Smith from the practice squad to take Maualuga’s roster spot.

Miami signed Maualuga, 30, to a one-year deal during training camp in August after he played eight years for the Bengals, including two seasons with current Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke.

The good news is, with the bye week to hit the playbook and game film, plus the full assistance from both coach Mike McCarthy and Rodgers, Hundley will be in a much better position to succeed in his second pro start and beyond.

That is, assuming the Packers help their young backup quarterback with an offense that maximizes his strengths and limits his weaknesses.

Few teams in the NFL are better than the Packers at managing injuries, big and small. Unlike in 2013, the first time Rodgers had to miss time with a broken collarbone, Hundley carries more upside than Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace did.
nike_steelers_2103

Mariota is having a solid, mostly healthy year, too, but it has not been spectacular enough.

The Philadelphia Eagles scored 30 unanswered second-half points and cruised to a 37-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Dallas led 9-7 at halftime but Philadelphia tallied touchdowns on its first three drives in the second half to pull away.

“This is a Hall of Famer initiative,” Shestakofsky said. “That being said, we were aware of it.”

Morgan spent most of his 22-year career with the Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros franchise. Along with Pete Rose and Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Tony Perez, Morgan helped the Reds win back-to-back World Series championships in 1975 and 1976. Cincinnati also reached the World Series in 1972, Morgan’s first year with the Reds.

Morgan was the National League MVP in 1975 and 1976 and was named an All-Star in each of his eight seasons with the Reds. He was a .271 career hitter with 268 home runs, 1,133 RBIs, 1,650 runs scored and 689 stolen bases, 11th most in baseball history.

The Jags made a great decision to carry Wash over from Gus Bradley’s staff. The stockpiling of talent through the draft and free agency has paid off, as the NFL’s most ferocious pass-rushing unit has been built from Calais Campbell through Jalen Ramsey. Wash, the chief architect of Sacksonville, deserves the design award.

Pederson of course has a big hand in what Philadelphia is doing to light up the scoreboard, but it wouldn’t be possible without Reich’s creative, college-like concepts for Wentz.

Gurley might not have faced enough adversity in a sophomore slump to get strong enough consideration for a true “comeback.” With J.J. Watt back on the shelf, however, these are the only two in Gronk’s rearview.
blues-020

nike_steelers_712

Along with the push from a 6-4, 307-pound lineman.

This night started with Lakers coach Luke Walton having to answer questions about LaVar Ball telling Bleacher Report that he feels the coaching staff has been too “soft” on his son. Those close to the elder Ball indicated to ESPN that he meant that the coaches could be harder on his son rather than criticizing the Lakers’ staff.

The Lakers then came out and were horrible at times in the first half, almost as if they were looking ahead to the Thanksgiving break. After playing a back-to-back set against Chicago and then a game in Sacramento on Wednesday, the Lakers have a rare four-day break before playing the Clippers on Monday.

Ball picks up 13 rebounds in Lakers’ victoryLonzo Ball drops eight points, picks up 13 rebounds and dishes out four assists to help the Lakers past the Bulls 103-94 at Staples Center.

Along with the push from a 6-4, 307-pound lineman.

All three teams improved to 7-2 and the Saints tied the Eagles with the season’s longest winning streak with their seventh straight victory. Saints quarterback Drew Brees didn’t throw a touchdown pass against the Bills, but he didn’t have to as the Saints ran for six touchdowns in a dominant 47-10 victory in Buffalo.

The Vikings also had an impressive road win as Case Keenum threw four touchdown passes in a 38-30 win over the Redskins. Keenum was picked twice, but a 21-point second quarter helped the Vikings hold a 28-17 halftime lead. A 7-yard touchdown pass to Jarius Wright in the third quarter extended the margin and the Vikings held off the Redskins for the win.

Then there are the Rams, who must be taken seriously as their big-play offense continues to roll with a 33-7 win over the Texans. After sputtering with just three field goals in the first half, the Rams erupted with three touchdowns in the third quarter as Robert Woods had the best game of his career. nike_bills-087

Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren had 26 saves.

Shore scored after taking a pass from John Klingberg and firing a wrist shot from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle. At 19:21, Spezza reached out to put in the rebound of a wrist shot by Seguin.

The Stars were also without center Martin Hanzal, who has a hand injury expected to keep him out for 3-to-7 days. The 30-year-old center’s season of injuries continues as his new ailment comes after he missed training camp with an ankle injury and another three games earlier this month with a lower-body issue.

Derek Dorsett didn’t play for the Canucks. He was sent to Vancouver for precautionary medical reasons stemming from neck and back stiffness. Dorsett missed 68 games last season after undergoing career-threatening cervical fusion neck surgery in December 2016. He has nine points in 20 games this season, along with 39 hits and a league-high 74 penalty minutes.

The Canucks have seven wins in 11 games against Eastern Conference teams this season. … The Canucks acquired Sutter from Pittsburgh during a July 2015 trade. … Canucks F Thomas Vanek has nine points in his past nine games, including an assist in five straight. … Canucks F Sven Baertschi has 12 points in his past 10 games. … Penguins F Carter Rowney skated in warmups, but missed his 14th straight game with a fractured hand. . Troy Stecher (knee) is expected to return during Vancouver’s season-high six-game road trip. … Guentzel has goals in his last three against the Canucks and points in all four career appearances.
nike_cardinals-065