Lightning take 3-1 lead over Devils, Kucherov leads the way

A feisty Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, set up another and knocked New Jersey’s top defenseman out of the game with a big hit, and the Tampa Bay Lightning moved within a game of making the Devils’ first trip to the playoffs in six years a short one with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday night.
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Game Kids Alex Galchenyuk Jersey J.T. Miller also scored and had two assists, and Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped three breakaways in making 27 saves as the Lightning bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to tale a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.

Vatanen did not return.

The Lightning were leading 2-1 at that point and the score didn’t change until Kucherov’s empty net goal with 1:08 to play iced the game.

We knew they were going to be better, and they were, Bruins defenseman Pat McAfee Jersey Torey Krug said. They were out there flying around and making some good plays and pushed us back on our heels…. It felt like it was there for the taking, and it just slipped away. That stuff’s going to happen sometimes.

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock felt the score of Game 2 was not a good indication of how his team played.

I thought Game 1 we were no good, I thought Game 2 we were way better than the score indicated, to be honest with you, Babcock said. I thought we started good in that game and it didn’t go our way, it kind of came unraveled. I thought (Monday) we had a better push. Our goaltender (Frederik Andersen) kind of part way through the game really settled in and got playing the way he’s capable of playing.

That made a huge difference for us. Obviously, our fans and our building, we had last change, all those things.

Maple Leafs center Leo Komarov is expected to miss his second straight game Thursday after leaving Game 2 with a lower-body injury. That means center Dominic Moore likely will be in the lineup again.

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The Jets drafted running back Elijah McGuire last year, but they still might be in the market for another back in the middle rounds.

Bilal Powell is in the final year of his contract and could be gone in 2019, so they may be looking to find a long-term back.

A year after drafting wide receivers ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen, the Jets have a crowded receivers room. They signed Terrelle Pryor in free agency and are getting Quincy Enunwa back from injury. They have just six draft picks after moving up from No. 6 to 3 in the first round, so there are only so many areas they can address, and I don’t think receiver is one.

What’s the big takeaway from all this? Just two weeks in, there are no sure things.

This week, our panel comprises David Schoenfield, Eric Karabell, Tim Kurkjian, Bradford Doolittle and Sarah Langs.

It took a week, but J.D. Martinez hit his first home run in a Red Sox uniform. He has continued to hit the ball hard, and he and Hanley Ramirez have powered the Red Sox to a 13-2 start. Less happily, a Xander Bogaerts ankle injury interrupted his hot start at the plate; he had delivered nine extra-base hits in nine games. — Dan McCarthy, ESPN Stats & Info

That comment could be taken several different ways, but it could only add to the speculation that has circulated around Rosen for months. Despite his undeniable physical ability, many have questioned his desire and commitment to the sport. It could be the reason he could slip in the draft, though he still is a possibility to be taken in the top four by the Browns, Giants or Jets.

“Right or wrong, this quote about Josh Rosen from former UCLA coach Jim Mora will be a major concern to some NFL people,” former NFL lineman and NFL Network analyst Ross Tucker wrote on Twitter.

Despite Mora’s public backing of Darnold to go No. 1 overall to Cleveland based on “fit,” he believes Rosen would be the greater pro in the long run.

“Josh, I think, without a doubt, is the number one quarterback in the draft. He’s a franchise-changer. He’s got the ability to have an immediate impact,” Mora said. “His arm talent, intelligence, and his ability to see the game and diagnose the game is rare. He’d come to the sidelines after a play and it was uncanny — he could right away say exactly why he made every decision.”

When the Jets were looking for a quarterback 18 years ago, they picked Chad Pennington in the first round.

He led the team to the playoffs three times in five seasons and is fourth all-time in franchise history with 13,738 passing yards.
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This offseason, Pennington has spent time with some of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. As part of the NFL Legends Community, Pennington worked with the quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl and the scouting combine as a mentor.

The Post caught up with Pennington to get his thoughts on the top quarterbacks in the draft who might wind up with the Jets in less than two weeks.

Pennington said if the Jets draft Mayfield, they must help him understand how to handle the pitfalls of New York.

The most important aspect of that is as an organization are you providing the right infrastructure to help a young prospect handle New York? Pennington said. Are you providing the right structure around him so that he can prosper and be successful and understand the boundaries and limitations and the do’s and the don’ts?

Kyzir DaMarcus Beasley Womens Jersey White, West Virginia (6-2, 218): The White family could be crashing the NFL draft party in a big way. Kyzir and Ka’Raun White, a wide receiver, are poised to join older brother Kevin, a first-round pick of the Bears in 2015. Kyzir White’s value might be tempered by his need to play closer to the line of scrimmage, as he operated in a hybrid linebacker role for the Mountaineers and is out of his element in space. But he could still thrive if utilized on passing downs and with special teams. His leadership and tenacious approach could make him a welcome backup.聽Projected: Round 3-4

Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech (6-0, 217): Perhaps overshadowed by younger brother Tremaine, a highly regarded linebacker who could be a top-15 pick this year, Terrell聽Edmunds nevertheless stands out as an accomplished prospect. He has the build and speed (4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash) to carve out a role both in run support and in short-to-intermediate areas of coverage. Like his brother, however, Edmunds too often finds himself out of position or employing an overly aggressive approach.聽

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Players alone can’t be responsible for using helmets as weapons

Consistently lost in the ongoing efforts of the NFL to discipline players who engage in unsafe actions is the role of their coaches and teams on such behavior. Now, with the NFL implementing out of the blue a rule that prohibits players from using their helmets to initiate contact, fixing the situation can’t be something that falls only on players.
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So Winston is right. Making the game safer requires a much more comprehensive approach than issuing a list of thou shalt nots to players. Teams, coaches, and ultimately owners need to be given a real incentive to comply 鈥?and/or a real disincentive for not complying. Without that, players who know where and how their bread gets buttered could end up getting mixed signals from their coaches and from the league, and ultimately choosing to do what will win the approval of their coaches.

That could happen, Browns coach Hue Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Knowing John [Dorsey] that could happen. John’s outstanding that way. He plays it real close to the vest. I’ve been trying to pry his hands down all the time, but his hands are up here and I can’t get them down. We’re going to exhaust all [possibilities] because I think it’s important, too.
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The Jets’ move from No. 6 to No. 3 virtually guaranteed the Browns would select a quarterback with the No. 1 overall choice instead of running back Saquon Barkley. Jackson appeared to confirm that a quarterback was at the top of the team’s wish list with the first pick.
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Brent Qvale signs tender with Jets

Offensive lineman Brent Qvale signed his restricted free agent tender to remain with the Jets. He will make $1.9 million this season.
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Qvale signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He spent his entire rookie season on the team’s practice squad.

The first round unfolds on Thursday, with rounds two and three on Friday and the rest of the draft on Saturday.

Then there was Carmelo Anthony, who has become a target for many of the Thunder’s struggles and finished with a solid 22 on 7-of-14 shooting. But that included missing his final six shots and making up for it by knocking down a couple of critical free throws. It was all kind of metaphorical for the Thunder’s big three — not pretty, not impressive, but just enough. They combined for 70 of the Thunder’s 108 points but on 23-of-59 shooting. But it wasn’t about that. It was about holding Houston to 19 points in the fourth quarter.

Polian said the Alliance’s main player targets will be those released in the final 2018 preseason cuts who don’t land on an NFL team’s active or practice-squad rosters.

Whenever the cut to 53 (active players) is, 800 or more players Womens Tony Jefferson Jersey are cut from the NFL, Polian said. We’re going to have (eight) 75-man rosters in camp so we only need 400 players.

We know we’re not done, Davis said after scoring 28 points in a 113-100 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. It wasn’t just our goal to get here, but to make some noise.

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The Pelicans proceeded to lose four of five before winning 10 in a row.
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Lions sign center Wesley Johnson

The Lions added some help for the middle of their offensive line.

The team announced the signing of center Wesley Johnson.

The Patriots looked like they finally had a well-defined backfield once they added Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead last offseason. Gillislee was supposed to replace LeGarrette Blount as the power back, while the more-versatile Burkhead would be called upon in many different situations. James White and Lewis were set to split time as the passing-game backs.

Instead, Gillislee fizzled, Burkhead got hurt and White failed to build off his status as Super Bowl hero, allowing Lewis to emerge as a workhorse down the stretch. The Patriots were reminded that Lewis is a special, all-around talent, but his breakout also priced him out of New England. Burkhead was the cheaper and younger player to re-sign, while his former Bengals teammate, Jeremy Hill, was a sneaky-good signing to push Gillislee.

The Patriots still have 80 percent of their run-blocking back, and between Burkhead, Gillislee, Hill and White, they go into the season with healthy options.

Lewis was a luxury, but as with almost every running back who comes through New England, he was far from a necessity.

Garrett and Lal were among the Cowboys’ staffers to attend SMU’s Pro Day on Thursday, getting a good look at wide receiver Courtland Sutton.

“He can catch the ball like no other,” Lal said of Sutton. “He’s got a huge catch radius. Strong hands. So that’s a start. If a receiver can catch, obviously that’s key. Then, he’s coachable. We were giving him, on the fly, some coaching points and kind of coaching him a little hard, seeing how he would respond, and he responded. He’s not polished like most of these guys coming out, but a great athlete, and he’s a moldable piece of clay.”

Sutton did not run Thursday, standing on his 4.54 from the combine, but he did do position drills with Garrett and Lal leading the workout. Sutton drew scouts from 25 teams, including four other wide receiver coaches.flames_012

Holland wants better results when Cardinals host Brewers

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Holland hopes to get back on the horse Tuesday night when the Cardinals and Brewers continue their three-game series in Busch Stadium.

No matter how it’s parsed, it was the third loss in four games on St. Louis’ season-opening homestand. It will have to win the last two games of the series to gain a 3-3 split. It would appear to have a good chance to rebound Tuesday night with Carlos Martinez (1-1, 2.84) Oliver Ekman-Larsson Jersey on the mound.

Martinez baffled Milwaukee (6-5) Wednesday night at Miller Park, firing 8 1/3 shutout innings and fanning 10 in a 6-0 win that continued his career-long domination of the Brewers. In 24 career outings, including 13 starts, Martinez is 6-4 with a 1.98 earned run average and 101 strikeouts in 91 innings.

Left-hander Brent Suter (1-1, 6.30) will take the ball for Milwaukee. After winning his first start at San Diego on March 31, he was roughed up by the Chicago Cubs Thursday night in an 8-0 defeat, giving up eight hits and five runs over five innings. He’s 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in six career outings against the Cardinals.

The Brewers’ win Monday night reinforced an early-season trend. They have won five of their six games in their last at-bat.

We’ve been a little bit of a high-wire act for a little over a year now, Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said to following a walk-off victory Friday night against the Chicago Cubs.

The crew chief in Friday night’s game between the Orioles and Yankees said replay confirmed a controversial call that occurred late in the game but added that an earlier call incorrectly benefited the Yankees.

Sabathia left Friday’s game after pitching the first four innings of the Orioles’ 14-inning win. He allowed four hits and three runs on only 58 pitches. He didn’t show signs of trouble with the hip while he was on the field, but he said he started feeling the soreness as he finished his warm-up pitches in the third inning.

The Los Angeles Rams aren’t playing around.

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As if that weren’t enough, the Rams also went out and added Ndamukong Suh to a defensive line that already included the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in Aaron Donald.

Carlos Correa doubled home two runs in the seventh and AL MVP Jose Altuve had three hits to finish 9 for 16 in the series. Evan Gattis had three hits and three RBI, including a pair of run-scoring doubles. Max Stassi added an RBI single.

King’s going to undoubtedly become a new fan favorite, and it’s hard for him not to be. He loves dressing up in costumes, particularly his green Power Ranger outfit. He might even start punting random objects in his free time.

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A five-year veteran who spent his first four seasons with the Rams, Cunningham was mostly a third-down back for Chicago last season, carrying the ball only nine times but catching 20 passes out of the backfield.

Report: Pats planning to trade Rob Gronkowski before draft

Rob Gronkowski has yet to say if he will continue his playing career in 2018, and perhaps he simply wants to play football somewhere other than New England.
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Ken Laird, a producer for the Kirk & Callahan Show on WEEI in Boston, reported on Tuesday morning that the Patriots are planning to trade Gronkowski at some point between now and the NFL Draft.

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The difference to me is now he has more confidence, Tampa Bay catcher Wilson Ramos said. A little bit more experience. … I saw him way different this spring. To me, he’s more aggressive and his pitches are working better than last year.
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Snell is 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA in eight starts against the Yankees, though most of his positive results are in home games. At Yankee Stadium, he is 0-2 with a 5.30 ERA in five starts.

New York’s current roster holds a .197 average (14-for-71) off Snell. While Gary Sanchez is 3-for-8 (.375), Aaron Judge is 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and Stanton is 0-for-3.

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Alliance of American Football to launch in February 2019

The XFL is planning a return in 2020, but football fans looking for gridiron action when the NFL hits the offseason won’t have to wait that long.
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The league, which has financial backing from Peter Thiel and The Chernin Group, is expected to announce the locations of the eight teams in the coming months.

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