Broncos schedule 2018: Denver’s challenges start in own division

The Broncos’ 2018 schedule was going to be tough enough given the competition in their own division. But a handful of regular-season games from matchups with the AFC North and NFC West provide even more challenges for Denver this season.

Bottom line: Even if Case Keenum starts at quarterback and plays well for Denver in 2018, its schedule, combined with the talent in its own division, makes a playoff push doubtful. Before they even think about where they stand in the AFC with contenders like the Texans and Steelers on their schedule, the Broncos need to take care of their standing in the AFC West. Those six games will define Denver’s season. Record prediction: 7-9

Terrell Owens had enough problems with enough coaches during his time in the NFL that it would be easy to dismiss his criticisms of Jason Garrett as being more about Owens’ prickly personality than about Garrett’s coaching ability.

But the reality is, Owens has a point.

Owens is wondering why Jerry Jones hasn’t fired Garrett, and if Garrett doesn’t win big this year, Jones may not have a good answer.

Mueller played in all 10 games for Switzerland, where he finished with one goals and five assists for six points.

Devils forward Nico Hischier did not participate for Switzerland at the World Championships due to a left wrist and hand injury.

Switzerland made a surprise run to the final following a fourth-place finish in Group A during preliminary play. The Swiss beat Finland, the Group B winner, in the quarterfinals before beating Canada in the semifinals.

Canada played the United States in the bronze medal game after Team USA lost to Sweden, 6-0, in Saturday’s semifinals.

The United States rebounded behind a 24-save effort from Kinkaid, who finished the tournament with seven wins and two losses. He started nine of the United States’ 10 games.

Kinkaid was selected as one of Team USA’s top three players of the tournament, along with Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets. ravens_095

Tatum likes to joke that Stevens only yells at him and Brown.

It’s not far from the truth, but only because Stevens expects so much from the past two drafts’ No. 3 picks.

On the eve of the 2018 playoffs, Brown was reflecting on that tough love and suggested he wouldn’t want it any other way.

Before the start of the playoffs, Horford had fondly reflected on his first playoff experience in 2008, when the upstart Atlanta Hawks pushed Boston’s Big Three to seven games before bowing in the opening round.

Horford said it “shaped my career” and taught him about the “intensity of the playoffs, the way you need to play.” He knows how valuable games like Sunday’s are for Tatum and Brown.

“Nothing prepares you for these moments,” Horford said. “I’ve been impressed with how Jayson and Jaylen have stepped up to the challenge.”

But he also sees how much Brown and Tatum want to win right now, and that’s even more exciting as the Celtics see an opportunity to make noise sooner than most might have expected, considering the circumstances.

Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: There is a common-sense pull toward the Thunder’s incredible second-half run in Game 5 being fool’s gold, the product of a white-hot Russell Westbrook spurt plus some unfortunate foul trouble. I can see that.

But what if it isn’t? Playoff series have turned on less. And while I expect the Jazz to be great in their building in a closeout game, I recognize the Thunder’s potential combined with a new pressure that exists on Utah now.

André Snellings, ESPN Fantasy: Cavs at Pacers. LeBron James turned in a highlight reel to lead the Cavs to that controversial Game 5 win, and the Pacers are upset that goaltending wasn’t called.

But the Cavaliers have struggled all series long, and if the Pacers win at home they have a legitimate shot to sneak out the series win. If the Cavs still have their usual championship aspirations, they really need to end this series on Friday.canucks_1347

Oilers retain Todd McLellan, ax two assistants

Todd McLellan will return as coach of the Oilers next season without assistants Ian Herbers and Jim Johnson.

The team said Friday that McLellan will keep his job and that Herbers and Johnson have been relieved of their duties.

“Over the last, I would say over the last 10-12 years since Adrian Peterson came out, the only guys I think that we’re close to Adrian in terms of the evaluation was Todd Gurley and it’s this kid. And they’re even better receivers than Adrian coming out.”

“His cutting ability, his balance — I can say Barry [Sanders], myself and Emmitt [Smith] in terms of his agility, being able to hop from one hole to the next, explode through the hole, stop on a dime, back up. You’ll see him do all that stuff, jump over people, keep his balance,” Tomlinson said. “When you think about the power, he has the power of a Todd Gurley to run through tacklers.

“But here’s the thing that’s different: I don’t know if I’ve seen a big running back like Saquon being able to run routes out of the backfield like he has been able to do. I was 5-11, 220 running routes. But that’s 230, 6-feet. He’s a lot bigger.”

Prigioni spent most of his professional career in Spain and won a bronze medal with Argentina in the 2008 Olympics before coming to the New York Knicks in 2012 as a 35-year-old rookie. He spent four years in the NBA with the Knicks, Rockets and Clippers.

Splitter helped San Antonio win the 2014 NBA championship before spending the final two seasons of his seven-year career with Atlanta and Philadelphia. The Nets said Splitter, who also played for Brazil’s national team, will have added duties related to player on-court development.

Every Atlanta starter except catcher Kurt Suzuki had at least one hit, including pitcher Sean Newcomb, who also was enjoying watching and being part of the youth movement.

“It’s been fun,” said Newcomb, in his second big league season. “We’re winning and we have a lot of young guys. We have a lot of chemistry.”

Newcomb gave up four runs, five hits and three walks in six innings. He allowed just two hits through four innings, but Cincinnati tied the score in a four-run fifth that included Joey Votto’s three-run homer. Votto has homered in three straight games for the sixth time.

Bailey allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

“My goal was to go deep in the game,” Bailey said.steelers_062

Report: Saints, Drew Brees progressing toward two-year deal

Drew Brees was at the Saints’ facility on Monday for tackle Zach Strief’s retirement press conference and that gave him the opportunity to spend a little time talking about a new contract as well.

That conversation appears to have gone well. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Brees and the Saints have made significant progress toward a two-year deal that would keep Brees in New Orleans. Rapoport adds that the belief is that the deal will get to the finish line on Tuesday.

As far as how they handled it, I appreciate how [coach] Kyle [Shanahan] and [G.M.] John Lynch got me in a position where I can be successful, Kilgore said. They could have traded me anywhere but I think they did the right thing by putting me in a position that they know I can be successful, and putting me with a staff that loves the game and that are good people.

Kilgore, who saved more than $300,000 in state income taxes by being traded from a California team to a Florida team one day before earning a $2.3 million roster bonus, joins the likes of Josh Sitton, Albert Wilson, and Danny Amendola as new members of the Dolphins. Pouncey exited along with Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh, Lawrence Timmons, and Julius Thomas.

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Toews scores 9 seconds into OT, Blackhawks edge Avs 2-1

Avalanche C Colin Wilson missed his second game after suffering a head injury against Minnesota last Friday. … Earlier on Tuesday, the Blackhawks signed Gustafsson to a two-year contract extension and F Tyler Sikura to a one-year contract for 2018-19.

“We find a way to win a game,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “I’ll be honest with you. As a coach, you get your schedule in July and you look at it and I call them ‘we’re screwed here, those type of games.’ That’s one of them I have circled because it is a tough turnaround coming off a West Coast trip and coming right back and play. I’m thrilled for the guys to find a way.”

The only consolation for Andersen this time was he couldn’t be faulted on Buffalo’s first four goals, all of which were set up by fortunate bounces.

The Sabres led 2-0 after Reinhart and Pominville deflected in shots from the right point by Rasmus Ristolainen. Girgensons put Buffalo up 3-2 when Reinhart’s shot from a bad angle banked in off his skate.

The Sabres received yet another break in going up 4-2 when Toronto defenseman Ron Hainsey’s clearing attempt struck referee Kendrick Nicholson’s skate. The puck caromed directly to O’Reilly, who scored from the right circle.

The 19-year-old star had been the youngest ever with three hat tricks — getting there at 18 years, 302 days — but it had been over a year since his last three-goal game. He joins Jimmy Carson and Dale Hawerchuk as the only players with four hat tricks before turning 20.

Bouwmeester missed the first 21 games of season with a broken left ankle. He also missed nine games in December with an undisclosed injury and one in January for the birth of a child. He had two goals and five assists in 35 games.

“We know he was playing on borrowed time, I would say,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. “We were hoping he was going to get through the season, but we knew there was really only so much life left in that hip of his. Very safe to say he gave us absolutely everything he had.”

Upshall logged seven goals and 11 assists in 61 games and provided a gritty edge.

“Losing those two guys is big. Big parts of our room, but they’ll be around pushing us from behind the scenes,” said winger Alexander Steen, who has two goals and four assists in a three-game points streak in San Jose.packers_162

Siciliano had been eagerly anticipating Week 13, because it was the first full slate of Sunday games after the bye weeks and Thanksgiving Thursday.

“If we can get three or four games being decided within the same minute and have it all live on one screen, those are the moments where you high five,” he said.

That would happen a week later, with dueling overtimes, the Buffalo blizzard, Carson Wentz’s injury and Jaguars-Seahawks scuffles. The games on this day didn’t exactly cooperate, with enough blowouts to deny concurrent fantastic finishes. When it was all over, though, Siciliano still considered it a successful day because a lot of odd things happened.

“It’s unfair punishing him over the Crohn’s,” says Fettner, his agent. “[The NFL] should drop the testing for marijuana. They don’t test for nicotine. They don’t test for alcohol” — which some players abuse in lieu of weed.

But booze isn’t a viable answer for pain relief; it brings on hangovers, liver damage and weight gain.

“Alcohol is a central-nervous-system depressant, so it makes players sluggish and leads to poor performance on the field,” says Sisley. When consumed in excess, regular boozing can lead to “alcohol impairment, brain atrophy and domestic violence. Marijuana does not cause any of those things.”

The trick with marijuana, though, is getting around the league’s annual urinalysis (administered up to 10 times per month for players, like Henderson, who’ve failed a first time). The process became increasingly invasive after 2005, when Minnesota Vikings running back Onterrio Smith got caught by airport security possessing a Whizzinator — a kit that includes a hollow prosthetic penis — and vials of white powder that he said was dried urine.

They have to travel to New England and Jacksonville in their next two games, which puts their three-game winning streak in serious jeopardy. Their dearth of a home-field advantage, playing in a soccer stadium routinely overtaken by opposing fans, will catch up to them.

Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh have turned around seasons before. Their secondary still has as much talent as any in football, and they’re second in the NFL in turnovers forced.

Flacco isn’t the quarterback he once was, and he’s voicing frustration with Marty Mornhinweg’s play-calling. He’s averaging a putrid 5.3 yards per attempt and 170 yards per game. The Ravens’ offense is shield-your-eyes bad. Injuries have crushed them.

As for the Steelers, Mikus said they made the least bad decision from among only bad options: “If they kneel, Trump blasts them. If they stand, he takes credit. Trump deserves neither an opportunity to continue his inflammatory attacks, nor should he earn any credit.”

Getting a Steelers fan to throw away a lifetime of devotion isn’t easy; for as long as people can remember, they were the glue that held together a city when nothing else was left to hold it together.
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Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 18 points, six assists and five rebounds. Mario Chalmers had 15 points off the bench.

Williams and Griffin, however, proved too much for the Grizzlies in the final moments.

Rookie guard C.J. Williams, starting for an injured Austin Rivers, added a career-high 18 points for the Clippers in his 10th career start.

“When I think about it, it’s just basketball,” C.J. Williams said. “There are so many other things that can engulf your mind outside of basketball. But I’m playing the sport I’ve played for 20 years now. I just enjoy every moment of it.”

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Steve Wilks, defensive coordinator, Carolina Panthers

Wilks has done well in his first year running the defense in Carolina after Sean McDermott left for Buffalo.

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Popovich earned his 1,176th victory, all with the Spurs. The five-time champion broke a tie with his friend George Karl.

Williams, the 2014-2015 Sixth Man of the Year award winner while with the Toronto Raptors, acknowledged that he had words for the Clippers backups after the first half. The Clippers had a 29-22 lead after the first quarter, but they struggled mightily in the second quarter, getting outscored 30-13 as Hornets point guard Kemba Walker finished the first half with 20 of his 30 points.

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He almost always does.

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Lions’ eight best coaching candidates to replace Jim Caldwell

The football gods clearly are smiling on him; in his only year as a coordinator, with the 2015 Browns, he had to make chicken salad out of Johnny Manziel, Josh McCown and Austin Davis.

His two years since then, in Philadelphia, he’s worked with Carson Wentz, who was in the MVP conversation until he blew out his knee a few weeks ago. DeFilippo has earned some interest.

“The biggest thing was cleaning up mistakes,” said Casey, who logged a drive-ending sack of quarterback Blake Bortles along with four tackles. “We allowed three games of bad communication to haunt us and put us in a position to have to fight harder to get into this (playoff) spot.”

“We’re bummed for him, but we do appreciate how hard he worked for it,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said of Levitre.

Garland has three career starts, all in place of Levitre this season. He’s been a backup at center and both guard spots and even played some defensive tackle for the Falcons last season. Entering 2017, he lost the right guard battle to Wes Schweitzer but remained a key reserve.

“Usually when I think of Ben, I think of just a guy who’s loaded with grit,” Quinn said. “He came here as an opportunity on the practice squad and we said, ‘We’re going to push you and develop you and challenge you.’ And you see that lit him up in a really good way.”

Garland is destined for his toughest challenge as a pro in Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who lines up at multiple positions along the defensive line. Donald led the Rams with 11 sacks and tied for fourth in the league with 27 quarterback hits.

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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