If Flaherty ever gets suspended for 10 games, you already know he’ll appeal things. At the same time, he may have a bad word or two for Mr. Manfred.
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"If people want to hold on to what they think is reality, then I let them. But it doesn't hurt me. I just try to move forward, try to be the best I can, because I know my life here in baseball's not going to last forever and I'm trying to take advantage as much as I possibly can."Philadelphia Phillies face coverings
Wisdom hit his first home run with the Cubs in a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 27, his third game with the team. From there, he would win the aforementioned Player of the Week honors for the week of June 6, where he went 10-for-23 with six home runs while accumulating a 1.719 OPS.Baltimore Orioles face coverings
Umpires will perform period checks of all starting and relief pitchers on both teams throughout each game, MLB said. Starters will be subject to more than one mandatory check each game and relief pitchers must be checked once they conclude an inning in which they entered a game or when they are removed from a game, whichever comes first, MLB said. Catchers will be subject to routine inspections and position players may be searched.
It’s only gotten more demoralizing: Monday night, a 7-0 lead against the first-place Giants after two times at bat gradually dissipated, until Mike Yastrzemski’s eighth-inning grand slam into McCovey Cove sank Arizona, for the 20th consecutive time on the road.
Urias sent a ball deep into right field that bounced into the seats for a stand-up double and his eighth RBI of the season. Needless to say, Dodger Stadium went wild.Texas Rangers face coverings
Montana turned 65 years old last week, a tough sentence to type for a guy who still feels young and yet grew to love Montana as his childhood icon. Time flies.Tampa Bay Buccaneers Face masks
Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb said recently that he feels like “the jump is definitely there” as he heads into his second NFL season and he’s not the only person who feels like bigger things are coming in 2021.
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Wilson said he would like to hold informal workouts with his wide receivers, tight ends and running backs prior to training camp. Wilson has not picked a date yet, but the Jets start training camp on July 27.Dallas Cowboys Face masks
Fields bounced back in a big way. He hit for three touchdown passes during the red zone period, including one on the very next throw after the pick, lacing the ball in between two defenders to tight end J.P Holtz. The other big highlight of the day for Fields was hitting running back Ryan Nall on a perfectly thrown ball to the corner of the end zone.Buffalo Bills Face masks
Last year, several days before Juneteenth, the NFL made a significant announcement. Commissioner Roger Goodell told all teams the league office would recognize Juneteenth as a paid holiday, and NFL offices would be closed. This was an unprecedented move for the league.
It really is that simple? Roethlisberger isn't going to come back to a team that he views as a lost cause. Why would he at this stage of his career? If the Steelers can be competitive in 2021, maybe even make a deep playoff run, it could inspire Roethlisberger to come back for one more shot at a Super Bowl.Green Bay Packers Face masks
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Link The Cowboys had the second-worst run defense in the NFL last season, and it was mainly due to lackluster play from the interior of the line. They brought in veterans Brent Urban and Carlos Watkins during free agency. Also, Osa Odighizuwa and Quinton Bohanna were acquired via the NFL draft. With Neville Gallimore and Trysten Hill in the mix too, what will the rotation be for the Cowboys at defensive tackle in 2021?Baltimore Ravens Face masks
EASTLAKE, Ohio -- Odell Beckham Jr.'s knee looks fine for football. His softball swing still needs work.
Just over a week ago, Jags coach Urban Meyer said several of the coaches on the staff went and got vaccinated after the NFL sent out a memo. However, he didn’t go into specifics or mention anything about the player’s vaccination rate.Detroit Lions Face masks
The Patriots have some depth at the corner spot if they're forced to figure out a way to cope without Gilmore.
Inserting Jones into the lineup gives Tennessee a more threatening game-changer alongside Brown in the passing game. Jones said teams will have to "pick their poison" when trying to defend the Titans' offense. Asking defensive backs to cover Jones or Brown without any help is a tall order.New York Giants Face masks
Goalie movement. The Blue Jackets don't have anything to wait for anymore; they should probably strike a deal to trade away one of their goalies. Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins are both capable, but it's silly to keep both around on expiring contracts -- especially with a deep prospect system behind them.San Jose Sharks
• The Golden Knights are in the Stanley Cup Semifinals again due to an aggressive approach to putting together their roster. [Las Vegas Sun]Winnipeg Jets
The Jack Adams Award, given to that season’s coach that has “adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success,” is between the Carolina Hurricanes’ Rod Brind’Amour, Florida Panthers’ Joel Quenneville and Minnesota Wild’s Dean Evason.
PHT Morning Skate: Isles’ Wahlstrom good to go; Habs’ Game 2 adjustments originally appeared on NBCSports.com
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Varlamov made 23 saves in the loss, confidently stopping some good Lightning chances to keep it close.Washington Capitals
The Patrik Laine question looms large. The winger was getting frustrated in Winnipeg and hoped for a new start in Columbus. But given the opportunity for a big role, Laine fell flat. The Blue Jackets have to determine how much of that was a poor stylistic fit with the coaching staff and how much of it is on the player. Laine is a restricted free agent this summer, so if they don't believe he can be part of their future, he could get traded.Buffalo Sabres
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Now that they have savored the taste of winning, they want to help trade deadline pickup David Savard do the same in his 10th NHL season.
• After beginning his career in Montreal, Max Pacioretty is loving his time now in Las Vegas. [Montreal Gazette]Florida Panthers
As the first head coach of the Golden Knights (2017-18 – 2019-20), Gallant coached Vegas to a 118-75-20 record and a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2017-18.
Kucherov is widely regarded as one of the best players in the NHL, Stamkos has been a scoring champion, defenseman Victor Hedman is elite and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is a Vezina Trophy finalist. Point fits right in with that group of Tampa Bay stars.Seattle Kraken
Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Robinson is attempting a Major League Baseball return unlike any other. Robinson worked his way through the minors for many years, and in 2017 he finally made the Texas Rangers' Opening Day roster. But what followed was a bumpy path up and down between leagues and teams. All the while, Robinson struggled with mental health concerns. On April 16th, 2020, Drew Robinson attempted suicide. He lived. And now, with ongoing rehabilitation and therapy, Robinson is re-engaging with pro baseball. ESPN's Senior MLB Insider Jeff Passan shares his reporting behind the ESPN+ special from E:60, "Alive: The Drew Robinson Story."
The key question might be about the PK. The Golden Knights were the best penalty-killing team in the regular season (86.8-percent vs. Montreal’s 78.5), while Montreal has been incredible during this run. The numbers get drastic because of the small sample size of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but Montreal’s PK (90.3-percent) is eye-popping, while Vegas mainly survived (71.4).Los Angeles Kings
Love him or hate him, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is one of the best in the NFL. But beyond the flamboyance and flash, there's a side most people haven't seen...especially when it comes to his big brother, Eagles center Jason Kelce. Ahead of Travis's second-straight Super Bowl appearance, Lisa Salters brings us inside the relationship between the two brothers. In fact, Patrick Mahomes' favorite target may never have made it to the league if not for big brother Jason's interventions along the way. Then, director Ken Rodgers explains how he used deepfake technology to bring former Raiders owner Al Davis and former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle "back to life" for the new 30 for 30 film "Al Davis vs. The NFL."
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Where do the Bruins find a left-shot defenseman who can play 20-plus minutes next to Carlo?San Jose Sharks
Ducharme said it’s nice to have the 36-year-old to bounce ideas off of, somewhat of an extension of the coaching staff.Philadelphia Flyers
"He has a strong stick, great release on his shot, really good from the hash marks down in the offensive zone," Fletcher said after last training camp in January. "The big thing for him is just adjusting to the pace and playing on the smaller ice surface, making quick decisions with the puck."
Re-signing Hamilton changes some of the equation. Also complicating things are Jake Bean, who probably played himself onto the protected list. It's likely that either Brady Skjei, Warren Foegele or Morgan Geekie could be on the Kraken next year.Florida Panthers
He's been called the best fighter of all time, but UFC champion Jon Jones is in trouble again. Arrested on charges of drunk driving and negligent use of a firearm, the light heavyweight is far from the media-friendly image many hoped he'd bring to UFC. ESPN's Ariel Helwani dives deep on Jones' career, controversies and how good he could be for mixed martial arts if he'd stay out of his own way.
For the #Vikings and Sheldon Richardson, it's a one-year, $3.6 million deal that can be worth up to $4.35M with incentives, per source. Quickly utilizing the cap space they saved with Danielle Hunter's contract tweak to further fortify the defensive line.
The race-norming story should be the biggest in sports, and it's not. Why? It's partly because of the complexity of the issue. It involves two highly complicated things: the brain and race.
Signed: DE Jadeveon Clowney (1 year, max $10M, per ESPN), CB Troy Hill (4 years, $24M, per NFL Network), DT Malik Jackson, S John Johnson (3 years, $33.75M, $24M guaranteed, per NFL Network), DT Malik McDowell, DE Takk McKinley (1 year, max $4M), OT Greg Senat, DT Damion Square, LB Anthony Walker (1 year, $3.5M)Jacksonville Jaguars Face masks
There are other instances like this, usually happening far from the attention of the media, and Seeger has fought the NFL on many of them.
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Davis was with the Cowboys for parts of 2018 and 2019, spending some time on their practice squad.Buffalo Bills Face masks
However, in a recent interview with Kenny Mayne to celebrate the ESPN anchor's final SportsCenter show, Rodgers did say that his disappointment with the Packers has to do with "philosophy," not the draft pick of Jordan Love in 2020, who likely will be Rodgers' successor eventually.Los Angeles Rams Face masks
Carter Hart (restricted), Brian Elliott (unrestricted), Alex Lyon (unrestricted), Samuel Morin (group 6, unrestricted), Travis Sanheim (restricted), Nolan Patrick (restricted), Andy Andreoff (unrestricted), Nate Prosser (unrestricted), Connor Bunnaman (restricted) and Carsen Twarynski (restricted).
The Flyers' blue line never recovered from the sudden retirement of Matt Niskanen before the 2021 season, and they have a glaring need on the right side. It's expected the Flyers are going to make a significant push for either Hamilton or Jones. Philadelphia has just over $12 million to work with in offseason cap space, with the expectation that the Seattle Kraken may open up a bit more in the expansion draft. The speculation is that Jones is the preference here, as he is a more "complete" player who carries a lower cap hit ($5.4 million), for next season at least.Vancouver Canucks
Another weekend of NBA playoff action is in the books. On Sunday, tensions flared between the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets, with league MVP Nikola Jokic getting ejected in the third quarter as the Suns swept. The Milwaukee Bucks put together a dominant effort led by Giannis Antetokounmpo to win Game 4 vs. the Nets, putting the series at 2-2 as Brooklyn grapples with Kyrie Irving and James Harden's injuries. Kirk Goldsberry assesses all the on-the-court action and looks ahead to the rest of this week's games. Then, newcomer Nets superfan Mina Kimes reassures the Brooklyn faithful.New York Islanders
"The second goal hurt quite a bit," Trotz said after the game. "(Because) if they get the third one, there's a little bit more separation."Winnipeg Jets
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association vote to elect the most valuable player of the playoffs at the end of the Stanley Cup Final. Since 2000, there have been five goalies, seven centers, three wingers and five defensemen to win the award, including Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who won it last season.
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With this suspension, Scheifele will not be able to return to the ice until Game 6 of this series. That is, if the series lasts that long.
Next month, the All-Star Game will be played in Denver, Gausman’s hometown, and a contract as large as nine figures may await him in the offseason. A Giants playoff run seems more likely than not, even with an offense that has struggled since losing third baseman Evan Longoria; they produced just one run in regulation time in a four-game series at Washington this past weekend.
Three of the previous five Giants teams to hit 200 homers won their division, and the 2021 group extended its lead to two games over the Los Angeles Dodgers and six over the San Diego Padres. Atlanta Braves face coverings
Second baseman Jean Segura, fifth in the majors with a .332 batting average, also exited with an apparent left groin injury after beating out a grounder with two outs in the ninth. Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said Harper is day to day, but he's concerned Segura will be out longer.Seattle Mariners face coverings
Manager Gabe Kapler told reporters after Saturday night's win that his team still has work to do on offense.
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"I think just the velo going down a little bit because of the surgery helped him develop the other pitches. And he's been doing that the last couple years. And now the velo is back and all the pitches are in the mix. He's good against both. His command has gotten better, everything has gotten better. Still a young age, but very experienced."Chicago White Sox face coverings
Manager David Ross had no issue with Cubs third base coach Willie Harris waving Jake Marisnick to the plate in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s loss to the Mets.
The Astros are still fighting with the Oakland Athletics in the American League West, in what’s expected to be a season-long race to the finish. Per usual, Oakland’s band of misfits will be a tough out, but the Astros entered the season as favorites for a reason.Seattle Mariners face coverings
Then one inning later, he made another crazy catch -- ranging all the way into foul territory to flag down a ball off the bat of the A's Tony Kemp.Toronto Blue Jays face coverings
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Arizona's last road win came in Atlanta on April 25 when the D-backs swept a doubleheader against the Braves. The Diamondbacks since have been swept by the Marlins in Miami (3 games), the Mets in New York (3), the Dodgers in Los Angeles (4), the Rockies in Colorado (3), the Brewers in Milwaukee (4), the A's in Oakland (2) and the Giants in San Francisco (4).
Jacob deGrom now has a 0.56 ERA, the lowest in the first 10 starts by any pitcher in history.Miami Marlins face coverings
From where we sit, the idea of parting with a manager after three mostly excellent seasons and one bad one is absurd. Stability breeds success, and the Yankees have good baseball people in the dugout and front office.Pittsburgh Pirates face coverings
It’s going to be a while before Kelley is deemed ready for the big leagues and there’s no reason for Chicago to rush his process. The White Sox starters hold the second-lowest ERA in the majors (2.95) this season and they’ve got two current Cy Young candidates in Carlos Rodon and Lance Lynn. Right-hander Lucas Giolito has the “worst” ERA currently sitting at 3.86.
Although Eakins kept his job after two losing seasons, Murray said the Ducks would make changes on his staff, particularly to address the inept power play employed by the team that finished last in the league in goals for the second time in three seasons. Anaheim scored on just 8.9% of its power-play chances, the worst mark in modern NHL history.
That would be coach Dominique Ducharme, whose trust of Caufield developed gradually. While Caufield's 52 points in 31 games at Wisconsin propelled him to win the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top player, those didn't matter much when transitioning through a quick stint in the American Hockey League and joining the Canadiens in April.Pittsburgh Penguins
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College football's 2020 season hangs in the balance. Over the weekend, the Mid-Atlantic Conference cancelled its season. Today, big meetings and movements are expected from the Big Ten, PAC-12, and other conferences as they consider their options amidst growing concern around coronavirus. It's a decision that's become both political and personal, as conferences across the country have navigated the variations in protocols at the state, city, and university levels. On Monday, President Trump even weighed in on the situation, tweeting "Play College Football!" Adam Rittenberg brings us the latest, specifically on the Big Ten. Then, Cal offensive lineman Valentino Daltoso, who helped organize the PAC-12's "We Are United" movement, weighs in with the player perspective.
Major League Baseball has already weathered multiple outbreaks of COVID-19, prompting the league to update its protocols, after the integrity of its season was threatened. Now, the league is considering taking the same route as the NBA and NHL to ensure a successful postseason: playing inside a bubble. Jeff Passan brings us the latest on MLB's efforts to contain the coronavirus. Then, Jeff shares his reporting on the breakout star of this MLB season, the San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. Jeff's recent profile of Tatis Jr. for ESPN Cover Story took him to the Dominican Republic to tell the budding superstar's story.
“It’s the way it is,” Quenneville said. “That's one of the rules, and you deal with it. He was a big part of their team last year. Not like he hasn’t been around them, so that’s where it’s at, so there’s no complaint here.”Philadelphia Flyers
The Islanders’ lineup has a lot of players that can contribute and is very balanced, but there are not a lot of game potential game-breakers here. They have an aggressive forecheck and can cause havoc on opposing defenders, but it is not a team that is going to score a lot of goals. Mathew Barzal is great and one of the best skaters and puckhandlers in the league, but there is not much star power after him. He really started to get hot in the Islanders’ Second Round win against the Boston Bruins.New York Islanders
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