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The stakes: It’s more than a World Series crown that will be on the line in Los Angeles. Legacies are shaped in these moments, too. Through five appearances (four starts) in this postseason, Verlander is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA. He has struck out 29 batters and walked only eight in 30 2/3 innings, and opponents are hitting .183 against him. But the Astros ace needs one more vintage performance to stamp this the “October of Verlander.”
The reality of the situation is Miami’s 31.5 percent GBR after Week 7 was the second lowest in the league and their 31.1 percent GBR after Week 8 could end up as the lowest GBR in the league. Outside of two solid blocking performances in Weeks 5 and 6, the Dolphins have posted a GBR of lower than 30 percent in every contest.
It is possible that Miami’s GBR will pick up during the next four weeks, as three of the Dolphins’ next four foes (Raiders, Panthers and Patriots) rank in the bottom half of the league in GBR allowed, but when a team is blocking this badly it often doesn’t improve regardless of the quality of the opponent. That means Ajayi is likely to be a borderline flex pick for the rest of the season.
Kyle Long, OG, Chicago Bears: Long exited the game against the Saints in the first quarter, and the team announced that his return was questionable because of a hand injury. He was spotted with a club on his hand to start the second half.
The parade celebrating the Pittsburgh Penguins’ second straight Stanley Cup was still raging on that hot afternoon in mid-June when Mike Sullivan decided it was time to up the ante.
Sure, becoming the first back-to-back Cup winners in nearly two decades is historic. Still, it’s just two. Three straight? Well, that’s something else entirely. And the man whose arrival in December 2015 coincided with Pittsburgh’s ascendance back to the top of the NHL knew it.
So the head coach with the innate ability to calibrate a roster stuffed with an eclectic mix of generational offensive talent, relentless young legs and just enough tenacity figured it was time to set the bar for 2018.
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Let’s do it anyway. No team has even reached the Cup final three successive springs since the Islanders finished off Gretzky and the Oilers on May 16, 1983, for their fourth championship, a time when the path from burgeoning power to dynasty was far shorter than it is now.
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The Texans became only the sixth team this season to post more than 500 yards in a single game and their five offensive touchdowns were tied for the fifth most in a contest this season. That scoring largesse led four Texans players (DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson, Will Fuller V and Lamar Miller) to score 20 or more points in ESPN standard PPR leagues.
As much credit as that quartet deserves for putting up these fantastic numbers, don’t overlook how much the Seattle defense had to do with this. The Seahawks’ defensive front seven came into this contest with an F grade in Marcell Ozuna Jersey my Week 8 offensive blocker/defensive front seven matchup preview article last week. They earned this rating due in part to ranking 29th in ESPN Stats & Information’s pass pressure rate (PPR of 21.0 percent ), 20th in quarterback contact (QC) rate (12.1 percent) and 27th in sack rate (3.8 percent) in Weeks 3-7.
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His 17:21 per game over the first 11 contests is the highest average ice time of his career. Playing alongside talented wingers like Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg, Cogliano will have an opportunity to put up big point totals, at least until Kesler returns.
Koivu missed most of 2001-02 with a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, set a new career high with 71 points the next year and played 11 more NHL seasons. Maatta, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2014, returned two weeks after surgery.
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Tennessee coach Butch Jones says he’s disappointed but not discouraged and believes he still has the support of athletic director John Currie as the Volunteers try to snap a four-game skid.
Jones said Saturday after a 29-26 loss to Kentucky that he absolutely felt he still had Currie’s support. Jones said Monday that nothing has changed at all in that regard and that he and the athletic director talk every day.
He’s a great person to work for, Jones said.
He certainly deserves (his success) — he was always working hard, even in the minors, Devils forward Blake Coleman told NJ Advance Media. It’s really nice to see good guys get rewarded for their hard work, and he’s a huge part of the team’s success right now.
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Meanwhile, the Canucks are also getting strong efforts from unsung heroes — a good sign as stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin are struggling to display their former offensive prowess. The latest to shine was multidimensional forward Sam Gagner, who scored his first goal of the season in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday.
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Five days after his first child was born, St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson left the rink with a special present for his daughter.
It also was a wake-up call to the rest of the NFL players about who exactly was asking to “unite” with them.
Appropriate, since McNair’s repulsive words and equally feeble explanations (he tried two of them) turned up the heat under the Texans’ players, and those across the league and into other sports, like never before. There was no twisting of the players’ message into something anti-military, or anti-flag, or unpatriotic, no matter how hard many were sure to try.
DeRozan had 15 points in the first quarter and the teams were knotted at 29 going into the second. DeRozan led the Raptors with 24 points in the 101-92 victory over the Lakers.
The Blazers went cold in the second quarter. Really cold. They went 0-for-16 from the field until Turner’s layup with 5 seconds left before the half. Portland’s other four points in the quarter came from free throws and the Raptors led 54-35 at the break.
The Blazers’ six total points were a franchise low for the second quarter.
“It wasn’t like they were unstoppable,” Lillard said. “They were scoring and we weren’t.”
Going back into the first quarter, the Blazers missed 20 straight shots over the miserable stretch.
“Brutal,” Coach Terry Stotts said about the stretch. “It was tough. I felt bad for them.”
Goligoski scored with 14.4 seconds left on the clock in OT and Arizona (1-10-1) avoided setting an NHL record for most consecutive losses to start a season.
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Yeah, it felt like it wasn’t going to be easy when it didn’t come, Goligoski said. And it wasn’t, but we stuck with it. It’s really nice. We don’t have to worry about that anymore. We can kind of go about our business.
Babcock will make some line-up changes for Wednesday’s game at Anaheim. Winger Josh Leivo takes Dominic Moore’s spot in the line-up and will play with Nazim Kadri and Leo Komarov. Connor Carrick replaces Roman Polak on defense. Center Tyler Bozak who found himself a spectator for the third period against the Sharks was skating on the fourth line at practice on Tuesday with Mitch Marner and Matt Martin. Patrick Marleau who took Bozak’s spot at center for the third period of the Leafs loss at San Jose was centering a line with James Van Riemsdyk and Connor Brown.
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It doesn’t matter how good a player you are, confidence is the first thing. It’s not that Bozak’s not trying or putting an effort in. It’s that it’s not going in for right now, Babcock said. When things don’t go right for him, he owns it.
Goligoski scored the winner from a sharp angle in the 3-on-3 overtime period after a pass from Clayton Keller. The Coyotes leaped off the bench and swarmed Goligoski to celebrate their first win.
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Manning to the Jaguars still makes too much sense to actually happen, although it probably won’t take place as a trade before this week’s deadline. Assuming he wants to play for a competitor with cap space, the market for 2018 isn’t going to leave Eli with many other options. Could he follow his big brother to Denver?
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In this topsy-turvy year with no undefeated teams and just a single one-loss team (the Eagles) through Week 8, the title of Super Bowl favorite has been traded only once. The Patriots entered the season as prohibitive favorites and then ceded that nod to the Chiefs in the season opener, who have held it ever since. The Chiefs were comfortable favorites until narrowly losing each of the past two weeks, and if they were to fall to the Broncos on Monday night, FPI would push them out of first place.
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was among 17 team owners who spoke on a conference call Thursday in an effort to determine if they could hijack commissioner Roger Goodell’s pending contract extension, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources.
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After picking up their third straight win at Ford Field, the Steelers will get a bye in Week 9 before visiting the Colts in Week 10.
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Massimiliano Allegri has seen just another of his crucial players being ruled out of an important match due to injury and will have to do without him despite Juventus’ increasing defending lacks.
It was not until 1973, however, that NFL games were televised in their home markets. Until then, owners blacked them out to encourage tickets sales. This is one lesson the NFL learned quite well: Television is king.
Enough pointing fingers at embattled left tackle Ereck Flowers or the New York Giants’ offensive line. General manager Jerry Reese says to point them directly at him after the team’s 1-6 start to the season.
Bowen: Josh Doctson, WR, Redskins. I’ll take a flier here on Doctson, who got the start over Terrelle Pryor Sr. on Monday night. Doctson caught three of five targets in that game, and it’s obvious that the Redskins want to increase his workload in the offense. With great body control at the point of attack and red zone ability, Doctson could surprise this Sunday against a Cowboys defense giving up an average of 36.6 points per game to opposing receivers (27th in the NFL).
“I asked them explicitly, ‘Can you at least tell me if I’m going to be here next year to play this position?'” Reid said. “They told me ‘no.’ … Right now, I just trust that the film I have at safety is good enough for me to enter free agency with. And just get some film at linebacker, as well.”
In their letter granting permission to seek a trade, the Bills noted that Boldin might not make visits, undergo a physical or try out with other teams at this time. The Bills reserved the right to have ultimate say on trade compensation and the designated club.
The trade deadline is Tuesday, so there is a finite window on any talks.
Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, where he played his first seven seasons, Boldin walked away from the game with 1,076 receptions for 13,779 yards and 82 touchdowns. He won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in the 2012 season. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions.
Standout left tackle Jason Peters and middle linebacker Jordan Hicks are out for the remainder of the season, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday.
Both players were hurt during Monday night’s 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins. Peters was carted Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Womens Jersey off the field early in the third quarter after suffering injuries to his MCL and ACL in his right knee. Hicks needed assistance leaving the field just two plays into the game after suffering a ruptured right Achilles tendon.
His reputation is certainly complicated by his habit of making mistakes in important moments, especially considering that he has played behind one of the NFL’s best offensive lines, according to Football Outsiders. In the red zone last year, Cousins was one of the least efficient starting quarterbacks, completing just 45.8 percent of his passes. Inside the 10-yard line, he was even worse, connecting on 31.6 percent of his throws, dead last in the NFL. And although he has cut down on the interceptions that plagued him early in his career, he threw arguably his worst pick in the regular-season finale against the Giants last season.
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Fales was with the Dolphins in training camp and cut before the season. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2014 and has appeared in one career game, attempting five passes.
The Dolphins (4-2) will travel to play the Baltimore Ravens (3-4) on Thursday.