Isaiah Thomas defers to Paul Pierce in turning down Celtics video tribute

Isaiah Thomas has declined the Celtics’ offer to honor him with a video tribute on Feb. 11 because it’s the same day Boston is to retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34.

The Cavaliers, who acquired Thomas from the Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade before the season, are scheduled to visit Boston for a nationally-televised game that Sunday afternoon. Thomas doesn’t want to detract from the moment of “The Truth.”

Toews scored nine seconds into the extra period and had an assist in regulation to lead Chicago past the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The winner was generated directly from the faceoff at center ice. Toews pulled the draw to Duncan Keith, who passed to Patrick Kane on the right side. Kane fed Toews on a 2-on-1 and the Chicago captain chipped his 18th goal past Semyon Varlamov from the low edge of the circle.

The Blackhawks’ signature puck possession game has disappeared for much of their disappointing season. But in overtime, Chicago was the only team to touch the puck on a play Toews said came almost off the drawing board.

Francis, 55, had served as executive vice president and general manager for four years during which the Hurricanes failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs. A former star center with both the Hurricanes and their previous incarnation, the Hartford Whalers, Francis is in his 12th season in team management overall.

Carolina is 29-27-11 and four points out of the last wild card in the Eastern Conference, and it is 2-6-2 in its last 10 games. The Hurricanes haven’t qualified for the playoffs since losing in the conference final in 2009.

This is the first major shake-up for the franchise by Tom Dundon, who purchased the Hurricanes last December from Peter Karmanos, Jr.

“Since I took control of the team, I’ve had a good chance to be around and assess the operations,” said Dundon. “There are a lot of good people working in the organization, but I feel that a change in direction is needed when it comes to hockey personnel decisions. Ron is a smart and talented hockey man. I am glad that he will continue to be a part of the team, serving in this new role.”

A source told ESPN that the next Hurricanes GM will report directly to Dundon.packers_012

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr has escaped punishment by the NBA even though he criticized the league’s officiating in a since-deleted tweet, ESPN.com reports.
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It’s an embarrassment. I think the league is so happy with all the scoring that it doesn’t want to enforce stuff like that, Kerr’s reply said.

As far as the NBA’s disciplinarians go, he is getting away with it, as the league appears to be buying his story. A source told ESPN that since Kerr’s message was intended to be private, the league does not believe a fine is warranted.

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On Thursday, ESPN confirmed an NFL Network report that the Dolphins had given Landry’s agent permission to seek a trade.

The franchise tag is expected to pay Landry around $16.2 million in 2018.

Landry, 25, led the NFL with 112 receptions last season. He also had 987 receiving yards and nine touchdown receptions. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl for three consecutive seasons.

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I’ve been proud to be part of that mission from day one, and I’ll never stop being my brothers’ keeper, Curry said.

This past fall, during the league’s annual Christmas Day showcase, Curry appeared in a new MBK campaign, driving home the concept of We are the ones, a talking point of Obama’s urging young men of color to take on active efforts in their education, community involvement and personal growth.

Since launching in 2014, My Brother’s Keeper has impacted more than 250 communities in all 50 states and raised more than $1 billion in private funding to continue to impact local organizations and reach young men from a variety of backgrounds.

Both the NBA and National Basketball Player’s Association have signed on for a five-year partnership with My Brother’s Keeper, providing additional funding and access to even more NBA players.

In fact, if you really look at it, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t your typical bad team, and that may be why they’re playing so well down the stretch.

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Finally, the trade that they pulled off with the Cleveland Cavaliers gave them the potential to put together two max deals this offseason and/or to try out impending free agent Isaiah Thomas for a spot in their future plans and a chunk of that salary-cap space.

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Jacoby Brissett’s replacement-level quarterbacking helped doom an understaffed Colts team to a 4-12 record in 2017. With Luck’s shoulder still in question, there’s a chance Reich never gets to work with his team’s franchise player.
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That leaves him staring upward at a difficult rebuild. Talented pieces like T.Y. Hilton and Malik Hooker are oases among a barren roster, and while the team has an estimated $72 million in cap space to spend this spring, luring big-name free agents to Indianapolis won’t be easy. There are several reasons why McDaniels turned down the Colts’ head coaching job, and while his ties to New England played a role, the team’s unpredictable future was also a major negative.

The Bidwills aren’t quick with the hook, and it’s a good thing too, because this team needs a complete overhaul offensively. The Cardinals have to find a quarterback, a replacement for Larry Fitzgerald if he retires, and five new starting offensive linemen.

Moncrief showed promise in 2015 when he caught 64 passes for 733 yards and 6 TDs in his second season. The Colts have been disappointed since, waiting for his breakout as a big, fast receiver (6-2, 216 pouns). A new coaching and offensive staff might end up giving him a worthy second chance with Andrew Luck for a team already thin at the position.

He’s one of the best prospects in hockey right now. I expected him to have a good season in the KHL, but to outpace Kuznetsov at the same age says a lot. Then Tolvanen went to the Olympics and had the most productive tournament by a player under 19 since Eric Lindros had 11 points in three more games in 1992. I don’t think I need to tell you that the goalies today, even those outside of the NHL, take up a lot more net than they did in 1992.

The one thing I would be moderately concerned about if I were Nashville is how much of an impact he can make right away. He obviously has the talent, with the elite shot and the confidence to fire it from anywhere, but he has had kind of a weird season in Antoine Roussel Authentic Jersey terms of where and how he has played. On top of the 47 games he already has played for Jokerit in the KHL, he appeared in five games at the World Juniors in Buffalo, five at the Olympics, and a few more in various tournaments and pre-tournament games. He has played on three continents this season. I’d be a little worried about wear and tear going into the grueling postseason, but I’d also assume he would have managed minutes should he sign and get into the Nashville lineup. Maybe it doesn’t matter, but it’s something to be aware of in case he struggles early on.
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What does Nick Foles get for winning Super Bowl MVP?

Let’s face it: Brady probably couldn’t have gotten any more famous by winning a sixth Super Bowl and fifth MVP award. But with the Eagles winning the Super Bowl and Foles being crowned MVP, he’s surely going to have some new endorsement opportunities (and NFL opportunities) coming his way.

Goff threw for 3,804 yards to go along with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions, with a 100.5 passer rating. He finished in the top 10 in yards and touchdowns, and he also had the fifth-best passer rating in the league.

Because of Goff’s stellar play, Gurley didn’t have to run into eight-man fronts. Gurley had a career rebirth in 2017 and won the league’s Offensive Player of the Year award. After rushing for 885 yards in his disappointing sophomore campaign, he ran for 1,305 and a league-high 13 touchdowns. Gurley also made a huge impact in the passing game — hauling in 64 receptions for 788 yards and six scores. He led the league in scrimmage yards and touchdowns.

What this means for the Eagles: Philadelphia has only faced off against Gronkowski once in the All-Pro tight end’s career — and that was back in 2011. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will have to earn his paycheck by shutting down the matchup nightmare Belichick will deploy at tight end. As the Jaguars game showed, there’s no easy way to contain the rest of the Patriots receivers, either — despite having few other options, Brady completed 15 of his 21 passes to his top three wideouts (Cooks, Amendola, Chris Hogan) for 204 yards and two touchdowns. That makes even an obvious Patriot attack tough to plan against.

So, you go through that and you get comfortable and you get comfortable with your teammates and it just goes from there.

With 28 seconds left in the first period, van Riemsdyk beat Luongo between the legs with a shot from the faceoff dot for his 25th goal of the season. Jake Gardiner had an assist for his 200th NHL point.
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