The Kings’ offseason game plan: The Drew Doughty conundrum takes the main stage

As each NHL team is eliminated from playoff contention — either mathematically or by losing in the postseason — we’ll take a look at why its quest for the Stanley Cup fell short in 2017-18, along with three keys to its offseason and a way-too-early prediction for what 2018-19 will hold.

A number of things went right for the Los Angeles Kings, actually.

You almost would rather it just be a closed environment, and be alone in your thoughts, and only be there really having any dialogue with Phil and the truck. So anyway, someone’s knocking at the door, and took a peek outside, it was Dick Enberg. Well, Dick Enberg’s coming in. I’m gonna actually get down on my hands and knees and roll out the red carpet myself. For him to come out of his way to come over to the booth and just offer some really supportive words that a broadcaster could relate to — “Sure it’s the Super Bowl, but in a lot of ways, once you get going, it’s gonna be another show. Trust your instincts and feel comforted knowing that you were meant to do this game.” That to me was one of the most generous moments that someone had offered to me in this industry.

Parise, 33, had 15 goals and nine assists in 42 games for the Wild during the regular season, missing a chunk of time after back surgery.

The Wild dropped a pair of games in Winnipeg before roaring back into the series in Game 3. The Jets will also be short-handed, as defenseman Tyler Myers is expected to miss Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury.

Two weeks into the season, our voters have seen enough to change things on top, dramatically reshuffling the top 10. Let’s start up top: Would anyone have expected the Astros to already cede the No. 1 slot to anyone? Even after a solid start? That’s exactly what has happened, not because the Astros are bad but because we’ve seen several teams sizzle in the early going. Welcome to the reason the red-hot Red Sox captured four of five first-place votes to unseat the reigning champs, although Houston held on to the last vote for the top spot.
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Dez Bryant probably knows he won’t end up with the Giants, but the free-agent wide receiver is still holding out hope.

After being released by the Cowboys on Friday, Bryant said he hoped to join another NFC East team and have a chance to exact revenge against Dallas twice per season.
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Because the Giants have the sixth-least amount of cap space in the league and already have a solid receiving corps, bringing in Bryant makes little sense, but the 29-year-old is already envisioning what it would be like to come to New York.

Incognito initially backed his restructured contract by posting a note on Twitter saying he was thrilled to be returning this season and fired up to get back to work with my Buffalo Bills brothers.
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Mens Thomas Steen Jersey Incognito is also the subject of an NFL investigation after Jacksonville defensive end Yannick Ngakoue accused the Bills player of making racist slurs during the Jaguars’ 10-3 win over Buffalo in an AFC wild-card playoff game in January.

The NFL has not announced whether it has completed its investigation. Ngakoue said he and Incognito cleared the air after they were AFC teammates at the Pro Bowl in January.

Barreled it pretty good, Harper said. It just broke and kept going.

Harper hit his major league-high eighth homer, and his 33陆-inch, 31陆-ounce Marucci bat paid the price. It cleanly cracked, but the ball flew an estimated 406 feet to right-center at Citi Field.

Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo headed toward the wall and quickly ran out of room.

Yeah, that was pretty shocking, deGrom said, with a slight grin. I heard the bat break, and then I looked. I saw Nimmo, he just kept going, so I was like, oh, well, I guess that’s out of here.

As Harper rounded the bases, first base coach Tim Bogar picked up the sawed-off piece of wood and handed it to a bat boy.

On his way back to the dugout, Harper playfully pulled up his sleeve to show his biceps.

He started to flex when he came back. I said, yeah, you’re strong, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.

Now in his seventh season, Harper, 25, has hit 158 career home runs, boosting his total with the solo shot in the first inning. But anything like that?

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The controversial career of Richie Incognito is over, he thinks.

Shortly after telling The MMQB he’s contemplating retirement, the 34-year-old took the pronouncement a step further.
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I’m done. That’s it. It’s been a long career, Incognito told the Buffalo News on Tuesday morning, before indicating he’s battling health issues. Went to the doctor. My liver and kidneys are shutting down. The stress is killing Authentic Yannick Ngakoue Jersey me. It’s just about doing what’s right. I just want to be in the Hall of Fame.
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The one quarterback at the top of this class Pennington did not spend much time with is USC’s Sam Darnold. But he cautioned teams not to make Darnold the savior right away.

My thought process is he’s 20 years old. For any organization to think they’re going to dump a professional football team on a 20-year-old and think it’s going to work immediately, they’re fooling themselves, Pennington said. From a physical standpoint and potential, you really like what you see. You’re like, ‘Man, in three or four years this guy could be the guy.’

With the Jets’ offseason program beginning Monday, the team made some cuts on Friday. They waived QB Joel Stave, RB Jeremy Langford, RB Jahad Thomas and WR Daniel Williams.

Boyer told The Athletic that the driver, who is reported to be OK, deserves all the credit.

He was a stud, Boyer said. That guy Fred was a trooper. He had shards in his face, and he was locked in on trying to get the bus slowed down.
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The Royals’ trouble with ice didn’t end there, as their game with the Blue Jays on Monday was postponed because pieces of ice that fell off the CN Tower punctured a hole in the roof of the Rogers Centre.

Boyer is in his first year with the Royals, having made the team out of spring training after signing a minor league deal.

Darnold, he’s like a cow on ice,” Shonka said. His footwork is all over the place. His feet in the pocket are embarrassing. When you turn the ball over [35 times] in 26 games, you’re intellectually dishonest when you’re talking about bringing in Sam Darnold as your next savior. This guy opens his hands over the ball, it just drops out when he’s in the pocket. If you look at his film, they talk about his accuracy. Actually it’s his receivers making great catches for him, laying out for the ball or going high. I’m not saying he’s never going to be a quarterback, but right now he’s a long way away.”

The controversial career of Richie Incognito is over, he thinks.

Shortly after telling The MMQB he’s contemplating retirement, the 34-year-old took the pronouncement a step further.
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I’m done. That’s it. It’s been a long career, Incognito told the Buffalo News on Tuesday morning, before indicating he’s battling health issues. Went to the doctor. My liver and kidneys are shutting down. The stress is killing Authentic Yannick Ngakoue Jersey me. It’s just about doing what’s right. I just want to be in the Hall of Fame.

The one quarterback at the top of this class Pennington did not spend much time with is USC’s Sam Darnold. But he cautioned teams not to make Darnold the savior right away.

My thought process is he’s 20 years old. For any organization to think they’re going to dump a professional football team on a 20-year-old and think it’s going to work immediately, they’re fooling themselves, Pennington said. From a physical standpoint and potential, you really like what you see. You’re like, ‘Man, in three or four years this guy could be the guy.’
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With the Jets’ offseason program beginning Monday, the team made some cuts on Friday. They waived QB Joel Stave, RB Jeremy Langford, RB Jahad Thomas and WR Daniel Williams.

Boyer told The Athletic that the driver, who is reported to be OK, deserves all the credit.

He was a stud, Boyer said. That guy Fred was a trooper. He had shards in his face, and he was locked in on trying to get the bus slowed down.

The Royals’ trouble with ice didn’t end there, as their game with the Blue Jays on Monday was postponed because pieces of ice that fell off the CN Tower punctured a hole in the roof of the Rogers Centre.

Boyer is in his first year with the Royals, having made the team out of spring training after signing a minor league deal.
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Darnold, he’s like a cow on ice,” Shonka said. His footwork is all over the place. His feet in the pocket are embarrassing. When you turn the ball over [35 times] in 26 games, you’re intellectually dishonest when you’re talking about bringing in Sam Darnold as your next savior. This guy opens his hands over the ball, it just drops out when he’s in the pocket. If you look at his film, they talk about his accuracy. Actually it’s his receivers making great catches for him, laying out for the ball or going high. I’m not saying he’s never going to be a quarterback, but right now he’s a long way away.”

Ryan Jensen sees Bucs as team ready to win now

The Buccaneers failed to live up to preseason hype in 2017 as they slumped from 9-7 to 5-11, but a newcomer to the team doesn’t think it will take long for them to swing back in the other direction.
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Urine tests, even on the high end, should cost no more than a few hundred dollars per test, says Ege, the manager who supervised Jamie at Sober Living in Delray. Most reputable treatment facilities, Ege says, conduct drug screens for opioids that cost no more than a few dollars a test and can be purchased from the local drug store.

What exactly those personality issues were is unclear, but King also drew the ire of former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, who said in 2016 that he was growing tired of King’s antics after King picked up 15-yard personal foul penalties in back-to-back games.

Cutting King knocks $2.9 million off the Raiders’ salary cap, and whoever the Raiders eventually sign to replace him will surely cost less than that. So there’s a financial reason to get rid of King. But the biggest reason may be about a personality clash.

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As much as Elway wants to fix QB, with Keenum signed, he no longer needs to force it for the short term. Elway also knows he won two Super Bowls as a player because of fellow Hall of Famer Terrell Davis’ domination.
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A trade up the board is possible, too, with the Broncos sitting on 10 picks overall. After free agency and trades, a Mile High pick on Barkley makes a ton of sense.

Listen, there’s no holdup on my end, Decker told Brandon Stokley on 104.3 The Fan, via Nicki Jhabvala. So whoever you need to call for me, whoever you need to reach out to, please do. Not only is the team one of the greatest organizations in the NFL, but just the community.

David DeCastro on rule change: We’re going to look like sumo wrestlers

The NFL has promised to hit the road to explain its new lowering the helmet rule, going to all 32 teams to explain what will and will not be penalized.
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Andersen made a good stop on Brendan Gallagher’s one-timer with four minutes to go, before the Leafs went to the power play with 3:45 left when Michael McCarron hacked Matthews to the ice with the center bearing down on what could have been his 35th goal.

But Kadri wouldn’t be denied with 2:50 left when he backhanded his 32nd over Price before Petry then scored his 12th with 40.2 seconds left in regulation.

Marleau put things to bed with his 27th on a Price mistake with 9.8 seconds still on the clock as the Canadiens limped to the finish line after topping the Atlantic with 103 points last season.

We’re still playing the game we love, Gallagher said. But the games haven’t been meaningful.

Just never want to feel this (way) or go through this ever again.

Down 1-0 after Matthews extended his point streak to 10 games — he now has seven goals and seven assists over that span — late in the first, the Canadiens came close when Andersen denied Gallagher twice on a power play in the second.

Josh Rosen addresses Mora’s “opinions”

With the comments of his former head coach taking center stage throughout most of the day on Monday, quarterback Josh Rosen has chimed in with a couple of tweets..

Robinson and Watkins got paid most, but Richardson (five years, $40 million from the Redskins) and Wilson (three years, $24 million from the Dolphins) can’t complain about averaging $8 million in annual salary coming off limited production. Heck, even Amendola (two years, $12 million from the Dolphins) got more than he’s worth. John Brown ($5 milion) and Ryan Grant (four years, $29 million) got paid well by the Ravens, too. The Eagles paid Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith well last year. Copycat city.

C’mon, Le’Veon. With a running back market in which Dion Lewis is getting $5 million a year, you should be thrilled you get a chance to earn $14.5 million fully guaranteed for only one season.

The Cowboys made Harris a sixth-round pick in 2011. He played his first four seasons in Dallas before signing with the Giants as a free agent.

He has played 88 games with 10 starts in his career. Harris has 130 kickoff returns for 3,392 yards (26.1 average) and one touchdown, 157 punt returns for 1,524 yards (9.7 average) and three touchdowns.

As a receiver, Harris has 70 receptions for 827 yards and eight touchdowns.

Often, this means taking chances with higher-upside, riskier players to make up ground in head-to-head formats. If you’re probably going to lose anyway, why not go down fighting?

Others are looking to protect leads, especially ratios in rotisserie leagues. Regardless of your format, we have all the rankings and player recommendations you need to finish the week on a high note.

Five years later, the NFL and Las Vegas are moving in together. The Raiders are on their way from Oakland, and the sports betting concerns have been addressed.

In fact, one of the earliest steps Raiders owner Mark Davis took in the Las Vegas relocation process was to examine the sports betting issue. It began with an on-field chat, before a 2014 home game against the Broncos, which three months later led to a hush-hush meeting in Las Vegas. The result was a blueprint for how professional sports teams and legal sports betting can co-exist.

This is the story behind the report that helped the Raiders get comfortable with Las Vegas.flames_018

James, Love lead Cavs past Knicks to 50th win, Central title

LeBron James used to downplay winning division titles.
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Not this time. Not after what these Cleveland Cavaliers have been through this season.

A division title and 50 wins would have been considered shoo-ins for the Cavs before the season, but after injuries, trades and a leave of absence for coach Tyronn Lue, nothing seemed certain.

It’s been it feels like a number of seasons within the season, but it’s also gone by pretty fast, Love said. I know I was injured for a number of games, but it still feels like it was a little bit of a blur, so we got one more left at home and as we always say the real things starts.

J.R. Smith and Jordan Clarkson added 16 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who made 19 3-pointers and won for the ninth straight time at Madison Square Garden.

Wearing black sneakers that read I’m on the left shoe and King on the right, James also had six rebounds and a few of his usual powerful dunks, including one where he broke in with a head of speed and Michael Beasley appeared in position to stop him before seeking safety and running by him out of the way .

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Shabazz Muhammad added season-high 22 points and helped spark a 20-6 run in the third quarter for the Bucks, who leapfrogged Miami for sixth in the Eastern Conference. The Heat lost to Oklahoma City on Monday.

A win on Wednesday night on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers would clinch the sixth seed for Milwaukee.

We put ourselves in a position to where we’re in a pretty position to determine where you want to be if that’s what you want to do, center John Henson said. But we want to be the highest seed possible, so that’s the goal.

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The Magic fell to 24-57 but had reason to be confident after beating the Bucks 126-117 in their last meeting on March 14. Orlando was 18 of 34 from 3-point range that night to withstand a 38-point outburst by Antetokounmpo.

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Heath Hembree (1-0) gave up one hit in two scoreless innings.

After closer Craig Kimbrel pitched around a single, stolen base and walk in the 10th, the Red Sox took a 2-1 lead in the 11th. Matt Barnes then blew a save when Cameron Maybin hit a two-out RBI double, but on the relay, Bogaerts’ one-hop throw from short left field nailed Bour.
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Baseball is a crazy game, Bour said. You think you’re out of it, you’re not. Whenever you think you’ve got it won, you don’t.

Red Sox: LHPs Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez were to travel with the team back to Boston and may soon be activated from the disabled list. Rodriguez threw six innings in a minor league game Tuesday and might pitch Sunday for the Red Sox, Cora said.

Red Sox: LHP David Price (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to start the home opener. He allowed four hits in seven innings in his first start to beat the Rays.

Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (0-0, 1.69 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game series at Philadelphia on Thursday. Those are the only road games in the first 15 games of the season for Miami.

Chapman homered off Colon on an 0-2 pitch. Chapman also connected against Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani on Sunday.

Rangers: OF Delino DeShields underwent surgery on his left hand. The timetable for his return remains four to six weeks…. RHP Tim Lincecum, on the disabled list since March 29 due to blisters on his right middle finger, threw a bullpen before the game.

Rangers center fielder Drew Robinson threw a two-hopper to the plate to get a sliding Lucroy trying to score from second. Catcher Robinson Chirinos caught the ball just in front of home plate.

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First launched skyward by Gronk in the minutes after the Super Bowl, the flight pattern is fast and wild in the first few feet, then it hits its apex, descends softly and slowly… nearly stops… then the next punch sends the subject skyward again.

And until we get them, the beach ball stays aloft and every outcome remains in play.

Darlington’s report follows Robert Kraft’s pooh-poohing of Gronk’s retirement last week. Kraft, instead of saying he was either A) confident or B) not confident Gronk would be back, wistfully said we should all want to come back as Gronk in our next life. He added that it was awesome to see Gronk on Shaq’s shoulders at a club recently.

The Bills traded offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, their first-round pick (No. 21) and a fifth-rounder (No. 158) to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for the No. 12 pick and a sixth-round selection (No. 187) earlier this offseason. The move was seen as a precursor to another potential move up the draft board, given the Bills’ stockpile of picks.
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After more than three decades between Villanova’s first two national championships, the Wildcats are going for their second title in three seasons. Coach Jay Wright’s team set NCAA single-season (454) and NCAA Tournament records (66) for 3-pointers while making a Final Four game-record 18 in the semifinal win over Kansas. Michigan is in its seventh national title game. The Wolverines have won only one, beating Seton Hall in overtime in 1989.

Now his salary jumps to $8.459 million thanks to the fifth-year option for former first-round picks. That salary became fully guaranteed on March 14. In a vacuum, that’s still decent value for Cooks. Top receivers are now making $15-16 million per year, and the underwhelming Sammy Watkins just received a $21 million signing bonus from the Chiefs. But in the Patriots’ world, Cooks wasn’t good value.