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Now, with the contract behind him, Zibanejad must live up to the investment the Rangers made in him. With Derek Stepan, the de-facto top-line center for many years on Broadway, traded to the Coyotes earlier this off-season, Zibanejad will consistently face other team’s top lines and defense pairs, while receiving more ice-time, more responsibility at even-strength, power play and penalty kill, and with higher expectations to produce offensively, while proving capable of playing well defensively.

“I always want to improve, always want to evolve, take my game to the next level, that’s what I am working on,” Zibanejad told reporters on a conference call. “Even before signing, seeing Derek being traded was a little bit of an alert to me that I might get a chance to play a bigger role. As a player, you always want more responsibility…I am am super pumped.”

Acquired from the Senators last summer in a trade for Derick Brassard, Zibanejad suffered a broken leg which derailed his first season with the Rangers. However, he scored 14 goals and 37 points in 56 regular season games before stepping up to the lead the team with nine points in 12 playoff contests.

Fans packed Bridgestone Arena an hour before puck drop. They stood during warm-ups and chanted “Pekka! Pekka!” in support of their beleaguered goalie. When Jake Guentzel scored 2:42 into the game, a soft goal that could have rattled Rinne’s already fragile psyche, fans were back on their feet at the next commercial break for a boost.

Their chants, choreographed like a Premier League match, took aim at the Penguins from the introduction.

At the announcement of each players’ name, fans yell “SUCKS!” in perfect Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys harmony. Following a Predators goal, they’re quick to inform opposing goalie Matt Murray “IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT!”

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Stars land Radulov, but Dallas GM says big summer ‘doesn’t guarantee anything’

You can’t win the Stanley Cup during the summer. However, you can help build a playoff contender during the offseason.

Stars general manager Jim Nill is banking on this old hockey adage, hoping a series of bold moves this summer vaults his club back into contention next season.

On Monday, Nill and the Stars landed arguably the most coveted forward on the free agent market, signing right wing Alexander Radulov to a five-year, $31.25 million contract. Radulov’s addition follows those of goaltender Ben Bishop, defenseman Marc Methot and center Martin Hanzal, all of whom were acquired in trades or signed as free agents by Dallas this summer, not to mention the hiring of head coach Ken Hitchcock.

“We’re excited about these moves, but we’re going to work now. It doesn’t guarantee anything,” Nill said on a conference call with reporters Monday. “We like what we have on paper, but in the end the goal for us is to be a contender every year, get in the playoffs every year. We’ve put ourselves in a good position, but we still have to go out and do it.”

Spoken like a man whose team finished out of the playoffs with the sixth-worst record in the NHL last year despite having star players like Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza on its roster. In fact, the Stars missed the playoffs two of the past three seasons and in seven of the last nine Direct Cheap Jerseys even China Cheap Jerseys with some decent talent, so the GM’s take-nothing-for-granted attitude is to be expected.

Spurs’ Gregg Popovich unloads on Donald Trump

Gregg Popovich didn’t hold anything back Saturday when asked about President Donald Trump.

The Spurs coach praised those who marched on Washington in protest of Trump’s presidency and said Trump’s personality is worrisome.

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Westbrook has used this move before in order to draw a foul, but he didn’t get the call this time, as it was clear he initiated all of the contact.

The Clippers called timeout after gaining possession of the ball. Paul was not happy to leave the game, kicking a chair on his way to the locker room.

Paul left the floor much in the same fashion after breaking his hand in the Clippers’ first-round playoff series against the Trail Blazers. The good news for Los Angeles is Paul’s thumb isn’t broken, though the full extent of the damage remains unclear.

Any time with Paul on the bench would be a huge problem for the Clippers. Paul is having another sensational season, averaging 17.7 points, 9.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds with the highest effective field goal percentage of his career (54.7). The Clippers are already without Blake Griffin. They can’t afford to lose their No. 1 player and leader for an extended period.

To that end, the Bulls nearly traded Butler just ahead of the draft. Boston had the No. 3 pick, and Minnesota had No. 5. Both teams had interest in Butler, who had not been an easy personality for Hoiberg to manage. That came to the fore in December 2015, when Nike Cheap Jerseys Butler criticized Hoiberg for being too soft on the team. While Butler later said he would “make it work” with Hoiberg, the veterans in Chicago were never New England Patriots Cheap Jerseys truly on board with Hoiberg.

Charles Barkley again says he won’t get personal with LeBron James; Shaq defends King

Fans expecting to hear Charles Barkley go nuclear on LeBron James on Thursday were disappointed.

Barkley had a chance to deliver one (or more) zinger to James on TNT’s “NBA Tip-Off,” but he chose instead just to defend his earlier criticism of James and pledge again not to get personal with any player.

To those who screech, “They knew it was dangerous when they started playing it, they had a choice” — no, you’re wrong, they didn’t know all of this. There’s no plausible way they could have.

Make that argument in 20 or 30 years, when the kids coming up now have grown up. No sensible person can look at that sobering graphic and the faces attached to it, from Hall of Famers to long-forgotten short-timers, and speak for them, believing they went into it as many as eight decades ago with the idea that their brains would someday betray them.

There’s still going to be a lot of denial about this; there always has been, every time another revelation about the toll of this sport goes public.

On the other hand, every time, there also is another group of parents who declare that their child will never play it. Not to mention another player who walks away from the NFL to save whatever he has left.

Players were reporting to training camps around the league Tuesday as the report went public. There’s no question many took notice and reconsidered their options at least a little.

Those who still live and profit off of the game, and who have US Cheap Jerseys voids that need filling from it, will keep fighting it. The battles will continue.

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MLB trade rumors: Dodgers ‘confident’ of completing blockbuster trade by deadline

The Dodgers have built a commanding lead in the National League West, but they aren’t satisfied with their current roster.

With ace Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with a back injury, Los Angeles has increased its likelihood of pulling off a trade before the July 31 trade deadline. In fact, according to MLB Network, the Dodgers are “increasingly confident” they will acquire either Justin Verlander, Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish.

The system is broken, Cuban asserts, but “the system is the system” even if things don’t work as smoothly as he’d like, and the Warriors backup center, who received 1.5 million fan votes, is Exhibit A.

“The three branches of NBA government — the players, the media, and the fans — you would think would be able to make it all work. But I understand if the guys who are All-Stars won in the NBA Electoral College, if they would have thought they were at risk they would have campaigned at different games.

“But the system is the system. They campaigned in the states — and in Zaza’s case — the countries where they needed to. There’s a Pew Study that talks about the difference between digital straight-up fan voting and the NBA Electoral College, and that’s what I pin my hat on.’’

With Beal and Wall commanding so much attention, it helps having someone like Porter who is a willing cutter. In addition to being a huge target at 6-8, he uses his 7-1 wingspan and soft touch Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale around the basket well to finish over shot blockers.

Some struggle coming to terms with being the third option behind two Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys volume scorers, but Porter seems to have embraced being the thorn in a defense’s side. It explains why 80.8 percent of his field goals this season have been assisted.

Devin Booker explodes for 70 points against Celtics, but Suns lose

Suns guard Devin Booker exploded for 70 points against the Celtics Friday night, making him only the sixth NBA player in history to achieve that feat.

He added eight rebounds, six assists and three steals, but Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys his efforts weren’t enough to lift the Suns to a win. The rest of the Suns players accounted for 50 points as the Celtics still earned a 130-120 victory.

The Knicks lost to the Heat, 105-88, on Wednesday, and are pretty much eliminated from playoff contention. With only seven games left in the regular season, Anthony will likely be benched more so younger players can get experience.

“I don’t think me going out there, trying to score 30 and 40 every night and playing that way, is going to help them out at this point,” Anthony said. “I think it’s more about getting that experience and letting them go out there and play through that right now. It’s challenging, but I think it’s for the greater good for Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys everybody on this team.”

It’s the fourth season in a row the Knicks have missed the playoffs, which means they will likely have a top-10 draft pick this year.

Anthony’s future with the team remains uncertain even in the offseason, despite his no-trade clause. The team could want to deal him to make room for younger players with a smaller salary, giving the team more cap space.

“He’s smart,” one scouting director said. “He is a basketball junkie like his dad. He always seems to get that team to play to its strengths. You want to see more, where he goes from here. But I could imagine him coaching in the NBA someday.”

Pacers’ Paul George can’t wait to rekindle ‘special memories’ with Lance Stephenson

The Pacers haven’t announced it yet, but reports say the team is set to sign Lance Stephenson in the near future. The electric guard departed Indiana for Charlotte in free agency a few years ago and was never able to return to what he was.

After bouncing around a few teams, Stephenson is ready to return, and his teammates are welcoming him with open arms.

“Lance is a ball player and he’s a guy that fits right in,” George said Wednesday, via the Indianapolis Star. “I think one area that we need and we’re lacking is a shot creator and a playmaker (in the second unit) and you’ve got a guy that can do both of those.”

Stephen Curry scored a team-high 24 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Klay Thompson added 20 points and eight rebounds, but the bench came up big for the Warriors at Oracle Arena.

Andre Iguodala scored 14 points with five rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals, while JaVale McGee scored 13 points with five blocks and four rebounds in just 11 minutes of action.

The Warriors received a total of 49 points off the bench, with all six players shooting 50 percent or better from the field. Even backup guard Paypal Cheap Jerseys Ian Clark was draining 3-pointers.

Defensively, the Warriors were excellent, holding the Rockets to 37 percent shooting from the field. James Harden, who scored 17 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists, shot just 4 of 18 from the field and 2 of 9 from beyond the arc.

The win was crucial for the Warriors (62-14), because it proved the two-time Western Conference champs could win playoff-like games without one of their biggest stars. It should give the rest of the team confidence heading into the real Nike NFL Jerseys From China postseason in a couple weeks.

‘Crying LeBron’ tattoo shown off by Utah man

LeBron James definitely wasn’t happy to see his Cavaliers lose the NBA Finals in five games to the Warriors.

But did he cry like a baby? Probably not, but a Salt Lake City man will forever bear the image of a Crying LeBron in the form of a tattoo on his leg.

While NBA fans continue to argue whether James or Michael Jordan is the GOAT, we’ll give the Crying LeBron image a nod over the Crying Jordan meme thanks to the exquisite detail by the tattoo artist.

In accordance with the 2017 Personnel (Injury) Report Policy, each club is required to file a Practice Report with the NFL communications department by 4:00 p.m., New York time, (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a regular season Sunday game; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a Thursday game; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for a Monday game; and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a Saturday game.

Each club must also file a weekly regular season Game Status Report with the NFL communications department by 4:00 p.m., New York time (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) on Wednesday for a Thursday game, Friday for a Sunday game, Saturday for a Monday game, and Thursday for a Saturday game. An update must be reported if there is any change in a player’s condition after the initial Game Status Report is filed.

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Prosecutor isn’t buying Michael Floyd’s kombucha tea defense

Michael Floyd’s kombucha tea defense may not hold up in court.

Arizona prosecutor Caron Close believes the Vikings wide receiver should be behind bars for violating the terms of his house arrest.

“He’s in violation and should serve the rest of his jail time,” Close told Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Williams, a closer known as “Wild Thing” during an 11-year MLB career, reveled on Twitter in the legal victory Tuesday in a Camden County (N.J.) court, referring to the verdict as “#justice”.

MLB Network said in a statement: “While we respect the jury’s decision, we disagree with their conclusion and are reviewing all of our legal options.”

Deadspin’s reports are no longer available on the site, but in 2014 unidentified witnesses recounted in two stories a litany of alleged bad behavior. Williams disputed the accounts, but issued an apology on Twitter at the time.

He also sued Deadspin’s owner at the time, Gawker Media, and although that part of the case was dismissed, he reportedly received $125,000 as part of Gawker Media’s liquidation in bankruptcy late in 2016.

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Prescott threw for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns against just four interceptions. His first pick of the season didn’t even happen until Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers, and that put Prescott ahead of Tom Brady in the record books for the most passing attempts without a pick.

Top Cuban prospect Luis Robert signs with White Sox, reports say

Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in MLB no player under the age of 25 will be allowed to be signed to a deal of more than $5.75 million effective after this season. And with Robert being the consensus top prospect out of Cuba this year, no other player is expected to get more than he does.

Gone are the days of the Rusney Castillo’s and even the Jorge Soler’s contract. Now teams will have a level playing field rather than the richest teams going after those big name Cuban players.

Fighting attendance issues, the Diamondbacks are offering a ticket package that will get a fan into every home game in June and July for a total of $50. The team has 25 games scheduled at Chase Field for those two months, meaning each ticket costs $2 under the plan, dubbed Ballpark Summer Pass.

This is a chance to attract new fans, younger fans who are home from college, and fans who aren’t of the traditional mindset of attending 81 home games as a season-ticket holder, Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall told the Arizona Republic. We’re going to give it a shot and see what happens.

One person can purchase up to four of the $50 packages. Tickets cannot be shared or resold, and fans will find out the location of their seats two hours before each game via MLB’s Ballpark app, which they must download if they buy the package.

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