Stanley Cup Final injury update: Pens’ Patric Hornqvist, Preds’ Mike Fisher may return

Two key players could be back for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, their coaches said Sunday.

Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist, who has missed six games with an upper-body injury, practiced Sunday and could return for Monday’s series opener in Pittsburgh (8 p.m. ET, NBC).

Coach Mike Sullivan called Hornqvist’s availability as game-time decision, but added, Based on the way that he practiced [Sunday], we’re certainly encouraged.

With the ink barely dry on their trade agreement, the Canadiens promptly signed Drouin, a restricted free agent to be, to a six-year contract extension worth $33 million ($5.5 million AAV). Negotiations between Montreal GM Marc Bergevin and Allan Walsh, Drouin’s agent, came together in less than two hours.

Drouin and the Lightning seemed to have reached an understanding this past season, as the 22-year-old wing scored 21 goals on the way to a 53-point campaign. That showing came on the heels of a 2015-16 season that saw Drouin sit out for six weeks after the Lightning didn’t heed his request to be traded. He found his way back into the team’s good graces and ended up scoring five goals in the 2016 playoffs before his breakout 2016-17.

Even so, the end of this Lightning season once again prompted speculation that Drouin could be on the move, as he was Tampa Bay’s prime trading chip in its effort to shore up a woeful defense.

Sergachev, just 18, may not fill that need right away, but the ninth overall pick in last summer’s NHL Draft has put up eye-opening numbers for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires the past Got Cheap Jerseys two seasons — racking up 43 points (10 goals) and 71 penalty minutes in just 50 games this Jerseys China year.

Yzerman sidestepped any question of lasting acrimony playing a role in trading Drouin.

Though he performed well on the ice for Tampa Bay, Drouin was not as great a fit with the club. Two years ago he was suspended by the team for failing to report to the minor leagues; and his agent, Allan Walsh, engaged in a public war of words with the organization, ultimately demanding a trade. Yzerman refused to give in to that demand.

On Thursday, Yzerman sidestepped any question of lasting acrimony playing a role in trading Drouin. He did, however, point out that dealing Drouin, a pending restricted free agent at the time of the deal, helped the Lightning in terms of their salary cap, as well as in deciding which of their stable of talented forwards to protect in the upcoming expansion draft.

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3. Andre Burakovsky, Capitals — Much of the burden to produce has fallen on the Caps’ stars — rightly so — but it sure helps when key depth scoring comes from a guy like Burakosvky, who chipped in his second and third goals of the postseason.

2. T.J. Oshie, Capitals — Oshie now has four goals and set a playoff career high with 12 points, one behind Backstrom for the team lead.

1. Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals — Backstrom’s fourth goal of the series was Monday’s most critical as it gave the Capitals a 3-0 advantage 16 seconds into the third period. He also assisted on the game’s first goal, running his playoff point total to 13.

“I’ll be honest, I never heard the introduction to the lineup,” Predators Cheap Zach Parise Wild Jerseys coach Peter Laviolette said, asked about his favorite in-game fan ritual. “I like Design Cheap Jerseys Online the way the Pittsburgh lineup got introduced last night.

Knicks hit Derrick Rose with hefty fine for skipping game

Knicks rogue point guard Derrick Rose has been fined $200,000 for missing Monday’s loss against the Pelicans, according to the New York Post.

Coach Jeff Hornacek indicated the team subtracted 1/110th of his $21 million wage to reach the roughly $200,000. That is the standard NBA code for a player suspended one game.

The team fined him a pretty hefty amount — the amount of the fine for missing a game,” Hornacek said.

According to TMZ Sports, Greene was staying at his girlfriend’s house when he sneaked out and broke into two homes in the same neighborhood.

At the first home, he saw a 56-year-old woman sleeping, but left the house. He then broke into a second home, where he allegedly went into the bedroom of a 40-year-old woman.

He then reportedly began rubbing the woman’s buttocks and kissing her neck, causing the woman to wake up and begin screaming. Greene then ran back to his girlfriend’s home, according to a police report cited by TMZ. He was arrested shortly after the incidents.

Greene was a second-round NBA Draft pick out of Florida in 2005 by Boston. He began his career NBA Jerseys For Sale with the Celtics, but was traded to the Pacers in 2006, where he was used sparingly.

He was with the Kings for three months in 2007 before bouncing around for teams in the Nike NFL Jerseys 2014 D-League, New Zealand, Mexico and Libya.

Greene recently signed with Guaros de Lara in Venezuela.

NBA trade rumors: Kyrie Irving’s request leaves Cavs hurting, Adam Silver smiling

In a span of a month, the Cavaliers have managed to do something that carried the air of impossibility as the last NBA year limped to a close. Cleveland has set up next season to be, blessedly, an Ravens Cheap Jerseys interesting one.

Even as Golden State easily won this year’s NBA Finals, the running question throughout the five-game series was just how many times fans could be expected to get excited for a Warriors-Cavaliers championship matchup. A meeting of the two next June was all but inevitable, the only question being whether we’d get the same pairing in 2019, too.

But the history of the NBA shows that you’d lose a lot of money USA Cheap Jerseys over the years betting on presumed dynasties. Too much can happen. Look at, say, the Shaq-Kobe Lakers of the early 2000s, the “Big Three” Celtics of 2008 on and the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh Heat. None won as many championships as projected. (Weren’t the Heat still supposed to be winning titles now, seven years later?) Injuries take their toll. Egos get in the way, on the court and off it.

The came an at-times tense segment in the TNT studio Thursday. Panelist Shaquille O’Neal, a former teammate of James’ in Cleveland, appeared visibly upset with Barkley, who kept saying James has enough help to win a championship and that Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook would love to have James’ all-star supporting cast. O’Neal kept saying that it wasn’t about the stars but the role players, which is the type of player James wants.

Shaq said he would have reacted the same way James did to that comment, and then some. “I would have came up here and punched you in your face, that’s what I would’ve did,” O’Neal told Barkley.

Chuck tried to joke that Shaq isn’t a good fighter (let’s go to the videotape). Shaq wasn’t in a laughing mood.

Red Sox studs Rafael Devers, Chris Sale dominant in win against Mariners

Red Sox ace Chris Sale recorded his 14th 10-plus strikeout performance of the season Wednesday in a 4-0 win against the Mariners.

The American league Cy Young candidate tossed seven shutout innings with just three hits allowed and 11 strikeouts to improve to 13-4 with a 2.37 ERA this season.

Sale’s 14 10-plus strikeout outings are good for third-most in Red Sox history, trailing only Pedro Martinez’s 19 in 1999 and 15 in 2000. With a little over two months remaining in the regular season, Sale has a great chance to break that record.

The other three quarterbacks in the NFC South have all gone to the Super Bowl; one has won, and two have won regular-season MVPs. Some who know would take Jameis Winston right now over all three, which is why the Bucs are the team to watch.

Winston now also has DeSean Jackson and rookie O.J. Howard helping him. If the whole roster matures fast and collectively, they could make the leap many are predicting for them.

It has taken some super-human feats to compete in this division lately — who saw it sending two straight teams to the Super Bowl — and this year, it might need the same to win it.

Everybody should look over their shoulders. Good thing the Falcons are used to that.

On the occasions where Wall does push the ball himself, he has a way of drawing multiple defenders into the paint as one of the league’s elite transition scorers. As long as Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys Porter sprints to the corner or fills a lane to the basket, the Wizards often end up Cheap NBA Jerseys From USA with easy points to show for it.

Watch: James Harden pinched Draymond Green so Green punched Harden’s sore wrist

While Draymond Green did nothing Friday night to soften his reputation as a dirty player, at least he had an excuse for his chippiness.

After the Warriors’ 107-98 win over the Rockets, Green admitted he punched James Harden’s sore left wrist in the third quarter because the Houston guard kept pinching him in the stomach. In fact, Green said he’s used to that treatment from Harden.

“I hope he does it. I always thought he was a great basketball player,” Robertson said Friday of Westbrook, via ESPN.com. “I was talking to some basketball people the other night, and I said, ‘I don’t think any of these guards can beat him on a one-on-one game.’ I think he’s been tremendous for the team, his fans and also for television.”

Even though the Thunder are long shots to emerge as title contenders during the postseason, Robertson thinks Westbrook should win MVP this season.

“I think it’s Westbrook. That’s what I really think,” Robertson said. “Because years ago it was tough to win an MVP because it was based on winning championships — and [Bill] Russell with the Celtics. They dominated. But one year, Wilt [Chamberlain] averaged 50 points a game and 29 rebounds and me a triple-double, but Bill won because his team advanced and we did not.

“It’s changed now. A lot of people understand what an Cheap Liverpool Jerseys MVP means. They understand basketball better than they did years ago.”

Westbrook is averaging 31.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids per game this season. He is on track to join Robertson as the only players in NBA history to have averaged a triple-double for a season.

Vlade Divac promises to step down if Kings do not improve

Vlade Divac has vowed to resign as general manager of the Kings if the team is not better in two years than it is now.

In an interview with the Sacramento Bee centered around his decision to trade star forward DeMarcus Cousins, Divac said, “I totally understand why some fans would be upset. They supported DeMarcus, and I like DeMarcus a lot. But I believe we are going to be in a better position in two years. I want to hear again from these same people in two years. If I’m right, great. If I’m wrong, I’ll step down. But if I go down, I’m going down my way.”

Divac also said back-channeling by Cousins’ agents forced him to accept a deal from the Pelicans that wasn’t as favorable for Sacramento as one previously on the table.

The near-kick came after Green mocked 39-year-old Paul Pierce, who is in his final NBA season. Pierce announced last September that the 2016-17 season would be his last. Pierce has played in only 13 games this season and did not play in the first half of Thursday’s game. That didn’t stop Green from heckling Pierce.

While Griffin was at the free throw line less than a minute into the game, Green shouted at Pierce, who was sitting on the Clippers bench.

“You’re chasing that farewell tour,” Green said loud enough to Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys be heard on the TNT broadcast. “You can’t get no farewell tour, they don’t love you like that…You thought you was Kobe?”

It’s hard for someone to get the love from the crowd when he’s not Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale playing, but damn dude, respect your elders. The man was a 10-time All-Star and led the Celtics to an NBA title in 2008.

Green kept it up in the third quarter, getting a technical foul early in the third quarter after running over Griffin. He then started to yell at Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who had pulled him from the game.

Mets advance Tim Tebow to Advanced A League

Tim Tebow is moving up in the baseball world.

The former NFL quarterback was promoted to St. Lucie of the Advanced A League after several months with the Columbia Fireflies, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson announced.

“It’s not like he’s tearing up the league, but at the same time all of the indications are positive in terms of various things we look at — chase rates and exit velocity,” Alderson said, via ESPN. “The bottom line is the average isn’t there, but he’s improving.”

Tebow was batting .222 with three home runs, 23 RBIs and a .311 OPS with the Fireflies. He also had 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 212 at-bats.

Tebow signed with the Mets in September and was sent to Columbia as an outfielder, where he committed seven errors in 58 chances this season.

Both guards finished among the top 40 NBA rookies in games played this season, even despite spending time in the D-League. Baker was assigned to the Westchester Knicks six times last season, and VanVleet was assigned 16 times to the Raptors 905, according to Basketball Reference, as both players bounced between the NBA and the NBA D-League, which has been renamed the NBA Gatorade League (G-League).

Undrafted players who move between the two leagues can benefit from the creation of “two-way” contracts, which were agreed to in December 2016 by the NBA and NBA Players Association in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players who sign two-way contracts are guaranteed a baseline salary of $75,000, with the ability to earn up to $275,000, depending on how much time they spend in the NBA. That’s Cheap Ireland Jerseys a significant pay raise over regular D-League players who make $26,000 or $19,500, depending on their Cheap Ice Hockey Jerseys classification as a Level A or Level B player.

Giants prospect Rando Moreno turns rare 6-3 triple play

It was the third triple play turned this year in the minors and the first by a Richmond player since current Giants second baseman Joe Panik helped turn one on May, 23, 2013.

Moreno did miss an opportunity to get the even rarer unassisted triple play. All he had to do was tag Josh Fuentes, who was the victim of a horrible strikeout last Friday, when the Yard Goats third baseman arrived at second base instead of throwing the ball to first.

The Marlins have allocated all of $700,000 MLB paid the team as a result of Jose Fernandez’s death to a trust for the late Marlins pitcher’s 3-month old daughter and to his mother, The Miami Herald reported, citing unidentified industry sources.

MLB policy calls for $1 million to be paid out to a team when an active player dies, but Fernandez, who died Sept. 25 in a boating accident, was found to have traces of cocaine in his system and a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit at the time of the wreck, so MLB’s insurance company balked at paying the full amount.

The insurance company and MLB recently negotiated a $700,000 payout, according to The Herald, which was passed through the Marlins to a trust to pay for infant Penelope Fernandez’s education and to help take care of Maritza Fernandez, the pitcher’s mother.

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Braves find stop-gap for Freddie Freeman in trade for Cardinals slugger Matt Adams

The Braves have found their stop-gap for the injured Freddie Freeman. Atlanta traded for Cardinals slugger Matt Adams Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinals will also get cash considerations in the deal. Yepez is currently not ranked in the Braves’ top prospects according to MLB.com. He is currently playing in Low A ball with the Rome Braves. The 19-year-old is a career .281 hitter in the minors.

The Braves are currently in second place in the NL East with a 17-22 overall record. Adams is hitting .292 in limited time off of the bench for the Cardinals this season. He has spent much of the time on the bench for the Cardinals in the last few years after Matt Carpenter was converted into a first baseman.

Freeman, who left Wednesday’s game after being hit by a pitch, will be out approximately 10 weeks after additional testing Thursday showed he has a broken wrist, the team announced.

Melancon, who was dealing with a mild right pronator strain in his right elbow, spent the minimal required time on the disabled list, so the Giants obviously felt confident he’s healthy and ready to go.

Unfortunately for the Giants (17-24) they are still fourth in the NL West entering Wednesday’s games despite winning their last five in a row.

Maybe Melancon’s return will keep the hot streak alive.

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