Brooks Orpik helped off ice after hit from behind by Cedric Paquette

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik was helped from the ice by trainers after a brutal hit from behind by Tampa Bay forward Cedric Paquette in Wednesday’s Game 7, series-clinching victory over the Lightning.
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Orpik went back to the end boards in his own zone to play the puck. Paquette rammed him in the numbers, with Orpik’s head hitting the glass in front of him. He crumpled to the ice and remained down for about two minutes.

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They gave us a haymaker and we went down, D’Antoni said. Again, we have short memories, have to. It’s 2-1, and we’ve got to get one up here. This next one, we’ve got to go get it.

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The Golden Knights dropped the first game of the Western Conference finals then won four straight, never trailing in that span. They have been defying expectations and know they still might be Adam Henrique Youth jersey underdogs.

It’s the Western Conference finals, Green said. When you’re battling getting to the Finals, no one is worried about fatigue. We’re just trying to do what you got to do to win the game.

Thompson suffered a knee contusion in the second quarter after he banged it on the hardwood. He headed to the locker room for treatment, then re-entered the game soon after. Team officials said his injury is of no concern moving forward.

It’s sore, but it’s early, Thompson said. I’m anticipating feeling much better tomorrow.

The Warriors dropped a golden opportunity to end the series in Houston on Thursday, but the locker room was surprisingly in good spirits following Tuesday’s contest. Durant told ESPN they just have to get another one on the road.

Curry finished with 16 points and Thompson was 3 for 11 for his eight points.

Warriors: It was Durant’s 19th straight playoff game with at least 20 points…. Curry made one 3-pointer to extend his NBA playoff record of 81 straight playoff games with at least one 3-pointer…. Durant and Curry were Golden State’s only players with more than 10 points.
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Rockets: Houston improved to 8-0 this postseason when leading after three quarters…. Houston made 16 of 42 3-point attempts…. Paul finished with 16 points.
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Detroit RHP Michael Fulmer (1-3, 4.35 ERA) stars the series finale, with Minnesota sending RHP Kyle Gibson (1-2, 3.96) to the mound. Fulmer allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mariners last time out. Gibson lost his last start after giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings at home against Milwaukee.

Tuck says he believes that the combination of the Giants’ confidence in the players currently on the roster and the move to Bettcher’s system are what motivated the Pierre-Paul trade.
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Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets RECAP, score and stats Game 2 (5/16/18)

The Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry and up 1-0 in the NBA’s best-of-seven Western Conference Finals, met the Houston Rockets, led by James Harden, in Game 2 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (5/16/18) at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

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The Giants chose Barkley No. 2 overall in last month’s NFL Draft, and came back with former UTEP guard Will Hernandez with Pick No. 34 in the second round in an effort to bolster the league’s 26th rated rushing attack from a year ago.
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However, Barkley is as much of a threat as a pass-catcher as he is a runner out of the backfield after catching 102 passes for 1,195 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons at Penn State.

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Warriors: Curry extended his NBA playoff record by making at least one 3-pointer in his 80th straight playoff game…. Draymond Green received a technical early in the first quarter when he pushed Harden after a shot…. Curry missed his first free throw of the playoffs in the third quarter after making all 19 attempts in the first two rounds.

Rockets: Paul added 23 points and 11 rebounds…. Clint Capela had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks…. Gordon added 15 points off the bench.

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Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams believes Ward will help second-year pass-rusher Myles Garrett be even more impactful.

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Ward will battle opposing teams’ No. 1 receivers, force quarterbacks to hold the ball longer and change the complexion of Cleveland’s defense.

What happens when you add the draft’s top pass-rusher with one of the league’s best sack artists? The Denver Broncos believe they’re about to find out.

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The Broncos have moved on from Aqib Talib. Now, Bradley Roby is ready for everyone else to move on.

“Please, no more Talib questions,” Roby politely asked reporters Wednesday, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.

It was Douglas that pushed the Eagles to trade for Tim Jernigan (and a third-round pick) last year, bringing him in from Baltimore in exchange for a third-round of their own.

Now, Jernigan might miss significant time due to injury, and Douglas and the Eagles might have their eye on another former Raven… or two.

Brandon Linder is a solid NFL center, while Aaron Colvin and especially Telvin Smith were cogs in a defense that carried this team to the AFC championship last year.

(Colvin signed with Houston for $34 million in free agency this offseason.) The wide receivers taken in the second round re-complicate the discussion, though.

Marqise Lee is a shifty, underneath type of receiver.

The longer it takes you to throw, the greater chance of something glitching mechanically.

But the Jaguars know this about Bortles, and they accommodate it with a heavy emphasis on play-action passing (a naturally slower throwing play).

Accommodating such an important weakness is not ideal, certainly, but stylistically, a play-action passing game aligns naturally with the smashmouth type of offense they’ve built around Bortles.

This draft’s mid-round picks have contributed to building a smashmouth team around Bortles.

Nearly all fans won’t like it. Most fans will hate it. Even though it will look no different on TV — and even though 99.99999 percent of fans will experience it that way regardless of where it’s played — the notion of taking the Super Bowl to any city other than a city in the U.S. of A. won’t go over well with the people who provide the vast majority of the ticket sales, TV ratings, and everything else that goes along with being a fan/customer of the NFL.sabres_254

Where does Odell Beckham rank on top-100? Do Giants really not have any of the top 75 players in the NFL?

As the NFL Network continues to count down the top-100 players of the 2018 season, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made the list despite suffering a season-ending broken ankle in Week 4.
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It’s terrific, Shurmur said after the Womens Trumaine Johnson Jersey most recent practice. We all know what a good player he is. He’s making progress to getting fully cleared. You can see that he’s lively, and he’s involved. He’s taking all of the mental reps that he can. It’s great. It’s great to see all of our players out there, and out there healthy.

It is entirely possible that the Giants will not have another player, who was on the team last season, make this list. However, with the offseason addition of former New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder and No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley, next year’s list could have plenty of company for Collins and Beckham.

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Everybody’s path is not the same.

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Buccaneers putting Tony Dungy in Ring of Honor

The last time the Buccaneers put a coach in their Ring of Honor, they ended up trying to hire him again.
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If they repeat themselves, they’ll be adding a Hall of Famer.

The Bucs inducted Jon Gruden to their Ring of Honor last year, at a time when they were reportedly trying to lure him back as their head coach. He took Oakland’s offer instead, and he admitted after the fact that night was the moment he knew he wanted to get back into coaching.
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Also signed are sixth-round receiver Damion Ratley and sixth-round defensive back Simeon Thomas.

The Browns eventually will turn their attention to a pair of first-round picks: Quarterback Baker Mayfield and cornerback Denzel Ward. Given that Mayfield considered going without an agent, his agents may feel compelled to drive a hard bargain on either or both of the primary issues that can stall negotiations: (1) offset language; and (2) signing bonus cash flow.

While in many cases the offset language for the fully-guaranteed deal isn’t an issue because the team won’t be cutting the player before he completes the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, the Browns have drafted two other first-round quarterbacks since the current rookie compensation system debuted (Brandon Weeden in 2012 and Johnny Manziel in 2014). Neither made it more than two years before being released.

His ability to finish around the rim can expose Towns’ defensive deficiencies: Capela put up 18.8 points per game against the Timberwolves this season, his highest average against any West team.

The NFLPA asked representatives of free agent players who had participated in peaceful on-field demonstrations to collect, memorialize and report any relevant information about potential violations of the [CBA] by teams, per the release.

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The Giants added a running back or two this offseason. Perhaps you heard about it.
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That left fewer spots for other backs, and they cleared one Thursday.

But Houston at its most sluggish tests the limits of that math. Wiggins on Harden one-on-one is not a mismatch. Against Towns? Dance away, James. He’ll either juke his way into more breathing room for that triple, or toast Towns off the bounce, draw help, and kick to a shooter.
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This kind of shot — with no movement, against a like-sized defender who can hang — is Authentic LaAdrian Waddle Jersey as close to settling as Houston gets. Harden settled in the first half of Game 4. The math might say every one of those shots is a good one. Compounded, they sapped the Rockets of their verve. Other guys need to feel the ball.

The 34-year-old had a nine-year NFL career, appearing for six teams (Washington, the Chiefs, Eagles, Browns, Dolphins, and Jets). The Jets got rid of him after he failed to show up for a preseason game in 2014.

Last summer, Patterson injured two police officers while trying to escape from a courtroom.

I was just saluting him for coming to town, especially being from here, playing for the Rockets, says Frazier Thompson III, aka Trae tha Truth. He hit me back and was seeing what type of stuff we had going. He was like, ‘Hey, I’d love to come out and support what y’all are doing.’ He came, and it’s been work since.

He’s been there every step of the way, so we made him part of the Relief Gang with us. He’s juggling really dominating the NBA right now, as far as a team, but at the same time come be grounded in the trenches with us.

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Cliff Avril cut by Seahawks after potentially career-ending neck injury

Cliff Avril wants to play football again despite suffering a potentially career-ending neck injury last season. But it presumably won’t happen with the Seahawks, who cut the veteran defensive end on Friday with a failed physical designation, the team announced.

Cutting Avril saves the Seahawks over $7 million. The team has already done most of its work of the offseason, so the extra cap space likely wasn’t the reason for the move, but it isn’t insignificant — especially since the Seahawks only had about $7.5 million in available cap space before making this move.

Darnold joins a quarterback room which includes veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, as well as 2016 second-round draft pick Christian Hackenberg.

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan went for it last month, giving up three second-round picks two this year, one next to move up three spots from No. 6 to No. 3. And the Jets have to be thrilled that quarterback Sam Darnold made it to them. Darnold looked like a lock to be the No. 1 pick after the 2016 season, but he had a shaky season in 2017, committing 22 turnovers (13 interceptions) and developing a few bad habits with his footwork.

I think he’s got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder to prove some people and naysayers wrong, Ballard told co-host Bill Polian and me earlier this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio. That’s a beautiful thing with a quarterback that I think is top five in this league.

You’ve left here with such a legacy. You came in here with that same spirit, listening to [Bill] Parcells. And you’re leaving with our hearts, Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. But we’re with you, man.

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Sure, there are the occasional kicks that get returned for touchdowns, but they are fast taking on unicorn status. Out of more than 1,000 kickoffs in the NFL last season, seven were returned for touchdowns.
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More likely is that a return gets you somewhere between the 20- and 25-yard line. Of the 32 NFL teams, Atlanta was the only one to average better than 25 yards on kickoff returns last season, and the Falcons averaged 26.2 yards.

No. 19 pick Cameron Erving, C, Cleveland Browns: The Chiefs traded a fifth-round pick for Erving before the 2017 season. He couldn’t crack the regular rotation, playing fewer than 10 snaps in nine of his 13 appearances. Given the usage, it would be flabbergasting if the Chiefs picked up the $9.6 million option.

After almost getting run out of town following two disappointing seasons, Agholor burst out during the Eagles’ championship run, leading the team’s wideouts in receptions. Given his trajectory after becoming a full-time slot receiver, picking up the fifth-year option, even at $9.387 million, was an easy move for Howie Roseman.

The NFL Players Association issued the following statement:

Our union is aware that Eric Reid and his legal representatives filed a collusion claim, which will be heard through the arbitration process as spelled out in our collective bargaining agreement. Our union supports Eric and we are considering other legal options to pursue.

The safety market has been remarkably slow in free agency this offseason. Veteran safeties Kenny Vaccaro Pittsburgh Penguins Jersey and Tre Boston also remain unsigned. Reid has cited his social activism including kneeling during the national anthem as reason for him remaining unsigned. Reid has said he does not plan to kneel during anthem.

Reid met with the Cincinnati Bengals last month for what has been his only free-agent visit, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

A 2013 first-round pick, Reid spent his entire five-year career in San Francisco, compiling 318 tackles, 10 interceptions, 34 passes defended, and one sack.

He had to bulk up after moving from linebacker to end, so he committed to eating five meals a day and cutting out as much of the fried food and empty-calorie snacks as he could. Chubb transformed his body from a 230-pound project to a 275-pound masterpiece.

Maddox is undersized, but he is an aggressive hitter and willing to play physically with any receiver.

He’ll struggle to make an impact as a boundary player and is essentially a slot guy. Fortunately, he has tremendous athleticism and can find success with continued coaching. Maddox is a Day 3 player who can earn an active roster spot if he puts on some weight.

Grant Haley is a slot corner in the NFL with the quickness and agility to mirror at the line of scrimmage and at the shorter levels of the field. He’ll struggle to recover down the field against pure speed, and physical slot receivers can exploit him. His tackling technique has to improve, but he’ll earn a training camp opportunity to become the primary backup slot defender and a core special teamer.
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Tarvarus McFadden’s 2016 tape was impressive, showing an NFL-ready playmaker who could identify the ball in flight while playing on the hips of receivers to create deflections or make plays. Unfortunately, 2017 brought him back to reality and showed a player lacking the long speed to handle receivers down the field in the NFL. McFadden is best-suited for a press-heavy scheme that allows him to trail early before dropping into a Cover 2 zone.

That was tough. Dez is someone that we are all very close with. He was a leader on our team. He was one of our better players. It’s just the nature of the game. It’s a business, and it just shows you that, Elliott told Jean-Jacques Taylor, according to Jon Machota.
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7. Ever since the Cowboys released Dez Bryant, mock drafters have been sending wide receivers to Dallas in the middle of the first round. While Slater wouldn’t be surprised to see D.J. Moore, Calvin Ridley or Courtland Sutton selected at No. 19 overall, she points out that linebacker is a position of greater need. In fact, the team’s brass views Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch as Brian Urlacher 2.0, per Slater.