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Robb Stauber named head coach for Team USA’s 2018 Olympic team

Robb Stauber will remain Team USA’s head coach after a successful gold-medal campaign at the most recent IIHF Women’s World Championships in Plymouth, Michigan. Michelle Jay
USA Hockey made official what many probably expected after the most recent World championships and named Robb Stauber head coach of the 2018 US Olympic team.

“Robb knows what is takes to win at the highest levels of the game,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. “We’re excited to have him lead our U.S. Women’s National Team up to and through the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.”
Stauber was also the head coach of the national team during the inaugural December series against Canada, where he coached the team for a pair of games, both losses.

Though Stauber has been the head coach of Team USA for less than a year, he’s been a part of the women’s hockey program for a long time. He first joined the coaching staff in 2010 and served as an assistant coach for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, where USA won a silver medal.

A former goaltender himself, he’s been a goalie coach and worked in development and scouting for Team USA.

Though there are still several months before the PyeongChang Olympics, the national team will be selected on May 8, and having a coach in place to work with the national team from now until the Olympics will be crucial in the team’s development.

In a March 22 win over the Sixers, Westbrook finished with the triple-double (18 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds) with zero misses. He went 6-of-6 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line.

Westbrook breaks triple-double record, sinks Nuggets at the buzzer

Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s record for triple-doubles in a season with his 42nd on April 9. That’s only part of the reason this night was so memorable.
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Jabrill Peppers tested positive for a diluted sample at the NFL Combine

Heisman Trophy finalist Jabrill Peppers will enter the NFL in the leagues substance abuse program after his urine sample at the NFL Combine was reported as diluted, according to ESPNs Adam Schefter.

Authentic Youth KeiVarae Russell Jersey Since Peppers failed the test as a professional, hell have periodic and random drug tests.

A spokesman for the agency that represents Peppers, CAA, released a statement via Adam Schefter, saying that Peppers was sick after flying to Indianapolis from San Diego.

Trubiskys high school coach also used to call him Favre,for his gunslinging mentality.

Authentic Youth Joe Schobert Jersey The name came from a slip of the tongue by a coachs family member who spoke too fast and crammed both Trubiskys first and last names together, producing Mr. Biscuit.The next week at practice, the team had some fun with the new moniker, which stuck.

The full story: Flowers had his technique issues in college, but they were overlooked because hes physically superior to his opponents. He wastes movement in his pass sets. Notice in the clips below the hitch in his kick with his front leg and how he opens up late. Because his feet are behind his body and hes not in a good base, he cant properly punch. Instead of punching from his back, with his head back and core engaged, he punches from the shoulders, and often has his hands way outside of the frame of the defender.

This makes sense on the other hand, too. Mitch may be from Ohio originally, but he played four years of college football squarely in the South. That means he should be well acquainted with biscuits as a staple food group of the region.

Trubisky said hes a fan of sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits. As perhaps the 2017 NFL drafts top QB pick, hes about to have enough money for all the biscuits he could ever want.


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Marlins manager Don Mattingly was home when the toxicology report emerged

Samson remembered how in spring training, he, Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton spent time at a golf tournament together, having fun. Every year, Samson recalled, he and Fernandez would take their physicals at about the same time because they were both early risers.

“I’m angry with him. And I love him. And it’s OK to be angry with someone you love. I’m angry with him that he’s not here in spring training. I’m sad, I’m angry and I love him.”

Marlins manager Don Mattingly was home when the toxicology report emerged, and he was glad he was in a place where he could process the information privately and didn’t have to talk about it publicly.

“I was a little disappointed,” Mattingly said. “It doesn’t change anything about the way I feel about Jose. I know kids do stuff — different stuff. Obviously, a little disappointed with that. I never felt like that was Jose, really.”

“I’ve been around different people [doing] different things, and Jose was the same all the time. I didn’t [see] any change of attitude. …You’re disappointed, but you love him, and you see all the good.”

“The fact that we’re all kind of like a tight-knit brotherhood within ourselves, we’re always rooting for one another,” Syndergaard told reporters last week. “We’ve got a really good camaraderie.”

So what if they’ve, ya know, never actually pitched together in one complete turn of the rotation. Like, ever. All that matters is that they love each other like five brothers from another mother. Mind you, chemistry isn’t the only thing the Mets starters have going for themselves. To hear them tell it, they’ve got their health too. That’s right: Those big-time boo-boos are bygone.


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Harry Douglas, Brian Hartline, Chris Canty join the list of 2015 NFL free agents

The Atlanta Falcons have released wide receiver Harry Douglas, according to Pro Football Talk. Douglas, 30, played seven seasons for the Falcons and racked up 3,130 receiving yards with eight touchdowns.

By cutting Douglas, the Falcons open up another $3.5 million in cap space to help fortify the team’s other needs. Atlanta now has an estimated $29 million to spend throughout free agency and the draft. The Falcons finished with the worst-ranked defense in the NFL last year, a group that figures to get plenty of attention with head coach Dan Quinn coming over from a defensive coordinator role.

Speaking at an event at Lowell High on Wednesday, McCourty said that he’s not worried about getting tagged and would be fine with a one-year deal next season, via CSN New England:

“I’ve kind of broken it down as the worst-case scenario would be that I get franchised and come back to play for another year here,” McCourty said. “To me that’s no reason to stress. I love it here. The franchise tag is player-friendly now. It’s a good number. There’s no reason really for me to be stressed. If I hit free agency, I hope there’s some teams that want me to play there. Hopefully that goes over well. It’s still exciting.”
He also seemed prepared for the idea of not wearing a New England uniform in 2015, though he admitted that scenario was the last thing on his mind while the Patriots were making their Super Bowl run last month.


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Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers orchestrated i

Green Bay is 9-6. The Detroit Lions are the same. When they meet at Detroit’s Ford Field on Sunday night, the winner claims the NFC North division. Green Bay won this division five consecutive seasons from 2011 through 2014 before Minnesota won it last year. Detroit has not won it since 1993. While Green Bay enters with a five-game winning streak, Detroit arrives with a two-game losing streak.

The Packers defensive resurrection is the crux of this rebirth.

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers orchestrated it.

“In my 31 years in the league, I’ve learned to stay off of the roller coaster,” Capers said in a telephone interview from his office on Wednesday night. “You just can’t listen to naysayers, or you have no chance. You do the best you can, and we’ve done that. We’ve been in playoff mode for awhile. We don’t want to come this far and take our feet off of that.”

But so are the Packers for the Lions today and in every historical way. Detroit has lost three of the last four meetings. This is the longest continuing rivalry in the NFL of teams that have played each other twice a year every year since 1932. Of their 174 meetings, Green Bay has won 99 of them.

Just last December, Green Bay at Ford Field completed the longest Hail Mary, game-ending touchdown pass (61 yards) in NFL history to beat the Lions 27-23.

But Capers is not relying on any historical Lions foibles.

He knows that the Lions naysayers in this game are some of the same ones that were Packers naysayers two months ago.

“They can be a fast-starting team, so, we have to handle their initial surge,” Capers said. “We have to handle that and we have to disrupt Stafford’s rhythm. We’ve got to get turnovers in this game.”

Capers remembers the 2010 season when Green Bay was 8-6 and had to beat the Giants and Chicago to make the playoffs then win playoff road games all the way to becoming champions. This Packers season reminds him of that path, a team that has created hope and rebirth in marching to this NFC North championship-deciding game.

“If you had told us back as the start of the season that we could win the division in our last game of the year, we would have taken it,” Capers said. “When we were 4-6 in Washington, we certainly would have taken it. These are the kind of games why we are all in this business. Our guys know it doesn’t mean a thing if we don’t take advantage of it.”


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They hadn’t won a postseason series since Ozzie Guillen, Mark Buehrle and the boys swept the World Series

Meanwhile, that other team in town — yeah, you know, that team — was heading in a slightly different direction. So if this wasn’t the time to go print up those For Sale signs, then when the heck was it?

But of course, they weren’t winning. They hadn’t enjoyed a winning season since 2012. They hadn’t won a postseason game since 2008. They hadn’t won a postseason series since Ozzie Guillen, Mark Buehrle and the boys swept the World Series in 2005.

“The last thing you want to be Jacoby Ellsbury Kids Jersey is caught in between,” Hahn said. “You don’t want to be a club that’s not good enough, not capable of winning a championship, but at the same time is just sort of mediocre or stuck in the middle.”

Again, if you’re keeping score at home, that’s three Game Chris Chester Jersey top-100 prospects. For a farm-famished franchise like the Orioles that had just one player in Baseball America’s 2016 midseason rankings (catcher Chance Sisco, No. 85), that’s some serious collateral — especially when you consider that Britton, Machado, Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy (not to mention Showalter and Duquette) all have contracts that expire following the 2018 season. Translation? Selling high on Britton could help pry open Baltimore’s window — one that seems ready to slam shut — for a few more years.

And if you believe that the Birds’ current roster contains at least one closer-in-waiting, it might not cost them the chance to contend in the near term.

Of course, the one huge caveat here is that the trade market for Britton — for any closer, really — doesn’t go away once the season starts. In fact, you could argue that as the trade deadline approaches, the market gets even more inflated thanks to the inevitable presence of contending teams that are desperate for bullpen help (see: Cubs, Chicago).

So if the overachieving Orioles decide to play down to their projections for once (FanGraphs has them pegged for 76 wins), and if they find themselves out of contention in late July, then who knows — maybe they’ll actually consider trading the best closer in baseball.


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offensive coordinator Todd Haley said he has “shown up a bunch” in practices this week

With four games to play, the Cowboys have clinched a playoff spot. With a win Sunday against the New York Giants, they can clinch the NFC East and possibly a first-round bye and home-field advantage.

As for Coates, offensive coordinator Todd Haley said he has “shown up a bunch” in practices this week. Coates has zero catches on nine targets in his last five games while recovering from two broken fingers in his left hand. But Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan this week that defenses have been sitting on the go ball when Coates enters the game, so it might be time to give him a more diverse menu.

The Panthers are 4-8 and all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after going 15-1 during the 2015 regular season and reaching the Super Bowl.

Newton is on target for a career-worst 80.6 passer rating and 54.7 completion percentage. He’s thrown only 14 touchdown passes a season after collecting a career-high 35 last year.

That’s about as demoralizing as it can get unless you happen to play for the Cleveland Browns (0-12).

“It’s challenging,’’ Newton said. “It’s extremely challenging. It’s humbling as well. But yet you still have to keep getting better.’’

San Diego coach Mike McCoy agreed, calling Kuechly a special player.

He referenced the passion Kuechly showed on the sideline on Sunday against Seattle. Unhappy with the officials, the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year became animated and started yelling at Panthers coach Ron Rivera after Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett scored a 75-yard touchdown.

“He’s one of the best players in the game,” McCoy said. “He’s one of the best inside backers in the game and his impact. The way he makes plays — you just mentioned Philip Rivers and the passion he has for the game.

“Look at Luke the other night on TV. How much passion he has to try to help his teammates and how involved he is in the game. It’s the same thing. This is what the great ones do.”


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Mel Kiper’s 1st 2016 NFL mock draft has Browns taking QB to replace Johnny Manziel

Some lucky NFL fans are still able to watch their teams compete in the playoffs. For everyone else, the focus has already turned to next season and the future. Luckily for them, ESPN’s Mel Kiper has put out his first mock draft for 2016.

Of course, it’s still very early in the process. Kiper himself points this out:

“Nobody has a draft board yet,” Kiper writes, “and we still have postseason all-star games, combine testing, medicals and individual workouts to get through.”

That said, Kiper is still incredibly plugged in and usually a good predictor of draft trends (for another view be sure to check out our latest mock draft from Dan Kadar). Here are some that stand out from his first mock draft.

In Manning’s first year with the Broncos, Denver led 35-28 with 43 seconds to go. The Ravens had a third-and-10 from their 30. No way they come back against a top-five defense, right? But then Joe Flacco heaved one up to Jacoby Jones and safety Rahim Moore blew the coverage, allowing a shocking game-tying score. Despite Manning getting the ball back with 31 seconds and two timeouts left, coach John Fox orders him to take a knee. Manning threw a bad interception in double overtime and the Ravens won on a Justin Tucker field goal.

Manning threw for 290 yards with three touchdowns, two interceptions and one lost fumble.

This is the only one of the six first-round playoff losses where the game wasn’t that close. The Broncos scored first and then were outscored 24-6 the rest of the way. Manning threw for 211 yard with one touchdown and zero interceptions and was ineffective after the first drive. He looked every inch a banged-up, 38-year-old quarterback.

Out of Manning’s seven wins in the AFC playoffs since 2005, only one was memorable: the 2006 AFC Championship where the Colts rallied back from 21-3 to beat the Patriots. That was the only win where the game was truly in doubt. In the other six wins, the average margin of victory was 12 points.

Manning’s stats have been remarkably similar, win or lose. In his seven wins, he has thrown 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions, averaging 291 yards passing. In the six losses, he’s recorded 10 touchdowns and four picks, with 288 yards per game.


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Carr is off the game status injury report heading into the matchup against the Buffalo Bills

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, hamstring, (Q): Rodgers was limping intermittently as the Monday night game progressed after he strained his hamstring in the third quarter. He was listed as a limited participant in practice, but it’s worth noting the Packers only practiced Thursday, so the Wednesday and Friday designations are projections. Despite being listed as questionable, Rodgers expects to take the field, but his mobility is likely to be limited to some degree. We have seen a version of limited-mobility Rodgers just last year when he played through a calf strain, although he said the calf was more severe than his current issue. Still, ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reports Rodgers once told him that he has had trouble with his leg muscles tightening up when playing in the cold; the weather in Green Bay is projected to be snowy and 36 degrees.

Tom Brady, New England Patriots, knee, (Q): Brady played through a thigh contusion last week despite some lingering swelling and stiffness. It may not have been his best performance, but whether that was entirely due to his knee is debatable. Even Brady noted he felt much improved this week, and he practiced twice on a limited basis (versus just once last week). He will be without his favorite tight end going forward, but that has never stopped Brady from being productive. Expect him to make his usual start at home as the Patriots host the Los Angeles Rams.

DeVante Parker (7:35 a.m.): Parker was listed as questionable with a back injury that forced him to miss three practices this week, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Dolphins wideout is unlikely to play today. His own coach reportedly said that “he might even tell me [he’s] ready to go and I might say no.”

Charles Clay (7:30 a.m.): There’s good news for the Buffalo tight end, though not necessarily for his fantasy owners. Clay was not on the Bills’ flight to Oakland as he awaits the birth of a child. Timing will be everything here in terms of his ability to make it to the game. Stay tuned.

Oakland Raiders (7:25 a.m.): Both Latavius Murray and Michael Crabtree, though on the injury report, are expected to be able to play today, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Marvin Jones (7:20 a.m.): The Lions wide receiver is not expected to play today because of a thigh injury. As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport notes, the fact that the team promoted WR TJ Jones from the practice squad is a huge tell.

Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games, 2:30 p.m. ET for the late games and 7 p.m. ET for the Sunday night game.

Doubtful (D): The doubtful designation means a player is unlikely to play that week. Rarely does a player labeled as doubtful end up playing, unless he experiences a major turnaround before game time.


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J.J. Watt says ‘Hell no’ he’s not retiring

JJ Watt’s 2015 season was brutal. He suffered injury after injury, including torn abdominal muscles and a herniated disc, and he landed on injured reserve again in 2016 when the same disc became herniated again and it required another surgery to repair. All of these injuries forced him away from football and made him reconsider his future in the NFL, but Watt wrote on “The Players’ Tribune” that, “Hell no,” he’s not done with football.

The laundry list of injuries Watt has dealt with over the past two seasons is staggering. In addition to the twice-herniated disc and the torn abdominal and adductor muscles that required surgery, Watt had a broken hand and a staph infection that was so serious that he could have lost his leg if Houston Texans’ medical personnel hadn’t acted swiftly.

Petty was named the starter for the Jets in their 9-3 loss against the Los Angeles Rams. He threw for a 163 yards and a touchdown but threw a game-clinching interception to linebacker Alec Ogletree.

After the defeat, Bowles did not comment on who would be the team’s starter after their bye week. “We’re still evaluating everybody because we’ve got the bye week,” he said.

The Jets have had three quarterbacks take snaps from under center. One of the quarterbacks, Geno Smith, is on IR due to a torn ACL he suffered in the Jets’ 24-16 victory against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7.

Even though he has played in fewer games than many other starting quarterbacks, Fitzpatrick still leads the NFL with 13 interceptions. New England has a high-octane offense, and Fitzpatrick cannot afford to turnover the ball.

If the Jets want to come away with an upset victory, they must keep Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the sidelines. New York must run the ball effectively, score points, and avoid committing back-breaking mistakes.

The Jets (3-7) host the AFC East-leading Patriots (8-2) on Sunday.