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After digging themselves into a significant hole early on this season, the Philadelphia Flyers found a way to get themselves back in the playoff conversation thanks to an outstanding last few weeks. Thanks to some steady goaltending from Carter Hart and a more aggressive approach overall, the Flyers were able to rattle off 12 victories in 14 games between Jan. 14 – Feb. 17. If general manager Chuck Fletcher was using this final week before the trade deadline to decide whether or not he'd hold on to Wayne Simmonds, he got his answer.
One of the kids who used to play with Ben Roethlisberger doesn't think the Steelers quarterback should have carte blanche to call out whomever he pleases. Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison said during an interview on the NFL Network that the current drama in Pittsburgh — where the best players are leaving town, and management is justifying the quarterback ripping teammates — could have been avoided if coach Mike Tomlin would have taken charge. “I start off at this same thing with [Mike] Tomlin.
Nike was in damage control mode on Thursday after US college basketball star Zion Williamson suffered a knee injury when his shoe shredded during a marquee game attended among others by Barack Obama and Spike Lee. The Duke University forward, expected to be the top player taken in June's NBA draft, was injured just 36 seconds into Wednesday night's rivalry game against the University of North Carolina. The 18-year-old Williamson, who has been averaging 22.4 points per game, was dribbling near the free throw line on his team's first possession when he planted his left foot and his sneaker blew apart.
Down by one point with only a few ticks left on the game clock, Boston Celtics ball. While the final shot in Boston's 98-97 loss to the Bucks was taken by leading scorer Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart -- the man who in-bounded the pass to Irving and knew better than anyone what the Celtics were looking for on that potential game-winning sequence -- said the first option on the play was for Morris with Irving as the No. 2 option.
Former Bruin Ryan Donato nets two assists in Wild debut, throws shade at his old team originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com In his first game with the Minnesota Wild since getting traded for Charlie Coyle and a fifth-rounder, a move the Bruins confirmed on Thursday, Ryan Donato notched two assists as the Wild beat the Rangers 4-1 at Madison Square Garden. And he didn't miss the opportunity to throw some shade the way of his former team. "They just said, 'Go and play,' and that's when I think I'm at my best when (coaches) have the confidence in me and they let me play," Donato said, per The Athletic's Michael Russo.
Warriors' Steve Kerr credits Don Nelson's innovations for modern NBA originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com OAKLAND – In his latest moment without ego, Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged Thursday that he studies and steals from the book of Don Nelson. Moreover, Kerr, who has won three championships in four seasons with the Warriors, insists he's not the only NBA coach to do so. "Nellie was ahead of his time," Kerr said prior to tipoff against the Sacramento Kings.
It's no secret that DeMar DeRozan was hurt and blindsided by his trade to the San Antonio Spurs over the summer. The four-time All-Star was drafted by the Toronto Raptors and spent the first nine seasons of his NBA career with the franchise. As a result, it was shocking when the 29-year-old was sent to Texas alongside Jakob Poeltl for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.
The Washington Capitals acquired Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, hoping a former fixture of the Pittsburgh Penguins can help them repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Here's the full deal: Capitals receive: Carl Hagelin Kings receive: 2019 third-round pick, conditional sixth-round pick in 2020. The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun reports that the Kings will retain 50 percent of Hagelin's salary/cap hit, which would be the second time a team retained a portion of the winger's salary, as the Penguins retained a small chunk of his cap hit earlier this season in the Tanner Pearson trade.
ESPN has decided now is not the right time to hold “College GameDay” at Syracuse University. The network announced it would move the program to ESPN headquarters in Bristol this week after men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man with his car. ESPN cited the “celebratory nature” of the program as one of the reasons it decided to move the event to Bristol.
Dustin Pedroia's goal isn't merely to come back from his knee injury. The challenge for the Boston second baseman this time is to return at the right time, to stick around longer than three games, and to help the Red Sox get back to the World Series with his play, instead of by cheering them on from the dugout. ''The human body is on its own program, man,'' Pedroia said after working out with the other infielders on Thursday, a day before the defending champions open their exhibition schedule against Northeastern University.
Nick Cafardo left his mark on Red Sox and Patriots coverage with the Boston Globe for three decades. Nick Cafardo, a veteran Boston Globe reporter who has written about the Boston Red Sox for decades, died Thursday at the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., the newspaper announced. Per the Globe, Cafardo was apparently stricken with an embolism at JetBlue Park, the Red Sox's spring training home.
When the Giants announced their minor league coaches a few weeks ago, it certainly seemed no accident that longtime big league staffer Bill Hayes was the new manager of the San Jose Giants. Joey Bart, the top catching prospect in the minors, will begin the season with San Jose. "I know we wanted to make sure we had a catching guy with him, so this worked out great," manager Bruce Bochy said.
Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders tonight at 6 p.m. PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app. March 23, 2009 is a date that Warriors fans should never forget. Because that night, Don Nelson went to see Steph Curry in person when Davidson traveled to the Bay Area for an NIT matchup.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy explains why Charlie Coyle trade will benefit Boston originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The Boston Bruins have made their first (and perhaps only) move ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline by acquiring Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle in exchange for forward Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round draft pick. The trade was completed Wednesday, and later that night after the B's beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in a shootout, Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy met with reporters and explained why he believes the Coyle addition will improve the team. "He can go in behind (Patrice Bergeron) or (David Krejci) at center," Cassidy said.
OAKLAND -- Much of the Now Generation barely knows how the Warriors lived before being plucked from the trash bin by an ambitious ownership group actually sincere in its vow to pursue greatness. Before becoming the super team that "broke" the NBA a few years ago, the Warriors spent the better part of 20 years wearing the league's brightest clown suit. The Warriors were, at that time, about where the Sacramento Kings were at the start of this season.
Just after noon ET on Wednesday, Colin Kaepernick announced on social media that Nike had released the “Icon Jersey”, an all-black football jersey with a white No. 7 on the front and back and Kaepernick's name across the shoulders. “For those true to themselves on and off the field,” Kaepernick wrote on Instagram under a series of photos of individuals of all ages, colors, and sizes wearing the jersey. The Kaepernick “Icon” jersey sold out on Nike.com in a matter of hours.
Kevin Durant's future with the Golden State Warriors remains a mystery. There's no denying the Warriors are the best franchise in the NBA, winning back-to-back championships since Durant joined the team in 2016. However, it appears the Washington, D.C., native may have his sights set on playing elsewhere, per The Athletic's Frank Isola.
The Jets have frequently been mentioned as a potential suitor for free agent running back Le'Veon Bell, but there may be at least one reason the Jets are hesitant. Or possibly 260 reasons: According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, there was “word on the street” that Bell got up to 260 pounds during his year off, and the Jets are concerned about what kind of shape he's in. Unlike Antonio Brown, who regularly posts workout videos, Bell doesn't frequent Instagram to show off his abs.
The Boston Red Sox pitcher explained Wednesday in an interview with NESN's Tom Caron he initially decided to trade in No. 24 this offseason out of respect to former Sox outfielder Dwight Evans, who donned the number for 18 of his 19 stellar seasons in Boston. "The initial thing: Dwight Evans is going to be a Hall of Famer, I feel like," Price told Caron. "I don't want to live in anybody else's shadow. Not that that's a bad thing, because Dwight Evans was an unbelievable player.
Well, turns out that there was a catch: a full one-third of that was deferred money, reducing the deal considerably in terms of present value. From MLB.com: Sources told MLB.com on Wednesday that the Nationals have no plans to give Harper a mega-deal comparable to Machado's 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres, likely ending any chance for Washington's longtime face of the franchise to remain with the club. The Nationals offered Harper a contract worth $300 million over 10 years before the end of the 2018 regular season.
Ferrari's new SF90 has reliably featured at the top end of the timesheets throughout the first week of the Barcelona test, as Sebastian Vettel headed the opening day and Charles Leclerc went quickest on the second. In addition to the usual testing caveats over engine power and fuel load, Ferrari's performances have been flattered by the fact reigning champion Mercedes has left it late in the week to run the softer compounds. But after Lewis Hamilton said on Wednesday that the Italian cars were looking “very, very strong”, teammate Bottas went as far as to suggest Ferrari had an initial edge.
Ander Herrera strode up to Alexis Sanchez after the final whistle, clasped his teammate's hand forcefully, pushed him aggressively in the chest and squeezed him tight. The final whistle had just blown on Manchester United's latest impressive win under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — 2-0 at Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday — but Herrera's evening was far from finished. Then came the post-match interviews, where he spoke with authority, passion and also insightfulness about United's game plan of targeting Chelsea's weak left side.
The NFL's official uniform supplier is supplying a football jersey that carries the colors and logos of no NFL teams. Dubbed the Kaepernick Icon Jersey, the $150 item is a black with white lettering and a white number 7 on the front and back. “The Kaepernick Icon Jersey is a celebration of those who seek truth in their communities, and those who remain true to themselves,” Nike says on the page from which the jersey can be ordered.
Manchester United Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial remain sidelined, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likely to pick a team similar to the one that beat Chelsea in the FA Cup last Monday. Full team news will be available on Friday. Liverpool Jurgen Klopp will be able to bring Virgil van Dijk back into the team after sitting out the Champions League draw with Bayern Munich because of suspension.
Former Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley says with Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown both likely leaving this offseason, Pittsburgh is losing two of its hardest workers. Haley said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that, contrary to perceptions, Bell and Brown were consummate professionals and a joy to coach for the six years he spent with Brown and five years he spent with Bell. “Le'Veon is a guy totally into football,” Haley said.
Duke might have to figure out what the Zion Show will look like without its namesake. All because of a freak injury to arguably the most exciting player in college basketball in the opening minute of the sport's fiercest rivalry, one that helped turn a widely anticipated matchup - in front of yet another crowd of celebrities, this one including Spike Lee and former President Barack Obama - into a blowout. As his Nike shoe blew out, Williamson sprained his right knee on the first possession of what became top-ranked Duke's 88-72 loss to No. 8 North Carolina on Wednesday night.
Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill gave head coach Phil Housley the “vote of confidence” on Wednesday. In an interview with reporters including The Buffalo News' Mike Harrington and The Athletic's John Vogl, Botterill said that he is not looking to make a coaching change. No doubt about it, there are Sabres fans who are frustrated with a team that looks like it will see a playoff drought extend to eight seasons.
The Anaheim Ducks have taken Jakob Silfverberg off of the trade market with an unofficial five-year extension. Salary cap “tagging” issues could explain why the deal is unofficial – and could be unofficial until March – but various reporters (from The OC Register's Elliott Teaford to Eric Stephens/Jon Cooper of The Athletic) confirm that the deal with Silfverberg, a 28-year-old who would have become an unrestricted free agent. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports that the cap hit will be $5.25 million beginning in 2019-20, backing up Cooper and Stephens' report (sub required) that it would-be in the low-$5M range.
The highest-profile wardrobe malfunction since Janet Jackson in the Super Bowl hijacked the sports world on Wednesday night. Transcendent Duke freshman Zion Williamson's left Nike sneaker blew up 33 seconds into the Blue Devils' game with rival North Carolina. Williamson's foot busted out of his Nike so awkwardly that he injured his right knee, limping to the locker room and never returning on Wednesday night.
The Boston Bruins have desperately needed scoring depth for the entire season and tried to address that hole on Wednesday evening by acquiring forward Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick. The 26-year-old Coyle has 10 goals and 18 assists in 60 games this season and is still signed for more full season at a salary cap hit of $3.2 million. Even though the Bruins' offense has been ridiculously top-heavy this season with almost all of their forward production coming from the trio Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, and Brad Marchand, they still have one of the league's best records and entered the day with the second-highest point to...
Four takeaways: Patrick Kane plays overtime hero for Blackhawks, who briefly pull inside playoff picture originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 5-4 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday: 1. Patrick Kane to the rescue After squandering a three-goal lead in the third period, the Blackhawks found themselves fighting for the extra point in overtime when they thought they had it locked up. And they picked it up thanks to No.
The Warriors reconvened Wednesday, settling in for a sprint they hope ends with triumph in June. There are five issues that, if not solved, could derail hopes for a third consecutive championship and one last Warriors parade through the streets of Oakland. This is about more than keeping the five 2018 All-Stars -- DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson -- upright and productive.