NHL shouldn’t wait to pull 2018 draft from Dallas over proposed ‘bathroom bill’

On Wednesday, the Stars became the first professional sports franchise to openly oppose a proposed “bathroom bill” in the state of Texas that would require transgender people to use bathrooms in schools and government buildings assigned to the gender on their birth certificate.

This is very much in line with the NHL’s longstanding efforts to be an inclusive league, and this is good. A long-time partner with You Can Play, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity, the NHL has aligned itself with the message that hockey is for everyone.

Forwards William Nylander and Mitch Marner earned NHL Rookie of the Month honors a combined three times and both scored over 60 points. Marner also set a franchise record for most assists by a rookie with a league-high 42.

In addition, Connor Brown scored 20 goals in his first full season, Zach Hyman set a club rookie record with four short-handed goals and 25-year-old blueliner Nikita Zaitsev played on the Leafs’ top pairing, finsihing second to Jake Gardiner in defense scoring.

However, if the Leafs hope to build on the success of last season and advance further in their third season under head coach Mike Babcock, their youngsters will have to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump. Despite career years from veterans Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk and Gardiner, Toronto Cheap Mls Jerseys was heavily reliant a year ago on a lineup with as many as seven rookies on most nights. That group (which also included Nikita Soshnikov, Frederik Gauthier and Kasperi Kapanen) accounted for 45.9 percent Wholesale Jerseys All of the Leafs’ offensive production and will need to follow it up in 2017-18.

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The Yankees are loaded with prospects. They already have quite a bit of youth on the big-league roster, too. Their previous deals, both in the offseason and in-season, show a general manager who doesn’t want to give up on the future just to help the present. Adding Gray wouldn’t change any of that: He’s only 27, and he won’t be a free agent until after 2019. The Yankees would be getting someone to help them both now and in the future, which was what brought them not just Frazier and Robertson, but Kahnle and his team control as well.

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The league’s decision to pause the 2017-18 season two weeks in February to allow players to attend the Games has not been received well.

Some namely Capitals star Alex Ovechkin have said they intend to play for their countries regardless of the NHL’s stance. It remains to be seen the sort of repercussions players may face for defying the ruling. That’s another wrinkle on which Daly and the NHL have yet to rule.

Committees also were limited in who they could hire as a coach, pooling from the NCAA and unemployed former NHL bench bosses.

The U.S. last week picked Tony Granato, the head coach at NFL Jerseys Authentic Wisconsin, to head its men’s ice hockey team, citing his ability to teach what will be a vastly less experienced Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys roster than previous iterations. Team Canada will be coached by Willie Desjardins, who was fired by the Canucks this year.

Ravens owner resisting signing Colin Kaepernick, report says

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is resisting his team signing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, despite support for the move from both coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, ESPN.com reported Wednesday, citing unidentified sources.

Brady also brought up the familiar refrain that football is a physical game, you expect to be banged up playing it, but you still keep playing it.

“You’re not blind to it as a player,” Brady told reporters. “It’s a contact sport and I think we all understand that. And there’s a lot of great benefits that football brings you. You certainly can be put in harm’s way.”

Brady has been cleared, and he clearly wants to move on. But this isn’t about protecting himself anymore, but rather helping to protecting the next generation of the game. Even the possibility that the game’s greatest QB was “OK” to play through an unreported concussion is contradictory to the NFL’s message that it’s taking every measure to emphasize safer youth football.

Brady had no choice to comment any other way: following the company line. He knew the league would take any chance to further investigate him. But as the latest case seems closed, it has revealed that it’s getting harder to believe whether the league is really doing everything it can to be transparent on concussions.

“He kind of gave it up to help me take care of her,” said Peggy Wiggins, McKinley’s aunt, via the Los Angeles Times. “I promised him that God was going to bless him for sticking in there with me to help take care of her.”

McKinley committed to Cal, but he didn’t qualify academically. He Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses started talking about giving up football, and he was afraid he wouldn’t fulfill the promise Cheap Jerseys Borntrade he made to his grandmother.

Dolphins fear Ryan Tannehill might be ‘done’ for season, report says

The initial wave of optimism emerging from South Florida on Thursday afternoon about Ryan Tannehill’s injury may have been premature.

ESPN reported overnight that the Dolphins believe the quarterback may need season-ending surgery after going down with a non-contact injury to his left knee Thursday morning.

The final determination won’t come until more doctors get a look at Tannehill’s knee, but one source told ESPN, “He’s done, I think.”

“I can’t lie, we’re all scared,” Davis said Friday, via the Denver Post. “We’re concerned because we don’t know what the future holds. When I’m at home and I do something, if I forget something I have to stop to think, ‘Is this because I’m getting older or I’m just not using my brain, or is this an effect of playing football? I don’t know that.”

Davis, who was the NFL MVP in 1998 after rushing for 2,008 yards and helping the Broncos repeat as Super Bowl champions, said he tries to keep his mind “as sharp as possible,” but that still does not take away the fear he has for his future health.

“Yeah, I’m scared… but I also know the game has gone through great lengths to change, from Pop Warner to college,” Davis said. “People ask me the question, would you let your kids play? Yeah, I would. Now, 10 years ago I may have said something different. But now, the way they’re teaching kids to Cheap International Soccer Jerseys tackle, the fact that they identify concussions a lot faster, they sit you out a couple plays, you’re not going to practice as long. All that stuff is helping the game of football. But, yes, I’m Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys concerned.”

That’s more than what Lynch offers at a normal presser.

As if the evidence we had linking football and CTE wasn’t overwhelming enough already, we now have an expert neuropathologist, Dr. Ann McKee who found CTE in 110 out of 111 of the former NFL player brains she studied, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.), who is leading the charge against CTE in Congress, said Tuesday. The time for denying facts and looking the other way is over.

We must now actively seek out ways to protect the health and wellbeing of players from Pop Warner to the NFL and every league in between. It is also imperative to ensure that the American people are informed about the dangers associated with playing football.

The league released a statement Tuesday about the results of the new study, saying it is committed to supporting research into CTE and finding ways to prevent head injuries and effectively treat them.

That’s more than what Lynch offers at a normal presser. If he’s going to speak at that length each week, NFL fans will have plenty to enjoy all season. It’s possible that we’ll learn even more about him because of it — and that’s a reason to be excited. Because we already love what’s been shown to us.

That bruising running style is back with more motivation
Lynch is the first player in NFL history to have a play he made named after a natural disaster — and he’s done it twice.

There was the original BeastQuake, where Lynch went on a run that you’d call B.S. if you ever saw it in a movie. It was that good.

He did it again four years later in 2015 with BeastQuake 2.0 — shoving one of the Cheap High Quality Jerseys best cornerbacks in the game in Patrick Peterson, and throwing Rashad Johnson to the sideline on his Cheap Goalie Jerseys Soccer way to the end zone.

Here are the 10 NFL players in Carrie Underwood’s 2017 ‘Oh, Sunday Night’

Give the nod to the Raiders, who landed two of 10 player appearances in the 2017 version of Carrie Underwood’s performance of Oh, Sunday Night, the theme song that opens NBC’s prime-time Sunday games, the network announced (via the Houston Chronicle).

Quarterback Derek Carr and linebacker Khalil Mack are among the players who participated in the shoot at Universal Studios Hollywood in June. The 10 have combined for 30 Pro Bowl selections and four Super Bowl rings and include six first-round draft picks:

Now 32 years old, it’s pretty obvious at this point that Flacco isn’t elite, but the Ravens need him to be better than he was last season. Perhaps he’ll be closer to 100 percent now that he’s a full year removed from the ACL surgery, but Flacco is slowly running out of excuses as he starts to age out of his prime. The Ravens are in trouble if he’s actually starting his decline phase earlier than expected.

Flacco isn’t lacking for a supporting cast, but most of the running backs and receivers have question marks of their own.

Terrance West emerged as the starter, leading the team with 774 rushing yards, but averaged just 4.0 yards per carry. A 2014 third-round pick, West has the makings of a late bloomer Cheap Full Dye Softball Jerseys after brief stints with the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans, though consistency has been a major problem throughout his career. Kenneth Dixon showed flashes of promises in his rookie year, but he didn’t quite do Cheap Fan Jerseys enough to supplant West and will be serving a four-game PED suspension to start the season.

Kam Chancellor, Seahawks reportedly agree to contract extension

Kam Chancellor, the hard-hitting safety who provides the boom for the Legion of Boom in Seattle, reached an agreement on a three-year, $36 million extension with the Seahawks on Tuesday, ESPN.com reported.

The Seahawks know how serious Chancellor can be when it comes to contract demands as he held out through training camp and the first two games of the 2015 season while seeking a new deal.

Chancellor, 29, missed four games with a groin injury last season and finished with 85 combined tackles and two interceptions.

By 1970, The Fire Next Time was a relic of Baldwin’s mind. He had radicalized in those years and his points grew bolder. In an interview with the late Nabile Farès, an Algerian-born novelist, one of Baldwin’s many immortal passages was set in stone.

What is the definition of a black man, and his power? Farès asked.

I am a black man, if you will, Baldwin said. I was darkened long ago by the sun; but that’s not what makes me ‘black.’ It’s the role I play in the world.

The role Baldwin describes is a point he discussed in The Fire Next Time. He argues that black people shouldn’t be, and don’t need to be, accepted by white people. That respectability politics is a vicious disease others posit with the assumption that the marginalized will receive better treatment from those in power, if they act in accordance to the principles the majority have laid out.

It’s what Michael Vick sought to do when he lectured Kaepernick this week and insisted that his hair, his afro, was one of the reasons the NFL was keeping him out of its ranks. Though Vick Cheap Elite Jerseys explained later that what he said was not in malice, it doesn’t matter. Whether he did so consciously or Cheap Dolphins Jerseys unconsciously, the nature of his comments is what becomes bothersome.

It wasn’t just NFL teams that were worried about the people McFadden was associating with socially

It was jarring to realize that he was 70 — jarring even for the chair of the parole board, Connie Bisbee, who early on noted that he’s “currently 90 years old” before jokingly correcting herself. And, of course, Simpson chuckling right back.

But there he was, far closer to the end than to the beginning. The sight of his eldest daughter Arnelle, tearfully speaking on behalf of his family to support him, was additional living proof. She and her brother Jason were toddlers when he played for the Bills, children of a wife, Marguerite, who is practically forgotten now. They were young adults when he was on trial for killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

That case was a factor this time only because the not-guilty verdict meant he had no prior convictions the parole board could hold against him. Of course, it was the elephant in the room.

It’s the elephant in his life. Everything he’s been and everything he’s done, before and after, gets viewed through that prism, forever.

In McFadden’s case, it was his off-field behavior at the University of Arkansas more than a decade ago that drew the types of negative headlines Elliott is receiving because of actions, both alleged and documented; actions like pulling down a woman’s top at a St. Patrick’s Day parade and getting charged with driving 100 miles per hour (Elliott is appealing the ticket). McFadden was involved in two fights at nightclubs during his time with the Razorbacks and was named in multiple paternity suits.

It wasn’t just NFL teams that were worried about the people McFadden was associating with socially, or whether he could avoid some of the temptations that can lead professional athletes astray.

Having accepted an invitation to attend the 2008 NFL Draft, McFadden met privately Wholesale NFL Jerseys China with NFL USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys commissioner Roger Goodell at league headquarters before he was picked by Oakland.

He’d have a shot at 25 wins on the Mariners’ 116-win team in 2001.

For starters, he wouldn’t be the No. 1 option in two of his four proposed destinations. Nobody is unseating two-way star Kawhi Leonard, third behind only Westbrook (30.70) and Durant (27.68) with a player efficiency rating of 27.62, in San Antonio. Minnesota is building around 21-year-old Karl-Anthony Towns and his 25.1 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.

Furthermore, we’ve already seen this movie, and the ending is horrible. Unlike Bryant, prior to parting ways with O’Neal, Irving has already been the alpha dog for a franchise. As the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, he was tapped to lead the Cavs after James infamously decided to take his talents to South Beach in 2010. In the three seasons preceding James’ return to Cleveland (with Irving starring as leading scorer each year), the Cavs went a combined 78-152 and landed the top pick in the draft twice.

Here’s footage of Irving asking former teammate Mike Miller if a regular-season game against the Bulls in 2014 felt like a playoff game. (The game was played on Oct. 31, only the second game of the regular season.)

Why: For better or worse, much of a starting pitcher’s Hall of Fame case hinges on his career win-loss totals. And pitching for the Mariners has probably already cost Hernandez some wins.

This is evident in a few respects. There’s Seattle’s cumulative 952-1089 record since 2005, the year Hernandez debuted. That’s an average record of 76-86, a perpetual fourth-place team for one of the best pitchers of his generation.

To some extent, Hernandez is a victim of timing. Imagine him debuting five years Ravens Cheap Jerseys before. He’d have a shot at 25 wins on the Mariners’ 116-win team in 2001. Imagine Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys what Hernandez would do with Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martinez on ‘90s-era Mariners juggernauts.

What we’ve been able to do in the high school arena is create very interactive broadcasts.

Rose has never been a consistent outside shooter, but with the Knicks, he essentially eliminated the threat of a 3-point shot altogether. He averaged less than one 3-point attempt per game for the 2016-17 season and hit at a 21.7 percent rate, the worst of his career. He shot 5 of 11 on corner 3-pointers (45.4 percent) but an abysmal 8 of 44 above the break (18.2 percent). Rose was also one of the worst Knicks players in spot-up situations, scoring 0.80 points per possession (19.7 percentile in the league).

That’s brutal against the Warriors. Their elite defenders wouldn’t even bat an eye at Rose, and they would generously help off him to stop penetration elsewhere.

Oh, and speaking of defense, Rose is not great on that end. While he possesses the physical tools to be passable defensively, he often fails to give full effort and finds himself out of position. While you can’t pin all of the Knicks’ defensive issues on Rose (only five teams had a worse defensive rating than New York last season), he certainly didn’t help. The Knicks’ defense was 5.5 points per possession worse with Rose on the floor (from 108.8 to 114.3).

“What we’ve been able to do in the high school arena is create very interactive broadcasts. Our hosts answer questions from people in real time about the broadcast,” Yanarella said.

In the case of Harris, B/R created a different kind of broadcast by focusing on a potential superstar.

“Think about if you watched LeBron (James’) first game ever in high school? We’re trying to treat it like that type of broadcast,” Yanarella said.

Original animated series
Bleacher Report is finding success, of all places, in animation. Its NBA-themed “Game of Zones” series has become popular among both fans and NBA insiders.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr actually asked Bleacher Report to create a custom NFL Jerseys From China version, complete with inside jokes, that he could show his players at training Paypal Cheap Jerseys camp.