Monthly Archives: March 2018

Spurs faced with missing first postseason in two decades

Still, Houston point guard Chris Paul won’t count out Popovich and the Spurs, who could wind up seeing the Rockets again in the playoffs.

“It is strange, but without Kawhi, that’s tough. That’s tough,” Paul said. “They’ve missed a number of guys. But if anybody is going to find a way, Pop will find a way.”

The Rangers extended their home winning streak against Carolina to 15 games, dating to Jan. 5, 2011. The streak is the longest for the Rangers against one opponent in franchise history. The Rangers also have won 24 of their past 28 games overall against the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes have struggled with three wins in their past 12 games as they fade from the Eastern Conference playoff race.

“We are in a hole right now,” Stempniak said. “We still think we are going to make the playoffs and we believe we can, but it gets harder with each loss. We have to put this one behind us, get ready tomorrow for a very good Boston team, and start getting wins and collecting points.”

Robert, who signed with the White Sox last year and received a $26 million signing bonus, recently was ranked as the No. 46 overall prospect in baseball. He had been expected to start this season in Class-A ball before suffering the injury.

Robert batted .310 in 28 games last season with Chicago’s Dominican Summer League team and played sparingly this spring for the White Sox. His first start of the spring was Wednesday, when he Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys also belted a grand slam in the eighth inning.

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Garrett Temple and Justin Jackson each added 15 for Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys the Kings.

The Thunder held the Kings to 40.9 percent shooting overall, and 38.9 percent shooting in the fourth quarter.

“Our defense has been huge,” George said. “Again, it’s all a credit to our effort.”

Joe Thomas ‘excited’ by Browns’ moves, won’t let trades affect retirement call

Joe Thomas is more than excited about the flurry of moves made by the Cleveland Browns over the past two days, but he said that won’t affect his decision on whether to play in 2018 or retire.

My decision will be based purely on my health, Thomas said Saturday in an e-mail. But I’m excited by the moves [general manager] John [Dorsey] made.

Thomas referred to trades that brought quarterback Tyrod Taylor, receiver Jarvis Landry and cornerback Damarious Randall to Cleveland and sent quarterback DeShone Kizer to Green Bay and defensive lineman Danny Shelton to New England.

Shead, who turns 29 in June, started for a season and a half opposite Sherman at right cornerback before he tore his ACL in a playoff game in January 2017. He has experience at all five positions in Seattle’s secondary since the team signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012. That includes one start at strong safety in 2015 while Kam Chancellor was holding out.

Rodgers-Cromartie, 31, was entering the final year of a five-year, $35 million contract. He would have counted $8.5 million against the salary cap in 2018, and the Giants will save $6.5 million by releasing him.

Rodgers-Cromartie thanked the Giants in an Instagram post Sunday morning:

Before releasing him, the Giants had asked Rodgers-Cromartie to take a pay cut, but he declined. They also considered trying him at free safety, a source told ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. The two-time Pro Bowler has played cornerback his entire 10-year career, starting on the outside early in Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys his career before being shifted inside to the slot the past two seasons.

Rodgers-Cromartie has 30 career interceptions but had none in 2017 after matching his career high with six in 2016. He was suspended for one game last season by then-coach Ben McAdoo for Cheap Barcelona Jerseys leaving practice without permission.

Bruins lose Charlie McAvoy for at least 4 weeks

The bad news keeps coming for a Boston Bruins team that is having a surprisingly good season. Defenseman Charlie McAvoy will miss at least four weeks because of a sprained MCL in his left knee, the team announced.

McAvoy, 20, suffered the injury Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

McAvoy, who made his NHL debut in last season’s playoffs and more than held his own, has seven goals and 25 assists in 59 games this season.

“They are a hard team to play against,” Hitchcock said.

This was Nashville’s 10th shutout this season, its most since 2008-09 when Rinne also had seven shutouts. … Smith played his 500th career game. … The Predators are outscoring opponents 39-18 during the winning streak. … The Predators took the season series 3-0-1 against Dallas with points in 11 of the last 12 in the series. … With Bishop scratched with a lower-body injury, the Stars recalled G Mike McKenna from their AFL affiliate. They also recalled F Roope Hintz, who was scratched.

Calgary scratched Fs Tanner Glass, Chris Stewart and Nick Short as well as D Matt Bartkowski. … The Penguins scratched D Matt Hunwick, Fs Carter Rowney and Zach Aston-Reese and Murray. … Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play. … Pittsburgh is 13-1 in its last 14 games at PPG Paints Arena.

The Capitals (37-22-7) had a rocky start to their western swing on Tuesday night by dropping a 4-0 decision to the Anaheim Ducks. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak and was the first time in 27 games Washington was shutout. Though the Capitals doubled Anaheim’s shot total (36-18) and had three power play opportunities they could not solve Ducks netminder John Gibson.

Washington coach Barry Trotz noted that while the time change to the West Coast in the first game of a road trip was a factor in the defeat, a bigger concern is the play of starting goaltender Braden Holtby. Holtby, a nominee for the Vezina Trophy last season was pulled 5:32 into the second period after surrendering three goals on nine shots.

“We talked before the game and said, let’s focus on the start,” Trotz said. “Because Cheap Baseball Jerseys of the time change, sometimes you are a little off. First shift, we actually were ok but then Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys we took a penalty and they ended up scoring.”