Predators defeat Ducks to advance to first Stanley Cup Final

It took 18 years but the Predators have finally advanced to the NHL’s biggest stage: the Stanley Cup Final.

Nashville clinched a series victory in the Western Conference finals with a 6-3 win in Game 6 over Anaheim. Fittingly, tyhe Preds did it at home in Bridgestone Arena in front of a raucous crowd.

The Kings have a new backup goalie: Darcy Kuemper. The Kings announced the signing Saturday night (via the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott); it’s a one-year, $650,000 deal. Kuemper, 27, played in 18 games for the Wild last season; he compiled a 3.13 GAA and a .902 save percentage.

Alexei Emelin has been traded to the Predators from the Golden Knights for a third-round draft pick, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

The 31-year-old defenseman is coming off a forgettable season in Montreal and was scooped up by Vegas in the expansion draft. From a roster standpoint, Emelin’s addition (and $4.1 million cap hit) doesn’t make much sense for the Predators, who now have eight NHL defenseman under contract. Could it be a precursor to something bigger?

Grubauer, who turns 26 in November, will be exposed by the Caps — barring a side deal, of course — because Braden Holtby is the the team’s star goalie of the present and foreseeable future. He’s a restricted free agent this summer, due a fair raise from his $750,000 base last year, coming off a season where he established career highs in appearances (24), victories (13), save percentage (.926) and shutouts (3). Grubauer also had a Good Site For Cheap Jerseys career-low 2.04 goals against average.
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Simply, Grubauer is ready to challenge for a No. 1 opportunity and Vegas likely is the team to give him that chance.

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NHL Draft 2017: Nolan Patrick tops list of first-round bloodlines

Nolan Patrick conducts himself less like the 18-year-old he is and more like the veteran he will be one day, which ultimately led the Philadelphia Flyers to select him second overall in the NHL Draft on Friday night.

Having a father and an uncle who played in the National Hockey League certainly prepared him for this moment.

Patrick was far from the only player selected in the first round Friday Cheap Zach Parise Wild Jerseys with NHL bloodlines. Consider the following, as per the National Hockey League public relations department:

Elias Pettersson (No. 5 overall, VAN): His brother, Emil, was selected 155th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2013 NHL Draft and spent the 2016-17 season in the Swedish Hockey League with Skelleftea and Vaxjo.

The Penguins have another power play, because that’s exactly what they need right now.

Pittsburgh still holds a commanding 5-0 lead at the end of the second period. But, there’s good news for Ottawa! The Senators gave up 75 percent fewer goals in the second period than they did in the first, and are one period closer to ending this beatdown. The Penguins have 27 shots on the goalie to Ottawa’s 19. That Design Cheap Jerseys number will need to go way, way up if the Senators even want to sniff a chance at winning.

“We have other things to do right away in regards to amateur scouting, pro meetings next week.” Botterill said. “But I’ll certainly begin getting into those discussions with different coach candidates. But I’d certainly like to have something in place by the draft.”

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NBA considers speeding up game endings to cater to ‘increasingly short attention spans’

The NBA is looking into speeding up NBA games, specifically in the final two minutes, to make sure games maintain their viewership.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he would be willing to update the rules of the game, especially since younger viewers have increasingly short attention spans.

Silver said the league will look at how many timeouts each team is allotted in a game and in the final two minutes.

According to Silver, the NBA’s competition committee will look into the matter, then pass them to the league’s full board of owners.

Talk to people who work in NBA front offices, and that’s what you’ll hear. The Cavaliers set Bennett up for failure by placing the expectations of the No. 1 overall pick on his shoulders. But in a weak draft where, for the first time since 2006, no singular player or duo of prospects had established themselves as potential No. 1 overall picks, it wasn’t indefensible from their perspective to make him the first-ever top pick from Canada.

The Cavaliers, to varying degrees, considered as many as six players for the No. 1 overall pick that season: freshman Nerlens Noel, second-year players Alex Len, Otto Porter, and Ben McLemore, junior Victor Oladipo and Bennett. None of the Len, Noel or Bennett group could work out pre-draft due to Nike NFL Jerseys 2014 injury. Porter and Oladipo were considered lower ceiling prospects that would likely max out as solid starters — something that’s largely borne itself out thus far. McLemore tanked his draft stock after showing up to workouts overweight and unprepared. This was one of those cases where it was going to NBA Jerseys For Sale be difficult for the Cavs to win, regardless of their decision.

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Stephen Curry comfortable with his $44 million contract

Stephen Curry isn’t making the most money on his team, and that’s perfectly fine.

The Golden State star revealed Sunday it doesn’t bother him that he’s the fourth-highest paid player on the Warriors.

Thomas scored 13 of his 28 points during the victory in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning 19-footer with 2.4 seconds remaining. Earlier, as the Celtics led by as many as 20 points, Thomas taunted the Philips Arena crowd by repeating that Schroder “ain’t nothing.”

“I’m playing basketball. If he think that he got to curse at my mom or say some dumb stuff about my family, that has nothing to do with basketball, that’s his choice,” Schroder said then. “I’ve got too much class for that.”

The two have history dating to last year’s playoffs when Thomas hit Schroder Super Cheap Jerseys China in the head on a play in Boston’s Game 3 win.

When told of Schroder’s latest comments, Thomas said he exited the arena Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys early and hadn’t heard of them until Sunday morning.

“It’s disrespectful to my character because I don’t ever go there,” he said. “And my mom called me that night, too, mad and saying, ‘Why would you?’ And she knows I don’t go there. Like I said, when it comes to basketball, it’s strictly basketball. It’s not about anybody’s family or anybody’s parents because I wouldn’t want them to do that to mine.”

Now, even at .500 and in the thick of the playoff race, the Bulls are a seething mess. They blew the one chance they had at giving Hoiberg a clean slate, last offseason, and now are trying to dig their way out of a hole. They’ve already banished Rajon Rondo, one of their top free-agent acquisitions this summer, from the rotation, and they are, according to Bleacher Report, making Jimmy Butler available in a trade ahead of next month’s deadline.

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NBA free agency rumors: Why Cavs signing Derrick Rose does (and doesn’t) make sense

The Cavs’ offseason has been, to use Kyrie Irving’s word, “peculiar.” While the rival Warriors reloaded by re-signing Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant and possibly improved by adding a few key role players (Nick Young, Omri Casspi and rookie Jordan Bell), the Cavs parted ways with general manager David Griffin and vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden and made few moves on the free-agent market (retaining Kyle Korver and adding Jose Calderon and Jeff Green).

It also will explore how to make the Grand Old Game more relevant to younger sports fans who might not watch baseball. Instead of reaching viewers through TV, the site wants to target them through their mobile phones.

“We’re kind of a learning point for Turner. We’re experimenting on the front lines — and bringing that intel back to them,” Yanarella said. “Seeing where we can combine that with a traditional broadcast.”

And so Griffin was shuttled out, followed by a half-baked plan to bring in popular former player Chauncey Billups to run the basketball outfit on a cheap contract. Billups turned that down, and the Cavaliers — the envy of the league a year ago — have looked to be short on competence since.

This does not preclude the Cavs from a championship run next year, though. They still have James, and they are still the favorites in the East. They were far more competitive in the last three games of this year’s finals series than the first two, giving some indication that they can play with Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys the Warriors. Golden State is just a strained hamstring or twisted ankle away from being vulnerable to Ravens Cheap Jerseys Cleveland in a seven-game series.

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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw expects to be back by September, maybe sooner

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, speaking for the first time since doctors examined the back problem that landed the All-Star on the disabled list, said Wednesday that he’s confident he’ll be in the rotation by September if not sooner, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“I might not pitch as many starts as I’d like in the regular season, but Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys I definitely would like at least a few before October,” Kershaw said. “I don’t see that being a problem.”

Beyond his merely returning, the Dodgers have to be concerned about how effective Kershaw (15-2, 2.04 ERA) will be after an extended absence and only weeks before the start of the postseason.

After a long absence last year with a disk problem, Kershaw rejoined the Dodgers on Sept. 9, making five starts to prepare for the playoffs. He went 2-1 in four postseason starts and recorded a save in his lone relief appearance, but his ERA was 4.44, almost three times his regular-season ERA (1.69) and his WHIP grew from .88 to 1.15.

Kershaw on Wednesday wouldn’t say whether last year’s program left him ready for the postseason.

Bucks (21-24) at Raptors (28-18), 7:30 p.m. ET — Toronto desperately needs a win after dropping five straight, though it will be without All-Star starting guard DeMar DeRozan, who is still Cheap NBA Jerseys From China suffering from an ankle injury. Milwaukee has an All-Star starter of its own in Giannis Antetokounmpo, but can’t seem to win close games.

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Hawks suspend Dennis Schr?der because he didn’t bring visa on vacation

The Hawks have suspended Dennis Schr?der one game for what they call “failure to report.”

The talented point guard missed team practice on Wednesday and Thursday after Cheap Jerseys 90 he was stuck in his native country of Germany. Schr?der went there for vacation during the All-Star break, but forgot to bring his visa on the trip.

“My health is great. I’m feeling good, still working out and just really still staying ready.”
During the 2015 All-Star break, a blood clot was discovered in one of Bosh’s lungs. He made a brief return the next season only to discover blood clots in his legs, which Cheap Jerseys Bing has forced him out of basketball for the moment. He hasn’t played in over a year, and Heat president Pat Riley viewed Bosh’s career with the team as over.

Due to the recurring nature and severity of the injury, many expect Bosh’s career to be over. He had to take blood thinners for his condition, which can cause heavy bleeding during physical contact, which isn’t ideal for a basketball player.

Bosh has remained optimistic throughout his whole ordeal, saying multiple times he wants to return. It’s unlikely he’ll ever play for the Heat again, but if he gets clearance from a doctor and a team willing to take on the risk, then it is at least a possibility to see Bosh, 32, return to the court.

Krystowiak has the background for an NBA coach, having spent more than a season as the Bucks head coach after the firing of Terry Stotts, during a low point for the franchise.

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Valiant bench helps Warriors win 10th straight game

No Kevin Durant, no problem for the Warriors.

With their All-Star small forward still resting an injured knee, the Warriors have had other members of the team step up while compiling a 10-game winning streak. The latest win occurred Friday when Golden State rallied for a 107-98 win over the visiting Rockets.

The Warriors trailed by two points entering the fourth quarter, but outscored Houston 24-13 in the fourth to win their 10th straight and inch closer to claiming the top seed in the Western Conference.

George’s comments stand out because he was extremely critical of his teammates just a day before. He blasted them by saying they have “no winning pride” and weren’t “pissed off enough” after a loss to the Timberwolves.

Maybe Stephenson’s arrival can energize the team into a winning attitude. George knows what his former teammate can bring, and he’s clearly excited to have him back.

“We had a special memories,” George said. “We’ve definitely got a bond on that court. Hopefully we pick up where we left off. He’s excited. He’s always considered Indiana home, so he’s very excited to play with me and us again. This is where he made his name and made his mark. He’s Cheap Lions Jerseys got that in the back of his mind. He definitely thinks he can help this team.”

Stephenson and George, along with other players, made the Pacers a perennial Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids threat in the East for years. But then players went their separate ways, and it really all started with Stephenson leaving. No one is expecting a huge impact right away, but his return could help a Pacers team that has struggled to find wins lately.

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‘Tinderization of the NBA’ is changing how players party, seek sex on road trips

Road trips in NBA are nothing like they used to be.

ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh recently took a deep dive into how NBA players’ party lives have changed dramatically since the late ’70s and ’80s, when drinking and drug-using was at an all-time high.

“Tin-der-i-za-tion,” he repeated to Haberstroh, “like the dating app. No need to go to the clubs all night anymore.”

The changing NBA culture has completely altered the home-court advantage. Haberstroh noted that back in the 1987-88 season, home teams won a staggering 67.9 percent of their games, winning by an average of 5.8 points, the highest ever.

By 1996-97, home teams won only 57.5 percent of games, winning by an average of just 2.6 points. After home winning percentage neared 60 percent in the 2000s, it has dropped to an all-time low of 57.4 percent this season.

In Drake’s song “Pound Cake” he has a lyric, “Tables turn, bridges burn, you live and learn” which is eerily similar to Lamar’s opener. Using Drake’s lyrics against him is what Lamar has done with his previous shots in the past.

Jumped sides is obviously referring to Durant leaving to his rival, but in terms of Lamar and Drake it likely refers to Drake switching up the sound of his music. Instead of rap, Drake’s latest projects have featured more dancehall sounds.

Your team refers to Durant’s Warriors, and also Drake’s Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys Warriors. Drake constantly raps about both Durant and hanging out with the Warriors, so it’s Oakland Raiders Cheap Jerseys not a stretch to see this connection.

In addition with the previous lyric, Lamar is referring to the success of Drake’s overall OVO team compared to Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment. While Drake’s team achieves more commercial success, Lamar is saying one-on-one, Drake wouldn’t stand a chance with him.

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Chiefs’ Andy Reid voted Sporting News Coach of the Year for third time

Andy Reid is back on top of the NFL coaching heap for the first time in 14 seasons. Reid, in a close race over several strong contenders, was voted Sporting News Coach of the Year for his work with the Chiefs in 2016.

Reid is the sixth three-time winner of SN’s award, which has been Cheap High Quality Jerseys handed out since 1947. He joins Mike Smith, Joe Gibbs, Chuck Knox, Don Shula and Paul Brown. Reid also follows Knox (Rams, Seahawks) and Shula (Colts, Dolphins) in winning with multiple teams.

Although Kansas City had gone 31-17 in Reid’s first three seasons, making the playoffs twice as a wild card, he got his team to take it up a notch in 2016 with a 12-4 record and its first AFC West division title since 2010. Reid won Coach of the Year in Philadelphia twice, but the last came in ’02.

Jason Garrett (Cowboys), Jack Del Rio (Raiders) and Dan Quinn (Falcons) got several votes for leading turnaround playoff seasons. Bill Belichick came close to breaking his nine-year drought and becoming a three-time winner with the Patriots, but ultimately, Reid got the most respect from a panel of his peers.

Freeman and his agent have already approached the Falcons about making him one of the league’s highest-paid backs.

Campbell said she didn’t receive a response, but plans to push the matter after the Super Bowl.

Kansas City was a Reid team through and through in ’16, with stability and strong production from offense, defense and special teams. It’s a compliment to put him in the same breath as Chiefs coaching great Marty Schottenheimer, not a detriment.

Although Garrett, Del Rio, Quinn and Belichick could boast great seasons, Reid had long deserved another one for his career resurgence in Kansas City. As he turns only 59 in March, Reid has plenty of time to deliver a few bigger wins for the Chiefs.

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