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While Hellebuyck has been a revelation, the 24-year-old has never played in the postseason. A hot goaltender is a key ingredient for a long playoff run, so I assume he’ll stay composed under pressure. Stingy defense is another ingredient, and the Jets have been stellar on D. They are fifth-best in the league in goals per game, allowing 2.6. The Capitals are more mediocre in this area, as a leaky defense has been a concern since training camp. Washington is below the league average, allowing 2.93 goals per game.

As it stands now, the Jets would face the Wild in the first round, and that’s a tough matchup. The Capitals, meanwhile, would draw the Devils — young and plucky like the Jets, but once again, potentially overmatched by experience. My heart wants the Jets to make a long playoff run, but my gut says the Ovechkin-led Capitals — a team that has plenty of experience playing in April and May — may make it further.

Kings coach John Stevens decided to put That 70’s Line on hiatus for a night.

Instead, having forwards Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson play with center Adrian Kempe gave Los Angeles’ chances of making the postseason a much-needed reboot.

Toffoli and Pearson scored, Kempe had two assists and the Kings moved back into playoff position with a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Stevens shuffled his lines coming off a 7-2 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, getting the response he was looking for from Los Angeles’ three emerging stars on offense.

I was really happy for the Kempe line tonight, Stevens said. We talked to that line just how much we needed them to play like they did earlier in the year. It could really balance out our attack, and I thought they did tonight.

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Do Not Draft list, which aims to take into account proper value in comparison with expectations in order to provide a list of players I will be avoiding. Ohtani, 23, dominated in Japan on the mound, at the plate and obviously in the hearts of so many, and it is not the least bit surprising that so many fantasy managers are eager to secure someone with so much promise to their rosters. However, a 3.41 ERA is not what many deem ultimate promise, and that goes for eight home runs as well. There is major upside for Ohtani to be a transcendent star in the United States … but we are probably not at that point yet in 2018, and that is really the point of his inclusion on this list.

Dec. 16: A deal driven by cash — it solved both teams’ long-term financial goals — Kazmir and McCarthy could be useful rotation stopgaps for the Braves. Kemp might not even remain in L.A., while Gonzalez was immediately designated for assignment.

The common issue with the Clippers all season has been injuries. Beverley (knee, done for year) and Gallinari (hand) are still out, and recently acquired Avery Bradley is down with a sports hernia.

The fantasy takeaway here is, whether the Clippers’ new talent is brought in by free agency or by a lucky-pick/No. 15-caliber home run, the rest of the Clips’ main guys shouldn’t have to greatly adjust their games to fit around that talent. Because of this, each of Harris, Williams and Jordan should reasonably be expected to produce next season on the level of what they are currently producing for the team. Rivers is more questionable, because a strong perimeter performer could push him to the bench, so his dynasty value is more at the mercy of their offseason moves.

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Memphis enters Saturday on its second double-digit losing streak of the season.

The Grizzlies also dropped 11 straight Nov. 11-Dec. 2 and this is the first time the franchise has recorded two double-digit skids in the same season since the 1999-2000 edition based Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Online in Vancouver dropped 11 straight Nov. 16-Dec. 6, 1999 and 12 in a row Feb. 29-March 19, 2000.

Gasol has played 11 games during this skid and scored 22 points when the steak was extended with Friday’s 108-102 loss to the Denver Nuggets. It was his second-highest point total during this stretch, which has seen him shoot 39.4 percent and average 16.6 points.

The Grizzlies rested Gasol once during the streak when Miami beat Memphis last Saturday. Deyonta Davis, who averages 5.5 points, started for Gasol, but is sidelined with a left ankle injury.

Since earning a 120-109 win against Phoenix on Jan. 29, the average margin of defeat has been 13.3 points. Friday’s game was the Grizzlies’ sixth loss by double-digits during the losing streak.

Three of four NBA players from Ames, Iowa were in the building. Barnes and fellow Dallas forward Doug McDermott, along with Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, all attended Ames High School. Hoiberg went on to play at Iowa State, located in Ames, before 10 NBA seasons. He returned to Iowa State to coach for six seasons.

Dick Gibbs, 69, was the first Ames high school product to play in the NBA (1971-76)

Bogdanovic made a go-ahead short runner from the baseline with 1:06 left in OT, then added a pair of free throws and the Kings beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-111 on Thursday night.

“I’ve said from the beginning of the season that we have great chemistry here,” Bogdanovic said. “It’s really fun to work with all of these guys. We just love to work. It’s nothing else, no secret.”

Gobert scored a season-high 26 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked four shots to help the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 on Friday night in a game that featured three ejections.

His dominance around the basket spread throughout the team. Utah Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA finished with a 46-27 advantage on the glass. The Jazz also outscored the Timberwolves 19-0 in second-chance points and held them to a season-low two offensive rebounds.

Pistons seek to move closer to Heat

The Miami Heat got run out of their own building on Thursday night, but now they will get another chance in a game that is crucial to the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Drummond will match up with 7-foot, 265-pound Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who is averaging 14.0 points and 11.8 rebounds, including 3.2 on the offensive glass.

Backup Heat center Bam Adebayo, a 6-10, 245-pound rookie, is averaging 7.4 points and 5.5 rebounds in 20.5 minutes. Over 36 minutes, Adebayo’s averages would be 13.0 points and 9.6 rebounds.

All in all, Saturday’s game should be quite a battle in the paint.

On a night when Lonzo Ball made every one of his shots for the Lakers, Isaiah Thomas wanted to make sure his one playful shot at the rookie’s shooting form landed as well.

Thomas, a six-year veteran guard, was asked on Monday after Los Angeles’ victory in Atlanta about what he thinks of Ball’s shot and his infamous technique, now that they are teammates and the rookie guard is shooting well of late. Thomas gave a sly look over toward Ball’s locker to see if he was around and listening — not in a sinister way, but more like he wanted Ball to hear him give the point guard a hard time about his form.

“I mean, it’s ugly as hell,” Thomas said as he began defending Ball’s shooting style. “It’s an ugly shot, but he’s been successful with it his whole life. So you get to the highest level, there is no need to change it. You just got to figure out ways to continue to make it better.”

After Teague left the court, Jazz guard Jae Crowder and Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau were issued double technicals for arguing with each other. Crowder was later ejected for picking up his second technical foul with 45.3 seconds remaning.

Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns also was ejected just before halftime when he was called for his second technical foul for arguing a non-call.

Referee Kane Fitzgerald said after the game that Towns’ first technical Cheap NFL Jerseys USA foul was for dead-ball contact of an elbow to the Crowder’s face. The second technical was for “continuous complaint. Three or four plays in a row he was complaining and a technical foul was given.”

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Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler, who is sidelined due to surgery on his right knee, approved of Teague’s fiery play.

Browns hire Todd Haley as offensive coordinator, report says

Todd Haley is staying in the AFC North even after the Steelers decided not to extend his contract this offseason.

According to, the Browns hired Haley to be their next offensive coordinator Monday and he is expected to call all the plays under coach Hue Jackson.

The Eagles are 2-2 at home in conference championships games (most recently a 27-10 win over the Falcons in 2005). They went 8-1 at home in 2017 (including playoffs), allowing 13.0 points and 280.7 yards per game (the fewest and fourth-fewest in the league, respectively).

The Vikings are 6-16 all-time in postseason road games. They have not won such a game since a 31-17 victory Jan. 9, 2005 in Green Bay.

Hilinski was last seen alive on the morning of Jan. 16, when he dropped off a teammate at class at approximately 8:45 a.m. WSU staff members attempted to get in touch with Hilinski after he did not show up for a weightlifting session that afternoon. They contacted police at 4 p.m. to make a welfare check.

Hilinski, 21, had even texted teammates to set up a throwing session for Tuesday afternoon, according to Leach.

Hadn’t really had any issues, Leach said. Some ups and downs as a college student, but nothing that would stand out that you would recognize as a problem.

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk is honoring Hilinski by wearing the No. 3 jersey of his former teammate at the Senior Bowl this week.

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Hall of Fame DE Chris Doleman to have brain tumor removed

Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will have it removed, ProFootballTalk reported.

Doleman, 56, will have the surgery Wednesday.

A day after the Wildcats fell out of the Top 25 for the first time since March 2014 , freshmen forwards Washington and Knox helped end their skid from the foul line and perimeter respectively. Washington made 10 of 14 free throws along with 6-of-10 shooting to top his previous best against Monmouth by two points. Knox overcame an initial missed layup to hit all four from behind the arc to finish 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and from the line.

We’re not worried about being pretty, we’re worried about getting the job done and getting the `W’, said Washington, who also had two blocks and three steals.

He added that coach John Calipari says all the time that we’re too Hollywood, and we just have to be aggressive and bring toughness to the game.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 16 points, including eight in the second half to help Kentucky (15-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) eventually seize a back-and-forth game between schools coming off losses. The Wildcats shot 43 percent but made 23 of 30 free throws.

RIveron has had an interesting season full of explanation videos, most notably overturned turned touchdowns by Pittsburgh’s Jesse James in Week 15 and Buffalo’s Kelvin Benjamin in Week 16. Both controversial calls happened against the Patriots.

At 42 years old and as a driver who made his name for being able to loosen up a car’s handling to the point where he could outrun the competition, it would make sense that his decline could be a result of his reaction skills being just a tick slower.

But Johnson says he has all the talent that carried him to a string of five consecutive titles from 2006 to ’10, then again to titles in 2013 and 2016. He believes his leadership and communication — not to mention a new Chevrolet body style with the Camaro replacing the Chevrolet SS — will be the keys in determining whether the Hendrick Motorsports driver improves on a year where his average finish was a career-worst 16.8.

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Buffalo wins 8th straight, tops Eastern Michigan 83-69

Jeremy Harris scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to help Mid-American Conference leader Buffalo beat Eastern Michigan 83-69 on Tuesday night for its eighth straight victory.

CJ Massinburg added 18 points, Nick Perkins 17 and Wes Clark 13 for Buffalo (15-5, 7-0), which has scored 80-plus points in eight straight games.

The last time UB won eight straight was at the end of 2014-15 season after six consecutive regular-season games and two MAC tournament victories.

He’s a terrific player. I’m not surprised that he played well at all. Good players go through things like that for a couple of games, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. He’s not going to let that keep him down.

Culver, the freshman guard playing in his hometown, finished with 25 points and four 3-pointers.

Jeffrey Carroll had 16 points for Oklahoma State (13-7, 3-5), which was coming off an overtime win three days earlier over then-No. 4 Oklahoma. And the Cowboys still had a 14-point lead with 15 minutes left.

Malcolm Duvivier hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 for Akron (10-9, 3-4 Mid-American Conference), while Daniel Utomi contributed 13 points and eight rebounds and Mark Kostelac scored 10 on 5-of-6 shooting.

Gavin Block scored 18 — on 6-of-11 shooting from 3-point range — with seven rebounds to pace the Bobcats (9-10, 2-5). Teyvion Kirk added 16 points and six assists and Doug Taylor scored 11 with six boards and four blocked shots.

Ohio never led but managed to forge four ties, the last one at 58-all with 5:35 left in the game. But Kostelac had a layup and Ivey nailed a 3-pointer and added two buckets to push the Zips lead to 67-58. The Bobcats closed to within a point, but Ivey and Virshon Cotton both hit two free throws in the final 20 seconds to preserve the win.

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Sabally, Ionescu lead No. 7 Oregon over No. 18 Oregon State

Kelly Graves’ first tastes of the Civil War as Oregon’s head coach were back-to-back losses by a combined 62 points to a ranked Oregon State team.

In his fourth season, Graves and the No. 7 Ducks finally pumped new life 100-game old rivalry.

Oregon State was 13 of 26 from the arc in the first meeting, but that went down to 7 of 21 against a defense that was more man than zone in the rematch.

We didn’t move the ball as well tonight, OSU coach Scott Rueck said. I didn’t think we saw the floor nearly as well tonight, and we didn’t get into sets.

They played very aggressive tonight, and that was the difference. They were the aggressor.

Ruthy Hebard’s 10 rebounds led the Ducks to a 41-30 edge on the boards. They also outscored the Beavers 32-14 in the paint.

Oregon, the fourth No. 1 seed in first NCAA ratings released Thursday, leads the Pac-12 by a game over UCLA and Stanford. However, the Ducks will continue to tinker with their rotation without injured 3-point specialist Lexi Bando, the NCAA’s active career leader beyond the arc at 45.5 percent.

Oregon State has work to do with three conference losses and six of its last 10 games on the road if it hopes to claim a fourth consecutive Pac-12 regular-season championship.

Camara, who scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds for 901 in his career, passing Dave Pemberton’s 897 (1969-72). Tanner Leissner added 11 points for the Wildcats (8-12, 4-2 America East).

Cornish made three 3-pointers and scored 16 points with 13 rebounds for his second double-double for the Seawolves (8-12, 3-3). Jakub Petras added 13 points and Junior Saintel 10.

Cornish scored 13 points in the first half when Stony Brook led 31-26. A 12-0 run gave UNH a 42-35 lead and the game was tied four times after that.

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Macon’s late 3s power Arkansas past Georgia, 80-77 in 2 OTs

Georgia: The Bulldogs have damaged their NCAA Tournament hopes by losing four of five, including two straight home conference games against unranked teams — South Carolina and Arkansas. This game came down to one play at the end and we have to regroup and get focused on the next one, Fox said. The Bulldogs needed a win over Arkansas, with a No. 32 RPI, to boost their NCAA hopes.

Pippen scored 11 points with 11 rebounds and Marcus Bartley and Armon Fletcher each scored 12 as the Salukis made half their 52 shots. Fletcher also grabbed nine rebounds and had four steals.

Wyatt Lohaus led the Panthers with 15 points and Carlson and Isaiah Brown each scored 10.

Today was big for us, Robinson said. It was a good response.

Hill scored the first seven points in the decisive burst and said the Hokies proved they can play defense when they focus on it.

Once we do what the coaches want and what their plan is, we’re a great team, he said.

It was that defense, Blackshear said, that sparked the run.

Javis Howard and Ty Jones each scored 12 points and Jones grabbed seven rebounds for the Buccaneers (7-12, 2-6 Big South).

The teams traded 3-pointers at the end of the first half with Fleming making one and Liam O’Reilly scoring one for Gardner-Webb (10-11, 5-3) which went to intermission down 31-30.

Charleston Southern started the second half with a 7-0 run and later pushed the lead to 52-40 when Keeling hit a 3 then followed with a jumper with 13:44 left. The Bulldogs responded with a quick 7-0 spurt, but went more than four minutes without scoring as the Buccaneers went on a 12-0 run and Gardner-Webb never recovered.

O’Reilly tied his career high with 27 points, including 7-of-12 3-pointers. David Efianayi had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists, and DJ Laster scored 14 points, for the Bulldogs.

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Penn State’s Troy Apke takes home MVP honors in Collegiate Bowl

Defense ruled in a game meant to showcase potential NFL players, and LSU defensive tackle Frank Herron and Penn State linebacker Troy Apke delivered the final blows.

The 312-pound Herron returned a fumble for a late touchdown and Apke had an interception while earning MVP honors, helping the National team stifle the American team 23-0 in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

I knew from the first time we put on pads, this defense was going to be special,” said National coach Mike Martz, now 4-0 in the game.

We asked him to place kick,” Green said. He’s talented, but that was a little unfair. We eventually went away from kicking field goals all together and that hurt our momentum.

Granted, Minneapolis, with its state-of-the-art U.S. Bank Stadium, will be ready to host the Super Bowl and show off its fancy digs to the world.

Super Bowl 52 will be played in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium, which will have just finished hosting its second Minnesota Vikings season after being built in time for the 2016 NFL season.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced in May of 2014 that Minnesota and its new stadium would host the Super Bowl in 2018. The stadium seats 66,200 but can be expanded to fit up to 70,000 people.

The game will be the first Super Bowl in Minnesota since Super Bowl XXVI, when the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills, 37-24, on Jan. 26, 1992 at The Metrodome.

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