Coyotes coach Tocchet to miss meeting with Kings

The man who has the Arizona Coyotes playing like a playoff team — even though they won’t make the postseason — won’t be behind the bench Tuesday night.

First-year Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet is taking a leave of absence to deal with a family illness, so assistant coach John MacLean will coach them against the Los Angeles Kings, a team that is back in control of its playoff destiny.

Cole Hamels, Matt Moore and Doug Fister appear to be locks for the top three spots. Mike Minor remains a candidate, but could be switched to closer, a role he was effective in at the end of last season with Kansas City.

Left-hander Martin Perez threw 69 pitches in a minor league game Monday, allowing six runs, three earned, in four innings. He has been set back in spring training after breaking his right (non-pitching) elbow in December in an incident with a bull on his Venezuelan ranch. He could begin the season on the disabled list.

Clayton Blackburn, another rotation candidate, exited in the first inning in a Monday start against Cleveland with right elbow tightness. He will undergo further evaluation.

Murphy still doesn’t have a timetable as to when he’ll appear in a Grapefruit League game. Earlier this spring Murphy said he might only need a handful of at-bats to be ready for opening day.

Following the batting practice, Murphy said he’s pleased with the way his rehab is progressing.

“It’s nice to see ball flight,” Murphy said. “That you can’t really see — a little bit confined in the cage.”

Murphy’s only running this spring has come on a treadmill. He recently started fielding Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys groundballs.

“Not a ton of lateral movement right now,” Murphy said, “Just kind of right Cheap Dream Team Jerseys at me and hopefully we can kind of progress to ground balls a little bit further away.”

A three-time All-Star, Murphy hit .322 with 23 homers and 93 RBIs last season.

Super Bowl 52: Eagles overcome all obstacles to scale ultimate height

The gaping hole in the all-time resume of the Philadelphia Eagles has been filled. It took 52 tries, and for all but the senior citizens and die-hards it overshadows the NFL championship they won back when Eisenhower was in the White House.

The Eagles can now, finally, claim to be Super Bowl champions.

In typical fashion for this season, the Eagles and Foles overcame just to make it there, and to win it. They kept winning despite losing key players along the way, including Wentz, Jason Peter, Jordan Hicks and Ronald Darby.

For the Eagles to not only survive but thrive is a tribute to a coach who, oddly enough, didn’t get the recognition he likely deserved for finishing with the NFC’s best record and earning home-field advantage, Doug Pederson got just one vote for NFL Coach of the Year.

To get to the Patriots, they used a goal-line stand to hold on against the Falcons after a fairly dreadful first half by Foles, and then beat the Vikings into submission by 31 points, shrugging off Minnesota’s emotional wave from their own last-second playoff win over the Saints and dominating in every phase.

The franchise rode similar waves into its two previous Super Bowls, as Philadelphia fans were endlessly reminded for two weeks: they lost Super Bowls 15 and 39 before. Each year they fell short mocked them further, as entire eras passed with mounting disappointment and frustration — Dick Vermeil and Ron Jaworski, Buddy Ryan and Randall Cunningham and Reggie White, Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens.

Haley joined the Steelers in 2012 and shared incredible success with Roethlisberger during his time in Pittsburgh, though the relationship was not sustainable and coach Mike Tomlin Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping decided not to renew Haley’s expiring contract after the team’s disappointing divisional round loss to the Jaguars last month.

The Steelers later promoted quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to serve as the team’s new offensive coordinator, and Bell is optimistic about Fichtner’s Wholesale NHL Jerseys potential success given the solid relationship he has established with Roethlisberger since joining the organization in 2007.

A Montana basketball star is trying to be the rare American Indian player to go from life on a reservation to Division I.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Swinney’s staff at Clemson is drenched in crimson, albeit of a decidedly pre-Saban hue. His football administrator (in Swinney’s words, “My national security adviser”) is Woody McCorvey, who was Swinney’s position coach at Bama. Before that, McCorvey worked at Clemson under the school’s other national title-winning head coach, Danny Ford, who, by the way, also played at Alabama, under Bryant.

Clemson special-teams/tight ends coach Danny Pearman, safeties coach Mickey Conn, defensive analyst Lemanski Hall and recruiting coordinator Thad Turnipseed all have ties back to Swinney’s days with the Tide. Only Turnipseed has worked for both Saban and Swinney, winning NFL Jerseys Wholesale two national titles with the former and one with the latter.

“I like to remind Nick that we have a lot of Alabama people at Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike Clemson, but Clemson has always had a lot of Alabama people,” Swinney said, taking a poke at the guy he spends days on the lake with during the offseason. “And I also remind him that we were all at Alabama long before he was!”

But all of those folks who now make a very nice living in upstate South Carolina might not still have those jobs at all if not for a hire Swinney made six years ago, one that still leaves fans on both sides shaking their heads. In 2011, Swinney’s third full season, the Tigers suffered a legendarily awful 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. Barely two weeks later, he hired Brent Venables to be his defensive coordinator. Venables had been on the staff at Oklahoma for 13 years, all but one as defensive coordinator.

The Bulls have been a feel-good story. The NBA’s lottery system is ruining the fun.

Good piece from James Herbert on how Brett Brown uses schoolteacher tactics with the Sixers.

Paul George destroyed the Lakers Wednesday night in OKC’s convincing win. But he’s still tied to L.A. through rumors. As it were, PG-13 and Brian Shaw surrendered their phones to NBA investigators to prove there was no tampering between them. They have a close relationship from time together in Indiana.

This Terrance Ferguson open court dunk was incredible. Also, he hurt his wrist doing it. Welp.

Even more telling about Harris’ attitude for improvement is his humility.

Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: While Alfred Blue had a strong finish to his season — 33.8 PPR fantasy points on 50 touches in his final three games — Miller’s was comparably quiet, as he scored a season-low 3.7 PPR fantasy points on Sunday and totaled 16.5 on 30 touches in his final three games. Miller was started in 59.5 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 17.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Considering how favorable his matchup was (the Texans entered the week having allowed the fifth-most PPR fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers with 35.6), Hilton’s 4.4 PPR fantasy points on six targets were rather disappointing. After all, he scored a season-high 34.5 points against these Texans in Week 9. Hilton concluded his 2017 season with seven games out of 16 beneath five fantasy points. He badly needs a healthy Andrew Luck back throwing him the football in 2018.

Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: For the second consecutive week, Crabtree fell shy of five PPR fantasy points, with his 3.7 on Sunday representing his 13th-worst single-game total in 125 career contests. He was started in 51.8 percent of ESPN leagues, making him the 20th most-started wide receiver of Week 17.

Here’s him tooting his own horn (koff koff) post-game after that first 36-point-splosion. He fills the time talking about… Mason Plumlee.

Even more impressive about last night’s 36 was that 20 of them came in the first quarter, the best single quarter of scoring by a Denver Nugget since Ty Lawson was in town. His post game interview yet again quickly deflected the credit to his team.

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The bigger issues are the same ones Detroit failed to adequately address during the offseason the running game and pass rush.

Thanksgiving games in the NFL have seen some memorable moments, but for some reason, the more embarrassing ones seem to stick in our minds, starting with one asinine anti-miracle in the Meadowlands.

The Packers came to Detroit for Thanksgiving in 2011, and in the third quarter, Suh was one rude host of a defensive tackle when he pushed offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith’s head into the artificial turf at Ford Field. He then punctuated the senseless maneuver with a follow-up dead-ball stomp that helped Green Bay finish a touchdown drive.

The Lions have now gone 63 games and counting without fielding a 100-yard rusher. The collective efforts of a running back corps led by Ameer Abdullah aren’t paying dividends, either. Detroit is among the NFL’s worst in average yards per game (78.3) and attempt (3.4).

Besides the lack of a bell-cow rusher, a major reason for the struggles are injuries that have befallen the offensive line ever since the offseason, when left tackle Taylor Decker suffered a torn labrum that forced him to miss Detroit’s first eight games. The same problem has affected the defensive line with starting end Kerry Hyder (Achilles) and tackle Haloti Ngata (biceps) on injured reserve.

“To me, whether you are a player or not a player, you have to know what your fans’ expectations are, because they are the reason you are there,” Steinbrenner said.

This is a throwback to the bad ol’ days of Giants history, to a period younger fans Cheap NFL Jerseys USA have no connection to, and older fans would rather forget. This is 1970s-style dysfunction. It’s Best Place For Cheap Jerseys a crisis the franchise has not had to handle in some four decades.

About 20 Michigan players formed a circle and locked their arms together during the national anthem.

Strong winds and heavy rain affected the game in the third quarter, making it even more difficult for the offensively challenged teams to move the ball.

“It was different,” O’Korn said. “There was one point where there was a torrential downpour, but there’s no excuses.”

Michigan State kept its top running back, Scott, out of the game. He was on the sideline in uniform, but didn’t have his helmet on.

“We felt he could have played, but couldn’t risk having him out a couple weeks,” Dantonio said.

“I try to shoot and the puck seems to go in right now,” Zibanejad said. “I just am trying to place myself in a good spot out there and the guys are finding me and the puck seems to be going in. That’s just the mentality. You just have to keep shooting when you are hot, I guess.”

Vigneault was all praises for the way Zibanejad — signed to a five-year, $26.75 million deal in the offseason — has been playing at the start of the season.

“There is no doubt that Mika knew that we put a lot of faith into his play, we signed him to a long-term deal and we expected him to be an impact player on our team,” the coach said. “The way he started is the way he has to continue. He has to continue to be a force on the ice, a difference-maker.”

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Stetson holds off Brown 17-13 for first win of season

Colin McGovern ran for two scores, Stetson’s defense grabbed two interceptions that led to scores, and the Hatters held off Brown 17-13 on Saturday for its first win of the season.

McGovern scored what proved to be the winning TD on an 8-yard run six plays after Colby Duncan picked off a third-quarter pass by Thomas Linta on the Brown 30.

After Stetson missed a fourth-quarter field goal, Brown’s Darius Daies scored on a 12-yard run to cap a 75-yard drive with 8:55 left. The Bears reached the Hatter’s 34 with 1:48 to play before fumbling the ball away.

McGovern was 26 of 36 for 269 yards passing for Stetson (1-5), and also scored on a 7-yard run for a 10-7 halftime lead. McGovern gained 28 yards on 15 carries, but the Hatters were held NHL Jerseys China to 57 total yards on the ground.

Brown (2-2) led 7-3 in the second quarter after Linta, 14 of 21 for 143 Nike NFL Jerseys yards with the interception, hit Jaerlon Blanburg on a 40-yard pass.

Notre Dame is capitalizing on a line featuring two likely high draft picks in Nelson and left tackle Mike McGlinchey. The Irish have revved up the rushing attack under new coordinator Chip Long, eclipsing 300 rush yards in four games after failing to do so once last season. Notre Dame’s 10.1 yards per carry at Boston College set a modern-era record. Nelson is a preseason All-American who has done nothing to diminish lofty predictions.

They’ll have to shore up the rushing defense if they have want to contend.

Jackson: “He never wanted to get on the board (Jackson would have a player break down a play on a marker board). I had to call on him and make him get on the board, and then he’d go through the motions doing it. I remember our very first meeting that season and I said, ‘Who wants to come up and do this?’ He leaped out of his seat and drew it up on the board. He never knew formations or anything. Now, he drew up the formation and had everybody in the room shocked. That was the beginning of it. His daughter Cheap Jerseys Toronto had been born. Everything had changed for him.”

Linebacker Jatavis Brown, the Bolts’ leading tackler, suffered a right foot injury Cheap Jerseys Soccer China during the opening quarter of last week’s loss to the Eagles. Brown wore a protective boot on Monday but said after the Chargers’ medical staff evaluated him that he would be good to play Sunday against the Giants. However, Brown’s injury status is worth monitoring this week. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Brown wouldn’t practice Wednesday. — Eric D. Williams

If you think Todd Gurley is off to a great start, then you should see what opposing running backs have done against Los Angeles. The Rams have allowed 4.9 yards per rush and a league-worst seven rushing touchdowns so far this season. They’ll have to shore up the rushing defense if they have want to contend.

Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook are hurt, which means the Minnesota offense might not be as explosive moving forward, but the defense is still intact. The Vikings are allowing 19.0 points per game this season and 19.8 since 2014, sixth best in that time.

Newly acquired kicker Stephen Hauschka also missed a 46-yard attempt wide left.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick on getting over Thursday’s 42-27 loss to the Chiefs: “Every long week has a short week and every short week has a long week, so in the end, it all evens out. We just try to do the best we can with each day, but we have a lot of work to do.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on rookie running back Christian McCaffrey, who had 85 yards from scrimmage on 18 touches in a 23-3 win over the 49ers: “He’s like a new toy at Christmas, but you don’t want to use him too much and wear out the batteries.”

Saints coach Sean Payton on a sideline exchange with Adrian Peterson during a loss to the running back’s former team, the Vikings: “We weren’t in any heated exchange. No. Listen, I’d tell you if we were in a heated exchange, so why don’t you ask him? He was into it, we were all into it, there was none that I can recall. And I’m being honest.”

Peterson when asked about the exchange: “Let’s be clear … I said we need to run the ball up their donkey. Nothing more. I’m passionate but respect my coach at the same time.”

Buffalo squandered two scoring opportunities in the first half. Taylor’s pass to Clay in the end zone glanced off the tight end’s hands and was intercepted by Juston Burris. The cornerback returned it 48 yards, and went down when he bumped into his teammate. Burris then fumbled, but was ruled down by Cheap Hockey Jerseys From China contact, as he had a knee down when hit from behind by Bills Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys center Eric Wood.

The Jets converted 4 of 14 third-down chances and managed 11 first downs — and just four in the first half.

Paul George says it’s ‘too early’ to talk about him playing for the Lakers

For the last few months, we’ve been operating under the assumption that Paul George to the Lakers next season is close to a done deal. But according to George himself, that isn’t so.

George called it ‘too early’ for him to commit to playing with the Lakers next season in an in-depth interview with Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins. The Lakers will have to make commitments from another top player or two from around the league before George even considers them an option, he said.

“It would have to be a situation where the ball gets rolling and guys are hopping on. This guy commits, that guy commits. ‘Oh s—, now there’s a team forming.’ It has to be like that,” George told Jenkins.

“I’m in OKC, so hopefully me and [Russell Westbrook] do a good enough job and make it to the conference finals and love the situation. Why not recruit someone to come build it with us? I’m open in this whole process.”

On Friday afternoon, it was reported that Kyrie Irving met with the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this summer and requested a trade. Irving is tired of playing under James’ shadow, something that is admittedly unavoidable even when Irving took more field goal attempts and recorded a higher usage rating than Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale James last season. Irving listed four preferred destinations, although he has no leverage to actually enforce the Cavaliers trading him to one of those teams. However, barring unforeseen reconciliation, it appears Irving is on his way out.

The basketball world had already been entranced with trade rumors. For weeks, we’ve discussed Carmelo Anthony and his future — or lack thereof — in New York. Was he headed to Cleveland? Houston? Portland? It seems increasingly certain that Anthony won’t be with the Knicks Cheap NFL Jerseys China next season, and that was the dominating conversation in the NBA all through July.