Leafs kids: Let’s see Matthews, Marner, Nylander and Co. do it again in 2017-18

Connor McDavid averaged more than a point per game as a rookie, then led the NHL in scoring, won the Hart Trophy and helped Edmonton make the postseason for the first time in over a decade in his second year, and that made the superstar center the highest-paid player in the league this summer.

Matthews and Marner are both entering the second year of their contracts and likely will seek new deals next July, while Nylander has a year left on his ELC and will be a restricted free agent in 2018. If each progresses in his second year, all three could be signed to long-term extensions next summer.

So, financial incentive is there for the Leafs’ young Big Three, not to mention the desire of the entire roster to take the next step as contenders in the Eastern Conference.

We’ll find out soon enough if the youngsters again can lead the way in Toronto.

In a decision sure to rankle players and fans, the NHL announced Monday it will not pause its 2017-18 regular season to allow participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics, ending months of speculation and oft-contentious negotiation with the International Olympic Committee.

The NHL Players’ Association responded in kind hours later with a NFL Jerseys Paypal strongly worded statement expressing a collective disappointment in the “shortsighted decision” and condemning the league for a perceived disrespect of its players’ wishes.

“The players are extraordinarily disappointed and adamantly disagree with the NHL’s shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the Olympics,” the statement began. “Any sort of inconvenience the Olympics may cause next season’s schedule is a small price to pay compared to Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys the opportunity to showcase our game and our greatest players on this enormous international stage.”

Frank Gore frustrated by Colts regression

When Frank Gore signed with the Colts in 2015, he thought he would help bring a Super Bowl title back to Indianapolis.

That play showed some of the inside power McCaffrey consistently flashed as a Heisman finalist at Stanford. Not to ignore his speed and quickness, McCaffrey delivered both on a 7-yard burst around the corner to end the first quarter. Before that play, he got his lone target, a short incompletion from No. 3 QB Joe Webb.

“But the Jets made their decision. I had to sit back and be patient and evaluate some things. A couple teams were inquiring about me, but then once the Patriots came into the picture, it was pretty much a done deal as soon as I found out they were interested in me.”

After inking a two-year deal worth $6.75 million, Harris and his family are settling into their New England surroundings and he and his wife found schools for their two daughters.

“I grew up a Michigan fan, so wearing blue isn’t strange to me. It’s the red part,” Harris quipped during his radio interview. “But it was strange at first because I’ve always been on the other side of the field.

“It feels good. I couldn’t expect anything more. Everybody just works hard Cheap Jerseys And Jordans every day, with that winning attitude, and the culture is like no other than I’ve been a part of. I’m glad to be here, this late in my career and be around a bunch of great individuals. They are better Cheap Jerseys Bing people off the field.”

Ravens’ Terrell Suggs on potential Colin Kaepernick signing: ‘We want him’

Terrell Suggs would have no problem seeing Colin Kaepernick on his team’s roster.

The Ravens linebacker on Sunday discussed the possibility of Baltimore taking a chance on the controversial quarterback, saying Kaepernick would be accepted by his new teammates if he signed with the organization.

“Hell yeah, if he’s going to help us win,” Suggs told ESPN. “We have no issues. Not in the locker room. Hell yeah, we want him.”

With veteran quarterback Joe Flacco expected to be sidelined with a back injury and backup Ryan Mallett struggling for consistency, the Ravens could certainly benefit from Kaepernick’s experience after he spent the better part of six seasons leading the 49ers under center.

Gathers, a sixth-round pick of the Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft, was one of three Dallas players temporarily removed from practice. Gathers, rookie wide receiver Noah Brown and veteran linebacker Kyle Wilber all returned to the field after calming down.

The scuffle began after Wilber beat Gathers to the quarterback on a pass-rushing drill. A beaten Gathers pushed Wilber past quarterback Dak Prescott and into the line of offensive players watching.

After coming back onto the field, Wilber and Gathers hugged it out Cheap Infant Jerseys before returning to practice.

Gathers, who spent his rookie season on the practice squad, did say before training camp he needs “a certain type of nasty” to transition from a basketball forward to NFL tight end. Fighting with one’s teammates, while not uncommon during training camp, is obviously not the type of nasty Garrett and Cheap Jackie Robinson Jerseys his coaching staff want to see.

Patriots’ Rob Ninkovich announces retirement after 11 seasons

Rob Ninkovich is calling it a career.

The Patriots’ veteran defensive end on Sunday announced his retirement from football after playing 11 seasons in the league.

The announcement came at New England’s Sunday afternoon press conference at Gillette Stadium, though the team hadn’t specified the nature of the presser beforehand.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Fuller will undergo surgery later Wednesday and is expected to be missing in action for two to three months as he heals.

Fuller’s NFL career was off to a promising start, as he recorded 107 and 104 receiving yards, respectively, in his first two games last season. However, his rookie campaign began to slump as his production declined beginning in Week 3. He ended the season with just 47 catches for 635 yards and two touchdowns.

Eager to rebound from what he called a tough rookie season, Fuller will instead spend a good portion of the upcoming season on the bench.

Fuller, 23, was selected by Houston with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The former Notre Dame standout started 13 of the 14 games he played in last year.

They may very well be the worst team in the NFL next season, but if they execute their rebuild right, it could be a nice landing spot for Cousins. There’s a good chance they’ll make a better offer for him than anyone else will. If the defense can perform at 2009-10 Mark Sanchez-era levels while giving him adequate weapons on offense, maybe the Jets could be saved after all.

Cousins would be on the short list of quarterbacks who could blow a 28-3 lead. So Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys in a strange world where somehow the Falcons lost Matt Ryan and could Cheap Heat Jerseys add Cousins, he’d probably only add to the heartbreak Falcons fans have suffered since 1966. I can’t say the fan base needs more of that.

Vontaze Burfict causes fight at Bengals camp after dirty play on Giovani Bernard

Vontaze Burfict has a history of dirty plays, so it wasn’t a major surprise when he had another one Tuesday at Bengals training camp.

The domestic violence incident involving the Cowboys’ star running back remains under review and a decision on whether or not he will be suspended is not expected to come this week, ESPN reported, citing sources.

Elliott was accused of domestic violence last July by an ex-girlfriend, although he was never charged in the alleged assault and denied any wrongdoing.

The second-year rusher is also in hot water for driving 100 mph in a 70 mph zone in April and being accused of punching a DJ in a Dallas nightclub in July, although Dallas police have suspended that investigation because the accuser has not been cooperative. The league has yet to take any action against Elliott.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones revealed that Elliott met with league officials in New York regarding the incident and said he expects the NFL to imminently announce its ruling on the matter. Jones has long asserted Elliott’s innocence, recenty saying there is absolutely nothing, not one thing, that I’ve seen that has anything to do with domestic violence.

Cousins has the keys now, and he’s not going to turn this car around. There’s no question that he’s betting on himself by playing on another one-year deal, though this time around it’s different.

He’s proved what he needs to prove on the field with his play. He can be greater than or equal to what he provided for Washington last year, which led to the NFL’s third-best Cheap Euro Jerseys total offense. If Washington takes a step back in 2017, he can point to the weapons he lost from 2016 and say that a dropoff in his own performance isn’t his fault. A team like the Jets, who have all the cap space in the world and the worst quarterback situation in the league, would not say no to Cousins and throw the Cheap Football Practice Jerseys checkbook at him.

Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu thinks he’s ‘the best player in the world’

Tyrann Mathieu is reiterating his thoughts on his playing ability.

After telling reporters at a promotional event for the International Series games in London last month that he believes he is the best defensive player in the NFL when healthy, the Cheap Echl Jerseys Cardinals safety has changed his tune slightly.

We need that physicality, McAdoo told reporters (via the New York Daily News). We’re going to turn into a heavy-handed, physical football team. We just have to do a better job of handling the extracurricular activities after the whistle.

Olivier Vernon said we’re still teammates at the end of the day, but other Giants realize the danger a fist to a facemask posses.

At the end of the day, we’ve got to protect each other and be safe, offensive Cheap Dog Jerseys lineman Justin Pugh said. We’ve got to make sure we respect the guy across from us and make sure that we’re doing the right things to represent each other, the team, and not put ourselves in a bad position. Because the worst thing that can happen, we lose a guy for an extended period of time.

Save the passion for Week 1 against Dallas, Big Blue.

Tannehill has struggled late in games. Last year, in games that were decided by four points or less, he had arguably his four worst performances of the season. Late in games, Tannehill, on film, hesitates, limits his window to quick reads and is far too susceptible to sacks.

Of course, sacks in the fourth quarter might as well be interceptions, as they stifle drives and almost always result in an eventual punt.

The Browns’ scheme and supporting cast is built better for a mobile passer than it is for a big statue.

EA Sports recently released the first gameplay trailer for “Madden NFL 18,” which includes a quick look at new features like Target Passing, Play Styles, and WR/DB Interactions.

“Madden NFL 18” also introduces the series’ first ever story mode, featuring actors that include Mahershala Ali and Scott Porter, plus appearances from licensed colleges Texas and Oregon.

The game will release August 22 for those who buy the $80 “G.O.A.T” edition; August 25 for the standard edition. Those with an EA Access subscription on Xbox One will be able to start playing a 10-hour trial of the game August 17.

The Browns’ scheme and supporting cast is built better for a mobile passer than it is for a big statue. Osweiler also has struggled with standing too long in the pocket and not getting the ball out quickly, which doesn’t mesh with Jackson’s QB requirements.

Osweiler is pretty much there to push the youngsters in presence only. He’s more down with Kevin Hogan, who’s in this competition in name only. This is Kessler vs. Kizer, and the second-year man from USC can officially start to worry about the trajectory of the competition.

Kessler has shown only limited improvement in arm strength, still his biggest weaknesses. He can handle dinking, dunking and checking down, and he can remain efficient with his shorter throws, the way former Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn did. But the Browns need to make use of youthful field-stretchers Corey Coleman and David Njoku, and Kessler is deficient in pushing the ball downfield. Further hurting Super Cheap Jerseys Fans Kessler vs. both the 6-4 Kizer and Osweiler is his lack of ideal size, something he can’t UK Cheap Jerseys change.

The Cubs’ Chapman registered 15 2/3 innings pitched during the playoffs

The Cubs picked up Aroldis Chapman and the Indians traded for Andrew Miller, both from the Yankees. Both teams were also unafraid to turn to relievers to eat up innings, as 38 percent of all innings pitched by Cubs in the postseason were by relievers, and 47 percent for the Indians.

By Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), the Cubs and Indians had the two best bullpens in the 2016 second half of any playoff team that made it past the wild card, which culminated in a World Series meeting. What set the Cubs and Indians apart from other teams with top-tier bullpens that made early playoff exits is the way the ‘pens were used.

Cleveland and Chicago were unafraid to pitch their best relievers frequently and for long outings. The Cubs’ Chapman registered 15 2/3 innings pitched during the playoffs, while Miller threw 19 1/3 innings for the Indians. Miller pitched more than one inning in every appearance in the 2016 postseason, and Chapman made the longest appearance of his career in Game 5 of the World Series, retiring eight batters.

With that, they’ve opened up a possibility that seemed remote for most of the past year, that we won’t see a fourth straight Warriors-Cavs NBA Finals, that other teams in the woebegone East have a fighting chance of knocking off James and whomever he is calling his teammates next spring.

Yes, there is a chance next season — the regular season, no less! — could be interesting. Imagine that.

Certainly, the Celtics, with the addition of All-Star wing Gordon Hayward, are best positioned to take advantage of the Cavaliers’ turmoil. They beat out Cleveland in the regular season, of course, but were thwacked by the Cavs in the conference finals. Irving averaged 25.8 points in that series and Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping shot, incredibly, 62.2 percent from the field. Dump Irving, and the Celtics have that much better a chance of US Cheap Jerseys Club beating Cleveland.

New York has made the playoffs only four times since the 2001-02 season

There’s plenty of talent on this Jays team that can be traded. It’s a question of who — if anyone — they’re willing to part with. Toronto is probably in better position to move one or two pieces and still be able to compete in 2018.

So what goes into a player’s tradeability? Production, contract, position, depth of position in the farm system, durability, trade market, personality and so forth.

So, on an A+ through F scale (F being unlikely and/or not a great trade candidate and A+ being a great player to trade for both teams involved), here are five Jays who could be on the move before the July 31 trade deadline.

The big man from Georgia — the country, not the state — has filled the role left behind by Andrew Bogut, who the Warriors had to move in order to free up the necessary cap space to add Durant. And he has filled that role nicely. Before Pachulia went down with a shoulder injury Sunday against the Trail Blazers, he was playing some of his best ball of the season.

Pachulia is second in the league among centers behind Rudy Gobert in ESPN’s Real-Plus Minus, which weighs several factors in measuring a player’s impact on team performance. He’s also part of the top five-man lineup in terms of plus-minus (minimum 20 games played) with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Durant and Draymond Green, and he continues to rebound above his career rate (17.6 total rebound percentage in 2016-17 vs. 16.2 career) in his 14th season at age 32.

Still, the Knicks are the Knicks. New York has made the playoffs only four Tampa Bay Lightning Cheap Jerseys Raiders Cheap Jerseys times since the 2001-02 season, and it’s been an organization full of dysfunction under James Dolan, most recently culminating with the firing of Phil Jackson.

let’s take a walk back through recent trade deadline history.

Houston’s formidable defense should be even better if J.J. Watt returns successfully from his back problems. But the Texans’ quarterback will be either Tom Savage or rookie Deshaun Watson, so that’s a question mark. In Jacksonville, Blake Bortles regressed last season and is on the hot seat. Coach Mike Mularkey’s Titans need to improve on last season’s 2-4 divisional record that included being swept by the Colts for the fifth straight year.

To do that, the Titans need a big year from Mariota, who returns from a fractured fibula that knocked him out of a playoff-costing loss to the Jags in Week 16. He now needs to stay healthy, as he’s missed five games (plus the second half of that Jacksonville loss) over two seasons. He also must cut down on his fumbles.

But for Mariota, whose quarterback rating last year jumped to an impressive 95.6 based in part on his excellent TD to interception ratio (26:9), the prospects for success look even better after the offseason. The Titans drafted wide receiver Corey Davis fifth overall and signed Eric Decker to bolster a passing game that already had a Pro Bowl tight end in Delanie Walker and a solid receiver in Rishard Matthews.

With that in mind, let’s take a walk back through recent trade deadline history. While I understand what’s happened in the past isn’t an absolute predictor of what will happen in the future, it’s still interesting to look back at all the World Series champions since 2000 and see who they acquired, what prospects they traded away, and how those guys fared the rest of their careers.

First, here are the best careers for the prospects (guys who still had their rookie status) who were traded in June, July or August by a team that won the World Series since 2000:

That’s the 17-year list. Of all the prospects who were traded by teams Packers Cheap Jerseys that NFL Jerseys Free Shipping eventually won the World Series, only those six players produced a career rWAR above 3.0.