Stevens has also found a diamond in the rough to tag along with the two veterans.

Kopitar, Brown and former Minnesota-Duluth scorer Alex Iafallo have spent the second most minutes together of any line in the NHL (389) and produced a 52.0 percent shot-attempt differential and 17-12 scoring advantage. Iafallo went undrafted, and had a huge senior campaign in college, with 51 points in 42 games in 2016-17. His presence on the top line has allowed Stevens to move other skilled players down the lineup.

Recently, Tanner Pearson has moved up to the top line. He and Kopitar have a 56.1 percent Corsi for percentage in 89 minutes. Kopitar and Brown’s chemistry gives the head coach flexibility at the left wing spot on the top line.

While the Kings’ top line has high shooting and on-ice save percentages, Kopitar’s numbers reflect much more of a return to excellence rather than an anomaly. And that’s good news for Los Angeles’s chances of returning to prominence in the West.

The 29th overall selection in the 2014 draft, Adrian Kempe has blossomed into a useful, middle-six player this season for the Kings. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles’s system has not created another superstar at the level of Kopitar or Drew Doughty in recent years, but several young players have developed into solid middle-six players, giving the Kings some bite when Kopitar’s line is off the ice.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are without a doubt way worse without Andre Roberson, and a 114-100 loss to one of the league’s worst teams, the Phoenix Suns, showed exactly why.

The Suns wings went off at home, with Devin Booker scoring 26 points on 17 shots, rookie Josh Jackson going off for 17 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists and T.J. Warren adding 23 points on 15 shots. Roberson’s absence allowed the Suns space to shoot over rookie Terrance Ferguson, Jerami Grant, and nobody else was able to help on the drive. Booker had 12 free-throw attempts himself.

Two weeks before he joined the Eagles, Ajayi ran for 130 yards in Miami’s 20-17 win over Atlanta on Oct. 15. He hasn’t carried the ball as much in Philadelphia, but he might have to be a workhorse this week.

The Eagles are the first No. 1 seed to be an underdog in their first playoff game. The sixth-seeded Falcons are 3-point favorites.

“It’s not insulting. That’s the story line right now,” Ajayi said . “Without 11 (Carson Wentz), we’re nothing basically. That’s what we’ve been hearing. We’re excited to come out Saturday and showcase what we can do.”

It’s starts with getting aboard the Jay Train. Ajayi loves the nickname Baseball Jerseys Cheap that Baseball Jerseys he earned at Boise State. He even wears a gold train pendant on his chain.

“The Jay Train is always out,” he said.

The well-paid Matthew Stafford, meanwhile, wraps up his ninth season, his sixth without a playoff berth.

The Giants have been around for 93 years, and until this season they had never lost 13 games, much less 14. As uninspiring as Washington was on Thanksgiving night in NFL Jerseys 2016 Landover, on that brown, patchy field, they still managed to beat the Giants. It’s sure to be the last game in a Giants uniform for several key players, while it might be the last in a Washington uniform for Kirk Cousins, who apparently isn’t their long-term solution despite being 65 yards from a third straight 4,000-yard season.

Twice in Jim Caldwell’s four seasons in Detroit, this season-ending game decided the NFC North title. The Packers won both, but this one means nothing but bragging rights, if the players are even thinking that. Caldwell is once again on the hot seat, and the Packers were shut out last week for the second time this season, both without Aaron Rodgers.

Yes, under better circumstances, this could have been Deshaun Watson against Andrew Luck with something tangible on the line in the AFC South. Now it’s about who will drag the bottom, and whose quarterback (T.J. Yates, Jacoby Brissett) will take the worst beating. DeAndre Hopkins and T.Y. Hilton might want to go fishing together somewhere in the offseason and compare notes on whose career is being wasted worse.

When John Wall left Adidas, it felt like there was no turning back. He’d turned down a $66 million offer that, on the surface, seemed like it was a solid deal for the Wizards’ All-Star point guard. But things soured, and Wall walked away from the deal.

So when Wall signed a five-year deal to return to the brand he spurned two years ago, it turned a lot of heads. Wall had been in talks with plenty of brands in between their Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap time apart and had almost exclusively worn Nike shoes while he was a free agent.

“To me, I banked on myself to have a season like this. To be honest, I banked on myself. I just feel like somebody is gonna come,” Wall said. “If not, I will still be a sneaker free agent. I feel like with the way I’m playing, the type of image I have, the character I have, how I interact with the fans in the community, I think I’m the perfect guy for a signature shoe.”

Ben Roethlisberger had the worst game of his career in that October loss to the Jags.

As an in-demand assistant, Smart spurned several opportunities — often on Saban’s advice — to wait for the right job. When former Georgia coach Mark Richt went shopping for a new defensive coordinator in January 2014, he naturally targeted Smart, a former Bulldogs defensive back.

When Smart informed Saban that he was considering an offer to return to his alma mater, Saban’s message was pretty clear: Why would you go back there for anything other than the head-coaching position?

“I think sometimes guys get a little too enamored with titles,” Saban said. “I think the most important thing is: Can you win? Are you going to win? Do you have stability and the opportunity to do that in whatever job you’re in?”

Smart decided to remain at Alabama, where he would become the highest-paid coordinator in the FBS with an annual salary of $1.5 million. When Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity fired Richt after the 2015 season, he quickly zeroed in on Smart to replace him.

“Sometimes the best deals you make are the ones you don’t,” Saban said. “Sometimes things just work out for the best. Guys that stay in places where they have a chance to be successful, I think that’s what helps them get opportunities, more than what [their] title is. I give Kirby a lot of credit for that. He was loyal; he stayed here and did a great job right until the end.”

And amid reported turmoil involving Brady, owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick, the quarterback isn’t likely to lose focus.

“We do what we always do. We show up to work and try to do the best we can do,” the All-Pro quarterback says. “We know there’s a lot at stake and I think everyone’s put a lot into it. It doesn’t really matter what happened outside of this facility.”

Tennessee has lost six in a row to New England, but comes off a stirring second-half rally at Kansas City from 18 points down, the largest postseason comeback on the road in Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike the Super Bowl era.

Pittsburgh lost only once after that, at home to the Patriots in a game that Cheap MLB Jerseys decided the AFC’s top seed.

Gamblers might decide that getting more than a two-touchdown head start might be worth a buck or two on the Jets.

It would not be wise, though, for Tomlin to gamble his Super Bowl plans on such an underdog.

Who we choose to employ or utilize or activate, we are in the process of Hockey Jerseys discussing, Tomlin said Tuesday. The expectation will be what it is. The people we put on the field will be expected to play and play winning football.

The Steelers have been eliminated from the playoffs the past three seasons without at least one of their elite offensive weapons being available to participate.

— In 2014, running back Le’Veon Bell suffered a hyperextended left knee in the final game of the regular season, a game the Steelers had to win to secure the division championship, on a low hit by Bengals safety Reggie Nelson. The Steelers lost to the Ravens in the playoffs.

— In 2015, Bell was lost on the first Sunday in November when he injured his knee on a hit by Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and did not return for the rest of the regular season. The Steelers won a playoff game in Cincinnati, but wide receiver Antonio Brown was left with a concussion after a blow to the head by Burfict and was unavailable for a road playoff game against Denver. The Steelers lost that one when reserve running back Fitz Toussaint fumbled late in the game, fueling a Broncos comeback.

Taurean Prince, Atlanta Hawks (35.2 percent): It’s become a ritual to include Prince in this column. The market simply isn’t appreciating the sum of his statistical slash. Over the past 15 days, Prince ranks 11th on the Player Rater among small forwards. At the risk of sounding righteous, the fantasy public often values scoring too much, with defensive versatility or a balanced floor game sometimes flying under the radar. Maybe the market will appreciate Prince now that he posted 30 points in Toronto recently or after his consecutive double-double performances.

Kelly Oubre Jr., Washington Wizards (23.0 percent): Oubre isn’t dependent on Otto Porter Jr. being out to deliver fantasy-relevant results, as he’s averaged 28 minutes with 14 Cheap NFL Jerseys PPG and solid shooting metrics over the past eight outings.

Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings (5.7 percent): Delving deeper at the wing, we find Sacramento’s exciting rookie shooter currently enjoying a hot stretch from beyond the arc (he’s hit half of his 3-point attempts over the past five games). As the Kings reshuffle the rotation, Bogdanovic has remained a consistent perimeter player for Sacramento, as he’s sneakily providing value in steals and shooting efficiency for those in deeper leagues.

This is a supreme test for both teams.

Why this is a good deal for the Cubs: Look, this is a risky signing for the Cubs given Brandon Morrow has rarely been able to stay healthy for more than five minutes at a time for much of his career. After missing most of the previous three seasons, however, Morrow was healthy in 2017 and after his promotion to the Dodgers in late May was one of the best relievers the rest of the season.

The Seahawks might want to consider hiring armed guards to protect Russell Wilson from the Jaguars’ pass rush … except, Wilson has a knack for survival that’s unrivaled this season. Logic dictates that Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Kris Richard should be able to dial up something to keep Blaine Gabbert in check, but keeping Leonard Fournette in check is another story.

Lewis, at 5-8, 195 pounds, proved again Sunday he can handle a regular workload; his 15 rushes for 112 yards against the Dolphins made for his best game yet this season. It also marked his fifth consecutive game with double-digit carries. Lewis got the ball when it was time to close out Miami in the fourth quarter, and Burkhead did the early work, with two short first-half TDs as part of his 15 touches for 53 yards.

White saw only five touches. Gillislee, who was inactive for the third consecutive game, now feels closer to being released than seeing the field again in New England.

Two other New England personnel developments have fallen in favor of Lewis and Burkhead: injuries to wide receivers. Julian Edelman suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Basketball Jerseys For Sale preseason, and Chris Hogan is dealing with a shoulder injury. Beyond the behemoth that is Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots’ offense is based on a bunch of fast, quick guys and having Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike consistent big-play ability wherever they line up. That’s why they made an offseason trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who has found his groove in being a lot more than a deep threat.

Perry scores in shootout to lift Ducks past Hurricanes

Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said goalie Ryan Miller was brought in to be a veteran presence and not just a backup to starter John Gibson.

Miller was rushed to the hospital after he dislocated his left knee during the third quarter of Chicago’s 20-12 loss at New Orleans on Sunday.

Miller had made an over-the-shoulder catch on a throw from rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the end zone, but when he landed, his left leg bent awkwardly.

Siemian won a training camp battle to be the starter in each of the past two seasons, beating out Mark Sanchez and Lynch in 2016 and then beating out Lynch again this past summer. Joseph has consistently expressed a comfort level with Siemian as the Broncos moved through the first quarter of the season at 3-1.

But the three-game losing streak has put any and all potential changes Cheap Kyrie Irving Jerseys in the offensive huddle on the table.

“That’s not my job, my job is to play quarterback and play the best Cheap Liverpool Jerseys I can,” Siemian said when asked if he was worried Joseph would make a change. “I’ve got to play better, can’t turn it over.”

I think every team is looking for that except for probably six teams. And when those opportunities come around, if you believe that’s the case, you don’t hesitate and you don’t hold back.”

JuJu Smith-Schuster shines as Steelers stuff Lions

This Rust Belt rumble saw a lot of field goals, bad play-calling and a breakout performance. The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) bested the Detroit Lions (3-4), 20-15. Here’s what we learned:

“We played well in spurts tonight, but we made too many catastrophic mistakes that ended up in our net.”

Nick Cousins lifted a backhand past Howard at the two-minute mark of the third. Arizona pulled within a goal at 16:43 when Keller’s shot bounced past Howard.

Darren Helm scored into an empty Coyotes net at 18:34.

Fans booed Gurriel heavily during pregame introductions, and got louder during his first at-bat in the second inning. Dodgers starter Rich Hill even stepped off the rubber before Cheap Kids Jerseys NHL his first pitch to Gurriel, prolonging the booing.

“That was my silent gesture” to condemn Gurriel’s insult, Hill said.

The choruses of boos only changed into a raucous cheer when Gurriel fouled out. He flied out to right field in the fourth.

Initially, Gurriel apologized in a statement released by the Astros.

“I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible,” he said. “I sincerely apologize to everyone that I offended with my actions. I deeply regret it.”

Gurriel will lose $322,581 of his $12 million salary next year, which Cheap Jordan Jerseys the Astros will donate to charitable causes. He also will be required to undergo sensitivity training during the offseason.

Injuries we’re tracking from Sunday’s Week 8 games

Week 8 of the 2017 NFL season is here. Here are the injuries we are tracking on Sunday.

1. Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller was carted off the field after suffering an apparent leg injury while attempting a catch in the end zone during the third quarter. Miller had surgery on his dislocated knee Sunday night, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports. Miller’s injury is described as “very serious,” per Rapoport.

While Ball has arguably had the most attention and hype around him in this draft class, Mitchell was the best rookie on the floor Saturday. The 13th overall pick, Mitchell made nine of 16 shots and had a career-high 22 points to lead the Jazz (3-3).

“I totally have the support of Mr. and Mrs. Haslam,” Jackson said Sunday of owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam.

Describing it as “some form of decision that has been looming for the last couple of years,” Belichick made it clear that the team’s preference was to keep Garoppolo.

“It’s definitely not something we wanted to walk away from,” he said. “I felt like we rode it out as long as we could. Over a period of time, we explored every option possible to try to sustain it. But at this point, felt like we had to make a decision.

The 49ers traded for Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Tuesday, sending Cheap Jerseys Sites a 2018 second-round draft pick to New England. The 49ers are expected to release Cheap Jerseys Throwback quarterback Brian Hoyer, who is expected to sign with the Patriots to be Tom Brady’s backup.

Everything you need to know about the College Football Playoff

Welcome to Year 4 of the College Football Playoff.

The semifinals this season are: The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual (5 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN App) and the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN App), both Jan. 1.

“Every game looks the same if you give the ball away,” Joseph said. “We have a good football team and we have a great defense, so if we don’t give the ball away we can beat anybody in the league. But right now we’re giving games away and all four losses look the same.”

But Miller didn’t get the opportunity to show what he could do over the first 10 games of the season.

On Sunday he got that chance and rose to the occasion, stopping 34 shots as the Ducks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in a shootout.

“In tonight’s appearance he saved our butt on numerous occasions,” Carlyle said. “We told him not to accept being here as a backup. We want him to compete. That’s where the competition between the two goaltenders is unique. But it’s a benefit to us if we can have a 1-A and 1-B.”

“He’s progressing well,” Fox said Tuesday. “I think he’s with his Cheap Jerseys Vip family and there’s been a lot of people [who have reached] out from around the league. [There’s Cheap Jerseys With Free Shipping supposed to have] been some Saints players heading by today, so again, he’s progressing well.”

Eagles DT Fletcher Cox sued for allegedly ruining a marriage, report says

The lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday, according to TMZ Sports, is seeking more than $25,000 in damages from Cox.

Cox, 26, signed a six-year contract extension worth $102 million with the Eagles last year. The two-time Pro Bowl player has logged 14 tackles, 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery this season.

Owners opted to count their money instead of make a stink. Goodell held a fractious group of 32 billionaires together through the lockout and collective bargaining agreement negotiations in 2011. It was his crowning achievement as commissioner, a deal that saw owners get just about every concession they wanted from players and set up a decade of labor stability and overflowing coffers. Goodell was untouchable because he made the league money.

One of the league’s most powerful owners, Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, threatened to turn his lobbying efforts against Goodell’s contract extension into a full-blown legal fight.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis revealed Wednesday that rookie receiver John Ross, the team’s first-round pick this spring, has been hiding a shoulder injury from the team.

Appearing with Ross Tucker on SiriusXM NFL Radio (via ESPN), Lewis said Ross Cheap Jerseys In UK was put on injured reserve, ending his season.

Ross didn’t record a catch as he has barely played this season while Cheap Jerseys Good Quality battling other injuries. He hurt his knee in the last preseason game but was given a chance to play in Week 2. However, he was benched after a fumble on his lone touch, a rushing play.

He reinjured his knee shortly after his Week 2 debut and has played in only two games since.

Lewis said the shoulder injury Ross has is not related to the shoulder surgery he underwent before the NFL Draft.