Johnson, Arizona survive Stanford threat

 
Arizona Survives Against Stanford
 

 

STANFORD, Calif. – For nearly nine minutes, Arizona made protective stop right after stop. For the reason that critical sequence, the top-ranked Wildcats kept Stanford scoreless and assisted preserve their own perfect begin to the season.This assured, unbeaten team believes it should be doing that every game. Regarding Arizona, 3 straight protective stops is called a "kill. "

Nick Manley kept Arizona's unblemished report going for one more game, striking a go-ahead 3-pointer along with 51 mere seconds remaining and two free of charge throws along with 5. eight seconds still left as Arizona survived to get a 60-57 triumph Wednesday evening for its school-record 21st directly win.

"We're an outstanding defensive group. It isn't as if we changed any scheme; we simply buckled lower and had plenty of players playing very hard, and our capability to hold these to what we did is a huge reason we won. Our own defense earned the game tonight, " Arizona coach Sean Miller stated. "No query we have to carry out better on offense and have to be well informed at the collection. "After Manley hit a jumper in the middle of the key along with 2: thirty six remaining to make it 55-53, Dwight Powell answered on a baseline drive along with 1: 21 to go before Johnson delivered once more.

Johnson completed with sixteen points, 5 rebounds plus four helps, and To. J. McConnell added eleven points, 8 rebounds and four helps for Arizona (21-0, 8-0 Pac-12), off to the program's best start in conference play in more than the usual decade.

Arizona is one of three unbeaten teams left in Division We, joining Number 2 Syracuse, which furthermore won Wednesday night. Fourth-ranked Wichita State hasn't lost, either.Powell plus Josh Huestis each obtained 13 factors for Stanford (13-7, 4-4), which outshot Arizona 37 percent in order to 36 percent.

"For 38 mins, I thought we were right there, " Stanford trainer Johnny Dawkins said. "Credit Arizona to make the plays they had for making at the end. Computer chip Johnson upgrading, whether on the foul line or regardless of whether it was the 3-point container late. I have watched lots of tape of these; he's done it all yr. "

Johnson missed a free toss with twenty-eight seconds left, and Stanford called a timeout. Huestis missed a 3 from the left side and Aaron Gordon guaranteed the come back, but he also missed a free throw, giving the particular Cardinal 1 final photo.

Chasson Randle skipped a long 3 just before the last buzzer with regard to Stanford.

After a 3-pointer by Huestis with 10: 03 leftover, Stanford did not score once again until Powell's layin at 1: twenty one – plus Powell missed two free of charge throws from 4: 36 that would have put his team forward.

"That's what we should have done the whole online game. We arrived a little lackadaisical, and after that people turned up when the sense of emergency turned up, and after that we kind of locked down, " Gordon said. "It was great to come on the highway and get a win, whether or not we earned by twenty or all of us won simply by three such as we do. "

Arizona, ranked No . one for a school-record eighth consecutive week, overrode a slower start on the best way to an eighth straight earn against Stanford.

The Cardinal defeat two Best 25 groups already with victories in then-No. 10 Connecticut and at then-No. 17 Oregon earlier this month.

Although not this time, given their challenges in the waning moments in Maples Pavilion, which hosted a Number 1 mens team initially since losing 72-69 in order to Arizona upon March 1, 2003.

The Wildcats had a large contingent associated with fans within the crowd cheering, "U of A! U of the! "

Anthony Brown beat the halftime buzzer with a container to put Stanford ahead 31-30. Arizona had trailed from halftime several times already this year only to produce a big second half.

Arizona is usually on this type of roll that the players expect to win, even if they might not be at their finest in an aggressive environment.

"One from the things we have to do is usually play defense at a high level more consistently, and I think that will assist us out a lot, " forward Brandon Ashley stated. "When we were down, we all weren't thinking of being straight down. For any group to be competitive, at any level, you need to be confident within yourself. inch

Stanford's last home win towards a No . 1 group came towards Arizona, 82-74, on February. 4, 1988.

USC QB Wittek to transfer after graduating

USC backup quarterback Max Wittek has knowledgeable the Trojans' new training staff that he intends in order to skip spring practice, graduate student at the end of the particular semester and transfer to another school, he or she told the Los Angeles Periods.

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Whilst gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports activitiesMax Wittek is going to be eligible to enjoy at a new school immediately next time of year if he graduates this spring.

Wittek would be able to play instantly because of an NCAA principle that allows graduates the freedom to transfer without losing a year associated with eligibility.

The fourth-year junior, that has two periods of eligibility remaining, informed new USC coach Sam Sarkisian associated with his choice Wednesday.

 

"I experienced talked to train a couple of times, " Wittek informed the Times. "What it really came down to was a really feel for me… Getting my diploma from such a great college will mean a great deal, and ultimately, allowing me to play immediately with two years to play was the best way to visit. "

 

Wittek has been locked in a quarterback competitors with Cody Kessler last springtime for the right to replace He Barkley.

 

That competitors eventually spilled into the 2013 regular period and Wittek and Kessler spent the very first two online games splitting period before then-coach Lane Kiffin settled upon Kessler because the starter.

 

Wittek replaced the hurt Barkley at the end of the 2012 season, shedding the regular-season finale in order to Notre Dame and the Hyundai Sun Dish to Atlanta Tech.

 

In 5 appearances this year, he completed 14 of 26 goes by for 212 yards without touchdowns, an interception plus an altered QBR ranking of five. 8 from 100.

 

Sarkisian thanked Wittek regarding his time at USC in a college post on Twitter:

 

He surface finishes his USC career fifty of ninety five for 600 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions.

 

Kessler, Maximum Browne and Jalen Greene are the rest of the scholarship quarterbacks on the USC roster. The particular Trojans completed the 2013 season 10-4 and ranked 19th within the AP election.

 

Ayanbadejo: Players smoked pot before SB

Brendon AyanbadejoFormer Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo says teammates smoked marijuana before one of his two Super Bowls.

Ayanbadejo did not identify which usually players and even which team was using the drug in a podcast regarding Fox Sports activities.

Brendon Ayanbadejo says players smoked cigarettes pot throughout the week from the one of the Super Bowls he or she played within, either with all the Bears in 2007 or even with the Ravens last season. Ayanbadejo played for that Bears in Super Bowl XLI after the 2006 time of year and the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII last season, but he'd not uncover which year the occurrence took place.

"I'm not going to say which usually Super Bowl it was, yet I just remember getting off the elevator one night — it was early on in the [Super Bowl] week, simply to start the particular week away – and all sorts of the unexpected I just got hit on the head along with fumes associated with marijuana within the entire flooring of the resort that the team was keeping on… I really could just imagine there was a few young guys just toking up in more compared to one room. "

Ayanbadejo, who else did not play in the NFL this season, said he was surprised his teammates would use cannabis days before the Super Bowl.

"I was like, 'Man this is the 7 days of the Super Bowl plus you're simply going in? '" Ayanbadejo mentioned. "So i quickly was searching, and I'm like 'OK, where will be the security? ' I looked and for several reason we all didn't possess regular law enforcement. Coach was smart sufficient to have rent-a-cops on our flooring instead of regular police such as we usually do. "

Marijuana has been a subject of discussion this week since the Super Dish features 2 teams from states to recently legalize the drug for leisure use.

Medicinal marijuana is lawful in twenty states as well as the District associated with Columbia, plus Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll agreed with the notion that the NFL should consider allowing players to use cannabis for medicinal purposes.

"I would certainly say that we have to explore and find ways to create our sport a better game and look after our players in whatever way feasible, " Carroll said at a news meeting Monday following his team's first practice of Extremely Bowl 7 days. "Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the planet of medicine is doing this. "

Marijuana continues to be on the NFL's banned elements list, plus two people of the Seahawks secondary — cornerbacks Brandon Browner plus Walter Thurmond – possess served drug suspensions this year. Browner's suspension is continuing.

 

Incognito’s rep: Martin’s texts just as vulgar

"Richie Incognito has owned his inappropriate comments, despite the fact that they were made in jest, and it is time for Jonathan Martin to do the same, " Schamel said.

The attorney claims that Martin didn't raise accusations of bullying until his performance on the field had suffered to a point where his spot on the roster might be in jeopardy and he had already left the team in October.

According to Schamel, Martin had confided to Incognito his own concerns "that he was not playing well, about how upset he was at being ranked by Pro Football Focus as among the worst lineman in the NFL, about his poor performance on the field, his demotion to right tackle and how he was concerned about what the outcome might be for his missing team meetings and, about how he felt his job was at risk. "

"Rather than deal with his poor on-field performance and myriad other issues, Martin is now hiding behind false allegations. The result undermines the real problems of bullying and demeans what is a very real problem for many young people, " Schamel said.

Martin said earlier this week in an interview with NBC's Tony Dungy that he felt "trapped" after alleged repeated bullying by Incognito. Dungy was part of a task force established by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to improve the culture of the franchise. Also in that group were Don Shula, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor and Curtis Martin.

Schamel, however, said that Martin's claims ring hollow.

"Jonathan Martin was a full participant, who at times led some of the exact same pranks and gags and text and email exchanges he now claims, 'crossed the line, ' " he said.

Incognito was suspended by the Dolphins on Nov. 3 and remained on the NFL's suspended list with pay for the rest of the season. He missed out on two game checks ($470, 588) after agreeing to a compromise with the Dolphins in November when his suspension was extended with pay. He agreed to another extension in December.

New York attorney Ted Wells began an investigation ordered by the NFL in November.

Ross said this week he expects Wells' report to be released not long after the Super Bowl. Ross said he's communicated with the NFL and has a good idea of some of the report's contents.

 

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Feds seek death penalty for Boston bombings

BOSTON – Federal prosecutors Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen.

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Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is suspected of the Boston Marathon bombing. Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to press for Tsarnaev's execution was widely expected. The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, and 17 of the 30 federal charges against him – including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill – carry the possibility of the death penalty.

"The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision, " Holder said in a statement that consisted of just two terse and dispassionate sentences. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty. No trial date has been set.
In a notice of intent filed in court, federal prosecutors in Boston listed factors they contend justify a sentence of death, including his "betrayal" of the U. S., where he had lived since moving from Russia about a decade ago."Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received asylum from the United States; obtained citizenship and enjoyed the freedoms of an United States citizen; and then betrayed his allegiance to the United States by killing and maiming people in the United States, " read the notice filed by U. S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz. Prosecutors also cited Tsarnaev's "lack of remorse" and allegations that he killed an MIT police officer as well as an 8-year-old boy, a "particularly vulnerable" victim because of his age. They also said Tsarnaev committed the killings after "substantial planning and premeditation. "

Tsarnaev's lawyers had no immediate comment.Prosecutors allege Tsarnaev, then 19, and his 26-year-old brother, ethnic Chechens from Russia, built and planted two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the marathon in April to retaliate against the U. S. for its military action in Muslim countries.The older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died in a shootout with police during a getaway attempt days after the bombing. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was wounded but escaped and was later found hiding in a boat parked in a yard in a Boston suburb.

Authorities said he scrawled inside the boat such things as "The US Government is killing our innocent civilians" and "We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all. "

Killed in the bombings were: Martin Richard, 8, of Boston; Krystle Campbell, 29, of Medford; and Lu Lingzi, 23, a Boston University graduate student from China. At least 16 others lost limbs.

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Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Campbell's grandmother, Lillian Campbell, said she doesn't think Tsarnaev should live but isn't sure she supports the death penalty, even though she fears he will "end up living like a king" in prison.

"I don't know, because it's not going to bring her back, " she said. "I don't even like to discuss it because it makes me so upset. She was my granddaughter and I miss her so much. "

Tsarnaev's case has attracted a high-profile defense team, including Judy Clarke, one of the nation's foremost death penalty specialists. The San Diego attorney negotiated plea agreements that saved the lives of such clients as the Unabomber and Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph. Legal experts have said that court filings suggest the defense will try to save Tsarnaev's life by arguing that he fell under the evil influence of his older brother.

Since the federal death penalty was reinstated in 1988, 70 death sentences have been imposed, but only three people have been executed, including Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in 2001.

The last federal execution was in 2003, when Gulf War veteran Louis Jones Jr. was put to death for kidnapping 19-year-old Army Pvt. Tracie McBride from a Texas military base, raping her and beating her to death with a tire iron. Massachusetts abolished its state death penalty in 1984, and repeated efforts to reinstate it have failed.

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Jozy Altidore Was Eviscerated By English Paper For Dire Sunderland Performance

Be-U5C1CMAAfabuSunderland labored to a 1-0 win over English fifth-division Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Cup, at dwelling. Jozy Altidore shouldered much of the blame for his or her disappointing efficiency. The maligned American was booed each time he touch the ball, except for a lone ironic cheer when he won a header. Altidore was slammed by one English newspaper of their post-match ratings.

Not wishing to be merciless, but he regarded out his depth towards a non-league facet.

Altidore has now scored simply twice in 26 appearances with Sunderland. Adding his Hull numbers, that makes solely 4 targets in fifty four career appearances in England. After tallying fifty one goals the previous two seasons in Holland and pumping in eight in 14 appearances for the national staff in 2013, Altidore has been a clear letdown in England. As some have identified, his EPL scoring price is now worse than Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Jozy has seemed like a lock for the World Cup Starting XI. He ought to get time to prove himself for the national crew, as there aren’t many viable alternatives. Nonetheless, Jurgen Klinsmann dropped Altidore from the squad altogether for poor type early in his tenure. Each Terrence Boyd and Aron Johannsson have been scoring recurrently, albeit at a lower competitors stage. Should Altidore’s hunch proceed, striker might turn out to be a situation to watch.

 

Eli Manning, New York Giants Sued For Passing Off Fake Memorabilia to Collectors, Hall of Fame

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Eli Manning and the New York Giants have allegedly been creating fake memorabilia that has been offered and even sent to the Professional Football Hall of Fame. In keeping with a lawsuit, Manning and the Giants have been passing objects off as recreation-worn in order that Eli may hold the gadgets for himself. The go well with alleges that tools manager Joe Skiba, locker-room manager Ed Wagner Jr. and dry cleaner Barry Barone were closely involved. From the New York Post:

According to the lawsuit, Joe Skiba told [Eric] Inselberg [the sports activities collector bringing the suit] that he “created fraudulent memorabilia on the path of the Giants’ administration and gamers,” together with Manning. For years, the Giants operated a racket during which they “repeatedly engaged in the distribution of fraudulent Giants memorabilia,” Inselberg claims. They then “coerced and intimidated” Wagner and the Skibas “into lying to the FBI about it,” the go well with alleges.

Eli Manning brought ManningFace to new levels against the BearsSome of the doctored objects have even ended up within the Giants’ Legacy Membership in MetLife Stadium. So mainly, the Giants even ripped off the Giants. The allegations embrace claims that Manning requested Joe Skiba for a game worn helmet in 2005 that he then signed and put available on the market claiming it was from his rookie year. The swimsuit alleges “ civil-racketeering, breach-of-contract, malicious-prosecution and trade.”  No phrase on whether or not Eli was planning to take any of the items on Pawn Stars or was simply going to attend for the American Pickers to point out up.

Rams hiring Gregg Williams as new D-coordinator

Gregg Williams will be reuniting along with Jeff Fisher as the team's new DC.

(AP)Gregg Williams is reuniting with Jeff Fisher. (AP)
Former New orleans saints defensive planner Gregg Williams, one of the main confronts behind the Bountygate scandal, has been employed and provided a multi-year deal by the Rams for that defensive planner job, league sources told CBS Sports activities NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. St . Louis coach Shaun Fisher terminated Tim Walton after only one year in charge of the defense, and ESPN reported that in doing so, Fisher prepared to hire Williams as the substitute.

Williams was suspended indefinitely simply by commissioner Roger Goodell following a Bountygate scandal of 2012, but he was reinstated last Feb and got an associate coaching work with the Titans.

 

Fisher actually employed Williams before the suspension from your league had been handed down — and stated he'd think about doing it again after Williams was told to take a breather — but Fisher eventually hired Walton for your 2013 period after Take advantage of Ryan flip-flopped on taking the job.

This season, the Titans completed 15th within the league within defense, however it was documented that Fisher took over a lot of the protective handling in the middle of the season.

While Williams was punished by the little league, a number of his players reached his protection.

"Gregg did a great job of creating a professional method of football. This individual made all of us accountable to one another, " New orleans saints cornerback Jabari Greer stated. "He actually created something which we nevertheless live from today in our defensive room. We get an interest and we get an intensity that is going to end up being unmatched. inch

Previous linebacker Barrett Green, who else sued Williams, might not be very as amazed with the hire.

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McIlroy’s 63 leads Dubai

Rory McIlroy dominated Dubai upon Thursday.

Rory McIlroy dominated Dubai on Thursday. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy had that will familiar swagger flowing in Dubai upon Thursday. Plus why not right after tossing the 63 at the top of the leaderboard two weeks after nearly winning his first outing within Abu Dhabi?

 

Is actually early but McIlroy certain looks like he's starting to really feel it once again.

McIlroy told Golfing Channel that this sport actually isn't as easy as he often makes it appearance.

"I don't think is actually ever easy, " this individual said. "Sometimes it's tougher than other times, but I have put a lot of hard work within the last few months. "

 

The Ulsterman was paired with world Number 1 Tiger Woods and despite Woods' 68 it was McIlroy's scorecard that was the look at the competition.

 

The girls started within the back and McIlroy found themself 8 below after twelve holes plus staring any 60 right in the eye:

 

"It was great, " McIlroy said. "It was really good. I performed really well through tee to green, drove the golf ball well again. I think I actually only skipped a couple of fairways and only skipped one eco-friendly where I had to really get it up and down. "

It's true. McIlroy's game was on just about all morning. This individual hit 12 of fourteen fairways and 14 of 18 vegetables.

"You can see how I'm generating it, " McIlroy informed ESPN. "I'm leaving myself a lot of wedges into the green. "

If this maintains up McIlroy will run away and hide with his 2nd Dubai Desert Classic within six many years.

Yet he has company, namely his playing partner Woods who said he started to really feel out their driving in late the first circular.

 

"When I have it [correct], I strike these bullet cuts that go permanently. And I began getting that toward the end [of the round], " mentioned Woods to ESPN.

 

It's hard for me to task an entire period from McIlroy based on that one round (much less the rest of the tournament), especially since I published a long write-up just last week about how Tiger's 79 at Torrey designed nothing.

 

But Excellent feeling that isn't the last 63 we see from Rory this year. And am have a feeling this isn't the last time he or she leads the tournament by which both he and Woods are playing.

 

Rory is back – not due to Abu Dhabi or the 63 – you can observe it in the voice, you can literally view him come back by the way this individual carries himself on the program and in interviews.

 

He is feeling it again and that's just grand for the sport of golf.

 

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Tiger ‘struggles’ to 68

Tiger Woods only as well 25 putts in his 1st round.

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"I could have got a couple a lot more out of it. "

 

A couple more that Tiger Woods might need come Saturday and Sunday in the Dubai Desert Classic.

Woods shot a just-fine 68 (good for T10 after round one) in his first look since that ghastly seventy nine at Torrey Pines last Sunday however it came regardless of only striking seven associated with 14 fairways and ten of eighteen greens in regulation.

The fairways he did hit were unable exactly in ideal places, either. On the par-5 550-yard 13th opening, a gap easily obtainable in two, Woods chose to hit a 3-wood from the tee while playing partners Rory McIlroy and Stephen Gallacher each hit drives 90 yards past your pet.

Forest is fulfilling the narrative many folks have built regarding him — that he aren't hit a driver, a minimum of with any confidence.

If you read between the lines Woods made a Hank Haney reference after his round regarding his driver.

 

"It's my older pattern once again. With the last coach it was a push prevent. We tried to get out of might go to a cut [a ball that curves from left to right]. It's tougher to aim [more to the] correct knowing that I have got to cut it. "

 

Nevertheless, Woods only needed 25 (! ) putts for the whole round sought out in 32 and appeared poised for a crazy low number yet nine pars on the back again left your pet at 4-under for the tournament, five back of McIlroy.

 

"We all performed well, inch said McIlroy to ESPN, "Tiger took a little time get started, but this individual managed their game really well the first nine holes plus started striking the ball better on the back. "

 

Woods did not go that will far but he has been still pleased.

 

"I'm going to focus on a couple of things every now and then, but Personally i think like it was a good day, " mentioned Woods. "I could have got a couple a lot more out of it, just by making a couple of putts from about ten feet or so. I hit a lot of great putts, that was nice. A week ago I did not do it. It was nice to really play properly again. inch

 

Here is a look at Woods' scorecard (note his 2-under performance within the par-5s : birdies upon No . 13 and No. 18 – after not creating a birdie last week in 12 opportunities):

 

There's nevertheless a lot of work to be finished Woods — since 2000 the champion has obtained 17 below or better – but he saved the emotion on Thursday night that their 79 a week ago at Torrey is an outlier.

With the way he or she and McIlroy both performed Thursday We wouldn't end up being surprised to find out them paired for all 4 rounds — the first 2 as a draw and the last two since the leaders of the tournament.

Woods summed up his day the way days along with bogey-free 68s in competition play ought to be summed upward, for the world's No . one player or anyone.

"Overall it was a pretty great score. inch

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Lynch walks out on media for second day in row

Marshawn Lynch spoken to the media for the second day within a row on Wednesday.

(Twitter/@KimJonesSports)Marshawn Lynch talked to the media for the second day in a row on Wednesday. (Twitter/@KimJonesSports)
More SB coverage: XLVIII odds | Expert recommendations | Super Bowl weather conditions | Most recent news JERSEY CITY, In. J. – For the second day inside a row, Marshawn Lynch discussed to the press and for the 2nd day in a row, the Seahawks operating back survived less than 10 minutes, but this individual did answer questions truthfully. For instance, Lynch admitted this individual only showed up so he wouldn't get fined by the NFL.

"I'm right here, man, so I don't have to pay the fine, " Lynch said.

 

Beast Mode was fined $50, 500 by the NFL in early January for not speaking with the press, but the little league agreed to shelve the fine as long as Lynch participated in media interviews going forward. The particular Seahawks operating back hasn't been an active individual, but he's participated within two interviews this week. Those two selection interviews have combined to last less than 15 minutes. Apart from talking about not really wanting to pay out the fine, Lynch offered a four-word description of his Animal Mode play name on Wednesday, "It's just a lifestyle. "

Then he answered something about playing in his first Super Bowl, "I'm just taking it all in. inch

Lynch also answered a question as to what he believes of the media attention he is getting because of not talking to the particular media, "I really don't have got too much to state, boss. I really don't. We appreciate it, but I don't get it. I'm just here so I won't get fined, boss. Which is only reason I'm right here, " Lynch said.

If you're keen on awkwardness, then you have to be expecting that Lynch wins the particular Super Bowl MVP honor because that could end up producing the most uncomfortable postgame job interview of all time. Furthermore, if Lynch were to earn the MVP award, however have to do this particular after the sport:

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The New York Rangers earned another large win around the ice at Yankee Stadium.The New York Rangers earned another big win on the ice at Yankee Stadium. (USATSI)(USATSI)

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Maybe it was somewhat too ideal that a sport that was not exactly fairly to watch had been won on the goal by a grinding pest like Daniel Carcillo. Almost everything around the sport – the particular setting, the 50, 000-plus fans in the stands, the particular glitzy musical performances, Henrik Lundqvist's parts – gave Wednesday night time an feeling of some thing bigger. Yet what in fact happens within the ice is normally far from pleasing. That was certainly real of the 2 goals the particular Rangers obtained to give all of them a 2-1 victory contrary to the New York Islanders. Both arrived off of succulent rebounds that required the particular shooters, Benoit Pouliot and Carcillo, in order to merely have the puck on net. RecapRangers two, Islanders 1 It doesn't matter exactly how they're have scored, though. And really, it doesn't matter the way the game around the ice looks when it comes to outdoor hockey. Is actually all about the spectacle, plus Wednesday evening of contest within the Bronx definitely was that.

The game had its fair share associated with action within the boards. There was a total of 65 pictures on net between the two teams, some of which generated quality chances in there and the play definitely acquired after a shateringly slow 1st period.

 

The New You are able to Rangers skated off the Yankee Stadium snow victorious once more, completing the sweep the likes of which that building got never seen. The Blueshirts are now 3-0 in outdoor games, returning to the 2012 Winter Classic.

 

Though the play has been what it has been, it was still essentially a perfect event for the NHL. The league's outdoor gamble will be working in spades. For the 3rd time, the NHL played to a loaded stadium to have an outdoor hockey game that wasn't the Winter Classic and though TV rankings won't be identified until later, they're guaranteed to be endowed.

 

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"When you consider the fact that we have played 3 outdoor games in 5 days to 150, 500 people, then throw in the wintertime Classic and another one hundred, 000 individuals, it's been an incredible month associated with special events, inch said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a postgame declaration. "It was great to see. It was gratifying, and we're thrilled in the response that will Yankee Stadium and the New York metropolitan region gave just about all three groups. "

 

There are still two more outside games ahead, one involving the Chicago Blackhawks plus Pittsburgh Penguins in Chicago's Soldier Industry on Mar 1, as well as the Heritage Classic in Vancouver, pitting the Canucks against the Ottawa Senators on 03 2 . Even though the trick may have experienced just a little read more about the stale side Wednesday, it's nevertheless working since it was meant.

 

There is already a clamoring to get more, as reports associated with more outside games for next time of year are already trickling out. The particular league is flexing its muscles at this point and making a lot of money whilst doing it. TSN's Darren Dreger reported that early ballpark estimates have the NHL banking 20 mil in income from the Stadium Series.

 

Combining three Stadium Collection games currently played and the 2014 Wintertime Classic, almost 260, 500 spectators were on hand to witness groups play outside in the last month. A quarter of the million people have attended four hockey video games in the United States in a single season. Which simply remarkable.

 

Along with all the excellent benefits for that league, although, the Rangers helped by themselves with the two outdoor games in which they were technically the visitors. By picking up four important factors in the rankings, the Rangers moved three points in front of the Philadelphia Flyers for 2nd in the Metropolitan Division and appear like a team ready to put a bad very first half behind them.

 

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Both outdoor games also have to noticeably raise Rangers beginning goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The particular star netminder made 30 saves contrary to the Islanders to earn his third career victory on view air.

 

Lundqvist said he got everything he previously hoped for from the Stadium Collection experience.

 

"I was hoping for two wins, inch he told reporters following the game. "I was hoping for two sold-out days or nights, and just to leave from this having an awesome experience, and that's what we should have now. We talked about it in the last sport you want to earn these games to be able to look back from it in ayrs, couple weeks whatever, to have a smile on your face rather than thinking about the mistakes or the loss or whatever.

 

"Now it's two days that I will remember more of my life. "

 

Days gone by two games have been a lot more than memorable regarding Lundqvist; they've been part of the best stretch associated with his 2013-14 season up to now. Lundqvist offers won seven of his past nine starts and has started to look like the Ruler Henrik we're used to seeing. He's going into the Olympics on a high note, which could be difficulty for the rest of the entire world.

 

It can hard to state the Rangers are going to be able to use the Arena Series being a valid springboard going forward, yet they're actively playing better handbags right now and earning back-to-back wins under the bright lighting of Yankee Stadium definitely has to feel great.

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Long-time slugger Berkman announces retirement

Lance Berkman will be finally dangling up his cleats right after years of leg problems.

(USATSI)Lance Berkman is finally hanging up his clinets after years of knee problems.
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After years of coping with knee issues, Lance Berkman has decided to end their playing career according to Rich Justice of MLB. com. The 37-year-old was limited to only 105 games during the last two periods because of injuries. He’s got five surgical procedures and several other issues with his knees over the years.

“I’m excited about the next chapter inside my life. I am looking forward to investing more time along with my family, with some point, I’ll definitely coach somewhere, ” said Berkman. “The emotions are overwhelming. I can’t even start to describe. It can one of those items you’ve thought about for so long, and then in order to happens, this hits a person harder compared to you ever imagined. inch

Although I don’t think he’ll ever get in, Berkman has a better Hall associated with Fame situation than lots of people may recognize. He retires as a293/. 406/. 537 hitter in parts of fifteen seasons, great for a 144 OPS+ which is on k?rester with Corridor of Famers like Hack Wilson (144 OPS+) and Harmon Killebrew (143 OPS+), as well as long term Hall of Famer Chipper Jones (141 OPS+).

The one they will affectionately call Fat Elvis is one of only seventeen players of all time with 350+ home operates, 400+ doubles and a400+ on-base percent. Seven of these 17 have been in Cooperstown and at least 3 others (Albert Pujols, Rick Thome, Chipper) will be someday. Three others have Hall of Popularity credentials but won’t be getting into anytime soon due to the performance-enhancing medication stigma, reasonable or not (Barry Bonds, Jeff Bagwell, Manny Ramirez).

That was just a quick look, yet ultimately I believe Berkman’s career falls short of being Hall of Fame caliber. Your dog is more of a Hall of Very Good man and there’s nothing wrong with that. He retires as one of the best players in Astros history, a six-time All-Star and an one-time World Champion (2011 Cardinals). What an excellent hitter.

Fun Fact

: Berkman may be the only participant to ever hit 40+ home operates in both an NCAA Division I period and a good MLB period. He hit431/. 538/1. 032 with 41 homers plus 134 RBI (in 63 games! ) as a junior at Rice in 1997, then swatted 42 and 45 homers for Houston in 2002 and 2006, respectively.

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Melo supports wife’s claim that he’s staying in NYC

Carmelo Anthony will be backing up his wife's feedback.

(USATSI)With Anthony wanting to test the free agent market, does it mean he wants to leave New York? (USATSI)Carmelo Anthony is a great man.
He's not going towards his wife's word. Yet he's furthermore not confirming what the girl said.
After Una La Anthony said recently of the girl husband re-signing with the Knicks this summer, "I definitely believe he will stay. "

 

Said Anthony on Wednesday: "That's my partner. I assistance her. We support what she mentioned. I don't think she mentioned anything incorrect. It's a good thing for her to state that. Proceed get the guide. "

 

Marketing!

 

The countdown to Melo's free company is on, and there's been a lot of question cast about what he might do because of the Knicks' struggles. However they are actively playing a bit better lately, after winning three straight.

 

Anthony has said this individual wants to be considered a free real estate agent this summer, but hasn't indicated that he might sign somewhere else. As Tobey maguire Berger of CBSSports. possuindo reported a week ago, Anthony offers told good friends he's more likely to stay.

 

And if he told them that, I would think he told their wife, too. He's a smart man, after all.

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Doctors waking F1 legend Schumacher from coma

Michael Schumacher suffered the fall exactly one month ago.

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Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher is being slowly woken up from a medically induced coma after suffering a near-fatal crash while skiing in the French Alps last month, his manager confirmed.
“Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking-up process, which may take a long time, ” a statement from his team read.

“For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated. Please note that no further updates will be given. ”

On Wednesday, there was a report that Schumacher would be gradually brought out of his artificially induced coma but that wasn’t confirmed until the team’s statement, released today.

Exactly one month ago, Schumacher fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing in the French resort town of Meribel. He was immediately airlifted to a local hospital and underwent two separate brain surgeries to remove clotting.

Although there’s no timeframe for a recovery for the seven-time world champion racer, citing doctors,

The Telegraph

reports that it is medically possible to have a full recovery despite the duration of his coma.

Schumacher has been kept at the University of Grenoble hospital for the past month, and his manager reiterated that his family is “happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael. ”

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Titans’ Walker calls out ‘cancers’ in locker room

Delanie Walker said there were six cancers in Tennessee's locker room.

(USATSI)Delanie Walker said there were six cancers in Tennessee's locker room. (USATSI)
As the season wore on and the Titans continued to struggle and it appeared that coach Mike Munchak was in danger of losing his job, you didn't hear much about the so-called locker-room cancers that might have affected the team mentality. Now that Munchak has been fired, tight end Delanie Walker feels like the tale can be told. There
were

cancers, he said, and there were six of them.

 

"When we started losing more games, we got to see it more and more, it was just like it was falling apart, " Walker told the Midday 180 in Nashville, via ESPN. com. "And the players that were the cancer were dragging other players into that box with them, and the box was getting bigger and bigger. At first, it was just a small box. The box just got bigger and bigger.

"Everybody [saw] it. So I feel like these coaches are going to come in, they're going to watch film and they're going to see. They're going to see what type of players that want to be here and don't want to be here, and he's going to get rid of them. " In those last two sentences, Walker is referring to new coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff.

As far as the so-called cancers, Walker wouldn't name names, but he also said the players and coaches in the locker room know who they were.

"I met with [Munchak], we actually talked after a walk-through and he was like, 'I don't want you to say any names, but we know, '" Walker said. "Munchak knew. But there wasn't nothing he could do at that time.

"I felt like that is why Munchak is not back with the Tennessee Titans, because we had players like that really let him down. They didn't show up to play for him. They really didn't care if Munchak had a job or not. "

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Prospal retires after 20 seasons, 255 NHL goals

Prospal played the last two seasons in Columbus. (Getty Images)
Prospal performed the final two seasons in Columbus. (Getty Photos)

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After 1,108 games in a profession spent with seven totally different organizations, veteran ahead Vinny Prospal announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Prospal played the final two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets and was still a productive player. Last season he played in all forty eight video games and contributed 12 targets and 18 assists for a team that was starved for offense. Two seasons in the past with the Blue Jackets he performed all eighty two games and had sixteen objectives with 39 assists.

While waiting at home for a call to return to play he started to comprehend that he wished to retire and spend time along with his family anyway.

“I want to thank my teammates and coaches who helped me get pleasure from a 20-year skilled hockey profession when very few thought I’d play even one NHL sport,” said Prospal. “I sincerely wish to thank the fans who have been so good to me, treating me with such kindness and respect, for the 20 years I’ve played here in North America in each the NHL and the AHL. Playing within the NHL was a dream. To play at the highest level for sixteen years, with the perfect gamers in the world is one thing I will cherish for the rest of my life. I respect additionally the help, steerage and encouragement I obtained from my agent, Ritch Winter over the 22 years we worked together, in addition to Ritch’s associate, the late Miro Henys. Ritch and Miro believed in me when many others did not. I can’t thank them sufficient. I especially wish to thank my dad and mom for their love and assist for the reason that very beginning and their steering within the early years.

“I cherished playing hockey, I beloved scoring objectives and I loved being part of the NHL for therefore a few years. That said, inside minutes of me stepping on the ice for apply last week in Abbotsford, I knew that I wished to deal with one thing that was extra important than hockey, my family. I really like my spouse and I like my children. Having spent a lot of the last 10 months with them ready for a call to return to the ice, I know now that I’d fairly be with them at dwelling serving to and supporting my spouse and being with my children than enjoying the game I love so much. Once I got on the ice with the Abbotsford Heat last Thursday, it was clear to me that I did not have the desire to play on the level I have come to anticipate of myself anymore. And to not be able to give every little thing wanted could be to disrespect the game that has been so good to me. I’m going to focus all my time and a focus now on being an excellent father and a husband. As a result of, ultimately, my household is and can at all times be my greatest accomplishment.

“I need to thank all of the teams I’ve played with for having the religion in me they did. I especially need to thank the Vancouver Canucks, with whom I have by no means performed a recreation for, and my coach and buddy, John Tortorella, for helping me have closure that may not have occurred had they not prolonged to me the opportunity they did last week. I appreciate Torts and the Canucks for his or her faith in me and am sorry I can’t be reunited with one of the influential folks in my life in Torts as we had planned.”

Prospal was drafted within the third spherical, 71st overall, by the Flyers in 1993. He then played for the Senators, Panthers, Lightning, Ducks, again with the Lightning, back to the Flyers, then again to the Lightning, the Rangers and at last the Blue Jackets. He never won a Stanley Cup, coming closes with the Flyers in 2007-08. He did win a bronze medal with the Czech Republic on the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.

Prospal completed his profession with 255 objectives and 510 assists over the 1,108 video games.

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Rumors: Trade wouldn’t surprise Devils’ Brodeur

Brodeur was pulled after two periods on Sunday. (Getty Images)
Brodeur was pulled after two intervals on Sunday. (Getty Pictures)

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Even before Martin Brodeur gave up six goals in two durations at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, it had began to grow to be plainly apparent (if it wasn’t earlier than the season already) that Cory Schneider was the higher possibility for the Devils in net. Their numbers this season aren’t actually even comparable, Schneider has been that a lot better.

Though Brodeur has more begins this season, Schneider has practically equalled him in that division with seven starts in the final 10 video games for New Jersey and it doesn’t appear to be that pattern is going to change.

That brings us to the unthinkable: would the Devils think about trading Brodeur to present the job fully to Schneider? While no one has actually instructed this – as a result of the idea of the Devils trading Brodeur simply appears completely loopy – Brodeur has thought about it and says it wouldn’t shock him if it occurred. Actually.

Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger spoke with Brodeur and specifically here’s what he needed to say about the possibilities.

“It’s within the crew’s rights to try to make themselves better. The actual fact is, I’ve the luxury to decide what I wish to do. I hope if he [Lamoriello] is able to assist the workforce, he’ll ask, no matter what it is. It’s positively one thing that’s doable.”

Brodeur said he wouldn’t be insulted if he’s asked to just accept a commerce. In fact, it might be engaging if he gets a chance to play more typically. Schneider’s begin towards the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night at Scottrade Middle can be his seventh in 10 games.

“I don’t know how I might really feel. I don’t know the place I’m at with that,” Brodeur stated with honesty. “I don’t know what I would suppose if it have been to happen. I definitely want to play more, so if there is a likelihood somewhere…

“However I am not on the lookout for that. I need to be sure this group gets on a playoff run. We’ll see what occurs, but stranger issues have occurred.”

Even with Brodeur’s struggles, it’s nonetheless robust to think about a world where GM Lou Lamoriello would commerce Brodeur away. If nothing else, you could possibly be in worse positions than to have the game’s most embellished goaltender ever as your backup. Schneider will not begin each game the remainder of the season.

That additionally does’nt point out that it is fair to surprise how much trade interest Brodeur may garner even if he were available. At this point he is holding a save proportion below900 and is at the not-so magical age of forty one (42 in Could), which may’t be that appealing to groups, particularly ones in the hunt as Brodeur suggests. Keep in mind, he does have a no-trade clause.

It is most likely not one thing that will have to come up at all and Brodeur goes to must learn how to take a backseat for pretty much the first time in his nice profession, but if push involves shove, it is attention-grabbing to know Brodeur isn’t towards shifting. That does not mean he needs to depart New Jersey but clearly he wants to play. Although at this level I have to say it would be a disgrace if Brodeur completed his career anywhere but New Jersey.

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