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Detroit Red Wings end historic run, will miss playoffs for first time in 25 years

Hockey fans saw this coming for months (if not years) now, but it’s official: the Detroit Red Wings’ historic 25-year playoff appearance streak is over.

Three things had to happen for that inevitability to occur. The Red Wings had to lose to the Carolina Hurricanes. They did. The Toronto Maple Leafs had to beat the Florida Panthers. They did. And the Boston Bruins had to beat the streaking Nashville Predators. They did.
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The injury happened in Week 14 when the Panthers were taking on the Chargers. Newton completed the game, and an MRI showed that he had a partially torn rotator cuff.

Mohamed Sanu Authentic Jersey Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said earlier this month, As a result of the MRI, we modified all of Cam’s work in the weight room and on the field for the final three weeks of the season.

Newton and the Panthers took a step back in 2017 after going 15-1 and a trip to the Super Bowl in 2017. He was 6-8 in 14 starts, throwing for 3,509 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

Twelve weeks following surgery, Cam will begin an early throwing program with me, Vermillion said. If he progresses well he will start throwing with the team at 16 weeks after surgery and we’ll go from there. Our goal is to have him back at the start of training camp.

The team had Newton on a schedule to accommodate the injury and help him heal as the offseason progressed, but an increase in pain level forced the team to decide to arthroscopically repair the injury.

the Panthers are an opportunistic team that play aggressive football.

James Brady of Niners Nation thinks the 49ers can’t overlook the Panthers, despite the latter playing some poor teams:

To put it simply: the Panthers are an opportunistic team that play aggressive football. They can be taken advantage of, but it won’t be an easy game. Fortunately, outpacing their offense isn’t too difficult when you have a solid defense as well, which the 49ers do. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the Panthers stand when it comes to their raw stats given the poor teams they’ve faced thus far, but we work with what we’re given.

The 49ers definitely have some skewed stats when you look at the offensive side of the ball. They are among the top teams in the league, yet have the No. 32 passing offense at 189.9 yards per game on average. On the flipside, they have the No. 1 rushing attack, with 153.0 yards on the ground on average.

Colin Kaepernick has suffered from a lack of receivers of late, though he’s getting Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree back soon. Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin have had their moments, but by and large, it’s been on Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter to carry the load in the running game.

A high-ankle sprain hurt C.J. Spiller’s chances to follow up on his stellar 2017 season, but the Buffalo Bills running back finally feels like he’s recovering.

Spiller carried the ball 12 times for 116 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9, his best game of the season. He was happy to report that he did not suffer a lot of post-game pain despite seeing his heaviest workload since week four.

The Minnesota Vikings have struggled to win games because of the team’s quarterback play, so they’ve turned Christian Ponder’s status into a simple proposition. If he wins, he will keep starting. The Vikings managed to win on Thursday night, but injuries have cast a cloud on his future with the team.

Colts vs. Titans halftime update: Tennessee shocking Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Colts entered LP Field with an expectation of dominance, but have been stunned in the first half of Thursday Night Football. Entering halftime the Tennessee Titans hold a commanding lead, 17-6.

Matt Overton Jersey Keenum found Andre Johnson for his first touchdown pass. Johnson made a circus catch for the 7-yard score, which tied the game at 7-7 midway through the first quarter. Keenum’s second score went to Ryan Griffin two yards out from the goal line, and tied the game at 14 apiece.

The Texans took the lead on a 48-yard Randy Bullock field goal midway through the second quarter.

The passing game has shined for both teams. Carson Palmer is 8-for-15 passing for 103 yards, and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Rob Housler that briefly gave the Cardinals a 14-7 lead. He later threw an interception, however, on a deep pass intended for Housler. The pick set up the Texans’ field goal drive at the Arizona 45-yard line.

Greg Zuerlein Authentic Jersey The Texans might have had a bigger lead at half, if not for a Keenum sack-fumble at the 15-yard line that was scooped up by defensive end Matt Shaughnessy at the 6-yard line and marched into the end zone on the game’s first snap from scrimmage. The Bears had a chance to send the game to overtime after scoring with forty seconds left, but the two-point conversion they needed failed. (Twice, because the Lions know that personal fouls are just the second chances we all deserve in life.)

Detroit’s run defense has been problematic all year; entering this game, the Lions ranked 28th in yards per carry allowed and had let five opponents pick up 4.5 yards a rush or more. That included the Bears in Week 4, who gained 131 yards on just 16 attempts. But things have improved lately, and this time Chicago only managed 38 yards on 20 carries, their least efficient performance in over two years.

Why does Arizona coach Sean Miller sweat so much?

Arizona coach Sean Miller sweats. It’s a trait all humans have. However, few NCAA basketball coaches sweat as much as Miller, who has turned it into an art. This was Miller last year during the tournament.

No. 11 seed Xavier ended the game on a 9-0 run to knock off No. 2 Arizona, 73-71, in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the right to play Gonzaga in the Elite Eight on Saturday. It’s Xavier’s first trip to the Elite Eight since 2008.

The Musketeers trailed Arizona by eight with three minutes to go, but Sean O’Mara’s inside bucket with 40 seconds left completed a spirited comeback and gave Xavier the lead for good. Xavier held Arizona scoreless over the final 2:50 of the game.

Limited Mens Oliver Ekman-Larsson Jersey Arizona’s Allonzo Trier had a chance to tie it for the Wildcats in the closing seconds, but his 3-pointer was off the mark and Xavier dribbled out the clock from there.

Trevon Bluiett led Xavier with 25 points. Trier led Arizona with 19 points.

He has to apologize to the Puerto Rican people, Molina said. Obviously, you wanted to win; he didn’t know what this means to [our] people.

Other United States teammates echoed Jones’ sentiment after Wednesday’s WBC victory. However, the Puerto Rican team planned to fly home and celebrate its WBC performance, win or lose.

John Smoltz Womens Jersey He has to apologize to the Puerto Rican people, Yadier Molina, right, said of Adam Jones’ claim that Puerto Rico’s pregame party plans added fuel to the U.S.’s WBC win. Obviously, you wanted to win; he didn’t know what this means to [our] people.

That’s why I’m sending a message to [Jones], saying, ‘Look at this, right now you’re in spring training working out, and we’re with our people, with our silver medals,’ Molina continued. You’re in spring training and you’re working … you have no idea how to celebrate your honors, you don’t know what it means.

Portland leads the season series over Denver, 2-1, with one more game to play in Portland

The Nuggets have fallen back to the pack despite Portland being on an extended road trip. Dallas, Minnesota, and New Orleans are extreme long shots after recent downturns in performance.
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Current tiebreaker: Portland leads the season series over Denver, 2-1, with one more game to play in Portland. Portland has a 7-3 division record compared to just 5-8 for Denver, so a Nuggets victory in the final head-to-head matchup is unlikely to matter for tiebreaker purposes.

Who has the tougher schedule? Portland finishes with 10 of its final 13 games at home, while Denver plays seven of its final nine games on the road.

The Houston Police Department was also on the case, as it was clearly its jurisdiction. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tried to keep things in perspective.

It might be the highest priority for [the] lieutenant governor, Acevedo said via The Statesman. I can tell you we had three homicides the night of the Super Bowl in the city of Houston, and we Would like to find it. But I don鈥檛 think we are burning the midnight oil worrying about a jersey.

Allow me to move the goalposts for a moment. The 1934 American League All-Stars had eight Hall of Famers in their lineup, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The No. 7 and No. 8 hitters in the 1985 AL All-Star lineup were Jim Rice and Carlton Fisk, and they also would have had eight Hall of Famers if the voters weren鈥檛 so dense when it came to Lou Whitaker. So while this potential lineup is tremendous, it is a little much to say it is the best lineup ever assembled.
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No, it is the best lineup that will play in front of fans who really, really care. Who play with teammates who are thinking about the game instead of the flight home, who travel with said teammates, looking at scouting reports before the game. If it seems like a technicality, maybe it is. But even if the All-Star Game used to mean a lot more to the players decades ago, there is no denying that there is a difference between playing for the pride of a league and playing for the pride of a country.

Every important NFL free agency signing in 2017

The NFL offseason kicks into high gear this week with the start of the free agent period. With the salary cap bumped up to $167 million, plenty of teams have the cash to upgrade key positions before the NFL Draft in late April.

Free agency officially began on March 9 with the start of the new league year, but fans had a good idea of where players are heading before that. March 7-9 is the “legal tampering” period, where teams are free to negotiate with impending free agents before the league year actually begins.

It ended in exciting fashion befitting of the narrative. The polar opposite nature of the perception of each program came together on the court and gave us high drama. While Kentucky’s brand is a cobbled together batch of one-and-dones, the Shockers get portrayed as the consummate team. Today talent won out just like it did in 2014.

Of course Wichita State isn’t going to be intimidated by UK, but in the end it was edged out by the bigger program. But it’s not like the Shockers were demonstrably worse than the Wildcats by any stretch. The end was razor thin, with Wichita State bringing the ball up the court with a chance to take the lead in the game’s penultimate possession and tie in the final one.

Both times, UK sent shot attempts by the Shockers packing with big blocks, including Bam Adebayo’s huge swat at the buzzer.

In earlier action, Michigan beat Louisville, 73-69, and the Wolverines continue their wild and wacky March Madness journey that has taken them all the way from a plane crash to a Big Ten tourney title. Now they’re in the NCAA tourney’s second weekend as well.6

Conference USA gets no respect from the selection committee and proves it wrong every year

Jamon Brown Limited Jersey Conference USA keeps proving the NCAA selection committee wrong. As the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders knocked out the Minnesota Golden Gophers in this year¡¯s most trendy 12-5 upset, it continued a trend that has seen Conference USA teams outperform their seed over the last first years.

This started with UAB in the 2015 NCAA tournament. That year, the Blazers won the conference and were given a No. 14 seed before setting out to face No. 3 Iowa State in the opening round. The Blazers, despite being 14.5 point underdogs according to Bovada, ended up upsetting the Cyclones 60-59.

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The flagrant foul came after a costly turnover by Seton Hall¡¯s Kadeem Carrington.

Arkansas¡¯ pressure defense forced Carrington to travel with 24 seconds left, forfeiting a possession in which a surging Pirates team could have taken the lead.

The questionable finished put a stain on a game riddled with highlight moments.

The first half was dominated by Arkansas¡¯ Moses Kingsley, who made his first five shots for 11 points in the game¡¯s first 20 minutes. He was dominant on both ends for the Razorbacks, picking up three blocks, including an impressive block-score sequence near the end of the half.

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5 NFL teams that can’t seem to find a franchise quarterback

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan. All three are model franchise quarterbacks, bringing stability, consistency, and a high level of play to their respective teams. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brock Osweiler, and Blaine Gabbert … well, they don’t really fit into that same category.

Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson — who is helming a team that definitely belongs on this list — recognizes the difficulty involved with finding that type of player.

Despite missing a good portion of 2015 due to injury and four games in 2016 thanks to a PED suspension, Jeffery could still have a long future in the NFL. The wide receiver spent his first five seasons in the league with the Chicago Bears and a less-than-ideal — and reliable — quarterback situation.

It would be fun to watch because, well, the dude’s tall. But it would also be fun to watch because it would be a prominent example of a player overcoming the inherent difficulties of professional baseball and succeeding with refined talent when raw talent just wasn’t enough. That’s the story of baseball, more or less.

Loek Van Mil is the story of baseball, more or less.

Likelihood of signing: Low. Both Lacy’s agent and Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy have told reporters the Packers are interested in bringing the burly runner back. If his price is low enough for New England to pounce, it’s likely low enough for the Pack to retain him.

On March 7, when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told the Arizona state legislature that the Coyotes “cannot and will not remain in Glendale.” That seems random until you realize that Senate Bill 1149 is not going to get enough votes to pass.

A bill that would grant the Coyotes $225 million in public financing for a new arena either in downtown Phoenix or the East Valley. They want out of Glendale, they want a new arena, and they want taxpayers to pay for it.