Longtime Predators executive Paul Fenton named GM of Wild

Since the Nashville Predators joined the NHL in 1998, Paul Fenton had been part of their front office, first as a director of player personnel and then as assistant general manager. He became one of the most respected executives in the league. Through the years, he interviewed with a number of teams for general manager vacancies while taking his name out of consideration for dozens more.
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The right fit never arrived until an old friend came calling.

On Monday, Fenton, 58, was named the general manager of the Minnesota Wild, who are owned by Craig Leipold, the Predators’ founding owner. Fenton replaces Chuck Fletcher, whose contract wasn’t renewed after close to nine years as general manager.

From a postseason qualification perspective, the Wild have been one of the NHL’s most successful teams in recent years, making the playoffs in six consecutive seasons. But three straight first-round exits under Fletcher and head coach Bruce Boudreau meant it was time for a change at the top. Boudreau remains head coach, having signed a four-year contract in May 2016.

In our new practice facility, we have a motto. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door: ‘Good is not good enough.’ I went through the practice facility about two weeks ago, and I felt that was a signal for me, Leipold said when announcing Fletcher’s departure.

It was not Doncic’s finest performance of the season in a stagnant, physical and at times ugly affair, but he played an instrumental role regardless over the weekend, as evidenced by being named the youngest-ever Final Four MVP following the game.

When asked by ESPN following Sunday’s victory what his next move is, Doncic said: I will tell about all at the right time. Right now I just want to celebrate with my team. Soon I will Russell Bodine Jersey tell.
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Doncic played the entire fourth quarter until fouling out with 39 seconds left, again playing more minutes than anyone on Real Madrid. He was asked to handle the ball and play point guard for virtually every moment he was on the floor.

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Rays might be at forefront of a rotation revolution

Was starting Sergio Romo on back-to-back days a clever, one-off maneuver by Kevin Cash to maximize matchups or a sign of widespread things to come?.
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Maddon also mentioned the conversations that managers would need to have with their veteran starters, who are used to preparing a certain way.

Plus I don’t want to tell Jon Lester, ‘You’re coming in the second,’ Maddon said with a smile. I don’t want to say, ‘You’ll be in there in the second inning, don’t worry about it.’

And definitely don’t want to tell [former Cub] John Lackey that. That would be my worst nightmare right there. ‘John, I was thinking about something. What do you think, brother?’
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That was done out of necessity, Maddon said Tuesday afternoon. If you don’t have enough starters that you like, you may choose to do something on a day, maybe two days. To see that becoming a part of the norm, I doubt it. If you want to do it that way, you would really have to nurture that in the minor Womens Nick Young Jersey leagues for a long time. I think you’re going to wear out bullpen dudes if you’re going to do something like that.

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Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. For example, a 10 is a must-start rating, while a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.

The baseball world is abuzz after the Tampa Bay Rays’ decision to use Sergio Romo, traditionally a short reliever, as their starting pitcher for back-to-back weekend games, piggybacking him with starters Ryan Yarbrough and Matt Andriese.

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Tight end Austin Hooper deserves an honorable mention here, but defensive end Takkarist McKinley will have a more profound impact as a pass-rusher off the edge.

McKinley provided efficiency as a rotational pass-rusher in 2017. He logged 401 snaps but ranked second on the team in sacks with six. The UCLA product had one more tally in the category than Vic Beasley, who was coming off a 15.5-sack season.

Amid the happy bustle of about 800 guests, as Jared Kushner spoke, the controversial evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress blessed the occasion and President Trump delivered a prerecorded video address, there was little indication of what was unfolding less than 60聽miles away on the border between Israel and Gaza. There, protests against the embassy opening and Israel’s continued blockade of the Palestinian enclave were met with gunfire by Israeli troops. Dozens of Palestinians were shot dead and thousands were injured.

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The Arab League called a crisis meeting to discuss the illegal U.S. Embassy shift, and the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation called it an attack on the historical, legal, natural and national rights of the Palestinian people.

Quarterback Cam Newton will have two new catch-and-run options in the passing attack. Eighth-year veteran Torrey Smith and rookie D.J. Moore join a wide receiving corps that needed playmakers who can rack up yards after the reception.

Saints’ Mark Ingram skipping OTAs until veteran minicamp, coach Sean Payton says

Sean Payton confirmed that running back Mark Ingram is not expected to participate in any of the New Orleans Saints’ organized team activities until the mandatory veteran minicamp in June, apparently because the Pro Bowler is heading into the final year of his contract.

It was Ingram’s decision to train independently in Florida and does not appear to be related to Ingram’s four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. News of his absence was first reported by the NFL Network.

Ingram, 28, also switched from longtime agent Joel Segal to new agents Paul Bobbitt and David Jones this offseason.

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On Tuesday, Walker scored the game-winning run against the Red Sox.

The Yankees snapped a two-game losing streak and had a chance to stay atop the American League East over the Red Sox, with whom they started the day tied.

Just a good hitter, Boone said. Always has been. Especially left-handed. More good at-bats (Saturay).Through the winning, he’s had a big hand in a lot of it. Another one (Saturday) for him. Not surprising, knowing the quality of at-bat that he gives us it seems like day in and day out now.

Walker hit.163 through his first 21 games and watched top prospect Gleyber Torres take his job at second base. Since then, Walker has been splitting time with Tyler Austin at first base. He pitched in at third base Friday.

Walker, who has three other career walk-off hits, is 9-for-25 (.360) in his last nine games. colts_101

Why the Devils shouldn’t trade goalie Keith Kinkaid this summer

The Devils shouldn’t trade goalie Keith Kinkaid a at least not at the market price set by similar goalie trades in recent history.
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On paper, a trade does make sense. Kinkaid is coming off a career season, where he proved he could handle a starting goalie’s workload while racking up 26 wins and helping the Devils reach the playoffs.

Plus, if 2017-18 showed the Devils anything, it’s the importance of having a reliable backup goalie. Even if they didn’t need Kinkaid to shoulder the load in March and April, they did need him for all of February and part of January when Schneider was hurt.

The Devils know what they have in Kinkaid, and keeping him on the roster for 2018-19 gives them two reliable goalies.

Of course, he said. I watch the games or check out the highlights. I know everything that’s going on. Andujar is young, but he’s a good player. You can see it right now.

Drury is amazed how well the Yankees are playing. After starting out 9-9, the Yankees are on a 15-1 run heading into a series against the Boston Red Sox that begins Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

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Texans sign 13 undrafted free agents

The Texans officially announced that they have their full draft class under contract on Friday and also released the names of the 13 undrafted rookies that have signed with the team.
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Dell Curry Womens Jersey The group includes three offensive linemen as the Texans continue to retool their unit after disappointing results last season. One player they hope will deliver is K.J. Malone, who played left tackle at LSU and is the son of NBA great Karl Malone. The Texans list him as a guard, so he will be switching positions while trying to earn a spot on the Houston roster.

Sweeping the Padres last week gave the Dodgers their first series win of the season, but perhaps even better news was seeing struggling closer Kenley Jansen nail down a save on Saturday night against the Nationals. Further good news? Justin Turner started hitting off a tee as he continues to come back from a broken wrist, while Rich Hill should be back from the DL as soon as the Dodgers need a fifth starter again this week. They’re not clicking on all cylinders yet, but they’re getting there. — Kahrl

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As deadpan responses go, it ranks up there with Bill Belichick’s description of Brady’s playoff thumb injury, when he said: But, we’re not talking about open-heart surgery here.

And even though he’s hanging up his cleats for the rest of the season, 31 other teams in the NFL now have a new favorite baseball player.

The Angels finally experienced some adversity last week — they were outscored 27-3 in a three-game sweep at the hands of the Red Sox. Shohei Ohtani also left his start early in that series because of a blister on his pitching hand. The good news is that Mike Trout is on a 60-homer pace, Albert Pujols is closing in on 3,000 hits and Ohtani is expected to be ready to start this week. — Paul Casella, ESPN Stats & Information

Mike Boone hopes leaping ability gives him edge with Vikings

The Vikings have re-issued the number once worn by Chuck Foreman. And the rookie who will be wearing it has a chance to leap into the 53-man roster.
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Mike Boone, undrafted and uninvited to the Scouting Combine, got the attention of the Vikings due in part to his jumping ability. As in 42 inches. As in 11.5 inches higher than incumbent starter Dalvin Cook from a year ago.
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How important is Markelle Fultz to a deep 76ers playoff run?

After a controversial five-month hiatus, Markelle Fultz’s surprising return to the surging Philadelphia 76ers has played a sizeable role in their late-season run as the hottest team in the NBA. In his past 11 games, Fultz is averaging an impressive 15.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 2.1 turnovers per 36 minutes while becoming the youngest player in NBA history to notch a triple-double in the Sixers’ regular-season finale. He has also helped spark a seemingly unstoppable bench unit.

Slotted behind likely Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons and playing in a lineup with shooting and experience at virtually every position, Fultz has been able to play free of wild expectations. But fans still hang on his every jump shot attempt.

The Heat regularly sagged off Fultz when he initiated offense in the half court, daring him to beat them from the perimeter:

Kevin Durant has had a rough time with social media over the past year, dating back to when Twitter figured out he had a burner account to reply to haters. Since then, Durant on his phone sitting at his locker has become a meme. On Monday, a screenshot began to circulate showing Durant liking a comment that criticized Russell Westbrook. The comment stated: “The problem was Westbrook. They had a good a– team.”

After Game 1 of Boston’s first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks, Celtics guard Terry Rozier accidentally referred to Eric Bledsoe as “Drew Bledsoe,” the former NFL quarterback.

Eric Bledsoe took offense to Rozier’s remark and, when asked about Rozier after Game 2, pretended he didn’t know who Rozier was.

“Who?” Bledsoe said when asked if he takes his matchup with Rozier personally. “I don’t even know who the f— that is.”

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Marcus Smart gives Celtics jolt of energy in Game 5 win over Bucks

With the words Mama’s Boy and I fight, you fight scrawled on the side of his sneakers, Celtics guard Marcus Smart stepped to the scorer’s table late in the first quarter of Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks and felt a rush of adrenaline.
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When Smart walked into the team’s practice facility on Tuesday morning for shootaround, his teammates already knew the good news.

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And of course there are the owners who thumb their noses at their fan base, with Dean Spanos coming in at Public Enemy No. 1.

But Snyder tops them all, unabashed in exhibiting both blatant racism and, as reported Wednesday in a New York Times story about his team’s cheerleaders, misogyny.
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The Times story detailed a 2013 trip the Washington cheerleaders took to Costa Rica for a calendar photo shoot, during which the women posed topless or in body paint while team sponsors and suite holders 鈥?all men, of course 鈥?gawked.

At one of my friend’s shoots, we were basically standing around her like a human barricade because she was basically naked, so we could keep the guys from seeing her, one of the cheerleaders told the Times. I was getting so angry that the guys on the trip were skeezing around in the background.

One night during the trip, the Times reported that nine of the 36 cheerleaders were hand-picked to act as escorts at a nightclub for some sponsors. As if that’s not gross enough, the Times said two team officials, senior vice president for operations Lon Rosenberg and president of business operations Dennis Greene, were on hand.

Ragnow eager to make his name known with Lions

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Ragnew watched the first round surrounded by family. Leading up to the event, he joked about how his proud mother would regularly show Samson Ebukam Jersey where he was being projected in mocks.

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No, this time, the final day of the NFL’s selection process was no snooze fest.

That’s a credit to magic and appeal of Griffin, who came and went as the feel-good story of this draft because he’s an inspiration to so many for achieving this moment as a football player with one hand. His left hand was amputated when he was 4, due to amniotic band syndrome.

Call it a disability at your own risk of looking foolish. Having one hand didn’t stop Griffin from blossoming into a star on a Central Florida team that went undefeated. And it hasn’t stopped him now.

Yet to simply hail the significance of a man getting drafted by an NFL team despite a physical disability would be a huge mistake. A disservice. Griffin is a football player. A damned good football.

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