Line changes: Charlie Coyle and Malcolm Subban return and lead list of waiver adds

Centering a third line and secondary power play, Johnson hasn’t scored a goal since Oct. 24 and has just two assists since then. While the Lightning aren’t missing much from their 27-year-old supporting actor while the top line of Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov average 4.4 points per game, Johnson’s personal fantasy managers can’t be too thrilled. If that’s you, check your waiver wire for other, more promising, options at center.

And as Durant comes back to town Wednesday, the past remains and the emotions will flood back, but the striking contrast of where the Thunder were then and are now has reshaped the feel of it all. Westbrook and Durant were the great duo that once was, and while George isn’t a replacement, he does represent something Russ and the Thunder worried they might not see again: hope.

The ESPN studio host sent out a Sunday morning tweet highlighting that only two teams in the Super Bowl era — the 1993 Cowboys and 2007 Giants — overcame 0-2 starts to win their next six games.

A few hours later, New Orleans became the third after a 30-10 waxing of Tampa Bay.

Wingo also pointed out that those Cowboys and Giants squads proceeded to win the Super Bowl.

Methodology: These rankings are based on which teams voters think would win head-to-head matchups. Higher-ranked teams would be favored against lower-ranked teams. Coming off a win doesn’t guarantee a jump, and a loss doesn’t guarantee a fall.

Triumph: The Eagles have had an OK season. They have the best record, have scored the most points, thrown the most passing touchdowns, have the best red zone efficiency, forced the third-most turnovers, allowed the second-lowest third-down conversion percentage … you get the point.nike_steelers_2919

There wasn’t much to criticize Cam Newton about Monday.

Cam Newton says Panthers just ‘scratching the surface’ after record night

Unless you’re one of his closest friends.

Newton said following Monday’s 45-21 win over the Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium he had a text from a friend waiting for him when he got back to his locker.

Woodyard, who registered a team-high seven tackles, said Tennessee’s defense accomplished three of its four pregame goals: Create turnovers (two), stop the run (53 yards on 14 carries), and harass quarterback Andy Dalton (a strip-sack by outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and two pressures).

The inability to complete the fourth one — not letting A.J. Green become a factor — almost proved disastrous. Green beat cornerback Logan Ryan on an inside slant and zipped through Tennessee’s secondary for a 70-yard score to give Cincinnati a 20-17 lead with 5:03 remaining.

Atlanta also forfeited its third-round selection in next June’s amateur draft as punishment for offering “impermissible benefits” to an unidentified draft pick in an effort to convince him to sign for a lower bonus.

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State — Rudolph was nearly perfect in Saturday’s shootout win at Iowa State. The 6-5, 230-pound senior was 25 of 31 for 376 yards and three touchdowns in Oklahoma State’s 49-42 victory.

Keenum completed 27 of 38 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown, leaving it tough for coach Mike Zimmer to even consider turning to Teddy Bridgewater. “It’s going to be hard to yank him out of there right now,” Zimmer said of Keenum. “He’s playing good. I still have really high hopes for Teddy, and a lot of things happen throughout the course of the season, so we’ll just see how it goes.”nike_steelers_720

Why you should add Spencer Dinwiddie and other key free agents

John Collins, Atlanta Hawks (30.4): This rookie has done a lot with a little this season; he’s averaging just 23.3 minutes per game during his past eight appearances, but is sinking nearly 59 percent of his shots while slashing 11.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG and a block per game over this recent sample.

The slow pace of Milwaukee (third lowest) is something I’m avoiding when possible, especially given Booker’s spotty production in other categories (he has seven or fewer rebounds-plus-assists in seven of 11 November games).

With Eric Bledsoe likely in attack mode and the rest of this Bucks roster relying on penetration, the fact that Booker has committed at four fouls in the majority of games this month is just another red flag. Considering 28 teams are in action tonight, you can find a more stable option than Booker (heck, you can do better in this game, as I prefer Khris Middleton).

“It would be pretty tough not to panic, but I don’t think we are panicking,” said running back Alfred Morris, who had 91 yards filling in for Ezekiel Elliott. “It’s been two tough losses, ugly losses on top of that. But at the same time, I know the character of this team and the fight we have.”

Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill is the emergency kicker for the Eagles. But he completely missed the safety net on a practice try on the sidelines, sending the ball into the stands. He did reach the goal line with his first kickoff, though.
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Dolphins’ Jay Cutler throws three picks, leaves to be evaluated for a concussion

The Dolphins began the second half of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with Matt Moore at quarterback.

Starter Jay Cutler was taken out to be evaluated for a concussion after he was hit by Buccaneers defensive end Ryan Russell on the penultimate play of the first half.

Cutler had been booed by Dolphins fans at Hard Rock Stadium after throwing three interceptions, one of which was in the end zone, as the Bucs (4-6) built a 20-7 lead.

Embiid sat out a win at Utah two weeks ago for what the Sixers called “load management” as they try to keep him healthy after a number of injuries. He made just 7 of 16 shots, but again proved the team’s emotional leader.

“I like our guys playing with an edge. I like them having some level of swagger and feeling good about themselves,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “That was a big play. It certainly got the crowd involved.”

With one time out, Smith drove the Chiefs 69 yards in nine plays, the big shot a 32-yard pass to tight end Travis Kelce. Harrison Butker tied the game with a 23-yard field goal — his third short one — with :01 left in regulation. The drive was kept alive when Jenkins’ interception was nullified by a pass interference penalty against him.

Regression looks like the Cardinals’ friend after a disappointing 2017 season. The upside of disappointment is that it can motivate you going forward. The Cardinals have been frequently mentioned as an aggressor in early hot stove activity, and an impact player tacked onto this baseline would put the Cardinals back near baseball’s elite tier.
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Bengals are a mess again, so no wonder A.J. Green snapped

Contrary to popular belief, A.J. Green did not wait until Jalen Ramsey’s shove in Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon to go off the deep end. He’s known for a while that what passes for a hot streak in Cincinnati is crumbling underneath him, and now he can’t do anything about it except to rage at the heavens … and at Ramsey’s neck and head.

Two weeks into the season, it was just Green’s words. Now it’s his probably suspendable act. Put together, they state the obvious the Bengals have one of the NFL’s most electric players, and they’re draining the life out of him.

The team on Monday drew nearly a thousand spectators as they held a groundbreaking ceremony on the Strip to kick off the construction of their new 65,000-seat domed stadium.

Among those in attendance were NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL owners Robert Kraft, Stan Kroenke and Dean Spanos. A number of former Raiders players, including Howie Long, Fred Biletnikoff, Jim Plunkett, Tom Flores and Cliff Branch, also made an appearance.

The event, which kicked off at 5 p.m. PT, also featured a tribute to the 58 victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting and recognized Las Vegas law enforcement and first responders for their efforts.

“It will be seen around the world as a reflection of the spirit of Las Vegas: a resilient city on the rise,” Goodell said, via NFL Media. “This is a very significant day in the franchise’s storied history and a tangible symbol of the team’s future in Las Vegas.”nike_patriots_4198

Seahawks vs. Cardinals: How to watch, live stream ‘Thursday Night Football’

“Thursday Night Football” in Week 10 is a chance for the Seahawks, 5-3 and coming off a frustrating loss at home, to keep pace with the Rams in the NFC West. Even on the road in a division tilt against the Cardinals, Seattle is favored by a touchdown for Thursday night’s game against Arizona.

Waiters followed with an air ball, but with help from a Hassan Whiteside tip-in with 1:10 remaining, the Heat stopped the Celtics’ win streak and maybe gave themselves a springboard win.

The Celtics, meanwhile, were reminded what losing feels like for the first time in 35 days.

“And you know what, to be dead honest with you, I think we exhaled, and it’s hard to recover from that. It will be a lesson that hopefully we all learned andprevent it from happening in the future.’’

NBC’s Sunday Night Football ratings have been going down each of the last two years and Michaels noted that himself. He said he doesn’t think the programming is in trouble, though.

“It’s number one and it’s getting bashed because the ratings are down,” Michaels said. “Two or three years ago, the ratings were so spectacular that there had to be a little bit of a diminishment at some point.”

The NFL has had advertisers complain in recent months about the coverage of the protest citing that it is hurting their business. Most notably Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter came out and said his business was losing money due to the diminishing popularity of the league.
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The craziness of Martinsville Speedway is just what NASCAR wanted.

The quotes are accurate, as heard among the showers of boos directed at Hamlin (a Virginia native!) and cheers toward Elliott after a final nine laps of madness that made sitting through the cold and overcast day worth it for the fans.

No driver should fear any penalties, as Elliott wrecked Hamlin on the cool-down lap. NASCAR wants chaos. It wants fans to gravitate toward the young drivers such as Elliott.

Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 8 a.m. for the London game, 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games, 2:30 p.m. ET for the late games and 7 p.m. ET for the Sunday night game.

I suspect this would have probably been an even more exciting fly out if it hadn’t been hit by Chase Headley, who, stats suggest, isn’t allowed to hit the juiced baseballs. Every time Headley bats, umps swap out all the balls with pre-2015 balls. Because of that, we didn’t assume a home run.

I think if I were advising Cam Newton, I’d tell him one thing: Answering questions you might think are beneath you twice a week for a total of 25 minutes is a very small price to pay to stay out of controversy. Be benign. Be fairly nice. Be there.

I think Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe should take a bow for this story on three cornerstone Patriots from the Robert Kraft season-ticket days of a half-century ago. Their later lives were badly tarnished by the effects of playing the game. “If you didn’t play hurt in those days, you weren’t a man,” said cornerback Daryl Johnson.

Rather, why would Tavares want to stay with the Islanders? Security is a lure, and if the Islanders are going to lock Tavares in, they need to make some assurances about their future. flames_018

I know all my players by name now.

There’s now little doubt that the expansion draft set up the Golden Knights rather well, which is what a $500 million expansion fee and the necessity to attract fans in an emerging market will get you. Most teams protected seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, which allowed the Knights to compile a collection of quality defensemen and goaltenders and a few proven scorers buoyed by a group of players seeking the chance to show they are, too.

It was over when QB Wilton Speight went down with a back injury at Purdue. A week later, the Wolverines lost to Michigan State. Two weeks after that, they were blown out at Penn State. Now, they sit fourth in the Big Ten East.

I worry that this willingness to settle lowers his floor, as I’m not sold on him being an above-average marksman. That’s a major problem for a player who has yet to show much versatility in terms of rebounds or assists. He isn’t all that expensive tonight, so I expect your eye might naturally settle on him. Don’t make that mistake!

THE FINAL SAY: Ball flirted with triple-double numbers again, but his impact on this game was not what it has been in others.

The rookie has to keep taking — and has to start making — the perimeter shots opposing defenses are giving him. Until he can make 3s consistently, the Lakers will continue to go through roller-coaster stretches like they did Friday night when they went up 17 only to fall behind by double-digits in the fourth.

Pause. Slight chuckle, looking at the Chiefs’ front. “They don’t pressure here, do they? First time all game?” Carr calling signals from the shotgun. Safeties very wide, outside each hashmark. “It’s man-to-man. Two high guys [safeties].”canadiens_292_5233b912462bc83f-180x180

Zach Miller injury update: Bears TE’s artery stabilized

Vascular surgeons have stabilized the torn artery in Bears tight end Zach Miller’s left leg and he has a good pulse, but he’ll remain in New Orleans for some time because of the nature of the injury, Bears coach John Fox said Monday.

According to ESPN, which cited an unidentified source, doctors found that Miller’s popliteal artery was “shredded from above the knee joint to below the knee.” Earlier in the day, ESPN cited unidentified league and Bears sources in reporting that surgeons had been working to save Miller’s leg during emergency surgery late Sunday, although it’s unclear whether amputation was considered.

The Bears announced that team medical personnel would stay with Miller in New Orleans.

A player listed in the “starter” column is the most valuable tight end on his team in terms of fantasy value.

A player listed under “handcuff” should see increased fantasy value if the starter becomes injured or sees his role diminish.

The “value” column reflects the likely upside that player would have in standard leagues if he becomes a starter: TE1 (top 10), TE2 (11-20), flex (21-30), bench (worth adding to your bench as a flier), waivers (not worth adding as a free agent).

Jakob Silfverberg tied it with just under five minutes remaining in the third period for Anaheim. Ondrej Kase and Derek Grant scored in the first period.

“Obviously coming in were playing a team with a lot of speed up front,” Silfverberg said. “We got off to a good start, but we had a rough second period. We kept pushing and came back in the third. To see (Miller) come back and push as hard as he did was a big bonus for this group.”

Jeff Skinner, Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk scored to rally the Hurricanes from a 2-0 deficit in the opening period. Scott Darling stopped 22 shots.
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BVB Star Christian Pulisic Repsonds in an Epic Way to Kid’s Heartwarming Puerto Rico Gesture

Christian Pulisic has responded in amazing fashion to a young fan who chose to raffle off his signed Borussia Dortmund shirt to help raise money for the victims of Puerto Rico.

The 19-year-old said in the clip on ussoccer.com: “I just want to say, I think it’s really amazing what you’re doing, giving up something that means a lot to you. Thank you very much for what you’re doing, I hope it’s going to help the people ofn Puerto Rico.”

Amazingly, Alex has already helped to raise over $3000 for UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fun as a result of his raffling off efforts.

Ahead of of the Milan Derby on Sunday evening, Icardi revealed to the Chinese press at Inter’s Suning training centre of his desire to reach 100 goals and more while playing for the Nerazzurri.

“I want to reach 100 goals in an Inter jersey, even if becoming the club’s all-time top scorer would be frankly difficult to achieve,” the Argentine forward told the press, as quoted in Football Italia.

Icardi is on-track for another double figures in goals this season, hopefully breaking his 100-goal record with the form his side are in.

“I want to reach 100 goals in an Inter jersey, even if becoming the club’s all-time top scorer would be frankly difficult to achieve,” the Argentine forward told the press, as quoted in Football Italia.

Later in the game, Suh jumped offside and shoved Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett, who had replaced Flacco, after the quarterback had already handed off the ball. After Mallett got in Suh’s face, Suh grabbed Mallett’s throat with his left hand and pushed him away.
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