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Wild can’t solve Jets’ Hellebuyck in Game 4

Mark Scheifele scored both goals for Winnipeg and Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his seventh shutout this season, as the Jets beat the Wild 2-0 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

“You knew, five to 10 minutes into that game, nfl jerseys for sale cheap he was right and feeling good,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

Scheifele scored with 28 seconds left in the first period, spoiling a fine performance on the other end by Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, and tacked on an empty-netter with 11 seconds remaining.

The Wild, now without star left wing Zach Parise because of a broken sternum suffered late in Game 3, must now win in Winnipeg in Game 5 on Friday night to extend their season.

“Certainly can’t fault us in trying. It’s a disappointing finish,” said Dubnyk, who stopped 26 shots. “It just shows you, too, you never know which plays are going to be the difference in the game.”217

The Wild were livid about one in particular, when Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey delivered a vicious-looking cross-check to Eric Staal’s neck that knocked Minnesota’s leading scorer to the ice during a Wild power play that went unnoticed by the officials. Morrissey had an assist on Scheifele’s goal and also helped thwart a Wild breakaway later in the game, and a red-faced coach Bruce Boudreau said afterward that Morrissey should have been ejected.

“I’m the tallest guy on the ice. He cross-checked me in the neck. There’s not much more you can say. Everyone saw it. I don’t know how no one with stripes saw it,” Staal said.

After a six-goal outburst in Game 3 that prompted Maurice to pull Hellebuyck after two periods, only his second early exit of the season, the Wild had trouble generating the same kind of organized and relentless attack. cheap official nfl jerseys The Jets closed up the holes they gave the Wild through the neutral zone in Game 3, and the Wild simply weren’t as crisp with the puck.

Hellebuyck, fittingly, was named earlier in the day one of the NHL’s three finalists for the Vezina Trophy that’s awarded annually to the best goalie in the league.

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Aaron Boone ponders dropping struggling Giancarlo Stanton lower in lineup

Stanton has batted third in each of the Yankees’ 16 games this season, including in Tuesday night’s 9-1 loss to Stanton’s former team, the Miami Marlins. In the eight games he has appeared in at home, he has hit .086 (3-for-35) with 20 strikeouts.

According to Elias, those 20 strikeouts are the most for a hitter authentic nfl jerseys cheap in his first eight home games during the modern era, which began in 1900. The 17 strikeouts he had through his first eight games as a member of the Marlins in 2010 are also tied for second on that list with three other players who all happened to accomplish that feat since 2002.

After striking out twice Tuesday, Stanton was booed loudly by fans who have grown frustrated with his performances in the Bronx.205

On the road, Stanton has been markedly better, batting .323 (10-for-31) with three doubles and seven RBIs in those eight games.

Asked if he could come up with a reason for the home-road statistical disparity, Stanton simply said: “No.”

If a change to the Yankees’ lineup comes, it likely will arrive during the team’s four-game home series against the Toronto Blue Jays that begins Thursday following an off day Wednesday. Boone said any changes that come during the series would depend upon how the Blue Jays’ pitching matchups line up with what the Yankees want to do offensively.

Right-handers Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada and Marcus Stroman are scheduled to start the first three games of the series for Toronto.

Boone said he might alter the first five or six spots in the lineup, nfl jerseys for cheap but don’t expect him to move Stanton into the bottom tier of the order.

“He’s one at-bat away from getting it locked back in, and then the last thing you want is him down in the order getting pitched around,” Boone said. “He’s too premier of a player, and an at-bat away, in my eyes, from locking it in.”

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Rangers fire Alain Vigneault after missing playoffs for first time since 2009-10

The announcement came after the Rangers closed out the season with a 5-0 loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia, finishing 34-39-9 and missing nfl jerseys for cheap the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

New York also finished last in the Metropolitan Division with 77 points.

The Rangers said they will begin searching for his replacement immediately.

The Rangers declared in a letter to fans before the NHL trade deadline that they were “reshaping” the team, which would bring an infusion of youth and would include some trades involving veteran players. They dealt captain Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to the Tampa Bay Lightning, forward Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins and Michael Grabner (their top goal scorer at the deadline) to the New Jersey Devils.

GM Jeff Gorton told ESPN in March that it was less a “reshape” than a “rebuild” for New York. “When you make a statement like everyone is available, you’re seeing what you can get for players and how that fits in to what you’re doing when you’re rebuilding,” he said.

As for Vigneault, Gorton said he would be re-evaluated. “AV’s a good coach. He’s a good man. He’s been a good coach here,” Gorton told ESPN in March. “I want to sit down with AV at the end of the year and figure out what’s best for him and what’s best for us, and where it goes. How he sees it, and how we see it.”

Clearly, the Rangers saw a different direction when it came to Vigneault overseeing a rebuild.

Vigneault won 226 games with the Rangers,cheap nfl jerseys  the third most by a head coach in the team’s history. He was hired on a five-year, $10 million contract with the Rangers on June 21, 2013, and signed a two-year extension in January 2017.

He’s the first coach to be fired in the NHL this season.

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Zinedine Zidane: Isco, Gareth Bale should not feel like Real Madrid reserves

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he hopes none of his players feel like reserves amid speculation that Isco and Gareth Bale could both again be left out of the XI for Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg at Juventus.

After a hat trick in Spain’s 6-1 friendly win over Argentina last week, discount nfl jerseys china sco said he feels undervalued at Madrid, having started just six of the last 16 La Liga games and having been benched for the Champions League round-of-16 second leg at Paris Saint-Germain last month.

He also said that playing for his country “gave him life” and that he is enjoying the confidence of national coach Julen Lopetegui, leading to talk of a £75 million move to longtime suitors Manchester City this summer.

But Zidane said at a pregame news conference in Turin that he would continue to use his big squad as he felt best, pointing out the international and club calendars were very different.

“I hope the players do not think that way,” Zidane said. “For me, there are no reserves. I have 25 very good players and will use them all. There are moments when some play more. Maybe with the national team it is different for Isco as they have eight games — and here there are 60 [and] we play every three days. That is my way of coaching.”

Bale has 11 goals in 15 La Liga games this season, with nine since Jan. 1, but he was a substitute for both Champions League games against PSG as wingers Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio were favoured by Zidane. That has led to speculation about Bale, the former Tottenham Hotspur player, returning to the Premier League.

Madrid midfielder Luka Modric said at the news conference that discount authentic nfl jerseys injuries had not helped Bale’s case this term.

“It’s been a tough season for [Bale], with injuries, but of late he’s feeling good and is on a good goalscoring run,” Modric said. “He’s got great quality and his contribution is very important for us, with his pace and ability to get in behind.”

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Bill O’Brien confident Deshaun Watson’s instincts will keep him healthy

The Houston Texans — and the rest of the NFL — found out last season that perhaps the most impressive part of Deshaun Watson’s game was his ability to use his legs to extend plays. authentic nfl jerseys cheap Now, coming off ACL surgery, Watson has to be especially smart about doing so, although head coach Bill O’Brien said he is confident in his young quarterback’s instincts to protect himself.

In six starts last season, Watson frequently made plays after the pocket collapsed and was a big part of the reason why Houston ranked 14th in the league in rushing; in seven games, Watson ran for 269 yards on 36 carries for 2 touchdowns.

Watson tore the ACL in his right leg during a practice last season on a drill in which he was simply handing the ball off to a running back — although he told ProFootballTalk this offseason that he thinks he loosened his ACL on a hit he took the Sunday prior against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Texans looked like a totally different team after Watson’s injury, with the less-mobile Tom Savage and T.J. Yates combining to go 1-8 the rest of the season. And while O’Brien has said the team needs to be smart about protecting Watson, who also tore the ACL in his left leg during his freshman year at Clemson, he also knows he can’t change a huge part of Watson’s game out of fear.

Part of the reason why O’Brien and the Texans can feel that way is because the head coach thinks Watson has “a knack for sliding and for ducking out of bounds” before he takes a hit.

“He has a really good instinct for maybe gaining the 5 or 6 yards and then going down before he takes the shot,” O’Brien said. “That’s a big thing that young quarterbacks usually have a problem with. nfl jerseys for cheap He seems to have an instinct for being able to stay out of harm’s way.”

Although Watson has good instincts to protect his body, O’Brien said the coaching staff has gone over being smart outside the pocket with the 22-year-old.

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Bucks win in overtime despite offensive dysfunction late

Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best basketball players in the world. authentic nfl jerseys cheap Yet he did not touch the ball in the final 35 seconds of regulation and several possessions in overtime during the Milwaukee Bucks’ 124-122 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center.

That is inexcusable.

On a night when the Bucks should be celebrating the fact that they are on the verge of clinching a playoff berth after consecutive wins on back-to-back nights over the Golden State Warriors and the Lakers, Friday night’s victory, and the way in which it transpired, offered another reminder of just how much work the organization has to do in the offseason — in finding the right coaching staff to help Antetokounmpo grow and creating the proper roster composition to allow that growth to be achieved.

Antetokounmpo is too dominant of a player, even on an off night when he was 8-for-20 from the field and struggled to find a rhythm early, to ever go through stretches late in games where he isn’t touching the ball. He didn’t even have a point, assist or turnover in the final 2:18 in regulation. When asked if his teammates had to do a better job finding him late in games, Antetokounmpo demurred, but his answer should scare the Bucks front office about the short-term future.

“A better job?” Antetokounmpo said. “I wouldn’t say that. I asked for the ball. [Eric] Bledsoe wanted to take a shot and then Khris [Middleton] wanted to take the shot, so I always trust my teammates and if they feel like they can execute in those moments in the game I’m just going to trust them and hopefully they end up well. We got the win, that’s all that matters. And I trust my teammates they’re going to find me when it matters the most.”

Yes, Bledsoe scored 39 points, including outscoring the Lakers by himself 11-10 in overtime and knocking down seven of his 12 three-point attempts. But there were far too many possessions late where Bledsoe didn’t look to pass and there was little to no ball movement. More important, it’s not Bledsoe’s team — nfl jerseys for cheap it’s Antetokounmpo’s. Antetokounmpo is the 23 year-old superstar and face of the franchise. He’s paid to deliver — and has multiple times this season — in exactly those kinds of moments. If he wants the ball, he should get it.

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Cubs front office gets last laugh in prank war with Tommy La Stella

The Chicago Cubs’ front office may have just had the last laugh in an ongoing prank war with back-up infielder Tommy La Stella after team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer had first baseman Anthony Rizzo record a wholesale nfl jerseys message that was played on the video board during the Cubs’ sold-out spring game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

Rizzo implored the crowd to help find a “life partner” for La Stella while making fun of him for not being very social and having poor hygiene.

“Tommy is really, really lonely,” Rizzo said. “It’s really kind of sad. He’s desperate and really needs to find a life partner. We want to help Tommy find love.”

The front office got the last laugh by showing a graphic of La Stella’s real cell phone number minus the last two digits. They ended the video with a lasting message.

The prank war began early in spring when La Stella parked in Epstein and Hoyer’s private parking spots at the Cubs’ practice facility, then escalated when the front office replaced La Stella’s uniform with office attire. La Stella was forced to wear khaki pants during infield drills one day. nfl jerseys from china He promptly cut the pants with scissors to give him more room in the crotch area.

A few days later La Stella had a bouncy house for kids blown up and put in the execs’ parking spots before the front office retaliated on Friday.

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Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith’s contracts side-by-side: Who did better?

The Minnesota Vikings are firmly in a Super Bowl window, with a talented roster they felt needed an upgrade in one area: quarterback. The Washington Redskins want to enter that same window, which meant they needed a quarterback who could afford them one key thing: cap room to build.

Those feelings are reflected in the contracts handed nfl cheap jerseys out to Kirk Cousins (Minnesota) and Alex Smith (Washington). It’s hard to not compare their deals because the Redskins essentially replaced Cousins with Smith.

However, the Redskins never wanted to pay a certain amount for Cousins, knowing they needed more around him to make it work. Their comfort level ended at about $23 million per year — or $5 million less per year than what the Vikings gave Cousins. And once the tag was used in the 2016 offseason, Cousins was a long shot to sign a long-term deal.

Minnesota, though, was one game from the Super Bowl and has a deep core that should be together for the next several years. A quarterback — even one ranked by some in the 10-15 range — could make the difference. As such, the Vikings were willing to pay more than just about any other team, aside from the cap-rich and desperate-for-QB-help New York Jets.

Smith’s contract is expensive up front in terms of cash flow and shows the staggering investment Washington has made in the position over a three-year period. However, it also puts the Redskins in a favorable cap spot at quarterback over the next few years — provided Smith plays well, of course.

At the end of this coming season, the Redskins will have spent $84 million the past three seasons for their starting nfl jerseys cheap china quarterback. That includes the $27 million signing bonus for Smith and his $13 million base salary this season. It also includes the $44 million in guaranteed money with two franchise tags on Cousins. The Redskins didn’t want to pay Cousins’ three-year, $58.5 million in guaranteed money at the end of the 2015 season.

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How the Vikings crushed free agency

Rick Spielman’s office inside the Minnesota Vikings’ palatial new headquarters looks out over 360,000 square feet of Kentucky bluegrass that last week was blanketed underneath a dense layer of snow.

The sprawling landscape, soon to be the team’s four outdoor practice fields,cheap nfl authentic jerseys  offered an oasis during one of the craziest weeks of the year, a place Minnesota’s general manager could go for a brief respite and minute of clarity among franchise-altering negotiations.

When he wasn’t corralling free agents with the team owners’ private jet or hosting deal-closing dinners, Spielman didn’t venture far from this space, bouncing between his quarters and those of salary-cap master Rob Brzezinski, assistant GM George Paton and the coaches down the hall. This is where he and his front-office team crushed some of the biggest home runs during the first wave of free agency.

The story behind how the Vikings landed Kirk Cousins, the quarterback they believe is the missing piece to this franchise’s quest for its first Super Bowl title, really began two years ago. It’s best explained by how $53 million in cap space not so magically appeared ahead of the 2018 free-agency period, priming the Vikings to strike on a paradigm-shifting deal and still have money leftover to make other power moves — including one that led to defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson’s signing.

But how everything fell into place in a couple of days last week is a byproduct of the franchise refusing to hold anything back when juggling multiple deals at the same time, thriving amid the chaos the front office had meticulously planned as it crafted a strategy to reshape its roster.

“If you don’t get up there and swing at the plate, you’re never going to get a hit,” nfl cheap jerseys Spielman said. “You’re always trying to — I don’t want to say take calculated risks, but you can’t just stay still.”

The Vikings gambled big, and it led them to win free agency. Spielman took ESPN on the journey that redefined his franchise.

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Bonds refused to be less than the best

Dennis, for some reason, hung around the clubhouse every day, needling Bonds’ teammates and talking to reporters. Barry rarely talked, Dennis rarely stopped, and whenever Bonds would turn a corner and see Dennis holding court, he would reflexively say “Shut up, Dennis.” cheap nfl jerseys Those of us who covered the team removed the comma and referred to him, with a mixture of endearment and sympathy, as Shut Up Dennis.

At the time, Dennis’ presence was seen as an amusing branch of Bonds’ odd personality, but over the years, the Dennis episode has acquired a deeper meaning. Crazy as it sounds, Bonds needed this. He needed the validation that came with Dennis and his cap and his black suit and his long car parked across three spots out in the lot. It created the stratification necessary to signify his status. Hey, anyone else in here have one of these?

There’s a power dynamic within any relationship: pitcher-hitter, player-manager, reporter-subject, employer-chauffeur. Bonds had to dominate each one, but that doesn’t begin to cover it. The dominance couldn’t simply lie below the surface, latent, an understanding between parties. No, it had to be explicit, openly stated, faceup on the table from the beginning of each encounter.

The act of assigning legacies is among the most tired of sideline endeavors. There’s nothing official, no consensus, nothing trademarked and accepted as truth. A Giants fan has a different opinion than a Dodgers fan. Someone who believes PEDs soiled America’s sacred game won’t agree with someone who shrugs and says everyone was doing it. But even those with a moral objection to PEDs would have to admit it was a hell of a lot of fun to watch Bonds hit bombs. His legacy is up to you, knock yourself out, but I know this: The best baseball player I ever saw was Barry Bonds, and the best baseball season I ever witnessed, in terms of sustained excellence and everyday astonishment, was Barry Bonds in 1993.

The numbers — .336, 46 homers, 123 RBIs, 1.136 OPS — represent nothing more than residue, cheap nfl authentic jerseys the shavings left after the felling of a tree. He played as if forced to prove the same point night after night, and he did it with a savage flair that made sure everyone knew exactly what was being proved, and by whom. It was a six-months-long siege, and despite all the dominance that came afterward, it stands alone — in my mind, anyway — as the singular achievement of his career.