Lightning’s Steven Stamkos won’t return until he’s 100 percent

Steven Stamkos doesn’t know when he’ll be back on the ice.

With only 10 regular-season games remaining for Tampa Bay, the Lightning center and captain knows his window of opportunity to return is beginning to close. Despite his ambition, he stands firm that he won’t push himself to play until he’s fully healthy.

“When I’m 100 percent, I’ll be back,” Stamkos said, via “Obviously you hope that’s sooner rather than later, but I have no control of the healing that goes on and the process. The timing and the conditioning and all that stuff; there’s so many factors that come into play when you’ve been out as long as I have.”

The USA’s best players nearly didn’t even compete in the 2017 tournament. With the tone of negotiations contentious, USA Hockey reached out to younger and lesser-caliber players to fill the roster. But a deal was struck March 28, three days before the puck dropped.

Under the new agreement, U.S. women’s hockey players earn more than $70,000 during non-Olympic years and as much as $129,000 in Olympic years, and also get perks like flying business class and staying in quality hotels, the AP notes.

“I’m so proud of this team for performing the way we did after battling the way we did off the ice,” said U.S. captain Meghan Duggan. “A lot of history was made.”

Friday’s gold medal victory marks the fourth straight Cheap Jerseys 90 world championship for the U.S. women.

Their sights are now set on the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. While the USA has beaten Canada in eight of their last 10 meetings, their neighbors to the north got the Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike better of the Americans at the 2014 Games in Sochi, beating them 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game.

Penguins’ Tom Sestito suspended after penalty-filled promotion: ‘He wasn’t called up to dangle’

The Penguins’ pre-game promotion of career enforcer Tom Sestito from the AHL ranks Wednesday was about as transparent as could be, considering their opponent, the Jets, were NFL Jerseys China intent on settling unfinished business from a chippy meeting earlier in the season.

The juxtaposition of the two — Shaw, a fourth-line forward, suspended with his team trailing in the series 3-1, and Getzlaf, a star player, fined with his team tied 2-2 — sent the message that the NHL would hold its players to a conduct standard, but maybe not at the expense of impacting the outcome of a playoff game.

More recently, it was reported Dallas’ bid for the 2018 NFL Draft could be in jeopardy should the state’s lawmakers pass the proposed “bathroom bill.”

But if the NHL was to act now, it would delineate that the discrimination being proposed in this legislature is unacceptable and the league will not conduct its business in any environment that promotes exclusivity.

While the Stars took the first step in using their platform and reach to speak Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys up against a discriminatory bill that, in its current form, is harmful and hate-inspired, the NHL can act next. And the league is vocally aware of the situation: On Wednesday, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Sportsnet, “We strongly oppose the bill in its original form. We hope and expect that bill in that form will not be passed into law. We would obviously have to reassess the situation in the event that happens.”

But the NHL shouldn’t wait for the outcome. Though the league recently announced Dallas will host the 2018 draft, what would send the loudest message that hockey is for everyone and the NHL is an inclusive environment is pulling the event from Texas altogether.

Jets rookie Jamal Adams’ ‘perfect place to die’ remark riles ex-wife of CTE victim

Jets rookie Jamal Adams’ remarks Monday about CTE and how the football field is the “perfect place to die” struck many as inappropriate, especially given NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was present at the time.

In addition to the domestic incident last year, Elliott appeared on video to grab a woman’s breast during a St. Patrick’s Day parade this spring and, as recently as six days before the Cowboys left for camp in California, he allegedly was involved in an altercation at a Dallas bar in which a man’s nose was broken, The Morning News reported, citing an unidentified source.

“He’s going to make a lot of plays for us,” cornerback James Bradberry told “I saw him make a move on Luke (Kuechly) and a lineman today. He made a pretty sharp cut. I gave a little ooh-aah when he did. He looks pretty sharp.”

Kuechly, the Panthers’ All-Pro middle linebacker, admitted Cheap Jerseys Authentic McCaffrey burned him on that move.

“He’s quick. He’s got shake. He’s fast,” Kuechly Cheap Jerseys America told “He got me today on one run, but luckily Thomas (Davis) was right next to me. He’s very precise with his movements. He is in and out of breaks quick. He does a good job, and I think he is going to be somebody who can help us out.”

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said players have been coming up to him to talk about McCaffrey’s ability.

“A lot of our guys like what Christian is going to bring to the table,” Rivera said. “When guys come up to you and make comments about a guy’s ability, that’s fun. Guys come up and tell you, ‘This guy can be special, Coach.’ We’re seeing it, and hopefully you continue to see it.”

Two NFL players sued over $9,332 nightclub bill

Lions defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson and Buccaneers offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch are being sued over a $9,332 bar tab at a Hollywood night club.

Robinson and Benenoch were invited by Richard Harrington to Hyde nightclub in March and racked up the four-figure bar tab. But when it came time to pay the bill, each player’s credit card was declined. Harrington agreed to pay the bill, as long as Robinson and Benenoch paid him back.

In the lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports and later acquired by ESPN, Harrington claims each player sent him $2,000, but left him with the remaining $5,332.

Brady, who has consistently led merchandise sales and finished in the top three nine times over the last 13 quarters, led the competition in drinkware, T-shirts, socks and pet apparel, according to ESPN.

While Elliott and Prescott each dropped a spot, wide receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten finished at No. 6 and No. 10, respectively, to give Dallas four players in the top 10.

A couple of new additions to the list include Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, whose sales have skyrocketed since the former Seahawk came out of retirement to play for his hometown team, and Steelers rookie running back James Conner.

Meanwhile, Rams running back Todd Gurley, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly dropped out of Cheap Ireland Jerseys the top 25, though Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys they still remained in the top 30.

Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams to miss training camp with back injury

The Chargers announced Sunday that first-round draft pick Mike Williams is expected to miss all of training camp with his lingering back injury.

The former Clemson wide receiver will instead spend camp trying to rehab the injury.

According to the team release, Mike saw our doctors yesterday and he will continue to progess on Dr. Robert Watkins’ plan. He will rehab and strengthen his back and is not expected to practice during training camp.

Williams suffered a herniated disk in his lower back during the first practice of rookie minicamp in May.

The Chargers had already placed Williams on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Saturday.

Williams’ injury has been the source of much speculation this summer, with conflicting reports saying he will, or will not, require surgery to repair the injury.

The Patriots and Colts were both undefeated when they met in Week 9 of the regular season, setting up one of the most anticipated mid-season games in league history. Indianapolis had gotten the best of New England in the previous year’s AFC Championship, but Belichick had reloaded his roster by adding standouts like Moss, Welker, and Donte’ Stallworth in a quest to return to the Super Bowl.

Moss in particular, stood out this Sunday. The Cheap Game Jerseys future Hall of Famer had nine receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown as Brady Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys led his team back from a 20-10 fourth quarter deficit to send Indianapolis fans home disappointed.

Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates being blocked from LaDainian Tomlinson’s Hall of Fame induction

Two of LaDainian Tomlinson’s former teammates with the now-Los Angeles Chargers are being blocked from attending the running back’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday.

Two sources told Sporting News that new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn is insisting that quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates instead participate in the team’s first training camp session at the StubHub Center. One source said Gates is considering going, anyway, even if the trip draws a fine.

Instead he missed the entire year and people had to find ways to make up for the 15 or so points they expected out of him every day. Fantasy owners may be hesitant to pick him up in the first round this season, but if Saints coach Sean Payton is to believed, Peterson could be back to his old weekly dominating ways this season.

There is a rotation in camp when you have 90 players. You have a large group of running backs. The reps he is taking, though, have been impressive, Payton told reporters Thursday. Today was a pretty physical day. We did not tackle to the ground, but there certainly is a temperament to his style. You feel it.

When Peterson plays an entire season, or close to it, he Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys averages 1,518 yards and 12 touchdowns. The problem is that he has played a full 16 games just once in the last three years. If you Cheap Flag Football Jerseys plan on drafting Peterson early you have to weigh that risk.

If he’s healthy the risk is more than worth it. If he’s not then he’s all but a waste of a pick. But Payton says he’s healthy and impressive so he may be worth it.

Giants’ Ben McAdoo wants practice fighting to stop

There’s nothing wrong with some healthy competition in training camp, but the Giants seem to be getting more reps in fisticuffs than football plays.

Several skirmishes broke out during Thursday’s full-pads practice, prompting coach Ben McAdoo to address the issue.

I’m the best player in the world. That’s how I feel, Mathieu said, via

Mathieu was dominating in 2015, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors before suffering a torn ACL late in the Cardinals’ 13-3 season. He was then limited by a shoulder injury that restricted him to 10 games as Arizona went 7-8-1 and missed the playoffs last season.

Determined to make 2017 his comeback season, Mathieu is using his practice sessions at training camp to get his groove back and build his assertiveness.

It’s about gaining that confidence back in myself, Mathieu said. Believing in myself more than others may believe.

Mathieu, 25, was selected by Arizona in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft and signed a five-year deal worth $62.5 million with the team last year.

(New Raiders tight end) Jared Cook complimented you by saying you were the best young quarterback he’s ever worked with. What is his addition going to mean to your offense this year?

Carr: He takes those double teams off of Crab (Michael Crabtree) and Amari (Cooper). To have that vertical stretch down the middle, someone that can create explosive plays for us in the pass game not only on the perimeter but down the middle, in the flats, by breaking tackles and things like that бн Adding that to our offense is just Cheap Dri Fit Jerseys going help Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys those guys out.

Chicago needs movement before things somehow get uglier

Philadelphia is going to seek a first-round pick in receipt of Okafor. That’s something Chicago shouldn’t part with considering the franchise is unsure which way it’s going as the win-now optimism is quickly fading. The Bulls have Rondo and Wade under contract for another season and Butler for at least two. The team’s 25-25 record is telling that, as currently constituted, this unit will hover over the league’s middle pack. The unpredictability of where the Bulls are headed down the road, though, makes dealing away picks a dangerous game to play. Canning a first-rounder may mean losing lottery selection. And while the Sixers are under the cap and can accept a mixture of assets in lieu a pick, Chicago isn’t stocked with enough to even the difference.

Jahlil Okafor needs out of Philly fast, and that feeling is mutual. Chicago needs movement before things somehow get uglier. On paper this deal doesn’t look the right one for any party, but it’s still early. If this trade comes to fruition, it’ll likely look much different from how it appears on Feb. 3.

Early in the season, though, Jokic’s skill level was getting lost in the shuffle of the Nuggets’ crowded frontcourt, as Denver experimented with playing San Jose Sharks Cheap Jerseys more traditional, post-up center Jusuf Nurkic alongside Jokic, who Top Cheap Jerseys was at power forward. With a rotation that also included Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari, there were odd pairings and bad combinations.

But coach Mike Malone, who calls Jokic the best passing big man he’s coached, eventually inserted Jokic as the starting center. The move paid off, and looks better each night. The individual numbers for Jokic over the last nine games: 23.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, with 61.2 percent shooting from the field and 36.4 percent from the 3-point line. He’s playing just 25.8 minutes per game on the season, but as that increases, Jokic’s production is on the rise.

Clippers will acquire Danilo Gallinari in three-team trade for 3-years, $65 million

The Denver Nuggets have agreed a three-team deal including a sign-and-trade that sends forward Danilo Gallinari to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal would be a rare double sign-and-trade that also sends Paul Millsap to the Nuggets and Jamal Crawford to the Atlanta Hawks.

Gallinari’s contract will be worth $65 million over three years, according to Wojnarowski, and the Hawks would receive a future first-round pick as the third team in the trade.

“I will say Indiana could have done better than they did,” Gilbert said, unprompted, as Altman concluded his comments about trade discussions with Indiana.

The Pacers dealt George, a four-time All-Star, to the Thunder in late June in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Oladipo disappointed in his lone season in Oklahoma City and is on an exorbitant contract worth $21 million over each of the next four seasons. Sabonis averaged 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in Cheap NFL Jerseys Good Quality 20 Cheap NBA Jerseys From China minutes per game as a rookie with the Thunder, shooting just over 32 percent from downtown.

The deal came as a head-scratcher after Indiana reportedly had several more attractive offers on the table. The Celtics held a host of picks and young players, including the No. 1 pick this year and multiple potential top-5 picks next season that Indiana could have recouped in a deal. The Pacers also had a three-team offer on the table, according to ESPN, that would have sent George to Cleveland, Kevin Love to Denver, and Gary Harris, along with the No. 13 pick and other assets from the Cavaliers to Indiana.

Instead, the Pacers eventually pulled out of the deal and settled for Oladipo and Sabonis, two young players with NBA experience who project to contribute immediately as the team builds around budding big man Myles Turner.

The world would be grateful if he just disappeared into oblivion now.

More than 20 years after the murder trial, society’s attraction to celebrity hasn’t broken. The tragically-poor handling of violence against women has barely lessened. The racial atmosphere laid bare is just as toxic, if not more so over the past year. The fatal flaws of the criminal justice system are just as exposed.

But O.J. Simpson has lived and thrived in the midst of all that for half a century. There was not one sign whatsoever, on the day he got yet another reprieve, that he’s going to change now.

The world would be grateful if he just disappeared into oblivion now. Of course, he had that chance when he dodged the bullet back in 1995 — and there we all were in 2017, gripped by another performance, because he eventually went back to being O.J. And, of course, he hinted in a letter to a supporter that he might start blogging while he’s out.

Even if the spotlight finally decides to stop finding him, is there any reason to think he’ll stop trying to find it?

Who could be interested: Several teams would be in the hunt for deGrom if he was made available, including teams out of playoff contention. The Astros, after missing out on Jose Quintana, would surely be in the mix and could probably put together the best package for deGrom. But expect the Mets to hold onto their ace, especially with the fragility of their pitching staff.

Duda is having a typical Duda year, hitting for a low average with lots of power. The lefty-swinging first baseman has hit .249/.350/.543 with 17 dingers, 37 RBIs and a 130 OPS+.

But Duda has an extensive injury history and has missed 24 games this season for various reasons. As a pure rental in a limited hitter’s market that Toronto Maple Leafs Cheap Jerseys also includes Yonder Alonso, the Mets Youth Cheap Jerseys probably wouldn’t get much back in a potential deal.