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Sens call up Brannstrom, 19; was in Stone deal

Ottawa Senators fans will get an early look at the key player the team received in the Mark Stone trade because the team is calling up 19-year-old defenseman Erik Brannstrom for the home game against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The Senators traded all three of their top goal scorers at the deadline in Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel.5

While the return for Duchene and Dzingel from Columbus centered on draft picks, Ottawa received a potential star in Brannstrom from Vegas. He was selected 15th overall in 2017 by the Golden Knights and is considered an elite puck-moving defensive prospect. The Knights also sent forward Oscar Lindberg and a second-round pick.

Brannstrom played 41 games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL before the trade, scoring seven goals and adding 21 assists. In five games with Belleville since the deal, he has an assist.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

The Sweden native also played for his country in the world junior championships this year and had four goals in five games.

‘It felt like home’: Steelers’ Al Villanueva returns to army base in Germany

Alejandro Villanueva knows how to maximize an offseason. He takes business classes at Carnegie Mellon University and spends time fishing in Florida and Canada.

Last month was all about savoring nostalgia from the fields of Kaiserslautern High School in Germany.

As an honorary football coach to military members as part of the USAA’s Salute to Service NFL Boot Camp, Villanueva returned to the place where his career as a U.S. Army Ranger began.

“As soon as I landed in Germany, it felt like it was home,” said Villanueva, who served in Afghanistan before working his way into the NFL. “Last time here (at Kaiserslautern) was with my dad getting my physical for the U.S. military.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

The boot camp — combining communities from Kaiserslautern military and the Ramstein Air Base — gives military the chance to train like NFL players. True to Steelers form, they trained in a light coat of April snowfall.4

Villanueva wasn’t exactly a hard-charging coach, bragging over the phone that he just threw a ball 45 yards. He oversaw the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, three-cone shuttle, receiving gauntlet and quarterback arm challenge.

But this was USAA’s first boot-camp session held on an overseas U.S. military base, which made Villanueva proud.

“It’s bridging the past and present with what I’ve experienced,” Villanueva said of his trip. “To be received by the military community here is something special.“cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Villanueva is one of the most recognizable figures in the league’s relationship with the armed forces. Every season, Villanueva honors teammates with helmet decals from various Army divisions. He pairs decals with players whose personalities match the spirit of a specific division.

He hoped to teach football in Germany while converting a few Steelers fans along the way. But that was already done for him.

“People follow sports differently, but there’s a huge massive Steelers following, which is rally cool,” Villanueva said. “I’ve seen terrible towels around here.”

Cora says Red Sox clubhouse isn’t divided

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora pushed back against recent media discussion of what could be perceived as a racial divide in the Boston clubhouse ahead of the team’s trip to the White House on Thursday.

Cora and several Red Sox players will not attend the ceremony with President Donald Trump to honor the World Series champions. The manager, speaking after a 2-1 extra-inning victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, said those absences should not be interpreted as a divided clubhouse.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“There’s been a lot of talk about what’s going on tomorrow and the clubhouse and we’re divided with race and politics,” Cora said. “Those kids went out there and played their hearts out. We know who we are in the clubhouse. I know a lot of people doubt that, but we did what we did last year and canceled the noise. We showed up every day, and we played.”5

In January, Cora was outspoken about his native Puerto Rico’s need for relief after Hurricane Maria killed an estimated 2,975 people there. At the time, Cora indicated that he would consider skipping the visit to the nation’s capital in response to Trump’s handling of the hurricane, and Cora officially announced Sunday that he would not attend.

“For everybody that’s talking about us and the situation and crushing us throughout the week — they played extra innings, didn’t give in, and they’re celebrating [reliever] Heath [Hembree] because of his first save and celebrating [outfielder] Jackie [Bradley Jr., who made a game-saving catch], and we go,” Cora said Wednesday. “There’s a group going home. There’s a group going to the White House. Friday, we get back to playing baseball.”

Among the Red Sox players opting out of Thursday’s trip are Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers, Sandy Leon, Eduardo Nunez, David Price, Christian Vazquez and Hector Velazquez. Roughly 20 other players will attend the ceremony at the White House.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“Politically, it didn’t matter who was in the White House,” Hembree said. “If I have an opportunity to go to the White House and meet the president, I’m going to go. Nobody tried to persuade me. They have their reasons why not to go.”

Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, a Venezuelan native, said, “For me, it’s not a big deal. It’s your decision. Make a choice. I’ll respect it. I don’t think that’s a big deal. If you want to go or you don’t want to go, that’s your decision.”

According to Boston.com, Rodriguez hasn’t made his intention for the White House trip known.

Harry Froling now confident of NBA capabilities

After two seasons, and 30 games, playing college basketball, Harry Froling still wasn’t sure if he was good enough to take his game to the next level.

Now, following a Rookie of the Year winning season in the NBL, Froling is confident he has what it takes to step up to the American professional level as he gets set to begin NBA workouts this week.

“I left college with doubts in my mind, like maybe I can’t do this, then I went back to Australia and going against Josh Boone, former NBA player, Shawn Long, who should be in the NBA, [Andrew] Bogut, playing in the NBA right now … I’m having good games against these guys and I’m like, I can do this,” Froling tells ESPN from Miami, where the center has been prepping for his upcoming workouts.

“It just re-sparked me and now I’m just all guns blazing. I’m super excited and giving it my all and whatever happens I’m just giving it my all right now.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap5

Froling has multiple teams interested in having him work out for them, and sources tell ESPN that he already has work outs for the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, OKC Thunder, Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs planned. His team workouts will begin on May 10, so in the meantime Froling is working with an individual trainer to familiarize himself with the American style of game.

“I’ve got to try and get in the best shape that I can, that’s one of the big things, just getting used to the pace of the game – it’s different over here to what it is in Australia,” Froling says. “I know that from what I’ve experienced in college, and with the NBA stuff, that’s a different level.”cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Although he doesn’t know what to expect from the workouts, Froling is confident that his team is doing a thorough job making sure he’ll be ready for whatever comes next at him.

“I’m just working out pretty much full on all day,” he says. “And that’s just a lot of the drills that we’re gonna do and that can be expected, of what Ronnie [Taylor, his trainer] knows that teams are gonna do in the workouts. A lot of just trying to get better.”

Bears acquire kicker Eddy Pineiro from Raiders

The Chicago Bears have acquired Eddy Pineiro from Oakland, adding another kicker to the mix to replace Cody Parkey.

The Bears sent a conditional seventh-round pick in 2021 to the Raiders in the deal announced Tuesday. Oakland gets the pick if Pineiro is on Chicago’s active roster for at least five regular-season games this upcoming season.cheap nfl nike jerseys china6

Pineiro set a school record for accuracy in two seasons kicking at Florida by making 38 of 43 field goals. Signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent last May, he was placed on injured reserve because of a groin injury prior to the season.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Parkey was let go after one rough year in Chicago that ended with a double-doink miss in the closing seconds of a playoff loss to Philadelphia at Soldier Field. The Bears have three kickers on the roster. They have not appeared in a regular-season game — Pineiro, Chris Blewitt and Elliott Fry.

Source: Patriots to sign veteran OT Veldheer

The New England Patriots plan to sign veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer to a one-year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Mike Reiss on Tuesday.

This signing, anticipated since Veldheer’s visit with the Pats last week, is expected to come after Tuesday’s compensatory pick deadline, which means the team will be able to sign a player without it affecting the compensatory pick formula (as the Patriots are projected to receive two third-round picks and two sixth-round picks).cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The news was first reported by NFL Network.

Veldheer, who turns 32 next month, provides veteran insurance behind 2018 first-round draft pick Isaiah Wynn (who is coming off an Achilles tear) and Yodny Cajuste (who is coming off a calf injury). The Patriots lost two offensive tackles in free agency — starter Trent Brown (Oakland) and backup LaAdrian Waddle (Buffalo).5

Veldheer, who was acquired by the Denver Broncos last March in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals, was a steadying influence for a Denver offensive line beset by injuries and lineup changes during the 2018 season.

He started 12 games at right tackle for the Broncos, but he also didn’t escape the team’s rash of injuries. The 10-year veteran left one game with a concussion and missed four games with a knee injury.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

He also has started at left tackle in his career, and he had one start at center while with the Oakland Raiders earlier in his career.

The 6-foot-8 Veldheer was a bit of a late bloomer. A lightly recruited prep player in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Veldheer started for four seasons at Division II Hillsdale College before the Raiders made him a third-round pick (69th overall) in the 2010 draft.

Dodgers sign former Mets catcher d’Arnaud

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed catcher Travis d’Arnaud to a one-year contract Sunday.

The New York Mets had designated d’Arnaud for assignment on April 28 and released him on Friday.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

D’Arnaud missed most of last season because of an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. He had gotten off to a slow start this season, with only two hits in his first 23 at-bats.4

D’Arnaud, 30, had signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal this past offseason to stay with the Mets and serve as a backup catcher to Wilson Ramos. He had played his entire seven-year career with the Mets, batting .242 with 47 home runs in 407 games.

He becomes the third catcher on the Dodgers’ roster, joining Austin Barnes and Russell Martin.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The Dodgers optioned infielder Matt Beaty to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday in a corresponding move.

From Dad’s speech to Drake’s embrace: Inside Vlad Jr.’s Toronto welcome

Less than 48 hours earlier, Guerrero was sitting at breakfast with his grandparents, Altagracia and Damián, imagining what his much-anticipated major league debut would be like. While he ate his breakfast, he pictured making contact with the ball in his first at-bat. He thought about his heroics in Montreal in exhibition games and how fans would be expecting more of the same, but making contact was all he wanted. “Just wait for a good pitch, make contact and don’t strike out,” he said to himself.

Major League Baseball had reached out to present him with his father’s Montreal Expos jersey to wear to the ballpark on Friday. Guerrero had the option of wearing the classic powder blue jersey, but opted for the pinstripes everyone had come to know from a legendary picture of Junior, then 5 years old, standing next to his father.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

The first person he saw in the clubhouse, which was larger and brighter than he remembered, was outfielder Billy McKinney, whose first words were, “You look really good; have you lost weight?” Guerrero gave the outfielder a bear hug as McKinney congratulated him on his promotion.5

As Guerrero headed to his locker, in between those of pitcher Clay Buchholz and catcher Luke Maile, he thought about whether there would be questions about his weight. He was very proud of losing 22 pounds, but at the same time, he didn’t care. This day, his first day in the majors, was about so much more than that.

Dozens of cameras followed his every step. When he walked out to the field for stretch, Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernandez razzed him about the attention. He laughed and took it in stride, as throngs of media captured his every move.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Guerrero spoke to his dad briefly before the game. As Senior addressed the media, Junior picked up his bat, which is the same size and weight as his father’s, 34 inches and 32 ounces, and headed to the cage. He yelled in Spanish, asking his father if he had seen Smoak, who wanted to say hello; Senior said he had.

After one of the most documented and photographed batting practices in Rogers Centre history, “Vladdy” (as he has been nicknamed by the media) made sure to stop in front of the dugout to give a hug to his grandma and introduce her to teammate Rowdy Tellez, who thanked her in his limited Spanish for all the food she cooked for them in the minors and during the spring. Doña Altagracia smiled and hugged them both goodbye.

Guerrero looked forward to some quiet time with his teammates. Inside the clubhouse, they made fun of him because of all the media attention, but there was no rookie hazing. He was ready; he knew he belonged, and always had. He felt right at home.

Eovaldi has surgery, likely to return in 6 weeks

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi had elbow surgery Tuesday to remove a loose body in his right elbow, the team said.

Manager Alex Cora said the surgery went well, and the Red Sox said in a statement that Eovaldi “is expected to make a full return to pitching within six weeks.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china5

Cora said Hector Velazquez, who is starting Tuesday’s second game against the Detroit Tigers, will take Eovaldi’s spot in the rotation for now.

When Eovaldi had similar surgery last season while with the Tampa Bay Rays, he missed two months.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

The Red Sox placed Eovaldi, 29, on the injured list Saturday. He said he didn’t experience any symptoms after his start against the New York Yankees last Wednesday, when he pitched six innings while allowing one unearned run, walking one and striking out six.

Eovaldi knew something was wrong when he could not straighten out his arm during the team’s off day in Tampa Bay.

Eovaldi signed a four-year, $68 million deal in December. He is 3-3 with a 4.08 ERA in parts of two seasons in Boston. So far this year, the hard-throwing righty has a 6.00 ERA in four starts, allowing 14 runs in 21 innings pitched, striking out 16 and walking 11.

Blazers ignore trash talk, refs to beat Thunder

With their starters heading to the bench with 40 seconds left, Game 4 in hand and a 3-1 series lead in their pocket on the way back home, the Portland Trail Blazers had an opportunity to bask in their 111-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder a little. But there was no celebrating, no trash talking, no taunting, no dunks at the buzzer. It was, as Damian Lillard said, all business from start to finish.

“After Game 3, we were in the locker room saying they lived at the free throw line and all this stuff, but Game 4, we’re not talking to nobody but ourselves,” Lillard said. “Referees can call it how they want to call, we’re just going to worry about ourselves.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“After last game, it was a big deal being made out of the back-and-forth and we weren’t emotional about it — we were just competing,” Lillard continued. “We were just passionate about the game as well. But like I said earlier, we didn’t really engage in it because our focus was our team. Like I told you guys, we’re not gonna come out here and go crazy on the referees, we’re not gonna go out here and get in any shouting matches and back-and-forths and all that stuff. We’re gonna focus on the stuff we need to focus on that’s gonna give us a chance to win the game. I was proud of how our team stuck to that.”6

Lillard, who started 0-of-6 and didn’t make his first shot until 1:15 left in the first half, cooked once again in the third quarter, finishing with 24 points on 7-of-19 shooting plus 8 assists. Guard CJ McCollum was essential in putting the Thunder away, scoring 27 on 10-of-20 shooting. A number of times, Lillard and McCollum were vocal with teammates, once pulling forward Zach Collins aside for an animated conversation after the second-year player was called for defensive three seconds.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“We’re a lot more mature than we were in past years,” McCollum said. “We can handle adversity. We understood what we wanted to accomplish tonight and we didn’t want anything to get in the way. Multiple times we had discussions about not saying anything to anyone. If they don’t have a black-and-gray jersey on, don’t talk to him. Talk to our team. Don’t talk to the refs, don’t talk to the other team. Execute our game plan and let’s get out of here with the win.”

Once again, Lillard and McCollum outplayed the Thunder’s two stars, with Paul George finishing with 32 points on 8-of-21 shooting, while Russell Westbrook had only 14 points on 5-of-21 shooting. Westbrook started hot, hitting a couple of 3-pointers early, and a pull-up jumper over Lillard in the first quarter. After he hit it, Westbrook stuck out his tongue and shot a look at the Portland bench. He was more restrained as well, but that might have had more to do with the fact he didn’t have many more opportunities to talk.