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Crosby scores goal, leads Penguins to 5-1 Game 3 over Flyers

The kitschy light-up bracelets flickered in the darkened arena and another packed house roared nfl jerseys online ”Crosby sucks! Crosby sucks!” Here’s the thing Philly fans haven’t yet accepted about Sidney Crosby over the last 13 years, he really doesn’t – and especially not against the Flyers.

Crosby matched a postseason-best with four points on a goal and three assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins silence the raucous crowd and beat Philadelphia 5-1 on Sunday for a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

”When we needed to, we made some good plays, we got some big saves and that’s what you need this time of year,” Crosby said.

It’s the path Pittsburgh took the last two seasons all the way to parade routes in June.228

Crosby, who has 93 points in 63 career regular-season games against Philly, shut up the orange-and-black die-hards with a wraparound goal off a turnover midway through the first.

Crosby had a hat trick in Game 1 and the three-time Stanley Cup champion showed no sign of easing up against his nemesis.

The Flyers haven’t won a playoff series since 2012 and pulled out all the theatrical stops in their return to the postseason after a one-year absence.

Two of the so-called fiercest rivals in the NHL have provided three lopsided games: where to buy authentic nfl jerseys Pittsburgh’s 7-0 win in Game 1 and Philadelphia’s 5-1 victory in Game 2 could about qualify as nail-biters in this series.

Game 4 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Crosby scored his fourth goal of the series in the first period, and Derick Brassard, Evgeni Malkin and Brian Dumoulin scored in the second to make it 4-0. Malkin and Dumoulin scored 5 seconds apart.

Lions coach Matt Patricia still driven by Patriots’ Super Bowl loss

Matt Patricia has been gone from the New England Patriots for two months now — Matt Patricia has been gone from the New England Patriots for two months now — nfl jersey china wholesale two months since he lost his final game as their defensive coordinator in the Super Bowl, when Philadelphia scored 41 points.

He’s the head coach of the Detroit Lions now, but that loss still seems to bother him a little.

“Coming off my last game last year, I’m not real happy right now, so the drive is real strong,” Patricia said during the team’s season ticket member summit Monday night at Ford Field. “I feed off of it. I feed off the excitement and the passion and the desire for this community, our fan base, this state to rally behind us and I’m excited.”

His response came after a question about the desperation of Lions fans to find a winner. The team has spent decades in mediocrity or worse, with one playoff win during the Super Bowl era and no division titles since 1993. The team has never reached the Super Bowl.

Patricia has multiple Super Bowl rings, a bunch of divisional titles and experience reaching the final game of the year — a place the Lions have only come within sniffing distance once, after the 1991 season when they were blown out by Washington in the NFC Championship Game.

Detroit hired Patricia after the franchise fired Jim Caldwell, who had back-to-back 9-7 seasons, saying the team needed to take the next step toward being a continuous contender. General manager Bob Quinn hired Patricia hoping that he would be the guy to finally make that happen.

On Monday, the first day that Patricia could meet with and address his team, Patricia started to get his message across. He started to explain what he’s about, what he’s looking for. Some of the players Detroit has — china nfl jersey wholesale running back LeGarrette Blount, safety Tavon Wilson — understand that from their mutual time in New England.

For most, this is a first working with Patricia. Many of them have seen what he could do, but haven’t been close to him until Monday.

“The biggest thing we’re just trying to get conveyed right now to our team, the building, all of our players is just what we’re about,” Patricia said. “What we’re going to be about next year. What I expect as a team and what I expect as an organization from a Tier 1 championship level performance.two months since he lost his final game as their defensive coordinator in the Super Bowl, when Philadelphia scored 41 points.

He’s the head coach of the Detroit Lions now, but that loss still seems to bother him a little.

“Coming off my last game last year, I’m not real happy right now, so the drive is real strong,” Patricia said during the team’s season ticket member summit Monday night at Ford Field. “I feed off of it. I feed off the excitement and the passion and the desire for this community, our fan base, this state to rally behind us and I’m excited.”

His response came after a question about the desperation of Lions fans to find a winner. The team has spent decades in mediocrity or worse, with one playoff win during the Super Bowl era and no division titles since 1993. The team has never reached the Super Bowl.

Patricia has multiple Super Bowl rings, a bunch of divisional titles and experience reaching the final game of the year — a place the Lions have only come within sniffing distance once, after the 1991 season when they were blown out by Washington in the NFC Championship Game.

Detroit hired Patricia after the franchise fired Jim Caldwell, who had back-to-back 9-7 seasons, saying the team needed to take the next step toward being a continuous contender. General manager Bob Quinn hired Patricia hoping that he would be the guy to finally make that happen.

Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes loom over Bills’ quarterback chase

The Buffalo Bills have two potentially franchise-altering decisions to make in the coming weeks.

First, general manager Brandon Beane must decide whether the Bills can and should trade up from No. 12 in the first round of the draft. Second, nfl wholesale jerseys depending on what pick Buffalo acquires and who is available, Beane must choose which top quarterback prospect is most likely to bring his team a championship — Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield.

If the Bills trade up for one of those quarterbacks, or if one falls to No. 12, their pick will be judged against the others in the group who might have been available. That choice will eventually become a large part of the evaluation by Beane, who is entering his first draft as Bills general manager after being hired last May.

But for the organization as a whole, there is more to the story.

The Bills’ potential selection at quarterback later this month must also stack up against Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, two of the quarterbacks Buffalo passed on taking when they traded the No. 10 overall pick in the 2017 draft to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs took Mahomes, who will get his chance as Kansas City’s starter this season. Watson went No. 12 to the Houston Texans and posted the NFL’s highest Total QBR (81.3) and fifth-highest passer rating (103.0) through Week 8 before suffering a season-ending knee injury in practice.

In that case, Buffalo’s decision to pass on Watson and Mahomes in 2017 — made when Beane was still with the Carolina Panthers — would do little to help the overall cause of Beane and coach Sean McDermott going forward if either Watson or Mahomes proves a superior quarterback to a 2018 selection.

It is also possible that Beane does not land one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming draft, opting or being forced to stay put at No. 12 and look to another position. That could leave Buffalo with AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman as its top two quarterbacks.

Such an outcome would not only invite questions about whether Beane’s extensive maneuvering to acquire 2018 draft selections was for naught,nfl jerseys from china but it would add to the discussion about McDermott and former general manager Doug Whaley’s decision in 2017 to trade the No. 10 pick instead of selecting Mahomes or Watson.

Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Motivation is a late-season monster

In yesterday’s “analytics advantage” section of Daily Notes, I highlighted the Thursday night game featuring the Milwaukee Bucks at the Golden State Warriors as one to watch for fantasy results. I mentioned how it was one of two games on the night featuring two teams in the playoff hunt, cheap nfl jerseys from china and that the other one (the San Antonio Spurs hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder) was likely to have a stronger defensive component and, thus, not as much fantasy production to go around.

The prediction turned out to be accurate, as the Bucks (116 points) and Warriors (107 points) combined for 223 points. Not only was that the highest combined point total of the night, but both teams individually scored more points than any of the other eight NBA teams that played on Thursday.

The Bucks are currently in the eighth slot in the East, but they still haven’t mathematically clinched the playoffs. They are only a game out of the sixth slot and still not mathematically eliminated from home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They are motivated to play, and their best player exemplifies that.

But he wasn’t the only one. Khris Middleton (23 points, 3 steals, 3 3-pointers, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), Eric Bledsoe (20 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) and Jabari Parker (14 points,nfl jerseys cheap china 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 3-pointers in 25 minutes off the bench) were all strong on Thursday as well.

The moral to the story, yet again, is that motivation is a monster at this time of year, and you can find examples to support this on a nightly basis.

Mohamed Salah saves Liverpool after slack defence struggle at Palace

Liverpool pulled it out of the fire on a controversial lunchtime at Selhurst Park and in the process, made a giant step towards guaranteeing their place in the top four.

Mohamed Salah’s 37th goal of a campaign that defies description gave them a 2-1 win six minutes from time but Crystal Palace will wonder how on earth Sadio Mane,cheap nfl jerseys from china who equalised after Luka Milivojevic’s 12th minute penalty, was not sent off by referee Neil Swarbrick in the second half after one of the clearest second yellow card offences this season will produce.

Palace were within a whisker of opening the scoring eight minutes in. Wilfried Zaha, controlling a long James McArthur pass and holding off Trent Alexander-Arnold, found himself up against Loris Karius but the goalkeeper stood up superbly and deflected his shot over.

Four minutes later, a similar break brought greater reward. Zaha, running on to Christian Benteke’s flick at a slightly wider angle, knocked the ball past Karius but was brought down as the pair met. It was a clear penalty; Karius was booked and Milivojevic converted his ninth goal — and seventh penalty — of the season.

Liverpool controlled possession but openings were scarce. When Mane appealed for a penalty of his own after turning past McArthur, he was rightly booked for an obvious dive. Just before the half-hour he was frustrated again when his back-post header was ruled out for offside. By the interval the visitors were camped in Palace’s half but only another Mane header, tipped away by Wayne Hennessey, really threatened an equaliser.

It had been a forgettable half for Mane but four minutes after the break, he found his bearings. His finish from James Milner’s driven cross was sharp but from Palace’s perspective, all too simple. Liverpool continued to apply pressure; Salah looped a volley wide but when Palace did attack, they never looked secure.

That was summed up when Benteke missed two golden chances in quick succession, blazing horribly off target both times after Andros Townsend had twice exposed sloppy defensive play. Mane was then inexplicably not booked again nfl cheap jerseys after being penalised for grabbing the ball in search of a free kick, Karius compounding Palace’s frustration by saving Patrick van Aanholt’s set-piece.

Jurgen Klopp immediately moved to replace Mane with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It was an end-to-end affair now but Liverpool’s 11 men found a winner. Salah, keeping his composure brilliantly after Andrew Robertson had drilled across goal, applied the finish and left Palace shaking their heads.

Mike Tomlin’s spring dinner schedule tips off Steelers’ draft strategy

When dining with a draft prospect around a pro day, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike cheap nfl jerseys chinaTomlin often lets the player pick the place. He figures the selection might reveal a little something about the person he’s considering in the draft.

He’s been everywhere from local barbecue spots to Red Lobster, but the food is an afterthought.

“I love getting out and meeting a young player in his environment,” said Tomlin from the NFL owners meetings at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes.

The Steelers are leaving a crumb trail spanning thousands of miles, and it just might affect the Steelers’ first-round pick for the third straight year.

Two years ago, Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert buttoned up with cornerback Artie Burns at Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach. They drafted him 25th overall.

Last spring, they dug in at The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co. in Madison, Wisconsin, with linebacker T.J. Watt and Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst. Watt went 30th overall to Pittsburgh.

Joining them at the table next week is LSU running back Derrius Guice, who will dine with Colbert and Tomlin in Baton Rouge before the Tigers’ pro day.

To be sure, sharing a meal is not a prerequisite to get drafted by the Steelers. But it can definitely help, especially because of Tomlin’s affinity for the process.
Tomlin will eat with any prospect even if they aren’t expected to be on the board when the Steelers draft — like running back Saquon Barkley, a projected top-five pick.authentic nfl jerseys Tomlin proves this by revealing he dined with cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the No. 4 pick in 2016, the week of that year’s draft. The Steelers had no chance of getting Ramsey but that’s not the point for Tomlin, who’s building a file on a player for now and for years down the road.

“It’s team building,” Tomlin said. “If you’re in our business, team building is exciting. The position is exciting. We’re all undefeated and scored upon. There’s optimism associated with that. I love getting out and meeting a young player in his environment.”

Pierre-Paul trade sets stage for more Giants moves

There is an overhaul in progress at 1925 Giants Drive. New general manager Dave Gettleman is cutting, trading and allowing pieces to walk with regularity these days. cheap nfl nike jersey It’s a necessary course of action after a 3-13 collapse that resulted in coach Ben McAdoo and former general manager Jerry Reese being fired.

The latest exile from Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur’s new regime is defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.

This move surprised even Pierre-Paul himself, according to a source. It comes just one year after he signed a four-year deal worth $62 million with $40 million guaranteed.

Those numbers are at the core of the move. Gettleman is clearing money for the future and shedding a player who didn’t really fit the team’s new 3-4 defensive scheme with Olivier Vernon also on the roster.

The Giants will have $15 million in dead money against the salary cap this year. They save only $2.5 against the cap for 2018 by sending Pierre-Paul elsewhere. It’s in the future that this move will offer its biggest benefit.

The Giants are free of Pierre-Paul’s $19.5 million cap hit next year and $17.5 million the following year. If quarterback Eli Manning comes off the books as well, the Giants will enter next offseason with financial flexibility they haven’t seen in years.

This will allow Gettleman and Shurmur to really put their stamp on the team and build a roster that fits their vision. It’s not a one-year process. Not after 3-13 with five missed playoff appearances in six years. They’re going to need two to three years to rectify some of the mistakes of the past.

The Giants don’t have a single player remaining from their 2010-13 draft classes.nike nfl jerseys cheap china  They are one of five teams, along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills without anyone remaining from those four drafts. The Giants have only one player, Odell Beckham, remaining from the 2014 draft.

Sanchez, Kane, De Bruyne, Salah: Top players must have the ball to lose it

Football has always been about statistics. The concept of a top scorer, for example, has been established for decades and yet is essentially a statistical irrelevance, nfl jerseys cheap nike given it almost always has no bearing upon the destination of a league title. That example, though, proves the statistics debate is nuanced.

It’s not about whether or not you use figures, but about what you record and how you interpret the numbers. Even the now-established idea of the assist was only formally defined in the 1990s and reliable records in this area have only been available within the last decade. Advanced metrics are starting to become commonplace, but they’re increasingly misused.

An interesting case study in recent weeks has involved Alexis Sanchez. Opta figures suggest that he’s conceded possession over twice as frequently as any of his teammates — 247 times, compared to 143 by Ashley Young and 126 by Romelu Lukaku — since his switch to Manchester United, with those numbers used as an example of his failings. But while Sanchez has underperformed, these stats are largely irrelevant in terms of demonstrating why he has struggled.

The “conceded possession” concept itself is something of a hybrid, taking into account unsuccessful dribbles and passes, as well as passes played to a player in an offside position, loose touches and even foul throws. (The latter is unlikely to impact anyone’s figures significantly, with the honourable exception of Tottenham’s Serge Aurier, who managed three in one game recently!)

There’s nothing wrong with grouping these factors together but they are considerably different:nfl nike jerseys cheap Losing the ball when attempting to dribble past someone is obviously different from losing it when attempting to play a through pass. Moreover, neither necessarily implies a turnover of possession; after being tackled the ball can run to a teammate or, after an unsuccessful pass is half-intercepted, it might run to a colleague.

Cowboys could find ‘keeping their own’ even more problematic in 2019

The Cowboys can argue that they did not want to pay the price to keep those players, which is fine, nike nfl jersey cheap but if they don’t get ahead of the market by signing players to extensions before they reach free agency, then they won’t do anything but spin their wheels in free agency.

Speaking on the team’s luxury bus from the NFL scouting combine last month in Indianapolis, owner and general manager Jerry Jones was almost gloating about the compensatory picks the team received for losing Leary (fourth round), Church (fifth round), Carr (fifth round) and Claiborne (sixth round).

Depending on what they end up doing in free agency, they could get a fourth-rounder for Hitchens in 2019. The picks help make up for the loss of proven players, and the Cowboys could use them in trades to move up in next month’s draft.

But if the Cowboys’ plan is to “keep their own,” then they could face a difficult task in 2019.

They could have as many as 12 players set to hit unrestricted free agency, including three massive pieces to their success: Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin and defensive lineman David Irving.

The Cowboys kept Lawrence on the franchise tag this year, chewing up $17.143 million of their cap space. They have until mid-July to sign Lawrence to a multi-year contract or else he will have to play this season on the tag.

Martin is set to play out the year on his fifth-year option at $9.3 million. The Cowboys have wanted to lock him up to a long-term contract since last summer, but have not been able to close the deal. An extension would free up cap space this year and lock down Martin the same way they did Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. The Cowboys will not shy away from making Martin the highest paid guard in the NFL, which is now north of $13 million per season.

The Cowboys gave Irving, a restricted free agent, the second-round tender at $2.9 million. authentic nfl jerseys Theoretically, another team could sign Irving to a massive offer sheet, which the Cowboy won’t match in order to gain a second-round pick this year, but if not, then Irving would be scheduled to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent in 2019. If Irving can put together a full season of work, then his price will be enormous.

David Price looks good in spring training debut

Making his first Grapefruit League start — and first start of any kind in a competitive environment since last July 22 — Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price gave up one hit and one walk in four innings Thursday against a Toronto Blue Jays lineup that featured only three regulars.

He established his fastball and cutter early on, nfl jerseys cheap shop then incorporated his changeup and even his curveball the second time through the batting order.

And when he was finished throwing 55 pitches (34 for strikes), as the Red Sox were still in the process of a 7-5 victory, Price praised the team for intentionally taking it slower than usual with him and fellow ace Chris Sale this spring in an attempt to keep them fresher and stronger late in the season.

“This is March 15 and I’ve never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15,” Price said. “I’ve never been this far along in spring training, even though I’ve only thrown in one game. I’m excited about that.”

Price has always been good at first impressions.108

On Thursday morning, Red Sox manager Alex Cora recalled standing on third base for Boston in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 2008 American League Championship Series at Tropicana Field when Price, 15 months removed from getting drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Rays, struck out J.D. Drew to hold a two-run lead. Price pitched a scoreless ninth inning, too, to clinch the pennant and send the Rays to the World Series.

“I saw him and was like, ‘What’s [then-Rays manager] Joe [Maddon] doing? It’s supposed to be [reliever Grant] Balfour,'” Cora said. “I was like, ‘What’s going on here?’ He looked that good. I saw him last year [in the playoffs] when he was really, really good.”

Price made a strong first impression again when he reported to Red Sox camp,nfl jersey shop china admitted he could’ve been better about the way he handled multiple confrontations with media members last season and vowed to be a better teammate.

When Price walked into the clubhouse Thursday, he wore a Nike sweatshirt with the slogan “We Need Leaders.” As he left, he paid no attention to NESN broadcaster Steve Lyons’ critique on the television broadcast of struggling lefty reliever Roenis Elias. It was criticism from Dennis Eckersley on a telecast last season that prompted Price to humiliate the Hall of Famer on the team plane.