6) Im not sure how good it makes them, but after the Chicago White Sox answered their four biggest needs by signing closer David Robertson, designated-hitter Adam LaRoche and left fielder Melky Cabrera, and by trading for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, has any major league baseball team done better in rebuilding for 2015?7) Wasnt it good of Aaron Rodgers to take the blame for the Green Bay Packers loss in Buffalo? I thought he might complain about the weather--too warm.8) Heres a storyline to follow, and a juicy question if it comes to this--if the Buffalo Bills are alive with a playoff chance when they close the regular season at New England, and if the Patriots have clinched home-field advantage in the AFC, is it likely or unlikely that Bill Belichick would give Tom Brady the day off?9) Do you wish to delve deeper into the formula for a playoff appearance by the Bills? Heres their road map to the AFCs second wild-card spot--Buffalo closes with wins at Houston and Brady-less New England to finish at 10-6, Pittsburgh and Baltimore claim two of three remaining playoff berths and the Bills, at 10-6, wind up ahead of Cincinnati, Kansas City and San Diego. The Bengals are in tough against Denver and the Steelers, and since the Chiefs and Chargers play each other, just one of them can get to 10 wins. If neither does, and the Bills do, Buffalo is in.10) With the Toronto Maple Leafs now contending for the lead in the NHL East, this question comes to mind: How long has it been since the Leafs opened a playoff series at home? It is more than a bit interesting to note that it has been long enough to see five of the Toronto players in that April 8, 2004 playoff opener against Ottawa gain induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Those five are Mats Sundin, Ed Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Ron Francis and Brian Leetch.11) Can you tell me how Mike Santorelli can play so well for the Leafs and be tied for 2nd in NHL plus-minus ratings after being traded for a fourth-round draft pick by Nashville, waived by Florida and left unsigned by Winnipeg and Vancouver?12) When the NFL season began with a crackdown on illegal contact by defensive backs, did you think they would adjust and learn to avoid penalties? You were wrong.13) Are you loyal to your pre-season picks, or do you change your mind according to the latest evidence? Last season, I picked Seattle to win the Super Bowl and never saw a reason to change. This season, I picked Denver and, while Im tempted to change, I will remain loyal, however stubborn that makes me. (I am, or was tempted to switch back to Seattle.)14) I guess you cant think like this when youre an NHL executive, but what must those in charge of the Columbus Blue Jackets say to themselves when they see Jakub Voracek and Rick Nash sitting 3rd and 9th respectively in NHL scoring?15) Do you want proof that times do change? In the NBA, during a 32-year period from 1959 to 1990, 27 NBA titles were won by the Boston Celtics (15), Los Angeles Lakers (6), Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons (2 each). In the current NBA standings, none of those teams holds a playoff spot.16) It still boggles the mind that Wayne Gretzky scored almost 1,000 more points than any other NHL player, but isnt it just as amazing that, after moving past Michael Jordan into third place on the NBAs all-time scoring list, Kobe Bryant was still more than 6,000 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?17) Did the San Francisco 49ers play in three straight NFC championship games because of coach Jim Harbaugh, or did they fail to win a Super Bowl because of coach Jim Harbaugh?18) I suppose I could have been making a mistake, but I didnt watch a minute of Johnny Manziels first NFL start. Did you? Because that would have been a mistake.19) Can you win in the NHL without a good power play? Well, for the first 18 games of this season, you could easily explain the futility of the Buffalo Sabres by pointing to the worst power play in the league. It produced only three goals. The Sabres, suddenly and inexplicably, have caught fire by winning 10 of their last 13 games. During that time, they have scored four power play goals. So thats not it.20) And finally, Sunday night was a good night to be Dallas, with the lone exception having something to do with a sport other than football and a team other than the Cowboys. Are you old enough to take this a step further, with still another "Dallas" reference? J.R. didnt last forever, either. Cody Latimer Jersey
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. -- Jerome Verrier scored once and set up two more as the Drummondville Voltigeurs downed the visiting Chicoutimi Sagueneens 5-1 on Friday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play.Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Killorns two goals and Ben Bishops 27 saves kept the Tampa Bay Lightnings home winning streak ongoing with a 4-1 decision over the Vancouver Canucks. Valtteri Filppula contributed a goal and an assist and Brian Boyle also scored in the Lightnings eighth consecutive victory at Amalie Arena, tying a franchise record set from March 17-April 8, 2006. The win kept Tampa Bay atop the Atlantic Division as it heads into the All- Star break. The penalty kill saved us tonight. Outstanding, said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. Cant say enough about how those guys killed penalties. And when shots got through, Bishop was there to make the save. Ryan Miller, who had yielded just one goal over three straight Vancouver wins prior to Tuesdays clash, surrendered three on 25 shots in the loss. Frank Corrado recorded the Canucks lone goal. We definitely had our chances, we just didnt get it going, said Miller. The game remained scoreless into the second period before Filppula broke the deadlock 6:28 into the stanza. While racing towards the Vancouver net, he collected a deflected centering pass from Steven Stamkos and redirected it past Miller from close range. Bishop protected the one-goal edge by coming up with 12 saves during the second, and the Lightning struck almost instantly in the third to extend the lead.dddddddddddd Killorn received a give from Victor Hedman along the right boards and skated uncontested towards Miller before ripping a shot over the goaltenders shoulder with just 11 seconds elapsed in the frame. Boyle made it a 3-0 game just over four minutes later with a wicked one-timer off a Brett Connolly feed, but Corrado gave Vancouver some brief life by slipping a shot between Bishops pads on a Canucks rush at the 8:09 mark. The Canucks had an opportunity to cut into the deficit further after gaining a 5-on-3 power play for more than a minute, but Tampa Bay killed off both minor penalties to maintain its 3-1 advantage. Miller was pulled for an extra attacker with still over four minutes to go, leading to Killorns empty-net tally with 2:26 left that put an end to any Vancouver comeback hopes. Game Notes The first seven wins during the Lightnings home streak all came by one-goal margins ... Hedman finished with two assists ... Corrados goal was the second of his NHL career, with the first coming against Calgary on April 13 of last season ... Vancouver went 0-for-7 on the power play, including three unsuccessful 5-on-3 situations ... Tampa Bay swept the season series, having earned a 4-2 win in Vancouver on Oct. 18, and has won four straight from the Canucks. Cheap Jerseys Store China Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Stitched Jerseys China NFL Gear
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