Preds beat Stars 2-0 for franchise-record 9th straight win

The Nashville Predators talk about everything and shy away from nothing.

Right now, they have an awful lot to discuss.

Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots, Ryan Hartman scored at 5:33 of the third period and the Predators beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 Tuesday night for their franchise-record ninth straight victory.

The Predators extended the NHL’s longest active winning streak. The defending Western Conference champs also lead both the conference and the Central Division by six points, and Nashville topped last season’s point total of 94 with 16 games left.

Sheary gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead with his first of the night, finishing a 2-on-1 break with Crosby with 5:35 remaining in the period. Mrazek made a good pad save on Crosby’s initial shot. But the rebound went right to Sheary, who backhanded it in for his 13th of the season.

Sheary’s second goal from a sharp angle with 49.3 seconds left in the period put Pittsburgh ahead by two goals. Guentzel’s shot from the high slot deflected off Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning to a wide-open Sheary to the right of the net, and Mrazek couldn’t recover in time. Crosby got a secondary assist on the goal, his third of the night.

Kessel, playing in his 900th NHL game, opened the scoring with 1:25 left in the first period on the power play on assists from Malkin and Crosby. Malkin set the goal up with a perfect pass across the crease, and Kessel converted the easy finish with a forehand shot for his 28th goal.

Swiss No. 1 pick Nico Hischier and the Devils will wrap up training camp in Europe and tune up against SC Bern in Switzerland on Oct. 1. Homegrown star Leon Draisaitl and the Oilers will face Kolner Haie in Cologne on Oct. 3, Germany Unity Day.

The games at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena showcase two Finnish stars: Jets winger Patrik Laine and Panthers center Aleksander Barkov.

In addition to the games in Europe, the NHL is expected to again play exhibition games in China after going there with the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks last year.

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As you can see, Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson (No. 39) was in the middle of two Patriots players, so the official comes over to break them up before anything happens. Patriots offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (No. 71) appears to say something along the lines of I wasn’t talking trash, so the official didn’t throw a flag on him.

The officials did play a big role in the game, though. The Jaguars received six penalties for 98 yards while the Patriots escaped without a penalty on offense or defense. We’re not saying there was anything nefarious going on, but the Jacksonville players definitely took notice.

The good news for him is the Birds are going to the big game in Minneapolis against the Patriots. They routed the Vikings 38-7 in the NFC championship game.

The day I signed, I get a call from the owner — and they don’t have to do that. That’s really cool. And from the top down, that trickles down, just the attitude and the character, and just the culture they have around here is awesome.

Winning makes any culture better than most, especially for a career backup who becomes the one leading the surge of success. There’s no guarantee, even with Keenum’s 2017 — 325-of-481 passing, 3,546 yards, 22 touchdowns, seven interceptions — the quarterback is even wanted back in Minnesota, especially after Sunday’s disaster.

The Eagles last appeared in the conference title game following the 2008 season, when they lost to Kurt Warner’s Cardinals. The Vikings are in the playoffs for just the third time since Brett Favre led them to the NFC championship game in 2009.

If there’s one thing Bill Belichick and his Patriots coaching staff do better than any other team, it’s putting together a solid game plan. Jacksonville’s 45-42 victory in Pittsburgh was certainly an eye opener.

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The Lions are in need of backfield help, that much was obvious this season as they just missed out on the playoffs.

Former second-round pick Ameer Abdullah hasn’t developed into an every-down back and the team could look to move on this offseason. Third-down back Theo Riddick is among the best pass catchers out of the backfield in the NFL, but he struggles between the tackles.

Going into this year, I just want no excuses. I want to show guys that I’m trustworthy. That on third-and-1, fourth-and-goal, goal line or whatever the case may be, first down, second down, third down, that they can leave me out there.

The Lions looked elite at times this season, while other games left something to be desired either offensively or defensively. One thing that never looked right was the run game. Some of that can be attributed to the myriad of injuries suffered across the offensive line, but the Lions need a quality starting running back in order to reach their full potential.

I was really surprised that it lasted that long, the older brother of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr told San Francisco’s 95.7 The Game on Monday. They had some success two years ago, so I think that really helped. But their defense had been struggling for the last couple years. He was brought in to fix that. And I think what Derek and what the offense probably bought that staff and bought those guys a little bit of time.

Derek Carr had a great season for the Raiders in 2016, but the team regressed the next year and it was clear his development was at a crossroads. He needed someone to take him to the next level and Oakland decided new head coach Jon Gruden was its man.

Oakland’s 23rd-ranked defense made the decision even easier.

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Heath Farwell meeting with Panthers, source says; may be next to leave Seahawks

Heath Farwell has spent six of the past seven years playing or coaching special teams in Seattle. Those days may be coming to an end.

Farwell could become part of an across-the-board staff shakeup by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll including the firing of both coordinators (Darrell Bevell, offense; Kris Richard, defense) following a 9-7 finish in 2017 that marked the end of Seattle’s five-year playoff streak.

New England will serve as the home team and has the choice to decide which jersey to wear. The Patriots are 3-0 dressed in white in Super Bowls under coach Bill Belichick and teams that have worn white have won 12 of the last 13 championships, according to ESPN.

I’m more comfortable with this than what I’ve been seeing, Larranaga said of the tempo. The talent that we have is more suited for an open-court game than it is a prize fight, a football game in the paint.

N.C. State: The full-court, attacking style brought by Keatts had already led to wins against a pair of No. 2-ranked teams — Arizona in November, Duke earlier this month — as well as a win against then-No. 19 Clemson. But N.C. State’s defense wasn’t up to the challenge of slowing Miami’s refocused offense, including allowing several wide-open lanes to the rim.

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NFL rejects ‘Please Stand’ ad for Super Bowl 52 program

It’s been quite some time since players kneeling during the national anthem prior to a NFL game has made headlines, but as Super Bowl 52 draws closer, there has been controversy surrounding an ad that reads Please Stand.

McCarthy explained the NFL tried working with the organization to consider different wording options, but couldn’t reach an agreement as production of the programs was delayed.

We looked to work with the organization and asked it to consider other options such as ‘Please Honor our Veterans,’ McCarthy said. They chose not to and we asked it to consider using ‘Please Stand for Our Veterans.’ Production was delayed as we awaited an answer.

The protests began during the 2016 season when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem to protest racial inequality. The protests carried into the 2017 season with more players following Kaepernick’s lead, fueling a firestorm among some fans.

Right there enjoying it all was former NBA star and current broadcaster Charles Barkley, a longtime Eagles fan. NBC 10 Philadelphia reporter Aaron Baskerville caught up with Barkley amid the pandemonium after the game. After praising the Eagles for a couple of minutes, Barkley and the reporter decided to call it a wrap, with Barkley joking, I’m tired of you now, I want to go finish getting drunk.

You can’t blame Barkley for being excited about the Eagles’ big win. A longtime star with the 76ers, Barkley admitted that Philly has always been an Eagles city.

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So if somebody else takes over at Green Bay, then it’s either a big name or somebody Rodgers essentially hand-picks.

That would put intense pressure on both, but it’s not more than what McCarthy faces heading into 2018.

Ditto for Thompson. Have the Packers made enough improvements? Sporting News offered five suggestions in the aftermath of last year’s loss to the Falcons, and the only significant change came in the running game. Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones give the Packers a youthful 1-2 punch for the future, but that’s about it. The Martellus Bennett signing was a disaster. The pass defense is the same-old mess.

He’s just a fun-loving guy. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, doesn’t take life too seriously, Steve Jordan said. But this game of football, particularly now, he’s definitely taking that serious. And he’s really focused, and I like that.

The younger Jordan considers the Phoenix area his home, as he says, because that’s where he had his first kiss and learned how to drive. He doesn’t get all that nostalgic about returning to Minneapolis.

Even though a single player rarely has significant impact to the success of NFL team over the long-term, this season we have seen that injuries or suspensions to players such as Aaron Rodgers and Ezekiel Elliott have derailed strong teams. Wentz has became a star with his play this season, and replacing him won’t be easy for Foles. The next three weeks will have a major impact on how the Eagles fare in the postseason.

Each week, AccuScore will update its 2017 NFL postseason forecast by simulating the remainder of the NFL season 10,000 times to predict win totals, division winners and probabilities of reaching the playoffs on the road to Super Bowl 52. Below are the probabilities and Vegas odds of making the NFL playoffs and how they have changed.

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There were plenty of issues on that side of the ball.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension obviously hurt. Wide receiver Dez Bryant dropped some passes he’d normally catch.

Quarterback Dak Prescott, coming off a great rookie season, seems to have regressed. Prescott, who was only intercepted four times in 2016, has 13 so far in 2017. Nine of those have come in the past seven games when the Cowboys have really struggled.

When we can, we will improve personnel-wise. The draft lets you have a good spot to do that, Jones said, via SportsDay. You can do some things with your budget or you can do things with the financial aspect of it, reallocate some dollars. This is going to give us a good chance to do that this year.

Bryant has constantly been calling for the ball this season and yet he has caught just 66 passes for 814 yards and six touchdowns. Those are career-lows for seasons in which he has played at least 15 games.

Ezekiel Elliott couldn’t solve Dallas’ offensive issues after returning from a suspension Sunday. The Cowboys need a healthy Bryant and re-focused offense to return to prominence next season.

Dez Bryant said he has not been healthy the past two months, saying he has been dealing with and playing through tendinitis. He has not been listed on the injury report and not missed practice. He said he has tried to be a warrior.

It’s tough to describe right now, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said of the loss. It’s a hell of a college football game. You know, an epic Rose Bowl game.

The Bulldogs will play Alabama on Jan. 8 fin an all-Southeastern Conference national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, about 70 miles from their campus. After Georgia made its first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1943 a heart-stopping success, the Bulldogs will play for their first national title since 1980.

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Facing the Spurs is tough enough, no matter the circumstances.

Now imagine that it’s your third game in four days and your fifth game in eight days. Imagine that it’s the second of a back-to-back set and that after hosting the Grizzlies you’ll fly east from Denver for San Antonio — losing an hour in the process — to face the Spurs less than 24 hours later. Now imagine that the Spurs will enter this game with a one-day rest advantage. Imagine all that, and it’s not hard to understand why the Nuggets might well be barbecued in this matchup.

So far, the Lakers have been committed to Walton as their coach and have not shown any signs of turning away from him anytime soon. While Ball’s criticisms may be valid in some places, organizations don’t fire coaches because a player’s father complains.

Walton will be just fine. Magic Johnson is on his side — that’s all that really matters. Has he been perfect? Of course not. But he’s still learning, too. He’ll figure it out eventually, but it’s way too early to cut him loose.

Touchdown, Steelers . Ben Roethlisberger leads Pittsburgh on an eight-play, 69-yard drive that ends with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers. Roethlisberger completed four pass of 10 yards or more on the drive. New England and Pittsburgh are now tied 7-7.

Between Gasol, Conley, Parsons, Wright, Green, and McLemore, you have invested nearly $93.7 million in just this season alone. These are your six highest paid players, and only two of them have played more than 600 minutes. Compare that to Tyreke Evans, Dillon Brooks, and James Ennis III’s combined roughly $7.3 million, all of who have played well over 800 minutes (and in the case of Brooks and Evans well over 1,000) and you see the problem. Those who were supposed to be the best and most consistent players for Memphis, for one reason or another, have not been. Their failures, and all the explanations behind them, have created an imperfect storm of irreparable harm to a roster that needed everything to go right to compete.

But the opposite has happened. It has all gone to hell. Now the Grizzlies and their fans must deal with the realities that this presents.

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Ben Roethlisberger holds no grudges toward James Harrison, but not all Pittsburgh players feel the same.

While speaking to reporters Wednesday, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey slammed the veteran linebacker for signing with the Patriots following his release.

If there was any doubt Curry wasn’t his old self, a play late in the second quarter reminded fans of just how special he is. Curry passed the ball to Zaza Pachulia along the baseline and then ran behind the big man. Pachulia, without looking back, bounced the ball between his legs to Curry, and with the flick of his wrist, the sharpshooter quickly got the shot off and drained a corner 3-pointer. Many of the fans in attendance at Oracle Arena jumped out of their seats.

That was the zest the Warriors’ offense had been missing for most of December. After the first two quarters, Curry recorded 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from downtown in 14 minutes.

Currently, the Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans are going to the playoffs as a AFC wild card teams. The Ravens have 80% probability to keep that position, as they host Cincinnati and a win will ensure a postseason berth. For Tennessee, their postseason probability has dropped with their three consecutive losses and is now down to 52%. They still control their own destiny because the home win over the Jacksonville Jaguars is enough for a postseason berth in Tennessee.

Bourque had cups of coffee with the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins — 51 total games, during which he had two goals and six assists. He saw some time in the KHL and the Swiss league. When he plays his first game for Team USA in Pyeongchang, he’ll have played more Olympic games than Stanley Cup playoff games during his 13-year hockey career.

So you have the talented kid who can’t match the accomplishments of his father; you have a journeyman who couldn’t break through and stay in the big leagues (and because of that, ironically, he’s eligible to play in the Olympics); and you also have a pro player who is trying to become more than a punchline for a on waivers … again joke.

You have the kind of backstory that melts away the minute Chris Bourque scores a game-winning goal in a medal-round game for the United States — quite the Hollywood ending.

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Jones’ declaration (which I will be surprised if more NFL owners don’t also eventually make) was bound to happen.

It was only a matter of time before Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said what he said on Sunday: That if anyone on his team “disrespects the flag, then we will not play.”

Jones’ declaration (which I will be surprised if more NFL owners don’t also eventually make) was bound to happen. It was inevitable that least one of these head honchos would soon have had enough of players protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling or raising a fist while the national anthem plays before games. And it was not shocking that Jones was the first to do so.

Of course, the Colts still have plenty of flaws and head coach Chuck Pagano’s job security remains an open question. The only teams the Colts have beaten this year (49ers, Cleveland Browns) are a combined 0-10. They got walloped by the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks and couldn’t beat an Arizona Cardinals team missing David Johnson.

With the AFC South down this year (the Jacksonville Jaguars, at 3-2, are alone in first place), there remains a slight chance that Luck can ride in on a white horse and save Indy’s season. However, the Colts are running out of time and haven’t proved that they can beat any teams of note. Things won’t get any easier this week with the Titans slowly getting healthy again.

New England has won 10 of its last 12 games against its division rival, but the Jets have found a way to give the defending Super Bowl champions fits. Since 2013, seven of the eight games between these teams have been decided by seven points or fewer. The only blowout was last season’s meaningless Week 16 rout that pushed the Jets closer to the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Rollins left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. So did Kentrell Brice.