Evander Kane’s OT goal helps San Jose Sharks end losing skid
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Evander Kane scored 41 seconds into overtime as the Sharks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at SAP Center. Kane same into Blues zone on an odd-man rush and snapped a shot past Blues goalie Ville Husso for his ninth of the season as the Sharks closed their seven-game homestand with a 2-4-1 record. Before Kane’s goal, Logan Couture and Devan Dubnyk did what they could Monday to help the Sharks get back on track. Dubnyk finished with 24 saves and Couture scored his 13th goal of the season in the third period. Dubnyk stopped 20 of 22 sho...
The Mercury News
Les Miles is out as Kansas Jayhawks football coach after harassment allegations emerge
Kansas Athletics and football coach Les Miles have decided to mutually part ways, they announced in a joint statement late Monday. Miles, who was hired as KU’s football coach in November 2018, was 3-18 in two seasons with the Jayhawks. KU athletic director Jeff Long said a national search would start immediately for Miles’ replacement, with an outside firm to assist in the process. “I am extremely disappointed for our university, fans and everyone involved with our football program,” Long said. “There is a lot of young talent on this football team, and I have no doubt we will identify the righ...
The Kansas City Star
Matt Calkins: The Carlos Dunlap trade was a big win for the Seahawks, even if he doesn’t return
No matter what happens next, the Carlos Dunlap experience was a win for the Seahawks. Whether the defensive end ends up wearing blue and green beyond 2020, his contributions went above and beyond. On Monday the Seahawks cut the 32-year-old to clear $14.1 million in salary-cap space. And though they hope to re-sign him at a discount once he tests the free-agent market, he was a net positive for this team regardless of his future. It’s possible some were surprised by the news of Seattle releasing Dunlap given his impact on the defense last season. They saw a man who had 3.5 sacks in his first th...
The Seattle Times
Ben Frederickson: Some teams already are clashing with MLB's COVID protocols. The Cardinals shouldn't be one.
JUPITER, Fla. — As this week’s one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic's derailment of 2020 spring training approaches, Major League Baseball continues to toggle. The league has moments that show how it adapted impressively to move forward during such an unpredictable time. The league has other moments that make you wonder if some involved have learned anything at all. On Friday, for example, it was impossible to overlook the efficiency with which Grapefruit League teams steered around the quarantining of multiple Astros pitchers who were flagged for further evaluation following a potent...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dave Birkett: Can Detroit Lions count on Kerryon Johnson to be D'Andre Swift's backup in 2021?
"He’ll hold up. … There’s no issues with his durability for us.” Bob Quinn uttered those immortal words on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL draft, when reporters questioned why he traded up for running back Kerryon Johnson. Johnson was a highly productive but oft-injured running back at Auburn, and Quinn tabbed him to solve the Detroit Lions’ decades-old problems running the football early in the second round. For a minute, Quinn looked like he might be onto something. Johnson topped 100 yards rushing in his third career game, went for 158 on 19 carries a few weeks later and by early November seemed well...
Detroit Free Press
Dan Mullen confident new-look Gators’ attack can produce offensive fireworks
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The 2021 Florida Gators offense is going to be similar to Dan Mullen’s previous attacks, yet also quite a bit different. Mullen hopes while the ensemble changes, the song remains the same. The Gators put up points to the tune of 41.6 per game during 11 league contests — the most during Mullen’s dozen seasons as an SEC head coach. UF’s 41 plays of 30 yards or longer — also a Mullen personal best — were more than even Alabama’s national title-winning attack. Asked if his new offense can keep pace, Mullen said, “Let’s hope so. Let’s hope so. You need to have explosive plays to...
Jets use franchise tag on safety Marcus Maye
Being the best player on the 2020 Jets was a low bar, but someone had to clear it. That someone was Marcus Maye, who will be back on what the Jets hope is a radically improved roster in 2021. The Jets franchise tagged Maye on Monday, a source confirmed to the Daily News. The franchise tag for a safety next season projects to be around $10-11 million. Maye wants a long-term contract, as evidenced by his agent’s displeasure with the Jets last week. The two sides could still work that out at some point; teams sometimes use the tag simply to keep players from free agency before hammering out an ex...
New York Daily News
Dieter Kurtenbach: Young Giants show that the rebuild will be worth the wait
There’s a covenant teams create with their fans when it comes to a rebuild. The process is going to be long and difficult — when you’re tearing it down and building it back up, there’s no way around that — but the promise is that, in the end, it’ll be worth it. The Giants aren’t at the end yet. They’re barely past the beginning of their rebuild under Farhan Zaidi. But the signs are undeniable now — the Giants looked poised to make good on that promise. Reasons for optimism always show up in subtle ways at spring training. There’s the positive inning from a young pitcher or a developing hitter ...
The Mercury News
Dallas Cowboys finally reach long-term contract with quarterback Dak Prescott
The third time proved to be the charm for the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott. A third offseason of negotiations finally resulted in a long-term contract that will make him the highest-paid player in franchise history with one of the richest guaranteed contracts in NFL history. The team will make a formal announcement at a news conference on Wednesday. The Cowboys are giving Dak Prescott a four-year, worth $160 million deal. It includes a record $126 million guaranteed, sources said. The first three years average $42 million per year. The deal can be worth up to $164 million and th...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Matt Calkins: Is pride getting in the way of clear decision-making when it comes to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks?
Pride is in the air. That’s the word that comes to mind when I hear about Russell Wilson’s discontent in Seattle. That’s the word that comes to mind when I read reports that the front office is taking and making calls about a possible trade. That’s the word that seems to be hanging over this increasingly tense offseason debacle. Pride. And everyone needs to remove it from the equation. Pragmatism, not emotion, is what should decide Wilson’s future in Seattle. The prospect of success, not ego, is what should dictate the next few years. Unfortunately, the latter is ubiquitous in professional spo...
The Seattle Times