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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Houston Astros
FILE PHOTO: Mar 20, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) prior to a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports – 12384288

March 20, 2019

Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and the Houston Astros went on to a 2-1 spring training victory over the New York Yankees at Kissimmee, Fla.

Astros starter Wade Miley gave up one run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings as five Astros pitchers held the Yankees to four hits on the day.

Gary Sanchez drove in the only run for the Yankees on a double in the first inning.

Braves 8, Blue Jays 7

Andy Wilkins hit a home run and drove in two runs while Charlie Culberson and Ronald Acuna Jr. each also drove in two as Atlanta won at Dunedin, Fla. Kevin Pillar and Teoscar Hernandez each hit a home run for Toronto.

Tigers 3, Phillies 1

Josh Harrison hit a home run and Spencer Turnbull pitched five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts as Detroit won at Clearwater, Fla. Bryce Harper had a single and scored the only run for Philadelphia on an Odubel Herrera ground ball.

Marlins 6, Cardinals 0

Neil Walker hit a home run and Pablo Lopez gave up just two hits over six scoreless innings as Florida won at Jupiter, Fla. Drew Robinson had two of the three St. Louis hits.

Pirates 6, Twins 5

Colin Moran had a pair of RBI singles as Pittsburgh scored all six runs over the final two innings for the victory at Fort Myers, Fla. Jonathan Schoop hit a home run for Minnesota.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Houston Astros
FILE PHOTO: Mar 20, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) prior to a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports – 12384288

March 20, 2019

Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and the Houston Astros went on to a 2-1 spring training victory over the New York Yankees at Kissimmee, Fla.

Astros starter Wade Miley gave up one run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings as five Astros pitchers held the Yankees to four hits on the day.

Gary Sanchez drove in the only run for the Yankees on a double in the first inning.

Braves 8, Blue Jays 7

Andy Wilkins hit a home run and drove in two runs while Charlie Culberson and Ronald Acuna Jr. each also drove in two as Atlanta won at Dunedin, Fla. Kevin Pillar and Teoscar Hernandez each hit a home run for Toronto.

Tigers 3, Phillies 1

Josh Harrison hit a home run and Spencer Turnbull pitched five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts as Detroit won at Clearwater, Fla. Bryce Harper had a single and scored the only run for Philadelphia on an Odubel Herrera ground ball.

Marlins 6, Cardinals 0

Neil Walker hit a home run and Pablo Lopez gave up just two hits over six scoreless innings as Florida won at Jupiter, Fla. Drew Robinson had two of the three St. Louis hits.

Pirates 6, Twins 5

Colin Moran had a pair of RBI singles as Pittsburgh scored all six runs over the final two innings for the victory at Fort Myers, Fla. Jonathan Schoop hit a home run for Minnesota.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NHL: Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils
Mar 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Brett Connolly (10) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

March 20, 2019

Brett Connolly had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Tuesday night in Newark, N.J., to move into sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson also scored for Washington. Nicklas Backstrom collected his 50th assist of the season, and Pheonix Copley made 20 saves.

Kenny Agostino scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 18 saves for the Devils, who have lost two straight.

Blues 7, Oilers 2

Jaden Schwartz capped his hat trick with a power-play goal at 18:48 of the third period as St. Louis defeated visiting Edmonton.

David Perron added two goals and an assist, and Alex Pietrangelo and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues. Jordan Binnington made 15 saves to improve to 14-3-0 in his past 17 starts.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian scored for the Oilers. Mikko Koskinen stopped 17 of 20 shots before being pulled 5:42 into the second period after the Blues took a three-goal lead. Connor McDavid failed to tally a point, ending his 12-game scoring streak.

Flames 4, Blue Jackets 2

Michael Frolik scored the winning goal in a two-point night, and David Rittich was sensational while making 31 saves as host Calgary defeated Columbus. The Flames moved three points ahead of the San Jose Sharks for top spot in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference.

While Rittich had incredible fortune on his side with the Blue Jackets ringing four pucks off iron, he was outstanding all game, including a one-sided third period in which he stopped 11 shots.

Andrew Mangiapane, Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk added goals for Calgary, which has won four of its past five games. Zach Werenski and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets.

Stars 4, Panthers 2

Alexander Radulov scored two goals, including the winner with 9:28 to play in the third period, and Tyler Seguin had four assists to lift host Dallas to a victory over Florida.

Dallas is now four points ahead of idle Arizona for the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Florida lost its second straight and is now 4-2-0 in its past six games.

Jamie Benn and John Klingberg collected the Stars’ other goals. Aleksander Barkov tallied twice for the Panthers.

Avalanche 3, Wild 1

Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves, Tyson Barrie, Tyson Jost and Ian Cole scored, and Colorado won at Saint Paul, Minn.

The Avalanche won their second in a row to tighten the Western Conference wild-card race. Colorado moved within a point of the Wild and within two points of Arizona. The Coyotes currently hold the second wild-card spot.

Zach Parise had a goal, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots for Minnesota. The Wild have lost two in a row, and they fell to 2-7-3 in their past 12 home games.

Predators 3, Maple Leafs 0

Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg scored goals, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots, and Nashville defeated visiting Toronto.

Rinne has four shutouts this season, and the past two have been against the Maple Leafs. He has 55 career shutouts.

Ryan Johansen had two assists for the Predators, who managed only 20 shots on goal but won their third in a row. Frederik Andersen finished with 17 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Bruins 5, Islanders 0

Sean Kuraly scored two goals in a regular-season game for the first time in his career, and Tuukka Rask stopped all 13 shots he faced as Boston cruised to a win at Uniondale, N.Y.

The Bruins have won two straight following a three-game losing streak. Boston allowed 15 goals in the skid but has given up just one goal in its last two games. Jake DeBrusk, Patrice Bergeron and Noel Acciari also scored for the Bruins.

The Islanders lost for the second time in three games (1-2-0). New York goalie Robin Lehner, who played for the first time since sustaining what was believed to be a concussion on March 5, made 34 saves.

Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2 (SO)

Dougie Hamilton scored on the first attempt of a shootout, and that was enough for Carolina in a victory against Pittsburgh at Raleigh, N.C.

The Hurricanes made it past regulation when Justin Williams scored the tying goal with 1:56 left in the third period after the Hurricanes opted to go with an extra skater.

Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang scored with 4:37 remaining, but the Penguins couldn’t hold on.

Red Wings 3, Rangers 2

Jimmy Howard made 41 saves, and Andreas Athanasiou scored twice as Detroit opened a five-game road trip by holding on for a victory over New York.

Howard helped the Red Wings sweep the three-game season series with the Rangers by making at least 40 saves for the fifth time this season and 21st time in his career.

Detroit’s Frans Nielsen scored in the first period, and Athanasiou tallied in the second before adding an empty-net goal in the final minute. Ryan Strome and Brendan Smith were the Rangers’ goal-scorers.

Canadiens 3, Flyers 1

Goals from Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber and Max Domi carried Montreal to a win at Philadelphia.

Andrew Shaw tallied two assists and Carey Price stopped 32 shots for the Canadiens.

Sean Couturier scored and Carter Hart made 33 saves for the Flyers, who took a second straight home loss for the first time since early January.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

Left-wing activist group Women’s March on Tuesday used Friday’s terrorist attack on a New Zealand mosque that killed 50 people to solicit donations from supporters.

Women’s March sent out a fundraising email from co-chair Linda Sarsour, who asked supporters to “give the gift of justice” by donating to the activist organization she leads.

Sarsour’s email noted Tuesday was her 39th birthday, “the age Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was when he was assassinated.”

Sarsour said “51 of my fellow Muslims were murdered in New Zealand as they prayed, killed for just being who they are,” misstating the number of dead, before going on to ask for donations to combat anti-Muslim sentiment. (RELATED: Linda Sarsour Attacks ‘White Feminist’ Nancy Pelosi)

“Will you donate $10 this month so that we can continue to stand up boldly against Islamophobia and be ready to show up for our neighbors in times of need?” Sarsour asked in the email.

(Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The New York Women's Foundation )

Honoree Linda Sarsour speaks onstage during the 30th Anniversary Celebrating Women Breakfast at Marriott Marquis Hotel on May 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The New York Women’s Foundation)

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Organizers Linda Sarsour (C), Carmen Perez (2nd R) and Bob Bland (R) lead during a ‘Day Without a Woman’ march on International Women’s Day in New York, U.S., March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

“The same ideology that inspired the Christchurch shooters inspired the Pittsburgh shooter. They were inspired and radicalized by the xenophobic and hateful rhetoric of Trump and his administration,” Sarsour continued. “Trump has declined to address whether he recognizes the rise in white nationalism that is clear for the eye to see.”

“We see things differently. I want to forge a new way. We’re building a community out of fierce love for ourselves and each other and rejecting the politics of hate and divisiveness. Our children depend on it. Our country depends on it,” she said.

Sarsour then asked supporters to “give the gift of justice” by donating to Women’s March.

Women’s March did not return an email seeking comment on the fundraising email.

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs
FILE PHOTO: Mar 3, 2019; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

March 20, 2019

Right-hander Yu Darvish allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings for a Chicago Cubs split squad in a 6-4 spring training win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday at Mesa, Ariz.

Darvish, making his return from a season-ending stress reaction in his throwing elbow to cap a disappointing first year with the Cubs, lowered his spring ERA to 2.25 through four starts. He has struck out 14 in 12 innings.

Jason Heyward and Javier Baez each went 2-for-3 to lead the Cubs’ offense. Top outfield prospect Kyle Lewis homered among his two hits for the Mariners, raising his spring average to .429.

Yankees 6, Rays 2

Greg Bird hit his third home run this spring, and Gary Sanchez clubbed two doubles as New York topped visiting Tampa Bay at Tampa, Fla. Right-hander Tyler Glasnow gave up five runs on four hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings for the Rays.

Pirates 3, Tigers 1

Adam Frazier, Corey Dickerson and Josh Bell each had two hits as host Pittsburgh held off Detroit in Bradenton, Fla. The Tigers scored their lone run on a Bobby Wilson single in the ninth.

Nationals 3, Braves 2

Collin Cowgill’s two-run homer in the ninth inning capped a three-run Washington rally past host Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla. Left-hander Max Fried drew the start for the Braves and struck out seven in five scoreless innings.

Rangers 3, Brewers 2

Right-hander Lance Lynn struck out nine in five innings, and Willie Calhoun drove in all three runs as visiting Texas trumped Milwaukee at Phoenix. Jesus Aguilar doubled in a run for the Brewers.

The following Florida games were canceled by rain:

–Blue Jays at Red Sox

–Mets at Marlins

–Twins at Orioles

–Phillies at Astros

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft arrives for the 89th Academy Awards Oscars Vanity Fair Party in Beverly Hills
FILE PHOTO: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft arrives for the 89th Academy Awards Oscars Vanity Fair Party in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo

March 20, 2019

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft can have the solicitation of prostitution charges in Florida against him dropped, but there’s a catch.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that prosecutors have offered to defer prosecution for Kraft and the two dozen other men arrested in the case, but any defendant who accepts the offer must admit that there is enough evidence to lead to a conviction at trial.

Additionally, the defendant must complete an education course about prostitution, perform 100 hours of community service, be tested for sexually transmitted diseases and pay court costs, per the report.

Kraft entered a not guilty plea in late February after being charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa in Jupiter, Fla. The 77-year-old billionaire is alleged to have twice visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in January and received sex acts in exchange for money both times.

–In an interview with Sports Illustrated, running back Le’Veon Bell said he never intended to sit out the entire 2018 season.

Bell, who recently signed with the New York Jets as a free agent, told the outlet that his original plan was to miss only Week 1 of last season. But the running back had a change of mind as events played out with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Once he realized the Steelers could again put the franchise tag on him following the season, Bell continued to sit out, and never joined the team. He became a free agent after the season and received a four-year, $52.5 million deal from the Jets.

–Coveted quarterback Kyler Murray met with Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and coach Kliff Kingsbury near the Oklahoma campus, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The Cardinals own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and the Oklahoma product and Heisman Trophy winner is under heavy consideration as he is viewed as a solid fit for first-year coach Kingsbury’s offense.

Arizona took quarterback Josh Rosen 10th overall in last year’s draft but the team’s actions involving Murray may display a willingness to move on from Rosen.

–Tempted to join his brother with the Patriots, tight end Martellus Bennett said he will instead remain retired to focus on his creative work.

Michael Bennett was acquired by the Patriots from the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this month, sparking speculation the defensive lineman might soon be joined by his 32-year-old brother, who retired after being released by New England last offseason.

–The Carolina Panthers signed defensive end Bruce Irvin to a one-year contract reportedly worth up to $5 million in an effort to boost their pass rush after the retirement of Julius Peppers. The seven-year pro has 43.5 sacks, 277 tackles, 15 forced fumbles and three interceptions.

–The Dallas Cowboys and wide receiver Randall Cobb agreed to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced. The deal is worth $5 million, according to the NFL Network. Cobb, 28, has been with the Green Bay Packers since they drafted him in the second round in 2011. He missed seven games last season due to concussion and hamstring injuries and caught just 38 passes for 383 yards and two touchdowns.

–Defensive end Robert Quinn visited the Cowboys as a precursor to a potential swap with the Miami Dolphins, but reportedly left town without a deal pending. The Dolphins are willing to pay part of Quinn’s 2019 salary to help facilitate a trade of the pass rusher, according to NFL Network.

–Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad has been cleared for pre-draft workouts after he had to leave the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month when a heart issue was found during his physical. Prior to the combine, most outlets had pegged him as a late-round prospect.

–Kicker Dan Bailey re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings, agreeing to a one-year deal with a base value of $1 million, per reports. … The Patriots have reportedly re-signed punter Ryan Allen to a one-year deal. … The Detroit Lions have signed restricted free agent running back Malcolm Brown to an offer sheet, which the Los Angeles Rams have until Monday to match, according to multiple reports.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: NFL: Pro Bowl-AFC Practice
FILE PHOTO: Jan 25, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill (10) does a backflip during AFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports – 12055388

March 19, 2019

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict was released by the Cincinnati Bengals after seven seasons, the team confirmed Monday.

“As we continue to build our roster for the 2019 season, we felt it best to give both the team and Vontaze a fresh start,” head coach Zac Taylor said in a statement.

Burfict, 28, had two seasons remaining on a $33.2 million contract extension, but releasing him results in a cap charge of only $1.8 million.

Burfict appeared in only 43 games in the past five seasons, encountering repeated head injuries — seven documented concussions — and three suspensions. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Burfict amassed more than $4 million in on-field conduct fines.

–Defensive lineman Haloti Ngata went to great lengths — rather heights — to announce his retirement.

The 13-year-NFL veteran posted a heartfelt message along with a photo on Instagram showing him standing atop Mount Kilimanjaro holding a banner that read, “I’m retiring from the NFL on top.”

“Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude. Thank you Lord for letting play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years,” read the social media post by Ngata, a 35-year-old who played for the Philadelphia Eagles last season.

–New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said that he traded star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. because the Cleveland Browns made an offer that was impossible to pass up.

“We didn’t sign him to trade him, but things changed,” he said. “Frankly, what changed is another team made us an offer we couldn’t refuse.”

The trade last Wednesday ended months of speculation that Beckham was on his way out of New York. After signing Beckham to a five-year, $95 million contract in 2018, the Giants saw their season spiral downward.

–Adrian Peterson is officially back with Washington after the Redskins announced his signing.

Multiple outlets reported last Wednesday that Peterson agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal.

Peterson rushed for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games for the Redskins last season. He signed late in training camp after Derrius Guice sustained a torn ACL.

–Free agent wide receiver Jordy Nelson will visit the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, ESPN reported.

The New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs reportedly are among other teams interested in Nelson. He became available last week when the Oakland Raiders released him following their trade for former Pittsburgh Steelers star wideout Antonio Brown and the acquisition of Tyrell Williams in free agency.

–Kansas City agreed to sign cornerback Bashaud Breeland to a three-year contract, ESPN reported.

Breeland, 27, played seven games with Green Bay last season, starting five, after originally agreeing to a three-year, $24 million free agent deal with the Carolina Panthers last March. That agreement was nixed because of a failed physical (foot).

–Running back and kick returner Ameer Abdullah signed a one-year deal with Minnesota.

Abdullah, 25, was Minnesota’s primary kick returner for the final seven games of last season after he was claimed off waivers from Detroit. He returned 10 kicks for 258 yards, with a long of 33.

–Philadelphia announced a one-year deal with veteran strong safety Andrew Sendejo.

Sendejo spent the past eight seasons with Minnesota. The 31-year-old became a free agent earlier this month when the Vikings declined the $5.5 million 2019 option on his contract.

–Washington signed free agent offensive tackle Ereck Flowers to a one-year, $4 million deal, according to multiple reports.

Flowers was the ninth overall selection by the Giants in 2015 but didn’t pan out as an impact lineman and was released last October. He finished last season with Jacksonville, where he started the final seven games of the season.

–ESPN apparently is trying to convince Peyton Manning to join the “Monday Night Football” broadcast team.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro and content chief Connor Schell flew to Denver a week ago to meet with the future Hall of Fame quarterback. It’s unclear if 42-year-old Manning is interested in assuming the analyst role.

–The investigation into allegations of battery against Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill remains open.

Steve Howe, district attorney in Johnson County, Kan., acknowledged in a written statement that his office “has received numerous requests for information” about the status of the investigation into Hill but could provide no additional details.

Hill, 25, has not been charged with any crimes but is under investigation for an alleged battery incident involving a juvenile, according to multiple published reports. The Kansas City Star reported that Hill’s 3-year-old son sustained a broken arm in the incident.

–Field Level Media

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MLB: Spring Training-Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals
Mar 18, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) walks into the dugout during a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

March 18, 2019

Paul Goldschmidt hit his first homer of the spring, a two-run blast, to help the St. Louis Cardinals post a 4-1 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at Jupiter, Fla.

Goldschmidt sent a low pitch from Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin over the wall in left-center in the fifth inning to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

Tyler O’Neill also went deep for St. Louis. The Phillies had just six hits and were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Nationals (ss) 6, Mets 5

Spencer Kieboom homered and drove in three runs to help visiting Washington defeat New York at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Michael Conforto hit a two-run blast for the Mets.

Marlins 7, Nationals (ss) 1

Peter O’Brien drove in five runs to help Miami cruise past Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla. Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin was roughed up for five runs (four earned) and nine hits over five innings.

Pirates 4, Rays 2

Right-hander Nick Kingham allowed two hits over five shutout innings and JB Shuck delivered a two-run single as Pittsburgh beat host Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla. Brandon Lowe and Garrett Whitley each had a run-scoring double for the Rays.

Blue Jays 3, Tigers (ss) 2

Dalton Pompey went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Teoscar Hernandez hit a solo homer as host Toronto edged Detroit at Dunedin, Fla. Gordon Beckham homered for the Tigers.

Twins 4, Red Sox 1

Eddie Rosario clubbed a two-run homer to help Minnesota knock off visiting Boston at Fort Myers, Fla. J.D. Martinez recorded an RBI single for the Red Sox.

Orioles 14, Tigers (ss) 1

Dwight Smith Jr. went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and Jonathan Villar hit a three-run triple as Baltimore pounded host Detroit at Lakeland, Fla. Nicholas Castellanos homered for the Tigers.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

General Motors production worker Dina Mays works on the 10-speed transmission assembly at the General Motors (GM) Powertrain Transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio
General Motors production worker Dina Mays works on the 10-speed transmission assembly at the General Motors (GM) Powertrain Transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, U.S. March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

March 18, 2019

By Nick Carey and Ben Klayman

TOLEDO, Ohio (Reuters) – General Motors Co built the final Chevrolet Cruze small car at its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant on March 6, despite demands from President Donald Trump, Ohio political leaders and the United Auto Workers union not to close the plant and leave nearly 1,500 workers laid off.

Dina Mays, a 14-year veteran of Lordstown Assembly, was not at the plant for its last day. She had already moved on to her new workplace, GM’s Toledo transmission plant, where the automaker builds ten-speed transmissions for popular pickup trucks.

The U.S. auto industry is heading into a new cycle of plant closings and job cuts. Sales in the world’s second-largest vehicle market are projected to fall. Consumers shifting away from traditional sedans such as the Cruze have left GM with more workers assigned to building cars than the market can support.

But GM has the reverse problem with trucks – for now, it cannot build them fast enough. That is helping GM find new jobs for displaced sedan plant workers, and blunt attacks from the UAW and politicians.

The automaker recently announced it will add 1,000 jobs at a plant in Flint, Michigan, to build a new generation of GM’s largest pickups.

A GM spokeswoman said last week that 538 workers from a Detroit plant slated to close in 2020 and nearly 100 from Lordstown have already signed on in Flint to fill those jobs.

That and other job opportunities could cushion the blow for most of the 1,450 workers currently laid-off at Lordstown. The Ohio plant is one of five North American GM plants slated to close by January 2020.

GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra has said the automaker expects to have 2,700 job openings by early 2020 at other thriving plants, enough to absorb nearly all of those displaced in plants in Maryland, Ohio and Michigan willing or able to uproot for work hundreds of miles away. GM said another 1,200 affected hourly workers are eligible for early retirement.

Based on a plant-by-plant count provided by GM, if every worker displaced or soon to be displaced volunteers for or accepts a new job – and those eligible to retire do so – that would potentially leave up to 500 GM workers jobless, far fewer than the thousands decried by the UAW and Trump.

Ohio is a key state for Trump’s 2020 re-election chances. In July 2017 he vowed in Youngstown, Ohio, near GM’s Lordstown plant, that those auto jobs were “all coming back.”

“Don’t move,” he told residents. “Don’t sell your house.”

NOMADIC LIFESTYLE

But Mays and other veteran GM factory workers have been pushed into nomadic lives before. Mays is on her third GM factory in 15 years. In 2005, she moved to Lordstown in northeastern Ohio after being laid off at a GM plant in Baltimore, Maryland.

“I’m not going to sugarcoat it, it’s rough,” Mays said.

Her eldest son is at college and a 12-year-old son remains with relatives near Lordstown. “But I have to be able to support myself and my kids.”

After 25 years with GM, she has five years until retirement, so transferring “was the best decision I could make.”

For those who move, GM offers a $30,000 cash package to offset costs. If the company has jobs for laid-off workers elsewhere and they refuse them, they lose their supplemental pay and are eligible to hire on again only at their “home plant” – in this case, Lordstown.

SCANT OPTIONS

For Joe Stanton, 55, transferring 160 miles (258 km) to Toledo from Lordstown made sense.

With 25 years at GM, he also has five years to go before he can retire. He rents an apartment with Mays just outside Toledo to cut costs. He moved from Pittsburgh to Lordstown in 2006 when his GM plant there closed. He owns two homes, one near Lordstown and one in Pennsylvania.

Stanton misses his adult son in Pittsburgh and girlfriend near Lordstown, but said he is lucky not to have small children or sick parents to care for so he could move to Toledo.

If the UAW renegotiates a new product for Lordstown, retooling the plant would take years, Stanton said.

“That’s a gamble I wasn’t willing to take,” he said.

For those left behind, the outlook is bleak.

Tod Porter, chair of Youngstown State University’s economics department, estimated Lordstown’s closure could cost more than 8,000 jobs including at auto suppliers and service providers, in an area still affected by steel mill closures decades ago.

Dave Green, president of UAW Local 1112, which represents workers at Lordstown, said he is fighting for the plant to reopen, but added unemployed GM workers have scant options.

“If you don’t want a job flipping burgers for minimum wage, you got to get the hell out of here,” he said.

(Reporting by Nick Carey and Ben Klayman in Toledo, Ohio; Editing by Joe White and Matthew Lewis)

Source: OANN

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins
Mar 17, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal with defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (53) against the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime at PPG PAINTS Arena. Philadelphia won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

March 18, 2019

Sean Couturier scored with 3.4 seconds left in overtime Sunday to give the visiting Philadelphia Flyers a critical 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Couturier’s 29th goal came when he blasted the puck from the right circle to the far side past goaltender Matt Murray, who also gave up James van Riemsdyk’s tying goal with 18.8 seconds left in regulation.

Flyers goalie Carter Hart, in just his second start in 11 games, made 41 saves.

The game was played 16,000 days after Philadelphia (35-29-8, 78 points) last won the Stanley Cup in 1975, and the two points helped keep the Flyers’ playoff hopes alive. They are six points out of an Eastern Conference wild-card spot with 10 games to play.

Islanders 3, Wild 2 (OT)

Brock Nelson scored at 1:04 of overtime as New York defeated host Minnesota, which had twice erased one-goal deficits.

Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee also scored, and goaltender Thomas Greiss made 32 saves as the Islanders won for the fifth time in their past seven games and bounced back from a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday in Detroit.

Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for Minnesota, which lost for the fourth time in its past five games. Goalie Alex Stalock, making just his second start in the past 14 games, stopped 17 of 20 shots.

Golden Knights 6, Oilers 3

Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals, including what proved to be the game-winner early in the third, and Malcolm Subban had 16 saves to lead Vegas over visiting Edmonton.

Mark Stone, Cody Eakin, Brayden McNabb and Alex Tuch also scored goals, and William Karlsson and Reilly Smith each had two assists for the Knights (40-27-5, 85 points), who won for the eighth time in nine games.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl and Kris Russell scored goals, and Connor McDavid had two assists for Edmonton (32-33-7, 71 points), which remained seven points out of the second wild card in the Western Conference. It was the eighth straight multi-point game for McDavid, who now has 105 points this season.

Sabers 4, Blues 3 (SO)

Sam Reinhart scored in the third round of the shootout as host Buffalo snapped a seven-game skid with a victory over St. Louis.

Reinhart nearly won the contest in the waning moments of overtime, but his shot caromed off the left post.

Buffalo captain Jack Eichel and St. Louis forward Tyler Bozak each scored in the first round of the shootout. Reinhart’s bid banked off Jake Allen’s glove and into the net to set the stage for former Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly, whose shot deflected off the crossbar to end the game.

Avalanche 3, Devils 0

Tyson Barrie scored two goals, Philipp Grubauer had 22 saves and Colorado kept its postseason hopes alive with a win over New Jersey in Denver.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist to give him 91 points on the season. He joins Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg as the only two Avalanche players to have consecutive 90-point seasons. Colorado trails Arizona by four points in the Western Conference wild-card race. The Avalanche host the Coyotes on March 29.

Cory Schneider stopped 31 shots for the Devils, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. New Jersey has not won three straight since late December.

Canucks 3, Stars 2 (SO)

Josh Leivo’s goal in the fourth round of the shootout lifted visiting Vancouver past Dallas.

The Canucks posted their second win in three games, while the Stars took their second straight loss, which prevented Dallas from gaining ground on St. Louis for third place in the Central Division.

Tim Schaller led the Canucks with two goals, marking the first two-goal game of his NHL career. Jamie Benn and Taylor Fedun tallied for the Stars.

Ducks 3, Panthers 2

Adam Silfverberg scored with 4:43 to play as Anaheim continued to play spoiler with a victory over visiting Florida.

Devin Shore and Adam Henrique also scored goals, and Ryan Getzlaf had a pair of assists as the Ducks (30-35-9, 69 points), won for the sixth time in their past nine games, with all six of those victories coming against teams either currently in a qualifying position for the playoffs or fighting to become eligible.

The Panthers (32-28-12, 76 points) were the furthest out from eligibility in that group, but their hopes had been raised with a four-game winning streak that had them believing they could grab the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

–Field Level Media

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NFL: Super Bowl LIII-New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams
Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs the ball against Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Mark Barron (26) during the second quarter in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

March 17, 2019

The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with linebacker Mark Barron, ESPN reported Sunday.

Barron was recently released by the Los Angeles Rams after 4 1/2 seasons with the organization.

Barron had 60 tackles in 2018 while being limited to 12 games due to an ankle injury. He also had one sack and one forced fumble.

The 29-year-old Barron has nine career sacks, eight interceptions five forced fumbles in 104 games (93 starts) over seven NFL seasons.

Barron spent his first 2 1/2 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

–Field Level Media

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MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies
Mar 17, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper (3) reacts after striking out in the first inning of the spring training game against the New York Yankees at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

March 17, 2019

Bryce Harper returned to action Sunday after missing a game with a bruised right ankle and went 0-for-3 with a walk as the Philadelphia Phillies were defeated 7-3 by the visiting New York Yankees at Clearwater, Fla.

Harper was out Saturday after getting hit by a pitch on his ankle on Friday. He still has yet to record a hit this spring in a Phillies uniform.

Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres and Troy Tulowitzki each hit home runs for the Yankees, while New York starter James Paxton gave up one run but did not allow a hit over 4 1/3 innings.

Athletics 5, Fighters 1

Khris Davis and Jurickson Profar each drove in two runs as Oakland won the tune up before Wednesday’s Far East season opener against the Seattle Mariners at Tokyo. Daiki Asama drove in the only run for the Nippon-Ham Fighters.

Astros 7, Braves (ss) 3

Houston left-hander Framber Valdez gave up two hits over four scoreless innings, while Alex De Goti and Nick Tanielu each drove in two runs at Kissimmee, Fla. Freddie Freeman hit a home run for host Atlanta.

Red Sox 3 (ss), Rays 2

Danny Mars and Ryan Fitzgerald each drove in a run in the eighth inning as host Boston rallied for the victory at Fort Myers, Fla. Taylor Walls had the only extra-base hit for Tampa Bay, a double.

Yankees (ss) 5, Orioles 3

Miguel Andujar, Luke Voit and Zack Zehner each hit home runs as New York won at Sarasota, Fla. Carlos Perez hit a home run for host Baltimore.

Tigers 3, Braves (ss) 2

Detroit right-hander Tyson Ross worked five innings while giving up two runs, but neither of them were earned at Lakeland, Fla. Rafael Ortega and Sean Kazmar Jr. each drove in a run for visiting Atlanta, which did not have an extra-base hit.

Blue Jays 9, Twins 8

Rowdy Tellez hit the tiebreaking homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and Randal Grichuk also went deep as Toronto outlasted Minnesota at Dunedin, Fla. Ehire Adrianza and Tyler Austin homered for the Twins.

Marlins 4, Cardinals 2

Right-hander Trevor Richards fired six hitless innings and Pedro Alvarez hit a home run as Miami won at Jupiter, Fla. Andrew Kinzer drove in a run for St. Louis, which had just two hits on the day.

Pirates 8, Red Sox (ss) 1

Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte each hit home runs for Pittsburgh and right-hander Jameson Taillon did not allow an earned run over five innings at Bradenton, Fla. Sandy Leon had two hits for visiting Boston.

Nationals 10, Mets 5

Juan Soto and Tyler Goeddel each hit home runs and Stephen Strasburg struck out six over fine innings as Washington won at West Palm Beach, Fla. Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto each hit home runs for visitingNew York.

–Field Level Media

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NHL: Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning
Mar 16, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) shoots as Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) makes a save during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

March 17, 2019

Alex Killorn recorded his first career hat trick, Tampa Bay set a franchise record for wins in a season, and the Lightning beat the visiting Washington Capitals 6-3 on Saturday in the first meeting this season between the Eastern Conference’s two division leaders.

The Lightning notched their 55th victory and became just the fourth team in NHL history to win 54 games or more in consecutive seasons.

Tyler Johnson, Erik Cernak and Yanni Gourde also tallied, and Nikita Kucherov notched two assists for the Lightning, who won their fourth straight. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots and won for the 13th time in his past 14 starts.

Alex Ovechkin had two goals, and John Carlson added a marker and an assist for Washington, which lost for just the third time in its past 15 games. Braden Holtby allowed four goals on 33 shots.

Oilers 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)

Connor McDavid scored his second goal of the game 58 seconds into overtime as Edmonton claimed a victory in Glendale, Ariz.

Mikka Koskinen made 28 saves for the Oilers, and Matthew Benning added a goal.

Alex Galchenyuk scored twice for Arizona. Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 22 shots.

Bruins 2, Blue Jackets 1 (OT)

Brad Marchand scored at 3:30 of overtime as Boston returned home and snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Columbus.

Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston, and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves. The Bruins put together a streak of 19 straight games with a point, the longest in the NHL this season, before going 0-3-0 on a three-game trip to Pittsburgh, Columbus and Winnipeg.

Matt Duchene scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Columbus’ Joonas Korpisalo stopped 31 shots.

Blackhawks 2, Canadiens 0

Corey Crawford made a career-high 48 saves in his hometown as visiting Chicago won its fifth in a row, beating Montreal. Connor Murphy and Brendan Perlini were the goal-scorers, both on assists from Alex DeBrincat.

Crawford, who missed 28 games in the middle of the season due to concussion issues, posted his second shutout of 2018-19. He owns a 1.48 goals-against average during a five-game winning streak.

The Canadiens are 6-10-1 following an impressive 8-1-1 stretch.

Blues 5, Penguins 1

Vince Dunn scored twice, and Pat Maroon had a goal and an assist as St. Louis ended a three-game losing streak by winning at Pittsburgh.

Oskar Sundqvist and Jay Bouwmeester also scored, and Colton Parayko and Robert Thomas each had two assists for St. Louis, which built a 4-0 lead through the game’s first 23 minutes. Jordan Binnington made 40 saves and is 17-4-1 in his first 22 NHL starts.

Dominik Simon scored for the Penguins, who had won three straight and six of seven. Matt Murray stopped nine of 13 shots before being relieved by Casey DeSmith, who allowed one goal on 13 shots.

Red Wings 2, Islanders 1

Andreas Athanasiou scored a pair of goals as host Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over New York.

Danny DeKeyser assisted on both goals, while Jonathan Bernier turned aside 41 shots. Detroit avenged a pair of one-goal losses to the Islanders earlier in the season.

Anders Lee scored the only goal for the Islanders, who had won their previous two games. Thomas Greiss made 20 saves for New York.

Panthers 4, Kings 3

Jonathan Huberdeau scored the go-ahead goal with 1:56 left in regulation to lead Florida over host Los Angeles.

Huberdeau also had a game-tying assist. Evgenii Dadonov scored twice and had an assist, Mike Hoffman added a goal, and Aleksander Barkov posted three helpers for the Panthers.

Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist, and Brendan Leipsic also tallied for the Kings, who are 2-11-4 in their past 17 games.

Jets 2, Flames 1

Mathieu Perreault’s second-period power-play goal held up as the winner as host Winnipeg held on for a win over Calgary in a clash of Western Conference division leaders.

Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves, including 14 in the third period, to record the victory for Winnipeg, which has won two straight games. Hellebuyck had some good fortune, too, as the Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau twice rang shots off the post and Mark Jankowski drilled the crossbar — all in the opening frame.

Mark Scheifele gave the Jets a 1-0 lead in the first period, and Jankowski tied the game with a short-handed goal in the second period. Mike Smith stopped 19 shots for the Flames.

Senators 6, Maple Leafs 2

Magnus Paajarvi scored two consecutive goals during the second period as Ottawa beat visiting Toronto.

Cody Ceci added a goal and an assist, and Brian Gibbons, Anthony Duclair and Oscar Lindberg also scored for the Senators, who won their second straight. Zack Smith added three assists for the Senators.

Morgan Rielly and John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs, who have allowed 23 goals while losing three of their past four games.

Hurricanes 4, Sabres 2

Rookie Andrei Svechnikov scored his third goal in three games as Carolina recorded its ninth straight win over Buffalo, prevailing in Raleigh, N.C.

Jordan Staal scored to notch his 500th career point, and Justin Williams and Lucas Wallmark also tallied for the Hurricanes, who improved to 8-2-1 in their past 11 contests. Curtis McElhinney finished with 35 saves.

Former Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner matched his career high with his 37th goal, and Zemgus Girgensons also tallied for the Sabres, who have dropped seven in a row (0-6-1).

Wild 5, Rangers 2

Ryan Donato recorded his second career two-goal game as Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over New York in Saint Paul, Minn.

Eric Staal also scored for the Wild, who won for just the second time in their past 11 home games (2-6-3) since Jan. 19. Jared Spurgeon added a power-play goal, and J.T. Brown scored an empty-net tally for Minnesota.

Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangers, who went 0-3-1 on their four-game road trip. They lost their seventh straight road game and dropped to 2-6-5 in their past 13 games.

Predators 4, Sharks 2

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and Filip Forsberg added a goal and an assist as Nashville won at San Jose.

Colton Sissons also scored for the Predators, and goaltender Juuse Saros made 24 saves. Nashville won its second straight and remained a point behind Winnipeg, which beat Calgary 2-1 Saturday, in the chase for first place in the Central Division.

Timo Meier and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, and Martin Jones stopped 26 of 29 shots. The Sharks lost their second straight following a six-game winning streak.

–Field Level Media

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MLB: Boston Red Sox-Workouts
Feb 18, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) during a spring training workout at Jet Blue Park at Fenway South. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

Chris Sale made his spring training debut in impressive fashion, striking out seven over four innings as the Boston Red Sox posted a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday at Fort Myers, Fla.

The Red Sox delayed Sale’s spring preparation after the team made a long postseason run while winning the World Series. Sale recorded Boston’s last three outs in its clinching Game 5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mookie Betts hit a home run for the Red Sox, his first of the spring. Ozzie Albies had two hits for the Braves.

Cardinals 8, Nationals 5

Nolan Gorman, St. Louis’ 18-year-old top prospect, hit a home run, while Randy Arozarena and Andrew Knizner went deep as well as the Cardinals won at West Palm Beach, Fla. Yan Gomes hit a home run for Washington.

Marlins 11, Mets 6

Pedro Alvarez came off the bench to hit two home runs and drove in five runs as Florida won at Jupiter, Fla. Michael Conforto hit a home run for New York.

Tigers 6, Pirates 3

Christin Stewart hit a home run, his third of the spring, and drove in three runs as Detroit won at Lakeland, Fla. Bryan Reynolds had a two-run single for Pittsburgh.

Yankees 17, Blue Jays (ss) 7

Aaron Judge hit one of six New York home runs and the Yankees pounded out 19 hits in the victory at Tampa, Fla. Veterans Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales hit home runs for Toronto.

Astros 13, Phillies 5

Michael Brantley had three hits and drove in three runs, while Yordan Alvarez and Max Stassi each had two RBIs as Houston won at Clearwater, Fla. J.T. Realmuto hit his third home run of the spring as Philadelphia played without Bryce Harper, who sat with a bruised right ankle.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays (ss) 3

Austin Hays hit a home run in the eighth inning to put Baltimore ahead for good in the victory at Dunedin, Fla. Right-hander Sam Gaviglio gave up two runs on two hits over 3 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts, for Toronto.

–Field Level Media

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Phillip Stucky | Contributor

Republican Rep. Illinois Adam Kinzinger rejected CNN host John Berman’s assertion that President Donald Trump is in some way responsible for the terror attack in New Zealand, during a Friday interview on CNN.

The exchange began when Berman asked Kinzinger whether or not God needed to change someone’s language, as well as their hearts in order to avoid a tragedy like an attack in New Zealand.

“I have a question for you,” Berman began. “Does God need to change people’s language? And I ask you that because this killer apparently in a screed, some people call it a manifesto, said he’s a supporter of President Trump as a symbol of white identity. Why would anyone see the president as a symbol of white identity?” (RELATED: Australian Senator Blames Muslims For NZ Mosque Shooting)

Kinzinger responded, “I think God needs to change people’s hearts, and I bet he does. He needs to change their language. But you cannot put this on President Trump.”

Berman appeared to back off, saying that he wasn’t attempting to put the tragedy on Trump, but then pressed further.

“The person giving a sign of allegiance to President Trump is the killer here,” Berman continued. “He calls him a symbol of white identity. The language he uses in this manifesto is all about invaders. It is all about invaders, which is similar language to the killer at the synagogue in Pittsburgh. It’s also language President Trump used in a campaign ad before the midterm election. The word ‘invader’ means something to white supremacists around the world. Why?”

“Again, to make the connection of a president saying ‘I’m concerned with illegal immigration,’ to say that, and then to go to a guy that’s willing to 50 people, he might make a connection and say ‘President Trump’s my idol’ but that doesn’t put it on President Trump,” Kinzinger countered.(RELATED: Erdogan Uses New Zealand Mosque Shootings To Condemn World For ‘Hostility’ To Islam)

“What I know is this, it cannot be connected, we cannot sit here and say ‘what is it that President Trump is doing that’s somehow triggering these people,” he concluded.

Australian Brenton Tarrant attacked a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, killing 49. He wrote a 74-page manifesto that outlined exactly why he did what he did, and he live-streamed the 17-minute attack on Facebook Live.

Tarrant mentions “invaders” several times throughout the document, and he reportedly hoped to ignite a race war in all western nations. A Daily Caller report revealed that ISIS propaganda also discusses “invaders” and “non-believers” in their calls to action.

Source: The Daily Caller

Quote of the Day:

“Yes, the one way to show empathy for people murdered at their place of worship is to mock prayer.” 

Ben McDonald, Washington correspondent, Campus Reform, in reaction to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who wasted no time in angering some people with her reaction to the New Zealand massacre.

She tweeted, “At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’ But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”

AOC went on to say, “This is a time of great vulnerability for our communities. We must come together, fight for each other, & stand up for neighbors. Isolation, dehumanizing stereotypes, hysterical conspiracy theories, & hatred ultimately lead to the anarchy of violence. We cannot stand for it.” (RELATED: AOC Wants Reporters To Stop Harassing Her, But Enjoy Her Mom’s Lasagna) 

Journo tries to conserve her energy while covering New Zealand massacre 

“I’ve refrained from reading much on the #NZmosqueattacks this morning because I know once I get to work this afternoon I will be knee-deep in it. Frankly, I‘m trying to conserve my emotional energy.” Ginella Massa, reporter, City News in Toronto.

The late Maya Angelou is offending some young people

That’s Ms. Angelou to you.

Things are going terribly for Howard Schultz on the campaign trail 

“Yesterday I gave a speech on failed political leadership in this country. A point I tried to make is that leaders must take responsibility and own their mistakes. Today I said I spent more time with the military than any candidate running for president. That was wrong. I apologize to @PeteButtigieg @TulsiGabbard who served our country honorably. In that moment I made something that should unite us all, about me. I made a mistake and I apologize.” — Howard Schultz, possible Independent candidate for prez in 2020. One day you’re up, the next you’re down. On Thursday, he called out WaPo for being fake news.

How President Trump lulled Erick Erickson out of the ‘Never Trump’ category 

“My hands were literally inside the branches of our Christmas tree trying to push it into place in storage with my phone ringing and I had to answer on my Apple Watch with my nose because I couldn’t move my other hand to get the phone out of my pocket. And suddenly there’s a lady who says ‘Is this Erick Erickson?’ and when I say yes she says, ‘please hold for the president.’ I let the tree fall and got my phone out of my pocket.” — The Resurgent‘s Erick Erickson told The Daily Beast‘s Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay. Read the story here.

WTF to person who RSVP’d to this dude’s wedding without his or her name 

“Shout out to the person who appears to have RSVP’d no to our wedding, but didn’t write their name on the card, didn’t write a return address and managed to not actually put the check in either of the boxes for yes or no.” — Kyle Feldscher, breaking news editor, CNN Politics.

The Observer

“Beto has youth pastor energy; that’s for sure. But youth pastors never want to stay youth pastors. They always want to be senior pastors. The thing is…they never should be.” — Laura Turner, San Francisco-based freelance writer, working on a book about anxiety.

Ex-Obama aide basically advises Beto to be a honey badger 

“If Beto continues to create his own weather, he won’t need to care much about elites/press/Republican reaction to him. We’ve all seen how you can beat establishment at its own game if you are willing to not care what they think.” — Jennifer Palmieri, former comms director for Hillary Clinton and former President Obama.

CNNer says New Zealand’s ‘sheltering in place’ is necessary 

“The universal question in every crisis: how are my kids? This is why sheltering in place of all school children is so difficult but necessary. Parents need to listen, not violate lockdown, free resources for public safety. It is, of course, unbearable. #ChristchurchMosqueAttack.” — Juliette Kayyem, CNN.

Washington isn’t so ‘shitty’ — Daily Beast reporter says city has phenomenal Chinese food

“Washington DC is an amazing city, and to all of you esp. in other places who shit all over it all the time because all u know of it is like Metro Center & rancidly corrupt politicians, I would argue that the quality of the best Chinese food in DC alone makes the city worth it.” — Asawin Suebsaeng, reporter, The Daily Beast.

Rev. Jesse Jackson’s shoutout to Quincy Jones 

“Happy Birthday @QuincyDJones. Q, we love you! May you have 86 more! Keep Hope Alive!” — Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. 

Avenatti threatens Jacob Wohl with ‘enormous trouble’ 

“To Jacob Wohl: I can promise you that you are about to be in an enormous amount of trouble. And I am going to enjoy every minute of my involvement. When you fabricated claims against Mueller and me, you made a very serious mistake. You will shortly learn a very costly lesson.” — Michael Avenatti, ex-lawyer to Stormy Daniels.

NYT columnist warms media to be careful covering the New Zealand manifesto 

If he can’t figure it out, what makes you think you can? 

“Media: be careful with the NZ shooter’s apparent manifesto. It’s thick with irony and meta-text and very easy to misinterpret if you’re not steeped in this stuff all the time (and even if you are).”— Kevin Roose, tech columnist, NYT. “Seriously, this entire thing is a minefield. I am Very Online and I don’t feel 100% certain about what’s genuine and what’s just trolling/posting/media-baiting. Please be careful.”

Journo says there was ‘pure evil’ in New Zealand 

“It’s hard to fathom the pure evil on display in New Zealand tonight. God be with the victims and their families.” — David French,  National Review Institute.

Gossip Roundup

Tamron Hall, 48, is expecting a baby within weeks. She secretly wed music exec Steven Greener. Here.

Meet the 23-year-old… who uncovered the shitty things Media Matters Prez Angelo Carusone wrote about in his past. Here.

Meghan Markle‘s family from hell continues. Her half-brother is in diversion program for a DUI. Here.

NBC’s Chuck Todd is traveling to Iowa to interview presidential hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for this Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

Presidential Dem hopeful Beto O’Rourke allegedly wrote a murder fantasy about children being run over in the street. Here.

Fox News’s Sean Hannity had no idea a bug was crawling across his neck on air. Comedian Sarah Silverman was pretty disgusted about it.

Source: The Daily Caller

AOS (Armed Offenders Squad) push back members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch
AOS (Armed Offenders Squad) push back members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/SNPA/Martin Hunter

March 15, 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – Leaders around the world expressed disgust and sorrow at the killing of 49 people in New Zealand mosques on Friday, attacks that many blamed on the demonization of Muslims.

Western leaders from Donald Trump to Angela Merkel expressed solidarity with the people of New Zealand, deploring what the White House called a “vicious act of hate”. The response from some Muslim countries went further, blaming politicians and the media for stoking that hatred.

“I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 (where) 1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror,” Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote on social media.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the attack was a result of Muslims being demonized. “Not only the perpetrators, but also politicians & media that fuel the already escalated Islamophobia and hate in the West are equally responsible for this heinous attack,” he tweeted.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated “the urgency of working better together globally to counter Islamophobia and eliminate intolerance and violent extremism in all its forms,” a spokesman said.

Hundreds of protesters in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, chanted “Allahu akbar!” (God is Greatest) after Friday prayers.

“We will not let the blood of Muslims go in vain,” said one protester. Members of the Bangladesh national cricket team, in Christchurch for a match against New Zealand, had arrived for Friday prayers as the shooting started but were not hurt.

‘THEY ARE US’

New Zealand police said 49 people had died and more than 40 were wounded. Three people were in custody including one man who has been charged with murder, police said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said some of the victims may have been new immigrants or refugees.

“They are us,” she said. “The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not. They have no place in New Zealand.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said an Australian national arrested after the attack was an “extremist, right-wing violent terrorist”.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, who is New Zealand’s head of state, said she was “deeply saddened by the appalling events”.

Pope Francis deplored the “senseless acts of violence”.

In a message of condolence sent by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Francis “assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks”.

President Trump described the attack as a “horrible massacre” and said the United States stood by New Zealand.

In Europe, German Chancellor Merkel mourned “with the New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred while peacefully praying in their mosques”. Her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, said: “When people are murdered solely because of their religion, this is an attack on us all.”

‘FLAMES OF HATRED’

Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, said Londoners stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Christchurch. He also pointed his finger at those who promote religious hatred:

“When the flames of hatred are fanned, when people are demonized because of their faith, when people’s fears are played on rather than addressed, the consequences are deadly, as we have seen so sadly today,” he said.

The Palestinian chief peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, called the attack a “consequence of racist ideologies that continue trying to promote religious wars”.

He compared it to the shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people last October, deadly attacks on churches in Egypt by Islamic State and an attack by a far-right Israeli gunman on a West Bank mosque in 1994 that killed 29 people.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the attack brought back memories of 2011, when anti-Muslim extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 people at a youth gathering on a Norwegian island: “It shows that extremism is nurtured and that it lives in many places.”

Al-Azhar University, Egypt’s 1,000-year-old seat of Sunni Islamic learning, called the attack “a dangerous indicator of the dire consequences of escalating hate speech, xenophobia and the spread of Islamophobia”.

(Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Gayatri Suroyo in Jakarta; Nadine Awadalla in Cairo; Ruma Paul in Dhaka; Joseph Sipilan in Kuala Lumpur; Krishna N. Das in New Delhi; Mike Holden in London, Gwladys Fouche in Oslo; Jan Strupczewski in Brussels, Michelle Martin in Berlin, Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza and Roberta Rampton and Doina Chiacu in Washington; Philip Pullella in Rome; Michelle Nichols in New York; Writing by Tom Allard, Peter Graff and Frances Kerry; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Robin Pomeroy)

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Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter

Co-host of CNN’s “New Day” John Berman tried to tie President Donald Trump to the New Zealand mosque shooting on Friday during an interview with GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

Berman initially asked for Kinzinger’s reaction to the shooting that claimed at least 49 lives, but then pivoted to Trump and asked if the president’s rhetoric helped cause the massacre.

“This is a time where we need the God of the universe to step in and to change people’s hearts,” Kinzinger said. “Because for somebody to wake up, decide to grab a bunch of guns, decide to murder innocent people, — even if they’re a different religion — to me is just the pure epitome of disgusting evil.”

“You asked for God to change people’s hearts,” Berman replied. “I have a question for you. Does God need to change people’s language? And I ask you that because this killer — apparently in a screed, some people call it a manifesto — said he is a supporter of President Trump as a symbol of white identity. Why would anyone see the president as a symbol of white identity?”

“I think God needs to change people’s hearts, and I beg he does. He needs to change their language. But you cannot put this on President Trump,” Kinzinger responded.

“The person who is giving a sign of allegiance to President Trump is the killer here. He calls him a symbol of white identity. The language he uses in this manifesto is all about invaders. It’s all about invaders, which is similar language to the killer at the synagogue in Pittsburgh,” Berman replied. “It’s also language that President Trump used in a campaign ad before the midterm election. The word ‘invader’ means something to white supremacists around the world. Why?”

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Kinzinger continued to defend the president and said you can’t blame Trump for someone else’s decision to murder innocent people. (RELATED: New Zealand Mosque Shootings Take At Least 49 Lives)

“I don’t have any idea, frankly, what was in [the shooter’s] mind. But what I know is this: It cannot be connected. We cannot sit here and say, ‘What is it that President Trump is doing that’s somehow triggering these people?’ This is an evil man that made a decision to murder 49 people. And that is on him. And frankly, the evil in his heart,” he said.

Berman then implied Trump’s use of the word “invader” has only made matters worse.

“If this monster is hearing something in the word ‘invader’ and the president is using the word ‘invader,’ can the president really not do anything?” Berman asked. “You’ve just been at the border. And I know and I’ve heard you talk about that. I haven’t ever heard you use the word ‘invader.’”

Kinzinger continued to tell Berman he would not try to link random acts of violence back to the White House or the president.

“I think the president shouldn’t use terms like invasion and hordes. But I also think though that — that doesn’t mean he can’t be passionate about the fact that he wants to stop illegal immigration,” he said.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Friday blasted the National Rifle Association after 49 people were killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“At 1st I thought of saying, “Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore. But I couldn’t say ‘imagine,’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted early Friday morning.

She wrote in a follow-up tweet: “(‘Thoughts and prayers’ is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to [New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda] Ardern, who I greatly admire.)”

“This is a time of great vulnerability for our communities,” the congresswoman said in another tweet. “We must come together, fight for each other, & stand up for neighbors. Isolation, dehumanizing stereotypes, hysterical conspiracy theories, & hatred ultimately lead to the anarchy of violence. We cannot stand for it.”

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NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings
Mar 14, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

March 15, 2019

Nikita Kucherov had two goals and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the host Detroit Red Wings for the 15th consecutive time, 5-4, on Thursday.

Tampa Bay won its third straight while Detroit lost for the 12th time in 13 games (1-9-3). The Lightning matched their franchise record of 54 wins set last season.

Steven Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier’s franchise record of 383 goals during the second period, and he also had an assist. Brayden Point supplied a goal and two assists, and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves.

Darren Helm scored his 100th career goal during a short-handed situation for Detroit. Justin Abdelkader tallied his first goal in 41 games. Madison Bowey and Michael Rasmussen also scored, and Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots.

Stars 4, Wild 1

Ben Bishop set a franchise-record shutout streak before exiting with an injury, and Dallas scored three goals in the second period in a victory over Minnesota at Saint Paul, Minn.

Radek Faksa and rookies Roope Hintz and Joel L’Esperance scored in a 2:22 span for the Stars, who have won six of their last seven games overall to pull even in points with St. Louis (79) for third place in the Central Division. Alexander Radulov sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.

Anton Khudobin turned aside 14 shots in relief of Bishop, who extended his shutout streak to a career-best 230:53 before leaving with a lower-body injury. The 32-year-old Bishop, who finished with seven saves, eclipsed the previous franchise mark of 219:26 set by Ed Belfour in November 2000.

Penguins 5, Sabres 0

Casey DeSmith made 26 saves, and Phil Kessel, Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and an assist to pace visiting Pittsburgh past Buffalo for its third straight win.

It was the fourth career shutout and third of the season for DeSmith, who had not started since Feb. 21. Brian Dumoulin and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Penguins, and Sidney Crosby had two assists to give him 31 points in the past 17 games.

Carter Hutton made 23 saves for Buffalo, which was shut out for the third straight game and has lost six in row.

Jets 4, Bruins 3

A third-period goal from Nikolaj Ehlers ended up being the deciding score as Winnipeg edged visiting Boston.

Some strong forechecking from the Jets led to a Boston turnover, with Ehlers pouncing on the loose puck for his 18th goal of the season at 13:02 of the third period. Ehlers’ score ended up being a critical one as Charlie Coyle tipped in a Zdeno Chara point shot at 17:04 of the final frame to pull Boston within one.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Winnipeg and allowed the first-place Jets to maintain their lead over Nashville atop the Central Division. The Bruins have lost their last three games in regulation, following a stretch that saw them record points over 19 consecutive games (15-0-4).

Capitals 5, Flyers 2

Brett Connolly scored two goals and added an assist to lead visiting Washington past Philadelphia.

Lars Eller, Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznetsov each scored a goal while Braden Holtby stopped 22 shots. Kuznetsov also had an assist for the Capitals, who have won eight of nine.

James van Riemsdyk and Scott Laughton scored for the Flyers. Carter Hart played for the first time in three weeks and gave up all four goals while making 27 saves.

Senators 2, Blues 0

Anders Nilsson made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season as lowly host Ottawa beat struggling St. Louis. Chris Tierney and Christian Wolanin had the goals.

Nilsson made several key saves to help his team earn just its second win in the last 13 games. Ottawa, which has an NHL-low 54 points and has already been eliminated from the playoff race, snapped a five-game home losing streak and a four-game slide to St. Louis.

The result could prove costly for the playoff-hopeful Blues, who have totaled three goals during an 0-2-1 stretch that’s come without injured goal leader Vladimir Tarasenko. St. Louis had its chances in the third, particularly from Ryan O’Reilly and Robert Thomas, but was stopped on point-blank saves by Nilsson.

Islanders 2, Canadiens 1

Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:57 left in the third period as New York edged visiting Montreal.

Adam Pelech scored in the second period for the Islanders, who won for the fourth time in five games to remain two points behind the first-place Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division. Thomas Greiss made 33 saves.

Jordie Benn scored in the second period for the Canadiens, who lost for the fourth time in six games and missed a chance to move ahead of the idle Columbus Blue Jackets in the race for the second and final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Carey Price made 36 saves.

Coyotes 6, Ducks 1

Vinnie Hinostroza scored his first career hat trick, and Arizona inched closer to its first Stanley Cup playoff appearance in seven years with a rout of visiting Anaheim.

The Coyotes moved three points ahead of Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference. Jason Demers had a goal and an assist, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson tied the franchise record with the 15th short-handed goal of the season for the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves for Arizona, which is 13-4-0 since Feb. 9.

Jakob Silfverberg extended his career-long point streak to seven games with a goal, and Ryan Miller made 18 saves for the Ducks.

Predators 3, Kings 1

Craig Smith and Colton Sissons scored second-period goals as visiting Nashville took the lead for good and defeated Los Angeles to keep pace in the Central Division.

Viktor Arvidsson also scored a goal as the Predators remained in second place, a point behind Winnipeg. Pekka Rinne had 25 saves as the Predators won in regulation for the first time in their past nine games.

Austin Wagner scored a goal for the Kings after missing the previous four games with a lower-body injury. Los Angeles lost for the fourth time in its past five games and for the 14th time in its past 16 games.

Panthers 4, Sharks 2

Mike Hoffman scored the go-ahead goal, and rookie goaltender Sam Montembeault won his third straight start to lead visiting Florida past San Jose.

Hoffman, who added an assist, set a career high for points (63). With his 32nd goal, he tied Ray Whitney (1997-98) for the most by a player in his first season with Florida.

Jamie McGinn, Dryden Hunt and Frank Vatrano also scored for the Panthers, who won their third straight overall. Montembeault, 22, made 26 saves in his first road start, and he improved to 3-0-1. Melker Karlsson and Kevin Labanc tallied for the Sharks, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

–Field Level Media

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Scott Morefield | Reporter

New York entrepreneur and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said disaffected members of a “shrinking, insecure white majority” could begin targeting Asians for mass shootings within a generation.

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“And who is going to be the boogeyman of the next 10 to 20 years?” Yang rhetorically asked his audience. “Who’s going to be the great rival to the United States in the eyes of American society? China, that’s right. And so, what do you think the attitude is going to be over time for the shrinking, insecure white majority that’s losing their jobs for, let’s say, Chinese Americans or Asian Americans?”

Yang continued:

I don’t … I said to a group at Harvard, I think we’re one generation away from falling into the same camps as that the Jews who were attacked in a synagogue in Pittsburgh like just a couple months [ago]. So we’re probably one generation away from an American shooting up a bunch of Asians saying like, damn the Chinese, because there’s a giant Cold War even more with China. That is the great danger that I fear that my children are going to grow up in.

The Venture for America founder made the comments in December 2018 at an event called “A Glance at US Politics from Asian Americans,” hosted by Yuan Media, but is likely making the rounds on Twitter now thanks to the Democratic candidate’s growing name recognition. (RELATED: Dana Loesch: The Media ‘Has Got To Stop Creating’ Mass Shooters)

Yang recently gained the 65,000 contributions from individual donors necessary to appear in the first Democratic debate, likely thanks in no small part to a February appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast. He is calling for a $12,000 universal basic income (UBI) of $1,000 cash per month for every individual in the United States.

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NFL: NFC Championship Game-Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints
Jan 20, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass during warmups before the NFC Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

March 15, 2019

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater agreed to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints rather than join the Miami Dolphins, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

Bridgewater, who acknowledged the decision on Twitter, reportedly will receive a one-year deal worth $7.25 million, with incentives that can push the value as high as $12.5 million. He visited the Dolphins on Wednesday.

The Saints also restructured Drew Brees’ contract to free up $10.8 million in cap space and signed former New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown. According to multiple reports, Brown’s deal is worth $5 million annually.

–The New York Giants agreed to a four-year, $37.5 million deal, $23 million of which is fully guaranteed, with wideout Golden Tate, according to multiple reports.

Tate, who acknowledged the signing on Twitter, will pick up at least some of the slack after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was traded to the Cleveland Browns this week. Tate, 30, caught 74 passes for 795 yards and four touchdowns for the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles last season.

The Giants also added outside linebacker Markus Golden on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports, reuniting him with former coordinator James Bettcher. Golden had 12.5 sacks under Bettcher with the Arizona Cardinals in 2016.

–Trey Flowers put pen to paper to join the Detroit Lions on a $90 million contract, officially becoming the fifth-highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

The former Patriots defensive end, who aligned at six different positions for at least 15 snaps last season in New England, was a coveted chess piece for Matt Patricia’s defense in Detroit. Patricia used to coach Flowers in New England. Flowers racked up 21 sacks and 59 QB hits over the past three seasons. He received a $28 million signing bonus.

The Lions also signed safety Andrew Adams to a one-year deal after the Bucs declined to tender a contract to the restricted free agent.

–The Seattle Seahawks re-signed linebacker K.J. Wright and guard D.J. Fluker while adding guard Mike Iupati.

Wright’s deal is for two years and $15.5 million, according to NFL Network. Fluker’s deal is for two years and $9 million per NFL.com, while Iupati’s deal is for one year.

–The Oakland Raiders released wide receiver Jordy Nelson and quarterback AJ McCarron.

The Raiders gave Nelson a $3.6 million bonus on Dec. 28, which was earlier than required, for cap purposes. Head coach Jon Gruden said at the time regarding Nelson, “Yeah, he’ll be back.”

Nelson earned just under $11 million for one year, with the team saving $3.5 million with his release. The Raiders will save $5 million by releasing McCarron, who was acquired for a fifth-round pick from Buffalo in September.

–The Minnesota Vikings agreed to a restructured contract with defensive end Everson Griffen, general manager Rick Spielman confirmed, hours before his $10.9 million salary for 2019 would have become guaranteed.

According to NFL Network, Griffen instead will make $8 million in 2019, with the potential to opt out of his deal if he hits certain performance marks.

–The Kansas City Chiefs signed former Saints defensive end Alex Okafor.

Contract terms were not disclosed, but multiple reports said the deal was for three years and $24 million.

–Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix signed a one-year deal worth a reported $3.5 million with the Chicago Bears.

NFL Network reported Clinton-Dix turned down more money to play in Chicago with fellow Alabama safety Eddie Jackson.

–The Carolina Panthers released left tackle Matt Kalil with a post-June 1 designation.

The Charlotte Observer first reported the move. Using the delayed designation saves the Panthers more than $7 million under the salary cap this year.

–The San Francisco 49ers signed former Pro Bowl cornerback Jason Verrett to a one-year contract. Multiple outlets report the deal is worth $3.6 million.

Verrett, 27, has played in just five games over the past three seasons and just 25 through five years, but he reached the Pro Bowl in 2015 with the then-San Diego Chargers.

The 49ers also signed former Eagles wideout Jordan Matthews (one-year deal) and former Panthers linebacker David Mayo (two years) and released linebacker Brock Coyle, who announced his retirement due to a compression fracture in his back sustained last season. The team will also re-sign safety Antone Exum on a one-year deal worth $895,000, per multiple reports.

–The Jets officially signed and introduced running back Le’Veon Bell, a few hours after releasing incumbent starter Isaiah Crowell. They also re-signed nose tackle Steve McLendon and officially confirmed the re-signings of offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison and cornerback Darryl Roberts.

The New York Daily News reported McLendon’s deal is for one year and $2.5 million, with an additional $1 million in incentives.

The Jets also signed cornerback Brian Poole to a one-year, $3.5 million deal, per multiple reports. The Atlanta Falcons surprisingly did not tender the restricted free agent after he broke up 20 passes in 47 games (21 starts) over the past three seasons.

–The Patriots signed defensive tackle Mike Pennel (two-year deal), tight end Matt LaCosse (two years, $4.8 million), wide receivers Bruce Ellington (one year) and Maurice Harris (not reported) and safety Terrence Brooks (two years), according to several reports.

Pennel and Brooks are former Jets.

–The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Giants cornerback B.W. Webb to a three-year contract. The deal reportedly is worth $13 million.

–The Pittsburgh Steelers signed former Jaguars wide receiver Donte Moncrief to a two-year deal and re-signed wideout Eli Rogers and defensive tackle Dan McCullers.

–The Dallas Cowboys re-signed wideout Tavon Austin and added former Texans defensive lineman Christian Covington, both on one-year deals.

–The Falcons signed tight end Luke Stocker on a two-year contract and running back Kenjon Barner on a one-year deal.

–The Arizona Cardinals are expected to sign former Bears first-round wideout Kevin White, per NFL Network, and former Denver Broncos guard Max Garcia, per his agent.

–The Cleveland Browns signed former Bears offensive lineman Eric Kush, who started seven games last season.

–The Philadelphia Eagles signed former Steelers linebacker L.J. Fort to a three-year deal worth a reported, $5.6 million.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
Mar 14, 2019; Lakeland, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox infielder Steve Pearce (25) hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

March 14, 2019

Steve Pearce got back to his World Series form on Thursday, hitting two home runs for the Boston Red Sox in a 4-4 spring training tie with the Detroit Tigers at Lakeland, Fla.

Pearce, who hit two home runs in the Red Sox’s Game 5 title-clinching win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in October, went deep in the fourth and sixth innings for his first two homers of the spring.

Grayson Greiner had a two-run double for the Tigers.

Yankees 1, Blue Jays 1

New York right-hander Luis Cessa gave up two hits over four scoreless innings in the tie at Dunedin, Fla. Blue Jays starter Matt Shoemaker gave up just one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings for Toronto.

Nationals 10, Twins (ss) 4

Juan Soto and Victor Robles each hit home runs as Washington grabbed an early 5-0 lead and cruised to the victory at Fort Myers, Fla. Eddie Rosario, Mitch Garver and Trevor Larnach all hit home runs for Minnesota.

Phillies (ss) 4, Rays 3

Gift Ngoepe hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning and Dylan Cozens added a solo shot in the eighth as Philadelphia rallied for a victory at Port Charlotte, Fla. Mike Zunino hit a home run for Tampa Bay.

Mets 1, Cardinals 1

St. Louis starter Michael Wacha gave up five hits over five scoreless innings in the tie at Jupiter, Fla. New York starter Zack Wheeler gave up just two hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts.

Marlins 12, Astros 6

Chad Wallach and Dixon Machado each hit home runs as Miami scored 10 runs in the first six innings and cruised to a victory at West Palm Beach, Fla. Robinson Chirinos, Tyler White and Alex Bregman hit home runs for Houston.

Twins (ss) 7, Orioles 6

Ronald Torreyes hit a home run and Jacob Pearson hit the go-ahead single in the ninth inning as Minnesota won at Sarasota, Fla. Cedric Mullins and Jace Peterson hit home runs for Baltimore.

Pirates 11, Phillies (ss) 2

Adam Frazier, Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, Kevin Newman and Colin Moran hit home runs for Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla. Shane Robinson went deep for Philadelphia.

Diamondbacks 3, Giants 0

Luke Weaver gave up three hits over five scoreless innings with four strikeouts as Arizona won at Scottsdale, Ariz. Dereck Rodriguez gave up one run over 4 2/3 innings for San Francisco.

Reds 3, Dodgers (ss) 3

Phillip Ervin hit a home run and Sonny Gray pitched three scoreless innings as Cincinnati and Los Angeles played to a tie at Glendale, Ariz. Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up two runs on five hits over four innings, the first runs he has allowed this spring, for the Dodgers.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

David Hookstead | Reporter

Antonio Brown seems very happy to be on the Raiders.

Brown, who was traded to the team this past weekend, said he was “grateful” and “excited” to be with the organization in a video posted to the team’s Twitter Wednesday night. (RELATED: Oakland Raiders Trade For Antonio Brown, Give Him Contract Worth More Than $50 Million)

The Raiders also posted a pretty cool of Brown’s arrival, and I think it’s fair to say he is very happy to not be on the Steelers anymore.

Things are already off to a fast start in Oakland, and I’m here for it. I really hope Brown and Jon Gruden together lives up to the hype.

The two of them together is going to be an electric factory. It’s going to be even better if the team falls flat on its face.

Of course, the best case scenario from a laughs perspective is if the whole team implodes and we just get another version of what we got over the past few months in Pittsburgh.

Brown was going scorched earth trying to fight the whole world, and it eventually got him what he wanted, which was to be traded.

If you’re not loving this NFL offseason, then you’re not paying attention. It has been great on every single level.

Source: The Daily Caller

FILE PHOTO: JP Morgan Chase & Co. corporate headquarters in New York
FILE PHOTO: A view of the exterior of the JP Morgan Chase & Co. corporate headquarters in New York City May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files/File Photo

March 13, 2019

(Reuters) – The consumer banking unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co said on Wednesday that it was planning to open up to 90 new branches in nine top U.S. markets.

Chase said it will hire up to 700 employees in the new markets, including Charlotte, North Carolina; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from this summer, the bank said in a statement.

(Reporting by Diptendu Lahiri in Bengaluru)

Source: OANN

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens
Mar 12, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) prepares to throw pucks to the crowd after being named first star of the game after the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre. Price becomes the winningest goalie in franchise history. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

March 13, 2019

Carey Price set the Montreal franchise record for most wins by a goalie, Max Domi scored two goals, and the host Canadiens defeated the reeling Detroit Red Wings for the ninth consecutive time, 3-1 on Tuesday.

With his 315th regular-season victory, Price supplanted Jacques Plante for the team mark. He made 20 saves as the Canadiens completed a sweep of the four-game season series by a 21-7 aggregate score.

Brett Kulak collected the other goal for Montreal while Tomas Tatar recorded two assists.

Andreas Athanasiou scored the only goal for the Red Wings, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games (1-8-3). Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves.

Flames 9, Devils 4

Johnny Gaudreau collected a career-best six points — including a hat trick — and host Calgary exploded for six goals in the third period en route to a comeback victory over New Jersey.

Derek Ryan had two goals and an assist, and Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm both collected a goal and three assists for the Flames. Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary.

Blake Coleman produced a goal and an assist for the Devils, who also got goals from Kyle Palmieri, Kenny Agostino and Travis Zajac.

Stars 2, Sabres 0

Ben Bishop recorded his third consecutive shutout, Roope Hintz notched his first multiple-goal game, and visiting Dallas beat Buffalo.

Bishop made 35 saves to notch his sixth shutout of the season and the 30th of his career, running his career record to 12-0-1 against the Sabres. He has a shutout streak of 204:20, the second-longest stretch in club history. Ed Belfour went 219:26 without allowing a goal in the 2000-01 season.

The three straight shutouts ties Bishop with Belfour and Cesare Maniago for the franchise record. Maniago did it in December 1967 with the then-Minnesota North Stars, and Belfour’s hot stretch was in November 2000.

Penguins 5, Capitals 3

Evgeni Malkin had two assists to become the 88th NHL player to reach 1,000 career points, and Pittsburgh halted visiting Washington’s seven-game winning streak.

Sidney Crosby scored twice, and Jake Guentzel, Phil Kessel and Jared McCann tallied once apiece for Pittsburgh, which has won five of six. Matt Murray stopped 38 shots.

Jakub Vrana scored twice and John Carlson once for the Capitals, and Braden Holtby made 25 saves. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin had an assist to reach 1,200 career points.

Sharks 5, Jets 4

Joe Pavelski scored the go-ahead goal with five seconds remaining in the third period as San Jose won at Winnipeg for its sixth straight victory.

Gustav Nyquist scored twice to record his 13th career multi-goal performance, and Marcus Sorensen added a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who improved to 15-3-1 in their past 19 games.

Joe Thornton had two assists to move past Hall of Famer Stan Mikita (1,467 assists) for sole possession of 14th place in NHL history. The 39-year-old Thornton skated in his 1,554 regular-season game to tie Jarome Iginla for 13th place on the league’s all-time list.

Coyotes 3, Blues 1

Darcy Kuemper made 39 saves as Arizona moved into the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference with a victory at St. Louis.

Richard Panik, Vinnie Hinostroza and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored goals for the Coyotes, who won for the ninth time in their past 11 games. Kuemper, pulled in the second period after giving up four goals on 12 shots in a 7-1 loss at Chicago on Monday, bounced back to improve to 18-5-3 since Jan. 1.

Jaden Schwartz scored a power-play goal and Jordan Binnington had 19 saves for the Blues.

Blue Jackets 7, Bruins 4

Boone Jenner recorded his 100th career goal and first hat trick as Columbus earned a wild victory over visiting Boston.

Zach Werenski and Josh Anderson each had one goal and three assists for the Blue Jackets, who were shut out twice in the past three contests and posted seven non-shootout goals while losing four of their previous six.

The Bruins have lost two straight in regulation following their 15-0-4 stretch. Boston’s Brad Marchand reached the 30-goal mark for a fourth straight season and equaled his career high of 85 points with two goals and an assist.

Ducks 3, Predators 2

Ryan Getzlaf scored less than four minutes into the game, and Anaheim denied visiting Nashville a chance to move into first place in the Central Division.

The Predators made things interesting with a pair of Filip Forsberg goals 58 seconds apart in the third period, but the Ducks were able to make their early 3-0 lead stand.

Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Sprong also scored for the Ducks, who won for the fourth time in their past six games. Anaheim goaltender John Gibson made 32 saves.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: NFL: Combine
FILE PHOTO: Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (QB11) who did not participate in workout drills watches from the sidelines during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports – 12268222

March 13, 2019

Kyler Murray will perform quarterback drills and other testing at his much-anticipated pro day workout in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday.

The Arizona Cardinals are among the teams expected to send a large contingent of coaches and personnel evaluators. Arizona owns the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft and speculation simmered during the NFL Scouting Combine that the Cardinals are primed to draft Murray and deal their 2018 first-round pick, Josh Rosen, for additional draft picks or a veteran.

Murray did not throw or take part in measurement tests at the combine, including the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump.

Beyond the Cardinals, the Oakland Raiders (fourth overall), New York Giants (sixth), Cincinnati Bengals (11th) and Miami Dolphins (13th) could covet Murray. The Denver Broncos are a longer shot to look at Murray with the 10th pick after trading for Joe Flacco.

–The Denver Broncos, who will have two new inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, will meet the Atlanta Falcons in the 2019 Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and cornerback Champ Bailey — who spent 10 seasons in Denver — will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame two days later, as will tight end Tony Gonzalez, who spent the final five seasons of his 17-year NFL career with the Falcons.

Other members of the 2019 class are safety Ed Reed, cornerback Ty Law, safety Johnny Robinson, center Kevin Mawae and personnel executive Gil Brandt.

–The Atlanta Falcons have given themselves financial wiggle room this offseason by restructuring the contract of quarterback Matt Ryan, ESPN reported.

The team created $7 million in cap space by converting $8.75 million of his 2019 base salary into a signing bonus. Before the move, the Falcons had the least amount of cap room in the NFL at just more than $6 million, according to overthecap.com.

Ryan signed a five-year, $150 million contract last year.

–Dez Bryant could return to the New Orleans Saints when he’s recovered from the ruptured Achilles suffered in his second day of practice in 2018.

According to NFL Network, the Saints are hoping Bryant, 30, can play this season. He was signed last November as a free agent to a one-year, $600,000 contract after going months without interest following his release from the Dallas Cowboys in April 2018.

Bryant has 531 catches for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns in his career, but he hasn’t posted a 1,000-yard season since 2014.

–Standout pass rusher Khalil Mack restructured his contract to create salary cap space for the Chicago Bears in 2019. The team converted $11 million of Mack’s 2019 base salary and roster bonus into a signing bonus to whittle more room under the cap.

Chicago is without a first-round draft pick, which was traded to Oakland in the deal for Mack.

The Bears reportedly have shown interest in free agent running back Le’Veon Bell, who is being pursued by as many as six teams after not playing last season in a contract dispute with the Steelers.

— The Pittsburgh Steelers announced they will keep injured linebacker Ryan Shazier under contract for 2019, allowing him to retain his medical insurance as he continues to recover from a spinal injury.

Shazier, who suffered the severe injury late in the 2017 season, will remain on the physically unable to perform list for the 2019 season. He will be paid a salary commensurate with his years of service in the NFL, and he’ll accrue another year toward his pension.

“We will continue to support Ryan’s efforts to return to play,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “Although he won’t be able to help us on the field in 2019, his leadership, insight, and emotional support have always been very valuable to us, and we look forward to his contributions in our pursuit of a championship.”

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-Pittsburgh Pirates at Atlanta Braves
Mar 11, 2019; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) comes in from the field during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

March 13, 2019

Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs as the Atlanta Braves posted a 5-0 victory over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday at Kissimmee, Fla.

The reigning National League Rookie of the Year had an opposite-field double in the second inning and a run-scoring single in the sixth in addition to the fourth-inning liner over the left-field fence off Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas.

“I felt good from the start of camp,” Acuna told reporters through an interpreter after a contest in which he raised his spring average to .360. “But as the games have progressed, I have definitely felt even better.

“I think with those last at-bats, I’ve had a little extra patience. Initially, I think I was still having good at-bats. I just wasn’t getting results. Things are progressing quickly and we’re starting to see the results now.”

Rays 2, Blue Jays 1

Kevin Kiermaier’s seventh-inning sacrifice fly plated the decisive run as Tampa Bay edged host Toronto at Dunedin, Fla. Kevin Pillar had an RBI single for the Blue Jays.

Tigers 4, Red Sox 3

Jordy Mercer slugged a two-run homer to help visiting Detroit beat Boston at Fort Myers, Fla. Red Sox left-hander David Price served up the blast as one of two hits he allowed during three innings.

Twins 10, Pirates 4

LaMonte Wade had a three-run triple to help visiting Minnesota cruise past Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla. Adam Frazier contributed a two-run single for the Pirates.

Marlins 8, Mets 1

Brian Anderson hit a two-run homer as Miami trounced visiting New York. Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom took the loss while allowing two runs and five hits and striking out six over five innings.

White Sox (ss)-Royals, canceled

The game between Chicago and host Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., was washed out due to persistent rain.

Mariners-White Sox (ss), canceled

Seattle and host Chicago were unable to play due to heavy rain at Glendale, Ariz.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

David Hookstead | Reporter

Le’Veon Bell wants to get paid a ton on his new contract.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers running back didn’t play a single snap last year in order to save his body for a new long-term deal.

We now have a number on what he’s looking for. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler Monday, Bell is looking for about $16 million a year, and he’s going to want a lot of guarantees.

Bell is going to get straight-up paid on his new deal, and there’s no question about that at all. When he actually decides he wants to play, he’s arguably the most dynamic athlete in the league. (RELATED: Pittsburgh Steelers Don’t Transition Tag Le’Veon Bell, He Can Now Sign Wherever He Wants)

He can catch the ball, he can run the ball, and he’s insanely elusive in the open field. He’s got everything you want in an elite running back.

The only question now is where he’s going to end up. My money is on the Jets. The Jets have tons of cap space, they need help for Sam Darnold and Bell seems like he’d flourish in a major media market. It almost makes too much sense.

It’ll be nice to see Bell back on the field. It’s not great for the NFL when one of the best players in the league just takes a year off and doesn’t play a snap. That’s not a great look at all.

Luckily, that time period is about to be over.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

The New England Patriots apparently tried to get Antonio Brown from the Steelers.

According to 12UP, Ian Rapoport claimed Monday on the NFL Network that the Patriots offered a second- and fourth-round pick for Brown, but the Steelers weren’t interested in trading with New England. (RELATED: Oakland Raiders Trade For Antonio Brown, Give Him Contract Worth More Than $50 Million)

They eventually took a third and a fifth to ship Brown out to the Raiders.

Yeah, I don’t really blame the Steelers here for not wanting to do business with the Pats. The road to the Super Bowl rolls through Foxboro, and the Steelers don’t want to arm the team they might have to see in the AFC Championship game.

Giving Brown to the Patriots would would be like giving your worst enemy battle-changing missile technology, and then being surprised when they use it to attack you. It wouldn’t make sense at all. (RELATED: The NFL Reveals The Punishment For Patriots Star Josh Gordon. They Dropped The Hammer)

Could you imagine Antonio Brown and Tom Brady playing together? The thought of it is borderline pornographic for football fans.

Again, the Steelers would have been the biggest idiots in the world if they sent Brown to a team they’re likely to face in the playoffs. That would have been among one of the dumbest decisions in modern football history.

Now, he’s on the Raiders, where he’s not likely do do much harm to Pittsburgh. What a wild world the NFL is, and that’s why we love it so much.

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NHL: San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild
Mar 11, 2019; Saint Paul, MN, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) makes a save in the third period against Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

March 12, 2019

Martin Jones turned aside all 24 shots he faced as San Jose moved into first place in the Pacific Division with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday in Saint Paul, Minn.

Barclay Goodrow and Tomas Hertl each scored, and Logan Couture converted a penalty shot for the Sharks, who have won five in a row to move past the idle Calgary Flames atop the Pacific.

Jones notched his third shutout of the season and second against the Wild, as he made 26 saves in San Jose’s 4-0 win at Minnesota on Dec. 18. The 29-year-old stopped 73 of 76 shots in a three-game season sweep of the Wild, and he has saved 128 of 137 shots during his five-game overall winning streak.

Devan Dubnyk turned aside 26 shots for Minnesota, which began a season-high, five-game homestand by dropping its second straight contest following an eight-game point streak (6-0-2).

Blackhawks 7, Coyotes 1

Brendan Perlini collected his first NHL hat trick as host Chicago won its third straight game, thrashing Arizona. Perlini was acquired from the Coyotes via trade in November.

Corey Crawford made 24 saves for the Blackhawks, who erased an early deficit with authority by scoring seven unanswered goals.

Patrick Kane, Chris Kunitz, Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews were the other goal-scorers for Chicago. Richard Panik opened the scoring for Arizona.

Oilers 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

Leon Draisaitl’s one-timer 35 seconds into overtime gave Edmonton a win over visiting New York.

After giving up an early 2-0 lead, the Oilers escaped with two points thanks to yet another big performance from Draisaitl, who also collected two assists. Draisaitl has 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) over his past 21 games, and he has recorded at least one point in each of his past 14 games.

Connor McDavid assisted on Draisaitl’s winner, and he also scored a goal. Matt Benning added a goal for the Oilers while Brendan Lemieux and Brett Howden found the net for the Rangers.

Hurricanes 3, Avalanche 0

Petr Mrazek had 38 saves for his third shutout in his past eight games, Andrei Svechnikov had two goals and an assist, and surging Carolina beat Colorado in Denver.

Dougie Hamilton also scored to back Mrazek, who is 7-1-0 over the eight-game span. Carolina moved ahead of Pittsburgh for third place in the Metropolitan Division with its 13th win in the last 17 games. The teams are tied with 83 points, but the Hurricanes hold the first tiebreaker.

Philipp Grubauer stopped 30 shots for the Avalanche.

Lightning 6, Maple Leafs 2

Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette each scored twice as Tampa Bay won at Toronto.

The Lighting became the fourth team in NHL history to reach 110 points through 70 games. They have won two of three games this season from the Maple Leafs.

Anthony Cirelli and Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay. Ryan McDonagh, Yanni Gourde and Jan Rutta added two assists apiece. Auston Matthews and Connor Brown collected goals for Toronto.

Islanders 2, Blue Jackets 0

Thomas Greiss recorded his fifth shutout of the year, and Ryan Pulock and Anders Lee scored in New York’s win over Columbus in Uniondale, N.Y.

Greiss, who made 31 saves, improved to 3-0-0 against Columbus this season with his 13th career shutout. He also blanked the Blue Jackets behind a 31-save effort on Feb. 14 in Columbus.

Pulock scored a first-period goal and Lee added a late empty-netter for the Islanders, who have won three of their past four. Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves for Columbus, which has lost five of its past eight.

Flyers 3, Senators 2

Michael Raffl scored a goal and added an assist in his 400th career NHL game, lifting host Philadelphia past Ottawa.

Oskar Lindblom and Scott Laughton each scored for the Flyers, who won their second in a row. Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott made 20 saves.

Chris Tierney and Filip Chlapik each scored a goal for the Senators, who dropped their fourth straight game. Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies
Mar 11, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

March 12, 2019

Left-hander Blake Snell, the best bargain in baseball, struck out Bryce Harper in a highly anticipated matchup as the Tampa Bay Rays cruised to an 8-2 victory over the host Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at Clearwater Fla.

Snell, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, had his contract renewed for $573,700, a raise of just $15,500. But Harper, who landed a $330 million contract over 13 seasons to join the Phillies, was overmatched and struck out looking on three pitches during their first-inning matchup.

“He’s good,” Harper told reporters afterward. “I was just happy to go out there and face a guy like him, see some (velocity), see some off-speed as well and just see one of the best in baseball. It’s always fun to be able to do that, whether it’s the third game in spring or the middle of the season. It’s good to see.”

Snell struck out two while tossing two perfect innings. Avisail Garcia homered and had three RBIs for Tampa Bay.

Cardinals 3, Nationals 2

Paul Goldschmidt lined a tiebreaking two-run double in the third inning as St. Louis edged visiting Washington at Jupiter, Fla. Juan Soto and Kurt Suzuki had run-scoring singles for the Nationals.

Braves 6, Pirates 2

Ronald Acuna Jr. clubbed a two-run homer and reached base three times to lead Atlanta past visiting Pittsburgh at Kissimmee, Fla. Colin Moran and Patrick Kivlehan had RBI singles for the Pirates.

Tigers 3, Twins 0

JaCoby Jones drilled a two-run homer to help Detroit blank host Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla. The Twins had just three hits against four Tigers’ hurlers.

Astros 6, Mets 3

Kyle Tucker delivered the tiebreaking two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to help Houston knock off New York at West Palm Beach, Fla. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-4 with a RBI for the Mets.

Brewers 8, White Sox 5

Ryan Braun belted a two-run blast for his first homer of the spring and Cory Spangenberg added a three-run blast as host Milwaukee knocked off Chicago at Phoenix, Ariz. Adam Engel homered for the White Sox.

Giants 4, Dodgers 1

Joey Bart delivered a tiebreaking three-run double in the top of the ninth inning as San Francisco defeated host Los Angeles at Phoenix, Ariz. Justin Turner’s first-inning sacrifice fly plated the Dodgers’ lone run.

Rockies 6, Athletics 3

Noel Cuevas hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning and Ian Desmond and Elliot Soto also went deep as Colorado beat visiting Oakland at Scottsdale, Ariz. Mark Canha had a two-run single and Marcus Semien went 3-for-3 for the Athletics.

Angels 12, Rangers 11

Jack Kruger homered and drove in six runs as Los Angeles outlasted host Texas at Surprise, Ariz. Hunter Pence and Preston Beck went deep for the Rangers.

Indians 5, Reds 5

Eric Haase hit a tying two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to allow Cleveland to play Cincinnati to a draw at Goodyear, Ariz. Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp homered for the Reds.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at Calgary Flames
Mar 10, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) collides with Las Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore (27) at Scotiabank Saddledome. Flames won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

March 11, 2019

Matthew Tkachuk notched his first career hat trick along with an assist, while linemates Mikael Backlund scored twice in a three-point game and Michael Frolik collected a career-high four assists as the host Calgary Flames snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night.

David Rittich made 25 saves for the Flames, including a clutch stop on Max Pacioretty midway through the third period when it was a one-goal game. Calgary is once again back atop the Western Conference.

With the score tied late in the second period, Backlund netted the game-winning goal with his second of the night, a nifty deflection for a power-play goal with 21.8 seconds remaining in the middle frame to make it 4-3.

Tkachuk iced the game with two late third-period goals, his first with 4:17 remaining and then an empty netter with 2:32 left on the clock.

Penguins 4, Bruins 2

Jared McCann scored twice as Pittsburgh halted visiting Boston’s 19-game point streak.

The Bruins were 15-0-4 during their streak and had not lost in regulation since Jan. 19.

Jake Guentzel had a goal and an assist, and Nick Bjugstad also scored for Pittsburgh, which has won four of its past five games and is 5-1-1 in its past seven. Goaltender Matt Murray stopped 39 of 41 Boston shots. Murray started for the eighth straight game, including the second night in a row and the third time in four nights.

Capitals 3, Jets 1

Carl Hagelin scored the tie-breaking goal in the second period and Washington extended its winning streak to seven games with a win over visiting Winnipeg in a battle of division leaders.

Washington now holds a four-point lead over the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. The Jets have a one-point lead over Nashville in the Central Division. It’s the Capitals’ second seven-game winning streak this season.

Nicklas Backstrom and Lars Eller scored the other two Washington goals. Pheonix Copley started in goal and despite the Jets outshooting the Capitals 34-17, he stood tall and finished with 33 saves.

Panthers 6, Red Wings 1

Defenseman Josh Brown and forward Dryden Hunt each scored their first NHL goal as host Florida defeated Detroit.

It was the 33rd NHL game for Hunt, 23, who signed with the Panthers in 2016 after going undrafted. Brown, 25, was Florida’s sixth-round pick in 2013, and this was his 24th NHL game.

Hunt and Brown upstaged another Panthers rookie — goalie Sam Montembeault, who had zero wins a couple of days ago but has now won two straight games after stopping 19 Wings shots.

Kings 3, Ducks 2

A fast start provided all the cushion that visiting Los Angeles needed in ending a three-game losing streak at the expense of Anaheim.

Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford and Carl Grundstrom all scored in the first period as the Kings won just the second matchup of the season with their Southern California rivals. The teams still have two more meetings on the schedule over the final four weeks of the season.

Daniel Sprong and Jakob Silfverberg scored goals for the Ducks, who saw their recent offensive outburst neutralized by the Kings. The Ducks entered with 12 goals in their previous two games but won just one of those contests.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
Mar 10, 2019; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Mike Zunino (10) and shortstop Daniel Robertson (28) talk on the field prior to a game against the Boston Red Sox at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

March 11, 2019

The Tampa Bay Rays clobbered six solo home runs while cruising to an 8-1 victory over the visiting Boston Red Sox in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Guillermo Heredia went deep twice, while Joey Wendle, Mike Zunino, Avisail Garcia and Nathaniel Lowe each did so once. Zunino added an RBI double, and Wendle and Ji-Man Choi each had two hits as well.

Rick Porcello, Hector Velazquez and Brandon Workman each surrendered two homers for the Red Sox. Velazquez allowed four runs on six hits in two innings, though he struck out two.

Yankees (ss) 6, Pirates 5

Zack Zehner’s two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted New York to a victory over visiting Pittsburgh in Tampa. Gio Urshela also went yard for the Yankees, while Jung Ho Kang and Francisco Cervelli each homered for the Pirates.

Phillies 8, Orioles 5

Jonathan Guzman broke a tie with an eighth-inning RBI double, and Trevor Plouffe followed with a two-run homer for insurance as visiting Philadelphia downed Baltimore in Sarasota, Fla. Jonathan Villar went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Orioles.

Marlins 5, Braves 2

Peter O’Brien had an RBI single and a grand slam to account for all five of Miami’s runs in a win over visiting Atlanta in Jupiter, Fla. Sandy Alcantara struck out five while allowing two hits and two walks in 4 1/3 scoreless innings for the Braves.

Nationals 6, Astros 4

Brothers Spencer and Carter Kieboom each hit RBI doubles to help visiting Washington to a 6-0 lead, and Houston’s late rally wasn’t enough in West Palm Beach, Fla. Abraham Toro had an RBI double in the seventh and RBI single in the ninth to help the Astros close the gap.

Blue Jays 10, Twins 1

Bo Bichette cracked two home runs and a double, and Cavan Biggio also homered as visiting Toronto cruised past Minnesota in Fort Myers, Fla. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi allowed five runs on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning.

Mets 9, Cardinals 1

Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil and Travis d’Arnaud all went deep as New York coasted to a victory over visiting St. Louis in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Dylan Carlson homered for the Cardinals.

Padres 11, Royals 6

Aderlin Rodriguez had a grand slam and an RBI double, and Jose Pirela homered twice as visiting San Diego scored 11 unanswered runs to beat Kansas City in Surprise, Ariz. Whit Merrifield, Cam Gallagher and Adalberto Mondesi each homered to help the Royals take a 6-0 lead after two innings.

Brewers 7, Cubs 5

Ben Gamel and Tyler Saladino hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning to help Milwaukee come from five runs down to beat visiting Chicago in Phoenix. Orlando Arcia hit a three-run shot to jumpstart the rally, after Cristhian Adames’ three-run triple put the Cubs up 5-0.

Rangers 7, Giants (ss) 6

Hunter Pence hit a solo homer against his former team, and visiting Texas overcame four errors to beat San Francisco in Scottsdale, Ariz. Mike Gerber hit a two-run triple with two outs in the ninth inning to get within one run, but Henry Ramos struck out to end the game.

Athletics 5 (ss), Giants (ss) 4

Chad Pinder, Marcus Semien and Mark Canha each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Canha’s walk-off single lifted Oakland over visiting San Francisco. Aramis Garcia had an RBI single and a home run for the Giants.

Athletics (ss) 7, White Sox 6

Josh Phegley had a homer and an RBI double in Oakland’s victory over Chicago in Phoenix. Jose Abreu went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs, while Yoan Moncada homered for the White Sox.

Indians 16, Mariners (ss) 2

Oscar Mercado went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and an RBI double as visiting Cleveland pummeled Seattle in Peoria, Ariz. Ryon Healy and Jay Bruce each hit solo homers for the Mariners.

Diamondbacks (ss) 3, Reds 2

Caleb Joseph’s three-run shot in the fourth inning accounted for visiting Arizona’s only scoring in a victory over Cincinnati in Goodyear, Ariz. Kyle Wren knocked in an RBI double for the Reds.

Dodgers 3, Rockies (ss) 1

Justin Turner had an RBI double and Max Muncy hit a two-run double to carry visiting Los Angeles over Colorado in Scottsdale, Ariz. Mark Reynolds’ solo shot accounted for the Rockies’ only run.

Mariners (ss) 9, Angels 9

Jared Walsh’s two-run double capped a six-run, ninth-inning rally as Los Angeles overcame a seven-run deficit to tie Seattle in Tempe, Ariz. Joe DeCarlo’s three-run double began a five-run eighth inning by the Mariners that had given them a 9-2 lead.

Diamondbacks (ss) 5, Rockies 2

Eduardo Escobar had a pair of RBI doubles, and Kevin Cron and Ildemaro Vargas each homered to help Arizona beat visiting Colorado in Monterrey, Mexico. The Rockies had just three hits, scoring on Pat Valaika’s sacrifice fly and a throwing error by Cron.

Yankees (ss) 2, Tigers 2

Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer, and Hector Sanchez tied the game with an RBI walk in the eighth inning as Detroit tied New York in Lakeland, Fla. Brandon Wagner homered for the Yankees.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

David Hookstead | Reporter

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster didn’t seem too flustered by Antonio Brown getting traded.

Brown was shipped out of town to the Oakland Raiders early Sunday morning and was handed a fat new contract by Jon Gruden’s organization. (RELATED: Antonio Brown Might Only Be Worth A Sixth Round Pick In A Potential Trade)

However, the rising NFL star didn’t appear worried at all. He posted a photo of himself scoring a touchdown with the caption, “I’m Ready…”

So, do we think he’ll be missing the former Steelers star at all? I’m going to go ahead and guess no. It’s all Schuster’s show now.

Brown was a massive headache and distraction by the end of his time in Pittsburgh. I imagine that irked a guy like Schuster, who just went out there and left it all on the field on a regular basis.

It should be fascinating to see how the Steelers do now that they’ve dumped Brown and Le’Veon Bell.

It’s going to be a different offense, and I think a guy like Schuster will be just fine. As for Brown, he got his pay day. I’m sure he’s smiling ear-to-ear.

Welcome to the NFL. It never slows down for a second, and that’s why we love it so damn much.

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NHL: Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins
Mar 9, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Referee Rob Martell (26) points at Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) after he scored the winning goal in the final minute as he waits to celebrate with center Danton Heinen (43) and defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) during the third period of Boston’s 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

March 10, 2019

David Krejci tipped in the go-ahead goal with 45 seconds left in regulation, and the Boston Bruins beat the visiting Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday night to extend their point streak to 19 games.

Two nights after Boston scored twice in the final minute to beat Florida 4-3, Krejci put home a shot from Danton Heinen to break a 2-2 tie.

The Bruins are 15-0-4 since losing in regulation to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19 — the team’s longest such run since a club-record 23-game point streak (15-0-8) from 1940-41.

Boston also swept a six-game homestand by winning its 10th in a row at TD Garden and eighth straight overall against the Senators, who are 1-9-1 in their last 11 contests.

Coyotes 4, Kings 2

Christian Dvorak and Michael Grabner scored two goals each to help the Arizona inch closer to a playoff spot with a win against visiting Los Angeles.

They were the first goals for both forwards since returning from long-term injuries.

Clayton Keller had two assists and Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves for the Coyotes (34-29-5), who moved within a point of the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card from the Western Conference.

Knights 6, Canucks 2

Alex Tuch had a goal and two assists, and Mark Stone, Paul Stastny and Tomas Nosek each had a goal and an assist as visiting Vegas scored a franchise-record five goals in the first period en route to the victory over Vancouver.

Cody Eakin and Nate Schmidt also scored goals, and Colin Miller added two assists for Vegas, which moved within eight points of second-place Calgary in the Pacific Division.

The Golden Knights will try to match their season-high seven-game win streak on Sunday night when they play the Flames on the back end of a back-to-back in Calgary.

Flyers 5, Islanders 2

James van Riemsdyk collected a goal and an assist, and five different Philadelphia skaters scored to thump New York.

Goalie Brian Elliott stopped 25 shots for the Flyers, who are on a 5-1-1 run and five points out of a playoff spot.

Philadelphia surrendered the game’s first goal, but took over with five consecutive goals en route to their second win over the Islanders in less than a week.

Hurricanes 5, Predators 3

Nino Niederreiter bounced back from an ugly performance by scoring two goals, leading Carolina to a victory against host Nashville.

Justin Williams, Jordan Martinook and Sebastian Aho also scored for Carolina, and goaltender Petr Mrazek made 31 saves to improve to 6-1-0 in his past seven starts.

Craig Smith, Brian Boyle and Mikael Granlund scored for Nashville, which missed an opportunity to move past idle Winnipeg into first place in the Central Division. Predators goalie Juuse Saros stopped 27 of 31 shots.

Blackhawks 2, Stars 1

Alex DeBrincat scored the deciding goal late in the first period, and Corey Crawford made 26 saves as visiting Chicago outlasted Dallas in a key Western Conference dustup.

The Blackhawks captured consecutive wins for the first time since Feb. 18 and 20. They are 3-4-0 in their past seven games and climbed to within seven points of Minnesota with 14 games remaining in the regular season.

Anton Khudobin turned away 37 of the 39 shots he faced as Dallas had a four-game win streak snapped and settled for a 2-1 homestand. The Stars play their next two games on the road, beginning Tuesday in Buffalo.

Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 1

Cam Atkinson scored twice, including a short-handed goal in the second period that held up as the decider, as Columbus finally solved visiting Pittsburgh to enhance its chances of making the playoffs.

Pittsburgh had won nine straight games against Columbus.

Boone Jenner and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had lost three of their previous four games. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who somewhat curiously was a healthy scratch Thursday at Pittsburgh, made 28 saves.

Rangers 4, Devils 2

Vladislav Namestnikov scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:35 remaining in the third period and collected two assists as New York rallied from an early two-goal deficit and snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a victory over visiting New Jersey.

The Rangers beat the Devils for the third time in as many meetings and rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the second time, thanks to Namestnikov, who was moved up to the first line.

New York went ahead after Namestnikov helped keep possession of the puck by prying it away from New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider, who tried to smother the puck after the Rangers moved it out of the right corner.

Lightning 3, Red Wings 2

Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, and Tampa Bay defeated visiting Detroit for the 14th consecutive time.

Kucherov now has an NHL-high 110 points, which is also a franchise record.

Louis Domingue made 22 saves while Ryan McDonagh had the other goal for Tampa Bay, which bounced back after being shut out by Minnesota in its previous outing.

Maple Leafs 3, Oilers 2

John Tavares had a goal and two assists and visiting Toronto held on to defeat Edmonton.

Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin also scored for the Maple Leafs, who ended the Oilers’ four-game winning streak. Toronto won both meetings between the teams this season, after a 6-2 home win on Feb. 27.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Oscar Klefbom scored for Edmonton late in the third period with the goaltender removed for an extra attacker. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had two assists.

Sharks 3, Blues 2 (OT)

Kevin Labanc scored 3:21 into overtime as host San Jose moved into first place in the Pacific Division with a victory over St. Louis Blues.

St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen kept the contest tied at 2 by using his blocker to deny Marcus Sorensen’s bid on a breakaway with three minutes remaining in the third period. Allen also turned away Gustav Nyquist’s shot from the slot early in overtime before Labanc converted a give-and-go with Logan Couture for his fourth career overtime goal.

Timo Meier scored twice to extend his goal-scoring streak to four consecutive contests for the Sharks (41-19-8, 90 points), who completed a sweep of their four-game homestand and moved past idle Calgary atop the Pacific.

Avalanche 3, Sabres 0

Philipp Grubauer had 18 saves for his second shutout of the season, Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, and Colorado beat slumping Buffalo.

Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Bourque also scored for the Avalanche (30-27-12, 72 points), who moved within two points of idle Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

Carter Hutton had 40 saves for Buffalo. The Sabres (30-29-9, 69) have lost four straight and are 2-8-2 in their last 12 games.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: NFL: Combine
FILE PHOTO: Feb 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports – 12253066

March 9, 2019

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane will not bring wide receiver Antonio Brown to Western New York.

“We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers,” Beane said Friday in an announcement meant to put to rest reports of an imminent deal between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bills.

“We had positive discussions. But ultimately it didn’t make sense for either side. As great a player as Antonio Brown is, we have moved on and our focus is on free agency.”

Brown has six consecutive 100-catch seasons but fell out of favor in Pittsburgh at the end of last season. He was inactive following reports of a walkthrough confrontation with teammate Ben Roethlisberger. The quarterback denied any incident took place. Brown claimed coach Mike Tomlin sent him home because of a sore knee.

–The Philadelphia Eagles were finalizing a trade that would send defensive end Michael Bennett to New England, according to multiple reports.

The Patriots were expected to send a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Eagles in exchange for Bennett and a seventh-round pick in 2020, according to Jeff McLane of Philly.com. ESPN’s Josina Anderson posted on social media that Bennett, 33, confirmed the trade to her.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection with Seattle, Bennett registered nine sacks and 34 tackles during his first season with Philadelphia in 2018.

–Three-time Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea was released by the Arizona Cardinals, who also announced that backup quarterback Mike Glennon was released.

Bethea, 34, had a team-leading 121 tackles in 2018 during the second season of a three-year, $12.75 million contract. The Cardinals will reportedly save $4.75 million in cap space.

–Safety Eric Weddle and the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to a two-year contract, the team announced.

The news came after Weddle visited the Rams’ headquarters in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The team did not disclose contract terms, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the deal has a $10.5 million base salary but could be worth as much at $12.5 million.

–Veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola was released by the Miami Dolphins, according to multiple reports.

The Dolphins signed Amendola, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, to a two-year, $12 million contract a year ago. By releasing him, the Dolphins will free up $6 million in salary cap money.

–The New York Giants traded pass rusher Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns for right guard Kevin Zeitler, according to multiple reports.

The two teams also are swapping mid-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, with the Giants sending a fourth-round selection (132nd overall) to the Browns for a fifth-rounder (155th), per NFL Network.

–The Detroit Lions released Pro Bowl guard and team captain T.J. Lang, who had one year left on a three-year contract signed in March 2017.

By cutting the suburban Detroit native, the Lions save $8.8 million in cap space and avoid paying him a $750,000 roster bonus that would have been due next week, according to ESPN.

–The Dallas Cowboys picked up the options on wide receiver Allen Hurns, center Joe Looney and linebacker Joe Thomas, and also signed defensive tackle Daniel Ross to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.

Hurns, 27, played all 16 games (seven starts) in his first season with the Cowboys, catching 20 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns. He suffered a gruesome leg injury in a wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks, suffering a dislocated ankle and fractured knee. He previously has said he expects to be ready for the start of the 2019 season.

Looney, 28, started all 16 games at center in 2018 with All-Pro Travis Frederick missing the entire season due to Guillain-Barre syndrome.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars announced the release of five veterans, including Pro Bowl defensive tackle Malik Jackson, to clear about $30 million in salary cap space.

Reports emerged last week that the Jaguars were trying to trade Jackson and running Carlos Hyde, who also was released. The Jaguars also cut safety Tashaun Gipson, offensive tackle Jermey Parnell and long snapper Carson Tinker.

The Jaguars presumably are trying to free enough cap room to sign free agent quarterback Nick Foles when the league year begins Wednesday.

–Pittsburgh right tackle Marcus Gilbert indicated that he would not be with the Steelers next season, posting the message “Next chapter” on Twitter.

That chapter apparently will be written in Arizona. ESPN’s Adam Schefter later reported that the 31-year-old veteran had been traded to the Cardinals for a sixth-round 2019 draft pick.

–Brad Childress is reportedly returning to the NFL as an assistant with the Chicago Bears, two months after resigning as head coach of the Alliance of American Football’s Atlanta Legends.

The 62-year-old former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings worked with Bears coach Matt Nagy on the Kansas City Chiefs’ staff from 2013-17.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners
FILE PHOTO: Feb 22, 2019; Peoria, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Chad Pinder (18) flips his bat after drawing a walk in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

March 9, 2019

Greg Deichmann hit a two-run home run to cap a four-run bottom of the eighth inning as the Oakland Athletics rallied for a 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday at Mesa, Ariz.

Chad Pinder delivered a run-scoring double and Austin Beck plated another run on an infield single before Deichmann swatted a 2-0 pitch from Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo over the wall in right field.

Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Padres. Renfroe’s two-run double in the fifth gave San Diego a 5-0 lead before Oakland began its comeback with Josh Phegley’s two-run blast in the seventh.

Rockies 11, Rangers 10

Peter Mooney recorded the tying double in the bottom of the ninth and Colton Welker stroked the winning two-out single as Colorado rallied to beat Texas at Scottsdale, Ariz. Elvis Andrus hit a grand slam to help the Rangers build a 7-0 lead.

White Sox 15, Angels 8

Yonder Alonso went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs and Jon Jay went 3-for-4 with two RBIs as Chicago defeated Los Angeles at Tempe, Ariz. Albert Pujols had a run-scoring single for his second RBI of the spring for the Angels.

Marlins 10, Mets 3

Neil Walker went 3-for-3 with two homers and four RBIs as Miami rolled past host New York at Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Mets’ Robinson Cano hit his first homer of the spring while reaching base three times on two hits and a walk.

Brewers 6, Diamondbacks 3

Travis Shaw homered twice and drove in three runs as Milwaukee knocked off Arizona at Phoenix, Ariz. Andy Young and Wyatt Mathisen both went deep for the Diamondbacks.

Cardinals 3, Nationals 2

Matt Wieters had two hits and one RBI as St. Louis edged visiting Washington at Jupiter, Fla. Matt Adams and Jake Noll homered for the Nationals.

Blue Jays (ss) 5, Pirates (ss) 2

Right-hander Marcus Stroman gave up one hit over four shutout innings as the Blue Jays downed Pittsburgh at Dunedin, Fla. Freddy Galvis and Brandon Drury homered for Toronto, while Oneil Cruz went deep for the Pirates.

Royals 8, Reds 3

Alex Gordon and Khalil Lee had two RBIs apiece as host Kansas City cruised past Cincinnati at Surprise, Ariz. Jose Peraza smacked a two-run homer for the Reds.

Blue Jays (ss) 11, Pirates (ss) 0

Anthony Alford homered twice and Bo Bichette, Jonathan Davis and Billy McKinney each added solo shots as Toronto routed host Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla. The Pirates had three hits, all singles.

Orioles 4, Red Sox 2

Renato Nunez homered and Hanser Alberto lined the go-ahead double in the sixth inning as host Baltimore defeated Boston at Sarasota, Fla. The Red Sox had just two hits.

Rays 5, Twins 5

Ji-Man Choi, Willy Adames and Jake Smolinski each homered as Tampa Bay and host Minnesota played to a draw at Fort Myers, Fla. Tyler Austin went 3-for-3 for the Twins.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NHL: Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins
Mar 7, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) follows the puck in the corner during the first period against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

March 8, 2019

Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves and Jason Zucker scored a hat trick as the visiting Wild cooled off Tampa Bay in a 3-0 win on Thursday, breaking the Lightning’s eight-game home winning streak.

Dubnyk recorded his second shutout this season and the 31st of his career and improved to 6-0-1 in his last seven starts for the Wild. The Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots and saw his 10-game winning streak end.

Zucker recorded the hat trick when he tallied his 20th of the season into an empty net with 1:46 left in regulation, giving him eight points in his past seven games.

Eric Staal’s assist on the last goal pushed his season-high point streak to eight games. Ryan Donato notched a pair of assists for Minnesota, which is 6-0-2 in its past eight games.

Bruins 4, Panthers 3

Patrice Bergeron produced two goals — including the go-ahead score with 6.7 seconds left — as host Boston rallied to score twice in the final minute and stun Florida.

Boston won its fifth game in a row and extended its points streak to 18 games (14-0-4). Florida has lost six consecutive games, although four of those defeats went past regulation.

Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk scored a power-play goal with 37 seconds left to tie the score 3-3. David Krejci produced Boston’s other goal. Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau had two goals and an assist, and Aleksander Barkov also scored.

Coyotes 2, Flames 0

Jakob Chychrun collected a goal and an assist, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 shots for his third shutout of the season as Arizona beat Calgary in Glendale, Ariz.

The Coyotes have won seven of eight games and sit three points off the pace set by the Minnesota Wild for the second Western Conference wild-card spot.

The Western Conference-Leading Flames have dropped four consecutive games, all in regulation, and have scored only five goals total in those defeats. Mike Smith made 23 saves for Calgary, which plays eight of its next 10 games at home.

Stars 4, Avalanche 0

Alexander Radulov recorded his first NHL hat trick, and Ben Bishop was perfect for the second straight game as Dallas rolled to a win over visiting Colorado.

The Stars earned their fourth win in a row and improved to 6-2-0 in their past eight games. The Avalanche lost their fourth straight.

Bishop turned away 31 shots and recorded his fifth shutout of the season and the 29th of his 10-year NHL career. He made 28 saves on Tuesday in a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers. Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist for Dallas.

Islanders 4, Senators 2

Anthony Beauvillier scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period, and New York moved back into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with a win at Ottawa.

Valtteri Filppula scored twice in the first period and Casey Cizikas added an empty-netter in the final minute of the third for the Islanders, who have the exact same record (39-21-7) as the Washington Capitals. Thomas Greiss made 35 saves for the win.

Brady Tkachuk and Oscar Lindberg scored for the league-worst Senators. Anders Nilsson made 27 saves as Ottawa fell to 1-2-1 under interim head coach Marc Crawford.

Oilers 3, Canucks 2

Zack Kassian scored in his career-high fourth straight contest as host Edmonton skated to a victory over Vancouver.

Alex Chiasson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also tallied, and Mikko Koskinen made 35 saves for the Oilers, who posted their season-high-tying fourth consecutive victory. Connor McDavid set up a pair of goals to give him at least a point in each of the past seven contests in which he has played. Linemate Leon Draisaitl picked up an assist to boost his point streak to a career-high 12 games.

Alex Edler and Jay Beagle scored, and Brock Boeser notched a pair of assists for the Canucks, who fell for the 12th time in 16 contests overall (4-9-3).

Sharks 5, Canadiens 2

Marcus Sorensen and Kevin Labanc each had two points to lead San Jose past visiting Montreal.

Labanc had two assists while Sorensen had an assist and also scored his 15th goal of the season. Four of Sorensen’s goals have come in his past three games. Joe Thornton, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Hertl also found the net for the Sharks, who got 37 saves from Martin Jones.

Antti Niemi stopped 20 of 24 shots in a rare start for the Canadiens. Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Shaw scored.

Blues 4, Kings 0

Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly bookended the second period with goals, and St. Louis strengthened its playoff chances with a victory at Los Angeles.

Tyler Bozak also scored a second-period goal for the Blues, while Ivan Barbashev added an insurance goal in the third period. Jake Allen made 28 saves, including a dazzling snag with his blocker hand to protect a gaping side of the net in the third period, for his third shutout of the season.

The Kings dropped their second consecutive game and were defeated for the 12th time in their past 13 games.

Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 0

Matt Murray stopped all 25 shots he faced as Pittsburgh beat visiting Columbus. It was Murray’s fourth shutout this season and 10th of his career. He is 5-0-2 in his past seven starts.

Phil Kessel, Nick Bjugstad and Sidney Crosby scored for Pittsburgh, which won its third straight game. The Penguins have won eight in a row against the Blue Jackets and are 9-0-1 in the teams’ past 10 meetings.

Joonas Korpisalo made 28 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four of six.

Blackhawks 5, Sabres 4 (SO)

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat each scored during the shootout round, and Chicago posted a win over visiting Buffalo.

Artem Anisimov scored a pair of regulation-time goals for the Blackhawks, who snapped a two-game skid. Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Brendan Perlini also scored.

Zach Bogosian had a goal and an assist to lead Buffalo, which remains winless over the past three games. Brandon Montour, Vladimir Sobotka and Kyle Okposo also scored in regulation, and Jack Eichel notched the Sabres’ lone shootout goal.

Red Wings 3, Rangers 2 (SO)

Andreas Athanasiou had a goal and an assist in regulation, then scored the only goal in the shootout as Detroit snapped an eight-game losing streak with a win over visiting New York.

Tyler Bertuzzi had the other goal for Detroit, which won for the first time since Feb. 14. Jimmy Howard made 32 saves in regulation and another during the shootout. Two other shootout chances by the Rangers missed the target.

Pavel Buchnevich scored both goals for the Rangers, who have dropped six straight, including five by a one-goal margin. It’s their longest slide this season. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 43 shots.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: Steelers Antonio Brown celebrates a first down against the New England Patriots in the third quarter of their NFL football game in Pittsburgh
FILE PHOTO: Pittsburgh Steelers Antonio Brown celebrates a first down against the New England Patriots in the third quarter of their NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 30, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Cohn/File Photo

March 8, 2019

The Pittsburgh Steelers might be ready to trade wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills.

Or maybe not.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday night that the Steelers were closing in on a deal to send the disgruntled wideout to Buffalo.

However, Brown soon replied to that report on Instagram by writing, “fake news” with a flashing alarm emoji.

The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci later tweeted that sources told him the Bills inquired about Brown but that no deal was imminent and that a trade between the clubs was unlikely.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that the Green Bay Packers also might have interest in acquiring Brown.

The Steelers announced earlier this week that they plan to deal Brown by Friday. Brown is expected to fetch a high pick, perhaps a first-round selection, for Pittsburgh in a trade.

Earlier Thursday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Oakland Raiders officials are not yet sold on giving up precious draft capital to acquire Brown.

The Raiders are looking at other avenues to address their depleted wide receiver corps, according to the newspaper.

With three picks in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Raiders might be willing to part with a second-round selection, per reports.

The Cleveland Browns and New York Jets also reportedly kicked the tires on a deal for Brown.

Brown has six consecutive 100-catch seasons but fell out of favor in Pittsburgh at the end of last season. He was inactive Week 17 following reports of a walkthrough confrontation with teammate Ben Roethlisberger. The quarterback denied any incident took place.

Brown told LeBron James on HBO’s “The Shop” that he felt disrespected by Roethlisberger following an interception in November against the Broncos.

“He feels like he’s the owner,” Brown said. “Bro, you threw the (expletive) to the D-lineman! What the (expletive)? I’m over here wide open! You need to give me a better ball!”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said at his season-ending press conference that the implication Brown quit on his team was not lost on him.

Brown met with team officials two weeks later and the sides agreed a trade would be the best solution for all involved. Pittsburgh is also parting with running back Le’Veon Bell, the twice-franchise-tagged former All-Pro who opted to sit out the 2018 season in a contract squabble.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NHL: Calgary Flames at New York Islanders
Feb 26, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund (11) celebrates with Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) in front of New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) after scoring a goal during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

February 27, 2019

Mikael Backlund and Rasmus Andersson scored early in the third period Tuesday night for the Calgary Flames, who remained red hot with a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders in Uniondale, N.Y.

Matthew Tkachuk opened the scoring for the Western Conference-leading Flames, who have won a season-high six straight, including the first two games of an Eastern Conference road trip. Calgary earlier had two winning streaks of five straight games.

Flames goalie Mike Smith made 26 saves.

Josh Bailey scored for the Islanders, who lost for the third time in the past four games — a skid that began with a 4-2 loss at Calgary last Wednesday — to fall into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Washington Capitals.

Wild 3, Jets 2

Minnesota scored two goals in the last 87 seconds of the game to steal a road victory over Winnipeg.

After Jason Zucker’s power-play goal at 18:33 of the third period tied the score, Joel Eriksson Ek forced in a rebound just 26 seconds later for the winner. Eriksson Ek’s goal stood after both a video review and a coach’s challenge from the Winnipeg bench.

Ryan Donato and Eric Staal each had two assists for the Wild, who extended their winning streak to four games. The Jets got goals from Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele.

Coyotes 4, Panthers 3 (SO)

Nick Cousins, Alex Galchenyuk and Vinnie Hinostroza scored in a shootout as host Arizona won its fourth straight game, defeating Florida.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers in the shootout, but Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov, and that was the difference in a wild game.

Arizona hit the post three times in the final two frantic minutes of regulation, failing to score each time. Both Kuemper and Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made spectacular saves in overtime.

Capitals 7, Senators 2

T.J. Oshie scored twice in a four-goal second period as Washington defeated visiting Ottawa.

The Senators dominated the early minutes and scored the game’s first two goals, but it was all Capitals after that. Washington scored twice late in the first period to tie it and added four more in less than eight minutes in the second.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brett Connolly, Lars Eller and Tom Wilson each finished with one goal and one assist for the Capitals, who also got a goal from John Carlson. Anthony Duclair and Oscar Lindberg were the scorers for Ottawa.

Flyers 5, Sabres 2

Oskar Lindblom, Jakub Voracek, James van Riemsdyk, Travis Sanheim and Claude Giroux each scored a goal to lead host Philadelphia past Buffalo.

Giroux also added an assist as the Flyers earned their fifth straight win over the Sabres in Philadelphia. Goaltender Brian Elliott made 34 saves as the Flyers won their second in a row.

Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt each scored a goal for the Sabres.

Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 2

Jared McCann scored twice to lead visiting Pittsburgh past Columbus.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and assist, and Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, who ended a two-game losing streak. They have won seven in a row against the Blue Jackets. Goaltender Matt Murray stopped 21 of 23 Columbus shots.

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson scored for the Blue Jackets, whose two-game winning streak ended. Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves for Columbus.

Hurricanes 6, Kings 1

Dougie Hamilton scored two goals as Carolina won its ninth game in 11 outings by routing Los Angeles at Raleigh, N.C.

Sebastian Aho, Micheal Ferland, Jaccob Slavin and Teuvo Teravainen also scored for the Hurricanes. Teravainen also provided three assists, while Jordan Staal assisted three times and Hamilton had one assist.

Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots, blanking the Kings until the final eight minutes. Dustin Brown scored for Los Angeles off an assist from Alex Iafallo.

Bruins 4, Sharks 1

Brad Marchand recorded his franchise-record-tying 25th short-handed goal and added two assists as host Boston extended its point streak to 14 games (10-0-4) with a victory over San Jose.

David Krejci collected a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who defeated San Jose for the sixth straight time. Boston’s Charlie McAvoy and Jake DeBrusk scored 37 seconds apart in the second period, and Jaroslav Halak finished with 19 saves to improve to 4-0-2 in his past six starts.

San Jose’s Erik Karlsson exited early in the second period after appearing to aggravate a groin injury that had sidelined him for the Sharks’ 5-3 win over Detroit on Sunday. Karlsson returned midway into the period, but Marchand breezed by him before backhanding the puck past Martin Jones (28 saves) at 12:28 to tie Rick Middleton for the most short-handed goals in franchise history.

Canadiens 8, Red Wings 1

Andrew Shaw notched his first career hat trick, Max Domi had two goals and three assists, and visiting Montreal pounded Detroit.

Jonathan Drouin collected four assists while Tomas Tatar, Brendan Gallagher and Joel Armia also scored for Montreal. Carey Price made 28 saves as the Canadiens defeated Detroit for the third time in three meetings this season.

Anthony Mantha scored for the Red Wings, who have lost six straight. Detroit starting goaltender Jimmy Howard was pulled early from his third start in a row after allowing six goals on 22 shots in the first two periods.

Golden Knights 4, Stars 1

Max Pacioretty scored twice, including the deciding goal with 5:08 to play, and Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 23 saves as Vegas defeated visiting Dallas to snap a three-game losing streak.

Pacioretty’s second goal came as he swept behind the net and lifted the puck off the stick of Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop, then tried to center the puck. Instead, his pass deflected off the Stars’ Tyler Seguin and trickled across the goal line before Bishop could swipe it away.

Vegas earned just its fourth win in the past 14 games (4-9-1), while Dallas fell to 3-6-1 in its past 10 outings. Bishop stopped 44 shots for the Stars, who got a goal from Roope Hintz. Brayden McNabb and Nate Schmidt had goals for the Golden Knights.

Blues 2, Predators 0

Tyler Bozak broke a scoreless tie with 7:25 left in regulation, and rookie Jordan Binnington needed to make just 19 saves for his fifth shutout as St. Louis beat visiting Nashville.

The Blues were finally rewarded for outshooting the Predators 44-19 in the game as Bozak fired a Vladimir Tarasenko pass just as an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Nashville’s Ryan Johansen ended. Alex Pietrangelo added an empty-netter for the Blues.

Binnington continued his stellar play, improving to 7-0-0 with a 1.55 goals-against average at home as a starter for St. Louis. Juuse Saros was just as tough, making 42 saves for Nashville, which was shut out for the second time in three games.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
Feb 26, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

February 27, 2019

Right-hander Adam Wainwright pitched two perfect innings in his first start of the spring as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the host Washington Nationals 6-1 on Tuesday at West Palm Beach, Fla.

The 37-year-old Wainwright was limited to just eight starts last season due to elbow troubles. He is trying to regain the form that saw him win 19 or more games four times during 13 big league seasons.

“The difference today was that I was focused on command and trusting my stuff, and last year I was focused on surviving,” Wainwright told reporters. “Making a pitch and trying to make it to the next pitch. My focus today was on pitching instead of on health.”

Marlins 3, Astros 0

Right-hander Dan Straily struck out three in two perfect innings as Miami blanked visiting Houston at Jupiter, Fla. Houston right-hander Gerrit Cole pitched a perfect inning in his spring debut.

Tigers 14, Mets (ss) 4

Harold Castro and Pete Kozma each clubbed three-run homers as visiting Detroit routed New York at Port Fort Lucie, Fla. Rajai Davis went deep for the Mets.

Rays (ss) 11, Orioles 5 (8 innings)

Jesus Sanchez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer during a 10-run eighth-inning splurge as Tampa Bay rallied to knocked off host Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla. Chris Davis smacked a two-run blast for the Orioles in a game that was stopped due to rain.

Braves 4, Mets (ss) 3

William Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning as Atlanta defeated visiting New York at Kissimmee, Fla. Sebastian Espino hit an inside-the-park homer for the Mets.

Twins 6, Pirates 5

Ryan Jeffers delivered the go-ahead pinch-hit, two-run single during a four-run fifth-inning uprising as visiting Pittsburgh edged Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla. Patrick Kivlehan homered for the Twins.

Angels 17, Athletics 5

Jose Rosas hit a three-run homer and Peter Bourjos had a solo shot as Los Angeles routed Oakland at Mesa, Ariz. The Angels’ Roberto Baldoquin also knocked in three runs. Oakland reliever Fernando Rodney gave up four runs on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch in one-third of an inning.

White Sox 9, Royals (ss) 7

Tim Anderson drove in runs with a triple and a single, and Yonder Alonso added a two-run homer as Chicago beat Kansas City at Phoenix. MJ Melendez, Hunter Dozier and Taylor Jones hit two-run shots for the Royals, and Jecksson Flores added a solo homer.

Padres 3, Brewers 1

Fernando Tatis Jr. belted a two-run homer and Austin Hedges added a solo shot as San Diego defeated Milwaukee at Phoenix. Zach Davies threw two hitless, scoreless innings for the Brewers.

Giants 4, Reds 3

Jose Lopez struck out three in two scoreless innings, and San Francisco beat Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz. Jesus Reyes tossed two shutout innings for the Reds.

Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 4

Wilmer Flores hit a three-run double to lead Arizona to a win over Chicago at Mesa, Ariz. Chicago’s Yu Darvish walked four in 1 1/3 hitless innings, and he was charged with two runs (one earned).

Royals (ss) 8, Dodgers 2

Kansas City exploded for seven runs in the eighth inning, two on a single by Humberto Arteaga, in a victory over Los Angeles at Surprise, Ariz. The Dodgers’ Shane Peterson homered.

Indians 5, Rockies 3

Carlos Santana homered and knocked in three runs as Cleveland topped Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz. The Rockies’ Brian Mundell hit a two-run double.

Rangers 4, Mariners 4

Jake Fraley and Chris Mariscal hit ninth-inning home runs to lift Seattle into a tie with Texas at Peoria, Ariz. The Mariners’ Marco Gonzales struck out five in three scoreless innings.

Phillies-Yankees, canceled

New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka’s spring debut was washed out by rain as the host Yankees and Philadelphia were unable to play at Tampa, Fla.

Red Sox-Blue Jays, canceled

Right-hander Matt Shoemaker was slated to make his first Toronto appearance before rain prevented the contest between the Blue Jays and visiting Boston at Dunedin, Fla.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
Feb 26, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

February 26, 2019

Right-hander Adam Wainwright pitched two perfect innings in his first start of the spring as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the host Washington Nationals 6-1 on Tuesday at West Palm Beach, Fla.

The 37-year-old Wainwright was limited to just eight starts last season due to elbow troubles. He is trying to regain the form that saw him win 19 or more games four times during 13 big league seasons.

“The difference today was that I was focused on command and trusting my stuff, and last year I was focused on surviving,” Wainwright told reporters. “Making a pitch and trying to make it to the next pitch. My focus today was on pitching instead of on health.”

Marlins 3, Astros 0

Right-hander Dan Straily struck out three in two perfect innings as Miami blanked visiting Houston at Jupiter, Fla. Houston right-hander Gerrit Cole pitched a perfect inning in his spring debut.

Tigers 14, Mets (ss) 4

Harold Castro and Pete Kozma each clubbed three-run homers as visiting Detroit routed New York at Port Fort Lucie, Fla. Rajai Davis went deep for the Mets.

Rays (ss) 11, Orioles 5 (8 innings)

Jesus Sanchez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer during a 10-run eighth-inning splurge as Tampa Bay rallied to knocked off host Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla. Chris Davis smacked a two-run blast for the Orioles in a game that was stopped due to rain.

Braves 4, Mets (ss) 3

William Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning as Atlanta defeated visiting New York at Kissimmee, Fla. Sebastian Espino hit an inside-the-park homer for the Mets.

Twins 6, Pirates 5

Ryan Jeffers delivered the go-ahead pinch-hit, two-run single during a four-run fifth-inning uprising as visiting Pittsburgh edged Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla. Patrick Kivlehan homered for the Twins.

Phillies-Yankees, canceled

New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka’s spring debut was washed out by rain as the host Yankees and Philadelphia were unable to play at Tampa, Fla.

Red Sox-Blue Jays, canceled

Right-hander Matt Shoemaker was slated to make his first Toronto appearance before rain prevented the contest between the Blue Jays and visiting Boston at Dunedin, Fla.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets
FILE PHOTO – Feb 16, 2019; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone (61) reacts after a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

February 26, 2019

The Vegas Golden Knights agreed to a contract extension with Mark Stone on Monday, shortly after they acquired the right winger from the Ottawa Senators.

The contract will be for eight years and worth an average of $9.5 million per season, Bob McKenzie of TSN reported. Stone confirmed with the network that he and the team have agreed to a deal but declined to confirm the terms.

The Senators received highly regarded defensive prospect Erik Brannstrom (the No. 15 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft), forward Oscar Lindberg and a 2020 second-round draft pick that originally belonged to the Dallas Stars.

Stone, 26, has 28 goals and 34 assists (62 points) in 59 games this season. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent following the season.

–The Pittsburgh Penguins made two deals for defensemen, acquiring Erik Gudbranson from the Vancouver Canucks for forward Tanner Pearson, and netting Chris Wideman from the Florida Panthers for forward Jean-Sebastien Dea.

–The Winnipeg Jets acquired forward Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers for forward Brendan Lemieux and a 2019 first-round draft pick.

The Jets then closed out trade-deadline day with five more moves, bringing back forward Matt Hendricks from the Minnesota Wild for a seventh-round pick in 2020, landing forward Par Lindholm from the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Nic Petan, getting defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from the Buffalo Sabres for a sixth-round selection in 2019 and acquiring defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich from the Panthers for a seventh-round selection in 2019.

In the Jets’ final move of the day, they acquired forward Alex Broadhurst from the Columbus Blue Jackets for future considerations.

–The Philadelphia Flyers traded veteran forward Wayne Simmonds to the Nashville Predators for forward Ryan Hartman and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2020. Simmonds, 30, had 16 goals and 11 assists in 62 games for Philadelphia this season.

–The Predators also traded forward Kevin Fiala to the Wild for veteran winger Mikael Granlund in a swap of former first-round draft picks.

–The Blue Jackets acquired veteran defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Rangers for AHL defenseman Julius Bergman and two 2019 draft picks. New York received fourth- and seventh-round selections.

Columbus also acquired goaltender Keith Kinkaid from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

–The St. Louis Blues added defenseman Michael Del Zotto from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.

–Prior to Colorado’s Monday night contest against Florida, the Avalanche acquired forward Derick Brassard and a reported conditional 2020 sixth-round draft pick from the visiting Panthers in exchange for a third-round pick in 2020.

–The Montreal Canadiens acquired center Jordan Weal from the Arizona Coyotes on for center Michael Chaput. Both players turn 27 in April, and both were selected in the third round of the 2010 NHL Draft.

–The Carolina Hurricanes acquired forward Tomas Jurco from Florida and dealt forward Cliff Pu to the Panthers in separate trades Monday. In both transactions, the teams are receiving future considerations in return.

–The Boston Bruins acquired forward Marcus Johansson from the Devils in exchange for a second-round pick in 2019 and a fourth-rounder in 2020.

–The Calgary Flames acquired defenseman Oscar Fantenberg from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional 2020 fourth-round draft pick.

–The Canucks acquired 19-year-old forward Linus Karlsson from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for 21-year-old forward Jonathan Dahlen.

–The Wild and center Eric Staal agreed to a two-year, $6.5 million deal shortly after the trade deadline. Staal, 34, had been slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

–The Rangers signed forwards Boo Nieves and Steven Fogarty to one-year extensions. Terms were not released, but TSN reported the value of Nieves’ deal at $700,000. Nieves was set to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

–Buffalo right winger Kyle Okposo cleared concussion protocol and played in the Sabres’ Monday road game against the Maple Leafs. Okposo had been sidelined since being punched in the chin by Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo on Feb. 15. It was his third diagnosed concussion in three years.

–Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who has recovered from a concussion, was activated by the team. Crawford, 34, was sidelined more than two months after his second concussion in less than a year. Chicago removed Crawford from injured reserve and assigned goaltender Collin Delia to Rockford of the AHL.

–Field Level Media

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MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees
Feb 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

February 25, 2019

Troy Tulowitzki homered in his first spring at-bat with the New York Yankees, the blast coming against the team that released him as part of a 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday at Tampa, Fla.

Tulowitzki was let go by Toronto in December and is trying to revive his once-standout career with the Yankees. He delivered a message to the Blue Jays with his shot off right-hander Marcus Stroman as his first-inning swing sent the ball over the wall in the right-field corner.

“No doubt about it, it was definitely extra special,” Tulowitzki told reporters afterward. “It was a team that basically told me I couldn’t play anymore. It is spring training. It is what it is. But it was a big day for myself.”

Braves 9, Nationals 4

Left-hander Patrick Corbin allowed one hit in two innings of his spring debut with Washington but host Atlanta recovered from an early three-run deficit to rout the Nationals at Kissimmee, Fla. Freddie Freeman smacked a two-run homer for the Braves.

Twins 7, Orioles 1

Byron Buxton went 3-for-3 with a homer and five RBIs to lead Minnesota past visiting Baltimore at Fort Myers, Fla. Eric Young Jr. homered for the Orioles.

Phillies 12, Tigers (ss) 7

Maikel Franco had four RBIs and Rhys Hoskins and Shane Robinson drove in two runs apiece as Philadelphia defeated visiting Detroit at Clearwater, Fla. Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann struck out four in two perfect innings for the Tigers.

Pirates 4, Red Sox 3

Lolo Sanchez’s run-scoring single capped a three-run uprising in the bottom of the eighth inning as host Pittsburgh edged Boston at Bradenton, Fla. Bryce Brentz’s solo homer was one of four hits for the Red Sox.

Marlins 5, Rays 2

Austin Dean lined a two-run single to help Miami defeat host Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla. Nathan Lukes and Jake Smolinski drove in runs for the Rays.

Mets 3, Astros 3

Houston’s Justin Verlander and fellow right-hander Noah Syndergaard of visiting New York each tossed two scoreless innings as the teams played to a draw at West Palm Beach, Fla. Nick Tanielu had a three-run triple for the Astros and David Thompson hit a three-run homer for the Mets.

Tigers (ss) 3, Cardinals 3

Tommy Edman singled home the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as St. Louis scored twice in the frame to tie visiting Detroit at Jupiter, Fla. Miguel Cabrera’s RBI single in the fifth gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

–Field Level Media

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NHL: Minnesota Wild at New York Rangers
Feb 21, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) scores a goal past New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

February 22, 2019

Jamie Benn recorded his second two-goal game of the season, and the Dallas Stars ended the visiting St. Louis Blues’ franchise-record, 11-game winning streak with a 5-2 decision Thursday.

The Blues had not dropped a game since a 4-3 loss at Los Angeles on Jan. 21.

Radek Faksa and Tyler Seguin each added a goal and an assist for the Stars, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Alexander Radulov also scored for Dallas, which got two assists from Esa Lindell. Stars goalie Anton Khudobin made 43 saves to win for the second time in his past seven games.

Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, which also got a goal from Vladimir Tarasenko. Blues goalie Jordan Binnington made 20 saves but saw his nine-game winning streak end.

Lightning 2, Sabres 1 (SO)

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov scored in a shootout to lead host Tampa Bay past Buffalo, the Lightning’s eighth straight win.

Kucherov made history in the second period when he buried his 30th goal for his 100th point, making him the first Lightning player with multiple 100-point seasons. The Russian winger is the first NHL player to record 100 points (30 goals, NHL-best 70 assists) in 62 games or fewer since Mario Lemieux accomplished it in 61 games in the 1996-97 season.

Rasmus Dahlin scored a goal for the Sabres, who lost their fourth straight and dropped three of the four meetings in the season series with Tampa Bay.

Sharks 4, Penguins 0

Martin Jones made 26 saves, Tomas Hertl scored twice, and San Jose rode its special teams to a win at Pittsburgh.

Hertl’s goals came on power plays, and Evander Kane scored short-handed. Brent Burns had a power-play goal and two assists. Kevin Labanc also had two assists.

Jones, who picked up his 29th win, earned his 21st career shutout — first against the Penguins — and second this season. San Jose, which was kicking off a four-game road trip, is 8-1-1 in its past 10 games. Casey DeSmith made 29 saves for Pittsburgh, which had won four of its previous five.

Canadiens 5, Flyers 1

Brendan Gallagher scored his first career NHL hat trick to lead Montreal past visiting Philadelphia.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Tomas Tatar also scored for Canadiens, who improved to 8-1-2 in their past 11 home games. Carey Price saved 29 of 30 shots for his 25th victory of the season.

Michael Raffl scored 10:23 into the third period for Philadelphia’s lone goal of the game. For the second game in a row, goalie Carter Hart was pulled in the first period after allowing three goals on nine shots.

Wild 4, Rangers 1

Zach Parise scored a goal and added an assist as Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory at New York.

Jared Spurgeon, Mikael Granlund and Jordan Greenway also scored for the Wild, and Eric Staal and Ryan Donato each had two assists. The Wild had been shut out in their previous two games and won for just the second time (2-7-3) in 11 games since the All-Star break. Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves.

Pavel Buchnevich scored the lone goal for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 34 shots.

Predators 2, Kings 1

Roman Josi had a goal with an assist to help Nashville move into first place in the Central Division thanks to a home victory over Los Angeles.

Pekka Rinne made several key saves and 28 total for the Predators, who now sit one point ahead of the slumping Winnipeg Jets for the Central lead. Kyle Turris also scored for Nashville, which has won three of four following an 0-2-1 slide.

The Kings, who got a goal from Michael Amadio, matched a season high with their sixth straight defeat.

Devils 4, Senators 0

Cory Schneider made 30 saves to record his 25th career shutout as New Jersey skated to a victory over Ottawa in Newark, N.J.

Miles Wood collected a goal and an assist before exiting late in the second period with an undisclosed injury. Travis Zajac and Steven Santini also scored, and Kurtis Gabriel recorded his first career NHL goal for the Devils, who have won three of their past four.

The NHL-worst Senators took a ninth loss in their past 12 contests.

Hurricanes 4, Panthers 3

Justin Williams scored two goals — including one that hit him in the face — to help Carolina rally for a win at Sunrise, Fla.

Williams, who also had an assist, left the ice bleeding after he scored Carolina’s first goal — off his right cheekbone. He quickly returned with gauze in his nose and then scored Carolina’s fourth goal, giving the Hurricanes a 4-3 lead with 17:45 left in the third.

The Panthers got three straight second-period goals in a span of 4:15, from Evgenii Dadonov, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau. That gave Florida a 3-2 lead, but Carolina rallied with two third-period goals, from Justin Faulk and Williams. Nino Niederreiter scored Carolina’s other goal.

Capitals 3, Maple Leafs 2

Tom Wilson scored a short-handed goal and added an assist to help Washington prevail at Toronto.

Alex Ovechkin and Brett Connolly also scored one goal each, and Lars Eller added two assists for the Capitals, who are 3-2-0 during their six-game road trip. Washington’s Braden Holtby stopped 40 shots.

Andreas Johnsson and John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost three in a row. Frederik Andersen made 25 saves.

Coyotes 3, Canucks 2 (OT)

Alex Galchenyuk scored 1:54 into overtime to lead visiting Arizona past Vancouver.

Galchenyuk scored on a fake wraparound as he went one way behind the net and backtracked and tucked the puck in. He also had an assist as the Coyotes posted their fifth win in the past seven games. Jakob Chychrun and Lawson Crouse added goals for the Coyotes.

Bo Horvat and Adam Gaudette tallied for the Canucks, and Antoine Roussel assisted on both goals. Vancouver lost for the fourth time in its past five outings.

Oilers 4, Islanders 3 (OT)

Connor McDavid scored the winner to cap a two-point game, and Leon Draisaitl also notched one goal and one assist as host Edmonton snapped a five-game losing skid with an overtime victory against New York.

McDavid converted a backhand shot 82 seconds into the extra frame, a goal set up by Draisaitl. Sam Gagner and Oscar Klefbom also scored, and Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen stopped 20 shots.

Brock Nelson, Anders Lee and Cal Clutterbuck tallied for New York, which lost for the second night in a row. Robin Lehner made 37 saves.

–Field Level Media

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NBA: All Star-Media Day
Feb 16, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Team Lebron forward Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (23) speaks during the NBA All-Star Media Day at Bojangles Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

February 22, 2019

New Orleans forward Anthony Davis will play in Friday’s game at Indiana, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry confirmed Thursday.

In the final game before the All-Star break on Feb. 14, Davis left the Pelicans’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder with a shoulder contusion. Davis played five minutes in the All-Star Game for Team LeBron and scored five points before taking himself out of the game as a precaution.

Davis, who requested a trade last month, is averaging 28.1 points, 12.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.5 blocked shots per game this season.

The NBA has denied reports that the league threatened to fine the Pelicans $100,000 per game if the team chooses to sit a healthy Davis.

–Chandler Parsons is set to take the floor for the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, head coach J.B. Bickerstaff announced, and it will be only the fourth game of the season for the forward.

Parsons played in the first three games of the season, but has not seen action since Oct. 22, when he played just six minutes and did not score against the Utah Jazz. He had a partial meniscus tear in his left knee, which was originally believed to be bad enough to keep him out the entire season.

The Grizzlies could use as many minutes as Parsons can give them in Friday’s home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Marc Gasol was moved to the Toronto Raptors at the trade deadline earlier this month and forward Kyle Anderson is not expected to play Friday because of a shoulder injury.

–Lowering the draft-eligible age requirement in the NBA from 19 to 18 is one step closer to reality after the league submitted a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association, USA Today reported.

The report, citing a source, also indicated that the union and executive director Michele Roberts plan to review the proposal Monday. The timing, according to USA Today, does not coincide with the knee injury suffered Wednesday night by Duke freshman Zion Williamson, the expected No. 1 pick on the 2019 NBA Draft.

The reported proposal is the first step in making the change by the 2022 draft. Players would be allowed to enter the NBA right out of high school.

–While LeBron James’ exploits on the basketball court have always been worth watching, now his HBO show “The Shop” is also earning must-see status.

The second season of James’ show, which will debut March 1, is scheduled to have both Anthony Davis, who has said he would like to be traded from the New Orleans Pelicans, and wide receiver Antonio Brown, who is trying to work his way off the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster.

James and co-host Maverick Carter reportedly filmed a segment for the show with Davis this past weekend amid All-Star Game festivities.

–Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky is trying to secure a buyout to become a free agent, Sporting News reported.

The No. 9 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Kaminsky is averaging a career-low 5.2 points and 10.8 minutes per game during his fourth season with Charlotte.

First-year Hornets head coach James Borrego has kept the 7-footer out of the lineup in 31 of the team’s first 57 games. Since playing 16-plus minutes against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 2, Kaminsky has appeared in only four of Charlotte’s last 20 games for a total of about 26 minutes.

–Field Level Media

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NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans
FILE PHOTO – Dec 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) carries the ball across the goal line for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

February 21, 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will be an unrestricted free agent as the team will not use a transition or franchise tag on the three-time Pro Bowler, who sat out the entire 2018 season in a contract standoff, general manager Kevin Colbert told reporters Wednesday.

“Le’Veon is still a great player. We can’t afford to use any other type of tags,” Colbert said. “Le’Veon will be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year.”

Bell later tweeted: “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty I am free at last”

Bell, who turned 27 on Monday, has posted three 1,000-yard seasons since entering the league in 2013. He sat last season rather than collect $14.5 million under the franchise tag for a second consecutive season, when a long-term deal with the Steelers could not be reached.

–The Steelers will attempt to trade disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown this offseason, but Colbert told reporters that they will not give away the All-Pro.

After meeting with team president Art Rooney II on Tuesday, Brown announced on Twitter that both sides had decided to part ways. Brown, 30, is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17 and has three years remaining on a five-year, $72.7 million contract extension he signed before the 2017 season.

Colbert told reporters that the Steelers weren’t yet engaged in trade talks, but he expected they would pick up. Still, he said Brown conceivably could return to Pittsburgh if there is no trade that benefits the team. The GM also said Brown will not be allowed to select the team to which he is traded.

–Landon Collins, a three-time Pro Bowl safety, might soon be moving on from the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN.

Reporter Josina Anderson wrote on Twitter that “Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers,” presumably not expecting to stay with the team. Collins, a four-year pro, can become an unrestricted free agent when the new NFL year begins March 13.

Later, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network chimed in, writing that Collins took “personal items” from his locker. According to Garafolo, “He doesn’t expect to be at the facility for a while. Why? The franchise tag he publicly said he doesn’t want. But the smart money remains on Collins with NYG this year.”

–The Seattle Seahawks could use the franchise tag for the first time since 2010 if they can’t agree on a contract with defensive end Frank Clark before the March 5 deadline.

Clark, 25, will become a free agent on March 13 if no agreement is reached and likely would be pursued by many teams. He led the Seahawks with 13 sacks in the regular season, and head coach Pete Carroll said he wants him back.

Clark told The News Tribune in January that he expects to remain with the Seahawks in the upcoming season, if not beyond. Based on the defensive end market, the Seahawks likely would pay Clark — their second-round draft pick in 2015 — at least $15 million a year in a new contract.

–The Oakland Raiders could wind up staying in the city for two more seasons, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Despite a contentious history between the two sides, the Raiders and the Oakland Coliseum Authority resumed negotiations earlier this month, and the Chronicle reported that an announcement about a new, short-term lease could be made in the next two weeks.

The Raiders announced plans to move into a new stadium in Las Vegas before the 2020 season, but their lease to play their home games in Oakland expired at the end of the 2019 season.

–The Chicago Bears are expected to release tight end Dion Sims, who made just four starts in 2018 during a season that was cut short because of concussion issues, the NFL Network reported.

Sims was scheduled to make $6 million in the final season of his three-year, $18 million contract with the Bears.

Sims, 28, had just two catches for 9 yards in 2018. Regarded more as a blocking tight end, he played in eight games last season and did not see action again after starting in a 41-9 victory on Nov. 4 over the Buffalo Bills.

–Field Level Media

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MLB: Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals
FILE PHOTO – Sep 26, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs off the field at the end of the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins prior to the game being called for rain in the eighth inning at Nationals Park in what may be his final home game as a National. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

February 21, 2019

Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, still hunting for a long-term deal, has reportedly turned down multiple offers worth at least $300 million in recent weeks, according to a report Wednesday by Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

All eyes are on Harper after the San Diego Padres reportedly agreed this week to give shortstop Manny Machado a 10-year, $300 million deal, the second-biggest in major league history in terms of total value.

That leaves Harper as the gem of this free agent class, and he’s looking to top the Machado deal.

Heyman wrote that five teams are in contact with Harper and agent Scott Boras, but two teams appear to be in the lead — the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies — while other reports indicate teams are dropping out. Harper’s former team, the Washington Nationals, could still be in the picture, according to reports.

–Free agent infielder Josh Harrison has reached an agreement on a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The deal reportedly is pending a physical. Harrison is expected to be the Tigers’ everyday second baseman.

Harrison, 31, has spent his eight-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a utility player, starting 352 games at second base, 207 at third base, 80 in the outfield and 22 at shortstop. He was selected to the All-Star Game in 2014 and ’17.

–Jed Lowrie’s preparation for his first season with the New York Mets will slow down considerably after an issue with his left knee was deemed serious enough for an MRI.

Lowrie, who turns 35 in April, said at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla., that the back of his left knee has been giving him discomfort. He signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Mets last month.

The 11-year veteran is coming off a season with the Oakland Athletics in which he hit a career-best 23 home runs with 99 RBIs and made his first All-Star Game appearance. He also finished 20th in American League MVP voting.

–Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the season, but he is open to signing a contract extension before it comes to that point.

Rendon, 28, spoke with reporters about his willingness to stay in Washington if the deal is right. He has clubbed at least 20 home runs in each of the past three seasons, and he has eclipsed .300 in back-to-back seasons.

“We talked about (an extension) over the last year or so, and if both parties can be happy, then we’ll see,” Rendon said in comments published by MASNSports.com. “If not, then we’ll see what happens. We had more discussions (this winter), but I can’t lay all the cards out on the table for y’all. I’ve got to leave y’all in suspicion.”

–Field Level Media

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NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
FILE PHOTO: Dec 30, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) looks on during warm-ups before the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

February 20, 2019

The Pittsburgh Steelers will attempt to trade disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown this offseason, but general manager Kevin Colbert told reporters Wednesday that they aren’t going to give away the All-Pro.

“We’re not going to move a significant player for less than significant compensation,” Colbert said.

After meeting with team president Art Rooney II on Tuesday, Brown announced on Twitter that both sides had decided to part ways.

“Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues! We both agreed that it is time to move on but I’ll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization! #CallGod #Boomin,” Brown tweeted.

Colbert told reporters that the Steelers weren’t yet engaged in trade talks, but he expected they would pick up. Still, he said Brown conceivably could return to Pittsburgh if there is “no trade that does not benefit the team.”

The GM also said Brown will not be allowed to select the team to which he is traded.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported in January that Pittsburgh likely would seek a second-round draft pick for the 30-year-old Brown. But Wednesday, his colleague Tom Pelissero said Brown probably would net the Steelers only a mid-round pick after months of drama.

Brown, 30, is due a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17. Pittsburgh can avoid payment by releasing or trading the seven-time Pro Bowl selection before that date.

He has three years remaining on a five-year, $72.7 million contract extension he signed before the 2017 season.

–Field Level Media

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