Wysh List – In CBA talks, NHL players shouldn’t budge on long-term contracts

11:00 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Collective bargaining negotiations in the National Hockey League exist to protect the owners from their own ruinous behavior. The salary cap, the salary rollback, contract limits — they’re all concessions from the players in service of the owners’ self-preservation. The CBA talks are like when you slowly remove your buddy’s ATM card from his wallet as he trounces through a Vegas casino carrying one of those frozen beverages they serve in a plastic bassoon — take a break, fellas, you’ve spent enough. And yet, there’s…

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Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots, says ‘no room for excuses’

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It’s playoff time and tight end Rob Gronkowski said there is “no room for excuses” come Sunday when the New England Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC divisional round game. Gronkowski has been banged up all year dealing with ankle and back injuries. His numbers reflect that. He tied a career-low with three touchdown receptions in 13 games and finished with a pedestrian 47 catches for 682 yards. It wasn’t up to his usual, healthy, standards. The Cowboys wanted other quarterbacks over Dak Prescott.…

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Joshua Franco Aims To Get Back On Track in 2019

Share Tweet Share Share Email 2018 was an up-and-down year for Joshua Franco (14-1-1, 7 KOs) to say the least. After going undefeated through the first 13 fights of his career he tasted defeat for the first time at the hands of Lucas Emanuel Fernandez Leone via ninth-round stoppage. Three months later he responded with a fifth-round knockout of Isao Gonzalo Carranza that placed him back on track. That win propelled him to his biggest fight to date against one time title challenger Oscar Negrete. The bout was also his…

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Should the Lakers make a big trade with LeBron out?

How solid are the Los Angeles Lakers‘ playoff chances with LeBron James out? Should the team make a significant move? Our NBA experts answer the big questions with the Lakers on the playoff bubble and James out. 1. Which is closer to your estimate of the Lakers’ playoff chances? 538: 45 percentBPI: 38 percent Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN: 45 percent, and I’d peg my unscientific estimate a tick higher. The Lakers have proved themselves to be a solid playoff-caliber team when James is active. Despite the competitiveness of the West, there’s…

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10 things I like and don’t like, including silly All-Star rules

It’s that time: 1. Jamal Murray, popping, and the gritty Denver Nuggets Murray is perhaps the league’s most important swing player over the next three seasons. If he becomes an All-Star, the Nuggets could contend for a long time. If he tops out below that, Denver has more work to do. He’s fascinating right now — young, inconsistent, prone to bouts of self-doubt, and a threat to snap out of them at any moment with an incandescent explosion. He attempts five 3-pointers and 11 2-pointers per game. When Denver and…

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DeMarcus Cousins of Golden State Warriors to start upon return, Steve Kerr says

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says DeMarcus Cousins will start when he makes his season debut, likely Jan. 18 against the Clippers. Cousins, who signed a one-year deal with the Warriors last summer, will make his long-awaited return to the floor after rehabbing a torn left Achilles tendon he suffered Jan. 26, 2018. “He’ll start,” Kerr said after Thursday’s practice. “I’ll start him. After that, everything’s on the table. We have to figure out what the rotations will look like, how many minutes he can play.…

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Jed Lowrie agrees to two-year, $20M deal with New York Mets

6:19 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” The New York Mets have reached a two-year, $20 million deal with free-agent infielder Jed Lowrie, league sources told ESPN on Thursday, adding a versatile veteran to an overhauled team that hopes to compete in the loaded National League East this season. The 34-year-old Lowrie is coming off the best year of his career, setting highs with 23 home runs, 99 RBIs and 78 walks as the…

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Proposal to extend Los Angeles Angels stadium lease through 2020 up for vote Tuesday

The Los Angeles Angels and the City of Anaheim are hoping to finalize a one-year extension to the Angels’ stadium lease, allowing the team to remain at its current facility through the 2020 season. The proposal, announced in a press release Thursday, will be voted on at a City Council meeting on Tuesday. The extension would provide both sides more time to potentially come up with a long-term solution. In the middle of October, the Angels took advantage of their one-year opt-out provision so they wouldn’t be locked into their…

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It is nonsense to say Rory McIlroy owes anything to the European Tour

Samuel Ryder did not envisage European competition for the trophy bearing his name. Despite Arnaud Massy, a Frenchman, winning the Open in 1907, there was never any suggestion that the USA would take on an entire continent at golf, when the Ryder Cup was in its formative stages. Ryder, the tournament’s sponsor, did not entertain this, nor did the magazine Golf Illustrated, whose fund-raising for an American raiding party to challenge for the 1921 Open at St Andrews built the momentum and appetite for an international team competition. Europe’s involvement…

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Spanish Police Link 28 Tennis Players to Match-Fixing Ring

MADRID — The Spanish police say 28 professional tennis players, including one who participated in last year’s United States Open, have been linked to an international organized group accused of fixing matches. Authorities said on Thursday that the players tainted results after taking bribes from an Armenian ring that was dismantled in October. Fifteen people were arrested at the time, including some of the tennis players. Eleven houses were raided, and the police seized luxury vehicles, a shotgun, credit cards and 167,000 euros, or about $192,000. It was not clear…

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