Lightning looking to add to league-leading road win total

The Tampa Bay Lightning, in first place in the NHL, will be looking for their league-leading 22nd road win Saturday night when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

The Lightning (41-17-3) picked up their 21st road win of the season Thursday with a 4-3 win in Ottawa against the Senators, and will be out to match their franchise record for road wins against the Canadiens.

The Lightning had a franchise-record 22 road wins in 2003-04 and 2006-07.

Sources have described the confrontation as “heated,” noting the need for others in the practice gym to get between them during the argument. Noah left the team following the confrontation. The team initially said he exited for personal reasons and later said they mutually agreed that the veteran center would not return to the team until further notice.

Asked Tuesday if his run-in with Noah in late January would prevent the 33-year-old from returning to the team, Hornacek said, “No.”

The post-Super Bowl spot is typically a rub television networks give to their most promising programs. It’s been used to showcase stellar series like The Simpsons, The X-Files, and The Office in the past in an attempt to leech viewers from the most-watched broadcast of the year.

On Sunday, that honor will go to NBC drama This Is Us, which stars teen pop sensation Mandy Moore and former Saved by the Bell: The New Class guest star Milo Ventimiglia. The show has emerged as a hit with both critics and audiences, standing above the rest of a crop of unmemorable offerings that have failed to recapture the “Must See TV” mantel of NBC’s past. In two seasons, it’s been nominated for 10 Emmys and six Golden Globes. Sterling K. Brown has one of each award for best actor in a TV drama for his show-stealing performance as Randall.

Just weeks ago, the show also won a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.jays_595_6db821875c64c9f8-180x180

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According to the NFL, since McCarron was on the non-football injury list during his rookie season, he won’t be eligible to be an unrestricted free agent. However, McCarron said he was upfront about his medical history coming out of college (where it is assumed he sustained the shoulder injury that kept him out most of his rookie year) and that the Bengals shouldn’t have been placed him on the NFI.

The Bengals have until March 15 to tender McCarron as a restricted free agent.

The two successful coordinators will have to fight history in order to prove Bill Belichick’s coaching tree can bear fruit. Patriot assistants have typically been unsuccessful after being promoted to lead their own franchises. Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis, Eric Mangini, Bill O’Brien, and McDaniels have combined for a 98-152 record as head coaches — a win rate that doesn’t even hit 40 percent.

It was around midfield and even Cris Collinsworth was unsure of the idea. The Foles catch was not only brilliant, it acts as an entry point to Pederson’s tactics for the game, his philosophy for the whole season, and his unrelenting trust in his players.

While outdoor Super Bowls are becoming increasingly rare, they’re certainly not unheard of. Since the Patriots’ era of dominance began in the 2001 season, seven of the games were played outdoors. One included the Patriots; the rest have not.

As for the future sites currently announced, only one (Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers) is indoors. Assuming the broadcast rotation doesn’t change, here’s how the next four shake out.

Ottawa had a number of chances to try and close the gap, but couldn’t beat Domingue.

Tampa Bay made it 4-1 with less than a second left in the second period when Point was left all alone in front and scored his 24th of the season.bears_088-223x223

Antetokounmpo scores 26, Bucks beat Raptors 122-119 in OT

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks felt extra good about getting a rare win against the Toronto Raptors.

“We didn’t deserve to win,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “They outworked us, the outplayed us, they outthought us. Whatever adjective you want to use, they did it to us tonight.”

Jonas Valanciunas’ buzzer-beating dunk for Toronto sent the game to overtime. He finished with 10 points.

Toronto suffered its first home loss since Jan. 26 against Utah. The Raptors are an NBA-best 24-5 at home.

“It’s good to have a tough loss like this,” Lowry said. “It kind of re-focuses us. We can get beat on any given night and we’ve got to come out there and play hard every night.”

Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said the allegations in a Sports Illustrated report that the franchise has a hostile workplace for women came as “heartbreaking” and “truly disgusting” news.

Commissioner Adam Silver sent a letter to top officials of the NBA’s 30 teams on Thursday, outlining what Silver described as the league’s “commitment to providing employees with a safe and inclusive work environment.”

The hotline will be instituted next week, the memo said.

The rest of the memo outlined existing initiatives within the NBA on issues surrounding the league’s “Respect in the Workplace Policy,” including the NBA’s plan to “conduct a series of mandatory, small-group discussions facilitated by outside experts to ensure that we all have a full understanding of issues related to sexual harassment and expectations for how we should behave in the workplace.”jaguars_008-223x223

The NFL cherishes its offseason storylines, and most of those will revolve around the future of the New England Patriots’ dynasty.

If Patricia was Lions general manager Bob Quinn’s first choice for head coach as reports suggest, the reasons are obvious. Quinn spent 15 years with the Patriots in multiple personnel roles before the Lions hired him as general manager in 2016. Patricia started with the Patriots as an offensive assistant in 2004.

We’d like to see the one with Oakland again with all those storylines intact. Could you imagine if Gruden – who had to watch that “Tuck Rule” replay so many times while biting his tongue in the MNF booth – gets his chance? Even better for Raiders fans, what if it happened in front of the “Black Hole?”

Keep in mind that New England has played just seven road playoff games through this dynasty, and the Patriots are 3-4 in those games. It’s either get them out of Foxborough or try to beat them in Foxborough.

Gruden’s Raiders were the first victim in 2001. Perhaps they’ll get a chance for revenge in the 2018-19 playoffs.

Will it happen? The Raiders have a long way to go to make that happen, but it’s worth keeping on the radar.

Even if it doesn’t, you gotta admit one thing. It makes for one hell of a storyline for 2018.

The Browns also have Houston’s second-round pick (35th overall) thanks to the trade that sent Brock Osweiler to the Browns, who waived Osweiler before the regular season began.

“There weren’t a lot of positives, except we also secured the No. 4 draft pick,” Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said after the team’s 28-24 loss in Pittsburgh to complete just the second 0-16 season in NFL history. “So we’re excited to see what (general manager John Dorsey) can do with the draft picks we’ve accumulated as well as what we can do in free agency.

“We’ve got a long way to go, a lot of work to do, and we’re anxious to get after it.”

The Giants (3-13), who ended the season with an 18-10 win over the Redskins, will pick second overall while the Colts (4-12) have the third pick. The Broncos (5-11), Osweiler’s current team, will select fifth.patriots_093_d3ab648e5c36960a-180x180