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Friedman was a waiver pickup by Pittsburgh last season and could be on his third NHL organization in the span of a few months.Anaheim Ducks

Prokop was selected in the third round by the Predators in the 2020 NHL draft. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Nashville in December.

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Ryan – Cale Fleury. I tried so hard to talk myself into Carey Price or even to go somewhat bold in a different direction with Jonathan Drouin, but in the end I just couldn’t justify it. Drouin’s last two seasons have been meh, especially given his current cap hit, and while Price was stunning in the playoffs, he’s been a mixed bag in recent regular seasons, is aging, has a bad contract, and there’s significant health concerns attached to him. It’s really just the part of me that wants a good story that’s pushing me to project the Kraken take either of them because when I really think of it, I have serious doubts about either of them being good options for the new franchise. So I’ll go with the comparatively boring pick in Fleury, a 22-year-old defenseman who will likely start the season in the AHL, but does have upside.

In the end, exposing Ritchie won’t matter anyway. The guess here is Clifton or Lauzon heads to the Kraken, with Clifton the favorite to go to Seattle. Minnesota Wild

“It was a contributing part of the decision,” Wild general manager Bill Guerin said. “We get to protect two more players.”Dallas Stars

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Kasperi Kapanen: For a while, it seemed like Kapanen might not pan out. Then he really clicked in Pittsburgh, as the 24-year-old used his speed to really flourish. The Penguins probably don’t want to lose Kapanen for nothing forking over a first-rounder to land Kapanen in August 2020. At least some wonder if Kapanen could be an odd forward out, though.

Now here is a team that wouldn’t have minded one of the top defenders being available. Then again, the Flames have one of the shallower systems in the league, so anything helps. I would expect the team to be looking hard at the forwards listed in the Chicago blurb (Coronato, Sillinger, Stankoven, Lucius, Lysell), noting also that Calgary has been one of the teams most willing to overlook size, as long as the player gives it his all. None of these players is a true grinder, but there is one who plays with extensive bite, and that is Lysell. He isn’t too big, but will get gritty to generate offense, and his skill set is exceptional, so he generates a lot offense. Now Lysell is a battler, although that has in the past included battling with his team, precipitating a move from Frolunda to Lulea, which was willing to play him with the senior team. While there have been reports of attitude issues regarding Lysell, NHL scouts with whom I have discussed are not very concerned.Philadelphia Flyers
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But after Milwaukee's Khris Middleton tied it at 99-all, Booker missed a 16-footer with 1:42 left and Middleton responded once again to put the Bucks ahead for good.Oklahoma City Thunder

Check out the top highlights and plays from the Bucks 3 straight wins during the 2021 NBA Finals.

The Philadelphia 76ers are now beginning to take trade calls on their 24-year old All-Star, Ben Simmons. After a disastrous playoff run, there have been loud calls to move on from him and try and bring in a better fit around Joel Embiid.Utah Jazz

The Knicks have the 19th and 21st overall selections in the first round, while the Nets will pick at 27th overall.Phoenix Suns

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Now, after a decade in the NBA and two more years back with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Casspi has retired.

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Bouknight is a shifty lead guard who is sneaky bouncy and loves to get to the rim. He was out for six weeks with an elbow injury and recorded two double-doubles in his first few games back. Bouknight needs to improve his outside shooting after shooting just 29% from 3-point range and 44.7% from the field.

"The honest thought that was going through my head was, more or less, kind of like shock and awe when the block happened," Bucks guard Pat Connaughton said.San Antonio Spurs
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The happiest basketball coach in the world right now should be Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer, since he’s one win away from the NBA title.Utah Jazz

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The Blazers will need to undergo seismic roster changes this offseason to keep Lillard satisfied and stave off his seemingly imminent trade request. But in pivoting even harder into win-now mode, they may wind up doing more damage to their long-term future than they would if they just trade Lillard now.Washington Wizards

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no deal has been reached. The Wizards' plans were first reported by ESPN, which said Unseld completed two days of interviews Friday.Philadelphia 76ers

Bouknight is a shifty lead guard who is sneaky bouncy and loves to get to the rim. He was out for six weeks with an elbow injury and recorded two double-doubles in his first few games back. Bouknight needs to improve his outside shooting after shooting just 29% from 3-point range and 44.7% from the field.

Shooting is paramount in today’s NBA, to the point bigs that aren’t able to spread the floor don’t get to see it much when things get serious. Johnson has a ways to go in this area, despite his 44.4% clip from deep. That number is on only 18 attempts, and watching his form, it’s no secret why he didn’t attempt more.
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Siakam also underwent surgery last month to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which could limit his availability to begin next season. None of this is ideal for Philadelphia. Siakam is also two years removed from significantly contributing to a title and one removed from a brilliant two-way season. His rapport with Cameroonian countryman Embiid does not hurt, although his career 3-point percentage (32.5%) might.Oklahoma City Thunder

"He didn't have a bailout for the players," Jordan said. "You know, players will always look for a bailout with an assistant coach or a younger guy on the staff. He says, 'Look, this is how it is. This how it should be.' When he did his on-court teaching or scouting or walk throws, he said 'This is how we're going to play it, this is the best way to do it and we're going to try this. No matter what you said or what you may say, players, we're going to do it this way.'

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As manager Alex Cora explained, though, it's good for his ace to face a little adversity.Detroit Tigers

One All-Star just waiting for the phone to ring is Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Eduardo Escobar. Second sackers around the league took notice when Chicago White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal was declared out for the season with a hamstring tear, including Escobar.Chicago Cubs

Heading into Friday’s matchups, the Blue Jays (45-42) are eight games out of first place and 4.5 games behind a Wild Card spot.

The outburst marked the first scoring since the first inning. Posey and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back homers off Tony Gonsolin for a three-run lead in the first only to be answered by consecutive solo blasts from Max Muncy and Justin Turner off All-Star Kevin Gausman in the bottom of the inning.Baltimore Orioles

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In your gauzy memories of baseball seasons past, the players reaching historic heights probably came with some sort of tracker. Newspapers would count strikeouts or homers, or count down toward the hallowed record about to fall. The broadcasts would cut in to watch every at-bat that might turn into The Moment.

– Atlanta manager Brian Snitker, when asked how he slept after knowing he lost All-Star Ronald Acua for the season: “I slept like a baby. I woke up every two hours and cried.’’Colorado Rockies

Estevan Florial talks about connecting on his first Major League home run, how special it was to do it in front of the home fans and whether he got the ball back.

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On Thursday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed that three players tested positive for COVID-19, and three others were pending results. It looks like manager Aaron Boone received the additional results, as he told Lindsey Alder of The Athletic that six players have tested positive for the coronavirus.

New York would not only make up ground in the division, but also tell the rest of the league they’re not going away that easy and there’s a lot of baseball left. And if they can do that, it gets easier with the Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals before facing the Chicago White Sox and Red Sox again when August rolls around.Atlanta Braves

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Los Angeles Angels luminary Shohei Ohtani is so electric, he rakes on his days off, too.Colorado Rockies

“I thought he was calm — even though he probably wasn’t,” Maddon said. “I liked the way he looked, the way he moved.”

Actually, the American League as a whole should be concerned. After the embarrassing 2020 campaign where they finished in last place of the AL East, the Red Sox are now looking like serious threats to go on a deep postseason run. Adding Sale to the mix will only make things even sweeter.
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On Saturday, the Chicago White Sox announced a two-year extension with their star pitcher, totaling $38 million. The team also holds an option for the 2024 campaign.Kansas City Royals

After a down year in 2020, Escobar is fully back to the form he showed when producing 35 homers and 118 RBIs in 2019. The slugger leads the D-backs by wide margins in homers (21) and RBIs (64), which makes him one of the only bright spots in their otherwise depressing season. I expect Escobar to be on a contending team down the stretch, at which time he could have more chances to be involved in run scoring.Cincinnati Reds

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Phoenix shot 51.3 percent from the field collectively but it wasn’t enough to overcome Milwaukee’s ball control and defence down the stretch.
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“They battled all year long and with all the testing and playing every other day to get to this point and have a chance to play for a championship, like it’s unreal that our guys did this,” Williams said. So from that standpoint I’m grateful and I feel for them, but I also expressed to them, now we know what it takes to get here, it’s going to be that much harder to get past this point, and the reality is you never know if you’re ever going to get back here. That’s why you have to take advantage of these opportunities, and they did. We just came up short.”

“Julian has a proven track record for brand innovation and leadership.” said Gretchen Sheirr, president of business operations for the Rockets. “We believe Julian’s impact will resonate not only within our organization and fanbase, but throughout the Houston community.”

Chris Paul, however, was limited to just 10 points in Game 4 while committing five of the team's playoff high-tying 17 turnovers. Phoenix committed just 22 turnovers in the first two games of the series, as opposed to 31 in the latter two.Philadelphia 76ers

Over and over in Game 4 of The Finals, Devin Booker used his footwork and skills to make it look easy en route to 42 points.Washington Wizards

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“What Jon Horst has done to put together a team, he's the greatest GM in the league,” Budenholzer said. “I'm a little bit biased, but to be his partner, for him to go out and get Jrue Holiday, to have the guts to make that (trade), to recruit guys, to get P.J. Tucker midseason, Bobby Portis in the offseason. Stick with Khris, Giannis and Brook and Pat and these guys, and you go up and down the roster, Jon has done an amazing job.”San Antonio Spurs

Since the playoffs expanded to its current 16-team format (play-in excluded), only one team had deficits in each of its last three series and won a title: The 2012 Miami Heat, the first of LeBron James’ career, after the embarrassment of being dropped in the Finals by Dallas the year before.Portland Trail Blazers

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Here are some of the notable goalies left exposed to Seattle: Ben Bishop, Mikko Koskinen, Jonathan Quick, Carey Price, Matt Murray and Braden Holtby.Edmonton Oilers

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Matt Bardsley, former player personnel director and hockey operations director under Johnston, is now a scout with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Lazar added versatility and depth to the bottom-six, while Reilly added much-needed playmaking and smooth skating to the blue line.Minnesota Wild

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement after Prokop's announcement, thanking him for "sharing his truth and for being so brave."

NHL teams must submit their list of protected players by Saturday. They can protect eight skaters and one goalie or seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie.Carolina Hurricanes

• Philadelphia Flyers forwards James van Riemsdyk ($7 million AAV through 2022-23) and Jakub Voracek ($8.25 million AAV through 2023-24), as well as defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere ($4.5 million AAV through 2022-23). All three played for Kraken coach Dave Hakstol when he was with the Flyers.Calgary Flames

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In return for Keith, the Blackhawks acquired 24-year-old defenseman Caleb Jones and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2022. The deal also included forward prospect Tim Soderlund, who was sent to Edmonton.
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"That was a horrible miss," Suns center Deandre Ayton said of Antetokounmpo's seventh missed free throw in 11 tries. "It was just an athletic play. He tipped it behind him, knowing his teammates are there."

After just three exhibition games with Team USA, Bradley Beal is now going to miss the Tokyo Olympics due to health and safety protocols.
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Talent is a four letter word. There will be a team that takes Johnson just on potential alone, but maybe not. He has the body and an elite skill set, but there is something missing. His motor is questionable and so is his awareness. Coach K was hard on the 19-year-old, so he bailed. His entire journey to the NBA leads you to wonder what will happen when things get difficult at the next level. 

His ability to defend at a high level, and shoot from 3-point range makes him perhaps one of the top 3-and-D options this year. Given those two skillsets, Mitchell could be an option for the Warriors, who could use another defensive stopper on that end of the floor.Utah Jazz

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That one game changed everything. And when they proved it was no fluke by beating Argentina two days later, fans fell in love, as evidenced by the near-tripling of their official social media handles.Portland Trail Blazers

Holiday and his teammates have forced an uncharacteristic amount of live-ball turnovers in the series, which has only added fuel to what is already one of the most devastating transition offenses in the NBA. And even when the Bucks don’t turn Phoenix’s miscues directly into points, they at least take shot opportunities off the Suns’ ledger and add to their own. This, as much as any tactical adjustment or personnel change, is what swings close affairs like Game 4. In at least one sense, Milwaukee has taken Phoenix out of its element, and the Suns must find a way to rediscover a central part of their identity.Sacramento Kings

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It continues. The Mets’ 2015 class has produced a total of 24 major league games and -0.2 WAR. Their top pick that year, Desmond Lindsay, was released recently after striking out in nearly half of his Double-A plate appearances.

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He has not pitched since July 3 because of what the team lists as forearm inflammation. Roberts said Kershaw had complained of a sore elbow, and the team decided it would be prudent to let him rest and then “build him back up,” with the kind of midseason sabbatical the Dodgers had hoped to provide for all their starters.
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As the Mets prepare to begin the second half of their season against the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Friday, July 16, their starting rotation order is starting to come into focus.Cincinnati Reds

Probable starting pitchers: Detroit Tigers RHP Wily Peralta (2-1, 2.08 ERA) vs. Minnesota Twins LHP J.A. Happ (5-4, 5.09 ERA).Chicago White Sox

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Judge was on the American League All-Star team Tuesday night alongside Red Sox stars Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi and Matt Barnes.

Story would be a great addition for the Mets, but it doesn’t necessarily make sense to mortgage the future for a few games of an All-Star caliber shortstop. As great as Story is, at some point Lindor will return and unless this is the Mets way of going all-in, it’s unlikely Story is their main target.Detroit Tigers

For only one other player did the 49,184 inside Coors Field make an exception, roaring to life at the announcement of one more specific name.Atlanta Braves
ESPN: The most emotional moment of the series is in this episode. Pat Maroon and Ryan McDonagh take the Stanley Cup around their neighborhood on a golf cart. They stop at a house with a giant "GO BOLTS!" sign on the front. They come to find out that a 23-year-old Lightning fan passed away last year and his mother explains that she believes he was watching over the team. Gotta admit: We cried, just like Maroon does here. How did that come together?

“He is obviously an unrestricted free agent," Oilers general manager Ken Holland said recently, “and Adam has to make a decision as to what he feels is best for himself and his career.”Edmonton Oilers

Power, a 6-foot-6 defenseman, is the favorite to go No. 1 overall to the Buffalo Sabres in the 2021 NHL draft next week -- which should be a big deal.

There is a lot of uncertainty with this year's class due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shortened the seasons for many leagues; in the case of the Ontario Hockey League, it wiped the season out completely. As a result, there will likely be some widely varied opinions on a number of players, so be prepared for some surprises early on in the selection process.Carolina Hurricanes

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Michael – Calle Jarnkrok. There are a couple of expensive forwards to take in Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansen but unless Nashville makes it worth their while, Jarnkrok is an excellent choice. He had 13 goals and 28 points in 49 games this season and was the NHL’s first star of the week ending March 21 with three goals and six points in four games.New York Rangers
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One of the more cerebral players in this draft class, Martino appears aware of what's going on around him at all times. At his best with the puck on his own stick, the playmaking winger accrued 18 goals and 38 assists in 38 USHL contests this past season. An evasive skater with tremendous hockey sense, Martino is a natural goal scorer's best friend. A middle-six role in the NHL is likely in the cards for the Clarkson University commit down the road.Philadelphia Flyers

According to multiple reports, Weber has had lingering foot, ankle, knee and thumb injuries. TVA Sports reported that the Canadiens will expose Weber, 35, in the Seattle Kraken expansion draft, as he could miss all of next season and potentially more than that.

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Sale's return could bolster the Red Sox rotation heading into the playoff run. While All-Star Nathan Eovaldi has been excellent in 2021 -- posting a 3.66 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 103 1/3 innings over 18 starts -- concerns about the rotation continue to grow. Garrett Richards and Eduardo Rodriguez have posted ERAs of 6.45 and 5.35, respectively, since the start of June, while Martin Perez and Nick Pivetta have 4.76 and 4.85 ERAs in the same time period.Chicago Cubs

Robert Stock gets the start for the Mets on Tuesday against the Reds at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. Wade Miley will pitch for Cincinnati.

The White Sox already have a closer in Liam Hendriks, whom they signed to a three-year, $54 million contract this past offseason. But if the White Sox want to make a run to the World Series, it always helps to strengthen the bullpen.Minnesota Twins
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Teddy Ballgame and Yaz are in a class of their own, but Rice spent all 16 seasons with the Red Sox and eventually landed in the Hall of Fame as well. Rice won the AL MVP in 1978, led the league in homers on three different occasions (1977, '78 and '83) and was an eight-time All-Star.

The Sunday matchup between Washington and San Diego was an entertaining affair for all of the right reasons. It was a high-scoring game, and the Padres rallied in the ninth to make it a 7-7 game. Washington infielder Alcides Escobar came through as the hero in clutch time, hitting a walk-off single to give the Nationals the 8-7 victory. Escobar had two hits, two RBIs, a run and a walk.

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“It’s just staying one day at a time and not really worrying about what's going to happen,” Rizzo said. “What's going to happen is going to happen, and none of us have any control of it.”Tampa Bay Rays

Chicago sent outfielder Joc Pederson to the Braves in exchange for 23-year old first baseman Bryce Ball on Thursday.Arizona Diamondbacks

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