Archive for March, 2016

Steelers sign former Chargers defensive end Mathews (The Associated Press)

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Defensive end Ricardo Mathews has agreed to a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers that will give the team needed depth next season.

No Canadian teams in NHL playoffs makes for very sad internet

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
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It's official: no Canadian NHL teams have made it to the 2016 playoffs, and fans are very, very sad about the whole thing.

What to watch with no Canadian teams in NHL playoffs

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
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For the first time since 1970, there are no Canadian teams in the NHL playoffs. How will millions of hockey-starved fans fill every second evening through the spring and early summer? Where will they get their sports fix?

Eagles, who spent a lot at QB, could also draft a first-round QB (Shutdown Corner)

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
On the surface, the Philadelphia Eagles sniffing around some of the top quarterback prospects in the draft is reasonable. The Eagles are probably in the bottom third of the league when it comes to their quarterback situation. They have the eighth pick, and there should be a few interesting quarterbacks available to them. In a vacuum it would make sense for them to be interested in a quarterback there. This week the Eagles have met with or will meet with four top quarterbacks, according to CSN Philly : Jared Goff, Kevin Hogan, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch. But how do you reconcile their interest in the top quarterbacks with the rest of their offseason? The Eagles gave Sam Bradford a two-year, $36 million deal even though he has never shown he can be a good NFL starting quarterback (and it still is humorous that some consider it a positive that it might only end up being one year for $22 million for Bradford). Chase Daniel was then signed to a deal worth $7 million a year, which can go up to $12 million a year if he meets some incentives, as a stated backup. And so with at least $25 million a year invested in Bradford and Daniel, the Eagles might take a quarterback at No. 8? The Eagles have made some moves that make you wonder if there's any long-term plan in place. So if there's an organization that might invest $18 million per year in a marginal starter, $7 million in a backup and the No. 8 overall pick in another quarterback who would have to find his place, it might be Philadelphia. Their public message has been that drafting a quarterback this year is in their plans. But there's a difference between using a late-round flier on someone and picking someone eighth or higher (if they're looking at Wentz and Goff, could they be thinking of trading up?). Maybe this is just a fact-finding mission and the Eagles are over-preparing for any scenario. It seems like too much effort to be a draft smokescreen. You have to assume, given their actions, that Philadelphia is seriously considering a top quarterback with its first pick. The Eagles' plan (if we assume they have a plan, after all this is the organization that fired Andy Reid and two years later hired Andy Reid's top assistant, Doug Pederson) could be to throw a ton of resources at quarterback and hope one succeeds. There's an argument to be made that a team should keep investing in quarterback until one finally sticks, given how important the position is. If the Eagles put $30 million into the quarterback position this year (last year's eighth pick, Vic Beasley, got a $7.6 million signing bonus) and two fail and one is a franchise guy, that's a net victory. In that way, it's not the worst plan. Still, it doesn't show a lot of clarity either. If they don't think Bradford is a legitimate starter, why pour at least $22 million into him? If you believe Daniel is a backup with starting ability — and the contract indicates the Eagles do — why spend a very valuable first-round pick on a quarterback? If the Eagles draft a quarterback in the top 10, it'll be one of the more interesting moments in the draft. It'll also make the Eagles' quarterback room one of the more intriguing places in the NFL. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Kevin Koe has high hopes for world curling championship

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
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Kevin Koe is looking to end Canada's four-year gold-medal drought at the men's world curling championship.

Receiver Brandon LaFell signs 1-year deal with Bengals (The Associated Press)

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
The Bengals signed former New England Patriot Brandon LaFell to a one-year contract Thursday, giving them a veteran receiver to help fill out a unit that lost two regulars to free agency. Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu left as free agents after the Bengals lost in the first round of the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Jones had 65 catches for 816 yards and four touchdowns, ranking second to A.J. Green.

Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford take aim at 2nd world title

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
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After a heart-to-heart talk with their Radford said after a heart-to-heart with their choreographer, Canadian pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford feel confident in defending their world title.

Bears agree to 1-year contract with offensive lineman Larsen (The Associated Press)

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with former Tampa Bay and Arizona offensive lineman Ted Larsen.

Sabres’ Evander Kane done for season

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane will miss the final nine days of the season because of an upper-body injury.

Crosby, Ovechkin could spice up NHL playoffs

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
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Sure, all the Canadian teams have been eliminated from contention, but there's still plenty of intrigue left for the NHL playoffs, Take, for instance, a potential clash between Sidney Crosby's Penguins and Alex Ovechkin's Capitals.