We all knew that the Semyon Varlamov trade was bad for the Avalanche. The mere fact that the Avalanche gave up a 1st round pick for him was bad enough. Add FilipForsberg is a very important part of the future of the Washington Capitals.Forsberg (who was drafted with the pick that the Avalanche gave to the Capitals) into the equation, and it has the potential to end up as one of the worst trades of all-time. Forsberg, who was expected to be a top 5 pick, slipped all the way down to the 11th pick and I’m sure the Capitals are ecstatic that he did.HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’2″, 180 poundsPLAYING CAREER: Forsberg currently plays for Leksands IF, which is in HockeyAllsvenskan, the second highest rated hockey league in Sweden. He has gained a lot of attention due to his play in Under 18 and Under 20 tournaments, helping Sweden to win the Under 18 WJC Silver Medal in 2010-11, as well as 2011-2012, and the Under 20 WJC Gold Medal in 2011-2012. Here’s an abbreviated list of his accomplishments:Allsvenskan Most Points by a U18 Junior: 2011-2012Under 18 WJC Best Forward: 2011-2012A huge reason why Forsberg has not gotten the attention that he has deserved is because he plays for a team in the Allsvenskan, rather than the Swedish Elite League. Despite this, many NHL teams still viewed him as a top 5 talent.PLAYING STYLE: Forsberg has an extremely unique style of play. He’s basically a two-way forward who can produce more than most other two-way forwards can on offense. Many experts believe that Forsberg will wind up as a more complete player than Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk. He has above average speed, and can be physical if he needs to be.STRENGTHS: The best thing Forsberg has going for him is his defense. He skates well, and he takes his duties on defense very seriously. He’s not afraid to block shots or clog up passing lanes. His awareness is very good, as I watched him create numerous neutral ice turnovers during Caps Development Camp. On offense, he is extremely creative, which makes him very unpredictable. His wrist shot has a very quick release and is very accurate. He definitely has the potential to be a 20-30+ goal scorer. He probably doesn’t have the faceoff skills or the passing ability to be a true center, but he does have experience as a center should the need arise.WEAKNESSES: Right now, Forsberg has to work on two things. First off all, although I like his size, he probably needs to get more strength. As I said earlier, he likes to be physical, and I think it would greatly benefit him to get to around 200-210 pounds. He’s no Troy Brouwer or Alex Ovechkin as far as physicality, but he still needs to get stronger. With that said, he has the instincts to be able to make up for any deficiencies in strength. Secondly, he has to be more consistent.PLAYER I’D COMPARE HIM TO: Pavel Datsyuk. Move Datsyuk to wing, and you wouldn’t be able to tell the two apart. Both are two-way players, both are extremely underrated because they don’t put up the sexy numbers of other stars.ETA: 2013-2014. He has one year left on his contract with Leksands IF. I highly doubt he will spend any time in the AHL. He’s too good.Please follow and like us:
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With this move, the Orioles now have 36 players at major league spring training, including four non-roster invitees. Please follow and like us: The Baltimore Orioles have made four cuts today to get their roster down to the 25-man roster. The Orioles optioned Henry Urrutia and Steve Johnson. The Orioles also assigned Quintin Berry and Alexi Casilla to minor league camp. Nolan Reimold will also start the season on the disabled list, with neck problems.Urrutia, Johnson and Casilla have all played for the Orioles last season and I expect they will play for the Orioles at some point. Urrutia proved to be a very effective pinch hitter last season.Orioles make four roster moves The Orioles today announced that they have optioned RHP STEVE JOHNSON and OF HENRY URRUTIA to Triple-A Norfolk, and reassigned OF QUINTIN BERRY and INF ALEXI CASILLA to minor league camp.
Photo: Baltimore RavensThe Baltimore Ravens fell to the Indianapolis professional football team 20 to 13. It was a rough day for the offense, that had several turnovers and played sloppy. The offense never really had the ball long enough to get into a good rhythm. Quarterback: It was a tough day to be Joe Flacco as he was pressured the entire game. Flacco was sacked four times and rarely had time to throw the ball. Flacco played well when he had a chance but his final numbers do not show that. Flacco finished the game with an interception and 65.1 quarterback rating. Grade BRunning backs: The running game worked well and averaged six yards per carry but they were bad in third and fourth downs. Justin Forsett had the Ravens lone touchdown. The running game did not have a chance to get on track as even Forsett only had six carries. Bernard Pearce had a four carries for 30 yards. Grade BReceivers: Steve Smith Sr. fumbled on the first Ravens play of the game, not a good way to start. Smith Sr. set the pace for a weird game. Owen Daniels led the receivers with five receptions for 70 yards. The receivers need to step it up and start making plays, Daniels and Smith Sr. are the only Ravens receivers who are making catches consistently. Grade DOffensive line: The offensive line was not as good as it was in past games. James Hurst did not play well at all and left Flacco running for his life or sacked when he just got the ball. This was the fatal flaw of the Ravens. Grade EOverall: The Ravens barely had the ball and needed to turn to the run game. The Ravens were down most of the game and running was not an option late. Poor day overall by the offense. Grade DPlease follow and like us:
The Washington Redskins (3-2) pulled off a close but nice win against the Carolina Panthers (3-2) yesterday here’s this weeks report card. QuarterbacksAlex smith(QB) looked way better than last week throwing for 21-36 for 163yards and two Touchdowns. Grade: ARunning backsAdrian Peterson(RB) had 17 carries for 97 yards looking good every week. Grade: AReceiversVernon Davis (TE) led receivers with three receptions for 48 yards and 1 touchdown. Jordan Reed was right behind him with five receptions for 36 yards. Team wise there were 21 receptions for 163 yards. Grade:AOffensive lineBlocking was good for the most part racking up plenty of yards compared to last week. Grade: AOverall offenseGrade: ADefensive line Made it through for a sack while holding the Panthers offense to 81 yards rushing. Grade:ALinebackersBringing in tackles for days and holding yards to their selves sometimes it’s nice to be greedy. Grade: ASecondaryBrought in their share of tackles and looked tough in the process Grade: AOverall defenseThey looked great along with the offense and even forced three fumbles. We had Josh Norman (CB) make a come back and pull a pass from Cam Newton (QB) who hasn’t thrown an interception since 2016!Grade: ASpecial teamsPulling in 34 yards between kick and punt returns looked pretty good out there. Grade:ACoaching staffGreat play calling keeping the Panthers from stealing a win at the very end. Grade: AFinal wordsGreat win to come back with after last weeks lost. Grade: APlease follow and like us:
Unless you are a devoted MMA fan or a big Bellator fan you might not know the Ravishing Russian born Olga Rubin, at least not yet. Rubin is a rising star with untapped potential that will only get better with time and continued progression in the sport. Rubin however isn’t looking towards the future, for Olga the future is now. July 12th at the Winstar hotel and casino in Oklahoma Rubin will face Julia Budd for the Bellator featherweight title. These two stars headline an exciting night of Bellator fights as the undefeated “Big Bad” gets her much anticipated title shot against the Queen of the featherweights.Olga had a unique path to the Bellator cage, one that made her stronger and set the stage for the young Woman that she has become. Born in Moscow Russia Olga and her family immigrated to Israel from Russia in 1991. Rubin began training kickboxing at her local gym when she saw the first Ronda Rousey versus Miesha Tate fight in 2012. Olga said that was the fight that converted her as a true MMA fan and kicked off her journey as a fighter. Watching Tate refuse to submit to the Rousey arm bar even when Rubin could see it being dislocated sold her on the passion and determination to fight. Training in Holon Israel under local coaches, Ido Pariente and Moshik Keidar, Olga also travels to the UK one week a month to train at Titan Fighter with former UFC fighter Brad Pickett.Married with a son she is a wife and a mother first and foremost. However it was while she was pregnant that her husband saw how much Olga truly loved the sport and the passion she had inside her to compete. Just six months after the birth of Rubin’s son the “Big Bad” was inside a Bellator cage doing what she loved to do, fighting. After starting off 4-0 Olga made a brash statement when she called out Cindy Dandois who was 12-3 at the time. Olga scored a Unanimous decision over Dandois and immediately had eveyone’s attention. Rubin has shot up the ranks with that win and some were already talking about a title fight with Budd. Rubin was quick to explain she was still new to the Bellator scene and felt she needed two more quality wine before making a run at the featherweight title. Turns out Rubin only needed one more big win. Iony Razafiarison was 6-1 and also had a win over the highly touted Dandois. Rubin defeated Razafiarison via Unanimous decision and the stage was immediately set. Budd vs Rubin for the Bellator featherweight title was now in play.July 12th at the Winstar hotel and casino in Oklahoma “Big Bad” gets her shot at greatness under the lights in the main event. Budd is an amazing fighter with a 12-2 record and a 10 fight win streak. Julia Budd defeated Marloes Coenen via KO/TKO to win the title and has successfully defended it twice against Arlene Blencowe and Talita Nogueira. Budd the veteran with experience will not only challenge Rubin’s body but also her head and her heart, something the “Big Bad” said she is ready for. Olga will look to unleash the “Controlled Chaos” that Brad Pickett.implements as she strives to dethrone the queen of the featherweights.I will be there live cage side row 3 watching what will no doubt be an amazing night of Bellator fights. Will Budd survive her latest challenge or will Rubin walk away with the crown? I can’t wait for this one and maybe I will be able to grab an interview with Olga and Budd to share the nights experience with all of you fight fans too.Follow me on Twitter@MSBFightClub@DamonSmith34Check out another ‘Between Rounds” segment featuring Valerie Louredahttp://marylandsportsblog.com/olympics-or-octagon-gold-is-the-only-option/Please follow and like us:
For all the exciting young talent on the Braves, a pair of veterans did all the heavy lifting in Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Mets.Josh Donaldson hit a pair of solo home runs, and 31-year-old left-hander Dallas Keuchel pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven, to pick up the victory. Astros’ Yordan Alvarez breaks part of scoreboard in batting practice The Nats (73-57) remain 6 games behind the Braves.Studs of the NightRoyals first baseman Ryan O’Hearn hit a pair of solo home runs, the second providing the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as Kansas City beat the Indians 9-8.Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman went 4 for 4, scored three runs and stole two bases in a 9-8 win over the Reds.Matt Carpenter had three hits, including a home run, and scored three runs in the Cardinals’ 11-4 win over the Rockies.Duds of the NightAngels reliever Taylor Cole gave up seven earned runs in one inning in an 11-2 loss to the Astros.Buster Posey struck out four times and stranded six runners in the Giants’ 5-4 win over the Athletics. Didi Gregorius injury update: Yankees shortstop’s X-rays negative, considered day to day Josh Donaldson just hit another home run.This has been your hourly Josh Donaldson Home Run Update. pic.twitter.com/7MvIlTvWXz— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) August 25, 2019The 33-year-old Donaldson, who signed a one-year deal in the offseason with the Braves, now has 32 home runs this year, and 24 homers since June 11, tied with Mike Trout (24) for most in the majors in that span.The Braves (80-52) have now won eight straight. Yet they can’t shake the Nationals, who defeated the Cubs 7-5 in 11 innings to win their fifth straight and 12th out of 14. Howie Kendrick scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Tyler Chatwood, and Anthony Rendon added an RBI single for insurance, one of his four hits on the day. Related News Jose Ramirez injury update: Indians star has fractured hand HighlightsHow does Angels third baseman David Fletcher make this catch?When you see it … pic.twitter.com/7jFSpwaSPr— MLB (@MLB) August 25, 2019Nolan Arenado turns hits into outs more routinely than arguably anyone.”This is gonna be a tough chance for Nolan.” LOL pic.twitter.com/DIVTYhnGKN— MLB (@MLB) August 25, 2019What’s Next?Cardinals (71-58) at Brewers (67-63) 7:05 p.m. ET — These two playoff contenders just met in a three-game series early last week in St. Louis. The Cards took two of three, moving them into first place in the NL Central. Third-place Milwaukee trails the Cards by 4 1/2 games, and the second-place Cubs by two games. The Brewers will go with lefty Gio Gonzalez, who gave up only one earned run and struck out six against the Cardinals last Tuesday. Adam Wainwright will look to rebound from a tough outing against the Brewers on Aug. 21, when he gave up five earned runs in five innings.
Avonte Maddox injury update: Eagles corner (concussion, neck) says ‘everything is going well’ after scary collision Jalen Ramsey gets sentimental about possible ‘last game’ with Jaguars “We got into goal line, we liked the matchup on the outside, Jimmy Graham on the safety and that was incomplete. Second down we tried to stay in goal line thinking they might think we’re running the ball. We ran the keeper and they played the keeper. Credit to them. Their defensive end read the field and was right in Aaron’s face.”Third down we called a play for the run/pass option and Aaron he saw who he saw and pulled the ball, then the defense reacted so he had to throw it away. Then fourth down we tried another pass.” The series started when Rodgers threw a goal-line fade to Jimmy Graham with 9:19 remaining in the fourth. He then tried to connect with Danny Vitale, but that didn’t work either. Third down brought a run-pass option, resulting in Rodgers throwing out of bounds. And then on fourth-and-1, Rodgers threw to Graham again but the tight end wasn’t open.LaFleur’s explanation of what went wrong: Related News 🚨 BALL GAME!#Eagles defense with the CLUTCH INT to win it!#PHIvsGB(via @NFL)pic.twitter.com/OhevdWgaY2— PFF (@PFF) September 27, 2019Rodgers said after the game that he felt “good about all four calls” and didn’t have any regrets.”We had a couple opportunities there I think to score and we just didn’t quite execute. It hurts, obviously, the way they were stopping the run, we felt good about those four calls and I liked the calls and I felt like we were close on a couple of those to really scoring and tying it up.”“I feel good about all four calls.”Aaron Rodgers doesn’t regret the four goal line calls that resulted in a turnover on downs Thursday night.https://t.co/8azcNxTE3n pic.twitter.com/1EIVIKmVt5— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) September 27, 2019The Eagles finished with a 34-27 win, while the Packers dropped to 3-1. The Packers had a chance to win Thursday’s game against the Eagles when they got down to the 1-yard line while trailing a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but many questioned coach Matt LaFleur’s playcalling when Green Bay passed the ball four times. When asked why the Packers didn’t run the ball, LaFleur said: “That’s a great question,” while admitting, “Unfortunately it didn’t work out for us.” Three takeaways from Eagles’ road win over Packers
England captain Eoin Morgan suffered a “small fracture” to his left index finger on Friday, but is expected to be fit in time for the hosts’ World Cup opener against South Africa next week.Morgan was practising with his teammates at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton ahead of Saturday’s unofficial World Cup warm-up against Australia when he took a blow during catching drills.It was a major scare for England just six days before the World Cup favourites start their bid to win the competition for the first time, but there was relatively good news for Morgan after an X-ray showed the damage wasn’t as bad as feared.“England captain Eoin Morgan has sustained a small flake fracture to his left index finger,” an ECB statement said.“He will not take part in the match (against Australia), but is expected to make a full recovery and be available for England’s opening ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match against South Africa at The Oval on Thursday May 30.”Morgan, 32, was one of 14 players preparing at Hampshire’s ground, with Joe Root absent on personal business. He has played 222 one-day internationals and averages 39.64 after hitting 12 centuries and 45 half-centuries.England have climbed to the top of the ODI rankings under leadership of Morgan, who is also a key member of their powerful batting line-up.England spinner Liam Dawson did not witness the incident but said the feeling from his team-mates was the Dublin-born left-hander’s injury was not serious.“I was batting on the other side, so I didn’t know what went on. When I came back to the dressing room a couple of the lads were talking,” Dawson said.“I just heard he got hit on the finger. I don’t think it’s too bad.”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
The part-time goalkeeper’s contract expires in June and the Scottish Premiership side, whose season has now finished, reached out with a tongue-in-cheek post.“Quite possibly a football first but we’re giving you the chance to decide on the future of goalkeeper @Maley1Gary,” Livingston tweeted.“With his contract expiring next month, we’re leaving it in the hands of the fans as to whether or not we offer “Stretch” an extension. Stay or go – you decide!”But the goalkeeper was in on a stunt that has benefited a children’s charity.Assistant manager David Martindale, who was Maley’s best man at his wedding, pledged a pound ($1.2) to charity for every vote but the poll has attracted almost 200,000 votes as well as stinging criticism from people who were unaware of the background.Maley said: “He mentioned my contract and I said ‘look, give it to one of the kids, I am 37, I am nearly done’. He said ‘we will have a bit of fun with it, have a laugh, we will put up a vote on Twitter’.“Davie said he would put a pound in per vote for charity, thinking we would get 500 votes. Obviously it escalated something ridiculous and Davie soon withdrew that offer.”He added: “It looks as though I’m going to win the vote and extend my deal but I said I will donate the next two months’ wages to charity and Davie will match that.”