Red Wings add goaltending depth with Jonathan Bernier

The Detroit Red Wings lost backup goaltender Petr Mrazek to the Hurricanes, so they filled the void by signing Jonathan Bernier from the Avalanche to a three-year deal.

There’s a lot of history in this organization and in this town and I’m excited to be a part of it, Bernier said in a statement.

Bernier served as the Avalanche’s primary goaltender after Semyon Varlamov was sidelined by a knee injury in late March. He helped the Avalanche reach the playoffs for the first time in four seasons by posting a 19-13-3 record with a 2.85 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.

Nothing, really. He is who he is, a guy who gets ground balls and won’t beat himself. In 2015 and 2017, when he had sub-3.00 ERAs, his ground-ball rates were over 60 percent. In 2016 and 2018, those rates have fallen below 58 percent. With Keuchel, it’s a fine line between being a No. 1 or 2 starter and a No. 3.

Predicting the market: Keuchel and Charlie Morton are both free agents. The Astros are unlikely to sign both, as prospect Forrest Whitley should be ready in 2019, plus you still have Collin McHugh as a rotation option. Keuchel and Jose Altuve are the two Astros who suffered through the really bad days. They gave Altuve a big extension, but I’m not sure Keuchel receives the same love.

Astros, Rangers, Padres, Angels, Yankees. Keuchel always seem to pitch well at Yankee Stadium (2.45 ERA, no home runs in 33 innings, and that doesn’t include his wild-card start there in 2015).

A urine sample I provided to the NFL has resulted in a positive test of a banned substance under league policy with regards to Performance Enhancing Substances. It absolutely kills me that I allowed this to happen, Turbin wrote on Twitter. It has always been a priority in my life to display a high level of leadership both on and off the field. I strive to be a person that people can look up to and strive to exemplify the definition of hard work.

Unfortunately, I have made a mistake. A mistake that will not only have personal consequences, but will affect the Colts organization, an organization that I am extremely appreciative to be a part of. For that, I am truly sorry.

Turbin, who is entering his eighth season, spent the majority of the offseason program working with the first unit after the Colts decided not to re-sign veteran Frank Gore last winter and with Marlon Mack out with a shoulder injury.

Turbin played only six games last season because of an elbow injury.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman revealed earlier this week that he’s also being treated for lymphoma.

My faith in God and the support from my family, friends, teammates and coaches will see me through this difficult time, Hal said in a statement. I will not let this diagnosis stop me from fulfilling my dreams and I do not want anyone to feel sorry for me. I know how to beat this and I will beat it.

According to the Texans, Hal received a preliminary diagnosis from team physician James Muntz. Hal has sought further consultation with physicians at MD Anderson Cancer Center and continues to undergo testing and evaluation while weighing treatment options.

We are confident that Andre’s resiliency and infectious positivity, along with treatment and care from the best medical community in the world, will guide him through his recovery. The entire Texans organization is behind Andre and his family during this difficult time and we look forward to his eventual return to the team.

But the ACL injury was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. It helped me create a work ethic and really understand consistency. When you tear your ACL, you can’t take no days off. Not one day. You can’t take off icing your knee after, or rehab, or anything you’ve got to be on top of that stuff to even become close to the type of player that you were before.

Out of high school, I was like 202-205 pounds. My rookie season I was like 245, my second year I was 255. My third year I got up to like 272, and I tore my ACL. I don’t know if my weight was part of the cause of that, but I got hurt, so I just tried to re-evaluate my situation. Right around 238-242 is my ideal range I can do everything that I need to do at 245 and lighter. I played in the Super Bowl at 236.

On the football field, it’s every single day, every play, knowing that people are depending on me to make my play. Von Miller Peggy Sirota for ESPN

I don’t try to limit myself to just rushing the passer or dropping back in coverage or being a run-stopper; I try to be great at football. I can’t even put a name on what I do wide receiver, tight end, running back, whatever just put me in the game. I feel like that’s the type of teammate that I want to be. I try to be an all-around defender.

The Jags are pretty jacked elsewhere, but Bortles’ supporting cast continues to lack star power.

If Shady finally hits a wall in his 10th season, McCarron/Peterman/Allen could have the worst arsenal in the league.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding the San Francisco 49ers right now, mainly because it appears they’ve found a franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo. But does Jimmy G have enough support in the receiving and running games?

That’s not ideal for Bortles, but the Jags aren’t in horrendous shape elsewhere. They do have plenty of young talent on the wide receiver depth chart (second-round rookie DJ Chark, second-year fourth-rounder Dede Westbrook and 2017 receiving yardage leader Keelan Cole all could emerge), they upgraded from the aging Marcedes Lewis to Austin Seferian-Jenkins at tight end, and Leonard Fournette is one of the most promising young backs in football. 

But there are no established stars among that group, and Fournette has a lot of work to do. He’s the centerpiece of the offense, but the 2017 No. 4 overall pick averaged only 3.9 yards per carry as a rookie despite having two touchdown runs of 75-plus yards. Without those aberrational plays, his rookie season would have been a letdown. 

Second-year Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has himself some toys this season. 

The 2017 No. 2 overall pick struggled while being babied in a feeble offense that forced him to target Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy and Dontrelle Inman as his top receivers last season, but the Bears went out in the offseason and grabbed Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Bennie Fowler and tight end Trey Burton to work with Trubisky. 

Robinson is a 24-year-old with a 1,400-yard Pro Bowl season on his resume, Gabriel is one of the league’s fastest players and is due for a breakout season after flashing behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu the last few years in Atlanta, and Burton also has a chance to explode with a bigger role than the one he had with the Super Bowl champion Eagles (although he still scored five touchdowns in 2017). 

Those three alone don’t make this a top-tier supporting cast, but consider also that 2015 No. 7 overall pick Kevin White still has a chance to break out in his age-25 season, and the Bears already entered the 2018 offseason with one of the best running back duos in the league.

Watch: Bark in the Park goes hilariously wrong after dog charges field

What did the team expect? It’s in that very good boy’s DNA to chase all the baseballs. All he wanted was to hang with the infielder and toss the ball as far as possible. What’s wrong with that?

Poor doggo. Hopefully when he got home he got to chase after all the baseballs.

Key additions since 2015: QB Kirk Cousins, QB Case Keenum, RB Dalvin Cook, RB Latavius Murray, WR Stefon Diggs, OT Riley Reiff, OT Mike Remmers, C Pat Elflein, DE Danielle Hunter, DT Sheldon Richardson, LB Eric Kendricks, CB Trae Waynes

If convicted on all counts, Winslow could face life in prison, according to TMZ.

Winslow was taken into custody the same day he was ordered to appear in court for the burglary case. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department did not reveal any other details of Winslow’s arrest, including the incidents themselves or when they took place.

The second baseman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation, retroactive to May 30, the team announced before Saturday’s game against the Astros.

Boston has recalled first baseman Sam Travis and left-hander Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Pedroia and Mookie Betts, who was placed on the DL on Friday with an abdominal strain.

Pedroia was activated from the DL May 25, going 1-for-11 with two walks and one strikeout in three games, but was a late scratch from Thursday’s game. The team said then that he would be day-to-day.

The Cardinals found a viable No. 2 to Patrick Peterson late last season in Tramon Williams, but the latter parlayed his solid play into a late-career return to the Packers. With ineffective Justin Bethel not retained, either, Arizona could not settle for Brandon Williams in a starting role, so they signed Bene Benwikere, drafted Christian Campbell in the sixth round and traded for Jamar Taylor.

Browns sign Greg Robinson

One of the biggest busts in recent draft history is getting another shot. In Cleveland.

Wilkins added that the message she wants to send is that cheerleaders bring so much value to this organization and we deserve to be valued as individuals, and paid.

The issue isn’t whether they can pay us — of course they can . . . it’s that they should, she said. I’m proud to have been a DCC. I’m not trying to make them look bad. I’m presenting them with an opportunity to be the good guys here . . . for them to be trendsetters and to set the precedent for other NFL teams across the board.

A day before the 2018 NFL draft in April, a bombshell hit University of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, when racially offensive tweets sent from the white player’s account in 2012 and 2013 — when the now-22-year-old was in high school — surfaced in a Yahoo Sports story.

i dont think you [N-word] want a troubled son! one said. Allen had been projected as a possible first pick in the draft. But once the tweets hit, his future was in question.

That’s a bad sign for the franchise, especially considering that they’ve removed seats from FedEx Field and don’t even have as many season tickets to sell as they had in the past.

The team’s new chief operation officer, Brian Lafemina, said they are taking a fresh look at every area of the business. That should include team owner Dan Snyder looking in the mirror: He’s been running the show this whole time, while tens of thousands of fans have decided it’s a show they don’t want to watch.

We used to worry about people accidentally posting dick picks, a publicist for pro athletes told The Post. Now we’re in a new version of social-media danger. These kids [going into pro leagues] grew up on social media. There’s a longer trail [of potential landmines].

Call it tweet reflux: when old social-media posts — sometimes written during adolescence — come roaring back at the most inopportune time. It’s a syndrome very much on the mind of agents, players and teams as the NBA draft kicks off Thursday at the Barclays Center.

[Allen] was a wake-up call for me, said agent Daniel Poneman. My initial reaction was sympathy. Twitter came out when I was a senior in high school, and my first post was cringe-worthy. This could happen to anybody.

Nate Solder: Tremendous amount of pressure to fix Giants OL

The Giants made left tackle Nate Solder their biggest acquisition in free agency this offseason in a move that didn’t surprise anyone who watched the team play last season.

He was a partner of Goldman, Sachs & Company from 1996-2000 and also previously served as a former co-president of Constellation Energy Group, a Fortune 500 company located in Baltimore, Maryland.

But the Supreme Court sided with the state last month, overturning a 1992 federal ban on sports betting and opening the door for states across the country to allow such wagering. Nevada — home to Las Vegas — was the only place in the U.S. to offer full-scale sports betting before that.

Monmouth Park was hoping to become the first place outside of Nevada to accept bets on games. Drazin said it was possible because of a 2014 law the state enacted to get around the federal ban by allowing sports wagering at casinos and tracks without state regulation.

Mark Geragos and his legal team are expected to subpoena President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, according to reports from Yahoo and USA TODAY Sports.

The reports state there already have been informal attempts to coordinate depositions with Trump, who repeatedly has blasted NFL players who choose not to stand on the field during the national anthem as a form of protest.

The state Senate voted 37-0 and the state Assembly 73-0 at the Statehouse in Trenton — less than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court handed New Jersey a victory in its seven-year court battle to legalize such wagering.

Now it’s up to Gov. Phil Murphy to decide whether to sign the bill into law and make New Jersey the second state to begin accepting bets since the court’s ruling.

While he publicly supports sports betting and lawmakers are urging him to capitalize on the wagering as soon as possible, Murphy hasn’t said when he’ll take action on the legislation.

He said during a telephone town hall event Thursday night that his administration needs to review the measure.

And that’s gonna happen sooner than later in New Jersey, and that’s a good thing, Murphy added.

LeBron James on White House: No one wants the invite anyway

President Donald Trump won’t have a chance to rescind the invitation to the White House for the NBA champion, the way he did for the Eagles.

But it’s all not business for O’Brien; Watson’s skills and abilities allow the coach to have plenty of (wait for it) fun at work.

It’s a lot of fun to coach a guy like Deshaun, O’Brien said. It really is. Just him personally, he’s a very smart guy. He loves football, so every day he comes in willing to learn. Just really kind of soaks up the knowledge but then he has his own ideas, his own creativity on what he sees on different packages that we do, which we really enjoy talking about those things. When you have a guy like Deshaun, you can be creative because of his skill set. So, it’s been a good spring.

Regardless of who’s to blame, the relationship between Owens, the Hall of Fame, and the voters already has been permanently damaged. Nothing he says or does from this point forward will change it.

So he should just do whatever he thinks is right for him, and if anyone has a problem with that, it’s their problem.

In addition to the previously announced A-team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth, FOX has now announced that two sideline reporters, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink, will work on Thursday nights. And Mike Pereira, the former NFL head of officiating, will attend each Thursday night game in his role as a rules analyst.

Pink has previously worked some Sunday afternoon games but will now relinquish that role and work only on Thursday nights. Andrews will continue to work as the lone sideline reporter on Sundays with Buck and Aikman.

Tackle Garrett Bolles notices the impact of Keenum, too.

I’m grateful we have Case here, Bolles recently told reporters. I think he brings a demeanor here. That season he had in Minnesota was not a fluke thing. It was 100 percent who he is. A man that has been benched and moved around multiple times and still fought his way to the top and took his team as far as he did. That’s a big picture in my eyes. When we brought him in I had to do my research and understand what kind of man he is. . . .

But for a few beautiful moments on a cool Wednesday afternoon, we were distracted by a bouncing ball.

That’s Carson Wentz in the video above: ducking, planting, escaping a pair of big rover balls tossed by his teammates and delivering a crisp little pass, six months after suffering an ACL tear and three months to the day before he will be asked to avoid defenders instead of backyard toys and throw passes in an NFL game that matters.

Later in practice, Wentz would go on to take a sparse handful of reps in seven-on-seven drills, completing a pair of soft tosses to tight end Zach Ertz and a short crosser to new receiver Mike Wallace. For a few brief moments, it was easy to forget about the literal and metaphorical clouds hanging over the practice facility and daydream instead of glorious Sundays to come.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen indicated earlier in the week that the Eagles’ starting quarterback was well ahead of schedule in his rehab. But seeing is believing. There’s a real chance that Wentz will be back, and operating at full capacity, for the Eagles-Falcons season opener Sept. 6.

Fifteen minutes! he laughs. Just enough time for a beer!

It’s game day, so Lewis is not complaining about those polyps. He’s not scheduling any extra meetings. No, he’s downright giddy. First, he bumps into an old friend in the parking lot who’s a Steelers fan. (My timing is just off today!) He pokes fun at the bartender who’s ticked the Falcons just handed Matt Ryan the richest deal in NFL history. (You’ve got to hold on to a good quarterback!)

His problem with players future is having no clue the majority of his workforce hails from neighborhoods like Adamsville. Lewis sees such ignorance bleed through the commissioner’s actions. As fewer kids from America’s suburbs play football—because they have options, because they don’t need to risk head trauma—these are the kids who’ll drive the NFL. Shape the NFL.

And does he know that environment? Lewis says. Probably not.

Then it’s off to pick up Jazz. Then it’s off to dinner at The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, where Lewis always tries cooking up billion-dollar ideas with his kindred spirit, Taylor aka Cornbread.Their most recent idea? ATV-style tires for wheelchairs, so the disabled can enjoy the beach. Every single week,Cornbread says, he comes up with a different idea.

Here’s what the jersey would look like, courtesy of our friends at Arrowhead Pride :

The league did change the rules in 2012 to allow players to add generational titles — like Sr., Jr., or in the case of Robert Griffin III, a Roman numeral — to the back of their jerseys. But eagles_032 had to legally change his name to Ochocinco to get that moniker on his jersey. So it will be interesting to see what they decide on Duvernay-Tardif.

Duvernay-Tardif has spent the last seven years in medical school at Montreal’s McGill University. He’s poised to take his medical exam and graduate in May.

I need to make sure I pass it because it’s the last year I’m allowed to pass that exam,he said. After that, I’d have to start over the whole thing.

He’s using his medical experience as well as his athletic background to connect with Olympic athletes while he covers the games for Radio-Canada. But Duvernay-Tardif said trying to get time with the athletes has also taught him a lesson that will impact the way he interacts with media covering the Chiefs.

It makes you realize that once the journalists get to you, you need to be kind because they work hard in order to get there,Duvernay-Tardif said.

After he graduates from med school, the next goal on his list is a Pro Bowl nod.

the Browns will depend on Denzel Ward to start as a boundary defender hence the decision to keep him out during rookie minicamp with a minor hip injury.

“He strained his hip flexor on the first day of rookie camp, and sat out the final two days, but only as a precaution. He would’ve practiced — and wanted to — if the Browns allowed. But Ward is slated to be the shutdown corner this season, and Jackson isn’t taking any chances.”

As mentioned, Gaines already has a history with soft-tissue ailments keeping him on the sidelines. Cleveland can’t rely solely on the veteran to elevate the pass defense. Expect Ward to have every opportunity to start over Jamar Taylor, who has become trade bait, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph has a good problem on his hands. How will he play all of his pass-rushers?

It’s difficult to find any negatives on Nelson. As the first offensive lineman taken in April’s draft, he fills a need and answers ongoing criticism about Andrew Luck’s pass protection—assuming the QB returns to the field for the upcoming season.

Here was the reasoning behind the pick:

The Knicks’ front office has already highlighted small forward as a position of need for the roster, so Mikal and Miles Bridges seem to make sense. Either selection would work, but the upside of Miles due to his youth may be slightly more attractive.

The New York Giants struggled mightily in 2017, but they spent the majority without Odell Beckham Jr. (who missed all but four games due to an ankle injury) and all of it without Saquon Barkley (who was starting his junior year at Penn State).

Beckham—who caught 90-plus passes for 1,300-plus yards and 10-plus touchdowns in each of his first three seasons—has been participating in individual drills at OTAs, according to ESPN.com’s Jordan Raanan.  bucks_239