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Cullen agrees to one-year contract with Wild

Cullen agrees to one-year contract with Wild

free agency 40-year-old center is Minnesota native, has won Stanley Cup three times in 19 seasons Center Matt Cullen, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Cullen, 40, had 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 72 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping Pittsburgh win the Cup for the second straight season. The father of three boys said he and his family took time away from Pittsburgh to return home to Minnesota to quiet the background noise and excitement that came with winning another Cup, and to help him make the right choice from a family perspective. "I had to decide if I was ready to play and go for another season, and everything that goes with it," Cullen said. I was really happy with how my body responded to a couple weeks off after the season and it was a big reason I felt that I think I can play again. Cullen, who had 101 points (33 goals, 68 assists) in 193 games in three seasons with the Wild from 2011-13, also won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. "I think this is a group that has a lot of potential, and that's a big part of why I wanted to come join in. "I never would have imagined that [I'd be playing this long in my career]. Cullen, who will turn 41 on Nov. 2, is the oldest player currently on an NHL roster. He has 56 points (18 goals, 38 assists) in 123 playoff games.
Mazara turning into RBI machine for Rangers

Mazara turning into RBI machine for Rangers

The Rangers hit four home runs while tying a season-high with 17 hits, and one of them was a big blast from Mazara. The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead off Rangers starter Cole Hamels, but Mazara tied it in the second by following a leadoff single from Adrian Beltre with a line drive off the right-field foul pole. They answered when we needed [them] to. A lot of guys are really starting to get hot, and it's great to see." I've been trying to focus more when I have men in scoring position, and I've been putting the ball in play. Since breaking an 0-for-26 slump, Mazara is now hitting .357 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in his last 18 games. It looks like he's seeing the ball well and hitting the baseball hard. Mazara's hot streak has paralleled Gallo, who hit his 35th home run of the season Wednesday night. He is hitting .277 with 14 home runs, 24 RBIs and an .819 slugging percentage in his past 24 games. Don't be surprised if he's going to be a home run leader in the American League."
Conflicting Reports Surround LeBron James’ Plans to Leave Cavaliers After Season

Conflicting Reports Surround LeBron James’ Plans to Leave Cavaliers After Season

Conflicting Reports Surround LeBron James' Plans to Leave Cavaliers After Season. As many NBA fans wonder whether LeBron James is entering his last year with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a source told longtime NBA writer Chris Sheridan the four-time MVP is already planning for his exit. "This will be LeBron's final season in Cleveland," the source told Sheridan. Relationship with owners beyond repair." In his first-person essay with Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins announcing his return to the Cavs, James emphasized "my calling here goes above basketball." Much has changed since then, though. Perhaps more importantly, an organization that was rarely a model for the rest of the league has been thrown into disarray this summer. The Cavs jettisoned general manager David Griffin, who helped build a team that reached three straight NBA Finals. In his place comes Koby Altman, who is only 34 and spent one season as the assistant GM before getting the top job. Compounding matters, ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst reported in July that four-time All-Star Kyrie Irving is seeking a trade out of Cleveland.
Fantasy Insider: Which Players To Target In Round One?

Fantasy Insider: Which Players To Target In Round One?

They obsess about who to pick first, and how the next round or two may play out after that. So if you are picking eighth, have your Top 8 players ready, and when your pick comes up, you simply take the top one on the board. David Johnson is often the first player off the board in most drafts regardless of format, and he has a current NFL.com Average Draft Position (ADP) of 1.32. Bell may go first in some leagues, which is sensible, as he did not finish far behind Johnson in in terms of receptions despite playing in fewer games. Odell Beckham Jr. is being taken next in many drafts, with an NFL.com ADP of 6.55. His 13 TD runs last year are a big attraction to Fantasy owners, and he will be seemingly even more of a focal point of the offense now with some key roster changes by the Bills. 1 player at his position last year with 208.10 NFL.com points. In PPR formats, though, you may opt for Devonta Freeman or DeMarco Murray first. Murray was fifth in NFL.com standard scoring last year at RB with 240.80 points and he also caught 53 passes. A healthy Green can be right near Beckham and Evans in terms of Fantasy production.
Daniels wins 1,000th game as Rangers GM

Daniels wins 1,000th game as Rangers GM

pic.twitter.com/q6KJKnoH3y — Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 17, 2017 Beyond the wins, the Rangers have won two American League pennants and four division titles during Daniels' tenure. Andrus has multiple reasons to like the general manager. ARLINGTON -- Wednesday, as it turned out, ended up being a pretty good day for Jake Diekman. If I get a count where I feel like I can throw a slider and stuff, I'll do that. But once Diekman entered professional baseball with the Phillies, it worsened. You walk into a department store, and that's the first thing you scan. When the colitis flared up, Diekman coined the "gut it out" mantra, and a few years later the foundation with the same name has launched. I'd like to find a cure for these kids that are on a drug that harms them down the road." Beyond that, it's all about finding a cure and helping the people who are dealing with colitis and Crohn's disease. The biggest thing is we don't make any money off it.
49ers training camp: Three things we learned Wednesday

49ers training camp: Three things we learned Wednesday

“It’s a great measuring stick and it’s a great opportunity for our team to go up against one of the deeper rosters in football and see how we stack up,” said general manager John Lynch, who wrapped his playing career 10 years ago as a Broncos safety. Rookie safety Adrian Colbert drilled Broncos tight end Steen Scheu high near the head and somewhat late. I went over there and said, ‘Adrian, that’s not how we practice. Next thing you know he was there.’ I can’t tell you I haven’t been there myself.” The 49ers are coming off their worst defensive season in history, and Saleh has tried rallying his unit with mottos such as “excessive violence” and “all gas, no brakes.” Colbert should have applied the brakes in this 7-on-7 drill. Dakoda Watson, a Bronco last season, contributed to the 49ers’ improved pass rush with a pass breakup and at least one would-be sack. Tight end competition. “We’ve been thoroughly impressed with how Vance responded to that,” Lynch said, citing how McDonald’s consistent blocking in Friday’s game was as good as he’s ever seen from the fifth-year veteran. Kittle lined up first at tight end at the start of team drills. — Linebacker Reuben Foster came out of full-team drills the last 30 minutes of practice after appearing to nick his right shoulder or neck area. Lynch said: “I talked to him and, like Reuben, he had a big smile and said, ‘I’m straight.’ So he’s good, he’s ‘straight.’ ” Foster made a one-handed interception in a one-on-one drill.
Rookie T.J. Watt’s emergence signals changing of the guard

Rookie T.J. Watt’s emergence signals changing of the guard

I’m 39 years old and still playing football.” Harrison, the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, dressed for one padded practice during training camp. Watt, the 30th overall pick in 2017, is the younger brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt — a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The younger Watt flourished as the starting right outside linebacker during the Steelers first preseason game against the New York Giants, earning two sacks in the first four snaps. “I’ve always said from the beginning, I’m never going to turn down reps,” Watt said. On the next defensive snap, Watt didn’t fall for a run fake and sacked Johnson for the second time in as many plays. Harrison, who has a franchise-best 79½ sacks, didn’t have a sack through the first seven games of the 2016 season while rotating with former first-round pick Jarvis Jones. Harrison, who played in 15 games and made seven starts and picked up 2½ sacks in three playoff games. Harrison said Wednesday he would do whatever the Steelers asked of him this season. Watt just wants to play. “I’m trying to be the best player I can be.” NOTES: Steelers rookie second-round pick WR JuJu Smith-Schuster left Wednesday’s practice with a lower-body injury.
Rehabbing Diekman launches foundation

Rehabbing Diekman launches foundation

Rehabbing Diekman launches foundation. ARLINGTON -- Wednesday, as it turned out, ended up being a pretty good day for Jake Diekman. If I get a count where I feel like I can throw a slider and stuff, I'll do that. But once Diekman entered professional baseball with the Phillies, it worsened. You walk into a department store, and that's the first thing you scan. When the colitis flared up, Diekman coined the "gut it out" mantra, and a few years later the foundation with the same name has launched. I'd like to find a cure for these kids that are on a drug that harms them down the road." The foundation raises money through direct donations and through the sale of "Gut It Out" T-shirts, and the first $10,000 that the Foundation receives will be donated to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., as a thank you from Diekman for the care he received there. Beyond that, it's all about finding a cure and helping the people who are dealing with colitis and Crohn's disease. The biggest thing is we don't make any money off it.

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