Jake Arrieta agrees to multiyear deal with Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent right-hander Jake Arrieta have agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract.

The Phillies announced the deal on Monday.

Arrieta’s career 3.08 postseason ERA is also a good indicator of his big-game potential, as he has a wild-card win and Game 6 World Series victory on his résumé. He has been durable and effective since he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2013, though sometimes it takes time for his unique, cross-body delivery to lock in.

Arrieta has also produced two no-hitters and a career .222 batting average against him. Considering his delivery, some in baseball have wondered about his durability, but he has made at least 30 starts each of the past three seasons, helping the Cubs to the playoffs in each of them. His incredible training regimen is well-documented, keeping him in tip-top shape, especially for a pitcher.

The Texas Rangers also considered it, but Cole Hamels’ dissent reportedly put the kibosh on that plan. The Tampa Bay Rays are saying they intend using a four-man rotation, but with a bullpen game (as necessary) to keep the starters on typical five-day rest. It’s only one club, but this eliminates about six more chances to deploy a two-start option.

One of the integral aspects of spot starting pitchers is wins. In points leagues, getting the win helps mitigate any points lost from runs, hits and walks allowed. In rotisserie Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys formats, wins are necessary to offset the likely worsening of ratios.

The recent trend has been for starters to pick up fewer wins, with Cheap Baseball Jerseys China the average length of outing per start to have similarly declined:

In his 30-year-old season, Ovechkin hit the 50-goal mark for the third straight season, his fourth straight Rocket Richard Trophy and sixth overall. He’s minus-95 against the projection.

Klefbom ends scoring drought in OT, Oilers beat Coyotes 4-3

Several lengthy goalless droughts came to an end on Monday night.

Oscar Klefbom’s first goal in 34 games came in overtime, giving the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. It was Klefbom’s first goal since Dec. 9.

“Obviously, I have had opportunities in a lot of games where I didn’t execute and finish,” Klefbom said of his fourth goal of the season, set up by Connor McDavid, after the Oilers surrendered a two-goal lead in the third period.

Montreal got a goal from de la Rose with 13.8 seconds remaining to close out the second period with a four-goal deficit.

De la Rose tallied again in the third, trimming New Jersey’s lead to 6-3 with 5:20 remaining. Froese closed out the scoring in the final minute.

Members of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team met with Devils players outside the locker room before the game and participated in a ceremonial puck drop at center ice. … This was Montreal’s first game without LW Max Pacioretty, who is expected to miss 6 weeks with a knee injury. … John Hynes won his 100th game as the Devils’ coach.

The Sabres called up C Danny O’Regan from AHL Rochester to fill in after Kyle Criscuolo sustained upper-body injury in a 5-3 win against Toronto on Monday. O’Regan was acquired in the trade that sent Evander Kane to San Jose last week. … Flames LW Johnny Gaudreau had two assists in playing his 300th career game. … Gaudreau’s 56 assists this season are the most by a Flames player since Alex Tanguay had 59 in 2006-07. … The Flames once went 0-11 and a tie in 12 straight trips to Buffalo from March 11, 1979, when they were still in Atlanta, to Nov. 10, 1985.

With 15 games to go, the Islanders (29-29-9) are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and six points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card.

New York’s skid continued with Monday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Cheap Baseball Jerseys China Vancouver Canucks. Former Oiler Jordan Eberle scored for the Islander with 1:04 to play in regulation, but Jaroslav Halak was beaten Cheap Authentic Jerseys by Brendan Leipsic in the extra session.

Coach John Fox heaped praise on Mitchell Trubisky’s three-interception performance against the Lions.

In November, baseball writers across America received an advisory from a prominent Hall of Famer with suggestions for how to handle the nettlesome issue of immortality Basketball Jerseys For Sale and steroid use. A day after the Hall released its 33-man ballot for 2018, Hall of Fame vice chairman and former Cincinnati Reds great Joe Morgan emailed voters with a list of three criteria he thinks should disqualify future candidates from admission to the shrine.

“Players who failed drug tests, admitted using steroids or were identified as users in Major League Baseball’s investigation into steroid abuse, known as the Mitchell Report, should not get in,” Morgan said. “Those are the three criteria that many of the players and I think are right.”

Maintaining the confidence of a rookie QB is important, but that’s taking it too far.

If Coach Marvin Lewis indeed is headed out the door at season’s end, his players aren’t giving him much of a farewell gift. Their performance against the Vikings was dreadful. The Bengals may end up appreciating what they had in Lewis as their coach if they return to their status as a league laughingstock after he leaves.

“As I made clear in my report, we certainly didn’t name everybody who had been using drugs. There were plenty of people we didn’t name who were using drugs, and some were later exposed, but we did find out enough, despite the opposition of the Players Association, to be able to paint an accurate portrait of what had happened and why. That was the essential nature of the report.”

What do you consider the legacy of the report? Did it change things or have an impact?

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Both the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans followed the Steelers’ example.

The Colts said Brissett cleared two concussion tests during the game, in adherence to the league’s protocol, one of them by an independent neurologist. “Our guys, if they’re not 100 percent, they’re not going to put them back out there, period,” Colts Coach Chuck Pagano said.

Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger, chose to Cheap Baseball Jerseys China stand at the head of the tunnel leading onto the field rather than remain in the locker room. Although Tomlin and several members of the staff were on the field, the team remained inside.

The Seahawks said in a statement: “As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. We remain committed in continuing to work towards equality and justice for all.”

Team owner Amy Adams Strunk said Mike Mularkey’s job as head coach was safe after the Titans’ big comeback victory in the wild-card round, but a mutual parting of ways turned into a firing after the Titans’ blowout loss in the divisional round. Vrabel was hired away from the Texans in short order to replace him. Dick LeBeau won’t return as DC, and may be reritng from coaching at age 80.

Shanahan admitted before Sunday that getting Garoppolo ready is a “challenge” — both for him and the team. “I don’t care who you are or how many hours you put in, there’s no way you can get it all down in that short amount of time. If he does get the opportunity to go in, you got to scale it down. You have to wristband a bunch of stuff,” Shanahan said.

By season’s end, 26 of the 32 teams will have played a regular season game in London. The Ravens and Cardinals are playing their first games there. Waller said the NFL’s attempts to spread its appeal internationally are having an effect in the United Kingdom, with Cheap College Jerseys more than 100 universities there now fielding registered American football teams.

Chuck Pagano was fired, as expected, after the season.

It hurts that the Colts’ top choice, Nagy, got the Bears’ job, but McDaniels is a whole lot better than a consolation prize.

The Jaguars continued their playoff run one year removed from Gus Bradley. Wash deserves Coordinator of the Year honors for his work with that defense.

It was good and I’m good with it. I’m not sitting here crying, ‘Oh, I had another three years left, why did it…?’ That’s not the case. Nothing has changed. Then again, I’ve lived something else this year [the death of wife Kathy] that I wasn’t planning on anyway. It all goes secondary to what happened in my life here. So I miss the action, I miss the teammates, I miss being in the middle of it. I don’t miss that alarm at 6:15 [a.m.], in at 8, get home at 1, walk the dog, go to bed at 2. Get up early, go back in at 11 or so…At 62 years old, there’s part of it I don’t miss — although I loved every minute of it… By the way, I can’t believe how much I get done on a Sunday now.

Remember when Tony Romo retired and everyone wondered if there might be a comeback at some point? Well, Romo has been terrific in the broadcast booth. He’ll only get better. Everyone loves him already. There are raves about his ability to tell you what play is about to be come. Does all of that ensure that he’ll never play again? Perhaps. …

It’s not an entirely precise formula here, but when you look at the strength of the second Giants team that beat the Pats and the strength of this Eagles team, it’s not hard to draw parallels.

Dion Lewis had 141 total yards for New England, while Danny Amendola caught 11 passes for 112 yards, Rob Gronkowski had six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown, and James White added two touchdowns. Tennessee led 7-0 before the Patriots ran off 35 straight points in the rout, which featured a moment in the fourth quarter when the hosts had just nine fewer first downs (30) than the Cheap Baseball Jerseys visitors had Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys total plays (39).

The Lakers have lost nine games in a row and have fallen to 11-27 on the season.

OK, that’s still not Marshall Faulk in 2000 when he won MVP, but in this era of committees for these Rams, it’s just as impressive. Gurley might get the consolation of comeback player of the year, but with two more games close to what he did in Week 16, he could see his odds improve even more significantly before the end of the regular season. Gurley has the best chance to upset Brady now, by far.

And now LaVar Ball is talking again. He’s targeting Luke Walton as the issue once again, saying the Lakers’ young coach has lost his locker room, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

You can see they’re not playing for Luke no more. Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more. They don’t want to play for him, LaVar Ball said.

That’s a good team. Nobody wants to play for him. I can see it. No high-fives when they come out of the game. People don’t know why they’re in the game. He’s too young. He’s too young. … He ain’t connecting with them anymore. You can look at every player, he’s not connecting with not one player, he continued.

This isn’t the first time LaVar Ball has tried to put a spotlight on Walton’s back. He complained that Walton didn’t know how to coach Lonzo Ball earlier in the season.

One would think this week’s clash between the top two teams in the AFC already was the conference championship game. New England (10-3) suffered a tough loss to the Dolphins last week, and the Steelers (11-2) are riding high after beating the surging Ravens.

The Steelers may be confident right now, but the Pats have won 11 of the two teams’ last 14 matchups. New England also has won four in a row against Pittsburgh, a franchise record.

Pittsburgh’s weapons, led by Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, are in top form right now. The Patriots’ stars aren’t there yet. This game should live up to the hype, but there could be fewer points than expected.

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Which NFL teams are rising and falling in the standings?

An unpredictable Week 15 provided more clarity in the race to Super Bowl LII.

Here’s how every team stacks up against each other going into Week 16, from best to worst.

Todd Gurley and the defense are taking over from Jared Goff and the passing game and making Sean McVay’s team more complete at the right time. They will be better prepared to face the Eagles or Vikings in possible playoff rematches.

This season, with the acquisitions of Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, Wiggins is not handling the ball nearly as much. His front court touches, seconds per touch, and dribbles per touch are all down this season per nba.com stats. More basically, his usage is down significantly, to 23.4 percent, compared to 29 percent last season. Unfortunately, this has not led to increased efficiency. His Effective Field Goal percentage is down to 47.3 percent, lowest since his rookie year (and well below the 52.0 league average,) and his True Shooting percentage is a career low 50 percent (against a league average of 55.6 percent.) It’s difficult to be encouraged by these numbers for a player whose best skill is scoring.

So, yes, I think there is certainly such a phenomenon as playing to the opponent. One way I’ve tried to quantify this in the past is to look at the difference between the standard deviation of a team’s point differential (how consistent it is from game to game) and the standard deviation of point differential adjusted for game location and opponent quality.

Naturally, we’d expect that teams will become more consistent when we account Wholesale NBA Jerseys for these factors, since they make up part of the variation in game-to-game point differential. And indeed that’s true on average: The typical team sees its standard deviation go down about 0.8 points per game when the adjusted point differential is compared to the raw version. But Basketball Jerseys For Sale there are substantial differences from team to team.

The Rams cannot get a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.

Because of that, Rams coach Sean McVay will hold out some starters for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the 49ers. After saying Tuesday he was pondering whether or not to rest quarterback Jared Goff and Todd Gurley, among others, McVay said Wednesday Goff and Gurley would not play on Sunday.

McVay’s decision centers around left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who NBA Basketball Jerseys has been dealing with a knee injury. But right tackle Rob Havenstein had a minor MCL injury earlier this month and starting center John Sullivan has missed practices this month with an illness. Whitworth and Sullivan, as well as defensive tackle Aaron Donald, will also be held out on Sunday.

That’s something that we definitely discussed, McVay said Tuesday. The thing that is unique about it though, different than the preseason — you still have 53 guys on your active roster — how do you get to those 46? Now, fortunately for us we are fairly healthy, but how we determine as far as getting to that 46 and then if you do go with a Whitworth and a Sullivan, then how does that affect Jared or Todd? Those things are all definitely connected and those will be things that we’re going to continue to discuss as the week progresses.

Centering the Canucks’ hottest line at present with wingers Brock Boeser and Thomas Vanek, Gagner has three goals and four assists in seven recent contests. Remember how surprising Gagner’s eruption for 50 points was with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season? That included an utterly arid February. Fantasy managers in deeper leagues might consider employing the center’s services as an injury substitute as long as he’s producing.

Ryan Spooner, C, Boston Bruins (3.6 percent)

The pending restricted free agent-to-be is on a roll with 10 points in 11 games, including two goals against the Ottawa Senators this past Saturday. Skating on a second scoring line and power play with David Krejci and rookie Jake DeBrusk, Spooner qualifies as a deeper-league asset as long as this productive streak endures.

Devante Smith-Pelly, RW, Washington Capitals (0.4 percent)

As long as he remains on a Capitals top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, Smith-Pelly can’t be ignored as an intriguing outside-the-box fantasy asset. Filling that role, the 25-year-old notched an assist (plus-one) on four shots while seeing 16:25 of ice time in Saturday’s Wholesale Jerseys All win over the New Jersey Devils.

Tom Brady apologizes for yelling at OC Josh McDaniels

The cameras were on Tom Brady when he was yelling at offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels last Sunday, and now the Patriots quarterback is apologizing for lashing out.

Jones carries a lot of weight in the NFL. He drove the league’s return to Los Angeles and its coming foray into Las Vegas. Few can lead the room full of owners the way the “de facto commissioner” can. So when he threatens to come after the real commissioner, it’s significant.

There’s a more personal element in the Elliott suspension for Jones too, besides just the potential of losing one of his best players for six games. Jones fought the NFL over its investigation into the accusations against Elliott, who was not charged by Ohio authorities who also investigated him, from the start.

How much respect does Bill Belichick have for the Dolphins? Likely not much.

The Patriots coach dialed up a fake punt on a fourth-and-9 from the New England 26-yard line just 48 seconds into Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium.

The conversion extended the drive that ended with a 2-yard plunge into the Cheap Jerseys NBA Jerseys end zone by running back Rex Burkhead. Not everything went according to plan, however. Ebner suffered a knee injury on the run and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

The Patriots added another touchdown in the first quarter on a Cheap Jerseys Mall 5-yard pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski and held a 14-0 lead after one quarter of play. The Patriots (9-2) went on for a 35-17 victory.

Cowboys lineman Cooper parlays health into starting job

Conathan Cooper didn’t win a starting job on the Pro Bowl-laden offensive line of the Dallas Cowboys coming out of training camp.

The former top 10 pick by Arizona was borderline ecstatic anyway. He was healthy.

Others receiving votes: You already were starting Carson Wentz in season-long leagues, but against a 49ers team that has given up the second-most yards per attempt the past five weeks, he’s worth paying for in DFS, too. … Jameis Winston is averaging more than 344 passing yards per game over his past four full games, and he should have another nice game against a Panthers squad that is blitzing at the second-highest rate in the league.

Where the heck is Cody Kessler? Kessler looked like Cleveland’s most stable quarterback last year when he was healthy. He finished the 2016 season with 1,380 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions over eight starts. Two concussions limited his ability to be on the field, but he still showed promise. He may still get his shot this season if Kizer underperforms.

The NFL’s once-golden network TV numbers continue to drop.

NFL games averaged 15.1 million viewers through Week 7, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News. That’s down 5.1 percent from 15.87 million viewers during the Kids Football Jerseys Cheap same period last season and off 18.7 percent from 18.35 million viewers during the same period in 2015.

“As far as the situation with Juju, it wasn’t like that,” Bryant said. “Me and him are brothers. We both think we’re one of the best to play the game, and if you Giants Cheap Jerseys don’t think that then why play it?”