The Dodgers begin their exhibition schedule this afternoon against the White Sox, but they’ll be doing it without two members of their projected outfield. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said yesterday that Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford likely won’t make their spring debuts until the early part of March. Kemp…
Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton’s biggest contribution to the New England sports landscape may not be in the middle of the Patriots defense.
The Hartford native and avid Celtics fan is close friends with Kevin Durant.
He says that once the Thunder close out the Golden State Warriors and have their way with the Cavaliers, he’ll be calling up KD.
“I’m leaving him alone right now, letting him finish it up,” said Knighton after Thursday’s Patriots OTA practice. “I love how he’s playing. I hope he wins it. I kind of hope he doesn’t.”
Knighton didn’t say why he kind of hopes Durant loses, but one can surmise it’s because he’d like to start recruiting.
“As soon as the season’s over, if he’s hoisting the trophy or not, I’ll definitely be texting him every day, calling him, flying down to OKC. I’ll be in his ear a lot, trust me.”
Durant has now twice promised to turn up the heat on Durant.
If he can make that happen and do damage for the defense, he'll have his own Duck Boat.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while still laughing at the #TeamFrich movement.
*Dave Lozo says that the decision by Mike Sullivan to play Marc-Andre Fleury could still come back to haunt the Pittsburgh Penguins.
*Miracle on Ice goaltender Jim Craig marvels at the evolution of USA Hockey from the Miracle days to the current system that just keeps on producing top talent.
*Mike from Woburn hates the Kevan Miller contract almost as much as I do.
*Speaking of the Kevin Miller deal, here’s a scenario where the big overpay for Miller might help them land another talented young player.
*In other hockey news, the Vancouver Canucks landed legitimate top-4 defenseman Erik Gudbranson while the ink was drying on the Kevan Miller contract.
*Chris Phillips is expected to announce his retirement from the Ottawa Senators after a long career in Ottawa as a defensive warrior.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says some tough decisions await the St. Louis Blues after dropping the conference finals to the San Jose Sharks.
*The San Jose media has decreed that it was worth spending a first-round pick for Martin Jones after he helped carry them to the Cup Final. For the Bruins it means that their first round pick will be No. 29 or No. 30 in the first round, so whoop-de-do for that.
*For something completely different: 21 scientists say that Tom Brady is right and the NFL is wrong about Deflategate.