SB 46 Intel: While Giants chirp, Patriots praise

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SB 46 Intel: While Giants chirp, Patriots praise

FOXBORO - There's been a steady flow of effluence from the Giants and we aren't even in Indy yet.

Whether it's Osi Umenyiora explaining that he doesn't like Matt Light or Mario Manningham pleading to have Julian Edelman on the field, the Giants mouths are running a little wild in advance of Super Bowl XLVI.

The Patriots? Likely letting the Giants words foment while they smile and praise.
Asked this week if the Giants should be miffed that Las Vegas made them the underdogs for next Sunday's game, Vince Wilfork said, "I would see why people would say they need to be favored theyre a heck of a ball club. It seems like the later in the season it gets, the better they get. They peak at the right time. I understand and trust me, I see the same thing that they see."

It's worth remembering that this Giants team finished the season 9-7. The Patriots finished 13-3. The Giants lost four in a row and five out of six in November and December. The Patriots haven't lost since November 6. That loss, of course, came against the Giants, 24-20.

The Giants have since won three playoff games, knocking off the first and second seeds in the NFC and not allowing an offensive point to the Falcons in the Wild Card round.

Wilfork sees what's up.

"I watch film a little bit more in depth than those guys and the Giants are a real good football team," said Wilfork. "Theyre coached very well and they have playmakers everywhere."
As Wilfork pointed out, though, the Vegas spread is not going to be the determining factor next Sunday.

"At the end of the day, no one can write what the outcome is going to be or who is going to win the game," said Wilfork. "You cant predict it. Its going to be up to those two ball clubs on Sunday, on game day, to see who wins that ball game between the lines. Thats what its going to boil down to and hopefully we have what it takes because Im pretty sure theyre going to be pretty psyched and theyre going to be very excited to play. Were going to have to match their intensity."

The Giants are certainly giving New England fuel for that intensity.

Sounds like Blues won’t be trading Shattenkirk

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Sounds like Blues won’t be trading Shattenkirk

So, it looks like the Bruins will have to find a puck-moving, “transitional” defenseman elsewhere as Blues D-man Kevin Shattenkirk may be off the market for a while.

Blues President of Hockey Operations and GM Doug Armstrong jumped on with the NHL Tonight crew on NHL Network Friday afternoon and was asked point blank about the trade rumors surrounding the former BU defenseman in the wake of both Troy Brouwer and David Backes bolting in free agency.

It would appear things have changed for the St. Louis bottom line and now the Blues will start the season with Shattenkirk while monitoring how the roster fares during the season.

Considering that the Blues are coming off a good, deep playoff run, it may be that Shattenkirk doesn’t get dealt at all.

“I think the Kevin Shattenkirk thing grew on a life of its own at the draft. What I’ve said internally here is that we’re excited to have Kevin Shattenkirk as a part of our team. In the NHL now you see all the players hitting free agency and moving to [different] teams,” said Armstrong to the NHL Tonight crew. 

“Our goal is to try and get Kevin signed if we can, or start the year and him a good. We started last year with Troy Brouwer and David Backes in the same situation, we had 107 or 108 points and made it to the semifinals. I think if you’re always trying to trade players as they enter the last year of their contracts, I don’t know that you’re ever going to have a really good team if you’re running away from free agency. Free agency is part of our game, and you make those free agent decisions. 

“If you get to a part of the year and you have guys that are unrestricted and your team is no good, then you make those decisions. But if you have a good team and you have guys that are unrestricted, you just play it out.”

So, where do the Bruins turn after it was clear the Blues weren’t that interested in trading Shattenkirk by asking for both first-round picks and David Pastrnak at last weekend’s NHL draft? 

With Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and David Backes all signed to big contracts, perhaps the Bruins explore dealing Krejci for another one of the available transition D-man on the market. Anaheim’s Cam Fowler comes to mind immediately, and Colorado’s Tyson Barrie is another player that could certainly help the Black and Gold if they’re looking to trade up for a high-caliber, top-four puck-moving type.

Still, it sure doesn’t sound like it will be Shattenkirk, 27, who will be looking for an deal in the neighborhood of seven years, $49 million from whatever team signs him to his next contract. 

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O.J. Mayo hit with two-year ban from NBA for drug violation

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O.J. Mayo hit with two-year ban from NBA for drug violation

NEW YORK  — O.J. Mayo has been dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violating the terms of the league’s anti-drug program.

The NBA said Friday the No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 draft out of USC is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years.

Mayo spent the past three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 7.8 points in 41 games last season, including 24 starts.

According to rules of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, information regarding the testing or treatment of a player can’t be disclosed by the league, his team or the union.

© 2016 by Associated Press

Here’s the official release from the NBA: 

NEW YORK, July 1, 2016 – The NBA announced today that free agent O.J. Mayo has been dismissed and disqualified from the league for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

Under the Anti-Drug Program, Mayo is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years.

The NBA, NBA teams, and the Players Association are prohibited from publicly disclosing information regarding the testing or treatment of any NBA player under the Anti-Drug Program, other than to announce a player's suspension or dismissal from the league.

 

Lucic heads to Edmonton with seven-year, $42M deal

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Lucic heads to Edmonton with seven-year, $42M deal

The Bruins had made a little noise about a Milan Lucic reunion last weekend at the draft.

Instead, Lucic, 28, will be reunited with former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, who now runs the Edmonton Oilers. The ex-Bruins forward agreed to a seven-year, $42 million contract with Edmonton on the opening day of NHL free agency, Lucic's agent, Gerry Johansson confirmed to the Associated Press.

Lucic, traded to the Los Angeles Kings in a draft night deal last year by the B’s, had  20 goals and 35 assists in his lone season in L.A.