Crawford diagnosed with elbow ligament sprain

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Crawford diagnosed with elbow ligament sprain

CHICAGO -- Outfielder Carl Crawford has been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his left elbow and will be sidelined for an extended period, the Red Sox said in a statement Thursday night.
The statement read: "Carl Crawford was examined by the Red Sox medical staff. He was diagnosed as having a left elbow ulnar collateralligament sprain. A conservative treatment protocol was recommended. Carl was also examined by Dr. James Andrews who was in agreement with the assessment and plan. Carl received a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection and will be shut down from baseball activity during the initial phase of his treatment."
A source with direct knowledge of the injury said Thursday that the elbow "needs time to calm down,'' and for the time being, surgery is not an option.
One report Thursday estimated that the recovery time could be as long as three months, but the source said that the Sox were hopeful it would not be that long.
A sprain of the UCL is tantamount to a minor tear of the ligament. A worsening of that tear could, in theory, require ligament repalcement, more commonly known as "Tommy John'' surgery, which would carry with it a year-long recovery period.
Crawford has battled elbow pain for the past month and has already returned to Boston for two examinations. He had been rehabilitating his left wrist, which was surgically repaired in January, when the elbow issue cropped up.
After the wrist surgery, the Sox had targeted a return to the lineup by Opening Day or soon after. A setback to the wrist in February extended his expected recovery time by a few weeks, but the elbow injury has superceded that.
Crawford is the second member of the team's projected starting outfield to go down with a significant injury. Jacoby Ellsbury suffered a subluxation of his right shoulder during the team's home opener and is expected to miss anywhere from six to eight weeks.

Bruins skid continues in 6-3 loss to Lightning

Bruins skid continues in 6-3 loss to Lightning

BOSTON – The Bruins are doing it again. 

With a team that was badly in need of a win, the Bruins couldn’t get any separation from the Tampa Bay Lightning before ultimately sagging in the third period on the way to a deflating 6-3 loss at TD Garden on Thursday night. 

It marks four losses in a row for the Black and Gold with Thursday night as the worst among them, and doesn’t extinguish any of the concerns that Boston is in another late-season tailspin. 

Jonathan Drouin beat Tuukka Rask with a shot from the face-off circle that dipped underneath his glove hand for the game-winner, and Nikita Kucherov added the final two goals to give him a hat trick for a Bolts team that snapped their own three-game losing streak. 

This game had all the warning signs after a nondescript first period with the Bruins giving up goals immediately after they scored three times in the second period. The first was a David Pastrnak power play strike for his 32ndof the season, and the Lightning struck 44 seconds later with a Brayden Point rebound score after a big breakdown by Boston’s best players on the ice. 

Zdeno Chara again gave the Bruins a short-lived lead on a shorthanded goal in the second period, but Tampa Bay responded with a blistering Nikita Kucherov one-timer just 24 seconds later with the Bolts still on the power play. Boston scored again on a Riley Nash wraparound bid that he threw off the diving Victor Hedman in the crease, and Boston had a brief one-goal lead once again. 

It was 1:35 later that Anton Stralman beat Rask high to the glove side on an odd-man rush and that set up a third period where Tampa Bay scored three unanswered goals and sent the Bruins to their fourth straight loss. 

Report: Steelers' offer for Dont'a Hightower was bigger than Patriots'

Report: Steelers' offer for Dont'a Hightower was bigger than Patriots'

Dont'a Hightower left money on the table in New York and in Pittsburgh, and instead took a smaller deal to return the New England Patriots, according to CBSSports' Jason La Canfora.

The Jets' offer was previously reported to be $12 million per year, including incentives. La Canfora reiterated that report. But he also detailed Pittsburgh's offer, as the Steelers also outbid the Patriots with over $9 million per year.

Instead, Hightower settled for $8.7 million per season with New England, and will play under Bill Belichick in a Patriots jersey for the sixth season in 2017.

Hightower traveled a great deal during free agency, and ended up garnering interest from the Steelers, Jets, Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins.

The 27-year-old linebacker finished the 2016 season with 65 tackles tackles, 2.5 sacks, two pass deflections and one forced fumble. He also had a game-changing strip sack on Matt Ryan in Super Bowl LI that shifted the momentum of game.